Haneef: “sorry mate, about the incarceration and international slander..”

July 27, 2007

“INDIAN doctor Mohamed Haneef has been released after a terror charge against him was dropped, with the Commonwealth prosecutor admitting a mistake was made. “

Like many Australians I’ve been following this saga of the doctor, the sim card, the cousins, and the conveniently arriving baby. With what now seems to be an astonishing bit of wide-eyed trust on my part I have been thinking that surely Govco and all its secret agencies must know something.. something Very Big that we the plebs do not. Otherwise why would they keep this man incarcerated for 25 days? The sim card arrest was obviously a legal hat trick in order to extract more truth from the prisoner and the thousands of pages of documentation seized from his computer.

Apparently no more truth is forthcoming. The doctor can not be charged with having relatives connected to the UK bombing. He has already been punished enough for leaving his sim card in their flat. I wonder if the grocer the bombers shopped at who gave them a discount on buying bananas with brown bits will also be charged with offering financial aid to terrorists.

It is impossible to know from this side of the digital curtain how much of this scrupulousness was pursued to save face once the juicy stuff wasn’t immediately revealed. Had a terrorist connection been found the AFP’s fine tooth comb would have been a gilded wonder rather than the rake that hits the doofus in the forehead when he steps on it. It will be interesting to see what if any this mistake has on future arrests and investigations.

Mohamed Haneef can be thankful his fate was kinder than that of Jean Charles de Menesez, collateral damage in the war on terrorism.

 


Pope to Protestants: You phonies suck!

July 12, 2007

I reckon peace and harmony are overrated — frankly, they make life less fun.

Luckily, Pope “Palpatine” Benedict XVI agrees, sending a July “Fuck you!” message to Protestants, with a gentle finger-wag at the Orthodox Church for good measure:

PROTESTANT churches have reacted with dismay to a new declaration approved by the Pope insisting they were mere “ecclesial communities” and their ministers in effect phonies with no right to give communion.

Coming just days after the reinstatement of the Latin Mass, Tuesday’s document left no doubt about the Pope’s eagerness to back traditional Catholic practices and attitudes, even at the expense of causing offence.

[…]

The Vatican’s statement had fewer misgivings about the Orthodox Church, which had “true sacraments” and a genuine priesthood. But its failure to acknowledge the Pope’s authority meant it suffered from a “defectus”, politely translated from Latin as “a wound”.

That’s right, Joey Ratz has turned into Eric Cartman: “Respect my authoritah!”

Of course, the underlying thoughts behind these statements aren’t particularly surprising, but it’s somewhat shocking to see them stated so plainly. Pope John Paul II, conservative though he was, at least made efforts to heal old wounds, rather than rubbing salt into them.

The real question here is why any Christian who doesn’t already recognise the Pope’s authority will give a shit as to what he has to say about them. This really is a case of “preaching to the choir”.


Show Un-Cancelled by Nuts!

July 7, 2007

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The TV show Jericho that got put on hiatus by CBS earlier this year has just been re-signed for another seven episodes.

This is a quote from tv.com as to the plot outline of Jericho:

“After a nuclear disaster caused by several terrorist attacks destroys most of America, residents of a small Kansas town must come to terms with a new and very different reality.”

So you are probably asking yourself “Un-Cancelled by Nuts” what is this crazy cracker on about?! Well I’ll stop you right there… have you heard that over 20,000 tons of nuts have been sent to CBS? NO?! Well I guess you feel fairly ridiculous now don’t you?!

/end rant

Anyway back on track… There was a story during Jericho in which a letter was sent to someone to strongly object to something and the only thing written was “NUTS” implying of course that the person was totally crazy.

So after ton after ton of nuts arrived at CBS and many letters of objection also arrived after letter of objection to the show being canned CBS decided to give Jericho another go!

Below is the letter to fans and others from CBS regarding the “Un-Cancelling”:

To the Fans of Jericho:

Wow!

Over the past few weeks you have put forth an impressive and probably unprecedented display of passion in support of a prime time television series. You got our attention; your emails and collective voice have been heard.

As a result, CBS has ordered seven episodes of “Jericho” for mid-season next year. In success, there is the potential for more. But, for there to be more “Jericho,” we will need more viewers.

A loyal and passionate community has clearly formed around the show. But that community needs to grow. It needs to grow on the CBS Television Network, as well as on the many digital platforms where we make the show available.

We will count on you to rally around the show, to recruit new viewers with the same grass-roots energy, intensity and volume you have displayed in recent weeks.

We will count on you to rally around the show, to recruit new viewers with the same grass-roots energy, intensity and volume you have displayed in recent weeks.

At this time, I cannot tell you the specific date or time period that “Jericho” will return to our schedule. However, in the interim, we are working on several initiatives to help introduce the show to new audiences.

This includes re-broadcasting “Jericho” on CBS this summer, streaming episodes and clips from these episodes across the CBS Audience Network (online), releasing the first season DVD on September 25 and continuing the story of Jericho in the digital world until the new episodes return. We will let you know specifics when we have them so you can pass them on.

On behalf of everyone at CBS, thank you for expressing your support of “Jericho” in such an extraordinary manner. Your protest was creative, sustained and very thoughtful and respectful in tone. You made a difference.

Sincerely,

Nina Tassler
President, CBS Entertainment

P.S. Please stop sending us nuts 🙂