Monday Forum: August 27, 2018

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  1. feelthebern

    Finished the last jedi.
    Really really bad.
    For shame Disney.
    For shame.

  2. Mitch M.

    Just looking at the earlier posts on this page. Really I can guarantee you that a good portion of the population is celibate often not by choice but guess what. You don’t die from celibacy.

    Two mysterious issues there: eunuchs live longer than other men and the more children you have, especially at younger ages, the shorter the lifespan. Also, geniuses and the highly intelligent tend to live longer and have very few children. I don’t have a clue what is going on there but I know on my mother’s side the longest lived was an uncle who didn’t marry, smoked all his life, was an alcoholic but even in his early 80’s had a sparkling mind.

  3. feelthebern

    Been watching this Joe Rogan podcast in blocks.

  4. C.L.

    Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago has responded to Cardinal Vigano by – in essence – lying.

    Cupich said that “any reference I have ever made on this subject has always been based on the conclusions of the ‘Causes and Context’ study by the John Jay School of Criminal Justice, released in 2011, which states: ‘The clinical data do not support the hypothesis that priests with a homosexual identity or those who committed same-sex sexual behavior with adults are significantly more likely to sexually abuse children than those with a heterosexual orientation or behavior.’”

    As everybody in the Catholic world knows, the absurd and despicable ‘conclusion’ of the John Jay authors was doctored to protect homosexuals. The report’s own data showed that 81% of the victims [between 1950 and 2002] were male and that 78% were post-pubescent.

    Cupich knows this.

    Here is an actual passage from the notorious John Jay conclusions:

    “More than three-quarters of the acts of sexual abuse of youths by Catholic priests, as shown in the Nature and Scope study, were same-sex acts (priests abusing male victims). It is therefore possible that, although the victims of priests were most often male, thus defining the acts as homosexual, the priest did not at any time recognize his identity as homosexual.”

    I now suspect that powerful people pulled big strings to fix the JJ report’s headline ‘conclusions.’

  5. Gab

    Cardinal Vigano was very wise to get an aeroplane ticket and leave the country after he gave his statement to various blogs.

  6. DrBeauGan

    Whenever a subgroup of the members of an institution feel more loyalty to the other members of the subgroup than they do to the ideals of the institution, they gradually take it over. The dynamic is obvious; they help each other to power, tben use that power to increase their numbers. This applies to homoxuals in the church and to lefties in the universities and schools, also the media.

    It’s inevitable. To stop it you have to recognise the problem early and eliminate the subgroup. I don’t always agree with Makka, but in this case he’s 100% right.

  7. Leigh Lowe

    Turnbull Minor …

    “In all conscience I can’t vote for the Liberal Party because of their insane climate policy”

    Welcome to my world, fuckwit.

  8. Gab

    If leftism is not eradicated from within the Church, then neither will the homo-driven abuse activities be stopped.

  9. Why are conservatives now thinking like Leftists and demanding the dismantling of property rights because their favourite voices cannot be sourced through the most popular internet mediums?

    Because, Mitch M, they are not conservatives.

  10. Makka

    It’s impossible to eradicate leftism from the Church. Utterly impossible. As impossible as it is in open society.

    Whereas removing homos and keeping them out is affirmative action that is possible. Or vastly reducing their numbers relatively quickly is possible, thus reducing their influence. It would be judged ruthless, unfair and the gaystapo will be up in arms. But it is doable.

    Besides that, the Church has to be seen to be managing the problem back to a better place for itself. The Church’s current trajectory is absolutely appalling.

  11. Stimpson J. Cat

    The Church cannot be fixed because Catholics are spineless slaves unwilling to take control and ownership and responsibility for the very institution that is supposed to serve them.
    Pathetic.
    Meanwhile nothing changes in the Vatican.

    It’s a f$cking joke.

    And Anglicans are literally gay and should shut the f$ck up.

  12. Mitch M.

    If leftism is not eradicated from within the Church, then neither will the homo-driven abuse activities be stopped.

    The force of rationalization is strong in this one. So now leftism is responsible for something that has been happening in the Church since some improbable divine entity knows when?

  13. It’s impossible to eradicate leftism from the Church. Utterly impossible.

    Yeah there was this leftist called Jesus who started all that rot. But the conservatives gave him some what for.

  14. DrBeauGan

    m0nty
    #2804403, posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:02 am
    It’s impossible to eradicate leftism from the Church. Utterly impossible.

    Yeah there was this leftist called Jesus who started all that rot. But the conservatives gave him some what for.

    You and Makka are using the term leftism in two quite different senses, m0nty. Which you would know if you had marginally more brains than dry rot. Leftism as used these days is an intellectual and moral disease that spread after communism collapsed.

  15. mh

    Are the Interventionists Now Leaderless?

    By Patrick J. Buchanan

    “McCain’s Death Leaves Void” ran The Wall Street Journal headline over a front-page story that began:

    “The death of John McCain will leave Congress without perhaps its loudest voice in support of the robust internationalism that has defined the country’s security relations since World War II.”

    Certainly, the passing of the senator whose life story will dominate the news until he is buried at his alma mater, the Naval Academy, on Sunday, leaves America’s interventionists without their greatest champion….

    …When 9/11 occurred, America was united in crushing the al-Qaida terrorists who perpetrated the atrocities. John McCain then backed President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, which had no role in the attacks.

    During Barack Obama’s presidency, he slipped into northern Syria to cheer rebels who had arisen to overthrow President Bashar Assad, an insurgency that led to a seven-year civil war and one of the great humanitarian disasters of our time.

    McCain supported the expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe and the Baltic, right up to Russia’s border. When Georgia invaded South Ossetia in 2008, and was expelled by the Russian army, McCain roared, “We are all Georgians now!”…

    http://buchanan.org/blog/are-the-interventionists-now-leaderless-129973

  16. Makka

    Yeah there was this leftist called Jesus who started all that rot. But the conservatives gave him some what for.

    mUnty, you may claim Jesus for your team but I seriously doubt, considering the destruction that leftism has wrought through the ages, that Jesus was a leftard. He loves his flock far too much to be party to that rubbish.

  17. Mark A

    m0nty
    #2804403, posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:02 am

    It’s impossible to eradicate leftism from the Church. Utterly impossible.

    Yeah there was this leftist called Jesus who started all that rot. But the conservatives gave him some what for.

    There is some movement or group named after Him too IIRC, following in His footsteps, equally left-wing.

  18. C.L.

    It’s kind of odd that John McCain was so keen on war.
    Because at a personal level he wasn’t very good at it.

  19. There is some movement or group named after Him too IIRC, following in His footsteps, equally left-wing.

    Yep, there’s nothing that the modern-day Pharisees in the Catholic Church hate more than the Jesuits. Mainly because they hate that the holier-than-thou act is based on 100% truth, as the Jesuits are unquestionably holier than them.

  20. Makka

    It’s kind of odd that John McCain was so keen on war.
    Because at a personal level he wasn’t very good at it.

    I’m no fan of McCain by any stretch. But he was shot down fighting in a hot war, tortured and imprisoned for many years. He certainly deserves respect on that level at least.

  21. Mark A

    Makka
    #2804411, posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:27 am

    It’s kind of odd that John McCain was so keen on war.
    Because at a personal level he wasn’t very good at it.

    I’m no fan of McCain by any stretch. But he was shot down fighting in a hot war, tortured and imprisoned for many years. He certainly deserves respect on that level at least.

    Makka, there is a good reason for the saying, ‘of the dead, good or nothing’

    How do you separate his military service from his latter life?
    Did he do more disservice to his country via his politics, than good through his military activities?

    Very much depends on one’s own political persuasions.
    Let him RIP.

  22. It’s kind of odd that John McCain was so keen on war.
    Because at a personal level he wasn’t very good at it.

    The NKs told McCain he could be released early because he was the son of an Admiral. He refused, because the military code was that every POW got released in order of capture, and he would not go against the code. They broke his limbs, which had just healed from being broken in the crash and the locals who found him beating him to a pulp, and put him in solitary for years.

    He was good at a personal level for being stronger in spirit than most of us will ever be.

  23. zyconoclast

    How do you separate his military service from his latter life?
    Did he do more disservice to his country via his politics, than good through his military activities?

    I suppose all traitors were at one point patriots.

  24. C.L.

    McCain was flying a jet dropping bombs on people. But he was crazy-brave about sending real troops into dirty ground wars at the drop of a hat.

    The NKs told McCain he could be released early because he was the son of an Admiral. He refused, because the military code was that every POW got released in order of capture, and he would not go against the code. They broke his limbs, which had just healed from being broken in the crash and the locals who found him beating him to a pulp, and put him in solitary for years.

    He was good at a personal level for being stronger in spirit than most of us will ever be.

    Which is why you hated him when he ran against Obama, I take it.

  25. CL, I disagreed with his politics but there was never any question about his personal courage in enemy territory. Obama didn’t attack him on that. It’s a pity your side didn’t extend Kerry the same courtesy.

    Now then, have you got an update for me on Trump’s Nobel campaign, after he gave up further talks with NK in a massive failure of diplomacy?

  26. C.L.

    Let us also not forget the large, sinister role McCain played in advancing the fake Steele/DNC dossier (bought from Russia) which was calculated to psychically wound Donald Trump and his family (including his wife and young son). Doing something heroic in the 1960s does not purchase a life gold pass for assholery and malice. The truth is McCain did great deeds (inadvertently) in his youth and then dined off that episode for 50 years. His pharaonic funeral planning was vainglorious to the point of being contemptible.

