Open Forum: January 6, 2018

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  1. Frank

    I thought Waleed was thinking of jumping ship for the ABC, something of a more serious nature as befits one of his stature.

  2. cohenite

    Call me what you want, Cohenite. Why would think I care what you call me?

    I guess not, having absorbed those natural rights, being called a bore and a wanker would just slide right off you.

  3. cohenite

    Oh come on

    #2603738, posted on January 7, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    That’s really not the issue, cohenite.

    No, of course not.

  4. Neil

    I just got mesmerised for 20 minutes watching The Ghan: Australia’s Greatest Train Journey on SBS. An unusual television feature: 3 hours of a moving train.

    Apparently it is the second biggest infrastructure project in Australian history

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ghan#Connection_to_Darwin

    Construction of Alice Springs–Darwin line was believed to be the second-largest civil engineering project in Australia, and the largest since the creation of the Snowy Mountains Scheme (built 1949–1974).[20][21] Line construction began in July 2001, with the first passenger train reaching Darwin on 3 February 2004, after 126 years of planning and waiting[22][23] and at a cost of A$1.3 billion.[24]

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    I was hoping for bikini jelly wrestling

    Zyco – You missed the ABC’s Australian Story which screened today: dwarf bikini jelly wrestling.
    Not joking…

  6. Arky

    Question: If I wanted to post pics online and link to them from the open forum which way would one do that with the least risk of outing myself and finding Grigs one moonlit night parading naked in my back yard?
    I’m off to Taiwan in two days and might post some commentary.

  7. ABC’s Australian Story which screened today: dwarf bikini jelly wrestling.
    Not joking…

    You have to be shitting me.

    it’s disgusting yet you are strangely drawn to it.

  8. Oh come on

    It doesn’t help Democrats to wallow in delusion, it really doesn’t. So I suppose we should be happy if they do.

  9. On the downside fly out back towork tomorow

    This is is looking good at work, 3 new projects starting and six to follow.

  10. Oh come on

    So let me get this straight, cohenite. You think not flinging invective at someone makes you a libertarian?

    Keeeee-rist.

  11. zyconoclast

    Zyco – You missed the ABC’s Australian Story which screened today: dwarf bikini jelly wrestling.
    Not joking…

    Luckily I missed it.
    I must be dwarfist. Is that ok?

  12. Tintarella di Luna

    This is is looking good at work, 3 new projects starting and six to follow.

    Sounds like the Happy New Year is going to be a Happy Good Year Carpe – Go get ’em!

  13. Bruce of Newcastle

    Arky – Two ways.

    1. Build a gravatar which doesn’t use your real name, then attach the photos in the photo gallery like I do.
    2. Build a photo site using something like Instagram or Flickr, again not using your own name.

    You should really rebuild your gravatar account btw. There’s a bug in WordPress. Actually there’s two bugs in WordPress which, if you’ve been paying attention, is why my gravatar account name has been different for the last few months. I am not happy with WordPress.

    (I’ve found I can’t use Instagram for some reason, but I’ve two Flickr accounts that work fine.)

  14. Infidel Tiger

    Construction of Alice Springs–Darwin line was believed to be the second-largest civil engineering project in Australia, and the largest since the creation of the Snowy Mountains Scheme (built 1949–1974).[20][21] Line construction began in July 2001, with the first passenger train reaching Darwin on 3 February 2004, after 126 years of planning and waiting[22][23] and at a cost of A$1.3 billion.[24]

    It was a compete and utter waste of money and should never have been built.

  15. Bruce of Newcastle

    Carpe – I caught a bit of it on ABC24 in between overs (including the jelly wrestling). Her story is pretty inspirational, and she is a trouper. I admire someone who can make a career through such sheer grit and determination.

  16. cohenite

    So let me get this straight, cohenite. You think not flinging invective at someone makes you a libertarian?

    I was talking to JC; if anyone takes what I say to him seriously they’re a bigger dickhead than he is.

  17. rickw

    Pursuing both the Plutonium 239 and Uranium 235 alternatives was (imo) a sensible “hedging of bets” in an era when they were feeling their way. If they had pursued only one option, and it had not worked, the invasion of Japan would have gone ahead.

    After Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and a mass of other minor and not so minor wars since 1945, the US has still not used up the stock of Purple Heart medals minted for that invasion. Think about what that indicates about the expected scale of casualties during the invasion.

    YouTube combat footage from Saipan and Iwo Jima. An invasion of mainland Japan would have made the invasion of Europe look like a picnic.

  18. Steve trickler.

    Infidel Tiger
    #2603777, posted on January 7, 2018 at 10:10 pm
    Construction of Alice Springs–Darwin line was believed to be the second-largest civil engineering project in Australia, and the largest since the creation of the Snowy Mountains Scheme (built 1949–1974).[20][21] Line construction began in July 2001, with the first passenger train reaching Darwin on 3 February 2004, after 126 years of planning and waiting[22][23] and at a cost of A$1.3 billion.[24]

    It was a compete and utter waste of money and should never have been built.

    Without that railway, all the high tech goods manufactured in Alice springs, would have no viable avenue to port.

  19. JC

    OCO

    He’s been triggered…. again.

  20. Neil

    It was a compete and utter waste of money and should never have been built.

    I have heard lots of people say that. I would be interested i your reasons since U gave none. Looks like unlike most govt projects it was finished on time. I think the railway line is also used for shipping freight

  21. Oh come on

    Weird, cohenite. You clearly were being serious.

  22. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    YouTube combat footage from Saipan and Iwo Jima. An invasion of mainland Japan would have made the invasion of Europe look like a picnic.

    A million American casualties, the Japanese Army would have fought to the last, and somewhere between five and ten million Japanese dead from starvation or disease.

  23. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A million American casualties, the Japanese Army would have fought to the last, and somewhere between five and ten million Japanese dead from starvation or disease.

    Oh, and the invasion would have opened with six atomic bombs dropped on Kyushu alone, to prevent Japanese reinforcements reaching the beach defenses.

  24. Bruce of Newcastle

    Without that railway, all the high tech goods manufactured in Alice springs, would have no viable avenue to port.

    Until Elon Musk built a hyperloop from Adelaide to Darwin.
    You thought the big battery was the end of the story?

  25. egg_

    I thought Waleed was thinking of jumping ship for the ABC, something of a more serious nature as befits one of his stature.

    Ditto – with a sarc tag attached.

  26. cohenite

    Weird, cohenite. You clearly were being serious.

    Are you and JC an item.

  27. Infidel Tiger

    I have heard lots of people say that. I would be interested i your reasons since U gave none. Looks like unlike most govt projects it was finished on time. I think the railway line is also used for shipping freight

    It loses millions upon millions each year. There is negligible freight between Adelaide and Darwin and that there is, is better off going by truck.

    It’s a multi-billion dollar white elephant beloved by leftists and Keynesian swines.

  28. Steve trickler.

    The core tenants of the CAT may have seen this.

    For others, your cochlea is in for a treat.



  29. struth

    The first freight train to head north of Alice in 2004 was hooked up with empty freight cars and containers hooked together for photographs.
    Freight was still being moved by road trains and still is and some very underhanded shit went down to steal freight.
    The ghan is a unionised NBN of transport and the ghan is nothing to write home about as a passenger service.

  30. Pedro the Ignorant

    The Ghan was designed to transport pensioners with concession fares to spend a couple of days on a train whingeing about the food, the beds, the service and complaining that there is no wildlife within visual distance.

    Avoid like the plague if under 70 y.o.

  31. feelthebern

    It’s a multi-billion dollar white elephant beloved by leftists and Keynesian swines.

    That’s something that can be repeated a million times post the Federal budget.
    It should be trade marked.

  32. C.L.

    Bullshit artist, alcoholic and convicted criminal (assault) dies:

    Leading accuser of Cardinal George Pell dies in hospital before sexual abuse case against Australia’s top Catholic cleric can be heard in court.

    [Damian] Dignan’s lawyer Ingrid Irwin hit out at the length of time it took for Pell to be charged, saying she was gutted he never saw Pell’s day in court.

    ‘It’s totally ridiculous that he’s now passed away without any justice, the legal system is completely inept and archaic,’ she told the Herald Sun.

    Ms Irwin, who also represented his fellow accuser Lyndon Monument, added that: ‘Without Damian Dignan there wouldn’t be anything happening.’

    Lyndon Monument is also a convicted criminal, a drug user who served almost a year for a violent assault on a man and a woman “over a drug debt.” Which is to say, he is a dog who bashed a woman.

    Both Monument and Dignan also claim(ed) they were abused by female school teachers back in the day. What a coincidence.

  33. Can it get more ridiculous than this?

    Grace Grace, Qld Minister for racing, at the end of the Kyrios/Harrison match wants to acknowledge the traditional owners and their elders – past, present and future.
    Why future elders? What have they done to merit public acknowledgement?

  34. Pedro the Ignorant

    Addendum to my last.

    The Ghan is a landlocked cruise ship inhabited by the same type of entitled whingers being subsidised by the State that infest those floating plague ships.

  35. feelthebern

    Soon the Ghan’s real use will be revealed.
    The destination will be changed to Victoria.
    All the oldies get put on by their loving families, just to end up in Victoria & subject to the “Get Nanna’s Money Laws”.
    Nanna: I seem to be a spot of bother in Melb, darling.
    Darling child: While you’re there Nanna, be a good thing & take the pills. This Sydney mortgage won’t pay itself you know.

  36. C.L.

    The Ghan was designed to transport pensioners with concession fares to spend a couple of days on a train whingeing about the food, the beds, the service and complaining that there is no wildlife within visual distance.

    Australia has no decent wildlife. The Aborigines killed them all.
    I reiterate my longstanding call for the immediate introduction of elephants.

  37. Neil

    It loses millions upon millions each year. There is negligible freight between Adelaide and Darwin and that there is, is better off going by truck

    OK but i found this

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelaide%E2%80%93Darwin_railway#Services

    Genesee & Wyoming Australia is the only freight operator.[26] The line has facilitated bulk commodity exports from iron ore and copper mines in central Australia, including Oz Minerals’ Prominent Hill copper mine.[27] Following a derailment event in December 2011,[28] Oz Minerals elected to use the line to export to the south via Port Adelaide,[29] rather than their previous outport, Darwin.

    Dry bulk exports from Port Darwin (serviced by rail) exceeded 3 million tonnes for the first time in financial year 2010-2011 and comprised iron ore, manganese and copper concentrate.[30].

    Doesn’t sound negligible.

  38. Oh come on

    I imagine building Tesla PowerWall units involves a completely separate factory or production line from Tesla’s automotive division, but it pleases me to imagine that Tesla’s “production hell” (in not being able to build one tenth of the number of Model 3s per month that they promised to) was caused by SA’s battery and its ‘delivered in 100 days or it’s free’ deal.

  39. Mike of Marion

    Tintarella di Luna
    #2603761, posted on January 7, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    In your first paragrapgh, don’t you mean “voluntary” not “compulsory”?

  40. struth

    To whoever it was upthread that gets concerned over people blatantly wasting pixels, …………………………………………………………!

    I say time out because if someone wants to argue or respond to one of my comments I feel it is polite to inform them I probably won’t read it.

    A lot of cats also say goodnight or some such for much the same reason.
    The first ten to twenty comments on a new thread are position claims and yet I guaranteed you your device will not run out of pixels.

