Open Forum: June 1, 2019

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  1. Roger

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2019/06/jim-molan-ao-dsc-cracks-50000-1st-preference-votes-in-senate-race.html

    Yet the NSW Liberal Party is determined to exact revenge.

    Morrison would be wise to expend some of his considerable post-election credit on this matter.

    Molan is far from perfect, but he brings considerable value to the senate in comparison with the usual time servers.

  2. Knuckle Dragger

    Gerard Healy, host of On the Couch is beginning to resemble sTan Grant.

    A fetching chocolatey orange. Not quite in the DJT league.

  3. Top Ender

    Steve T – in your scooter encounter what you fail to realise is you are just part of the great experiment that government have decided to have with you. It goes like this:

    1) government approve something stupid for the community

    2) the citizenry are experimented upon until enough are dead; wounded; broke; or posing a threat to the government’s stability/survival

    3) the stupid decision is reversed.

    Thank you very much and onwards.

  4. Old Lefty

    Dead right, Percy P and others. Jimmy Barnes doesn’t sing, he yells.

  5. BrettW

    Well first day of Albo’s new ministry has been all about KK and her backflip on her views on asylum seekers. Just emphasises the fact Labor have no consistency.

    Bad move making her Home Affairs. No commentator believes her.

    As Price just pointed out Don Farrell gave up his Deputy Leader Senate position for KK but picked up Sports and Tourism which are good for overseas trips and attending major sports events.

  6. Boambee John

    By my count that’s four times you’ve posted Nobody’s Girl’s vid in the past few days.

    This whole Nobody’s Girl theme is a result of Bambi’s truly atrocious accent.

    She really said “Ahm Nobeidy’s gurrl”.

  7. Steve trickler

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3033674, posted on June 3, 2019 at 8:19 pm
    I’m not sure he expected that to come from anyone, Steve.

    And so close to throwing a punch at him. I am so glad i restrained myself.

    Life does test you.

  8. Boambee John

    By my count that’s four times you’ve posted Nobody’s Girl’s vid in the past few days.

    This whole Nobody’s Girl theme is a result of Bambi’s truly atrocious accent.

    She really said “Ahm Nobeida’s gurrl”.

  9. classical_hero

    Arky
    #3031052, posted on May 31, 2019 at 7:50 pm
    Also prove that the perfect breast things have nice nips.
    Go!

    See Samantha Chiari on the Weather Channel and come back.

  10. Gab

    Thanks, Dr BG.
    You know, the older I get the more I seem to not have any interest in hanging out with friends. I’m not interested in discussing TV shows or movies ad nauseum. And while I feel affection for their recent crop of puppies (it’s all the rage to purchase designer dogs, especially of the ca- or da- or whatever -oodle variety), talking for hours on end about ‘puppy school’ and ‘puppy day care’ (yes, that’s a thing) and so on leaves me bored after an hour of it. (I prefer to play with the puppies, in any case). No point in discussing politics with them as they are either unreasonable leftards or have no inkling about politics other than what the headlines spew out. And forget discussing religion with them – unless of course I was a Hindu, moslem or Buddhist. Ah well, at least I got out of wasting money watching ‘Rocketman’.

  11. Leigh Lowe

    So the bloke I umpired with over the weekend was a short, portly Indian dude called Vinod something.

    What is his price for an LBW?
    Few years ago now but it used to be $15.
    With inflation it is probably $25 now … 3 for $50.

  12. Gab

    Drat! Foiled again by ‘moderation’!

    Thanks, Dr BG.
    You know, the older I get the more I seem to not have any interest in hanging out with friends. I’m not interested in discussing TV shows or movies ad nauseum. And while I feel affection for their recent crop of puppies (it’s all the rage to purchase designer dogs, especially of the ca- or da- or whatever -oodle variety), talking for hours on end about ‘puppy school’ and ‘puppy day care’ (yes, that’s a thing) and so on leaves me bored after an hour of it. (I prefer to play with the puppies, in any case). No point in discussing politics with them as they are either reactionary leftards or have no inkling about politics other than what the headlines spew out. And forget discussing religion with them – unless of course I was a Hin du, mos lem or Budd hist. Ah well, at least I got out of wasting money to watch ‘Rocketman’.

  13. custard

    Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II

    DT: Your Majesty can you tell me what you think about Brexit?

    QEII: [go cats]

  14. cohenite

    She really said “Ahm Nobeida’s gurrl”.

    That’s the 2nd time you said that. Nobody’s girl does weird things to your sense of reality. My prediction is that wong chap will get into a blue with tits over nobody’s smirk just prior to tits indictment on r.pe.

    If scomo can’t use the sexual tension in the liars camp to his advantage he should be drowned in the baptismal bath in his church.

  15. miltonf

    Biden is an obnoxious old turd- seems to have been around since the Carter years. Never had a real job in his life.

  16. MatrixTransform

    i was that close

    Shoulda dropped the fucker

  17. Knuckle Dragger

    LL,

    There was an Indian bloke in one of the teams batting at 3. Vinod the Rod gave him not out for LBW twice – the second one was really, really close. Or so it seemed from square leg.

    If it was a bit of solidarity, I put an end to it and pulled the trigger on him the following over.

    Very, very adjacent he was. Good batsman. The only sad bit for me was he was right handed.

  18. Leigh Lowe

    Lesson for the Bittered Sav.
    It is really hard to re-write history.

    Re-writing history before it has happened is fraught with danger.

  19. Knuckle Dragger

    Next time around, Steve, give him a kiss.

    A Liverpool kiss.

  20. DrBeauGan

    Sounds like you’re outgrowing your friends, Gab. It happens. You go on and they don’t and you don’t find them good company any more. They are too predictable.

    You find new ones. And the greatest blessing is to like your own company.

  21. QandA forum is open

    Should be some good numbers tonight.

  22. Old School Conservative

    NRL sex tape scandal is either yet another example of deep seated problems within League, or an attempt at sabotage of the NSW team.
    Either way, I can see why Beattie said Folau wouldn’t fit in to League.
    But not in the way he meant.

  23. Gab

    I see the Doomlord continues to put us on a New Thread diet. Not as good as the Mediterranean diet.

  24. Steve trickler

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3033702, posted on June 3, 2019 at 8:59 pm
    Next time around, Steve, give him a kiss.

    A Liverpool kiss.

    Hahaa!

    I was happy to talk my way out of it.

  25. David from Canberra

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Are you by any chance in the business class lounge at Pudong airport? The large China Eastern one?

  26. Leigh Lowe

    If it was a bit of solidarity, I put an end to it and pulled the trigger on him the following over.

    The very worst umpire I ever saw was in juniors where parents and coaches did the umpiring duties.
    Young Darren, spoilt brat and apple of the eye of everyone in his family and, with Dad coaching and umpiring, you could be assured of two things …
    1. he would be bowling from one end until he got sick of it and put on the wicket-keeping gloves;

    2. his haul of wickets would only be limited by the number of times he could hit the batsmen on the pads (or anywhere really).

    But what was slightly embarrassing was not, when the pads were struck, Dad’s finger was up before the appeal left Darren’s throat.
    It was Dad’s exultant “Yes. Yes! That’s out. Well bowled Darren!”

    Last time I saw Darren he was largely toothless and a hopeless pisspot.
    Not at all predictable.

  27. Leigh Lowe

    Haven’t watched Paul Murray for a while.
    Tore KKK a new one tonight.
    Absolutely served it up over the failed Neil (Mark) Mitchell interview.
    What a fucking train-wreck.

  28. Fleeced

    Ah, Gab… it’s hard when all your friends veer Left. Find a better crowd. Or at least an additional one with similar interests to break things up. Though they’re not always the best company either, in my experience.

    I confess, I’m not a very sociable person. I mean, I’m civil (mostly nice, polite and genuinely concerned for people and all that), but… I’d likely rather be reading a book than mixing with people for extended periods (even if they’re on the same wavelength.)

  29. EvilElvis

    Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II

    DT: Your Majesty can you tell me what you think about Brexit?

    QEII: Oh, Donald. It’s wonderful! It’s exactly what we gave Diana years ago. Now, what’s up with this European thing?…

  30. mh

    By my count that’s four times you’ve posted Nobody’s Girl’s vid in the past few days.

