Tuesday Forum: December 25, 2012

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  1. jupes

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  2. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

  3. jupes

    Can I just say, I like Hammy’s posts here at the Cat. I don’t even read the other trolls anymore, they are just annoying, but Hammy is as funny as fuck.

    I think he even may be an Arlene. On each thread he will take the contrary view, delivered in strait forward, deadpan style.

    Love your work mate. Keep it up.

  4. nilk

    A snippet of my favourite christmas movie for you today.

    Enjoy, and if you’ve never seen We’re No Angels with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray then you’ve been gypped.

  5. duncanm

    I’m with you Jupes.

    Hammy is like a negative universe, he’s the anti-matter to rhyme and reason.

    .. and a happy festivus to all!

  6. Myrddin Seren

    Merry Christmas to all the Cats – especially our gracious hosts Sinclair and Jacques for allowing us all to come and play here.

  7. Judith Sloan

    Merry Christmas to all the Cats and particularly to the Sinc who is the lynchpin of this energetic, informative and irreverant site. Where would we be without it?

    Lobster tails and champagne here, followed by big family crush tomorrow.

  8. dover_beach

    I have made the nicest eggnog I’ve ever drunk.

  9. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Ha!

    Judith, I will see you your crayfish and champers, and raise you sliced mango with proscuitto and normal ham school prawns and Mount Gay extra-old rum – neat, no ice. (Champagne for the ladies)

  10. Anyone who thinks Hammygar is for real should drink hemlock now.

    It is impossible for anyone to be that loopy. It is done well, & can fool you for a short while, but anyone who didn’t pick up on it after a week or so needs help.

  11. Scott

    Merry Christmas from Houston, Texas!

  12. papachango

    (I put this on the other fred but worth re-posting here)

    Sorry I can’t find an English translation, but if you can read French, this is probably the best open letter I’ve ever read.

    From an actor, no less, in fierce defence of individual liberty, and against effectively paying 85% of his income int ax for France’s socialist government.

    When French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault called Gérard Depardieu ‘shabby’ he took exception and wrote back to him as to exactly why he’s going to live in Belgium and renouncing his French citizenship. (The French make fun of the Belgians as hicks, so this is rather deliciously ironic)

    A couple of snippets:

    I’m giving up my passport and social security, which I’ve never used….
    I’m leaving because you consider that success, talent, creativity, in fact any difference [between people] needs to be punished..

    Bravo Gérard!

    There’s a steady stream of successful French people doing the same, meaning the socialist welfare state will probably collape under its own weight.

  13. papachango

    Oh and Merry Christmas to all – especially Sinc for being such a generous host. And to Hammy for the sheer entertainment value…

    Back to roasting the turkey breast and eye fillet… potatoes cooked in duck fat with garlic and parsley, as well as roasted eggplant, red onion, tomato & feta. Not to mention a whole stuffed pumpkin.

  14. C.L.

    Ironically, the Stones fled to France in the early 70s to escape lunatic tax rates. At the rime, they owed the British Exchequer 90 percent of their income.

  15. stackja

    On Christmas Day we have a story little reported it seems:

    On gun control, Obama’s record

    shows an apparent lack of political will — until now … Yet, over four years in office, he took action on guns just once — signing a 2009 law allowing …
    And Julia spoke mostly of her Christmas troubles while Tony spoke of other people’s efforts instead.

  16. Kaboom

    Merry Christmas and Happy 2013 to all the Cats!

    2013 is going to be a wonderful year for all of us!

    [Hint: Federal election year]

  17. C.L.

    Off to lunch now.

    I’ll leave you with a reassuring essay from Anne Summers at the The Drum:

    The Protector: Nicola Roxon.

  18. papachango

    At least you warned us CL…

  19. Kaboom

    C.L.

    That is a truly disgusting tongue-bath.

    You have ruined my Xmas, thanks kindly….

  20. Merry Christmas to the Good Professor Sinclair, his stalwart helper Jaques and the rest of the Cats!

    Very much looking forward to the next election!

  21. English Translation of Gerard’s letter to the Socialist French President and Treasurer

    See first comment:

    Link

    Damn it’s hard to do links on an iPod Touch!

  22. Grant B

    Forwarded on behalf of Professor Richard Parncutt, Head of the Alois Shicklgruber Department of Systematic Musicology and Climate Change, University of Graz -

    Merry 25th Day of December everyone but watch your backs in 2013

  23. Infidel Tiger

    The Protector: Nicola Roxon.

    Dear God. A lesbian love letter.

  24. Mk50 of Brisbane

    IT, it’s the giving season. Now we know what she really wants to give Juliar.

    Professionally, she pretty obviously sees herself as the Australian Otto Georg Thierack… or perhaps more-hands-on in implementing Die Grüne Reich’s diktats, as Roland Freisler?

  25. Tiny Dancer

    Summers writes

    Many observers regard Roxon’s legal pedigree as nonpareil.

    based on two years as an associate to Gaudron J and a university medal.

    In the real world that is worth shit.

  26. Poor Old Rafe

    Yes, remember Jacques the invisible Presence!

    Like the garbos who you never see while they perform their essential service.

    Wouldn’t mind putting a bottle of beer out for Jacques.

  27. blogstrop

    The Protector. Helmet cut hair awaiting actual helmet.

  28. blogstrop

    Nonpareil are those little colourful nothings you sprinkle on bread to make it into … Fairy Bread.

  29. Louis Hissink

    Quelle horreur!
    I’m not on the desmog list!

  30. duncanm

    I didn’t bother diving in too deep in that Anne Summers article.. but why is she so obsessed with what the players were wearing?

    Misogynist!

  31. jupes

    I’ll leave you with a reassuring essay from Anne Summers at the The Drum.

    It’s amazing that idiots like Summers don’t know when to pull their head in.

    The twit has only recently had to apologise for not being quite factual in a story – the first one for her new e-zine which has the big headed byline of sane factual relevant – and now she’s writing utter drivel about the worst AG since Lionel Murphy.

    She must live in a bubble of feminists who pat her on the back and tell her what a great job she is doing, when all she is really doing is beclowning herself.

  32. Pickles

    Don’t forget that Roxy picked that steaming hydatid infested turd of a file from S & G. Nothing suss in that pile ay Nicki ?

  33. Abu Chowdah

    Ironically, the Stones fled to France in the early 70s to escape lunatic tax rates. At the rime, they owed the British Exchequer 90 percent of their income.

    Michael Caine also fled the UK, as did many other Brit celebs.

  34. Potemkin’s Village

    One day’s delay is… here

  35. Token

    This little piece was written in response to the 90% tax rates in Britain:

    Let me tell you how it will be
    There’s one for you, nineteen for me
    Cos I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

    Should five per cent appear too small
    Be thankful I don’t take it all
    Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman

    If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street
    If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat
    If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat
    If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet

    Taxman!
    Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman

    Don’t ask me what I want it for (Aahh Mr. Wilson)
    If you don’t want to pay some more (Aahh Mr. Heath)
    Cos I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

    Now my advice for those who die
    Declare the pennies on your eyes
    Cos I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

    And you’re working for no one but me
    Taxman!

  36. johanna

    Two posts from the ded fwed which I didn’t realise was ded (thanks Grigory) – btw the new threads are almost always invisible to me – using latest Firefox – until some hours later:

    Gerard Depardieu is a remarkable chap. Ugly, huge and ungainly, he is nevertheless capable of being anything on screen – lover, villain, hero, fool. His Asterix movies are magnificent – but so are others where he has played hard-bitten cops and lovestruck idiots.

    A while back, he was accused of behaving badly on a plane, and it went all over the world. They wouldn’t let him go to the toilet, so he allegedly peed in the aisle. Here was his response:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIMvCA2mSag

    It’s only a couple of minutes long, and well worth a look.

    Losing Gerard should be a serious warning to the French government that they are on the path to self-destruction.

    and

    Tim Blair could have a bit of fun with this:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-25/anti-logging-activist-spends-second-christmas-up-tree/4443256

    “She has been campaigning to protect high conservation-value forests from logging, and says she hopes it will be her last Christmas in the tree.

    “I would really like to be coming down in 2013,” she said.”

    :)

    Tim Blair could have a bit of fun with this:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-25/anti-logging-activist-spends-second-christmas-up-tree/4443256

    “She has been campaigning to protect high conservation-value forests from logging, and says she hopes it will be her last Christmas in the tree.

