- 1816 – Italian composer Gioachino Rossini's opera buffa The Barber of Seville was hissed by the audience during its debut at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.
- 1872 – New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art (pictured), today containing a collection of over two million works of art, opened.
- 1943 – The Saturday Evening Post published the first of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms, some of the most widely distributed paintings ever produced, in support ofU.S. President Franklin Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms".
- 1959 – The Canadian government under Prime Minister John Diefenbaker cancelled the Avro CF-105 Arrow interceptor aircraft program amid much political debate.
- 1988 – The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast voted to secede from Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
- 1339 – The Milanese army and the St. George's (San Giorgio) Mercenaries of Lodrisio Visconti clashed in the Battle of Parabiago.
- 1472 – Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.
- 1547 – Edward VI of England is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
- 1685 – René-Robert Cavelier establishes Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France's claim to Texas.
- 1792 – The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington.
- 1798 – Louis Alexandre Berthier removes Pope Pius VI from power.
- 1810 – Andreas Hofer, Tirolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleon's forces, is executed.
- 1813 – Manuel Belgrano defeats the royalist army of Pío de Tristán during the Battle of Salta.
- 1816 – Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.
- 1835 – Concepción, Chile is destroyed by an earthquake.
- 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Olustee occurs – the largest battle fought in Florida during the war.
- 1872 – In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens.
- 1873 – The University of California opens its first medical school in San Francisco, California.
- 1877 – Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake receives its première performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
- 1901 – The legislature of Hawaii Territory convenes for the first time.
- 1909 – Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal Le Figaro.
- 1913 – King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra.
- 1921 – The Young Communist League of Czechoslovakia is founded.
- 1931 – The Congress of the United States approves the construction of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge by the state of California.
- 1933 – The Congress of the United States proposes the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution that will end Prohibition in the United States.
- 1933 – Adolf Hitler secretly meets with German industrialists to arrange for financing of the Nazi Party's upcoming election campaign.
- 1935 – Caroline Mikkelsen becomes the first woman to set foot in Antarctica.
- 1942 – Lieutenant Edward O'Hare becomes America's first World War II flying ace.
- 1943 – American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
- 1943 – The Parícutin volcano begins to form in Parícutin, Mexico.
- 1943 – The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms in support of United States President Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union address theme of Four Freedoms.
- 1944 – World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.
- 1944 – World War II: The United States takes Eniwetok Island.
- 1952 – Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.
- 1956 – The United States Merchant Marine Academy becomes a permanent Service Academy
- 1959 – The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
- 1962 – Mercury program: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes.
- 1965 – Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.
- 1971 – The United States Emergency Broadcast System is accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert.
- 1978 – The last Order of Victory is bestowed upon Leonid Brezhnev.
- 1987 – Unabomber: In Salt Lake City, a bomb explodes in a computer store.
- 1988 – The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast votes to secede from Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
- 1989 – An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England
- 1991 – A gigantic statue of Albania's long-time leader, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters.
- 1998 – American figure skater Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest gold-medalist at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
- 2003 – During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the Station nightclub ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others.
- 2005 – Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout.
- 2009 – Two Tamil Tigers aircraft packed with C4 explosives en route to the national airforce headquarters are shot down by the Sri Lankan military before reaching their target, in a kamikaze style attack.
- 2010 – In Madeira Island, Portugal, heavy rain causes floods and mudslides, resulting in at least 43 deaths, in the worst disaster in the history of the archipelago.
- 1631 – Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds, English statesman (d. 1712)
- 1633 – Jan de Baen, Dutch portrait painter (d. 1702)
- 1705 – Nicolas Chédeville, French composer, musette player and musette maker (d. 1782)
- 1726 – William Prescott, American Revolutionary War colonel (Battle of Bunker Hill) (d. 1795)
- 1743 – Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet (d. 1825)
- 1745 – Henry James Pye, English poet (d. 1813)
- 1751 – Johann Heinrich Voß, German poet (d. 1826)
- 1753 – Louis Alexandre Berthier, French marshal (d. 1815)
- 1757 – John 'Mad Jack' Fuller, English philanthropist (d. 1834)
- 1759 – Johann Christian Reil, German physician, founder of psychiatry (d. 1813)
- 1761 – Ludwig Abeille, German pianist and composer (d. 1838)
- 1763 – Adalbert Gyrowetz, Bohemian composer (d. 1850)
- 1794 – William Carleton, Irish novelist (d. 1869)
- 1802 – Charles de Bériot, Belgian violinist (d. 1870)
- 1819 – Alfred Escher, Swiss politician, railroad entrepreneur (d. 1882)
- 1839 – Benjamin Waugh, social reformer; founder of the NSPCC (d. 1908)
- 1844 – Ludwig Boltzmann, Austrian physicist (d. 1906)
- 1844 – Joshua Slocum, Canadian seaman and adventurer (d. 1909)
- 1848 – Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad executive (d. 1909)
- 1850 – Nérée Beauchemin, Canadian physician and poet (d. 1931)
- 1859 – Eliza Courtney, Illegitimate daughter of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and Charles Grey
