Open Forum: June 1, 2019

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  1. Buccaneer

    Possibly the most accurate assessment of the federal election you might see. With a couple of exceptions.

    This quote was genius.

    He is not the most gorgeous or enlightened man, indeed, he is a filthy philanderer who can’t hold down a decent job and doesn’t have a chin.

  2. dover_beach

    An interesting case to think about when considering the Folau affair. Methinks that RA has breached their contract with Folau, and that the internal review panel are very, very stupid.

  3. EvilElvis

    She’s boycotting his visit. Because social justice/wacism or something.

    Yo! Trumpster you got a hot euro wife,
    I got a US crack ho and hitched for life,
    We got it going on we really woke,
    Thank Christ I’m a royal or rangas be broke,
    We gonna bring down this Brittania rule,
    Cuz Meghan ain’t no one’s climate fooooool.

    Word!

    Coming to an Queens Birthday gala soon.

  4. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    6h
    London part of trip is going really well. The Queen and the entire Royal family have been fantastic. The relationship with the United Kingdom is very strong. Tremendous crowds of well wishers and people that love our Country. Haven’t seen any protests yet, but I’m sure the…Fake News will be working hard to find them. Great love all around. Also, big Trade Deal is possible once U.K. gets rid of the shackles. Already starting to talk!

  5. max

    From lotocoti’s link at 8.49:

    As of this afternoon, 11 of the 19 individuals arrested on gun charges over the weekend by #ChicagoPolice are already out on the street. 7 of the individuals were previously convicted felons and 6 had prior gun offenses in their backgrounds

    From comments:

    But, but the NRA.

  6. Leigh Lowe

    Also, big Trade Deal is possible once U.K. gets rid of the shackles. Already starting to talk!

    Told youse!
    I was sure he would throw out hints of a mega trade deal during the visit to stick it to the EU.
    I reckon that is why May stayed on until after the visit … to stymie any chance of Trump having meaningful trade talks with an acting PM.

  7. Mother Lode

    *Trump was deferred 5 times from service in Vietnam and has a weight problem.

    So that is five times he was smarter than Numbers by his own standard.

    As for his weight problem, he is a big guy, but not ungainly and he seems agile and energetic enough. There simply are some people who are on the larger side who are nevertheless healthy – and we are all familiar with people who seem to be in the best of health suddenly being struck down.

    I grow increasingly of the opinion that Private Hell feels, interpreting the relationship between the constellations that revolve around the centre of the universe that is the Vietnam War, that the difference between Trumps fate (as POTUS with a filthy hot wife, unassailable confidence, loved by his friends and feared by his opponents) and his own (as a cantankerous and tiresome old chalky trying to gain some modicum satisfaction not from his own society but by trying to disrupt the society of others) as all boiling down to the difference in the decision made during the draft half a century ago.

    Everything since then is incidental.

    For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: “It might have been!”

  8. C.L.

    It’s my understanding that while the Pell appeal will be heard tomorrow, there may not be a decision read for, potentially, a week – or even weeks. There is also the possibility that if the appeal is upheld on grounds 1 and/or 2 (video testimony and arraignment errors), a re-trial could be ordered. I presume that would be a mandatory judge-only trial because an impartial jury is an absurd impossibility. Which means that ground 3 (the sheer, stupid impossibility of the accusation) is what the appeal is really all about.

  9. dopey

    Lovely day in Sydney for the Chinese sailors.

  10. calli

    Also, big Trade Deal is possible once U.K. gets rid of the shackles

    Ooooow! That’s gotta sting!

    Get ready for huffing and puffing.

  11. Top Ender

    Meanwhile, on TV channels only the luvvies watch, the hatred continues:

    Welcome to London, President Trump. That’s what Simon Schama, the man who puts the ug in smug, wasn’t saying on Sky News and BBC News, before going back to Sky then returning to the Beeb to not say it all over again. And again.

    As the President of the United States began his visit to the UK, the Trump- hating historian was passing himself around the broadcasters like a tray of poisoned teacakes; one soundbite and we were all choking.

    ‘There is a bad smell over London today. We are trying to be friendly with the hyena,’ he fumed on Sky News, shortly before 10am.

    ‘I know state visits have been extended to criminals, gangsters and buffoons – there’s no reason to add another one.’

    Later on BBC News, Schama was allowed to rant unchecked over the 41-gun salute and at one point called Trump an egomaniac, which he pronounced ‘eggo-maniac’, but by then his big academic brain had scrambled with pure fury.

