Walking the Walk

Today’s Guest Author is Kambah Mick. Thank you for letting me publish your excellent comment as a thread-starter, sir.

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As always, I have read many of the posts BK so diligently and generously provided us each day, Telstra allowing. I’ll take this opportunity to thank him for his efforts.

I was going to critique one of the articles mentioned, the one about religion, but the day has gotten away from me because of surprise commitments and other excuses for laziness and so I will spare you my thoughts. Except to say I think far too much religion is spoken about by politicians and far too little is demonstrated, especially by alleged Christians. Far too many Christians claim to be so without walking the walk. It is like claiming to be a footballer without actually playing or a ballet dancer who doesn’t actually dance.

Too many Christians around the world have been somehow diverted from the core tenets of their faith (the social inclusionary love thy neighbour, care for the sick and poor, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, judge not lest thou be judged, etc etc that are most often reflected in social democratic political parties) towards beliefs that Jesus on his worst days would not have had a bar of. How in God’s name did avarice, lust and revenge become the basis of Christian dogma? Why is the death penalty (and grotesquely punitive sentencing) so desirable when the right to family planning is a cause to be fought to the death? Why is the practice of homosexuality so heinous when divorce and abandonment of family responsibilities is not? When did violence of any kind become a right, especially a right for men to inflict on their female partners? When did avaricious business and personal activity become admirable rather than a disgraceful act?

But far from all Christians have lost complete sight of the importance of those basic tenets I mentioned above. Despite having to live down the extraordinarily poor image gained from the activities of persons like Mr Abbott, Cardinal Pell and Miranda Devine there are of course several great organisations such as Anglicare, Uniting Care, the Brotherhood of St Lawrence and several others who in their quiet way work diligently to maintain the basic sinews of a civil social society based on the real tenets of Christianity. They often go about their work with a silent (or not so silent!!) curse on their lips at the distraction and sometimes real barriers erected by the noisy faux Christians.

Most of you know I volunteer for a charity. It is no big deal, it is no better nor worse than most of the others of its ilk in the field. My local branch has about 30 members plus about another 50 supporters. They would cover the complete political spectrum in their views, but would tend towards the centre left for the most part. We seldom talk party politics, but the few that do are generally ALP supporters and I know that some are ALP members. One is an ALP candidate in the upcoming Territorial elections. Several others might be inclined to support the ALP but sense a strong anti-religion and particularly anti-Catholic sentiment in left circles, which they find to be a considerable barrier to involvement and for some a barrier to voting for left parties. They default to the Conservatives as a consequence.

I found the article interesting, but predominantly wrong. But that is just me.

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526 thoughts on “Walking the Walk

  1. It has been said and proved by some transactions that Chamblains “Peace in our time” was a delaying action so that the conservative money men could get their money out of Germany before the war started.

    Many years ago I read a book about Krupp armaments and there was a lot of British money invested in the firm between the wars.

  2. Bill Shorten has accepted an invitation to attend a Sky News people’s forum next Wednesday. We await news from the prime minister’s office as to whether he will attend. Given the people’s forum is win cahoots with the Courier Mail, we can assume it will be in Brisbane

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2016/jun/02/superannuation-policy-continues-to-cause-headaches

    Anyone else think Fizza will fnd any excuse he can to get out of being there?

  3. More on the extremely tasteless ‘war and bullets’ comments from ScoMo. Fizza made it so much worse.

    War and repatriation: Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull in staggering display of oblivious timing

    Far from walking the situation back, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dug the hole deeper when asked whether people who had faced actual bullets might find such language inappropriate.
    “Let me say this to you,” he began in his trademark style. “Bill Shorten has declared war on business … the first casualties of Shorten’s war on business are Australian jobs.”
    Asked whether he would use such words, he replied: “You have just heard me use them.”
    ……………………………………
    Mr Morrison used the word “war” 14 times, Mr Turnbull five times. Nineteen times between them is a lot

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/war-and-repatriation-scott-morrison-and-malcolm-turnbull-in-staggering-display-of-oblivious-timing-20160602-gpa4p8.html#ixzz4APEe6nKE

  4. Mr Morrison used the word “war” 14 times

    … woe woe woe, what is he good for. (Apologies to the Twelfth Man.)

