Monday Forum: September 17, 2018

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1,238 Responses to Monday Forum: September 17, 2018

  1. Top O’ the page

    to be sure to be sure

  2. Dave in Marybrook

    Let’s wind up all taxpayer-funded art councils, awards, grants and festivals, and direct the money to local womens’ refuges and foreign pro-reffo NGOs.
    Then listen to Quilty squeal.

  3. Roger

    there are 10 extra people that have got on the bus. Just over four of them are temporary migrants

    3/4 of whom will be applying to your nice Mr. Coleman, whose appointment immigration lawyers enthusiastically welcomed, for permanent status.

    You may be an idiot, ScoMo, but don’t take us for the same.

  4. John Constantine

    Australians know that the million plus—is it really two million?, who knows? temporary visa holders will be declared ‘Dreamers” and a declaration will be signed giving them full voting rights as soon as the One Party State feels safe enough doing so.

    This voteherd would make shorten president for life, and our corrupt little branch stacking aardvark will not miss a chance like this.

    Turnbulls poisoned kiss to Australia.

    Comrades.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

    Awesome!

    The Matthew Sweet vid at the end threw up one of Primus. Great band. Here’s a cover of a classic with some fine animation.

  6. OldOzzie

    Oh come on
    #2818647, posted on September 17, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Flake is, however, a fool. He will never win against a Dem candidate. Assuming he beats Trump to the GOP nomination, the Strange New Respect he’s been enjoying in the MSM and liberal circles will evaporate the very second he goes up against the Dem nominee.

    You just described TurdBull and the ABC Luvvies and FauzFax Medialove – Translated to Zilch

  7. Snoopy

    A little bit of me is hoping that the Kavanaugh confirmation goes tits up. I expect that would bring out the best in Trump.

  8. Rae

    Not conversing, merely letting the lesser being know their place amongst the nice clean people.

    Lol. Gaijin. You should Kerb your enthusiasm for yourself, and Channel your limited abilities to your lot for tonight. Secretarial work for the Q & A adherents.

  9. Makka

    You may be an idiot, ScoMo, but don’t take us for the same.

    So Scummo is trying to bullshit his way out of the immigration problem by saying; “What problem? I don’t see a problem”.

    Along with that we are still in the Paris Accord and the RET is still policy. Can the gullible here please enlighten us again the difference between Scummo and the Turdball?

    The Uniparty is still very much in charge. Keep digging your political gave Scummo.

    The best chance we have of restoring sanity to the country is to Destroy the Liberals.

  10. zyconoclast

    21.9% of Canadians are immigrants, the highest share in 85 years: StatsCan

    Projected to grow to 34.4% by 2036

    42.5% increase in Indigenous population since 2006
    There were 1,673,785 Indigenous Canadians in 2016, representing 4.9 per cent of the country’s population. That is an increase of 42.5 per cent since 2006, a rate of growth more than four times that of the non-Indigenous population.

  11. Kerry Packer at his brutal best on AcA with Jana Wendt and Fauxfacts nuffies

    The Great Man

  12. Rae
    #2818661, posted on September 17, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Be about your duties as a scullion, wastrel.

    Your betters are speaking together.

  13. Tel

    Can the gullible here please enlighten us again the difference between Scummo and the Turdball?

    Mate you answered your own question right here:

    The best chance we have of restoring sanity to the country is to Destroy the Liberals.

    There you go, Turnbull made a sincere effort to destroy said Liberal Party, while Morrison is trying his best to hold it together. That’s the difference.

  14. zyconoclast

    Canada’s fertility rate continues to put pressure on immigration

    After Debbie Clarke’s first child had reached the “terrible twos,” she and her husband decided their family of three was big enough — adding a sibling would be just too much.

    Clarke is among a growing proportion of Canadian women choosing to have only one child — or none at all.

    As for Canada, immigration has been the lifeblood of population growth since 1999. About two-thirds of current expansion is driven by the arrival of new Canadians, while natural increases make up the remaining third, according to Statistics Canada.

  15. zyconoclast

    Canada to admit nearly 1 million immigrants over next 3 years

    Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said that by 2036 100 per cent of Canada’s population growth will be as a result of immigration, it stands at about 75 per cent today

  16. egg_

    Morrison is trying his best to hold it together

    Whilst Bitchops is foaming at the mouth?

  17. while Morrison is trying his best to hold it together. That’s the difference.

    I have a mental image of a deceased equine and a buggy whip

    Just saying.

  18. Steve trickler

    Gillette just kicked NIKE up the arse.

    Well done.



  19. Geriatric Mayfly

    Bruce in WA
    Try buying travel insurance — at ANY price — just one week after having a stent inserted, despite a clearance letter from one of Perth’s top cardiologists! Or we could just forfeit the $10 000 holiday … not

    Ditto Bruce. Stent plus letter from Medico. Got away with it twice, and destination African safari country. The mere mention of East Africa to the bean counters brings on the vapours. Now it’s instant rejection by a faceless computer. Love to go back, but the risks from humans, animals and pathogens are just too great without medical cover.

  20. Candy

    OldOzzie
    Thanks for the info. Those NSW Libs sound like pigs. Is PM Morrison in their faction?

  21. John Constantine

    The whole point of turnbull is that he was a shyster lawyer, and he used mass immigration through the visa loophole as his way of getting another million property services consumption machines to prop up the property Ponzi and a million diversity military age freedom fighters to topple old Australia.

    The visa loophole was to boost Big Australia without it being a policy position at an election, to boost Big Australia without electoral cost. Once the people are here and settled in, they can just be signed up for the cause later.

    Comrade Lawyer Baaaaaaastards.

  22. mh

    Blair Cottrell 🇦🇺
    Blair Cottrell
    @blaircottrell89
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    7h
    Lawyer just emailed me, the State Department of Public Prosecutions is trying to stop my matter (intent to incite ridicule of Muslims) from going to High Court, even though it’s already been accepted. They know the charge they hit me with is fake & they know they’re going to lose

  23. Crossie

    I’m watching Paul Murray’s interview with Scott Morrison who practically admitted that we are being held hostage to the Paris agreement by our Pacific neighbours.

  24. Bruce in WA

    Ditto Bruce. Stent plus letter from Medico. Got away with it twice, and destination African safari country. The mere mention of East Africa to the bean counters brings on the vapours. Now it’s instant rejection by a faceless computer. Love to go back, but the risks from humans, animals and pathogens are just too great without medical cover.

    We’re just off to USA and then cruise ship, so hopefully all OK. The advice we had was after 6 weeks post-stent they would insure, albeit at a cost! We gave up on the computers and finally got a real doctor from QBE who still, sadly, said “no — too soon”.

    Silly thing is, I had a triple CABG 15 years ago and have had FULL insurance cover ever since — until now.

  25. Makka

    I’m watching Paul Murray’s interview with Scott Morrison who practically admitted that we are being held hostage to the Paris agreement by our Pacific neighbours.

    I maybe a tad too cynical but how could it be possible that a bunch of small islands in the middle of nowhere, save PNG which is a basket case of corruption and violence, could hold Australia hostage?

    Might this be the answer?;

    Overview of Australia’s Pacific Regional aid program
    How we are helping
    2017-18 Total Australian ODA Estimated Outcome
    $180.1 million*
    2018-19 Pacific Regional Budget Estimate
    $206.6 million*
    2018-19 Total Australian ODA Estimate
    $261.3 million**

    Hundreds of millions of $$$$$$ transferred to corrupt Pacific Islands. I wonder what the quality of the accounting is like for that lot?

    https://dfat.gov.au/geo/pacific/development-assistance/Pages/development-assistance-in-the-pacific.aspx

  26. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    From the South of France, a stupendous lunch, some excellent red wine, and the sight of two of the local cops on the beat, one carrying a submachine gun, and the relaxed and confident air of a man well versed in its use.

  27. Crossie

    I maybe a tad too cynical but how could it be possible that a bunch of small islands in the middle of nowhere, save PNG which is a basket case of corruption and violence, could hold Australia hostage?

    ScoMo referred to our security concerns which I took to means that we may need to keep the island nations in funds so they don’t succumb to China’s overtures. I expect he may be thinking of Vanuatu and their cosy military relationship with China.

  28. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    (intent to incite ridicule of Muslims)

    ridicule the new hate crime

  29. Crossie

    This whole hullabaloo in Canberra over female Liberal MPs claiming to have been bullied is completely immaterial. They will all be gone at the next election as most of them are members of
    Malcolm’s imfamous 54 who weren’t swept away at the last election.

    I have not heard about any of their achievements, only their complaints. Boo hoo.

  30. Crossie

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2818716, posted on September 17, 2018 at 9:41 pm
    (intent to incite ridicule of Muslims)

    ridicule the new hate crime

    That is selective, depends on whether the ridiculed person is a Christian or a white European in which case problem.

  31. Pedro the Ignorant

    Now you have done it, Bruce in WA.
    I just found Quigley Down Under is available on Netflix.

    There goes the evening’s work programme. :-). It was giving me the irrits anyway.

    Time spent watching good movies is never wasted.

  32. Pedro the Ignorant

    Good times, Zulu.

    Enjoy your holiday.

  33. zyconoclast

    I maybe a tad too cynical but how could it be possible that a bunch of small islands in the middle of nowhere, save PNG which is a basket case of corruption and violence, could hold Australia hostage?

    ScoMo referred to our security concerns which I took to means that we may need to keep the island nations in funds so they don’t succumb to China’s overtures. I expect he may be thinking of Vanuatu and their cosy military relationship with China.

    If the Pacific Islands went ‘full China’, what difference would that actually make to Australia?

  34. Makka

    ScoMo referred to our security concerns which I took to means that we may need to keep the island nations in funds so they don’t succumb to China’s overtures. I expect he may be thinking of Vanuatu and their cosy military relationship with China.

    Yes but the accounting standards in these Pacific Nations is woeful. I’ve seen it in action first hand. No doubt rickw has too. I’ll bet London to a brick there is nefarious leakage, backroom maaaates dealing and general contract malfeasance afoot. Hundreds of millions flouting about will attract the trough vermin in droves.

  35. Rockdoctor

    We gave up on the computers and finally got a real doctor from QBE who still, sadly, said “no — too soon”.

    Have found QBE to be expensive and probably the worst major to go through for Travel Insurance and other insurance but that is a different story. Have used Cover More when with medical conditions for travel in the past with a fraction of the issues QBE seem to throw up… I ditched QBE products a long time ago…

  36. jupes

    Got into New York late last night. Haven’t ventured out of the hotel room yet because my wife is still sleeping.

    First impressions:

    JFK airport is PNG level dysfunctional. We stood in a line for over an hour to get through passport control. At one stage they had one customs lady checking the passports and taking fingerprints of a line of over 200 people. By the time I got through they had three people on duty.

    Political attack ads are pretty full-on. “Corrupt” Bob Menendez is copping it pretty hard.

    Times square was going off at 11 pm on Sunday night. There were people everywhere. It is exciting being in a city that I have seen in a thousand movies but had never visited.

  37. Steve trickler

    Fabulous spectacle, incredible sound.

    To borrow some vernacular from the 1980’s…..Mint!



  38. Bruce in WA

    Best.drum.solo.ever.

    Just try keeping one foot in rhythm with the kick drum. Forget the rest. Kudos if you can do it.

  39. Crossie

    If the Pacific Islands went ‘full China’, what difference would that actually make to Australia?

    How about our navy not being able to leave our waters?

  40. Bruce in WA

    Now you have done it, Bruce in WA.
    I just found Quigley Down Under is available on Netflix.

    There goes the evening’s work programme. :-). It was giving me the irrits anyway.

    Time spent watching good movies is never wasted.

    Good! Pleased to help.

    I’m about to watch 13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi again. Harrowing.

  41. jupes

    I’m watching Paul Murray’s interview with Scott Morrison who practically admitted that we are being held hostage to the Paris agreement by our Pacific neighbours.

