Wednesday Forum: January 9, 2019

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  1. Percy Popinjay

    Sawadee ka, Cats! Bangkok is magnificent. Absolutely chaotic, crowded, held together with sticky tape and chewing gum, noisy, polluted, steamy, seamy and utterly ignorant of our (not so beloved) nanny state. Gorgeous Thai girls riding side saddle on motor cycles in traffic that flows like fresh water through a pebble strewn stream.

    It functions as a true metropolis should.

    I’ve been so impressed, the Pith Helmet hasn’t left the motel room. Speaking of which, the views from the 31st floor are breathtaking.

    Heading north tomorrow to catch up with another Cat, on the latest stage of this mighty adventure, which culminates in the mystical northern city of Chiang Mai.

    การอำลา, for now, my friends.

  2. Infidel Tiger

    Explain to me the dichotomy that libertarians say that they embrace decentralisation but spend their days defending the corporate/globalist state which inexorably leads to a more centralised economy and power structure?

    O notice JC couldnt answer this straight forward question.

  3. Nelson Kidd-Players

    One camera near Holmesglen College earned $8 million last financial year.

  4. Mitch M.

    Explain to me the dichotomy that libertarians say that they embrace decentralisation but spend their days defending the corporate/globalist state which inexorably leads to a more centralised economy and power structure?

    The issue is about the concentration of power and corporations are very focused on increasing competitive, financial and political power so eventually they become the same problem as bureaucracies. Libertarians seem to think that corporate power is benevolent, the naive childish fools.

  5. JC

    The secret is getting kids to destroy the cameras by paying them through a gofundme scheme. The problem is verification and making sure the cops couldn’t get the information in some way. $2,000 bucks a camera should do it. The cops would be ropable because it would mean they would have to work harder. However, using kids means the penalties would be far smaller because the governments would very wary of throwing kids in the clink.

  6. JC

    Artie

    I couldn’t be bothered tonight. Promise I will deal with it tomorrow. It’s easy, but wordy and I’m about to start episode 3 of season 3 of Gomrrah.

  7. Infidel Tiger

    Exactly Mitch.

    Only a return to localism can free us.

    The ancients were very wise and smart with how they traded with each other. We must get back to basics.

  8. DrBeauGan

    Would I have any customers for a tee-shirt saying “Bugger the entire political class: Politicians, Public Servants and Fake News Journos” . On the back it would say “With a broken bottle.”

  9. Mitch M.

    The secret is getting kids to destroy the cameras by paying them through a gofundme scheme.

    Hell No because because if it becomes a thing you will be tracked down and you as an adult will be charged with many offences and I wouldn’t be surprised if they threw in a few pedo accusations and charges just to make sure you get completely butt fucked in jail because without the pedo stuff in jail someone destroying traffic cameras would be hailed as a God.

  10. Steve trickler

    You’re on an island, safe and protected and this happens in front of your eyes over a relatively short time span.



  11. struth

    Let me make this very clear, Stimpson. When a man ( I note we are now no longer talking about pixels on a page à la struth’s cowardly definition)

    What drugs are you on, you little turd of a woman?

    You really have an anti male hang up.

    And now we learn there is a Mr None.
    Poor bastard.

    I bet he loves it when you spend your time here and leave him alone.
    Probably sick of hearing how you have a vested interest in the welfare of women and children ’cause you is one…………………

    You won’t be told , None, we’ve all worked that out.

    And you have the sense of humour of a greens voter.

  12. Infidel Tiger

    Percy, how does Bangkok compare to Sydney?

  13. struth

    Localism is not the opposite of corporatism IT.
    I wish you’d come into some money (so to speak)

  14. DrBeauGan

    The ancients were very wise and smart with how they traded with each other. We must get back to basics.

    They didn’t have computers or smartphones, IT. Or a whole lot of other things I like having.

  15. JC

    mitch

    Would paying them with bitcoin help with anon? There’s got to be a way of getting punters to fund the exercise, verify the kid who did it and keeping it away from the cops.

    When I say kids, I talking about latter teens, not toddlers, FFS.

  16. Dave in Marybrook

    Pfff, a return to localism?
    Sinister corporate power?
    Next, you nongs will be talking of sinister corporate agriculture, and the need for a return to locavore veganism.
    Free choice. The government acts only to protect individuals from other men, from theft and fraud and threats. Individuals are responsible for their own choices.

  17. Infidel Tiger

    Free choice. The government acts only to protect individuals from other men, from theft and fraud and threats. Individuals are responsible for their own choices.

    If you believe that is true then you are perhaps mainlining some locally sourced Balingup fungi.

    Please. We are trying to class this place up and restore some intellectual rigour.

    Enough boiler plate idiocy. The lies and the stupidity must cease.

  18. Old School Conservative

    Fifita was slapped with a $3,000 reparation sum, which his father in Sydney paid.

    From the “I have a bomb” story.

    Looks like the sins of the sons are visited on the fathers.

  19. None

    Wifey wants to go there after Capri. I’d rather go to Rome.

    Gob to Sicily; hire a car.

  20. Percy Popinjay

    IT – the former is much more of an unrelenting and enjoyable assault on the senses than the latter. It is in your face, nonstop.

    What I’m loving is the complete rejection of the nanny state – people take their chances and fate be damned. You’re also far more likely to be bashed or robbed in Sydney, I’d wager.

  21. Infidel Tiger

    Asia is great.

    I lobe the madness and the hidden order.

  22. struth

    Corporatism is a corruptible government being corrupted by business big or small, for the benefit of that business against it’s competitors.

    Government is too big and has too much power if it can effect outcomes in such a way that corrupting the regulation becomes attractive.

    It is not business large or small that is the problem when it comes to corporatism.

    Business is such, and competition is such, that if a government is corruptible, it will be corrupted.

    Corporatism is caused by government .
    Corruptible government with too much power over business via regulation and the like.
    The smallest company can gain a business advantage by getting a corruptible government to act in it’s favour.
    That’s corporatism.
    The smallest ruinables company being showered with tax payers money etc, and the complete control and regulation means the government, corrupt and owned by the Chinese, means ruinables as small as some are, are benefitting from corporatism.

  23. None

    Nearly two-thirds of roadside speed cameras in France have been burnt, painted over, blown up, smashed or simply covered with ‘gilets jaunes’ after President Macron’s government reduced the speed limit on country roads to 80 km/h from 90 km/h.

    Memories of prosh back when students had a bit of spunk. Used to paint over parking meters as well . Go you magnificent bastards.

  24. Twostix

    I was watching some home building show on youtube and realised how none of the builders were wearing retard fluro vests. Just men building a house.

    I cringed at how pathetic the australian working class is. It eagerly donned the infant jimjams given to it by the bugman class daycare workers.

  25. The A.D.

    Evolutionary psychologists.
    I’m tired of these assholes with their explanations of everything boiling down to “this helped people survive”.
    How stupid.
    How bland.
    How trivial.
    Does it not ever occur to these idiots that you could come up with a story for anything that ends up with this conclusion?

  26. None

    I cringed at how pathetic the australian working class is. It eagerly donned the infant jimjams given to it by the bugman class daycare workers.

    Those jim jams have to be off a specific colour within a specific spectrum especially if you are going out onto a road and if not the fines a horrendous

  27. Dave in Marybrook

    All your “corporate greed” piffle is weak. You’re sounding like first year German sociology students, moaning about a lack of free wi-fi coverage while backpacking in paradise and bitterly sub-drunk on the cheapest Aldi plonk you can find.
    Don’t make me link to a Jordan Peterson video.

  28. Old School Conservative

    bespoke’s video of a young woman acting like a 3 year old throwing a tantrum shows the bloke up too.
    Fancy laughing at her during her meltdown. His “emotional intelligence” would have to be extremely low.
    Just filming the scene was juvenile enough, but to make it available to the public smacks of a man of low morals indeed.

    He’s an idiot just for wanting to get his tyres rotated instead of going out on the lake with his good looking wife.
    The whole thing smells fishy – I think he set her up.

  29. Infidel Tiger

    Looks increasingly likely that Trump and his operatives have destroyed Bezos.

    What a god emperor he is.

    Kneel before Zod.

  30. Twostix

    Corporations are a government entity which exists purely and only because of humongous goverment intervention in the market.

    No true libertarian could support such monstrosities.

  31. Percy Popinjay

    the madness and the hidden order

    Indeed – it is everywhere.

  32. mh

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    Cryin Chuck told his favorite lie when he used his standard sound bite that I “slammed the table & walked out of the room. He had a temper tantrum.” Because I knew he would say that, and after Nancy said no to proper Border Security, I politely said bye-bye and left, no slamming!

  33. Infidel Tiger

    All your “corporate greed” piffle is weak. You’re sounding like first year German sociology students, moaning about a lack of free wi-fi coverage while backpacking in paradise and bitterly sub-drunk on the cheapest Aldi plonk you can find.
    Don’t make me link to a Jordan Peterson video.

    No one has mentioned corporate greed. Stop being a low wattage boiler plate spruiking zombie.

    This is an argument about the division of economic power, political influence and the bureaucratic state. This is the debate about the very future of our society and culture.

    Feel free to sleepwalk into your home brand induced dystopia.

  34. DrBeauGan

    Struth is right, the source of corporatism is big government. And government grows by having people who profit from that growth. It’s now in the interest of more than half the population to have big government. So no change is possible democratically.

    We’re phukt.

  35. struth

    Sorry old School Conservative, but if she put her feet up on the dash of my car, she’d be walking home.
    It’s a sackable offence ’round these parts.

