Open Forum: August 25, 2018

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  1. Infidel Tiger

    My first choice for GG would be Michael Kirby.

    Am I in the right place?

    Fuck me drunk.

  2. Baldrick

    How very ABC …

    Venezuela: Migration agencies say exodus of migrants nears a ‘Mediterranean crisis point’
    The exodus of migrants from Venezuela is building toward a “crisis moment” comparable to events involving refugees in the Mediterranean, the United Nations migration agency says.
    Growing numbers of people are fleeing the economic meltdown and political turmoil in Venezuela, threatening to overwhelm neighbouring countries.

    Missing from the whole story is one word, Socialism.

  3. Farmer Gez

    And a prolonged drought should not have been unforseen.
    In good years instead of saving for the bad times new headers and millions of dollars worth of equipment is bought.

    Unforeseen by the Weather Bureau. There was no warning of a extreme drought this year or last year for that matter. It’s not an El Niño event.
    Farmers buying equipment keeps those businesses pumping and people employed in the towns. Perhaps we’re silly buggers for not shutting up shop earlier but it’s a gamble and we’re punters.

  4. Farmer Gez

    My first choice for GG would be Michael Kirby.

    Am I in the right place?

    Why not Lee Rhiannon?
    She’s free.

  5. H B Bear

    My first choice for GG would be Michael Kirby.
    Am I in the right place?

    Only if you are mincing down Oxford Street on your way to the bathhouse.

  6. stackja

    Sid Kidman spent getting ready. Drought came. His business just survived. He didn’t last must longer. The solution finally, sell all the farms to overseas companies and build more home units. And import all the food. Save on drought relief.

  7. Oh come on

    Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general.

    Trumble, of course!

  8. Anon Mahnà

    My preferred choice for Governor-General is myself since I am, to my certain knowledge, the only person in the country who insists that the Governor-General should study and follow the Australian Constitution, and not be merely an overpaid rubber stamp; for example, I should not dissolve the House early just because the Prime Minister asked me to do so, and if a bad Act came to me for Royal Assent—such as anything related to imposing a “carbon tax”—I should return it with appropriate but curt recommendations for improving it.

  9. Infidel Tiger

    The best GGs are not people who have a public profile.

    Anyway me who recommends a celebrity should die in a fire.

  10. Anon Mahnà

    My preferred choice for Governor-General is myself since I am, to my certain knowledge, the only person in the country who insists that the Governor-General should study and follow the Australian Constitution, and not be merely an overpaid rubber stamp; for example, I should not dissolve the House early just because the Prime Minister asked me to do so, and if a bad Act came to me for Royal Assent—such as anything related to imposing a “carbon tax”—I should return it with appropriate but curt recommendations for improving it.

  11. H B Bear

    Actually appointing Lord Waffleworth at GG would be a fantastic idea. Imagine him and Lucy sitting at morning tea with the Bumpkin CWA for a couple of hours then moving on to the Upper Bumpkin Ladies Auxilliary for another couple of hours. Rinse and repeat for 3 years. Fantastic.

  12. H B Bear

    Just bracing myself to read the unmitigated idiocy of Prof van Wrongselen in Teh Weekend Australian. I’m not sure I am up to it.

  13. Oh come on

    It would be hilarious to have Trumble making his pitch for a republic from Yarralumla.

  14. Aussieute

    Mods any chance of a cleanup here?
    OldOzzie has some serious multiple posting issues of the same post

  15. Can we have a FrackLotto too?

    Nearest to the date that the Liberal party splits into two formal parties.
    Mass defections to AC counts as a split.

    My prediction 3 weeks after the next election (which could be only 3 weeks away)
    Of the remaining 30 Liberal MPs , 10 will join the AC.

  16. H B Bear

    It would be hilarious to have Trumble making his pitch for a republic from Yarralumla.

    No worse than having the fat slob Bomber Beazley picking up a lazy $300k or whatever it is flopping around in Government House in Perth. Hypocrisy of the Left.

  17. calli

    The haka is ridiculous. This one is an extended session of stupid. Why anyone should be expected to stand respectfully and watch the display of wild eyes and wobbly tongues is beyond me.

  18. Bruce in WA

    Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general.

    Kevin Bloody Wilson …

  19. Armadillo

    Mods any chance of a cleanup here?

    We have no mods here. It’s pretty much open slather.

  20. zyconoclast

    from americanthinker.com

    Winston Churchill called J3ws “the most formidable and the most remarkable race, which has ever appeared in the world.” As a J3w, I am perplexed by the J3ws’ remarkably irrational commitment to the Democratic Party and their formidable opposition to Donald Trump.
    The old saw, “There are two types of J3ws: those who believe that Jvdaism is about social justice and those who know H3brew,” contains more than a kernel of truth. By and large, orthodox J3ws voted for Trump in 2016, showing superior foresight.
    Domestically, as the Trump economic policies are producing prosperity and economic dynamism, J3ws benefit just as the rest of Americans and arguably more. Internationally, Trump has proven to be an unabashed supporter of Israel; he terminated the Iranian nuclear deal, moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, persuaded Saudi Arabia to cooperate with Israel against Iran, and broke the back of the Palestinian Authority. He destroyed ISIS and supplied Israel with the most sophisticated weaponry in the American arsenal. Incredibly, he has accomplished all of this in his first 18 months in office. No American president has done for Israel so much in such a short period of time. As a matter of record, with the exception of President Richard Nixon, no president has done for J3ws and Israel so much, period.
    A vast majority of American J3ws remain unimpressed. They are not motivated by concerns for Israel; they are not motivated by the interests of the United States and are eminently not practical about their own necessities. What they all passionately care about is social justice. Social justice, in terms of helping the sick and the poor, is deeply embedded in Judaism; for J3ws, it is a case of irrational obsession. With the emergence of the industrial revolution and massive generation of wealth, J3ws took up economic inequality and embraced ideas of socialism.

  21. calli

    Mods any chance of a cleanup here?

    Blame the ancient Greeks and their silly names.

  22. zyconoclast

    As Venezuela’s socialist disaster spreads, UN goes after…Ecuador and Peru

    The U.N. wants them to…let people in, even though they cannot pay for them. As consolation, U.N. functionaries claim they “understand.” Ecuador, for instance, has already taken in 630,000 Venezuelan refugees without passports according to the U.N., raising its actual population level 4%. Maybe Ecuador should print money to pay for these refugees to please the U.N., just as Venezuela pays its bills? One-million-percent inflation, anyone?

  23. Eyrie

    Unforeseen by the Weather Bureau. There was no warning of a extreme drought this year or last year for that matter. It’s not an El Niño event.

    Farmer Gez, there is no such thing as a forecast beyond a few days. Anything more is guesswork. I love the BoM saying 50% chance of above or below median rainfall.

  24. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general.

    Trumble, of course!

    I thought he had his hand up for First President of the Republic of Australia, appointed by the incoming Shorten Government? Out of gratitude for handing Shorten the keys of the Lodge?

  25. zyconoclast

    Looks like Pelosi and Hillary share the same drug dealer.

    https://youtu.be/I1bSfltv_fU

  26. Fleeced

    I should be GG. I’d sack the government, and appoint myself caretaker PM until such time that I feel an election can be called. At the appropriate juncture. In the fullness of time.

  27. egg_

    …it is understood that former prime minister Tony Abbott will not be given a role in Cabinet.

    SloMo with Trumble’s hand up his clacker.

  28. John Constantine

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-wheat/global-wheat-supply-to-crisis-levels-big-china-stocks-wont-provide-relief-idUSKCN1L70DT

    “Although global stocks are expected to hit an all-time high of 273 million tonnes at the start of the 2018/19 grain marketing season, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates, the problem is nearly half of it is in China, which is not likely to release any onto global markets.

    Experts predict that by the end of the season, the eight major exporters will be left with 20 percent of world stocks – just 26 days of cover – down from one-third a decade ago.

    The USDA estimates that China, which consumes 16 percent of the world’s wheat, will hold 46 percent of its stocks at the beginning of the season, which starts around now, and more than half by the end.

    The 126.8 million tonnes China is estimated to hold is up 135 percent from 54 million five years earlier.

    “People need to get rid of China stocks (in their calculations) … if you do that, it’s just exceptionally tight,” said Dan Basse, president of AgResource Co in Chicago.

    A repeat of the 2007/2008 crisis, which forced many countries to limit or ban exports, is unlikely “

  29. Fleeced

    SloMo with Trumble’s hand up his clacker.

    Nah, ScoMo’s the schemer in this, not the puppet. He may fear reprisals from Turnbull on the sidelines, but he is more puppeteer than puppet. ScoMo and Abbott haven’t even spoken for three years.

  30. Marcus

    The U.N. wants them to…let people in, even though they cannot pay for them. As consolation, U.N. functionaries claim they “understand.” Ecuador, for instance, has already taken in 630,000 Venezuelan refugees without passports according to the U.N., raising its actual population level 4%. Maybe Ecuador should print money to pay for these refugees to please the U.N., just as Venezuela pays its bills? One-million-percent inflation, anyone?

    Hell, maybe Australia should take them. The more people in this country who’ve seen firsthand the unmitigated disaster of socialism in action, the better – it might balance out the students who equate having to eat beans on toast for dinner a couple of times a week to “living in poverty.”

  31. Fleeced

    The funny thing about Turnbull is that there’s nothing they can buy him off with. No job, no posting. That’s good – because he doesn’t deserve it, but we’re in for some fun times ahead. I predict during the election.