  41. Mike of Marion

    Ferking spelling!!!!!

  42. JC

    Doesn’t sound negligible.

    How is dry bulk priced? Is it making an economic return or transacted at a loss?

  43. C.L.

    In the Age: fellow bullshit artist Louise Milligan “devastated.”

    Ms Milligan on Sunday described Mr Dignan’s passing as “devastating”.

    “He was a man who had a lot of regrets about the way he lived his life, but in all my dealings with him he was always a gentle man,” she told The Age.

    “I’m very sad that he had the life and death that he did. It’s devastating.”

    Meanwhile, Dignan’s lawyer admits he was after money:

    Ms Irwin said her client had a profound impact on her.

    “I saw Damian as a brave Ballarat boy and his legacy lives on.

    “People might say, ‘What could he have ever been? He was a nothing anyway’, but that’s what breaks it – people like Damian coming forward. He had potential like anyone else.”

    Ms Irwin took aim at the justice system which left men such as Mr Dignan waiting for compensation.

    “Why did he have to die before he could see some semblance of justice – why is that?”

    Compensation for what, sweetheart?

  44. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2603801, posted on January 7, 2018 at 10:36

    Leading accuser of Cardinal George Pell dies in hospital before sexual abuse case against Australia’s top Catholic cleric can be heard in court.

    Some people lament the lack of readily available champagne when they learn of the death of another.
    Not me.

  45. C.L.

    Patrol to help Sudanese youths

    South Sudanese community leaders are patrolling Melbourne’s western suburbs, trying to connect with their young people.

    Aren’t you heartened to know these “community leaders” are reaching out … to help the perpetrators?
    Also: did Lex Lasry not inform them there is no problem with Africans on Melbourne’s streets?

  46. Peter

    We quite enjoyed our Darwin to Alice Springs trip on the Ghan. Food and wine fine, Katherine excursion ok, and we had each other for company.

    Just sayin’

  47. struth

    Dry bulk exports from Port Darwin (serviced by rail) exceeded 3 million tonnes for the first time in financial year 2010-2011 and comprised iron ore, manganese and copper concentrate.[30].

    Nice way of putting it, it makes you think that it’s all coming in by rail.
    This is not true alrhough bulk ore and coal etc straight from mine to port is about the only time raik is a competitive option.

  48. C.L.

    The New York Times: Trump “Gorilla Channel” hoax was kind of true …

    In defence of those who fell for the gorilla channel gag, art – or in this case, Twitter jokes – might imitate life. A 1997 New Yorker profile of Trump described a scene aboard his jet as he flew to Mar-a-Lago, Florida, with Trump watching the 1988 martial-arts film Bloodsport and tasking his son Eric with fast-forwarding to the fight scenes.

    Yes, really.

  49. Leigh Lowe

    Regarding the passing of one of Pell’s accusers …
    I read recently that the DPP were setting up a remote site for witnesses to give evidence via video.
    I do hope this was only for a terminally ill witness who could not travel.
    It would be a travesty if other accusers could give evidence remotely without jurors being able to assess their veracity at close quarters.

  50. Leigh Lowe

    I do love the train, Peter.

  51. Infidel Tiger

    In defence of those who fell for the gorilla channel gag, art – or in this case, Twitter jokes – might imitate life. A 1997 New Yorker profile of Trump described a scene aboard his jet as he flew to Mar-a-Lago, Florida, with Trump watching the 1988 martial-arts film Bloodsport and tasking his son Eric with fast-forwarding to the fight scenes.

    Just when you thought you couldn’t like him any more. Bloodsport is a classic.

  52. jupes

    Aren’t you heartened to know these “community leaders” are reaching out … to help the perpetrators?

    It certainly is.

    And we obviously need more tribal Africans to immigrate so they can help control the ‘tiny minority’ of offenders.

  53. Gasp.
    SBS puts to air Facebookistan, quite aggressively anti-Facebook.

  54. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ‘It’s totally ridiculous that he’s now passed away without any justice, the legal system is completely inept and archaic,’ she told the Herald Sun.

    Is this lawyer speak for “Whose going to pay my fees?”

  55. jupes

    Australia has no decent wildlife.

    Bollocks on stilts.

    Our birds are magnificent.

  56. Leigh Lowe

    In defence of those who fell for the gorilla channel gag, art – or in this case, Twitter jokes – might imitate life. A 1997 New Yorker profile of Trump described a scene aboard his jet as he flew to Mar-a-Lago, Florida, with Trump watching the 1988 martial-arts film Bloodsport and tasking his son Eric with fast-forwarding to the fight scenes.

    Um … no.
    The fact that he liked the fight scenes in a movie 20 years ago does not excuse the obligation to validate accusations that his main priority upon moving into the White House was to have his TV preferences satisfied.
    It was a lie.
    Swallowed whole by an eager TDS media.
    Game, set and match, fuckwits.

  57. C.L.

    Oh I love our birds.
    I’m talking about the big land critters.
    We have none.

  58. C.L.

    Is this lawyer speak for “Whose going to pay my fees?”

    Yes it is.

  59. JC

    I dunno. nearly all the accusations in that book make him look good. 🙂

    Ann Coulter something that makes sense.

    A seasoned politician would not have sent any close family member to meet the Russians – most certainly would not have sent someone like Trump’s son. They would have sent a legal team to see if there was any worthwhile dirt on Crooked. Trump isn’t a pol and everyone understands that. Big deal.

  60. C.L.

    Disturbingly, the NYT also seems to be comparing the multi-racial cast of Bloodsport to gorillas.

  61. Baldrick

    The Ghan was designed to transport pensioners with concession fares to spend a couple of days on a train whingeing about the food, the beds, the service and complaining that there is no wildlife within visual distance.

    An incredible waste of money, propped-up by taxpayer funded concession fares.
    Toilet.

  62. Leigh Lowe

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    #2603828, posted on January 7, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    ‘It’s totally ridiculous that he’s now passed away without any justice, the legal system is completely inept and archaic,’ she told the Herald Sun.

    Is this lawyer speak for “Whose going to pay my fees?”

    It is a little worrying that she seems to be conflating a serious criminal matter with civil compensation.
    It would be preferable to set aside consideration of civil matters until criminal accusations are heard, lest witnesses feel the need to, perhaps, embellish evidence in the interests of increasing compensation.

  63. Makka

    It loses millions upon millions each year. There is negligible freight between Adelaide and Darwin and that there is, is better off going by truck.

    And why anyone would want to pay to look at hour after hour after hour of red dirt and low scrub is beyond me.

  64. Oh come on

    Doesn’t sound negligible.

    Who cares. It could be transporting half the world. The pertinent question is, is it losing a crap tonne of money or is it not?

  65. Entropy

    And why anyone would want to pay to look at hour after hour after hour of red dirt and low scrub is beyond me.

    I find it quite cleansing, like coming home. I even like the smell.
    Except for the road kill of course.

  66. struth

    Who are these community leaders?

    Self appointed wankers like our aboriginal or Gay communities have?

    There is no such animal as a community leader.
    There can be gang , group, team leaders but no community leaders, especially ones appointed not elected.

  67. Thanks to BJ and BoN for some very interesting reading.

  68. Makka

    I’ve driven Port Augusta to Alice and back a few times Ent. Once was kind of interesting, after that bored sh*tless.

    But I do understand the cleansing feeling. I had the same sensation in the sand deserts in Saudi and Libya. I think it was the colours, shadows and reflected light. And the absence of other life. Who knows.

  69. Stimpson J. Cat

    I say time out because if someone wants to argue or respond to one of my comments I feel it is polite to inform them I probably won’t read it.

    Oh it’s going to get really annoying for people now because I am going to do it too.

    Only I am going to say “Safe Space”.

    Safe Space.

  70. Oh come on

    This is just brilliant. Brutal, and brilliant.

    From this story, seen at Drudge.

  71. Zyco – You missed the ABC’s Australian Story which screened today: dwarf bikini jelly wrestling.
    Not joking…

    Cool. Place to place my beer, and within easy reach, without ever having to stand up.

  72. Oh come on

    All you need to know about the left’s substitute-gods – in one image.

  73. Any Cats on twitter seen any tweets from the twat Lex Lasry since evening of 3 January?

    Is that when Hizzoner made his dumb comment about there being no Apex gang or anything of the sort?

  74. Steve trickler.

    You will not see this on the ABC…. RAGE will never show it.



  75. Ice Cream Van head tweeted this.
    https://twitter.com/yassmin_a/status/949399764755415040
    From Mark Latham.
    So she’s called all Aussies descendants of convicts.
    Would it be culturally insensitive to call her & her people the descendent of slave traders?

    She’s not even bright enough to work out that just as many Aussies would be descendants of prison guards.

  76. Stimpson J. Cat

    We’re fucked

    Just watch some Lauren Rose Arky.
    She’ll put a smile back on your dial.

  77. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Is that when Hizzoner made his dumb comment about there being no Apex gang or anything of the sort?

    Hizzoner made his dumb comment about there being no Apex gangs in the part of Victoria where he had his weekend retreat. “Let them eat cake” were words that sprang to mind

  78. Neil

    I’m talking about the big land critters.
    We have none.

    We have camels

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22522695

  79. Oh come on

    Neil is a big fan of introduced species – who knew?

  80. We quite enjoyed our Darwin to Alice Springs trip on the Ghan. Food and wine fine, Katherine excursion ok, and we had each other for company.

    Thanks, Peter.
    But I ask again – are there any onboard facilities for smokers?

  81. The New York Times: Trump “Gorilla Channel” hoax was kind of true …

    In defence of those who fell for the gorilla channel gag, art – or in this case, Twitter jokes – might imitate life. A 1997 New Yorker profile of Trump described a scene aboard his jet as he flew to Mar-a-Lago, Florida, with Trump watching the 1988 martial-arts film Bloodsport and tasking his son Eric with fast-forwarding to the fight scenes.

    Yes, really.

    I don’t get it.

    Oh, that’s right, i’m sane. Silly me.

  82. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    She’s not even bright enough to work out that just as many Aussies would be descendants of prison guards.

    I’m sticking to my point of view. Yassmin’s tea towel – the one she wraps around her head – is getting too tight.

  83. C.L.

    It is utterly breath-taking (NRO above) …
    Make no mistake: this is the biggest political scandal in US history and people will be jailed.

    These 113 “born classified” records included eight Top Secret emails, ten Confidential ones, and 37 Secret messages.

    Comey’s first draft correctly called this behavior “grossly negligent.” That precise legal standard should have triggered Hillary’s prosecution under the Espionage Act of 1917, 18 U.S. Code § 793. Luckily for her and her comrades, Peter Strzok— a disgraced, vociferously anti-Trump and volubly pro-Hillary FBI official — excised those words and inserted “extremely careless,” language absent from that statute. This removed the pesky formulation and helped Hillary sway voters rather than federal jurors.

    Comey’s May 2, 2016, draft was written the day before FBI agents interviewed Hillary’s computer specialist, who contradicted his earlier testimony and confessed that he illegally destroyed pertinent records that Congress sought.

    As former national-security adviser Mike Flynn can attest, lying to the FBI is a felony. But in this case, Solomon explains, “the FBI decided not to pursue criminal charges against the witness, and instead gave the technician an immunity deal so he could correct his story.”

