Wednesday Forum: July 4, 2018

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  1. That’s it for me.
    I turn into a pumpkin at midnight.

  2. Bruce in WA

    I turn into a pumpkin at midnight.

    There’s a story about Cinderella, whose fairy godmother turned a pumpkin into a tampon, until midnight, when …

    Never mind, it’s not that sort of blog.

  3. zyconoclast

    Fluoridation is mass medication, NZ Supreme Court rules

    Press release
    MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
    NEW HEALTH NEW ZEALAND INCORPORATED v SOUTH TARANAKI DISTRICT COUNCIL AND ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE MINISTER OF HEALTH

  4. Oh come on

    There is no “all men” line on record. You can’t take something to pieces if you can’t at least get some consensus on what was said.

    If anything, I think that if DL heard what he says SHY said, he should have thought about what he heard, settled upon a direct quote, and stood by this. His ‘she said something along the lines of…’ paraphrase isn’t convincing.

  5. Leigh Lowe

    There is nothing on record to suggest she said this and she denies it.

    I suspect she did say it, but the course of action you suggest would have gone nowhere.

    The fact that she denies it has equal impact on any and all responses by DL along those lines.
    He could have gone on Sky and said . .

    “All men? Really? Does that include Adam Bandt? Richard DiNatale? Dare I ask? Could it also mean Bob Brown?
    All men? That means the fathers, grandfathers, husbands and sons of all women. Men she doesn’t even know but she can ascribe evil intent to them.
    All men? Well, Sarah has a child and I am guessing that wasn’t an immaculate conception.
    So, presumably it is not “all men” and Sarah maybe needs to back off on the mysandry”

    He had three days to construct a smart response, but what does he come up with … “um, I’ve heard she likes a root.”

  6. zyconoclast

    Mr. Trudeau’s ‘negative interaction’

    …That’s the problem with Justin Trudeau’s carefully crafted response to charges that he groped a reporter back in 2000, when he was a 28-year-old teacher attending a beer-and-music festival in Creston, B.C. Asked about it directly on Sunday, he replied, “I remember that day in Creston well … I had a good day that day. I don’t remember any negative interactions that day at all.”

    Luckily there was no follow-up question. The follow-up question might have asked about an editorial published a few days after the festival in the Creston Valley Advance, a small community newspaper. The unsigned editorial criticized Mr. Trudeau’s behaviour, citing what it called his inappropriate “handling” of a young female reporter at the festival who was on assignment for both the National Post and the Advance. It also described Mr. Trudeau’s apology. “I’m sorry,” he is alleged to have said. “If I had known you were reporting for a national paper, I never would have been so forward.”…

  7. Leigh Lowe

    There is no “all men” line on record. You can’t take something to pieces if you can’t at least get some consensus on what was said.

    Soooo, what was he talking about on Outsiders then?
    Just a general chat about rooting in Canberra?

  8. Oh come on

    Soooo, what was he talking about on Outsiders then?

    Exactly! He should have gone in with an exact quote. None of this ‘well it was something along the lines of…’ nonsense. That is always going to be weaker than a flat-out denial as we saw from SHY.

    She is saying she said nothing of the sort. She is lying. What’s the problem with being slightly liberal with the quotation marks, if the paraphrase is truthful? With a fixed quote it really would have been his word against hers.

  9. Leigh Lowe

    Leigh, you’re sounding awfully NeverTrump-y. This is not a time for civility.

    Civility has nought to do with it.
    Stupidity is what I am talking about.
    He could have ridiculed her stupid “all men” line without the “rumours”.
    By the way, it doesn’t matter what she said.
    A Trump type would call her on it.
    She then has two choices ….
    1. Confirm the stupid absolutist remark; or
    2. Deny it, backing away and betraying the sisterhood

  10. Oh come on

    2. Deny it, backing away and betraying the sisterhood

    She’s already done this. She’s said she didn’t say it and that she doesn’t believe it, so why would she say it. The sisterhood betrayed?

  11. Leigh Lowe

    None of this ‘well it was something along the lines of…’ nonsense. That is always going to be weaker than a flat-out denial as we saw from SHY.

    Yes.
    Captain Courageous suddenly went a bit wishy-washy at that point.

  12. Oh come on

    She was always going to deny it.

    DL had to come up with a response like ‘here’s what I heard you say, word-for-word. I wrote it down because it was so outrageous’. She can then say ‘ well I didn’t say that’ and DL can say ‘well that’s exactly what I heard’. That’s matching intensity with intensity.

    However, DL’s ‘ I heard words to the effect of…’ recounting of what SHY said isn’t as strong as her denial that she said anything like that in the first place.

    In any event, it’s a net gain for the LDP fromy my perspective. People who never would have voted for the LDP anyway are now less likely to vote for the LDP. Big freaking deal.

    OTOH, people who may not know a lot about the LDP are now more likely to vote for the party. And perhaps a not-insignificant number of people, too.

  13. C.L.

    This just in …
    An American leftist in Denmark spots a man wearing a MAGA cap …
    The man and his companions have taken legal action against her for assault.
    She should have been bitch-slapped:

  14. C.L.

    Also just in … answering Maxine Waters’ call for street violence, a man representing the very best of Latin American rationality and intelligence spots a teenager wearing a MAGA cap at a burger joint …

    He has been identified as Kino Jimenez and he was just fired from his job.

  15. Mark A

    C.L.
    #2756116, posted on July 6, 2018 at 12:32 am

    There is a clip on that page about Americans & Russians against Somali pirates.
    If I were a PR man for them I would’ve dropped that clip.

    Watch how ineffective they are FFS.

  16. BorisG

    OTOH, people who may not know a lot about the LDP are now more likely to vote for the party. And perhaps a not-insignificant number of people, too.

    In other words, any publicity is good publicity. Maybe that was the original indent. I say this because DL is known as a rather dignified person not known for personal insults.

  17. C.L.

    Mohommedan Mayor of London steps in:

    Trump ‘angry baby’ blimp gets green light to fly over London during president’s visit.

    A giant balloon dubbed “Trump baby” has been given the green light to fly near parliament during the president’s UK visit.

    London mayor Sadiq Khan’s Greater London Authority has approved a request for the flight after thousands signed a petition and a crowdfunding campaign raised more than £16,000 to get the six-metre inflatable off the ground.

    Strict rules are in place for the flight from Parliament Square Gardens, with the balloon being tethered to the ground and restricted from floating higher than 30m (98ft).

    Which makes you wonder what other airborne political missiles the Muslim mayor might be prepared to countenance. Trump now has a green light to escalate. You really don’t want Trump to do that.

  18. Oh come on

    I say this because DL is known as a rather dignified person not known for personal insults.

    “is known”? By whom? You don’t know him. He’s a no-bullshit type and his reaction to SHY’s antics aren’t uncharacteristic at all.

  19. BorisG

    “is known”? By whom?

    I have been in his party for the best part of 15 years.

  20. Oh come on

    Me too, Borry. I almost ran as an LDP candidate when they were forced to go to the election as the Liberty and Democracy Party. Leyonhjelm became the face of the LDP much later when he became a Senator, so let’s not pretend he’s been a prominent national figure since the mid 2000s that any LDP member knew a great deal about way back when. DL speaks his mind.

  21. Mark A

    facechooking
    For those interested in machinery and engineering.
    Gear cutting ala 1909
    /facechook

  22. None

    Hahaha omg give this twit a Darwin Award complete with his fukwit pronouns http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/01/ucla-professor-dies-in-mummification-ritual-at-hollywood-executives-home.amp.html
    The gene pool is slightly cleaner today.

  23. None

    A giant balloon dubbed “Trump baby” has been given the green light to fly near parliament during the president’s UK visit.

    Oh please someone have a drone ready to put a few holes in it. Make it several holes.

  24. None

    There is no “all men” line on record. You can’t take something to pieces if you can’t at least get some consensus on what was said.

    Stenographers can’t always catch all the cat calls and the heckles from the sidelines. A day or so after the event the Sydney Morning Herald published a piece in which it said Sarah Hanson Young agrees that she agreed with Senator Rice who was saying something to the effect that whatever change of law was being discussed would not stop male violence. So even that alone in context was making a generalisation about men being violent and responsible for rape.

  25. BorisG

    Leyonhjelm became the face of the LDP much later

    No, he became leader after departure of John Humphreys several years before becoming senator.

  26. None

    Habib

    #2755417, posted on July 5, 2018 at 11:36 am

    I shouldn’t laugh, but I did.

  27. None

    I think Peter Campion just came up with the vote winning slogan for next election: civilization not ruination.

  28. Clint

    OTOH, people who may not know a lot about the LDP are now more likely to vote for the party. 

    If Leyonhjelm was not such an open borders cuck I would vote for him based on these comments alone.

  29. Oh come on

    No, he became leader after departure of John Humphreys several years before becoming senator.

    Um here’s what I wrote:

    Leyonhjelm became the face of the LDP much later when he became a Senator, so let’s not pretend he’s been a prominent national figure since the mid 2000s that any LDP member knew a great deal about way back when.

    Everything I said above is true. When Leyonhjelm was elected to the Senate, he became the face of the LDP. Prior to, the LDP was essentially a micro party. You claimed that Leyonhjelm was “a rather dignified person not known for personal insults”. My point was that, prior to being elected, he was not really known for anything – even amongst the LDP membership, particularly outside of NSW.

    My assertion is that you simply invented your claim that DL was noted as a “rather dignified person not known for personal insults”. By whom? (Apart from you.) DL’s political persona since entering the federal political arena has always been blunt and no-nonsense. The exchange that took place between him and SHY doesn’t seem remotely out of character from my perspective.

  30. BorisG

    Yes he has been blunt and matter of fact but not spraying personal insults. Has been known by those who knew of him. Before his election that was LDP and libertarian community around it, including Cats.

    The best proof of my words is that he has been a senator for a while now, but this is the first time he has generated such a controversy and publicity. This means this behavior stands out of his usual conduct.

  31. BorisG

    If Leyonhjelm was not such an open borders cuc

    That is an outright lie. Read LDP policy.

  32. None

    Early today. Thanks Tom.

  33. Bruce of Newcastle

    Branco for me today. How could I not after reading this story just now?

    Conservative graduate who posed with gun in viral photo fires ‘big scary rifle’ in video

    I think she’ll be gracing the Week In Pictures a few more times methinks.

