Open Forum: June 30, 2018

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  1. tgs

    OK i’ve just realised I’m an old guy who has just installed instagram and that is old news. Carry on (please).

  2. C.L

    Re that inflection blight …
    The RN Drive hostess (who is deeply in love with herself) is an up-talker.

    “Minister, thanks for speaking to rN.”

  3. Woolfe

    Why do some people end their grunted mumblings with “but”?

  4. mizaris

    Holy crap did anyone else get the clip of TA smashing a tinny at the Manly Oval on instagram? Fucking killed it.

    And spilled not a drop.

  5. None

    lol poor little petal vanOnselen has blocked me on Twitter Ahahahahaha!

    I still have copies of conversations I had with PVO by Twitter direct message on my very first Twitter account. If I didn’t respect the right to privacy for private communications I’d be having a field day.

  6. Chris

    The RN Drive hostess (who is deeply in love with herself) is an up-talker.

    RABZ NOW!

  7. Chris

    Why do some people end their grunted mumblings with “but”?

    I don’t know, eh.

  8. Gab

    What on earth are you doing listening to RN, CL? Get a grip, man!

  9. C.L

    Tim Sourpossumass lashes out …
    Poses triumphantly for Fairfax next to Bill Leak cartoons – like they’re trophies. Leak being the man he wanted to prosecute and whose persecution badly undermined his health:
    ———————
    Culture warrior’s parting shots.

  10. Woolfe

    None,
    This is da Cat. No one reads it. Most here are bots with rotary dial or party line telephones.

  11. C.L

    Soutphommasane pictured with Leak cartoon …
    The smirk says I had the last laugh.

  12. mh

    A support group for those that could not handle BREXIT.

    I wonder if there is a treatment for TDS?

  13. calli

    Hur, hur, hur.

    All it proves is the Mighty Orange One is accessible to everyone.

    And is very circumspect in what he says.

  14. C.L

    Try again …

    Soutphommasane pictured with Leak cartoon …
    The smirk says I had the last laugh.

  15. Makka

    ROSENSTEIN’S COMMENTS ABOUT STRZOK’S CREDIBILITY ISSUES ARE NOT GOOD FOR THE RUSSIA PROBE

    Is RR backing away from Mueller here? Getting ready to throw Mueller under a bus?

    And now, 60 Day delay requested to sentence Flynn?

    Peter Strzok’s anti-Trump text messages have created credibility problems for the former FBI official that could potentially spoil evidence in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein acknowledged in a congressional hearing Thursday.

    According to Texas Rep. Ratcliffe, Strzok said in a closed-door deposition on Wednesday that he drafted the initial investigative plan on the Russia collusion investigation and handled witnesses and evidence. Strzok was also one of the two FBI agents who interviewed then-national security advisor Michael Flynn on Jan. 24, 2017 at the White House.

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/06/29/rod-rosenstein-credibility-strzok/

  16. I wonder if there is a treatment for TDS?

    Americans suffering from TDS are threatened with transportation to New Holland.

    Fixes it quicksmart.

  17. H B Bear

    lol poor little petal vanOnselen has blocked me on Twitter Ahahahahaha!

    Van Wrongselen is particularly thin skinned. You can be sure he pinches his wife’s moisturiser.

  18. Woolfe

    Heh, Senator Lucy has been dumped to 4th spot on Mainland Tasmanias Lib Senate ticket. Waaaaacists?

  19. Woolfe

    lol poor little petal vanOnselen has blocked me on Twitter Ahahahahaha!

    Only blocked you now Gab? Mate, you seriously need to lift your game.

  20. Chris

    I just visited Amazon for end of year deals looking for ‘Against Public Broadcasting’ by Sinc and Berg. There was just one review, very very negative. Anyone read it already who could do a better one?
    (Frustrated it is not available for Kindle. )

  21. H B Bear

    Southpossumarse represents the very worst of the soy-boy bureaucrat wielding the power of the State against individual citizens. The process is the punishment.

  22. Anthony

    Whoever came up with the donkey for the democrats in the US sure got it right. Never seen a system implode like this before – not even on Star Trek or Star Wars!

  23. H B Bear

    Heh, Senator Lucy has been dumped to 4th spot on Mainland Tasmanias Lib Senate ticket. Waaaaacists?

    Time to sent the house girls back to Africa and dump those investment properties. Party is over.

  24. Some History

    For anyone interested.

    Pachelbel’s Canon re-visited.

    This time an informal performance by 2 very talented musicians (guitar & cello). Beautiful.

    Volume right up.

  25. JC

    CL

    That pic is even more annoying than the dancing slapper one you post here to annoy everyone. Please make sure it’s the last time.

    That parasite should be deported.

  26. Confused Old Misfit

    Some History
    #2750904, posted on June 30, 2018 at 4:14 pm
    For anyone interested.

    Always! Great music!

  27. johanna

    Peter Strzok’s anti-Trump text messages have created credibility problems for the former FBI official that could potentially spoil evidence in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein acknowledged in a congressional hearing Thursday.

    He should talk.

    From what I’ve read, Rosenstein is not looking too credible himself. He has been playing both sides of the fence when he wasn’t sitting on it. His recent testimony to Congress did not go well. When challenged about blatant conflicts of interest and contradictions in his position (especially by Jim Jordan) he just put on his smug face and said that he disagreed.

    It’s not just a swamp, it’s a foetid swamp, and the gas alone is enough to knock most people senseless.

    Not The Donald, though. What a man!

  28. JC

    Anti-GM advocate changes his mind. Now would like everyone to know about it and how wonderful he is.

    Really, who gives a shit. He was wrong to start and thinks he deserves credit for changing his mind – that he was wrong. Fuck off.

    Seeds of Science: Mark Lynas’s U-turn on genetically modified food

  29. stackja

    Leftist icons upsetting Cats? Leftists are a joke. Why take them serious?

  30. JC

    Peter Strzok’s anti-Trump text messages have created credibility problems for the former FBI official that could potentially spoil evidence in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein acknowledged in a congressional hearing Thursday.

    That’s a lie from the start and the GOP should not have accepted it. It’s based on the dishonest premise there may be evidence of wussian collushion, but there clearly isn’t. RR’s acknowledgement is nothing more than a potential future leftwing fruitcake talking point. That is to say

    The only reason Trump wasn’t torched was that The Stork’s misbehavior let him get away unscathed.

    Those idiots let him get away with it.

    It’s pretty clear now, as we move into the second year of the Mueller witch hunt, there was no collushion. Mueller and the dozen Hilary supporters leak like the Titantic. If there was something there we would have heard about it by now.

  31. stackja

    C.L. – Leak still towers over moral dwarfs.

  32. Dr Fred Lenin

    Looks like the US decromats Big Lie on the Russian connection is unravelling ,every day new wankers are being revealed ,they were over ambitious with a lie that complex ,typical leftists , trying a thing that is way beyond their abilities really but not in their own tiny minds you see it all the time with left politicians NBN NDIS Gonski Finkelsteen etc etc there is no limit to their delusions of ability that doesn’t really exist . Hopefully;; the Russian lie will end with hilarity and bill with mueller rose steen and the FBI and DOJ criminals all locked in jail for ever ,then Donald really starts to drain the swamp from the senate high court on down to the vote riggers in the local branches .

  33. Some History

    Some History
    #2750904, posted on June 30, 2018 at 4:14 pm
    For anyone interested.
    Always! Great music!

    Thanks, COM. Happy to have someone listening. 🙂

  34. Gab

    CL

    That pic is even more annoying than the dancing slapper one you post here to annoy everyone. Please make sure it’s the last time.

    Yes. AND CL listens to RN. R N!

  35. JC

    Leak was really good value, but lets not deify him. A couple of decades ago, those cartoons would have been funny but wouldn’t have carried anywhere near the explosive charge they do now.

    Leak’s importance is not as powerful an ideal as the fact that Fat Lips and the baby dumper types need to be destroyed. I don’t say this as a joke. Fat lips should be deported.

  36. stackja

    November will show if USA voters like progress or regression.

  37. Geriatric Mayfly

    Pachelbel’s Canon re-visited.

    Nice to see someone playing the guitar for a change, instead of jamming their fist on the fret board and scratching out tiresome chords with the other hand.

  38. C.L

    It’s a digital radio thing I can’t be bothered to program, Gab.
    It’s stuck on ABC at the moment.

  39. stackja

    Leftist icons are protected species.

  40. Makka

    I think the significance of RR’s testimony is that he appears to be distancing himself from Mueller’s work and McCabe’s FBI. It may be the start of these slimeballs eating their own publicly.

    Once they start throwing each other under busses who knows where it will lead. The key is Trump – will he declassify all the DOJ/FBI docs from the IG report? If so that brings Killary’s server, Weiner’s laptop, the tarmac meeting and much more into play.

  41. C.L

    Peter Strzok’s anti-Trump text messages have created credibility problems for the former FBI official that could potentially spoil evidence in the special counsel’s Russia investigation …

    LOL. Here we go. All the “evidence” was spoiled by a few rogues.
    The bullshit begins.
    There IS no evidence.
    The only undeniable evidence is that the Democrat Party colluded with the FBI, Russian intelligence and various media outlets to derail the Trump campaign and then the Trump presidency.

