25 02 2010

Looming elections always bring the crazies out of the walls and especially so in Adelaide, notorious for its quiet, rigid, conservatism.  No one else seems to epitomise the more… extreme end of that conservatism than Trevor Grace, self-proclaimed saviour to the ‘unborn’, ‘pro-life’ fanatic who runs the website AbortSA.com.  The website uses bad science, scare tactics and horrific imagery in order to denounce ‘Abortionists’ and implicitly defame any woman who has sought and/or undergone an abortion.  Reading the section on ‘Rape and Abortion’ is so condescending and infuriating but when Mr Grace finally comes to make his point we are provided with the following nugget of wisdom;

“Practically, there are numerous legal problems with rape exception clause in an anti-abortion law; in that rape and incest pregnancies are easy to fake and hard to prove. After considering this problem and the statistics, a New Zealand commission in 1977 (on contraception, abortion and sterilisation) which suggested a significant liberalisation of New Zealand’s abortion law, recommended against allowing abortion for rape because the incidence of such pregnancies was too low, and the likelihood of false reports too high, to warrant a rape exception.

The appropriate response to rape and incest pregnancy is not abortion, but counselling, support and creative caring, to minimise the damage done by the crime rather than adding the evil of taking life to the crime of rape.

Not even sure if I can be bothered explaining why this is, how should we say, ‘bullshit’.  Any talk of ‘minimising’ the ‘harm’ caused by rape is absurd, and especially when, like Mr Grace, you want the woman to give up her life, her time, her youth, her money, her freedom to give birth to, raise and care for the baby of the man who assaulted and raped you.  But then Mr Grace wouldn’t really understand, since he can’t get pregnant if someone decided to force themselves on him.

Anyway, there you have it.  Debunk, ridicule and insult at your leisure.

Introducing Mr Abbott

19 02 2010

Care of the ABC

Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has described sex as “one of life’s great pleasures”, but says it is often difficult to find the time for it on the campaign trail.

Speaking just weeks after he courted controversy by making comments about women’s virginity, Mr Abbott said he did not subscribe to a “hair shirt” view of the good things in life.

“It is one of life’s great pleasures,” he told Launceston’s The Examiner.

“Let’s face it, it’s almost impossible to have when you are on the campaign trail.

Can I just say, for the record, ew.  Seriously.  If Mr Abbott wants to correct his public image and appeal to ‘modern day Australia,’ going from good, wholesome, Catholic values to free lovin’ hippy probably isn’t the way to do it — particularly when you consider this PR is about as transparent as George W Bush standing on an American battle-ship to declare ‘victory’.

And there is also the fact that he is a politician that wishes to assume control of the greatest, most violent institution for his own personal benefit and the benefit of his political allies and supporters.  Kind of puts a negative spin on… well… the ‘glory’ of it all.

Introducing Federal Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott

Mr Abbott also told the Examiner he disliked the “Captain Catholic tag” that had been ascribed to him.

“The only one of the Ten Commandments that I am confident that I have not broken is the one about killing, and that’s because I haven’t had the opportunity yet,” he said.

Don’t worry, he’ll get his chance to drop bombs on the rest of the world if he wins the next election.  Then it’ll be 10 for 10.

This is the choice we’re given for the next PM.  Abbott or Rudd.  And we’re supposed to like it?

Police Commissioner set to crush cars

14 02 2010

As of today, new laws will come into force in South Australia, allowing the Police Commissioner to crush the cars of ‘hoon drivers’ that have been impounded.  Why this even deserves a mention is that a great number of people apparently support such moves to punish ‘hoons’, a group which are characterised all too often as another one of those great, foreboding, malevolent forces which plagues the great state of South Australia.


The potential for harm is huge.  The idea behind the scheme is that crushing the cars will provide a deterrent to all those rev-head’s out there driving their done-up cars at a speed for exceeding any limit.  Of course, that’s not how it works out here in the real world.  Hoon drivers can be broken up into either those with money who can afford the expensive cars as if they were toys, in which case the crushing of the car will have no real effect anyway, or those young men and adolescents who have no real direction or purpose in life and so spend what money they earn on enhancing their car — their pride and joy.  A majority of these people are from the North.

To put it bluntly, many of those in this category aren’t that bright.  They’ve never been academic or sporting heros.  These are the, mostly, young men who have dropped out of high school or finished it with no real idea of where they want to go or what they want to do.  Many work as mechanics, on factory lines, as removalists or occasionally in retail.  Some are in gangs.  With no purpose in life, these people have their cars and their girlfriends.  All their money is then funnelled into improving the car.  Making it go faster, look better, sound like it has more balls.  The car becomes their pride and joy, the reason for their existence.  When they drive, they drive it fast, granted and I make no apologies for this.

Enter laws that allow their cars to be crushed.

Imagine if you can, the line of logic these ‘hoon’ drivers are going to follow the moment they are discovered driving at 110kmph in an 80 zone.  You know something about cars being crushed.  You’ve heard about it.  Your friends have talked about.  One’s even had it happen to them.  If you pull over, your car will be crushed.  Your pride and joy, the very thing that drives you to get up in the morning to go to work, to see your girlfriend, to eat even.  If you pull over, it will be taken away and crushed by guys in a blue uniform.  What are you going to do?

The answer is simple; run.

You will run.  You will see those red and blue lights and you will plant your foot on the accelerator and take off as fast as you can.

If you ask anyone commonly classed as a ‘hoon’ their opinion on the subject, and more precisely what they will do, they will give you the same response every time;  “I will run.”

Then ask yourself, what happens when these people run?  Their speed increases exponentially.  They become not just a serious threat to themselves, but their passengers and anyone else on the road.  Every second that passes their speed increases and they become even more of a threat than they were when they were speeding just to get from point A to B.  They will exceed the the 110k’s you were doing moments before.  They are panicked, arrogant and dead-set on getting away.  The chances of an accident occurring increase to 99%.  They are almost guaranteed to kill someone else on the road, themselves or at least crash, come out alive and be thrown in prison for the rest of their lives for a series of driving offences.

And if they actually pull over and their car is crushed?  If they weren’t in a gang before, they’ll certainly join up soon enough.

So enjoy South Australia.  In the process of trying to fervently to cure a problem like hoon driving with authoritarian laws, you are exponentially increasing the chances someone will wind up dead, not to mention ruining the lives of your least advantaged members.  Oh wait, but they don’t particularly matter when all they do is build your houses, fix your pipes or work on a car assembly line.  Besides, they’re evil, rotten, criminal hoons anyway.  They deserve it.


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