- 1860 – Karl Mantzius, Danish theatre and film actor, theatre director and writer (d. 1921)
- 1866 – Carl Westman, Swedish architect and designer (d. 1936)
- 1874 – Mary Garden, Scottish operatic soprano (d. 1967)
- 1879 – Hod Stuart, Canadian hockey player (d. 1907)
- 1867 – Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife (d. 1931)
- 1880 – Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French aristocrat and novelist (d. 1923)
- 1887 – Vincent Massey, Governor-General of Canada (d. 1967)
- 1888 – Georges Bernanos, French writer (d. 1948)
- 1893 – Russel Crouse, American playwright (d. 1966)
- 1893 – Elizabeth Holloway Marston, American psychologist (d. 1993)
- 1898 – Jimmy Yancey, American pianist (d. 1951)
- 1899 – Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman (d. 1992)
- 1901 – Cecil Harmsworth King, English newspaper owner (d. 1987)
- 1901 – Muhammad Naguib, President of Egypt (d. 1984)
- 1901 – Ramakrishna Ranga Rao of Bobbili, Chief Minister of Madras Presidency (d. 1978)
- 1902 – Ansel Adams, American photographer (d. 1984)
- 1904 – Alexei Kosygin, Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1980)
- 1906 – Gale Gordon, American television and radio actor (d. 1995)
- 1907 – Malcolm Atterbury, American actor (d. 1992)
- 1912 – Pierre Boulle, French author (d. 1994)
- 1913 – Tommy Henrich, American baseball player (d. 2009)
- 1914 – John Daly, South African–born broadcaster (d. 2001)
- 1916 – Jean Erdman, American dancer
- 1917 – Juan Vicente Torrealba, Venezuelan harpist and composer
- 1918 – Leonore Annenberg, American billionaire (d. 2009)
- 1919 – James O'Meara, British Battle of Britain Spitfire Flying Ace (d. 1974)
- 1920 – Evgeny Dragunov, Russian weapons designer (d. 1991)
- 1920 – Carl Schwende, Canadian fencer (d. 2002)
- 1921 – René Jalbert, Canadian soldier (d. 1996)
- 1921 – Tom McGuigan, New Zealand politician (d. 2013)
- 1923 – Forbes Burnham, President of Guyana (d. 1985)
- 1924 – Gloria Vanderbilt, American socialite and clothing designer
- 1925 – Robert Altman, American film director (d. 2006)
- 1925 – Tochinishiki Kiyotaka, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 44th Yokozuna (d. 1990)
- 1925 – Heinz Kluncker, German trade union leader (d. 2005)
- 1926 – Adolf Bechtold, German footballer (d. 2012)
- 1926 – Richard Matheson, American author
- 1927 – Roy Cohn, American lawyer (d. 1986)
- 1927 – Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (d. 2005)
- 1927 – Sidney Poitier, American actor
- 1928 – Roy Face, American baseball relief pitcher
- 1928 – Jean Kennedy Smith, American diplomat
- 1929 – Amanda Blake, American actress (d. 1989)
- 1930 – Willie Cunningham, Northern Irish footballer (d. 2007)
- 1932 – Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
- 1932 – Tom Patey, Scottish mountaineer (d. 1970)
- 1934 – Bobby Unser, American racing driver
- 1936 – Marj Dusay, American actress
- 1936 – Larry Hovis, American actor (d. 2003)
- 1936 – Shigeo Nagashima, Japanese baseball player and coach
- 1937 – Robert Huber, German chemist, Nobel laureate
- 1937 – Roger Penske, American racing driver, race team owner and entrepreneur
- 1937 – Nancy Wilson, American Jazz singer
- 1938 – Richard Beymer, American actor
- 1939 – Frank Arundel, English footballer (d.1994)
- 1940 – John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley, former chief executive at BP
- 1940 – Jimmy Greaves, English footballer
- 1941 – Lim Kit Siang, Democratic Socialist opposition party in Malaysia
- 1941 – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian singer
- 1942 – Phil Esposito, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1942 – Charlie Gillett, British radio DJ
- 1942 – Mitch McConnell, American politician, senior senator of Kentucky
- 1942 – Claude Miller, French film director and screenwriter
- 1943 – Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist
- 1943 – Antonio Inoki, Japanese professional wrestler
- 1943 – Mike Leigh, British film director
- 1944 – Robert de Cotret, Canadian politician (d. 1999)
- 1944 – Willem van Hanegem, Dutch footballer and coach
- 1945 – Andrew Bergman, American screenwriter and film director
- 1945 – Brion James, American actor (d. 1999)
- 1945 – Alan Hull, English singer-songwriter (Lindisfarne_(band)) (d. 1995)
- 1945 – Annu Kapoor, Indian actor
- 1946 – Brenda Blethyn, English actress
- 1946 – Richard Cocciante, French-Italian singer and songwriter
- 1946 – Sandy Duncan, American singer and actress
- 1946 – J. Geils, American guitarist (The J. Geils Band)
- 1947 – André van Duin, Dutch comedian
- 1947 – Eggert Magnusson, Icelandic football executive
- 1947 – Peter Osgood, English footballer (d. 2006)
- 1947 – Peter Strauss, American actor
- 1948 – Pierre Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1948 – Jennifer O'Neill, Brazilian-born actress
- 1949 – Mab Segrest, American writer and activist
- 1949 – Ivana Trump, Czech-born American socialite
- 1950 – Walter Becker, American guitarist (Steely Dan)
- 1950 – Ken Shimura, Japanese performer and actor
- 1950 – Tony Wilson, British journalist and impresario (d. 2007)
- 1951 – Edward Albert, American actor (d. 2006)
- 1951 – Gordon Brown, British Member of Parliament, Prime Minister (2007–2010)
- 1951 – Randy California, American guitarist (Spirit) (d. 1997)
- 1951 – Phil Neal, English footballer
- 1953 – Riccardo Chailly, Italian conductor
- 1953 – Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)
- 1954 – Jon Brant, American musician (Cheap Trick)
- 1954 – Anthony Head, English actor
- 1954 – Patty Hearst, American socialite
- 1954 – Billy Pontoni, Colombian musician
- 1956 – Charlie Adler, American voice actor
- 1956 – Rick Green, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1957 – Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey coach
- 1958 – James Wilby, English actor
- 1959 – Scott Brayton, American race car driver (d. 1996)
- 1959 – Bill Gullickson, American baseball player
- 1960 – Joel Hodgson, American comedian (Mystery Science Theater 3000)
- 1960 – Kee Marcello, Swedish guitarist (Europe)
- 1961 – Imogen Stubbs, British actress
- 1962 – Kenn Nesbitt, American children's author
- 1962 – Dwayne McDuffie, American writer of comic books and television (d. 2011)
- 1963 – Charles Barkley, American basketball player
- 1963 – Ian Brown, English singer (The Stone Roses)
- 1963 – Jon Lynn Christensen, former Nebraska Congressman
- 1963 – Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou, Greek politician
- 1964 – Rodney Rowland, American actor
- 1964 – French Stewart, American actor
- 1965 – Ron Eldard, American actor
- 1966 – Cindy Crawford, American model
- 1967 – Paul Accola, Swiss alpine skier
- 1967 – Kurt Cobain, American musician (Nirvana) (d. 1994)
- 1967 – David Herman, American comedian