  42. Delta A

    It’s a digital radio thing I can’t be bothered to program, Gab.
    It’s stuck on ABC at the moment.

    I had the same issue with the clock setting on my car. So darned tricky to change, I just left it alone, making mental adjustments for daylight saving.

  43. stackja

    Dems created TDS. Now what?

  44. Gab

    It’s a digital radio thing I can’t be bothered to program, Gab.
    It’s stuck on ABC at the moment.

    Sure sure.

  45. Makka

    After months of messages from Ramos, the woman called the police.

    Ramos pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment in July of 2011 and the judge ordered him not to contact the victim and to attend therapy.

    I wonder what drug treatment this dude had been on.

  46. Farmer Gez

    Anti-GM advocate changes his mind. Now would like everyone to know about it and how wonderful he is.

    Really, who gives a shit. He was wrong to start and thinks he deserves credit for changing his mind – that he was wrong. Fuck off.

    Seeds of Science: Mark Lynas’s U-turn on genetically modified food

    Quite right JC.
    I was heavily involved in pushing to get GM technology into Australia and dicks like Lynas were quoted by hairy armpitted greens as an oracle. “What would you know?” I was told.
    GM science is knowable and testable, unlike climate science, yet GM is still under a cloud.

  47. JC

    Makka

    I watched a bit of the RR testimony. I came away thinking RR actually handled the onslaught well enough to ensure there was nothing he said was controversial and could be used to cause either him or his co-conspirators to hang from the nearest tree. In other words the GOP members of the committee handled it poorly. There was lots of smoke… screaming… but no fire.

    Gowdy is fucking useless.

  48. nemkat

    I wonder what drug treatment this dude had been on.

    Going by the enlarged jowls on him, whatever it was has fucked his kidneys, which wouldn’t do his brain much good.

  49. John Constantine

    News headlines this morning on Telstra mobile homepage were about a:

    “You Go, Girl”

    Who had run her cheating boyfriend down in public with her car, and how his broken and twitching body was trapped under her revengewagon for an hour.

    Reports of how other women pulled their cars over to help frankencrushy with the roadrage incident.

    How would a bloke feel, trapped under the car, with the weight cutting down your ability to breathe, broken bones and you are depending on a Soviet of wymynsys trying to figure out how a car jack works so you can squirm out?.

    Nothing in the news now of course, imagine if it was a jealous boyfriend, trying to control sexual access to his free living girlfriend?.

    There is the narrative and the forgettery.

    Got a couple of mates been run down by their girlfriends.

    One said later he wasn’t surprised when she cleaned him up the first time, but he really was a bit taken aback when she put it in reverse and had her second go.

    When all cars are electric and controlled by the State, how will the frustration boils of wronged and enraged femynsys be lanced then?.

  50. Death Giraffe

    C.L
    #2750680, posted on June 30, 2018 at 10:12 am
    Real men don’t talk like Hall did, nor do real men tolerate it.
    As somebody noted above, his colleagues all had a big boof-head laugh at what he said.
    Gormless low-brow idiots who weren’t brought up properly.

    ..
    If everyone who said something dumb or tasteless was sacked we would all be unemployed.
    People have off days, people sometimes blurt out inexplicable things.
    Hall exists in a culture we have now that is tasteless and moronic. Where commentators are required to provide a jokey pretend casual fake dialogue live to air. Not as easy as it may seem from the outside.
    Maybe you should hesistate before celebrating the loss of his ability to provide for his family.

  51. JC

    If everyone who said something dumb or tasteless was sacked we would all be unemployed.

    On radio?

  52. Makka

    I came away thinking RR actually handled the onslaught well enough to ensure there was nothing he said was controversial and could be used to cause either him or his co-conspirators to hang from the nearest tree.

    I think I agree. RR is a real moving target for sure and is highly intelligent. But this story is still playing out with much more to come. My sense was that RR knows the ground is now shifting and that he knows he is under tremendous adverse scrutiny. Publicly pulling away from Mueller I think is significant and it clearly shows he is in defence mode. A big change for RR.

    So much going on behind the scenes though and all of it big stuff, as you would expect from the Obama/Killary period. The potential to literally destroy the Democratic Party I think is real and that’s why there is so much manic leftist behaviour. Like rates on the burning ship.

  53. Death Giraffe

    On radio?

    ..
    From what I gather, he didn’t raise the topic, nor did he direct it down that line.
    He made a crude and dumb joke in a society where crude and dumb are now the norm, and where I for one am completely mystified where the lines are drawn.
    I don’t think I would say something like that, but I don’t get why that is wrong and a hundred other dumb and crude things said on air daily, things that I was brought up to believe beyond the pale are considered fine.

  54. Fisky

    CONOR BERRY

    @CBerry413

    Folks, My 21-year career as a “journalist,” a fancy term that makes my skin crawl, frankly, came to a screeching halt yesterday with one stupid, regrettable tweet. Can’t take it back; wish I could. My sincere apologies to all good, hardworking reporters and to POTUS supporters.

    It was a barefaced lie designed to pin Trump supporters for a mass shooting, you c*cksucker. Shove your phony regret up your pipe, and enjoy the rest of your non-working days.

  55. Fisky

    Why is this asshole still working for Reuters? He should be fired immediately –

    Reuters reporter Rob Cox tweeted Thursday, “This is what happens when @realDonaldTrump calls journalists the enemy of the people. Blood is your hands, Mr. President. Save your thoughts and prayers for your empty soul.”

    The tweet was later deleted.

  56. JC

    Giraffe

    You’re entangling too much thereby arriving at a faulty conclusion. What he said was pretty shocking and he said it on radio – on a program where listeners wouldn’t be expecting that level of grossness. It was sick stuff and no, even though standards may be much different to decades ago, his comments were way over the line.

    The station is perfectly within its right to have fired his arse.

  57. Death Giraffe

    They are only words JC.
    He didn’t kill anyone, steal anything or root someone else’s missus.

  58. Chris

    There is the narrative and the forgettery.

    Got a couple of mates been run down by their girlfriends.

    One said later he wasn’t surprised when she cleaned him up the first time, but he really was a bit taken aback when she put it in reverse and had her second go.

    When all cars are electric and controlled by the State, how will the frustration boils of wronged and enraged femynsys be lanced then?.

    I was doing how-to-vote cards in Perth a couple of elections ago and one of the Liberal volunteers was a retired plastic surgeon. He told me there was a worldwide surge of penis re-attachment jobs after the Bobbitt attack.

    Most here will recall the ‘You go grrrl!’ chortles of the media at the time.

  59. Makka

    Were Trump’s Russian hookers really this good looking?

  60. Death Giraffe

    One thing to understand about celebrities is they are seldom anything like their on air personas.
    They are acting.
    You know nothing about Barry Hall from anything you have seen him say on air in a paid capacity.

  61. JC

    One thing to understand about celebrities is they are seldom anything like their on air personas.
    They are acting.
    You know nothing about Barry Hall from anything you have seen him say on air in a paid capacity.

    So what? I’ve never heard of the fucker until his firing.

  62. Death Giraffe

    …or even heard him say!

  63. struth

    If everyone who said something dumb or tasteless was sacked we would all be unemployed.
    People have off days, people sometimes blurt out inexplicable things.
    Hall exists in a culture we have now that is tasteless and moronic. Where commentators are required to provide a jokey pretend casual fake dialogue live to air. Not as easy as it may seem from the outside.
    Maybe you should hesistate before celebrating the loss of his ability to provide for his family

    Mate, as somebody who has also been paid for many years to say the right thing with a microphone to my mouth while driving with the lives of 70 plus people in my hands, excusing him doesn’t cut it.
    He’s driving a desk.
    All he has to do is talk.
    He failed at talking.
    Not real bright.
    Save your pity for someone who deserves it.

  64. Tom

    RR is a real moving target for sure and is highly intelligent.

    Rosenstein isn’t highly intelligent, Makka. But he’s as cunning as a shithouse rat. He reminds me of Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

    He is the chief executive of the Deep State. He will go down.

  65. Makka

    Annie, that 2nd vid link you posted was a great analysis. Very clear and informative, factual. Thanks.

  66. JC

    He is the chief executive of the Deep State. He will go down.

    Why hasn’t Sessions fired him yet?

  67. zyconoclast

    Some History
    #2750904, posted on June 30, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    For anyone interested.

    Pachelbel’s Canon re-visited.

    This time an informal performance by 2 very talented musicians (guitar & cello). Beautiful.

    Volume right up.

    Made my day!

  68. zyconoclast

    Best legs in the business

    LoLa & Hauser – Moonlight Sonata

  69. struth

    Watching RR , he is hiding behind the deep state and protocol.
    It won’t work this time.
    Insulated intelligence, isn’t.

  70. calli

    Hall deserved his DCM. He’s employed to comment on sport and to entertain.

    He failed. Give someone with talent a chance.

  71. Death Giraffe

    Not real bright.
    Save your pity for someone who deserves it.

