Open Forum: March 23, 2019

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  1. SemiMentalBloke

    I got to play a Ibanez George Benson guitar made in ’77 today.
    What an outstanding guitar.

  2. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    New fred….Thank you, Doomlord..

  3. Rossini

    Looks like I made the run on team!

  4. Bruce in WA

    Top 10 and pissed off I lost my previous posts!

  5. MatrixTransform

    ‘night sweetie

  6. bespoke

    Good the old one had Overburdened playing with Barbie Girl and Elle taking cheep shots at my grandma.

  7. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Goodnight all

    Goodnight, Bruce. I’ m pouring myself a large Scotch, and I’m off to bed with a good book. Memsahib’s gout is bothering her…….

  8. I’ m pouring myself a large Scotch,

    Have you ever considered … actually drinking… any of these large scotches you keep pouring for yourself?

    Just that your spelling never seems to go downhill.

  9. Top Ender

    From the last Old Friendly Fred:

    How the hell do you give a voice like this over to drugs?

    Dunno.

    But it means The Bodyguard is forever watchable.

    Apart from a reasonable plot, and Kevin Costner being moody.

  10. Top Ender

    Zulu – check your emails.

  11. Oh come on

    Self-indulgent to the point of neglect parent alert:

    That was Cheatham’s predicament. In September 2014, she lost her lease on a North Park apartment just as she separated from the father of her children.

    Unable to find an affordable rental, she packed her meager belongings and three kids — ages not quite 1, almost 3 and 9 — into a Volvo station wagon. In this cramped space, she home-schooled the kids while studying acting at San Diego City College.

    Studying acting? Really? Journalism is so degraded now that your average journo thinks this Cheathem woman is a sympathetic character. No. How about this – she’s a dopey bitch and a terrible parent who is willing to let her three kids live out the back of a Volvo so she can pursue her embarrassingly adolescent dream of being a Hollywood star. Just terrible. Awful. How can these people not see how screwed up they are?

    (Link)

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Zulu – check your emails.

    Top Ender, I”l be replying tomorrow. I ‘d count it a priveledge to catch up with you, but next Friday is Hell with the roof lifted off. Sorry.

  13. Knuckle Dragger

    Bloody hell OCO. Some disturbing stuff there.

    1. The skank’s name is Lola.
    2. She let the kids live in a car, as she ‘had to have some sort of normalcy’ for them.
    3. The kids were in the car while she was pretending to be a tree on stage for FOUR GODDAMN YEARS.

    Then, according to her, the kids’ father magically ‘qualified’ for a three bedroom unit, where they now live.

    Pull the other one love, it’s got bells on. The most likely scenario is she told Dad to get fucked, kept the kids, barred him from contacting them and as soon as he found out they were living a car surrounded by the local derros took them back to live with him instead. How’s that for ‘normalcy’ you selfish bitch?

    She says they’re ‘not completely reconciled’. No fucking shit.

  14. Knuckle Dragger

    Jeez that made angry. I think I may need a massage.

  15. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘made ME angry’

    Angry! Damn you Lola!

  16. Steve trickler

    Plug in all the cables and switch on the power.



  17. Tom

    Spot the derangements in David Rowe’s latest. What Bruce of Newk said.

  18. stackja

    Dems don’t want the EC. Madison didn’t trust people to be always level headed. Madison was old style Dems.
    USA isn’t just leftists areas. Which shows genius of EC.

  19. Leigh Lowe

    Thanks Tom.
    Gary Varvel and Ramirez #2 today.

  20. DtjW

    I have just discovered that my local Liberal representative’s name is Shane Bitschkat.
    He gets a 1 today for that name alone.

  21. Notafan

    Assad might yet be the last man standing

    Still dozens of jihadi groups still need to be routed.

    Remember arguing with dot that the only rational solution was an Assad win, unless you wanted to see millions of Alawite and Christians genocided.

    Millions of Syrian women, children and elderly were left to fend for themselves while their chivalrous menfolk nipped off to Europe for free everything.

    Hope the Euros only gave them temporary protection visas and are now sending these heroes home.

    white house declares islamic state 100 per cent defeated

  22. DtjW

    Should add though, no one in column K gets a guernsey in the senate.

  23. 1735099

    This charge is under the legislation I was referring to a few days ago.

    Looks as if the state plod will also act on it.

    Hopefully, they will throw the book at him.
    Pour decourager les autres.

  24. Bruce of Newcastle

    Trying to bend something with no spine is a real challenge.

    ‘I will TELEPATHICALLY stop you!’ Uri Geller sends Theresa May BIZARRE Brexit warning

    PARANORMAL spoon bender Uri Geller has written a bizarre open letter to Theresa May, telling the Prime Minister he “loves” her but “will stop you telepathically” from carrying out Brexit.

    Stick a bent fork in her, she’s done.

  25. 1735099

    The Christchurch shooter is a supporter of Blair Cottrell.
    It’s entirely reasonable to describe Cottrell as a leading light in the far right in Australia.
    Comments on this site disowning the shooter as “not far right” are revealed as rubbish.

    Three years before the mass shooting in Christchurch, Brenton Tarrant was lavishing praise on prominent Australian far-right nationalist Blair Cottrell, referring to him as “Emperor”.

  26. Atoms for Peace

    I was wakened by the the Australian call to prayer; engine compression braking. Morning all.

  27. 1735099

    Refers recent posts here disowning the Christchurch shooter as an admirer of the far right.
    A social media archive reveals an allegiance to a number of high-profile Australian far-right figures, amongst them Blair Cottrell.

    Three years before the mass shooting in Christchurch, Brenton Tarrant was lavishing praise on prominent Australian far-right nationalist Blair Cottrell, referring to him as “Emperor”.

  28. 1735099

    This report might make disowning the shooter a tad difficult.

  29. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    This report might make disowning the shooter a tad difficult.

    for whom fake compasion man? Cottrel is a nationalist. you know people who have some loyalty to their country, unlike you and the treasonous left.

  30. calli

    Big call for Keef Sutor. “The Turks are not going to harm tourists coming into their country”.

    We’ll see.

    Hopefully no one decides to go to Turkey on the strength of that travel advice.

  31. Johno

    What is this all about Zippy? Sniffys link doesn’t open for me

  32. Mater

    Ok, is it just me, or does Bob not have linking rights?

  33. Johno

    Even the web finds him repulsive Mater

  34. calli

    The web has become self-aware.

    Be afraid.

  35. Mater

    Even the web finds him repulsive Mater

    Either that, or Sinc’s being particularly magnanimous towards the rest of us.

    Can’t be a lack of technical know-how, as I’m sure he studied Computer Science at U of Q in the seventies.

  36. calli

    Off soon to do battle with The Tablecloth.

    Happy Dunno Who To Vote For Day, NSW Cats.

    escape Plan #1

  37. Mater

    You’re on fire this morning, Calli.

  38. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    What is this all about Zippy? Sniffys link doesn’t open for me

    sniffy aka fake compassion man must have alzheimer’s or something, his mouse skills are shockingly bad. cottrell’s name is in the link. its from the abc, the content is not hard to guess.

  39. Zyconoclast

    ‘In complete shock’: Sydney man contracts HIV despite taking PrEP drug

    Steven Spencer, 27, tested positive for HIV in December, despite diligently using PrEP “on demand” before and after s3xual encounters in line with the advice of doctors.

    The s3xual health and gay community advocate has chosen to share his story to prevent misinformation that could devalue the effectiveness of PrEP.

    https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/in-complete-shock-sydney-man-contracts-hiv-despite-taking-prep-drug-20190321-p5165z.html

  40. John Constantine

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/land-clearing-leads-nsw-animal-crisis-025142834–spt.html?fbclid=IwAR0c-QQHc7tWMbR2hrb24yJzbLqaT3RFNnHEJ0yFtjv8uhyNtVzN_IAKDyU

    Felicity and Annabella the millipedes need your help to save them from the men in bulldozers who disregard and disrspect their feelings as they bulldoze their safe and happy millipede homes.

    If you have ever felt like your heart was broken because of a man, this is how Felicity and Annabella’s little millipede hearts are breaking because of Men right now.

    Rewilding Australia will make us all happy, except the Men.

    Comrades.

  41. Mater

    Trying again.

    It’s like Socialism, Bob.
    Try it again all you like, it appears like it’s never going to work.

  42. 1735099

    Not working.
    Could have something to do with using my 15 year old laptop on Telstra Air whilst the desky is in for repair.
    This will have to do –

    Three years before the mass shooting in Christchurch, Brenton Ta**ant was lavishing praise on prominent Australian far-right nationalist Blair Cottrell, referring to him as “Emperor”.
    Key points:

    Among Mr Ta**ant’s posts was one joining UPF leaders in celebrating the election of Donald Trump.
    Mr Cottrell says he was made aware of someone with Mr Ta**ant’s name donating to UPF
    New far-right group the Lads Society say they were visited by ASIO after the Christchurch attack

    The ABC’s Background Briefing has uncovered an archive of comments from the accused mosque shooter, which were posted on the now deleted Facebook pages of Australian far-right groups United Patriots Front (UPF) and True Blue Crew (TBC).

  43. Tintarella di Luna

    Leigh Lowe

    #2967313, posted on March 22, 2019 at 11:26 pm
    Armadillo

    #2967294, posted on March 22, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Are Sheliahs allowed to be on the Cat on Friday nights?

    Yes, but not in the Platinum Premium Members Lounge.

    I wasn’t aware of this – there I was straightening, chairs, wiping down tables, shovelling numbers of piles of icky stuff out the back, not knowing I’m barred entry to the Platinum Premium Members Lounge – thank heavens I went to bed early.

  44. John Constantine

    Rewilding australias farmland will progress the happy day when we all live in the equal, Cheerful Squalor of the Revolution.

    [Except for the paramilitary Death squads and the political class they protect with their imported semi-automatic assault rifles, their level of Squalor will be a little more equal than ours.]

    Comrades.

  45. Tintarella di Luna

    Off soon to do battle with The Tablecloth.

    Happy Dunno Who To Vote For Day, NSW Cats.

    Good Luck Calli, I voted yesterday afternoon. In my electorate there were 5 candidates 4 of whom I would not give a vote to under any circumstances so I did the least worst thing, I voted 1 for the only guy who’s ever done a decent thing personally for the Sunbather and me. The tablecloth was another matter but I voted 1-30 below the line difficult with fingers-crossed but I personally knew about 10 of the candidates so felt safe with that.

    Good luck NSW cats – otherwise calli’s escape plan looks good.

  46. calli

    I watched Golden Eye, Tinta.

    One of my Super Powers is knowing when I’m not wanted. Of course, I can use it for evil, but decided to be merciful instead.

  47. Zatara

    Millions of Syrian women, children and elderly were left to fend for themselves while their chivalrous menfolk nipped off to Europe for free everything.

    Someone has to raise and train the next wave.

  48. John Constantine

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_58_assault_rifle

    What is the difference between North Korea and yarragrad?.

    The norks can make their very own assault rifles for the paramilitary death squads that protect their leaders from the despised proles.

    Yarragrad has been enriched by deindustrialisation so much it can afford to borrow chicom belt and road money and import the weapons to keep the proles in their place of Cheerful Squalor.

    Comrades.

  49. Tintarella di Luna

    I watched Golden Eye, Tinta.

    One of my Super Powers is knowing when I’m not wanted. Of course, I can use it for evil, but decided to be merciful instead.

    calli next time I’ll make before need arrangements and get your skip

  50. Snoopy

    TheirABC

    A manifesto published online by the shooter before the attacks bears many of the hallmarks of white supremacist rhetoric, including anti-immigrant sentiments and white genocide conspiracy theories – views that align with those of Australia’s Alt Right, which we investigated in a program late last year.

    TheirABC journalists must have been inoculated against far right, right-wing hate-stuff for apparently they are able to read Ta rrant’s manifesto without turning into moosley murdering maniacs.

    Why can’t everyone be inoculated then we could all just get along together like one big happy family? No censorship required.

  51. Tel

    Millions of Syrian women, children and elderly were left to fend for themselves while their chivalrous menfolk nipped off to Europe for free everything.

