Monday Forum: June 30, 2014

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  1. Infidel Tiger

    I have seen the future and it is shit.

  2. H B Bear

    Got the date right at least.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Podiated.

  4. Grigory M

    It’s deja vu all over again.

  5. Infidel Tiger

    Rumours are swirling that Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey are taking up crack:

    Toronto: Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is to return to work on Monday more popular than ever after a stint in rehab for his internationally publicised alcohol and drug abuse.

    Mr Ford, 45, moved into second or third place in the lead-up to municipal elections in October, according to the latest polls, despite being absent from the campaign trail for a month to attend a rehab centre.

    His surprise rebound in popularity comes after support plunged to a low of 32 per cent at the beginning of June when he disappeared from the limelight.

    Their last budget could have used a crack smoker’s input.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/toronto-mayor-rob-ford-set-to-return-to-work-after-rehab-20140630-zsqdc.html#ixzz365WMmHO6

  6. Gab

    Anyone really know what day it is?

  7. Infidel Tiger

    It takes a real coward to demonize people with disabilities.

    Piss off, retard.

  8. stackja

    Gab
    #1365013, posted on June 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm
    Anyone really know what day it is?

    Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

  9. stackja

    We need to properly define disability.

  10. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It takes a real coward to demonize people with disabilities

    You’re assuming that no – one has ever rorted the DSP?

  11. Piss off, retard.

    And an ignorant coward to use a term such as this as a form of abuse.
    In case you’ve slept through the last thirty years, it’s an anachronistic label, and indicates a lack of respect for people with intellectual impairments, and is a clear sign of a serious personality problem.

  12. Infidel Tiger

    Hey Ladies, one thing I was never told about the (redacted) was the cacophony that beast makes when it gets going. What sort of donk is under the hood? I reckon I’ve ridden motorbikes with less Hp.

  13. struth

    We now have an Australia where the roads are getting lots of money spent on them but no decent road work being undertaken.
    Many witches hats, and traffic controllers who will put up a stop and go because someone is operating an excavator 500 metres into the scrub, but nothing actually going on with the roads.
    The transport industry’s trip times and costs are esculating due to this corruption of government contracts.
    This will be passed on.
    Strangely enough, many new cameras and big yellow power guzzling illuminated sign boards (especially NSW and closely followed by QLD) hanging over the road threatening you with fines and licence loss, asking whether your regos due or if you’ve checked your tyres.
    I even took my eyes off the road to read a big illuminated sign that told me……..”distracted drivers die”
    Queensland has trivia questions such as “what is Fraser Island famous for” then the answer given a few k’s down the road.
    Government will not leave you alone to have a nice drive in the country. You cannot get away from them.
    It’s insane. It’s socialism.
    The government constantly in your face while you struggle to stay alive on the goat tracks they won’t fix.

  14. Gab

    You heard of the Saturn V, IT? There’s your answer.

  15. Empire

    From old fred:

    dover_beach #1364960, posted on June 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm re Chase survey

    Expect to see more of that shite. For some time, employee surveys have included gender in the demographic questions, both for statutory reporting requirements and to satisfy the feminazis (‘casue we’re all the same…but different).

    There is a popular move afoot by the HR luvvies to include new imaginary gender options, namely the full LBGTI suite of labels.

  16. You’re assuming that no – one has ever rorted the DSP?

    Of course not, but everyone on the DSP is not rorting the system.
    The gutter media gives exactly that impression.

  17. incoherent rambler

    Am I alone in my hatred of the words sustainable and renewable?
    Spoken by LNP politicians the two words are even more disgusting.

  18. Splatacrobat

    1735099 – The SMS number that sends messages from a TARDIS stuck in 1970’s Vietnam.

  19. struth

    Nothing is sustainable in the long run

  20. There is a popular move afoot by the HR luvvies to include new imaginary gender options, namely the full LBGTI suite of labels.

    Just two are necessary: M and F.

  21. feelthebern

    No surprise that the MSM didn’t put the stunt together on the weekend re this 2 boats.
    Parliament finished up on Thursday.
    There was a big piss up down there as the Senate wrapped up for the last time for some of them.

    Most of Canberra emptied out on Friday.

    But Albo was down there yesterday being interviewed.
    As was Sarah H-Y.

    That’s a surprise as parliament isn’t back on until next week.

    What a contrived stunt – with the Labor MP on Christmas Island & all – & it all was for nothing.

  22. Alfonso

    Alas, medical disability assessments for “welfare” payment purposes are often handed out with little rigour.
    That’s the point of attack Tone.
    Our local Thai chef gets his $1.2 k a week plus around $300 a week from his disability pension, Centrelink employees know where he works, but where are we going to get another legal Thai chef in a small town?
    It’s the market in action, easy pension means many takers.

  23. David

    The Iniskillings [27th]

  24. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    easy pension means many takers

    Two examples locally who draw the DSP for mental conditions. Medical advice is that they shouldn’t use cannabis, but both are heavy users.

  25. struth

    A big problem with those employee surveys is they are encroaching on your privacy.
    They can ask those questions if they want, but they should not expect all to answer.
    I certainly would not.
    I go to many places around Australia and increasingly I must do inductions for a lot of them.
    Spouse contact details, email addresses and the like are commonly asked for.
    Quite a lot of my personal information is now stored with companies I only visit all around Australia.
    I now will not supply all this information and only supply as a contact the company I mostly work for.

    How dare these pricks ask personal questions such as where your gay allegencies lie. FFS. Bigger fool anyone for playing along and answering.

  26. Alas, medical disability assessments for “welfare” payment purposes are often handed out with little rigour.
    That’s the point of attack Tone.
    Our local Thai chef gets his $1.2 k a week plus around $300 a week from his disability pension, Centrelink employees know where he works, but where are we going to get another legal Thai chef in a small town?
    It’s the market in action, easy pension means many takers.

    That’s an anecdote.
    I won’t respond the way most do here by saying it’s a “lie” and calling you a liar.
    Instead I’ll ask you to provide evidence of major rorting of the DSP.
    If it is half the problem the gutter press says it is, that should be easy.

  27. Tom

    Thanks to all Cats who have shown excellent judgement in refusing to feed the troll. With good reason, the scum is now quite convinced that it is bullet-proof and won’t be trebucheted out of here anytime soon. So it is now doing what SfB did prior to his last nervous breakdown and self-immolation, after which he retreated to Dogshit Today (the unread truckstop for the leftist retard trolls who share his illness). The trollscum now raising two fingers at the owner also has a blog no-one reads, but, like a two-year-old painting the toilet walls with poo, he needs the Cat’s mass audience to witness his delinquency. There is an inevitable conclusion. Thanks again for your patience.

  28. There is a popular move afoot by the HR luvvies to include new imaginary gender options, namely the full LBGTI suite of labels.

    Just two are necessary: M and F.

    Three are necessary for the genders: M, F and N—masculine, feminine and neuter.
    Just two—in all but a few cases—are necessary for the sexes: M and F—male and female.
    (I for one refuse to misemploy “gender” to mean “sex”.)

  29. hammy

    Hey, a new fred and I didn’t know, so I wasn’t first. Common courtesy surely demanded that I get an email telling me what time it’s going to be put up (no-one else of course should be given the heads-up).

  30. struth

    allegiancies………………some get teste about that sort of stuff around here.

  31. Infidel Tiger

    Three are necessary for the genders: M, F and N—masculine, feminine and neuter.

    The neutered are now called The Unsullied.

  32. Eddystone

    Demonise. Any discussion about eligibility for welfare is said to demonise those already on welfare. (See The Most Vulnerable in Society.)

  33. struth

    Sex? M ……….F………………….yes/no

  34. Three are necessary for the genders: M, F and N—masculine, feminine and neuter.
    Just two—in all but a few cases—are necessary for the sexes: M and F—male and female.
    (I for one refuse to misemploy “gender” to mean “sex”.)

    Agreed.

  35. BTW, any ideas on the genesis of the misuse of sex and gender?

  36. struth

    BTW, any ideas on the genesis of the misuse of sex and gender?

    It started with the ancient Greeks…………………he he

  37. incoherent rambler

    BTW, any ideas on the genesis of the misuse of sex and gender?

    Sex is what I want, gender describes what sort.

  38. Lysander

    Three are necessary for the genders

    Spain has over 20! (no joke)

  39. Delta A

    any ideas on the misuse of sex and gender?

    I always assumed the terms (wrongly) became accepted as interchangeable when society moved to the euphemism ‘having sex’ instead of sexual congress, intercourse etc.

  40. struth

    Is there an “undersatisfied” category?
    “prolonged dry spell” category.

  41. Mr Rusty

    incoherent rambler
    #1365039, posted on June 30, 2014 at 1:43 pm
    Am I alone in my hatred of the words sustainable and renewable?

    Nope, I hate them too. Alinskyite control of words, again.

    As I posted elsewhere already; there is no such thing as renewable energy, it is a scientific impossibility that breaks the 1st law of thermodynamics. The same fuckwits who use this totally incorrect term also claim deniers don’t know anything about science…

  42. I always assumed the terms (wrongly) became accepted as interchangeable when society moved to the euphemism ‘having sex’ instead of sexual congress, intercourse etc.

    A lot of nonsense was let in the door when that occurred.

  43. struth

    There should be an “I’ve forgotten category” followed by “I’d rather read a good book” category.

  44. Lysander

    They change the language. (Non PC post…)

    “Gender” is the Left’s way of moving away from “Sex” as you can easily tell the sex of a person by pulling their pants down. Whereas “gender” is more about “how you feel” rather than what you’ve got.

    Everyone who wants to belong to a third, fourth, fifth etc… gender should be subject to a DNA test which will help them/make them belong to one of two sexes.

    You know, I’m a white male but from now on I want to be a LGBT aboriginal person because that’s how “I feel.”

