i will remember them, not him

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There are a few things in life that I feel as passionate about as the need for proper gun control everywhere, especially in the United States. Every time I wake to news of another shooting, I feel this terrible sinking feeling in my stomach. It’s sinking because it’s a tragedy but I know enough to know that nothing is going to change.

When I heard about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, I was devastated. Every time a new piece of information is released, I am moved to tears. Especially when the names and ages of the children killed were released. They were six and seven. A man stood in front of children who were six and seven and shot them multiple times with a semi-automatic. I can’t even fathom what kind of person is capable of this cruelty. Read More

bye bye, birdy?

Originally published on KiKi & Tea.

 

Though I like to think of myself as being informed about politics, the truth is there is quite a lot that I don’t know about our political system and there is even less that I know about US politics. As we draw even closer to the next United States presidential election, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have been filling the news channels and news websites with their pledges and what they will do as President of the United States of America. I don’t know much about what they stand for because, as ignorant as this is, I don’t get a vote, so I feel that it doesn’t REALLY matter who I support as I don’t get a say. But after the first presidential debate last week, even though Romney clearly won, I found myself rooting for Obama. Despite the fact that I once referred to Romney as trustworthy, when I heard that he wants to get rid of PBS, I took issue. Read More

against the violence, not the people

Signs like this will only make things worse

I want to start this post by apologising for my long absence from musings. I’ve been flat out with full time work, writing for KiKi & Tea and have been distracted by a very special new man in my life. I’ve been meaning to write and then something (usually sleep) beckons and unfortunately musings has fallen by the wayside. My apologies and I’ll try my best to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

So what was it that brought me out of silence? I felt prompted to post something about the riots that happened in Sydney over the weekend. Before you click away, this post is not about condemning Islam and Muslims. It will condemn the actions of a few but the underlying message of what I am trying to say is that the actions of a few do not speak for the majority. Read More

what australia day is about

Happy Australia Day to all my lovely readers! Hope you all have fun celebrating this wonderful day. Me? I’m spending it writing and watching season five of One Tree Hill. But regardless of what you decide to do with your day, it is still a day worth celebrating.

A recent survey conducted by sociologist and anthropologist Professor Farida Fozdar, of the University of Western Australia, found a possible link between flying Australian flags on your car on Australia Day and racism. (You can read the full findings here). While I am sure quite a few Australians are racist, the majority are not. Read More

civil unions passed in queensland

Last night, Queensland’s State Labor Government voted in favour of legalising same sex unions. It was a close vote of 47/40. The Courier Mail reported:

The bill, introduced by Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser, enables same-sex couples to register their union with the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

The bill will grant same-sex couples the right to enter in to legally recognised civil unions. At least one of the parties to the civil partnership must live in Queensland. Read More

archive: gaddafi, you will not be missed

This year, as a world, we have mourned the loss of many (Steve Jobs and Elizabeth Taylor, to name a few). But we’ve also celebrated upon news of death, twice. Once, on 2nd May when US forces were able to capture and kill terrorist Osama bin Laden. America, more than anywhere else, celebrated well into the night. A collective sense of relief occurred.

The second time was last week, 20th October, when NTC forces were able to locate Muammar Gaddafi, capture and kill him. A collective sigh of relief swept across Libya and the rest of the world. After 42 years of a soul-crushing dictatorship, Libya is finally free. Read More

harry jenkins resigns as speaker

Today signifies the final sitting of Federal Parliament for the year. It also signifies the day that Harry Jenkins resigned as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported:

Harry Jenkins has resigned as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Mr Jenkins told parliament this morning that he had become progressively frustrated at the stricture of minority government.

“My desire is to be able to participate in policy and parliamentary debate, and this would be incompatible with continuing in the role of Speaker,” he said. Read More