Open Forum: July 9, 2011

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  1. Infidel Tiger

    Welcome all. Terra Nullis.

  2. JC.

    I acknowledge the Indigenous people, on whose lands we meet today

  3. C.L.

    Peter van Onselen has a fresh, untried idea for reviving Labor’s fortunes: attack Abbott.

  4. JC.

    Good one Peter. Great idea. That hasn’t been tried at all over the past year and a bit.

    Last week you were excited that the Libs President vote tensions were going to deliver the next two elections, possibly three to labor. When that didn’t work, you’re going back to the attacking Abbott, which is so novel, it could almost be added to the Smithsonian because of its uniqueness. Not.

    Dude , give it up. Your ship is going down and there’s not a thing you can do about it.

  5. C.L.

    From that column, one of the most hilarious pieces of analysis I’ve ever read:

    If Labor can get on with governing and prove it can run the country effectively, doing so will, by definition, refute Abbott’s negativity. There are signs that this is happening: the resumption of the cattle trade, for example.

    Got that? The RESUMPTION of the cattle trade (wrecked by Labor) is an example of good governance by Labor. This is like saying that the work of the fire brigade was an example of good governance during the pink batts catastrophe.

  6. Fleeced

    lol… and they say climate skeptics are in denial.

  7. JC.

    Left-wing da nile is great to watch.

    He’s also a perfessor of, I presume, political science in WA.

    I hope his students aren’t reading this swill.

    As I keep repeating, the Oz needs to do a prisoner exchange with Fairfax. Give them Pete and Paul Kelly for anyone exhibiting signs of life over there.

  8. JC.

    He’s actually worse than Homer ever was, even if Homer has bad diction.

  9. JC.

    ALP supporters are in a serious mentally precarious state and anythink (Riahnnon) could send them over the edge Thelma and Louise style. They can’t come to grips just how bad this government has been after the hope it could be compared to the Howard government.

    They can’t come to grips with how incompetent they’re perceived to be.

  10. Fleeced

    Bet Gillard wishes she could make a find like this.

  11. C.L.

    The latest sickness from the molestation specialists of the TSA.* Check out the pic.

    *I’m sure the editor of The Drum thinks they’re misunderstood.

  12. Fleeced

    I find it hard to enjoy all of these popcorn moments whilst the country is going down the gurgler.

  13. JC.

    President Obama said today’s bad jobs reports “confirms what most Americans already know: We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do.”

    Yea Barry, you nimbus sure have. They know they have a lot of work ahead of them… choosing from the GOP lineup who is going to be the next President.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/07/obama-addressed-92-unemployment/1

  14. Gabrielle

    Brainwashing – you’ve gotta get ’em when they’re young:

    PRIMARY school children are being taught climate change will bring “death, injury and destruction” to the world unless they take action.

    As well as their terrible impact on people, animals and ecosystems, they cause billions of dollars worth of damage to homes and other buildings,” the material says.

    “Australia is one of the hottest and driest continents on Earth and is in danger of being severely affected by climate change if we do not act now.”

    Psychologists and scientists yesterday slammed the lessons, accusing educators of being alarmist, creating unnecessary anxiety and endangering children’s mental health.

  15. Tal

    I can’t remember the country so angry

  16. Fleeced

    Check out the pic.

    WTF? This is parody, right?

    I knew the UK was a lost cause, but I’m thinking the US might be as well. The next election needs not only to be won by a Republican, but one who knows wtf they’re doing – so they can undo all this shit.

  17. JC.

    I find it hard to enjoy all of these popcorn moments whilst the country is going down the gurgler.

    Split the feelings, Fleeced, like I do. Feel sorrow at the way the country being vandalized and burgled, but at the same time enjoy the spectacle of a bunch of retards bumbling around while knowing they are never to set foot in government for 20 years. In addition enjoy the knowing how all this fucks with lefties heads.

    One more thing…. this is a very good fucking lesson to the electorate they need to understand that elections have serious consequences.

  18. JC.

    Shuttle is about to take off. Love this shit. The power of the engines.

    http://www.livestream.com/usa_today1

    And it’s the last flight.

  19. JC.

    That was just terrific. Love the camera shot looking down from the body of the shuttle as we saw the booster rocket detaching. Those engines are just fantastic.

  20. Fleeced

    Already posted that CL – get with the program!

    Brainwashing – you’ve gotta get ‘em when they’re young

    This has been going on for a while, and is frankly child abuse. My dad used to have a silly throwaway line on the rare occasions he dropped us of at school: “Oh, and Kirk… Make sure you learn something!”

    I was raised in a Christian household, and one Sunday was visiting my best friend’s church (different, and somewhat more fundamentalist denomination). As I was leaving, my dad added, “Oh, and Kirk… Don’t believe everything you hear!”

    At the time, I was taken aback by this comment – so much so that it kind of stuck with me… I think the latter message is now more appropriate for seeing your kids off to school, and I find that quite depressing.

  21. JC.

    Kids can see through that stuff though, most don’t buy into it and they also rebel.

  22. Yobbo

    I also thought the Gillard government was comical until it started to deliberately shut down successful industries to appease the greens. Now I’m almost at the cleaning-out-the-rifle stage.

  23. Fleeced

    s’ok, CL… it’s what I get for doing a blind link instead of explaining what it was 🙂

  24. Abu Chowdah

    I completely disregard the indigenous people on whose land we meet today. They can kiss my fat ass.

  25. JC.

    yobbo

    What’s the feeling about them in WA. You have a feel there what the average person is saying?

  26. Fleeced

    Another cold one in Sydney (even worse than last night by the feel of it)… will be sleeping in late tomorrow (or I should say, today). Global warming can’t come quick enough!

  27. JC.

    Warren Buffett said his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) spent about $4 billion acquiring stocks since February as new portfolio manager Todd Combs added two holdings.

    “We bought some equities that we probably spent $4 billion on,” Buffett told Bloomberg Television’s Betty Liu on the “In the Loop” program today, in an interview from Sun Valley, Idaho. “They’re in the space of common stocks.”

    Nearest billion is fine Warren.

  28. Gabrielle

    Pictures of the last shuttle launch

    here and here. Enlarge on screen.
    Some the photos are brilliant – but then I’m biased.

  29. pete m

    My sister and her husband are normally happy just o kep working hard and try and get ahead. Just recently they’ve noticed the added taxes (flood levy), higher everything and now carbon tax and have reached enough! Both want to march in the streets to protest, having never considered this before. Both have jobs at risk from energy company closures and steel company reduction. Just ridiculous what this govt hijacked by green socialists will do to us.

    And then you have Oakshott proudly saying he held out for better bribes for his electorate AS IF THAT WAS HIS SOLE CONCERN, and Windsor is overdue at the retirement home, as soon as he cashes in on his latest farm buyout.

    Of course the pokie king from tassie loves it.

