Wednesday Forum: July 10, 2013

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  1. Leigh Lowe

    #921460, posted on July 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm
    Pig’s tails and beans. Ewww.

    Warney’s favourite.
    Eat the beans then do something silly with the pig’s tail.

  2. egg_

    More KRuddfail: Kevin Rudd ‘ruins good work on vote’, says Warren Mundine

    In one stupid brain-explosive sentence, Rudd has almost destroyed all that work.

  3. Aaron

    A great knock by Agar last night. Shame he missed out on a ton but he’ll be recorded in Ashes folklore nevertheless.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/foreign-affairs/get-in-line-world-pays-homage-at-the-court-of-king-kevin-rudd/story-fn59nm2j-1226678174581

    I can’t recall any other Prime Minister behaving in such an embarrassing manner. He thinks he is Louis XIV and all the ambassadors must present their credentials like he is some medieval monarch. The Coalition needs to exterminate him.

  4. pete m

    jupes

    #921301, posted on July 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    The young fella is bound to make a century on debut. Surely.

    Nearly made the call of the year there jupes – nice work.

    Went to bed when Hughes smashed . nicked 3 fours off 1 Broad over – lead safely in bag, never dreamed he’d get close to hundred on debut. His dad is a pretty cool customer too – good stuff!

    Now if the kid can pick up 3-4 wickets and we win, he’ll be shouted beers for life back home!

  5. Tom

    The Opposition Leader is seriously good on policy, but you know that only if you read the tiny sliver of media that is both not tabloid and not campaigning to destroy him:

    TONY Abbott will demand Holden cuts production costs and grow exports to secure any increase in financial assistance from a Coalition government.

    In a move that will increase pressure on unions to accept wage cuts proposed by the company, the Opposition Leader said the Coalition would support boosting a $275 million government grant to keep Holden making cars in Australia only if it was tied to cost reductions.

    “We would be prepared to look at further generous assistance but we’d want to make sure . . . Holden had credible plans to reduce their cost of production and to boost their volumes and the only way to boost their volumes is to have a serious export strategy,” he said.
    ……
    The Coalition’s qualified support for more assistance came as Industry Minister Kim Carr described the company’s claim for up to $265m more in taxpayer funds as an “extraordinary” figure. As revealed in The Australian yesterday, Holden wants government assistance almost doubled to $540m to remain in operation, or it will quit manufacturing in Australia in three years. Holden has said the figure is “speculative”.

  6. Jack Spratt

    Regarding the Lalor pre-selection.

    From the link :

    He said that he did not know Ms Clutterham and that he had not met her before, that he was aware of.

    Using my trusty Krudd decoder ring, this means he has met her and knows her.
    _____________________________________________________________

    I also note Kitching’s name mentioned as a potential candidate. What a trier, eh? Lost in Gellibrand, and having another dash. And what an impressive rap sheet : part of the HSU goon squad, a bankrupt, and Landeryou’s sometimes wife. A winning double for the Liar’s party – a crook and incompetent with money. A perfect fit you could say. Go on Labor, you know it makes sense. Lalor deserves such talent.

  7. Jarrah

    Trying to ensure government assistance goes to an industry with a chance of surviving is slightly better than handing it out and just hoping, but industry subsidies and interference with management are definitely not “seriously good” policy.

  8. Rococo Liberal

    Aren’t government ads a waste of time. No-one cares whether which party gave them this money or that. They just take the money and run.

    The average voter doesn’t care if a government did something in the past. It’s future goodies that the electorate is interested in.

  9. Tom

    I think you’ve justifiably shot me down, Jarrah. What I was trying to say is it’s great to have someone in politics who is saying out loud that corporate moochers like GMH have to do more than put their hand out for welfare, like demonstrate that they’re viable. Of course, if they’re viable, they don’t need handouts. In an ideal world, corporate welfare shouldn’t exist, but after the past six years (and the past half-century of government policy) of pissing our money against the wall, tying government assistance to hard performance targets instead of using it to finance redundancies would be a step forward and would have broad support.

  10. egg_

    kae
    #921867, posted on July 12, 2013 at 8:36 am
    Creepy little dweeb exercises his power over the unimportant visitors.

    From previous OT

  11. Rabz

    This has to be some sort of joke, surely, you would think?

    They are tiny, transparent mites and worms – only a millimetre long and thinner than a human hair – but they may be big enough to throw a spanner in the works of a billion-dollar coal seam gas project.

    And they have a larger brain than the idiot who ‘composed’ the linked piece.

    This country is rooted.

  12. egg_

    Tom
    #921881, posted on July 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Speaking of which, how’s that hybrid Camry that KRudd funded faring, you know, the KRuddomatic one?

  13. Gab

    Kevin Rudd makes 100 ambassadors line up in front of the TV cameras to pay homage to him as he shows off:

    Crunching forward one by one, the 100-plus ambassadors invited for the informal afternoon tea waited their turn for a moment in the sun with Kevin Rudd and wife Therese Rein. If they were bemused by the extraordinary and unprecedented spectacle, they were too polite to let on, smiles fixed on their faces…

    From Chinese ambassador Chen Yuming to the departing Jeff Bleich, Washington’s man in Canberra, everyone was welcomed in from the cold of the driveway to the warmth of The Lodge as a long-lost friend.

    “All the best to our friends in San Salvador,” Mr Rudd said. “I enjoyed my time there a couple of years ago.”

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/bow_at_the_court_of_king_kevin/

  14. Jack Spratt

    Ok Rabz, you got me that time.
    Should have realized it was a Ben Cubby article.

  15. dover_beach

    Video of people signing a petition to repeal the ‘Bill of Rights. Incredible.

  16. dd

    You’ve got to be kidding.

    Being told that the Cuban ambassador was out of town, the Prime Minister said to his deputy: “Tell him to bring me back some cigars.

  17. pete m

    As I said before, he is a fucking PRATT.

    Nothing should surprise us now his ego is left to run unchecked.

  18. Pickles

    A hundred wise men line up to bow before Kevin. Not an ounce of Gold, not a drop of Frankensense not the pelt of one Merr. They ought be impaled.

  19. egg_

    Creepy little dweeb exercises his power over the unimportant visitors.

    As much a look at moi with my international mates for the meeja methinks. /Nerd from Nambour

  20. Token

    …but industry subsidies and interference with management are definitely not “seriously good” policy.

    Good policies is to remove the tax eating subsidies. Good politics is to neutralise the issue and refuse to get into a bidding with with ALP over increasing subsidies for jobs which will be gone during Abbott’s first term in office.

  21. Token

    Being told that the Cuban ambassador was out of town, the Prime Minister said to his deputy: “Tell him to bring me back some cigars.”

    Its 2007 all over again.

  22. Token

    A hundred wise men line up to bow before Kevin. Not an ounce of Gold, not a drop of Frankensense not the pelt of one Merr. They ought be impaled.

    You forget Pickles that is a great investment in time for those countries.

    Across the last 6 years, if a ALP Minister arrived in their country they would come with a big novelty cheque with at least 7 zeroes in the dollars section.

  23. Armadillo

    From the link : He said that he did not know Ms Clutterham and that he had not met her before, that he was aware of.

    Read Bolta from yesterday Jack (around 8AM post). He fucking knew her alright (the lying shit). That’s why I couldn’t work out why when questioned at the press club he pretended he didn’t (curious interview was the words). When you tell as many lies as Rimmer does, your gunna get caught out eventually.

    Labor back out to $3 on Sportsbet (from $2.90) – the awakening begins. I was hoping for one more good poll for Rimmer and perhaps getting $1.50 on LNP. Might have to bite the bullet now and take $1.36. I can’t see it getting much better from here on in.

  24. Steve of Glasshouse

    Being told that the Cuban ambassador was out of town, the Prime Minister said to his deputy: “Tell him to bring me back some cigars.”

    Very Clintonesque..

  25. Gab

    Alex Downer on how the grown ups maintained our borders:

    In protecting our borders we treated our great neighbour with respect. We kept the Indonesians fully informed about our actions. We didn’t mislead or deceive them. But never, never, ever did we ask another country’s permission to protect our borders. No self-respecting government would do that. Ever…

    If John Howard had rung me and asked if he should sign a joint communique with Indonesia saying we would never act unilaterally to protect our borders I would have told him it would be a sell-out of our national interest. It would be weak and fawning. You don’t win respect signing documents like that…

    In one of his first acts after returning as prime minister, Rudd did just that. No one in Canberra said it but I would have: it was weak, cynical domestic politics. Rudd sold out our national interests and in doing so won applause from the press gallery but lost respect in Jakarta.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/rudd-sold-out-our-national-interests-and-lost-respect-in-jakarta/story-e6frgd0x-1226677876352

  26. But the important point:

    She is known to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd from his time as foreign minister.

