Monday Forum: March 25, 2019

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  1. stackja

    ‘That was the most heartbreaking part’: Australia’s obesity epidemic out …
    The Sydney Morning Herald-8 hours ago
    Australia’s obesity epidemic is accelerating at an alarming rate, with almost … released by the Collective for action on Obesity on Wednesday.

    The Obesity Collective
    ABC News-31 Jul 2018
    That’s according to the Obesity Collective, a growing coalition of researchers and health professionals challenging government to think ..

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Here you go Shy Ted.

    MID-WEEK IN PICTURES: MUELLER SCHADENFREUDE EDITION

    Tom was also saying upthread that Wikipedia is like Snopes. Powerline’s Scott Johnson has an article today about the slimy and dishonest treatment Snopes is giving him.

    MY DAY WITH SNOPES

    Well worth a read to see what Snopes are really like.

  3. mh

    Never have we seen a week where globalist filth have been so exposed.

  4. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    After charges were dropped against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging his own hate crime, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is reportedly “furious” with the outcome.

    disgusting corruption

    rule of law has been trashed into the bin by the left time and time again.

    leftism is putrid festering cancer on society. it is the cause of our once mighty civilisation slow motion collapse.

  5. Entropy

    Collectives are always run by people wishing to impose their will on others. This is particularly an issue in preventative health. I was at a senior meeting with health officials the other day. The glow on this apparasitick’s face as she described her plans for erasing from public buildings any foods on the unapproved list was disturbing. This includes banning advertising, tuck shops, cakes and biscuits at morning teas, and vending machines.

  6. stackja

    Shy Ted
    #2971451, posted on March 27, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Yes!

    It’s only Tuesday, but what a week. The SPLC is collapsing, Trump’s poll numbers are looking up, and public regard for the media, who make Michael Avenatti a supposed presidential candidate, is going to sink to new lows. At least liberals can still hope the Southern District of New York will save them, and . . . wait, what? SDNY indicted Avenatti? I’m betting a lot of Democrats right now…

  7. egg_

    SloMo’s ONE VENEZSTRAYA!

  8. Elle

    Thanks for the toons, Tom.
    🙂

  9. Farmer Gez

    Ahh the ABC.
    Zoe Daniel managed to run a whole story about a public place ban on unvaccinated kids spreading measles in a New York county without once giving us a reason for the problem.
    Could it be that the culprits are crazy Democrat voting moms?

  10. Mother Lode

    I am half looking forward to meeting my BIL again – he was drop dead certain that Meuller was going to be issuing indictments against Trump and those around him.

    I remember about a year ago there were hints about a brace of indictments about to be issued and the ‘experts’ were certain that Trump was among them. I cautioned that it was very unlikely. He would not be swayed.

    I was right. He was wrong.

    Tempering my malign joy at him having been completely wrong is that he will just go to the sewer and start imbibing new talking points about obstruction, about Meuller being got at…anything that argues Trump is still guilty of something for which they have absolutely no evidence. Never did.

    I suspect he still believes the in the dossier even though it turned out to have been a compendium of innuendo and imagination paid for by Hillary and which even the author will not bother to defend in any degree.

  11. Anthony

    Let’s see, how can we get Mueller off the front page. I know, let’s release that Smollusc actor. It doesn’t matter that he instigated a hate crime, Mueller is more damaging.

  12. Anthony

    Why are the democrats so intent on losing the next election in the US?

  13. stackja

    Mark Latham on 2GB ,when meeting someone, who to trust? Secret recordings? Security checks needed?

    Trust ABC? Yeah, of course.

  14. Bruce of Newcastle

    Let’s see, how can we get Mueller off the front page. I know, let’s release that Smollusc actor.

    I laughed out loud to this headline this morning:

    Schumer: Obamacare attack bigger deal than Mueller findings

    Poor Chuck.
    His squirrel is dead, but hopes he can sell it can by nailing it to the perch and painting it blue.

  15. Zatara

    Soros spent $408,000 on the election campaign of radical State Attorney Kim Foxx.

    Today Foxx let Jussie Smollet walk for Hate Hoax Crimes.

    Still looking for some collusion Dems?

  16. mh

    CNN’s Brian Stelter on Jussie Smollett ‘We May Never Really Know What Happened’

    “People don’t know what to believe, and we may never really know what happened on that street in Chicago,” Stelter said on air Tuesday.

    Actually knobhead, we do know what happened. The two Nigerian brothers who carried out the attack told the police everything.

  17. Tel

    disgusting corruption

    rule of law has been trashed into the bin by the left time and time again.

    Even Rahm Emanuel is calling it dodgy.

    You won’t hear that too often!

  18. mh

    Knobhead doubles down

    Brian Stelter

    @brianstelter
    Cool. Were you there that night? Smollett’s camp says he was the victim of a hate crime. The police dispute that. There isn’t video of the alleged attack. Thus, we may never know what really happened.

    3:10 AM – Mar 27, 2019

  19. Woolfe

    Looks like Aus Con got 0.7% of the vote in NSW. They need Riccardo as leader

  20. Leigh Lowe

    Shy Ted

    #2971451, posted on March 27, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Tom, there’s something over at Powerlineblog you need to bring to Cat’ attention. I promise not to look til you’ve posted the link. But I can’t wait all weekfor my next instalment of pictures.

    Tom is just checking that mUnter is in his safe place with his blanky and reassurance support puppy before he links to it.

  21. Percy Popinjay

    For my sins, I watched Sky news again last evening. Starting with the Parrot and Co, I caught the last half hour. Very unfortunate tale of a poor young bloke trying to support his family (including a little girl with a disability) who worked two jobs to keep their heads above water, only to be slugged with a $4,000 tax bill (above his 49% PAYG) for his troubles. He is still paying it off. The Parrot then contrasted this with the revelations that the stupid.forking.gliberals had paid out some incredibly obscene amount ($600 million or so) for consultants contracted by the NDIA – the appallingly incompetent bureaucratic behemoth maladministering the NDIS.

    As much as I hate to admit it, Peta Credlin is an absolute babe.

    Then on to the garrulous flabbster Murray, on the ground in FNQ. First up was a panel including Latham, Panahi, Bernardi and that preposterous li’l bugman Dweeb, Bramston. Much hilarity as a pile on occurred where the latter was called out for denialism about the Mueller Wussia Nothingburger. Switched the telly off when that preposterous ol’ imbecile Katter appeared, looking and sounding even more disconnected from reality than I’d ever seen him.

    Sleepy Hollows retirement village awaits, Blob. Off you go.

    This is Percy Popinjay, monitoring our beloved media (so you don’t have to) – over and out, Folks.

  22. Tom

    Thanks, Shy Ted. Thanks, Bruce of Newk. Too good to languish on the other side of the fold:

    Mid-Week in Pictures: Mueller Schadenfreude Edition.

  23. Entropy
    #2971370, posted on March 27, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Personally, I prefer our soldiers to be killers. Highly efficient killers. The kind of killer that is feared by our enemies. I have no problem with our soldiers being thought of as killers.

    Entropy meet Enthalpy.

    I agree. Get a Gurkha regiment now.

  24. Trump’s poll numbers are looking up.

    Really?
    Current average of Polls on Real Clear Politics –
    Disapprove – 52.9 (+ 9.5 in the last week.)
    Approve – 43.4

    I wonder what they’d look like if they weren’t looking up?

  25. amortiser

    I attended the Ridd case at the Federal Court in Brisbane yesterday.

    Counsel for Ridd, Wood SC, made the case that JCU ignored the terms of Ridd’s EBA when it laid charges against him. JCU took action under its Code of Conduct however Wood made the case which he contended was basic in Australian Industrial Law that Ridd’s EBA trumps any other instrument where a conflict in terms occurs.

    If this is true, the case is a slam dunk for Ridd. Ridd doesn’t even have to defend his statements that JCU has charged him with if the clause relating to intellectual freedom in his EBA applies.

    JCU contends that his statements to the press criticising the quality of the science of associated institutions and colleagues breached the code of conduct because they breached the requirement of collegiality and supporting the integrity of the institution. This is code for supporting the global warming stance of JCU.

    As Wood outlined the charges against Ridd the case became more and more laughable. From the comments made by Judge Vasta, it became more and more clear that he understood the Ridd case and the absurd nature of the JCU actions.

    At no point in the laying of its charges did JCU refer to the terms Enterprise Bargaining Agreement under which Ridd had been employed. It was as if the EBA had been filed in the bottom drawer.

    From Judge Vasta’s remarks it would appear that the case will conclude today although it was scheduled to conclude tomorrow.

    Today’s cross examination of Ridd will be interesting. JCU submissions have been accepted by Ridd side without cross examination.

  26. calli

    I have to admit to a favourite.

    I love my schadenfreude served nice and cold in the morning.

  27. calli

    Whoa! Seven talking heads curious about the Smollet decision.

    Koch must be on notice.

  28. Tom

    I attended the Ridd case at the Federal Court in Brisbane yesterday.

    Thanks, Amortiser. Keep us informed!

  29. Baldrick

    PM’s poll plea: desert ‘abhorrent’ One Nation

    SloMo’s ‘Deplorable’ moment.

  30. Mother Lode

    CNN’s Brian Stelter on Jussie Smollett ‘We May Never Really Know What Happened’

    After the dismal performance of the MSM regarding Wussian Cowwusion they feel no cavil unleashing their insights onto us again.

    Do they have no idea that after a righteous, and very public, drubbing they might consider their audience are not the same people they meet around the water cooler and they might need to make sure they are more credible than previously?

    Sweet cheeses they are dumb.

  31. calli

    And to top off this mighty fine day…forty three years and still going strong.

    And they said it wouldn’t last. ❤️

  32. And they said it wouldn’t last.

    Are the people who said that still alive?

  33. Tom

    Congratulations, Calli. What’s your nickname for the Beloved? The Best Man? D’oh — I think that’s Delta.

  34. Baldrick

    AOC’s Green New Deal loses big in Senate

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal withered in the heat of the Senate on Tuesday as Republicans delivered a decisive spanking to liberal activists’ plan to reshape American society.
    Not a single senator backed her bill during the vote, a 57-0 filibuster. Forty-three Democrats voted “present,” refusing to take a stand.
    The vote left Democrats scrambling for footing. They called the vote a “sham,” complained they’d been ambushed and never considered Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to be a viable option.
    Even Sen. Ed Markey, the Massachusetts Democrat who wrote the Green New Deal with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, didn’t vote for it.

  35. Baldrick

    🎉🍻💥 Congratulations Mr & Mrs calli 🌠🎆🎊

  36. duncanm

    Baldrick
    #2971490, posted on March 27, 2019 at 9:09 am
    PM’s poll plea: desert ‘abhorrent’ One Nation

    SloMo’s ‘Deplorable’ moment.

    bingo.

    SFL

  37. mh

    Green New Deal fails Senate test vote as dozens of Democrats vote ‘present’

    The Green New Deal, a sweeping Democratic proposal for dealing with climate change, fell at the first hurdle Tuesday as the Senate failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to begin debate on the non-binding resolution, with 42 Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., voting “present.”

    No senator voted to begin debate on the legislation, while 57 lawmakers voted against breaking the filibuster. Democratic Sens. Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona joined 53 Republicans in voting “no.” Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, who caucuses with the Democrats, also voted “no.”

    …Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, called the Green New Deal “ridiculous” and displayed pictures of dinosaurs, cartoon characters and babies on the Senate floor. He said he was treating the plan “with the seriousness it deserves.”…

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/green-new-deal-fails-senate-test-vote-as-dozens-of-democrats

  38. calli

    No, that’s Tinta.

    The Beloved is the Beloved. You might want to look up Song of Solomon. It’s a little risqué for so early in the morning though.

  39. Boambee John

    Tom
    #2971395, posted on March 27, 2019 at 4:23 am
    Martin Rowson(Guardian, London*).
    *It started life as the Manchester Guardian, but long ago departed the north of England to become the propaganda rag for the communist chattering classes in London. Rowson is the cleverest and least one-eyed of its regular cartoonists.

    As a favour to all of us, please never post anything by the Grauniad’s Steve Bell. He was completely insane in the 1980s, I shudder to think of the degeneration since then!

  40. Delta A

    It’s a little risqué for so early in the morning though.

    Bet you wouldn’t have said that 43 years ago. 🙂

    Congratulations.

  41. mh

    I missed this bit

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the Green New Deal’s main sponsor in the House, accused McConnell earlier Tuesday of rushing the resolution to the floor “because he doesn’t want to save our planet. Because he thinks we can drink oil in 30 years when all our water is poisoned.”

  42. Eyrie

    I’m partial to proverbs 31:10 when counting my blessings regarding the lady who decided to marry me.

  43. C.L.

    Video goes viral showing pope Francis aggressively yanking his hand away from dozens of Catholics trying to venerate the Fisherman’s Ring according to centuries-old tradition.

