Wednesday Forum: February 15, 2017

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  1. jupes

    Here’s the youtube of McCain talking to these amusing idiots and publicizing US state secrets.

    Time for McCain to leave public life and enjoy his retirement. He’s done.

    He did magnificently in the Hanoi Hilton, not so well since.

  2. Grigory M

    Perhaps all the celebrities that he is the accountant for, can pass the hat around and help pay for his divorce lawyers.

    Don’t think that he will need to. You didn’t get the Sydney to Hobart yacht race telecast in the upper reaches of the Lockyer Valley? Bells maxi yacht, Perpetual Loyal, won it in December.

  3. egg_

    WaPo: In first under Trump, Russian jets buzzed a U.S. destroyer at close range

    Seems to be related to NATO activities in close proximity to the Ruskis that they’re responding to, rather than anything the Donald has done, despite what SBS News were trying to spin.

  4. Some of the best zingers at Blair’s piece and comments on the Oil’s “The Power and the Pension Tour”:
    * “how can you sleep while your roof is burning” (actually the tragedy behind that is still raw)
    * “How can we dance when our knees are hurting”
    * Band name should be Midnight Wind Farm
    * Rudd barks orders. “Wayne, I want the economy fixed by tomorrow!”
    “Penny, I want the environment fixed by tomorrow!”
    “Peter, white and two thanks mate.”
    * “Blue Sky Whining”
    * Electrocution-choreographed Peter Garrett?
    He will remain seated during his concerts in SA then.
    That would be the Midnight Oil “Unplugged” concert.

  5. .

    Grigory makes a good point. The superstar bookkeeper’s wife seems to be unhinged.

    Always go to court looking for sympathies.

    For example, if you’re a big guy who gets done for excessive force against a home invader, your barrister is going to try to challenge to get a jury that is full of middle class mothers and grandmothers.

  6. jupes

    How much money did we send to the Clinton Foundation again?

    Just a lazy $460 million.

  7. egg_

    Are you softening, egg?

    Just clarifying for Leigh Lowe.
    Maybe I’m a half-boiled Singapore egg?

  8. Mother Lode

    Just a lazy $460 million.

    And, for all that, you just know they would still charge us again if we sought to purchase harvested foetus organs.

  9. notafan

    Cheers Calli for pointing out the time in France last night

    Why on earth, when ordinary Australians take millions of overseas trips every year, would I say I was where I wasn’t?

    It is now 7. 15 am here.

    Nearly coffee and croissant time.

    My cathedral bells don’t start til 8. The cathedral is very old but battle scarred. All the stonework sculptures around the entrance doors were smashed by revolutionaries and the entire contents sold off by auction in 1793.

    Someone bought the pulpit and kept it in their cellar until it could be returned. The cloister remains but not the monastery that once surrounded it. It is a road now lined with 19th century houses, a couple of which incorporate bits of the outer walls of the monastery.

    A few of the very high stained glass windows survived but the ones behind the altar , very beautiful, are art deco.

    It’s a shame. I haven’t inquired into the fates of the local Catholic peoples who no doubt suffered much more than the desecration of their churches.

    The heart of French Catholism might be small but it beats strongly.

    Deo Gratias.

    Heading north this afternoon.

  10. .

    Laci Green is cancer.

    “We science!”

    Please shut the fuck up.

  11. Leigh Lowe

    H B Bear
    #2299431, posted on February 17, 2017 at 1:18 pm
    Leigh Lowe – a bit harsh. The real problem is the churnalism of sites like Yahoo7 that run “newsrooms” filled with J school kids writing stories from their desks. Clearly publishing anything on the trial without having a dedicated reporting sitting through the full trial is fraught with risk, yet that is what she was required to do. I think she’ll be more careful in future.

    I don’t think it harsh at all.
    If I aborted a trial and cost my employer $300k plus costs you can bet I wouldn’t get the chance to do it again.
    I’d be telling my story walking down to Centrelink.
    Some blame might lie with her management and a fair bit with her j’ism school.
    What framed her reporting was that she just had to run with the feminista angle about domestic violence rather than straight reporting of the criminal trial and, in the frightbat “judge, jury, executioner” world, there was no need to wait for a court decision. The victim had put some posts on Facebook a year before so who needs evidence? If there had been any content in her j’ism course about contempt it would have rung enough alarm bells with anyone with an IQ over 80 to tread warily. If she was going to plagiarise someone else’s report she could have just juggled some paragraphs and done a bit of MSWord Thesaurus replacement without adding any SJW embellishments.
    Anyway, all is not lost.
    Yahoo7 is part-owned by the Seven Network so she can always get a job rooting the CEO, I guess.

  12. Phillipa;

    Cracking out the pink eyeshadow as we speak. Also the Silhouette hairspray and the oversize ruffled white shirt with the strings of fake pearls.

    …and the girls who couldn’t afford underwear.
    Just sheer Indian Cotton stuff.
    Did I mention the poverty?

  13. egg_

    Hazlewood is shutting because its ageing boilers are literally bursting at the seams and need rebuilding to maintain its operating licence; cost ~$400-600 million.

    Peanuts, if it keeps the Windmills afloat.

  14. B Shaw

    Thank you, egg.
    “just” doesn’t come into it.

  15. Rabz

    Celebrity Accountant???

    Speaking of, I’m off for some refreshing beverages with:

    – A bird I work with
    – My accountant
    – A marxist perfesser from ANU

    Here’s hoping the topic of beagle weddings doesn’t come up.

  16. wivenhoe

    Don’t think that he will need to. You didn’t get the Sydney to Hobart yacht race telecast in the upper reaches of the Lockyer Valley? Bells maxi yacht, Perpetual Loyal, won it in December.

    Fully aware of that, but you don’t expect him to spend his own money do you.

  17. calli

    Peanuts, if it keeps the Windmills afloat.

    Peanuts is right. What’s wrong with these people? Replace the bloody boilers and supply reliable power to homes.

  18. B Shaw

    To rafiki

    Do you know anything about his history on boards? after politics
    He…has…no…right…to….open…his…mouth…in…public.

  19. Bruce of Newcastle

    Actors are very entertaining.

    Seth Rogen Begs Donald Trump Jr.: Ask Your Dad to ‘Resign Before He Destroys the Planet’

    Maybe he think Darth Trump has a death star stashed behind the moon.

  20. .

    This racist black woman refuses to give the Chinese or even Rao/Ramanujan any credit!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i80qaETtw8

    Abolish science! Decolonise your mind! I fucking love science!

  21. Leigh Lowe

    Speaking of, I’m off for some refreshing beverages with:

    – A bird I work with
    – My accountant
    – A marxist perfesser from ANU

    An accountant, a Marxist and a sheila, you say?
    Looks like you’re buying every round, squire.
    Wild guess …
    The accountant … Burgundy (to match his suit).
    The Marxist … Tasmanian organic cider.
    The sheila … Margherita.
    Let me know how close I got.

  22. Grigory M

    if you’re a big guy who gets done for excessive force against a home invader, your barrister is going to try to challenge to get a jury that is full of middle class mothers and grandmothers.

    A middle distance runner or two might be sympathetic jurors too. 😉

  23. Stimpson J. Cat

    Didn’t Acosta prosecute Epstein?

    #Pizzagate Confirmed!!!!

  24. P

    It is now 7. 15 am here.
    Nearly coffee and croissant time.
    My cathedral bells don’t start til 8. The cathedral is very old but battle scarred. All the stonework sculptures around the entrance doors were smashed by revolutionaries and the entire contents sold off by auction in 1793.
    Someone bought the pulpit and kept it in their cellar until it could be returned. The cloister remains but not the monastery that once surrounded it. It is a road now lined with 19th century houses, a couple of which incorporate bits of the outer walls of the monastery.
    A few of the very high stained glass windows survived but the ones behind the altar , very beautiful, are art deco.
    It’s a shame. I haven’t inquired into the fates of the local Catholic peoples who no doubt suffered much more than the desecration of their churches.
    The heart of French Catholism might be small but it beats strongly.
    Deo Gratias.
    Heading north this afternoon.

    Nota,
    your posts (or comments or whatever they are called) are most uplifting. Take some of us to another world.
    Thank you so much, take care and enjoy the next month, and where possible drop a line or two here.

  25. Stimpson J. Cat

    Didn’t Acosta prosecute Epstein?

    #Pizza gate Confirmed!!!!

  26. Stimpson J. Cat

    F*ck me.
    #Pizza gate as one word goes into moderation.

    F*CKING HILARIOUS JAPES AHOY GANG!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. egg_

    Seth Rogen Begs Donald Trump Jr.: Ask Your Dad to ‘Resign Before He Destroys the Planet’

    Perhaps Arec Balrin should ask Kim Jong Un for advice?
    Has he seen his half-brother lately?

  28. B Shaw

    P is so charming. I wish I could be more like her.

  29. egg_

    “Peter, white and two thanks mate.”

