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3 May 2004
Tex in Sydney
I'll most likely be in the Harbour City on the weekend of the 15-16th May, visiting the Sydney Bike Show.
Hopefully, the Ducati stand will have these on display. They're certainly sexier than the ugly lumps they been releasing for the last six years.
I'm curious to see how these Castro-worshipping imbeciles will put a spin on this story:
A court in Cuba has sentenced a blind dissident lawyer to four years in jail.
The lawyer, Juan Carlos Gonzalez Leiva, was convicted of contempt, public disorder and resisting arrest.
The Cuban government made no comment about the trial, which lasted one day. Nine other dissidents tried at the same time were given shorter sentences.
The trial was held behind closed doors in the central town of Ciego de Avila and was the first of its kind in the country this year.
Last year, the Cuban authorities sentenced 75 opposition activists to jail terms of up to 28 years, prompting criticism from the European Union and the United States.
All 10 defendants in the latest trial were arrested on 4 March 2002, when they tried to visit an independent journalist, who had allegedly been beaten by police at a hospital in Ciego de Avila, 400 km (249 miles) east of Havana.
They have been detained since then.
Elizardo Sanchez, head of opposition group the Cuban Human Rights Commission, said he had received information of the trial from relatives of the dissidents.
He said: "Prosecutors asked for six years and Gonzalez Leiva received four, and the others got lesser terms that we have not yet determined."
Before the trial, the New York-based Human Rights Watch group said the situation was a "travesty".
"The trial of a blind lawyer, along with nine other dissidents, continues the repressive trend that was so glaringly evident last year in Cuba," it said in a statement.
All 10 were arrested on March 4, 2002, when they tried to visit an independent journalist who claimed to have been beaten by police and was taken to a Ciego de Avila hospital.
Apparently, one of the crimes they committed was 'disrespect for authority'. They're in jail because they criticised the The Great Leader and his workers' paradise.
Not that this makes any difference to the sort of people who inhabit the Green Left. When you define people who flee a totalitarian state as terrorists, it's no great leap to support the jailing of people who have the temerity to criticise Ol' Whiskers and His Perfect State.
Christopher Hitchens is right: the soft left is, at its heart, a fascist ideology.
(links via Vigilant TV)
Hey, let's give these murdering savages a state!
I see the big, heroic muslim warriors have butchered a defenceless woman and her children. A beautiful family, murdered by mindless muslim animals.
Another act of "resistance" from those peace-loving Palestinians. Don't expect too much condemnation coming from the world community about this.
The Islamist bastards were swiftly killed by IDF troops, showing that the Assholes for Allah are pretty good at butchering children, yet are fearsome as butterflies when it comes to fighting soldiers.
Memo to Israel: do not surrender one inch of land to these vermin. Hunt them down and kill them. Every single jihadist prick. No negotiation, no surrender, no deals, no compromise.
And kill Arafat while you're at it. It's way overdue.
Dave has more to say on these matters.
Can these Islamist creeps ever tell the truth?
Loud screeching heard in local newspaper
If you're an unhinged, lunar-right crackpot in this country, your only print outlets are wack-job publications like Lock, Stock and Barrel.
If you're an unhinged, lunar-left crackpot, you get published by The Sydney Morning Herald.
Ever noticed how just much the left hate the general public, because the evil populace just don't know what's good for them?
Via Scott, a list of "classic" books. The one's I've read are in blue, the ones I started but was too bored to finish are in pink.
1984, George Orwell
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Animal Farm, George Orwell
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
The BFG, Roald Dahl
Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Bleak House, Charles Dickens
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
Catch 22, Joseph Heller
The Catcher In The Rye, JD Salinger
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
Dune, Frank Herbert
Emma, Jane Austen
Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
The Godfather, Mario Puzo
Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
Holes, Louis Sachar
I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
Katherine, Anya Seton
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien
Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blighton
Magician, Raymond E Feist
The Magus, John Fowles
Matilda, Roald Dahl
Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
Mort, Terry Pratchett
Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
On The Road, Jack Kerouac
One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Perfume, Patrick Suskind
Persuasion, Jane Austen
The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen
The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
The Ragged Trousered Philantrhopists, Robert Tressell
Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
The Stand, Stephen King
The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Tess Of The D'urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Twits, Roald Dahl
Ulysses, James Joyce
Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
War And Peace, Leo Tolstoy
Watership Down, Richard Adams
The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne
The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
Who authorised this shit?
Hey Victorians, take a look at what your tax dollars are paying for in Brackistan. I only wish I could be in Mebourne tomorrow to participate in a well-aimed act of public urination.
Given the history of insanity of the Victorian Labor party, this sort of thing doesn't exactly surprise me.