Monday Forum: August 20, 2018

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1,408 Responses to Monday Forum: August 20, 2018

  1. BorisG

    If you’re talking about anti-semitism

    No, more generally.

  2. DrBeauGan

    This has always been a hostile environment for anti-Semites.

    I’ve been around for a while now, and apart from bird and the odd whacko who gets clobbered fast, that’s absolutely correct.

  3. None

    The Liberals’ campaign organisation is bracing for the possibility of an early election sparked by leadership turmoil, but the party appears ill-prepared as state branches lag in choosing candidates and complain of funding shortages.

    hahahahaha

  4. Oh come on

    No, more generally.

    You’re being disingenuous, Borry.

    Here’s what you said:

    BorisG
    #2795674, posted on August 21, 2018 at 11:40 pm
    And if this idiot isn’t Bird then it is an indictment what kind of people Cat now attracts

    GMB is best known here as a notorious anti-Semite. You thought that poster was GMB, and if it wasn’t, you said that the fact such a poster exists here is indicative of the site’s tolerance of GMB’s views.

  5. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Bling in the stone age was the very first bling!

    Gold, malleable and shiny, is a wonderful metal. It never loses its shine, so worked gold through the ages lets us see what people really liked – although my friend who is a museum conservator in England can get a set of ancient glass beads or a bronze brooch into a fairly good shape too.

    Silver tarnishes and pits; not so gold.

    I wear five golden rings all the time.
    Just like in the Christmas song.
    And three gold bracelets, always on.

    The earrings are another story.
    I have too many gold singletons there.

    My newest gold ring is the one Hairy bought me in Tanzania. With a beautiful tanzanite stone flashing purple/blue. Thanks Bruce (I think) for the warning about it not being very high on the hardness scale.
    I am afeared I may have scraped an edge of it climbing down a Broch Wheelhouse in Shetland. Will subtly get a jeweller to check and polish it out without bothering Hairy about it.
    Some things are better left unsaid. 🙂

  6. None

    Mark Latham on how identity politics have ripped Australia into two.
    https://m.facebook.com/MarkLathamsOutsiders/posts/2150178018356859

  7. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Oh damn, in moderation again for the ‘j3wellery’ word.
    Look, I like j3wellery. The stone age liked j3wellery.
    J3wellery is very nice to consider and write about.
    J3wellery, j3wellery, j3wellery.
    If I practice enough I’ll get it right one day.

  8. Makka

    Powerful Borders speech by Trump in the WH. Genuine , emotive and very respectful. Laying down the law. Great stuff from this amazing President;

  9. None

    Thanks Makka, a very revealing video.

  10. Tom

    Paywallian illustrator Eric Lobbecke’s leadership animation.

  11. BorisG

    I am not disingenuous. Just a bit illogical 🙂

  12. BorisG

    Lots of cats here apppear to be reveling in the demise of the Libs at the next election. I could understand it if they hoped katter or PHON will take power but thr reality is they are vouching for ALP. Some conservatives.

  13. None

    A good crop from the Aussie is today Tom except Mark Knight has once again got it wrong about Abbott driving Dutton and Lobbecke tweeting is cartoons to the politicians says all you need to know about our media today.

  14. None

    Yes will know labour will be disastrous Boris but ‘we’re not as bad as labor’ is neither a vote winner nor a policy in the national interest.

  15. stackja

    Voters want ALP? Won’t bother me. ALP history shows little long term. Scullin, Curtin/Chifley, Evatt, Caldwell, Gough, Hawke/Keating, RGR now BS!

  16. calli

    Farage on Sunrise opining that Donald Trump would have made a better job of Brexit.

    Kochie’s voice breaks in to hysterical denial.

    It’s going to be a great day!

  17. Gary

    BorisG
    #2795674, posted on August 21, 2018 at 11:40 pm
    And if this idiot isn’t Bird then it is an indictment what kind of people Cat now attracts.

    And this from a man begged to be invited to a cat do.
    What author do think attracts idiots?

  18. Bruce of Newcastle

    Superb bunch of cartoons this morning. Thanks Tom!

    Leak is gorgeous, Knight is creepy. Mike Lester has a ripper of Brennan…and he may not realize how apt it is seeing that Alexander Downer, of fishnet stockings fame, is in the cabal too.

  19. calli

    Some conservatives.

    Some of us are (with a dash of libertarianism to sauce things up).

    Please point to the conservatives in Parliament and I will vote for them.

  20. stackja

    22 ‎August 1770: On Possession Island, near Cape York in what is now far north Queensland, James Cook claims all eastern Australia for King George III.

  21. calli

    No, it wasn’t Bird. Just a curious confluence of appearances over the threads.

    Probably coincidence.

  22. stackja

    calli
    #2795767, posted on August 22, 2018 at 6:29 am
    Some conservatives.

    Some of us are (with a dash of libertarianism to sauce things up).

    Please point to the conservatives in Parliament and I will vote for them.

    Hastie?

  23. Tom

    Kochie’s voice breaks in to hysterical denial.

    Hahaha. Trump Derangement Syndrome is God’s way of giving swamp rats (and their band molls) a identifying mark on their foreheads.

    You have all the fun, Calli — watching the slop that is served up to the masses, who are a lot smarter than condescending clowns like Kochie give them credit for.

  24. calli

    Not my electorate, Stackja. Sadly.

    I’m going to check out the Lib hopeful up here, Karen Howard. She may be just another Uniparty hack, or she may be genuine (she’s young enough to still be starry-eyed). Trouble is, Merryl Swanson appears to be a good, proactive representative, odious as her politics are.

  25. calli

    As I told None yesterday, Kochie gives me a headsup for Stitch ‘n Bitch talking points. It’s LeftieLand up here with a few pockets of dogged, quiet conservatives.

    Some of us are not so quiet. 😄

    Trump and Israel are my areas of interest. It’s like rubbing cats the wrong way.

  26. calli

    Ah, yes. Knight and Leak have picked up the Talking Points like good little Germans, Leak with a little more humour and finesse. ADS was running hot yesterday.

    We’ll see.

  27. OldOzzie

    Who’s the Cleanest of Them All?

    Take a wild guess what country is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions the most? Canada? Britain? France? India? Germany? Japan? No, no, no, no, no and no.

    The answer to that question is the U.S. of A. Wow! How can that be? This must be a misprint. Fake news. America never ratified the Kyoto Treaty some two decades ago. We never enacted a carbon tax. We don’t have a cap-and-trade carbon emission program. That environmental villain Donald Trump pulled America out of the Paris climate accord that was signed by almost the entire rest of the civilized world.

    Yet the latest world climate report from the BP Statistical Review of World Energy finds that in 2017, America reduced its carbon emissions by 0.5 percent, the most of all major countries. That’s especially impressive given that our economy grew by nearly 3 percent — so we had more growth and less pollution — the best of all worlds.

  28. OldOzzie

    Liberal Party full of the wrong people

    By Cory Bernardi
    12:00AM August 22, 2018

    Like a low-budget horror film featuring C-grade actors, Australian politics has entered the realm of the absurd. It’s not as if we haven’t seen this script before either. The Coalition is taking us through a repeat of Labor’s period of dysfunctional government.

    Unfortunately the malaise within the Liberal Party is much more serious than that of its opposition. Without the structure to manage internal party disputes, Liberals face a continuing battle to re-establish what they actually stand for.

    The Liberal Party was once the party of free enterprise, limited government, civil society, lower taxes and stronger families. Now it has become a shelter for those who don’t fit into Labor but still want to pursue a political career.

    John Howard coined the phrase “a broad church”, but every church has a congregation of common belief. Regrettably, the Liberals have admitted too many whose only commitment is to attaining positions of personal power and influence.

    Adopting Labor powerbroker Graham Richardson’s approach of “whatever it takes”, these apparatchiks have systematically broken down the conventions, policies and practices that have united successive generations of Liberals. Among the many who fit this profile, Malcolm Turnbull’s political career is validation of the thesis.