    KRudd’s last remarks?

  30. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Thanks rafiki for being a gentleman and for suggesting some reading to smooth my ruffled days and ways. Dancing helps too: I did a hectic dance class this morning. Latin-American (not that awful Zumba stuff btw). With reference to West Indian ballet, you probably are recalling me enthusing about the Martha Graham influence on the National Dance Company of Jamaica (modern ballet), a Company that I saw perform in Kingston, Jamaica, and who were really very good. I think I also mentioned my interest in the relative histories of Ballet Russe, Ballet Rambert and Saddlers Wells. Sadly, since then I missed the Bolshoi in Moscow and had to be content with Opera; an excellently sung and very traditionally staged Traviata, with horses on set. The renovated Bolshoi theatre too is something special.

    Archy, I don’t mind squishing trolls and it wouldn’t be the first time I have scored a hit on a masculine miscreant’s gonads IRL either, as in my early years I did not lead a sheltered life, although I assure rafiki I really am a lady these days. I used to use my knee though, not a punch. Eewww. A fistipunch would be sorta creepy. I’m not fussing about Grigs right now either, In fact, Grigs was almost funny as in amusing today with ‘lying in’ for the birth tree fakeness. Except you’d be standing up, and having given birth once that way (too much info?) I don’t recommend it as someone has to be a good catcher. Fancy giving birth alone in an upright wooden coffin; no wonder real ones rather than dreamed up ones had ‘lemme out’ scratch marks inside them. These women should be down on their knees in gratitude for Western civilization.

    Tailgunner – that Californication of the cats cartoon was so true to life, each cat expressing a part of the whole catastrophe (good pun, eh?). Sad when you see it IRL, as in Greece, with too many feral felines everywhere, overrunning a limited space, creating havoc and diminishing scarce resources. Plus, misbehaving. Those two climbing the curtains in that cartoon remind me of Attapuss’s antics, closer to home. A fine metaphor, well drawn. Recommended viewing.

    Dr. Stimpy – as you are a renowned Motivational Shrink and Padded Cell Designer, I will try most seriously to apply your prescription of getting outta here and producing a chapter by Monday, or you might come and get me as an experimental subject. Herr Distinguished Professor Dr. Hairy Ape, Toe Trimming Performance Enhancer and all round Trump Methods Fancier, concurs entirely with your diagnosis and treatment.

    So I will try not to be here for a few days to let the new regime I have established for you-know-whom to settle down without tags applied, and to save my sanity from the further attentions of these two good doctors, as they can easily send anyone around the twist by going on and on and on….

    Bless them.

  31. B Shaw

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha, if you’re around:
    Any plans our MP might have to take action re Opposition Leader’s statements on disease-infected blankets to aboriginal people – still no response. That’s after an email, a phonecall and a visit.
    Have just been told MP has been so very busy/has lots of other constituents to respond to, et cetera.
    When pressed, really hard, staffer said “I have passed on your concerns and …… (MP) is thinking about whether he’ll be doing anything”. My silence unsettled her.
    So it was fluster and bluster –
    and thankyougoodbye.
    Oh well. Come Monday . . .

  32. egg_

    Speaking of, I’m off for some refreshing beverages with:

    – A bird I work with
    – My accountant
    – A marxist perfesser from ANU

    Your odds sound good.
    /Tailgunner

  33. Denise

    Brilliant article by RF in Quadrant on Q&A cat fight.

    It should be used to teach secondary students how to think, how to use English and how to employ satire.

    It is the best article I’ve read for ages, and lately there has been much first class writing round the traps.

  34. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    All the stonework sculptures around the entrance doors were smashed by revolutionaries and the entire contents sold off by auction in 1793.

    We saw this all over the Dordogne too, Notafan. As in your examples, the ordinary faithful people tried very hard to save their religious treasures some fine art and history was saved, although much too was lost.

  35. thefrolickingmole

    I hope they all lose.

    Big Clive, remember him.

    Im back baby, Im back….

    Clive Palmer sues Turnbull and Cash for $10m, saying they implied he was ‘greedy’

    Because nothing says “Im not greedy” like suing for 10 million dollars.

    Clive Palmer has filed $10m lawsuits against the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the employment minister, Michaelia Cash, over allegedly defamatory comments they made about the demise of Queensland Nickel.

    Documents lodged in the Brisbane supreme court this week claim Turnbull and Cash implied at a media conference on 15 April 2016 that Palmer had used funds from the company for his own benefit.

    It was alleged the pair, who are being pursued separately, indicated Palmer had acted to the detriment of Queensland Nickel employees, their families and the Townsville community at large.

    The documents claim their remarks conveyed the imputation that Palmer was a “greedy self-serving entrepreneur who does not care for the welfare of his employees and ordinary Australians”.

    The claim asserts the published comments reached more than 330,000 readers and damaged Palmer’s personal and professional integrity, brought his reputation into public disrepute and caused him to suffer ridicule and embarrassment. The claim says: “His business affairs have suffered financial detriment in the form of decreased revenue.”

    Turnbull and Cash have 28 days to dispute the claim. They have been contacted for comment.

  36. Tom

    Sorry if this has already been posted, but I’m interested in how neuroscientifically such clueless idiocy takes up residence in the empty leftoid skull (Paywallian):

    Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett said he would be voicing his disapproval of President Donald Trump as his band plays 11 dates across the US in May as part of the their first world tour in 20 years.

    “He’s not a figure who is engendering a great deal of respect for his own people,” Garrett said at a press call on Sydney Harbour to announce the tour, “so you can be sure they are going to respond and there’s no way we won’t say what we feel about it either.

    “Healthy democracies sometimes need to react against craziness, ugliness, selfishness and stupidity and grotesquerie,” he said, “and you have that in ample abundance in President Trump.”

    I’m astonished that we’re watching the American presidency from the same planet.

    TrumpetyTrumpTrumpTrumpHitler is contributing more to our understanding of blind bigoted tribalism than any leader in human history.

  37. Grigory M

    I e-mailed questions to Christopher Pyne on two occasions about 2 years ago. Both times he personally e-mailed his response late in the evening on the same day.

  38. Top Ender

    Onto my 7th task today relating to the Bombing of Darwin 75th Commemoration., plus 5th interview with radio and TV.

    Just popped in to ensure Cats aren’t having too much fun without me.

    You Southerners had better appreciate all of this.

    Go here and check out some of our veteran videos.

  39. areff

    Some blame might lie with her management and a fair bit with her j’ism school.

    The poor girl attended macleay, established originally by Keith Windschuttle and his wife to teach tradesmanlike journalism, which is what four-year cadetships aimed to instill before those who couldn’t report and couldn’t write decided to teach others how to report and write, with obvious consequences.

    The Windschuttles sold the operation about 15 years ago (from memory) and, since then, it has become the living proof that any organisation or body not specifically established to combat the left will be taken over by the left.

    Know the head of macleay’s journalism faculty these days?

    Monica Attard! Late of the ABC, Media Watch, Graeme Wood’s vanity press (The Global Mail) and sometime contribution to the diseased Fairfax rags and, another Wood indulgence, the Guardian Australia.

    The rot started in 1969 (from memory) when the Arbitration Commission approved an AJA request for pay raises, the beak noting that he would have found it easier to award a bigger hike if only there was a tertiary qualification to make journalism “professional.”

    The RMIT course, the first, was launched with gusto and AJA backing in short order. It’s been a downhill Himalayan gradient for my craft ever since.

  40. Dan Phillips

    So, Ivanka Trump perfume is trending as the No.1 sale on Amazon at the moment…

    It’s interesting that Amazon appears to be filtering out the 1-star reviews from the final score for the Ivanka Trump Eau de Parfum. I wonder if they do that automatically. It has a score of 4.7 stars, yet 41% of the reviews are 1-star.

  41. P

    Quadrant on Q&A cat fight.

    An Empty Hijab Makes the Most Noise

    Very much appreciated Denise.
    Good also to see the views of the late Christopher Hitchens on video there.

  42. John Comnenus

    Friday night heading home again via the airport. Read the Cat, comment and hope the plane leaves on time.

  43. Baldrick

    Grigory M
    #2299727, posted on February 17, 2017 at 5:56 pm
    I e-mailed questions to Christopher Pyne on two occasions about 2 years ago. Both times he personally e-mailed his response late in the evening on the same day.

    4pm – Septimus: “Hi Chrissy. How’s the Gimp going. Make sure you keep him moisturised.”
    9pm – Chrissy: “Hi Googleory. Don’t worry. The Gimp is ready for your Adelaide visit this weekend.”

  44. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha, if you’re around:
    Any plans our MP might have to take action re Opposition Leader’s statements on disease-infected blankets to aboriginal people – still no response. That’s after an email, a phonecall and a visit.

    Mine just handballed it back to me, and suggested I contact Shorten’s office direct.

    The last time I raised a similar issue – all the nonsense Linda Burney told the House about the 1967 referendum – I was told “Well, we don’t want to give Linda Burney a chance to play the race card.”