  27. None

    It’s two days old but was a bit surprised to find this on the News.com site. Whoah. Truth telling. I wonder who had that spit?
    https://amp.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/why-malcolm-turnbull-deserves-no-sympathy/news-story/45040b17d258b59f050f0683c6caed4b

  28. None

    His pharaonic funeral planning was vainglorious to the point of being contemptible.

    Shades of Ted Kennedy.

  29. None

    Yeah there was this leftist called Jesus who started all that rot. But the conservatives gave him some what for.

    What the? Are you on the Ambien again, Monts?

  30. None

    And Anglicans are literally gay and should shut the f$ck up.

    Oh I see the East European residency scam is still operating.

    When I worked in London a lot of Polish women would pay a gay Brit to marry them to get residency – the going rate was 1000GBP – and then just divorce him after the obligatory period. I guess the East European men are on the same caper.

  31. None

    (I dare not say that the East European )men are better at it….LOL)

  32. None

    Two mysterious issues there: eunuchs live longer than other men and the more children you have, especially at younger ages, the shorter the lifespan.

    Never heard of that. Usually being married means longer life and better health outcomes especially for men.

  33. JC

    There’s still a question McCain released the bomb killing 27 people on the USS Forestall. There’s film that actually suggests he caused the explosion.

  34. None

    Libs to consider a plan that would require some immigrants to settle in regions for five years.

    Yep they are not going to reduce immigration numbers either. And who wants to go to regions most of which have no jobs? When my dad migrated he was supposed to work up north for two years. Two weeks into the job and hating it he found out from an overseer that he could not be compelled to stay so he just quit on the spot and hitched to Adelaide.

  35. Mitch M.

    Usually being married means longer life and better health outcomes especially for men.

    It is the loser men who fall prey to early death, or men who are so culturally captured they are ashamed of not being married. Those who never adapt the lifestyle of the single life or had divorces that wrecked them financially and\or emotionally. We used to see them in those old Tom Waits like pubs, sitting in the public bar drinking their life away.

  36. None

    I don’t care about McCain.

  37. Mark A

    None
    #2804426, posted on August 29, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Libs to consider a plan that would require some immigrants to settle in regions for five years.

    Yep they are not going to reduce immigration numbers either. And who wants to go to regions most of which have no jobs?

    When there is regular commuter traffic from as far as Bendigo to Melbourne, what jobs are there for more people?

  38. Beachcomber

    ……… was vainglorious to the point of being contemptible.

    That is actually a rather generous view of John ‘Songbird’ McCain’s whole life. It doesn’t impart his corruption and viciousness.

  39. Top Ender

    A police officer on duty at London’s Notting Hill Carnival has revealed he arrested a female reveller who slapped his bottom during an on-going incident.

    Inspector Owen Pyle, who is a neighbourhood inspector for MPS Southwark, tweeted his disdain at the female party goer, who he later arrested.

    ‘While dealing with an incident at Carnival yesterday a woman thought it’d be funny to slap my bum. She soon regretted it when I arrested her.

    A photo of the chapess shows him to be more boy than man.

  40. None

    It is the loser men who fall prey to early death, or men who are so culturally captured they are ashamed of not being married. Those who never adapt the lifestyle of the single life or had divorces that wrecked them financially and\or emotionally. We used to see them in those old Tom Waits like pubs, sitting in the public bar drinking their life away.

    I see a lot of so called ‘loser’ men now, many in their 50s-60s, working class or ex farmers or similar who got fleeced emotionally and financially by their ex-wives, usually after having lost a blue collar job or having to leave the land or whatever. Totally wrecked by bitch wives who often also alienate the kids from their fathers (I have seen some real bitches, one who cleared out with kids under five and nearly destroyed her farmer husband came back a dozen or so years after a divorce to claim her share of an inheritance an ex got from HIS SIDE OF THE FAMILY. Poor bugger. It took him about ten years to recover the first time around). They would love to work again, but they don’t have skills and even if they reskill, society has no time for them. Once you’re over 50 you’re on the scrap heap. And for these guys it’s triply hard as they have to battle having no money, no job and unstable accommodation. There is a whole industry particularly in rural areas dealing with such men. I can’t call them losers. Others scrape through and would love to have a companion again or some sense of family but they are so damaged they either can’t trust a woman or else are so angry no woman wants to stay with them. I call them victims of feminism. Breaks my heart.

  41. None

    I confess that when I was 16 I walked down Rundle Mall with my BFF and as we walked past two cops on foot patrol I pinched one of their bums.

  42. @GhostWhoVotes GhostWhoVotes
    #ReachTEL Poll Federal Seat of Wentworth 2 Party Preferred: LIB 50 (-17.8 since election) ALP 50 (+17.8) #auspol

    Meaningless but hilarious.

  43. None

    Wentworth primary vote has collapsed from 62 to 39. Independent poll shows Kerryn Phelps would win it if she ran as an independent. LOL. Lesbian bitch fight coming up.

  44. None

    My post from front page DT

  45. Top Ender

    Malcolm Turnbull may be compelled to face reef inquiry

    A parliamentary committee is threatening to compel Malcolm Turnbull to give evidence on his decision to hand $443.3 million to a small Great Barrier Reef charity unless he appears voluntarily.

    The Senate’s environment and communications committee could not force a House of Representatives MP to appear before it, but can summons the former prime minister after he ­officially resigns his seat on Friday.

    Committee chairman Peter Whish-Wilson said Mr Turnbull would be required to give evidence on his April 9 private meeting with Great Barrier Reef Foundation chairman John Schubert and the then environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, when he told the charity it would receive the money without going through a tender process.

    “I’ll be seeking to work with the committee to invite him as a witness and compel him if we have to,” the Greens senator said. “That’s my clear intention. He is the one person who can answer our questions that haven’t been answered, and get to the bottom of this.

    “I want to know exactly what was discussed, and where did the idea start. It didn’t just materialise. Someone has come up with the idea and driven it at the highest level.”

    The Greens and Labor have the numbers to overrule Liberal members of the committee if they object to summonsing Mr Turnbull.

    There is precedent for a Senate committee to compel a former prime minister to give evidence. Bob Hawke was summonsed to appear before a Senate select committee in 1994 on the circumstances surrounding Conrad Black’s attempt to secure control of Fairfax newspapers.

    Dr Schubert and board members Stephen Fitzgerald and Grant King have agreed to front the inquiry in Canberra on September 18, while a fourth board member, Paul Greenfield, will appear via teleconference.

    Mr Fitzgerald is a former chairman of Mr Turnbull’s old investment bank, Goldman Sachs Australia, while Mr King is the current president of the Business Council of Australia.

    Dr Greenfield, who steers the GBRF’s investment priorities as the head of its scientific committee, agreed to give evidence remotely after the committee considered summonsing him.

    The foundation’s managing director, Anna Marsden, who said the grant was “like we’ve just won lotto”, has previously appeared before the committee.

    A GBRF spokeswoman said: “The Great Barrier Reef Foundation welcomes the opportunity to again engage with the Senate committee.”

    Witnesses to Senate committee proceedings are not required to give evidence under oath, but may be found in contempt for giving false or misleading evidence.

    The Australian revealed this month that Mr Turnbull and Mr Frydenberg told Dr Schubert the GBRF would receive the grant just 11 days after cabinet’s expenditure review committee decided to “seek a commercial partner for a (Great Barrier) reef plan”.

    Mr Frydenberg, the new Treasurer and deputy Liberal leader, told parliament he recommended the grant after a two-stage due-diligence process by his department.

    He said the selection of the foundation was based on its “proven track record in philanthropic support” and its “extensive experience working with my department”.

    The charity previously had raised just $58m from private donors over almost two decades.

    Scott Morrison told parliament last month, in his former role as treasurer, that he fully endorsed the decision.

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  46. struth

    Jesus was a lefty?

    He must have been pissed off with our lady of Fatima and the message about the great evil of the world, communism.
    She got the narrative all wrong.

  47. Mitch M.

    Once you’re over 50 you’re on the scrap heap. And for these guys it’s triply hard as they have to battle having no money, no job and unstable accommodation. There is a whole industry particularly in rural areas dealing with such men. I can’t call them losers. Others scrape through and would love to have a companion again or some sense of family but they are so damaged they either can’t trust a woman or else are so angry no woman wants to stay with them. I call them victims of feminism. Breaks my heart.

    Good point None. “Loser” was too unkind. Men who spend their lives doing physical labour can be all but physical wrecks by their 50’s. A friend of mine from my youth was a brickie. He had back problems, they did a bone scan, and the doctor told him he had the spine of man in his 50’s. He was just over 30 years old and abandoned the trade long ago. The pollies will say get another job but the options are very limited and the service industry jobs are very much dominated by women, as are low level administration jobs(no-one complains about that gender inequality). So these poor men have nowhere to go, are alienated and treated as dole bludgers but the percentage of Newstart recipients over 55 keeps growing with each year. This society has abandoned older men in particular and there is little interest in helping them. Older women are not faring that much better but are more likely to receive a sympathetic hearing.

  48. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Movies: I watched Cinderella, the latest movie iteration featuring well-known actors and some special effects. I watched it because it was on Norwegian TV in English and because I was ragged after the long trip from Bergen to Stavenger via a special route Hairy planned that took twice as long as he thought it would: the one with the 11.5 km tunnel followed by a delay waiting for the last ferry at the end of that tunnel, thus concluding the extended festival of tunnels already endured. Loved the magic of Cindella, always have, and on TV the other night, in sheer exhaustion, I childishly loved the special effects as the mice turned into horses for the emerging pumpkin coach, the lizards turned into footmen and the goose turned into the driver. Cinderella was always my favorite heroine as a little girl. Figures, I guess.

