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December 27th, 2013 - 3:06 pm

The top story in Australia is news that Zimbabwe’s Ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila has asked for asylum.

Ms Zwambila, who is politically aligned to Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change, was recalled from her post without being offered another job after Mr Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party won the country’s general election on July 31.

On Friday, Ms Zwambila said Mr Mugabe and Zanu-PF had stolen the election and increased the number of arrests of MDC supporters on trumped-up charges.

The ambassador said she feared indefinite custody if she returned to Zimbabwe. She plans to pursue her activism from abroad.

Her request for protection and her public statement that the election was stolen ends a sunny period for Australia-Zimbabwe relations. During Ms Zwambila’s time as ambassador, Australia became a significant contributor of aid to Zimbabwe.

Zwambila is undoubtedly correct about Robert Mugabe’s criminal behavior. It is cruelly ironic, however that she should seek asylum in Australia, a country which Australian activist Trenton Oldfield resisted being returned to after disrupting a boat race in England because such events were  ’elitist’.

Mr Oldfield swam into the path of the Oxford and Cambridge rowing crews as they raced down the Thames in April 2012 to protest over elitism. He was subsequently jailed for seven weeks….

Mr Oldfield had insisted if deported he’d be separated from his family.

He said his wife, who is of Indian descent, couldn’t live in Australia because some Indians in the community had suffered violent attacks.

“Australia is a particularly racist country,” Mr Oldfield said.

Too racist for him to return to, yet not racist enough apparently, to deter Jacqueline Zwambila from seeking asylum in it.

One of the truly amazing things about the world is that people routinely flock to places they are subsequently instructed to hate. They cross deserts, stow away on planes and hire smugglers to reach America, Europe, Australia. Once there the Left descends on them, declares them oppressed and exhorts them to resist assimilation.

Yet those same left wing advocates are remarkably reluctant to settle in places these refugees have fled. Why is it that people who professionally extol communism and hate ‘racism’ never seek asylum in North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela or Zimbabwe?

Maybe for the same reason that those who advocate Obamacare exempt themselves from it. They’re like cooks who won’t touch anything they’ve prepared who think the public is stupid enough to do as they say and not as they do. Unfortunately they are mostly right.

Pity the person who trusts in their advice.  Perhaps the most famous example is Oh kil-nam who abandoned South Korea for North Korea because his German marxist professors told him there was free healthcare there.  Oh’s family is now languishing in the gulag.

Recently Robert Pear of the New York Times complained that “The Obama administration has told Vista volunteers and other AmeriCorps workers that their government-provided health coverage does not measure up to the standards of the new health care law, and that they may be subject to financial penalties unless they obtain insurance elsewhere.”

The coverage provided by the agency — the AmeriCorps Health Care Benefits Plan — “does not satisfy the individual responsibility requirement of the Affordable Care Act,” which takes effect on Jan. 1, Ms. Strasser said. Accordingly, she said, Vista members may be required to pay a tax penalty if they do not have other coverage and do not receive an exemption.

The impact on community service workers is another unanticipated consequence of the health care law, which is making coverage available at little or no cost to many uninsured people but disrupting coverage for others who already had it.

Vista volunteers are wondering how the Federal government can say their own insurance was not compliant. Maybe for the same reason that president Obama can endorse his own website and not register on it.

President Obama symbolically registered for a Bronze Plan to inspire the public to do likewise and event lavishly covered by the media. But in reality it was only a photo op. He had instructed his aides to complete the paperwork in person back in the Washington. The Washington Post reports:

Aides said Obama’s unique situation as president meant that he was unable to sign up for a plan online. The databases that HealthCare.gov and related sites use to verify people’s identities did not contain Obama’s personal information, aides said, so staffers had to go in person to the D.C. exchange offices over the weekend to get him enrolled.

The president’s refusal to entrust his details to the website is a vote of no-confidence in its security. And well might he be cautious. “According to news reports, a government security expert at the heart of Healthcare.gov told Members of the House Oversight Committee that she informed HHS that the website was too dangerous to use.”