    “I would really like to be coming down in 2013,” she said.”

    :)

  37. johanna

    Sorry about double posts – like new threads, invisible to me – j

  38. I think we could all have some fun with her tree “coming down” in 2013.

    Hopefully the event will be recorded in HD. Will she be liveblogging it I wonder? (The connection will want to be pretty fast for that to happen!)

  39. Gab

    I’m stuffed.

    Today’s menu:

    Anitpasto platter
    magnificent seafood salad
    home made cannelloni (vegetarian and chicken)
    roast spatchcock, roast quail, marinated BBQ pork spare ribs, salad; massive dark orange prawns (juicy as).
    Impressive cherry trifle, home made Italian biscuits (ameretti), home made: mango and coconut ice cream, tiramisu ice cream, rich chocolate ice cream.

    Someone roll me onto the couch.

  40. Gab

    oh and lots of French champagne.

  41. Megan

    Started, and intend ending, the day with alcohol. And in between the best of Christmas goodies. Celebrate hard in preparation for election year ye Cats.

  42. Megan

    Summers writes

    Many observers regard Roxon’s legal pedigree as nonpareil.

    Insert hundreds and thousands joke here.

  43. blogstrop

    Arab Spring. Not as in rebirth, regeneration, flowers and baby bunnies.
    As in trap.
    Bruce Thornton explains the small print, and damns the “diplomatic” efforts that have led to the creation of a new group of states dedicated to the Grand Jihad – destroying the west from within.

  44. DaveF

    Nanny Roxon:

    reformist tradition of Labor attorneys-general like HV ‘Doc’ Evatt, Lionel Murphy, Gareth Evans and Michael Lavarch

    Doc Evatt was mad. Murphy was corrupt. Gareth Evans and Michael Lavarch are widely loathed for being careerists.

    Yes, Roxon rock on.

    I couldn’t read any further.

  45. blogstrop

    Insert joke … Megan, tried that at 3.29 above. Weak, I know.

  46. DaveF

    Ate the feast, drank the wine.

    The kids were bouncing around like it was Christmas. They even hit the pool (Sydney here 24 and raining the whole time).

    Good times. Really good times.

    I hope the other Cats had a good day as well.

  47. boy on a bike

    Merry xmas everyone. I am so stuffed, I couldn’t even fit in a wafer thin chocolate mint.

  48. JC

    Merry xmas everyone. I am so stuffed, I couldn’t even fit in a wafer thin chocolate mint.

    And to you too and others, boy. I pigged out and now peckish again.

    The pudding was absolutely superb. If wifey continues this standard of cooking she may actually be lucky enough to score more sex.

  49. Dead Soul

    Merry Xmas Catallaxians. All the best for the coming year.

  50. Dan

    Merry ex mass and it has been a pleasure lurking here. To all the best. Even the wankers steve.

  51. nilk

    Here, Boy, have a mint chocolate :D

  52. nilk

    I’ve had a nice day stuffing myself on good food, nice wine and in the company of friends and family.

    Just for the record, my family rocks.

    Preparing the gourmet repast of eggs on toast for dinner, because I need something plain and simple.

    I trust the rest of the Cats have done nicely also.

  53. papachango

    Losing Gerard should be a serious warning to the French government that they are on the path to self-destruction.

    Gerard’s immensely popular over there, even among the younger generation who were babies when he first did Cyrano de Bergerac and Green Card. This has made them sit up and take notice big time.

  54. Gab

    Was Gerard one of the ones endorsing Hollande before the election?

  55. Dan

    I’ll believe the French have rejected Socialism when the Department of Corrreze, Limousin et al have turned their backs upon the ideology. Fat fucking chance.

  56. papachango

    Gab – nope, he’s always been consistently outspoken in favour of Sarkozy.

  57. papachango

    Preparing the gourmet repast of eggs on toast for dinner

    you’re not trying if you can still fit that in. green tea and pepto-bismol for me. Maybe a cleansing ale..

    Since I did all the cooking, I’ll add that it was overeating, certainly not the quality of the food ;-)

  58. boy on a bike

    Bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

  59. Phillip

    Ridiculous article by Kenneth Davidson in the Age yesterday starting out by mentioning Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and criticizing rich people for tax deductible charitable donations because according to him “the general taxpayer provides a subsidy of 45 cents in each dollar donated”. Hard to know where to start but just possibly we could mention that the boot is on the other foot – since the rich pay vastly more tax than the others – it is they who are doing the subsidizing.

  60. John Comnenus

    Oooooooh I ate too much.

    Merry Christmas to all the Cats.

    We had good wine, nothing less than 10 years old, Champagne, turkey, ham and roast pork.

    Finished with my seasonal favorite – the trifle, with custard and Christmas pudding.

    Dinner was some cherries and more wine.

    Roll on the new year.

  61. JimD

    Four hours to BOXING DAY.
    Bout 1: Megan, Sacrament at Midnight Mass?
    Bout 2: DaveF, All commos are mad, still a corrupt Murphy in the system, Evans screwed the Democrats, Mr&Mrs Lavarch played Kaiser Rules Round The Branches , Beat(tie) that. Not Bloody Necessarary,
    Bout 3: JC, you might you think you’re Jesus Christ but odds on your missus says ‘by Christ you’re not’.
    WBF are in a crises management meeting to determine whether the main bout will be about an octagenarian by appearence sucking up to a pretend 5×2 or whether it focus on the extreme right wing depths someone has SincD into by association with IPA and the 75 plus 25 points emanating to outdo Gough.FFS.
    Come out snarling and fight dirty.

  62. Merry Christmas to all the ‘Cats’.

    Just The Bride and I and the demon spawn.

    Nice and cool here with some welcome rain. Light meals with a few sweets, dinner started with guava nectar spiked champagne, before crispy skined sweet and spicy glazed roast duck (kids choice), with a chilled Tarrango, I had seconds. Still plenty of room for a little pudding with cream.

    Santa dropped off a car bike rack for her, a top of the range cycle computer for me, daughter 2 a Lego technics motorised model logging truck (she’s put half of it together already) and game designer daughter 1 an indescribably brutal Xbox game ‘Prototype’ (all good here during the next zombie apocalypse).

    Last nights carols and service in the spectacularly over the top new school hall were nice, but the choir plays too fast and the impatient ruin it at the end stacking the chairs. I’ll insist on the midnight vigil when I eventually convert.

    A very busy year gone, next year will get busier until the short ‘caretaker’ period. Looking forward to gloating over the election result!

    I hope all here will be able to hold out until 2014 before we can hope to see a start to the return to prosperity!

  63. Jc 

    Finished with my seasonal favorite – the trifle, with custard and Christmas pudding.</blockquote

    Really? I never thought of trifle too.

    That's going on next years list

  64. John Comnenus

    JC,

    I don’t think I ever have trifle except for Christmas, and I always look forward to it. This year’s was really good – plenty of seasonal berries.

    The cherries are very nice this year too.

  65. The Happy Lurker

    A very Merry Christmas to all Catallaxians, even the trolls.

    Bring on 2013, and the election!

    Here’s cheers!

    The Happy Lurker.

  66. Splatacrobat

    Merry Christmas to everyone.
    I’m as full as a kleptomaniac’s handbag here. I’m wondering if the gym is open tomorrow so I can send my boy up to do a couple of hours on the treadmill for me.

  67. Megan

    I don’t think I ever have trifle except for Christmas, and I always look forward to it. This year’s was really good – plenty of seasonal berries.

    We have the pudding with the formal lunch and the trifle makes its once a year appearance for supper. We make it with lashings of berries with Chambord instead of sherry and I substitute lamingtons for the sponge as an Australian variation. Never any leftovers.

  68. Megan

    Insert joke … Megan, tried that at 3.29 above. Weak, I know.

    You did indeed, Blogstrop, and I missed it. Might have had something to do with the amount of drink I’ve worked my way through since breakfast.

  69. tbh

    Merry Christmas everyone. Big lunch here today:

    Prawns
    Rolled turkey, roasted
    Lamb (French cutlets)
    Pumpkin and chick pea salad
    Rocket, pear and prosciutto salad

    Some great wine served too:
    Bollinger
    Rumball sparkling shiraz
    Ashbrook Gold Label riesling
    Leeuwin Estate Art Series riesling

    Full as a goog now though. Kicked our last guests out at 7pm.

