Wednesday Forum: February 13, 2019

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  1. C.L.

    decades of faithful service

    FMD. He was a fat cat paid in six figures. He wasn’t doling out soup to derelicts.
    Did the trial take place in Canberra? That’s the only explanation for such a jury.

  2. struth

    This place is well and truly over. Just get the fuck out of here in terms of assets.

    It certainly is.
    It was straight out fraud.

    The double talk excuses by another public servant upthread doesn’t cut it either.

  3. bespoke

    1735099
    #2934421, posted on February 15, 2019 at 8:58 am
    There is a video on YouTube at the moment featuring Ilhan Omar (a newly-elected Democrat congresswoman) and Elliott Abrams (Trump’s special envoy to Venezuela).

    Seen it, she made fool out of her self. Oh and Ilhan Omar is an anti-Semite who married her brother even Chelsea Clinton called her out for it. Your a clown 1735099

  4. Tel

    Numbers was a nasho and his bitterness is still eating him alive, half a century later.

    I would expect a person with a grudge like that to be anti-government or at very least into limited government.

  5. johanna

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #2934415, posted on February 15, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Another observation on the old suburban blocks obliterated by mega houses replacing the old. Not only are the once treasured gardens and back yards now reduced to wood chips and a few stunted bonsai poking through the plastic underlay, but gone too is the Hill’s hoist. There is no space for the sweep of its circumference. Sad.

    Yup. My old shack in Canberra, a charming but rather dilapidated weatherboard with lots of lawn and garden, is now populated by a very ugly concrete and glass structure which takes up most of the block, defaces a pleasant suburban cul de sac, and will cost a fortune to heat and cool. No eaves, no verandah.

    Progress!

  6. Des Deskperson

    ‘So trying to help his son is not personal gain, Desk.

    Well, of course it is! I was simply trying to explain how a soft-hearted and soft headed jury – the ones who presumably bought the rationalisations for Cranston’s behaviour put forward by the defence – might see it.

  7. Speedbox

    JC
    #2934501, posted on February 15, 2019 at 10:57 am

    No one could be taken remotely serious driving a freaking Volvo… any Volvo.

    In 1998, A Volvo S40 driven by Jim Richards and Rickard Rydell won the AMP Bathurst 1000. Yep, true.

    The back-story is that this was when there had been a split between the Australian Racing Drivers Club and V8 Supercars meaning that the V8’s raced their own race a few weeks later (in November not the traditional October date) in an event named the FAI 1000.

    Interesting fact – the FAI race was won by Jason Bright and Steven Richards, the son of Jim Richards.

  8. struth

    decades of faithful service

    Your honour, could you please take into account that prior to killing her son, the defendant had faithfully fed him three meals a day, for eighteen years, paid for by taxpayers, and therefore no charges should be laid

  9. C.L.

    DRUDGE:

    ABC: ‘EMPIRE’ ACTOR STAGED ATTACK

    He’s going to jail.
    Enjoy, dickhead.

  10. areff

    JC: not all Volvos, particularly not the P1800. The current SUV, judged by a recent rental, is a really sweet vehicle.

  11. johanna

    but that’s an issue of employment rather than criminal law. Cranston has already resigned from the ATO, but agencies can initiate, or continue, inquiries into suspected misconduct by former APS employees. I doubt if this will happen to Cranston.

    .

    Des, he will be on the old super scheme, so will have a very plush retirement based on his exit salary.

    I’m still not sure whether he was actually corrupt, but certainly his judgement was sadly amiss in this case. Mind you, very many senior public servants have done much worse and got away with it.

  12. struth

    Well, of course it is! I was simply trying to explain how a soft-hearted and soft headed jury – the ones who presumably bought the rationalisations for Cranston’s behaviour put forward by the defence – might see it.

    Don’t be such a jerk.

    Soft hearted?
    you’re not that naïve Des.
    Just stop now, please.

    Jeeeesus F C, it’s one rule for them and one for us.
    Defrauding the ATO is a hanging offence for proles, even a hundred bucks.
    There’s no soft hearted in it, Des.
    There is pure elitist corruption of our justice system.

  13. JC

    In 1998, A Volvo S40 driven by Jim Richards and Rickard Rydell won the AMP Bathurst 1000. Yep, true.

    With safety harnesses and two toddlers in the back. 🙂

  14. Des Deskperson

    ‘FMD. He was a fat cat paid in six figures. He wasn’t doling out soup to derelicts.
    Did the trial take place in Canberra? That’s the only explanation for such a jury.’

    Cl, as I explained to JC, I was being sarcarstic. No, the trial was in Sydney, and in you read the reports of it, the defence’s attempts to rationalise and excuse Cranston’s behaviour were, well, interesting. But the jury bought them, presumably because they felt sorry for the ‘poor old bugger’.

  15. 1735099

    A mess is an army cafeteria.

    Now that is funny……..

  16. JC

    I wonder the make up of the jury.

    The sack of shit changed his plea to not guilty someway through the case.

    I wonder how many of them sucked down a government pay cheque.

  17. Lysander

    https://www.perthnow.com.au/politics/state-politics/wa-labors-meathead-ng-b881106534z

    [email protected] labor mp says don’t eat meat because of climate (I guess she thinks we should eat cake)

  18. struth

    Now another ex public servant wants to excuse it away.
    You can take the person out of the public service but you can’t take the public service out of the person, it seems.

    Can you imagine the prosecution in this case?

    No let me put it more simply.
    There would not have been anyone in that court room who wasn’t a public servant, including the Jury, and from the way our resident PS have popped up proves how easy it would have been for him to get away with it.
    Our Public servant commenters are even the rare right wing ones.
    FMD.

  19. mh

    Extraordinary mistake by Pelosi saying that the next Democrat President may target the 2nd amendment via a national emergency declaration.

  20. Stimpson J. Cat

    That disgusting tax collector needed a real judge.
    Judge Stimpy.
    100 years in an ISO Cube!!!

  21. candy

    I wonder how many of them sucked down a government pay cheque.

    JC might be right there.
    The decision is so surprising and overwhelmingly seems so wrong and corrupt, there must be more to the story.

  22. Leigh Lowe

    This last bit disappeared.
    It appears they take flight from the blue states to red, but continue voting blue.

    However, if they come from a marginal blue state in large numbers they could tip the balance in the originating state.
    Of course, if they emigrate from California or NY, it probably makes sfa difference.

  23. Pete of Perth

    Please Mr Trump, annex Australia.

  24. struth

    Both prosecution and defence would have been pro the defendant.
    They get to pick their juries.
    I have always been excused once they take one look at me.

    Whadda reckon happened?

    Now let’s see how things would have been stacked if the crime had been committed by an outside private sector low life.
    How do you reckon the behaviour of the prosecution and the judge would have changed.
    On Jury screening and all round effort.

    Oh well, the jury bought it, ………………….such are the insulated.

  25. Interesting votes coming up for Republicans. First the Senate will have to vote on the House’s disapproval of Trump’s national emergency, if he goes through with it. Then John Roberts gets to decide if America is still a democracy.

  26. Snoopy

    Is there any chance of a class action against media outlets, celebrities and Democrat politicians on behalf of white, male Trump voters?

  27. Makka:

    And the poor poor consumer, he can now actually consume because………. he’s got a fkn job.

    And that is the perfect reply. Too many people think that wealth is a zero sum game – in fact, it’s official communist doctrine.

  28. Eyrie

    Form the green taxes killing EU thread, I posted this this morning. Highly relevant to the avionics lead free solder issue.

    Then there is the lead free solder the EU imposed, effectively on the whole world’s electronic industry in the name of Gaia.
    An inferior product (brittle) that uses more energy (higher melting point than lead tin) which makes circuit board soldering and inspection much more difficult (good and bad joints look the same), introduces the problems of tin whiskers which can grow and short to adjacent connections and results in shorter lived consumer electronics (don’t drop the gadget. The solder may crack).
    The EU must be destroyed. Velvet gloved but iron fisted totalitarianism.

  29. Speedbox

    I bought a teaspoon full of Swiss francs starting the middle of last year. and will continue to add. I’m worried about the US after Trump.

    I’ve been accumulating US$ as I continue to have faith in its reserve currency status and think Trump will likely be re-elected in 2020. If the re-election scenario becomes less than likely, I will reconsider. But, given the AUD$ has, and will continue, to struggle and probably decline further against the $US, it has proved its worth.

    This place is well and truly over. Just get the fuck out of here in terms of assets.

    Couldn’t agree more.

  30. C.L.

    LOL.
    Monty claims controlling your own borders = da end of democwacy!
    No no.
    But a secret police cabal conspiring to remove an elected President using a fake Russian dossier paid for by the Democrats; that = the end of democracy.
    Fortunately, the secret police war on Trump didn’t go according to plan.

  31. Snoopy

    Remember when Monty was outraged by Obama’s Executive Orders?

  32. candy

    Ralph Northam and his racist and rapist buddies are still there.
    Definitely a democracy.

