Tuesday Forum: June 18, 2013

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  1. Pedro the Ignorant

    What I know about women’s fashion could be written in its entirety on the back of an envelope, but Julie Bishop has always struck me as being stunningly well dressed, regardless of the occasion.

    Elegance personified, IMO.

  2. C.L.

    Canberra Mid-Winter Ball In Pictures.

    Has Mrs Abbott taken up her husband’s exercise regime?

    She’s looking very fit.

    Gillard actually looked great.

    Tanya, love – you don’t have the arms for that Delphic number.

  3. JC

    WTF is lurch wearing? Lord almighty.

  4. JC

    Mr&Mrs Wong have that million dollar smile. Handsome couple.

  5. C.L.

    LOL. You beat me to it, JC.

    Peter Garrett and partner arrive.

    What, she has no name?

  6. JC

    Adam Ant and Mrs. What a sad, sad looking pair.

  7. Gab

    I agree, Pedro. She always goes for the feminine tailored look in day wear. I do like her frock except for the feathers. Bit too fussy for my taste but she looks elegant. And she carries herself well.

  8. C.L.

    John McTernan – ahahahahaha.

  9. JC

    Actually, The Slapper looks pretty good. Anyone red blooded man who says otherwise is bullshitting. She actually scrubs up pretty nicely. Shame about the handbag.

  10. Pedro the Ignorant

    The PM and Tim scrubbed up very well at the Mid Winter Ball.

    Somebody should mention to Joe Hockey that “black tie” does not mean you wear a black tie.

  11. JC

    Somebody should mention to Joe Hockey that “black tie” does not mean you wear a black tie.

    Yea.. what’s he doing, going to a funeral? Dress up you dill.

  12. JC

    No Snap, Pedro.. I was actually replying/agreeing with your comment.

    Look at Lurch willya. Four dead, 200 houses burnt down wearing some statement jacket sporting a big smile.

  13. Gab

    Not at all. It’s quite contemporary to wear a black tie, still I prefer men to wear the bow tie version.

  14. JC

    Why is Bishop always be herself in these pics?

  15. JC

    Darn, Wrong link above.

    http://www.blacktieguide.com/Contemporary/Contemp_Neckwear.htm

    You should have left is as the wrong link. Your new one has that fat pig Algore in it.

    Thanks.

  16. Pedro the Ignorant

    JC I was referring to our 12.53 comment about the PM scrubbing up well.

    From CL’s link oic #10, please tell me that Joel Fitzgibbon is not gurgling down plonk straight from the bottle (as well as wearing a black tie instead of “black tie”).

  17. JC

    Oh Okay Pedro. Comments are flying thick and fast. . Lol

  18. Gab

    I notice gillard has reverted to her contact lenses, ditching the Magical Vote glasses.

  19. Pedro the Ignorant

    What sort of New Age barbarian would wear a conventional black tie with a dinner suit?

    Have they no shame?

  20. C.L.

    Black tie means bow tie in my book.

    And Wayne, ditch the RMs for a good pair of (preferably patent leather) shoes for a ball, doofus.

  21. Gab

    Latika Bourke [email protected] 3h

    PM JG to Press Gallery Ball – to quote Arnie its not hasta la vista baby but ‘I’ll be back.’
    —————————————–

    And here‘s a pic of Latika.

  22. Pedro the Ignorant

    Gawdalmighty. I just saw Lurch’s version of formal wear.

    Makes Hockey and Fitzgibbon look the very epitome of sartorial splendour.

  23. Nanuestalker

    A long black tie should only be worn at funerals by the bereaved and not at “black tie” events where a bow tie is called for.

  24. Abu Chowdah

    Hey Spuds

    How about that policy I suggested. For every boatie we take one in from a camp and send the boatie to that same camp.

    Fair no?

    That is a CRACKING idea!

  25. C.L.

    Peter Garrett inspired by Hugo Drax:

  26. C.L.

    Well, that’s it, then.

    Kevin Rudd will be Prime Minister of Australia next week.

    ABC, Fairfax and the tween cohort that watches Twitter and The Project will all enthusiastically hop on board the Kevni train as he launches the whistlestop The Wonder and Popularity of Me Tour and there’ll be ‘pressure on Abbott’ stories planted in all newspapers by next weekend.

  27. QF spent $10 million setting up a customer service training centre in Sydney in 2009 to try to end its heaven-and-hell attitude to its customers.

    Seems not to have reached all its employees even in early 2013. Not by any stretch of the imagination.

  28. Oh come on

    I blame Mad Men for the resurgence of the skinny black tie. Now every wanker’s trying to channel the Don Draper zeitgeist – two prominent examples springing to mind being Tom Waterhouse and Adam Hills. They have plenty of company, too.

  29. Tom

    Lurch actually looks like the bellhop at a North Korean hotel.

  30. Token

    Which 21st century mega star said this about a rape case?

    She adds, “I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you: Don’t take drinks from other people.”

    Williams also is quoted as saying: “… she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.”

  31. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    The assessment of notable peers:

    Gab is a sensible and informed adviser on Cat culture, a strong contributor, a peacemaker, a sharp wit and, importantly, a fashionista with an eye for a good shoe. Yay for Gab.

    The self-assessment:

    I’m a cranky bossy old cow who is very envious of people who can write exceptionally well and of those who posses a witty wit, a logical mind, extensive vocabulary and vast knowledge. However, I do feel people should not be deprived of my opinions

    By the powers given (ha!) assumed when no-one was looking and and/or nicked by me from the VRWC (and the fact that only I know where the Sumerian mead is hidden), Gab is now promoted to Senior Minionette, VRWC (Australian Division) and given this entirely functional flamethrower as her badge of office.

    The perspipacious among you will notice it comes all beautifully wrapped in a very nice tank of discipline.

  32. Splatacrobat

    How did Graham Perrett get his black eye?

    Angry voter or fending off a Rudd supporter?

  33. Aaron

    How did Graham Perrett get his black eye?

    I wondered the same thing and apparently he got kneed in the eye playing rugby.

    Julie Bishop always looks classy, the Prime Minister however looks like a 20’s gangster’s moll.
    I wonder if Mr Pliberserk brought along some of the party favours he’s well known for.

  34. Token

    Tanya, love – you don’t have the arms for that Delphic number.

    Depending on how events pan out, in a few months that photo could be of the Federal Labor Opposition Leader & her husband Chief Public Servant to the NSW Liberal Premier.

    Is it time yet that O’Farrell has a think about this?

  35. Token

    I’d post this in the abortion thread, but there is no text box there…

    “Any Other Questions?”

    Dianna Degette is asked a pretty straightforward question: Since gun controllers like her are so found of repeating the phrase “if it saves one life it’s worth it” how come banning late-term abortions isn’t worth it?

  36. Leigh Lowe

    Gab is now promoted to Senior Minionette, VRWC (Australian Division) and given this entirely functional flamethrower as her badge of office.

    Leigh now very afraid.

  37. Leigh Lowe

    Look at Lurch willya. Four dead, 200 houses burnt down wearing some statement jacket sporting a big smile.

    What? Were the Olympic “SORRY” pants in the wash? It’s time he gave them a run again.

  38. Rabz

    The stoopid, peoples, it burns…

    The event had people supporting the Mayors Against Illegal Guns movement, founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reading the names of those “killed with guns” since the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary outside their “No More Names” bus.

    Hmmmm… So what happened next?

    The office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday apologized for including Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev among a list of shooting victims’ names that were read during a demonstration in Concord on Tuesday.

    Unfriggingbelievable…

  39. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Marge’s off-the-shoulder number just looked as if it needed hitching up. Too much fall in it. Would have been a nightmare to wear – like having on an old bra on where the straps keep irritating by falling down. She still managed to look elegant in it, quite a feat.

    Some of those brightly coloured shiny numbers on display, with frills and bits everywhere, I shall pass over without further comment. Helen Carr’s necklace was a stunner though and she looked great, especially with Bob Carr doing that little ‘feel’ of his cuff-links that Prince Charles does so well.

    Julie Bishop looked supremely elegant, as always. The feathering at the hem stopped the dress from being just a little bit boring and severe. Older ladies do well to put a light covering over the arms; points to Bishop for this. Plumper ladies like Plibersek should not do Delphic, because of the arm issue, and the drawn in waist; Empire style is best there imho. Well noted, CL.

    Lucy Turnbull should get new glasses, those look like nana’s. Or contacts. Malcolm is looking less gaunt, and more like his old self. They both looked very approachable, one can see the appeal.

    Julia Gillard actually looked good. True, the gangster’s moll comes too readily to mind with the smooth red bangs over the forehead, but a definite improvement. She is slimmer now and manages the black lace look well. Credit where credit is due.

