Friday, June 25, 2010

Australian Federal Labor Party machinations.

Despite the fact that many Australians disliked deposed former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and wanted to get rid of him, many feel sorry for him; the way his “dispatch” was executed; it must have been extremely humiliating for him and his family.

Julia Gillard, the new Prime Minister, is an astute politician. She was however part of the “governing gang of four” of Rudd’s Labor government, which introduced ill-conceived schemes that failed, and some with deadly consequences. All they have done is replaced
the driver with the co-driver, but we still have the same car.

Whilst Labor may have changed their leader, their destructive policies remain the same. Julia Gillard was a part of the gross national mismanagement that has occurred under Labor to date. Both the new Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister were on the inside making all the decisions and now they want Australians to believe that they are somehow different.

This government has spent the nest egg put aside for a rainy day by the previous Coalition government, and accumulated massive debt for our country. See more about this in the following press release by Senator Barnaby Joyce. - Werner

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Interesting read, about Julia Gillard, our new Prime Minister. Click here.
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Senator Barnaby Joyce,Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Infrastructure and Water. Leader of the Nationals in the Senate and LNP* Senator for Queensland25th June 2010 (*LNP = Liberal National Party)

Rudd borrowed $95 million a day, Julia is set to break the record.
Senator Barnaby Joyce said today that the new Labor Government has a lot of work to do to get this country back on track. Click on chart to enlarge.

"The new appointee of the faceless factional bosses, Prime Minster Gillard, has already stated that she wants to get the Governmen
t "back on track", and it certainly is a long way off-track at the moment" said Senator Barnaby Joyce, Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Infrastructure and Water today.

When this Government came to power Australia's gross debt was $59 billion. It is now $147 billion. This Government has spent $88 billion in 935 days. This is a new record for Australian Prime Ministers.

"This Government has been an unmitigated disaster for our country, and even the Labor party now agrees. They have been racking up debt on the national credit card at $95 million a day.

"Every day of the Rudd Government, that money could have built almost 500 km of sealed country roads or repaired and refurbished over 100 bridges in regional Australia. Instead, thanks to Julia Gillard and her team we have overpriced trinkets at the back of school yards. .

"If the new PM really wants to get this great country back on track, she needs to stop this reckless and wasteful spending. The budget that the Deputy Prime Minister handed down less than two months ago forecast borrowing of $150 million a day for the next financial year. Gillard is already on track to smash Rudd’s record and things look like getting worse before they get better."

"Australia can't afford another term of pandemonium from the Labor party." More Information – Matthew Canavan 0458 709 433

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My thought for today. - Werner
The government cannot give anything to anyone that they have not first taken away from someone else.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Why is there so much hostility in this world?

Yes, why is there so much hatred in this world? Have we forgotten the words “love” and “peace”? Religious hatred and violence run rampant throughout the entire civilized world today.

The list of religiously inspired conflicts goes on and on. Islamic fundamentalism is preaching hatred to the gullible, and wants to kill anyone outside their square. It just doesn’t make sense.

We are
still fighting futile unwinnable wars, costly in money and lives. Haven’t we learnt any lessons from World War Two, which was supposed to be the war that ended all wars? Will we ever learn? Perhaps we should centre upon the old adage: “Make love not war.”

Click here to read what I have previously written about the Afghanistan war in this forum.

Jihad Watch, If you want to hear what Pat Condell has to say on that subject, click here.

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Someone sent me the following. I don't know who wrote this, but it should be considered seriously. Take it as you wish - but give it some thought. - Werner
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A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

'Very few people were true Nazis 'he said,' but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.

We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslim just wants to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history.

It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics, who bomb, behead, murder, or honour kills. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is that the 'peaceful majority', the 'silent majority', is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold; we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten
our way of life.

Lastly, at the risk of offending, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious; without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.

England has almost surrendered to the Islamic wave having more than 130 new mosques built in 2005 and proposed 100 to be built in 2006 - in 2007 the count was 843 prayer meeting places with howling/wailing towers across England.

So, extend yourself a bit and send this (posting) on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world wide, read this - think about it - and send it on. Perhaps sometimes, the end does 'not' justify the means. (Author Unknown)
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My thought for today. - Werner
SOCIALISM is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. - Winston Churchill

Monday, June 14, 2010

More opinions about the burka in Australia.

