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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Boring and predictable

Is brave cultural warrior and Howard government mouthpiece Gerard Henderson capable of mounting an argument without resorting to damning the Left and reasserting those visionary conservative values?

No, didn't think so. And no wonder most Australians care little for such faux battles.


Blogger smiths said...

what i dont understand is why he gets printed, his arguements are so weak and one eyed its hard to believe,

and totally off topic antony, read this and then tell me your thoughts

it seems funny to me that no-one in australia ever seems to discuss it

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 2:19:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

I've been reading for a while about the 'real story' behind 9/11. I gotta say, i damn suspicious. The official investigation had major holes, to be sure, but controlled explosions? Can we really believe the US govt was behind this? Kinda enters nutter territory...but my mind is always open and I'll read anything that puts the case.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 2:34:00 pm  
Blogger Woodge said...

Ha Ha - sorry to intrude on your conversation, but "Murder by HB pencil" theory is priceless. I am so glad Ms Vanstone is the Minister for Immigration - because quite frankly, wouldn't you want to come to Australia, if you lived overseas and she was the person greeting you on your arrival (with handcuffs and GSL guards no doubt)? I don't think so.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 4:52:00 pm  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

60 science and engineering professors from Unis across the midwest want the investigation re-opened - all feel the official (and apparently obvious) explanation for the falling towers does not hold water. There is some subterranean scenario at work here and it will be ugly when it emerges.

Back to Hendo - today was a classic. He says 'What is interesting about the debates on national security and IR is how few articulate commentators have been prepared to support the Howard govt on one or both issues'

The poor bloke is either incapable or just unwilling to see the obvious explanation for this. The proposals are dogs and anyone who embraces them will end up with fleas. But dear old Gerry scratches his head about it as if it's some giant conundrum.

I guess it's hard to smell a seachange in Howard's public image when you're embedded in his backside.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 4:59:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

On Hendo:
"Then, as now, the number of political conservative intellectuals was few."

Few? FEW? Try NONE. Henderson himself certainly doesn't count (although I imagine he's thinking of himself here). I can't think of anyone else he might be delusionally alluding to.

"As a means of creating greater diversity in the foreign policy debate, the Howard Government funded the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Last week the institute's Aldo Borgu was heard bagging Tony Blair, John Howard and George Bush on ABC Radio (November 14)."

Outrageous! How DARE a research institute charged with the task of providing accurate analysis ACTUALLY PROVIDE ACCURATE ANALYSIS! Take its funding away until it learns to say what the government tells it to say.

Like all right-wing fake-intellectuals, Gerry's formula for winning an argument is to physically eliminate one's opponent and then declare oneself the winner by default.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 7:00:00 pm  

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