  45. Gab

    any ideas on the misuse of sex and gender?

    hehehe “sexual orientation” is therefore not about gender. (I don’t need to lay (oops) it out, surely?)

  46. Eddystone

    BTW, any ideas on the genesis of the misuse of sex and gender?

    I thought it was a misplaced, Hyacinth Bucket type of fake gentility.

  47. incoherent rambler

    Mr Rusty.

    All of the farmers that I have known operated on the principle that their life work was to “leave things better than they found them”, then passing it on for someone else to do the same.
    Is there a word for that?

  48. struth

    You know, I’m a white male but from now on I want to be a LGBT aboriginal person because that’s how “I feel.”

    ……………………………I’d get preferential treatment.
    FIFY

  49. BTW, any ideas on the genesis of the misuse of sex and gender?

    I blame 20th century sexologists, particularly, John Money (famed for “the boy with no penis” experiment, the case wherein Money, wishing to prove that “gender rôles” are not innate, proved that they are, for the most part, innate.)

  50. Alfonso

    “That’s an anecdote….a lie”.
    Sorry champ, nephew owns the Thai restaurant, it’s 400 metres from my from my front door.
    It doesn’t fit the left’s disability pension narrative so I understand your angst

  51. Eddystone

    Offended. I have no comprehension of what you said, but you do not belong to a recognised Victim Group, therefore I am offended.

  52. struth

    Alfonso, can you tell me what thai restaurant it is, …..I got a phone call to make.

  53. Mr Rusty

    All of the farmers that I have known operated on the principle that their life work was to “leave things better than they found them”, then passing it on for someone else to do the same.
    Is there a word for that?

    Evolution?

  54. Alfonso

    Sorry struth, welcome to business in Australia.

    Here’s another shock for the comrades, half the main street businesses here would be closed and broke it they didn’t take undeclared cash from their takings.

  55. Mr Rusty

    hehehe “sexual orientation” is therefore not about gender.

    That’s people who have Yellow Fever, isn’t it?

    [18c alarms start ringing in Gillian Trigg’s lair]

  56. val majkus

    KEVIN Andrews has urged critics of the long-awaited report into welfare reform to hold judgment until after the six-week public consultation period.

    Several welfare groups have slammed the interim report by welfare expert Patrick McClure and called on the government to rule out some of the more controversial measures, while Labor said it would support the proposals only if it meant no cuts to payments.

    but Shorten returns fire:

    “I believe it is most serious that this is a government who’s sinking the boot into people with disability and the disability pension seems to be attracting a lot of the government’s rhetoric,” he said.

    “There is a message for Tony Abbott: don’t pick on people with disabilities, pick on someone your own size. Try Labor rather than people with disabilities.”

  57. Eddystone

    All of the farmers that I have known operated on the principle that their life work was to “leave things better than they found them”, then passing it on for someone else to do the same.
    Is there a word for that?

    Industrial Agriculture. 1) Original definition. “The impacts of industrial agriculture on the environment, public health, and rural communities make it an unsustainable way to grow our food over the long term.”

    2) Not certified organic and/or GMO free.

    3) Profitable. See Multinational.

  58. Tom

    Am I alone in my hatred of the words sustainable and renewable?

    Nope, I hate them too. Alinskyite control of words, again.

    Absolutely correct, Rusty.

    any ideas on the misuse of sex and gender?

    I don’t believe they are misused. It’s just that the left turns words into missiles and they have decided “gender” is one of their words, as in gender reassignment, one of the most offensive cases of creepy Orwellian doublespeak in the history of the English language.

  59. “That’s an anecdote….a lie”.
    Sorry champ, nephew owns the Thai restaurant, it’s 400 metres from my from my front door.
    It doesn’t fit the left’s disability pension narrative so I understand your angst

    It wouldn’t matter if you lived upstairs – it’s still an anecdote.
    Charming, but irrelevant.
    Where’s the evidence I asked for above?

  60. stackja

    Tom
    #1365091, posted on June 30, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    And I believe the Left told us 1984 was only fiction.

  61. struth

    Got nothing against businesses not declaring all of their intake, or else as you said they would go broke…….they’ve got to try to keep the government out of their pockets because it keeps taking their money to give to healthy fully employed chefs.
    A chef earning full pay while rorting taxpayers is a different matter entirely.
    That’s not “business in Australia” that’s criminal activity. Plain and simple.

  62. stackja

    Disability review will provide the numbers.

  63. Alfonso

    Tone fixes the disability rorts by starting with the doctors and their box ticking.
    Or don’t bother if that suits better….. we’ll “minimise” tax so that someone else pays.
    Sorry.

  64. struth

    The word here is “responsibility”

  65. Demosthenes

    His surprise rebound in popularity comes after support plunged to a low of 32 per cent at the beginning of June when he disappeared from the limelight.

    It only went as low as 32%? That’s hilarious.

  66. Alfonso

    Sigh……you innocent young petal, you.

  67. Infidel Tiger

    “I believe it is most serious that this is a government who’s sinking the boot into people with disability and the disability pension seems to be attracting a lot of the government’s rhetoric,” he said.

    “There is a message for Tony Abbott: don’t pick on people with disabilities, pick on someone your own size. Try Labor rather than people with disabilities.”

    Woah, how quickly did he backtrack? First he asks them not to pick on people with disabilities and then he goads him into picking on people with disabilities.

  68. struth

    So it’s OK for us tax payers to keep paying this cheat to keep a Thai food restaurant open in your area. You need to ask yourself if you really believe in your political theories, whether you are on the right side or whether you are a political NIMBY.

  69. harrys on the boat

    Tits could get a DSP claim in due to a bad back.

  70. Demosthenes

    Three are necessary for the genders: M, F and N—masculine, feminine and neuter.

    Intersex, not neuter. The latter implies absence, whereas intersex people do have external and internal sex organs.

  71. Infidel Tiger

    If the Liberals had half a clue, they would announce that once all the fraudsters are removed from welfare they will then be able to increase pensions.

  72. Alfonso

    Political Theories…?
    I have none, merely survival.

  73. Infidel Tiger

    Tits could get a DSP claim in due to a bad back.

    Dwarfism as well.

  74. cuckoo

    Almost as much fun as listening to Christine Milne refuse to answer the ABC’s questions about why Al Gore appeared with Clive Palmer…is…watching the ABC have a full meltdown over the Rebekah Brooks acquittal. The current promo for tonight’s ep of 4 Corners is little short of hysterical. They don’t care what the court said, they know she’s guilty! A Salem witch trial would have been a sedate affair by comparison.
    And speaking of witches, I note that the Age thinks it’s OK to call Brooks a witch, as long as you use weaselly quote marks. So now we know: that sign behind Tony should have read Ditch the ‘Witch’, and everything would have been OK.

  75. struth

    Alfonso, I have nothing more to say on the subject other than this. For many years people have survived without Thai food.
    Get some Aussie beef into yer!!

  76. harrys on the boat

    Everybody knows the DSP is a rort. It speaks volumes that the window lickers in opposition imagine that siding with the DSP rorters is a vote winner.

  77. val majkus

    First he asks them not to pick on people with disabilities and then he goads him into picking on people with disabilities

    glad you picked that up IT
    I hate to mention welfare and budget fixing in the same sentence but when is some curious journo going to ask Shorten does he have a plan for return to surplus? Returning to surplus was always a Swannie’s desire. Has a return to surplus been scotched by Labor in favour of a further spendothon

  78. C.L.

    It takes a real coward to demonize people with disabilities.

    Tim Blair is no coward.

  79. Everybody knows the DSP is a rort.

    It’s easy to detect a stereotypical lie.
    It always starts with ” everybody knows….”

  80. notafan

    Why does someone need to make $ 1200 a week and take the DSP, if I have read you correctly?
    Why would Centrelink turn a blind eye to that level of criminality? Is it cash in hand as well?
    I don’t mind the cash in hand but the welfare fraud?

  81. cuckoo

    And listening to the ABC on its high moral horse this morning about employing people with disabilities, it occurs to me to ask how many disabled people are employed by the ABC itself? And I mean, really employed, not just in some window-dressing quota-filling token role. You only have to read the credits of any ABC production to realize they rarely employ anybody not called Lachlan, Roderick, Melissa or Felicity. So I’m not expecting too many Stumpies.

  82. Intersex, not neuter.

    You miss the point, Demosthenes. Try reading my post again.

  83. harrys on the boat

    That picture of Conroy…………. any decent man would have ended it after such a humiliating display.

  84. oldsalt

    Sustainability Shakedown

    WA academic fisheries researchers are trying to force Gov to fund their research, which nobody wants, by threatening that the NW trawl fishery in question won’t be able to use the title ‘Managed Fishery’ unless they get their way. They claim that turtle bycatch might be under reported because crew might be too busy to notice if one escapes before the nets are brought aboard.

    Follow the logic? Nobody was looking therefore something that probably wasn’t there might have escaped so taxpayers should pay me to be an observer on a boat, where I’ll protect you and allow you to call yourself a managed fishery. Implied and unsaid – otherwise we’ll try and shut you down.

  85. Toiling Mass

    If the Liberals had half a clue, they would announce that once all the fraudsters are removed from welfare they will then be able to increase pensions.

    Has the benefit of making it clear that the beneficiaries are to be those with disabilities, and would bring in allies from among those with disabilities (who might not baulk at dobbing in a fraud).

  86. C.L.

    That picture of Conroy…………. any decent man would have ended it after such a humiliating display.

    You heartless bastard.

    How would you like it if you remembered when they took the milk away?

  87. struth

    “Intersex, not neuter. The latter implies absence, whereas intersex people do have external and internal sex organs.”

    And of course the one in every million or so born like this:

    a)Don’t hide it because it has nothing to do with the workplace anyway.

    b)Are such a big issue that workplaces feel the need to ask their employees about the issue.

    c)Need special consideration because, well because, um , well Fck Knows.

    d) are that happy at home on a disability pension f…ing themselves to death that we can’t get them to come in to work.