    ..
    I didn’t know it was about judging individual’s worthyness for sympathy.
    Let’s not play into the outrage games of the left.
    I don’t like these games of mob outrage because someone said something.
    People say lots of things.
    You find out what someone is worth when they stand by you in times of difficulty.
    The group of ones who say all the “right” things in the good times seldom intersect at all with the the group who stand firm in bad times.

  72. Makka

    Tom, yes RR will go down and yes he is very cunning. Don’t however underestimate this guy. He’s one very smart cookie.

  73. zyconoclast

    More talent and beauty

  74. JC

    Trump is can at times be more bombastic than hard thinker. The FBI appointment appears to me to be really awful. Wray looks to be fucking useless. He seems to be as tough as dunny paper.

    That was perhaps his most important appointment – especially after the Comey booting.

  75. Rae

    All calm at the Coles self checkout area tonight. Single use grey plastic bags still on offer, but hardly anyone using them. Shoppers mostly using their own multi-use bags or buying and using the new Coles multi-use plastic bags. Bagageddon seems to be fizzling out. All good.

  76. Farmer Gez

    Jeez, what a pack of delicate flowers some of you are.
    Barry Hall deserved what he got for being too dumb to keep pub talk off air and that’s all. His joke didn’t startle

  77. mh

    Confused Old Misfit
    #2750973, posted on June 30, 2018 at 5:56 pm
    Pushback against grooming gang in Leeds

    To add fuel to the fire there is a wind turbine in the background.

  78. Makka

    Why hasn’t Sessions fired him yet?

    I think Trump wants MUCH more to come out before they take RR to the gallows (NADT). There can be no doubt in the public mind that RR is an enemy of the state when his time comes to go down.

  79. struth

    I didn’t know it was about judging individual’s worthyness for sympathy.
    Let’s not play into the outrage games of the left.

    Obviously he is a hero of yours , or you know him personally.

    He is a sports commentator.
    Drift out of your station in life, get what’s coming.

  80. struth

    Yeah, we get it.
    To sell your music you have to be beautiful and half naked.

    Unless you have real talent.

  81. Bruce of Newcastle

    Why hasn’t Sessions fired him yet?

    JC – The Dems and the RINOs have prevented the Senate from appointing the whole top echelon of the DoJ. Below that level are Obama luvvies.

    The gap at DOJ

    That was February. As far as I know the positions still haven’t been approved. The Dems are slow walking every candidate in the Senate and McConnell has been letting them. He’s had more pressure on him lately, so he was forced to have the Senate sit through most of the recess, but he won’t allow Trump to make recess appointments and he isn’t changing the rules to prevent the Dems reading out the phonebook for each applicant. By the time Trump completes his first 4 year term it will only be 7 more years before he will have his team assembled. This is not a joke:

    Democrats Perfect Art of Delay While Republicans Fume Over Trump Nominees

  82. JC

    Farmer Gez
    #2750989, posted on June 30, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Jeez, what a pack of delicate flowers some of you are.

    You don’t think it’s fucking gross? Okay.

    Barry Hall deserved what he got for being too dumb to keep pub talk off air and that’s all. His joke didn’t startle

    Which is basically more or less what other people have said, so what’s the point?

  83. Rae

    the GOP members of the committee handled it poorly. There was lots of smoke… screaming… but no fire.

    Heavens. We agree again.

  84. JC

    No, you agree with me , Buffalo. That’s a big difference. The other thing is that people don’t give a shit whether you agree with them or not.

  85. Farmer Gez

    I travel in rougher circles than you JC.

  86. struth

    All calm at the Car yard tonight Cars still on offer, but hardly anyone using them. People mostly using their own legs. Technological advancement seems to be fizzling out. All good.

  87. calli

    There’s the pub and there’s public radio.

    Spot the difference.

  88. Death Giraffe

    Obviously he is a hero of yours , or you know him personally.

    ..
    No.
    I don’t know him or follow AFL.
    But I don’t like self- righteous pricks who revel in a bloke losing his capacity to provide for his family.
    How does that make anything better?
    I’m apparently a minority of one on this.
    Doesn’t worry me.
    I was a minority of one on here four years ago arguing against the celebration people indulged in over closing manufacturing.
    I was right then, and I’m right now.

  89. JC

    I travel in rougher circles than you JC.

    Really, you talk and giggle about doing stuff to women with your digits as they’re giving birth and then liking your fingers. Stuff like that? Wow.

  90. Death Giraffe

    Remember, the left will use the same tactic on you to deprive you of your capacity to earn if they could.
    They find your firmly held and well thought values more obscene than anything Hall said in a moment of stupidity.

  91. JC

    The thing about the RR testimony that also really pissed me off was that quite frequently Rosenstein raised his index finger at the GOP panelists in anger to make a point. I was astonished notta one told the fuck not to point his finger at them in this way. …. that it showed me was being dishonest.
    One of them should have walked down, grabbed his hand and broken it.

  92. Farmer Gez

    Really, you talk and giggle about doing stuff to women with your digits as they’re giving birth and then liking your fingers. Stuff like that? Wow.

    Projecting there just a bit JC
    I’m not surprised by that talk, that’s all.

  93. Makka

    The Dems and the RINOs have prevented the Senate from appointing the whole top echelon of the DoJ.

    Trump doesn’t need the Senate to fire RR. Sure, it creates another vacancy but RR can be kicked out any time Trump decides.

  94. struth

    But I don’t like self- righteous pricks who revel in a bloke losing his capacity to provide for his family.
    How does that make anything better?

    There are other jobs he’ll be more suited to.
    It’s not instant fucking welfare for him, Death Giraffe.
    He got the sack.
    So he should have.
    He’ll get another job you old drama queen.
    Calm down.
    He fucked up.
    No good holding the principles we do if you get to decide who they get applied to.

  95. calli

    I don’t follow your argument, DG.

    Hall’s employers have the right to dispense with him if he doesn’t fulfill the terms of his employment contract. I suspect that contract includes a few clauses about content.

    He is always welcome to persue an unfair dismissal action should he see fit.

  96. JC

    Projecting there just a bit JC

    Projecting? No. I was basically repeating what that boofhead said, that you seemed okay with.

  97. johanna

    JC
    #2750987, posted on June 30, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Trump is can at times be more bombastic than hard thinker. The FBI appointment appears to me to be really awful. Wray looks to be fucking useless. He seems to be as tough as dunny paper.

    I love it when our expert JC gives Trump (who he often said was a joke candidate in the first place) advice.

    POTUS, in between tossing and turning at night about JC’s views, must be immensely grateful for the insights of someone who has not shaved his back today, and is therefore scratchy and grumpy.

    Here’s a tip, JC, stick to studying the screens, and leave the real world to others.

  98. struth

    This is shaping up to be a good night.
    More wine Mrs Struth……………………………………………

  99. Gab

    JC please stop giving your opinions on this forum for opinions. It upsets joanna so.

  100. None

    Barry Hall was vulgar but the more vulgar was the guy who was talking about his wife. Yes he should have been reprimanded as should have the other guy but neither should have lost their job.What is interesting is only one was targeted so the question is why? This selective outrage these double standards does not do us women any favours.

  101. Tom

    Makka, as Calli would say, Rosenstein’s testimony this week reeked of gloatation. He was saying to Jim Jordan, Trey Gowdy, Matt Gaetz and others: “You can’t touch me. We will reign over you.” It was the ultimate assertion of the arrogance of the unelected, totalitarian Deep State against the American democracy. A bit like our own Big Government troll Googleory.

    Rosenstein could barely conceal his laughter. He way overplayed his hand.

    He will be impeached.

  102. Farmer Gez

    Projecting? No. I was basically repeating what that boofhead said, that you seemed okay with.

    You put me in the same scenario. That’s projecting.

  103. JC

    Makka
    #2751009, posted on June 30, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    The Dems and the RINOs have prevented the Senate from appointing the whole top echelon of the DoJ.

    Trump doesn’t need the Senate to fire RR. Sure, it creates another vacancy but RR can be kicked out any time Trump decides.

    I dunno where you start. Get a load of the payroll number. It would take a fucking generation to change it. There would be sabotaging all over the place.

    United States Department of Justice/Number of employees
    113,543
    2012

  104. Shy Ted

    Can any of you Cats recommend me a cruise? Something scenic and memorable, no young party animals, pleasant mature company. Thanks in advance.

  105. Death Giraffe

    I don’t follow your argument, DG.

    ..
    I don’t think I can make it any clearer Calli.
    But I will try.
    I am very uneasy with mobs.
    I find self- righteousness suspicious.
    And I see nothing to celebrate in some guy fucking up and losing his job.
    I make no comment on the right or not of the station to do so.
    Also-
    I look around at the culture and wonder exactly what standard you all think is being upheld?
    We can’t discuss abortion, we can’t broach any number of topics of importance, but you know, your daughters will be taught all about anal sex by their PE and Health teachers in Year 8.
    I don’t get it.

  106. None

    Death Giraffe, I agree with you.

  107. Rae

    Buffalo

    Another contradiction in terms.

    you agree with me

    The reverse is true, old man. I corrected Johannas view an hour or so before your comment. Even provided a link to show just how badly Jordan performed against Rosenstein.