    This technician, who handled Hillary’s server after it left her Chappaqua, N.Y., mansion, also unlawfully erased emails on its hard drive — soon after Hillary’s attorney, David Kendall, and her State Department chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, spoke with staffers at Platte River Networks, the technical adviser’s employer.

    “You have a conference call with Secretary Clinton’s attorneys on March 31, 2015, and on that very same day her emails are deleted by someone who was on that conference call using special BleachBit software,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) said on the Senate floor. “The emails were State Department records under subpoena by Congress,” as of that March 25.

    “What did the FBI do to investigate this apparent obstruction?” Grassley wondered. “According to affidavits filed in federal court — absolutely nothing.”

  84. jupes

    From this oco’s link above:

    Streep has attempted to deflect questions about her awareness by attacking President Trump.

    Will someone please – please – ask Streep about Roman Polanski.

  85. Is that when Hizzoner made his dumb comment about there being no Apex gang or anything of the sort?

    Hizzoner made his dumb comment about there being no Apex gangs in the part of Victoria where he had his weekend retreat. “Let them eat cake” were words that sprang to mind

    I find that they never bother me in my flying fortress, looking down at the little people.

    Must be fake news.

  86. C.L.

    By contrast to Clinton and her criminal organisation:

    Kristian Saucier should be so lucky. The former Navy machinist took six photos within the classified area of the USS Alexandria, a nuclear submarine on which he served in 2009. He wanted to show his family his workplace. This was illegal, but hardly nefarious.

    Nonetheless, Saucier was prosecuted for unauthorized possession of defense information. He pled guilty, spent one year in federal prison, and is undergoing six months of house arrest. He is now a garbage collector, and his home is in foreclosure.

  87. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    You shouldn’t always think that someone is envious,

    Goodness me, I don’t. Who would want to be married to Hairy? Watching that Churchill movie, where Churchill says earnestly to Clemie have you ever thought of another man, of leaving me, and she says nothing, and Churchill says rather wistfully (and this is after a bit of an alcoholic show, when he’s been under great stress), I’d leave me too if I could get away from myself – well, we both laughed outright. Been there, I’ve similarly said nothing, Hairy’s said that. Tonight, he also recommends to me the Mental As Anything song,’If you leave me, can I come too’. Better, he says. More proactive.

    Stacey, I speak of ‘envy’ not in a personal sense, but the way it is used in ‘the politics of envy’ – where no-one is allowed by the left to enjoy the fruits of individual success, whatever it is, but especially financial success stemming from hard work, enterprise and profit making and taking (or marriage). On a centre-right blog I object to people objecting to others who do well. I admit that with me there is probably the added element of frission due to not having been born to high expectations, yet to finally wash up on relatively Easy Street with the bonus of someone I love dearly. I guess my pleasure in it shows. The contrast, too, is always with me. I write of both things here.

    Anyway, who would envy me as a self-proclaimed ‘Queen’ who has been firmly, and correctly, told she is merely Humpty Dumpty on this blog? Not that I really care. Everyone here knows that is Egg, not svelte me. I have lost a kilo since New Year, so that’s one resolution kept. Been so busy I mostly forgot to eat.

    Tom, I thought I’d miss usual evening festival of ‘The Queen’ but in fact tonight’s Churchill movie was rather like another episode, back-tracked to the war period. The settings, the filmic style, the nature of the takes, and the characterisations all fitted in so well. We finished ‘The Queen’ last night with an ageing Churchill angrily burning his portrait (thanks for the heads up that he didn’t, guys), and tonight we are greeted with a Churchill reflecting on blood on the sand due to Gallipoli and its deaths of young men, brooding over his responsibilities for that. Unlikely, given what Cats above have told us about that campaign’s planning, although the overall responsibility may have sat equally hard. Regardless of the truth of it, this Churchill was possessed by guilt and railed against armies killing in a fairly unbelievable manner given the previous few years of fighting.

    We see him trying to change the planning of the operation during the very last days. I think such feelings would have surfaced earlier and less dramatically, if at all. Hairy agrees about the over-dramatization in the movie, but still sees the turn-about as typical of Churchill, especially the interfering beyond his actual remit and the personality blow-ups. In the past Hairy’s had trouble with interfering Chairmen on CEO and other senior level decisions, behaving in stupid ways, claiming an expertise they lack, and during times when they should butt out, so he’s alert to the mode and dislikes it. You’re more of a Cromwell, I say, knowing that he’s been impressed with the Cromwellian mode Hillary Mantel presents in ‘Wolf Hall’. Hairy’s happy I say that; he’s keen for me to fly that flag at present.

    There’s a very good scene with Churchill and King George VI, both of whom had wanted to lead by being present (apparently there really had been some talk of this). In the movie, Churchill still intended to be on a battleship at the front, which the Top Brass would not allow. Churchill and the King intended to go anyway but the King was backing cautiously out, seeing the decision as too hasty, too dangerous and too much of a risk to ‘young Lilibet’. This King George VI was the best ever, imho. He got the faint stammering accent down pat, and was kingly in the most annointed sense of the word. Churchill was check-mated, he had to submit.

    We watch crucial planning meetings of Top Brass and necessary meterological advisors in the day before they go (they’re already off, but recalled due to weather) and on the day of departure. The tension is well done here, recreating the likely discussions. Eisenhower is the dominant force; Churchill the brooding one in the background; stymied from acting or advising, and fuming over it. Various advisors speak, information is presented, some for, some against, and Eisenhower suddenly announces, prowling around the chairs a bit to gather his thoughts, OK, we go today. And they’re off. And dat’s exactly how even crucial decisions get made, says Hairy, noting that small decisions and big decisions are made in exactly the same way in the end; its just the outcomes that differ. He also notes the Bradley nearly stuffed everything up on Omaha (when I say that we’ve walked Omaha and they should never have tried to land there). Hairy says, as with Gallipoli, the firepower back up was greatly lacking. At Gallipoli the leadership were not game to pull out and stayed too long. At Omaha, he believes, at around 11am Bradley, the general in charge of this American beach-head attack, was about to pull out, which would have opened up the British to ‘Cherburg’ corridor German attack (hope I’ve reported that right) and made the whole operation a failure. Des t’ings are often swinging in da balance on something like dat, and often the wrong t’ing happens because of a stuff up. Always count on a stuff up, he adds.

    Churchhill kicks his bowler hat around in the sand at the conclusion just as at the start, staring out over the water, there are more long shots of this lonely man on a beach, Clemmie comes up, and fade to black. It’s a wrap, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you. 🙂

  88. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I find that they never bother me in my flying fortress, looking down at the little people.

    The Sudanese gangs never bother me, not in my gated community with armed response, nor in my chauffeur driven car, with my personal bodyguard, nor in Court with more security guards and bollards. What care I for those who worry? I care not for thy plight, for I am aboard the chariot.

  89. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    There’s a very good scene with Churchill and King George VI, both of whom had wanted to lead by being present (apparently there really had been some talk of this). In the movie, Churchill still intended to be on a battleship at the front, which the Top Brass would not allow

    Sorry, if this is the Churchill film set before D – day, one of Britain’s top historians, Andrew Roberts, condemned it as rubbish.

  90. Lady Nilk, Iron Bogan

    In defence of those who fell for the gorilla channel gag, art – or in this case, Twitter jokes – might imitate life. A 1997 New Yorker profile of Trump described a scene aboard his jet as he flew to Mar-a-Lago, Florida, with Trump watching the 1988 martial-arts film Bloodsport and tasking his son Eric with fast-forwarding to the fight scenes.

    Doesn’t everyone do that with JCVD films? I know I do.

  91. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://winstonchurchill.hillsdale.edu/fake-history-in-churchill-starring-brian-cox/

    The Roberts review I mentioned above. I’m waiting for the Gary Oldham version, set in 1940.

  92. Oh come on

    Will someone please – please – ask Streep about Roman Polanski.

    Do you really think Streep books interviews with people who would ask her such questions?

    It’s about as likely as Al Gore agreeing to be interviewed by someone who would ask him about his ginormous carbon footprint and not be mollified by the standard “I offset” response.

  93. Whalehunt Fun

    The Ghan is 24 hours with absolutely NO opportunity to smoke.

  94. Makka

    as with Gallipoli, the firepower back up was greatly lacking.

    In Normandy there was no shortage of firepower. It’s just that at Omaha , the ordnance landed in the wrong place, both seaborne shelling and bombing from above. All fell too far inland which of course left the beachhead still formidably defended at the time of the landings. The Airborne drops behind Omaha were equally disastrous.

    A lot of things didn’t go right for the invasion at Omaha, sadly.

  95. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Ghan is 24 hours with absolutely NO opportunity to smoke.

    Even Seth Efrican railways allow you to smoke – Capetown to Pretoria, smoking was allowed in the lounge car.

  96. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A lot of things didn’t go right for the invasion at Omaha, sadly.

    That’s an understatement.

  97. Oh come on

    Somebody should invent a cigarette smoke-concealing device – maybe an object you can stick over your durrie, I don’t know – but however it works, its function would be to ensure that there are no tell-tale remnants of a recently-smoked ciggie.

    If such a thing could be invented, it would be great. Imagine the knots that the state would tie itself in trying to justify its banning (as it would surely be banned, see: e-cigs).

  98. Stimpson J. Cat

    Doesn’t everyone do that with JCVD films? I know I do.

    Stop this blasphemy.
    He is an amazing actor.
    Just wonderful.
    Also splits.

  99. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Makka, read your further detailing out to Hairy. He totally agrees.

    He’s standing in the hallway right now, at my study door, telling me he’s been t’inking about ‘close run t’ings’. So far he’s got the original expression of Wellesley from Waterloo, then Battle of Britain (as claimed by Dowding), the Battle of the Marne, the 1918 Operation Michael (the German offensive, name given by ‘machine man’ Ludendorff), 1941 German advance on Moscow, and on the high seas, Nelson at Trafalgar (audacious, which Jutland was not apparently).

    Plus D-Day of course, which is top of his list, had Bradley pulled out.

    He’s ambled off now, muttering about one nagging on his mind, Ottomans at Gates of Vienna.
    I think Hairy would enjoy talking with some of you military Cats.
    I also think it’s bedtime. 🙂

  100. Arky

    Somebody should invent a cigarette smoke-concealing device

    ..
    It’s called chewing tobacco.

  101. C.L.

    The penny drops. So this is why Doctor Blake was axed:

    ABC Online: Craig McLachlan accused of indecent assault, sexual harassment.

    Award-winning Australian actor Craig McLachlan has been accused of indecent assault, sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation while performing in the hit musical Rocky Horror Show in 2014.

    A joint ABC/Fairfax investigation can reveal that three women from the production claim he took advantage of his raunchy role as Dr Frank-N-Furter to indecently assault, intimidate and harass them, both on and off stage.

    Two of the women said they complained to senior production staff at the time but said nothing was done.

    Their claims include that Mr McLachlan pulled a cast member’s underpants aside and kissed her buttocks during a performance, that he exposed himself to another actress and kissed a third woman without her permission.

    He is also accused of reaching up an actress’s skirt while she was on stage and he was backstage. The women allege he also bullied and intimidated some cast members.

    The women have hired a lawyer to request an investigation into their claims, and two of the women have made separate reports about Mr McLachlan’s alleged behaviour to the Victorian Police.

  102. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Sorry, if this is the Churchill film set before D – day, one of Britain’s top historians, Andrew Roberts, condemned it as rubbish.