  45. test pattern

    The Sturt Creek massacre 1922, East Kimberley.

    ‘It is concluded that two massacres of Aboriginal people took place following the
    murder of Condren and Sullivan at Billiluna homestead in 1922. The first was at Kaningarra on
    the Canning Stock Route and at this time no physical evidence or documentation has been
    located. The second massacre was at the old Denison Downs homestead on Chuall Pool, Sturt
    Creek Station. The police party led by Constable J.J.Cooney was a punitive expedition and his
    report failed to fully account for over three weeks whilst they were supposedly searching for
    Banjo, suspected of killing Condren and O’Sullivan. Constable Cooney’s police report also
    confirmed they were in the same area as the reported massacre at Kaningarra, ‘

    https://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/fms/archaeology_files/research/Kimberley%20Frontier/Sturt%20Creek%20-%20Final%20Report%20March%202016.pdf

  46. egg_

    An Empty Hijab Makes the Most Noise

    A hijab beats blaming the dog?

  47. Roger

    “Well, we don’t want to give Linda Burney a chance to play the race card.”

    Hello, she’s already played it…and given you the opportunity to trump her with facts. [Pun intended!]

  48. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    An Empty Hijab Makes the Most Noise

    She cites “joining the Socialist Alliance ” at 14 as being an achievement…

  49. Snoopy

    Hey oldsalt, please cut and paste the bits from that report covering poisoned waterholes and smallpox infected blankets. Thanks.

  50. calli

    Healthy democracies sometimes need to react against craziness, ugliness, selfishness and stupidity and grotesquerie,” he said, “and you have that in ample abundance in President Trump.”

    Yes, we do. Look in the mirror, dropkick.

  51. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The first was at Kaningarra on
    the Canning Stock Route and at this time no physical evidence or documentation has been
    located.

    Thanks for the link, old salt. I’ll file it next to “Forrest River”, and the “birthing tree.”

  52. Replace the bloody boilers and supply reliable power to homes.

    The people who own Hazelwood had an upgrade to super critical boilers on the drawing board for years. But they were not going to proceed without some kind of agreement that they would actually get to sell electricity, unlike the situation that exists now.

    Successive governments have refused to modify the requirement that power distributors buy “renewables” (wind) first when it is available, and just “top up” with electricity from baseload stations as and when needed. It is simply not possible to run a baseload station profitably that way. Hence, not only Hazelwood, but ALL our coal-fired power stations will eventually be forced to close.

    Which is the whole idea.

  53. H B Bear

    Has Fat Clive ever won a court case?

  54. Nota,
    your posts (or comments or whatever they are called) are most uplifting. Take some of us to another world.
    Thank you so much, take care and enjoy the next month, and where possible drop a line or two here.

    +1 Mrs P

    Keep posting, Nota. For those of us unable to travel, it’s a treat.

  55. thefrolickingmole

    You want to hear a swamp alligator cry…. From the Trump presser.

    THE PRESIDENT: — I’ve started by imposing a five-year lobbying ban on White House officials, and a lifetime ban on lobbying for a foreign government.

    I feel a disturbance in the swamp, as though a million parasites all screamed out at once then were silenced…

  56. “He’s not a figure who is engendering a great deal of respect for his own people,” Garrett said at a press call on Sydney Harbour to announce the tour

    Yeah, well at least he hasn’t killed anybody, Pete. Or burned any homes down.

  57. calli

    Garrett only has to open his mouth and I see him dancing.

  58. Grigory M

    Ah, pissface – nice of you to wave. What are you and piddle-pants up to tonight? Snatch is not gonna be happy with your new dalliance.

  59. Roger

    “He’s not a figure who is engendering a great deal of respect for his own people,” Garrett said at a press call on Sydney Harbour to announce the tour

    Peter’s never really like Americans much anyway, so take his concern for America’s public image with a grain of salt.

  60. thefrolickingmole

    Can we get a factcheck on
    “The UK too stupid to survive”?

    Note the wording, the head hackers are the “brutalized” ones.

    Met chief: ‘brutalised’ Isis supporters soon to return to Britain
    Outgoing commissioner says terror threat will grow as Britons fighting alongside Islamic State in Syria and Iraq start to return

    Britain’s top police officer has warned that battle-hardened jihadis who left Britain to fight with Islamic State may be on their way home to pose a heightened terrorist threat.

    Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, in his final days as commissioner of the Metropolitan police, said that Britons who had travelled to Iraq and Syria were expected to return as the terrorist group lost ground.

    Hogan-Howe said the returnees from Isis, also known as Daesh, would put more pressure on Britain’s counter-terrorism police and security services because they were “brutalised” and better organised.

    In an interview with the London Evening Standard newspaper, Hogan-Howe said he thought counter-terrorism investigators would be able to mitigate the threat posed by the returnees.

    “We are now seeing Daesh’s sphere of influence being reduced in Syria and Iraq, and it looks as though it’s clear that they will lose and the other side will win,” he said. “Some of those people are going to come home and that’s the threat that’s hanging there.

    “The ones who return in reasonable numbers will put more pressure on us and will go to the top of the priority list in terms of looking at, because they will be brutalised, militarised, have friends and a level of organisation that we don’t experience today. They are the ones that we most have to worry about and it’s hard to predict when.”

    Hogan-Howe said Britain had been wise to steer clear of swingeing counter-terror laws because that had avoided alienating Muslims in Britain, the vast majority of whom oppose violence.

    “The Muslim community feel particularly sensitive because Islamism is about people who profess to be Muslims. I would argue that they are political criminals – it just happens to be masked in religion,” he said.

    “But when you are dealing with that issue, you have to be sensitive to the majority who are good people trying to do the right thing.”

    Gee if only there was a simple solution like NOT LETTING THEM IN YOU WINDOW LICKING SUB RETARD.

  61. test pattern

    The Behn River massacre is another yet to be examined in detail. The 1920s was the period of ‘pacification’ in the E.Kimberley and massacres were common.

    http://ipa.org.au/news/626/massacre-of-truth-at-forrest-river/category/10

  62. Lysander

    Well I hope Garrett is funded by Melba Recordings as he gave them a big swab of cash in 2014.

  63. H B Bear

    She cites “joining the Socialist Alliance ” at 14 as being an achievement…

    Probably safer than going on a Young Labor camp.

  64. Lysander

    Oops how could I forget the Garrett was interviewed in 2014 on being “handed swabs of cash” in NSW clubs!

  65. Mater

    “The Muslim community feel particularly sensitive because Islamism is about people who profess to be Muslims. I would argue that they are political criminals – it just happens to be masked in religion,” he said.

    So why aren’t the police concerned about the ‘moderates’ going all vigilante on them? You know, having disgraced the image of Islam and all.

  66. Rockdoctor

    Tom
    #2299725, posted on February 17, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Are we about to see another Dixie Chicks type episode? Would be amusing, especially seeing DC were US citizens and Midnight Oil certainly aren’t. But I suppose conservative country types wouldn’t be buying MO records anyway so probably preaching to the converted…

  67. Bruce of Newcastle

    Mark Riley tonight slimes George Christensen who was attending a birthday party in his electorate for a 100 year old Rat of Tobruk.

    He’s got a way to go before he rejoins humanity Mr Riley does.

    Allan Skerman’s story, 100 today, is most laudable.

  68. Bruce of Newcastle

    I especially like how during the siege he cured his dysentery by means of stolen tins of pineapple.
    Typical Queenslander!

  69. Grigory M

    this weekend, for a special family gathering, I’m going to buy –
    Asahi Super Dry

    Slight taste difference between the 330 ml bottles and the 500 ml cans (bullets). Beer from the cans is well enjoyed poured into glasses that have been chilled in the freezer.

    Kampai! 🙂

  70. notafan

    No problem MV.

    Especially as rumpelskiltskin hates it.

    A lady in Nevers I spoke to two years ago told me that two thirds of France’s churches were completely destroyed during the revolution. Many of the churches around here are clearly 19th C.

    While there is nowhere in Europe that the Church has not been laid waste, even by local people though Italy was mostly Napoleon and others, the damage in France disheartens me the most.

    Not sure why. Must be my drops of French blood.

  71. B Shaw

    Zulu and Grigory

    I just got the phonecall from our MP.
    No, nothing happening . . . supposedly, Opposition Leader is “distracting” us with his hate speech.

  72. John Comnenus

    Let me board so I can get a complimentary beer FFS.

    Work is keeping me away from Canberra Cat drinks. Not good. Sad.