    Isn’t that interesting, Armadillo? Wonder if she has some idea of what it is that the Chinese Communists have got on Rudd?

  27. Armadillo

    Downer gave a pretty sharp interview on 2GB yesterday. In a nutshell, stuff Indonesia – we have the right to protect our own borders. The boats are Indonesian, crewed by Indonesians and Indonesian flagged. Turn them back and be done with it.

  28. Armadillo

    There’s a link with her to Papua New Guinea as well Winston. Where’s Rimmer going next week? There is more to this than meets the eye.

  29. Gab

    Should Ms Clutterham be installed without a ballot of local party members, it would not only represent an insult to Ms Gillard. It would seem at odds with Mr Rudd’s determination to revitalise local branches and re-engage the party faithful. ”My overwhelming preference remains local ballots,” Mr Rudd repeated on Thursday.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/executive-could-choose-safeseat-candidates-undermining-rudds-push-to-democratise-party-20130711-2pt75.html#ixzz2Ymjp8L8C

  30. egg_

    I can’t see it getting much better from here on in.

    Tick.
    Take the Laborites’ $.

  31. egg_

    Ms Clutterham Clusterf*ck

    FIFY.

  32. Jack Spratt

    Thanks Armadillo
    From the Crikey link at Bolt’s :

    DFAT staffer Lisa Clutterham has emerged as a candidate in Julia Gillard’s seat of Lalor?—?with Kevin Rudd’s approval.

    Also:

    Crikey can reveal that a new “PM’s pick” has been thrown in the mix for the Western Melbourne seat; Lisa Clutterham.

    Kruddy has his pants on fire.

  33. Armadillo

    Might be interesting to keep an eye on vexnews. That “Kitching” sheila’s husband runs it (or did)? Stumbled across it months ago and there was an almighty shit fight going on amongst the Labourites (when she missed out on a previous pre-selection). Allegations of branch stacking and a few threats basically – it’s the Labor way.

  34. candy

    KRudd has been telling porkies – the usual Labor style.

    In fact, he repeatedly said he was never going to challenge again for the leadership, so he’s probably full of it.

  35. No logo, no “Labor”, and all the signage in Liberal blue.

    Mr Spratt, do some amateur sign writing with a red spray can. ‘Labor’ should fit perfectly across his window.

  36. Armadillo

    ‘Labor’ should fit perfectly across his window.

    Like a “Star of David” do you mean?

    Well, we have already had the “night of the Shorten knives” I suppose.

  37. Gab

    A hundred wise men line up to bow before Kevin.

    I’m surprised he didn’t make them advance towards his magnificence on their knees like he was a Sui emperor.

  38. Token

    Downer gave a pretty sharp interview on 2GB yesterday.

    It was powerful interview (listen at the attached link) as Downer gets genuinely upset & critical over the lives lost since Rudd deliberately change the policies.

  39. candy

    I think it’s curious that Krudd would lie about knowing Lisa Clutterham.

  40. Snoopy

    “Tell him to bring me back some cigars.”

    Fortunately, diplomats are not bound by import restrictions. Nobodies who vote are only permitted to bring in 50 grams of tobacco products – about 4 cigars – thanks to the fascist, nanny state, Labor government.

  41. Snoopy

    I think it’s curious that Krudd would lie about knowing Lisa Clutterham.

    It would be far more curious if he spoke the truth.

  42. I’d like to know how much of our money this insult is costing us.

    I’ve been wondering the same thing out loud for some time. The amount of advertising by commonwealth departments is astounding, the sheer volume of it. But it’s been that way for a while; it’s not a concerted effort to do campaign ads by stealth.

    DD, I’ve been saying for nearly two years now that this isn’t about educating the public, it’s about throwing money to the media. Abbott666 will turn off this little river of gold when he gets in, and they know it.
    Follow the money…

  43. Tom

    Gab, My interest in the Clutterham story is that it is the lead story on the Pravda website under the heading: ‘Tremendous talent’, embarrassing prospect. In other words, the Victorian Socialist Left (media division) is already campaigning against the Right and PM Jong Il because it feels good and social justice and the climate emergency ‘n stuff. This provides the ideological doctrine for the brothers and sisters at the ABC chapter to follow just like they used to do it in the CPA and the SPA — and all their splinter groups, like the Trots — as they decided on the dogma they would follow in their infiltration of the ALP. So, in the runup to the election, Jong Il is not just at war with the Coalition, but also with the Socialist Left, which now controls two major media organisations, leading to a full-on Labor split in the aftermath, I predict.

  44. Gab

    As Bolt has rightly said, Tom: Rudd is at war with the Opposition and with Labor.

  45. 1735099

    “I’d like to know how much of our money this insult is costing us.”
    Come to sunny Queensland and watch prime time TV.
    You’ll see 10 ads per programme promoting Noddy Newman’s education hard sell.
    But that’s OK – different rules apply when you’re from the Right side…..

  46. Gab

    And as I’ve said before, Rudd doesn’t strike me as a Labor man. Not in the traditional sense. And let’s face it, he’s only been reinstated as Dear Leader becuase of his seeming popularity. The same reason he was installed as Leader in 2007.

  47. egg_

    So, in the runup to the election, Jong Il is not just at war with the Coalition, but also with the Socialist Left

    That’s the meeja side – plus personal grudges within the pardee re his toxic personality.

  48. Gab

    I wonder how many ped0philes and future ped0philes are being imported into this country by the Rudd/gillard/Rudd governments?

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/immigration/std-fears-over-asylum-seeker-kids/story-fn9hm1gu-1226669819289

  49. Token

    Ok, who farted?

    If we don’t respond, the stink does go away.

  50. Tom

    I thought YOU were watching the door, Snoopy.

  51. Token

    I’m surprised he didn’t make them advance towards his magnificence on their knees like he was a Sui emperor.

    Wait until after the election when he has been made president for life by the ALP numpties desperate to win at any cost.

  52. Septimus

    Mike Quigley has quit. It’s Abbott’s fault.

  53. Token

    Mike Quigley has quit. It’s Abbott’s fault.

    I trust it has nothing to do with Senator Red Underpants no longer providing cover when the latest series of KPIs on delivery have been missed.

  54. egg_

    Mike Quigley has quit. It’s Abbott’s fault.

    Another KRudd scapegoat?

  55. Gab

    Mike Quigley has quit

    Is he a cricketer?

  56. egg_

    I trust it has nothing to do with Senator Red Underpants no longer providing cover when the latest series of KPIs on delivery have been missed.

    NBN Co. seems to be a real stench with unions & contractors per ABC 7.30 this week.

  57. Septimus

    $500k plus per year for 4 years in which not one target was met by the white elephant NBNCo. He should be made to pay the money back.

  58. Jack Spratt

    Mr Spratt, do some amateur sign writing with a red spray can. ‘Labor’ should fit perfectly across his window.

    I’ve been thinking of running off a few (thousand) copies of James’ magnificent rant, suitable for letter boxes, pasting to walls, etc.

    Subject to James’ approval of course.

  59. Gab

    During his former reign, Emperor Rudd went to the News Ltd building to meet with the Big Boys of the establishment and journos. He hadn’t met Bolta before so went to Bolta’s office, walked in, sat down and promptly put his feet up on Bolta’s desk and said “Hi, I’m Kevin”. True story.

  60. Snoopy

    Quigley’s demise may benefit Rudd mate and convicted rorter Mike Kaiser.

  61. Still loving James’ Magnificent Rant.

    Should be cut and pasted by every Cat reader into that nice ‘Comments’ box you get given when you use the ‘Volunteer’ page for the ALP and enter lots of fake details for them to enjoy later on.

    http://www.alp.org.au/volunteer – for those who haven’t yet taken advantage of this excellent opportunity.

  62. During his former reign, Emperor Rudd went to the News Ltd building to meet with the Big Boys of the establishment and journos. He hadn’t met Bolta before so went to Bolta’s office, walked in, sat down and promptly put his feet up on Bolta’s desk and said “Hi, I’m Kevin”. True story.

    How about Bolta return the favour one day at Parliament House? I’d like to see him even get past the first lot of security, let alone all the Palace Guard.

