Wednesday Forum: February 14, 2018

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  1. egg_

    Twitter stumble where trying to claim Joyce’s end of June 2017 UK trip had Vikki in tow, except that the record clearly shows Natalie accompanied him on that trip.

    Nyuk nyuk nyuk

  2. Oops, not VC, I meant JC. If JC was a VC he would be more interesting.

  3. egg_

    Bolta bonkers over Barnababy?
    Into the limelight?

  4. Tim Neilson

    Look away for a second…

  5. Nick

    There should be a welcome to thread.

  6. herodotus

    Cape Grimm steaks are excellent. You can get them via Farmers Direct for cooking at home, but the serves are small so order double.

  7. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Defence call for public support from ‘allies’ of LGBTI soldiers
    MATTHEW BENNS, Editor-at-Large, The Daily Telegraph
    14 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    POLITICALLY correct defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are an “ally” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their name in the national ADF staff directory.

    The latest attempt at “inclusion” comes after the Human Rights Commissioner fired a salvo at defence chiefs saying there were still “pockets of resistance” to “embracing diversity” within defence.

    But Army veterans warned the rainbow flag attempt at inclusion could backfire by excluding many members of the military who chose not to be a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LBGTI) ally.
    Former Army captain Bernie Gaynor.

    Defence’s “Diversity and Inclusion Adviser” Thomas Hoffman wrote to members of the military about the “sweet new function” which allowed people to show they are an “LGBTI ally” by putting the rainbow flag next to their name on the Defence Corporate Directory.

    “The broad principal (sic) with workplace allies is that they are visible, supportive people who can act as a POC (point of contact) should someone have an issue in the workplace,” he wrote last month.

    “We are not putting strict rules in place on who is or isn’t an ally because we don’t want to stifle the fantastic, positive and uplifting conversations you know you’ll be having amongst colleagues and peers,” he said.

    Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association NSW President Bruce Relph said: “This is nuts. Sexuality has no place in the military.

    “I respect people in the military because they are good soldiers not because they have a rainbow next to their name.”

    He said there were concerns that not conforming to the rainbow tag could affect opportunities for promotion. “Something like this should not be allowed to affect someone’s career path,” he said.

    Former Army officer and Australian Conservatives member Bernie Gaynor said that by not signing up, those members of the defence force “will be publicly outed” and their career affected.

    “Defence members who refuse to sign up are likely to face difficulties obtaining promotions, especially to the higher ranks

    The move comes after Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow told the Military Pride Ball last year that “pockets of resistance remain in the ADF”.

    “Embracing diversity will not only allow the ADF more effectively to meet the challenges of modern warfare, but will also allow it to live up to the expectations of the communities they defend,” he said.

    Mr Gaynor said: “It is extremely concerning that this program has been launched following the Human Rights Commissioner’s declaration that there are ‘pockets of resistance’ to homosexuality within Defence.

    “We are facing a ‘rainbow jihad’ inside Defence. This policy is not about acceptance. It is about pressuring all Defence members to celebrate homosexuality.”

    The ADF did not respond to requests for comment.

  8. EXCLUSIVE POLITICALLY correct defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are “allies” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their names in a staff directory.

    An idol of the age. We are expected to prostrate ourselves before the rainbow flag.

  9. Tim Neilson

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2637146, posted on February 14, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    In the name of diversity they should offer the alternative of having a crescent moon on a green background next to the name.

  10. Geriatric Mayfly

    Is Mizzzzz Kitching still awaiting a tap on the shoulder from Plod, concerning her shenanigans exposed by the TURC? Something about falsifying right of entry qualifications, as I recall. Just a normal day in the Union, so I gather it has been shoved down the memory hole.

  11. Myrddin Seren

    Putin had to approve Russian attack on US troops

    US force embedded with the Kurdish forces blatted a Russian ‘mercenary’ battalion that attacked a clearly identified position the US was occupying.

    This is probably an even bigger deal than it looks.

    Apart from the Russkis – and Mad Dog Mattis’s troops being clearly allowed to defend the position, versus Six-Finger Obama and Benghazi – Erdogan and the Turks have been pushing the Kurds back.

    The question now to be asked is – Has Mad Dog fired five shots or six ? Do the other players feel lucky ? Well punks ?!

    And Israel.

    Looks like Syria will continue to be an apocalyptic dystopia for some time yet.

  12. thefrolickingmole

    “Embracing diversity will not only allow the ADF more effectively to meet the challenges of modern warfare, but will also allow it to live up to the expectations of the communities they defend,” he said.

    Ok this is the single stupidest thing said so far this year.

    Exactly how does having a battery licker or a rear turret gunner help a squads effectiveness in combat?
    Because thats whats being said here, something as stupid as “a gay man increases the average squads fighting capability 50%”!

    And the “expectations of the community” is that they will becapable of closing in and killing the enemy, not frocking up for the next mardi gras.

    Lets try a few more..

    “Embracing diversity will not only allow the Titanic more effectively to meet the challenges of modern icebergs, but will also allow it to live up to the expectations of the communities they freight,”

    “Embracing diversity will not only allow the General Custer more effectively to meet the challenges of modern warfare, but will also allow it to live up to the expectations of the communities they defend,”

    “Embracing diversity will not only allow the brain surgeons more effectively to meet the challenges of vital procedures, but will also allow it to live up to the expectations of the communities they operate on,”

  13. Tom

    An idol of the age. We are expected to prostrate ourselves before the rainbow Stalinist flag.

  14. Marcus

    I believe this is the first time we’ve heard from Ed Santow.

    Another bit of Brandis brilliance!

  15. Pete of Perth

    From hipster central

  16. Tel

    Porterhouse please, VC.

    We’ve decided to put you on a vegetarian diet. Recommended by the AMA apparently, anyhow big government knows best and there’s absolutely no point kicking up a fuss over it.

    Don’t worry it will taste very very nearly almost like meat, and the colour will be quite passing similar to reddish brown. For your own good. No no don’t thank me, I know perfectly well what you would do to me if the boot was on the other foot.

  17. Sydney Boy

    Defence call for public support from ‘allies’ of LGBTI soldiers.

    Until someone can explain exactly how a LGBTI soldier enhances the combat power of my brigade more than a heterosexual soldier – and for no other reason than being LGBTI – I will remain a pocket of resistance. I have no promotion prospects anyway.

  18. jupes

    “We are not putting strict rules in place on who is or isn’t an ally because we don’t want to stifle the fantastic, positive and uplifting conversations you know you’ll be having amongst colleagues and peers,” he said.

    LOL just listen to the poof! Conversations about say, combat capability are so last century in the new fabulous ADF.

  19. Eyrie

    JC, yep I worry about GE’s pension liabilities and the same for other US companies.

  20. jupes

    “Embracing diversity will not only allow the ADF more effectively to meet the challenges of modern warfare, but will also allow it to live up to the expectations of the communities they defend,” he said

    .

    Ok this is the single stupidest thing said so far this year.

    Maybe, however it is ADF doctrine: Diversity is a strength and the ADF must be representative of the community to be able to defend it.

    No one who has attained the rank of Colonel or above will deny it. They actually believe the current ADF is the most capable it has ever been.

  21. JC

    Eyrie

    Sure, but I think a firm like Boeing has done a great deal in terms of providing for their liability. Miles more so than GE.

    Look, as I said it may be a decent bet.

  22. Muddy

    On February 10th Iran launched a drone into Israel from Tiyas airbase in Syria’s central Homs region. In response Israel used an Apache attack helicopter to down the drone. It is unknown whether or not the drone was armed.

    Israel then sent four fighter jets into Syria to strike the Tiyas airbase. During the attack Syrian anti-aircraft batteries downed one jet which crash-landed in Israel.

    Both pilots ejected before crashing, one pilot is in critical condition. The anti-aircraft fire went into northern Israel triggering an emergency lockdown. No civilians were reported injured.

    Israel then launched 8 fighter jets for another raid into Syria striking 12 targets, a mixture of Syrian air defense batteries and Iranian assets.

    On Saturday evening, Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Vladimir Putin over the phone informing him that Israel intends to defend its self from any form of aggression and to prevent Iran from establishing a presence within Syria. Recent reports have suggested that Russia has continued to deploy advanced S-400 Air Defense system in Syria, and Russian defense officials claim to have integrated the their Air Defense network with the Syrian system.