  34. Mark A

    Not too late for a bit of trivia, as it happens right up your alley Bruce .
    Pigment as a Life Saving Medicine?
    Prussian Blue

  35. Tel

    Tom #2756161: Bob Gorrell.

    Ass backwards.

  36. Tel

    In other words, any publicity is good publicity. Maybe that was the original indent. I say this because DL is known as a rather dignified person not known for personal insults.

    Best explained by Oscar Wilde:

    A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.

  37. Bruce of Newcastle

    Pigment as a Life Saving Medicine

    Prussian Blue is a cyanide compound. But because the cyanide is so strongly bound to the iron it is non-toxic. Not sure what happens if you eat it though.

  38. Bruce of Newcastle

    Very bad news:

    Trump Says Scandal Plagued Scott Pruitt Has Resigned From The EPA

    The story lists those “scandals”. It’s worth reading through them because none of them are scandals that I can see except perhaps technical breaches of arcane rules. The security costs and accommodation are totally justified for a guy who would be the no. 1 assassination target after Trump himself.

    The email one is particularly ironic given Obama’s EPA head flagrantly used an email account named after her dog.

    Chalk up another victim of the deep state .

  39. Mother Lode

    She did say it, which is why DL responded to her abusive comment.

    If this is still about that travesty of an interview DL had with that travesty of a man on ABC…

    I generally don’t listen to the ABC – it has absolutely no appeal – but I was staggered by not only the lack of professionalism and over abundance of partisanship, but the clumsy technique.

    1) He interrupted DL every time he was making a point

    2) He insisted that SHY had not said what DL insisted she had, calling it a FACT (on the basis that anything not recorded never happened), because there was no record when neither was there a record that DL had said what she claimed except that he admitted it. From this circumstance he concluded DL was a liar.

    3) He glossed over history of insane and incontinent outbursts that she has had to withdraw and comparing it to DL’s record of speaking deliberately.

    4) He asked DL if he had a problem with strong women ‘proving’ with three selected quotes which we were supposed to mean he never said similar things to men. And a minute later played a recording of DL doing just that to man – Turnbull.

    5) Tried to go off on a tangent arguing misandry is not as serious as misogyny because fewer men are killed than women as if you can only stop one and not the other and he was therefore fine if a few men are killed.

    6) He procured an explanation for violence against women (“It starts with disrespect”) from Turnbull, treating that as making it a truth beyond all cavil. Turnbull? What are the chances this ABC zebe has always taken Turnbull as right about anything, much less everything, that he attributes such infallibility on a topic Turnbull has absolutely no qualification or especial experience in?

    7) He was adamant that when SHY said men were pigs and morons, she did not mean all men because she did use the word ‘all’. We use that word when we want to distinguish the referred group in a sentence from an explicit or implicit ‘some’, or for emphasis. How does the ABC feel about statements like “Muslims are terrorists”? They argue that you can’t say that about all Muslims. They know what ‘men’ means.

    8) Argued that normal men and women don’t use rough language on each other, somehow believing his argument was fortified by saying if he spoke like that to a colleague he would be summoned to HR and likely dismissed, and somehow imagining that the ABC’s HR policies applied to Australia at large.

    All this and more in under 15 minutes

    I realise none of the above would come as a surprise to most people here, but if I was a lefty I would say this interview was violence against the listener. As it was I was simply astonished by the poor quality, and infuriated that the ABC is held up Australia’s preeminent broadcasting organisation, the broadcaster of record, and that we are compelled by law to its $1 Billion+ funding so they can crowd out any alternative that might succeed on merit.

    It will not be enough to burn it down and sow the fields with salt. The roads of the inner west must be lined with crucifixes. And if we run out of ABC staff, we will go after the politicians who have shielded and succoured the thing.

    /rant

  40. classical_hero

    Bruce, Pruitt did so much to destroy the leftists in the EPA that he can go and do something he wants to do. The EPA has been changed and that’s a good thing.

  41. classical_hero

    Check out the hashtag secondcivilwarletters for some hilarity. It seems that only those written by the right are funny and the left ones are not.

  42. Mother Lode

    Perhaps better phrasing of above

    2) He insisted that SHY had not said what DL insisted she had, calling it a FACT (on the basis that anything not recorded never happened), because there was no record when neither was there a record that DL had said what she claimed except that he admitted it. From this circumstance he concluded DL was a liar.

    2) The interviewer insisted that SHY had not said what DL asserted, calling it a FACT (based on the idea that something not entered into official records cannot have occurred). Well, by that same token DL’s comment was also not on the record, so to that extent it did not occur. But he admitted it saying it, which is taken as establishing a fact. From this, the interviewer determined that DL was a liar, and accepting SHY’s version as if DL’s admission proves SHY is telling the truth – her version being that she said one thing and DL responded with something that would not make any sense.

    2a) The interviewer, when asked to stop calling DL a liar, protested that he was not accusing him of lying, insisted that he was instead stating as fact what he knew was not fact. I suppose lefties have as many words for ‘lying’ as Inuit are supposed to have for snow – and for the same reason – and the mendacity he was accusing DL of has a different name in Ultimo.

  43. classical_hero

    Currently in hospital after having a biopsy done on the kidney. Based on urine output it seems like the kidney is functioning properly. The only problem is that with all the trauma of the surgery the bladder is rather smaller than normal so I’m frequently going to the toilet. Once the body heals itself it will be better.

  44. Baldrick

    BorisG
    #2756149, posted on July 6, 2018 at 3:27 am
    Has been known by those who knew of him.

    Mmmyes, riveting stuff there Boris.

  45. calli

    Good news, hero. 🎉

    All good here too. Five weeks after new knees, himself is walking a kilometre w/o sticks. Soon he’ll be back on the pushbike. The secret is preparation.

  46. Mother Lode

    A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.

    Brilliant.

  47. Baldrick

    Good on you classical_hero. The Milky Bars are on you!

  48. Bruce of Newcastle

    Great to hear that CH!

    For Pruitt the really big one to come next was the overturning of the CO2 endangerment “finding”.
    Fortunately Morano says his deputy is a realist too:

    The Good News: The number 2 at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, is poised to take over. I worked with Wheeler while when we both worked for Senator Inhofe at the Environment & Public Works Committee. Wheeler is the most knowledgeable and capable replacement for Pruitt.”

    Wheeler better make sure he has good security.

  49. Geriatric Mayfly

    Lions devour three rhino hunters, leaving behind only shoes, bones

    Good pussies. Extra cans of Whiskas for you.

  50. johanna

    Can’t believe that people here spent pages and pages arguing about the utterly inconsequential spat between Sarah Sea Patrol and David L. Out in voterland, nobody gives a rat’s, but here it is apparently tremendously significant. The Cat bubble at work?

    Meanwhile, the backstory of the cockroaches who scuttled out from the grot under the fridge to slander Jim Jordan re the OSU wrestling coach’s sexual abuse have been investigated. And, what a charming and credible pair they are:

    Two former Ohio State University wrestlers accusing Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan of ignoring sexual misconduct by a university physician more than two decades ago have a history of failed business dealings, lawsuits, harassment allegations, and in the case of one accuser, an 18 month prison sentence for fraud.

    One of the former wrestlers, Mike DiSabato, is also being accused by the widow of a Marine who was killed in combat in Iraq of intimidating and bullying her over a memorial fund set up in her husband’s name.

    “I question the intent, the authenticity, the verity, that Mike DiSabato shares in any of his words or actions,” Karen Mendoza, the wife of Ray Mendoza — a former teammate of DiSabato’s who was killed in 2005 — said in a statement.

    and

    Jordan is also questioning the timing of the story. The Republican is considered a potential replacement to House Speaker Paul Ryan. He is also among a handful of Republicans leading a push against the FBI and the Department of Justice for answers about the agencies’ handling of the investigation into the Trump campaign.

    “Look, the timing makes you wonder,” Jordan told reporters at a July 4 event in Ohio. “All I know is, it’s not true.”

    “It’s interesting that the timing is what it is, in light of things that are going on in Washington,” he continued.

    The initial reports based on DiSabato and Yetts’ claims regarding Jordan ignores a large body of evidence that raises questions about the two former wrestlers’ motives.

    NBC did note that Yetts served time in prison for a $1.8 million fraud scheme.

    Yetts’ biggest victim was former NFL star Antoine Winfield, who was bilked out of $1.3 million. Yetts convinced Winfield to invest his NFL signing bonus with Yetts’ firm, World Wide Sports. As part of the scam, Yetts provided Winfield with false documents claiming to show his investments. Yetts was instead spending money on country club memberships, cars, student loans, and credit card payments.

    NBC News did not report that Yetts filed a lawsuit in May against U.S. Well Service, a fracking company, claiming that he faced discrimination and sexual harassment. Yetts claims that one of his supervisors at the company made sexual remarks toward him and sent him sexually suggestive text messages. He also claimed that he was overlooked for a supervisor position because he is black.

    For his part, DiSabato has been involved in several lawsuits, including one against OSU. He was also recently sued for defamation and libel.

    Being accused by these grubs at this particular moment is almost a guarantee that the whole thing is yet another stitch-up of an effective conservative.

  51. Roger

    Once the body heals itself it will be better.

    That’s the spirit!

  52. classical_hero

    Jo, yet another rake to the face. Thwack. He sure has form. On twitter someone noticed that wrestlers don’t wear shorts but a one piece. So many holes in the story.

  53. Percy Popinjay

    The cat’s out of the bag – MV is this blog’s Demis Roussos.

  54. Some History

    For anyone interested.

    Volume up.

    Theme from Star Trek (1977) – Maynard Ferguson

  55. Geriatric Mayfly

    Macklin to announce retirement
    Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services Jenny Macklin reacts during debate of the National Labor veteran Jenny Macklin will announce later today that she will retire at the next election, after 22 years in parliament.

    Awfully sad.

  56. Some History

    The cat’s out of the bag – MV is this blog’s Demis Roussos.

    Forever and ever – Demis Roussos

  57. calli

    Jenny Macklin will announce later today that she will retire at the next election, after 22 years in parliament.

    As the Skywhale dips, the TrumpBaby rises.

    It was ever thus.

  58. johanna

    Best wishes, classical hero. The boosters make transplants sound like having your appendix out, but from knowing people who experienced it, that’s not the case at all. It’s a big physical trauma, plus the drugs transplant patients have to take are on the high end of side effects and general metabolic disruption.

    I too fear the worst about Mike of Marion, Rudiau, dweezy et al. If the worst is true, it is good to know that people here remember them, and with affection and concern.