    The amount of women that for some reason need to stick their feet on dash boards is amazing.
    It’s one of the great mysteries of the world, even with jeans on, so they are not trying for a tan.
    I think it’s just the natural feeling of having their legs in the air………………………..

  36. None

    struth

    #2904033, posted on January 11, 2019 at 12:04 am

    I await Stimpson’s next lecture on befitting behaviour for a woman and the joys of double standards.

  37. Infidel Tiger

    Localism for a better world.

  38. struth

    Corporations are a government entity

    First I knew.

    How so?

  39. The A.D.

    In order to have a world where children exist, it is necessary that humans have a finite lifespan.
    This is good: People dying gives us a world where bright eyed innocence exists.
    In order to have a world of innovation and dynamism might it not be necessary that corporations have some limits on their life?
    Like death, it would need to be inevitable but unplanned and unexpected.
    Maybe some kind of Carousel from Logan’s run- type arrangement for board and management.

  40. Infidel Tiger

    Corporations only exist under government fiat.

    My goodness. What is working with this website?

    Are you all operating on wind power?

  41. mh

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    There is GREAT unity with the Republicans in the House and Senate, despite the Fake News Media working in overdrive to make the story look otherwise. The Opposition Party & the Dems know we must have Strong Border Security, but don’t want to give “Trump” another one of many wins!

  42. struth

    I await Stimpson’s next lecture on befitting behaviour for a woman and the joys of double standards

    Why?
    You’re not listening anyway.
    Here we are all trying to teach you how to be a respectful lady at the catallaxy school for young debutantes, and all to no avail.
    Here you have the cream of western civilisation trying to impart our wisdom, yet you thumb your nose at knowledge, at respect , and at your natural masters……….men.
    If you won’t listen to us as we gently prod you into an awakening, maybe one of your sisters can help you out.
    Here’s the words from a wise Kiwi woman, Sharon O’Neil.

    Maxine, you’re not the only one, to take the whole world on,……..no one’s ever won.

  43. Twostix

    First I knew.

    How so?

    Is this a joke?

  44. None

    Maybe some kind of Carousel from Logan’s run- type arrangement for board and management.

    I don’t mind that idea for the Senate.

  45. struth

    A Council is a corporation, yes.
    But many a corporation is registered as a corporation and other than that has nothing to do with government, and is private enterprise.

  46. mh

    Leaving soon? Ailing Ginsburg has repeatedly promised to work only at ‘full steam’

    …Although Ginsburg said last summer that she hopes to serve until she is 90, she has been consistent about when it will be time for her to hang up the robe: “I said I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam,” she said on Dec. 17 at the New York City premier of “On the Basis of Sex,” a movie based on her early career. Five days later, Ginsburg underwent surgery to remove early-stage cancerous nodules and was hospitalized for several days.

    Last February, Ginsburg used the same phrase during an event at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. “As long as I can do the job full steam, I will be here,” she said.

    “I will retire when it’s time,” Ginsburg told NPR’s Nina Totenberg in 2016. “And when is it time? When I can’t do the job full steam.” She used the same “full steam” phrase on at least two other occasions….


    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/leaving-soon-ailing-ginsburg-has-repeatedly-promised-to-work-only-at-full-steam

  47. None

    Why?
    You’re not listening anyway.

    And here I was thinking this was a libertarian blog and a forum for free thinkers.

    Here we are all trying to teach you how to be a respectful lady at the catallaxy school for young debutantes, and all to no avail.

    Maybe that’s because I’m not a debutante and am playing you like a violin.

    Here you have the cream of western civilisation trying to impart our wisdom, yet you thumb your nose at knowledge, at respect , and at your natural masters……….men.

    FMD. If this is the cream it’s way past its use by date and the strep has gone feral.

  48. struth

    Hey Arky, just say hi and respond.
    You have a history here.
    We can tell by the way you write and your opinions.
    Just say hi, and then we’ll have no more of it, and you can go back to being AD.
    Does that stand for After Death Giraffe?

  49. None

    As officials in Nairobi deliberated introducing the language in schools, they received support from Beijing over the past few years. A delegation of Chinese scholars helped with developing the courses, while scholarships were doled out to Kenyan graduate students to study in Chinese universities.

    no different how are universities you take money from Beijing and who reject money to teach anything related to Western Civilization.

  50. Snoopy

    What I’m loving is the complete rejection of the nanny state – people take their chances and fate be damned. You’re also far more likely to be bashed or robbed in Sydney, I’d wager.

    Are you be in Harare?

  51. struth

    Jeez, I wasn’t expecting that response None!!

    he he.

  52. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Are there any cases of a feet-on-the-dash type having the passenger airbag go off?

  53. None

    You’re also far more likely to be bashed or robbed in Sydney, I’d wager.

    The Thais are a lot more subtle about robbing you and they are quite happy to spend hours if not days setting you up. You’ll soon find that there’s no such thing as free speech in Thailand either.

  54. Infidel Tiger

    A positive day.

    None of you will be buying home brand, shopping at Coolies liquor stores and from now on you will be sourcing and seeking independent retailers for all your purchases.

    The pull of corporatism is strong but must be rejected for your soul’s sake

  55. Twostix

    But many a corporation is registered as a corporation and other than that has nothing to do with government, and is private enterprise

    There’s a log jam in your mind.

    A corporation is literally a government entity. It exists only because of hundreds of thousands of pages of legislation creating the very concept of a ‘corporation’.

    No true libertarian could support such a leviathan intrusion into the market.

  56. Dave in Marybrook

    Okay, back it up then.
    Explain to me how the legal existence of a corporation- however big or successful or supported in principle by government- impinges on my personal liberty.
    If you can’t, then I’d suggest you’re having a jealous whinge.

  57. None

    Okay, back it up then.
    Explain to me how the legal existence of a corporation- however big or successful or supported in principle by government- impinges on my personal liberty.

    Google Facebook Twitter

  58. struth

    A corporation is literally a government entity. It exists only because of hundreds of thousands of pages of legislation creating the very concept of a ‘corporation’

    A business only exists if it is registered, and the rules regarding what a business is and what it can do, partnership, sole trader, pty ltd, also have thousands of pages of legislation associated with it.

    Is a business a government entity?

  59. Twostix

    corporation- however big or successful or supported in principle by government- impinges on my personal liberty.

    Explain how vast amounts of state resources being used to distort markets violates fake libertarian doctrine on limited government?

  60. Infidel Tiger

    Explain to me how the legal existence of a corporation- however big or successful or supported in principle by government- impinges on my personal liberty.

    What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. I don’t like it any more than you men.

  61. The A.D.

    Anyone who supports corporations after the last two years has demonstrated the lying, vicious behaviour of corporate mainstream media needs serious sedation.
    Do you not think all the other corporations are likely up to the same things?
    In the swamp up to their necks.
    Their is little private enterprise.
    Just a bunch of elitist, crony capitalists in cahoots with bought politicians.

  62. struth

    Explain how vast amounts of state resources being used to distort markets violates fake libertarian doctrine on limited government?

    The government is doing that, not the corporations.
    The corporations may be benefitting from that.

    Not only corporations but any business right down to sole traders can be the recipients of corrupt government largesse, distorting the market.

  63. Dave in Marybrook

    Yeah I’ve never lost a moment’s sleep for Google, or Facebook, or Twitter.
    Or Myspace, or AOL, or WhatsApp or Instagram or Reddit or Tumblr.
    So far, this anti-Corporation stuff just sounds like it’s straight out of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Ooohhh hang on a minute….

  64. I see their ABC has brought a new meaning to the phrase “Free to Air”

  65. Infidel Tiger

    We’re having a debate about globalisation and the dark hand of corporatism and its societal destruction…

    “ aaah but a company is just a group of like minded people forming a tax effective corporate structure”

    Fuck me. Fuck. Me.

    You’ve got to be better than this people. You really do.

  66. C.L.

    I was watching some home building show on youtube and realised how none of the builders were wearing retard fluro vests. Just men building a house.

    I cringed at how pathetic the australian working class is. It eagerly donned the infant jimjams given to it by the bugman class daycare workers.

    It’s pathetic.
    Even more astonishing is that some people (mostly men, of course) wear the hi-viz voluntarily in their own time in order to appear more … blokey, worky and Aussie. Dickless convicts.
    And then there are the politicians. They cannot attend a pothole amelioration presser or a factory without wearing a yellow vest. Because it’s possible they and the 50 people grouped around them could be taken out by a forklift at any moment. If only. What we’re talking about, then, is showy effeteness where “safety” has been badge-engineered to denote ockerness; or, in other words, being an obedient, non risk-taking fag is now considered a defining element of Australian masculinity.

  67. Percy Popinjay

    Noops – are you be without brain? Read the comments upthread for the full context.

    And no, I’m not in Mosquebourne.

  68. Dave in Marybrook

    We’ll need to maintain the distinction between capitalism and Crony Capitalism.
    Not that struth isn’t clear in front of you mutterers though.

  69. struth

    Just a bunch of elitist, crony capitalists in cahoots with bought politicians.

    Yes, but it’s not just “corporations”

    Big and small business , from sole traders to corporations benefit from corrupt government.

    Do you really think that the corporation is the problem, or the fact that there is a politician able to be bought that weilds too much power over business in the first place.

    I got news for you.
    It ain’t just corporation benefitting from corrupt government .
    The fault lies with government.

  70. Percy Popinjay

    being an obedient, non risk-taking fag is now considered a defining element of Australian masculinity.

    Indeed – ‘oges would be ‘orrified.

  71. None

    The term is fluoro monkeys, C.L. Ironically a term of derision coined by the very chattering class which created them.