    One of Israel’s primary objectives has been to intervene when necessary to prevent Iran from using Syria as a corridor to Lebanon to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah.

    Hezbollah hailed the Syrian air defenses after they shot the fighter jet down. They claim that this is a new era in which Israel cannot enter Syrian airspace without confrontation.

    Israeli security officials have publicly stated of that the Iranian drone which entered Israeli airspace was a copy of a U.S. drone captured by Iran in December of 2011. Iran denied the claim.

    Iran has for some time been working on their drone program, which includes “suicide” drones armed with explosives which have reportedly been provided to Hezbollah according to the U.S. Army. In 2012 Hezbollah threatened to use such drones to target nuclear infrastructure in Israel. By 2015, Hezbollah had a fully operational drone base in Lebanon from which to target Israel.

    On February 6th of 2018 Iran announced a mass production of bomb-carrying drones which can carry smart munitions and strike a variety of targets.

    Russian foreign ministry officials said that they were concerned about these recent events, and that everyone must exercise restraint to avoid further actions.

    The US also commented on the recent events in Israel, the Department of State said that the US is deeply concerned about the escalation in violence over Israel’s border and supports that Israel has a right to defend itself.

    The US continues to push back on Iran’s malign activities and has called for an end to Iranian behavior that threatens the stability of the region.

    As Iran is slowly gaining confidence within their military due to their success in Syria, they are beginning to test Israel to see how they will react to certain situations. After Israel’s retaliatory attack no further escalation has occurred.

    The United States condemned Iranian aggression and backed Israel’s right to self-defense while Russia publicly urged de-escalation and caution for all parties.

    Absent some miscalculation on Iran’s part it seems unlikely that there will be further escalation on this issue. We can expect that Iran will continue to test the Israeli border and its response, both directly and through proxies in the short to medium-term, and that the use of unmanned vehicles will continue to play a prominent role in Iran’s provocative tactics.

    Source.

  23. Geriatric Mayfly

    One of the most sickening, disgusting, and horrific stories you will ever read in your life.

    Out there, in the land of tooth and claw, if a newborn even tries to suckle from the wrong mother, it is given short shrift. A calf attempting to latch onto the tits of a bull would be pure folly and junior is hard wired to know what is best for it.

  24. Myrddin Seren

    Exactly how does having a battery licker or a rear turret gunner help a squads effectiveness in combat?

    It doesn’t

    Because thats whats being said here, something as stupid as “a gay man increases the average squads fighting capability 50%”!

    Let’s read between the lines, TFM.

    Embracing diversity will not only allow the ADF more effectively to meet the challenges of modern warfare

    Modern warfare is really, really, really dangerous. As above, the US appears to have blatted the best part of a Russian ‘mercenary’ battalion in Syria.

    And the politics are career-ending. Even Putin has moved the regulars off the books and in to mercenary formations because the losses from the Ukraine war are political poison – even for him. And hence deniability.

    The Australian Protected Classes have worked this out for themselves after the calls to have Howard bundled off to The Hague after GW2.

    So – we respond to the challenges ( political ) of modern warfare by making sure we are utterly incapable of deploying any expeditionary forces to any place risky. Once the SAS, Commandoes, Combat Engineers and Clearance Divers have been ‘diversified’ – it’s all over and the political risk of active deployments evaporates.

    And the “expectations of the community” is that they will be capable of closing in and killing the enemy, not frocking up for the next mardi gras.

    Pretty sure that the communities the Protected Classes care about do in fact only care about Mardi Gras marching bands.

    Fortunately, our PM can probably say ‘We Surrender’ in Mandarin – so all is well.

  25. Delta A

    I will remain a pocket of resistance. I have no promotion prospects anyway.

    You’re a hero in my eyes, Sydney Boy.

  26. zyconoclast

    do any teams have 34 players?

  27. Rohan

    Wasn’t it Bruce Ruston who said if they allow gays into the military, the war will be over by the time they got out of the showers.

    I think that’s now a liberty quote.

  28. egg_

    We’ve decided to put you on a vegetarian diet. Recommended by the AMA apparently, anyhow big government knows best and there’s absolutely no point kicking up a fuss over it.

    And no sugary drinks, as the fat pr1ck from the AMA recommends.

  29. overburdened

    Anyone who would either have their penis and testes chopped off or have their vagina sewn up or whatever they do to them and have an artificial penis and plastic nads attached is a sick person.
    They do need support, of the Psychiatric variety.
    I am sympathetic to the internal distress these people must have.
    It cannot by any measure be classified as normal.
    Otherwise everyone would be doing it.

  30. zyconoclast


    An idol of the age. We are expected to prostrate ourselves before the rainbow flag.

    Prostrate for the prostate.
    (no lube)

  31. Tom

    Diversity is a strength and the ADF must be representative of the community to be able to defend it.

    Except if you need to win a war.

    How will you explain the murder of our civilians because you put our defence in the hands of physically inferior affirmative action hires?

  32. Muddy

    Military History nerds.

    The latest issue of the British Journal Of Military History has been available for a handful of days, and can be downloaded in pdf format, free of charge, here. This issue centres around aviation (mostly the RFC) in The Great War.

  33. overburdened

    I know a lot of homos.
    They all acknowledge that they are special and different.

  34. Myrddin Seren

    How will you explain the murder of our civilians because you put our defence in the hands of physically inferior affirmative action hires?

    Political Class Surrender Monkey: Yes, My Lord. There is some disquiet about the stern disciplinary measures. But fear not – we shall root out and deal with the malcontents.

    Your justice is firm but fair, My Lord.

    They won’t be explaining anything to We Mere Proles.

  35. Marcus

    do any teams have 34 players?

    I believe there’s an island in the Pacific where the two villages play a cricket match every year and every adult in the village joins in.

    So, one of those.

  36. Myrddin Seren

    In 2012 Hezbollah threatened to use such drones to target nuclear infrastructure in Israel. By 2015, Hezbollah had a fully operational drone base in Lebanon from which to target Israel.

    On February 6th of 2018 Iran announced a mass production of bomb-carrying drones which can carry smart munitions and strike a variety of targets.

    Well – that explains a LOT.

    Apart from any drone base – Hezbollah have riddled southern Lebanon with tunnels and bunkers, as the Israelis found out to their bitter cost in 2006 – bunkers that may be able to house drones that could be deployed to fly-off from roads or short dirt fields.

    Add drones capable of carrying munitions to Iran’s nuclear weapons programme – a programme that is without doubt co-operating with North Korea.

    And you have a situation that not only potentially threatens Israel once Iran achieves a nuclear break-out, but the whole Eastern Med.

    Expect an increasing intensity of ‘kinetic’ actions to disrupt the Iran-Hezbollah axis and stepped up attacks against targets of opportunity. The Sunni states will not kick up much of a fuss if a potential Iranian hornets nest in Lebanon and Syria is excised.

    This would be a completely different scenario under Six-Fingers Obama, and not a lot of confidence about Killary’s reaction – even if she has never seen a war she didn’t want to buy in to.

  37. Confused Old Misfit

    Dear God. 7’s coverage of the winter games is pitiful.

  38. zyconoclast

    I know a lot of homos.
    They all acknowledge that they are special and different.

    Not special.
    Different maybe.

  39. JC

    Really funny piece.

    Piers Morgan lets loose on Amarosa (what a name).

    He despises her but she sounds just vile.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5387031/PIERS-MORGAN-did-Trump-hire-Rob-Porter-Omarosa.html

  40. Any other Elon Musk tragics who have watched the TV series “Salvation”?
    Thoughts? Observations? Comments?

  41. Sydney Boy

    BTW, the National ADF directory is generally known as the “green tree” as the icon on the desktop is a tree.

  42. notafan

    The family was shocked.

    Now wear that uniform with pride!

    The Sharia uniform that is

    the family that stabs together, stays together

  43. Geriatric Mayfly

    CFMEU cops a $1 million fine over its bastardry with Boral. Small change for that money pit, but I guess the lads will have to get out on their bikes and make a few extra deliveries. I see also, that another ruling will make it compulsory for Union individuals to pay fines for their thuggery, and not be permitted to pass the tab on to HQ and other members.

  44. Arky

    Someone explain to me JCs fetish for taking Monty out and watch him eat steaks.
    Is it like a sexual thing or is he hoping Monty explodes like Mr Creosote in the Monty Python sketch?

