Open Forum: April 13, 2019

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  1. C.L.

    We were told …
    A stunning summary of media lies and corruption:

    We were told the Covington Catholic boys were smug racist Trump supporters on the basis of a snippet of video. A young man, a private citizen, whose only offense was traveling to Washington, D.C., to march for life, was transformed at light speed into a symbol of hate and systemic oppression. However, just as Nick Sandmann’s reputation as a villain was about to set in stone, additional videos revealed that the students’ encounter with a far-left American Indian activist and the Black H-br*w Isr=el1tez was far more complicated than initially reported. The Covington Catholic boys had been smeared. People who cast themselves as agents of professional knowledge, expertise, and moral authority had circulated and amplified a lie in the service of a political agenda. Not for the first nor last time.

    We were told Jussie Smollett, a rising gay African-American actor and singer, had been the victim of a hate crime committed by MAGA-hat-wearing Trump supporters in the dead cold of a Chicago night. Journalists and bloggers who asked questions about Smollett’s story were decried as bigots, even as key details went missing and the shifting timeline became more and more curious. Then the city’s African-American police commissioner announced Smollett had been arrested for orchestrating a bizarre hoax. The state’s attorney filed charges—charges subsequently dropped after behind-the-scenes lobbying by Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff.

    We were told that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were in cahoots to hack the emails of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign; that Trump might have been a Russian agent since the late 1980s; that the key to the conspiracy might be a server in Trump Tower relaying information to a Russian bank; that the indictment of Donald Trump Jr. was imminent; that Trump Sr., according to the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, had committed “treason”; that Michael Cohen had met with Russian intelligence operatives in Prague; that Trump had directed Michael Flynn to speak to the Russians prior to Election Day 2016; that Trump had instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress; that Paul Manafort had met with Julian Assange in the Ecuadoran embassy in London during the campaign; that secret indictments in an Alexandria courthouse would be unsealed on the day Robert Mueller filed his report on possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. None of it happened.

    We were told that Michael Avenatti, a trial attorney who appeared seemingly out of nowhere to represent Stephanie Clifford, aka “Stormy Daniels,” in her (tossed-out) defamation suit against Donald Trump, was a defender of the rule of law and election integrity who posed, in the words of Stephen Colbert, an “existential threat” to the Trump presidency.

    Matthew Continetti.

  2. rickw

    Just spent time in a doctors surgery watching morning TV for probably for the first time 10 years.

    The Homo/ Lezzo/ Freakshow agenda sure is on high rotation. Even in simple add for blend 43 hasn’t escaped.

  3. Nick

    Thanks OldOzzie, I know that Sydney dazzles on a day like yesterday, though it’s not a cheap city to enjoy by any means. Dublin is ‘ok’. For some strange reason, I had what was probably one of Italian meals I’ve ever had, there. Some good food is to be found in Dublin, I was quite surprised.

  4. C.L.

    Yes, the word “H-br*w” has also now been banned.
    I don’t know what the point of banning J=w, H-br*w and Mvzl1m is but it has to be the stupidest and nuttiest kind of censorship ever applied on an Australian website.

  5. feelthebern

    If Tiger wins the Masters & goes to the Whitehouse, the African American vote will follow.

  6. OldOzzie

    Mak Siccar
    #2987311, posted on April 14, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Wow! Fantastic engineering

    What a Plane

    I remember mid 50s as a kid who haunted Mascot talking my way onto an engineering test flight on a PanAm 377 Stratocrusier over Sydney

    Four 28-cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major radial engines were being tested

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_377_Stratocruiser

  7. feelthebern

    Fun fact.
    Nike was the only sponsor not to drop Tiger after his root ratting became public.

  8. vr

    Here is one Republican worth following on Twitter: Rep Thomas Massie.

    Impressive pedigree. Not sure why the Republicans aren’t promoting him.

  9. woolfe

    Union on Twitter pointing out how unfair it is that the unemployed don’t get tax cuts but they will benefit from pay rises, actually I just made this up.

  10. Diogenes

    Nike was the only sponsor not to drop Tiger after his root ratting became public.

    Why would they ? After all he was just living up to their motto/tag/slogan 🙂

  11. As a nation we produce 1.3 per cent of that 0.04 per cent and a third of that comes from electricity generation.

    Wrong.
    We produce 1.3% of 3% of 0.04%.

    He forgot the human contribution to the total.

  12. Des Deskperson

    ‘Would be interesting to see the details of that.’

    Indeed it would be, Tel. Folau’s employment agreement – particularly if it’s based around the very broad term ‘offensive’ – may well be unreasonable and even discriminatory in terms of Folua’s employment and human rights. We may or may not find out more about this is in the coming days.

    But it makes it all the more puzzling as to why he signed up to it. I know next to nothing about rugby, but Folua is reportedly one of the best players in the game. That he was somehow bullied into signing it strains credibility.

    ‘Des, can you contract out the fwa protections?’

    That’s a question for an industrial lawyer. I am aware that in some cases, workplace agreements can override legislation, but I doubt very much if they can cede basic rights prescribed in law, particularly as it would involve disadvantage to the employee..

    Anyway, it is, as they say, academic. Feelthebern is on the money. There will be a negotiated settlement, the terms of which may or may not be made public. .

  13. rickw

    Wow! Fantastic engineering.

    I wonder if they have to do any differential elevator operation to limit torque loading on the centre section?

  14. Infidel Tiger

    Fun fact.
    Nike was the only sponsor not to drop Tiger after his root ratting became public.

    Luckily for him Nike stopped making golf equipment so he can use Taylor Made clubs and a Titleist putter now.

    I notice David Warner is rocking a Spartan Bat these days while demolishing the IPL.

  15. John Howard completely screwed generations of ordinary Australians.

    Rubbish.
    He has saved the lives of generations of ordinary Australians.

  16. Another Coalition budget which has ignored Australians doing it tough.

  17. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Greens manifesto: shut down coal by 2030

    Primrose Riordan
    Political Reporter
    @primroseriordan
    21 minutes ago April 14, 2019
    No Comments

    Australia would cease exporting coal within 12 years under a Greens policy manifesto aimed at tackling climate change.

    Greens leader Richard DiNatale put a 2030 date on when Australia should transition away from coal “both the coal we burn here for power and the coal that we export overseas’’.

    Last year coal was Australia’s highest export earning commodity accounting for $66 billion in export revenue.
    Senator DiNatale said the Adani coalmine “can’t be built’’ and declared he would spend Easter in an anti-Adani convoy being run by former Greens leader Bob Brown.

    Asked whether it was feasible to shut down one of the nation’s biggest export industries overnight, Senator DiNatale said: “Depends if you’re serious about climate change or not.’’

    “Coal is the biggest contributor to climate change,’’ Senator DiNatale told the ABC’s Insiders program.

    “The Labor Party’s dragging their heels when it comes to climate change. The Liberal Party are dragging their knuckles. And neither party is prepared to do what we need to do to make the transition.

    “We’re about to lose the Great Barrier Reef… that incredible natural asset, the 70,000 jobs that depend on it, the Murray-Darling Basin is on life support right now, we’ve had fires and floods, and yet we have two parties who are committing to keep burning coal which is the single biggest contributor to climate change.’’

    From the Oz. Unicorn farts and moonbeams will provide all the energy Australia needs to generate the electricity to power all those electric cars…

  18. bespoke

    rickw

    The bulk of my 3d printing was to upgrade it. Bearing rollers instead of friction and some ducts to improve cooling. Next I may convert it into duel head.

  19. OldOzzie

    Elle
    #2987237, posted on April 14, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Lamb chops (thank you, John – comrade) and mutton!

    Arky! Sing along with me, Bro.

    A NZ folk song.

    Thanks Elle,

    loved New Zealand Gumboots Song

  20. Infidel Tiger

    Crazed left wing frightbat Andrew O’Keefe takes leave of absence from game show hosting to deal with “personal issues”

    Glug glug glug. Sniff sniff sniff.

  21. OldOzzie

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2987336, posted on April 14, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Greens manifesto: shut down coal by 2030

    Just to add the rest to your post above as highlighted in bold below it is the Labor/Green Party

    While Senator Di Natale rejected the idea that the Greens had not learnt lessons from blocking Kevin Rudd’s first emissions trading scheme, he suggested the party opposed Labor’s latest cap and trade scheme.

    “At the moment, (Bill Shorten) seems more intent on adopting the Liberal Party’s energy and climate policies talking to the Greens,” he said.

    Senator Di Natale said he had “reached out” to Bill Shorten and said if Labor was elected, his party would lobby Labor toward more radical policies on climate change.

    “At the moment, what he’s doing is adopting a weaker policy on climate than the policy he took in 2016, which is weaker again than the 2013 policy,” he said.

    “What we need is some leadership from Bill Shorten. And the Greens, in the Senate, will work hard, cooperatively, pushing Labor, holding them to account and making sure we do what needs to be done.”

  22. Roger

    Another Coalition budget which has ignored Australians doing it tough.

    If they think things are tough now wait until Bill Shorten, who’s made a career out of ripping workers off, gets to have a go.

    With the exception of his rich mates, the whole country will be doing it tough.

  23. Cassie of Sydney

    “Infidel Tiger
    #2987339, posted on April 14, 2019 at 10:23 am
    Crazed left wing frightbat Andrew O’Keefe takes leave of absence from game show hosting to deal with “personal issues”

    Glug glug glug. Sniff sniff sniff.”

    O’Keefe is always falling into the gutter…..it’s his natural home.

  24. Leigh Lowe

    “Infidel Tiger
    #2987339, posted on April 14, 2019 at 10:23 am
    Crazed left wing frightbat Andrew O’Keefe takes leave of absence from game show hosting to deal with “personal issues”

    Glug glug glug. Sniff sniff sniff.”

    His uncle is a judge, you know, so terribly clever and knowledgeable.
    My personal best for hitting the channel change button when his smug dial appears is 0.34 seconds.
    Big trap during the footy season … TV is on 7 when turned off the previous night and you flick it on the next morning to be confronted by that smarmy xunt.

  25. bespoke

    St Vincent de Paul became rent seekers and enablers long ago.

  26. dover_beach

    Hold on. According to all reports, he signed an employment agreement with Rugby Australia prohibiting him from making ‘offensive’ or ‘divisive’ – reports differ – comments on social media. Presumably he knew what he was doing, Presumably he had access to – he could certainly afford to pay for – top legal and negotiation advice.

    To put it crudely, he agreed to mute his religious views in return for money.

    That clause is so broad and tendentious as to render itself moot. I wouldn’t settle either.

  27. JC

    Birdie the non-ethnic Scientist.

