Open Forum: April 20, 2019

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  1. Oh come on

    True. Especially when he missed the 2015 finals for ‘mental health’* issues

    Has he just come home from fighting a war?

    If yes, fair enough.

    If no, just bugger off ya druggie and stop wasting everyone’s time.

  2. Knuckle Dragger

    Candy,

    The situation OB describes, and that I agree with, is not isolated or even uncommon.

    They become ‘content’. Extremely content. Even morbidly content.

    Then they decide they need to find themselves, spend thousands of hubby’s hard earned on treadmills and active wear and before long it’s new bloke, half if not more of hubby’s stuff, a kick start to the next chapter in life and the process repeats itself.

    This continues until age about 45 or so, when they finally realise that no matter how many diet shakes or Pilates classes they take, the best they will ever look like is Bronwyn Bishop.

    Then – and only then – it’s crazy cat lady time, blaming everyone 20 years ago who told her she could have everything at once.

  3. Oh come on

    Aliir Aliir in the back pocket now sports a gold mohawk. As the saying goes, if you want the flashy look you better be able to play.

    Weagles went down that route in the early 2000s. They could play but…how’s Ben Cousins travelling today? And Chris Judd disappeared up his own arsehole in a tragic attempt to find his intellectual side.

  4. Armadillo

    Is Arma wearing his blue frock?

    Just for the record, it was a “Blue Floral” dress.

  5. Armadillo

    Records need to be accurate.

  6. Leigh Lowe

    True. Especially when he missed the 2015 finals for ‘mental health’* issues

    Changing the subject completely, did they ever get to the bottom of this.

  7. Nick

    Shit, I’m surprised we haven’t had a Cat giving us a blow by blow description of a Ben Hur, it’s on tonight.

  8. areff

    Even Carlton will do better than they, next year.

    Lwet us hope the Blues’ revival doesn’t begin tomorrow around one-ish o’clock.

  9. Leigh Lowe

    Shit, I’m surprised we haven’t had a Cat giving us a blow by blow description of a Ben Hur, it’s on tonight.

    How did Buddy go?
    Win the chariot race?

  10. Armadillo

    Has mOnster agreed to “pay up” for his bet with Dot yet?

    That was pretty despicable behaviour. Squirming and turning.

    He lost the bet. Just pay up.

  11. egg_

    Nothing with a giraffe design?

  12. Overburdened

    https://youtu.be/Gxakg-EgCkk

    Tiges get up

    Have played in the colours at 3 clubs and never been a Tigers fan.

    Footy’s funny

  13. Ellie

    Nick, since switching channels to macquarie sports radio, I have learnt a lot. I use to play professional sport. Not the bitchy type though. You called it long before me.
    Kudos.

  14. Armadillo

    Sinc, please ban Egg.

  15. Confused Old Misfit

    You Need Never Get Old!

  16. Leigh Lowe

    That said, I must say without any real fear of contradiction that the Swans are shit. Fancied early on by the fourth estate, they’ve proven to be slow, self-centred and lazy.

    I don’t think the meeja have quite grasped how ordinary they are.
    OK, they beat Carlton, but they average around 65 points a game in the other four games.
    That is about four goals short of the scoring to make finals I think, especially with the new rules.

  17. Nick

    Lwet us hope the Blues’ revival doesn’t begin tomorrow around one-ish o’clock.

    Noooo 🙂
    I had lunch with the Grandfather of one of your forward line this week.

  18. John Constantine

    What if poor people with guns and under pressure out in remote smalltown Australia did drivebys and killed their neighbors as frequently as poor people with guns and under pressure in Mexican cartel towns and American democrat run welfare cities do?.

    Is the lack of shootings because of gunlaws [ not as strict as democrat city gun laws] or Australian stale pale culture, or is it simply the lack of Mexican and democrat city wasteland triggers?.

    Will we find out in the near future?.

  19. Nick

    Nick, since switching channels to macquarie sports radio, I have learnt a lot. I use to play professional sport. Not the bitchy type though. You called it long before me.
    Kudos.

    Sorry Ellie, you’re going to have to explain that one.

  20. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I haven’t smoked in over 20 years and gave them away because they were getting too expensive at about $7.00 for a pack of 25 Winnies.

    Two monumental events occurred in 1975.

    I gave up smoking, and ummm yeah oh yes, Gough Whitlam was chucked out in a landslide.

  21. Knuckle Dragger

    Simon Goodwin at the presser:

    ‘Things are a bit challenging at the moment’

    No shit, Captain Obvious.

  22. jupes

    I don’t think the meeja have quite grasped how ordinary they are.

    Definitely a bottom four side.

    But all good blokes apparently.

  23. Overburdened

    Last comment about the footy

    LL

    If I wAs to pick an invincible team, Franklin would be in it.

    I reckon the other blokes in my selection would keep him on the program and he would excel within those limitations.

  24. Nick

    Or in a Finals match I wouldn’t, Overburdened.

  25. Nick

    Not in a Finals match I wouldn’t, Overburdened.

  26. John Constantine

    How dependent have their turnbullites made australia on hot money from chicom crooks, to disguise a per capita recession and flatline wages growth in the non-government economy?.

    What if the Trumpnado cracks down on the chicom organised crime cartels, and they have less dodgy money to launder through australia?.

    How long will it take to find out if australia was that good at selling stuff, or just never asked where the easy money came from?.

    Comrade Maaaaaaates?.

  27. Overburdened

    Fuck I think that last post sounds like something one of the unmentionables here would say.

  28. jupes

    If I wAs to pick an invincible team, Franklin would be in it.

    Of all time? Surely not. This century? Probably.

  29. Overburdened

    Jupes

    As my daughter told me when I tried the when I was a boy routine on her, ‘I don’t know what that was like I only know what I know now’.

    She was 14 and is now 35+.

    I’m only thinking of the players I know first hand.

    Watching Cameron Ling interviewing Justin Martin, it is apparent that even in his day Ling couldn’t have run next to Martin.

    In the end you can be as sentimental as you want, but the heroes of yesterday aren’t in the hunt.

  30. Leigh Lowe

    Maybe not Buddy’s fault totally, but I don’t see the sort of forward play that, say, Collingwood are doing, or even Essendon over the last 3 weeks.
    Move it in quick and, if the target doesn’t mark, there are crumbers are all over it.
    Very static and easy to defend.
    This has always been my criticism of Longmire and Lyon coached sides.
    Too conservative and too rigid.
    They hope to win with a Premier League scoreline (4 : 2).
    If the opposition cut loose and score five in ten minutes there is no coming back.
    Plus it is shit to watch.

  31. Arky

    Take it to Big Footy, ya fuckin’ idjits.

  32. memoryvault

    Will we find out in the near future?.

    Yes.

  33. Leigh Lowe

    Whistle!!!
    50 metres against you Arky.
    No talking back to the ump.

  34. Arky

    Here.
    Go there.
    Knock yourselves out.
    If you are lucky you might find Monty too.

  35. None

    The UNs cultural agency said the reconstruction of Notre Dame must protect the universal value of the site but that it doesnt mean the cathedral must be rebuilt exactly as it was.
    A delegation from UNESCO, which oversees global heritage issues, met with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday.
    According to Macrons office, UNESCO representatives said they were ready to help with the reconstruction of Notre Dame, especially by providing technical expertise.
    UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay said the monuments integrity and authenticity must be respected, since its a World Heritage site, but that doesnt mean the site must remain unchanged. The comments were reported by Macrons office.
    UNESCO formally recognizes the right of each generation to participate in humanitys heritage including through adaptation to natural and historic processes of change and transformation and new possibilities offered by evolving technologies

    Someone frigging tell UNESCO to fuck right off.

  36. Armadillo

    All the “AFL Footy Talk” is rather gay. Admiring dickheads prancing about in shorts a Ballerina would wear seems a bit weird.

    Its why nut jobs like mOnster earn a living out of “Fantasy Football”.

    Its insane. Find a decent sport to follow. Like Golf. Or Motor Racing.

    Something where blokes aren’t “lathering up in the shower together” would be a start.

    Shooting a few Roo’s or Pigs would be a more worthwhile weekend hobby.

  37. Arky

    This is a forum for discussing politics, economics and other important shit such as the restoration of Model A Fords and procedures for killing and preparing armadillos for the pot.

  38. Leigh Lowe

    The choices are …
    1. Billy vs Scomo;
    2. Why did Jesus pick Friday; or
    3. Footy.
    .
    Tough.

  39. Arky

    2. Why did Jesus pick Friday; or

    ..
    The blog owner has spoken on that. It was because the joos had no zero.

  40. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This is a forum for discussing politics, economics and other important shit such as the restoration of Model A Fords and procedures for killing and preparing armadillos for the pot.

    You forgot the rights and wrongs of conscription, and the Viet Nam war. Numbers Bob will not give you a good term report.

  41. Overburdened

    LL

    Wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments and would say that KPI’s and associated bullshit has overtaken the game to the point where the players are robots.

    Thank xxxx it’s a game that humans play so moments of endeavour still come through.

    All these vegans worried about milk production or battery chooks should get down to the footy clubs to see how a noble creature running inspirationally has been turned into a product.

  42. Knuckle Dragger

    I’ll do it.

    UNESCO,

    Notre Dame is not yours. I for one don’t care how much the French surrender weasels have put in your coffers, that does not give you the right to tell them how they can reconstruct their own building.

    I have a personal view on the matter. My view does not matter because it’s not my building. If the French want to break ND down into several billion yonnies and have its citizens peg them at cats, it is their business. Not yours.

    To conclude – fuck off and fuck off now.

    KD
    Defender of Surrender Weasels

  43. memoryvault

    John Constantine

    John, I hate to have to break this to you mate, but your “Chicom” invasion is over.
    Chinese investment in Australia fell 36% in 2018.
    Their money is now staying home, or migrating to Trumperica.
    Same difference.

  44. Armadillo

    The AFL will be all mixed teams before long.

