Open Forum: October 17, 2020

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  1. caveman

    Bannon says there’s more dirty shit to come out.

  2. Arky

    Returning Ms Ardern in a landslide is one indication of New Zealanders’ frailty of mind.

    ..
    You idiots voted in Rudd, then Gill- lard.
    Remember?

  3. Boambee John

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3623379, posted on October 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm
    This stuff is fun.

    The Media Is Now Openly Pushing Secession As The Election Nears (17 Oct)

    The debate over separation and secession has been additionally pushed into the national debate by Richard Kreitner and his book Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union. Kreitner, who writes for the leftist magazine The Nation, suggests that the United States has never been as unified as many suggest and also concludes that secession and division may be a necessary tactic in bringing about the left-wing reforms he’d like to see. In an interview with The Nation, Kreitner discussed how he began to think about secession as a serious solution

    So a lefty is telegraphing secession.

    The point about reducing the power of the central government to impose nationwide policies that might be counter-productive in some regions is the strongest. Either regions are allowed autonomy in everything except defence, foreign relations, immigration, customs and (international) quarantine, or they will eventually go their own way.

  4. Nick

    Makes me think he was stuck. He found not a single Democrat voter, and had to fluff up the story for the cause.

    Same

  5. Arky

    The lard arsed ginger was worse than the horse faced kiwi.
    Remember “Oh the misogyny”?

  6. Nick

    But who won the popular vote in New Zealand ? /sarc.

  7. Delta A

    Watched The Highwaymen last night, a fillum about the the ambush and assassination of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. I rate it 4, despite Kevin Costner playing the leading role.

    In case we think our grandparents had impeccable taste and judgement, B and C were widely lauded as heroes, with 20,ooo attending her funeral and 15,000 at Clyde’s.

    It’s on Netflix.

  8. Caveman

    Bannon likes tongue bathing Sharrrrrrri, says she’s like number one serious Jurno in Oz.

  9. Steve trickler

    Masterclass! Try and keep up.😎



  10. Leigh Lowe

    I thought you said “naked” Spurgeon?

  11. Bruce of Newcastle

    Whoever has the Coles advertising contract deserves a Walkley. They’ve been running extended ads like mini cooking shows.

    This one was during Seven news a few minutes ago. Simple, elegant and very scrumptious looking.

  12. calli

    Arky
    #3623408, posted on October 18, 2020 at 6:28 pm
    The lard arsed ginger was worse than the horse faced kiwi.
    Remember “Oh the misogyny”?

    Arky. The mares are running neck and neck.

    I pick the roan by a nose. Unless her competitor bites her.

  13. JC

    Someone put up “Shaaari” had Steve Bannon on. I think it’s about the 3rd time I’ve watched Sky News. I believe him when Bannon says there’s a lot more depravity and financial misbehaviour that’s going to be disclosed about the Hidens.

    If Trump wins one of the Hiden could very well end up in the clink. Hope it’s Joe because he wouldn’t even know wheee he is.

    Wouldn’t it be hysterical if it was Joe and they pleaded he was too mentally infirm to face charges.

  14. mh

    Paywallian

    Doubt cast on Andrews’ new 25km rule
    Medical experts have called into question the decision to impose a new 25km rule on Victorians, saying there appears to be no justification for it.
    4 MINUTES AGO By REBECCA URBAN, RICHARD FERGUSON, CHRISTINE KELLETT

  15. Oh come on

    Being the number one serious journo in Australia isn’t that high a bar. Just saying.

  16. Some History

    Legalise Sedition
    #3623429, posted on October 18, 2020 at 6:45 pm
    Your honor, I….you know the thing!

    calli
    #3623431, posted on October 18, 2020 at 6:46 pm
    Shut up, man!

    Man on come!

  17. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Hairy legs and I learned about roaches and the thang, I tells ya! 😵

  18. thefrollickingmole

    Lying dog faced pony jury!

  19. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    I can only give you every thang … 😋

  20. MatrixTransform

    new 25km rule

    by their own idiotic reasoning, increasing the potential area of contact by 25 times doesn’t sound all that cautious.

    anybody remember what did these experts did in the last pandemic?

  21. mh

    Wear a pair of red underpants on your head and the drop bears will leave you alone.

    Thank you Dan for keeping us safe!

  22. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Amy Coney Barrett is a bad dude, I tells ya!