    He even voiced a fear that Her Majesty might catch something by shaking hands with Trump, a despicable and childish utterance.

    ‘I hope the Queen has some hand sanitizer,’ he said, his dandelion aureole of hair standing on end at the sheer horror of it all.

    More at the link. These people are almost becoming caricatures of themselves.

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Welcome to London, President Trump. That’s what Simon Schama, the man who puts the ug in smug, wasn’t saying on Sky News and BBC News, before going back to Sky then returning to the Beeb to not say it all over again. And again.

    The Simon Schama history DVD’s will be going into the bin.

  13. Some History

    From LaLa Land… snout, trough.

    “The cigarette tax has saved millions of lives. A soda tax could too”.
    https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-allcott-lockwood-taubinsky-soda-tax-economics-20190603-story.html

  14. WOBERT GOTTLIEBSEN

    And you reckon I ramble incoherently.

  15. Top Ender

    Craig Kelly is saying: “STILL DON’T BELIEVE IN THE AL GORE EFFECT ?

    Al Gore is arriving in Queensland today to preach global warming – and it’s just started snowing.”

  16. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    as a cantankerous and tiresome old chalky trying to gain some modicum satisfaction not from his own society but by trying to disrupt the society of others)

    Well said.

  17. “Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3034205, posted on June 4, 2019 at 10:00 am
    Welcome to London, President Trump. That’s what Simon Schama, the man who puts the ug in smug, wasn’t saying on Sky News and BBC News, before going back to Sky then returning to the Beeb to not say it all over again. And again.

    The Simon Schama history DVD’s will be going into the bin.”

    I’ve always found Schama mediocre.

  18. Old School Conservative

    Thanks TE for Trump’s speech.
    I’m tuning into the ABC to hear them praise it as a masterpiece of historical accuracy and civilisational motivation.
    Just won’t hold my breath while waiting.

  19. Knuckle Dragger

    In idiot model news, 24 yo Melburnian Adau Mornyang – the pissed and drugged-up halfwit charged for beating up hosties and looking at 21 years in a US jail for her trouble wants her matter thrown out.

    Because the tape of her screaming racial slurs and obscenities was ‘inflammatory’ and convinced the hury to convict her.

    That’s sorta the point, darling. Probative value and all that.

  20. cohenite

    Insightful article about why the RoP has been so successful: it’s carnality, it literally is a religion of the flesh which allows and authorises its followers to indulge their sexual appetites and to dominate non-RoP people; it formalises the nexus between power and sex and is cult like in its tribalism.

    Well worth a read, particularly by those optimists who still think the West can co-exist with the RoP.

  21. Old School Conservative

    For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: “It might have been!”

    I couldda been a contender.

  22. Des Deskperson

    ‘Are the Chunk shups going to vusut their new bestie in New Zulland?
    Are they nuclear armed or powered?’

    They are not nuclear powered, although China does have nuclear powered submarines.

    I’m no expert on ship-borne nuclear weapons and I don’t know much about the technical level and array of China’s naval nuclear weapons. IIRC, the US has nuclear weapons such as depth charges and sea-launched missiles that can be fitted to relatively small naval vessels, so the visiting Chinese fleet could conceivably be nuclear armed.

    The US has a policy of neither confirming nor denying that a particular vessel is carrying nuclear weapons. This is ostensibly for security reason, but it is also intended to prevent countries being visited to make a choice admitting or denying nuclear capable vessels.

    I dunno what the Chinese approach is, but I doubt it is more open than the US policy.

  23. Some History

    The “savior” has come [giggle].

    “Saving the Planet”, with Al Whore

    Find out why Al Gore deemed it was time to make a sequel to his Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. You’ll hear more about the sequel, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power which was released in 2017. We discuss why the solutions to solving climate change are still complicated. You’ll learn how to deal with climate deniers. We explore the shared tactics of the fossil fuel industry and the tobacco industry when it comes to releasing information to the public. Andrew explains the importance of telling the truth when science reporting.

    How do you balance fueling a capitalist society and safeguarding the Earth? Our panel tries to solve that seeming paradox. Al Gore tells us why in order to solve the climate crisis, we must first solve the democracy crisis. Learn more about the Paris Agreement from 2016. And, Chuck has an idea how to convince the current President to rejoin the agreement. Investigate how bad humans have made the Earth for other species. You’ll also investigate humanity’s general impact in the Anthropocene era…
    https://www.startalkradio.net/show/saving-the-earth-with-al-gore/

  24. Boambee John

    The obsession is becoming pathological.