  72. Dave in Marybrook

    “First, they came for the Corporations.
    And I did nothing, because I operate as a Pty Ltd family trust…”

  73. Infidel Tiger

    We’ll need to maintain the distinction between capitalism and Crony Capitalism.

    What the fuxk do you think we are taking about?!

    The Coles and the Woolworths of this world can never exist without cronyism. This is the insidious dichotomy of The Market worshipping drone.

    Corporatism and the State are in cahoots. And not for our benefit.

  74. struth

    We’re having a debate about globalisation and the dark hand of corporatism and its societal destruction…

    Corporatism is another word for crony capitalism.
    Corporatism is not corporations.
    These are two separate words with separate meanings.

    Crony capitalists corrupt government.
    They don’t have to be in a corporation.
    But the government should not be corruptible.

    This is how it happens in shitfull socialists hell holes like ours.

    The government strangles the opposition to the crony capitalist’s business with regulation, or gives them grants, or picks winners in many other corrupt ways.
    And the crony capitalists don’t have to be part of a corporation for that to happen.

    We are now becoming exactly what we were telling Monty Nazi Germany was.
    The means of production controlled by the government, not owned by it, and all the corruption and crony capitalism and picking winners that goes with it.

    All caused by too much government, and a corruptible government.

  75. Twostix

    A business only exists if it is registered, and the rules regarding what a business is and what it can do, partnership, sole trader, pty ltd, also have thousands of pages of legislation associated with it.

    Is a business a government entit

    Don’t be this daft to confuse regulation of human behaviour with incorporation.

    Sole traders and partnerships are a natural act and existed long before corporations and will exist long after.

    The government recognises this fact and treats them completely separately.

    Spend 15 minutes reading about the genesis of corporate law then it’ll all be clear.

  76. struth

    Corporatism and the State are in cahoots. And not for our benefit.

    No corporatism IS the state being in cahouts with whatever crony capitalist business, corporation, sole trader etc.

    Look, for all I know, Malcom’s son in Singapore could be a sole trader.
    He is not a corporation.
    He is a crony capitalist in cahoots with his dad to regarding the funding of renewable companies by the Australian government.
    That’s corporatism…….without the corporation.
    We are on the same page, but this “corporatism word is throwing you.
    Nigel farage really brought it into existence because the type of behaviour we have talked about above was being called capitalism by the left.

    It’s crony capitalism or corporatism.
    It doesn’t require a corporation for it to happen, and in all instances a corruptible government is to blame no matter what.
    If there was no corruptible government, there’d be no crony capitalists.

  77. Twostix

    The government is doing that, not the corporations.
    The corporations may be benefitting from that.

    It’s like trying to explain why the aristocracy and its separate laws and courts and rules, is not, in fact divine but simply a creation of government, a legal entity, to a loyalist 16th century serf.

  78. None

    Naturally the girls are much more fearless in than the boys.

  79. Nick

    Percy, I was in Bangkok a few days ago. It’s changed a lot though there’s still plenty of fun to be had.

  80. Mitch M.

    So far, this anti-Corporation stuff just sounds like it’s straight out of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Ooohhh hang on a minute….

    It’s not anti-corporation. It is a simple recognition that when human beings gain power over others they will potentially exploit that. This stuff about it always being the government’s fault is just corporate absolutism, as if corporations can do no wrong. Corporations are simply one demonstration of how power can be abused. Powerful people have been screwing the weaker long before corporations or government. What are you suggesting, that any criticism of corporations is anti-corporate? Are they that sacred to you that they must not be questioned? Are you the last libertarian in the country?

  81. struth

    Spend 15 minutes reading about the genesis of corporate law then it’ll all be clear.

    I well understand the difference between corporations and other businesses, just as there are differences between those businesses and how they operate under law.
    If you remember I went right into it with councils some years ago arguing with dot.

    It’s not the fault of any entity other than the government that this goes on.
    If the government was not corruptible, neither corporations or any other crony capitalists could coerce it.

    The fact is crony capitalists exist outside of corporations as well, and none of them would exists without corruptible government that has too much power.

  82. Twostix

    Corporations will be the 21st,22nd,23rd centuries equivalent to the old aristocracy.

    People unable to imagine a world without them even after they have long outlived their good and become a terrifying menace to peaceful.people everywhere.

  83. struth

    It’s like trying to explain why the aristocracy and its separate laws and courts and rules, is not, in fact divine but simply a creation of government, a legal entity, to a loyalist 16th century serf.

    So far you’ve been an arrogant buffoon but haven’t offered an argument as to why you think crony capitalists only exist in corporations.

  84. Infidel Tiger

    The aristocracy were accountable and had to by threat of death do the right thing by their subjects.

    If only corporations were 1% as accountable.

  85. Twostix

    if the government was not corruptible, neither corporations or any other crony capitalists could coerce it.

    This is bolshevik utopianism.

  86. Twostix

    So far you’ve been an arrogant buffoon but haven’t offered an argument as to why you think crony capitalists only exist in corporations.

    I didn’t know we were arguing that but it’s easy mass scale and “limited liabilty”.

    The very reason governments created corporations in the first place.

  87. struth

    Of course crony capitalists exist in corporations.
    They exist in all manner of folk dealing with corrupt government.
    Can I ask why you think the corporations are “evil” debel debils and the cause of all our woes, people like soros, when without the ability to influence and corrupt a government , they’d be nothing.

    Honestly you sound like lefties.
    Maybe next you’ll start getting all stroppy about the one percenters.

    All I am saying is crony capitalism (corruption of government, or corporatism) exists outside of corporations AS WELL.
    Therefore the “corporation” as an entity is not the real problem here is it?

  88. Twostix

    Not that I ever argued that crony capitalists only exist in corporations.

    I just made the statement that corporations are a government entity and no true libertarian could support such a radical government distortion in the market.

  89. struth

    This is bolshevik utopianism.

    It’s anything but.

    Small accountable government kept in it’s place would minimise it’s power over industry and therefore the incentive to corrupt it is minimised.

  90. struth

    Look two stixs, governments made up corporations to get around shit for certain players, like councils, untouchable due to being corporations, basically.
    I get that.
    But corporatism is about corrupting government to gain a business advantage and occurs from all businesses that crony capitalists run.
    Whether woolworths is a corporation or not is irrelevant to their ability to corrupt government for their own business advantage.
    They could be a bloody family partnership and pull off the same corporatism (corruption) due to their size, money and ability to corrupt corruptible government.

  91. Dave in Marybrook

    I could get used to the term corporatism, but it invites a bit of woolly thinking from the pinkos. Crony capitalism as a term (for the same government-industrial complex) also tends to put capitalism on the nose by association, although I think it’s been around longer.
    But I’d still caution “corporate power” as a lazy axiom. It’s like “factory farm” and “conservative religion”, they often do weaselly damage the whole subject by indefinable invective.

  92. None

    Couples will still be granted early access to retirement savings to pay for IVF — but only if they have a diagnosed mental illness.

    Australia is really f***** in the head.

  93. President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for his border wall, which he described as “absolutely critical to border security” in his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday. But Department of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report by DHS.

    A photo exclusively obtained by NBC News shows the results of the test after military and Border Patrol personnel were instructed to attempt to destroy the barriers with common tools.

    Aaaaaahahahaha! Trump Steel is no match for a regular old Mexican hacksaw. He is no Hank Rearden, LOL.

  94. None

    People you are about to witness the birth of a Democrat. Do not think this does not happen at home. Please do look at the comments. Remember what I keep saying: deport the Greeks.

  95. Tom

    The lead story on the six o’clock TV news in Melbourne last night was about a woman planning to sue the Victorian Government after her car was clobbered by an overhead freeway gantry that collapsed without warning – which Roy (Chris “Roy” Taylor, Herald-Sun) has turned into a clever cartoon.

  96. Tom

    Armchair bugman Peter Broelman sydicates cartoons for Australian country newspapers from his comfy suburban home in Adelaide, so naturally he takes every opportunity to pour shit on his readers who vote for Pauline Hanson and One Nation.

  97. Tom

    Matt (Matt Pritchett, Telegraph, London).

  98. Tom

    The anti-democratic media establishment in Britain and Ireland continues its campaign to have the results of the 2016 Brexit referendum overturned: Harry Burton (Irish Times, Dublin).

  99. Tom

    Michael Ramirez (who now draws cartoons for the Las Vegas Review-Journal).

  100. Mater

    Aaaaaahahahaha! Trump Steel is no match for a regular old Mexican hacksaw. He is no Hank Rearden, LOL.

    That’s the result of a gas axe, monty, and nothing is impenetrable. How long do you think it took them to do this?
    Every barrier, including minefields, can be breached given sufficient time. The whole theory of barriers/obstacles is that they slow the invader down to allow time for a response. Hence, they must always be observed. Basic military and security theory, which you’d know nothing about.
    If the fence was fitted with simple sensors, even like those aluminium strips old burgler alarms had on windows, this issue of ‘cutting’ would be irrelevant. Seismic sensors are standard, also. The normal border response could be triggered automatically.
    The design is perfectly adequate with the addition of sensors, which was always going to be a requirement.

  101. Monty has never seen a hacksaw let alone used one.

  102. Bruce of Newcastle

    The UN is a gift that just keeps on giving…

    UN Elects Yemen, Worst on Gender Equality, as VP at UN’s Gender Equality Agency

    Yemen was ranked 149th out of 149 in last year’s Global Gender Gap Report, produced by the World Economic Forum.

    “How could the UN choose Yemen, a country that tolerates female genital mutilation, denies women hospital treatment without the permission of a male relative, and counts a woman’s testimony as worth half that of a man?” asked Neuer.