  32. Marcus

    By the way, wasn’t there a pool thread a couple of years ago as to the date of Turnbull’s departure as PM? The reason I ask is I’m pretty sure I called it for August 2018 (albeit I assumed he’d just lead them to an electoral hammering at the earliest practical opportunity).

  33. Fleeced

    Hell, maybe Australia should take them. The more people in this country who’ve seen firsthand the unmitigated disaster of socialism in action, the better

    And yet it never works that way. That shit is like a virus. Anyone who comes into contact with it dies a slow death.

    Conservatives credit Reagan for his, “tear down this wall” speech, but maybe they shouldn’t. Containment is key.

  34. Chris

    Turnbull’s exit a big threat to Liberal’s election fundraising

    That’s because his personal donation was 40% of it.
    Get a few Delcons on the job again – knock on their network’s doors asking people if they are going to let the country be run by those who have captured the workers’ superannuation money for their political advantage, and will make grooming for gayness mandatory in primary school next.

  35. DrBeauGan

    Bruce in WA
    #2801370, posted on August 25, 2018 at 5:24 pm
    https://thewest.com.au/news/offbeat/perth-boys-temper-tantrum-after-malcolm-turnbull-ousted-as-prime-minister-ng-b88940082z

    As my sadly departed Nanna would say: “Slap his arse until his nose bleeds buttermilk!”

    It’s good to see the intellectual and developmental quality of Turnbull’s support.

  36. JMH

    Unforeseen by the Weather Bureau. There was no warning of a extreme drought this year or last year for that matter. It’s not an El Niño event.

    BoM use the inaccuracy of models. To fiddle with at their Greentard pleasure.

  37. Fleeced

    Hadn’t read Miranda Devine in ages, but just scanned her page… Ugh – couldn’t bare to click on any of the stories/posts. She’s doubled-down. Gone full-tilt. Using “insurgence” and “wreckers” talking points.

    What a clown of a woman.

  38. Leigh Lowe

    Try! 

    I am trying.

  39. Frank

    At the appropriate juncture. In the fullness of time.

    The season for it. When circumstance mitigates.
    Should be parliamentary speech writers really.

  40. Leigh Lowe

    Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general.

    Billy Snedden.

  41. calli

    Miranda’s obsession with Abbott has diminshed her.

    Janet Albrechtsen’s spray has, conversely, grown with time. 🙂. Gotta give it to OldOzzie – he’s determined.

  42. calli

    Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general.

    Barry Humphries. He would bring a truckload of character to the Office.

  43. Leigh Lowe

    Turnbull’s exit a big threat to Liberal’s election fundraising

    That’s because his personal donation was 40% of it.

    You need to add back the loss of funds and volunteer effort which drifted away because of Trumble.

  44. Entropy

    I am pretty sure all global models have been predicting an El Niño event by spring, with the notable exception of the bureau’s POAMA. POAMA is in the process of being taken out the back and put out of its misery in favour of Access S. It doesn’t matter though as this year things are a bit weird along the equator particular where they measure SSTs for El Niño classifications, and I suspect while it will not get into strong El Niño by measurement, the coral sea is quite cool anyway so it might as well be. The weather will stay offshore until well into 2019.

  45. Tintarella di Luna

    Why has it taken people like my friends at the Institute of Public Affairs, some of my colleagues in the coalition, columnists, editorial writers and writers of letters to the editors of the newspapers to get a debate up and going in Australia about limitations on freedom, when we have an agency, [the Australian Human Rights Commission], whose explicit statutory charter is to promote and advance those rights?

    — George Brandis

    Well didn’t that craven oaf do a lot about ensuring compliance with that explicit statutory charter?

  46. Confused Old Misfit

    The weather will stay offshore until well into 2019.

    Not sure I’d want to bet my livelihood on that! ;0

  47. Snoopy

    the coral sea is quite cool anyway

    That’s got to be inconvenient for the taxpayer funded researchers picking over the GBR’s carcass.

  48. Tintarella di Luna

    Barry Humphries. He would bring a truckload of character to the Office.

    Barry Humphries would indeed bring character, however to truly reflect the goat-rodeo-come-winner’s-circus that is Australia it’d have to be Sir Les Patterson

  49. Leigh Lowe

    In today’s Oz under Simon Benson’s by-line …

    Former Prime Minister John Howard said Mr Morrison faced a mammoth task and should field the “very best” frontbench team but called for Mr Abbott to be returned to cabinet

    .
    Why the “but” Simon?
    Howard’s comments clearly stated that he thought Abbott should be in cabinet on merit.
    The conjunction which reflected Howard’s comments was “and”.

  50. stackja

    Gough appointed Sir John Kerr as his friendly GG.

  51. Chris

    Just bracing myself to read the unmitigated idiocy of Prof van Wrongselen in Teh Weekend Australian. I’m not sure I am up to it.

    Predictable. Van Wrongselen’s thinking system appears to consist of watching the ABC then stroking his beard while regurgitating.

  52. cohenite

    The US has the world’s largest reserves of coal, and good coal at that. Indonesia is the biggest exporter with Australia second. China digs up nearly 7 times what Australia does and uses all of it while Australia uses less than 15% of the coal we dig up:

    EIA reported:

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30352490

  53. egg_

    Turnbull’s exit a big threat to Liberal’s election fundraising

    That’s because his personal donation was 40% of it.

    You need to add back the loss of funds and volunteer effort which drifted away because of Trumble.

    What cost averting a 30 seat routing?

  54. Geriatric Mayfly

    L.A. Antifa Group Calls for ‘Revolutionary Violence Against the Enemies of the People’
    Plans to organize a “sea of masses” to defend illegal immigrants and “take power.”
    PJ Media

    Unabashed Marxism, almost down to each and every word. ‘Illegal immigrants’ weren’t much of an issue in the days of the great visionary. Back then it was the wukkas.

  55. vlad

    You’re in the right place, Dover. The rightest of places.

  56. egg_

    Hadn’t read Miranda Devine in ages, but just scanned her page… Ugh

    Wouldn’t Mick Trumble be one of the “baldies” who would only score with Mz Devine with the end-of-the-night beer goggles on?

  57. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Gough appointed Sir John Kerr as his friendly GG.

    That always strikes me as one of the ironies of the whole issue.

  58. Nick

    Alan Jones for GG. What better support for an ageing bad tempered old queen than one of our own?

  59. Chris

    You need to add back the loss of funds and volunteer effort which drifted away because of Trumble.

    I bet the Liberal officeholders would love to add THAT back.
    Sorry, sunshine! Not happening.

  60. egg_

    …it is understood that former prime minister Tony Abbott will not be given a role in Cabinet.

    SloMo with Trumble’s hand up his clacker.

    A SloMo trainwreck vs a Trumble fast track jobbie.

  61. Bushkid

    SloMo with Trumble’s hand up his clacker.

    Yep, even before Trumble allowed the spill to go ahead.

    He made sure it couldn’t until he knew he had the numbers to get his anointed replacement in, then just for vindictiveness, demanded the signatures of the legendary 43, and that the signatures be verified before he’d deign even to walk into the party room.

    Trumbles legacy will be one of stinking failure and moral turpitude. Not at all what he believes it will be.

  62. Roger

    Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general.

    Ben Roberts-Smith.

    Or Prince Harry.

  63. egg_

    Trumbles legacy will be one of stinking failure and moral turpitude.

    The stature of a gnat.

  64. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Janet A’s spray was superb and worth the many times it now stands, due to Old Ozzie’s querelous re-pressing of the submit button, out of moderation and a fittingly repetitive tribute to this thread, like diamonds shining in amongst the lesser jewels. I must say, the thread with Cats in top form has been a joy to read here in far off climes, where the press-the-glass engraved ‘button’ indicators (huh?) that work the glass stove in this Airbnb apartment is Nordic in its mode: largely incomprehensible and with a note from the owner that says if it makes a ‘ring noisce’ to ‘turn off the safety on again’. I have no idea what any of this means, but it sounds dangerous, so take-away again tonight suits us fine before we drive back to Bergen and fly to Brussells.

    Calli’s suggestion upthread to lock up one’s felines against a stormingly retributive Malcolm in the Point Piper vicinity (hey, that’s us! and he has form with felines) makes me glad Attapuss is lodged elsewhere for the duration of our absence and hopefully Malcolm’s wrath by the time of our return will be turned to further scheming for a Presidential run; another suitable failure for him to chalk up on his CV.

    Talking of which, I cannot let this thread die without a cheer for Roger Franklin’s Quadrant assessment of the key participants in this Greek tragedy, written even before its final unfolding in the defeat of an heroic Dutton. The English language has rarely done better. Some samples from the link upthread:

    Malcolm Turnbull: has ‘an unblemished record of failure’, is a ‘vainglorious wretch’, a ‘narcisistic wrecker in a well cut suit’, a ‘human wart, excised from the face of the Party’.

    Julie Bishop: ‘Malcolm Turnbull in a size 4 frock’

    Scott Morrison: ‘Malcolm Turnbull with less polish’ (and craftier, well spotted there beforehand)

    and finally: ‘the self-pleasuring Solons of the media class’.

    Bravo!

  65. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ben Roberts-Smith.

    Ben Roberts – Smith, as G.G., swearing in Andrew Hastie as Prime Minister? That would give our resident Fascist hyena palpitations.