    It is a matter of record that Turnbull originally sought preselection with the Labor Party, which wisely wasn’t prepared to make him an offer he thought befitting of his ambition. He then turned his attentions to joining the Liberals.

    Defying convention, Turnbull organised a well-funded branch-stacking campaign against a first-term sitting member and gained preselection. On election he immediately undermined treasurer Peter Costello with a plethora of tax policies designed to highlight that he was the smartest man in the partyroom.

    Turnbull’s self-absorption was demonstrated by his request for a mention in Howard’s election-night concession speech. This was followed by a failed leadership tilt, the relentless white-anting of Brendan Nelson, plotting with Labor to introduce an emissions trading scheme and then the Godwin Grech affair.

    When Tony Abbott was elected on the back of Turnbull’s failures, the jilted former leader was ruthless in his determination to tear him down and seize the crown back for himself. His co-conspirators were heedless of the long-term consequences of their actions as they sought personal advancement. As I mentioned at the time, the transaction cost of the coup d’etat would be paid by the party for many years to come.

    Like a viral infection, this political guerilla warfare has invaded elements of the Liberal traditionalists, who are using the same brutal political techniques against the original host. The result is a party at war with itself and without a capacity for reaching a detente between the battling factions. It appears the virus has succeeded in changing the DNA of the Liberal Party.

    This is a gift for Labor leader Bill Shorten. The Opposition Leader readily has embraced a divisive brand of identity politics that has gained traction in leftist parties across the world. He also has adopted the interventionist economic approach, with its commitment to big government and higher taxes beloved by socialists everywhere. He has been reduced to an Australian version of Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders without the charisma.

    Regrettably, the dysfunction in the government makes the perceived stability and platitudes of Labor appealing to large sections of the electorate. The soothing words of new-fashioned socialism warm the fuzzy minds of those embracing the politics of envy. Words are one thing, but it will be the actions of a Labor government dominated by a militant caucus that will do the real damage to the country.

    Like Turnbull, Shorten is malleable on almost every policy front and it will be the left of his party that will do the hammering. Their agenda will surrender Australian self-determination to international bodies, cleave a united nation into race, creed and colour groups, stifle private enterprise in favour of government “enterprise” and force radical social change as they continue the long march through our institutions.

    In government, Labor’s final capitulation to Chinese influence will become more evident. Its abandonment of Israel and thinly disguised anti-Semitic rhetoric will increase in shrillness while it compounds the economic attacks on working Australians.

    The Australian people don’t like Shorten and I am not sure they are fully aware of Labor’s policy agenda but, regrettably, it is the only political game in town right now. The Liberal Party has squandered a five-year golden opportunity to advance the policy mix that has been a hallmark of its own history. It did so by surrendering principle to the politics of personality and power prima donnas. The Australian people have lost faith in politics and politicians. After the 10-year political circus we have been exposed to, who can blame them?

    Senator Cory Bernardi, a former member of the Liberal Party, is leader of Australian Conservatives.

  29. 132andBush

    The AaBbCc just showing on top of the front wall in Leaks.
    Hahahaha!

  30. OldOzzie

    Thanks Tom

    Ab Australian win today Alan Moir

  31. OldOzzie

    Thanks Tom

    Ab Australian win today Alan Moir

  32. stackja

    Spanish dictator Franco set to be exhumed
    Press Association
    August 21, 2018 10:54pm

    Spain’s government is this week set to approve legal amendments that will ensure the remains of dictator General Francisco Franco can be exhumed in the near future.

    Spain’s new centre-left government has made removing Franco from the Valley Of The Fallen, a mausoleum 48km northwest of Madrid, one of its headline policies.

    An exhumation is likely to grab broad national and international attention while cementing the government’s reformist credentials.

    Culture Minister Jose Guirao said on Tuesday the amendments are likely to be approved at a Cabinet meeting on Friday.

    The amendments aim to block an expected legal challenge to an exhumation from Franco’s descendants and supporters.

    The government believes it has enough cross-party support to get the amendments approved in parliament next month.

  33. mh

    Still cold around SEQ. Not as cold as yesterday morning, but a few spots got below minus 4 degrees C. Kingaroy currently minus 3.9 C.

  34. 132andBush

    It appears the virus has succeeded in changing the DNA of the Liberal Party.

    But not that of the base.

  35. BorisG

    Manafort guilty of 8 of 18 charges. Mistrial on 10.

  36. stackja

    Hillsborough charges dropped for ex-UK cop
    Reuters
    August 21, 2018 10:54pm

    A former British police chief constable accused of lying over his role in the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush in which 96 fans died will no longer face any charges, prosecutors say, after a review of evidence.

    Norman Bettison had been charged with four offences of misconduct in public office related to his alleged lies about his involvement in the aftermath of the disaster and the culpability of fans.

    Prosecutors announced last year that they would bring criminal charges against six people including Bettison and other former police chiefs over the deaths and an alleged subsequent cover-up by police of their own mistakes.

    The victims, all Liverpool supporters, died in an overcrowded, fenced-in enclosure at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, northern England, during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

    Police at first blamed the tragedy on drunken fans, an explanation that was always rejected by survivors, relatives of the victims and the wider Liverpool community. Families spent decades campaigning for justice for the 96.

    The Crown Prosecution Service said on Tuesday they had discontinued the case against Bettison following a number of developments. “These include changes in the evidence of two witnesses and the death of a third witness,” it said.

    “Our latest review of the evidence has concluded the collective impact of these developments means there is no longer a realistic prospect of conviction. I appreciate this news will be disappointing for the families and the CPS will meet with them in person to explain the decision.”

  37. stackja

    Claire Dalton dumped her fiance because he liked p0rn and the internet has a few words for her
    Vanessa Brown, news.com.au
    August 21, 2018 8:49am

    CLAIRE Dalton thought she’d met the man of her dreams.

    Falling in love before soon becoming engaged, she spent a glorious six months with a diamond ring on her finger thinking she’d found the one.

    But in the week leading up to her big day with the man she’d built a four year relationship with, Claire found an unforgivable truth about her soon to be husband.

  38. mh

    calli
    #2795763, posted on August 22, 2018 at 6:25 am
    Farage on Sunrise opining that Donald Trump would have made a better job of Brexit.

    Trump said that he told Theresa May how to negotiate Brexit, but she wanted to do things her way.

    Theresa May totally failed.

  39. stackja

    NSW plane crash victim gives big to Oxfam
    Sam Blewett, Press Association
    August 21, 2018 10:54pm

    A high-profile British businessman who died alongside his family in a seaplane crash north of Sydney has left a reported STG41 million ($A71.5 million) fortune to scandal-hit charity Oxfam.

    The organisation said on Tuesday it was “extremely grateful” for the bequest from Richard Cousins, who died alongside his fiancee, his two sons and her daughter in the crash into the Hawkesbury River on New Year’s Eve.

  40. stackja

    Czechs mark 50 years since Soviet invasion
    Robert Muller, Reuters
    August 21, 2018 10:54pm

    Fifty years ago Soviet tanks rolled into Prague to crush the Czechoslovak Communist government’s democratic reforms, ushering in a bloody occupation whose lessons many Czechs fear have been forgotten.

  41. BorisG

    Michael Cohen pleads guilty to financial crimes

  42. Tom

    The Liberal Party was once the party of free enterprise, limited government, civil society, lower taxes and stronger families. Now it has become a shelter for those who don’t fit into Labor but still want to pursue a political career … Regrettably, the Liberals have admitted too many whose only commitment is to attaining positions of personal power and influence.

    Exactly what anyone with half a brain has been observing for five years: the Lieborals, especially the backbench rabbits, believe in nothing — except harvesting the perks of power. This is what happens when there is no practised party ideology — certainly no Menzian fantasies about free enterprise and limited government — just a rejection by the Liars machine, which gave us the Trumble disaster.