  70. Tom

    Lunch for 18 inside and out around the pool at my family do today: traditional ham, pork and turkey with 10,000 accompaniments, lots of laughter, a little live music (one of the brothers is a muso), many somersault bombs into the Cement Pond (as it is was known by the Beverley Hillbilles) at one of the family homes on the coast. The secret of our success is spreading the Chrissy Day workload so no-one ever gets stressed. It’s always one of the happiest days of the year.

  71. Leigh Lowe

    It’s finally over.
    I shovelled beer, wine and roasted animals and vegetables at the in-laws until they stopped barking.
    They’ve gone now.
    Peace in our time.

  72. DaveF

    Lovely comments on Christmas.

    I mean that.

  73. DaveF

    Spare flab means spare dollars. If someone wants welfare on my taxes, I want them to be lean and hungry.
    — Sleetmute
    Next quote »

    Liberty quote?
    I disagree

  74. sdog

    Merry Christmas from the frozen upper midwest, where it’s 9am and all of 0.1F (-17C). Finally got me my White Christmas, anyway.

    Hope everyone’s having – or has had – a great day, and has a wonderful New Year. Cheers!

  75. dover_beach

    Minus 17! Love it. It’s at a toasty 2 degrees here in NYC. No snow but lots of joy and the sweet smell of roasting pork in the oven. Happy Christmas all.

  76. Potemkin’s Village

    In the end we will remember… here

  77. val majkus

    thanks to everyone for their descriptions of their Christmas Day.
    Brilliant! I had a great day too, lunch with friends in a wonderful old house where they have three dogs and three cats
    What would we do without animals, the world would be a much more boring place
    sdog introduced me to Henri (where is sdog these days)
    Henri has had Christmas as well and you can see the result here ‘The Worst Noel’

  78. Tom

    The food Nazis are just like the cigarette Nazis, only fatter:

    CARTOON characters such as the Paddle Pop lion and Freddo Frog are increasingly being used across media platforms to lure children to unhealthy foods and should be banned, a health coalition says.

    While falling short of calling for ”plain packaging” on sugary and fatty foods, the Obesity Policy Coalition has said the federal government should ban marketers from using cartoon characters and giveaway toys to promote junk and unhealthy foods.

    Spokesman Boyd Swinburn said cartoon characters were the common factor used to draw children to fattening foods and drinks but companies were now using free online games, apps, movies and other new media to promote unhealthy food.

    ”Cartoon characters and toy giveaways are certainly the hook used to draw children in,” Dr Swinburn said. ”It is a huge battle akin to the battle with tobacco over plain packaging and no one would have believed that was possible even a few years ago.”

    Dr Swinburn said self-regulation had failed because some companies refused to sign up to industry codes and loopholes often allowed companies to escape criticism.

  79. Tom

    Red Ted is happy to be seen as a accurate reflection of his bureacracy, even this Labor-appointed zombie, who’s busy drumming up relevance:

    VICTORIA will be a hotter and drier place by mid-century, with more desert and fewer temperate regions because of the impacts of global warming, new scientific analysis has found.

    In a major report, Victoria’s Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Kate Auty, warns the changes will put infrastructure and biodiversity at risk, and leave agriculture and endangered species exposed.

    New climate modelling and analysis by the CSIRO and the Bureau of the Meteorology was carried out for the report using the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s scenarios on future global greenhouse gas emissions.

    The report says the best CSIRO estimates project a 1.37-degree rise in temperatures by 2050 for Victoria – potentially as high as 1.93 degrees – under a scenario of rapid economic growth and an energy mix of fossil fuels and renewables.

    Under the same scenario, rainfall is projected to decline by 6 per cent by 2050, with the reduction potentially as high as 14 per cent. The highest 1 per cent of rainfall events will become more intense.

    When natural variability is considered along with human-induced changes, the decline in rainfall is found to be as high as 17 per cent, but could also increase by 5 per cent under some scenarios.

    The story’s not important enough for a mention in Victoria’s biggest selling newspaper, but the Fairfax zombies were there with sirens blaring.

  80. Papachango

    We need to take a stand against this health fascism before its too late. They’re getting drunk with power lust.

  81. hammygar

    The food Nazis

    What’s Nazi about wanting to ensure the good health of citizens? The opposite of Nazism I would have thought. It IS the Government’s responsibility to look after the well being of its citizens, who can certainly do with guidance in many aspects of their lives.

  82. papachango

    It IS the Government’s responsibility to look after the well being of its citizens, who can certainly do with guidance in many aspects of their lives.

    ahahahahahah you’re hilarous Hammy!

  83. candy

    The troubling thing about “food Nazis” is that it enables lazy parents to give up their responsibilities. Now parents can blame packaging.
    It’s really only parents that set the scene on healthy long lasting eating habits.

  84. jupes

    There you go.

    Merry Christmas hammy.

  85. papachango

    What’s the deal have we lowered the entry standards for ASIO or something?
    If Fauxfacts is to be believed, it seems our spies are blowing their cover by putting details of their employment on LinkedIn.
    How fucking dumb are they?

  86. papachango

    They’re clearly not motiviated by ‘public health’, otherwise they’d be talking about teaching nutrition in school insterad of the PC ‘Invasion day’ crap they currently teach.
    That would achieve a lot more than banning Freddo the Frog.

    I still can’t believe they’re serious. Anyway why freddo and why not deep fried potatoe cakes? Could it be that dimmies and potato cakes aren’t sold by Big Food?

  87. Keith

    A belated Christmas greeting to everyone (having too much merriment and good times here).

    The food nazis think children are as weak-minded as they are, and if they aren’t, they’ll make sure the next generation is.

    Re: ASIO – I just heard of someone getting a job interview there. If you can’t even keep that secret, then why bother. In contrast, a best mate is merging his law practice with another, but I know he won’t tell me who the other practice is until the deal is done. That might be why I trust him as both a lawyer and a friend.
    In other legal news, the ACT Law Society no longer wants to start the year with its usual church service. Now they want a “commencement celebration” for no particular reason (how very PC of them).

  88. Aussieute

    Look at this with a view on “climate change” not medicine

  89. hammygar

    Boo Hoo. Poor old Quadrant has had its government grant slashed.
    Isn’t it amazing how these promoters of the market, capitalism and private enterprise still play the part of rent-seekers looking for succour from the gubmint.

    Just amazing hypocrisy.

  90. kae

    Papachango

    ”The Chinese tend to get a lot of information from open sources, and that can lead to opening up contacts that provide high-level access to classified information.”

    Or on the other hand you could just be grooming/bonking the Defence Minister…

  91. hammygar

    Boo hoo! Poor old Quadrant has had its government grant slashed.

    Here’s this free enerprise-capitalism-private enterprise promoting magazine/website screaming about not being taxpayer subsidized. What sheer hypocrisy. So typical of the far right in this country.

  92. hammygar

    Boo hoo! Poor old Quadrant has had its government grant slashed.

    Here’s this free enerprise-capitalism-private enterprise promoting magazine/website screaming about not being taxpayer subsidized. What sheer hypocrisy. So typical of the extreme right in this country.

  93. hammygar

    Well, looks like I’ve now been banned from this blog.

  94. hammygar

    No! I tried to post a comment with a link to Quadrant three times but without success. Maybe something wrong with the Quadrant URL?

  95. jumpnmcar

    Well, looks like I’ve now been banned from this blog.

    You wish, ya lame victimhood seeker.

  96. hammygar

    Well it wasn’t the link. I was trying to point out that the bleating of this so-called free enterprise-capitalism promoting-private enterprise championing publication is the epitome of hyprocrisy. Them, of all people, bleating about losing a gubmint grant. Amazing.

    Some people may lament that it’s about the poetry. Yeah yeah – like men used to buy Playboy for the short stories!

  97. Tracey

    I’m eating my body weight in bacon and eggs as I sit and read this Food Nazis can get stuffed :)

  98. candy

    ” ya lame victimhood seeker.”

    he is, but Hammygar is very sweet.

  99. Mike of Marion

    Oh I suppose the Greens and all their anti-carbon mates will move flat out to kill off this ‘evil’ carbon before it gets out of the laboratory (or Tax it to oblivion)

    http://www.wimp.com/supersupercapacitor/

    Can’t have Carbon!!!!!