In the days leading up the Obamacare rollout, Teresa Fryer, the Chief Information Security Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which oversees Healthcare.gov, recommended “a denial of Authority to Operate (ATO)” because she viewed it as “a high risk.” Despite her expertise on security issues and her responsibility for the security of the website, Fryer’s multiple warnings were overruled by her superiors.

It’s do as I say, not as I do: the Trenton Oldfield train of logic again. He hates elitist England so much he’s fighting to stay there.  He hates racist Australia. But what would he say to the Zimbabawean ambassaador seeking asylum there?

It is said that stoneage men used to watch what animals ate to see what was edible.  People were smarter then. Today we trust the packaging and if the previous consumers of the comestible are all lying dead at our feet, what of it? It says “delicious” on the label, doesn’t it? And so we open the package and eat.

The scam works only because we’re too stupid to see things for what they are. Ethan Krupp, aka “Pajama Boy”, the face of Obamacare, described his political motivations in these words. “I am a Liberal F**k. A Liberal F**k is not a Democrat, but rather someone who combines political data and theory, extreme leftist views and sarcasm to win any argument while make the opponents feel terrible about themselves. I won every argument but one.”

Would you buy a used car from this man? Of course you would. Millions may do it even now.


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>>>White is the antithesis of all that.<<<

I would phrase that, Non-"American Black culture" is the antithesis of all that. We Chinese have been able to get to work on time, ready and able, long before America existed. The 'non-criminal' illegals [yeah, their presence is a crime that should be punished as is welfare fraud, but most from Mexico do not live a criminal lifestyle and are literally out-working all Americans at the bottom of the economic spectrum. And I have known Black immigrants from Africa [Kenya and Nigeria] who epitomize the American immigrant dream and who cannot make any sense of American Black culture.

We have created the monster within. And it can be said that the creation was a deliberate act by the Left.

Subotai Bahadur
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Aides said Obama’s unique situation as president meant that he was unable to sign up for a plan online. The databases that HealthCare.gov and related sites use to verify people’s identities did not contain Obama’s personal information, aides said, so staffers had to go in person to the D.C. exchange offices over the weekend to get him enrolled.

No, the reason he could not identify himself to healthcare.gov was that he had no valid birth certificate, passport, current drivers license, or Social Security Number, as most Americans have. It's amazing that the media was unable to connect the dots on this one. Being CinC would not prevent George W. Bush from registering, because of course, he has his own SSN obtained from Texas, not a stolen one with the number prefix of a state where he had never lived.
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For the Left, Wretchard, it was and is always about power for themselves. Socialists everywhere, at all times, have been ready to commit any crime, tolerate any atrocity, as long as the result is power and priveledge for them, the nomenklatura. And those Lenin called useful idiots are always the same as well, they will always look for imagined glory and ignore the real gore all around them.

All you need to know about Obamacare is that everyone in Congress who voted for the law exempted themselves from it. Everyone. Anyone who belives Obamacare will make things better is a fool and a willing one at that. As for the Pajamas Boys of the world, you will always see people like them too, hoping for a crumb of power from the tables of the nomenklatura will fall for them if they demonstrate sufficient loyalty. In another time and place Pajama boy would be a willing executioner for Stalin. This should surpise no one.

However, delusion, even self delusion, only goes so far. At one point or another one must realize what is going on around him - and decide to resist or collaborate. Most on the left know perfectly well what Obamacare is, a road to power, a way for the democrats to turn the US into a one party state. Their support for it tells you all you need to know about them.
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IIRC, Australia signed onto to the ICC nonsense. I suppose they’ll turn her over to the ICC for her part in Mugabe’s regime once she loses her diplomatic immunity.
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No mention yet of Rhodesia. For those too young to have known or once knew and have forgotten, look it up.

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Race is no longer about the amount of melanin in your system. It is, as has been alluded at BC, about culture and politics.