    Cohenite is using this forum to post masturbation material for quick access.

    Sinc, please ban Cohenite.

  31. Gab

    Thanks, Fleeced. I shouldn’t complain, friends are treasures after all. I’m just getting old and cranky. Maybe it’s all this globull warmening that’s hit Melbourne.

  32. P

    You know, the older I get the more I seem to not have any interest in hanging out with friends. I’m not interested in discussing TV shows or movies ad nauseum.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if you attended uni about the same time as my youngest, a daughter who was at UWS 1990-1994. My sons are just a bit older but went to UTS. They all seem to me during this last couple of years to be changing in their attitudes to the way they look at life. Maybe it’s just that they are now reaching maturity. They seem to look at life these days differently from what I had previously noticed.

  33. Arky

    I’m just getting old and cranky.

    ..
    I didn’t want to say it, but that was my guess too.

  34. Empire 5:5

    What changed Liddell Adam Schitt?

    “There may be little additional cost to going through that process, even if unsuccessful in the Senate,” Schiff said. “But we’re not there yet and I think if it is a close call, close calls go against putting the country through that.”

    The Standard Hotel.
    https://saraacarter.com/adam-schiff-we-cant-impeach-trump-it-will-fail-in-the-senate/

    OTTAWA — Barack Obama says he’s concerned “deepfake” videos will have real-life consequences, messing with people’s abilities to sort fact from fiction.

    Traitor44® staying ahead of The News.

  35. classical_hero

    This year has been a very challenging year regarding my health. So far I have been in hospital longer than I have been at home. The most recent stay was for 86 days. Since November last year I have lost 20kgs, which is something I didn’t want because it left me at 59, which is seriously underweight for a guy my size. It happened as a result of severe abdominal pain that made eating near impossible. The cause of the pain was found to be an ulcer and it meant that I had my bowel removed and currently I have a stoma to control my waste. In a few months it should be reversed and I can’t wait for that because sleeping with the bag is difficult. You also have to be wary of the bag coming loose.

    Also I had a bad reaction to the drugs I was taking to stop my body from rejecting the transplant kidney. Unfortunately the kidney had to be removed to help my body recover from the reaction. As a result of being so weak I had numerous problems. Considering how young I am, having 3 falls in hospital isn’t a good sign. Two happened as a result of low blood pressure and thankfully I didn’t hurt myself. The 3rd was a result of weakness in my legs because I put too much stress on them. They got me doing physiotherapy and one thing we did was walk up and down stairs. Going up for the first time was torture. It’s amazing how you never realise what you have until you lose them. Even now my thighs are still weak and getting up and walking stairs is harder than normal.

    BTW Delta, shake a leg. It’s good to hear that you’re fine, even if you’re losing part of your leg.

  36. EvilElvis

    Watching the NBA finals this morning, game 2, Toronto. Obummer in the crowd after meeting with Trudeau. Standing O from the crowd… FMD. Amongst ongoing commentary texts to brother,
    Liking the Raptors, it’s a pity all their supporters apart from Drake are white privileged, uni student, social justice warrior homos…

  37. DrBeauGan

    You can wish people well and hope they lead happy lives and still not want to spend time with them.

    Human beans tend to cling to memories of how they used to see people, and not confront the changes in themselves and in the friends. Better to face up to awful truths rather than try to fool yourself. It never really works.

  38. Gab

    After reading about Classical-Hero’s troubles, serious ones too, and finding out Delta has some serious surgery ahead of her, I’m ashamed of myself for complaining.

    I wish you both well and, whether you want it or not, you are both in my prayers.

  39. P

    I’m ashamed of myself for complaining.

    I didn’t read it as a complaint, just an observation. I’ve never read you complaining here on this blog.

  40. JC

    Trump goes wild in london just before hitting the tarmac.

    @SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me……

    ..Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!

    Trump is God.

  41. EvilElvis

    All the best, classical hero.

    How did delta go? Missed any commentary today, unfortunately.

  42. Stimpson J. Cat

    You know, the older I get the more I seem to not have any interest in hanging out with friends.

    I often hear Sane people saying this.
    It’s a common complaint.
    The real problem is, you need more Mentally Ill friends, like me.
    It really keeps life fresh and exciting, all the time.
    😁

  43. Arky

    All the best, classical hero.

    ..
    From me too.
    Hang in there.

  44. Beertruk

    The most recent stay was for 86 days.

    Ouch. Hang in there Matey.

  45. Knuckle Dragger

    Yup, LL, there’s always one in every crowd.

    Invariably the Darrens of this world have poncy shitbag fathers who woulda played Shield cricket if it wasn’t for my job/got married/my kids/selectors hated me/got injured/plane crash, and their idiot children are always just as talented but with ten times the attitude. Dad then gets to live vicariously through the kid.

    Fortunately, as soon as the kid gets his first girlfriend and/or schooner, the talent goes out the window and Dad returns to being just another garden-variety fuckstick.

  46. Spider

    Love Media Watch whining about Adani “going hard”.

    Oh dear how dare they push back against all the Green nutters who use law fare to shut down their business while ignoring any number of laws themselves.

  47. P

    How did delta go? Missed any commentary today, unfortunately.

    I understand that surgery to shorten her leg (as is PC these days) will be most likely be later this week.

    Prayers please.

  48. Stimpson J. Cat

    I can’t wait for that because sleeping with the bag is difficult. You also have to be wary of the bag coming loose.

    I actually thought you were talking about a Woman here for a second.

    Good luck and stay on track.

  49. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    All the best, classical hero.

    Same from me, classical hero – all the best for a full recovery.

  50. Fleeced

    After reading about Classical-Hero’s troubles, serious ones too, and finding out Delta has some serious surgery ahead of her, I’m ashamed of myself for complaining.

    I had a similar feeling last week when I was complaining about having a cold and found that quite a few Cats had far more serious problems. (I still have the cold, but it’s still trivial in the grand scheme of things).

    Hang in there, classical hero – we’re all rooting for you. In the supporting sense of the word, that is, not the other. Unless you think that would help, too. I’ll shut up now.

  51. Arky

    Trump looks magnificent meeting with the Queen and reviewing the troops.
    If you are American it must fill you with great pride.

  52. Beertruk

    I have a stoma to control my waste. In a few months it should be reversed and I can’t wait for that because sleeping with the bag is difficult.

    I had to have a stoma bag after bowel surgery. Found out that the bowel ‘has a mind of its own’ when trying to change the bag. Had the odd accident but luckily all the accidents I did have were at home. One was in my wife’s car just before we were going out. Having a stoma bag was the only time I could have a beer at the bar and go to the crapper at the same time.

  53. EvilElvis

    Thanks P.

    Thoughts for everyone on the Cat in a bit of distress. Seems a lot of it around at the minute, online and off.

  54. Old School Conservative

    Best wishes Classical Hero, keep strong.
    For inspiration when the going gets tough, go to Tom’s ‘toons in the early hours.

  55. Knuckle Dragger

    Hero,

    Also – weakness in the legs can be a result of stress – not physical exercise-type stress, but the stress induced by your predicament and manifesting itself in lack of movement. Frustration at this state of affairs compounds the problem – the muscle may still be there but the pins won’t want to work.

    Stairs. Do it and do it and do it and do it. It won’t seem like it’s working, but it will be.

  56. Arky

    Arky, is Trump sporting the new hairstyle?

    ..
    Nope.

  57. 132andBush

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #3033672, posted on June 3, 2019 at 8:17 pm
    This is literally every person that posts on Catallaxy.
    😁

    Wrong,
    Most of us are more cute than that.

  58. Leigh Lowe

    Jesus classical.
    89 days in hospital?
    I hope you didn’t park in a 4 hour spot thinking you’d be out by close of business.
    Hopefully things will pick up.
    Best wishes.

  59. Leigh Lowe

    Having a stoma bag was the only time I could have a beer at the bar and go to the crapper at the same time.

    I’ve done that.
    No bag, but.
    Just a lazy pisspot.

  60. mh

    Trump looks more like his sons with his hair back.

  61. Boambee John

    Classical Hero

    Rumour has it that the now departed Queem Mother had a stoma bag.