    Self diagnosis?

  25. Mother Lode

    According to this morning’s Oz – paywall protected – even Gladys B’s State government was not given prior advice about the Chinese wardship visits.

    Get a grip, people!

    Morro said the visit had been planned for months.

    Of course he only found out about it yesterday too, but the Chinese knew for months in advance.

    Those orientals are notoriously inscrutable.

  26. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Simon Schama history DVD’s will be going into the bin.

    It’s a shame that TDS is driving these people mad. I liked Mr Schama’s docos, but I won’t be watching any now.

    All it takes is for artists to say that they don’t do politics. Then they will avoid losing so much audience.

    I note that Taylor Swift, who had been very careful to stay out of political stuff, has finally succumbed to the Left. Poor kid. Watch her career go down the toilet from now on.

  27. Steve trickler

    Elizabeth is happy.

    Channel 4 UK are wankers….still.



  28. calli

    Thanks for that, cohenite. The writer of the piece ought to know.

    Mateen Alass (PhD) was raised in Saudi Arabia. After completing a B.A. at Stanford University he graduated from Fuller Seminary, earning M.Div. and M.A. degrees in Biblical Studies and Theology. After several years of pastoral work he returned to school earning a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Durham University in England, studying under the world-renowned NT scholar James D. G. Dunn.

  29. johanna

    Great clip, Steve T.

    I love the way he prowls up and down the press hyenas like a cranky panther.

    Khan is ‘like the twin of DeBlasio, except shorter.’

    Ouch!

    We wymminses don’t really get this, but men are obsessed with their height. That’s gonna leave a mark.

  30. mh

    Lovely day in Sydney for the Chinese sailors.

    Is Numbers going down there to say hello?

  31. calli

    You’ll learn how to deal with climate deniers.

    Idiotic, meaningless drivel.

  32. max

    This is so good. A reminder of what has almost vanished in the West but which we believed for so long:

    ‘On D-day, the Queen’s beloved father, King George VI delivered a stirring national address.

    ‘That day he said, after nearly five years of toil and suffering, we must renew that crusading impulse on which we entered the war and met its darkest hour. Our fight is against evil and for a world in which goodness and honour may be the foundation of the life of men in every land.

  33. Roger

    I’ve always found Schama mediocre.

    Ditto…and he’s just confirmed it.

  34. calli

    Max, have a look at cohenite’s link. It tells you why we believed it.

  35. notafan

    The bright cat ladies need to start a secret infiltration organisation to attend writer’s festivals and art shows.

    I know you don’t mean me but I would rather a) kill myself b) listen to my cute puppy stories

  36. thefrollickingmole

    Lovely day in Sydney for the Chinese sailors.
    Is Numbers going down there to say hello?

    Hes in the penis inspection booth, 3rd hole in the wall on the left.

    Inspecting The glorious penis of the revolution, much less diseased than the running dog imperialist dangly bits.

  37. Top Ender

    Naval ship visits to foreign ports are planned months in advance.

    The most complex planning starts from the bottom up, arranging potable water; sewage pumping, shore electricity, and shore visiting for your vessel’s people.

    There is usually a foreign naval person ashore appointed as “Visiting Ship Liaison Officer” or some such title. In this case there would be a RAN officer or three doing the job.

    Presumably there was some failure at a senior level to make a courtesy advice call to the NSW government.

  38. notafan

    I see we have an excess of carefully considered posts this morning

    man in a blue suit

  39. Roberto

    Cassie of Sydney

    I’ve always found Schama mediocre.

    I agree. His historical analysis isn’t terribly penetrating. Very shallow stuff. All theatrical gestures and emotion.

  40. Bruce of Newcastle

    Presumably there was some failure at a senior level to make a courtesy advice call to the NSW government.

    TE – It was almost certainly not “some failure”. Indeed it looks to be an unqualified success since there were clearly no leaks at all.

    The ADF is right to consider any Australian parliament incompetent to tie their own shoes let alone keep security arrangements confidential.

  41. Roger

    Labor star recruit Ged Kearney mystified as to why QLD working class deserted Labor.

    Here’s a tip, Ged: Jobs.

  42. johanna

    It’s a shame that TDS is driving these people mad. I liked Mr Schama’s docos, but I won’t be watching any now.

    Schama made an ass of himself in a debate with Mark Steyn yonks ago. This is nothing new.

