Monday Forum: April 16, 2018

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  1. feelthebern

    He explains that his first action on his first day as FBI director – drinking a soy cap – was meant to make clear he departed from Mueller, who always drank chai lattes and insisted his leadership team did the same. “I said nothing about my coffee, but people noticed,” Comey writes.

  2. egg_

    network of scientists and environmentalists,

    Leaving a thin film of hydrocarbons on the ‘pristine’ Antarctic seas?

  3. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    GCM always remembered for being horse riding on 7 December 1941 morning. Later, of course, improved communications.

    Nine hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese wiped out half the American Air Force, in the Philippines, on the ground. The name of the military genius, responsible for that fiasco, escapes me for the moment.

  4. Have a rest.
    You’re delusional.

    LOL, it is veterans so these things are all relative.

  5. stackja

    Zulu – Sutherland? Much confusion over who.

  6. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Three years ago, Labor ­declared that as at December 2014 it had 53,930 members who were eligible to vote in a ballot to elect a national president and two vice-presidents.

    How many of those members realise that they are members?

    How many claim to live in rookwood?

  7. Des Deskperson

    “Campbell went on to big policy roles with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, in some ways mirroring the earlier career of another distinguished special forces leader, Duncan Lewis, now the head of ASIO.”

    Sheridan is a shameless power-worshipper, gushing over these ‘he-men’ like some sort of besotted kiddie. .

    Sheridan fails to mention that Lewis lasted only 14 months as Secretary of the Department of Defence.

    Campbell may well be a leadership genius and a brilliant strategist and manager, but he looks and sounds dumb as a box of dog-donuts.

  8. So I guess now we are going to get weeks of hate around here directed at Kimba Wood for correctly doing her job. Tiresome and predictable.

  9. egg_

    Can’t wait for TheirABC’s Michael Rowland’s take on the ‘love Judge’.

  10. Zyconoclast

    The court has fined the operators of four Sydney “Save and Deliver” pharmacies $45,000 after underpaying the Egyptian migrant worker who spoke little English. The total fine amounts to $62,010.59 over four years.
    Sydney men Nader Bastawrose, Amgad Samaan and Ashraf Youssef were each fined $15,000 after the Fair Work Ombudsman investigated and took legal action.
    Judge Robert Cameron said the migrant worker had been underpaid “the equivalent of about 93 weeks’ wages” between September 2009 and June 2013.

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/careers/migrant-underpaid-93-weeks-pay-worked-seven-days-and-took-rubbish-home-20180416-p4z9vo.html

  11. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Zulu – Sutherland? Much confusion over who.

    I’ve always been inclined to hold someone a bit higher up the food chain liable, stacks. The bright spark who’s name started with “M” and ended with “acArthur”, for one.

  12. egg_

    Does the Wrongologist have Judge Wood?

  13. Warwick

    My understanding was the Japanese air crew flew from Formosan airfields to attack the Philippines. It was so many hours after Pearl Harbour had been hit, the Japanese were amazed their own airfields had not been attacked, and when they arrived over the Philippines were stunned they had caught them on the ground. It seemed such a monumental screw up the Japanese air crew were left wondering if they were being drawn into some huge trap. Anyway. The Brit/Aussies neglected to inform the Yanks that Malaya had been invaded 8 hours before Pearl Harbour. Astounding.

  14. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2688837, posted on April 17, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    And GCM ordered them to Oz.

  15. Leigh Lowe

    thefrolickingmole

    #2688823, posted on April 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    BBC is going to get pantsed, beach sanded and pineappled by Cliff Richard.

    A former police detective has told the court hearing into Sir Cliff Richard’s damages case against the BBC that he felt forced to reveal the raid on the singer’s home to a journalist from the corporation.

    Matthew Fenwick, who was a detective superintendent with South Yorkshire police, said he believed reporter Dan Johnson would run a story about the investigation into the singer, leaving it “compromised”, unless he was told about the search.

    Fenwick said it had been clear Johnson knew the force was investigating an allegation of child sexual abuse against Richard, because he described the singer as a “celebrity pa**o” during a meeting.

    Discussing a meeting in July 2014, Fenwick said: “I believed the BBC was in a position to publish a story and I didn’t want them to publish a story at that stage.

    “[Johnson] said he could and he would, and we came to an arrangement that he would not publish it then but that we would let him know when we were going to take further action.

    “I felt that we didn’t have many options – there was no option, other than to cooperate with him.”

    I wonder how many zeros there will be in the payout?

    What fucking bullshit.
    The cops were working hand in glove with the Beeby Sea to smear Richards.
    They knew the decades old complaint was gossamer thin and uncorroborated, probably being run by a gold digger and unlikely to hold up in court.
    Fenwick is now trying to save his sorry arse.
    Why didn’t he tell Johnson he was on dangerous ground making unsubstantiated allegations and if he made any attempt to report on any covert investigation he would be in deep shit?
    No, they cooked the coverage of the raid up between them and now the cops are trying to back away.
    The cops have already settled with Richards, and the Beeby-Sea are going to be up for millions.
    A different jurisdiction, I know, but if New Idea calling Rebel Wilson a serial liar is wort $4.5 meg, what is this one worth.

  16. JC

    If only you had been around in the Pacific during WW2, Ronery. You could have been as famous as MacArthur and the war ended at least two years sooner. If only.

  17. stackja

    Just Cranky, probably so.

  18. Speedbox

    When the next global financial crisis arrives in Australia, the consequences will be catastrophic for millions. Retirees and those approaching retirement will be especially hard hit. Only the young will emerge from the financial ruins with any hope of recovering their lost wealth.

  19. Empire 5:5

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2688825, posted on April 17, 2018 at 2:04 pm
    Talk about salacious!

    Cohen’s Judge & Stormy Daniels Have Much in Common: Playboy Bunny Judge Worked for Hugh Hefner, Had Illicit Sexual Romp on Federal Bench

    Kimba Wood was a Reagan appointee. She worked her way through college. Her job happened to be with Hef. AFAIK she was never a honeypotter for the clowns. She granted Trump’s petition to intervene in the Cohen case last Friday.

    The hit pieces look like a distraction.

  20. JC

    Big call speedbox. Yuge.

    One of the “casualties” of being young as that they haven’t had time to accumulate assets. In any event most people have recovered from the GFC unless they did really stupid shit like take the loss and go to cash.

  21. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Christian islanders …
    Listening to a Samoan choir (for example) is enough to convert anybody.
    All of the pacific island choirs I have heard were an awesome sound experience.

    Hairy and I were saying last night how we’ve never played the music of the very deep basso profundo of the quintet we heard singing up to the heights of the rounded towers of St. Basil’s cathedral church in Moscow – actually a series of towered smaller churches. We bought two CD’s there, and have played the folk song one a lot, which also has a couple of sacred pieces on it. So I cut the wrapping off the other CD this arvo and sitting here alone under grey Sydney skies have just listened to that amazing deep Russian soul again rising up in one of Christendom’s glories. To add to that, the last two tracks are my favorite Russian folk songs – Kalinka and the Volga Boat Song. There is nothing like this in Islam, nothing.

  22. Empire 5:5

    Eleven court cases associated with independent counsel Ken Starr’s investigation into President Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky will largely be made public, a federal judge decided Monday.

    https://truepundit.com/judge-rules-to-unseal-11-cases-of-investigations-of-bill-clinton-and-monica-lewinsky-torrid-affair/

    If you want salacious, try this. Real news!

  23. egg_

    The hit pieces look like a distraction.

    Teh Wrongologist loses again.

  24. Real news!

    Which has been Hannity’s tagline when he editorialises in defence of his secret lawyer Michael Cohen.

    I wonder what Hannity chatted to Cohen about. And I wonder what consideration Cohen received for providing that advice. A bloke like Cohen doesn’t work pro bono.

  25. Snoopy

    In any event most people have recovered from the GFC unless they did really stupid shit like take the loss and go to cash.

    Or died.

  26. JC

    According to Monster’s and the Left’s new philosophy, speaking to a lawyer now makes you guilty of something.

  27. stackja

    Empire – Bill oh so old news to MSM. Prefer today’s fakery.

  28. Asking Michael Cohen for legal advice usually means you are guilty of something, yes JC.

  29. Snoopy

    A bloke like ((( Cohen ))) doesn’t work pro bono.

    Fixed it for you, Monty. Don’t be a coy goy.

  30. Leigh Lowe

    JC

    #2688846, posted on April 17, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Big call speedbox. Yuge

    Generational warrior, JC.

    “Fucking baby-boomers are living in my house in the inner city and I want it … now! [footstamp]”

    In the ’60’s the yoof wanted a revolution to bring down the older generation.
    Now they just want an asset busting recession and financial collapse.
    Sad.

  31. Empire 5:5

    According to a Justice Department official, the remaining redactions in the document are “narrowly tailored to protect the name of a foreign country and the name of a foreign agent.” Specifics have been replaced with identifiers like “foreign official” and “foreign government,” the official said.

    “These words must remain redacted after determining that revealing the words could harm the national security of the American people by undermining the trust we have with this foreign nation,” the official continued, adding that they appear “only a limited number of times, and do not obstruct the underlying meaning of the document.”

    http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/382764-doj-gives-house-intel-original-document-that-prompted-russia

    I wonder who the foreign government was? Or was it governments?

    What I really want to know is why Australian taxpayers gave $100M odd to the Klinton Krime Kartel. What exactly did we get in return?

  32. Dr Faustus

    Israel Folau avoids sanction by Rugby Australia over social media post

    RA boss Raelene Castle has been satisfied by a column in which the Wallabies star reiterated his religious convictions after claiming gay people were destined for hell unless they repent their “sins”.

    “In his own words, Israel said that he did not intend to upset people intentionally or bring hurt to the game. We accept Israel’s position,” Castle said in a statement on Tuesday.

    A Gypsy’s Warning leading to a Double Pike and Faceplant.

  33. Pull up Snoopy, there is no need for that behaviour. Keep that rubbish on 4chan where it belongs.

  34. Leigh Lowe

    RA boss Raelene Castle has been satisfied by a column in which the Wallabies star reiterated his religious convictions after claiming gay people were destined for hell unless they repent their “sins”.

    “In his own words, Israel said that he did not intend to upset people intentionally or bring hurt to the game. We accept Israel’s position,” Castle said in a statement on Tuesday.

    So QF toxic leprechaun and Dawn French decided to fold?
    Wise move.
    It will be interesting to see what Poocock does now because I reckon he has been pushing behind the scenes to have Folau smacked down.

  35. Empire 5:5

    Asking Michael Cohen for legal advice usually means you are guilty of something, yes JC.

    Have you gone like full Uncle Ho retard or are you reacting to the medication?

    Good Afternoon, incidentally.

  36. feelthebern

    JC, please comment on monty’s hockey claim.
    You’ve seen him.
    Is it possible for him to play centre forward for:

    a) 5mins
    b) 10 mins
    c) how much is a sausage sambo & coke at half time?

  37. JC

    Asking Michael Cohen for legal advice usually means you are guilty of something, yes JC.

    Is that what Rachael Meadow told you to think…during her lesbian hour?

  38. Snoopy

    Don’t get precious because someone points out your latent A-S, Monty.

  39. JC

    Burn

    It’s possible that Monst could play hockey, there’s a great deal that’s possible like a camel, or in his case an elephant, going through the eye of a needle. But it’s very, very unlikely.

  40. Makka

    PG was made in the mid sixties, but it is chock full of meat about the dangers facing the UK about the EU.