  108. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    REVIEW
    Rise and Kill First: Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations

    Paul Monk
    The Australian
    12:00AM June 30, 2018

    James Bond is famed for his ‘‘licence to kill’’ but the 007 films are just entertainment. Every now and then, one is remind­ed that killing of a clandestine kind does happen in the real world and it has nothing to do with entertainment or the fantasies of suburban would-be condottieri.

    Ronen Bergman’s Rise and Kill First: The ­Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations is such a reminder. It is a stunning work, ­probably the single best book on what British journ­alist Ian Black and Israeli historian Benny Morris a generation ago called Israel’s secret wars.

    Bergman is senior correspondent for military and intelligence affairs for Yedioth Ahronoth, ­Israel’s largest circulation daily newspaper. He is also a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine on intelligence, national security, terrorism and nuclear arms. He has a law degree from the University of Haifa, as well as a master’s degree in inter­national relations and a PhD in history from Cambridge. This book ­exhibits the full range of his studies and the enormous analytical and moral acuteness he brings to bear on the work he does.

    From the Oz.

  109. Death Giraffe

    None
    #2751024, posted on June 30, 2018 at 6:39 pm
    Death Giraffe, I agree with you.

    ..
    As does everyone of taste and intelligence.

  110. Herodotus

    Opinion: Simon is the first tamagotchi in space.

  111. struth

    I agree with that death giraffe but he was sacked by the private sector.
    Are you saying they don’t have the right?
    People are unjustly sacked everyday.
    We don’t need a post mortem.
    Get on with it.
    The way things should be, is if he was upset about it, go into competition.

  112. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Can any of you Cats recommend me a cruise? Something scenic and memorable, no young party animals, pleasant mature company. Thanks in advance.

    More information? River or sea?

  113. calli

    I am very uneasy with mobs.
    Watch it or you’ll get a taste of my pitchfork.
    I find self- righteousness suspicious.
    Guilty as charged. Righteousness external to self, sadly. But working on it.
    And I see nothing to celebrate in some guy fucking up and losing his job.
    Agreed. No party balloons here.
    I make no comment on the right or not of the station to do so.
    Up to the terms of contract.
    Also-
    I look around at the culture and wonder exactly what standard you all think is being upheld?
    Probably some subsection of a clause in public broadcasting law.
    We can’t discuss abortion, we can’t broach any number of topics of importance, but you know, your daughters will be taught all about anal sex by their PE and Health teachers in Year 8.
    Nice squirrel, but one that I agree with.
    I don’t get it.
    You and me both kid.

  114. Makka

    Rosenstein could barely conceal his laughter. He way overplayed his hand.

    I dunno Tom. I read that part as nervous laughter, his hands were fidgeting, shoulders moving agitatedly at times , he looked decidedly anxious at times. I get what you say about his arrogance , that’s clear but there were some cracks. Look at the vid again.

    RR is a front man and those handling him , his superiors in the deepstate, might well have some concerns about certain parts of his performance. Let’s never forget, this ahole is a prime cog in Killary’s ediface and it’s been known that certain people falling foul of her end up having a bad end. I’m sure that has crossed his mind once or twice.

    JC, they aren’t all bad but Trump, to be successful in setting the right course for the DoJ/FBI, must forcefully take down the corrupt upper echelons. That’s the war being waged right now. Timing is everything, with the elections in November and public awareness reaching critical mass.

  115. JC

    Gab
    #2751016, posted on June 30, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    JC please stop giving your opinions on this forum for opinions. It upsets joanna so.

    Incredible isn’t it?

    The only time, the former supermodel has said anything worthwhile was in 2014, when she was stenographing the union ‘quiry. Although people gave her high praise, I had my doubts about just how worthwhile it was. Since then it’s been a litany of abuse, defensiveness, drunken dishonesty, gardening bullshit and general displays of mental disorder.
    The latest is people like me, who she dislikes because I don’t give her any quarter, shouldn’t offer opinion on a website created to exchange opinions and general give and take.

    It’s always the same racket with the bore. You shouldn’t give an opinion on this or that person, because in her estimation, they’re better than you….. forgetting of course she was a taxeater most of her adult life.

  116. Roger

    I look around at the culture and wonder exactly what standard you all think is being upheld?

    In this instance the radio station is bound by legislation to ensure what is broadcast meets community standards. If not they could lose their license. Hence their swift action.

    But the Prog Left is attacking standards in many areas, particularly education, resulting in apparent inconsistency and confusion. I suspect if parents were allowed to have any input into what is taught in state schools the topics you mention would be off the curriculum.

  117. calli

    Lol. I’ve done a Lizzie!

    Arguing on the blog and I’ve burned dinner. 😃

  118. Roger

    Righteousness external to self, sadly.

    No, that’s good. Christ’s righteousness is extra nos, outside us, and when imputed to us on account of faith justifies us where our own righteousness would only leave us short of what God requires.

    But you knew that, calli 😉

  119. Geriatric Mayfly

    Not sure whether it’s backlash or blacklash. Reassuring though, to see the stupid old prune feeling a bit of discomfort be it real or imagined. Next step Maxie: STFU.

    Waters said in a statement Thursday that “as the president has continued to lie and falsely claim that I encouraged people to assault his supporters, while also offering a veiled threat that I should ‘be careful,’ even more individuals are leaving (threatening) messages and sending hostile mail to my office.”
    “There was one very serious death threat made against me on Monday from an individual in Texas which is why my planned speaking engagements in Texas and Alabama were canceled this weekend,” the statement continued. “This is just one in several very serious threats the United States Capitol Police are investigating in which individuals threatened to shoot, lynch, or cause me serious bodily harm.”

    PJ Media

  120. Roger

    Can any of you Cats recommend me a cruise? Something scenic and memorable, no young party animals, pleasant mature company. Thanks in advance.

    I expect a European river cruise would fit your bill.

    Young’uns aren’t interested in culture.

  121. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I expect a European river cruise would fit your bill.

    Young’uns aren’t interested in culture.

    One reviewer notes, dryly, of the Rhine cruises (Amsterdam to Lucerne, Amsterdam to Budapest) that “There are no facilities for children and most of your fellow passengers will be over 50.”

  122. Makka

    Can any of you Cats recommend me a cruise? Something scenic and memorable, no young party animals, pleasant mature company. Thanks in advance.

    If I was going on a cruise it would be the eastern Med- Italy through the Adriatic and into the Byzantine history areas. Great food, interesting geography and historical significance. Ending in a visit to Jerusalem. Whatever, enjoy!

  123. Death Giraffe

    Calli..

    you are
    ..

    missing…

    some block…

    qoutes…

    so I’m adding a few extra…

    in here for you.

  124. Rae

    Can any of you Cats recommend me a cruise? Something scenic and memorable, no young party animals, pleasant mature company. Thanks in advance.

    Australia or overseas? When?

  125. JC

    These were some of Agent Orange’s policies at the very beginning of his candidacy when I and many others thought he was an idiot candidate.

    1. Raise the value of the US Dollar
    2. Tighten monetary policy considerably

    1&2 cannot work in tandem

    3. Deport all 12 million illegals in the US

    4. Impose a one time 25% wealth tax on all Americans with a net worth above $ 1 billion.

    5. Raise the income tax threshold on the very wealthy.

    6. Terrible trade policies.

    7 Raise the minimum wage.

    These are the policies, the female version of a Dutch Einstein thinks I should have supported instead of calling Trump a joke candidate, indeed he was.

    Seriously minded people at the time were questioning whether the fat fuck was even Republican and not a D’rat in disguise.

    I can pinpoint the day he became serious. It was the day he announced the sort of candidates he would choose if SCOTUS vacancies opened up. From that day on, he began to modify his policies ditching the worst for better ones.

    Even before his candidacy was formally announced, three people at the Cat took notice of him before anyone else did, because of the way he took no nonsense from the media. We had several discussions about him. That was me, CL and the Artiste. There was no one else.

  126. Roger

    A moonbeam from the larger lunacy…

    The Wehrmacht ain’t what it used to be.

    German military readiness:

    Eurofighter jet airplanes: 39 of 128

    Tornado jet airplanes: 26 of 93

    CH-53 transport helicopters: 16 of 72

    NH-90 transport helicopters: 13 of 58

    Tiger helicopters: 12 of 62

    A400M transport planes: 3 of 15

    Leopard 2 tanks: 105 of 224

    Navy frigates: 5 of 13

    [Source: Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster]

    On the bright side, the German army (Bundeswehr, not Wehrmacht these days) leads the world in designing uniforms for pregnant troops.

  127. Delta A

    Zyco at 6:07 pm:

    Whew!

    Sexy, sensual, fabulous technique. And those shoes!

    That’s going to the pool room.

  128. Dave in Marybrook

    Can any of you Cats recommend me a cruise?
    Hmm, so you want a cruise, somewhere, sometime, but without the cruise-y bits?
    Try that boat-share app- Flote, I think it’s called- and do the Stockholm Archipelago, in late Autumn or midsummer. Hire a retired Swede skipper if need be, one old enough to be the real deal, not a Dhimmi.

  129. Makka

    From the look of the flack, looks like johanna was on target.

  130. Dave in Marybrook

    Zyco at 6:07…
    …she’s faking it. There’s piano sounds that her fingers dunnae make.
    Plus, she’ll put her back out playing like that.

