Open Forum: April 13, 2019

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  1. Rossini

    so early and nobody about!

  2. Rossini

    Melbourne Storm had a scrappy win over the Cowboys tonight!

  3. Rossini

    Good to see the Titans beat Penrith!

  4. Rossini

    Credlin was crap tonight!

  5. Rossini

    talking crap to myself so I’m off!

  6. …errgh
    …Top tentieth. This will be a thoroughly shit day. Can see it already.

  7. Rossini

    Must be if you and i are holding centre stage

  8. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I’m here Rossini, and now I’m not. Going to bed.

    Amuse yourself, alternatively slash your throat, with the vid Sinc has just put up.
    Check out too the ones Pyrmonter has linked to in the thread. Same guy, better vids.

  9. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Tenth. Not a lucky number if you’re in a disfavoured Roman legion.
    They were serious about decimation.

  10. Steve trickler

    Nice work, Wilson.



  11. Overburdened

    I’d like to thank mindfree on the old thread for having me follow the crumb trail on YouTube to It’s All Over Now by the Rolling Stones.

    Mick Jagger has just had his CABAgs done leading to the cancellation of some concerts.

    He really should be dead already.

    And Keith.

    I remember going to their Voodoo Lounge tour because I thought that they would be close to winding up.

    That was around 30 years ago.

  12. Rossini

    Definitely off to bed now. Goodnight all still up reading as I usually do before hitting the light switch!

  13. Overburdened

    I the clip I saw on YouTube Brian Jones was playing, so it was before the pool incident.

    Jagger is a fair guitarist.

    I think the key to his success as a frontman was his overcompensation because he wasn’t allowed to play, leading to his weird gyrations that got the chicks going.

    IMO he always wanted to be Keith.

    OAO

  14. Mak Siccar

    Liberty Quote:

    Independent thinking is more important for the health of democracy than is the success or failure of any particular policy decision.

    https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/04/12/liberal-authoritarianism-salvatore-babones/

  15. Tom

    David Rowe’s tribal hatred of Donald Trump has become quite sick and creepy.

  16. Tom

    Meanwhile, the British ruling class under the vascillation of Theresa May remains determined not to give electors the Brexit they voted for. Martin Rowson (Guardian, London).

  17. Tom

    The best batch of American cartoons since I’ve been posting them, beginning with Michael Ramirez.

  18. Rabid Koala

    Meanwhile, the British ruling class under the vascillation of Theresa May remains determined not to give electors the Brexit they voted for

    The globalists are scared that the poms will realise that need mass immigration and ‘free trade’ and other countries will realise it after looking at the uk

  19. Good batch this morning Tom.

    Zanetti is in fine form

  20. Those aren’t cartoons.

    This is a cartoon.

  21. Tom

    Please don’t feed the trollscum.

  22. Mater

    In history delivered as soap opera, there were stark divisions between ‘the journalists’, ‘the students’, ‘the protesters’ and ‘the nashos’, but plenty of journalists were national servicemen, arts students ended up as infantrymen, and erstwhile protesters put duty, patriotism and sometimes expediency before political principle, and acquiesced to military service. These men do not necessarily lively easily with their decisions…

    ‘The Nashos’ War’ – Mark Dapin, Page 4

  23. Interesting EV comparison.

    Actual consumption v official consumption
    These are the numbers that really surprised us. We compared average energy/fuel consumption at each of our intervals against official figures. Each car managed to meet its average energy claim (the Tesla was .5 per cent out) with the exception of the Santa Fe. Our ICE vehicle was out by a considerable 24 per cent.
    Our best performer was the Nissan Leaf, which beat its official energy-use claim by a whopping 33.98 per cent.

    Based on the conclusion above, you should probably take range claims for ICE vehicles with a pinch of salt, whereas the range claims for the EVs are pretty accurate.
    (Brought to you by my user friendly ICD*, to counter some of the absolute bullshit posted on this topic recently).
    *Inbuilt Crap Detector

  24. tgs.

    Wow, that guardian cartoon was cringey.

  25. These men do not necessarily lively (sic) easily with their decisions…

    Dunno about that.
    I’m still, at 70+, pretty lively……

  26. Another quote from Dapin”s excellent book –
    While many national servicemen volunteered to go to Vietnam, many others seem not to have been given the opportunity, and still others who baulked were told they had to go*.
    Kind of puts the lie to “Every national serviceman who went to Vietnam was a volunteer” which sat on the school resources website of the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee for years until it was removed.
    Indoctrination was alive and well for years…..

    * p58 – The Myths and Meaning of National Service

  27. John Constantine

    Have their afl announced the date they are going to stage their diversity theme vegan round this year?.

    Comrades.

  28. Bruce of Newcastle

    Fun in the Oz. Second article just now:

    Union ‘windfall’ if ALP wins
    By EWIN HANNAN

    Employers have declared the construction union will reap multi-millions under a Shorten Labor government.

    All fine except two big black banner ads for the unions’ Me bank surrounded it.
    Methinks Me thinks Mr Hannan is right…

  29. Mater

    This is a book about men who performed at least part of their national service. It does not overly concern itself with those conscientious objectors who did not spend time in uniform. Theirs is another important, sometimes heroic story, but the only objectors interviewed for The Nashos’ War were those who changed their minds once they were in the army.

    ‘The Nashos’ War’ – Mark Dapin, Page 4

  30. John Constantine

    A successful Victorian merino students is circulating the advertorial that it shore some mature merino weavers recently and cut a hundred dollars a head off them, then sold them as mutton for two hundred dollars each.

    Three hundred dollars a head combined return for dirty old wethers.

    Of course, a lot of money had gone into feeding them up to this level, not something a commercial grower could justify when feed is so tight and hay and grain so expensive, making them a rare item in an undersupplied mutton market.

    When it rains, prices will become interesting.

  31. Notafan

    Still don’t have the grid to support it, more billions required to solve a non problem

    US ev market prediction is 12% by 2050, presumably with some subsidies.

  32. John Constantine

    Merino ram selling Stud.

    Not students.

    Damn Skynet.

  33. calli

    Interesting, John Constantine. Is the mutton market strong? I thought it was a second-grade meat compared to lamb. Is there an ethnic component that drives prices?

  34. calli

    Seven being very coy about why Labor’s “Star Candidate”, Melissa Parke, withdrew from running for Curtin. Apparently it was because of “comments about Palestinian refugees”.

    Come on, Seven. Spill it. She claimed that Israeli border guards forced a pregnant Palestinian woman to drink bleach.

    How embarassing for Labor. But no one watching the Seven newscast would ever know.

    But they do know that the Libs have lost three in low profile seats because doubts about Section 17. Stupid stuff, but not vicious.

  35. John Constantine

    Supply and demand for mutton sheep.

    A certain percentage of mutton fat is needed for some products, dry times cut supply of heavy sheep.

    The historical fiction that meatworks can only pay five bucks each for sheep in a drought is exposed here.

    Historical low numbers for the Australian sheep flock also impacts prices.

    Meatwork cut lamb prices recently, manipulating forward prices lower in an all time high market for inputs.

    Short term win for works, but at the cost of strangling the medium term supply chain. No point feeding on lambs for tiny extra profit.

    The lambs I have left are background ration maintenance fed for a July August sale, only a few left for May June.

    The seasonal break arriving late could see capitulation and a flood of sheep sales while prices are high, cutting future numbers.

    A seasonal break by Anzac day will see a cliff face drop in supply.

    Poker game time.

    Comrades.

  36. calli

    Where is everyone? Out shopping? Sleeping in? Nursing hangovers? Getting on with their lives?

  37. C.L.

    Superb:

    Donald J. [email protected]

    Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only …

    The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!

  38. Mater

    Spent last evening socialising with two rusted on Labor blokes, one a full blown march-in-the-street, fist-in-the-air, CFMEU man from way back.
    Both of them (but separately): “I don’t think the country can afford a Bill Shorten government this time around”, or words to that effect.
    You could have knocked me over with a feather, twice.

    Hey Tailgunner, what are the odds of a Liberal victory running at?

  39. calli

    Thanks, John. A window on a world that’s completely foreign to me.

    You put the silly stereotype of farmers not being commercially aware, strategically focused businessmen to shame.

    And thanks for the heads up. I’ll buy and freeze my favourite – bone in leg with the shank still on.

  40. Farmer Gez

    The first cross ewe market is flat and has been for a while. We’re not selling yet and luckily have some failed crop paddocks that keep the girls in good condition.
    It’s obvious that low paddock feed levels and the ramping hay prices are keeping fat lamb breeders away.
    The airseeder is stitched together and all the buzzers seem to work. Waiting on a new SP Rogator sprayer to arrive. The time has come to upgrade and it gives the young lads on the farm a new toy plus the older blokes won’t get a chance or need to drive it, that’s the cunning plan.
    We’ll start sowing vetch and oats for hay next week and some pasture mix of rye and clover. Faba beans after that and then canola.

  41. Leigh Lowe

    Spent last evening socialising with two rusted on Labor blokes, one a full blown march-in-the-street, fist-in-the-air, CFMEU man from way back.
    Both of them (but separately): “I don’t think the country can afford a Bill Shorten government this time around”, or words to that effect.

    What did you spike their drinks with?

  42. Gab

    pent last evening socialising with two rusted on Labor blokes, one a full blown march-in-the-street, fist-in-the-air, CFMEU man from way back.
    Both of them (but separately): “I don’t think the country can afford a Bill Shorten government this time around”, or words to that effect.

    I bet they will still vote Labor.

  43. Dr Faustus

    Bill ‘Moral Pillar’ Shorten, lusting after votes from both sodomites and Christians, does explaining about Israel Folau:

    “There is no freedom to perpetuate hateful speech,” he told reporters in Sydney.

    “Some of the comments which have been seen are far closer to hateful than I think appropriate for what people should be doing on social media.”

    Warning Hatespeech which have been seen:

    izzyfolau Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.

    Lucky we have the Father of the Nation to guide us through the maze of modern deadly sins.

  44. calli

    Heh. I wonder if this blog is monitored?

    Seven has now modified their newscast with a dribble of extra info about Parke. She angered members of the J-wish community with her remarks comparing Israeli treatment of Palis to apartheid.

    Come on, Seven. You know what she said. Report it verbatim. If she was a Lib you would.

  45. Mater

    What did you spike their drinks with?