    I can’t wait for China to become the Paris Agreement CO2 supremo.

  103. calli

    The term is fluoro monkeys, C.L. Ironically a term of derision coined by the very chattering class which created them.

    Now why would that be, I wonder?

    The pollie in the hi-viz and hard hat (and now safety glasses) was once an object of scorn. Now they go unnoticed on the evening sound bite.

    I have a bright orange vest tucked away in the boot, just in case. It’s really a courtesy to machine operators who get to see you as they reverse, and don’t have to worry about squishing you.

    I suppose that’s another thing I have to hang up on the peg. 😐

  104. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Monty has never seen a hacksaw let alone used one.

    Imagine those manboobs flubbering around if he did try. WOuld get the gender neutered left in a tizzy.

  105. Mater

    I have a bright orange vest tucked away in the boot, just in case.

    I was contemplating doing the same but resisted on the premise that hopefully we’ll get a little bit of warning of the impending revolution.
    😉

  106. Dragnet

    CL @ #292 re the hi-vis …..
    Diatribe gold! I have copied it with your implied permission 😉

  107. calli

    Hi-viz is an ooggaboogga suit of armour for some workers and blinds them to real danger. A talisman or amulet to ward off accidents.

    Seen quite recently just down the road – a group of rather corpulent “supervisors” in hi-viz in a ring around a deep, unshored hole in sand strata. In the hole, an apprentice working on an irrigation coupling.

    But hey, he was safe. He was in hi-viz.

  108. Boambee John

    From Small Dead Animals

    Democratic operatives funded by left-wing tech billionaire Reid Hoffman ran a widespread campaign using misleading Facebook pages in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections, The Daily Caller News Foundation has found.

    American Engagement Technologies (AET), which was founded by former Obama administration official Mikey Dickerson, bought ads for two Facebook pages, “The Daily Real” and “Today’s Nation,” encouraging Republican voters to stay home in the midterm elections, Facebook’s ad archives show.

    Both pages appear to be designed to give the impression that they were operated by frustrated conservatives rather than by Democratic operatives.

    m0nty

    Get in here and explain these disgusting Demorat frauds during the mid-terms! Voter suppression, isn’t that something you have accused the Repubs of doing? Now it seems the Demorats were knee deep in it during the mid-terms, as well as in the special Alabama senate vote.

  109. calli

    Yeah, mater. I reckon it will give me magical energy as Rambler and I drag the loaded tumbrils to their final destination.

    Might swap it for green though. La Gilet Vert Citron has a nice ring to it.

  110. Mater

    Aaaaaahahahaha! Trump Steel is no match for a regular old Mexican hacksaw. He is no Hank Rearden, LOL.

    Perhaps he should contract it out to some socialists. They seem well versed in how to make walls and watchtowers.

  111. Eyrie

    calli, just like the reversing beepers on Bobcats etc that make building sites an absolute cacophony nowadays. There is usually so much noise that the beepers are completely ineffective. Reversing cameras are cheap nowadays so the operator can check clear behind.

  112. calli

    True, Eyrie. On site, you must have a heightened awareness of your surroundings, otherwise you’ll have an accident. It’s just so easy and nothing you wear can eliminate the possibility.

    When the bobcat is operating, stand clear. Simples. Except that you’re doing your own thing and concentrating on that.

    I nearly backed myself off a six metre drop because I was engrossed in a setout. The angel on my shoulder warned me just in time. Amazing how careful a near miss can make you.

  113. Mother Lode

    Monty has never seen a hacksaw let alone used one.

    Nonsense!

    In fact he insisted on riding a hacksaw when in Hong Kong.

    Sure he needed 175 stitches, and it was considered a minor miracle that he was able to reproduce, but such is the price of getting to know the real Hong Kong.

    (He found out about riding hacksaws from ‘Th e Toorists Guido to Asisa’.)

  114. calli

    This morning’s Climate Horror:

    Hottest, dryest January evah! Aaarrrrgh!

    Erm…it’s only the 11th you NPC flesh units.

  115. Shy Ted

    After reading yesterday’ comments I covered myself in haemorrhoid cream. This morning I look piles younger.

  116. Mother Lode

    Hottest, dryest January evah! Aaarrrrgh!

    That is nothing. It is already being reported that next month was the hottest February on record.

  117. Mother Lode

    I heard a doctor railing on about treatments for Hansen’s disease.

    I dismissed it however when I saw he himself did not have leprosy and therefore had no skin in the game.

  118. bespoke

    Infidel Tiger
    #2904005, posted on January 10, 2019 at 11:36 pm
    I love Italy, but it has to be split up.
    A return to the Papal States and the kingdoms of yore is much better for all.
    Localism is the future. Embrace it.

    The Vatican is like a hobby farmer dedicating to rest on how to run there business.

  119. Mater

    It is already being reported that next month was the hottest February on record.

    A potential Facebook Meme.

  120. Nelson Kidd-Players

    My grass is still green. Usually it’s 50:50 as to whether it goes brown by Christmas without watering.

  121. Mother Lode

    Perhaps he should contract it out to some socialists. They seem well versed in how to make walls and watchtowers.

    They too realise walls are meant only for slowing people down (to give guards an easier target) or bunching up the people trying to escape (so you can save on ammo if you get ‘twofers’).

  122. calli

    Beats expensive beauty creams Ted.

    Downside – you end up looking like a real *rsehole.

  123. Every barrier, including minefields, can be breached given sufficient time. The whole theory of barriers/obstacles is that they slow the invader down to allow time for a response. Hence, they must always be observed. Basic military and security theory, which you’d know nothing about.

    Trump promised his wall would be impenetrable! LOL.

    Also, I am sure there is no way around unattended aluminium sensors.

    Also also, this wall will never get built, unless Trump gives the Democrats immigration reform. Make a deal, dealmaker! Or don’t if you’re low energy.

  124. BTW still waiting for any of you to explain why funding the wall didn’t get done during two full years of unified GOP government.

  125. calli

    Can’t deal with people who won’t make deals.

    Gotta walk away.

  126. My grass is still green.

    +1

    It is a temp/rain/wind proxy.

    Mine is usually dead by Christmas.

    However, the big feature of Jan/Feb is how quickly things change.

  127. Mother Lode

    Trump promised his wall would be impenetrable! LOL.

    Really? He said ‘Impenetrable’?

  128. calli

    Might have been waiting for a crisis that even the blind could see – something like a few thousand en masse trying to waltz in.

    This morning, our media betters were trying to inform me that these people were a figment of the imagination and did not pose a threat to the border.

    Shame about all the footage taken earlier.

  129. bespoke

    Old School Conservative
    #2904051, posted on January 11, 2019 at 12:25 am

    True its a lesson on how not to behave from both party’s. But none of woman around me would carry on like that and expect me to patronizing and just say “Yes dear” in fact they carry on like that at all.

  130. Mater

    Trump promised his wall would be impenetrable! LOL.

    Lefties don’t do nuance, do you?
    The wall SYSTEM would be impenetrable!

    Anyway, monty, any advice for him? Your team seems pretty adept at such things.

  131. OldOzzie

    DrBeauGan

    I must apologise – when you said that in the Asterix at the Olympic Games Michael Schumacher and Jean Todt in the Chariot Race, they only speak Frog Speak, I did not realise that the youtube clip I referenced did not have Closed Caption for subtitles.

    if you go to this reference, which is the full movie, Asterix at the Olympic Games Bluray 720p down the bottom over on the right, if you click on the left icon CC you can turn English Sub-Titles on, then move the red dot on the playing across to 1:24:50 which is the start of the chariot race

  132. Really? He said ‘Impenetrable’?

    Yep. August 2016, look it up.

  133. Mater

    Also, I am sure there is no way around unattended aluminium sensors.

    Buried in that sand you see inside the uprights?

  134. Andreas

    Are we still at war with Indonesia from turning back the boats? I missed how that turned out.

  135. The wall SYSTEM would be impenetrable!

    Also an obvious lie.

    Buried in that sand you see inside the uprights?

    Yeah, you think they wouldn’t be able to bypass that? You are a bit naive, Mater.

  136. bespoke

    Asked and answered many times, m0nty. But thanks for being the Cat’s muse so casual lurkers can read detailed reposes.

  137. md

    I guess this is global warming, too:

    Something very strange is happening to Earth’s magnetic North Pole and no one knows why

    … according to the science journal Nature, something strange is going on deep down below.
    It’s causing the magnetic North Pole to ‘skitter’ away from Canada, towards Siberia.
    “The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move,” Nature reports.
    On January 30 (delayed due to the US Government shutdown), the World Magnetic Model — which governs modern navigation systems — is due to undergo an urgent update.
    This model is a vital component of systems ranging from geopositioning systems used to navigate ships through to smartphone trackers and maps.

    But the movement of the north magnetic pole has been the object of study since 1831. Initially, it was tracked moving into the Arctic Ocean at a rate of about 15km each year. But, since the mid 1990s, it has picked up speed.
    It’s now shifting at a rate of about 55km a year.

  138. JC

    US judge dismisses the Ashley Judd claim against big fat Harvey.9

  139. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Anyway, monty, any advice for him? Your team seems pretty adept at such things.

    “Berlin Wall” springs to mind.

  140. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2904125, posted on January 11, 2019 at 2:28 am
    President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for his border wall, which he described as “absolutely critical to border security” in his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday. But Department of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report by DHS.

    A photo exclusively obtained by NBC News shows the results of the test after military and Border Patrol personnel were instructed to attempt to destroy the barriers with common tools.

    Aaaaaahahahaha! Trump Steel is no match for a regular old Mexican hacksaw. He is no Hank Rearden, LOL.