    I watched your other series recommendation Jo, The Sandbaggers. Great series. So many treacherous bastards.

  41. Empire 5:5

    Why does hockey attract a disproportionate % of rugmunchers and communists?

  42. feelthebern

    Cast your mind back Cat’s when New York lawyer Lyn Stewart/Stuart was arrested for passing on information to terrorists a tad after Sept 11.
    Can’t remember exactly when.
    The left lost their shit over attorney/client privilege.
    That old hag is was disbarred & jailed for decent stretch.

    Roll forward to today.
    Lawyer has their client list outed.
    No terrorism.
    No imminent threat.
    The left cheers it on.

    WTF has happened to the world ?

  43. Boambee John

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2688825, posted on April 17, 2018 at 2:04 pm
    Talk about salacious!

    Cohen’s Judge & Stormy Daniels Have Much in Common: Playboy Bunny Judge Worked for Hugh Hefner, Had Illicit Sexual Romp on Federal Bench

    Honestly, would even Mills and Boon accept a novel with this as a story line? Which planet are we on?

  44. Snoopy

    A Gold Coast university student has been sentenced to 40 hours of community service after slapping an academic, and then hitting him with his exam paper.

    Mechanical engineering student Ali Mohammad pleaded guilty to assaulting an academic at Griffith University last month.

    The Southport Magistrates Court heard the English-born student argued with the victim about his exam marks and demanded extra credit.

    I wonder what the penalty he would have got if his name was David Jackson?

  45. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2688834, posted on April 17, 2018 at 2:15 pm
    So I guess now we are going to get weeks of hate around here directed at Kimba Wood

    Contemptuous mocking is more likely.

  46. Tom

    Why does hockey attract a disproportionate % of rugmunchers and communists?

    Easy. All leftards are passive-aggressive bitches and cowards, which perfectly describes the character flaws most rewarded by hockey, Empire. It’s made for them.

  47. Leigh Lowe

    How’s business mUnter?
    How many copies of The Big Issue have you shifted today?

  48. JC

    WTF has happened to the world ?

    Nothing. The left and hypocrisy go together. Monst is the prime exhibit here.

  49. feelthebern

    You can’t blame ol’ Stormy Daniels for what she’s doing.
    Hooker’s gotta hook.

    She was sloppy at her best*, so now another pay-day has dropped into her lap (or has she dropped into someone else’s lap..boom tsch), & she’s milking it (or is she milking someone else…double boom tsch).

    *So I’ve been told by a friend.

  50. Empire 5:5

    Thanks Tom.

    It all makes sense now.

  51. Leigh Lowe

    Why does hockey attract a disproportionate % of rugmunchers and communists?

    Jon Faino used to bore people shitless with his tales of geriatric hockey.
    The BMI king will fit right in.

  52. Makka

    “I said nothing about my shirt, but people noticed,” Comey writes.

    Gay.

  53. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2688854, posted on April 17, 2018 at 2:50 pm
    Asking Michael Cohen for legal advice usually means you are guilty of something, yes JC.

    Personal experience? How much did he charge?

  54. feelthebern

    Comey was a virgin until he was 35, but people noticed.

  55. JC

    I can’t understand why Trump was bonking Daniels. He said he was grabbing so many women by the pussy, so why a hooker? I understand any port in the storm on a late Friday night, but it doesn’t look like he had to go through any storm… pun intended.

  56. JC

    Makka
    #2688881, posted on April 17, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    “I said nothing about my shirt, but people noticed,” Comey writes.

    Gay.

    I think he must be the only person who hasn’t noticed.

  57. Leigh Lowe

    “I said nothing about my shirt, but people noticed,” Comey writes.

    And, on Day 2, I wore one black sock and one grey sock.
    The Bureau was rocked to it’s core.

  58. feelthebern

    What I found funny about all the Trump “romps” is that he liked to eat first (steak & potatoes).
    Liked to chat.
    & was a gentle lover.
    I reckon most women would like to be pleasured in that manner, his orange greatness notwithstanding.

  59. struth

    Ha Ha…..Comey’s about to chuck a rope over the rafters or be carried away dribbling into a bib.

  60. Feelthe bern;

    WTF has happened to the world ?

    The communists won?

  61. feelthebern

    And on day 3, I used calibri not times new roman.
    I didn’t say anything about my font, but people noticed.

  62. JC

    No kidding, after seeing a little of what he’s like, firing Comey was a highlight of Trump’s presidency. The low point was that he didn’t boot the dickhead on his first day.

    That would have been great. Just as he sits down for the first time in the Oval office, Trump dictates a booting letter to Comey and publicly fires him.

  63. Just because I like you personally, Leigh Lowe, I will allow you to see proof of hockey life.

  64. Leigh Lowe

    Just because I like you personally, Leigh Lowe, I will allow you to see proof of hockey life.

    Eeeerrrrrk.
    Anyone know how to clean vomit off a Samsung 7?

  65. Makka

    It’s pretty clear that the whole Stormy Daniels thing is a vicious scumbag leftist creation targetting Melania. Hoping she will crack.

    Forget it. Slavic women are the toughest beings bearing breasts.

  66. FTB;

    I reckon most women would like to be pleasured in that manner, his orange greatness notwithstanding.

    I understood that His Orange Greatness was an absolute Orangetan in the sack.
    But it was such a silly rumour that I forgot it until you mentioned it.

  67. dopey

    ABC News: Man found dead after fatal shooting.

  68. Boambee John

    “I said nothing about my shirt, but people noticed,” Comey writes.

    Let’s cut to the chase, did either, both, or neither of them wear a button down collar? Unless they did, it is clear they should never have been employed by the FBI.

  69. feelthebern

    Oh my monty.
    You are so shiney.

  70. Empire 5:5

    but it doesn’t look like he had to go through any storm… pun intended

    KEEP CALM AND COVFEFE..

    https://goo.gl/images/ijwbFB

  71. Rae

    BJ. Button down collars are so last century. Only old men like you would even mention them.

  72. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Just because I like you personally, Leigh Lowe, I will allow you to see proof of hockey life.

    Same attire and equipment you use for golf.

  73. egg_

    RA boss Raelene Castle has been satisfied by a column…

    Likely a substantial column given the looks of her.

  74. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Why would you eat steak and potatoes before sex? It would surely slow you down.

  75. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2688893, posted on April 17, 2018 at 3:24 pm
    Just because I like you personally, Leigh Lowe, I will allow you to see proof of hockey life.

    That is still life, where is the video? Without the video, it is just dress ups.

  76. struth

    RA boss Raelene Castle has been satisfied by a column…

    I must say, I feel sorry for the column.

  77. Leigh Lowe

    Day 4.
    As long as anyone could remember, going back to the early days of Hoover, the toilet rolls were always put on the holders with the tail of paper coming over the top.
    I surreptitiously started flipping the rolls over so the paper now came from underneath.
    Of course, no-one saw me do it, but they knew.
    I could tell by the excited murmurings in the hallways which would die down as I approached, and I would give them an enigmatic smile from my full height of 6’8″.
    They were at once confused, apprehensive and excited at this new disruptive leadership style.
    Yes, the wind of change is blowing through the corridors of this great, and soon to be even greater, institution.
    And that wind has a name.
    We call it Comey.

  78. Empire 5:5

    Why would you eat steak and potatoes before sex? It would surely slow you down

    What if you’re playing a game of Sale of the Century? You could rub your belly during the ad breaks.

  79. Leigh Lowe

    Why would you eat steak and potatoes before sex? It would surely slow you down.

    .
    During sex is the correct time for steak and potatoes.

  80. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Just because I like you personally, Leigh Lowe, I will allow you to see proof of hockey life.

    The majority of male Cats can take solace in the fact that they are better looking then the resident Lefty.

  81. Rae

    In his book, James Comey explains just how brave he was:

    Nah, C.L.. He was just pointing out that the guard had changed and he wasn’t adhering to Muellers management style. As he pointed out, but you chose not to fully quote, in that bit of the book:

    In fact, the gregarious Comey – quick with a laugh and a 1,000-watt smile – explains in detail how different his leadership style was from the strait-laced former Marine Robert Mueller he replaced. He explains that his first action on his first day as FBI director – wearing a blue shirt – was meant to make clear he departed from Mueller, who always wore a white shirt and insisted his leadership team did the same. “I said nothing about my shirt, but people noticed,” Comey writes.

    Childish comment from you really, C.L. Churlish too.

  82. Empire 5:5

    The majority of male Cats can take solace in the fact that they are better looking then the resident Lefty.

    Some of the finest people I know have heads that look like busted rings.

    Looks aren’t everything, though it does open doors and thighs.

  83. The majority of male Cats can take solace in the fact that they are better looking then the resident Lefty.

    LOL, your usage of “they” implies you are not among them.

  84. struth

    Childish comment from you really,

    Ha ha….I’m in your head.

    BOO!

  85. H B Bear

    I’d hate to see the photos mUnty shows people if he doesn’t like them.

  86. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    LOL, your usage of “they” implies you are not among them.

    I can give you twenty years and I’ve still got a full head of hair…

  87. Dr Faustus

    Apparently a person called Michael McCormack is Prime Minister of Australia for the next 10 days.
    Don’t know who he is, but we appear to be in better economic shape already.

    “Scott ‘Santa Claus’ Morrison will be announcing some goodies,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

    Mr McCormack said the budget would allocate “a record spend” in excess of last year’s $75 billion for road and rail projects, and promised that no state or territory would be left out.

    So tax reductions and increased spending.
    Sounds marvellous.

  88. calli

    Comey’s blue shirt is the gift that keeps on giving. Thank you oh Lofty One.

  89. struth

    I can give you twenty years and I’ve still got a full head of hair…

    Monty’s got long flowing hair all down his back, apparently.

    None on his head.

  90. Rae

    Grigorian levels of stalkerhood.

    The chant of Boambee John.

    Grigory was never a stalker. Just clever with words. Others couldn’t compete with him, so they created the stalker fallacy. I would have credited you with knowing that, m0nty.

    Blow Job is different. Just an old wanker who tries to be clever, but never succeeds at it.

  91. The AEMO site shows that the two interconnectors – one to Tasmania and one to SA are still down.

  92. struth

    Blow Job is different. Just an old wanker who tries to be clever, but never succeeds at it.

    Enough of this course language Rae, live by your own standards, Shitfer…………….

  93. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ‘Why not? It’s not every day you get that much money’: Woman, 28, wins a massive slice of her estranged father’s estate and spends every cent in nine months – including $150,000 on ICE

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5624021/Woman-wins-massive-slice-estranged-fathers-estate-spends-150-000-ICE.html#ixzz5CuFvUwaD
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    Seems to me there was a very good reason she was never a beneficiary in the first place.

  94. Nick

    I don’t understand why Qantas are so upsetty about Falau’s comments. It’s not as if they have skin in the game. Oh hang on.

  95. Grigory was never a stalker. Just clever with words. Others couldn’t compete with him, so they created the stalker fallacy. I would have credited you with knowing that, m0nty.

    You don’t fool me either, Rae/Grigory. I read the stuff that got you the stalker rep. You are a bit of a creep.

  96. notafan

    Barbara Bush is not dead yet.

  97. Rae

    we only had nine blokes so I did a lot of running from centre forward

    Water based field, or sand-based?

  98. struth

    I don’t understand why Qantas are so upsetty about Falau’s comments. It’s not as if they have skin in the game. Oh hang on.

