Open Forum: March 1, 2014

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  1. twostix

    A demonstration of how stupid and how mainstream identity politics has become.

    On a story about the should-have-been-axed-ten-years-ago tv show “The Block” we get this standard (probably scripted) silliness:

    SHAYNNA Blaze has defended the low score she gave Block twins Lysandra and Alisa last night and hit back at accusations from viewers that she is jealous of the twins because they have started up a rival interior design firm.

    Boring.

    But the demonstration of identity politics meeting the mainstream I find interesting:

    “I’m a big supporter of women so for them (viewers) to say I’m jealous of them (twins) is laughable,” Blaze says.

    So a specific accusation is leveled, and the shield card is produced that the accusation is “laughable” because the accused “supports women”.

    Completely non-sensical but nonetheless probably potent enough to mostly defang the accusation.

  2. Driftforge

    I see the child abusing Neanderthal who was crowned Australian of the Year

    No, they mixed with Denisovians, not Neanderthals. Eurasians mixed with Neanderthals.

  3. .

    So a specific accusation is leveled, and the shield card is produced that the accusation is “laughable” because the accused “supports women”.

    Completely non-sensical but nonetheless probably potent enough to mostly defang the accusation.

    She either knows the game or it has been scripted.

  4. twostix

    I see the child abusing Neanderthal who was crowned Australian of the Year is promoting John Pilger’s ahistorical propaganda film.

    Comment:

    Thank you Adam, now that I know about the film, I will make sure I see it. I am a permie gardener. As someone who has gotten to understand the land through permaculture, I can see and understand the stupidity that has happened in this country that began with the violence against the ab-original nation. I can only hope that for the good of this land and for the good of all, that the people who have benefited and profited from all of the violence against your people and this land begin to recognise that these things happened and continue today. The disinterested majority are listening to the wrong people, people with poison in their minds. One day, I hope that people realise that we need to work for the benefit of all and that starts with a proper understanding of our history.

    His claim to enlightened knowledge is that he grows beans in his backyard.

  5. Uh oh

    “A couple of the other PhD students down here are working on the theory behind those designs.”

    Driftforge, I presume that the theory they are working on is the one that says the Govt will give you lots of money if you just mention ‘renewable energy’ in your grant application?

  6. Rabz

    His claim to enlightened knowledge is that he grows beans in his backyard.

    Along with the odd dope plant, I’d venture.

    Useless hippie twats.

  7. Myrddin Seren

    In the wonderful and time-eating Internet world of links…….

    I followed Tom’s link at 8:49 to the Australian’s ‘ABC Corrections’

    then I clicked on a sidebar link about Ben Fordham ( I like Ben Fordham )

    which took me to the Australian’s ‘Media Diary

    While there, I thought I would scroll down, and found this jaw dropper buried at the bottom:

    LAST week we revealed federal MP Tony Burke’s new relationship with his former chief of staff, Skye Laris. One person less than thrilled to learn about the blossoming love affair was Burke’s wife, Cathy Bresnan-Burke.

    She wrote on her Facebook wall during the week: “I apologise to those of you who are supportive of this ‘recent’ development. But given the humiliation and distress I am feeling, having spent almost 26 years with Tony, I believe I am entitled to vent just a little.

    “I need to heal from what is a devastating loss and betrayal for me. Some would say this should be done in privacy and ordinarily I would agree but in this case nothing about this situation is private.”

    My God – what is it with the Labor leadership males and dumping their long-suffering wives in the most callous and humiliating way possible ? #realwaronwomen

  8. lotocoti

    Imagine my surprise when flitting through a paper on nepotism by the Blight regime’s alleged Integrity Commissioner, that Tim Wilson’s gig at the HRC rates a mention, yet Blight’s old man and his extraordinary rise through the Qld public service doesn’t make the cut.
    I wasn’t surprised the current leader of Qld Labor has given her endorsement to the paper.
    For those not familiar with Qld politics, when the current Labor leader raises past electorate issues with the previous member, she refers to him as “Dad”.

  9. .

    Growing beans in a small scale, sustainable ag plot does not mean you understand the Myall Creek massacre, the black line, Truganini, the treaty, Mabo, Wik etc.

    “As a permaculture gardener, I am incensed by the arrogance of CERN when they think they can detect gravity waves – p. 235 of Biodynamics for dummies tells us to plant a horn of cow filled with sheep dung and rabbit heart and I…..blah blah….”

  10. calli

    My God – what is it with the Labor leadership males and dumping their long-suffering wives in the most callous and humiliating way possible ?

    The mark of a cowardly, beta grade man.

    If the marriage has failed, how about a quiet, dignified separation, with the new relationship taken up after three months or so…but no, instant gratification can’t come fast enough for these poorly disciplined children.

  11. Brian of Moorabbin

    “What is best in life?”