  66. egg_

    Actually appointing Lord Waffleworth at GG would be a fantastic idea. Imagine him and Lucy sitting at morning tea with the Bumpkin CWA for a couple of hours then moving on to the Upper Bumpkin Ladies Auxilliary for another couple of hours. Rinse and repeat for 3 years. Fantastic.

    Exquisite.
    The enthralling conversations on sheep crutching and pumpkin scone recipes.

  67. cohenite

    Seriously, turdball with Reserve Powers. It would be like Portnoy with an infinite supply of Vaseline.

  68. candy

    He made sure it couldn’t until he knew he had the numbers to get his anointed replacement in, then just for vindictiveness, demanded the signatures of the legendary 43, and that the signatures be verified before he’d deign even to walk into the party room.

    M. Turnbull used the words “insurgents” and “accountable” and was going to name names of the 43 to get the public to think of conservatives as basically Nazis, overrunning his wonderful government. The media have reported his speech as beautiful. He said he had a progressive liberal government and that is the truest thing he ever said.

    On reflection, I think he deliberately besmirched the reputations of 40 odd people in the LNP and the media are reporting them as traitors. Nearly half voted for Dutton but that number seems not relevant to Mr Turnbull. Nearly half of LNP did not want him.

  69. Nick

    It’s interesting to compare the media’s treatment of Margie Abbott with that of Chairman Lucy. I think Mrs. Dutton dodged a bullet.

  70. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Aaargh, done it again, j3wels. It’s landed my comment in moderation. Old Ozzie will understand – I am following his lead and pressing resubmit again in sheer exasperation.
    ————-

    Janet A’s spray was superb and worth the many times it now stands, due to Old Ozzie’s querelous re-pressing of the submit button, out of moderation and a fittingly repetitive tribute to this thread, like diamonds shining in amongst the lesser j3wels. I must say, the thread with Cats in top form has been a joy to read here in far off climes, where the press-the-glass engraved ‘button’ indicators (huh?) that work the glass stove in this Airbnb apartment is Nordic in its mode: largely incomprehensible and with a note from the owner that says if it makes a ‘ring noisce’ to ‘turn off the safety on again’. I have no idea what any of this means, but it sounds dangerous, so take-away again tonight suits us fine before we drive back to Bergen and fly to Brussells.

    Calli’s suggestion upthread to lock up one’s felines against a stormingly retributive Malcolm in the Point Piper vicinity (hey, that’s us! and he has form with felines) makes me glad Attapuss is lodged elsewhere for the duration of our absence and hopefully Malcolm’s wrath by the time of our return will be turned to further scheming for a Presidential run; another suitable failure for him to chalk up on his CV.

    Talking of which, I cannot let this thread die without a cheer for Roger Franklin’s Quadrant assessment of the key participants in this Greek tragedy, written even before its final unfolding in the defeat of an heroic Dutton. The English language has rarely done better. Some samples from the link upthread:

    Malcolm Turnbull: has ‘an unblemished record of failure’, is a ‘vainglorious wretch’, a ‘narcisistic wrecker in a well cut suit’, a ‘human wart, excised from the face of the Party’.

    Julie Bishop: ‘Malcolm Turnbull in a size 4 frock’

    Scott Morrison: ‘Malcolm Turnbull with less polish’ (and craftier, well spotted there beforehand)

    and finally: ‘the self-pleasuring Solons of the media class’.

    Bravo!

  71. egg_

    The only thing Liberals still agree on: they don’t want a woman running the country.

    How many wymminses seats would Trumble have cost in a 30-seat routing?

    How many wymminses seats would Gillard have cost in an electoral routing?

  72. Farmer Gez

    Nice photos in the press of ScoMo with his wife and kids.
    Away from the politics of it, they must be very proud of him.
    I hope he gets to spend enough time with his girls.

  73. mh

    It’s not like the Liberal Party wasn’t warned about Trumble.

    The Andrew Bolt bloggers circa 2005 to 2010 got everything right about Turnbull’s character, values and the damage he would cause to the Liberal Party. Now the base is decimated, their funds have dried up, nobody volunteers for them, etc.

    BUT, there is still hope for the Liberal Party. The first step would be getting Peter Dutton straight into the role again with home affairs/immigration. We shall see what happens this week. Morrison needs to put the homo upstarts like Wilson and Zimmerman back in their boxes, also. I think we have to give the new team a some time before wishing that they burn to the ground.

  74. egg_

    Julie Bishop: ‘Malcolm Turnbull in a size 4 frock’

    A size 4 soft frock.

  75. H B Bear

    Seriously, turdball with Reserve Powers. It would be like Portnoy with an infinite supply of Vaseline.

    You’re right. Maybe he would try and dissolve Parliament as I suggested and rule from Yarralumla. The airforce would have to blast him out. Might be a good opportunity to give the new strike fighters a run.

  76. Herodotus

    It will become obvious fairly soon whether the new management will act on energy and immigration in a fashion likely to win back the absent voters and supporters. They need to hit the ground running.

  77. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The conjunction which reflected Howard’s comments was “and”.

    It is indeed. Cats are very good at picking up these subtle cues used by journos to deceive.

  78. egg_

    AS they mop up from a week of political chaos, some of Tony Abbott’s colleagues are urging the “wrecker” to quit.

    All of the Z-grade incompetents, no doubt.

  79. miltonf

    It’s not like the Liberal Party wasn’t warned about Trumble.

    As I’ve said b4, his tantrum and dissing of John Howard after the republic referendum should have ruled him out for even pre selection.

  80. JC

    Thanks for the heads up, Herod. If it weren’t for you no one would have been even close to guessing.

  81. egg_

    The enthralling conversations on sheep crutching and pumpkin scone recipes.

    With the Pitt St farmer’s earnest and sage advice.

  82. jupes

    Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general.

    Pick me!

    I would play it in the Sir John Kerr mould. Pissed as a newt for the big sporting occasions and willing to sack useless prime ministers.

    Plus I’d like to meet the Queen.

  83. calli

    Nice photos in the press of ScoMo with his wife and kids.

    Yes, the little girls were well behaved. In our reward-for-compliance world, they will go far.

    The little boy blowing raspberries at the press will go further I suspect. 😀

  84. JMH

    Herodotus: It will become obvious fairly soon whether the new management will act on energy and immigration in a fashion likely to win back the absent voters and supporters. They need to hit the ground running.

    I agree. I’m trying to be fair by keeping my powder dry until I see the makeup of the Ministry and appointment of close staff. If it emanates as Turncoat-lite – then that’s another story. Parkinson in there? Over red rover.

  85. jupes

    It was gold to find out that Stick Hillary only received the vote of one WA LNP member – herself.

    This after being told how popular she is. LOL

  86. Infidel Tiger

    Wallabies suck dick.

    So does Catllaxy’s comprehension of what the GG role is.

    For shame.

  87. Farmer Gez

    ScoMo and Frydenberg should walk into the new sitting with hands full of coal.
    “My first order of business as Prime Minister is to guarantee affordable power supply for all Australians with this stuff”.
    We can only dream.

  88. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I would play it in the Sir John Kerr mould. Pissed as a newt for the big sporting occasions and willing to sack useless prime ministers.

    How do you look, in a top hat?

  89. Boambee John

    Des D

    And the UN bureaucracy is full of dolts, so in that sense she would fit in.

    Who was that Liars MHR from the ACT who “retired” from politics, took a job with the UN for a few years, then returned to a comfortable sinecure as a perfesser at one of the lesser universities?

  90. Baldrick

    Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general.

    If Susan Carland doesn’t get the gig the system is rigged.
    Think; Muslim, female, academic, feminist, married to Waleed Aly, author and gender studies teacher.

  91. Elle

    Calli, if you were a cuz, I would say ‘hey, sista’. 🤙😉

    I could channel my “native tongue”, but (unlike Arky) I lost the dreadful accent a long time ago. 🐑

    To your comment; the traditional meaning of sticking the tongue out and the bulging eyes is to say to the enemy “my mouth waters and I lick my lips for soon I will taste your flesh”. Needeless to say, Hannibal Lecter is a fan of the Haka. 

  92. min

    John Jarrett has been accused in a me too allegation from 40 years ago . A certain politician had a similar allegation made against him that occurred in the 80s from memory. Police , before the me too happened, said not enough evidence,although they did not try and interview fellow attendees at the Young Labor camp. These days maybe harder to sweep it under the carpet. It does help though if head of DPP is a buddy from way back.w

  93. Tom

    By the way, wasn’t there a pool thread a couple of years ago as to the date of Turnbull’s departure as PM? The reason I ask is I’m pretty sure I called it for August 2018 (albeit I assumed he’d just lead them to an electoral hammering at the earliest practical opportunity).

    You idiot, Marcus. You won Malotto — Down Under’s Nobel Prize. I believe the adjudicator, Dr Philippa Martyr, is holding a pair of arseless chaps for you for collection. Go get your trophy!

  94. H B Bear

    So does Catllaxy’s comprehension of what the GG role is.

    Are you saying it couldn’t happen? Lord Waffles has just defied a series of Lieboral Party conventions around party room conventions. I’d say it is a highly probably scenario.

  95. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If Susan Carland doesn’t get the gig the system is rigged.

    Yassmin Axle – Magpie?

  96. H B Bear

    … Dr Philippa Martyr, is holding a pair of arseless chaps for you for collection.

    You sure the prize isn’t a NEG coffee mug?

  97. Infidel Tiger

    Dot actually suggested Julie Bishop would be a great GG

    Xunt is fucked.