    How can any of them be convinced about compensation? A radio caller said what is the point if we are paid to have no effect on us? What will change? As if 1 company charging extra for goods will change our way of life.

    The whole thing is becoming dangerous to our economy and with all their other failed policies will tear into our society.

    No JC, I’m not happy to be a spectator to see the electorate punished for their being deceived by the emdia and gillard – yes they should pay more attention but it is up to people who know to take action.

  30. Sleetmute

    Just found out that Andrew Stone likely wrote Abbott’s excellent carbon tax speech last week. Not sure if this was well known.

  31. .

    “They’re in the space of common stocks.”

    Hello dartboard chucker!

  32. .

    JC tried:

    One more thing…. this is a very good fucking lesson to the electorate they need to understand that elections have serious consequences.

    It’s what we call a “teachable moment”.

  33. Well I sure as hell guessed that Abbott hadn’t written it himself, sleet.

  34. Sleetmute

    Steve, I had suspected it was Henry Ergas. Not many politicians write well – Rudd’s Monthly essay is probably the best example of complete rubbish ever written by an Australian PM.

  35. No Worries

    Pictures of the last shuttle launch

    You are witnessing the last semblances of peak America.

  36. .

    They need to cut it. They cannot do space missions when their level of debt and contingent liabilities is impoverishing them.

  37. dover_beach

    EMMA ALBERICI:….The Hartwell Group of international economists, historians and climate scientists are warning Australia that this market-based approach to tackle global warming doesn’t work.

    Professor Gwyn Prins of the London School of Economics is the group’s spokesman.

    GWYN PRINS: There’s not credible evidence that it’s had any affect in accelerating reductions in carbon dioxide in Europe.

    Hmmm, seems they more or less agree with Abbott; maybe Australia’s economists should think again.

  38. Rafe

    AB is probably correct in his analysis of the News of the World debacle, closing the paper is not the appropriate response and it will not defuse the dishonest exploitation of the event by the enemies of freedom and decency.

  39. Paul Williams

    Yobbo

    Now I’m almost at the cleaning-out-the-rifle stage.

    That rifle should always be clean, soldier!

  40. Bloody hell Yobbo, you should be cleaning your rifle every time you use it.

    I don’t know what’s gotten into the Yobbo of today. In my day….

  41. Abbott’s speech – at least Bob Ellis didn’t write it.

  42. Rafe

    On the space shuttle, a few years ago someone wrote a piece on a free enterprise list to argue that the most exciting and possibly economically rewarding frontier for research is the ocean depths.

  43. CraigS

    On the space shuttle, a few years ago someone wrote a piece on a free enterprise list to argue that the most exciting and possibly economically rewarding frontier for research is the ocean depths

    .

    And they would probably be right.

    Huge rare earth finds on pacific floor.

  44. C.L.

    Strange how trends go. First the ABC endorses child molestation, now warmenists embrace child abuse.

  45. C.L.

    Well I sure as hell guessed that Abbott hadn’t written it himself, sleet.

    Abbott the Rhodes scholar isn’t as literate as Steve, after all.

  46. C.L.

    Fascism watch:

    Bob Brown calls for News Ltd to be investigated in Australia.

  47. Infidel Tiger

    What’s the feeling about them in WA. You have a feel there what the average person is saying?

    If Gillard’s nipples were squirting beer, no one would suck ’em. The ALP will not win one seat in WA at the next election. Not one.

  48. JC.

    Bob Brown calls for News Ltd to be investigated in Australia.

    How about Baghdad bob being investigated.

    Hey Bob, fuck off back to that rat hole called Tasmania you’ve singlehandedly help create.

  49. JC.

    I’m making a call here.

    Get used to used to saying… President Romney.

    He’s not my ideal candidate, but he’s the next president of the US.

  50. JC.

    The ALP will not win one seat in WA at the next election. Not one.

    You think Smith is gonsky? Really?

  51. coz

    Brown was born in Oberon, New South Wales, one of twins and attended Trunkey Public School and Blacktown Boys High School.

  52. JC.

    Western Refining.

    20.61 +1.06 (5.42%)

    Up a buck. I’m in a perfect mood this morning. Almost angelic.

    This thing is going to 45.

  53. Infidel Tiger

    You think Smith is gonsky? Really?

    I hope so. I’ll be extremely embarrassed and possibly ill If WA has one ALP member.

    Forget President Romney and say hello to President Perry.

  54. JC.

    big deal.

    He ended up in Tasmania and has turn the place into a penal colony of centrelink addicts… and you retards still vote for him.

  55. Rafe

    The editor of The Spectator on the NOW revelations.

    Not friendly to David Cameron.

    “David Cameron has repeatedly displayed an inability to make a distinction between right and wrong. The press ought to have stepped into the breach. Unfortunately, we in Fleet Street have forgotten that the ultimate vindication of the journalism is not to intrudeinto, and destroy, private lives. Nor is it the dance around power, money and social status. It is the fight for truth and decency.”

    “Only this morning, David Cameron suggested that it’s time for politicians to regulate the media more.”

  56. JC.

    No… They are not going to go for another Texan. Perry has the same problem Bush has. He can’t fucken speak properly.

    It’s Romney. Romney is an Okish choice as he’s a north Eastern Republican.

  57. JC.

    Rafe:

    Forget about Cameron. He’s not a conservative. He’s basically another version of Blair.

  58. C.L.

    Obama blames erathquakes:

    A year after the WH proclaimed “recovery summer,: and two years after a trillion dollar “stimulus” program, the President blamed a series of “headwinds” for what he described as a “rocky” “recovery.” Obama said Greece, natural disasters, high gas prices, state budget cuts and uncertainty about the debt ceiling were prohibiting the economy from creating more jobs, which critics called just more finger-pointing from the White House. “Streamlining the patent process” and new infrastructure spending were a few solutions to the jobs crisis offered by the President this morning, leaving many economists scratching their heads. Looking detached, Mr. Obama plodded back into the White House with his head down, without acknowledging any responsibility for the economy for the struggling economy and appearing to some critics extremely out of touch.

    Obama: Don’t Look at Me… It’s the Earthquake, Tornado, State Budget Cuts, Gas Prices, Local Budget Cuts, Greece’s Fault.

    Worst president in American history.

  59. JC.

    Worst president in American history.

    That’s actually being unfair to the others at the bottom of the pile.

    This deadhsit is in a league of his own.

    He’s finished. He may as well pack up and fuck off back to Chicago driving his own U-Haul.

  60. coz

    Brown excelled at school, moving from Trunkey Creek to Armidale when he was eight. But life there shuddered to a halt after authorities discovered a teacher had been fondling a number of the younger pupils, including Brown.

    The family abruptly uprooted to Bellingen, then later to Windsor in outer Sydney, where Brown finished school as captain of Blacktown Boys High. His marks were good enough to get him into medicine at Sydney University, but he found student life miserable.

