Open Forum: May 31, 2014

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  1. Percy

    Apparently Akubra has begun importing rabbit fur for their famous hats due to a shortage of Oz bunnies.

    Not sure where they do their shopping at, but it ain’t round here.

    Edit, I’ve just checked the story you mentioned, and it would indeed appear that total numbers have dropped. Seems results vary by region and climate. I’ll maintain that a virus released into a feral species that also maintains such a large domestic population will be a bad idea.

  2. Rabz

    Thanks, Deskie. He’s certainly no Bill Leak, that’s for sure.

  3. Delta A

    What is hysterical about pointing out the devastation caused by these mangy brutes?

    A friend has waged his own private war against feral cats and boasts a healthy 85 tally. He dissected a few, finding multiple geckos, blue wrens etc in their stomachs.

    I like cats and realize that good cat owners keep their kitties out of temptation’s path at all times. But mongrel ferals have no place in this country.

  4. Delta A

    I would not support a virus either, Percy. How about a bounty, as was done to control rabbits and foxes years ago? No questions asked about MO.

  5. Aristogeiton

    Token
    #1329625, posted on June 2, 2014 at 1:44 pm
    Yeah, we had that too:

    Dave of the Shed really is doing magnificent work.

    “Dave of the Shed”?

  6. Token

    “Dave of the Shed”?

    David Crowther does most of his work in a shed in his back garden. This is the bio from your link Ari.

  7. Cold-Hands

    While Blair and Bolt are back up, it’s still difficult to post comments.

  8. Aristogeiton

    Token
    #1329664, posted on June 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm
    “Dave of the Shed”?

    David Crowther does most of his work in a shed in his back garden. This is the bio from your link Ari.

    Ah I see. Difficult to find a link to the text online :)

  9. jupes

    However, it is false and the policy has merit.

    Just hardly anybody here agrees with you. Now you sound like supporters of TLS.

    The policy has merit but we need to communicate it better. LOL

  10. Token

    Difficult to find a link to the text online

    Yes, considering all the august and imperial academic institutions across the world which were created due to such documents, you were forced to link to the work of an part time amateur who works out of his back shed in backwater UK to find that piece…

  11. Adamn Bandt has his lie in QT:

    @innocentshorten:
    Silly @AdamBandt lies by saying that “scientists say we should keep coal in the ground”. Really, which scientist says anything so stupid?

    Since you think, hypocritical @AdamBandt, that we “should keep coal in the ground” will you henceforth abstain from using stainless steel?

  12. Aristogeiton

    Token
    #1329680, posted on June 2, 2014 at 2:21 pm
    Difficult to find a link to the text online

    Yes, considering all the august and imperial academic institutions across the world which were created due to such documents, you were forced to link to the work of an part time amateur who works out of his back shed in backwater UK to find that piece…

    Cat memes are readily available, however.

  13. Grigory M

    Delta A #1329648, posted on June 2, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I would not support a virus either, Percy.

    Huh? WTF is this, then?

    Delta A #1329606, posted on June 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    What a vote winner.

    IMO it is a vote winner.

    Consistency, Possum, consistency.

  14. C.L.

    For the first time in many years, I no longer bother with Question Time.

    It’s run by Tony Burke, who has successfully squashed Bishop and Pyne.

  15. Delta A

    Didn’t realize I’d have to spell it out precisely, but for Grigory, yes, I do support an eradication program for feral cats. No, I do not support a virus (as I belatedly see Hunt specifically mentioned) because I have seen alternative methods work well.

  16. Mr Rusty

    Bloody Lib retards. Focusing on wiping out feral cats when they should be researching ways to wipe out the feral left.

  17. C.L.

    That photo ought to be given a wider audience.

    Why do they hate women?

  18. egg_

    “Mr Burke, a senior member of Labor’s powerful NSW Right faction”

    Some “Communist”, Candy; and an up and coming IMHO.

  19. Tom

    Such was my cognitive dissonance, I was able to tune in to today’s Question Time only after I had turned the sound down. Occasional glances confirm that it is that it is a bunch dissonant consonants that would merely have amplified my discombobulation.

  20. Delta A

    Patience, Mr Rusty. Cats are far more intelligent than lefties, so if a program to eradicate them can be found, the extinction of all lefties will be a doddle.

  21. candy

    Some “Communist”, Candy; and an up and coming IMHO.

    Well, semi-communist but he certainly has a frightening bullying demeanour towards women.

  22. Bruce

    Not much heard from Hockey for a few days,he seems to have stopped contradicting/undermining Abbott. Passed the baton to Turnbull perhaps?

  23. notafan

    Interesting that this 29 yo Sri Lankan Tamil had apparently lived with his parents in India between 1982 and 2002 when he attempted to enter Sri Lanka, apparently returned to India and then arrived here by boat in Jan 2013 and was granted a bridging visa. Parents are still in India. Am not sure on what grounds he was a refugee when he had lived in India nearly all his life.

    Another victim

  24. Grigory M

    Didn’t realize I’d have to spell it out precisely, but for Grigory,

    No need to spell anything out for me, Delta – but given your demonstrated inconsistency perhaps repeating the mantra is good for you. Anyhoo, Possum – we have previously had the feral cat eradication wars on the Cat, most recently around the time of the Great Lizard War in February this year. All good fun at the time – didn’t see you there, though.

    I have seen alternative methods work well.

    Yes, yes – Leigh Lowe’s “letting the young-un’s sink or swim in a bucket of water” was quite original and appreciated by some in February. Shame Leigh wasn’t around with his bucket of water when Hunt came on the scene*.

    *NADT

  25. Delta A

    You’re getting quite silly now, Grigory, even for your standards. Time for your nap, I suspect.

  26. Mr Rusty

    Patience, Mr Rusty. Cats are far more intelligent than lefties, so if a program to eradicate them can be found, the extinction of all lefties will be a doddle.

    Eradication methods actually already exist, like any feeding feral animal, if you cut off their food supply (taxpayers money in the case of Moocherus Leftis) and they will soon consume each other and then themselves before they wither and die. If the Libs had the will to do it we could be watching Tony Jones munching on the bones of Vilma the pensioner, David Marr rooting the corpse of Adam Bandt in an open sewer on the Yarra and Christine Milne rowing to Tasmania on the bloated body of Sarah Hyphen-Young claiming refugee status.
    As it happens, all the weaklings have managed so far is to send them to bed early without supper and without confiscating the iPhone which they’ve used to phone Child Support Services and scream blue murder about abuse and denial of rights.

  27. Eddystone

    Given the usual result of government “wars’, eg. war on drugs/poverty/homelessness etc, I expect we will soon be over run by feral cats.

  28. Fisky

    The New York Times race-baiting over a Pakistani honour-killing

    But such killings more frequently stem from tribal traditions or deep-rooted cultural norms.

    Why the fuck do the Left think it is more PC to find a racial angle in honour killings in order to avoid blaming Islam? It’s fucking deranged, and they need to be called on it. Nice euphemism there, “tribal”! When we talk about French or German culture, do we ever refer to “tribal” customs? Of course not. The term really means “uncivilised black people”.

  29. Leigh Lowe’s “letting the young-un’s sink or swim in a bucket of water”

    That’s how it’s done at small scale on the farm. Although ‘swim’ is not generally provided as an option.

  30. egg_

    Well, semi-communist but he certainly has a frightening bullying demeanour towards women.

    Not da misogyny?

  31. Shelley

    I am at home convalescing and happened to turn over to the afternoon chat show on Channel 7. They were discussing a video of Justin Bieber that surfaced of him telling a racist joke that involved the N word. Apparently he was 15 at the time. The person presenting the story said something along the lines of ‘well he was only 15 when he said it, I am sure he has learnt now’, to which all the panel agreed. I wonder what this panel would have said about a 13 year old girl from a low socio-economic background who yelled something to a well paid and much older football player? (not that I am condoning the Bieber joke – just pointing out there may well be some hypocrisy at play).

