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Abe F. March
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PostSubject: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 8:40 am

The language may offend some. Just keep in mind that I didn't write this, however the message is clear.



Australian Letter of the Year....

This is an actual letter sent to the DFAT (Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade) Immigration Minister.

The Commonwealth Government tried desperately to censure the author,
but got nowhere because every legal person who read it nearly wet
themselves laughing!



Dear Mr. Minister,

I'm in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe
this. How is it that K-Mart has my address and telephone number, and
knows that I bought a television set and golf clubs from them back in
1997, and yet the Federal Government is still asking me where I was
born and on what date?

For Christ sakes, do you guys do this by hand? My birth date you have
in my Medicare information, and it is on all the income tax forms I've filed for the past 40 years. It is also on my driver's licence, on the last eight passports I've ever had, on all
those stupid customs declaration forms I've had to fill out before
being allowed off planes over the past 30 years. It's also on all those
insufferable census forms that I've filled out every 5 years since
1966. Also... would somebody please take note, once and for all, that
my mother's name is Audrey, my father's name is Jack, and I'd be
absolutely fucking astounded if that ever changed between now and when
I drop dead!!!... SHIT! What do you people do with all this information
we keep having to provide??

I apologise, Mr. Minister. But I'm really pissed off this morning.
Between you and me, I've had enough of all this bullshit!

You send the application to my house, then you ask me for my fucking
address!! What the hell is going on with your mob? Have you got a gang
of mindless Neanderthal arseholes working there!

And another thing, look at my damn picture... Do I look like Bin Laden?
I can't even grow a beard for God's sakes. I just want to go to New
Zealand and see> my new granddaughter. (Yes, my son interbred with a
Kiwi girl).

And would someone please tell me, why would you give a shit whether or
not I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? In the unlikely
event I ever got the urge to do something weird to a sheep or a horse,
believe me, I'd sure as hell not want to tell anyone!

Well, I have to go now, 'cause I have to go to the other end of the
city, and get another fucking copy of my birth certificate - and to
part with another $80 for the privilege of accessing MY OWN
INFORMATION!

Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot,
to assist in the issuance of a new passport on the same day?? Nooooo..
that 'd be too fucking easy and makes far too much sense. You would
much prefer to have us running all over the place like chickens with
our fucking heads cut off, and then having to find some 'high-society'
wanker to confirm that it's really me in the goddamn photo! You know
the photo...the one where we're not allowed to smile?! .... you fucking
morons.


Signed - An Irate Australian Citizen.


P.S. Remember what I said above about the picture, and getting someone
in 'high-society' to confirm that it's me? Well, my family has been in
this country since before 1850! In 1856, one of my forefathers took up
arms with Peter Lalor. (You do remember the Eureka Stockade!!) I have
also served in both the CMF and regular Army for something over 30
years (I went to Vietnam in 1967), and still have high security
clearances. I'm also a personal friend of the president of the RSL...
and Lt General Peter Cosgrove sends me a Christmas card each year.
However, your rules require that I have to get someone "important" to
verify who I am; You know... someone like my doctor - WHO WAS BORN AND
RAISED IN FUCKING PAKISTAN !!!..... a country where they either
assassinate or hang their ex-Prime Ministers - and are suspended from
the Commonwealth for not having the "right sort of government". You are
all fucking idiots!




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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 8:50 am

Abe,

Great letter! Hope this guy is a wirter
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 8:53 am

Thank you, Abe. I really needed a good belly laugh.

Ann
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 8:53 am

Brings back memories of trying to book a trip in Brisbane. We were travelling about thirty miles to the Gold Coast but you would have thought we were trying to get back to the UK!

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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 1:56 pm

3/17/2011


Abe..

This is hysterical ! Love it.. I do know when ever I
had to renew my passport all I had to do was fill out a new
form, send it along with my old passport and $$$$$. Now I've
read in this country I don't know if it's law yet, everyone is
suppose to have a passport. I've had one way before I had a
drivers license, they just don't give them out, they check you
out the FBI...Now their good for 10 years, should be your life
time...


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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 2:21 pm

Disgusting Abe - you should have exercised better discretion in choosing your subject matter. I haven’t the faintest idea what thrills you get with language like that but please step down a few pegs - you’ve earned it!

That goes for all the other members here that get their thrills from filth
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 2:28 pm

Dear James,
That was an un-called for response.

Santimony may have a place in this world, but this is not it.

Love,
Betty
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 2:29 pm

What Betty said.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 2:34 pm

It is pure filth - what is uncalled for is the use of such language and the posting of material that uses it

PURE FILTH

Disgusting!


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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 2:37 pm

Read around it.
I did.
He warned the language was offensive.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 2:41 pm

BY the way I find Disgusting offensive.