  45. hzhousewife

    re CFMEU million fine ( a pittance).
    Pity every union member doesn’t get a statement every month stating how much they have paid in to the union and their share of how much the union has had to pay out in expenditure re fines/donations to political entities etc.

  46. Muddy

    And you have a situation that not only potentially threatens Israel once Iran achieves a nuclear break-out, but the whole Eastern Med.

    This may sound fanciful now, but I believe the potential will exist in the not-so-far future for certain non-state groups to harass merchant shipping in selected waterways using conventionally-armed drones. The primary object will be financial gain rather than physical destruction.

  47. cohenite

    notafan

    #2637202, posted on February 14, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    The family was shocked.

    Now wear that uniform with pride!

    The Sharia uniform that is

    the family that stabs together, stays together

    Over 80 terrorist incidents since 2014; each one isolated and posing no further threat to the community according to some arsehole in a police uniform. We are at war and our police force, our protectors, are lying through their teeth

  48. C.L.

    Dear God. 7’s coverage of the winter games is pitiful.

    It’s the Underbelly: Chopper of sports coverage.

  49. Arky

    “Embracing diversity will not only allow the ADF more effectively to meet the challenges of modern warfare, but will also allow it to live up to the expectations of the communities they defend,” he said.

    ..
    Only if we intend fighting the next war against enchanted unicorns and My Little Pony.

  50. C.L.

    Yes, folks. This is a thing:

    Movement to ban ‘best friends’ in schools growing in America and Europe.

    Some American and European educators believe the time has come to eliminate the concept of “best friends” from schools in an effort to encourage kids to be more “inclusive.”

  51. Rae

    Dear God. 7’s coverage of the winter games is pitiful.

    I don’t agree. I watched the Opening Ceremony and have been watching the Skating and the Snowboarding. All have been excellent.

  52. hzhousewife

    “Embracing diversity will not only allow the ADF more effectively to meet the challenges of modern warfare, but will also allow it to live up to the expectations of the communities they defend,” he said.

    Here’s hoping that Harry Harris may have a bit of subtle influence here.

  53. Arky

    Some American and European educators believe the time has come to eliminate the concept of “best friends” from schools in an effort to encourage kids to be more “inclusive.”

    ..
    Proposing this is an admission that they never had friends themselves in school.
    Fucking losers.

  54. Peter Castieau

    Just watching my daily fix of Whitehouse secretary Sanders and today it started on how the Trumpster was donating his quarterly salary and in this instance he donated the money to the department of transportation with specific criteria.

    It truly is a masterclass in how you change the political dynamic.

    Incredible winning!

  55. C.L.

    POLITICALLY correct defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are an “ally” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their name in the national ADF staff directory.

    “Embracing diversity will not only allow the ADF more effectively to meet the challenges of modern warfare, but will also allow it to live up to the expectations of the communities they defend,” he said.

    In other words, anybody who isn’t a fag hag will never be promoted in the ADF.

  56. Jo Smyth

    Greg Sheridan has just been chatting to Richo. Sheridan is now a complete convert to Trumpism and was educating Richo on the benefits of Trump being there. It’s hard to believe only 12 months ago Sheridan thought Trump was a complete dill. Every time he wrote an article in the Australian he was educated via the comments as to how wrong he was. He obviously took note.

  57. Rae

    On reflection and closer examination of Obamas portrait I think my earlier comments were incorrect. The hands in the portrait are in fact well drawn and not unlike Obamas actual hands.

  58. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    In other words, anybody who isn’t a fag hag will never be promoted in the ADF.

    “Has old fashioned views about the role of the ADF in Australian society. Believes that the ADF exist to defend Australia. Not overly supportive of the LGBTI ethos of the ADF. Not fit for promotion.”

  59. Delta A

    Sheridan is now a complete convert to Trumpism and was educating Richo on the benefits of Trump being there.

    Let’s hope he starts educating Stewart Cameron, too.

  60. Arky

    Over the decades I have had many students come to me complaining of bullying or tell me they don’t want to come to school because they don’t have any friends.
    I have made the mistake in the past of listening to them without telling them to stop being stupid losers.
    This is because deep down I’m soft and kind.
    However, without exception, for every single one of them, it was all in their heads. No one hated them or was trying to exclude them.
    Foreign kid with no english has friends. The girl in the wheelchair with the facial deformity has friends. That kid who smells like shit has friends. The kid who went on to kill some guys over drugs had friends.
    If you don’t have friends either you don’t want them or you are too damn picky or you have some strange fucked up ideas.

  61. OneWorldGovernment

    JC and Eyrie

    Before you get too hot for GE I’d suggest you google – “ge’s troubles”

  62. Muddy

    Surely the next step for the ADF is to bling up the uniforms and allow more individuality? How can they expect to recruit ‘the best and the tightest’ if the uniforms are so dull and regimented? Can we contract one of our ‘comedians’ – who seem to be qualified for every other role but comedy – to do a redesign?

  63. Leigh Lowe

    BTW, the National ADF directory is generally known as the “green tree” as the icon on the desktop is a tree.

    Swipe left or right?

  64. Eyrie

    Pal of mine in the Army is pissed off that it takes 7 clicks on the ADF website to get to “breaking things and killing people”.

  65. Muddy

    In the global theatre of contemporary warfare, courage and endurance are crucial for overcoming adversity. However, for Caroline Paige, a jet and helicopter navigator in the Royal Air Force, adversity was a common companion both on and off the field of battle. In 1999, Paige became the first ever openly serving transgender officer in the British military. Already a highly respected aviator, she rose against the extraordinary challenges placed before her to remain on the front line in the war on terror, serving a further sixteen years and flying battlefield helicopters in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Detailing the emotional complexities of her transition, Paige reveals the external threats she faced in warzones around the world and the internal conflict she suffered while fighting prejudice at home. The result is a story of secrecy and vulnerability, of fear and courage, of challenge and hope. Criss-crossing battle lines both foreign and domestic, True Colours is the unflinchingly honest and inspirational account of one woman’s venerable military career and the monumental struggle she overcame while grappling with gender identity on the quest for acceptance.

  66. hzhousewife

    However, without exception, for every single one of them, it was all in their heads. No one hated them or was trying to exclude them.

    So true. I turned into a boring swot in 6th form and unmade friends by dint of not ‘hanging out” – I felt hurt finding out about the parties after they happened, but, it was my choice after all. Come High School Reunion 25 years later, I had a ball, and the best ever was my arch-enemy female academic rival asked me ” how come you know all these people?” I replied, they were all in our classes x, y and z, and that guy’s his brother, and she was the netball whizz, and that was the Chemistry teacher from 1967.
    Sadly, young people don’t have the perspective of years which adds to the richness of life. I think I’ve had too much wine tonight, Mum was born 100 years ago today, and I’m having a memory blitz.

  67. Seco

    There’s a Military Pride Ball? When? After the ANZAC Day march or On Remembrance Day?

  68. Top Ender

    Blinged up future ADF uniforms needed?

    Search no further!

  69. Delta A

    Mum was born 100 years ago today, and I’m having a memory blitz.

    Mums have a habit of doing that, hz. I still think of mine every night, without fail.

  70. DrBeauGan

    Yes but you also like Maths.

    True stimpmeister. And the other guys at school and at university were boring. The girls on the other hand were fascinating, mysterious and unpredictable. Naturally I found the female of the species much more interesting.

    I understand blokes. I am one. Hanging out with a crowd of them is deathly dull. I can find far more interesting ways of passing the time. Thinking about language acquisition by bayesian robots for example.

  71. C.L.

    When Obama had to choose somebody to paint his portrait, his criteria were …

    1) must be black
    2) must hate white people
    3) must endorse violence against whites and women
    4) must plagiarise the work of Chinese labourers
    5) must not be able to draw or paint or draft
    6) must show me with six fingers and a bent left foot

  72. Habib

    Sounds like bollocks, haven’t seen any rainbows over the green tree. You’re also highly unlikely to find a pot of gold. Pot of shit quite possibly. And leprechauns.

  73. Shy Ted

    Captain of the Starship Enterprise would never do a Barnaby.

    https://imgflip.com/i/241s4d

  74. C.L.

    The other thing about the Obama portrait is the dunny-like vibe of it all.
    Even the wallpaper looks like something in a dunny (or the label of an air freshener).
    And there he sits …

  75. cohenite

    In other words, anybody who isn’t a fag hag will never be promoted in the ADF.

