Sunday, January 31, 2016

prognosticate & emblem

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

All old people and many sick people were drawn, were it only for a foot or two, into the open air, and prognosticated pleasant things about the course of the world.

Some said that the sky was an emblem of the life to come.

Definition:

prognosticate:
1. to predict or foretell future events;
2. to be an indication of the likely future course of something;
3. to say what you think will happen in the future;

emblem:
1. something that represents a perfect example or a principle;
2. a design or picture that represents a country or an organization;

moor & snip

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

October was well advanced, but steadily burning with a warmth that made the early months of the summer appear very young and capricious. Great tracts of the earth lay now beneath the autumn sun, and the whole of England, from the bald moors to the Cornish rocks, was lit up from dawn to sunset, and showed in stretches of yellow, green, and purple.

In thousands of small gardens, millions of dark-red flowers were blooming, until the old ladies who had tended them so carefully came down the paths with their scissors, snipped through their juicy stalks, and laid them upon cold stone ledges in the village church.

Definition:

moor:
a high open area of land that is not used for farming, especially an area covered with rough grass and heather.

snip:
to cut sth with scissors using short quick strokes.

Friday, January 29, 2016

capricious & tract

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

October was well advanced, but steadily burning with a warmth that made the early months of the summer appear very young and capricious. Great tracts of the earth lay now beneath the autumn sun, and the whole of England, from the bald moors to the Cornish rocks, was lit up from dawn to sunset, and showed in stretches of yellow, green, and purple.

Definition:

capricious:
1. showing sudden changes in attitude or behaviour;
2. changing suddenly and quickly;

Thursday, January 28, 2016

overseas & heck

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Katy Faust: [overseas; Heck; huh] Good, thank you Craig. So, yeah. So, about 10 years ago, maybe more, I was invited by two women to travel with them to adopt a child that had special needs in an overseas institutions and I said: Heck, yes, I'm going with you. I know, so hateful huh. But I said absolutely, right that you're going to try and repair a damaged situation for a child. You are not inflicting motherlessness or fatherlessness on this child, really you are trying to repair something that has been lost. Just like so many grandparents do and so many aunts and uncles do when the relationship between mother and father breakdown and that child is in need of some kind of rescue. And in that situation I was said that the adoption agencies need to have all options on the table, because you're trying to repair a broken situation, but what we don't want is a system or a family structure that permits intentional fatherless and motherlessness, and because government's interest in marriage is children, that's not how you feel about somebody, government's interest in marriage is children, and so redefining marriage, redefines parenthood into an institution where mothers and fathers are not necessary and they are optional, and that's really not the case in the life of a child. When a child loses a parent, the ones I've talked to,they tend to mourn the loss of that parent. So, well, I absolutely would say we've got to get in and do a life with couples that are doing their best to help a child in a broken situation. That's very different than institutionalizing a family structure where children will always lose one or the other.

definitions:

overseas:
1. connected with foreign countries, especially those separated from your country by the sea or ocean;
2.  both oversea and overseas literally mean across a sea, but overseas is much more common for the abstract meaning of abroad. So if you're talking about literal travel across a sea, use oversea;

heck:
used to show that you are slightly annoyed or surprised.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

roll a joint & straight

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Crag Mack: [junkie; hooker; bikie; roll a joint; straight;] So, Katy, as a child I grew up with my single, drug-dealing, junkie, sometimes hooker mother, in an environment that was surrounded by drugs, bikies, domestic violence, child abuse, drug overdoses, death and police raids. I could roll the perfect joint at 6 and so much more. At 15, I moved in with my gay uncle and his partner of 25 years. Only then did I experienced a normal, stable, safe, structured environment that everybody else takes for granted. I've never understood the argument against marriage quality because of the potential damage to children. I'd be dead, in jail or following in my mother's footsteps if it weren't for the two stable gay men who took me in. So, my question to you is, as a child of two loving parents, can you explain that the damage that that's done and how are the risks any lesser with the straight couple. 

Definitions:

roll a joint:
to make a marijuana cigarette;

straight:
1. heterosexual: a person who is sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

hooker & bikie

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Crag Mack: [junkie; hooker; bikie; roll a joint; straight;] So, Katy, as a child I grew up with my single, drug-dealing, junkie, sometimes hooker mother, in an environment that was surrounded by drugs, bikies, domestic violence, child abuse, drug overdoses, death and police raids. I could roll the perfect joint at 6 and so much more. At 15, I moved in with my gay uncle and his partner of 25 years. Only then did I experienced a normal, stable, safe, structured environment that everybody else takes for granted. I've never understood the argument against marriage quality because of the potential damage to children. I'd be dead, in jail or following in my mother's footsteps if it weren't for the two stable gay men who took me in. So, my question to you is, as a child of two loving parents, can you explain that the damage that that's done and how are the risks any lesser with the straight couple. 