  131. Top Ender

    Reporting in from the middle of the Timor Sea, with a terrible Internet connection.

    Only a French cruise liner would serve cheese for breakfast.

    That is all.

  132. Roger

    “There are no facilities for children and most of your fellow passengers will be over 50.”

    Bliss! 🙂

  133. Leigh Lowe

    I dunno Tom. I read that part as nervous laughter, his hands were fidgeting, shoulders moving agitatedly at times , he looked decidedly anxious at times. I get what you say about his arrogance , that’s clear but there were some cracks. Look at the vid again.

    Makka, Tom, I only caught snippets but, whatever the reason, he came across as a goose.
    The GOP should keep him on high rotation, along with Maxine Waters.

  134. JC

    Naa not really, makka. She tried to imitate you, when you troll me with that stupid accusation. She’s about as original as the 50th duplicate.

    The fact is that you’re more aligned with Trump’s first bag of policies than now. I recall you suggesting all those policies were terrific.

  135. Caveman

    Get ready for World Affro day in September.

  136. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Only a French cruise liner would serve cheese for breakfast.

    Wine list should more then make up for such a gastronomic crime, surely?

  137. Makka

    The fact is that you’re more aligned with Trump’s first bag of policies than now. I recall you suggesting all those policies were terrific.

    You were wrong from the get go. You were Cruzboy, then Rubio. Trump was an idiot, right? End of days, Depression etc. You were way wrong, just like the sky would fall with Brexit. You were wrong about that too.
    Trump now is God, right?

    That’s the problem with show ponies like you JC. It’s all up there in lights. Anyway, it is what it is. You now have faith. All is forgiven.

  138. Makka

    By the way, I never gave a shit about Trump’s policies except the Border.

    What I saw in Trump from the beginning was his ruthless attacks on the left and his ability to be a change agent. You, IT and Aussieute at the time were shitcanning him preferring the establishment candidates and you all have had to eat your words. Get over it , precious.

  139. Death Giraffe

    You, IT and Aussieute at the time were shitcanning him preferring the establishment candidates and you all have had to eat your words. Get over it , precious.

    ..
    He’s right you know JC.
    Espeacially Tigger.
    I sometimes re- read IT’s comments from 2016 just to have a laugh.
    Some funny shit in hindsight.

  140. JC

    You were wrong from the get go.

    Was I? You were supportive of those initial policies I mentioned earlier and now ashamed to admit it.

    You were Cruzboy, then Rubio. Trump was an idiot, right?

    At the beginning he was sure. Those policies were horrific.

    End of days, Depression etc. You were way wrong, just like the sky would fall with Brexit. You were wrong about that too.

    If he had followed those intial polices and by some miracle had won and then enacted them, the US would now be in it’s second Great Depression. No question

    Trump now is God, right?

    Yep, pretty much, although he’s a fucking retard on trade as he’s listening to that idiot commerce sec and that crank, Navarro. Trump has a blind spot with trade. It’s his festering heel.

    That’s the problem with show ponies like you JC. It’s all up there in lights. Anyway, it is what it is. You now have faith. All is forgiven.

    Bill, Bill the butcher. At the beginning he was running on the policies you supported. They just weren’t bad, they were fucking horrendous.

    Here’s how you should choose a candidate.

    Are they solid…ideologically aligned in terms of our own policy preferences?
    Can they push those policies through to the electorate?
    Will their personality mesh with the voters?
    Can they handle the leftwing media?

    I still haven’t figured your metrics, other than regular Bill the Butcher sort, you idiot.

  141. calli

    Ted, I’ve been with APT on the Amsterdam-Budapest cruise. Very pleasant, relaxing, good food and excellent shore excursions.

    Also twice with Cunard – eastern Med, Piraeus to Venice via Istanbul, and Baltic incl St Petersburg. Both excellent with plenty to do on at sea days. Pax a bit long in the tooth, but all dignified Brits and few Wild Colonials. Good food and comfy, so much so I’m sailing with them again next year from Vancouver up inside passage then on to NYC via Panama.

    Going Holland America round the Horn later in the year. I believe again an older clientelle. Then 2020 on Viking Bergen to Iceland. At 62, I don’t fancy teenage yahoos and anklebiters. Adults are tricky enough.

  142. zyconoclast

    Zyco at 6:07…
    …she’s faking it. There’s piano sounds that her fingers dunnae make.
    Plus, she’ll put her back out playing like that.

    There was a piano?

  143. littledozer

    Great lap at the “Green hell” amazing time, buuut sad to see the great Stefan Bellof lap demolished. His lap stood for 35 years and was one of the first “Lap of the Gods”. Met him in my teens at the 84 WEC race @ Sandown.

  144. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ted, I’ve been with APT on the Amsterdam-Budapest cruise. Very pleasant, relaxing, good food and excellent shore excursions.

    The Memsahib got the wrong idea about APT when we first discovered them ….she thought the title was Australia Pensioner Travel…

  145. JC

    What I saw in Trump from the beginning was his ruthless attacks on the left and his ability to be a change agent.

    You kept that to yourself though, right? You decided not to participate in those discussions we had because… you didn’t feel like it at the time. 🙂

    Let me repeat and be precise. IT, CL and I froze the frame on Trump when he first began getting stuck into the leftie media. Not you, but the three of us and in fact, unless I’m mistaken, I was the first to mention him.

    You, IT and Aussieute at the time were shitcanning him preferring the establishment candidates and you all have had to eat your words. Get over it , precious.

    Yep sure. When he first came out with those diabolical ideas we shit canned him something fierce. Do you recall at the time that people were suggesting he and Bernie was basically pushing similar polices?

    Convenient loss of memory, right?

    I’ll continue when I get back from dinner.

  146. None

    In this instance the radio station is bound by legislation to ensure what is broadcast meets community standards. If not they could lose their license. Hence their swift action.

    Taking off and issuing a quick apology is sufficient. Sacking him on the spot is out of proportion. Plus the other guy who was being extremely vulgar and discussing his wife’s private gynaecological procedures didn’t even get s tap on the wrist. If the community stands for overreaction, hypocrisy and double standards, that is it.

  147. None

    Heh, Senator Lucy has been dumped to 4th spot on Mainland Tasmanias Lib Senate ticket. Waaaaacists?

    Please tell me it is so. Frankly she should not even be on the ticket.

  148. Rae

    …she’s faking it. There’s piano sounds that her fingers dunnae make.
    Plus, she’ll put her back out playing like that.

    Lola Astanova is actually a very good pianist. Didn’t looked faked to me. Hands and fingers were where they should have been as the notes were played. Agree the seating position was bad, but that was all about the short skirt, the legs and the stilettos.

    Disclosure: I can play the Moonlight Sonata on piano.

  149. littledozer

    Lisa H Barsoomian a US Attorney that graduated from Georgetown Law- she’s a protege of James Comey and Robert Muller
    Barsoomian with her boss R Craig Lawrence represented Bill Clinton in 1998 Lawrence also represented
    Robert Muller three times
    James Comey five times
    Barack Obama 45 times
    Kathleen Sebelius 56 times
    Bill Clinton 40 times and
    Hillary Clinton 17 times
    between 1998 and 2017
    Barsoomian herself represented the FBI at least five times

    You may be saying to yourself, okay who cares, who cares about the work history of this Barsoomian woman.
    Apparently someone does.
    Someone out there cares so much that they’ve purged all Barsoomian court documents for her Clinton representation in Hamburg vs. Clinton in 1998 and its appeal in 1999 from the DC District and Appeals court dockets
    Someone out there cares so much that the Internet has been purged of all information pertaining to Barsoomian.

    Historically this indicates that the individual is a protected CIA operative.
    Additionally Lisa Barsoomian has specialized in opposing Freedom of Information Act requests on behalf of the intelligence community. And although Barsoomian has been involved in hundreds of cases representing the DC Office of the US Attorney her email address is Lisa Barsoomian at NIH gov.
    The NIH stands for National Institutes of Health.

    This is a tactic routinely used by the CIA to protect an operative by using another government organization to shield their activities. It’s a cover, so big deal right, I mean what does one more attorney with ties to the US intelligence community really matter.

    I mean with Trump and his recent tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum imports, the border wall, DACA, everything coming out of California, the Uniparty unrelenting opposition to President Trump, the Clapper leaks, the Comey leaks,Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusal and subsequent 14 month nap with occasional forays into the marijuana legalization mix,and last but not least Muller’s never-ending investigation into collusion between the Trump team and the RussiansWhy does Barsoomian, CIA operative, merit any mention
    BECAUSE she is Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s WIFE
    That’s why.

    Barsoomian’s loyalties are tainted.
    How could this not have influenced Rosenstein?This clearly violates the appearance of impropriety attorney’s rules?Both owe their careers as US attorneys to Muller, Obama, Bush, and the Clintons. Impartiality? That’s impossible.

    Rod Rosenstein has no business involving himself in the Hillary Clinton-DNC funded Steel dossier, and the ongoing Russia investigation. Much less the selection of his mentor and his wife’s mentor Robert Muller as Special Counsel. The rules of ethics, funny, required his refusal

    Interesting post on CTH if true

  150. Makka

    Stop embarrassing yourself JC. One day you will thank me for keeping you honest and accountable. In the meantime, think of the pain as a healing process. You’re welcome.