    The Egalitarian Eugenicist
    ‏ @TEugenicist
    Apr 11

    Ridiculous lie going around that they’ve found a black hole. Why would anyone think it was a black hole? And these clowns are saying “Albert Einstein proved right again” and other ethnically based lies. Do some real work or stop pretending to be scientists.

  28. johanna

    It’s Sunday, so gardening talk time.

    I have a Tasmanian mountain pepper (Tasmannia lancelota) in a pot – wonderful thing – pretty, hardy and the leaves are good to eat. Anyway, last spring I bought an azalea and put it next to the pepper plant. Within weeks, they were growing into each other, so I moved the azalea around 90 degrees, and – within weeks, they were growing into each other. So I moved the azalea again, and, yep, it happened again.

    They’re in love. There’s no other way to describe it. They just want to touch each other. It’s weird.

    Is plant pron a thing?

  29. Chris

    John Howard completely screwed generations of ordinary Australians.

    Rubbish.
    He has saved the lives of generations of ordinary Australians.

    The media and left-wing activists unintentionally created the series of copycat mass shootings from 1984, resulting in 100 or so extra deaths. The batshit media and politicians brought that ‘accidents happen, tragedies happen’ series to an end with the gun laws; the completeness of the stop is a clue that their assumptions were wrong, because they did not understand why it was so.

  30. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Georgetown students vote to pay slave reparations

    By Boer Deng
    The Times
    2 hours ago April 14, 2019
    66 Comments

    Students at Washington’s Georgetown University have voted to pay “reparations” to descendants of 272 slaves once owned by the institution.

    The reconciliation fund, which would be the first of its kind at an American university, should raise between $300,000 and $400,000 in the next academic year. It was passed in a referendum by a margin of two-to-one, with over 2,500 students supporting the measure to pay $27.20 each term.

    The push for the fund followed a report in 2015 on the university’s historical ties with slavery.

    Historians concluded that the institution, created in 1789 by Jesuits, could only exist as the elite university it has become today because of a large number of slaves it owned, who were sold off together in 1838 to repay debts. The sale of the slaves raised the equivalent of $3.3 million today, securing the financial future of America’s most pre-eminent Catholic university.

    In recent years Georgetown and other universities have formally apologised for their ties to slavery. Several leading Democratic 2020 presidential contenders have said they would favour public reparation policies.

    From the Oz.

  31. pete m

    The only aussies doing it tough are readers having to scroll numbers posts.

  32. rickw

    He has saved the lives of generations of ordinary Australians.

    You know this is a complete lie, neither statistics or logic support your position.

    Had free ammo and range time from any other “terrorist” organisations lately you lying POS?

  33. C.L.

    The St Vincent de Paul Society is a state-funded far left-wing crypto-Labor bureaucracy with about as much in common to its eponymous founder as Bill Shorten has in common with an 1890s shearer or Scott Morrison has in common with a 1950s grocer.

    THE 2019 Federal Budget continues to ignore Australia’s most disadvantaged citizens, St Vincent de Paul Society national president Claire Victory said.

    Ms Victory said the Budget, delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, failed to address two dominant drivers of poverty and disadvantage in Australia – the soaring costs of basic housing and below-poverty-level income support payments.

    “We are disappointed this Budget neglects the urgent need for a comprehensive and long-term strategy that will tackle the ballooning problems of homelessness and housing for low-income earners, including a much needed increased investment in social housing,” Ms Victory said.

    “Although homelessness in Australia continues to rise, the Budget offers no solution to putting a roof over the head of the more than 116,000 people experiencing homelessness and those on low incomes suffering severe rental stress.

    “The treasurer says a strong economy is the key to delivering better government services.

    “Yet instead of investing in essential social security payments, social housing, and community services, this Budget squanders an opportunity to balance the benefits of lifting household income delivered through tax cuts against giving a hand up to our most disadvantaged citizens who continue to be excluded from participation in the life of their community due to lack of money in their pockets.”

    Notice how Mrs Victory doesn’t cite “climate change” idiocy or mass immigration of hillbilly peasants as “drivers of poverty and disadvantage in Australia”? That’s because Vinnies would never do anything to offend the Greens or the ALP.

  34. C.L.

    He has saved the lives of generations of ordinary Australians.

    So whoever bans abortion will also save generations of ordinary Australians, right?

  35. OldOzzie

    The spying on the 2016 Trump presidential campaign is the biggest scandal in American political history. Whatever other scandal you might nominate doesn’t come close. And rather than Dr. Strangelove I should be quoting the authorities of Oceania in 1984: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

  36. Nelson Kidd-Players

    They’re in love. There’s no other way to describe it. They just want to touch each other. It’s weird.

    Plants have feelings too, Joh. True vegans shall have to stop eating plants and restrict themselves to fruit (after it has fallen from the tree) and also not eat nuts.

  37. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Pete M, as long as the Doomlord does not find any prior posts to pluck from moderation, I’d say they are perfectly positioned with respect to the fold.

  38. C.L.

    In an excellent piece, Joseph diGenova really, really bashes lying traitor, James Comey.

  39. OldOzzie

    Demographic Doom? The Number Of Children Per Household Is Collapsing

    Forget debt and deflation: the biggest threat to the global economy and the future of modern civilization as we know it, may be demographics, according to a recent Euromonitor study.

    Whereas over the past decade policymakers have been mostly focused on how to reverse the global infatuation with debt and how to reverse what appears to be a structural decline in inflation (assuming the economist-accepted definition of CPI which conveniently “hedonicaly adjusts” such surging costs as shelter, healthcare, education and in many cases food), an even more troubling trend has been observed in recent years: due to a culmination of factors including falling fertility rates, rising divorce rates and expensive real estate, family sizes across the world are shrinking.

    And unlike in the past where this phenomenon was largely contained to Japan and a handful of developed nations, RBC notes that almost all countries are set to experience a decline in the number of children per household in the 2000 – 2030 period. More specifically, looking from 2015 out to 2030, Euromonitor expects developed markets to have a ~20% decline in the number of children per household and developing markets a ~15% decline. In fact, as the Canadian bank points out, it was as recently as 2012 when the number of couples without children globally surpassed the number of those with children.

  40. You know this is a complete lie, neither statistics or logic support your position.

    No.
    It is the statistical truth.

  41. OldOzzie

    Even With Record Immigration, The Pace Of Japan’s Population Decline Is Accelerating

    As we’ve reported, the greatest long-term threat to the Japanese economy is a profusion of sexless men – termed “soshoku danshi”, or herbivores, the modern parlance – who are more interested in anime and used panty vending machines than they are in living, breathing women.

    But although Japan’s increasingly sexless society has led to the lowest birthrate in the developed world, sending the number of live births below 1 million last year, the lowest level in modern history, it’s the rising number of deaths that are causing the rate at which Japan’s population is shrinking to accelerate.

  42. Bill Thompson

    On Insiders this morning, Barrie & the journos were banging on about Peter Dutton’s reference to a disabled political candidate, so I thought I’d ask about the circumstances on the Labor side…
    https://youtu.be/SmC_E_TjH40

  43. max

    Who the hell is author Gore Vidle (as in ‘tidal’) ?

    Breathless young woman reporter on the ABC told me Assange was clutching one of his books as he was bundled off last week.

    It’s lucky we have such people to write books on Cardinal Pell and tell us about global warming and that country in the middle east called Israel Folau.

  44. C.L.

    Cross-examination beclowns lying police officer:

    “The prosecution in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor continued yesterday with the cross-examination of officer Jesse Lopez as well as the testimony of officer Joseph Grout, Lieutenant Dan May, and Sergeant Robert Lewis, all of the Minneapolis police department.” “According to the defense, Justine banged on the officers’ squad car before Noor shot her. The prosecution suggests that the ‘bang’ or ‘slap’ was more or less invented by Sergeant Shannon Barnette, the senior officer first on the scene and therefore the critical incident officer managing it. Lofton asked whether ambushers usually warned the officer with a slap to their squad car. May hesitated before answering in the negative.”

  45. Knuckle Dragger

    It’s pleasing to see, thanks to IT upthread that Gray-Nicolls, one of the global icons of the game with an unchallenged record of performance, has told David Warner he is surplus to their sponsorship requirements.

    Good. I truly hope there’s footage somewhere of the cack-handed ranga midget slinking into a Rebel Sport or somewhere and asking the teenage kid behind the jump for ten of their cheapest bats.

    The result – Spartan. A generic mob that also ‘specialises’ in shit tennis racquets and volleyballs. The stinking cheat might still be able to hit the pill over the ropes, but it’s telling that in the shortest form of the game it’s nothing that a number 9 or 10 can’t do either.

    David Warner. He’s in the same mould of unofficial Australian ambassador as Sir Les Patterson, except without the talent.

  46. woolfe

    Thanks JC I have added Bird to the Cat twitter list.

  47. rickw

    If you want to try and make comparisons between very different societies then we can play this game:

    Rape: Ranked 6th. 5% more than United States

    Australian women get raped because John Howard made it impossible for them to defend themselves.

    As many have pointed out, if you remove African and Hispanic crime from the US data you get a very different picture that in no way supports your distortions.

  48. Knuckle Dragger

    Hmm. It appears the moderation algorithm has spun the mystery wheel again.

    mould

    Warner

  49. Knuckle Dragger

    slinking

    cheat

    Gray-Nicolls

  50. Knuckle Dragger

    number 9 or 10

    Sir Les Patterson

  51. Knuckle Dragger

    ranga

    cack-handed

    surplus

    volley… aha!

  52. johanna

    Old Ozzie – just catching up on earlier posts – thanks so much for posting Henry Kendall’s ‘Bell Birds.’

    I first encountered this magical poem in primary school, back when Australian poets who understood the craft and how to resonate with the populace were revered. Never forgotten. I wonder how many kids now in school have even heard of it?

    May I add another classic which is probably unknown to the current crop of students – Kenneth Slessor’s Five Bells.

    Time that is moved by little fidget wheels
    Is not my time, the flood that does not flow.
    Between the double and the single bell
    Of a ship’s hour, between a round of bells
    From the dark warship riding there below,
    I have lived many lives, and this one life
    Of Joe, long dead, who lives between five bells.

    Deep and dissolving verticals of light
    Ferry the falls of moonshine down. Five bells
    Coldly rung out in a machine’s voice. Night and water
    Pour to one rip of darkness, the Harbour floats
    In the air, the Cross hangs upside-down in water.

    Why do I think of you, dead man, why thieve
    These profitless lodgings from the flukes of thought
    Anchored in Time? You have gone from earth,
    Gone even from the meaning of a name;
    Yet something’s there, yet something forms its lips
    And hits and cries against the ports of space,
    Beating their sides to make its fury heard.

    Are you shouting at me, dead man, squeezing your face
    In agonies of speech on speechless panes?
    Cry louder, beat the windows, bawl your name!