  98. Rae

    He made sure it couldn’t until he knew he had the numbers to get his anointed replacement in, then just for vindictiveness, demanded the signatures of the legendary 43, and that the signatures be verified before he’d deign even to walk into the party room.

    As I said yesterday to wide acclaim. I also said he cast doubt in the minds of then Dutton supporters by obtaining and releasing the qualified opinion from the Solicitor-General.

    Gave them a Master Class in poker playing.

  99. calli

    The Wallabies’ miserable showing will not break me, Elle. I am indomitable in my expectation – one day they will win at Eden Park.

  100. H B Bear

    I’m sure VicPol, Australia’s most politicised police force, made a full and thorough investigation into the Peanut Head matter before they went for morning tea that day.

  101. jupes

    Dot actually suggested Julie Bishop would be a great GG

    Look, Dot is a complete idiot, however I’m pretty sure he’s just trolling here.

    That is stupider than his only 200 Muslim terrorists in the whole world comment.

  102. Elle

    Calli, good on you! Passion and tenacity – I admire. Pity our reps in parliament don’t own such qualities.

  103. Fleeced

    Dot actually suggested Julie Bishop would be a great GG

    I’m prepared to believe he was being sarcastic. I used to have a good sarcasm detector, but these days, the sarcasm universe has collided with reality far too often that I can no longer tell.

    I’d consider offering her the role as an inducement to get her out of parliament, but I don’t think it will be necessary. I don’t think she actually has any power. At all. I used to think she must, to stay in the role for so long, but nope.

    I’d almost feel sorry for her. Almost.

  104. Steve trickler

    Remember the film, K-19: The Widowmaker.

    They actually put that sub back into service after ditching the reactor. Unbelievable!



    It gobbled up more lives.

  105. Infidel Tiger

    The wallabies are the sporting equivalent of the Libs.

  106. None

    Turnbull lightning to go this week.
    Consider a bit roll Turnbull over the ETS. Dutton try to roll Turnbull on the NEG.

    Turnbull rolled Abbott because.
    Opportunist Morrison and Frydenberg rolled Turnbull and stop done because.

    That’s right Morrison Frydenberg nothing burgers.

    To give Libs a chance they have to win back the base and nothing short of getting out of Paris and killing the NEG forever will even begin to do that as well as ruthlessly slashing immigration numbers. Now Frydenberg has spent 2 years selling an NEG and Morrison has spent 2 years pushing big immigration numbers to prop up the budget so there’s Buckleys of either that unless of course Morrison now just throws Frydenberg under the bus. Either way they’re just writing labor’s election campaign for them.

    Turnbull is apparently leaving next week hooray hooray and fuk Howard for ever talking him into staying the last time.

    In the meantime this government remains illegitimate and the Punters will be pissed that they didn’t get a chance to deliver there heard it first and the best outcome will be Liberals reduced to a kombi van and Abbott the leader of the opposition. Make your Senate vote count, people, we’re going to need it.

  107. None

    Consider Abbott rolled Turnbull over the ETS.
    Dutton tried to roll Turnbull on the NEG.

    Turnbull rolled Abbott because.
    Opportunist Morrison and Frydenberg rolled Turnbull and stop done because.

    That’s right Morrison Frydenberg = nothing burgers.

  108. Tel

    Look, Dot is a complete idiot, however I’m pretty sure he’s just trolling here.

    Bishop with her hands on the foreign aid purse strings is more dangerous than Bishop cutting some ribbons and drinking cups of tea at ceremonial functions. Remember: everything is relative.

  109. None

    Bishop won’t stand in the next election – that’s been on the cards for a while. I will be amazed if she even lasts till the next election. These people don’t have any sense of loyalty to the party or to the electorate. When they have a hissy fit they go and bugger the consequences. Morisson might keep her as foreign minister because that can at least keep her out of the country.

  110. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2801464, posted on August 25, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Wallabies suck dick.

    Not surprising.
    Pocock loves that sort of stuff.

  111. areff

    I’d give Aboriginal Affairs to Bishop. Would love to see her dealing with angry blacktivists, waving away flies and stepping over the rubbish of remote communities.

    Yes, Aboriginal Affairrs would do nicely.

  112. cohenite

    Make your Senate vote count, people, we’re going to need it.

    Yep, the reps are rooted.

  113. Frank

    Think; Muslim, female, academic, feminist, married to Waleed Aly, author and gender studies teacher.

    Still puts the teeth on edge whenever the words “academic” and “gender studies” appear in the same sentence.

  114. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’d give Aboriginal Affairs to Bishop. Would love to see her dealing with angry blacktivists, waving away flies and stepping over the rubbish of remote communities.

    Being spat on, and called a “white ####” should be an enlightening experience.

  115. mh

    Dylan Napa again. If the NRL had acted against him last time, that sickening incident would not have happened.

  116. H B Bear

    Turnbull is apparently leaving next week hooray hooray and fuk Howard for ever talking him into staying the last time.

    And Artie Sinodinos so it would appear. Another great bit of work by Artie.

  117. Snoopy

    A candidate in the European elections has been arrested after making a speech quoting from a book by Winston Churchill about Islam.

    Paul Weston, chairman of the far right Liberty GB party, was making the speech on the steps of Winchester Guildhall, Hampshire, on Saturday, when a member of the public complained to police and he was arrested.

    He had been reading from Churchill’s book The River War, written in 1899 while he was a British army officer in Sudan.

  118. mh

    Winston Churchill was literally Hitler.

  119. Marcus

    You idiot, Marcus. You won Malotto — Down Under’s Nobel Prize. I believe the adjudicator, Dr Philippa Martyr, is holding a pair of arseless chaps for you for collection. Go get your trophy!

    That’s the prize? I think I’ll donate it to Sydney University. The thrill of victory is enough for me.

  120. jupes

    A candidate in the European elections has been arrested after making a speech quoting from a book by Winston Churchill about Islam.

    That was four years ago Snoopy.

    Lately Paul Weston has spoken out succinctly about the incarceration of Tommy Robinson. There’s a few videos on youtube if you care to look them up.

    He’s a champion.

  121. Marcus

    The wallabies are the sporting equivalent of the Libs.

    Grossly unfair, IT. At least the Wallabies try to win.

    I’d say the sporting equivalent of the Turnbull Libs is Bernard Tomic. They don’t just lose, they’re flat-out tankers.

  122. Marcus

    And Artie Sinodinos so it would appear. Another great bit of work by Artie.

    It was Sinodinos who talked Howard into promoting Christopher Pyne to the front bench, otherwise Pyne was going to leave Parliament. There haven’t been too many more destructive influences on the Liberal Party than Artie.

  123. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2801484, posted on August 25, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    The wallabies are the sporting equivalent of the Libs.

    In both cases the leadership has an unhealthy obsession with pooves.

  124. H B Bear

    Pynes entire existence is mystery let alone his position in Cabinet. Must go close to the most punchable face in Parliament.

  125. Robber Baron

    How Pyne’s boyfriend in Canberra has not been outed is a mystery to me.

  126. Marcus

    Pynes entire existence is mystery let alone his position in Cabinet. Must go close to the most punchable face in Parliament.

    Biggest klutz in the history of the Liberal Party.

    A lot of people in the West are saying that Ross Lyon should get the sack as coach of the Dockers. If Pyne was their coach, they’d turn up to the match half an hour late, to the wrong stadium, without any forwards.

  127. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Must go close to the most punchable face in Parliament.

    He and Bill Shorten would share that dubious honour, surely?

  128. Steve trickler

    Sagan wasn’t around for the final launch. ( :

    A few attributions gone astray with the depictions of art. None the less….good stuff.



  129. Caveman

    Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general

    Andrew Peacock. He was pretty funky…if hes not available then Al Grasby.

  130. Savva believes Julie Bishop is going to be appointed GG.

    A standout candidate would be Turnbull and he would probably accept.

  131. Fleeced

    Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general

    I’d put Warren Mundine in there. He’s a mixed bag, and I’d prob regret it, but it would stop ALP virtue signalling on the matter by putting someone like that crazy Kneebone lady in there.

    Basically, you need to stop the Left virtue signalling by ticking all the boxes before they get the chance.

  132. Death Giraffe

    The Model A body build so far.
    Sound track by six years old:


  133. Fleeced

    Heh… I just had a funny thought. Re-reading my above comment, it obviously wouldn’t literally stop ALP appointing someone like Kneebone as GG – but they wouldn’t bother, because the primary satisfaction of virtue signalling comes in being first to do it.

    It suddenly dawned on me that virtue signallers are like those annoying first-posters who post “First” in comment threads. This thought amused me enough that I thought I’d share it.

  134. calli

    Forget Jezebel.

    She’s Susannah (Lily) now.

  135. Gab

    That’s a great promo video for the series, Arky! I like the wheel and the next video superimposed at the end too.

  136. Makka

    I’m surprised by some cats. It’s all a con job. The Uniparty is firmly under control with Scomo and Friedberger running the Libs. Ffs forget about the cabinet posts. That is no indication as to what direction they want to go which will be dictated by globalists who have the Uniparty by the stones. One 4 issues matter;

    1. Immigration numbers.
    2. Taxation
    3. Energy costs and costs of living in general.
    4.Dumping the RET and leaving the Paris accord.

    It’s safe to say, NONE of these will be addressed other than with smoke and mirrors , platitudes and new lipstick.

    Scomo and Berger won’t get the base back so they are toast at the next GE. Our only hope.

  137. Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general

    Steve Waugh.

  138. Infidel Tiger

    Steve Waugh.