  151. Gary

    Rae
    #2751047, posted on June 30, 2018 at 7:01 pm
    Can any of you Cats recommend me a cruise? Something scenic and memorable, no young party animals, pleasant mature company. Thanks in advance.
    Australia or overseas? When?

    Don answer Shy Ted! You may end up skinned alive.

  152. None

    If you are vegan and smoke a strange substance it defeats the purpose, don’t preach to me that I should not eat a cow,’ he said.

    Indeed. All vegans should be deported.

  153. Nick

    Please tell me it is so. Frankly she should not even be on the ticket.

    Yep 🙂 Fairfax are massaging it as a ‘women politicians are discriminated against’ meme.

  154. Death Giraffe

    While Trump has called for deporting all of the undocumented immigrants in the United States and allowing “the good ones,” to re-enter legally, his policy outline makes no mention of that plan. Instead, it calls for deporting all “criminal aliens.” It does not address the deportation of otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants.

    ..
    CNN
    Aug 2015

  155. Death Giraffe

    Meanwhile, the proposal would also be a boon for the wealthiest Americans like Trump — the top bracket includes individuals making $150,001 and more and couples making $300,001 and more — who would pay an income tax rate of 25%. That’s a dramatic cut from the current top rate of close to 40%.

    ..
    CNN
    Sept 2015.

  156. cohenite

    littledozer

    #2751074, posted on June 30, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Lisa H Barsoomian a US Attorney that graduated from Georgetown Law- she’s a protege of James Comey and Robert Muller
    Barsoomian with her boss R Craig Lawrence represented Bill Clinton in 1998

    So Rosenstein’s wife is a spook who has done nothing but represent democrats; this mob is worse than the incestuous abc. But surely the GOP would know this and would have peppered Rosenstein during the house hearings.

  157. Death Giraffe

    Hillary Clinton’s platform contains many new taxes for the wealthy, and in recent days it seemed that Donald J. Trump might be moving in the same direction. When asked Sunday on “Meet the Press” about taxing the rich, Mr. Trump said: “For the wealthy, I think, frankly, it’s going to go up. And you know what? It really should go up.”

    He now says he wasn’t talking about the current income tax rate for people in the highest bracket, which is 39.6 percent. If he had been, it would have been a big move for Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, to push that rate higher. His official tax plan envisions a top rate of 25 percent.

    ..
    NY Times.
    2016

  158. littledozer

    this mob is worse than the incestuous abc.

    Even more incestuous than the ALP, didn’t think that possible but I spose where the Dems go the ALP follows

  159. Confused Old Misfit

    But surely the GOP would know this

    Cohenite, It’s the GOP. I wouldn’t trust them. I think they would like to see Trump taken down a peg or two.
    There is certainly very little indication of strong support from either McConnell or Ryan or even Sessions. They may be playing a very long, deep game. But I hae m’doots!

  160. Death Giraffe

    Some saw the Florida remarks as a change to Trump’s previous position on whether there should be a federal minimum wage floor for the entire country. Were they?

    Before we go any further, let’s recap how the minimum wage works in the United States.

    There is a federal minimum wage — currently $7.25 — that serves as a floor beneath which no state’s minimum wage can fall. Any states, however, can set their minimum wage level higher than $7.25. (There are exceptions to the $7.25 minimum wage level for some workers, such as those who survive heavily on tips.)

    The clearest counterpoint to Trump’s Florida comments came from an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press on May 8. We cited this exchange in our July 8 fact check, in which we gave a True rating to an assertion by Hillary Clinton that Trump “wants to get rid of the federal minimum wage.”

    In the fact-check, we noted that Trump told NBC’s Chuck Todd that he preferred that states — not the federal government — act on their own to raise the minimum wage.

    “I would like to see an increase of some magnitude,” Trump told Todd. “But I’d rather leave it to the states. Let the states decide. Because don’t forget, the states have to compete with each other.”

    When Todd asked specifically, “Should the federal government set a floor” for the minimum wage?” Trump replied, “No. I’d rather have the states go out and do what they have to do.”

    Now, fast-forward nearly three months to Trump’s Florida news conference.

    His comments at the news conference seemed to embrace a national rise in the minimum wage — specifically, he said, “The minimum wage has to go up. … at least $10, but it has to go up.” And he clarified that that meant, “federal.”

    That’s a clearer commitment to hiking the minimum wage for every American than Trump had made in his comments to Todd.

    ..
    Politifact
    July 2016

  161. Even before his candidacy was formally announced, three people at the Cat took notice of him before anyone else did, because of the way he took no nonsense from the media. We had several discussions about him. That was me, CL and the Artiste. There was no one else.

    Dude! How quickly people forget.

  162. LBLoveday

    Looking forward to SD’s rebuttal of this week’s GH’s MWD rebuttal of SD’s rebuttal of GH’s previous MWD article.

  163. Oh come on

    Ted Nugent interviewed by Joe Rogan.
    It’s a long listen, but a good one. I’m about halfway through it and I’m enjoying it. Nugent is quite quirky and sometimes a bit zany but not a blowhard. Lots of talk about the philosophy, psychology and morality of hunting. Stuff we seldom hear about in Australia. Like machine-gunning feral pigs from helicopters. Musings from a civilised country.

  164. 132andBush

    DG,
    Barry Hall is a thug who could play footy
    It was only a matter of time once he got behind the mic.

  165. Percy Popinjay

    Exactly who the hell is Tray Gowdrey, I asks ya?

  166. Rae

    Exactly who the hell is Tray Gowdrey, I asks ya?

    Trey Gowdy is a grandstanding GOP wannabee, trying to make his bones with a gun full of blanks. Same as Jim Jordan. Rosenstein had both of them for lunch and spat out their bones.

  167. Peter Castieau

    LBLoveday
    #2751095, posted on June 30, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I’m waiting on the next part too!

  168. zyconoclast

    Alberta judge blocks parents’ bid for right to know if kids join pro-LGBT club

    An Alberta judge dismissed an attempt by parents and schools to block Bill 24, a measure which makes it illegal for schools to inform parents that their children have joined LGBT clubs at school.

    Justice Johanna Kubik (image)

  169. zyconoclast

    Brexit has shattered Corbynistas’ radical pretensions

    They claim to speak for the many but they fear the 17.4million.

  170. Tom

    Percy, Trey Gowdy is one of America’s sharpest legal minds. That’s why, even in our antipodean backwater, our Big Government trollscum fear him. God bless America!

  171. zyconclast

    Almost 600 arrested during protest against Trump immigration policy at Senate offices

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) among the 575 people who were arrested at a Senate office building while protesting the Trump administration’s policy on illegal border crossings and call for the reunification of families who had been separated.

    In a statement released by U.S. Capitol Police, law enforcement officials said the protesters were “unlawfully demonstrating.” They are being charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding.

  172. C.L

    Get a grip, Giraffe., you long-necked goofball.
    Hall joked about a doctor sexually fingering a colleague’s pregnant wife and then licking his fingers.
    FMFD. Are we saying that’s cool, are we?
    He was rightly sacked. Won’t somebody think of his children, you imply. Well that’s his job, not mine.

  173. Oh come on

    I can pinpoint the day he became serious. It was the day he announced the sort of candidates he would choose if SCOTUS vacancies opened up.

    His infamous list of the SCOTUS appointments he’d make if elected was probably the first and most effective effort to nip a grassroots NeverTrump movement in the bud. Hillary had no response. He was indicating to the evangelicals that their interests were better served by prioritising his court appointments over their concerns over his private life, which would normally have been a liability with the Bible Belt constituency.

  174. zyconoclast

    German MPs to Bring Criminal Human Trafficking Charges Against Migrant Transport NGOs

    Forty-two MPs of the anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD) have put their names behind an initiative to bring criminal charges of people trafficking against German migrant transport NGOs which they say “must be stopped”.

  175. mh

    LBLoveday
    #2751095, posted on June 30, 2018 at 8:21 pm
    Looking forward to SD’s rebuttal of this week’s GH’s MWD rebuttal of SD’s rebuttal of GH’s previous MWD article.

    Anyone mentioned Nazis yet?

  176. Death Giraffe

    132andBush
    #2751097, posted on June 30, 2018 at 8:22 pm
    DG,
    Barry Hall is a thug who could play footy
    It was only a matter of time once he got behind the mic.

    ..
    Don’t follow AFL.
    But watching that viddo makes me think Barry Hall was OK.
    Unlike most AFL players he wasn’t hitting people from behind or elbowing them in the head while they are doing up their laces.
    Looks like a good bloke.
    Surprised he didn’t punch more people in the head front on having to play that dumb game.

  177. Makka

    Hall joked about a doctor sexually fingering a colleague’s pregnant wife and then licking his fingers.

    On air? Why would you have someone on your payroll with that kind of stupidity, let alone crassness.

  178. Oh come on

    The Trump policy platform evolved around statements made in his early speeches, which were widely denounced by the punditocracy yet appealed to ordinary people. He absolutely was shooting from the hip. It was at one of these events when he said he’d build a wall and have Mexico pay for it. That became the impetus for his campaign’s first official policy. I remember checking out his campaign website when it was first posted. Just one policy at the time.