    Mike

  100. Splatacrobat

    It IS the Government’s responsibility to look after the well being of its citizens, who can certainly do with guidance in many aspects of their lives.

    Oh great! Does this mean Hammy that your Government will hold a Royal commission into cartoon character induced obesity? I can’t wait to see nanny Roxon force Fat Cat and Humphrey B Bear to talk in the witness box.

  101. Tom

    There’s a link on the other thread to a beaut piece about the prats of this world:

    “clueless person of arrogant stupidity”, “Basically someone who’s a major idiot, or is delusional and dumb. Acts against logic and thinks he’s self-righteous”, “Someone who is full of themselves and, almost invariably, stupid as well. With a hint of deluded.”

    Hamster has clearly established himself as our pre-eminent prat. Like others here, I thought for a while it was possible he was a clever satire. But you can’t fake a manic devotion to stupid.

  102. Sinclair Davidson

    Hammy – you think I’ve got nothing better to do than drag your sorry arse out of the spaminator?

  103. Tom

    Oh dear! The Christian-hating Gillard Government has also become the pre-eminent manslaughterer of muslims:

    MUSLIM leaders have warned the Gillard government’s information campaigns to deter potential asylum-seekers are having little effect on numbers departing for Australia because they are underfunded.

    More than 30,000 asylum-seekers have arrived by boat and almost 1000 have died since Labor came to power at the end of 2007, prompting Youssef Nabha, imam of the Masjid Arrahman Kingsgrove mosque in Sydney, to call for urgent action.

    “We are gravely concerned about the number of people dying at sea and I want to send a message to the government that if we have harsh policies, they are worthless without awareness in the very countries from which people are fleeing,” Mr Nabha told The Australian through a translator.

  104. Splatacrobat

    CARTOON characters such as the Paddle Pop lion and Freddo Frog are increasingly being used across media platforms to lure children to unhealthy foods and should be banned, a health coalition says.

    Popeye the sailor it could be said is credited with getting a whole generation of children to eat spinach. “The popularity of Popeye helped boost spinach sales. Using Popeye as a role model for healthier eating may work; a 2010 study revealed that children increased their vegetable consumption after watching Popeye cartoons”.

    But on the downside there were probably a few who also took up pipe smoking and used violence as a solution to deal with romantic rivals for the affections of their girlfriend.

  105. Steve of Glasshouse

    Hammy. All with you on the government controlling the lives of it’s citizens. I propose that the first step on the road to utopia ( the slim svelte one etc) is that all parliamentarians are subject to random alcohol and drug tests prior to entering either house. Furthermore, those members of the house who do not conform to a healthy BMI will be banned by the speaker. Heil Hammy..For some reason, Mel Brooks just sprang to mind..hmmm

  106. hammygar

    We are gravely concerned about the number of people dying at sea

    I’ve said it before – if Australia were sincere about avoiding these deaths, it would take over a few cruise ships and arrange with Indonesia that we’d pick up ship loads of refugees who’d made it to Indonesia, from Indonesian ports, and process them in Australia. This approach would have saved many hundreds of lives.

  107. Splatacrobat

    “We are gravely concerned about the number of people dying at sea and I want to send a message to the government that if we have harsh policies, they are worthless without awareness in the very countries from which people are fleeing,” Mr Nabha told The Australian through a translator.

    They need to do what Christian churches do and raise funds from their own adherents and run a marketing campaign in the countries themselves. Don’t wait for the Government to stump up money, get out there and raise the money yourself if you think that it’s important to stop people dying at sea.

    ps. While your at it, learn English then the money you save on translating services can also go into your own information campaign. I’m sure these boat people would rather hear about the perils of drowning at sea from their own spiritual leaders than from a public servant infidel.

  108. Mk50 of Brisbane

    hammyracist:

    What’s Nazi National Socialist about wanting to ensure the good health of citizens? The opposite of Nazism National Socialism I would have thought. It IS the Government’s responsibility to look after the well being of its citizens, who can certainly do with guidance in many aspects of their lives.

    Well, you little racist swine, why don’t you look and see?

    http://www.adl.org/braun/dim_14_1_nazi_med.asp

    “The Nazis had a powerful anti-tobacco movement, arguably the most powerful in the world at that time. Tobacco was opposed by racial hygienists fearing the corruption of the German “germ plasm” ”

    “…tobacco and alcohol abuses were “diseases of civilization” and “relics of a liberal lifestyle.”"

    “The Nazi state was supposed to be a hygienic state; Nazism was supposed to be “applied biology” (Fritz Lenz coined this phrase in 1931). Hitler was celebrated as the “great doctor” of German society and as the “Robert Koch of politics” (Koch was a nineteenth century pioneer in studying the bacterial origin of diseases). The seductive power of National Socialism for many physicians lay in its promise to cleanse German society of its corrupting elements — not just communism and Jews, but also metallic lead and addictive tobacco, along with homosexuality and the “burdensome” mentally ill.”

    http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=10664

    “Health and healthcare occupied a central position
    in National Socialist ideology, and few aspects of personal and national life in Nazi Germany were more
    thoroughly politicized.”

    Socialists use ‘public health’ to extend the control of teh state into the private lives of individuals and to take away theri chocie. It’s a way of undermining teh family and repalcing it with the state.

    The Australian left being racist, anti-semitic and (obviously) socialist, have no issues with this and uin fact applaud it.

    That’s a well trodden path to re-education camps, which become slave labour camps and death camps, eugenics and mountains of corpses.

    Mindless butchery of innocents is simply no issue to the left – check out the full-term abortion policies of Emily’s List, the ALP and the greenfilth.

  109. candy

    The speakers should also conform to better dress sense and proper hair style as well as normal BMI. Ms Burke is definitely in need of a makeover.

  110. Entropy

    Why put them at risk of seas sickness hammy? You are a callus bastard too tight to spring for first class airfares.

  111. hammygar

    you think I’ve got nothing better to do than drag your sorry arse out of the spaminator?

    I see you’ve rescued all three attempts. I’m sorry I can’t control your “spaminator” Sinc. As some of the more “worthy” commenters may fall into the same hole, maybe you can get Jacques to explain to us how it happens so we can avoid falling into its clutches in future. I realize naughties like the c… word trigger some mechanism, but I’m puzzled as to why mine attracted its ire this time (other than for ideological reasons).

  112. C.L.

    NSW Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts: ‘Be wary of sneaky gooks.’

  113. Steve of Glasshouse

    Hammy wrote “I see you’ve rescued all three attempts. I’m sorry I can’t control your “spaminator” Sinc. As some of the more “worthy” commenters may fall into the same hole, maybe you can get Jacques to explain to us how it happens so we can avoid falling into its clutches in future. I realize naughties like the c… word trigger some mechanism, but I’m puzzled as to why mine attracted its ire this time (other than for ideological reasons).

    You could change your name. I recommend Flounder.
    John Belushi does it quite well at a naming ceremony..

  114. Tom

    No other Canberra Press Gallery has ever been so thoroughly captured by a ruling party, but collectively, they remain as shallow and self-obsessed as they have through the ages. They are also bored easily:

    HE may have been declared World’s Best Treasurer but Wayne Swan has earned a fiscal raspberry as the Federal Parliament’s Worst Performer, according to the Canberra Press Gallery.

    At the end of one of the most vicious and scandalous political years in memory, Julia Gillard’s “mysoginist” jibe against Tony Abbott has been ranked the Most Memorable Moment – narrowly ahead of Kevin Rudd’s ill-fated leadership challenge in February.

    And Bill Shorten’s impressive Yes Minister impersonation – “I haven’t seen what she (Julia Gillard) has said, but let me say I support what it is that she said” – earns him a gong as Gaffe of the Year, according to a survey of 20 Press Gallery journalists.

    Eight of the pundits nominated the smooth introduction of the carbon tax as the year’s Best Achievement – edging out Ms Gillard’s survival as Prime Minister, which secured six votes.

  115. Splatacrobat

    Ms Burke is definitely in need of a makeover.

    Ms Burke looks like she would be more at home if she was behind a clarvoyant’s card table at the Nimban farmer’s market.

  116. Sinclair Davidson

    Hammy – I have asked Jacques before. He doesn’t know or can’t say. Anyway easier to rescue all your comments than leave some there. That way they don’t get tagged as actually being spam.