    Alan Border.

  139. Robber Baron

    James Packer would make a great GG. It will stop him from pissing up his inheritance. Plus he will be forced to stop donating to the Liberal party.

  140. Bruce of Newcastle

    Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general

    Abbott.
    The whole Left would go utterly frothingly nuts.
    It’d be marvellous.

  141. Infidel Tiger

    I’d give Aboriginal Affairs to Bishop. Would love to see her dealing with angry blacktivists, waving away flies and stepping over the rubbish of remote communities.

    Yes, Aboriginal Affairrs would do nicely.

    Aged Care. Imagine Skeletor traipsing around nursing homes rather than fashion shows. They’d all be trying to feed her and asking her why she was so sick.

  142. Leigh Lowe

    Steve Waugh.

    Alan Border.

    Davey Warner.

  143. Snoopy

    1. Immigration numbers.

    Morrison must recalibrate immigration to ensure foreign-born residents comprise no more than 13% of the population within a reasonable timeframe, say 10-15 years. It’s easily achievable.

  144. JC

    I picked up the financial times, something I haven’t done for awhile. It’s bigger, worthless leftwing rag than Fairfax on it’s worst day.

  145. Crossie

    The exodus of migrants from Venezuela is building toward a “crisis moment” comparable to events involving refugees in the Mediterranean, the United Nations migration agency says.

    As someone already noticed-socialism is a guaranteed predictor of a failed state. The hard part will be preventing it happening here.

    Sadly enough, the more refugees arrive from such failed states the more likely it is that we will end up the same. The infection should be contained in their own country.

    When I was a child we were encouraged to give to charity for distressed people overseas but now we are supposed to bring them all here. When did we become responsible for everyone in the world yet they are not even responsible for their own action?

  146. JC

    17% would be quite achievable ‘snoopy’. How’s the envy thing working for you ? It’s cancer causing, you know.

  147. jupes

    It’s easily achievable.

    Not in the six months maximum that the fuckwit has to implement any policies he might have.

  148. Entropy

    Shane warne
    Yarralumla would never be the same

  149. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    ‘I have the right to defend my property by force. And I will’: EXCLUSIVE – White farmer who is set to become the first to have his £10m game reserve seized says South Africa’s land grab policy is THEFT

  150. JC

    They’d all be trying to feed her and asking her why she was so sick.

    Or confuse her as a resident.

    I want to know who gave her 11 votes. That’s the sickest thing I’ve read about the whole thing.

  151. 132andBush

    Pynes entire existence is mystery let alone his position in Cabinet. Must go close to the most punchable face in Parliament.

    He’s got kids!
    THAT’S a mystery.

  152. Infidel Tiger

    World is so fucked up right now.

    Lance Armstrong just endorsed Beto O’rourke.

    We need a world wide healing project for brokenness

  153. Crossie

    Oh come on
    #2801371, posted on August 25, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general.

    Trumble, of course!

    That may actually have been the deal between ScoMo and Mal.

  154. Not Uh oh

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Costello as GG. Then again I wouldn’t mind seeing him as PM. He could even do both at the same time as far as I’m concerned.

  155. Snoopy

    Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general

    Let’s end the pretense. Xi Jinping.

  156. jupes

    I want to know who gave her 11 votes.

    Seriously. That’s what she got?

    The only news I heard was that none of the other WA MPs voted for her. I bet every one of those eleven votes was from a woman.

  157. JC

    I think I read she received 11 votes.

  158. jupes

    How good is AFL!

    All tied up at the SCG.

  159. 132andBush

    I bet every one of those eleven votes was from a woman.

    They probably thought it was a “brilliant” idea.

  160. Harlequin Decline

    In Londonistan at the moment staying at an apartment in Covent Garden. Not needed a stab vest or hazmat suit yet, no sign of coppers at all.

    We went to see a musical last night and seated next to a guy by himself. We say hello, he says you must be from down under. Yes I say, he tells me he’s Swiss American from Chicago.

    Got a new Prime Minister he says. Yes I say, we’re the Italy of Oceania 6 Prime Ministers in 11 years, and not done yet.

    By way of changing the topic I ask how’s the murder rate in your town?

    Then the show starts.

  161. Bailed Up

    When will the stories come out on how Pyne worked with Getup to get Morrison up? Ie “I’m a Lib voter who won’t cop Dutton” emails to Lib MP’s.
    There is no limit to how low this guy will go. The bottom has been plumbed.

  162. JC

    Snoopy
    #2801547, posted on August 25, 2018 at 9:33 pm
    Name someone who would be a “good” governor-general

    Let’s end the pretense. Xi Jinping.

    The funniest, wittiest c..t in the room.

  163. P

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) #2801541, posted on August 25, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    ‘I have the right to defend my property by force. And I will’: EXCLUSIVE – White farmer who is set to become the first to have his £10m game reserve seized says South Africa’s land grab policy is THEFT

    Beautiful shots of SA in your link Zippy.
    Steenkamp reminds me of Richard Boone in “Have Gun Will Travel” from the 50s/60s.

  164. cohenite

    Video showing 2 perspectives of black man being arrested by US cops: one version is msm version showing cops beating on black guy: other version is complete version showing black guy beating the crap out of cops before he was subdued:

    https://www.facebook.com/randy.platt.988/posts/2275032922725647?__tn__=C-R

  165. Fleeced

    I think I read she received 11 votes.

    Yeah, some journo tweeted it. She waas “horrified” she scored so low.

    The media is so out of touch about Bishop. Completely clueless. They’re still reporting how popular she is with the public.

    Kate McClymont Verified account
    @Kate_McClymont Aug 24
    I was equal part fascinated/horrified spectator who had no idea how it was all going to turn out. But I thought J Bishop would’ve received more than 11 votes.

  166. Steve trickler

    Count your cash.



  167. Myrddin Seren

    Pynes entire existence is mystery let alone his position in Cabinet. Must go close to the most punchable face in Parliament.

    Biggest klutz in the history of the Liberal Party.

    Well, maybe you guys have better insight then me.

    Frankly, if the Special Minister for Pork-barrelling the State of South Australia and Minister for Paying Two-Four Times What Anyone Else Pays for Comparable Kit is not on the greatest discretionary budget ‘joke’ in Federal politics, I will be amazed.

    When it all goes Venezuela here, I expect Mal, Lucy and the kids to fly out in the pointy end of a Qantas jet to New York;
    Bill and Chloe to fly out in the pointy end of an Emirates jet to the Riviera;
    Bob and Helena to fly out up front in an Air NZ jet to Queenstown;
    and Sam Dastyari to fly out economy to Shenzhen on Air China.

    And Christopher Pyne to fly out on a gold-plated biz jet like a boss Bond villain, trailing a banner reading ‘So long, Suckers !’.

  168. min

    From the conversations I have had this week , I am convinced we are living in a country that is making us victims of propaganda. Garbage straight out of MSN repeated as if it is the gospel truth so now I am thinking we need a Venezuela to wake people up.

  169. P

    Further to my comment at 9:40pm. Memories.

  170. JC

    Fleeced

    Abbott tried her out in the treasury job while in opposition and it was embarrassing just how bad she was. One sign Morrison could be serious is if he turfs her, O’Dwyer and Pyne to the bleached showing he’s not following quotas for the female side. Those three gals are freaking hopeless…. and that fat slob in defense. Forgot her name.

  171. Makka

    I am convinced we are living in a country that is making us victims of propaganda.

    Yes min, Australians are in thrall of their media. As is the political class. This dynamic is essential for the Uniparty to continue and succeed. It’s only when a change agent like Trump come along that people are actually woken up to the scam going on.

    There was a good show on tellie at one time “Hustle”. We are the mark.

  172. Fleeced

    He won’t throw out the useless women – the Libs are low on them, and they want the quota. It’s stupid, but ALP beating them over the head with it actually worked. He just needs to put them somewhere harmless.

    As for Pyne… he’s a conniving numbers man. He had a lot to do with ScoMo’s success. He doesn’t want to be PM, for various reasons, but he enjoys being a (the?) power behind the throne.

    If you doubt how powerful Pyne is, consider this: He cost more than the NBN.

    No joke. Those subs were to save his seat.

  173. Bring on the Tigers next week. Hawkers smell blood.

  174. Makka

    The Broncos have destroyed #1 and 2 in the NRL the last 2 weeks. The Broncs are on a fkn rollllll.

  175. JC

    Sure, pyne is helpful with the numbers and she’s more expensive than the NBN. Pyne can fulfill part of the quota.

  176. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    There was a good show on tellie at one time “Hustle”. We are the mark.

    I’d forgotten that show, Makka, thank you.

  177. Mark A

    Makka, the problem with the libs losing so many seats is, that they are going to be the wrong seats.
    The numbers men always make sure, that their selections have the safest seats.

  178. H B Bear

    Reckon Gillon McPolo-Pony is going to get a Christmas card from the Geelong FC? Second win by over 100 points in consecutive weeks leading in to finals. There are sub-Continental bookmakers who would like to be able to do that.

  179. Bailed Up

    The Wallabies can win the WC next year if #1 Kurtley is allowed to control play from fly half and #2, sit Quade Cooper down and make him watch all 100 plus videos of David Campese’s test matches and is then picked on the wing.
    And #3, get the strength/aerobic balance right.
    AFL will always be a pale imitation of Rugby.