    You don’t know much about power tools or tactics do you soy boy? Given enough power and time, any thing can be cut through. A barrier should always be under observation, the time to cut through gives the Border Patrol time to arrive and arrest.

    Perhaps he could make the wall from DU? That would put a brake on the home handy men.

  141. Mater

    Yeah, you think they wouldn’t be able to bypass that? You are a bit naive, Mater.

    And if you think they’d rely on just one set/type of sensor, you’re the naive one.

    Tell me, monty, was the Atlantic Wall actually a wall?

  142. Roger

    BTW still waiting for any of you to explain why funding the wall didn’t get done during two full years of unified GOP government.

    Because Trump fell 10 short of the required 60 votes to obtain cloture in the senate.

    Presently he’s 7 short.

    Are there not 7 Democrats who’ll put the security of their nation above party politics?

    What a loathesome people they are.

  143. Tell me, monty, was the Atlantic Wall actually a wall?

    You lot are really leaning in to this whole Nazi thing, aren’t you.

    It will never be built in any case, so I guess you can pretend any sort of magic wall you like.

  144. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sandra
    36 minutes ago
    (Edited)
    Obama and the dems voted with republicans to help build and pay for the Jordan Iraq border wall,$500 million!!!~ so it is fine to build a wall to protect Arab states but not American citizens.

    Comment from the Oz, on the issue of THAT wall.

  145. Because Trump fell 10 short of the required 60 votes to obtain cloture in the senate.

    He is supposed to be the world’s gr8test dealmaker! He had deals on the table, but got scared off them by Limbaugh and Hannity. Such low energy.

  146. Old School Conservative

    Might swap it for green though. La Gilet Vert Citron has a nice ring to it

    Cali, I recently drove by some roadworks where a 10m hump was being excavated.
    The ground was clay, ochre in colour.
    The labourers were wearing deep orange hi-vis.
    It was impossible to tell the workers from the background.

    But hey, they were safe under the law.

  147. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    What a loathesome people they are.

    Any people that could even contemplate inflicting Hilary Clinton on the American people as POTUS, can best be described as loathesome, indeed.

  148. bespoke

    Happy anniversary Delta A.

  149. stackja

    St Kilda street in lockdown after man was attacked by knifeman in home invasion
    Genevieve Alison, Herald Sun
    3 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    Neighbours reported hearing an intruder knocking on doors in their apartment block hours before a man was violently stabbed in an early-morning attack that placed their St Kilda street in lockdown.

    And some claimed the offender had been at the building causing trouble one night earlier.

    Armed police are patrolling the streets, with the critical incident response team placing Wellington St in lockdown, fearing the offender may still be in the area.

  150. Boambee John

    Are there not 7 Democrats who’ll put the security of their nation above party politics?

    Not unless they see personal political advantage from the action.

  151. bespoke

    None burned you into submission Struth. Haha!

  152. Old School Conservative

    There was a comment here recently about planned economies.
    WA is moving in that direction.

    The fight over who should have control of the nation’s most valuable fishery has pitted crayfishers against their own state government, which wants to seize almost a fifth of the prized West Aus­tralian rock lobster catch.

    The plan by the WA Labor government to become the rock ­lobster industry’s biggest single ­licence holder has raised the ­spectre of a partial “nationalis­ation” of the trade, in an effort to stop almost the entire catch going to China. (The Oz, today)

    Revenue grab, yes.
    Ditching market forces, yes.
    Government legislating against small to medium businesses, yes.

    Ticks all the boxes for an aspiring socialist economy.

  153. Mater

    You lot are really leaning in to this whole Nazi thing, aren’t you.

    The comment about the Atlantic Wall was not at all about the Nazi thing at all. It’s about the nuances around the uses of the term, ‘Wall’. You need to take the word less literally.

    The Atlantic ‘Wall’ was an integrated defensive system.

    Anyway, you admitted yesterday that you’re not here to learn so…

  154. Roger

    He is supposed to be the world’s gr8test dealmaker! He had deals on the table, but got scared off them by Limbaugh and Hannity. Such low energy.

    You asked a question.

    I answered it.

    You respond with an ad hom against Trump.

    Have you ever heard of the 11th Commandment, mont?

  155. The comment about the Atlantic Wall was not at all about the Nazi thing at all. It’s about the nuances around the uses of the term, ‘Wall’. You need to take the word less literally.

    Riiight, so it’s an imaginary fairy wall made of impenetrable unicorns. LOL.

  156. mh

    Are there not 7 Democrats who’ll put the security of their nation above party politics?

    No, they would rather see the body count rise.

  157. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Atlantic ‘Wall’ was an integrated defensive system.

    Don’t confuse monty with the facts, Mater. You know it only makes his brain hurt.

  158. Old School Conservative

    Such low energy

    M0nty, you do realise that by using a phrase that Donald Trump invented you are just pumping his tyres for him?
    Or are you a secret admirer of PDJT?

  159. Bruce of Newcastle

    Trump promised his wall would be impenetrable!

    Haven’t you heard M0nty?
    He’s going to clone Chuck and Nancy and line them up along the whole border.
    They refuse to pass anything.

  160. Boambee John

    Hey m0nty

    Yesterday you were prattling on about H1tl3r putting the German economy on a war footing in around 1935 as evidence that he was not a socialist, just getting ready for war.

    If you knew anything about the subject, you would know that the German economy was not placed on a full war footing until after Albert Speer became armaments minister in early 1942. For a simple check, look up annual German and British tank, fighter and bomber production from 1935 until 1945.

    Speer converted an essentially artisanal system that had operated until then (Hi IT) to a mass production system. He reduced waste of materials massively.

  161. Have you ever heard of the 11th Commandment, mont?

    Yes Roger, but it doesn’t apply to you. You are allowed to admit that Trump failed to get his wall past a unified GOP Congress. He could have negotiated to get 60 Senate votes if he really wanted to. But no, it just wasn’t a priority.

    Nancy has his balls in her hand, and she is squeezing.

  162. Mater

    Riiight, so it’s an imaginary fairy wall made of impenetrable unicorns. LOL.

    That was about as low energy as I’ve seen you, Monty.

    Are you having chest pains?

  163. Have you ever heard of the 11th Commandment, mont?

    Yes Roger, but it doesn’t apply to you. You are allowed to admit that Trump failed to get his wall past a unified GOP Congress. He could have negotiated to get 60 Senate votes if he really wanted to. But no, it just wasn’t a priority.

    Nancy has his nuts in her hand, and she is squeezing.

  164. That was about as low energy as I’ve seen you, Monty.

    Dude, you are the one equating Trump with Hitler. How did that Atlantic Wall go in the end, btw? Did it succeed in keeping out foreign invasion? You didn’t think that example through at all, did you?

  165. Roger

    Have you ever heard of the 11th Commandment, mont?

    Yes Roger

    No, I don’t think you do.

    The 11th Commandment is:

    Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies.

    Commit the parts thereof to memory like a good catechumen and you’ll avoid many rakes on your journey through life.

  166. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If you knew anything about the subject, you would know that the German economy was not placed on a full war footing until after Albert Speer became armaments minister in early 1942. For a simple check, look up annual German and British tank, fighter and bomber production from 1935 until 1945.

    There’s a good summary in Max Hasting’s book “Bomber Command.”

    As an example, in 1940, at the height of the “Battle of Britain”, while British aircraft plants were working 24/7, the main plant, in Germany, producing Messerschmidt 109 fighter aircraft worked one shift a day, and closed over the weekends.

  167. min

    Loved Trump’s comments re medieval wheels and walls.
    He then went on to remind people that the wall promise had been going on for thirty years.

  168. bespoke

    Or are you a secret admirer of PDJT? (monty)

    That’s a possibility that increases every day.

  169. The 11th Commandment is:

    Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies.

    Or there’s the one about not criticising fellow Republicans.

  170. Anthony

    I was in Berlin when the wall came down and brought a few pieces home with me. This too shall pass.

  171. Diogenes

    How did that Atlantic Wall go in the end, btw? Did it succeed in keeping out foreign invasion? You didn’t think that example through at all, did you?

    1. It wasn’t a continuous wall.
    2. Immigrants will try to cross one point by the 100,000, with fighter, bomber & artillery support ?

  172. Mater

    Dude, you are the one equating Trump with Hitler. How did that Atlantic Wall go in the end, btw? Did it succeed in keeping out foreign invasion? You didn’t think that example through at all, did you?

    Clearly, I didn’t think about it. I should have known that you’re response would be tangential, childish and irrelevant to the point being made.

    You really do need to fucking grow up if you wish to participate in adult conversations.

  173. Boambee John

    From a long article on Marx and Robespierre in Scepticlawyer, RTWT.

    But that the Left did not erupt ex nihilo does not invalidate that there was a coherent Left in European and European-derived politics across the two centuries from 1789 to 1991—a product of the Enlightenment among whom various class-framings of politics and moral action were dominant. That Left has remarkably little in common with contemporary progressivism, as it has abandoned class framings and embraced Post-Enlightenment ideas (often, somewhat over-narrowly, labelled postmodernism). If one resurrected Karl Marx—or, for that matter Lenin (1870-1924) or Keir Hardie (1856-1915)—they would find familiar and congenial remarkably few of the concerns and obsessions of contemporary progressivism.