    Think about that for a minute.

    The Prime Minister of Australia is punishing Australians to appease tin-pot leaders from tiny Pacific Islands because of the utterly moronic belief that unless Australia reduces CO2 emissions, the Pacific Islands will disappear under the ocean.

    Whatever happened to that quaint belief of governing in the national interest?

  42. Bruce in WA

    Have found QBE to be expensive and probably the worst major to go through for Travel Insurance and other insurance but that is a different story. Have used Cover More when with medical conditions for travel in the past with a fraction of the issues QBE seem to throw up… I ditched QBE products a long time ago…

    QBE was just about last resort. Tried four different providers, plus Insurance Council (or whatever its real name is), but no joy.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  43. jupes

    Best.drum.solo.ever.

    There has never been a good drum solo. Ever.

  44. zyconoclast

    How about our navy not being able to leave our waters?

    Chrissy Pynes super stealthy French hybrid subs will have no trouble circumventing a Chinese blockade.

  45. John Constantine

    The chicoms get to swing the loansharked nations of the pacific as one united nations voting block locked in the chicom way.

    Australia has signed up to unswerving compliance to all transnational looting cartel resolutions.

    What happens when the frankenstabby bishop signed treaty, where Australia promises to spend as much Australian money to save the great barrier reef as the un subcommittee demands– and the subcommittee is ruled by chicom dummy vote nations.

    End of agriculture on the queensland coast, all rewilded to save the reef and the islands.

    Comrades.

  46. hzhousewife

    There has never been a good drum solo. Ever.

    Incorrect.

  47. Top Ender

    ScoMo doing well on Paul Murray Live but still need to throw this “Paris” stuff out of the window.

    Good on free speech but still need to be more direct – eg: an American model.

  48. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said that by 2036 100 per cent of Canada’s population growth will be as a result of immigration, it stands at about 75 per cent today

    Australia can’t be far behind.

  49. Makka

    The Paris Accord becomes a convenient cover to ship hundreds of millions of Australian taxpayers hard earned $ to corrupt nepotistic Pacific regimes so the palm beached shitholes won’t go commie. How very convenient for the architects of these deals.

    The truth is the Chinese might do deals with whoever happens to be ruling the place at the time but Pacific Island rulers change regularly. The vast majority of locals don’t like the Chinese, haven’t for a long time. The arrival of the yellow commie hordes won’t go down well at all with the punters. It looks therefore as if the security aspects are also a convenient excuse to free up Aussie treasure into an environment where it can be plundered. Easily. Over the horizon.

  50. zyconoclast

    Government intervention in electricity may push power prices up: S&P

    The most prudent form of investment will be renewables backed by gas or batteries, S&P said: “We believe private investment in large-scale coal-fired plants is highly unlikely because investment returns may not be sufficient.

  51. Bruce in WA

    Saw this the other night and just thought — I don’t believe you’d be able to put something like this to air anymore.

    So what exactly have we lost since then?

  52. Bruce in WA

    There has never been a good drum solo. Ever.

    Rrrruuuuubbbbish!

  53. pete m

    I found All Clear Travel Insurance was good for a claim for my client who forgot to declare 1 cancer but remembered all his other medical conditions – they still paid out on his claim.

  54. jupes

    The Paris Accord becomes a convenient cover to ship hundreds of millions of Australian taxpayers hard earned $ to corrupt nepotistic Pacific regimes so the palm beached shitholes won’t go commie.

    No doubt the real reason for appeasing the Pacific Islanders is to (try) keep the Chicoms out.

    Nevertheless, there are far, far smarter ways of doing this than sabotaging our own electricity supply. The stupid here is monumental and the damage to Australia acute. I don’t know how our politicians sleep at night.

  55. JC

    JFK is something else, Jupes. It’s hard to believe it’s a first world country.

  56. zyconoclast

    What happens when Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves the Supreme Court?

    I think you can see where this is going. The trajectory of the opposition of President Trump’s appointments to the Supreme Court, from Gorsuch to Kavanaugh, tells us what is most likely to happen when Ruth Bader Ginsburg goes. And she’s likely to go sooner rather than later. Why? First off, she’s 85 years old. Second, the woman is in poor health. See her in this recent YouTube clip. It is a crying shame that someone in this physical condition is allowed to maintain such an influential position on our lives. Here Ginsburg is mimicking the clinging leftist Thurgood Marshall, who spent his last days drooling from the bench.

    Ginsburg has been a leftist delight on the Court. Her replacement by a Republican president will set the Democrats, the media, and the left aflame. The swamp creatures that crawled out of the muck to oppose Kavanaugh will seem cuddly and tame compare to what Ginsburg’s replacement will face. It would not be surprising if the left resorted to systematic violence. The hysteria of the entire coalition of the left – Democrats, media, the swamp – will be off the charts.

    In a way, the Kavanaugh hearings are a good warm-up for the Republicans. They will know what to expect, times ten.

    Here’s the question: will the Republicans have the backbone to appoint an originalist to replace Ginsburg or not? I feel confident that Trump would, but I worry about the squishes in the Senate. They might look for a compromise candidate to placate the Democrats. They’d want input from the likes of Chuck Schumer. The best insurance against this type of backsliding would be for the GOP to increase its Senate majority in November to give the president more of a margin against RINO backsliding.

  57. struth

    The UNPM tells us we have to stay in Paris so king Fukker of Gilligan’s Island doesn’t get out his gorilla suit and terrorise Mrs Howell from Wentworth inside the grass hut.

    The liberal party are toast.
    Malcom’s boy won’t be moved on his commitment to global socialism.

    Career first.
    Country way down the line.

    The point that we argue about whether man made Climate change is happening or not is stupid.
    The UN don’t believe in it because they only care about western emissions.
    When the world is building hundreds of coal powered stations with the blessing of the UN, no argument, none whatsoever for staying in Paris stands up.
    If King Fukker wants to keep the money coming in, the dumb bastard must let us earn it before they send the fleet of dug out canoes and invade us.

    Our PM really said.
    We have to destroy Australia so that others don’t.
    And then quoted the others happen to be overweight tribal pig traders in grass skirts.

  58. JC

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2818701, posted on September 17, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    From the South of France, a stupendous lunch, some excellent red wine, and the sight of two of the local cops on the beat, one carrying a submachine gun, and the relaxed and confident air of a man well versed in its use.

    Always with the fascination with dead people or how to make people dead.

    Rones, when are you on the grave trail?

  59. Top Ender

    Some very cute female army types on the streets there Zulu.

    View for professional purposes only of course.

  60. Hydra

    If all this is about giving money to the Islanders can we do it without paying millions to UN golddiggers?

  61. mh

    President Trump sounding clear, concise and articulate in zippy’s video above.

    Now what about that guy Barry who is still hanging around:

    Barack Obama repeatedly talks about himself during Ohio rally
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iu33msDzqX4

  62. Bruce of Newcastle

    There has never been a good drum solo. Ever.

    These drums rock. Awesome animation.

  63. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Zulu, we found the French and Belgians taking the terrorism threat very seriously, notices in motorway services plus men with sub-machine guns very apparent. Also in Italy. We needed guidance to a particular place walking one day in Rome, Hairy unusually looking perplexed at the map. He actually stopped to ask someone, almost unheard of for him. He came back happy and said when in doubt ask a woman with a sub-machine gun. They work in male-female pairs sometimes, perhaps so the woman can frisk a letter box if deemed necessary.

  64. Bruce in WA

    Italian soldier in Naples very proud of his Beretta and pleased to show it to me. Even pulled the mag to show me a round when I explained (I think I did) that I reloaded my .223.

  65. Mitch M.

    There has never been a good drum solo. Ever.

    So you’ve never heard deJohnette

  66. None

    So the Gaystapo and the Fat Greek try to roll Abbott and they could barely Muster a whimper and got caught out lying. Isn’t it wonderful how they claim their ballot is secret but they demanded to know what the vote was. What f****** retards. And I always thought Hockey was a f****** retard to recommend Zimmerman. Just because someone works for you does not mean that they should be guaranteed your seat when you decide to run away you fat traitor. And I see that chicken livers s*** is too scared to front up himself that sends one of his staffers, as usual a stupid woman because we don’t have enough stupid women in politics we now need some fag hags as staffers. And then the liberals wonder why we women won’t vote for them. These people should not be called moderates there not moderates there just lunatic lefty wreckers. The Gaystapo needs to be destroyed. The stupid lefty bints need to be kicked out. Answer god’s sake, deport the bloody Greeks and take the lying Cypriot peasants with you.

  67. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Calli, see end of last open forum for report on Agios Nicholaos. Thanks for recommending it. We are hanging out round the pool here looking out to that town which is at the end of the bay with its massive stone mountains opposite which bear no vegetation. Today the Med is misty deep blue, a mosaic of occasional small cloud shadows but mostly sunny with a light breeze up this high. Just finished my laps. No-one else here but me and Hairy as the Krauts are still away cycling in the heat. Hark though, I now am hearing a dulcet yah yah, so a few are arriving back. Soon time for a drink on our own very private balcony backed by some big Minoan style urns. Don’t mention the war, Hairy cautions. I’m serious, he says when I laugh. Older people in Crete can still be very anti-German after the Occupation, he tells me. Long memories. It may be no accident that the owners here are Swiss. But I think Hairy is likely thinking back to earlier times when he was here before and tales of Germans being shot at in the back country were still live..

  68. Bruce in WA

    I now am hearing a dulcet yah yah, so a few are arriving back.

    My brother retired to FN Queensland. The tourists there are called “yah-yahs” because they are almost exclusively German.

  69. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We had lunch driving 5km in the opposite direction to a once-was-Minoan town called Elounda, which is smaller and less over-run with tourists than AN. It is on an isthmus to a nearby island which is a common place to find ancient sacred sites.

    I said before that Hairy noted that the Minoans, that very graceful culture, liked to surround themselves with beautiful things. I’d link some pics except I don’t know how to do that on my phone. If anyone has any Samsung quick tips to disable auto correct and make links I’d give them a go. Hairy is no help. He is on a campaign to cure my technological learned helplessness. I will learn you soon, my way, I threaten, but it seems he is resolute in this.

  70. Makka

    The epic horrors millennials have to face;

    Jess McGuire, who works as a freelance journalist and radio presenter in Melbourne, said she was pretty annoyed by what landed on her table after handing over $18 for avo and feta on toast.

    “For that money I didn’t think I’d assemble the dish myself,” she told news.com.au.

    “It was funny, but a ridiculous dish to serve. I prefer my food constructed and I made the assumption that’s how it would be served.”

    It’s on the menu luv. YOU ordered it. Who buys breakfast? A cuppa with toast is too hard?

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/eat/would-you-pay-18-for-this-avocado-on-toast-from-a-cafe/news-story/9e81d7c16b8b9b7b4131902ca9804a7a

  71. Makka

    CL, what did Serena say on The Project?

  72. Steve trickler

    Great coverage.

    Lucky to alive. 7:42!



  73. zyconoclast

    GOP GIVES UP ON REPEALING OBAMACARE
    They claim to have more important things to do.

    Republican lawmakers have made it clear they have no intention of repealing Obamacare in the current Congress.

    Republicans in the nation’s top lawmaking body have never really wanted to get rid of Obamacare. They would prefer to present the program, which David Horowitz correctly describes as “the greatest assault on individual freedom and individual choice in our lifetimes,” as a villain and whip up sentiment against it and run against it every election. They view Obamacare as good for the business of politics. They may chip away at it from time to time or tinker with it at the margins, but make no mistake: these creatures of Washington want to keep it in place. This is the Republicans’ dirty secret.

  74. Steve trickler

    Lucky to be alive.

  75. zyconoclast

    CAIR in the Classroom: Islamist Group Partnering with Public Schools

    In 1993, Ibrahim Hooper, director of strategic communications for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said that, “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future. But I’m not going to do anything violent to promote that. I’m going to do it through education.” Twenty-five years later, CAIR could be making headway on that goal, through its relationships with US public school districts in at least three states.

