Liars writing for the wilfully deluded

From Steve Hayward at Powerline.

WHY PEOPLE HATE THE MEDIA, CHAPTER 12,186

There is something ironic about the fact that a grand White House Magnolia tree planted during Andrew Jackson’s administration is going to come down during the administration of the most Jacksonian president since Old Hickory. (By the way, if Jackson was “Old Hickory,” maybe we should call Trump “Old Spice”? It fits in some ways, if you think about it. . .) Rim-shot!

Anyway, what isn’t ironic at all is the many news headlines what convey the impression that Cruella de Ville Melania Trump has ordered the felling of the mighty Magnolia in a fit of forrecidal rage, when in fact arborists have concluded that the tree is fatally weakened and in danger of falling at any moment. But here’s how Newsweek represented it:

Not to be left behind, for some reason CNN thinks they have an “exclusive” on this totally non-exclusive story:

The Hill jumped on the Mean-Melania bandwagon, too:

What—is Melania herself going to wield the ax? Please put that on pay-per-view.

Even the usually reliable Daily Mail goes with demagoguery:

You have to read way down in the (often corrected or amended) stories to learn that this has been on the minds of White House arborists for some time, such that they have been cultivating cuttings from the tree—some of them already 10 feet tall—that will replace the old one.

And people wonder why Trump repairs to “fake news” so often.

Memo to Newsweek—take your own advice:

Yeah, after all it’s not like Melania or Donald Trump are William Gladstone or something.

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52 Responses to Liars writing for the wilfully deluded

  1. As someone formerly from the media (non-tabloid/nanosecond branch) I agree with your thesis. There’s enough about Trump to make me throw up regularly without inventing magnolia tree stories.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Newsweek has gone completely bonkers. Here are three headlines from the last month:

    Actual Newsweek Headline: ‘Trump and the Nazis Stole Christmas’

    Maza adds that “some see parallels between Trump’s speeches in front of Christmas trees and attempts by authoritarian regimes like the Nazis to manipulate popular celebrations to promote a political ideology.”

    #Lame: Newsweek Compares Donald Trump to Charles Manson

    “Manson was able to speak in a way that engaged those who felt marginalized or alienated,” Newsweek’s Melissa Matthews contends in an article titled “How Murderer Charles Manson and Donald Trump Used Language to Gain Followers.”

    Newsweek Climate Panic: Global Warming Could Cause Refugee Numbers to ‘Skyrocket’

    In one of its more hysterical articles in some time, Newsweek asserts that global warming is turning vulnerable countries into “barren wastelands,” which, in turn, will trigger a mass exodus of new refugees.

    If they keep this up their entire staff will detonate like that scene in Kingsman.

  3. Muddy

    People still seem to be gobsmacked about this, but why? The Detritus view all who are not EXACTLY like them, and who parrot their rage/delusion/paranoia etc., as NOT HUMAN. I know, that sounds like a wacky conspiracy theory, and as much as I loathe their frequent tendency to pathologise dissent, I do believe that subconsciously they class all two-legs into roughly three categories: They of course, are Superhuman; their passive or submissive followers and willing or ignorant dupes are human; anyone who speaks against them is Subhuman. Subhumans are like the 19th Century’s outlaws: legally (though in this case, morally) deprived of all rights, and available for hunting by whatever means possible. Vermin. A danger to society.

    I don’t consider this is a conscious categorisation, but nonetheless, it makes sense.

    I am aware of the historical comparison one might make with the classification of ‘subhuman’, but I do not mean it in that way.

  4. mh

    New Western Wall train station to be named after Trump

    A train station that will be built not far from the Western Wall will be named after US President Donald Trump.
    Transportation Minister Israel Katz said on Wednesday: “The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to name the train station that leads to it after President Trump – following his historic and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”

  5. mh

    New Western Wall train station to be named after Trump

    A train station that will be built not far from the Western Wall will be named after US President Donald Trump.
    Transportation Minister Israel Katz said on Wednesday: “The Western Wall is the holiest place for the __ish people, and I decided to name the train station that leads to it after President Trump – following his historic and brave decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”

  6. tgs

    the usually reliable Daily Mail

    Haha, are you for real? Usually reliable?

  7. John Constantine

    Why people hate the media.

    We are now lectured from the billion dollar a year tax rip off ABC bully pulpit that bollards and parked up trucks and paramilitary policing units doing patrols and checkpoints are the new normal.