- 1967 – Katherine Soucie, American voice actress
- 1967 – Andrew Shue, American television actor
- 1967 – Lili Taylor, American actress
- 1968 – Ted Hankey, English darts player
- 1969 – Vaginal Davis, American drag queen and performance artist
- 1969 – Siniša Mihajlović, Serbian footballer
- 1969 – Gedo, Japanese professional wrestler
- 1969 – Danis Tanovic, Bosnian film director and screenwriter
- 1969 – Tommy Vardell, American football player
- 1971 – Calpernia Addams, transgender activist
- 1971 – Jari Litmanen, Finnish footballer
- 1971 – Shawn McKenzie, American programmer
- 1972 – Brent Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1972 – K-OS, Canadian musician/rapper
- 1973 – Kimberley Davies, Australian actress
- 1973 – Rohan Alexander, Jamaican-born cricketer
- 1974 – Kateřina Šišková, Czech tennis player
- 1974 – Ophelie Winter, French actress
- 1975 – Liván Hernández, Cuban baseball player
- 1975 – Brian Littrell, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
- 1975 – Niclas Wallin, Swedish hockey player
- 1976 – Rohan Gavaskar, Indian cricketer
- 1976 – Ed Graham, English drummer (The Darkness and Stone Gods)
- 1976 – Gail Kim, Canadian professional wrestler
- 1977 – Bartosz Kizierowski, Polish swimmer
- 1977 – Stephon Marbury, American basketball player
- 1977 – T.J. Slaughter, American football player
- 1977 – Amal Hijazi, Lebanese singer and model
- 1978 – Lauren Ambrose, American actress
- 1978 – Jakki Degg, English glamour model/actress
- 1978 – Jay Hernandez, American actor
- 1978 – Julia Jentsch, German actress
- 1980 – Artur Boruc, Polish footballer
- 1980 – Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby union footballer
- 1980 – Luis Gabriel Rey, Colombian footballer
- 1980 – Yūichi Nakamura, Japanese voice actor
- 1981 – Tony Hibbert, English footballer
- 1981 – Fred Jackson, American football player
- 1981 – Chris Thile, American musician (Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers)
- 1982 – Fait-Florian Banser, German footballer
- 1982 – Jason Hirsh, American baseball player
- 1983 – Jose Morales, Puerto Rican baseball player
- 1983 – Justin Verlander, American baseball player
- 1984 – Brian McCann, American baseball player
- 1984 – Gilles Pagnon, French-German rugby player
- 1984 – Ramzee Robinson, American football player
- 1985 – Ryan Sweeney, American baseball player
- 1985 – Yulia Volkova, Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)
- 1986 – Diego Reis, Brazilian footballer
- 1988 – Rihanna, Barbadian singer
- 1988 – Jiah Khan, Indian actress
- 1988 – Kealoha Pilares, American football player
- 1989 – Iga Wyrwal, Polish glamour model
- 1991 – Giovanni Kyeremateng Italian footballer
- 1991 – Antonio Pedroza, English-Mexican footballer
- 702 – K'inich Kan B'alam II, king of the Maya state of Palenque (b. 635)
- 1154 – Saint Wulfric of Haselbury Plucknett
- 1171 – Conan IV, Duke of Brittany (b. 1138)
- 1194 – King Tancred of Sicily (b. 1138)
- 1258 – Al-Musta'sim, last Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad (b. 1213)
- 1408 – Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, English statesman (b. 1342)
- 1431 – Pope Martin V (b. 1368)
- 1524 – Tecún Umán, last leader of the K'iche' (Quiché) Maya people
- 1579 – Nicholas Bacon, English politician (b. 1509)
- 1618 – Philip William, Prince of Orange (b. 1554)
- 1626 – John Dowland, English composer and lutenist (b. 1563)
- 1762 – Tobias Mayer, German astronomer (b. 1723)
- 1771 – Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist (b. 1678)
- 1773 – King Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia (b. 1701)
- 1778 – Laura Bassi, Italian scholar (b. 1711)
- 1790 – Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1741)
- 1803 – Marie Dumesnil, French actress (b. 1713)
- 1806 – Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (b. 1725)
- 1810 – Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean national hero (executed) (b. 1767)
- 1862 – William Wallace Lincoln, son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln (b. 1850)
- 1871 – Paul Kane, Irish-born painter (b. 1810)
- 1893 – P.G.T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (b. 1818)
- 1895 – Frederick Douglass, American abolitionist writer (b. 1818)
- 1905 – Jeremiah W. Farnham, American merchant captain
- 1907 – Henri Moissan, French chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1852)
- 1910 – Boutros Ghali, the Prime Minister of Egypt from (b. 1846)
- 1916 – Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Swedish writer, pacifist, Nobel laureate (b. 1844)
- 1917 – Leone Sextus Tollemache, British Army captain (b. 1884)
- 1920 – Jacinta Marto, Portuguese saint (b. 1910)
- 1920 – Robert Peary, American explorer (b. 1856)
- 1929 – Manuel Díaz, Cuban fencer (b. 1874)
- 1936 – Max Schreck, German actor (b. 1879)
- 1941 – Madame Bolduc, Canadian singer and songwriter (b. 1894)
- 1942 – Juliusz Bursche, bishop of the Evangelical-Augsburg Church in Poland (b. 1862)
- 1961 – Percy Grainger, Australian composer (b. 1882)
- 1963 – Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor (b. 1914)
- 1963 – Jacob Gade, Danish composer(b. 1879)
- 1965 – Fred Immler, German actor (b. 1880)
- 1966 – Chester Nimitz, American admiral (b. 1885)
- 1968 – Anthony Asquith, British film director and writer (b. 1902)
- 1968 – Felipe Tolentino, Filipino, Accountant
- 1969 – Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor (b. 1883)
- 1970 – Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist (b. 1885)
- 1972 – Maria Goeppert-Mayer, German physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
- 1972 – Walter Winchell, American journalist (b. 1897)
- 1974 – David Monrad Johansen, Norwegian composer (b. 1888)
- 1976 – René Cassin, French judge, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
- 1976 – Kathryn Kuhlman, American evangelist (b. 1907)
- 1981 – Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg, magazine editor, socialite (b. 1904)
- 1983 – Fritz Köberle, Austrian-Brazilian physician (b. 1910)
- 1985 – Clarence "Ducky" Nash, American voice actor (b. 1904)
- 1987 – Wayne Boring, American comics artist (b. 1905)
- 1992 – A. J. Casson, Canadian painter (b. 1898)
- 1992 – Roberto D'Aubuisson, Salvadoran politician (b. 1944)
- 1992 – Pierre Dervaux, French conductor, composer and pedagogue (b. 1917)
- 1992 – Dick York, American actor (b. 1928)
- 1993 – Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian automobile manufacturer (b. 1916)
- 1993 – Ernest L. Massad, U.S. Army general (b. 1908)
- 1996 – Solomon Asch, American psychologist (b. 1907)
- 1996 – Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese composer (b. 1930)
- 1997 – Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist (b. 1960)