  32. If the Libs had the will to do it

    There endeth the lesson.

  33. Peter from SA

    When we talk about French or German culture, do we ever refer to “tribal” customs?

    Christianity has generally overcome these tribal customs, even in Third World countries. Islam doesn’t seem to have this effect.

  34. Mr Rusty

    The Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said Seemanpillai’s death was an indictment of Australia’s immigration system.“As a country, we failed this man. He came to Australia fearing for his life, he asked for our help and we failed him,” Hanson-Young said.

    He illegally entered the country thanks to policies you wanted and voted for you treacherous lard-arse.

    “The government must explain exactly what it will do to guarantee that this doesn’t happen again.”

    You mean like proper border protection, towbacks and TPV’s, all which worked before and that you still oppose you bloviating whale?

    And seriously? An 18 month wait in a first world country, on handouts and charity and the guy was depressed? LEGAL migrants have had to wait two to three times that WITHOUT access to welfare and you don’t see them self-immolating.

  35. Foggyfig

    notafan
    #1329745, posted on June 2, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    And once again SHY moans about our immigration policies

  36. Steve D

    Yep, it’s quite amazing how the Germans do it (the industrial diversity thing, that is). It’s what leads you to drive past the BBS HQ on a scenic drive through the Black Forest, having just perused cuckoo clocks.

  37. notafan

    And Shy completely ignores the fact that Mr Seemanpillai lived all his life in India and had absolutely no reason to seek ‘asylum’ in Australia.
    Was he depressed because he and his family had wasted so much money with people smugglers who sold a dodgy product and didn’t offer a money back guarantee?
    Still a really horrible way to die though.

  38. Woolfe

    Gof help us, even Julie Bishop thinks that #Hashtags will stop violence.

    FM @JulieBishopMP says it is #timetoact to end sexual violence in conflict: http://bit.ly/1u6R4qz @end_svc

  39. Grigory M

    You’re getting quite silly now, Grigory, even for your standards. Time for your nap, I suspect.

    Silly? – no more so than yourself in this instance, Delta. And I have no time for naps in daylight hours – we younger folk have to keep the wheels of industry moving and paying taxes so that older persons (especially those with waning powers of concentration) can continue to loll about promoting strange notions on the interwebs (not hysterically pointing things out, though – of course). ;)

    Ok – coffee break’s over – back to the grindstone.

  40. Mr Rusty

    FFS.
    Asking SH-Yte about dead asylum seekers is like asking Martin Bryant for his opinion on Columbine.

  41. Gab

    The Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said Seemanpillai’s death was an indictment of Australia’s immigration system.“As a country, we failed this man. He came to Australia fearing for his life, he asked for our help and we failed him,” Hanson-Young said.

    The child senator was unavailable for comment regarding the 1,200 or so who drowned at sea making their way here in search of welfare due to the Rudd/Gillard open borders policy.

  42. john constantine

    it is not what julie bishop thinks that matters, what matters is that a big convoy of voters only respond on the #emotionaltruth level.

    if bishop cannot connect with this convoy of voters, we are only 800 odd days away from sarah mother of dragons declaring that the greenleft allies have declared the borders open, with cash payments to those that suffered waiting under abbott.

    pondering the possibility that social workers advising australias pool of undocumented arrivals are advising them that all they have to do is sit tight and work social media to destroy the great abbottbeast, then it is all gravy train.

    —if we have gone from social worker advised lip sewing, to having two self immolations recently, how toxic is the culture that depends on massive cashflows from the government for the undocumented arrival industry?.

    the only smoking the lefties approve of , is the smoke rising from a corpse they can lay at the great abbottbeasts door.

  43. Rabz

    he asked for our help and we failed him

    Who is this ‘we’, you preposterous landwhale?

  44. C.L.

    The party that bankrolled Craig Thomson …

    Vic ALP will move to find Shaw in contempt.

    But then, Shaw allegedly ‘misused his taxpayer-funded car.’

    Thomson only stole money from poor women to finance an addiction to brothels.

  45. Kevin D. Williamson, having written “Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman”—subtitled, “facts are not subject to our feelings”—will soon, I warrant, be audited by the IRS with extreme prejudice, and should consider himself lucky that, so far, he has not been sent to a re-education camp:

    The world is abuzz with news that actor Laverne Cox has become the first transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine. If I understand the current state of the ever-shifting ethic and rhetoric of transgenderism, that is not quite true: Bradley Manning, whom we are expected now to call Chelsea, beat Cox to the punch by some time. Manning’s announcement of his intention to begin living his life as a woman and to undergo so-called sex-reassignment surgery came after Time’s story, but, given that we are expected to defer to all subjective experience in the matter of gender identity, it could not possibly be the case that Manning is a transgendered person today but was not at the time of the Time cover simply because Time was unaware of the fact, unless the issuance of a press release is now a critical step in the evolutionary process.
    As I wrote at the time of the Manning announcement, Bradley Manning is not a woman. Neither is Laverne Cox. […]
    Regardless of the question of whether he has had his genitals amputated, Cox is not a woman, but an effigy of a woman. Sex is a biological reality, and it is not subordinate to subjective impressions, no matter how intense those impressions are, how sincerely they are held, or how painful they make facing the biological facts of life. No hormone injection or surgical mutilation is sufficient to change that.
    Genital amputation and mutilation is the extreme expression of the phenomenon, but it is hardly outside the mainstream of contemporary medical practice. The trans self-conception, if the autobiographical literature is any guide, is partly a feeling that one should be living one’s life as a member of the opposite sex and partly a delusion that one is in fact a member of the opposite sex at some level of reality that transcends the biological facts in question. There are many possible therapeutic responses to that condition, but the offer to amputate healthy organs in the service of a delusional tendency is the moral equivalent of meeting a man who believes he is Jesus and inquiring as to whether his insurance plan covers crucifixion. […]
    The mass delusion that we are inculcating on the question of transgendered people is a different sort of matter [to common or garden homosexuality], to the extent that it would impose on society at large an obligation — possibly a legal obligation under civil-rights law, one that already is emerging — to treat delusion as fact, or at the very least to agree to make subjective impressions superordinate to biological fact in matters both public and private.

  46. Gab

    Greg Hunt’s biggest issue is feral cats. Yes, well, I suppose he has to be seen to be doing something.

  47. Andrew

    The Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said Seemanpillai’s death was an indictment of Australia’s immigration system.“As a country, we failed this man. He came to Australia fearing for his life, he asked for our help and we failed him,” Hanson-Young said.

    So basically he wasn’t happy with raking in money that would buy him a platoon of slaves in Mumbai, thought we were dragging the chain processing his (entirely invalid) claim, and he decided to send a message that the handling by the R-G-R govts of his claim was not good enough (like everything else they did).

    Hope he emailed his friends first, telling them what a prick of a country this is.

  48. .

    Gab
    #1329634, posted on June 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm
    Gab should have read the policy.

    FFS I have ready the policy I just don’t happen to agree with some of it. Shoot me.

    Yes Gab you did disagree with some parts of the policy, as is your prerogative. You also brought up some stuff that isn’t part of it. It isn’t productive to make mistakes like this. It is very hard having a discussion about something in which the facts rather than merit change in the mind of every participant.

  49. Token

    The child senator was unavailable for comment regarding the 1,200 or so who drowned at sea making their way here in search of welfare due to the Rudd/Gillard open borders policy.

