Wednesday Forum: December 13, 2017

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  1. cynical1

    Wait until these African kids start breeding here.

    Fucking “Progressives” have a lot to answer for.

  2. Roger

    I’d substitute Fraser for Howard – given an overwhelming mandate to dismantle the great champagne socialist experiment of Gough Whitlam, and far too afraid of what the left wing of his own party would say about him, to exercise that mandate.

    True, Fraser was a do nothing leader, but Howard set us on the path of destroying our competitive advantage – cheap power – and wrecking our industry to placate the Greens & opening the borders to the 3rd world.

  3. old bloke

    marcus classis
    #2585196, posted on December 15, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    This (if true) is close to being an act of war. Link

    Nothing new there Marcus, Turkey has a track record for shipping arms to Europe.

  4. H B Bear

    I’d substitute Fraser for Howard – given an overwhelming mandate to dismantle the great champagne socialist experiment of Gough Whitlam, and far too afraid of what the left wing of his own party would say about him, to exercise that mandate.

    Fraser represented the worst of the Western Victorian squattocracy and his noblesse oblige guided policy. No wonder he ended up doing campaign launches for Sarah Hyphen-SeaPatrol in his dotage.

  5. Stimpson J. Cat

    Wait until these African kids start breeding here.
    Fucking “Progressives” have a lot to answer for.

    Beautiful blends here we come.

  6. Token

    I’m not convinced that that will happen

    As NY state has proven, it doesn’t matter what the police do if a DA chooses to bury the case.

    This occurred in California. The justice department in that state used to be ran by Kamala Harris.

  7. RobK

    “The best bit of these (ABC) ads is when they finish up with “… and its free.”
    Should be: “….and you’ve already paid for it.”

  8. H B Bear

    Should be: “….and you’ve already paid for it.”

    You mean ” … and about half of you have already paid for it.” Actually it would be much less than that for the ALPBC demographics.

  9. Tom

    I’m not sure how much TheirABC radio siphon off the annual $1.3 billion budget, but ‘free’ is fake news.

    There is an uncanny correlation between the size of ABC TV and radio audiences (15-20% of the market) and the ballooning government payroll (2 million out of the 12 million national workforce), whose federal, state and local governments confiscate around 40% of the national wealth. I would be surprised if more than 10% of the ABC’s regular audience were employed in the real, non-government economy and rely on markets for their jobs.

    Yet not one of our nominally mainstream (i.e. non-leftard) think tanks appear even vaguely interested in surveys on such crucial subjects for the future of our way of life.

    There’s only one man who can shake Australia out of its stupor: Trump. If it isn’t already, Australia will be a basket case in 2018 when investment destined for Australia flees to the US to cash in on a booming economy where choking regulation and taxes have been slashed.

  10. cynical1

    Beautiful blends here we come.

    Fucking criminal savages who call Melbadishu home?

    Not really my kind of beautiful.

    They could score a few brownie points by kidnapping Danny boy.

    And losing him.

  11. jupes

    If the Sykes-Picot Agreement is to blame for the mess that is the Middle-East because “borders were generally drawn with little regard for ethnic, tribal, religious or linguistic considerations“, why is Multiculturalism hailed as such a noble endeavour in this country?

    Liberty quote.

  12. C.L.

    If the Sykes-Picot Agreement is to blame for the mess that is the Middle-East because “borders were generally drawn with little regard for ethnic, tribal, religious or linguistic considerations“, why is Multiculturalism hailed as such a noble endeavour in this country?

    Easy. Because we’re white and can do stuff they can’t.
    That’s what leftists secretly believe.
    It’s what I’ve called the new ‘White Man’s Burden.’

  13. John Constantine

    The difference between their Fraser and their Bishop is simple.

    When Fraser was tummy rubbed by the right sort with the right tone in the right surroundings, he signed a binding commitment to sink his entire multigenerational family fortune down with the next oil rig Lloyd’s of London had blow up on them.

    In the same line, after the same flattery, bishop has signed up binding commitments to sink Australia’s multi generational wealth and fortune down, with the deindustrialising by windmills scam the Piper Alpha oil rig explosion of this generation.

    Bet it all, with unlimited eternal liability, that the transnational looting cartels won’t go all the way in turning Australia into Zimbabwe once we capitulate cravenly enough.

  14. P

    It was on this day three years ago that we were glued to our TVs witnessing the siege that claimed in the early hours of the next day the life of two beautiful Aussies, Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson.

    May this never happen again.

    This article tells of The Katrina Dawson Foundation funds scholarships for undergraduate students to attend The Women’s College, within the University of Sydney, where Ms Dawson lived and studied law.

  15. Joe

    This article tells of The Katrina Dawson Foundation funds scholarships for undergraduate students to attend The Women’s College, within the University of Sydney, where Ms Dawson lived and studied law.

    So are we to commiserate with the loss or rejoice at the further opportunity to brain wash innocents.

  16. struth

    But the idea of labelling Dastyari as some sort of spy is plainly ridiculous. Even if he has resigned from the Senate, if there is evidence of criminal behaviour, he can still be charged. I sincerely doubt that this will happen.

    There are many constitutional restrictions to sitting in parliament that have nothing to do with criminality.
    Yet it is criminal to disregard these restrictions.
    Sam Suk Dik Dastardly was breaking section 44.

    I honestly wonder if the foul slob Richo, actually knows this, and is not just muddying the water for left wing benefit.

  17. Joe

    I honestly wonder if the foul slob Richo, actually knows this, and is not just muddying the water for left wing benefit.

    Must dissemble, lest ones own records as regards to s44 might be called into question.

  18. Leigh Lowe

    I honestly wonder if the foul slob Richo, actually knows this, and is not just muddying the water for left wing benefit.

    It was reported last year that he had an operation to remove his arsehole.
    They didn’t get all of it.

  19. Knuckle Dragger

    Tommy was an older fella who lived in Kargaru Camp, on the outskirts of Tennant Creek. By ‘older’, I mean in his early 40s. Like others, he loved a refresher or 100 on a warm day, and consequently developed severe kidney issues.

    He had a kind of kidney colostomy bag thing, with a bag on the outside of his body connected to two tubes in his actual kidney. Although a regular in the local hospital, Tommy continued to indulge his passion. Every time he walked out or was let out, he’d be back on the piss and he’d rip his bag and tubes off, and throw them in the scrub leaving two holes in him where the tubes were.

    It became a rite of passage for new coppers, when they found Tommy on the deck to stand him up, thus covering themselves in urine from Tommy’s tube holes. The nurses gave him a right earful each time he came back, but kept replacing his equipment.

    One day Tommy walked out of hospital, got hold of some amber liquid and ripped his bag and tubes out. Mindful of the nurses’ wrath and probably in an attempt to make their job easier later on, he found a couple of sticks and jammed them in his kidney holes to keep them open.

    We found him two days later half in, half out of a drain. My newer offsider thought he’d been stabbed. Back to hospital he went, but this time the agreeable old drunk never came out.

    I suspect the Tommys of this world are at least part of the reason these people can’t or won’t get kidneys. In Darwin I’ve seen them escape from hospital, and found in the nearest bottle shop in a hospital gown and still connected to a drip on one of the steel frames with wheels.

  20. Knuckle Dragger

    Annnnd another shit LBW review from Watson, I mean Smith.

  21. Tom

    This is what happens when you have a corrupt black hole where the national leadership should be. Gottliebsen (Paywallian):

    For Australia the message is clear: follow the US on tax, or be left behind. Australia might not be able to reduce its corporate tax in the same way as the US but it can certainly accelerate deprecation and a establish low tax for intellectual property income. It might also look at matching other tax initiatives to base IP in the US.

    My guess is that if we don’t match the US on write-offs Olympic Dam will be delayed another five years, which will take completion up to around 2030. Meanwhile the lower US taxes on corporate profits greatly enhances the value of the US shale oil and gas deposits that BHP is selling and its oil investment in the US parts of the Gulf of Mexico (oil and gas investment already has generous write off allowances for tax).

    But there is no doubt that the world’s capital is going to return to the US unless countries like Australia make an attempt to match at least part of the US package.