    Only Dems could get away with that situation. It is probably to Trump’s benefit that they remain though. Ms Pelosi can hardly call Trump a racist and rapist now when her own people are actual racists and rapists and still in elite employment.

  33. Lysander

    Remember when Monty was outraged

    Has there ever been a different time?

  34. struth

    Interesting votes coming up for Republicans. First the Senate will have to vote on the House’s disapproval of Trump’s national emergency, if he goes through with it. Then John Roberts gets to decide if America is still a democracy.

    It’s a republic and has never been, and never claimed to be a democracy, even though it is much more democratic than countries claiming to be, like Australia.
    It’s called an emergency for a reason, so when the japs bombed Pearl Harbour, they didn’t have to debate the response in parliament for six months.

    By the way, Monty, what’s your view on full term abortion now you have experienced being a dad?
    You never comment on anything anymore, such is your TDS.

  35. johanna

    I doubt that a Sydney jury would be 100% public servants.

    On my reading, he certainly made some very bad judgement calls, but it is a stretch to call it corrupt.

    That’s what the jury thought, too.

    As I mentioned above, he is on the best super scheme in the country (except for that of judges) and will retire on a pension of at least 200k a year, probably more.

    Plenty of Australians have nothing like that to look forward to.

  36. Des Deskperson

    ‘Now another ex public servant wants to excuse it away.
    You can take the person out of the public service but you can’t take the public service out of the person, it seems.’

    WTF? I’ve never excused Cranston’s behaviour. All I’m saying is that he had a clever lawyer and a dumb jury. Don’t you guys do irony?

    My view is that Cranston should now be charged with a breach of s 13 (7) of the Public Service Act 1999. Having already resigned won’t protect him, and a sanction could involve dismissal with an effect on his retirement entitlements.

    This won’t happen ‘cos he’s an ATO mate and it’s all too difficult

  37. candy

    Northam and his buddies are still in their elite jobs. Ms Pelosi must be confused about who the actual rac…ts and rap..ists are.

    It is absolutely extraordinary though, that they remain top level Democrats. Maybe Northam will nominate to run for President. why not?

  38. Remember when Monty was outraged by Obama’s Executive Orders?

    Remember when you lot were?

  39. Confused Old Misfit

    Outlined in the National Emergencies Act of 1976, the president has the authority to declare emergencies, thus unlocking certain provisions, when the country is “threatened by crisis, exigency, or emergency circumstances” other than wars or natural disasters,…

    One statute, 33 U.S. Code § 2293, says: “Reprogramming during national emergencies,” permits the president to “apply the resources of the Department of the Army’s civil works program, including funds, personnel, and equipment, to construct or assist in the construction, operation, maintenance, and repair of authorized civil works, military construction, and civil defense projects that are essential to the national defense.”

    Another law, 10 U.S. Code § 2808, dictates: “Construction authority in the event of a declaration of war or national emergency,” permits the secretary of defense, in a presidentially declared emergency, to use “funds that have been appropriated for military construction” for the purpose of undertaking “military construction projects.”

  40. johanna

    Des Deskperson
    #2934417, posted on February 15, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Driving through Ainslie (ACT) yesterday, I was surprised to see that the house of green/left power/glamour couple, Simon Sheikh – former director of Get Up and former ACT Greens candidates for the Senate – and Anna Rose – eco-diva, acclaimed author, ABC face, ANU high flier and humiliator of Nick Minchin – is up for sale.

    They bough the house about four years ago, paying at auction $1.4 million, a record price for the suburb at that time. I was at the auction and remember Sheikh smugly and effortlessly outbidding the others. I thought at the time that he must have access to lots of money.

    A relative of mine who lives in the same street and who used to say hello and occasionally chat with the dynamic duo told me that they just up and left without any explanation. I suppose they have moved on to bigger and better things. There is no evidence to support an unkind friend of mine’s suggestion that they may have spilt up, although they have both been very quite of late.

    In the meantime, there is a 200 m2 house in the inner east of Canberra lying empty. Given Canberra’s reported public housing crisis, I’m surprised that these two prominent SJWs haven’t – at least temporarily – opened their place up to the homeless.

    Juicy bit of goss, Des. These are the people who constantly bewailed the inability of young couples to buy a home.

    A divorce would be delicious, as it will not only split the assets but also gobble up a fortune in legal fees.

  41. It’s called an emergency for a reason, so when the japs bombed Pearl Harbour, they didn’t have to debate the response in parliament for six months.

    No one is bombing the US. There is no emergency. The Congress passed a bill which he says he will sign. There is no need for anything more.

    The precedent here is very worrying. EOs are one thing, but this is a massive escalation.

  42. how a soft-hearted and soft headed jury

    try cheap

  43. By the way, Monty, what’s your view on full term abortion now you have experienced being a dad?
    You never comment on anything anymore, such is your TDS.

    I am busy being a dad.

    As long as that sort of thing is restricted to situations where the mother is in danger and/or the baby is going to die in massive pain anyway due to deformities, I see that bill as a humane response to a very difficult question.

  44. John Constantine

    https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/queenslands-devastated-farmers-forced-to-dig-mass-graves-to-bury-thousands-of-dead-cattle/news-story/7a41522334ad7b77cac68fe800c32d3a

    racing against time to dispose of the hundreds of thousands of dead animals to limit the spread of disease.

    Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner is on his way to the northwest with a team of biosecurity experts and the army to figure out the best way to dispose of the dead.

    “The next stage of this exercise is carcass disposal,” Mr Furner told the Courier-Mail .

    “The disposal of carcasses is paramount at present. As it heats up it is becoming a biosecurity matter.”

    Experts are considering mass burial pits as the best option for Queensland’s farmers with the defence force also in talks to bring in appropriate machinery.

    “We are working with our partner agencies, including the Australian Defence Force, to develop plans for the appropriate disposal of deceased livestock,” Queensland’s chief veterinary officer Dr Allison Crook said.

    “In most cases that is going to look like a burial in a pit.

    Wouldn’t want to be eating your smoko sangers outside with the wall of flies lifting off all the dead ‘uns.

    Be worse to be trapped in a trench at the Somme with dead bodies used as sandbags on the parapet, but right now the cattle country is bad enough

  45. C.L.

    Smollett doing an OJ?

    Report: He was a no show for an interview with detectives.

  46. candy

    The precedent here is very worrying

    Virginia’s blackface Governor is worrying, Monty.
    Plus their Attorney-General blackface antics and the sexual assaults by their Lieutenant Governor.

    Why does Ms Pelosi support them?

  47. Mater

    Trump in ‘very good health overall,’ physical exam finds

    Even so, I still think we should push to fly him to the Australian mainland in an Air Ambulance.

  48. struth

    I just load up my Qantas MasterCard with US dollars for insurance as I do not trust the Aussie.

    So far so good on that point, because no matter what happens to Aus dollar I have enough to get me outa here and set up for a while elsewhere.
    But I must now consider more carefully regarding all my available money, such is my nervousness with Veneztralia.

  49. Boambee John

    Myrddin at 1029

    just thrust ‘Paris – Emissions Reductions from Agriculture’ and the Summary from the most recent IPCC report – which was fairly explicitly aimed at Australia under Turnbull

    Fixed!

  50. Notafan

    There would not have been anyone in that court room who wasn’t a public servant

    That is just a ridiculous statement.

    Do you really believe that that everyone on the jury was a public service fat cat?

  51. C.L.

    The always dopey Cameron Stewart sounds a warning note about the consequences of Trump’s national emergency:

    Imagine how apoplectic Republicans would be if a Democrat president declared a national emergency on climate change or on universal health care to secure funding?

    Imagine!

  52. Snoopy

    The precedent here is very worrying. EOs are one thing, but this is a massive escalation.

    Monty, you must be beside yourself with worry over the revelations that the husband of a Democrat candidate and the top echelons of the DOJ conspired to remove an elected president. That is escalation.

  53. C.L.

    The always dopey Camer0n Stewart sounds a warning note about the consequences of Trump’s national emergency:

    Imagine how ap0plectic Republicans would be if a Democrat president declared a national emergency on climate change or on universal health care to secure funding?

    Imagine!

  54. struth

    No one is bombing the US. There is no emergency.

    The Japs weren’t up to invading at that stage. They hadn’t got to the caravan stage then.
    They are invading the county from the south.
    Since when has an invasion of a county not been met with fire power?
    I would have thought a wall the ultra humane thing to do against invaders.
    To prevent the crime before it’s committed.

  55. struth

    As long as that sort of thing is restricted to situations where the mother is in danger and/or the baby is going to die in massive pain anyway due to deformities,

    Naivety 101.

    It doesn’t and it wouldn’t.
    Especially when the system is socialised.

  56. Damienski

    I’m not saying that I live in a rough area, but the local Aldi is selling Father’s Day cards in packets of five.

  57. zyconoclast

    Please Mr Trump, annex Australia.

