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  • ‘Malicious and commercially motivated’: Ben Roberts-Smith blasts Nine (Victoria Cross recipient)

    10/06/2019 6:50:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 33 replies ^ | 7th October 2019
    Australia’s most decorated soldier has accused Nine of being “malicious”, saying the company is commercially motivated to tear him down. Ben Roberts-Smith has accused Nine of being commercially motivated and malicious when it alleged the former soldier was engaged in war crimes. Australia’s most decorated soldier has hit back at claims he handcuffed and kicked an Afghan prisoner named Ali Jan off a cliff during a military operation in Afghanistan in 2012. The prisoner was then allegedly shot dead by another soldier. “I want Australians to know that I absolutely deny these hurtful allegations,” Mr Roberts-Smith said in a statement...
  • Sorry, Dems: It’s OK to ask for foreign help in a criminal justice investigation

    10/04/2019 5:46:32 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 4, 2019 | Marc Thiessen
    President Trump’s critics are now complaining that he asked the Australian prime minister to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into the origins of the Mueller probe and that Attorney General William Barr has traveled overseas to ask foreign intelligence officials to cooperate with that investigation. The New York Times called it another example of “the president using high-level diplomacy to advance his personal political interests.” No, it’s not. The president’s critics are conflating two different things: the investigation by Trump’s private lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, into Hunter Biden’s business dealings, and the inquiry by US Attorney John Durham into the...
  • Govt ministers call to suspend activists' welfare payments if they don't look for work

    10/03/2019 5:33:46 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 11 replies
    Serial protestors are being warned their welfare payments will be cut-off if they don't start looking for jobs. Employment Minister Michaelia Cash told the Australian newspaper that taxpayers shouldn't be forced to 'subsidise' protests and those who are too busy taking part in demonstrations "may find they have their payments suspended". The government has called on the states to pass tougher laws to crackdown on activists who waste the time of police and paramedics.
  • Dems, media aim to squash Barr’s probe of Russia collusion hoax

    10/02/2019 12:08:46 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 29 replies
    ny post ^ | October 1, 2019 | Lee Smith
    What Democrats and their media allies really want is to torpedo Attorney General William Barr’s probe into the origins of the Russian “collusion” hoax. The whistleblower’s written complaint presents Trump’s request that the Ukrainian leader work with Barr to “get to the bottom” of the collusion hoax as part of the alleged quid pro quo. That suggests the whistleblower and his confreres in the ­intelligence apparatus are worried about Barr’s investigation and what it could ­uncover about their spying on the Trump campaign. The whistleblower complaint and the manic news reports of the Australia call both serve the same dual...
  • As Impeachment Moves Forward, Trump’s Language Turns Darker

    10/02/2019 6:02:27 AM PDT · by 4Runner · 30 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | October 2, 2019 | Katie Rogers
    But experts see a civic danger in the president frequently and falsely calling out what he labels treasonous behavior. Carlton F.W. Larson, a professor at the University of California at Davis School of Law and an expert on treason, said the president had cheapened the word through overuse. "It is a complete debasement of political discourse where ordinary political disagreements are elevated to a level of capital crime,” Mr. Larson said. “If Trump ever did uncover an instance of true treason, no one would believe him because he has so debased the meaning of that word.”
  • BREAKING: Letter From Australian Official Emerges That Casts Doubt On Report From New York Times

    09/30/2019 5:22:31 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 74 replies
    DailyWire ^ | September 30, 2019 | Ryan Saavedra
    A letter emerged late on Monday from the Australian government that directly disputed the accuracy of a New York Times report that claimed that President Donald Trump “pushed” Australia to help Attorney General William Barr investigate the origins of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation in an attempt to “discredit” the investigation in what The Times claimed was an example of Trump “using high-level diplomacy to advance his personal political interests.” The letter, reported by Nine News Australia’s Kerrie Yaxley, is dated May 28, 2019, from Australian Ambassador Joe Hockey to Barr, and states: Dear Attorney General, I refer to...
  • Mental health, cultural difficulties ..explain why Muslim migrant keeps sexually assaulting women