    “Has old fashioned views about the role of the ADF in Australian society. Believes that the ADF exist to defend Australia. Not overly supportive of the LGBTI ethos of the ADF. Not fit for promotion.”

    The buck for this shit ultimately ends with turnball but it should involve some initial focus on this.

    And seriously I don’t know what it is.

  76. Top Ender

    Rock legend and former federal environment minister Peter Garrett says he was not prepared to serve under Kevin Rudd after the former prime minister won the Labor leadership back from Julia Gillard in a tumultuous battle in June 2013.

    The Midnight Oil frontman, who had been demoted by Mr Rudd over the failed home insulation scheme, said “all bets were off” after he­ ­regained the leadership.

    The day after the party swapped Ms Gillard for Mr Rudd — June 27 — Garrett, who had been an MP since 2004, announced he was quitting politics.

    “I just made it pretty clear I didn’t really want to serve under that kind of leadership again,” he said in an exclusive interview for The Deal monthly business magazine. “I didn’t want to go dancing across the stage with bright lights on me making that point, because I was conscious of the fragility of the government.

    “But at that point, all bets were off and so the best thing for me to do was just simply say, I won’t serve under him and I won’t stand again.

    “It seems to me that it’s easy to be crazy brave in politics — it’s much harder to be consistent and disciplined.”

    And so on. Some sort of hagiography in the Oz. Nothing about how much of a failure he was.

    Comments are piling up. Mine was:

    How’s that song going Pete: “Beds are Burning”?

    Is it true that the Oils now have a version called “Batts are Burning”?

    No comment about the insulation roof batts scheme you supervised which was such a disaster it burned down houses and killed four workers?

    Pete? Pete? Don’t walk off like that….

  77. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Rabbiting on to myself on the Auld Thread. May auld acquaintance etc …

    Executive Summary:
    Wished everyone Happy Valentine there, as applicable.
    Noted the southerly had busted in.
    Opined that our defense chiefs are likely geeing up some gulags for wrongthinkers.
    Suggested that women had some responsibility for maintaining marital relationships.
    Informed I await my Valentine getting home from da soccer wit’ his mates.

  78. H B Bear

    The other thing about the Obama portrait is the dunny-like vibe of it all.

    The Kenyan basically took a dump on America and Americans for the last 8 years.

  79. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Pete? Pete? Don’t walk off like that….

    Lefties do that, Top Ender. They are spineless.

  80. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Pete? Pete? Don’t walk off like that…

    Subtle – Top Ender – subtle – as subtle as the back of an axe between the eyes…

  81. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Thinking about language acquisition by bayesian robots for example.

    Hairy thinks about that too. He also thinks it unlikely.
    He probably discusses it with his mates, between those infrequent goals.
    Or not. 🙂

  82. Roger

    The Kenyan basically took a dump on America and Americans for the last 8 years.

    The unconventional official portrait is itself a “statement” to middle America.

  83. Roger

    Pal of mine in the Army is pissed off that it takes 7 clicks on the ADF website to get to “breaking things and killing people”.

    Try ‘The Cove’.

  84. nemkat

    Some mention has been made of Vikki Campion ”being pregnant for 16 months”, which takes us back to October 2016 as the start of the pregnancy, but no one has suggested the obvious, I.E.,this is her second pregnancy, and she has previously miscarried.
    That may mean that she and Joyce have been partners since some time in 2016.

  85. candy

    The other thing about the Obama portrait is the dunny-like vibe of it all.
    Even the wallpaper looks like something in a dunny (or the label of an air freshener).
    And there he sits …

    Jeez, C.L. it’s just a portrait.

    The one of Michelle Obama is very nice. The curve of her arm, and flowing dress showing graciousness. A pensive look that is sweet. I’m glad he did not do the powerful woman thing.

    Perhaps B. Obama’s could have been more power orientated, I grant you that, though his face his strong, his heritage very strong. A little more Whitehouse in it might have been appropriate.

  86. testpattern

    Happy Captain Cook Death Day! Kisses n hugs. Give the one you love a choccy spear!

    Captain James Cook (7 November 1728[NB 1] – 14 February 1779)

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DV8ocbaU8AEpGeu.jpg

  87. Leigh Lowe

    The one of Michelle Obama is very nice. The curve of her arm …

    The curve of her arse alone took 4 litres of Dulux.

  88. H B Bear

    Unfortunate blast of angry summer global warming as Perth forecast to hit the old century for the first time this month. Given we are half way through February this is most unusual, but still a most acceptably moderate summer.

  89. Geriatric Mayfly

    Yay for a tropical cyclone!

    Looks a bit anaemic to me. Not on the ABC wish list by a long shot.

  90. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Happy Captain Cook Death Day! Kisses n hugs. Give the one you love a choccy spear!

    Just remind us, Pestes? How long is it until the anniversary of the Flying Foam massacre?

  91. overburdened

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/cops-smash-ice-syndicate-in-northern-nsw/news-story/92aabba275e76a80e90a4a5f9360c076
    This is of course a reason to decriminalise drugs so that these shit bags will go to gaol for something else instead.
    Any idiot stupid enough to use the shit these idiots would be knocking up and/ or selling would generally be on the dole or, if not being restrained in their habits, on the way to the dole or if fortunate the DSP.
    These clown and the people they sell dope to are as small percentage of the Australian population.
    The overriding number of people in Australia are productive citizens.
    To protect the herd, the solution is obvious.
    On this note I trust that if Mr Joyce should succumb to the shit bagging he is getting, then the MSM will find it another reason to persecute men.

  92. Does Testes know it was the Hawaiians who killed Captain Cook ?

  93. Arky

    Bought myself a nail gun.
    It is now my favourite thing in the whole world.
    Have to find more things that need nailing.

  94. Arky,
    If you were in Canberra you could try nailing media advisers.

  95. Arky

    To protect the herd, the solution is obvious.

    ..
    Nail gun?

  96. Roger

    The family was shocked. Now wear that uniform with pride! The Sharia uniform that is the family that stabs together, stays together

    The family appears to be an IS cell or in contact with one.

    In light of this development will VicPol revise their “self-radicalized” narrative?

  97. overburdened

    Here at the shack, no reception for the Sochi Games.
    Who’s this Bear Grylls bloke?
    He doesn’t know what taking on the elements is until he gets out in the real wilderness.

  98. notafan

    Belatedly I see Miranda Devine echoing most of the BJ comments expressed here, with the added benefit of actual facts, in marked contrast to the fact free left zone.

    How’s that government will fall over this might Twitter pundit?

  99. JC

    Oh look at Rooster trying to sound tough.

    Roost, “sarcing” Testicle is pretty weak, which is why Ronery often tries laying into him. Sure, it makes you feel good, though, right?

  100. Arky

    BrettW
    #2637269, posted on February 14, 2018 at

    ..
    It is a fantastic thing.
    Pull that trigger and: thonk!
    Thonk! Thonk! Thonk!
    Very satisfying.
    Might have to build another shed.

  101. overburdened

    nail gun.
    elegant solution that offers both cheap and immediate dispatch and the opportunity to play.
    my bad.

  102. Confused Old Misfit

    OMG
    Leigh Lowe
    #2637262, posted on February 14, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    The curve of her arse alone took 4 litres of Dulux.

    That was a “coffee all over the keyboard” cpmment!
    +10!

  103. Roger

    Might have to build another shed.

    If you really want to slake that thirst, only a house extension will do it.

  104. Arky

    If you really want to slake that thirst, only a house extension will do it.

    ..
    No way man.
    Councils are shit.
    I’m not going to put myself through the misery of dealing with those fuckers.

  105. testpattern

    WA Wheatbelt Orchestra 1931 playing local favourite ‘Dawgs in the Woodpile’ dang dang dang

    https://scontent.fper1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/28061382_935051659987259_310320917541891198_o.jpg?oh=e2af20a6e113cf0aee3135c7a40c06cb&oe=5B0B3D9D

    Western Mail 25 Dec 1931

  106. Rebel with cause

    Bill Clinton’s presidential portrait basically says ‘I got a BJ right here’.

  107. overburdened

    When asked if the initiation ritual of slamming 2 sacred flat stones together with the young boy’s testes in between was painful, the elder replied, ‘only if you get your fingers caught’.

  108. Roger

    I’m not going to put myself through the misery of dealing with those fuckers.

    But…the nail gun, the NAIL GUN!

    The goodness of THONK beckons.