    Movie Cinderella was OK, sufficiently girly, full of ‘kindness and courage’, her leit motif throughout. Lots of sparkle in the dresses of Cinders and her fairy godmother and green velvet 1940’s style for the wicked stepmother (matrilineal left-over traditions, I explain to Hairy in a sensible moment). The storyline was bowdlerised from tht of the Grimm Brothers, so the ugly sisters ugly in character more than looks. All OK, but I couldn’t go much for Prince Charming. What a wimp, so the tale lost some of its snap for me then.

    Museums: we’ve seen a few today. Best one was the Flemmish Painters down the Ages one: the Groeningemuseum. As well as Flemmish painters such as Van Eyke, Hans Hemmling and Gerard David, early on, with time short, we come across a Bosch, surely that’s a Bosch? we say, and lo and behold, not only a Bosch but just about his most famous: the Day of Judgement triptich. Best of all, it’s stood on a cabinet and you can lean on the cabinet and examine the painting closely for brushstrokes and detail. There is no glass, no electric wire, and as I excitedly point my map in hand to about a finger’s length from the oils to draw Hairy’s attention to a particularly weird piece of gruesome whimsy a guard rushes over and stops me. Sorry, I say, and he understands completely.

    Michaelangelo’s Madonna and Child sculpture in the Church of Our Lady Museum was also completely stunning, although you had to view it from a little distance, set in a roped off area. This Christ Child is rather active, about to take off, and Mary’s clawlike restraining hand is one I know well. I recall using it when my second son stood with me on a glacier. Mary’s expression is sombre, rather as though she knows trouble is coming, and isn’t letting go – yet – even though she senses she will and must in times to come.

    In the modernist section there was a frame pieced of white paper with a smallish black dot in the middle of it. Nice work if you can get it, mumbles Hairy, as we look for the title. It is called ‘dot’.

    Why, it’s exactly like someone I know, I exclaim.
    Come on down, Dotty. The likeness is uncanny. 😀

    Alcohol: Hairy has brough me some Cassis. He thought it was Pastis in an absent-minded moment. I’ve just had some with a little water. It tastes exactly the same as Ribena that we give the kids, I say.
    With a little Dettol added, I continue, giving a thorough wine-appreciator’s report.
    He made up for that though by also buying me Marzipan. I just love that stuff. A speciality here.

  49. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    For those who haven’t kept up, or haven’t cared, we are in Bruges, in Belgium.
    Heading out tomorrow to see the area of Mons, for First World War memories.
    Then finishing up in Liege with friends.

    JC, saw your comment on Italian paintings. Old Europe still has its charms.

  50. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    It’s Cherry Cassis. Now it’s tasting like kid’s medicine.
    Might be time for us to head for dinner.
    I seem to have imbibed quite a lot of it.

  51. Tintarella di Luna

    Early to bed early to rise — catching up overnight
    Cassie of Sydney
    #2804263, posted on August 28, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    I have a lost of respect for the RC church, the schools, the hospitals, the charities (apart from Vinnies) and so on

    Cassie do you realise that St Vinnies made John Falzon their CEO — here he is celebrating Lenin’s birthday — celebrating the birth of a mass murderer who’d caused the deaths of millions – just saying (and a Labor shill to boot) — we have donated for decades to St Vinnies – they have received a letter from the Sunbather and I about their total lack judgment and that donations have ceased forthwith.

  52. rickw

    While dealing with an incident at Carnival yesterday a woman thought it’d be funny to slap my bum. She soon regretted it when I arrested her.

    A photo of the chapess shows him to be more boy than man.

    A boy? A girl pretending to be a boy? Not a man or a policeman either way.

  53. rickw

    Libs to consider a plan that would require some immigrants to settle in regions for five years.

    Access to firearms and few police. Perfect.

  54. Tom

    Amazing: two cartoons in the same week that weren’t leftard rubbish. Jon Kudelka.

  55. Tom

    Having contracted leftism, Peter Broelman has an embarrassing case of Abbott Derangement (as well as Trump Derangement).

  56. stackja

    Experts call for ‘fertility classes’ to be introduced into high school curriculum
    EXCLUSIVE, Rose Brennan, The Daily Telegraph
    August 29, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    AUSTRALIA’S birthrate has fallen so dramatically that experts have called for the introduction of “fertility classes” at high school.

    Teenagers would be taught about the dangers of leaving it too late in life to fall pregnant — with doctors saying not enough young women realise their fertility decreases from the age of 31.

    The country’s birthrate is at a historic low of just 1.79 children per woman. In the 1950s it was more than 3.4 kids per woman. A birthrate of 2.1 is regarded as the minimum to maintain population stability with migration now relied upon to grow Australia’s population.

  57. stackja

    Tony Abbott accepts Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s special envoy on indigenous affairs offer
    Sharri Markson, The Daily Telegraph
    August 29, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    TONY Abbott will accept a job offer from Scott Morrison to become a special envoy on indigenous affairs — with the personal ambition of lifting school attendance rates and improving academic performance.

    In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Abbott said he will also encourage the Federal Government to consider tougher penalties for indigenous parents who do not send their children to school along with ways to attract talented teachers to remote communities.

    Mr Abbott yesterday wrote to the Prime Minister to tell him he will enthusiastically accept the role, but has made recommendations about how it should work.

  58. stackja

    Liberal Party’s primary vote in Malcolm Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth plunges to 39 per cent
    SHARRI MARKSON & ANNA CALDWELL, The Daily Telegraph
    August 29, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    THE Liberal Party’s primary vote in Malcolm Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth has plunged after the coup against him from 62 to 39 per cent, with Kerryn Phelps, running as an independent, now in a winnable position after preferences from Labor.

    The stunning poll results, conducted by ReachTEL on Monday night, indicated the two-party-preferred vote would be 50-50, meaning the blue-ribbon Liberal seat could fall into the hands of another party for the first time in more than 60 years.

  59. None

    stackja

    #2804461, posted on August 29, 2018 at 6:01 am

    This is why you don’t leave sex ed and family planning to schools and to those unconscionable abortion and IVF clinics. I’ve been telling young men and women 4 years that you must have your first child by 30 otherwise you will run into problems having any children at all.

  60. Entropy

    m0nty
    #2804436, posted on August 29, 2018 at 1:40 am
    @GhostWhoVotes GhostWhoVotes
    #ReachTEL Poll Federal Seat of Wentworth 2 Party Preferred: LIB 50 (-17.8 since election) ALP 50 (+17.8) #auspol

    Meaningless but hilarious.
    None
    #2804437, posted on August 29, 2018 at 1:40 am
    Wentworth primary vote has collapsed from 62 to 39. Independent poll shows Kerryn Phelps would win it if she ran as an independent. LOL. Lesbian bitch fight coming up

    I have noticed the Australian has given space to George Williams in recent times. Apart from his columns being generally idiotic, I believe he is the prat who has ran for the ALP in Wentworth a few times. Building his profile for him? Murdoch666!

  61. stackja

    Tampa affair
    2001: Australian troops take control of Tampa carrying rescued asylum-seekers

    The ship crossed the Australian maritime boundary on 29 August, shortly before midday. Australian authorities advised Rinnan that he was in ‘flagrant breach’ of the law, and the Government dispatched 45 Special Air Service (SAS) troops to board the ship and prevent it from sailing any closer to Christmas Island.

  62. Leigh Lowe

    I have noticed the Australian has given space to George Williams in recent times.

    George Williams?
    Is that the (cough) “respected constitutional lawyer” who always finds that the ALP/Greens are in the clear and the LNP are in strife?

  63. Snoopy

    m0nty
    #2804413, posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:38 am
    >
    >
    The NKs told McCain he could be released early because he was the son of an Admiral.

    Another Custer at the Alamo moment from the Cat’s greatest military historian.

  64. None

    Oh my Sydney University really is a toilet. That noKo dictator loving fool featured on Blair’s blog is doubling down.

  65. stackja

    Rioting Darwin detainees start fire
    ACCUSED Indonesian people smugglers rioted at a detention centre, setting mattresses on fire during a protest.
    By staff writers
    AAP August 29, 2010 4:38pm

    The riot started at 4am (CST) on Sunday when two Indonesian crewmen climbed a tree and refused to get down, he said.

  66. Tom

    Zero degrees Celsius where I am — first time I have seen that on my iPhone weather app. Coldest day of the year in southern Victoriastan.

  67. stackja

    New trial of facial recognition technology in schools could see roll call change forever
    Mandy Squires, News Corp Australia Network
    August 29, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    AUSTRALIAN schools are being asked to trial technology which will allow them to phase out morning roll call and spy on students throughout the school day.

    Start-up LoopLearn is hopeful its advanced facial recognition technology and “small, unobtrusive devices” which scan campuses for students in real time, will be embraced by schools across the country.

    The technology is designed to eliminate the need for time-consuming roll calls and ensure students can be accounted for on school grounds at all times.

    The technology will be tested shortly in a small number of Victorian private schools and the company’s founder Zoe Milne says talks are also being held with public schools.

    But it was hoped the technology would be embraced by “innovative schools” across Australia, because time-consuming roll calls and ensuring the safety and security of students was “a problem for schools in every state”, Ms Milne said.