- 1999 – Sarah Kane, English playwright (b. 1971)
- 1999 – Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)
- 2000 – Anatoly Sobchak, Russian politician (b. 1937)
- 2001 – Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
- 2001 – Donella Meadows, American scientist (b. 1941)
- 2003 – Maurice Blanchot, French author (b. 1907)
- 2003 – Orville L. Freeman, American politician (b. 1918)
- 2003 – Harry Jacunski, American football player (b. 1915)
- 2003 – Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White and Samantha 7) (b. 1971)
- 2003 – Mushaf Ali Mir, Pakistani Chief of the Air Staff (b. 1947)
- 2005 – Pam Bricker, American jazz singer (b. 1954)
- 2005 – Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1944)
- 2005 – John Raitt, American actor (b. 1917)
- 2005 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)
- 2005 – Tom Willmore, English geometer (b. 1919)
- 2006 – Michael M. Ames, Canadian academic and professor (b. 1933)
- 2006 – Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (b. 1919)
- 2006 – Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (b. 1920)
- 2007 – F. Albert Cotton, American chemist (b. 1930)
- 2007 – Carl-Henning Pedersen, Danish artist, member of the CoBrA movement (b. 1913)
- 2008 – Emily Perry, English actress (b. 1907)
- 2009 – Larry H. Miller, American businessman and owner of the Utah Jazz (b. 1944)
- 2010 – Alexander Haig, American soldier and politician (b. 1924)
- 2010 – Basavaraju Venkata Padmanabha Rao, Tollywood comedian, film producer and director (b. 1931)
- 2012 – Asar Eppel, Russian writer and translator (b. 1935)
- 2012 – Katie Hall, American politician (b. 1938)
- 2012 – S. N. Lakshmi, Indian actress (b. 1927)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- World Day of Social Justice (International)
Miranda DevineJason Clare didn't campaign in his seat last election .. he was with Gillard. He has been protected from now from the terrible fighting going on within the ALP, probably grooming him for leadership. But he has failed in all of his responsibilities. He failed as Education Secretary with BER. He failed in procurements for military with his purchases getting soldiers killed. He failed in Home Office on Boat People issue. He has failed with this stunt. And he failed to represent his constituent over the issue of Hamidur Rahman. - ed
FAR-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders has called the Prophet Muhammad a murderer and used Anzac soldiers as an example of the courage needed to speak out against Islam at a speech to Melbourne supporters.
Tight security surrounded Mr Wilders’ hour-long speech to members of the ultra-conservative local group the Q Society of Australia...
In fact, Wilders is not far-Right, I discussed this very point with him on Monday. He’ll own up to being culturally conservative, but his policy platforms aren’t standard far-Right fare. He is a strong supporter of Israel, small government and free speech (reports that he wants the Koran banned are false). He has kept his distance from true far-Right parties such as France’s National Front.
But now note the other half of The Age’s game with labels:
Protest organiser Feiyi Zhang said: “we’re here to show we will not stand for Wilders’ racism and Islamophobia”.
If Wilders is to be labelled far-Right, why isn’t this protest organiser equally labelled far-Left? After all, that label, at least, would be accurate.
Protest organiser Feiyi Zhang ... said his speech could incite violence against Muslims...
Doesn’t she mean violence from Muslims - and from her radical Left?
Audience members had to go through a metal detector, bag searches and identity checks.
Watch the video above. The protesters’ use of physical force and intimidation to stop others from simply listening to whom they like is shameful and betrays the totalitarian instinct of the far-Left. But what is more bizarre is that Leftists claiming to defend Muslims from vilification are, by using this force, only making Islam seem even more threatening.
I really wanted to go last night to hear Geert Wilders but my husband was interstate on business and was very anxious about me attending unaccompanied due to the threats of violence. I am really upset that I didn’t go and ashamed that in this democratic country people are not free to attend a talk such as this without fear and intimidation. How has this happened in my country.
Goodness me, a man wants to get through the crowd, gets pushed and shoved over repeatedly and you can clearly hear and see one of them shout “STOP BEING VIOLENT” (00:57). My jaw honestly dropped, how stupid are these people? Using violence whilst condemning violence? Hypocrite is an understatement. Wilders speaks for those of us who are sick to death of PC thugs telling us what we can and can’t say.
For those too frightened by the thuggery and threats to hear Wilders’ speak, here is what he said last night.
Read and decide for yourself. Do not let bullies dictate what you may and may not hear.
I am an elected politician from one of the oldest democracies in the world. I am the leader of the Party for Freedom, the largest Dutch opposition party. We have almost 1 million voters in a country that is known for its tolerance. I am not a fringe figure; I am not far-right either. Political opponents brought me to court, accusing me of hate speech and discrimination. But the court in Amsterdam after an ordeal that lasted 2 years cleared me of all charges.Earlier, I have spoken in the premises of the United States Congress, the British House of Lords, the Danish Parliament and other government premises. I participated in conferences in the U.S. and Canada, Germany, Italy, and elsewhere, with people none of which belong to the far-right.For the past 9 years I have been living under round the clock police protection. Wherever I go, plainclothes policemen go with me. I live in a government safe house, bulletproof and safer than the National Bank. I wish I had their money. Earlier my wife and I have even lived in army barracks and prison cells just to be safe from assassins.Why do I need this protection? I am not a president or king, I am a simple parliamentarian.I have been marked for death. I was placed under police protection in November 2004 when the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was slaughtered in broad daylight because he had criticized Islam. A few hours later, the police found a letter written by van Gogh’s assassin threatening to kill me and my colleague Ayaan Hirsi Ali as well. We, too, had been critical of Islam, especially through our work in parliament.Ayaan has since left for America, but I continue to candidly express my views about Islam in the Dutch Parliament and in the public debate around the world.