Definitions:

hooker:
1. a prostitute;
...

bikie:
a member of a group of people who ride motorcycles.

Monday, January 25, 2016

transitory & junkie

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Katy Faust: [self-evident; ratify; transitory;] Good, thank you so much for the question. I think this is really important. First of all, I make the basis of the claim that they have a right to the mother and father, because it's one of the most self-evident rights out there. Probably only trumped by a parent's right to the child that they bear. So and that's something that is recognized in the UN convention on the rights of the child, that your country ratified in 1990. So, it's widely accepted . Next, let's talk about the studies, because this is critical, that interestingly whenever you are studying family structure, when you are not talking about same sex parenting, social scientists tend to agree on three things: 1. that non-biological parents tend to be more transitory and invest less time and energy and resources into kids and be more dangerous to kids; 2. they find that any time trauma, a child loses a parent that trauma is involved  and that that can affect a child in the long term, and then they also agree that men and women parent differently and they offer this distinct and complementary gifts to their kids. So whenever you're not talking about same sex parenting, you are not studying same sex households. Social scientists agree on all these three things, but suddenly, when you study same sex households, even though all three of those are going to be a factor every single time, suddenly children fair just as well. Now my question is do you think that that could possibly be, because those studies that showed there is no difference, do not use random samples and most of them derived their participants through recruited and volunteer studies.

Crag Mack: [junkie; hooker; bikie; roll a joint; straight;] So, Katy, as a child I grew up with my single, drug-dealing, junkie, sometimes hooker mother, in an environment that was surrounded by drugs, bikies, domestic violence, child abuse, drug overdoses, death and police raids. I could roll the perfect joint at 6 and so much more. At 15, I moved in with my gay uncle and his partner of 25 years. Only then did I experienced a normal, stable, safe, structured environment that everybody else takes for granted. I've never understood the argument against marriage quality because of the potential damage to children. I'd be dead, in jail or following in my mother's footsteps if it weren't for the two stable gay men who took me in. So, my question to you is, as a child of two loving parents, can you explain that the damage that that's done and how are the risks any lesser with the straight couple. 

Definitions:

transitory:
continuing for only a short time.

junkie:
a drug addict: a person who is unable to stop taking dangerous drugs.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

bedrock & solemnize

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Kelly O'Dwyer: [heartfelt, bedrock; solemnize;] But, look, I actually accept the view that you've just put that we need to be tolerant of everyone's views and I think  the idea that people are demonised for their very heartfelt, very sincere views is actually quite wrong. I have a very heartfelt and sincere view which is in support of same sex marriage, because like the questioner, Jeremy, I actually do believe that families are the bedrock of our society. I do believe it's important to do what we can to strength those families, and I think that marriage is one of those sacred institutions that solemnizes commitment between two people and I think that can only strength the family unit, and so as a liberal I believe that anything that can strength the family unit is in fact very good thing. So I support it. But I do also think that where we to make changes to the marriage act and put in there the fact we do believe the people of same sex should be able to marry. We also need to have in there some protections for religious institutions, for those institutions that do, according to their own doctrinal beliefs, have a very sincere view that they don't wish to marry certain people, just as there are people today in religious institutions that won't, for instance, marry somebody who is not a confirmed Anglican or Catholic in their church.

definitions:

bedrock:
1. a strong base for sth, especially the facts or the principles on which it is based;
2. the solid rock in the ground below the loose soil and sand;

solemnize:
to perform a religious ceremony, especially a marriage.

encapsulate & heartfelt

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29
Tony Jones: [encapsulate] I just want to get Kelly O'Dwyer to respond to that, because - and go back to the question that we've just heard, because I think that actually does encapsulate what probably the majority of your coalition party room pretty much thoughtdoesn't it? 