    But I hear nothing, nothing…only bells,
    Five bells, the bumpkin calculus of Time.
    Your echoes die, your voice is dowsed by Life,
    There’s not a mouth can fly the pygmy strait –
    Nothing except the memory of some bones
    Long shoved away, and sucked away, in mud;
    And unimportant things you might have done,
    Or once I thought you did; but you forgot,
    And all have now forgotten – looks and words
    And slops of beer; your coat with buttons off,
    Your gaunt chin and pricked eye, and raging tales
    Of Irish kings and English perfidy,
    And dirtier perfidy of publicans
    Groaning to God from Darlinghurst.
    Five bells.

    Then I saw the road, I heard the thunder
    Tumble, and felt the talons of the rain
    The night we came to Moorebank in slab-dark,
    So dark you bore no body, had no face,
    But a sheer voice that rattled out of air
    (As now you’d cry if I could break the glass),
    A voice that spoke beside me in the bush,
    Loud for a breath or bitten off by wind,
    Of Milton, melons, and the Rights of Man,
    And blowing flutes, and how Tahitian girls
    Are brown and angry-tongued, and Sydney girls
    Are white and angry-tongued, or so you’d found.
    But all I heard was words that didn’t join
    So Milton became melons, melons girls,
    And fifty mouths, it seemed, were out that night,
    And in each tree an Ear was bending down,
    Or something that had just run, gone behind the grass,
    When blank and bone-white, like a maniac’s thought,
    The naphtha-flash of lightning slit the sky,
    Knifing the dark with deathly photographs.
    There’s not so many with so poor a purse
    Or fierce a need, must fare by night like that,
    Five miles in darkness on a country track,
    But when you do, that’s what you think.
    Five bells.

    Les Murray is, of course, our greatest living poet. Slessor died in 1971.

    We have been blessed with poets.

  53. C.L.

    This is real …
    Front page, SMH:

    Racism row entangles knitters.

    A Sydney craft store has become caught up in a vitriolic online campaign that has seen members of the knitting community labelled as racist by people who say they were ignored in yarn stores and felt uncomfortable at “white-majority knitting groups”.

    Claims of bullying, lying and harassment have gone back and forth on social media since the dispute began over the treatment of black, indigenous and people of colour (BIPoC) in the knitting community…

    Sukrita Mahon, a spinner and weaver from the NSW Central Coast, has played a prominent role in the campaign to highlight and combat racism and prejudice among knitters.

    “Sydney, we have a problem,” Ms Mahon wrote in January. “Your knitting spaces are unsafe for bipoc (and probably others). You have shown yourself unwilling to listen, at best.”

    Ms Mahon did not respond to the Sun-Herald’s interview requests, but her Instagram account @su.krita refers to “the times I felt uncomfortable in their shop”.

    She also refers to a time when the shop’s owner was “racist to me and my brown friend”.

  54. Knuckle Dragger

    It’s pleasing to see, thanks to IT upthread that Gray-Nicolls, one of the global icons of the game with an unchallenged record of performance, has told David Warner he is surplus to their sponsorship requirements.

    Good. I truly hope there’s footage somewhere of the cack-handed ranga midget slinking into a Rebel Sport or somewhere and asking the teenage kid behind the jump for ten of their cheapest bats.

    The result – Spartan. A generic mob that also ‘specialises’ in shit tennis racquets and volleyb#lls. The stinking cheat might still be able to hit the pill over the ropes, but it’s telling that in the shortest form of the game it’s nothing that a number 9 or 10 can’t do either.

    David Warner. He’s in the same mould of unofficial Australian ambassador as Sir Les Patterson, except without the talent.

    *** You all probably got the gist of the post anyway. KD 1, mods 0. Take that Skynet!

  55. Knuckle Dragger

    I can’t be exactly sure, but I think Mr Slessor’s poem might be about Batman.

  56. Boambee John

    Mater
    #2987257, posted on April 14, 2019 at 8:20 am
    Sorry John,
    Just realised that you could take my post the wrong way.
    I was referencing Bob’s new (renewed) habit which feelthebern rightly pointed out yesterday.

    Not a problem Mater.

    I actually had a dig at the numerical troll about that yesterday, reminding him of his difficulties with female anatomy, and his confusion about ergot, which he used incorrectly when he meant argot.

    Whatever else you say about Numbers, he might confuse his words, but he is not a fungi (say it aloud).

  57. As many have pointed out, if you remove African and Hispanic crime from the US data you get a very different picture that in no way supports your distortions.

    You can manipulate the data all you like, it makes no difference to the fact that the Yanks are shooting each other at a rate eleven times ours, corrected for population.
    The 5% difference in rapes has more to do with reporting rates than people defending themselves with firearms.
    All crime rates in Australia and the USA are dropping with the exception of the gun homicide rate in the USA which has remained remarkedly consistent.

  58. Bill Thompson

    Hypocrisy Watch at Southbank this morning – step up, Richard Di Natale!

    https://youtu.be/Pv200K12V2s

  59. Rabid Koala

    This is real …
    Front page, SMH:

    Racism row entangles knitters.

    The inevitable outcome of a multiracial society is always tribalism.

  60. stackja

    Bill T had problems with BS media watch dogs? Yes, BS doesn’t get questioned. Strange? Not with MSM being main ALP cheer squad.

  61. Nick

    The racism ‘row’ only exists owing to the oxygen given to it my Fairfax.

  62. 1735099

    Habitual stalker Bill Thompson attempts to link ancient allegations about superannuation with Dutto’s face plant.
    Bizarre…..

  63. old bloke

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2987226, posted on April 14, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Actually, ‘snipers’ works too. The communists were taught a lesson by Finnish snipers some time ago, but seem to have unlearned it again in the last couple decades.

    This is true. After the Russians and Germans agreed on the partition of Poland under the Molotov – Ribbentrop pact, Russia decided that it wanted Finland too. The Russian army tried to take Finland but they were defeated by the Fins, the mighty Red Army, which was later to defeat the Wehrmacht, could not take little Finland.

  64. max

    Wild Bleak Bohemia: Marcus Clarke, Adam Lindsay Gordon & Henry Kendall. By Michael Wilding
    Meticulously using contemporary newspaper reports, court records, published memoirs, private letters and diaries, Michael Wilding tells the story of three troubled geniuses of Australian writing and their world of poetry and poverty, alcohol and opiates, horse-racing and theatre, journalism and publishing. Gordon shot himself, unable to pay the printer of his poems; Kendall ended up in a mental hospital after forging a cheque, and Clarke died bankrupt for a second time.

    Until I read this I had no idea of the damage done to Adam Lindsay Gordon from falling off his horse steeple chasing/ hurdle racing at Flemington and elsewhere. Many serious head injuries.

  65. bespoke

    Lets not forget 1735099‘s solution for economic depressed cities was to “send them back to Africa”.

  66. C.L.

    the Molotov – Ribbentrop pact

    During which Australian unionists supported Adolf Hitler and worked to kill Australian Diggers.

  67. Knuckle Dragger

    Statistically, and corrected for population, vulva are eleven times more likely than vagina to result in childbirth.

    Oh wait.

  68. Leigh Lowe

    That clause is so broad and tendentious as to render itself moot. I wouldn’t settle either.

    The line of questioning of the ARU and the Vicar could face might include :-
    Q: Did any other ARU player or staff member have a similar clause in their contract?
    A: No.
    Q: Why not?
    A: No-one else had a history of hurtful and damaging comments.
    Q. No-one? Did the ARU receive any complaints about David Poocock’s past agitation on coal mining and social issues?
    A: Possibly. I can’t recall.
    Q: What lead you to conclude that Mr Folau’s conduct breached the social media clause of his contract.
    A: Partially our own judgement, partially the disquiet of our sponsors …
    Q: But your social media clause does not reference sponsors.
    A: Oh, well … and also we logged 250 complaints about Mr Folau the day after his post on social media.
    Q: Logged? How long have you kept a complaints log, and what level of complaints have received about other players, officials or issues.
    A: Well, we haven’t had a formal complaints log previously.
    Q: So you instituted a complaints log the day after Mr Folau’s post. How many complaints have you recorded on other matters since.
    A: Um, I am not sure we still keep it.
    Q: I draw you attention to the confidentiality clause of Mr Folau’s contract. Did you or any ARU officer discuss the terms of Mr Folau’s contract with anyone who was not a party to the contract or their legal representative?
    A: I think some key stakeholders may have been aware of some elements of the contract.
    Q: Specifically who?
    A: The PR Director and CEO of Qantas …

  69. Roger

    Intersectionalist knitters…what next?

  70. mh

    JC
    #2987349, posted on April 14, 2019 at 10:52 am
    Birdie the non-ethnic Scientist.

    The Egalitarian Eugenicist
    ‏ @TEugenicist
    Apr 11

    Ridiculous lie going around that they’ve found a black hole. Why would anyone think it was a black hole? And these clowns are saying “Albert Einstein proved right again” and other ethnically based lies. Do some real work or stop pretending to be scientists.

    Judging from Birdie’s twitter account, he will have a lot of knowledge of ‘black holes’.

  71. Roger

    Intersectionalist knitters…what next?

    Yet another example of how the Prog-Left politicises everything.

  72. dover_beach

    This is real …
    Front page, SMH:

    Racism row entangles knitters.

    She is clearly a bougie sister working an angle.

  73. Eyrie

    “the mighty Red Army, which was later to defeat the Wehrmacht, could not take little Finland.”
    I gather they lost a million men trying. The answer to the Finnish sniper “I am not a robot” question is likely tick all the pictures.

  74. calli

    Intersectionalist knitters…what next?

    Yet another example of how the Prog-Left politicises everything.

    I only found out that knitting was a political act a week or so ago. Told about a nice shop down in Newcastle, so I thought I’d look it up on the web to get the address. Opened the web page and was presented with a diatribe about “White Privilege”.

    No Sale, ma’am.

    I like my knitting purl and plain, not twisted.

  75. Des Deskperson

    ‘His uncle is a judge, you know, so terribly clever and knowledgeable.’

    Leigh, It’s his late dad – Barry O’Keefe QC, – that was the judge; former head of NSW ICAC.

    His uncle was Johnny O’Keefe, overrated Australian rocker.

    What with that lineage and being an alumnus of St Ignatius, Riverview – a few years, albeit, after Coutts-Trotter – Andrew O’Keefe is presumably connected to and protected by a whole network of NSW’s top people. He has little excuse for dropping his bundle.

  76. Knuckle Dragger

    The Reds eventually brought Finland to the treaty table after three months or so, but it took them nearly 400,000 casualties to do it.

