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We’re going to keep you all locked up until you people stop dying

This is from The Herald Sun:

Premier Daniel Andrews said restrictions would be in place until next year if Victorians didn’t adhere to them and case numbers didn’t decrease.

“It won’t be a 6-week strategy, it will be much longer,” he said.

“We will be into 2021 with significant lockdown in place.”

We are dealing with some kind of mental derangement. Daniel Andrews is our version of Captain Queeg. He seems to be taking the continuation of increased number of cases – not deaths in aged-care – but the number of cases as a personal matter. If you people won’t stop dying from this Covid virus, he seems to be saying, and keep getting the virus even asymtomatically, then I will keep you in lockdown until it stops.

He is a typical union thug who knows only force. We have now gone well beyond responsible health-care management into full-scale totalitarian mode. The scale of damage being created – and not just economic damage – is beyond comprehension. There must be some kind of reason applied to restore Victoria to an even keel. Seriously, is there no means to stop Andrews from continuing with this madness?

And this has been sent to me today also from overseas where Victoria is being recognised for the madness of the approach that is being taken.

This is about Melbourne written in the US by Jeffrey Tucker: Madness in Melbourne

Melbourne has now become world famous. I wonder if the member of the police shown in the video has ever heard of the Stasi. There is no question that Daniel Andrews knows who they were.

Melbourne is the new East Berlin.

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Jacinda Trump = Hitler

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Kamala Harris ‘Meanest, Most Horrible, Most Disrespectful’ Senator

That’s a quote from Donald Trump. It should be a fun three months. All picked up at Lucianne.com.

Donald Trump: Kamala Harris ‘Meanest, Most
Horrible, Most Disrespectful’ Senator
President Donald Trump on Tuesday reacted to the news that former Vice President Joe Biden had selected Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate in 2020.The president criticized Harris for treating his nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, unfairly during the confirmation hearings. “That was a horrible event,” Trump said. “I thought it was terrible for her, I thought it was terrible for our nation. She was the meanest, most horrible, most disrespectful than anybody in the U.S. Senate.”The president spoke about Harris during a press conference at the White House on Tuesday evening, shortly after the Biden campaign announced his decision.
Kamala Harris an underwhelming
VP pick by Joe Biden
The great Peggy Lee song comes to mind: “Is that all there is?”Sen. ­Kamala Harris checks off two big boxes for 2020 Dems — gender and race. But the moment, if not the actual choice, feels underwhelming because of the amateurish way Joe Biden and his team let the process spin out of control.The drawn-out, overhyped vetting often made it seem as if the running mate would save the ticket. A month ago there were six finalists, then maybe 12.Some openly campaigned, with Stacey Abrams and Karen Bass enlisting supporters to speak to Biden directly. Susan Rice talked up what she saw as her qualifications on television
Kamala Harris’s Final Poll Number
in Home State of California: 7%
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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) emerged as former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate on Tuesday. But her presidential campaign was a disaster: even in her home state, Harris struggled to build support, finishing at 7% in California last year.Harris started slowly in California, only reaching fourth place in the crowded field in June 2019, at 13%. But she soon surged, particularly after the first presidential primary debate in Miami, Florida, when she attacked Biden over his past support for segregationists, and his opposition to mandatory school integration (“busing”).
Flashback–Kamala Harris:
‘I Believe’ Biden Accusers
In April 2019, senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) said she believed the women who said they felt uncomfortable after being touched by former Vice President and presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden.Senator Harris said last year at one of her campaign events that she believed accusers of Joe Biden, according to a report by The Hill.“I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” said Harris at an April 2019 event in Nevada. Several women had come forward accusing Biden of touching them inappropriately and making them feel uncomfortable.On Tuesday, Biden, who is now the presumptive 2020 Democrat nominee,
15 Democrats Who Lasted Longer
Than Kamala Harris in the Primary
The Democrat’s presumptive nominee Joe Biden named his former primary opponent Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate Tuesday, despite her notoriously poor performance in the 2020 primaries.The California Democrat launched her presidential campaign in January 2019 with great fanfare. But despite the fawning media coverage hailing her as the “frontrunner” and the “candidate to beat,” Harris’ campaign crashed and burned two months before a single vote was cast.The following 15 Democrat candidates all lasted longer than Harris.
Joe Biden Reads from Script While
Talking to Kamala Harris on Zoom
Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to have a script before him during a video call via Zoom with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who was selected by his campaign to be his running mate on Tuesday. One America News’s Jack Posobiec made the observation on Twitter while sharing a photo released by Adam Schultz, the photographer for Biden’s presidential campaign.Schultz photographed Biden during a video call with Harris, describing the image as capturing the moment Biden advised Harris of her selection. “[Joe Biden] picks [Kamala Harris] for VP at his home in Delaware today over zoom,”
Flashback to when media did its job,
exposed Biden for blatantly lying about
his law school days
A video montage tweeted by actor James Woods on Monday features then-Sen. Joe Biden bragging that he was tops in his law school class followed by clips of subsequent media reports debunking his claims.In the first clip, Biden is heard variously claiming during what appears to be a press conference that he attended law school “on a full academic scholarship,” that he was the only one in law school to have a full ride, and wound up in the top half of his class.“I was the outstanding student in the political science department at the end of my year,” Biden continued. (Tweet/Video) “I graduated with three degrees”
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Sunday driving in Minneapolis