    …while hypocritically partnered to an Islamic airline.

  99. I can give you twenty years and I’ve still got a full head of hair…

    Good for you Zulu. I am sure you are a hit with the Thai ladies.

  100. egg_

    Looks like Monst has been laying off the Krispy Kremes/chasing the rugrats about?

  101. Baldrick

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer git-

    CELEBRITY chef Jamie Oliver’s Australian eatery adventure looks to be all but over with the collapse of his restaurant chain. The Australian arm of Jamie’s Italian has been placed in voluntary administration.
    In January, Oliver’s company announced it would close almost half the UK branches of his Jamie’s Italian chain, with the loss of 450 jobs, after racking up debts of $130 million. Unpaid staff wages accounted for $4 million of that debt, reported The Sun .
    His company also announced it would wind up his entire Barbecoa steakhouse chain, just a year after seven Jamie’s Italian branches were also shuttered along with a Jamie Oliver branded pizza business.
    In addition, Recipease, his cooking school and high end grocery chain, closed its doors.

  102. egg_

    You don’t fool me either, Rae/Grigory.

    Monst locates the sock drawer.

  103. Baldrick

    m0nty
    #2688928, posted on April 17, 2018 at 3:56 pm
    You don’t fool me either, Rae/Grigory. I read the stuff that got you the stalker rep. You are a bit of a creep.

    Ouch!

  104. H B Bear

    I thought Oliver’s Australian chain had already been in and out of administration once already? How the hell do you raise $130m in debt against a bunch of restaurants headed by a lisping git?

    Liquidating hospitality businesses and stiffing staff, suppliers and the tax office is a tried and tested business model though.

  105. JC

    m0nty
    #2688916, posted on April 17, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    The majority of male Cats can take solace in the fact that they are better looking then the resident Lefty.

    LOL, your usage of “they” implies you are not among them.

    Monst
    Sgt major Ronery was the most eligible bachelor in Perth in his 20’s. Ask him, as he’ll tell you. We never asked but told us.

  106. Rae

    … Rae this may help you along your journey to adulthood …

    Sure, struth. No chance I would click on a link provided by a dill like you. Let me know when your delayed adulthood kicks in, old fella.

  107. notafan

    It is worth noting that, on the ground, both rebel groups targeted by Russian aircraft, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham and Jabhat Tahrir Souriya, are currently in the midst of a war with one another.

    What can one say?

    Russian precision airstrikes in Idlib hammer Syria’s 2 biggest Islamist rebel groups

  108. Dr Faustus

    The Australian arm of Jamie’s Italian has been placed in voluntary administration.

    Hardly surprising.
    Their daytime model (at least in Brisbane) was business quick lunch. But when they first opened you couldn’t book because they were so fucking famous they had a queue out on the street.

    After the first flush, they were off everyone’s radar.

  109. The Barking Toad

    Why would you eat steak

    Forepaly

  110. Rae

    Why does hockey attract a disproportionate % of rugmunchers and communists?

    It doesn’t.

  111. The Barking Toad

    and in a proper spelling world that would be foreplay

  112. struth

    God Monst, you really have hit a brick wall.

    You’re tired and you can’t keep up the bullshit.

    The spirit is as broken as Hillary on election night.

    We can all see it, we know your bluster and , well, it’s gone.

    The good thing is with us, you don’t have to apologise, just come on over.
    Come over to the side of liberty and freedom.
    The side of individual responsibility and western compassion and strength against tyranny of socialists/totalitarians.

  113. Makka

    While the 5 Eyes continues it’s ever expanding illegal surveillance of their own citizens, watchout because the Wussians are coming!

    LONDON — The United States and Britain on Monday issued a first-of-its-kind joint warning about Russian cyberattacks against government and private organizations as well as individual homes and offices in both countries, a milestone in the escalating use of cyberweaponry between major powers.

  114. Oh come on

    I can’t understand why Trump was bonking Daniels. He said he was grabbing so many women by the pussy, so why a hooker? I understand any port in the storm on a late Friday night, but it doesn’t look like he had to go through any storm… pun intended.

    I said this at the time of her interview. Her recount of whatever interaction they had seems at least highly exaggerated wrt to amount of interest he showed in her. I think they probably did bump uglies but doubt that he was hankering after her in any way, as she claims. She was never that spesh, even 10 years ago. He could have dialed up dozens of hotter, more interesting women willing to get it on with him for self-advancement whilst being charming and whatnot than this tacky Stormy ditz. The man owned a global beauty contest ffs.

  115. egg_

    The Australian arm of Jamie’s Italian has been placed in voluntary administration.

    Hardly surprising.
    Their daytime model (at least in Brisbane) was business quick lunch. But when they first opened you couldn’t book because they were so fucking famous they had a queue out on the street.

    After the first flush, they were off everyone’s radar.

    One wonders if Manu’s and others suffered the same fate?

  116. Some History

    I don’t understand why Qantas are so upsetty about Falau’s comments. It’s not as if they have skin in the game. Oh hang on.

    The gay leprecon.
    https://imgur.com/DlFoe36

    Why are the ceilings so high? Why are the chairs so big?

  117. Zatara

    If Comey had just followed the sensible rules laid down by his institution, there would have been no October Surprise and Hillary would have won.

    More rewriting of history.

    No, if Comey had just followed Federal Law Clinton would have been charged with mishandling and disclosure of classified information and ‘concealment, removal or mutilation generally of classified information’ in July.

    The penalties for those crimes include “shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States“.

    The chances of her winning the election while in court facing those charges were exactly zilch. But Comey overstepped his authority and declared that HE decided not to charge her.

    And the left rejoiced.

    Later, when the mountain of evidence from Wiener’s laptop became absolutely impossible to brush under the rug anymore Comey told Congress that he was re-opening the investigation.

    And the left went berserk.

    However, suggesting that alone cost her the election is as childish as ignoring the fact that had she been charged as she should have been in the first place she wouldn’t have had a prayer of being elected, might have been removed as a candidate altogether and replaced with Bernie, and if even she had won she would have been removed by Federal law. No impeachment necessary.

  118. Myrddin Seren

    I can’t understand why Trump was bonking Daniels.

    Reportedly The Donald doesn’t imbibe alcohol, so the event can’t be blamed on him having his Beer Googles on when he spotted her.

    Absent booze, hard to imagine Stormy D was the best he could land ?

  119. struth

    Let me know when your delayed adulthood kicks in, old fella.

    It already has, now I’m trying to kick it out.

    You refuse to learn, how unusual.

  120. Leigh Lowe

    Hardly surprising.
    Their daytime model (at least in Brisbane) was business quick lunch. But when they first opened you couldn’t book because they were so fucking famous they had a queue out on the street.

    Honestly, pasta should be as cheap as chips.
    You simply can’t carry all Oliver’s voracious appetite for “click the ticket” royalties and his army of advisers on restaurant décor etc in a $12.50 bowl of spag bog.

  121. Geriatric Mayfly

    Something behind the paywall about Pell’s team going on the attack.

  122. Rae

    I see, m0nty. Grigory was cutting in on your territory.

    All good now, though. Just little Digital Native me to crimp your style a bit.

  123. Slayer of Memes

    Alan Dershowitz: If this were Hillary Clinton they’d [Ed: HE’s referring to the ACLU, but has also said the same about prominent Democrats] be raising money left and right defending Hillary Clinton’s rights. But now they’re raising money left and left by attacking Trump and putting the attack on Trump over defending our civil liberties. Why do you think I’m here all the time? Why do you think I’m speaking out in favor of the rights of the man I voted against? Because the ACLU is dead in the water. Who’s ever heard of the ACLU coming in, not only justifying, defending, but applauding a raid on a lawyer’s office which may very well may have taken material that was classified as lawyer client?… It (ACLU) is absolutely political. It is a partisan, hard-left, political organization which no longer cares about the civil liberties of all Americans.

    When you’ve lost noted leftist law professor Alan Dershowitz, you may as well wind up the ‘special investigation’ and go home…

    According to mUnty though, talking to a lawyer is PROOF of you having committed a crime…

    Surely his time is up Sinc?

    How can you continue to defend a proven liar (lived in India while studying at Seymour High School) who insists on just trolling this place with his bullshit, despite giving you a solemn promise to ‘lift his game’ when you let him back in…

  124. Delta A

    One wonders if Manu’s and others suffered the same fate?

    Manu had a monumental meltdown over a restaurant review in The $Oz. This story by food critic John Lethlean ran recently:

    Sorry, Manu. My review didn’t destroy your restaurant

    Thank goodness for that.

    Manu Feildel, the celebrity chef, has over the weekend clarified the role of the restaurant critic: “To help restaurants improve.” A kind of free consultancy.

    And I always thought it was about the reader.

    Feildel has made hay over the weekend launching his latest franchise — writing reviews for delicious magazine — with tales of woe about how our review of Le Grand Cirque, his last effort at the restaurant business back in 2014, distressed him.

    Let’s hope Manu’s reviews for Delicious enjoy more success than Le Grand Cirque.

    Reading between the lines, Feildel actually blames The Australian for closing his restaurant. It’s comic genius.

    “I was angry, angry, angry after I read [Lethlean’s] review and then, when my business partner turned around and said we have to close the restaurant, I was gobsmacked,” explains Feildel with a sudden sobriety that’s in stark contrast to his prevailing gregarious tone. My review for The Weekend Australian mauled Feildel’s then newly-opened South Yarra restaurant, giving it one star, calling it “très ordinaire”, describing the food as “patchy — at best, solid; at worst, a disgrace”, and accusing the chef of opening Le Grande Cirque to leverage his celebrity status.

    “I cried for days like a baby, I went through a depression for five months … it was a horrible, horrible time of my life,” says Feildel.

    This has been the fodder of Facebook over the weekend, and, undoubtedly, the comments sections of various papers (and by the way Manu we have met, but I’m not surprised you don’t recall it).

    Well, here’s the truth, Manu. Le Grand Cirque did not get one good review, from any mainstream critic. Not one. And when the restaurant closed in June 2014 due, perhaps, to the public’s massive disinterest in an ordinary product for extraordinary money, The Australian pulled down the review from its website so as not to confuse readers with “live” reviews of dead restaurants.

    Looking after those damned readers again.

    So mate, I’m looking forward to reading your advice column.

  125. The good thing is with us, you don’t have to apologise, just come on over.
    Come over to the side of liberty and freedom.
    The side of individual responsibility and western compassion and strength against tyranny of socialists/totalitarians.

    Yeah nah, struth. When you can identify a right-wing pol who takes individual responsibility for corruption, kakistocracy and immiseration of the public on his or her watch, get back to me.

  126. Herodotus

    Richter has asked that the case be thrown out, that the complainants are lacking in credibility, and that a case has been “constructed”. The magistrate has been reported as saying that it’s for a jury to decide on credibility. She will give her judgement on May 1.

  127. Boambee John

    m0nty at 1556

    You don’t fool me either, Rae/Grigory. I read the stuff that got you the stalker rep. You are a bit of a creep.

    This may shock you m0nty, but I entirely endorse this comment.

  128. Nick

    One wonders if Manu’s and others suffered the same fate?

    I once ate at one of his restaurants, not realising it was his. The servings were meagre beyond belief. It’s no wonder he went out of business

  129. OldOzzie

    Pell’s lawyers demand charges be thrown out – Tessa Akerman

    Cardinal George Pell’s lawyers have urged the committal magistrate to throw out the historical sex charges against him which they claim were brought by liars who hated the cardinal because of his position within the Catholic Church.