    For the next few years he bottled up his personal crisis, at one point, as Norman’s book documents, putting himself through painful aversion therapy. “My hands were wired to an electric shock machine. Each male on the screen was followed by a shock. The occasional female was followed by the relief of no shock at all … Inside I was dying away,” Brown says in the book.

    In 1972 , after troubled periods as a GP in Canberra, London and Sydney, Brown fled to Tasmania to take up a medical locum’s job. He fell in thrall to the dramatic landscape, and joined a months-long and fruitless hunt for a thylacine (Tasmanian tiger), last seen alive in the ’30s. His life took on an ascetic cast.

    http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/30/1096527861329.html

  61. JC.

    COZ

    Why would anyone be interested in this prick’s bio. Stop trying to ruin my angelic feelings.

    He’s ruined your state to the point where it’s it’s bust and you keep voting him in.

    Tasmania need to be thrown out of the Federation.

  62. C.L.

    He… joined a months-long and fruitless hunt for a thylacine (Tasmanian tiger)…

    What, no US trip to search for Big Foot?

  63. JC.

    It needs to be thrown out and the remaining Centrelink slaves unable to cross over to the mainland as you’d infect the rest of the country with your votes.

    This country is hugely undemocratic when 500,000 Welfare slaves can hold the rest of the country hostage with 12 senators and a dickhead like Wilkie who received 22% of the vote.

  64. Infidel Tiger

    That insufferable wanker David Cameron didn’t even attend the unveieing of Reagan’s statue. Nor did the Obama knee-padding US Ambassador.

    Screw England.

  65. JC.

    I’m not kidding about Tasmania. It’s basically a welfare scavenger parasiting the rest of the country and we end up with Brown and Tubbsie Milne as senators along with all the scum they send to Canberra.

  66. C.L.

    Obama: ‘You know what incredibly successful Texas needs right now? EPA impositions to run down its economy that’s what.’

    Obama’s EPA adds Texas to new cross state emissions rule at the last minute.

    Unemployment is at 9.2% nationally, thanks in no small part to Obama’s failed policies, while Texas’ unemployment rate is more than a point lower than the national average. Texas has its own power grid, and was supposed to be left off the EPA’s new cross state emissions rule — but the Lone Star state got added anyway on Thursday.

    Three blue states and two swing states got left off the list.

    Five states — Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, along with the District of Columbia — were dropped from the final EPA rule.

  67. JC.

    Think about this…. this democracy we have.

    Tasmania a welfare dependent parasite state.

    12 senators and 5 lower house seats.

    Canberra another welfare dependent electoral entity has 2 soviet seats that go to labor because of the voters.

    How is this democracy?

    It’s basically a parasitical spoils system.

  68. Infidel Tiger

    If your husband had just been found guilty of having sex with underage boys in his care whilst a school teacher would you write this letter to the The Australin?:

    Our unemployment rate is the envy of the world. So is our economy. So is our lifestyle. So is our climate, for the time being. Yet most of the letter writers in the newspapers of this brilliant country do nothing but moan, moan, moan and moan again. What can’t we love ourselves, shout hurrah, be happy and give credit where credit is due?

    Mem Fox, Brighton, SA

    What a bizarre woman.

  69. coz

    don’t you make a living out of parasitical spoils?

  70. C.L.

    It’s a good point, JC – one I’ve made myself a few times. The Constitution is stupid in this respect. Tasmania should have no more than two MPs and no more than two senators. (And that’s being generous). As it stands now, Brown gets elected by about 11 people and then runs the fucking country. Tasmania should never have become a state. It should be part of Victoria, politically.

  71. C.L.

    Our unemployment rate is the envy of the world. So is our economy.

    Yes Mem, and we’re all grateful to Messrs Howard and Costello.

  72. JC.

    don’t you make a living out of parasitical spoils?

    Nope. But nice try Coz. I’m not at centrlink every week collecting a cheque. In fact the only indirect business I have with Centrelink is sending a quarterly fucking cheque to the ATO helping to fund Tasmanians and leftwing Canberra public servants (like Tommy from the government bureau) toward achieving a post-industrial society parasiting off others.

  73. Infidel Tiger

    Tasmania should never have become a state. It should be part of Victoria, politically.

    Considering what a communist hell hole Victoria is, I’m not sure that’s an improvement.

  74. JC.

    Tasmania should never have become a state. It should be part of Victoria, politically.

    Absolutely not! Give them to WA who can afford them 🙂

  75. coz

    It’s like the argument that NZ should be part of Australia. your interest in Tas is unrequited.

  76. C.L.

    Absolutely not! Give them to WA who can afford them.

    Hey, we should have a raffle.

  77. Gabrielle

    Give them to New Zealand. We owe them one for the rugby thrashings of the past.

  78. coz

    what i was referring to JC, is the notion that some people regard your line of ‘work’ as parasitical. like fleas.

  79. .

    coz sez:

    finance is parasitic, centrelink isn’t

    Of course. All new commerical and mining projects don’t raise bond funding, they get an advance on their payment from an APS grad at centrelink

  80. JC.

    As it stands now, Brown gets elected by about 11 people and then runs the fucking country. Tasmania should never have become a state. It should be part of Victoria, politically.

    Everything about the fucking creep is a fraud in a sense. He receives 300 votes and gets to run around telling the rest of us how to live…. along with the bored house wife Tubbsie Milne….. thereby ruining the country.

    Lets not forget the rug salesman too.

    This isn’t representative democracy at all.

  81. Infidel Tiger

    your interest in Tas is unrequited.

    Unlike the average Taswegians interest in their cousins.

  82. C.L.

    Coz, I love the people and, God knows, the map of Tassie.

    One word, my friends: BOONY.

    It’s not personal. We’re talking about its political representation.

  83. .

    is the notion that some people regard your line of ‘work’ as parasitical. like fleas.

    Usually one world government conspiracy nutters who’ve never had a root

  84. JC.

    what i was referring to JC, is the notion that some people regard your line of ‘work’ as parasitical. like fleas.

    No one pays me from their taxes, Coz. And frankly I don’t give a shit, what “some people think” about my “line” of work.

  85. Infidel Tiger

    One word, my friends: BOONY.

    Until Boony is Premier of Tasmania they will remain black listed.

  86. JC.

    It’s like the argument that NZ should be part of Australia. your interest in Tas is unrequited

    My interest in Tasmania is only of interest because its a failed welfare state living off its host.

    I also have a serious issue with Canberra having two soviet seats that go automatically go to labor.

    Tasmania has too much influence and the Canberra seats should not exist.

  87. coz

    well you’ll need a referendum then.

  88. .

    Riverina and FNQ have more right to be States. We’re more productive.

  89. coz

    yeah, i think that’s the way to go, splinter off into more states like the US. Africa’s doing it.

  90. Quentin George

    “Tasmania should never have become a state. It should be part of Victoria, politically.”

    Tasmania predated Vic as a colony, didn’t it?