    You are in royal company!

  62. Helen

    Classical Hero – all the best, mate.

  63. Roberto

    Arky

    Charles looks old

    70, and looking every day of it.

  64. Leigh Lowe

    Rumour has it that the now departed Queem Mother had a stoma bag.

    I am not up with ladies accessories, but presumably it is more expensive than a Hermes bag?

  65. Notafan

    I’ve been thinking of you Classical Hero since you mentioned your new kidney was playing up.

    Will keep you in my prayers.

    I’m sure the Lord has all the Cat nicknames cross-referenced.

  66. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Hermes bag’

    Better again than Diana’s herpes bag.

  67. pete m

    Dear Lord,

    Please take good care of my dear friend classical hero. Also my other good friend P. Old Bruce from WA (hope that narrows it down a bit) could use some love too. MV, well I’m sure you know that old mate, he’s missing a cat and his old bed – send him some love too. Pete M’s nephew could use a hand. Numbers is losing his marbles. Arky is getting cranky. Fleeced got fleeced. And Stimpson J Cat, who talks to you quite a bit, need a little straightening out. Lastly, Doomlord (not you), wouldn’t mind some help avoiding bird droppings.

    In Jesus’ name,

    Amen.

  68. Leigh Lowe

    @SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me……

    ..Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!

    Take that you curry munching turd.

  69. Leigh Lowe

    There’s problems and there’s PROBLEMS.
    Thankful for small ‘p’ problems.

  70. Seco

    The most recent stay was for 86 days.

    As a period of time I believe that’s called a Maxwell Smart.

    Good luck Classical Hero, that’s an horrific ordeal you’ve been through.

  71. Knuckle Dragger

    Well, they all said my head couldn’t get any rougher. ‘They’ have been proven wrong, yet again.

    After knocking off at the hot dog stand, I dropped Barry home and got me a haircut.

    And by haircut, I mean a full cut-throat razor blade shave of the melon.

    I quite like it. Haven’t stopped rubbing the bonce since I got it – it kinda feels like a fish with really small scales. Slick as catshit one way, ever so slightly scratchy the other.

    Really accentuates the facial scarring. This will do me no end of good on Tinder.

  72. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Numbers is losing his marbles

    Do be kind to the poor old sausage. He fell for the North Vietnamese propaganda line all those years ago, and it must be so difficult for him to deal with that issue.

  73. Knuckle Dragger

    I also forgot how many scars I have on my head bone. There’s some corkers. They had to dig someone else’s tooth out of one I got back in the day.

    The unkind observer might say I resemble Darth Vader with his helmet off.

  74. Seco

    Bloody hell, with all the medical updates on this blog I’d estimate the average age of the bloggers to be similar to a Getup member.

  75. Leigh Lowe

    Love Media Watch whining about Adani “going hard”.

    Oh dear how dare they push back against all the Green nutters who use law fare to shut down their business while ignoring any number of laws themselves.

    When Palace-Chook got the panics after the election the Adani CEO said “if it isn’t done in two weeks, we can just assume it is more ducking and weaving.”
    Richo called him stupid.
    Yeah, nah.
    Keep the foot on the throat.
    He knows that, if Adani walks, it is the end of the ALP North of the Sunshine Coast for a generation.

  76. 132andBush

    All the best, hero.
    Hospitals are not fun places but the people who look after you are gems.

  77. Leigh Lowe

    And by haircut, I mean a full cut-throat razor blade shave of the melon.

    I am unfamiliar with the term “melon”.
    Is that the pubic area?

  78. Knuckle Dragger

    No. The upper melon.

    The other is a strictly waxing arrangement.

  79. EvilElvis

    The unkind observer might say I resemble Darth Vader with his helmet off.

    Nothing like the butt end of a trodden on hotdog?

  80. Knuckle Dragger

    Less pigs’ feet, EvilElvis.

  81. C.L.

    You know, the older I get the more I seem to not have any interest in hanging out with friends. I’m not interested in discussing TV shows or movies ad nauseum. And while I feel affection for their recent crop of puppies (it’s all the rage to purchase designer dogs, especially of the ca- or da- or whatever -oodle variety), talking for hours on end about ‘puppy school’ and ‘puppy day care’ (yes, that’s a thing) and so on leaves me bored after an hour of it.

    An hour?
    You are a saint of patience, Gab.
    Puppy school talk would see me pulling an “anyway” after five minutes.

  82. Arky

    Arma.
    It was only a hypothetical.
    Stop sulking.

  83. EvilElvis

    Nice, smooooooth…

  84. slackster

    Best commentary I have read on John Cleese after his comments this week:

    He was a progressive liberal degenerate comedian in 1960s uber-white uber-polite Britain that could take the piss out of the people he saw as uptight and repressed while enjoying the clean, safe streets and quiet little hamlets full of those same, uptight, repressed, polite-to-a-fault, helpful, white Christian anglos. the best part was that those same conservative British anglos were generally pretty humorous about themselves, so when you made fun of them they laughed along with you and shook their heads, saying “haha, you know Margie, he’s got a point!” it was heaven on earth for him. be a popular “counter-culture” icon loved by conservatives and liberals alike for being hilarious, but also enjoy the benefits of a strong, stable, homogeneous culture.
    now he’s an old man staring at a desolate wasteland where London is majority non-white, everyone is suspicious, the hamlets and villages are economic dead-zones, every week there’s a new group you’re not allowed to make fun of, no one has a sense of humor anymore, little girls are being sold as sex slaves by your own politicians, women are being harassed in the streets and the white men are all suspicious and surly over their lowered living standards. the sinking realization that the world he made fun of, but loved more than anything, is gone forever and will never come back. and the horrifying suspicion that his own counter-culture irreverence may have helped kill it. so he impotently gripes on twitter and wonders where the laughter went? when did the jokes stop? where are those wonderful, repressed and uptight conservatives?”

  85. EvilElvis

    Knuckles, why the cut throat? As a hairier gent I’ve had a couple and have only been disappointed. It’s a shit shave. I’m not sure i’d be ok with getting it run over the scone.

  86. P

    Pete M’s nephew could use a hand.

    I thought of him today when I had my flu vaccination.
    The nurse first took my blood pressure which I can’t tolerate with the new machines, and she didn’t have a hand pump machine. I’m just too old I guess. I experienced horrific pain, and my left hand and left arm became all red. Nurse just massaged my arm for ten minutes until the redness subsided then she gave me the injection.
    Pete M, I swear to you that all I could think of when she insisted on injecting my red left arm was your nephew, and as I left the surgery I said a prayer for the boy.

  87. Leigh Lowe

    slackster

    #3033913, posted on June 3, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Best commentary I have read on John Cleese after his comments this week

    Has Theresa May been taxing full-stops?
    Here, have some of ours
    .
    .
    …..

    ..

    .
    .
    .

  88. feelthebern

    No Deadwood spoilers please.
    24 hour embargo.

  89. Megan

    Also wishing each and every Cat contributor struggling with health and other issues, nothing but improvement from here on in. Sending best wishes, and prayers if you’re into that. Or even if you’re not. Never really goes astray.

  90. Leigh Lowe

    No Deadwood spoilers please.
    24 hour embargo.

    Let’s just say that the dragons get fired up and it doesn’t end well for the white-walkers or the Mexican cartels.

  91. feelthebern

    Since I posted regarding the Chinese navy at 9:36am there has been quite a lot of comments on the matter.
    Lots of fun.
    But did anyone know that the Royal Australian Navy participated in the Chinese navy’s 70th birthday in April this year?
    Yep we sent a few ships up there.
    How about that !

  92. Knuckle Dragger

    Elvis,

    I just thought I’d give it a run. Normally I’m a zero on the clippers, but it’s something I’d never done before.

    The barber shop chicky used five blades. She was very good in all respects, and I was very polite throughout.

    After I terrify some punters tomorrow, I’ll decide whether or not to make it a thing.

  93. feelthebern

    Elvis & KD, why are you getting your balls shaved at the barbers?

  94. EvilElvis

    Fuck me swinging, Luke Darcy has obviously graduated with honours from Adrian Barich’s school of linguistics.

  95. feelthebern

    Elvis & KD, why are you getting your nuts shaved at the barbers?