  5. Ducky,

    That’s a good comparison.

    Sam is very cluey, and will cook Annabel’s goose without her realising.

  6. Annabel went a bit Persian as well with her sweet: pistachios and yogurt.

  7. What a beat-up about the decisions in the League last night.

    BB was absolutely right: a clear no-try.

    Referees and umpires make mistakes but not nearly as many as the participants – and they are paid a lot less.

  8. Good Grief!

    Mark Scott appointed as secretary of NSW Department of Education
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/mark-scott-appointed-as-secretary-of-nsw-department-of-education-20160602-gp9wv1.html#ixzz4AQ3zhVIu

    Former advisor to Terry Metherell, the worst and most divisive and controversial education minister NSW has ever had.

    And then there’s this –

    The former private school teacher was also questioned on his commitment to public education. His children attended private schools and his wife is the headmistress of north shore private school Wenona. Mr Scott is an alumni of Knox Grammar and took his first teaching job at St Andrew’s Cathedral school

    But he used to be a teacher, a long tiime ago, (for about ten minutes) so he’s really well qualified …….

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Lenore Taylor says that Morrison has lost credibility with his claims that Labor is waging a war on everything. She wasn’t at all impressed by it.
    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/jun/02/election-2016-scott-morrison-strains-credibility-with-claims-of-a-labor-war-on-everything
    Turnbull in danger of catching fleas from laying down with this mob.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/election-2016-malcolm-turnbull-captured-headlining-fundraiser-at-cory-bernardis-conservative-foundation-20160602-gpaekk.html
    Labor gives Michelle Guthrie a blistering welcome over the ABC Vote Compass.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/election-2016-labor-in-stoush-with-abc-over-vote-compass-20160602-gpa4xc.html
    Laura Tingle says that once again an election boils down to tax. Google.
    /opinion/columnists/laura-tingle/election-2016-once-again-it-comes-down-to-tax-20160601-gp9g7m
    Dan Andres has got himself into a real fix with the CFA issue. It is not going to end well.
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/firefighters-union-close-to-victory-on-cfa-pay-deal-20160601-gp9kvn.html
    Sky News might want to review its contract with Bronny.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/election-2016-its-still-not-for-now-bronwyn-bishop-remains-tightlipped-in-carcrash-tv-interview-20160602-gpaehl.html
    A major seniors’ lobby has warned the Coalition of the red hot anger that exists over super and pension changes.
    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/jun/02/pension-changes-coalition-warned-of-red-hot-anger-election
    The case against religious exemptions.
    https://newmatilda.com/2016/06/03/bigotry-in-the-name-of-god-the-case-against-religious-exemptions/
    Michelle Grattan, according to Latika Bourke, got some interesting stuff out of Abbott in along interview.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/election-2016-tony-abbott-vows-to-be-useful-and-stand-up-for-conservative-positions-next-term-20160602-gpagnk.html
    Here is the Michelle Grattan piece on the Abbott interview. It includes the transcript.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-in-conversation-with-tony-abbott-60392

  10. Section 2 . . .

    David Wroe gets into Turnbull and Morrison over their very poorly timed use of war metaphors.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016-opinion/war-and-repatriation-scott-morrison-and-malcolm-turnbull-in-staggering-display-of-oblivious-timing-20160602-gpa4p8.html
    Turnbull’s father-in-law Tom Hughes QC told him Abbott was a lunatic and that it was a catastrophic decision for the Liberals to elect him as leader. Google.
    /national-affairs/making-lunatic-abbott-lib-leader-a-folly-hughes-wrote-to-turnbull/news-story/1b5df3df20769b5d2e85f513cc07d59d
    “View from the Street” considers a breakaway by Bernardi and Abetz.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/view-from-the-street/view-from-the-street-could-cory-bernardi-go-independent-after-the-election-20160602-gpa64l.html
    We should turn up the heat on Turnbull after he has failed the public on SSM writes Jonathon Ireland.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/turnbull-fails-public-by-caving-in-to-neocons-on-same-sex-marriage-plebiscite,9061
    Jennifer Hewett asks where is industrial relations, the reason for the DD, in this election campaign? Google.
    /opinion/columnists/industrial-relations-missing-in-action-in-the-campaign-20160602-gpa9d7
    Jess Irvine wonders what will cross people’s minds when they vote.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/if-turnbull-or-shorten-are-the-answer-whats-the-question-20160602-gp9vqj.html
    How will Turnbull’s $48.2b corporate tax cut be funded?
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/q-how-will-the-turnbull-governments-corporate-tax-cut-be-funded,9059
    It’s time to put jail in the agenda for rip-off artists.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/jail-needed-to-protect-consumers-from-scam-artists-government-told-20160602-gp9ylu.html
    Just what is it with our unquenchable thirst for bottled water?
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/nick-earls/whats-with-our-unquenchable-thirst-for-bottled-water/
    Stephen Koukoulas fact checks ABC Fact Checker.
    http://thekouk.com/blog/abc-fact-check-bias-incompetence-a-misunderstanding.html