  73. B Shaw

    Thanks, Grigory
    L will drink to you

  74. P

    Quadrant on Q&A cat fight.
    An Empty Hijab Makes the Most Noise

    There is one comment at the end of the Quadrant article I’d like to quote here as I grew up with this and knew even when young that I could never achieve such status.
    I quote from A Campbell’s comment, Quadrant:

    In the Old Testament of the Bible, Proverbs chapter 31 a wife ‘of noble character’ is described.
    She works with her hands, gets up early and gets the servants working, buys fields and sells the produce. She plants vineyards, trades and works at her loom. She’s charitable, makes her family’s clothes and has a home business selling clothes. She speaks with wisdom and teaches others.
    Verse 28 ‘Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
    29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”

    He goes on to say:

    Much more than barefoot and pregnant; or much more than tied with the apron strings to the sink, she’s a working woman, contributing to the family economy; with independent means and business acumen.
    Yassmin Abdel-Magied is badly misinformed. Proverbs 31 was written perhaps a thousand years before Islam.

  75. H B Bear

    The Magic Negro really is an intellectual lightweight,

    Even during the period in 2014 when isis was executing its American captives in Syria, his emotions were in check. Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s closest adviser, told him people were worried that the group would soon take its beheading campaign to the U.S. “They’re not coming here to chop our heads off,” he reassured her. Obama frequently reminds his staff that terrorism takes far fewer lives in America than handguns, car accidents, and falls in bathtubs do.

    Link if you can be bothered.

  76. Gab

    Healthy democracies sometimes need to react against craziness, ugliness, selfishness and stupidity and grotesquerie,” he said, “and you have that in ample abundance in President Trump.”

    Yes and that’s what Trump is reacting against, which most decent Americans are applauding.

  77. Bruce of Newcastle

    Obama frequently reminds his staff that terrorism takes far fewer lives in America than handguns, car accidents, and falls in bathtubs do.

    Somehow he didn’t fix the mess in Chicago, where he was a community organizer. Odd that.
    You’d’ve thought it might’ve been a priority, but he seemed to avoid the place for 8 years.

  78. Snoopy

    H B Bear
    #2299780, posted on February 17, 2017 at 6:45 pm
    The Magic Negro really is an intellectual lightweight,

    No. He’s just on the other side.

  79. srr

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2299706, posted on February 17, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Didn’t Acosta prosecute Epstein?

    #Pizza gate Confirmed!!!!

    Hey Stimpson, as you’ve been the cats regular and deep digger on this topic, would you like me to redirect the abuse I get about it, to you, the kingly father of pizza gate at the cat? 😀

  80. Snoopy

    Let me guess. Trump isn’t going to build a wall on the Canadian border any time soon.

  81. Joe

    The new $10 banknote revealed.

    Is it just me, does the central column of figures in cream look like a Muslim in Mufti?

  82. Gab

    The new $10 banknote revealed.

    Fabulous. Millions and millons of taxpayer money spent on something that is not required.

    Ah but let’s increase taxes to fund the NDIS. Makes sense.

  83. Rockdoctor

    Let me board so I can get a complimentary beer FFS. Mmm, sounds like City Flyer flights…

    On George Christensen, have had the pleasure of dealing with him. He cops a lot of flack in the media but maybe because he isn’t young and trendy with the latest Twitter memes but older, rounder & traditional. However if you want someone in your corner as a local member I’d say he’d be it. LNP or AC I’d say he will hold Dawson, has built up a lot of goodwill especially around the Mackay Region.

  84. Gab

    From Rita Panahi: Amazing what being acquainted with facts will do to your perspective. As Tim Blair says “once you go, you know…”

    How a pro-Palestinian American reporter changed his views on Israel and the conflict

  85. Eddystone

    The new $10 banknote

    Featuring…

    ‘Perhaps the person most responsible for the wild tales of alleged atrocities against the blacks is a lady, Dame Mary Gilmore.

  86. Snoopy

    Anna Bligh, now this :

    Climate change could threaten the stability of the entire financial system, the prudential regulator has warned, as it prepares to apply climate change “stress tests” to the nation’s financial institutions.

    In its first major speech on climate change, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority chastised companies for a lack of action on the risks it poses.

    Rabz the fuckers. Now!

  87. Gab

    Climate change could threaten the stability

    “Could”. Anyone can say something “could” do this or that.

    That means there’s no evidence. That means is not factual.

  88. Snoopy

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Panahi stood for the ACP in the next Senate election. She’d romp it in.

  89. thefrolickingmole

    This should be the end of the disgusting shakedown racket the HRC has always been..

    Gillian Triggs defends Human Rights Commission’s handling of QUT 18C case
    Complaint against students dragged on because it was expected to be settled, commission president tells inquiry

    “Mafia boss says hit on man caused because he was expected to pay up”.

    The Queensland University of Technology racial discrimination complaint dragged on for more than three years without resolution because it was expected to be settled, not because of Australian Human Rights Commission processes, the commission and university have told a Senate committee.

    On Friday the free speech inquiry examining section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act heard evidence from the AHRC president, Gillian Triggs, responding to concerns it took 15 months for the commission to terminate the complaint.

    ..

    In an at-times fiery hearing, the Liberal senator James Paterson questioned whether Prior’s and QUT’s interests had been preferred to those of the students and whether they were owed an apology.

    Triggs refused to offer an apology, conceding: “It’s true, the students have suffered from this … but I cannot concede the commission did anything wrong.”

    ..
    Low swine. Read the whole thing, and good on James for reaming them a new hole.

  90. Snoopy

    I expect Martin Place and Collins Street under 50 feet of water might inconvenience the banks a bit. Especially if it happens next year.

  91. Has Johanna been heard from recently?
    Bushfire destroying homes in her neck of the woods.

  92. C.L.

    “Could”. Anyone can say something “could” do this or that.

    Gab could become a possum rescuer.

  93. Gab

    CL could get rid of his smelly old sandshoes.

  94. Senile Old Guy

    Turnbull offers Trump some advice:

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has suggested US President Donald Trump is wasting his time by complaining about media coverage, citing the example of British wartime leader Winston Churchill. Mr Turnbull, whose relationship with Mr Trump got off to a rocky start earlier this month, said the 45th American President should stop focusing on the media. “A very great politician, Winston Churchill, once said that politicians complaining about the newspapers is like a sailor complaining about the sea,” he told reporters in New Zealand. “There is not much point. That is the media we live with and we have to get our message across and we thank you all in the media for your kind attention.”

    Woeful! Turnbull displays, again, his uncanny ability to completely misread the prevailing opinion and make exactly the wrong pronouncement. Potential Greatness delayed once more! Sad.

  95. Des Deskperson

    “Yeah, well at least he hasn’t killed anybody, Pete. Or burned any homes down.”

    MV. while I have no time for Garrett, my recollection from one of the Pink Batt inquiries is that the detail of the scheme was cobbled together one long weekend in 2009 by two APS middle managers who were employed by the Department of the Environment – or whatever it was called than – but who are under direction from PM&C and who were ordered not to tell the Environment hierarchy what they were up to.

    I suggest while Garrett was clearly a dupe and probably a simpleton – a person of only average intelligence who has been told for thirty years that he is, consecutively, a musical, environmental and political genius would have had any critical facilities he might have originally have possessed badly eroded – the real Pink Batts villain is and always has been Rudd.

    Still, in Garrett, Rudd picked his man very cleverly.

  96. Bruce of Newcastle

    Has Johanna been heard from recently?
    Bushfire destroying homes in her neck of the woods.

    News said it was about ten km south of Q.

  97. herodotus

    The danger of America dividing in the face of an opportunistic enemy should be obvious to the combatants. But the factions of American politics may be too enraged to stop out of fear of a common threat.  Noooo! echoes like a howl through the woods.  Suicidal factionalism has torn apart famous nations before.

    From Richard Fernandez “The Fight For Washington”

    Read it all. Great piece.

  98. Beef

    Looks like the gay lobby got to our $10 note.

  99. Senile Old Guy

    I suggest while Garrett was clearly a dupe and probably a simpleton – a person of only average intelligence who has been told for thirty years that he is, consecutively, a musical, environmental and political genius would have had any critical facilities he might have originally have possessed badly eroded – the real Pink Batts villain is and always has been Rudd.

    Fact Check Status: True.

  100. Makka

    ‘It is concluded that two massacres of Aboriginal people took place following the
    murder of Condren and Sullivan at Billiluna homestead in 1922. The first was at Kaningarra on
    the Canning Stock Route and at this time no physical evidence or documentation has been
    located. The second massacre was at the old Denison Downs homestead on Chuall Pool, Sturt
    Creek Station. The police party led by Constable J.J.Cooney was a punitive expedition and his
    report failed to fully account for over three weeks whilst they were supposedly searching for
    Banjo, suspected of killing Condren and O’Sullivan. Constable Cooney’s police report also
    confirmed they were in the same area as the reported massacre at Kaningarra, ‘

    I was wondering about that! Riveting stuff oldsalt, keep it coming.

    While you are doing your research can also give us a breakdown of the tens of $Billions pissed away by indiginies as well as the thousands of deaths in indigenous custody suffered by indig women and kids? Ta.

  101. P

    Looks like the gay lobby got to our $10 note.