    I think they roofied me. Could’ve sworn I was hallucinating.

  46. Mater

    I bet they will still vote Labor.

    You know what Gab, you’re probably right. But it does say something about Bill’s platform and how it might be playing with the swinging voters.

  47. Leigh Lowe

    izzyfolau Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.

    Did Izzy say anything about “blessed are the pie sellers, even if the pies are not warm”?

  48. Leigh Lowe

    Thanks for the piece earlier Mater, about old men struggling with the consequences of decisions made in their youth.
    Somethimg there for everyone, not just Agent Fanta.
    Although, it is mostly for Agent Fanta.

  49. stackja

    Randwick today renamed Rand Winx.

  50. woolfe

    It looks like Rugby East Australia stuffed up again. Announcing they were going to terminate Folau with out going through due process leaves the door wide open for him to sue for a contract pay out. all to protect their access to Qantas Chairmans lounges

    Can these clowns get any worse, why yes of course they can.

  51. calli

    access to Qantas Chairmans lounges

    ***Euphemism alert***

  52. RobK

    Numbers,
    Your Car Advice linked article contains the following paragraph:

    And as we mentioned at the outset, it’s not a direct comparison between each car, but more a look at the cross-section of electric vehicles and how they drive.

    It then sets out as a comparison……*Inbuilt Crap Detector…flashing.
    First chart:
    Average Energy

    Consumption115Wh/km168Wh/km206Wh/km220Wh/km200Wh/km
    Range280km317km270km470km613km
    Battery Capacity28kWh41kWh40kWh90kW

    If you divide capacity by average consumption you get a shortfall of around 20% for most of the figures.
    The driving test determined the accuracy of the trip computer using distance travelled, they didn’t drive untill battery was empty. ( *Inbuilt Crap Detector full-on)
    The ambient temperature varied from 21-27 degrees. A battery’s ideal temp is 25deg. They said they had a/c on but no mention of the setting. (Not much required at these temps). Batteries suffer in hot and cold weather. All in all a wordy, flowery, light weight article that basically says EV trip computers can workout how much energy you have spent.

  53. Mater

    Thanks for the piece earlier Mater, about old men struggling with the consequences of decisions made in their youth.

    You’re welcome.

    In my humble opinion, here is nothing in this life truely worth fearing, except regret.
    Like death by a thousand cuts, but without the culminating relief.
    Best to avoid it, stay true to your yourself and your principles. The alternative is ultimately always worse.

  54. Tom

    Where is everyone? Out shopping? Sleeping in? Nursing hangovers? Getting on with their lives?

    One eye on the Cat, the other on the Masters (on 9’s Gem and Foxtel 505), Calli. Masters week is sleep-deprived for the Cat’s golf fans (with 43-year-old Eldrick Woods about to putt for a share of the lead).

  55. Nick

    don’t think the country can afford a Bill Shorten government this time around”, or words to that effect.

    While the Libs aren’t fit to govern, I wonder if the message will get to Labor voters earning circa 85K that they are rich and will pay more. Plenty of aspirational, hard working tradies our there who send their kids to private schools. I suspect the election may end up being closer than we think.

  56. Dr Faustus

    It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter Heaven.
    But we’re fixing that.
    Shorten 5:13

  57. Maybe Parke’s assertions have a grain of truth.
    The Or Commission (Hebrew: ועדת אור‎; full name: ועדת החקירה הממלכתית לבירור ההתנגשויות בין כוחות הביטחון לבין אזרחים ישראלים באוקטובר 2000, lit. “Commission of Inquiry into the Clashes Between Security Forces and Israeli Citizens in October 2000”, which was set up by the Israeli government, found, inter alia –

    The Arab citizens of Israel live in a reality in which they experience discrimination as Arabs. This inequality has been documented in a large number of professional surveys and studies, has been confirmed in court judgments and government resolutions, and has also found expression in reports by the state comptroller and in other official documents. Although the Jewish majority’s awareness of this discrimination is often quite low, it plays a central role in the sensibilities and attitudes of Arab citizens. This discrimination is widely accepted, both within the Arab sector and outside it, and by official assessments, as a chief cause of agitation.

  58. calli

    Augusta is looking beautiful too. Those banks of azaleas as a backdrop to the greens are spectacular.

    A heavy mist rolled in from the ocean this morning here. The golfers on the First were Gorillas in the Mist. Fluoro ball time.

  59. lotocoti

    access to Qantas Chairmans lounges

    Drop an “o” add an apostrophe.

  60. Maybe Parke’s assertions have a grain of truth.
    The Or Commission (Hebrew: ועדת אור‎; full name: ועדת החקירה הממלכתית לבירור ההתנגשויות בין כוחות הביטחון לבין אזרחים ישראלים באוקטובר 2000, lit. “Commission of Inquiry into the Clashes Between Security Forces and Isr**li Citizens in October 2000”, which was set up by the Isr**li government, found, inter alia –

    The Arab citizens of Isr**l live in a reality in which they experience discrimination as Arabs. This inequality has been documented in a large number of professional surveys and studies, has been confirmed in court judgments and government resolutions, and has also found expression in reports by the state comptroller and in other official documents. Although the Je**sh majority’s awareness of this discrimination is often quite low, it plays a central role in the sensibilities and attitudes of Arab citizens. This discrimination is widely accepted, both within the Arab sector and outside it, and by official assessments, as a chief cause of agitation.

  61. calli

    I want the Libs frightened Right.

    Trouble is, when frightened, they veer Left.

  62. Leigh Lowe

    A heavy mist rolled in from the ocean this morning here. The golfers on the First were Gorillas in the Mist. Fluoro ball time.

    A common side effect of radiation treatment at Port Moresby hospital I hear.

  63. Maybe Parke’s assertions have a grain of truth.
    The Or Commission, set up by the Isr**li government after clashes between security forces and Isr**li citizens in October 2000, found, inter alia –

    The Ar*b citizens of Isr**l live in a reality in which they experience discrimination as Ar*bs. This inequality has been documented in a large number of professional surveys and studies, has been confirmed in court judgments and government resolutions, and has also found expression in reports by the state comptroller and in other official documents. Although the Je**sh majority’s awareness of this discrimination is often quite low, it plays a central role in the sensibilities and attitudes of Ar*b citizens. This discrimination is widely accepted, both within the Ar*b sector and outside it, and by official assessments, as a chief cause of agitation.

  64. Leigh Lowe

    calli

    #2986535, posted on April 13, 2019 at 9:07 am

    I want the Libs frightened Right.

    Trouble is, when frightened, they veer Left.

    I can’t wait for election night to see timid, defeated Lib candidates doing what they should be doing now … unloading on Turnbull.

  65. Leigh Lowe

    Maybe Parke’s assertions have a grain of truth.

    Produce the evidence that Israeli soldiers poured bleach down the throat of a pregnant Palestinian woman, you lying xunt.

  66. mh

    I’m tipping an upset.

    He’s Eminent to beat Winx today.

    🐎 🐎

  67. bespoke

    Had a good day with my little nephews yesterday. Watching them play on a large inflated jumping bed at a park. The highlight was when some teens rocked up and started practicing parkour they didn’t take over and accommodated the littlies as well as giving advice to those interested. It’s good to see the sense of adventure is not going away anytime soon.

  68. calli

    On PNG Independence Day, it was expected that all Nationals at the PNGBC would turn up to work in their Bilas.

    A colourful sight, with headdress comprising vairous bird species, arsegrass with plumes of neatly pleated tropical cordyline, layers of beads and shells and, most disconcerting, bare breasted tellers male and female.

    And the very uncomfortable teller who could not find his gourd. His mother presented him with one he had worn as a boy. He won’t do that again.

  69. Bruce of Newcastle

    Cats visiting California beware. You will leave smellier than you arrived!

    California may ban hotels from giving guests tiny bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KOVR) — Hotels in California may no longer be able to provide guests with tiny bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, or other personal care products.

    Assembly Bill 1162 passed the Natural Resources committee on Monday by a vote of 6-3 (two Assemblymembers did not vote.)

    The bill would ban “lodging establishments”, including hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals, from offering small plastic bottles holding 12 ounces or under of product in rooms or public spaces. Instead, the establishments could offer “bulk dispensers” that could be used by a number of people. The goal is to cut down on the amount of plastic containers thrown away by guests and operators.

    One word: Plastics! I wonder when Cali will also ban hotel towels because ebil water-sucking cotton?

    (via Lucianne)

  70. calli

    One of the delights when crossing from Jerusalem to Bethlehem is having the bottom of tour bus checked for bombs on the way back. The guides swap and stay with the bus to make sure.

    I don’t think they worry about other Israelis planting the devices. Odd isn’t it?

  71. bespoke

    What an odious little man.

  72. Black Ball

    Jason Day and Adam Scott share the lead at Augusta.

  73. John Constantine

    Australia’s new definition of lamb is on track to take effect from 1 July 2019 with legislative changes registered this week by the Australian Government.

    Sheep Producers Australia Policy Manager Stephen Crisp thanked the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Hon David Littleproud MP for expediting the change.

    “This is an important milestone in the development of the Australian lamb industry and now with these changes approved prior to the approaching Federal Election, the industry is on track for the commencement date of July 1,” Mr Crisp said.

    “State regulations in New South Wales and Western Australia still need to be aligned but the relevant authorities have indicated this will occur before the target changeover date.”

    For the change to take effect, various federal and state legislation and regulations needed amendment with the new definition, which has been under way since the start of the year.

    The new definition is ‘young sheep under 12 months of age or which do not have any permanent incisor teeth in wear’.

    Pushes out the cliff face between lamb and mutton a couple of weeks, or so.

    Could allow a ten percent increase in dressed weight on a line of lambs growing well.

    Perfect year to introduce it, with the meatworks fighting each other for weight.

  74. Des Deskperson

    ‘Can these clowns get any worse, why yes of course they can.’

    According to this morning’s Oz, yes.

    Folau is reportedly going to challenge the validity of his contract on the grounds that, under the terms of the RA and the Players’ Association EA, the only additional classes that can be worked into a player’s standard contract are those that are beneficial to the player. There is, of course, a strong argument that a broad ban on any ‘offensive’ comment on social media isn’t beneficial.

    All this raises the question as to why Folua – by all accounts an intelligent bloke, able to negotiate from a position of strength and able to pay for the best advice on employment and human rights law – signed up to such a broad and presumptive clamp on his rights to free speech as private individual in the first place.