    This exactly what the proles could see looming if the boats kept pouring third world peasants into Australia.

    The boats stopped, but the tax thieving scumbags of the media class and their quisling political traitor Class mates just sniffed and seamlessly switched to flying in an airlift mass numbers of military age cannon fodder to destroy the literally Nazis that wouldn’t just obey ABC orders.

    Carols by Candlelight, with bollards and submachine guns.

    Our new normal.

    Another brilliant ABC idea.

  8. There’s enough about Trump to make me throw up regularly …

    I don’t understand this attitude. What has Trump done/not done that elicits this sort of view?

    He is the first politician that I can remember that is delivering on his promises. He is being faithful to the people that voted him in. He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk. He is beholden to no one other than the people of America and America.

    Have some become so jaded that all they want are politicians to be spineless jellyfish, kowtowing to the media, lying about what they will do if elected and immediately doing a 180 degree turnabout on those promises when elected?

    I so wish Australia could have its own Trump.

  9. H B Bear

    There will be no MSM after 8 years of Trump. He is destroying them on a daily basis.

  10. There will be no MSM after 8 years of Trump. He is destroying them on a daily basis.

    The Leftist MSM is destroying itself. They will either reform, or go under. Media such as Breitbart and The Daily Caller will keep gaining readership and if the others don’t change their ways, it’ll be their fault they become irrelevant, not Trump’s.

    The NFL has already discovered what the American people think of their Leftist ideals. ESPN is have the same epiphany.

  11. Chris M

    I don’t understand this attitude. What has Trump done/not done that elicits this sort of view?

    First year in J-school they scoop their thinking brains out, the rest is re-programming and indoctrination. Happened to every single one, including the so called ‘conservative’ journalists – 100% escape is impossible.

  12. Tom

    There will be no MSM after 8 years of Trump. He is destroying them on a daily basis.

    Nice throwaway line, Humphrey. But it’s truer than many realise.

    Apart from being as tough as Old Hickory (spooky, huh?), the Jacksonian POTUS45 is not only reinventing politics and destroying the West’s mad, irrational, anti-intellectual political left, he is hastening the demise of journalism as we know it, as a result of the irrational decision by the majority of the mainstream news media to abandon their professional code of ethics.

    Over the past three centuries, journalism’s elders have wisely put in place a set of rules that prohibit its practitioners from behaving unprofessionally. Those who follow the code of ethics ensure they retain public trust, which is essential to the press’s role as a public interest watchdog.

    However, when the biggest names in journalism’s institutions, from the New York Times down, effectively abandon the code of ethics and transform themselves from public watchdogs to partisan political agitators — all because they lacked the discipline to obey professional rules they were sworn to uphold developed over hundreds of years — major upheaval is inevitable.

    Those using journalism to campaign for the political left — which, by definition, is against the prevailing public interest — know they’ve signed their own professional death warrant. However, many of them have decided that the righteousness of their cause is more important than the public interest and they know they’ll perish professionally if their Marxian nirvana does not succeed in overthrowing Western capitalism. (In any case, the propagandistic “journalism” they’re committed to does not permit the free thought and free enquiry required to survive in a free market.)

    What eventually succeeds journalism’s smoking ruin to become the trusted source of news in the future will bear little resemblance to the current news media landscape. And it all could have been avoided if journalists had followed their own rules.

  13. mh

    From the Guardian, Sep 2016:

    Don’t bet on the Trump card, Rupert

    …Murdoch may want to steer Fox News away from cheerleading for Donald to preserve his legacy of backing winners

    After the article, the Guardian asks it’s readers for money:

    Since you’re here …
    … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too.

    hahahahahahahahaha

  14. mh

    Even the usually reliable Daily Mail goes with demagoguery

    That would be the Daily Mail that supported the British Union of Fascists.

  15. I met someone at a Christmas dinner that subscribes ($120/year) to the Guardian and they firmly believe that it is a completely unbiased media outlet.

  16. mh

    I met someone at a Christmas dinner that subscribes ($120/year) to the Guardian and they firmly believe that it is a completely unbiased media outlet.

    That is understandable seeing as the Guardian Australia’s editor is Lenore Taylor.

    boom~tish

  17. Gary

    New headline:

    Previous Flotus kicked the can down the road. Melania act’s decisively.