    Robert Richter QC said publicity surrounding Cardinal Pell’s relationship with notorious pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale and allegations he had knowledge of the church’s cover-up of sexual abuse “generated feeling of hatred” for the man who represented the Catholic Church and the feelings grew as he rose in the institution.

    Mr Richter attacked the credibility of the complainants.

    “If we put [the complaints] up one at a time we would lose everyone of them,” he said.

    “One of the complainants didn’t even think about it for 40 years until he saw it on television and it came flooding back.”

    Mr Richter said the “centre attack” of the Victorian parliamentary inquiry and the royal commission had been on the Catholic Church.

    “Cardinal Pell has been seen as the face of that responsibility,” he said.

    Cardinal Pell was charged last June with historical sex offences relating to multiple complainants and Magistrate Belinda Wallington will hand down her decision on May 1 as to whether he should stand trial.

    Mr Richter said police had put together a “cabal of people who have a common source of information” in the 7.30 report and journalist Louise Milligan’s book.

    “Each of them have told lies from time to time, demonstrable lies,” he said.

    “[They] are really only there to support each other, to try and help each other.”

    Mr Richter cited a UK report by High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques which mentioned a real possibility that people “bandwagon” onto complaints against prominent people.

    The report recommended investigators be informed that false complaints are made from time to time and should not be regarded as a remote possibility.

    It said police were currently of the mindset that accusers of sexual offences must always be believed.

    “Police don’t seek the truth, they construct cases,” Mr Richter said.

    “Fortunately nothing has disturbed the presumption of innocence, the cardinal came to this court an innocent man.”

    Ms Wallington said police in the UK had disbelieved claims against entertainer Jimmy Savile for years but were now almost in a position of overcorrection.

    However she said she seen nothing in Victoria that would indicate that approach was being taken in prosecuting alleged sexual offences.

    Mr Richter said that approach was taken in Cardinal Pell’s case with police failing to test the evidence of the alleged victims by speaking to possible corroborative witnesses or obtaining historical records.

    “It should be difficult to destroy and lock up a citizen,” he said.

    He also said his cross examination of alleged victims could be considered “brutality” but it was necessary to expose perjury.

    “While I apologise for the manner, I do not apologise for the content,” he said.

    Mr Richter told the Melbourne Magistrate Court more than three-quarters of the charges against the cardinal were made by two complainants and their allegations ought to be regarded as impossible.

    He said the credibility of the alleged victims was damaged and the allegations had fundamental defects with the timing of one of the allegations rendering subsequent allegations impossible.

    But Ms Wallington said issues of credibility and reliability were for a jury to decide.

    “Except when you get to the point where credibility is effectively annihilated,” she said.

    “Or unless close enough to annihilated that it would be a waste of public money, time and effort to put the man on trial,” Mr Richter replied.

    “If it is so remote that a properly directed jury may find a reasonable doubt in this case then you don’t commit,” he said.

  130. egg_

    Delicious sounds more down to Earth than Le Grand Cirque Jerk.

  131. thefrolickingmole

    The finger up the black-boys bum troll feeling relevance deprived again I see. (being a “digital native” and all)

    Low energy,
    Sad.
    ….

    Kimba Wood
    In Sri lankan a Kimba is a ladies front bottom. Makes it had to watch “Kimba the white lion” once you know that.

  132. OldOzzie

    Pell’s lawyers demand charges be thrown out – Tessa Akerman

    Cardinal George Pell’s lawyers have urged the committal magistrate to throw out the historical sex charges against him which they claim were brought by liars who hated the cardinal because of his position within the Catholic Church.

    Robert Richter QC said publicity surrounding Cardinal Pell’s relationship with notorious p###ophile priest Gerald Ridsdale and allegations he had knowledge of the church’s cover-up of sexual abuse “generated feeling of hatred” for the man who represented the Catholic Church and the feelings grew as he rose in the institution.

    Mr Richter attacked the credibility of the complainants.

    “If we put [the complaints] up one at a time we would lose everyone of them,” he said.

    “One of the complainants didn’t even think about it for 40 years until he saw it on television and it came flooding back.”

    Mr Richter said the “centre attack” of the Victorian parliamentary inquiry and the royal commission had been on the Catholic Church.

    “Cardinal Pell has been seen as the face of that responsibility,” he said.

    Cardinal Pell was charged last June with historical sex offences relating to multiple complainants and Magistrate Belinda Wallington will hand down her decision on May 1 as to whether he should stand trial.

    Mr Richter said police had put together a “cabal of people who have a common source of information” in the 7.30 report and journalist Louise Milligan’s book.

    “Each of them have told lies from time to time, demonstrable lies,” he said.

    “[They] are really only there to support each other, to try and help each other.”

    Mr Richter cited a UK report by High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques which mentioned a real possibility that people “bandwagon” onto complaints against prominent people.

    The report recommended investigators be informed that false complaints are made from time to time and should not be regarded as a remote possibility.

    It said police were currently of the mindset that accusers of sexual offences must always be believed.

    “Police don’t seek the truth, they construct cases,” Mr Richter said.

    “Fortunately nothing has disturbed the presumption of innocence, the cardinal came to this court an innocent man.”

    Ms Wallington said police in the UK had disbelieved claims against entertainer Jimmy Savile for years but were now almost in a position of overcorrection.

    However she said she seen nothing in Victoria that would indicate that approach was being taken in prosecuting alleged sexual offences.

    Mr Richter said that approach was taken in Cardinal Pell’s case with police failing to test the evidence of the alleged victims by speaking to possible corroborative witnesses or obtaining historical records.

    “It should be difficult to destroy and lock up a citizen,” he said.

    He also said his cross examination of alleged victims could be considered “brutality” but it was necessary to expose perjury.

    “While I apologise for the manner, I do not apologise for the content,” he said.

    Mr Richter told the Melbourne Magistrate Court more than three-quarters of the charges against the cardinal were made by two complainants and their allegations ought to be regarded as impossible.

    He said the credibility of the alleged victims was damaged and the allegations had fundamental defects with the timing of one of the allegations rendering subsequent allegations impossible.

    But Ms Wallington said issues of credibility and reliability were for a jury to decide.

    “Except when you get to the point where credibility is effectively annihilated,” she said.

    “Or unless close enough to annihilated that it would be a waste of public money, time and effort to put the man on trial,” Mr Richter replied.

    “If it is so remote that a properly directed jury may find a reasonable doubt in this case then you don’t commit,” he said.

  133. Makka

    Looks like mUnty has been sucked in yet again. Dumb as a bag of rocks;,

    “However, on Monday, the special counsel’s office told The Times that many of the stories surrounding the investigation are not true.

    “What I have been telling all reporters is that many stories about our investigation have been inaccurate,” a spokesperson for Mueller said. “Be very cautious about any source that claims to have knowledge about our investigation and dig deep into what they claim before reporting on it. If another outlet reports something, don’t run with it unless you have your own sourcing to back it up.”

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/29509/following-story-about-trump-lawyer-mueller-issues-ryan-saavedra

  134. Dr Faustus

    Something behind the paywall about Pell’s team going on the attack.

    [Richter] suggested the allegations against Pell were not properly investigated because of a “politically correct” change that meant statements from people making allegations of sexual assault were taken “as gospel”.

    Wallington said she was aware there had been an “overcorrection” by British police in response to decades of disbelieving complainants against entertainer and sex offender Jimmy Savile, but said she has not “seen anything in our state to indicate that that’s the position that has been taken”.

    So, will go to trial – no surprise there. And will also set a new bar for the standard of police investigation/evidence in Victoria.

  135. My copy of Agenda 2 has arrived – I’ll let you know how it goes…

  136. OldOzzie

    Beattie slams Australians disappointed by closing ceremony


    Commonwealth Games boss Peter Beattie has accused Australians of being “a pack of whingers” over criticism of the closing ceremony that failed to honour the athletes.

    The same day as he took responsibility and apologised for the decision to leave the traditional athletes’ march out of the opening ceremony – meaning TV viewers missed seeing wheelchair marathon champion Kurt Fearnely lead athletes into the stadium – Mr Beattie used his regular slot on Sky News to criticise “whingers” and “self-indulgent commentators”.

    “No organisation is perfect, people make mistakes, we all do, none of us are perfect,” Mr Beattie said on Beattie and Newman on Monday night.

    “One of the problems we’ve got is we are turning into a pack of whingers.”

    The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation chairman told co-host Campbell Newman said he was “very proud” of the Games despite the closing ceremony drama.

    Earlier in the day he said organisers had athletes’ welfare in mind when they scrapped the televised athletes’ march into the stadium led by each country’s flag-bearer, and instead ushered them in before the broadcast and official opening started.

    Mr Beattie also said the eight speeches delivered on the night – including one by him – went for too long.

    “In the long run, the reality is, you can have a blame game going from now until eternity, (but) I’m the chairman of the (GOLDOC) organising committee, the buck stops with us, so I’m not interested in blaming anyone else,” he said.

    But Mr Beattie appeared to walk away from his earlier apologies on Monday night, hinting that the media and public criticism of the ceremony was a “beat-up”.

    “Often some of the commentators who are very self-indulgent forget this – there is a very good team at GOLDOC, which is the organising committee, and whenever you get beat-ups and so on the moral of those wonderful individuals actually is affected,” he said.

    “These people are non-political, they worked incredibly hard and delivered one of the best Commonwealth Games Australia’s ever had.”

    Mr Beattie said whingers were disruptive to people trying “to do positive things”.

    “I just say to Australia ‘we are bigger than this we should be about positive things about building things about doing things and we shouldn’t try to tear down people who want to do that,” he said.

    “Whingeing is easy, building things and doing positive things is much harder. Unless we stop whingeing we are going to go down the gurgler.”

  137. Some History

    Qantass has renamed the Australia to England route the Ben Dover Express

    Logo to appear on planes just released:
    https://imgur.com/eMvVuZ3

  138. Boambee John

    m0nty at 1635

    When you can identify a right-wing pol who takes individual responsibility for corruption, kakistocracy and immiseration of the public on his or her watch, get back to me.

    Sorry m0nty, have to go back to disagreeing.

    When you can identify a left wing pol who does these things, get back to us.

    You might start by looking at the record of the Clinton Foundation in Haiti. I wont bother suggesting that you look at Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro or others of that generation, just the current ones.

  139. egg_

    Commonwealth Games boss Peter Beattie has accused Australians of being “a pack of whingers” over criticism of the closing ceremony that failed to honour the athletes.

    Quickly dropped the apologist facade.

  140. OldOzzie

    THE TIMES
    Morally bankrupt UN is a disgrace next to the Commonwealth – Melanie Phillips


    This week, 53 Commonwealth heads of government are meeting in London for their biennial conference. For years the Commonwealth, the multinational body that arose from the ashes of the British Empire, was regarded with indifference by successive prime ministers. Brexit has changed all that.

    Now the government views the Commonwealth as a valuable potential source of increased British trade and influence.

    At the same time, there’s controversy over whether Prince Charles should become its head on the death of the Queen, whose deep commitment to her “family of nations” has been such a distinguishing feature of her reign.

    Cue attacks on the Commonwealth as a useless relic of discredited imperialism and supine monarchism. Professor Philip Murphy, director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, says it can survive only by severing its links with the royal family.