    I hope I’ve made it plain that it was overdone and probably wrong. However, like ‘The Crown’, which has similar flaws, it was entertaining drama.

    He just popped his head around the door to say that Gallipoli was a close run thing at first, they might have won, but they didn’t pull out when they should have.

    Stop! I say. I know that. I’m done with battle plans. Bed!
    He’s rambling on about Stalin now. *sigh*

  103. Snoopy

    The penny drops. So this is why Doctor Blake was axed:

    It’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow any good.

  104. Makka

    Plus D-Day of course, which is top of his list, had Bradley pulled out.

    By all accounts, Bradley was indeed close to pulling the pin on Omaha. With incoming waves piling up on the beach and offshore and the German defences still highly effective, it was turning into a slaughterhouse. Thank God for destroyers like the Emmons and Jeffers steaming insanely close in to subdue the German defences.

    In some corners the Omaha casualty figures are still hotly disputed.

  105. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I think Hairy would enjoy talking with some of you military Cats.

    Always up for a good argument about matters military on the Cat.

  106. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2603891, posted on January 8, 2018 at 12:23 am

    The penny drops. So this is why Doctor Blake was axed:

    OMG!
    So who will rid post-war Ballarat of right-wing Christian perverts now?
    No, wait ..

  107. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    From Zulu’s link:

    In this movie, however, Cox’s Churchill is instead shown shouting at his generals, his wife and secretaries, sweeping food, plates and cutlery off the breakfast table onto the floor, and even praying to God on his knees, all because he wants to stop Operation Overlord but had been overruled by a cabal composed of Generals Dwight Eisenhower, Bernard Montgomery and Alan Brooke, who despise him. The scene where he prays for bad weather for D-Day (“Please, please, please let it pour tomorrow. Let the heavens open and a deluge burst forth such as has never been seen in the English Channel. Let the sea churn into peaks and troughs and tidal waves!”) is particularly puerile, considering the hopes that Churchill really had for the success of the operation at the time.

    Forgot to mention the praying scene. Neither of us liked it and thought it embarrassing and demeaning to even suggest Churchill ever had such thoughts towards the Operation. However I think that Churchill’s personality, the stress reactions he had, and the role played by his wife Clemmie regarding these, were quite well suggested, although far too highly dramatized. I’m sure alcohol played a part there as it does with many senior executives that I/we know. Most controls its perils. Churchill was clearly a drinker, but not a drunk. There is a difference.

    Not doing any personal marital projection at all here though. 😀

    Well, only a bit.

  108. Oh come on

    So Craig McLachlan’s not gay?

    Maybe he should emulate Kevin Spacey and come out. You never know – it might work this time!

  109. Bruce in WA

    He was no fan of the Japanese decades after the war was won.

    My happily now deceased first parents-in-law had such a loathing for the Japanese and their conduct during WWII that they refused to even contemplate buying a Japanese motorcar.

    I found it a delicious irony that their next purchase was a … Mercedes-Benz!

  110. Nick

    A major investigation by Fairfax Media and the ABC can reveal that a number of female cast members of the 2014 Rocky Horror Show have alleged they were abused, harassed or assaulted by McLachlan, 52.

    Before Christmas, the women went to the union, lawyers and police. While they were not identified, their lawyers outlined their allegations to GFO and asked that as a matter of urgency, as McLachlan’s reprisal of the role was opening in Adelaide on New Year’s Eve, that they investigate their concerns.

    Yep, ok.

  111. W Hogg

    Can’t blame the Clintons for that clusterfuck.

    GWB and the neocon crime cabal should all be in jail.

    Are you on their payroll, IT? You continually run the leftist line that Iraq was somehow entirely the fault of some mythical “neocons” and it had nothing to do with Crimton.

    100% of the inaccurate intelligence was gathered under Crimton. The U.N. inspection team was expelled in August 1998. Crimton immediately signed the Iraq Liberation Act, making regime change official US policy. He commenced war on Iraq in Dec 1998.

    I can’t imagine what anyone’s motivation would be to try to erase basic historical facts that everyone knows, but you do it over and over. Bush666’s development of the existing policy can be critiqued too, but blame where it lies. Overturning Saddam was NOT the policy of the Bush41 Admin; it was a policy of 42’s.

  112. C.L.

    LOL. The stunt psychiatrist hired by Democrats in Congress to “brief” them on Trump’s mental health has taken the role too far and is now accused of being mentally deranged:

    Yale psychiatrist who briefed Hill Dems wants to physically restrain President Trump, force him to submit to evaluation, declare him unfit for office. But she worries: ‘This really will look like a coup.’

  113. Oh come on

    Yale psychiatrist who briefed Hill Dems wants to physically restrain President Trump, force him to submit to evaluation, declare him unfit for office. But she worries: ‘This really will look like a coup.’

    Peak Benny Hill reached.

  114. Infidel Tiger

    Craig McLachlan: Sex Predator.

    I fear we will have a Harold Bishop exposè soon.

  115. Arky

    That must have been the most dismal and sad production of Rocky Horror on record.

  116. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    My happily now deceased first parents-in-law had such a loathing for the Japanese and their conduct during WWII that they refused to even contemplate buying a Japanese motorcar.

    My one time father- in- law had been a prisoner of war on the Burma Railway. It was 1981 before he brought a Japanese car, but he did introduce me to single malt Scotch, so the whisky distillers of Scotland should be grateful to the old bloke.

  117. Arky

    Worse than the NZ production that had Robert Muldoon as the narrator.

  118. EvilElvis

    Just saw a promo for Teh Project with Lisa Wilkinson – looks like mum with the retard kids – is that a plot for a new sitcom?

    Just another experiment that proves progressives are recessive, like teachers, they deal with kids all day and never leave school…

  119. classical_hero

    The previous thread, Lizzie said she would make a good head of the prison. This what she most probably had in mind. You have to be good to Mama.

    https://youtu.be/VoDS1lWdpjw

  120. Bruce in WA

    Rather than ponderously double-sourcing every anecdote for a dry historical account, Wolff soaked up gossip and salacious morsels. Not everything in the book could be proved correct but the result is an entertaining, devastating and plausible portrait of a dysfunctional White House.

    So it’s a farrago of lies? Great; this is what any rational person has been thinking and sating.

    But that’s not the worst of this puerile, blatantly lying (and borderline defamatory) article in the Oz.

    RTWT— it’s just f***ing unbelievable.

  121. Bruce in WA

    sating = saying FFS!

  122. W Hogg

    My one time father- in- law had been a prisoner of war on the Burma Railway. It was 1981 before he brought a Japanese car,

    What do you think made him end the boycott? Having held it that long, one might expect the grudge to last until death.

  123. W Hogg

    Make no mistake: this is the biggest political scandal in US history

    It’s bigly. But the Kenyan Watergating on the Trump666 campaign and then using the Russian-faked dossier paid for by Crimton to unmask US citizens is bigger.

    and people will be jailed.

    I’ll believe that when I see it.

  124. Knuckle Dragger

    CL, earlier:

    I had the dubious pleasure of being educated in the Catholic system, first in my wheat and sheep Mallee town by the Sisters of Mercy (a magnificent oxymoron) and then as a boarder by the Christian Brothers at St. Patrick’s College in Ballarat.

    In hindsight, there was a lot going on in Ballarat. I got my first hiding from them six hours into Day 1. Some of them were what we thought of as a bit dodgy, although no-one would be specific, and some of them were first class, Bob Aron for example.

    Our Year 11 dorm brother had a nickname – Faggot. Not due to anything we could really identify, just that to a bunch of 16 year olds he looked like one. Anyway, in true boarding school tradition I got into a fight with another kid and absolutely wiped the floor with him. He was a karate man of some sort who didn’t like my face. Plus I was a boxer as well. That afternoon we were both dragged into Faggot’s bedroom/office in the dorm. He said to me, ‘Looks like you won the fight’.

    ‘Yes, brother.’
    ‘You can go now’.

    The other kid reappeared an hour and a half later. After leaving school we found out Faggot was doing a ten year minimum for tampering with kids over a long period of time, including my opponent. If you were a loner or perceived as weak in that environment you were fair game – not so if you were a sporty type, had a circle of mates and could keep your hands up. I was lucky in a way. The Archbishop, Mulkearns was picked as a sniveller by many students, myself included.

    Which brings me to Messrs Dignan and Monument. As far as I can recall, every single pupil at primary school was belted in the 70s – more’s the pity it doesn’t happen now. It’s certainly not a catalyst for obtaining 39 separate convictions; trust me, you have to try really hard to get that sort of score. Many murderers have far less.

    As for the Pell allegations, they happen to be the most generic and unprovable versions of events anyone could think of, and were of such ‘importance’ they were raised decades after the supposed event, Weinstein-style. The other gaping hole in their story is that anyone in a swimming pool in Ballarat at any time of year for more than ten seconds would have frozen solid.

    Which just leaves money. Older crooks get tired of jumping through other people’s windows to get stuff to sell for drug money. Getting a bulk sum from an organisation you last had contact with over 30 years ago is less strenuous, more effective and although it increases your risk of ODing after the cheque comes in, you won’t get in trouble for flogging chicks who owe you ten bucks.

    I’ve never met Pell and had nothing to with him. The top shelf Brothers who I admired spoke highly of him, however. I formed an opinion from that – make of it what you will.

    I’m no longer a practising Mick btw, if I ever was, and have no deep seated need to go into bat for the Church. It just is what it is.

    NB: Great name – Lyndon Monument. Only eclipsed by a one time instructor of mine called George Loverock, and a girl in my son’s class by the name of Justice Conquest. Yes, really.

  125. Tom

    Well, well, well. The UK has the same problem with its judiciary that the Liars and Rob Hulls created in Victoriastan. Bob Moran (London Daily Telegraph).

  126. Tom

    Gary Varvel (Indianapolis Star) drew this in response to this.

  127. Large fine for refusing to supply same sex wedding cake upheld in Oregon:

    There have been a number of “wedding industry” religious freedom cases arising in the United States and the UK over the last few years. On 28 December 2017 the Oregon Court of Appeals, in Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (CA Or; Dec 28, 2017, — P.3d —-, 2017 WL 6613356; 289 Or App 507 (2017)) upheld a $135,000 fine levied on the Kleins, wedding cake makers, for declining to make a cake for the wedding of Rachel and Laurel Bowmen-Cryer. The case is another example of religious freedom (and, arguably, freedom of speech) being over-ridden in the name of “dignitary harm” to same-sex couples. It is a good example of the issues being presented to the current Ruddock Inquiry into Religious Freedom being conducted in Australia at the moment.

    RTWT.

  128. classical_hero

    https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/as-atheist-i-truly-believe-africa-needs/

    This is the way to improve Africa, by having Christian missionaries preaching the Gospel. The original article is by an atheist.

  129. Herodotus

    Many years ago I knew someone who attended NIDA for a while. According to his report they may well have taught techniques as described in this latest me-too episode. He reckoned they were a bunch of depraved people.

  130. Delta A

    Tom, is that a J Leak in today’s $Oz?

    It’s brilliant! But I can’t link.

  131. Tom

    Yes, Delta. The Paywallian has finally given Johannes Leak star billing on the main OpEd page — and it was worth the wait: he may well turn out as good as his old man. Today’s cartoon is a blinder. Bill is grinning with pride in heaven.

    Footnote: I’ll add J. Leak to the daily cartoon survey.