    “The open steppe, Fleet horse, falcons at your wrist, wind in your hair..”

    “WRONG! Conan.. What is best in life?”

    “Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women…”

    UCLA Student council note-taker breaks down after a vote attempting to force UCLA to join the BDS movement fails…

    People, don’t simply RTWT… you MUST watch the video…

  12. Cold-Hands

    Murdoch’s Oz springs ABC Business Today host Whitney Fitzsimmons praising a ‘F*** Tony Abbott’ T-shirt

  13. Tom

    LAST week we revealed federal MP Tony Burke’s new relationship with his former chief of staff, Skye Laris. One person less than thrilled to learn about the blossoming love affair was Burke’s wife, Cathy Bresnan-Burke.

    I’m tipping the penny has dropped with thousands of people (like me) who instinctively found him a slimy, two-faced creep.

  14. Foggyfig

    Fat Andy should have resigned when it was found that he lied about different things to do with the Essendon drama.

  15. Grigory M

    UCLA Student council note-taker breaks down after a vote attempting to force UCLA to join the BDS movement fails…

    Someone should have run a warm bath and handed her a razor blade.

  16. C.L.

    From the ceremony that used to feature Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne:

    http://instagram.com/p/lD3cr5IHBO/

  17. C.L.

    LAST week we revealed federal MP Tony Burke’s new relationship with his former chief of staff, Skye Laris. One person less than thrilled to learn about the blossoming love affair was Burke’s wife, Cathy Bresnan-Burke.

    She wrote on her Facebook wall during the week: “I apologise to those of you who are supportive of this ‘recent’ development. But given the humiliation and distress I am feeling, having spent almost 26 years with Tony, I believe I am entitled to vent just a little.

    “I need to heal from what is a devastating loss and betrayal for me. Some would say this should be done in privacy and ordinarily I would agree but in this case nothing about this situation is private.”

    So during the “misogyny” attacks on Tony Abbott, Burke was rooting his secretary.

    Is that about right?

  18. calli

    Brian! Like, how embarrassing. Tomorrow’s ‘leaders’, God forbid.

  19. Fisky

    LAST week we revealed federal MP Tony Burke’s new relationship with his former chief of staff, Skye Laris. One person less than thrilled to learn about the blossoming love affair was Burke’s wife, Cathy Bresnan-Burke.

    Well, that’s the only conceivable threat to Abbott in the current parliament safely out of the way. Labor have nobody left in their current team.

  20. .

    Yeah

    I’m now betting the hot women (like Emily Ratajkowski) in Pharrell’s videos are very well, well paid.

  21. Brian of Moorabbin

    Grigory, I’m more surprised that the others on the student council didn’t do something to try to calm her down….

    Obviously the 5 progressives who voted in favour of the BDS were too embarrassed by her meltdown, and the 7 who voted against were too busy holding in their laughter at her hysterics…

  22. Fisky

    Now that Burke’s out, Labor will now have to scrape around outside parliament to find someone a seat for 2016, meaning they won’t have a viable leader until 2019 at the earliest.

  23. .

    Is she going to cry about the rockets that rain down from Palestine, Syria and Lebanon from Hamas and Hezbollah sites?

  24. Fisky

    LAST week we revealed federal MP Tony Burke’s new relationship with his former chief of staff, Skye Laris. One person less than thrilled to learn about the blossoming love affair was Burke’s wife, Cathy Bresnan-Burke.

    She wrote on her Facebook wall during the week: “I apologise to those of you who are supportive of this ‘recent’ development. But given the humiliation and distress I am feeling, having spent almost 26 years with Tony, I believe I am entitled to vent just a little.

    “I need to heal from what is a devastating loss and betrayal for me. Some would say this should be done in privacy and ordinarily I would agree but in this case nothing about this situation is private.”

    He’s done. If Labor ever try to run this guy, this will be his most prominent “endorsement”!

  25. lotocoti

    you MUST watch the video…

    If you can’t, just imagine a seven year old girl losing it when Santa fails to deliver a pony.

  26. Foggyfig

    So during the “misogyny” attacks on Tony Abbott, Burke was rooting his secretary.

    Is that about right?

    Haha, all is fair in labour…

  27. .

    I disliked Bourke as a Minister for many reasons.

    I can’t get any pleasure from this tawdry development.

  28. Makka

    BBC;

    The newly appointed head of Ukraine’s navy has sworn allegiance to the Crimea region, in the presence of its unrecognised pro-Russian leader.

    Rear Admiral Denys Berezovsky was only made head of the navy on Saturday, as the government in Kiev reacted to the threat of Russian invasion.

    Ukraine’s interim leaders have put him under investigation for treason.”

  29. harrys on the boat

    So during the “misogyny” attacks on Tony Abbott, Burke was rooting his secretary.

    Liberty Quote

  30. Fisky

    I can’t get any pleasure from this tawdry development.