    Fortunately for Australia we can afford it because there is many billions of dollars being totally wasted with Canberra’s duplication of the states activities and even larger sums are available if we were to embrace the new technologies in the delivery of commonwealth activities.

    The trouble is that we don’t have politicians with courage to do these things. But as they see investment going offshore because of their inactivity it is possible that the penny might drop. Wouldn’t it be marvellous for the nation if they acted before the money earmarked for Australia was whisked away?

  22. Mother Lode

    It was reported last year that he had an operation to remove his arsehole.
    They didn’t get all of it.

    After carefully separating the arsehole from the rest of his body, they threw the rest of his body away.

  23. Mark A

    hzhousewife
    #2585099, posted on December 15, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Oh dear. Lady in the coffee queue this morning chatted to me under her breath. She is driving through to Melb and stopped for petrol and nearly got run over on the forecourt – had to slam bonnet of car to get driver’s attention, got called a “b…tch” out the window. Driver was very large dark islander woman. Lady herself was slight and older and spoke in a long gone educated accent, and declared in a whisper that the country is over-run and she hates it, but Merry Christmas anyway.

    Just got back from an extended overseas stay and I concur. The traffic in Melbourne is the worst I ever seen and the oriental and other features are more predominant.

  24. Makka

    I was almost in tears watching the cricket doco last night. The 70’s etc. What a time.

    As we see it being lost daily in so many ways, it’s quite awful how much we have come to loath our own once wonderful country.

  25. Makka

    Well, I certainly loath what it has become, put another way.

  26. Didn’t see the cricket doco, but Jeff Thomson generated raw terror like no other.

    Ahh. When cricket was a good ol’ blood sport.

  27. Leigh Lowe

    For Australia the message is clear: follow the US on tax, or be left behind. Australia might not be able to reduce its corporate tax in the same way as the US but it can certainly accelerate deprecation and a establish low tax for intellectual property income. It might also look at matching other tax initiatives to base IP in the US.

    And, meanwhile, back in Venaustralia, we are looking for more innovative and agile ways to gouge business.

  28. #2585160, posted on December 15, 2017 at 10:55 am
    Is there a reason that commandos blacken there faces before going on a mission?

    It can only be racism. “Blackface” is racist & demeaning.
    Fortunately the commando force is being changed, “selection” is bad & is elitist and will be scrapped, giving all applicants equal opportunity to join – with extra points for being wimmins or from a minority group. The current obsolete aggressive commandos are all going to jail or else being dishonourably discharged for shooting a gun at Allah’s chosen people,

  29. jupes

    For Australia the message is clear: follow the US on tax, or be left behind.

    No no. We are well ahead of them.

    We have a back-packer tax.

  30. C.L.

    As expected…

    Royal commission: Celibacy and confessional overhaul proposed in child sex abuse findings.

    The anti-Catholics running the Royal Commission have decided to use children to attack the Church and religious liberty – which is what they really wanted to do all along … And LOL – they think they can legislate what the Catholic Church does, sacramentally.

    Go fuck yourselves.

    The sanctity of the religious confessional would be tossed aside and celibacy would become voluntary under 189 new recommendations delivered by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse…

    In what would be a shake-up of centuries of tradition, the recommendations called for an overhaul of confessional, with religious ministers forced to report any child sexual abuse revealed to them.

    The report also called for the Catholic Church to make celibacy voluntary for its clergy, saying it contributed to child abuse.

  31. notafan

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    In Yarraville

    Apparently they meant lions and tigers and bears

    so close to Footscray too

  32. C.L.

    Meanwhile … Trump has smashed ISIS to smithereens.
    At National Review.

    … the caliphate is a smoking ruin. It courted conflict with the great powers. It craved Armageddon, and it got its wish. No one knows ISIS’s exact casualty figures, but its fighters have died by the tens of thousands. I’ve spoken to men who were directly involved in the air campaign, and they have told me that the public doesn’t yet understand the sheer scale and ultimate effectiveness of the American attacks.

    While many of the battles were fought under Obama, Trump pursued the enemy relentlessly. He delegated decision-making to commanders in the field, they fought within the laws of war, and they prevailed. Trump promised to defeat ISIS, and he has delivered a tremendous victory.

  33. Snoopy

    Voluntary celibacy kept Anglican Dean of Newcastle Graeme Lawrence on the straight and narrow.

    Oh wait! Maybe the lesson to churches is not to hire poofters.

  34. Mother Lode

    Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

    Geez – how many institutions have the Confessional.

    The answer? All of the institutions they investigated.

    As for going after celibacy – are they saying that p3d0filia is due to the unavailability of adult women?

    Have they observed this as the cause of p3d0filia other than Catholic priests?

    And do they think that a priest takes his vow of celibacy seriously with regards to women but think nothing of sex outside of marriage when it comes to children?

    That RC is pretty fucked up.

  35. notafan

    There is zero zilch nada evidence that any sexual predator ever confessed, in fact Ridsdale admitted he never went to confession at all

    And despite the vast majority of child sex offenders being non celibate, and celibacy itself not being the cause of of child sex abuse we get this utter bilge

    I’m with C L on this one

  36. Mother Lode

    No one knows ISIS’s exact casualty figures, but its fighters have died by the tens of thousands.

    I expect there will be contingent of returned ISIS fighters in the Anzac marches next year, to honour their courate, ‘Lest we forget’ and all that.

  37. C.L.

    Oh my …

    Comey edits revealed: Remarks on Clinton probe were watered down, documents show.

    Newly released documents obtained by Fox News reveal that then-FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement on the Hillary Clinton email probe was edited numerous times before his public announcement, in ways that seemed to water down the bureau’s findings considerably…

    In an early draft, Comey said it was “reasonably likely” that “hostile actors” gained access to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account. That was changed later to say the scenario was merely “possible.”

    Another edit showed language was changed to describe the actions of Clinton and her colleagues as “extremely careless” as opposed to “grossly negligent.” This is a key legal distinction…

    The edits also showed that references to specific potential violations of statutes on “gross negligence” regarding classified information and “misdemeanor handling” were removed.

  38. Snoopy

    No one knows ISIS’s exact casualty figures, but its fighters have died by the tens of thousands.

    The RAAF’s score is 17 confirmed killed. The pilots responsible have been cautioned and counselled.

  39. Baldrick

    The sanctity of the religious confessional would be tossed aside and celibacy would become voluntary under 189 new recommendations delivered by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse…

    There’s nothing like having 189 government sponsored religious institution recommendations.
    Fucking socialists.

  40. For those wondering about the transplant stuff, you don’t get on the list to receive organs unless you satisfy the teams that you will take good care of the new organ.
    Different organs have different criteria (IIRC from 1990), hearts are just a blood group and size matchup, livers and lungs are nearly the same. Lung/heart transplants are easier to do but lung rejection means you only get one bite at that cherry.
    Kidneys used to need about 25 points of immune system matchup, and had a higher rate of complications post op.
    Remember this was 1990 when I was in Renal/Liver Transplant Unit at PA. Things have changed a lot since then – mostly in medications. The rest is just plumbing connections.
    The AMA bloke is, in reality, demanding that we pick up the slack for idiots who are at a higher risk of failing to take their meds.
    Race has no place in the selection criteria – the AMA bloke is just polishing his Virtue Buttons.

  41. mh

    C.L.
    #2585271, posted on December 15, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Meanwhile … Trump has smashed ISIS to smithereens.

    Trump promised that he would “bomb the shit” out of ISIS. He delivered.

  42. stackja

    Tom
    #2585253, posted on December 15, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Which Australian politician is ready to face Left like DT?

  43. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
    Webb Dock union blockade lifted as worker gets pay deal

    The Australian
    3:01PM December 15, 2017
    Ewin Hannan
    Workplace Editor
    Melbourne
    @EwinHannan

    The waterfront worker at the centre of the Melbourne docks dispute will be paid to do nothing under a deal that will see the unlawful union blockade of the Victoria International Container Terminal at Webb Dock lifted, and goods in more than 1000 containers released to customers.