    Things that make you go ‘Hmm’

  75. Infidel Tiger

    I see the silcone filled slag Bishop has done her best to destroy our relationship with the US and the Trumps.

  76. C.L.

    Coming soon to Australia (it always take a little while for local leftists to ape Americans) …
    “Single use” plastic bags were just the start:

    California may ban hotels from giving guests tiny bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion.

    Assembly Bill 1162 passed the Natural Resources committee on Monday by a vote of 6-3 (two Assemblymembers did not vote.)

    The bill would ban “lodging establishments”, including hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals, from offering small plastic bottles holding 12 ounces or under of product in rooms or public spaces. Instead, the establishments could offer “bulk dispensers” that could be used by a number of people. The goal is to cut down on the amount of plastic containers thrown away by guests and operators.

  77. Black Ball

    The cream rising, all major winners sharing the lead. Molinari, Koepka, Oostheisen, Day, Scott with Tiger Woods a shot behind.

  78. calli

    Twelve fl oz is a lot of product (350ml). I can’t recall any establishment providing that amount. Trump’s was the most generous, with 1.4 fl oz. Is it a typo?

  79. Nick

    I see the silcone filled slag Bishop has done her best to destroy our relationship with the US and the Trumps.

    Ironically, Bishop stated that it was Donald who knew that she was Foreign Minister and said so, yet it’s an opportunity to laugh at the dumb Trumps, especially the male.

  80. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    For all Labor’s electric vehicle enthusiasm, it hasn’t yet produced an MP or candidate who drives one — they seem to prefer SUVs and chauffeur-driven Comcars, usually V8 Holden Caprices. The hypocrisy is one thing but the ineptitude is probably more telling.

    Chris Kenny making a good point in the Oz.

  81. Infidel Tiger

    Channel 4 News
    @Channel4News

    “I cannot bear to see the anger amongst the people this country’s elected members have ignored.”

    Brexit Party candidate Annunziata Rees-Mogg – sister of Conservative MP Jacob – explains why she has defected from the Tory Party and will stand in the European elections.

    What a brilliant name she has.

  82. Produce the evidence that Israeli soldiers poured bleach down the throat of a pregnant Palestinian woman, you lying xunt.

    I’m simply quoting an Isr**li government report.
    Are you saying that they are liars?

  83. C.L.

    Uppity blacks …
    Peter FitzSimons bashes two of them this morning:

    Folau and Mundine show words can have consequences.

  84. Bill Thompson

    OK Cats, bear with me here…
    Speaking of Julian Assange, I attended one of Prof Robert Manne’s public lectures at La Trobe Uni in May 2013. RM is/was, of course, one of Australia’s foremost public intellectuals & didn’t he like to smirk about it? This was his usual type of leftie extravaganza – this time in support of St Julian of Wiki. Below are several video clips from the day (apologies for the audio quality – my sound engineer wasn’t up to speed at the time) which reflected our taxes in action at La Trobe Uni.

    The panel comprised Mary Kostakidis, Robert Manne, Julian Burnside & Sam Castro, then representing the “WikiLeaks Party”. Conservatives need not have applied… Meanwhile, years later, St Julian just stopped cooling his heels in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, only to be transferred to a facility at HM’s pleasure – hopefully still surrounded by (as per the videos below) various “simply super intelligent, super committed”, super sycophants. A full video of the event is/was available on the La Trobe Uni site (in 2013).

    Following are 3 video clips I posted on YouTube some years ago (you’ll probably have to turn up your audio volume).

    #1

    https://youtu.be/w3-torfP19Q

    #2

    Human rights champion, Julian Burnside QC, put the whole thing into perspective – it was all over “what might have been a low level sexual assault”. Perhaps for both Julians, sometimes “stop!” means “just keep on going”?

    https://youtu.be/6zX9mdpD2sA

    #3

    Here’s a bit of the closing group conversation. Sam Castro says – “…young women in this country are hopefully smart enough that it’s OK to not support every claim of sexual misconduct…” Gee, what if Tony Abbott had said that? Anyway, panelists, the circumstances in this matter fall under Swedish law, not Burnside/Manne/Kostakidis/Castro Law! As the BBC reported at the time – “Assange is wanted for questioning over RAPE allegations…”

    https://youtu.be/Kghqwm-OUwk

    BTW, here is the text of an email I sent to Julian Burnside in May 2013, referring to the La Trobe Uni event. As you can see, I subscribe to the view that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit! (NB – the para spacing, etc, of my original Word doc hasn’t transferred into this post so you may find the presentation confusing):

    I like the old gag – What’s the opposite of diversity? University!
    Speaking of La Trobe Uni – I went out to the John Scott Meeting House on the 23rd of May to attend the latest luvvie review of Julian Assange’s situation. Australia’s national living treasures, Robert Manne & Julian Burnside, as well as Mary Kostakidis & someone who was filling in for a bloke named Greg Barns – a lady named Sam Castro – all agreed with each other, consecutively, to the effect that WikiLeaks is an indispensible jewel in the crown of free speech & that Julian the Magnificent should be beyond the application of any laws THEY don’t think are reasonable.
    The presentation began with a video compilation of various US pollies & shock-jocks, frothing at the mouth, over the last couple of years, about what should be done with Julian (PBUH) – including, for example, that he should be jailed for life or shot. So what? The panelists could easily have noted that the US is in fact, a country that, when push came to shove, fell all over itself to provide due process for mass murderers like Timothy McVeigh & Ramzi Yousef, contemporaneous shrieks from shock-jocks notwithstanding.
    Mary was first cab off the rank & was keen to get on the record the possibility that Julian (PBUH) had been framed, in relation to the allegations against him. She described (in considerable detail) how she had recently spent several days at the Ecuadorian Embassy, to see how the golden boy was coping. She gushed that she found him fully engaged in work, supported by a stupendously wonderful small team of highly intelligent, highly articulate, highly skilled, committed (What? Not HIGHLY committed?), courageous staff. Wow! And that’s not counting Mary! (Her presence could only have enhanced the overall wonderfulness of the highly admirable team, I imagine.) He apparently feels relatively safe where he is & the warmth & generosity & wonderful supportive support of the Ecuadorians just absolutely has to be seen to be believed – including the Ambassador, the Consul & all their staff – the love was just palpable. Mary didn’t, however, comment on whether THEY were also highly intelligent, highly articulate…etc, etc. I guess maybe not, or she wouldn’t have failed to mention it. But that’s not all – Julian (PBUH) is just fabulously receiving a steady stream of people from around the world, on the hour. (I assume he vants to be alone on the half-hour…) – His streaming visitors included such luminaries as journalists, newspaper editors, STARS, film-makers, writers & supporters – sadly Mary didn’t drop any names, though. She then went on to introduce Robert Manne to the podium, noting the mutual love and admiration binding Rob & Jules (PBUH) – such that Jules (PBUH) actually spruiked Rob’s gushing 2011 salute to WikiLeaks to HIS Twitter followers, resulting, apparently, in such a feverish worldwide rush of sycophants & camp-followers that the website of the venerable & august journal, the Monthly, allegedly melted down.
    Robert then launched into his spiel but I fell asleep & missed it. I assume it could be reliably summarised as – ‘We only get one Julian Assange (PBUH) in a lifetime, blah, blah, blah…’
    Julian Burnside opened his remarks by noting that he’d had the great pleasure of sharing a stage in Adelaide with the President of the Supreme Court of Sweden, who apparently observed that it should never be a crime to reveal the crimes of the state – JB certainly endorsed that! Of course, he didn’t explain who gets to decide the precise nature of the crimes the state has allegedly committed & what the sentence will be, etc, etc – I guess the two of them will just get together & work that out between them, for the rest of the world. Mr President apparently also left the audience with an optimistic impression of how things were going to work out for Julian Assange (PBUH). There’s a turn-up for the books – the investigation hasn’t finished, no testimony has been heard, no deliberations held, but the President of the Supreme Court of Sweden was apparently already predicting the outcome. Sounds like the finest judicial officers money can buy. JB went on to bemoan the fact that many Aussies now don’t seem to love Julian (PBUH) as much as he does. What’s wrong with us insensitive slobs? The whole thing is just a beatup because Julian (PBUH) had the temerity to embarrass the Americans (2019 note – during the Obama/Clinton/Kerry administration) – surely we can see that, can’t we? After all, JB can. He is also extremely concerned that Sweden has an extradition treaty with America, some of the terms of which JB finds unsatisfactory, according to his finely-tuned & unassailable standards of virtuousness. Here’s a treaty between two of the most civilised countries in the world, which they’ve somehow managed to cobble together without his input & JB thinks they’ve got it wrong, because, well – he says so! JB’s central theme is that Assange (PBUH) cannot possibly be expected to allow himself to be sent to Sweden to face investigation for the alleged sexual assaults, as defined under Swedish law, because he might then be whisked off to the US, to face other, more sinister accusations. JB didn’t, of course, want to diminish the seriousness of the allegations regarding ‘what might have been a low level sexual assault’ but then immediately went on to describe how trivial, to him, the alleged offences were, given that it just involved continuing to have otherwise consensual sex, after becoming aware that the condom had broken. Twice? After all, as Hillary Clinton might have said – ‘What difference, at this point, does it make if the condom has broken?’
    M’learned friend then went on to a forensic listing of the timetable of the shameful everything that the disgusting Americans have ever done & the utterly heroic efforts of Julian (PBUH) to publish the details thereof. Within days after ‘Cablegate’ – WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of thousands of documents – the onslaught of American hostility (there can be, of course, no hostility worse than ‘American hostility’) began. On the forensically identified date of 30 November 2010, Bill Kristol – a sort of American Andrew Bolt – said some unpleasant things about St Julian (PBUH). Other (grotesque) American pundits did the same, over a further forensically identified period of time. M’learned friend’s forensic date-listing made Perry Mason look like a hack, shyster lawyer. Or Julia Gillard. (Oh wait – isn’t she the actual definition of ‘shyster lawyer’ in the latest Macquarie Dictionary?) And just when it seemed like it couldn’t get any more despicable ….. the MURDOCH PRESS did stuff, too! Let me just repeat that, in case you missed it … the MURDOCH PRESS! !!! Then the despicable Swedes had the breathtaking, despicable gall to issue a European arrest warrant for you-know-who (PBUH) & on top of everything else, JOE BIDEN said unpleasant things, too. Then – the moment of truth – we’ve got a person who is wanted for questioning by the Swedish authorities (who, after all, are among the most despicable authorities in Scandinavia – if not the whole world) about the quality of apparent (?) consent to a sexual encounter. Blah, blah, blah…. Actually, I think we may have at last stumbled onto what’s really pissing off lots of people in authority in relation to Assange (PBUH) – he’s obviously getting way too much consensual sex!
    Anyway, m’learned friend then brought it home by describing how the freedom-loving & utterly impartial & unassailably virtuous Ecuadorians, having carefully considered ALL the evidence & having benefited enormously from having none other than Julian Burnside QC there with them, at the time, in June last year, were able to conclude that Assange (PBUH) could just kip with them for a while. Mainly because of Julian’s (PBUH) well-founded fears of persecution by the nasty, despicable Americans and NOT AT ALL because of the anti-American views of Ecuadorian President, Rafael Correa, of whom that nasty, despicable mob called ‘Human Rights Watch’ earlier this year published well-founded conclusions that he’s attacked the free press & the independent judiciary in his own country. But JB wasn’t finished – the Australian Government’s inactivity re Assange (PBUH) has also been like the abandonment of David Hicks all over again. …. DAVID HICKS! Again!! !!!
    I’ve gotta marvel that some of our leading national living treasures are in bed with a dysfunctional former globe-trotting jihadist who sided with the (schoolgirl-blasting, gay-killing, adulterous wife machine-gunning, deliberately innocent civilian-bombing) Taliban & the bail-jumping, alleged sex offender and a regime that hates press freedom & independent judges. Still, as long as the condom doesn’t break, what can go wrong?
    Then came the real party piece. Literally. Mary Kostakidis introduced Sam Castro, representing the soon-to-be-registered WikiLeaks Party, to talk about the party’s aspirations, policies & challenges. (I’m not sure what rules there are, if any, about Australian university facilities being overtly used for party-political campaign purposes… I guess it’s OK as long as they’re lefties.) Anyway, I think she crapped on for a while about how wonderful it is to be an activist & how stupendous it is that the WikiLeaks Party already has 1,000 members, blah, blah, blah…
    Later, during the relaxed panel discussion, JB advanced the “discredit somebody via a nasty tag” theory, to explain Assange’s (PBUH) current legal predicament – he felt that to say Julian (PBUH) is facing ‘rape charges’ is so far from the truth as to be ludicrous…