    I suspect they already are.

  45. Arky

    The AFL will be all mixed teams before long.

    ..
    Both dick wavers and dwarf incinerators?

  46. Oh come on

    LOL Mark Dice has absolutely owned Brian Stelter. To the point that it’s getting kind of awkward.

  47. Leigh Lowe

    The blog owner has spoken on that. It was because the joos had no zero

    Wrong.
    It was either premature resurrection or something to do with Sunday penalty rates.

  48. Oh come on

    that does not give you the right to tell them how they can reconstruct their own building.

    It does if they’re taking UNESCO money for the purpose.

  49. Overburdened

    Arma

    In terms of body work, any sort of physical activity is good.

    Sports folks have the benefit of a lifestyle, which I wish I could not have said, that promotes their physical wellbeing.

    This is to a certain point.

    The specific injuries and ongoing joint issues that different sports propagate are not often in the public focus.

    I have been fortunate to follow one form of body work for 40 years where the principle is for you to always be anatomically correct.

    This is why I continue to maintain my physical fitness and activity level.

    People that lounge around really aren’t in the conversation in my experience and I can confirm that as far as footy goes, the older I get the better I used to be and I play my best game from the fence.

    I’d refer you to my previous post suggesting that they may bring in size limitations so that girls could play in the AFL.

    It’s a fn joke

  50. Overburdened

    Ffs

    https://www.cooks.com/recipe/314b43me/baked-armadillo.html

    If not for fond memories of whaketete bay and the square kauri I would have ignored a sheeprooting cog head who obviously knows nothing about footy in spite of sucking on the teat.

    Being magnanimous, I offer you the recipe to fuck off and try to cook.

  51. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’m looking for guidance here, on the Cat.

    I’m transcribing my great uncle’s war diaries. North Africa, September, 1942.

    “The whole place is full of knocked out Jerry tanks, burned out trucks, and dead Huns. They all smell pretty ripe.”

    How does one transcribe this to the delicate sensibilities of Gen Snowflake?

  52. Steve trickler

    Nice work, Bob.

    Fresh footage from the Machynlleth Loop.

    It is all the USA. Still no RAF to be seen.



  53. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘The German orchard had yet to be harvested. Although the au pairs should have completed that task two weeks ago, it mattered not as the air was ripe with the tang of fermentation, and the promise of late season cider.’

  54. Overburdened

    Power out n iPod about to run out of battery.

    Tough in the bush.

    Fairly regular event here.

    The tourists will view this as roughing it.

    Good night.

  55. Armadillo

    The Administration of ALL “Footy Codes” have now pretty much stuffed the game.

    Mothers used serve the pies and chips in the tuckshop at an affordable price. Their daughters watched the game to ‘pick out the one’, and fathers would hover.

    Nowadays, the daughters see them on a TV screen and send nude photos of themselves.

    Progress.

  56. Steve trickler

    A lot of pilots from the RAF will be spewing.

    The Americans are loving it. And they are rubbing it in.

    Hahaa!

  57. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Curse you Knuckledragger..I march on Anzac Day, wearing his medals on the right side, as it is right and proper to do, and I remember the memory of a soldier of 2/32nd Battalion – a volunteer to serve overseas, and a mortar number one – which is what his brother’s grandson was – learned his trade on the 81mm F1 and F2 tubes…

  58. 2dogs

    It does if they’re taking UNESCO money for the purpose.

    If UNESCO is attempting to donate money with strings attached, the parish council of Notre Dame Council would be well advised to tell them to go and get stuffed.

    I’m quite sure they could raise all the money they need from Catholics that respect the principle of subsidiarity.

    I’d be happy to make a donation on that basis.

  59. Knuckle Dragger

    Indeed, 2dogs.

    Apparently a couple of billionaire types pledged over 700 Million euros on the day of the fire. God knows what the donated amount is now.

    If UNESCO haven’t given them money yet, tell them to fuck off.

    If they have, the Frogs can give it back and then tell them to fuck off.

  60. Overburdened

    ZK2A

    The truth is always the best.

    Down to 5% battery.

    Thank fuck

  61. Overburdened

    Last gasp before the battery dies

    This is why only the top bit of Notre Dame was ruined.

    It’s all about resetting

  62. Steve trickler

    The entire clip is a visual feast. Check it out from 3:17+



  63. Confused Old Misfit

    Steve trickler
    #2993429, posted on April 20, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    A lot of pilots from the RAF will be spewing.

    The Americans are loving it. And they are rubbing it in.

    And they should be spewing. Their pussy government is probably scared of what might happen to their budgets if Corbyn gets in or they actually do leave the EU.
    The septics are so freakin’ good because they spend money train pilots.
    An untrained pilot is just throwing money away.
    Defense departments are good at that.

  64. C.L.

    Bad news for Germany and Austria, which provide SIG Sauer P220 pistols, Glock 19 pistols, SIG SG 550 assault rifles and Heckler & Koch MP7 armor-piercing submachine guns to the Swiss Guard …

    Pope: Countries that sell arms have no right to talk about peace.

  65. C.L.

    Yes folks. The halberds are just for show.

  66. Confused Old Misfit

    “The whole place is full of knocked out Jerry tanks, burned out trucks, and dead Huns. They all smell pretty ripe.”

    You quote that. Without comment or embellishment.

    How does one transcribe this to the delicate sensibilities of Gen Snowflake?

    You don’t.
    If the pussies can’t handle it, TFB.

  67. Candy:

    Just a tiny possibility now that Bill Shorten with one more error will step down due to family issues and Ms Plibersek take over.

    Shorten knows where all the bodies are buried. That is all I am going to say.

  68. None:

    UNESCO formally recognizes the right of each generation to participate in humanitys heritage including through adaptation to natural and historic processes of change and transformation and new possibilities offered by evolving technologies

    Yep.
    It’s going to have minarets.
    Then the French will burn that fucker down again.

  69. Knuckle Dragger:

    If UNESCO haven’t given them money yet, tell them to fuck off.
    If they have, the Frogs can give it back and then tell them to fuck off.

    The third alternative is to buy ten tons of cocaine and dish it out to the army lads next Bastille Day.
    …and hire 10 thousand willing young lasses to supply the breasts to have it snorted off.

  70. Whoops.

    The number of Americans who approve of Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a redacted version of Mueller’s report on Thursday, according to a Reuters/Ipsos online opinion poll.

  71. struth

    TDS…on Easter Sunday.
    Sad.
    Very Sad.
    Good Moaning and Happy Easter to all catallaxillians.

    May your chocolate scoffing be accompanied by a lovely hot coffee.

  72. Mater

    The number of Americans who approve of Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a redacted version of Mueller’s report on Thursday, according to a Reuters/Ipsos online opinion poll.

    Clinton leads Trump by 12 points in Reuters/Ipsos poll – 24 Aug 16

    Clinton leads Trump by 5 points: Reuters/Ipsos poll – 1 Oct 16

    Clinton leads Trump by 5 points in presidential race: Reuters/Ipsos poll – 8 Oct 16

    Clinton far ahead in Electoral College race: Reuters/Ipsos poll – 23 Oct 16

    Clinton has 90 percent chance of winning: Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation – 8 Nov 16

  73. Tom

    Pro tip: apart from being ignorant loudmouth knowalls, leftard trolls are as dumb as dogshit.

  74. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Pro tip: apart from being ignorant loudmouth knowalls, leftard trolls are as dumb as dogshit.

    that’s a bit harsh … on dogshit

  75. Tom

    Wow. Prettiest blood-red sunrise I have seen for years — on Easter Sunday! What a beautiful universe it is.

  76. calli

    Christos anesti!

    And what a glorious day it is. The sun has just popped up over the wetlands, the long rays casting shadows over the short mown grass and turning the still, unruffled lake into a golden mirror. All is quiet but for a lone golfer on the first.

    Easter blessings to all Cats.

  77. Bruce of Newcastle

    Here’s one for Numbers who says all the time that Trump has a weight problem.
    Photo
    Nice hat. For a guy who is 72 he looks pretty amazing.

    White House releases snaps of Trump golfing with Rush Limbaugh

  78. rickw

    UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay said the monuments integrity and authenticity must be respected, since its a World Heritage site, but that doesnt mean the site must remain unchanged. The comments were reported by Macrons office.
    UNESCO formally recognizes the right of each generation to participate in humanitys heritage including through adaptation to natural and historic processes of change and transformation and new possibilities offered by evolving technologies

    Strange how UNESCO are more liberal than your average suburban planning department.

  79. rickw

    Wow. Prettiest blood-red sunrise I have seen for years — on Easter Sunday! What a beautiful universe it is.

    Watching it come up from the start, glorious!

  80. calli

    Nick, you pined for a live-blog of the race last night.

    I refused to watch – it was the 2016 pale imitation. Only Charlton does it right. Maybe next year.

  81. There’s been plenty of heat about the Mueller Report here, but buggerall light.
    Below, as a service to those who have a genuine interest, rather than a barrow to push, are some relevant excerpts from the document.
    I’ve highlighted some significant observations.
    Suffice it to say, taken as a whole (inasmuch as this is possible, given the substantial redactions), the report does not exonerate Fatty 5D+, despite his statements to the contrary. In fact it opens a can of very smelly worms, which will no doubt, dog him for the rest of his presidency.
    I’ll need some more time to read every (unredacted) line, in reference to Fatty 5D’s statements, but what is contained in this report and what he has tweeted since its release are disconnected in reality and have my ICD* working overtime.

    RUSSIAN SOCIAL MEDIAQ CAMPAIGN (p4)
    The IRA (Internet Research Association – i.e. Russian Intelligence Unit) later used social media accounts and interest groups to sow discord in the U.S. political system through what it termed “information warfare.” The campaign evolved from a generalized program designed in 2014 and 2015 to undermine the U.S. electoral system, to a targeted operation that by early 2016 favored candidate Trump and disparaged candidate Clinton. The IRA’ s operation also included the purchase of political advertisements on social media in the names of U.S. persons and entities, as well as the staging of political rallies inside the United States. To organize those rallies, IRA employees posed as U.S. grassroots entities and persons and made contact with Trump supporters and Trump Campaign officials in the United States. The investigation did not identify evidence that any U.S. persons conspired or coordinated with the IRA. Section II of this report details the Office’s investigation of the Russian social media campaign.