    They had to go into Finnish territory on a relatively narrow front, and while the Reds at that time were more used to conventional Central and Southern European fighting, the Finns were masters in their own terrain. They mercilessly ambushed ponderous Soviet columns, fought using skis and snowshoes and their snipers were first rate.

    Evidently they terrified the Russians by collecting frozen Soviet dead and propping them upright again in large groups on Soviet lines of advance.

    Hardy little buggers they were. It’s not surprising they’re now freaking out the EU cowards by voting in a populist leader in their imminent election, joining Hungary, Italy and Poland with others to come.

  77. Knuckle Dragger

    On matters EU – excellent chalkboard footpath sign outside an English pub today.

    ‘Brexit Beer Deal: Tell our barmaid what you want, and she’ll serve you something else.’

  78. feelthebern

    Who the hell is author Gore Vidle (as in ‘tidal’) ?

    Gore Vidal (RIP), was one of the most coherent intellectuals of the 20th century.
    Full blown leftie, but honest about.
    Master debater.
    His writings on how JFK was the worst president in history as he was the start of neo-conservatism made him an outcast in Democrat circles.

  79. feelthebern

    Gore Vidal was vocal about the Democrat party not addressing its KKK heritage too.
    Say what you want about the chap, but he was honest.
    Find another lefty elder that has addressed:
    KKK & the DNC;
    JFK & neo-conservatism.

  80. feelthebern

    Gore Vidal died a lonely old man.
    Abandoned by the left & most of his extended family.
    The left are a vindictive bunch.
    Even in death, they do not forgive those who dispute party doctrine.

  81. OldOzzie

    Knuckle Dragger
    #2987414, posted on April 14, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    The Reds eventually brought Finland to the treaty table after three months or so, but it took them nearly 400,000 casualties to do it.

    They had to go into Finnish territory on a relatively narrow front, and while the Reds at that time were more used to conventional Central and Southern European fighting, the Finns were masters in their own terrain. They mercilessly ambushed ponderous Soviet columns, fought using skis and snowshoes and their snipers were first rate.

    Simo “Simuna” Häyhä (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsimo̞ ˈhæy̯ɦæ]; 17 December 1905 – 1 April 2002), nicknamed “White Death” (Russian: Белая смерть, Belaja smert; Finnish: valkoinen kuolema; Swedish: den vita döden) by the Red Army,[2] was a Finnish sniper. Using a Finnish-produced M/28-30 rifle (a variant of the Mosin–Nagant rifle) and a Suomi KP/-31, he reportedly killed 505 men (according to other sources he is credited with 542) during the 1939–40 Winter War, the highest recorded number of sniper kills in any major war.[3][4][5] Häyhä estimated in his diary that he killed more than five hundred Red Army soldiers in the Winter War.[6] Antti Rantama (Häyhä’s unit military chaplain) credited Häyhä with 259 confirmed sniper kills without the use of a scope[7] and an equal number of kills by machine/submachine gun during the Winter War.[2]

  82. Nick

    Well done LL
    It’s strange that no one asks Qantas that if it cares so much about gay issues, why it had a business agreement to code share with Emirates.

  83. cohenite

    Bill Thompson

    #2987388, posted on April 14, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Hypocrisy Watch at Southbank this morning – step up, Richard Di Natale!

    https://youtu.be/Pv200K12V2s

    Bill, could you get in touch with me. The professor will have my e-mail.

  84. Nick

    Didn’t whites invent modern knitting anyway ?
    Those full of umbrage should be true to their convictions and knit with grass and a couple of sticks

  85. OldOzzie

    The White Death: How a five-foot Finnish farmer became the deadliest sniper in history with 505 kills during the 1939-40 Winter War against the USSR
    Simo Häyhä, who died 15 years ago aged 96, fought for Finnish Army against Soviets in 1939-40 Winter War

    The largely forgotten conflict began when USSR invaded eastern Finland in an attempt to expand its territory
    Häyhä became a legend, hitting Soviet soldiers from 300 yards away and once claiming 25 kills in a single day

  86. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Simo Häyhä, who died 15 years ago aged 96, fought for Finnish Army against Soviets in 1939-40 Winter War

    His biography ,”The White Sniper”, makes interesting reading – the author was the only person Hayha ever fully opened up to.

  87. old bloke

    Knuckle Dragger
    #2987414, posted on April 14, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    The Reds eventually brought Finland to the treaty table after three months or so, but it took them nearly 400,000 casualties to do it.

    That treaty didn’t last very long. The Fins asked the French and Brits for military assistance, France agreed to provide assistance on the condition that the British also help. Britain was then tied down with its expeditionary force in France pre-Dunkirk so they weren’t able to help.

    Germany offered assistance to the Fins, which they accepted, so the Fins continued to fight the Russians during WWII, which the Fins call the “continuation war.”

    The Finnish army was not under German control, and they refused to hand over their J*wish population to the Germans. The German troops fighting on the Russian front alongside the Fins were amazed to see the Finnish Army even provided portable synagogues for their J*wish soldiers.

  88. johanna

    max
    #2987368, posted on April 14, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Who the hell is author Gore Vidle (as in ‘tidal’) ?

    Breathless young woman reporter on the ABC told me Assange was clutching one of his books as he was bundled off last week.

    Gore Vidal is one of the preferred authors of the American left.

    He’s a poove, which is OK with me, but went to places like Morocco to find pliable young boys who would bend over for greenbacks. This is not OK with me.

    In an America which sought to slough off hereditary titles, he claims to be descended from someone or other (who cares).

    He has written one or two pretty good books – notably Washington DC – but they are just observational.

  89. calli

    Middle East, Nick. Brought to Europe by traders. A lot of yarn is still manufactured in Turkey.

    A lot of the angst seems to be about sourcing fibre and the ecological damage done in the processing and dyeing, usually in the Third World.

    A true believer would, of course, have some coloured sheep grazing in the backyard. They would be shorn, the wool carded, spun, washed and then knitted up. Light colours can be dyed usung vegetable dyes. I’ve done all that except the grazing/shearing bit. It’s fun but time consuming.

  90. Knuckle Dragger

    Old mate Simo the sniper would have racked up far more kills, but in football parlance was forced into early retirement.

    By having half his face blown off.

  91. Gab

    Who the hell is author Gore Vidal

    Gay hairdresser to celebrities.

  92. Leigh Lowe

    In summary Folau has the Vicar and the ARU by the short and curlies on a number of fronts …
    The selective inclusion of a vague social media clause in his contract, when it appears no other player has such a clause;
    The failure to conduct a properly constituted hearing and afford Folau due process;
    The failure to discipline other players (ie Poocock) for expressing public views which similarly alienated Rugger supporters;
    Allowing a third (turd) party … ie Qantas and Joyce … to dictate the course of an employment dispute under a private contract;
    And possibly contacting overseas Rugger organisations to organise an isolation of Folau.

  93. Nick

    Thanks Calli for that.
    One suspects that indigenous whiners would be happier with less culturally appropriated forms of knitting 🙂

  94. calli

    I’m in good company. Between takes. Perhaps it helped her to remember her lines.

  95. calli

    I thought that was Seigfreid Sassoon.

  96. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #2987439, posted on April 14, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Old mate Simo the sniper would have racked up far more kills, but in football parlance was forced into early retirement.

    By having half his face blown off.

    Soft.

  97. Knuckle Dragger

    LL,

    Yep. Another ‘gotcha’ moment by the virtue signallers, and when things (invariably) turn out to be a weensy bit more complex than they thought, and they aren’t really receiving the global adulation they expected, it always boils down to one response.

    ‘Er, um.’

    God I wish I’d had the foresight to be a sports lawyer guy. I’d rank up there with Burnside in terms of properties and cash in the sky rocket by now, but wouldn’t (I’d like to think) have succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome.

  98. OldOzzie

    Knuckle Dragger
    #2987439, posted on April 14, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Old mate Simo the sniper would have racked up far more kills, but in football parlance was forced into early retirement.

    By having half his face blown off.

    On the 6 March 1940, Häyhä was hit in his lower left jaw by an explosive bullet fired by a Red Army soldier.[22] He was picked up by fellow soldiers who said “half his face was missing”, but he did not die, regaining consciousness on 13 March, the day peace was declared. Shortly after the war, Häyhä was promoted from alikersantti (Corporal) to vänrikki (Second lieutenant) by Finnish Field Marshal Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim.[23]

    Häyhä’s recollections, written in 14 August 1940 after being wounded, tell that Häyhä also had a lighter, humorous side to him: “After Christmas we caught a Ruskie, blindfolded him, spun him dizzy and took him to a party in the tent of The Terror of Morocco. The Ruskie was joyed by the carousing and was disgusted when he was sent back.”[24]

    It took several years for Häyhä to recuperate from his wound. The bullet had crushed his jaw and removed most of his left cheek. Nonetheless, he made a full recovery and became a successful moose hunter and dog breeder after World War II, and even hunted with the Finnish President Urho Kekkonen.[21]

    When asked in 1998 how he had become such a good sniper, Häyhä answered, “Practice.” In 2002, just before his 96th birthday, he was asked if he regretted killing so many people. He replied, “I only did what I was told to do, as well as I could.” Simo Häyhä spent his last years in Ruokolahti, a small municipality located in southeastern Finland, near the Russian border.

  99. Leigh Lowe

    Is vaginal knitting still a thing?

  100. OldOzzie

    New survey shows voters divided on generational lines

    Annika Smethurst, National political editor, The Sunday Telegraph

    Australians are more concerned about curbing pop­ulation growth, immigration numbers and crime as they age, new data reveals.

    With the two major parties setting up an intergenerational battle between younger voters and their more conservative parents and grandparents, data provided by Australian Futures Project and Roy Morgan, reveals what each generation values.

    While every generation agrees that improving hospitals and tackling cost-of-living pressures are major concerns, younger voters disagree with their parents and grandparents on hot-button issues such as immigration, climate change and population.

    Asked to rank the three most important issues facing Australia, about one in 10 voters under the age of 29 say they are concerned about immigration and population growth compared with a quarter of older Australians.

    Younger voters are also at odds with older Australians over action on climate change. Baby Boomers — those born between 1946 and 1960 — who are often associated with free love and progressive ideas, are found to be less concerned about the environment than any other generation.

    Most voters aged under 43 consistently included global warming as one of the three most significant issues facing Australia, compared with only 18 per cent of Baby Boomers.

    According to the poll of more than 100,000 voters, older Australians — those born before 1960 — are more concerned about the need for open and honest government than younger voters.

    More than 30 per cent of voters in the coming federal election will be aged 60 or over.

    Despite the perception that Millennials — those roughly aged 29-43 — are lazy and entitled, Gen Y voters are more concerned about reducing taxes, the needs of families and global warming than other generations.