  68. stackja

    Road trauma the leading cause of accidental death of children, teens and young adults
    KIERAN ROONEY, TRANSPORT REPORTER, Herald Sun
    August 28, 2018 7:00pm
    Subscriber only

    MORE than 700 young Victorians have died on the state’s roads in the past decade, shocking new statistics reveal.

    Over the past decade there have been more fatalities in the Yarra Ranges municipality than any other, followed closely by Casey, Brimbank and Greater Geelong.

    About 70 per cent of back-over crashes happen in driveways at home where young children are around and experts believe many of these could be avoided if cars were fitted with rear-facing cameras.

  69. stackja

    NAPLAN results show private, independent schools winning
    Lauren Martyn-Jones & Domanii Cameron, The Courier-Mail
    August 29, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    INDEPENDENT Public and wealthy private and Catholic schools have dominated the list of Queensland’s best performing schools in the 2018 NAPLAN results.

    Across the primary school years, state schools that have registered as independent public schools – which give their principals greater control over the school budget and staffing decisions – have significantly outperformed traditional public primary schools.

  70. None

    Notice how all the lettuce leaf leaves and they’re sick of ants in the media are leaking left right and centre against Dutton and his supporters or else trying to smear them. Miranda has been non-stop mama mama they shouldn’t have knifed Turnbull and even tried to have a go at Hastie as a plotter, although he flipped her off beautifully and tild her she was being unfair and pointed out it was Turnbull that unexpectedly and vacated his seat and things would have been very different if he hadn’t done that. My respect for Miranda diminishes day by day
    I thought she was a straight bat even though I was warned that she wasn’t. Now I agree she’s actually quite nasty.

  71. Tom

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump · 6h6 hours ago
    Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of ….results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!

  72. stackja

    Mum washed clothes in a copper
    REMEMBER WHEN

    A RECENT show on the ABC — Back In Time For Dinner — brought back memories of the appliances my family used in the 1940s and ’50s.

    We lived in a bush town and Monday morning was wash day. I remember my mother standing over the wood-fired copper in the laundry boiling up the sheets and the towels. She would rinse them in the concrete tubs, then put them through a set of rollers known as a wringer.

    The ironing was done with a very heavy iron placed on the stove to heat up. Later we got one with a little container at the back you filled with white spirits that you lit.

    In the kitchen we had a wood-fired stove. It had four hotplates and an oven. The stove would be started every morning, and there was always a large kettle on the stove, no electric jugs or hot water systems.

    We also had an ice box in the kitchen to keep things cold. It was an early version of a fridge but instead of running on electricity it needed a block of ice. The ice man came every two days to deliver the ice. Our milk and bread were delivered every day. For the milk we had to take a container out to the milk man to fill up — there were no bottles or cartons.

    There was also what we called a “Coolgardie safe”, which was a box about 4 feet (1200mm) x 2 feet (600mm). It was made of sheet metal and had an outside metal skin and an inner that were about 40mm (1.5 inches) apart, with a lot of holes drilled in it. In between you put charcoal. Water was then poured over it. The breeze moving through the holes kept things cool. It was always kept on the veranda as it was pretty messy with all the water.

    For a bath we would heat up the copper and take the water in buckets to the bathtub. Later on we got a chip heater, which was two metal cylinders with a fire in the middle and the water ran in between the cylinders. It worked very well.

    The house was swept with a broom and washed with a mop and the old metal bucket.

    Our only entertainment was the radio. There were no phones; if you wanted to talk to your mates you walked down to see them.

    However, things may have been different in the city.

    ERIC BROWN

    Email [email protected] or write to the History Editor, The Daily Telegraph, 2 Holt St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

  73. stackja

    New technologies will provide employment growth if changes are embraced
    Daryl Passmore, The Courier-Mail
    August 29, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    UP TO ONE one million new jobs can be created in Queensland over the next 20 years if the state seizes the opportunities from automation, artificial intelligence and other megatrends.

    A new report to be released today by the CSIRO’s Data61 unit says the state is entering a high stakes era of economic disruption which can deliver new global markets, higher incomes and improved lifestyles – or put hundreds of thousands of traditional workers in jeopardy.

    The CSIRO Data61 report – which had the working title “Shift Happens” – said 36 per cent of the Queensland workforce, accounting for $51 billion in wages, super and other costs, was at risk of disruption from digitisation and automation by 2038.

  74. None

    Victorian schools are gulag camps. They will enforce gender neutral clothes, every form of perverted of sex education will be compulsory in all schools next year, they will deny your kids being a male or a female, they already have doctors in schools where kids can go to doctors without their parents knowledge – what the pill when your 12 no problems even though you’re under the age of consent – and this is where some of the medical information has already been leaked – and now they want to spy on your kids under the pretext of safety. It’s just so stalinesque it’s scary and yet Victorians are just sleep walking through it.

  75. stackja

    2GB reports: Sydney’s desalination plant may not be ready to supplement dam water, due to repairs not being completed.

  76. Mater

    m0nty
    #2804413, posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:38 am

    It’s kind of odd that John McCain was so keen on war.
    Because at a personal level he wasn’t very good at it.

    The NKs told McCain he could be released early because he was the son of an Admiral. He refused, because the military code was that every POW got released in order of capture, and he would not go against the code.

    m0nty
    #2804417, posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Now then, have you got an update for me on Trump’s Nobel campaign, after he gave up further talks with NK in a massive failure of diplomacy?

    Monty,
    McCain was never offered a release by the NKs.
    He was, however, offered to be smuggled out of the Alamo, by the French Resistance, at the personal behest of Custer.

  77. stackja

    Brisbane traffic: Pedestrian dies eight days after crash
    Jacob Miley, The Courier-Mail
    August 28, 2018 10:00pm

    A PEDESTRIAN who was struck by an out-of-control car that had just collided with another vehicle has died in hospital eight days later.

    The man was standing at the intersection of Venner Rd and Lagonda and Frederick streets, Annerley, when the two cars crashed on Monday, August 20.

    The impact caused one of the vehicles to flip and careen on to the footpath and into the man.

    He was rushed to hospital, but died today, police said.

    The two drivers were uninjured.

  78. Elle

    Thanks for the toons, Tom.

    A balmy 5 degrees here in the city of Sydney. Walking to the office this morning in the city centre wind chill fact making it 0 degrees. Brrrr!

  79. None

    Everybody thinks GladysB is fantastic but she only works hard because she’s got nothing to go home to and yet for all that energy she is remarkably ineffective and a non achiever. She only got lucky with a budget because of some stupidity that gave New South Wales windfall but otherwise she is a Photios girl. Not a leader at all and as limp as. It’s so nice to see New South Wales crumble around her although it’s outrageous that people have to suffer because of such incompetent governments.

  80. stackja

    Shop lifted: Popular drive-through coffee shop vanishes overnight
    NATASHA EMECK, NT News
    August 28, 2018 5:57pm
    Subscriber only

    CUSTOMERS looking to get their morning caffeine fix at Crave on Sunday morning were shocked to discover the entire building had been uprooted and shifted overnight.

    Owners of the popular Darwin coffee drive-through Kimdelia and Rod Cole said they decided to lift and move the 4x12m building in the cover of darkness over a lease dispute.

    The couple owned and operated a Muzz Buzz drive-through coffee franchise at Darwin Airport Central for two years until they terminated their contract with the chain last month, repainted the building and reopened it independently as Crave.

    “We don’t want to come to any new agreement with Muzz Buzz corporate … ” Mrs Cole said.

    “But the lease for the plot our building is on is signed to Muzz Buzz corporate and they said they’re going to evict us from our own building unless we repaint everything again and go back to Muzz Buzz.

    “We were pushed into a corner, we’re just little battlers just trying to run a business.

    “My husband got to a point where he said: ‘I’m dying of cancer anyway, I’ve got nothing to lose. Let’s just do it and take what’s ours.”

    With some help from a few of their loyal customers she said they lifted the building about 4am on Sunday.

  81. Entropy

    It will be about risk management None. “What? You consciously chose not to avail yourself of technology that tells you where every precious, unique and infinitely valuable child is every single moment, and little Braedon skinned zir knee? That will be $gazillion damages thank you!”

  82. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Donald J. Trump

    Verified account

    @realDonaldTrump
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    Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of..
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    ….results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!

  83. Mater

    Zero degrees Celsius where I am — first time I have seen that on my iPhone weather app. Coldest day of the year in southern Victoriastan.

    Tom,
    For the first time ever, since moving into this house more than a decade ago, our pipes have frozen solid. No water.

  84. Top Ender

    He was, however, offered to be smuggled out of the Alamo, by the French Resistance, at the personal behest of Custer.

    I think you got this wrong Mater.

    Custer was second in command at the time, if you recall, to Nelson on board Victory at Trafalgar.

    He coined the phrase: “Kiss my Hardy.”

    This is quite well known. I suggest you bone up on it.

  85. Snoopy

    Tom,
    For the first time ever, since moving into this house more than a decade ago, our pipes have frozen solid. No water.

    You must be wrong. In a couple of days BOM will announce that this August was one of the hottest three Augusts on record if not the hottest evah!

  86. Snoopy

    Mater is not having a good morning.

  87. 132andBush

    NK, Jap, Malaysian, Indon, Philippine, Viet, Laotian, Thai.

    All the same to a racist.

  88. stackja

    Indigenous in NSW wait longer for surgery
    SBS-7 hours ago
    Indigenous people in NSW are more likely to wait longer for non-urgent elective surgery than non-indigenous people, a new report shows. BHI chief executive Diane Watson told AAP.