  117. areff

    Thanks for the Quadrant link, Hammy, and the further display of your problems with comprehension. Bitching about the partisan slashing of our funding? Well, yes, I was, but the key to geting your mind around the column is to focus on “partisan”, not “funding”.

    If you are going to hand out public monies then it must be done fairly, and the recent, petty decision to halve Quadrant’s stipend reeks of score-settling.

    You’ll also notice, far from bleating about cash denied, the real point of my piece was to suggest an investigation of existing funding decisions and the obligation of the incoming Abbott government to go through the Australia Council like a dose of salts and reform the place top to bottom with regard to what gets funded and who makes the decisions to fund.

    Even you, Hammy, would have to admit this is not a good look: Quadrant slams a grant-nurtured play by a favourite luvvie playwright, who then turns up on the Lit Board, which then halves our funding.

  118. Septimus

    kae,

    I have been sorting through my CDs and found this:

    Celine Dion Likes Your Gravatar

    :)

  119. Gab

    Well, looks like I’ve now been banned from this blog.

    LOL Are you a blonde bimbo, Hammy? You can’t comment if banned.

    Thanks for the giggles.

  120. Rabz

    Well, looks like I’ve now been banned from this blog.

    Shorter hammster:

    “Is this thing on?”

  121. Rabz

    Well, so much for the middle of summer – it’s a mighty 16 degrees here in Zombie Parrotville…

  122. kae

    Septimus
    Sorry, don’t get it. I blame yesterday and being tired. It is a picture of me from 1985.
    It’s rained all night here, almost two inches which we very much need. Delightful.
    The neighbour’s horses have managed to knock down the electric fence and are munching on the grass in my ‘house paddock’ which is reserved for the eldest of the three, Banjo, who is nearly 28 and needs all the good feed he can get.

  123. John Comnenus

    Mk 50 beat me to it in telling Hammygar(bage) that the Nationalist Socialist German Workers Party (AKA the Nazi Party) were Eco loons and food and health fascists. They were interested in purity at every level from forests to race. That purity gave them a superiority complex, and like supremacists everywhere it’s only a short step from deeming the Jews, or cripples or political opponents as impure to mass murder. That is why these supremacists must be stopped.

    Before you say that is too far fetched, I have spoken to heart surgeons who want the right not to perform surgery on smokers and the fat. They are already classifying these people as untermensch and hence thinking of ways to let the impure die out by denying them medical treatment. These views are more widely held in the medical profession than is healthy.

  124. Septimus

    Septimus
    Sorry, don’t get it. I blame yesterday and being tired. It is a picture of me from 1985.

    OK. The album cover seems (to me anyways) to have similarities to your current gravatar, which you have previously mentioned is an earlier photo of you.

    Sorry … no offence meant … comment was intended to be light-hearted.

  125. candy

    ” They are already classifying these people as untermensch and hence thinking of ways to let the impure die out by denying them medical treatment.”

    i’ve never heard of that actually. sounds bit extreme?

    I understand surgeons are very reluctant to operate on the obese because the chance of the patient dying under the anaesthesia is too great. Heart surgeons are very reluctant to operate on smokers until they’ve given up, as the benefit of surgery becomes too short term if the patient still smokes.

  126. Gab

    mighty 16 degrees here in Zombie Parrotville…

    Talking to a relo in Sydney she says they’re all rugged up as it’s freezing there. Was a balmy 22deg in Melb. yesterday. Thanks heavens for the carbon dioxide tax, works a treat at lowering global temps.

  127. Tom

    Wrong man drugged after psychiatric hospital mistake:

    Western Australia’s Mental Health Minister has apologised to a man who was arrested and drugged after being mistaken for a patient from a psychiatric hospital.

    Police arrested the man on December 16 as he fitted the description of a patient who had gone missing from Graylands Hospital in Perth.

    Graylands staff wrongly confirmed the man’s identity before administering a strong antipsychotic drug for schizophrenia.

    They realised their mistake when the man had an adverse reaction to the drug and was rushed to hospital.

  128. Gab

    Hey something weird going on….my owl gravatar is showing on the site after comments posted yet I changed it to my Santa girl gravatar which only shows up when typing in the comments box.

  129. C.L.

    Surely they can name this plant after the federal ALP:

    Melbourne botanists were given a gift from nature this Christmas with a rare blossoming of an Indonesian ‘corpse flower’…

    “It is probably going to stink somewhere between rotten cheese, rotting flesh, rotten fish,” he said.

  130. Tom

    Gab, browser top right hand corner > tools > internet options > browsing history > delete > (tick “temporary internet files”; tick “cookies”; tick “history”; tick “download history”) > ok.

  131. Gab

    Chicago is one of the most heavily gun controlled cities in the nation. The state of Illinois has an all-out ban on concealed weapons. All firearms in the city of Chiago are registered. The permit must to purchase must be renewed every three years at a cost of $100. Chicago has an assault weapons ban and a ban on magazines that carry 10 rounds. In November, shootings jumped 49 percent over the prior year.

    Works well too, only seven people shot on Christmas Eve. Mayor talking about tighter gun control of law-abiding citizens.

  132. C.L.

    New York Daily News blames NRA for the shooting of those two firemen…

    First commenter destroys reporter, correctly blames lefties:

    This article is another example of an idiot reporter making idiotic statements to appeal to the idiot masses. If we are looking for someone other than the perpetrator to blame, then we should direct our attention to the legal system that allowed a convicted murderer to leave prison in anything other than a coffin. This guy should have gotten life in prison for brutally murdering his grandmother with a HAMMER. Yes, he used a gun to kill two people and their deaths are horrible. But, would this story be any less tragic, saddening or horrific if this animal had used something other than a gun to kill these brave men? If you really believe that asking bad people to stop killing with guns will work, then why don’t we try asking those same bad people to stop lying, stealing, raping, robbing and drug smugging? Who knows, maybe they have only been waiting to be asked nicely.

  133. Gab

    Armed security guards to protect kids in school? Shock. horror! Nooo, say ant-NRA law fanatics.

    School Obama’s Daughters Attend Has 11 Armed Guards

    Good enough to protect his kids but not other kids elsewhere. And no, the armed guards were in place well before OZero sent his kids there.

  134. Tom

    Good enough to protect his kids but not other kids elsewhere.

    It’s different when they do it.

  135. John Comnenus

    Many judges wear their contempt of the public as a badge of honour. Imagine what a judge would do to anyone in another profession that disregards expert opinion and the outcome of their decision is the death of a number of people. Everyday judges dismiss the expert opinion of people pushing for longer penalties for violent criminals. The outcome is that some of these offenders ar released early and go on to reoffend. Why do the victims not have the right to sue the judge personally for their decision? It is little wonder so many hold judges and the courts in contempt.

  136. Leigh Lowe

    Saved a jar of duck fat rendered from the Christmas duck breasts for future roast potatoes.
    In case I am raided by the Food Nazis (of Food Fascists if you prefer) I have labelled it “Free Range Bio-dynamic Home-Schooled Mayonnaise”.

  137. hammygar

    Russia’s brutal winter claims 123 lives.

    Climate change has caused these extremes of weather to become more frequent and lethal. Similarly the floods in the UK. We’d better get used to it, because there’ll be little action by governments to stop climate change because of the criminal pressure from denialists.

  138. Gab

    Climate change has caused these extremes of weather to become more frequent and lethal.

    You have no evidence of this. Emotional statements are not reason nor evidence.

  139. JC

    Kero Boy

    Any thoughts of lighting the match over the Xmas Festive season (leftie version)?

    You’re unusually hyper at the mom. Which drug cocktail are you on?

  140. hammygar

    the key to geting your mind around the column is to focus on “partisan”, not “funding”.

    No, Quadrant’s ideological position at the extreme end of free market economics and small government emphasises its hypocrisy in accepting any assistance at all from Governments. Same with its CIA funding from yesteryear.

  141. C.L.

    Creampuff Gen-Y watch:

    Men shopping in packs a Boxing Day trend.

    YOUNG men hunting in packs for fashion items and gadgets has become a Boxing Day shopping trend, retailers say…

    An emerging Boxing Day trend was the number of men out shopping, she said.

    “Last year we saw a lot of men in the front of the queue to get in-store and this year they’re out in force.

    “We’re seeing groups of guys coming in and they’re buying fashion and they’re buying gadgets,” Ms Osmond said.