  180. Makka

    Mark, the Liberal Party have to be brought kicking and screaming to the realisation that until the base is placated there will be no reconciliation. That means the wet homo left have to be purged. If they don’t, the base will continue it’s drift to PHON, AC etc. The numbers men will be brought undone by their failure to deliver Govt and by conservatives being raped and pillaged by Shorten.

  181. Aaron

    Abbott tried her out in the treasury job while in opposition and it was embarrassing just how bad she was.

    Lets not blame Abbott for everything. It was Turnbull who allowed Bishop to choose the opposition Treasury portfolio and even he had no choice but to demote her to Foreign Affairs after six months or so.

  182. is anybody running a book on how long ScoMo will last?
    Carpe, where are you when we need you?

  183. jupes

    AFL will always be a pale imitation of Rugby.

    LOL

  184. Bailed Up

    Makka , I called it a month ago (elsewhere), the Broncos will win this yeat.

  185. Mark A

    Makka
    #2801580, posted on August 25, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Mark, the Liberal Party have to be brought kicking and screaming to the realisation that until the base is placated there will be no reconciliation.

    Provided there is going to be a base left.

    Goodwill lost is hard to regain.

  186. Makka

    Goodwill lost is hard to regain.

    Well, they blew a big opportunity yesterday. If Dutton had won, Abbott would be in cabinet and we would know that the slide left had been stopped. Instean they vote in B1 and B2.

  187. JC

    If true the deep state is even deeper than we thought. FMD

    Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock, worked for the FBI, according to credit application data the Australian national reported as part of a loan application.

    That’s the same Danley whose fingerprints were found on Paddock’s horde of ammunition packed into unused rifle magazines.

    Publicly available intelligence obtained from consumer credit reporting bureaus show Danley claimed the “Federal Bureau of Investigation” as her place of employment.

    Interesting revelation.

    True pundit

  188. Snoopy

    If Morrison’s changes in policy direction don’t satisfy the Lib’s HOR conservatives, six or more of them (the bulk of the Queensland LNP for instance) moving to the cross bench would give them effective veto power in the lower house. The only way Morrison could give them a swerve would be to do deals with Shorten.

  189. Habib

    Megalogenetics used to play hide the pepperoni with the Pleasurechook? The bastard’s even more depraved and degenerate than even I could envision. That’s one seriously sick fuck. No wonder he’s a senior journalist and economist. He’s well qualified.

    When did this country start being populated with ideologically addled, morally and intellectually bankrupt, smug, sanctimonious, gonadally ambiguous, supercilious, superficial, authoritarian compulsive onanists?

    It’s more rooted than a bonsai lillipilli.

  190. If Morrison’s changes in policy direction don’t satisfy the Lib’s HOR conservatives . . .

    Of which changes in policy direction do you speak? A few scraps of assistance to drought-stricken farmers, and our power bills don’t go up by quite so much next year?

    Hallelujah brothers, we are saved.

  191. min

    Hope of the side is in the likes of Hastie, Taylor, Kelly, Molan and Patterson. Ley talking sense about water usage, however I am not impressed with other women such as O’Dwyer, and one I met from Melbourne with a Greek background but she won a Labor seat in a close result and will lose this time.
    Marissa Payne was only there because she and Malcolm went back to Republican movement.
    Dutton has a lot of intestinal fortitude so hope his electorate save him from Getup.
    But some of these are under 5% so could lose or not get pre election.

  192. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    For the edification and enlightenment, of all on the Cat, I offer the following ditty.. Cats of a sensitive, delicate and retiring nature need not read on..

    “Life presents a dismal picture
    Dark and dismal as the tomb
    Father’s got a strictured urethra
    Mother’s got a prolapsed womb

    Uncle James has just been hanged
    For a truly bestial crime
    Nell, our maid, has just aborted
    For the thirty second time.

    Jane, the under housemaid, vomits
    Every morning just at eight
    To the horror of the butler
    Who’s the reason for her plight.

    Mabel’s husbands now in prison
    For a childish prank of mine
    Stealing things that weren’t his’n
    Lady’s knickers off the line.

    Dad’s a man who likes the bestial
    Incest is my mother’s joy
    So, now the whole four sleep together
    Mother, father, horse and son.”

  193. six or more of them (the bulk of the Queensland LNP for instance) moving to the cross bench would give them effective veto power in the lower house.

    I love a good joke late at night.

  194. Infidel Tiger

    After the next election the federal Liberal Party is going to consist of of 12 people, and Scott Morrison asking them to come to a church service to hear his Pastor Chad give a spoken word prosperity seminar about coffee franchising.

  195. Hope of the side is in the likes of Hastie, Taylor, Kelly, Molan and Patterson.

    Wow!! Two jokes in less than ten minutes. It’s lively on the Cat tonight.

  196. Steve trickler

    Marvel spent millions on the Hollywood cinema circuit, yet this hidden gem of a TV series flickers in the background.



  197. After the next election the federal Liberal Party is going to consist of of 12 people

    Good news for Julie Bishop.

  198. Frank

    Pynes entire existence is mystery let alone his position in Cabinet. Must go close to the most punchable face in Parliament.

    He’s got kids!
    THAT’S a mystery.

    His wife would be getting tired of sleeping on her stomach by now though.

  199. egg_

    After the next election the federal Liberal Party is going to consist of of 12 people, and Scott Morrison asking them to come to a church service to hear his Pastor Chad give a spoken word prosperity seminar about coffee franchising.

    +1

    Trumble’s tards deserve decimation.

  200. Snoopy

    RTV6 Indianapolis
    Verified account
    @rtv6
    Lilly Diabetes has pulled its sponsorship of Conor Daly’s No. 6 car in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America, citing a racially insensitive remark made by the driver’s father in the 1980s that surfaced this week.

  201. Snoopy

    Jim Treacher
    ‏@jtLOL
    Retweeted RTV6 Indianapolis
    Well, he should’ve thought of that before his dad said something that offended people

    before he was born.

  202. Trumble’s tards deserve decimation.

    Don’t worry, short of a miracle, it will happen, despite the fact that 90% of Cats will still vote Liberal.

  203. zyconoclast

    Tens of thousands of homes lose power in Sydney’s inner west

    An unplanned outage of the main transmission inter-connector between Dumaresq in NSW and Bulli Creek in QLD caused widespread system issues across eastern Australia, according to Ausgrid.

  204. zyconoclast

    Mark A
    #2801608, posted on August 25, 2018 at 11:27 pm
    JC?

    JC
    #2801609, posted on August 25, 2018 at 11:30 pm
    Mark A?

    Someone turn on the lights.

  205. zyconoclast

    From 2013

    Michigan teacher certification Basic Skills Test sample questions

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    Section 1. Click on what you think is the correct answer for each of the following.

    1. Which of the following is largest?
    1/4
    3/5
    1/2
    9/20

    2. A town planning committee must decide how to use a 115-acre piece of land. The committee sets aside 20 acres of the land for watershed protection and an additional 37.4 acres for recreation. How much of the land is set aside for watershed protection and recreation?
    43.15 acres
    54.6 acres
    57.4 acres
    60.4 acres

    3. Use the graph below to answer the question that follows.

    Which of the following is true at time T ?
    Both racer A and racer B are running.
    Racer A is running and racer B is resting.
    Racer B is running and racer A is resting.
    Both racer A and racer B are resting.

    4. The sum of the three angles of a triangle is 180 degrees. The second angle is 20 degrees larger than the first angle. The third angle is twice the measure of the first angle. If n represents the number of degrees in the smallest angle, which equation correctly represents the relationship among the three angles?
    n+(n–20) + 2n = 180
    n+(n+20) + 2n = 180
    n+(n–20) + 2(n – 20) = 180
    n+(n+20) + 2(n + 20) = 180
    5. Bess, Tara, Gerard, and Clifton all work for the same company. One is a writer, one a researcher, one an artist, and one an engineer. Use the statements below to answer the question that follows.
    Bess and Gerard eat lunch with the engineer.
    Clifton and Tara carpool with the researcher.
    Gerard works in the same building as the writer and researcher.
    Who is the researcher?

    Tara
    Bess
    Clifton
    Gerard

    Section 2. Read the passage below. Then answer the six questions that follow.

    The road to civil rights

    1 The period immediately following the Civil War was a time of great hope for African Americans. It was also a time of momentous constitutional change, as the nation sought to extend those liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights to all Americans, Black and White. The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery, the Fourteenth Amendment guaranteed all citizens equal protection of the laws, and the Fifteenth Amendment declared that no one could be denied the right to vote “on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” In subsequent decades, however, it became all too apparent, at least to African Americans and an unfortunately small number of concerned White Americans, that the prom- ises contained in these amendments were not being honored. By century’s end, racial segregation was still an inescapable fact of American social life, in the North as well as the South. At the same time, most southern states had adopted devices such as the poll tax, literacy test, and White primary to strip African Americans of their right to vote.

    2 The struggle to close the gap between constitutional promise and social reality would pass through two important stages. In the first stage, organizations such as the NAACP worked through the courts to restore the meaning of the Reconstruction-era amendments. These efforts culminated in the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which outlawed segregation in public schools. The decision also stated that separate facilities were inherently unequal, thus providing a legal basis for subsequent suits to desegregate other kinds of public accommodations.