    Krudd’s egalitarianism is a carefully-concocted and meted-out commodity, and a strictly one-way one, too.

  63. egg_

    carefully-concocted

    Kevin Rudd is carefully-concocted by Kevin Rudd.

  64. Gab

    Abbott on Emperor Kev Kardashian:

    “That’s the whole point with Mr Rudd – he is not interested in governing, he’s just interested in celebrity,” Mr Abbott said.

    “He is in a sense the ultimate celebrity politician, but what the Australian people want is a real government, they want an adult government, they want a government that is prepared to sit down and talk things through.”

    Mr Abbott said voters would give Mr Rudd the “benefit of the doubt” for a while.

    “Instead of a stunt a day, what about a solution a week?” Mr Abbott said.

  65. Tom

    It’s Abbott’s fault.

    He was on the eleven o’clock news on SEN in Melbourne hoping Australia would “give the Poms a beating” after the ignominy of the Wallabies’ failure.

    Surely this sends a terrible message to victims of domestic violence. Anne Summers’ reaction will lead ShakeMyHead.com later today.

  66. Pickles

    After meeting the Ambassador for Equatorial Guinea, Rudd was overheard to say: Have that one washed and brought to my tent.

  67. From today’s Aus, with the necessary corrections:

    MIKE Quigley has quit as head of the $37.4 billion National Broadband Network, having realised that the entire thing was an albatross and that his life wasn’t going to be worth living if he stayed any longer and the truth came out declaring his work at the organisation is largely complete.

    Mr Quigley said he would continue to serve as chief executive until the board of NBN Co appoints a brainless hack with more ambition than sense successor.

    “My job was to spend a shitload of cash on an uncosted and unrealistic project planned on a beer coaster in an airport lounge by people who have never heard the words ‘Wi-Fi’, and then grabbed by a desperate first term Labor government, led by a megalomaniac, but already in trouble with the polls, to buy some quick votes, and put through a tendering process that was patently dodgy from the get-go lay the foundations for the NBN for the next 30 years. That job is largely complete,” Mr Quigley said in a statement.

    “NBN Co is now a vast money pit into which the megalomaniac’s corrupt successor threw even more money, while her cheer-squad Minister simply repeated the usual mantras with his underpants on his head, well-established wholesale telecommunications company with a whole lot of asbestos going where it shouldn’t, a slow-as-a-wet-week rollout that’s gone way over budget, nationwide workforce, delivery partners, infrastructure agreements, complex IT systems and more than 40 retail customers supplying an already outdated technology to people who didn’t want it or need it or ask for it, but boy, it really helped buy off the independents Labor needed to form a government fast, reliable and affordable broadband to a growing number of Australians.”

    Mr Quigley’s planned departure after four years in the job comes after the federal Coalition put him on notice he may not continue in the job under an Abbott government.

  68. incoherent rambler

    that this isn’t about educating the public, it’s about throwing money to the media. Abbott666 will turn off this little river of gold when he gets in, and they know it.
    Follow the money…

    +1.

    That is why all government advertising (our money) should be disallowed.

  69. incoherent rambler

    Ok, who farted?

    Say it was me.

  70. Snoopy

    He was on the eleven o’clock news on SEN in Melbourne hoping Australia would “give the Poms a beating” after the ignominy of the Wallabies’ failure.

    This is why I am praying for an England win. Anything to deny the creep oxygen.

  71. Should be cut and pasted by every Cat reader into that nice ‘Comments’ box you get given when you use the ‘Volunteer’ page for the ALP and enter lots of fake details for them to enjoy later on.

    PS It’s especially fun giving them the Parliament House phone number. Or indeed the office phone number of any MP you particularly don’t like.

  72. egg_

    “Instead of a stunt a day, what about a solution a week?” Mr Abbott said.

    Hopefully, that’s messing with the [email protected] poseur’s head…

  73. Popular Front

    “Tell him to bring me back some cigars.”

    Ambassador: And bring me some cigars, Cuban cigars.
    Admiral: Try one of these Jamacian cigars, they’re pretty good.
    Am: Thank you, no. I do not support the work of imperialist stooges.
    AD: Oh, only commie stooges huh?

  74. Tom

    Peter Bull in Dr Strangelove, PF. I can recite large tracts of the dialogue of that movie. Greatest cinema satire ever made. In fact, in a previous life, I actually wrote a stage adaptation.

  75. dd

    Australian governmnent bans video games that depict drug use.

    In all honesty, do we really think that adult gamers are going to go try “illicit or proscribed drugs” after seeing that they enhance a player’s speed or strength in a video game? Really?

    Yes, really. Welcome to cotton-wool Australia, kids.

  76. Eddystone

    Should be cut and pasted by every Cat reader into that nice ‘Comments’ box you get given when you use the ‘Volunteer’ page for the ALP and enter lots of fake details for them to enjoy later on.

    http://www.alp.org.au/volunteer – for those who haven’t yet taken advantage of this excellent opportunity.

    Done.

    Was it a bad idea to give them my real phone number?

  77. Eddystone

    I don’t think KRudd is really engaging his audiences attention in this one.

  78. dover_beach

    San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Apologizes for Behavior
    “I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them,” the mayor admitted in a statement

    In the article that follows there is not a single mention of one fact, he is the Democrat Mayor.

    Another day in our unbiased media.

    H/T: Drudge

  79. Armadillo

    Was it a bad idea to give them my real phone number?

    That’s part of the fun Eddy. They phoned me and invited me to an “activities day” at Parramatta. I live 500km from there. They really have no idea.

  80. Mike of Marion

    Ha Ha – what about the dog pissing on the mary-one ah!!!

  81. WB

    Honestly, next to #kevkardashian’s various pronouncements I reckon the Coalition’s Real Solutions booklet is starting to look like the bloody Encyclopaedia Brittanica.

  82. Leigh Lowe

    Mike Quigley has quit. ….

    Some Alcatel Sth America chickens coming home to roost perchance?

  83. stackja

    I don’t think KRudd is really engaging his audiences attention in this one.

    Rin Tin Tin? Photo will now be cropped. Doggone!

  84. Andrew

    ‘A word to left wing students’
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85q6BOnwIAQ&feature=youtu.be

    One of the best take downs of lefties I have seen in ages.

  85. Token

    That article about Emperor Kev Kardashian and his supplicants has a lot of subtext:

    The compliments flowed both ways. “Can I congratulate you from Romania. We wish you all the best in the election and look forward to you being the first Australian prime minister to visit Romania.”

    From Lebanon’s ambassador: “You are very popular with our community in Sydney. They like you very much.”

    There was an impenetrable exchange in Mandarin with Mr Chen. And a “merci beaucoup” to the French.

    [1] Romania wants some of that Labor free money Rudd is famous for dishing out

    [2] Lebanon sees the ex-citizens as “our community”. Yay to multiculturalism.

    [3] “Inpenertrable”. FFS, this is from the same bunch of Stenographers who fawned over Gillard when she said more people should learn an Asian language and Rudd when he said Australian businesses should do more business in Indonesa. Question: Why does Newscorp not get one of its employees who understand Mandarin to cover Kev?

    [4] Is saying merci beaucoup the sign of diplomatic success?

  86. Brian of Moorabbin

    dd (@12.03pm)

    We still have people who believe that games like CoD, Battlefield, MoH, GTA, etc promote a ‘violent gun culture’ and are leading kids to become desensitized to violence.

    I’ve been playing those style of games for over 20 years (on PCs), and it’s not turned me into a drooling zombie who resorts to shooting (or punching etc) someone with whom I disagree.

    Personally I blame the culture of ‘social workers’ and do-gooder teachers who encourage kids to sue parents for “child abuse” if they spank a misbehaving kiddie….

  87. James in Melbourne

    Subject to James’ approval of course.

    Of course, Jack, as long as you include the afterthoughts I subsequently posted, which were:

    “The nails-on-blackboard grating of his attempts at matey-Aussie-blokespeak.

    He is truly a malevolent ball of smarm, marinated in his own self-adulation, and a Hindenburg of bile and spleen and self-importance just waiting to touch the Lakehurst mooring mast of some harrassed underling’s mistake.”

  88. Tiny Dancer

    Just saw Krudd in the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane. Had about 40 people tightly around him like he was a god. The other hundreds of unwashed, myself included in that description, went about there business with barely a glance.