    Given that Assad implemented compulsory national service, I’m guess he will take a dim view of anyone returning in the near future.

    That does give the genuine Syrians in Europe a justification for claiming asylum, although they are essentially draft dodgers who refused to defend their own country … good enough to convince a UN committee. That’s only those who really ever came from Syria, and there’s no way that accounts for all the economic migrants into Europe recently.

  52. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    ‘In complete shock’: Sydney man contracts HIV despite taking PrEP drug

    do you think it might have something to do with a highly promiscuous lifestyle

  53. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Where is the ABC’s analysis of thuggery from a Far Left street violence group called Antifa? Crickets.
    Why have the police not found and charged the men who physically attacked Andrew Bolt?
    What makes ‘egg boy’ immune from police charges for physically attacking an Australian Senator?
    Why does Koch still have a job on TV after his domineering verbal violence towards Pauline Hanson?

  54. Baldrick

    1735099
    #2967429, posted on March 23, 2019 at 7:40 am
    Trying again.

    Learn to code

  55. John Constantine

    Their abc openly declares that questioning the non-existent integrity of australias kleptocratic looting class is far right hate speech.

    Like, only literally Nazis want to know where the massive rapid wealth comes from for our politicals and what deal they signed to get it.

    Journalism in australia means following the narrative, not following the money.

    Comrades, the Great Lead Forwards into Cheerful Squalor is so close they can taste it.

  56. egg_

    Ardern receives death threats and SloMo hasn’t appeased the Left.
    Status quo.

  57. egg_

    do you think it might have something to do with a highly promiscuous lifestyle

    The drug wasn’t the only thing he was plugging?

  58. Snoopy

    Mueller is done. Monty will be beside himself with anticipation.

  59. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Among Mr Ta**ant’s posts was one joining UPF leaders in celebrating the election of Donald Trump.

    You mean joining in a celebration of the election of a US President, duly elected by the American people That is unexceptional and signifies nothing about this man’s more recent motivations. To the ABC of course, it does. This despicable man seems to have delved widely into many aspects of the darker web, the fringes indeed of political life, including, as he specifically claims, the green Eco-Fascist element. Tell us about that too, ABC.

  60. Dr Faustus

    Mueller report sent to attorney general, signaling his Russia investigation has ended

    Barr wrote that Mueller submitted a report to him explaining his prosecution decisions. The attorney general told lawmakers he was “reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.”

    Cue hyperventilation.

  61. Baldrick

    TheirABC journalists must have been inoculated against far right, right-wing hate-stuff for apparently they are able to read Ta rrant’s manifesto without turning into moosley murdering maniacs.

    Only other eco-fascists understand the scribblings of an eco-fascist.

  62. cohenite

    Leigh Lowe

    #2967405, posted on March 23, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Thanks Tom.
    Gary Varvel and Ramirez #2 today.

    Yes Ramirez 2 sums up the left perfectly: a donkey with 2 arses.

  63. Atoms for Peace

    Baldrick. NPCs are already coded in basic. Recursive loops are the norm.

  64. egg_

    white house declares islamic state 100 per cent defeated

    Roach bombs are that effective?

  65. Atoms for Peace

    It’s interesting that the shooter calls himself an eco fascist etc but the left, who always know better, rebrand him as a ” insert code white;racist;alt right “

  66. John Constantine

    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-latin-america-47647433/venezuelans-collect-mountain-run-off-as-water-shortages-persist

    Socialism makes you so rich you can afford to drink from puddles.

    Cheerfully, as the paramilitary death squads the State provides enable you to spontaneously express your gratitude to your beloved leaders for not pissing in the puddle you are allowed to drop onto all fours and lap from.

    Pale stale unsound hatspeaking males drinking from puddles in gulags, this is the phantasy of the australian left.

    Puddles to slake the burning thirst of all those that disrespect waleed.

    Comrades.

  67. Oh come on

    It’s Muellerween!!!1!1

    m0nty, get in here for this.

  68. Boambee John

    Saw reports from the US that the odious David Duke had endorsed that Somali congresswoman from, iirc, Minnesota. I gues that on the Numbers damnation by association principle, the entire US Demorat party is now beyond the pale, since she is a Demorat?

    Zippy

    Don’t argue with the numerical troll, just highlight his stupidities, inconsistencies and hypocrises for the benefit of other readers and lurkers.

  69. 1735099

    Where is the ABC’s analysis of thuggery from a Far Left street violence group called Antifa? Crickets.

    What “thuggery” in Australia? They’re a mob of nitwits who make a lot of noise, but they don’t invade churches, and they don’t shoot people because of their religion.

    Why have the police not found and charged the men who physically attacked Andrew Bolt?

    You’d have to ask Bolt. Has he made a formal complaint, rather than dining off the incident for weeks? Maybe because they haven’t been able to identify them – they were hooded.

    What makes ‘egg boy’ immune from police charges for physically attacking an Australian Senator?

    How do you know he’s immune? My understanding is that Anning, his thugs (one already wanted interstate) who put a chokehold on the egger, and the egger himself could be charged.

    Why does Koch still have a job on TV after his domineering verbal violence towards Pauline Hanson?

    Pauline Hanson has been using “verbal violence” for decades. It’s time she got as good as she gives.

  70. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Big call for Keef Sutor. “The Turks are not going to harm tourists coming into their country”.

    The rellies of eleven Germans shot dead by terrorists in the old Hippodrome might disagree there.

  71. Dr Faustus

    Safe hands: UnZud applies Jacindamania Diplomacy:

    Despite New Zealand trying to stop the video from being shown around the world, the country’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters did not raise the issue in an emergency bilateral meeting with Mr Erdogan, saying he believed the Turkish President would not do it again.

    However, within hours, Mr Erdogan played the footage again at a rally in the city of Konya.
    A response was sought from Mr Peters, who said he did not wish to comment further.

  72. Oh come on

    Trying again.

    Numbers is attempting a bowel movement. Keep pushing, old fella.

  73. Black Ball

    Answers to all those questions could be transcribed on a postcard Lizzie. The Left are hypocrites and mendacious whilst circle jerking themselves for what a great job they are doing.

  74. OldOzzie

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2967372, posted on March 23, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Goodnight all

    Goodnight, Bruce. I’ m pouring myself a large Scotch, and I’m off to bed with a good book. Memsahib’s gout is bothering her…….

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I occasionally suffer from Gout – originally tried Allopurinol but did not work – when second bout of Gout arrived, my Female GP said needs to be done in combination with Calgout (Colchicine) 500 Micrograms building up gradually from 100mg Allpurinol to my now 300mg Allopurinol.

    Said she used this approach when treating her Husband for Gout and it does work

  75. John Constantine

    https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/americas/100000006396480/venezuela-blackout-maduro.html

    The Cheerful Squalor of the glorious revolution.

    Their shortreich is coming for the literally Nazis they must purge.

  76. Oh come on

    Mueller’s dropped the hammer, right, m0nts? We’ll soon be seeing Trump perp-walked out of the WH in an orange jump-suit, right, m0nts?

  77. Snoopy

    Winston Peters is Newzealistan’s biggest loser cuck.

  78. Mueller’s dropped the hammer, right, m0nts? We’ll soon be seeing Trump perp-walked out of the WH in an orange jump-suit, right, m0nts?

    It’s going to be fun to find out!

  79. OldOzzie

    Tintarella di Luna
    #2967440, posted on March 23, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Off soon to do battle with The Tablecloth.

    Happy Dunno Who To Vote For Day, NSW Cats.

    Good Luck Calli, I voted yesterday afternoon. In my electorate there were 5 candidates 4 of whom I would not give a vote to under any circumstances so I did the least worst thing, I voted 1 for the only guy who’s ever done a decent thing personally for the Sunbather and me. The tablecloth was another matter but I voted 1-30 below the line difficult with fingers-crossed but I personally knew about 10 of the candidates so felt safe with that.

    Good luck NSW cats – otherwise calli’s escape plan looks good.

    Printed out Ballot Papers from NSW Elections

    Have numbered 1-6 on Legislative Assembly – though the Candidates are all useless

    and 1-78 on NSW Legislative Council Table cloth – should give scrutineers nightmares to count

  80. Bruce of Newcastle

    Happy Dunno Who To Vote For Day, NSW Cats.

    Sad voting day.
    No sausage sandwiches or lamingtons on offer for the first time in ages.
    No one to vote for in the lower house.
    Colouring in the boxes made harder because of ball point pens instead of pencils.
    Voted for AC in the upper house.
    Couldn’t give preference to the Shooters and Fishers because I found they’ve gone to the dark side and banned all CSG in the state.
    Overall one of the more miserable elections I’ve participated in.

  81. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Love the Leak cartoon from his personal collection, Tom.

    The depiction of Snowcone’s baying mob is perfect in its accurate representation: we have the harassed security man, the exultant Snowcone claiming this rabble as his own, and the crowd – a bruttish Antifa thug with tatts and attitude, a fluffy-bearded barefoot grandpa end-of-worlder from Get-Up, a clearly loud-mouth feminazi in proud pussy hat, and a miserybags rat-faced De Natali socialist green placarding Smash the State.

    Gird your loins for today Cats, as all of these will be in your ambit as you vote today.

    We drove by Coogee Public School on our way home from visiting friends yesterday around 6pm and the whole side of two large fences around the playgrounds were completely covered with multiple Labor posters. No room for anyone else to put any up. I hope this overkill rebounds back on them.

  82. struth

    Three years before the mass shooting in Christchurch, Brenton Ta**ant was lavishing praise on prominent Australian far-right nationalist Blair Cottrell, referring to him as “Emperor”.
    Key points:

    Good Moaning.
    I’ll use the same mentality as the left with my own statement.

    SNIFFY spent many years being indoctrinated at the socialist Nazi communist University of Queensland, and therefore, is a Nazi.

    Except even when I’m being ridiculous to make a point, it’s still closer to the truth than SNIFFY’S propaganda above.

    It’s called Magical thinking, and he does it and the left do it all the time.
    They just say it, and poof that is how it is, devoid of all evidence.
    SNIFFY it might be noted , can’t describe what far right is, but sees it everywhere.

  83. Dr Faustus

    Meet the Indonesian girl who convinced her entire family to move to Syria to join Islamic State

    Nur Dhania [aged 15] was the first member of her family to decide to leave Indonesia for the caliphate, a huge swathe of territory stretching from western Syria to eastern Iraq, controlled by the Islamic State.

    Incredibly, 25 of her relatives — including her grandmother, sisters, parents, uncles, aunts and cousins — followed her.

    But within a year, the family was willing to risk everything to get home.

    Grandma and two uncles died in Syria. Her dad and uncles are now banged up in Jakarta on a 4-year stretch for terrorism offences. The home and income is all gone, so Mum is taking in sewing to support the remaining family.

    Nur Dhania and her family visit her father in jail about once a month.

    “Sometimes he’s upset and angry. Not only my father, but also my mother is angry with me. My sister sometimes says that it’s all because of me. I feel guilty of course,” Nur Dhania said.

    Of course.

  84. C.L.

    Embarrassed Mueller pulls a Friday dump.
    LOL.

  85. Dr Faustus

    It’s going to be fun to find out!

    FactCheck: True.

  86. vr

    Monty is going to be disappointed… No further indictments

  87. OldOzzie

    Thanks Tom,

    Nate Beeler sums up the Knowledge of Today’s Young

  88. struth

    Now I’ll make a prediction Monty.
    The criminals that you believed and sided with because of your TDS for years, making a complete goat of yourself, will be at least fronting a judge or two before the end of Trump’s (peace be upon him) presidency.

    You’re a moron Monty and very evil you are at times as well, but you’re too dumb to be a threat to this nation, and too lazy.
    SNIFFY reminds us, there are levels of evil and blind hatred.
    You’re just a slave to left wing peer pressure.

  89. Oh come on

    m0nty, welcome!

    Not sweating here. You ought to be, though. You’re deeply invested in Mueller coming up with something big. We’re soon to see if your gamble pays out.