    Men who do not take the opportunity to put on a full dinner suit, with tied bow tie and studs and cufflinks, show they have no appreciation of what makes women swoon. Who can resist a man in such gear? Joe Hockey, had you put that on, with your new sizing, you would be definitely be the Ladies Choice of the night.

    As a final note from your fashion correspondent, photography is often not kind to facelifts and there were quite a few in evidence. Heads down, ladies, to avoid the scraggy under-the-chin see-my-facelift look, but not too far down if you have had cheek implants or they will shine like little table tennis balls. Difficult, and sorry to mention it.

  40. Token

    Unfriggingbelievable…

    Unfortunately with the left, no it is not.

  41. Leigh Lowe

    Unfriggingbelievable…

    You think?
    This is from the guy who launched the “War on Seven-Up”

  42. Rabz

    Lizzie,

    Interesting comments. The men by and large, were embarrassingly, appallingly attired. But then I’d expect nothing less from such a ridiculous assortment of drongoes.

    Turnip McTurdman in particular, should have been summarily executed.

  43. Leigh Lowe

    Attracted to the tartan Sinc?

  44. Rabz

    You think?

    Yes, I do think so. This type of staggering, unrelenting stupidity is quite simply unacceptable from so called public figures.

    Not. Good. Enough.

  45. .

    Politics is a special olyimpics event for ugly people.

  46. Rabz

    Politics is a special Olympics event for ugly people.

    It’s, Gold, Gold, Gold, peoples!

  47. .

    “Tanya, love – you don’t have the arms for that Delphic number.

    Depending on how events pan out, in a few months that photo could be of the Federal Labor Opposition ”

    I will seriously move to another country if she becomes PM.

    I don’t claim to be a genius, but I will not submit to the rule of an imbecile. Her and Fatty Roxon are literally too stupid to be my PM.

  48. dover_beach

    I always thought CL was over-egging it by naming ‘Leftism’ a mental illness but reports such as this have slowly convinced me of its veracity:

    Democrats criticized Republicans for what they see as a new attack on abortion rights. In a recent MSNBC panel discussion on the bill, University of Pennsylvania professor Salamisha Tillet suggested that this is a racial issue.

    She expressed the possibility that Republicans support abortion bans so that white women will keep having babies, thereby “reproducing whiteness, white supremacy, white privilege.

  49. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Sinc, Scottish formal dress can be quite appealing to da ladies too.

    Surprisingly manly, in fact.

  50. Sinclair Davidson

    Lizzie – yes I know. I have one too.

  51. Gab

    Yeah, noot on Mcternan though. I thought he was the hired comedy relief for the evening.
    ———————-

    Ooooh Lovely, shiny new flamethrower. Thanks Mk. Good for lefty roasting, figuratively speaking, (sure, let’s go with that).

  52. JamesK

    Tanya Pliberjerk as PM?

    And we thought Krudd and TLS were train wreck governments

  53. Septimus

    … The Slapper looks pretty good …. She actually scrubs up pretty nicely.

    Lipstick on a pig.

  54. JamesK

    I think Marge might well become Australia’s best loved First Lady.

  55. .

    Exactly James.

    You’d have to act against your conscience and professional opinion and give me some nembutal. I imagine many would go down this dark path.

    But look here doctor, wouldn’t this nucleus of survivors be so grief-stricken and anguished that they’d, well, envy the dead and not want to go on living?

    Perhaps I’d be better off heading down to the cow doctor and getting some green dream and not putting you through such an ethical dilemma.

    My perception of some ‘doomsday machines’ would be Pilbersek and Roxon’s barely functioning minds.

  56. .

    The only fate worse than this would be Swan as PM. This is why a “Labor leadership struggle” scares the living daylights out of me.

    What a bone chilling concept. It is as terrifying as Christine Milne being elevated to the Ministry.

  57. candy

    my take on the Ball fashions,
    Mrs Abbott has lost some kilos, she looked very good at the ball with the simple straight black dress. The neckline especially looked very elegant. Julie Bishop looked sassy and happy, a great look. J. Gillard looked okay, a bit 1940’s looking though.
    Peter Gartett looked idiotic, what a foolish man. Some of the Labor women had dresses without sleeves, bad move for the plump ones.

  58. Gab

    Hedley Thomas hits it for a six in this interview wherein he scolds the ABC’s idea of “journalism”.

    Snippet:

    Thomas: Steve, what is the link between the break-in and the reporting of Mr Palmer’s own documents which are part of a court matter that is on the public record? Is that the new standard for the ABC? That someone just has to say “I might have been broken into, I might have lost documents through the hack of a computer”, and it just goes away? It’s a thought-bubble and you’ve invested too much time in giving it some substance. It’s hot air. There’s been no receipt by us of any stolen material; by asking questions about it you just seem to be inflating this thought-bubble to the point of silliness . . . For whatever reasons he does seem to have enjoyed a very charmed run with the media.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/about_the_abcs_defence_of_its_pet_billionaire/

  59. lotocoti

    The men by and large, were embarrassingly, appallingly attired.

    There should have been studs and links.
    Anyone wearing a fake bow tie should’ve shouted the bar.
    Being winter, anyone wearing a cummerbund instead of a vest shouldn’t have been granted any privacy when herded to the library with a Webley and the whisky decanter a UDL.

  60. Gab

    Good assesment, Candy. I especially liked Bishop’s frock in that is was an Ice Blue number. hehehe.

  61. Popular Front

    Scottish formal dress can be quite appealing to da ladies too

    As Billy Connolly put it, “We come from a country where the men wear skirts with no knickers, I tell you we fucking SHALL!” (Referring to Calvinism – ‘thou shalt not’…etc)

  62. brc

    The only fate worse than this would be Swan as PM. This is why a “Labor leadership struggle” scares the living daylights out of me.

    What a bone chilling concept. It is as terrifying as Christine Milne being elevated to the Ministry.

    Are you kidding? Swan would be an awesome PM. With him at the helm, the Labor primary vote could easily get into the teens, and The Nationals would have a real shot at forming the opposition.

  63. Gab

    They turfed out a PM before the end of his first term and they’re about to repeat history. The “Faceless Men”, scene 13, act 2.

    BILL Shorten has been in discussions with key senior union officials aligned with Julia Gillard over the past two days in signs that her industrial support base could be readying to abandon her.

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/unions-set-to-abandon-julia-gillard-their-floundering-skipper/story-fni0cx12-1226666542549

  64. brc

    Margie Abbot looks so much like my neighbour it is uncanny.

  65. Gab

    And now for the Midwinter Ball goss from CC:

    Parliament’s Mid-Winter Ball had a French imperial theme, but talking to Labor figures, it felt like the last days of Rome. Even the camp theatrics of entertainer Bob Downe could barely lift the veil of gloom from Labor MPs and advisers. Still, Julia Gillard made the best of the night, delivering a humorous speech that took the Mickey out of her detractors (“Don’t you know Alan, you can’t kill a witch!”) and herself (“It was pretty hard to get the chain mail on under this costume.”) She concluded with some words from new pal Arnold Schwarzenegger: “I’ll be back.” Abbott said he’d forsaken his beloved blue tie for the occasion.

    Frock report: Gillard looked radiant in a Carla Zampatti gown and evening jacket by Perri Cutten, with a fashion disaster narrowly averted when a woman wearing the same dress was steered away from the PM. First Bloke Tim Mathieson – who was seated between the PM and Greens Leader Christine Milne – oozed machismo in a classic dinner suit. Policy and fashion correspondent Lauren Wilson reports Margie Abbott wore a navy velvet gown while Julie Bishop wore a Gatsby-inspired silver blue dress by Perth-based designer Isabel Aujoulet. The PM’s chief spinner John McTernan was in Braveheart guise, donning a kilt for the occasion.

    Svelte power couple Paul Howes and Qantas executive Olivia Wirth were also in attendance. Howes, the workers’ friend, expressed shock at the plight of waiting staff, who were forced to dress in period costume. But ultimately they weren’t Howes’s problem. “They’re with United Voice,” the AWU national secretary said.

    Much more at the link: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/capital-circle/unions-will-accept-rudd/story-fn59nqgy-1226666637512

  66. Gab

    Craig Thomson is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for his legal defence, advertising dishevelled Labor bard Bob Ellis as his headline act. Donations to his fighting fund are by direct deposit or cheque only. No credit cards please. – CC

    He’s also been sending out emails to journalists for donations.

  67. Rabz

    … they’re about to repeat history.

    Next Thursday, Gab. It will be over. I’ll be very surprised if Rudd gets the leadership, though.

    Interestingly, I’ll be at a function at that Neo-Brutalist monstrosity (Parly House) on the Wednesday evening. Some other CCC™ reps will be there as well.