    10/02/2019 6:03:51 AM PDT · by robowombat · 21 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | OCT 1, 2019 3:00 PM | ROBERT SPENCER
    New Zealand: Mental health, cultural difficulties said to explain why Muslim migrant keeps sexually assaulting women OCT 1, 2019 3:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER Cultural difficulties. Yeah. Here’s his culture: Farah’s behavior has solid Qur’anic sanction, and at least some Muslim rapists know this: one survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the UK said that her rapists would quote Quran to her, and believed their actions justified by Islam. The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50,...
  • Aggressive Dogs: The Utility of Sticks v Guns

    10/01/2019 8:02:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 September, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    This morning I had another experience with a dog aggressively defending its territory. I was on my exercise walk. The sky was light before the sun was up. A pair of dogs were in a fenced yard, with their owner. They took exception to my presence. The fence, next to the sidewalk, was only two feet tall, as incentivized by the silly local zoning laws. I am a dog person. I understand dog body language pretty well. As I passed the yard, on the sidewalk, with a boulevard to my right and the yard to my left, I considered...
  • Suspects in Canada murders said they planned to kill more in video confession: Police

    09/30/2019 8:18:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | September 29, 2019 | Ella Torres, ABC Newsw
    The teen suspects who were wanted for three murders in Canada confessed to their crimes and said they planned to kill more people in a video recorded not long before the two died by suicide, police said. Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, showed "no remorse for their actions" and expressed "their intentions to potentially kill others" in the video, which was found on a digital camera, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett said at a press conference Friday. The bodies of McLeod and Schmegelsky were found Aug. 7 in the province of Manitoba. They were the...
  • Trump Pressed Australian Leader to Help Barr Investigate Mueller Inquiry’s Origins

    09/30/2019 1:48:42 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 115 replies
    NYT ^ | 09/30/19 | Mark Mazzetti and Katie Benner
    The discussion was another instance of the president using American diplomacy for potential personal gain. President Trump pushed the Australian prime minister during a recent telephone call to help Attorney General William P. Barr gather information for a Justice Department inquiry that Mr. Trump hopes will discredit the Mueller investigation, according to two American officials with knowledge of the call. The White House restricted access to the call’s transcript to a small group of the president’s aides, one of the officials said, an unusual decision that is similar to the handling of a July call with the Ukrainian president that...
  • NZ Introduces bill for Mandatory Gun Registry, Claims No Right to Arms

    09/26/2019 6:55:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 September, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    In New Zealand, the far-left government has decided a national gun registry is necessary. They have been unsuccessful in confiscating (with payment) most of the previously legally owned semi-automatic rifles in the country.  There has been massive civil disobedience among New Zealand gun owners. The party line of the leftist government is there is no right to own guns in New Zealand. They cannot be entirely sure of that, because part of the new gun control scheme is to place into law the premise that there is no legal right to arms for New Zealanders. From New Zealand's...
  • 60 Minutes reveals ‘damning allegations’ against Australian soldiers (inc. VC recipient)

    09/22/2019 4:52:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 54 replies ^ | 23rd September 2019 | Alexis Carey
    The country’s most celebrated soldier has been accused of a shocking act against a handcuffed Afghan soldier. Last night 60 Minutes revealed “the unpalatable truth about a group of men Australians think of as heroes” — including Victoria Cross for Australia recipient Ben Roberts-Smith. The “damning allegations” were the result of an investigation by 60 Minutes, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. The investigation focused on the death of Afghan farmer Ali Jan, who was killed on September 11, 2012 — 11 years after the September 11 terrorist attacks that sparked the war in Afghanistan in the first place....
  • Donald Trump and Aussie PM Scott Morrison mark '100 years of Mateship'...

    09/20/2019 6:46:42 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 20th September 2019 | Emily Goodin
    U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison to the White House on Friday, praising the 'long-cherished and unwavering friendship' and 'exceptional alliance' the two nations have enjoyed for more than a century. 'Last year our nations commemorated "100 years of Mateship" since our gallant servicemembers fought together in World War I,' Trump boasted, after the two men reviewed troops, witnessed a 19-gun salute, posed for selfies with people on a rope line and heard their national anthems. A fife and drum corps in replica Revolutionary War-era uniforms marched across the lawn, led by a drum major carrying...
  • Bang! 5 years in jail for not handing in banned guns

    09/19/2019 9:05:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies ^ | 9/19/2019 | unknown
    Following a ban on virtually all semi-automatic firearms, New Zealanders face 5 years in jail if they refuse to hand them in. A France 24 report on the government’s new buyback scheme showed a line of gun owners willfully giving up their guns in response to the Christchurch massacre earlier this year. This despite the fact that the shooter himself said in his own manifesto that provoking mass gunfiscation was one of his intended goals. Mission accomplished.
  • ‘Offensive to Muslims’: Butcher Refuses to Remove Sign, Americans Support Him [Australia]