This is supplementary to my earlier posting: "Hiding your identity with the burka is un-Australian." Following is a letter sent to the Cairns Post in reply to a letter by Han Barkmeyer, published in the Cairns Post, Thursday, 27th May, 2010, under the heading, "Don't try to curtail Aussie freedoms," in which Barkmeyer censured me severely for my letter on this subject.

I received this copy by ordinary mail and since
it has over 400 words, I’m sure the Cairns Post will not publish it as their word limit is 150. Below this letter are more opinions, which I received per e-mail. I would like to stress that the opinions expressed in this posting are not necessarily those of the blogger. - Werner

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And on the subject of Islam, a Brit can say it so gracefully - what a great video!!! Very Interesting --- Very True! Click here.

Also look into this link, "Northern Truth." to see what the Taliban is doing to young boys.
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Letter one, from Mr. Fritzi Bitzi I Quote:
It looks as if Han Barkmeyer does not know that the Anti-discrimination laws of Australia curtail freedom through limitations. For that reason, you have dress-regulations in pubs and business for example. And that is in general always a public matter and not as he states in a sexist way and suggests a matter only for women.

I personally have no problem when Muslim women appear in burkas publicly. However, I do believe, that they should be treated like motor-bike-riders who wear helmets when they entered banks and other security-areas. Han may be interested to know that it was Jewish born French President Nicolas Sarkozy who called for a ban on the burka, which is banned now in France:

More info to this on:
I wish also remind Han that women are not allowed to wear bikinis at beaches in Muslim countries. Ca. 10 years ago the International Youth Hostels Federation had membership cards on which the member had to sign, that he/she would obey to the laws, customs and traditions of the country he/she visits. With other words if you go to Rome, do as the Romans do.

Han also is not aware, that World-War II was incited by Wall Street and the City of London through their manipulated President Franklin D Roosevelt. Find the information to this on:

Jewish born researcher Dr. Henry Makow came to the conclusion, that Hitler did not want WW2. Find his analyses on:
The good war-myth of the Allied is exposed also in following article:

The same forces which incited WW 2 are the same, who gave us Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. Han writes about Lidice, Ora-dur-sur-Glane and the Maquis (French resistance), which was not innocent at all. What he does not mention is that the Allied were involved in similar war-crimes which they amnestied for themselves at Nuremberg, while they charged the Germans under new introduced International law in retrospect. So far their legal hypocrisy! Find information to this on: End of quote.
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Beve Pattenden sent a humorous picture to her mailing list (see picture on the right) that was used by Specsaver (Optical Company) in an advertisement. Most of Australians have a good sense of humour, but not so, it seems, Stephen Hemsley and he wrote back the following comment.

The advertisements says: You should have gone to SpecSavers. Click on picture to enlarge.
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Letter two: I Quote.

Condescending to the Muslims????? Have you been following the emotive issue of Andrew John’s and his “flippant” comments about Greg Inglis? Please be respectful of ALL and do not forward this kind of humour. You are above all this. Kind regards, Stephen. Unquote
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Letter three, Bev’s reply to Stephen

Hello Stephen, and others who appear to be troubled by the full face covering coming to Australian women.

Sorry Stephen, I have to disagree with you this time. If we do not stop this we will have the same problems as the United Kingdom and Europe. The Muslims outbreed the Christians by hundreds, because of their practice of having many wives, and it only took 10 years of wearing a full face cover to become "normal" in England. Many of these women have no rights whatsoever and are unable to speak out against this practice. I personally think it is an insult to the real God, whatever you may call Him, to cover the face of beautiful women, created to bring joy not only to their husbands, but their children and all around them. How would you know whether these women are happy or in tears when you can't see their faces? Do you think any of them would be brave enough to go to the police to report abuse? I don't think so. Look how many years it took for women to get their rights in the Western society. Are we about to lose all that if we do not speak out now?

It is quite ridiculous to think you can get a driver's licence and drive around with a cover over your face!!!! You try it and see how far you get. Are they going to be allowed to vote in full face cover as well?
How can you support this practice?

I am not a racist.
I really don't care what country anyone comes from or the colour of their skin, but I am opposed to practices that do not belong in a civilised world and hate to think that we are losing our unique sense of humour. Remember when Irish jokes were also banned under Keating. Here we go again.