    Anyway, Tasmania really only became a mendicant state recently, pretty much as a result of the Green movement shutting down any form of industry on the island. Prior the 90s Tasmania was one of the most Liberal-leaning states in Federation.

  91. JC.

    Riverina and FNQ have more right to be States. We’re more productive.

    ‘sactly, with far more autonomy.

    electoral reform over the next 20 years is very important , I reckon.

  92. JC.

    QG

    It doesn’t matter what it was. What matter is what it is now and the fact that it has far too much influence on national affairs in view of size.

    And yes, their green movement has literally poisoned the state and infected the rest of the country.

    Fuck’ em. Piss them off.

  93. C.L.

    Tasmania predated Vic as a colony, didn’t it?

    So what?

    12 senators?

    New York state has 2.

  94. .

    yeah, i think that’s the way to go, splinter off into more states like the US. Africa’s doing it.

    ‘Africa’ isn’t a country you moron.

  95. MarkL of Canberra

    Worst president in American history.

    CL, I do not agree.

    I don’t think he’s anywhere near as good as you imply….

    I am quite serious. The strategic situation that Carter started in the Gulf, and which Bush I and Bush II partially ameliorated has been completely unravelled by the preshizzle (TM: Paco).

    The shape is it quickly assuming is dire indeed.

    MarkL
    Brisbane

  96. badm0f0

    Until Boony is Premier of Tasmania they will remain black listed.

    I think reparations are in order too. there are a couple of Tasmanian wineries which produce really good pinot. Two or three cases a year should cover the cost of our hosting Brown & Milne on the mainland

  97. Infidel Tiger

    Things we like about Tasmania:

    Bass Strait.
    Boags.
    Cascade.
    Wine.
    Wood.
    Seafood.
    Boony.

    Things we dislike about Tasmania:

    Everything else.

  98. CraigS

    Obama blames erathquakes:

    Well it is a step up from blaming ATMs?

  99. CraigS

    Last time I checked the Brisbane City Council had a larger budget than Tasmaina, it shouldn’t be and probably never should have been a state.

  100. badm0f0

    You should add produce in general to that list IT; King Island belongs to them, though I’d be happy to help liberate it.

  101. Fleeced

    It doesn’t matter what it was. What matter is what it is now

    We just need an immigration drive in the state… not muslims though – that religion causes too many problems.

  102. coz

    Have any of you heathens given thought to burning a ritual effigy to coincide with tomorrow’s address to the nation?

  103. boy on a bike

    coz, I’m not burning anything in the backyard. Juliar will have the ATO around in a minute to slap me with a carbon tax bill if she gets wind of it.

  104. Fleeced

    Wonder if the speech will be closed captioned… that way you can avoid listening to her voice.

  105. Quentin George

    “So what?

    12 senators?

    New York state has 2.

    All US States have equal numbers of Senators, just as all Australian states have equal numbers. Its in the constitution. The numbers can be changed (They were once 6 a piece, for instance) but they must remain equal. The real problem is that the Upper House has ceased to be a “State’s House” and devolved into party politics. Brown and Milne should be acting in the interests of Tasmania, not trying to screw the rest of the country.

  106. JC

    We just need an immigration drive in the state… not muslims though – that religion causes too many problems.

    Fleeced. pound for pound I’d go for Muzzos than whacko greens.

  107. C.L.

    All US States have equal numbers of Senators, just as all Australian states have equal numbers. Its in the constitution.

    The numbers can be changed (They were once 6 a piece, for instance) but they must remain equal.

    Yes I know, Quentin.

    12 senators is too many for a little hobby farm like Tasmania. So the constitution should be changed to ensure national governance doesn’t get captured by a few idiots from Van Diemen’s Land.

  108. C.L.

    I’m serious when I say this. Julia Gillard is now seriously off her nana:

    Ms Gillard said today the government’s plan to price carbon came from “deep within Labor’s progressive roots”.

    From July 1 next year the freedom to pollute our skies must cease,” she said during a 22-minute speech.

    “Two decades of denial and delay will come to an end.

    “Polluters will have to pay.”

    Ms Gillard told delegates the science on climate change was clear.

    “And friends you know we must lead because the science says we must and friends we’ve know that for an awfully long time,” she said.

    Speaking of denial:

    Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese told AAP at the conference at the Sydney Town Hall the nation was entering a critical period.

    “It is a critical period for the nation and we’re in government not to just sit there and occupy the treasury benches,” he said.

    “We’re in government to make a difference to people’s lives.”

    Mr Albanese said Ms Gillard’s speech was inspirational.

    “This package tomorrow will be extremely important not just for this generation but for generations to come,” he said.

    “The prime minister’s speech outlined her passion and her commitment was there for all to see.

    “And I think we’ll be seeing that right around the country, door to door in coming weeks.”

    School Education Minister Peter Garrett said Ms Gillard’s speech was “brimming with the positive opportunities that lie ahead”.

    “The warmth of feeling here in town hall is a very strong indication of what a great job the prime minister is doing,” he told AAP.

  109. No Worries

    ….should be acting in the interests of Tasmania, not trying to screw the rest of the country

    Same thing – according to Brown.

  110. JC.

    All US States have equal numbers of Senators,

    Yes but there is also 50 states there (Obozo believes there are 57, but not matter) and the influence of a rogue state is lessened compared to the situation we have here.

    A couple of welfare bums like tubbsie, baghdad and the rug salesman now dictate policy and to all intents and purposes Brownshorts is now the PM.

  111. Tal

    She is Stalin in a skirt

  112. JC.

    Stalin in a skirt would have looked better dressed.

  113. Pedro the Ignorant

    “We’re in government to make a difference to people’s lives.”

    : Albanese.

    Yeah, right. Make us poorer, jobless and reliant on the nanny state.

    It will be with the greatest of pleasure that I (and millions of other Australians) intend to make a difference to your lives, come the next election, you statist grubs.

    Unemployed.

  114. Gabrielle

    C’mon, buckup everyone. There’s only 875 days to go before the last possible date of the next election.

    🙂

  115. JC.

    Liar.

    JULIA Gillard said today “most” people would “come out ahead” under Labor’s proposed carbon tax when details are released tomorrow.

  116. Viva

    Whenever someone mentions “sustainability” do you ever feel like reaching for your gun? Do you ever suspect, like James Delingpole, that “the most unsettling aspect of modern politics is that the Enemy is no longer plain in view” (apart from the Brave New Paradigm of course).

    James reckons he has sussed out the underlying threat:

    “Communitarianism? Though it crops up quite a bit on websites, it’s still not a term you find in quotidian use. Which is odd, because it’s the defining ideological concept of our age — embracing everything from the puzzling leftishness of the supposedly ‘Conservative’ David Cameron to Australian farmers no longer being able to cut down trees on their land, to the mystifying career of comedy academic Philip Blond, to the Environmental Protection Agency, Barack Obama, the Big Society, the EU, the UN, the BBC, your kids’ schools, my kids’ schools, Maurice Strong and the Rio Earth summit, to name but a few.”