    CAIR — an Islamist group and United Arab Emirates-designated terrorist organization that bills itself as a defender of civil rights — has achieved special concessions for Muslim students and launched the inappropriate insertion of religion into publicly-funded education. Meanwhile, pushback from parents and outside organizations is building.

    Seattle Public Schools’ partnership with CAIR’s Washington chapter is the latest incident to cause controversy, but the relationship dates back to at least 2011, when CAIR-WA sent the district a letter proposing accommodations for Muslim students and classroom lessons on Islam. Then as now, CAIR-WA claimed to be fighting “anti-Muslim bullying.” To that end, in 2012 and 2013 the organization contacted the school district to complain about “Islamophobia” among teachers.

  76. Top Ender

    Student takes university to court after failing an assignment
    Yahoo7 News Yahoo7 News17 September 2018
    It is not often a judge is asked to weigh in on the grading of university assignments, but that is exactly what has happened after a Melbourne student took his university to court.

    Chinmay Naik failed the class he needed to get his degree and wants Melbourne’s Supreme Court to overturn his grade and allow him to pass.

    Mr Naik failed an assignment about dogs because he handed the project in 19 days late and received a score of 12 out of 100.

    Refusing to accept the grade, he went to the Human Rights Commission, the Ombudsman and then pulled Monash University in front of a judge.

    The 23-year-old student needs the grade to finish his degree and keep his visa.

    The university said it double-marked the assignment and increased his score, but the student still failed.

    Mr Naik does not believe them and wants the judge to exempt him from the class.

    Outside the Supreme Court, Mr Naik said he had the tenacity to keep fighting the university’s decision to fail his assignment. Source: AAP

    “The university says the most I could do was quash or set aside your mark and ask the university to mark it again,” the judge said.

    Mr Naik then wrote to former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull asking him to intervene, but did not receive a response.

    But he did get a reply from the Victorian government to whom he also appealed, saying it was unable to help him.

    “I have the tenacity to keep appealing something that I feel was done wrong to me,” he said.

    Link

  77. Mark A

    Top Ender
    #2818856, posted on September 18, 2018 at 2:43 am

    A novel approach, not that I needed it but would have been a handy threat in years gone by.

    Of course in those days it would have been treated with the kind of response it deserves.

  78. OldOzzie

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2817461, posted on September 16, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Not surprising really as he spent every university holiday in the Greek Isles when he wasn’t in Ireland chasing the Irish folksinger love of his early years.

    Lizzie, Curiousity killed the Cat – I asked the following re the above

    I assume it was not – Andrea Rice – From 1991 to 2004 Andrea spent most of her time in SEOUL KOREA at O’KIM’S BAR in the WESTIN CHOSUN HOTEL, singing to people from all over the world, from Business people to Politicians to Ambassadors.

    O’Kims became the most popular BAR in ASIA.

    I spent many evenings in O’Kims Bar whilst in Westin Chosun Seoul listening to Andrea Ric e and I have her CDs that I purchased from her in the Bar

    And she had a Hairy Bearded Manager who sat in the audience

  79. OldOzzie

    WSJ – The #MeToo Kavanaugh Ambush

    A story this old and unprovable can’t be allowed to delay a Supreme Court confirmation vote.

    By The Editorial Board

    The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of a drunken assault when both were teenagers has now come forward publicly, but that should not deter Republicans from proceeding with their current confirmation-vote schedule. There is no way to confirm her story after 35 years, and to let it stop Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would ratify what has all the earmarks of a calculated political ambush.

    This is not to say Christine Blasey Ford isn’t sincere in what she remembers. In an interview published in the Washington Post on Sunday, Ms. Ford offered a few more details of the story she told anonymously starting in July. She says she was 15 when Mr. Kavanaugh, who would have been 17, and a male friend pushed her into a bedroom at a drinking party, held her down, and pawed her until the male friend jumped on them both and she escaped to a bathroom until the two boys left the room.

    Mr. Kavanaugh denies all this “categorically and unequivocally,” and there is simply no way to prove it. The only witness to the event is Mr. Kavanaugh’s high school male friend, Mark Judge, who also says he recalls no such event. Ms. Ford concedes she told no one about it—not even a high school girl friend or family member—until 2012 when she told the story as part of couples therapy with her husband.

    The vagaries of memory are well known, all the more so when they emerge in the cauldron of a therapy session to rescue a marriage. Experts know that human beings can come to believe firmly over the years that something happened when it never did or is based on partial truth. The Post reports that the therapist’s notes from 2012 say there were four male assailants, but Ms. Ford says that was a mistake. Ms. Ford also can’t recall in whose home the alleged assault took place, how she got there, or how she got home that evening.

    This is simply too distant and uncorroborated a story to warrant a new hearing or to delay a vote. We’ve heard from all three principals, and there are no other witnesses to call. The only purpose of another public hearing would be a political spectacle in which Democrats could wax indignant for the cameras while Mr. Kavanaugh repeated his denials.
    ***

    The timing and details of how Ms. Ford came forward, and how her name was coaxed into public view, should also raise red flags about the partisan motives at play. The Post says Ms. Ford contacted the paper via a tip line in July but wanted to remain anonymous. She then brought her story to a Democratic official while still hoping to stay anonymous.

    Yet she also then retained a lawyer, Debra Katz, who has a history of Democratic activism and spoke in public defense of Bill Clinton against the accusations by Paula Jones. Ms. Katz urged Ms. Ford to take a polygraph test. The Post says she passed the polygraph, though a polygraph merely shows that she believes the story she is telling.

    The more relevant question is why go to such lengths if Ms. Ford really wanted her name to stay a secret? Even this weekend she could have chosen to remain anonymous. These are the actions of someone who was prepared to go public from the beginning if she had to.

    The role of Senator Dianne Feinstein is also highly irregular and transparently political. The ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee knew about Ms. Ford’s accusations in late July or early August yet kept quiet. If she took it seriously, she had multiple opportunities to ask Judge Kavanaugh or have committee staff interview the principals. But in that event, the details would have been vetted and Senators would have had time to assess their credibility.

    Instead Ms. Feinstein waited until the day before a committee markup on the nomination to release a statement that she had “information” about the accusation and had sent it to the FBI. Her statement was a political stunt.

    She was seeking to insulate herself from liberal charges that she sat on the letter. Or—and this seems increasingly likely given the course of events—Senator Feinstein was holding the story to spring at the last minute in the hope that events would play out as they have. Surely she knew that once word of the accusation was public, the press would pursue the story and Ms. Ford would be identified by name one way or another.
    ***

    Democrats waited until Ms. Ford went public to make public statements. But clearly some were feeding the names of Ms. Ford and her lawyer to the press, and now they are piling on what they hope will be an election-eve #MeToo conflagration.

    “Senator [and Judiciary Chairman] Grassley must postpone the vote until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated,” declared Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday. “For too long, when women have made serious allegations of abuse, they have been ignored. That cannot happen in this case.”

    His obvious political goal is to delay the confirmation vote past the election, fan the #MeToo political furies until then, and hope that at least two GOP Senators wilt under political pressure. Already Senators Jeff Flake andBob Corker are playing into Mr. Schumer’s hands by calling for a delay.

    GOP Senators should understand that the political cost of defeating Mr. Kavanaugh will likely include the loss of the Senate. Democrats are already motivated to vote against Donald Trump, and if Republicans panic now their own voters will rightly be furious. They would be letting Democrats get away with the same dirty trick they tried and failed to pull off against Clarence Thomas.

    It would also be a serious injustice to a man who has by all accounts other than Ms. Ford’s led a life of respect for women and the law. Every #MeToo miscreant is a repeat offender. The accusation against Mr. Kavanaugh is behavior manifested nowhere else in his life.

    No one, including Donald Trump, needs to attack Ms. Ford. She believes what she believes. This is not he said-she said. This is a case of an alleged teenage encounter, partially recalled 30 years later without corroboration, and brought forward to ruin Mr. Kavanaugh’s reputation for partisan purposes.

    Letting an accusation that is this old, this unsubstantiated and this procedurally irregular defeat Mr. Kavanaugh would also mean weaponizing every sexual assault allegation no matter the evidence. It will tarnish the #MeToo cause with the smear of partisanship, and it will unleash even greater polarizing furies.

  80. OldOzzie

    WSJ – The #MeToo Kavanaugh Ambush

    A story this old and unprovable can’t be allowed to delay a Supreme Court confirmation vote.

    By The Editorial Board

    The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of a drunken assault when both were teenagers has now come forward publicly, but that should not deter Republicans from proceeding with their current confirmation-vote schedule. There is no way to confirm her story after 35 years, and to let it stop Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would ratify what has all the earmarks of a calculated political ambush.

    This is not to say Christine Blasey Ford isn’t sincere in what she remembers. In an interview published in the Washington Post on Sunday, Ms. Ford offered a few more details of the story she told anonymously starting in July. She says she was 15 when Mr. Kavanaugh, who would have been 17, and a male friend pushed her into a bedroom at a drinking party, held her down, and pawed her until the male friend jumped on them both and she escaped to a bathroom until the two boys left the room.

    Mr. Kavanaugh denies all this “categorically and unequivocally,” and there is simply no way to prove it. The only witness to the event is Mr. Kavanaugh’s high school male friend, Mark Judge, who also says he recalls no such event. Ms. Ford concedes she told no one about it—not even a high school girl friend or family member—until 2012 when she told the story as part of couples therapy with her husband.

    The vagaries of memory are well known, all the more so when they emerge in the cauldron of a therapy session to rescue a marriage. Experts know that human beings can come to believe firmly over the years that something happened when it never did or is based on partial truth. The Post reports that the therapist’s notes from 2012 say there were four male assailants, but Ms. Ford says that was a mistake. Ms. Ford also can’t recall in whose home the alleged assault took place, how she got there, or how she got home that evening.

    This is simply too distant and uncorroborated a story to warrant a new hearing or to delay a vote. We’ve heard from all three principals, and there are no other witnesses to call. The only purpose of another public hearing would be a political spectacle in which Democrats could wax indignant for the cameras while Mr. Kavanaugh repeated his denials.

    The timing and details of how Ms. Ford came forward, and how her name was coaxed into public view, should also raise red flags about the partisan motives at play. The Post says Ms. Ford contacted the paper via a tip line in July but wanted to remain anonymous. She then brought her story to a Democratic official while still hoping to stay anonymous.

    Yet she also then retained a lawyer, Debra Katz, who has a history of Democratic activism and spoke in public defense of Bill Clinton against the accusations by Paula Jones. Ms. Katz urged Ms. Ford to take a polygraph test. The Post says she passed the polygraph, though a polygraph merely shows that she believes the story she is telling.

    The more relevant question is why go to such lengths if Ms. Ford really wanted her name to stay a secret? Even this weekend she could have chosen to remain anonymous. These are the actions of someone who was prepared to go public from the beginning if she had to.

    The role of Senator Dianne Feinstein is also highly irregular and transparently political. The ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee knew about Ms. Ford’s accusations in late July or early August yet kept quiet. If she took it seriously, she had multiple opportunities to ask Judge Kavanaugh or have committee staff interview the principals. But in that event, the details would have been vetted and Senators would have had time to assess their credibility.

    Instead Ms. Feinstein waited until the day before a committee markup on the nomination to release a statement that she had “information” about the accusation and had sent it to the FBI. Her statement was a political stunt.

    She was seeking to insulate herself from liberal charges that she sat on the letter. Or—and this seems increasingly likely given the course of events—Senator Feinstein was holding the story to spring at the last minute in the hope that events would play out as they have. Surely she knew that once word of the accusation was public, the press would pursue the story and Ms. Ford would be identified by name one way or another.
    ***

    Democrats waited until Ms. Ford went public to make public statements. But clearly some were feeding the names of Ms. Ford and her lawyer to the press, and now they are piling on what they hope will be an election-eve #MeToo conflagration.