    That said, I am not in favour of throwing out the baby with the bathwater – that is what the Left do. They un-person you, irrespective of your achievements, because of your politics.

    His history of the Dutch golden age – An Embarrassment of Riches – is very good indeed. That and Motley’s The Dutch Republic are classics in their field.

    I don’t know anything about Motley’s private life, but no doubt he had his faults, like all of us. That does not detract from his splendid scholarship.

    If Schama was writing a book about Trump, I would give it a wide berth. That does not mean that he is worthless in all of his endeavours.

    I repeat, un-personing people’s work because of their political views or other personal shortcomings is something we deplore when it is done to us, so let’s not be hypocrites about it.

  43. None

    What was the monumental error that Folau made?

  44. Here are my favourite British historians….Simon Sebag Montefiore, Sir David Starkey, Andrew Roberts, Antony Beevor, Niall Ferguson, Ian Kershaw, Harold Acton, Artemis Cooper, Bettany Hughes and Dan Snow. Schama is just a pompous and attention seeking dickhead.

  45. Leigh Lowe

    The US has a policy of neither confirming nor denying that a particular vessel is carrying nuclear weapons. This is ostensibly for security reason, but it is also intended to prevent countries being visited to make a choice admitting or denying nuclear capable vessels.

    That is where I was headed.
    The Kiwis banned visits by US vessels because they wouldn’t positively confirm any particular vessel was nuclear free.
    The Chunks won’t either but I’ll bet Jacinda won’t knock back a visit from her new belt and road besties.
    Although she has sworn to manage them vewwy carefully, so no probs.

  46. Warwick

    I have noticed on Sunrise and all the other MSM sites, that coverage of the Trump visit to the UK has been surprisingly , well, upbeat. Sunrise even made the point that Trump had a swipe at the London Mayor, but you had to remember the Mayor pretty much started it! I really think the ScoMo win, and the Euro elections etc have had the effect of changing the narrative. Even Trumps “odd” handshake with the Queen was passed off as Trump being delicate and polite!

  47. johanna

    notafan
    #3034239, posted on June 4, 2019 at 10:38 am

    The bright cat ladies need to start a secret infiltration organisation to attend writer’s festivals and art shows.

    I know you don’t mean me but I would rather a) kill myself b) listen to my cute puppy stories

    Yeah, sorry, that’s a bridge too far, even for those of us who are not so bright.

    I don’t see you volunteering to go to men’s drumming retreats in the forest.

  48. Black Ball

    A bit of Simon Schama here.

  49. notafan

    it’s carnality, it literally is a religion of the flesh which allows and authorises its followers to indulge their sexual appetites

    Of course it does

    It is a rape, pillage and loot culture which had been authorised by an almighty who promises you whatever you want in return for submission with the ultimate prize for the most devout (ji hadi ‘martyrs’) a jannah of perpetual priapism coupled with eternal self repairing virgins.

    It is why Carland thinks she can proselytize the secular West pointing out how isl amic sex is not just for procreation (implying something about Christian love that is untrue)

    And why there are some stark similarities with mormonism as both cult leaders received new revelations that gave them more and more freedom to expand their sexual conquests (and almost identical heavenly rewards)

    That red headed Canadian who converted to is lam and reverted to Christianity has excellent YouTubes on the convenient revelations of mo

  50. Diogenes

    I have noticed on Sunrise and all the other MSM sit

    Today was in full on snark mode.

  51. Roger

    And why there are some stark similarities with mormonism…

    As early as 1831 Joseph Smith was dubbed “the American Mohamet”; a few years later Smith himself enthusiastically adopted the moniker.

  52. “but you had to remember the Mayor pretty much started it!”

    Not just pretty much…..SaDICK Khan, the islaaaaaaaaaaaamist sympathising mayor who thinks that people living in a city like London just need to grin and bear terrorist acts carried out by his own scummy religion as well as the never ending knife attacks and acid attacks, completely started the war of words with Trump…..and what I love about the Donald is…..he’ll neatly finish the war of words.

    Trump doesn’t turn the other cheeck and why the fuck should he.

  53. johanna

    Cassie – get back to me when you have read all three volumes of Motley. I seriously doubt that you know bugger all about Dutch history.

    It is true that Schama’s style is often descriptive rather than analytical, but since when is putting the material in front of the reader to interpret a sin? In the case of the book I mentioned, he paints a picture uparalleled in its detail, with lots of illustrations such as artworks and documents. It is a formidable piece of research presented in an accessible style.