    In an article a few days ago, he scorned the notion that the Commonwealth could be of the slightest use after the “unmitigated disaster” of Brexit. His new book, The Empire’s New Clothes: The Myth of the Commonwealth, accuses it of hypocrisy, irrelevance and meaninglessness.

    Strikingly, the UN is never subjected to this kind of attack, even though the consequences of its deficiencies as the designated policeman of the world are of far greater importance.

    The chemical weapons attack in Syria has exposed yet again the chronic failure of the UN to uphold security, freedom and the rule of law. Although Russia brokered the 2013 deal guaranteeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, its ally President Assad has continued to use them. Yet the UN has not sanctioned Russia for this. Instead, it remains a member of the UN Security Council where last week it again blocked an investigation into Syria’s use of chemical weapons.

    Worse than this, in a grotesque development Syria will next month assume the presidency of the 65-nation UN Conference on Disarmament, the very body that produced the treaty against chemical weapons that Syria has traduced.

    The UN routinely makes a mockery of the very values it is pledged to uphold. Members of the UN human rights council include such notable exponents of democracy and human rights as China, Cuba, Egypt, Qatar, Pakistan, Venezuela, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. At the conclusion of its four-week session last month, the council had passed one resolution on North Korea, one on Iran, two on Syria and no fewer than five on democratic Israel. How many resolutions were passed on human rights abuses in China, Cuba, Egypt, Qatar, Pakistan, Venezuela, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the UAE? Zero.

    No one bats an eyelid at this. The charter of the Commonwealth commits it to upholding democracy, human rights, international peace and security, freedom of expression, the rule of law and so on. Its member states may be imperfect but at least the Commonwealth tries to hold offenders to account if they cross its red lines.

    In 1995 it suspended Nigeria after it executed nine environmentalists; in 2002 it suspended Zimbabwe (which eventually left) after violence during the presidential election; in 2006 and 2009 it suspended Fiji after a military coup and the abrogation of the constitution; and in 1999 and 2007 it suspended Pakistan for imposing dictatorial powers.

    By contrast, the UN treats tyrants as legitimate players on the global political stage. The problem is inherent in the belief that the UN’s world membership confers legitimacy. Much of the world, though, is run by tyrannical regimes. The notion that including bad people in a global body will draw their poison is a fantasy. The reality is that the tyrants hold the democrats hostage.

    Far from embodying nostalgia for imperialism, the Commonwealth’s historic links with Britain mean its members have a cultural tie to our values. The UN is based merely upon abstract ideals of peace and justice to which member states may have no cultural affinity at all.

    Moreover, the royal link is not an anachronistic offence against democracy. It is essential to guard against the institutionalised abuses of the UN. The monarchy is a unifying factor precisely because it stands above the political fray. Its one concern is to keep the Commonwealth show on the road. By contrast, the UN is a gladiatorial arena where the biggest bullies win.

    The Commonwealth is attractive to countries that are not aggressive but value freedom and security. Australia and New Zealand rate it as useful in helping maintain peace and stability in the Pacific. Singapore and Malaysia see it as important in helping bolster them against China.

    According to Professor David Martin Jones, of King’s College London, the Commonwealth may now get a new lease of life. It could be reinvigorated in particular by India, whose free-trader prime minister Narendra Modi sees it as important to the fledgling superpower’s long-term interests.

    The UN is morally bankrupt. It is not fit for purpose. It never will be while it treats human rights abusers as legitimate members and allows them to operate with impunity.


    What we need instead is a United Democratic Nations which treats dictators as pariahs. Given that’s not going to happen any time soon, however, the Commonwealth is probably as good as it gets.

  141. When you’ve lost noted leftist law professor Alan Dershowitz, you may as well wind up the ‘special investigation’ and go home…

    Dershowitz is a crank. No one who is serious on the left pays any attention to him.

  142. Herodotus

    If only Charles wasn’t such a wet …
    I hear that Meghan and Harry are to be ambassadors for Climate Change.
    This is the way the world as we knew it ends.

  143. thefrolickingmole

    Worlds first nano-violin found …

    ‘Tonight I’m going to die’: the Iraqi women targeted by rapists
    Amnesty reports that women suspected of Isis links face sexual violence in IDP camps, amid claims they are being denied aid

    Iraqi women suspected of family links to Islamic State extremists are facing a campaign of sexual violence and exploitation in displacement camps inside the country, according to a hard-hitting report from Amnesty International.

    Based on interviews with 92 women, the Amnesty report highlights the plight of thousands of female-headed families left to fend for themselves after their male relatives men were killed, arrested or forcibly disappeared while fleeing areas around Mosul.

    In many cases, the men’s only “crime” detailed in the report was escaping an Isis stronghold, or having a similar name to those on questionable “wanted lists”, or working in non-combat roles, such as cooks or drivers.

    How amazing, none of the women’s relatives were fighters, pull the other one…

    The threat of sexual violence comes on top of evidence of other forms of abuse and discrimination aimed at the women, including the refusal of tribal elders to allow them to return to their home towns and villages.

    Those who do manage to return have experienced eviction, forced displacement, looting, threats and abuse, including sexual abuse and harassment, in some instances, seeing their houses defaced with the word “Daeshi” (or Isis) and having their electricity, water and other services cut off.

    So in Iraq at least they still have some idea how to treat collaborators.
    “Why cant they be more like Sweden” cries the Guardianistas.

  144. Herodotus

    No one who is serious on the left pays any attention to him.
    A mentally diseased leftist thinks Dershowitz is a crank and … there are people on the left who are serious.
    Seriously deranged, yes. Seriously dedicated to fucking up everything that works, yes.

  145. OldOzzie

    WEALTH
    David Smorgon guide to managing the family’s wealth – Will Hamilton – The Australian

    For the past five years, I have hosted an annual dinner with David Smorgon OAM, chairman of PwC’s Family Advisory Division. David is an expert on issues relating to the link between family, communication and wealth. He highlights a common denominator in family disputes about money is a lack of effective communication.

    As a prominent member of one of Australia’s wealthiest families, David is passionate about talking to and helping Australian families navigate the complexity and divisiveness that arises over money. He is saddened by the number of these conflicts and is still surprised by the level of disagreement that can exist in families. David’s central message is a very important one for all of us: positive and open communication is needed.

    As a financial adviser I always try to get new clients to attend this function in order to hear David’s strong, passionate and well-considered message. A vital aspect of our own work in planning successful investment outcomes for our clients is to encourage them to ­establish and maintain regular and effective communication within their families.

    When we have a breakdown in communication, it can result in a breakdown of trust, with more often than not, the patriarch or matriarch of the family. While a patriarch or matriarch may have what they consider to be the best interests of their family in mind, they cannot rule from the grave. If they do not communicate clearly with the whole family, the worst-case scenario is arrived at great cost both financially and emotionally. It’s a salient fact that families can find themselves in court. To prevent the above and to ensure what David refers to as the “health of the family”, he encourages all families to have open, honest and transparent conversations.

    Family wealth is one factor. But in many cases there is the added complexity of a family business. A family business involving some or all family members can further complicate the combination of family, wealth and communication. While many families are successful at running their business and making effective decisions, they may not recognise the succession or disposal of the business is just as important. We often note that while many families professionalise the running of their business they fail to professionalise the need to approach wealth transfer the same way.

    Conflict can be draining and expensive. Here’s how to avoid it:

    ● Understand the importance of tackling difficult issues, such as succession and wealth transfer. This is a process, but many often see it as an event. Without communication the event occurs without prior knowledge of all parties and in some cases family issues are a result of the event;

    • Know that it’s a fact that two out of three wealth transfers fail and therefore don’t meet the expectations originally set. Families can tend to avoid issues, deferring and deflecting them. All issues need to be identified at the earliest possible opportunity and brought to the table, with the safety that family “baggage” can be discussed openly and hopefully resolved;

    • To establish this communication, ensure there is an understanding of good governance (independence) in relation to the future ownership of the family’s wealth;

    • A sensible starting point is to have a family charter, agreeing to a set of values. This should be in writing, and, as David says, the “palest ink is better than a distant memory”; and

    • Recognise that money or wealth is a sensitive issue in the Australian cultural perspective; something many don’t want to talk about. We do not spend enough time with children discussing money and business. It is so important to engage children in conversations about difficult and sensitive issues, both in relation to wealth and money, as well as society and life generally.

    David brings his expertise to the table and knows what works. He believes families need to consider the following vital points:

    ● Put family on the agenda — thoughts and feelings need to be discussed;

    ● Make time. With the demands of many corporate jobs and family dynamics, it is common that absentee parents lose the opportunity to connect with their family. It’s important to foster a strong environment for the proper nurturing of your children and maintain a healthy relationship with your family. Communication is key;

    ● Connect with the family emotionally. Consider how much time you spend with your children, and how often you hug or play with your children;

    ● Create a trusting environment. There must be open communication, where children can ask you anything, and you in turn, can ask your children anything;

    ● Get people involved. Encourage spouses and partners to be involved in your business, as well as home finances;

    ● Be compassionate. Learn to “have a warm heart and to give with a warm hand”;

    ● Be strong. Learn to say no — many children today have a sense of entitlement;

    ● Be flexible. Be prepared to give and take; and

    ● Show genuine concern. Be interested and care; and show love, guidance, support.

    As David says, “every family has a story, few have a legacy”.

    The reason we put so much emphasis on our clients sitting down and hearing David Smorgon’s advice is this: it does not matter how large or small inheritances can be, for the health of all families and the success of future wealth transfer, we need to ensure that fair, regular communication exists.

    Will Hamilton is the managing partner of Hamilton Wealth Management, a Melbourne-based independent wealth manager.

  146. thefrolickingmole

    Try again, naughty bird word used?

    Worlds first nano-violin found …

    ‘Tonight I’m going to die’: the Iraqi women targeted by r**ists
    Amnesty reports that women suspected of Isis links face sexual violence in IDP camps, amid claims they are being denied aid

    Iraqi women suspected of family links to Islamic State extremists are facing a campaign of sexual violence and exploitation in displacement camps inside the country, according to a hard-hitting report from Amnesty International.

    Based on interviews with 92 women, the Amnesty report highlights the plight of thousands of female-headed families left to fend for themselves after their male relatives men were killed, arrested or forcibly disappeared while fleeing areas around Mosul.

    In many cases, the men’s only “crime” detailed in the report was escaping an Isis stronghold, or having a similar name to those on questionable “wanted lists”, or working in non-combat roles, such as cooks or drivers.

    How amazing, none of the women’s relatives were fighters, pull the other one…

    The threat of sexual violence comes on top of evidence of other forms of abuse and discrimination aimed at the women, including the refusal of tribal elders to allow them to return to their home towns and villages.

    Those who do manage to return have experienced eviction, forced displacement, looting, threats and abuse, including sexual abuse and harassment, in some instances, seeing their houses defaced with the word “Daeshi” (or Isis) and having their electricity, water and other services cut off.

    So in Iraq at least they still have some idea how to treat collaborators.
    “Why cant they be more like Sweden” cries the Guardianistas.

  147. JC

    Dershowitz is a crank. No one who is serious on the left pays any attention to him.

    Fatboy, who gives a rats what anyone on the left thinks about him. Interesting though that the Desh was considered one of the leading talking heads against the Clinton impeachment.

    Shut up, you fat lesbian.

  148. Pete of Perth

    The return journey, Philup McCavity.

  149. Baldrick

    But Ms Wallington said issues of credibility and reliability were for a jury to decide.