    Let’s go to BBC News, on 9 October 2012:

    What are the allegations that Julian Assange faces?
    The offences are alleged to have been committed against two women in August 2010. On 20 August 2010, Swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant for Mr Assange on two counts, one of rape and one of molestation.
    The warrant was withdrawn a day later, but Swedish prosecutors continued investigations into the molestation allegation.
    In September the rape investigation was re-opened, and in November a Swedish court approved a request to detain Mr Assange for questioning relating to one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation, and one count of rape. An international arrest warrant was issued relating to those allegations.

    Well obviously JB is right – Assange (PBUH) is apparently NOT facing rape charges – it’s only ONE count of rape, as well as the other inconsequential matters, whatever they were…
    Sam Castro agreed with JB that to use the ‘rape’ word was incredibly inaccurate. Listen bimbo – or, if that seems a bit disrespectful – MS Bimbo – the issues fall under Swedish law, not Castro’s law. She went on to encourage young women in this country that it’s OK to be smart enough to not support every claim of sexual misconduct because, well, these women (Assange’s (PBUH) accusers) are being manipulated. Robert Manne got a chance to bag Bob Carr, because, among other things, he’s a bit narcissistic (which JB doesn’t think Julian (PBUH) really is) but he’s not at all hostile to Julia Gillard – so maybe she’ll soon be in bed with all of them, too. That sounds about right… On the other hand, Sam was a bit iffy about Julia, so perhaps there’d be a catfight. She then went on with grim warnings about what could happen the next time somebody else dissents against America, or even the Australian Government…. Well, if the revised Macquarie Dictionary definition of ‘dissent’ is: the unauthorized publication of hundreds of thousands of classified documents, well yep – that’s probably going to make someone cranky. Generally though, history shows we’re pretty safe, otherwise. Or maybe not so safe, if you’re a budding conservative fund-raiser in the US… Mary wondered if the WikiLeaks Party might generate community activism to focus on issues of accountability, transparency, human rights & social justice in Australia – on the other hand, perhaps they ought to concentrate on promoting those issues in Ecuador, first – see below.
    Robert had yet another bash at Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper dominance, because it’s just so hard to get a ‘progressive discourse’ going. He reckoned that about 10-12% of inner-city professionals are Greens supporters but the Murdoch press does nothing but rubbish the Greens. So what? The ABC gets a billion dollars a year in public funding & 40% of its journos apparently vote Greens – that ought to help. But that’s not enough for Robert – because there’s a declining public space for ‘progressive’ discussion, he reckoned that using the taxpayer-funded resources of La Trobe Uni to present this session – to espouse his PERSONAL VIEWS – was the go.
    Mary brought up the question of how the WikiLeaks Party was going to raise money – Sam took the opportunity to wallow in the nostalgia of her 20 years of campaigning, including anti-Iraq war activism & lament that despite the best marching & slogan-chanting efforts of lots of similarly-minded activists, the government ignored them. MS Bimbo, get this – activists don’t run the country & the government is not answerable to YOU, solely. The invasion of Iraq occurred in 2003 and Australian voters had a chance to pass judgment on the government’s action in the election of 2004. YOU LOST! Live with it. I’ve had to live for five years with the jerks now running the country.
    Then, after over an hour of limitless Julian (PBUH) idolatry, it was question time. I was first in line but my 30-second run-up from the Members End was simply too long for Mary. She gave me the bum’s rush, after 30 bloody seconds, to get to the question, so I had to improvise with a reference to my only contact with someone with experience of the Swedish legal system – Stieg Larsson’s widow, Eva Gabrielsson, had told me at the Wheeler Centre that, in her opinion, Assange (PBUH) had no excuse for avoiding the law. I asked for the panel’s view about that. JB was kind enough to furnish an answer, as he usually is when I ask questions at meetings he attends but when we got onto the subject of Ecuador’s spoiling role in the matter, Mary immediately shut down discussion of that particular Inconvenient Truth.
    In closing, just for laughs, lets have a look at an excerpt from the website of the WikiLeaks Party:
    The Constitution of the WikiLeaks Party lists its objectives which include the protection of human rights and freedoms; transparency of government & corporate action…
    Then check out the 2013 Human Rights Watch report on Ecuador:
    President Rafael Correa has undercut freedom of the press in Ecuador by subjecting journalists and media figures to public denunciation and retaliatory litigation. Judicial independence continued to suffer in 2012 due to transitional mechanisms for judicial reform that have given the government and its supporters in Congress a powerful say in appointing and dismissing judges.
    Freedom of Expression
    In February 2012, President Correa won a US$2 million judgment against the co-authors of a book, The Big Brother, which dealt with questionable contracts between the president’s brother and state institutions. Correa subsequently desisted from the demand, and also pardoned Emilio Palacio, former head of the opinion section of the newspaper El Universo and three of its directors, who had been sentenced to three years each in prison in 2011 and ordered, together with the newspaper, to pay him damages totaling $40 million. In August, Palacio was granted asylum in the United States.

    (Wow, who would have thought that someone from Ecuador would need to seek asylum in the despicable US?)
    President Correa continues to denounce his critics during national broadcasts (cadenas) that private media are obliged to transmit and in his weekly address on state media. In June 2012, for example, after El Universo published an article critical of the president of the state investment bank, Correa showed a photo of the newspaper’s editor on his weekly address and asked the Ecuadorian people to “look at him and not to forget him, because he is the clearest example of this country’s bad press.”

    (Wow – Hey Robert & Julian & Mary & Sam – how would you like it if Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott decided they didn’t like you anymore & started picking on YOU, personally?)

    Misuse of Anti-Terrorism Laws
    Since President Correa took office in 2007, prosecutors have repeatedly applied a “terrorism and sabotage” provision of the criminal code against participants engaged in public protests against environmental and other issues. …

    In July 2012, a prosecutor charged 10 people with “terrorist acts,” and breaching state security after their arrest while holding a peaceful meeting to plan their participation in a public protest. According to their lawyers, the only evidence that prosecutors had produced against them consisted of personal objects like innocuous books, t-shirts, and music found during a police raid on their homes.

    (You & Julian (PBUH) are in bed with THESE guys? You better wear TWO condoms…)
    Judicial Independence
    Corruption, inefficiency, and political influence have plagued Ecuador’s judiciary for years. Despite a judicial reform program that the Correa administration initiated in 2011, political influence in the appointment and conduct of judges remains a serious problem. …
    In July 2012, a prosecutor, Antonio Gagliardo, dismissed charges of prevarication and forgery against Judge Juan Paredes—who had convicted Palacio and his colleagues from El Universo in July 2011—as well as Gutemberg Vera, Correa’s lawyer, despite credible evidence that the latter had given Paredes a draft of the sentence in a pen drive beforehand. Paredes was selected for a permanent judicial post, and in October Gagliardo was appointed to the Constitutional Court.
    (It’s not what you know, it’s who you know… That doesn’t sound very ‘transparent.’)
    Human Rights Defenders
    Correa’s government has sought to discredit human rights defenders by accusing them of receiving foreign funds to destabilize the government. …
    (Not much of a leap from the nasty, despicable US trying to block funding for the pure, virtuous WikiLeaks?)

    In May 2012, Ecuador’s human rights record came under scrutiny in the UN’s Human Rights Council’s (HRC) Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for restrictions on freedom of expression, efforts to regulate NGOs, and delays in implementing judicial reform. Ecuador rejected a recommendation to end criminal sanctions for the expression of opinions.
    (Sounds like Julian (PBUH) sure doesn’t want to get on Rafael’s bad side…)
    In closing, Julian Burnside & Mary Kostakidis are just tickled pink that Julian Assange published leaked US confidential communications. If somebody took it upon themselves to leak details of confidential communications between, say, Julian Burnside & Mary Kostakidis, in relation to her departure from SBS – and WikiLeaks published them – that would be fine, would it?

    Cheers, Bill T

  85. Leigh Lowe

    I see the silcone filled slag Bishop has done her best to destroy our relationship with the US and the Trumps

    What has the vacuous tomato stake done now?