    “So clearly the boys are having a nice day out together to do some shopping, so I’m sure this is a trend we’re going to see more of.”

  142. areff

    Hammy, the only “extreme end” you’re qualified to talk about is the one that gets the Sorbent treatment.

  143. entropy


    Russia’s brutal winter claims 123 lives.

    Climate change has caused these extremes of weather to become more frequent and lethal. Similarly the floods in the UK. We’d better get used to it, because there’ll be little action by governments to stop climate change because of the criminal pressure from denialists.


    if that’s the case the only possible and sensible strategy for governments to take is to abandon all those windmill tilting mitigation policies like the carbon tax and RET and concentrate on adaptation strategies instead. If it’s going to happen anyway, we might as well learn to live with it.

  144. entropy

    Don’t worry CL. The boys will go straight to EB games or JB HiFI, spend ten minutes there, then go home to resume COD.

  145. Mk50 of Brisbane

    CL – I did go to Bunnings to get some more belt-sander belts. And I have just ordered a rifle from the USA. Does that count?

    Hammyracist:

    Climate change has caused these extremes of weather to become more frequent and lethal. Similarly the floods in the UK. We’d better get used to it, because there’ll be little action by governments to stop climate change because of the criminal pressure from denialists.

    Don’t you just love it when utter cretins go all sciency on the basis of their religious beilefs? it so cute!

    I mean, this moron does not even understand that winters are horrible in Russia, and that teh worst flloding in the UK, from the greatest storm ever recorded there, was in November 1703 – see martin Brayne’s book ‘The Greatest Storm: Britain’s Night of Destruction, November 1703′. The night of 26/27 November saw 8,000 killed a-land int eh UK, unknown thousands more dead at sea, at least a thousand sail lost including 300 sail of colliers from the east coast ports alone and two British Fleets destroyed. Sir Cloudesly Shovell’s famous flagship HMS Association was blown all the way to the Baltic, so badly smashed that it was six months before she could return home. Admiral Beaumont’s fleet was destroyed on teh Goodwins, and something like 2000 men died that night from his ships alone.

    Now, Hammyracist you AGW cultist science-and-reality denier, tell me about extreme weather events…

  146. jumpnmcar

    There were packs of boys at BCF this morning, both young and old, bless their outdoorsy hearts.
    It was polite bedlam at the “Zerek ” lures section.

  147. C.L.

    How depraved are reporters in this country – even at News Ltd?

    This depraved – click and note that it’s now memory-holed.

  148. jumpnmcar

    Mk50

    And I have just ordered a rifle from the USA.

    I’m told US sales figures will be artificially high on the back of gun sales.
    Seams Obama can stimulate commerce after all.

  149. C.L.

    Armed in schools?

    Sikhs want ceremonial knives, or Kirpans, allowed in schools.

    Australian lefties strongly in favour:

    AUSTRALIA’S Sikh community wants religious knives allowed in schools.

    The Sikh Council of Australia and Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner objected to the former state government’s amendment preventing a ceremonial knife being worn in schools.

    The Weapons Act 1990 states: “A Sikh may possess, in a public place, a knife known as a Kirpan to comply with the person’s religious faith.”

    However, the amendment now states: “It is not a reasonable excuse to physically possess a knife in a school for genuine religious purposes.”

    The Sikh Council and the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner have warned the amendment was discriminatory to ordained Sikhs required to wear the Kirpan…

    Department of Education, Training and Employment assistant director-general Marg Pethiyagoda said the wearing of a Kirpan at school would be considered case-by-case.

  150. papachango

    I mioght just pop out to Victoria Gardens and try to find myself a manbag for a good price.

    My French siter in law advised me to get one as she said I had too much crap in my pockets and it ruins the cut of my clothing.

    Than angain…. naaah….

  151. C.L.

    IMO, it would be perfectly licit, morally, to slap this bloke around the head at the next set of traffic lights.

  152. papachango

    The Sikh Council of Australia and Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner objected to the former state government’s amendment preventing a ceremonial knife being worn in schools.

    Fine. But I want the right to wear my Sgian-dubh as well ;-)

  153. Gab

    manbag

    I care not how “enlightened” the times nor how “progressive”, a manbag always looks sissy on a man.

  154. papachango

    mioght might… siter sister… Than Then angain again…

    Sheesh.. must be in holiday mode as my typing is worse than ever…

  155. papachango

    Gab the Frogs are amazing at fashion and my SIL made me chuck out 75% of my wardrobe and buy a few good things, with impressive results.

    The manbag advice was very sensible and practical, and they’re all the rage over there, but as I explained to her, it was a bridge to far. Australia is just not ready ;-)

  156. C.L.

    Oh yeah, sure. Get a man bag. That’s how it starts.

    Then it’s moisuriser, creased Armani jeans, plucked eyebrows and agreeing to throw out your favourite work boots.

    Don’t do it, papa.

  157. Gab

    The French use that “it spoils the line” schtick a lot. Have had it tossed at me as well…by a Frenchman…because in his opinion I wore the wrong type of shoes with a frock. It’s their thing but my previous statement re manbags still holds. Same for mankinis.

  158. Gab

    agreeing to throw out your favourite work boots.

    Heh, some men can’t quite manage that.

  159. papachango

    It’s OK CL. I saw the hipsters in Nortcote with manbags on their fixies and that’s put me off for life…

  160. Lew

    Manbags find favor with those poor sad bastards who can’t decide if they’re homo or hetero and finish up settling for being metro.

  161. Dianeh

    Merry Xmas to all at the Cat.

    Sounds like everyone had a great time, great food, great drink, all with family and friends. Same at my house. I’m still recovering.

    Cheers to you all.

  162. kae

    Septimus
    No offence taken, just didn’t get the comment…. maybe need more sleep. A lot more.

  163. Papachango

    Yes I baulked at manbags. But I wouldn’t be too harsh on the metros. When I look at how badly the average Aussie dresses (even in inner city Melbourne), we’ve no right to comment on anyone’s dress sense.

  164. m0nty

    Oh yeah, sure. Get a man bag. That’s how it starts.

    Then it’s moisuriser, creased Armani jeans, plucked eyebrows and agreeing to throw out your favourite work boots.

    And then you turn into JC.

  165. Splatacrobat

    Wifey bought me a great canvas laptop/shoulder bag. It looks like an upmarket gasmask bag like during the war but more functional. It’s also a lot lighter than those Targa leather bags.

    One does not normally get excited about such mundane accoutrements but this bag is the most practical and stylish gift the Minister for War and Finance has ever given me.

  166. Steve of Glasshouse

    Splat..was the good wife perchance looking over your shoulder..bag..when you typed the post?
    Only shoulder bag I have carries the pilchards for tailor fishing..

  167. Splatacrobat

    No chance Steve,She is out sailing….oops I mean saleing at Chermside.
    Never stand in between a woman and a sale sign.

  168. entropy

    Actually, apart from champers, just what has the french given the world?

  169. JC

    No, Quadrant’s ideological position at the extreme end of free market economics and small government emphasises its hypocrisy in accepting any assistance at all from Governments. Same with its CIA funding from yesteryear.

    Fair point, Kero boy. However it wouldn’t stop there, you moron. That would e like a rounding error as far as I was concerned.

  170. JC

    Fuck off Fat Boy. Go on a diet.

  171. Steve of Glasshouse

    Splat. My happy hunters have just got back from Sunshine Coast Plaza. Look for a peak in this months’ retail figures..

  172. C.L.

    Donnie Brasco says:

    Men don’t any sort of carrying apparatus:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODPJOQX5We4

  173. Leigh Lowe

    Actually, apart from champers, just what has the french given the world?

    In WWII they invented the art of pre-emptive surrender and, more recently, they have invented Tax Rates that Steve Hooker couldn’t vault over.

  174. hammygar

    Fair point, Kero boy.

    Phew! For a fleeting moment I thought JC was conceding a point. Not so of course.

    On points of principle, rounding errors may as well be as wide as the Grand Canyon. You either have principles or you don’t. Ever since the Quadrant ranters fired Manne they’ve lacked any semblance of principle.

    Their last two editors have been/are renegades from the left – “rats”.

  175. C.L.

    I’m with IT.

    At least the French haven’t gone quietly into the night re booze, cigs and foods they love. The Anglophones are the ones who surrendered to the Bloomberg/Roxon Axis of nazis, not the French.