  43. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    Aug 21
    Everybody wants to keep their Security Clearance, it’s worth great prestige and big dollars, even board seats, and that is why certain people are coming forward to protect Brennan. It certainly isn’t because of the good job he did! He is a political “hack.”

  44. .

    Stackja – can’t say a marriage to a woman who is both a “literal truth” Christian and a feminazi would last long.

    Notice how her reaction was about “body image”, not any feelings of jealousy or betrayal? She was more concerned about a feminist meme than her own relationship. Maybe she was also sexually inexperienced and found the images confronting.

    Now imagine being a man in the ridiculous situation of having the responsibility of a patriarch and also having the authority of a cuck. More so with a woman who wants a big traditional family but finds sex repulsive.

    More cynical readers might have said that he has escaped the plantation and ought to run like the proverbial.

  45. stackja

    Grim reality of a no-win leadership situation
    Sharri Markson, The Daily Telegraph
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    The extent to which Dutton misled the Prime Minister over the past four days has also been laid bare.

    Turnbull, on Monday, confirmed a report in The Daily Telegraph that Dutton had pledged his support to him.

    At that very moment, Dutton was working phones and plotting the PM’s downfall.

    In his press conference after the spill, Dutton — one of the most important conservative members of Turnbull’s team — effectively made his leadership pitch to the people of Australia and the Liberal party room.

    How did PD know MT was calling a vote?

  46. stackja

    Waleed Aly and AFL match made in heaven
    Rita Panahi, Herald Sun
    August 21, 2018 6:55pm
    Subscriber only

    FOOTBALL fans everywhere should be grateful that Waleed Aly took a break from telling us how racist Australia is and why terrorism is a mere “irritant” to consult with the AFL on footy rule changes.

    Imagine how much better our game will be when a terrorism “expert” who struggles to work out the ideology behind Boko Haram’s reign of terror (spoiler: it’s radical Islam) and speculated that the Boston bombings were the work of “self-styled American patriots” (spoiler: it was radical Islam) turns his attention to the ruck nomination rule or reducing congestion in the game.

    In a peculiar radio interview, following the Herald Sun report that the “AFL had confirmed the Gold Logie winner had been part of a series of one-off meetings with football operations boss Stephen Hocking and league analyst David Rath which were designed to help generate new rules ideas and discussions on the state of the game”, Aly denied he was consulted then explained precisely how he was consulted.

  47. BorisG

    What Cory says is sadly true. But it isn’t necessarily something voters reject. If they did, they would have al voted for Cory.

    Many Australians I talk to support welfare state and moderately social democratic policies of Libs.

    Partly a consequence of compulsory voting, where it is far more important to capture the swinging vote than appeal to the base.

  48. stackja

    Iconic Mary’s Commercial Hotel in Dalby goes up in smoke
    Chris Honnery, Michael Doyle, The Courier-Mail
    an hour ago

    ONE of the oldest pubs on the Western Downs has been extensively damaged due to a fire this morning.

    Emergency crews were called to the Mary’s Commercial Hotel on Cunningham Street, Dalby at around 1.45am to reports of a fire.

  49. Elle

    What a great bunch of toons, Tom! Thank you. Johannes Leak – very clever. Peter Broelman – a hoot!

    My first go-tos in the morning – Coffee, honey on toast, The Cat (including ‘Tom’s Toons’), Tim Blair, Andrew Bolt, The Australian and a visit to Piers Akerman’s blog.

    Busy morning. Now I’m off to save the world. 🙂

  50. C.L.

    Imagine how much better our game will be when a terrorism “expert” who struggles to work out the ideology behind Boko Haram’s reign of terror (spoiler: it’s radical Islam)

    No, sorry Rita. You’re being silly too. It’s not “radical Islam.”
    The ideology behind Boko Haram’s reign of terror is Islam.

  51. stackja

    Topham Mall bathroom break turns break and enter during city rescue
    The Advertiser
    August 21, 2018 6:57pm

    A SIMPLE trip to a public bathroom became a bizarre rescue effort for three men on Tuesday afternoon after the MFS was called to rescue them from a bathroom in Topham Mall.

    The three men became stuck in a small waiting room before the cubicles of the public toilet just after 4pm.

    The door to the glass walled room closed behind them, dead locking the trio inside the bathroom.

    The Metropolitan Fire Service were called and responded within minutes.

    The MFS were forced to drill through the lock on the door to free them.

  52. johanna

    I’ve been busy on other forums, but for the first time in 20+ years, not under this name.

    Dear old JC, the Teacher’s Pet, accused me of being a sock puppet, and I responded by proving that I wasn’t. I have been posting under this name for many years at Bishop Hill and Watts Up, to name a few.

    Undeterred (as he always is) by being proved to be a liar, off he went to promulgate more lies about me.

    Go on, ban me. You know you want to.

    After all, what have I ever contributed?

  53. stackja

    Adelaide University advertises academic positions just for women
    Tim Williams, Education Reporter, The Advertiser
    August 21, 2018 8:30pm
    Subscriber only

    ADELAIDE University is advertising academic positions open only to female applicants for the first time, in a bid to boost gender equity in the sciences.

    The eight jobs are in engineering fields — aerospace, software, structural and architectural — as well as cyber security, statistics and probability. They range from associate professor level down to lecturers.

    Women hold just 16 per cent of academic roles in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, compared to 40 per cent across the university as a whole.

    The faculty’s deputy dean for performance and infrastructure, Professor Peter Ashman, said the figure was even lower for senior roles.

    “Faced with the ongoing challenge of gender equity in our faculty … we wanted to do something that was very visible and would give female applicants some confidence that we were looking at them very seriously,” he said.

    Prof Ashman said a major reason for the women-only jobs was to provide more role models for female students, who were also severely under-represented in the faculty. In the worst case, mechanical engineering, around 10 per cent of students are women.

    “One of the reasons they don’t come through is because they don’t see the role models,” Prof Ashman said.

    The university said the initiative was done in consultation with the Equal Opportunity Commissioner.

    The advertisement for the jobs states: “The women-only requirement for these roles is a lawful special measure under section 47 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984.”

  54. H B Bear

    Liar and Lieboral politians lie? Oh noes. This changes everything.

  55. stackja

    Perth grandmother stranded in Bali after stroke
    Rory Campbell7News Perth
    August 21, 2018 8:35PM
    Rory Campbell
    Topics
    WA News

    A PERTH grandmother is tonight fighting for life in Bali after suffering a stroke while on holiday.

    Rosalind Connaughton needs urgent medical attention but doesn’t have travel insurance and isn’t able to fly home.

    Ms Connaughton was on the phone to her daughter Hope in Armadale about 11.30pm yesterday when she had to put the phone down.

  56. cohenite

    Makka

    #2795722, posted on August 22, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Powerful Borders speech by Trump in the WH. Genuine , emotive and very respectful. Laying down the law. Great stuff from this amazing President;

    Superb.

  57. stackja

    H B Bear
    #2795817, posted on August 22, 2018 at 7:52 am
    Liar and Lieboral politians lie? Oh noes. This changes everything.

    SOP.

  58. H B Bear

    Is there anything more Australian than getting stuck in Bali without travel insurance?

  59. Farmer Gez

    Manafort and Cohen both guilty of tax fraud and making false statements.
    Obviously US prosecutors are rounding up all lawyers and campaign organisers and checking their probity, right?
    The other alternative is that only people connected to Donald Trump are being investigated.
    That couldn’t be right otherwise that would be collusive behaviour by prosecutors.

  60. stackja

    Nuisance calls now a ‘daily torment’ with three-quarters contacted in last month, survey finds
    Two in five feel intimidated by unsolicited sales and marketing calls

    Almost three-quarters of people in the UK have received at least one nuisance call in the past month and the problem has become a “daily torment” for some, according to a new report.

  61. woolfe

    No doubt the taxpayer will rescue the “Grandmother”.