Kelly O'Dwyer: [heartfelt, bedrock; solemnize;] But, look, I actually accept the view that you've just put that we need to be tolerant of everyone's views and I think  the idea that people are demonised for their very heartfelt, very sincere views is actually quite wrong. I have a very heartfelt and sincere view which is in support of same sex marriage, because like the questioner, Jeremy, I actually do believe that families are the bedrock of our society. I do believe it's important to do what we can to strength those families, and I think that marriage is one of those sacred institutions that solemnizes commitment between two people and I think that can only strength the family unit, and so as a liberal I believe that anything that can strength the family unit is in fact very good thing. So I support it. But I do also think that where we to make changes to the marriage act and put in there the fact we do believe the people of same sex should be able to marry. We also need to have in there some protections for religious institutions, for those institutions that do, according to their own doctrinal beliefs, have a very sincere view that they don't wish to marry certain people, just as there are people today in religious institutions that won't, for instance, marry somebody who is not a confirmed Anglican or Catholic in their church.

definitions:

encapsulate:
to express the most important parts of sth in a few words, a small space or a single object;

heartfelt:
showing strong feelings that are sincere;

Friday, January 22, 2016

horrendous & um and ah

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Brendan O'Neill: [freak out; streak; eject; in hell; horrendous; um and ah] Here is what freaks me out about gay marriage. It presents itself as this kind of liberal civil rights issue, but it has this really ugly intolerant streak to it. Anyone who opposes gay marriage is demonised, harassed, we've seen people thrown out off their jobs because they criticised gay marriage. We've seen people ejected from polite society. You know 200 years ago, if you did not believe in God, you wouldn't have a hope in hell of getting ahead in public life. Today, if you don't believe in gay marriage, you don't have a hope in hell of getting ahead in public life. There is a real ugly element to this and I think, you know, you really see it with the whole cake shop phenomenon, this whole thing around western world where people are going to Christian traditional bake shop - cake shop and saying to them: hey you stupid Christians make this cake for me, and if they don't, they call the police. There  are equality cases. Shops have closed down. It's like 21st century form of religious persecution. It's a horrendous and I think, you know, of course, some people support gay marriage just we've heard, that's absolutely fine. But what is extraordinary and unacceptable is that they can not tolerate the existence of people who do not support gay marriage and I think we sometimes fail to understand how extraordinary that is, and I think the reason Tony Abbott is very defensive on this issue and is erming and ahhing and shifting from the free vote to the not free vote and all this stuff. He clearly has a problem with gay marriage, but he can not articulate it because we live in a climate in which it's not acceptable, as we've just seen in Sam's attack on Katy, calling her a hateful and saying she's talking claptrap. It's not acceptable to express this sentiment in public life, and I think,

definitions:

horrendous:
1. extremely unpleasant and unacceptable;
2. extremely shocking.

um and ah:
to be unable to decide what to do in a situation;

Thursday, January 21, 2016

freak sb out & no have a chance/hope in hell

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Brendan O'Neill: [freak out; streak; eject; in hell; horrendous; um and ah] Here is what freaks me out about gay marriage. It presents itself as this kind of liberal civil rights issue, but it has this really ugly intolerant streak to it. Anyone who opposes gay marriage is demonised, harassed, we've seen people thrown out off their jobs because they criticised gay marriage. We've seen people ejected from polite society. You know 200 years ago, if you did not believe in God, you wouldn't have a hope in hell of getting ahead in public life. Today, if you don't believe in gay marriage, you don't have a hope in hell of getting ahead in public life. There is a real ugly element to this and I think, you know, you really see it with the whole cake shop phenomenon, this whole thing around western world where people are going to Christian traditional bake shop - cake shop and saying to them: hey you stupid Christians make this cake for me, and if they don't, they call the police. There  are equality cases. Shops have closed down. It's like 21st century form of religious persecution. It's a horrendous and I think, you know, of course, some people support gay marriage just we've heard, that's absolutely fine. But what is extraordinary and unacceptable is that they can not tolerate the existence of people who do not support gay marriage and I think we sometimes fail to understand how extraordinary that is, and I think the reason Tony Abbott is very defensive on this issue and is erming and ahhing and shifting from the free vote to the not free vote and all this stuff. He clearly has a problem with gay marriage, but he can not articulate it because we live in a climate in which it's not acceptable, as we've just seen in Sam's attack on Katy, calling her a hateful and saying she's talking claptrap. It's not acceptable to express this sentiment in public life, and I think,

definitions:

freak (sb) out:
if sb freaks or if sth freaks them out, they react very strongly to sth that makes them suddenly feel shocked, surprised, frightened, etc.

no have a chance/hope/snowballs in hell:
not have any possibility.