    The quote on the record by Sarah Flint-Hearted was “Tragedies Happen, Accidents Happen”

  50. Gab

    Stop lecturing me, Dot. I read the policy, I made my own estimations of the policy. Sorry, but I don’t just read something and that’s it. I look at possible unintended consequences that may arise, I consider how easy it would be to change the policy, I look for loopholes etc. I give it considerable thought.

    So fuck off with your lectures.

  51. egg_

    “Tragedies Happen, Accidents Happen”

    Sociopathic, what?

  52. .

    Gab
    #1329831, posted on June 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm
    Stop lecturing me, Dot. I read the policy, I made my own estimations of the policy. Sorry, but I don’t just read something and that’s it. I look at possible unintended consequences that may arise, I consider how easy it would be to change the policy, I look for loopholes etc. I give it considerable thought.

    So fuck off with your lectures.

    You referred to something which was not part of the policy. I won’t refrain from telling you what the policy actually consists of.

  53. Gab

    You referred to something which was not part of the policy

    No.

  54. This guy;

    https://twitter.com/CodyFNfootball

    is tweeting about bob bergdahl (the US Army guy that got swapped for the talibanistas from gitmo). There is a lot of unflattering stuff there. It seems bergdahl was a bit of a nit.

  55. .

    Gab
    #1329847, posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm
    You referred to something which was not part of the policy

    No.

    Yes.

  56. Leo G

    “This is the tragic, human consequence of the government’s cruel refugee policy … a young man came to Australia, asking for our help, and we are failing him.” – sinister senator Sarah.

    A young man with a history of severe depression who threatened suicide if his demands for asylum were not satisfied. What help should Austalia have properly offered and how is Australia failing to help him after his death?
    Should we seek out depressed potential suicide bombers/immolators and offer them prophylactic asylum?

  57. James

    What help should Austalia have properly offered

    Australia should not have abandoned its effective border protection policies to give these people false hope and unnecessary disappointment.

  58. James

    even Julie Bishop thinks that #Hashtags will stop violence.

    It’s an unhealthy trend nowadays. People pass around these #thingys to show concern. If you don’t join the pass around, you are somehow not caring enough.

    If someone makes a racist comment and you don’t condemn him / her fast enough, that would make you a racist too.

    All these group pressures seeming to be good…

  59. Gab

    What help should Austalia have properly offered

    Apart from him receiving community mental health support, a bridging visa E that has work rights attached to it, apart from receiving the Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme since June 2013, apart from receiving a roof over his head, free medical care, apart from been given a mental health case worker, apart from him having lodged a protection visa application that has not as yet been denied, I’m not sure what else the taxpayers could have done.

  60. The ABC, as anyone who knows how the ABC collective operates would reasonably expect, has picked up Turnbull’s “demented” and “unhinged” comments, given them a little spit and polish and a conratulatory pat, taken selfies in front of them, called them an “extraordinary spray” and “fighting words”, punted them between the posts for a full six-pointer, wrapped them in Christmas paper and tinsel, kicked them into touch, thrown them to the first-base, tucked them under the arm and carried the length of the field and over the try-line, lobbed them over the net and into the basket, run them up the flag-pole, saluted them, awarded them a gold medal and a silver trophy and a bronze statue, covered them in glorious plastic and shiny stars, pickled them in brine and preserved them in aspic, granted them a triumph, an ovation and a laurel crown with crossed swords, oak leaves and bar, smacked them over the sight-screen for a six, and has planned to take them on a country-wide tour.
    ABC commentators are overjoyed and not troubling to hide their glee. A viewer could be forgiven for thinking something important occurred.

  61. Delta A

    Deadman at 5.51pm.

    A pleasure to read.

  62. Oh come on

    Probably already been discussed, but…just watched Tim Blair on the Bolt Report. Slightly underwhelming – I thought he would pop, but was more of a fizz.

    I suspect this was down to the format and the not-particularly-engaging topics raised by Bolt, rather than a deficiency of Blair’s.

  63. john constantine

    with the lefty media running so hard on the impact that suicide by self-immolation will have on the abbottbeast–what about copycats?.

    will the lefty media accept any responsibility if the self-immolation thing catches fire in the public imagination?.

    or will the abc feel they have to broadcast a plea for the human torches to please think of the planet, and use bio-fuels to be enviromentally sensitive?.

  64. .

    Does any soccer (Football. Futbol. Food-bowl.) mad fan want to explain why private corruption matters?

    Why is buying the FIFA Coupe de Monde any different to a regional shire paying the AFL to play a game? or Napthien buying the second NSWRL/QRL State of Origin game?

    I’m sure it is corrupt but Senator Nyuck Xylophone was bitching that we spent $45 million and could only bribe one vote out of the deal!

  65. Grigory M

    even for your standards

    Delta – I am hurt, wounded, cut to the quick – gutted, even – that you should say such a thing. A snaky, snarky throw-away inference – wholly undeserved IMO.

    But, I’m not offended. ;)

  66. Leo G

    “The ABC, as anyone who knows how the ABC collective operates would reasonably expect, has picked up Turnbull’s “demented” and “unhinged” comments, given them a little spit and polish and a conratulatory pat …”

    Normal rat grooming might involve a conratulatory lick and nibble.

  67. Steve of Glasshouse

    The only real # worth following is hash house harriers

  68. Delta A

    Oh, Grigory, what are you doing here when you should be grinding those wheels so that us oldies can loll back enjoying Deadman’s superb literary imagery.

    Or is it time for you to wash your hands for dinner?

  69. Oh come on

    People pass around these #thingys to show concern.

    Yes, it’s a gesture that seems to carry more credibility than a Facebook ‘like’, although it’s equally ineffectual.

    Am sick of seeing photos of tilty arseholes earnestly holding pieces of paper with #thepetcauseIwanttoonstentatiouslydisplaythatImdownwith scrawled on them.

  70. Peter from SA

    I’m sure it is corrupt but Senator Nyuck Xylophone was bitching that we spent $45 million and could only bribe one vote out of the deal!

    We’re still playing little league. $45m will buy a few statues against slavery in the Carribean and get you the UN Security Council Chair … which most realpolitik nations wouldn’t give a crap about.

    The Qataris must have doled out billions. Incredibly audacious. F*** they must have a lot of money for such a tiny population.

  71. Delta A

    Oh, and Grigory, I’d do a benign, smiley face to go with the above if I knew how to.

  72. Steve of Glasshouse

    I’m surprised that the Greens aren’t pissed off at the asylum seeker for releasing carbon.
    Yes, it’s crass, but it takes a sledge hammer between the eyes to get the attention of a mouth breathing flat lining green..

  73. Delta A

    Our son (also Steve) runs with the local Hash House Harriers almost 2,000 kms from Glasshouse (mountains), SoG.

  74. Oh come on

    F*** they must have a lot of money for such a tiny population.

    The Qataris host World Cups with their petrodollars. Norway, another super-rich country with a small population, builds luxury jails.

  75. candy

    Deadman that was really funny.
    The ABC really do love Malcolm Turnbull to bits, reading their stories and the comments following. Adore him almost.

  76. JC

    Dancer, you around?

    You think Stepford is still on disability or he’s been bounced? I reckon he’s close to being booted because he was on Troppo blog suggesting that economists shouldn’t interfere with welfare as it’s more of a moral thing. That suggests he’s on the cusp of getting yanked.

    I’ll ask him although I hate going near his blog as its really depressing.

  77. Tintarella di Luna

    Still a really horrible way to die though.

    Yes indeed even worse when imposed

  78. JC

    Dancer

    I left this comment at his blog. What a depressing fucking place it is.

    Hey Stepford;

    Read your welfare-is-a-moral issue comment at Troppo. Dancer and I want to know if you’re still on disability, yanked or close to being booted off the rolls?