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/columnists/all/7045153/communitarianism-is-a-freedomhating-totalitarian-philosophy-like-any-other.thtml

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/9683923/Niki-Raapana-on-Communitarianism-

  117. Yobbo

    What’s the feeling about them in WA. You have a feel there what the average person is saying?

    One of my best friends, a union stalwart and lifelong Labor voter, couldn’t find a single good thing to say about the Gillard government last night. He remarked that he still won’t vote for Abbott because he has big ears though.

    I agree with IT that it’s unlikely that Labor will win a single seat here in the next federal election. The few hard-left electorates (like Fremantle) will probably go to the greens on preferences like Melbourne did in the last election.

  118. Infidel Tiger

    “We’re in government to make a difference to people’s lives.”

    Go fuck yourself, you meddling psychopath. Go fuck yourself to hell.

  119. Infidel Tiger

    Bloody hell. Even on football forums people are discussing how ridiculous the carbon tax is. This government may not win a seat anywhere.

  120. Paul Williams

    Tasmania will be required as a refuge for the Australian population once the mainland has been reduced to a windswept desert. The watering down of the carbon tax, thanks to Tony Abbot’s relentless negativity, make this inevitable.

    Being a small island in the path of moisture laden prevailing winds means that Tasmania will be one of the few habitable places on earth, unless Julia’s carbon tax is fully embraced.

    So please be nice to the Tasmanians, we will need them.

  121. No Worries

    The next IPCC report will be much worse than the current one. It has been decreed.
    As Steve Goddard says – why do they even pretend that they’re doing science ?

  122. C.L.

    Blair reports that Brown will be standing alongside Gillard for tomorrow’s hilarious Carbon Dioxide Announcement. Blair dubs it Sunday Carbon Sunday.

    Could this be true? She’ll actually have the fascist wacko standing next to her?

  123. C.L.

    LOL. Also check Blair’s post for a new Greens ‘poll.’

  124. Viva

    Tasmania will be required as a refuge for the Australian population once the mainland has been reduced to a windswept desert.

    So if the carbon tax don’t get us then AGW will.Phew! So glad I don’t live in your mindworld.

  125. Gabrielle

    Brown will be standing alongside Gillard

    No, the puppeteer will be standing slightly behind.

    All this grandstanding to make an announcement. And on a Sunday no less. Perhaps it’s going to be a religious experience for her.

  126. Adrien

    finance is parasitic, centrelink isn’t

    HAHAHA

  127. jumpnmcar

    What time is it on Gab?

  128. Tal

    I have The Benny Hill theme music in my head AGAIN.Make it stop make it stop

  129. jumpnmcar

    I think i’ll listen to the pre-announcement special, National Anthem (Performed by the “Flannery Choir “), then go and do my B.A.S..

    Might be the last B.A.S. I ever do.

  130. C.L.

    It’s not called the Benny Hill theme anymore, Tal. It’s now the ALP theme.

  131. Gabrielle

    What time is it on Gab?

    PM Bob speaks at 1pm. Not sure about the other one.

    In any case, I’ll be visiting the Tutankhamun exhibition tomorrow. And no, the irony is not lost on me 🙂

  132. JC.

    Is Baghdad Bob really going to be at her side? Is she mad?

  133. Infidel Tiger

    If Bob Brown is standing next to that fat arsed socialist beast when she delivers the C02 tax then a coup d’etat is the only possible response. I’m officially pissed off.

  134. JC.

    IT… Cool down.

    The mischiefmaker in me wants to see it made into law and they get an absolute hiding at the next election… which they will.

    It’s gone too far now. It will go through despite a very nervous caucus.

    The moron has basically tried to mollify caucus by suggesting everythink (Riahnnon) is sweet and all she needs to do is sell it to the punters and they’ll come flying back to the Alliance.

    They won’t. In fact I will bet the more she tries to sell it, the more she gets into people’s faces and the more she reminds people how much they hate her for lying. They have stopped listening to her.

    Watch the polls sag even further for her. She’s out in a couple of weeks at the most.

  135. JC.

    The ought to play this before as she approaches the lectern.

  136. Gabrielle

    They should play The Last Post after she finishes her speech.

  137. Tal

    Enjoy it Gab,I’ll be working on my aluminum smelter tomorrow

  138. MarkL of Canberra

    Nah. The theme from Monty Python’s Flying Circus (yes yes, I know it’s Sousa’s ‘Liberty Bell’) for Juliar, then the Dead March for Old Gonorrhea-arse himself.

    In fact…

    … turn the sound off, and play these as each speaks!

    It would make more sense.

    MarkL
    Brisbane

  139. coz

    With Fuhrer Brown in charge, I feel Tasmania’s future is good.

  140. Tal

    Brown would look good in Lederhosen

  141. coz

    Nein, he’s more the brownshirt and brownshorts type.

  142. MarkL of Canberra

    Don’t forget, Coz, he has to have a brown hat!

    🙂

    MarkL
    Brisbane

  143. Gabrielle

    In fact…

    … turn the sound off,

    Yeah, I did that once during a Gillard speech. It really was funny to watch those hands waving back ‘n forth like a demented flag signaller on the deck of an airship trying to abort a landing.

  144. Gabrielle

    Important Announcement: Re The Bolt Report

    Our Perth edition will be shown at 9am, not 10am, because of Julia Gillard’s tax announcement.

    Everywhere else stays on 10am, but my 4.30pm edition will have an update on the package with Terry McCrann.

    I’ll also be back at 9pm on Sunday night for a carbon dioxide tax special, with Hugh Riminton hosting, and John Hewson and Erwin Jackson – two warmists.

    It will be like Insiders all over again.

    Now no need to watch the excruciating Brown Julia performance.

  145. Abu Chowdah

    Can anyone recommend a micro and macro economics Uni course/s online? A friend here needs to have them under her belt but is not near a Western Uni at present…

  146. Fleeced

    This just gets better and better… Brown is going to be alongside her (did she not learn how much of a joke that made her look the first time), and there’ll be a special with tv special later on with Hewson trying to sell it to Andrew Bolt. I’ve decided I’ll watch it after all – might even get some popcorn ready (seriously)

  147. MarkL of Canberra

    Thanks Gab!

    Now no need to watch the excruciating Brown Julia performance.

    Absolutely.

    I actually cannot stand the sound of her nasal, whining voice, so riddled as it is with boganisms.

    ‘Hy-par-bowl’ was the least of it, what really gets my goat (fingernails on a chalkboard style) is the way the bogan sow mangles polluter. It’s po-lu-ter’, not ‘pa-loo-daa’.

    And as to the actual content of anything she says, best listened to in mime.

    I’ll listen to Abbott, though. Not only better diction, he makes actual sense!

    MarkL
    Brisbane

  148. JC.

    Hewson selling it to Bolt?