  88. JC

    You only have to read the credits of any ABC production to realize they rarely employ anybody not called Lachlan, Roderick, Melissa or Felicity. So I’m not expecting too many Stumpies.

    Ummm so the name is a dead giveaway for someone physically impaired? That’s interesting.

  89. C.L.

    Oh Lord.

    This is about as stupid as it gets:

    Pope says communists are closet Christians.

    “I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag. The flag of the poor is Christian. Poverty is at the center of the Gospel,” he said, citing Biblical passages about the need to help the poor, the sick and the needy.

    “Communists say that all this is communism. Sure, twenty centuries later. So when they speak, one can say to them: ‘but then you are Christian’,” he said, laughing.

    100,000,000 dead.

    Ahahahahaha.

  90. Cold-Hands

    Tim Blair’s take on the new Gillard book, “by former ABC presenter, state Labor MP and devoted Gillard fangirl Mary Delahunty” is up.

  91. Infidel Tiger

    Poverty is at the center of the Gospel

    He realises poverty isn’t a good thing, right?

  92. Bruce of Newcastle

    genders

    Y or Y-not.

    Bonus: this’ll save on depilatory cream at women’s sports events.

  93. MemoryVault

    Tone fixes the disability rorts by starting with the doctors and their box ticking.

    The level of ignorance being displayed today by CATS readers regarding DSP, is only matched by the level of ignorance being displayed by Kevin Andrews, the media, and the half-wit who prepared the report.

    Just for starters, Alfonso (and others), doctors (GPs etc) now have SFA to do with the granting (or otherwise) of DSP. They were virtually eliminated from the decision-making process back in January 2012, when the new “guidelines” were introduced, which side-step the doctor’s input and replace it with an “assessment” by a “Job Capacity Assessor” (JCA), a Centrelink employee who has attended a couple of days training in applying the new “guidelines”.

    These “guidelines” and their application by the JCAs are modelled on the methodology of Climate Science. That is, the JCA starts with the required outcome, then works back through the highly malleable “guidelines” to achieve the desired result.

    These outcomes are pre-determined. If you are white and Australian born, and have a permanent injury or illness, you are NOT going to get DSP today, even if you are dying. Conversely if you are being treated for depression or drug abuse at a government-run clinic, or you just arrived by boat via Christmas Island, then the forms will be filled out for you specifically to match the “guidelines”, and granting of DSP will be a mere formality, no rorting required.

    Apart from the above, most of the problems with DSP lay firmly at the feet of successive governments. Starting with Fraser, and continued through Hawke, Keating, Howard, Rudd, and initially Gillard, it was common practice for Centrelink to be told to “encourage” suitable people to apply for DSP, as a means of artificially reducing the Newstart numbers, especially prior to elections. Even the large variance between the rate paid for Newstart and DSP was the result of political meddling to buy votes.

  94. C.L.

    The reporter is too polite to make the obvious link between these two video-taped assaults.

    See if you can guess it.

  95. struth

    Somebody should say to the pope over there in the vatican
    You know you gotta da bigga robe and a da bigga da hat?
    You know you silly bastardo, you are a da pope and notta da politician?
    So Shaddup you Face.

  96. val majkus

    What would we do without Henry?

    Of course, the report’s weaknesses have not prevented its findings from being hailed as gospel truth, with Fairfax’s Ross Gittins saying they prove that “not only are we undertaxing the miners, we’re giving them lots of subsidies”. Careless as that may be, it also betrays more than a hint of desperation: and understandably so.

    With the carbon tax set to be repealed, all that remains of the greenies’ grand design is the RET; but preliminary modelling for the RET review estimates that over the period to 2040, the RET increases electricity costs by $12.8bn. Since the abatement it causes could be purchased internationally for some $2bn, over 80 per cent of that $12.8bn is pure waste.

    No doubt, both sides of politics are responsible for that waste; but as the time to bring it to an end approaches, prepare for yet more nonsense from those who view coal as the nation’s enemy.

    “A wise man,” wrote Bertrand Russell, “will enjoy the goods of which there is a plentiful supply: and of intellectual rubbish he will find an abundant diet, in our own age as in every other.” With Mining the Age of Entitlement to feed on, could anyone ask for more?

  97. I think the Pope’s right – Communism did ‘steal the flag’ and dress itself up as the saviour of the poor.

    With disastrous consequences.

    But who let this happen? Christians did. (However, if you are a Catholic, you get an extra option to do with the Book of the Apocalypse and 1917 in Portugal).

    Christians can and should take back that flag, and it can be done via a perfectly reasonable, rational wealth-creation approach that helps get people off welfare and into the dignity of work, and reduces forced redistribution of income.

    There will always be rorters, but under a voluntarist system of welfare, there would be far fewer of them. Individual charities can choose who they will tolerate, and who they won’t.

  98. JC

    Can this pope be impeached? Pell needs to sit down and tell him in no uncertain terms to STFU about economics and politics , as he’s starting to embarrass everyone.

  99. Lysander

    He realises poverty isn’t a good thing, right?

    IT; as the big JC (not the blogger here) says: “the poor will always be with us.” Although JC the blogger is funnier and hates the ABC (unlike Jesus I presume)

    🙂

  100. JC

    IT; as the big JC (not the blogger here) says

    Pretty much the same thing Lysander. He and I think alike on everything. If was around he would pretty much like the same stocks as I do.

  101. MsDolittle

    Driving through scenic Tassie, listening to an old counterpoint with Amanda Vanstone flagging her interest in obesity as a disability. Maybe supermarkets could be licensed intravenous Timtam vendors, like methadone program for fatties? Mandy is usually a bit crossed hockey sticks for my taste but she gave me a giggle today. We all know Tassie is stuffed, but what is this with the strict no smoking areas? DrDo is continually forced into weather conditions only Mawson could appreciate. I’m off to the Mawson’s replica, wonder if they enjoyed a lung buster now and then?

  102. Infidel Tiger

    The reporter is too polite to make the obvious link between these two video-taped assaults.

    See if you can guess it.

    Any parent who doesn’t inform their children to avoid areas black people congregate or where black people are not a minority is not equipping their children with the right skills.

    I’ll probably get fired from National Review for saying that.

  103. Demosthenes

    And of course the one in every million or so born like this:

    1 in 1500, though estimates vary.

  104. Infidel Tiger

    The Vatican needs recall elections.

  105. JC

    Philippa

    It’s time to cut the rope. You can’t defend this twit any more. Every time he speaks of these subjects he talks absolute shit.

  106. harrys on the boat

    Vanstone flagging obesity as a disability? I hope she also flagged a conflict of interest.

  107. Des Deskperson

    ‘how many disabled people are employed by the ABC itself?”

    Cuckoo, the annual ABC Equity and Diversity for 2103 says that 7.5% of employees identified as having a disability. That’s not bad by public sector standards, provided you realise that when stats in similar organisations have been broken down, disabled employees are usually people with sight or hearing issues – cheap and easy to fix – rather than people with severe mobility problems.

  108. JC

    The Vatican needs recall elections.

    Can they declare him insane and get around it that way? He’s not the full two bob.

  109. Infidel Tiger

    Driving through scenic Tassie, listening to an old counterpoint with Amanda Vanstone flagging her interest in obesity as a disability

    It might explain her political career.

  110. val majkus

    Just for starters, Alfonso (and others), doctors (GPs etc) now have SFA to do with the granting (or otherwise) of DSP. They were virtually eliminated from the decision-making process back in January 2012, when the new “guidelines” were introduced, which side-step the doctor’s input and replace it with an “assessment” by a “Job Capacity Assessor” (JCA), a Centrelink employee who has attended a couple of days training in applying the new “guidelines”.

    is this not still the way to make an application for a DSP
    This form contains information for people not receiving Disability Support Pension (DSP), who need to download and complete a full claim for DSP including a medical report.

  111. struth

    “The level of ignorance being displayed today by CATS readers regarding DSP, is only matched by the level of ignorance being displayed by Kevin Andrews, the media, and the half-wit who prepared the report.”

    A fairly generalized sweeping statement by one apparently blessed, (self assessed) ,with an intelligence level far in excess of the great unwashed he/she tries desparingly to educate using the great wisdom and intellectual prowess only found in the few, those that carry the burden of knowledge and understanding, we many can only hope to emulate.

  112. MsDolittle

    Cuckoo, the annual ABC Equity and Diversity for 2103 says that 7.5% of employees identified as having a disability.

    And that’s not including one eyed leftists.

  113. The gutter media gives exactly that impression.

    No, numbnuts, the gutter media give the impression that all people on the DSP are severely disabled, by showing them while talking about the temporarily disabled being helped back into work. They are filthy lying scum and prove it every day.

    If changing the word ‘disabled’ assuages your racist guilt, then go for it by all means, but I’m sticking to the literal term because I mean it in the literal sense.

  114. struth

    Most of the ABC are disabled…………………..if not all.

  115. It’s time to cut the rope.

    Not really. I don’t cut the Pope Rope. Can’t afford to, you see. When you cut the Pope Rope, you go spinning off in all kinds of directions and end up concelebrating womynpriest weddings while wearing a kilt made of magic mushrooms and – most abominable of all – singing a medley of hymns by Marty Haugen.

    You can’t defend this twit any more.

    Yes I can. Watch me.

    Every time he speaks of these subjects he talks absolute shit.

    You’re almost right. He’s certainly not informed at all about the free market, and he also tends to make casual remarks that are probably very funny to the people around him, but way off target to everyone else.

    You need to look past that. He’s absolutely rock-solid and correct on the faith and morals stuff, which is all I ask. Outside of that, yes, he’s free to beclown himself, the poor darling.

    But I wish the (a) Trads and the (b) MSM wouldn’t hang on every single word and try to interpret it to meet their personal agendas, namely (a) the Pope is a screaming heretic and antiChrist, and/or (b) he is the ultra-liberal Pope who will deliver on the gay marriage thing any day now.