    RUSSIAN CONTACTS WITH THE CAMPAIGN (P5)
    The social media campaign and the GRU hacking operations coincided with a series of contacts between Trump Campaign officials and individuals with ties to the Russian government. The Office investigated whether those contacts reflected or resulted in the Campaign conspiring or coordinating with Russia in its election-interference activities. Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.
    The Russian contacts consisted of business connections, offers of assistance to the Campaign, invitations for candidate Trump and Putin to meet in person, invitations for Campaign officials and representatives of the Russian government to meet, and policy positions seeking improved U.S.-Russian relations. Section IV of this Report details the contacts between Russia and the Trump Campaign during the campaign and transition periods, the most salient of which are summarized below in chronological order.
    Summer 2016. Russian outreach to the Trump Campaign continued into the summer of 2016, as candidate Trump was becoming the presumptive Republican nominee for President. On June 9, 2016, for example, a Russian lawyer met with senior Trump Campaign officials Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and campaign chairman Paul Manafort to deliver what the email proposing the meeting had described as “official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary.” The materials were offered to Trump Jr. as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” The written communications setting up the meeting showed that the Campaign anticipated receiving information from Russia that could assist candidate Trump’s electoral prospects, but the Russian lawyer’s presentation did not provide such information.
    Days after the June 9 meeting, on June 14, 2016, a cybersecurity firm and the DNC announced that Russian government hackers had infiltrated the DNC and obtained access to opposition research on candidate Trump, among other documents.
    In July 2016, Campaign foreign policy advisor Carter Page traveled in his personal capacity to Moscow and gave the keynote address at the New Economic School. Page had lived and worked in Russia between 2003 and 2007. After returning to the United States, Page became acquainted with at least two Russian intelligence officers, one of whom was later charged in 2015 with conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of Russia . Page ‘s July 2016 trip to Moscow and his advocacy for pro-Russian foreign policy drew media attention. The Campaign then distanced itself from Page and, by late September 2016, removed him from the Campaign.
    COMMUNICATIONS DELETED (P10)
    Further, the Office learned that some of the individuals we interviewed or whose conduct we investigated-including some associated with the Trump Campaign—deleted relevant communications or communicated during the relevant period using applications that feature encryption or that do not provide for long-term retention of data or communications records. In such cases, the Office was not able to corroborate witness statements through comparison to contemporaneous communications or fully question witnesses about statements that appeared inconsistent with other known facts.
    Accordingly, while this report embodies factual and legal determinations that the Office believes to be accurate and complete to the greatest extent possible, given these identified gaps, the Office cannot rule out the possibility that the unavailable information would shed additional light on (or cast in a new light) the events described in the report.
    IRA ORGANISED TRUMP RALLIES (P31)
    From June 2016 until the end of the presidential campaign, almost all of the U.S. rallies organized by the IRA focused on the U.S. election, often promoting the Trump Campaign and opposing the Clinton Campaign. Pro-Trump rallies included three in New York; a series of pro-Trump rallies in Florida in August 2016; and a series of pro-Trump rallies in October 2016 in Pennsylvania. The Florida rallies drew the attention of the Trump Campaign, which posted about the Miami rally on candidate Trump’s Facebook account (as discussed below).86
    b. CONTACT WITH TRUMP CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS IN CONNECTION TO RALLIES (P35)
    Starting in June 2016, the IRA contacted different U.S. persons affiliated with the Trump Campaign in an effort to coordinate pro-Trump IRA-organized rallies inside the United States. In all cases, the IRA contacted the Campaign while claiming to be U.S. political activists working on behalf of a conservative grassroots organization. The IRA’s contacts included requests for signs and other materials to use at rallies, 107 as well as requests to promote the rallies and help coordinate Iogistics. 108 While certain campaign volunteers agreed to provide the requested support (for example, agreeing to set aside a number of signs), the investigation has not identified evidence that any Trump Campaign official understood the requests were coming from foreign nationals.
    * * *
    In sum, the investigation established that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election through the “active measures” social media campaign carried out by the IRA, an organization funded by Prigozhin and companies that he controlled . As explained further in Volume I, Section V.A, infra, the Office concluded (and a grand jury has alleged) that Prigozhin, his companies , and IRA employees violated U.S. law through these operations, principally by undermining through deceptive acts the work of federal agencies charged with regulating foreign influence in U.S. elections .

    THE PRESIDENT’S CONDUCT
    1. The President Again Seeks to Have Sessions Reverse his Recusal (p107)
    After returning Sessions’s resignation letter at the end of May 2017 , but before the President’s July 19, 2017 New York Times interview in which he publicly criticized Sessions for recusing from the Russia investigation, the President took additional steps to have Sessions reverse his recusal. In particular, at some point after the May 17, 2017 appointment of the Special Counsel, Sessions recalled, the President called him at home and asked if Sessions would “unrecuse ” himself. 736 According to Sessions, the President asked him to reverse his recusal so that Sessions could direct the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute Hillary Clinton, and the “gist” of the conversation was that the President wanted Sessions to unrecus e from “all of it,” including the Special Counsel’s Russia investigation. 737 Sessions listened but did not respond, and he did not reverse his recusal or order an investigation of Clinton. 738 Third , many of the President’s acts directed at witnesses, including discouragement of cooperation with the government and suggestions of possible future pardons , occurred in public view. While it may be more difficult to establish that public-facing acts were motivated by a corrupt intent, the President’s power to influence actions , persons, and events is enhanced by his unique ability to attract attention through use of mass communications . And no principle of law excludes public acts from the scope of obstruction statutes. If the likely effect of the acts is to intimidate witnesses or alter their testimony , the justice system’s integrity is equally threatened. 2. Although the events we investigated involved discrete acts- e.g., the President’s statement to CoMey about the Flynn investigation , his termination of Comey, and his efforts to remove the Special Counsel – it is important to view the President ‘s pattern of conduct as a whole. That pattern sheds light on the nature of the President ‘s acts and the inferences that can be drawn about his intent.
    a. Our investigation found multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations, including the Russian-interference and obstruction investigations. The incidents were often carried out through one-on-one meetings in which the President sought to use his official power outside of usual channels. These actions ranged from efforts to remove the Special Counsel and to reverse the effect of the Attorney General ‘s recusal; to the attempted use of official power to limit the scope of the investigation; to direct and indirect contacts with witnesses with the potential to influence their testimony. Viewing the acts collectively can help to illuminate their significance. For example , the President ‘s direction to McGahn to have the Special Counsel removed was followed almost immediately by his direction to Lewandowski to tell the Attorney General to limit the scope of the Russia investigation to prospective election-interference only-a temporal connection that suggests that both acts were taken with a related purpose with respect to the investigation.

    THE PRESIDENT’S ACTIONS (p158)
    Soon after he fired Comey, however, the President became aware that investigators were conducting an obstruction-of-justice inquiry into his own conduct. That awareness marked a significant change in the President’s conduct and the start of a second phase of action. The President launched public attacks on the investigation and individuals involved in it who could possess evidence adverse to the President, while in private, the President engaged in a series of targeted efforts to control the investigation. For instance, the President attempted to remove the Special Counsel; he sought to have Attorney General Sessions unrecuse himself and limit the investigation; he sought to prevent public disclosure of information about the June 9, 2016 meeting between Russians and campaign officials; and he used public forums to attack potential witnesses who might offer adverse information and to praise witnesses who declined to cooperate with the government. Judgments about the nature of the President’s motives during each phase would be informed by the totality of the evidence.

    PRESIDENT’S REFUSAL TO BE INTERVIEWED (Appendix C2)
    Recognizing that the President would not be interviewed voluntarily, we considered whether to issue a subpoena for his testimony. We viewed the written answers to be inadequate. But at that point, our investigation had made significant progress and had produced substantial evidence for our report. We thus weighed the costs of potentially lengthy constitutional litigation , with resulting delay in finishing our investigation , against the anticipated benefits for our investigation and report. As explained in Volume II, Section H.B., we determined that the substantial quantity of information we had obtained from other sources allowed us to draw relevant factual conclusions on intent and credibility , which are often inferred from circumstantial evidence and assessed without direct testimony from the subject of the investigation.
    IV. CONCLUSION (p182)
    Because we determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment, we did not draw ultimate conclusions about the President ‘s conduct. The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that would need to be resolved if we were making a traditional prosecutorial judgment. At the same time, if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.

    +Trump was deferred from service in Vietnam 5 times and has a weight problem
    *Inbuilt Crap Detector

    There are three clear conclusions from these excerpts –
    1. There was highly organised and sophisticated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential poll, which was influential in the outcome.
    2. Trump attempted to obstruct the investigation in every way available to him. Ironically, his own staff prevented him from shutting it down, even though that was his clear intent.
    3. The Mueller report does not exonerate him. That is stated in words of one syllable in the conclusion above.
    Game on.

  82. calli

    Less like The Resurrection.

    More like The Undead.

    Eat some chocolate, please. You’ll feel so much better.

  83. Twostix

    During the Bush years numbers was all in on the Bush Knew!!!! theories too.

    I bet my bottom dollar.

  84. Mater’s post is irrelevant.
    Because a very large proportion of Septics are either too lazy, or too irresponsible to vote, and many are suppressed or discouraged from voting, electoral polling is inaccurate in the land of the spree.
    Public opinion polling, is, however, about as accurate as it is here.
    And then, of course, there’s the Gerrymander.

  85. calli

    I’m confused. Shorten is throwing money at war widows for funerals.

    Whose funeral and why?