    Have to see if any lobotomised labor numpties (BIRM) are pacing the corridors, mobile phone planted to the ear, repeating “Maaaaaate” at high frequency…

  68. Really? In today’s OZ.

    “PM to visit Indonesia for Asylum talks”.
    She’s doing a runner?

    Will SBY let her in?

    She won’t have any problem getting on a backload from Christmas Island.

  69. Rabz

    Svelte power couple Paul Howes and …

    WTF? Macquarie dictionary been rewritten again?

    Piggy howes? Svelte?

    You frigging clowns.

  70. Gab

    CC often takes the mickey…

  71. Andrew

    Next Thursday, Gab. It will be over. I’ll be very surprised if Rudd gets the leadership, though.

    Interestingly, I’ll be at a function at that Neo-Brutalist monstrosity (Parly House) on the Wednesday evening. Some other CCC™ reps will be there as well.

    Have to see if any lobotomised labor numpties (BIRM) are pacing the corridors, mobile phone planted to the ear, repeating “Maaaaaate” at high frequency…

    Shorten is already been on the phone organising a replacement leader. The numbers will have been counted by then.

  72. candy

    Andrew,
    Do you really think a third person will step up to the plate to take over the leadership? How will they convince Ms Gillard to stand down? She’s wedded to that job.

  73. Tom

    Candy, Everyone in Canberra hates Rudd.

  74. nic

    What? Were the Olympic “SORRY” pants in the wash? It’s time he gave them a run again.

    I’ll pay that.

  75. Myrrdin Seren

    But of course they did:

    Greens MLC David Shoebridge invited Fredrick Toben – who served prison time for Holocaust denial in Germany in the 1990s and in Australia last decade for contempt of court after breaching an order to refrain from publishing material on his website vilifying Jews – to the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Palestine event.

  76. C.L.

    Wow. Tony Soprano – that is, James Gandolfini – dead at 51.

    Heart attack in Rome.

  77. Stultifera Navis

    As Gillard flounders deep in pools
    of tears, complaining that her mules
    in caucus are bereft of tools
    whilst shrieking that she’ll fund State schools,
    K. Rudd won’t chose between two stools
    but, undecided, sits and drools.
    And all this while the planet cools.
    Come, all aboard the ship of fools!

    Scylla aut Charybdis

    Labor has a simple choice:
    the cloying or the strident voice;
    the barking Tearer of the shore,
    the certain Sucker of before;
    but, he or she, each option must
    produce for voters more disgust.
    Charybdis, Scylla, either one
    ensures for years the party’s done.

  78. Mk50
    Oh, just BTW? I spent some years working co-operatively with DIMIA (as it was then) on this very issue. Quite a few people over there are professional associates or people I have worked with in the past, in other areas and in other agencies. That’s why I instantly knew you were lying, and could go straight to the reports.
    Sweet. With all that inside knowledge, and your impeccable access to statistics, you should have no problem in finding the following statistics in reference to asylum seekers who arrive on boats.
    1. Provide a breakdown on country of origin of boat arrivals 2001 – 2013
    2. Provide a breakdown of religious affiliation of boat arrivals 2001 – 2013
    3. Provide details of criminal convictions of boat arrivals while resident in Australia and outside detention centres 2001 – 2013
    4. Provide details of convictions for terrorist related offences of boat arrivals since 2001 – 2013
    That should be no trouble for someone with such vital inside knowledge and access to “associates”. Thanks in anticipation…..

  79. C.L.

    Obama’s Nazi state gets even worse: FBI now using drones over US soil to spy on citizens.

  80. .

    brc,

    You show some brilliance. Swan could destroy the ALP whereas Gillard only trashed it.

    Imagine however if he becomes PM and wins elections.

  81. C.L.

    Superb, Deadman.

    Rarely have Charybdis and Scylla been more aptly deployed in relation to our politics.

    Four stars.

  82. Leigh Lowe

    Candy, Everyone in Canberra hates Rudd.

    Labradors bite him.
    Children run and hide.
    Birds fall from the sky.
    He’s eeeevil.
    Mark said.

  83. You lied number, piss off.
    Really? You would be interested in the truth, then.
    From that article –
    Arguments to process asylum-seekers offshore have only recently shifted primarily to the virtuous claims of protecting people from the risk of drowning. It used to be primarily about penalising queue jumpers, stopping the hordes of arrivals and protecting Australian sovereignty. Never mind that by international standards arrival numbers are very low and Australian sovereignty has never been at risk.

  84. Andrew

    Candy, she wouldn’t want to be humiliated in any leadership ballot where the party clearly does not support her. She would stand down imo if the numbers were clearly there.

  85. Huckleberry Chunkwot

    Stultifera Navis

    As Gillard flounders deep in pools
    of tears, complaining that her mules
    in caucus are bereft of all tools
    whilst shrieking that she’ll fund State schools,
    K. Rudd won’t chose between two stools
    but, undecided, sits and drools.
    And all this while the planet cools.
    Come, all aboard the ship of fools!

    Sorry to toy with a masterpiece Deadman, I was just having a hard time trying to imagine the caucus being bereft of tools. Faculties yes, tools no.

  86. Rabz

    Candy, Everyone in Canberra hates Rudd.

    Even the ever so ‘umble Rudd 2.0?

  87. Lysander Spooner

    CL – you say Gillard looked great? You used the word “she” so I’m not sure…
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-20/gillard-to-visit-indonesia/4767018

    As long as I can see skin, I’m not happy.

  88. Huckleberry Chunkwot

    Bob, re your link- he ain’t dubbed van Wrongselen for nothing.

  89. Andrew

    Julie Bishop looked great last night. Far better than Julia.

  90. Huckleberry Chunkwot

    Andrew, that’s like comparing a draught horse to a thoroughbred.

  91.      bereft of tools v. are tools

    Huckleberry, the attempted joke was that Gillard’s male ministers, the mules, have been emasculated as well as having inadequate devices.

  92. Tom

    Dot, please don’t feed the troll.

  93. Leigh Lowe

    Andrew, that’s like comparing a draught horse dead donkey to a thoroughbred.

  94. Huckleberry Chunkwot

    I understood the reference Deadman, but tools is a better description of the entire caucus. We can’t forget that Pliberserk, kd wong, nanny Roxon and the like are also part of the caucus.

  95. dover_beach

    Could this stupid man just shut-up:

    US president undermines Catholic schools after Vatican Prefect praised them
    The US President has made an alarming call for an end to Catholic education in Northern Ireland in spite of the fact that Archbishop Gerhard Müller told Scots that Catholic education was ‘a critical component of the Church.’

    President Barack Obama (above), repeated the oft disproved claim that Catholic education increases division in front of an audience of 2000 young people, including many Catholics, at Belfast’s Waterfront hall when he arrived in the country this morning.

    “If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” the US president said.

  96. Leigh Lowe

    Julie Bishop looked great last night. Far better than Julia.

    Can’t really comment.
    Didn’t see the swimsuit section.

  97. Tom

    Our money is being used to launch an ABC trick designed to turn voters to the left on September 14:

    LET ME turn to the ABC’s ‘Vote Compass’.

    The ABC tells us it informed itself by talking to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s, equivalent of Vote Compass, had exactly the same output as GetUp’s infamous ‘how should I vote.com.au, which it used at the 2007 federal election. You will recall that when my friend and colleague Andrew Robb fed his own views into this dodgy vote generator on a number of separate occasions he was inevitably told to vote for his political opponent.
    Now, a political science professor in Canada, no less, Kathy Brock from Queens University , used the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s vote generator, and guess what? Irrespective of what her input was, the needle always pointed west or to the left!

    So I would simply say: Be careful. Be wary. Given the ABC’s track record and its incapacity to detect bias we should be on high alert. [ABC election analyst] Antony Green himself says that participants will be “surprised” by where their attitudes line up.

    I know that Andrew Robb was. I know that Professor Kathy Brock was, and I trust Australians won’t be similarly surprised.

    We were told that the ABC Vote Compass is going to be developed by, wait for it, “a group of independent academics.”

    And their names?

    Well, we haven’t been told yet…

    RTWT

  98. Gab

    the attempted joke was that Gillard’s male ministers, the mules, have been emasculated as well as having inadequate devices.

    I like it and admit I didn’t get the real meaning. Henceforth, it shall be known as bereft of tools. – By Order, Senior Minionette, VRWC, and Chief Operating Flamethrower.

  99. harrys on the boat

    FMD Tom, that is unbelievable………

  100. Gab

    Tom, you ought to send that to Bolt.

  101. Tom

    Could this stupid man just shut-up:

    He should have been thrown out of the country and banned from ever returning. What an arrogant, insulting knowall.

    And dangerous. With all that power, he’s a turbocharged version of the Lying Slapper.