    Sacrifices must be made.

  109. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Just remind us, Pestes? How long is it until the anniversary of the Flying Foam massacre?

    Pestes, just asking, will you be commemorating Mistake Creek and Bedford Downs? Asking for a friend.

  110. Zyconoclast

    Are the Austrian double luge team confirming how homosexual the event is by both wearing all pink uniforms?

  111. Arky

    I do love the Thonk!
    It is like sex, but clean and pure and beautiful.

  112. JC,
    I guess in the world you live in a reference to Cook being killed by Hawaiians must seem quite tough. Guess you can’t handle the historical references being the sensitive type you are.

    You on the other hand think appearing tough equates to calling people faggots. Strange that your earlier link to Piers Morgan also mentioned Amarosa calling him gay and a faggot. At least we now know who your role model is.

  113. Roger

    I do love the Thonk! It is like sex, but clean and pure and beautiful.

    Don’t be such an Augustinian.

    Sex within marriage can be clean and pure and beautiful.

    Although, past a certain age, it may not match the primal appeal of THONK.

  114. Motelier

    Did I just see that dribbling cretin, nemkat, in here?

  115. JC

    I guess in the world you live in a reference to Cook being killed by Hawaiians must seem quite tough. Guess you can’t handle the historical references being the sensitive type you are.

    You dishonest little swine rooster. It’s clear as dogs balls testicle isn’t 100%. Picking on him doesn’t make you tough. It’s also noteworthy how the two obviously weak people here were picking on him this evening. That’s you and that other swine, Mr Tourettes.

    You on the other hand think appearing tough equates to calling people faggots.

    Not at all. It’s also not a slur against gays either. I call you out as a faggot because you act like a faggot. In fact, you’re such a faggot it’s embarrassing for you.

    Strange that your earlier link to Piers Morgan also mentioned Amarosa calling him gay and a faggot. At least we now know who your role model is.

    Another example of logical fail. Rooster, you’re not very bright are you.

    How’s Smithie?

  116. notafan

    I’m assuming that the young lady in question is the one in the middle of the accompanying photo.

    That is as close to a burka as is legally possible in France.

    The mind boggles that that also was allowed to don a police uniform.

    Affirmative action strikes again.

    another young lady in uniform

  117. We’re the motherf***ing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers of love.

    I was going to wish Mr Sam and Mrs Frances Loch all the best for their future together. However his disgusting public comment whilst posing for an Instgram makes me think they are both on ‘roids.
    The marriage won’t last.
    Poor Tony and Margie.

  118. Why the hell am I listening to that screeching harridan Janine Perrett?
    Her gossip-mongering and lack of financial knowledge should disqualify her from any Sky program.
    Must. Change. Stations.

  119. Bruce in WA

    Have to find more things that need nailing.

    Try Testes ball sack to his forehead.

  120. Bruce in WA

    We’re the motherf***ing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers of love.

    Six months. Tops.

  121. JC

    Andrew Sullivan has another one of his periodic rebirths. Dunno what caused this one, but he’s rebirthed as a version of Brendon O’Neil.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/we-all-live-on-campus-now.html

  122. notafan

    I have yet to see anyone defying France’s burka ban.

    Unless they all stay indoors they seem to have complied.

    Amazing what a firm hand can achieve, the would be burka wearers are easy to spot, their lustmaking chins are covered.

    I’m across the alley from a hijaberie but will confine myself to window shopping

    I have had a polite encounter with some young American Mormons who expressed surprise, perhaps feigned, that there were Mormons in Australia.

    They and the JVs work very hard at street proletizing here and the JVs are very noticeable too in Italy, must be too hard to doorknock apartment buildings or perhaps they are not allowed to.

    Nimes is a very beautiful historic town, our remodelled apartment, which is up some ancient stone steps in a now gated partially covered mediaeval street appears to be in a renaissance era building, hard to tell but very close to the 1096 AD cathedral.

    I convinced myself to buy a carte de Nimes and must now visit all the Roman stuff Ampitheatre, temple, tower aqueduct thingy.

    At least I have three back to back Walker Texas Ranger epidodes to look forward to, and if I really want to live it up an early seventies episode of Colombo.

  123. OneWorldGovernment

    Those sneaky Israeli Spies have done it again Sam!

    Crafty Chameleons: Iran Accuses West of Using Reptiles as Nuclear Spies

    http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2018/02/13/iran-accuses-west-using-reptiles-lizards-nuclear-spies/

  124. BrettW

    JC,
    Dont let the hypocrisy stop you from having a go at anybody other than myself or Zulu for making snide remarks towards Test Pattern. I look forward to the Head Prefect being consistent in enforcing his rules of behaviour. Should I keep a list for you in case you fail in your duties ?

    You must have been quite the little school yard terror in your day running around calling everybody faggots. Seems to show a lack of effort and imagination on your part. I imagine you were the type always running off to the teacher because your nose needed wiping.

    “It’s also noteworthy how the two obviously weak people here were picking on him this evening. That’s you and that other swine, Mr Tourettes”.

  125. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Try Testes ball sack to his forehead.

    He’s always good for a laugh.

    If you are posting from Western Australia, you’ve probably a rough idea who he is, anyway. Given that my family went to the North – West in the 1860’s, and were there, until the last retired from the stations in the 1970’s, they were there a lot longer then he was.

  126. JC

    Rooster, you’re such a faggot.

  127. Infidel Tiger

    It’s quite sad about Abbott’s daughter. She is obviously quite unwell mentally.

  128. JC

    Rones:
    They trained dogs to attack aboriginals and also whipped them (aboriginals), right?

  129. Bruce in WA

    If you are posting from Western Australia, you’ve probably a rough idea who he is, anyway.

    Had a theory, but it doesn’t quite fit …

  130. JC

    It’s quite sad about Abbott’s daughter. She is obviously quite unwell mentally.

    I don’t see why, necessarily. She got married.

  131. Seriously?
    One bloke lying on top of another is a sport!
    At least the doubles luge team from Czechoslovakia has a sense of humour.
    The two competitors are brothers.
    Surname is Broz.

  132. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    My Hairy Valentine is home to appreciate the roast chook and salad.
    He always buys good wine, which helps.
    I did not open a precious one this time in his absence, as previously with the Rothschild.
    Although for Valentine’s maybe I should have.
    I am enjoying a Margaret River Cab Sav, which is rather fruity and deep.
    I trust all Cats are having a good night.
    Tonight I was going to do a comparison of British, Irish and Scandinavian cosmologies.
    They have many similarities, in as much as we can tell from remnant sources.
    But once more other things have got in my way.

    Sharing with you some interesting things to include:

    Norse myths contain stories and garbled heavenly references indicating an astronomy.
    Scandinavians and Fins have a concept of huldufolk ‘ ‘the hidden folk’, alfar elves, normal sized.
    Bad dreams come from Mara, a sort of horse, thus nightmare.
    Loki is cognate to Louhi, Finno-Ugric underworld goddess.
    In Beowulf, Grendel can be identified as an ancient god seeking human sacrifice.
    In Finland Santa Claus is called Joulupukki – the Yule-goat.
    Fins seen even today to have special fortune-telling skills (i.e shamanic remnants).
    In Norse myth Santa Claus is Jolnir, the protective Yule spirit of winter, invited in at Christmas.
    These Irish names are of Viking origin: Vikingalo (Wicklow), Feisufjordr (Wexford), Hylmrekr (Limerick), Vedrafjordr (Waterford). Many people do not know this.
    Viking personal names were inventive: Harald Bluetooth, Eyvind the Plagiarist, Halfdan Wide-Grasper, Eric Blood-Axe, Gudrun Kin-Slayer, Halli the Sarcastic, Ivar Horse-Cock, Hallgerd Long-legs, Ivar the Boneless, Sigrid the Haughty .. and so it goes …

    How might Cats term themselves? I think Lizzie the Procrastinator suits me well.
    I don’t know that you get to choose your own though. Sleep tight anyway.

  133. JC

    I know, I know, the sources from where this is coming from, but still.

    The heads of six major US intelligence agencies have warned that American citizens shouldn’t use products and services made by Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE. According to a report from CNBC, the intelligence chiefs made the recommendation during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday. The group included the heads of the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, and the director of national intelligence.

    During his testimony, FBI Director Chris Wray said the the government was “deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks.” He added that this would provide “the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.”