    Under an agreement struck today, VICT has agreed to reinstate Richard Lunt who was denied shifts because the company said he had failed to get a security clearance.

    But Mr Lunt will not enter the terminal, with the company agreeing to pay him to not attend the Port Melbourne workplace.

    In exchange, unions have agreed to dismantle the pickets that have obstructed access to the terminal since last month.

    VICT will pursue damages and contempt of court action against unions and individuals while the Federal Court will hear an adverse action claim by Mr Lunt next year.

    VICT chief executive Anders Dommestrup today welcomed the MUA decision to “remove the illegal picket it had organised and managed for the past two and a half weeks”. ‘

    “Our employees, who played no part in the illegal picket, will be able to enter our site this afternoon,’’ he said.

    “We are currently entering the terminal to prepare it for full reopening as soon as possible and we will inform all our customers directly.”

    MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin confirmed Mr Lunt had been “reinstated on pay”.

    From the Oz. Paid not to work. Yep, only in Australia.

  44. Des Deskperson

    “I’m not sure how much TheirABC radio siphon off the annual $1.3 billion budget, but ‘free’ is fake news.”

    I’ve just been having, as they say, a decko at the ABC’s Annual Report for 2016-17 to see if I cam work this out.

    According ti the report, 13.9% of ABC FTE staff work in ‘Radio’ and 12.7% work in ‘Television’. However, there’s a third category -‘News’ – that comprises 32.6% FTE staff and presumably combines radio and television news. Still,as far as overall staffing costs go, its probably roughly half and half radio/TV.

    Some other interesting facts include:

    53% of ABC FTE staff are located in NSW, which doubtless explains its strong ongoing Sydney bias in all areas of its work:

    despite its virtue signalling on all issues Indigenous, only 2.5% of its employees are indigenous, rather less than the 3% of the population that are Indigenous.

    Despite the claim that 80% of Australians ‘trust the ABC’:

    the combined metropolitan and regional average audience for the Monday to Friday 7pm ABC news was down 7%. Saturday and Sunday bulletins were down 8%:

    key current affairs programs 7.30, Four Corners and Australian Story experienced declines of between 7% and 11% year on year

    Insiders declined 4%

  45. JC

    Arabs really can’t help themselves.

    Like most of the Arab world, Iraq does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. Yet no one can prevent friendship from breaking out between people who don’t accept that they must be enemies. Which is what happened at a beauty contest in Tokyo last month when Miss Iraq and Miss Israel took a selfie that was posted on Instagram with the simple caption “Peace and love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel.”

    Alas, the innocent photo kicked up some ugliness. Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, soon came under attack for appearing with Miss Israel as well as for wearing a bikini. This week her new friend Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, said that Ms. Idan’s family had to flee their Iraqi homeland because of death threats.

    “She’s a very intelligent girl and she did this so that people will understand that it’s possible to live together,” Ms. Gandelsman told Israel’s Channel 2 News. “In order for people to see that they can make a connection, at the end of the day, we’re both human beings.” Ms. Gandelsman added that because of death threats to her friend’s family, they had to leave Iraq “out of fear.”

  46. stackja

    Juliar needed a distraction. The RC on the Catholic Church was created. Now time to finish off the Catholic Church. Left see the end of the opposition is nigh. Then victory. And who will protest?

  47. jupes

    More gold from Steyn:

    Nobody should accord this wretched and corrupted pseudo-investigation the figleaf of respectability. Even in the federal justice system, no successful prosecution by this conflicted team would withstand appeal. As to the ostensible crime they’re investigating – “collusion” (which, in fact, is not a crime) with the Russians – so far:
    a) The only people improperly colluding with foreigners are Fusion GPS, the Hillary campaign, the FBI Hillary investigation, the FBI Trump investigation and the Associate Deputy Attorney-General, all of whom are colluding with Brit spook Christopher Steele to get the goods on Trump.
    b) The only person colluding with the Russians is Christopher Steele, former head of “the Russia house” at MI6.

    RTWT

  48. v_maet

    Zulu @ 3:11

    This capitulation to the union is absolutely disgraceful.
    If only Vic had a strong leader who could have brought in teh police to break up the illegal union blockade.

  49. On my way to Xmas drinks.

    Please disregard anything I say for the next 24 hours. It’ll make less sense than an srr on speed.

  50. jupes

    Poms didn’t last long today.

    Still they posted a competitive total.

  51. The anti-Catholics running the Royal Commission have decided to use children to attack the Church and religious liberty – which is what they really wanted to do all along … And LOL – they think they can legislate what the Catholic Church does, sacramentally.

    Go fuck yourselves.

    I know you hate bold, Gab, but this is worth emphasizing.

  52. Mother Lode

    How the blazes did the Royal Commission get the idea that they had any authority over the the vows Priests take to the Church.

    Celibacy is not illegal, so on what grounds do they dare presume?

    This is the danger – the belief that lawyers and law has default authority over everything.

  53. Baldrick

    OKAY Beery!!!!! 😈👹😠 have a good tiME. 😤😾

  54. Leigh Lowe

    Snoopy

    #2585278, posted on December 15, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    No one knows ISIS’s exact casualty figures, but its fighters have died by the tens of thousands.

    The RAAF’s score is 17 confirmed killed. The pilots responsible have been cautioned and counselled.

    The toll of 17 wasn’t ISIS ragheads.
    That was donkeys, goats and assorted wildlife.
    The lezzos in legal in Defence are all over it though.

  55. Leigh Lowe

    jupes

    #2585295, posted on December 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Poms didn’t last long today.

    Still they posted a competitive total.

    Presumably Mitch Marsh ran through them?

  56. jupes

    Presumably Mitch Marsh ran through them?

    Careful Leigh. You were dissing Sean Marsh a couple of games ago.

    You don’t want another face full of egg.

  57. jupes

    The lezzos in legal in Defence are all over it though.

    We actually witnessed the Chief of the RAAF bragging about missions where they didn’t drop bombs.

  58. P

    ‘Royal Commission recommendations mustn’t get caught up in politics’
    Posted Thu 14 Dec 2017, 8:14pm
    Updated Fri 15 Dec 2017, 10:19am
    Expires: Saturday 15 June 2019 8:14pm
    from the Transcript:
    “ANNE BARKER: One of the things Matt, that I have said for a number of years now and I stand by it, and that is that when we’re talking about this matter, these are allegations or proven child – abuses against children, sexual abuse against children. This is not about faith. These are crimes. And the crimes come under the jurisdiction of the law of the land. No internal laws or rules of any organisation can be overridden by the law of the land and all organisations, they’re churches or institutions, need to be, we need to be very clear on that and that is the law of the land is the dominant law, not their rules, not their so-called laws.”

  59. Boambee John

    The sanctity of the religious confessional would be tossed aside and celibacy would become voluntary under 189 new recommendations delivered by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse…

    The learned judge and his various counsels assisting seem unaware of s116 of the Constitution!

  60. notafan

    Get stuffed grigory

    We can see your stupid game

    The Catholic Church has not make any attempt to override the law of the land, and what is going on here has nothing to do with any facts in relation to historical abuse

    Whoever this Anne Barker is, she is a an unmitigated liar and fake.

    Neither the rule of the confessional or priestly celibacy has anything to with anything outside the Church.

  61. notafan

    The onus is on the RC to prove that there is a link between celibacy and abuse (they can’t) and the confessional stuff, as said many times, is a figment of bigoted imaginations

    The plot of too many lame movies and books.

    The idea that men with normal sexual desires turn pedo because they have voluntarily chosen celibacy is absurb

    Show us just one study, just one.

  62. Boambee John

    From Instapundit

    A controversial NSA surveillance program used to monitor foreigners was also being used by the FBI as ‘backdoor’ to gain warrantless access to American communications, according to numerous former U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials with knowledge of the program.

    The whistleblowers, who recently disclosed the program’s process to Congressional oversight committees, say concern over the warrantless surveillance mounted when it was disclosed earlier this year that Obama officials had accessed and unmasked communications of members of President Trump’s 2016 campaign, allegedly without clear justification.