    “Senator [and Judiciary Chairman] Grassley must postpone the vote until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated,” declared Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday. “For too long, when women have made serious allegations of abuse, they have been ignored. That cannot happen in this case.”

    His obvious political goal is to delay the confirmation vote past the election, fan the #MeToo political furies until then, and hope that at least two GOP Senators wilt under political pressure. Already Senators Jeff Flake andBob Corker are playing into Mr. Schumer’s hands by calling for a delay.

    GOP Senators should understand that the political cost of defeating Mr. Kavanaugh will likely include the loss of the Senate. Democrats are already motivated to vote against Donald Trump, and if Republicans panic now their own voters will rightly be furious. They would be letting Democrats get away with the same dirty trick they tried and failed to pull off against Clarence Thomas.

    It would also be a serious injustice to a man who has by all accounts other than Ms. Ford’s led a life of respect for women and the law. Every #MeToo miscreant is a repeat offender. The accusation against Mr. Kavanaugh is behavior manifested nowhere else in his life.

    No one, including Donald Trump, needs to attack Ms. Ford. She believes what she believes. This is not he said-she said. This is a case of an alleged teenage encounter, partially recalled 30 years later without corroboration, and brought forward to ruin Mr. Kavanaugh’s reputation for partisan purposes.

    Letting an accusation that is this old, this unsubstantiated and this procedurally irregular defeat Mr. Kavanaugh would also mean weaponizing every sexual assault allegation no matter the evidence. It will tarnish the #MeToo cause with the smear of partisanship, and it will unleash even greater polarizing furies.

  81. OldOzzie

    The #MeToo Kavanaugh Ambush

    A story this old and unprovable can’t be allowed to delay a Supreme Court confirmation vote.

    By The Editorial Board

    The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of a drunken assault when both were teenagers has now come forward publicly, but that should not deter Republicans from proceeding with their current confirmation-vote schedule. There is no way to confirm her story after 35 years, and to let it stop Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would ratify what has all the earmarks of a calculated political ambush.

    This is not to say Christine Blasey Ford isn’t sincere in what she remembers. In an interview published in the Washington Post on Sunday, Ms. Ford offered a few more details of the story she told anonymously starting in July. She says she was 15 when Mr. Kavanaugh, who would have been 17, and a male friend pushed her into a bedroom at a drinking party, held her down, and pawed her until the male friend jumped on them both and she escaped to a bathroom until the two boys left the room.

    Mr. Kavanaugh denies all this “categorically and unequivocally,” and there is simply no way to prove it. The only witness to the event is Mr. Kavanaugh’s high school male friend, Mark Judge, who also says he recalls no such event. Ms. Ford concedes she told no one about it—not even a high school girl friend or family member—until 2012 when she told the story as part of couples therapy with her husband.

    The vagaries of memory are well known, all the more so when they emerge in the cauldron of a therapy session to rescue a marriage. Experts know that human beings can come to believe firmly over the years that something happened when it never did or is based on partial truth. The Post reports that the therapist’s notes from 2012 say there were four male assailants, but Ms. Ford says that was a mistake. Ms. Ford also can’t recall in whose home the alleged assault took place, how she got there, or how she got home that evening.

    This is simply too distant and uncorroborated a story to warrant a new hearing or to delay a vote. We’ve heard from all three principals, and there are no other witnesses to call. The only purpose of another public hearing would be a political spectacle in which Democrats could wax indignant for the cameras while Mr. Kavanaugh repeated his denials.

    The timing and details of how Ms. Ford came forward, and how her name was coaxed into public view, should also raise red flags about the partisan motives at play. The Post says Ms. Ford contacted the paper via a tip line in July but wanted to remain anonymous. She then brought her story to a Democratic official while still hoping to stay anonymous.

    Yet she also then retained a lawyer, Debra Katz, who has a history of Democratic activism and spoke in public defense of Bill Clinton against the accusations by Paula Jones. Ms. Katz urged Ms. Ford to take a polygraph test. The Post says she passed the polygraph, though a polygraph merely shows that she believes the story she is telling.

    The more relevant question is why go to such lengths if Ms. Ford really wanted her name to stay a secret? Even this weekend she could have chosen to remain anonymous. These are the actions of someone who was prepared to go public from the beginning if she had to.

    The role of Senator Dianne Feinstein is also highly irregular and transparently political. The ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee knew about Ms. Ford’s accusations in late July or early August yet kept quiet. If she took it seriously, she had multiple opportunities to ask Judge Kavanaugh or have committee staff interview the principals. But in that event, the details would have been vetted and Senators would have had time to assess their credibility.

    Instead Ms. Feinstein waited until the day before a committee markup on the nomination to release a statement that she had “information” about the accusation and had sent it to the FBI. Her statement was a political stunt.

    She was seeking to insulate herself from liberal charges that she sat on the letter. Or—and this seems increasingly likely given the course of events—Senator Feinstein was holding the story to spring at the last minute in the hope that events would play out as they have. Surely she knew that once word of the accusation was public, the press would pursue the story and Ms. Ford would be identified by name one way or another.

    Democrats waited until Ms. Ford went public to make public statements. But clearly some were feeding the names of Ms. Ford and her lawyer to the press, and now they are piling on what they hope will be an election-eve #MeToo conflagration.

    “Senator [and Judiciary Chairman] Grassley must postpone the vote until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated,” declared Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday. “For too long, when women have made serious allegations of abuse, they have been ignored. That cannot happen in this case.”

    His obvious political goal is to delay the confirmation vote past the election, fan the #MeToo political furies until then, and hope that at least two GOP Senators wilt under political pressure. Already Senators Jeff Flake andBob Corker are playing into Mr. Schumer’s hands by calling for a delay.

    GOP Senators should understand that the political cost of defeating Mr. Kavanaugh will likely include the loss of the Senate. Democrats are already motivated to vote against Donald Trump, and if Republicans panic now their own voters will rightly be furious. They would be letting Democrats get away with the same dirty trick they tried and failed to pull off against Clarence Thomas.

    It would also be a serious injustice to a man who has by all accounts other than Ms. Ford’s led a life of respect for women and the law. Every #MeToo miscreant is a repeat offender. The accusation against Mr. Kavanaugh is behavior manifested nowhere else in his life.

    No one, including Donald Trump, needs to attack Ms. Ford. She believes what she believes. This is not he said-she said. This is a case of an alleged teenage encounter, partially recalled 30 years later without corroboration, and brought forward to ruin Mr. Kavanaugh’s reputation for partisan purposes.

    Letting an accusation that is this old, this unsubstantiated and this procedurally irregular defeat Mr. Kavanaugh would also mean weaponizing every sexual assault allegation no matter the evidence. It will tarnish the #MeToo cause with the smear of partisanship, and it will unleash even greater polarizing furies.

  82. OldOzzie

    The #MeToo Kavanaugh Ambush

    A story this old and unprovable can’t be allowed to delay a Supreme Court confirmation vote.

    By The Editorial Board

    The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of a drunken assault when both were teenagers has now come forward publicly, but that should not deter Republicans from proceeding with their current confirmation-vote schedule. There is no way to confirm her story after 35 years, and to let it stop Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would ratify what has all the earmarks of a calculated political ambush.

    This is not to say Christine Blasey Ford isn’t sincere in what she remembers. In an interview published in the Washington Post on Sunday, Ms. Ford offered a few more details of the story she told anonymously starting in July. She says she was 15 when Mr. Kavanaugh, who would have been 17, and a male friend pushed her into a bedroom at a drinking party, held her down, and pawed her until the male friend jumped on them both and she escaped to a bathroom until the two boys left the room.

    Mr. Kavanaugh denies all this “categorically and unequivocally,” and there is simply no way to prove it. The only witness to the event is Mr. Kavanaugh’s high school male friend, Mark Judge, who also says he recalls no such event. Ms. Ford concedes she told no one about it—not even a high school girl friend or family member—until 2012 when she told the story as part of couples therapy with her husband.

    The vagaries of memory are well known, all the more so when they emerge in the cauldron of a therapy session to rescue a marriage. Experts know that human beings can come to believe firmly over the years that something happened when it never did or is based on partial truth. The Post reports that the therapist’s notes from 2012 say there were four male assailants, but Ms. Ford says that was a mistake. Ms. Ford also can’t recall in whose home the alleged assault took place, how she got there, or how she got home that evening.

    This is simply too distant and uncorroborated a story to warrant a new hearing or to delay a vote. We’ve heard from all three principals, and there are no other witnesses to call. The only purpose of another public hearing would be a political spectacle in which Democrats could wax indignant for the cameras while Mr. Kavanaugh repeated his denials.

    The timing and details of how Ms. Ford came forward, and how her name was coaxed into public view, should also raise red flags about the partisan motives at play. The Post says Ms. Ford contacted the paper via a tip line in July but wanted to remain anonymous. She then brought her story to a Democratic official while still hoping to stay anonymous.

    Yet she also then retained a lawyer, Debra Katz, who has a history of Democratic activism and spoke in public defense of Bill Clinton against the accusations by Paula Jones. Ms. Katz urged Ms. Ford to take a polygraph test. The Post says she passed the polygraph, though a polygraph merely shows that she believes the story she is telling.

    The more relevant question is why go to such lengths if Ms. Ford really wanted her name to stay a secret? Even this weekend she could have chosen to remain anonymous. These are the actions of someone who was prepared to go public from the beginning if she had to.

    The role of Senator Dianne Feinstein is also highly irregular and transparently political. The ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee knew about Ms. Ford’s accusations in late July or early August yet kept quiet. If she took it seriously, she had multiple opportunities to ask Judge Kavanaugh or have committee staff interview the principals. But in that event, the details would have been vetted and Senators would have had time to assess their credibility.

    Instead Ms. Feinstein waited until the day before a committee markup on the nomination to release a statement that she had “information” about the accusation and had sent it to the FBI. Her statement was a political stunt.

    She was seeking to insulate herself from liberal charges that she sat on the letter. Or—and this seems increasingly likely given the course of events—Senator Feinstein was holding the story to spring at the last minute in the hope that events would play out as they have. Surely she knew that once word of the accusation was public, the press would pursue the story and Ms. Ford would be identified by name one way or another.

    Democrats waited until Ms. Ford went public to make public statements. But clearly some were feeding the names of Ms. Ford and her lawyer to the press, and now they are piling on what they hope will be an election-eve #MeToo conflagration.

    “Senator [and Judiciary Chairman] Grassley must postpone the vote until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated,” declared Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday. “For too long, when women have made serious allegations of abuse, they have been ignored. That cannot happen in this case.”

    His obvious political goal is to delay the confirmation vote past the election, fan the #MeToo political furies until then, and hope that at least two GOP Senators wilt under political pressure. Already Senators Jeff Flake andBob Corker are playing into Mr. Schumer’s hands by calling for a delay.

    GOP Senators should understand that the political cost of defeating Mr. Kavanaugh will likely include the loss of the Senate. Democrats are already motivated to vote against Donald Trump, and if Republicans panic now their own voters will rightly be furious. They would be letting Democrats get away with the same dirty trick they tried and failed to pull off against Clarence Thomas.

    It would also be a serious injustice to a man who has by all accounts other than Ms. Ford’s led a life of respect for women and the law. Every #MeToo miscreant is a repeat offender. The accusation against Mr. Kavanaugh is behavior manifested nowhere else in his life.

    No one, including Donald Trump, needs to attack Ms. Ford. She believes what she believes. This is not he said-she said. This is a case of an alleged teenage encounter, partially recalled 30 years later without corroboration, and brought forward to ruin Mr. Kavanaugh’s reputation for partisan purposes.

    Letting an accusation that is this old, this unsubstantiated and this procedurally irregular defeat Mr. Kavanaugh would also mean weaponizing every sexual assault allegation no matter the evidence. It will tarnish the #MeToo cause with the smear of partisanship, and it will unleash even greater polarizing furies.