Black now means flash mobs, drive by shootings of own, knock out games, 70% illegitimacy rates, school drop outs, failure to use the language of the land, inability to show up on time and sober, affirmative action as a continuing right etc.

White is the antithesis of all that. For example, to move the United States from near the bottom of murder rate statics to near the top (safest) simply subtract black on black killings...or nuke Chicago...

Black is the descent into animalistic behavior, negating centuries of progress for the quick 'meal' and a fast rut. Social Entropy.

White is the ability to control oneself and move forward. Sex as part of a meaningful relationship, thought or better, fore-thought, as a life style.

Thought is the enemy of tyranny.

Happy New Year, Hope y'all survive it.
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"Black now means flash mobs..."

You left out "out-and-out proud racism". The most racist people in America are native-born blacks.
37 weeks ago
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>>>White is the antithesis of all that.<<<

I would phrase that, Non-"American Black culture" is the antithesis of all that. We Chinese have been able to get to work on time, ready and able, long before America existed. The 'non-criminal' illegals [yeah, their presence is a crime that should be punished as is welfare fraud, but most from Mexico do not live a criminal lifestyle and are literally out-working all Americans at the bottom of the economic spectrum. And I have known Black immigrants from Africa [Kenya and Nigeria] who epitomize the American immigrant dream and who cannot make any sense of American Black culture.

We have created the monster within. And it can be said that the creation was a deliberate act by the Left.

Subotai Bahadur
37 weeks ago
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I thought that is what I said. "Black" is a life style/ attitude, regardles race or ethnicity. "White" is the opposite, regardless race or ethnicity.

I live in a Virginia suburb of DC. We are well stocked with "white" people of all colors. And the converse.

That the Black creation is deliberate act of the left is undeniable; they have selected the easiest of two ways to get to the top...creating a mountain of detritus upon which to stand.
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Ilegante, your words may lack a certain nuance, but there is really no way to express such glaringly conspicuous truths that will not make the Liberal-Marxist-Transnational Progressives squeal and bleat like stuck piglets.

If you consider the newest member states welcomed to the sanctified Plenary General Assembly of the United Nations since 1960 or so, the most common feature of their histories is that they are Oppressive Autocracies, with leaders who climbed to rule upon mountains of corpses of their slaughtered countryfolk. In some cases, most of the dead were once fellow tribespeople; in others, members of rival tribes. It doesn't much matter. The dead were regarded as expendable allies or expendable opponents.

Sounds remarkably similar to the attitudes of the present incumbency.
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Wm. Kerrigan's comment on experts is that what they claim to know is what our true concerns should be.

They're basically organizers of anxieties.

Other experts come on to tell you how to live with these anxieties.
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Used car salesmen have no more idea whether the car is any good than you do.

The reason to buy new even in spite of the instant price fall is that there's a guarantee with it, if transportation was your goal, to handle this information risk.
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Why is it that people who professionally extol communism and hate ‘racism’ never seek asylum in North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela or Zimbabwe?

That is easily answered, Wretchard. People who extol communism and hate "racism" and the like are very careful to only target countries and societies that play by the civilized rules of Western society and culture. they do not seek asylum in North Korea for the same reason the human shield movement and code pink and the like are silent about the Assad governments targeting of civilians in Syria.

Bluntly put, NGO protestors do not try to orgnaize propaganda flotillas to Syran ports because they suspect the Syrian navy, unlike the Israelis, will simply sink them and machine gun the survivors.

After all, that is what they would do to their enemies, if they could.
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And this is EXACTLY why the cowardly leftists and the cowardly media elite have no problem attacking Christianity but cower like beaten dogs at the mere thought of stating the truth about Islam and Muslims. I'm still waiting for a cutting-edge avant garde "artiste" to have the balls to create a work of art called "Piss Mohammed".
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To be fully comparably, the work of art should be "Piss Beelzebub-Allah and his hand picked pedophile Mohammed". Accuracy counts!
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I once saw a Ziggy™ cartoon. "This is to inform you that we at the IRS have lost your file. If we do not find it you are liable for a fine of $10,000 and five years in jail. Please advise."