    His son, who should get a job, was hanging around letting some of the greatness wash off onto him by the looks of it. Any real father, not obsessed with his own importance, surely would be telling him to go and do something useful. It’s not as if he didn’t have half a dozen guards with him. It was all a little sad to see this.

  89. Mike of Marion

    Tiny Dancer
    #922098, posted on July 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    10% of the rent-a-crowd would be the AFP detail, all of the AFP detail would be made up of ‘hated’ personnel by their line Commander!!

  90. Jack Spratt

    Thanks James,

    I’ve taken the additions on board.

    There are whole suburbs in Canberra where they know from experience every word is the painful truth.

  91. Tiny Dancer

    “their”

    Mike, I am in complete agreement. It all looked very plastic and silly. The son was even sadder.

  92. dover_beach

    In a New York Times opinion piece this past Sunday, Beth Matusoff Merfish shared the story of her own mother’s abortion – and how proud and admiring of her mother the abortion made her.

    This sentence in the NYT piece struck me:

    My mother, Sherry Matusoff Merfish, sat and yelled in indignation beside my sister and me in the Senate gallery. She has two graduate degrees and has built an immensely satisfying career as a political fund-raiser devoted to the election of women who support abortion rights. She also embodies maternal warmth.

    Insane.

  93. Infidel Tiger

    The son was even sadder.

    He has much to be sad about. A father as dorky as his should only be wheeled at Christmas.

  94. Infidel Tiger

    In a New York Times opinion piece this past Sunday, Beth Matusoff Merfish shared the story of her own mother’s abortion – and how proud and admiring of her mother the abortion made her.

    Her mother birth facilaitator had one too few abortions.

  95. Gab

    She also embodies maternal warmth.

    Yes, nothing says “maternal warmth” like killing your child.

  96. Tom

    You heard it here first:

    Rabz
    #921482, posted on July 11, 2013 at 10:48 pm
    Ha – a mate has christened him Agar the ‘orrible!

    And on that note, gotta zip, folks!

    The London Sun: Agar the horrible: Oz kid blasts record

  97. stackja

    ‘violent gun culture’

    American Empire (1942) download/stream

    American Empire (1942) imdb Two men join forces to build a cattle empire, and battle rustlers, bad weather and each other.

    Watched American Empire (1942) last night do not feel urge to shoot anyone.
    Meanwhile ‘

    A couple of loud bangs’: man dies after Sydney shooting

    More ALP imported trouble?

  98. stackja

    She also embodies maternal warmth.

    A sad lot of people.

  99. Popular Front

    The London Sun: Agar the horrible: Oz kid blasts record

    For my money it was only going to be nanoseconds before some ‘witty’ ‘journalist’ labelled him Agar The Horrible. Such imagination.

  100. Popular Front

    Peter Bull in Dr Strangelove, PF.

    gday Tom. If you watch the scenes where Strangelove is having ‘hand trouble’ you can see Peter Bull in the onlookers trying very hard not to crack up laughing. A lot of people always remember “Gentlemen! You can’t fight in here, this is the War Room!” A good line to be sure but the cigar exchange always cracks me up. Did you know Peter Bull played Queen Anne in ‘Yellowbeard’?

  101. egg_

    Abbott’s line re Rudd being a do nothing “celebrity politician” getting airplay on syndicated FM radio news…

  102. Snoopy

    One of life’s mysteries is why the usually sane The Australian runs Gary Trudeau’s Doonesbury (in the business section!). It is total leftist swill.

  103. stackja

    Gary Trudeau’s Doonesbury

    Rupert likes it?

  104. Tom

    The Labor roadkill in Australia’s most marginal seat (Corangamite, 0.3%, ALP) is deluded enough to think he can pick up votes sucking up to the Greenfilth and mailing out stuff like this:

    The State Liberal Government has now passed legislation in the lower house giving the Minister power to grant 99 year leases in Otway National Park to private developers.

    Otway National Park is a beautiful and fragile environment.

    Tireless hours have been spent preserving and restoring this landscape, all this work is under threat.

    A private developer would want to bulldoze roads, build intrusive buildings, cut down trees and undo years of work to help restore native animal populations.

    Please sign my online petition.

    And share this with your family and friends if they can help.

    Yours sincerely,

    Darren Cheeseman MP

    Cheeseman is also campaigning on banning recreational fishing along great new tracts of the Australian coastline that have been set aside as marine parks by the Labor-Greenfilth government, taking on people like Rex Hunt, who has been staging rallies on the issue.

  105. Infidel Tiger

    One of life’s mysteries is why the usually sane The Australian runs Gary Trudeau’s Doonesbury (in the business section!). It is total leftist swill.

    It’s as funny as a labrador puppy being burnt alive.

  106. pete m

    Snoopy – it is because some capitalists like to pick on others for being bigger capitalists without a heart or something.

  107. kae

    Um, isn’t Corangamite land-locked?

  108. Tom

    Map, Kae. (The electorate of Corangamite actually excludes the lake northwest of Colac after which it was named).

  109. Token

    One of life’s mysteries is why the usually sane The Australian runs Gary Trudeau’s Doonesbury (in the business section!). It is total leftist swill.

    They are creating a product cater as many customers as possible.

    The adults can read the news and opinion, the children can read comic so they can reinforce their delusions.

  110. egg_

    they can reinforce their delusions

    Just like surrounding oneself with yes men and naive yoof…

  111. James in Melbourne

    One of life’s mysteries is why the usually sane The Australian runs Gary Trudeau’s Doonesbury (in the business section!). It is total leftist swill.

    Well may you ask. To those not steeped in comfortable Democrat self-delusions, Doonesbury is as incomprehensible as Sanskrit. It should be called an alleged comic strip, because AFAIK “comic” strips should occasionally be funny.

    And to think I was once in love with Jane Pauley. Sigh.

  112. jumpnmcar

    Trades drive a booming national job market in NZ
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10896949
    Unemployment lower and economy on the up.
    Of course the left are not in government.

    Never been to NZ, thinking about a 2 year working holiday.
    If Rudd gets elected it’ll be 5 or 6 years.

  113. Abbott’s line re Rudd being a do nothing “celebrity politician” getting airplay on syndicated FM radio news…

    Egg, we can all play this game – Rudd – Boutique Politician.

  114. Armadillo

    His son, who should get a job, was hanging around letting some of the greatness wash off onto him by the looks of it

    Here is a hint about what is really going on with the young sprog.

    What does North Korea and Syria have in common? Every good dictator needs someone to carry their genes forth to guide the countries future citizens. The “Rudd” name shall become immortal – The Rimmer Dynasty.

  115. jumpnmcar

    Oh, what a shame. The peak oil website ” Oil Drum ” has given up.
    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2013/07/peak-oil-website-peaked-now-closing-down/
    Skepticalscience will be put on suicide watch any day now ………

  116. m0nty

    Peter Bull in Dr Strangelove, PF. I can recite large tracts of the dialogue of that movie. Greatest cinema satire ever made. In fact, in a previous life, I actually wrote a stage adaptation.

    My estimation of you has risen, Tom.

  117. Tom

    I’d thought all the fuckwitosphere’s commozilla nuisances were coming here from Bolta’s, but apparently they’ve become a swarm of online sandflies over there as the six-year leftard tax-and-spend bonfire may be in its last days:

    Am I wrong, or has there been a sudden increase in trolls in comments lately?

    If so, is it spontaneous?

  118. m0nty

    Abbott is criticising Rudd for being too popular? Poor old Tony, he really has nothing left in the holster.

  119. Tiny Dancer

    Dugouts fatty, stick to the doughnuts.

  120. Armadillo

    Please sign my online petition.

    There is that “petition thingy” mentioned yet again. All the Labor MP’s are doing it. WTF? I suspect it has come from the Obama Campaign strategy. What are they planning on using all these petitions for? Is a psycolgical thing. You signed that you agree with me – one of us, one of us?

    I know “Get-Up” uses it extensively i.e you sign a petition that “Koala’s are cuddly” and they then use hundreds of different “issues” petitions to claim massive public support – and that politicians should “sit up and take notice” of them because they have “a million members”.

  121. Jarrah

    I think THR was the last person to try to argue here that companies should be stopped from providing poor countries with jobs in ‘sweatshops’ as a way out of subsistence living. Catallaxians may have noticed a recent uptick in that sentiment elsewhere, due to the catastrophic Rana Plaza collapse.

    The argument hasn’t stopped being wrong.