  86. Leigh Lowe

    Clinton leads Trump by 12 points in Reuters/Ipsos poll – 24 Aug 16

    Clinton leads Trump by 5 points: Reuters/Ipsos poll – 1 Oct 16

    Clinton leads Trump by 5 points in presidential race: Reuters/Ipsos poll – 8 Oct 16

    Clinton far ahead in Electoral College race: Reuters/Ipsos poll – 23 Oct 16

    Clinton has 90 percent chance of winning: Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation – 8 Nov 16

    All the proof you need that Putin stole it on the day.

  87. memoryvault

    Marilyn and I, and Number One son happened to be in Paris in the fall of 1999. One day we went and visited Notre Dame Cathedral. The front was covered in scaffolding.

    Apparently the authorities were carrying some minor restoration to the walls, and there was some disagreement on how to go about replacing grouting or something. Work could not proceed until the various parties settled their debate.

    Twenty years later, watching the footage of the fire last week, I couldn’t help but notice the scaffolding was still there, presumably still waiting for a final decision on the grouting.

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for the place to be rebuilt, by UNESCO or anyone else.

  88. Leigh Lowe

    Merry Eastertide to all.
    Happy egging.

  89. Bruce of Newcastle

    Here is an artist’s impression of the Cat at 9.59am on a Monday.
    Thanks Tom!

  90. Baldrick

    Trigger offensive religious warning

    A happy and Holy Easter to Cats and Kittehs.

  91. min

    I can remember asking a Venetian in 1970s if the money from UNESCO to save Venice from sinking had helped . According to him it ended in the pockets of the Mafia however I note the problem is now the wash from the mighty cruise ships is sinking Venice.

  92. Mater

    Mater’s post is irrelevant

    In keeping with the spirit of the day, I’m going to restrain myself from proving you the fool…yet again.
    You’re welcome. Have a Happy Easter!

  93. Twostix

    This is the chief persecutor of that Christian rugby player.

    You could not get any more cliche biblical.

  94. rickw

    This is the chief persecutor of that Christian rugby player.

    You could not get any more cliche biblical.

    Your women will rule over you.

  95. Geriatric Mayfly

    Marilyn and I, and Number One son happened to be in Paris in the fall of 1999. One day we went and visited Notre Dame Cathedral. The front was covered in scaffolding.

    MV. I made a comment last week about my first visit in 1969. Scaffolding enveloped one of the towers. Every visit since, this skeletal framework had moved on to some other section. I also made the observation that the south and sunny side looked magnificent, post restoration. The north side remained dark and dank. Rotting stonework, PVC pipes jutting out where gargoyles once spouted, statuary effaced. A long scaffolding season beckoned.

  96. Yeah sure. Americans are too dumb to vote for the Bush or Clinton dynasties in a REPUBLIC.

    They’re also the only liberal democracy to have a problem with gerrymandering, and only conservatives and those who openly denounce communism do it.

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/12/14/18140773/new-jersey-democrats-gerrymandering-2018

    New Jersey Democrats are threatening to undermine their state’s democracy
    New Jersey Democrats have a new gerrymandering plan. It is indefensible — and national Democrats need to stop it.

    Uh-oh, that’s a fact checked, blue check marked and woke OT VIII source.

    Must be dumb Americans and their world beating technology and Nobel Prize count complaining.

    Dumb arses. They’ve never even taught in a special needs class and lived most of their life in another country! What the hell would those idiots know?

  97. rickw

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for the place to be rebuilt, by UNESCO or anyone else.

    If it is ugly, modern, made with modern methods and is reflective of Modern France (is lam) it will be completed within 5 years.

  98. Frank Turek (I have never heard of him) thinks Ayn Rand was Godwin’s Law?

    Nope. She was just a Russian sperg. Probably had to be to be that smart.

  99. mh

    The self awareness is not strong.

    Rober De Niro calls Trump a “wannabe gangster”.

    Robert De Niro, promoting his latest film, The Irishman, with legendary director Martin Scorsese, lit in Trump much to the delight of Colbert’s audience.

    “We have a wannabe gangster in the White House now,” De Niro said in the interview, which was taped on Tuesday, two days before the special counsel report on Russia’s election interference was released to the public. “Even gangsters have morals; they have ethics, they have a code, and you know, when you give somebody your word that’s all you have is your word, especially in that world. This guy, he doesn’t even know what that means.”…

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/20/robert-de-niro-fantasizes-about-taking-trump-away-in-an-orange-jumpsuit/

  100. Ellie

    Twostix, gawd she is ugly. Looks like a drag queen. Surely that’s a wig.

  101. You could not get any more cliche biblical.

    Thous shall not permit a witch to rule over the game they play in heaven.

  102. There’s been plenty of heat about the Mueller Report here, but buggerall light.

    Give us a date when the indictments are due.

    Like monty and SRR, I warn you that these predictions usually do not end well.

  103. Twostix

    to the delight of Colbert’s audience.

    The dumb people who think they’re smart demographic.

  104. calli

    She suffers from alopecia.

    She could have chosen a better wig.

  105. Twostix

    She looks likes a high priestess of Baal.

  106. mh

    You knew it was coming

    Give Notre Dame a Modern Roof the Alt-Right Will Hate

    Medieval Europe was a crossroads of global influence, not a mythical all-white past. The new Notre Dame should reflect that.

    It’s at the Daily Beast.

  107. calli

    I enjoyed Turek’s analogy the pursuing lover.

    Thanks rickw

  108. Knuckle Dragger

    Jesus rained fire and sulphur down on dickheads who continue to post tinfoil hat wishful thinking on the anniversary of the day He rose from the tomb and said to the Romans, ‘Come at me bro’.

    KD 25:17

  109. Boambee John

    according to a Reuters/Ipsos online opinion poll.

    A totally statistically valid sample!

  110. Twostix

    Give Notre Dame a Modern Roof the Alt-Right Will Hate

    Medieval Europe was a crossroads of global influence, not a mythical all-white past. The new Notre Dame should reflect that.

    Of course! They will not miss the opportunity to build a truimphalist structure to bugmanism where a 1000 year old symbol of european christianity once stood.

    Nothing short of a full blown civil war will stop them.

  111. C.L.

    This is the chief persecutor of that Christian rugby player.

    Check it out … She looks like exploding head woman in Total Recall.

  112. Knuckle Dragger

    C.L.,

    Total Recall woman. Yes.

    I was going to say a former tight head All Black prop, but yours is much better.

  113. Zatara

    Give us a date when the indictments are due.

    The first of the indictments for defrauding the FISA Court? Since it seems Trump will be de-classifying the relevant FISA docs “soon”, I’m guessing ‘soon’ as well. Slam dunks all.

    Pyramids of skulls must have a base. Time to start building one.

  114. Boambee John

    COMMUNICATIONS DELETED (P10)
    Further, the Office learned that some of the individuals we interviewed or whose conduct we investigated-including some associated with the Trump Campaign—deleted relevant communications or communicated during the relevant period using applications that feature encryption or that do not provide for long-term retention of data or communications records.

    That’s appalling, only Shrillary is allowed to delete communications, even official communications while holding office!

    As Tom commented, trolls from the fascist left are as dumb as dogshit.

  115. Leigh Lowe

    Spud …
    I am the insurrection and the lies.
    Whoever believes in me needs their head read.

  116. Ellie

    She suffers from alopecia.

    Oh. Crap. Now I feel bad. Apologies.
    She’s at an age, though, where dark here doesn’t suit.
    A better shade of lippy wouldn’t go astray as well.

  117. Boambee John

    +Trump was deferred from service in Vietnam 5 times and has a weight problem

    The psychological problem is now recurring on a daily basis.

  118. calli

    Eat some chocolate, Knuckles.

  119. Ellie

    I’m channeling bespoke there … or their.
    😉

  120. Knuckle Dragger

    Tell us again about the locked and loaded SLRs you carried, Mr Crayon Eating Tortured Genius.

    With that incomparable knowledge of non-existent weapon terminology, the unwashed masses must surely bow to your uncanny grasp of international politics.

    I mean, you showed films to other pogos in South East Asia for five months. The nuances of United States political hurly-burly must be a natural progression of some sort.

    Zero. Credibility.

  121. Ellie

    Jesus is yet to rise according to my lot.
    I’m getting very impatient!

  122. calli

    I’ve known heaps of women who’ve lost their hair because cancer treatment. To a woman, if they’ve selected a wig, it’s one that looks like a normal head of hair. In other words, one that would not occasion comment.

    This one is a “look at meeeeeee” type. And don’t criticise because victim.

    Don’t play her game.

  123. mh

    This Stephen Colbert audience?

    Colbert audience cheers Comey firing, before he corrects them

    Like Monty getting his Democrat talking points.

  124. Zatara

    She suffers from alopecia

    Cat inspired, I just read up on alopecia.

    Nowhere did I see that it caused gross lack of taste in selecting wigs. Or general fat and fugly, which I find odd considering who she supposedly represents. I’d say her current ‘position’ but that brings forth the mental image of a dead cockroach lying on its back).

    Rather like the mental image of Payne on a forced march, to the local ice cream bar.

    Follow me!

  125. Ellie

    My mum lost her hair during her cancer treatment. She loved her look. Got a pic of her smiling proudly through all the pain. She was a very strong woman.

  126. OldOzzie

    Targeting Bill Barr

    Unlike Loretta Lynch, the AG does his duty on ‘prosecutorial judgment.’

    By WSJ The Editorial Board


    Pivoting from their failed Russia-Trump collusion narrative, Democrats and the press corps have discovered a new political villain: William Barr. They claim the Attorney General is misleading the public, but their real goal is to warn Mr. Barr from following through on his promise to investigate abuses by the FBI and Obama Administration officials.

    The rap is that Mr. Barr didn’t tell the truth about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report when he summarized its conclusions in late March. “It’s a disgrace to see an Attorney General acting as if he’s the personal attorney and publicist for the President of United States,” tweeted presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, in a typical broadside.