    So he can not build a wall?
    So he can legally import huge number of immigrants?
    So he can give amnesty to millions of illegals?
    So he can import unlimited numbers ‘skilled, temporary’ migrants?

    Trump looks more and more like the Democrats Manchurian candidate.

    We don’t need Trump, we have enough quislings and traitors of our own.

  58. Dave in Marybrook

    New V90 cross country looks magnificent. It’s got the skinny arse end disease that the Commodore and VWs carry, and a bit Lexus in the tail-lights, but gen II will sort that out.
    Who’d have thunk, after the design doldrums of the Ford Automotive 2000’s, that the Chinese would sort the marque out again?
    If only they hadn’t surrendered to the qvisling Swedes and their “four cylinders good, more than four cylinders bad” brain fart.

  59. Tom

    Imagine how apoplectic Republicans would be if a Democrat president declared a national emergency on climate change or on universal health care to secure funding?

    This clown expects the Paywallian readership to believe that is credible journalistic analysis and not just a childish attempted gotcha he heard on CNN?

  60. johanna

    What is more interesting and in the long run, important, is that Colorado has joined some other States in decreeing that the their Electoral College votes should go to the candidate who won the most votes nationwide. In other words, they are obliterating their State’s vote as an independent entity.

    It sounds unconstitutional to me, because it defeats the purpose of the Electoral College. Let’s hope that someone takes it to the Supreme Court.

  61. RobK

    No one is bombing the US. There is no emergency.
    You are aware of the number of illegal aliens? The cost? The question of upholding the law? The view of those responsible for maintaining the border security? The evidence is that a wall will help. The evidence is that the influx of irregulars is affecting the nation. The president may well form the view that it is an emergency if other avenues to address it are blocked.

  62. C.L.

    Berkeley declares climate emergency.

    No one is bombing Berkeley. There is no emergency.

  63. struth

    That is just a ridiculous statement.

    Do you really believe that that everyone on the jury was a public service fat cat?

    I didn’t say fat cat.

    However, the prosecution and the defence we should call the “uniparty” and between them, the level and type of Jury members chosen, would have been beyond ridiculous, and therefore I would bet, having no proof, that the level of dunderhead chosen would have been of the parasite variety.

  64. never been selected for a jury.

    maybe questions like: “can I go to the hanging too?”, I wonder if that put them off, I dunno.

  65. feelthebern

    Jeff Sessions on the FBI.

    The FBI was better off when “you all only hired Irishmen,” Sessions said in one diatribe about the bureau’s workforce. “They were drunks but they could be trusted. Not like all those new people with nose rings and tattoos — who knows what they’re doing?”

    How did that loon ever become AG?

  66. struth

    By the way, my key board is playing up.

    R button mostly, making myy comments even hade to read

  67. bespoke

    1735099
    #2934552, posted on February 15, 2019 at 11:34 am
    A mess is an army cafeteria.
    Now that is funny……..

    Whatever, doesn’t change the fact that you are a busted Soviet era NPC trying to be relevant.

  68. Lysander

    Join founder Shivani Gopal and keynote speakers Annabel Crabb, Emma Alberici and Georgie Gardner at The IVY ballroom Sydney, March 5th and enjoy an amazing sit down lunch with complimentary Champagne and wine for what will be the flagship event of the year.

    No thanks (but I wonder what Alberschreechy is being paid?)

  69. Confused Old Misfit

    when the country is “threatened by crisis, exigency, or emergency circumstances” other than wars or natural disasters,…

  70. Des Deskperson

    ‘Do you really believe that that everyone on the jury was a public service fat cat?’

    In fact, a jury of APS employees might have better understood the particular integrity requirements that Cranston was paid to uphold and model.

  71. Snoopy

    Monty before today.

    Wussia, Wussia, Wussia! Trump must be destroyed.

    Monty today.

    Oh noes! Trump is destroying democracy.

  72. Stimpson J. Cat

    I am busy being a dad.

    Are you really though?
    Prove you are not playing vidya games right now.

  73. Tel

    He’s going to jail.
    Enjoy, dickhead.

    Naaa … slap hand and off you go … cheeky scallywag.

    Twitter will keep him safe from consequences. His heart is in the right place.

  74. johanna

    Hey, Lizzie. are you there? How about some more advice about IT by proxy? Any news there? And also, I’m dying to know how ‘pulling rank’ works when you are dealing with a call centre in Bangladesh. Do tell.

    Don’t break a nail, FGS.

    It was certainly interesting to read your summary (not review) of marrying into money. As usual, florid, overdone, slushy.

    But at least you knew what you were talking about.

  75. Notafan

    However, the prosecution and the defence we should call the “uniparty” and between them, the level and type of Jury members chosen, would have been beyond ridiculous, and therefore I would bet, having no proof, that the level of dunderhead chosen would have been of the parasite variety.

    In other words you have nothing to support your contention, I would be extremely surprised if the prosecution would have allowed jury stacking but when you can sling baseless allegation, why not?

    it might surprise you btw, that someone low on the totem pole might not be sympathetic to a very senior officer ‘pulling rank’ to try to get inside information about how much trouble his son was in

    And don’t forget what Cranston jnr et al was doing was not tax evasion but straight up fraud against the Commonwealth

  76. John Constantine

    https://www.mandurahmail.com.au/story/5906052/burrumbuttock-mob-on-no-frills-hay-run-to-help-farmers-again/

    It’s time, it’s a heck of a lot of money and it’s intensive wear and tear on expensive, heavy machinery in impossible environmental conditions.

    And it’s ALL voluntary.

    “You can tell everyone out there Brendan Farrell is f***ing broke,” Bumpa said as he implored Aussies to donate money for fuel to the Rotary Club of Sydney to get hay north again this week.

    “I can’t tell you much more Jodie except that whether it’s drought, fire or flood, we want to get this hay to farmers who need it – without the political bulls**t.”

    Standing behind him is an ever-ready, ever-generous crew of drivers who loaded up again on Thursday – many will make up the difference in fuel costs from their own bank accounts.

    Brendan will be operating “on advice” from Ag Force, the peak body for the Queensland cattle industry, but it is understood fodder will need to be choppered in from designated drop-off points near Cloncurry.

  77. John Constantine

    https://hayrunners.com/

    Brendan uses Facebook for all updates. For those of you not on Facebook we will post important updates to this page.

    Click on the Facebook image below to be taken to the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners Facebook.

    Burrumbuttock Hay Runners is proudly supported by Rotary Club of Sydney. They handle all monetary donations on our behalf as we are not a registered charity.

  78. Des Deskperson

    ‘A divorce would be delicious, as it will not only split the assets but also gobble up a fortune in legal fees.’

    Johanna, they also have a kiddie, Robert IIRC, nice boy by all accounts. It would be a bit sad for him.

  79. johanna

    Nobody resting their padded arses on the benches in Canberra gives a rat’s about the thousands of dying cattle and other animals in Queensland. But, when a video of a few beasts being maltreated surfaced, they shut down a whole industry.

    That’s the business of politics.

  80. calli

    It’s a republic and has never been, and never claimed to be a democracy, even though it is much more democratic than countries claiming to be, like Australia.

    Remarkable innit?

    Those Founding Fathers were smart cookies. I wish we’d had some.

  81. Youse guys are just pickin’ on Pubic Savants.
    They never do nuffink wrong.

  82. RobK

    Nobody resting their padded arses on the benches in Canberra gives a rat’s about the thousands of dying cattle……… 
    Fair comment.

  83. JC

    Speedbox

    In my mind the first unofficial exit from the EU was when Switzerland broke the peg and walked away. That decision suggested they were going for a hard Swiss.

    I’m 10 months pregnant with US Dollars. I don’t want post Trump risk.

  84. They are invading the county from the south.

    Bollocks, struth. America as a country was built on migration. Its economy would crater if the spigot of immigrants was turned off. Trump Inc would collapse if all its Latino employees were deported.

    Like Morrison, Trump is using this issue as a weapon because dumbarses like you believe his obvious lies. He has no intention of slowing migration. You are being conned.

  85. calli

    Every country on the earth was “built by migration”.

    What is it about selective migration that you don’t understand?

  86. John Constantine

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-02-14/dust-storms-impact-sheep-and-wool-production/10806262

    Dust costly work for shearers

    Riverina shearer Nicki Guttler said shearing dust and drought affected sheep can be a challenge, not only are they harder to handle, but also harder on gear, which was taking a toll financially.

    “It does get a bit hard, it’s very dusty on the handpiece and it gets in your eyes as well,” Miss Guttler from Wagga Wagga said.

    “It’s just a lot harsher on gear which has to to work a bit harder and that can affect quite a lot of things from your combs and cutters through to your handpiece and the motor of the shearing plant,” she said.

    Miss Guttler said under normal seasonal conditions she would use about eight combs and 24 cutters a day, now due the dust she was using about 12 combs per day.

    “A comb can cost between $30 and $40 and can last a couple of weeks to a couple of months depending on how often you use it, so if you have to grind it twice as often, it will wear out quicker,” she said.