    Conversely, if one resurrected Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), he would absolutely find familiar the concerns of contemporary progressivism. He would, of course, have a somewhat different take (apart from blame-the-Jews and a functional preference for Islam and Muslims over Christianity and Christians) but the concerns of contemporary progressivism (sex, the stories we tell about sex aka gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, population movements, environmentalism and the valorisation of nature, identity, subjectivity and emotion over reason) were absolutely his concerns. Nor is this some sort of weird outcome; it flows naturally from the reality that the Post-Enlightenment, with its concern for emotion, experience and subjectivity, is the Counter-Enlightenment rebooted and Hitler was the embodiment of the Counter-Enlightenment as a political project.

  174. C.L.

    So it looks like Ruth Ginsberg is on her way out.
    I predict Trump will pick a woman, leaving Democrats unable to hire any whore ‘rape’ victims. That means they’ll have to attack her religious faith or claim she was once mean to a black sales clerk or something.

  175. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Did it succeed in keeping out foreign invasion? You didn’t think that example through at all, did you?

    The “Atlantic Wall” integrated defence system was breached, yes, with the aid of 14 and 15″ naval gunfire support, air strikes, and in one place – Omaha Beach – at the cost of heavy casualties among the invaders.

    How much 14 and 15 inch naval gunfire support and how many air strikes, can anyone attempting to breach Trump’s wall, have “on tap.”? How many casualties would they be prepared to suffer? In your own time…

  176. Diogenes

    On the Wall thing, it would be epic epic trolling by Trump to stand outside the Pelosi compound , point to the gate , and say something to the effect of

    We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Democratss can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. Speaker Pelosi, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the United States, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Madam Speaker open this gate. madam Speaker, Madam Speaker tear down this wall!

  177. Boambee John

    Trying again with the eeevviil words altered.

    From a long article on Marx and Robespierre in Scepticlawyer, RTWT.

    But that the Left did not erupt ex nihilo does not invalidate that there was a coherent Left in European and European-derived politics across the two centuries from 1789 to 1991—a product of the Enlightenment among whom various class-framings of politics and moral action were dominant. That Left has remarkably little in common with contemporary progressivism, as it has abandoned class framings and embraced Post-Enlightenment ideas (often, somewhat over-narrowly, labelled postmodernism). If one resurrected Karl Marx—or, for that matter Lenin (1870-1924) or Keir Hardie (1856-1915)—they would find familiar and congenial remarkably few of the concerns and obsessions of contemporary progressivism.

    Conversely, if one resurrected Adolf H1tl3r (1889-1945), he would absolutely find familiar the concerns of contemporary progressivism. He would, of course, have a somewhat different take (apart from blame-the-J*-ws and a functional preference for Islam and Muslims over Christianity and Christians) but the concerns of contemporary progressivism (sex, the stories we tell about sex aka gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, population movements, environmentalism and the valorisation of nature, identity, subjectivity and emotion over reason) were absolutely his concerns. Nor is this some sort of weird outcome; it flows naturally from the reality that the Post-Enlightenment, with its concern for emotion, experience and subjectivity, is the Counter-Enlightenment rebooted and H1tl3r was the embodiment of the Counter-Enlightenment as a political project.

  178. Methinks monts has had a change of medication.
    Side effects: short term memory loss, irrational behaviour, hallucinations, worred slurds etc.

  179. Roger

    I predict Trump will pick a woman…

    Preferably Amy Coney Barrett.

  180. mh

    Monty, grab a bag of donuts and put your feet up while you enjoy the video.

    Donald Trump Hosts Border Event with Brother of Slain Police Officer Ronil Singh

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/01/10/donald-trump-hosts-border-event-with-brother-of-slain-police-officer-ronil-singh/

  181. Boambee John

    More from the Scepticlawyer article

    It is even more embarrassing to note that what made Nazism so horrible was not how different it was from the radical Left, but how similar it was. The grandeur of its ambitions for social transformation, the intensity of its mobilisation of society, the depth of its organised penetration of social institutions, all these were far more like the radical Left than any part of the broad non-Left (aka Right).

    Nazi Germany institutionally resembled the Soviet Union far more than it did any of the Western democracies. Even now, as the People’s Republic of China retreats from command economics, it increasingly institutionally resembles Nazi Germany, without the Jew-hatred and Lebensraum ambitions (whatever its South China Sea ambitions, barely anyone actually lives there). Though the overseas Chinese communities provide some potential for irredentist politics.

    So, it is very expedient for progressivists to shout “Fascism!” a lot and treat racism as the worst-thing-ever; to talk about Marx’s intentions and ignore the prescience of his contemporary critics. And do it even louder so as to obscure the abandonment of the concerns of the Enlightenment Left and the adoption of those of the Counter-Enlightenment, politically personified in Adolf Hitler. With Paul de Man (1919-1983), Heidegger (1889-1976) and Carl Schmitt (1888-1985), not to mention environmentalism, even providing ideological bridges.

  182. Boambee John

    More from the Scepticlawyer article.

    Apologies Sinc, missed a banned word!

    It is even more embarrassing to note that what made Nazism so horrible was not how different it was from the radical Left, but how similar it was. The grandeur of its ambitions for social transformation, the intensity of its mobilisation of society, the depth of its organised penetration of social institutions, all these were far more like the radical Left than any part of the broad non-Left (aka Right).

    Nazi Germany institutionally resembled the Soviet Union far more than it did any of the Western democracies. Even now, as the People’s Republic of China retreats from command economics, it increasingly institutionally resembles Nazi Germany, without the J*-w-hatred and Lebensraum ambitions (whatever its South China Sea ambitions, barely anyone actually lives there). Though the overseas Chinese communities provide some potential for irredentist politics.

    So, it is very expedient for progressivists to shout “Fascism!” a lot and treat racism as the worst-thing-ever; to talk about Marx’s intentions and ignore the prescience of his contemporary critics. And do it even louder so as to obscure the abandonment of the concerns of the Enlightenment Left and the adoption of those of the Counter-Enlightenment, politically personified in Adolf Hitler. With Paul de Man (1919-1983), Heidegger (1889-1976) and Carl Schmitt (1888-1985), not to mention environmentalism, even providing ideological bridges.

  183. Roger

    From a long article on Marx and Robespierre in Scepticlawyer, RTWT.

    Spot on.

    This is why I find it helpful to use the terms Old Left and Prog Left.

    The Old Left is dying – literally – but those who remain look with disdain on the Prog Left.

  184. Leigh Lowe

    I predict Trump will pick a woman…

    Judge Judy?
    Or maybe pick a man who identifies as a woman.

  185. Infidel Tiger

    Now the McGowan government wants 17.3 per cent of the WA rock lobster catch for domestic consumption.

    Fantastic stuff.

    Why should Chinks be the only ones able to eat a local resource?

    A great endeavour by the ALP.

    These are state owned resources and should be firstly available to the great denizens of Western Australia and not some slopehead in Shanghai who drinks Chateau Latour with coke.

  186. OldOzzie

    The Right’s Resistance – WSJ

    They are unalterably supportive of Donald Trump’s presidency, flawed vessel or not.

    The reasons offered for why Donald Trump won’t win re-election in 2020 continue to pile up. His approval rating is stuck, seemingly forever, below 45%. The Wall Street Journal/NBC poll puts the percentage of voters who say they’re likely to vote for him at 38%, while some 52% currently prefer a Democratic candidate.

    Numbers like that are why every Democrat and your grandfather is jumping into the presidential race. It’s why the Pelosi-Schumer tag team is chest-thumping over the border wall.

    Finally, the truest weather vane of the political winds is freshman Sen. Mitt Romney’s maiden diatribe against President Trump in the Washington Post. Mr. Romney’s denunciatory op-ed was a politician sensing that this presidency is—his words—“in descent.”

    The anti-Trump betting could be right. Much of the country is exhausted with Mr. Trump’s manic personal style and may vote for some downtime when choosing the next president.

    But that Romney op-ed served one useful purpose: It reminded us why neither Mitt Romney nor anyone like him will take the Republican nomination away from Donald Trump.

    One of the abiding mysteries of recent political history remains how the blunt and brutal character standing on the GOP primary stage in his fire-engine-red tie beat the skilled politicians alongside him. You can find the answer in Mr. Romney’s Washington Post article.

    “A president,” Mr. Romney intoned, “should unite us and inspire us to follow ‘our better angels.’ ” And then he said: “I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.”

    You could not make up a more explicit pander to the prevailing political zeitgeist, or conventional wisdom, on Donald Trump—racist, sexist, destructive to democratic institutions. This is a kitchen sink of anti-Trump buzzwords. And the enduring reality two years after Mr. Trump won the presidency is that more U.S. voters than the conventional wisdom will admit just don’t care.

    For two years, this column has received emails virtually every week from readers who have been along for the entire Trump ride. Some love him, others abhor him.

    But among the most intriguing on this political odyssey are those in recent months who have been at pains to say they don’t need more descriptions of what a crude, often insufferable boor Donald Trump is. They know that. I’ll let one of them explain. The reference to “nutburgers” is his summary of the cultural and political left in America:

    “When I see long-hoped-for ‘Resistance’ to those nutburgers from Trump—which I did not see from Nixon, Ford, Bush 41 or Bush 43—I am unalterably supportive, flawed vessel or not. It’s not the man, it’s the resistance that binds us to him.”

    This is the voice of the resistance on the right. These aren’t only dislocated people living inside the Trump “base” in places like hollowed-out Wilkes-Barre, Pa. This sentiment has been building for decades. Its scale is suggested by the degree of Trump outrages these voters have been willing to discount on behalf of a larger cultural and political cause.

    What exactly is their problem? In our time, it takes the form of the left’s cultural triumphalism on matters of identity, race, gender and indeed assimilation, or “the American idea.” If Donald Trump or any other political figure challenges these ideas, some media figure will call it a dog whistle.

