Friday, October 27, 2006

Please Take This In Context!

It's amazing how people can try to squirm their way out of what they have said by saying..."It was taken out of context".

That slum-bag, al-Hilali, together with having to be put on oxygen after his diatribe the other day, also said his comments were 'taken out of context'. What a load of the proverbial. My question is...we should save our oxygen and not waste it on a creature like him!

His comment..."The two cheapest things in Australia are the flesh of a woman and the meat of a pig" are the lowest of low comments and very highly offensive.

It, therefore, is understandable why Keating, our 'illustrious' past (thank God!) prime minister, when he had the chance to deport al-Hilali,declined to do so. al-Hilali had two powerful Labor leaders on his side, Paul Keating and Leo McLeay. Keating was the then Federal Treasurer and McLeay a powerful backbencher, both of whom lobbied strongly on al-Hilali's behalf. Well, we all know the history of Keating's involvement with pigs, don't we?

You have a lot of explaining to do, Paul Keating! Keating led a delegation of Muslim community leaders to see the then immigration minister, Hurford in his Canberra office in 1986, in an attempt to persuade the minister to reverse his opposition to the Muslim cleric. Hurford wouldn't budge and continued to fight al-Hilali's right to residency but Hurford was fighting a losing battle. Shortly thereafter, he was booted out as Immigration Minister in the Hawke labor government. Hawke gave him the community services portfolio instead!! I bet Hawke will have little to say on this, too! Both he and Keating are tarred with the same brush! It was Keating's decision to let al-Hilali stay when he was acting-prime minister during Hawke's absence. The was important to Labor was very close to the Lebanese community. The view, apparently, was that the Lebanese community was very influential in selecting Labor candidates and had a heavy presence in electorates in south and west of Sydney.

Keating refuses to comment! I wonder why! he's ready to open his mouth other times! Maybe he's got a bit of crackling caught in his throat!

Lebanese Christian community leader, Eddie Obeid, who owned a newspaper, and later became a state Labor MP, lobbied the New South Wales immigration department to have al-Hilali deported. Obeid's newspaper printing press in Marrickville, Sydney, was burned down just days after his newspaper published a story based on a tape recording of an inflamatory sermon by Hilali in which, again, he, Hilali likened the flesh of women to pig meat!

Yes...Hilali....we believe what you said the other day was 'taken out of context' hell we do!

I did so want to be in a good mood when I awoke this morning, but I find myself seething because of the disgraceful handling of al-Hilali.

Kick the bastard out, I further procrastination!


  1. Anonymous4:29 PM

    You can fool some of the people all of the time, you can't fool all of the people some of the time. I think he has really gone over the top this time. I have a friend at Tamborine who I visit regularly, Tamborine has always been a favourite place of mine. My late husband and I used to visit the Mountain regularly, My late youngest son used to regularly take us up for a trip when I lived with him and his family at Nth Maclean for a couple of years.
    Tamborine holds special happy memories for me.Thanks for dropping by my site.
    Cheers Margaret

  2. You're welcome, Margaret. Nice to see you and thanks for your comment.
    Yes, the mountain is a special place. I just hope 'progress' doesn't catch up on it too much. It's great the way it is. I went down to the coast yesterday and was glad to get back to the relative peace up here. :)

    al-Hilali definitely has gone over-board and his half-baked apology counts for nothing, I believe. He is a trouble-maker.

  3. Anonymous6:45 PM

    Come on Lee, tell us how you feel, enough of this beating around the bush, just say what's on your mind.

  4. I don't think your young ears are ready for what I really think, Peter! ;)

    Just give five minutes with the idiot...and he'll soon learn! ;)

  5. Anonymous10:26 PM

    Hey Lee, we should send you down to deal with al-Hilali! I think you'd give him something to open his mouth about, the wanker!

    As for installing broadband - easy peasy. You won't have any trouble because the instructions are very clear. Hey, if I can do it, so can you!