  79. I’ll ask him although I hate going near his blog as its really depressing.

    Better you than me. I can’t bear it.

  80. JC

    Philippa

    He’s such a Debbie Downer.

  81. Grigory M

    Good to see a sense of humour there, Delta – mine’s not all that well developed. And yes, Dedders does do the etymological stuff and the occasional reference to the classics quite well. No problems with the lack of an emoticon – some folks here have in the past been quite opposed to their use.

    6.00 0′clock finish today, Possum – hands washed, already downed a beer and now enjoying minestrone soup for entrée. Cheers :)

  82. Tintarella di Luna

    Delta it’s true Grigory M is a mild-mannered doyen of urbane chivalry and moderate habits and not easily offended

  83. Tintarella di Luna

    :) testing retention

  84. Aristogeiton

    Tintarella di Luna
    #1329964, posted on June 2, 2014 at 6:19 pm
    Still a really horrible way to die though.

    Yes indeed even worse when imposed

    WARNING: fucking horrific.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HWfHuPTyKg

  85. john constantine

    didn’t the lefties luv winnie mandela?. i seem to remember winnie referring to the necklace with quite a bit of approval…………

  86. Cold-Hands

    It seems bergdahl was a bit of a nit.

    According to the history put up by Bolt, he wasn’t captured per se, just went AWOL and then turned up in the hands of the Taliban. I reckon his ex-girlfriend (whom he told (after his capture), to move on), had a very lucky escape. It seems clear that the USA has been dudded in this deal: they get a useless, near-collaborator back in exchange for handing back hardened militant leaders.

  87. Grigory M

    Amazing powers of observation, Tinta :)

  88. Tracey

    After the rabid screeching from the left that anyone opposed to the release and pardoning of David Hicks was a heartless monster we should have assumed that assuming the position for terrorists was their next logical step.

  89. nerblnob

    Bacon causes global warming.

    Haven’t seen this picked up yet in my cursory glance over the Australian media. The public must be told.

  90. Tintarella di Luna

    Amazing powers of observation, Tinta

    It’s one of my more endearing virtues, hasn’t made me rich but has been ….enriching

  91. Tintarella di Luna

    nerblob it doesn’t seem to say anything about smoked pancetta so I should be OK then

  92. Tintarella di Luna

    Sorry I mean nerblnob am using mu iPad mini but it’s me I need new glasses these 150ml ones just don’t hold enough

  93. C.L.

    Oh, and Grigory, I’d do a benign, smiley face to go with the above if I knew how to.

    Here ya go, Delta:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Smilies

  94. john constantine

    yeah, about qatar hosting a sporting event.. [and given that qatari citizens are the fattest, sickest least motivated 15 % of the explosively growing population, if demographics are destiny, the times ,they are a changin']

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/world/middleeast/27qatar.html?ref=global-home&_r=0

  95. Helen

    Ok happy Rabz with the shiny new lady friend, how many lizards and things do cats kill per night?

    And any virus would have to be extensively tested against native animals like the quoll.

    Anyway, it will cost me, I will have to get Ricochet vaccinated.

  96. Gab

    Morrison really does run rings around the hate media:

    Minister Morrison: Well the purpose of my discussion with the Department Secretary yesterday was to ensure and to be satisfied that where people are placed in the community they are being placed and supported in a way that is relevant to their circumstances and in this case at least at a superficial assessment that appears to be the situation but I have asked for an assurance on that front as well as others in the community. This man was in the community, he was on a bridging visa, he was with work rights, he had been seen as recently as last Friday. He was getting mental health support and this is just a very sad and very terrible incident.

    Journalist: Did he have a work history?

    Minister Morrison: He was not in work at the time.

    Journalist: But had he been before do you know?

    Minister Morrison: I couldn’t comment on that.

    Journalist: Some asylum seeker advocates say that many people who have come to Australia from Sri Lanka have taken a comment of yours last year as an understanding of where their claims will go. On the 11th of October last year you said so anyone who may have come from Sri Lanka should know that they will go back to Sri Lanka, that they don’t believe their claims will be fairly assessed and that people have seized on that statement as believing that their claims won’t be properly considered.

    Minister Morrison: So what are you alleging?

    Journalist: There, there is a claim here that this man believed that that is the trajectory that his claim was headed.

    Minister Morrison: And what are you basing that claim on?

    Journalist: What people have told 7.30.

    Minister Morrison: So the report I just gave you that the man had been visited last Friday by a case worker and there was no indication of suicidal ideation. That is the report I have given you today and I think that addresses your question.

    Journalist: And it has been alleged to us that this man was concerned..

    Minister Morrison: You need to make a judgement about whether you believe those allegations based on the facts that I have presented to you today.

    Journalist: Do you have any response though to the suggestion that you basically ruled out sending anybody back and that this might be adding to the concerns of [inaudible]?

    Minister Morrison: Claims are assessed in accordance with the process, they are not assessed by me. They are assessed in accordance with the process.

    Journalist: As Immigration Minister do you take responsibility for what has happened to this man?

    Minister Morrison: This is a terrible and tragic incident and none of us can know the mind of someone in this situation. I am certainly not pretending to and I don’t counsel others to do that either.

    Journalist: Minister can I just clarify your answer before, are you saying here today that there isn’t a blanket guarantee as it were that all asylum seekers from Sri Lanka will be sent back to Sri Lanka?

    Minister Morrison: Well no one has suggested that.

    Journalist: Minister friends say that this man was suffering depression for a year. Was that the department’s understanding?

    Minister Morrison: Well he was involved in an ongoing community mental health treatment plan.

    Journalist: So was he flagged as a risk then?

    Minister Morrison: He was, he was receiving treatment over the period of that time and he had a case worker and that case worker was I am advised visiting with him at least on a fortnightly basis and had visited with the man as recently as last Friday, the day before this incident occurred.

    Journalist: Did he undergo enhanced screening?

    Minister Morrison: Pardon?

    Journalist: Did he undergo enhanced screening?

    Minister Morrison: At the time of his release from detention he was fully assessed by mental health nurses at that time.

  97. Gab

    And a bit more:

    Journalist: You have spoken in the past about the incoming government inheriting a 30 000 backlog of asylum seekers. How are you going working your way through that backlog?

    Minister Morrison: Well at present it is a frustrating process because the Senate has blocked the introduction of the government’s mandated, at the last election, preferred process for dealing with the legacy caseload of which there are some 27 000 people who haven’t had their claims looked at yet and that was true going back as far as August of 2012 and so there had been no processing of those claims by the previous government at the time of the election. We have a clear pathway that we want to pursue in relation to this. For those who hadn’t commenced the process we are waiting the outcome of how the new Senate may regard the process that we are seeking to put in place. For those who aren’t part of that process we have been working through that caseload of the balance of several thousand who are involved in that process and that is proceeding but the facts are that what the government is seeking to do is put in place our arrangements for temporary protection visas which we took to the last election, which we have been consistent on for more than a decade. That process will allow us to get underway with the processing of some 27 000 people and if they are found to be refugees they will be given a temporary protection visa with work rights, parity of benefits and living in the community. Now I would like to get to that arrangement as soon as we possibly can and I think the needless frustration and delays that is occurring in the Senate is very unhelpful but I am making absolutely no connection between that and the incident involving this young man.

    Question: How many have finished under the old system?

    Minister Morrison: There are several thousand that are in the process but I can give you an update on that separate to this briefing if you like Michelle. I am happy to do that.

  98. Gab

    Last one, I promise:

    Question: Well it does appear he needed some kind of extra support because he took his own life.