  90. Bruce of Newcastle

    It’s going to be fun to find out!

    M0nty – It’s been amusing to watch all the MSM softening-up stories come out this last couple weeks saying Mueller has nothing. Even Mueller is saying this now.

    The bottom line: Do not expect a harsh condemnation of President Donald Trump or any of his associates if they have not been charged with crimes. The road map comes in the form a little-noticed 12-page letter written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last June to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley

    Rosenstein would not be saying this without Mueller’s consent, since (a) Rosenstein is Mueller’s official boss and (b) they are long time friends.

    The wailing from the Left is going to be most entertaining.

  91. egg_

    Couldn’t give preference to the Shooters and Fishers because I found they’ve gone to the dark side and banned all CSG in the state.

    Labor preferencing Shooters and Fishers according to Farmer? on last night’s Teh Dumb.

  92. Leigh Lowe

    Can’t be a lack of technical know-how, as I’m sure he studied Computer Science at U of Q in the seventies.

    He invented the internet.

  93. Snoopy

    Mueller is going to become the most hated man in America. I almost feel sorry for him.

  94. Zyconoclast

    In complete shock’: Sydney man contracts HIV despite taking PrEP drug

    do you think it might have something to do with a highly promiscuous lifestyle

    Buggered if I know.

  95. will

    Swedes happy to take in a refugee except when there actually is one: https://twitter.com/YangSkull/status/1109059441175851008

  96. egg_

    Labor preferencing Shooters and Fishers according to Farmer? on last night’s Teh Dumb.

    Robyn Parker (Libs)

  97. bespoke

    Bloody hangover!!! keep it down please.

  98. duncanm

    Steve – have you been to Mona?

    I think you’d like this:

    at=28

  99. lotocoti

    Jeez that made angry.

    Sometimes living in a parking lot is a life choice.
    (The whole Don’t Walk, Run! catalogue is a hoot.)

  100. candy

    Trump has around 52% approval rating is my understanding.. So he is going very well.
    Australian unemployment 4.9%, very good figure. Perhaps Morrison in with a good chance.

  101. mh

    However, the delivery of the report does mean the investigation has concluded without any public charges of a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and Russia, or of obstruction by the president. Further, the Associated Press’ Zeke Miller reports Mueller is not recommending any further indictments.

    Monty can always pretend. In his world, Trump is going to jail.

  102. duncanm

    Dr Faustus
    #2967468, posted on March 23, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Safe hands: UnZud applies Jacindamania Diplomacy:

    why am I reminded of this?

  103. Ellen of Tasmania

    Yarragrad has been enriched by deindustrialisation so much it can afford to borrow chicom belt and road money and import the weapons to keep the proles in their place of Cheerful Squalor

  104. Shy Ted

    The backlash begins, well, my little backlash anyway. Next holiday destination won’t be NZ on account of horseface’ response to a recent incident. Sorry small business owners, my $$ going elsewhere. Same for Ozzie small business owners, your PM is a tool. So I’m off to the USA, first time. Cruise the Caribbean from Miami then I have another week to indulge myself. Cats, any suggestions for that week in April? I like spectacular scenery and such things. Ta.

  105. OldOzzie

    Australia’s poor image ‘self-inflicted’ andrew forrest

    SEAN PARNELL

    Overseas nations have low opinion of our culture, intellect and safety — and we only have ourselves to blame, Andrew Forrest says.


    Industry leaders to overhaul nation’s overseas image


    A high-calibre advisory council working to boost Australia’s image overseas — to counter an apparently low opinion of our culture and intellect, as well as doubts about safety — has pointed to “a nation of contradictions” as it moves to unite people behind a new identity.

    Backed by $10 million in federal funding, and with the advice of consultants and market researchers, the council is leading a four-year effort to develop Australia’s new “nation brand” and make the country perform better on the ­global stage.

    It is an attempt to move on from the fragmented, competing interests of the federation, and legacy issues, to create a “Team Australia” with an unmistakeable “rally cry”. If successful, it is expected to not only boost Australia’s reputation but also the education, tourism, investment and export industries, potentially even the national mood, ­according to some advisers. Advertising agency Clemenger BBDO was given a $3.3m contract in January to develop “a brand concept and creative ­execution so good it makes the world sit up and listen”. But to get to this point, the ­advisory council has had to ­acknowledge the gap between how Australians perceive their country and how it is perceived by the rest of the world. There is good, bad, and, even among Australians, contradictions.

    “We think we are young, yet we have one of the oldest indigenous people and cultures; we love to win, but hate winners — we like the underdog, observe the tall-poppy syndrome; we recognise our colonial past, yet are anti-­Establishment and like to challenge authority,” state the minutes of the council’s first meeting at Parliament House last year. “There’s a certain resiliency and toughness around Australians that exhibits in many industries, e.g. our dancers jump higher, turn quicker. (But we) often seek external, overseas, validation ­before we achieve domestic recognition.”

    The council is chaired by mining leader Andrew Forrest, who is recorded telling the first meeting that “research shows Australia ranks well in physical beauty, ­enjoyability and lifestyle, but poorly on culture, innovation and technology”.

    “We need to do better,” Mr Forrest told fellow council members, including Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, Coopers Brewery chairman Glenn Cooper and Sydney Festival artistic director Wesley Enoch.

    It is not the first time those strengths and weaknesses have been pointed out. But, on several global rankings, Australia now risks falling out of the top-10 countries, in areas that make our export education and tourism sectors particularly vulnerable.

    “Australia’s poor rankings on culture, innovation and technology are to some degree a self-­inflicted problem,” Mr Forrest told The Weekend Australian.

    “For better or worse, we have done an excellent job promoting our great physical and lifestyle ­attributes, while failing to translate other parts of our story to the world. Australians invented Wi-Fi, have some of the world’s leading companies and brands, and our creative industries are highly influential and productive. We have a bigger story to tell and we need to get better at doing it.”

    In 2014, after a $20m, four-year promotional campaign, Austrade identified some lingering concerns, including that perceptions of public safety in Australia had declined in India, South Korea and Indonesia, potentially deterring students and tourists. China ranked Australia in its top-10 countries across all attributes ­except culture (13th), while separate research has hinted at racism concerns and questions over Australia’s contribution to the global good. China, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea will be the focus of the new nation brand, along with Britain and the US, which are also considered Australia’s competitors in most markets.

    Government-funded research showed a need to move beyond promoting lifestyle and affordability factors and focus on outcomes, such as improving Australia’s education credentials and research output, which were perceived in some markets to be a weakness.

    A Deloitte paper, produced for the council in November, showed Australia was 11th on the Brand ­Finance nations index. The consultants estimated that even a one-point improvement, lifting Aust­ralia into 10th, would be worth an extra $3.1 billion in merchandise exports, $704m in foreign direct ­investment, $174m in tourism and $137m in education every year.

    “During recent times, case studies such as Singapore’s ‘Passion made Possible’ and the United Kingdom’s ‘GREAT Campaign’ demonstrated the positive impact of investing in nation branding, lifting their respective rankings and creating tangible investment outcomes,” Deloitte concluded.

    The council has also discussed the success of the “100% Pure New Zealand” brand.

    The final brief given to the four companies that pitched for the creative contract clearly wanted them to reassure international doubters.

    Australia should be depicted as “an internationally competitive investment destination, a great place to visit, a quality provider of education, a trusted exporter of premium-quality goods and services, a global citizen and business partner”.

    Whatever Clemenger BBDO comes up with will need to drive a broader change agenda to ensure the new image is not just a mask.

    “It must be an idea so good it unites Australia across all industries, states and territories like never before,” the brief stated.

  106. Dr Faustus

    “It’s been amusing to watch all the MSM softening-up stories come out this last couple weeks saying Mueller has nothing. “

    March 8; CNN applies hypothesis testing:

    The reality is this: There is no public proof — out of the Mueller report or anywhere else — that there was proven collusion between anyone in the Trump campaign and Russian officials. But that is not definitive proof that there wasn’t collusion. It simply means we don’t have the full picture yet.

    CNN 5 minutes ago:

    …even with Mueller’s probe now shuttered, we still don’t immediately know a) what he submitted of his findings to Barr b) what Barr will redact c) whether the White House will be able to see the report before Congress and/or exert executive privilege on parts of it d) when Congress will get the report and how extensive or not the report will be and e) when — and if — the report is made public.

    That leaves off the many House Democratic investigations into the Trump administration, the possibility of bringing Mueller in front of Congress to testify over the report, and the likely legal fights that will follow any redactions and executive privilege claims.

    Shorter: even if Mueller hasn’t found collusion after two years of fully-armed inquisition and $40 million, that doesn’t mean Trump is cleared – no Siree.

  107. OldOzzie

    Kylo Ren Serenades Rey In A Star Is Born Star Wars Parody Video

    I actually prefer this Song to the Original “A Star is Born Song”

    Enjoy

  108. Elle

    Bloody hangover!!! keep it down please.

    Hehe. Yes, one does need alcohol to hang out here late at night.

    I voted by post last week. Am on the silent electoral roll because of my job. Oops, I mentioned my job again. Is it like mentioning Hairy?

    Hairy Hairy Hairy
    Job job job
    Hairy Hairy Hairy
    Job job job
    Hairy
    Job
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    Hairy Hairy Hairy
    Job job job

    Oi! 🙃

    Oh dear. I need coffee. ☕

  109. Anthony

    If there is nothing in the Mueller report then all future attacks on Trump will be dismissed simply by quoting the gold standard which is the Mueller free pass. The truth or falsity of anything else is irrelevant. The people of the US have witnessed a witch hunt and they won’t accept another one.

  110. OldOzzie

    Saved by a Drone

    Real 4WD Drivers – Note Both Sat Phone and Epirb

  111. OldOzzie

    Sure, we will disagree, but let’s do it better

    Janet Albrechtsen

    A week after the Christchurch terrorist attacks, the grief continues.

    New Zealand politicians are attend­ing to stricter gun laws and security agencies are widening their nets.

    That leaves one matter for us. It is entirely within our power to have a lasting impact on our community, our politics, our education system. If we disagree better, we would immediately improve the health of our democracy.

    On Monday, Scott Morrison spoke about mutual respect in a civil society. The Prime Minister drew on US author Arthur Brooks, who recently said: “What we need is not to disagree less but to disagree better.”

    Not disagree less, Morrison emphasised, but disagree better. “When we disagree better, we engage with respect, rather than questioning each other’s integrity and morality,” he told the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

    If you think disagreeing better is a silly cliche, check the source of your cynicism. Polarised politics has created an outrage industry that tears people down rather than debates ideas. When outrage is the first, second and last response to what another person says, it points to an addiction as damaging as a dependence on alcohol or drugs.

    The mantra used to break other addictions might be useful: accept the things we cannot change, have the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference. In other words, identify the problem, break the pattern and rebuild relationships.

    The polarisation of politics is weakening our muscle matter, hindering us from thinking better and independently. If we disagree better, our politics would be better at finding solutions.

    Take immigration. Those who raise concerns about immigration, or question the annual intake of migrants, or discuss the need to integrate new Australians or consider the clash of cultures, are accused of being racists, of engaging in Islamophobia or dog whistling by the other side of politics.

    Using mindless labels just because you disagree strips words of their meaning and dilutes their condemnatory power. It is also a failure to engage with legitimate arguments.

    If we disagree better, we can explore thorny issues, like human ­nature that may, for some, cause a discomfort about strangers. It means identifying political tribalism that leads others to label as “racist” people with different views. Identify the issues, break the patterns that sow division, and rebuild relationships. That is the power of disagreeing better.

    Morrison said he has never questioned the compassionate motives of those who have different views about managing Australia’s borders. And yet, as he said: “I have rarely had this courtesy extended by those who hold contrary views to my own.”

    A commitment to disagree better will lead social activists back to issues, rather than succumbing to personal polemic. When GetUp director Sara Saleh said on the ABC’s The Drum this week that Tony Abbott’s “existence altogether is, I’ll say, offensive”, she symbolised what Morrison identified as the hypocritical nature of some public discourse. Imagine if Abbott said he found the existence of a political adversary offensive. The ABC would be in uproar. Instead, the ABC tweeted Saleh’s remark for added oomph.