  132. Mike of Marion

    Tom, The Steve Breen one should be on the Trump Genius Post too

  133. Delta A

    Thanks, Tom.

    That brought a tear to my eye.

  134. calli

    I thought the first Breen was L’il Kim’s desk, then realised it was the Resolute. Fail. (Even if confusion was his intent)

    The Sheneman sums up the last forty years nicely.

  135. zyconoclast

    Without that railway, all the high tech goods manufactured in Alice springs, would have no viable avenue to port.

    Indigenous version of teleporting —> Dreamtime?

  136. calli

    Leak jnr is going to annoy all the right people. Any progressive scales on his young eyes would have disappeared as he watched his dad persecuted so mercilessly. And he can draw.

  137. Baldrick

    Anthony Albanese ✔ @AlboMP
    Sydney’s hottest day – could be something in this climate change stuff ……
    4:14pm · 7 Jan 2018

    Oops…

    Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales ✔ @BOM_NSW
    #SydneyHeat: Sorry, in our earlier checks we missed a 47.8 degrees C temperature recorded at an old #Richmond station (now closed) in 1939.

  138. struth

    Anthony Albanese @AlboMP
    Sydney’s hottest day – could be something in this climate change stuff ……
    4:14pm · 7 Jan 2018

    There could be something in his Cornflakes.

  139. Bruce of Newcastle

    Anthony Albanese ✔ @AlboMP
    Sydney’s hottest day – could be something in this climate change stuff ……
    4:14pm · 7 Jan 2018

    In one tweet Albo shows his ignorance of:

    UHIE
    Blocking highs in the Tasman
    Measurement rorting (see Jonova’s latest post: the graph is telling)

    BoM and the ABC have not been hyping CAGW because they know this stuff. Whenever there’s a naturally hot day they shut up about global warming – I figure because they don’t want to look stupid like Al Gore and they can allow their useful idiots to add 2+2 and get 666.

  140. Rae

    Grounds for dismissal?

    Given the nature of the Treasury advice on the effect of Labors proposed changes to negative gearing the next session of parliament could be interesting. It’s clear that the Treasurer and the Prime Minister deliberately misled the parliament multiple times.

  141. Baldrick

    Rae
    #2603980, posted on January 8, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Fuck off Kitteh Stalker

  142. Baldrick

    Yale psychiatrist who briefed Hill Dems wants to physically restrain President Trump, force him to submit to evaluation, declare him unfit for office. But she worries: ‘This really will look like a coup.’

    Looks like Bandy’s given up. It’s all got too difficult:

    Bandy Lee @BandyXLee
    Dear All, I was told that Twitter would be a good way to respond to mistaken notions, but I have a full-time job (also, “followers” jumping from the 20’s to the 600’s overnight is a lot to manage). So I am abandoning the idea. Please excuse–it has been nice to try this out!

  143. stackja

    How did Al create ‘AGW’ in 1939?

  144. Tintarella di Luna

    Tintarella di Luna
    #2603761, posted on January 7, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    In your first paragrapgh, don’t you mean “voluntary” not “compulsory”?

    Ooops Yes Mike of course thanks – I blame the heat

  145. calli

    Penrith was the Hottest Place on Earth yesterday! Aaaaarrrrggggghhhhh! Run!

    In other alarmist news, Seven’s weatherman tells us that yesterday’s Test was the hottest evah! He might want to check that. Commentators in the box were reminiscing about a hotter game in Calcutta where the Indians were in their element. The Aussies were on it.

  146. min

    Please someone send Albanese a picture of Penrith 150 years ago . I bet there are not acres of asphalt roads, thousands of houses and no trees. Just in case let him know that heat is reflected off buildings , collect d in concrete etc .

  147. struth

    Here’s what I have learned from Trump.
    The left need exposing.
    They have marched through our institutions and remained hidden while wrecking the joint.
    Once exposed, they show themselves to be the deviated, dumb bastards, full of hate and highly hypocritical, etc.
    The way to expose them is to get them angry.
    It’s all about emotions.
    And their emotions are the bad ones.
    Once exposed, normal people are aghast at the level of hypocrisy, racism, sexism, in these western hating nut jobs.
    And the level of dumb astounds.
    And the seedy behind the scenes stuff, and the criminality is surprising to the average decent human.
    Like Meryl Streep and Roman Polanski.
    Look at the laugh we have had at women in pussy hats, and Madonna admitting to wanting to blow up the white house, the death of Hollywood hypocrites, late night TV hosts and the MSM generally have outed themselves etc etc.
    He’s making them own their leftism, and just like the “she knew” campaign against grandstanding dummy Meryl Streep, it’s coming back to bite them on the bum.
    He’s winning on so many levels and it’s sending them insane with rage.
    There is no calm rational thought with lefties.
    There is definitely no calm rational thought with losing lefties.
    If my own country wasn’t such a left wing shithole, I’d be on top of the world.

    God bless the United States of America.

    The greatest show on earth.

  148. Leigh Lowe

    Receiving you 5/5 Struth.
    Go ahead.

  149. stackja

    Penrith AWS has 20 years history?

  150. struth

    Can we say Roman Polanski?

  151. struth

    Strange, I can’t post a comment at all and it is not in moderation.
    It just won’t post.
    Nothing too over the top.
    Just pro Trump

  152. struth

    Here’s what I have learned from Trump.
    The left need exposing.
    They have marched through our institutions and remained hidden while wrecking the joint.
    Once exposed, they show themselves to be the deviated, dumb bastards, full of hate and highly hypocritical, etc.
    The way to expose them is to get them angry.
    It’s all about emotions.
    And their emotions are the bad ones.
    Once exposed, normal people are aghast at the level of hypocrisy, racism, sexism, in these western hating nut jobs.
    And the level of dumb astounds.
    And the seedy behind the scenes stuff, and the criminality is surprising to the average decent human.
    Like Meryl Streep and Roman Polanski.
    Look at the laugh we have had at women in pussy hats, and Madonna admitting to wanting to blow up the white house, the death of Hollywood hypocrites, late night TV hosts and the MSM generally have outed themselves etc etc.
    He’s making them own their leftism, and just like the “she knew” campaign against grandstanding dummy Meryl Streep, it’s coming back to bite them on the bum.
    He’s winning on so many levels and it’s sending them insane with rage.
    There is no calm rational thought with lefties.
    There is definitely no calm rational thought with losing lefties.
    If my own country wasn’t such a left wing shithole, I’d be on top of the world.

    God bless the United States of America.

    The greatest show on earth.

  153. stackja

    Who next gets named as unfriendly in show business?

  154. cohenite

    That sean delonas cartoon leaves a bitter taste in the mouth:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DS0WHpqX0AoyrFI.jpg:large

  155. Farmer Gez

    Poor old Craig McLachlan.
    Who would have thought that girls being paid to parade around the stage with their arses hanging out would be such prudes?
    Limited careers probably. Those scripted sex scenes could a problem for our thespian nuns.

  156. stackja

    Doubts surface over South Sudanese spokesman Nelly Yoa’s article and sporting career
    Aaron Langmaid, Herald Sun
    January 7, 2018 9:00pm
    Subscriber only
    A PROMINENT South Sudanese community spokesman has been forced to defend a string of claims over his professional football career — and answer questions over the ­authenticity of an article he wrote addressing Melbourne’s African gang crisis.

    Nelly Yoa co-authored a Fairfax article addressing the spiralling crime rate in which he claimed to have unsuccessfully trialled for Premier League giants Chelsea.

    He also said he had explored options with Collingwood Football Club and been offered a “multimillion-dollar” contract with Melbourne Victory in the same year the club signed star Harry Kewell.

    Social media users took aim at Mr Yoa on Sunday, with some critics pointing to stark similarities between Mr Yoa’s article in The Age and a March 2015 article by Manola De Vos on global development media website devex.com.

    “Young people tend to view governments as beset by corruption,” Mr Yoa stated. “Conversely, governments often fail to take into account the views of youths in policymaking, and may have different priorities for peace.’’

    It is one of at least four paragraphs that appear to be similar. When contacted by the Herald Sun on Sunday, Mr Yoa said he had not plagiarised any content and was considering legal action over the claims ­regarding his career.

  157. johanna

    Baldrick
    #2603983, posted on January 8, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Yale psychiatrist who briefed Hill Dems wants to physically restrain President Trump, force him to submit to evaluation, declare him unfit for office. But she worries: ‘This really will look like a coup.’

    Looks like Bandy’s given up. It’s all got too difficult:

    Bandy Lee @BandyXLee
    Dear All, I was told that Twitter would be a good way to respond to mistaken notions, but I have a full-time job (also, “followers” jumping from the 20’s to the 600’s overnight is a lot to manage). So I am abandoning the idea. Please excuse–it has been nice to try this out!

    She’s as nutty as a fruitcake, unlike the President. Not Robinsona Crusoe among psychiatrists.

    It’s probably genetic. Who TF calls their daughter ‘Bandy’?

  158. struth

    I wrote a comment regarding how much fun Trump is giving us by fighting lefties and exposing their hypocritical moronic positions like Meryl Streep.
    She couldn’t help but put her attention seeking head above the parapet and now look at her, the dumb bitch.
    It’s the way to fight them, and it’s brilliant, and fun.

  159. struth

    Who next gets named as unfriendly in show business?

    My money’s on a middle aged white guy, waddayareckon?

  160. struth

    Here’s the same point simplified

    I wrote a comment regarding how much fun Trump is giving us by fighting lefties and exposing their hypocritical moronic positions like Meryl Streep.
    She couldn’t help but put her attention seeking head above the parapet and now look at her, the dumb bitch.
    It’s the way to fight them, and it’s brilliant, and fun.

  161. Geriatric Mayfly

    In the Age: fellow bullshit artist Louise Milligan “devastated.”

    Ms Milligan on Sunday described Mr Dignan’s passing as “devastating”.
    “He was a man who had a lot of regrets about the way he lived his life, but in all my dealings with him he was always a gentle man,” she told The Age.
    “I’m very sad that he had the life and death that he did. It’s devastating.”

    Was Milligan slipping him the folding stuff for her book “from the victims’ perspective?”. Free money makes me gentle too. And she’s ‘devastated.’ Wait until she finds out there are Sudanese gangs roaming Melbourne. Hyperbowl will be stretched to breaking point.

  162. calli

    Can we say Roman Polanski?

    Natalie Barr just did on Sunrise. Silence, then “but, but that was before the accusations!”

    She’ll be off to re-education tomorrow.

  163. johanna

    cohenite
    #2604009, posted on January 8, 2018 at 8:21 am

    That sean delonas cartoon leaves a bitter taste in the mouth:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DS0WHpqX0AoyrFI.jpg:large

    Yeah, that is very creepy indeed. For one thing, although Bannon may look like an alcoholic homeless person, he is in fact a teetotaller.

    Delonas is a good artist, but this cartoon is TDS on mescaline.

  164. Tel

    That sean delonas cartoon leaves a bitter taste in the mouth:

    Trump would have gone nowhere without Banon and Breitbart. That’s not to take from Trump’s own performance, but it was a close election and the “deplorables” swung it on the day. Mind you, Trump can say what he likes about Banon, and the cartoonists can bag him out (I’m disappointed to see Ben Garrison drawing it as if that “Fire and Fury” book was coming from Banon himself) but Banon only has one job to do and nothing is going to stop him.