  96. slackster

    Has Theresa May been taxing full-stops?

    It’s a quote.

    Since the subject of the quote was not commented on it pretty much nails the situation.

  97. Knuckle Dragger

    Bern,

    They won’t do it at the supermarket.

    Long story.

  98. Top Ender

    Don’t talk about the Chinese Navy too much.

    They will hear.

    Down at HMAS Creswell in Jervis Bay there is a Chinese cannon, captured off them in 1901, and brought back to Australia.

    There used to be footy matches between RMC Duntroon and RAN College (based at Creswell) until after one match Duntroon – who had lost – sneaked out of their quarters, took the cannon down to the wharf and threw it off. As it weighs about 200 kg that was fairly impressive.

    They were not asked back again.

    If people keep talking about the Chinese ships etc then the Chinese Navy will troll on down to Jervis Bay and take the cannon back.

    Just saying.

  99. EvilElvis

    They won’t do it at the supermarket.

    Not through lack of prompting either.

    Mind you, security won’t do it either.

  100. Leigh Lowe

    Fuck me swinging, Luke Darcy has obviously graduated with honours from Adrian Barich’s school of linguistics.

    What has the windsock said now?

  101. EvilElvis

    What has the windsock said now?

    If you’ve seen Adrian’s performances on Seven in WA you’ll know it’s all about the delivery. Broken sentences, random pauses, gaps and incorrect tonal highlighting. You really need an emergency services Auslan hand talkerer to comprehend it. One who’s heavily retarded…

  102. feelthebern

    At the risk of awakening a mental pygmy….did I read on the thread this morning that Chinese sailors are pure as the driven snow, while US sailors are dripping with the clap?

  103. P

    Pete M’s nephew is 9yrs of age.
    Pray for him.

    Classical Hero is 59yrs of age.
    Pray for him.

    I am 79yrs of age.
    I will continue to pray with all my heart for both of the abovementioned.

  104. feelthebern

    What is it with the AFL blokes?
    Sure their birds have great rigs, with or without bolt-ons, but most of them have horse faces.
    Luke Darcy’s missus is the case in point.

  105. Bruce in WA

    Jesus, Hero — that puts my piddly concerns in a whole new perspective. Be strong and get well soon, mate!

  106. Stimpson J. Cat

    And by haircut, I mean a full cut-throat razor blade shave of the melon.

    I do it every few days.
    Myself of course.
    Standards must be maintained.

  107. JC

    P
    Spare a couple of words to the big guy for me too. Nothing wrong, but it’s always good he thinks about me through others. Ask him how low the Aussie is going too.

  108. Oh come on

    JC, check your blog

  109. EvilElvis

    What is it with the AFL blokes?
    Sure their birds have great rigs, with or without bolt-ons, but most of them have horse faces.
    Luke Darcy’s missus is the case in point.

    I thought they’d gotten rid of BoltOns today?

  110. MatrixTransform

    classic…whiskey for yr other kidney.
    screw the old one one , who needs it anyways

  111. classical_hero

    Beery, I have had a few problems with the bag and the changing. The main problem is trying to keep the consistency thick because when it’s fluid, it can easily cause problems, which was one time. When it’s thick, it is easier to manage if some comes out the stoma. Keeping it thick means you get more nutrients and fluids out since you only have half the digestive time due to the large intestine not being used. Watching my diet both for the stoma and the renal diet. It can be frustrating as they can be in conflict. Thankfully I have family who gave me this protective layer for me to sleep on if I have a problem during the night.

    KD, the blood results from when I was at my worst showed haemoglobin levels and blood cells count was very low and thus that meant I was very weak. While I was in hospital I had 2.5l of blood given to me to help increase the blood cell levels. I know why I was so weak. I had many tests to see if there was any internal bleeding that could cause those results. I did many tests and as a result of all the blood tests I have done, my left arm is basically useless for that purpose and I can’t use my right arm because it has fistula for dialysis. Thank goodness I live in a two story house and have access to stairs to use.

    P, I’m only 40. Most of the young people who have a stoma is because of ulcerative colitis, although I did read a story of a guy who is 32 years old who had bowel cancer. You’re never too young to get bowel cancer, even though it’s generally what older people get.

    LL, thankfully that didn’t happen, but the cost would have only been a bit less than 25 dollars. On one of the stays before the big stay that almost happened to me, but I was able to talk them into allowing me to go home and come back. I’ve been on and off in hospital since last November when things took a turn for the worst. Most of December I was home, but until a few weeks ago hospital was like home. Thankfully the nurses were great help and encouragement during some difficult times, both physically and mentally. Using a walking frame to get around at my age is not the best feeling.

    Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and each day I am getting stronger, but considering how much strength I lost it will take time to get back to where I was. It’s something for me to keep motivated.

  112. JC

    Lol OCO. Just one correction, it’s not my blog-)

  113. Rossini

    Another long wait for Tom!

  114. Tom

    Johannes Leak has Treasurer Josh Friedenberg sleeping well on today’s expected Reserve Bank official interest rate cut to 1.25%.

  115. Tom

    David Rowe’s special subject this week is haircuts. Weird.

  116. Tom

    POTUS45 has landed in London and, while most Fleet Street cartoonists my not be losing their minds, he’s dominating them. Matt Pritchett (London Daily Telegraph).

  117. Tom

    Meanwhile, back at the Brexit fiasco: Steve Bright (London Sun).

  118. Tom

    Trump Derangement doesn’t begin to describe what Martin Rowson (London Daily Mirror) has (Nigel Farage is England’s most popular politician because he’s a Trump puppet … or something).

  119. feelthebern

    Rowe nails it. Again.

  120. Nob

    Blower#2 winner by a length.

  121. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern

    #3034049, posted on June 4, 2019 at 5:12 am

    Rowe nails it. Again.

    Indeed.
    That drawing of [insert name here] in the dentist’s chair was spot on.

  122. Bruce of Newcastle

    Love the banquet cartoons!

  123. stackja

    Mount Victoria Great Western Hwy approaching Harley Ave
    BREAKDOWN Truck in snow
    Started today 6:01am, last checked today 6:36am
    Heavy traffic conditions.
    Impact: Impact Road closed in both directions.
    Attending: Emergency services
    Advice: Exercise caution
    Allow extra travel time

  124. Fatty 5D*’s approval rating sits at 42.
    Comparisons – Barack Obama – 50 – (May 2011); George W. Bush – 66 – (May 2003); Bill Clinton – 51 (May 1995);
    George H.W. Bush – 75 – (May 1991): Ronald Reagan – 44 – (May 1983)

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

  125. bespoke

    *Johno offered actual first hand experiences of opting out from his fellow Diggers and 1735099 turned him down because of hert feeelz!.

    *Numbers Bob had a perfectly legal alternative to being conscripted. He chose not to exercise that option H/T Zulu .

    * 1735099 tried to game the system and lost H/T KD.

    !

  126. calli

    Love Blower #1. Straight out of a picture book. And the “Not Made in China” label for “The Beast”.

  127. Bruce of Newcastle

    Fatty 5D*’s approval rating sits at 42.

    How weird!

    Trump’s approval rating hits highest point in two years (31 May 2019)

    Nolte: Trump Job Approval Jumps to 53% – Seven Points Higher Than Obama (9 Apr 2019)

    Golly, they must’ve dug enough Dem voters out from under their comfort rocks to swing Numbers’ poll big time.

  128. stackja

    The private still angry about something.

  129. calli

    Sad to hear about your illness, hero. So many here go MIA and I do wonder what’s up.

    I hope your medical issues are resolved soon. What a nightmare for you and your family.

  130. calli

    I don’t believe any polls any more.

  131. stackja

    Alpine Katoomba Great Western Hwy
    ALPINE CONDITIONS Snow and ice
    Started today 6:04am, last checked today 6:51am
    Impact: Impact Highway closed in both directions.
    Attending: Emergency services
    Advice: Avoid the area
    Delay your journey

  132. Twostix

    Trump threatened tarriffs on Australian ali. Internet retards going off their heads at because they dont know that Turnbull bailed out the ali industry with a quarter of a billion dollars in 2017.