    When such a claim about someone’s very existence passes as acceptable ABC discourse, it is worth asking whether those in less respectable circles will more freely express their problem with the existence of other people, too.

    If disagreeing better is to have any longevity, we must be principled enough to consider ill-conceived responses beyond the easy stuff of admonishing statements of someone such as Fraser Anning.

    In that vein, disagreeing better will vastly improve our media. On Wednesday, ABC radio political editor Alison Carabine repeated the words of Morrison that we should avoid “lazy groupthink that distorts our public debate”. Yet Carabine chose lazy groupthink when she interviewed One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.

    Carabine asked: “Now he (the terrorist) alone pulled the trigger but do you accept any responsibility for contributing to the toxic atmosphere in this country about Muslim immigration, which may have helped set the scene for what happened in Christchurch?”

    If ABC journalists step down from their blinkered, three-legged moral high horse, they might consider whether it is just as likely that those who advocate for entirely open borders might have played some role in infuriating a white supremacist obsessed with Europe’s open borders.

    Imagine if an ABC journalist engaged their intellectual muscle mass to ask whether the emergence of a toxic form of identity politics might have helped set the scene for a white supremacist to kill innocent Muslims. Or whether claims of collective guilt that have infiltrated our discourse might have fed similar ideas to a murderer who invested all Muslims with collective guilt to justify his killing spree of innocent people peacefully praying in a mosque. Or whether the virus of playing the victim and blaming an imaginary oppressor class may have led this white supremacist to imagine himself a victim as a rationale to kill.

    When we disagree better, we can explore more possible reasons for terrorist attacks. That way, each of us, whatever our politics, might break past patterns by thinking carefully about the power of words and ideas that divide us.

    If we disagree better, more intelligent debate will thrive on campus, too. Students will be encouraged to think for themselves, and the politics of academics will be confined to dinner parties and ballot boxes. It will mean we won’t see another senior University of Sydney lecturer, such as Nick Riemer, blame the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation for terrorist attacks by a white supremacist. Riemer said this week the Ramsay curriculum, where Shakespeare is taught alongside Plato, Virgil and other great figures of Western civilisation, “validates the world view behind Friday’s massacre”.

    Disagreeing better means academics will make considered arguments rather than grab hold of a terrorist’s crazed manifesto about Muslim immigration in Europe to claim we must stop teaching European texts alongside texts written by other Europeans.

    Sadly, Riemer epitomises the addiction of the modern outrage industry to tear down people with different views. To taint the Ramsay Centre, he tried to denigrate invited speakers by deliberately taking words out of context.

    Riemer could simply disagree with Rod Dreher, a conservative thinker and author who writes about religion and Western ideas. Instead, Riemer tried to smear Dreher by taking one line from his recent blogs to suggest the US conservative legitimised last week’s terrorist attacks. A perusal of Dreher’s work exposes Riemer’s claim as utter nonsense.

    Writing in The Sydney Morning Herald, Riemer tried to besmirch Ramsay by also sullying the reputation of Rachel Fulton Brown, another academic invited by Ramsay to speak on the role of Christianity from the late antiquity in elevating the rights and status of women.

    Disagree with her. Go your hardest, make opposing arguments. But Riemer simply described Fulton Brown as “a Milo Yiannopoulos groupie notorious for her celebration of ‘white’ ­culture”.

    In a letter written last year to defend Fulton Brown against similar attacks, members of the National Association of Scholars in the US took aim at the trend to make reputational attacks by labelling innocent people as racist or white supremacist to avoid an opponent’s arguments. It “debases the currency of scholarship and must be answered with strong affirmations of principle and attention to the facts”.

    This week, a reader wrote to tell me her father had fought in World War II and, looking at Australia today, he worried aloud that his efforts had been for nothing.

    No. Not for nothing. As a young man, he fought so we could disagree better, not disagree less, free from the yoke of extremism that hates difference.

  112. Snoopy

    The people of the US have witnessed a witch hunt and they won’t accept another one.

    Not to be confused with the pursuit of an actual witch which may be a real possibility.

  113. Ros

    As the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign is now concluded worth remembering that the ALP and Primary Candidate Bernie Sanders Campaign paid fines to the FEC in March 2018 re the same election.

    The ALP and Sanders paid because didn’t want a fuss but claimed no interference because the Australians only got “daily stipends” not wages hence not breaking law because not a donation, and anyway,
    “During the course of the campaign thousands and thousands of young people from every state and many other countries volunteered. Among them were seven Australian young people who were receiving a modest stipend and airfare from the Australian Labor Party so they could learn about American politics,” the campaign said in a statement.”

    “Respondents Mia Ontario-Sartari, Sandeep Sarath, Ashley Buck, Taimus WarnerGibbings, Karina Thomas, Whitney Wernsing, Rebecca Doyle, Ben Kremer, Madeline Northam, Michael Quincy, Charlotte Barclay, Alice Crawford, and Laura Rowe worked in various capacities to carry out ALP’s interference operations targeting the United States.1 Some or all of these individuals were paid by the ALP for their work and travel. Coordinating the American-Australian program from ALP leadership in Australia was: Sebastian Zwalf, Abi Rajkumar, and Trudy Jackson. During the 2016 presidential election, Respondents knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes…..

    ALP also assisted the Sanders campaign in its effort to elect Bernie Sanders as President and acted as a means to reach significant numbers of Americans for purposes of interfering with the U.S. political system…..

    Relevant Parties 9. Respondent ALP is an Australian political party created to “bring about the ‘socialisation of industry, production, distribution, and exchange….’” ALP CONSTITUTION at 4. During 2016, ALP engaged in what its agents describe as an “exchange program” with Bernie 2016. The ostensible purpose of this program was to influence the 2016 presidential election while agitating and advocating for socialist political change in the U.S. a. The ALP deployed at least 13 foreign nationals to the United States on its selfprofessed “exchange program” with the Sanders Campaign. b. In the PVA video, ALP agents were recorded destroying political yard signs located in residential locations advocating the election of Donald Trump for president. c. Similarly, other ALP agents can be seen performing office and administrative tasks for the Sanders Campaign, and otherwise supporting its function—to elect Bernie Sanders as President of the United States….

    In November 2015, ALP requested that Bernie 2016 allow “Australian delegates” 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 to be used in the campaign. b. The Bernie 2016 campaign assented to this request and coordinated with the ALP to “make arrangements for the arrivals of delegates to various campaign offices of the Committee.” c. The ALP foreign nationals engaged in “hands-on” political activity in support of Bernie 2016. This included:
    i. “[E]ncouraging voter attendance at campaign events”;
    ii. “[R]ecruiting volunteers”;
    iii. “[C]anvassing with volunteers”; and
    iv. “[P]lanning events.”
    d. The Federal Election Campaign Act (“FECA”) prohibits any foreign national from making “a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value” in connection with federal, state or local elections. 52 U.S.C. § 30121(a)(1)(A); 11 CFR § 110.20(b). e. A “foreign national” means a foreign principal, which includes a “foreign political party.” 52 U.S.C. 30121(b)(1). A contribution includes the “payment by any person of compensation for the personal services of another person which are rendered to a political committee without charge for any purpose.” 52 U.S.C. § 30101(8)(A)(ii); 11 CFR § 100.54. “

    So Mueller’s investigates the possibility of collusion in the 2016 presidential election between Moscow and Trump’s campaign. The ALP colludes with the Sanders Campaign and it is not a problem, small fine and all is forgiven. Is the US position on the Rule of Law that the law is only broken if it is a foreign agent that the Democrats don’t like, and the size of the donation. Will the ALP be providing non collusion assistance again? Will the other foreign nationals from 2016 be back. Well complaint already lodged with FEC re the 3 already working for him, one of whom is openly anti Semitic. Strange world, the world of the powerful, from the pleb position.

    If in the future it is Trump and Shorten what would Shorten’s explanation to Trump be if the subject came up. And cross Trump Bill and it might very well be remembered by Trump.

  114. cohenite

    It will mean we won’t see another senior University of Sydney lecturer, such as Nick Riemer, blame the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation for terrorist attacks by a white supremacist. Riemer said this week the Ramsay curriculum, where Shakespeare is taught alongside Plato, Virgil and other great figures of Western civilisation, “validates the world view behind Friday’s massacre”.

    This riemer prick gets mentioned a lot in dispatches.

  115. OldOzzie

    Why are 2020 Democrats so weird?

    I wish I could say that the worst thing about John Hickenlooper’s CNN town hall on Wednesday night was the part where he talked about watching Deep Throat with his mom. The former governor of Colorado, who is one of roughly 173 declared candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, explained that the porno-with-mom thing was not an accident. He said he knew that the movie was “naughty” but thought his mother might enjoy getting out of the house. Apparently after the infamous X-rated flick began she was “mortified.” That poor woman.

  116. Dr Faustus

    Not to be confused with the pursuit of an actual witch which may be a real possibility.

    I suspect that the public disgust at a Null result by Mueller will save Killary’s bacon. The politics of staging a reprisal inquiry into real crimes would be toxic.

  117. mh

    I wish I could say that the worst thing about John Hickenlooper’s CNN town hall on Wednesday night was the part where he talked about watching Deep Throat with his mom.

    TAB has Hickenlooper @ $81.00

  118. Zatara

    This is what Trump is about to do with Russiagate. When the Mueller report fails to present any evidence that he “colluded” with Russia to steal the election, Trump is going to reach over, grab that report, roll it up tightly into a makeshift cudgel, and then beat the snot out of his opponents with it.

    He is going to explain to the American people that the Democrats, the corporate media, Hollywood, the liberal intelligentsia, and elements of the intelligence agencies conspired to try to force him out of office with an unprecedented propaganda campaign and a groundless special investigation. He is going to explain to the American people that Russiagate, from start to finish, was, in his words, a ridiculous “witch hunt,” a childish story based on nothing.

    Never strike a king unless you are sure you shall kill him.

  119. OldOzzie

    Israel’s Golan Heights

    U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty sees the Middle East as it is.

    By The WSJ Editorial Board

    President Trump made new U.S. policy on Thursday, as he often does these days, with a tweet recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights on the border with Syria. This time his tweet was based on more than personal impulse and makes sense for American and Israeli interests.

    Israel captured most of the Golan from Syria in the 1967 war and formally annexed it in 1981. The rest of the world has never recognized Israel’s control, and U.S. negotiators over the decades have seen it as land Israel would return to Syria as part of a broader peace settlement.

    That scenario has become even more unlikely amid the chaos of Syria’s long civil war. A country controlled by the Assad family has become a fractured cauldron of jihadist militias and Iranian proxies. If Israel didn’t control the Golan, the heights might now be dominated by Hezbollah or perhaps Islamic State. Either reality is unacceptable to Israel.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been lobbying Mr. Trump to recognize Israel’s control of the Golan, and the timing of Mr. Trump’s tweet might help Mr. Netanyahu with elections looming. But annexation of the Golan isn’t controversial in Israel. Arab countries will object, but that will fade as anger did when Mr. Trump moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

    Recognizing the Golan sends a message to Russia, Syria’s patron, that the U.S. recognizes that the civil war has changed Syrian reality. There is no returning to a nonexistent status quo ante. It also tells the Palestinians that a return to pre-1967 borders is no longer realistic. They will have to allow some Israeli security presence in what they call the “occupied territories” if they want a two-state solution in Palestine.

    Mr. Trump’s guiding foreign-policy doctrine of “principled realism” can be hard to discern or define amid his policy-by- Twitter , but recognizing the Golan is principled in its support for an ally and realistic in recognizing the Middle East as it is.

    Appeared in the March 22, 2019, print edition.

  120. Old School Conservative

    That free speech thing.

    A university newspaper has been accused of “inciting violence, lawlessness and vigilantism” after it published a cartoon of convicted sex offender Cardinal George Pell hanging from a noose and covered in blood.