    His behaviour has been described as “bizarre” and “disturbing.”

    This exceedingly weird man needs to go.

    Pope Francis bizarrely refuses to let churchgoers kiss his Papal ring by repeatedly yanking his hand away in meet-and-greet.

  44. OldOzzie

    hzhousewife
    #2971313, posted on March 26, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Katter just talking about feral pigs in outback Qld. https://www.abc.net.au/cm/rimage/5496882-3×2-large.jpg?v=2.

    As you can see that is one big Feral Pig

    or

    try this one for size

    North Queensland feral pig hunt sparks online furore

    A WAR of words has erupted between city-slickers and rural Queenslanders after a photograph of a social feral pig hunt went viral online.

    Hill MP Shane Knuth posted a photo of himself and Kennedy MP Bob Katter with a mound of dead pigs at the Currajah Hotel in Innisfail at the weekend and the response was immediate.

    While North Queenslanders, who see pig hunting not only as a right of passage but a necessity on the land, praised the event, outraged southerners voiced their disgust, accusing the hunters of “murder”.

    They called the hunters vile, disgusting and horrible and said the pigs should be left alone.

    Instead of shooting them, it was suggested that they could all be relocated to a fence in agricultural property, somewhere.

    Mr Knuth said 99.9 per cent of the protesters did not live in rural and regional Queensland and queried their stance as environmentalists.

    “They’re not friends of the environment and they’re backers of the feral pig over the native flora and fauna and agriculture industry,” Mr Knuth said.

    “It’s great to see the pig hunting enthusiasts in their own time and own expense eliminating Australia’s greatest enviornmental disasters.

    “Back in 2007 there was a recorded 20 million pigs, now we’re up to 24 million and they’re becoming unstoppable.

    “Years ago I called for a bounty to give the pig hunters incentives to hunt the pigs as they do this in their own time and expense.

    “Not only that they contribute many dollars to the local community on vehicles, fuel, outdoor gear and equipment. Local pig hunters need permits to access national park because they’re becoming a breeding frenzy and uncontrollable.”

    Currajah Hotel owner Julie Doherty was bemused at the attention and said she had received a phone call from a woman in Adelaide who was scathing of the hunt.

    It was the third time they have hosted a pig hunt and said it was an annual event.

  45. struth

    Good Moaning, and congratulations Calli.

    Whilst defending himself during his appearance on the ‘playschool” of free to air, answering questions about what he said about Mussies, Sco Mo revealed just how bad he really is.
    He denied saying he wanted to capitalise on the fear of Muslims in the wider community, but said he actually stated that, there is a fear out there, that the government needs to address.
    Needs to do something about.

    In other words, while doing the UN’s bidding on invasion from the shit cultures of the world, the proles are playing up, and something must be done.

    Ungrateful bastards are not wanting to be blown up, run over, shot, decapitated , acid attacked, knifed, etc, and complaining about it is called hate speech.

  46. Baldrick

    After charges were dropped against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging his own hate crime, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is reportedly “furious” with the outcome.

    I think Jussie deserves a break. After all, he’s beat himself up enough over this whole episode.

  47. Dr Faustus

    The Jussie Smollett imbroglio is perfectly satisfactory.

    If the matter had gone to trial, the little poove would have been have done the ‘full remorse’ and, after glowing celebrity character references, been let off with a non-custodial severe wrist slapping.
    The media would have been awash with the Awfulness of Trump driving ‘good people to do uncharacteristic things’ – and Smollett would be greasing his way to rehabilitation.

    As it is, instead of a footnote, Democrat institutional corruption will be a front and centre issue.

  48. mh

    “because he doesn’t want to save our planet. Because he thinks we can drink oil in 30 years when all our water is poisoned.”

    When I read AOC I hear it in her silly voice. Anyone else?

  49. mh

    I think Jussie deserves a break. After all, he’s beat himself up enough over this whole episode.

    Yeah, and he’s already threatened to kill himself.

  50. OldOzzie

    calli
    #2971492, posted on March 27, 2019 at 9:10 am

    And to top off this mighty fine day…forty three years and still going strong.

    And they said it wouldn’t last. ❤

    Congratulations Calli

    in 52nd year – My Mother said at the Reception “You two are both too young to have been Married”

  51. Tom

    As a favour to all of us, please never post anything by the Grauniad’s Steve Bell. He was completely insane in the 1980s, I shudder to think of the degeneration since then!

    Boambee John, with all his derangements, David Rowe is demented, but Steve Bell is insane with leftist hatreds — a stupid and talentless version of the great Ralph Steadman. His work is often featured on the sites I troll for cartoons, but I’ve never seen anything of Bell’s I wanted to post.

  52. Mother Lode

    Video goes viral showing pope Francis aggressively yanking his hand away from dozens of Catholics trying to venerate the Fisherman’s Ring according to centuries-old tradition.

    He is a socialist – he loudly declares his love of ‘The people’, but individual people – of flesh and blood, who feel joy and pain, might have a scar, or be missing a limb, or with crooked teeth and bad breath – real people leave him cold.

    He, like all socialists, would be prepared to sacrifice every last living person for ‘The people’.

  53. OldOzzie

    Sorry about that something went wrong with Links above

    Thanks Tom for the Cartoons

    Gary Varvel and Ben Garrison joint winners today

  54. areff

    Anne Summers, firm believer in Russiagate (as Tim Blair has observed behind his paywall) has rurned her attention to Judith Sloan.

    https://twitter.com/SummersAnne/status/1110343517321211905

  55. lotocoti

    Are the people who said that still alive?

    Last seen drinking from a cask of Amontillado.

  56. Eyrie

    “Worth noting is that Judith Sloan not only works in the infernal lie factory of Rupert “Satan” Murdoch, she also posts at Catallaxy Files (just googled her) run by the vile anti-semite Graham Bird. Platforming hate like this leads to Christchurches. #auspol”
    Wow. This site is run by Bird. Who knew????

  57. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) at 8:10 am:

    After charges were dropped against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging his own hate crime, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is reportedly “furious” with the outcome.

    disgusting corruption

    rule of law has been trashed into the bin by the left time and time again.

    leftism is putrid festering cancer on society. it is the cause of our once mighty civilisation slow motion collapse.”

    I have noticed an awful lot of female negros in senior State attorney jobs who make it to the news when they have a Jussie Smollett opportunity to grant favours to their own and spike whitey in the process. This imbroglio involves rancorous Michelle Obama,the appalling congressman Kamala Harris and Kim Foxx – all equal opportunity leg ups into a law degree and then into the public service. Their barely adequate academic performance and laziness wouldn’t see them considered for a real job in private practice.

    Little by little the left works assiduously at the lower end and at the big end of town to bring the joint down, setting an ethical and professional standard in public service worthy of Jacob Zuma’s government in South Africa.

    The Chicago Tribune link at Tom’s post of 5:22am reports:

    (State Attorney Kim) Foxx – a black sheila – reached out to (an utterly stupid saying – in this case it should read “leaned on” police chief) Johnson after Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama when she was Queen, emailed Foxx saying the actor’s family had unspecified “concerns about the investigation.” Tchen, a close friend of Mayor Emanuel’s wife, said she was acting on behalf of the “Empire” actor and his family. A relative later exchanged texts with Foxx.

    The exchanges began Feb. 1, three days after Smollett said the attack occurred. It would still be 2 1/2 weeks before he was charged with making the story up, but some media outlets were already starting to question the actor’s account, citing unnamed police sources.

    “Spoke to the Superintendent Johnson,” Foxx emailed Tchen back on Feb. 1. “I convinced him to Reach out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation.”

    That same day, Foxx texted with Smollett’s relative, whose name was blacked out in copies released by her office.

    “Spoke to the superintendent earlier, he made the ask,” Foxx wrote. “Trying to figure out logistics. I’ll keep you posted.”

    “Omg this would be a huge victory,” the relative replied.

    “I make no guarantees, but I’m trying,” Foxx wrote back.”

    You have to wonder why a low life deceitful homosexual like Smollett would attract the time and attention of these manipulative, destructive sheilas. A week or two ago the black police chief, who seemed like the genuine article, spoke forcefully about the disease of race division and of his disgust with Smollett’s scam. They have surely spat on those quaint notions.

  58. Boambee John

    calli
    #2971492, posted on March 27, 2019 at 9:10 am
    And to top off this mighty fine day…forty three years and still going strong.

    And they said it wouldn’t last. ❤️

    Congratulations calli, forty five for us in June!

  59. Baldrick

    … she also posts at Catallaxy Files (just googled her) run by the vile anti-semite Graham Bird.

    Bwhahahaha, Bird’s reputation runs far and wide.

  60. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “Spoke to the Superintendent Johnson,” Foxx emailed Tchen back on Feb. 1. “I convinced him to Reach out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation.”

    THat would be the same FBI that investigated Shrillarie’s crimes.

  61. OldOzzie

    Dickhead ScMo *TurdbullLite” strikes again – does not question a Foreign Government Colluding with an Australian Taxpayer ABC to try and undermine an Australian Political Party and the Idiot wants Australians to vite for him and the Liberals

    Morrison’s pitch to wavering voters: it’s time to desert One Nation

    Simon BensonNational Affairs Editor – Joe Kelly Political Reporter

    Scott Morrison has moved to stop the flow of Coalition votes to One Nation, attacking the party as ­“abhorrent” and urging dis­affected conservatives to support the government ahead of Pauline Hanson at the upcoming election.

    In a direct pitch to One Nation voters, the Prime Minister invited them to vote for a “party of government’’, acknowledging that they had drifted to the minor party ­because of “frustrations on a whole range of issues’’.

    His comments came as he moved to reassert control of the policy agenda, intervening in the energy debate dividing the ­Coalition by releasing a shortlist of 12 power generation projects ­eligible for government support — including an upgrade to the Vales Point coal-fired power plant in NSW.

    The new energy plan follows the government’s decision to introduce an annual cap of 160,000 on the permanent migration ­intake — cutting targets set under the former Labor government by up to 30,000 people a year — and its foreshadowing of plans to fast-track personal income tax cuts in next week’s budget.

    Deputy Prime Minister ­Michael McCormack has also been charged with exploiting a $1.3 billion war chest for major water infrastructure projects in ­regional electorates.

    Channelling similar tactics to those used by John Howard ahead of the 1998 election, Mr Morrison yesterday refused to rule out a preference deal with One Nation until nominations closed but ­declared there was a “long list” of reasons to not vote for the party.

    “I’m not interested in getting One Nation’s preferences. I’m interested in getting their primary vote,” he said. “I separate One ­Nation voters from the One Nation party. I know that people who have voted for One Nation in the past have done so because of frustrations on a whole range of issues. Issues that do trouble Australians.

    “I say to the people of Australia who have voted One Nation and are contemplating voting One ­Nation at the next election, good Australians, (I am) inviting them to vote for a party of government that can deliver on the issues that concern you.”

    Speaking in parliament in 2000, Mr Howard had declared: “My view is that the One Nation party should be placed last on all Liberal Party how-to-vote cards in Australia.”

    The former prime minister yesterday­ urged disaffected Liberal­ and Nationals voters to shun One Nation following the party’s ­attempts to solicit donations from America’s gun lobby, claiming it should be “anathema” to anyone thinking of supporting it.

    Mr Howard, who brought in Australia’s tough gun control regime­ more than 20 years ago following­ the Port Arthur massacre, said he backed Mr Morrison’s condemnation of the party.

    Speaking to The Australian, Mr Howard said he fully supported the Prime Minister’s appeal to disaffected voters to draw a line in the sand over the latest scandal and abandon the party as a vehicle for a protest vote.

    “The point he made is that if there is anyone for any reason who is a normally a Nationals or Liberal voter who is unhappy with us but wouldn’t dream of voting for Labor or the Greens … if they are thinking of voting One Nation, then what they have done with the National Rifle Association is a powerful reason not to,” Mr Howard told The Australian. “It should be anathema to anyone.”

    Mr Howard said his gun laws had stood the test of time and the country was an infinitely safer country.

    In the lead up to the 1998 election, each Liberal state division opted to preference One Nation last, although Mr Howard was careful not to overreact to the threat posed by Ms Hanson despite calls from Liberal figures — including Malcolm Fraser, Peter Costello and Tony Abbott — to openly condemn her.

    The government’s pushback against One Nation comes as Mr Morrison moves to neutralise the minor right-wing party’s policies on population, jobs in the regions, water infrastructure and support for farmers. The Morrison government has extended an olive branch to disgruntled Nationals MPs in marginal seats, short-listing an upgrade of the Vales Point coal-fired power station at Lake Macquarie and committing to a feasibility study into a new clean coal plant in the marginal ­Coalition held seat of Capricornia in Queensland.