    Yep,I like crows too. They're rather handsome birds and highly intelligent, plus they're nature's garbage collectors as they eat all the road kill. All creatures have their place in the scheme of things - even us!

  6. Hey, Robyn...I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes...just watched the Cox Plate with the wonderful 9yr old 'Fields of Omagh' winning it...his final race, ever! Great race! Terrific horse!

    I'd love to give that wanker al-Hilali a run for his money! Just give me the chance. He should be deported!

    You're about the only other person who agrees with me about crows. I think they are quite majestic. Very, very smart birds.

    I'm still trying to find 'my place' in this world! lol

  7. Morning Lee, good discussions going on in here, I can't decide which post to comment on!

    Crows - yep, beautiful - and SO clever...

    Saw the bushfire news, they were talking about the 'only' road being surrounded - scary - we can see the smoke pall from down here, we are at Tugun.

    al-Hilali and the mis-translation argument, I say bulldust - the man has been in Australia for 25 years, a naturalised citizen - and presiding over a large congregation, no way he doesn't speak and understand English as well as any of us!

    On the other hand, and not to condone in any way his choice of words and examples - I am saddened by the way some of our young women seem to have abandoned modesty. I work with a large group of mixed sexes, and often take the chance to discuss contemporary issues with the young ones - if these girls could hear the way the boys (yes, our own true-blue aussie boys) describe them, they might think twice before putting it 'all' on display!

    You are SO going to love your broadband, and I know what you mean about your dial-up provider, I am with Austarnet, and we have had a steady stream of our customers leaving for Broadband, and some of them have been with us for more than 6 years - they ring up SO apologetic, I just tell them, hey - if you can have broadband, why wouldn't you? Quite a few keep our connection on a reduced plan, just to keep their email addresses...

    Small world, isn't it .. Merle, Peter, Gympie, Tin Can Bay...

    I am going to do your mushroom and cauliflower marinate - always looking for 'different' salads, thankyou.

  8. Hi there Della...thanks for your comments.

    When I was a teenager, I made most of my own clothes and spent every weekend at the coast...mostly Noosa, sometimes Mooloolaba. My friends and I made ourselves piles of hipster Jamaican shorts with which we wore mid-riff tops. Bikinis were the order of the day on the beach, though sometimes dangerous when body and board surfing! On the Saturday nights we would go to the dances/record hops at the RSL hall in Tewantin. All the country boys would be there early (the lifesavers would turn up after pub closing at 10pm). The country lads would be so confused as to where they put their hands when dancing with us. It was so funny. When their hand touch a bit of skin on our backs, you could feel them quickly pull away...then they would lower them only to find our butts...same motion...finally their hand would end up close to our shoulder blades just to have some material under them! ;) I think what has changed nowadays is the early promiscuity...we weren't interested in sex...surfing, sunbathing and dancing was all that took up our time. Sex was not part of the equation...definitely not in mine, anyway...and I know the girls who went to the coast with me were of similar mind and actions.

    I think today the young are pressured so much by their peers...and 'sex' is in every magazine they read, in movies and what they don't find there, they find it on the some of them don't have the family values we had. There was no way I was going to let down my mother and grandmother who had battled to raise my brother and me with certain beliefs of behaviour. (I can't speak for my brother! I discovered years later what he got up to! Being the older brother and in a household of women, he thought he was the boss!) But I didn't want to let them down. Growing up in Gympie which was a relatively small town in those days and everyone knew everyone else's business and made sure they talked about it, I never wanted to be subject of their gossip or for my mother and grandmother to be because of my actions. It was certainly a different world...but I'm glad I had those wonderful teenage years. It's a shame the kids today can't have what we had.

    The bushfires certainly are a worry. I'm okay down this end of the mountain as for now, they're all around the Tamborine-Oxenford Road.

    I hope you enjoy the recipes, Della. :) And I'm glad you like them.