    Mr. Barr was trying to satisfy the Democratic demand to see the report as soon as possible while he vetted the details for material that had to be redacted for sound legal and intelligence reasons. His four-page summary fairly characterized its conclusions on collusion and obstruction of justice while promising the full report soon. He even quoted Mr. Mueller’s line that the report “does not exonerate” Mr. Trump. A summary couldn’t contain the details that Mr. Mueller took 448 pages to describe, and now those details are public warts and all.

    Democrats also want Mr. Barr to take a vow of silence so they’re the only people who can explain what the Mueller report means. But Mr. Mueller works for Mr. Barr, who had no legal obligation to release any of the report to Congress. He made a prudent judgment in the public interest to do so, as he promised during his Senate confirmation hearing.

    Especially since Mr. Mueller abdicated on making any “prosecutorial judgment” about obstruction, Mr. Barr also had a duty to provide his own judgment on the law. Democrats may not like his conclusion, but at least Mr. Barr didn’t run for the tall grass like Obama-era AG Loretta Lynch did on the Hillary Clinton emails. She deferred, disastrously as later became clear, to FBI director James Comey’s inappropriate prosecutorial pre-emption. Mr. Barr stood up and took responsibility like a real Attorney General.

    Mr. Barr is also being attacked for making redactions, and House Democrats said Friday they’ll subpoena the unredacted version and all background material. Yet Mr. Barr says senior Members of Congress will be able to see all redacted material except for what is legally protected by grand-jury secrecy. Mr. Barr would have to petition the judge who supervised the grand jury to release such testimony, which is secret under the law to ensure people speak honestly and to protect the innocent.

    If Mr. Barr resists the subpoenas, Congress is likely to lose the legal fight. Congress has an interest in the report as part of its oversight duties, but the executive branch also has an interest in protecting the integrity of judicial proceedings. Congress will be able to see everything in the report except grand-jury material. Under the Supreme Court’s balancing test in the Nixon tapes case (U.S. v. Nixon), Mr. Barr is on strong legal ground.

    The larger Democratic concern is that Mr. Barr is serious about looking into the origins of the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016. That could mean turning over such rocks as the FBI-Clinton-media collaboration over the discredited Steele dossier, or whether officials misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in seeking a warrant to eavesdrop on Trump adviser Carter Page. The Mueller report barely mentions the Steele dossier, which suggests the special counsel could not corroborate its allegations.

    The Justice Department Inspector General is expected to issue a report on much of this in the coming months, and criminal referrals can’t be ruled out. Several criminal referrals have already come from Congress. Any prosecutions would no doubt require Mr. Barr’s assent, and Democrats are sending a message that he’ll pay a political price if he doesn’t call the whole thing off.

    As he’s learning in this second turn as AG, Mr. Barr will be hammered no matter what he decides. The good news is that the country finally appears to have an Attorney General who can take the heat.

    Appeared in the April 20, 2019, print edition.

  127. dover_beach

    Of course! They will not miss the opportunity to build a truimphalist structure to bugmanism where a 1000 year old symbol of european christianity once stood.

    Nothing short of a full blown civil war will stop them.

    Sadly, I think you are right.

  128. feelthebern

    Colbert used to be funny.
    Sure a lefty, but back in 2008 he had a whole story arc on the how bad the US electoral process was.
    He deconstructed the Democrat party process by running for president.
    He started to deconstruct the Republican party process but stopped after he was required to pay 25USD or 50USD as the entry fee.
    He then deconstructed each states process & the delegate, super delegate structure.
    Was funny, shocking & educational.
    Now he’s just a hack.

  129. Zatara

    “It’s a disgrace to see an Attorney General acting as if he’s the personal attorney and publicist for the President of United States,” tweeted presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, in a typical broadside.

    Odd, I didn’t hear a whisper of that when Obama classified then Attorney General Holder as “his wingman”.

  130. Zatara

    Nothing short of a full blown civil war will stop them.

    Sadly, I think you are right.

    It’ll be short. No lawyers involved except as casualties.

  131. Tom

    Eat some chocolate, Knuckles.

    Calli, for my breakfast entree, I’ve actually switched to paw paw (with a dollop of cream) in between mango seasons, finished off with a quartered Californian navel (until the Australian navel season begins next month). Delicious! And not that expensive.

    Modern logistics is a wonder of the world.

  132. calli

    Was funny, shocking & educational.
    Now he’s just a hack.

    A test of character. To be just as witty when you’re losing as when you’re winning.

  133. feelthebern

    Tom, nothing beats a cooked breakfast of a weekend.

  134. Bruce of Newcastle

    My mum lost her hair during her cancer treatment.

    Mine too. She wore a nice hat until it grew back.

  135. calli

    Thanks for the heads up Tom. I shall send the Beloved out to hunt and gather some Cali navels later today. They make the Aussie ones taste like lemons.

  136. feelthebern

    Noam Chomsky on Trump-Russia.
    6mins long, but from 4mins 30s he gets straight to the point that it’s a whole pile of nothing.

  137. Ellie

    On a working day I have a smoothie for breaky, Tom. Skim milk, low fat Greek yogurt, blueberries, oats and chia seeds. All done in my nutribullet.

  138. John64

    That wig is straight from the Nikki Savva collection.

  139. Baldrick

    No costing, no modelling, no evidence. Just feelz …

    Sky News Australia ✔ @SkyNewsAust
    @David_Speers on the Greens’ target of 100 per cent renewables by 2030: Is there any modelling on what your plans would do to the economy?
    @sarahinthesen8: We know the impact of not acting will be far worse.

  140. feelthebern

    Who are you going to think is more right post the Mueller report being released?
    Left wing echo chambers?
    Right wing echo chambers?
    Numbers?
    Or hard core lefty journos who hate Trump with a passion, but have turned over every rock, interviewed as many players as they can find, debated all comers publicly & can not find any collusion, cooperation of any kind?
    Glenn Greenwald.
    Matt Taibbi.
    Michael Tracey.

    Matt Taibbi wrote a book called “Insane Clown President” but his Rolling stone column & substack chapter on how Russia-gate was this generations WMD is now a reference piece for all.

  141. Ellie

    Mine too. She wore a nice hat until it grew back.

    It never grew back. She was 72. The big ‘C’ took her within nine months. We were told she had at least two years. One year ago on the 18th April. She was my rock. Totally lost without her. Someone told me it takes a good two years until you start to feel ok again.

  142. Knuckle Dragger

    Calli,

    Couldn’t possibly eat chocky – it goes straight to my thighs y’know.

    Easter brekky today – iced coffee and bacon/egg/BBQ sauce sanger from the food joint at the shopping centre. Run by an Asian extended family – lovely folk. They’ve been here for three years and already read and speak English to the point where they run what appears to be successful business.

    By Christ they work hard though – all day, every day. Well done those punters.

  143. feelthebern

    All done in my nutribullet.

    Story would have been better if you somehow used a Thermomix.

  144. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    This is the chief persecutor of that Christian rugby player.

    Just like this?

  145. Holy cow. Chomsky just tells the juvenile lefties to shut the hell up.

  146. feelthebern

    Are they Vietnamese KD?
    When I lived in Grayndler there were a few outstanding Vietnamese run bakeries.
    Now I’m in Wentworth, I haven’t found one yet.
    Found a French patisserie or two, but I prefer the Viet take on the Frog stuff better than the real Frog stuff.

  147. Gab

    Twostix
    #2993486, posted on April 21, 2019 at 8:09 am
    She looks likes a high priestess of Baal.

    Winner, winner! Chicken dinner.

  148. Geoengineering?

    Are you $#^*ing kidding me?

    Planktos LLC wanted to do iron seeding of the oceans OVER A DECADE A GO [BACK IN 2008] but environmental lobbyists got it effectively banned on the basis of the ridiculous “precautionary principle”.

    Y Combinator, a *prestigious incubator that boasts alums* (FMD I hate this smug BS) like Dropbox and Airbnb, issued a request last year for start-ups focusing on what they call “frontier technology ideas” for geoengineering.

    What a bunch of fuckwits. Sure, focus on “frontier tech” after you’ve gotten your competition banned.

    What twee money grubbing bullshit.

  149. John64

    Insiders making its first Easter Sunday appearance in memory.

    Damn election campaigns. Ol’ Leathery must be spewing missing out on his annual Easter sabbatical.

  150. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Oceans are hotter than they have ever been in recorded history. Ice Sheets are melting at unprecedented rates. Sea-level rise threatens countless species, coastal cities, and local economies.

    None of this is even remotely true.

    If this is the best that Business Insider can offer then Australian business really is down the gurgler.
    They then go on the hyperventilate about geo-engineering, aka stupid ideas to mess with the atmosphere.

    Royal Commission into Climate Hysteria. Urgently required.

  151. Knuckle Dragger

    They are ftb, but I don’t know their full background.

    Was in there a couple of weekends back, and about six of them behind the jump were going berko at the footy on TV.

    Couldn’t really tell if it was joy or anger, but I guessed they’d have a heap of knives out the back so to be safe I GTFO.

    I’d forgotten how much Asian peeps like their footy.

  152. Stimpson J. Cat

    Holy F$ck.
    How did I miss this.
    Absolute Gold.
    😁

    Gilbert Gottfried
    @RealGilbert
    Birthday message to Hitler. You’re dead and the J€ws run the world! HA HA
    11:03 PM · Apr 20, 2019

  153. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    To add insult to injury, this mob then flash up an window asking me to subscribe.

  154. Knuckle Dragger

    Speaking of berko, the Outsiders bloke is laying the boot big time into Colgate for pulling their Sky ads.

  155. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Righto. Sounds as if my Colgate smile is going to be wiped off my little face.
    Hairy will not tolerate Total Whiteness any more once we view Outsiders over lunch.

  156. Tom

    Tom, nothing beats a cooked breakfast of a weekend.