    She is adamant that the readymade garment sector is absolutely crucial for the well-being and empowerment of women in Bangladesh. “It is good that women have this job opportunity and are coming from the countryside. There is now less dowry, less early marriage. Women are gaining independence. They work at night, they move around the city, and make their own decisions. They support their children and their old parents in the villages. All of this is a very positive sign for our country.”

    The single greatest source of foreign currency in Bangladesh is the export of clothing. The sector employs around 3.5 million workers, of which around 80 percent are women. On average, the women earn between €35 and €40 per month. Pressure from groups like Akhter’s have helped to ensure in recent years that these wages are steadily growing. Often, women who work in the factories are the bread winners in their families, making up to twice as much as men.

  122. Tom

    A special for JC:

    The old saying is that if you want to become a millionaire, become a billionaire first, then start an airline. But the other Richard Branson worked out how to defy the odds.

  123. JC

    Tom

    Airlines are an investors graveyard . Ask mr integrity …warren buffet.. He took an absolute caning. Well deserved too.

    The best trade I ever heard was the hedge fund ….tiger…
    They went long the US airlines complex and shorted JAL, which at the time… Early 90’s was worth the entire market cap of the US airline system.

  124. JC

    Abbott is criticising Rudd for being too popular? Poor old Tony, he really has nothing left in the holster.

    Lol. Stick to donuts fatboy…. Or trawling e harmony.

  125. Rabz

    Abbott is criticising Rudd for being too popular?

    Rudd’s ‘popularity’ is entirely illusory, as the unctuous li’l toad will discover to his horror on election night.

  126. Tom

    Airlines are an investors graveyard .

    Investors – yes, it’s a graveyard. Entrepreneurs – no … if you know what you’re doing and know where the niches are. But the micro-economics are almost a religion that takes a long time to learn. AirAsia is a great story. Fernandes didn’t see himself as an “airline person”, but understood the market vacancy in Malaysia and Asia.

  127. Armadillo

    2GB- Another boat – managed to cram 190 on this one. That’s very productive. Perhaps we should be turning the boats around but keeping the smugglers. We could put them in charge of the public service (hell, they already run the Government Policy on Border Protection)?

  128. James in Melbourne

    I wish to apologise to M0nty, whom I bagged in a post last night, referring to my daughter’s education.

    I had meant to bag Integers.

    Sincere apologies, M0nty.

  129. Potemkin’s Village

    FLASHBACK: Power is not a means, it is an end… here

  130. Armadillo

    JC – what was the name of that guy who went broke in a Canadian Airline then came to Australia and started (was it Australia Airlines)? Was in the 80’s or early 90’s perhaps. I think he then went to Eurpoe and did the same thing. People kept backing him and doing their hard earned.

  131. Armadillo

    I would have responded Nanu, but there was no option for a “tie”? All multiple choice question should have an “all of the above” option. You know it makes sense.

  132. Nanuestalker

    True … my bad!

  133. H B Bear

    His son, who should get a job, was hanging around letting some of the greatness wash off onto him by the looks of it.

    Having not met either of them, the son strikes me as an even bigger dick head, if that is humanly possible. I suppose he has had the misfortune to have inherited Therese’s looks – although another inheritance of $30m or so down the track should help alleviate some of that pain.

  134. sdfc

    JC’s too busy googling to answer your question Armadillo.

  135. Armadillo

    strikes me as an even bigger dick head

    Big call HB – but time may well prove you to be correct.

  136. H B Bear

    KRudd the Younger should spend some time living in a car. It is character deforming.

  137. egg_

    The Rimmer Dynasty

    aka “Dumb and Dumber”…

  138. Speaking of which, how’s that hybrid Camry that KRudd funded faring, you know, the KRuddomatic one?
    Great car – traveled 1200km in one this week. 6.3lit/100km.
    Overtakes road trains in short order (great mid-range torque) – quiet, comfortable, and superior in quality and road manners to anything in its class.

  139. egg_

    fuckwitosphere’s commozilla nuisances

    Public servants worried about their jobs come Kevageddon?

  140. Armadillo

    If anyone is interested, you can still get Australia @ $2.65 on Sportsbet to win the first test. Pretty reasonable odds really (England are $1.64). If you wait until it starts you have to ring because of the new nanny state gambling regulations. Most Cat’s will be “slurring” by then, so best to get in early! The early Cat screws the Lion.

  141. egg_

    Poor old Tony, he really has nothing left in the holster.

    KRudd’s likely the one ‘light in the speedos’…

  142. Armadillo

    Correction – the boat had 197. They probably started with 200 (nice round number – $1.5 mil @ $7500 per head). Did they lose 3 overboard on the way?

  143. Dianne

    I’m sure this has already been posted, but great interview over at 2GB with Joe Hockey. He nailed it. The impression that I’m getting from the coalition (other than Malcolm obviously) is that they are enjoying their team. Even when you hear the backbenchers it is obvious that they are not going after the populous vote, they are putting hard workers in their team – they know the mess that is going to be left by these morons!

  144. egg_

    Egg, we can all play this game – Rudd – Boutique Politician.

    Speaking of which, when’s Kev Kardashian’s “SpinWord Bingo” game coming out?

  145. egg_

    Sounds like the KRuddomatic gets about 0.5L/100km better consumption just like the Pious, WOFTAM, get a turbo diesel + better longevity (I’ll keep my 6.0L V8 with ‘factory’ 300+kW tune, thanks – what roadtrain? ;))

  146. Infidel Tiger

    Great car – traveled 1200km in one this week. 6.3lit/100km.
    Overtakes road trains in short order (great mid-range torque) – quiet, comfortable, and superior in quality and road manners to anything in its class.

    Even your gay friends think you’re a screaming homo.

    Stop embarrassing yourself, cobber.

  147. Splatacrobat

    Great car – traveled 1200km in one this week. 6.3lit/100km.
    Overtakes road trains in short order (great mid-range torque) – quiet, comfortable, and superior in quality and road manners to anything in its class.

    I just travelled 937km in a 2.2L turbo diesel and got 6.3L/100km with my air con and lights on and passed a number of those rice burners. Was that you spud tailing gating a B double trying to take advantage of the decreased air flow?

  148. Infidel Tiger

    I think THR was the last person to try to argue here that companies should be stopped from providing poor countries with jobs in ‘sweatshops’ as a way out of subsistence living. Catallaxians may have noticed a recent uptick in that sentiment elsewhere, due to the catastrophic Rana Plaza collapse.

    Lefties hate poor people having jobs. They’d rather they lined up at UN stations for cups of rice.

    I remember causing a similar stink by proclaiming child labour a wonderful thing for ending poverty.

  149. 1735099

    “Get a turbo diesel”
    You’ve got be kidding – $1.70 per litre diesel out where I work makes it a no-brainer.
    “Even your gay friends…..”
    They drive Jeeps.

  150. Armadillo

    child labour a wonderful thing for ending poverty

    Everyone should have one IT. Problem is that mine is “Australian Made”. I’m thinking of trading her in for the foreign model. Cheaper to run and they actually give a shit.

  151. Armadillo

    Numbers has finally “outed” himself. His gay friends drive Jeeps.

  152. Mike of Marion

    Numbers,
    Where are you going to dump the batteries when they lose efficiency – local landfill?

  153. Hockeynomics

    Interesting developments in Ashbygate:

    Last December, when Justice Steven Rares of the federal court threw out the case as a politically motivated abuse of process, his decision was greeted with shouts of triumph in Labor ranks. Then the whole thing died.

    This has been the great disappearing scandal of Australian politics. But it is about to roar back to life. Online activists have paid more than $50,000 into a fund called the Ashbygate Trust to engage lawyers, journalists and a private detective to investigate how far the plot against Slipper extended inside the opposition.

    But where was Mal Brough? This was a Brough operation. He was Ashby’s key ally. Without him the case may never have got off the ground. Yet the abrasive Queenslander had no public relations man working the foyers and no lawyers at the bar table to try to contest Rares’ grim verdict that he had abused the federal court to advance his own and his party’s political interests.

    “I have no concerns whatever,” Brough told me on the phone from his office on the Sunshine Coast. “The court case is a sideshow, an unfortunate sideshow. No one up here is interested in it.”

    Tony Abbott also has a stake in the appeal. He has stood by Brough despite his friend being caught trying to hide his role in the campaign to destroy Slipper. Abbott has never criticised his part in the operation. Despite Brough’s lies, he praises his candour: “I want to make it clear that Mal has been very upfront about his involvement in this.”