    The industry needed vailung out because internet retards have punishing “heavy carbon polluters” as the central plank of their ideology!

    This is clown world on steroids!

  133. struth

    Thanks Tom.
    Still trying to catch up when in range.

  134. calli

    And thinking about our grazier Cats too. Almost time for me to start knitting woolly jumpers for woolly jumpers.

    There ya go, Gab. Join a stitch and bitch. The conversation never gets too political on account of the sharp pointed objects. 😀

  135. stackja

    Regional NSW – North
    Alpine Uralla New England Hwy at south of Uralla
    ALPINE CONDITIONS Snow and ice
    Started today 5:12am, last checked today 7:04am
    Impact: Impact Traffic affected in both directions.
    Attending: Roads and Maritime Services
    Advice: Reduce your speed
    Exercise caution

  136. stackja

    Mount Victoria to Katoomba Great Western Hwy at Govetts Leap Rd
    ALPINE CONDITIONS Snow and ice
    Started today 4:04am, last checked today 7:02am
    Impact: Impact Traffic affected in all directions.
    Advice: Reduce your speed
    Exercise caution

  137. Cassie of Sydney

    “stackja
    #3034062, posted on June 4, 2019 at 6:55 am
    The private still angry about something.”

    Actually I reckon Scumbers, the never ending shitter, is jealous of Trump…..Mr Trump has Melania and could get anyone woman he likes…unlike the shitter who wouldn’t even know his way around a woman’s body.

  138. stackja

    Flannery predicted no snow.

  139. Twostix

    It’s been really nice of america to let everyone get rich at its expense while spitting in its eye.

    We’re going to find out they didn’t have to do that, that they could have just behaved like we all do. Closed and protective.

  140. Gab

    But soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Trump is still, still, the President.

  141. stackja

    Cassie of Sydney
    #3034071, posted on June 4, 2019 at 7:08 am

    No wonder the private is angry!

  142. calli

    Our children would never see it, Stacks. They would never know what it looked like. Because he said so.

    They used to punish false prophets rather nastily. I wouldn’t be quite so cruel. An afternoon in the stocks at Oberon should suffice to concentrate his mind.

  143. Mother Lode

    I remember The One’s tenure the peculiar surveys that showed him to have almost North Korean Presidential popularity.

    People who were curious about such things realised the MSM was waaaay over sampling Democrats, as well as treating independents as if they predictably broke 50/50 Democrat/Republican – which they do not.

    They would have been doing the same thing with the Hilderbeest – cultivating a feeling in the electorate that there was no point going to vote for Trump.

    Now we are getting more surveys telling us everyone thinks orange-man-bad.

    Sheesh, are they slow on the uptake.

  144. Herodotus

    The BBC were covering Trump’s State Visit through clenched teeth overnight. He was regularly called “divisive”, a term reserved for conservative leaders! We never hear of lefty leaders being called divisive.
    Has the term been used re Trudeau, Merkel, or any of our ludicrous state Labor Premiers?

    In fact the term ranks with racist and misogynist as a term rendered almost meaningless by its over use.
    Commentators hang their hat on the presence of protestors to justify the use of “divisive”.
    I’d argue that its the habitually complaining leftist activists and commentariat who are the divisive ones.
    If they’d stay at home and shut up the so-called divisiveness would disappear.

  145. calli

    Yo!

    She looks happy to see him.

  146. calli

    They went nuts over that handshake. Blair’s Law* in action.

    * the ongoing process by which the world’s multiple idiocies are becoming one giant, useless force.

  147. Herodotus

    Example 2 – Trump’s tweet re Khan was said to be “a personal attack”.
    Khan’s previous vitriolic article was said to be “critical”.

  148. Delta A

    Gab
    #3033767, posted on June 3, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks, Gab. We can never have too many prayers.

    And a special one for hero, who reminds me again that there’s always someone worse off than I am.

    PS: I hear the worst part of having a stoma bag is finding shoes to match. 🙂

  149. Cassie of Sydney

    “Herodotus
    #3034083, posted on June 4, 2019 at 7:22 am
    Example 2 – Trump’s tweet re Khan was said to be “a personal attack”.
    Khan’s previous vitriolic article was said to be “critical”.”

    Trump throws it back….something that conservative politicians here should do….something Tony Abbott should have done.

    Khan is a far left, venal, Joooo hating, islaaaaaaamist apologist turd……reminds me of someone here.

  150. stackja

    Oberon Duckmaloi Rd between Oberon and Jenolan Caves Rd
    ALPINE CONDITIONS Snow and ice
    Started today 5:13am, last checked today 7:29am
    Impact: Impact Road closed in both directions.
    Advice: Delay your journey
    Avoid the area
    Other Info: All roads in the Oberon Shire are now closed.

  151. johanna

    Calli, Her Maj looks genuinely pleased to see the Trumpster in that photo.

    I bet he has charmed the socks off her. What’s more, I’d bet that she detests the incursion on UK sovereignity that is the EU. Remember, when she was growing up and then came to the throne, big portions of the map of the world were still coloured pink.

    To those Cats who are suffering ghastly health and related problems, thanks for letting us know. My thoughts and best wishes for the future to you all, including those who have chosen not to talk about their woes. It does help to put our minor ailments and concerns into perspective.

    That includes MV, who lost the love of his life recently. Cut him a bit of slack, FGS.

  152. johanna

    Re stack’s weather reports – strong icy winds here, and a fallen tree is blocking the driveway out of our townhouses. The temperature, with wind chill, is -1.7C.

    Someone said yesterday that the Tasmanian interconnecter is down (again!)

    A power failure here now would be very nasty indeed. Gas is no use, as the heating systems all rely on electricity to power the fans.

  153. Knuckle Dragger

    It’s a bit late now for the Pommy cartoonists to pretend that the Trumpmeister’s offended their very proper, genteel sensibilities.

    ‘Oh, that awful man,’ remarked Lady Ponsonby-Whittlesea, reclining after her customary afternoon hand of bridge in the conservatory. ‘He’s just so….. common. Wouldn’t you say, Oswald?’

    They’ve demonstrated since 1946* their status as elitist snobbish dickheads, miles above the common people whose views should be disregarded unless they’re on repopulating the family reserve with game, and unquestioning open border surrender monkey freaks beholden to unelected twits in a country that’s only existed since 1830.

    *Brief hiatus in 1982.

  154. stackja

    Scammers losing iTunes payment option.

  155. calli

    she was growing up and then came to the throne, big portions of the map of the world were still coloured pink.

    And spent her formative years at a time when vast swathes of europe were covered in red embossed with a swastika. With an uncle who was a sympathiser who handed her beloved father a hospital pass.

    She has seen all manner of wiley politicians come and go. She’ll see off that Khan creature too.

  156. Knuckle Dragger

    calli,

    Exactly.

    Say what you like about Lizzie, but one fact is inescapable:

    You don’t get to be Queen of England for 67 years without knowing how to lay the boot in where necessary.

    She’s put her 16th century namesake and Victoria in the shade.

  157. stackja

    Notafan
    #3034101, posted on June 4, 2019 at 8:00 am

    John Reith, 1st Baron Reith – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Reith,_1st_Baron_Reith
    John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith, KT, GCVO, GBE, CB, TD, PC (20 July 1889 – 16 June 1971) was a Scottish broadcasting executive who established the tradition of independent public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom.

  158. Entropy

    Liberty quote:

    Ism’s in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself.”
    — Ferris Bueller

  159. Knuckle Dragger

    Trump speaks about the Battle of Britain and the Blitz at the big buffet, and how Britain inspired the world by standing alone against Hitler.

    Just perfect. That’s how it’s done, people.

    I’m amazed he didn’t fist-bump Her Majesty when he sat down.

  160. calli

    In it, they ask the prime minister to urge the US president to accept “the overwhelming scientific evidence which shows that climate change is driven by human activities and poses a serious threat to the lives and livelihoods of people all across the world”.

    I love the use of language.

    You’d almost think that statement was true.

  161. stackja

    With wind and rain will Point Perpendicular be put off Perpendicular?

  162. calli

    Her Maj is a wiley old operator too, of course. An inspiration to old bats everywhere. 😀

  163. Knuckle Dragger

    Oh dear. Posting on the same subject, but….. all the winning!