    In the federal election campaign, the Coalition will try to woo senior Australians by campaigning against Labor’s “retirement tax” to scrap cash refunds for excess franking credits.

    But the data reveals younger voters are more concerned about tax relief than older Australians, with only 5 per cent of Baby Boomers listing tax reduction as an important issue.

    Three times as many older Australians — those aged over 73 — are concerned about reducing the number of illegal migrants coming to Australia compared with younger voters.

    Voters aged 44 to 58 are more worried about keeping interest rates down and improving business conditions compared with any other generation. One in four Baby Boomers say they are concerned about Australia’s ageing population but only 5 per cent of voters under 29 think it is an important issue.

    Despite the drought, the needs of people living outside the major cities are not viewed as important by any voting bloc.

    LLOYD GARCIA, 27, COMMERCIAL SEA CAPTAIN

    FRANKSTON SOUTH (VOTE UNDECIDED)

    MY ISSUE: Immigration

    “They should tighten immigration — at the moment anyone can basically come in, and a lot of them are from countries where you can have a criminal record forgotten about if you have enough money … once you’re an Australian citizen you can get welfare straight away. I think there should at least be a waiting period.”

    PAUL CALLANAN, 65, RETIRED

    FRANKSTON (VOTING LABOR)

    MY ISSUE: Unemployment benefits

    “In the past I was unemployed … (and the) benefits are inadequate for anyone looking for work to travel (to look for a job) and to live. There’s no way they can afford to live. There’s only so much to go around, but (the government) keep cutting services … to say they balanced the Budget and to make themselves look good.”

    PAIGE KEARNEY, 23, RETAIL WORKER

    FRANKSTON SOUTH (VOTING LIBERAL)

    MY ISSUE: Small business

    “(It’s) a big issue for me. My family has three businesses, and Labor hasn’t backed us and the Liberal Party has backed us. They back small business and make us feel like we have a say, not just push us aside. It’s important for me that families are getting supported. Giving families what they need, instead of going around in circles trying to get the support they need.”

    JOHN BILLING, 44, MANAGER

    FRANKSTON NORTH (LEANING TOWARDS INDEPENDENT VOTE)

    MY ISSUE: Crime

    “I would like to see harsher penalties for serious crime and more strategies to educate offenders for minor crimes. There’s funding for the more well-known cancers, but not so much for the other ones. I lost my sister to leukaemia, and if it wasn’t for private groups that supported her, I’m not sure how she would have managed. I would like to see a national road rules system being standardised, so that it’s the same all across Australia.”

    KAREN DENNISON, 58, RETAIL WORKER

    FRANKSTON (VOTE UNDECIDED)

    MY ISSUE: Homelessness

    “I have a friend who’s homeless, who I assist with food and support, but I feel like the country lets them down. I used to work in aged care, and a lot of the elderly there, they’re forgotten. They need the support because not everyone has a loving family to look after them. I just want a fair go for the battlers.”

  101. Cassie of Sydney

    It was Vidal Sassoon…..and I don’t think he was gay.

  102. Knuckle Dragger

    Footy and golf replays on the tube. One eye on the Cat and engaging in discussions with anti-Adani morons on FB for comedy value, and in the absence of anything better to do.

    Man, they sure don’t like to be told to starve in the dark.

    Or the word ‘charlatans.’

  103. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Leather shoes’ seems to burr up the first world pretend hippy chicks as well.

  104. Mallee Miss

    As a non-driver my eyes tend to glaze over when driver friends talk about the relative merits of various cars. I have been watching with interest their reactions to Bill Shorten’s EV policy. It is not well-received.
    On another level I think about young people who are about to get their license and their first car. A rite of passage, as I understand. From what I have seen, the first car can often be described as a much loved clunker. My ex-husband’s was a 69 two door Corolla affectionately known as the antichrist and there were tears when it went to its end.
    I’m fairly sure the youth of today will struggle to afford an EV as a first vehicle. Is Bill proposing a first car buyer’s grant to assist them? Will Bill and crew implement some sort rules around who can buy non-EVs. It is logical to assume that some sort of carrot/stick motivation will be used to attain the target. I’m betting the teens will not be able to afford the likely increased excise that will be put on fuel.

  105. Leigh Lowe

    KD.
    The irony is that Qantas will probably flick the ARU sponsorship when it comes due after the RWC which, in all probability, will leave Vicar Raelene with 36 more payments to go on Folau’s contract, and a key source of funds gone.
    I don’t think Quaintarse really see Rugger sponsorship as a long term thing.
    Interesting that no-one thought to call the toxic leprechaun’s bluff.
    Pulling ARU sponsorship in a RWC year could be just as damaging to Quaintarse, and opens the door for a new short term key sponsor in a very high exposure period.

  106. OldOzzie

    OldOzzie
    #2987450, posted on April 14, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Knuckle Dragger
    #2987439, posted on April 14, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Old mate Simo the sniper would have racked up far more kills, but in football parlance was forced into early retirement.

    By having half his face blown off.

    Knuckle Dragger,

    thanks for that post,

    as someone who has been offered a similar facial option, but not by bullet – I am heartened by his approach and the rest of his life – “there is always hope for the future”

    It took several years for Häyhä to recuperate from his wound. The bullet had crushed his jaw and removed most of his left cheek. Nonetheless, he made a full recovery and became a successful moose hunter and dog breeder after World War II, and even hunted with the Finnish President Urho Kekkonen.[21]

  107. feelthebern

    Every day a Qantas passenger dies.
    Every day a non-Qantas passenger is born.

  108. OldOzzie

    Knuckle Dragger
    #2987457, posted on April 14, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Footy and golf replays on the tube. One eye on the Cat

    Yep wathcing F1 replays nearly up to Qualifying with one eye on the Cats, then stop Cats for live F1 China this afternoon

    With Glass of Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Semillion in hand

  109. johanna

    I love youtube, just as I love wiki. Yes, they are cesspools of leftist political correctness. But, if you want to know about The Stylistics, or hear original Lousiana blues, or check out the Stray Cats, it’s all there, for free.

    I’m currently watching a dress rehearsal for Steely Dan, here.

    They were one of the most weird partnerships ever. Walter Becker (RIP) and Donald Fagan. In this video, Fagan has Dracula like canines.

    They were perfectionists, to the point where hi-fi salesmen would suggest putting them on to test how good your putative system was.

    To give an example, here is a very early toon of theirs, Show Biz Kids:

    ‘Show business kids are makin’ movies ’bout themselves
    You know they don’t give a f*** about anybody else
    (That’s the way it is)

    They were notoriously finicky and picky about production – note perfect or you were fired. On the spot. But they were also employers of many great black musicians, they didn’t give a toss how anyone looked, as long as they delivered the goods.

    It is interesting that the music industry, possibly the most cutthroat example of capitalism around, is colourblind.

    Speaking of which, just a reminder that even a ranga can compete, Mick Hucknall has a gift from somewhere. Definitely in my top 5 popular singers. I’m not a weeper, at all, but he almost causes a dewdrop to form in the eye …

  110. Knuckle Dragger

    Good work, OO.

    F1’s not really my thing – I personally regard it as more of a test of machine than man.

    I’d much rather watch looped footage of Warner smashing up Candace’s Lambo with his new $50 Spartan bat.

  111. old bloke

    OldOzzie
    #2987426, posted on April 14, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Using a Finnish-produced M/28-30 rifle (a variant of the Mosin–Nagant rifle) and a Suomi KP/-31,

    The Suomi populated Finland and Switzerland, and they were from the Israelite tribe of Issachar.

    Issachar was to be a “strong donkey resting between two burdens” and we can see that in both Finland and Switzerland. Both countries exist between the western and eastern world, and both prefer to chart an individual course, neither being a member of NATO, and the Swiss also aren’t in the EU.

    “Issachar shall know the time,” they were the astronomers and time-keepers for the Israelite tribes, their tribal flag shows the sun, moon and stars. According to the J*wish sages, Issachar was the most scholarly of the northern tribes, on par with J*dah and Levi in understanding deeper meanings in the Bible, which is possibly why the Fins outperform all the other OECD countries in education results?

    They also make nice watches 😉

  112. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern

    #2987465, posted on April 14, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Every day a Qantas passenger dies.
    Every day a non-Qantas passenger is born.

    Yes.
    When Gen Ys buy tickets for the big O/S trip, I would suggest that Q is cut very early in the process on the basis of price.
    The clientele is largely (a) corporate and (b) the leisure market customer who is mostly over 50. Not suggesting they are all social conservatives, but I doubt there is as big a potential backlash as the leprechaun suggests.
    A lot of heavy domestic business travellers use Q to accumulate points for O/S jollies with the family … they aren’t going to desert to Virgin or Tiger.
    The older leisure traveler has bought into the “superior safety record” image and, similarly, they aren’t flipping over due to a social issue either.

  113. johanna

    Just noticed that in the Simply Red clip, they had Lou Reed’s coloured girls, although they were doing more than doo, da doo etc.

    In the Steely Dan rehearsal, there were two white girls and one black.

    In case you missed it, here is a voice which almost excuses him (Mick Hucknall) from being a ranga. Man oh man, can he sing.

  114. Ros

    Speedbox
    #2804648, posted on August 29, 2018 at 10:43 am
    My wife has been overseas recently and upon return yesterday, I was telling her about the “asylum seekers” in the Daintree and the concern (by some) that the illegal arrivals were wandering/lost in an area infested with crocs, snakes, cassowary and sundry other things that will kill/harm you.

    Her response? “Pffft, leave them there. Welcome to Australia”.

    AP Large, flightless bird attacks and kills its fallen owner
    today

    “The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on the property near Gainesville, likely using its long claws. The victim was apparently breeding the birds, state wildlife officials said.

    “My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell. When he fell, he was attacked,”
    The San Diego Zoo’s website calls the cassowary the world’s most dangerous bird with a four-inch (10-centimeter), dagger-like claw on each foot. “The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick. Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31 miles per hour (50 kph) through the dense forest underbrush,” the website says.

    USA sought after by collectors of exotic birds, according to authorities.

    To obtain a mandatory permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires cassowary owners to have “substantial experience” and meet specific cage requirements, spokeswoman Karen Parker told the newspaper.”

    “The couple was on the way down from Mount Sorrow when they were chased by a large cassowary. When all attempts to shake off the bird or to stand their ground failed they laid down in the mud and played dead. This calmed the bird, that had been hissing and breathing heavily before. Unfortunately the bird then sat down next to them and kept them prisoner, every time they made the slightest move the cassowary would get up and make threatening moves again. After about 40 minutes of being kept prisoner two other hikers came past on the track and the cassowary got up and went after them, and the lucky couple got up and rapidly made their way down the hill and back to their accommodation in Cape Tribulation.”