    The move was an attempt to reassert control over the energy debate dividing the Coalition after rebel Nationals, led by Barnaby Joyce, called on the government to support a new coal-fired power plant in Queensland — a demand condemned by Liberal MPs who argued it would cost the party seats in inner-city electorates in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

    Unveiling the next stage of the government’s plan to underwrite new firmed power generation, Mr Morrison revealed that 12 power projects had been short-listed for government support after being whittled down from an initial list of 66. “Those projects will deliver around about 4000 megawatts, which is about twice the size of what we’re talking about currently at stations like Liddell and other major coal-fired power stations,” he said. “So this is providing reliable power generation. It is across a range of projects in gas, hydro and one very small project which is a coal upgrade project in NSW in Lake Macquarie.”

    Mr Morrison said the “feasibility study” would test the ­viability of a proposal for a new clean coal plant at Collinsville in the knife-edge seat of Capricornia, held by the Coalition on a margin of 0.6 per cent.

    “The Collinsville proposal is there. That will actually have an emissions intensity which is lower, lower than the current average for the entire east coast grid. So these are projects which at the end of the day, will continue to help us meet all of our emissions reduction targets,” he said.

    Mr Morrison also announced last week that an annual cap of 160,000 would be placed on the permanent migration intake, cutting targets set under the former Labor government by up to 30,000 people a year.

    Imposing­ for the first time an official ceiling on numbers, the cabinet also signed off on a regional settlement policy which will introduce visa conditions requiring skilled migrants to reside in cities other than Sydney and Melbourne for a minimum of five years.

    Mr McCormack yesterday told The Australian the government would use a $1.3bn war chest to build dams, irrigation systems and pipelines under two major programs, and plan to accelerate its announcements ahead of the May election.

    Reaching out to indigenous Australians, the Morrison government will also announce today that it will fund a new coalition of Peak Aboriginal and Torres Islander organisations, made up of people from 14 representative indigenous organisations across the nation, “to change the way governments and indigenous Australians work together”.

    Mr Morrison yesterday said he was “not interested” in One Nation’s preferences because he was committed to taking primary votes away from Senator Hanson.

    “I’m not running to run second, or third or fourth,” he said.

    “I’m in this race as the Prime Minister to be re-elected. And the way you seek to do that in this country is to not squabble over preferences.”

  62. C.L.

    Anne Summers

    FMD. Is Paul Keating’s geisha girl still alive?

    Here she is in November: Donald Trump is cornered and he knows it.

    We know that Mueller has a truckload of sealed indictments, including against members of Trump’s family.

    Poor old thing.

  63. Maybe George could look for a senate seat in the Philippines.

    He’d be good for six years, and the voters of Dawson wouldn’t miss him.
    Scomo would also breathe a sigh of relief.
    George and Rodrigo would get on like a house on fire.
    There’s even a slight physical resemblance.

  64. Bruce of Newcastle

    I found this report interesting, on what is happening in Gaza. The latest round of fighting was started by a Pali rocket landing on a house in Tel Aviv. Now some details are coming out about that:

    Reporter’s Notebook: Rocket fire lands near Fox News crew as it reported on Israel-Hamas violence

    When we arrived, you could smell the burnt metal from the rocket explosion, see wood splintered across the area and watch crews picking through the rubble.

    Pieces of shrapnel hit 30 homes in the surrounding area and pierced through cars along the street with ease. The fact that Israeli officials weren’t collecting the bodies of the people living here was a miracle. We later found out one of the fathers woke up to air raid sirens blaring, grabbed his family and pulled them into a bomb shelter. The 275-pound warhead exploded before he could get the door to the shelter closed.

    That was a very lucky escape.

    Then we made our way south, toward the Gaza border.

    During the drive, I contacted a source, who is a senior Hamas official inside Gaza. He told me Hamas was not responsible for the attack and that Israel was to blame for the deteriorating situation in Gaza.

    So Hamas, which runs Gaza with an iron fist, completely missed a bunch of guys lugging around a rocket the size of a truck, which has a 275 pound warhead and a range of 120 km. It was so big it overshot Tel Aviv proper and landed 30 km north of the city. You could just about launch a satellite into orbit with such a beast.

  65. Boambee John

    areff
    #2971522, posted on March 27, 2019 at 9:54 am
    Anne Summers, firm believer in Russiagate (as Tim Blair has observed behind his paywall) has rurned her attention to Judith Sloan.

    https://twitter.com/SummersAnne/status/1110343517321211905

    The Doomlord should sue the second poster (Mc Allister) for stating that Catallaxy is run by Bird. Defamation to the nth degree!

  66. Snoopy

    Anne Summers proves that the old saying that beauty is only skin deep but ugly goes right to the bone.

  67. mh

    carol mcallister
    @carolmcalliste2
    ·
    31m
    Replying to
    @SummersAnne
    Worth noting is that Judith Sloan not only works in the infernal lie factory of Rupert “Satan” Murdoch, she also posts at Catallaxy Files (just googled her) run by the vile anti-semite Graham Bird. Platforming hate like this leads to Christchurches. #auspol

  68. Shy Ted

    The brother in law had a blue cattle dog that fearlessly used to tackle feral pigs like the ones pictured above, didn’t do any damage, just hung on until, well, you know. Wonderful friendly dog while BIL was around but when he wasn’t it would stand guard and just watch you to make sure you behaved. One day someone walked too close to the ute and he launched himself at the unfortunate and was left hanging, suspended by his collar. Dunno if a blue dog can go blue in the face but it was in serious trouble and twitching so without thinking I thought I’d lift it back in the tray. Turns out there was plenty of life left in it, don’t know how I escaped intact. BIL emerged from the shop, picked it up by the collar and threw it in the tray. Recovered in seconds, tail wagging, raring to go again. “Don’t know how many times I’ve told you, Shy Ted,” he said, “you’re in the outback now. You never touch another man’ dog.”

  69. Goanna

    When I read AOC I hear it in her silly voice. Anyone else?

    AOC does not have a mellifluous voice.

    It is beyond me that she has broad appeal.

  70. stackja

    Northern Star STORY
    Cash-strapped groom asks community to pay for his wedding
    by JASMINE BURKE (27 Mar 2019, 7:10 AM)
    Lismore man Kristian Hatton and his fiance Nok (Roongaroon Bootprom) plan to get hitched in July this year, but are asking the community for financial help so they can afford the wedding of their dreams.
    Subscriber only
    THIS Lismore man has met the love of his life and they can’t wait to get married. There’s just one problem — they don’t have any money.

    Lismore just voted ALP/Greens, so surely someone will offer the money?

  71. slackster

    Best response to the New Green deal from Utah Senator Mike Lee

    https://youtu.be/Oc5zfc95lMM

  72. dover_beach

    Video goes viral showing pope Francis aggressively yanking his hand away from dozens of Catholics trying to venerate the Fisherman’s Ring according to centuries-old tradition.

    I saw this yesterday on twitter via Rorate Caeli, I think, not sure though, and was going to post it. It is not only bizarre, but it was also extremely rude to those being received by the Pope and paying homage.

  73. Des Deskperson

    Counsel for Ridd, Wood SC, made the case that JCU ignored the terms of Ridd’s EBA when it laid charges against him. JCU took action under its Code of Conduct however Wood made the case which he contended was basic in Australian Industrial Law that Ridd’s EBA trumps any other instrument where a conflict in terms occurs.

    Enterprise agreements always trump any employee rights and conditions in any other instrument, and since it is now common practice to include integrity and behavioural requirements in EBA’s, then these would clearly trump other conduct requirements, many of which are simply administrative instruments.

    Here’s what the JCU EBA says about intellectual freedom:

    “Intellectual Freedom
    (a) The University is committed to act in a manner consistent with the protection and promotion of intellectual freedom within the University and in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.
    (b) Intellectual freedom includes the rights of Staff to:
    (i) Pursue critical and open inquiry;
    (ii) Participate in public debate and express opinions about issues and ideas related to the Staff Members respective fields of competence;
    (iii) Express opinions about the operations of the University and higher education policy more generally;
    (iv) Be eligible to participate in established decision making structures and processes within the University, subject to established selection procedures and criteria;
    (v) Participate in professional and representative bodies, including unions and other representative bodies.
    (c) All Staff have the right to express unpopular or controversial views. However, this comes with a responsibility to respect the rights of others and they do not have the right to harass, vilify, bully or intimidate those who disagree with their views. These rights are linked to the responsibilities of Staff to support the University as a place of independent learning and thought where ideas may be put forward and opinion expressed freely.
    (d) The University acknowledges the rights of Staff to express disagreement with University decisions and/or with the processes used to make those decisions. However, Staff should seek to raise their concerns through applicable processes and give reasonable opportunity for such processes to be followed.
    (e) Staff, as leaders and role models to students and the wider community, must adhere to the highest standards of propriety and truthfulness in scholarship, research and professional practice.
    (f) Staff Members commenting publicly in a professional or expert capacity may identify themselves using their University appointment or qualifications, but must not represent their opinions as those of the University. The University expects that Staff will maintain professional standards when they intentionally associate themselves with its name in public statements and/or forums.
    (g) Staff who contribute to public debate as individuals and not in a professional or expert capacity, must not intentionally identify themselves in association with their University appointment.”

    In terms of academic freedom, this would appear to a rather more robust statement of employee rights than the woolier JCU Code of Conduct.

  74. dover_beach

    carol mcallister

    is a spoof account in the vein of Titania McGrath.

  75. Black Ball

    Good morning.
    Now that Mueller has a lot of free time on his hands now, perhaps he can look into Smollett and how that was handled. Sarc off.
    To this observer, President Trump should now set up a special prosecutor to go after the real actors in any Russian collusion. Obama, Killary, Brennan, Clapper, Steele, Simpson. They tried to sabotage candidate Trump’s campaign and failing that, have his presidency terminated by way of impeachment. I believe there is ample evidence to bring this fetid swamp to account.
    I recall Trump saying to Clinton during one of their debates ‘you will be in jail if I were President.’ Make it so.

  76. Johno

    Any minute now , any minute.

  77. OldOzzie

    Julian Burnside pledges to fight inequality in campaign for seat of Kooyong

    Greens star candidate ­Julian Burnside, who as a ­barrister defended some of Australia’s wealthiest businessmen while amassing a $20 million property portfolio, is telling voters he will tackle growing inequality.

    Mr Burnside is challenging Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in the affluent Melbourne seat of Kooyong.

    In a flyer being distributed to voters, Mr Burnside says he will fight in parliament “to ­address growing income ­inequality in this country”.

    “The proudest moments and biggest wins of my legal career have come when taking on the big guys in the fight for justice,” the flyer says.

    Mr Burnside told the Herald Sun Kooyong voters cared about income inequality.

    “People in Kooyong have worked hard to be able to build a good life for themselves and their families, and now what they’re most concerned about is being able to hand over a safe and sustainable world to their children and grandchildren,” Mr Burnside said.

    The Melbourne Queen’s Counsel’s property portfolio includes a $1.35 million mansion in Hawthorn, a clifftop beach house, two luxury apartments in St Kilda and three high-end apartments with harbourside views in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo.

    The top silk is well known for doing an extensive amount of pro bono work for refugees, but he has also represented wealthy Australians including infamous tycoon Alan Bond, who he said was one of the “truly charismatic people” he had met.

    Mr Burnside said on Monday he was proud of having striven to ensure the best outcome for everyone he had represented, saying his commercial law work had allowed him to take on pro bono cases to fight for human rights.

    “I firmly believe everyone has the right to access justice, and that includes innocent people seeking asylum.”

    The Liberal Member for the state seat of Kew, Tim Smith, said Mr Burnside was a “hypocrite” for “lecturing everyone about economic inequality with a $20 million property portfolio”.

    “Julian Burnside believes in death duties, which will ­severely punish Kooyong families who want to pass on to their kids what they’ve worked hard for. He’s completely out of touch,” Mr Smith said.

    And the Young Voting Greens do not realise with “Death Duties” they are screwing their own future inheritance

  78. dover_beach

    From which of his six or seven houses will Burnside fight inequality?

  79. Des Deskperson

    ‘carol mcallister is a spoof account in the vein of Titania McGrath.’

    I had wondered about ‘Carol’ after she tweeted back in January about how ‘heartbreaking’ it was that the legend killer of Aiia Maasarwe turned out to be Indigenous.

    In this tweet, the ‘Satan’ bit tends to give it away.

  80. Mother Lode

    Scott Morrison has moved to stop the flow of Coalition votes to One Nation, attacking the party as ­“abhorrent” and urging dis­affected conservatives to support the government ahead of Pauline Hanson at the upcoming election.

    Ummm…if your (erstwhile) supporters are moving to One Nation, the best way to win them back is to try going at least part way to what attracted them to One Nation. Not call them idiots.