    Minister Morrison: Well Karen you may want to draw whatever conclusion you wish about that. I said he was receiving support and the most recent support he received was the day before he took this terrible step and at that point the case worker who was involved in supporting this young man had been providing regular support to him. He was part of a community health programme of support and in some cases these terrible tragedies occur and in cases of persons who are receiving these sorts of treatment and the reasons they may be receiving these sorts of treatment I think it would be very unwise for people to make assumptions about this case. We don’t know what finally led this young man to take the decision that he did as sadly in so many cases whether they are persons who are IMAs or elsewhere in the community, we do not know. I think if some try and impugn motives in all of this and particularly when such imputations are made to suit political arguments, I think that is frankly very unfortunate.

    Question: [inaudible]

    Minister Morrison: Imputations have been made by advocates this morning which you will be well aware of.

    Much more here.

  99. calli

    Helen, your pet’s name has brought back happy memories.

    And when it comes to little yellow faces, my usual is :oops:

  100. C.L.

    The mental illness of our times:

    The end of gender? North American society may be ready for more shades in between male and female.

    Keep in mind that the same left-wing that likes to make fun of Palin-ite conservatives vis-a-vis science now accepts that men are women when they say they are.

  101. Grigory M

    I will have to get Ricochet vaccinated

    If there is a vaccine for the new virus, Helen. You probably won’t have to worry – it’ll be targeted only at feral cats, of course.

  102. stackja

    C.L.
    #1330050, posted on June 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Leftists keep changing the rules. And who dares to disagree and face the wrath of the MSM?

  103. Sinclair Davidson

    What’s the Latin for, “Money talks, bullshit walks”. The google translate gives me, “Pecunia loquitur bullshit ingredior”. Leading me to suspect that the word “bullshit” isn’t from Latin as I had always thought.

  104. calli

    Deadman will know, Sinc. It should make a nice family motto under a crest.

  105. Grigory M

    Sinc – I have always thought that “bullshit” is Americanski.

  106. Tintarella di Luna

    Has anyone noticed if Scott Morrison walks awkwardly?

  107. Aristogeiton

    Sinclair Davidson
    #1330067, posted on June 2, 2014 at 7:16 pm
    What’s the Latin for, “Money talks, bullshit walks”. The google translate gives me, “Pecunia loquitur bullshit ingredior”. Leading me to suspect that the word “bullshit” isn’t from Latin as I had always thought.

    Merda tororum?

  108. Delta A

    Oh, Yay! Thanks, C.L.

    Now let dem emotions flow freeeeee!

  109. Leo G

    Haven’t seen this picked up yet in my cursory glance over the Australian media. The public must be told.

    Oleic acid is a bee pheromone, so I expect the drones won’t go near the issue.

  110. Tintarella di Luna

    Well done Delta is the absence of an icon for two hands clapping this is the best I can do ()

  111. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Snake-eyes Heifer-Bong is, when one thinks about it, the scumbag’s scumbag.

  112. Tintarella di Luna

    #1330071, posted on June 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Well done Delta

  113. Grigory M

    Oh, Yay! Thanks, C.L.

    Now let dem emotions flow freeeeee!

    What have you done, C.L.?

  114. C.L.

    I think bull the beast is English and bull the document is Latin.

  115. Grigory M

    C L. – the English have people – but probably not Papal.

  116. Delta A

    Thanks, Tinta. Who said you can’t teach an old doggie new tricks… and by the way, where’s Grigory? Don’t stay up too late, Sonny. Need you bright and perky for all that wheel grinding tomorrow. :-)

  117. Token

    Good question by that man:

    Paul Murray @PMOnAir · 4h

    Why didn’t this headline scream ‘Albo for sale’??? #auspol

  118. Tintarella di Luna

    Grigory is Perky? What kind of grinding does he do Delta? Do tell

  119. Token

    Why is buying the FIFA Coupe de Monde any different to a regional shire paying the AFL to play a game? or Napthien buying the second NSWRL/QRL State of Origin game?

    LOL, like diving and referees ensuring the “right teams” get to the finals to ensure the best box office, the whole experience of the theatre that is Football must be appreciated for what it is…how a global governing body will never address money issues & corruption, & will exploit poor nations.

  120. Delta A

    Oh, Tinta, the usual young gun sort of grinding that keeps the wheels of industry turning… or something. He had a bit of a whinge at 3.13pm if you’re interested. But he got better.

  121. Lysander

    Bolt is the only one mentioning this stuff about liar Peter Fox and oh how the abc loved him!!!

    http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/catholic-witch-hunt-over-paedophiles-a-warning/story-fni0ffxg-1226939040080

  122. .

    Some of the decisions in the 1st State of Origin were so incompetent they were almost on par with an Italian free kick.

  123. Grigory M

    and by the way, where’s Grigory? Don’t stay up too late, Sonny. Need you bright and perky for all that wheel grinding tomorrow.

    All good, Delta – I’ll be up at sparrow’s tomorrow all fresh and ready for the day’s challenges – keeping the wheels oiled – nose to the grindstone. Have to keep paying those taxes to keep you old folks in the manner you’re accustomed to.

    “Sonny” – hmm – ok, Granny ;)

  124. Tintarella di Luna

    ,

    the usual young gun sort of grinding that keeps the wheels of industry turning…

    Wheelie?

  125. Some of the decisions in the 1st State of Origin were so incompetent they were almost on par with an Italian free kick.

    Insulting to masculinity to mention “Italians” & football in the same week. Triggers memories of the soccer world cup.

  126. Tom

    I’m putting these juicy quotes in the remembery to be recalled a year hence went Lord Wentworth launches the first of his Ruddian leadership challenges against AbbottSatan.

  127. Tintarella di Luna

    keeping the wheels oiled

    A mechanic ! How wonderful my son’s a lawyer totally useless when you need a mechanic – good for you Grigory M a man working with his hands is a joy

  128. Delta A

    …ok, Granny

    Crikey, I’ve heard that a thousand times. All my grandies call me granny and I love it. Oh but btw, not one cent of your tax dollar goes into my purse. Just saying. Even so, I quite like the idea of you out there every day slaving away to keep me in slothfulness.

  129. stackja

    For what it is worth:

    The word shit entered the modern English language via having been derived from the Old English nouns scite and the Middle Low German schite, both meaning “dung,” and the Old English noun scitte, meaning “diarrhea.” Our most treasured cuss word has been with us a long time, showing up in written works both as a noun and as a verb as far back as the 14th century.
    Scite can trace its roots back to the proto-Germanic root skit-, which brought us the German scheisse, Dutch schijten, Swedish skita, and Danish skide. Skit- comes from the Indo-European root skheid- for “split, divide, separate,” thus shit is distantly related to schism and schist. (If you’re wondering what a verb root for the act of separating one thing from another would have to do with excrement, it was in the sense of the body’s eliminating its waste — “separating” from it, so to speak. Sort of the opposite of today’s “getting one’s shit together.”)

    http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/shit.asp

  130. Token

    LOL, just got pointed to this delicious little response to Piketty by Megan McArdle which hits the lefty elites in the pocket:

    I’ve been reading Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” You’ll have to wait on my thoughts on the book until they’re a bit more fully formed. As I’ve been reading, though, I keep returning to a question I heard at an economics conference a couple of months back: If we did implement a wealth tax, should it tax tenure?

    Professorial tenure is, after all, a valuable asset. As long as you show up and teach your classes, and you don’t make passes at your students or steal from the department’s petty cash drawer, you can draw a paycheck for the rest of your working life. And since the abolition of mandatory retirement ages, that working life can be as long as you like.

    Ah, you will say, there are risks: Your school could go out of business, or you might get ill and be unable to work, or inflation could eat away at the value of that paycheck. Just so. All assets are risky. That doesn’t make them worthless; it just means that the price has to take the potential downsides into account.