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Banana Republic of Western Australia

Now this is an impressive use of Parliament.

In Western Australia, Clive Palmer is suing the Western Australian Government over something or other.  Palmer and his companies are seeking $27.7 billion in damages.

So what does the Western Australian Government do?  Seeks to pass a law that will block Palmer’s ability to take legal action.  If you can’t make your case in a court, just get rid of the courts.  Lenin style.

According to John Quigley, the Western Australian Clown Master General (the new name for what used to be the Attorney General):

… the government’s bill to stop Mr Palmer’s legal action was “unprecedented”.

“This bill will remove the capacity for Mr Palmer, Mineralogy and International Minerals to pursue litigation and damages claims,”

This is Quigley’s arguement:

To put that (Palmer’s $27.7 billion claim) in context, the total net debt of the state of Western Australia is in the order of $35 billion to $40 billion and the budget of the state of Western Australia is approximately $30 billion,”

“If the cost of Mr Palmer’s claim was shared equally amongst all Western Australians, it would cost every man, woman, child and baby in Western Australia more than $12,000.

Ok Mr Quigley.  How much will it cost Western Australian’s when no-one invests in WA given one of the most disgraceful manifestations of sovereign risk ever seen in Australia?

So much for the rule of law and the ability to seek redress in the Courts.

Here’s a better idea Mr Quigley.  Declare a Victorian style state of emergency, but permanently.  Shut down all the courts, close parliament and cancel elections for the forseeable future and take operational control of the police.

Given that Western Australia’s borders are already closed, no further action is required on that front.  But perhaps the final acts should be to rename WA to the Democratic Republic of Quigleystan and rename Perth as Freetown.

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If the Liberal Party is non essential so then should their parliamentary pay-cheque!

I want to pick up on a point that Currency Lad made on an earlier post, namely that we should expect and indeed demand that politicians and political parties hold each other to account over the handling of the COVID pandemic. Democracy and good governance depend on it.

Unbelievably this is apparently a point of contention within the Liberal Party. There is a considerable voice within the Liberal Party of Victoria (i.e. Liberal Party of Victoria President, Robert Clarke) and apparently shared across jurisdictions (i.e. former NSW Premier Mike Baird) that the role of the Opposition is not to oppose the woeful failures of the Andrews Government but instead to offer solidarity like a good union member.

Daniel Andrews has already designated politicians (and hence the parliament) as a non-essential service. Liberal politicians are hence locked up at home and unable to hold the Andrews Government to account in the normal parliamentary way. To say that parliamentary democracy is a non-essential service is beyond a disgrace. It is the gateway to totalitarianism which is exactly what Victorians are now facing.

That the Liberal Party pathetically capitulates ands defers to Andrews thereby rendering itself non-essential is an even bigger disgrace. One of the more depressing aspects about the dire situation Victoria finds itself in is the total absence of any effective opposition from the Liberal and National Parties, with the notable exception of Tim Smith.