as opposed to & symbolical

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Jeremy: [as opposed to; symbolical] It's often said that if we change the law to recognise same sex marriage, this will give same sex couples what they want and it won't affect anyone else. I think that I speak for many supporters for traditional marriage when I say that what sets marriage apart from other loving relationships, is that a man and a woman are capable of having children together or at least normally they are, having as opposed to just raising them together. Now existing marriage laws in Australia symbolically reaffirm this understanding and reforming these laws would symbolically attack it. Is it not, therefore, fair to say that marriage equality - legalized marriage equality would send a negative symbolic message to people who share this traditional understanding of marriage. 

definitions:

as opposed to:
1. used to introduce something that is a contrast to or the opposite of the first thing mentioned;
2. used for referring to something that is very different from what you have just mentioned

symbolical:
1. characterized by or involving the use of symbols or symbolism;
2. used or considered as a symbol

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

evangelical & claptrap

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Sam Dastyari: [stem; evangelical; claptrap;]  There is so much with what you've said just then that is so offensive. It's hard to know where to start. The politician in me tells me that I should be saying that while I disagree with your views. I wholeheartedly respect them. But I find that very hard. I find that very hard to respect a lot of your views  on what you've said, because I don't think it comes from a place of love, I think it comes from a place of hate and I think that there is so much I can't accept the fact you believe, that Gini's parents who I have no doubt love each other, you know, that they're hurting their child simply because of the love they have for one another, I can't accept that. I think so much - I worry that so much of your views stem, not really with an issue with just marriage, I think some of it stems from an issue homosexuality. And you've described homosexuality as a lifestyle. You've said that homosexuality drives us further away from God. These are your comments. You run a Blog called Ask the Bigot and I think that there are people in this country who have different views on same sex marriage. They are entitled to have different views on same sex marriage. People are going to have that debate, but I think we have to have that debate at a higher level and I'm sorry. But I think this American evangelical claptrap is the last thing we need in the debate.


Definition:

evangelical:
1. of or belonging to a Christian group that emphasizes the authority of the Bible and the importance of people being saved through faith;
2. wanting very much to persuade people to accept your views and opinions;

claptrap:
stupid talk that has not value

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

brief & stem

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Katy Faust: [misgiving; upbringing; felt like; glowing; chitchat; brief;] Thank you for the question. I'll say that there are organisations devoted to giving Gini a voice. And there is nobody that gives a voice to kids that may express some misgivings about their upbringing. As a matter of fact, I was in Adelaide two days ago and in the 24 hour period I have two women come to me, two separately, one in person and one that approached me on twitter who said this was my situation: when I was young, I have never told anybody about it, both - one said for 20 years I have never shared how I felt, and the other one said it's been 30 years since I left that house and I never felt like I could talk to anybody, because it seemed like everybody else had this glowing, you know, household situations, and that didn't represent me. So, on that flight home, I was sitting next to a woman who is from San Francisco and we get into chitchat and she says: well, you know, what are you doing here. And I was like: well, you know - because, you know, Americans and they can be a little crazy - and I explained to her that the connection between marriage and children's rights. And she said, you know, that's so fascinating, I've never heard that perspective before. I have never considered that children's right was connected to the marriage issue at all. And so, while a few of us were able to get briefs into the Supreme Court. The truth is that the American public has never really heard the credible arguments on this issue from the other side, because we've been shut out of the media.


Sam Dastyari: [stem; evangelical; claptrap;]  There is so much with what you've said just then that is so offensive. It's hard to know where to start. The politician in me tells me that I should be saying that while I disagree with your views. I wholeheartedly respect them. But I find that very hard. I find that very hard to respect a lot of your views  on what you've said, because I don't think it comes from a place of love, I think it comes from a place of hate and I think that there is so much I can't accept the fact you believe, that Gini's parents who I have no doubt love each other, you know, that they're hurting their child simply because of the love they have for one another, I can't accept that. I think so much - I worry that so much of your views stem, not really with an issue with just marriage, I think some of it stems from an issue homosexuality. And you've described homosexuality as a lifestyle. You've said that homosexuality drives us further away from God. These are your comments. You run a Blog called Ask the Bigot and I think that there are people in this country who have different views on same sex marriage. They are entitled to have different views on same sex marriage. People are going to have that debate, but I think we have to have that debate at a higher level and I'm sorry. But I think this American evangelical claptrap is the last thing we need in the debate.


Definition:

brief:
1. a written summary of the facts that support one side of a legal case, that will be presented to a court;
2. a legal case that is given to a lawyer to argue in court; a piece of work for a barrister;
...

stem:
1. to stop sth that is flowing from spreading or increasing;
2. ...