    I won’t play this game, and I advise others not to play it, either.

  116. Demosthenes

    which side-step the doctor’s input and replace it with an “assessment” by a “Job Capacity Assessor” (JCA)

    No doubt a cost-saving exercise.

  117. Alfonso

    Thanks for the heads up MemoryVault.
    Docs “virtually eliminated from the decision-making process back in January 2012, when the new “guidelines” were introduced” is a change I was not aware of.

    So Labor/Green voting employees of the social service sector get to work their politics in disability selection.
    Sweet.

  118. struth

    Our Lady of Fatima….what was the evil she spoke of to the kiddies again?

  119. Cold-Hands

    Can this pope be impeached? Pell needs to sit down and tell him in no uncertain terms to STFU about economics and politics , as he’s starting to embarrass everyone.

    My Parish Priest (a fanboi of Vatican II) fears that this Pope will be assassinated, given that he eschews the armoured popemobile and precautions used by his predecessors.

  120. JC

    Cuckoo, the annual ABC Equity and Diversity for 2103 says that 7.5% of employees identified as having a disability.

    I’m guessing Vanstone is included in that number due to her obvious disability of overeating.

  121. MsDolittle

    Good on you Phillippa!

  122. And in other news, man who writes report explains finer details:

    “Thirty per cent of people on a disability support pension are people with mental health conditions and these conditions are often episodic in nature, for example severe depression or anxiety,” he said.

    “In talking with experts in the field … what they recommend is a vocational rehabilitation approach, which makes sense when you think about it.

    “What they’re saying is they obviously require medication, they may need counselling or therapy, but it’s very important to keep them linked with education, training or a job.”

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/mentally-ill-may-lose-disability-support-pension-welfare-head-patrick-mcclure-suggests/story-fn59niix-1226971977282

    Quite a long way from the Numbers misinterpretation of forcing people with complex physical and mental health care needs into the sausage factory for 25-hour shifts.

    But of course it’s not fair to expect him to read the article. It’s easier to read the headline, which is much more catchy, for some reason.

    The headline ‘Some people who aren’t all that disabled may benefit from getting back to work’ wouldn’t sell many papers/clicks.

  123. MsDolittle

    Sorry, Philippa, on ipad typos galoe

  124. struth

    So Alfonso, you could go to your local member and say …….do something about this.
    The shit you could do to him if he didn’t.

  125. MsDolittle

    Ongoing apparently

  126. Our Lady of Fatima….what was the evil she spoke of to the kiddies again?

    That would be Communism, pet. The one that the Pope says stole the flag of care for the poor. And he’s right.

    Flags are symbols, that’s all. He’s not saying Communists did better in caring for the poor; just that they won that propaganda war for a while.

    They’ve lost it now, which is where the rest of us come in with the free market agenda, if we can make ourselves heard past the sharia law.

  127. JC

    Most of the ABC are disabled…………………..if not all.

    No they aren’t. Don’t confuse mental impairment with evil. They are pure evil in every way.

  128. struth

    Sorry Philippa, honest question. What does that flag look like?

  129. MemoryVault

    is this not still the way to make an application for a DSP
    This form contains information for people not receiving Disability Support Pension (DSP), who need to download and complete a full claim for DSP including a medical report.

    No, not really, Val.
    It is the form which starts the process of applying for the DSP, that’s all.

    The GP can write pretty-much what he likes in his Medical Report, plus attach discharge reports from the intensive care unit at whatever hospital the patient was in, plus reports from all manner of medical experts, and unless those statements exactly match the requirements of the “guidelines” (no wriggle-room for the JCA) , then they are irrelevant. Determination is by the JCA, NOT the GP’s report.

    This is further complicated by the fact that, as near as I can tell, nobody ever got around to explaining the new “guidelines” to the medical profession generally, or providing them with a copy. So unless the report is being filled out by someone in a government-run clinic, or immigrant processing centre, where they are “savvy” with the new requirements, the application has buckley’s chance of being approved.

  130. struth

    You are right JC, they must have stolen the disability flag, thats all.

  131. JC

    Speaking of the ABC , I wonder who springer- jones has on the panel this evening.

    Let’s looksee

    Sarah Henderson – Liberal Member for Corangamite
    Richard Marles – Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
    Darryn Lyons – Mayor of Geelong
    Elaine Carbines – CEO, G21 – The Geelong Region Alliance
    Richard Di Natale – Greens Senator and Health spokesperson

    As expected, 5 against 1.

  132. My Parish Priest (a fanboi of Vatican II) fears that this Pope will be assassinated, given that he eschews the armoured popemobile and precautions used by his predecessors.

    And knowing our luck, it will be some disaffected Latin Masser who pulls the trigger.

    We’ve got someone in our parish who openly says this Pope is the antiChrist. This gentleman is also a survivalist who thinks that if he goes to live on a boat, he won’t be wiped out in the TEOTWAWKI event that is prophesied and is Surely Coming.

    He recommends a particular website to people that explains it all. His wife says apologetically, ‘Don’t worry too much about the bit about aliens at the beginning.’

    If people would be just a bit more CRITICAL of what they read on the internet, particularly pertaining to the Pope, it would help a great deal.

  133. Sorry Philippa, honest question. What does that flag look like?

    How should I know? It’s a turn of phrase, that’s all. I think it has a certain elegance.

    And yes, I think Numbers has tried to steal the disability flag, and we need to get it back off him.

    Or just ignore him.

  134. Fisky

    As expected, 5 against 1.

    The mayor of Geelong isn’t bad – a kind of Rob Ford lite.

  135. DrBeauGan

    Deadman, I think that misusing the word ‘gender’ to mean ‘sex’ came from American pseudo-academics, arising from the same prudery as roosters and bathrooms. As in ‘he went to the bathroom in the sea’ as a euphemism for ‘he defecated in the ocean’. And rooster because cockerel and cock are very rude words. Actually the word gender was used to mean sex back in the eighteenth century. It really is a Hyacinth Bucket excess of delicacy. Compare the evolution jakes, privy, water-closet, lavatory, toilet, rest-room. Also the meaning shifts of ‘gay’. All attempts to sanitise an idea by changing the label. And doomed to failure.

  136. JC

    Fisky

    Okay fine 4.5 against 1.

    Notice how they slipped in the Greenscum in the panel. …. As though he has anything useful to contribute.

  137. struth

    He’s not the Anti christ, he’s just like the liberal party.
    Naively not comprehending the enemies he deals with.
    Probably a bloody good bloke, but the position comes with needing certain job skills.
    The management surely could have hired someone better suited to the position.

  138. Three are necessary for the genders

    Spain has over 20! (no joke)

    Yawn. 20 genders is so yesterday. Farcebook is up to 56.

  139. Probably a bloody good bloke, but the position comes with needing certain job skills.
    The management surely could have hired someone better suited to the position.

    Nuh-uh. I don’t want some media smoothie with capped teeth. I like the gnarly oddball holy types they choose instead.

  140. hoppers

    Gosh Richard Di Natale and Adam Bandt are doppelgangers

  141. struth

    Phillipa I know it’s a turn of phrase, but what I am asking is what does that phrase look like?
    Why does this Pope think communists did anything but create poverty. How can he think they stole anything here.

  142. Alfonso

    “you could go to your local member and say …….do something about this.
    The shit you could do to him if he didn’t.”
    Struth, Liberts live in cities, the economic structure of small towns is far away and beyond their ken.
    Every bureaucrat from local council to Tony wants their compulsory 5% for unwanted services. I guess we made other arrangements long ago.

  143. struth

    Bloody hell, I know out of the two of us, who’s going to heaven. S’pose I’ll catch up with a few of my mates though.

  144. Peter from SA

    Notice how they slipped in the Greenscum in the panel. …. As though he has anything useful to contribute.

    Sounds like a bit of a yawn tonight … something like “give old manufacturing centres like Geelong heaps of money to create sustainable green industries of the future*” … agree … agree … agree … agree.

    *As yet undefined. Unless you class the NDIS headquarters as an industry of the future. And Surf Carnivals, perhaps.

  145. Mr Rusty

    Darryn Lyons – Mayor of Geelong

    Gee, I wonder why they would want an ex-Murdoch employee and someone who made his fortune selling paparazzi photos to Murdoch papers on the ABC not too long after a MurdochSatanEvilRebeccaBrookesNewsCorpPhoneTappingGuilty beat up?

  146. struth

    Bullshit Alfonso, I live in the outback.
    We all have local reps mate. It’s an Australia wide thing.

  147. Phillipa I know it’s a turn of phrase, but what I am asking is what does that phrase look like?
    Why does this Pope think communists did anything but create poverty. How can he think they stole anything here.

    Because he’s making very broad sweeping statements, perhaps? Like most of us do, even on the Cat?

    Because he’s not blaming Communists for their evil (which would make us all feel good), but he’s actually admonishing Christians for letting them win the propaganda war about ‘poverty’ and the right way to relieve it?

    And reminding us that if perhaps Christianity had done a better job in relieving poverty when and where it had the chance, Communism would have been cut off at the root?

  148. val majkus

    unless those statements exactly match the requirements of the “guidelines”

    so are those ‘guidelines’ published somewhere?
    I think I see where MV is coming from

    People who claim DSP will have their work capacity assessed by a suitably qualified DSP Assessor. DSP Assessors will have access to clearer guidelines on the assessment of work capacity. In determining a claimant’s current work capacity, DSP Assessors will take into account a person’s prior work history, their previous access to employment services, and their treating doctor’s report as well as any other available medical evidence.

    part of the 2010 budget measures?

  149. Infidel Tiger

    Gosh Richard Di Natale and Adam Bandt are doppelgangers

    I thought that too, but apparently they have wives.