    “I’m certainly having to buy them more often at the moment.”

  87. RobK

    Its economy would crater if the spigot of immigrants was turned off. 
    Similar claims were made in support of slavery. Note that the issue is illegal immigrants.

  88. What is it about selective migration that you don’t understand?

    How did building walls to keep out the Celts, Huns and Barbarians work out?.

  89. Infidel Tiger

    Bollocks, struth. America as a country was built on migration.

    Legal migration, dumbarse.

  90. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2934562, posted on February 15, 2019 at 11:45 am
    Interesting votes coming up for Republicans. First the Senate will have to vote on the House’s disapproval of Trump’s national emergency, if he goes through with it. Then John Roberts gets to decide if America is still a democracy.

    I just can’t seem to find them at the moment, m0nty. Could you point me to your posts criticising Obama’s use of a “pen and a phone” to govern by executive order?

  91. Infidel Tiger

    The FBI was better off when “you all only hired Irishmen,” Sessions said in one diatribe about the bureau’s workforce. “They were drunks but they could be trusted. Not like all those new people with nose rings and tattoos — who knows what they’re doing?”

    Sessions is exactly right.

  92. Mark A

    incoherent rambler
    #2934640, posted on February 15, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    What is it about selective migration that you don’t understand?

    How did building walls to keep out the Celts, Huns and Barbarians work out?.

    Invasion is not migration.

  93. America wouldn’t be a superpower without illegal immigration. Those Latinos coming from the south are the backbone of their economy. Why do you think California is so prosperous?

    Your racism and your economic illiteracy go nicely together.

  94. Stimpson J. Cat

    The FBI was better off when “you all only hired Irishmen,” Sessions said in one diatribe about the bureau’s workforce. “They were drunks but they could be trusted. Not like all those new people with nose rings and tattoos — who knows what they’re doing?”

    Ah the good old days before the Irish were White.

  95. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2934578, posted on February 15, 2019 at 11:58 am
    Remember when Monty was outraged by Obama’s Executive Orders?

    Remember when you lot were?

    What goes around comes around, Obama set a precedent and the Demorats now have to live with it.

  96. calli

    How did building walls to keep out the Celts, Huns and Barbarians work out?.

    If you’re stretched far and wide building an Empire, your resources have to be enough to man these things. And if you’ve collapsed politically, no barrier is going to work.

    The sovreignty of borders works a little differently in the modern age. Not everyone who rings my doorbell gets to come in.

  97. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    OS ANGELES (Variety.com) – 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment have voiced their support for Empire star Jussie Smollett after it was reported the actor and musician staged an attack on himself in Chicago.

    Chicago media had previously reported that Smollett staged the attack because he was being written off of the Fox series. However the Chicago P.D. said the reports of a hoax are still unconfirmed.

  98. if you’ve collapsed politically, no barrier is going to work.

    Like Ostraya under a CFMEU govt?

  99. Stimpson J. Cat

    America wouldn’t be a superpower without illegal immigration.

    JC take him out to lunch for a Bug Burger.
    He’s being annoying again.

  100. calli

    Why do you think California is so prosperous?

    I was there late last year.

    Yes. It looks prosperous. The multitude of vagrants, filthy streets and ageing infrastructure is evidence.

  101. struth

    In other words you have nothing to support your contention,

    I admitted that, when I said
    I bet, having no poof, err, proof (bloody r button)

    I would be extremely surprised if the prosecution would have allowed jury stacking but when you can sling baseless allegation, why not?

    Be as Naïve as you like.

    it might surprise you btw, that someone low on the totem pole might not be sympathetic to a very senior officer ‘pulling rank’ to try to get inside information about how much trouble his son was in
    It’s a veyy biased situation, screening Juries and to most in the legal profession, considered an art form, in getting just the right type.
    They pride themselves on that shit.
    Superiority complex and all.

    And don’t forget what Cranston jnr et al was doing was not tax evasion but straight up fraud against the Commonwealth

    And Cranston Senior, who was a willing accomplice, and could even be said to have been the mastermind.
    without Cranston Senior, no crime could have been committed.
    I’m glad we are in agreement that it is straight out fraud.
    Des seems to think he’s just broken some PS ethics code instead of the actual criminal law, and that he should know better because he is a public servant!

  102. Infidel Tiger

    America wouldn’t be a superpower without illegal immigration. Those Latinos coming from the south are the backbone of their economy. Why do you think California is so prosperous?

    Clubhouse Leader – dumbest comment of 2019.

  103. feelthebern

    Jeff Sessions will go down in history as one of the worst AG’s ever & Trumps poorest decision.

  104. Did someone just call California prosperous?
    FMD – whoever it was is obviously a joke account.

  105. feelthebern

    monty, shouldn’t you be keeping a low profile?
    The VicPol purge is on.
    Surely you’re close it all the swampiness down there.

  106. Mark A

    m0nty
    #2934646, posted on February 15, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    America wouldn’t be a superpower without illegal immigration. Those Latinos coming from the south are the backbone of their economy. Why do you think California is so prosperous?

    Your racism and your economic illiteracy go nicely together.

    The US was superpower long before the recent mexican migration by stealth.

    I’d say, even more so than now.

  107. RobK

    Why do you think California is so prosperous?
    Safe cities make America great? Cheap house keepers and fruit pickers.
    California prospered from irrigation schemes, oil, gold, entertainment and technology development.

  108. mh

    Some background on the National Emergencies Act

    President Trump Can Declare a National Emergency

    https://www.sebgorka.com/president-trump-can-declare-a-national-emergency/

  109. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Family of schoolgirl who joined Islamic State appeal for her return as UK moves to block her

    By Lucy Bannerman
    The Times
    An hour ago February 15, 2019
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    The family of the London schoolgirl who ran away to join Islamic State have appealed for her to be shown mercy as the home secretary tried to shut the door on her hopes of returning to Britain.

    Relatives of Shamima Begum, 19, pointed to her youthful innocence at the time when she was groomed online to join ISIS in February 2015.

    “She was so young — I don’t think she had the life experience to make those decisions,” said Mohammed Rahman, 36, a family member. “I think the hope would be that she would be allowed to return home, as long as the government is satisfied she has turned her back on their ideology.”

    Home Secretary Sajid Javid declared, however, that he would use all available powers to prevent Ms Begum coming back to Britain and would seek to try her for terrorism offences if she did return.

    “We must remember that those who left Britain to join Daesh were full of hate for our country,” he said. “My message is clear — if you have supported terrorist organisations abroad I will not hesitate to prevent your return. If you do manage to return you should be ready to be questioned, investigated and potentially prosecuted.”

    Although Ms Begum was born in Britain, officials believe there are legal options to remove her passport or strip her of British citizenship.

    Ms Begum, from Bethnal Green, east London, was 15 when she left for Syria with two classmates to join another schoolfriend in the ISIS “caliphate”. She was found this week by The Times in a refugee camp after escaping ISIS’s last stand in northern Syria.

    She said she did not regret going to live under ISIS despite the death of one of her friends and witnessing daily brutality, including seeing a severed head in a bin. She had married a fighter, lost two children to illness and malnutrition and was now heavily pregnant and wanted “to come home and live quietly with my child”.

  110. RobK

     Those Latinos coming from the south are the backbone of their economy.
    That is embarrassingly stupid. Regular Americans are hard workers, by and large.

  111. Nelson Kidd-Players

    stackja #2934500, posted on February 15, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Knight cartoon 15 February on Burston Hanson

    Thanks, Stack.

  112. Boambee John

    m0nty at 1310

    Why do you think California is so prosperous?

    Mexifornia has the greatest wealth disparity in the nation. It has homeless people defecating, urinating and sleeping in the streets, which are littered in some major centres with discarded syringes. The standards of public hygiene are such that they are battling a typhus outbreak.

    Do try to make your lies at least a bit credible.

    Have a rake!

  113. struth

    Bollocks, struth. America as a country was built on migration.

    What’s migration got to do with it.
    This isn’t migration, it’s invasion.
    Whole different kettle of fish.
    America wasn’t built on Migration.
    America was built be freedom, free market, competition and enterprise.
    This stemmed from the constitution.
    Migration was the necessary result, but not the cause of it’s success.
    It was the quality and beliefs of the founding fathers that lay the foundations for success.
    If your dickhead theory was correct, sticking a million people in Venezuela would “build ” their country as well.
    If they opened their borders, more people would flee than remain.
    Your economic socialism has more holes in it than a rabbit warren.

    Migration and invasion are two different things.
    Hitler did not migrate into Poland.

  114. Here’s a nifty way to test:

    1/. Book a Uhaul Truck one-way from ‘frisco to Houston. $2173
    2/. Book a Uhaul Truck one-way from Houston to ‘frisco. $1000

    Case.Closed.