Sunday, January 17, 2016

glow & chitchat

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Katy Faust: [misgiving; upbringing; felt like; glowing; chitchat; brief;] Thank you for the question. I'll say that there are organisations devoted to giving Gini a voice. And there is nobody that gives a voice to kids that may express some misgivings about their upbringing. As a matter of fact, I was in Adelaide two days ago and in the 24 hour period I have two women come to me, two separately, one in person and one that approached me on twitter who said this was my situation: when I was young, I have never told anybody about it, both - one said for 20 years I have never shared how I felt, and the other one said it's been 30 years since I left that house and I never felt like I could talk to anybody, because it seemed like everybody else had this glowing, you know, household situations, and that didn't represent me. So, on that flight home, I was sitting next to a woman who is from San Francisco and we get into chitchat and she says: well, you know, what are you doing here. And I was like: well, you know - because, you know, Americans and they can be a little crazy - and I explained to her that the connection between marriage and children's rights. And she said, you know, that's so fascinating, I've never heard that perspective before. I have never considered that children's right was connected to the marriage issue at all. And so, while a few of us were able to get briefs into the Supreme Court. The truth is that the American public has never really heard the credible arguments on this issue from the other side, because we've been shut out of the media.


Definition:

glow:
1. to look very pleased or satisfied ;
2. to produce a dull, steady light;
...

chitchat:
1. casual conversation or small talk, or a casual conversation with;
2. friendly conversation about things that are not very important.

upbringing & feel like

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Katy Faust: [misgiving; upbringing; felt like; glowing; chitchat; brief;] Thank you for the question. I'll say that there are organisations devoted to giving Gini a voice. And there is nobody that gives a voice to kids that may express some misgivings about their upbringing. As a matter of fact, I was in Adelaide two days ago and in the 24 hour period I have two women come to me, two separately, one in person and one that approached me on twitter who said this was my situation: when I was young, I have never told anybody about it, both - one said for 20 years I have never shared how I felt, and the other one said it's been 30 years since I left that house and I never felt like I could talk to anybody, because it seemed like everybody else had this glowing, you know, household situations, and that didn't represent me. So, on that flight home, I was sitting next to a woman who is from San Francisco and we get into chitchat and she says: well, you know, what are you doing here. And I was like: well, you know - because, you know, Americans and they can be a little crazy - and I explained to her that the connection between marriage and children's rights. And she said, you know, that's so fascinating, I've never heard that perspective before. I have never considered that children's right was connected to the marriage issue at all. And so, while a few of us were able to get briefs into the Supreme Court. The truth is that the American public has never really heard the credible arguments on this issue from the other side, because we've been shut out of the media.


Definition:

upbringing:
the way in which a child is cared for and taught how to behave while its growing up;

feel like:
to want something, or to want to do something;

Saturday, January 16, 2016

underpin & misgiving

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Tony Jones: [spell out; underpin] Okay, on the Blog you do spell out some of your own religious views, along these lines: true Christianity would oppose the narrative that homosexuality is a positive and normal variation of human sexuality. Now does that belief underpin your opposition to gay marriage.

Katy Faust: [misgiving; upbringing; felt like; glowing; chitchat; brief;] Thank you for the question. I'll say that there are organisations devoted to giving Gini a voice. And there is nobody that gives a voice to kids that may express some misgivings about their upbringing. As a matter of fact, I was in Adelaide two days ago and in the 24 hour period I have two women come to me, two separately, one in person and one that approached me on twitter who said this was my situation: when I was young, I have never told anybody about it, both - one said for 20 years I have never shared how I felt, and the other one said it's been 30 years since I left that house and I never felt like I could talk to anybody, because it seemed like everybody else had this glowing, you know, household situations, and that didn't represent me. So, on that flight home, I was sitting next to a woman who is from San Francisco and we get into chitchat and she says: well, you know, what are you doing here. And I was like: well, you know - because, you know, Americans and they can be a little crazy - and I explained to her that the connection between marriage and children's rights. And she said, you know, that's so fascinating, I've never heard that perspective before. I have never considered that children's right was connected to the marriage issue at all. And so, while a few of us were able to get briefs into the Supreme Court. The truth is that the American public has never really heard the credible arguments on this issue from the other side, because we've been shut out of the media.