    Trump calls Sadiq Khan a ‘stone cold loser’ on Twitter.

    He’s broken the playbook. There is no response to this. Khan would be flicking through the protocol book to find the ‘What to do when the POTUS calls you a loser’ bit.

    Priceless.

  164. Knuckle Dragger

    Speaking of old bats, aren’t we all due to be warned about something?

    And to be reminded that we were warned? And that despite being warned, we did nothing and therefore deserve to be reminded again that we were warned?

    That everything she warned us about, and brilliantly foretold had to come pass?

    If only there was someone here to warn us.

  165. Boambee John

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

    The obsession is becoming pathological.

  166. C.L.

    From our cold dead hands, bro:

    Only 530 semi-automatic guns handed over, police say.

    There are around 250,000 licenced firearm holders in New Zealand and it’s estimated as many as 300,000 guns could now be illegal.

  167. Top Ender

    I reckon Her Maj solves most problems by leaving them on the desk and leaving them alone.

    After a while they’re not a problem any more.

    However, the annoyance of not being order anyone to be instantly imprisoned in The Tower must occasionally be an irritant.

  168. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘530’

    Well duh, Jacinderrr.

    NZ has now joined Australia as a country crammed with semi-automatic weapons packed in grease and buried in PVC pipe and eskies in every spare bit of ground they can find. The wallopers right this minute will be up to their ears in reports of ‘lost’ and/or ‘stolen’ firearms.

    One day, the burial grounds will become sacred sites.

  169. Knuckle Dragger

    Heads on spikes, TE. Lizzie I was famous for it.

    Don’t tell me Lizzie II hasn’t yearned for the good old days.

  170. lotocoti

    The obsession is becoming pathological.

    Or a sign of dementia.

  171. Mother Lode

    I’m amazed he didn’t fist-bump Her Majesty when he sat down.

    I’m amazed he didn’t invite her to take The Beast for a spin.

  172. Mother Lode

    I love the use of language.

    You’d almost think that statement was true.

    They have every kind of evidence other than the real world.

  173. stackja

    Most violent weekend in Chicago this year: At least 52 shot, 10 fatally

    Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s first black female and openly gay mayor

  174. C.L.

    The state of Australian “comedy …”
    Last night on Have You Been paying Attention, the actually funny and cheeky Sam Pang answered a question featuring a picture of a smiling Jacinda Ardern about what she was proposing to spend billions of dollars on. (The answer: her wacko ‘well-being’ budget). Pang’s answer: “The war on buck-teeth?” The reaction from the audience was nervous and shocked laughter, while his co-panelist (a Kiwi) looked genuinely angry. Then on to the usual ‘jokes’ about Trump etc.

  175. Tom

    Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s first black female and openly gay mayor

    Everything but leadership.

  176. Tel

    There are around 250,000 licenced firearm holders in New Zealand and it’s estimated as many as 300,000 guns could now be illegal.

    Could be illegal?!?

    New Zealand has decided that running a lottery system is cheaper than having real legislators, courts and lawyers … as a consequence no one knows what is legal or illegal anymore … but surprisingly none of them much care.

  177. Mother Lode

    Her Maj is a wiley old operator too, of course. An inspiration to old bats everywhere.

    Takes after her Mum a bit, I reckon.

  178. mh

    Khan is a far left, venal, Joooo hating, islaaaaaaamist apologist turd……reminds me of someone here.

    Reminds me of another London Mayor, Ken Livingstone.

  179. Bruce of Newcastle

    Front just hit. My driveway looked like snow just now…not from hail. About three dozen friendly cockies arrived just before the front. I think they knew they needed to stock up before the rain. Grabbed this quick photo of camellia petals, cockies, little corellas and raindrops.

  180. bespoke
    #3034059, posted on June 4, 2019 at 6:52 am
    *Johno offered actual first hand experiences of opting out from his fellow Diggers and 1735099 turned him down because of hert feeelz!.
    *Numbers Bob had a perfectly legal alternative to being conscripted. He chose not to exercise that option H/T Zulu .
    * 1735099 tried to game the system and lost H/T KD.

    The obsession is becoming pathological.

  181. lotocoti

    Everything but leadership.

    But anything to look good back in the hood.

  182. struth

    How many stupid old doctor’s wives are there in this nation?
    The radical western hating lefties in silk scarves bob haitcuts and red rimmed glasses are a curse and a plague.
    Silly old bints.
    Get thee to the kitchen wenches for you have the mental capacity of a red setter chasing it’s tail.
    Desperate to fawn over any culture that isn’t western and full of climate fear.
    The bright cat ladies need to start a secret infiltration organisation to attend writer’s festivals and art shows.

  183. Leigh Lowe

    Fatty 5D*’s approval rating sits at 42.

    ALP sitting comfortably on a 2PP of 52:48.
    #inthebag
    #smoovetransition

  184. johanna

    Some great pix of the Trumps at the State Dinner with Her Maj.

    Melania stole the show, as usual. In Dior. A gorgeous woman with impeccable taste.

    Her Maj was wearing a million pounds’ worth of baubles including – a tiara! With rubies the size of walnuts. Bless.

    Camilla looked sour and dowdy, to no-one’s surprise.

    I don’t think the visit is going to be the PR disaster the haters hoped for.

  185. struth

    And their bloody husbands need to man up.

    Men………take back your culture.
    Make love to these ugly old things to keep the bitterness and boredom from their hearts.
    Do it for your country.
    No matter how vile.

  186. Top Ender

    Meanwhile in Darwin it will be cold today – predicted high of 28.

    Last night was doona weather – about 17 where we are.

  187. dover_beach

    Bishop Tobin has set the twitter-world afire by declaring that Catholics should avoid attending ‘Pride’ month. The hate has reached eleventy.

  188. Mother Lode

    There are around 250,000 licenced firearm holders in New Zealand and it’s estimated as many as 300,000 guns could now be illegal.

    Funny, isn’t it.

    People could be quietly minding their own business when the government, in a panic trying to grab a PR coup, declares something they do illegal.

    They have done nothing they have not done years. They are not hurting anyone and just want to be left alone, but politicians declare with abrupt imperiousness that something is ‘illegal’ and suddenly all these thousands of people are on the wrong side of the law.

    No one has done anything, they have simply been told they are in the same group as burglars, drug dealers, swindlers, carjackers, and violent offenders.

  189. johanna

    Stupid censorator.

    johanna
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    #3034144, posted on June 4, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Some great pix of the Trumps at the State Dinner with Her Maj.

    Melania stole the show, as usual. In Dior. A gorgeous woman with im***cable taste.

    Her Maj was wearing a million pounds’ worth of baubles including – a tiara! With rubies the size of walnuts. Bless.

    Camilla looked sour and dowdy, to no-one’s surprise.

    I don’t think the visit is going to be the PR disaster the haters hoped for.

  190. Bruce of Newcastle

    rubies the size of walnuts

    The Queen wears priceless ruby tiara from this foreign king with a very unique history

    Today Queen Elizabeth II wore a set of stunning red gems encrusted with beautiful diamonds.

    This particular tiara has a fascinating history.

    The most interesting thing about this beautiful tiara is that the Queen designed it herself, giving the public an insight in her true taste in jewellery.

    Many of the Queen’s other tiaras have been inherited or given to her in their finished form.

    However, the Queen had the opportunity to get creative with this piece.

    Her Majesty was given 96 rubies from the people of Burma. In 1973 she used the gems, along with some diamonds she already owned to create this piece.

    Rubies are given as a gift in Burma because they are believed to protect from illness.

    The design is rather flashy, proving Her Majesty likes a bit of bling. It is made from both gold and silver, with rose created from the rubies.

  191. Megan

    The bright cat ladies need to start a secret infiltration organisation to attend writer’s festivals and arts shows

    I’d enjoy that if we went as a bloc. I avoid those events like the plague. Too wearing on my limited patience.

  192. Leigh Lowe

    Trump speaks about the Battle of Britain and the Blitz at the big buffet, and how Britain inspired the world by standing alone against Hitler.

    How many Poms today would be quietly wishing Trump was their PM, wistfully imagining him telling the Brussels to ‘stick the EU up their Junker’?

