Brain graze



Racing against the clock again with Magic Mick's tips. His first recommendation at Moonee Valley today is Prince Benbara (race 3, No.3) which he says is a star hurdler and ready to win again. Trouble is they jump in about 13 minutes. You have time for a leisurely waddle to take a pecuniary interest in his other considerations: These two each-way REGICIDE (Race 6, No.7) and SPECULAR (Race 7, No.5).
And here's one straight from an owner's mouth: Homewrecker in next weekend's Brisbane Cup. The oats bill payer -- one of a syndicate of Collingwood supporters -- says if it draws between barriers 4 to 10, it will shit it in. If it draws elsewhere it will probably win. Workmate and Magpie maniac Wanci reckons there's an omen quinella there: Homewrecker (Collingwood syndicate) and Maguire (Collingwood prez for life).



Boy, has idiot third son Ooglay Hussein landed on his feet. There he is, hanging out in Hollywood with some "movie producer or director who wants to make story of how evil American Georgeboosh made my country a stinking crater so he could be having my Glorious Father's Oils. Also with us is William Morris agent for Ooglay and some hooker they think will make me happy. Or maybe she is movie star, I can't ever tell.''
Anyway, he learns from his Left Coast buddies that he is diverse and before you can say Liar, Liar, he's landed a job at the NY Times, replacing some idiot who thought that all a reporter did was sit in a bar and make it up. (Yes, I know, that is what they do. But you're supposed to do it from a bar somewhere near the story, not around the corner from the office). Anyway, Ooglay's now a media star. I'm afraid this is going to end in tears.
Ooglay's alter ego is doing his bit to aid the BOYCOTT HOLLYWOOD underdogs and needs a few hits to win a contest at this BLOGGER INDEX. Worth a link (or bookmark, in my case -- thanks Blogspot).



Resorting to the cliche of the week: They just don't get it!
Who? ABC defenders against Dickie Alston's entirely feasible claims of political bias in the news and current affairs section.
Trouble is they hoist themselves with their own petards of prejudice and idiocy.
A comrade rang "Hockey sticks'' Jon Faine earlier to brand Dickie's assertions as ridiculous because the majority of Australians were against the war and Howard was a Bush suckhole, and the US's imperialist grasp was spreading across the globe and it's all about oil and Howard won't say sorry and waddabout the kids overboard and he hijacked the republic and maintain your rage and no kid will live in poverty and pass the soggy biscuit and Bush stole the election and 51 per cent of Australians didn't vote for Howard and bring the boys home and Hollingworth protects pedophiles and Bill Heffernan's a maniac because he hunts down pedophiles and why should I take those tablets and the rest of the media's right wing and Phillip Adams gets a column only because he's in advertising and the CIA got rid of Whitlam and get that needle away from me and I know because the tram lines told me and they told Margo too....



In the wake of journalist scandals the New York Times has introduced an email box -- -- where you can report transgressions seen in the paper. THE DAILY NEWS' Zev Chafets says he's blown the whistle on columnist Maureen Dowd for misquoting Dubya.

Here's what she wrote:
"'Al Qaeda is on the run,' President Bush said last week. 'That group of terrorists who attacked our country is slowly but surely being decimated ... they're not a problem anymore.'"

Here's what Bush actually said:
"Al Qaeda is on the run. That group of terrorists who attacked our country is slowly but surely being decimated. Right now, about half of all the top Al Qaeda operatives are either jailed or dead. In either case, they're not a problem anymore."
The words in italics were replaced in Dowd's column by three little dots. Those dots say to the reader: Trust me, I'm abbreviating here, but what I'm leaving out doesn't change the meaning.
But the dots did change the meaning. In fact, they turned it upside down.
Far from declaring Al Qaeda "spent," Bush was warning the country against complacency. The only terrorists the President declared "no longer a problem" were the ones already jailed or dead.
New York Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis says the paper is "looking into" the column.
If Dowd intentionally misrepresented the President's words, she is guilty of a journalistic offense much worse than Bragg's intern problem, or even Blair's fantasies.
Blair is a kid, after all, who made things up for fun and profit. Dowd is a major figure at The Times, a role model. A syndicated role model.


Reflection from the email box:

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 50's, 60's and 70's shouldn't have survived,

Our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint which was promptly chewed and licked.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with pans.

When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip flops and fluorescent 'clackers' on our wheels.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the passenger seat was a treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted the same.

We ate dripping (Edit: not bloody me) sandwiches, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and no-one actually died from this.

We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into stinging nettles a few times,we learned to solve the problem.

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us all day and no one minded.

We did not have Playstations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99 channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet chat rooms. We had friends - we went outside and found them.

We played elastics and street rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt.

We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits. They were accidents. We learnt not to do the same thing again.

We had fights, punched each other hard and got black and blue we learned to get over it.

We walked to friend's homes.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate live stuff, and although we were told it would happen, we did not have very many eyes out, nor did the live stuff live inside us forever.

We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood.

Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

And you're one of them. Congratulations!


You want tears with that?