    It truly reeks of the belief by the Liberals that they are the stable for voters of the right, and they should obediently line up and file in as a matter of course. If they prefer PHON then they are mistaken – it is not an issue for the Liberals.

    The smart people in the party (I am here assuming there is more than one) will be planning for what to do after the next train wreck election.

    I wouldn’t even trust most of those morons to code.

  81. Boambee John

    Aaaand wheeere’s m0nty?

    Surely the DNC/MSM nexus has been able to come up with something, anything, for him to post.

  82. Des Deskperson

    err, alleged killer

  83. Bruce of Newcastle

    Only three weeks ago Venezulan electricity supply collapsed for nearly a week. Many people died.
    That was then, this is now:

    Large new blackouts strike Venezuelan capital, provinces

    A new power outage spread across much of Venezuela on Monday, knocking communications offline and stirring fears of a repeat of the chaos almost two weeks ago during the nation’s largest-ever blackout.

    Someone should ask Shorten to explain how his electricity policies won’t cause blackouts like in Venezuela.

  84. Siltstone

    “because he doesn’t want to save our planet. Because he thinks we can drink oil in 30 years when all our water is poisoned.”

    I notice the greenies now talk much less about “peak oil” and even less about Club of Rome predictions that oil would run out due to exponential growth in demand and non-exponential growth in supply. “All our water” becoming poisoned in 30 years is a new scary story. But not to worry about that, does not the world come to an end in only 12 yeasr time?

  85. Eyrie

    Any want to print up some t- shirts?
    Disgusting
    Abhorrent
    Deplorable

    Wear to polling booth on election day.

  86. Boambee John

    Mother Lode

    Ummm…if your (erstwhile) supporters are moving to One Nation, the best way to win them back is to try going at least part way to what attracted them to One Nation. Not call them idiots.

    Perhaps ScoMo needs to talk to his “mentor” John Howard, who was quite successful in doing that?

  87. Mother Lode

    We know that Mueller has a truckload of sealed indictments, including against members of Trump’s family.

    This should be thrown into her face repeatedly.

    We? Know?

    Who is ‘we’? How is it that you ‘know’, not ‘suspect’, ‘predict’ or ‘have heard’?

    Oh, Ann? Judith Sloan had worked out Meuller was going to be a nothing burger.

    Who is the stupid dishonest one again?

  88. OldOzzie

    Shy Ted
    #2971539, posted on March 27, 2019 at 10:19 am

    The brother in law had a blue cattle dog that fearlessly used to tackle feral pigs like the ones pictured above, didn’t do any damage, just hung on until, well, you know.

    Shy Ted,

    that is one brave dog – was hunting Feral Pigs in the Pilliga in the early 60s with Dogs from a mate’s farm and one of them was killed by a big tusker ripping him with his tusks – took a number of bullets to bring that tusker down

  89. Shy Ted

    I went to that Anne Summers tweet and followed it to a Kerryn Goldsworthy just cos she’s in my patch. Never heard of her, seems to be a nobody academic in something useless, spending her days retweeting the usual suspects and agreeing with all the leftie talking points. The hypocrisy is breathtaking and their hatred of anyone holding different views palpable. Fave little bit was the “poor Tayla Harris” of AFLW fame and how bullying must be stopped etc etc. Next frame shows pro lady boxer Tayla Harris beating the carp out of little black lady boxer.

  90. C.L.

    Veneration of the Fisherman’s Ring is veneration of the office, of St Peter, of the Apostolic See, of Christ Himself. It is not veneration of Bergoglio. This is yet another example of the man’s phony humility. A truly humble man who disliked the custom would endure it as a quibbling sort of penance. Or he could have asked his aid to make an announcement to the pilgrims not to venerate the ring, if that’s what he really wanted. Instead, aware of the cameras, he seemed to deliberately humiliate them – mostly elderly folk who would have been deeply hurt – so the whole world would see how “humble” he is. As I’ve said since his irregular and dodgy arrival in the office, if you want to know how humble Bergoglio is, ask him. He’ll tell you.

  91. Rafe Champion

    New fred at noon?

  92. None

    It was an interesting Freudian slip from the magistrate notafan. The feminazis have also bastardized the language so much so as to trivialize serious offences.

  93. John64

    Nein Media hack Peter Hartcher’s latest contribution: ‘He sold everything he believed in’: The price Turnbull paid to become prime minister

    The only thing Mick Trumble has ever believed in is Mick Trumble.

    So he sold himself to become PM.

    Hartcher has finally written something I can agree with.

  94. None

    I still kiss a priest’s hand. Which would automatically exclude all Protestants and Anglicans…

  95. Infidel Tiger

    Jizzie Smollett cleared!

    Thank you Michelle Obama!

    Thank God for that. Chicago can now reclaim its rightful place as most corrupt western city on earth.

  96. Shy Ted

    Tell you what, OldOzzie, I didn’t know what being a man was til I’d been pig hunting. Must be something in the cough syrup that’s making me all nostalgic.

  97. Percy Popinjay

    Worth noting is that Judith Sloan not only works in the infernal lie factory of Rupert “Satan” Murdoch, she also posts at Catallaxy Files (just googled her) run by the vile anti-semite Graham Bird. Platforming hate like this leads to Christchurches. #auspol

    LOL.

  98. Zatara

    Bergoglio is an arrogant narcissist who still thinks it’s all about him.

    Maybe another Catholic could explain it to him.

  99. C.L.

    Summers also calls Trump “unmoored.”
    If you want to see real unmoored, read this brief essay by Summers about her abortions.

    As for me, I treated myself, maxing out my credit card buying three pairs of Bruno Magli stilettos. I had made my choice; it was done. For a time at least, I would be fabulously frivolous. That was my way of asserting that I was back in control of my life. I felt, in the words of the Joni Mitchell song, unfettered and alive.

    She was 41 at the time.

  100. stackja

    Percy Popinjay
    #2971574, posted on March 27, 2019 at 11:02 am
    Worth noting is that Judith Sloan not only works in the infernal lie factory of Rupert “Satan” Murdoch, she also posts at Catallaxy Files (just googled her) run by the vile anti-semite Graham Bird. Platforming hate like this leads to Christchurches. #auspol

    LOL.

    Yes!

  101. Herodotus

    Someone should ask Shorten to explain how his electricity policies won’t cause blackouts like in Venezuela.
    Yeah. Like someone who’s facing an election soon, and should have started toughening up on energy policies and the climate folderol straight after Trumble exited.
    Victorians haven’t been interested enough to ask the same of Dan Andrews, and Queenslanders have cause to query Trad’s position on coal.

  102. stackja

    One Nation leader claims al-Jazeera sting is ‘poisonous for our democracy’

    Mark Latham tells Alan Jones the TV network embedded itself within One Nation by using deceptive means.

    “I mean, it’s poisonous for our democracy that public representatives can’t treat lobby groups and constituents at face value.

    “This three-year entrapment exercise is completely unprecedented in the history of Australian democracy.”

  103. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Greens star candidate ­Julian Burnside, who as a ­barrister defended some of Australia’s wealthiest businessmen while amassing a $20 million property portfolio, is telling voters he will tackle growing inequality.

    bwahahahahah leftoids are so gullible

  104. dover_beach

    As for me, I treated myself, maxing out my credit card buying three pairs of Bruno Magli stilettos. I had made my choice; it was done. For a time at least, I would be fabulously frivolous. That was my way of asserting that I was back in control of my life. I felt, in the words of the Joni Mitchell song, unfettered and alive.

    Wow. Just wow. The enormity of feminism is in plain sight.

  105. Mother Lode

    Nein Media hack Peter Hartcher’s latest contribution: ‘He sold everything he believed in’: The price Turnbull paid to become prime minister

    I recall seeing the front page of the Sickly Morphing Haemorrhoid the other day denouncing the hapless ScoMo for his conniving to dump Trumble.

    As I recall it was Dutton that started the ball rolling while ScoMo was in his office sorting through his collection of navel lint (size, colour, smell -usual stuff). When even Trumble could see the writing on the wall (having run into a few dozen times) he put off the vote as long as possible so as to manoeuvre his preferred candidate to keep Dutton out.

    (Bish was still in her office twirling about in front of the mirror singing “I feel pretty”, confident that PMship had been reserved for her.)

    ScoMo was Trumble’s choice – his chosen heir to carry on his fell work.

    But now, with the election coming up, it is time to demonise Morro to clear the way for Tits and deformed assistant Plibbers.

    ScoMo never worked out what even Trumble never worked out – the progs supported him as the most left-wing option available when the Libs were in power, but with the election they can get the real deal. If Trumble was still leader they would be tossing under the bus right now.

  106. dover_beach

    Could you imagine what Summers and her ilk would say about a man abandoning his wife and children and being fabulously frivolous with his spending “asserting that [he] was back in control of [his] life. [Feeling]…unfettered and alive”?

  107. Snoopy

    Lismore man Kristian Hatton and his fiance Nok (Roongaroon Bootprom) plan to get hitched in July this year, but are asking the community for financial help so they can afford the wedding of their dreams.

    If Nok is a ladyboy, this would be the perfect Lismore story.

  108. stackja

    When a Jury Gets it Ludicrously Wrong quadrant.org.au

    The story is manifestly ludicrous. It is impossible, simply silly.

    Juries get things wrong. Facts can be complex, laws confusing, and trials long. But the finding of the jury in this case is unaccountable. The verdict is not an indictment of Cardinal Pell, far less the Catholic Church as a whole, but of Australia’s mainstream media, and Victoria Police.

    Operation Tethering, the Victoria police investigation into Cardinal Pell, started in 2013. It was not set up to consider complaints of criminal behaviour; there hadn’t been any. It was set up to generate them. This campaign included the placing of advertisements in Victorian newspapers inviting people to make complaints. If you invite complaints, you will get them. The police had their man. They just needed a suitable victim.

    Comparisons have been made between the calumnies heaped on Pell by the media, and the feeding frenzy of hate and condemnation directed at Lindy Chamberlain between 1980 and 1988. The media have been evil angels in both cases, and in the case of Henry Keogh, and of Archbishop Wilson, and others. A rush to gleeful condemnation has become an ugly, but presumably profitable, feature of some parts of Australia’s mainstream media. But at least in the Chamberlain and Keogh cases, something had happened which required investigation. Juries in both cases were misled by mind-bogglingly incompetent forensic experts. For Cardinal George Pell, there were no incidents or complaints to investigate. Police had to go hunting for offences with which to charge a man they had already decided was guilty.

    The verdict will be overturned on appeal. But massive harm has been done, to Cardinal Pell himself, of course, to the credibility of Australia’s media and judicial system, and not least to genuine victims.

  109. Roger

    Someone should ask Shorten to explain how his electricity policies won’t cause blackouts like in Venezuela.

    As in Venezuela, that question won’t be asked until the blackouts arrive.

    Australians are among the most passive and gullible people on earth.

  110. stackja

    STORY
    Girl suffers serious injuries after crashing into tree
    by Alison Paterson (27 Mar 2019, 11:20 AM)
    The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has been tasked to a crash near Murwillumbah.
    MEDICAL crews are still working to stabilise the teenage driver after she crashed her car earlier this morning.

  111. Bruce of Newcastle

    I was amused when Nine late morning news triumphantly announced that Jussie Smurfette had been cleared. Which would be a new definition of that word. They included a longish grab from the vindicated great man himself (apparently he’s an actor).

    Must be fun living in an echo chamber so enclosed that they don’t even notice lefties like Rahm.

  112. stackja

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2971584, posted on March 27, 2019 at 11:25 am bwahahahahah leftoids are so gullible

    Leftists believe they are entitled to everything that OPM can provide. To me the gullible are the voters who keep electing leftists into power expecting a different outcome.

  113. stackja

    Qld public hospital beds at capacity
    Christine Flatley and Sonia Kohlbacher, Australian Associated Press
    31 minutes ago

    Every public hospital in southeast Queensland has run out of empty beds but the state’s chief health officer says the health system is not in crisis.

    Beds in all ten hospitals in the region – with the Queensland Children’s Hospital the only one unaffected – were full on Tuesday night.

    About 250 of those places are being taken up by elderly people ready to be discharged to aged care facilities, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says they have nowhere to go.

    “There are another 400 people who are NDIS eligible who are also ready for discharge,” she told state parliament on Wednesday.

    Ms Palaszczuk blamed the crowding on the federal government.

    “We take responsibility for caring for our people in our hospitals and people will always get the care they need,” she added.

    “But 650 beds are being used for responsibilities that rest with the federal government.”

    The massive influx of admissions has forced the state government to cough up $3 million in emergency funds to free up 50 private hospital beds to cope with the strain.

    However the beds may not be available for a few days.

    Liberal National Party MPs laughed when Health Minister Steven Miles told parliament the throng of patients presenting to emergency departments was unseasonal and unprecedented.