  193. Bruce of Newcastle

    rubies the size of walnuts

    The Queen wears priceless ruby tiara from this foreign king with a very unique history

    Today Queen Elizabeth II wore a set of stunning red gems encrusted with beautiful diamonds.

    This particular tiara has a fascinating history.

    The most interesting thing about this beautiful tiara is that the Queen designed it herself, giving the public an insight in her true taste in j-wellery.

    Many of the Queen’s other tiaras have been inherited or given to her in their finished form.

    However, the Queen had the opportunity to get creative with this piece.

    Her Majesty was given 96 rubies from the people of Burma. In 1973 she used the gems, along with some diamonds she already owned to create this piece.

    Rubies are given as a gift in Burma because they are believed to protect from illness.

    The design is rather flashy, proving Her Majesty likes a bit of bling. It is made from both gold and silver, with rose created from the rubies.

  194. thefrollickingmole

    I’m amazed he didn’t invite her to take The Beast for a spin.

    The Duke of Edinburgh has been firmly instructed not to go near it unless that grotty little Khan fellow comes down the drive.

  195. Bruce of Newcastle

    rubies the size of walnuts

    The Queen wears priceless ruby tiara from this foreign king with a very unique history

    Today Queen Elizabeth II wore a set of stunning red gems encrusted with beautiful diamonds.

    This particular tiara has a fascinating history.

    The most interesting thing about this beautiful tiara is that the Queen designed it herself, giving the public an insight in her true taste in j-wellery.

    Many of the Queen’s other tiaras have been inherited or given to her in their finished form.

    However, the Queen had the opportunity to get creative with this piece.

    Her Majesty was given 96 rubies from the people of Burma. In 1973 she used the gems, along with some diamonds she already owned to create this piece.

    Rubies are given as a gift in Burma because they are believed to protect from illness.

    The design is rather flashy, proving Her Majesty likes a bit of bling. It is made from both gold and silver, with rose created from the rubies.

  196. Bruce of Newcastle

    Apologies if you see a couple repeats. That pesky J word was in the text and the url…

  197. johanna

    Whoops, lost the link in the report. UK State dinner pix here.

  198. John Constantine

    Got an offer to good to refuse for a mob of sheep recently, sold them and freed up some paddocks while the cropping window was still open.

    Three tractors broke down yesterday while trying to knock some non cropping ground into cropping shape.

    Got two going again for under four hundred bucks in parts, plus skinned knuckles.

    Tackling the last one after morning smoko, but it lousy weather on the spanners in the open.

    Sheep so much better than tractors, when a sheep breaks down, you can feed it as rations to the dogs.

  199. Top Ender

    Trump’s speech:

    ‘A great, great woman’: Trump’s toast in full
    ‘Your Majesty, Melania and I are profoundly honoured to be your guests for this historic state visit.

    ‘Thank you for your warm welcome, for this beautiful weather, your gracious hospitality, and Your Majesty’s nearly seven decades of treasured friendship with the United States of America.

    ‘This week, we commemorate a mighty endeavour of righteous nations and one of the greatest undertakings in all of history.

    ‘Seventy-five years ago, more than 150,000 allied troops were preparing on this island to parachute into France, storm the beaches of Normandy, and win back our civilisation.

    ‘As Her Majesty remembers, the British people had hoped and prayed and fought for this day for nearly five years.

    ‘When Britain stood alone during the blitz of 1940 and 1941, the Nazi war machine dropped thousands of bombs on this country, and right on this magnificent city.

    ‘Buckingham Palace alone was bombed on 16 separate occasions. In that dark hour, the people of this nation showed the world what it means to be British.

    ‘They cleared wreckage from the streets, displayed the Union Jack from their shattered homes and kept fighting on to victory. They only wanted victory.

    ‘The courage of the United Kingdom’s sons and daughters ensured that your destiny would always remain in your own hands.

    ‘Through it all, the royal family was the resolute face of the commonwealth’s unwavering solidarity.

    ‘In April 1945, newspapers featured a picture of the Queen Mother visiting the woman’s branch of the Army, watching a young woman repair a military truck engine.

    ‘That young mechanic was the future Queen, a great, great woman.

    ‘Her Majesty inspired her compatriots in that fight to support the troops, defend her homeland, and defeat the enemy at all cost.

    ‘We also pay tribute to Prince Philip’s distinguished and valiant service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

    ‘On D-day, the Queen’s beloved father, King George VI delivered a stirring national address.

    ‘That day he said, after nearly five years of toil and suffering, we must renew that crusading impulse on which we entered the war and met its darkest hour. Our fight is against evil and for a world in which goodness and honour may be the foundation of the life of men in every land.

    ‘This evening, we thank God for the brave sons of the United Kingdom and the United States who defeated the Nazis and the Nazi regime and liberated millions from tyranny.

    ‘The bond between our nations was forever sealed in that great crusade.

    ‘As we honour our shared victory and heritage, we affirm the common values that will unite us long into future – freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, the rule of law and reverence for the rights given to us by almighty God.

    ‘From the Second World War to today, Her Majesty has stood as a constant symbol of these priceless traditions.

    ‘She has embodied the spirit of dignity, duty, and patriotism that beats proudly in every British heart.

    ‘On behalf of all Americans, I offer a toast to the eternal friendship of our people, the vitality of our nations and to the long-cherished and truly remarkable reign of Her Majesty, the Queen. Thank you.’

    Well done that man!

    Some good pix at the article

  200. Ellie

    Actually I reckon Scumbers, the never ending shitter, is jealous of Trump…..Mr Trump has Melania and could get anyone woman he likes…unlike the shitter who wouldn’t even know his way around a woman’s body.

    Cassie! You’re on fire! Faaantastic! 👏

  201. Des Deskperson

    According to this morning’s Oz – paywall protected – even Gladys B’s State government was not given prior advice about the Chinese wardship visits.

    Whatever else one thinks of these visits, the secrecy around them is puzzling. When I worked in Defence, visits by foreign warships were announced and publicised beforehand hand – including to all official ‘stakeholders’ – as a matter of routine. The fact that the visits may have stirred controversy – US nuclear powered and/or capable warships during the dispute between NZ and the US over just such visits and visits by Indonesian warships during the East Timor crisis – was never an issue.

    One is forced to conclude that it had something to do with the recent election.

    Which reminds me of the first Chinese Defence Attache posted to Australia in 1980 – a ‘Mister’ someone, since at the time the PLA had still not restored formal ranks. In the , IIRC, first week of his appointment, a series of briefings were arranged for him by the Defence Department. While being driven to one of these briefings in the Campbell Offices, he was involved in a collision on the roundabout at the junction of Fairborn Avenue and Northcott Drive.

    And killed!!

  202. johanna

    FFS, it seems that my link also attracts the ire of that wretched thing.

    Go to Breitbart London/Europe and it is at the top of the page. The photos are well worth a look.

  203. calli

    From Dover’s link:

    Kids are in far more danger at a catholic church than at a gay pride gathering.

    That’s a bit rich coming from…Mia Farrow.

    Mia, you are aware of what happened under your own roof now, aren’t you?

  204. lotocoti

    The Duke of Edinburgh has been firmly instructed not to go near it …

    However, should Princess Sparkles …

  205. Knuckle Dragger

    Cat trivia:

    A newly-shaved bonce with 12 hours’ growth on it acts like Velcro with towels.

    Just spent five minutes throwing towels at my own head to test the theory.

    #sciencerules

  206. thefrollickingmole

    Schrodingers subject…

    Schrödinger’s cat could be saved, say scientists
    New research casts doubt on idea that a quantum jump is instant and unpredictable

    Dr Zlatko Minev, first author of the research from Yale University, said: “When you open the box – in other words, when you begin your observation – usually in that time [the transition] appears abrupt and instantaneous.” But looking on a shorter timescale, it seems the situation is very different.

    In other words, once the box is opened there is a process in which the cat keels over or not, with an early warning sign of when that process kicks off. Crucially it also seems the “jump” can be reversed midway through the transition, meaning Schrödinger’s cat might be brought back from the brink.

    “You are taking a lens to it … and if you zoom into the dynamics then you can look at the process by which the jump occurs,” said Minev.