    Hey Beef old friend, could you clue in a dumbo like me? I’ve tried but I can’t see it.

  102. Rudiau

    FMD, words fail.

    Ryan is not happy that the the White House has the tape. She complains that she was not aware that the exchange was being recorded and that she never consented to it. “This is freaking Nixonian,” she adds.

  103. srr

    Tommy Robinson: Shocking truth about “child refugees”
    Rebel Media

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4YkVoiH4hs&feature=youtu.be&a=&app=desktop

    Feb 15, 2017
    The UK has cancelled the “Dubs Amendment,” designed to bring in child migrants. Tommy Robinson of TheRebel.media celebrates this decision and suggest better ways to help true refugees.

  104. Bruce of Newcastle

    My Swiss bank account needs a top up.

    Congo government: Elections are too expensive, so we may not have one this year

    The ruling government in Congo has indicated it may not hold long-awaited elections this year.

    Why? It’s simply too expensive, a government official suggested this week

    “It will be difficult to think that we can mobilize $1.8 billion this year,” Pierre Kangudia Mbayi, minister of state in charge of budget, said at a news conference Wednesday, Africa News reported. “At this stage, I prefer to keep a language of sincerity.”

    I’m impressed – I haven’t heard this particular excuse before. Normally mobs like the EU are willing to stump up to help. Maybe they’re especially skint this year.

  105. Tel

    The new $10 banknote revealed.

    I love the way they use old-style windmill motifs… the ones made from sheet iron and crude towers.

    Of course, if you tried to build one nowadays and sink a bore to get water, the environmentalists would block you immediately… but a great old tradition none the less.

    Hopefully a pipe smoker will feature on some future note.

  106. Tel

    Why? It’s simply too expensive, a government official suggested this week

    They have been studying the SSM Plebiscite, haven’t they?

  107. calli

    I suggest while Garrett was clearly a dupe and probably a simpleton – a person of only average intelligence who has been told for thirty years that he is, consecutively, a musical, environmental and political genius

    You forgot the next best thing to Fred Astaire, Des. 😀

  108. Snoopy

    Ryan is not happy that the the White House has the tape. She complains that she was not aware that the exchange was being recorded and that she never consented to it.

    Monty will be outraged.

  109. Bruce of Newcastle

    BBC is being especially clueless.

    Satirical art dissects Australia’s raucous politics

    To an outsider, Australian politics looks like an unfettered blood sport, where the only aim is to savage the leader.

    After chewing through five prime ministers in as many years, the world is left wondering whether Malcolm Turnbull will soon be mauled too.

    In small words for the BBC: nice Mr Turnbull is a lefty. That is why you do not see gore and small gobbets of flesh sprayed all over your TV screen. He is the ABC’s golden boy.

    I do hope the UK can get a local version of Trump as PM. Whoever it is would nuke the BBC until it mutated into a million cockroaches.

  110. Nick

    Midnight Oil wouldn’t be stoking a Trump/Hansen fire with the aim of making money for themselves ? Funny how it’s now OK to dust off those anti US lyrics /sarc.

  111. Roger

    Midnight Oil wouldn’t be stoking a Trump/Hansen fire with the aim of making money for themselves ? Funny how it’s now OK to dust off those anti US lyrics /sarc.

    Impeccable timing.

    As Tim Blair called it: the power and the pension tour.

  112. Mike of Marion

    Midnight Oil have to get into the US yet!!

  113. Leigh Lowe

    Watching the T20 game a little earlier and there were some luxuriant moustaches on display.
    Can’t wait for the men’s game to start.

  114. Am I the only right-winger in the whole fucking universe?

    I’ve been working for 30 years and all but two of the thousands I have worked with in that are right-wing?

    Every fucking crunt in the workforce is rabidly left-wing.

    Some bonehead stopped talking to me tonight when he realised his false memes didn’t wash with me.

    You know it’s a disease when the followers are all zombies. Every last one. Brainwashing is a thing. Who knew?

  115. Bahahahaha!! Leigh’s back in form! I need a laugh.

  116. Beef

    P

    Pastel colouring is too artsy. I see the arty creator types in a Leak cartoon.

    Besides, could be gay like a kookaburra sitting in the old gum tree.

  117. Frank

    The Beer Whisperer:

    Some bonehead stopped talking to me tonight when he realised his false memes didn’t wash with me.

    They really do think you are a morally reprehensible person that hates children and puppy dogs if you are not a lefty. It is very difficult to self censor to the required degree to avoid the situation. Something idiotic happens and you crack a joke about it and next thing you know, you have sprouted horns in someone’s eyes and there is no walking it back. Pathways close. It sucks.

  118. Leigh Lowe

    Bahahahaha!! Leigh’s back in form! I need a laugh.

    Well, standby.
    I’ve found G Hackett and we’re out on the turps.
    Should be good but I’m not letting him new a steak knife … Or even a cocktail skewer.
    I promised his mummy we’d be hind by 10:00 (didn’t say AM or PM).

  119. John Comnenus

    Finally boarded. Friday evening – Sydney. Never on time. Now where’s that beer

  120. Tel

    Midnight Oil wouldn’t be stoking a Trump/Hansen fire with the aim of making money for themselves ? Funny how it’s now OK to dust off those anti US lyrics /sarc.

    Ahhh remember the days when we were all on a knife edge because America and the USSR might go at it hammer and tongs any moment? Afraid of the Cold War, expecting global Doomsday.

    I was listening to PM Live and they all had a big “Uh huh!” session nodding around the campfire about what a worry it is these days that the Americans might be getting along with the Russians. You know, not quite ready to kill one another and blow up the world at a moment’s notice. That was seen as a big concern for all concerned.

    God spare me!

  121. Leigh Lowe

    You forgot the next best thing to Fred Astaire, Des. 😀

    Please.
    Don’t defile the memory of Fred.
    Garrett used to dance like an epileptic wearing ankle cuffs on a chain gang.

  122. H B Bear

    Don’t him invite back to your place LL. Just stick him in a cab to Channel 9.

  123. I suggest while Garrett was clearly a dupe and probably a simpleton – a person of only average intelligence who has been told for thirty years that he is, consecutively, a musical, environmental and political genius would have had any critical facilities he might have originally have possessed badly eroded – the real Pink Batts villain is and always has been Rudd.

    All true, Des and SOG.
    However, I’m an old-fashioned guy.
    I believe in some quaint customs.
    Like Ministerial Responsibility.

    It is known now that KRudd was the architect.
    It is also known now that Garrett had serious misgivings.
    However, at the time he kept mum, and people died.

    Prestige, money and power trumped personal responsibility.
    How does the saying go – “All that is necessary for evil to triumph . . . “

  124. Leigh Lowe

    Ahhh remember the days when we were all on a knife edge because America and the USSR might go at it hammer and tongs any moment? Afraid of the Cold War, expecting global Doomsday.

    So frikkin funny to see US Democrats suddenly “recognising the Russian menace” 30 years after the Berlin Wall came down.
    Bit late to the party chaps.
    Where were you in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

  125. wivenhoe

    Pathways close. It sucks.

    I think people are in your life for a reason, or maybe a season, but the ones who matter are there for a lifetime, so let the reasons and seasons go, and embrace the lifewtime.

  126. P

    calli
    #2299839, posted on February 17, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Rainbows and glitter, P.

    Surely not.

    I’ve spent so much time looking up Dame Mary Gilmore whom I was aware of during my schooling, and Banjo Paterson and his poems.
    Esp.
    Banjo Paterson – Sydney or the Bush – late 1880’s …

    “There came a stranger to Walgett town,
    To Walgett town when the sun was low,
    And he carried a thirst that was worth a crown,
    Yet how to quench it he did not know;
    But he thought he might take those yokels down,
    The guileless yokels of Walgett town.
    They made him a bet in a private bar,
    In a private bar when the talk was high,
    And they bet him some pounds no matter how far
    He could pelt a stone, yet he could not shy
    A stone right over the river so brown,
    The Darling river at Walgett town.
    He knew that the river from bank to bank
    Was fifty yards, and he smiled a smile
    As he trundled down, but his hopes they sank
    For there wasn’t a stone within fifty mile;
    For the saltbush plain and the open down
    Produce no quarries in Walgett town.
    The yokels laughed at his hopes o’erthrown,
    And he stood awhile like a man in a dream;
    Then out of his pocket he fetched a stone,
    And pelted it over the silent stream —
    He had been there before: he had wandered down
    On a previous visit to Walgett town.”

    My great grandfather would have been the publican at the Barwon Inn, Walgett, at that time.

  127. wivenhoe

    lifetime, bloody hell, gotta cut these bitch nails.

  128. Leigh Lowe

    Don’t him invite back to your place LL. Just stick him in a cab to Channel 9.

    All over it mate.
    I’m telling him that Warney’s on his way while I escape through the shithouse louvres.
    Not stupid.

  129. Joe

    Prestige, money and power trumped personal responsibility.

    We Ask for FOR-GIVER-NESS….