This absence of scrutiny / pressure is what emboldens Andrews to lurch from one disaster to another with unbridled arrogance and impunity. Just because Andrews scuppered parliament doesn’t mean Liberal and National parliamentarians should meekly settle into a fully funded house arrest and give up holding a blow torch to Andrews and his incompetent and corrupt cronies. It beggars belief that he still enjoys 61% approval for his handling of the pandemic. That figure is a total indictment on the lack of Liberal opposition. Last I checked we are not a complete despotic state (not quite anyway). Opposition is still allowed. But where is it?

The Opposition Leader, Michael O’Brien may as well be invisible and the two most senior Victorian Liberals with name recognition, being Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg are similarly missing in action. Worse than that, they actually provide cover for Daniel Andrews with the “we must all come together” meme that got us into this mess in the first place.

If Andrew’s hadn’t taken a swipe (deservedly) at Hunt regarding the Commonwealth’s inept handling of Aged Care, Hunt would have continued his National Cabinet solidarity “all in this together” protection racket for the worst government in Australian history, presiding over the single worst policy failure in Australian history. Even when Hunt finally through off the gloves the other week his retaliation had the ferocity of being hit with a wet lettuce. He made the mincing poodle look like a rabid doberman which is no mean feat.

As for Frydenberg it was though the Treasurer had to wait for former judge Jennifer Coate to give him the all clear last Wednesday to start asking questions or pointing the finger at Dan Andrews. God forbid Josh upset a former senior bureaucrat who whose entire legal career has been advanced by Labor nominations. Is it any wonder the Treasury officials love him. Having said that Andrews must answer some tough questions Frydenberg subsequently failed to ask any! He “didn’t want to get into a Commonwealth and State “slanging match“. Unbelievable.

Then of course there is SloMo who has bowed his head, doffed his cap and tugged his forelock to Dan Andrews from woe to go during this pandemic. SloMo has not been able to influence a thing of substance through the National Cabinet. He failed to achieve uniformity on quarantine, school closures, border closures, business closures or social restrictions. The only consensus achieved through the National Cabinet was that SloMo could present first on TV in exchange for Commonwealth funding every insanity offered up by the states. One suspects SloMo is loathe to criticise Andrews because he knows he should never have abdicated responsibility for quarantine in the first place. Had SloMo done his job Andrews would never have been in a position to royally screw up. Had SloMo shown any leadership in the National Cabinet, Andrews dodgy private security model would have been slapped down from inception.

If Josh Frydenberg or Greg Hunt or Michael O’Brien or Scott Morrison and all the other Liberal seat warmers (with the notable exception of Tim Smith) are unwilling or unable to hold the Andrews Government to account they should resign. Its bad enough that the people of Victoria have had parliamentary democracy classified as non-essential, it is insult to injury that the Liberal Party have decided to classify themselves as non-essential and have vacated the political field of battle. If you are not prepared to do the job you are paid to do, and which our democracy depends on you doing it, you need to go. And while your at it refund your equally non-essential pay-cheque!

 

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Breaking: Andrews’ masked lockdown kills record number

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Joe Biden’s carers choose Harris

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Pipped

 

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Dieu merci: “Notre-Dame de Paris will be rebuilt identically”

Historian of the cathedral, Agnès Poirier, celebrates the triumph of a pure restorationist vision:

After fifteen months of suspense during which designers from around the world have come up with the most audacious if not totally bizarre designs for Notre-Dame’s new spire and roof, we finally have a verdict. President Macron and the panel of experts presiding over the fate of the 850-year-old Gothic cathedral, which narrowly survived last year’s terrible fire, have unanimously approved almost every single recommendation made by the architect-in-chief Philippe Villeneuve.

His 3,000-page report, launched with a four-hour presentation in Paris on July 9, could be summarised in a sentence: Notre-Dame de Paris will be rebuilt identically.

For a large majority of people in France and beyond, it is a huge relief, and for the 57-year-old Villeneuve, the guardian of the cathedral, it is a sweet and emotional victory. Villeneuve belongs to Notre-Dame. As a small boy with a passion for organ music, he found his vocation in architecture while seated on the wooden benches of the cathedral…

 
The decision is not entirely unexpected but it’s still wonderful to hear. The danger of a second conflagration – a ‘progressive’ corruption of, first, theology, and then history itself – was immense. My advice to the estimable M. Villeneuve would be to stay on guard all the same. Vandals never sleep.

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