    The newly-discovered Corythoraptor jacobsi, a Late Cretaceous dinosaur found in China, sure looks to be the doppelganger of living cassowaries.” Sounds about right.

  115. johanna

    Noticing comments about Finland.

    I’ve met a few Finns. They are very congenial, especially over a few drinks.

    But, boy oh boy, it is a mistake to cross them. They don’t take prisoners.

  116. Knuckle Dragger

    People often wonder what the large, bony structure on top of a cassowary’s head is for.

    I can provide some clarity on this matter.

    It’s for headbutting. The males use it as a secondary form of attack, and they do it hard.

  117. Mother Lode

    Yet instead of investing in essential social security payments, social housing, and community services,

    It is very hard to give much credence to the economic nous of people who cannot or will not understand the difference between ‘invest’ and simply ‘spend’.

  118. Knuckle Dragger

    In more civilised times (AD1450 or so) Mick Hucknall would have been dunked in a river before being dragged to the town square and broken on the wheel.

    Sure, he can sing. But he’s got to be a contender for one of the most depressing blokes on Earth.

    Every song’s a disaster story. Bitch, moan, bitch, moan. Waaah, waaah, lost love, moan.

    We know you’re upset, Mick. You’re a scrawny ranga. We can see that. Don’t make it worse. You’re embarrassing all of us.

  119. hzhousewife

    Most likely, after the system falls over, the country would need to go back about 100 years to every suburb having a local powerhouse generating electricity for the local area only.

    I would not want to be in this country when that happens.

    Some localities aren’t waiting for grid collapse – there are private groups in Yackandandah Vic and Lockhart NSW building mini solar grids, probably many others. I don’t know if they can charge an EV overnight however.
    Also, someone here mentioned that lettuces have heartbeats (as reported by a vegan to Brendan Farrell of the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners). I suppose these people also support the removal from the planet of all obligate carnavores – all cats, amphibians, dolphins even?

  120. Oh come on

    Has m0nty been about lately?

    Maybe he did die of shame after all.

  121. Dr Faustus

    Rod Kafer does explaining to tell us why giving Izzie the arse is actually a Very Good Thing Indeed for Australian Rugby:

    Wallabies stronger on the field without Israel Folau on field says Rod Kafer

    …in international rugby I don’t think he’s been an outstanding player and I think we compensate around him, we have to pick different players in different positions.

    Kafer also questioned Folau’s work ethic and alluded to him being a selfish player.

    “His work ethic’s not great, he doesn’t work that hard off the ball (and) defensively there are issues.

    “I’m not a massive fan.”

    Cheika obviously has to go too for repeatedly picking the homophobic dud ahead of the many internationally outstanding Australian backs. However, with the terrible fullback problem finally solved, we can expect the Wallabies to do well in the RWC quarter finals against England.

    Despite the way it looks, apparently Australian Rugby is in safe hands.

  122. vlad

    It was Vidal Sassoon…..and I don’t think he was gay.

    Married a very beautiful woman who bore him four children. I’d say not gay.

  123. Bill Thompson

    To cohenite – Mate, I can barely work the GoPro… How do I contact the professor? Cheers, Bill T

  124. DrBeauGan

    Oh come on
    #2987481, posted on April 14, 2019 at 3:07 pm
    Has m0nty been about lately?

    Maybe he did die of shame after all.

    It’s just possible that m0nty is reconsidering his entire methodology of forming political (and other) opinions, which hitherto has consisted of buying in to every fashionable meme floating around the zeitgeist. He now has a choice, trying all the unfashionable memes or thinking critically.

    It’s a big decision.

  125. Dave in Marybrook

    Got to admire Hucknall for “Money’s Too Tight To Mention”, tho. Solid brass chutzpah, sung with a knowing wink… that probably bagged him many a bird.

  126. calli

    I’d say not gay.

    My Sassoon was. *sniffs*

  127. jo

    Nick
    #2986608, posted on April 13, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Tell me, what position does this chap Joyce play?

    Tight end

    At his age, loose end.

  128. Infidel Tiger

    Got to admire Hucknall for “Money’s Too Tight To Mention”, tho. Solid brass chutzpah, sung with a knowing wink… that probably bagged him many a bird.

    Why would an anti-Reagan song help get chicks?

  129. Knuckle Dragger

    Ha!

    RA’s ‘elite coaching director’ Rod Kafer (it’s unclear whether the players are elite, the coaching or Kafer himself – I’d suggest none of the above) toes the party line by saying Folau was shit anyway, and no loss.

    IF was apparently shifted from fullback to wing, to another wing and somewhere else in an apparent attempt to try and find a place for him.

    How about the more likely scenario – that Folau was used to plug holes in a mediocre lineup? Rod? Rod?

    And former Australian fullback Greg Martin, who I’ve never ever heard of says Folau has a ready made replacement in a 31 year old club captain. Who is injured.

    This is becoming even more farcical, if that were possible.

  130. Dave in Marybrook

    Christopher Hitchens also wrote about how Vidal wigged out, big time, in his twilight years-

    Probably a parallel to Greer et al- the vanity of needing the affirmation of a scandalised crowd led him to increasingly batty positions.

  131. Infidel Tiger

    Kafer is a joke.

    He’s been wheeled out by HQ to try and make the improbable case that getting rid of your only world class player is a great move.

    We all saw what happened to the Australian cricket team without our only world class batsmen. Will be much worse for the Wallabies.

  132. Knuckle Dragger

    Shit. Sorry.

    H/t Dr. F. Shocking faux pas on my part.

  133. Infidel Tiger

    Greg Martin is a blight on the game with his horrendous commentary.

  134. RobK

    Hz,
    Some localities aren’t waiting for grid collapse – there are private groups in Yackandandah Vic and Lockhart NSW building mini solar grids, probably many others.

    This is consistent with the policy of a distributed grid. There are numerous “trials”. At considerable expense these setups would buffer RE and improve hosting capacity. EVs would just load up their consumption by some 20-40% or so if the micro grid was mostly domestic in nature.

  135. Most voters aged under 43 consistently included global warming as one of the three most significant issues facing Australia,

    That makes it easy to pinpoint the year our education system collapsed.

  136. vr

    Here is something different. Charlie Chaplin’s Smile.

  137. Dave in Marybrook

    Hucknall was well and truly a “minted” international million-seller before he picked up the mic for that one, I.T. Never hurts to remind the ladies. and I doubt he had the same sort of scruffy bludger crowd backstage that may have been at Billy Bragg or The Clash.

  138. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Mick Hucknell once performed on Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Dressed conventionally, except for a large flower pinned to his crotch. It certainty didn’t impress Denise Drysdale, who was the barrel girl at the time. Whether he was able to convince some other lass to unpin it later is unknown.

  139. Knuckle Dragger

    Don’t worry about climate change Inco – there are far more pressing matters at hand.

    If we don’t do something substantial and real in the next ten years, we will indeed have a global catastrophe.

    There will be generations of people who have no idea who George Thorogood and The Destroyers were.

  140. zyconoclast

    Fake news … Our own ABC joined its American namesake last week in lionising a young woman for the first image ever captured of a black hole:

    The black hole image came thanks to student Katie Bouman.

    Except, of course, this isn’t even remotely true.

    Via Instapundit: Woman Who Media Claims Created Black Hole Image Contributed 0.26% of Code.

    Another case of Hidden Figures

  141. Nelson Kidd-Players

    When I was young, I was told climate is what you do to a mountain.

  142. Knuckle Dragger

    There is only one thing worse than a 25 year old scrawny depressed ranga.

    A 60 year old scrawny depressed ranga with unlimited platforms to enforce his own misery on normal people.

    Lift your game, Hucknall.

  143. cohenite

    Bill Thompson

    #2987484, posted on April 14, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    To cohenite – Mate, I can barely work the GoPro… How do I contact the professor? Cheers, Bill T

    Bugger, I was hoping you knew.

    I’ll put out a general plea: professor Davidson can you please give Bill my email.

  144. johanna

    Knuckle dragger, you are a harsh critic of the owner of an extraordinary voice whose politics you don’t agree with.

    Yep, Mick Hucknall was a supporter of the Labour Party in Britain. So what? That hardly puts him out of the mainstream.

    Fact is, he has a singing voicee which puts him in the stratosphere of great singers. It has nothing to do with politics. I don’t care about Beethoven’s politics either. Great art is great art.

  145. mh

    Last I heard of Mick Hucknall he had a large estate in Ireland where people paid to go hunt the wildlife.
    Wiki says a hunting and fishing tourism business.

  146. johanna

    BTW, Hucknall is married and they have a daughter.

  147. Ubique

    This comment on the latest EV offering in The Australia rejected by the GetUp! mediators now apparently employed there:

    Shorten will soon work out that the way to go is the pedal car. No need for all that nasty coal-fired power and massively expensive infrastructure upgrades that EV need. Much cheaper than EV too. And the exercise is a bonus. Road toll will plummet. Buses? No problem, just fit lots of pedals. The boost to the Lycra industry will be massive.

    The Green-left have infiltrated everywhere. Jokes at their expense are no longer tolerated.

  148. Knuckle Dragger

    johanna, 3.50pm;

    Geez, I didn’t know about Hucknall’s politics. I just conveyed the opinion that he’s a skinny ranga who’s spent his entire career inflicting his depression on everyone else, and would add at this point if he wasn’t able to sing would be hard pressed holding a job where he had to lift anything heavier than his own head.

    Now that you’ve made me aware that he is in fact a lefty git, unwilling to practice the socialism he preaches by sharing his fortune with everyone else doesn’t alter my opinion in the slightest.

    If his name was Mick Trump or Reagan I’d still think the same way about the boring, soulless low-calibre monster.

  149. mh

    Actor Geoffrey Thorne Attacks Candace Owens: ‘They will Never Think of You As Anything But an Obedient Ni**er’

    https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/04/13/actor-geoffrey-thorne-attacks-candace-owens-they-will-never-think-of-you-as-anything-but-an-obedient-nier/

    I think we know which black American is being obedient.

    What a tool.

  150. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Hucknall is married and they have a daughter’

    Well, that clearly changes everything. Why wasn’t I informed? What the hell do I pay you people for?

    Sarc.

    Obviously.

    Duuuuuhhhhhhh.

  151. Cassie of Sydney

    “Ubique
    #2987513, posted on April 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm
    This comment on the latest EV offering in The Australia rejected by the GetUp! mediators now apparently employed there:”

    Have you complained? Last week I had two comments rejected. I wrote a complaint and they were published. I really think we need to push back.

  152. Infidel Tiger

    As bad as Simply Red were, nothing is as bad as UB40.