    Prior to coming to Australia in 2009, Dr Watson had worked as Director of Research and Analysis at the Health Council of Canada,

  89. Snoopy

    Indigenous people in NSW are more likely to wait longer for non-urgent elective surgery than non-indigenous people, a new report shows. BHI chief executive Diane Watson told AAP.

    Gosh. I wonder if voluntary private health insurance has something to do with it?

  90. Death Giraffe

    “I think the president has much less influence over the economy than is certainly publicized by the president himself,” Carter said. “I know when I was in office, some bad things happened with the economy. I never did feel that I was responsible for it

    ..
    There’s yer problem right there.

  91. stackja

    Perth weather: Roofs blown off and Rottnest ferries cancelled as Perth nears wettest August on record
    Samantha Jolly and Jordan Cutts7News Perth
    August 28, 2018 8:30PM

    RAIN has again battered parts of Perth today, ripping off roofs and cancelling ferries to and from Rottnest – as we inch towards the wettest August on record.

    With 10mm falling overnight in the city, and a further 8mm throughout the day, Perth has now recorded 156.6mm this month.

    It makes it our wettest August since 2013, but with more rain expected in the next few days we’re on course to surpass the wettest on record which came in 2004 of 175.6mm.

  92. Mater

    Mater is not having a good morning.

    Yes, and I shouldn’t take it out on Monty. My bad. 🙁

  93. stackja

    Sydney dam water levels dropping rapidly but Kurnell desalination plant may not be ready
    Anna Caldwell, The Daily Telegraph
    August 29, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    SYDNEY’S dam levels are dropping at such a rapid rate the city could be forced to rely on the desalination plant by October, with rain last weekend failing to stem the decline.

    Pressure is mounting on the state government to ensure the desalination plant at Kurnell is ready for use immediately after original advice it would not be needed until December.

  94. areff

    The impact caused one of the vehicles to flip and careen on to the footpath

    Who knew cars get barnacles on their bottoms? A J-school grad, that’s who!

  95. John Constantine

    Their ABC editorialise online this morning that world war three is being fought right now.

    Against climate denier Nazis.

    And Australia does not have a leader Stalinist enough for their ABC, now turnbullites is gone.

  96. John Constantine

    It is War, declares their ABC, War, and you are either fighting for Stalin or fighting against Him.

    No innocent proles.

    Comrades.

  97. mh

    It makes it our wettest August since 2013, but with more rain expected in the next few days we’re on course to surpass the wettest on record which came in 2004 of 175.6mm.

    So Tim Flannery was…wrong?

  98. cohenite

    Blair Cottrell twitter account no longer exists.

    I wonder what happened?

    Ask Mitch and dot, they’re the ones defending this censorship; something about fucking property rights, big government and conservatives not being conservatives. At least the troll is on their side. The best cartoon from Tom this morning explains the situation:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DltEAP5U8AAECmX.jpg:large

  99. Boambee John

    DrBeauGan
    #2804394, posted on August 28, 2018 at 11:27 pm
    Whenever a subgroup of the members of an institution feel more loyalty to the other members of the subgroup than they do to the ideals of the institution, they gradually take it over. The dynamic is obvious; they help each other to power, tben use that power to increase their numbers.

    See Morrison, David, former Chief of Army.

    Purging the Army of his acolytes, and their acolytes further down the chain, will be a labour of Hercules.

  100. Rossini

    Where the bloody hell is this global warming the ABC carries on about?
    -1C inner Andrews this morning.

  101. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Well, it’s bedtime here, all you early risers in Sydney. While you were sleeping we were trawling museums for glories and also climbed the 330 tiny slippery and winding mediaeval steps up to the top of the Bruge Belfry, one of the many belfries in Belgium and Frnce that form part of a system of historical communication considered worth keeping as a World Heritage ‘intangible’ listed asset.

    Round and round and round, both up and down, I gave every one of those steps their historical due. Now I am taking my weary limbs to bed; Hairy online doing some quick historical checks on my Heugenot ancestry here; seems one ancestress of mine via my dad’s side of things tempted and married a high official in the Court of Charles V. Might briefly visit her effigy tomorrow and see if I’ve inherited anything visible from her. Intangibles? Well, that is another matter.

  102. Rossini

    Hot coffee and Tom’s toons plus heating makes for a good start to this cold morning.
    Thanks Tom!

  103. cohenite

    Apparent record low at Thredbo this morning:

    -14.2C

  104. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2804410, posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:20 am
    There is some movement or group named after Him too IIRC, following in His footsteps, equally left-wing.

    Yep, there’s nothing that the modern-day Pharisees in the Catholic Church hate more than the Jesuits. Mainly because they hate that the holier-than-thou act is based on 100% truth, as the Jesuits are unquestionably holier than them.

    Low energy trolling even for a reactionary lackey of the fascist left establishment.

    It might have passed your notice, but Pope Frank, receiving some criticism here for his (at best) failure to act against certain sinners, is a Jesuit. I doubt that failing to act against those abusing children meets the standard set by Jesus.

  105. mh

    m0nty
    #2804413, posted on August 29, 2018 at 12:38 am

    The NKs told McCain he could be released early because he was the son of an Admiral. He refused, because the military code was that every POW got released in order of capture, and he would not go against the code. They broke his limbs, which had just healed from being broken in the crash and the locals who found him beating him to a pulp, and put him in solitary for years.

    Who are the NK’s Monty is referring to?

  106. Mother Lode

    When there is regular commuter traffic from as far as Bendigo to Melbourne, what jobs are there for more people?

    We will have trains pulling into central station from Lithgow filled with slovenly improvident goat-botherers with no identification claiming asylum.

    And the federal government will believe them.

  107. min

    Here in the leafy green burbs of Melbournestan it is -1 just now . Lack of sun spot activity probably . I have been warning my lefty friends that they better be prepared for colder temps. and higher heating bills.
    Some people do not learn until after they have suffered the consequences some people never learn.

  108. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    ps. We did the climb because Hairy had done it when he was six years old on holidays with his parents. He reckoned he could remember it still. Funny thing though, he adds, as we set off up the tower. Dey’ve changed the steps. The ones they used to have were so much bigger.

    He was pretty thrilled to be doing it again after all those years, reinforcing the point that size and effort are relative to the passage of time.

  109. mh

    Apparent record low at Thredbo this morning:

    -14.2C

    That will be rounded down to minus 10C when the figures are collated.

  110. Elle

    You’ve been a great read, Lizzie. A hoot too. 🙂

  111. lotocoti

    -1C inner Andrews this morning.

    Oh noes.
    Did the minuses up at 26S last week.
    Nearly had to find a matching pair of socks.

  112. Bruce of Newcastle

    You’ve been a great read, Lizzie. A hoot too. 🙂

    Seconded!

  113. Whalehunt fun

    Purging the Army of his acolytes, and their acolytes further down the chain, will be a labour of Hercules.

    One war will do it.

  114. Fleeced

    “He’s got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the church” — Cardinal Cupich, defending the Pope’s handling of the current crisis/scandal.

    Yes, defending. It’s almost identical to comments that many (including myself) have made mockingly to highlight the Pope’s skewed priorities – but this guy’s serious.

  115. v_maet

    Cohenite @ 8:03am.

    Don’t worry, BOM will dispose of that pesky data point by the end of the week.

  116. Gab

    Yeah there was this leftist called Jesus who started all that rot.

    Abortion – wrong.
    Homosexual acts – an abomination
    Adultery – wrong
    Lying – wrong
    Stealing – wrong
    Love God – believe in God

    etc

    Monty, the Rake Master at it again.

  117. Dianeh

    On teaching students about fertility issues. It’s about time,

    I had a conversation at work the other day with a man in his mid thirties whose partner is in her early thirties. He doesn’t want kids and thinks his partner can just freeze some eggs to use later if she decides she does want kids. Not that simple I said.

    I also pointed out that if he changes his mind, he can find a new younger version and have kids. His partner has a lot less time. Hence the freezing of eggs nonsense.

    Some knowledge of the process would stop such ridiculous ideas.

  118. Boambee John

    Whalehunt fun
    #2804532, posted on August 29, 2018 at 8:16 am
    Purging the Army of his acolytes, and their acolytes further down the chain, will be a labour of Hercules.

    One war will do it.

    I would rather we do it beforehand, losing a war to get rid of them seems too high a price.

  119. stackja

    Jimmy Carter: Talking about impeaching Donald Trump is ‘wrong thing …
    USA TODAY-3 hours ago
    WASHINGTON – Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that talking about impeaching President Donald Trump is “the wrong thing for …

  120. Boambee John

    Fleeced
    #2804533, posted on August 29, 2018 at 8:16 am
    “He’s got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the church” — Cardinal Cupich, defending the Pope’s handling of the current crisis/scandal.

    Imagine the reaction if Cardinal Pell were to offer such a defence!

  121. Top Ender

    Interesting comparison of a possible future Morrison campaign to Trump’s victory:

    MORRISON’S TEAM COULD WIN THIS
    NICK MINCHIN

    Trump’s disciplined presidential campaign is an example of how to sell your ideas

    Those of us who have been around campaigning for some time have a mantra: no election is unwinnable — just as no election is unlosable.

    Election history here and in other democracies is littered with examples of parties winning despite being written off, and parties losing despite having been “certain” to win.

    The Australia federal elections of 1993, 1998, 2001 and 2004 are examples of the phenomenon. Paul Keating was written off in the lead-up to 1993, as was John Howard at various stages in the lead-up to 1998, 2001 and 2004. Each went on to win those apparently unwinnable elections.