  62. Tel

    Brutally honest cartoons this time around.

  63. Entropy

    The faculty’s deputy dean for performance and infrastructure, Professor Peter Ashman, said the figure was even lower for senior roles.

    “Faced with the ongoing challenge of gender equity in our faculty … we wanted to do something that was very visible and would give female applicants some confidence that we were looking at them very seriously,” he said.

    This is why I want Miss Entropy to do engineering. Guaranteed a job just for turning up. Guaranteed a promotion becuase she doesn’t have something dangly between her legs. Heck she could grow a beard and it wouldn’t matter. Guaranteed.

  64. stackja

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attempts to hold on to leadership after …
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-22/liberal-party-leadership-dramas…/10150662
    13 mins ago – A 10th frontbencher, Alan Tudge, has offered to quit the Turnbull Ministry … Peter Dutton quit Cabinet and isn’t ruling out a second challenge for …

  65. feelthebern

    Humour.
    Senator Connie pens a nasty letter to Malcolm.
    What a self important idiot.

  66. Elle

    I forgot to respond to OCO. Just saw your comment this morning.

    I suppose Elle will be along soon – another perennial whiner and sympathy whore – to *again* shove her 2c in about how people here feel about the Juze, just as Muzzlybaby was doing above.

    I overreacted to a comment – got upset again and then made a lewd comment. Strap-ons have been mentioned here before by others. My reactions went down like a ton of bricks. I won’t be making such comments again. I’m sorry.

  67. feelthebern

    Senator Connie just demands attention.

  68. feelthebern

    Elle you need to act like any previous comments you’ve made never happened.
    This is the Cat.
    Never apologise.
    Never retreat.
    Never surrender.

  69. stackja

    Dad writes brutal CV for daughter
    by Ally Foster
    22nd Aug 2018 6:27 AM

    A TEEN daughter has been given a brutally honest, and very funny, assessment of her skills and abilities in a CV written by her dad.

  70. calli

    This is why I want Miss Entropy to do engineering. Guaranteed a job just for turning up. Guaranteed a promotion becuase she doesn’t have something dangly between her legs. Heck she could grow a beard and it wouldn’t matter. Guaranteed.

    What type of engineering, Entropy?

  71. Entropy

    It’s up to her in the end. A suspect she would like civil, although I would prefer she did mining.
    I also suspect she might like to do physio and specialise in services to ballerinas.

    That said her electives are all stem. Her brother isn’t doing any science but IT.

  72. Tel

    I overreacted to a comment – got upset again and then made a lewd comment. Strap-ons have been mentioned here before by others.

    Elle, I was deeply hurt by the thrust of your comments. I found them unnecessarily probing and intrusive, even somewhat pointed.

    But I accept your apology. These things will heal in time.

  73. calli

    I have a soft spot for structural, but civil will do. Brother-in-law’s electrical and has gone to the top of the field. Geotechs are really thin on the ground at the moment and in great demand.

  74. Old School Conservative

    Is Dutton a stalking horse for Abbott?
    The latter won a 2GB poll by a country mile. I get a feeling that’s a match for a much wider group of people than 2GB listeners.

  75. woolfe

    Civil would be better. Civil can easily change to mining but not visa versa.

  76. Tel

    This is why I want Miss Entropy to do engineering.

    I understand the business for building footbridges in Florida has been somewhat flat lately.

  77. Old School Conservative

    Someone mentioned Dial a Dump’s sale recently (John Constadine I think).
    Wow. What a story.
    Malouf owned the majority of Dial a Dump, which he started as a one-man rubbish collection business while still a student in 1984 and built into a business that had pre-tax earnings of $51.6m in 2018.

    Sold it for over $500 million.

    He should be made an honorary Cat.

  78. calli

    Don’t worry about it, elle.

    Only the Doomlord matters, and he’s got epic tolerance. Even if he tells you to f*** off, you can always disobey. 🙃

  79. Entropy

    Well she is just not g ade nine so plenty of time to choose.
    Electives for grade ten include 4 science option: physics, chem, bio and general. Courses 3/4 the same. Why bother Splitting them up?

  80. Elle

    feelthebern, having spoken to a friend who is a good friend of Israel, he pointed out that my reaction to, what I saw as an anti-Semitic comment, was an emotional and irrational one. I respect him. He knows me well. I gotta go. Be back later.

  81. Elle

    Calli, I love the Doomlord and respect the man. He has one of the best blogs. See ya. Have a good day.

  82. Geriatric Mayfly

    Are innocent children still exposed to Physics and Chemistry? I thought they were both too brain hurty, or have Vegie versions been adopted to lessen the trauma?

  83. Old School Conservative

    Elle, you obviously only comment at, not read, The Cat.
    Otherwise you would have seen the complete absence of apologies, retractions, and explanations from the vast majority of posters.
    You need to get with the unwritten rules of this blog.

    Keep posting. Those who dislike/disagree can always scroll on by.
    I’m sure you’re not the only one whose comments are influenced by personal circumstances.

  84. Farmer Gez

    Well she is just not g ade nine so plenty of time to choose.
    Electives for grade ten include 4 science option: physics, chem, bio and general. Courses 3/4 the same. Why bother Splitting them up?

    I’ve a daughter in year eleven and I want her to do maths next year but she won’t even though she never gets below a 90 in tests. “I hate maths Dad”. Go with the flow, it’s their life.

  85. Baldrick

    A PERTH grandmother is tonight fighting for life in Bali after suffering a stroke while on holiday.
    Rosalind Connaughton needs urgent medical attention but doesn’t have travel insurance and isn’t able to fly home.

    Stupid things happen to stupid people.

  86. calli

    Even worse, Mayfly. Maths still includes quadratic equations and calculus.

    I hope.

  87. stackja

    incoherent rambler
    #2795859, posted on August 22, 2018 at 8:40 am
    Mornin’ all.

    Is Trumble still PM?

    At the moment? Yes. In few minutes? Who knows?

  88. stackja

    Baldrick
    #2795860, posted on August 22, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Yet many takes such risks. And no problem.

  89. Snoopy

    Vitrioli is vewy, vewy angwy about leaks. LOL.

  90. Leigh Lowe

    Is Hissy Chrissy on Channel 7 again this morning, pitching dollies from the pram?

  91. stackja

    calli
    #2795862, posted on August 22, 2018 at 8:46 am
    Even worse, Mayfly. Maths still includes quadratic equations and calculus.

    I hope.

    My teachers gave up on me.

  92. H B Bear

    I’ve a daughter in year eleven and I want her to do maths next year but she won’t even though she never gets below a 90 in tests. “I hate maths Dad”. Go with the flow, it’s their life.

    Good advice. Plenty of time to find something you really enjoy. Nothing is more important than that.

    If she is thinking of going down an engineering route she better be comfortable with blokes and capable of holding her own in that kind of working environment.

  93. Leigh Lowe

    Elle.
    Cat rule # 1.
    Don’t explain, don’t complain.
    If someone pisses you off feel free to take a shot.

  94. calli

    Gez, I insisted on my three doing maths (and a science subject) for the HSC. They opted for the more advanced levels which was a strategic error. Had they excelled at veggie maths (a doddle), their final mark would have hit the high 90’s rather than the middle.

    That’s how badly our marking system is skewed towards mediocrity.

    Fortunately character matters and they’re all at the top of their chosen careers, regardless of final marks.

  95. H B Bear

    Chrissy knows the gig is up. No more trawling gay p0rn sites it’s time to start hitting Seek.

  96. Mother Lode

    Now it has become a shelter for those who don’t fit into Labor but still want to pursue a political career.

    True.

    Since the political philosophies of both Labor and the Greens are predicated on political power and coercion, politics attracts the cream of their crops.

    The Liberal Party philosophy, valuing individualism, freedom (personal and enterprise) would tend only to attract second rate, not fit for merchant use specimens – their best would stick to their own business and felt no urges to assert control over other people. This left gaps for little totalitarians to sneak in.

