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If you haven’t noticed by now, this year heralds a federal election year. For the next few months we will see the first rounds of the election shadow boxing before the election date is finally announced. There are some screaming for the government to go to an early election while others want the government to go the full distance. Given the most recent polling results it seems the government is on its way back from total oblivion. However politics is a strange beast and anything can change between now and whenever the election is called. Under our federal electoral system, only the Prime Minister truly knows the dates for issuing the writs for an election to be held (after the Governor-General has given their consent).

However after the last couple of years of significant negativity in our national politics, the political landscape in 2013 looks very interesting, to say the…

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Angry feminists in Scotland fed up with rape jokes at the Edinburgh Fringe and Free Fringe decided to take direct action against comedians who think that making jokes about rape, gang rape, sexual abuse, sexual torture and prostitution is funny. Feminist Avengers have sent comedians who have been telling misogynistic jokes about rape a courgette, together with a note saying: Did you ever hear about the comedian who told rape jokes? He was told to go fuck himself”.

Clara Zetkin, Feminist Avenger Spokesperson today said: “It is estimated that 1 billion women and girls on our planet have been raped –  this is not a laughing matter. Rape is never funny, it is a horrific crime of violence and violation. However we have a culture in the Edinburgh Fringe and Free Fringe; a rape culture where jokes about rape are the norm. Rape jokes are an everyday occurrence at…

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Transition Times

Hearing that the U.S. military is finally going to allow women in combat is something akin to hearing that the Berlin Wall came down.  Something that had seemed so fixed and immovable is all of a sudden just…not…there.

The military led the way in racial integration back in the 1970s, and it is finally showing its willingness to get with the times and become a leader on gender equality as well.

That’s good!

So why don’t I feel like celebrating?

It’s true that women were already on the frontlines, doing dangerous work without the training or the equipment, and, importantly, without earning the credit.

And it’s no secret that the quickest way to advance in the military is to be recognized as a brilliant combat veteran.

Women who never officially saw combat were always held back at promotion time.

So in that regard, this is going to be very…

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we hunted the mammoth

As everyone reading this blog no doubt already knows, feminists have hailed the Pentagon’s decision to open combat jobs to women, which will allow women the same opportunities to serve as men. The decision is also a backhanded acknowledgement that, for all intents and purposes, women are serving in combat today already. (Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth lost both of her legs in combat in Iraq – but officially, what she was engaged in wasn’t combat.)

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Turn Left 2013

Tony Abbott is the man who prides himself on being “Dr No”.

Tony Abbott is the man who has spent practically every day since he failed for form government after the election in 2010 on the most relentlessly negative pre-election campaign this country has witnessed.

Tony Abbott is the man who has promised “the next election campaign will be the filthiest and the most personal in living memory” (source).

Tony Abbott will say anything to get a headline, and he knows he has a willing media on their knees to report his every utterance.

So Tony’s Stunt-Of-The-Day is to complain about how unpopular he is.

Tony Abbott’s latest roll of the die is to play the victim.

Look at moi, look at moi, I’m unpopular.

Source: here

If Tony has nothing new to say, he just puts on his hard-hat, visits a construction site and repeats his…

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No Place For Sheep

Discreet.  The word that has brought opprobrium down on the bald head of Channel 7 Sunrise host David Koch, after he used it to describe his preferred demeanour for women breast-feeding their babies in public spaces.

Koch, affectionately known as “Kochie,” was commenting on the decision of staff at the Bribie Island Aquatic Centre to request that a nursing mother remove herself from the public gaze, as she sat at the edge of the pool watching her two older children whilst feeding her baby. The comments can be seen here. Briefly, Koch agrees there is nothing wrong with breastfeeding in public as long as it is done “discreetly” and in a “classy” manner. Koch reiterated his views yesterday. He has another piece  today in The Punch in which he again confirms his views, titled “I’m not anti breast-feeding just pro politeness.”

He also tweeted: david koch ‏@kochie_online


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Turn Left 2013

Breakfast morning show host David Koch, just like Alan Jones, just like Kyle Sandilands, use comments designed to outrage to generate publicity.

Which group of women was it this time who were the victim of his stunt-gone-wrong? Mothers with breast-feeding babies.

With Koch saying women should be ‘more discreet’ when breastfeeding their babies, they shouldn’t do it ‘in such a high traffic area’ and ‘you’ve gotta be a bit classy about it’.

What is the result? Days of publicity for him and his tv show, and an opinion piece in the Fairfax papers
‘I have an opinion … always have and always will’.

Koch might have an opinion, but so does this Fry-meme:

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