    I’m genuinely delighted a possible leadership contender has been rendered non-viable. Labor are toast.

  31. Baldrick

    Rabz
    #1210735, posted on March 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm
    More groundbreaking news, peoples!

    Katy Perry wears McDonald’s inspired outfit during Tokyo press conference

    I’ll take half a dozen K-Pop girls with a side of fries but hold the gherkins.

  32. Brian of Moorabbin

    Rabz,

    Nice dress, but perhaps the slogan “over 1 billion served” emblazoned on the dress at the lower-abdomen/crotch level could have been reconsidered…..

  33. Oh come on

    Pretty sorry state of affairs if Burke was their best leadership prospect. He conducts opposition business in the House with the same whiny tone as that UCLA splodey Pali loving loser.

  34. Bruce

    Is Buke’s new root male or female?

  35. .

    Yes Baldrick, the two in the front row to her immediate left…yowser…

  36. Leigh Lowe

    So during the “misogyny” attacks on Tony Abbott, Burke was rooting his secretary …..

    …. and the Australian fishing industry.

  37. james

    Anyone seen Boltas comment on our good friend Turnbull?

    After watching Turnbull launch a Left wing paper and trash the Australian while doing so has he finally killed off any chance of leading the libs?

    If not then this country needs a revolution.

  38. Brian of Moorabbin

    Yes Baldrick, the two in the front row to her immediate left…yowser…

    her right, dot…

    left of picture, but on Katy’s right-hand side… ;)

  39. dover_beach

    So during the “misogyny” attacks on Tony Abbott, Burke was rooting his secretary.

    Is that about right?

    My oh my. What a den of iniquity. Speaking of which, I must get my Lenten affairs in order.

  40. blogstrop

    The twins in the middle of the front row win. Katy Who?

  41. Token

    What a sordid inbred swamp:

    Skye Laris’s Overview

    Current Chief Of Staff & Digital Director at Australian Labor Party
    Director, Digital Communications, Organising & Campaigns at Australian Labor Party
    Past Chief of Staff – Minister Kate Ellis at Australian Government
    Communications and Campaigns Director at GetUp
    Chief of Staff – Minister Tony Burke at Australian Government

  42. Token

    …. and the Australian fishing industry.

    Oh, he was giving the cattle industry a jolly rogering as well:

    MORE than a few raised eyebrows in Labor circles over the appearance of a former senior ministerial adviser, who is now a senior strategist at activist group GetUp!

    The issue among Labor people is how Skye Laris could go from chief of staff in the office of Tony Burke, when he was agriculture minister, to leading GetUp!’s charge against the live cattle trade to Indonesia.

  43. blogstrop

    So Malcolm thinks that News Ltd just peddles Rupert’s opinions? That’s such an undergraduate take on the subject.
    At least some of them at The Australian (and other News Ltd papers) peddle opinions that I can agree with, as opposed to almost the entire trashy Fairfax stable – and the vestigial conservatives there have been disappearing, one by one.

  44. Splatacrobat

    His claim to enlightened knowledge is that he grows beans in his backyard.

    I wager if this numptie was told to give up his ownership of his plot of mung beans to the local tribe, he would say “get fucked” in the quickest and greenist possible way.

  45. Splatacrobat

    She wrote on her Facebook wall during the week: “I apologise to those of you who are supportive of this ‘recent’ development. But given the humiliation and distress I am feeling, having spent almost 26 years with Tony, I believe I am entitled to vent just a little.

    “I need to heal from what is a devastating loss and betrayal for me. Some would say this should be done in privacy and ordinarily I would agree but in this case nothing about this situation is private.”

    Is there an equally jaded and cuckold Mr Laris out there?

  46. .

    Yes well Brian…herp a derp indeed.

  47. Brian of Moorabbin

    I have herped many a derp in my day Dot ;)

  48. Rabz

    Does anyone else think that Squire Turnbull bandying around the term “demented plutocrat” is slightly absurd and hypocritical?

  49. candy

    Does anyone else think that Squire Turnbull bandying around the term “demented plutocrat” is slightly absurd and hypocritical?

    Perhaps he’s trying out for a gig as a standup comedian.
    What a disloyal critter he is.

  50. Dan

    You need to take Turnbull with a dash of salt. He is very good at denigrating people at their own functions.

  51. Tom

    After watching Turnbull launch a Left wing paper and trash the Australian while doing so has he finally killed off any chance of leading the libs?

    If not then this country needs a revolution.

    The fucktard loser inside Lord Turnbull is begging to be granted martyrdom and he will settle for nothing less than it being administered by the AbbottSatanDevil itself. He won’t take no for an answer. He will persist until AbbottSatanDevil publicly beheads him in downtown Bondi Junction in a thermo-nuclear howler monkey head explosion that will formally decapitate the left as an effective fighing force until the next exhumation of the zombie living dead in 2074.