    ‘Twas not always so, but as the power and scope of government has grown it has increasingly attracted people craving control – which for the Libs means people less adamant in the party’s supposed philosophy. They got Trumbles, Photioses, Friedeggs’n’burgers, as well as a miserable claque that lacked any real talent, but hitched themselves to people like the above, such as ScoMo.

    The trick to weakening the political left is to limit politics. Without their current claim to determine what happens in every business, every house, every relationship, and in every head, they would be back to traipsing around the street waving banal placards. The we could just mow them down as in more civilised times.

  97. calli

    Suddenly everyone in the media wants “stability”. Their idol’s feet of clay need shoring up and the only way to do it is by incessant, clacking chatter.

    Falling on deaf ears guys.

  98. Tom

    Don’t explain, don’t complain.
    If someone pisses you off feel free to take a shot.

    Also helps if you don’t mind stripping down for a jelly wrestle.

  99. Farmer Gez

    My girl loves psychology Calli.
    She’s happily quoted the part of the brain that causes me to be such an inadequate individual.

  100. Baldrick

    Manafort guilty of 8 of 18 charges. Mistrial on 10.

    And not one of the 8 counts of tax fraud, which occurred 10 years before 2016, has anything to do with Russian collusion or Fatty Trump.

  101. lotocoti

    Further to Tom’s Mike Lester toon, CNN’s go-to-guy reacts badly to the suggestion that you can monetise your security clearance.

  102. Leigh Lowe

    calli
    #2795874, posted on August 22, 2018 at 8:58 am
    Suddenly everyone in the media wants “stability”. Their idol’s feet of clay need shoring up and the only way to do it is by incessant, clacking chatter.

    Mmmmyes.
    When Trumble was white-anting Abbott and set to challenge there was keen anticipation, even a bit of impatient egging on.
    Calls for stabilidy back then?
    Not so much.

  103. cohenite

    Manafort and Cohen both guilty of tax fraud and making false statements.

    Manafort has been found guilty?

  104. Diogenes

    Geotechs are really thin on the ground at the moment and in great demand.

    A colleague is trying to build a house and has been waiting almost a full year for the geotech report to be done. The drilling was done in October last year (it was booked in early September) , just waiting for the SOB to write the report to submit to council so the DA can finally be approved. In the meantime his building costs have gone up @ 10% , and the builder keeps quoting a longer time to complete as Tradies are getting harder to source, as many are closing down their businesses and finding work elsewhere, something we are seeing. Our original carpenter pulled the pin & now works in a Woollies distribution Centre, and our Tiler will finish of the jobs he has currently on, and start at Bunnings in the next few weeks, the plumber has applied for work at various places that are not plumbing, and will shut down as soon as finds alternate work. -> This is not age thing, they are all in their early 30s, and all want to get home loans, and are sick of the paperwork & crap the govt imposes on them.

  105. Baldrick

    Some people need to take a closer look at Elle’s posts.
    Anyhoo, I’ll say no more 😎.

  106. johanna

    Here we have a blog proprieter who claims to be a Libertarian, but also admits that a ditzy fake blonde who lucked out in in the marriage stakes is of his faves.

    Like so many men, he is happy to be led by his circumcised appendage.

    Mention of that phenomenon got him going to to shut down moi to the power of N.

    Solid work on how the country, the Constitution, and legislation works matters not when the vanity of blog owners is concerned.

    They adore ‘free speech’ but lie awake at night worrying about ‘hate speech.

    One can only sympathise.

    Shadowbanning is the latest, cool method of avoiding the odium of actually bannng someone. What they do is reduce people’s ability to see posts, like here where I am in permanent moderation. Many readers never read up, and it could be the next day before the allegedly impartial person who reads this stuff decides that I am not plotting to murder the boss.

    Hey, this is a libertarian site, and if some people disappear, ya get that!
    Shadowbanning me is but a small step in stopping hate speech.

  107. calli

    The object was always to punish anyone involved in denying the Hilldebeast her “turn”. If they couldn’t get Trump, they’d go his minions.

  108. Roger

    Tradies are getting harder to source…

    Not to worry, we can import more Chinese ones.

  109. Snoopy

    Guilty on 8/18 cohenite.

  110. calli

    Ten resignations so far. 🍿

  111. Mother Lode

    And not one of the 8 counts of tax fraud, which occurred 10 years before 2016, has anything to do with Russian collusion or Fatty Trump.

    But in the MSM it will be touted as proof that something is rotten in the state of Donmark.

    Details will be kept out of reports so it seems, by sheer innuendo that Meuller’s goatporn roadshow is onto something.

    When this whole tragic thing comes to an end, the Don should institute an investigation into the irregularities and outright mal-/mis-/nonfeasance of the investigation.

    When this is all wound up, when Meuller is standing in his orange jumpsuit terrified at the thought of showertime (and Strzok is smirking with excited anticipation in his), then they can do something about process crimes. But only after putting some of the main players away for lying to the committee about overdue library books in highschool, their favourite flavour of ice cream, and whether Captain Picard was better than Captain Kirk.

  112. Leo G

    Manafort and Cohen both guilty of tax fraud and making false statements.
    Obviously US prosecutors are rounding up all lawyers and campaign organisers and checking their probity, right?
    The other alternative is that only people connected to Donald Trump are being investigated.

    Q: What does Reasonable Doubt mean to a Federal Jury member?
    A: CNN has politely reminded you that a fellow juror is leaking and Antifa already has your name and address.

  113. Leigh Lowe

    calli
    #2795891, posted on August 22, 2018 at 9:07 am
    Ten resignations so far. 🍿

    Can it still be called “The Trumble Team” if it only has one member?

  114. calli

    This is not age thing, they are all in their early 30s, and all want to get home loans, and are sick of the paperwork & crap the govt imposes on them.

    Bingo!

    The root of the problem is Home Owners’ Warranty Insurance. Young builders simply don’t have the financial resources to qualify and consequently cannot do work in excess of $20K. Not only that – once they do qualify, their turnover is limited by the insurance company pencilnecks.

    I can’t begin to describe the time wasted in paperwork to increase coverage for an extra million in turnover. It’s like the G*stapo and Inquisition rolled into one.

    No other area of business has such restrictions on increasing turnover. None. And people wonder why builders give up and go work for Bunnings.

  115. Leigh Lowe

    Tom
    #2795875, posted on August 22, 2018 at 8:58 am
    Don’t explain, don’t complain.
    If someone pisses you off feel free to take a shot.
    Also helps if you don’t mind stripping down for a jelly wrestle.

    But enough about Hissy Chrissy.

  116. It’s like the G*stapo and Inquisition rolled into one.

    What? Dressed by Hugo Boss and just?

  117. Baldrick

    But in the MSM it will be touted as proof that something is rotten in the state of Donmark.

    Nine out of ten Wall Street lawyer investors would be facing the same deal for offences occurring in the early 2000’s.

  118. calli

    Dover, I had the Pythons in mind, not the historical one.

    Sorry to press a button.

  119. calli

    You’ll always get mate’s rates. 😀

  120. Baldrick

    SloMo for P.M.

    2GB 873 ✔@2GB873
    BREAKING | Ray Hadley reveals Scott Morrison is attempting to put a ticket together with Peter Dutton to run against Malcolm Turnbull, with Dutton as his deputy.

  121. SloMo?

    Sh1t, maybe Wile E. Trumble is not so bad after all.

  122. Sorry to press a button.

    I was jesting too.

  123. Seems to be open slather for the PM job.

    Has anyone asked Stimpy to throw his hat in the ring?

  124. H B Bear

    SloMo for P.M.

    Looks like the delusions of adequacy have gone to his head.

  125. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Leadership crisis: How each Liberal MP voted in spill

    James Madden
    Morning Editor
    17 minutes ago August 22, 2018
    No Comments

    MPs who had previously been considered the staunchest of allies of Malcolm Turnbull were among those who turned on him in the leadership ballot.