    The team made their discovery using an experimental setup involving an electrical circuit that mimics an atom with three energy levels, cooled to a fraction of a degree above absolute zero, enclosed in a metal box and irradiated with microwave light. One beam of microwave light provided the energy for the quantum jump and the other allowed scientists to monitor the situation. They were then able to detect quantum jumps as the “atom” became excited or lost energy.

    The team said the work also shows “quantum jumps” are not so much abrupt leaps between energy levels, as Bohr proposed, but gradual transitions more akin to a glide. The team also found the duration and nature of the transition was consistent across 6.8m quantum jumps.

  207. MatrixTransform

    dunno how Knuckles finds the time for scientifical research.
    some of us have to work

  208. 132andBush

    1735099

    #3034058, posted on June 4, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Fatty 5D*’s approval rating sits at 42.
    Comparisons – Barack Obama – 50 – (May 2011); George W. Bush – 66 – (May 2003); Bill Clinton – 51 (May 1995);
    George H.W. Bush – 75 – (May 1991): Ronald Reagan – 44 – (May 1983)

    The “Gulag Archipelago was fiction” man still believes the polls.

  209. Bruce of Newcastle

    even Gladys B’s State government was not given prior advice about the Chinese wardship visits.

    Well she’ll just have to walk up to Bligh St and get the received wisdom then.

    Kevin Rudd on China

    The Lowy Institute is pleased to host the Hon Kevin Rudd for a discussion on Xi Jinping’s China and the new era of strategic competition with the United States across trade, technology, and geopolitics.

    Thursday, 13 June 2019 | 5:45pm for 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Lowy Institute

    I wonder if there’ll be any rat procreation?

  210. Leigh Lowe

    Ronald Reagan – 44 – (May 1983)

    Polls eh?
    Would that be the same Ronald Reagan who won 49 of 50 states in a landslide 18 months later in 1984?

  211. EvilElvis

    Camilla looked sour and dowdy, to no-one’s surprise.

    No sign of MeghsGingerMeggs? The newly wedded and baby wetted could regale the US envoy with tales of yore portrayed through gangsta rap! Word!

  212. stackja

    Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

  213. Leigh Lowe

    even Gladys B’s State government was not given prior advice about the Chinese wardship visits.

    Are the Chunk shups going to vusut their new bestie in New Zulland?
    Are they nuclear armed or powered?

  214. Geriatric Mayfly

    I don’t think the visit is going to be the PR disaster the haters hoped for.

    But The Oz has detected a protocol lapse. Behind the paywall, so the hillbilly’s stumble at the white tie affair remains a mystery. In comparison to Jug Ears and his industrial strength gaffe, Donald’s misdemeanour cannot amount to much.

  215. johanna

    EvilElvis
    #3034176, posted on June 4, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Camilla looked sour and dowdy, to no-one’s surprise.

    No sign of MeghsGingerMeggs? The newly wedded and baby wetted could regale the US envoy with tales of yore portrayed through gangsta rap! Word!

    She’s boycotting his visit. Because social justice/wacism or something.

    All class, eh? No manners at all.

    The Queen should box her ears.

  216. thefrollickingmole

    Worth a repeat because it must stick in the craw of every “Americans are dumb” person around.
    https://fee.org/articles/most-of-europe-is-a-lot-poorer-than-most-of-the-united-states/
    Most of Europe Is a Lot Poorer than Most of the United States. “Most European countries (including Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium) if they joined the US, would rank among the poorest one-third of US states on a per-capita GDP basis, and the UK, France, Japan and New Zealand would all rank among America’s very poorest states, below No. 47 West Virginia, and not too far above No. 50 Mississippi. Countries like Italy, S. Korea, Spain, Portugal and Greece would each rank below Mississippi as the poorest states in the country.”

  217. EvilElvis

    A newly-shaved bonce with 12 hours’ growth on it acts like Velcro with towels.

    This one time, at band camp, I used to number 2 all over the scone (take that as you will…). I had a mates stunning gf at a party one night inadvertantly brush by my head and got a buzz from the soft, tennis ball like feel. She returned to sit on my lap for an hour gently rubbing my hair, longingly looking in my eyes and kept saying “it’s so, so soft…”. Got awkward for a bit. For her bf. Suffice to say it wasn’t soft for long.

  218. C.L.

    Even played with strings alone, voiceless, the British and US national anthems at the Palace banquet were beautiful and stirring. We’re still lumbered with the embarrassing and ridiculous AAF.

  219. Top Ender

    Good argument to use against climate change warriors:

    1) the world climate has always changed
    2) do you seriously think we can control the weather
    3) the Chinese and Indians are doing what they like

    More evidence for 3:

    How India sees anti-Adani protests
    ROBERT GOTTLIEBSEN

    In Australia we saw the Adani coal mine as an environmental issue. In India they saw the Adani roadblocks as a clear illustration that Australians were racist and discriminated against Indians.

    The Indian contingent at the ADC leadership retreat in the Gold Coast lived in Australia and knew that in Australian eyes Adani was a new coalmine carbon issue, but warned that in India it was seen entirely differently.

    In India, Australian environmentalist’s carbon arguments made no sense, so the anti-Adani opposition had to be raw racism against Indians.

    India needed Adani coal to supply power to the poorest Indians who were living without electricity. The main alterative to Adani was Indonesian coal, which emitted 25 per cent more carbon.

    A second alternative was local Indian coal where the carbon emissions were even greater. And the more energy-attuned Indians realised that Australia (via the front runner in the election, the ALP), was planning to foster the European carbon racket where you gain carbon credits for burning wood.

    Accordingly, in Indian eyes, the Adani opposition in Australia had nothing to do with carbon.

    The “Stop Adani” signs were really a sign of discrimination against India.

    I must emphasise that I don’t think racism was in any way motivating the people holding those anti-Adani signs.

    But Indians living in Australia understood how sections of the Indian media were reporting Adani and large numbers were handing out Coalition voting cards on May 18. There are some 750,000 people of Indian decent living in Australia

    That’s why that election was so important because, in Indian eyes, Australians voted against Indian discrimination.

    Nevertheless, at the Cricket World Cup it is highly likely that our team will face racist slurs from the crowd (and perhaps the Indian players). I hope our cricketers have been alerted to the fact that Adani is behind any racist taunts and that Australia voted to proceed with Adani.

    Meanwhile, we are now seeing relations between China and the US deteriorate dangerously.

    Our foreign affairs department may not have the skills to play the US-China game down the middle in such a situation. The Chinese see the Australian Coalition government as moving too far to the US side of the dispute.

    The anti-US paranoia in China was graphically illustrated by the recent warning of the former chief of China’s state-owned oil giant Sinopec, Fu Chengyu, that China must prepare for the possibility of a US oil blockade. “It is an urgent reality,” he told a forum in Shanghai.

    More than three quarters of China’s crude oil and much of its liquefied natural gas passes through the Malacca Strait between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula, and in China’s eyes the US could blockade it. A US raw materials blockade of Japan was a contributor to the start of the 1940s Pacific war.

    Accordingly, these are very dangerous sentiments for Australia, and we will need India as a friend in the region.

    Whereas the ALP had better skills than the Coalition in handling China, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has good relations with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    It’s fascinating that once again the state of Victoria is at the cutting edge of India-Australia relations, as it is in the Australia-China tangle. Australia should have joined China’s belt and road initiative when it was not so controversial. It has been left to Victoria to hold the Australian flag.

    In the case of India, Victoria realised that while there was a potential market for Indian university students it would not develop to anything like the size of China.

    What India wanted was our trade teaching skills. Victoria did a deal whereby the state would start Kangan/Tafe style trade teaching facilities in India and Indian software companies would be based in Melbourne.

    Given that Canberra sees international relations as its province it’s not surprising that the Coalition government has underlying anger with the state that is growing so fast. It’s doubly annoying to Canberra that Victoria is getting it right—at least in this area. Energy is another subject.

    The Adani issue is an illustration how Australian actions can be misread in Asia.

    These are stormy times. And we are going to need to very flexible. Crazy as it might seem, using state innovation may be useful in what is a very unpredictable situation.

    Complete Oz article

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