    3 As it turned out, the principles enunciated in the Brown decision were more easily stated than enforced. Court orders to desegregate public schools often encountered massive resistance. Seeing this, African Americans and their supporters began to adopt new tactics. As they did, the struggle for African American rights entered its second stage, a stage that would be characterized by direct action rather than legal challenges and would be played out in the streets rather than the courts. In turning to civil disobedience, lead- ers such as Martin Luther King, Jr., made it possible for all victims of racial injustice to take action in a way that was direct and forceful, but also peaceable. And through the power of their moral example, they soon won widespread support for their cause. In response to these developments, Congress took steps to restore the full meaning of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments by passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    4 The enactment of these measures by no means marked the end of the civil rights movement. There was still much to be done. Yet the passage of these acts nevertheless had far-reaching significance. The acts not only helped correct social inequities that had persisted far too long, they also showed that the Constitution means something, however long it may sometimes take to give substance to that meaning. This is no small matter in a nation of laws.

    Click on what you think is the correct answer below.

    7. Which of the following best defines the word culminated as it is used in paragraph 2 of the selection?
    initiated a lengthy process
    completed the initial phase of a project
    began a period of decline
    reached the highest point of achievement

    8. Which of the following statements from the selection best expresses the main idea of the first paragraph?
    The period immediately following the Civil War was a time of great hope for African Americans.
    The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery, the Fourteenth Amendment guaranteed all citizens equal protection of the laws, and the Fifteenth Amendment declared that no one could be denied the right to vote “on account of race, color, or pre- vious condition of servitude.”
    In subsequent decades, it became all too apparent, at least to African Americans and an unfortunately small number of concerned White Americans, that the promises contained in the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments were not being honored.
    Most southern states had adopted devices such as the poll tax, literacy test, and White primary to strip African Americans of their right to vote.

    9. The content of paragraph 3 indicates the writer’s belief that
    The first stage of the civil rights movement was a failure.
    Supreme Court decisions have less influence on U.S. society than Congressional actions.
    social movements are able to influence the political process.
    the costs of civil disobedience sometimes outweigh its benefits.

    10. According to the selection, many communities refused to enforce the Brown decision. African Americans and their supporters tried to overcome this problem by:
    Demanding that Congress pass additional civil rights legislation.
    engaging in nonviolent direct action.
    selecting new leaders for the civil rights movement.
    requesting the assistance of the Supreme Court.

    11. Which of the following assumptions most influenced the views expressed by the writer in this selection?
    Nations that profess a belief in the rule of law should ensure that all laws are observed.
    Social injustice can be eliminated most effectively through amendments to the Constitution.
    As a rule, people must be forcibly compelled to respect the rights of others.
    Without forceful leaders, social movements are unlikely to gain broad support.

    12. Which of the following statements best summarizes the information presented in the selection?
    After the Civil War, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments were adopted to protect and extend the rights of African Americans. By century’s end, however, racial segregation was still an inescapable fact of American social life. It would remain so until the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which called for the full desegregation of all kinds of public accommodations.
    During the past century, there have been significant changes in the leadership of the civil rights movement. Organizations such as the NAACP spearheaded the initial phase of the struggle for African American rights. As legal action gave way to direct action, however, leadership came primarily from individuals like Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Adopted immediately after the Civil War, the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery, the Fourteenth Amendment guaranteed African Americans equal protection of the laws, and the Fifteenth Amendment gave African Americans the right to vote. African Americans and their supporters have long struggled to give meaning to these amendments.
    Efforts by African Americans and their supporters to close the gap between the constitutional promises of the Reconstruction-era amendments and the realities of American social life passed through two important stages. The first stage, which focused on legal action, culminated in the Brown decision of 1954. This stage was followed by a direct action phase that resulted in the passage of the civil rights acts of the sixties.

  206. Oh come on

    A light bulb in the bathroom just blew. It was a halogen job. I changed it earlier this year. Now I’m changing it again.

    Fuck you, Trumble.

  207. Mark A

    JC
    #2801609, posted on August 25, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Sorry, left out the guts of the post but it’s no longer actual.

  208. Oh come on

    A few extra minutes I spent my life replacing a light bulb very prematurely. The extra installation time, the time spent earning the additional resources required to purchase the globe, and so forth.

    Just a few minutes here and there. A few time, times several million every year. In the aggregate it isn’t chump change.

    Fuck you, Trumble. You did this.

  209. Harlequin Decline

    If Morisson has any political nous he would reinstall the stick insect, put Dutton back in immigration and seek to keep Turnbuckle placated for the moment. Seek to forestall any by-elections and minimise distractions. Then stall any major commitments for the time being.

    Having then bought some time, try and get the maximum number of wets, spendthrifts and assorted mutants to fuck off or deselected and call the election when Bitchops and/or Trumble fucks off or when he has to. Head into the election with Tony campaigning as a minister in waiting and aim for Dutton as deputy.

    From their perspective that would probably minimise their forthcoming electoral demise but, then again they are the SFL.

  210. .

    In all seriousness, we should give the Governor General role to Ian Callinan if he feels up to it (he is 81 now, perhaps too old).

    Read his judgments. A great man who believes in the proper execution of the law, and that legislatures and executives in Australia do not have unlimited power – and he recognises the judicial process is not infallible.

  211. .

    After the next election the federal Liberal Party is going to consist of of 12 people, and Scott Morrison asking them to come to a church service to hear his Pastor Chad give a spoken word prosperity seminar about coffee franchising.

    God I love this forum.

  212. None

    We should make Peta Credlin G-G.

  213. mh

    There was a rich man from Point Piper
    He was known as a political sniper
    After reaching the top
    His ways did not stop
    Now he’s been sent home to change diapers

  214. max

    Fryd burger close to Costello but lacks Costello’s inner bastard and won’t take a knife to spending the way he should. It was all smiles in a staged meetup over coffee on Glenferrie Rd this morning but Frydenberg will be unable to live up to the message he wanted to send. It was just a stunt.

  215. zyconoclast

    Fryd burger close to Costello but lacks Costello’s inner bastard and won’t take a knife to spending the way he should. It was all smiles in a staged meetup over coffee on Glenferrie Rd this morning but Frydenberg will be unable to live up to the message he wanted to send. It was just a stunt.

    What sort of homo coffee is that.

    Real men drink espresso.

  216. max

    I first watched the film Calvary four years ago. I remember leaving the theater feeling shocked and not a little disgusted. It was a brutal film, even an ugly film. And yet, four years later, I believe it is exactly the film we need right now.

    A Good Priest is Hard to Find
    Calvary follows a week in the life of Father James (Brendan Gleason), a parish priest in rural Ireland. Father James is an aberration of sorts, a traditional priest in a modern church. He is a late-in-life vocation who pursued the priesthood after his wife’s untimely death. He wears a cassock, hears confessions, dispenses advice, and celebrates Mass, striving to be as faithful as he can—all the while receiving little or no support from his feckless, weak, and worldly bishop.

    The film opens with a bang. Father James in the confessional hearing the confession of an anonymous penitent. The penitent is not there to confess his sins, however, but rather to threaten Father James. He confesses that he was raped by a priest, and now someone must pay for his suffering. He tells Father James that he will be killed in a week, and that he must make his final arrangements before his death. He also makes it clear that he is targeting Father James, not because he is a bad priest, but because he is a good one.

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    The rest of the film follows Father James’ final week, and what a week it is.

    He counsels a boy seeking direction. He comforts the grieving. He offers last rites for the dying. He counsels a brutal murderer in prison. He reaches out to the lost sheep—parishioners who have stopped coming to Mass or who have a reputation for sin. In short, he practices all the spiritual and corporal works of mercy with genuine care and goodness.

    Meanwhile, his drug addicted daughter, Fiona, arrives after a failed attempt at suicide. She feels abandoned by her mother’s death, and resents her father for choosing the priesthood. She is bitter and angry and feels she can never find it in her heart to forgive.

    Yet, for all his suffering, Father James sees little or no fruit from his labors. Everywhere he meets with the brutal ugliness of sin and the terrible reality of evil. Everywhere he is mocked, tempted, humiliated, and spit upon, despite his best efforts to be a genuine Father to his people.

    Father James struggles to face his trials stoically and courageously. But when his parish church is burned to the ground by a hateful arsonist, he is devastated.

    Father James can bear no more. He removes his cassock and dresses like a layman. He heads to the nearest bar to get drunk, but while there, he meets an evil characters who, to torment him, describe the suffering of a child with such horrific detail that Father James snaps. He fires his gun into the bar, but in turn is beaten to a pulp by his tormenter.

    Father James seeks to recuperate at home, but only receives further blows. His weak and simpering assistant priest, who has done little but whine, can’t bear the pressure of persecution and abandons the parish and Father James.

    All Father James can think of is escaping the priesthood as fast as he can. He decides to leave, but at the last minute sees a grieving widow he comforted, and realizes there is more work to do. He returns to the clerical state and returns to his parish to meet his fate.

    Without Sacrifice, There is No Love
    The film culminates on the beach by the sea. Father James throws his gun, which he had kept for self-defense against his murderer, into the sea. He is ready for whatever may come.

    In the final climactic scene, he is faced by his accuser who pours out all his bitterness, pain, and hatred. I will not reveal what happens next, but I will simply say that the ending is powerful, shocking, and indeed, appropriate. Through sacrifice, healing and reconciliation occur in the midst of suffering.

    A Film for Our Times
    News of the horrors perpetrated and covered up by clergy dominate the headlines of late. And I fear this is only the beginning of what will come to light. We must be honest and face facts: Evil has infiltrated the Church, and wicked men have shattered thousands of lives in a quest to sate their demonic lust.