    I hope Andrew Bolt asks John Hewson what his personal interests and tie ups are with the subsidy whores.

  149. Infidel Tiger

    AB:”So John, how much will a birthday cake cost after a carbon tax?”

    JH:”Spittle, spittle, spittle, spittle…..”

  150. MarkL of Canberra

    Abu, generic advice is to check INTI (http://www.newinti.edu.my/). They are all over Asia (a very dear friend is a lecturer for them in then Middle east) and have a decent rep.

    MarkL
    Brisbane

  151. Abu Chowdah

    Mark – many thanks for that.

  152. Gabrielle

    UN greater threat to global economy than Al Qaeda:

    UN declares $76 trillion from global coffers is needed to ensure “green growth” over the next 40 years. In essence:

    …advocate limiting economic growth through rationing, punitive taxation and other forms of government intervention. Why? To combat “Climate Change”, of course.

    If emissions reduction targets cannot be met, the UN offers this strategy:

    “For example, taking life expectancy as an objective measure of the quality of life, it can be seen that life expectancy does not increase much beyond a per capita income of about $10,000.

    And of course developed countries should just reduce energy:

    The Survey estimates that the emissions cap would be equivalent to primary energy consumer consumption of 70 gigajoules per capita per year, which means that the average European would have to cut his or her energy consumption by about half and the average resident of the US by about three quarters.”

    So, in summary…

    Here is the world’s most powerful intergovernmental institution essentially arguing for the destruction of the global economy, enforced rationing, Marxist wealth redistribution, greater regulation, the erosion of property rights and global governance by a new world order of technocrats and bureacrats.

    How soon can we colonise Mars?

  153. Abu Chowdah

    LSE summer programmes – bingo.

  154. Simon

    I can’t see what all the fuss is about, an easilly reversible Carbon Tax that doesn’t make any money and has F all chance of conversion into an ETS will not only epitomise the ALP until their ultimate destruction as just another parasite party of dubious political relevance but will also remove forever any vestiges of socialist sympathy from a population saved from communism by it’s politcal masters years ago, thanks Evatt. Gillard will forever be a sad bag of depthless trash as will those scrupley challenged indies who will find retirement brings no relief from the persecution of both enterprise and entities. A joke for all eterenity.

  155. C.L.

    This country has lost its collective mind. I’m ashamed of the place. A carbon tax special on network television at 9 pm. What a preposterous embarrassment.

  156. MarkL of Canberra

    Good, glad you found something, Abu!

    MarkL
    Brisbane

  157. wreckage

    If you accuse the UN of trying to do what it has explicitly and repeatedly said it was trying to do, you’re a tinfoil-hatted moon-barking conspiracy-theorist lunatic.

    Or so I hear.

  158. Peter Patton

    Hey CL

    I have often wondered what your nic – Currency Lad – means. Recently, fossicking about early Australian and colonial history, I ran into the “Currency Lads”.

  159. Capitalist Piggy

    John Taylor reflects on the tenth anniversary of the Keynesian Revival.

  160. C.L.

    Hey Peter. A ‘Currency Lad’ or ‘Currency Lass’ in nineteenth century parlance was a native born Australian. My nic and blog were named for the Currency Lad – a raucus nineteenth century newspaper. I thought the application of the moniker to a new media site was especially fitting. The ‘site name’ link at my old blog has more. In the very earliest days, many clueless lefties thought I was making a claim to being a stock market player and would dismiss me as ‘Money Boy.’ (Which always made me laugh). 🙂

  161. C.L.

    Reds lead Crusaders 18-13.

    Go you good things!

  162. C.L.

    Reds WIN!

    It’s beyond dispute: Brisbane now the football capital of Australia.

  163. Sinclair Davidson

    See the Bombers fly up!

  164. Paul Williams

    Kwiggin has a post on energy efficiency. Apparently it’s quite easy to double energy efficiency, provided governments mandate efficiency levels and provide subsidies.

    But wouldn’t that cause an overall decrease in wealth due to opportunity cost and unforeseen problems with the more energy efficient technology?

  165. Gabrielle

    New kid on the block. South Sudan formally a nation today and so one of the least developed nations on the planet but oil-rich. Only producing 0.30 mil tonnes per capita CO2 (2009 figures). They’d better get that CO2 pumping out as much as possible, asap.

    Wish them peace and prosperity.

  166. JC.

    Botox has gone to her redarded brain.

    Nancy Pelosi says:

    Pelosi: Health Reform Will Create 400,000 Jobs “Almost Immediately”

    And eleventy billion in 2 years.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/02/25/pelosi_health_reform_will_create_400000_jobs_almost_immediately.html

  167. tbh

    Go the Reds! A great night for Australian rugby.

  168. Capitalist Piggy

    Has Obama given up on hope and change?

  169. C.L.

    Dallas – with stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray – returns.

  170. Gabrielle

    Dallas, The Decrepids: centers on the Ewing family, a cattle and oil dynasty occupying an expansive nursing home in Texas.

    What a waste of resources reviving that rubbish.

  171. JC.

    Thank God Brian B over at LP is keeping a close eye on the E Coli virus that hit Europe, which could have killed 35 billion humans in a week.

    and Brian’s advice, he got from reading all about it:

    Do not eat sprouted seeds such as alfalfa, mung beans (or bean sprouts) and fenugreek raw
    Cook sprouted seeds until steaming hot throughout
    Clean equipment used for sprouting seeds
    Wash hands after handling seeds intended for planting or sprouting

    He’s also worried about radiation sickness too or whatever.

    I did hear the opinion on radio that food irradiation would solve the problem of food preparation, but there my knowledge ends. I do recall the subject being quite controversial when food irradiation was introduced in Australia some years ago.

  172. JC.

    Brian also seems really worried about last years weather forecast.

    2010 possibly the worst ever for extreme weather

  173. ken n

    “Cook sprouted seeds until steaming hot throughout”
    Gawd, they’d be a dreadful mush.
    Safer to stick to stuff made in a nice clean factory.

  174. MarkL of Canberra

    CL:

    In the very earliest days, many clueless lefties thought I was making a claim to being a stock market player and would dismiss me as ‘Money Boy.’

    Wow, and you are not joking. So much for Australian history in schools then.

    BTW, you might be interested in Birrell’s ‘A nation of Our Own’. he takes lefty academics to task for ignoring the ANA and redefining nationalists like Deakin as ‘Anglo britons’.

    led by Manning Clark, they redefined the first true Australian nationalists as…. (wait for it!) themselves.

    MarkL
    Brisbane

  175. Rafe

    That guy in Paris has scored some hits!

  176. Rafe

    Norm Sanders – “socialism did more damage to the environment than capitalism ever did”.

  177. Jim Rose

    Rafe,

    Norm Sanders was one of Tasmania’s living treasures when I was growing up there.

    No time for crap. Spoke his mind.

    Lived a marvellously varied life (and is still going strong) as shown at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norm_Sanders

  178. No Worries

    Not sure I should bring this up, but….