    More details of Brough’s part in this story emerged only days ago as Slipper farewelled parliament with the claim that Brough asked billionaire Clive Palmer to pay Ashby’s court costs. Denials and counter-denials have been flying ever since.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/12/ashbygate-peter-slipper-james-ashby

  154. Hockeynomics

    Since his glory days in John Howard’s cabinet, Brough had a rough political ride. After losing his seat in the Ruddslide of 2007, he quarrelled fiercely with his Queensland colleagues over the formation of the LNP. The former army man and champion of the Northern Territory intervention then abandoned the party, politics and the state.

    Many in the Liberal party were happy to see him go. Brough is not widely liked on his side of politics. There are those who think him lazy, unlikable and arrogant, a man with his best political years behind him. But Brough has always enjoyed the support of two powerful patrons: Howard and Abbott.

    He found he could not stay away from politics. Child prodigy Wyatt Roy won back his old seat of Longman for the Liberals in 2010, so Brough began stacking the branches next door in Slipper’s Sunshine Coast seat of Fisher. By September 2011 he had the numbers to win the contest when it came.

  155. egg_

    2 x screaming lefties on ABC24 The Dumb…

  156. Hockeynomics

    2 x screaming lefties on ABC24 The Dumb…

    Nick Cater ain’t no lefty he’s hard-right.

  157. Infidel Tiger

    Thank God for The Guardian eh? Without its relentless pursuit of the truth ,lefties would relying on Fairfax, the ABC and the rest of the MSM to provide their type of news.

  158. egg_

    Nick Cater ain’t no lefty he’s hard-right.

    Colvin & Adler…

  159. kae

    IT

    Thank God for The Guardian eh? Without its relentless pursuit of the truth ,lefties would relying on Fairfax, the ABC and the rest of the MSM to provide their type of news.

    News they can agree with.

  160. Leigh Lowe

    “Get a turbo diesel”
    You’ve got be kidding – $1.70 per litre diesel out where I work makes it a no-brainer.
    “Even your gay friends…..”
    They drive Jeeps.

    We have a couple of gay friends who live near our country property.
    They drive a Jeep.
    I hope there isn’t two degrees of separation from Spud here.
    Oh, and we just bought a Turbo Diesel. Assembled by Germans, it won’t fall to bits and it goes like shit off a shanghai.
    It would smoke any Camry.
    Gets 5.2 per 100 Kms in the country, and about 5.6 in town.

  161. Infidel Tiger

    Oh, and we just bought a Turbo Diesel. Assembled by Germans, it won’t fall to bits and it goes like shit off a shanghai.

    Passat or Cayenne?

  162. Bear Necessities

    Interesting developments in Ashbygate:

    Last December, when Justice Steven Rares of the federal court threw out the case as a politically motivated abuse of process, his decision was greeted with shouts of triumph in Labor ranks. Then the whole thing died.

    This has been the great disappearing scandal of Australian politics. But it is about to roar back to life. Online activists have paid more than $50,000 into a fund called the Ashbygate Trust to engage lawyers, journalists and a private detective to investigate how far the plot against Slipper extended inside the opposition.

    But where was Mal Brough? This was a Brough operation. He was Ashby’s key ally. Without him the case may never have got off the ground. Yet the abrasive Queenslander had no public relations man working the foyers and no lawyers at the bar table to try to contest Rares’ grim verdict that he had abused the federal court to advance his own and his party’s political interests.

    “I have no concerns whatever,” Brough told me on the phone from his office on the Sunshine Coast. “The court case is a sideshow, an unfortunate sideshow. No one up here is interested in it.”

    Tony Abbott also has a stake in the appeal. He has stood by Brough despite his friend being caught trying to hide his role in the campaign to destroy Slipper. Abbott has never criticised his part in the operation. Despite Brough’s lies, he praises his candour: “I want to make it clear that Mal has been very upfront about his involvement in this.”

    More details of Brough’s part in this story emerged only days ago as Slipper farewelled parliament with the claim that Brough asked billionaire Clive Palmer to pay Ashby’s court costs. Denials and counter-denials have been flying ever since.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/12/ashbygate-peter-slipper-james-ashby

    Next he will be buggering young boys or using whores on the LNP credit card. Oh…………. that’s how the Labor Party does business.

  163. Where are you going to dump the batteries when they lose efficiency – local landfill?
    That’s an old and discredited meme.
    Toyota recycles them.
    Only the Mikes of this world would dump them in landfill.
    Assembled by Germans, it won’t fall to bits and it goes like shit off a shanghai.
    No, but it may stall and get you killed.
    It would smoke any Camry.
    Actually it won’t. Mid-range acceleration in a 2.5 lit Camry hybrid out performs Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat and Subaru Forester diesels.

  164. Splatacrobat

    Toyota recycles them.

    Labor recycles too. But at least when Toyota recycles something it works again.

  165. Token

    Looks like some more leftards have shown up to get their head exploded.

    Enjoy the stay.

  166. Aliice

    Ive heard all about Slipper rorting the taxpayers and the legover man rorting the poor hospital cleaners and now in the paper some labor mate renting the Barrenjoey lighthouse (when he knew nothing at all about lighthouses) for $100 a week for what was it? 18 years?? Friend of Laurie Breretons.

    No we wont say anything about coal leases in happy black valley, and we wont say anything about car deals or real estate deals and Warwick Watson (ex minister opf rezoning lands in his own favour),then we wont say anything about street lighting deals with the co-opted in sons of Obeid, we wont say anything about any of that because we all know IT STINKS TOTALLY STINKS

    But would someone just remind me why Tony Abott has beeen slipping private expenses on to the taxpayer and now reckons he will pay it back?

    I know it might be less (apparently 9K) but for God’s sake what is going on? Labor is trying to rope up every true beleiver it thought it had (and I have friends – few though they may be – stupid enough to still believe) but Tony?

    WTF were you thinking?

    Pissed off. Cant any of these bastards anywhere be trusted?
    Nats looking good. At least they might care about youth unemployment while they rort the public purse.

  167. Armadillo

    No time for leftards Token, the cricket is starting soon.

    I’m hoping for Cook to be bowled and an eventual Aussie victory. Sportsbets hoping not.

  168. Snoopy

    If Australia wins you will regret it. You have been warned before, bony plated one.

  169. Leigh Lowe

    Passat or Cayenne?

    Passat.
    Once again Spud is swallowing Australian Auto industry myth.
    Worked in the Australian industry from 1998 to 2001.
    If it wasn’t for the Queensland Education service it would be the biggest sheltered workshop in the country.
    Wouldn’t touch anything made here by the unionised layabouts.

  170. Leigh Lowe

    No, but it may stall and get you killed.

    Models before 2009 Spud.
    Mine is 2013.
    In any case nothing gives me more pleasure than making a small contribution to sinking the deadweight that is the Australian auto industry.
    Fucking leeches.

  171. Fucking leeches..
    ROFL
    You’re driving a highly subsidized product.
    Lower Saxony provincial government has a major stake in Volkswagen GMBH.
    It makes local support of Ford, Toyota and Holden look like chickenfeed.
    Superb example of a government funded industry.

  172. Louis Hissink

    Since when did Germany turn into a free market? It’s crony capitalism personified.

  173. Louis Hissink

    Aliice

    But would someone just remind me why Tony Abott has beeen slipping private expenses on to the taxpayer and now reckons he will pay it back?

    This happened a couple of years ago, occurred when his office made the wrong assumption, finance department picked it up, and it was reimbursed. Happens all the time, even in industry. Why I went on a company trip Africa (When I worked for De Beers) that took 3 months. The airfare from Perth to Joburg and back was, say, $2K. I instead went Perth, Amsterdam, Jburg, Perth and it cost less than the official ticket. But I still had to come up with the personal part of the airfare despite the fact I saved the company some money.

    Slipper’s $900 was an issue of fraud, Abbott’s an admin error, since Abbott’s disbursements would be handled by his admin staff, not he personally.

  174. Splatacrobat

    But would someone just remind me why Tony Abott has beeen slipping private expenses on to the taxpayer and now reckons he will pay it back?

    I know it might be less (apparently 9K) but for God’s sake what is going on? Labor is trying to rope up every true beleiver it thought it had (and I have friends – few though they may be – stupid enough to still believe) but Tony?

    WTF were you thinking?