    Those writing off the Coalition’s chances next year or who regard Bill Shorten as certain to be our next prime minister should study their history.

    In my second federal campaign as a federal Liberal Party official in 1980, Malcolm Fraser and his Coalition government were deemed by the commentariat to be on the way out after five years in office. The government came from behind to win a third term on the back of an effective Coalition campaign.

    During that campaign an obscure Labor frontbencher suggested that a Labor government might introduce a capital gains tax. The Coalition leapt on the comment and built it into a powerful anti-Labor campaign from which Bill Hayden’s team never recovered.

    Our advertising agency made up framed posters for us using its new, internal slogan to sum up that campaign — “Things Always Change During Elections”.

    Elections such as that in 1980 often are won or lost during the five-week campaign proper, when loosely committed and uncommitted voters focus on the choice they soon face. Swings of 5 per cent or more can occur in the campaign proper and render “certain” losers the winner — and vice versa.

    So no one should write off Scott Morrison’s Coalition government nine months out from the election, or assume Shorten is poised to enter the Lodge. The Coalition can win if it genuinely unites under the new leadership, if it plays a team game, if it is disciplined, focused and resolute.

    Labor is highly vulnerable to a professional, well-run Coalition campaign. Labor has many weaknesses, including Shorten’s shallow support base and close ties to the unions, its damaging tax policies, its ideological, extreme energy policies and its appalling record in office from 2007 to 2013.

    The Coalition should take careful note of the 2016 US Republican campaign playbook, when presidential candidate Donald Trump made fools of all the pundits by coming from behind to record an exceptional victory. Democrat Hillary Clinton was the “shoo-in”, as the commentariat now assures us Shorten is, and Trump had no chance.

    I lived in New York as Australia’s consul-general throughout the 2016 campaign year and observed Trump with fascination. His victory was based on several ingredients.

    Trump devised a few key themes and messages that struck a chord with his target voters and he stuck to them religiously. He never took a step back. He hammered his “Build the Wall” theme at every opportunity and never blinked in the face of an avalanche of criticism of the impracticality of the proposal — and voters loved him for it.

    Trump displayed remarkable discipline, energy and resilience. He campaigned across the country from dawn to dusk, appearing before enormous, enthusiastic rallies in stark contrast to Clinton’s relatively low-energy, lacklustre campaign. He was relentless in hitting his opponent hard and often. Who can forget “crooked” Hillary, Trump’s constant description of the Democrat candidate?

    He attracted free media by being controversial. He wasn’t afraid to call for a stop to illegal immigration (“Build the Wall”) or to condemn the Paris climate change agreement as bad for America. He attacked China for “stealing” American jobs; he attacked the Washington insiders (“Drain the Swamp”).

    It was a brilliant, effective campaign that targeted the states that would give him an electoral college majority.

    The Coalition can learn a lot from that Republican campaign. With 75 seats on the Coalition side, a net gain of just one seat will return Morrison to government.

    Labor no doubt will run another campaign of lies, scares and personality attacks. The Coalition will need one of the best campaigns it has run to defeat Labor and its acolytes in the unions, the media and GetUp!.

    But I reckon Morrison just may surprise everyone.

    Oz print edition

  122. C.L.

    Cardinal Cupich of Chicago: Pope Should Not Waste His Breath on Petty Matters Like Rampant Sexual Abuse of Children, But Speak to His “Bigger Agenda” of Climate Change and Illegal Immigrant Rights.

    “The pope knows we have a bigger agenda. We have to speak about the environment, about the poor, we have to reach out to people who are marginalized in society. We cannot be distracted at this moment,” Cupich said.

    We cannot be “distracted” by thousands of boys r-aped by homosexual priests.
    Yep. Cardinal Vigano was right about this piece of work.

  123. areff

    Imagine a young footballer (male) copped a whack to the head during a game, fell into a coma and is “fighting for life” in hospital.

    Front page news, right?

    Well that sad, sad story is happening, except its a young woman who is at death’s door. None of this fits the narrative about women doing anything men can do (except better), so Fairfax places the story waaaaaaaaayyyy down the homepage.

    Don’t expect to see anything by way of follow-up on the physical stresses of AFL being geared to males’ bone density and musculature, nor about the alleged higher incidence of extreme knee damage the girls are experiencing.

    If the facts don’t match the narrative, drop the facts.

    https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/pie-star-s-sister-fighting-for-life-after-on-field-collision-20180828-p500cv.html

  124. Mother Lode

    Jesus was hardly a leftist – he believed in charity, compassion, chastity, abstemiousness, forbearance etc by the individual.

    Lefties want it done by the state but sell it by saying it should be done by other people. No personal responsibility there. In fact, it would crowd out the individual’s ability to express love of God through their acts by removing the choice of acts.

    What Monts is doing is playing to an old pretense, that virtue is the purview of Left, and cruelty of the right.

    For all of its imposture of achieving at all what Christ preached, even a cursory review shows that the history of the Left is one of misery and dehumanisation. In fact, one of the first things they seek to outlaw is religion.

    Terrible people.

  125. Farmer Gez

    Weather schmether.
    The siting of BoM weather stations distorts data and breaks simple logical rules of expected results.
    Take Longerenong and Horsham stations.
    Only 15km apart but this morning oddly different low temp results.
    The Longerenong station is at the Ag college and basically in farmland. The Horsham site is in a town of ten thousand people. You would expect the fully rural site to be colder than Horsham, but no.
    The Horsham low was -1.4 with 15km ENE wind at 6am.
    Longerenong low 0.1 with 7km ENE wind at 6am.
    The Apparent Temperatures are stranger.
    Horsham dipped to -6.6 and Longernong only -3.5.
    Average all this up and you get shit.

  126. H B Bear

    What is Minchin smoking? The Father of Middle Class Welfare won elections with a combination of fear, Beazley’s small target strategy and most importantly pork. Lots and lots of pork.

  127. Geriatric Mayfly

    Vietnamese asylum-seekers who made landfall in Queensland could be flown home on a charter flight as early as tomorrow.

    Will Burnside, Curr and Rintoul be chaining themselves to mangroves to hinder this dastardly deed? I hope so.

  128. Neil

    and most importantly pork. Lots and lots of pork.

    Howard was running surplus budgets and was running them within 12 months of winning govt by cutting spending. Can not have been much pork with surplus budgets. His last was a $20B surplus. And that is the only way the govt will get the current budget deficit into surplus- spending cuts

    In fact I think that is one reason he lost. Australians do not like surplus budgets. Kennett lost in Victoria for the same reason

  129. Snoopy

    Well that sad, sad story is happening, except its a young woman who is at death’s door. None of this fits the narrative about women doing anything men can do (except better), so Fairfax places the story waaaaaaaaayyyy down the homepage.

    I can’t help wondering why the identity of the other player(s) involved in the accidental on-field clash haven’t been identified.

  130. Rossini

    132andBush
    #2804503, posted on August 29, 2018 at 7:36 am
    You are dead wrong 132
    It’s “seen 1 you have seen them all”

  131. Rossini

    “Pressure is mounting on the state government to ensure the desalination plant at Kurnell is ready for use immediately after original advice it would not be needed until [email protected]
    Lucky the solar panels will be providing the power to operate the plant

  132. Shy Ted

    Dear Peter Dutton, not sure if it’s still your portfolio but I would like to apply for a French au pair. Your approval would prove you are like me, neither racist or sexist. I don’t have any children to justify my request but I sure can behave like a child when I see Richard Di Natale or Sarah Hanson Young so I think this within scope. I don’t have any famous family like the McLachlans and I won’t be donating while Malcolm 2 is at the helm but if we could work out someone similar to Alexandra Deuwel
    that would be just great. Merci beaucoup. Shy Ted

  133. calli

    they’re sick of ants in the media

    Never change that voice app, none. It’s spectacularly awesome. Made my day. 🙂

  134. calli

    Why do young women need “fertility classes” at school to tell them not to delay having their first child too long?

    Don’t these girls have mothers?

  135. H B Bear

    Gillon McPolo-Pony and the Mainland Tasmanian bunyip aristocracy getting some bad press. Gotta get your French au pairs to work on their paperwork.

  136. Bruce of Newcastle

    Weather schmether.

    Blazing Cat Fur comes up with the perfect graphic to go with this story.

  137. calli

    Yep. Cardinal Vigano was right about this piece of work.

    Take note of all the ones who agree. It will be very instructive.

    On Jesus being a socialist…lol. There are no group tickets in Christianity, just singles. And the entrance test is pretty, ahem, personal.

  138. H B Bear

    It’s two days old but was a bit surprised to find this on the News.com site. Whoah. Truth telling. I wonder who had that spit?

    No wonder no j’ismist was prepared to put their name to that spray. Not gonna get a ticket in JournoLotto writing that kind of stuff. Just ask Andwew Pwobyn or La Tingle.

  139. struth

    So no one should write off Scott Morrison’s Coalition government nine months out from the election, or assume Shorten is poised to enter the Lodge. The Coalition can win if it genuinely unites under the new leadership, if it plays a team game, if it is disciplined, focused and resolute.

    Good Moaning

    The coalition can win if it genuinely changes policy.
    Full stop.

    Typical of a piece of shit pollie to rave on for half an hour and still not get it.
    These are basically left wing people in the Liberal party and they can’t for the life of them workout that right wing voters care about policy above all else.