But it is not I who am important here. What is at stake is the defense of our freedom.Only two weeks ago, a good friend of mine, Lars Hedegaard, a journalist from Denmark, survived an assassination attempt. A foreigner tried to shoot him through the head. Why? For the simple reason that Lars is critical of Islam.
Europe has become a dangerous place for those who criticize Islam.
Not only Europe now. Shame on the Australian protesters, most non-Muslims of the far Left, who by their actions have helped prove Wilders right.
Janette Albrechtsen on learning something new about Tony Abbott and one of the Insiderspanelists with whom I got on best:
I learned two things last week about two men I thought I knew well enough. One - a distinguished military man, only recently awarded an Order of Australia, an alpha male, a sportsman, a former journalist, an accomplished writer, a once brute political operative for both sides, a deep thinker with a cheeky wit - is now a woman. Malcolm McGregor is now Cate McGregor.
McGregor is also the author of a magnificent new book An Indian Summer of Cricket. Whereas Malcolm wrote the book, Cate attended the book’s launch. As McGregor writes towards the end, “By the time this book is launched I expect to be living permanently as a woman"…A few days ago, McGregor told me over the phone she is now able to say: “this is my authentic life”.The other man I learned something important about is Tony Abbott. The Opposition Leader has known McGregor as Malcolm for more than 30 years. Both deeply inquisitive about people and ideas, Abbott and McGregor have shared many raucous conversations over a curry in Canberra.
How did Abbott respond when Malcolm became Cate? With compassion and humility about human frailty. With gentle humour and stalwart friendship, too. Catholic teachings against transgender had no bearing on Abbott’s concern and support for McGregor. The Opposition Leader segued seamlessly from offering up his usual vigorous handshake to a mate to greeting his old friend with a hug and a peck on the cheek.
Doesn’t fit the caricature painted by Labor and its allies. But sure fits the man I know.
Abbott reviews McGregor’s book. The final paragraphs:
Eventually, the struggle to preserve what’s worthy while everything else changes envelopes McGregor himself. While India’s tour disintegrated, McGregor was coming apart too. As he writes in the last chapter, back in 1985, he’d been diagnosed as transgendered but had resolved, in his own words, to “man up” and get on with life. Last summer, the strain of trying to be what, deep down, he was not became too much. Between the end of the series and finishing the book, faced with total personal collapse or a leap into the unknown, Malcolm has become Cate. Those who knew him will be shocked, McGregor writes, but not offended, she hopes.
Throughout the book, McGregor has wrestled with the impact of change on identity. Is the 20 over game the real thing, for instance? After some struggle, this instinctive traditionalist tentatively and at times reluctantly concludes that, yes, it is because enough of test cricket’s concentration, struggle and artistry have survived the translation. How much harder must it have been to deal with his own inner angst and to have concluded that change wasn’t just unavoidable but desirable? All who have ever been on the precipice of changing their lives could benefit from another book from McGregor focussing on this, the biggest change imaginable.How do institutions based on obedience to authority, respect for tradition, and loyalty to comrades even survive, let alone flourish, in a world that’s much more attuned to individual autonomy and authenticity? How do we encourage people to be selfless when we won’t even let them be hard on themselves? These doubts, I suspect, stem from lack of sufficient faith in the power of our ideals and in our capacity to adapt. McGregor’s life might actually be answering questions that the book merely poses.With barely a blink, the army has accommodated his personal changes. After all, McGregor’s professionalism and patriotism has not changed one bit, though much else has. Field Marshall Slim once remarked that moral courage is a higher and rarer virtue than physical bravery. Army chief General David Morrison’s launch of this book is a fitting salute to courage. How’s that for an institution that is so often supposed to be out-of-touch.
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THE Australian Human Rights Commission is slated for far-reaching changes in its culture, priorities and operational methods under a Coalition government, with opposition legal affairs spokesman George Brandis determined to transform the debate about human rights in Australia…
Brandis believes the Left’s once commanding ascendancy over the human rights domain is now eroding because of overreach and a popular backlash.
At Senate estimates last week and in an interview with The Australian this week, Brandis defined his line of attack: he believes the commission does not honour its statutory charter and pursues a highly selective and ideological agenda that is unacceptable to a Coalition government.He told the president of the AHRC, Gillian Triggs: “It is as if your agency is not really a human rights commission at all but an anti-discrimination commission.“I am looking for the programs that you run to promote freedom, liberty, freedom of expression, freedom of association… What steps, what outlays from your budget, what staff deployments, what public education programs and what other activities have you had to promote, to evangelise, the message to the Australian people that freedom of speech and expression is a very, very important right in our democracy which ought to be jealously defended? ...
“You are meant to be the agency that advocates for freedom, just as you are meant to be the agency that advocates for egalitarian rights as well.”
But as Kelly suggests, the Human Rights Commission has shown virtually no interest in defending free speech:
As an independent body the commission, in fact, spends much of its time evangelising for its anti-discrimination causes, notably in relation to race, sex and indigenous affairs. The idea that it would evangelise for the fundamental rights outlined by Brandis and critical for Australia’s political culture is improbable. Indeed, an examination of the commission’s annual report and its strategic plan demonstrate it has no such conception of its role.
In fact, the Human Rights Commission in 2011 gave its Human Rights Medal to the barrister who ran the successful court case to censor me and have two of my columns banned:
Ron Merkel QC - Winner
For 40 years, Ron Merkel has devoted himself to access to justice for people who are marginalised and disadvantaged, having a long and outstanding commitment to the promotion and advancement of human rights as a legal practitioner…
Ron has recently appeared in a range of significant and high profile cases including, this year, Eatock v Bolt where he appeared as lead counsel for nine Aboriginal people who successfully claimed that Andrew Bolt and the Herald and Weekly Times had published articles in breach of the Racial Discrimination Act.