    Honi Soit, a student newspaper of the University of Sydney, published the confronting artwork on the front cover of its March 20 edition — of which thousands of copies were printed and distributed across multiple campuses. (The Oz).

    Assuming nothing is done against Honi Soit, a precedent for disturbing images of green/left/marxist functionaries has been well and truly set.
    (Except for the appalling double standards of universities, courts, and the rest of the media)

  121. OldOzzie

    Paper ‘incited violence’ over Pell

    Emily Ritchie


    A university newspaper has been accused of “inciting violence, lawlessness and vigilantism” after it published a cartoon of convicted sex offender Cardinal George Pell hanging from a noose and covered in blood.

    Honi Soit, a student newspaper of the University of Sydney, published the confronting artwork on the front cover of its March 20 edition — of which thousands of copies were printed and distributed across multiple campuses.

    The university’s Catholic ­Society yesterday issued a statement calling for the editors to ­retract the image and apologise.

    “This vile war cry for mob justice and vigilantism is profoundly irresponsible journal­ism,” the statement read.

    “By its very design, this ­macabre and horrific portrayal of a religious figure, in full religious garb, being lynched publicly has transgressed the boundaries of acceptable public discourse. By engaging in this vile imagery, Honi Soit has in­cited violence, fostered division and harboured hatred and fear in the student community.”

    Catholic students at the ­university say they have been distressed as a result of the image and an official complaint to the university is being formulated.

    “It is difficult to see how this image could be taken any other way than a call, or at least support, for extrajudicial violence against a senior member for the church.”

    The Catholic Society said the cartoon was prejudicial material in “flagrant contravention of Australian editorial standards”.

    Pell was last week sentenced to six years in jail for sexually abusing two choirboys when he was Catholic archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s.

    He is appealing against the conviction.

    The editorial team of Honi Soit told The Weekend Australian that in commissioning the artwork, they sought to condemn Pell, not vilify Catholics.

    They rejected the assertion that the artwork endorsed violence or lynching.

    “This condemnation was made on the basis of Pell’s specific and recent criminality, not on the basis of religion. The subject of the artwork was one individual, not the Catholic Church,” a statement said. “The [image] is a visual allegory that strongly and unequivocally condemns one individual for their own vile acts.”

  122. mh

    Monty, tell us again that Trump is going to jail.

  123. OldOzzie

    Snap – Old School Conservative

  124. Snoopy

    A university newspaper has been accused of “inciting violence, lawlessness and vigilantism” after it published a cartoon

    That’s absolute nonsense.

  125. Percy Popinjay

    So how’s that Fatty Trump Wussia! Wussia! Wussia! imbroglio going, dumbocrats?

    Idiots.

  126. OldOzzie

    The Mueller Moment Arrives

    Release it all rather than let Congress leak in dribs and drabs.

    By The WSJ Editorial Board


    Not since Watergate has an event so transfixed the political world like the Mueller investigation. Now the moment has arrived with the news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has transmitted his report to Attorney General William Barr. As with Watergate, the question from the beginning of this saga more than two long years ago is: Will this Presidency survive?

    Nothing official about Mr. Mueller’s report is known as we write this, though news reports say he is recommending no more indictments. That is significant considering the speculation of Trump critics. Mr. Barr wrote in his formal notice to Congress Friday that “there were no” instances when Justice Department officials overruled Mr. Mueller’s investigative plans. So much for the fevered claims of cover up.

    What came to be known as the “Trump-Russia collusion narrative” since its inception has turned into an event of historic partisan bitterness and division. Starting about the time of Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, the press ran story after story based on anonymous “intelligence sources,” purporting links between the Trump presidential campaign or various individuals in the Trump orbit to, well, to what was never exactly clear—whether Vladimir Putin himself or “the Russians.” This in turn led to multiple Congressional investigations, much of them centered on the FBI’s handling of these matters. The recriminations have been nonstop. Reputations have been damaged or destroyed.

    Against the backdrop of this extraordinary political bonfire comes the key question: How much of this report should Attorney General Barr make public? The short answer is as much as possible. Any summary he sends to Congress will leak in dribs and drabs for partisan purposes. The White House naturally will respond in kind. That’s not acceptable.

    The prosecutorial and narrative details of Mr. Mueller’s report are crucial for public understanding, and so are the documents about the role of the FBI and Obama Justice Department. The country deserves deliverance from the ruinous politics of the 2016 campaign, and that requires maximum political transparency.

    A copy of a letter from Attorney General William Barr advising Congress that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation, is shown Friday, March 22, 2019 in Washington. Photo: Jon Elswick/Associated Press

  127. Old School Conservative

    OldOzzie
    #2967534, posted on March 23, 2019 at 10:16 am
    Snap

    Great minds think alike.

  128. Entropy

    As long as Pell lives to the end of his appeal, where I still have faith justice will prevail,
    I treasure these kinds of vile left wing sprays.

  129. bespoke

    Honi Soit, a student newspaper of the University of Sydney, published the confronting artwork on the front cover of its March 20 edition — of which thousands of copies were printed and distributed across multiple campuses.

    1735099 will blame the NRA.

  130. OldOzzie

    PERSECUTED CHURCH: PRIEST STABBED DURING TV MASS

    In Australia, a Sydney University student magazine, Honi Soit, publishes a front-page cartoon of Cardinal George Pell being hanged:

    A university newspaper has been accused of “inciting violence, lawlessness and vigilantism” after it published a cartoon of convicted sex offender Cardinal George Pell hanging from a noose and covered in blood.

    Note that Pell’s conviction was highly improbable and widely questioned, and is being appealed. Yet Leftist students want him hanged.

    These are the editors responsible for this savagery: Baopu He, Pranay Jha, Karishma Luthria, Nell O’Grady, Jessica Syed, Liam Thorne, Joseph Verity, Carrie Wen, Annie Zhang, Alan Zheng

  131. mh

    Half of Americans believe Mueller’s probe is a ‘witch hunt’: poll

    Half of Americans share President Trump’s view that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian investigation is a “witch hunt,” according to a poll released on Monday.

    The USA Today/Suffolk University survey found that 50 percent of those questioned agree that the probe is a politically motivated “witch hunt,” while 47 percent disagree.

    Another 3 percent said they were undecided…

    https://nypost.com/2019/03/18/half-of-americans-believe-muellers-probe-is-a-witch-hunt-poll/

  132. Percy Popinjay

    Anyway, peoples, I’ll soon be off to engage in a big democracy cakewalk, supporting a mate who’s running for election in the NSW lower house. It will be later than I would have liked, having unfortunately slept in.

    Given my implacable opposition to compulsory voting, this will either be a very uplifting or very depressing experience. Odds on it’s the latter.

  133. Percy Popinjay

    Not since Watergate has an event so transfixed the political world like the mueller investigation.

    At which point I stopped reading. These people don’t exist in the same world we do.

  134. Leo G

    “This condemnation was made on the basis of Pell’s specific and recent criminality, not on the basis of religion. The subject of the artwork was one individual, not the Catholic Church,”

    So Cardinal George Pell was not depicted in full religious garb?

  135. notafan

    Tel you are right that they were mostly draft dodgers however muslims in that part of the world seem odd in that way too, prisoner exchanges even though the released will undoubtedly go back to fighting immediately etc

    I doubt Assad will do anything, there are just too many of them and a severe lack of people to do the work of rebuilding in places like Aleppo and Homs

    I read any article about women taking jobs as motor mechanics etc in Aleppo giving the dodgers stick.

  136. OldOzzie

    These are the editors responsible for this savagery: Baopu He, Pranay Jha, Karishma Luthria, Nell O’Grady, Jessica Syed, Liam Thorne, Joseph Verity, Carrie Wen, Annie Zhang, Alan Zheng

    Much like watching North Sydney Boys High Kids go past at North Sydney Oval yesterday afternoon – “Spot the Aussie” – there were none.

  137. mh

    Ten Men Detained Near Frankfurt on Suspicion of Islamist Attack Plot

    BERLIN (Reuters) – Ten men were detained in raids around Frankfurt on Friday on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack using a vehicle and guns with the goal of killing as many people as possible, prosecutors said.

    Several of the suspects, aged 20 to 42, were German citizens, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office said, without naming the other nationalities.

    “They are believed to have agreed to carry out an Islamist, terrorist attack using a vehicle and guns that would kill as many ‘non-believers’ as possible,” the statement from the Frankfurt prosecutors said.

    “To prepare the attack, they had already made contact with different arms dealers, rented a large vehicle and collected financial assets to use for the purchase of guns and the execution of the planned murders,” they added.

    The main suspects were a 21-year old man from Offenbach, a city near Frankfurt, and two 31-year brothers from Wiesbaden, all of whom were associated with the Islamist Salafist community in the area, prosecutors said.

    Another man was also detained, prosecutors said, without giving further details. There was no immediate statement from any lawyers for the detained men.

    Authorities seized 20,000 euros in cash, several knives, small amounts of drugs and numerous documents and electronic devices, during raids carried out by 200 police forces and other law enforcement experts, the prosecutors said.

  138. Bruce of Newcastle

    Release it all rather than let Congress leak in dribs and drabs.

    The Dems want it released.
    Trump wants it released.
    The Republicans want it released.

    I suspect Mueller is the only player who doesn’t want it released. Betcha he only agrees to its release after 99.9% of it is blacked out because national security/supersecrecy/prejudicing other investigations (especially ones into guys called Mueller, Rosenstein and Comey).

  139. Zatara

    Remeber Avenatti, the pornstar lawyer?

    Seems he was in bankruptcy court today. Claimed under oath that he had no legal trust account outside of those declared in the bankruptcy of his firm.

    Ooops.

    Subpoenaed bank records and emails presented in a debtor’s examination hearing on Friday show that on that same day of a previous hearing, Avenatti ordered another law firm, who he worked with on a lawsuit against the NFL, to funnel more than $952,000 into a legal trust account at City National Bank.

    A little bit of bankruptcy, a bit of fraud, add a pinch of perjury, and Avenatti goes to prison. I’m thinking he won’t be running for President on the Dem ticket as he had planned.

  140. C.L.

    A high-calibre advisory council … moves to unite people behind a new identity…

    It is an attempt to move on from the fragmented, competing interests of the federation, and legacy issues, to create a “Team Australia” with an unmistakeable “rally cry”.

    Sounds like literal Nazism.

  141. dover_beach

    ‘In complete shock’: Sydney man contracts HIV despite taking PrEP drug

    The article is desperate to defend PrEP, the lifestyle that requires it, and the taxpayer funding that maintains it.

  142. dover_beach

    In Australia, a Sydney University student magazine, Honi Soit, publishes a front-page cartoon of Cardinal George Pell being hanged:

    A university newspaper has been accused of “inciting violence, lawlessness and vigilantism” after it published a cartoon of convicted sex offender Cardinal George Pell hanging from a noose and covered in blood.

    Note that Pell’s conviction was highly improbable and widely questioned, and is being appealed. Yet Leftist students want him hanged.

    These are the editors responsible for this savagery: Baopu He, Pranay Jha, Karishma Luthria, Nell O’Grady, Jessica Syed, Liam Thorne, Joseph Verity, Carrie Wen, Annie Zhang, Alan Zheng

    Right now, this perfectly encapsulates contemporary Australia.

  143. C.L.

    NBC reports: no indictments, no secret sealed section.
    Mueller officially a flop.

  144. Overburdened

    Reading a comment on the previous thread re Whitney Houston and the rhetorical how could a voice like hers be given over to drugs, irony is apparently not dead.
    Alcohol is a drug and its effects shine through.

    bespoke
    Re Barbie Girl.
    Consider the context of the comment.

  145. tgs.

    Just voted in the seat of Sydney.

    I am surrounded by filthy hippies 🙁

  146. Infidel Tiger

    Trump totally cleared.

    Democrats and media destroyed the US for no reason.

    Monty on way to shops for ice cream and tissues.

  147. Atoms for Peace

    It’s interesting to look at where Honi soit originated from; the phrase that is.

  148. dover_beach

    NBC reports: no indictments, no secret sealed section.
    Mueller officially a flop.

    The Left will not apologize. They will double down.