  102. twostix

    Barack Obama out Bolsheviks the Bolshevisks:

    Likening religious schools to segregation–a racist system that forced blacks to attend different schools and use different facilities than whites in the American South–President Barack Obama told a town hall meeting for youth in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Monday that there should not be Catholic and Protestant schools because such schools cause division.

    Funny how he never says these sorts of things when he’s on US soil.

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-if-catholics-have-their-schools-and-buildings-and-protestants-have-theirs

  103. Gab

    Funny, I don’t recall Obama calling for an end to Islamic education in Islamic schools, you know like the one he attended as a kid.

  104. Pickles

    Rabz
    I will be in the sheep paddock next Wednesday night for a doo as well. If we’re all in the Big House, we should make known ? I’ll be incognito, wearing a berberry deerstalker.

  105. Rabz

    Pickles – I’ll provide some details closer to the evening.

  106. Gab

    Hey SFB, thought you’d love this:

    As the UN puts it modestly, “Now citizens from around the world have an exciting opportunity, as never before, to be part of the new goals to end poverty and create a sustainable environment from the earliest stages of the process.”

    The results of the poll to date are that worldwide, we people of the world view the fight against climate change as the least important of 16 issues suggested by the UN.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/low_temps_no_worries/

  107. Our money is being used to launch an ABC trick designed to turn voters to the left on September 14:
    Quick – break out the tinfoil hats.

  108. Gab

    As Mark Steyn put it, If you miss one beheading story, there’ll be another one along in a minute.

    A 20-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a young woman who was beheaded in a knife attack in Sheffield.

    Aras Hussein appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court accused of murdering Reema Ramzan, 18.

    Detectives said she suffered a severe knife attack resulting in fatal injuries, including the severing of her head.

    Hussein, of Herries Road, Sheffield, is also charged with assaulting five people at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital, where he was taken following his arrest by police.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/an_incident_at_a_property/

    I’m guessing he is a moderate muslim.

  109. “If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” the US president said.
    So if that’s his quote – show me where he calls for an “end to Catholic Education”.
    Ever occurred that he might be calling for an end to segregated schools – you know, as happened in the Southern states of the USA not all that long ago?

  110. dragnet

    AFAIK there is no enforced segregation in Northern Ireland … its voluntary, you know?

  111. Rudiau

    Comment on SDA re the MOTUS.

    The middle East has always known him as a Muslim in disguise. Europe has caught on. Most of Canada except the usual haunts of lefties as well. Only in America is this considered a conspiracy.
    As for Catholic education, what else would a Good Muslim say against the religious kaffir schools that produce none Muslims?
    Notice he never mentioned Islamic schools. Where he was raised in Indonesia.
    as a Muslim by the way.

    Frankly what disturbs me was his first visit. It shows just how desperate people are for a World leader to tell them how to live.
    As his election in the USA without a past , but for two books Ghost written.
    Not a mark mentioned. Not a school record. No past Relationships. Nothing but praises for a cypher.

  112. The Integrated education movement in Northern Ireland has been under way since 1992. It was established by parents tired of sectarian conflict, in an effort to change entrenched attitudes contributing to fear and division.
    Unlike the situation in this country, most Catholic schools won’t enroll Protestants, and most Protestant schools won’t enroll Catholics.
    Given the history, sounds like common sense to me…

  113. C.L.

    CL – you say Gillard looked great?

    Yes because she did look great.

  114. All right, Huckleberry Chunkwot , just for you:

    You must avoid the big red box!

    The caucus is a paradox:
    so soft of purpose, hard as rocks,
    it gives but cannot take hard knocks;
    though not right-thinking, orthodox;
    now forcing gloom on naïve flocks
    of how the “carbon” bomb tick-tocks;
    prescribing keys but banning locks;
    it’s full of—but bereft of—cocks.

  115. Gab

    Also at your link, Rudiau:

    Tocqueville would not recognize America today. Indeed, so completely has associational life collapsed, and so enormously has the state grown, that he would be forced to conclude that, at some point between 1833 and 2013, France must have conquered the United States.

    By Niall Ferguson.

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/archives/the-decline-and-129.html

  116. Infidel Tiger

    Fairfax columnist tries to lay out reasons why we should vote for Abbott:

    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/abbott-the-thinking-persons-prime-minister-20130619-2oj68.html

    Ends up writing a thousand words on why he will be a disaster.

    Never mind Abbott’s support for multiculturalism and constitutional recognition for Aboriginal people, or his refusal to embrace climate scepticism and his proposal to implement an interventionist economic policy (direct action) to address climate change.

    Add to this Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme, a preference for increased federal government control over the states and his belief that abortion should be ”safe, legal and rare,” and it is clear that Abbott is no ”extreme right-wing political leader”.

  117. Tom

    Five posts already today over at Dogshit Today. There’s a lesson there for blog administrators: banning trolls is the compassionate thing to do as it forces them to confront their own inadequacies and to stop shitting on other people’s nature strips.

  118. Infidel Tiger

    Yes because she did look great.

    My missus thought Gillard looked terrific and she’s less fond of her than I am.

  119. C.L.

    Like I said, Steve: the worst sex abuse scandal in Australian history.

    If only they were free to marry…

    Defence abuse taskforce now investigating almost 2,500 complaints, Stephen Smith confirms.

  120. Rudiau

    Gab,
    Yes. I find a lot of good articles and comments at SDA.

    CL,
    Specsavers are having a sale. 🙂

  121. Brian of Moorabbin

    ADRIAN Bayley will be under the highest level of protection as he embarks on his huge prison stretch.

    Jail sources say his notoriety is such he faces similar risks to a paedophile or corrupt police officer.

    Survival in Barwon Prison – his most likely home – will depend on a searching assessment of who should keep him company.

    “He’ll be in protection from protection,” a former guard said.

    If he was released into a general unit, he’d be badly smashed up or killed. They (prisoners) don’t tend to take what he’s done lightly.”

    The informal ‘prison justice’ system within jails often gets their sentencing a lot closer to community expectations than the courts do…. and in this case it couldn’t happen to a bigger scumbag.

  122. Huckleberry Chunkwot

    Deadman, you are my hero.
    I literally have tears running down my cheeks, thank you.

  123. Brian of Moorabbin

    I’m in moderation?

    Was it the ‘rodeo sex’ joke?

  124. Tom

    You’ve used a bad word, Brian. You’ve just got to figure out what it is. 🙂

  125. blogstrop

    I have seen the light and now support the celibacy of the priesthood. It ensures a more complete devotion to their flock, and hopefully ensures maximum creative energy to that end.

    I fear that it is an incomplete strategy, however, and will argue for them to be teetotal and almost completely vegetarian as well. Celibacy on its own is not enough.

  126. Popular Front

    Margie Abbot looks so much like my neighbour it is uncanny.

    Mate, consider yourself lucky then. Your neighbour could look like Gillard, or one of those shrieking Green harpys.

  127. C.L.

    teetotal

    That’s always been a protestant virtue.

    Catholics drink.

    Lots.

  128. Brian of Moorabbin

    Ah thanks Tom.

    Just spotted which word it probably is…

    ..but without an edit function…

  129. Huckleberry Chunkwot

    Hey Deadman, if I decide to go into politics, will you be my speechwriter?
    You are a very cunning linguist.

  130. Tom

    He’s very good, Huck, and the latest is a cracker.

  131. Gab

    Good Lord, Sinclair. You call that an “interesting” comment? Don’t you go getting all soft-heartened now.

  132. Sinclair Davidson

    Gab – how he chooses to expend his comment for the day is his business.

  133. Huckleberry Chunkwot

    Good Lord, Sinclair. You call that an “interesting” comment? Don’t you go getting all soft-heartened now.

    Gab – how he chooses to expend his comment for the day is his business.

    I assume that you two are talking about the troll who shall not be named, but can the rest of us get in on the secret?

  134. Gab

    Fair enough, O Mighty Doomlord. Nothing further shall be said.

  135. Yes, Huckleberry Chunkwot; I’ll write or edit speeches any time.

  136. jupes

    Like I said, Steve: the worst sex abuse scandal in Australian history.

    Yea right. Just like the ACC investigation was the “black day for Australian sport” and “the Bringing Them Home Report” uncovered thousands of racist kidnappings.

    If I remember correctly, there has only been one finding that an Aborigine was ‘stolen’ and not a single conviction yet from the ACC enquiry.

    So far the Defence enquiry has involved a legal firm being paid a lazy $10 mil to listen to complaints and now another ‘task force’ listening to a few more. Call me Mr Skeptical but if there ends up more than 100 convictions I’ll go hee.

  137. Leigh Lowe

    The informal ‘prison justice’ system within jails often gets their sentencing a lot closer to community expectations than the courts do…. and in this case it couldn’t happen to a bigger scumbag.