  176. JC

    Kero Boy:

    How on earth do you arrive at the conclusion I don’t agree with you? I said I did. I think Quadrant shouldn’t be government funded. That’s agreeing with you dipshit.

    But I wouldn’t stop there. In fact as I said Quad would be a rounding error after I stopped the water getting to the trough.

    How is that unprincipled, Kero? Explain that to me.

  177. JC

    CL

    You can’t smoke in Frog restaurants nor bars now I believe.

  178. @JC (& others) I’ve no idea of the law, but I’ve just returned from several months in France, & every pub & restaurant I was in had not only smoking, but dogs – who crapped on the floor if they pleased.

  179. DaveF

    It’s on the books in both France and Italy but it isn’t enforced.

    I’m fairly sure it was an EU edict.

  180. papachango

    It was an EU edict that came in about years ago. I was there for New Years when the law came into effect. It’s all they spoke about on the radio, there was a lot of fuss about it, unlike here where we just rolled over for Nanny Roxon.

  181. Monkey's Uncle

    I’m not entirely sure, but I have suspected for a while that Hammy is not real but is instead a caricature of an unthinking, smug, insular leftist. I cannot be 100% sure though, as there are indeed some people who are that obtuse. Or he could just be a leftist who is deliberately exaggerating the moonbattery to troll and wind people up.

    Either way, I find his posts funny as hell. I start laughing whenever I just see his handle on the page. He is a bit like the resident court jester around here.

  182. Hammy is satire. It is well done, but after a little while you realise he’s going a bit too far.
    Going a bit too far is what defines satire.

  183. papachango

    I reckon Hammy is done by the same person who did ‘Barry Bones’ on Bolt’s blog. I suspected it was Bolt himself driving his hi tcount up, so maybe Hammy is just Sinc being mischievous…

  184. JC

    Or he could just be a leftist who is deliberately exaggerating the moonbattery to troll and wind people up.

    He’s like a poor man’s Arlene Composta. Kero boy is a leftie alright, however he hams up the comments in an attempt to be the left’s composta.

    We wised up to him after the first coupla comments.

    You sometimes see his comments without the Composta mask and he’s just a boring old leftwing idiot.

    Either way, I find his posts funny as hell. I start laughing whenever I just see his handle on the page. He is a bit like the resident court jester around here

    He sure is a clown.

  185. Monkey's Uncle

    As for the claim that Quadrant are hypocrites for chasing government funding, this is one situation where I think there is some merit in Ayn Rand’s claim that there is nothing immoral about using services that you are forced to pay for.

    So long as taxpayers are forced to fork out vast sums to effectively subsidise left-wing opinions through schools, universities, ABC, SBS, NGOs, ARC grants etc. etc., I don’t see any reason why conservatives should not try to at least get a little bit of this money back.

    And speaking of hypocrisy, is it not a little hypocritical

  186. Ellen of Tasmania

    Wifey bought me a great canvas laptop/shoulder bag.

    Is Splat the only one who got a pressie worth mentioning?

  187. Abu Chowdah

    A photo of Hammygar and SfB on Xmas day…

    http://i.imgur.com/WZ2MV.jpg

  188. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Sikhs can have Kirpans?

    I am OK with that (and they can carry Talwar’s too) if everyone’s happy with my tribal and traditional personal weapons.

    Scots can have Skean Dhu?

    I am OK with that (and they can carry Claymore’s too) if everyone’s happy with my tribal and traditional personal weapons.

    This is my tribal weapon.

    And here’s my tribe’s traditional personal weapon.

  189. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Abu, that’s hilarious!

    I love the way both your Hammyracist and Sh*tfer,have their freckles clear of the floor… guess they are tender from the events of the night.

  190. Eddystone

    Is Splat the only one who got a pressie worth mentioning?

    I got a great tent so I can have a lot more room and comfort when I’m out stalking deer.

    Mrs Eddystone got a nice painting to hang on the loungeroom wall.

    Best of all was watching our 16 month old grandaughter playing with all her second cousins, aunts, uncles etc at the four generation family Christmas we had.

  191. candy

    “A photo of Hammygar and SfB on Xmas day…”

    I’m offended by that. Putting a jacket on a cat is pretty cruel.

  192. Gab

    Was monty the puss in the middle?

  193. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I have been designated driver for three whole days of festive mayhem.

    Now it is my turn to kick back on the Bolly. Not too much though, as we are off to drinks at HIA’s ex-wife’s rellies place, plus with the ex herself in attendance, so he is thus on his best behaviour.

    Guess I should be too.

    Happy Boxing Day, everyone.

  194. hammygar

    And speaking of hypocrisy, is it not a little hypocritical

    No, it’s a lot hypocritical.

  195. Tom

    It’s easy when there is no EIS and protesters are thrown in jail, but it’s all the rage in communist China:

    CHINA has started service on the world’s longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country’s rapid and – sometimes troubled – super fast rail network.

    The opening of the 2298km line between Beijing and Guangzhou means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required.

    China Central Television broadcast the departure of the first train live from Beijing West Railway Station. It also carried live reports from inside showing passengers toting cameras to apparently snap commemorative photos.

    Trains will travel at an average speed of 300km per hour over the line, which includes 35 stops in major cities such as Zhengzhou, Wuhan on the Yangtze River and Changsha.

    State media have reported that December 26 was chosen to start passenger service on the Beijing-Guangzhou line to commemorate the birth in 1893 of revered Chinese leader Mao Zedong.

    Can’t wait for Australia’s first government-funded fast train fiasco after a 20-year EIS to ensure no possum, bird, frog or insect has had its animal rights infringed.

  196. johno

    If the EIS process stops Australian taxpayer’s money being wasted on very fast trains, it may well provide the only justification for EIS process.

  197. Alice

    Gee

    The french apparently invented “pre-emptive surrender about 70 years befiore Bush invented the pre-emtive strike.

    Does that mean that Hitler invented pre-emptive mass murder to stop the jews murdering the nazis?

    How about Britian and the allies – did they pre emptively mass bomb Dresden?

    What is this pre-emptive word? A get out of jail card that allows you to deny the facts (I could see something imaginary coming so I acted first to stop it coming?)

    In other words I pre – emtovely kill myself because I pre emptively know I am going to die evenually?

    Pre-emptive BS

  198. Carpe Jugulum

    Is Splat the only one who got a pressie worth mentioning?

    How about a 1.2m RC yacht?

  199. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Tom, the Chinese trains are death-traps. They wanted the japanese VFT tech but did not want to pay the price. SO they bought a lot, reverse-engineered the rest from comemrcial espionage – and there was one major system (half the cost) they did not buy and could not steal.

    The safety system. The Jap. system tracks every train to the inch. It maintains separations, monitors wind/rain/ice/snow impacts on trains and automatically stops the system when there is a quake or a major track fault. Every metre of track is under CCTV with seriously good software to automatically identify (for example) a tree fallen across the track.

    The Chinese system has NONE of these. They run it like a conventional train system, only faster.

    The mad little buggers are going to have 300kph trainwrecks and will answer the ultimate question: ‘When a packed train full of Chinese comes off the rails at 300kph, do you hear noises like car-smash noises, or just an seriously loud SQUELCH!’

  200. Mk50 of Brisbane

    MAlice:

    …befiore Bush invented the pre-emtive strike.

    Actually, the Japanese invented that at Port Arthur in 1904.

    Education – you really should try some!

  201. entropy

    I got an Apple TV. I plan to test it out tonight. Although I noticed that my bigpond cable is slooooow today. Everyone e at home and its raining I guess.

  202. blogstrop

    Hammy is satire. It is well done, but after a little while you realise he’s going a bit too far.
    Going a bit too far is what defines satire.

    It’s freedom city Catallaxy that’s gone too far. And SteveATP, you need to see him when the Composta persona cracks and the real dickhead shines through.
    The amount of him on this thread certainly reinforces my liking for books instead of blogs.
    Goodnight.

  203. Steve of Glasshouse

    Gab..I’ve seen that look on a cat’s face before. It is cat speak for give me the purple dream ( phenobarbitol )

  204. candy

    Nah, i think it’s a look of get this stupid jacket off me I’m a cat not a pretend baby.

  205. jumpnmcar

    I got a really really great watch.( after Mrs Jumpy forced me to agree not to get each other anything).
    Women are evil.