  165. Dave in Marybrook

    “… in all my dealings with him he was always a very gentle man.”
    Good lawyerly elision. She knows full well that outside her “dealings with him”, he was a lying, assaulting, psychotic shame of a man.

  166. Dave in Marybrook

    Go easy on Delonas, Johanna- he is after all a cartoonist and therefore trades in being edgy rather that consistent or strictly correct.

  167. JC

    He’s going through with it.

    The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!

  168. johanna

    Skimming back (I’ve been away for a few days) it seems that Princess Lizzie still believes that the only reason that anyone could dislike her is envy.

    She’s nothing if not consistently narcissistic.

  169. Tom

    Delonas is a good artist, but this cartoon is TDS on mescaline.

    Nah, it’s brilliant. Delonas is trolling the hell out of the Wussia Wussia Wussia meeja narrative.

  170. Farmer Gez

    ABC radio interviewed the “journalist” running the prosecution of Craig McLachlan, none other than Kate McClymont.
    Some cheeky caller to the station suggested these are unproven allegations for now. Kate slapped that legal principle away as irrelevant in light of the Harvey Wienstien affair.
    Kate won’t be selected for jury duty I’m guessing.

  171. JC

    She’s as nutty as a fruitcake,

    Huh! Pots and kettles much.

  172. johanna

    but in all my dealings with him he was always a gentle man,” she told The Age.

    Louise Milligan is under the impression that a guy who wants her sympathy and support is going to smack her in the chops after sharing his porn collection with her.

    What a moron.

  173. Farmer Gez

    Just waiting on the #Metoo from Kylie Minogue.

  174. johanna

    I get your point about trolling, Tom, but it is way too high level for most viewers to realise it. Millions of Democrats and uncommitted voters will take it literally.

    The style reminds me of Rock Dreams.

  175. Top Ender

    But I ask again – are there any onboard facilities for smokers?

    Memory, I’ve done the trip three times, for work.

    The setup on the Ghan is accomodation car x 2; bar/relaxation car; dining car; galley car; accomodation car x 2, and repeat….

    I think some of the accom cars are designated for smokers, at least in your own cabin. Hope this helps.

  176. min

    Re all the Pell stuff at the moment did anyone watch Jack Taylor last night? Had every story likely to come out of sexual abuse by a priest . The private dick shagged the reporter however .

  177. Baldrick

    But I ask again – are there any onboard facilities for smokers?

    No, which is why it’s a taxpayer funded concession toilet.
    From 2006:

    Smoking will soon be a thing of the past on the Ghan’s railway journeys between Adelaide and Darwin. An enclosed area for smokers inside the lounge car will removed by October 1.

  178. C.L.

    The average American woman is now 168 pounds (76 kg or 12 stone) – heavier than the average American man in 1960.

    /Instapundit.

  179. Geriatric Mayfly

    The average American woman is now 168 pounds (76 kg or 12 stone)

    What proportion of that is ink?

  180. Top Ender

    The acting head of the Australian Border Force insists his agency is responsible for reducing the number of people illegally living in the country despite research suggesting the agency is “toothless” in reining in the problem.

    Acting Commissioner Michael Outram said the number of unlawful non-citizens in the community in 2016-17 dropped to 62,900 from 64,600 a year ­before. The ABF said this was despite increasing numbers of temporary visa holders coming to Australia — from 6.5 million in 2015-16 to 7.1 million in 2016-17 based on departmental figures.

    “The number of individuals who overstay their visas each year is actually very small. Less than 1 per cent of people are doing the wrong thing,” Mr Outram said.

    The ABF released a report by Whereto Research Based Consulting on “unlawful non-­citizens” after a question on notice from Labor senator Kim Carr at a Senate estimates hearing last year. The report suggested the num­ber of overstayers had ­expan­ded because of a rise in temporary migration as well as streamlined electronic visas being extended to a greater number of countries.

    “The department’s data holdings on unlawful non-citizens suggest a cohort that is steadily increasing over time, growing from 60,900 at 30 June, 2012, to an estimated 64,600 at 30 June, 2016,” the report says.

    Tourists make up the largest number of overstayers, followed by students then working holiday makers and temporary residents. Most are from Malaysia, China, the US and Britain.

    Damningly, the report suggested people were not scared of getting caught.

    “There was a strong sense among staff in the department that it is seen as ‘toothless’ by visa overstayers,’’ the report says.

    Link

  181. Snoopy

    Silence, then “but, but that was before the accusations!”

    Even before Polanski was arrested and charged in 1977 with rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor?

  182. johanna

    I read that Hollywood starlets are going to wear chic Little Black Dresses and also pins to show how much they care about sexual abuse. Gee, that’ll show ’em! No mention of how this meaningless virtue-signalling will win additional publicity.

    A better perspective here:

    Here is a classic example from Page Six:

    When Hollywood’s most prestigious organization, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) — the group of nearly 7,000 actors, directors and other industry types who dole out the Oscars — expelled Harvey Weinstein on Oct. 14, audiences applauded. But by acting so swiftly, a mere nine days after the New York Times first reported allegations of sexual assault against the movie producer, the outfit now finds itself facing a dilemma.

    Put simply: What to do with the rest of them?

    And that is the elephant in the room nobody wants to deal with. The culture is dysfunctional and awful. Harvey is a result and a symptom not an aberration. And everyone knew who the predators were and what they did and said nothing.

    Before some single braincelled neo nazi decides to start whining, this mess crosses literally all races, religions and ethnicities. Note that finding a long term Hollywood marriage with a first husband and first wife are like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. And we can all agree that is kind of messed up. Adultery is the norm and perhaps the culture itself is a big part of the problem? The enabling and covering for rapists like Polanski is despicable. And that is what the Academy needs to address but they are running scared.

    Nicely put.

    As I have said here before, the casting couch predates Hollywood, and not only in the entertainment industry. But, as Mark Steyn has pointed out, Hollywood is unusual in that there are many more attractive and ambitious wannabees on the smorgasbord, of both sexes. You don’t get choices like that when you advertise for a clerk in a warehouse.

    So, the girls will wear their most chic black dresses and a pin – problem solved! If anyone ever imagined that they are not stupid bubble-dwellers, here it is.

  183. Snoopy

    What proportion of that is ink?

    That made me laugh out loud.

  184. Eddystone

    Interesting fact from that camel article Neil linked earlier.

    Some are also sold as riding camels, he adds.

    “The Saudis are always interested in them but they are looking for a specific camel. I’ve got a bloke who wants beauty camels at the moment. The bulls are no good. They like the cows because of their thin heads, but the cows have got to have their lips hanging, for what reason I don’t know,” says Conway.

    Whatever could it mean?

  185. Baldrick

    The Fire and Fury book claims continues to unravel as fake news …

    Schizophrenic Media Flails as Trump’s Focus and Success Torpedo ‘Crazy’ Claims
    If we are to believe Wolff, the Trump White House is a hive of toxic dysfunction and chaos, primarily due to the fact that President Trump is a mentally unstable, illiterate man-child with no impulse control, no sense of direction, no purpose (other than self-aggrandizement), and lacks the intellect required to grasp the policy he has no interest in.
    There is just one yuge problem with that message: it in no way corresponds with actual results, with the rubber we have already seen meet the road, to a little thing I like to call … reality.

    And it’s not just the Schizophrenic Media who thinks it’s a good read:

    Rae
    #2603161, posted on January 7, 2018 at 12:31 pm
    The sample (being Authors Note, Prologue: Ailes and Bannon [the dinner], and the first 2 pages of chapter 1) was enough to convince me it will be a good read. I bought it on Kindle for $14.99.

  186. johanna

    C.L.
    #2604046, posted on January 8, 2018 at 9:37 am

    The average American woman is now 168 pounds (76 kg or 12 stone) – heavier than the average American man in 1960.

    /Instapundit.

    Where is the link to the study? I call BS.

  187. Top Ender

    Apologies for the length of this complete article post, but I presume it’s paywalled. Biggest laugh is bolded within.

    African youth violence the outcome of failed diversity policies
    The Australian
    January 8, 2018

    JENNIFER ORIEL Columnist

    Labor accuses the federal Liberal government of playing politics with African crime in Vic­toria. But Labor has played politics with ethnicity for decades. The result is a booming industry that trades in a culture of complaint and blame-shifting. The industry is funded by the taxpaying public but breeds hostility towards Australians. Its beneficiaries enjoy access to special funding and affirmative ­action while claiming to be oppressed. Its leaders cry racism but can rationalise racist violence when the aggressors are black and the victims are white.

    It takes a long time for ideologues to concede error. One would have thought a mob of African males invading a home and punching a woman in the face might make multiculturalists repent. Perhaps a mob of African males attacking teens on the street might stir Melbourne’s green-left to unmitigated sympathy ­— for the victims.

    Imagine a white mob shouting “get blacks” before terrorising a black neighbourhood. The establishment would work overtime to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice in Victoria’s right-on courts. Public media would be on the case, investi­gating white supremacy and damning ­racism. But in fact it was a black mob shouting “get whites” in a working-class suburb, so it’s all quiet on the PC front.

    Victorian Supreme Court judge Lex Lasry seemingly made light of concerns about youth gang violence in a tweet: “Breaking: there are citizens out to dinner in Mansfield tonight and they’re not worried.”

    The following night at least 10 men of ­African appearance reportedly invaded a home and terrorised a 59-year-old woman by punching her in the face and threatening to kill her. That’s 10 men ganging up on one woman. But she’s white and they’re black so — whateva.

    The same night a black mob allegedly ­attacked teenagers. In one attack they set upon a boy walking along the street about 9.30pm. They took a baseball bat to the boy’s legs and assaulted him. Justice Lasry, fearlessly dining out in Mansfield, might spare a thought for the terrorised people in working-class suburbs bearing the brunt of malformed multicultural policy.

    As part of the federal inquiry into migration settlement outcomes, the Liberal government wished to amend the Migration Act to permit mandatory cancellation of visas for violent offenders aged between 16 and 18. Labor rejected this, justifying the dissent by appeal to the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia, which objects to “any attempts to apply provisions under section 501 to juveniles”.

    It also rejected the recommendation that anyone over 18 convicted of violent offences such as assault, sexual offences or the possession of child pornography have their visas cancelled under section 501 of the Migration Act. The Labor Party rejected two further recommendations to strengthen counter-terrorism. In short, if you’re a violent minor, rapist, child pornographer or budding terrorist of immigrant descent, Labor has your back. Not even Dante could conjure up a ­circle of hell that foul.

    We have endured a protracted season of denial about the relationship between particular ethnic groups and criminal activity. However, in its submission to the federal ­inquiry, Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency revealed that since 2014 there has been a 28 per cent increase in unique offenders who were born in Sudan. In 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics illustrated that people born in Sudan had the highest imprisonment rate, followed by persons born in Samoa.

    Rebecca Urban reported in The Weekend Australian that Sudanese youth offend at a rate about four times the national average. Sudanese-born people are not 1 per cent of Victoria’s population, yet youth born there are responsible for 13.9 per cent of aggravated robberies and 7.4 per cent of home invasions.

    Rather than stopping gangs punching women, police and children, PC elites are busy discussing terminology. They’re concerned about the term “gang”. Apparently it’s causing the yoof to invade homes, beat up women and children. We are advised to use the term “networked offending”. The PC elites can’t concede their multicultural program is a failed social experiment because it means defunding a big state industry.