    He is urging Queenslanders to refrain from going to an emergency department unless they are in genuine need of emergency treatment.

    Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young on Wednesday warned patients in emergency departments faced lengthy waits, and that only the most urgent elective surgeries would be considered.

  114. stackja

    Trump’s ‘coffee boy’ rips Downer in book
    Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent, Australian Associated Press
    42 minutes ago

    On a recent morning in Hollywood former Donald Trump aide George Papadopoulos was standing at the counter of the Bourgeois Pig, a hip, dimly-lit cafe on trendy Franklin Avenue.

    The 31-year-old from Chicago is keen for a coffee, but the barista is AWOL.

    Trump’s “coffee boy” can’t get a coffee.

    “George, why don’t you jump over the counter and make us a couple of caramel macchiatos,” I suggest.

    We laugh.

    Papadopoulos picked up the ‘coffee boy’ title after he became one of Trump’s first associates to be swept up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian collusion.

    He entered a guilty plea to lying to the FBI and was sentenced to 14 days’ prison.

    Trump quickly gave Papadopoulos the flick, describing him as a “young, low-level volunteer”.

    Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo piled on around the same time with the coffee boy tag.

    “You might have called him a foreign policy analyst, but if he was going to wear a wire, all we would have known now is whether he prefers a caramel macchiato over a regular American coffee,” Caputo told CNN.

    Papadopoulos’ decision to have a drink with one of Australia’s most well-known politicians-turned diplomats, Alexander Downer, on a rainy May 10, 2016 evening in London has made Papadopoulos a potentially significant figure in Australian political history.

    In the aftermath of the Robert Mueller probe finding no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, the president and his Republican Party are now determined to discover why the FBI launched a counterintelligence investigation just months before Trump’s election win.

  115. Ms Palaszczuk blamed the crowding on the federal government.

    Health is a state responsibility.
    But she knows that.
    It’s far easier to blame someone else for your stuffups, than actually do something about it.

  116. Roger

    Every public hospital in southeast Queensland has run out of empty beds but the state’s chief health officer says the health system is not in crisis.

    Deja vu all over again.

    The same thing happened last time the QLD ALP was in power.

  117. Summers also calls Trump “unmoored.”

    I think she means “not of the moors”.

  118. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ms Palaszczuk blamed the crowding on the federal government.

    Mediscare 2.0 about to deluge our TV screens and social media…

  119. Bruce of Newcastle

    Francis is not getting much love from the Left:

    Mexican President Demands An Apology From Spain And The Pope For The Conquest Of The Americas 500 Years Ago

    No doubt some nice reparations will fix the problem.

  120. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Dreaming of a thousand year shortenReich
    “Having rich parents is always useful; it’ll never go out of fashion. But, we can’t create a stratified society where having rich parents is the only way you get ahead,” he said.

    The federal Labor leader said since the 2008 financial crisis, growing inequality had become a “real threat” to young Australians.

    “The last few years, since the GFC (global financial crisis), what happened is nations around the world printed more money. Income became worth less and property — fixed assets — became worth more,” he said.

    “If you had a lot of property, you’ve done all right since then. If you don’t have a lot of property and you rely on weekly income, you’re going backwards.”

    Mr Shorten blames global forces, the Morrison Government and a “two-speed” tax structure for a system that allows the wealthy to choose what tax they pay through reductions and subsidies, such as negative gearing and franking credits.

    “We’ve got to be a more mobile society. Quality of education shouldn’t depend on your postcode, the quality of your healthcare shouldn’t matter because of your credit card,” he said.

    “I don’t want to live in that country.”

  121. bespoke

    Black Ball
    #2971304, posted on March 26, 2019 at 10:05 pm
    Elle the only thing I want for Aboriginal people is to self determine what they want from life, free from government intervention. It’s not that I am ashamed of my ancestry, it’s because I have never really been taught hunting or dance or language. As I said earlier, I am interested but it takes a back seat for me at this point.

    Little envious, my biological mother’s ethics was to manipulate every one around her and never took responsibility for her circumstances and my step dad’s were week caricatures.

  122. stackja

    George Stephanopoulos is still on ABC USA. Impartial as ever?

  123. Boambee John

    Bruce of Newcastle

    No doubt some nice reparations will fix the problem.

    Also getting a run among the crazy younger Demorats.

    You know it makes sense, because it worked so well after the Treaty of Versailles.

  124. Roger

    Mexican President Demands An Apology From Spain And The Pope For The Conquest Of The Americas 500 Years Ago

    Look, over there!

  125. John64

    I think she means “not of the moors”.

    moops?

  126. Andreas

    Mr Shorten blames global forces, the Morrison Government and a “two-speed” tax structure for a system that allows the wealthy to choose what tax they pay through reductions and subsidies, such as negative gearing and franking credits.

    Labor brought in both negative gearing and franking credits.

  127. Boambee John

    Short Willy as quoted above

    “I don’t want to live in that country.”

    We agree, please go. Venezuela needs a new leader.

  128. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “Having rich parents is always useful; it’ll never go out of fashion. But, we can’t create a stratified society where having rich parents is the only way you get ahead,” he said.

    No big bequest for the Shorten offspring then, when Papa kicks the bucket? Six million bucks, or so, handed back to the State, like all good Socialists? My hairy aunt.

  129. Notafan

    Areff

    I just clicked on that link to anne summers one of the responses claims that vile anti-semitic Graham bird runs catallaxy files

    Perhaps someone should respond to that untruthful claim.

  130. Elle

    Carol Mcallister is indeed a spoof account. I know who it is and it ain’t a woman. No outing on the Cat though.
    Shame on you “Carol”. Pretty low.

  131. duncanm

    drop the charges if Smollett performed community service and forfeited his $100,000 bond.

    so you can buy your way out of punishment for crimes now?

  132. thefrollickingmole

    Ill look forward to Shortens in laws/parents leaving all their worldly goods to the tax department then?

    If Corey wanted to make some hay he should demand proof of this from the pieman and remind him hes a preening hypocrite if he hasnt arrange this already in his own will.

  133. thefrollickingmole

    The case of the blind Smollett stinks just as bad as the real thing (a blind mullet)

    But prosecutors on Tuesday performed a shock reversal by dropping all the charges barely five weeks after they were filed – and authorities offered little explanation for the decision to abandon the case. At a press conference, Chicago’s mayor Rahm Emanuel attacked the decision as a “whitewash of justice” and at one point said of Smollett: “Is there no decency to this man?”

    Smollett, 36, spoke to reporters after the stunning development in a high-profile case that has generated more questions than answers.

    He insisted: “I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused.”

    He went on: “This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life. But I am a man of faith, and I am a man that has knowledge of my history, and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this. I just wouldn’t.”

    The actor, who is gay and black, said he was walking home from a sandwich shop in downtown Chicago around 2am on 29 January when two men approached him, shouting racist and homophobic slurs, beat him up, poured bleach on him and looped a rope around his neck.

    He claimed the attackers said, “This is Maga country,” referring to Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” election campaign slogan.

    Even the guradian knows hes full of shit.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/21/actor-jussie-smollett-arrested-in-chicago-say-police

  134. duncanm

    re: the Smollett case — looks like the Attorney General (Kim Foxx) is in a whole lot of doo doo.

  135. thefrollickingmole

    drop the charges if Smollett performed community service and forfeited his $100,000 bond.

    Not quite, he loses $10,000 of his $100,000 bond.

    The other 90 will probably pop up as a donation to the local pollies.

  136. thefrollickingmole

    Kill switch for proles vehicles included?

    All new UK cars to have speed limiters by 2022 under EU plans

    All new cars sold in the UK and Europe are to be fitted with devices to automatically stop drivers from exceeding the speed limit under sweeping changes to vehicle safety rules provisionally agreed by the EU.

    Although Britain may no longer be part of the EU when the rules come into effect, the UK regulator, the Vehicle Certification Agency, has said it will mirror safety standards for vehicles in the UK.

    The speed limiter is one of a range of safety features to be made mandatory from 2022, along with automated emergency braking, electronic data recorders and improved visibility built into lorries for drivers to see vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians around the vehicle.

    Safety campaigners described the move as one of the biggest leaps forward in 50 years and said it could save 25,000 lives by 2037.

    The ruling classes really, really hate the proles dont they?

  137. thefrollickingmole

    Its gone quiet, the stalking of the new afternoon thread has commenced…

    Either that or “Graham Bird owner of the cat” has forgotten the password again.

  138. Atoms for Peace

    I’m sure that political parties game plan scenarios, so what’s to bet that someone somewhere has planned how to wedge the coalition on any number of issues. Just looking at the big picture..

  139. pete m

    To be fair to Anna p, aged care places is a fed responsibility.

    However, up until 1 year ago ndis did not exist in qld and to say feds should magically find 400 houses for the disabled is ridiculous.

    The feds are throwing massive funding at housinging but new builds and modifications take time.

    Meantime we still have some young ppl in nursing homes.

    Ps as an investment you could do lot worse than building and owning houses and units for disabled. Some figures show $95k pa payments for 4 places in a house.

  140. Tel

    re: the Smollett case — looks like the Attorney General (Kim Foxx) is in a whole lot of doo doo.

    There is some seriously high level political interference here, and they aren’t even subtle about that.

  141. Snoopy

    The ruling classes really, really hate the proles dont they?

    Will the speed limiters be deleted from export versions or is it just another reason not to buy expensive, unreliable Eurotrash?

  142. Snoopy

    Isn’t Kim Foxx a porn star?

  143. thefrollickingmole

    Rather sad article on Venezuela and its deterioration.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/26/venezuela-maracaibo-power-electricity-looting

    But others were previously law-abiding mothers and fathers who say they went out in search of basic foodstuffs because – in the almost total absence of official information or advice – they had no idea when the lights might come back on and feared their children would starve.

    María Villalobos said she had spotted a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses among the marauders.

    In a middle-class neighbourhood in west Maracaibo, an affable church-going businessman admitted he too had taken part in the looting of three nearby stores along with perhaps a third of his neighbours.

    “Stealing – it’s a sin. It’s as simple as that,” he reflected, before pointing to his baby daughter and adding: “But … there was no information. The government said nothing. We didn’t know if it would last three days or a month.”

  144. Percy Popinjay

    Safety campaigners described the move as one of the biggest leaps forward in 50 years

    Indeed, it really does sound like a “grate leap forward”.

    it could save 25,000 lives by 2037

    And I “could” cast 25,000 votes for the labor pardee on election day. Figures plucked out of a fundament.

  145. thefrollickingmole

    Snoopy

    You imagine our own Owlers and other knickersniffers and busybody’s arent frothing at the flanks at bringing us “into line” with this set of rules?

    Nothing like using the state to force compliance comrades.

  146. Percy Popinjay

    they had no idea when the lights might come back on and feared their children would starve

    Ah, the joys of socialism – coming to an Ozzie neighborehood near you, very, very, soon.

    María Villalobos

    Hang on, wasn’t she the taxi driver in “Pulp Fiction”?

  147. Speedbox

    All new UK cars to have speed limiters by 2022 under EU plans

    All new cars sold in the UK and Europe are to be fitted with devices to automatically stop drivers from exceeding the speed limit under sweeping changes to vehicle safety rules provisionally agreed by the EU.

    Initiating a small but thriving cottage industry in the circumvention of the electronic program with a masking program that outwardly makes it appear that no change has been made.

  148. John64

    All new cars sold in the UK and Europe are to be fitted with devices to automatically stop drivers from exceeding the speed limit under sweeping changes to vehicle safety rules provisionally agreed by the EU.

    If this isn’t the clincher to finally make Brexit happen, what is?

  149. C.L.

    The Sydney Morning Herald’s Matthew Knott has a hot new take:

    Trump’s problem: voters never cared much about Russia-gate.

  150. OldOzzie

    How low a Country like the USA has fallen in 40 years

    ‘We’re Expecting A Third Wave’: Over 100 Mumps Cases Reported Amid Temple University Outbreak

    At the end of the 70s, having, with my Wife, Son and Oldest Daughter. been to Disneyland. Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios, we were driving to San Diego to see Sea World – Son had been complaining about not feeling well, and his Face had swollen up and my wife suspected Munps.

    We called into an Emergency Department of small hospital and they confirmed it was Mumps and issued some medicine and suggested we stop in San Diego for a couple of days to allow subsidence of the Mumps.

    They then asked if we would mind waiting at the Hospital for a couple of hours so they could call in medical students associated with the Hospital to allow then to see the Mumps, as Vaccination had eliminated Mumps in the area (Mumps vaccine was first available in Australia from 1981)

  151. dover_beach

    I caught a little of Faine’s program this morning here in Yarragrad and he was talking about how different Queensland is from the rest of Australia, different, as in racist. The urban bugman class has their sights on Queensland.

    N.B. I think I now understand what twostix means when he says that Labor must not win the next Fed election. He means, Labor must not be allowed to parachute hundreds of thousands of third-world migrants into Queensland.