    So there you have it. The new standard of proof for Victorian courts.
    Out goes the old ‘a person cannot be convicted of a crime unless a judge or jury is convinced of the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt’ to be replaced with ‘was the witness credibile and reliabile’.

  150. Boambee John

    m0nty at 1654

    Dershowitz is a crank. No one who is serious on the left pays any attention to him.

    Latest guidance from the Politburo: Dershowitz has broken solidarity, and must now be purged from the ranks of the Nomenklatura, and become an un-person. His image is to be air brushed from all official photographs. Comrades.

  151. Slayer of Memes

    Dershowitz is a crank. No one who is serious on the left pays any attention to him.

    Another of the peoples of Abraham being ‘unpersoned’ by the Left….

  152. Rae

    The finger up the black-boys bum … “digital native”

    Dunno about that, hole. I’d have thought you putting a digit in the wrong cavity would be less frequent now. But, with all the nappy changing you have to do, I’m not surprised you think your fumble fingers make you a digital native.

  153. Baldrick

    SCROLL THE TROLL 👹 ™

  154. Percy Porcelain

    Testing, 1, 2, 3 – is this thing on?

  155. herodotus

    Effortlessly channels the style of the previous incarnation.

  156. OldOzzie

    Spike in bank bill swap rate threatens bank profits

    The three-month bank bill swap rate has continued to climb in April, defying predictions this year’s spike in bank wholesale funding costs would prove short-lived.

    Over the past two months, the BBSW has surged 0.32 percentage points, or 32 basis points, to 2.08 per cent. The rate looked to have stabilised late March, only to restart its steep upward trajectory this month.

    The short-term money market rate directly affects the cost of bank wholesale funding costs. The BBSW is also used to set interest rates on most variable-rate business loans, and can flow through to mortgages as banks seek to pass on those higher funding costs to consumers.

    The BBSW rate “doesn’t look like it’s going down anytime soon”, Regal Funds Management portfolio manager Omkar Joshi said. Mr Joshi pointed to a similar situation in 2016 where short-term rates “blew out and stayed higher for six months”. This year’s move has been even more marked.

    “It’s a headwind for the banks, and it’s harder this time because they can’t reprice mortgage rates as easily as they could a few years ago.”

    Public scrutiny of the sector’s shortcomings via the banking royal commission and a separate inquiry by the competition watchdog into mortgage pricing make it a particularly difficult moment for the banks to pass on higher costs to mortgage holders, especially in the absence of an RBA rate hike, experts say. That will force lenders to swallow the higher costs.
    Pressure on banks

    Those pressures were already apparent in the Bank of Queensland’s half-year earnings update on Tuesday. BoQ flagged higher hedging costs could weigh on the bank’s profitability in the second half of the financial year.

    “It will become a headwind in the periods ahead if current bank bill rates are sustained,” BoQ chief financial officer Anthony Rose told shareholders. “This could hit [net interest margins] by between five to seven basis points over the next two periods, with a drag of three basis points likely in the second half of 2018 if rates remain at current levels.”

    Bank of Queensland is more exposed to higher wholesale funding costs than its peers, but even so Mr Joshi estimated the potential hit on the major banks’ interest margins could run to three to five basis points.

    “In an environment where there are few tailwinds, it is material; it does start to hurt your earnings growth,” Mr Joshi said.

    Should funding costs remain high into the start of bank reporting season at the end of this month, then management will be obliged to factor that into their outlook statements

    “The longer it [the BBSW] holds here, the greater the pressure on the banks,” DNR Capital portfolio manager Jamie Nicol said. “It might pass, but when the market decides it’s a structural headwind and it will stick, then you get the downgrades.”
    Rise in funding costs

    The sharp moves in money markets have also claimed the Reserve Bank’s attention. At its most recent meeting, the RBA discussed how “developments in US money markets had flowed through to higher short-term borrowing costs” in Australia. But the minutes, released Tuesday, suggested board members remained of the view that the recent spike in funding costs could prove transitory – a view that has largely appeared to reflect the consensus.

    “Futures pricing suggested that these pressures in US money markets were expected to abate somewhat over the coming months,” the minutes, released on Tuesday, said.

    But in a note to clients, Westpac chief economist Bill Evans said the RBA minutes provide “no opinion on whether these tight conditions will be sustained and therefore offers no implications for the economy and monetary policy”.

    “We can only note that Australian companies which rely on BBSW pricing for their loans will have seen around a 25bps [basis points] increase in funding costs, while banks’ funding costs for their mortgage books will also have increased,” Mr Evans said.

  157. Percy Porcelain

    Wonderful, I haven’t been banned. Is Stalin’s real name now enough grounds to a send comment to the sin bin?

  158. zyconoclast

    THE NATION
    Killer of Victorian WWII veteran jailed for 27 years

    Another very sad story from the USA.

    Isaiah M. Thomas lived six blocks away. Over Thanksgiving weekend in 2016, Thomas crept into the WWII veteran’s home, beat him to death with a flashlight and a clock that he pawned for $22.50. On Monday, he was sentenced to life in prison, with a chance of parole after 30 years.

    Thomas, 28, pleaded guilty in March to first-degree murder with intent for killing Loehlein. As part of the plea agreement, one count of premeditated first-degree murder was dismissed, sparing him a mandatory sentence of life without the chance of parole. One count of second-degree murder also was dismissed.

    Thomas said Monday that his behavior was not coldblooded, but rather an act of “warm-blooded, long, deep misplaced anger” directed toward a man who represented other men who had victimized him and his peers.

    “I’m a product of my environment,” said Thomas, who was shackled while in court.

  159. JC

    Monst

    What does the left think of Neil Armfield?

  160. OldOzzie

    Sydney rental growth falls to nine year low: CoreLogic

    Sydney rents increased at their slowest pace in nine years for the first quarter of the year as affordability constraints and greater choice for renters put the brakes on growth.

    Rents reached a median of $582 per week in Sydney in March – still the highest in the country – but were up just 0.5 per cent for the quarter and 1.7 per cent over the past 12 months, according to CoreLogic.

    Quarterly rental falls were recorded in Baulkham Hills, Hawkesbury, Sydney’s inner west, inner south-west, Parramatta, south-west Sydney and Sutherland.

    The first quarter of the year is traditionally a time of stronger rental growth as new tenants sign leases. But the latest figures point to at least a halving in annual rental growth after gains of more than 40 per cent over the past decade in Sydney.

    The weaker rental growth comes as Sydney house prices continue to fall and with the latest March Real Estate Institute of NSW residential vacancy data showing the vacancy rate in Sydney has increased to 2.2 per cent from 1.7 per cent over the past year meaning there is more choice for tenants.

    In Melbourne, rental growth in the March quarter was its weakest in six years with rents rising 1.2 per cent to $442 up 3.5 per cent over the past year.

    Rental growth was also weak in Brisbane (up just 0.6 per cent over the past year) with rents falling in Perth and Darwin over the past 12 months.

    Only Hobart, which is battling an affordable rental housing crisis due in part to landlords opting to put their properties on Airbnb rather than offer them as long-term rentals, recorded strong rental growth, up five per cent over the quarter to $410 per week and a whopping 11.7 per cent over the year.

    Canberra, which is underpinned by the government sector, was the second best performing rental market over the year with rents up 4.2 per cent to $528 per week, making it the country’s second most expensive rental market.

    “The data suggests that in most capital cities the rental market has softened, although values are still rising they are doing so at a slower rate than they have over recent first quarters of the year,” said CoreLogic researcher Cameron Kusher.

    “From an investor’s perspective, large new housing supply additions and slowing rental growth means that they will need to find ways to differentiate their properties from others.

    “Whether that is on rental cost or by renovation, we would expect that competition for tenants in most capital cities will increase,” he said.

    While gross rental yields increased slightly in Sydney to 3.2 per cent over the March quarter, up from 3.06 per cent over the past 12 months – as house prices have fallen – they remain close to historic lows in the nation’s biggest housing markets and in most capital cities.

    Nationally, the gross yield on residential property was unchanged at 3.7 per cent with Hobart (5 per cent), struggling Darwin (5.8 per cent) and regional markets (4.9 per cent) offering the best return prospects for investors.

    “Investors remain most active in NSW and Victoria and have been targeting capital growth rather than rental return. With values now falling, active investors should be more focused on those regions with stronger prospects for value growth and higher rental returns,” Mr Cusher said.

  161. Dunno JC, I wouldn’t know him from Adam.

  162. Delta A

    Clickbait at The $Oz:

    Rugby Australia may face a further backlash from key sponsors after deciding not to punish Israel Folau over his views on gays.

    Punish?

    Are we there yet?

  163. JC

    If you don’t know who he is then don’t comment, you idiot.

  164. Slayer of Memes

    – David Boies represented Harvey Weinstein.
    – David is pals with the district attorney who didn’t charge Weinstein.
    – David is also pals with the NY state attorney general who is supposed to be looking into why the DA didn’t bring charges.

    Leftists (who also claim to be champions for women in the fight against sexual assault): ‘Meh..’

    – Michael Cohen works for Trump.
    – Sean Hannity likes Trump.
    – Michael Cohen advised Sean Hannity about various legal matters.

    Leftists: “OMG THIS PROVES [del]RUSSIA COLLUSION[/del] CRIMINAL ACTS!! IMPEACH! DRUMPF!! REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!”

    It really is a mental disease…

  165. Atoms for Peace

    Always a good day when Monst puts the boot into a sock.

  166. zyconoclast

    C of E bishops want immigration amnesty for ‘Windrush generation’

    Four Church of England bishops have joined a call for an immigration amnesty for people who moved to the UK from the Caribbean decades ago but now face uncertainty over their status.

    The bishops are urging people in their dioceses to sign a petition demanding an amnesty for those who arrived as minors between 1948 and 1971. The petition, which had gathered almost 58,000 signatures by 5pm on Friday, also calls for the government to pay compensation for “loss and hurt”.

    They have to be compensated even though they have not been deported?

    After the Sri Lankan baby killers got a £M payout, anything is possible.

  167. notafan

    Only Hobart, which is battling an affordable rental housing crisis due in part to landlords opting to put their properties on Airbnb rather than offer them as long-term rentals, recorded strong rental growth, up five per cent over the quarter to $410 per week and a whopping 11.7 per cent over the year.

    I find that airbnb claim hard to believe

    maybe in battery points and west hobart, hardly ‘affordable’ suburbs

    but everywhere else?

  168. Carbon Emitter

    Where in the sponsors contracts with Rugby Australia does it say ‘don’t mention the words’ gay or hell? Why doesn’t Qantass come straight out and say it is ‘exclusively for gays’.

  169. Baldrick

    TheirABC dropping all pretence of being fair and balanced –

    Leigh Sales ✔ @leighsales
    Very excited about this one – I’m in New York to interview the former FBI Director James Comey – @abc730 on Thurs night.

  170. H B Bear

    I hope they put down a plastic chair cover for Ms Sales before they start filming the interview. Some of the co-op members can get a little bit “excited” at these types of things.

    Do we know what Zoe’s kids think of the Comey book?

  171. Snoopy

    Leigh Sales ✔ @leighsales
    Very excited about this one – I’m in New York to interview the former FBI Director James Comey – @abc730 on Thurs night.

    Newly single. Looking to mingle.

  172. Boambee John

    Baldrick
    #2689009, posted on April 17, 2018 at 5:31 pm
    TheirABC dropping all pretence of being fair and balanced –

    Leigh Sales ✔ @leighsales

    They dropped that decades ago.