    Queensland Liberal senator James McGrath, who was one of the architects of Mr Turnbull’s overthrow of then prime minister Tony Abbott in September 2015, was among the 35 MPs who yesterday sought to evict Mr Turnbull from The Lodge.

    From the Oz.

  126. Infidel Tiger

    ScoMo?

    Give me Shorten over that creep any day.

    In a righteous world ScoMo would be a speed bump.

  127. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger
    #2795912, posted on August 22, 2018 at 9:35 am
    ScoMo?
    Give me Shorten over that creep any day.
    In a righteous world ScoMo would be a speed bump.

    This is not going to plan.

  128. H B Bear

    OK so the Waffleworthian light globe in my office/spare room went today (after a few months as ususal) and I threw it in the bin. Is this an omen?

    What a great thing it would be if the next PM threw out this pissant regulation and just let people get on with the lives.

  129. H B Bear

    This is not going to plan.

    The next PM is simply a place holder. His wife won’t even bother to measure the curtains at the Lodge.

    The real fun begins when the Lieborals are reduced to a rump in Opposition. Anyone remember Peacock and Howard?

  130. C.L.

    Tough times for Christopher Pyne.
    He will lose his seat. His fatuous, purposeless parliamentary career will be over.

  131. C.L.

    Julie Bishop – give her credit for this one – destroys Karl Stefanovic.
    LOL.

  132. harrys on the boat

    So Manafort has been found guilty of avoiding tax over 10 years ago? When he was working for Podesta?

    This is the trial and conviction that was supposed to bring down Trump?

  133. mh

    Tom
    #2795734, posted on August 22, 2018 at 4:02 am
    Alan Moir (Fairfax).

    Funny.

  134. Tom

    Who else on God’s earth could have a stadium crowd cheering for 4.1% GDP growth? On Fox News (Foxtel channel 606) as we speak.

  135. Bruce of Newcastle

    OK so the Waffleworthian light globe in my office/spare room went today (after a few months as ususal) and I threw it in the bin.

    Sinner! You have committed a crime against Gaia.
    Not allowed to throw screwy light bulbs in the bin.
    They must be interred with reverence as instructed by the high priesthood, to propitiate the demon Mercury.

  136. Infidel Tiger

    This is all worth it to watch Pyne unemployed and Bishop removed as Fashion Minister.

    It’s also likely that no Labor Defence Minister can do as much damage as Marise Payne.

  137. Mother Lode

    So what normally happens to the mercury from Malcolm Dimbulbs?

    Do we send them to China for recycling, where they break them and pour the mercury into a river?

  138. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2795931, posted on August 22, 2018 at 9:56 am

    This is all worth it to watch Pyne unemployed and Bishop removed as Fashion Minister.

    Indeed.
    To watch Hissy Chrissy shunted back to Adelaide where he can fix council elections and watch gay pawn in his Don Dunstan hotpants will be sweet.
    How’s that winners circle working for you now, arsehole?

  139. mh

    Dutton has told Neil Mitchell that if he thought he had the numbers he would have another go. (paraphrasing)

    I support Peter Dutton.

  140. C.L.

    How journalists casually lie and newspapers are happy to publish those lies:

    AAP copy in The Australian:

    Manafort’s conviction is a vindication of Mueller’s work as investigators continue to probe potential misdeeds by the president and those in his orbit.

    Manafort’s conviction has nothing to do with Mueller’s phony Wussia investigation and is therefore not a vindication. Furthermore, Mueller is not tasked with a generalised “probe” into “potential misdeeds by the president and those in his orbit.”

  141. Bruce of Newcastle

    So what normally happens to the mercury from Malcolm Dimbulbs?

    I have no idea ML, but my local council requires fluoro tubes and twisty bulbs to be taken to their special collection site, like car batteries, chemicals and whatnot. Maybe they send them to the Castlereagh hazardous waste dump or something.

  142. struth

    Good Moaning.

    Oh how the media lament.
    Apparently all the voters want is stability, and the terrible right wingers in the liberal party are not giving them what they want, scared that they’ll lose an election if the status quo remains!
    An election decided by the very same voters!!

    FTM
    F ..The Media.

  143. Andreas

    Pyne won 55/45 at the last election, and with Xenophon imploded he’ll probably still be there (unfortunately).

    The Advertiser online had a puff piece on him last week “Pyne as you’ve never seen him before”. Talk about anti-clickbait *yikes*.

  144. Snoopy

    Those mercury bulbs bobbing about are a now a feature of the Amazon River. Thanks UN.

  145. H B Bear

    Oh Bruce, I wouldn’t throw a car battery in the bin but that is exactly where the Waffleworthian light globes go. They should have thought of that.

  146. mh

    Peter Dutton quote from a few months back:

    “There’s lots of outrage. Some of the crazy lefties at the ABC and on The Guardian, Huffington Post, express concern and draw mean cartoons about me and all the rest of it.”

    “They don’t realise how completely dead they are to me. So we just get on with making the decisions that we need to.”

  147. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    MPs told to get the job done on indigenous recognition

    Stephen Fitzpatrick
    INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS EDITOR
    @svfitzpatrick
    12:00AM August 22, 2018

    Indigenous constitutional recognition should be achieved by the end of the next federal parliament and MPs should regularly be challenged via a formal motion on whether they support this, all five former and current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioners have said.

    There should also be indigenous citizen participation in Senate estimates processes to achieve greater accountability of government for services to indigenous Australians, a written submission to a parliamentary committee considering the matter suggests.

    Current commissioner June Oscar and her predecessors Mick Gooda, Tom Calma, William Jonas and Mick Dodson have written of “a failure of leadership across government and the parliament” to achieve constitutional recognition.

    Malcolm Turnbull last October threw out the Referendum Council’s proposal for a voice to parliament in the Constitution as contained in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, saying the government “does not believe such a radical change to our Constitution’s representative institutions has any realistic prospect of being supported

    From the Oz.

  148. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2795946, posted on August 22, 2018 at 10:19 am

    So far $130bn, for what?

  149. egg_

    “Pyne as you’ve never seen him before”.

    Which Village People character?

  150. harrys on the boat

    Which Village People character?

    The Fluffer

  151. Leigh Lowe

    Andreas
    #2795942, posted on August 22, 2018 at 10:09 am
    Pyne won 55/45 at the last election, and with Xenophon imploded he’ll probably still be there (unfortunately).

    If he ran again he would probably win his seat (which is why we should nuke Adelaide, incidentally).
    But he won’t run.
    The mythology he has built up about himself that only Hissy Chrissy holds the key to electoral success is over.
    I don’t think even Team Trumble bought it. They just kept him on as a useful idiot. The days of him wielding influence by preening himself about being an “election winning machine” are gone.
    Remember, the prick has been in Parliament for 25 years and achieved precisely nought/nil/zero.

  152. Stimpson J. Cat

    #ShoutYourAbortion

  153. Snoopy

    Current commissioner June Oscar and her predecessors Mick Gooda, Tom Calma, William Jonas and Mick Dodson have written of “a failure of leadership across government and the parliament” to achieve constitutional recognition.

    Yawn

  154. Infidel Tiger

    “Pyne as you’ve never seen him before”.

    Jerking off to hetero pawn?

  155. Snoopy

    The perfect gift for the man who has everything except a lustrous head of hair.

  156. H B Bear

    MPs told to get the job done on indigenous recognition

    Sorry guys. One of the golden rules of Australian politics – no votes in blackfella issues. Why do you think it has been kicked down the road for 20 years by both branches of the UniParty?

  157. max

    Knight draws Abbott pulling levers inside Dutton’s head.

    How about one showing Turnbull inside Fraudenburg or Chrissy or the Stick ?

    FTM indeed.