    09/18/2019 1:13:08 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies ^ | September 18, 2019 | Rebecca Diserio
    The owners of a well-known butcher’s shop are refusing to kowtow to “political correctness” and are fighting the many complaints that allege “their sign’s wording and images amounted to a depiction that was inciting hatred or contempt of people based on their religious practices as Muslims.” Well, Americans are supporting the Aussie butcher’s right to post his sign. The Valley Butchers in Adelaide, South Australia (Photo Credit: Valley Butcher/Facebook) ================================================================= A butcher shop in Australia has refused to change signage that declares its products are “not halal-certified,” in defiance of advertising authorities alleging it was “inciting hatred” towards Islamic people...
  • (Cardinal) George Pell's new best friend – dissenting judge Mark Weinberg

    09/17/2019 6:16:02 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    Australian Financial Review ^ | 23rd August 2019 | Michael Pelly
    Mark Weinberg is now the most important person in George Pell’s life. ..... A leading criminal barrister speaking on background describes its reasoning as impeccable. “You would be on pretty safe ground following Weinberg,” says another. In fact, the most common observation by those concerned about the verdict – and its sole reliance on testimony by a victim 20 years after the event – is that Weinberg got it right because he had the most experience in criminal law. It’s unfair on his fellow judges – Chief Justice Anne Ferguson and Court of Appeal president Chris Maxwell – but it’s...
  • (Cardinal George) Pell appeals to High Court, claims court reversed onus of proof

    09/17/2019 6:12:40 AM PDT · by naturalman1975
    Australian Financial Review ^ | 17th September 2019 | Patrick Durkin
    Cardinal George Pell's bid to overturn his child sex abuse convictions in the High Court will centre on a claim that an appeal court wrongly required him to show "the offending was impossible". A 12-page application seeking leave to appeal was lodged late on Tuesday and sets out two broad grounds – the reversal of the onus of proof and that the verdict was unreasonable. The Victorian Court of Appeal dismissed Cardinal Pell's first appeal in August. The 78-year-old former adviser to the Pope is serving a maximum six-year sentence for the sexual abuse of two former choirboys at St...
  • Canberra kept quiet knowledge that China hacked Australian Parliament, political parties

    09/16/2019 7:46:04 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 4 replies
    Taiwan News ^ | 9/16/19 | Duncan DeAeth
    TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China was reportedly responsible for a series of cyber-attacks on the Australian government earlier this year, according to a Reuters report published on Monday (Sept. 16). According to Reuters' five insider sources, Beijing was determined to be responsible for sophisticated hacks that targeted the computer systems of Australia’s parliament and private servers belonging to the country's three largest political parties. One of Australia’s intelligence agencies, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), concluded in March that China was responsible for the attack on the Parliament, but the report remains classified. The hacks targeting the Australian Parliament allegedly took...
  • Australian federal police raid Canberra home of intelligence officer

    09/14/2019 6:56:43 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 9 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4 Sep 2019 | Amy Remeikis and Christopher Knaus
    The Australian federal police have raided the Canberra home of intelligence officer Cameron Gill... Cameron Gill was also listed as an adviser to then defence materiel minister, Mal Brough, in defence documents recording a meeting with former US ambassador John Berry in 2015. It is unclear whether Wednesday’s raid is connected to the Smethurst story, which reported that the heads of the defence and home affairs ministries had discussed draconian new powers to allow the Australian Signals Directorate to spy on Australian citizens for the first time.
  • Powerful moment New Zealand firefighters honour 9/11 first responders with a stirring haka...

    09/11/2019 5:26:05 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 12th September 2019 | Brett Lackey
    New Zealand firefighters performed a powerful haka in Auckland on Wednesday to honor the 9/11 first responders. The group were filmed in their service uniforms in two rows as they performed the Maori tradition. A crowd of dignitaries and other firefighters dressed in their operational gear and were seen watching on. Hakas are generally performed as a sign of great respect and are often presented at funerals, celebrations or sporting events. Over 200 firefighters climbed Auckland's Sky Tower as a tribute to those who died in the attacks on the World Trade Centre. Three chiefs from the New York Fire...