Sunday, January 30, 2011
Thank you all for reading Audrey and the Bad Apples these past years. I think you'll find the layout of Howling Clementine to be very pleasing. Little Audrey Apple will always be dear to me, but it's time to retire the nom de plume once and for all and try and get some actual work.
You can find me now at www.clementineford.com.au. I do so hope you drop by for some tea and brownies, or perhaps just a vat of wine and some witty ripostes.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
I presume he took offense to parts of my profile, because he not only apparently failed to read any of it but also surmised incorrectly that I am a hipster. This may be based on the strength of my preference for left wing men with beards and/or drinking tea. I would say that I'm not a hipster - but then, don't they all deny it? What I am is feisty, and I didn't take kindly to receiving this:
"Don't be fooled, the beardy, fixie-riding vegan novelist is every bit as vain as his Ed Hardy wearing douchebag counterpart. In fact I'd say our man-tanned friend is actually less of a hypocrite.
Look, I think hipsters are full of it more often than not, but you're smart and pretty and I do dig that. In case you don't recognise it, that's what's known as 'sincerity'."
"I hate fixie bikes and find veganism highly unappealing. Don't assume I'm not interested in you because I can't recognise 'sincerity' or the winsome qualities of a scooter riding wikipedia addict with carefully tended stubble.
It's more likely due to the fact that you're an arrogant twat who thinks insulting women is a unique and clever way to pique their interest. I'm going to take a wild stab in the dark here and say that you own a well thumbed copy of The Game.
The beardy, fixie-riding vegan novelist may be every bit as vain as his Ed Hardy wearing douchebag counterpart, but men like you are every bit as predictable as the scores of other Neil Strauss wannabes running around the place.
Thank you very very much for finding me smart and pretty enough to set aside your disdain for 'hipsters', but I think I'll pass.
Oh, and in case you didn't recognise it, that's what's known as 'pwnage'."
Friday, June 25, 2010
A dame? I'd so much rather be a knight… It would, of course, be a great honor to be asked whether one would. I don't know. But I think Sir Tilda sounds so much better.
A MUSLIM woman has complained after allegedly  being told to remove her face veil during a job interview at a Territory hospital.
Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission officers have launched an investigation.
Acting commissioner Lisa Coffey has refused to discuss the case - or even confirm that a complaint had been lodged.
But the Northern Territory News understands the young woman went for an administration job at Royal Darwin. A doctor asked her to remove her veil during the interview. She refused - and filed an official complaint.
The case comes at a time when several western countries are following France's lead in banning the wearing of the hijab in public. 
The doctor is believed to have engaged a lawyer to represent him. Discriminating against someone because of their religion is illegal. But whether insisting a Muslim woman remove her hijab is discriminatory has not been tested in the Territory. 
NT Islamic Society president Adil Jamil said less than 2 per cent of Territory Muslim women wore a veil. He said it was considered "offensive" to ask a woman to take off her hijab.
"It's against their religious beliefs," he said. "It can seriously hurt their inner self.
"Under traditional Islamic view, a woman cannot show her face to any man except her husband and male relatives." 
Mr Jamil said there were about 2000 Muslims in the NT from 23 countries. Three-quarters of them are of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indonesian heritage.
Mr Jamil said a few Territory-born Muslim women wore a veil.
"They see it as reinforcing their religious beliefs and inner satisfaction," he said. 
mick Posted at 10:51 AM Today
And still the boats come !!
Comment 6 of 21
paul Posted at 10:58 AM Today
ban the bloody stupid thing and make these Muslims conform to out way of life.....now! Or go back to Muslim-land.....
Comment 13 of 21
Nothing to do with religion of Victoria Posted at 11:00 AM Today
What a load of garbage. It sickens me to think that there are people living here who want to do nothing but abuse and exploit Australia. If she wants to wear a ridiculous repressive disguise and not show her face she shouldn't be here........Who would want to employ THAT?
Comment 15 of 21
Mary of ringwood Posted at 11:01 AM Today
I do not care what the NT Islamic Society President has to say... Most Australians feel that the Hijab is offensive the Hijab is a personal thing and nothing to do with the religion... so we have to ban it in Public arears like many Countries including two Muslim Countries have done. Inner satisfaction is not a reason to come to interviews for jobs...wearing a complete covering of a face. If the Hijab wearing womenresent that, they could go to a Country that allows it.
Comment 16 of 21
Maybe she was a fugly and was doing everyone a favour
Posted by: Frank of Darwin 8:29pm Tuesday Comment 107 of 112
Dave of Millner an example of the Great Australian Cultural Cringe, But we don't know that Dave is an Australian (maybe pom) for he displays no affinity what ever for the preservation of AUSTRALIAN cultural heritage or customs. He is in fact a typical apologist, the sort that runs around apologising for things he's not done, and generally undermining Aussie values and customs. He's the sort that turns the other cheek, and he'll spread them as well, and have vaseline for the comfort of others.