  179. Death Giraffe

    Hall joked about a doctor sexually fingering a colleague’s pregnant wife and then licking his fingers.
    FMFD. Are we saying that’s cool, are we?
    He was rightly sacked. Won’t somebody think of his children, you imply. Well that’s his job, not mine.

    ..
    Really?
    Someone starts going on in graphic detail about their missus’s gyno exam on air.
    You tell me.
    What’s the ettiquette there?
    What’s the polite response?
    I’m at a loss.
    Please guide me on this common social situation.

  180. struth

    That’s OK Arky…..we see your passionista point and raise you a common cents.

  181. C.L

    Rosenstein had both of them for lunch and spat out their bones.

    No. He stonewalled with a grand-stander’s panache. The public hates smirking geeks who stonewall. And make no mistake: the public now senses that the FBI and the Democrats have been caught out trying to rig an election, then a president’s downfall. Rosenstein is too vain to realise that these very clever GOP pols are quite happy for him to stonewall for hours and hours. It suits them. Sometimes the very nature and subject matter of a committee grilling of this kind is that the man being interrogated cannot win, now matter how boldly he stonewalls. Sam Giancana and Jimmy Hoffa were in that situation when Robert Kennedy toyed with them. Rosenstein and his friends are now in the same fix. They look guilty and that’s not going to change – because, you know, they are guilty.

  182. Oh come on

    Hall joked about a doctor sexually fingering a colleague’s pregnant wife and then licking his fingers.

    He said that? And got the arse? Good.

  183. struth

    Mate, enough of this talk of your missus’s gyno exam.
    This is a footy show, people are trying to eat their pies with sauce.

    Or some such other virtual Segway.

  184. Death Giraffe

    Struth for the last time.
    I couldn’t give a shit.
    It is you lot in a moral panic about some dude with probably a IQ of 90 expected to come up on air with an instant response to the most bizarre conversation ever broadcast.
    Unsurprisingly, he stuffed up.

  185. 132andBush

    DG,
    Most of those are “coward punches”, punches thrown when the other bloke’s not expecting them.

  186. C.L

    Really?
    Someone starts going on in graphic detail about their missus’s gyno exam on air.
    You tell me.
    What’s the ettiquette there?

    You make a valid point.
    This sort of nonsense began when men allowed themselves to be dragged into maternity wards.
    Many of them end up talking like my old aunts about all things Ob&Gy.
    My father’s generation wouldn’t be seen or heard dead discussing such matters – about which they were properly ignorant. A man’s job is to be in the waiting room where a lovely nurse comes and tells him, ‘Mr Smith, you have a baby boy!’

  187. struth

    We aren’t in a moral panic.
    We are only concerned about your take on the situation.
    I don’t know the prick and couldn’t give a shit.
    If he’s got the IQ of a frizbee, maybe he shouldn’t be on air.

  188. Oh come on

    Sometimes the very nature and subject matter of a committee grilling of this kind is that the man being interrogated cannot win, now matter how boldly he stonewalls.

    Gorgeous George Galloway did something similar IIRC. Much was made about his performance, how the combative parliamentary style of debate gave him the verbal dexterity to run rings around his plodding interrogators. But it was a case of giving him enough rope – the evidence came out against him regardless.

  189. struth

    This sort of nonsense began when men allowed themselves to be dragged into maternity wards.

    PLUS ONE BILLION

  190. Farmer Gez

    man’s job is to be in the waiting room where a lovely nurse comes and tells him, ‘Mr Smith, you have a baby boy!’

    What’s wrong with the pub, you metrosexual.

  191. Death Giraffe

    A man’s job is to be in the waiting room where a lovely nurse comes and tells him, ‘Mr Smith, you have a baby boy!’

    ..
    Precisely right.
    I’m still suffering PTSD from being dragged in there.

  192. nemkat

    Barry Hall had very good reflexes, I’d say his IQ was at least 110.

    The conversation was weird, so maybe it was staged, Pro Wrestling style.
    Football fans aren’t generally known for their high IQs, although there are exceptions.

  193. Death Giraffe

    Most of those are “coward punches”, punches thrown when the other bloke’s not expecting them

    ..
    Not from the video you linked.
    Go watch it again and count.
    The only one you could say was unexpected was when he gently rested his fist on some St Kikda guy’s stomach, who promptly fell over like a soccer player.

  194. struth

    It was no different for me in the delivery room to any other night.
    Mrs screaming abuse at me and blaming me for her predicament.

    But not quite as bloodthirsty.

  195. nemkat

    Most of those are “coward punches”, punches thrown when the other bloke’s not expecting them
    Yeah, poor Brent Staker. He’d just spent half an hour annoying the fuck out of Barry Hall, and as soon as he has a spell, Hall knocks him out.
    Life is so unfair.

  196. areff

    He was rightly sacked.

    Hall’s mistake was twofold:

    1/ Not working for the ABC. Mrs Giggles would have said his comment was in line with community standards

    2/ Not treating his suck-up photo-ops with the Altona Droner, then the #1 ticketholder at the Whitten Oval, as a form of aversion therapy. Finger-lickin’ would have been the last thing on his mind for ever more.

  197. Oh come on

    Sun, sand and ciggies: How is James Packer’s ‘recovery’ going?

    James Packer’s snow queen revealed: Young woman the billionaire casino magnate was spotted with in Aspen is New York socialite Kylie Lim – who looks at home on the beach as much as the slopes!

    Who gives a fuck.

    Was use of the “slopes” word deliberate. You know…

    That you’re a dickhead? Yeah you make it pretty obvious.

  198. struth

    Was use of the “slopes” word deliberate. You know…

    Are you going out on a Lim?

  199. OneWorldGovernment

    Just catching up.

    What amazes me about the whole MuellerSwitch project (H/T JC) is that it is covering up the actual in your face crimes and misdemeanors of both Hilary and Obama and their criminal gang!

    Mueller is on record as having taken a sample of Uranium to Russia. On an airplane at that.

    Obama and Eric Holder were Gun Running into Mexico.

    Bill Clinton was paid US$whatever to give a speech in Russia.

    The Russian and Arab oligarchs fawned all over Hillary.

    Hillary had an unsecured computer server with Top Secret information.

    Yet it’s Trump that colluded and obstructed!

  200. cohenite

    No. He stonewalled with a grand-stander’s panache. The public hates smirking geeks who stonewall. And make no mistake: the public now senses that the FBI and the Democrats have been caught out trying to rig an election, then a president’s downfall. Rosenstein is too vain to realise that these very clever GOP pols are quite happy for him to stonewall for hours and hours.

    He is an arrogant prick, that’s for sure. But the question asked by Gaetz to the smug creep about why if sessions recused himself for seeing a picture of comey once why didn’t Rosenstein recuse himself since he was sleeping in the same bed as mueller, McCabe, stryok, page, comey and signed off on all the relevant FISA papers and hired the squirrel faced mueller etc.

    Why did sessions recuse himself; there’s no good answer to that.

  201. Oh come on

    This is not the forum of New Idea.

  202. struth

    Exactly OWG.

    I really don’t think the GOP senators are going in hard enough.
    Trowdy is the best they’ve got?
    Not good enough by far.
    Typical soft cock GOP.
    Just mildly questioning when real interrogation is needed.

  203. OneWorldGovernment

    Boris G

    You were the one that claimed there are satellite photos/images that prove North Korea are building Nuclear facilities and you based your assertion on a report from an organization called “38 North”.

    So where are these photos/images?

    If you think that is me ‘ordering’ you to do something then perhaps your paranoia is showing.

    But okay, I order you to show the evidence or I’ll just consider everything you say as a pile of donkey shit.

  204. H B Bear

    At least Fat Jamie is porking a porker like Mariah. Let’s give the young lady the benefit of the doubt and just assume she has daddy issues.

  205. LNP insider

    Woolfe

    #2750897, posted on June 30, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Heh, Senator Lucy has been dumped to 4th spot on Mainland Tasmanias Lib Senate ticket. Waaaaacists?

    Yet Fairfax is running with the Liberals are sexist angle. Funny, I thought a woman got the top spot and by a rather significant margin.

  206. Oh come on

    My question about Jamie Packer is how he managed to fuck up his casino enterprises in Macau. Seems he went up against the big boys in the biggest gaming market in the world and got mauled. When I was there in 2008, there was a Crown Macau in a really terrible location and another enormous one under construction in a prime location. A few years later he was out on his arse. What happened?

  207. OneWorldGovernment

    struth

    To me Gowdy is a slippery little ‘shit’.

    He’s not quite McCain or Flake territory as in says one thing and does another but he’s close.

    It’s going to be interesting to see where the Republican Resigners end up working.

    Paul Ryan should be gone now!

  208. nemkat

    Ali France has got a storefront open in Strathpine, maybe there’s plenty of money out there to bring Dutton down?

  209. Rae

    Why did sessions recuse himself; there’s no good answer to that.

    Simple enough.

    “I have now decided to recuse myself,” he said, adding: “I should not be involved in investigating a campaign I had a role in.”