  158. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger
    #2795955, posted on August 22, 2018 at 10:29 am
    “Pyne as you’ve never seen him before”.
    Jerking off to hetero pawn?

    I call photoshop.

  159. hzhousewife

    No-one has mentioned Corman in all this, I have heard he is quite pally with Dutton, but this may not mean he agrees politically.

  160. Leigh Lowe

    The abolish ICE movement just took a yuuuge hit.
    Yet another murder committed by an illegal from South of the Border.

  161. Old School Conservative

    From Cameron Stewart in The Oz, putting a little perspective on Trump’s troubles.

    It is important to remember that — with the major exception of Cohen’s campaign finances breaches — the crimes committed by both Cohen and Manafort are not connected to the president. They occurred either long before, or separately to his tenure in the White House.

  162. hzhousewife

    They opted for the more advanced levels which was a strategic error.

    To my great surprise, one of mine kept on with General Maths at HSC and it really really helped overall as it turned out.

  163. None

    Scomo is just such an entitled little prick and what a coward. Whatever you think of Dutton he was willing to take a hit including a $130,000 salary cut ( yes I’ve always wondered how a policeman and politician could end up being a millionaire)

  164. None

    Cormann like Scomo is an opportunist who only looks out for his own skin. Both should not be anywhere near a ministry.

  165. Baldrick

    Manafort’s conviction is a vindication of Mueller’s work as investigators continue to probe potential misdeeds by the president and those in his orbit.

    So it is a witch-hunt.

  166. Mother Lode

    Pyne won 55/45 at the last election, and with Xenophon imploded he’ll probably still be there (unfortunately).

    Yeah, mainland Tasmania is the kind of place where sub-optimal outcomes precipitate, despite the most elevated intentions, due to intellectual torpor and cupidinously instantiated moral disorientation.

    Pyne will get his but – he no doubt is often spellbound by images of all those sailor uniforms near the submarine yards. Whoever gets in should cancel the contract – buying off the shelf from the US and the cost of breaking the contract will be still cheaper, more timely and result in more reliable subs than we would have got from SA and the French.

  167. How journalists casually lie and newspapers are happy to publish those lies

    You weren’t exaggerating yesterday when you described the media as the enemy.

  168. Confused Old Misfit

    a vindication of Mueller’s work

    Only 8 out of 18 convictions. These offenses occurring before he worked for Trump but while he worked for Podesta (y’all know who he worked for). 10 charges thrown out as mistrials.
    Great job Rob! = /sarc

  169. H B Bear

    From Cameron Stewart in The Oz, putting a little perspective on Trump’s troubles.

    Even Stewart can’t spin that.

  170. struth

    The whole problem here is the unconstitutional recognition of parties.
    What absolutely shits me to tears is hearing any politician saying they are loyal to a party.
    That is not their job.
    Full stop.

  171. Baldrick

    Malcolm loses again …

    Brett Worthington ✔ @BWorthington_
    Tax cuts are dead (for now)… the government’s proposed company tax cut for businesses with a turnover of $50 million lost 30 – 36

  172. Dr Faustus

    “Faced with the ongoing challenge of gender equity in our faculty … we wanted to do something that was very visible and would give female applicants some confidence that we were looking at them very seriously,” he said.

    The successful female applicants will face a career of confidently knowing that students and colleagues look at them very seriously knowing they have their job because front hole.
    Triumph.

  173. Eyrie

    IMO Cormann is an EU sleeper agent.

  174. None

    Cory was on the money when you think about it the Libs are just talentless dreck. Labor are vorrupt sellouts. Thr Mnats are hypocrites. We’re toast. I don’t have faith that the Australian public is astute enough to realise how bad things are and to at least vote strategically in the Senate to put in someone sensible with enough numbers to stop bad legislation. It’s not going to happen much as I love my fellow countrymen the majority are just stupid.

  175. Confused Old Misfit

    The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA) today released exclusive Reachtell polling in the key marginal electorates of Robertson, Petrie, Capricornia and Peter Dutton’s seat of Dixon which showed a collapse in the Liberal Primary vote amidst overwhelming demand for government policy that lowers electricity bills and a lack of faith that the Turnbull government’s National Energy Guarantee will deliver it. Polling was conducted Monday 20 August.

    The data shows:

    70.6% of voters surveyed rated it ‘Very Important’ that the Federal Government take
    action to reduce the cost of electricity and gas
    61% of voters surveyed said they would be more likely to vote for a party that
    proposed a plan to reduce gas and electricity bills
    68.6% of voters surveyed would support a policy to reduce gas and electricity bills,
    even if it meant leaving the Paris Agreement

  176. Old School Conservative

    Some inside gossip.
    The GG was due in Sydney today but cancelled his attendance at the last minute.
    His staff said it was because he was meeting with Turnbull last night and this morning.
    Surely the Canberra weather could be discussed at lower levels of Government?

  177. None

    My students these days pick their HSC subjects to maximize their ATAR which is a pretty stupid strategy overall but necessary if you need to get over a particular school to get into university. I particularly admire those kids who challenge themselves and take harder subjects than is necessary. As long as they’re not opting for the impossible I think it shows her a general willingness to extend themselves which is quite admirable.

  178. Baldrick

    TheirABC jump the shark by declaring only 8 out of 18 guilty verdicts, on Manafort’s personal tax accounts, 10 years before he had anything to do with Trump’s campaign and nothing at all to do with Russian collusion by anyone, a victory for Mueller …

    ABC News @abcnews
    OPINION: Robert Mueller’s victory could be a tipping point for Donald Trump’s presidency

    How very ABC.

  179. None

    Turmbull is canvassing early elections, ay Old School? Quelle surprise.

  180. C.L.

    A trip out to Sir Peter is Turnbull’s only remaining card.
    It would actually be ballsy to play it.

  181. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ben Cousins arrested, faces drugs charges in WA
    Former AFL star Ben Cousins has been arrested on drugs charges.

    Cousins was arrested by police last night at a house in the Perth suburb of Canning Vale.

    He was searched, and police allegedly found 13 grams of methylamphetamine.

    From the Oz. Surprised, anyone?

  182. Habib

    ONE of the oldest pubs on the Western Downs has been extensively damaged due to a fire this morning.

    Emergency crews were called to the Mary’s Commercial Hotel on Cunningham Street, Dalby at around 1.45am to reports of a fire.

    Bugger. Mary Barrys was the usual stop-off on the way back to the big smoke after a shooty weekend on the piss at Chinchilla. A real old-school country pub- a couple of pork chops as big as your head, scoops of mashed spud and pumpkin, a mound of assorted green stuff and gravy the texture of lava, accompanied by a few eye-openers was just the go to get you back on the rails and ready for a pub crawl through the Lockyer Valley. Picking up hitch-hikers at Withcott and seeing their expression getting into the back seat with footwells full of empty beer cans and assorted ammunition provided entertainment as well.

  183. Roger

    A trip out to Sir Peter is Turnbull’s only remaining card. It would actually be ballsy to play it.

    Only if he intends to take the Liberal Party down with him.

    Pre-selections are yet to be conducted in many seats and campaign funds are low.

  184. None

    Not ballsy CL but a flag signalling defeat. Believes haven’t even got there pre-selections in order and have got no money so they will definitely lose it and Turnbull will lose the p.m. ship. He’s just got such an ego that he will not tolerate being turfed out of his office by his own colleagues and he doesn’t care if he destroys the Liberal party in the process.

  185. C.L.

    … they will definitely lose it and Turnbull will lose the p.m. ship.

    You say that like it’s a bad thing.
    I want them to lose.

  186. None

    My stupod phone keeps changing Libs to leaves but as I always call them lettuce leaf Libs it probably is understandable. Well to me at least. Sorry about the spazzo posts.

  187. Confused Old Misfit

    … they will definitely lose it and Turnbull will lose the p.m. ship.

    “‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished for!”
    And that it falls out that Labour is hamstrung by the Senate.