  150. JC

    Gosh Richard Di Natale and Adam Bandt are doppelgangers

    They give males a bad name. Ant makes beta males look like alphas. He makes stepford appear like strapping male.

  151. manalive

    According to Michael Bodey writing in the Australian today “SBS staff are particularly miffed many current or proposed efficiency measures have been co-opted by the Lewis review and, consequently, savings SBS had budgeted to reinvest will now be eaten up as savings for government”.
    The sheer effrontery, like how dare they — the government trying to seize the SBS’s money without so much as a by-your-leave?

  152. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #1365205, posted on June 30, 2014 at 4:01 pm
    Gosh Richard Di Natale and Adam Bandt are doppelgangers

    I thought that too, but apparently they have wives.

    Fence sitters and could have fallen either side.

  153. Gosh Richard Di Natale and Adam Bandt are doppelgangers

    It’s like a cult. They all look the same. Scott Ludlum as well.

    They all have inner-city eyewear and natty suits and the same haircut.

  154. struth

    Must go soon bugger it, but I do admire those that can actually put themselves through watching [email protected] I cheat and just read what you write about it. I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Tried it once for about 10 mins……………

  155. C.L.

    I think the Pope’s right – Communism did ‘steal the flag’ and dress itself up as the saviour of the poor.

    That’s not what he said.

    He said communists are unknowing Christians.

    That is not only untrue but a disgraceful thing to suggest.

    If he’s being misreported all the time, perhaps he should be quiet and issue encyclicals.

    You know, in a neutral official language meant to convey exactitude.

  156. Peter from SA

    They all have inner-city eyewear and natty suits and the same haircut.

    It all started with Bob Brown wearing a suit. damn him. Now it’s Greens Central Casting.

  157. JC

    Lol yea Philippa good observation about the inner city eyewear thing. All the liar party female dregs wear them.

  158. MacBeth

    Glad you said that, Deadman. That ignorant ‘gender’ drivel has irritated me for years. As do ‘fonts’ for typefaces and ‘loose’ for ‘lose’.

  159. Infidel Tiger

    If he’s being misreported all the time, perhaps he should be quiet and issue encyclicals.

    Poor old Pope. He’s the Sheik Hilaly of misquotes.

  160. struth

    The girls wear the red rims the guys the black .

  161. Alfonso

    ” I know out of the two of us, who’s going to heaven”
    Hopefully you’re correct. The boatman on the River Styx will never get me there, I’ll be fishing every bit of structure for bass between there and the salt with my 6 weight….should take care of a coupla centuries

  162. hoppers

    It’s like a cult. They all look the same. Scott Ludlum as well.

    Ludlum in fairness is quite a stylish kind of a swine, into a sort of weedy-chic look.

  163. C.L.

    My Parish Priest (a fanboi of Vatican II) fears that this Pope will be assassinated, given that he eschews the armoured popemobile and precautions used by his predecessors.

    “Fears”?

    No.

    Fantasises, yes.

    There was widespread fantasising about Obama being assassinated a few years ago.

    His fans almost wanted him to be assassinated. That way he would become some sort of immortal Great Man, rather than the embarrassing clown he has become. It would also have led to a revolutionary triumph of leftist prejudice and authoritarianism, which was much desired.

  164. struth

    Alfonso, if you don’t dob in that rorting thai chef, what do you think will be the first question you’ll be asked at the pearly gates?
    No, in the words of a famous Australian of irish descent…….I’ll see you where I’m going.

  165. C.L.

    “So when they speak, one can say to them: ‘but then you are Christian’,” he said, laughing.

    Laughing?

    100,000,000 dead.

    Laughing?

    No, Your Holiness, when a communist speaks about the socialisation of the means of production, distribution and exchange and the liquidation of the bourgeoisie, we do not say “but then you are a Christian.” We say “get behind me, Satan.” Followed by: “Open fire.”

  166. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    Creating sustainable green “jobs”.Ask the people of Orbost ,Victoria, alp/ green / fascists close down the Timber Industry,costing hundreds of jobs,replacing them with two full time coservation people, and 14 summer only bush fire jobs,really clever “economics” .

  167. incoherent rambler

    A Cat Compendium of Deciphered Socialist Spin, aka The Litter Box aka Rambler's Lexicon (until a better title is found).

    Thanks to all contributors.
    This needs de-chaffing and there maybe more to add. Joint Editor(s) in Chief of the list are CL and Carpe. Complain to them.