  115. thefrollickingmole

    Monty, king of rakes, look upon his forehead and despair….
    https://psmag.com/news/the-united-states-states-of-emergencies

    President Jimmy Carter declared the first national emergency under the NEA in 1979, with an order blocking Iranian government property from entering the U.S. in response to the Iran hostage crisis. Carter determined that this situation, like the many to follow it, met the criteria of being “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security.”

    FOUR DECADES OF EMERGENCIES
    Since that first order in 1979, American presidents have declared 58 national emergencies. According to the Brennan Center’s running count, 31 of these are still in effect—including the ban on Iranian property, which was extended in November of 2018. In other words, the country has been in some state of emergency for almost four decades.

    These 58 national emergencies include declarations over dealings with Yemen, Syria, and North Korea, among others; sanctions against an array of terrorist groups, including one after 9/11; and various orders concerning nuclear weapons, diamonds imported from Sierra Leone, and the 2009 swine flu epidemic. Most recently, George W. Bush declared 13 and Barack Obama 12, most of which are still in effect, according to CNN.

    But now its a problem…

    Apart from the 3 he already declared.
    So far, the president has declared three national emergencies under the National Emergencies Act, according to the Brennan Center. The first was in December of 2017, when Trump sanctioned 13 people for human rights abuses and corruption using an executive order. Many were generals and heads of state accused of ordering executions and mass murder, including ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.

    The second came in September of 2018. Criticized as too broad at the time, the order sanctioned people found to be involved in hacking and social media campaigns for the purpose of influencing elections, Politico reports. In November, Trump declared a third national emergency over Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s regime and its “use of indiscriminate violence and repressive tactics against civilians.”

  116. feelthebern

    Why do you think California is so prosperous?

    Thriving p0rn industry ?

  117. C.L.

    Bollocks, struth. America as a country was built on migration.
    ———

    Legal migration, dumbarse.

    Legal migration of Christian Europeans, to be more specific.

  118. calli

    Illegal Latinos are California’s dirty little (open) secret.

    They fought a civil war (in part) over it, but the Calis still own the plantation.

  119. Boambee John

    Correction.

    Have another rake!

  120. Stimpson J. Cat

    I tell you, California needs an army of Zorro’s on the border to protect itself.
    It’s the only solution that makes sense.

  121. johanna

    Infidel Tiger
    #2934644, posted on February 15, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    The FBI was better off when “you all only hired Irishmen,” Sessions said in one diatribe about the bureau’s workforce. “They were drunks but they could be trusted. Not like all those new people with nose rings and tattoos — who knows what they’re doing?”

    Sessions is exactly right.

    Indeed he was.

    A drunken Irishman with a moral compass is much more reliable than a multi-pierced, tattoed member of the ‘whatever’ generation.

  122. The Uhaul quotes I just got were for a 10-foot truck in a month’s time.
    For a 26-foot Uhaul truck, it gets even better:

    San Francisco to Houston: $4575
    Houston to San Francisco: $1115

    For the arithmetically challenged among us: That’s $3460 extra, or more than Four times the cost, to move yourself to Texas from California, than the reciprocal.

    Case.Definitely.Closed.

  123. calli

    A Rake, a Rake, my Kingdom for a Rake!

    Run out of rakes? Here, have a spade.

  124. calli

    Curiously, Texas is full as a goog with once-were-Mexicans.

    Must be something about the ones in California. I can’t quite put my finger on it…

  125. C.L.

    The FBI was better off when “you all only hired Irishmen,” Sessions said in one diatribe about the bureau’s workforce. “They were drunks but they could be trusted. Not like all those new people with nose rings and tattoos — who knows what they’re doing?”

    Right.
    When the WASPS wanted to set up a spy agency (the OSS), they turned to Wild Bill Donovan.

  126. thefrollickingmole

    Those Latinos coming from the south are the backbone of their economy.

    Monty the slaveholder, 1700’s
    “These Nigerians coming from Africa are the backbone of our economy”

  127. Tom

    Jeff Sessions will go down in history as one of the worst AG’s ever & Trumps poorest decision.

    Trump appointed two swampies to placate the GOP establishment: Sessions and Tillerson, both now gone, both a disaster. At least Jim Mattis did what he was hired to do: destroy the terrorist caliphate in Syria and western Iraq. Too many American body bags required to kick the terrorists out of Aghanistan; Trump’s surrender there is smart domestic politics, but I’ve a feeling the US long-term will regret falling back to Diego Garcia.

  128. zyconoclast

    Jeff Sessions will go down in history as one of the worst AG’s ever & Trumps poorest decision.

    Not the worst, he did some good stuff.
    Trump should have booted him as soon as he said the word recuse.

  129. Notafan

    Why do you think California is so prosperous?

    Because illegal immigrants sell roses at intersections?

    I thought it was the movie industry and Silicon valley that made California wealthy

    Or are you claiming that cheap hom ehelp is the basis of the Californian economy?

  130. struth

    1 Envy
    2 Hypocrisy
    3Laziness
    4 sense of entitlement/moral superiority without foundation.

    Now our resident dumb arse has been easily cajoled into commenting outside of TDS zone we can apply the points.

    Today, the level of Number 2 is astounding.
    Although the left claim to be for the workers and their rights, it is a stand taken along side and directly opposing their also stated belief that Mexicans can cross a border illegally to work at slave labour rates, putting others (maybe his union buddies) out of work.
    The left love slave labour, especially in America’s south.

    Also number 4 is quite prevalent in his statements.
    People invading a country can be termed Migrants why,………………………because his moral superiority means that just saying it makes it so….magical thinking.
    Number one is prevalent because underneath the hatred of the west is in part caused by envy that it succeeds where socialism doesn’t and number 3 is prevalent because people that aren’t lazy tend to do better than Lazy lefties in that environment.

    So Monty , is a brilliant example of the lefty brain fart.

  131. Infidel Tiger

    Mark Knoller

    Verified account

    @markknoller
    Follow Follow @markknoller
    More
    With the president’s consent, the WH Physician releases more details on the president’s annual physical last Friday.
    Shows his weight 243 pounds, up 4 from last year.
    Blood Pressure 118/80. Was 122/74 a year ago.
    Cholesterol 196 – down from 223 last year.

    1:10 PM – 14 Feb 2019

    And he bangs a supermodel for breakfast.

  132. struth

    A drunken Irishman with a moral compass is much more reliable than a multi-pierced, tattoed member of the ‘whatever’ generation.

    An Irishman gets drunk precisely because he has a moral compass.
    He knows it gets him nowhere in this world but can’t shake the dam thing off.

  133. zyconoclast

    uriously, Texas is full as a goog with once-were-Mexicans.

    Must be something about the ones in California. I can’t quite put my finger on it…

    They just need a little bit more time.

  134. Speedbox

    Alternatively, California is booming and residents and business owners are busy relocating to an ever increasing array of job opportunities or business is resorting to using local ‘you drive’ trucks to get their products through to the populace, such is the demand. Supply of sufficient vehicles is such that UHaul don’t want their trucks leaving the State. Too much local business without the hassle of getting their trucks back at some later time but they offer a financial incentive to do so.

    Just messing’ with ya. 🙂

  135. Notafan

    A rake for Monty

    Compared to other states, California has a large agriculture industry (including fruit, vegetables, dairy, and wine production),[31] but at less than 2% of the GDP, it makes a relatively minor contribution to the state’s overall economy.[32] Airborne exports of perishable fruits and vegetables amounted to approximately $579 million in 2007.[33] By way of comparison, California exported more agricultural products by air that year than 23 other states did by all modes of transport.[33] California agriculture is dependent on undocumented labor

  136. Stimpson J. Cat

    Why do you think California is so prosperous?

    It takes a village full of gardeners to raise an illegals child.

  137. johanna

    The side passage is overgrown with weeds, some more than a metre high. I can’t do it myself, what with arthritis and all. So, the plan is to find a pair of lezzos who do gardening, there are lots of them about. I am hoping that they will relate to me as a vulnerable (!) old wimmenses.

    My old standby, Peter O’Neill, has dropped off the map. His phone account no longer exists. Quite probably he has dropped off the twig. He’s been on the verge for years.

    Peter was a lovely bloke with not a mean bone in his body. That said, he was an alcoholic (but never mean with it) and lived on the fringes of society.

    He was a bushie who worked with horses for a long time. Also, he brought up his son Peter jnr, who has impeccable manners and not a single tattoo. His other son died in a Queensland hospital where they decided that he was an ice addict, which he wasn’t. He was actually very ill, but he died before they realised that he had a massive bacterial infection.

    The life of the underclass (as opposed to the pets showcased in the media) is beyond the ken of the Work Experience Kids.

  138. C.L.

    The behaviour of Trump’s Attorneys-G so far has been one of the weirdest displays I’ve seen in all my years observing US politics. Everybody knows the Democrat Party colluded with Russian intelligence to produce a dossier that was subsequently presented to the FISA court in order to actuate a spy operation against Trump and rig the election/sabotage his administration. These are the highest crimes of treason ever committed in domestic American politics and government. But instead of pursuing the perpetrators, Trump’s top law officers have allowed Mueller – formally a seasoned failure and now a slightly touched-in-the-head wacko avenger – to continue his fatuous ‘investigation’ into things he knows never happened. Mueller has dined off a Silver Star his whole life and is finishing his run as a pathologically dishonorable scoundrel and traitor.