  23. thefrollickingmole

    Possibly the greatest “YET” in the history of interviews.

    https://twitter.com/Henry__Crown/status/1317644500668354562/photo/1

  24. MatrixTransform

    The Hon Alan Tudge MP
    Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs

  25. Leigh Lowe

    Spurgeon Monkfish III

    #3623425, posted on October 18, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    97%, LL

    Hmmm.
    Misleading advertising and poor form.

  26. Roger

    Medical experts have called into question the decision to impose a new 25km rule on Victorians, saying there appears to be no justification for it.

    Yeah?

    Well…who are they to question Brett Sutton?

  27. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Wear a pair of red underpants on your head and the drop bears will leave you alone. 🦖

  28. The “14,000 years is when migration started” and “America only settled for 10,000 years” is bunk.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/archeological-find-affirms-heiltsuk-nation-s-oral-history-1.4046088#:~:text=An%20ancient%20settlement%20uncovered%20on,history%20of%20the%20Heiltsuk%20Nation

    Settlements that 14,000 years old.

    Archeology ought not to set dates for “the earliest”, it ought to always remain and open question.

  29. Bruce of Newcastle

    If Trump wins one of the Hiden could very well end up in the clink.

    Hillary:

    ‘If that fucking bastard wins, we all hang from nooses!

    Seeing we already have documentary evidence that Obama was in on the whole thing, she is correct. Although I think orange jumpsuits rather than nooses.

    Herculese at least had a river to divert through the stables. All Trump has is a swamp full of swamp things. He’s got a tough gig.

  30. Dr Faustus

    This one was during Seven news a few minutes ago. Simple, elegant and very scrumptious looking.

    I thought Carl Williams was dead.

  31. kaysee

    Misinformation surrounding the coronavirus (36:41)

    A group of medical experts from around the country are speaking out against misinformation surrounding the coronavirus. The doctors gathered on the Supreme Court steps in the nation’s capitol Saturday morning to inform Americans not to be afraid of the virus.

  32. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Misleading advertising and poor form

    Well, at least I’m not encouraging everyone to vote the shitting member last while driving a big fat convoy into Scamberra and trying it on with any commenter here who may or may not resemble a wymminses – accidentally or otherwise, I tells ya …🦁

  33. vlad

    Well…who are they to question Brett Sutton?

    WHO would.

  34. Some History

    Creepy Joe Biden to reporter: I’m sick, up and fed of your questions.

  35. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Settlements that an 14,000 years old.

    Should it not be “is”?

  36. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Creepy Joe Biden to reporter: I’m sick, up and fed of your questions.

    Time to reminisce about the good ol’ days of the O’Biden Bama ‘ministration, I tells ya! 🥴

  37. Shy Ted

    Over on ABC20 Aaron Pedersen of Arrernte and Arabana Australian Aboriginal descent is narrating a natural history doco. David Attenborough he ain’t. What’s he so angry about, it’s just baby turtles.

  38. Fisky

    Returning Ms Ardern in a landslide is one indication of New Zealanders’ frailty of mind.

    Ardern is a great disappointment. Ran the first time on a policy of reducing immigration and bringing down exorbitant house prices, she did exactly nothing after getting in. The ponzi economy is entrenched and the same dumb millennials who complain about never being able to afford their own house, will no doubt keep voting for this fraud.

  39. calli

    Time to reminisce about the good ol’ days of the O’Biden Bama ‘ministration, I tells ya! 🥴

    Grope and mange.

  40. Dr Faustus

    Kathy [email protected]
    Judge Amy Coney Barrett holds up photo of her brain scan.

    Funniest woman alive.

  41. Bruce of Newcastle

    the drop bears will leave you alone

    Drop bears will inevitably succumb to either Coles 3 star mince or Coles $2 bread.

    Cafe Bruce has been fairly quiet, although that may change since the new peewee pair’s eggs hatched yesterday. They’ve gone from aagh horror run away to ooh Coles mince is nice. Now coming within a metre or so.

    The highlight of the day though was the recently arrived bluetongue, who’s found the hole under my shed slab. In three days she’s gone from aagh flee to ooh Coles mince is yummy. She accepted a couple of lumps of mince from my hand today for the fiirst time. Mince makes ambrosia look wussy.

  42. OldOzzie

    P
    #3623479, posted on October 18, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    P – Great Video – 1 min 44 Secs

    Steve Bannon warns Joe Biden: Much more evidence to come.

  43. Shy Ted

    I thought this was the funniest from WIP. Down in the comments. Some computer programs are just wonderful.

  44. feelthebern

    Gunner I don’t understand your Avi link.
    What’s it saying ?