    In such a climate, triumphalist, prideful, shallow, and superficial Catholicism cannot survive. For too long, we’ve lived in an atmosphere of cheap grace. We’ve embraced a Catholicism without the cross. We chatter incessantly about mercy and forgiveness, without ever talking about sacrifice, contrition, atonement, or penance. But such cheap grace, such easy faith, is not reality. It’s an illusion, even a dangerous delusion.

    There can be no healing from this crisis without atonement. Statements, documents, and policies will not save us. On the contrary, we must be prepared, like Father James (and even Christ himself), to face the terrible calvary of humiliation, derision, and rejection. We must be prepared to be spit upon and hated, justly or unjustly, when we seek to do good. We must be prepared to be lambs among wolves. But more importantly, we must be prepared to look evil squarely in the face, in all its horror and ugliness, and overcome it with goodness and love. Such suffering will be real, a small penance for the evil perpetrated in the name of Christ, but we cannot run from the cross.

    Calvary is an ugly film, but a powerful one. Its message is that of love triumphing over evil, of a shepherd who choses to lay down his life for his sheep. Its message is that the good must suffer to atone for the evil; that we should talk more about virtue than about sin; that “forgiveness has been highly underrated.” And perhaps most importantly, its message is that, in the words of Father James, “the limits of His mercy have not been set.”

  217. None

    Haha very good Mh.
    I’m just reading the headlines for the Sunday papers and I see the Daily Telegraph has swung right behind Scott Morrison with a fluff piece telling us that Scott Morrison says he is fresh for the fight of his life. Like the fukwit thinks that this is all about his career and we’re all here for him. The Libs are FITH
    He’s had 2 days now to start getting the message out and all he’s talking about is him.
    Turnbull lite. Nothing’s changed.

  218. None

    Frydenberg will be unable to support any back down from Paris or the NEG given he wrote it and spent 2 years just f****** promoting that shit.

  219. None

    Fun vid Steve
    Good night all.

  220. Steve trickler

    It’ll piss someone off.



  221. Tintarella di Luna

    I see in yesterday’s Oz Kathy ‘Pun ‘Til You Puke’ Lette has written a turgid piece of doggrel complaining that there aren’t enough statues of women about the place, what a pathetic, irrelvant bint she obviously doesn’t get out enough. I guess she’s envious of P.L. Travers’ statue in Ashfield Park.

  222. Tintarella di Luna

    Death Giraffe
    #2801522, posted on August 25, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    loved the highlights and the sound track is one for the ages. Your project is obviously undertaken with love and care, with a few profanities thrown in just for the spice no doubt. Thank you for sharing that here and onwards and upwards or sideways, whatevs.

  223. Tintarella di Luna

    That’s a great promo video for the series, Arky! I like the wheel and the next video superimposed at the end too.

    I loved the old boot on the wooden planks, a nice bit of engineering kitsch there Death Giraffe.

  224. OldOzzie

    Tom

    thought this summed up Australia’s Labor Party as well as US Democrats in

    Week in Pictures

  225. min

    Well if Kathy Lette thought about statues a little more she would realise why mainly men although plenty of statues of Queen Victoria about and I saw a famous woman in a small town in France ,a writer during Louis VI th reign. However hard for a woman to be an explorer , naval hero, soldier back in the olden days having to get about in the clothing of the same era except for Jeanne of course, and then fancy having to manage without tampons.

  226. OldOzzie

    An Interesting Read

    Connecting the Dots behind the Curtain

    Why does Barsoomian … merit any mention?

    BECAUSE….
    She is Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s WIFE!

  227. OldOzzie

    WSJ -When Justice Is Partial
    Mueller is determined to sniff out any wrongdoing he can find—on one side.

    By Kimberley A. Strassel

    U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami took a few moments in his Tuesday statement about Michael Cohen’s plea deal to sing neutrality’s praise: “His day of reckoning serves as a reminder that we are a nation of laws, with one set of rules that applies equally to everyone.”

    Noble words, and they used to mean something. But a disparity of justice is at the heart of our current crisis of faith in institutions. Americans aren’t outraged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation felt obliged to investigate allegations leveled at campaigns, or that a special counsel is looking at Russian electoral interference. They are instead furious that Lady Justice seems to have it in for only one side.

    The country has watched the FBI treat one presidential campaign with kid gloves, the other with informants, warrants and eavesdropping. They’ve seen the Justice Department resist all efforts at accountability, even as it fails to hold its own accountable. And don’t get them started on the one-sided media.

    And they are now witnessing unequal treatment in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. Yes, the former FBI director deserves credit for smoking out the Russian trolls who interfered in 2016. And one can argue he is obliged to pursue any evidence of criminal acts, even those unrelated to Russia. But what cannot be justified is the one-sided nature of his probe.

    Consider Mr. Cohen, the former Trump lawyer who this week pleaded guilty to eight felony charges. Six related to his personal business dealings; the other two involved campaign-finance violations arising from payments to women claiming affairs with Donald Trump. The criminal prosecution of campaign-finance offenses is exceptionally rare (most charges are civil), but let’s take Mr. Khuzami’s word for it when he says Mr. Cohen’s crimes are “particularly significant” because he’s a lawyer who should know better, and also because the payments were for the purpose of “influencing an election” and undermining its “integrity.”

    If there is only “one set of rules,” where is Mr. Mueller’s referral of a case against Hillary for America? Federal law requires campaigns to disclose the recipient and purpose of any payments. The Clinton campaign paid Fusion GPS to compile a dossier against Mr. Trump, a document that became the basis of the Russia narrative Mr. Mueller now investigates. But the campaign funneled the money to law firm Perkins Coie, which in turn paid Fusion. The campaign falsely described the money as payment for “legal services.” The Democratic National Committee did the same. A Perkins Coie spokesperson has claimed that neither the Clinton campaign nor the DNC was aware that Fusion GPS had been hired to conduct the research, and maybe so. But a lot of lawyers here seemed to have been ignoring a clear statute, presumably with the intent of influencing an election.

    Prosecutions under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) are also exceptionally rare, though Mr. Mueller is getting media kudos for hammering the likes of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates for failing to register as lobbyists for foreign entities. The law is the law.

    But under this standard, where are the charges against the principals of Fusion GPS, who Sen. Chuck Grassley has said look to have been lobbying on behalf of powerful Russians against a U.S. sanctions law, with its payment again funneled through a law firm? This was a sideline to its dossier work, but Mr. Mueller usually has no issue with sideline charges.

    Or what about an evenhanded look at dossier author Christopher Steele ? FARA also requires foreigners to register if they act on behalf of a foreign principal. Recently disclosed emails from senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr show the British Mr. Steele pleading the case to the Justice Department on behalf of a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska.

    Of the seven U.S. citizens Mr. Mueller has charged, five have been accused of (among other things) making false statements to federal officials. But there have been no charges against the partisans who made repeated abjectly false claims to the FBI and Justice Department about actions of their political opponents. There have been no charges against those who leaked classified information, including the unprecedented release of an unmasked conversation between former national security adviser Mike Flynn and a Russian ambassador. Nothing.

    Some of these charges might not stand up in court, but that’s beside the point. Plenty of lawyers would poke holes in the campaign-finance charges against Cohen, or the “lying” charges against Mr. Flynn. Special counsels wield immense power; the mere threat of a charge provokes plea deals. It’s the focus that matters.

    Prosecutors can claim all they want that they are applying the law equally, but if they only apply it to half the suspects, justice is not served. Mr. Mueller seems blind to the national need for—the basic expectation of—a thorough look into all parties. That omission is fundamentally undermining any legitimacy in his findings. Lady Justice does not wear a blindfold over only one eye.

  228. Empire 5:5

    OldOzzie
    #2801644, posted on August 26, 2018 at 7:32 am
    An Interesting Read

    Connecting the Dots behind the Curtain

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2018/08/22/trumped-up-charges/

  229. Farmer Gez

    ScoMo is on Australia All Over with Macca.
    No new votes there but far more savvy than Turnbull.
    I’m cutting horses feet this morning and keeping safety to the fore, I’m going to give a couple of the cranky pricks a good dose of sedative. I’ll have a bit first.

  230. OldOzzie

    Empire 5:5
    #2801646, posted on August 26, 2018 at 7:49 am

    OldOzzie
    #2801644, posted on August 26, 2018 at 7:32 am
    An Interesting Read

    Connecting the Dots behind the Curtain

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2018/08/22/trumped-up-charges/

    Thanks – Empire – I missed that one – it is a good read

  231. min

    As Treasurer, Josh will get called upon more often in Question Time then he can go full flight as I have seen him. He has wit and can skewer the opposition . Now with this portfolio he can easily cancel the NEG with the numbers to which he now has access as he has to rein in the debt and bring in a surplus.
    If he has any trouble I think I could even write some lines for him with help from Alan, Rafe and Steve. I had already thought about questions along the lines of cost per mgw by life of turbine compared to coal., the advice given by Finkel on how muxh temperature would be lowered etc when he came to talk to a group in his electorate that I had organised .

  232. Leigh Lowe

    Day Two since the Great Liberation.
    My feet are killing me.
    I am too old for this “Dancin’ in the Street” caper.

  233. Empire 5:5

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/qanon-leaders-crack-down-on-mentions-of-cohen-after-he-turned-on-trump

    OK, it’s time to dox the leadership. You saw it here first.

    1. anon
    2. anon
    3. anon
    4. anon
    5. anon
    6. anon
    7. ebot
    8. anon
    9. anon
    10. anon

    There is some debate as to the true order of the top 3.

    h/t anon

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