  59. Baldrick

    While m0nty throws out distraction squirrels about Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan …

    The co-founder of Portland Resistance, a prominent Antifa group, was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to two felony charges of sexual abuse of a 17-year-old boy in March, and being found guilty of one count of sexual abuse of a 17-year-old girl in a jury trial last week.
    He was previously registered as a sex offender stemming from a conviction of first-degree sexual abuse and sodo-my, but those records are sealed because he was a minor at the time of his conviction.
    According to Judge Hodson, Rhodes did not deserve two to 2 ½ years of prison time because he believes Rhodes is making an honest attempt to change his behavior.
    Despite his sordid history of sexual abuse, Rhodes is getting another chance. He was sentenced to five years of probation.

  60. struth

    Good Moaning

    ABC Journalists are morons and hard left green activists.

    Do I need to say all?
    How do you take that ABC hack interviewer?
    Do I only mean some?

    Leftists are dickheads.
    Another simple statement by virtue of it being the plural that means I need not use the word all.

  61. Ragu

    after 22 years in parliament.

    22 years and her greatest achievement is the SIHIP disaster.

  62. A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.

    A true gentleman is one who bears at least half his weight on his elbows.

  63. struth

    Sorry I was just making a coffee

    You called?

  64. Geriatric Mayfly

    After 22 years, Macklin has gone a bit stale and inert. Ye olde first wave feminazi. Waiting in the wings for the prized Socialist seat of Jagga Jagga will be a creature who will tick all the boxes which answer to the burdens placed on the shoulders of a militant, shrieking harridan. Perish the thought that the seat might go to a MAN!!

  65. Baldrick

    Anti-fascist art activists! Who knew?

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will allow protesters to fly a blimp portraying US President Donald Trump as an orange, snarling baby over UK Parliament during the President’s upcoming visit, it has been announced.
    The protesters, who describe themselves as a group of anti-fascist art activists, said at first the mayor’s office did not recognise “Trump Baby” as a legitimate protest.
    “But following a huge groundswell of public support for our plan, it looks like City Hall has rediscovered its sense of humour,” activist Leo Murray said in a statement.
    “Trump Baby will fly!”

  66. Leigh Lowe

    No, no, GM.
    A woman won’t score Macklin’s seat.
    It’s Time(tm) for a transgender MP.

  67. Percy Popinjay

    Islamic leaders say right-wing ­extremists are behind an offensive act of intimidation at a Brisbane mosque, where a teenager was called a terrorist and Islam a cult.

    A group of men went to the Kuraby Mosque on Wednesday and abused and threatened worshippers after asking to be let inside to film what was going on, the Islamic Council of Queensland said. “They started saying Islam is a cult and they started going through the books,” council spokesman Ali Kadri said, calling the men uncivilised animals.

    He said the men, who said they were from a Baptist church in Ipswich, threatened a 65-year-old man and told a 15-year-old boy: “You don’t belong in this country, you bloody terrorist, and we should burn this place down to the ground.”

    From the Oz. I’m calling bullshit. No comments allowed, of course.

  68. Mother Lode

    According to Judge Hodson, Rhodes did not deserve two to 2 ½ years of prison time because he believes Rhodes is making an honest attempt to change his behavior.

    I am sure he is determined to change his ways so he is not caught again.

  69. struth

    I think the DL issue is a rather good subject to talk about.
    No matter what, it is a win against hysterical femarxists as you may have noticed they shut up for a moment and aren’t bagging all men like usual.
    They were reaching fever pitch winding each other up, facts be dammed, as is the natural state of the femarxist.
    It’s good to observe these things and to realise just how potent the truth spoken is as a weapon in our arsenal.
    I’m sure they’ll start again………..
    That’s why we need men.

  70. johanna

    I wouldn’t be taking bets on how long the Trump blimp will last.

    In the comments on one article about it, someone mused that the range of an English longbow is 600 feet. Others, for no particular reason, remarked on the prevalence of drones these days. Then, someone pointed that longbows were replaced by much more deadly crossbows (purely in the interests of discussing history).

    Sounds like there might be a competition for who gets it first.

  71. Percy Popinjay

    Absolutely bloody laughable. $1.2 billion pa in taxpayers’ money and they never stop bleating.

    ABC management have warned staff not to enter the political ­debate over the future of the ­national broadcaster.

    Ahead of a series of nationwide rallies organised by ABC Friends, starting this Sunday, to protest the government’s $84 million ABC budget cuts, news executive Gaven Morris told staff they could support the ABC, but not enter a partisan political debate.

    Ultimately we’re journalists and production professionals,” Mr Morris, director of news, analysis and investigations, told staff in a memo. “Our personal views should always be very separate to the work we do on behalf of all Australians.”

    Mr Morris banned staff from using ABC platforms or their personal social media to “engage in any campaigning or partisan commentary about the current ABC debate”. But he did not ban staff from attending rallies and some presenters, including Phillip Adams and Jon Faine, have been given permission to speak.

    The ABC Friends lobby group has organised rallies across the country, saying it was a “fight to save our ABC”.

    Headlining the Sydney rally this Sunday are Adams, the RN Late Night Live presenter, former 7.30 host Kerry O’Brien, comedian Magda Szubanski and author Tom Keneally.

    Faine will address a Melbourne rally on July 15, as will former ABC board member Fiona Stanley. Last month, Faine attacked ABC management for a “failure” to confront the government. “I’ve been here since 1989 busting my guts for a ­vision and a set of values and, quite frankly, I’m sick of getting it ripped apart because of the failure of our managers,” he said. He added that ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie had been “remarkably quiet and reluctant to engage” in campaigning and her strategy had “obviously delivered a terrible outcome in the last budget”.

    Other rallies are scheduled for Brisbane on July 13 and Perth on July 25.

    ABC editorial director Alan Sunderland issued a series of points about staff engagement in the debate. “It is perfectly understandable that ABC staff are proud of the ABC and keen to defend the organisation and what we stand for,” he said.

    “However, whether we like it or not, the ABC has recently become a political football in a highly contested and politically charged public debate. That means we need to take great care to ensure that we don’t get sucked into that debate in ways that undermine our reputation.”

    He said it was important that staff “don’t cross the line into campaigning for or against any political party or politician, or taking part in a controversial public ­debate about funding, charter, privatisation or any other aspect of the debate.”

    From the Oz. I’ve posted a comment laying into that bearded hippie twat Faine, but it presumably won’t be allowed.

  72. calli

    That TrumpBaby is incredibly lame. Trust the Poms to come up with it.

    From birth he was destined for greatness. He may be the leader of the free world, but he’s really quite cute. The President is always accessible – only a Tweet away from the people. Larger than life, even in his undies.

    Too many mixed messages.

  73. Percy Popinjay

    $1.2 billion pa in taxpayers. money and they never stop bleating:

    ABC management have warned staff not to enter the political ¬debate over the future of the ¬national broadcaster.
    Ahead of a series of nationwide rallies organised by ABC Friends, starting this Sunday, to protest the government’s $84 million ABC budget cuts, news executive Gaven Morris told staff they could support the ABC, but not enter a partisan political debate.
    Ultimately we’re journalists and production professionals,” Mr Morris, director of news, analysis and investigations, told staff in a memo. “Our personal views should always be very separate to the work we do on behalf of all Australians.”
    Mr Morris banned staff from using ABC platforms or their personal social media to “engage in any campaigning or partisan commentary about the current ABC debate”. But he did not ban staff from attending rallies and some presenters, including Phillip Adams and Jon Faine, have been given permission to speak.
    The ABC Friends lobby group has organised rallies across the country, saying it was a “fight to save our ABC”.
    Headlining the Sydney rally this Sunday are Adams, the RN Late Night Live presenter, former 7.30 host Kerry O’Brien, comedian Magda Szubanski and author Tom Keneally.
    Faine will address a Melbourne rally on July 15, as will former ABC board member Fiona Stanley. Last month, Faine attacked ABC management for a “failure” to confront the government. “I’ve been here since 1989 busting my guts for a ¬vision and a set of values and, quite frankly, I’m sick of getting it ripped apart because of the failure of our managers,” he said. He added that ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie had been “remarkably quiet and reluctant to engage” in campaigning and her strategy had “obviously delivered a terrible outcome in the last budget”.
    Other rallies are scheduled for Brisbane on July 13 and Perth on July 25.
    ABC editorial director Alan Sunderland issued a series of points about staff engagement in the debate. “It is perfectly understandable that ABC staff are proud of the ABC and keen to defend the organisation and what we stand for,” he said.
    “However, whether we like it or not, the ABC has recently become a political football in a highly contested and politically charged public debate. That means we need to take great care to ensure that we don’t get sucked into that debate in ways that undermine our reputation.”
    He said it was important that staff “don’t cross the line into campaigning for or against any political party or politician, or taking part in a controversial public ¬debate about funding, charter, privatisation or any other aspect of the debate.”

    From the Oz. I’ve posted a comment laying into that bearded hippie twat Faine, but it’s unlikely to be allowed.

  74. calli

    He said the men, who said they were from a Baptist church in Ipswich, threatened a 65-year-old man and told a 15-year-old boy: “You don’t belong in this country, you bloody terrorist, and we should burn this place down to the ground.”

    Wow, those Bappos are sure getting uppity. Radicalised, even.

    Next it will be the Pressbuttons.

    Or, it could be all “poor victim me” lies.

  75. struth

    Is anyone concerned about this socialist shithole and the foulness we will show the world when he visits here?

  76. Mother Lode

    struth

    #2756211, posted on July 6, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Far more succinct than me.

    (I am using ‘than’ as a preposition rather than a conjunction. In case anyone wants to make the point…)

  77. struth

    Sorry if the point had already been raised by you, motherlode.
    I only scrolled back as far as Tom’s cartoons.

  78. Megan

    Jenny Macklin will announce later today that she will retire at the next election, after 22 years in parliament.

    She’s my local MP. It’s about bloody time.

  79. calli

    He shouldn’t have corrected it.

    “Pour” sounds just right. Or “paw”.

    On the other famous author – she gives shallow new depth. And her reasoned, articulate comment is without parallel.

  80. Roger

    Wow, those Bappos are sure getting uppity. Radicalised, even.

    Not that I’m defending their actions, but…

    A Muslim commits an atrocity and it’s simply a “terrorist attack”, motive unknown.

    A couple of Fundies get it into their heads to harass mosque attendees and we already know their denomination and location.