  83. Rae

    Bruce in WA.

    Which cruise are you doing in the US?

  84. Tom

    Ramirez announces his new gig drawing cartoons for the Last Vegas Review-Journal.

  85. Mark A

    So, what’s the sits with Mark Knight’s ‘toons?

    Will we get any or will he keep it behind paywall?

    It’s ironic actually, as he isn’t exactly a ‘right-winger’

  86. Mark A

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2818883, posted on September 18, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Johannes Leak

    Bruce,
    Link not responding.

  87. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    cat fight
    Asia Argento threatens to sue Rose McGowan over underage sex allegation
    ASIA Argento has reportedly threatened to sue former BFF Rose McGowan after she claimed the actress sexually abused a teenage actor.

  88. Tom

    Thanks for reminding me, Bruce of Newk. I forgot that the Paywallian has a real cartoonist on the weasel’s day off.

    Johannes Leak.

    Masterful!

  89. Bruce of Newcastle

    Oops, I stuffed that link up. Coffee had not yet kicked in fully.

    Or maybe I am suffering from a vewy virulent virus…

    Joe Biden: ‘Dregs of society’ support Donald Trump

    Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden assailed President Trump’s supporters during a speech Saturday at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, lamenting that “virulent people” and the “dregs of society” still had a friend in the White House.

    Mr. Biden told an enthusiastic crowd of LGBTQ rights advocates that social conservatives at home and abroad who used religion or culture as a “license to discriminate” were committing a “crime” of prejudice.

    Gropey Joe thinks we’re deplorable dregs eh? Badge of honour!

  90. miltonf

    I heard on Richardson on Ben Fordham yesterday saying a minister’s staffer was hurling abuse at Tony Abbott. Anyone know which minister?

    Biden- been around forever, never had a real job. Has he ever done an honest day’s work?

  91. calli

    LittleLeak – very, very good indeed.

    Varvel gets the US guernsey today.

  92. John Constantine

    The proles are always felt to be disposable Dregs by those that are important enough to cower behind Bollards, important enough to be personally bribed by the chicoms, important enough to afford house price apartheid to keep their gated communities with the correct tone.

  93. John Constantine

    When our scum politicals quisling Class pledge unswerving compliance with the embargoes imposed to cripple our economy:

    Sanctions Busting is the only sane response.

  94. Top Ender

    ABC and Fairfax pursuit of Ben Roberts-Smith ‘malicious’

    DEBORAH CORNWALL
    JOURNALIST
    @deborahcornwall

    A large cache of documents released by the Federal Court has revealed the ferocious legal battle between Fairfax and the ABC against one of the country’s most decorated soldiers, with one journalist allegedly alluding that he was “a crazed war criminal who bashes his mates”.

    In one extraordinary email sent to Fairfax investigative reporter Nick McKenzie in May, Victoria Cross recipient Ben ­Roberts-Smith’s lawyer, Mark O’Brien, said he had evidence the journalists pursuing his client were acting with malice, citing several texts by ABC journalist Dan Oakes.

    Mr O’Brien said Oakes had made “his motive very clear” in his investigation of his client, saying in one text: “Sometimes karma needs a helping hand”, and “the Australian public has been sold a lie, and it needs to be exposed. It is as simple as that.”

    The name of the person the texts were sent to has been suppressed by the Federal Court, but it appears to be a person known to Mr Roberts-Smith.

    But Mr O’Brien said it was clear that his client was the target of a “malicious smear campaign” peddling false allegations that amounted to a “gross and indefensible defamation”.

    It’s just one of a blizzard of texts and emails sent by journalists between May and August that level a series of allegations that Mr Roberts-Smith committed war crimes with Australian special forces troops in Afghanistan.

    In July, McKenzie sent another direct email to Mr Roberts-Smith, wanting answers to a series of alleged war crimes McKenzie claimed he had “confirmed” were the “focus of the IGADF (Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force) ­inquiry and its interest in your interaction with people during your deployments in Afghanistan”.

    Mr O’Brien responded two days later, warning McKenzie he appeared to have been given classified information implicating his client in a war crimes inquiry that had been conducted in strict secrecy over the past two years by the ADF inspector-general.

    Mr O’Brien said the journalist’s source had “committed a ­serious criminal offence” by breaching the inspector-general’s regulations.

    Mr Roberts-Smith, he said, would also be in breach of the law to confirm or deny such allegations, “but you should be in no doubt that my client has always served his country in accordance with his duty and lawful obligations”.

    On August 2, another Fairfax journalist, David Wroe, emailed another series of questions to Mr Roberts-Smith, through Mr O’Brien, which included allegations that he had “executed a man with a prosthetic leg”, kicked an unarmed Afghan detainee off a cliff and encouraged a patrol member to execute another man.

    Wroe also claimed Mr Roberts-Smith had been involved in a conspiracy, sending material to The Australian’s Andrew Burrell, on October 20, 2017, using an anonymous email address. The information in the email, he said, was “similar to that sent by your lawyer (Mr O’Brien) to Fairfax Media two days earlier”.

    Mr O’Brien responded the next day, describing Wroe’s email as “disingenuous” and merely repeating the “outrageous and false allegations against my client”. “Regrettably, both you and Mr McKenzie appear to be relying upon unidentified former colleagues whose hostile motives should be apparent to any journalist who takes care to corroborate their allegations.”

    Mr O’Brien continued, saying most of Wroe’s allegations were so “vague, meaningless and contradictory” they were “impossible to understand”.

    While the names of people have been redacted in both emails, Mr O’Brien said: “It is troubling you appear to allege that police or defence officials are your source.”

    Mr Roberts-Smith launched a defamation action against Fairfax Media last month over a ­series of articles in June and ­August in which he claimed Fairfax Media had destroyed his reputation, casting him as a war criminal, a “callous, inhumane” murderer and a domestic violence offender.

    Complete article from the Oz – no comments allowed

  95. Baldrick

    Stupid.Fucking.Liberals– Black is white:

    Greg Brown ✔ @gregbrown_TheOz
    Liberal MP Jason Falinski has declared the Coalition should stick to the Paris target, suggesting it would keep Australia’s coal-fired power stations open for longer.

  96. Carpe Jugulum

    Trump has authorised the release of the FISA documents including text & email from Strock et al

  97. slackster

    FISA docs ordered to be declassified and released un-redeacted:

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-press-secretary-34/

    Going to be an interesting week in US politics

  98. Carpe Jugulum

    Snap Slackster 😊

  99. jupes

    New York diary day 1.

    Today was all about checking out a few iconic buildings.

    Grand Central Terminal – Absolutely superb turn of the century building kept in magnificent condition.
    Chrysler Building – Could only access the lobby but what a stunning lobby it is. The most gorgeous piece of Art Deco architecture it has been my privilege to enter.
    Empire State Building – Well of course we had to visit the most famous building in the world. Another beautiful Art Deco building but unfortunately a lot of the ceilings were not there due to a maintenance project. The view was magnificent.
    Bryant Park Hotel – Never heard of it before but what a unique looking building.

    I am amazed at how many NY skyscrapers are built with bricks. Different to anything in Australia.

  100. slackster

    Lets see how long the FBI and DOJ will slow walk the release

  101. Boambee John


    #2818784, posted on September 17, 2018 at 10:20 pm
    The Paris Accord becomes a convenient cover to ship hundreds of millions of Australian taxpayers hard earned $ to corrupt nepotistic Pacific regimes so the palm beached shitholes won’t go commie. How very convenient for the architects of these deals.

    I suspect that the South Pacific leaders know quite well that CAGW and Paris are more about money than climate.

    Divert foreign aid money from UN vote buying in Africa to the South Pacific, re-label it as something climate related, then ignore Paris. The South Pacific leaders will get tgeir money and shut up, we can then reduce electricity cists here, saving far more than the diverted aid (which woukd have been wasted in Africa anyway).

    The DFAT aid parasites would probably be happier in Fiji or Tonga than Burundi or Angola, though the UN wankers in DFAT might lament our “loss of influence in important world fora”, more accurately described as 5 Star New York hotels.

  102. Top Ender

    Jupes, do you get to see the Dakota Building?

    Very interesting history, and great description of it in the unique time travel novel Time and Again.

  103. areff

    Who buys breakfast?

    Not as many as formerly. Owner of the local coffee shop, where they do an excellent truckies-style hearty breakfast for $17, tells me his brekkie takings are down since they banned smoking at outdoor tables. Inside trade is the same, but the smokers who formerly finished the meal with a fag, coffee and newspaper by the kerb are now mostly eating the day’s most important meal at home.

    By the way, the eatery is a stone’s throw from the beach, so it’s not as if smoke lingers under the shop’s breezy verandah.

  104. Leigh Lowe

    slackster

    #2818916, posted on September 18, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Lets see how long the FBI and DOJ will slow walk the release

    They can’t, unless they like orange jump-suits.
    The stalling and dodging they did with Congress won’t cut it here.
    A Presidential declassification is absolute.

  105. Boambee John

    Mr. Biden told an enthusiastic crowd of LGBTQ rights advocates that social conservatives at home and abroad who used religion or culture as a “license to discriminate” were committing a “crime” of prejudice.

    Biden has come out against Sharia?

  106. calli

    Jupes, go to the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Centre) and get a magnificent view of Manhattan and both Chrysler and Empire State buildings in one sweep.

    And get the tshirt depicting this.

    No hi-viz in sight.

  107. Anne

    Sep 15 2018 15:28:09
    Q
    !!mG7VJxZNCI
    235
    SEPT —-17—– [week of]
    https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/15/politics/fema-presidential-alert-trump-emergency-test/index.html
    DECLAS coming?
    MORE INCRIMINATING [TEXT] RELEASES COMING?
    DARK TO LIGHT.
    CARPET BOMBS >>> MOAB
    Q

    Carpet bombs will be the text messages.

    What will be the MOAB?

    Will it be this week or next?

    Woohoo! The Cabal puppets going down! 🍿🍿🍿

  108. Boambee John

    Carpe Jugulum
    #2818912, posted on September 18, 2018 at 7:42 am
    Trump has authorised the release of the FISA documents including text & email from Strock et al

    Excrement meets fan!

  109. Snoopy

    Trump has authorised the release of the FISA documents including text & email from Strock et al

    This will severely restrict Fusion’s Nellie Ohr’s wriggle room when she testifies before Congress later this week.

    Makes one wonder what he’s holding back in case the Kavanaugh confirmation goes tits up.

  110. Snoopy

    Plus we have been teased with the release of the latest James O’Keefe tapes.

    Monty’s going to be beside himself with excitement. Or something.

  111. areff

    Jupes: check out the Flatiron building at 23rd and Broadway. World’s first steel framed “skyscraper” and, if you’ve read The Alienist, that triangular promontory jutting toward 23rd is where the novel’s helpful gutter snipe set up his tobacco shop.

    After that, stroll down Sixth Ave (Ave of the Americas to out-of-towners) and check out the Bed, Bath and Beyond store, which is one of the survivors of what was known as the Ladies Mile. The little balcony out the front only needs Juan and Evita waving to the crowd. That strip, by the way, was the original department store district, circa 1890. Story goes that the Tammany corruptocrats tried to take down the merchants for too many “donations”. When they refused, City Hall said we’ll fix you’ and approved an elevated railway line down Sixth. This being in the age of steam, the avenue became a soot-soiled, cinder-afflicted, dark and noisy hell. The lady shoppers spurned it after that and the shops were shuttered. The elevated rail — the “el” in local parlance — came down in the Sixties, but it was only in the Nineties that the area began to revive.

    Oh, and if you like those midtown ‘scrapers you mention, make a point to inspect the Fred French Building

    http://landmarkinteriors.nysid.net/gallery/fred-f-french-building/

    and, of course, in the Financial District, the magnificent Woolworth Building.

    http://www.nyc-architecture.com/SCC/SCC019.htm

  112. Anne

    Why did Q post this video?