  152. Percy Popinjay

    Every public hospital in southeast Queensland has run out of empty beds but the state’s chief health officer says the health system is not in crisis.

    The same thing happened last time the QLD ALP was in power.

    Jayant Patel, Come On Down!

  153. Atoms for Peace

    How will still being able to do 100 in a 40 zone help?

  154. Percy Popinjay

    [feeling] … unfettered and alive

    As opposed to “mutilated and dead”, like Annie Summers’ erstwhile clumps of cells.

  155. Mother Lode

    re: the Smollett case — looks like the Attorney General (Kim Foxx) is in a whole lot of doo doo.

    I would hope the show flops but that would also affect a whole lot of other people.

    Still, they might discover that Jussie is not worth keeping if the audience is less forgiving than Foxx and the Obamas.

    If the police are pissed off enough they have near carte blanche to wait for him near a Subway sandwich shop with red baseball caps, a noose and some antifreeze in a bleach bottle.

    He will feel pretty stupid making the claim “But this time it is true. Um…I mean truer.”

  156. dover_beach

    Trump’s problem: voters never cared much about Russia-gate.

    Dear oh dear, these people are craven liars and hucksters.

  157. Mother Lode

    How will still being able to do 100 in a 40 zone help?

    All speed limits will be brought into line with bureaucratic clumsy adoption of technology – all speed limits will be brought down to 40 kph.

  158. C.L.

    The New York Times: Democrats were never really that interested in Russia-gate.

    Disappointed Fans of Mueller Rethink the Pedestal They Built for Him.

    The sense of mourning started to take hold over the weekend, after Attorney General William P. Barr said that Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, had not found coordination between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government’s election interference in 2016.

    Over the nearly two years of the Mueller investigation, a segment of liberals and activists built up fervent hopes that it would bring Mr. Trump down. They elevated Mr. Mueller, a former F.B.I. director, into an anti-Trump cultural icon, complete with T-shirts, scented candles and holiday-themed songs like “We Wish You a Mueller Christmas.”

    For some of them, the report felt like a betrayal. To many others, it was a disappointment.

    This group, which differs from more traditional Democratic activists and party operatives, was sure that Mr. Mueller would implicate the president in conspiracies to influence the 2016 election and obstruct justice.

    See what they’re doing?

    A popular podcast called “Mueller, She Wrote,” which is streamed up to 200,000 times a week, calls its Russia-obsessed fans Muellerites. One of the three hosts, a California comedian who goes by A. G. and has a tattoo of Mr. Mueller’s silhouette on her arm, said the community was in what could only be described as a collective state of muted shock.

    “I’ve had to talk a couple people off the ledge,” she said.

    The column continues in the same vain – pretending that Russia-gate was only ever a thing amongst marginalised cranks on the extreme left of the Democrat Party.

  159. thefrollickingmole

    How will still being able to do 100 in a 40 zone help?

    Thats where the electronic recorder comes into play comrade.

    A download every year as you renew your license and automatic fines for every speeding offense or even the holy grail of “real time fines” is nearly within reach.

    You will be monitored all the time for compliance and learn to love it.

    Public Surveillance Unit

    The Public Surveillance Unit (or PSU) is the branch of the Justice Department tasked with monitoring the civilian population via a wide network of cameras. They were notorious at their height for being able to find out anything about a given target

  160. Zatara

    Just listened to an interesting point made about the collusion farce relative to the MSM.

    In short, it became the MSM cash cow. A journalistic Ponzi scheme that had to continue to be fed with fresh BS lest it collapse on itself and leave them with nothing.

    Given the vast amount of air-time they were able to fill with it over the last two years that makes much sense.

    Think about how low their expenses must have been when you remove almost entirely the need to investigate and report rather than regurgitate the press releases of the hive-mind.

  161. Percy Popinjay

    The actor, who is gay and black, said he was walking home from a sandwich shop in downtown Chicago around 2am on 29 January when two men approached him, shouting racist and homophobic slurs, beat him up, poured bleach on him and looped a rope around his neck. He claimed the attackers said, “This is Maga country,” referring to Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” election campaign slogan.

    Yep, at first hearing, just totes believable.

  162. OldOzzie

    Mother Lode
    #2971662, posted on March 27, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    How will still being able to do 100 in a 40 zone help?

    All speed limits will be brought into line with bureaucratic clumsy adoption of technology – all speed limits will be brought down to 40 kph.

    Nope – Britain and EU will revert to

    The Locomotive Acts (or Red Flag Acts) were a series of Acts of Parliament in the United Kingdom regulating the use of mechanically propelled vehicles on British public highways during the latter part of the 19th century.

    The first three, The Locomotives on Highways Act 1861, The Locomotive Act 1865 and the Highways and Locomotives (Amendment) Act 1878, contained restrictive measures on the manning and speed of operation of road vehicles; they also formalised many important road concepts such as vehicle registration, registration plates, speed limits, maximum vehicle weight over structures such as bridges, and the organisation of highway authorities.

    The most draconic restrictions and speed limits were imposed by the 1865 act (the “Red Flag Act”), which required all road locomotives, which included automobiles, to travel at a maximum of 4 mph (6.4 km/h) in the country and 2 mph (3.2 km/h) in the city, as well as requiring a man carrying a red flag to walk in front of road vehicles hauling multiple wagons.

  163. Speedbox

    Safety campaigners described the move as one of the biggest leaps forward in 50 years….

    Nonsense. How about these:

    1973 – the 3 point seat belt;
    1978 – ABS;
    1981 – 1st airbags;
    1981 – Seat belt pretensioners;
    1994 – Side Impact Protection (including airbags);

    and….blind spot monitoring; emergency brake assist; reversing cameras; daytime running lights; lane departure warning…..

    Speed limiters are not a game changer nor are they new. They were, in fact, trialed by the Australian Government on Commonwealth cars about 40 years ago but there were a couple of very nasty incidents where the driver was unable to ‘power out’ of a potential accident resulting in severe injuries. The trial was quietly dropped.

    I will never permit a speed limiter* on any vehicle I own and will pay whatever it costs to any technology geek to delete the electronic control.

    (excludes electronic limiters set at 250km/h+)

  164. OldOzzie

    Bill Shorten turns WeChat into electoral battleground in live chat


    Bill Shorten will today turn the Chinese social media app WeChat into an electoral battleground ahead of the federal poll, when he live chats with the Chinese Australian community in the wake of NSW Labor’s comprehensive defeat on Saturday.

    After Labor saw a swing against the party in some seats with large Asian populations, Mr Shorten yesterday invited members of the community to join a newly established chat group to “discuss matters” in a live dialogue, to be held at 2.30pm AEDT today.

    “He wishes to share Labor’s plan, which is also his vision to give everyone a fair go,” Mr Shorten’s official WeChat account posted in Mandarin, also encouraging people to post questions which Mr Shorten will answer during the live session.

    The online catch-up with the Chinese community was announced after Labor leader Michael Daley’s comments on Asian immigration that rattled key ethnic constituencies ahead of the NSW poll. Labor frontbencher Chris Minns saw a four per cent swing against him in his seat of Kogarah and there are potential federal risks to the Labor in marginal federal seats, such as Reid and Banks.

    Ahead of the live dialogue which is expected to be joined by up to 500 Chinese Australians, a WeChat user posted a question asking Mr Shorten to comment on Mr Daley’s comments about Asians taking jobs from young Australians and how the remarks will affect the state and federal Labor Party.

    Another user has asked the Opposition Leader why his party lost the NSW election, wondering: “Is the federal election winnable?”

    Others posted questions and propositions ranging from “Stop the One Nation”, “explain Labor’s refugee policy” and “how Scott Morrison disposed Malcolm Turnbull”, to the East Coast High Speed Rail plan, and Labor’s stance on a regional visa scheme.

    Mr Shorten will be the second Labor politician to conduct a WeChat Live dialogue with Chinese Australians after Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen first used it to spruik Labor’s FutureAsia policy in 2017.

    Both Mr Shorten and the Prime Minister have been using the popular social app to promote party policies and initiatives, share cultural festive greetings and address the community’s concerns, including a backlash over remarks made by Nationals Senator Barry O’Sullivan in February. Senator O’Sullivan was widely condemned, including by Beijing, for saying Australia should “start with the Chinaman” when addressing risks to agriculture and food safety.

    Johnny Zhang, who lives in Wantirna South, Victoria, has been following Mr Shorten’s and the PM’s WeChat accounts and said it will be his first time to join a WeChat Live by an Australian politician.

    “I believe it is a good way to engage the Chinese community in the federal election and give the community a say on issues that matter to us,” the 29-year-old Melbourne-based migration consultant told The Australian.

  165. dover_beach

    The column continues in the same vain – pretending that Russia-gate was only ever a thing amongst marginalised cranks on the extreme left of the Democrat Party.

    It is just brazen lying. We have articles and footage over a two year period that documents Russia-gate derangement across the party and the media.

  166. dover_beach

    Actually, please, please, monty, come on down and pretend you never bought the Russia-gate claims. Please!

  167. Speedbox

    thefrollickingmole
    #2971664, posted on March 27, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    A download every year as you renew your license and automatic fines for every speeding offense or even the holy grail of “real time fines” is nearly within reach. You will be monitored all the time for compliance and learn to love it.

    In time, I think that is probably correct. The WA Police have been angling for remote engine shut down capability for cars (stop the crooks etc) for some time and ‘tracking’ is probably inevitable. But, I’m not going to play – notwithstanding I have only about 20 years of driving left in me. I will buy older cars if I have to – but I’ll be f*cked if I will accept tracking and speed monitoring/control in my vehicles.

  168. Percy Popinjay

    Speed limiters are not a game changer nor are they new.

    In fact, there’s one in my current car. It’s cutely known as “cruise control” and has no doubt saved me thousands in fines (or multiple lost driver’s licenses).

  169. Percy Popinjay

    I’ll be f*cked if I will accept tracking and speed monitoring/control in my vehicles

    You may not, but millions of others meekly will.

  170. OldOzzie

    Fake charges of racism deepen our divisions

    Paul Kelly

    Our history — in its good and bad aspects — is deeply compromised by the culture wars as exemplified by the media campaign unleashed against the “racist” Liberal Party for its many sins, one of the most conspicuous being the issue of Lebanese Muslims allowed here by the Fraser government.

    In his celebrated interview with Scott Morrison, host Waleed Aly presented this as a primary item in his accusation: “Does your party and your Coalition have a problem of Islamophobia?” The essence of Aly’s critique was Peter Dutton’s suggestion “that Lebanese immigration in the 70s was a mistake or that mistakes were made around it”.

    This was condemned as unacceptable and dangerous. A number of journalists took up the same theme. They pointed to Dutton’s 2016 remarks that Fraser had made a mistake in the entry of Lebanese Muslims fleeing the civil war and nominated this as evidence of Liberal racism or Islamophobia, or both. Aly, highlighting the Coalition’s anti-Islamic problem, asked Morrison: “Why single out the Lebanese community in that context?”

    The first point to be made is that politicians from all sides should do better in canvassing ­racial and religious issues. The second point is that this arena is loaded with hypocrisy, with most politicians and media adopting one side or the other in the culture war and running polemics to suit their cause.

    Asked for his view on this issue, former immigration minister Philip Ruddock, known for his ties with the Lebanese community, said: “The Lebanese Concession was recognised to have been a policy mistake and it was closed down in a relatively short time. The only test required was to have relatives in Australia, but even that could not be adequately enforced and there is no doubt it was abused.

    “Malcolm Fraser properly insisted that the entry be based on non-discriminatory grounds but the entry criteria were such that the policy did not meet the normal Australian standards of integrity that should characterise our immigration program.”

    Fraser initiated the policy through his immigration minister, Michael MacKellar, given the plight facing many Lebanese who fled their country. Prominent Christian Lebanese business leaders had approached Fraser and urged him to take action — in short, to bring Christian Lebanese to this country.

    The entry criteria were exceptional. People did not have to qualify as refugees and were given no assessment to this effect. Nor did they have to meet normal immigration entry standards in relation to skills, qualifications, language or resources. The only alleged test applied was having relatives in Australia — and there was plenty of scope for this to be manipulated and abused.

    On January 1, 2007 the cabinet documents for this period were released. Advice from the Immigration Department had been that too many Lebanese Muslims were being accepted without “the required qualities” for successful integration, a lethal conclusion violating the principles governing the success of Australia’s immigration program.

    The Fraser cabinet was told many of the entrants were unskilled, illiterate and had questionable character and health standards. This was a collapse in normal entry standards. The cabinet documents explicitly confirm the humanitarian decision to accept entry was made on conditions that fell far short of Australia’s normal entry criteria. MacKellar said most applicants were sponsored by relatives living in Sydney’s southwest and many settled around Lakemba. Officials reported that many were misrepresenting their background during interviews in “deliberate attempts to conceal vital information”.