    Sorry if it doesn’t meet your high standards, which apparently require the historian to ‘interpret’ events according to his or her preferences.

    I rather like to draw my own conclusions. YMMV.

  54. notafan

    He is not the most gorgeous or enlightened man, indeed, he is a filthy philanderer who can’t hold down a decent job and doesn’t have a chin.

    Pity she couldn’t get her facts straight

    Shorten’s first wife wasn’t pregnant.

    As for the incredible rudeness about Tony Abbott the Prime Minister who won a landslide election

    And the stupidity about the ‘far right’

    What far right

    Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton?

    Get a grip

  55. notafan

    I’ll bet he did Roger

  56. stackja

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #3034258, posted on June 4, 2019 at 11:00 am

    737 Max?

  57. max

    Yes, thanks calli.

    On deceptive and selective use of quotations from the Kor an, this is good:
    Beware of Mu slims Bearing Pamphlets
    William Kilpatrick

  58. feelthebern

    Her Maj is a wiley old operator too, of course

    Sure is.
    Was practicing greeting Hitler at the same time the boys were over there fighting the chap.
    The Royals should be purged.
    Bunch of anti Catholic, pro Nazi human inbreds.

  59. EvilElvis

    Schama made an ass of himself in a debate with Mark Steyn yonks ago.

    +1. Steyn and Farage vs Schama and some female ex UN crackpot. Schama took umbrage when a few home truths were raised. Idiot.

  60. “johanna
    #3034264, posted on June 4, 2019 at 11:03 am
    Cassie – get back to me when you have read all three volumes of Motley. I seriously doubt that you know bugger all about Dutch history.”

    So what has Dutch history got to do with British history? I don’t pretend to know anything about Dutch history and I never said I did.

  61. Mother Lode

    A Republican President from the beginning of last century – Teddy Roosevelt:

    Speak softly and carry a big stick.

    A Republican President from the beginning of this one:

    We have the big stick – and I don’t feel like speaking softly.

  62. Leigh Lowe

    Stimpson J. Cat

    #3034258, posted on June 4, 2019 at 11:00 am

    The Boeing Company
    @Boeing
    As #PrideMonth kicks off, we stand with our LGBTQ+ community and are #poweredbypride.

    10:45 PM · Jun 1, 2019

    Forget the fags.
    Fix the software.

  63. Knuckle Dragger

    I have the feeling we’re about to be warned.

    Or reminded of having been warned. About something.

    Dread seeps through me like rising damp in a houso flat.

  64. C.L.

    I don’t recall anything like it …
    Our prime minister goes to PNG to bolster the bilateral relationship and stave off the Chinese … as Chinese war ships imperiously steam into Sydney Harbour on the anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre.

  65. stackja

    Both Qantas and Virgin have tweeted that passengers should keep an eye on their websites to see if their flights are going to be affected by the weather, which has stopped all road traffic between Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

  66. Some History

    On deceptive and selective use of quotations from the Kor an, this is good:
    Beware of Mu slims Bearing Pamphlets
    William Kilpatrick

    In effect, Ahmad tried to put a smiley face on I slam.

    LOL Nicely put.

  67. Gab:

    You know, the older I get the more I seem to not have any interest in hanging out with friends. I’m not interested in discussing TV shows or movies ad nauseum. And while I feel affection for their recent crop of puppies (it’s all the rage to purchase designer dogs, especially of the ca- or da- or whatever -oodle variety), talking for hours on end about ‘puppy school’ and ‘puppy day care’ (yes, that’s a thing) and so on leaves me bored after an hour of it.

    I’m with you on this one – the sheer vacuousness of people of today is mind numbing. My family tells me not to be a hermit, but realistically, if it wasn’t for the relief from the tedium of modern life I get on the Cat + the ability to go out shooting pigs every now and then, I’d probably want to slice my wrists.
    The 21st Century has managed to be the most interesting and the most socially desolate century of human endeavor evah!

  68. Steve trickler

    I’ve yet to eat one.

    The Dandelion and Civilization.



  69. stackja

    C.L.
    #3034281, posted on June 4, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Canberra expected BS win? ScoMo ‘knew’ but not shaken or stirred?

  70. John64

    Labor star recruit Ged Kearney mystified as to why QLD working class deserted Labor.

    Here’s a tip, Ged: Jobs.

    And this woman was President of the ACTU!

    Frickin’ unbelievable.