    To prepare the public for the STORM?

    https://youtu.be/HdkHKK5OJRs 1:23min

  113. calli

    And don’t forget Trinity church at Broadway and Wall. It has a little churchyard attached. The garden probably not as pleasant as in springtime but a nice bit of green and shade.

    No treasure below though. That’s down the street. 🙂

  114. woolfe

    FISA documents declassified by White house, without redaction. MOAB Anne?

  115. Anne

    Makes one wonder what he’s holding back in case the Kavanaugh confirmation goes t*ts up.

    No chance of that, Snoop.

    Plus we have been teased with the release of the latest James O’Keefe tapes.

    More carpet bombs! Nowhere to run! Nowhere to hide!

    I don’t think you people realise what’s happening.

    This is the greatest criminal takedown in world history!

    I’m excited!

  116. Anne

    Jupes, go to the 9/11 memorial site and look for black cube occult symbolism.

    Report back.

  117. calli

    Now I want to go back to NYC, areff! Has to wait until mid next year. I’m definitely going to walk across Brooklyn Bridge next time and bugger the heat.

    The architecture is something else -we’ve booked a little apartment at Radio City for the stay. Close to everything and I get to food shop and cook. 🎉

  118. areff

    Jupes: and Tudor City, which straddles 42nd street by the East River via bridge, across the road from the UN. Fred French was developing the site when the Great Crash happened and, suddenly, no one could afford the big apartments he was planning. So what he did was re-design the floor plans as bed-sits so tiny you need to go outside to fart, pitching them to his mates as the perfect place to keep a mistress: stop off after work, do some canoodling, then stroll to Grand Central and take the Westchester train to home, wife and family.

    Sixty years later, Tudor City still housed a number of elderly ladies given to too-bright lipstick and inappropriately high heels (including one old girl, Anne, who wore them in her wheelchair). These where the ex-chorus girls installed there years earlier by their married lovers and who, because of rent control laws, couldn’t be evicted or have their rents increased.

  119. GOP GIVES UP ON REPEALING OBAMACARE
    They claim to have more important things to do.

    No biggy. He removed the fine for opting out so people can make their own arangements. The system will fall under its own weight.

  120. Anne

    Could be, Wolfe.

    We don’t know what’s in it but various Congressmen and Senators have described it as shocking and or horrific.

    The MOAB may be big fish arrests associated with it.

    Expect social media blackout if Obama or Hillary are arrested.

  121. calli

    Now I get it.

    Rabbitoh idiot and slapper play “show us your rude bits” and she gets offended and reports him. Just before the finals.

    Hmmm.

  122. mh

    Jupes, I think JC owns some of those buildings.

    And if you stumble across any ex PMs, it’s recommended that you strike them between the eyes.

  123. hzhousewife

    Now I get it.

    Rabbitoh idiot and slapper play “show us your rude bits” and she gets offended and reports him. Just before the finals.

    Hmmm.

    PLUS – she’s fled to South Africa !! (back to where she came from?)

  124. areff

    More on Fred French and NYC developers of old from City Journal (although nothing about his refuge for painted ladies and lusty chorines)

    https://www.city-journal.org/html/who-world-was-fred-f-french-11719.html

  125. calli

    That head’s so big jupes could hardly miss. A blow to the heart would prove his marksmanship.

  126. mh

    Kavanaugh Accuser Donated to Hillary Clinton 10 Times, 60+ Liberal Groups

    https://thepoliticalinsider.com/kavanaugh-accuser-democrat-donor/

  127. areff

    And if you stumble across any ex PMs

    Pretty sure Waffle is roosting in The Majestic on CPW. If so, he shares an address with the Odd Couple’s Felix and Oscar, either of which would have made a better PM.

  128. Manhattan and both Chrysler and Empire State buildings in one sweep.

    One of the amazing sites NYC has to offer is the setting sun reflected off the Chrysler building. What a city!

  129. I am bespoke

    Anne you’ll go nuts getting exited to early just look at monty.

  130. Geriatric Mayfly

    At the feet of Atlas in front of the Rockefeller C. is where my three year old (now in his forties) threw the mother of all roll-around tantrums. There should be a flagstone in the footpath (sidewalk) to mark this event. We hid in a doorway nearby and left him to it. Fail. All the old dears passing by stopped to give comfort to the screaming, writhing wretch. No flagstones for them.

  131. I am bespoke

    Is BorisB hiding out with Brennon?

  132. Anne

    Good advice bespoke.

    I’m trying to contain myself but this is BIG!

    Kavanagh is the swing vote for Military Tribunals.

    Hillary, Obama, Brennan and the rest will hang.

    She said they’d hang if Trump was elected. That’s a bit barbaric.

    I think they’ll offer them the pill.

    Cyanide not Red.

  133. Snoopy

    Say what you like about our local media but I can’t help being impressed by their dogged resolve to uncover the truth about the role of Downer and Australian government agencies in assisting to prepare the groundwork for the Russia collusion investigation.

    The way they went about demanding and conducting surgical interviews with Downer, Bishop and Turnbull. The investigative pieces published. The internal documents revealed by FOI requests.

    It’s obvious they wanted us to know the truth. We should be very appreciative.

  134. Anne

    Jupes, go to 666 Fifth Avenue. Now owned by Jared Kushner. (Rebadged 660)

    He reportedly paid way more than seemed market value. Why?

    Take photos.

    It’s going to be at the centre of a future BIG news story.

  135. H B Bear

    And if you stumble across any ex PMs, it’s recommended that you strike them between the eyes.

    Please. No need for violence. Just push them (or preferably Lady Waffles) into the traffic. Plausible deniability. It is what Mossad would do.

  136. Tel

    I’m trying to contain myself but this is BIG!

    Kavanagh is the swing vote for Military Tribunals.

    They are freaking out like their lives depended on it, but quite frankly I thought that was perfectly normal with these guys. Personally can’t see how such behaviour could possibly be helpful in the mid-terms but it all comes down to the American people and how they respond.

    There has to be a moment when “always double down” stops working.

  137. Top Ender

    if you stumble across any ex PMs, it’s recommended that you strike them between the eyes.

    Think of the poor New Yorkers and the understanding they are developing of Australians through Turncoat and Krudd both loose in their city.

    Undoing all the good done by Crocodile Dundee.

  138. thefrollickingmole

    Best.drum.solo.ever.

    There has never been a good drum solo. Ever.

    Are we back on Phil?
    Make sure you turn it up to 11. (unless your neighbor is a lady copper)

  139. Anne

    Official.

    STATEMENTS & RELEASES

    Statement from the Press Secretary
    LAW & JUSTICE
    Issued on: September 17, 2018

    At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.

    In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.

  140. The Barking Toad

    There has never been a good drum solo. Ever.

    Gene Krupa would disagree.

  141. Tom

    It is what Mossad would do.

    Humphrey B Gumshoe. Discreet assassinations by appointment. No mess.

  142. Infidel Tiger

    Ben Shapiro
    Ben Shapiro
    @benshapiro
    There are serious questions about the allegations against Kavanaugh. One woman’s unverified accusations, without any supporting evidence except therapists notes thirty years later, isn’t enough to stop Kavanaugh’s nomination. But we need to hear more.

    Shapiro is the worst.

    A four foot tall piece of shit.

  143. Infidel Tiger

    Kavanaugh and Accuser to Testify at Monday Hearing, Thursday Vote Is Off

    This is why the right always loses.

    The left are so much better at this shit.

  144. thefrollickingmole

    Guess who said this before you click the link.

    “Breathtaking corruption.” Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns or to put his business assets into a blind trust had “created unprecedented conflicts of interest … He’s profiting off the business of the presidency.”

  145. thefrollickingmole

    2 more ex charities gobble the leftist climate spunk from the gloeyhole floor..

    Emissions reduction targets, even relatively ambitious ones, will not drive up power prices for Australian consumers, according to new research from the Australian Council of Social Service (Acoss) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

    The teensy weency little catch..

    The modelling shows the benefits for households would increase if the government allowed emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries to be part of the emissions reduction effort, rather than excluding them, as was proposed under the now defunct Neg.

    So prices would magically go down, but no one would have a job.

    “People on low incomes are the most vulnerable to both escalating electricity prices and the effects of global warming. We must tackle both. Both are a social justice issue.”

  146. calli

    The left are so much better at this shit.

    Wise Uncle Mel:

  147. Snoopy

    GENDER SURGERY JOY First man to give birth in Britain Hayden Cross has breasts removed

    THE first man to give birth in Britain has had full breast removal.

    Hayden Cross, 22, who was born female and named Paige, is now awaiting the final operation to complete his gender realignment.

    Cradling 15-month-old Trinity-Leigh, Hayden said: “I have almost the perfect life.

    “I’m a single dad to the most amazing little girl.

    “After the next op I will finally feel like I can get on with the life I should have always had.”

    The breast removal, which will have cost the NHS around £5,000, took place in June. His final operation comes next year at a cost of around £19,200, including support as well as the surgery.

    How much is this thing going to cost Brit taxpayers before it finally tops itself?

  148. Anne

    The Emmys.

    Red Carpet Event.

    I wonder if, rather than focus only on Washington Deep State players, they’ll take down a few Hollywood and/or Main Stream Media assets as well.

    Get the public used to the idea that evil tentacles are spread throughout our trusted, cultural media.

  149. H B Bear

    The Welfare Hoards Union is now modelling power prices? Is there no end to this madness?

  150. Anne

    Where are the distract, divert, deflect trolls this morning.

    Did Dot get on the wrong bus again?

    Maybe he’s too depressed to get out of bed. 😢

    We should send him a nice fruit basket.

  151. H B Bear

    First man to give birth in Britain Hayden Cross has breasts removed

    How is he supposed to breast feed if his tits are in a jar on the bathroom shelf?

  152. Snoopy

    So prices would magically go down, but no one would have a job.

    The higher the unemployment rate the better defenders of the poor such as ACOSS and the Brotherhood of St Laurence like it. It’s called growing the pie.

  153. thefrollickingmole

    It’s called growing the pie.

    The stuff inside the crust may be brown and gooey with unidentifiable chunks swimming in the gravy, but im not sure id want any of their arse pie myself.

  154. I am bespoke

    Anne I don’t believe Dot has a political agender hidden in scepticism , I have the same.

  155. Stimpson J. Cat

    Please don’t assume Dots gender I Am Bespoke.

  156. thefrollickingmole

    What a clever idea.
    Targeting the doctors wives/boomer nostalgia market Id assume.

    https://www.electricclassiccars.co.uk/

    Cut & shuts with electric motors.

  157. C.L.

    Rabbitoh idiot and slapper play “show us your rude bits” and she gets offended and reports him. Just before the finals.

    Burgess is a married man with a lovely wife and toddler (and a new baby on the way).
    If he exposed himself for the thrill/humour of it on FaceChat (or whatever it’s called), he’s an idiot.
    That said – speaking strictly as regards adult women who are themselves being idots (and tarts) – do we really still live in the era of the fainting couch? Or is it only used when the culprit is famous and some cash beckons?

  158. Geriatric Mayfly

    How much is this thing going to cost Brit taxpayers before it finally tops itself?

    As long as ‘diversity.’ ‘equalidy’ and ‘discrimination’ remain in the dictionary.

  159. calli

    First man to give birth in Britain Hayden Cross has breasts removed

    Seems a bit extreme. A simple shot of penicillin would have fixed the mastitis.

  160. I am bespoke

    Dot is non-binary Stimps.

  161. C.L.

    Tim Blair is exactly right about the Defqon “music” festival.
    It should be shut down, as the NSW Premier has promised it will be.
    This is not a libertarian issue.
    He is also right to point out the grotesque, deluded hypocrisy of the Greens.
    In a contest for Biggest Scumbags, Drug Pushers vs. Richard DiNatale is too close to call.
    An absolute turd of a human.

  162. Cactus

    Jupes – grab a drink at 230 Fifth Avenue. You need to go down the hall and get in a lift. My favourite rooftop bar.