    Too right, Bern. My main course is a couple of toasted sangers in the electric sanger press — leg ham and tasty Niuw Zullind cheese with a squirt of pureed basil and Dijon mustard. Yum!

  157. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Adani sues activists for blocking coal trains
    Vanda Carson, The Sunday Mail (Qld)
    April 20, 2019 10:00pm
    Subscriber only

    MILITANT anti-Adani protesters say they are facing possible bankruptcy in a landmark lawsuit which could make them personally responsible for the financial fallout of blocking coal trains.

    The case in the Supreme Court in Brisbane has unmasked a handful of activists who have boasted about their dangerous stunts, which have brought a freight business to a standstill for days and cost millions in lost time.

    Four of the five activists, who have now been joined as party to the action brought by stockmarket-listed Aurizon, are from Brisbane and interstate and travelled hundreds of kilometres to interfere with the rail line which connects to the Abbot Point terminal, north of Bowen.

    Protesters targeted the lines to pressure Aurizon not to provide freight access to its network to Adani and other potential miners in the Galilee basin.

    The Aurizon fightback against the militant activists comes amid a new wave of damaging protests as Adani becomes a focal point of the federal election campaign.

    Yesterday a protester from a group called Extinction Rebellion was freed on bail and the group claimed it had stopped coal trains heading to the Port of Brisbane for three consecutive days.

    The Bob Brown Foundation’s Stop Adani convoy travels north to central Queensland before hosting a “special event” in the Galilee area next weekend.

    The wave comes after activists exhausted all legal avenues of challenging govern­ment environmental approvals for new coal projects in Queensland in the courts.

    The Supreme Court case began in November when Aurizon rushed to court in a bid to block alleged threats of a six-week-long campaign of intimidation by anti-coal activists, court documents state.

    The anti-coal campaign allegedly began with a train stoppage on October 30 and Front Line Action on Coal Inc (FLAC) planned to run disruptions until “mid-December” 2018, the court heard. The blockages planned by FLAC have ceased because on December 4 last year, FLAC agreed to an undertaking to not “procure, incite or counsel any person to” interfere with Aurizon trains or enter any rail corridor and specifically the Brisbane, Blackwater, Newlands, Goonyella or Moura rail corridors until the case was heard.

    On April 11, the ante was increased when Aurizon won its bid to add the five protesters as respondents in the case, meaning each could have to pay $75,000 in “damages for trespass” for blocking Aurizon’s access to Abbot Point.
    Zoology student Sadie Jones, 21 from Highgate Hill, Brisbane, shut down the Newcastle port in NSW for more than 10 hours last September.

    The five’s spokeswoman, Sadie Jones, told The Sunday Mail the case would bankrupt them. They are crowdfunding online to pay legal fees.

    “There is a huge imbalance of power between we five and Aurizon, with their large team of lawyers,” Ms Jones said.

    “The case is designed to restrict freedom to protest and discouraging others from doing similar things.”

    Protester Clancey Maher, a nursing student from Canberra, boasted on Facebook that she would use her taxpayer-funded “student allowance” to pay any damages.

    Two of the group are teachers and the rest are students or volunteers. A fundraiser for the group says the lawsuit “is designed to financially cripple activists and draw large swathes of time and resources from the environmental movement, ultimately silencing community concern”.

    Looking for crowdfunding on line? Put me down for one thousand dollars – Zimbabwean.

  158. Bruce of Newcastle

    Sad to hear about your mum Ellie. My mum has beaten three different cancers, but the treatments were misery and she still suffers from the side effects. She soldiers on.

  159. 2dogs

    there are countries that do interfere in American elections, openly, publicly

    And there is why this is so farcical. So f*cking what if Russia wanted its voice heard in the US elections. It’s not as if any Russian held a gun to the head of an US voter telling them vote this way or else. Every US voter had the opportunity to weigh up what Russia said, just as they weighed up what Israel or Ireland said.

    It was even found that the Australian Labor Party sent a member to help the Clinton campaign – i.e. the Democrats knowingly accepted foreign help in the election.

  160. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Oh, and belated Happy Easter Sunday to all on the good ship Catallaxy.

  161. min

    David Marr is incensed that the Libs are talking about the death taxes that the Greens and unions are promoting.

  162. 2dogs

    I wouldn’t worry about electoral interference.

    If voting could change the system, there’d be a law against it.

    Cop that, MV.

  163. Farmer Gez

    Insiders making its first Easter Sunday appearance in memory.

    Damn election campaigns. Ol’ Leathery must be spewing missing out on his annual Easter sabbatical.

    Yep.
    Observing the miracle of the Public Holiday is a core article of the leftist faith.

  164. 2dogs

    Correction: the ALP volunteers actually helped the Bernie Sanders’ campaign

  165. memoryvault

    The big ‘C’ took her within nine months. We were told she had at least two years.

    Aah yes. The miraculous curative powers of Chemo.
    It doesn’t actually make you better, in fact it speeds up the process of dying.
    That way the patient doesn’t suffer for anywhere near as long.

    Killing people. Modern medicine at its finest.

  166. mh

    What about Notre Dame Hotel and Casino?

  167. Zatara

    2dogs
    #2993545, posted on April 21, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Spot on.

  168. 2dogs

    Your thoughts on a Notre Dame Greenhouse please.

    I’m offended at being asked. This is a decision for the parish council of Notre Dame Cathedral.

  169. Knuckle Dragger

    Suck it up, anti-coal job-free Bachelor of Gender Studies-waving stinking non-productive hippie scum.

    This is not David and Goliath, nor is it The Castle.

    Collect your salty vegan tears in a big jar and send them to me, so my meat eating, coal-loving Staffy can drink them.

  170. John64

    Haha. With the major parties taking the day off, Ol’ Leathery is reduced to interviewing some unheard of nobody Senator from the Centre Alliance.

    To think he could have spent Easter at the south coast beach shack with the missus.

  171. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) fined Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign $14,500 for accepting illegal in-kind foreign contributions from the Australian Labor Party (ALP) during the 2016 elections.

    The ruling stems from a February 2016, conservative activist group Project Veritas video showing Australian nationals working for the Sanders campaign on the dime of the Australian taxpayer funded ALP.

    Why don’t normies get angry about this?

    Not only do they not know, they don’t want to know.

  172. THE MUELLER INDICTMENTS!

    IT’S MUELLER TIME!

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/20/greg-craig-mueller-trial/

    Trial Date Set For Obama Aide Ensnared In Mueller Probe

    Former White House counsel Gregory Craig will stand trial in a Washington, D.C., federal court Aug. 12 on charges that he made false and misleading statements to the Department of Justice regarding work he performed for a foreign government.

  173. areff

    Hullo, Hullo, Hullo! What don’t we have here then?

    A huge mystery unfolds in Queensland (just moved on the AAP wire).

    Headline:
    • Yacht washed up on Qld island, police told
    • Abstract:
    • A witness has told police a yacht has washed up on a Queensland island.
    • BRISBANE, AAP – Police are asking anyone who has seen a yacht washed up on an island off the Queensland coast to come forward.
    They received a call about 3.30am on Sunday from a woman who said she could see a yacht on 75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island.
    Authorities are appealing for anyone else who has seen the vessel to contact police on 131 444.

    Obviously, the mystery vessel has since been eaten by dingoes.

  174. Ellie

    A cooked weekend breakfast is the best. Mine is being cooked for me now. A must have skill the other half must have – culinary skills.

  175. Ellie

    Stimpson, not just for gentlemen, some gals may like too.

  176. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    1h
    If @MittRomney spent the same energy fighting Barack Obama as he does fighting Donald Trump, he could have won the race (maybe)!

  177. feelthebern

    On this day 10 years ago, Kevin Rudd was interviewed outside his local church, all pious-like.
    Today, if ScoMo is interviewed anywhere near a church, he’ll be looked upon as crack-pot.
    On this day, next Easter, Bill Shorten will be interviewed outside some church, all pious-like.

    History doesn’t repeat, but it sure does rhyme.

  178. Ellie

    Areff, are you working/editing. No rest for the wicked.

  179. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    On April 11, the ante was increased when Aurizon won its bid to add the five protesters as respondents in the case, meaning each could have to pay $75,000 in “damages for trespass” for blocking Aurizon’s access to Abbot Point.

    Good. About time Adani started to lawfare them back. Put the frighteners on them and give them a taste of personal responsibility for their actions for a change. They’ve created enough economic havoc.

  180. Ellie

    That dingoes got my yacht!

  181. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘A must have skill the other half must have – culinary skills.’

    Too right, Ellie.

    The ex-Mrs KD was banging on once about holidays, and demanded I take her somewhere new.

    So I took her to the kitchen.

    Boom-tish!

    Seriously though, her bolognese was shit.

  182. memoryvault

    If voting could change the system, there’d be a law against it.

    Coming to an electorate near you as soon as this pesky election business is out of the way.

    Enjoy the plethora of choices available come May 18, folks. It will be the last time the ballot papers have to make room for all those pesky annoyances like Independents and small parties. After that it will just be Liberal, National, Labor, and maybe the Greens. Maybe.

    Be grateful. Think how much easier voting will be when your only choice is between the various factions of the Uniparty.

  183. Ellie

    Seriously though, her bolognese was shit.

    Jeez, if a girl can’t even get spag bol right, kick her to the curb.

  184. Ellie

    I have a secret ingredient for my spag bol – a teaspoon of promite. Try it. You’ll be blown away.

  185. Nick

    The SMH has yet another feature on Zalli Steggal. FMD.

  186. stackja

    ACTS 10:34A, 37-43
    Peter proceeded to speak and said:
    “You know what has happened all over Judea,
    beginning in Galilee after the baptism
    that John preached,
    how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
    with the Holy Spirit and power.

    Gospel JN 20:1-9
    On the first day of the week,
    Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
    while it was still dark,
    and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
    So she ran and went to Simon Peter
    and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
    “They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
    and we don’t know where they put him.”