    Hey m0nty, how does this compare to Wussiagate and Watergate?

  63. Leigh Lowe

    Careful Leigh. You were dissing Sean Marsh a couple of games ago.

    You don’t want another face full of egg.

    One swallow doth not a summer make.
    Even if the swallow involves Trevor Hohns gulping down Swampies Margaret River reds.

  64. Ez

    The report also called for the Catholic Church to make celibacy voluntary for its clergy, saying it contributed to child abuse.

    Who’s the flat-earther now?
    Child molesters become that way through lack of consensual sex with adult women? Ha!

    I guess that’s why you see, in sentencing, lawyers putting forward, “yes your honor, my client did rape that boy; however up until the time of his arrest he has since been having A LOT of healthy sex with grown women so he’s a very low risk of re-offending. On these grounds a suspended sentence is sought”.

  65. Ez

    BREAKING: Royal Commission recommends Daniel Morcombe’s killer be given (government funded) access to adult hookers, as part of a radical rehabilitation program.

  66. Leigh Lowe

    The report also called for the Catholic Church to make celibacy voluntary for its clergy, saying it contributed to child abuse.

    The big problem was recruiting sexually repressed closet fags in big numbers and allowing them unfettered access to kids within a culture where their authority and motives could not be questioned.
    Kind of like Safe Schools really.

  67. notafan

    Reformed Apex gang-linked youth free to travel on bail is the headline at the herald sun

    January holiday in Sudan, no restitution order to his victims.

    Why doesn’t Dutton revoke his visa while he is there, please?

  68. jupes

    I’m guessing that limiting homo access to children is not one of the recommendations.

    Yet I would bet that it would be more effective than any of the actual recommendations.

  69. stackja

    notafan
    #2585317, posted on December 15, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    Reformed Apex gang-linked youth free to travel on bail is the headline at the herald sun

    January holiday in Sudan, no restitution order to his victims.

    Why doesn’t Dutton revoke his visa while he is there, please?

    ALP/AAT would probably say No!

  70. Snoopy

    Interview between Sam Maiden and KK

    SFW?

  71. Lysander

    The report also called for the Catholic Church to make celibacy voluntary for its clergy, saying it contributed to child abuse.

    Because child abuse doesn’t happen in the family home? What a stupid fucking recommendation. Maybe it could also call for voluntary vasectomy of ABC male staffers and interviewees?

  72. Oh come on

    Their ABC breathlessly reports:

    Royal commission: Celibacy and confessional overhaul proposed in child sex abuse findings

    What. The. Fuck. Jam it up your arses, you meddling busybodies. The people who compiled this list of recommendations obviously approve of the Chinese government’s methods of regulating religious doctrines.

    The separation of Church and State – it’s a two way street, y’know.

  73. DrBeauGan

    Ethereum has been trending down for a week now against bitcoin. It looks to be a good time to buy.

  74. notafan

    Contrary to other types of abuse, research suggests that a far greater number of child sexual abuse offences are perpetrated by adults who are not in a caregiver role (ABS, 2005; US DHHS, 2005). Findings from the ABS Personal Safety Survey (2005) indicated that for participants who had experienced sexual abuse before the age of 15, only 13.5% identified that the abuse came from their father/stepfather, 30.2% was perpetrated by other male relative, 16.9% by family friend, 15.6% by acquaintance/neighbour, and 15.3% by other known person (ABS, 2005).

    The application of criminological theory regarding situational crime has helped identify three broad typologies of child sex abuse offenders, particularly in organisational settings (Irenyi, Bromfield, Beyer, & Higgins, 2006). Serial perpetrator predators are considered high-frequency chronic offenders who choose victims based on situational factors and are likely to actively manipulate environments to create opportunities to abuse. Opportunistic occasional predators are more likely to commit abuse when a lack of appropriate controls, such as a code of conduct or reporting procedures, obscures personal responsibility for the abuse. Situational perpetrators will commit abuse in reaction to environmental factors and often behave impulsively when overcome by temptation or a temporary failure of self-control. For example, they might commit abuse if they are alone with a child who is bathing (Irenyi et al., 2006; Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse, 2014).

    Exactly

    the stats

  75. notafan

    Voters overwhelmingly rejected same-sex marriage in a referendum last year. However, a judge later ruled that the island’s Registrar General could not reject a same-sex couple’s application to marry. He said that the traditional definition of marriage was “inconsistent with the provisions of the Human Rights Act as they constitute deliberate different treatment on the basis of sexual orientation”.

    meanwhile in Bermuda

  76. Boambee John

    Reformed Apex gang-linked youth free to travel on bail is the headline at the herald sun

    January holiday in Sudan,

    With a bit of luck be will stay in Sudan and forfeit his bail. This would be much cheaper than throwing him in jail, which he richly deserves.

  77. Oh come on

    I note that that the child sex abuse RC spent a helluva lot of time probing religious institutions and very little time investigating government-run institutions. For some reason. The ABC summary of the findings that I read yesterday covered the Salvos, the Anglicans, the Yeshiva Jews and the Catholic Church. No government-managed institution.

    I believe the RC looked (relatively briefly) into abuse at public schools, but this was done in closed hearings, the individuals accused were not named, and the schools in question were not made public. (Why were they afforded this consideration?) Are we to believe that religious entities were rife with child abuse, while government-run entities were not? This absolutely stinks.

  78. DrBeauGan

    It’s going up! I’ve made 26¢ on my last trade!😁

  79. Oh come on

    I note that that the child sex abuse RC spent a helluva lot of time probing religious institutions and very little time investigating government-run institutions. For some reason. The ABC summary of the findings that I read yesterday covered the Salvos, the Anglicans, the Yeshiva orthodox Jews and the Catholic Church. No government-managed institution.

    I believe the RC looked (relatively briefly) into abuse at public schools, but this was done in closed hearings, the individuals accused were not named, and the schools in question were not made public. (Why were they afforded this consideration?) Are we to believe that religious entities were rife with child abuse, while government-run entities were not? This absolutely stinks.

  80. RobK

    It’s going up! I’ve made 26¢ on my last trade!😁

    ….treat yourself to a jelly bean.

  81. Oh come on

    I note that that the child sex abuse RC spent a helluva lot of time probing religious institutions and very little time investigating government-run institutions. For some reason. The ABC summary of the findings that I read yesterday covered the Salvos, the Anglicans, the Yeshiva orthodox J3ws and the Catholic Church. No government-managed institution.

    I believe the RC looked (relatively briefly) into abuse at public schools, but this was done in closed hearings, the individuals accused were not named, and the schools in question were not made public. (Why were they afforded this consideration?) Are we to believe that religious entities were rife with child abuse, while government-run entities were not? This absolutely stinks.

  82. notafan

    There was supposed to be a class action back in 2014 by abused wards of the state in Victoria (Sleepers type scenarios in Turana and abuse in the female equivalent called Winlaton and other institutions)

    Since then there has been virtually no coverage in the media.

  83. Leigh Lowe

    OCO … I think Gummint institutions were specifically excluded.

  84. DrBeauGan

    Now I’m 78¢ up! There’s been a slow but steady gain for 20 minutes now with only a few wobbles. If this keeps up more people will buy to get in on it, and I may make a whole dollar!

  85. Tel

    Now I’m 78¢ up! There’s been a slow but steady gain for 20 minutes now with only a few wobbles.

    How much are the transaction costs for buying and selling?

  86. Oh come on

    But LL, they weren’t as I remember they held hearings into abuse at public high schools. But it was all on the DL, quite pointedly so.

    In any event, even if you’re right – why would that be?? It doesn’t make sense to hold an RC into child abuse and refuse to investigate public institutions.

  87. zyconoclast

    How primitive are NSW public hospitals?

    Private dentists sends me to public hospital get some x-rays done.

    I have to pay a small fee for the prints. The admin lady at the x-ray desk writes some details on a slip of paper, I have to pay at another desk on the other side of the hospital.

    I find the desk and say I have to pay. The bloke says cash or card. I say card. He says I only take cash, you will have to go to another desk. I find this desk and pay with the EFTPOS machine. The lady here the writes out a receipt, prints out the EFTPOS receipt and staples all three bits of paper together.