  81. struth

    Oh I missed your comment this morning there Mothlode.
    How ungentlemanly of me.
    Thank god my reputation as a polite and courteous soul stands me in good stead against this transgression.

  82. Mother Lode

    The protesters, who describe themselves as a group of anti-fascist art activists

    I suspect these ‘anti-fascists’ think only what they call the political right can be fascists – yet what revolts people about the original fascists is the violence and disregard for human rights.

    The Communists left the Nazis in the shade if we look just at Stalin and Mao.

    But the ‘anti-fascists’ think that all OK as long as they do not see themselves as Nazis.

  83. struth

    MothERlode.

    For god sake man change feet.

  84. John Constantine

    In yarragrad, threats against an anti-trump balloon or making anti-trump protestors feel humiliated and victims of mansplaining will be met with the full full crushing power of the State.

    Imagine being a registered firearm owner, committing the thoughtcrime of saying it would be a good laugh if someone shot the balloon down. The State would be around at midnight to check and confiscate your legal property the next night.

    Imagine the press filth even now, dreaming of being the ‘australian watergate’ wymynsys that brings down Trumptopia and installs the Clinton crime cartel as president.

    Imagine how many Australian lefties would carry a suicide bomb up to Trump if somebody gave them one and wound them up.

    Imagine how many leftie Australian politicians would piss on their hands before they shake Trumps.

    Does he really have to touch our diseased quisling traitors without wearing gloves?.

    I wouldn’t.

    Comrade herpes-hands.

  85. Herodotus

    Haha! ABC staff have been warned by Gavin Morris not to become involved in the “future of the ABC” debate.
    They are advised not to participate in “partisan political” commentary.
    Right. Fixed. Easy.
    Not.

    Meanwhile, the daft friends of the ABC are planning demos! It’ll be the usual suspects, harangued by Adams and Faine.

  86. John Constantine

    Crowdfunding to get a skywriter plane to put up a pro-trump message?.

    Something to overshadow the ferals?.

    We [heart] Trump?.

  87. struth

    Ah yes the big lie.
    National SOCIALISTS were right wing and their allies were fascists.

    Wankers.

  88. Leigh Lowe

    Don’t stress about the London Trump-Blimp.
    Someone will stab it long before he gets there.

  89. candy

    What kind of country or their PM allows the activists to go to the extent of an abusive ugly flying blimp that can’t be ignored, about the leader of another country, let alone the United States.

    A protest march is one thing but something like a blimp would be considered advertising or propaganda.

    I doubt the mayor of London would like one about him if he visited America. My thoughts are that D. Trump will take this issue seriously in his dealings with Ms May.

  90. Mother Lode

    Ahead of a series of nationwide rallies organised by ABC Friends,

    Can we take it that the hundreds (or tens of thousands as the ABC will report) of Australians who turn up are in favour of the ABC getting the extra funding?

    And the millions who don’t are against?

  91. johanna

    Highly recommend James Delingpole’s latest podcast about the NHS, here.

    As well as his interviewee ‘Dr Will’ (who has a less than posh accent) trashing the NHS and the structure of medical care generally, he has lots of useful comments about foreign trained doctors. These are very relevant to us.

    The battery farm clinic I attend in Queanbeyan has not a single Australian trained doctor. My doctor, a white woman trained at a pretty good school in South Africa, gets a passing grade from this old chook who has been to many GPs. Since I only go to get my arthritis prescriptions renewed, it doesn’t matter much.

    Dr Will points out that culture does matter, so some Indian doctors have a very hierarchial and arrogant approach. He also says that in the UK it is possible to become a qualified hospital nurse without ever learning how to take a blood sample. WTF?

    Anyway, worth a listen, as a lot of the stuff about medical care applies more broadly.

  92. calli

    Death by trebuchet hurling Greek fire.

    It’s only fitting.

  93. Atoms for Peace

    Trump should wear a MEGA cap. Make England great again.

  94. Geriatric Mayfly

    The Great Khan of the Londonistan Caliphate should emphasise that Islam is a religion of peace and love and take The Donald for a ride over the city on his magic carpet?

  95. struth

    I also call bullshit on the muslim mosque invasion.

    However we are told they are from a Christian group who accussed Mussies of being the terrorists the certainly have shown they can be.
    The told them to piss off out of the country claims the mussies.

    That’s all.

    Yet mussies have described them as right wing extremists.
    From what was this conclusion drawn?

  96. C.L.

    Islamic leaders say right-wing ­extremists are behind an offensive act of intimidation at a Brisbane mosque, where a teenager was called a terrorist and Islam a cult.

    Even before I Googled up the story (it’s handy to provide links, newspaper names and headlines, folks), I knew it would be the Kuraby mosque. Its members are associated with two murders in the area (following identical ruses involving the turning off of a home’s electricity mains), most recently last month. A local Muslim was raided and arrested by ASIO last week on charges of preparing to aid ISIS. In 2014, two Kuraby Muslims were arrested on terrorism charges after a local Islamic bookstore was raided by anti-terrorism police. Imagine my cynicism about anything these dirtbags claim.

  97. calli

    Or it could be beheaded on Tower Green. Or strung up at Tyburn. Or immolated at Smithfield. Or disembowelled at Whitechapel.

    London offers all sorts of historical dispatching opportunities.

  98. Mother Lode

    One of my favourite utterly transparent tactics of the likes* of the ABC is to use the word conservative to describe Islamic hardliners. “Hey, they are conservative and dangerous. Conservatives are dangerous. Like that mean Mr Abbott!”

    Of course, suggesting a connection between conservative Australians and conservative Iranians is like saying Ancient Greek and Ancient Japanese are linguistically connected since they are both Ancient.

    *It superficially sounds weird to use the word ‘like’ and ‘ABC’ in the same sentence, doesn’t it?

  99. C.L.

    Two former Ohio State University wrestlers accusing Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan of ignoring sexual misconduct by a university physician more than two decades ago have a history of failed business dealings, lawsuits, harassment allegations, and in the case of one accuser, an 18 month prison sentence for fraud.

    Note well the majesty of freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the United States.
    They are allowed to report on the background and criminal records of accusers.
    In Australia, media are banned from reporting on the lengthy criminal records of Cardinal Pell’s accusers, though we know they were prosecuted and jailed for drugs offences and bashing a woman.

  100. C.L.

    Trump should wear a MEGA cap. Make England great again.

    Golden idea.

  101. johanna

    struth
    #2756230, posted on July 6, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Is anyone concerned about this socialist shithole and the foulness we will show the world when he visits here?

    Stop being such a sanctimonious shit, struth. Are you trying to be the One, the Only, who sees what nobody else can see?

    How about joining the plebs here at the Cat? That’s if it won’t soil your perfect understanding of all things that the rest of us can’t possibly get.

  102. C.L.

    What kind of country or their PM allows the activists to go to the extent of an abusive ugly flying blimp that can’t be ignore …

    Who are we to judge?

  103. C.L.

    TRUMP SLAMS “Low IQ” Maxine Waters : IQ Somewhere in the 60s

  104. mh

    LIVE: President Donald Trump MASSIVE Rally in Great Falls, Montana – July 5, 2018

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IxUeomUoc3M

  105. calli

    That was a World Record scroll. Only one eye needs bleach.

  106. Leigh Lowe

    The Trump-Blimp will be rolled gold for the Orang-Utan in Chief.
    CNN and WaPo will wring their hands crying “international pariah” but the voters across the US will be mumbling about “goddamed ungrateful Limeys”.
    Remember in 2004 when the Gruaniad ran a campaign from the UK to turn the voters of Clark County Ohio against GWB?
    Americans just love being told what to do from across the Atlantic.
    BTW … why wasn’t the Clark County campaign deemed “foreign interference” in an election?

  107. candy

    J. Gillard had a nice figure when she was young. The reddened hairstyle never suited her.
    I think she could have curled it prettily and let it grow longer.

  108. struth

    Back inya cage wench or I’ll get DL to sort you out.

    It was a perfectly honest question.
    Is anyone concerned about what will happen when he comes here.

    I don’t expect to get my head bitten off for that?

    Actually from you I should.
    You’re always mean to me.
    It’s bully tactics and I have a son.
    I must show him that I wont stand for this misandry.
    I demand an apology and will be seeking legal advice…………

    Did I mention that I am hurt?

    Hurt at this blatent misandrist attack .

    Now get back in the kitchen.
    I’d like two pieces of toast with vegemite and a white coffee with one sugar and a dashbof speed please.

  109. Snoopy

    Headlining the Sydney rally this Sunday are Adams, the RN Late Night Live presenter, former 7.30 host Kerry O’Brien, comedian Magda Szubanski and author Tom Keneally.

    GetUp must be providing the speakers. Can it be possible that anyone in Sydney could have anything better to do?

  110. Leigh Lowe

    Headlining the Sydney rally this Sunday are Adams, the RN Late Night Live presenter, former 7.30 host Kerry O’Brien, comedian Magda Szubanski and author Tom Keneally.

    This is truly front-line revolutionary stuff.
    Saving bureacrats on $1.2 bill a year from a three year freeze on funding increases.
    Che would be so proud.

  111. johanna

    London Mayor Khan actively opposes the founder and funder of NATO. What that has to do with managing the crumbling city of London is a mystery.

    Crime is out of control, the streets are filthy, cost of living is skyrocketing. No wonder he is latching on to a Montyesque distraction squirrel.

  112. johanna

    It was a perfectly honest question.
    Is anyone concerned about what will happen when he comes here.

    According to you, nobody here ‘cares’ except you. Note the word ‘anybody.’

    Stop being such a sanctimonious martyr.

  113. johanna

    Headlining the Sydney rally this Sunday are Adams, the RN Late Night Live presenter, former 7.30 host Kerry O’Brien, comedian Magda Szubanski and author Tom Keneally.

    Gee, that lineup really gets the pulses racing. I will cancel my book club and pack a thermos.

  114. Mother Lode

    Crowdfunding to get a skywriter plane to put up a pro-trump message?.

    Something to overshadow the ferals?

    And with a cannon?

    The left do fine within the thickets of absurd laws they have carefully planted to ensnare anyone not of divergent opinion.

    But in the real world they are utterly ill-conditioned and blinded – like those pallid salamanders that live in tiny pools in those caves of Kentucky would be were you to drop it in the middle of Martin Place.