  11. Section 3 . . . with Cartoon Corner

    Australia’s real lifters and leaners.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/australias-real-lifters-and-leaners,9060
    Tim Flannery on the plight of the Great Barrier Reef.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-great-barrier-reef-is-losing-its-adjective-and-its-our-fault-20160602-gp9qsh.html

    Ron Tandberg on Morrison’s use of war metaphors.

    Andrew Dyson on the political outlook for Turnbull and Shorten.

    Ron Tandberg joins the protests with some nice work.

    David Pope uses a story on the trendy deconstructed coffee craze to have a dip at Morrison.

    David Rowe visits the mattress factory with the Turnbull team. Even the rat is there.

    Mark Knight hits the spot with the problem Dan Andrews is having with the CFA.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/ee9578b2b753bbf225ad9814fbda2794?width=1024&api_key=zw4msefggf9wdvqswdfuqnr5

  12. puffy

    Happy birthday!
    You are still just a mere dragonette – I’m told dragons live for 1000 years or more.

  13. “A major seniors’ lobby has warned the Coalition of the red hot anger that exists over super and pension changes”

    This is serious. National Seniors is an organisation for well-off older Australians, not your average age pensioner. and when I last looked at it seemed dominated by Liberal Party supporters. If they are pissed off by the pension changes then that’s a lot of votes in play.

    Let’s not get sucked in by this ‘the government is attacking poor old pensioners’ rubbish. Those most in need are not getting one extra cent from these changes. It’s the well-off who are being affected.

    At risk of offenders Pubsters who are going to lose a part pension because of these changes – it’s a good thing this will be done and the Greens were right to support this legislation.

    The part pension for those affected can’t be all that much, it’s the added extras that are the desirable part. The pension concession card. gives so many money-saving benefits, lose that and you have to pay the full price for your prescriptions, your rates, electricity, phone, car rego and much more. No wonder there is so much whinging. Ill-informed whinging, actually, but I’ll get to that further down.

    This was Howard government middle-class welfare, handed out to court older voters, a part of the wealth Howard and Costello pissed up against that wall. Labor won’t be sorry to see it go, despite all their ‘we must cherish our old people’ guff. Right now the cut-off point for a part pension is assets (not including your home) of $788,250 for a single homeowner or $1,170,000 for a couple who own their home. For non-home owners add a couple of hundred thousand more. Does a couple sitting on assets of over $1 million need a part pension? I really don’t think so. Labor says it will not remove these changes. That’s a good thing.

    To balance this out, the assets test free area will increase.
    https://www.humanservices.gov.au/corporate/budget/budget-2015-16/budget-measures/disability-and-carers/social-security-assets-test-rebalance-assets-test-thresholds-and-taper-rate

    In January next year some people lower down the scale will get more, people at the top will get booted off but will get a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, so they keep all the pension goodies. That’s where the ill-informed whinging comes in. (I’d like to see that card get the axe too, but it’s not going to happen any time soon) Those of us at the bottom of the heap, relying only on the pension for income, the vast majority of age pensioners, the people who could really use some extra money, will get absolutely nothing.

    • If superannuation is about providing an income in retirement to keep people off the aged pension, capping the non-concessional contribution limits to $500,000 is ridiculous as is lowering the annual limit

      If the only money you put into super is the $500,000 that provides an aged pension of $25,000 pa at age 65, whereas the aged pension pays $22,500 at age 67.