    Mitt Romney and virtually all Republican politicians entertaining runs for the presidency simply will not stand up to this dominant status quo. They just won’t do it. Instead, they address these matters in a kind of tiptoeing careful-speak. Meanwhile, any Democratic candidate, notably a so-called “serious” moderate such as Joe Biden, must pay obeisance to these ideas or get out of politics.

    As to appeals to our “better angels”—typified by the Romney op-ed or anytime John Kasich speaks—history shows that the cultural left simply pockets these genuflections and then pushes its army forward. This history of bad faith—the identity left’s takeover of the campuses being Exhibit A—has created the right’s resistance, which in 2016 defaulted to Donald Trump and still does.

    Anyone thinking of challenging Mr. Trump in the New Hampshire primary will have to show they understand, and would fight for, voters who don’t care about “the man” but care deeply about the nation’s cultural direction. Which means being willing to accept exclusion and ridicule by the media trolls. Don’t hold your breath.

    It is possible Mr. Trump will personally grind down enough people to make him a one-term president. Still, we hope no one feigns shock in 2020 if, despite everything, at least half the electorate quietly opts for the incumbent over what the Democrats have come to stand for. The resistance on the right is real, with the presidency the only outlet remaining for their vote.

  187. candy

    You just know the Dems would like a leader like Trump.

    They have to pick females to run and talk mass immigration and refugees, a country without borders, but what they really want in their heart is a high energy man to do security, walls and be pro America.

  188. The “Atlantic Wall” integrated defence system was breached, yes, with the aid of 14 and 15″ naval gunfire support, air strikes, and in one place – Omaha Beach – at the cost of heavy casualties among the invaders.

    I look forward to Trump’s wall proposal including machine gun emplacements every click with tank, cavalry and armed drone support just FLYING through Congress. LOL.

  189. lotocoti

    He had deals on the table…

    You appear to be unaware of the thirty-six stratagems.
    When no better option exists, walk away.

  190. Hay Stockard

    Zulu,
    There was a USN destroyer that took out a particularly troublesome blockhouse at point blank range with its 5” guns.

  191. thefrolickingmole

    Infidel Tiger
    #2903942, posted on January 10, 2019 at 10:21 pm
    I’ve never been to an ALDI.

    I find the Germans a loathsome and offensive race, and can’t imagine wanting to eat anything from a people so obsessed with faeces.

    They do a nice line in glass topped coffee tables and toilet bowls with little shelves on them…..

  192. Hay Stockard

    A year ago today I joined the Zipper club. 8 hours on the slab. Just letting the world know.

  193. Infidel Tiger

    Why would the wall be breached Monty?

    Are you saying there is an invasion happening?

  194. mh

    candy
    #2904277, posted on January 11, 2019 at 10:06 am
    You just know the Dems would like a leader like Trump.

    They have to pick females to run and talk mass immigration and refugees, a country without borders, but what they really want in their heart is a high energy man to do security, walls and be pro America.

    Only the Beta men remain. Like Beto.

  195. struth

    None burned you into submission Struth. Haha!

    Good moaning.

    She certainly did.
    Blew me out of the water!!!!!

    he he.

    gee, there’s a bit wrong with that WSJ article.

    The anti-Trump betting could be right. Much of the country is exhausted with Mr. Trump’s manic personal style and may vote for some downtime when choosing the next president.

    The anti Trump betting could be right. Much of the MSM is exhausted with fighting Trump and being hammered, and need some downtime…………………………..

    Yawn.

  196. Old School Conservative

    Reading the bios of the Scepticlawyer bloggers, I see Helen Dale doesn’t mention working for David Leyonhjelm by name. Nor does she refer to the controversy over The Hand that Signed the Paper

    I guess everybody just knows these things.

  197. thefrolickingmole

    I look forward to Trump’s wall proposal including machine gun emplacements every click with tank, cavalry and armed drone support just FLYING through Congress. LOL.

    So on the one hand the leftist hyena laughs “the wall will be ineffective” while at the same time saying it must not be built.

  198. JC

    Artie

    Why stop with lobsters? Why sell our iron ore to the chinks, as you described them, when the ore comes back as cars etc. Keep our ore and coal here so we build our own cars and stuff.
    What about string beans and meat? Keep it here!

    Artie, just stop it with this crap.

  199. Infidel Tiger

    Not a lot of local demand for iron ore, jc, but if there was I would support making it available for the local market first before letting the Chicoms touch it.

    The ALP made sure 15% of all gas was quarantined for local consumption and it has been a godsend.

    The “market is always right” folk were aghast and would have given WA the same gas crisis as the east coast now faces.

    We need to rethink everything.

  200. The wall.

    Given modern electronics, a motion activated 50 cal machine gun, say, every 200 yards would be more effective. Hellfire equipped drones as backup. Daily patrols to top up the ammo.

    Armadillos and illegal immigrants would quickly learn that the border is a place to avoid.

    The advantage of my proposal is that nobody would make two attempts at illegally crossing the border.

  201. Snoopy

    Infidel Tiger
    #2904285, posted on January 11, 2019 at 10:16 am
    Why would the wall be breached Monty?

    Are you saying there is an invasion happening?

    Oops. Monty’s in trouble now. That was supposed to be a secret.

  202. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    47m
    From the Southern Border….

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1083493944527249408?s=20

  203. Infidel Tiger

    I was once like you, jc. A soulless technician who saw society as nothing more than a marketplace and humans as economic units.

    I’ve had an epiphany and you could too.

  204. struth

    See Monty, it’s so much easier if you go back to the routine of the last three years.
    You grab the latest TDS left wing brain fart prediction and repeat it here.

    Much easier for you to stay on safe ground than try to defend the indefensible fact you are, (right down to the anti joo, anti gun ownership, sexual deviancy and street violent left) an activist on the side of politics trying to make us another Nazi Germany.

    Here’s the truth Monty.
    Replace “National” with “International” take the worst of Marx and Hitler’s socialisms, and you have today’s left.
    You are the closest thing to a Nazi on this blog.
    You’re part of the anti western, anti democratic left.
    The safe schools left.
    The anti Jooo and anti Israel left.
    The centralised government left.
    The racist (collectivist) left.
    The sexually perverted left.
    The pro Islamic left.
    The gun taking left.
    The faux environmentalist left (how good was the environment in Germany on V day?)
    The no borders for the west, no energy or industry for the west, left

    The misery and death left, (as it always ends up being if it wins).
    If you aren’t a Nazi, who is??

  205. jupes

    Sawadee ka, Cats!

    Percy, Percy, Percy!

    The word “ka” means “I am a female“. It is a word used to be polite at the end of a sentence and there is no English equivalent.

    The word for a male is khrap (pronounced crup) or khap (pronounced cup) for short.

    Obviously you have been speaking to a lot of females since you’ve been in Thailand…

  206. Infidel Tiger

    Obviously you have been speaking to a lot of females since you’ve been in Thailand…

    Let’s hope so. It can get a tad confusing there after a few Singhas.

  207. OldOzzie

    Taxpayer may foot the bill for Sydney Opal Tower defects

    The NSW government may be on the hook for millions of dollars to fix the cracks and defects in Sydney’s damaged Opal Tower because of a law that exposes it to legal action as owner of the land.

    While NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has “wholeheartedly” encouraged Opal Tower’s residents to take “every legal opportunity they have”, The Australian can reveal that her government’s own Sydney Olympic Park Authority, and not Ecove — the company that developed the land into Opal Tower — could be sued by apartment owners because of changes in building warranty laws designed to close a loophole.

    On Christmas Eve, residents heard loud bangs as large cracks appeared in Opal Tower, forcing more than 300 residents of the tower to evacuate while engineers from Icon Co, the builder, WSP, the structural engineer, and the government investigated.

    More than two weeks later, residents are still in hotel rooms and family and friends’ homes, costing the builder hundreds of thousands of dollars for accommodation that could continue, for some residents, for another six weeks.

    Investigators appointed by Planning Minister Anthony Roberts are due to give their expert ­report to the government today.

    The issue has stoked concerns about the quality of high-rise construction just over two months before the government is due to face an election in which over-development and infrastructure spending are likely to be key issues.

    Construction law experts say changes to the NSW Home Building Act and several court judgments in recent years mean the developer that can be sued over a dodgy building is legally defined as the entity that owns the land on which it is built.

    Crucially, Sydney Olympic Park Authority owned the land on which Opal Tower was built, and continues to own many of the unsold lots. The developer, Ecove, and its subsidiary, Australia Ave­nue Developments Pty Ltd, which contracted Icon Co, never owned the land.

    The revelation throws the independent nature of the NSW ­government’s expert investigation into doubt, as it may be a liable party itself through the Sydney Olympic Park Authority.

    Under the Home Building Act, which regulates NSW’s residential building industry, the builder of a home is liable for any defects under statutory warranties while the developer is liable when there are four or more homes or units in the project. Homeowners have two years to bring a claim if there are minor defects and six years for major defects.

    Changes to the act in 2010 meant that the owner of the property on which a building is built is considered the developer under the warranties, even if they did not engage the builder.

    “Ecove has been described in the media as the developer but without having seen the agreement in place between it and SOPA (the Sydney Olympic Park Authority) to develop the site, in my view given the current state of the law it would appear to have no liability under the statutory warranties to the owners,” said Paul Jurdeczka, a strata lawyer with 20 years’ experience from Chambers Russell Lawyers.

    “Presumably SOPA could sue Ecove if sued, and Ecove would sue Icon in turn, but these are all issues for the lawyers. However, one of the three major players in the project has no direct liability to the owners if they had to sue under the statutory warranties, because of a loophole in the legislation and the law.”