  115. struth

    You always take me the wrong way and considering the good will and love I have shown to you over the years, the deep respect……I am truly hurt.
    I don’t know if I can truly go on after this misandrist attack completely out of the blue.
    I’m shattered.
    And if it was an attempt to get rid of me, you’ ve done well.

  116. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2756263, posted on July 6, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Trump should wear a MEGA cap. Make England great again.

    Golden idea.

    I think a top hat would be preferable.

  117. Last month, Faine attacked ABC management for a “failure” to confront the government. “I’ve been here since 1989 busting my guts for a ¬vision and a set of values and, quite frankly, I’m sick of getting it ripped apart because of the failure of our managers,” he said.

    Thanks for reminding us you’ve been in that sinecure for almost 30 years, and that you’ve accepted the trust of the Australian people only to shamelessly push forward your own tendentious vision and set of values.

  118. Shy Ted

    J. Gillard had a nice figure when she was young.
    She has an even nicer figure now – several million of your $, plus expenses plus as much as Julie Bishop can bung her way for the Global Education Fund.

  119. cohenite

    Is there one person here who if the FB stuck her face up to you and screamed that you were a creep wouldn’t do what DL did and tell her to fuck off?

    There is nothing on the Outsiders which was defamatory. The end.

  120. Snoopy

    Our ABC
    A looter continua!

  121. Shy Ted

    I do hope the Trumpbaby balloon is filled with hydrogen and not helium, the way God intended.

  122. Mother Lode

    Sorry, anyone not of divergent opinion.

  123. Peter Campion

    Gotta love how irrepressible life is, how species adapt to new opportunities, and how nature finds a way to survive and thrive. I just sent this to my regional daily paper…

    The Editor

    Here’s a worrying thought for residents of sewered areas near creeks and rainforests. The Australian Swamp Rat has adapted to a changed environment and now uses sewer pipes to access homes.

    It appears they enter pipe networks via an accessible toilet and can pop up anywhere, anytime.

    Unexpectedly muddy water in the toilet bowl is a sign you’ve had a visitor. Plus, your cat or dog might have gone nuts unexpectedly.

    This happened to an elderly friend in Kanimbla a few days ago. A pest exterminator told her they can be very hard to catch.

    We don’t need to worry about nature; species always adapt to new opportunities. But worrying when next taking a seat on a sewer-connected throne is probably quite valid.

    (123 words)
    Peter Campion

  124. Ragu

    Headlining the Sydney rally this Sunday are Adams, the RN Late Night Live presenter, former 7.30 host Kerry O’Brien, comedian Magda Szubanski and author Tom Keneally.

    I can’t imagine those reactionary fossils inspiring the mellenial collective.

  125. Mother Lode

    I think a top hat would be preferable.

    The flattened surface on top should have an arrow painted on top and pointed to the front, with the text “Talking to Stupid”. No one will see it from ground level, but photos from above…

    Except for the Mayer of London.

    Then the top hat should read “Islamist Turd”.

  126. Bruce in WA

    God bless Texas!

    Bank restores stolen funds to 112-year-old Austin resident, oldest living WWII veteran

    Bank of America has restored funds stolen from 112-year-old veteran Richard Overton’s account, his family said. Overton, a World War II veteran who lives in Austin, learned his bank account had been drained Friday, his third cousin Volma Overton said. Volma Overton said the family was shocked when the bank called and asked them to come in and sign for the restored funds.

    “Man, I teared up,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it. They made it happen. The executive of the company said he’d take care of this, and he took care of it.”

    A Bank of America spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that the bank was investigating the issue and had credited Overton’s account. Austin police were also investigating, along with federal authorities.
    “Everyone wants to get to the bottom of this. I don’t think it’s going to be long before we know,” Volma Overton said.

    Money wasn’t the only thing stolen from Richard Overton, his cousin said. His identity was taken, too.
    “Someone set up a bogus account, got his Social Security number and accessed his personal checking account,” Volma Overton said.

    His bank account wasn’t tied to his GoFundMe account, which funds his in-home care. The campaign has raised more than $430,000 since it launched in December 2016, but a large portion has been spent. The funds go toward his medical care — Overton requires 24-hour care and four caretakers switch off between 12-hour shifts.

    The fundraiser saw a huge spike in donations since the news broke about Richard Overton’s account being drained, his cousin said.

    “It’s been a true blessing in disguise for us,” he said.

    Now, the oldest man in America can spend his days as he always does: sitting on his front porch, where he smokes 12 cigars a day and sips on whiskey and coke.

    “Everything’s back just like it was,” Volma Overton said.

    And his recipe for longevity?

    “Just keep living. Don’t die.”

  127. Bruce of Newcastle

    I think a top hat would be preferable.

    A Darth Vader suit would be excellent trolling.

  128. Boambee John

    Roger at 0915

    A Muslim commits an atrocity and it’s simply a “terrorist attack”, motive unknown.

    I believe that is an unexplainable action by a person of no relevant religious affiliation who suffers from mental health issues.

  129. stackja

    Richmond drug users continue to inject on the street despite safe injecting room opening
    Genevieve Alison, Herald Sun
    July 5, 2018 9:00pm
    Subscriber only

    DRUG users are continuing to shoot up in public almost a week after Melbourne’s controversial new safe injecting room opened its doors.

    Daylight drug deals and shocking assaults continue, and bloodied syringes litter North Richmond streets, despite assurances the suburb’s injecting room would make people safer.

    The injecting room opened at the North Richmond Community Health centre on Saturday.

    But the Herald Sun saw numerous men and women injecting in laneways, parks and front yards only a few hundred metres away from it.

    And police were on Thursday investigating the assault of a woman on Lennox St, outside the centre.

    The centre’s medical director Dr Nico Clark said time was needed for people to become “more familiar with” the injecting room.

    But multiple drug users told the Herald Sun they had no interest in visiting the centre.

  130. stackja

    One man seen injecting in the car park of the housing estate, within view of the centre, said he “didn’t know anything about” the injecting room.

    “No, I’m not doing that … I’m not using it,” he said.

    “I don’t know anything about it and neither does anyone I know,” he said.

    Another had used the room once, but would not do so with his partner because he wasn’t allowed to inject for her.

    “It’s a problem when I’m with my missus … we just go do it elsewhere. I think a lot of people will have the same problem … they won’t like that.”

    A local resident who lives in the Elizabeth St housing estate said she saw a group shooting up in the car park over the weekend.

    “I asked them why they weren’t using the room and they said ‘F— that, no way we’re going in there’,” said Sonia, who did not wish to give her surname.

    “I see them pick up their needles from the needle exchange and run to the car park to shoot up,” she said.

    But Dr Clark said he had been pleased with the response so far.

    “Since Saturday, our staff have been busy seeing people who would have otherwise injected in public, and linking them in with other health and social services,” he said.

    Dr Clark would not say how many people had used the room so far but he expected numbers to increase as people became more familiar with it.

  131. H B Bear

    I can’t imagine those reactionary fossils inspiring the mellenial collective.

    Nope. Friends of the ALPBC are all retired school teachers who drive Subarus, eat All Bran and collect plastic bags. A superannuated Byron Bay geriatric like Red Kezza and an animated corpse like Phatty Adams will be about all they can handle.

  132. Bruce in WA

    A Darth Vader suit would be excellent trolling.

    Or this one.

  133. Bruce in WA

    I believe that is an unexplainable action by a person lone wolf of no relevant religious affiliation who suffers from mental health issues.

    I fixes it for you.

  134. Boambee John

    Ahead of a series of nationwide rallies organised by ABC Friends,

    Will the hat be passed around at these rallies? Will the Friends of Their ABC demonstrate their friendship with donations? Will Red Kezza or Phat Phil contribute something from the huge sums that have been paid to them?

    So many questions, but only one answer.

    No, no and no!

  135. H B Bear

    Headlining the Sydney rally this Sunday are … comedian Magda Szubanski …

    Fat Magda knows which side of her taxpayer funded bread is buttered on at the ALPBC … both. The staff co-op has always been the employer of choice for unfunny homosexual comedians.

  136. Leigh Lowe

    Headlining the Sydney rally this Sunday are Adams, the RN Late Night Live presenter, former 7.30 host Kerry O’Brien, comedian Magda Szubanski and author Tom Keneally.

    Odds-on that Magna will burst into tears.

  137. Leigh Lowe

    Fat Magda knows which side of her taxpayer funded bread is buttered on at the ALPBC … both.

    And, looking at her, she is back to licking both sides of the bread.
    I am guessing the Weight-Watchers sponsorship has dried up.

  138. Ragu

    I asked them why they weren’t using the room and they said ‘F— that, no way we’re going in there’,” said Sonia, who did not wish to give her surname.

    Who would have thought a paranoid junky wouldn’t be comfortable shooting up in a fishbowl.

    Quite a world we live in. Safe injecting rooms for morphine addicts, and endless scorn for those that enjoy the public bar.

  139. johanna

    Friends of the ABC are like members of the Greens in the ACT – middle-aged, dowdy and unappealing.

    It is ironic that the middle-aged dowby set who support all things green may not not lose because of substance, but style?

    Stupid Millenials don’t like them because they are what the Brits call ‘Anoraks’ or because they do wear Anoraks and have no sense of style, humour or imagination.

    Ya get that.

    Those Greenham Women Common cows were hideous.

  140. Stimpson J. Cat

    We’ve moved on from Gay Wedding Cakes to Cameras and Lights.
    What say you Monty?

    Brandon Straka (The Unsilent Minority)
    @usminority
    I’m shaking right now. I just went into a camera store to buy a camera and a light and mic, etc. and they recognized me from tv. I was refused service because they said it was for “alt right” purposes. That literally just happened.
    5:46 AM · Jul 6, 2018

  141. Faine’s ABC running hard in support of a safe injecting facility next door to a primary school. Any suggestion that this may be imprudent or immoral is being rubbished.

  142. Infidel Tiger

    How come there are zero right wing twitter stars in australia?

    The closest we have to one here is gun control advocate, abortion loving, mass immigration supporter Rita Panahi.

  143. H B Bear

    I’m guessing it is a public primary school so obviously no ALPBC kids will go there.

  144. candy

    Monty has Monty has Milo stabbing someone on another thread, this Straker fellow I think, because of jealousy. I don’t get it, but maybe Straker is a homosexual too, something to do with gay chaps stabbing their partner?