Definition:

underpin:
1. to support or form the basis of an argument, a claim, etc.;
2. to support a wall by putting metal, concrete, etc. under it;

misgiving:
feelings of doubt or anxiety about what might happen, or about whether or not sth is the right thing to do

Friday, January 15, 2016

homophobia & spell out

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Katy Faust: [speak up; bigotry; homophobia; accountable;] Because I was told that Americans don't interrupt enough, and I should jump in when I ... you know. So, first I want to say Jenny thank you for your question. I'm really grateful that you feel like you are able to speak up and show how you feel. Certainly that's not the case for a lot of kids with same sex parents. Because this debate has been framed as one that is based on prejudice, and what that does is it shuts down a well robust debate, and in our country we really didn't have one, it was so demonised from the beginning, that anybody that supported traditional marriage was doing so based on bias,or bigotry or hatred of homophobia or something, and what it did is it totally shut down  and people felt like they could not speak up. And the truth is that while there are people with religious convictions, obviously, you know members of your party feel that, you know, this is based on their, you know, deeply held religious beliefs. I think that our side needs to do a better job of making their case using natural law and because I don't hold, I don't think that people should be accountable to my religion. I am accountable to my religion, but all of us are accountable to natural law which governs our lives.

Tony Jones: [spell out; underpin] Okay, on the Blog you do spell out some of your own religious views, along these lines: true Christianity would oppose the narrative that homosexuality is a positive and normal variation of human sexuality. Now does that belief underpin your opposition to gay marriage.

Definition:

homophobia:
a strong dislike and fear of homosexual people.

spell out:
1. to state something clearly, allowing no room for misunderstanding;
2. to read something with difficulty or very slowly, especially by reading out words one letter at a time;

Thursday, January 14, 2016

speak up & bigotry

Quotations:

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Katy Faust: [speak up; bigotry; homophobia; accountable;] Because I was told that Americans don't interrupt enough, and I should jump in when I ... you know. So, first I want to say Jenny thank you for your question. I'm really grateful that you feel like you are able to speak up and show how you feel. Certainly that's not the case for a lot of kids with same sex parents. Because this debate has been framed as one that is based on prejudice, and what that does is it shuts down a well robust debate, and in our country we really didn't have one, it was so demonised from the beginning, that anybody that supported traditional marriage was doing so based on bias,or bigotry or hatred of homophobia or something, and what it did is it totally shut down  and people felt like they could not speak up. And the truth is that while there are people with religious convictions, obviously, you know members of your party feel that, you know, this is based on their, you know, deeply held religious beliefs. I think that our side needs to do a better job of making their case using natural law and because I don't hold, I don't think that people should be accountable to my religion. I am accountable to my religion, but all of us are accountable to natural law which governs our lives.

Definition:

speak up:
to express opinions freely and frankly;

bigotry:
the practice or having very strong and unreasonable opinions, especially about politics, race, or religion, and refusing to consider other people's opinions.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

hell bent & engineer

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Richard Di Natale: [mess around with; hell bent on; engineer; ] Well, we shouldn't have a referendum because that deals with the Constitution, you don't need to mess around with the Constitution on this issue. We've said, look, if the prime minister is absolutely hell bent on a plebiscite and that's the only way we are going to get this reform through, then it has to be at this selection, and it has to be the parliament that sets the question. Because he will engineer this in a way that it does not get up much like the referendum that we had as you remember on the republic, we can not let the prime minister make a captain's call on this. I just think we should have a vote of the parliament. We could get it done so quickly and move on. 

Definition:

hell bent:
determined to achieve something at all costs.

engineer:
1. to arrange for sth to happen or take place, especially when this is done secretly in order to give yourself an advantage;
2. to design and build sth;
...

Monday, January 11, 2016

backbencher & mess around

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Richard Di Natale: [tactic; torture; parliamentarian; espouse; backbencher; languish;] Simple answer is Parliament should deal with it. Tony Abbott had a chance to drag the country into the twenty first century and end discrimination, to end prejudice, and he used every tactic in the book to block it, to continue to support prejudice and discrimination in marriage, to not recognise the love between two people is love, regardless of their gender or their sexuality. He stacked his party room with national MPs. He has now come up with this tortured position. It might be plebiscite. It might be a referendum. No, we just should have Parliament deal with this. We could have this done so quickly. We could have this done this week. We could have a bill before the parliament supported by majority of parliamentarians. If Tony Abbott did what he espouses and that is to respect the freedom and liberty of his own backbenchers and allow them a free vote, and he won't do it. He won't do it and it's part of the reason that he is languishing in terms of public support because he is a man stuck in the past. He belongs to another century and the sooner the Liberal party change their prime minister, I think the country will be better for it


Richard Di Natale: [mess around with; hell bent on; engineer; ] Well, we shouldn't have a referendum because that deals with the Constitution, you don't need to mess around with the Constitution on this issue. We've said, look, if the prime minister is absolutely hell bent on a plebiscite and that's the only way we are going to get this reform through, then it has to be at this selection, and it has to be the parliament that sets the question. Because he will engineer this in a way that it does not get up much like the referendum that we had as you remember on the republic, we can not let the prime minister make a captain's call on this. I just think we should have a vote of the parliament. We could get it done so quickly and move on. 