  187. Nick

    Now we know where Monty has been:

    “The perverted, morbidly-obese man who moaned as flight attendants onboard an EVA flight from Los Angeles to Taipei wiped his butt has been found dead in a Thai resort “famed” for prostitution.”

  188. feelthebern

    If you are morbidly obese, you should not be able to fly commercial.

  189. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Killing people. Modern medicine at its finest.

    Big Sis and I felt rather like that about our Sainted Mother’s treatment, MV. Not the chemo, which she handled well, but the nursing home regime of their favoured doctor, which was to stick mum on various tranquillizers for her ‘spiritualism’ (she’d always heard voices; her traditional Welsh religion was one way she dealt with that). They also patched her up with Oxycodone plus enough heavy-duty Panadol 4 times daily to destroy the liver of a horse let alone a small frail woman. Then they put on a new Oxy patch without removing the old one; mum started to fade out bigtime. Big Sis swooped medically, stopped all meds, fired the doc in a very frosty scene, and we moved mum back to hospital for a shot of Narcan, which brought her back to life again, just like it does for any good addict. She died in hospital of heart and liver failure (organ shut down), but slowly and with pain-free grace on minimal meds, holding court to the wider family circled around her bed just as she loved us all to do.

  190. I have a secret ingredient for my spag bol – a teaspoon of promite

    The SMH has yet another feature on Zalli Steggal

    The world is a sad and fucked up place.

    Want ah ah ah 24/7 Abbott ah ah ah Derangement ah ah ah ah Syndrome?

    The Fairfax Zali Steggal Appreciation Society.

    https://www.smh.com.au/topic/zali-steggall-1mlp

    Hopefully that idiot Bill Shorten will scare the crap about of Warringah with his EV nonsense.

  191. Confused Old Misfit

    Your thoughts on a Notre Dame Greenhouse please.

    A stupid idea.
    Why?
    As a commenter noted there is a vaulted ceiling still there in most of the building.

  192. areff

    Staying current with the great events of the world, Ellie, a sentry on the citadel of truth

  193. feelthebern

    I plan to die on a battlefield & a Valkyrie will spirit me away to Valhalla.
    If not, garbage night is Monday night.
    Pop me in the green bin & throw some grass clippings on top to fool the garbos.

  194. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘promite’

    Isn’t that some sort of mutant Vitamin B thing they give to horses?

  195. stackja

    EV going up Spit Road to Cremorne.
    Runs out. Needs recharge.

  196. Ellie

    Staying current with the great events of the world, Ellie, a sentry on the citadel of truth

    You’re a trooper, areff. You’ve been doing it for a long time. Hope all is well – you, mum & elsie.
    Happy Easter x

  197. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hairy needs a hobby. I wonder if I could interest him in cooking. 😀

  198. C.L.

    When Noam Chomsky is the voice of reason on Wussia …
    What a time.

  199. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    EV going up Spit Road to Cremorne.
    Runs out. Needs recharge.

    Quick! Someone please put a big Vote Labor sign on it.

  200. C.L.

    The ABC finds two white men they like:
    Stay-at-home dads still a rarity but the benefits are growing, researchers say.
    Their wives will be having it off with other men within five years.

  201. The only booth Abbott lost 2PP in 2016 was the central Manly (Catholic primary school?) one.

    http://www.tallyroom.com.au/aus2019/warringah2019

    The anti-Catholicism bigotry stemming from hacks and charlatans like Hislop is strong. Ironically these crypto-communists have the temerity to call Abbott bigoted. What refugee policy did Uncle Gough have again?

    It is hilarious because Abbott could fit into the DLP. I’m not sure he’s even that conservative or libertarian.

    Personally, it is uni-party in fighting (we all know Zali Steggal is backed by the ALP, GRN, GetUp etc, like those “independent” “rural” “conservatives”). I just want to taste the tears of the far left though.

  202. Ellie

    Get him in the kitchen, Lizzie. It’s where they belong 😉

  203. dover_beach

    When Noam Chomsky is the voice of reason on Wussia …
    What a time.

    Indeed. Goes to show how extreme mainstream Leftism has become in the last two decades.

  204. Their wives will be having it off with other men within five years.

    Say it C.L. Say “hypergamy”. That is the magic word you and Prager U have been searching for.

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/machiavellians-gulling-the-rubes/201610/briffaults-law-women-rule

  205. Confused Old Misfit

    Come on you lot!
    Time to get ready to go to church!

  206. That “Adrian Jackson” on that Tallyroom thread is a deadset loon.

    Probably one of those gits and U Syd. unironically selling copies of the Green Left Weekly.

  207. Knuckle Dragger

    While dropping the manboy at the airport this morning, I noticed three ‘EV charging stations’ in the short stay car park. Naturally, they were unused.

    I assume, since they’re inside the carpark which charges by the minute, that the theory is you wheel your EV into the carpark, plug it in, and then fly to Perth from Darwin and back before retrieving your car. Which might have half a charge in it by then.

    And then get hit with $750 or so for parking.

    Damn the naysayers, I say. Of course that system will be hugely popular.

  208. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Attacking trolls here is God’s Work, Nick. Well done.
    At last you’re learning something about military targeting.

  209. C.L.

    Could somebody explain to me why Scott Morrison attends Maronite church services?

  210. EvilElvis

    Pop me in the green bin & throw some grass clippings on top to fool the garbos.

    Please don’t do that, FTB. Next they’ll be introducing pink bins for human ‘waste’ and your family will be fined for not separating their waste correctly. At least they’ll think of you come rates time. Ignore me, continue. Memories….

  211. Farmer Gez

    Hairy needs a hobby. I wonder if I could interest him in cooking. 😀

    I can see Hairy on a small acreage and a few Irish Shorthorns to feed and milk.
    How’s your butter churning skills Lizzie? Excellent upper body workout. No need for the gym membership.
    Soda bread with homemade salty butter fresh for breakfast.

  212. Gab

    Could somebody explain to me why Scott Morrison attends Maronite church services?

    Focus group results.

  213. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I plan to die on a battlefield & a Valkyrie will spirit me away to Valhalla.

    Valholl, where the Shield Wall of prowess is raised regularly in constant battle lust after endless nights of drunken feasting and enjoyment in the welcoming arms of a beautiful Valkyrie. You do realise though that these are the exact same women, Odin’s Chosers-of-the-Slain, who have specially picked you to die on that battlefield to start with? Tender-hearted girls.

    Bet they didn’t chose the ugly ones either.

  214. Infidel Tiger

    Abbott has been attending that a church at Easter for years. Not sure why Morro is crashing the service.

    Morrison’s usual church looks like an office block.

  215. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Spot of spacechooking for Cats with an interest in military history. Peter Brune’s new book on “The Australian Corps and the 100 days” (The 1918 campaign that shattered the German Army, and drove it from the field- the longest run of complete victories in the British Army’s history) makes good reading. Highly recommended.

  216. Entropy

    Knuckle Dragger
    #2993599, posted on April 21, 2019 at 10:02 am
    While dropping the manboy at the airport this morning, I noticed three ‘EV charging stations’ in the short stay car park. Naturally, they were unused.

    I assume, since they’re inside the carpark which charges by the minute, that the theory is you wheel your EV into the carpark, plug it in, and then fly to Perth from Darwin and back before retrieving your car. Which might have half a charge in it by then.

    No doubt exempt from normal short stay charges. Because noble cause corruption YOU pay for.

  217. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2993604, posted on April 21, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Happy Easter

    https://youtu.be/lXzmjNE-yLA

    As Benny Hill might say, “Yuuuge organ!”

  218. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Thank you IT. Kings College Choir in full throat.
    In a powerful medieval building, a wonder for the Ages.

  219. Nick

    Abbott has been attending that a church at Easter for years. Not sure why Morro is crashing the service.

    Maronites are tick a box. Interestingly, they have become a Conservative Catholic base of late, with those at the top looking to promote Maronites within the Church where possible. A problem though is the Maronite clergy can smell money as a bear smells a dump.

  220. EvilElvis

    I noticed three ‘EV charging stations’ in the short stay car park. Naturally, they were unused.

    Got one in a public carpark in the main drag of my small country town. The only car I’ve seen there is an old Hilux 4×4 who’s owner is employed to trundle around and clean and check up on the charging stations. They won’t wear out through overuse…

  221. memoryvault

    Pop me in the green bin & throw some grass clippings on top to fool the garbos.

    Definitely the wrong bin. Waste from your green bin is scanned as it goes into the truck, along with an identifying number on the bin itself. Putting items not approved for recycling will get you a stern letter from your local council, threatening a hefty fine if you dare ever repeat such heinous behaviour. In this I speak from experience.

    The contents of the rubbish bin, on the other hand, go straight into landfill, no scrutiny involved.

  222. Gab

    Oh wow! People are still recycling?

  223. cohenite

    The troll has vomited the left’s talking points about Mueller’s witch hunt report in a long, tedious and spurious post. Reality:

    On top of thoroughly debunking the establishment media’s two year Russia Collusion Hoax, in ways large and small, the Mueller Report also proved President Trump is innocent of obstructing justice.

    Before I get into the ten specific items the left-wing Mueller Report listed as possible examples of obstruction of justice, examples that actually prove the president did not obstruct justice, I’ll begin with the five larger pieces of proof, the overarching evidence.

    1. Mueller Admits He Was on a Literal Witch Hunt and Discovered NO CRIMES
    Mueller did not charge the president with obstruction, nor did he recommend the Department of Justice or anyone else charge the president. Mueller did not even claim there was an obstruction charge to be made. In fact, Mueller admitted he had conducted a witch hunt (searching for a crime instead of investigating a known crime is the definition of a witch hunt) with this passage:

    If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment.

    In other words, the witch hunter could not find the witch; Mueller found exactly ZERO crimes.