    Is there a resemblance ?

    Exhibit 1

    Exhibit 2

    Hmmmm.

  179. C.L.

    Romney’s running a slick (and quick) campaign. He already has a Ploufe ad out:

    That Was Quick… Romney Uses Plouffe’s Outrageous Jobs Comments in New Ad.

    He has also issued a signed statement saying he would have fired Plouffe and made him join the unemployed.

  180. No Worries

    Sorry – should have given that a warning label :
    Socialists ahead.

  181. C.L.

    I think we can rule out a love child, Woz.

  182. Adrien

    My nic and blog were named for the Currency Lad – a raucus nineteenth century newspaper. I thought the application of the moniker to a new media site was especially fitting.

    And here I always thought it was an expression of your aspiration to transform into a minor DC superhero.

  183. Adrien

    I heard a new conspiracy theory last night: Obama’s Kenyan grandma didn’t approve of his presidential race so he had her killed.

  184. C.L.

    Here’s the old masthead of the original The Currency Lad.

  185. No Worries

    Anything’s possible these days.

  186. Gabrielle

    That guy in Paris has scored some hits!

    Yes, Lindzen was superb. His final comment said it all really. Paraphrased badly:

    “Well if Gillard can fool people into thinking a carbon dioxide tax will do anything to reduce emissions, temperatures, then that’s some talent”.

    Snake-oil salesmen have always been able to fool the coalition of the gullible.

  187. C.L.

    Paul Ryan engulfed in a scandal…

    What did he do?

    Bought two bottles of expensive wine at a bistro (with his own money), was accosted at his table and reported to TMZ by a Rutgers business professor.

    Basics here.

    Via Glenn Reynolds, who weighs in and quotes a contemptuous Ann Althouse here.

    Welcome to Obama’s America, folks.

  188. Gabrielle

    Beware Tim, ‘Hamas Declares War on…Male Hairstylists’ Ahoy there, flotilla supporters:

    The BBC and others have reported that Hamas has arrested a man in Gaza for styling a woman’s hair. This incident follows a law enacted last year which prohibits the practice as contrary to Sharia law.

    The unfortunate Gazan in question is not the first to be targeted for this “crime”. In February, five other male hairstylists in Gaza were similarly arrested, and were required to agree to an affidavit renouncing their work.

    This development signals just one more step in Hamas’ drive to create an increasingly Taliban-like environment in the Gaza Strip, rooted in its own radical interpretation of Islam. Since taking power of Gaza in its 2007 coup, Hamas has instituted “modesty patrols”, shut down bars and theatres, banned lingerie displays, and prohibited women from riding in cars with unrelated men and smoking hookahs in public.

  189. Infidel Tiger

    I can scarcely believe what this nutcase PM is saying.

  190. Infidel Tiger

    By God, she’s certifiable.

  191. Frank

    Combet looks like his mum licked her thumb and used it to smooth down his hair. Glad I can’t hear it, the visuals are bad enough.

  192. wreckage

    I’m sorry, is she talking? Round here ABC means “kids shows all day”. Sesame street just ended.

    Also, I am setting kittens on fire using an elaborate home-made flamethrower.

  193. Pedro the Ignorant

    I got about 30 seconds into the Bogan Queen’s “historic announcement”, before rising BP and fear for the safety of my monstrous carbin polludin’ plasma screen TV caused a rapid switch off and retreat to Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”. Much calmer now.

  194. coz

    …a new gubbas slush fund is born!

  195. wreckage

    But coz, 9 out of ten pigs agree that the trough should be filled! Are you disagreeing with THE CONSENSUS??

  196. Adrien

    ‘Hamas Declares War on…Male Hairstylists’

    Perchance the reason for Gillard’s commitment to fighting Islamic Terrorism?

  197. MarkL of Canberra

    Also, I am setting kittens on fire using an elaborate home-made flamethrower.

    Excellent! I am fitting soon-to-be rare and endangered Queensland pavement apes (ALP members) with splodeydope vests.

    They are amazingly easy to catch. Just yell ‘subsidy”! and the flock into the cages.

    Hope BOAB is dissolving cute puppies in acid or something….

    MarkL
    brisbane

  198. JC.

    Saturday Shocker: Chinese Inflation Unexpectedly Rips To 3-Year High

    Anytime a country unexpectedly releases a datapoint early on a Saturday morning (Friday night US time) your ears should probably perk up.

    Today China announced that inflation in June his 6.4%, solidly above the 6.2% analysts had expected, clocking in at a 3-year high (according to Bloomberg).

    This is one of Beijing’s big worries, and it contradicts recent comments from Premier Wen Jiabao that inflation in China had been whipped.

    Meanwhile, food inflation is still wild.

  199. MarkL of Canberra

    heh. Quotes of the day from the Bolt Report:

    The Greens are like One nation on tofu‘ (Albrechtson)

    Socialism did more far damage to the environment than capitalism ever did‘ (The ex-democrats hippy senator Norm Sanders)

    MarkL
    Brisbane

  200. coz

    But coz, 9 out of ten pigs agree that the trough should be filled! Are you disagreeing with THE CONSENSUS??

    Consensus? Communitards? I always move in the other direction to where the majority are herded.

  201. Gabrielle

    Been out most of the day. WhaddImiss? Anything of note?

  202. MarkL of Canberra

    Naah. PM Bobby the Brown-hatter giving it to the nation in the freckle, his gimp Juliar lying and the greentards wasting other people’s money.

    Same old same old.

    MarkL
    brisbane

  203. Gabrielle

    OIC. La misma mierda de siempre.

  204. coz

    prolly not as significant a day as the one when ‘Personnel’ depts got renamed ‘Human Resources’.

  205. Pedro the Ignorant

    SI, Gab. Políticos que dicen mentiras como de costumbre.

    (Pollies telling porkies as usual)

  206. MarkL of Canberra

    Ya. Najis sama seperti biasa. Kumpulan lubang pantat.

    MarkL
    Brisbane

  207. MarkL of Canberra

    Tertanya-tanya sama ada komunis haiwan kesayangan kami akan muncul untuk mempertahankan mereka?

    MarkL
    Brisbane

  208. Gabrielle

    La perra estúpida. A 5% reduction on Australia’s Y2000 emissions equates to almost 2 months’ worth of emissions from China – on Y2009 figures. It’s probably less now.

    Basically what she expects reduced in 9 years in Aust, China will have more than made up for in two months in 2012.

    ¡Qué perra estúpida.

  209. Gabrielle

    Tertanya-tanya sama ada komunis haiwan kesayangan kami akan muncul untuk mempertahankan mereka?

    I believe so. Perhaps not today, but soon. It’s in their DNA.

  210. coz

    I think the focus is more on David Cameron and his camaraderie with media types. Local stuff seems very backwater in comparison.