    Is there an exercise bike in his room, Brian?
    🙂

  138. Lysander Spooner

    Has Bernanke been fired or what!?

  139. Leigh Lowe

    Good Lord, Sinclair. You call that an “interesting” comment? Don’t you go getting all soft-heartened now.

    Gab – how he chooses to expend his comment for the day is his business.

    Don’t do that.
    It just encourages me to go looking.
    Four minutes in life I won’t get back.

  140. pete m

    Labor members had gathered together
    For the call went out from TLS
    Someone had mucked up at last night’s do
    They’d given a wink they’d come to rue

    A hush descended ov’r em all now
    She entered to the whisper of “ly’n cow”
    Her steely gaze swept thru the room
    Her voice was cracked but ready to boom

    She started out angry and weeping loud
    How dare you lot think I’m too proud
    Her voice went quiet and barely a whisper
    I won’t go she swore numbers were with her

    A murmur began and only got louder
    The caucus was ready and out to pound her
    She shrieked you’ll never catch me as outside she fled
    Off to see the GG before the vote could be read

    The GG was waiting and looked devine
    Julia dashed in and said can you save mine
    The GG called for tea and eyed her side door
    In came Bill, and Julia was no more.

  141. James in Melbourne

    Was Steve from Brisbane banned, or self-banished? What did he do? What is his ‘one comment a day’ rule?

  142. JamesK

    Pres. Obama sticks his nose into Catholic education in IRELAND

    Another example of what this man wants: total isolation of any religious values in the private sphere alone. Pres. Obama is working either to intimidate or legislate or even TAX religious freedom out of the public square…..

    President Barack Obama (above), repeated the oft disproved claim that Catholic education increases division in front of an audience of 2000 young people, including many Catholics, at Belfast’s Waterfront hall

    “If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” the US president said

  143. C.L.

    “If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” the US president said

    Mind your own business, Soetoro.

  144. C.L.

    Meet the next Adrian Bayley.

    Man rapes two children after drugging them, threatens to have them killed by bikies if they talk.

    Justice Peter Applegarth described the offending as ‘disgusting’ and sentenced the man to five years’ jail, to be suspended after he has served two years.

    http://www.skynews.com.au/national/article.aspx?id=881471

  145. Septimus

    Pickles

    I’ll be incognito, wearing a berberry deerstalker

    No …. Isn’t that what Mark Bahnisch from LP wore when he was interviewed on ABC TV a couple of years ago? And came across as a right goose … kept looking at himself in the off-camera monitor. But all the LP’ers told him what a great job he did … lots of smoke blowing 😉

  146. C.L.

    So where is Steve’s comment?

  147. JC

    What did he do?

    Annoying the shit out of people here. Lying. Rudeness. Abusive. Passive aggressive. Attacking the gals. Obsessed with CL. Weather panicker. Hi alanist.

    That’s just the start.

    What is his ‘one comment a day’ rule

    How can this be more easily explained?

  148. Rabz

    So where is Steve’s comment?

    On the Sanger thread – I saw it before and skipped over it.

  149. Rabz

    Man who drugged and raped three teen girls could serve only two years in jail.

    This country is a cesspit.

    Thanks, commies!

  150. Tom

    Simple observation — devastating politics:

    TONY Abbott has compared Julia Gillard to Pauline Hanson, accusing her of setting out to divide the nation by demonising foreign workers.

    He was speaking on Labor measures to dramatically toughen the requirements governing 457 visas, which the One Nation founder has expressed her support for.

    “We saw about 15 years ago, a member of this parliament set out to divide this country,” the Opposition Leader told parliament.

    “We saw a member of this parliament set out to make perfectly decent Australians feel like strangers in their own country.

    “And I never thought I’d see the day when it wouldn’t just be an independent member of parliament, a disendorsed member of a political party, it would be the Prime Minister of this country setting out to deliberately divide Australian from Australian to serve a political purpose.”

    Needless to say, *crickets* at the ABC — nada, nothing — and buried at ShakeMyHead.com.

  151. James in Melbourne

    Sorry, JC – I meant to ask, is Steve allowed one comment a day on the Cat? If so, does he use that opportunity?

  152. Tom

    James, Shitfer was exhausted. He’d been trolling the Cat 17 hours a day for a month.

  153. Token

    This happens in Australia as well:

    Sauve told the Star that people have been telling her if they wind up in a similar situation, they won’t risk getting a bill by telling the authorities about their finds.

    “This is awful,” said Sauve. “God forbid you have a murder victim, and you cover them up.”

    People I know got stuck with an $80k bill as they were obliged to allow a similar person fosic around for pottery shards. As there was a DA dependent on the matter in an area with a Greens lead council so they had to pay. That # does not include the interest carry costs while all work was halted.

  154. JC

    Sorry, JC – I meant to ask, is Steve allowed one comment a day on the Cat? If so, does he use that opportunity?

    Yes, it appears as though he is going to avail himself of this new found opportunity.

    You kidding, he’s doing cartwheels over the fact he wasn’t banned outright.

    Don’t remind me of him. He’s so annoying.

  155. C.L.

    And that’s why it has always been rumoured that various ‘sacred sites’ – rock paintings etc – have been bulldozed by station owners over the years.

  156. Pedro

    Interesting photos
    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/the-pulse-live/politics-live-june-20-2013-20130620-2ok2c.html

    Tickets appears to be in a trance. Sarah Hansen Young has had her couch remade as a frock. And the droner is wearing a dress (in one photo and her wife looks a bit hot now that I think of it)!

  157. pete m

    We need minimum gaol terms for sexual offences. A 5 year head sentence for rape is WHOLLY inadequate.

  158. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Oooh! A fisking!

    Cool

    Numbers:

    With all that inside knowledge,

    Knowing people who work there, and/or having worked with them in times past, and having hardcopies of their publicly available reports hardly equates to ‘inside knowledge’, my dear chap. It equates to ‘knowing what I am talking about”. Unlike your good self.

    and your impeccable access to statistics, you should have no problem in finding the following statistics in reference to asylum seekers who arrive on boats.

    Everyone has access to publicly available statistics, Numbers. As did you when you mendaciously compared 13 years of air arrivals to one year of boat arrivals. The only difference lies in how one uses them, honestly like myself, or dishonestly, as you did.

    Now, on to your begging me to do your research for you. Note firstly that I would NEVER ask people I know for this data for private purposes. Not only is that quite unethical, I would be asking them to committ breaches of the APS Code of Conduct – a very serious matter. I would NEVER exploit professional contacts in this manner, I am not dishonest. It’s unbelievable that you ask someone, in public, to dishonestly (and perhaps criminally) exploit their contacts in this way. But you ARE a leftist, and I assume you would not hesitate to behave in this immoral, deeply unethical way.

    For you to attempt to incite me to do this is a clear illustration of just how dishonest you are.

    1. Provide a breakdown on country of origin of boat arrivals 2001 – 2013
    2. Provide a breakdown of religious affiliation of boat arrivals 2001 – 2013

    If such data is available in the public domain, you can find it either on DIAC’s website, or in some of the many academic studies which have been conducted on this matter. Follow the links I provided earlier, should you be so able.

    3. Provide details of criminal convictions of boat arrivals while resident in Australia and outside detention centres 2001 – 2013
    4. Provide details of convictions for terrorist related offences of boat arrivals since 2001 – 2013

    I seriously doubt that this data is available (at least completely), in public fora.

    What’s amusing about this is that you are begging me to do your research for you. While I appreciate your grovelling, this seems a sad commentary on your assessment of your own abilities, which you appear to grade as ‘abysmal’. I’d concur with that assessment.

  159. Thanks, commies!
    No! Why wasn’t I told?
    I thought it was the Muslims!

  160. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    James Gandolfini dead – what a great shame. And at just 51, too. Good actor, from what little I know of him he seems to have no injuries/illnesses/abuse issues in his youth (aside from the same ‘stupid teenager’ stuff every man worth his salt has done) which might help explain his very untimely death.

    What a shame.

  161. Pickles

    I have not finally decided my headwear for next week Septimus. There’s the deer stalker, the Bulawayo pith helmet (shades of Gunner Sugden) or a newly gifted rusty WWII tin hat with the letters “WC” inscribed inside the head lining. Beleived to be genuine.

  162. C.L.

    Gandolfini was very overweight.

    Great actor.

    During the Sopranos, he would walk about with a stone in his shoe and stay up all night to make himself really, really angry for his character.

    And when he depicted anger, my oh my…

    Here’s the scene where he deals with Coco – who had sexually insulted his daughter:

  163. Infidel Tiger

    James Gandolfini dead – what a great shame. And at just 51, too. Good actor, from what little I know of him he seems to have no injuries/illnesses/abuse issues in his youth (aside from the same ‘stupid teenager’ stuff every man worth his salt has done) which might help explain his very untimely death.