    Victoria’s Labor government increased funding for multicultural affairs from $46.8 million to $51.1m. The budget for multiculturalism includes $21.8m for language services and $2m for migrant workers’ rights. An additional $19m was allocated to the government’s multicultural policy statement. Funding for Aboriginal policy was increased from $33.5m to $56.2m in the same budget.

    In submissions to the migrant settlement outcomes inquiry, groups such as the South Sudanese Community Association in Vic­toria and the Islamic Council of Victoria ­requested more funding for programs. The SSCAV expressed concern that “a number of young people of South Sudanese origin have engaged in serious criminal activities”. However, there was little analysis of the cause of the violence in the Sudanese community ­beyond the trauma of fleeing civil war in Sudan. Instead, negative behaviour was ­attributed broadly to the Australian media, police, teachers and “racial hostility and discrimination in sections of the Aus­tralian community”.

    Australians have spent billions on the multicultural industry over decades. With unprecedented debt, stagnating wages, high taxes and soaring basic living costs, we ­can no longer afford to fund these big state social experiments.

    Article link; comments open for those who can

  188. Geriatric Mayfly

    Fatty Ashton on life support. Lead witness ‘passes.’

  189. Top Ender

    Apologies for the length of this complete article post, but I presume it’s paywalled. Biggest laugh is bolded within.

    African youth violence the outcome of failed diversity policies
    The Australian
    January 8, 2018

    JENNIFER ORIEL Columnist

    Labor accuses the federal Liberal government of playing politics with African crime in Vic­toria. But Labor has played politics with ethnicity for decades. The result is a booming industry that trades in a culture of complaint and blame-shifting. The industry is funded by the taxpaying public but breeds hostility towards Australians. Its beneficiaries enjoy access to special funding and affirmative ­action while claiming to be oppressed. Its leaders cry racism but can rationalise racist violence when the aggressors are black and the victims are white.

    It takes a long time for ideologues to concede error. One would have thought a mob of African males invading a home and punching a woman in the face might make multiculturalists repent. Perhaps a mob of African males attacking teens on the street might stir Melbourne’s green-left to unmitigated sympathy ­— for the victims.

    Imagine a white mob shouting “get blacks” before terrorising a black neighbourhood. The establishment would work overtime to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice in Victoria’s right-on courts. Public media would be on the case, investi­gating white supremacy and damning ­racism. But in fact it was a black mob shouting “get whites” in a working-class suburb, so it’s all quiet on the PC front.

    Victorian Supreme Court judge Lex Lasry seemingly made light of concerns about youth gang violence in a tweet: “Breaking: there are citizens out to dinner in Mansfield tonight and they’re not worried.”

    The following night at least 10 men of ­African appearance reportedly invaded a home and terrorised a 59-year-old woman by punching her in the face and threatening to kill her. That’s 10 men ganging up on one woman. But she’s white and they’re black so — whateva.

    The same night a black mob allegedly ­attacked teenagers. In one attack they set upon a boy walking along the street about 9.30pm. They took a baseball bat to the boy’s legs and assaulted him. Justice Lasry, fearlessly dining out in Mansfield, might spare a thought for the terrorised people in working-class suburbs bearing the brunt of malformed multicultural policy.

    As part of the federal inquiry into migration settlement outcomes, the Liberal government wished to amend the Migration Act to permit mandatory cancellation of visas for violent offenders aged between 16 and 18. Labor rejected this, justifying the dissent by appeal to the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia, which objects to “any attempts to apply provisions under section 501 to juveniles”.

    It also rejected the recommendation that anyone over 18 convicted of violent offences such as assault, sexual offences or the possession of child pornography have their visas cancelled under section 501 of the Migration Act. The Labor Party rejected two further recommendations to strengthen counter-terrorism. In short, if you’re a violent minor, rapist, child p-rnographer or budding terrorist of immigrant descent, Labor has your back. Not even Dante could conjure up a ­circle of hell that foul.

    We have endured a protracted season of denial about the relationship between particular ethnic groups and criminal activity. However, in its submission to the federal ­inquiry, Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency revealed that since 2014 there has been a 28 per cent increase in unique offenders who were born in Sudan. In 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics illustrated that people born in Sudan had the highest imprisonment rate, followed by persons born in Samoa.

    Rebecca Urban reported in The Weekend Australian that Sudanese youth offend at a rate about four times the national average. Sudanese-born people are not 1 per cent of Victoria’s population, yet youth born there are responsible for 13.9 per cent of aggravated robberies and 7.4 per cent of home invasions.

    Rather than stopping gangs punching women, police and children, PC elites are busy discussing terminology. They’re concerned about the term “gang”. Apparently it’s causing the yoof to invade homes, beat up women and children. We are advised to use the term “networked offending”. The PC elites can’t concede their multicultural program is a failed social experiment because it means defunding a big state industry.

    Victoria’s Labor government increased funding for multicultural affairs from $46.8 million to $51.1m. The budget for multiculturalism includes $21.8m for language services and $2m for migrant workers’ rights. An additional $19m was allocated to the government’s multicultural policy statement. Funding for Aboriginal policy was increased from $33.5m to $56.2m in the same budget.

    In submissions to the migrant settlement outcomes inquiry, groups such as the South Sudanese Community Association in Vic­toria and the Islamic Council of Victoria ­requested more funding for programs. The SSCAV expressed concern that “a number of young people of South Sudanese origin have engaged in serious criminal activities”. However, there was little analysis of the cause of the violence in the Sudanese community ­beyond the trauma of fleeing civil war in Sudan. Instead, negative behaviour was ­attributed broadly to the Australian media, police, teachers and “racial hostility and discrimination in sections of the Aus­tralian community”.

    Australians have spent billions on the multicultural industry over decades. With unprecedented debt, stagnating wages, high taxes and soaring basic living costs, we ­can no longer afford to fund these big state social experiments.

    Article link; comments open for those who can

  190. johanna

    In moderation, you’ll never gues why. Here we go again:

    johanna
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    #2604050, posted on January 8, 2018 at 9:46 am

    I read that Hollywood starlets are going to wear chic Little Black Dresses and also pins to show how much they care about sexual abuse. Gee, that’ll show ’em! No mention of how this meaningless virtue-signalling will win additional publicity.

    A better perspective here:

    Here is a classic example from Page Six:

    When Hollywood’s most prestigious organization, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) — the group of nearly 7,000 actors, directors and other industry types who dole out the Oscars — expelled Harvey Weinstein on Oct. 14, audiences applauded. But by acting so swiftly, a mere nine days after the New York Times first reported allegations of sexual assault against the movie producer, the outfit now finds itself facing a dilemma.

    Put simply: What to do with the rest of them?

    And that is the elephant in the room nobody wants to deal with. The culture is dysfunctional and awful. Harvey is a result and a symptom not an aberration. And everyone knew who the predators were and what they did and said nothing.

    Before some single braincelled neo n*** decides to start whining, this mess crosses literally all races, religions and ethnicities. Note that finding a long term Hollywood marriage with a first husband and first wife are like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. And we can all agree that is kind of messed up. Adultery is the norm and perhaps the culture itself is a big part of the problem? The enabling and covering for rapists like Polanski is despicable. And that is what the Academy needs to address but they are running scared.

    Nicely put.

    As I have said here before, the casting couch predates Hollywood, and not only in the entertainment industry. But, as Mark Steyn has pointed out, Hollywood is unusual in that there are many more attractive and ambitious wannabees on the smorgasbord, of both sexes. You don’t get choices like that when you advertise for a clerk in a warehouse.

    So, the girls will wear their most chic black dresses and a pin – problem solved! If anyone ever imagined that they are not stupid bubble-dwellers, here it is.

    Stupid spaminator.

  191. Top Ender

    Tried posting this complete article twice but it gets caught:

    African youth violence the outcome of failed diversity policies
    The Australian
    January 8, 2018

    JENNIFER ORIEL Columnist

    Labor accuses the federal Liberal government of playing politics with African crime in Vic­toria. But Labor has played politics with ethnicity for decades. The result is a booming industry that trades in a culture of complaint and blame-shifting. The industry is funded by the taxpaying public but breeds hostility towards Australians. Its beneficiaries enjoy access to special funding and affirmative ­action while claiming to be oppressed. Its leaders cry racism but can rationalise racist violence when the aggressors are black and the victims are white.

    It takes a long time for ideologues to concede error. One would have thought a mob of African males invading a home and punching a woman in the face might make multiculturalists repent. Perhaps a mob of African males attacking teens on the street might stir Melbourne’s green-left to unmitigated sympathy ­— for the victims.

    Imagine a white mob shouting “get blacks” before terrorising a black neighbourhood. The establishment would work overtime to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice in Victoria’s right-on courts. Public media would be on the case, investi­gating white supremacy and damning ­racism. But in fact it was a black mob shouting “get whites” in a working-class suburb, so it’s all quiet on the PC front.

    Victorian Supreme Court judge Lex Lasry seemingly made light of concerns about youth gang violence in a tweet: “Breaking: there are citizens out to dinner in Mansfield tonight and they’re not worried.”

    The following night at least 10 men of ­African appearance reportedly invaded a home and terrorised a 59-year-old woman by punching her in the face and threatening to kill her. That’s 10 men ganging up on one woman. But she’s white and they’re black so — whateva.

    Biggest laugh was this bit:

    Rather than stopping gangs punching women, police and children, PC elites are busy discussing terminology. They’re concerned about the term “gang”. Apparently it’s causing the yoof to invade homes, beat up women and children. We are advised to use the term “networked offending”. The PC elites can’t concede their multicultural program is a failed social experiment because it means defunding a big state industry.

    Link and comments open if you can

  192. johanna

    Baldrick, a journalist at the Trump-hating Washington Post has come out to deny that he was at a breakfast quoted in the book. He kinda remembers the date because it was the day his daughter was born, and he definitely wasn’t at a ‘power breakfast.’

  193. stackja

    JANUARY 7, 2018
    WHY IS OBESITY GETTING WORSE? “It’s so serious now that close to 40 percent of Americans are obese. The average woman in the United States today weighs about 168 pounds, or roughly the same as an average man in 1960.”

    This stupid article, however, jumps directly from telling us that obesity is a worldwide problem, to telling us that it’s directly related to a unique “sickness in American society.” And yet it’s written by a professor of endocrinology, who presumably is supposed to be able to think logically.

  194. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    NATIONAL BREAKING NEWS
    Vic’s top cop returns from sick leave

    Callum Godde
    Australian Associated Press
    9:32AM January 8, 2018

    Victoria’s top cop Graham Ashton has returned to his post after taking six weeks leave due to a fatigue-related illness.

    The chief commissioner announced in November he had become “run down, both physically and mentally” and needed a brief hiatus before the start of the new year.

    Mr Ashton was welcomed back to work by Victoria Police staff on Monday and praised the force for their efforts over the festive period.

    Breaking news, from the Oz. Fear not, you law abiding Victorians, Ashton’s back on the job!

  195. Rabz

    I see Albansleazey’s out and about, making an absolute idiot of himself (again).

  196. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    THE NATION
    Andrews resists call to return from holidays

    The Australian
    12:00AM January 8, 2018
    Samantha Hutchinson
    Victorian State Political Writer
    Melbourne

    Premier Daniel Andrews is resisting calls to return from holidays to deal with a Melbourne street gang crisis and is unlikely to be back at his desk until next weekend.