  153. C.L.

    Mallee Miss

    I’m fairly sure the youth of today will struggle to afford an EV as a first vehicle. Is Bill proposing a first car buyer’s grant to assist them? Will Bill and crew implement some sort rules around who can buy non-EVs. It is logical to assume that some sort of carrot/stick motivation will be used to attain the target. I’m betting the teens will not be able to afford the likely increased excise that will be put on fuel.

    Interesting questions. Nobody has spoken of the important role of old bombs to younger people.

  154. Elle

    When I was young, I was told climate is what you do to a mountain.

    When I was young, I only knew about climactic feats.

  155. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Are climatic feats the ones where it’s harder to fit your shoes in summer?

  156. C.L.

    This was on the radio the other day; so I YouTubed it up later on to extend the guilty pleasure.
    Then I remembered what must have been one of the worst music videos of the 80s.
    LOL.

  157. DrBeauGan

    Actor Geoffrey Thorne Attacks Candace Owens: ‘They will Never Think of You As Anything But an Obedient Ni**er’

    I don’t. I think of Candace Owens as a gorgeous, intelligent young woman who happens to have darker skin than me. The last being the least important by a country light year.

  158. Overburdened

    Hucknell soon realised with his red mop, simian features and height limitation that his only hope of becoming the pants man he aspired to was to be a pop star.

    If his memoirs are accurate, he succeeded in his mission.

  159. Lynne Merigan

    I was out house inspecting with granddaughter yesterday as I have offered to help with mortgage money for which she will pay me less than current interest rates that are better than term deposit.
    She is looking in inner Melbourne with a green MHR . So I said vote for him and no money from gran and had to explain death duties. The millennials have some hard lessons to learn .

  160. Overburdened

    This tells you as much about the leg spreaders/ lip wrinkled types as it does about Hucknell.

  161. vr

    “The Blue Nile” deserved more to be better known the bands mentioned above.

  162. RobK

    …knew about climactic feats.
    A rabbit warren best avoided.

  163. Knuckle Dragger

    OB,

    It’s the same concept as the 170kg West Virginian pancake eating mountain slobs suddenly find ‘true love’ with Instagram models from Florida ten seconds after they win the lottery.

  164. Infidel Tiger

    Hucknall apparently has a gigantic penis which may help his confidence too.

  165. Elle

    Something like that, Nelson. We’re entering winter though. Thigh length boots are warming.

  166. Overburdened

    KD

    Got it in one

    IT

    It may be that he was indeed a big dick.

  167. Knuckle Dragger

    OO,

    I’m aware you’re excited by F1s, but stop that right now. Yurk.

  168. Overburdened

    As has been said

    It was her boyfriend’s hope chest

    It was her husbands treasure chest.

    In her spare time it was a community chest.

  169. RobK

     Thigh length boots are warming.
    Are they like the waders trout fishers use?

  170. Overburdened

    Re jade eggs

    The old saying,

    Throwing a carrot up Pillar Valley

    leaps to mind.

  171. OldOzzie

    Lynne Merigan
    #2987533, posted on April 14, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    I was out house inspecting with granddaughter yesterday as I have offered to help with mortgage money for which she will pay me less than current interest rates that are better than term deposit.
    She is looking in inner Melbourne with a green MHR . So I said vote for him and no money from gran and had to explain death duties. The millennials have some hard lessons to learn .

    Yep, having paid Death Duties in OZ, have tried to explain to youngest Greenies, besides destroying their’s and Australia’s future by voting Greens on Coal alone, the Greens proposed Death Duties using UK Death Duties as example of threshold in Ozzie Dollars, 40% on value of all assets above $375,000 – say house in inner Mlebourne $1.375 Million
    then without value car, household goods etc, then Tax $400,000

    The Millenial/X/Y Generations are plain Dumb and Stupid

  172. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Dutch F-16 flies into its own bullets, scores self-inflicted hits

    Don’t have a reference, but wasn’t there a Royal Australian Air Force Mirage that scored a similar “own goal” in the late 1960’s?

  173. Overburdened

    https://youtu.be/-RShs9fjTcI

    Ellen Page speaks.

    Language warning.

    Disclaimer

    I have no idea who EP is.

  174. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2987494, posted on April 14, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Kafer is a joke.

    He’s been wheeled out by HQ to try and make the improbable case that getting rid of your only world class player is a great move.

    Yeah, well, if he is such a dud, why sign him on a $4 meg contract just two months ago?
    Please essplain.

  175. mh

    Infidel Tiger
    #2987539, posted on April 14, 2019 at 4:29 pm
    Hucknall apparently has a gigantic penis which may help his confidence too.

    Money’s Too Tight (To Mention) is the cleaned up version.

    Mick actually wrote Honey’s Too Tight.

  176. Stimpson J. Cat

    Robert Spencer
    @jihadwatchRS
    I’m sure there is a mental health facility in your immediate vicinity.

    If I had a dollar for every time someone said this to me I would be a very rich man.
    There never is, however.
    😁

  177. Stimpson J. Cat

    Very sad to see Catallaxy using a completely fake photo of a black hole as a header.

    I have the original right here.
    You sane people are so gullible it is unbelievable.
    Outrageous.

  178. feelthebern

    The Wallabies haven’t had a full back who has made consistently good defensive decisions since Matt Burke.
    Folau is on a long list of fullbacks who struggled defensively.
    He other comments regarding Folau’s work off the ball are complete rubbish.
    It’s the main reason he’s been a try scoring machine.

  179. johanna

    Yep, Mick Hucknall has invested in money making busineses, so what? And he is a Labour supporter, so what?

    Here’s the thing. He was gifted with a voice that comes rarely. Wow.

  180. Elle

    Are they like the waders trout fishers use?

    No, darling.

    Am going to allude to size here.

    I’m 5’8″. A much taller gal than other gals here.
    Lizzie and Calli are 5’3 … apparently.

    My weapon sits comfortably on my hip.

    I have worn waders and caught a fush – hook, line and sinker.

    This one is for the shorter gals

  181. Mark A

    that kind of voice comes from not having any balls, a fake falsetto even. (if such a thing exists?)

  182. Mark A

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    #2987569, posted on April 14, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    that kind of voice comes from not having any b..alls, a fake falsetto even. (if such a thing exists?)

  183. Elle

    Johanna! Beautiful music. Thank you.

  184. Knuckle Dragger

    johanna,

    You’ve just proved my point.

    I didn’t know the misery guts ranga’s politics until you told me. My opinion has not essentially changed.

    I said he could sing, I’m not arguing with that. You assumed I was cracking at him for being a lefty. I was not. The fact that I now know he’s a swampy socialist as well does not change the fact that he’s an eternal source of depression. Anyone winning Powerball will be brought right back to earth by his weary groaning about how terrible his life is.

    Bloody hell woman. Jumping at shadows.

  185. RobK

    Elle,
    I’m 5’8″.
    So that would be a size 9?

  186. bespoke

    Elle
    #2987054, posted on April 13, 2019 at 7:28 pm
    Watching a fishing show earlier, never been out on the seas fishing. Who here has indulged in this pastime….

    I have, Black Ball. I have some scary, but fond, and life changing memories.

    One in particular.

    My dad use to take me deep sea fishing. He taught me the ropes. I can bait a hook, pick the right lure, catch, scale and gut a fish.

    I remember one particular trip off the coast of the Bay of Plenty in NZ. We headed out past Mount Maungani. I was 12.

    Out at sea, dad set up a couple of lines. I caught an octopus and a baby shark. We turfed them back. I asked dad where the baby shark’s mum was. He laughed and said ‘somewhere nearby’.

    It was a fine day. Calm seas.

    I got to see a whale surface right beside the boat. I freaked out. Dad was calm. He was so brave. Because of his calmness I saw the beauty.

    Later in the day the weather turned bad. A storm rolled in. Torrential rain. It became so dark I couldn’t see in front of me.

    We headed back towards the coast. Huge swells. I clung to dad as he steered the boat.

    As we were nearing Mount Maunganui and the entrance to Tauranga harbour, the motor spluttered.

    Dad told me he needed to go down underneath to where the motor was to check it out.

    Dad told me to stay put and steer the boat while he went underneath.

    I started crying. Sobbing. I was terrified. He got a crate for me to stand on so I could see. He pointed to a light in the distance and, in a firm voice, he told me to focus on the light and keep the boat heading in that direction.

    He then left me alone.

    I was still sobbing. No matter how high up and how low down the waves took us, I had to find that light and maintain focus on the light and keep steering in the that direction.

    Through tears and with determination, I did it.

    Dad eventually resurfaced. Motor fixed. He hugged me. He told me he was proud of me.

    I look back on that and think that no matter what you feel is in your way; if you focus on the goal hard enough, you can do it; you can achieve it.

    That was very moving, Hollywood would love it.

  187. Mark A

    Mills&Boon’s checkbooks are open.

  188. calli

    Lizzie and Calli are 5’3 … apparently.

    Fake News.

    I’m 5’3.5” in my socks.

    That extra half inch makes up for only ever wearing flats.

  189. Knuckle Dragger

    And now Carlton are 0 – 4, courtesy of a two point flogging by the Gold Coast Suns.

    *channels Emperor Palpatine*

    Good. Gooooooood.

    Something something dark side.

    Something something complete.

  190. Tom

    Despite having two premiership coaches (David Parkin and Robbie Walls) in the box with him, trying to coax him to success, Carlton’s clownshow kiddies development coach Brendan Bolton, who has never played league football in his life, has just lost another match by less than a goal to the AFL’s basket case expansion team, Gold Coast, coached by the league’s one-man football department Stuey Dew — with none of the Blues’ backup or budget.

    Bolton will be gone by the end of the year.

  191. Knuckle Dragger

    Condolences, Tom.

    *snicker*

  192. calli

    I’m hurt. Surely Dad nearly removing my thumb with a chisel would make a Hollywood blockbuster.

    I see Arky has got the Model A motor going. Arky, do you paint everything? Gold and red seems very…Soviet. I was hoping your apprentice would make an appearance, but I understand her absence in view of all the moving parts. 🙂

  193. Elle

    Thanks, bespoke. Well done. Your sarcasm has hurt.
    As was its intent.
    As it has always been.
    You know nought about my dad.

    Hope you feel good.

    Keep up your illiterate crap.

    Time for me to fuck off again.

  194. OldOzzie

    feelthebern
    #2987566, posted on April 14, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    The Wallabies haven’t had a full back who has made consistently good defensive decisions since Matt Burke.

    Folau is on a long list of fullbacks who struggled defensively.
    He other comments regarding Folau’s work off the ball are complete rubbish.
    It’s the main reason he’s been a try scoring machine.

    We had one of the best Rugby Fullbacks coaching out Rugby League Team at School – Marist Brothers Mosman

    Bother Terrence Curley

    Vale Classic Wallaby Terry Curley

    The Australian Rugby community is mourning the passing of Wallaby number 418, Terence “Terry” Curley who passed away yesterday aged 78.