  188. H B Bear

    Pre-selections are yet to be conducted in many seats and campaign funds are low.

    It is only the dysfunctionality, corruption and incompetence of the Liars that ever sees the Lieborals elected. And lately you wonder why they bother forming government at all. Once upon a time they used to fix the mess, now they implement Liar policies until the Liars can sort themselves out.

  189. mh

    John Roskham, another IPA homo being promoted by Bolt.

    Yawn.

  190. Philippa Martyr

    The successful female applicants will face a career of confidently knowing that students and colleagues look at them very seriously knowing they have their job because front hole.
    Triumph.

    The front hole is actually the urethral opening. Both men and women have one. In the same place. At the front.

    Sphincters are wonderful things. Civilisation wouldn’t be possible without them.

    I’m just saying.

  191. Empire 5:5

    Best sign seen at the WV rally:

    Trump Digs Coal.

  192. None

    I want them to lose too C.L., meaning going to an early election is not ballsy on Turnbull’s behalf, it’s just his tin eared stupidity. He probably thinks the preferred p.m. polls actually mean something.

  193. Bruce of Newcastle

    61% of voters surveyed said they would be more likely to vote for a party that
    proposed a plan to reduce gas and electricity bills

    Problem with that is the Libs, Labor and Greens are all lying.
    Renewbulls don’t lower electricity prices, they increase them.
    Unfortunately a lot of voters can’t read a graph.

  194. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Meanwhile, The Turnbull Government banned live exports last night.

  195. Globule warming zealotry, debt, overbearing regulation/law, subservience to the UN, uncontrolled immigration, more and higher taxes, screwed us on superannuation, buggered electricity and gas markets, destroyed electricity generation capacity and bought some non-functional subs for Chrissy.

    What is there not to like about this government?

  196. C.L.

    The best thing for Ben Cousins would be to jail him for about five years.

  197. Baldrick

    Oh come on! Would Malcolm seriously call a snap election just to spite the Liberal Party who are now contemplating dumping him, knowing full well they’d lose in a landslide?

    I mean really, as if anyone would be that … Hmmm, 🤔 hang on a minute …

  198. lotocoti

    How very ABC.

    Is it worth trawling through the ABC archives to find all the stories they did on Obama’s FEC fines for campaign finance violations?

  199. ‘Twas not always so, but as the power and scope of government has grown it has increasingly attracted people craving control – which for the Libs means people less adamant in the party’s supposed philosophy.
    That’s a pretty spot on summary ML. Power hungry arseholes also tend to be narcissists and we’ve had two of the biggest running the country in the last decade. It’s almost inevitable that we would end up like this, States become more totalitarian as they notch up power one tiny step at a time. There will be a correction at some point, whether it’s 1215, 1776 or 1789 style remains to be seen but we’re definitely in a crisis. Socialism had their crisis 100 years ago and branched off into the far left and far right versions of Socialism, scrapping over the best way to implement their shitty ideology. I can see something similar happening to capitalism; we have the “far left” crony corporate system now but the “far right” bit hasn’t emerged yet. That will happen if / when the fiat currency system collapses.

    The trick to weakening the political left is to limit politics.

    Yep. I like the ACP policy of 7 year term limits but it should also be applied to the senior public service and at State and local level. You will inevitably end up with turds in the punchbowl but at least you can refresh it regularly unlike now where we just have one giant crater of decades long festering fecal matter.

  200. Empire 5:5

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2796010, posted on August 22, 2018 at 11:30 am
    Ultrarare Hillary and Bill Honeymoon photo, colorized, 2018.

    They honeymooned in Haiti.

    What’s with the muzzle on BCRapist? He couldn’t wait until “dinner” was served?

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/12/hillary-clinton-i-wanted-to-make-voodoo-dolls-of-reporters-lawmakers-and-stick-them-with-pins/

  201. Roger

    I mean really, as if anyone would be that …

    Passive aggressive is the term, I believe.

  202. Bruce of Newcastle

    Sphincters are wonderful things.

    Is the round thing in front of Parliament House a sphincter?
    Just asking.

  203. C.L.

    Just saying.
    Turnbull either goes to Yarralumla or he’s done.
    It’s a fascinating moment. Either be humiliated by the party room or by Bill Shorten.
    That’s the choice.

  204. None

    Yes Philippa. It’s astonishing how these people don’t have the first clue about basic biology – not even of their own bodies. But then I remembered my female science teacher – a mousy quiet introverted sort – who gave us our sex ed class in year 10 back in the days when it was presented as a lesson on reproduction. She sgowed us a chart and then drew these diagrams of the female reproduction system on the board and wrote up all the labels and then turned around and said rather matter-of-factly: most people don’t realise that we have three holes instead of two. At which point we all collapsed with laughter while she stood there beaming bright btight red, unable to continue. We just couldn’t stop laughing. Needless to say the rest of the class was a write off but she can rest assured that she made a lasting impact on all of us.

  205. cohenite

    Sinner! You have committed a crime against Gaia.
    Not allowed to throw screwy light bulbs in the bin.
    They must be interred with reverence as instructed by the high priesthood, to propitiate the demon Mercury.

    That’s funny because it’s true.

  206. wivenhoe

    Passive aggressive is the term, I believe.

    Oh, Thanks for that, I thought it was braindead and vindictive, silly me.

  207. cohenite

    ABC News @abcnews
    OPINION: Robert Mueller’s victory could be a tipping point for Donald Trump’s presidency

    They’re such creeps. They are Abbott’s biggest mistake; not reneging on his election promise to not do anything about the abc.

  208. egg_

    In the same place.

    No quite. Yours truly subscribes to the view of female humans having an avian style cloaca.

  209. Andreas

    Unfortunately a lot of voters can’t read a graph.

    Most of them don’t get the chance to read it. It’s that kind of simple graph Bernardi should be putting on his election material.

  210. Empire 5:5

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2796010, posted on August 22, 2018 at 11:30 am
    Ultrarare Hillary and Bill Honeymoon photo, colorized, 2018.

    They honeymooned in Haiti.

    What’s with the muzzle on BC? He couldn’t wait until “dinner” was served?

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/12/hillary-clinton-i-wanted-to-make-voodoo-dolls-of-reporters-lawmakers-and-stick-them-with-pins/

  211. Empire 5:5

    I didn’t know the word “r a_p ist” was automod.

    SLF related?

  212. H B Bear

    Yep. I like the ACP policy of 7 year term limits but it should also be applied to the senior public service and at State and local level.

    Term limits (possibly two or three for the HoR) are a great idea. It would have stopped The Father of Middle Class Welfare and Hyacinth Bucket taking the Lieborals over the cliff in 2007 for the sake of his ego. Any CEO who handled succession planning like that would be condemned. Six year terms for the Senate may be a problem, one term is too short two feels too long.

    Maybe 4 year terms for both the HoR and the Senate with a two year stagger? It would also be an opportunity to kick the government half way through.

  213. egg_

    most people don’t realise that we have three holes instead of two

    3 holes/2 holes was a UK dichotomy that Qwertys won’t like.

  214. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Meanwhile, The Turnbull Government banned live exports last night.

    As has been pointed out on this site, making it easier to import illegal immigrants, then it is to export live sheep.

  215. mh

    Any thoughts here on Greg Hunt? Who did he vote for yesterday and does he have a faction?

  216. H B Bear

    ABC News @abcnews
    OPINION: Robert Mueller’s victory could be a tipping point for Donald Trump’s presidency

    Zoe Daniel’s kids filing her copy again?

  217. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    The best thing for Ben Cousins would be to jail him for about five years.

    If our jails weren’t full of drugs it would help.

  218. None

    I want to help Peter Cosgrove will react
    Being an ex military man he may have read the regulations on being a governor quite well and understood that is not just some overpaid flower vase full stop and he may choose not to play along with Turnbull’s b*******. You’d really want to be a fly on the wall in that conversation.

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