  173. Senile Old Guy

    TheirABC dropping all pretence of being fair and balanced –

    Their ABC dropped balance long ago, when Guthrie took over they swung even harder left.

  174. thefrolickingmole

    Percy Porcelain

    There are certain words that set off the spamminator thanks to a long lost troll/loon who still occasionaly tries to post here.

    Dead sea pedestrians, J*ws, including the word J*welry set it off as well.
    Can be frustrating I think I*rael is also moderated.

    herodotus
    #2688994, posted on April 17, 2018 at 5:10 pm
    Effortlessly channels the style of the previous incarnation.

    “I cant believe its not Grigbot”.

  175. Myrddin Seren

    Le Grand Cirque did not get one good review, from any mainstream critic. Not one. And when the restaurant closed in June 2014 due, perhaps, to the public’s massive disinterest in an ordinary product for extraordinary money,

    One suspects that if the chef de cuisine is spending most of their time in front of a TV camera – then the various celebrity establishments will be heavy on the ‘celebrity’ side and light on the chef and his/her/zir cuisine.

    Paying for a Big Name who doesn’t actually go in to their own kitchen doesn’t extend beyond one Mr R. McDonald for me.

  176. Myrddin Seren

    But Mr Beattie appeared to walk away from his earlier apologies on Monday night, hinting that the media and public criticism of the ceremony was a “beat-up”.

    Looks like ‘Oops – sorry’ didn’t take the heat off this time like a compliant media used to cut Premier Beattie the slack on.

    So, we get Real Peter – ‘not my fault – it is these ungrateful peasants ! Where are the Cossacks – sabre this unruly mob away’.

    At the end of the day, PB will only have all the money he has walked out the door from the top job to console him – again.

    Diddums.

  177. jupes

    But Ms Wallington said issues of credibility and reliability were for a jury to decide.

    Then what was the point of the committal hearing?

  178. Leigh Lowe

    Clickbait at The $Oz:

    Rugby Australia may face a further backlash from key sponsors after deciding not to punish Israel Folau over his views on gays.

    Hmmm.
    I think Quaintarse might want to get off the dance party drugs and take a chill pill.
    This one is turning big-time.
    As I said earlier today, the tone among the left leaning Channel Nein Today show was that Folau has a perfect right to express himself.
    Several mentions of Poocock and his unfettered right to mouth off about anything and everything.
    There was chatter about Poocock and Folau “finding it difficult to play with each other” … now where would that have come from?
    Joining the dots, I reckon Poocock has stuck his oar in and tried to nobble Folau (possibly via leaks to the meeja) but a good number of the meeja think he is over-stepping.

  179. Rae

    Only Hobart, which is battling an affordable rental housing crisis due in part to landlords opting to put their properties on Airbnb rather than offer them as long-term rentals, recorded strong rental growth, up five per cent over the quarter to $410 per week and a whopping 11.7 per cent over the year.

    I find that airbnb claim hard to believe

    maybe in battery points and west hobart, hardly ‘affordable’ suburbs

    but everywhere else?

    I would think that AirBNB listings would be affecting everywhere in Tassie, not just Hobart. It’s a very popular tourist destination. No matter where you stay, you are within an easy drive of the most accessible parts of the island.

  180. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    If Europe goes on like this, it will become Eurabia[GT]
    The Muslim share of the European population is rising inexorably without integration.

  181. calli

    Quickly dropped the apologist facade.

    It must have come as a shock to Beattie that Australians weren’t buying his tried and true b/s. So he reverts to type – blame the punters.

  182. Leigh Lowe

    Consider this …
    What if the Minerals Council sponsored the ARU and wanted a “clean coal” logo placed on the Wallabies jumper.
    Then Poocock starts bagging out coalminers.
    If the coalminers insist that Poocock is damaging their brand and want him “punished”, what happens?
    Nothing that’s what.
    Because Poocock has “heartfelt views” and “has a right to express himself.”
    Who would be right behind him?
    Bandana man of course.

  183. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Fi wants to ban immigration-critical parties[GT]
    Sweden must ban “organizations advocating racism”. It writes Fi politician Soraya Post in ETC. Otherwise, it will end with genocide in Sweden.

  184. Leigh Lowe

    JC

    #2688998, posted on April 17, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Monst

    What does the left think of Neil Armfield?

    .
    .

    m0nty

    #2689001, posted on April 17, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Dunno JC, I wouldn’t know him from Adam.

    Hmmmm.
    He was only the captain of the Kookaburras for 8 years.
    Call yourself a hockey player.
    Fraud.

  185. Some History

    Beattie – a [relevant] blast from the past:

    https://imgur.com/i90RkVt

  186. Myrddin Seren

    Delta

    Rugby Australia may face a further backlash from key sponsors after deciding not to punish Israel Folau over his views on gays.

    Punish?

    Are we there yet?

    I doubt that even Capt Qantas has used those words. This is the off-the-top-of-the head scribblings of a junior journo.

    Remember the famous words of Obama White House Spinmeister Ben Rhodes – which are totally applicable in the context of the graduates of three years in Australia’s finest degree-qualified uni courses:

    The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

    The profound truth of this statement is demonstrated daily in the mainstream media.

  187. Slayer of Memes

    So it appears that Sean Hannity asked Michael Cohen for advice regarding real estate law…

    But according to mUnty:

    Asking Michael Cohen for legal advice usually means you are guilty of something, yes JC.

    Let us just hope mUnty has never asked a lawyer for advice about business matters, or had one help in the settlement of his home purchase….

  188. Delta A

    I think Quaintarse might want to get off the dance party drugs and take a chill pill.

    I think you’re right.

    My main gripe with the clickbait is their use of the word ‘punish’. That was the way The $Oz put it, seeding the idea that Folau’s Christian beliefs might warrant punishment.

  189. Delta A

    Myrddin Seren
    #2689028, posted on April 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Exactly!

  190. Gab

    Is Trump still POTUS or has he been impeached, Monty? Give me the latest.

  191. Gab

    Has Beattie finished his latest Sorry Tour yet?

  192. John Constantine

    So their Comey is six foot eight inches tall?.

    In tribute to gunny sergeant Hartman, might I mention that I never knew they stacked shit that high?.

  193. Marcus

    Clickbait at The $Oz:

    Rugby Australia may face a further backlash from key sponsors after deciding not to punish Israel Folau over his views on gays.

    Spiro Zavos gets it said on The Roar:

    In a free society, you must be free to express views that offend other people.

    At the core of the action taken by Qantas and Rugby Australia in the Folau case is the notion that if some members of the gay community are offended, then the right of another person to express his religious beliefs must be suppressed.

    But where is the concern about the rights of people who support the religious beliefs of Folau? No one knows for sure, but there could well be a majority of people in the rugby community who support Folau for expressing his religious beliefs.

    Has it not occurred to Rugby Australia or Qantas, also, that they represent privileged white males and females telling a person of colour that he must not express his religious beliefs because these beliefs are not inclusive?

    Who is being inclusive here?

    Has it not occurred to Raelene Castle, the chief executive of Rugby Australia, that by gagging Folau she is also potentially excluding the entire rugby-playing Polynesian Christian community from their rights, guaranteed under RA’s Code of Conduct 1.3, to be treated “equally, fairly and with dignity regardless of gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, cultural or religious background, age or disability. Any form of bullying, harassment or discrimination has no place in Rugby.”

    It is interesting that the only player who has specifically commented on Rugby Australia trying to gag Folau is a fellow teammate, the Polynesian Waratahs and Wallabies player Curtis Rona who posted on Instagram: “We stand with #IsraelFolau.”

    Rona had this to say in justifying his supportive tweet: “I know it’s a touchy subject for people, it’s hard for people to comprehend that everyone has a different opinion. I just want everyone to know that I support Izzy, he means a lot to all Christians, and for him to be getting all this negative feedback is very undeserving.”

    Read the full article here.

    Meanwhile, while they’re going about alienating their Polynesian support base to appease hypocritical corporate sponsors, the Melbourne Rebels got 5,538 to their most recent game on a Saturday afternoon. And that’s one of the very few games that seem to have had crowd figures published.

    Oh, and they’ve been exposed as having rigged the culling process in favour of the Rebels, and they’re facing a potential ASIC investigation over their dealings with the Melbourne Rugby Union. And while the new CEO’s defenders are saying she’s “only had four months” to get anything done and we mustn’t rush her, a mining billionaire and philanthropist has somehow managed to assemble a new Western Force playing group and coaching squad, arrange fixtures and aggressively market them in less than that time.

    But clearly Israel Folau’s social media is the biggest issue facing rugby in Australia, right?

  194. thefrolickingmole

    Gab
    Has Beattie finished his latest Sorry Tour yet?

    Its turned into “Im sorry you dont appreciate how awesome I am you plebs” tour.
    One of Montys idols.

  195. Gab

    Right. Thanks for the heads-up, Mole.

  196. Snoopy

    or had one help in the settlement of his home purchase….

    That didn’t happen. The purchaser handled that.

  197. woolfe

    Over 1300 comments on the Orwellian Folau story. Very few against Folau.

  198. Top Ender

    Meanwhile being planned for next week in Canberra:

    hundreds of people are expected to march to the Australian War Memorial in recognition of the Indigenous people killed in conflicts during the settlement of Australia

    Link if you dare. It gets worse. No comments allowed of course as it’s the Canberra Times.

  199. Slayer of Memes

    Hillary Clinton’s lawyer got immunity in E-mail investigation ‘matter’ (why did she need immunity if there were no crimes mUnty?), AND got to sit in on Hillary’s ‘interviews’ before her own was held…

    Leftists (including our very own mUnty): “Ho hum… it’s legal process… client/attorney privilege…”

    —–

    Sean Hannity asked Michael Cohen a few legal questions about real estate matters…

    Leftists (including our very own mUnty): “OMG IT’S PROOF OF CRIMINAL ACTS!! IMPEACH DRUMPF!! REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!”

    Mentally ill, all of them….

  200. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    socialism is evil

  201. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Those conflicts, known as the frontier wars, are not recognised by the Australian War Memorial and the exact death toll is unknown, but camp convener Chris “Peltherre” Tomlins said millions of Aboriginal people were “wiped out” defending Australia against the settlers.

    Wise move with the health warning to that link, Top Ender. More “stories that my Nanna told me.”

  202. Senile Old Guy

    Indeed, at some stage, an atheist is going to agitate for Rugby Australia to drop any reference to rugby and heaven.

    I am agnostic and support Folau. I read his piece and thought it well written and argued. I think Qantas is losing on this issue.

  203. johanna

    Baldrick
    #2688934, posted on April 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer git-

    CELEBRITY chef Jamie Oliver’s Australian eatery adventure looks to be all but over with the collapse of his restaurant chain. The Australian arm of Jamie’s Italian has been placed in voluntary administration.
    In January, Oliver’s company announced it would close almost half the UK branches of his Jamie’s Italian chain, with the loss of 450 jobs, after racking up debts of $130 million. Unpaid staff wages accounted for $4 million of that debt, reported The Sun .
    His company also announced it would wind up his entire Barbecoa steakhouse chain, just a year after seven Jamie’s Italian branches were also shuttered along with a Jamie Oliver branded pizza business.
    In addition, Recipease, his cooking school and high end grocery chain, closed its doors.

    Thanks for that, Baldrick, made my day.