  130. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Dems will play the Russian Menace for all it’s worth.
    Then the MSM will get bored, which they tend to do after a while.
    At that point suddenly, out of nowhere, will come the Chinese Menace!
    You read it here first.

  131. Tel

    So frikkin funny to see US Democrats suddenly “recognising the Russian menace” 30 years after the Berlin Wall came down.

    Where the “menace” is that Trump might somehow cooperate and get along. How menacing is that? Are you feeling menaced, now that two world superpowers might finally shake hands and settle it?

    But otherwise fairly sane people are buying into this garbage… which seriously makes me question what gets into their heads.

  132. wivenhoe

    which seriously makes me question what gets into their heads.

    Let’s see, how about, MSM, Twitter, Facebook, and other sources of crap news.

  133. B Shaw

    “escape through the shithouse louvres” hahahaha
    that paints a picture

  134. Leigh Lowe

    I tend to agree that Garrett was a Rudd fall guy over the pink batts thing but, hey, you take the big bucks and the corner office, you wear any shit that comes.
    You either tell Rudd to fuck off or cop the consequences … so not a lot of sympathy from me.
    I see that Johanna rejects the idea that Garrett is going back on the road for money because he is loaded.
    Well, just remember he was a Labor pollie.
    The ability to get rid of money is unprecedented.

  135. srr

    Rebel Media
    Tommy Robinson

    UK CONTRIBUTOR

    Tommy Robinson is the Founder and ex Leader of the English Defence League (EDL) which was formed in 2009. Since leaving the EDL, Tommy has become an avid speaker on the problems in the Western world with the rise of Extremism, Islam, ISIS, hate speakers and Sharia.

    In February 2016 Tommy started Pegida UK.

    Pegida stands for Patriotische Europäer Gegen Islamisierung des Abendlandes, in English this translates to Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West.

    Tommy wrote an autobiography “Enemy of the State” in 2015.

    Do you stand with Tommy Robinson?
    http://www.therebel.media/tommy_robinson

    The Latest From Tommy Robinson
    FEBRUARY 09, 2017

    “200 people would be alive today” if Europe had Trump’s “Muslim ban” a year ago

    In our upside down world, people are actually complaining that for once, a politician is keeping his promises — in this case, President Trump said he put in “extreme vetting” to try to keep America safe from terrorism, and that’s what he’s doing.

    Tommy Robinson: “A rant about Trump’s ‘Muslim ban'”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU7QM_P2DS8

    continue at –
    http://www.therebel.media/_200_people_would_be_alive_today_if_europe_had_trump_s_muslim_ban
    ____________________

    Tommy is a man I really, really want to do a speaking tour in Australia.

  136. Gee if only there was a simple solution like NOT LETTING THEM IN YOU WINDOW LICKING SUB RETARD.

    The police chap you are so scathing of, FrolloMole, – Mr. Hogan-Howe, is the one who sooled the coppers onto Lord Bramall – former Commander of the Army and veteran of the battle for France & the push into Germany – coz someone, somewhere, said Lord Bramall had years before had groped them at a party, or something.

    Defending himself from the fake-but-brutal peddle feel o’ya investigation cost Lord Bramall (army pensioner) nearly everything he had.
    When it became clear to even the dimmest of halfwits that there was nothing to the case against Lord Bramall, Lance-Constable Hogan-Howe at first tried to have the matter suppressed, when that didn’t work he refused to even acknowledge that an injustice had been done, and wouldn’t back off.

    He was forced into a muttered apology, near by public acclaim, and before the mysterious drying up of too many of his post-policing-career board appointments & other lucrative money-for-jam commissionerhoods he’d been so much looking forward to.

  137. B Shaw

    Lovely music, upaways.
    I have an old soldier friend – a Korean War veteran – who became slightly emotional watching that romantic science fiction film. I thought it might have been the 18th variation – but he said it was the story. I hadn’t been taken with it myself. Lots of people loved it.
    Tastes vary.

  138. Boambee John

    LL at 2021

    Remember Obama vs Romney “The 1980s called and want their foreign policy back”.

    They got it but from the D’rats not the Repubs!

  139. Leigh Lowe

    Where the “menace” is that Trump might somehow cooperate and get along. How menacing is that? Are you feeling menaced, now that two world superpowers might finally shake hands and settle it?

    Exactly.
    The argument is that contact … any contact … with the Ruskies is bad, per se.
    They aren’t arguing that Trump is giving the Ruskies preference over other nations or American interests, just that any contact with Ruskies is not only undesirable, but illegal. Where the fuck do these people get their foreign policy perspective? From watching Rocky IV?
    All this comes from lefties who think it is “pragmatic politics” to do deals with Iran and North Korea FFS, and are cool with the Clinton Foundation taking buckets of cash from the Saudis.
    Trump needs to get on the front foot and not allow them to take another scalp.

  140. Grigory M

    Peter Gabriel – Here Comes the Flood

    Time to get away from the desk and go for a walk outside.

  141. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ahahahahaha! Branco.

    That’s Leak level!
    I liked the cat one too, must’ve taken ages.

  142. srr

    Tommy Robinson Retweeted
    Ezra Levant 🇨🇦 [email protected] 6h6 hours ago

    A bunch of people from Pakistan, Iran, etc., came to our “Islamophobia” rally.

    Here’s what they said: https://youtu.be/pYPy_68TbWo #cdnpoli
    e.g.

    “I’m a political refugee from Iran, I’ve been to prison, I’ve been under Islamic law, and I know how it starts and I know how it ends. And it always starts with the, for some reason, unity of Left and Islamists, and it scares me …”

  143. jupes

    That’s Leak level!

    Yeah nah.

    That’s a very good cartoon but what we are witnessing with Leak is a cartoonist at the absolute peak of his game.

    Bill Leak in his current form has no peer.

  144. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Song of the Artesian Water, by Banjo Patterson – they don’t teach his poetry in schools anymore, pity.

    Now the stock have started dying, for the Lord has sent a drought;
    But we’re sick of prayers and Providence — we’re going to do without;
    With the derricks up above us and the solid earth below,
    We are waiting at the lever for the word to let her go.
    Sinking down, deeper down,
    Oh, we’ll sink it deeper down:
    As the drill is plugging downward at a thousand feet of level,
    If the Lord won’t send us water, oh, we’ll get it from the devil;
    Yes, we’ll get it from the devil deeper down.
    Now, our engine’s built in Glasgow by a very canny Scot,
    And he marked it twenty horse-power, but he don’t know what is what:
    When Canadian Bill is firing with the sun-dried gidgee logs,
    She can equal thirty horses and a score or so of dogs.
    Sinking down, deeper down,
    Oh, we’re going deeper down:
    If we fail to get the water, then it’s ruin to the squatter,
    For the drought is on the station and the weather’s growing hotter,
    But we’re bound to get the water deeper down.

    But the shaft has started caving and the sinking’s very slow,
    And the yellow rods are bending in the water down below,
    And the tubes are always jamming, and they can’t be made to shift
    Till we nearly burst the engine with a forty horse-power lift.
    Sinking down, deeper down,
    Oh, we’re going deeper down:
    Though the shaft is always caving, and the tubes are always jamming,
    Yet we’ll fight our way to water while the stubborn drill is ramming —
    While the stubborn drill is ramming deeper down.

    But there’s no artesian water, though we’ve passed three thousand feet,
    And the contract price is growing, and the boss is nearly beat.
    But it must be down beneath us, and it’s down we’ve got to go,
    Though she’s bumping on the solid rock four thousand feet below.
    Sinking down, deeper down,
    Oh, we’re going deeper down:
    And it’s time they heard us knocking on the roof of Satan’s dwellin’;
    But we’ll get artesian water if we cave the roof of hell in —
    Oh! we’ll get artesian water deeper down.

    But it’s hark! the whistle’s blowing with a wild, exultant blast,
    And the boys are madly cheering, for they’ve struck the flow at last;
    And it’s rushing up the tubing from four thousand feet below,
    Till it spouts above the casing in a million-gallon flow.
    And it’s down, deeper down —
    Oh, it comes from deeper down;
    It is flowing, ever flowing, in a free, unstinted measure
    From the silent hidden places where the old earth hides her treasure —
    Where the old earth hides her treasures deeper down.

    And it’s clear away the timber, and it’s let the water run:
    How it glimmers in the shadow, how it flashes in the sun!
    By the silent bells of timber, by the miles of blazing plain
    It is bringing hope and comfort to the thirsty land again.
    Flowing down, further down;
    It is flowing deeper down
    To the tortured thirsty cattle, bringing gladness in its going;
    Through the droughty days of summer it is flowing, ever flowing —
    It is flowing, ever flowing, further down.

  145. Listening to Voodoo Child copy by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd band. Freakishly close to Hendrix original.

    Makes Titanic palatable.