  139. calli

    My kids use a thing called Airtasker, Joh. It has worked well for yard clearing and home relocation.

  140. Black Ball

    Those Latinos coming from the south are the backbone of their economy.

    Reminds me of this.

    https://youtu.be/NJQ4SwC0Rbg

  141. zyconoclast

    What is it with rappers?

    A Florida rapper who publicly mourned the October deaths of two close friends is now accused of killing them and covering up the crime.

    “I lost my two brothers by violence and now the system want to find justice,” YNW Melly wrote on Instagram.

  142. johanna

    Thanks, Calli. but what is it?

  143. C.L.

    BREAKING: Our anti-lynching bill, which would make lynching a federal crime, just unanimously passed the Senate. Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our nation’s history and I’m hopeful this measure will swiftly pass the House.

    Thank God kidnapping, hanging and burning black people is finally illegal.

  144. zyconoclast

    Rubio discovers Native American heritage through TV show

    “My Native American heritage was an amazing discovery. But you forgot one of the most surprising discoveries,my famous distant relative! I will have to break the bad news to him myself,” Rubio wrote.

  145. bespoke

    ohanna
    #2934712, posted on February 15, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Thanks, Calli. but what is it?

    look up Tinda 😉

  146. zyconoclast

    She can always leave.

    Meredith Koop, the stylist behind Michelle Obama‘s flawless wardrobe, has a bone to pick with the fashion industry.

    “I’m a white woman. I interact with people in fashion of all different races and backgrounds, but I will say that I find the fashion industry to be not diverse,” Koop explained during “NYFW The Talks: Passion Meets Purpose Presented by TRESemmé,” a panel discussion during New York Fashion Week over the weekend.

    “I find it to be frustrating, and I don’t really want to be a part of it.”

  147. calli

    An online platform, started a few years ago in Sydney. Google “Airtasker Queanbeyan” and see if you like the idea.

    The kids had their whole yard cleaned out and all their kitchen/linen press stuff unpacked and put away when they moved. Agreed on a price, the workers turned up, did the job properly and quickly and left.

    Where there’s a gap in the market, someone will fill it.

  148. struth

    BREAKING: Our anti-lynching bill, which would make lynching a federal crime, just unanimously passed the Senate. Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our nation’s history and I’m hopeful this measure will swiftly pass the House.

    Who’s being Lynched?

    What next, outlaw fighting the Injuns, raising the jolly roger, wearing a dress exposing yyour ankles, witchcraft?

    FMD.
    Insanity through virtue signalling.
    This is uncontrolled feminine traits.
    We are in deep shit, if we don’t get them back in the kitchen.

  149. Notafan

    Rubio has an interesting mix

    A little bit of slave in there as well?

  150. calli

    I thought ganging up on someone in order to kill them was already against the law. Conspiracy to murder comes to mind.

    But of course that isn’t as racially charged as “lynching”.

  151. amortiser

    stackja
    #2934517, posted on February 15, 2019 at 11:07 am
    Snoopy
    #2934495, posted on February 15, 2019 at 10:52 am
    Whatever happened to Joe Siracusa? Totally ignored during the Obama era, he was all over TheirABC until about six months ago.

    Reader Mike Murphy takes the Today Show’s Professor Joe Siracusa to task on the FISA memo
    Sunday, 04 February 2018

    michaelsmithnews.com

    I never received a reply from that clown and Channel 9 did not respond to my email regarding the segment either. No wonder their ratings are tanking.

  152. Notafan

    “I find it to be frustrating, and I don’t really want to be a part of it.”

    Well stop it then,

    If you want to work in a predominately people of colour industry, just ask your maid to recommend you to someone.

  153. Infidel Tiger

    Thank God kidnapping, hanging and burning black people is finally illegal.

    Weekend plans ruined by nanny state.

  154. Bruce of Newcastle

    Meredith Koop, the stylist behind Michelle Obama‘s flawless wardrobe, has a bone to pick with the fashion industry.

    Michelle Obama‘s flawless wardrobe?
    Ummm

  155. Makka

    My kids use a thing called Airtasker, Joh. It has worked well for yard clearing and home relocation.

    Airtasker is awesome. For all kinds of jobs.

  156. C.L.

    Meredith Koop, the stylist behind Michelle Obama‘s flawless wardrobe

    Uh-huh.

  157. Infidel Tiger

    Meredith Koop, the stylist behind Michelle Obama‘s flawless wardrobe …

    Ain’t easy dressing a wookie.

    She did her best.

  158. johanna

    Thanks, calli. I googled airtasker and came up with lots of options.

    You are a star,

    BTW, I have about 20 baby blue agapanthus that came up from seed, I have no idea what to do with them.

    Meanwhile, last year I tried to grow white ones from seed with no success. Will try again this year.

  159. C.L.

    From Bruce’s collection …
    Like they say on Sesame Street, one of these things is not like the other.

  160. Stimpson J. Cat

    Thanks, calli. I googled airtasker and came up with lots of options.

    Put in bald, fit, agile, unconventionally attractive, man, denim shorts in the search and see what comes up.
    Trust me on this.

    😎

  161. Nick

    I hope you were satisfied Stimp 🙂

  162. zyconoclast

    Rubio has an interesting mix

    A little bit of slave in there as well?

    Mostly cuck.

  163. zyconoclast

    Meredith Koop, the stylist behind Michelle Obama‘s flawless wardrobe, has a bone to pick with the fashion industry.

    Sounds racist.

  164. Snoopy

    BREAKING: Our anti-lynching bill, which would make lynching a federal crime, just unanimously passed the Senate. Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our nation’s history and I’m hopeful this measure will swiftly pass the House.

    I hope the Bill doesn’t criminalise hoax lynchings. That could be awkward.

  165. Black Ball

    Who are the craziest people? Ice Road Truckers or Swamp People? Admire the skills of all involved in making a living for themselves.

  166. Stimpson J. Cat

    I hope you were satisfied Stimp 🙂

    The one bad review I got was from a Lesbian couple who were confused about the types of Hedge Trimming Services I offer.
    Easy mistake to make and totally understandable.

  167. Zatara

    Those Latinos coming from the south are the backbone of their economy. Why do you think California is so prosperous?

    Because the illegal aliens snuck into Silicon Valley and learned to code?

  168. mh

    Monty, do you believe gay black actor Jussie Smollett?

  169. Front page of the Oz today has the news about Shorten’s enthusiasm to kick small businesses.

    Concerns the plan to compensate casual workers for leave they did not get because they took the higher paid casual rates which already factored in $’s for lack of paid leave.

    Seems the ACTU and CFFMEU want all casuals to be compensated for the leave they missed out on and backdate it for 6 years.

    This is one of the most outrageous pieces of proposed legislation I have heard of. Unfortunately there was a recent case, brought by CFFMEU, involving a Qld miner where the judge ruled in favour. Naturally this was done after he ceased to be employed.

    This is backdated double dipping at the expense of the employer who complied with the regulations as they existed at the time. Is going to hurt many small businesses significantly but as we know ACTU and CFMEU and Shorten are no friends of small business.

    My daughter happily worked casual, on good pay rates, for a good employer most of the past 6 years. She now works full time. Does she suddenly become eligible for paid leave or can she take money instead ? Her employer will be looking at millions that were not factored in when they took on their many casuals.

    What happens if a small business has closed are the owners still liable ? If the casual no longer works at a business they are going to be wanting the back pay in lieu of the leave.

  170. Stimpson J. Cat

    Because the illegal aliens snuck into Silicon Valley and learned to code?

    It’s disgusting.
    They are literally stealing journalists jobs.

  171. cohenite

    Sonia Kruger vilified Muslim people when she called for Australia to close its borders to those of the Islamic faith during a segment on the Today show, but did not engage in racial vilification because Muslim people living in Australia are not a race, a tribunal has found.

    The HRC got involved on the basis of a complaint by muslim Sam Ekermawi, who with burns, the gay activist, keeps the HRC in business.

    I thought Kruger was very temperate.

  172. Farmer Gez

    Fox News reporting that Jussie Smollett faked the whole thing with a couple of friends and charges are pending. The trio are being questioned.
    This is what happens when silly people tell actors they are important and their work matters.

  173. Infidel Tiger

    Ryan Saavedra

    Verified account

    @RealSaavedra
    2h2 hours ago
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    Democrat Beto O’Rourke says he wants to knock down the existing border barriers on the southern border

    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: “If you could, would you take the wall down now? Knock it down?”

    O’Rourke: “Yes, absolutely. I would take the wall down.”

  174. RobK

    They are literally stealing journalists jobs.
    The Daily Diablo-online.

  175. mh

    There were Mexican flags being waved at Beta’s El Paso rally this week.