    ABC – the unofficial communication arm of Australian Labor/Greens parties, or colloquially known as the ‘Australian Bolshevik Collective’ or ‘Anyone But Conservatives’.
    Activist –Euphemism for progressive agitator. trouble maker, insurgent, subversive. Loathes society which succours him/her. A natural calling for screechy, nagging wimmin. See also Occupiers
    All, every, everyone, most, majority, unquestioned, undisputed, conclusive, consensus (List is not all-inclusive) – Beacon words used in leftist propaganda to indicate an approaching gross exaggeration or outright falsehood.
    Asylum seeker – means one or all of rent seeker, illegal immigrant, terrorist, organized crime member, fleeing criminal, ALP voter (apologies for the tautologies).
    Austerity – (a) mis-spelling of Australian Territory – usually defined as anywhere more than 25 nautical miles from the coast of Indonesia. (b) Decreasing spending in direct proportion to tax increases. (c ) increased deficit spending (also see Cuts)
    Balanced reporting – phrase often used by members of the left to describe the ABCs’ coverage of politics and current affairs. Also used by the ABC to describe it’s coverage of politics and current affairs. (See also sarcasm n.)
    Beer coaster – compact and versatile media on which to plan multi-billion dollar government expenditure
    Blind Leadership Ambitions – the ability to agree with everything that is said by your leader without having heard it because your loud conscience is concerned about other things.
    Bubbling – Analogous to progressive thought.
    Canadia – the quality of Australian journalists.
    Canberra – so heavenly, it serves no earthly purpose.
    Candlelight Vigil – A peaceful demonstration to be held when one violent, abusive country invader dies under the watch of conservatives but not when 2000 people drown as a result of Labor policies; enactment of Josef Stalin’s infamous quote “One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic.”
    Carbon footprint – a measure of energy consumption in the generation of wealth. Note that this specifically excludes energy consumption in the destruction of wealth. Such items as jet air travel, luxury motor yachts, beach side mansions and commonwealth cars for green senators are specifically excluded from carbon footprint calculations.
    Carbon Pollution – gases essential for all life existing on Earth.
    Certaindy – See Stabilidy
    Chaotic policy situation – News headlines after a minor party holding some swing votes actually says it will vote for the said policy.
    clearly – a prefix to a lie or a con.
    Compassion – expression of moral superiority by a person in a taxpayer funded job which has no performance requirements and from which he/she can’t be sacked.
    Confession – oi’v dun nuffin wrong.
    Consultative – Fairfax, check. abc, check. Milne, check.
    Cultural awareness – The concept that no matter what you say someone will be offended & call you a racist. The exception being aboriginal muslim lesbians with a wooden leg.
    Cut – More, but less than anticipated.
    0verwhelming majority – everyone who agrees with me.
    Earwax – Energy food
    Emissions – A derogatory term used to describe anything gaseous that is needed to sustain life on earth. e.g. farts, burps, exhaled breath, water vapour (aka steam), naturally occurring trace gases.
    evidence based – there was no supporting metrics, so we fiddled the data.
    excrooshee-ayding – listening to St. Julia
    Fair and Reasonable – that amount of money stolen by union officials from their members (see Perfectly Fair and Reasonable), extorted by fraud by union officials from companies, or stolen by Greens from the taxpayer to waste on PC boondoggles.
    Family Values – Only have sex with prostitutes, other peoples spouses, or those of the same sex.
    Free Speech – Anything that the ABC or Greens choose to say.
    Gender equity – Giving a sex change to a child so bull dykes can feel special.
    Gender reassignment
    (a) butchering a child’s genitals to satisfy the narcissism of an adult who claims legal ownership of the child as a “parent”.
    (b) self-mutilation of genitals to reinforce gender disorientation., preferably carried out by a Thai pox doctor’s clerk.
    Generosity – payments from union slush funds
    Generous – Increasing taxes in order to have more money to buy your vote.
    Genius political strategy – Entering into a coalition binding your policy to the minor party knowing full well the minor party would have voted for your policies in every instance.
    Genocide – Policies enacted by conservative governments that have caused an increase in the Indigenous population of Australia.
    GetUp – Labor/Greens marketing department.
    Gold Plating – Infrastructure maintenance.
    Good government – used by the political classes to describe an imaginary world where government might not exist.
    Grassroots movement – applying Roundup™ to the intelligentsia elitists.
    Great Labor Reform – anything that costs heaps of money. And that is like ’00s of millions, not the small change.
    Greed – wanting to keep ones earnings.
    Hands off our [insert institution] – A tagline used by moochers who wish to continue the wasteful spending of other people’s money when the taxpayers who fund said institution demand accountability, transparency, value and fairness.
    Hate Speech – Anything that Bolta or the Murdoch evil empire says.
    Hi-Alanist – the now retired Michael Sutcliffe … identified and mocked the phenomenon of phony ‘conservatives’ ringing talk-back shock-jocks (like Alan Jones) and saying things like, “Hi Alan, I’m a lifelong Liberal voter but I can’t stand Tony Abbott and have to say, reluctantly, that I’ll be voting for Kevin Rudd/Julia Gillard etc.”
    This phenomenon was christened Hi-Alanism.
    Homophobe – (a) Conscientious objector to same-sex “marriage”. (b) anyone who is not gay except when the gay person disagrees with SSM.
    I am innocent of all charges – (a) the incriminating documents have been destroyed. (b) I have the witnesses children ( c) the witness has a prior conviction (d) I was in the toilet at that time (e) I appointed the judge to his/her position
    I make no apology for – I’ve done something massively, egregiously wrong, failed, immoral, criminal and dead-to-rights inexcusable.
    Independent – Taxpayer-funded
    Insane Blinking – To be deployed after making a fool of oneself in a Senate Hearing
    Insurgency – Indiscriminate killing of civilians in less developed countries by anti-American, non-Anglo-Saxon, organised religious fanatics.
    Investment – Government spending programme, usually open ended.
    Islamophobe – person who thinks Uthman Badar is a dickhead
    It’s too early to discuss – we need to buy time (after a disaster of epic proportions) so we can sheet home blame to someone else (preferably a Conservative).
    Labor Leader – see Stupidity.
    Labour and Green Values – something for sale to the highest bidder
    Ladder of opportunity – One half of an economic equation. At the top of every ladder there is a government snake to take you back down.
    Light on the hill
    (a)Expression used by Labor intelligentsia to describe Socialist wisdom. Never mind it cost $3 Billion to get the power line up the hill and a Battalion of public servants to administer the project, but hey, we are the party of ideas.
    (b) Romantic encapsulation of Labor values used by bourgeois party intellectuals who now occupy all the best houses on the hill and can barely see the lights down on the flats.
    lidderassy – the meaning is unknown, but a previous P.M. wanted to increase it.
    March in [insert month] – A gathering of moochers, hippies, losers, public servants, Marxist students, Union mafia, welfare-for-lifers, the mentally deficient, environmentalists and other rent seekers to complain because their access to other people’s money is threatened.
    Middle east peace plan – A cease fire that lasts just long enough so more rocks can be gathered up for the next round.
    Misandrist Someone with a pathological hatred of Tony Abbott & his family. See also The Lying Slapper, The junkies missus, nanny roxon, Anne Summers et al
    Misogynist – someone who itemizes the lies and logical inconsistencies spoken by a female parliamentarian.
    moderate muslim
    (a) the absolute darling [phrase] of the media, political classes and various odds and sods on the blogsphere
    (b) a person able to defend the indefensible. See also union organiser
    (c ) see also fairies (not gay) at the bottom of the garden
    Moving Forward – the inertia generated from any Labor Policy – in effect: Going Nowhere.
    Most Australians – That tiny percentage of the constituency whose fake jobs allow them to indulge feelings over fact via social media and paid protests.
    Multiculturalism – an ideology sold to the plebs promising ethnic food and festivals, but over time and reinforcing through political correctness, that any failed third-world culture is far superior than anything the West ever created, and if you dare question the ideology then ‘Shut Up’!
    Occupiers – assorted drug-addled moochers, potheads, sexual predators, litter-bugs, [email protected], chronic [email protected], anarchists and other degenerates; all gathered together for the purpose of defecating anywhere but in the toilet, raping, murdering, committing assaults, stealing, and demonstrating against those who actually work and lead a productive life.
    oi! mind mah tea! – exclamation of concern in inquiry
    New Budget Saving – A new tax.
    Partisan
    1. ALPBC speak
    (a) ALP or Green: Intelligent, caring, balanced person ‘who knows what is in the best interests’ of the rest of the people useful idiots and that their cause, group, person can deliver this. See Al Gore.
    (b) Conservative: Running dog Abbott666
    2. In Conservative speak
    the normal meaning is someone who shows a biased or emotional allegiance to a party, group or person or cause.
    Passionate – (a) emotion of convenience, used to convey deep commitment to career enhancing goals. (b) a fig leaf for covering hypocrisy. (c ) as in “passionate about reform”, means I don’t give a sh1t, but it looks like there is money (for me) in it.
    Perfect Speaker – one who Mussels the baying sheep.
    Perfectly Fair and Reasonable – Specific term, that amount of money stolen by union officials from the members and spent by the union official on screwing prostitutes.
    politics is the art of the possible – boilerplate cliche used by partisan Liberals to excuse the utter cowardice of Liberal governments.
    Progressive – to be opposed to progress. See also Ladies Temperance League.
    progressive thought – a singular event that occurred circa. 1997
    Renewable – something that costs tax payers a fortune and is guaranteed to destroy at least one productive industry. Also used to describe items that require a taxpayer subsidy.
    Revenue Problem – Record tax revenues.
    Right Wing Extremist – Someone who calls for cuts to any government spending programme except Defence.
    Senior Labor Figure (n) – An individual who is afforded the presumption of innocence which is not usually extended to other members of the community. A ‘senior Labor figure’ (SLF) may be facing criminal or civil charges but these will be overlooked to ensure the devoted attention of the media to the possibility that perhaps a non-Labor politician may have punched a wall thirty years ago despite there being no witnesses and no contemporaneous evidence.
    Shut Up – A method of silencing your critics through over-use of the terms such as racist, bigot, denier, red-neck, homophobe, misogynist etc – usually applied to Conservative commentators, Conservative politicians, and anyone else who dares cross the Leftist-designated line.
    Social equity – the art of robbing the earner to prop up the slacker.
    Social justice – the theft of productive taxpayers’ money to finance welfare parasites and the left’s agenda to destroy capitalism and productive taxpayers.
    Stabilidy – (a) Used to describe an imaginary state caused by parliamentary legislation that has no redeeming features. e.g. “the carbon tax will provide stabilidy”. The origin of the word is believed to be from a sound that emanates from the gutters and sewers of Altona. (b) the ability of the Labor Party to remove a sitting Prime Minister from their ranks. (As in stab )
    Strategic – Unable to grasp or manage detail
    Structural deficit – enormous budget surplus produced by conservative government.
    Stupidity – “I haven’t seen what she said, but let me say I support what it is that she said.”
    Subsidy – Any money you earn that is not handed over to the government in taxes.
    Sustainable – similar to renewable, but specifically refers to things that are never evaluated using reasoned analysis or empirical evidence over long period of time. Often used to describe a product that requires the mining of toxic metals.
    Tax cut – government subsidy.
    Taxes – something others pay, most of them not enough.
    Terrorism – Lawful military action carried out by a Western government in a less developed country.
    The consensus – We lost the argument.
    The science is settled – (a) The argument is lost. (b) Shut Up. see also racist
    Transparency – the issue surrounded with a layer of squid ink so thick it becomes immediately opaque to the punter.
    Victims – There are many – Visit a Centrelink Office (or for your convenience, visit us online).
    Victimless – There are few – the taxpayers. Visit us at work (WARNING: you may be required to adhere to all sorts of Government regulations – OH&S and so on).
    watch – essential accessory for misogynists.
    We’re not interested in the polls – we’re following each poll like a hawk and will do everything we can in the media cycle to turn each one to our benefit.
    wink – Secret password for misogynists.
    Work – something others do.
    X has my full support – Standard reply before any charges are laid.
    X has not been a member of the Labor party for some months now – Standard response after conviction.
    X is entitled to the presumption of innocence – Standard reply after charges have been laid.
    97% – Term of exaggeration used by the left to describe the ever dwindling number of “professionals” willing to sell their souls to profit from massive government-funded fraud.

    Footnote question : who was it that said – “if you control the terminology, you control the agenda”.
    “He who controls the language controls the masses”. – Saul Alinsky

  168. WhaleHunt Fun

    What, I wonder a the cost of fright battery?
    What CO2 do they emit. What resources are misapplied in keeping them fed and clothed. How much opportunity cost in the freshwater they consume.
    How much wealthier would we all be if they were not

  169. Baldrick

    There was widespread fantasising about Obama being assassinated a few years ago.

    Oh please no. We don’t need Obambi turned into a martyr. There’s enough b.s. these days about Saint JFK.

  170. Piett

    Alas, medical disability assessments for “welfare” payment purposes are often handed out with little rigour.
    That’s the point of attack Tone.
    Our local Thai chef gets his $1.2 k a week plus around $300 a week from his disability pension,

    Wait, a small-town Thai chef can make $60k per annum? I must get into this Thai racket. I know it involves green, red and yellow peppers, and … um …

  171. Alfonso

    Struth, mate, you don’t know about my gold pass. Got it from St Pete after too many medical evacs in ‘single man’s’ wet season weather Hagen to Nomad River, Green River, western districts tiger country et al. He reckons I’m a shoo in and should have arrived much earlier.

  172. Dr Faustus

    We don’t need Obambi turned into a martyr.

    No, not at all. He needs to live for a long, long time to properly suffer the impotent pain of seeing the hands of history picking over his appalling term in office.

  173. incoherent rambler

    100,000,000 dead.

    CL the cultural revolution alone was 45,000,000.
    I think your number is a bit on the low side.

  174. Patto

    Great compilation i r !!!!

  175. Boambee John

    At one time, the Defence Annual Report included a table headed something like “Recruitment by Sex”, to show the numbers of M and F recruited each year.

    Puts a new context on the Queen’s shilling, however!

  176. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A Cat Compendium of Deciphered Socialist spin

    Gold! How do I print off a copy? What are your royalty fees?

  177. Andrew

    New Budget Saving – A new tax.

    Also,

    Structural Saves

  178. incoherent rambler

    z2ka, it is Sinclair’s blog, therefore he owns it.

  179. Baldrick

    Excellent work incoherent rambo … a gold star on your forehead.

  180. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Recruitment by Sex

    Had to fill out a form years ago “How many employees do you have, broken down by sex?”

    I did answer “Alcohol is more of a problem” and never heard any more.

  181. feelthebern

    z2ka, it is Sinclair’s blog, therefore he owns it.

    Great work IR. Have yourself a drink from the bubbler.

  182. incoherent rambler

    Have yourself a drink from the bubbler.

    I have a 12 yo Glen Moray.

  183. Leo G

    The Christian flag bears a cross. The Pope is another cross for Christians to bear.

  184. A Lurker

    What a great list IR – I’ll have to copy/paste/print it out, and then laminate it so I can reference it in future! It really deserves wide distribution. Perhaps Bolta/Blair can help out?

    Out of all the contributions my favourite would have to be this:

    It’s too early to discuss – we need to buy time (after a disaster of epic proportions) so we can sheet home blame to someone else (preferably a Conservative).