  86. EvilElvis

    Labor’s “Star Candidate”, Melissa Parke

    She made a speech at my son’s high school graduation last year. FMD! It was all about Melissa, Melissa, Melissa. Pretentious, virtue signalling, twat who rambled for eternity on hot topics such as introducing a traffic code similar to WAs in whatever cesspit she was stationed in by the UN.

  87. Nick

    It’s interesting to watch the cogs turning and the yeah but no buts when you ask Lefties who condemn Folau, what they would do if a Muslim sportsman used his religion as a means of expressing a few thoughts as to various groups in society. What’s the bet #freedomofreligion gets a run,

  88. Infidel Tiger

    Has Fitzsmons called any darkies “gorillas” today or offered fellatio to any terrorists?

  89. C.L.

    What has the vacuous tomato stake done now?

    Bishop’s public mockery of Melania Trump for misidentifying her husband as the foreign minister rather than her own sacred, sagging self has caused some friction at the embassy level in DC.

    As I said at the time, Melania speaks five languages. Bishop speaks one.

  90. mh

    I’m simply quoting an Isr**li government report.

    Numbers, which report states Israeli soldiers poured bleach down the throat of a pregnant Palestinian woman? I’m curious.

  91. Nick

    It’s interesting to watch the cogs turning and the yeah but no buts when you ask Lefties who condemn Folau, what they would do if an Is he lamic sportsman used his religion as a means of expressing a few thoughts as to various groups in society. What’s the bet #freedomofreligion gets a run,

  92. Leigh Lowe

    EvilElvis

    #2986563, posted on April 13, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Labor’s “Star Candidate”, Melissa Parke

    She made a speech at my son’s high school graduation last year. FMD! It was all about Melissa, Melissa, Melissa. 

    What is hilarious is that she spouted her anti-Semitic stuff to what she thought was a solid group of rustadons with similar Nazi views.
    One of them has betrayed her and she cannot know who the Judas is.
    That will be burning in her guts.

  93. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Star Labor candidate Melissa Parke quits over Israel claims

    Paige Taylor
    WA Bureau Chief
    @paigeataylor
    12:00AM April 13, 2019
    72 Comments

    The star candidate Labor hoped would create havoc for the ­Coalition in Julie Bishop’s blue-ribbon seat of Curtin has quit after outraging Joowish leaders by liken­ing Israel’s settlements to China’s activity in the South China Sea.

    Former Rudd government minister Melissa Parke was Labor’s big surprise in the Perth seat being vacated by Ms Bishop and being contested for the Liberals­ by former Notre Dame University chief Celia Hammond.

    Ms Parke reportedly told a meeting of WA Labor for Palestine that Australia should recognise a Palestinian state and likened Israel­’s settlements to China’s activity in the South China Sea.

    She did not resile on Thursday, tweeting: “It is not anti-Semitic to protest injustice and to support the international rule of law & non-discrimination. I believe in two ­secure states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace.”

    However, Labor is understood to have entered crisis talks as it emerged that a newspaper was preparing to report she had alleged at the meeting that she could “rememb­er vividly” the case of a pregnant Palestinian refugee who was ordered at a checkpoint in Gaza to drink bleach.

    Ms Parke reportedly told the meeting at the Perth headquarters of union United Voice that the bleach “burned out her throat and insides”.

    “Remember vividly…”

  94. Leigh Lowe

    Numbers, which report states Israeli soldiers poured bleach down the throat of a pregnant Palestinian woman? I’m curious.

    There isn’t one.
    Pure invention yet again.
    FMD, the stupid anti-semite bint has been fired by her party, and she herself effectively admits what she said has made her an unelectable Nazi, but the Spud-Peeler, locked and loaded, rides to the rescue.

  95. Bruce of Newcastle

    Do they have to accept their gold medals with a squeaky voice?

    234 House Democrats, Two Republicans Co-Sponsor Bill Forcing Schools To Let Male Athletes Compete On Girls’ Sports Teams (10 Apr)

    Every House Democrat but one has co-sponsored a bill requiring schools to allow male athletes who identify as transgender girls to compete on female sports teams.

    Democrats’ Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make “sexual orientation and gender identity” protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law. Among other things, the bill would force public schools to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls.

    I almost wish the Republicans in the Senate would vote ‘present’ and let this one through. The left would destroy itself as radical feminists tie themselves in knots trying to defend the indefensible.

  96. Infidel Tiger

    Homosexual activist and sports journalists Andrew Webster ends a column that includes claims Folau is baptising people at his home with this:

    “In the meantime, Folau has some spare time on his hands. Anyone in need of a cleanse?”

    This is clear bigotry and mockery and I demand Webster be fired.

  97. Frank

    calli
    #2986522, posted on April 13, 2019 at 8:59 am

    access to Qantas Chairmans lounges

    ***Euphemism alert***

    Never been to one of those places, is there something untoward happening behind the frosted glass? People in bowler hats bumming each other or something equally as lurid?

  98. Leigh Lowe

    Ms Parke reportedly told a meeting of WA Labor for Palestine 

    .

    Ms Parke reportedly told the meeting at the Perth headquarters of union United Voice …

    Bwaa, ha, ha, ha.
    Someone from the inner circle has shopped her to the Mudrock press.
    That must burn like a White King gargle.

  99. feelthebern

    Andrew Webster is the smh’s Buzz Rothfield.
    Both should be avoided at all costs.

  100. EvilElvis

    One of them has betrayed her and she cannot know who the Judas is.
    That will be burning in her guts.

    Bang on, LL. Typical case of lefty lack of self awareness.

  101. Nick

    Homosexual activist and sports journalists Andrew Webster ends a column that includes claims Folau is baptising people at his home with this:

    “In the meantime, Folau has some spare time on his hands. Anyone in need of a cleanse?”

    This is clear bigotry and mockery and I demand Webster be fired.

    Their gossip columnist had a get square about Hadley the week before. He used the usual ‘i’m proud that I’m gay/boo hoo I was called gay’ dissonant victim, play.

  102. candy

    “In the meantime, Folau has some spare time on his hands. Anyone in need of a cleanse?”

    I got sucked into reading that earlier, thinking it might be informative unbiased article about Israel Folau and his motivations and beliefs by someone who had interviewed him.

    Should have known better and skipped to the last line and saw it was just a personal insulting attack on someone’s religious beliefs. Typical Fairfax trash really.

  103. feelthebern

    In the olden days the sports pages used to be full of great journalism.
    Now they just tout player managers wares.

  104. Nick

    Speaking of Footy heads, the brains trust and I were having a few drinks and Matty Johns came back and forth, having a chat each time he came past. A nice guy with an interest in the history of French Rugby League. He told me he mentioned to Pirate Pete that it was the Nazis who had promoted Rugby Union in France, over that of League.

  105. Zatara

    I’m simply quoting an Isr**li government report.

    Odd that you didn’t link to it then.

    Or not.

  106. feelthebern

    I remember the ALP & its surrogates all use to remind us how Julie Bishop was “the lawyer for James Hardie”.

  107. Leigh Lowe

    Bishop’s public mockery of Melania Trump for misidentifying her husband as the foreign minister rather than her own sacred, sagging self has caused some friction at the embassy level in DC.

    Perhaps that was simply Melania reminding the tomato stake that she was not important.
    Just as the Donald detected that the head of a small Pacific nation was getting a bit uppity and had his press secretary mis-identify him as Michael Trumble.

  108. A Lurker

    Apologies if this is a repeat, but as the saying goes “follow the money”.

    Malcolm Turnbull’s son has been orchestrating donations for the campaign by Liberal Party defector Julia Banks to unseat Health Minister Greg Hunt at the federal election, as the “unusual” funding structure behind four high-profile independents sparks a formal complaint.

    The Liberal Party has asked the Australian Electoral Commission to urgently investigate whether the creation of near-identical financial vehicles for Ms Banks, Kerryn Phelps, Tony Abbott opponent Zali Steggall and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s rival Oliver Yates “circumvents” donation laws.

    Ms Banks told Nine News, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age she has been soliciting advice from Alex Turnbull over the phone, and he helped put her in contact with one person who provided $8000 worth of in-kind support to set up her website.

    “Alex helped me with the set-up of my campaign, the website and set-up but this is a grassroots campaign,” she said.

    Julia Banks resigned from the Liberal Party in August amid claims male MPs bullied her during the leadership spill that ended Mr Turnbull’s prime ministership.

    Mr Hunt was crucial in backing Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s bid to seize the Liberal Party leadership and is considered vulnerable in his Mornington Peninsula seat of Flinders at the May 18 election.

    Documents show Sydney accountant Damien Hodgkinson has taken the unusual step of establishing public companies as financial vehicles for the seats of Wentworth, Warringah, Kooyong and Flinders.

    Mr Hodgkinson set up companies, which all have listed directors, to support Ms Steggall, Mr Yates, Ms Banks and Dr Phelps.

    Mr Hodgkinson runs consultancy firm DEM Asia which specialises in business transformation, crisis management and corporate restructuring.

    The NSW and Victorian divisions of the Liberal Party have written to the AEC asking them to review the structures to ensure they are not a way to “circumvent donations laws”.

    “Four independents are using identical “off-the-shelf” campaign structures, either purchased or donated from a single vendor, suggests they are functioning as a political party and not as independents,” NSW Liberal Party Director Chris Stone said in the letter to the AEC.

    More at the link.

  109. feelthebern

    Matty Johns

    Met him once.
    Great bloke.
    A great redemption story.

  110. Infidel Tiger

    n the olden days the sports pages used to be full of great journalism.
    Now they just tout player managers wares.

    Sports journalism is further to the left than political journalism.

    Gotta hand it to the left they really do infect everything.

  111. Roger

    Izzy is the difference between losing 25 points to the All Blacks or losing 45 points to the All Blacks.

    True, but at least Rugby Australia have kept Alan Joyce on side, which is what really matters.

    Corporatism is destroying sport.

  112. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    She did not resile on Thursday, tweeting: “It is not anti-Semitic to protest injustice and to support the international rule of law & non-discrimination. I believe in two ­secure states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace.”

    bwahahaha bwahahahaha LOL LOL. Look up “useful idiot” in any dictionary and there is a pic of this bint.

  113. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Man Sets Himself On Fire Outside White House

    Nothing like the smell of burning leftoid in the morning!