A Human Rights Medal to a man who led a successful attack on our right to free speech. Absolutely astonishing. You’d laugh if it wasn’t illegal.
Back to Brandis:
Brandis believes the commission fails in its responsibility to the wider Australian community… His plan is to elevate a Liberal Party conception of human rights, founded in individual freedom…
As a liberal moderate, Brandis has long believed that “the greatest single intellectual blunder by the Right since World War II was to cede the human rights agenda to the Left"…
Brandis and Abbott have a close relationship and their transforming human rights reform is empowered by a popular conclusion. They believe the 2011 Andrew Bolt court case was a turning point because ordinary Australians saw a judge telling people what they were allowed to say about politics.
The police investigation into the AWU scandal is not just serious but broadening in its scope:
FEDERAL Court officials have been told by Victorian detectives investigating the AWU “slush fund” scandal that they intend to execute a search warrant at the court’s registry to retrieve a legal file concerning Julia Gillard’s allegedly corrupt former boyfriend, union official Bruce Wilson.
The file is regarded by police and legal figures, including former Australian Workers Union national secretary Ian Cambridge, now a commissioner for Fair Work Australia, as significant because it is believed to include several affidavits and evidence of allegedly corrupt payments by building companies to Mr Wilson.In a letter to Victoria Police’s Major Fraud and Extortion Squad earlier this month, Federal Court official Robert Thomsett described the file’s documents and subpoena material about building companies Thiess, John Holland Construction and others. These firms allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to Mr Wilson, a former AWU state secretary who has denied any wrongdoing.
A large part of the alleged fraud was carried out through the AWU Workplace Reform Association, which was set up in the 1990s after legal advice from Ms Gillard in her role as a lawyer at Slater & Gordon. Ms Gillard, who later described the association as a “slush fund” for the re-election of union officials, has vehemently denied wrongdoing, saying she knew nothing of the operations of the association.
But a second file, believed to be more significant, has gone walkies:
The Federal Court’s Mr Thomsett has advised police that despite repeated searches since late last year the second file is still missing. A senior source said the missing file had held a sworn statement made in 1996 by an AWU staffer, Wayne Hem, who has told The Australian he was instructed by Mr Wilson to put $5000 into Ms Gillard’s personal bank account in 1995. Mr Wilson did not deny the claim and said Mr Hem was an honest man who was probably correct. Ms Gillard said she had no recollection of getting the money.
The circumstances surrounding the file’s disappearance are part of the ongoing investigation into the alleged fraud by Victoria Police, which has sent several detectives to Sydney this week to speak to witnesses and gather further evidence.
Marius Kloppers announces he is retiring as chief executive of BHP Billiton.
Kloppers’ most unfortunate public policy announcement, from 2010:
BHP Billiton chief executive Marius Kloppers said the government should consider a range of initiatives, including a carbon tax and individual levies, to lower energy consumption.
Repudiated by his chairman a year later:
BHP Billiton chairman Jacques Nasser has turned up the pressure on Julia Gillard to abandon plans for a carbon tax, calling for a “go-slow” approach to tackling climate change and warning that the rest of the world is unlikely to follow Australia’s lead.
Julia Gillard on Monday:
Addressing the Australian Workers Union national conference last night, Ms Gillard praised her “good friend” Mr Swan, who had returned from a meeting of G20 finance ministers in Russia.
“In that room, when they looked for leadership, they looked to Wayne Swan, a man honoured as the world’s best treasurer,” she said.
Boris the reader:
Intrigued by the sudden rise of Wayne Swan into the global leadership elite whilst he was in Moscow, I decided to do a quick search of Russian internet sources, in order to confirm that Australia finally grew a global leader.
Suffice to say, that Gillard exaggerated again. Russian official sites are all about Russian contribution to the G20 agenda, which is fair since they are in charge this year.
The only mentioning of Swan I found in the Russian Business newspaper site that contained the following pearls:(1) Swan was called Maxwell Swan (hardly a sign that this influential leader was so impressive that they could remember his first name):
(2) Swan suggested that Moscow was the most beautiful city and the Kremlin was the most beautiful building (being born and raised in Moscow I have a real issue with the first part of this statement, but to each his own); and(3) Finally, he suggested that the real task was not the managed transer of power from West to East, but harmonisation of development between developed and developing countries. Russia was half way between East and West, and at this point developed world had high unemployment and developing world - poverty.
I can’t see any grand thoughts here, I must say regretfully.
Paul Howes issued this ultimatum two years ago:
Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howes has warned the Government that ”if one job is gone, our support [for the carbon tax] is gone”.
PACKAGING giant Amcor will cut about 300 jobs at three manufacturing sites in Victoria and Queensland…
“The continued strength of the Australian dollar, significantly increasing cost pressures, including in areas such as energy costs, have made it impossible for these sites to remain competitive,” [managing director of Amcor Australasia Nigel Garrard ] said in a statement today…
The acting Queensland branch secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union, Ben Swan, said 160 workers were expected to be made redundant at the Petrie mill...
Workers at the Petrie mill were told closure was caused not only by high energy costs and the high Australian dollar, but the carbon tax. A worker writes:
The carbon tax was partially to blame as it made the business unviable in the future. This year our carbon tax bill will be $400,000 [after] a 95 per cent discount due to the first year of implementation.
This would rise to $5 million over the next few years. The mill is running at a loss due to the high dollar, however when the dollar drops to around 95 cents it would be profitable again. So the carbon tax is the one item which stops the prospect of the business being viable…David Berry from Amcor head office addressed the workers and that is what he quoted…
The AWU, which is the major union on site, was on television the same night we were losing our job. Spruiking how they supported Gillard and the Government.
I asked Amcor to confirm the figures and Berry’s comments, but it would only say that the Government’s assistance to cope with the carbon tax “declines over time”. When I wrote back to say I assumed from this non-committal answer that Amcor was trying to keep out of a public debate on the tax, but that my figures were correct, I was told “Amcor will not deny it”.