  146. srr

    “Tucker Porn”: Fox’s Carlson destroys anti-Gavin “student”
    Rebel Media

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBq8_mOBgOU

    Feb 14, 2017
    (LANGUAGE WARNING:) Gavin McInnes of TheRebel.media unpacks Tucker Carlson’s debate with a “student” who opposed his NYU speech.

  147. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bill Leak in his current form has no peer.

    For along time Michael Ramirez has been peerless, but in the last year or so Bill Leak has gone past him into the clear still air of another level. His one this morning was typical: brutal and perfect. Ms Abdel-Magied is rendered exactly in caricature – as seen in “Australia Wide”. I am awed.

  148. stackja

    Donald J. Trump [email protected] 15 minutes ago
    Despite the long delays by the Democrats in finally approving Dr. Tom Price, the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare is moving fast!

  149. john constantine

    Back from happy hour.

    Mate told me to look for this.

    http://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/4472305/native-vegetation-fees-discrepancy/

    Their yarragrad Nazgul have snuck in a one thousand percent increase in the fee to remove native vegetation. Firebreaks anyone?.

    As an indication of the fuckedwittedness of their victorian totalitarian left, applying for a permit costs a grand, getting caught without a permit actually costs 250 bucks less than getting the paperwork.

    Fuckwits, their left are fuckwits.

  150. egg_

    Some of the best zingers at Blair’s piece and comments on the Oil’s “The Power and the Pension Tour”:

    The Puerile Protesting Pensioners – support for the Strolling Bones?

  151. Stimpson J. Cat

    Bill Leak in his current form has no peer.

    So you are saying we have hit Peak Leak?

  152. Bruce of Newcastle

    Paul Ryan is very slow, but he may actually be getting there.

    Ryan: Trump Could Lead ‘Most Productive Congress and Presidency in Lifetime’

    C’mon Paul, get onto the Trump Train! You’ll be glad you joined in.

  153. Leigh Lowe

    Bill Leak in his current form has no peer.

    Agreed.
    His caricature earlier this week of Pauline Hanson grabbing Lord Waffleworth by the genitals was rolled gold.
    I also loved that Pauline didn’t need to take a full handful … just a pinch between forefinger and thumb.

  154. Stimpson J. Cat

    “Tucker Porn”: Fox’s Carlson destroys anti-Gavin “student”

    The thing I love most about Tucker is the look on his face as he listens.
    It is like in his mind he is sifting through every possible word he could use to describe just how f*cking stupid the person speaking is, and he just can’t decide on one as they are all his favourites.

  155. Diogenes

    Just popped onto youtube to catch this weeks episode of tge Great War Channel, and the ABS census ad for last years census was shown before the feature. Our tax dollars at work?

    Shut.it.down

  156. Rabz

    Wild guess …
    The accountant … Burgundy (to match his suit).
    The Marxist … Tasmanian organic cider.
    The sheila … Margherita.
    Let me know how close I got.

    LL, you could not have been more wrong if you tried.
    Peroni
    Peroni
    Gin and Tonic

  157. Rudiau

    Him and his cabal are despicable globalist parasites and dangerous.
    .

  158. Rabz

    the ABS census ad for last years census was shown before the feature

    #censusfail

  159. Leigh Lowe

    LL, you could not have been more wrong if you tried.
    Peroni
    Peroni
    Gin and Tonic

    Ha, ha.
    Well it’s Canberra.
    Who would know?

  160. JC

    I know, it may be hard to get to. But we’re (potentially) hugely wealthy as a species. The backyard is immensely rich.

    We will run out of resources… LOL.

    One single asteroid in our solar system – 241 Germania – has $95.8 (£60) trillion of mineral wealth inside it – nearly the same as the annual GDP of the entire WORLD.

    The finding comes in the wake of the founding of Planetary Resources, a venture backed by Avatar director James Cameron, which aims to mine asteroids for their wealth.

    Asterank is based on publicly available information – and aims to catalogue the enormous wealth in the solar system, and also how little is currently known about what lies out there.

  161. Rudiau

    Here’s another has-been despicable globalist traitor.

  162. srr

    Tommy Robinson [email protected] 41m41 minutes ago

    The Labour Party in 2017:

    ✅IRA 💣💥
    ✅Hamas
    ✅Hezbollah
    ✅Fidel Castro
    ✅Paedo gangs (100% Labour voters)

    ❌ Trump is racist and sexist! 😡

  163. john constantine

    Fox tells us that the media no longer speaks truth to power.

    Trump now is the One that speaks Truth to Power.

    Has to bypass the lying scum in the media to do it, but it gets done.

    {why doesn’t anybody in their australian filth media have the insight to outflank their competition a fraction of an inch to the right instead of crawling ever deeper into the bowels of their left.}

  164. Rabz

    Voodoo Child*

    Still sends shivers down one’s spine – just bloody awesome.

    Or “Chile”

  165. Des Deskperson

    “However, at the time he kept mum, and people died.
    Prestige, money and power trumped personal responsibility.”

    Good point, MV, Garrett was the Minister responsible and can’t be excused.

  166. Rabz

    Bill Leak in his current form has no peer.

    Bollocks – Leak has been without peer for decades. He’s just blasted into the stratosphear and left his peers even further behind since his “accident”.

  167. john constantine

    Right Man, Right Place, Right time.

    God Bless.

    [This from a senator from a coal mining state, about our big beautiful Orange Man.]

  168. .

    Hopefully a pipe smoker will feature on some future note.

    Let’s hope so :p~

  169. srr

    ouch! … Juicy 😀 😉 …

    Bill Mitchell [email protected] 28m28 minutes ago

    DOJ also target of President Trump’s call for investigations into leaks | Circa News – Learn. Think. Do. http://circa.com/politics/doj-also-target-of-president-trumps-call-for-investigations-into-leaks

  170. Rabz

    Good point, MV, Garrett was the Minister responsible and can’t be excused.

    If it’s any consolation to his legion of haters here, the entire shemozzle took it’s toll on his appearance.

    The last time I had the misfortune to encounter him personally (at the height of the “policy disaster”) he looked like this.

    Which he bloody well should have. His defection from the extreme far out totally whacko loony left accretions of imbeciles he’d previously been involved with was regarded as a monstrous betrayal and an act of unforgivable hypocrisy at the time.

    Presumably he did it so Doris B could buy herself a new maroon beemer in which to ferry him around.

  171. Infidel Tiger

    Paul Ryan is very slow, but he may actually be getting there.

    Ryan: Trump Could Lead ‘Most Productive Congress and Presidency in Lifetime’

    C’mon Paul, get onto the Trump Train! You’ll be glad you joined in.

    The look Ryan gave Trump at the inauguration looked like a little boy looking up at his Dad. I sense great things from these two.

    Ryan better lose the beard though. Donny don’t abide facial hair.

  172. jupes

    Still sends shivers down one’s spine – just bloody awesome.

    True.

  173. Infidel Tiger

    Has Johanna been heard from recently?
    Bushfire destroying homes in her neck of the woods.

    I don’t watch the news anymore but if bushfires are razing the homes of Canberran public servants, I am seriously happy.

  174. Rabz

    BTW, the only midnight oil song I ever heard that didn’t instantly make me want to take to anyone and everything with a nuclear powered sledgehammer was “Wedding Tackle Island” – and it’s an instrumental.

    Loathsome, noxious, cultural criminals, interminably screeching out for their pointless lives to be brought to a long overdue end.

  175. jupes

    Peroni
    Peroni
    Gin and Tonic

    Italian and Pommy. Not bad.

    I went for Aussie and Italian tonight. VB followed by a Schiopettino.

    Yummo.

  176. .

    Yeah that pewdiepie stuff was bullshit. Just absolute shit.

    I feel sorry for him and hope it backfires on Disney and he makes even more money and helps more charities.

    Old school media can’t own up to how shit it is itself. That’s why it hates you tube, Trump etc.

  177. Infidel Tiger

    It’s Voodoo Chile

    Jimi Hendrix was so fucking great he made Dylan songs sound good:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TLV4_xaYynY

  178. JC

    I get the feeling you never liked Midnight Oil.

  179. john constantine

    Their ryan is still fighting Trumps tax cuts.

  180. Infidel Tiger

    Jumped you should be drinking Barolo.

    Those wog fucks make great shit.

    I really love Italians and hope they survive the musliming of Europe. Couldn’t give a shit about the rest of Western Europe except burgundy, champagne, rhone and Bordeaux.

  181. Infidel Tiger

    Jupes you should be drinking Barolo.

    Those greaser fucks make great shit.

    I really love Italians and hope they survive the musliming of Europe. Couldn’t give a shit about the rest of Western Europe except burgundy, champagne, rhone and Bordeaux.

  182. I don’t watch the news anymore but if bushfires are razing the homes of Canberran public servants, I am seriously happy.

    Unfortunately not, IT. The fires are burning homes on the eastern side of Queenbeyan, a place called Carwoola. Johanna recently moved to Queenbeyan, but I don’t know where.