  114. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I believe in two ­secure states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace.”

    Given that the Palestinians have rejected every offer of a “Two State” solution, since the 1930’s, what makes this silly bint think they’re interested in one now?

  115. Leigh Lowe

    True, but at least Rugby Australia have kept Alan Joyce on side, which is what really matters.

    I must confess to being more of an AFL aficionado, so not familiar with Rugby Union.
    Tell me, what position does this chap Joyce play?

  116. feelthebern

    Many years ago I was forced to sit through a panel session where Bandanna man was a paid participant.
    It was a terrible work event.
    He was so condescending to everyone.

    On the other hand, Matty Johns, I met him at a lunch function.
    Wasn’t cliche, he was straight up engaging.

  117. mh

    Exclusive – Donald Trump Jr.: Ilhan Omar’s Attack on Stephen Miller Further Reveals Her Shameless Antisemitism
    Donald Trump Jr.12 Apr 2019

    The congresswoman recently made what might just be her most vile comments yet. At a fundraiser for the Council on American Islamic Relations, she reduced the 9/11 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans to “some people did something.”

    I have news for the freshman congresswoman from Minnesota: when 3,000 Americans are murdered by radical Islamic terrorists, it’s not “some people did something,” it’s an act of war.

    Omar’s minimization of that despicable attack on our country is an insult to all Americans, especially those who lost loved ones on 9/11, and offers a disturbing insight into what Omar really thinks of her adopted homeland. That such remarks came from a sitting member of the United States Congress is particularly disgraceful.

    Sadly, instead of condemning her vile comments, Democrats in Congress and in the media have remained largely silent about her comments, but that’s become par for the course for a Democrat Party that now counts Omar as part of the mainstream.

    And now, on top of all that, and only weeks after “unequivocally” apologizing for her antisemitic tropes, Rep. Omar has set her sights on a J_wish White House adviser.

    “Stephen Miller is a white nationalist,” Omar tweeted. “The fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage.”

    Are my sister Ivanka Trump and my brother-in-law Jared Kushner, who are both Orthodox J_ws, part of the neo-Nazi conspiracy, too? Is Ben Carson working for the KKK?

    Nothing that Miller has ever said or done qualifies him as a white nationalist — and Omar knows it. Omar’s tweet included a link to an article claiming that Miller has been pushing for a stronger immigration enforcement policy, suggesting that was the motivation for her slander, but wanting to end the ongoing humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border by reforming our immigration system is hardly a form of white nationalism.

    The truth is that Stephen Miller is an honorable man and a fine public servant who is dedicated to American principles of freedom, justice, and the rule of law. The only reason he’s being targeted is that he has also been a tireless advocate for my father’s America First agenda.

    But Omar needed some way to deflect attention from her own history of bigotry, and apparently she decided that making a baseless accusation against a Trump administration official would do the trick.

    It’s important to remember that Omar has been called out repeatedly for her past antisemitic remarks — such as comparing Israel to brutal Islamic theocracies and claiming that “Israel has hypnotized the world” — making her attack on Stephen Miller ironic as well as foolish.

    She also recently accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of building support for Israel by paying off Republicans — an absurd remark that was rightfully condemned by many members of both parties, forcing Omar to issue a reluctant, half-hearted apology.

    “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for J-wish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” Omar said at the time. “My intention is never to offend my constituents or J_wish Americans as a whole.”

    Now we know exactly what she meant — her intent is to offend and smear J_wish Americans individually, as long as they don’t live in her district.

    “What’s completely unacceptable is for Ilhan Omar to yet again target J_s,” Republican strategist Jeff Ballabon rightly declared. “In this case it’s not just Stephen Miller. What she’s doing is by declaring a J_w, someone who is known to be J_wish, a white nationalist, she’s saying J_ws, you’re not minorities.”

    Frankly, there was always something off about Omar’s apology in the first place. Despite claiming to understand the history of antisemitic rhetoric and “unequivocally” apologizing for her remarks, Omar ended the statement by attempting to justify her words, decrying “the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA, or the fossil fuel industry.”

    She should have just said “sorry, not sorry” to save time.

    While most Republicans never bought this fake apology, the Democrats and the media were more than happy to let Omar off the hook. In fact, many liberals went on to portray Omar as a victim while turning a blind eye to her abhorrent rhetoric.

    They don’t seem at all concerned about either her rampant antisemitism or her shameful comments minimizing the 9/11 terror attacks.

    A recent Vox article, for instance, claims that lawmakers like Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are being “silenced” in today’s America. I would argue the contrary — thanks to the unhealthy obsession that the mainstream media and the Democrat Party have for her, Omar has become an icon of the radical left, and left-leaning publications such as Vox regularly amplify her hatred.

    In fact, Omar’s disgusting rhetoric just earned her a spot on the cover page of Newsweek magazine, which praises the rookie lawmaker for “changing the conversation about Israel.”

    While Omar has a right to express her demented views, she doesn’t have a right to be shielded from condemnation when she does so.

    The real question is, will Democrat leaders in Congress such as House Speaker Pelosi continue to sit idly by and do nothing as Omar continues her campaign of outright bigotry against the J_wish people and shameful belittlement of the pain felt by the families impacted by 9/11?

    Donald Trump Jr. is the Executive Vice President at The Trump Organization.

  118. Leigh Lowe

    Many years ago I was forced to sit through a panel session where Bandanna man was a paid participant.

    In sporting terms, he ranks with the guy in the number three seat of our rowing eight which got knocked out in the repechage heats of the 1986 Commonwealth Games.

  119. Nick

    On the other hand, Matty Johns, I met him at a lunch function.
    Wasn’t cliche, he was straight up engaging.

    Before meeting him I’d placed him in the goat class. Having met him, a genuinely nice guy who likes meeting people.

  120. feelthebern

    Tomorrow morning on Insiders, there will be zero to little comment on Ms Parke & her comments.
    There will be zero comment on Bowen & his bodgy numbers.
    There will be non stop commentary on the bold EV policy.
    Trying to think what else will be not spoken about.

  121. Roger

    Tell me, what position does this chap Joyce play?

    Receiver.

  122. Nick

    Seriously, if Bandana Boy had the politics of say, Geoff Blayney, he wouldn’t rate a mention in the press. He just serves a purpose as a foot soldier of the Left.

  123. Nick

    Tell me, what position does this chap Joyce play?

    Tight end

  124. Leigh Lowe

    Sports journalism is further to the left than political journalism.

    Bandana, Caroline Wilson, Patrick Smith, Gerard Whatley, the Brothers Flanagan.
    None of them can get more than two paragraphs into a “sports” column without thumping the pulpit about the lefty issue-du-jour.

  125. feelthebern

    Nick I met his brother about 10 years ago.
    Different kettle of fish.
    Bit of a grub.

  126. Leigh Lowe

    Tell me, what position does this chap Joyce play?

    Tight end

    That’s not the word I hear on the bathhouse circuit.

  127. RobK

    Tell me, what position does this chap Joyce play?
    Back pocket floater.

  128. Hay Stockard

    LL,
    He plays for the other side.

  129. calli

    something equally as lurid

    Worse.

    Chardonnay.

  130. feelthebern

    TBH, I don’t reckon Joyce & Qantas had much to do with the Izzy decision.
    The board of Rugby Australia is well equipped with enough weapon grade fools.

    https://www.rugbyau.com/about/about-us/board

  131. Mother Lode

    I just saw Rowe’s cartoon.

    Would I be right in understanding him to be saying everyone who thought Hillary and Obama had done wrong loved Assange?

  132. candy

    Alex Turnbull is very very clever to cover his tracks but it’s obvious what the Turnbull family have been up to.
    In my opinion, it’s Abbott the Turnbull family are after and they would be pleased to usurp Dutton but it’s TA they have hated since 15 years ago or something when MT lost the opposition leadership.

  133. Boambee John

    Leigh Lowe
    #2986545, posted on April 13, 2019 at 9:20 am
    Man Sets Himself On Fire Outside White House
    Has anyone heard from mUnter?

    Is m0nty on Twatter? Someone could check there if he is (I am not).

  134. feelthebern

    From what I can see, Tulsi Gabbard is the only Dem presidential candidate who’s come out & said Assange arrest is wrong.
    This bird aint gunna get the nomination.
    She might not even make the debates.
    But she seems to have her head screwed on.

  135. Black Ball

    Bandana, Caroline Wilson, Patrick Smith, Gerard Whatley, the Brothers Flanagan.
    None of them can get more than two paragraphs into a “sports” column without thumping the pulpit about the lefty issue-du-jour.

    Add Mark Robinson too. Did a bit of football writing myself for the local rag, all I had to do was report on the match, not delve into politics. Robinson is a deadset fuckwit.

  136. Des Deskperson

    ‘Seriously, if Bandana Boy had the politics of say, Geoff Blayney, he wouldn’t rate a mention in the press. He just serves a purpose as a foot soldier of the Left.’

    I doubt that Fitz has developed much, mentally, emotionally and linguistically, since he was back in the Knox Grammar first fifteen.

  137. feelthebern

    Will be interesting to see what Insiders says (if anything) about Assange.
    David Hicks : we must do everything to bring him home.
    Peter Greste : we must to everything to bring him home.
    Random Saudi chicks in Asia : we must to everything thing to bring them home (err….).
    Julian Assange : we must not do anything that will stop us from getting invited to Clinton/UN parties.

  138. feelthebern

    Did the chap outside the Whitehouse burn with a blue flame?
    If so, might be monty.

  139. feelthebern

    Sorry, trigger warning for monty on my previous post.

  140. Roger

    BH, I don’t reckon Joyce & Qantas had much to do with the Izzy decision.

    They were publicly urging it, and I believe sponsorship is presently under negotiation.

  141. feelthebern

    Ok, Roger. I missed Joyce saying anything about it.

  142. Nick

    Did the chap outside the Whitehouse burn with a blue flame?
    If so, might be monty.

    Monty immolating would be a fire you could see from space.
    A bit like the flaming mountain of tires that Springfield has.

  143. Goanna

    pent last evening socialising with two rusted on Labor blokes, one a full blown march-in-the-street, fist-in-the-air, CFMEU man from way back.
    Both of them (but separately): “I don’t think the country can afford a Bill Shorten government this time around”, or words to that effect.

    That’s an interesting observation Mater.
    They might be thinking in the long term and what happened after Gough’s affair with socialism and the electoral wipeout.