    Why single out professors? you ask. Isn’t this just more academic-bashing? You’re quite right: We shouldn’t single out professors. Everyone with civil-service protections or similar employment guarantees should probably have that asset taxed.

    I don’t think this natural extension to Piketty’s ideas will be getting the type of boosting in the lefty media that the rest of his rancid envy laden ideas are getting.

  131. stackja

    I know a great grand dad who does volunteer work. So be 90.

  132. Grigory M

    keeping the wheels oiled

    Like a circle in a spiral
    Like a wheel within a wheel

    Not a mechanic, but.

  133. Token

    Insulting to masculinity to mention “Italians” & football in the same week. Triggers memories of the soccer world cup.

    LOL, these guys are famous for being tough, successful and very rich.

  134. Baldrick

    Much more here.

    Morrison … he’s da man.

  135. Tintarella di Luna

    Like a circle in a spiral
    Like a wheel within a wheel

    Not a mechanic, but.

    Oh I see a psychiatrist

  136. Tintarella di Luna

    Much more here.

    Morrison … he’s da man.

    A very big MOTH

  137. Grigory M

    Oh I see a psychiatrist

    You do? Where?

  138. stackja

    Latest Media Releases
    Police appeal after two more females come forward about indecent assaults – Rydalmere
    Monday, 02 June 2014 05:24:13 PM
    Police investigating the indecent assault of two women at Rydalmere yesterday have received two further reports of indecent assaults in the Command.
    About 8am on Thursday 29 May 2014, a 16-year-old girl was walking along Primrose Avenue when she was approached by a man.
    Police have been told the man greeted the girl before grabbing and indecently assaulting her.
    In the second incident, on Thursday 12 May 2014, a 56-year-old woman was in a park on Spofforth Street, Ermington, when she was approached by a man.
    The man conversed briefly with her, before attempting to grab and indecently assault her. The woman broke free from his grasp and he walked away.
    An investigation into both incidents is underway, in addition to two similar incidents from yesterday (Sunday 1 June 2014). Police are appealing for public assistance in an attempt to identify and locate the man involved.
    The man has been described to police as being of Mediterranean / Middle Eastern appearance, aged in his 50s or 60s, with a skinny build and black beard.
    In the first incident he was described as wearing a turban. In the second incident, he was described as wearing a cream-coloured cap and cream-coloured, loose-fitting shirt and pants.

  139. Token

    Stackja, we should remember that one swallow does not make a summer, and one pervert who has gone off the deep end…

  140. Lysander

    Is 4 Corners gonna be a hatchet job on Papa Francia tonight?

    Of course! It’s the abc

  141. Tintarella di Luna

    wearing a cream-coloured cap and cream-coloured, loose-fitting shirt and pants

    Th djelleba is everyday garb around our parts in fact the Sunbather stands out like a Westerner in a Baghdad bizzare

  142. Baldrick

    Latest Roy Morgan poll:

    ALP (56.5%) big lead down slightly over L-NP (43.5%). The Palmer United Party increases its support to 7.5% (up 1%) – a new record high for PUP.

  143. stackja

    Token
    #1330170, posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:11 pm
    Stackja, we should remember that one swallow does not make a summer, and one pervert who has gone off the deep end…

    Agree! But this type of usual suspect will have a cultural excuse the defence will use. Backed up by the usual suspects of academia.

  144. .

    Lysander
    #1330173, posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:12 pm
    Is 4 Corners gonna be a hatchet job on Papa Francia tonight?

    Of course! It’s the abc

    The old coot is actually a necessary evil.

    I have been told of Catholic schools in the old hometown that have begun debt collections for fees.

    To me, this is contrary to the Catholic idea of education. I am sure some mean spirited people want to free ride and should get a bill, but surely some of the deadbeats genuinely are on hard times?

  145. Tintarella di Luna

    I missed a comma – Oh I see, a psychiatrist

    A clear example Grigory of the importance of punctilious punctuation to avoid miscommunication or a wrongly construed admission when none is made.

  146. stackja

    Token
    #1330142, posted on June 2, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    McArdle v Piketty
    Posted on 8:11 pm, June 2, 2014 by Sinclair Davidson
    Good idea:
    (HT: Token)

  147. Tiny Dancer

    Last time I went to Stepford’s blog he was in the middle of an Abbott666 cerebral haemorrhage. I have no doubt that he’s still on the disability pension, ankle bracelet chafing his ankle and using a false name to access the interweb. FMD he was a brainless pest.

  148. stackja

    Tintarella di Luna
    #1330185, posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm
    I missed a comma

    comma-nism?

  149. calli

    Commas are important. The bandanaman missed one in this hatchet job. Deliberately unpleasant or just a slacker?

  150. Tintarella di Luna

    comma-nism?

    I caught it from my Nonno he was too close to Mussolini and it all went pear-shaoed

  151. Grigory M

    He had a bit of a whinge at 3.13pm

    ‘Twarn’t me, Possum – I don’t whinge – ever. Wot I wrote at 3.13pm was in part constructive criticism of your technique to that time, together with a little history about the feral cat eradication wars of the past (most recently co-incident with February’s Great Lizard War) and a brief summary of Leigh Lowe’s preferred method (I didn’t mention the videoing,but). I am heartened to see that you have taken it in the spirit in which it was intended – and even engendered well-intentioned support in your endeavours from C.L.

  152. stackja

    . #1330183, posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Families who have a genuine inability to pay tuition fees or other charges are invited to speak with the school Principal.

    http://www.ceosyd.catholic.edu.au/Parents/Pages/enrolment.aspx

  153. Delta A

    That’s Granny Possum to you, sonny.

  154. .

    Interesting. I will seek more information.

  155. johanna

    Deadman
    #1329926, posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    The ABC, as anyone who knows how the ABC collective operates would reasonably expect, has picked up Turnbull’s “demented” and “unhinged” comments, given them a little spit and polish and a conratulatory pat, taken selfies in front of them, called them an “extraordinary spray” and “fighting words”, punted them between the posts for a full six-pointer, wrapped them in Christmas paper and tinsel, kicked them into touch, thrown them to the first-base, tucked them under the arm and carried the length of the field and over the try-line, lobbed them over the net and into the basket, run them up the flag-pole, saluted them, awarded them a gold medal and a silver trophy and a bronze statue, covered them in glorious plastic and shiny stars, pickled them in brine and preserved them in aspic, granted them a triumph, an ovation and a laurel crown with crossed swords, oak leaves and bar, smacked them over the sight-screen for a six, and has planned to take them on a country-wide tour.

    Poetry.

    Thanks, Deadman. BTW, how is Alfred?

  156. stackja

    Tintarella di Luna
    #1330197, posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm
    comma-nism?
    I caught it from my Nonno he was too close to Mussolini and it all went pear-shaoed

    Then the pear is to blame.

  157. Grigory M

    Oh (comma) I see (comma) Tinta – certainly no cant in that.

  158. Tintarella di Luna

    Bandanaman…Deliberately unpleasant or just a slacker?

    Both actually and then some other choice adjectives which cannot be repeated here

  159. I have been told of Catholic schools in the old hometown that have begun debt collections for fees.

    To me, this is contrary to the Catholic idea of education. I am sure some mean spirited people want to free ride and should get a bill, but surely some of the deadbeats genuinely are on hard times?

    If the family and child are practising Catholics and can prove it, the school is obliged to admit the child/ren and to negotiate a fee package that the family can actually pay.

    If the kid is subsequently a maggot and is expelled, end of story.

    The families who are being pursued are almost certainly non-practising or non-Catholics – most Catholic schools are around 90% or more non-practising Catholic and non-Catholic enrolment.

  160. Token

    Cheers Stakja – Its thanks to the always amusing James Lileks of Ricochet for that article.