  71. stackja

    Search for ‘missing’ Warilla Beach surfer called off
    Illawarra Mercury-1 hour ago
    10:07am: A search for a possible missing surfer at Warilla Beach has been called off on Tuesday morning. A witness has notified the police on …

  72. notafan

    KD starting to worry

    You have shaved your head

    what is next

    Sackcloth and ashes ?

    Have you taken Israel’s tweet to heart?

    or are you still all

    da mihi castitatem et continentam, sed noli modo ?

  73. C.L.

    Here’s what we know about the Chinese warship visit.
    It was planned months ago and the Canberra Deep State must have known it would coincide exactly with the anniversary. It was trolling pure and simple; a way of saying the late Bob Hawke’s famous condemnation was now forgotten and ‘we won.’
    And Morrison, Bishop and the the nation’s top mandarins were cool with that.
    What’s more, they kept it a state secret to protect Chinese sensibilities.
    This is straight out treason.

  74. johanna

    So what has Dutch history got to do with British history? I don’t pretend to know anything about Dutch history and I never said I did.

    You joined in the dogpile that Schama, as well as being not to your liking in politics, was a lousy historian.

    Don’t try and wriggle out of it.

  75. “johanna
    #3034297, posted on June 4, 2019 at 11:32 am
    So what has Dutch history got to do with British history? I don’t pretend to know anything about Dutch history and I never said I did.

    You joined in the dogpile that Schama, as well as being not to your liking in politics, was a lousy historian.

    Don’t try and wriggle out of it.”

    Have you hit the bottle already this morning?

  76. Stimpson J. Cat

    I don’t recall anything like it …
    Our prime minister goes to PNG to bolster the bilateral relationship and stave off the Chinese … as Chinese war ships imperiously steam into Sydney Harbour on the anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre.

    Imagine being that desperate for good DimSum.
    The Chinese are weak as f$ck.

  77. Roger

    This is straight out treason.

    Not yet, but it is cowardice.

  78. mh

    At 11.30am Applethorpe, Qld has a temp of 4.8 degrees.

    That is Gore worthy.

  79. stackja

    Who in Canberra helped the KGB/GRU never revealed.

  80. Geriatric Mayfly

    The Dandelion and Civilization.

    It was once common to see “New Australians” harvesting dandelions on roadside verges. Most have probably now passed, as you do not see these quaint gourmets these days.

  81. Stimpson J. Cat

    What’s more, they kept it a state secret to protect Chinese sensibilities.
    This is straight out treason.

    Labor was supposed to win the election, remember?

  82. Roger

    At 11.30am Applethorpe, Qld has a temp of 4.8 degrees.

    Here at my rural Qld retreat it is 7C, although the BOM suggests the wind howling under the eaves will make it feel more like -1.5C!

  83. Classical Hero:
    That’s a shit hand you’ve been dealt there, mate.
    All you can do is play as well as you can.
    Good luck, mate.

  84. thefrollickingmole

    This is an official sneak look into Stimpys brain…

    Dont say you werent warned.

    https://youtu.be/yzC4hFK5P3g

  85. stackja

    Federal police raid News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst’s home over a secret government spy plan story
    Federal police officers are raiding the home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst over a story about a secret government plan to spy on Australians.

    Claire Harvey, The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only

    6 minutes ago

    Federal police officers are raiding the home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst over a story about a secret government plan to spy on Australians.

    Ms Smethurst, the political editor for News Corp Sunday titles including The Sunday Telegraph, was at home preparing to leave for work this morning when several Australian Federal Police officers arrived with a warrant from an ACT magistrate giving them authority to search her home, computer and mobile phone.

    Ms Smethurst complied with the warrant and is presently waiting for the raid to be completed. She has declined to answer questions apart from confirming her identity.

    The story, published in April 2018, said the Defence and Home Affairs ministries were discussing radical new espionage powers that would see Australia’s cyber spy agency, the Australian Signals Directorate, monitor Australian citizens for the first time.

    Under the plan, emails, bank accounts and text messages of Australians could be secretly accessed by digital spies without a trace, provided the Defence and Home Affairs ministers approved.

    The Government declined to comment on the report at the time but the raid has come just three weeks after the federal election returned the Morrison Government to power and ensured Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton would remain in his mega-portfolio.

    Ms Smethurst’s original story included images of top-secret letters between the secretary of Home Affairs, Mike Pezzullo, and his counterpart in Defence, Greg Moriarty, outlining a plan to potentially allow government hackers to “proactively disrupt and covertly remove” onshore cyber threats by “hacking into critical infrastructure.”