  18. Dr Fred Lenin

    Love the way Donald feeds them rope to hang themselves ,and they willingly oblige ,even the feminazi “he groped me forty years ago “mantra is not stopping the reds from committing suicide the left has a knack of self destruction ,like their lack of self awarenesss and of course their complete ineptness and incompetence . .socialism attracts the weird ohs always has,always will .

  19. herodotus

    The left MSM (that’s most of them) are operating on the same level as Communist China, who have the gall to object to Japan building some more navy vessels.
    Hypocrisy is the left’s stock-in-trade. Without it they’d have little to say.

  20. cohenite

    I fell out of a tree once; I hate the bastards.

  21. Awake

    Sorry, off topic
    This is insane!

    From a site:
    “INDIA: Islamic ‘gestapo’ carries out ‘toilet jihad,’ seeking out and destroying any Western-style toilets they find in Muslim homes
    Tarek Fatah (h/t Sharon H) These Bohra Red Guards are like the Islamic secret police distinguished by their red armbands who come to inspect your home, with or without your permission, and go straight to the bathrooms to check if the homeowner has not implemented the Islamic way of responding to the ‘call of nature.’ If there is a Western toilet in the house, the group destroys it on the spot.

    While the rest of the world conquers space and subatomic particles, Muslims are busy dictating the pious ways to defecate.”

    http://barenakedislam.com/2017/12/27/india-islamic-gestapo-carries-out-toilet-jihad-seeking-out-and-destroying-any-western-style-toilets-they-find-in-muslim-homes/

  22. egg_

    Patently “fake News”.
    Uber dumb.

  23. Combine Dave

    Liars writing for the wilfully deluded

    Great title.

    Really sums up the spirit of the age and the modern MSM!

  24. Catfeesh?

    Dr Fred,

    I’m mostly a lurker rather than a poster but please take this in the best possible way. I normally skip your posts because they don’t appear to be written in English. I’m sure others do the same. Can you please give your posts a bit of a proof read before you post them? I’m sure there’s some good stuff in there but without exception, they appear to be written by a remedial ESL student.

    Best regards,
    Catfeesh?

  25. Crossie

    There will be no MSM after 8 years of Trump. He is destroying them on a daily basis.

    Glenn Reynolds predicted that some time ago in his book An Army of Davids. You would think that people who make their living in the media would read it just out of curiousity and change course to escape the inevitable.

    Up until last year the MSM thought they need not change even though they were losing readership and money, the main game was the political and social influence they could still wielded. Since Trump that has started to erode and hopefully by the end of his presidency an army of Davids may actually come true.

  26. Crossie

    Dr Fred,

    Can you please give your posts a bit of a proof read before you post them?

    Catfeesh, that would take all the fun out of decoding the messages.

  27. Greg

    But the real question is that when she comes out with her axe, will she be wearing stilettos?

  28. Rabz

    What has Trump done/not done that elicits this sort of view?

    He exists and is living large.

    For your (very) average collectivist dunderhead (BIRM), that is enough. Cue Bruce’s Kingsman scene.

    BTW, I also love trees. Pruning them (preferably with a chainsaw) is one of life’s simple pleasures. 🙂

  29. Steve trickler.

    Trump should insist the timber be used to craft furniture….. for the White House.

    Preserve it.

  30. stackja

    Jackson dueled. DT is not allowed to.

  31. candy

    Mrs Trump did a Twitter picture and looked pretty and perky. The Twitter people said she was duck faced and a disgrace.

    You see, these people are full of bitterness and hate and the media panders to them. Most likely the journalists are cut from the same cloth. Much the same as we have here with Tony Abbott.

    One day it will be a DSM diagnosis, a recognised mental illness where the person is fixated on hating a particular politician, and dreadfully in this case his wife too. Bizarre, crazy, disordered minds.

  32. md

    To be so full of hatred is not normal. ‘Leftism’ truly is a mental disorder.

    bemused
    #2595419, posted on December 28, 2017 at 4:08 pm
    I met someone at a Christmas dinner that subscribes ($120/year) to the Guardian and they firmly believe that it is a completely unbiased media outlet.

    When we think of leftists the usual image that comes to mind is of someone with self-esteem issues who has an all-consuming hatred for our society and for those whom they (the leftist) sees as the dominant force or power in society – generally, this means conservative white males and corporations, which they perceive as being the reason for their being hard done by in life, in one way or another. This is why the term ‘self-loathing leftist’ came into use.