    I still remember when that slimy little git mesmerised invertebrate British politicians with his diatribes about school lunches, and made them institute expensive new programs to serve up food that the kids wouldn’t eat. Shades of Michelle Obama’s similarly failed virtue signalling in the US, where the horrible food ended up in the bin.

    He’s a passable cook, but so are a lot of other people. Why anyone ever thought that passable TV cooks have a role in public policy remains a mystery.

  204. Snoopy

    The SBS Washington correspondent, Prue Lewarne, makes Zoe and John Barron seem like Trumpistas.

  205. Mark A

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2689021, posted on April 17, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    If Europe goes on like this, it will become Eurabia[GT]
    The Muslim share of the European population is rising inexorably without integration.

    Good read Zippy, but nothing new and nobody listens.

  206. Percy Porcelain

    In tribute to gunny sergeant Hartman, might I mention that I never knew they stacked shit that high?

    Is Comey from Texas?

  207. Gab

    Have to laugh at the likes of Alan Joyce being upset over a religion he thinks is nonsense but then takes a comment sooooooo seriously about a religious tenet that he threatens to cancel sponsorship.

    What a daft country.

  208. Snoopy

    Shades of Michelle Obama’s similarly failed virtue signalling in the US, where the horrible food ended up in the bin.

    He was there too, up to his ravenous neck.

  209. So it appears that Sean Hannity asked Michael Cohen for advice regarding real estate law…

    I will believe that when I hear the leaked tapes, and not before.

  210. Top Ender

    From the Canberra story:

    During the camp, Dark Emu author Bruce Pascoe will lead free storytelling sessions each day at 10am and 4pm, while floral activist Hazel Davies will tell the creation story of the desert pea as an indigenous blood flower, the native equivalent of the red poppy.

    Ms Davies will also make a desert pea frontier wars wreath, which she will consecrate at the tent embassy’s sacred fire before taking it to the Australian War Memorial on Anzac Day.

    This is how it’s done. Make up a new concept and run with it. “Floral activist”…means whatever you want it to mean.

    Coming soon:

    – kite activist – flies kites with scary faces on them

    – swimming activist – protests through synchronised swimming

    – drone activist – flies drones and takes pictures in ladies windows – no sorry not that at all – of nasty things happening

  211. Senile Old Guy

    ZK2A, I saw that bit about “millions” killed. Population at settlement is given as up to 3/4 million, max.

  212. Baldrick

    hundreds of people are expected to march to the Australian War Memorial in recognition of the Indigenous people killed in conflicts during the settlement of Australia

    I wonder if those Indigenous brethren realise the War Memorial is a symbol, to the men and women who gave their lives to protect the freedoms of those who want to march against, those men and women who gave their lives?

  213. bundyrum

    Beattie has beem a fraud for years.
    QLD voters are dumb as dog shit.

  214. JC

    I will believe that when I hear the leaked tapes, and not before.

    Robert Mueller has quit. Monst has taken over the role as special prosecutor.

    Monst, in all honesty, who gives a rats what or who you believe. STFU you insufferable Steve from Brisbane wannabe.

  215. calli

    Has Waleed been asked to comment on Folau? He’s vocal on plenty of other issues.

  216. Snoopy

    m0nty
    #2689053, posted on April 17, 2018 at 6:44 pm
    So it appears that Sean Hannity asked Michael Cohen for advice regarding real estate law…

    I will believe that when I hear the leaked tapes, and not before.

    Why isn’t “chatter” good enough? It usually is.

  217. OneWorldGovernment

    Top Ender
    #2689054, posted on April 17, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    From the Canberra story:

    TE

    I reckon I could round up some light horse descendant activists and wipe the aboriginal tent embassy off the face of the earth in about 10 minutes.

  218. Senile Old Guy

    Mr Tomlins said more than 100 people from around Australia, plus a few from the US, had already indicated they would attend the camp. He expected “a few hundred” in total throughout the week.

    A “few hundred” from a population of 25 million. So it is really a hot issue.

  219. cohenite

    Top Ender

    #2689042, posted on April 17, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Meanwhile being planned for next week in Canberra:

    hundreds of people are expected to march to the Australian War Memorial in recognition of the Indigenous people killed in conflicts during the settlement of Australia

    Link if you dare. It gets worse. No comments allowed of course as it’s the Canberra Times.

    As noted above, from the link:

    Those conflicts, known as the frontier wars, are not recognised by the Australian War Memorial and the exact death toll is unknown, but camp convener Chris “Peltherre” Tomlins said millions of Aboriginal people were “wiped out” defending Australia against the settlers.

    So millions of the firsts killed in the frontier wars; and also millions of babies stolen in the stolen generations. Fuck and we think we have a population issue today. Before whitey came this country must have been teeming with firsts.

  220. Percy Porcelain

    QLD voters are dumb as dog shit

    As are voters from NSW, the ACT, Victoriastan, Taxmania, SA, WA and the NT.

  221. zyconoclast

    Has Waleed been asked to comment on Folau? He’s vocal on plenty of other issues.

    If Squaleed is ever asked directly about any homo question he will say he is cool* with that because it furthers their agenda to polygamy, sharia and it helps destroy the existing culture.

    *Does Islam permit Muslims to lie?

    Muslim scholars teach that Muslims should generally be truthful to each other, unless the purpose of lying is to “smooth over differences” or “gain the upper-hand over an enemy”
    There are several forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, the best known being taqiyya (the Shia name). These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause of Islam – in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

  222. Slayer of Memes

    Breaking News: Former female preschool classmate alleges President Trump kissed her on the cheek while at the playground without her permission!!

    Robert Mueller has already sent teams to question witnesses in this new turn in the ‘Russia Collusion’ investigation…

    (Do I really need to put the [sarc][/sarc] tags in…? Well maybe… just in case mUnty gets his panties even wetter than they already are…)

  223. Baldrick

    Has Waleed been asked to comment on Folau? He’s vocal on plenty of other issues.

    Waleed is a giver, not a taker.

  224. John Constantine

    Bewdy Garrison, Calli.

    “Joker, I’ve told you we run two basic stories here. Grunts who give half their pay to buy gooks toothbrushes and deodorants – Winning Of Hearts and Minds. Okay? And combat action which result in a kill – Winning the War. I don’t ask much of you people but I do expect you to adhere to my editorial policy. ”

    Here is another classic Full Metal Jacket quote you could still imagine being chidingly mentioned at their ABC water cooler.

  225. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Foolishly poked my head into twitter. seems it has become a leftist echo chamber….sad

  226. OneWorldGovernment

    For those that know his writing Jeffrey Lord is ropeable.

    Kimba Wood: Bill Clinton AG nominee, pushed by Hillary, withdrew for hiring illegal immigrant.

    Note well. Wood was appointed to the bench by… Ronald Reagan. But it was Bill and Hillary Clinton who pressed to make her Attorney General. And Hillary Clinton personally interviewed Wood for the job. One of the amusing sidelights is that the Clintons were embarrassed when they learned that in 1966, when she was a student in London, Wood had — stop laughing! — “on a lark… signed up for the bunny trainee program for the Playboy Club there. She told [Clinton] she quit after five days, before actually being employed by the club or drawing a paycheck.” When this came out Wood was immediately dubbed “The Love Judge.”

    This news of Wood’s involvement comes on top of the raid that created the case in the first place. The Justice Department — in the person of Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein — authorized the raid on the office, home, and hotel room of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. That would be the very same Donald Trump who defeated one Hillary Clinton for president — the self-same Hillary Clinton who, according to the New York Times in February of 1993, played a role in getting then-President Clinton to nominate Judge Wood for Attorney General of the United States by personally interviewing Wood.

    https://spectator.org/judge-in-cohen-case-has-clinton-conflict-of-interest/

  227. nemkat

    Has Waleed been asked to comment on Folau? He’s vocal on plenty of other issues.
    Why should he be asked?
    AFAIK, Waleed has no connection to Rugby, QANTAS, the Assemblies of God or Tongans.

  228. John Constantine

    If less than a million activists take part in an Australian civil rights protest, that is simple proof that we must import mass numbers more aggrieved people.

  229. Percy Porcelain

    AFAIK, Waleed has no connection to Rugby, QANTAS, the Assemblies of God or Tongans.

    Never previously stopped the disgusting little spiv mouthing off about other matters of which he knows nothing.

  230. johanna

    Just caught up with Tim Blair’s wonderful post about Australians passing the cmpetition in F1. A must for motor racing fans.

    The only thing missing is the great Murray Walker (RIP) doing the commentary. Murray would have hit high C during these episodes!

  231. Boambee John

    I see that Raelene Castle, the chief executive of Rugby Australia, seems to share a first name with a local troll. Coincidence?

  232. Senile Old Guy

    Breaking: Retired nurse claims Trump exposed himself in her presence. Trump denied the allegation, claiming he could not remember the event, being only 4 months old at the time.

  233. Delta A

    AFAIK, Waleed has no connection to Rugby, QANTAS, the Assemblies of God or Tongans.

    Neither does he have any connection to scores of other contentious issues upon which he freely pontificates.

    And no! I’m not providing links.

    You’re just a sh*t-stirrer. You’re on the scroll-by list now.

  234. johanna

    *competition* – gah. Oh for a 30 second edit facility here.

  235. Baldrick

    Has the Cancer Council come out and criticised Di Nutale’s plan of legalising cannabis?

    No, I didn’t think so.

  236. Farmer Gez

    Leigh Sales is off to interview Comey.
    This is an important Australian story because:

    – It explains high power prices.
    – Comey knows where our hidden gas reserves are.
    – Indigenous kids in the NT are Hillary fans.
    – Comey and Pyne have a float in the Mardi Gras.
    – Comey was touched up by George Pell.
    – Leigh and James are gonna get high together.
    – Peter Beattie stuffed up the US elections.

    Your money, their causes.

  237. calli

    Chuckle. That was easy.

  238. Slayer of Memes

    Foolishly poked my head into twitter. seems it has become a leftist echo chamber….sad

    You mustn’t have been on twitter for quite some time…. it’s ALWAYS been a leftist echo chamber…

    It’s just even more apparent now since jack started shadow-banning (or outright censoring) anyone not toeing the Leftist PC-SJW line over the past few months…

  239. Hmmmm.
    He was only the captain of the Kookaburras for 8 years.

    You idiot.

  240. John Constantine

    The Trumpnado is our real world Bruce Wayne, nobody cares if Batman dated a few actresses back in the old days, as long as he smacks down the Penguin, the Mad Hatter, the Scarecrow and all their swarming henchmen.

  241. Mark A

    Delta A
    #2689078, posted on April 17, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    AFAIK, Waleed has no connection to Rugby, QANTAS, the Assemblies of God or Tongans.

    Neither does he have any connection to scores of other contentious issues upon which he freely pontificates.

    And no! I’m not providing links.

    You’re just a sh*t-stirrer.

    How can a sock be other than his puppeteer?

  242. Snoopy

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2689071, posted on April 17, 2018 at 6:58 pm
    For those that know his writing Jeffrey Lord is ropeable.

    Kimba Wood: Bill Clinton AG nominee, pushed by Hillary, withdrew for hiring illegal immigrant.

    The Rakemeister strikes again!

  243. jupes

    Ms Davies will also make a desert pea frontier wars wreath, which she will consecrate at the tent embassy’s sacred fire before taking it to the Australian War Memorial on Anzac Day.

    The RSL will roll over on this. Within five years the “Frontier Wars” will be an exhibition at the War Memorial and every major Anzac Day speech will include grovelling to largely fictional massacred Abos.

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