  86. feelthebern

    So what has Dutch history got to do with British history? I don’t pretend to know anything about Dutch history and I never said I did

    This chap called William of Orange brought Dutch ovens to the British Aisles.
    If he was around today, he’d be the sham-wow guy.

  87. British Aisles.

    I knew there was a reason that poms always form a queue.

  88. feelthebern

    Auto smell fail…

  89. Stimpson J. Cat

    Never Forget.

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    Kate Middleton is great–but she shouldn’t be sunbathing in the nude–only herself to blame.
    2:03 AM · Sep 18, 2012

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    Who wouldn’t take Kate’s picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!
    2:04 AM · Sep 18, 2012

  90. johanna

    Cassie of Sydney
    #3034210, posted on June 4, 2019 at 10:05 am

    “Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3034205, posted on June 4, 2019 at 10:00 am
    Welcome to London, President Trump. That’s what Simon Schama, the man who puts the ug in smug, wasn’t saying on Sky News and BBC News, before going back to Sky then returning to the Beeb to not say it all over again. And again.

    The Simon Schama history DVD’s will be going into the bin.”

    I’ve always found Schama mediocre.

    Says the great authority on historians, who admits that she (a) knows anything about Dutch history; and (b) denies that she criticised Schama.

    You’re a liar, and not a very good one.

  91. dopey

    Shama’s books can look interesting but something puts me off buying. The Robert Manne factor.

  92. “johanna
    #3034319, posted on June 4, 2019 at 12:02 pm”

    Crawl back into your hole Johanna….and a word of advice…you have form with this kind of behaviour and you know what ensued in the past.

  93. stackja

    Colin Vickery, Herald Sun
    Subscriber only

    14 minutes ago

    The Australia Federal election appears to have boosted the fortunes of Neil Mitchell whose 3AW morning program jumped significantly in the latest radio ratings.

    And the FM breakfast war got way tighter with Fox and Smooth equal on an 8.9 per cent share.

    Mitchell’s show increased its share to 17.7 percent for the survey 3 of 2019 – up 1.5 points from last survey’s 16.2.

    The survey period ran from March 10 to April 13 and then from April 21 to May 25. The Federal election was May 18.

    The ABC’s rival morning show with Jon Faine went in the other direction – dipping to 10.4 from 11.0. In February, Faine announced that he will retire at the end of the year.

  94. zyconoclast

    The Boeing Company
    @Boeing
    As #PrideMonth kicks off, we stand with our LGBTQ+ community and are #poweredbypride.

    Proves that the word bent is always the correct descriptor.

  95. Johanna:

    Calli, Her Maj looks genuinely pleased to see the Trumpster in that photo.

    Yes she does. Are they fist bumping? It sorta looks like it.

  96. johanna

    Darned blockquote fail.

    Anyway, I haven’t finished with you, Cassie.

    Always with the personal attacks if someone disagrees with you. If I disagree – why, I must be on the turps! What other explanation could there be?

    You said, languidly ‘I’ve always found Schama mediocre’ with the implicit sneer falling like ash from the end of your cigarette holder.

    When challenged on an actual subject which he wrote about and which I know a fair bit about, you first tried distraction, and when that didn’t work, resorted to unfounded personal abuse.

    Lift your game, hun.

  97. Confused Old Misfit

    The Boeing Company…and are #poweredbypride.

    So that’s why your aircraft keep biting the rug!

  98. Roger

    Federal police officers are raiding the home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst over a story about a secret government plan to spy on Australians.

    Bottom line…it’s bad: Our liberty is in the hands of Kristina Kenneally

  99. Bruce of Newcastle

    William of Orange

    The first Orange One!
    It was the deplorables wot brung him in.
    James II was the Theresa May of the 1680’s.

  100. zyconoclast

    Some justice

    Mall of America attacker gets 19 years for throwing boy over railing

    The “evil and selfish” Minneapolis man who threw a child over a third-floor railing at the Mall of America was sentenced to 19 years in prison on Monday.

    Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, looked straight ahead or down throughout most of the short sentencing hearing and declined to address the court when Hennepin County District Judge Jeannice Reding offered him that opportunity.

    Aranda pleaded guilty last month to first-degree attempted murder, in connection to the April 12 attack in Bloomington, Minnesota, that nearly killed a 5-year-old boy.