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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 2:52 pm

Abe is not a disgusting person.
He is not rude or mean.
He meant no harm.

Let him be.

I like him.

So there!

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E. Don Harpe
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 3:20 pm

James the following language may offend you. STOP HERE


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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 3:22 pm

I posted that because you'd have to be kind of dense to knowingly read something that you had been told might be offensive, AND THEN COMPLAIN ABOUT IT. Some people just need to grow the hell up.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 3:29 pm

Abe The language may offend some.


James) You got that right. IMO you were amiss in going any further.

There is a right and wrong about things that you seemed to miss

It is further disturbing that so many on this panel accept it.

They can all step down a few pegs IMO
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 3:30 pm

3/17/2011

I second the motion... Abe your " A" okay !
This is getting to be childish ....


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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 3:40 pm

I have stated clearly that I do not appreciate offensive language with the exception of its pertinence to a piece of writing where its inclusion is necessary to the context. While I am careful of my words written and those that come from my mouth, I have certainly felt the frustration of the writer about his experience with government. In my mind I used similar words (picked up from my son who overuses the F word so much that I've just tuned it out) and find that the writer certainly has a point! After all, the data available on every person is so extensive that privacy does not exist.

I also appreciate the warning that some might find the language offensive. There are web sites for adult readers where colleagues have blog posts. They carry warnings because of their erotic content. I think forewarned is fare. When offensive language comes out of the blue and I have no choice but to read it - and it is a form of bullying or name calling - then I object.

Abe often shares humorous readings. I know that some are not my taste, but I appreciate him cheering us up with an occasional laugh. On the other hand, this person's government experience is more worthy of crying at the cost and inefficiency of bureaucracies. I experienced the bureaucracy in Panama attempting to get a retirement visa; worse than anything he expressed. However, the right money in the right hands helps smooth the way a bit. I spent quite a bit with "attorneys" and still didn't get my visa...

I also respect James' right to express his dislike for the article; though I agree with others that we all had the choice to read or not to read. In general I agree that language matters; however, in this case it was definitely pertinent to the writer and context. The great thing about the forum is differing opinions. I am also offended when it disintegrates to name calling from one poster to another, especially if I'm the reicipient of unpleasantness. It goes with the territory. When we write for the public, we are going to receive a wide variety of responses and need to be prepared with a thick skin and the ability to let things we don't want slip away from our consciousness in favor of what we want.

If we all love every word written here because it fits with our values and beliefs, then we have nothing to learn about the rest of the world and remain in a cocoon where our thoughts remain unchallenged and perhaps just plain boring.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 3:50 pm



Allow me to introduce some decency into your lives!

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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 3:52 pm

James,

We don't need to step down, You slap us down nonstop. You do not answer our questions, and come on our threads to denounce us..
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 4:00 pm

Very nice, James. Here's one for you:


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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 4:41 pm

DK, I happen to agree about vulgar language. I used the F word in my post simply to make a point.

I clicked on James' profile and was not surprised at all when no info appeared for him/her. Just another troll, afraid or ashamed to tell everyone who he, or she, is. As such, I have absolutely no respect for anything he or she posts, just as I have none for anyone else who will not share information about themselves, when the others of us do so. The people here or anywhere else can find out who I am, what I've done, what I've written, who my publishers have been and so on. If you don't want to disclose that information about yourself, find a middle school forum where you can post with the rest of the children.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 4:52 pm

E.Don,

Welcome with open arms!
Great post!
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 4:59 pm

Dear DK,
"If we all love every word written here because it fits with our values and beliefs, then we have nothing to learn about the rest of the world and remain in a cocoon where our thoughts remain unchallenged and perhaps just plain boring."

I love that.

Long ago, I was offended by some words. The f one used to set me up and angry. It all amounted to my degradation as a child by the use and action of the word. One day, I read that the word we speak of came from the first letters of the expression, Fornication Under Carnal Knowledge.

With that knowledge, I was set free from the offense of the expletives. I thought, words are just words. It takes interpretation and a slanted understanding to be offended by words.
Thomas Crapper and on another plane, John Shitter developed the versions of the out-house. What a lovely invention in it's time. Hence, we have lovely descriptions of his invention. I take no offense. God bless Thomas and John.

I have known people who are offended by words. I try to understand. The truth is that word are just words. Consonants and vowels, mix and match all the different languages. Babble.

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PostSubject: Re: Australian Letter of the Year   Australian Letter of the Year EmptyThu Mar 17, 2011 6:26 pm

Quote :
Allow me to introduce some decency into your lives!

Along the Navajo Trail

I find myself at a complete loss for words. silent
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3/18/2011


I'm at a loss for words....... Sleep


Cheers..Joe.. Australian Letter of the Year 505411
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