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FwdRedcoWhy did the British wear red coats in battle?

A little known historical fact.

During the recent royal wedding, the millions around the world saw that Prince William chose to wear a uniform that included the famous British “red coat.”

Many people have asked, “Why did the British wear red coats in battle?”

A long time ago, Britain and France were at war. During one battle, the French captured a British Colonel. They took him to their headquarters and the French General began to question him.

Finally, as an afterthought, the French General asked,

“Why do you British officers all wear red coats?  Don’t you know the red material makes you easier targets for us to shoot at?” [Read more & Comments]

violationsChina: land of the free??

When you read this article it will no doubt gladden your heart that you live in Australia. Although, does anyone know the full extent of what the former Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, damned fool that he was, had tucked away in his internet censorship file?

Tony Abbott has just more or less secured a wonderful trading arrangement with China despite its dreadful record of human abuse. But, money speaks loudly, much louder than the human rights violation groups that squeal behind the noise of platitudes. [Read more & Comments]

Bendigo earth hourBendigo Bank – Messenger of Peace
Bret Harte

It’s beginning to make sense now.

Bendigo Bank is not just a bank. A bank that distributes its profits among the community.

It is an agent for social change.

It is an apostle of light – a bringer of messages of tolerance and diversity and oh, all kinds of progressive things, to the community.

One of the things Bendigo brought was its promotion of earth hour. Nothing could be more noble, even religious, than that. Yes, quite religious, in a way.

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There's more than one dope!

Dopes comes in different forms!

More BS from Fairfax?

Well, I suppose you would read about it in the Fairfax press. “Turnbacks abandoned, says Jakarta,” followed by yet another of Michael Bachelard’s non-story confusions about asylum seekers. You remember the rubbish about our navy torturing those nice people intent on breaking our laws, abusing our hospitality and our social benefits—without reliable proof?

Bachelard’s most recent twist-piece, with much ambiguity, claims  that Indonesia’s Military Commander General Moeldoko has said on a video clip that Australia’s Chief of Defence David Hurley told General Moeldoko that no more asylum seeker boats would be returned to Indonesia by Australia. Bachelard might oblige with his source because MM can’t find it on Detik.com and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said, “There is no change to policy in relation to Operation Sovereign Borders”. Bachelard, Morrison and Moeldoko can’t all be right?

What can be found is an earlier story by the Indonesian General that is quite the opposite to Bachelard’s assertions. I suppose politics in Jakarta being so close to their elections might have officials saying anything that comes to mind. But only Fairfax might use such things to throw at their much hated Abbott government? [Read more & Comments]


For a good feeling, study this while eating lunch of sardines on Jatz crackers.

Today being Good Friday, an important day in the Christian churches calendar of events, there are no stories.
When Morning Mail resumes on Saturday we would like to offer a dazzling competition with wonderful prizes, paid contributions from the world’s top authors and journalists, gifts to all readers with an odd number of letters in their surname, and a chance to have their name laser engraved on a rock on the moon so large it can be seen from earth with the naked eye.
Unfortunately, as all the Morning Mail’s ready cash has gone into buying Barry O’Farrell’s bottle of ’59 Grange – which he never got – to accompany MM’s brunch today (see image above), the prizes and gifts and all that will have to wait ’til next year or something.

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Sharia re-education camps in Indonesia

This article in the Jakarta Post is a worrying aspect of Sharia within Islamism for any person living in a Western democracy. If you genuinely believe such a primitive doctrine could never come to pass in Australia, simply look to the UK and several European nations for the answer. They once thought that also!

The Aceh administration’s approval of the Qanun Hukum Acara Jinayat (criminal code procedure) bylaw authorizes sharia police in the province to detain any person suspected of violating sharia for a maximum of 20 days, if initial counseling of the offender proves ineffective. [Read more & Comments]

motherIn the best interests of the child…
Jack London

Germany’s Angela Merkel has a one line response to gay marriage.


Simply put, Merkel has appreciated that homosexuals and lesbians in many cases want to go the next step and, one way or another, get a baby or young child.

And, expanding her “no”, she says that it is not in the best interest of a child.

Since Russia has ruled that there will be no adoptions by gay partners, and since the sources of children available for adoption has dried up everywhere else, the way forward for male gays is to pay someone to provide a womb and harvest the baby. Female gays sometimes provide a their own womb.

Sounds simple. How about twin girls with three mothers? Still simple? [Read more & Comments]

icac_logoO’Farrell: did the right man quit?

Chris Merritt in The Australian today raises many questions about ICAC’s rules of engagement. Details surrounding the now, infamous bottle of Grange wine have failed to show corruption and indeed reported so. The fall-out of this incident may not provide outcomes not wanted my some players. Sometimes ambushes backfire horribly. [Read more & Comments]