    Sessions has faced growing pressure from both Republicans and Democrats amid claims that he “lied under oath” after about with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, during the presidential campaign, in apparent contradiction to his testimony to Congress.

  210. Oh come on

    Heh, Senator Lucy has been dumped to 4th spot on Mainland Tasmanias Lib Senate ticket. Waaaaacists?

    Sounds like a rookie mistake to me. Maybe they promised her something down the line which may or may not materialise.

  211. OneWorldGovernment

    Rae
    #2751148, posted on June 30, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Why did sessions recuse himself; there’s no good answer to that.

    Simple enough.

    “I have now decided to recuse myself,” he said, adding: “I should not be involved in investigating a campaign I had a role in.”

    Sessions has faced growing pressure from both Republicans and Democrats amid claims that he “lied under oath” after about with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, during the presidential campaign, in apparent contradiction to his testimony to Congress.

    You missed the stuff where he was advised by DOJ internal folk to recuse which has subsequently been showed to be erroneous advice.

  212. littledozer

    Hang on OCO, you were claiming the other day that Trump LUCKED his way to the presidency and had no strategy.

    His infamous list of the SCOTUS appointments he’d make if elected was probably the first and most effective effort to nip a grassroots NeverTrump movement in the bud. Hillary had no response. He was indicating to the evangelicals that their interests were better served by prioritising his court appointments over their concerns over his private life, which would normally have been a liability with the Bible Belt constituency.

  213. stackja

    Man wanted over death of teen found in a barrel surrenders to police
    Thomas Chamberlin, Kate Kyriacou, Dan Knowles, Chris Clarke and Jacob Miley, Sophie Chirgwin and AAP, The Courier-Mail
    23 minutes ago

    ZLATKO Sikorsky, the man wanted for questioning over the death of a teen found in a barrel, has handed himself into police, ending a near 28-hour siege on the Sunshine Coast.

    Sikorsky had been holed up in a unit on Juan Street, Alexandra Headland, since Friday afternoon, suspected of killing Brisbane school girl Larissa Beilby, 16

    He surrendered about 6.30pm.

  214. OneWorldGovernment

    Bit by bit the MuellerSwitch Project (h/t JC) is being exposed for what it is, a frame up.

    Manafort’s Judge Blasts Special Counsel Practices

    John Hinderaker makes this final point from the Judges summary,

    Are Rod Rosenstein and Bob Mueller “people of virtue, sensitivity, and courage, not affected by the winds of public opinion”? I don’t think so, and I suspect Judge Ellis doesn’t, either.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/06/manaforts-judge-blasts-special-counsel-practices.php

  215. Oh come on

    Hang on OCO, you were claiming the other day that Trump LUCKED his way to the presidency and had no strategy.

    Forgive me if I don’t trust your paraphrase. Link?

    I don’t think the Trump Presidency was years in the planning, though. I think a strategy evolved as the campaign evolved, that the times suited Trump’s gifts, and Hillary was his perfect opponent.

  216. Rae

    Sessions recusal

    The DOJ regulation Sessions cited Saturday – 28 CFR 45.2 – says “no DOJ employee may participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with any person or organisation substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution, or who would be directly affected by the outcome.”

    The rule goes on to define a political relationship as “a close identification with an elected official, candidate, political party or campaign organisation arising from service as a principal advisor or official.” A personal relationship “means a close and substantial connection of the type normally viewed as likely to induce partiality.”

  217. zyconoclast

    From July 1 a number of roads across France will be subjected to new speed limits.

    “Yesterday I was going at 80 and it felt like I was going to fall asleep,” said Gerard Laguette, a local business owner in Croze-Hermitage, referring to the lower limit while driving on a 20-kilometre run to Valence in southeast France.

    Such complaints – and opinion polls showing 74 per cent of respondents against the move – haven’t stopped President Emmanuel Macron from pushing ahead with a countrywide rollout of the lower speed limits starting Sunday.

    Officials say it’s the only way to reverse an alarming rise in road deaths, which reached 3,684 last year.

    The 80 km/h limit on 400,000 kilometres of two-lane roads with no separating guardrail – often lined with trees in many parts of the country – aims to save 400 lives a year while also reducing auto emissions by 30 per cent.

  218. 132andBush

    Yeah, poor Brent Staker. He’d just spent half an hour annoying the fuck out of Barry Hall, and as soon as he has a spell, Hall knocks him out.
    Life is so unfair.

    Poor Bawwie. Can’t handle a bit of lip. Like I said, a thug who could play.

    Every one of those hits in the video I linked are the sort of shit you see from slimy, violent pricks who get full of piss and sneak a punch in when you’re half turned or not even facing them.

  219. zyconoclast

    Virgin airlines says it will no longer help to deport immigrants

    Virgin airlines has said it will no longer assist the Home Office in deporting people classed as illegal immigrants, following pressure from LGBT campaigners* and rising unease over the wrongful removal of Windrush people to Caribbean countries.

    QANTAS CEO*?

  220. Oh come on

    Bloody hell, zyco. Worst stand up routine ever. Just stop.

  221. OneWorldGovernment

    My apologies Tom and h/t to you but I couldn’t resist because so funny.

    Has an Australian and Cat flavour.

    This week in Pictures

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/06/the-week-in-pictures-scotus-smackdown-edition.php

  222. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ZLATKO Sikorsky, the man wanted for questioning over the death of a teen found in a barrel, has handed himself into police, ending a near 28-hour siege on the Sunshine Coast.

    I’m waiting for the new legislation to get through Parliament, to make it easier to call in the Army. “Sorry, no more Mr. nice guy. You’ve got two hours to surrender, or Two Commando will blow your f#cking head off. Your choice.”

  223. OneWorldGovernment

    The Liberal Freakout in Two Minutes

    You can guess what the main theme is for tomorrow’s epic—super-double epic—Week in Pictures (already done and in the can), but in the meantime, here is the Washington Free Beacon‘s fabulous two-minute highlight reel of the left’s two-minutes hate drill (I guess the left doesn’t read Orwell any more) on the upcoming Supreme Court nomination battle

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/06/the-liberal-freakout-in-two-minutes.php

  224. Chill

    Trump getting things done.

  225. Rafe Champion

    On the Data Dashboard, a nice windy night, Wind and other deliver almost a K of energy, 650 compared with demand of 24 K.

    SA by far the most expensive power in the nation.

    Do they ever look at this in Canberra?

  226. Frank

    If you are vegan and smoke a strange substance it defeats the purpose, don’t preach to me that I should not eat a cow,’ he said.

    Instapundit had a good line a while ago on vegan mothers having vegan offspring (because of course they will be, same as their pets) and then being perplexed on whether or not it is correct to breast feed them. Dilemma fit for a Guardian reader.

  227. Tintarella di Luna

    I so have the shits about not being able to match a single pair of socks among hundreds, that I’m wearing the two socks most opposite. Pure white and striped black, and I want everyone to notice.

    Screw socks. They get what they deserve.

    Beer Whisper having been totally pre-occupied all day I’ve come across your plaint and cheer you and heartily approved. And should someone actually notice just say: I have another pair exactly the same at home. Well done you.

  228. OneWorldGovernment

    Chill
    #2751167, posted on June 30, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Trump getting things done.

    Chill
    #2751168, posted on June 30, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Link

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1013023608040513537?s=19

    Thanks Chill

    What a classic from a leader.

    Donald J. Trump
    ‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump

    Just spoke to King Salman of Saudi Arabia and explained to him that, because of the turmoil & disfunction in Iran and Venezuela, I am asking that Saudi Arabia increase oil production, maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels, to make up the difference…Prices to high! He has agreed!

  229. Bruce in WA

    Can any of you Cats recommend me a cruise? Something scenic and memorable, no young party animals, pleasant mature company. Thanks in advance.

    Where to?
    When?
    Where from?
    How much you wanna spend?
    River or ocean?
    How long?

    Many, many variables …

  230. This week in Pictures

    What right-thinking person wasn’t this guy Thurs morning?

  231. Bruce in WA

    If you don’t want “young party animals”, avoid anything on Carnival Cruise Lines for a starter.

  232. littledozer

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2018/06/20/wednesday-forum-june-20-2018/comment-page-5/#comment-2743723

    I think the primary factor in Trump’s victory was that Hillary was an absolutely awful candidate. Trump brought out the absolute worst in her; that is certainly true. No other GOP candidate could have done this, I don’t think. But I don’t think there was some grand Trumpian strategy in play, either. Trump deserves credit for cottoning on to a few simple political realities that were disproportionately important to voters in the rust belt states that Hillary took for granted in her pathway to 270 electoral college votes. In hindsight, this looks incomprehensible, but back then she was following conventional political wisdom.

    I took from this post that you didn’t rate Trump strategy wise, its always hard to know 100% but compared to many politicians I have seen come and go, with what Trump overcame his strategy was effective. You completely dismiss what he achieved in the rust belt as a bit of luck because of a few simple political realities, but all political commentators/experts thought he was wasting his time in the rust belt, easy with hindsight now to say he wasn’t. Harder to go against the grain at the time and it was so against the grain Hillary never bothered with it as it was that out unconventional.

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