  183. JC and IT

    Thanks for the heads up last night on John Wick – just finished watching it.
    Stole his car and killed his dog. Talk about being a tad pissed off . . .

  184. Infidel Tiger

    John Wick 2 is apparently even better.

  185. john constantine

    Their shortfilth established, soros funded getup has a win.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/02/16/malcolm-roberts-twitter-poll-on-green-energy-backfired-spectacu/

    Reveals how they rig polls, but thei revelation is not news.

    [getup mocks conservatives for thinking socialist is an insult. this is why Stalinist is the insult of choice,]

  186. .

    Socialist is an insult.

    A rather nasty one too. Those who take pride in it do not know what they do, preach or believe in.

  187. Rudiau

    Their ryan is still fighting Trumps tax cuts.

    I don’t trust rino ryan, he’s part of the swamp.

  188. John Wick 2 is apparently even better.

    So I’ve read, IT.
    Unfortunately nobody’s uploaded it anywhere in HD yet.
    Bloody unreliable pirates.

  189. srr

    Bill Mitchell [email protected] 2h2 hours ago

    The problem with saying, “Trump opposes the press!,” is that the people Trump opposes are not “press,” they are paid Leftist hitmen.
    ..
    The Lame Duck Timeline Strongly Suggests President Obama Set Up Intelligence Scheme To Undermine Trump…

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/02/17/the-lame-duck-timeline-strongly-suggests-president-obama-set-up-intelligence-scheme-to-undermine-trump/
    ..
    In his waning days, Obama weaponized data collection so his #DeepState operatives could undermine our Democracy. How is this not #TREASON?

  190. Rabz

    It’s Voodoo Chile

    Noted in my comment above. There’s certainly a lot of misinformation out there on the ‘net.

    Page 148 of “starting at zero” which is on the coffee table, includes this quote: “On Voodoo Chile we just opened the studio up, and all our friends came down after jam sessions…”

    The “friends” included Steve Winwood and Al Kooper.

    I can’t find the greatest hits CD to check the spelling on that. I always remember it as “Voodoo Chile (slight return)”, which apparently, was a remastered version released after his untimely demise in 1970.

  191. Stimpson J. Cat

    Dot, old people need to understand the beauty and power of Youtube.
    I give you Vape Nation.

  192. Makka

    John Wick 2 is apparently even better.

    He red mists a colony of SJW’s?

  193. Rabz

    I get the feeling you never liked Midnight Oil.

    This could be alleged.

  194. jupes

    Jupes you should be drinking Barolo.

    I do every now and then however it is a tad expensive so I don’t indulge every week. Special occasions only.

    Schiopettino is a lovely mid-range Italian wine with a distinct flavour.

  195. Grigory M

    burgundy, champagne, rhone and Bordeaux

    Beaujolais aussi – new wines they may be but they are quite tasty with a light lunch, or just to help the conversation flow on a lazy afternoon with friends.

  196. Infidel Tiger

    What’s it like? Sounds intriguing.

  197. jupes

    It’s Voodoo Chile

    I had the record of Electric Ladyland when I was a young fella.

    Tits out on the cover added to the value.

  198. jupes

    What’s it like? Sounds intriguing.

    Dry and spicy. You can smell the Hungarian Oak.

    Not to everyone’s taste but I’m a big fan.

  199. Rabz

    Socialist is an insult.

    To refer to someone as a “socialist” outside of this blog, is not an insult. It is however, the soft soaping of genocidal collectivist totalitarianism and therefore, as noted here before (by certain individuals who shall remain nameless), constitutes utterly unacceptable dishonesty.

  200. Infidel Tiger

    Hungarian Oak!

    Wowsers.

    We need a Catallaxy wine night. Grig of course would be invited.

  201. Rabz

    Grig of course would be invited.

    Preferably fermented in one of the barrels. Sourced of course, from mainland Taxmania.

    As I’m not a wine buff, I’ll leave yers to it.

    Salute! 🙂

  202. We need a Catallaxy wine night. Grig of course would be invited.

    Can I bring my goonie?

  203. Infidel Tiger

    Of course you can bring goonie. It’s about appreciating wine and all its magnificent benefits.

    Pain relief and taste.

  204. jupes

    We need a Catallaxy wine night.

    How about a touring wine night?

    I’m in Sydney at the minute but will visit Perth next month.

  205. B Shaw

    I’ve never heard of Richie Havens.
    But I listened to the song.

    I wish P would comment more often. Something fascinating about her.

  206. Infidel Tiger

    Rabz you can bring beer or spirits.

    Look, basically it’s a piss up.

  207. Rabz

    basically it’s a piss up.

    I’m in.

  208. Grigory M

    I’ve never heard of Richie Havens.

    Stole the show at Woodstock 1969

    He had an amazingly frenetic guitar playing style.

    Lots of better videos of him on youtube. Had an amazingly frenetic guitar playing style.

  209. Leigh Lowe

    I went for Aussie and Italian tonight. VB followed by a Schiopettino.

    Fronted the far at Hotel Sodom this evening ..
    Barkeep : “What can I get you sir?”
    Me : “anything without an olive or a fucking plastic umbrella in it. Two of ’em. One for me and one for my lady wife.”
    (You need to set the scene with the barkeep in a town full of horses hoofs)

  210. Grigory M

    It was so amazing I said it twice. 🙂

  211. Leigh Lowe

    Of course you can bring goonie. It’s about appreciating wine and all its magnificent benefits.

    Pain relief and taste.

    You’ve been drinking Perth water and Margaret River red again, haven’t you.
    Sad.

  212. Bruce in WA

    Just two hours out of Buenos Aires and the end of our 38-day cruise around South America, ex-Sydney.

    Overall impression? Poverty. Graffiti. Faded glory. Sadness for what has been lost.

  213. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger
    #2299955, posted on February 17, 2017 at 10:45 pm
    Jupes you should be drinking

    You’ve just redeemed yourself.
    I love Barolo.
    Mainly because it is a shitload easier to say than Tempranillo when you’re ordering your eight or ninth … or maybe it’s my tenth.
    Anyhow, I think I’ll have ‘nother Brollo thanks.

  214. Rabz

    Poverty. Graffiti. Faded glory. Sadness for what has been lost.

    AKA socialism.

    You could have been describing their Constantine’s Mosquebourne.

  215. Snoopy

    Poverty. Graffiti. Faded glory. Sadness for what has been lost.

    If you haven’t yet been to BA, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

  216. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If you haven’t yet been to BA, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

    Surprised to learn that, at one stage, there was a branch of Harrods, in BA.

  217. Leigh Lowe

    Poverty. Graffiti. Faded glory. Sadness for what has been lost.

    It shits me that so many pollies try to be hip by allowing graffiti to flourish, because it is “vibrant and diverse”.
    The world over it is tired, repetitive and screams “no order and no respect” to visitors.

  218. jupes

    Mainly because it is a shitload easier to say than Tempranillo

    Whoa! Wash your mouth out with soap.

    Tempranillo is not in the same league as Barolo. Not even close.

  219. Leigh Lowe

    Surprised to learn that, at one stage, there was a branch of Harrods, in BA.

    There was also a branch of the Waffen SS.
    Probably still is.

  220. Rabz

    The world over it is tired, repetitive and screams “no order and no respect” to visitors.

    Quite frankly, it screams: “Dickheads infest this hellhole”.

  221. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    There was also a branch of the Waffen SS.
    Probably still is.

    That’s no way to speak of the Peron family.

  222. Rabz

    Surprised to learn that, at one stage, there was a branch of Harrods, in BA.

    There was also a branch of the Waffen SS.

    Not to mention the carnage in the Jewish Centre bombing in BA in 1994.

  223. Geez, midnight on a Friday night on the Cat, and it’s as dead as a door nail.
    Is there a party on somewhere I don’t know about?

  224. Top Ender

    It’s quiet sahib…too quiet.

    I don’t like it.

  225. It’s quiet sahib…too quiet.

    No fun at all, Top Ender.
    May as well hit the sack.

  226. Pete of Perth

    No party here. Though the missus just sent me a message saying a friend thinks I’m gorgeous.

  227. Andrew

    Woeful! Turnbull displays, again, his uncanny ability to completely misread the prevailing opinion and make exactly the wrong pronouncement. Potential Greatness delayed once more! Sad.

    At least he can negotiate with cross benches, outline an economic vision and deliver lower taxes.

  228. John Constantine;

    Their yarragrad Nazgul have snuck in a one thousand percent increase in the fee to remove native vegetation. Firebreaks anyone?.

    I’m going through the same thing with buying a rifle for pigging.
    First you have to get Student number;
    Then do a firearm safety course – $220;
    Then join a club – $150 pa;
    Then apply for a licence $200;
    Then get a Permit to Acquire – $35
    Then you can order your rifle.
    This process has taken over seven months.
    Or you can go to Brisbane and get one illegally – strangely, handguns are easier to get -or so I’m told – because there are so many available.

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