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  • ross1948 17:00 on July 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alcohol abuse, drunk, First nations, graduates, Joyce Murray MP, , , , Valcourt   

    Injuns and Inebriation – What’s Racist About The Truth? 

    Liberal MP Joyce Murray and the First Nations Drum newspaper are both apologizing after publishing an ad in which Murray congratulated aboriginal high school graduates and seemingly referred to sobriety as a key to success.

    So what should the exhortation be?

    Should the ad have echoed Men Behaving Badly’s Gary, when he roared down the phone at his long-suffering girl (waiting at home with the stale casseroule dinner she’d cooked)


    ‘Let’s get pissed and go to a disco?


    Should Murray have offered that advice to the graduates?

    The newspaper advert’s wise words would equally have been applicable to my generation of graduates, many of us, WASPs to a man ( except for some Paddies and Poles) having partied with a zeal that amazed others then and ourselves now, when we try to repeat those feats of folly!

    • Nobody in their right mind can possibly quibble with the sentiment embedded in the ad, not least when we consider that Red Indians are reliably reported to have a problem with fire-water quite disproportionate to the rest of the people of Canada.

    VICTORIA — Alcohol-related deaths among First Nations in B.C. are a staggering five times higher than for other British Columbians, says a prominent First Nations doctor, who argues aboriginal leaders need to start working on an alcohol strategy to save lives First Nations must find ways to curb alcohol use: MD

    Is that information out of date, or just unfashionable?

    Yet Murray has been busily grovelling ever since the newspaper was published.

    Nor, it seems, are the Tories any better than the Liberals.




    A spokeswoman for Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt wrote in an email to CBC News that the ad was “unacceptable and offensive.”      https://ca.news.yahoo.com/joyce-murray-first-nation-newspaper-205947727.html

    What a crock!

  • ross1948 10:08 on April 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , breathalyser, , dangdut bars, , drunk, , , , , under the influence   

    All Our Tomorrows – Jakarta Pedestrians Breathalysed? 

    Another slow start today, so time for a new update!

    Further to our shock/horror post yesterday..… the Jakarta Post has more details on the ‘creeping shariah’ scheme to outlaw alcohol. As predicted, there are indications it will create two-tier rights, tourists likely licensed to swill, locals not.

    But not exactly – there’s mention of ‘five-star hotels,’ implying wealthy foreigners will be more privileged than less moneyed visitors from overseas.

    Back-packers go thirsty, while limousine liberal lushes luxuriate over libations in air-con lounges. 


    • avoid Five-star tourists
    • ————————
    • Then again, that’s a not inaccurate reflection of local life here!

    But the ‘shariah’ aspect may come unstuck in this aspect – rich Arabs knocking back booze in posh places while co-religionists among the native population face jail-time for the same activity in one of those ‘dimly-lit stalls’ we keep hearing about?


    • rosa daning
    • Or in one of those great dangdut bars I like so very much?



    But it’s not just selling, buying or being caught in the act of slaking one’s thirst on a sultry evening that will place us in peril – get a load of this! 

    – Article 19
    Any person under the influence of alcohol will face one to five years in prison and fines of between Rp 20
    million and Rp 100 million for disturbing public order and threatening the safety of others.


    Note carefully – not the good old ‘D and D’ – that drunk and disorderly charge which arises through brawls and noisy disturbance of an otherwise tranquil night. That’s a fair cop, guv, as Londoners might have said when London was an English city.




    But that clause reads as if just being ‘under the influence’ is equivalent to being a menace!

    Maybe I’m interpreting it wrongly, but in this climate of legislative intolerance, who knows?

    What does ‘under the influence’ mean?

    Collapsed on the side-walk?

    Unable to walk a straight line?

    Smiling foolishly as you make your way home through Jakarta’s dark streets?

    If a cop gets hold of you and you can’t clearly answer his questions, will it be a mis-communication through inebriation, or the language barrier?



    • JazPen 10:28 on April 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I knew you would go to town on this one, Ross.
      Do you think they really will go through with this madness? Bali tourism will collapse.

      My worry is you could be right. Your next headline might read ‘Indonesia Truly Arabia.’


    • Alvin 10:53 on April 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You declaring a personal interest?


    • Frank 13:11 on April 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Not planning to leave? You disagreed with the NOW magazine editorial a week ago, but this booze news must have made you think again.


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