  52. egg_

    the Labia Pardee

    It has been referred to as that on several occasions here already (not by me, BTW).

    Yeah, I think ‘musselmen’ is also taken?

  53. Oh come on

    There’s surely no doubt now that Turnbull has an Australian Democrat political trajectory going forward. What’s not clear is if he’ll be a Don Chipp or a Cheryl Kernot.

  54. Brian of Moorabbin

    Does anyone else think that Squire Turnbull bandying around the term “demented plutocrat” is slightly absurd and hypocritical?

    Not sure why everyone is instantly linking the phrase ‘demented plutocrat’ with Murdoch, specifically when Turnbull’s actual comment was

    “You are not some demented plutocrat pouring more and more money into a loss making venture that is just going to peddle your opinions.”

    Graeme Wood poured how much money into setting up the Global Mail, only to pull the plug because it ‘failed to reach its audience targets’….. and then poured how much into setting up the Gruniad Oz (how is that doing by the way?)

    ..and let us not forget what happened to ‘Wotnews’ after Wood brought that out too.

  55. Rabz

    “You are not some demented plutocrat pouring more and more money into a loss making venture that is just going to peddle your opinions.”

    Is that not exactly what Schwartz is doing?

  56. Mike of Marion

    Token
    #1210766, posted on March 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    In that link you provided

    Diector of Staff and Digital Director

  57. Splatacrobat

    What’s not clear is if he’ll be a Don Chipp or a Cheryl Kernot.

    Not a Don “keep the bastards honest” Chipp. He tried once with a dodgy tale about a ute and lost.
    Yes more like Cheryl Kernot. I’ll pretend to be a Liberal but like the catch phase on LinkedIn “I’m open to offers”.

  58. Brian of Moorabbin

    Rabz, one could possibly also argue that it (“pouring more and more money into a loss making venture that is just going to peddle your opinions”) is precisely what the Left are accusing Gina Rinehart of doing with Fairfax…

  59. Rabz

    precisely what the Left are accusing Gina Rinehart of doing with Fairfax…

    Well, it doesn’t seem to be working – Fauxfacts is busily disappearing up its own fundament, but Gina ain’t getting her opinions peddled!

  60. egg_

    It has been referred to as that on several occasions here already (not by me, BTW).

    But should plagiarism be the issue, I think you’ll find that I take precedence with “I’m shocked…” and many others, young fella…

  61. Driftforge

    Driftforge, I presume that the theory they are working on is the one that says the Govt will give you lots of money if you just mention ‘renewable energy’ in your grant application?

    There is definitely too much of that around, and the skew it places on research — even in Engineering — is severe. In this case the actual research is on measuring the flow field inside one of those devices using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), and developing methodologies for modelling wave systems with multiple concurrent wave lengths.

    The general view here seems to be that efficiency can be improved significantly, but not to the point where that design direction becomes economic sans subsidy. The costs of construction are just too high and the life span too short and too variable in that environment.

    The ocean is just too destructive when it gets its gander up.

    Tidal stuff on the other hand may become economic.

  62. Splatacrobat

    Sex crime charges laid against man ‘married’ to 13yo girl

    A Sydney man has been refused bail after being charged over a live-in sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

    The pair were living together in Sydney’s west.

    Police sources say the 26-year-old man and the girl were “married” in an Islamic religious ceremony in the Hunter region last month.

    The marriage has no legal standing in Australia because of the girl’s age.

  63. Splatacrobat

    Police have questioned the girl’s parents and believe they had a hand in arranging the marriage.

    Detective Inspector Peter Yeomans says it is a disturbing situation.

    “It’s really really unusual,” he said.

    “We do have sexual assaults of minors… but this type of situation where it is almost sanctioned by a family, if that ends up being the case, is a very very unusual set of circumstances to happen within NSW.”

    But the NSW Minister for Family and Community services, Pru Goward, says it is not an isolated case.

    “There are actually a significant number of unlawful, unregistered marriages to underage girls in NSW, particularly in south-west Sydney, western Sydney and the Blue Mountains,” she said.

    Police say it’s rare but Goward says significant.

  64. Oh come on

    I think Bolt’s slightly wrong about his claim that many Australian leftists are attempting to hide their political affiliation. I think they probably genuinely believe they are objective, non-aligned arbiters of matters political. Why, they might even vote Liberal if the party wasn’t in thrall to the Lunar Right and again became the party of Menzies, Fraser, Peacock and Hewson. (If you believe that I have a bridge in Crimea you may be interested in purchasing.)