Definition:

backbencher:
(in the British and certain other parliaments) a member who sits in the rows of seats at the back, and who does not have an important position in the government or the opposition.

mess around:
1. to waste time in an unproductive or aimless manner;
2. to interfere or meddle in something;
3. ...

tactic & espouse

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Richard Di Natale: [tactic; torture; parliamentarian; espouse; backbencher; languish;] Simple answer is Parliament should deal with it. Tony Abbott had a chance to drag the country into the twenty first century and end discrimination, to end prejudice, and he used every tactic in the book to block it, to continue to support prejudice and discrimination in marriage, to not recognise the love between two people is love, regardless of their gender or their sexuality. He stacked his party room with national MPs. He has now come up with this tortured position. It might be plebiscite. It might be a referendum. No, we just should have Parliament deal with this. We could have this done so quickly. We could have this done this week. We could have a bill before the parliament supported by majority of parliamentarians. If Tony Abbott did what he espouses and that is to respect the freedom and liberty of his own backbenchers and allow them a free vote, and he won't do it. He won't do it and it's part of the reason that he is languishing in terms of public support because he is a man stuck in the past. He belongs to another century and the sooner the Liberal party change their prime minister, I think the country will be better for it

Definition:

tactic:
1. the particular method you use to achieve sth;
2. the art of moving soldiers and military equipment around during a battle or war in order to use them in the most effective way.

espouse:
to give your support to a belief, policy.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

far be it from me & plebiscite

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Katy Faust: [a storm in a tea cup, far be it from me; ] Well, for somebody that's still getting used to the idea that Liberals support traditional marriage, because in my country, that's not really how it goes. This, to me, looks a little bit like you guys have an expression "storm in a tea cup", you know like a lot made out of not much. So, but I - but of course, you know, far be it from me to try to understand the inner workings of government that I've only, you know, viewed from the outside for a week or so. 

Gini Deakin: [referendum; plebiscite;] There was no referendum to ask whether it was legal for my mums to have a baby. There was no plebiscite when the law changed to allow me to have two mothers listed on my birth certificate. So, why should there be a referendum or plebiscite on whether my mums can get married. 

Definition:

far be it from me:
1. it is not really my place to do something. (always followed by but.)
2. something that you say when you are giving advice or criticizing someone and you want to seem polite. 

plebiscite:
a vote by the people of a country or a region on an issue that is very important.

reminisce & a storm in a tea cup

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Sam Dastyari: [go after; explore; Americanization; judicial; quasi; reminisce]  I think my concern from this royal commission from the start is it was a political exercise set up by this government to go after its political opponents. If there are legitimate concerns about elements of the trade union movement, they should be explored and they need to be explored through the police. My concern about this royal commission is -  my real issue is I see it a little bit as a kind of this Americanization of our political process, where you have these quasi  kind of judicial processes that get set up to go after the different people's political opponents and that is the dangerous path we are starting to go down. John Howard called it for what it was, you know, I find it hard when people like me sit on shows like this and reminisce about John Howard, actually remember as kind of being the good old days, that becomes quite worrying. But John Howard called it out for what it was and this is an attack on political opponents. We haven't really had that culture in this country. I don't want to see us go down the path. 

Katy Faust: [a storm in a tea cup, far be it from me; ] Well, for somebody that's still getting used to the idea that Liberals support traditional marriage, because in my country, that's not really how it goes. This, to me, looks a little bit like you guys have an expression "storm in a tea cup", you know like a lot made out of not much. So, but I - but of course, you know, far be it from me to try to understand the inner workings of government that I've only, you know, viewed from the outside for a week or so. 

Definition:

reminisce:
to think, talk or write about a happy time in your past.

a storm in a tea cup:
1. a fuss or row over something trivial;
2. a lot of trouble about something that is not important;



Friday, January 8, 2016

judicial & quasi

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Sam Dastyari: [go after; explore; Americanization; judicial; quasi; reminisce]  I think my concern from this royal commission from the start is it was a political exercise set up by this government to go after its political opponents. If there are legitimate concerns about elements of the trade union movement, they should be explored and they need to be explored through the police. My concern about this royal commission is -  my real issue is I see it a little bit as a kind of this Americanization of our political process, where you have these quasi  kind of judicial processes that get set up to go after the different people's political opponents and that is the dangerous path we are starting to go down. John Howard called it for what it was, you know, I find it hard when people like me sit on shows like this and reminisce about John Howard, actually remember as kind of being the good old days, that becomes quite worrying. But John Howard called it out for what it was and this is an attack on political opponents. We haven't really had that culture in this country. I don't want to see us go down the path. 