    Banjo Stanton, a lawyer who specialises in residential defect litigation, confirmed that under the Home Building Act, the owner of the land during construction was considered the ­“developer”.

    “If Sydney Olympic Park Authority owned the land during construction, then the government — via SOPA — is definitely on the hook,” he said.

    “If the position is that Ecove was not the landowner or the builder, it’s clear on the current state of the law that Ecove will not have any liability under the Home Building Act.”

    Searches of the NSW Land Registry Services reveal the Opal Tower site was never owned by Ecove or Australia Avenue ­Developments.

    Instead, the site has been owned by the crown and was transferred in 1992 to the newly created Homebush Bay Development Corporation for $1.

    It was then passed to Sydney Olympic Park Authority when it was established in 2001.

    Since then, some land parcels were joined to form the piece of land on which Opal Tower, a shop, a childcare centre and a bioretention facility are now built.

    The NSW government still holds ownership of the shop, the childcare centre and the bio­retention facility, as well as some units in the tower.

    While individual apartment owners may be able to sue Ecove through their contracts, Opal Tower’s Owners Corporation can sue the builder — in this case Icon Co — and the developer under the Home Building Act using the statutory warranties.

    In 2010, the NSW Court of Appeal highlighted a loophole in home building laws when it ruled a developer was liable only if it both owned the land and con­tract­ed the builder. Developers often created complex arrangements involving one company that owned the land and another that liaised with the builder.

    The NSW government rushed to plug the hole, making the owner of the land liable and attempting to make the company that hires the builder liable as well.

    “The NSW government tried to fix it urgently in 2010, but only did part of the job,” Mr Jurdeczka said. “Decisions of the Supreme Court in recent years seem to have rendered that attempt futile, and really only the registered owner of the land would appear to be the liable developer under the statutory warranties.”

    A NSW Supreme Court decision in October last year found a subsidiary of Sydney-based construction giant Multiplex was “not an ‘owner’ ” of a property in Hurstville that had several alleged defects. The owners’ corporation of that building lost the case for compensation against the subsidiary under the state’s building warranty laws.

    Ecove director Bassam Aflak confirmed that at no time did Ecove or any of its subsidiaries own land on the Opal Tower lot.

    He said that was “a very standard method” of delivering a project and said it was “absolutely not” an attempt to avoid liability.

    “The contractual arrangements note us as the developer,” he said.

    A Sydney Olympic Park Authority spokesman said it entered into a Project Delivery Agreement with Australia Avenue Development on its land.

    “The PDA requires the developer to assume all risks in relation to those works,” he said. “SOPA’s obligations under those contracts are limited to transferring title.”

    A spokeswoman for Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean said both the builder and the developer owe statutory warranties to property owners.

    “The causes of the Opal Tower problems are currently the subject of an investigation by experts and it is not appropriate to pre-empt the findings of that investigation,” she said.

  208. Marty

    Can’t see any reports from ABC or Fairfax;
    Greece FREEZES OVER

  209. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2904278, posted on January 11, 2019 at 10:09 am
    The “Atlantic Wall” integrated defence system was breached, yes, with the aid of 14 and 15″ naval gunfire support, air strikes, and in one place – Omaha Beach – at the cost of heavy casualties among the invaders.

    I look forward to Trump’s wall proposal including machine gun emplacements every click with tank, cavalry and armed drone support just FLYING through Congress. LOL.

    If illegal immigrants predominantly voted Republican, the Demorats would already have built this.

  210. Snoopy

    Monty is desperate to talk about the wall this morning. Has a high profile Democrat murdered yet another black rent boy?

  211. Infidel Tiger

    Even Jim Acosta is tweeting about how effective the wall is.

  212. Cassie of Sydney

    I live in Wentworth and this morning I went to catch a bus on Oxford Street….saw a familiar cashed up Wentworthian wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words “Time’s Up Tony”….WTF.

    We need to get t-shirts printed with the words “Keep Going Tony”..whilst I’m no huge fan or apologist of Abbott’s tenure as PM…I’ll support him any day over the wealthy, smug, leftist GetUp inner city goons that gifted us the very unsavoury phoney Phelps. I wonder if Turdbull’s fuckwit goon son is supplying money for the printing?

  213. Mother Lode

    It is even more embarrassing to note that what made Nazism so horrible was not how different it was from the radical Left, but how similar it was. The grandeur of its ambitions for social transformation, the intensity of its mobilisation of society, the depth of its organised penetration of social institutions, all these were far more like the radical Left than any part of the broad non-Left (aka Right).

    A rather more erudite explanation than the analogy of sibling rivalry.

  214. feelthebern

    Can a WA Cat check in on IT?
    He seems to have lost it.
    Last night he admitted to being chardonnay drinker.
    Next he will be wearing tissue boxes on his feet & storing his urine in jars.

  215. Boambee John

    Snoopy
    #2904316, posted on January 11, 2019 at 10:50 am
    Monty is desperate to talk about the wall this uu. Has a high profile Democrat murdered yet another black rent boy?

    He seems less keen to talk about the similarities between modern left “progressivism”/fascism and nazism.

  216. C.L.

    Better shot here of the enormous wall she had built around it.

  217. Infidel Tiger

    What an amazing week for Trump.

    Chuck and Nancy absolutely humiliated and beclowned.
    Jim Acosta tweeting in support at how effective border walls are.
    And the piece de resistance: he destroyed Jeff Bezos.

    Trump is the god emperor.

  218. Infidel Tiger

    Chardonnay is the greatest of grapes.

    I feel nothing but disgust at people who drink Sauvignon Blanc. Has been really difficult part of my marriage watching my wife put that swill in her mouth.

  219. Bruce of Newcastle

    Greece FREEZES OVER

    Israel is getting snow too.

    Israel sees record snowfall as stormy weather reaches peak

    Sea of Galilee water levels rise by almost 20cm and a meter of snow hits Mt. Hermon’s lower parts as the storm system enters it final stage before tapering off over the weekend.

    But Seven News last night was wabbiting on about hottest years evah.

  220. Old School Conservative

    Marty
    #2904311, posted on January 11, 2019 at 10:46 am
    Can’t see any reports from ABC or Fairfax;
    Greece FREEZES OVER

    The Oz has a sad story about the death of an Australian teenager killed in a landslide whilst skiing in Austria.
    Was out on the slopes with his family.
    Too much snow seems to be the local reasoning.

  221. Infidel Tiger

    Nancy has got great digs.

    Her Napa retreat is beautiful too.

    Crime does pay.

  222. OldOzzie

    Things Democrats Have Funded that Cost More than the Border Wall

    Lawmakers have put less thought into other, more expensive projects over the years

  223. Nick

    Not a lot of local demand for iron ore, jc, but if there was I would support making it available for the local market first before letting the Chicoms touch it.

    Not just the Chows. I saw some decent wagyu steaks in Bangkok, from Australia, that I hadn’t seen here.

  224. JC

    How has trump destroyed bezos. Don’t get this one.

  225. feelthebern

    Tim Tebow is engaged.
    Ladies of the Cat weep.

  226. Infidel Tiger

    Jacob Wohl
    Jacob Wohl
    @JacobAWohl
    Sources saying Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will resign tomorrow
    6:44 AM · Jan 11, 2019 · Twitter Web Client

    🔥 🔥 🔥
    🚨 🚨 🚨
    🔥 🔥 🔥

  227. OldOzzie

    Tom,

    late thanks

    Michael Ramirez wins the Day – one can relate to this cartoon

  228. Cassie of Sydney

    “Infidel Tiger
    #2904327, posted on January 11, 2019 at 10:59 am
    Chardonnay is the greatest of grapes.

    I feel nothing but disgust at people who drink Sauvignon Blanc. Has been really difficult part of my marriage watching my wife put that swill in her mouth.”

    You know, I have taken to drinking Chardonnay again after many years of avoiding it like the plague.
    I am really enjoying it…like when I rediscovered the joys of Riesling.

  229. Infidel Tiger

    How has trump destroyed bezos. Don’t get this one.

    Keep up old man

    Trump outed his side chick!

    Going to sit him $60bn. You do not fuck with DJT.

  230. struth

    It is even more embarrassing to note that what made Nazism so horrible was not how different it was from the radical Left, but how similar it was. The grandeur of its ambitions for social transformation, the intensity of its mobilisation of society, the depth of its organised penetration of social institutions, all these were far more like the radical Left than any part of the broad non-Left (aka Right).

    This shows just how brainwashed people are.

    It is even more embarrassing to note that what made Nazism so horrible was not how different it was from the radical Left, but how similar it was.

    Can almost see the cogs in the brain starting to turn.

    Maybe Nazism was similar to the radical left BECAUSE IT WAS THE RADICAL LEFT.

    FMD.
    They even called themselves socialists.
    What more do you need to know?
    FMDx2

    The most effective bit of propaganda the left ever achieved (due to a lethargy of the right thinking the left were finally beaten), showing how it is still effecting everything here in 2019, was in trying to find some bullshit factor amongst overwhelming, overwhelming evidence that Nazi Germany was a socialist totalitarian state, an extreme left wing authoritarian state, in line with the thinking of today’s left in 90 percent of it’s ideology.
    We are paying dearly for thinking they’d lost, learned their lessons and left the battlefield for peace and prosperity, allowing them decades to rebuild and march through out institutions.

  231. JC

    I’m calling bullshit that’s Pelosi’s home in Pacific Heights San Fran.

    She’s wealthy but that would be close to the most expensive house in San Fran that only a tech mogul could afford. That place would be worth at least $40 million. Her net worth is about 30 biggies.

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