  211. Gabrielle

    From Gillard tonight:

    Most Australians now agree our climate is changing, this is caused by carbon pollution, this has harmful effects on our environment and on the economy – and the Government should act.

    Got that kiddies? A changing climate is caused by carbon pollution according to the Prime Minister of Australia.

    Tonto del culo.

    It’s here, but I can’t read any more of her drivel.

  212. JC.

    Wodge goes full on retarded.

    Whilst The Australian claims that NOW style if activities won’t happen here they are busy giving that fraud Monckton plenty of coverage.

    The idea that Murdoch was unaware of NOW antics is ludicrous – Murdoch knows everything about anything that happens in his rags. He is directly responsible for their criminal behavior.

  213. JC.

    “Whilst”…. At least he learnt something in 9th grade.

  214. C.L.

    LOL. Republicans introduce bill to repeal the hysterical lightbulb ban. Abbott take note.

    Chu spews:

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu came out swinging Friday against a House bill that would repeal a 2007 federal law effectively outlawing older forms of incandescent bulbs—an effort at energy conservation that has inflamed a wide swath of Americans who don’t care for the more expensive alternatives.

    In a conference call with reporters, Mr. Chu said the more-efficient bulbs required would save consumers money over the life of the product, even if the up-front price is higher.

    We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money,” he said.

  215. Pedro the Ignorant

    “Chu spews:”
    Wel done, CL 🙂

  216. wreckage

    The fluro globes also contain mercury vapor. One major accident in the home at the wrong time and you can look forward to your kids having Asperger’s.

  217. C.L.

    The freedom to spend your own money as you choose is regarded as a crime to that communist jerk. I’m loving these GOP repeals. Suck it up, warmies.

  218. C.L.

    Victor Davis Hanson has an interesting essay up:

    The Great Madness of 2004-10.

    The First Symptoms of Hatred—2004 to 2008

    For about seven years the nation lost its collective mind — and was only partially coming-to in November 2010.

    During the years of insanity, Al Gore won both a Nobel Prize and an Academy Award for his propaganda film An Inconvenient Truth — before the disclosures of ClimateGate, new data on everything from the Himalayan glaciers to polar bear populations, realization that temperatures had not risen in the last 12 years, and the rather blatant and various money-making schemes of Gore, Inc. (that parlayed green advocacy into a billion-dollar, medieval exemption/carbon offset empire, several homes, and a propensity for carbon spewing private jet travel). Give Gore credit: he understood brilliantly that anger over Iraq and Katrina, his own popular vote victory in 2000 but subsequent lost presidency, his vein-bulging “he lied” screeds, and puppy dog pouts had combined, in perfect storm fashion, to locate Gorism at the nexus of anti-war, anti-Bush madness.

    In these years of insanity, I used to be asked on-campus questions, but delivered as lectures, along the lines of “Bush’s polluting pals are ruining the planet when we know Al Gore’s cap and trade would save us. Now it’s too late!” Of course, in 2006 gasoline was relatively cheap, unemployment low, and there was growth in the economy. College students had the luxury of declaiming how George Bush had wiped out the polar bears as they waited for several good job offers.

    Do you remember the hysteria over the supposed trampling of the Constitution? Those were the days of anger when Harold Koh, instead of writing briefs defending the Obama’s administration’s targeted killing by Predators and bypassing the War Powers Act in Libya, had been suing various Bush-Clinton-Bush administrations over the unfortunate at Guantanamo. At one time or another, a Sean Penn, a Hollywood producer (Rendition, Redacted, In the Valley of Elah, Lions for Lambs, etc.), a Whoopi Goldberg, a David Letterman, and legions more were all claiming that we had lost our freedoms to the satanic George Bush. These were the glory days of Dick Durbin comparing U.S. servicemen to mass killers, as John Kerry claimed they were quasi terrorists, in Harry Reid’s “lost” war, committing John Murtha’s war crimes — to the chorus of Michael Moore (guest of honor at the 2004 Democratic Convention) cheering on their killers as “minutemen.”

    Read on…

  219. Rafe Champion

    Just about to head off to the airport to spend a couple of weeks in Israel.

  220. C.L.

    Gillard wants you to get rid of your beer fridge. Blair:

    Did you know, for example, that “getting rid of the second fridge could save us around $180”? It’s right there in yet another of yesterday’s carbon communiqués. Forget getting government out of our bedrooms. Get it out of our garages.

    Soon they’ll be illegal.

  221. jtfsoon

    The taxman catches up with steve from b

    http://opiniondominion.blogspot.com/2011/07/break.html

    I have a lot of work to catch up on.

    The right wing blogs are also going to be unbearable for quite a while on the carbon tax, and there will be no point in commenting at them.

    I therefore should try to avoid the blogs for a week or so.

  222. Infidel Tiger

    Forget getting rid of the beer fridge. The best way to reduce your emmissions is to holiday overseas. If everyone spent 20+ days a year out of the country our emmissions would be way down. I’ve personally vowed to consume as little as possible in this festering shithole.

  223. No Worries

    Since I consume appox. 2 litres of beer annually, I again miss out on saving money. It’s so unfair.

  224. C.L.

    I have a lot of work to catch up on.

    The spring buttplug catalogue waits for no man.

  225. JC.

    I therefore should try to avoid the blogs for a week or so.

    Don’t rush back Steve. No one’s gunna miss you. You have my word.

  226. Infidel Tiger

    He’ll be here before the day is out. He needs us.

  227. Fleeced

    “Did you know, for example, that “getting rid of the second fridge could save us around $180”?”

    Didn’t that boyfriend of hers tell her to keep her nose out of the fucking shed?

  228. JC.

    Just fucking evil. Absolute fucking evil lardball.

    Greens deputy leader Christine Milne said the dedicated funding represented the biggest single investment in renewable energy Australia has ever made.

    “With a legislatively guaranteed stream of funding outside the budget, no future government will be able to undermine it without changing the legislation,” she said.

    They get trounced in an election and try to prevent a new government to reversing their policies.

    If their refusing to play by the rules the right should too.

  229. C.L.

    …no future government will be able to undermine it without changing the legislation.

    Yeah, like that’ll stop George Brandis and co.

    Moron.

  230. JC.

    Say good bye to traveling in newer planes.

    QANTAS says the Gillard government’s carbon tax will slash up to $115 million from its bottom line in the financial year 2013 and raise fares by $3.50 per flight sector on average.

    The carrier said domestic airlines would be exposed to the full starting carbon price of $23 per tonne through an increase in aviation fuel excise from July next year. Qantas estimated this would cost it between $110m and $115m in the first year.

  231. C.L.

    Bolt is right about NOTW. Murdoch has lost his bottle.

  232. Infidel Tiger

    Murdoch went off his rocker when he hooked up with his new bride. She introduced him to global warming.

    Looking at him shuffling along like a broken old man yesterday, she should have introduced him to a gymnasium.

  233. C.L.

    When he got his hair dyed, I knew he’d lost the plot.

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