  149. Zatara

    Democrats and media destroyed the US for no reason.

    The destruction was the reason.

  150. Nick

    Monty on way to shops for ice cream and tissues.

    He’s celebrating ?

  151. Infidel Tiger

    Mueller is an honest man who did an outstanding job.

    He will be pilloried by the left for clearing Trump.

  152. Mother Lode

    Just back from voting.

    I was aghast to see the degree to which our democracy has been degraded – no sausage sizzle!

    The profusion of posters with faces, names and slogans made me think of PT Barnum advertising the wildly exotic freaks at one of his shows. The length of the queues helped.

    Among them was the Animal Justice Party. Now, I have seen animals. What is the saying? Nature red in tooth and claw? Animals prey on the weak – young or old. Are vicious without a single redeeming scruple. Think only of eating, fleeing and rutting. They neither ponder, seek, or grant justice.

    I am not persuaded these these fond but deluded (drug or age addled) naifs have considered that what they want for animals is as alien to those creatures as the spirit of inquiry is among progressives.

  153. bespoke

    Overburdened

    What you do as a consenting adult with a plastic doll in private is no business of mine. But please this isn’t that sort of blog.

  154. Infidel Tiger

    Sean Davis
    @seanmdav
    ·
    2h
    In case you’re wondering what’s in the Mueller report, after two years of deranged conspiracy-mongering about how Trump committed treason and stole an election that belonged to Hillary Clinton, the report was quietly dumped on a Friday afternoon in the middle of March Madness.

  155. Nick

    My local Labor is campaigning for:

    A treaty with indigenes
    Abortion rights
    Climate change action.

    Do I dare ask someone why they support climate action on the basis of we are all going to die, particularly, future generations, while at the same time , campaigning to kill babies?

  156. Tom

    So I’m off to the USA, first time. Cruise the Caribbean from Miami then I have another week to indulge myself. Cats, any suggestions for that week in April? I like spectacular scenery and such things. Ta.

    Forget the scenery, Shy Ted. I suggest you don your most comfy walking shoes and hit the streets of Miami to track down Florida Man.

  157. Mother Lode

    NBC reports: no indictments, no secret sealed section.
    Mueller officially a flop.

    Any day now Aaaaany daaaaay…….

    I think I will observe a minute’s silence for Monty today – well as much silence as there is to be had over the sound of myself skolling Pol Roger champers from the bottle.

  158. C.L.

    These are the editors responsible for this savagery: Baopu He, Pranay Jha, Karishma Luthria, Nell O’Grady, Jessica Syed, Liam Thorne, Joseph Verity, Carrie Wen, Annie Zhang, Alan Zheng

    A quick Google shows that seven of those ten are Indians and Asians.
    Editor Baopu He is a Chinaman.
    Such wonderful additions to Australian society.
    ————-
    We have left-wing journalists still on a virtue binge over Christchurch and the imaginary connection between “right-wing extremism” and anti-religious violence. Meanwhile, George Pell is being tortured in solitary confinement and all of the same journalists helped put him there with 20 years of incitement and lies.

  159. C.L.

    Conrad Black on Beto O’Rourke:

    A hyperactive limb-flailing imbecile, babbling compulsively in a torrent of extremist nonsense. This is the candidate the media have been looking for.

    /Bolt’s

  160. Confused Old Misfit

    Question, the answer to which is: YES

    Is the US position on the Rule of Law that the law is only broken if it is a foreign agent that the Democrats don’t like, and the size of the donation.

  161. Woolfe

    Malcolm lost the plot

    Malcolm Turnbull

    Verified account

    @TurnbullMalcolm

    “Gladys recognises the reality of global warming and the need to act.

    Les Deplorables

    @woolfe
    Replying to @TurnbullMalcolm @themetresgained @smh
    Yep, get with the meme, GW is dead, long live Extreme Weather!

  162. Mother Lode

    My local Labor is campaigning for:

    A treaty with indigenes
    Abortion rights
    Climate change action.

    You should don a red shirt and chant different combinations of these to the sullen throngs heading into the vote-grinder.

    Treaty with abortions!
    Indigenous climate!
    Rights change!

  163. Mother Lode

    Permutations! Not ‘combinations’.

    No one will take it seriously now.

  164. Nick

    Editor Baopu He is a Chinaman.

    Perhaps he should try innocently portraying Xi Jinping as Winnie the Pooh and see what happens.

  165. Nick

    Lol ML, it a bad idea.
    I plan on taking my dog with me. Perhaps I’ll ask the animal rights Team how they will fight for my right for me to marry Fido.

  166. dover_beach

    We have left-wing journalists still on a virtue binge over Christchurch and the imaginary connection between “right-wing extremism” and anti-religious violence. Meanwhile, George Pell is being tortured in solitary confinement and all of the same journalists helped put him there with 20 years of incitement and lies.

    This is exactly true.

  167. Bruce of Newcastle

    Mueller is an honest man who did an outstanding job.

    Maybe ask Gen. Flynn’s bank manager about that. Also the innocent guy destroyed by Mueller over the anthrax thing. Plus the Russians who benefited from his oversight of the Uranium One free pass to Hillary.

    He will be pilloried by the left for clearing Trump.

    Good. Two years of smearing Trump down the drain and no party invites. Suck on it Mr Mueller.

  168. notafan

    Shame to him that evil thinks

    Well they got that one down

    All children of extraordinary privilege who have no respect for the legal system

    and please don’t pretend it isn’t a general attack on the church too

    Let’s see what they do after the appeal

  169. C.L.

    Ahahahahahahahaha …
    Memories:

  170. bespoke

    My guess is the report will have something obscure and irrelevant to collusion that monty will latch onto as a gotcher.

  171. Snoopy

    Mueller is an honest man who did an outstanding job.

    How many leakers on his own team did he charge?

  172. JC

    NBC reports: no indictments, no secret sealed section.
    Mueller officially a flop.

    and

    Infidel Tiger
    #2967569, posted on March 23, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Mueller is an honest man who did an outstanding job.

    He will be pilloried by the left for clearing Trump.

    I think everyone should cool it until the report itself or parts of it come out. No indictments means that Mueller recognizes the constitutional limitations in going after the president in court. In other words, it has to go through the congress. At least it may mean that. Wait!

  173. Dr Faustus

    I will telepathically stop Brexit!’: Illusionist Uri Geller vows to stop Theresa May taking Britain out of the European Union

    He wrote: ‘I feel psychically and very strongly that most British people do not want Brexit. I love you very much but I will not allow you to lead Britain into Brexit.

    ‘As much as I admire you, I will stop you telepathically from doing this – and believe me I am capable of executing it.

    You need special psychic powers to detect any form of leadership emanating from Ms May.

  174. calli

    Many…many words.

    Apparently it’s too big and complicated for the little people to understand.

  175. dover_beach

    Ahahahahahahahaha …
    Memories:

    Particularly funny was the woman talking about the metaphor being inapt because it was more like the bricks falling and the roof ‘buckling’. Can someone let her know that a roof collapses and a wall buckles. Dear oh dear.

  176. JC

    It’s nearly always about money with the left. You have have, they want it.

    Princeton Theological Seminary last year released a report describing its founders’ and early faculty’s ties to slavery. Now, some of its students want the school to take it a step further and provide reparations as financial restitution for its role in the slave trade.

    A group of black seminarians have collected more than 400 signatures in an online petition calling on the New Jersey school to “make amends” by setting aside $5.3 million annually – or 15 percent of what the seminary uses from the school’s endowment for its operating expenses – to fund tuition grants for black students and establish a Black Church Studies program.

    A progressive seminary like Princeton could be a pioneer by distributing reparations, said Justin Henderson, president of the Association of Black Seminarians, the group behind the petition. The school has confessed and repented for the “sin” of its role in slavery, but “repentance doesn’t end with confession,” said Henderson, who will finish his master of divinity studies in May.

    “Restitution is evidence of the repentance.,” he said. “This is how we know the person has repented.”

  177. notafan

    Is her name Henny Penny

    Seems like she really thought the sky was falling

  178. Herodotus

    C.L. above:
    Meanwhile, George Pell is being tortured in solitary confinement and all of the same journalists helped put him there with 20 years of incitement and lies.

    The Australian may need to look carefully at Nikki Gemmell’s piece today.

  179. OldOzzie

    Definition of honi soit qui mal y pense

    shamed be (the person) who thinks evil of it —motto of the Order of the Garter

    You need the context for this. The most popular story of how the Order of the Garter was founded involves Edward III and the Countess of Salisbury. She was dancing at a formal ball at Calais when her garter slipped off her leg and landed on the floor. Now this was the equivalent of someone losing their panties in public—the inference being that she was so accustomed to stripping for lovers that her garters wouldn’t stay put. Edward allegedly picked it up, put it on his arm and said “Honi soit qui mal y pense”, which became the motto of his new order of knights. Basically he was saying, “Take your minds out of the gutter, it is you who should be ashamed,” and his new order of knights was supposed to be 24 men who could keep their minds out of the gutter.

  180. 1735099

    Caroline Overington’s article (Trolling of the Belle – p19 – Weekend Oz) is a kick in the knackers for misogynistic trolls everywhere.
    Well done, that woman!

  181. calli

    All those old lefties hanging on by a thread to watch Trump imprisoned can now go to their eternal rest.

    They will live on though. The DNC electoral roll is forever.

  182. Snoopy

    No indictments means that Mueller recognizes the constitutional limitations in going after the president in court.

    I suppose Mueller may identify possible breaches of campaign finance laws. Exquisite irony that the report is submitted at the same time Avenatti gets busted for fraudulently concealing $952,000.

  183. mh

    Fox News

    Giuliani’s statement comes after Mueller transmitted his report to Attorney General William Barr.

    The conclusions are not yet known, but Barr indicated he might be able to advise Congress of the main takeaways as early as this weekend.

    That alone was cause for optimism in Trump world.

    “This is a grand slam for President Trump. If Barr says he can brief Congress by this weekend, that means he has nothing,” said Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who has advised Trump on the probe.

  184. calli

    Pell really isn’t “in solitary”. He is not alone.

  185. Boambee John

    Bruce of Newcastle

    I suspect Mueller is the only player who doesn’t want it released. Betcha he only agrees to its release after 99.9% of it is blacked out because national security/supersecrecy/prejudicing other investigations (especially ones into guys called Mueller, Rosenstein and Comey).

    I somehow doubt that Mueller will have much say in the matter!

  186. Bruce

    Re; “Bodyguard”.

    How the hell do you give a voice like this over to drugs?”

    The trail of tears following self-destructive musicians and other artistes is more like a multi-lane expressway.

    Whitney’s aunt Thelma had a REAL voice, one with BODY and soul and an impressive range. Whitney’s PR machine was bigger and better; her facilty with “life-choices”; apparently not to good.

  187. OldOzzie

    NZ no progressive promised land

    Gerard Henderson


    Without question, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has handled the aftermath of the Christchurch terrorist attack with exceptional empathy. This has led to a situation where, more than ever, she has been embraced by the left-of-centre media in Australia.

    Last Sunday, The Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter FitzSimons described Ardern as “one out of the box, a leader for her times”.

    This is symbolic of the Left’s recent embrace of the Land of the Long White Cloud. On January 9, for example, FitzSimons tweeted: “I ask again. Why are the Kiwis so much more sophisticated and progressive than us? What happened to the days when they were our poor backward cousins?”

    It’s not all that certain that New Zealanders were ever poor backward cousins to Australians. Nor is it evident today that New Zealanders are so much more sophisticated and progressive.

    It is worth remembering Ardern led her Labour Party to victory over Bill English’s National Party in September 2017 on a platform to reduce immigration. She scored fewer votes and seats than English but was able to form a government after doing a deal with populist New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. The record indicates, on a per capita basis, New Zealand’s humanitarian intake is significantly smaller than that of Australia.

    Then there’s the tragic massacre in Christchurch at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques by an Australian white supremacist. The attack took place in a nation that has weaker gun laws than any nation other than the US and Canada.