    But not all leftists are evil. Most just aren’t very bright. Like you, Bemused, I know a leftist who reads the Guardian and little else. In his case there are some self-esteem issues, but they don’t run deep enough to cripple him with hatred. He does not read widely, and certainly not any non-leftist news sources, and so is very poorly informed about contemporary events. For example, I once raised the issue of the Podesta-Wikileaks emails and he didn’t have the faintest idea what I was talking about. Similarly, I happened to be with him when Obama made one of his PR speeches on post-Katrina New Orleans. He sat there transfixed, batting his eyelids and dreaming dreams of ‘hopey changey’ as he watched Obama. Obama’s rehearsed speech, delivered well, as all his prepared speeches were, was nothing more than a series of ‘we need to do this’ and ‘we need to do thats’. Nowhere in the entire speech did he make one firm commitment on anything. When I pointed this out, my leftist acquaintance refused to listen to me. His mind was totally closed to everything that did not accord with his beliefs. On another occasion I asked him to name one thing – just one – that Obama had done to earn his praise. He ummed and ahed (as I knew he would) and then said that ‘he got Bin Laden’. Wow, that was a totemic issue for the Left, wasn’t it! But, anyway, I told him they had been after Bin Laden for years and it was inevitable they would get him at some time, no matter who was president. He then said ‘Obamacare’, to which I replied that he knew absolutely nothing about Obamacare and that he had just seen it as a headline item. He didn’t argue. And that was it; he’d run out of ‘notable’ things that Obama did.

    So, why do people have such blind allegiance to their faith and close their minds to everything else? In his case, it is for the following reasons:
    – at school and university he was brainwashed by educators and socially conditioned by peers, so his default position on everything (irrespective of the issue and the arguments) is leftist, and anyone with opposing views is evil, and perhaps a nazi;
    – during his terrible teen years he fell prey to all of the usual self-esteem issues that teenagers have, and naturally blames ‘society’ for making him a victim. Therefore, his politics is skewed towards everything that opposes the beliefs and values of those he perceives as being the holders of power in society;
    – like all leftists, he responds to simple messages, so when he is told about all the aggrieved people in society he unquestioningly sympathises with them. There is an element of ‘my enemy’s enemy being my friend’ here, too, because his underlying self-worth issues lead him to identify with the aggrieved, as fellow victims;
    – because of his mindset, and again because he understands only simple concepts, he has been conditioned to believe that leftists are ‘good’ and conservatives are ‘bad’, so his default position is to disregard everything that is non-leftist, because, clearly, it must be evil. Incidentally, this is why the Left keep hammering the nazi thing. They do it hold up the spectre of something evil for the unthinking to associate with the so-called Right. The Left know that their adherents either aren’t too bright or are damaged by self-loathing, and they are very adept at exploiting them.

  33. candy

    The Left know that their adherents either aren’t too bright or are damaged by self-loathing, and they are very adept at exploiting them.

    I think that is true, md, as there many vulnerable to that kind of exploitation due to life circumstances.

    But the elites of the Left – such as our own ABC, Fairfax journalists, top brass people – also fall victim to feeling that conservatives = Nazism. How can these very educated experienced people, with most generous salaries and multi million dollars homes etc, also fall prey to believing that anything conservative, anything ‘right’, is evil, that they are hard done by ‘right’ governments., and believe they are victims of a Nazi government.

  34. John Constantine

    The dead tree should be milled and used as timber for part of The Wall.

    Or gallows for their clinton crime family, all works for me.

  35. egg_

    Up until last year the MSM thought they need not change even though they were losing readership and money

    Looks like Aunty’s audience is fragmenting according to age – likely losing her grip on indoctrinating yoof via her main News and Current Affairs channel.

  36. chrisl

    Would you believe I was being attacked by two lefties simultaneously at Christmas dinner (which I was hosting) I pointed out to one that Tesla was having production troubles with the Tesla 3 which he was totally unaware of. To another I pointed out that I was informed on a whale watching tour that whales were back to their pre hunting numbers. They were both googling furiously to prove me wrong and all the while I was trying to finish my meal.

  37. H B Bear

    Christmas lunch is a great opportunity to wield the clue bat. Unless banned by management of course.

  38. chrisl

    They were astounded that the narrative could be challenged! I was actually arguing with two nephews an two BIL s One googled abc re the whales and the other googled a quote from Elon Musk That was their research!