    “Uniting”, “teams”, having dumb mantras that state the bleeding obvious.
    There is so much denial, even when he analyses Trump, that you see the policy is really not on the mind of this party hack.
    It’s about the selling to him, and not about the policy.
    What he takes from Trump is the way to sell.
    The fact that Trump’s policies were what the people wanted doesn’t even rate with him.

    Much of what is wrong with the Liberal party can be seen in the words of Minchin above.
    He’s not real bright.

    The Liberals are toast.

  140. H B Bear

    George Williams?
    Is that the (cough) “respected constitutional lawyer” who always finds that the ALP/Greens are in the clear and the LNP are in strife?

    Soon to be a valued member of faculty at the Van Wrongselen School of Wrongology.

  141. Ivan Denisovich

    Cardinal Vigano was right about this piece of work.

    BISHOP CIVIL WAR OVER VIGANÒ TESTIMONY:

    prelates like Cdl. Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey have lampooned Viganò. Tobin told The New York Times on Monday, “I do think it’s about limiting the days of this pope, and short of that, neutering his voice or casting ambiguity around him.”

    “And it’s part of a larger upheaval both within and without the church,” the cardinal added.

    In a separate statement Monday, Cdl. Tobin cast doubt on Abp. Viganò’s reliability, accusing the former U.S. papal nuncio of “factual errors, innuendo and fearful ideology.”

    This is the same Cdl. Tobin who mistakenly tweeted out “Nighty-night, baby. I love you” — then claimed he meant to send a private message to one of his sisters.

    Cardinal Blase Cupich of the Chicago archdiocese, one of the prelates that Viganò’s testimony mentions by name, tried to discredit Abp. Viganò the day after the testimony’s release.

    https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/bishops-civil-war-over-vigano-testimony

    A determination to protect and promote fellow leftists and ignore all else leads to this sort of outcome:

    Pope Francis, currently implicated in protecting homosexual predator and former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, reportedly was involved in a similar cover-up while archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    The case involves the late homosexual Bp. Juan Carlos Maccarone, formerly of Santiago del Estero, who resigned as bishop in 2005 after a video surfaced of his homosexual encounter with 23-year-old Alfredo Serrano. An initial PR campaign under Cdl. Jorge Bergoglio made Maccarone out to be the victim while avoiding the moral implications of Bp. Maccarone’s actions……………………………

    Father Guillermo Marco, spokesman for Cdl. Bergoglio, addressed the supposed motives of Maccarone’s enemies.

    “Everything points to … political revenge,” Marco said. Continuing this spin, Fr. Marco told a local radio station that the release of the video “sounds like it was put together by some intelligence arm.”

    https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/abp.-bergoglio-protected-homosexual-bishop-in-argentina

    Maccarone was reportedly close to the Kirchners.

  142. struth

    Sydney running out of water, yet they are bombarding the place with millions of extra people, some who want to wash more than their sandalled feet before entering a mosque?

    How very Govfucked.

    Time to bring out the adds about cutting down your shower time!!

  143. 132andBush

    You are dead wrong 132
    It’s “seen 1 you have seen them all”

    Heh.
    Or “They all look the same!”

  144. H B Bear

    The stunning poll results, conducted by ReachTEL on Monday night, indicated the two-party-preferred vote would be 50-50, meaning the blue-ribbon Liberal seat could fall into the hands of another party for the first time in more than 60 years.

    Even in Waffleworth’s litany of failures that would be a hell of an effort. Expect a lot more of this as the landscape is filled with stuffed Chinese dogboxes.

  145. Diogenes

    I also pointed out that if he changes his mind, he can find a new younger version and have kids. His partner has a lot less time. Hence the freezing of eggs nonsense.

    But even then with the younger version they may have troubles as the quality of the wrigglers is not as good. Given that we know that older women have trouble conceiving and are at more risk of producing kids with Downes Syndrome, I wonder how much of the increase in autism, Apergers, allergies etc can be put down to poor quality input from the dad.

  146. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Mr Morrison, who is a supporter of a strong migration program as a driver of economic growth, is said to have signed off on the original package as ­treasurer but would be likely now to seek to review the package before taking it to the new cabinet. In a sign that as Prime Minister he will seek to put his own stamp on the policy, Mr Morrison has created the new portfolio of population to sit alongside infrastructure and cities, now overseen by Mr Tudge, the former citizenship minister.

    From the Oz – about this brain fart of sending migrants to the regions for five years. Don’t hope for any cuts to immigration.

  147. Stimpson J. Cat

    Don’t these girls have mothers?

    Women have changed Calli.
    Everyone knows this.

  148. Dr Faustus

    Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity will affect the Wentworth by-election and this graph proves it

    Small business owner Ian Nessick, who has lived in the electorate for almost 30 years, said he would vote for the Liberal Party if Mr Turnbull was in the running, but was now considering the Greens.

    “Now Australia is the new South Africa. We’re going backward at a rapid pace. It’s white Australia. People drowning on boats.

    It certainly proves Turnbull was a loony magnet.

  149. H B Bear

    How are they going to keep migrants in the bush for 5 years? Chain them to a tree?

    Just when you think government in this country can’t get any worse, it does.

  150. mh

    Andrew Gillum gets another $650,000 from billionaire donors Soros, Steyer

    Andrew Gillum is getting some major last minute help from a couple familiar names.

    Billionaire donors George Soros and Tom Steyer are directing $650,000 to Gillum’s political committee, Forward Florida — a last-minute cash infusion aimed at boosting the Tallahassee mayor in the closing days of the Democratic primary of the Florida governor’s race.

    The donations, according to Politico which first reported them, come in the form of $250,000 from Soros, $300,00o from Steyer and another $100,000 from anonymous donors “affiliated with” the two billionaires…
    ….”We are seeing real momentum on the ground and in the polls for Andrew Gillum, and we’re excited to help push Gillum, the most progressive candidate in the race, across the finish line on Tuesday,” Bercow said.

    https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/08/23/andrew-gillum-gets-another-650000-from-billionaire-donors-soros-steyer/

  151. Diogenes

    The stunning poll results, conducted by ReachTEL on Monday night,

    I was robo polled last night, although I live in what is now a nominally safe ALP seat. I ended up up hanging up on the call after a few questions as it was obvious what the result was they were looking for (ie the Libs are awful for getting rid of Mick Trumble). I correctly answered that I would be less likely to vote Coalition this time, but none of the reasons why why gave the option to say it was because the picked the wrong man, and/or ScoMo ‘s ministry choices are beyond awful.

    Ceterum autem censeo Factio Liberlii esse delendam

  152. struth

    If you are running on what your particular electorate wants you to run on, in other words BEING A REPRESENTATIVE in the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, you don’t need any unity with anyone.
    This is how OUR constitutional writers expected it to operate.
    If all Liberals left the party and ran on what their constituents wanted, and introduced bills accordingly……
    Firstly, you’d actually see them around the electorate, finding out what their voters wanted them to do in parliament.
    Other representatives would find their constituents feel the same way, etc, and a bill gets introduced to parliament.
    People would be more engaged politically, instead of the apathy we see now, as most don’t even know who their reps are, and feel it’s all pointless anyway.
    If voting wasn’t compulsory in Australia, you’d get about 30% of the voters we get now.

    Voting isn’t compulsory in councils, although now they bluff people into believing it is.
    Before this unconstitutional non parliament of councillors bluffed everyone, how many people voted in council elections when they knew it wasn’t compulsory?
    The five local whackjobs every shire has.
    You know, the embittered lefty on disability for being too fat and others who find hair washing gets in the way of their dreams of totalitarianism.

    We never got taught our constitution at school, the evil Whitlam seeing to that.

  153. Leigh Lowe

    MORRISON’S TEAM COULD WIN THIS
    NICK MINCHIN

    Trump’s disciplined presidential campaign is an example of how to sell your ideas

    Step 1 : Get some ideas that don’t involve tax and spend, spend and tax.

  154. Stimpson J. Cat

    I wonder how much of the increase in autism, Apergers, allergies etc can be put down to poor quality input from the dad.

    I think you will find it is always the woman’s fault.
    Always.

  155. Eddystone

    My daughter would outline her grand plans after school, which started with dreams of travel and career success, and ended with, “and then I’ll get married and have a family”.

    I would tell her, “those eggs aren’t getting any fresher you know”.

    She did listen, bless her.

  156. Diogenes

    Labor is highly vulnerable to a professional, well-run Coalition campaign.

    From Minchin’s quote, 2 things..
    1 .How are they going to pay for it ?
    2. Given the clown show that is teh current cabinet how likely is this to happen ?

    Ceterum autem censeo Factio Liberalii esse delendam

  157. struth

    If you want to see a government collapse overnight, watch what happens when you decide to send third world filth out to the regions full of actual Aussies, where the conservatives call home.

    Mr Suburban U.N.PM.

    You’re a city boy.
    We’ve had enough of the filthy roadhouses in outer regions already taken over by third world filth that won’t clean a toilet.
    So bad in fact, BP has started kicking some of them out.

    Send anymore out here city boy, and you’ll get your lunch packed for you, and your arse kicked that hard, it will make Trumble’s downfall look like he decided to go voluntarily.

  158. Ivan Denisovich

    reportedly

    reputedly

  159. Bruce of Newcastle

    I ended up up hanging up on the call after a few questions

    That’s why polls are so crap right now. Last time I was robopolled I got to the question which major party would you preference. Only options were LNP or ALP. No “neither” or “don’t know” options. Since I could not answer I hung up. In the election I voted informal in the Reps rather than preference either of them.