Definition:

judicial:
connected with a court, a judge or legal judgement.

quasi:
1. resembling somebody or something in some ways but not exactly the same;
2. just as valid in law as if actual

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

go after & explore

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Sam Dastyari: [go after; explore; Americanization; judicial; quasi; reminisce]  I think my concern from this royal commission from the start is it was a political exercise set up by this government to go after its political opponents. If there are legitimate concerns about elements of the trade union movement, they should be explored and they need to be explored through the police. My concern about this royal commission is -  my real issue is I see it a little bit as a kind of this Americanization of our political process, where you have these quasi  kind of judicial processes that get set up to go after the different people's political opponents and that is the dangerous path we are starting to go down. John Howard called it for what it was, you know, I find it hard when people like me sit on shows like this and reminisce about John Howard, actually remember as kind of being the good old days, that becomes quite worrying. But John Howard called it out for what it was and this is an attack on political opponents. We haven't really had that culture in this country. I don't want to see us go down the path. 

Definition:

go after:
1. to make a deliberate effort to get or find something seen as desirable or advantageous;
2. to try to catch somebody who is running away;
3. try to win or obtain;

explore:
1. to examine sth completely or carefully in order to find out more about it;
2. to feel sth with your hands or another part of the body;
3. ..

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

pathetic & stellar

Quotations:

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Brendan: [quangocracy; scrape; pathetic] And I don't want enquiries into child sexual abuse; I don't want enquiries into domestic violence. Issues of public life should be dealt with by officials who've been elected into the public life. We need to scrape away this quangocracy which is suffocating honest genuine debate and giving rise precisely to this kind of pathetic scandal mongering. 


Sam Dastyari: [stellar] There was so much there to respond to in one kind of breathe kind of thing(?). Look, I think there is a role for royal commissions and I think the child sex abuse royal commission has done a stellar job in uncovering some of the horrible practices that have gone on in the child ..

Definition:

pathetic:
making you feel pity or sadness.

stellar:
1. excellent;
2. connected with the stars.

myopic & quango

Quotations:

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Brendan O'Neil: [infernal; sleaze-mongering; elite; myopic; obsession; saint;]  Well. Yeah. But it really speaks to a bigger problem which is this infernal sleaze-mongering amongst political and media elite, where they are constantly looking for scandal even where it doesn't actually exist. I think it's a product of the tyranny of personality politics where politicians are now judged more for how they behave, who they are friends with, who they have lunch with, rather than for what their ideology is or what their contribution to public life is. There there's myopic obsession with people's personal behaviour and I think it's really destructive of politics. My own view of royal commissions is we should get rid of them. Who are these people who are above politics. You know, how dare you be above politics. Nothing in public life is above politics. Who are they? You know, are they saints? Did Jesus send them to talk to us.


Brendan O'Neil: [quangos] No, I don't want a royal commissioner and I don't want these quangos and these investigations into people who get gifts of bottles of wine, or ...

Definition:

myopic:
1. showing a lack of foresight or long-term planning;
...

quango:
an organization dealing with public matters, started by the government, but working independently and with its own legal powers.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

infernal & sleaze

Quotations:

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Brendan O'Neil: [infernal; sleaze-mongering; elite; myopic; obsession; saint;]  Well. Yeah. But it really speaks to a bigger problem which is this infernal sleaze-mongering amongst political and media elite, where they are constantly looking for scandal even where it doesn't actually exist. I think it's a product of the tyranny of personality politics where politicians are now judged more for how they behave, who they are friends with, who they have lunch with, rather than for what their ideology is or what their contribution to public life is. There there's myopic obsession with people's personal behaviour and I think it's really destructive of politics. My own view of royal commissions is we should get rid of them. Who are these people who are above politics. You know, how dare you be above politics. Nothing in public life is above politics. Who are they? You know, are they saints? Did Jesus send them to talk to us.

Definition:

infernal:
extreme annoying;

sleaze:
1. dishonest or illegal behaviour, especially by politicians or business people;
2. behaviour or conditions that are unpleasant and not socially acceptable, especially because sex is involved;
3. a dishonest or immoral person