  176. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Malcolm Turnbull’s memoir will be Christmas gift to the nationCaroline OveringtonFollow @overingtonc

    10:56AM February 15, 2019
    164 Comments

    Malcolm Turnbull has written a memoir, and to the great relief of the bruised Coalition, it’s not due out until after the election.

    Hardie Grant Books — a small imprint run by an old friend of the former prime minister — made the announcement today.

    “Hardie Grant Books acquired world rights for Turnbull’s memoir in late 2018 and will publish globally in late 2019, the statement said.

    ‘Hardie Grant is proud to be working with Malcolm, who has had unique access to national and international issues and figures in his political and working life,’ says Sandy Grant, Hardie Grant Publishing chief executive officer.

    Turnbull and Grant worked closely together in 1987 on a legal battle with the British government, which had attempted to block the publication of the best-selling book Spycatcher.

    They collaborated again in 1999 on Turnbull’s book on the republic referendum, Fighting for the Republic. Mr Turnbull said it was great to be working with Sandy again.

    To the nervousness of many, the memoir is being described as “an exceptionally candid and compelling account” of Turnbull’s time in politics.

    “ It will also describe his early life and successful career across law, investment and banking, including the high-profile characters and controversies he encountered in more than two decades of business,” the statement said.

    From the Oz. I wonder if there will be a chapter devoted to the most lackluster and uninspiring election campaign ever mounted?

  177. mh

    Farmer Gez
    #2934748, posted on February 15, 2019 at 2:53 pm
    Fox News reporting that Jussie Smollett faked the whole thing with a couple of friends and charges are pending. The trio are being questioned.

    The website is not reporting that. Did you see that on tv?

  178. Stimpson J. Cat

    BREAKING: Our anti-lynching bill, which would make lynching a federal crime, just unanimously passed the Senate. Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our nation’s history and I’m hopeful this measure will swiftly pass the House.

    They are desperate to get this Bill passed before the new Disney live action Aladdin film is released and everyone witnesses Will Smith as the Genie.
    It’s the only way to save him.

  179. Boambee John

    calli
    #2934721, posted on February 15, 2019 at 2:12 pm
    I thought ganging up on someone in order to kill them was already against the law. Conspiracy to murder comes to mind.

    But of course that isn’t as racially charged as “lynching”.

    Have they banned on-line lynching also? Lot more of it these days than the other sort.

  180. Baldrick

    Not everyone who rings my doorbell gets to come in.

    calli please, it’s not that sort of blog. 🙃

  181. bespoke

    BrettW
    #2934745, posted on February 15, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I’m a casual worker who knows this may end my job but the majority are to dumb to see past the short term cash gain.

  182. 1735099

    Hitler’s Volkswagen/Trump’s wall.
    The symbolic potential of design……

  183. Leigh Lowe

    My view is that Cranston should now be charged with a breach of s 13 (7) of the Public Service Act 1999. Having already resigned won’t protect him, and a sanction could involve dismissal with an effect on his retirement entitlements.
    This won’t happen ‘cos he’s an ATO mate and it’s all too difficult

    I agree Des.
    And the judiciary won’t be overly keen on opening up the sacred DB pension funds to claw-backs for misbehaviour.
    That is the thin end of the slippery slope which could open up Pandora’s can of worms.
    BTW, anyone who has followed your commentary on Cranston (and others of his ilk in the public sector) would be hard pressed to conclude that you are “part of the club”.

  184. mh

    Are the Dems no longer allowed to commit a “hi-tech lynching” like they did to Clarence Thomas?

  185. Zatara

    The website is not reporting that. Did you see that on tv?

    Charlie De Mar, CBS News Chicago.

    De Mars. BREAKING:Police raided the home of two persons of interest in Jussie Smollett case last night. Both men are of Nigerian decent and have appeared as extras on the show. Police took bleach, shoes electronics and more.Officers asked family if they knew #Jussiesmollett. @cbschicago

    Brad Edwards. TOP SOURCE: “We [investigators] believe the non-cooperating 2 witnesses are co-conspirators in a potentially staged attack” vs. Jussie Smollett. ⁦@cbschicago⁩

    De Mars. UPDATE: Attorney for two men in custody says she spoke with CPD detectives and charges (at least against the two brothers In custody) are expected before 5:45pm Friday. That is when the 48-Hour hold expires. @cbschicago #JussieSmollett #Empire #Chicago

  186. ZK2A:

    Mr Shorten has come under pressure from both Indigenous leaders and with the Labor movement to ensure a referendum on constitutional recognition is given priority over any public vote on the republic.

    All the Lefties are going flat out to make sure the Libs come in first.

  187. thefrollickingmole

    Hitler’s Volkswagen/Trump’s wall.
    The symbolic potential of design

    Put down the crack pipe and move away from the lubricated gerbil.

  188. Stimpson J. Cat

    In other important Disney news, the new trailer for Frozen 2: Lesbian Boogaloo has just been released.

  189. Boambee John

    Reflecting a bit, I think m0nty’s comment about Mexifornia was more illuminating than he intended.

    Clearly the fascist left sees Cali as a model for the future. A small, super wealthy, self selected “elite” (them) living in gated communities (walls are OK for them, just not for the proles).

    Outside the walls, a mass of impoverished serfs struggle to get a job with the super wealthy (daytime only, think of the children) mowing, taking out the rubbish, trimming the hedges, or painting. A selected few “house workers” will be allowed to look after the single, environmentally aware, child of each couple, and might even be allowed to sleep in the hall if they demonstrate suitable subservience.

    m0nty sees himself as part of the super rich, after all, he is in IT! Not sure that they will see a fantasy football site as an adequate entry card.

  190. Baldrick

    Numbers, I see your blog is non-the-more popular these days.

    Sad.

  191. mh

    Jussie Smollett now giving us too much information:

    “I come really, really hard against 45. I come really hard against his administration. I don’t hold my tongue,” Jussie Smollett told interviewer Robin Roberts.

  192. thefrollickingmole

    Frozen 2: Lesbian Boogaloo

    Wont their tongues get stuck like kids trying to lick the freezer?

  193. Please read todays Letters and Greg Sheridan’s two recent exposés on the submarine fiasco in The Australian.

    How great that ordinary civilians can see the barrows of manure covering Turnbull’s Froggy Subs.

    But WHY, in two years, have our RAN experts and platoons of nit-picking quill-drivers in Russel Offices been unable to identify any of the dozen or so massive and putrid holes in the project?

    Were some people offered a few cases of Nuits St Georges burgundy, or have they been steadily drinking them?

  194. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Nick. I don’t think I am a Hyacinth nor an Edna.
    No-one who knows me has ever suggested that.

    (Here’s Nick’s reply, all backthread now, but I’ve just got home from the Cha-cha):
    What was it you said yesterday about ‘people of rank’? Your post about poor Richard dealing with Telstra, alone was pure Hyacinth Bucket.

    Nick, my husband’s name is not Richard, and I have never watched whatever the Bucket show is called. I have seen one small clip of a rattled woman busy trying to aspire from what seems sociologically to be the British lower-middle classes to the aspirational heights of the more salubrious (and boring) middle-middle class, and doing it via chasing her false idea of ‘refinement’. I guess that is the person you mean. Nothing like me at all, nor relevant to the tale I told about Telstra. Rather like Joh’s tale, I innocently thought. But do continue with your fantasy. It immediately identifies you as having no idea. However, that’s your lookout.

    That you have not the intellect to discern in the discussion yesterday the difference between the sociological fact of rank vs the idiomatic usages of the term ‘pulling rank’ indicates to me that you are probably having difficulty comprehending what about 50% of the Cat is on about. Your problem. You’ve certainly piled unfairly onto newcomer Elle, as you continue to do with me, regarding the natural fun we have here, which demonstrates you mostly fail to see the point.

    You join the ‘rats to you’ crew here as far as I am concerned, which includes High Troll Harken, Son of Rae, as well as some others who delight in insulting me, and my work, quite gratuitously, hoping to discourage or upset me. I will not let them do that. I am very happy to listen to and take note of serious criticism: Stephen Oppenheimer from Oxford University has been helpfully critical as well as complimentary, Daphne Nash Briggs, archaeologist from the Ashmolean Museum, has been equally corrective regarding some of my bad Latin, and entirely out of the blue, international best selling novelists Amor Towels and Bernard Cornwell have both written to me encouragingly about my publications. Bernard started his mail with ‘Wow!’ and ended it with ‘use my name’. ‘Some fan mail for you, Elizabeth’, said Keith Windschuttle’s email dryly, forwarding it. That was all very nice.

    Thus, I chose now to simply shrug my shoulders to vindictive and perhaps jealous people who seek to destroy my very hard-won confidence. Hmmm. Now there’s yet another interesting idiom referencing ‘shoulders’. I collect these.

  195. feelthebern

    Shhh…or you’ll get numbers taking about vietnam again.