Today, a hint from the AWU itself that many of its own members oppose the carbon tax backed by the AWU leadership propping up Gillard:
Australian Workers Union Victorian state secretary Cesar Melhem ... said members felt Ms Gillard had a closer affinity to their experiences in the workplace than Mr Rudd…
‘’Now some members or some people might talk a bit about the carbon tax fiasco or something like that but overall they have a real distinction between her and even Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott,’’ he told Fairfax Media on the sidelines of the AWU’s national conference on the Gold Coast.
But bottom line: AWU boss Paul Howes said he’d oppose the carbon tax if it cost a single job. The carbon tax has now helped cost the jobs of more than 100 of his own members.
Will he now live up to his promise - and his duty to his members - an oppose this pointless and destructive tax?
A desperate, dishonest government - playing more games with the national finances - gets called out by a bureaucracy now leaking against it:
THE Gillard government’s innovation and jobs package was launched this week despite warnings from the Industry Department and the Tax Office that the $1 billion saving at the heart of the policy might never eventuate…
It was funded by the axing of accelerated research and development tax breaks for about 20 mining, financial services and retail companies with turnovers above $20 billion, a move forecast to raise $1 billion over four years.
But late last year, in cabinet-in-confidence advice, Industry Minister Greg Combet’s department argued vehemently against that plan, which had the strong backing of Treasury.
In advice canvassed with other departments and a government taskforce advising on the policy, the Industry Department warned that Treasury’s $1 billion option would encourage the big companies to find ways to rearrange their financial relationships with related overseas entities and buyers in order to reduce their Australian turnover to below the $20 billion threshold.
The financial incompetence is typical, as is the hypocrisy:
Panic drives the Labor mob towards Kevin Rudd, with only Bill Shorten’s AWU faction stopping a leadership change:
BILL Shorten is being urged to break the government’s leadership impasse as Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan face mounting pressure to reveal how they can salvage Labor from its dire position.
Labor MPs are increasing pressure on the Workplace Relations Minister and key factional powerbroker to act “in the best interests of the party” at a time when all polling suggests Labor faces annihilation at the election.With the supporters of Kevin Rudd making it clear he is not preparing a leadership challenge in next month’s parliamentary sitting and could “wait until June” before deciding whether he would come back as leader, despondent Labor MPs are increasingly desperate for a political “circuit-breaker” to revive the party’s fortunes.
Key Labor MPs say the “external momentum has changed” towards Mr Rudd as MPs realise they would lose their seats based on current polling, prompting calls for Mr Shorten to take action.
The comments came as the Arts Minister, Simon Crean, warned his colleagues not to see ‘’the revolving door of leadership’’ as the key to their salvation ahead of the September 14 election.
Claims of loyalty from Shorten, a general of the AWU faction propping up Gillard:
I know from my conversations with plenty of people we’re united in terms of supporting Julia Gillard as leader… I’m not even contemplating any debate about our internal line-up. I support ... Julia Gillard.
Mark Baker begs Gillard go:“We just took our biggest single wager on Rudd to be PM at the next election since we commenced betting on this market last June,” Sportingbet CEO Michael Sullivan said. “He’s been backed from $2.40 into $1.70.”
The only tricks Labor can take, it seems, are those allegedly procured by Mr Thomson on his union-funded credit card.
Nice line, and Baker is surely right in making this point, which I touched upon on 2GB last night:
In the midst of this turmoil, the Prime Minister and her Treasurer are spending quality time at the Australian Workers Union national conference on the Gold Coast, cuddling up with national secretary Paul Howes and doing high-fives with union elder statesman Bill Ludwig. Of course it was Howes - along with his predecessor as AWU boss, Workplace Minister Bill Shorten - who played a central role replacing Rudd with Gillard and whose inordinate influence over the internal processes of the ALP is pivotal to her remaining in the job.
One might have thought Gillard would be wiser to keep her distance from anything involving the initials AWU as the Victorian police fraud squad continues its intensive investigation into the hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen from an AWU slush fund she helped to incorporate as a young lawyer by her former boyfriend and AWU official Bruce Wilson, once the golden-haired protege of Bill Ludwig.
The Australian warns against Kevin Rudd, author of some of Gillard’s worst troubles:
Whatever the Prime Minister’s unforced errors in the past 32 months, Ms Gillard inherited the in-tray from hell. If Mr Rudd were to emerge from cryogenic storage, where he improbably claims to be residing, it would be impossible to disown the legacy he left her. Mr Rudd could eat humble pie for breakfast, lunch and dinner from now until the election and still not wipe the plate clean, since his fingerprints are on the policies that created most of the present government’s misfortunes.
His contribution to protecting our borders was to roll back a solution that worked and replace it with a policy vacuum, outsourcing migration approval to people-smugglers…
Mr Rudd can distance himself from the latest excruciating episodes of the mining tax soap opera, but voters will not forget that entire fiscal farce was conceived on his watch…
Mr Rudd will struggle to win credit for the half-baked hospital reforms he left sitting on Ms Gillard’s plate like a badly cooked piece of chicken...
Christine Milne yesterday proved Julia Gillard sold her soul to the Greens for nothing in the most catastrophic decision of her political career.
The Greens leader proved Gillard could have become Prime Minister in 2010 without signing the deal with the Greens that destroyed her credibility and wrecked Labor’s chances at the next election.
Here’s Milne yesterday, announcing the deal Gillard signed with then Greens leader Bob Brown was over - but the Greens would nevertheless keep Labor in power:
“Labor has effectively ended its agreement with the Greens,” Senator Milne told the audience.“Well so be it. But we will not allow Labor’s failure to uphold the spirit of our agreement to advance the interests of Tony Abbott.
“We will not walk away from the undertakings we gave not only to the Prime Minister, but to the people of Australia, and that was to deliver confidence and supply until the Parliament rises for the election.”
Nothing more clearly proves what seemed clear - at least to me - from the day Gillard signed the wedding register with Brown: she could have had the Greens support for nothing. Milne has now proved there was no way on earth the Greens would have ever supported the Coalition instead.
But in an astonishing misjudgment of her power and the Greens’ weakness, Gillard in 2010 bought what she could have got free - and in doing so blew every bit of credibility she had left, plus billions of taxpayers’ dollars.