    Although perhaps they’re furiously preparing for the arrival of the Fisk Doctrine in the hope they’ll be able to continue to operate under the leftist-spotting radar which will be deployed, and that they’ll be able to dodge the compassionate mandatory medical regime all leftists will have to undergo to cure them of their disease. Oh no no no. We have already identified the leftists to be treated as a matter of high priority. There are many ‘non-leftist progressives’ on the list. Why, Dr JC’s professional opinion is that the confusion or dishonesty which prompts them to categorise themselves as ‘non-leftists’ are classic symptoms of Leftism, which makes diagnosis a simple matter.

  65. rafiki

    Tony Burke’s antics remind me of an event that occurred at the National conference of Labor Lawyers, held in Adelaide in mid-1979. On the opening, a line of luminaries marched up the middle of the hall to a ‘high-table’. In the van was Senator John Button, accompanied, (to the surprise of many) by a woman who was not his long-married and much supportive wife, Marjorie. She was devastated by the news, and suffered greatly. Three years later, one of their three boys overdosed on heroin.

  66. C.L.

    It will be recalled that secretary rooter Burke was the man who called Bronwyn Bishop a witch.

    He also routinely abuses Bishop in parliament.

    For some bizarre reason, Bronwyn allows herself to be lectured by the sanctimonious slimeball.

  67. C.L.

    Oh yeah … another thing re Burke.

    Another great call, Fisk.

  68. Oh come on

    Splat – either he does a Chipp and splits from his party to form a new one, or a Kernot and jumps ship into the Labor frontbench. In the latter case he’ll have to have an affair with Plibber if he’s to authentically follow in Kernot’s footsteps.

  69. Rabz

    either he does a Chipp and splits from his party to form a new one

    The Turnbull United Republican Democrats Pardee.

  70. Infidel Tiger

    Burke is human garbage.

    What haven’t these ALP freaks rooted?

  71. Token

    In that link you provided

    Diector of Staff and Digital Director

    LOL, great pick up Mike, are you suggesting that Burke has tastes when may lead him to be welcome at Mardi Gras?

  72. pete m

    His chief is a lady.

    Shame, because if it was a boy, one could say he was:

    “Back of Burke”

    etc

    NTTIAWWT

  73. Token

    Three years later, one of their three boys overdosed on heroin.

    That was the curse of a generation of Labor politicians.

    Any wonder the left do not want drugs and family policy to be mixed?

  74. pete m

    Hey C.L. did you enjoy Clarke’s 160? Gutsy innings given the pounding he took from Morkel. Real fighter our pup.

    It will be interesting to see if Harris when bowling puts in a big last effort as the writing is on the wall for him, which ius a shame as he is such a big hearted team player.

  75. calli

    Turnbull’s new pardee – would that be either polished or gold plated, Rabz?

  76. Token

    The Turnbull United Republican Democrats Pardee.

    Popular People’s Front of Wentworth

  77. Rabz

    Covered in glitter and paraded proudly down Oxford St, calli.

  78. stackja

    Turnbull reminds me of the quote attributed to WSC ‘riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.’ Same probably applies to Putin.

  79. dismissive

    Is it possible Turnbull wants to follow the Peacock model? He needs Abbott to sack him so he can quietly build support on the back bench. Then he can come through in a blaze of glory and be Prime Minister.

    Just like Peacock didn’t.

  80. Token

    Listening the PM Live from last night and after hearing Peter Reith put a number of the Abbott government’s policies which would bloat government to the sword, he states (18m & 50s):

    “…why don’t we get the government out of it, and maybe there is a more Libertarian approach to this than just another government program…”

  81. C.L.

    Burke in the House doing it again.

    Just standing there abusing Bishop and taking over Question Time.

    For FUCK sake, act, Bishop.

  82. Mike of Marion

    Michael Williamson taken into custody.

  83. brc

    You guys are all dreaming if you think Burke dumping his wife counts him out as PM contender for Labor.

    Their current leader dumped his wife at the football and started riding the GGs daughter.
    Their previous PM was reinstalled after they all went on TV calling him a psycho who they could never work for
    The one before that was a committed communist feminist who had been through half the front bench and the union execs and was currently shacked up with a hair products salesman who had a heavily tattooed daughter posing for men’s mags
    The leader before that broke a taxi drivers arm in an assault

    None of these things mattered in the eyes of the press and hence the eyes of most voters.

    The most horrific press on personal matters for a recent leader was the bile reserved for tony abbott when he suggested he didn’t want his daughters to root the first bloke that came along.

    Recall that bad press for Craig Thomson only arrived when finally – after 5 years – he was found guilty for using union money to buy prostitutes. The fact that he, too, dumped his wife and shacked up with his adviser was not even remotely part of the story. In fact, can anyone name an ALP leader who is actually still with their wife? Not sure about Beazley, but otherwise you’d have to go back to Whitlam.

    You’re all dreaming if you think this is a problem for Burke. A teary tell-all to women’s weekly about how hard it was to suppress his blossoming new love, a 60 minutes interview later cuddling his cocker spaniel and he’d be all set for a run at the top job.