    While you were using your CIA contacts to ascertain any incidents in Gandolfini’s youth that may have led to his untimely demise, you may have overlooked the fact that he was a fat fuck.

  164. Leigh Lowe

    We need minimum gaol terms for sexual offences. A 5 year head sentence for rape is WHOLLY inadequate.

    Indeed.
    Mr Meagher is well entitled to ask the question I have asked here as well.
    That is, if Adrian Bayley’s crime did not attract the full tariff, what would he have to do to get 25 years?
    And that question is also valid for his previous exploits when he got 11 with a minimum of 8 for his second rampage, bringing his total (known) victims to twenty.
    Here’s hoping for a cycling accident similar to Fat Carl’s.

  165. Tom

    I’d thought perhaps that the plague had ravaged the ABC’s Canberra bureau and they were unable to be in parliament for Abbott’s devastating speech, which was reported by the rest of the media, but the there was only one matter of interest for the green left in parliament today:

    A bill recognising overseas same-sex marriages has been overwhelmingly voted down in the Senate, with Government and Opposition senators crossing the floor to vote.

    Last year the Senate voted down a bill aimed at recognising the marriages of gay and lesbian Australians who have been wed overseas, and the Coalition, which officially opposes gay marriage, labelled today’s bill as a backdoor way of reigniting the debate.

    Censorship by omission is not rampant at Their ABC, which is worth every billion they confiscate from us.

  166. Infidel Tiger

    Strike a light. An anti-nanny state article in Fairfax:

    Why the speed limit should rise.

  167. egg_

    only one matter of interest for the green left

    Yup, Their ABC, The Green Left Weekly Hourly, tune in now to ABC24 for a dose of indoctrination.

  168. C.L.

    ABC headline: Liberal Senator Sue Boyce crosses floor on same-sex marriage bill.

    The picture shows her strolling across to the Labor side and the top pars are all about that stroll.

    Paragraph 7:

    There was also disagreement in Labor ranks, with 10 Government senators, including ministers Stephen Conroy, Don Farrell and Jacinta Collins, splitting from the majority of their colleagues to vote against the bill.

  169. Leigh Lowe

    So where is Steve’s comment?
    On the Sanger thread – I saw it before and skipped over it.

    Trust me.
    It isn’t worth the four mouse clicks to get there from here.

  170. Gab

    If you relied on Fairfax and their ABC for your news, you’d be forgiven for thinking Tony Abbott never held any pressers, doorstops, interviews nor gave any speeches outside Parliament.

  171. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I have never watched The Sopranos, because I was told it was violent.
    I just watched that link. I am sure the actor was a very nice man, but oh dear …..

    Tim Tam and a cup of tea now, I think. Then back to my book on the history of words.

    ps. apols for replying to SfB, but I feel that when he is corralled it is safe to do so.
    He is also trying hard to be relevant (not really succeeding). He is also crying out for some ‘conservative catholics’ to notice him.

    I know I am too soft-hearted. Perhaps I will steel myself for The Sopranos sometime. Or not.

  172. Tom

    I’m surprised they’d wait until now, but the howler monkey left has finally begun the historic rewrite: not only will a big Coalition majority be bad for democracy, but the Abbott monster has terminally damaged the parliamentary institution — brought to you by Jonathan Greenslime:

    You’d have to say there’s a fair chance that our post-September Parliament, our overwhelmingly Coalition dominated 44th Parliament, will be a model of civility compared to the humming little hive of hate, hubris and thwarted ambition we’ve borne witness to since 2010.

    Why should it not? The vast bulk of its members will find themselves in a happy state of continual furious agreement. The Opposition will be a rump, and presumably a rump bitterly divided against itself. The crossbenchers will be shoved significantly off-centre thanks to the expansive bulk of the conservative majority.

    Parliament will become a relatively affable rubber stamp for the legislative intentions of its new and substantial ruling class.
    ……
    …in denying the reality of a diligent parliament that despite the balance of its numbers has provided a stable platform for legislation and substantial reform, the Opposition has had resounding success.

    Kevin Rudd has done his bit too, of course, injecting a frisson of frustrated ambition that has undermined the Gillard prime ministership at every step … other than those that actually led to legislative achievement.

    Surpassing even the efforts of Rudd, creating an impression of perilous dysfunction has been the chief achievement of the Abbott Opposition…

  173. H B Bear

    The ALPBC really is a fetid swamp of Left groupthink.

  174. H B Bear

    Moose Knuckles quotes the Old Lezzo as an authority on the effectiveness of Parliament.

    As they say, bwahahahahaaaa … Surely that is done by counting the number of bills passed?

  175. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    IT:

    While you were using your CIA contacts to ascertain any incidents in Gandolfini’s youth that may have led to his untimely demise, you may have overlooked the fact that he was a fat fuck.

    ?

    i know some fat people who are quite old. Being fat is not always an indicator of poor health, as a stay in Samoa or Tonga shows.

  176. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Seems while I was reading SfB’s link and replying and doing a bit of absent staring out of the window, quite a few others gave him (or at least his ideas) some attention. There you are Stevie, one comment a day keeps the misery away but no risk of you ODing. Dr. Doomlord’s prescription is working. If you really need to, you can post your further thoughts daily on your own blog. Perfect.

  177. brc

    ABC headline: Liberal Senator Sue Boyce crosses floor on same-sex marriage bill.

    Wasn’t she threatening to cross the floor on the ETS as well?

    I remember sending some particularly stern letters to the Lib senators that were going to go through with that little ruse.

  178. Eddystone

    Strike a light. An anti-nanny state article in Fairfax:

    Why the speed limit should rise.

    “What should the speed limit be for Australia’s main highways?”

    130 km/h – 39%

    More than 130 km/h – 35%

  179. Steve of Glasshouse

    What does a well prepared scotsman carry in his sporran?
    A passport, 457 visa and a one way airline ticket.

  180. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Surpassing even the efforts of Rudd, creating an impression of perilous dysfunction has been the chief achievement of the Abbott Opposition…

    Oh, really? Nothing perilously dysfunctional in their policies or debt making, O Condescending One? And you are totally reconciled to a big, big, big loss? And it’s all Abbott’s fault, plus KevKevKev?

    I take it that Kev the One-Man Cavalry riding in to single-handedly save the day is not for you, then?

  181. Gab

    It’s not going to be Rudd, imo. COuld it be Carr, CWB?

  182. H B Bear

    Come on down … Prime Minister Swan.

  183. Token

    brought to you by Jonathan Greenslime

    I’m tempted to follow his example from 2007 and make a Jonathan Greenslime pinata to mark to fall of the worst government in Australian history.

  184. Tom

    blockquote>I take it that Kev the One-Man Cavalry riding in to single-handedly save the day is not for you, then?

    Oh, no, Lizzie, to fruitcakes like Greenslime, the Little Shit is part of the VRWC. The ABC bunker supports the one true communist candidate, the Lying Slapper. The Little Shit gets favourable coverage at Their ABC only in as far as he is an enemy of the Great Satan.

  185. Leigh Lowe

    Come on down … Prime Minister Swan.

    Six months ago I thought he might put himself forward as a “save the furniture” compromise candidate.
    He has Bill’s (Ludwig not Pieman) backing and he wouldn’t give a rat’s about the impending thrashing, as long as his portrait went into the Great Hall and he scored a pension uplift.
    I misunderestimated the back-lash in the wider community for his budgetary incompetence.
    I now don’t think he is a chance.
    And there’s the problem – after six years in power they haven’t got one adult capable of running a school BBQ, much less the country.

  186. Rabz

    Come on down … Prime Minister Albansleazey.

  187. James in Melbourne

    I’ve been away. What was the issue, or particular comment, over which Steve from Brisbane was defenestrated and limited to one comment a day?

  188. Lucie

    Don’t think it wise for Tony Abbott to be mentioning Pauline Hanson, the woman whose wrongful imprisonment he was behind and for which he, in an uncharacteristically unChristian way, is unrepentant.

    She didn’t set out to divide Australians; she was concerned about immigration levels and multicultural tribalism. There’s a difference. Looking at Europe today and our own problems with recent rapid influxes of people from different cultures, it is not an unreasonable concern.

  189. Rabz

    James in Melbourne – Head to the exiled fruitcake’s blog and ask him directly.

    He’d love to hear from you and you know it makes sense…

  190. kae

    There’s one who could organise a root in a brothel, but he’s finally left.

  191. twostix

    There was also disagreement in Labor ranks, with 10 Government senators, including ministers Stephen Conroy, Don Farrell and Jacinta Collins, splitting from the majority of their colleagues to vote against the bill.

    So let me see if I get this straight.

    “Gay marriage” has been voted down in the ALP controlled parliament twice.