    Fortunately our anniversary is 7th January so I can get revenge. :)

    I have the feeling I’m being played for a sucker.

  206. Tom

    the Chinese trains are death-traps.

    Mark, I’ve never taken a close technical interest, but what you say sounds right in view of the spotty safety record already.

  207. I got discharged Christmas eve.
    Best present of all.

  208. pete m

    yay Winston – good news!!

  209. jumpnmcar

    Good to hear Winston,
    Big plans for 2013 ?

  210. Tintarella di Luna

    Gab love your new gravitar, from Minerva to Most Alluring

  211. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Tom, got that from a round-eye contact at Mitsubishi Heavy Electric. They knew what the Chinese were up to – there’s no love lost – and so they took precautions against being ripped off. Again.

    They are horrified that the Chinese have built a bodgy VFT system essentially without a safety system. There’s already been one VFT trainwreck in China and the first thing they did was order their media not to report it.

    So they didn’t.

    The ChiComs have been taking lessons from the Canberra presstitutes Gallery.

    And for Christmas my better half gave me a Ryobi oscillating cutter kit with 2 batteries and recharger. Very cool. I gave her Chanel No.5. & some jewellery (That Chanel stuff’s pricey, when you work it out she’s $23,300 a litre… which seems a lot for a bottled smell)

  212. Surviving, Jump. Just surviving.
    They took out all my gallstones – a nice little bag of marbles there, in fact a yellow top specimen container full. It took a while to find an Anaesthetist who was either drunk enough or brave enough to perform the Cholesystectomy.
    So I’m home and sleeping in my own bed, things don’t get much better than that.

  213. jumpnmcar

    Was monty the puss in the middle?

    I love the Chinese zodiac story “ The great race (6.1) ” and how the cat got rat-arsed.

    Not a fan of cats, at all.
    I’m a dog ( born in the year of )

  214. jumpnmcar

    So I’m home and sleeping in my own bed, things don’t get much better than that.

    Amen to that.

  215. DaveF

    I requested and received a new going out shirt. The old one was looking a bit frayed.

    We do Kris Kringle/Secret Santa amongst the adults and my one was Bunnings vouchers. Blow that I thought, I’m not taking a special trip there. So I sticky taped “BUNNINGS VOUCHER” and “REDEEMABLE AT BUNNINGS” onto some banknotes lol

    It went down well.

  216. kae

    I’m a dog too, Jump!

    Don’t much like cats, either. That’s probably ‘cos of the damage they do and i hate them shitting in my garden.

  217. kae

    Great news, Winston.

    Get well-er soon-er.

  218. Steve of Glasshouse

    Hi Kae..hear about the Irish Cat?
    Dropped a shit, the buried itself..

    Steve
    better get it in before the Roxon obliterates everything

  219. Tom

    Good work, Winston. My thoughts are with you.

  220. Tom

    Thanks, Mark. Fascinating. I may contact you privately about it next year. I sometimes deal with such issues in my work.

  221. Mk50 of Brisbane

    Well done Winston, glad you are on the up-and-up, and have a new jar of marbles. (better out than in)

  222. Gab

    Thanks, Tintarella. You’re not too bad yourself :)

    Winston – don’t lose your marbles! Good to hear you’ve been released. Best Christmas present.

  223. Tom

    Whereas beautiful women are always beautiful, time isn’t kind to pretty girls, Rabz. DH in ’08.

  224. kae

    Tom
    She’s nearly 70, I reckon she’s doing fine.

  225. boy on a bike

    The Japs get the big things right with maintenance as well as the little things.

    For instance, when they tighten up the bolts that hold say a set of points together, they paint a yellow line across the head of the nut. That way, it’s easy to see visually whether the nut is coming undone (because the line will no longer line up). Something as simple as a loose nut can lead to a derailment.

    I learnt that from a group of NSW railway engineers who went to Japan on a study tour about 20 years ago. They came back going “oooh” and “ah” at all the simple, but very smart things that the Japs did.

    Of course CityRail being the clusterf*ck that it is, those ideas were rejected out of hand by the maintenance managers.

  226. Mike of Marion

    boab,

    If you take a look at new buses and trucks – their wheel nuts are held in a yellow locking tab system.

  227. m0nty

    Warren “Who?” Truss is getting in early on the race by the Coalition frontbench to look as incompetent as possible for the next election.

  228. DaveF

    oh m0nty…

    It’s a non story as the freakshows in govt spent all the dough.

  229. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Winston – don’t lose your marbles! Good to hear you’ve been released …”

    Oh Gab girl, yer’ve made me day!

    The way you put that sounds as if Winston’s done a good bit of his time, paid his debt to society, is no longer deemed a threat to the general public and the Parole Board has buggered up and set him free. :)

    Didn’t know you were crook as in crook Winston. Pleased you’re out and I trust that soon you’ll feel able to get up and box on, bit by bit.

  230. Thanks Mick, I think it finally dawned on the Child Bride just how unwell I was when she got to Townsville and her first view of me was when the defib pads were going on and the rhythm wasn’t our old friend Sinus.

    That aside, one of the regular cats has knocked himself around a bit with epilepsy. I can’t remember who it was. Anyone know how he’s going?

  231. JC

    It was fleeced.

    Hope you two dudes are okay.

    I’m having back surgery early next year because of terrible back/leg pain. It’s supposed to be related to disk degeneration of disk L5. I actually lost feeling at the bottom of my big toe. Seriously.

  232. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “I’m having back surgery early next year because of terrible back/leg pain …”

    It’s over 10 years since I found myself crawling to the bathroom for eight weeks, as a consequence of years of scrums at loose head and (mainly from) being thrown and dragged a few times over the years (rogue horses, not poor riding :) ) – when you’re a big bloke and come off the body meets the deck with an extra thud, then tells you about it years later.

    Stuffed at 50 I thought and so did experts like Matt Scott-Young. Out of nowhere acupuncture fixed it real well however, and subsequent disciplined management – always, always plan the movement or lift, no matter how innocuous; if you drop it simply watch it fall and don’t lunge to catch it type-of-thing. I have had great faith in the results from acupuncture since (same practitioner) with shoulders and swimming, leg circulation-swelling and even skin rash / dermatitis stuff.

    I trust you achieve similar permanent relief JC, the impairment to all that one does is just too profound, especially as age and loss of flexibility arrives.

  233. “Climate change has caused these extremes of weather to become more frequent and lethal.”

    Too true, Hammy. It causes both heat and cold, wind and rain, or lack thereof. It also undoubtedly causes flatulence, madness, alcoholism, reality tv, carbuncles (whatever they are), the ugliness of Citroens, the reemergence of English cricket, and me to misplace my carkeys and not find the Vegemite when it’s right in front of my face.

    Clearly, by simple logic, global cooling will resolve all of humanity’s problems. Considering the ineffectiveness of carbon taxes in lowering global temperatures, might I suggest cloning Gillard’s cold black heart and littering the earth with them, starting of course in your backyard, in appreciation of your devotion to Fabian domination. Of course, I might be inclined to use my cane toad wedge on it rather than have my lawn fouled by such filth.

  234. m0nty

    So the new nickname for JC is confirmed: Spineless Old Fool.

  235. JC

    The spite and venom just keeps oozing out of you fat boy.

    Make two resolutions for the new year.

    1. Repay some of the money you lost for those poor investors fucked over during one of the biggest tech booms in history.

    2. Stop overeating and lose 50 kilos.

  236. Tom

    Since China, Australia and the US currently have Red governments, it’s only logical they begin conducting joint war games – or at least flying a kite to see how the defence thinktanks react to the idea:

    AUSTRALIA and China are planning joint military exercises – also likely to include the US – as part of a push to improve security and stability in the Pacific as Beijing’s power grows.

    Exercises involving Australian, Chinese and US forces are “on the short-term horizon”, Australian Defence Force chief David Hurley has told The Australian.

    “We’re working our way towards that,” he said.

    A draft of next year’s defence white paper, obtained this month by The Australian, warned that China’s military expansion was changing the balance of power in the Pacific and posing a direct challenge to Australia’s strategic weight in the region.

    General Hurley revealed that Australian and Chinese military leaders had discussed joint exercises “in principle”.

    “It’s not something everyone will rush into but it’s certainly on the table and we just need to work out what that might look like and where and when would be the best places to do it,” he said.

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