  84. stackja

    C.L.
    #1210850, posted on March 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm
    Burke in the House doing it again.

    Tony Burke is just digging a deeper hole. Why bother interrupting? Tony Burke is just keeping ALP in opposition.

  85. Infidel Tiger

    Berk is a poisonous swine.

  86. stackja

    brc
    #1210853, posted on March 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm
    You guys are all dreaming if you think Burke dumping his wife counts him out as PM contender for Labor.

    The new ALP ‘morals’ of today.

  87. pete m

    An Arab walks into a bar…

    A rich Arab walks into a bar and is about to order a drink when he sees
    a guy close by wearing a Jewish cap, a prayer shawl/tzitzis and
    traditional locks of hair.

    He doesn’t have to be an Einstein to know that this guy is Jewish. So, he
    shouts over to the bartender so loudly that everyone can hear, “Drinks for
    everyone in here, bartender, but not for the Jew over there.”

    Soon after the drinks have been handed out, the Jew gives him a big smile,
    waves at him, then says, “Thank you!” in an equally loud voice.

    This infuriates the Arab.

    He once again loudly orders drinks for everyone except the Jew. As
    before, this does not seem to bother the Jewish guy. He continues to
    smile, and again yells, “Thank you!”

    The Arab asks the bartender, “What the hell is the matter with that Jew?
    I’ve ordered two rounds of drinks for everyone in the bar but him, and all
    the silly bugger does is smile and thank me. Is he nuts?”

    “Nope,” replies the bartender. “He owns the place.”

  88. stackja

    Mike of Marion
    #1210851, posted on March 3, 2014 at 2:18 pm
    Michael Williamson taken into custody.

    Julia next?

  89. C.L.

    It really is bizarre, you know.

    Watching QT, I’m watching an Opposition Leader under investigation by the police.

    Jumping up every two minutes is a man who just dumped his wife.

    (The Opposition Leader also dumped his wife).

    Speaking on Ukraine was the wife of a convicted heroin trafficker.

    She’s a stong supporter of plain packaging.

  90. calli

    A teary tell-all to women’s weekly about how hard it was to suppress his blossoming new love, a 60 minutes interview later cuddling his cocker spaniel and he’d be all set for a run at the top job.

    Sadly, you are probably right, brc. But you forgot the all-important matching terry towelling bathrobes for the 60mins piece.

    It’s the little details that count, especially with the wymminses.

  91. stackja

    pete m
    #1210859, posted on March 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm
    An Arab walks into a bar…

    Good one!

  92. Delta A

    Bandy tries to gazump Morrison. Gets slapped down like the irrevelent little twerp that he is.

  93. Delta A

    Oops. That would be irrelevant.

  94. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sorry, Cats, I’m behind the eight ball. Williamson has been sentenced?

  95. Bruce

    Nothing new about it,as BRC points out they have a long history of that standard of behavior .The Silver Bodgie certainly didn’t miss, long before he shacked up with his current root he was at it,big time ,both during his time as a Union thug and later as an MP and he wasn’t too fussy either. Whatever his mate Pete laid on was god enough.

  96. Token

    An Arab walks into a bar…

    Wow, in the one story we hear how the evil Jews owns everything and seduce a good muslim to break the rules of the prophet & drink demonic alcohol.

    You can bet that story Pete M is doing the rounds in BDS circles.

  97. stackja

    Former union boss Michael Williamson grew up in such poverty that he was determined his own five children would never suffer financial hardship, his sentencing hearing has heard.
    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/michael–williamson-taken-into-custody-20140303-33ynm.html#ixzz2urokhYKX

    Pass the tissues. Tears!

  98. C.L.

    Kisses blown:

    DISGRACED former Health Services Union boss Michael Williamson has been taken into custody after a court heard that his “downfall has been complete’’.

    Family and supporters of Williamson blew kisses and waved as the father of five was taken into custody following a sentencing hearing at Sydney’s District Court today.

  99. brc

    Sorry, of course Kevin is still with wife Therese, and even appears to enjoy the company of his family.

    Thats probably the underlying reason they all called him a psycho and wanted him thrown out. I can just imagine the liks of Shorten, Gillard and Burke in a huddle saying “he even stays with his wife despite having an office full of eligible young girls, I think its sick to wave his marriage around like it’s some sort of principle or soemthing”

  100. val majkus

    bill to axe the Climate Authority rejected:

    THE first of the Abbott government bills to scrap the carbon tax has been defeated in the Senate.

    Legislation to dismantle the Climate Change Authority was knocked back in the upper house today by Labor and the Australian Greens.

    It is the first bill in a package designed to unwind the Gillard government’s clean energy laws, and has been the subject of protracted debate in the Senate.