Posted by: The Stump of Alice Springs 10:05pm Monday Comment 81 of 112
If she was to be my nurse i would ask for someone else i dont want some damn covered up thing that i cant see there face
Posted by: GRRR 1:32pm Monday Comment 17 of 112
it's not discrimation. if a non muslim had that tea towel thing on their head when they go to a job interview they too would be asked to take it off. so it's not discriminating muslims since anybody would be asked to take the towel off when they go interviews.
Posted by: james of darwin 12:25pm Monday Comment 4 of 112
Friday, March 19, 2010
I also put a few independents between Family First and Trevor Grace. Based on their appearance in numerous conservative preference lists, I assumed that they were all the kinds of people I hate. At least Family First has to answer to some kind of public - right wing independent nutjobs need to be kept as far out of power as possible.
So this is just how I'll be voting for the Upper House tomorrow, after a few hours of fairly irritating research. You are more than welcome to use my preference list if you are confused about the independent candidates.
I thought about putting Mark Aldridge a little higher because he's probably not AS offensive as Nathan Ashby - but the fact that he disguised his anti-choice views at the Trevor Grace protest just so he could electioneer makes me sick in my mouth a little.
“The marriage of a man and a woman, to the exclusion of all others, is much more than a private emotional relationship - it is also a social good.
While not all marriages thrive, research confirms that married people live longer and are healthier, wealthier and more satisfied with their lives than their cohabiting or single peers. Their children also have better health, they do better at school and are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.
At Family First we are committed to promoting and preserving marriage as the essential foundation of strong marriages and communities.”
“The most basic human right is the right to life.
today this fundamental right is tragically denied with more than 100,000 unborn babies being aborted each year. The right to life is also under threat for the aged, infirm and vulnerable with a growing chorus advocating euthanasia. Australia
At Family First we passionately believe that human life is precious. Armed with this belief, we are committed to the preservation and protection of life from the womb to the grave.”
"While I still have breath and a brain cell in my brain, I will fight for him..."
“Legislative measures that will uphold and protect the inalienable and fundamental rights of every person (1) [my emphasis] - to life, to the essential liberties of conscience, to equal treatment under the law (2) [my emphasis], to the ownership of property and to a livelihood that enhances the dignity and security of each person.
The DLP unequivocally supports legislation that will preserve and protect marriage as the voluntary union of one man and one woman, to the exclusion of all others, in a commitment for life.
Absolute opposition to legislative or administrative measures that undermine or degrade marriage by conferring on homosexual, lesbian or transsexual pairings any form of legal recognition of their relationships, per se, whether through "civil unions", "relationship registers" or other legal device. (3)
Abolition of the Family Court of Australia, exposure of its destructive ideology and its harm done to children through easy divorce and the court-instigated break-up of their families and recision of all court rulings that serve to undermine marriage or degrade it by conferring on homosexual, lesbian and transsexual pairings equivalent standing with marriage…. (4)
Statutory recognition of the principle that no child should be conceived to be borne and reared deliberately deprived of a mother or father as in the cases of single women, lesbians and homosexual couples accessing artificial reproduction technologies including IVF and surrogacy or adoption overseas or within Australia (5).
An acknowledgement in all legislation affecting families of the need to preserve and protect the institution of marriage and of the need to maintain the moral, social, legal and economic support of the traditional family unit as the most effective (including cost-effective) means to safeguard children from the harm of exploitation, violence, pornography, drugs and crime.
The DLP upholds the traditional family as the ideal for all to aspire to (6). This is not to condemn others who may find themselves in other family models through no fault of their own (7). We admire and support single parents for example, and recognize their particular needs and difficulties in raising children alone."
“The DLP proposes a permanent embargo on all tax funding for procured abortions, destructive human embryo experiments, and the artificial reproduction of human life for any utilitarian end.
We also propose a substantial increase in the allocation of funding for palliative care facilities for the terminally ill, and the active promotion of public policy in opposition to the legalisation of euthanasia (1).
We also recommend enforcement of the criminal law with respect to procured abortions and euthanasia through the prosecution of medical professionals who violate human life (2).
Establishment at Federal State and Territory levels of an office of Advocate for the Unborn Child with all the functions, powers and duties necessary to promote and protect the life of the unborn, to afford legal voice or representation in all pertinent forums, to investigate impending medical and other threats to the child's natural right to be born and to instigate prosecutions for offences under relevant laws (3).
1. They want to use government funds to actively oppose the legislation of euthanasia.
I had said that right behind them, at number 4, was Trevor Grace, but I missed one. Right behind the DLP, at number 4, is One Nation.
- Prayers in Parliament
- Abortion Law
- Same sex relationship registers
I had listed Chris Prior of Gamers4Croydon as replying UNSURE to everything. This was incorrect. He was given a score of 1 for all questions, translating to NO COMMENT. Kat Nicholson, Gamers4Croydon candidate for Croydon, informs me that Chris didn't reply to the survey at all. So why was he listed as giving a NO COMMENT answer (and point scores of 1) when other candidates who didn't reply were given scores of 0? Gamers4Croydon, I'd advise you to take this up with Family Voice. I have also fixed the broken link to the survey results page.*******