    I then take the stapled papers back to the x-ray desk.
    The lady then un-staples the papers, photo copies all the papers. She then re-staples the papers and gives them back to me with the hard copies of the x-rays.

  88. stackja

    zyconoclast
    #2585346, posted on December 15, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Brad Hazzardous?

  89. DrBeauGan

    RobK
    #2585335, posted on December 15, 2017 at 4:52 pm
    It’s going up! I’ve made 26¢ on my last trade!😁

    ….treat yourself to a jelly bean.

    Don’t knock it. I’ve now made $10 in five minutes and it’s still going up.

  90. DrBeauGan

    And I didn’t have to do anything except post these thoughts on the Çat. 😁

  91. Boambee John

    Section 116 of the Constitution of Australia precludes the Commonwealth of Australia (i.e., the federal parliament) from making laws for establishing any religion, imposing any religious observance, or prohibiting the free exercise of any religion.

    I have difficulty seeing how the RC recommendations on celibacy and the seal of the confessional will not fall foul of this.

    In reality, I suspect that those recommendations are a combination of virtue signalling by the Commissioner and preparing the ground for a second RC in the future.

  92. Damienski

    Please disregard anything I say for the next 24 hours. It’ll make less sense than an srr on speed

    …and exactly how will this be distinct from the last 24 hours Beery, or the 24 before that?

    Have a very merry pre-Christmas celebration.

  93. calli

    Cheers, Beery! 🍻🍺🍾🍷🍸

    Ridiculous. Just 🍻

  94. Ivan Denisovich

    I note that that the child sex abuse RC spent a helluva lot of time probing religious institutions and very little time investigating government-run institutions

    Hendo:

    The evidence before the royal commission indicates the level of clerical child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia has dropped substantially over the past two decades. So it is not clear why the royal commission intends to spend so much time inquiring into the causation of what are mainly historical crimes……………………………………………………………………………………

    Doumit acknowledges that much of the public shaming of the Catholic Church over clerical child sexual abuse has been well deserved. However, she makes the point that the three weeks allocated by the royal commission to the Catholic Church is the same amount of time allocated to “wrap up” other institutions, government and non-government combined.

    This despite the fact that evidence before the royal commission suggests that child sexual abuse in some secular and non-Catholic religious institutions continued up to relatively recent times. As did attempts by the institutions’ governing authorities to cover up the crimes.

    I have been advised by McClellan’s staff that “it is unlikely that the media will form the subject of the royal commission’s final public hearings”. This means that child sexual abuse within the media will not be inquired into by the royal commission — this despite the widespread offending in Britain by BBC star Jimmy Savile (1926-2011), some of it on BBC property.

    Also the royal commission appears unlikely to investigate the actions of self-confessed pedophile Richard Neville (1941-2016) who, in 1975, invited a number of pederasts into an ABC radio studio where they boasted of their crimes. Some of the under-age male victims could be alive today.

    Rather than inquire into the extent to which Neville’s soft attitude about pederasty on the public broadcaster four decades ago might have given sustenance to the (then) pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale, the royal commission sees merit in focusing on the Catholic sacrament of confession.

    McClellan interviewed Ridsdale at Ararat Prison in Victoria and he also appeared as a witness, via video-link, before the royal commission. Under cross-examination Ridsdale revealed that, when a priest, he never went to confession. He also said that he would never have confessed child abuse to a fellow priest.

    Ridsdale’s evidence is perceptively analysed by James Franklin in the 2015 issue of the Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society.

    The Jesuit priest and lawyer Frank Brennan wrote in The Australian last December that, in three decades, no pedophile confessed such a sin to him. He wrote that “pedophiles tend to be secretive and manipulative”. Like Ridsdale. In any event, few Catholics go to confession these days.

    Evidence before the royal commission suggests that virtually all religious and secular institutions mishandled allegations of child sexual abuse until relatively recently. This includes the police and even the legal profession.

    The most likely effect of the Case Study 50 hearings will be to facilitate sensational reports in the media of explosive allegations — some of which will be discredited after the event. For example, in December 2015 ABC’s The World Today reported an allegation that, when a priest in Ballarat, Pell was told by a boy (BWG) of a case of clerical child sexual abuse but dismissed him. Pell denies that allegation.

    In her submission to McClellan, counsel assisting Gail Furness SC declared that it could not be resolved as to whom BWG spoke with.

    The ABC did not report Furness’s submission in this instance and managing director Michelle Guthrie denies that it had any obligation to do so.

    Stand by for more such unprofessional reporting from Case Study 50’s public hearings.

    https://thesydneyinstitute.com.au/blog/child-abuse-royal-commission-dont-just-target-catholic-church/

  95. Boambee John

    OCO at 1707

    In any event, even if you’re right – why would that be?? It doesn’t make sense to hold an RC into child abuse and refuse to investigate public institutions.

    You are making the ludicrous assumption that the Commission was set up in good faith to investigate child sexual abuse in institutions.

    It was set up by Juliar to “get” Tony Abbott, Christian institutions (particularly Catholic ones, where odium could be shifted onto TA) and George Pell for his purge of homosexuals from Catholic institutions in Victoria.

  96. classical_hero

    My brother is at the cricket. He didn’t go yesterday, so he’s their good luck charm.

  97. Boambee John

    The J*ws were also targeted because Palestine, but were probably largely collateral damage.

  98. Ivan Denisovich

    I note that that the child sex abuse RC spent a helluva lot of time probing religious institutions and very little time investigating government-run institutions

    Hendo:

    The evidence before the royal commission indicates the level of clerical child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia has dropped substantially over the past two decades. So it is not clear why the royal commission intends to spend so much time inquiring into the causation of what are mainly historical crimes……………………………………………………………………………………

    Doumit acknowledges that much of the public shaming of the Catholic Church over clerical child sexual abuse has been well deserved. However, she makes the point that the three weeks allocated by the royal commission to the Catholic Church is the same amount of time allocated to “wrap up” other institutions, government and non-government combined.

    This despite the fact that evidence before the royal commission suggests that child sexual abuse in some secular and non-Catholic religious institutions continued up to relatively recent times. As did attempts by the institutions’ governing authorities to cover up the crimes.

    I have been advised by McClellan’s staff that “it is unlikely that the media will form the subject of the royal commission’s final public hearings”. This means that child sexual abuse within the media will not be inquired into by the royal commission — this despite the widespread offending in Britain by BBC star Jimmy Sav*le (1926-2011), some of it on BBC property.

    Also the royal commission appears unlikely to investigate the actions of self-confessed pe* ophile Richard Neville (1941-2016) who, in 1975, invited a number of ped* rasts into an ABC radio studio where they boasted of their crimes. Some of the under-age male victims could be alive today.

    Rather than inquire into the extent to which Neville’s soft attitude about ped* rasty on the public broadcaster four decades ago might have given sustenance to the (then) ped* phile priest Gerald Ridsdale, the royal commission sees merit in focusing on the Catholic sacrament of confession.

    McClellan interviewed Ridsdale at Ararat Prison in Victoria and he also appeared as a witness, via video-link, before the royal commission. Under cross-examination Ridsdale revealed that, when a priest, he never went to confession. He also said that he would never have confessed child abuse to a fellow priest.

    Ridsdale’s evidence is perceptively analysed by James Franklin in the 2015 issue of the Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society.

    The Jesuit priest and lawyer Frank Brennan wrote in The Australian last December that, in three decades, no ped* phile confessed such a sin to him. He wrote that “ped* philes tend to be secretive and manipulative”. Like Ridsdale. In any event, few Catholics go to confession these days.

    Evidence before the royal commission suggests that virtually all religious and secular institutions mishandled allegations of child sexual abuse until relatively recently. This includes the police and even the legal profession.

    The most likely effect of the Case Study 50 hearings will be to facilitate sensational reports in the media of explosive allegations — some of which will be discredited after the event. For example, in December 2015 ABC’s The World Today reported an allegation that, when a priest in Ballarat, Pell was told by a boy (BWG) of a case of clerical child sexual abuse but dismissed him. Pell denies that allegation.