    Deputy Premier James Merlino will be Acting Premier for most of the week as the state continues to battle the fallout of an emerging street gangs crisis and the peak summer fire season.

    The Premier is expected to ­return to office toward the end of the week for a short stint, before leaving again during the week of January 15 to fly out to India on ­official business.

    He will return to office in time for Bourke Street attack memorial functions which will take place from January 20, with the main events occurring on January 23.

    A number of Labor MPs have quietly expressed frustration over the Premier’s continuing absence at the start of an election year, ­arguing that voters need reassurance from the Premier that crime is being taken seriously.

    Coalition leader Matthew Guy accused Mr Andrews of being “missing in action”.

    “He’s been missing in action and he appears to be missing in ­action for the next fortnight. And the state is needing leadership,” Mr Guy said. “The government is avoiding the issue.”

    On the other hand, Victoria’s fearless leader’s having such a lovely holiday, how dare anyone ask him to bother running the State?

  197. H B Bear

    The CFMEU Caliphate of Victoriastan seems to have hit a few speedbumps.

    Democracy. Good and hard.

  198. max

    Robert Doyle shows once again that when you’re on The Titanic you trample women and children first to get a place in the lifeboat.

    Doyle is a pack animal (mixing my metaphors). He would have spent his Christmas and New Year in meetings with advisors, most important being his young and ambitious second wife). He would sense he could proceed with impunity and confidence against a younger female colleague whose career on the council has been due to his patronage. Against her, he wields the big guns. Against more seasoned heavy weights, like Ron Walker say, Doyle shuts up and retreats when there is a disagreement.

    The truth or falsehood of the allegations against him would not be on the minds of the Doyle support team. Managing the media would be top of the agenda.

    So, today, a sexy photo and messages sent to Doyle are leaked to a carefully selected journo on the HS, and splashed across the front page.

    The pic and the messages might be a flirtatious come on, or they might be entirely innocent given the lady’s family background.

    But the Doyle team has wargamed this and decided to go with the smear as their opening gambit.

    Sleaze. No wonder the lady in question has quit council. It’s a dirty world.

  199. johanna

    as the state continues to battle the fallout of an emerging street gangs crisis

    Samantha Hutchison is not a proper journalist’s toenail.

    It’s not ’emerging’ at all, and that’s the story, you poor excuse for a scribbler who should be on the Shipping Reports. It’s been there for a long time, but you and your ilk wouldn’t report it because community cohesion, or something.

    When I think of that poor 59 year old woman whose house was invaded by ten of these thugs, my blood boils. It must have been terrifying to an extent that most of us never have to experience.

    Pity it wasn’t Lex Lazry’s joint.

  200. Geriatric Mayfly

    Zulu you bring bad tidings, which rudely interrupted my Ashton reverie. Now he is back, he probably remains in delicate health. A few hefty Lezzos on hand, will mop his brow and prop him up for the hard stuff.

    Card from The Hunchback to Fatty. There’s trouble out west. Wish you were here.

  201. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Skimming back (I’ve been away for a few days) it seems that Princess Lizzie still believes that the only reason that anyone could dislike her is envy.

    People here can dislike me personally for whatever reasons they choose, Jo.

    I simply caution against a leftist virus known as ‘the politics of envy’, which I outlined last night.

    I’d be much more interested to hear your views on Churchill and Monarchy – as depicted in recent TV series and movies. Do yourself justice, and leave me be. Address substantive issues of interest when I raise them, otherwise scroll. I’m glad you are back and I hope you have not been ill.

    Min – trust they’ve got you testing out that hip now. Best of luck.

  202. Rabz

    Having read upthread – my Albansleazey reference was in respect to his observations about the wondrous effects of labor’s proposed tax increases, not his observations about the weather.

    He truly is a spluttering rolled gold imbecile sleazebag.

  203. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    When I think of that poor 59 year old woman whose house was invaded by ten of these thugs, my blood boils.

    Mine too. As I said a couple of nights ago.

    I cannot comprehend how the feminazis are not up in arms about this. Any decent person, male or female, would be. But then, I can’t comprehend their lack of support for the women of Iran, and much else. Once more, it’s not the issue, it’s the side.

  204. nerblnob

    80,000 convicts sent to Australia in 80 years of convictism.
    300,000+ free immigrants in the first year of gold rush alone.

    No one is more ignorant of Australian history than Australians.

  205. areff

    Doubts surface over South Sudanese spokesman Nelly Yoa’s article and sporting career

    This is just wonderful! A confected and much-quoted “community leader” is ripped by other aspiring and equally confected “community leaders” (read speed-dial names in every hack’s go-to quote factory), one of whom, Kot Monoah, just happens to be a Slugs & Grubs ambulance chaser.

    One suspects, however, he’s not too interested in chasing ambulances ferrying victims of midnight home invasions to hospital.

  206. C.L.

    Where is the link to the study? I call BS.

    Joanna, Instapundit is not hard to find.

    The average American woman now weighs as much as the average 1960s man.

    And the CDC link here.

  207. Boambee John

    johanna at 1024

    Hutchison is correct that it is an “emerging” problem in that the left fascists and the MSM (BIRM) have been able to control the narrative up until now, albeit with a couple of slip ups as with the Moomba incident. Now, however, it is becoming impossible to brush the issue under the media carpet, and it is “emerging”.

  208. C.L.

    Meanwhile, fatso men in America are now – on average – 30 pounds heavier than men when Kennedy was inaugurated.

  209. H B Bear

    He truly is a spluttering rolled gold imbecile sleazebag.

    It is impossible to think of Albosleazy succeeding at anything outside the patronage and corruption of the Liars Party. Meanwhile he and his wife have raked in millions courtesy of the taxpayer.

  210. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    No one is more ignorant of Australian history than Australians.

    Or of any history. It is barely taught any more in schools and is thoroughly ‘sociological’ in most universities.
    Whenever I watch movies, as last night, where some dubious interpretations are made of historical figures, the end titles usually offer a summary of the ‘story’, placing it historically. It is often laughably inaccurate, but sadly it is the way most yoof of today pick up ‘historical’ knowledge.

    There is nothing wrong with interpretive history, btw, but it requires the reader/viewer to have some comprehension of the context and the possible other interpretations that may be or have been made.
    Popular history today is driven by the demands of visual story telling and big screen excitements, so everything is twisted, over-played, confused and conflated – and that is with the good ones. For the rest, it is sheer myth-making.

  211. The average American woman now weighs as much as a young hippo.

    Pretty sure the figures would be bloated by California. Those gals make me feel small (not just in dick size), I mean small.

  212. Leigh Lowe

    Without breaching any legal restrictions, what is the situation in the case of R vs Pell?
    Initially I recall VicPol saying that there were “multiple complainants and multiple instances” or words to that effect.
    The reporting of the unfortunate passing of one of the complainants seems to imply that originally there were two complainants … Messrs Monument and Dignan. With the latter having now passed on, does this mean there is one complainant left? Technically, I suppose “multiple” could mean two, but I was left with the distinct impression that “multiple” was a synonym for “several” or “many”.
    The Australian seems to be saying that evidence from the late Mr Dignan might still be admitted. My understanding is that, in cases of witness incapacitation, evidence from prior hearings (eg Magistrates committal) may be admitted, but in this case there has been no sworn evidence in preceding hearings. Admitting a police statement into evidence without the ability of the defence to cross-examine would seem unusual, even unprecedented.
    Can any Legal Cats advise?

  213. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Pity it wasn’t Lex Lazry’s joint.

    Your true Lefty, your true Social Justice Warrior would be standing, looking at the wreckage, wringing his hands and, with trembling lip, whimpering that we drove them to do this, it’s all out fault, what can we do to atone for our wealth and privilege?

  214. John Constantine

    Balkanisation will proceed as decreed by united nations voting blocks.

    Maybe the horn of Africa no go zones will be reduced to increase through birthrate and importing relatives, but the caliphate no go zone balkanization will ramp up the vote plantation numbers for the deal makers to compensate.

    The population Ponzi scheme can never even flatten out, it must compound growth until it implodes.

  215. C.L.

    The average American woman now weighs as much as a young hippo.

    Yeah, but so do men.

  216. Leigh Lowe

    Saw a great quote on Sky News about the latest Hollywood School Speech night awards …

    “This promises to be one of the great contortionist acts, with Hollywood trying to simultaneously pat itself on the back and put it’s hands up for past abuses.”

    Gold.
    And one of the few to call these hypocrites out.

  217. H B Bear

    Joe Root to change his name by Deed Poll to Joe Rooted.

    Is there a worse job in the world than English Test captain?

  218. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Whenever I watch movies, as last night, where some dubious interpretations are made of historical figures, the end titles usually offer a summary of the ‘story’, placing it historically. It is often laughably inaccurate, but sadly it is the way most yoof of today pick up ‘historical’ knowledge.

    Lizzie B, if you are interested in the whole issue of Churchill’s lifestyle, including his drinking habits, I’d recommend “Dinner With Churchill” by Cita Stelzer – it’s an interesting look at social history.

  219. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.
    #2604046, posted on January 8, 2018 at 9:37 am

    The average American woman is now 168 pounds (76 kg or 12 stone) – heavier than the average American man in 1960.

    /Instapundit.

    What is the figure if we remove Rosie O’Donnell and Oprah Winfrey from the sample as outliers?

  220. OneWorldGovernment

    Seems like our mentally challenged politicians take their lead from New York’s Governor Cuomo.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/01/drive-fast-freeze-a-yankee.php

  221. The Moribund Barking Toad

    What is the figure if we remove Rosie O’Donnell and Oprah Winfrey from the sample as outliers?

    hahaha – nice one centurion

  222. C.L.

    The other man who got off scot-free re Polanski was slavishly overrated bore, Jack Nicholson – another close pal of Meryl Streep. Streep’s best mates include Nicholson, Polanski, Weinstein and Bill Clinton.

  223. C.L.

    Attention Sudanese diversity gangs:

    Graham Ashton has returned to his desk.

    Admit it: you’re terrified.

  224. johanna

    No one is more ignorant of Australian history than Australians.

    What a stupid statement. The Inuit, the average school student in Bulgaria … really? Stop making stuff up.

    And, Princess Lizzie, I have no views worth mentioning on the subjects you asked about. Unlike you, I try to stick to subjects I know something about.

    BTW, are you still claiming that Churchill was solely responsible for and made military decisions which resulted in disaster while he was, or because he was, pissed?

    Last I looked, your ‘I’m cute so I can get away with it’ foray into subjects you know nothing about did not end well.

    Hun. 🙂

  225. Motelier

    Thankyou Tom for the morning dissertation of humour.

    This one really tickled my sarcasm bone this morning.

    Note :- The content of this cartoon was broadcast by me to the cat when MrsM and I were in the US driving around in mobile 2 bedroom motel rooms. Why anyone wants to live there defies all sensible logic.

    PS. If ever you get the opportunity visit the mid-west. Great people.

  226. stackja

    H B Bear
    #2604094, posted on January 8, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Douglas Jardine had Harold Larwood.
    Ray Illingworth had John Snow.

  227. H B Bear

    The other man who got off scot-free re Polanski was slavishly overrated bore, Jack Nicholson – another close pal of Meryl Streep.

    To be fair CL – the reality is he was probably off his face while his mate drugged and anally raped a minor in another room. We’ve all been there.

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