  145. I was refused service because they said it was for “alt right” purposes.

    What if I order a vegan, organic, locally sourced and handcrafted artisanal frog cake with gay pepes, polluted waterfalls & Alex Jones and say it is for a gay Trump supporting polyamorous Muslim couple who are gonna get married in a reform Muslim Mosque?

    Straka has a made a good point. These Democrat loons “think” anyone not voting for the suddenly not purple, Maoist candidate shilling Clinton machine is a literal Nazi.

  146. Myrddin Seren

    Theresa May showed Angela Merkel her customs plan before she showed her own Cabinet, it has emerged this afternoon.

    Wonder who in the UN Turnbull got approval for his NEG plan from, before foisting it upon the energy-vassals of Veneztralia ?

  147. Bruce in WA

    And cue Gun Control Australia and the Greenturds … in 3, 2, 1 …

    WRT the father who shot his two kids and then himself:

    The father owned a number of firearms, including two powerful handguns legally registered in his name.

    “We understand that those handguns came into his possession lawfully earlier this year,” Mr McFadden said.

  148. Can’t believe that people here spent pages and pages arguing about the utterly inconsequential spat between Sarah Sea Patrol and David L. Out in voterland, nobody gives a rat’s, but here it is apparently tremendously significant. The Cat bubble at work?

    Yes, but it’s exciting for us.
    After decades of the totalitarian scum rolling over our freedoms someone decided to stand up and slap a tank with a wet lettuce leaf.
    Victory! Yes! It’s the beginning of the turnaround! Just one more echo chamber conference and essay in The Speccie and the right will be back!
    Someone punching the left back is so rare that we’ve had to dissect and watch in slow motion and debate every moment of the wet lettuce leaf slap because you just know this is the beginning of the end of the left!

    Of course some people think what DL did was terrible and he should apologise or should have done or said X, Y and Z instead. Namely every CINO on Sky, Bolta, Tony “I’ll apply the lube myself” Abbott and half the Cat.

    Then in a week or so everyone will wonder yet again why we’re always losing whilst living vicariously through Trump’s America and praising how he can so successfully take down the left.

    Are Australians the stupidest people to ever exist?

  149. calli

    Trump’s London visit is rich with trolling opportunities.

    After the requisite SSB is played, the Americans could respond with this.

    🙂

  150. Des Deskperson

    Here’s the flier for the Sydney FOABC rally:

    https://www.abcfriends.org.au/index.php/2018/07/01/rally-sydney-july-8/

    Note that O’Brien is described as the ‘greatly missed host of ABC 7.30’; bit of an – arguably misogynist – slap in the face for Leigh Sales.

    I wonder if Tom Keneally will drag his daughter Megan along, most of his appearances these days seem to involve flogging Megan’s supposed literary talents.

  151. Stimpson J. Cat

    How come there are zero right wing twitter stars in australia?

    Because I have a real job and I refuse to verify my Twitter account because I just don’t trust them.
    Social media is a young man’s game.
    Teach your kids.

  152. Bruce of Newcastle

    How come there are zero right wing twitter stars in australia?

    Same reason there are zero right wing ABC presenters.
    Look up “shadowbanning”.

  153. johanna

    As I said from the start. Theresa May is a slimy, no-good appeaser who will do anything if she thinks it is in her interests.

    Imagine if Margaret Thatcher had been doing the negotiations.

    It would have been short and sweet.

    MT: We’re leaving.

    EU: But, but, but, and here’s a bill for E100 billion.

    MT: We’re leaving, and put that bill in the bin on your way out.

  154. stackja

    calli – New Orleans battle occurred after peace treaty. Slow email in those days.

  155. Confused Old Misfit

    Are Australians the stupidest people to ever exist?

    Canadians: “Hold my beer! Eh?”

  156. How did I miss this fat turd?

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kicked-off-harry-potter-ride-fat_us_5af09fbfe4b041fd2d2992c9

    PS – intelligence is negatively correlated with excess weight.

    I refuse to take on the additional guilt of not having gotten into Harry Potter until I was 35. But I’ll admit that despite the annoying I refuse to t J.K. Rowling vs. Native People scandal (that I doubt you heard anything about, but I followed because I’m Native), I got deeply sucked in last year. It was the depression and disgust surrounding Donald Trump’s election that sent me into a YA fantasy endurance run where I went so far as to purchase an armchair for my round-the-clock bedroom reading. By Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I was logging onto Pottermore to determine my Hogwarts house (Ravenclaw) and my Patronus (a scops owl), comparing the novels to the movies, and then sobbing when Dumbledore … well … no spoilers.

    You should feel guilty about those donuts, and being a depressed loon.

  157. Headlining the Sydney rally this Sunday are Adams, the RN Late Night Live presenter, former 7.30 host Kerry O’Brien, comedian Magda Szubanski and author Tom Keneally.

    Here’s a good case in point. Joking about this march all morning yet how many of you showed your face for the anti-ABC march a few years ago after the “burnt hands” accusations against the Navy? You know, the one that had less than 20 people show up. The left will have 2000+ at their marches.

    So if you weren’t there or haven’t done anything other than whinge about the ABC on da interwebs how about you SHUT THE FUCK UP until you actually have DONE something?

  158. stackja

    Mr Rusty – Australia doesn’t have free speech. Constitution framers didn’t think it necessary. They never foresaw stupidity we face today.

  159. stackja

    Mr Rusty – protest march just create good feeling. MSM ignored any such. Or misrepresent. I ignore ABC and tell those who quote ABC they are wrong.

  160. Myrddin Seren

    We simply have to be heading for the event horizon predicted by Blair’s Law – which states that all idiocies coalesce in to one giant Black Hole of idiocy.

    CEO of one of the world’s largest companies urges government to mandate the extinction of their primary product:

    Shell would support UK bringing forward petrol ban from 2040

    Shell, one of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies, has backed calls for the UK to bring forward its 2040 ban on new petrol and diesel car sales.

    Ben van Beurden, chief executive of the Anglo-Dutch group, said he welcomed the idea of bringing forward the ban, as it would provide clarity and make it easier for companies like Shell to make investment decisions and also shift consumer attitudes.

    Asked if he would like to see the ban take effect earlier, as MPs, mayors and thinktanks have called for, he said: “If you would bring it forward, obviously that would be welcome. I think the UK will have to go at a much higher speed than the speed the rest of the world can go.”

    Well yes – if government keeps banning stuff the Proles prefer – like cheap, affordable flexible transport; you do tend to push consumers in to either buying what the government allows them, or doing without altogether. Some choice.

    And no explanation is offered as to why The Great and Good think the UK needs to accelerate its economy off a cliff. It is just A Thing.

    Surely the Vogon Constructor Fleet cannot be far off – we are done ?

  161. stackja

    MS – Shell see more money in non-petrol. Aren’t subsidies wonderful!

  162. H B Bear

    Any truth to the rumour that if they get that Thai soccer coach out of that cave he will be taking the Adelaide Crows pre-season camp next year?

  163. C.L.

    I hate bullies and this story saddens me.
    This really seems to be getting worse … and girls seem to be the most malicious perpetrators.

  164. I’m not really sure why they’d be offended about poultry litter, this is not really veganism but animal liberation crankery.

  165. stackja

    MS – vegan energy and people stop breathing.

  166. “You honestly can’t believe anyone likes you. Just die — I’m more than happy to help you out with that.

    Just another reason to homeschool.

    The young stupid idiot who texted that probably does not how much shit they can be in for sending a message with that meaning and context.

  167. Leigh Lowe

    H B Bear

    #2756359, posted on July 6, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Any truth to the rumour that if they get that Thai soccer coach out of that cave he will be taking the Adelaide Crows pre-season camp next year?

    No.
    But I did hear that the reason the 11 year-old boys crawled 3 kilometres into the cave is that they heard a DFAT convention was coming to town.

  168. JC

    There should be more of them – even as tourist attractions. They really are fun to watch.
    https://www.infowars.com/over-250-declassified-nuke-test-videos-released-online/

    Drudge.

  169. johanna

    MS, what a depressing dribble from the CEO of one of the world’s great energy companies. No doubt his wife is an avid supporter of the Greens. They get invited to all the right cocktail parties and to Davos and so on.

    Still, economic reality is going to hit them in the chops sooner or later. All those coal fired plants in China and India, for example. The extra millions of petrol fired cars every year in China and India, while their boutique electric cars languish.

    It really is an Emperor’s New Clothes scenario.

  170. stackja

    C.L. bullies are just poor misunderstood. Only need to talked to nicely.

  171. JC

    You don’t have to go to the newspapers for petticoat on petticoat bullying. We’ve seen enough of it at the Cat over the past few years. Horrible stuff… that’s true.

  172. stackja

    Sydney shooting another Family Court case?

  173. JC

    Stack:

    If you really try, I reckon you could get your texts down to three words max and still convey at least some cryptic meaning

  174. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sydney shooting another Family Court case?

    It would seem so – the Oz mentions a two year custody battle.

  175. Bruce in WA

    Sydney shooting another Family Court case?

    Certainly sounds that that way so far …

  176. johanna

    While pages and pages here have been wasted on a trivial argument between two nobody cares Senators – someone has rightly mentioned the amazing case of a bunch of kids caught in a cave in Thailand.

    There is heaps of stuff on the net, so I won’t link. But, these kids, a soccer team, went into the caves almost two weeks ago and never came out, to date.

    This has gotta be one of the greatest movies ever. In particular, dozens of countries (including Australia) sent teams to help. Just imagine how that worked on the ground.

    Latest is that they have contact, have sent food down, but nobody knows how to get them out. Well, some people ‘know’, but there is no agreement.

    Meanwhile, it is due to rain again and the poor buggers down there might drown.

    And meanwhile, someone might have said something to someone in the ultra-privileged Senate.

  177. Mother Lode

    Now, the oldest man in America can spend his days as he always does: sitting on his front porch, where he smokes 12 cigars a day and sips on whiskey and coke.

    Bless him.

  178. JC

    While pages and pages here have been wasted on a trivial argument between two nobody cares Senators – someone has rightly mentioned the amazing case of a bunch of kids caught in a cave in Thailand.

    There’s not much to say except observe what’s going on, you motor mouth. Sometimes that’s just how it is. And if you don’t like the stories being discussed here you do have options. You can either just fuck off, or post what you think is interesting and see if you get a ping back… or (did I say) just fuck off.

  179. Ragu

    Great band. Some are ripping them for imitating Led Zepplin.