  161. Tintarella di Luna

    Oh (comma) I see (comma) Tinta – certainly no cant in that.

    No none whatever – I like the cut of your jib, though,very nice.

  162. The ABC, as anyone who knows how the ABC collective operates would reasonably expect, has picked up Turnbull’s “demented” and “unhinged” comments, given them a little spit and polish and a conratulatory pat, taken selfies in front of them, called them an “extraordinary spray” and “fighting words”, punted them between the posts for a full six-pointer, wrapped them in Christmas paper and tinsel, kicked them into touch, thrown them to the first-base, tucked them under the arm and carried the length of the field and over the try-line, lobbed them over the net and into the basket, run them up the flag-pole, saluted them, awarded them a gold medal and a silver trophy and a bronze statue, covered them in glorious plastic and shiny stars, pickled them in brine and preserved them in aspic, granted them a triumph, an ovation and a laurel crown with crossed swords, oak leaves and bar, smacked them over the sight-screen for a six, and has planned to take them on a country-wide tour.

    You forgot ‘had a chorus of cheering students from the duelling academy remove the horses from the carriage and pull it down the main street themselves, cheering, before marrying them and bearing their children’.

    But apart from that, spot on, Deadman.

  163. JC

    Ha!

    YEAR TO DATE STATS: Major Indices: The Dow Jones is up 0.85% The S&P is up 4.07% The NASDAQ is +1.58% Industry Winners: Marijuana: +263% ………

  164. Grigory M

    A clear example Grigory of the importance of punctilious punctuation to avoid miscommunication or a wrongly construed admission when none is made.

    But then, if one is a lawyer – it is often the case that no punctuation at all is preferable to avoid any other person misconstruing what has been written and to enable one to place whatever construction one wishes to place if and when the need should arise on what has been written.

  165. Tintarella di Luna

    But then, if one is a lawyer – it is often the case that no punctuation at all is preferable to avoid any other person misconstruing what has been written and to enable one to place whatever construction one wishes to place if and when the need should arise on what has been written.

    Quite

  166. stackja

    Token
    #1330217, posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:32 pm
    Cheers Stakja – Its thanks to the always amusing James Lileks of Ricochet for that article.

    James Lileks of Ricochet! Good one!

  167. Tintarella di Luna

    The ABC, as anyone who knows how the ABC collective operates would reasonably expect, has picked up Turnbull’s “demented” and “unhinged” comments, given them a little spit and polish and a conratulatory pat, taken selfies in front of them, called them an “extraordinary spray” and “fighting words”, punted them between the posts for a full six-pointer, wrapped them in Christmas paper and tinsel, kicked them into touch, thrown them to the first-base, tucked them under the arm and carried the length of the field and over the try-line, lobbed them over the net and into the basket, run them up the flag-pole, saluted them, awarded them a gold medal and a silver trophy and a bronze statue, covered them in glorious plastic and shiny stars, pickled them in brine and preserved them in aspic, granted them a triumph, an ovation and a laurel crown with crossed swords, oak leaves and bar, smacked them over the sight-screen for a six, and has planned to take them on a country-wide tour.

    You forgot ‘had a chorus of cheering students from the duelling academy remove the horses from the carriage and pull it down the main street themselves, cheering, before marrying them and bearing their children’.

    But apart from that, spot on, Deadman.

    What? No ticker-tape parade down George Street or would that be a little over the top?

  168. stackja

    Tintarella di Luna
    #1330242, posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:39 pm
    The ABC, as anyone who knows how the ABC collective operates would reasonably expect, has picked up Turnbull’s “demented” and “unhinged” comments, given them a little spit and polish and a conratulatory pat, taken selfies in front of them, called them an “extraordinary spray” and “fighting words”, punted them between the posts for a full six-pointer, wrapped them in Christmas paper and tinsel, kicked them into touch, thrown them to the first-base, tucked them under the arm and carried the length of the field and over the try-line, lobbed them over the net and into the basket, run them up the flag-pole, saluted them, awarded them a gold medal and a silver trophy and a bronze statue, covered them in glorious plastic and shiny stars, pickled them in brine and preserved them in aspic, granted them a triumph, an ovation and a laurel crown with crossed swords, oak leaves and bar, smacked them over the sight-screen for a six, and has planned to take them on a country-wide tour.

    You forgot ‘had a chorus of cheering students from the duelling academy remove the horses from the carriage and pull it down the main street themselves, cheering, before marrying them and bearing their children’.

    But apart from that, spot on, Deadman.

    What? No ticker-tape parade down George Street or would that be a little over the top?

    Down George Street then over the bridge to Warringah.

  169. Helen

    Haha calli, lots of people make fun of my little bush cat. She was named Ricochet by my brother for her ability to bounce off walls when a kitten, now she is more stately. And she was a bush cat, I found her scrounging at the bins outside as a baby kitten, or at least Captain did. He said, there is a cat out here, I said where? Saw her, slipped on a welding glove and caught her up. Very lucky little kitten. The glove slipped off my hand when I put her in the kitty cage because her tiny teeth were sunk right in.

    I have shot plenty of feral cats, .308 can evaporate them, but also had house cats. Where I grew up, in the desert, most cats were grey, with the odd ginger, here in the savannah they are black or tortoiseshell with the odd ginger, all a matter of camouflage and predator selection pressures. It is a hard life for girl bush cats, about 2 litters is the limit in this country I believe, where as boy cats live much longer and can grow very large. In the desert I caught a ginger tom in my rabbit trap that was well over a meter long, I had to shoot him to get him out of the trap. But Captain has seen bigger, one had a head like a butterbox, he said. It had come into the house after a young female cat, before my time. :)

    Ricochet is sterilised, so no babies from her, I am responsible and only let her out under my supervision. She generally eats some grass and climbs a tree, so it only happens when I have time to wait around for her to get down, or poke her with a stick until she tires of playing with it and comes down.

    I do enjoy her quirky company – she talks to me a lot in ‘cat’ which I do not understand, except her insistent calls when she spots a gecko, and I do let her eat them, less gecko shit and eggs staining things is a good thing by me. They can live outside, if they want to live.

    And she chatters to the birdies through the screen, a bit like Sylvester, come here little tweety bird, but the birds are a wake-up, when she is outside the alarm goes up from them all, I guess a legacy of living with wild cats. And she is very wary of anything snake like, even wire on the ground is suspicious, she has never met a snake to my knowledge, but pythons would make short work of her, it must be some strange genetic adaption to be wary of snakes. My desert house cats had no such fears.

    That is enough of Ricochet and from me, early night with that Greek boy Tinta had. Don’t worry, Tint, won’t take long, then you can have him back.

  170. They were granted a triumph, though, which is kind of the same thing as the ticker tape parade.

    I suppose a Nobel Prize is out of the question now, as they’ve been downgraded lately.

    Did they also win the Melbourne Cup by a length and a half?

  171. Tintarella di Luna

    Down George Street then over the bridge to Warringah.

    Now that, would be over the top!

  172. Peter from SA

    is this the worst Australian Story ever? A whinging game show loser.

    First world problems ….

  173. .

    In the desert I caught a ginger tom in my rabbit trap that was well over a meter long

    I have told people of feral cats I’ve shot and they won’t beleive how big they get…their reference: the Burke’s Backyard website!

  174. Token

    What? No ticker-tape parade down George Street or would that be a little over the top?

    It was as clumsy non denial as TLS claim about playing full forward for the hapless Bulldogs.

  175. stackja

    Tintarella di Luna
    #1330257, posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:49 pm
    Down George Street then over the bridge to Warringah.
    Now that, would be over the top!

    But wait, further on is the electorate of Bronwyn. Surely they must go on.