  39. Herodotus

    Richard Laidlaw:”There’s enough about Trump to make me throw up regularly without inventing magnolia tree stories.” (The very first comment above)

    Perhaps Richard could explain how he got through the eight years of Obama without choking on his own vomit. Or did he also criticise the magic one? (Evidence required)

  40. Isn’t it interesting that when asked, not one Trump hater can actually formulate a reasoned argument as to what’s bad about Donald Trump.

  41. md

    candy
    #2595643, posted on December 28, 2017 at 9:41 pm
    How can these very educated experienced people, with most generous salaries and multi million dollars homes etc, also fall prey to believing that anything conservative, anything ‘right’, is evil, that they are hard done by ‘right’ governments., and believe they are victims of a Nazi government.

    The Left comprises people from the two extremes of the self-esteem spectrum: the self-loathing and the self-loving. The self-loathing Left address their self-perceived unworthiness by vandalising everything of value to others. Their motivation is exactly the same as that of the common vandal: both are driven by hatred and envy to cause harm to others, but, whereas the common vandal uses a hammer to destroy the property of others, the leftist uses political causes to vandalise our society.

    At the other end of the self-esteem spectrum lie the narcissistic Left. These are the people who have constructed a smug little view of the world in which they have cast themselves as being superior to ‘ordinary’ people, and especially those ‘beastly conservatives’. To understand their motivation we have to look at what self-esteem is. It is the psychological sense of well-being that we experience when we see ourselves as being in some way ‘better’ than others. Like all animals, we are programmed to compete against each other to secure food, territory and a breeding partner. When we win, we feel good about ourselves. We see ourselves as having social status and power. Why do we have this socially destructive trait? It’s in our coding – we can’t help ourselves. If we weren’t that way we wouldn’t have survived as a species. But self-worth is a relative thing. The only way we can measure self-worth is by comparing ourselves with others. If we like what we see, we are rewarded with the psychological sense of well-being that comes from the belief that we have social status and power. Equally – and this is critical – because self-worth is a relative thing, we find it to be edifying if we view others in an inferior light.

    Now let’s look at the narcissistic Left. This might seem straightforward, but there’s a twist to it later on. The elitist Left like to believe they are intellectually and morally superior to everyone else – it is the source of their self-esteem! – and that is why they adopt political views that have the appearance of being high-minded and virtuous. In advertising their ‘intelligence’ and ‘morality’ they are seeking out the psychological reward of being acknowledged as possessing these socially superior qualities. At this point we should pause and ask just how smart these people are if they lack the self-awareness to understand that when they seek out these psychological rewards they are driven by the same desire that, for example, compels males of low intelligence to acquire savage dogs. To such males, social power, and the sense of well-being that flows from it, comes from projecting an image of being tough – and having control over something so mean and ugly means you must be tough. Right! Socially advertising our virtues to elevate our sense of our social status is an urge we all have, but the smarter person understands how primitive this urge is and chooses to control it. Leftists aren’t that smart.

    But why is it that so many of the elitist Left are so vicious in the way they view their opponents. To understand this, we need once again to look at the nature of the species. We are programmed to compete for food, territory and breeding partners. The operative word here is ‘compete’. We acquire these things by competing against and beating others. In modern society it is no different. We compete for social status and power and we win by being ‘better’ than the next person at, for example, acquiring wealth. If we win and they lose we see it as an affirmation of our superior social status and power. It is a matter of winners and losers: that’s why we are so socially destructive. To understand this is the context of the viciousness of the narcissistic Left, we need to look at an example we all are no doubt familiar with. On NSW multi-lane roads fines apply if you drive in the right-hand lane, unless you are overtaking or turning right. How often have we come up behind a slow car on the highway and then changed to the right-hand lane to overtake, only to see the red Commodore that was way, way back suddenly accelerate to over the speed limit and come roaring up behind us and sit on our bumper? Again, to males of low intelligence self-esteem comes from their sense of physical power. When they get behind the wheel of their ‘muscle’ car they luxuriate in the feeling of power it gives them. It makes them feel more physically powerful, and therefore more worthy, than the next person. When they see you in the right-hand lane, a trigger goes off in their Neanderthal brains. They know you are terrified of being fined if you are seen to be holding up traffic and they see it as an opportunity to have power over you. When they intimidate you into changing lanes it gives them the malicious pleasure of having had power over you. By causing you harm they have rewarded themselves with an elevated sense of their own social status and power. Note that it is a relative thing. To experience this sensation they have to harm you in some way.

