Saturday, February 27, 2010

The TMI Files. What We're Listening To.

We do have a rather diverse range of music here in Chez Bogan, and it's never dull.

One of the coolest things for me last week was at the parent/teacher meeting and I discovered that Magilla's favourite food is "junk." Her favourite tv show is "Werd Al Yankvich."

Her teacher was most disconcerted while I was trying not to fall off the chair laughing.

Teacher: Yes, she said that we love Weird Al.
Me: She did?
Teacher: Yes, I asked if she loved him, and she told me we love him.
Me: She's right. We do. We have cds and dvds. We've got a bit of a collection there.

This is her current Weird Al fave. (Sorry, embedding was disabled on youtube.)

I'll leave you with an all time classic song: Dead Puppies.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Official Statement Regarding The Abuse Of EDL Prisoners

I've been asked to post a statement from the English Defence League.

For those who know of the EDL, start waving your pitchforks and screaming "RAAAAACIST" now. I'll try to look concerned. As a white person who happens to be rather proud of her culture, I can't be overly bothererd with your delicate sensibilities.

I've been called one of those in the past, but I still reckon my fave insult was when Irfan Yusuf called me a nazi over at AWH a few years back. He's probably forgotten, but I take it as a badge of honour. Godwin's Law invoked in my name - yay me!

Getting back on topic, however, for those who don't know, the EDL is one of the few known organisations in Britain standing up against the islamification of the country.

It's no secret that you shouldn't upset certain segments of the community - whichever Western country you're in. It's considered rude and possibly against the law.

People can and do get arrested over their opinions.

Just not everyone.

Now, to the statement:

To all EDL members

As you may well already be aware members of the English Defence League have been arrested and charged for relatively “minor” offences.

Members who are prepared to stand up against the rising tide of Islamofascism and its adherents are being “hung out to dry” by our weak politicians in the hope they can salvage much needed Muslim votes in order to retain governance. This is just another ploy to use the “Muslim block vote” so other parties are denied potential seats in the houses of parliament.

It has come to our attention that some EDL members who are currently serving short prison time are actually being targeted by imprisoned radicalised jihadist gangs, consequently they have been beaten and will continue to get beaten as prison authorities “turn a blind eye” to events unfolding under their very roof!

We the English Defence League condemn such apathy, such wanton ignorance or, more likely, deliberate targeting of EDL members!

EVERY prison has a “duty of care” for its inmates. Prisoners MUST be afforded protection from harm as that is their right. They cannot be discriminated against by virtue of their race, colour, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or political views.

EVERY human being, be they prisoner, detainee, terrorist or asylum seeker has the basic human right to be treated with dignity and respect. They have the right to food, housing, PROTECTION, education and assistance from the law. They have the right not to be exploited, tortured or intimidated. As a country we have agreed to abide by the European Convention on Human Rights, as a nation we have the Human Rights Act to protect us from those who would seek to harm us or prevent us from enjoying our civil liberties.

If the British prison system fails EDL members in ANY of the above mentioned points then we as a movement will relentlessly pursue EVERY avenue to secure their safety while serving prison time. Failure on the part of prison governors to ensure the safety of EDL members while in their care WILL result in the petitioning of government, liable governors, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, and ANY other authority who are accountable for the Health, Safety and Wellbeing of inmates.

It is also worth noting that Prison service Order Number 1215 clearly states that……

“This PSO supports the delivery of the Performance Standards on Conduct and Discipline and the proper delivery of the Security Standard and all standards relating to the treatment of staff and prisoners.”

If prison staff have been found to be complacent, negligent or wantonly ignorant in the above regard then they themselves are in breach of a “Prison Service Order”

Monday, February 08, 2010

TheTMI Files. Communism For Children.

Uh oh.

Me: No, I'm not going to bed yet. I just want to email some stuff to MP, and then I'm going.

Magilla: What sort of stuff?

Me: Never mind, it's stuff we were talking about tonight.

Magilla: But what?

Me: Oh alright. I'm sending her some stuff about communism.

Magilla: What's communism?

Me: It's a bit hard to explain, and you're a bit young.

Magilla: Tell me, please.

Me: (after much wracking of my brains) Well, communism is where the government thinks that everyone should have the same things, and will take some of your stuff away and give it to someone else.

It's where nobody is supposed to be better than anybody else, and everyone is supposed to be treated the same.

Magilla: That's dumb.

Me: Why do you say that?

Magilla: It just is. How can everybody be the same? We're all different.

Me: Yes, but there are people out there who don't care about that. They think that we should all be the same and treated the same anyway.

Magilla: But that's not right.

Me: Maybe not, but the people who like communism don't care about that. They think everyone should also be told how to think and what to say. If you run faster than everyone else, for example, then you are not supposed to be proud of that, because that might upset someone who isn't as fast, and that's not allowed. Everyone is supposed to be treated and seen the same way, you see.

There did follow a little bit more of the same - me trying to simplify my understanding of communism/socialism for the 7yo, but I was impressed with her initial reaction: That's dumb.

I don't know why some people treat children like fools and idiots at times. They are not stupid, they just don't have the tools to process information like we do.

Hence why we have to educate them rather than allow others to indoctrinate.

I'm going to introduce Magilla to the wonderful world of Australian poetry in short order, because she can tell me about japanese culture, and about how it's good to be skinny, but she doesn't know of Mulga Bill's Bicycle or The Drover's Wife.

I won't worry about Steele Rudd just yet.

Friday, February 05, 2010

I Love Justin's Dad.

I've been on twitter for a few months now, but I'm not into it much. It's more something to dip into every now and then.

Until now....

The Godmother suggested I check out Shit My Dad Says.

As Justin's brief bio says,
I'm 29. I live with my 74-year-old dad. He is awesome. I just write down shit that he says

After reading some of what his dad say, I love his dad, too:

"Pressure? Get married when you want. Your wedding's just one more day in my life I can't wear sweat pants." 5:58 AM Dec 11th, 2009 from web

"I don't need more friends. You got friends and all they do is ask you to help them move. Fuck that. I'm old. I'm through moving shit." 6:00 AM Nov 17th, 2009 from web

"You look just like Stephen Hawking...Relax, I meant like a non-paralyzed version of him. Feel better?... Fine. Forget I said it."

"Oh please, you practically invented lazy. People should have to call you and ask for the rights to lazy before they use it." 3:44 AM Nov 2nd, 2009 from web

"Remember how you used to make fun of me for being bald?...No, I'm not gonna make a joke. I'll let your mirror do that." 3:15 AM Oct 15th, 2009 from web

Okay, I'll stop here, or else I'll just c&p the whole lot.

Go read it yourself.

There's a lot of fun and some wisdom in there.