  144. feelthebern

    Rusted on Labor voters from yester year have more in common with Mark Latham than Bill Shorten.
    But the Hanson factor might be too much for them to overcome.

  145. Nick

    I just don’t get the whole Qantas ‘progressive’ hurty feelies thing. I know their employee profile makes the Mardi Gras a model of diversity, but shit, I just want safety, comfort and service. Surely that’s what most of their customer base care most about ? That’s why Singapore and Cathay get my front end dollars.

  146. feelthebern

    Time to get active.
    First race at Randwick in 37 mins.
    Race 3 today is a provincial final.
    For most of the horses it will be the only time they see a weekend Sydney race.
    Great concept by the ATC giving the country trainers a crack.

  147. Odd that you didn’t link to it then.

    Here’s your link.

    An extract –
    Government handling of the Arab sector has been primarily neglectful and discriminatory. The establishment did not show sufficient sensitivity to the needs of the Arab population, and did not take enough action in order to allocate state resources in an equal manner. The state did not do enough or try hard enough to create equality for its Arab citizens or to uproot discriminatory or unjust phenomenon. Meanwhile, not enough was done to enforce the law in the Arab sector, and the illegal and undesirable phenomena that took root there.

  148. stackja

    Andrew Webster left the ‘unfriendly’ Daily Telegraph and went to the more ‘friendly’ SMH. His ‘orientation’ seemingly now precludes any objective observation.

  149. feelthebern

    Me/my business fly Virgin when in Oz if possible.
    Purely because I run a business & am a tight arse.

  150. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Bishop’s public mockery of Melania Trump for misidentifying her husband as the foreign minister…

    I did the same when, on an open day at the Victorian Government House, I greeted the husband of the Governor as he returned from wherever he had to go. Didn’t say as much to make it obvious, but.

  151. notafan

    The Or Commission, set up by the Isr**li government after clashes between security forces and Isr**li citizens in October 2000, found, inter alia –

    Could that be more irrelevant to a pregnant woman forced to drink a bottle of bleach claim?

    It is plain lying to claim that Parkes falsehood has credibility because Arab Israelis felt discriminated against in 2000.

    The report refers to Arab israeli citizens, not the citizens of Palestine and it is 19 years old.

    Arabs are always victims, of course.

    Got any more recent surveys on the feelz of Arab Israelis?

  152. Roger

    Spent last evening socialising with two rusted on Labor blokes, one a full blown march-in-the-street, fist-in-the-air, CFMEU man from way back.

    CFMEU in QLD are strongly pro-coal and pro-Adani.

    President Stephen Smyth said yesterday on QLD radio that members might vote for Clive Palmer in north QLD seats.

  153. feelthebern

    Corporal Taint still can’t post to anywhere that says Israeli soldiers poured bleach down a pregnant womans throat.

  154. johanna

    I see that Geoffrey Rush has won his defamation suit.

    I well remember when it first popped up. The usual morons here cracked jokes (I’m looking at you, JC) in response to my defence of Rush, who I knew, and had worked with.

    I haven’t been around for a while, not least because even the most innocuous posts go straight into moderation, which is effective shadowbanning.

    Let’s see.

  155. feelthebern

    Be careful Cats.
    Corporal Taint has taken to correcting spelling mistakes with the condescending (sic) after it.
    It’s his way of being a man.

  156. johanna

    Whoop! I mustn’t have said anything interesting.

    Will try harder. 🙂

  157. notafan

    The survey also asked non-J ews in Israel whether they have faced specific instances of discrimination due to their religious identity within the past year, including being prevented from traveling, being stopped and questioned by security forces, being physically attacked and questioned or suffering property damage. Most M uslims in Israel (63%) say they have not personally faced one of these types of discrimination in the past 12 months. But the other 37% say they have experienced at least one of these things recently

    You can bet most of the ‘discrimination’ would be being stopped and questioned by security forces (not surprising considering the likes of the Shirley Temper family)

    Incidentally how often has there been ‘clashes between Israeli security forces and citizens since 2000?

    pew research from 2016

  158. RobK

    If smart phones maintain their current form; i predict that human thumbs will become longer and skinnier.

  159. Roger

    I just don’t get the whole Qantas ‘progressive’ hurty feelies thing.

    QANTAS is seeking to benefit from association with Rugby Australia and the Wallabies.

    Such an association is essentially advertising by other means.

    Their advertising people will be advising them – rightly or wrongly – that the public will now be negatively associating them with Israel Folau. Hence either Folau goes from RA or QANTAS does.

    RA administrators, being the unprincipled half-wits they are, pull the pin on Folau.

  160. C.L.

    However, Labor is understood to have entered crisis talks as it emerged that a newspaper was preparing to report she had alleged at the meeting that she could “rememb­er vividly” the case of a pregnant Palestinian refugee who was ordered at a checkpoint in Gaza to drink bleach.

    Jussie Smollett phoned …

  161. notafan

    The survey also asked non-J ews in Israel whether they have faced specific instances of discrimination due to their religious identity within the past year, including being prevented from traveling, being stopped and questioned by security forces, being physically attacked and questioned or suffering property damage. Most M uslims in Israel (63%) say they have not personally faced one of these types of discrimination in the past 12 months. But the other 37% say they have experienced at least one of these things recently

    You can bet most of the ‘discrimination’ would be being stopped and questioned by security forces (not surprising considering the likes of the Shirley Temper family)

    Incidentally how often has there been ‘clashes between Israeli security forces and citizens since 2000

    link to pew research ‘Israeli J ews, Arabs have different perspectives on discrimination in their society’ has been blocked

  162. vlad

    Fitzsimons QC has delivered the opinion that Folau won’t have much chance at law of making an unfair dismissal claim. Actual lawyers think it might well be possible. He also said Fraser Anning wouldn’t be able to make out a “self-defence” claim.

    Beware of universal experts, otherwise known as know-it-alls.

  163. stackja

    Winx today. Soon Easter. Then ANZAC Day. How much BS from BS will get a mention?

  164. Nick

    Whoop! I mustn’t have said anything interesting.

    Joanna, talk about every vacant, narcissistic thought that would travel through an empty head and you’ll have your posts up in no time.

  165. Zatara

    Lets stick with your original quote of #2986538, posted on April 13, 2019 at 9:11 am.

    Which according to what you just linked and the official report linked here, isn’t a quote at all.

    Which is why you got called out on not linking to it. Because it isn’t there.

  166. stackja

    Regarding PHON. How many politicians have run a small business?

  167. Nick

    Their advertising people will be advising them – rightly or wrongly – that the public will now be negatively associating them with Israel Folau. Hence either Folau goes from RA or QANTAS does.

    I know Roger, but really, who would seriously make a decision to not fly Qantas because of Folau, even if they hated the guy?

  168. feelthebern

    Randwick today is rated soft.

  169. Nick

    Speaking of the Rainbow dollar, I notice that Coopers Beer is advertising again.

  170. Got any more recent surveys on the feelz of Arab Israelis?


    Amnesty International
    has reported for a long time about these issues, but they rarely get an airing in our msm.

  171. C.L.

    Much discussion of whether Winx is the greatest ever.
    Um, no.
    Carbine won four races in a week and five races in the following week (including the Sydney Cup and the AJC Plate). In 1890, he carried 10 st 5 lb in the Melbourne Cup and won against a field of 39.

    In 1930, Phar Lap won all four feature races at Flemington in four days, including the Cup.

  172. RobK

    Perhaps there’s a market for a prosthetic thumb extender.

  173. feelthebern

    Hard to compare eras in horse racing.
    In the modern era Kingston Town was/is the best.

  174. JC

    I see that Geoffrey Rush has won his defamation suit.

    I well remember when it first popped up. The usual morons here cracked jokes (I’m looking at you, JC) in response to my defence of Rush, who I knew, and had worked with.

    I haven’t been around for a while, not least because even the most innocuous posts go straight into moderation, which is effective shadowbanning.

    Let’s see.

    Jezebel, what do you claim I said about dick swinger on a blog that you can recall from over a year ago? Remind the readership. Remind me also.

    As a hysterical, mentally impaired drama queen it’s not all surprising you’re now boasting about you and dick swinger being besties.

    Fuck off.

  175. calli

    Broken link, Zatara. It may contain a naughty word in the URL. Go to TinyURL and change it if you feel so inclined.

  176. C.L.

    Now that I think of it, I’m actually amazed the Winx team took off her ear-muffs yesterday for that photo shoot. She panicked at all the noise and went slightly beserk. Had she injured herself, wow …
    Foolish move.

  177. Zatara

    Second link to the actual Or Commission Report didn’t work for some reason. Ah, it had the jish word in it.

    Look in the jish virtual library.

  178. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Rusted on Labor voters from yester year have more in common with Mark Latham than Bill Shorten.

    In hindsight, considering what they’ve offered up since, and on the assumption that the ALP shall end up getting their ‘turn’ sooner or later, Australia probably would have been better off switching at Latham over Rudd.

  179. stackja

    What possess the usual suspect to post here? Just another scroll past for me.

  180. Boambee John

    feelthebern
    #2986648, posted on April 13, 2019 at 10:52 am
    Be careful Cats.
    Corporal Taint has taken to correcting spelling mistakes with the condescending (sic) after it.
    It’s his way of being a man.

    Yet he couldn’t tell the difference between ergot and argot.

    We will avoid specific mention of his problems with female anatomy.

  181. Roger

    I know Roger, but really, who would seriously make a decision to not fly Qantas because of Folau, even if they hated the guy?

    The Prog-Left politicises everything.

    Advertising hacks and company executives fear them.

  182. notafan

    Not even Palliwood ran with the bleach story

    Amnesty is a captured organisation, Israel is one fifth Arab and it doesn’t seem like many of them are leaving for m uslim lands

    Fancy that

  183. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Would the Libs be able to catch the concerned unionist vote if they ran ads featuring a ranting Shorten with an ‘It’s okay to vote Liberal’ tag?

  184. Leigh Lowe

    Which is why you got called out on not linking to it. Because it isn’t there.

    But, but … joooos baaaaad.
    .
    Dirty anti-Semitic grub.

  185. bespoke

    1735099 is attempting a diversion.

  186. stackja

    Does Qantas attract a certain orientation clientele because of their CEO? If not, why the fuss about IF?

  187. JC

    Trump’s tweet may have been mentioned earlier.