    I trust that is the last we’ll hear of it.

  192. Tom

    The forgotten man:

    Federal leadership:
    Julia Gillard 1.75
    Kevin Rudd 2.05
    Bill Shorten 15.00
    Simon Crean 17.00
    Greg Combet 41.00
    Chris Bowen 51.00

  193. Token

    “Gay marriage” has been voted down in the ALP controlled parliament twice.

    I trust that is the last we’ll hear of it.

    That it has been voted down twice. Yes.

    The fabricated concept of “marriage equality” which has been rejected by the parliament on many occassions. No. Watch it emerge as an issue when Abbott666 becomes PM.

  194. Pedro the Ignorant

    Anyone skimming most of the media reports about Sarah Hyphen-Hyphens Bill to recognise foreign homosexual “marriage” would think that it was narrowly defeated and the Liberals were fully on side with it.

    Great mileage made of LINO senator Sue Boyce (Qld) crossing the floor, and virtually totally ignored the vote 44 against 28 for the Bill.

    Orwell’s Ministry of Truth is alive and well.

  195. Fleeced

    They better not dump her… I want voters to have the privilege. She’s never been endorsed by the Australian people – September is our chance to disendorse her resoundingly.

  196. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Yay! Now, what would the stupidest man alive – Preshizzle (Paco™) Odumbugger, do to turn this massive goat rodeo he has helped to create into a world-class cluster f*** of epic proportions?

    Naah, surely even that idiot is not thick enough to send them guns….

  197. Rudiau

    Mark Dayton and the Amazon Tax

    The Captain explains to viewers who Mark Dayton is, why he (and the democrats) passed the Amazon Tax and then proceeds to rip the man-child a new one.

  198. What’s amusing about this is that you are begging me to do your research for you.
    What is even more amusing is that are apparently unwilling to post the information. I wonder why? I’m disappointed – you masquerade as a fearless seeker of the truth.
    The fearless seeker of the truth obviously has something to hide.

  199. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    What? The ALP voted against homosexual ‘marriage’?

    The ALP?

    Well, no wonder there are heads exploding all over the Australian Bolshevik Collective, as well as wails and a funny gnawing sound as people creatures there gnaw carpets and chair legs.

    There goes any chance of working out just what the heck the celebrant would say in the ‘marriage’ ceremony. I heard that ‘I now pronounce you pitcher and catcher’ was right out, but that the Tolkien fan’s fave, ‘I now pronounce you ringwearers’, was still in with a chance.

    Now, we will never know….

  200. Tom

    Follow the money, Fleeced. The bookies don’t think the backbench rabbits have the gumption to pitchfork her out. She will not resign and she has all those union proxies protecting her back. What are they going to do when she refuses to go quietly and announces she will recontest the leadership even if there is another spill? I think she’ll go the suicide bomber option and blow the place up — off to Yarralumla.

  201. jumpnmcar

    THE GERMAN SOLAR DISASTER: 21 BILLION EUROS BURNED

    Large German companies such as Siemens and Bosch are abandoning the solar industry. Their strategies resulted in debacles – their investments in solar power companies cost them billions.

  202. Rudiau

    AUD drops 3c in 24hrs.

    Australian shares have hit the day’s lows, losing more than $30b in value, after weak Chinese data rattled investors already spooked by the Fed’s plans to wind back its stimulus.

    Markets Live: World of pain for bulls

  203. jupes

    We need minimum gaol terms for sexual offences. A 5 year head sentence for rape is WHOLLY inadequate.

    Dunno. While Whoopi deservedly copped a lot of flack for her statement when defending the child rapist Roman Polanski, there indeed are degrees of rape.

    There was a case in Perth a decade or more ago of the “30 Second Rapist”. He was having consensual sex with a woman when 30 seconds from the vinegar stroke she asked him to stop. He didn’t and he was sent to jail. Can’t remember how long he got, however he was eventually let out and exonerated. Turns out it had been a plan concocted by the woman and his ex wife.

    Regardless of the women’s evil plan, I wouldn’t think his offence warrants a minimum five years in jail.

  204. Gab

    21 BILLION EUROS BURNED

    No fossil fuel was harmed in the destruction of these moneys.

  205. JC

    Don’t you feel sick reading this knowing how these trogs are basically destroying our industry through fraudulent high wages and energy prices going through the roof.

    The collateral job creation is even more important, and it’s just getting underway. The big attraction is the low price of natural gas, the lowest-carbon fossil fuel, which can be produced profitably at about a third the price per unit of energy as other hydrocarbons. That is particularly attractive to chemical companies. Natural gas is an ideal “cracking” fuel, generating the intense heat needed to break up and rearrange molecules to make usable chemicals. But it is also the raw material for plastics, Styrofoam, tires, sealants, adhesives, films, liquid crystal screens, nylons, polyesters — nearly everything around us. Besides Dow’s new Texas plant, it is building or rebuilding three others. Other big players, like Shell, Chevron, Bayer and Formosa Plastics, are both expanding current plants and starting new “greenfield” plants.

    But it goes far beyond chemicals. Nucor is the world’s most profitable steel company, and arguably the smartest. It has locked up long-term supplies of natural gas so it can shift to a highly efficient, but extremely energy-intensive, way of making iron that would not have been possible at the prices charged for conventional energy. Within a few years, all of its American plants will run on natural gas. U.S. Steel is experimenting with similar technologies.

  206. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Hmm. Interesting viewpoint.

    What is even more amusing is that are apparently unwilling to post the information. I wonder why?

    My dear Numbers, there is no need for your empty little head to be so puzzled! For I told you why, you want this info, I do not, therefore you go and find it. I even told you where to start to look – on DIAC’s website.

    I’m disappointed

    How sad.

    – you masquerade as a fearless seeker of the truth.

    Of course, refuting your lies would lead to this perception on your part. Thanks for admitting that you are a fearlessly mendacious chap of low moral character.

    The fearless seeker of the truth obviously has something to hide.

    Ooh! I do so like chuckling at the vapid maunderings of the conspiracy whackjob’s mind. Do tell us more.

    And in fact, I do have something to hide! Specifically the new 100mm stormwater drainage line, in the pipe-trench I am digging on my block. There, your little tinfoil-wrapped noggin should exult over this.

    Does this mean I can blame the clay on you?

  207. Huckleberry Chunkwot

    I have never been an overtly political person, but this disgusting rabble has got me so fired up that I am seriously considering joining the Victorian Liberal party.
    As I have never been a member of such an organisation, can anybody share their thoughts as to the pro’s and cons of such a move.
    My motivations are primarily financial (contribute to the war chest) as I live in one of the safest ALP seats in the country, any sort of campaigning effort will effectively be pissing into the wind.
    Have people that have joined a party suffered any repercussions within their workplace or community?
    I am really interested in the views of the wider Cat community.

  208. Gab

    From JC’s link:

    But it goes far beyond chemicals. Nucor is the world’s most profitable steel company, and arguably the smartest. It has locked up long-term supplies of natural gas so it can shift to a highly efficient, but extremely energy-intensive, way of making iron that would not have been possible at the prices charged for conventional energy. Within a few years, all of its American plants will run on natural gas. U.S. Steel is experimenting with similar technologies.

    Meanwhile, at the arse end of the world as PK put it:

    LABOR risks a new brawl with state governments and the resource industry over billions of dollars of investment as Julia Gillard and her allies consider legislating dramatic new powers to veto major projects.

    The federal plans would extend Canberra’s intervention in coal-seam gas to target another energy source, shale gas, in a step that would appeal to environmentalists but infuriated resource industry executives who heard of the moves over the weekend.

  209. So sorry I’m late. Is it too late to say I liked Julia Gillard’s hairdo at the Midwinter Ball too, but I suspect she had very sturdy foundation garments on? Whereas I suspect Julie Bishop didn’t have quite such sturdy ones; she does a lot of running and working out.

    Gosh, Malcolm Turnbull’s looking old, but.

    Margie Abbott looked magnificent.

  210. Lysander Spooner

    Huckleberry – if you do it is best you keep this to yourself.

    I once worked at Parliament as a public servant while in a party. I served both sides properly but this would be something you should refrain from sharing!

  211. twostix

    The fabricated concept of “marriage equality” which has been rejected by the parliament on many occassions. No. Watch it emerge as an issue when Abbott666 becomes PM.

    I think the level of “support” for SSM in the electorate is being blown a wee bit out of proportion by its fringe extremist proponents.

  212. Leigh Lowe

    What? The ALP voted against homosexual ‘marriage’?

    Which way did Peter Slipper go in the Reps?

  213. Gab

    The doors are locked and Philippa’s running late. Would somebody let her in as I’m focused on my Tim tams and tea.

  214. Rabz

    I am seriously considering joining the Victorian Liberal party.

