Here we stand on the eve of the election waiting with baited breath hoping with all hope that tomorrow does not bring a conservative win. I without shame hope that Obama is victorious and his opponent is dispatched to the annuls of history where he belongs. It is now in the hands of the voters and I am certain they will see that conservative for what he is an empty vessel.
It was one of those priceless moments in life when some sanctimonious conservative politician had his own words slapped across his face. Hockey looked stunned when Penny said I know what my family is worth, he seemingly realised that his bigoted remarks actually hurt someone he knew. Until that point, I think he believed it to be some grand philosophical debate and being an Anglo-European Christian man took the high moral ground in defending his privileged position. Joe words hurt even more than sticks and stones because broken bones mend eventually.
We all name our own family it has little to do with gender, and more with the members outlook in nurturing each other to become the best they can. They provide us with unconditional love and acceptance, which enables us to grow through life in dealing with life issues and in making the world a better place.
The transcript from QandA (14/05/12)
ROSS SCHEEPERS: Yeah, my question is for Joe Hockey. Joe, I’m a little confused because earlier you said you think all Australians are equal but on Friday you said you wouldn’t vote for marriage equality because you really believe children deserve a mother and a father. So I’m wondering if you could tell us and Senator Wong why you think you and Melissa make better parents than her and Sophie.
JOE HOCKEY: Well, I don’t believe we necessarily make better parents because we’re a male and female. I must confess my view has changed since I’ve had children and that’s very hard and lot of my friends, whether they be heterosexual or gay, they hold the same view as you. But I think in this life we’ve got to aspire to give our children what I believe to be the very best circumstances and that’s to have a mother and a father and I’m not saying that – I’m not saying gay parents are any lesser parents but I am being asked to legislate in favour of something that I don’t believe to be the best outcome for a child.
TONY JONES: Penny Wong?
PENNY WONG: Well, there’s almost nothing I can say. I think the first logical point is marriage has generally not been prerequisite for children, so I don’t think, you know, the logical position holds but just from a sort of values perspective, it is sad, I think, that some families have to feel that they have to justify who they are because when you say those things, Joe, what you’re saying to not just me but people like me is that the most important thing in our lives, which is the people we love, is somehow less good, less valued, and if you believe that then you believe that but I have a different view.
TONY JONES: Is it hurtful?
PENNY WONG: Of course, it is but, you know, I know what my family is worth.
I know noth’n, I know noth’n, I known noth’n
It was someone else, I trusted them
I am sorry, I am sorry, I am sorry,
They declared war on me
I am sorry I am sorry I am sorry
It is only sour grapes
It was somebody else, I trusted them
It was the NOW the SUN has a different culture
Today the nation stops to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli by the ANZAC (Australian & New Zealand Army Corp) and to remember the sacrifices made by Australians in every military action since.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest we forget
The fourth stanza of the poem For the fallen
By Laurence Binyon (1869–1943)
It is a day for reflection on the sacrifices WE as a nation have made to defend this nation and the life WE live, sometimes you have to stand up for your values and beliefs.
If you have not seen Revenge then do yourself a favour, do so especially Nolan Ross the only time I have seen a gay character not played as a stereotype cartoon. He is brilliant or is that my lust talking I just love his vulnerability and dedication to Emily Thorne as her co-conspirator in perpetrating revenge on her wealthy neighbour Victoria Grayson. I fell in love with Nolan the bumbling anti-hero from the first time I saw him yes I have a weak spot for blonds especially cute ones and then he turned his geeky hand to the task of bringing the Grayson’s down oh a bit or a lot of intrigue.
Do not miss an episode of this show.
QandA tonight featured Bob Brown former leader of the Australian Greens , Brown plans on resigning his Senate seat in June, hence a significant moment in Australian politics. It will be a sad day for Australia there will be one less radical voice in a parliament dominated by the narrow-minded mediocrity of middle class vanilla politics. While I cannot say Bob inspired my interest in politics however, I do share many of his views on a diverse range of issues, which may surprise many. This is my salute from one old radical queen to another cheers Bob, I am not sure who will keep the flame of democracy alive here now, maybe you have inspired enough people to keep on speaking the truth in the face of right wing creep
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
Socrates, from Plutarch, Of Banishment
Miss my horde of followers, it is April I have not posted since January and even this one is forced. I have nothing to say and little to contribute at the moment I am on auto pilot, emotionally drained caught between here and nowhere just saying yes and not much else. OK is the word of the day. passion well that died and hope fell out of the window while taking the corner. What am I doing here,