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2018/02/14/wednesday-forum-february-14-2018/comment-page-1/#comment-2637312

    It would be useful for these US unitel agencies to explain eggsactly why and how there is a threat, as I smell a little protectionism.

  134. Stimpson J. Cat

    We’re the motherf***ing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers of love.

    Truly one of the best theme songs ever.

  135. jupes

    I have yet to see anyone defying France’s burka ban.

    In 2012 we were staying at the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand and the place was full of molls in freedom sacks.

    It’s good news if the Frogs are actually enforcing the law these days.

  136. zyconoclast

    Brixton prison’s Christian chaplain ‘forced out of his role after an Imam at the jail accused him of extremism’ claims inmates are forced to convert to Islam for protection behind bars

    A prison chaplain who claims he was ousted from his role after he was accused of promoting ‘extreme’ Christian views by his Muslim boss has revealed inmates are being forced to convert to Islam for protection behind bars.

  137. zyconoclast

    Comparing Mexico’s Remittances to Every Other Country

    Top 10 Destinations for Remittances from the United States
    1. Mexico: $28.1B
    2. China: $15.4B
    3. India: $10.7B
    4. Philippines: $10.5B
    5. Guatemala: $6.8B
    6. Vietnam: $6.7B
    7. Nigeria: $5.7B
    8. El Salvador: $4.2B
    9. Dominican Republic: $4.1B
    10. Honduras: $3.4B

  138. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I convinced myself to buy a carte de Nimes and must now visit all the Roman stuff Ampitheatre, temple, tower aqueduct thingy.

    Half your luck, Notafan. We missed out on Nimes.
    Keep on sending back postcards; they are interesting to us all I think.

  139. Infidel Tiger

    A 10% remittance tax would pay for as many walls as Don wanted.

    Get cracking.

  140. Stimpson J. Cat

    It would be useful for these US unitel agencies to explain eggsactly why and how there is a threat, as I smell a little protectionism.

    JC, apparently the new Chinese experimental primary schools have electronic keycards for students, and cameras throughout the entire school grounds, and at any time parents can login and watch classes all day long.

  141. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2637313, posted on February 14, 2018 at 11:58 pm
    Viking personal names were inventive: Harald Bluetooth, Eyvind the Plagiarist, Halfdan Wide-Grasper, Eric Blood-Axe, Gudrun Kin-Slayer, Halli the Sarcastic, Ivar Horse-Cock, Hallgerd Long-legs, Ivar the Boneless, Sigrid the Haughty .. and so it goes …

    C’mon Lizzie, tell me this is an early April Fool’s day joke?

  142. zyconoclast

    Suspect in fatal NW Houston store shooting in U.S. under DACA program

    HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The man wanted for murdering a father who came to the aid of a shooting victim is a “Dreamer” with violent felons for a father and brother.

  143. zyconoclast

    New Zealand has more gangsters than soldiers

    For a sleepy country, New Zealand has a peculiar problem with gangs. Police count over 5,300 members or “prospects” lining up to join one of its 25 listed groups, which together makes them a bigger force than the army. Unlike counterparts in other countries, they thrive in rural areas as well as cities. Almost a quarter of people living in the shabby bungalows of Flaxmere, a suburb in Hawkes Bay, are said to be linked to Black Power.

    Bikers such as the Hell’s Angels have a presence in New Zealand, but Black Power and the Mongrel Mob have ruled the roost for almost half a century. Their members “stick out like dogs’ balls”, one admits, because they sew patches onto their clothes and brand themselves with dense tattoos. A clenched fist is the symbol of Black Power; a bulldog or the Nazi salute “Sieg Heil” are the marks of the Mongrels. Both gangs are predominantly Maori. In all, police say three-quarters of the country’s mobsters are Maori (they make up just 15% of the population as a whole).

  144. EvilElvis

    Harley Windsor and figure skating partner Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya

    FMD, go Aussies!

  145. Bruce in WA

    I read JLS to a class of intellectually gifted kids I had.

    They were fascinated by the concept and loved the movie/video.

  146. zyconoclast, we have pretty young things similarly tattooing themselves in the belief it is “edgy”.
    No – tattoos are for warriors and thugs.

  147. BrettW

    JC,
    I can’t be bothered looking it up but similar issues were raised about Huawei in Oz 3/4 years ago.

  148. OneWorldGovernment

    Pedro the Ignorant
    #2637309, posted on February 14, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Nuclear lizards? Pffttt.

    Sharks with Laser Beams!

    Talk about LOL.

    The saddest part is that they, Iranian regime, are using it as an excuse to kidnap and kill anyone associated with agricultural environments.

    If the water runs out in Iran then there will be a monumental crisis.

  149. zyconoclast

    Dalhousie University restricts search for new V-P to ‘racially visible’ and Indigenous candidates

    The search comes after incumbent Arig al Shaibah announced she would be leaving the university at the end of March after less than two years in the role. She became the public face of the university’s high-profile decision to consider disciplinary action against student leader Masuma Khan who criticized “white fragility.”

  150. Bruce in WA

    And now Parkinson’s.

    Life can be a bitch.

  151. zyconoclast

    Duluth schools remove ‘Huckleberry Finn’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ from curriculum

    The literature has “oppressive language for our kids” Witherspoon said, and school should be an environment where children of color are learning equally. There are other novels with similar messages that can be taught, he said.

    “Our kids don’t need to read the ‘N’ word in school,” Witherspoon said. “They deal with that every day out in the community and in their life. Racism still exists in a very big way.”

  152. Bruce in WA

    “Good night, Mrs Calabash, wherever you are.”

  153. Infidel Tiger

    Deeply broken Nikki Savva has managed to turn a column about Barnabus into another column attavking Abbott

  154. Infidel Tiger

    Labor MP Susan Lamb will contest the next election without taking further steps to renounce her British citizenship, as the Barnaby Joyce saga “diminishes” internal concerns about her status.

    Ms Lamb confirmed to The Australian yesterday she would ask her constituents to re-elect her “whenever Turnbull decides to call the election”, vowing to fight for health, education, infrastructure projects and jobs.

    It is understood Ms Lamb believes she is eligible to be elected despite still being British because she took “all reasonable steps” to renounce her foreign citizenship ahead of nominating for the 2016 federal poll.

    Fuxk me. Who the hell does this tart think she is?

  155. OneWorldGovernment

    Bruce in WA
    #2637337, posted on February 15, 2018 at 12:26 am

    And now Parkinson’s.

    Life can be a bitch.

    A fabulous man.

  156. OneWorldGovernment

    For those that appreciate Neil Diamond

  157. Steve trickler.

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2637315, posted on February 15, 2018 at 12:00 am
    We’re the motherf***ing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers of love.

    Truly one of the best theme songs ever.

    —-

    Gday Stimps. 10 seconds into that song and i hear a rip-off from Iron Maiden.

    Just saying.

  158. OneWorldGovernment

    Solitary Man 12966

  159. Duluth schools remove ‘Huckleberry Finn’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ from curriculum
    The literature has “oppressive language for our kids” Witherspoon said, and school should be an environment where children of color are learning equally. There are other novels with similar messages that can be taught, he said.
    “Our kids don’t need to read the ‘N’ word in school,” Witherspoon said. “They deal with that every day out in the community and in their life. Racism still exists in a very big way.”

    Crikey, I feel sorry for any kid at that school who listens to rap on their ipod at lunchtime.

  160. BorisG

    It would be useful for these US unitel agencies to explain eggsactly why and how there is a threat, as I smell a little protectionism.

    You are naïve if you think this is not a real threat.

  161. Knuckle Dragger

    The time has long passed since school students picked up all their social cues and attitudes from home, friends and school. The Internet has seen to that.

    There is absolutely no reason to ban 150 year old classic literature in case it triggers students. If anything, it should be used to demonstrate what quality writing looks like (for example, I don’t think there’s a ‘LOL’ or ‘OMFG’ in either work) but to show how some societal values have changed over the years.

  162. notafan

    Rudd as Billy Bunter.

    Nice.

  163. Zatara

    POLITICALLY correct defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are an “ally” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their name in the national ADF staff directory.

    Seems like I’ve heard of this technique somewhere before.

    Yellow Stars of David required to be sewn on all external garments…..

  164. Knuckle Dragger

    Every single person without a rainbow flag next to their name in the ADF directory will be guaranteed of no more promotion, and incessant nitpicking by superiors and HR types who would easily overlook the same in flag bearers.