    Calm down Aliice, you’ll blow a fuffle valve. This has already been addressed and regarded as a non story by even Gary Gray from Labor who looks into dodgy expense claims.
    Abbott’s staff booked the travel thinking it was for parliamentary business. I can imagine there would be 100’s of bookings for official travel and private travel would normally be a rarity. Abbott didn’t book it or claim it as parliamentary travel. When it was discovered and bought to Abbott’s attention it was expensed as travel parliamentary business instead of private travel for his book signing Abbott said he’d pay it back.

    Clearly on both sides errors are made by staff and Parliamentarians having to account for 100’s of transactions. Most are honest mistakes so I don’t get all that worked up if the error is made and then corrected. I have had Corporate credit cards for over 20 years and have only stuffed up using it instead of my own credit card on two occasions (once for Chinese takeaway and once for printer cartridges).Not bad considering both cards are similar looking and used daily. I paid it back and it was no problem because I had a long history of doing the right thing.
    It’s the devious low level rorting and “living high on the hog” expense claims that get up my nose. Cab charges for unknown trips or allowances for living away when they stay in their own house etc.

  175. irving J

    Number is back with a new display of cognitive dissonance. Need a mirror Numbers?

  176. Louis Hissink

    Foofle or fuffle valve ? Snigger snigger,

  177. kae

    I always heard it as a poofle valve.

  178. Louis Hissink

    Electric cars – I travelled in a Prius taxi in Darwin a while back. Driver reckoned they were pretty good BUT, they had to be used 24/7 to become economic. Use it as an urban runabout and the running costs are much higher. Neat gadget to watch when it scoots about on the roads though – the computer display is very, very, nerdy for us nerds.

  179. Louis Hissink

    billionaire Clive Palmer

    I think Clive might be in line to do a Nathan Tinkler, methinks.

  180. blogstrop

    Apparently, according to one judge, the Ashby case was blatantly political.
    According to another judge, the Bolt case was not.

    Judiciary Central – We Have A Problem.

    I’d say it was the judge in one or both of these cases that was being (arguably) blatantly political.

  181. Splatacrobat

    Foofle or fuffle valve ? Snigger snigger,

    I think it’s spelt fuffle but pronounced foofle

  182. Aliice

    Splat – when I read about it (Tony and expenses) I tells ya I nearly did blow my fuffle bag!
    I thought…theres nowhere to run to…nowwhere to hide!

    They are everywhere in parliament (rorters and thieves) and has it sunk to this?
    Some words a reassuring here bit it would appear in Labor they havent got a clue and its just one long contrinuous rort isnt it?

    Even some mate of Breretons living in Barrenjoey Lighthouse for twenty years at $100 a week -hello??Even public housing costs more (the scumbags!)

    God forbid and cant even work the damn lights the moron.

    Fuffle bag exploded Splat!

  183. Snoopy

    Calm down, Aliice. 🙂

  184. Snoopy

    I’m with Kae. It’s Poofle.

    And while I’m at it, it’s wriggle room, not bloody wiggle room.

  185. Aliice

    I prefer fuffle bag myself!
    Made mental note to use this expression against hubby when he’s in a fuffle!…It will work.

  186. jumpnmcar

    I was taught poofew valve.
    On account of poof and eeeeewwww!!!

  187. Aliice

    I would be calm if I didnt hear about those bludgers taking up residency in Barrenjoey Lighthouse of all places Snoopy. Dont you realise what this means? Its so far up a damn hill that they wouldnt have walked to work meaning they were probably on welfare as well…

    Its not just the cheap rent that gets me. The public purse probably paid the bludging labor mate and a whole family to live courtesy of the taxpayers with the best views in Sydney?

  188. Armadillo

    If Australia wins you will regret it. You have been warned before, bony plated one.

    When Rimmer gets on TV Snoopy, I will just turn it off and check my Sportsbet A/C balance instead. No problemo.

    Problemo is Pieterson and Cook at the moment.

  189. Splatacrobat

    I’m with Kae. It’s Poofle.

    It’s bad enough poofs are trying to take over the hallowed institution of marriage without appropriating my right to not only spell but blow my fuffle valve the way I want to!

    Hrrmph!

  190. Louis Hissink

    Splat, not formerly DFAT are you? What a splendid reply !

    10/10

  191. Louis Hissink

    They are everywhere in parliament (rorters and thieves) and has it sunk to this?

    Study history and you will learn that it has always been so, m’dear.

  192. Aliice

    Ok Id better get it right. Its fuffle valve not fuffle bag.

    I had some vision of a 1970s type seating arrangment exploding with feathers but thats OK.

  193. Aliice

    Louis

    Study history and you will learn that it has always been so, m’dear.

    Dont be such a patronising pratt. No reason not to object just because “its always been like this.” Objections keep it down.

  194. Louis Hissink

    Another variant is Foo-foo valve, but given that motor mechanics and machinists tend to use the term “poofteenth” to describe an almost immeasurable measure of linear length, poofle valve seems consistent.

    Poofteenth’s lexical origins are another matter, of some mystery I suspect.

  195. Ellen of Tasmania

    Google would only let me search for fluffle valve. How so? But it was always wriggle room, wasn’t it?

  196. Louis Hissink

    Summa time and the fish’ns goooood.

  197. Armadillo

    Bowled @ $5.50 but not Cook the first one out @$2.16. A deadly double would have been nice.

    But, I’ll take it! (smiley facey thingy).

  198. Aliice

    Whaat – so a blown fuffle bag has become a tiny blown poofteenth valve?
    It just lost all its power….sadly

  199. Ellen of Tasmania

    Wiggle room is not alliterative, and I thought that was part of the whole wriggle room deal.

  200. Splatacrobat

    Okay I’ve registered Fuffle Valve with Uban Dictionary. All likes will be gratefully received.

    Fuffle Valve

    The organ in the body that regulates stressful outbursts.

    Calm down Alice or you will blow your fuffle valve

    by Splatacrobat on Jul 12, 2013
    tags: foofle valve, poofle valve, blow a gasket, blow your top, explode

  201. Splatacrobat

    Splat, not formerly DFAT are you?

    No Louis why do you ask?

  202. Aliice

    LOL Splat I like it “fuffle valve”….and tags “foofle valve, poofle valve, blow a gasket, blow your top, explode”
    He he…it even sounds like what it is.
    Onomatopoeia. Pure genius.

  203. blogstrop

    Gadzooks! Bolt has noticed an increase in … what do you call them? Trolls!

  204. stackja

    Cook c Clarke b Agar 50 (165b 6×4). FOW 4/131. Lead of 66.
    Eng 4 for 133 that is really 68

  205. Splatacrobat

    “poofteenth” to describe an almost immeasurable measure of linear length, poofle valve seems consistent.

    At the other end of the “immeasurable” scale is the term “eleventy eleven”.
    ” I have listened to Kevin Rudd’s speech eleventy eleven times and still come to the conclusion he is a tosser”.

  206. stackja

    Gadzooks! Bolt has noticed an increase in … what do you call them? Trolls!

    From ALP Central too!

  207. kae

    Disaster!
    Burnt roof of mouth with pizza.

    Cure:
    Microwave some cream to boiling, stir in some Lindt milk chocolate, cut up strawberries and dip into melted chocolate concoction. Yum.

    Disaster!
    Ran out of chocolate – only one strawberry left.

    *sigh*

    I’ll be ok.

  208. kae

    I don’t think it’s the trolls increasing…

    It’s the crummy moderation. Only the trolls get through.

  209. Carpe Jugulum

    Agar bowling stats 1-41. Quite a nice bebut.

  210. Allice

    Blog

    Gadzooks! Bolt has noticed an increase in … what do you call them? Trolls!

    Not here Blog because he who shall not be named set up his own blog especially so he could troll to himself…

  211. stackja

    It’s the crummy moderation. Only the trolls get through.

    At Bolta not worth trying comments there now.
    While here if you mind your manners…

  212. Allice

    Kae
    you know damn well K rudd can stage a multicultural adoring community in an otherwise empty supermarket aisle by careful set dressing and the help of ad agencies….you never know he could have quite a few casual trolls on the books as well….ie… Trolludds.

  213. Splatacrobat

    Gadzooks! Bolt has noticed an increase in … what do you call them? Trolls!

    Gillard could only rally femanazi mummy bloggers to her cause. Kev Kardasian has an army of uni students and social media savvy teenagers to defend his bunker.

  214. Armadillo

    Back to nanny state – can’t get on Sportsbet without a messy phone call. Don’t they say you shouldn’t phone or text when your pissed? Mixed messages going on here.