    The bill was amended by Labor senator Louise Pratt, who wanted to include the Senate’s concerns about what impact scrapping the authority could have on independent climate science.

    But a government effort to pass the amended bill at its second reading stage was defeated 38 votes to 32.

    It will be three months before the bill can be reintroduced to the Senate, and a second rejection would be a trigger for a double dissolution.

    The move will frustrate the government, which has slammed Labor and the Greens for their “industrial go slow’’ in the Senate over the repeal bills.

    The Greens are already claiming victory, while environment groups are praising senators for keeping the authority temporarily alive.

    The Australian Conservation Foundation said the authority would now be able to continue its work until the new Senate takes over in July.

    “The Climate Change Authority is such an important body because it takes the politics out of setting climate policies,’’ spokeswoman Victoria McKenzie-McHarg said in a statement.

    Greens leader Christine Milne said Australia could continue to receive high quality independent advice on global warming and a rigorous review of the renewable energy target.

    “I am delighted that today the Senate has defeated Tony Abbott’s push to try and tear apart a science-based recommendation and go with his anti-science obsession,’’ she told reporters.

    Senator Milne said the government could bring this legislation back before the Senate in three months.

    “It will depend on the makeup of the Senate,’’ she said.

    If West Australians at the upcoming Senate election reduce the number of coalition senators, the Senate would then have the numbers to reject government efforts to remove Labor’s climate change legislation, she said.

    AAP

    does that make you mad or what?

  101. calli

    Williamson used millions of dollars of union funds to maintain a lavish lifestyle for his wife and five children as well as a mistress, the union’s procurement officer Cheryl McMillan said.

    An upright citizen and genuine ‘family’ man. Oh, and his daughter worked for Gillard.

    The unplumbed cesspit that is Labor.

  102. Myrddin Seren

    Further thoughts on the Tony Bourke-Skye Laris affair.

    It takes two to tango.

    As Bourke’s chief of staff, she presumably would have spoken to and/or met the betrayed Mrs Bourke.

    So Skye is going full metal Lewinsky on a genuinely misogynist Tony in the federal parliament and probably telling Mrs Bourke that Tony has ‘appointments’ and can’t make it back home for the weekend.

    One suspects there is a lot more to Mrs Bourke’s lament:

    I need to heal from what is a devastating loss and betrayal for me.

    Wonder what Skye’s rationale is for cheerfully helping betray a loyal Labor wife ?

  103. Bruce

    Let’s hope Mrs.Burke (MK1), screws him for every cent she can get out of him as a divorce settlement.

  104. Ivan Denisovich

    The most horrific press on personal matters for a recent leader was the bile reserved for tony abbott when he suggested he didn’t want his daughters to root the first bloke that came along.

    Bolt:

    THE first thing to be said about Tony Abbott’s critics this week is that they are liars.

    Take Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

    Gillard’s eager ears pricked up when she learnt that Women’s Weekly, in a long profile this week on Abbott, asked the Opposition Leader what he thought of sex before marriage.

    Hello, hello, hello.

    You see, the Rudd Government has been desperate to exploit anti-Catholic bigotry in this country and paint Abbott as a papist who’d ban abortions if he could and force children to study Bibles. Yes, really – that’s how dishonest and vile its attacks have been.

    But Gillard must have been disappointed by what Abbott actually told Women’s Weekly, because I doubt there’s a good father who’d have said much different to his own daughters.

    Check for yourself. Here is every last word that Abbott, himself the father of three girls, said: “It (sex before marriage) happens … I think I would say to my daughters if they were to ask me this question … it is the greatest gift that you can give someone, the ultimate gift of giving, and don’t give it to someone lightly, that is what I would say.”

    Full stop. Read anything to object to?

    No. And that’s precisely why Gillard had to lie. (I am of course presuming she actually checked what Abbott said.)

    Here now is what Gillard said: “These comments will confirm the worst fears of Australian women about Tony Abbott. Australian women don’t want to be told what to do by Tony Abbott.

    “Australian women want to make their own choices and they don’t want to be lectured to by Mr Abbott.”

    You see immediately Gillard’s big lie – albeit one of deliberate inference, rather than bald statement.

    Abbott had not lectured Australian women generally. As he’d made clear, his was advice he would give only to his own daughters, and only if they asked.

    Nor was he telling anyone “what to do” – not even his daughters.

    He was only suggesting what they might consider when making their own decision. Not even to his girls did he preach against sex before marriage.

    So Gillard lied. And she wasn’t alone. Predictably, the media repeated this untruth that Abbott had told all single women to keep their virginity.

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

    Sheehan:

    The dictionary defines misogyny as “hatred of women”. It is an ugly word, an ugly accusation and an ugly fact of life. It is now the word that has driven Australian politics to its lowest point in decades. Yesterday, the mask fell away, the curtain dropped, the real driver of the politics of personal abuse was revealed.