    Donald J. Trump
    ‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump

    Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only….

    You gotta read the comments… leftoids are going bonkers.

    Pelosi went apeshit over this.

  188. C.L.

    Tucker deals with ultra Assange haters …
    His only crime was embarrassing Democrats and, by the way, he didn’t steal any documents.

  189. Zatara

    Amnesty International? Don’t make me laugh.

    Go here and scroll down to Israel.

    Elliott Abrams, writing about the November 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, says that Amnesty treats “Hamas and other terrorist groups […] with an ‘evenhandedness’ that bespeaks deep biases”, citing NGO Monitor’s detailed research.

    In May 2012, NGO Monitor criticized Amnesty’s 2012 World Report in a few areas:

    Amnesty criticized Israel’s blockade on Gaza without mentioning that the blockade was in place “to stop the smuggling of weapons and rockets used to target Israeli citizens”. NGO Monitor continued and said that “UN Secretary General’s Palmer Committee declared in September 2011 that the blockade is legal under international law.”

    Amnesty “failed to mention the thousands of tons of goods provided by Israel to Gaza each week.”

    NGO Monitor also pointed out that Amnesty’s report “mentions Israel 137 times, while making only 74 mentions of the Syrian regime”, during a year in which thousands of people have been killed by the Syrian government.

  190. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern

    #2986661, posted on April 13, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Randwick today is rated soft.

    It’s not just Randwick.
    It’s all inner and Eastern suburbs of Sydney.

  191. stackja

    CL – Winx team thought better for photos. Waller on 2KY this morning admitted mistake. Winx has kept the team on their toes recently.

  192. cohenite

    A great essay by Sheridan (not paywalled) no less:

    …Across the West, the ideological Left in its postmodern, activist guise has captured the commanding heights of education, ­especially concerning political values. Its meta-narrative is that Western societies are bad: racist, sexist, hetero-normative, imperialist and so on and their economic systems are intrinsically evil, built on industries that are morally offensive and illegitimate.

    Perhaps the baby boomers, or at the latest Generation X, was the last in which Western tradition put up some kind of significant minority rearguard action against the enveloping world view of the progressive activist class.

    Young people, deprived of any knowledge of Western tradition, much less footling nonsense like economic literacy, are now more sympathetic to the activist outlook. Obviously there are magnificent minorities that stand against the new orthodoxies. But we live in a time of overwhelming moral cowardice and the desire to be part of the shouting mob, to get the approval of the symbol-wielding powers, is strong.

    Certainly, the younger the cohort the lower the level of respect for institutions, laws and traditions. In this, young folks are constantly reinforced in their worst instincts by their cowardly elders. There is a trend across the West now for high school students to play truant to protest against climate change. There is nothing wrong with protesting against climate change if that’s what you believe. But the essential frisson in this silliness is that you don’t do it in your own time, but that you get the fraudulent moral charge of notionally breaking a rule by ducking school. No less a figure in contemporary Western civilisation than German Chancellor Angela Merkel has supported this rule breaking. A brave national leader would say to school students: your political participation is wonderful, but you should play by the rules. Instead, we are positively instructing school students that the only moral course is to break the rules even when the rules themselves are entirely good.

    In Britain, Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn is a lifelong protester and rule-breaker of the most extreme and irresponsible kind, with a long record of supporting terrorists and associating with anti-Semites. In 2017, 64 per cent of 25 to 29-year-olds voted for him. In the US, the youngest congresswoman, ­Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is a media star for promoting the Green New Deal as a serious program for government. This is an insanely utopian, coercive program that claims to guarantee high-paid jobs for every American, provide free university for everyone, cut carbon emissions in the energy sector to zero — yes, zero. This is the stuff of pure activist fantasy. It bears no relation to real­ity. It may be idealistic but it is also destructive because it sets up politics for bitter conflict, inevitable disillusion and ferocious hostility to anyone who opposes the insane program…

    But he can’t help himself:

    Of course, there are also horrible demons on the Right of politics, many of them called into being by the madness of the contemporary Left.

    Where the fuck are these

    horrible demons

    ?

    The problem for the right is if you maintain decorum, decency, manners, rule of law, all the values of Western democracy you lose; if you adopt the methods and behaviour of the left you may win for they are cowards but will you have destroyed what you fighting to protect.

  193. Oh come on

    Bibi and Trump show how to own the left – don’t be cucks. Our ostensibly conservative major party can’t manage this, however.

  194. Leigh Lowe

    A pony who wants to kick the shit out of something two days before the jump is ready.
    As long as it isn’t a totally uncontrollable feral.
    Speaking of which, where is mUnter?

  195. Infidel Tiger

    Never break a horse’s routine of its winning.

    Like children and women, they thrive on discipline, reward and routine.

  196. JC

    Oh jeez, I forgot. It’s the Sabbath and I need to head off to temple. I’ll post from there.

  197. stackja

    cohenite – I don’t understand people who accept leftists view on the world.
    Formal education doesn’t stop anyone finding much more.
    Since I left school much more has been revealed about leftists misdeeds.

  198. Infidel Tiger

    Abby Hamblin
    @abbyhamblin
    AP: Are you impressed by Beto O’Rourke?
    18-year-old in Iowa: “He’s soft like a cheesecake.”

    Kid’s got a bright future.

  199. Chris

    Hi johanna! Good to see you here, and blades sheathed (for the moment).
    I am very pleased Geoffrey Rush appears to have won his case, but what about the feelings of the victims?

    For instance was Mr Rush satisfied at the outcome, and what are his feelings towards his former co-stars?

  200. stackja

    Comedian leaving the room?

  201. Leigh Lowe

    Oh jeez, I forgot. It’s the Sabbath and I need to head off to temple. I’ll post from there.

    Uh-huh.
    You’re new to this Chewish Sabbath thing, aren’t you?
    The phone is only to be used on the Sabbath for medical emergencies and calling your broker.

  202. JC

    Stack

    Any car accidents in Nebraska you haven’t reported?

  203. cohenite

    stackja

    #2986696, posted on April 13, 2019 at 11:29 am

    cohenite – I don’t understand people who accept leftists view on the world.
    Formal education doesn’t stop anyone finding much more.
    Since I left school much more has been revealed about leftists misdeeds.

    This my point. Some people escape the conditioning clutches of the left; a lot don’t. As a non-left to you conduct yourself in the hope of rationally converting the left or do you just smash them?

  204. johanna

    Been listening to a mix tape, and up came ‘Woman’ allegedly by John Lennon.

    It is so embarrasing – he grovels before Yoko Ono.

    And, he wasn’t (apparently) a weak bloke.

  205. stackja

    OCO – Successful non-leftists need strong nerves.

  206. notafan

    JC i read about the Calabrian J ews after you posted that information, I had read before about secret J ews in Italy Sicily? and one particular family that’s generations had lived in the same house for four hundred years but didn’t know anything about the Calabrian history.

    I once spoke to a Roman J ewish lady who told me they beat the Romans to Rome.

    have you confirmed it is your mother’s side of the family?

    you should do the DNA test yourself to find out

  207. Tom

    Johanna, Lennon was an effeminate mummy’s boy. He actually married his mother. Just as well he was one of the greatest songwriters who ever lived, even if he threw in some shockers.

  208. Roger

    And, he wasn’t (apparently) a weak bloke.

    But inside there was always the hurt little boy abandoned by his mother (and seaman father, iirc).

    Listen to ‘Mother’ on one of his early solo albums, j..

  209. feelthebern

    This is what real suffering was.
    https://twitter.com/usbotschaft/status/1116339480749903875

    Anyone who has grief in their life should compare it to this.
    Jack Terry
    #Flossenburg

  210. Chris

    you should do the DNA test yourself to find out

    Would that be like Dr Evil on AUStin POWers, extracting the MO-JO with a ” GIANT syringe ” ?

    Because if so, I want video.

  211. Infidel Tiger

    A “mix tape”.

    Did you find it in the glove compartment of your Holden Camira?

  212. Makka

    Barr taking lawyers off the Gov’t teat. The best bit is bolded;

    Attorney General William Barr will issue new rules for courts that handle immigration cases, which could have a dramatic effect on the immigration system, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    The Justice Department is set to change rules to help select appellate immigration judges declare their rulings binding on the whole immigration system, which could increase the number of individual judges making cursory decisions at the appellate level during a large-scale shakeup of the court.

    All of these pieces add up to taking away due process and speeding people through to their deportation in some sort of assembly line substitute for justice,” Jeffrey Chase, former immigration judge, told the newspaper.

    “The policy change really is a reflection of showing how DOJ management can rewrite immigration laws and policies on a whim,” said Laura Lynch, senior policy counsel for the American Association of Immigration Lawyers. “Efforts to improve efficiency, they’re important. But they can’t be implemented at the expense of fundamental principles of due process and fairness in the court system.”

  213. johanna

    IT, I have never heard of a Holden Camira until you introduced me to it. Is it a special friend of yours?

    My mix tape originated in a Datsun 180B.

  214. Buccaneer

    Rusted on lefties are often a lost cause, however, everyone including the rusted ons has experienced the waste, corruption, insouciance and self interest of big government. Few seem to be able to credibly assert, in a group of mixed company that government is better at delivering outcomes than enterprise. This gives a great base to define the role of government should be restricted to making rules and administering enforcement. Once that lense is accepted they can identify moral vanity more easily.

  215. JC

    Fan

    I think it’s ma because one side of her family Salomoni as their as their surname and the other side had a San “something”… Ironically, I read on Catallaxy once, that Chews escaping from the Inquisitions would adopt very Christian sounding names where they ended up in order to hide their background. Apparently, Bob Santamaria found out he derived from the Tribe, which started up a Catallaxy discussion.. One side of Ma’s great grandparents hailed from Nice. They were booted as a result of some ethnic cleansing when the Frogs took over the region from Genoa ot whoever owned it at the time. Ma would talk about the family home there as though it happened to her. Dad’s hailed from the south and middle Italy. I even suspicions about his family too. 🙂

    Naaa, I can’t be bothered getting a DNA test. In any event, I know at least half my kid’s is from me, although not exactly sure of the smaller bits. Those of course are the best bits and she’s very lucky.

  216. Anthony

    Stan Grant’s entry in Wikipedia states that he commenced his tertiary studies at UNSW and completed them at ANU. What does that mean? Was he awarded a degree in anything?

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