    In her submission to McClellan, counsel assisting Gail Furness SC declared that it could not be resolved as to whom BWG spoke with.

    The ABC did not report Furness’s submission in this instance and managing director Michelle Guthrie denies that it had any obligation to do so.

    Stand by for more such unprofessional reporting from Case Study 50’s public hearings.

    https://thesydneyinstitute.com.au/blog/child-abuse-royal-commission-dont-just-target-catholic-church/

  99. DrBeauGan

    Now I’m $30+ in another few minutes. Only pretend money, but so far so good.

  100. notafan

    In any event, few Catholics go to confession these days.

    woo hoo
    I’m a few Catholic
    But otherwise

    The focus on the confessional is truly bizarre

    It appears to have some sort of magical hold over the RC

  101. OneWorldGovernment

    Riccardo Bosi
    #2585337, posted on December 15, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Illegitimate Government. Illegitimate Laws.

    Thanks Riccardo.

    That is a classic.

    If I may I will repeat that to some other sites.

  102. calli

    It’s because it’s private, nota.

    These bottom burps will defend confidentiality of journos, doctors and sundry moochers, but…priests! No, no, no!

  103. C.L.

    More gold from Steyn

    Indeed.
    We can safely say that Wussia-gate is over.
    Dead.
    What we are witnessing now is an incredible attempt by the FBI to shield indictable felons in its own ranks from the scrutiny of Congress. This is the biggest scandal in US history. It has only been possible for the ‘collusion’ phantom to last this long because the US media has not quite worked out how to extricate the perpetrators. My guess is that when an exit strategy is finally JournoListed it will be a conventional POBTH whitewash. That’s right: a pox on both their houses, they’ll say – in their best phony editorial accent. The e one force preventing them from euthanising Wussia and walking away is Trump. The President is bashing the media and the swamp dwellers every day and holding them to ruthless account. They can’t get near Wussia’s bed because Trump’s tweets never sleep. They are not going to walk away from their crimes.

  104. min

    Posted on another blog that when Victims of Crime were given free psychological help I counselled many victims of sexual abuse. My experience is similar to the statistics posted earlier . Only one from a church institution , not Catholic, the majority family members, friends etc.sportscoach .
    As noted ,the RC did not look at the on going abuse in a certain religion.

  105. C.L.

    More gold from Steyn.

    Indeed.
    We can safely say that Wussia-gate is over.
    Dead.
    What we are witnessing now is an incredible attempt by the FBI to shield indictable felons in its own ranks from the scrutiny of Congress. This is the biggest scandal in US history. It has only been possible for the ‘collusion’ phantom to last this long because the US media has not quite worked out how to extricate the perpetrators. My guess is that when an exit strategy is finally JournoListed it will be a conventional POBTH whitewash. That’s right: a pox on both their houses, they’ll say – in their best phony editorial accent. The e one force preventing them from euthanising Wussia and walking away is Trump. The President is bashing the media and the swamp dwellers every day and holding them to ruthless account. They can’t get near Wussia’s bed because Trump’s tweets never sleep. They are not going to walk away from their crimes.

  106. OneWorldGovernment

    An excellent article from Victor David Hanson

    One Mueller-Investigation Coincidence Too Many

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454543/mueller-investigation-too-many-anti-trump-coincidences

  107. notafan

    Excellent reminder Calli

    If one becomes illegal, all must

    And in any case priests will not breech

    Good luck putting them in gaol losers

    Thankyou Min

    We all know where the real child sexual abuse problem lies

  108. calli

    I have to mind my language. The grandies are staying over. 🙂

  109. Leigh Lowe

    You are making the ludicrous assumption that the Commission was set up in good faith to investigate child sexual abuse in institutions.

    It was set up by Juliar to “get” Tony Abbott, Christian institutions (particularly Catholic ones, where odium could be shifted onto TA) and George Pell for his purge of homosexuals from Catholic institutions in Victoria.

    Spot on.

  110. Fat Tony

    min
    #2585371, posted on December 15, 2017 at 5:39 pm
    As noted ,the RC did not look at the on going abuse in a certain religion.

    Well, technically, it’s not abuse…….it’s Islam and it’s ok

  111. Leigh Lowe

    One more wicket and the Poms are into the Marshes.

  112. Geriatric Mayfly

    You are making the ludicrous assumption that the Commission was set up in good faith to investigate child sexual abuse in institutions.

    The fact that it cost $470 million and spanned something like 4 years are both breath taking. And all the ABC can find is two waffly recommendations that the doctrine of the Church be tampered with to suit the tastes of McLelland and his gang.

  113. calli

    For churches – mandatory psychological assessment for people working with children.

    Get stuffed. We already have to have “training” and certification. No one is ever left alone with children, there must always be another adult present.

    Turn your focus on the mosques you wimps.

  114. Rossini

    Why is it that money fixes the child abuse problem?

  115. Chris

    Fridae evening. Everone over on the right coast is elbow deep in froth and red wine; we still have three hours to go here.

  116. Geriatric Mayfly

    Turn your focus on the mosques you wimps.

    You’re not suggesting that the quaint and culturally enriching performances of Bacha bazi boys might have taken rootin our midst. If it has perchance, a thousand reasons will be found to condone the perversion.

  117. Chris

    Or judging by the traffic remarks, in Melbournibad they are wearily waiting in St Kilda Road for a light to change – in Dandenong.

  118. Rae

    How primitive are NSW public hospitals?

    Private dentists sends me to public hospital get some x-rays done.

    How primitive is your dentist?

  119. calli

    A new department for “child protection”. I presume unsafe schools comes under it’s benevolent gaze?

  120. calli

    its

    Anger awakes apostrophe error.

  121. Baldrick

    Rae
    #2585396, posted on December 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Fuck off Stalker Boy

  122. dopey

    Marsh in next then the other Marsh. We can declare at 4/830.

  123. notafan

    It’s also interesting in a society that had legislation on privacy and indeed a privacy commissioner that one, and only one group would be denied it, on basis of evidence to the contrary.

  124. Top Ender

    END OF YEAR SPECIAL INTERVIEW – WHEN JACKIE MET FITZ

    [Insert photo of Fitz looking in][Photo of Jackie looking in]

    Jackie: Thanks for giving so generously of your time.

    Fitz: That’s okay. Get on with it.

    Jackie: We have a lot in common. For starters, we both wear a red bandanna. I wear one to alert drivers when I’m crossing a street with my (male) co-owner Hendo. What’s your reason?

    Fitz: Well the missus, Lisa, puts it around that it’s to prevent skin cancer. But that doesn’t explain the colour, does it? To be fair dinkum, I like being noticed. Always have since my days at Knox Grammar School in Sydney where I also took classes into acting all proletariat. I’m a tall guy. So when I look down on the masses I try to pretend that I’m only doing this from a height perspective. Oh the euphoria!

    Jackie: I wash my red bandanna on the First Friday of every month. What about you?

    Fitz: Not that often. I leave fate to the Gods. If I’m walking in the rain, it’s a bit like a drive-through car wash. Otherwise I get it dry-cleaned if I’m likely to meet with my republican besties Malcolm Turnbull or Bill Shorten at an Australian Republic Movement dinner. As you know, I’m the ARM’s chairman – or, rather, chair. I’ve got a couple of spare red bandannas at home – the ones I wear to bed. I use one of these when the original is in for a dry clean.

    Jackie: Tell me about how all this started.

    Fitz: You see, Lisa, me and the kids were in Cuba during private school holidays not so long ago. As Lisa has said, all the kids could afford as a thank you present for the trip was a red rag. It must have cost them about 30 cents each when they bought it in downtown Havana. Pretty generous for millennials, don’t you think? I was overwhelmed by their generosity and felt so humbled. In fact, more humble than usual. I sensed a better world – starting then!

    Jackie: I’m also a republican as are my co-owners. How’s the cause going?