    In April 1996, following the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania, Liberal Party prime minister John Howard introduced tough new gun control legislation. He did so with the support of the Nationals, the Labor opposition and the states and territories. New Zealand did not follow suit. The Christchurch gunman would not have legally acquired such weaponry in Australia.

    Then there is intelligence and security. It is a matter of record that ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis has warned publicly of the danger of extreme right-wing groups in Australia. Peter Dutton has advised that he was briefed by ASIO on the white supremacist threat on his first day in the home affairs portfolio.

    Sure, since the Islamist attacks in the US in 2001 and in Bali the following year, the main focus in Australia has been on Islamist extremists. But the extreme right-wing threat has not been overlooked, especially since Anders Breivik’s terrorist attacks in Norway in July 2011.

    This is not the case in New Zealand. As Radio New Zealand reported on Wednesday, there is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of public documents from New Zealand’s Security Intelligence Service or Government Communications Security Bureau.

    Andrew Little, the Ardern government minister responsible for the SIS and GCSB, has said these agencies started looking seriously at right-wing extremism in 2017 and have yet to complete a risk assessment. However, Ardern announced on Thursday that New Zealand would strengthen its gun laws.

    If Ardern has emerged as the new secular saint then Scott Morrison is regarded, by some at least, as the new villain.

    After the massacre, the Prime Minister was subjected to a five-minute rant by Waleed Aly on Ten’s The Project.

    Aly said: “I know there are media reports going back eight years at a shadow cabinet meeting in which another senior politician suggested his party should use community concerns about Muslims in Australia failing to integrate as a political strategy.”

    He added: “That person is now the most senior politician we have.”

    Aly named Morrison — without checking with the Prime Minister’s office. The report in question was a leak from the shadow cabinet to journalist Lenore Taylor. In February 2011, she reported, in direct speech, that Morrison had urged the Coalition to capitalise on the “inability” of Muslims to integrate. It is mere hearsay — Taylor said that someone had told her about what Morrison had said in their presence. This overlooks the fact some people are verballed while some leakers have bad memories.

    Morrison told ABC television’s News Breakfast on Wednesday that the Aly claim was “a disgraceful smear and an appalling lie”.

    Even so, The Project’s Hamish Macdonald returned to the subject on Wednesday. Taylor’s report was “confirmed by multiple sources inside the room and denied by some others”, he said. Macdonald then claimed the report had been “verified” by senior journalists and Taylor stands by her story. Taylor’s report has not been “verified”.

    In his interview with the Prime Minister on The Project on Thursday, Aly did not desist from his allegation despite being informed that Morrison’s comments in 2010 related to the need to integrate Muslims in Australian society, not to capitalise on them. This is a damaging allegation since it is consistent with the left-wing narrative that Morrison is somehow responsible for the Christchurch tragedy.

    By the way, Aly missed The Project on Wednesday on account of an invitation to meet Ardern. Stand by for more praise of New Zealand as a more sophisticated and progressive land than Australia.

  188. Farmer Gez

    Reality eventually smacks the ABC in the face.
    ABC 774 Morning radio talking to an real estate investment specialist.
    Caller asks what they can get around Melb for five hundred grand. Specialist says a one or two bedroom apartment/unit 15-20 kms from the CBD.
    She advises the caller not to buy a ground floor unit because of security issues.
    Very safe city according to the ABC, except when it’s not.

  189. dover_beach

    The Australian may need to look carefully at Nikki Gemmell’s piece today.

    What does she emote?

  190. Shy Ted

    Thanks Tom, I accept the challenge. Meanwhile, what did I learn on my morning walk listening to ABC RN? Jonathan Green gets paid lotsa $$ to tell us he likes his toast cold so the big slab of butter doesn’t melt. He also supports shutting down the cattle industry. There’s a segment about “weed dating” where inner city types (Coburg, Vic) meet at each other’ pads and do the gardening. Interviewee is indigenous lady with 50,000 years of connection to the concrete and speaks English fluently and claims “my people have been practicing agriculture here for 50,000 years. Why oh why did the local council allow development on top of these sacred agricultural sites? Someone should at least have saved the tractors and harvesters and made them museum pieces but no, they’re lost, almost as though they never existed.

  191. mh

    WASHINGTON POLICE OFFICER, A FATHER OF THREE, KILLED BY ILLEGAL ALIEN

    A Washington state sheriff’s deputy Ryan Thompson — father to three children — was killed in the line of duty after an illegal alien sent him and his partner on a police chase before opening fire on them, Kittitas County sheriff officials revealed on Thursday.
    Thompson, according to Kittitas County officials, was shot and killed by 29-year-old illegal alien Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro who had been living in the United States illegally since he overstayed his H-2A visa in 2014.
    Thompson, a deputy with the department, and 22-year-old officer Benito Chavez were initially called on the evening of March 19 in response to a driver with road rage, police said. When Thompson and Chavez tried to stop the illegal alien driver, he fled into the Kittitas, Washington area
    .

    https://www.infowars.com/washington-police-officer-a-father-of-three-killed-by-illegal-alien/

  192. gorgiasl

    South Dakota passes a law to assure free speech in Universities:

    The Board of Regents shall require each institution under its control to maintain a commitment to the principles of free expression and encourage the timely and rational discussion of topics in an environment that is intellectually and ideologically diverse. Neither the Board of Regents nor any institution under its control may attempt to shield individuals from constitutionally protected speech, including ideas and opinions they find offensive, unwise, immoral, indecent, disagreeable, conservative, liberal, traditional, radical, or wrong-headed.

    Perhaps the Australian governments could take a leaf out of their book (fat chance).

  193. OldOzzie

    dover_beach
    #2967615, posted on March 23, 2019 at 11:46 am

    The Australian may need to look carefully at Nikki Gemmell’s piece today.

    What does she emote?

    Does the church really repent?

    Nikki Gemmell

    What stood out for me, before George Pell’s conviction became known, was the story that emerged out of Pennsylvania last year. Of the necklaces. The priests giving gold crosses to Catholic children in Pennsylvania, to secretly signal to other priests that these were the chosen ones. To be sexually abused. These were children who’d already been groomed. We’re not talking about a lone priest gone rogue here, but a collection of perverted, powerful men within a system that protected them. A grand jury report last August detailed the sexual abuse of about 1000 children by more than 300 Catholic priests over 70 years. “Priests were raping little boys and girls,” the legal document states, “and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades.”

    Can adults also be groomed? Of course. Groomed to doubt, to deny. Groomed to side with power. We saw it in Australia a few weeks ago when our nation was riven by the news of Cardinal Pell’s conviction. As my son said in bewilderment at the time, “Why all the outrage? It’s a convicted paedophile.” In his teenage mind it was clear-cut: a jury found him guilty on five counts, and it was unanimous. Why wasn’t the judicial process being respected?

    And so to those priests whose demeanour seems grievously removed from the most beautiful teachings of Christ, homilies that shine with humility, tenderness, generosity and grace. Do those priests have any idea what image they are presenting to us? They are advertisements for their church, and they are grievously wounding it.

    Over the years I’ve been bewildered by Pell’s callous attitude to victims of sexual abuse within the church. In his breathtakingly dismissive quote “it was of little interest to me” when questioned about paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale, in his decisions that protected the Church in ways that only increased the trauma to its victims. Deny, attack, diminish; Pell seemed like the church’s bull terrier par excellence. It felt, in his dismissal of the suffering of others, that the man was not fully formed as an empathetic, compassionate human being.

    As a mother, I feel disgust. Revulsion. Fury. At the necklaces. The clubbishness. The lofty arrogance. At the disconnection with the most humane lessons of Christ. This crisis within Catholicism feels like a gross affront to the most beautiful of Jesus’s teachings. By their arrogance and weakness these men of the church are destroying their institution. Who would want to join the priesthood now? Celibacy perverts. And now we have rage, among so many of us. Rage not aimed at the many good, gentle-spirited people who are lay Catholics, but at the church hierarchy and its acolytes who’ve been so quick to shout their anti rule-of-law admonishments.

    “I hear those voices that will not be drowned,” are the stirring words from Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes. And hopefully the victims’ voices will not be drowned by the deniers, the confusers and the spinners among us, sowing their seeds of doubt following Pell’s conviction. Hopefully the barrage of institutional affront we’re witnessing will only encourage more victims to speak out. To wrest revolutionary change upon Catholicism, because it’s crying out for it. And I say this as someone educated at a Catholic convent high school. Get rid of the vow of celibacy, and bring women into the church hierarchy. For God’s sake.

    This circling of the wagons over the Pell conviction is a PR catastrophe. Many Australians — most — don’t want denial and denigration of our judicial system, we want a courageous acknowledgment of mistakes so that a healing can begin. Yet what we got after the Pell bombshell was a slippery rewriting of fact combined with a denigration of our court system from people who weren’t in the courtroom. Smoke and mirrors. And it felt so very grubby. Sinister. Slick. Afraid.

  194. rickw

    A hyperactive limb-flailing imbecile, babbling compulsively in a torrent of extremist nonsense. This is the candidate the media have been looking for.

    Obama, now available in vanilla.

  195. Woolfe

    Here you go Dover

    What stood out for me, before George Pell’s conviction became known, was the story that emerged out of Pennsylvania last year. Of the necklaces. The priests giving gold crosses to Catholic children in Pennsylvania, to secretly signal to other priests that these were the chosen ones. To be sexually abused. These were children who’d already been groomed. We’re not talking about a lone priest gone rogue here, but a collection of perverted, powerful men within a system that protected them. A grand jury report last August detailed the sexual abuse of about 1000 children by more than 300 Catholic priests over 70 years. “Priests were raping little boys and girls,” the legal document states, “and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades.”
    Can adults also be groomed? Of course. Groomed to doubt, to deny. Groomed to side with power. We saw it in Australia a few weeks ago when our nation was riven by the news of Cardinal Pell’s conviction. As my son said in bewilderment at the time, “Why all the outrage? It’s a convicted paedophile.” In his teenage mind it was clear-cut: a jury found him guilty on five counts, and it was unanimous. Why wasn’t the judicial process being respected?
    And so to those priests whose demeanour seems grievously removed from the most beautiful teachings of Christ, homilies that shine with humility, tenderness, generosity and grace. Do those priests have any idea what image they are presenting to us? They are advertisements for their church, and they are grievously wounding it.
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    Over the years I’ve been bewildered by Pell’s callous attitude to victims of sexual abuse within the church. In his breathtakingly dismissive quote “it was of little interest to me” when questioned about paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale, in his decisions that protected the Church in ways that only increased the trauma to its victims. Deny, attack, diminish; Pell seemed like the church’s bull terrier par excellence. It felt, in his dismissal of the suffering of others, that the man was not fully formed as an empathetic, compassionate human being.
    As a mother, I feel disgust. Revulsion. Fury. At the necklaces. The clubbishness. The lofty arrogance. At the disconnection with the most humane lessons of Christ. This crisis within Catholicism feels like a gross affront to the most beautiful of Jesus’s teachings. By their arrogance and weakness these men of the church are destroying their institution. Who would want to join the priesthood now? Celibacy perverts. And now we have rage, among so many of us. Rage not aimed at the many good, gentle-spirited people who are lay Catholics, but at the church hierarchy and its acolytes who’ve been so quick to shout their anti rule-of-law admonishments.
    “I hear those voices that will not be drowned,” are the stirring words from Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes. And hopefully the victims’ voices will not be drowned by the deniers, the confusers and the spinners among us, sowing their seeds of doubt following Pell’s conviction. Hopefully the barrage of institutional affront we’re witnessing will only encourage more victims to speak out. To wrest revolutionary change upon Catholicism, because it’s crying out for it. And I say this as someone educated at a Catholic convent high school. Get rid of the vow of celibacy, and bring women into the church hierarchy. For God’s sake.
    This circling of the wagons over the Pell conviction is a PR catastrophe. Many Australians — most — don’t want denial and denigration of our judicial system, we want a courageous acknowledgment of mistakes so that a healing can begin. Yet what we got after the Pell bombshell was a slippery rewriting of fact combined with a denigration of our court system from people who weren’t in the courtroom. Smoke and mirrors. And it felt so very grubby. Sinister. Slick. Afraid.