    After sending out two attack dogs, Gutter and Sewer, to do the dirty work, after hiding behind two political zombies, Insufferable and Unspeakable, to stay in power, after using the Minister for Innuendo and the Compromise-General to play the gender card, the mask has finally dropped away to reveal the driver of the politics of hate in Australia.

    The mask fell at exactly 2.42pm in the House of Representatives. Looking on were the member for Gutter, Anthony Albanese, the member for Sewer, Wayne Swan, the Minister for Innuendo, Tanya Plibersek, and the Compromise-General, Nicola Roxon, and the independents who will do anything to avoid facing their electorates, Mr Insufferable, Robert Oakeshott, and his fellow regional zombie, Mr Unspeakable, Tony Windsor.

    Someone had to set Gutter and Sewer loose. Someone directed Innuendo and Compromise to play the gender card. Someone paid the bill for Insufferable and Unspeakable. Someone’s authority still rests on the vote of Craig Thomson. And someone had to approve making Peter Slipper the Speaker despite his being manifestly disrespected by either side of the house, a low point of political opportunism.

    At 2.42 pm on Tuesday that someone rose to speak. The mask fell away. Julia Gillard came out snarling.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/gillard-reveals-true-nature-in-playing-gender-card-20121010-27cnq.html#ixzz2urqT6Lkp

  105. Token

    A couple of good polls has lead to Moobs allowing DD trigger # 1 to be put in place:

    THE first of the Abbott government bills to scrap the carbon tax has been defeated in the Senate.

    Legislation to dismantle the Climate Change Authority was knocked back in the upper house today by Labor and the Australian Greens.

  106. Token

    Wonder what Skye’s rationale is for cheerfully helping betray a loyal Labor wife ?

    Australia’s first female PM gave her the abilty to dream she could do the same one day?

  107. brc

    Myrddin, I would expect the they don’t even see it as soemthing wrong. The labor movement is incredibly incestuous – I imagine it all starts at those young labor camps and just goes from there. Whenever did a family wrecker ever care abut the family? In the minds of the young left, they are all rebelling against authority anyway, someone’s wife is just another thing to be rebellious and subversive against. When youre told there is little in the society that you live that is working well, is it any wonder then that they have little respect for any type of societal behaviors? Failure to grow up and out of university is endemic amongst these people, that part is blindingly obvious. Even the old ones come up with movements like ‘destroy the joint’.

    I have nothing but contempt for the likes of Burke and Shorten who just dump their families like that. I get that marriages break down for a host of reasons. But you should have some backbone and dignity and manage it well, not the least of all for the sake of your own family. Dumping one then ostentatiously running off with your younger assistant speaks of one not in control of his trousers.

  108. Brian of Moorabbin

    Wonder what Skye’s rationale is for cheerfully helping betray a loyal Labor wife ?

    You mean, beyond the self-entitlement complex that all Leftists have?

  109. Infidel Tiger

    Wonder what Skye’s rationale is for cheerfully helping betray a loyal Labor wife ?

    Naturally Skye is a passionate supporter of marriage equality.

  110. Leigh Lowe

    At today’s hearing in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court, it was confirmed that Williamson made a suicide attempt in September 2011 when it became clear to him that he was under investigation by NSW Police over fraud allegations.

    Bullshit. Standard HSU modus operandi when trapped. Remember when that thieving c*** Thommo was under the pump and that idiot Mal Washer threw him the “suicide watch” lifeline (so to speak)?

    “His downfall has been complete,” said Williamson’s defence barrister Tim Game, adding that the former national ALP president had issued an apology to the HSU and taken full responsibility for his actions.

    Full responsibility, you say?

    Williamson has agreed to owing the HSU $5 million based on his fraudulent dealings but has filed for bankruptcy and is not expected to pay back any of the funds.

    He only pleaded to a minimum of the charges which no doubt the prosecution accepted for expediency and to limit trial costs. And he is suddenly bankrupt. Full responsibility would be “I will work my arse off for as long as I live to repay what I have stolen. And I will do my level best to name all my relatives, girlfriends and other cronies who have bags of HSU cash salted under their floorboards.
    Still a lying piece of shit.

  111. calli

    And he is suddenly bankrupt.

    Typical. Wasn’t his wife in receipt of a massive wage for ‘clerical’ work? All done at home, natch.

  112. Leigh Lowe

    The ABC writes an on-line account of Michael Williamson being taken into custody.
    A short report mind (no more than 250 words) but ABC reporter Karl Hoerr manages to make it all the way through without mentioning the ALP once.
    Just imagine if this was, say, a former director of the IPA and perhaps a former office-bearer of the Double Bay sub-branch of the Liberal Party.

  113. egg_

    Dumping one then ostentatiously running off with your younger assistant speaks of one not in control of his trousers.

    Soon to ‘lose his shirt’?

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