    Classic!

  185. John Comnenus

    Numbers,

    No one is arguing that there aren’t people with disabilities, and many of those people need substantial care. I am sure that every one here supports providing real and substantial publicly funded support to those in need.

    The problem is that too many people are rorting the system. Just do the maths, there are 830,000 working age people on the disability pension. There are only about 12 million working aged Australians. That means that one in every 15 or so working aged people are so disabled they cannot work.

    That is an extraordinary number, and every one knows it is way too high. Every dollar spent on a bludger is effectively stolen from someone with a real need. Then we have the young and old who are disabled.

    As Anthony Daniels, AKA Theodore Dalrymple recently wrote of the UK, the welfare state has created more invalids than WWI. That is the problem with rampant welfare ism, it encourages dependence instead of work, and this is the single biggest contributor to our current debt and deficit problems. It is a massive drain on wealth and generates low living standards for far too many.

    I for one would be happy with a very modest decrease in DSP spending accompanied by a thorough purging of the rorters leaving a significant increase in entitlements for those who are truly disabled. As Daniels correctly observed, the current system encourages corruption at all levels – from the bureaucrats administering the system, to the Doctors providing the diagnoses to the individual making a fake claim. The biggest losers are those who really need help and the poor old tax payer.

  186. Baldrick

    The Christian flag bears a cross. The Pope is another cross for Christians to bear.

    What! No Irish Nuns flag?

  187. Gab

    Had to fill out a form years ago “How many employees do you have, broken down by sex?”

    I did answer “Alcohol is more of a problem” and never heard any more.

    LOL. I needed that, Zulu. 🙂

  188. Heaven forbid that anyone should actually crack a sweat by scrolling up on this blog.

    Pope says communists are closet Christians.

    “I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag. The flag of the poor is Christian. Poverty is at the center of the Gospel,” he said, citing Biblical passages about the need to help the poor, the sick and the needy.

    “Communists say that all this is communism. Sure, twenty centuries later. So when they speak, one can say to them: ‘but then you are Christian’,” he said, laughing.

    The HEADLINE is wrong, not the Pope. The headline is from here:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/stolen-our-flag-pope-says-communists-are-closet-christians-n143811
    But hey, CL – you go right ahead and get your Catholic news from NBC.

    If people haven’t worked out by now that what the Pope actually says and what the headline says are two different things, perhaps it’s time to do that now.

  189. Heaven forbid that anyone should actually crack a sweat by scrolling up on this blog.

    Not all of us have good connections or modern machinery.
    Due to the processor speed of my ancient server, most of the time I cannot see what I am typing, and scrolling will blank my screen for too long for it to be worth it.

  190. notafan

    One would also think the advances in health care since WWI would mean less chronically ill people, not more, as a percentage of working age people.

  191. Bruce of Newcastle

    Tim Blair gold.

    The final one is pretty typical. In 1981 during my army reserve annual camp I was eating rat packs dated 1966. We used to open them with a sort of horrified curiosity, but they were mostly edible.

  192. mizaris

    Piss off, retard.

    And an ignorant coward to use a term such as this as a form of abuse.
    In case you’ve slept through the last thirty years, it’s an anachronistic label, and indicates a lack of respect for people with intellectual impairments, and is a clear sign of a serious personality problem.

    What an interesting and totally ILLOGICAL extrapolation!!!! I can see that point a (bolded) relates to point b (also bolded) but how in the name of all that is holy does this mean that someone has a personality disorder. Surely you would need rather a lot of medical, and further psychological and psychiatric training and study, to be able to make such a diagnosis. You can’t make such a diagnosis based on one WRITTEN phrase used in isolation. This “numbers” chappie must have the gift of second and third sight, x-ray vision, ESP, and a sixth and seventh sense to make such an extrapolation. Or he is indeed, a genuine fuckwit.

  193. struth

    No but have you ever seen a cross Irish nun?

  194. Splatacrobat

    As Anthony Daniels, AKA Theodore Dalrymple recently wrote of the UK, the welfare state has created more invalids than WWI. That is the problem with rampant welfare ism, it encourages dependence instead of work, and this is the single biggest contributor to our current debt and deficit problems. It is a massive drain on wealth and generates low living standards for far too many.

    As I have said before welfare should only provide a leg up, not a chair to sit on.

  195. Not all of us have good connections or modern machinery.
    Due to the processor speed of my ancient server, most of the time I cannot see what I am typing, and scrolling will blank my screen for too long for it to be worth it.

    It is not you to which I aver, SatP.

    Helas, as they say on the Continent.

  196. James B

    struth
    #1365031, posted on June 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Government will not leave you alone to have a nice drive in the country. You cannot get away from them.
    It’s insane. It’s socialism.

    Fuck mate, you absolutely fucking nailed it. The whole thing is about making driving as unpleasant as they physically can. That’s what the ridiculously low speed limits are about. That’s why they ban car modifications. That’s why they endlessly harass you with these nanny-state signs anywhere you want to drive. It’s why they tax petrol by 40c for ever litre you consume. They want us to use public transport even though with all its endless subsidisation and the endless demonisation of cars, it’s still worse. Private transport represents individualism, and that’s their enemy.

  197. Cold-Hands

    Thanks to all Cats who have shown excellent judgement in refusing to feed the troll.

    The last (future?) open thread demonstrated such self restraint that numbers was reduced to answering his own questions and quoting his own posts. Pity that the self-discipline today has been less stringent.

  198. The Christian flag bears a cross. The Pope is another cross for Christians to bear.

    Get over yourself, Leo G.

    A cross is something that really makes you suffer. cross would be having your church bombed by ISIS and your daughters raped because you won’t pay your attackers to leave you alone.

    If your biggest problem is that the Pope 12,000 miles away says the odd thing that you happen to disagree with, or think is in poor taste, then I’d suggest you’ve got it pretty easy as far as crosses go.

  199. Splatacrobat

    The final one is pretty typical. In 1981 during my army reserve annual camp I was eating rat packs dated 1966. We used to open them with a sort of horrified curiosity, but they were mostly edible.

    The field dressing I was issued with in 1979 was dated 1943 and my AB boots were made in 1956.

  200. struth

    Phillipa, this is not the only time he has ventured into politics to show his leftist leanings.
    I did not mke comment based on this one report.

  201. feelthebern

    The field dressing I was issued with in 1979 was dated 1943 and my AB boots were made in 1956.

    Careful…you’re just asking someone to pipe up.

  202. Bob

    Incoherent Rambler – loved your list but Ramadan was left out: Annual festival during which Muslims skip lunch and murder people.

  203. jumpnmcar

    Fiscal Conservative – Spend like drunken Union official with a someone else’s credit card. e.g. Kevin07.
    Great Negotiator – Cave in to all demands by greens to stay MP.
    ALP Surplus – Extinct. Not sighted in Wyatt Roys lifetime.

  204. feelthebern

    I haven’t seen Fleeced post for days.

  205. “Firstly, as to neurotic. I do not think we shall see things more clearly by classifying all these malefical states…as pathological.

    No doubt there are really pathological conditions which make the temptation to these states abnormally hard or even impossible to resist for particular people. Send those people to the doctors by all means. But I believe that everyone who is honest with himself will admit that he has felt these temptations. Their occurrence is not a disease; or if it is, the name of that disease is Being a Fallen Man.

    In ordinary people the yielding to them — and who does not sometimes yield? — is not disease, but sin.

    Spiritual direction will here help us more than medical treatment. Medicine labours to restore ‘natural’ structure or ‘normal’ function. But greed, egoism, self-deception and self-pity are not unnatural or abnormal in the same sense as astigmatism or a floating kidney. For who, in Heaven’s name, would describe as natural or normal the man from whom these failings were wholly absent?

    ‘Natural,’ if you like, in a quite different sense; archnatural, unfallen. We have only seen one such Man. And He was not at all like the psychologist’s picture of the integrated balanced, adjusted, happily married, employed, popular citizen.”

    — C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  206. Delta A

    I was eating rat packs dated 1966

    Looxury, Bruce. When the Best Man was a nasho (1966) his rat packs were left over from WW2, dated prior to his birth. Biscuits hard as a rock and chocolate white with age but, as you said, mostly edible.

  207. Pyrmonter

    One to look forward to. Not. The Q&A forum will be busy.

    Of Stiglitz, (who is doing a speaking tour, presumably another “economists are dirty rats book is in the offing), from EcoSoc

    Tickets went very quickly for the two public events in Sydney at UNSW and Town Hall. We’re sorry if you missed out on your chance to see Professor Stiglitz in person, but the good news is that he will be appearing in major current affairs programs including the ABC’s Lateline and Q&A (on Monday, 7th July). Keep an eye out for columns by Professor Stiglitz and interviews with him in major daily newspapers, as well as various other media appearances.

  208. calli

    IR…that is a thing of beauty, and like da interwebs, will endure forever*.

    Philippa, as you know, I’m not a Catholic, but I’m very suspicious of anything, and that means any little teensy weensy squeak, that is reported as coming from the Pope’s mouth. Such is my distrust of the MSM (and I think it’s warranted).

    Lurker… 😳 it woz me wot rote it.

    * not necessarily eternally

  209. As I have said before welfare should only provide a leg up, not a chair to sit on.

    I prefer – welfare should be a hand up not a hand out.

  210. stackja

    Philippa Martyr
    #1365169, posted on June 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm
    I won’t play this game, and I advise others not to play it, either.

    Simon Peter said in reply,
    “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
    Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
    For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
    And so I say to you, you are Peter,
    and upon this rock I will build my Church,
    and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
    I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
    Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
    and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

  211. Damn straight.

    And now, if you don’t mind, I have policy work to finish, and tomato soup to consider making (when I get home).