Police in Germantown, Maryland, arrested a woman Saturday for allegedly attacking a 5-year-old boy in a McDonald's restaurant and rubbing hot fries in his eyes. Police said the boy accidentally spilled ice cream on the woman's shirt.


Ve vill make you pay vor zis!

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German mother was fined $116.9 because her 8-year-old daughter refused to open her mouth for the school dentist.



THE WOG has been quiet of late. Pity, as I'd like to see the reaction from Wogville to Queensland Liberal senator Santo Santoro suggesting that ABC presenter Indira Naidoo got $250,000 a year for her five-minute Feedback program which aired for five minutes twice a week. Case of the spag wog beating up on the curry wog.


Reviewing Peter Hitchins' A Brief History of Crime, Theodore Dalrymple could be explaining how all sorts of madness masquerading as public policy came about:

Most of the reforms that have turned so much of Britain into an urban nightmare were not enacted because of any groundswell of opinion from below. It was the intellectual élite that demanded that the police should be emasculated, that the law's teeth should be drawn, that perpetrators should be treated as the victims of their own behaviour, and so forth.

But In this case, he is referring to the decomposing corpse that was once the world's best police force. More:

Fear of crime now dominates the lives of millions of people - and lucky is the householder whose first thought on returning home is not "Have I been burgled?"
Mr Hitchens places the blame firmly where it belongs: on a supine and pusillanimous political establishment that, for four decades at least, has constantly retreated before the verbal onslaught of liberal intellectuals whose weapons have been mockery allied to sentimental guilt about their prosperous and comfortable lives, and whose aim has been to liberate themselves from personally irksome moral constraints, without regard to the consequences for those less favourably placed in society than themselves.

Should be a good read.



On the news that Australian Governor-General Peter Hollingworth had resigned, Opposition Leader Simon Crean told Parliament ``It is as simple as this: you cannot have people in authority who have covered up for child sex abuse.''
Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, who was State ALP secretary when ex-Party leader Keith Wright and his deputy Bill Darcy were known throughout the party to have had sex with minors, had this to say to the ABC:
"It has been a difficult course for everybody, I haven't enjoyed pursuing this issue but it's been about looking after children and tackling paedophilia head on and I haven't enjoyed it," he said.
Even the dreaded Margo has contributed to the issue: In her web diary of Sept 26 2001 she says that even the opposition politicians and journalists knew of Keith Wright's nefarious activities.
So when is a politician or journalist going to apply the same standard to Beattie as they have demanded of Hollingworth? If no-one does, then the witch-hunt accusation is entirely accurate.



Only in country football. Tony Prytz reports from the Apollo Bay-Alvie game at Colac.

One of the Bay's two goals for the quarter came when Tyrone Van Santen goaled late in the quarter after Alvie
players stopped chasing him thinking the siren had sounded.
It turned out it was the afternoon train running past the Western Oval. The real siren sounded about a minute later.


It's not a witch hunt, the hating classes maintain. It's about making someone accountable for their shortcomings of judgement. So Hollingworth must go. He knew one of his underlings was a pedophile and let him remain in his position. It's no good for Hollingworth to claim that he acted out of concern for the priest's family and parishioners. He has to go because he did not act according to today's standards. OK, if that's what the witch hunters want, let it be. But a little consistency please. And lets' start with Hollingworth's main accuser, Peter Beattie. This message fell into the email letterbox yesterday: For now, I've omitted the sender's name.
Bernard, I am a frustrated man. From 1970 to 1986 i was a member of the A.L.P.
During this time i became a foot soldier for many political aspirants. Bill Darcy was one of those whom i supported during this time, we had a good working relationship because of our shared political views and the fact that i used to service his Jaguar.
During this time it was common knowledge to all those i knew in the Labor Party that Darcy had sex with students at a school in Beaudesert when he was a student teacher.
The sexual exploits of Baptist lay preacher and state school headmaster Keith Wright were widely discussed.
On a day in the early eighties i had serviced Darcys Jaguar and returned it to parliament house. Darcy was deputy leader at the time and Wright was the Opposition Leader.
I was having a beer with Darcy in his parliamentary office when Tom Burns [former leader of the opposition] stuck his head in the door and asked if Darcy had seen "Wrightie" Darcy replied "Wrighties in his element he has a group of High School Girls from his electorate showing them around parliament house". Wink Wink.
Tom Burns nodded knowing full well what Darcy had meant.
Peter Beattie was an executive of the A.L.P. at this time[ state secretary i think] and if he had not heard of or even discussed the exploits of both men he was the only one in the state A.L.P. who had not.
Strange that Beattie can be so critical of the Prime Minister and the Governor General when he had knowledge of the paedophile activities of two of its parliamentary members.
Regards xxxxxx
PS. During my time in the A.L.P. I was also a witness to electoral rorting. 30 Months ago i gave a 3hr statement to the federal police revealing names of some involved and details of how the rorting was carried out.
It's big and it has won the A.L.P.seats in the past. Petrie? Peter Beattie is a lucky man so far.