    In a November 2016 column the Sydney Institute’s Gerard Henderson said: “Immigration Department staff sent to the region to administer the program had no way of checking whether the applicants had a relative in Australia.” Officials have privately confirmed this to the writer. One said: “We lost control over what was happening.”

    Interviewed at the time by The Australian’s Matthew Franklin, Fraser confirmed the government’s relaxed entry criteria on humanitarian grounds. The submission said that as many as 90 per cent of the entrants were Muslims, suggesting many Christians, ironically, were not interested. In his memoirs, co-authored with Margaret Simons, Fraser wrote that of those who came “nine out of 10 were Muslim” and conceded this represented a significant change in the nature of immigration from Lebanon because previously “migrants from Lebanon had been mainly Christian”.

    In his book Fraser said there had been a mistake but claimed it was in resettlement and planning. This is undoubtedly true. But his understandable effort to deny any mistake on entry policy cannot be sustained given the facts, cabinet documents, chaos surrounding the process and admissions by the minister and department about the flawed entry criteria.

    Indeed, this is worse than a mere mistake. The evidence suggests it is one of the most significant failures in the immigration intake over the past several decades. While cause and effect are hard to directly prove, the southwest of Sydney was subsequently the location of Islamic gangs, crime, violence and racial and religious baiting. Do people believe that when you abandon the integrity of the intake — even for a short time — there are no consequences?

    It is morally and intellectually dishonest to raise this 70s episode as evidence of Liberal Party Islamophobia, as Aly did, along with criticising any minister who calls it a mistake while ignoring, concealing or seeking to deny what really happened.

    The next question is: Should Dutton have made these comments in 2016? His remarks were provocative because he drew the link between the 70s entry and the high number of second and third-generation Lebanese Muslims charged with terrorist-related ­offences, saying they constituted 22 out of 33 people.

    Dutton made clear he did not seek to discredit an entire community. He called it “a particular issue” and told parliament he would not allow the community “to be defined by those people doing the wrong thing”. This, however, was the exact charge against him — by Bill Shorten, the Greens and much of the media.

    Dutton was branded a racist and a bigot and much of the media agreed — as they agreed with Aly last week. At the time Shorten accused Dutton of engaging in “lazy disrespect, wholesale labelling of entire communities for the actions of a tiny minority”.

    In his defence Dutton said Australia had a highly successful humanitarian program of 18,750 people and an immigration intake of 200,000, but when things were not working “we should own up to our mistakes”.

    That justification is far too convenient. Greens senator Nick McKim clarified the paradox, saying: “Just because something is fact doesn’t mean it is reasonable or productive to talk about it.” That can be right — but, on the other hand, outright suppression of core realities cannot help anybody. Dutton, however, was unwise in his language given the intelligence agencies’ rely on the co-operation of the Muslim community. He should not have linked the 70s intake with the problem of foreign fighters in 2016, despite being factually correct in that Lebanese Muslims were manifestly over-represented among terrorism offenders.

    This leads, however, to the final question: how much damage is being done by the progressive forces as they parade their manic virtue branding and hang the accusation of racism and Islamophobia on every hook they see? This is not helping the country; it is exacerbating, not repairing, our divisions. At the time Malcolm Turnbull as PM held Dutton’s critics to account for the consequences of what they were doing — saying they sought to “inflame unrest, animosity and racial hatred”.

    Turnbull was right. We need to understand that branding our political leaders as racists and agents of Islamophobia constitutes its own form of counterproductive extremism; witness the unjustified comments that Morrison had contributed to the atmosphere leading to the New Zealand massacre. Consider the historical method at work. The progressive quest is to lay on the table every sin of the White Australia policy, every racial, colonial and sexual injustice since European settlement — and that constitutes a multitude — yet when there are historical issues that do not suit the progressive agenda, they must be hidden, disguised or suppressed. Spare us the hypocrisy.

  171. Johno

    When you look at our trolls you have to pick Monster as a stayer, the other two are just awful.

    Grigory-Rae- Harken, whatever is just a very disturbed nutter with some kind of unstable fixation on Lizzie, he will be back in another guise. He can’t stay away.
    Sniffy numbers is just repulsive, with a very unhealthy fixation on 50 year old events. Every day he gets his but kicked and back he comes,has never won an argument. Still believes he is an intellectual giant.

    Then we have monster,I don’t think his heart is really in it, just likes a bit of a shit stir. Occasionally cracks a funny and injects a bit of humour. Reads green left daily and sprays it all over the page for effect.

  172. Zatara

    I’ll be f*cked if I will accept tracking and speed monitoring/control in my vehicles

    You may not, but millions of others meekly will.

    Yep. Right up until the day the system malfunctions, as all do, and kills somebody. Then there will be hell to pay.

  173. Mother Lode

    I had a quick look at some of the comments at the SMH page about how no one was really interested in the Meuller report anyway.

    Some people were laughing at how absurd this was – after two years in high rotation it is just a lie too far.

    Then there are other brilliant insights such as the fact that Trump had not been involved in hacking the election doesn’t mean it wasn’t – with the suggestion that Trump’s victory was still managed in an underhanded fashion.

    It is like the old game of ker-plunk. The progressives have decided that when you pull a single straw out it makes no difference to the marbles being held up.

    Out comes the first straw. Now the second.

    Now that the last straw has been pulled out they are certain, they now in their very hearts, that the little glass balls are still crowded at the top of the plastic tube.

    But it is plain for everyone else to see – the left has lost its marbles.

  174. OldOzzie

    In the spirit of Speed Limiters

    Watch a Ford GT Hit 300.4 MPH in One Mile

    This car has set records at the Texas Mile before. But none with a ‘3’ in the front.

  175. struth

    Speed limiters are not a game changer nor are they new. They were, in fact, trialed by the Australian Government on Commonwealth cars about 40 years ago but there were a couple of very nasty incidents where the driver was unable to ‘power out’ of a potential accident resulting in severe injuries. The trial was quietly dropped.

    I will never permit a speed limiter* on any vehicle I own and will pay whatever it costs to any technology geek to delete the electronic control.

    Don’t bet your sweet fanny on it.

    Shall we talk about trucks?

    YOU WILL have a speed limiter fitted to your vehicle and there will be SFA you can do about it.

    Let me assure you of it.
    It’s down to a fine art.
    And they will down load your computer and they will fine you for past overspeeds etc, as you’ll still be able to go down hill.

    You’ll end up as tired as all hell on long drives making sure you don’t speed and the accident rate will increase.

    You are correct above.
    Many truck had fatals and many near misses where had when speed limiters were brought in, when a passing vehicle would be along side the vehicle he was passing when all of a sudden the speed limiter cut in.
    With car drivers on Australian roads, it will be carnage.

  176. Mother Lode

    I really cannot imagine why my comment has gone into moderation. No sweary words, no names.

    Oh, sod it.

    I mentioned [email protected]

    What is the issue with that seemingly innocuous word?

  177. Atoms for Peace

    Has anyone ever noticed that certain words / persons cause wheels on mice to freeze? No up scrolling this thread. Maybe winter is coming..

  178. Mother Lode

    Trying this:

    I had a quick look at some of the comments at the SMH page about how no one was really interested in the Meuller report anyway.

    Some people were laughing at how absurd this was – after two years in high rotation it is just a lie too far.

    Then there are other brilliant insights such as the fact that Trump had not been involved in hacking the election doesn’t mean it wasn’t – with the suggestion that Trump’s victory was still managed in an underhanded fashion.

    It is like the old game of ker-plunk. The progressives have decided that when you pull a single straw out it makes no difference to the marbles being held up.

    Out comes the first straw. Now the second.

    Now that the last straw has been pulled out they are certain, they now in their very hearts, that the little glass spheres are still crowded at the top of the plastic tube.

    But it is plain for everyone else to see – the left has lost its marbles.

  179. struth

    On one trip I was going down the Hume when speed limiters were fist brought in.

    I was in the hills north of Yass on the old single lane.
    We used AM sets then and not UHF’s and we had a set code of things to say and we helped each other out through the use of AM CB’s and indicators.
    You wouldn’t go down the Hume without a CB with a truck, other people depended on you talking to them.
    So one bloke got indicated out to come around, and called “out and about” half way through the pass his speed limiter cut in and he had nothing.
    In a truck you just here the turbo whistle down.
    The bloke he was passing in that couple of seconds tried to brake to let him in front at exactly the same time the passing truck braked to go back in behind so they were both still neck and neck when the approaching convoy (it was what we call happy hour) came around the bend.
    Smoke and trucks going everywhere, the whole highway became blocked.
    That time was spectacular, and yet luckily not a truck got a scratch, although those of us who had come to a stand still were shitting ourselves at what was coming up behind.

    It took a while for people used to operating one way, to get used to speed limiters and many blokes died.

  180. Entropy

    Speedbox
    #2971675, posted on March 27, 2019 at 2:00 pm
    thefrollickingmole
    #2971664, posted on March 27, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    A download every year as you renew your license and automatic fines for every speeding offense or even the holy grail of “real time fines” is nearly within reach. You will be monitored all the time for compliance and learn to love it.

    In time, I think that is probably correct. The WA Police have been angling for remote engine shut down capability for cars (stop the crooks etc) for some time and ‘tracking’ is probably inevitable. But, I’m not going to play – notwithstanding I have only about 20 years of driving left in me. I will buy older cars if I have to – but I’ll be f*cked if I will accept tracking and speed monitoring/control in my vehicles

    Yes. And autonomus veHicles (EV natch) make all that even easier.

  181. amortiser

    The morning session of the Ridd case is over.

    Peter Ridd handled himself well under cross examination. It was mainly aimed at having him admit various actions to establish misconduct. None of this was particularly contentious.

    Murdoch for JCU then presented his case. He was wanting to make a firm nexus between the Code of Conduct and the EBA asserting that the code limited Ridd’s Exercise of his intellectual freedom rights under the EBA.

    He was having some difficulty convincing Judge Vasta of this course of argument. He was scratching around looking for a line to draw which wasn’t defined in the EBA.

    Most people present felt that it went very well including Peter Ridd himself.

    They have adjourned for lunch. It will recommence in about 40 minutes.

  182. Speedbox

    My obstinate refusal to contemplate a speed limiter on my car(s) is more about my personal pushback against the Government monitoring my movements as I go about my lawful business plus, I have no doubt the monitoring of a car’s speed at particular time/place (and issue fines) will come not long after the introduction of speed controls. (Remember Comrades, if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear).

    I turn off the location service, apps, WiFi and similar features plus use encrypted end-to-end messaging on my phone (and often just turn the phone completely off) so I’ll be damned if I will let them arbitrarily monitor my movements in a car.

    Probably a good thing I am not a truck driver. 🙂

    With car drivers on Australian roads, it will be carnage.

    Beyond any doubt. Most car drivers are just awful and on country roads, appear vaguely suicidal.

  183. Speedbox

    We used AM sets then and not UHF’s and we had a set code of things to say and we helped each other out through the use of AM CB’s and indicators. ……other people depended on you talking to them.

    Back in those days we had CB radios in our cars and the truckies were usually very helpful.

  184. dover_beach

    Oh, I heard Faine on the same day discuss a claim that VicPol may have unlawfully processed speeding fines so you know what he says: Oh, oh, I’m normally against retrospective legislation but if its found that they have processed these fines unlawfully, the government should introduce retrospective legislation to avoid having to reimburse drivers that were fined as such.

  185. Baldrick

    Tucker: Why aren’t we laughing at Jussie Smollett?

  186. Snoopy

    What happened to the investigation by the US Postal Inspector and the FBI of the threatening letter Smollett received?

  187. Zatara

    What happened to the investigation by the US Postal Inspector and the FBI of the threatening letter Smollett received?

    There wasn’t one. But you can bet there will be now.

  188. Des Deskperson

    ‘Murdoch for JCU then presented his case. He was wanting to make a firm nexus between the Code of Conduct and the EBA asserting that the code limited Ridd’s Exercise of his intellectual freedom rights under the EBA.’

    What a crock!! JCU staff would have negotiated and signed up to s. 5 of the EBA – Intellectual Freedom’ – on the explicit understanding that it clarified the rights and responsibilities of employees in that area and override the Code. Otherwise, what was the point of including it in the EBA?

    JCU”s argument clearly implies that, at best, the university managers were ignorant and incompetent industrial negotiators.

  189. Snoopy

    TheirABC Online:

    A close aide to the Pope said sometimes he likes having his ring kissed but not at other times

  190. mh

    In May 2018, Jussie Smollett appeared as the narrator and correspondent in an episode of the Epix documentary series “America Divided” that explored the subject of hate crimes, specifically lynching, in the state of Tennessee.