    I’m just happy young blokes are using SG’s with humbuckers. I love that sound
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DzXdM1rqSlSQ&ved=0ahUKEwiV7Ov8sIncAhUDx7wKHfHyAdwQ3ywIKzAB&usg=AOvVaw1bKRgRYgwY1ZRbn2qPshTw

  180. Dr Faustus

    CEO of one of the world’s largest companies urges government to mandate the extinction of their primary product:

    Shell would support UK bringing forward petrol ban from 2040

    Always apply the cui bono test.

    Shell was ‘woke’ by Brent Spar and has attempted to get ahead of the Green/AGW curve for the past 20+ years. Over the past 10 years, Shell International has been moving aggressively into natural gas – which now makes up the largest part of its energy portfolio. It is also an increasingly massive investor in ‘New Energies’ – fuel cells, biofuels, primary research in energy storage systems – all the technologies that erect barriers to competition and attract subsidies.

    They can sniff the wind in The Hague.

  181. Mother Lode

    Odds-on that Magna will burst into tears.

    Ha! Feminine nominative singular for ‘large’!

  182. Habib

    Prussian Blue is a cyanide compound. I’m pretty sure this was the active ingredient in Zyklon B, and caused blue stains on the walls and ceilings of the gas chambers where it was deployed. I believe i read it becomes active when exposed to air, could be wrong but in that case I’d be a bit dubious of its health benefits.

  183. BorisG

    Guys what are the details of Cat meet in Perth next week?

  184. Mother Lode

    And, looking at her, she is back to licking both sides of the bread.

    More than that, she has to rub some of the butter onto door frames to get through.

  185. Stimpson J. Cat

    and girls seem to be the most malicious perpetrators.

    Women’s biggest enemy has always been, and always will be, themselves, eg Lesbians etc.

  186. https://www.theage.com.au/national/david-leyonhjelm-the-major-parties-must-take-an-ethical-stand-20180705-h129jm.html

    This is gold. David Leyonhjelm is literally Hitler:

    It is unlikely that anything will influence David Leyonhjelm to issue a sincere apology for anything he says. He revels in his particular form of libertarianism, which most people find extreme and unacceptable in a civilised society. Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten should agree not to “accept” his vote – ie, if a motion is proposed by the government or Labor, either can have one of their Senators abstain from that vote. This might temporarily feed Senator Leyonhjelm’s notoriety and ego, but moral leadership must be demonstrated and this vile, arrogant and dangerous bully should be made to understand the depth of his offensiveness.

    What about how St Hamish and St Virginia treated our Dave? No comment!

    David Leyonhjelm says that abuse such as his towards Sarah Hanson-Young is the norm and that many people say such things. No, it is not the norm, nor is it ever OK to abuse people in workplaces or, indeed, elsewhere. Abuse, whether verbal, physical, sexual, non-sexual, bullying, etc, is never OK. Constantly demeaning, devaluing and disrespecting someone in the workplace can be incredibly destructive. Abuse in any form can destroy lives. We have a significant mental health and suicide problem in this country (and around the world). Abuse can, and does, contribute to this problem.

    Some poor loon got accused of fraternising in about 1985…and something about someone else’s kid.

    Unfortunately for Sarah Hanson-Young’s 11-year-old daughter, little will change between now and when she is a young woman. In around 1986, when I was a young and very naive female naval officer, I was called, out of hours, to the male commanding officer’s office. He accused me of having a weekend away with multiple sexual partners (neither the weekend away nor the activities had occurred), and told me not to tell anyone about the accusations.

    However, I told a few trusted others and I asked a female naval legal officer about my rights. A few mornings later, the commanding officer came to my cabin when I was dressing for work and told me that I was “off the hook”. And that is where it was left. Has anything changed in the intervening 30-plus years?

    Sarah Hanson Young is a strong, independent woman:

    I am baffled as to why so many people are defending Sarah Hanson-Young. Hasn’t anyone heard her in Parliament? Hasn’t anyone heard her interviews where she endeavours to destroy others? No doubt she is one tough cookie and more than capable of taking care of herself. It is all publicity for another publicity-seeking politician. Let them fight their own battles without all this media attention

    Sam Newman is worse than literal Hitler:

    While I am thoroughly weary of the Barry Hall-David Leyonhjelm week of misogynistic abuse, I am left wondering whether, had the same remarks been uttered on Channel Nine’s Footy Show, anyone would have noticed. The standard was set and accepted there many years ago.

    Dear Editor,

    Please don’t publish this letter.

    While I am thoroughly weary of the Barry Hall-David Leyonhjelm week of misogynistic abuse, I am left wondering whether, had the same remarks been uttered on Channel Nine’s Footy Show, anyone would have noticed. The standard was set and accepted there many years ago.

    COMPLICATIONS = FREE MONEY, BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEES AND JOBS FOR MAAATES

    David Leyonhjelm resign? As a libertarian, why would he? Libertarians see the world in black and white; no pesky, time-consuming, grey-area complications for them. Strangers to critical thinking, they are the closest we have to human robots.

    Trump only won a decades old war with a nuclear power, no true Statesman…

    Instead of presenting as an educated senator, statesman and leader, David Leyonhjelm makes Trump-like assertions about other people. I find it offensive that he is paid from the public purse. We appeared to be getting somewhere with our understanding of bullying, domestic violence and equality. However, Senator Leyonhjelm has crashed that progress and confirmed the more extreme feminists’ view of men.

    Leyonhjelm never started a riot in Parliament, but we’ll give you some leeway:

    Russell Brown (Letters, 5/7), you made my day. As we are forced to listen to some of our politicians (and media luminaries) work their way through the A to Z of schoolyard profanities, the description of David Leyonhjelm as a “feckless oik” was apt, mature and a beautiful turn of phrase.

    I describe Catherine King as a soulless femme-bot, but that’s just me:

    Federal MP Catherine King described David Leyonhjelm as an “utter d–k” on the ABC’s Q&A. Where is this same passion by her and Labor against Australia’s inhumane treatment of asylum seekers? This has been condemned by the UN as being in breach of our international human rights obligations. Both major parties are in unison on this issue – political opportunism based on fear mongering and kowtowing to populist sentiment. It is not in keeping with the historical richness of our nation for showing compassion and inclusiveness towards people who are fleeing persecution and death.

    Miss Mary Mack is a little paranoid. Why should we “respecc Turnball”?

    Leyonhjelm flaunts his lack of respect for women and for Turnbull. He’s playing to his base: angry men, and men who love guns. Scary.

    Mary Mack, Box Hill

    Di Natale does not respect women, and is therefore culpable for the crimes of other men:

    Di Natale’s support for Hanson–Young has been as telling as it’s been deafening.

  187. johanna

    Heh, Mother Lode, I won’t be mixing my whisky with coke.

    But, it’s a nice story. While he is obviously an outlier, the point is to show that this week’s ‘rules for long life’ are complete bullshit.

    For most people, it doesn’t matter whether your ‘lifestyle’ conforms with this week’s fashions. A lot of it is based on junk science.

    For example, they used to regard ‘lifestyle’ as a predictor for people with stomach ulcers, which were actually caused by bacteria. How many of us have watched Hollywood movies and TV shows where people claim that ulcers are caused/exacerbated by stress? All bullshit. But, like the victims of today, it enabled people to blame their illness on malevolent, stress-inducing external agents.

  188. Fisky

    Guys what are the details of Cat meet in Perth next week?

    Is there a meet next week???

  189. C.L.

    I hope I’m wrong but I’m suspicious of the hangers-on around Mr Overton when it comes to the theft of his identity and monies.
    Half a million GoFundMe dollars spent already, a spokesman saying the misappropriation of the old man’s money may be a “blessing in disguise for us” and four carers?

  190. Habib

    On further research prussic acid is derived from prussian blue, the staining on the chamber walls was caused by reaction between the HCN and silacous and other compounds in the brick/mortar causing the pigment to leach. Prussian blue is administered to counter ingested thallium and caesium, would’ve been handy when Graham Young was looking after the smoko orders.

    Ironically there’s a sub-compound called Turnbull’s blue, chemically pretty much identical.

  191. BorisG

    Fisk, people mentioned 9 or 10 July. I don’t remember who, but a number of people agreed.

  192. Oh god.

    Read an article by rockstar Waleed Ally in the Silly Moaning Hilmer that tries to paint Our Dave of the news cycle Wally is a part of, where he says that “Milo Y-alphabet is not a serious commentator”.

    So where does that leave a Muslim rockstar and comedy news panel chat host?

  193. Our Dave (TM) a victim of the news cycle…”

  194. Snoopy

    He had a toy plastic gun. This ‘investigation’ has taken 12 months!

    Victorian police say they will not charge a man who was shot by officers during an “erotic fancy ball” at a Melbourne nightclub last year, confirming an investigation has now been completed.

    Dale Ewins, 36, and Zita Sukys, 37, were shot by officers in an upstairs room of Inflation nightclub on June 8 after police received reports a man was brandishing a gun.

    Mr Ewins alleges he was shot, tasered, punched in the face, forced to the ground and forcefully handcuffed during the incident.

    Documents for Ms Sukys said she was then shot by one or more of the officers.

    Mr Ewins listed gunshot wounds, a small bowel perforation, and fractures to his left shoulder and pelvis among his injuries, and said he required surgery to his abdomen.

    Ms Sukys said she suffered gunshot wounds and injuries to her right wrist and left little finger.

    Surely Ewins and Sukys could be charged with putting themselves in harm’s way?

    Have any police been charged?

  195. Leigh Lowe

    I hope I’m wrong but I’m suspicious of the hangers-on around Mr Overton when it comes to the theft of his identity and monies.

    Yes, the story had a few gaps for me.
    He had his account drained, but he already had a GoFundme campaign running from a prior ‘hard-times’ incident, which had raised a shitload of cash?
    I don’t implicate him in any dodgy stuff but he looks like he might be a golden goose.

  196. Leigh Lowe

    Surely Ewins and Sukys could be charged with putting themselves in harm’s way?

    Fucking idiots.
    They should of just called it a South Sudanese house party and they would of got off without being shot at.

  197. Diogenes

    Surely Ewins and Sukys could be charged with putting themselves in harm’s way?

    Wait until they get the bill for the bullets.

  198. John Constantine

    https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20180706/pdf/43wbn467slypfx.pdf

    ELD elders announced today it was a bit dry and tough in Australian agriculture at the moment, but they are still going to rack up a decent profit.

    15% shareprice slump.