      If you don’t have access to the pension concession card then you want to get much more out of your super to make super worth contributing to.

      I know women with patchy employment histories who used the sale of real estate to top up their super balances

      I have no problem with the $1.6 million balance but I do think the contribution limits are most unfair

    • Very unfair.

      I read some interesting comment the other day on the way this cap affects people who have divorced and had to give up part of their super as part of the settlement. It’s not good news. Not onlly do you lose your super, you lose the ability to replace that loss. In the end, it means moe people end up relying on the pension.

      Maybe it’s this government’s way of forcing people to stay in miserable marriages.

      http://www.smh.com.au/money/super-and-funds/the-coalitions-714k-super-shock-for-divorcees-20160512-gotbq8.html

  14. Fatso the Kookaburra’s offspring, Kevin, is not quite the full quid, I’m afraid.

    While Mum can and does catch anything flying by within 10 centimeters, Kevin just watches his piece of mince bounce off the deck railing next to him, and fall to the garden below. The Magpie Clan or the Butcher Birds swoop on it then and it’s gone.

    Meanwhile Kevin just sits there with those little stumpy legs protruding from under his fluff with a puzzled look on his face.

    He can’t catch. Doesn’t even make an effort. What a disappointing Kookaburra.

    One of the Magpies sits on one leg and flutters her wings. The little Butcher Bird mother warbles loudly until she’s fed. All around there is bird activity in pursuit of breakfast: darting, flashing beaks, face-offs, hopping and posturing.

    In the middle of this, Kevin just sits, bewildered. It’s either deposit the food directly into his mouth or it’s No Deal.

    How does one train a kookaburra to catch food?

    • You make feints with the food in your hand and say : “Here, boy!..catch..catch!!”

    • I have no idea how you train a kookbuura to catch food. Maybe he’s just too young, or hasn’t reached the right developmental stage to understand hunting. (We have a human baby in the family, I’m hearing so much about ‘developmental stages’ now. How did I ever manage to raise three kids without talking about all that stuff all the time?)

      There could be another explanation. Kevin has been spoilt by his mum. She has coddled him and fed him and now he’s so used to having mum do everything for him he just can’t work out how to cope on his own. (I’ve met a lot of blokes like Kevin.)

      Sooner or later his mum is going to get sick of feeding her big, lazy baby. Sooner or later he’s going to realise he either catches his own food or starves.

      Or maybe he just doesn’t like mince. He might like duck liver pate on toast, or a nice bit of roast fillet of beef. Or truffles, perhaps he just fancies a nice truffle or six.

  15. It must be door-knocking season. Two electricity salesmen in the last two weeks, a charity bloke yesterday and another charity today. This is supposed to be a disadvantaged area, it’s all public housing and ex-public housing rented at low rents. Most people here are on some sort of welfare, or are not making a lot of money. The aim of just about everyone is to one day have enough to go somewhere a bit classier. No-one has spare cash to donate to starving orphans or Taronga Park (today’s charity).

    Yesterday’s door-knocker arrived just as I was about to head off for the day with No 1 son. He got rid of that one. We left around 11.30. When we came back, just before 5 in the evening, the bloke was still wandering around the neighbourhood. He must have had strict instructions to get a response from every single house – I’ve seen that happen before. I hope he took a lunch break.

    The electricity ones all have the same schtick – they ask who you are with. I lie and give the first name I can think of that isn’t the company they represent. The response id always ‘Pffft! Them!’ and then they start to tell you what a great deal they can give you. Then they ask to see your latest account. That floors them, because I say ‘I don’t have paper accounts, I get mine online, and there’s no way I’m allowing you in to look at my files.’ These blokes (they are always men, often Indian students or Irish or English backpackers) are really, really hard to get rid of, I’ve had to close the door in a few faces. No matter what you say they have an answer. It’s a shame the money spent on training/brainwashing/programming them isn’t spent on lopping a bit off our bills.

    The charity ones always work for a big company hired by a charity to raise money. When you look at the fine print (online, after you have seen them off) you find a paltry amount like 10 cents out of every dollar goes to the charity and the rest goes to the company.

    If any party promises to do away with these pests as part of their election campaign I’ll seriously consider giving them at least my second preference, I’m that fed up.

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