    Death of a thousand cuts, and the process will be the punishment for these poor souls. Infantry company commanders, regardless of their personal beliefs will be the first to sign up as to do otherwise would free up a spot for the ladies.

  165. Tintarella di Luna

    Thank you Tom, today’s political cartoons are all very good – the Aussie ones are great – Zanetti’s Rudd as Billy Bunter is a beauty – so’s Mark Knight.

  166. Tintarella di Luna

    POLITICALLY correct defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are an “ally” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their name in the national ADF staff directory.

    That’s what you get when you get an invisible unmissable Minister for Defence.

  167. Snoopy

    Can an ADF officer put any ally’s flag next to their name on the green tree directory? The US flag? The Union Jack? Singapore’s flag?

    What about an Aboriginal flag?

  168. Snoopy

    Is that the RAAF hostie on Rudd’s right in Zanetti’s toon?

  169. Tintarella di Luna

    Totalitarian terror in North Korean athletes’ eyes: an article appearing in the Oz from someone who’s been there before:
    MATTHEW SYED
    The Times 12:00AM February 15, 2018

    I remember the feeling of warmth when South and North Korean athletes competed for the first time under a unity flag. It was at the World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan, in 1991, and from my position at the back of the tribune, it was possible to see spectators from both nations cheering, clapping and stamping their feet.

    The story was, even at the time, remarkable. Just four years earlier, North Korean operatives had organised the mid-air bombing of Korean Air Flight 858, killing all 115 on board. North Korea had boycotted the 1988 Seoul Olympics and threatened that more atrocities would overshadow the Games. They had become ever more hostile, with those south of the border living in fear.

    Then, just weeks before the 1991 world championships, players on both sides were told of a wholly unexpected political development. The two nations were to play as a unified team for the first team since the Korean War, four decades earlier. Table tennis seemed a perfect vehicle for the policy, with North and South each boasting players in the world’s top 10.

    Chiba thus became an unlikely symbol of political rapprochement. Those of us looking on felt waves of hope when the combined female team won the title, defeating China in one of the great shocks of the modern era. I remember chatting to Hyun Jung-hwa, the top South Korean player, who had made an unlikely friendship with Ri Pun-hui, her North Korean counterpart. “I always knew that sport could influence politics,” she said. I couldn’t help agreeing.

    Today, however, I look back with embarrassment at my naivety. The 1991 World Table Tennis Championships did not herald a thawing of relations but a chance for a psychopathic regime to gain goodwill, not to mention a cheque from South Korea, in return for precious little. Within three years, the regime, with its callous ideological emphasis on collective farming, had caused mass starvation. Some sources estimate that between 1994 and 1998 more than two million North Koreans died after the ending of Soviet food subsidies.

    And this is why I look at the combined South and North Korean ice hockey team at the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang not with hope but with scepticism. I see Kim Yo-jong, the sister of Kim Jong-un, smiling for the cameras and glimpse a woman in fear of sororicide. I see not a reaching out from the North, but the dynamics of cold political calculation.

    And when I look at that contingent of North Korean fans, cheering in unison, smiling from ear to ear, I am not charmed, but chilled. I see a group of hostages, every one of whom has been warned that a failure to grin, to applaud, to shout to the rafters, will be met with devastating retribution for their families back home, most likely in the gulags where so many thousands have perished at the hands of the regime. This is not collective joy; it is the grotesque choreography of totalitarian terror.

    Every now and again, sport can act as a catalyst for political reform. Perhaps the most famous example was the ping-pong diplomacy of the early 1970s, when US president Richard Nixon’s flirtation with Mao Zedong was facilitated by a trip by the American table tennis team to China after the 1971 World Championships in Japan. Nixon’s national security adviser Henry Kissinger travelled to Beijing a little later, setting the stage for Nixon himself. The president called it “the week that changed the world”. In the case of North Korea, there is little such hope. Kim’s principal objective is to sustain absolute power for as long as possible. He executed Jang Song-thaek, his uncle and mentor, and probably ordered the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, his half-brother, who was sprayed with a nerve agent before boarding a plane in Kuala Lumpur. In total, 140 military and army officials have been purged. Power corrupts, but in the absence of checks and balances, it also incubates psychopathy.

    Even the North Korean athletes at these Games should be pitied. They are given lives of comparative comfort to reduce the probability of defection, a prospect that the regime regards with horror. This is why the secret police infiltrate their lives in the build-up to competition, why they are watched like hawks from the moment they arrive, and why they sit apart from other athletes in the village or competition zones.

    It is also why they will be met with persecution on their return, even if they have triumphed on behalf of their divine leader. As Kim Joo-il, a former military commander who defected from North Korea in 2005, told me before the London Olympics: “Returning athletes face six months of debriefing and are required to sign non-disclosure agreements, which forbid them from discussing their experiences. Failure to comply is not merely punishable for the athlete but also their extended families. They face the threat of being sent to a political prison.”

    I will never forget trying to chat to North Korean players at a table tennis competition in the late 1990s. I hoped to set up a training session for later that day, something that is common in international events, where competitors from different countries practise together. It is a way of learning fresh things, sparring against new styles. The moment I stepped onto the court, however, I could see that something was wrong.

    The players instantly looked to a member of the secret police masquerading as a coach. In faltering English, he made it clear that they would not interact. I smiled at the players, hoping to convey friendship, but couldn’t help noticing the fear in their eyes. These young men and women had been propagandised since birth, taught that the West is the enemy, and that a sociopathic dynasty, which had impoverished and enslaved them, are divine benefactors. No wonder they looked confused.

    I hardly slept that night. With a clarity that haunted me for weeks, I knew that I had come face to face with an approximation of the nightmare imagined in George Orwell’s 1984. One, of course, hopes that a glorified game of hockey on ice will lead to a reduction in tension on the Korean peninsula, and a transition from North Korean absolutism. But, in the absence of a more pointed impetus, internal or external, I seriously doubt it.

    The Times

  170. Tintarella di Luna

    Is that the RAAF hostie on Rudd’s right in Zanetti’s toon?

    Nice pickup Snoopy –

  171. Zatara

    POLITICALLY correct defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are an “ally” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their name in the national ADF staff directory.

    Target – to select as an object of attention or attack.

    Badge of shame – a distinctive symbol (or lack thereof) required to be worn by a specific group or an individual for the purpose of public humiliation, ostracism or persecution.

    Insignia – a distinguishing mark or token (such as a rainbow flag by your name)

    Shunning – Shunning can be broken down into behaviours and practices that seek to accomplish either or both of two primary goals.

    1. To modify the behaviour of a member. This approach seeks to influence, encourage, or coerce normative behaviours from members, and may seek to dissuade, provide disincentives for, or to compel avoidance of certain behaviours. Shunning may include disassociating from a member by other members of the community who are in good standing. It may include more antagonistic psychological behaviours (described below). This approach may be seen as either corrective or punitive (or both) by the group membership or leadership, and may also be intended as a deterrent.

    2. To remove or limit the influence of a member (or former member) over other members in a community. This approach may seek to isolate, to discredit, or otherwise dis-empower such a member, often in the context of actions or positions advocated by that member.

  172. Myrddin Seren

    Duluth schools remove ‘Huckleberry Finn’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ from curriculum

    The literature has “oppressive language for our kids” Witherspoon said, and school should be an environment where children of color are learning equally. There are other novels with similar messages that can be taught, he said.

    Fahrenheit 451

    Bradbury also alludes to the idea that different “minority” groups were offended by certain types of literature. In his discussion with Montag, Beatty mentions dog lovers offended by books about cats, and cat lovers offended by books about dogs.

    And here we are……

  173. Dianeh

    POLITICALLY correct defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are an “ally” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their name in the national ADF staff directory.

    How is this not discrimination?

  174. Gab

    POLITICALLY correct defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are an “ally” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their name in the national ADF staff directory.

    Shouldn’t that be an Australian flag instead?

  175. Herodotus

    “Politically correct defence chiefs …..”
    The left are winning.

  176. calli

    Aaaand, he’s an Aussie too.

    I hope he isn’t disappeared for mocking The Corpulent One.

  177. Myrddin Seren

    It was Wussians – but we are keeping it to ourselves:

    DNC Refused To Comply With Dossier-Related Subpoena, So BuzzFeed Sued

    “As part of the discovery process, BuzzFeed is attempting to verify claims in the dossier that relate to the hacking of the DNC,” BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenhal said in a statement. “We’re asking a federal court to force the DNC to follow the law and allow BuzzFeed to fully defend its First Amendment rights.”