  163. C.L.

    Jupes: Sesame Street. Check it out.

  164. Stimpson J. Cat

    What kind of idiots buy drugs without making sure it’s been tested on a guinea pig first?
    Hipsters just can’t handle drugs.
    F$cking lightweights.
    Do you pick up rocks off the ground and eat them and then act suprised when you choke?

    What a pointless waste.

    I bet they ordered all these newfangled designer drugs from China.
    Ratf$ckers!
    You can’t trust them!

  165. I am bespoke

    It shouldn’t come as a surprise DiNatale wants to control supply!!

  166. Geriatric Mayfly

    Seems a bit extreme. A simple shot of penicillin would have fixed the mastitis.

    A touch-up with Rawleigh’s salve, may have averted any intrusive procedures.

  167. Ivan Denisovich

    In one extraordinary email sent to Fairfax investigative reporter Nick McKenzie in May, Victoria Cross recipient Ben ­Roberts-Smith’s lawyer, Mark O’Brien, said he had evidence the journalists pursuing his client were acting with malice, citing several texts by ABC journalist Dan Oakes.

    Mr O’Brien said Oakes had made “his motive very clear” in his investigation of his client, saying in one text: “Sometimes karma needs a helping hand”, and “the Australian public has been sold a lie, and it needs to be exposed. It is as simple as that.”

    In the main, that’s what journalism has come to. Select a target (usually someone suspected of the crime of having conservative values, given that journos as a collective sit well to the left of most voters along the political spectrum) and run a campaign against the guilty party. The idea that journalism should comprise investigation and impartial reporting is treated as a sick joke, particularly at Their ABC and Fairfax. JournoList was not an aberration.

  168. Top Ender

    Interesting letter in the Oz:

    Kerryn Phelps runs a medical practice and obviously receives money from the federal government via Medicare. To comply with section 44 of the Constitution, does she have to close her practice before the October 20 by-election?

    R. Coningham, Rivett, ACT

  169. Top Ender

    The complete article from CL’s link. Good concise logic from Tim Blair:

    UNSURPRISINGLY, DRUG FESTIVALS CAUSE DRUG DEATHS
    Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph
    September 18, 2018 3:11am

    Let’s quickly get one thing straight. The Defqon. 1 outdoor event at which two young people died on the weekend was not a music festival where a few attendees took drugs.

    Instead, it was more like a drug festival where music happened to be playing.

    The numbers support this view. Two people dead from apparent drug overdoses. Three others in critical condition. More than a dozen requiring hospital treatment.

    Some 700 sought medical assistance at the event itself. Nearly 70 people were found in possession of drugs. Ten of those were charged with supplying.

    These figures all point to an event where drug-taking was central rather than peripheral behaviour.

    So when critics of Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s move to shut down similar events planned for Sydney claim she is attempting to ban music festivals, they are incorrect. The Premier is not seeking to outlaw live music or to criminalise festivals.

    She is talking about cancelling events that have a dangerous drug-taking ethos at their very core. The musical element is all but incidental.

    Curiously, a number of the Premier’s critics are usually among the most ban-happy people imaginable.

    The Greens, for example, want to ban coal mining, coal-fired power plants, live sheep exports, plastic bags, the internal combustion engine, political donations, greyhound racing, uranium mining, helium balloons and fast-food advertising, among many other processes and products. You name it, the Greens want to ban it.

    But show the Greens an event with a proven and tragic track record of death and ruin, and any talk of a ban is suddenly off-limits.

    “This is a knee-jerk response to say she’s going to shut down a music festival,” Greens leader Richard Di Natale said yesterday of Premier Berejiklian’s plans.

    “She could get out of the way and allow pill-testing to occur.”

    Leave aside the disturbing spectacle of Di Natale calling for the premier of this state to simply stand aside following the deaths of two young people, and let’s look further at his “pill-testing” notion.

    “We know that if those drugs that were taken had been tested,” the Greens leader said, “there is a very good chance those individuals would be alive right now.”

    What a masterpiece of Greens logic. It assumes people who have purchased an illegal substance of unknown origin and composition from a drug-dealing criminal would then subject that purchase to a complete scientific toxicology analysis – if only access to such analysis was available.

    And free. And on-site. And able to provide results instantly. For every single pill in every batch of pills.

    Besides the obvious procedural complexities, this is like expecting someone who is four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit to dutifully check tyre pressures before driving home from the pub. People who are already on a reckless, life-threatening course generally don’t pause to make sure they’re correctly following health and safety guidelines.

    “If you make it a safe environment, set up testing sites, make it more welcoming and open then you’ll have a safer festival and safer people,” another anti-Berejiklian critic declared on social media yesterday. “Most people OD because their drugs aren’t safe or tested.”

    More accurately, all people who have ever overdosed were taking drugs. As the Premier put it: “Anyone who advocates pill-testing is giving the green light to drugs. There is no such thing as a safe drug and unfortunately when young people think there is, it has tragic consequences.”

    The Premier is correct. Moreover, those who are demanding the introduction of a pill-testing regime are ignoring the fact that NSW very recently completed a massive field study into the safety or otherwise of illicit street drugs.

    This study involved thousands of participants and a wide range of narcotics, hallucinogens and stimulants, some taken individually and some in combination.

    It was called Defqon. 1, and it conclusively proved that illegal drugs are deadly.

    (This morning’s Daily Telegraph editorial.)

  170. Snoopy

    A touch-up with Rawleigh’s salve, may have averted any intrusive procedures.

    Rawleigh’s Highly Medicated Antiseptic Healing Salve “for man and beast”, served us all well during my childhood on the farm.

  171. .

    Infidel Tiger
    #2818972, posted on September 18, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Kavanaugh and Accuser to Testify at Monday Hearing, Thursday Vote Is Off

    This is why the right always loses.

    The left are so much better at this shit.

    Are you kidding? She’s got to push this bollocks uphill, under oath.

    Remember Clarence Thomas got appointed.

    This is actually great news for Republicans. It could totally backfire on Feinstein.

    1. Why has the story changed so much?
    2. Why do all witnesses corroborate BK?
    3. Why can’t she even name her corroborating witnesses?
    4. Why are her details so vague? (“A golf course”, “a party hosted by I don’t know” “I just know the parents weren’t there”, “I don’t remember who organised the party, how I got there or how I got home” and “I can’t remember who my four friends were I came to the party with”…).
    5. Oh BTW, didn’t Brett’s mom foreclose on your parent’s home?
    6. How did the story leaked to the press change so much (what happened, your age at the time, who the witnesses and parties to the so-called incident were) if you were the person doing the leaking?
    7. Does Rep. Eshoo normally hand deliver your mail to Diane Feinstein? After all, she is reported to have “conveyed” a letter to Feinstein yet you wrote the letter to her before August, but after you started leaking to the Wash. Post?
    8. Why did you and ChiDiFi not bring this up earlier?

  172. Snoopy

    To comply with section 44 of the Constitution, does she have to close her practice before the October 20 by-election?

    The. Best. Law. In. The. World.

    Bar none.

  173. Drink-up Socrates

    It is not a genius forecast to suggest that she will be a no show.
    Horror memories, psych relapse, can’t face the man who has ruined her life. I am victim and must be believed.
    K’s appointmemt declared invalid by MSM.
    Dinsgusting but easy if you have stupid moral conservatives as your opponents.

  174. C.L.

    Kerryn Phelps runs a medical practice and obviously receives money from the federal government via Medicare. To comply with section 44 of the Constitution, does she have to close her practice before the October 20 by-election?

    Good question.

  175. Anne

    Хлоп!

    Syria accidentally shoots down Russian plane.

    https://kpax.com/cnn-us-politics/2018/09/17/syrian-regime-accidentally-shoots-down-russian-military-plane/

    It’s almost as though someone wants to start World War 3. 😈

  176. .

    Drink-up Socrates
    #2819015, posted on September 18, 2018 at 10:43 am

    It is not a genius forecast to suggest that she will be a no show.
    Horror memories, psych relapse, can’t face the man who has ruined her life. I am victim and must be believed.
    K’s appointmemt declared invalid by MSM.
    Dinsgusting but easy if you have stupid moral conservatives as your opponents.

    The upshot of all of this is that they might be able to have Feinstein and Eshoo testifying under oath, along with a contact at the Washington Post.

    These smear tactics have failed before. You have to appreciate how weak and concocted her story is.

  177. .

    It’s almost as though Assad is the best of a bad bunch and the West should destroy ISIS and GTFO.

  178. Snoopy

    If Phelps’ medical practice would offend s.44 then to avoid making a false declaration, she would need to divest her practice before she nominates.

    One thing is clear, if Phelps wins the vote and hasn’t divested the result will go to the court of disputed returns.

  179. Snoopy

    .
    #2819021, posted on September 18, 2018 at 10:52 am
    It’s almost as though Assad is the best of a bad bunch and the West should destroy ISIS and GTFO.

    Finally the penny drops.

  180. JC

    Jupes.

    Yes, the Chrysler building is freaking amazing. Do what Areff suggests. Also take stroll along 5th ave by the park. It’s really beautiful and one the way to the Met.
    At the Met, don’t pay the 25 buck, out of town visitors fee. Fuck’em. Tell them you a local and leave a small donation.

    Wifey reckons Soho is a little staged, but I think it’s a gorgeous part of NY and really worth going down there.

    If you want to buy a decent pair of American jeans (what else) head down to the 3X1 store and buy a pair. It’s down there.

    Try my old local restaurant on Lex and about 7oth. They have the best pasta with Maine Lobster in town. Bela Blu.

    Down Town : There’s really nothing left of Wall Street ( in the old sense and it’s now basically ephemeral), as a large number of buildings have been turned into apartments and most of the banks are now in midtown. Have a looksee at the old JPMorgan building. If you like turn of the century American architecture you really can’t go past that. Wall Street is a huge let down when you first see it/ you think, how could the biggest financial transactions of a world super power occur in that tiny lane way.

    Also East and West Villages. I can’t recall which, but one of them is the oldest inhabited area of the city. Some of it goes back 400 freaking years! There’s even an old farm house building down there. 🙂 True.

  181. JC

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2819017, posted on September 18, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Just a really nice watch.
    Have you got one JC?

    No, but looks really tasteful though.

    Where’s Stimson. Where, where, where.

  182. Stimpson J. Cat

    Where’s Stimson. Where, where, where.

    Stop that.
    It’s creepy.

  183. JC

    I can’t, it’s one of the funniest things I’ve read here.

  184. Anne

    This is something interesting I didn’t know.

    Tweet:

    @Trump45awesome
    Actually in the lack of 9 votes, if there is a 4 to 4 tie, the President is the deciding vote.
    So no matter what, we still would have the vote. Its just it would look bad on him if he did so. Still the same, Kavanaugh was always going to be confirmed. #WWG1WGA

  185. .

    Where have I said different Snoopy? The West should still ally with the SDF over Assad. They largely only want autonomy so you have to deal with the central govt, if at all.

    Assad really has no legitimacy, he helped to create ISIS. Each time Trump bombs him as punishment for violating war crimes and human rights law, Trump is 100% acting with propriety and good judgment.

  186. Roger

    To comply with section 44 of the Constitution, does she have to close her practice before the October 20 by-election?

    I’ll bet she hadn’t thought that one through. Also, if she wants to keep her license to practice while in parliament, she’ll have to spend one day a week in a surgery at no cost to the Commonwealth.

    Meanwhile, she opines that “[t]he bread-and-butter issues are very important to the people of Wentworth. We talk about harbourside mansions, but Wentworth has a more eclectic mix. 65 per cent of them live in strata apartments. A lot of people are struggling to make payments and rent to live in the area. Even though they have higher incomes, they have a lower disposable income, so a lot of the pressures they face are quite similar.”

    On policy, Dr Phelps indicated she would be socially progressive. She flagged asylum seekers and climate change as two issues she cared strongly about.