    If the major parties are funding these polls they should ask for their money back, as the data generated is obviously wrong. No wonder they keep on being surprised on voting day.

  160. C.L.

    Be it recorded that the Cohen/Trump tower ‘report’ of last week – now binned like so many “explosive” “bombshells” before it – was partially ‘reported’ by Carl Bernstein, a left-wing kookball conspiracy theorist whose name is now synonymous with ‘too good to check’ fake news.

  161. RobK

    About 70 per cent of back-over crashes happen in driveways at home where young children are around and experts believe many of these could be avoided if cars were fitted with rear-facing cameras.
    When i was taught to drive, the training was: if you can’t see all 4 wheels as you approach the car, you should walk around it, check for flat tyres, oil+water leaks and tricycles etc. I dont think many people do that.

  162. H B Bear

    ReachTEL polling is less accurate than chicken bones thrown in the dirt of an African hut.

  163. Dr Faustus

    Labor is highly vulnerable to a professional, well-run Coalition campaign.

    That is possibly true; Labor in personnel, policy and practice is shit on a stick.
    However revealing the turd in all its glory requires a rip-tear-kill campaign – and competing personnel, policies and practices that differ significantly.

  164. C.L.

    This is the same Cdl. Tobin who mistakenly tweeted out “Nighty-night, baby. I love you” — then claimed he meant to send a private message to one of his sisters.

    Good Lord.

  165. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Send anymore out here city boy, and you’ll get your lunch packed for you, and your arse kicked that hard, it will make Trumble’s downfall look like he decided to go voluntarily.

    Fro shame, struth, don’t you understand the business opportunities here? The new arrivals, will, of course demand a mosque, halal food at the local supermarket, appropriate support services, including counseling, culturally appropriate hospital and medical services…

  166. Chris

    Don’t these girls have mothers?

    Sling a few baby items on top of the wardrobe in the spare bedroom – pram and a bouncinette or change table, mothers notice them when they visit and don’t hassle you so much.

  167. C.L.

    bouncinette

    What ever happened to those things?
    I remember giving one a rigorous test with one of my baby sisters in it. 🙂

  168. Infidel Tiger

    Banned I think.

    Too dangerous!

  169. Chris

    What ever happened to those things?

    As I wrote it I thought I hadn’t seen one in decades.
    Baby crap you can get off the verge rubbish has really improved these days.

  170. Stimpson J. Cat

    Important Message For The Women From Stimpy

    It has come to my attention that many, if not all of today’s women seem to have forgotten the wisdom, manners, and grace of their forbears.
    To remedy this, each day I will be quoting from Eulalia Richards classic Ladies Handbook, published in 1939.
    I hope these excerpts educate you in how far we have fallen.

    It is the right of every child to be well born, therefore it is the duty of every prospective mother to train herself to such a degree of health and strength as will enable her to bestow upon her child the blessing of a sound body. Many a bride has made a miserable failure of marriage because she was wholly unfitted to discharge its sacred duties. The sensible maiden will, like the wise virgin, fill her lamp with oil before the bridegroom comes. She will store her mind with useful knowledge, and will train her fingers until they become deft in such housewifely arts as cookery, sewing, mending, and sick-nursing.
    It is only by giving consideration to these important matters that the young woman may approach her marriage with a reasonable assurance of making it a success.

  171. Snoopy

    bouncinette

    What ever happened to those things?

    They now come with variable speed automated rocking and muzak to attract the baby shower market. Thank the Lord for Chinese shit.

  172. Boambee John

    cohenite
    #2804632, posted on August 29, 2018 at 10:27 am
    CNN in the shit, again:

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/08/27/another-very-fake-news-scandal-engulfs-cnn-with-fake-michael-cohen-russia-story/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=daily&utm_content=links&utm_campaign=20180828

    Don’t tell m0nty. He was having a wet dream about DJT being impeached on the strength of that report.

  173. C.L.

    The CNN/Bernstein/Davis fake news scandal is incredible. Trump Jr nails it:

    “There may have been a time when Carl Bernstein was a good reporter,” Trump, Jr., told Breitbart News. “Those days are clearly long gone. Now he’s sharing bylines with Obama political appointees like Jim Sciutto and publishing partisan hit pieces that are easily debunked. CNN won’t correct this obviously fake story because they’re trying to protect their investment in a once-revered journalist who, to any objective observer, has devolved into just another Leftist pundit, frothing at the mouth with Stage 3 Trump Derangement Syndrome. CNN and Bernstein are a perfect match for each other — they’ve both become parodies of their former selves.”

  174. Snoopy

    Would Woodward and Bernstein have been all over Nixon if he was a Democrat? Would the FBI’s Mark Felt become Deep Throat?

    LOL

  175. Stimpson J. Cat

    Credit Mike Cernovich For This:

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  176. LOL of course I meant VCs, not NKs.

    Jesus was a lefty?

    He must have been pissed off with our lady of Fatima and the message about the great evil of the world, communism.
    She got the narrative all wrong.

    Hmm, not sure I read anythung about Karl Marx in the Bible.

  177. Cary

    Peter Dutton is going to be done slowly. Couldn’t happen to a sweeter bloke. By this time next year, he will be unemployable.

  178. Would Woodward and Bernstein have been all over Nixon if he was a Democrat? Would the FBI’s Mark Felt become Deep Throat?

    Not sure this talking point floats, Snoop. Nixon was a crook, the whistleblowers were drawing attention to high crimes.

    How about going with the Capone comparisons, they seem even more apposite LOL.

  179. bouncinette

    Frowned upon these days due to risk of SIDS.

  180. John Constantine

    Their one party State can never bring themselves to waver from their voteherds plantation economic growth faith.

    Rural councils are now occupied with unelected freedom fighters for the revolutionary struggle.

    The permits for housing the mass imported welfare clients are already issued, refugee dispersal areas test poorly, so the State is calling it ‘get your fair share of economic growth’.

    Dropping imported people from helicopters into the outback for economic stimulus is far more effective than printing money to drop from helicopters, because of diversity.

    Comrades.

  181. Zatara

    The Catholic Church started the left lean in the 1950-60s. Before that it was virulently anti-communist.

    The Decree Against Communism was a 1949 Catholic Church document issued by the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office, and approved by Pope Pius XII, which declared Catholics who professed Communist doctrine to be excommunicated as apostates from the Christian faith.

    Holy See–Soviet Union relations

  182. Their one party State can never bring themselves to waver from their voteherds plantation economic growth faith.

    If it’s a one party state then the concept of voteherds is kind of redundant. You lot need to think through your ideology, you are lacking internal consistency.

  183. struth

    Fatima is undoubtedly the most prophetic of modern apparitions. The first and second parts of the “secret”—which are here published in sequence so as to complete the documentation—refer especially to the frightening vision of hell, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Second World War, and finally the prediction of the immense damage that Russia would do to humanity by abandoning the Christian faith and embracing Communist totalitarianism.

  184. Habib

    Turnbullitis seems to be highly contagious, another never-heard-of bint has tossed her toys out of the cot, and announced she won’t contest the next election which she’d lose by the length of the straight. I hope it spreads.

    Apparently she had “a harsh conversation” which caused he to lose her shit.

  185. struth

    You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pope Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.[9]

  186. Empire 5:5

    John McCain – patriot, or paytriot?

  187. Empire 5:5

    You lot need to think through your ideology, you are lacking internal consistency.

    Self reflection is good, you just need to lose the projection.

    There is still time to repent. Window open, but not for long!

  188. IT;

    More likely they were predatory homosexuals who used the church as cover. Same as they did to the scouts and any other place young men gathered.

    IT nails it.
    Wherever prey gathers, you will find the predators watching for the weak and vulnerable.
    Trust me on this.

  189. Tel

    Hmm, not sure I read anythung about Karl Marx in the Bible.

    The 10th Commandment should have been sufficient warning.

  190. thefrolickingmole

    Eulalia Richards

    I like the cut of her jib…

  191. Leo G

    Gab posted on August 28, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    If leftism is not eradicated from within the Church, then neither will the homo-driven abuse activities be stopped.

    m0nty responded at 12:02 am

    Yeah there was this leftist called Jesus who started all that rot. But the conservatives gave him some what for.

    I don’t know about m0nty’s leftist Jesus who he claims started all that “homo-driven abuse activities” within the Church.
    He can’t be the person I usually associate with the name- He wasn’t on Earth when the Church was founded.
    Moreover that Jesus was apolitical, so not of the Left nor the Right. There is His translated quote:

    Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s

  192. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2804663, posted on August 29, 2018 at 11:16 am
    LOL of course I meant VCs, not NKs.

    Actually it was the North Viets who held McCain at the Alamo, not the (South Viet) VCs.

  193. Top Ender

    Told you about this Fred. Shame you lot didn’t pay the $50 each.

  194. Death Giraffe

    Leftist Jesus says:
    “Woman’s right to choose”.

  195. Death Giraffe

    Leftist Jesus says:
    “Subsidise renewables”.

  196. Death Giraffe

    Leftist Jesus says:
    “If it feels good, do it, man”.

  197. Death Giraffe

    Leftist Jesus says:
    “Pope Fonzie rulz”.

  198. Chris

    Peter Dutton is going to be done slowly. Couldn’t happen to a sweeter bloke. By this time next year, he will be unemployable.

    Unlike the left-thugs, who will have cradle to grave employment in the Public Sector, academia, the ALP and Greens and for the really criminal, the CFFMEU.

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