    Jussie then had an idea on how to make more money for himself💡

  191. Mother Lode

    A close aide to the Pope said sometimes he likes having his ring kissed but not at other times

    So the ABC does not understand the issue.

    Again.

    What they lack in ability they certainly make up for in reliability. They never fail to fail.

  192. Snoopy

    lotocoti
    #2971737, posted on March 27, 2019 at 3:47 pm
    Umm Jacinda.

    Quick Jacinda! Don the Hijab of Diversity!

  193. Roger

    lotocoti
    #2971737, posted on March 27, 2019 at 3:47 pm
    Umm Jacinda.

    Attempting to flush this event down the memory hole encourages such conspiracies, not that this chap would need much encouragement.

  194. calli

    Thanks Cats for your congratulations. Much…much bubbly consumed over a delicious French lunch on the waterside overlooking NSW’s Best Kept Secret. Even had a fly-by from the fly-boys.

    Summers also calls Trump “unmoored.”

    Does she mean full steam ahead and no dragging the anchor? Must be a compliment, surely.

    Also, which of you guys is Carol McAllister? Own up, now. 😂

  195. Tintarella di Luna

    I think I’ve found the problem – Juvenal spotted it some time ago:
    We are now suffering the evils of a long peace. Luxury, more deadly than war, broods over the city, and avenges a conquered world.

  196. Baldrick

    lotocoti
    #2971737, posted on March 27, 2019 at 3:47 pm
    Umm Jacinda.

    From lotocoti’s link:

    John-Paul Pagano @johnpaulpagano
    New Zealand mosque chairman: “I am not afraid to say I feel Mossad is behind [the mass murder of Muslims in Christchurch]”

    More here

    At a speech in front of a thousand people in Auckland, a preacher blamed Israel and the Mossad for the massacre of 50 people on March 15. Just over a week after the massacre, which a white supremacist took credit for in a manifesto and online postings, the Jewish state is being singled out for blame as part of a new conspiracy theory in New Zealand.
    In video posted by David Cumin on March 24, a preacher speaking to a large crowd can be heard saying, “I will not mince words, I have a strong suspicion that there is some group behind him and I am not afraid to say it, I feel the Mossad is behind him.” A man in the crowd shouted in agreement. “That is the truth, Israel is behind it.” Cumin has asked if the New Zealand Human Rights Commission or Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand will condemn the speech.
    “Astonishing that at an ‘anti-racism’ rally in Auckland, conspiracy theories were loudspeakered that ‘Zionist’ businesses and the ‘Mossad’ were behind Christchurch shooting,” wrote Josh Brown. Newshub, a local media group, posted an article identifying the speaker as Ahmed Bhamji, chairman of the Mt. Roskill Masjid E Umar. The event was supposed to be an anti-racism rally organized by Love Aotearoa Hate Racism.

  197. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’m amused that Senator Elizabeth ‘Talking Bull’ Warren said this on Tuesday:

    I support a Green New Deal that will aggressively tackle climate change, income inequality, and racial injustice.

    Then the vote held that same day was 57-0 against the Green New Deal. No senator voted for it. In other words she managed to both support the Nude Eel and not support the Nude Eel in a single day.

  198. DrBeauGan

    Congratulations, Calli. Your beloved is a lucky man. 😁🍾🍷🍹🥂

  199. Baldrick

    lotocoti
    #2971737, posted on March 27, 2019 at 3:47 pm
    Umm Jacinda.

    From lotocoti’s link:

    John-Paul Pagano @johnpaulpagano
    New Zealand mosque chairman: “I am not afraid to say I feel Mossad is behind [the mass murder of Muslims in Christchurch]”

    More here

    At a speech in front of a thousand people in Auckland, a preacher blamed Israel and the Mossad for the massacre of 50 people on March 15. Just over a week after the massacre, which a white supremacist took credit for in a manifesto and online postings, the Jooish state is being singled out for blame as part of a new conspiracy theory in New Zealand.
    In video posted by David Cumin on March 24, a preacher speaking to a large crowd can be heard saying, “I will not mince words, I have a strong suspicion that there is some group behind him and I am not afraid to say it, I feel the Mossad is behind him.” A man in the crowd shouted in agreement. “That is the truth, Israel is behind it.” Cumin has asked if the New Zealand Human Rights Commission or Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand will condemn the speech.
    “Astonishing that at an ‘anti-racism’ rally in Auckland, conspiracy theories were loudspeakered that ‘Zi-onist’ businesses and the ‘Mossad’ were behind Christchurch shooting,” wrote Josh Brown. Newshub, a local media group, posted an article identifying the speaker as Ahmed Bhamji, chairman of the Mt. Roskill Masjid E Umar. The event was supposed to be an anti-racism rally organized by Love Aotearoa Hate Racism.

  200. Cassie of Sydney

    “C.L.
    #2971649, posted on March 27, 2019 at 1:22 pm
    Neville’s girl arrested on drugs and stealing charges.
    Sad.

    Recovering ice addict Harriet Wran, 31, is arrested for drug possession and stolen goods two-and-a-half years after she was released from jail over the death of a drug dealer.”

    No, not sad and I am not surprised. She’s a druggy. Plus she’s Neville Wran’s daughter….the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  201. thefrollickingmole

    Baldrick

    New fred, you want to repost that there, too good to leave on the dead thread.

  202. Elle

    Congratulations, Calli. Your beloved is a lucky man. 

    I clearly haven’t scrolled back far enough.

    Congrats for what? Being called worse than Julia Gillard here?
    🤣

  203. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Cumin has asked if the New Zealand Human Rights Commission or Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand will condemn the speech.

    Yes. We’re waiting.
    How about some Australian disapproval of this too?
    It is disgusting and shows exactly the anti-Semitic mindset that Western societies do not need.

  204. Snoopy

    “I will not mince words, I have a strong suspicion that there is some group behind him and I am not afraid to say it, I feel the Mossad is behind him.”

    I can see where he’s coming from. A mosque that sent jihadis to fight in the Middle East should expect some blowback.

  205. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Spare us the hypocrisy.

    And that, Paul Kelly, is a useful tag for 98% of the comments we make here about the left.
    They are huge hypocrites.

  206. Farmer Gez

    The white folks holding the Smash Fascim signs behind the speaker added a nice touch of irony.

  207. Beachcomber

    Remember when, to emphasize that something is obvious, we used to ask

    Is the the Pope a Catholic?

    Nowadays it seems more befitting to ask

    Is the Pope a Marxist?

  208. Farmer Gez

    Smash Fascism signs, I mean. Watch their clueless faces.

  209. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The Doomlord should sue the second poster (Mc Allister) for stating that Catallaxy is run by Bird. Defamation to the nth degree!

    It may be a spoof comment as an in-joke but who the hell knows that? I hope someone who does Twitter has gone on and corrected this and dissociated Catallaxy from that rabid anti-Semite, saying he is utterly banned from commenting here, as are all other of his ilk. Also, Judith does not need to be slurred by such a poor attempt at humour. Has anyone informed either Judith or Sinclair about this? He may wish under his own name to make a public dissociation re these vile claims. Sinclair has enough problems (see the Ridd case) standing owner of this site without this sort of defamatory slur being applied to his site. There are legal redresses also vs this sort of thing.

  210. lotocoti

    Watch their clueless faces.

    Came for the love, stayed for Kristallnacht.

  211. bespoke

    Elle, Calli’s having a baby. 😉

  212. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Neville’s girl arrested on drugs and stealing charges.
    Sad.

    Yes. Leftist upbringing strikes again. Sorry to say that, because it isn’t always the case, but so very often when doing drug counselling you’d come across this: families, often leftist and middle class in origin, but unhinged from many traditional behaviours and constraints, role-modelling extensive blaming of ‘the system’ for all problems, encouraging a ‘victim’ yet entitled mentality about the way the world works, exhibiting multiple partnering etc, with the children falling into drug experimentation which eventually sends them down. For these factors are hard on kids; they lead to confused children who after permissive schooling have failed educationally and can’t easily find their place in the job market, so fall into bad company and find it hard to change. It is very sad, CL. You are right. And on it goes still.

  213. Beertruk

    An interesting article that serving and ex serving military members of this blog would be interested in by Bernard Gaynor:

    What will the ADF look like in 2030? Part 1: The revolution is underway

    I am glad I am not part of the idiot social experiment they are forcing on the ADF.

  214. Tintarella di Luna

    unfettered

    ? dare I say perhaps unhobbled would have been a better adverb — I know I’m being somewhat unkind but she does have the face for it.

  215. bespoke

    calli
    #2971746, posted on March 27, 2019 at 3:59 pm
    Thanks Cats for your congratulations. Much…much bubbly consumed over a delicious French lunch on the waterside overlooking NSW’s Best Kept Secret. Even had a fly-by from the fly-boys.

    Congrats! Saving the celebratory snag eating at Beginnings for later?

  216. JC

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2971583, posted on March 27, 2019 at 11:23 am

    JC’s hot Un Zed SWAT girl again

    Zipperhead, you idiot, I was talking about the blonde, pretend female cop ; not walrus teeth.

  217. Gab

    Tinta – any news today???

  218. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I am glad I am not part of the idiot social experiment they are forcing on the ADF.

    “The role of the infantry is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him,to seize and hold ground, to repel attack, by night or day, regardless of season, weather or terrain.”

    I take it that will be changing?

  219. Gab

    Congratulations, Calli to you and Mr Calli. Great achievement!

  220. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Elle, Calli’s having a baby. 😉

    Another grandie?
    Congratulations to you and The Beloved, Calli.
    You’ve come in ahead of Tinta. 🙂

    Beats my news: I found time this morning to get my fingernails done.
    I am off now to re-stake one of our two thriving olive trees. Might wear gloves.

  221. Bruce of Newcastle

    “The role of the infantry is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him,to seize and hold ground, to repel attack, by night or day, regardless of season, weather or terrain.”

    How dare you make a gender assumption about the enemy like that!

  222. C.L.

    Oh, I heard Faine on the same day discuss a claim that VicPol may have unlawfully processed speeding fines so you know what he says: Oh, oh, I’m normally against retrospective legislation but if its found that they have processed these fines unlawfully, the government should introduce retrospective legislation to avoid having to reimburse drivers that were fined as such.

    Faine, VicPol, Milligan – they’re all very close aren’t they?

  223. Pedro the Ignorant

    I ran a couple of dozen logs through my new hydraulic log splitter this morning. Dead easy and beats swinging an axe.

    I ma going to christen the splitter “Dick” because every time a log slowly splits in two on the ram I get a vision of the log being Richard DeNatale’s misshapen head.*

    Much satisfaction and mirth ensues.

    *NADT.

  224. Mark A

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2971795, posted on March 27, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Elle, Calli’s having a baby. 😉

    Another grandie?

    Unless I’m mistaken it’s a wedding anniversary?

  225. bespoke

    No Lizzie she’s having a baby, For real! 😉

  226. Cassie of Sydney

    Congratulations Calli….great news.

  227. candy

    The Wran family must be devastated that the young woman has fallen down into crime and drugs again.
    Maybe there’s simply nothing they can do until she hits rock bottom, or they just wait knowing the worst news could happen anytime. Really horrible for the mother.

  228. C.L.

    While the ABC leads yet another fake news campaign against “right-wingers,” Bill Shorten and the ALP continue to take money from rape-advocating terror group, the CFMEU.

    There are bales of hay to me made but Scott Morrison is too lazy and gutless to make them.

  229. Tintarella di Luna

    pete m
    #2971640, posted on March 27, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    However, up until 1 year ago ndis did not exist in qld and to say feds should magically find 400 houses for the disabled is ridiculous.

    Yep and that was 40 years of successive governments thinking parents of really disabled people were immortal, impervious to frailty, dementia, alzheimers and osteoporosis. Reality bites. But Gillard knew all that.

  230. DrBeauGan

    Some of you women are extraordinarily credulous.

  231. Tintarella di Luna

    Maybe there’s simply nothing they can do until she hits rock bottom

    Hasn’t Harriet already been there? rock bottom I mean. Maybe she needs to get clean or clean her room.

  232. Beertruk

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2971792, posted on March 27, 2019 at 5:14 pm
    I take it that will be changing?

    I think so. It seems to be more centred around ‘the feelz.’ I think there may be one or two female sections in a couple the Inf Bn’s already. Also it will probably be made mandatory for everyone to march in full uniform at annual Oxford St vomit parade in March. Marching on ANZAC Day will become a ‘chargeable offence.’

  233. Muddy

    amortiser
    #2971485, posted on March 27, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Thanks for the reporting on the Ridd case. Most interesting.

  234. Tintarella di Luna

    Tinta – any news today???

    Still gracious presence of our Grace

  235. DrBeauGan

    I’m sure bespoke will confirm that he’s twelve months pregnant. Lizzie, gush over him then tell us more about the olive trees.

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