  212. MemoryVault

    val majkus
    #1365204, posted on June 30, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    unless those statements exactly match the requirements of the “guidelines”
    so are those ‘guidelines’ published somewhere?

    Yes Val, they are published “somewhere”, but the average mortal, or family GP, or specialist, would never find them. I have yet to discover a link from the Human Services website. Like “secret womens business” they are only for the initiated.

    They are called “Impairment Tables”, and you can find them here. Quite apart from anything that some mere medical professional says or writes (like the patient is dying), the Act requires that an applicant score 20 or more points from these tables – as interpreted by the Job Capacity Assessor. If you have a quick perusal you will see they are sufficiently obtuse enough for the JCA to arrive at whatever result they want.

    I must add that even the applicant’s answers to questions at the JCA interview are largely irrelevant to the assessment. For instance, the applicant might be asked if they experience dizziness or vertigo, and they might answer yes and give examples. However, unless the doctor’s report, or an attached report from the treating hospital or a specialist specifically states “patient experiences dizziness and vertigo”, then the applicant’s answer is considered “uncorroborated” and counts for nothing.

    Since neither the applicant, nor the referring doctor, nor any of the specialists, know in advance exactly what questions are going to be asked, the doctor’s report would have to be a thousand pages long to cover every angle.

    Unless, of course, it is all pre-arranged. Which is precisely what happens with applicants from government run centres (depression, drug dependency, boat people etc).

  213. calli

    You go girl!

    Tomato soup can be bought in a tin and made to look fancy with a swirl of sour cream, a few drops of olive oil and some chopped chives…

  214. boy on a bike

    The final one is pretty typical. In 1981 during my army reserve annual camp I was eating rat packs dated 1966. We used to open them with a sort of horrified curiosity, but they were mostly edible.

    Pfft. We were still eating Vietnam era rat packs in the late 1980s. The chocolate had turned white on the surface where the cocoa butter (I think) had leached out, but they were otherwise….err….as disgusting as they were in 1966. I think we finally ate our way through the last of the stocks in about 1989.

  215. boy on a bike

    Has anyone noticed how fricking smug SHY is looking at present? If she’s this happy now, imagine how insanely happy she’ll be if one of the boats sinks and a hundred people drown.

  216. calli

    Whoops…forgot you were in WA…it’s dark and drear over here.

    And because I’m shameless…you can buy some par cooked olive bread at Woolies that will dress it up even more… Your family will start calling you Delia…or Nigella…

  217. calli

    Has anyone noticed how fricking smug SHY is looking at present?

    She must’ve eaten something that agreed with her.

  218. Grigory M

    Has anyone noticed how fricking smug SHY is looking at present?

    She must’ve eaten something that agreed with her.

    😯

  219. JC

    Lol, They’re dragging Stigliz out here? Someone should remind him about a beating he received from a hedge fund dude making him into total idiot.

    I’m not kidding when I say that I’ve never seen a bigger beating. He was left gasping for air.

    Stigliz was peddling for the Greeks as he was on their payroll. He had the nerve to suggest they could borrow at going government rate for Euros. The fund manager set him straight and suggested no one would lend the Greeks a cent as they were broke.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAAnV-AolTI

    I dunno how he can show his face in pu7blic after that. Someone ought to go to the talk and remind him about it.

  220. She must’ve eaten something that agreed with her.

    The still beating heart of an LNP voter?

  221. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    We were still eating Vietnam era rat packs in the late 1980’s

    I remember, with a fascinated horror, some sort of freeze dried atrocity that, no matter how carefully you cooked the “savory steak fingers’, you were still left with a center that resembled sawdust, freeze dried rice which was like trying to eat Styrofoam, and the “sweet and sour pork” that, unfailingly gave you the shytes.

  222. JC

    Has anyone noticed how fricking smug SHY is looking at present? If she’s this happy now, imagine how insanely happy she’ll be if one of the boats sinks and a hundred people drown.

    Orgasmic? On hearing the news the Greens party room would sound like a group orgy in the middle of mass climax.

  223. blogstrop

    It’s notable how the pro-abortion ABC manages in their shorter radio news (like at 6pm tonight on Classic FM) to include something about the sex abusers RC (top of the schedule in fact), but nothing about the TU RC.

  224. calli

    She must’ve eaten something that agreed with her.

    Just had a horrid thought…Pickles, are you there? Pickles, Pickles, come in…please…

  225. calli, wash your mouth out with soap! Tinned tomato soup! Egad!

    I shall be stopping at the shop on the way home to buy 3 cans of plain brand diced tinned tomatoes, and then caramelising a pile of onions I have at home, in BUTTER, adding stock, adding thyme and chili from the garden, and also sneakily using up a very elderly hunk of feta that I forgot about.

    I shall also be BAKING a bogus sourdough loaf of my own with the bread machine.

    This is for Wednesday’s dinner, so the soup should improve with age, but I don’t hold out much hope of the bread lasting till then. Not with the smell of it in the house, and the butter open …

  226. PS I have to cook this kind of thing to get rid of the paint smell. We have painted the open plan kitchen/living/dining area and it looks magnificent. A man is coming to put in a floating floor in the living area on Friday. I am very excited.

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  227. MemoryVault

    Delta A
    #1365282, posted on June 30, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Biscuits hard as a rock

    That had nothing to do with age, Delta. That’s how they were made. In my day (cadets – early 60’s) they were called Hard Tack, and rumour had it they were actually replacement treads for tank tracks.

    The only way to make them edible was to pour boiling water over them before going to bed, then mix in the tube of condensed milk that came with the ration pack and eat the mush for breakfast.

  228. calli

    You are a good and righteous woman, Philippa. I, on the other hand…take shortcuts…

  229. calli

    And painting too chez calli…

    Spacechook….nah nah na nah nah

    Whew…I’m glad that’s off my chest, now down to the serious stuff…

  230. JC

    Ladies

    Shouldn’t you all be hanging around the kitchen at the m0ment instead of the Cat?

  231. JC

    This sounds like the OJ excuse that the glove was too small.

    Gerard Baden-Clay explains facial cuts suffered the day wife Allison went missing

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/gerard-badenclay-explains-facial-cuts-suffered-the-day-wife-allison-went-missing/story-e6frg6nf-1226971959208

  232. Sen. Milne’s latest begging letter:

    I can honestly [!] say I’ve never experienced a week in politics quite like the one we’ve just had.
    Last Wednesday afternoon we saw Clive Palmer – the man who famously said we couldn’t trust the IPCC’s scientific consensus on climate change because scientists could be paid off – stand next to Al Gore and announce his climate policy for Australia.
    …..an unexpected duo, to say the least.
    We’ll know more about exactly what Palmer’s climate proposal means in the coming weeks. But, Wednesday’s bizarre turn of events does tell us something about what it’s going to be like working with a hard-right Government and a completely erratic Senate for the next two and half years.
    With an unpredictable Senate and a hard-right government that refuses to negotiate, we’re going to have to fight, and fight hard, for every win — and we need your support.
    A donation before the end of this financial year will mean we can invest in campaigns around the country so that when the new Senators are sworn in next week, we have the resources to mobilise our supporters if the new cross-bench Senators waiver, compromise or threaten to cave in to the Abbott Government’s brutal agenda.
    Please, make a tax-deductible donation today and let’s get ready for this new, and unpredictable Senate.
    We Greens are absolutely committed to addressing global warming and progressing a more caring Australia by blocking the harsh, cruel measures contained in Abbott’s budget. We will vote down his education cuts, his attack on medicare, his assault on young people, the unemployed and our environment, and his blows to the ABC — but while we can’t control the balance-of-power Senators, public opinion will make a difference.
    That’s why your support to build community momentum around the country is so important.
    Onwards,
    Christine Milne

    P.S. Today marks the end of this financial year. If you can, a tax deductible donation is one practical way you can help us send a message to the new Senators that the Australian people are not on board with Abbott’s regressive, unscientific and cruel political agenda.

  233. calli

    We Greens are absolutely committed to addressing global warming and progressing a more caring Australia by blocking the harsh, cruel measures contained in Abbott’s budget.

    Something for everyone on comedy tonight.

  234. Delta A

    JC, I’m happy to hang around the kitchen, but the Best Man says I’m in the way, so buzz off until he’s finished cooking.

  235. Leo G

    If your biggest problem is that the Pope 12,000 miles away says the odd thing that you happen to disagree with, or think is in poor taste, then I’d suggest you’ve got it pretty easy as far as crosses go.

    A Roman holiday you think?
    Simon from Cyrene also would have thought it was in pretty poor taste to be coerced into carrying that cross long ago. After all, he had made a difficult journey from Libya to take the Passover meal only to have his plans changed by a Roman authority figure. Bloody discomforting, unclean even.

  236. Baldrick

    The cattle grid challenged Oscar Pistorius returned to court today after a month of psych evaluation. The doctors concluded Pistorius did not suffer from any disorder or defect that affected his ability to act accordingly when he gunned down his wife on Valentine’s Day, 2012.
    Wonder if the defence team can employ the services of Uthman Badar and claim it was an ‘honour killing’? Gotta be worth a shot … oops.

  237. Gab

    I make a damn fine curry and will all ther trimmings. Rather pleased with myself.

    /Thermomix.

  238. calli

    Simon from Cyrene also would have thought it was in pretty poor taste to be coerced into carrying that cross long ago.

    And yet, that unknown pilgrim’s name has been carried down through the ages and remembered with reverence and love, not because of who he was, but because of who he met along the road.

  239. JC

    Which reminds me

    Anyone see this? OJ Simpson putting on what appeared to be perfectly fitting globes and saying they were too small.

  240. Bruce of Newcastle

    Chili con carne in a $20 skillet thing from K-Mart. Yum!

    We used to buy hotplates from K-Mart for our lab – cheerful and powerful and for 20 bucks they were superb lab gear. Remarkably resistant to sulphuric acid too.

    My word, brand people are good at finding innovative ways to part foodies from their money.

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