  101. Roberto

    Notafan

    da mihi castitatem et continentam, sed noli modo

    Gosh…St Augustine. You are lifting the tone.

  102. Dr Faustus

    Labor star recruit Ged Kearney mystified as to why QLD working class deserted Labor.

    Giv’m a break.

    Pretty much the whole Shadow cabinet had a hand in installing Awfentic Bill Shorten as Leader and developing the popular-as-arse-cancer policy platform. And shining star Gold Pass recipient, Nobody’s Girl, was a major player as Acceptable Face of the ALP Campaign.

    Given the way politics works, it would be a bit hard to suddenly fess up with: “Yes, well, we note that the product was voted as crap by the majority of Australians and it was sold vewy, vewy badly by a group of retards (who still happen to be on the front bench) – so back to the drawing board…”

    Particularly when most of the offensive policy is part of the Labor Platform agreed at conference and demanded by their ACTU owners – and they have no intention at all of changing it.

    Instead, expect more earnest inquiry, more puzzled frowns, more dark allusions to vested interests degrading democracy, a few gasps of discovery as tiny local issues are identified – until a decent interval has passed and Team Albo can claim the shriven state of ‘listened to the voters’.

  103. calli

    Was practicing greeting Hitler at the same time the boys were over there fighting the chap.

    I presume you mean doing the silly Hit ler salutes when she was a little girl in the early 30’s. Yes, I’ve seen the footage.

    Funny thing…when I was the same age, I did those too. When me and my street gang were playing goodies and baddies (we feasted on all the WWII movies).

    Just as well no one took any photos. People would think I was a Nayzee sympathiser.

  104. Roger

    …most of the offensive policy is part of the Labor Platform agreed at conference and demanded by their ACTU owners – and they have no intention at all of changing it.

    ALP stubbornly refusing to learn from their history.

  105. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Could you? I ask of Hairy, as my glass becomes empty in our pre-dinner drinks of duty free hooch. Oh, I say, glancing from the desk where I sit, Hairy in the big chair looking at the Vancouver view, and meanwhile me seeing the bottle of Bourbon and the half-empty minibar can of Coke, don’t worry, I can reach it from here myself. If it’s not too much of a stretch, he agrees in his droll way, if it’s not too much trouble just to move dat little pinky just an arm’s length to da right and pour it yourself.

    We are having a quiet moment before dinner and bed, getting into the timing of this place, not China.

    Don’t worry, Cassie, for a few minutes here I’ve got your back, drawing away fire; although maybe she’s gone to bed for an arvo nap now.

    Read back thread a bit Trump’s toast to Her Maj was a winner. So is she. They are getting on like two old oldies on fire with each other. Like me and Hairy, except he wouldn’t appreciate the oldie tag. Me? Meh. I can cope. And for Classical Hero, best of luck with the health problems, terrible when they strike so early. Hope we can keep cheering you up a bit here.

  106. Roberto

    I’ve just had some pumpkin soup and a ham and cheese toastie for lunch. Really hit the spot on such a chilly day.

  107. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Whoa, Cassie, she’s still up and onto your cigatette holder, which all of us Eastern Suburbs girls of a certain age and sophistication wave around in 1950’s gay abandon. This way, Joh, over here to the glowing tip of mine, for the only reference to cigarette holders in the Cat ambit recently was mine in Quadrant.

    Actually, I took up smoking in my early thirties after the end of my first marriage and gave it up forever when pregnant to Da Hairy Ape in my early forties. Put that in your cigarette holder and smoke it, darling.

  108. Top Ender:

    Craig Kelly is saying: “STILL DON’T BELIEVE IN THE AL GORE EFFECT ?
    Al Gore is arriving in Queensland today to preach global warming – and it’s just started snowing.”

    It’s stuff like this that tempts me to think there is a God. And that he has one hell of a sense of humour.

  109. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    China Official statement re Tiananmen: ‘dropping the incident .. has been aimed at heloing the country keave the shadow behind, avoid disputes, and help all Chinese people face the future. It has become a faded historical event, rather than an actual entanglement.’

    In other words, says Hairy, it never happened.

  110. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    …helping the country leave ..

    Wretched iphone dislikes cheap Bourbon.

  111. DrBeauGan

    What a lot of medals prince Charles is wearing at the piss-up. He must be very brave.

  112. Rae

    and a word of advice…you have form with this kind of behaviour

    Ho ho, Hun. I have mentioned before the poor quality of your commenting style. Take it from the Chinese fleet (you probably would):

    Stay Crassie.

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