    Don’t do it, Chunks. The liberals are infested with big government, gerbil worming, high taxing, nanny state numpties.

  215. Gab

    Save your money. Join the LDP, Huck or the IPA.

  216. twostix

    I have never been an overtly political person, but this disgusting rabble has got me so fired up that I am seriously considering joining the Victorian Liberal party.
    As I have never been a member of such an organisation, can anybody share their thoughts as to the pro’s and cons of such a move.
    My motivations are primarily financial (contribute to the war chest) as I live in one of the safest ALP seats in the country, any sort of campaigning effort will effectively be pissing into the wind.
    Have people that have joined a party suffered any repercussions within their workplace or community?
    I am really interested in the views of the wider Cat community.

    We talked about this awhile ago and the consensus was they’ll take your money and time and then want you to shutup about the running of the party or its platform.

    However I think if a critical mass of people got into the party they could make some change?

  217. Rudiau

    Huck, Thought of this, as posted by Sinc yesterday.

    The HR Nicholls Society is having a membership promotion.

    The first 30 persons who apply to join the society before 5:00pm Friday June 28 will have their joining fee waived, and receive a 50% discount on the Annual Conference & Dinner – a saving of $120!

    For over 30 years the HR Nicholls Society has been at the forefront of the fight to reform Australia’s outdated industrial relations system.

    As a member of the HR Nicholls Society, you will be entitled to exclusive event invitations, regular newsletters from the Society, and most importantly, you will be playing a key role in ensuring a return to a free and fair labour market in Australia.

  218. H B Bear

    President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim provides today’s Helen Lovejoy moment, on your ALPBC Green Left Weekly Hour formerly known as The World Today,

    EMILY BOURKE: And he’s issued a blunt warning to those who are still unsure about climate change.

    JIM YONG KIM: If you disagree with the science of human caused climate change, what you are disagreeing with is science itself and as far as I know it’s the best we got. You know, the modern science is the best we have and so I think it’s really stop, a time to stop arguing about whether it’s real or not.

    I’ve lost count of the number of once in a life-time events that happened in the last two or three years. You know, duh, there is something going on here folks, once in a life-time events all the time, right?

    This is real and I can just see it. You know, my kids already, I can see the way they’re going to talk to me. They’re going to say, oh thanks dad, right, you were president of the World Bank, what did you do when you knew that this was going to happen to us?

  219. Rabz

    Chunks – Gab makes a good point. I’ve joined the IPA because they do some sterling work and are excellent value for money. They’re also not infected with socialist scumbags like the liberals.

  220. twostix

    Save your money. Join the LDP, Huck or the IPA.

    The IPA is easily the best bang-for-your-buck political org in the country.

  221. brc

    It’s amazing how much cash has been burned on renewable energy. The sackings and enquiries should be in epidemic proportions, but nothing so far. Not even a peep of backlash against the swindlers who have made off with probably a trillion worldwide in the last ten years.

    All because anyone who stood up and said calmly that the sums do not add up was called every name under the sun. Dinosaurs, deniers, and worse. But they were right all along. The sums do not, and will mever add up.

    Meanwhile the real investors got to getting gas out of the ground. They have done well, can be proud of unleashing another wave of inexpensive energy that will lead to better living conditions for millions, and it didn’t require anything except beuracrats getting out of their way. No public money spent, taxes paid, people employed, better, cheaper products for all produced. The “evil market” at work again.

    The whole thing is ripe for an animal farm type of satirical book.

  222. m0nty

    THE GERMAN SOLAR DISASTER: 21 BILLION EUROS BURNED

    Yet this is not because the solar cell market has failed, far from it. It is because it has been wildly successful, with China leading the way in mass producing PV cells.

    Moral of the story: never get involved in a land war in Asia.

  223. Gab

    It came as no surprise today when the photovoltaics manufacturer Suntech, the world market leader in recent years, filed for bankruptcy in China.

    http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/green-tech/solar/chinas-suntech-in-bankruptcy-proceedings

  224. duncanm

    More sliming by the Silly Moaner of Mal Brough:

    Headline:

    Brough gets Tough as things get Rough
    Aspiring MP repeatedly rang and emailed a female voter who sent him a critical email.

    But actually, it turns out:
    * Contituent emails Brough criticising him over the Gillard joke menu, with a closer: “I expect to hear from you soon”
    * He emails a response to her with the Resteraunteur’s statement , but gets no recognition/confirmation of receipt.
    * Five days later, he then tries to call.. can’t get a hold of her, so this involves 3-4 calls.

    Somehow.. this is interpreted as ‘weird stalking’ by paranoid android complaint submitter, who then says “I didn’t want to talk to him because it just seemed crazy lengths to go to get an apology from a nobody”.

    FFS!! if you dno’t want to talk to the bloke, don’t ask him for a f’in response!

  225. Tom

    The IPA is easily the best bang-for-your-buck political org in the country.

    Correct. I joined because the IPA was the only organisation that gave a shit about protecting the press from the leftist totalitarian scum in Canberra.

  226. Rabz

    Yet this is not because the solar cell market has failed, far from it. It is because it has been wildly successful, with China leading the way in mass producing PV cells.

    It came as no surprise today when the photovoltaics manufacturer Suntech, the world market leader in recent years, filed for bankruptcy in China.

    Moral of the story: m8nty should stick to wandering aimlessly around golf courses.

  227. jupes

    If you disagree with the science of human caused climate change, what you are disagreeing with is science itself and as far as I know it’s the best we got..

    FMD is he serious? Climate change science is the best we’ve got?

    Jones, Mann, Flannery and Lewandowsky? They’re the best? If that is truly the case then we are all doomed.

  228. Rabz

    Another Silly Moaning Herald Headline:

    Slapper a flapper at approach of shoulder tapper

  229. m0nty

    It came as no surprise today when the photovoltaics manufacturer Suntech, the world market leader in recent years, filed for bankruptcy in China.

    Yes Gab, thanks for supporting my point. Suntech failed because the PV market has become massively commoditised.

    Suntech stumbled because it ran ahead of the pack. Jenny Chase of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), a research firm, argues that solar technology is advancing so quickly that it creates a “last-mover advantage”. She calculates that new photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing plants become obsolete within five years.

    Another advantage for upstarts is that they can exploit the collapse in global silicon prices, the most important raw material for solar panels. Older firms like Suntech had no choice but to pay $400 or more per kg in 2008. Many signed long-term fixed-price contracts. When prices recently touched just $16 per kg, they were as sore as a sunburnt neck.

    Solar kit keeps getting cheaper and more efficient. So Suntech’s younger Chinese rivals, such as Jinko and Hareon, report much lower costs. They also appear to be less heavily indebted.

    There is a glut of PV product, and individual companies will suffer if they saddled themselves with too much debt in the run-up, but the point is that the industry is succeeding as far as making the products affordable to a massive install base.

  230. jupes

    Yet this is not because the solar cell market has failed, far from it.

    Yea sure M0nty. I was there in late March. Despite the increased CO2 in the atmosphere, it was snowing.

    It is because it has been wildly successful, with China leading the way in mass producing PV cells.

    Of course they are. Producing them for the gullible self-flagellating West . They are also leading the way in increasing their CO2 emissions. Year after year.

  231. Gab

    uh-huh. Sure. You crowed, it already failed. QED,

  232. Cold-Hands

    Don’t do it, Chunks. The liberals are infested with big government, gerbil worming, high taxing, nanny state numpties.

    Of course, the only way that the Liberal Party will be weaned off these ideas is if their membership itself argues against them.

  233. Pickles

    I will if you will Huck. But that blacksmith fellow has got me thinking about the DLP.

  234. Cold-Hands

    Just to clarify the situation regarding Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young’s proposal to recognise same sex marriages that were conducted overseas – should the bill go to a vote Labor MPs will be allowed a conscience vote while Coalition MPs would not. This is why Senator Sue Boyce’s decision to cross the floor is significant – not so much because she is in defiance of the party line but because it is an extra vote for those supporting the bill. The bill is unlikely to garner enough support to pass but every vote counts.

    The figleaf of justification by which Shake My Head (and no doubt, the ABC) make for highlighting Senator Boyce’s decision to vote for the bill while failing to acknowledge the Labor senators who voted against it.

  235. Tom

    Since high summer is approaching in the northern hemisphere, I’m dreaming of the ultimate G&T* in the humid heat on my daughter’s porch in East Nashville, Tennessee.
    *I just found this on her FB page. She’s a Tanqueray girl.

  236. stackja

    No bail for attempted rapist on parole
    Updated: 16:32, Thursday June 20, 2013
    A man charged over an attempted violent sexual assault on a woman at a Sydney bus stop had been on parole, reportedly for the murder of a 17-year-old girl.

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