Thursday, June 08, 2006

We are off to WordPress

Ok, people, the time has come. Bigger and better things. We are moving to wordpress.

Same blog address, just type http://thelawthoughts.wordpress.com

I like it a lot better, update your feedreaders and let me know what you think.

The Lying Big V

As a lawyer, who in their right mind would tell the media that a statement of agreed facts they handed up to the Federal Court was just something they said so that the problem would go away?

Now, Steve Vizard is in the spotlight for a possible perjury prosecution. It is not like he said something in court before the police found a document on his hard drive which contradicted his evidence. He contradicted his own evidence in the Magistrates Court via a court document to be handed up in the Federal Court!

If I were his lawyer, I would be checking seek.com.au for a new job and my professional indemnity insurance. What a great response. ‘Oh, yeah, that…We were just blowing smoke up your arse there, Your Honour. We didn’t really expect you to take those as facts, more, just, um, well, goodbye.’ [door slamming…sound of lawyer running].

How pissed off would the judge be?

Stop Pretending

Just a quick note to John Howard, who, whilst probably better at running a country than me, remains a git.

If you are going to have convictions, don’t pretend to the electing public that you can reconcile your convictions with what is the ‘politically correct’ thing to say. If you want to remove discrimination against homosexuals, don’t then turn around and say their relationships are less real, important, valued, legitimate [insert correct adjective here] than that of a man and a woman.

It is like saying ‘I don’t hate Aborigines but doesn’t it suck that they can get access to the same welfare benefits as white people’.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Gay Marriage in America

Being a country that supposedly values freedom above all other values, the United States sounds utterly hypocritical when its President spouts ideas such as a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. To amend the Constitution is a HUGE deal. Australia has done it 8 times in over 100 years and the US has made 27 in the history of the country, and only 3 since 1967.

Whose freedom is important to Americans? Everybody’s, or just ‘my own’? How can a country based on liberty tell people with a straight face that they can’t marry whoever they damn well want?

Now, I know this is a political move that probably won’t go anywhere. Further, I know that people will say they aren’t telling people who they can and can’t have a relationship with, but I don’t believe such assertions. It is all about trying to oppress people in such relationships.

I find it incredible that the conservative base will get revved up by this. Is this a tactic like the Republicans used at the last election, where they put these kind of Propositions on ballot papers to ensure conservatives voted, or do they really believe this crap?

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