I do not believe Andrew Johns should have resigned. Why are blacks offended for being called black?" Are white offended when they are called White? Let me tell you a little story: (An explanation for my overseas readers. Andrew Johns is a NSW football legend, (retired) who made a flippant racial remark, calling a prominent Queensland footballer “Black” with some expletives coming with the word black. Johns has since resigned from his coaching position in NSW. - Werner)

When I was caretaking an Aboriginal Mission in Kununurra in 1986 I was sunbaking in my two piece swimmers. Along came this large Aboriginal women with her hands on her hips leaning over me and asked: “What's You doin?". I replied that "I'm sunbaking to get a tan". She said "What are you stupid or something? If you're black you're black, and if you're white you're white" and walked off.

I have never sunbaked since and never bothered about getting a tan.

The moral of this story "Be proud of the colour of the skin you're in". (And so say most of us! - Werner


My thought for today. – Werner
We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon. Konrad Adenauer

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Asparagus facts.

The asparagus will forever evoke pleasant memories of my youth and my paternal grandfather, an avid hobby gardener, from whom I learnt a lot about gardening. I remember vividly the asparagus mounds in our garden, through which the asparagus spears had to come. Thus being longer and white as well as very tender, unlike the green ones we see in the main here in Australia.

As I understand it, asparagus is grown in Australia in flat beds and are cut when about 18 cm long above ground and that is the reason why they are green.

Grandfather's mounds were checked twice daily to see if an asparagus spear was lifting the smoothly patted soil, and when it did, was cut with a special knife with a very long shaft to reach deep down to cut the asparagus. My grandfather had a great sense of humour and we kids fell for it, frequently. He would say: “Don’t go into the garden it is dangerous!” To our query as to why, he would say, “The asparagus are shooting!” - Werner

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The alkalinity and diuretic effect of asparagus juice helps relieve many ailments. Asparagus is a member of the lily family which includes leeks, garlic and onions. It has a spear top with bud-like, compact and pointed head.

Perhaps it may surprise you that there are a few hundred varieties of asparagus but only a small number is edible.
Although it's available all year round, asparagus usually is most found and best in spring and is harvested when it is about 6 to 8 inches tall.
The variety we eat is usually green or greenish purple in color. There is also a white variety which is grown underground to preserve its delicate flavor. But these sunlight-deprived stalks also lack the goodness of chlorophyll.

Asparagus is expensive compared to other more common vegetables simply because it is harvested by hand.

Nutritional Benefits.

Asparagus is an alkaline food which is rich in protein but low in calories and carbohydrates. It is an excellent source of potassium, folic acid, vitamins A, C and K, and traces of vitamin B complex.

A good source of dietary fiber, asparagus is also rich in niacin, phosphorus and very low sodium. And certainly most impressive is that it is one of those few vegetables that actually has the calcium and magnesium in the ideal ratio of 2:1.

Health Benefits.
Asparagus has an abundance of an amino acid called asparagine that helps to cleanse the body of waste material. As a result, some people pass out smelly urine after eating asparagus. Don't worry if this happens to you. Just be glad that your kidney is functioning as it should.

Asparagus is one of the few vegetables that is highly dense in healthful nutrients that help many ailments.

Acidity, Blood: The high alkalinity of this wonder juice is effective in reducing the acidity of the blood and helps cleanses the tissues and muscles of waste.

Arthritis and Rheumatism: A unique phytochemical in asparagus that produces anti-inflammatory effect helps relieve arthritis and rheumatism.

Bowel movement: Consume asparagus regularly for its mild laxative effect and dietary fiber that provides for regular bowel movement.

Cancer: Asparagus is a prime source of anti-oxidant and glutathione that can help prevent the dreaded cancer.

Cataracts: The anti-oxidant and glutathione in asparagus prevents the progression of cataracts and other eye problems.

Diabetes/Hypoglycemia: The healthful minerals in asparagus juice make it an important diet for people who are controlling their blood sugar levels. However, it is not to be taken by people with advanced kidney diseases.

Diuretic: Asparagus is a wonderfully diuretic vegetable and its efficacy is more pronounced when it is taken in juice form.

Heart disease: Drink a small amount of asparagus juice mixed with raw honey three times a day daily to strengthen a weak or enlarged heart.

Kidney: The diuretic and alkaline properties of asparagus help prevent or dissolve kidney stones. It helps break up oxalic acid crystals formed in the kidney.

PMS symptoms: The diuretic effect of asparagus juice helps relieve premenstrual swelling and bloating. The magnesium in this wonder juice also help relieve irritability, fatigue, depression, etc.

Pregnant women: The high content of folic acid, calcium and other minerals in asparagus are important in reducing the risk of birth defects and low birth weight. The diuretic effect of the juice is also a big help in reducing water retention in pregnant women.