    And that’s where we come to the motivation behind the viciousness of the narcissistic Left. They have constructed in their minds a belief in their own intellectual and moral superiority to ‘ordinary’ people. Also, as you pointed out, Candy, we are talking about people who have had some degree of financial success, and this simply amplifies their sense of superiority. But, like our Neanderthal red Commodore driver, being of lower intelligence they have an uncontrollable urge to seek out the psychological rewards that come from exercising power over others, as this re-affirms their sense of superiority. They do this by rubbing their politics in the faces of the ordinary people they have convinced themselves they are superior to. They promote a political agenda that they know will be harmful to ordinary people – but not to them, thanks to their privileged position in life – and when their politics makes people squirm they take malicious pleasure from intimidating them into silence by, for example, calling them nazis, just as the Neanderthal takes pleasure from the power he feels when he intimdates others. It is important to understand that they know they are harming other people – that’s what it is all about. They socially elevate themselves by causing harm to other people. That is the narcissistic Left.

  42. AlanR

    “….Socialism attracts the weird ohs, always has, always will.”
    Dr Fred Lenin @ 5.14

    And naturally not a single ‘weird oh’ is attracted to the right. Biggest, best and longest belly laugh all year Dr. Fred.

  43. Muddy

    Beautifully explained, md.

    I second that.

  44. egg_

    They do this by rubbing their politics in the faces of the ordinary people they have convinced themselves they are superior to.

    The essence of their mental illness – denial.

  45. And naturally not a single ‘weird oh’ is attracted to the right. Biggest, best and longest belly laugh all year Dr. Fred.

    And you accuse me of an ‘…inability to conduct a sensible fact based discussion…’?

    It appears that you have an inability to comprehend simple English and also have a tendency to project what hasn’t been stated.

    Fred didn’t say or imply that the conservative side doesn’t attract ‘weirdos’, only that Socialism tends to do more so. Keep at it, you’re proving his point magnificently.

  46. AlanR

    Hello again Bemused. Often in comedy it is not the literal statement that has been made that is funny, but rather the image it conjures up which is found to be amusing. You are correct, Dr Fred did not say or imply that conservatives don’t attract weirdos, but his statement certainly conjured up in my mind the profound absurdity of the reverse of that statement. Comedy is such a personal thing. Cheers Alan

  47. egg_

    Dr Fred did not say or imply that conservatives don’t attract weirdos,

    The Left has been deliberately courting the weirdo vote for decades when they went from White Astraya to multiculti – and every other minority, including perverts, in the search for votes.
    Further Left to the Greens and it gets even more bizarre.

  48. …Often in comedy …

    You’re as funny as Kathy Griffin.

  49. Rabz

    Magnificent stuff, md.

    I encountered a “black commodore ute” driving neanderthal on Christmas day and stuck it right up the irredeemable bogan idiot by abusing him and then refusing to acknowledge him.

    My crime? I was in the right hand lane at a set of traffic lights when they turned green. There was no way on this earth I was going to let the fuckwit intimidate me and thus gain his so called power. I drove at the speed limit, while denouncing him as a fuckwit (he was right on my back bumper by this point) and driving a convertible car, the denunciations carried. After I’d changed lanes (and not having exceeded the speed limit) he then drove alongside me screeching out “hey” repeatedly, but I refused to even glance sideways.

    Because of his limited brain power, he then grew bored and frustrated and drove off.

    Me 1, neanderthal 0.

  50. Jimf

    Thanks md. I always chuckle at the progressives who have made a financially successful go of their lives via raw capitalism,but once they’re secure find it necessary to place tax burdens and other spending agendas on the poor buggers they deride as “Howard’s battler” types.
    Smug arseholes like Malcolm Turnbull,Warren Buffett,George Soros and Geoff Cousins come to mind. Filthy rich and able to project virtue at no real harm to themselves. It’s like their fragile conscience’s are desperately seeking absolution.Having dined out on capitalism and now with full bellies, they spend the latter half of their lives pursuing guilt ridden orders on the rest of us. I bet in their socio-economic “climbing” phase (20’s to mid 40’s ?) they all kept their heads down and piled into capitalism!

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