    Predicting next wicket LBW @ $6 – I’m going after TLS if it gets up.

    If I save my dough? Yeh, still going after TLS anyway for letting Rimmer knife her (the silly slag should have sacked him and thrown him out of the pardee in 2010).

    Is Dapto dogs on tonight?

  215. blogstrop

    JC the ME types are not known for their kindness to animals. But even Ireland after the cash ran away had a serious issue with surplus horses. Hence the Lasagne Stakes.

  216. Splatacrobat

    Under Rudd’s leadership rules a 17 year old “Young Labor” party member would have the opportunity to vote for leader or Prime Minister.

    It’s no wonder he is so interested in getting photographed next to swooning teenage school kids. They were only 10 years old when Kevni first said with a straight face “I’m a fiscal conservative”.

  217. JC

    Strop

    The pic was actually the wrong link. The correct one is this, which is the story.

  218. JC

    Hey Garcon Gros, if you’re reading this as I’m sure you are.

    Ya know how you told us that you were getting married or had become engorged engaged?

    You realize going on a blind date as a result of trawling online dating sites is not an engagement in the strict sense, right?

  219. Tel

    Unrelated to anything, go out see “The Lone Ranger”, and take some kids along with you, if you haven’t done already.

    It was a very well done movie, I hate most of what Hollywood delivers, but this was a comic rendition of a tragic story, fairly straight up without too much bullshit.

  220. Tel

    No kidding, Egypt could end up becoming a very serious tragedy.

    Like Syria has already.

  221. Louis Hissink

    Tel,

    Lone Ranger, Great to read your comment – I read a review of it on Lew Rockwell, and am chuffed one of the Cats has also endorsed it.

  222. It’s no wonder he is so interested in getting photographed next to swooning teenage school kids.

    I thought you were going to post the pic of Kevni standing between two sixteen-year-old boys in private school uniform with his arms draped around both.

    It’s bad enough poofs are trying to take over the hallowed institution of marriage without appropriating my right to not only spell but blow my fuffle valve the way I want to!

    I’m sure at least some of them would be glad to blow your fuffle valve for you if you ask. 😛

    No kidding, Egypt could end up becoming a very serious tragedy.

    As if it weren’t already…

    Rudd’s ‘popularity’ is entirely illusory, as the unctuous li’l toad will discover to his horror on election night.

    Let’s hope you don’t have to eat those words. My guess is that if that IS how it plays out, he’ll discover it long before then – especially if he delays long enough to have to sit in Parliament again.

    The only possible weakness in this scenario is that Rudd is now locked into campaign mode, whereas Abbott is IMO more effective at tearing Labor a new arsehole for governing badly. This is the dubious advantage of “perpetual campaign mode”. But if Kevni goes late enough for Parliament to resume, he may find himself having to divert his attention back to reality for a while. It’s all too hard to call for sure at this point.

  223. Tel

    Gadzooks! Bolt has noticed an increase in … what do you call them? Trolls!

    Tell me with a straight face that Andrew Bolt doesn’t love the attention his blog gets from fretting hand wringers who can’t stomach what he has to say.

    If the guy wasn’t such a big government apologist, he would be likeable.

  224. Louis Hissink

    JC,

    Go back to Abdul Nasser, the original arab socialist, and then wonder why that political evolution could but have not ended in anything else.

    Socialism is simply a post modern version of subsistence living, where robber barons rule.

  225. JC

    Socialism is simply a post modern version of subsistence living, where robber barons rule.

    I call it primitivism.

  226. sdfc

    Our batting line up will struggle to get 150.

  227. JC

    This stock is a fucking powerhouse. It’s been in the JC investment bin for 6 odd years and I’m never ever going to trade it in. In fact even if I ever pass away, no one will be allowed to sell it.

    And no these guy never wanted or needed TARP, it was rammed down their fucking throats.

    (Reuters) – Wells Fargo & Co (WFC), the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, reported a 20 percent rise in second-quarter profit on Friday as it set aside less money to cover bad loans.

    The fourth-biggest U.S. bank’s net income applicable to common stockholders rose to $5.27 billion, or 98 cents per share, from $4.40 billion, or 82 cents per share, a year earlier.

    (Reporting by Anil D’Silva in Bangalore and Peter Rudegeair in New York; Editing by Ted Kerr)

    Even in the depths of the cold winter of the GFC they were still making money and never had a down quarter.

  228. Leigh Lowe

    You’re driving a highly subsidized product.

    Sad that an old lefty like you is falling for GM propaganda.
    In any case, I care not if a foreign Government subsidises my purchases.
    As a tax-eater yourself Spud I can understand your empathy for your tax-eating colleagues from the Australian auto industry. But in my view (and any sensible taxpayer), the sooner they sink the better.

  229. JC

    Unrelated to anything, go out see “The Lone Ranger”, and take some kids along with you, if you haven’t done already.

    It’s a flop, Tel. Don’t send people to see a rotten movie.

  230. Gab

    call it primitivism.

    Call it feudalism.

    This stock is a fucking powerhouse. It’s been in the JC investment bin for 6 odd years and I’m never ever going to trade it in.

    Yeah, yeah, now where have I heard that one before and then the stock got dumped like an annoying clingy boyfriend.

  231. Louis Hissink

    JC Wells are making a profit?

    What cash or book? Stockman’s book mentioned them in passing, I add, and did Wells’ profit derive from people paying their mortgages, or refo’ing them? Important.

  232. Louis Hissink

    refo means refinancing,

  233. dd

    Tell me with a straight face that Andrew Bolt doesn’t love the attention his blog gets from fretting hand wringers who can’t stomach what he has to say.

    Wouldn’t you?
    But in what way is he a “big government apologist?” he’s for lower taxes, lower debt, against the NBN,… I can easily think of plenty of Bolt opinions that go against that description.

  234. James in Melbourne

    Two more wickets and we will e favourites. We DO NOT want to chase more than 170. Nerve-wracking stuff. Wish we had more penetration.

  235. dd

    It was a very well done movie, I hate most of what Hollywood delivers, but this was a comic rendition of a tragic story, fairly straight up without too much bullshit.

    I’m not taking my kid to see any “tragic stories.”
    It’s bad enough we have to walk the minefield of the ‘young adult’ literature in the school library without doing the same thing at the movies.

  236. JC

    Yeah, yeah, now where have I heard that one before and then the stock got dumped like an annoying clingy boyfriend.

    Lol.. I do have an investment account which I rarely touch, Gab. It’s got relatively boring but good stuff in there.

    The US reminds me a lot of Australia in the 90’s. We had the recession and a leftwing government until 96 and then things began to turn around. I reckon that’s what happening there. I also reckon the major US banks have a 15 year cycle before we see another serious financial crisis and the peak in nowhere in sight as yet.

  237. Louis Hissink

    DD

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/07/david-franke/who-was-that-masked-anarchist/

    “Who was that masked anarchist?” No, I’m not referring to “V for Vendetta.” I’m referring to “The Lone Ranger.”

    One thing’s for certain, kids. This is not your grandfather’s “Lone Ranger” radio show (the medium that got me hooked on him), and it’s not your father’s television show. This is a wild and wacky and fun pastiche of the myths and lore of the Old West, but not as cerebral as History by Mel Brooks. Think History by Captain Jack Sparrow, uh, Johnny Depp, with the budding American Empire and corrupt railroad barons replacing the British Empire and the East India Company as the embodiment of evil.

    Anal critics, especially from Establishment outlets like the Washington Post and New York Times, hate it. (Another reason to see it, not that you need one.) They’ll tell you the plot is confusing and impossible to follow. Nah—I had no trouble figuring out the story line, and if I can, any other idiot can. They’ll tell you it is Bad History. As if the history you got from your government-school textbooks can be believed.

    But see this romp on as big a screen as you can find near you. I saw it on an IMAX-sized movie screen. It can’t get better than that.

  238. JC

    JC Wells are making a profit?

    Ummm Yea Louis. They reported nit income of around $6 billion for the quarter.

    What cash or book?

    Cash as in cashflow? No.

    Louis P/L are not reported as cash. You have a cashflow statement for that.

    Stockman’s book mentioned them in passing, I add, and did Wells’ profit derive from people paying their mortgages, or refo’ing them? Important.

    Every metric and business line did well for the 2nd quarter.

    These guys are the undiscovered supermodels of banking.

  239. Gab

    If the guy wasn’t such a big government apologist,

    Really? I’ve never seen him write such things.

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