    Born in Newcastle, Terry Curley became a Wallabies fullback aged 18 and went on to earn 11 Test caps.

    Schooled at the famous rugby nursery, St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill, Sydney, the talented Curley steered his schoolboy team to the 1955 premiership.

    Upon finishing high school he returned to Newcastle to pursue a chemical engineering degree and whilst doing so played for the Newcastle Wanderers club. His prodigious ability saw him selected for the NSW Country, NSW and Australian teams in 1957.

    He made his Test debut as an 18-year old, 12 days before his 19th birthday against a formidable All Blacks side. His performance earned him selection in the Wallabies tour to Britain, where he starred in 34 matches throughout Britain, France and America, including all five Tests. His next tour was to New Zealand where his goal kicking helped secure the Wallabies a famous three-point win in Christchurch.

    On his return to Australia, Curley announced his retirement at 20 years of age and went on to enter the Marist order. As well as being a skilled teacher, he proved a fine coach at both Marist Brothers Ashgrove and St Joseph’s College, where a number of future Wallabies came under his expert eye. His coaching successes were matched by those in the academic area and he rose to the position of deputy head at St Joseph’s. Later in life, he retrained and worked as lawyer in Sydney.

    President of Australian Rugby Union Dr John Coolican said: “There are very few players who can lay claim to having made their international Test debut at 18 years of age. For Terry to have been granted such a momentous honour at such a young age shows how impressive he was on the field.

    “He will be remembered as a tremendously talented player who was unfailingly committed to doing his very best for his country while wearing the gold jersey.

    “Off the field, he was a man who dedicated himself to his work and his community. As a teacher, his past success with the Wallabies helped him guide many young students through their rugby early careers.

    “On behalf of all Wallabies, past and present and the entire Rugby community, we pass on our condolences to his wife Libby and the entire Curley family.”

    He could run around Mosman Oval at full speed, kicking a Football high in the air and catching it without missing a great guy – as a comment on the Instagram Photo referenced above said

    warwickholt
    He coached me at school. Known affectionately as Lurch. A la Adams Family. God Bless

  195. bespoke

    Ilhan Omar Keeps Digging Hole on 9/11 Remark

    You know the saying, When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging? Apparently Ilhan Omar didn’t get that memo, or is too dense to understand it. Or maybe she’s so entrenched in her disdain for America that she refuses to stop making stupid remarks about 9/11.

  196. OldOzzie

    That was supposed to be

    and catching it without missing stride

  197. calli

    Elle, this is an FFZ*

    If leave us you must**, exit with Dignity and Decorum.

    * Flounce Free Zone
    ** channels Yoda, just because

  198. OldOzzie

    Tom
    #2987581, posted on April 14, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Despite having two premiership coaches (David Parkin and Robbie Walls) in the box with him, trying to coax him to success, Carlton’s clownshow kiddies development coach Brendan Bolton, who has never played league football in his life, has just lost another match by less than a goal to the AFL’s basket case expansion team, Gold Coast, coached by the league’s one-man football department Stuey Dew — with none of the Blues’ backup or budget.

    Tom,

    My Son-in-Law, a Carlton Supporter would commiserate with you

  199. Knuckle Dragger

    A Christian fullback. Glory be.

    I suspect that if on his tour of England Curley said to a reporter that homos were all going downstairs when they die and the rugby chiefs heard about it and sacked him, there would have been riots in the streets.

  200. Elle

    I wasn’t flouncing, calli. Just fucking off for a while. A few here are hell bent on shitting on people.

  201. calli

    My Son-in-Law, a Carlton Supporter would commiserate with you

    My beloved father in law (he of the Hill of Grace imbibing at Sunday lunch) would too, but he is beyond all care.

  202. Tom

    Elle, there are plenty of recent arrivals at the Cat who used to be trolls under other names.

    Your post at 7.28pm last night was terrific. The arsehole trolling you is just one of the Cat’s little men. He’s not the rest of us.

  203. calli

    I have two recommendations:

    Duck
    Teflon raincoat. 😃

  204. RobK

    Elle,
    I missed your story yesterday. I thought it was good.
    I didn’t think bespoke was being sarcastic, perhaps he was. I expect/hope we all have cherished memories. They are pretty special. Well told. Thanks.

  205. calli

    Third recommendation (always works):

  206. RobK

    Duck
    Teflon raincoat. 

    Does that go with the waders in heavy weather?

  207. calli

    Only with a sou’wester. And Mae West.

  208. Elle

    I’m such a woose on-line, Tom.
    Put the fucktard in front of me – face to face.
    Different story.

  209. OldOzzie

    calli
    #2987593, posted on April 14, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    My Son-in-Law, a Carlton Supporter would commiserate with you

    My beloved father in law (he of the Hill of Grace imbibing at Sunday lunch) would too, but he is beyond all care.

    calli,

    Your Father-in-Law was a Man of Excellent Taste – a Superb Drop Hill of Grace

    Me – I have finished my cellar of Hill of Grace, Penfolds 90’s Bin 707, 90’s Bin 389 and down to 90’s Bin 407, 128 and 28 then will move into 00’s Reds

  210. max

    Some low standard AFL games this round. Last two nights were shockers. Too much short hand passing and absolutely pointless short foot passes. Not sure why. Good to see Hawthorn on the receiving end of a last quarter drubbing.

  211. bespoke

    Tom
    Wrong, wrong, correct, sometimes, 5’9, correct.

  212. Mark A

    OldOzzie
    #2987601, posted on April 14, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Me – I have finished my cellar of Hill of Grace, Penfolds 90’s Bin 707, 90’s Bin 389 and down to 90’s Bin 407, 128 and 28 then will move into 00’s Reds

    If you remember all of that, you’re not doing it right.

  213. Infidel Tiger

    Another Wallaby who wasn’t great defensively: Campese.

    Corporatism is the worst thing in the world.

  214. Knuckle Dragger

    Worst tipping weekend ever.

    Three from nine. The only saving grace was that one of them was a Pies win.

  215. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Mr Shorten focused much of his speech on health, but also directly addressed the Coalition’s attacks on his franking credits policy, which it refers to as the “retiree tax”.

    “I have to say this. If you are getting a tax credit when you haven’t paid any income tax, this is a gift. It is a gift. It is not immoral, nor is it illegal, but it is a gift,” Mr Shorten said.

    “It is a gift lifted from the taxes paid by working class and middle class people in Australia today.

    From Zippy’s link. The ignorant little grub is ALLOWED to get away with this bullshit?

  216. calli

    He was a wonderful, quiet, generous man. A gunner, his hearing wasn’t all it should have been. He was with a Melbourne unit, hence the support for Carlton.

    Sunday roast, the family all around the table, and there he was in his grey boiler suit opening yet another bottle of magnificent wine.

    Life is short. Drink the wine. Preferably with those you love.

  217. RobK

    KD,
    Worst tipping weekend ever.
    If you didn’t get the Eagles over Dockers, well, your prospects for the season aren’t good.

  218. Tel

    If you are getting a tax credit when you haven’t paid any income tax, this is a gift. It is a gift.

    That must also apply to regular employees who get a refund cheque on their tax return. They quite literally have not paid any income tax … by Shorten’s standards the business paid it, because the business sent the money to the ATO.

  219. Knuckle Dragger

    RobK,

    Got the Eagles.
    Got the Pies.
    And….

    *gggnnnnhhhhahanhohognnn*

    Got the Gold Coast. Because I dislike Carlton, but more importantly I dislike their fifteen year old coach. Cut him off from Clarko’s apron strings and he’s shithouse.

  220. None

    I just looked at Izzy’s Instagram for the first time ever. Lots of corny Jesus slogans and usual sports picks but man oh man you should read the comments which can run into thousands per post. Rugby Australia has some sort of hide thinking that he vilifies or hates gays when you see some of the absolute fill that gets thrown at him by people purporting to be gay or just throwing Seiko gay sexual abuse at him. Sure he’s not the world’s most well catechized Christian but if you saw the whole post that got him into trouble this time with all the Bible quotes that went with that it is so harmless it’s not funny. And who is this gay Webster dude who’s supposed to be so magnanimous and i his response? On the one hand saying he doesn’t care what Izzy hinks but on the othrr he certainly wants Rugby Australia to take him down. What an absolute fuckwit fascist princess.
    I’m no fan of Pentecostal Christianit but he but I have absolutely no qualms about Izzy Folau
    I’d rather a good looking, clean living, tough playing rugby player than some of the filth that’s been gracing our newspapers in recent years. And good grief could that stupid woman at the head of rugby Australia be reminded to dress her age?

  221. Cassie of Sydney

    “Elle
    #2987600, posted on April 14, 2019 at 5:51 pm”

    Don’t go Elle…just ignore the beastly comments.

  222. RobK

    JC,
    Brian Cadd looks like the guy on the cover of Jethro Tull’s Aqualung album.Aqualung

  223. Dr Faustus

    Shocking faux pas on my part.

    KD: The only shocking faux pas is the ARU allowing the Irish leprechaun’s pot of gold to flow through its fingers to pay out Folau’s contract because otherwise the Irish leprechaun’s pot of gold wouldn’t be there to play rugby with.

    When you have a problem that multiple fuckwits are trying to solve, they don’t just add fuckwittery, they multiply it.

  224. Mark A

    None
    #2987618, posted on April 14, 2019 at 6:21 pm
    And good grief could that stupid woman at the head of rugby Australia be reminded to dress her age?

    A head to toe covering maybe?

    Still can’t see why he is attacked so viciously.
    I’m hoping against hope that some prominent muzzer sportsman comes out with similar quotes from their holy book, condemning the same.

    Would we be hearing crickets?

  225. dover_beach

    Rugby Australia has some sort of hide thinking that he vilifies or hates gays when you see some of the absolute fill that gets thrown at him by people purporting to be gay or just throwing Seiko gay sexual abuse at him.

    As with all Leftists, they are always, always, doing precisely what they accuse you of doing. For instance, Lyle Shelton’s twitter feed is stacked with the most hate-filled Leftist bile you will ever see. These people are sick.

  226. Stimpson J. Cat

    Still can’t see why he is attacked so viciously.

    His name is Israel.
    They get blamed for everything.

  227. None

    Haha you’re right RobK. Why do that’s pretty brilliant photograph even if Brian Cadd is a Psycho Chicken and a day before yesterday’s man.

  228. Dr Faustus

    As bad as Simply Red were, nothing is as bad as UB40.

    That’s only because there are now two separate versions of UB40 playing the same shite; the Real UB40 and the Provisional UB40, With Ali Duncan.

  229. Nick

    $#&#4#$#& Carlton.
    Gee they test my patience.

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