  176. egg_

    Commas are important. The bandanaman missed one in this hatchet job. Deliberately unpleasant or just a slacker?

    Bandanna too tight?

  177. Tintarella di Luna

    That is enough of Ricochet and from me, early night with that Greek boy Tinta had. Don’t worry, Tint, won’t take long, then you can have him back.

    Good luck with that Helen the cad stood me up so tell him no second chances, I have another wog-boy Doxalamine Succinate in mind.

  178. Nic

    Just a thought, what if Turnbull’s antics meant the opposite, that he was intending to step down and wanted to be remembered by his lefty pals . That is, like Gillard, he’s crafting an escape narrative.

  179. Grigory M

    I have told people of feral cats I’ve shot and they won’t beleive how big they get

    The Emmaville Panther.

  180. .

    Nah…just a feral moggie that was fat on rabbits.

  181. Infidel Tiger

    Just a thought, what if Turnbull’s antics meant the opposite, that he was intending to step down and wanted to be remembered by his lefty pals . That is, like Gillard, he’s crafting an escape narrative.

    Turnbull was bested by Stephen Conroy. His political exit should have been from the top floor of a tall building.

  182. Tintarella di Luna

    Surely they must go on.

    And they will and on and on and on and ….

  183. stackja

    .
    #1330263, posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:51 pm
    In the desert I caught a ginger tom in my rabbit trap that was well over a meter long

    I have told people of feral cats I’ve shot and they won’t beleive how big they get…their reference: the Burke’s Backyard website!

    Fellow small or cat big?

  184. What’s the Latin for, “Money talks, bullshit walks”.

    Latin does have a few words for “shit” including fimus, lutum, coenum, stercus, merda, and cacus (“filth”, “dung”, “excrement”, “manure”*, “pooh” and “shit”) but, since it also has a specific word for cow dung, bolbiton, I advocate you use that. Latin also has many words for “talk”, and quite a few for “walk”. For “walk” I advocate spatior since it can also mean “I spread out”:

    Argentum loquitur, bolbiton spatatur.

    Alternatively, since arra is money given as a token or pledge, you could have something like

    Arra narrat sed bolbiton ambulat.

    * manure, like manœuvre, derives from manus, “hand” + operari, “to work”.

  185. Tintarella di Luna

    Turnbull was bested by Stephen Conroy. His political exit should have been from the top floor of a tall building.

    And I know just the building the new Commonwealth offices building on the corner of Bligh and Bent and one wouldn’t need to step outside. NADT

  186. stackja

    Tintarella di Luna
    #1330286, posted on June 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm
    Surely they must go on.

    And they will and on and on and on and ….

    Back down the De Burghs Bridge and down Victoria Road to George Street again then over the Bridge again and they will and on and on and on and ….

  187. Tintarella di Luna

    Deadman you add a classical legend

  188. James in Melbourne

    By far the best deliberate missing of commas: Richard Brinsley Sheridan in the House of Commons, on being asked to apologise for calling a fellow MP a liar:

    “Mr Speaker, I said the honourable member was a liar it is true and I am sorry for it. The honourable member may place the punctuation where he pleases.”

  189. Sinclair Davidson

    Deadman – thanks for that.

  190. stackja

    Good someone knows Latin. It is all Greek to me.

  191. pete m

    Lileks wrote a beautiful tribute to his dog when it passed. I challenge anyone to read it and not get teary. The man is a great writer. Linked on Blair a few months back.

  192. Notafan

    Those feral cats in Arnhem land are enormous, the Australian Geographic article said they weighed between 12 and 15 kilos!

  193. Tintarella di Luna

    Stackja you made me laugh good night

  194. stackja

    Tintarella di Luna
    #1330341, posted on June 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm
    Stackja you made me laugh good night

    Yes! Time to go!

  195. Lysander

    Grigory – one night I slept in my car in Dartmoor Victoria and was woken in the night be a loud growling\purr which was not “man made” and my car shook as it banged the side. I will never forget!!!

    No I didn’t get up to look out as, yes, I was merda scared.

  196. Grigory M

    I’ve never had a problem with feral cats – but I have with dingoes. In winter, when I used to fish the beach between the Little Gibber and Mungo Brush (north of Port Stephens, NSW), especially at night, they would follow me out of the bush and across the sand dunes – and steal the fish that I’d caught and buried in the sand behind me (foxes did too).

  197. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Richard Brisley Sheridan, in the House Of Commons

    John Montague, Earl of Sandwich “Upon my soul, Wilkes , you will either die of the pox, or on the gallows.”

    John Wilkes “That depend, my Lord, whether I embrace your principles, or embrace your mistress.”

  198. Tom

    The Italian gotcha merchant on Lateline is about to do a job on Bolt, yet another climate Armageddon story and the Chief Scientist tipping another bucket on AbbottSatan. So fucking predictable.

  199. Snoopy

    Not only is this regulation unnecessary, it actually works against the vendor who pays the agent.

    The Queensland Government sets out the maximum commission payable for a residential sale under the provisions of the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Regulation. The maximum commission an agent can receive for the service of selling a residential property in Queensland is 5 per cent of the first $18,000 and 2.5 per cent of the balance of sale price plus GST.

    As a vendor, I’d prefer to pay a greater percentage commission as the sale price approaches valuation.

  200. Infidel Tiger

    Queensland is weird. They have also banned price guides for auctions.

    That is just crazy.

  201. “Lateline” has just discovered the Urban Heat Island effect; run for the hills, we’re doooomed!

  202. Arnost

    The Sudan Christian mum sentenced to lashing/death

    Been following this one… Esp. because the strange silence on this from the US MSM and the govt.

    Has anyone noticed the parallels between Barry Soetoro’s mum and this lady? Barry made allusions to Trayvon to the effect that he was like his kid – or something. Do you think he’ll make the same allusion to the newborn and himself?

    I reckon if he does not do something overt to help this woman he should be pilloried.

  203. Aristogeiton

    Deadman, I think I love you!

  204. Peter from SA

    I’m a huge fan of Deadman … very lively bloke indeed. and lots more. keep it up !!

  205. incoherent rambler

    The list of government ministers who are doing their job?

    er.. Morrison.

    The rest, including the Prime and Treasurer. Total fail.

  206. Tom

    Deadman, that poesy at 5.51pm was masterful and very much appreciated.

  207. Peter from SA

    Deadman … not many can do a decent literary critique (demolition) of R Flanagan. under a different regime you would be getting the Australia Council $$$. we can live in hope …

  208. C.L.

    I have been told of Catholic schools in the old hometown that have begun debt collections for fees.

    LOL.

    I started watching the Four Corners episode on Pope Francis but beginning as it did with the false and hilarious premise that “the Church” was in global “crisis” (LOL) and following that up with somebody referring to Francis having to “save the Church,” I laughed out loud and flipped back to Pawn Stars.

    Kerry O’Brien also claimed that St Francis was the “most humble” saint in the entire martyrology. Reminded me of Alan Bond oafishly declaring van Gogh’s Sunflowers “the greatest painting in the world.” I can think of many saints whose lives were far more humble and poor than the rich young man from Assisi’s; he often moved in very elevated circles. Martin de Porres, for example. You have to laugh.

  209. C.L.

    Phew.

    Thank heavens.

    Those five released terrorists won’t cause any more trouble, says Barack Hussein Obama:

    The Qatari government has given us assurances that it will put in place measures to protect our national security.

    Nothing says above-board reliability like the promise of a Qatari.

  210. Arnost

    The Qatari government has given us assurances that it will put in place measures to protect our national security.

    They’ll put them in charge of the US World Cup 2022 security… LOL

  211. Lysander

    CL, I haven’t watched it yet; should I?

    Ironically I was helping seminarians with Heidegger!

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