    “I think Australian people want to see a government with heart — people who actually speak from the heart on issues like asylum seeker treatment. The way they’re being treated on Manus Island and Nauru is a disgrace. It’s not a difficult ask to have humane treatment of people seeking asylum.”

    So she backs policies that will drive up struggling Wentworthians’ power bills and has swallowed the libel that our treatment of illegal migrants in detention is inhumane, because she wants to be seen to be “socially progressive”.

  187. JC

    @Trump45awesome
    Actually in the lack of 9 votes, if there is a 4 to 4 tie, the President is the deciding vote.

    Is that true as I’ve never heard about that? I don’t think it is. Come back with some evidence.

  188. .

    Ignore the legal bollocks. Forget Trump. Forget tinpot dictators.

    This is much, much more important and might make coal, gas, solar, nuke TOTALLY IRRELEVANT.

    No, I’m not kidding. I’m surprised I hadn’t found this earlier.

    These guys should a Nobel prize for physics. Once they get it though it is going to make a lot of the other stuff irrelevant. As important as transistors are; that discovery of semiconductors and internal input impedance for example, is going to look like schoolboy stuff:

    The other cool thing is that it if you look at the methodology, it can even explain how the EM drive, Woodward’s MEGAdrive , the Cannae Drive and other RF cavity thrusters work. I guess polishing, mu metals and high Q increases a mirroring effect?

    ——————————————————————————————————————————

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111118133050.htm

    Light created from a vacuum: Casimir effect observed in superconducting circuit

    Date:
    November 19, 2011
    Source:
    Swedish Research Council
    Summary:
    Scientists have succeeded in creating light from vacuum – observing an effect first predicted over 40 years ago. In an innovative experiment, the scientists have managed to capture some of the photons that are constantly appearing and disappearing in the vacuum.

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    https://www.nature.com/articles/nature10561

    Letter | Published: 16 November 2011
    Observation of the dynamical Casimir effect in a superconducting circuit

    C. M. Wilson, G. Johansson, A. Pourkabirian, M. Simoen, J. R. Johansson, T. Duty, F. Nori & P. Delsing

    Nature volume 479, pages 376–379 (17 November 2011) | Download Citation
    Abstract

    One of the most surprising predictions of modern quantum theory is that the vacuum of space is not empty. In fact, quantum theory predicts that it teems with virtual particles flitting in and out of existence. Although initially a curiosity, it was quickly realized that these vacuum fluctuations had measurable consequences—for instance, producing the Lamb shift1 of atomic spectra and modifying the magnetic moment of the electron2. This type of renormalization due to vacuum fluctuations is now central to our understanding of nature. However, these effects provide indirect evidence for the existence of vacuum fluctuations. From early on, it was discussed whether it might be possible to more directly observe the virtual particles that compose the quantum vacuum. Forty years ago, it was suggested3 that a mirror undergoing relativistic motion could convert virtual photons into directly observable real photons. The phenomenon, later termed the dynamical Casimir effect4,5, has not been demonstrated previously. Here we observe the dynamical Casimir effect in a superconducting circuit consisting of a coplanar transmission line with a tunable electrical length. The rate of change of the electrical length can be made very fast (a substantial fraction of the speed of light) by modulating the inductance of a superconducting quantum interference device at high frequencies (>10 gigahertz). In addition to observing the creation of real photons, we detect two-mode squeezing in the emitted radiation, which is a signature of the quantum character of the generation process.

  189. Snoopy

    SDF? Is that what was the Free Syrian Army which you were so enamoured with? A device established to allow Obama to fund the Muslim Brotherhood.

  190. Bruce of Newcastle

    Finally the penny drops.

    Ludicrous.
    The best of the bad bunch are the Kurds, who are Sunni nationalists that everyone else hates.
    Assad is in bed with Hezbollah who want enough of a free hand to nuke Tel Aviv either literally or with their 100,000 stashed rockets.

    The hidden imam doesn’t unhide himself.

  191. Roger

    Phelps is a vanity candidate.

  192. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    The West should still ally with the SDF over Assad.

    You can’t be this dumb.

    No one can.

  193. calli

    One of the most surprising predictions of modern quantum theory is that the vacuum of space is not empty.

    C.S. Lewis thought so too. (Out of the Silent Planet).

    Although what he imagined filled the vast expanse to bursting was something quite different. 🙂

  194. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    @Trump45awesome
    Actually in the lack of 9 votes, if there is a 4 to 4 tie, the President is the deciding vote.
    So no matter what, we still would have the vote. Its just it would look bad on him if he did so. Still the same, Kavanaugh was always going to be confirmed. #WWG1WGA

    Horseshit.

  195. calli

    Phelps won’t have time to close/divest herself of her practise.

  196. .

    Yep, what Bruce said. Assad’s going to have to make a deal with them sooner or later.

  197. calli

    practice

    Whoops, forgot something…🍿🍿🍿

  198. H B Bear

    If s44 keeps doctors, ex-AMA types and doctors wives out of Federal parliament it is the greatest piece of legislation ever written.

    Is Mal Wishy-Washy still on Thomo suicide watch? Once upon a time Wishy-Washy and his dripping wet fellow travelers could be put to one side of the Lieboral party room and safely ignored. They are now running the place.

  199. C.L.

    LOL:

    Kerryn Phelps defends decision to hire political consultant used by Labor.

    Kerryn Phelps has defended her decision to hire a political consultant used by Labor to work on her Wentworth by-election campaign, saying it does not undermine her independent credentials.

    Darrin Barnett, who worked for former prime minister Julia Gillard and is now employed by the Maritime Union of Australia, will be Dr Phelps’ spokesman in the lead-up to the October 20 vote.

    He also worked on some of Labor’s campaigns for July’s “Super Saturday” by-elections.

    In a statement, Dr Phelps defended her decision to hire Mr Barnett as a “freelance consultant”.

    “I asked my campaign chair Wendy McCarthy to look for someone with experience in running a by-election campaign,” she said.

    “Darrin was recommended to her. We hired him as a freelance consultant on an as-needs basis.

    “He is not involved in policy-making.”

  200. .

    Personally, I think all public servants, current and former, ought to be banned from Parliament or ever serving on a jury.

  201. H B Bear

    Scratch a doctor, find a wharfie.

  202. calli

    Bill Leak would have had a ball with this one.

  203. JC

    Astrayan of the year is pretty fucking bad, but get a load of this annual honorary title.

    Former West Australian Rural Woman of the Year Catherine Marriott lodged a complaint against Barnaby Joyce in February.

    Where do they set the boundary for “rural”?

    It’s about the woman accusing Barn Door of molesting her. I kinda believe her, knowing him.

  204. C.L.

    Personally, I think all public servants, current and former, ought to be banned from Parliament or ever serving on a jury.

    When you think about it, there are nowadays very few people who are totally independent of gubbermint monies. If your dad’s a pensioner, should you be blocked? Because the state is essentially paying your bill with that, right?

  205. Whalehunt fun

    Personally, I think all public servants, current and former, ought to be banned from Parliament or ever serving on a jury.

    Or breeding. Chemical and surgical means both acceptable.

  206. C.L.

    Why is Mrs Marriot reporting the alleged harassment Barnabment to the ABC tonight?
    If she won’t go to the police, her story is either bullshit or trival. It’s that simple.

  207. Leigh Lowe

    Actually in the lack of 9 votes, if there is a 4 to 4 tie, the President is the deciding vote.
    So no matter what, we still would have the vote. Its just it would look bad on him if he did so. Still the same, Kavanaugh was always going to be confirmed. #WWG1WGA

    Horseshit.

    Which bit is horseshit?
    Obviously he is talking about the Judicial Senate sub-committee.
    I believe that the VP can break a 50:50 deadlock on the floor of the Senate with a casting vote, but I don’t know what happens with committees.

  208. Tom

    Bill Leak would have had a ball with this one.

    Just wait until junior gets a daily platform.

    #LeakDynasty.

  209. C.L.

    Great gravatar, whale.
    LOL.

  210. C.L.

    Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Hilary Clinton.
    This is the coven that runs the Democrat Party.
    Just wow.

  211. .

    I’ve been making that point for a very long time C.L., government is just pervasive and predatory now.

    Virtually everyone you know is given some form of government “assistance”.

    My comments was a little trollish but it makes a point – doctors in this country are only a step above NHS plebs. The difference is Medicare subsidises them.

    A lot of older friends and family have noted that doctors were always well off, but never rich. Now we have doctors earning $1 mn a year (radiologists). Sure, that’s the “market” rate and good luck to them, but Medicare, although being a sacred cow to LIV rustedons, really just serves to be upper-class welfare.

    The govvy. really should just cancel any medicare subsidies if a patient is charged above the subsidy, even by $0.01.

    I’ve floated this idea socially with healthcare workers and they said it was “dictatorial”.

    It did not dawn on them that the tax money paying for this was coerced (ultimately) at gunpoint from someone else.

    Their negative reaction alone makes me think it is a good policy idea.

  212. Roger

    If your dad’s a pensioner, should you be blocked? Because the state is essentially paying your bill with that, right?

    Receiving a pension is not an office of profit under the Crown unless said pension is granted at the discretion of the Crown.

    A doctor in receipt of Medicare funds would seem to be analogous to Dutton’s situation; if the Libs lost & referred Phelps to the High Court they would have to refer Dutton as well. What a diabolical dilemma!

  213. Anne

    Tweet:
    @StormIsUponUs

    They took it down. Guess who overseas the undergraduate C I A recruitment program at Stanford??
    None other than Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey!! Thanks @redamericanptr

    Put her in the dock! 👨‍⚖️👍

  214. Bruce o’Newcastle

    The best of the bad bunch are the Kurds, who are Sunni nationalists that everyone else hates.

    The Kurds are hated because wherever in the ME you find trouble, there’s always a Kurd hiding in a doorway.

  215. zyconoclast

    What kind of idiots buy drugs without making sure it’s been tested on a guinea pig first?
    Hipsters just can’t handle drugs.
    F$cking lightweights.
    Do you pick up rocks off the ground and eat them and then act suprised when you choke?

    Man caught with 13 wraps of drugs sellotaped to his p3nis and balls says he was hiding them from his wife

  216. Mother Lode

    Is that true as I’ve never heard about that? I don’t think it is. Come back with some evidence.

    Sounds improbably given the emphasis on separation of powers in the US.

    I would have thought it would be more like a majority being required to change anything.

  217. JC

    A doctor in receipt of Medicare funds would seem to be analogous to Dutton’s situation; if the Libs lost & referred Phelps to the High Court they would have to refer Dutton as well. What a diabolical dilemma

    And generally pretty absurd.

    I see this as the problem, with a lot of the is stuff. We’re becoming too American is terms of opening legal vents and shafts to stretch laws beyond any meaning and abused as a way to get at people. You then end up with new laws attempting to prevent the abuses of the first laws.

    Don’t get me wrong. APS and other government staff outside of essential services should not be allowed to vote. Period.

  218. Confused Old Misfit

    A doctor in receipt of Medicare funds would seem to be analogous to Dutton’s situation; if the Libs lost & referred Phelps to the High Court they would have to refer Dutton as well. What a diabolical dilemma!

    Only my opinion but it seems to me that here is a difference between holding “an office of profit under the Crown” yo which one has applied or been appointed and holding a position in which legislation has made created a situation where it is difficult to avoid receiving government monies in one form or another.

  219. JC

    Annie

    What’s wrong 666 Madison Ave? I think it was the former AT&T building. What don’t you like about it? Could be wrong, but I think I. M. Pei designed it.

  220. zyconoclast

    It’s almost as though Assad is the best of a bad bunch and the West should destroy ISIS and GTFO.

    +100

  221. Anthony

    I did not sleep with this woman. She must have mistaken me for countless other men.

  222. thefrollickingmole

    people who actually speak from the heart

    It starts in the bowels, travels along the large/small intestine and never reaches the brain before the emotion is sharted out their mouths.

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