  196. OldOzzie

    dover_beach
    #2967615, posted on March 23, 2019 at 11:46 am

    The Australian may need to look carefully at Nikki Gemmell’s piece today.

    What does she emote?

    Does the church really repent?

    Nikki Gemmell

    What stood out for me, before George Pell’s conviction became known, was the story that emerged out of Pennsylvania last year. Of the necklaces. The priests giving gold crosses to Catholic children in Pennsylvania, to secretly signal to other priests that these were the chosen ones. To be sexually abused. These were children who’d already been groomed. We’re not talking about a lone priest gone rogue here, but a collection of perverted, powerful men within a system that protected them. A grand jury report last August detailed the sexual abuse of about 1000 children by more than 300 Catholic priests over 70 years. “Priests were raping little boys and girls,” the legal document states, “and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades.”

    Can adults also be groomed? Of course. Groomed to doubt, to deny. Groomed to side with power. We saw it in Australia a few weeks ago when our nation was riven by the news of Cardinal Pell’s conviction. As my son said in bewilderment at the time, “Why all the outrage? It’s a convicted p##dophile.” In his teenage mind it was clear-cut: a jury found him guilty on five counts, and it was unanimous. Why wasn’t the judicial process being respected?

    And so to those priests whose demeanour seems grievously removed from the most beautiful teachings of Christ, homilies that shine with humility, tenderness, generosity and grace. Do those priests have any idea what image they are presenting to us? They are advertisements for their church, and they are grievously wounding it.

    Over the years I’ve been bewildered by Pell’s callous attitude to victims of sexual abuse within the church. In his breathtakingly dismissive quote “it was of little interest to me” when questioned about p##dophile priest Gerald Ridsdale, in his decisions that protected the Church in ways that only increased the trauma to its victims. Deny, attack, diminish; Pell seemed like the church’s bull terrier par excellence. It felt, in his dismissal of the suffering of others, that the man was not fully formed as an empathetic, compassionate human being.

    As a mother, I feel disgust. Revulsion. Fury. At the necklaces. The clubbishness. The lofty arrogance. At the disconnection with the most humane lessons of Christ. This crisis within Catholicism feels like a gross affront to the most beautiful of Jesus’s teachings. By their arrogance and weakness these men of the church are destroying their institution. Who would want to join the priesthood now? Celibacy perverts. And now we have rage, among so many of us. Rage not aimed at the many good, gentle-spirited people who are lay Catholics, but at the church hierarchy and its acolytes who’ve been so quick to shout their anti rule-of-law admonishments.

    “I hear those voices that will not be drowned,” are the stirring words from Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes. And hopefully the victims’ voices will not be drowned by the deniers, the confusers and the spinners among us, sowing their seeds of doubt following Pell’s conviction. Hopefully the barrage of institutional affront we’re witnessing will only encourage more victims to speak out. To wrest revolutionary change upon Catholicism, because it’s crying out for it. And I say this as someone educated at a Catholic convent high school. Get rid of the vow of celibacy, and bring women into the church hierarchy. For God’s sake.

    This circling of the wagons over the Pell conviction is a PR catastrophe. Many Australians — most — don’t want denial and denigration of our judicial system, we want a courageous acknowledgment of mistakes so that a healing can begin. Yet what we got after the Pell bombshell was a slippery rewriting of fact combined with a denigration of our court system from people who weren’t in the courtroom. Smoke and mirrors. And it felt so very grubby. Sinister. Slick. Afraid.

  197. Woolfe

    Sorry Dover tried to post it but awaiting moderation

  198. Boambee John

    Bruce if Newcastle

    Apparently the full Mueller report is already available on SCRIBD (whatever that is).

    m0nty can spend the next week reading it, looking for aaaanything, aaaaanything at all.

  199. C.L.

    Princeton Theological Seminary last year released a report describing its founders’ and early faculty’s ties to slavery. Now, some of its students want the school to take it a step further and provide reparations as financial restitution for its role in the slave trade.

    I would have thought being black at Princeton was reparations enough. What else do they want – a set of steak knives?

  200. OldOzzie

    SLEEPING GIANTS = WOKE MIDGETS

    Sleeping Giants, the advertiser-attacking Twitter site, made a big mistake yesterday. In fact, that mistake might be the biggest thing about Sleeping Giants, now exposed as a tiny leftist rabble.

    Their mistake? They decided to hold two public rallies against News Corp and Sky News. Andrew Bolt reports:

    I said Sleeping Giants, hounding advertisers to try to kill my Sky News show, was pretending to be vastly bigger on the Internet than they really were.

    Getting underway now. Absolutely blown away by this turnout.
    pic.twitter.com/JMrYoi1n0S
    — Alex McKinnon (@mckinnon_a) March 20, 2019

  201. Mother Lode

    Honi Soit used to be fun.

    They remember in the early 80’s when they ran Tin Tin comics (slightly modified) and had columns like Rodney and Fleur – rather like Debbie and Tim.

    By 1985 it had turned into a mirthless rag, paradoxically exuding a sense of extreme intellectual constipation and at the same time every page covered in shit.

  202. OldOzzie

    Boambee John
    #2967626, posted on March 23, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Bruce if Newcastle

    Apparently the full Mueller report is already available on SCRIBD (whatever that is).

    m0nty can spend the next week reading it, looking for aaaanything, aaaaanything at all.

    Nope

    This fake Mueller report is the ultimate troll

    We got got.

    Special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to the Attorney General on Friday afternoon. The investigation looks into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but despite calls for transparency from politicians, Americans, and emboldened mothers on social media, the report hasn’t been released to the public yet.

    Another report has been making the rounds, even if it’s not the one Mueller delivered to William Barr.

    Adam Rawnsley

    @arawnsley
    Oh man https://www.scribd.com/document/402800029/Report-from-the-Special-Counsel-Investigation-into-Russian-Interference-During-and-Before-the-2016-Presidential-Election

    Report from the Special Counsel Investigation into Russian Interference During and Before the 2016…

    scribd.com

    The document, which is a glorious 69 pages long, is titled “Report from the Special Counsel Investigation into Russian Interference During and Before the 2016 Presidential Election.”

    Page 1 is an innocuous table of contents, but pages 2-69 are something even more juicy than any indictment

  203. Snoopy

    Getting underway now. Absolutely blown away by this turnout. pic.twitter.com/JMrYoi1n0S
    — Alex McKinnon (@mckinnon_a) March 20, 2019

    I see they attracted a well-known feminist to the demo (back row, 6th from left).

  204. dover_beach

    Thank you, Old Ozzie.

  205. LOL at you lot declaring victory already. Wait until we see the report before making that call.

  206. Boambee John

    From the Nikki Gemmell article

    A grand jury report last August detailed the sexual abuse of about 1000 children by more than 300 Catholic priests over 70 years.

    Even taking the statement at face value, the number of alleged offenders and victims over the claimed period does not indicate that there was a continuous orgy under way.

  207. Rossini

    egg_
    #2967453, posted on March 23, 2019 at 8:30 am
    Thanks for that….coffee all over keyboard!

  208. C.L.

    In his teenage mind it was clear-cut: a jury found him guilty on five counts, and it was unanimous. Why wasn’t the judicial process being respected?

    LOL.

  209. calli

    They look very diverse.

    Who exactly is Boy Cott? Is he George’s brother?

  210. Sinclair Davidson

    I wouldn’t worry too much about Nikki Gemmell – her articles are incoherent and I stopped reading after this astonishing effort.

  211. OldOzzie

    Snoopy
    #2967633, posted on March 23, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Getting underway now. Absolutely blown away by this turnout. pic.twitter.com/JMrYoi1n0S
    — Alex McKinnon (@mckinnon_a) March 20, 2019

    I see they attracted a well-known feminist to the demo (back row, 6th from left).

    Snoopy,

    I am a bit blind – is that Richard Di Natale next to the Feminists/Lady in Black

  212. Sinclair Davidson

    Wait until we see the report before making that call.

    Well here is the Communist News Network already back peddling.

    But if Mueller stops short of producing a smoking gun, President Donald Trump is sure to declare all-out victory and claim total vindication.
    Of course, the reality is more nuanced.

    I think ‘nuance’ is American for the ‘vibe of it’.

  213. rickw

    These are the editors responsible for this savagery: Baopu He, Pranay Jha, Karishma Luthria, Nell O’Grady, Jessica Syed, Liam Thorne, Joseph Verity, Carrie Wen, Annie Zhang, Alan Zheng

    Largely the poisonous fruit of multiculturalism.

  214. OldOzzie

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2967642, posted on March 23, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    I wouldn’t worry too much about Nikki Gemmell – her articles are incoherent and I stopped reading after this astonishing effort.

    Thanks Sinclair – Definitely a Diatribe that – The Lady does have problems

  215. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2967635, posted on March 23, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    LOL at you lot declaring victory already. Wait until we see the report before making that call.

    Says the bloke who has been predicting (and celebrating) Trump’s imminent indictment and impeachment for two years!

  216. C.L.

    A grand jury report last August detailed the sexual abuse of about 1000 children by more than 300 Catholic priests over 70 years…

    Celibacy perverts.

    In Chicago’s atheist public schools between 2008 to 2017:

    On Friday, the [Chicago] Tribune released the results of an investigation into Chicago Public Schools’ handling of sexual abuse and assault cases, drawing on police data, public and confidential records, and interviews with students and parents.

    It’s rage-inducing.

    Now we know that CPS students have been sexually abused and raped at jaw-dropping numbers — police investigated 523 reports during a 10-year period, or an average of one report each week.

    Now we know that students have been sharing their school buildings with educators and staff who have criminal convictions and arrests for sex crimes against children, despite mandatory background checks for all potential school staff, volunteers and contract workers.

    “At least nine of the 72 Chicago school workers identified by the Tribune as being accused of abusing students since 2008 had prior arrests related to alleged sexual offenses involving children, or drug, weapons, assault or theft allegations that signaled they could be a threat to children,” my colleagues report.

    Now we know that when students disclosed abuse to their teachers or principals, those teachers and principals sometimes failed to call child welfare investigators or police, even though state law requires them to do so.

    Now we know that sex between a student and a teacher is legal in Illinois, as long as the student is over age 17 and no force is involved. “In some states,” my colleagues report, “having sex with a student is a crime regardless of age because the power held by teachers makes it difficult for young adults to freely consent or decline.”

    Now we know this scourge knows no neighborhood boundaries. “CPS employees sexually violated students in schools ranging from sports powerhouse Simeon to selective-enrollment Payton College Prep high school, police and school records show,” my colleagues report.

    “The adults involved,” they report, “included award-winning teachers, lunchroom aides, counselors and coaches, security officers and two deans.”

    Now we know.

    Aethist state schools pervert.

  217. RobK

    Solar threatens to bring down Perth’s power grid

    Daniel MercerThe West Australian

    Saturday, 23 March 2019 2:00AM

    Homes across Perth and WA’s south face widespread blackouts within a few years according to a bombshell report that calls for urgent upgrades to the system to accommodate rocketing levels of renewable energy.

    The Australian Energy Market Operator, which runs the south-west electricity market, said there was now so much solar power flooding into the grid at certain times the system risked becoming “inoperable”.

    Energy Minister Bill Johnston said he agreed with the report’s findings, and the State Government had launched a plan to deal with the problems it identifies.

    AEMO warned if nothing was done to safeguard the grid by next year, there was a “credible” danger of rolling blackouts from as early as 2022 as soaring levels of renewable energy periodically overwhelmed the system.

    At worst, AEMO warned there was a “real risk” of a system-wide blackout.

    To head off the problem, AEMO wants all new solar panels to be installed with “smart” inverters that would allow output from those systems to be pared back or switched off in emergency situations, with customers to pay for the devices.

    It has also called for investment in new hardware known as “synchronous condensers” to help strengthen the system, along with large-scale batteries to soak up excess solar power during the day and provide back-up electricity at other times.

    …….
    RTWT.
    The hidden costs of renewables starts to bite in WA. Will anyone notice.

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