Consumption Tips.
When buying asparagus, choose straight, firm stalks with tight tips. Always eat fresh but if have to store, keep them dry and tightly-wrapped in a plastic bag for up to three days in the refrigerator. Eat asparagus for its dietary fiber. But also make juice out of it, especially using the tough stem ends.

To make asparagus juice more palatable, mix with raw honey. Alternatively, mix with other more palatable juices from spinach, celery, tomato or even lemon juice.

When eating asparagus, always lightly steam, rather than boil, to preserve the sodium and other minerals from boiling away. Avoid cooking asparagus in iron pots as the tannins in the asparagus can react with the iron and cause the stalks to become discolored.

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My thought for today. - Werner
A kind word is like a spring day.~ Russian Proverb.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hiding your identity with the burka is un-Australian.

Following are two letters published in the “Cairns Post,” our daily newspaper. Letter 1, was written by me in answer to another letter that stated that a full burka should be part of Australian fashion. As a consequence, I was chastised in the Cairns Post, by Han Barkmeyer, and I got an e-mail from another person telling me that I’m a fascist and a bigot. This didn’t worry me; it is like water off a duck’s back. I know that speaking the truth can hurt, but it is one of the few democratic rights we still have in this country; to speak or think without externally imposed restraints. However, hiding your face is not “covered” by that convention. Pun intended.

Barkmeyer wrote among other things: “I like freedom and civil liberties and I don’t like people like Werner, who want to curtail them.” Unquote. What a lot of unmitigated blather. It is the law in Australia that one cannot go into a public office with a motorcycle helmet on, why should a full face cover be tolerated? Barkmeyer is barking up the wrong tree. - Werner
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Letter 1. Published on 24. 5. 2010.
Covering faces will not become fashion.
Jo Watson, “Adapting to fashion.” CP18.5.2010. If she thinks that Muslim woman who cover their faces can be considered fashion in Australia, she would have to be joking. It is fashionable in Muslim countries, but it should not be tolerated in Australia. Congratulations go to France and the Belgians who had the intestinal fortitude to ban covering faces.

Before we left for Australia as migrants, the then Menzies government implored us to assimilate and integrate into the Australian way of life. This we did, but walking around in pyjama like garbs and covering the faces is definitely not the Australian way.

Furthermore, those people in Australia live in Muslim enclaves, educate their children in Muslim schools and indoctrinate them with passages from the Koran like, the infidels are your enemies killing them is the order of Allah, whoever that is. You never see them at sporting fields or mixing with other Australians, but after two years they can become Australian citizen. It’s a joke.

I would like to emphasise that not all Muslims are terrorists, but it can be said that all terrorists seem to be Muslims. When will the Australian government wake up and let only people into this country that are willing to adapt and assimilate?

It makes one wonder why Muslims want to come to a predominantly Christian country, why on earth don’t they want to go to a Muslim country? - Werner Schmidlin Yorkeys Knob

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Letter 2. Published 2.5.2010, with a picture of an Islamic women in a full burka, I wonder now if Bark (up the wrong tree) meyer will reply to this letter. - Werner
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Dress to respect the local culture.
PEOPLE who complain of the burka are not bigoted, nor ignorant, but democratic. In 2008, there were 40,000 dress code violations recorded by the Dress Police in Iran, and most of the tickets were issued to women for showing hair or too much ankle. Click picture to enlarge.

Obviously many Muslim women resent the strict Islamic code, which is a product of the post Iranian Revolution of 1979. And it has nothing to do with the Koran. In fact the Koran has very little to say about female dress.

In the mid-1960s I lived and worked in the Middle East, and I travelled to three or four cities without seeing the full burka.

I was always dressed conservatively with long sleeves and long hemlines. I did not wear a headscarf. I dressed to respect the local culture.
This is what women who wear the burka, do not do in Australia.

They are thumbing their noses at our democracy and our ideas of female beauty.
If I appeared in a swim suit at a beach in most Muslim countries, I might be arrested. But then I know it would upset people and I would not do it.

The extreme burka is a recent phenomenon and its days are numbered in the West, now that the criminal elements see the advantages of using it.

France has already banned the burka (And so has Belgium. - Werner) and other countries will follow; after all, a strict Islamic regime and a democracy cannot co-exist.
- I.P. Shanks, Mareeba.

My thought for today: - Werner
We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon. Konrad Adenauer