    Which brings me to number two…
    2 The Presumption of Innocence Is Undeniable

    Even the president of the United States, even if that president is Donald J. Trump, there is something every American enjoys called the presumption of innocence. You are innocent until the state proves you guilty, and you sure as hell are innocent if a special prosecutor spends $35 million on an admitted witch hunt and comes up with bupkis.

    Trump is innocent.

    3 Trump Never Used His Legal or Constitutional Authority to “Obstruct”

    As president, Trump always had the power and constitutional authority to legally put an end to the investigation, to send it to where it should have always been — Congress.

    He didn’t do that.

    Trump also had the authority to issue orders about where the investigation could or could not go.

    He didn’t do that.

    Trump could have fired Mueller and his gang of Hillary-supporting Democrats at any time.

    He didn’t do that.

    Trump could have claimed executive privilege.

    He never once did that.

    4 Trump Cooperated Fully with the Mueller Investigation

    Rather than obstruct the investigation (as Bill Clinton did when he committed perjury and Hillary did when she illegally deleted 33,000 emails), rather than deliberately impede the investigation (as Hillary did when she hid the Rose Law Firm records during the Whitewater investigation) Trump and his White House cooperated fully with the investigation.

    5 The Sheer Volume of Mueller’s Obstruction ‘Examples’ Prove Trump’s Innocence

    Strictly for partisan and political purposes, and as a deliberate way to politically damage Trump, Mueller and his gang of partisan investigators laid out a media-friendly listicle of ten items they believe could-possibly-maybe-perhaps-kinda be construed as Trump obstructing justice.

    But the sheer volume of examples exonerates Trump because no prosecutor would fail to file or fail to recommend the filing of charges with ten pieces of evidence. Mueller admits he could not prosecute an obstruction case in court, which means he knows he has no case, which means Trump is innocent.

    Summation: No charges were filed. No recommendation was made to file charges. Trump had the constitutional authority to obstruct and did not. Trump cooperated fully. Based on every ethical principle our country is based on, Trump is innocent. Mueller’s list of ten “obstruction” examples is so underwhelming, so frivolous and desperate, he stands alone as the only prosecutor in history to have ten pieces of “evidence” and no case.

    Now to the specific list of Mueller’s ten absurd examples of “obstruction.”
    1.ALLEGATION: The president told disgraced former F.B.I. Director James Comey he “hoped” Comey could see his way clear of letting go of former National Security Adviser Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was under investigation, even after the White House fired him.

    TRUTH: Trump had the constitutional authority to legally put a stop to this investigation and did not use it. Expressing one’s “hope” is not an act of obstruction, nor is it an order … it is the expression of one’s hope. What’s more, Trump is expressing this hope about someone else, not himself.
    2.ALLEGATION: Trump wanted his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to not recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

    TRUTH: So what? Trump selected Sessions to be his attorney general because he had faith in him in that role. Once Sessions recused himself, Trump — and don’t forget we are talking about a man innocent of the treason charges being investigated — was now at the mercy of the same Deep State that was already selectively and illegally leaking to frame him for treason.

    Trump was not calling on Sessions to reverse his recusal and shut down the investigation. He wanted someone he trusted overseeing it. That is not obstruction, it’s common sense and the way you would expect an innocent man to act.
    3.ALLEGATION: Trump fired Comey to obstruct the investigation.

    TRUTH: Trump fired Comey on Rod Rosenstein’s recommendation. Trump fired Comey because Comey deliberately set him up with that briefing about the phony dossier (Comey’s briefing was the hook the fake news media used to make what became known as the pee pee dossier public). Trump fired Comey because Comey refused to report the truth — that the president was not under investigation and Trump felt (for legitimate reasons) as though he were being blackmailed. Trump fired Comey, as he told Lester Holt on NBC, because he knew Comey would drag his feet with the Russian investigation and Trump wanted to put the issue behind him.

    The only way the firing of Comey could be construed as obstruction is if Comey’s replacement agreed to stop the investigation. That didn’t happen because Trump wanted the exact opposite: he wanted the matter resolved.
    4.ALLEGATION: Trump was angry about the appointment of a special counsel and expressed a desire to fire people.

    TRUTH: So what? Mueller is actually attempting to claim that Trump’s tweets about the “witch hunt” and his threats to fire people (that were never followed through on) constitute obstruction.

    An innocent man raging against a plot to frame him is not, in any legal or moral sense, obstruction. What’s more, had Trump followed through with firing Mueller and Sessions, that would not have been obstruction because it was well within his legal authority to do so.
    5.ALLEGATION: Trump asked his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to tell Sessions to announce that the investigation was very unfair to him, and that he had done nothing wrong.

    TRUTH: So what? Asking your attorney general to tell the public the truth is not obstruction.
    6.ALLEGATION: Trump was not publicly forthcoming about the Trump Tower Meeting.

    TRUTH: Lying to the media or to the public is not obstruction of justice. All Trump did was spin the meeting in the most favorable light possible — which only proves he’s a politician. When Obama did this, the media gushed over his amazing talent at “slow-walking the truth.”

    If lying to the public or to the media is obstruction of justice, the jails are gunna be awfully full.
    7.ALLEGATION: Trump continued to pressure Sessions to unrecuse himself.

    TRUTH: So what? Trying to put someone else in charge of an investigation is not obstruction. In fact, the Mueller Report notes that Trump told Sessions: “I’m not going to do anything or direct you to do anything. I just want to be treated fairly” — which tells you that Mueller including this in his childish listicle is his way of padding his non-case.
    8.ALLEGATION: Trump didn’t want the public to know he had “directed McGahn to have the Special Counsel removed in June 2017 and that McGahn had threatened to resign rather than carry out the order. “

    TRUTH: Again, lying to the press and to the public is not obstruction, and if Trump had truly wanted Mueller fired he could have legally done it. This entire narrative about Trump wanting people fired or wanting to put Sessions in charge of the investigation is breathtakingly desperate and dumb.
    9.ALLEGATION: Trump praised former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Flynn when they held strong and criticized them when they rolled over

    TRUTH: It is not obstruction of justice to express an opinion and these opinions are perfectly in line with an innocent man being falsely accused of treason while the Deep State and media attempt to frame him.

    What’s more, Trump was almost always publicly expressing these opinions. People do not commit crimes in front of 50 million Twitter followers.
    10.ALLEGATION: Trump praised his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen when he held strong and criticized him after he rolled over.

    TRUTH: As you can see, to pad his non-case to number ten, rather than include Cohen with Manafort and Flynn, Mueller makes Trump’s reaction to Cohen a separate item.

    Sorry, but in America telling a friend to “stay strong” when he’s under investigation and then publicly calling him a “rat” when he falsely accuses you of crimes is not obstruction.

    Robert Mueller knows what obstruction of justice is. What he’s hoping is that the public doesn’t know.

    Bottom line: Just like his best pal Comey, Robert Mueller is a dirty cop who failed to frame Trump so on his way out the door he bitterly lashed out with lies, ad hominem, false accusations, and total blithering, blathering nonsense.

  224. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    How’s your butter churning skills Lizzie?

    Very good indeed, thank you, Farmer Gez.

    When we rented our broken down old farm on the backblocks of Mt. Druitt to get out of public housing during my early adolescence I used to milk the Jersey cow (Old Lady), bailing her up in the old rickety single bail, sticking my head into her flank and squeezing and pulling away. When the cream had risen, I used to scoop it off and put it in the bucket-sized churn, screw on the lid, and churn away for hours until the butter started to appear. I’d then salt it on a wooden board and fold it around a bit before wrapping it in greaseproof paper and putting it in the kero fridge.

    When I left that place, not long after, I resolved never again to ever have to churn my own butter.

    Just as I resolved many other things that have not yet come to pass. Although some have. 🙂

  225. memoryvault

    Abbott has been attending that a church at Easter for years.

    IT, everybody knows Tony Abbott is a paragon of pious Catholic virtue.
    Just ask Pauline Hanson.

  226. Twostix

    The ABC finds two white men they like:
    Stay-at-home dads still a rarity but the benefits are growing, researchers say.
    Their wives will be having it off with other men within five years.

    10 years the mrs has been attending playgroups. Occasionally a newly castrated stay at home dad turns up.

    Despite mums now being obediently woke, they never last.

    There are some things mums wont accept. Men pretending to be them is one of them.

  227. Give us a date when the indictments are due.

    Unnecessary.
    They’ve already happened….

  228. Farmer Gez

    squeezing and pulling away.

    A great description Lizzie and I’m leaving it well alone.

  229. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    You did it with some milk in there too, and what was left from the butter we used on Weetbix for brekkie. We also gathered field mushrooms to fry in the butter, and used Old Lady’s milk thickened with corn flour as a sauce for the mushies on thick white-bread toast. She was a wonderful old cow. Went dry after I left.

    Fried mushies, tinned baked beans, and tinned tomato soup. Happy memories there.

    Soda bread in Ireland – some gastronomic treats in that too. Mmmm. Hungry, nearly elevenses.

  230. The troll has vomited the left’s talking points about Mueller’s witch hunt report in a long, tedious and spurious post. Reality:

    Cohenite, too lazy to read the report and make up his own mind, takes his riding instructions from that impeccably reliable source, Breitbart.
    Hilarious.

  231. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    A great description Lizzie and I’m leaving it well alone.

    Well, it’s a very physical thing, hand-milking a cow. You have to get up quite a rhythm or they kick you.
    Or the bucket. It’s a tragedy when they kick the bucket. Or when they somehow drop shyte in it.

  232. Bushkid

    Farmer Gez
    #2993550, posted on April 21, 2019 at 9:11 am
    Insiders making its first Easter Sunday appearance in memory.

    Yep.
    Observing the miracle of the Public Holiday is a core article of the leftist faith.

    Especially when it’s celebrating a religious festival. (Whether you see it as a Christian festival or an older pagan one, it’s still a religious festival.)
    Religion is supposed to be anathema to lefties, except when they get to have a day off, or extra pay for working.

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