    I used to trade elders when they had the EDLPA, but haven’t not much point diversifying risk by buying more agriculture expsre through ELD.

  199. Diogenes

    Surely Ewins and Sukys could be charged with putting themselves in harm’s way?

    Then again there is this

    Jeffrey Sumpter, 21, was attacked by three juveniles at the Dunkin’ Donuts where he worked in Norwalk, Connecticut, last October. On Monday he was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in jail because he decided to defend himself.

    Nobody seems to dispute that Sumpter is not the aggressor here, but the victim. Three juveniles entered the bakery and attacked Sumpter. The fight spilled outside and Sumpter, who had a knife, stabbed one of his attackers.

    And that’s where things went wrong for Sumpter. Connecticut does allow citizens to defend themselves. But its law also includes a “duty to retreat” from attackers if it’s feasible to do so. There are several important exceptions—people don’t have to retreat from their home or from their place of work. If Sumpter had stayed in his Dunkin’ Donuts he could have been covered.

    https://reason.com/blog/2018/07/05/he-was-assaulted-by-three-teens-at-work

    ht drudge

  200. Ms Sukys said she suffered gunshot wounds and injuries to her right wrist and left little finger.

    How often do general duties VicPol carry around shotties and why bring it into a crowded nightclub that is going to look like a mashup between Prince’s Cream and Batdance?

    The woman, not with a toy gun, was shot by more than one officer…

    I hope they get the mother of all payouts and there are mass sackings, reflective of personal and command responsibility.

  201. John Constantine

    If waleed their golden calf didn’t exist, they would have had to invent him out of nothing.

    …………oh, wait…………………………

    Comrade maaaaaates.

  202. C.L.

    I predict that somebody known to Mr Overton will be arrested.
    Half a million US dollars is a LOT of money. But his carers say it’s all been spent on his ‘care.’
    The man lives at home and is as fit as a Malley bull.

  203. Myrddin Seren

    Have any police been charged?

    Medal from the Premier for taking down Joker and Harley Quinn.

  204. C.L.

    Victorian police say they will not charge a man who was shot by officers during an “erotic fancy ball” at a Melbourne nightclub last year …

    No shit.
    The question is when you’re arresting the possibly coked-up police morons who shot him.

  205. John Constantine

    In Australia, the duty to retreat is present as the duty to:

    Flee.

    Cower.

    Beg.

    We must be unwavering in our compliance with frankenstabby bishop’s signing of the ratification of the transnational convention on docility, meekness and utter craven cowering.

    Our Duty to Retreat is our Strength.

  206. calli

    Vegan energy is the production of electricity or gas that doesn’t involve the use of animals or animal by-products.

    Blast! And there I was thinking, if all else failed, I could keep warm by burning dried cow pats.

  207. Mother Lode

    43 EPA scandals from the Obama era.

    Most of these I had never even heard of, but DAMN!

    These two from the bottom of the list are, in their own way, magnificent. And very very Obama-esque:

    Obama’s EPA imposed burdensome regulations instructing how to put canoes in the water in Canton, Conn.

    After Obama’s EPA enacted new rules on greenhouse gases, political ally General Electric received an exemption.

  208. And that’s where things went wrong for Sumpter. Connecticut does allow citizens to defend themselves. But its law also includes a “duty to retreat” from attackers if it’s feasible to do so. There are several important exceptions—people don’t have to retreat from their home or from their place of work. If Sumpter had stayed in his Dunkin’ Donuts he could have been covered.

    I was going to criticise the good people of Connecticut, but Australians are no better.

  209. calli

    Lol

    The EPA’s mandated ethanol blend E15 has been discovered to destroy engines — but the rule has not been repealed.

    H/t Mother Lode

  210. jupes

    Our Duty to Retreat is our Strength.

    LOL

    You crack me up John.

  211. Mother Lode

    Surely Ewins and Sukys could be charged with putting themselves in harm’s way?

    Have any police been charged?

    I remember reading a few years ago that the Americans had an expression for the Iraqi troops they were training up, describing how their eagerness invariably overwhelmed their training, and they would fire wildly at the slightest provocation.

    They called it a ‘Death Blossom‘.

    Sounds like it is now VicPol policy.

  212. Fisky

    Wow. If true…

    Media and most market participants have completely overlooked the fact that the Commonwealth budget is on track to record a shock surplus in 2018 on two of its three key measures, with major implications for the AAA rating and bank funding costs.

    https://www.afr.com/personal-finance/budget-in-surplus-in-first-11-months-of-2018-20180705-h12bov

  213. duncanm

    There should be more of them – even as tourist attractions. They really are fun to watch.
    https://www.infowars.com/over-250-declassified-nuke-test-videos-released-online/

    Drudge.

    nothing beats the howitzer for entertainment
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT5jo7aZzTw

    .. except maybe the Davy Crockett

  214. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Tim Blair and Iowahawk dropped whisky off at Richard Overton’s house yesterday.

    He wasn’t home. Probably romancing some young broad.

  215. C.L.

    Oh no: a Thai Navy diver has died from lack of oxygen, working in the cave.
    If a SEAL died in there, there is no chance of the boys swimming out.

  216. Caveman

    Climate change and white people drove the kids into the cave and if it wasnt for the quick thinking of a diverse rescue squad lead by a black lesbian midget from Wakanda who also summoned Aquaman to have children ride out on the backs of fish, then they all would have been doomed. The cave enterance was then sealed up by Superman melting the rocks with his xray vision.

  217. Makka

    Chalk up another victim of the deep state .

    Yes a shame. However Wheeler his replacement is I believe an ex-coal industry exec/lobbyist. And Pruitt has done God’s work as well as rolled out a lot of onging changes so all in all the EPA is totally gutted. The hard yards have been won in some respect.

  218. Fisky

    This guy –

    David Hogg

    @davidhogg111

    Verified account

    More
    I really hate racism and discrimination in the media. Don’t just start caring because it’s a bunch of privileged white kids that are dying. Start caring because one death by gun violence is one too many.

    LOL! David, David, David. Naïve little boy.

    Maybe one day he will twig to why the liberal media print absolutely nothing about the almost daily gun slaughter in say Chicago and Baltimore, while going nuts over the far more infrequent school shootings.

    Because it’s all about avoiding awkward conversations that don’t work in favour of the Democrats.

  219. Makka

    Who are we to judge?

    Having breakfast here…. you bastard.

  220. Media and most market participants have completely overlooked the fact that the Commonwealth budget is on track to record a shock surplus in 2018 on two of its three key measures, with major implications for the AAA rating and bank funding costs.

    We’ve been hearing the same sort of stuff for the past 10 years – plus the Commonwealth is in the hole for about 600 bn, whole of government tacks on another 400 bn.

  221. Stimpson J. Cat

    IT you should be following the legend that is Barry Stanton.

    barry stanton
    @barrystanton61
    ·
    May 20
    #RoyalWedding invite arrived yesterday. chuffed. ecstatic. filled with pride an juberlation. open up local gazette. news hit me like a brick ‘megern markle is africen’. panic sets in as i unveil the trechary at hand. refused to attend. thought this was britain. went local instead.

    barry stanton
    @barrystanton61
    ·
    May 23
    about time we banned pitbulls. danger to children. ugly fuckers as well. kicked one right in the snout earlier for givin me a funny look an lone behold it nearly tore my leg off. had to call police an have the mutt put down. owners kids in tears. should have got a british bulldog.

    barry stanton
    barry stanton
    @barrystanton61
    ·
    Jun 3
    dont get how muslims get away with callin ramerdan a ‘holiday’. all they do is starve themselves for no reason. dont seem like much of a holiday to me.

    barry stanton
    @barrystanton61
    ·
    Jun 29
    if allah is real then how come ejypt and saudi arabier are out the world cup while are god fearing christian england squad is through with a game to spare.

    barry stanton
    @barrystanton61
    ·
    Jun 28
    these fuckin vegans need to realise that were in a food chain. and im sittin pretty slap bang at the fuckin top of it. if you want to sit and eat qouran meat all day then be my guest but leave me an my full english out of it. RANT OVER.

    barry stanton
    @barrystanton61
    ·
    Jun 19
    sat in busy cafe readin news. hear some ‘xxx’ fella died. search ‘xxx’ on me tablets bing search for full story. click top link. next thing i know sex sounds blarin out me tablet for all to hear. face red. flustered. dazed an confused i flee the scene before police arrive. fumin.

  222. Ragu

    ELD elders announced today it was a bit dry and tough in Australian agriculture at the moment, but they are still going to rack up a decent profit.

    15% shareprice slump.

    I used to trade elders when they had the EDLPA, but haven’t not much point diversifying risk by buying more agriculture expsre through ELD.

    That cartel is buggered.

    Didn’t they used to be Elders, Moore, young and some other bunch of knobs?

    Old man Moore got out in the nineties because, well the family made a fair bit, but it was costing him more to do what they had done for decades

  223. Cactus

    Has the government fudged all its expenses into 1 month and then rushed out an announcement that it is in surplus for 11 months? Is Swanny back with his grab 13mths of company tax revenue in a year to try to get a surplus. Whats going on?

  224. Leigh Lowe

    Stimps, there are two words from Barry’s feed which strike me as false …
    Those words are “RANT OVER”.

  225. Makka

    LONDON PUB RENAMING ITSELF FOR TRUMP VISIT: THE “TRUMP ARMS.”

    The Jameson pub in Hammersmith will host a welcome party serving Donald Trump’s favourite food and drink. A banner bearing the pub’s temporary new name will be hoisted onto the roof in time for Trump’s arrival and will remain there until he leaves.

    Guests will be treated to a BBQ with hot dogs and cheeseburgers, reported to be served up at the White House for the President. These will be washed down with Trump-themed cocktails. Costumes, music and banners will help create the atmosphere of a Trump campaign rally.

    Landlord Damien Smyth said the two-day welcome party was a chance to show POTUS that he had a big fan club in London, despite threats of mass protests. . . .

    “There are many Trump supporters around here who will be happy to see it,” said Irish-born Mr Smyth, whose wife Marian is a New Yorker. “I was talking to regulars who are looking forward to the visit and I said ‘Let’s set up The Trump Arms while he is here’.”

    Local Patrick Sullivan volunteered to organise the event. He said: “Trump has kick-started the US economy, bombed evil Assad and disarmed North Korea. It is right that such a key ally of Britain gets a warm welcome and that our country sends a clear message that we value the special relationship.”

    Working class folk. A dying breed.

    ht/Insty

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