    BuzzFeed says it only wants information on the “digital remnants left by the Russian state operatives” that hacked the DNC’s systems.

    BuzzFeed also seeks a full version of a report compiled by CrowdStrike, a cyber security firm that the DNC hired to investigate the breach of its computer networks.

    Buzzfeed just found out that being a mouthpiece for the DNC buys them zero pull when it comes to protecting the DNC’s ass.

  178. Mother Lode

    Saw Stimps’ link to twitter above.

    One of the replies had, what I think, is a near iconic picture.

    Look and decide.

  179. Geriatric Mayfly

    It’s a slow noose day.

    Hopefully, the drawing and quartering will be a bit more expeditious.

  180. Boambee John

    Knuckle Dragger
    #2637370, posted on February 15, 2018 at 5:03 am
    Every single person without a rainbow flag next to their name in the ADF directory will be guaranteed of no more promotion, and incessant nitpicking by superiors and HR types who would easily overlook the same in flag bearers.

    The political left fascists claim to oppose bullying, but have no qualms about using it themselves.

    Hypocrisy thy name is leftism.

  181. Boambee John

    On the rainbow flag business, in Russell Braddon’s 1960s satirical novel The Year of the Angry Rabbit, the Australian Army had a “Rainbow Regiment”.

    Just as 1984 was not intended as a guide for future policy, neither was the Angry Rabbit.

  182. Zyconoclast

    Zuma does the Zumba

  183. From Tinta’s link about the North Korean cheer leaders:
    This is not collective joy; it is the grotesque choreography of totalitarian terror.

    I’m putting that in the not-to-be-forgotten category, for use when lefty friends and family praise the cheer squad.

  184. rickw

    I hope he isn’t disappeared for mocking The Corpulent One.

    Probably more worried about the cheerleaders, the looks on their faces as they try and quickly work out the “correct” way to respond to the impersonator.

  185. My how things have changed.
    I got caught in the middle of an anti-apartheid demo in the 1970’s and was astounded at the vicious attacks on police and Springbok rugby players.
    Today Australia encourages separating aboriginals from the rest of the population.
    Rainbow “allies” are to set themselves apart from all others.
    But the word apartheid doesn’t get a mention.

  186. Arky

    Who gave these bastards the right to steal an innocent childhood symbol like rainbows as their goddamned bloody propaganda symbol?
    My kid loves rainbows.
    Loves drawing them.
    I don’t give a single solitary flaming fuck what you stick in your arse, up your veins or in your stupid gob. But for Chrst’s sake stop pretending it makes you a hero and everyone else needs to cheer and clap.
    And stop stealing words with existing positive meanings and conectations when what you are and what you do already had perfectly good descriptors.

  187. Arky

    connotations or however you spell it.
    Whatever.

  188. calli

    I hardly slept that night. With a clarity that haunted me for weeks, I knew that I had come face to face with an approximation of the nightmare imagined in George Orwell’s 1984.

    Curious, isn’t it? We have the two “prophetic” scenarious playing themselves out before us. Orwell’s in North Korea and Huxley’s in the West.

    And each one just as devastating.

  189. Leigh Lowe

    TDS has mutated!
    Bolta has a terminal case of Bananaby Derangement Syndrome.

  190. calli

    Yes, I noticed that, rickw. The footage will be studied minutely and Wrongface will be severely punished.

  191. Knuckle Dragger

    They’re a petulant toddler, Arky, who steals a favourite toy from other kids in the sandpit and runs off with it yelling ‘Mine! Mine! Mine!’ thus keeping a minority happy at the expense of the majority.

    A microcosm of what is happening in real life. Unfortunately, this particular damage has been done.

    Maybe the rest of us can take the Village People back.

  192. Arky

    Why couldn’t they show some integrity and choose a giant hairy arse mushroom as their symbol?

  193. Boambee John

    Arky
    #2637404, posted on February 15, 2018 at 8:29 am
    Who gave these bastards the right to steal an innocent childhood symbol like rainbows as their goddamned bloody propaganda symbol?

    Perhaps we should all refer to the “multi-coloured” flag, not the rainbow flag? And let’s reclaim “gay” also, use homosexual instead?

  194. Shy Ted

    Oh happy day. Wake up, read Tim Blair. See Yassmin being investigated by AHRC. Tea all over keyboard. Well done that complainant.

  195. Knuckle Dragger

    Reports of at least five down in a school shooting, this time in Florida. Footage appears to show the cops following the ‘active shooter’ methodology, which involves going into the building and hunting the shooter down until the threat’s stopped.

    IMO a much better strategy than the previous one, which was to cordon/contain/negotiate. I can’t think of a single instance where that’s worked in this type of environment.

  196. Arky

    A pink mushroom:
    🍄
    Perfectly good as a symbol.

  197. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘giant hairy arsed mushroom’

    It would more than likely be a giant freshly waxed specimen, complete with bleached anal hair.

  198. Has Andrew Bolt gone to the dark side of journalism after his heroic punch-back last year?
    Focusing on Bananaby’s affair.
    Praising Shari Markson who broke the story of the baby.
    Jumping straight onto the Trump-porn star story with photo of near-topless adult film star.
    Leads that story with “seems lies were told”.

    I could buy New Idea and get the same coverage.

  199. Tel

    I hope he isn’t disappeared for mocking The Corpulent One.

    Watch out for that girl offering a free makeover who is quick to wash her hands afterwards.

  200. Snap, LL.
    I didn’t mean to copy you – just slower in posting.

  201. OldOzzie

    m0nty
    #2637127, posted on February 14, 2018 at 7:02 pm
    Porterhouse please, VC.

    Monty

    “Porterhouse”? – should be Aged 400g Prime Rib at least!

  202. Mother Lode

    POLITICALLY correct defence chiefs have told members of the Australian military to signal they are an “ally” of the LGBTI community by putting a rainbow flag next to their name in the national ADF staff directory.

    It is funny how the word Diversity has now been co-opted by QWERTY people in the same way they took the rather buoyantly gleeful word ‘gay’ to denote faggotry.

    And they are arguing diversity, not sexuality, since that sexuality is for most people grotesque.

    But the whole ‘Diversity is Strength’ thing, along with its inescapable Orwellian simplicity, also receives the unmistakable Orwellian currency. It does not matter if 90% of people don’t believe it, unless that 90% say so you would assume they do, and each person in the 90% thinks they are in the minority.

    How many really believe that things are made better simply by adding types?

    The idea of diversity meaning bringing in people of merit regardless of background is something everyone can get behind – because they believe in the importance of merit. Everyone can see greater merit means better outcomes.

    But the subtle refocus to bringing in people of all backgrounds regardless of merit is not the same thing, but it is still treated as if it will bring better outcomes. I believe it is called the converse fallacy.

    But now, publicly, the argument is repeatedly made that more diversity leads to better outcomes. Or, shorter still, Diversity is a desirable outcome.

    90% of people likely realise it is not true, but so few dare say so.

  203. Arky

    🍄
    🍩
    Think about it people.
    You will gain a lot more credibility if you adopt the pink mushroom symbology. With or without it growing out of the chocolate ring.

  204. v_maet

    zyconoclast @8:20am.

    Apparently he has been replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa and the Rand has climbed significantly in response.
    Hopefully the state sponsored white genocide that was taking place under Zuma will end immediately.

  205. C.L.

    Shari Markson

    She was interviewed by Tom Bollard last night and claimed she had no idea the story would last longer than a day. Uh-huh.

  206. Myrddin Seren

    Local Sheriff in Florida

    So far we have at least 14 victims. Victims have been and continue to be transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital.

    The hashtag is

    #StonemanShooting

  207. Leigh Lowe

    OSC … it did jump out at me.
    When I looked earlier 5 out of 7 latest Bolta threads were on Bananaby.
    Give it a rest.

  208. Leigh Lowe

    Has Andrew Bolt gone to the dark side of journalism after his heroic punch-back last year?
    Focusing on Bananaby’s affair.
    Praising Shari Markson who broke the story of the baby.

    Has Bolta got the hots for Shari?
    Hey, lets run that story.
    Bolta is court-shy.
    He won’t sue.

  209. calli

    They’re reporting “numerous fatalities” and the murderer arrested.

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