  196. woolfe

    BrettW
    I have been employed as a casual through one of leading suppliers of labour to a very large iron ore company where I am classified as a Cat 1 contractor and hold a senior position.

    I have been in this position for nearly 3 years and have my flights and acomodation booked 6 months in advance. I have not had a pay rise since joining, have no sick pay or leave, minimum super and earn less than a company employee junior to my position. Is this reasonable?

    I also realise it is my decision to stay.

  197. Stimpson J. Cat

    Wont their tongues get stuck like kids trying to lick the freezer?

    The best part of the trailer is when heroic Princess Anna, with the split second instincts instilled from a lifetime of bell ringing for servants, snatches up a sword and leaps in front of her hapless brawny muscular iceworker boyfriend to protect him from danger.
    Stunning and Brave.

  198. feelthebern

    news.com.au had an article about Sonia Kruger being found guilty by some tribunal.
    Now it’s gone.
    Did anyone else see it?

  199. Notafan

    Woolfe

    why don’t you renegotiate your contract?

    Seems to me your employment contract is with the labour supplier though

  200. cohenite

    Hitler’s Volkswagen/Trump’s wall.
    The symbolic potential of design……

    This is not as imbecilic as it appears. When I had my VW during the student days I could sleep in it and it was superb for smuggling extra people into the drive-in. So, in a way the VW is the antithesis of a wall. I suppose the comment is stupid after all.

  201. Dr Faustus

    Good, well-paying Jobson Grothe:

    Meet the NDIS career changers closing the support worker gap

    Jed Dickson, a trained engineer and psychology graduate, and Aaron Coote, a former Buddhist translator, are employed by two separate NDIS providers whose services are as diverse as the needs of the people who use them.

    Both men are happy in a sector that the Productivity Commission says will double to around 150,000 people, by 2020.

    Of course it’s wonderful that they are happy. And once those dinosaur 19th Century industries like agriculture, mining and manufacturing are phased out, the future has never looked better.

    But will no-one think of the future shortage of Buddhist translators?

  202. bespoke

    mh
    #2934768, posted on February 15, 2019 at 3:22 pm
    Jussie Smollett now giving us too much information:
    “I come really, really hard against 45. I come really hard against his administration. I don’t hold my tongue,” Jussie Smollett told interviewer Robin Roberts.

    He learnt from Harvey Weinstein’s casting couch

  203. Notafan

    What is a Buddhist translator?

    I thought it was a religion, now it’s a language?

    And what has it got to do with NDIS?

  204. feelthebern

    We pay for that, Dr Faustus ?
    I thought it was for more home nurses so family members had a break from wiping pop’s bum.

  205. 1735099

    Numbers, I see your blog is non-the-more popular these days.

    Obviously, you can read the blog stats and have noticed the following –

    Pageviews today
    18
    Pageviews yesterday
    41
    Pageviews last month
    1,506
    Pageviews all time history
    159,221

    It’s doing OK.
    I don’t get too many comments because trolls usually only comment once.
    They get their arses handed to them fairly quickly, and don’t persist.

  206. Lizzie:

    And do what? Raise another Caliphate child? How much misery may this woman have been responsible for as a bride of ISIS? There would be many others more deserving of a respite in Britain. A few more years in the camp may assist her to feel some remorse. It seems pretty light on so far.

    Yep. Send her back to the tribe.
    Yep. The Lefties will scream blue murder.
    Then be flummoxed for words about “That Most Feminist Of Religions.”

  207. calli

    Perhaps this is the connection between VeeDubbs and walls.

    That makes sense.

  208. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Is going to hurt many small businesses significantly

    And the rest. Many public sector organisations use casuals too… schools, universities, hospitals, road repair teams, you name it, casuals-r-them.

    Unless they’ve seen this coming and have found a way to weasel out of it.

  209. Infidel Tiger

    Jizzie Smollett gonna claim the depression and the Trump made him done do it.

    He gunna get a big reacharound from Hollyweird too.

  210. bespoke

    Don’t take the bait, Numbers has been spamming other blogs to drive traffic to his.

  211. calli

    I viewed Numbers’ blog just then. So I’m one of the 18.

    Not bad at all.

  212. calli

    Sorry bespoke. Too late! 😐

  213. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    reminding us

    ‘Us’? You consider yourself part of an ‘us’ here now do you? You pathetic worm.
    I’ve paid my dues on Catallaxy for ten years now. I can crow here if I want to.
    The Cat is the only reason I’ve ever even thought of writing anything.

    A pox on you and all who think like you or encourage your pile-ons.

  214. duncanm

    news.com.au had an article about Sonia Kruger being found guilty by some tribunal.

    In a decision on Friday, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal said Kruger’s”vilifying remarks” in July 2016 had the capacity to “encourage hatred towards, or serious contempt for, Australian Muslims by ordinary members of the Australian population“.

    Strange – they seem to be implying Muslims are not ordinary members of the Australian population?

  215. Infidel Tiger

    I have been in this position for nearly 3 years and have my flights and acomodation booked 6 months in advance. I have not had a pay rise since joining, have no sick pay or leave, minimum super and earn less than a company employee junior to my position. Is this reasonable?

    Corporatism is evil.

    Employing people on a long term casual basis like this should be illegal for any large or public company.

  216. Elle

    Lizzie, you handle the trolls with style and grace.

    I’m always intrigued why people are compelled to read writings they don’t like.

    Every writer takes the criticisms with the accolades. Even name calling, while childish, can motivate one to keep at it.

    Tenacity. All good writers have it.

    I’ll have to scroll back. Who is numbers?

    Off for after work drinkies at the Bavarian. 🥂🍻

  217. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Whatever, Hyacinth

    S’ok, Nick the Prick. That head has no brain.

  218. feelthebern

    Employing people on a long term casual basis like this should be illegal for any large or public company.

    What about if it’s above award?

  219. Elle

    Lizzie, you handle the trolls with style and grace.

    I’m always intrigued why people are comp*lled to read writings they don’t like.

    Every writer takes the criticisms with the accolades. Even name calling, while childish, can motivate one to keep at it.

    Tenacity. All good writers have it.

    I’ll have to scroll back. Who is numbers?

    Off for after work drinkies at the Bavarian. 🥂🍻

  220. Elle

    Lizzie, you handle the trolls with style and grace.

    I’m always intrigued why people are comp*lled to read writings they don’t like.

    Every writer takes the criticisms with the accolades. Even name calling, while childish, can motivate one to keep at it.

    Tenacity. All good writers have it.

    I’ll have to scroll back. Who is numbers?

    Off for after work drinkies at the B*varian. 🥂🍻

  221. bespoke

    Employing people on a long term casual basis like this should be illegal for any large or public company.

    What about if the employee’s circumstances find it necessary?

  222. Confused Old Misfit

    Employing people on a long term casual basis like this should be illegal for any large or public company.

    Why?
    Perhaps those who accept this type of employment like it.
    I worked on contracts all my working life.

  223. feelthebern

    What about if the employee’s circumstances find it necessary?

    If it’s easy to fire, it’s easy to hire.

  224. Elle

    Lizzie, you handle the trolls with style and grace.

    Every writer takes the criticisms with the accolades. Even name calling, while childish, can motivate one to keep at it.

    Tenacity – all good writers have it.

    I’ll have to scroll back. Who is numbers?

    Off for after work drinkies at the B*varian. 🥂🍻

  225. feelthebern

    I worked on contracts all my working life.

    After the first 2 years of my working career I was too.
    Then for the last 5-6 I’ve been running my own firm.
    Being a wage-slave has never appealed.

  226. bespoke

    calli
    #2934804, posted on February 15, 2019 at 3:57 pm
    Sorry bespoke. Too late! 😐

    You said sorry, Haha!

  227. Infidel Tiger

    What about if it’s above award?

    It never is.

    We live in a country where the corporatist mobsters are able to pay lower wages than SME’s because of carve outs done with union mobsters.

    There will be blood.

  228. Elle

    It took me three goes to post that. Perseverance … and tenacity – I made it through the filter. 😁

  229. C.L.

    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: “If you could, would you take the wall down now? Knock it down?”

    O’Rourke: “Yes, absolutely. I would take the wall down.”

    Says the former nanny.

  230. Clam Chowdah

    Lizzie, these threads move fast so not sure if you saw… read your review and decided to order the book before I had the pleasure of realising you were the author of the review. Excellent writing!

  231. feelthebern

    I’ll have to scroll back. Who is numbers?

    A dick.

    Off for after work drinkies at the B*varian. 🥂🍻

    Nothing like a Kraut beer on a hot day.

  232. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    They get their arses handed to them fairly quickly, and don’t persist.

    Trained on Catallaxy in the receiver not the giver position? Took notes, did you?

  233. Infidel Tiger

    If it’s easy to fire, it’s easy to hire.

    No argument there.

    But permanent casualisation of a work force is not conducive to a cohesive society.

  234. feelthebern

    You seem angry today IT.
    Did Mrs IT not like the lawnmower you got her for Valentines Day?

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