"Why is it that people who professionally extol communism and hate ‘racism’ never seek asylum in North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela or Zimbabwe?"

Plumbing.
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"This is to inform you that we at the IRS have lost your file. If we do not find it you are liable for a fine of $10,000 and five years in jail. Please advise."

Came very close to that umpty years ago. Got a little notice in the mail from the IRS, "You failed to declare and pay taxes on the $30,000 in rental income on your steel plant in Gary Indiana, if not paid in 7 days interest and penalties may apply." So I get on the landline to the IRS and say, "WTF, I don't own any steel plant in Gary Indiana, I don't own a steel plant anywhere, I haven't received any rental income on anything, I haven't received any $30,000 payment for anything from anybody, etc, so what is going on here?" And their reply, "Oh SIR well we'd LIKE to help you but we're moving our offices this month and all of our records are unavailable."
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"Yet those same left wing advocates are remarkably reluctant to settle in places these refugees have fled. Why is it that people who professionally extol communism and hate ‘racism’ never seek asylum in North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela or Zimbabwe?" wretchard

They're cognitively dysfunctional ideologues not complete morons. What's truly ironic is that they are bent on constructing in America the very type of gulag, that they extol but refuse to emigrate to...Zimbabwe on the Potomac, Venezuela in Miami, N. Korea in Seattle...so perhaps ultimately, they are morons after all.
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A constant use of flattery
Becomes shopworn and tattery
And flatterers rate scarcely half a glance
Their words become mere pattery
Inviting salt and battery
And no one ever asks you now to dance
The lady from Zimbobberay
Upon her loss of jobber day
Begged Aussies please to let her stay in Oz
She loves to hear a cobber say
Words opposite the snobber way
Especially the use of vase not vahse

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I'm sure pajama boy thinks he won every argument but one just by being an a**hole- excuse me, a liberal f**k- but I doubt it.

I bet normal people just didn't want to be harassed by this weird freak, and pretended he won just so he would shut the h*ll up and let them get on with their day. Or simply won, and Ethan just can't admit it. Or is too stupid to notice.

Whatevs, Ethan. What strikes me about these folks is just how gob-smackingly frivolous they are. Trenton Oldfield is one obvious example. But I continually see others, such as obviously European folks who declare themselves to be Australian Aborigines, somehow.

It reminds me of what I read about the Roman emperor Nero, strangely enough. I bought and read a book about him- although not closely, because it turns out I really didn't have too much interest in Nero.

I think of what I read in that book often, against my inclination, because modern leftists remind me of it so often. I recall Nero was recorded to be quite worried about his performance as an actor, despite being- you know, Roman Emperor- and then serious people intervened and killed him.

Today, we have the leftist half-wits who have bestowed Obamacare upon us, and think if they are a**hole enough no one will notice the steaming pile of failure that it really is.

Sure. I'm a big fan of reality, and I think reality has enough force to make even the dumbest f**ks notice, eventually.

Things work, until they don't. We've spent our lives living in a paradigm with the idea that universal happiness was only the next government program away, among other attributes- and then came Obamacare, and the pitiful Ethan Krupp.

Reality cannot be denied, even if you use sarcasm. Serious people- like Jacqueline Zwambila- retain the ability to notice reality. Fools- like pajama boy- do not.

My bet- I beg pardon for my crazy optimism- is that serious people will prevail. Liberal f**ks- with all their preening imbecility- will not.






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As an Australian let me assure you you that we have Aborigines claiming to be Europeans too. I was getting too close for comfort to an ATM machine when I was greeted by an Indigenous chappie who told me as we shook hands that he was going to honest with me and ask me for money for a bottle of beer. Being the Festive season and all, I took out my wallet and gave him a fiver as he explained to me that he was Greek. I wished him good health and observed that he must have been in Australia for some time because he had clearly mastered the Indigenous accent. Of course he couldn't tell if I had capitalized the word Indigenous.
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