To buy off the Greens, Gillard agreed to a carbon tax, breaking her pre-election promise that “there will be no carbon tax under a government I lead”
She gave the Greens access to Treasury briefings and weekly meetings with herself when Parliament was sitting. And as a sweetener, she added a $10 billion “clean energy” fund - wasting $10 billion she now desperately needs.
The voters’ trust in her has never recovered. Labor itself was weakened, made to look like a Greens’ puppet. And the money she wasted…
And now Milne confirms it was all for nothing.
If Labor thinks this political divorce yesterday is such a great idea, then why didn’t it instigate the separation some time ago?
It’s like thousands of Craig Emersons, who just cannot be told - not even by their chattering teeth:
Organizers of the “Forward on Climate” event estimated that 35,000 people from 30 states turned out in cold, blustery conditions for what they said was the biggest climate rally in U.S. history ...
Jim Ball has some advice for the Coalition:
The way I see it, the people need something clean, crisp, uplifting and inspirational after six years of the ongoing rolling chaos, shambles and dishonesty of Gillard and Rudd…
Obviously Labor are going to go all out with a campaign of negativity against Tony Abbott and The Coalition and it would seem to me the best way to fight it (as well as the negative stuff) is with an overarching campaign of unbridled optimism, enthusiasm and sunny uplands in an endeavour to counter and neutralise it. It’s all about making people feel good and optimistic about their lives.
I know what Jim means. Last year it sometimes seemed too obvious a ploy when Tony Abbott brought his daughters out on the campaign trail. This week I saw this picture of Abbott with daughter Bridget, and instinctively felt: at last, a bit of no-dramas normality. Nice people, nice place, no screaming and abusing and threatening. Just normal. It felt so strange ... and so welcome:
So I think Jim is onto something. Here is another of his suggestions, inspired by the success of Ronald Reagan’s justly famous ad:
Bung in your own suggestions.
Context is everything. This poster worked well for Gough Whitlam, tapping into a popular sentiment:
But reader Elizabeth, in reworking the same poster for Gillard, taps into a popular sentiment that would produce a dramatically different result:
Michael Smith has the charges against former Speaker Peter Slipper, who says he is innocent.
Complete charge sheet here.
10 Ways to be Mindful with your Children Again
I am reminded of the last time I saw my grandmother. Nanna had been physically fit all her life. She was one of NSW top outdoor bowls players into her 90's. But her last two years were hard on her. She lost the ability to care for herself and was placed by her children in a nursing home. She had loved playing cards (Canasta, German Whist, Bridge) but she had developed a cataract, and when a laser was used to remove it the laser reacted adversely blinding one eye. She wouldn't allow a procedure on the other eye. She was in an upstairs ward in a small room without a tv or phone. When she entered there, she was accompanied with my Uncle's second wife. Ellie hadn't been around long. Nanna was asked to name her children and grand children and great grandchildren. She did, but when she got to the end, she kept going, sending my aunt into a panic. Ellie wouldn't have known of the step family from fifty years earlier. I used to visit her every week for the previous decade, but it was a four hour journey on public transport from my Liverpool home to her abode down the Princess Hwy past the UNSW. It was closer to her children, but they didn't visit often. My mother did. Mother got Nanna to give her my address and phone number. I felt under siege as a result and stopped answering my phone. But I knew the end was near, and after about four months, called her. My Dad was there, visiting from Melbourne. I arranged to meet with her that evening. She greeted me from her bed. She was in enormous pain from lying down too much. She tried not to show her discomfort. I sang "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" and she tried to join in. She apologised for betraying me to my mother but she hadn't known what else to do .. my mother can be very manipulative. It wasn't long, maybe just short of an hour. I promised to return again soon. Downstairs, I asked a nurse if anything could be done for her pain. He didn't think there was anything. She died that evening. I guess she had wrapped up everything she needed to do. The nurse was at the funeral. I thanked him for helping her. He said he hadn't euthanaised her. He was worried I would think he had. I'm certain he hadn't. Sheer will power had kept her going. - ed
Today I hosted Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt, in the electorate at Lime Kiln Bay.
We discussed the Coalition's plan to clean up the Georges River. David Coleman
A god made from teddy bears
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Wilders is wrong. He points to Islamic peoples and claims that he has personal testimony showing how Islamic communities ruined his neighbourhood. From an Australian perspective, he is wrong to point to the Islamic peoples because Australia has dealt in the past with others who were similarly anti social. The reason of the immigration failure in Europe is bad government and bad policing. Socialists are good at tax and spend, but bad at community organising. This should not be a point of pride with corrupt Islamic leadership .. they failed too. - ed
I am reminded of when Howard was pushing his tough gun legislation through parliament. My students had heard the media arguments against the responsible action and so I gave them a hypothetical .. under what circumstance is it good to have a firearm to defend yourself at home? Best case scenario is that it isn't needed or used. Then it goes downhill. The gun is used but no one is harmed. The thief is killed and the homeowner faces murder charges. The thief is wounded and sues the homeowner .. Even assuming Oscar is telling the truth, he is too dumb to be free. - ed
Officially hanging in Cabramatta...for a while.. #dailytelegraph #vietnamese #community #town #billboard #asiandude #represent #lol #ninja - Andy Minh Trieu
What a brilliant proposal which could lift the standards of Australian and Asia Pacific universities. Impediments for the students are obvious .. living, working and language. An oppositional media would make appalling claims the first time a student dies from an accident. But it is a cure for accusations of Australian racism. - ed
Have you thought about volunteering while you're at Uni? Its a great way to broaden your experience and give back to the community (and doesn't look bad on your CV either!) More info:http://bit.ly/W2j1TH
Jordan's Stars In Stereo tour starts this week! Here is a fun one of Robin and Jordan in Vegas.
In March ... a bright comet ... maybe. Comet PANSTARRS details here: http://bit.ly/UdDHHf
Smallest Cat Mr Peebles may look like a kitten, but he is actually 2-year-old. The tiny cat got its size
from a genetic defect that stunts growth. At just 6.1-inch (15.5 cm)
high and 19.2-inch (49 cm) long, he currently holds certification
from The Guinness Book of World
Records as the world’s smallest cat.
...Federal election is not far away now.
This girl said she recognised me from the Vegetarian Party but I'd never met herbivore. — atForbidden Fruits.