    Fitz: Terrific. You beauty. We’re on the way to having an Australian head-of-state by 2020 – if not earlier. It’s time to replace that white old lady with corgis with an Aussie bloke or sheila with dingoes. If the blokes and sheilas of Australia won’t get behind a campaign for an Aussie republic led by a wealthy middle-aged man like me who lives in Neutral Bay and wears a red rag on his head and insults Christians and other bigots – what good cause would they back?

    Jackie: Perhaps the elimination of piles. Just a thought. Just changing the topic. What’s your problem with Christians?

    Fitz: Strike me pink. What’s the problem with people who believe that a man with a silver beard in the sky happens to be God? Turn it up. They’re superstitious morons, that’s what!

    Jackie: How do you know this? Or how many Christians do you know?

    Fitz: Plenty. I went to a Christian school. And I sent two of my kids to a Christian school. I know, believe me.

    Jackie: Why would you send your kids to Christian schools in view of your detestation of Christianity?

    Fitz: Don’t you know that consistency is for losers? Think about it!

    Jackie: And what about your writing? How would you assess your contribution as a columnist for Fairfax Media and as an author?

    Fitz: Bonzer, just bonzer. Here’s the thing. You know, Nellie Melba – that sheila singer – she’s my next biography. So I collect all that’s been written on Melba and employ some blokes to write a first draft based on the existing secondary sources. Then I put an umph at the beginning of each chapter and a bang at the end. This puts life into people like Melba, who is dead. Melba – what a sheila!

    Jackie: And your columns?

    Fitz: Much the same. Bullshit up the front and a joke down at the bottom. It works all the time – that’s why I’m one of Fairfax Media’s best-paid journos. And I deserve it. After all, it takes some effort to make up where Cardinal George Pell lived in Rome or to become an expert about sport stadiums in just five minutes. I must go now. By the way, can I end with a joke? It’s the kind of humour which we republicans must use if we are to de-throne Mr and Mrs King anytime soon.

    Fitz’s Joke of the Week

    What’s the difference between a tennis ball and the Prince of Wales?

    One is heir to the throne and the other is thrown into the air.

    Got it! Boom! Fantastic! No wonder Fairfax Media pays good money for such jam. Right on – Up the Republic! Down with the monarchy! Let a hundred red bandannas bloom!!!

    Courtesy Media Watch Dog

  125. C.L.

    An excellent article from Victor David Hanson

    One Mueller-Investigation Coincidence Too Many

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454543/mueller-investigation-too-many-anti-trump-coincidences

    He means well but that was an uncharacteristically poor – annoying – column, style-wise.
    The subject is serious.

    And as for this …

    … one such conflict of interest swallow does not make a discredited spring.

    One swallow doth not make a summer, Victor.

  126. Chris

    Rae
    #2585402, posted on December 15, 2017 at 6:44 pm
    Fridae

    I like it.

    Bugger. Bran Nu Dae wasn’t shit enough for this to happen to them.

  127. Baldrick

    I’m just going to leave this here, for no particular reason:

    Grigory M (aka Rae, Septimus, Robert Mc, Robbie Mac, Haidee, Libby Zee + more)
    #1853826, posted on November 13, 2015 at 8:53 am
    What a disaster. Garmin Connect crashed yesterday and is still out. I am unable to sync my Vivofit2 and compare results with my fitness competitors.

  128. Rae

    Bran Nue Dae

    Not my kind of movie. But Fridae is good.

  129. Top Ender

    Bloody Telstra suspended my email account “because there is too much spam coming into it” and it might be compromised.

    But the spam is coming through your server, I pointed out. Why don’t you stop it?

    Silence; a call back from a “supervisor”; apology, and service restored.

    Too stupid to survive? Unfortunately not.

  130. Leigh Lowe

    From the Steyn article on Mueller-gate …

    So Attorney-General Jeff Sessions (who’s the root of a lot of this mess, up to and including Alabammy going blue) is obliged to recuse himself, but, meanwhile, his Associate Deputy is meeting with Christopher Steele and the head of Fusion GPS and has his wife on the payroll of Fusion GPS but it never occurs to him that this is anything he needs to mention to anyone, least of all dear old Recusable Jeff. You can apparently rise to the ranks of Associate Deputy Attorney-General in the Department of Justice without any grasp of basic ethical considerations. And, when you’re found out, you’re mildly “demoted”, but the fact that you’re a walking toilet of ethics breaches goes otherwise unpunished.

    Correct.
    Sessions must stand aside due to perceived bias whilst those with actual bias get on with the hatchet job.
    And this golden line on the texts between Strozk and his mole/moll at DoJ …

    OMG!! LOL!!! I’m as cynical as anyone, but I confess to being mildly surprised at how shallow the Deep State is.

  131. Leigh Lowe

    How primitive are NSW public hospitals?

    Fair go.
    They have introduced a new KPI to measure the number of babies they gas every week.
    Their target is to reduce it by 50% by 2050.

  132. Zyconoclast

    How primitive are NSW public hospitals?

    Private dentists sends me to public hospital get some x-rays done.

    How primitive is your dentist?

    It is a brand new facility and they are still putting equipment in. The consultation/treatment rooms are ready.

  133. Geriatric Mayfly

    The BBC site is up and running with our ‘National tragedy.’ After furious exchanges, no doubt, with its ill-gotten spawn here in the antipodes.

  134. Roger

    For churches – mandatory psychological assessment for people working with children.

    I say, what about mandatory psychological assessment of those behind Safe Schools?

    We’ll be having another RC in 20 years on institutional abuse of children in state schools.

  135. Geriatric Mayfly

    A key member of Kim Jong Un’s inner circle touted as a powerful military figure mysteriously vanished from public life recently, sparking rumors he was executed by a North Korean death squad after allegations of bribery, recent reports indicated.

    Lost the battle with parasitic worms would be my educated guess.

  136. Chris

    Lost the battle with parasitic worms would be my educated guess.

    This is the danger both the Liberal Party, and Australia as a whole face.

  137. Leigh Lowe

    The biggest shock I have had out of the whole FBI / DoJ debacle is that Bruce Ohr was married … to a woman.

  138. Top Ender

    Santa arrived at our gun club last night with a PIAT anti-tank missile.

    He was also armed with a few backup small arms…you never know who might pop up these days to spoil the reindeers’ night out.

    See, it’s still possible to have a good time. (Zulu – have sent you a pic)

  139. jupes

    Turn your focus on the mosques you wimps.

    No reason to. Muslims don’t abuse kids, otherwise they would have been investigated by the Royal Commission.

  140. Bruce in WA

    Yep, Santa needs to be armed.

  141. Tom

    The biggest shock I have had out of the whole FBI / DoJ debacle is that Bruce Ohr was married … to a woman.

    Anyone who lampoons anyone who isn’t a Vegemite miner is a homophobe. Or something. In fact, lampooning leftoids because they have no sense of humour is hate speech.

  142. Bruce in WA

    Human League star chucked out of Qantas business class lounge for wearing UGG boots

    Jolly good, too.

  143. Roger

    Muslims don’t abuse kids

    Quite right. They marry them.

  144. calli

    Okay. Who hacked the computer model? Must have been a climate “scientist”.

    If that was out I’ll eat my panama.

  145. notafan

    The Twitter sewer is getting a mighty flushing tonight.

  146. Frank

    Nigella is coyly ministering to some swine flesh in her usual languid style.

  147. jupes

    I predict another Sean Marsh century this innings.

  148. Roger

    I predict another Sean Marsh century this innings.

    That would be a most welcome contribution after Khawaja’s 50, surely one of the most dour by an Australian on a good pitch in recent times.

  149. Tom

    The Twitter sewer is getting a mighty flushing tonight.

    Please explain, Nota. I haven’t been there for weeks.

  150. Oh come on

    The Twitter sewer is getting a mighty flushing tonight.

    Wait, why? Has Twitter Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and sold the profitable parts of its business to News Corp?

    Fitting, too. Twitter ought to go the way of MySpace. The only reason it hasn’t is because of Donald Trump’s account. You know your business model is busted if your platform’s relevance hinges on the patronage of one user.

  151. Atoms for Peace

    Any new hair styles of note in the Cwicket?

  152. notafan

    The RC recommenations have released the bigots.

    The reality is doctors, lawyers and journalists are far more likely to be informed by clients of serious sexual offences against children but is anyone demanding that they be forced to provide information in breach of confidentiality?

  153. Tom

    Australia is such a nation or slack-arsed cowards who’ll always take the easy way out, it’ll be a century before we have a leader with backbone. Yes, I’m looking at you, Tony Abbott, you gutless fraud.

  154. Leigh Lowe

    jupes

    #2585439, posted on December 15, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I predict another Sean Marsh century this innings.

    20 balls for 4.
    Streak through gully the only scoring shot.
    Could take some time to get the remaining 96.

  155. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    See, it’s still possible to have a good time. (Zulu – have sent you a pic)

    Thanks for that, Top Ender.

    I’ve just encountered an old sparring partner – she’s the “lady” with five children by three fathers, none of who has ever worked a day in their lives – and who was kind enough to tell me that, if I could afford to pay that much for good Scotch, I should be paying more tax, so “me and my kids don’t have to do it so hard.”

    She’s pregnant again, and the happy father to be has “cleared” out for Queensland..

  156. jupes

    Warnie reckons if Steve Smith keeps going in his current form he will be ranked amongst the great Australian batsmen who he names as Bradman, Chappell and Ponting.

    Get a clue Shane. Steve Smith is already not only the second greatest Australian batsman, he is the second greatest batsman the world has ever seen.

  157. jupes

    20 balls for 4.

    C’mon Leigh, he’s supporting his captain by playing for stumps.

    You know that.

  158. Leigh Lowe

    Dropped once already Jupes!!!

  159. Pickles

    Nigella pulls off another hour long double entendre. Big lumps of pork with plenty left for tomorrow I heard her say as I was turning me chop. Nearly had one of me little turns.

  160. Oh come on

    Justine Damond’s murderer’s lawyer:

    That said, this case is about an officer that follows procedure and training

    Procedure and training is to shoot across the chest of another officer and through the door of a vehicle? Seriously?

  161. jupes

    Dropped once already Jupes!!!

    Still there Leigh.

  162. Leigh Lowe

    Smith reminds me of Steve Waugh today.
    Brilliant batting with the tail.

  163. jupes

    Brilliant batting with the tail.

    LOL
    I’ll pay that.

  164. Bruce in WA

    … who was kind enough to tell me that, if I could afford to pay that much for good Scotch, I should be paying more tax, so “me and my kids don’t have to do it so hard.”

    She’s pregnant again, and the happy father to be has “cleared” out for Queensland..

    This is what gets up my nostrils. Worked effing hard for 48+ years. Never had a cent from the taxpayer. Now, retired on my own super, I can occasionally (and I emphasise “occasionally”) “splurge” on a half-decent single malt … and I should feel ashamed?

    Bugger me, princess, if you kept your frigging knees together occasionally you and your kids “wouldn’t have to do it so hard”.

  165. Bruce in WA

    For those here who give a shit about such things.

    New Hornady 6.5 PRC — Precision Rifle Cartridge

    Might put a crimp in the tail of the 6.5 Creedmoor wan … err, warriors.

  166. C.L.

    You know, it’s just possible Jeff Sessions is being unfairly castigated by everyone.
    He’s standing mute and distant while Mueller and his team spectacularly destroy themselves with their own lies and criminality. He doesn’t have to do anything. Of course, there will come a time when he will have to decide who to jail. That’s when he needs to swoop.

  167. Leigh Lowe

    I have never been a great AC/DC fan but this is great.
    Showcases the late Malcolm’s skills on rhythm guitar and the energy conveyed by the video production is great.
    (Admittedly, having 80,000 South Americans as extras helps with that).

  168. C.L.

    Odd.
    The Royal Commission acknowledged today that the overwhelming majority of abused children were boys.
    But no recommendations flowing from this stark fact occurred to the commissioner. Not one.
    Mmm.

  169. Leigh Lowe

    Jupes … OK, I admit. The “dropped catch” off short-leg’s boot was a bit harsh.
    Let’s see how Marsh goes tomorrow.
    Even though he got 100 in Adelaide he was very scratchy for a long time. In fact, I really thought Tim Paine’s quick 60 really got Australia back on track.

  170. Tom

    You know, it’s just possible Jeff Sessions is being unfairly castigated by everyone.

    He’s standing mute and distant while Mueller and his team spectacularly destroy themselves with their own lies and criminality.

    Correct.

    Trump knows how this movie ends.

    His unfair advantage is that, because they loathe him, the dullards on the left are convinced he’s an idiot and continue to underrate his intelligence and his impeccable political instinct.

  171. Geriatric Mayfly

    Palestine rally in Melbourne at Facebook

    Didn’t matter that it was all blurry. It would be the same old rent a crowd. Same beards and lard-arses being really, really, angry this time around.

  172. Oh come on

    You know, it’s just possible Jeff Sessions is being unfairly castigated by everyone.

    Sessions could have easily stood as a write-in candidate to fill the vacancy created by his departure. And he very probably would have won. In the very early days when the Moore accusations first surfaced and the RNC was casting around for Hail Mary options, Sessions made it crystal clear that he wouldn’t be riding to the rescue in Alabama and he wasn’t interested in going back to the Senate.

    Sessions doesn’t strike me as a man at all worried about his position.

  173. Oh come on

    Where is m0nty? I’d be fascinated to hear his take on the Strzlrkczycckozzzzk controversy – the one involving unpronounceable, his mistress, their mutual friend, and their shared “life insurance policy” in the impossible, unthinkable event that Trump beat Hillary.

  174. rickw

    Turn your focus on the mosques you wimps.

    Lovely muzzie lady on the flight today, while trying to text her friend, and control her kid, message displayed switches to another conversation.

    Some person dressed in black, face covered, one finger pointing at the sky. Ooops…..

  175. Leigh Lowe

    I await the Hollywood movie on the treachery against democracy by Mueller, Strozk, the Strozk-sucker et al.
    I mean, the plot is rivetting and the screenplay has written itself.
    Any time now …

  176. egg_

    I honestly wonder if the foul slob Richo, actually knows this, and is not just muddying the water for left wing benefit.

    It was reported last year that he had an operation to remove his arsehole.
    They didn’t get all of it.

    Didn’t he get a new arsehole transplant, but it rejected him.

  177. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Didn’t he get a new arsehole transplant, but it rejected him.

    One Randolph Churchill, son of Winston Churchill, was an individual best describe as “dissolute.” He had a tumor removed, which turned out to be benign.

    Someone, far more witty then I could ever be remarked that “They found the only part of Randolph, which wasn’t malignant, and removed it.”

  178. Leigh Lowe

    Sessions doesn’t strike me as a man at all worried about his position.

    No.
    But he could state the obvious ..
    I recused myself on the mere suggestion that I might be perceived to have a conflict of interest.
    If I should I find that any DoJ employee has not been holding themselves to a similar standard, they will face the full force of the law.
    The question you gotta ask yourself is … do ya feel lucky … well? Do ya, punk?”

    Maybe not that last bit, but you get the drift.

  179. Oh come on

    Via the ABC News app:

    It was an emotional day for many as the royal commission handed down its final report, in all 17 volumes, after five long years of investigation.

    But for at least one survivor of child abuse, Rob Walsh, today doesn’t mark the end of a long campaign for justice.

    He will be travelling to the nation’s capital to campaign for all of the royal commission’s recommendations to be implemented.

    I don’t know the specifics but I’m sure it’s terrible what this fellow has been through. Nevertheless, I don’t think lionising his unattainable aims and highlighting his doomed trek to Canberra is ethical. Of course, the ABC isn’t known for its ethical journalism, but you’d think they might be a little cautious of handing out rope to someone who’s probably psychologically damaged and is on an understandable but misguided moral crusade.

  180. Steve trickler.

    Crowder, running amok.



  181. Snoopy

    I can’t be bothered looking up the 189 abuse Royal Commission recommendations but if previous RC’s are any guide then more than half of the recommendations will be wrong-headed rubbish or ineffective or both.

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