  45. OldOzzie

    Andrews, Sutton pandemic spin comical if it wasn’t costing lives

    Peta Credlin, Sunday Herald Sun
    October 18, 2020 1:39pm

    How bad does it have to get, how rotten, how many lies have to be told before Victorians are prepared to rage, “enough is enough” over what’s been the most catastrophic failure of government policy in Australian history?

    Yesterday at the daily press conference with Premier Daniel Andrews, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton was asked questions about how NZ arrivals into Sydney ended up in Melbourne without much in the way of checks and balances.

    Not that we should expect these New Zealanders to pose a COVID risk given NZ is COVID free (and of course Victoria is not) but it highlighted the government’s less than optimal process management yet again.

    When trying to plead ignorance, reference was then made to a meeting of Australia’s state and federal medical chiefs (the AHPPC) on Monday where this was matter was discussed, to which Prof Sutton declared: “I wasn’t there on the Monday … as far as I know.”

    Only he was.

    Last evening, the Commonwealth’s Department of Health confirmed Prof Sutton represented Victoria at the AHPPC meeting on Monday, October 12, where the matter of onwards travel of NZ arrivals into other states was discussed, and that no objections were raised.

    Given Victoria has an open border with all other states — it is just other states that have closed their borders with Victoria — Prof Sutton was aware of possible NZ arrivals into Tullamarine as early as Monday.

    To say he wasn’t at the meeting is more than dishonest, it was a bald-faced lie.

    What does he now want us to believe? That after saying he wasn’t at the meeting; that now he’s suddenly remembered he WAS there but … what? He went to the toilet for that discussion?

    Please, we have had enough.

    This latest reinvention of the “truth” comes after emails were published yesterday that showed Prof Sutton had been actively involved in advice regarding the use of private security guards on the same day the National Cabinet made the decision — on March 27 — to establish hotel quarantine for returning overseas travellers. These emails now sharply contradict both his written evidence and testimony to the Coate Inquiry where he says he wasn’t aware that private security was used until late May.

    As I wade through more and more of the contradictions in the Coate Inquiry’s evidence, if accountability to the caucus is to mean anything, Daniel Andrews’ parliamentary colleagues should be telling him it’s time to go.

    It’s not just his ludicrous attempts to assert that no one in his government actually made the decision to use private security in these quarantine hotels, rather than the ADF or police as in every other state, but it’s the payment of millions of dollars to companies without due process, and the direct medical link between these failures and Victoria’s second wave.

    I mean, what unapproved, unvetted security firm gets a $30m contract in under six hours flat?

    And how can Premier Andrews get away with claiming he never knew that ADF help was available, even though on the day the PM offered it, again March 27, Andrews issued a media release saying: “It has also been agreed that the Australian Defence Force will be engaged to support the implementation of these arrangements.”

    Only as we know, 816 dead Victorians later, Daniel Andrews never made good his promise to use the ADF.

    This week gone, it’s been the tale of two inquires hasn’t it?

    In NSW, Gladys Berejiklian fronted an ICAC hearing that put her under real pressure, unlike in Victoria, where everyone has parroted their own version of “I can’t recall”, and “I don’t remember”.

    Compare the ICAC Counsel-Assisting with Counsel-Assisting in Coate and it’s like a rottweiler squaring off against a Dachshund.

    In NSW, phone taps were aired; in Victoria, they didn’t even pursue basic phone records until they were shamed, and even then, what’s being provided is not much more than what’s available on your phone bill. It is not the full phone record information: incoming and outgoing calls, deleted texts, or encrypted messages; all of that material can only come via a warrant under federal law and the Coate Inquiry, as it has been set up, is powerless.

    This is an important point. But by pursuing this issue at all, the point was made, the obfuscations rang hollow and last Monday, it forced the resignation of Chris Eccles, the head of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Mr Eccles should now be recalled and pursued over his earlier evidence. So too should others.

    As a matter of course, any inquiry worth the name should have already recalled the Premier and the former Health Minister, as soon as Jenny Mikakos resigned declaring that she “strongly disagreed” with Andrews’ sworn testimony and then later, in a further statement that warned his evidence “should be treated with caution”.

    Also concerning is Justice Coate’s failure to yet recall Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner, Andrew Crisp, after he told a parliamentary inquiry in August that he regularly briefed his Minister, Lisa Neville, around the time that Victoria went it alone on private security (as he is required under law) yet recanted that evidence after it differed from what Neville said under oath to Coate in September.

    What about the decision by the head of the Jobs Department Simon Phemister to give a security company with a shady past a $30m contract for three months’ work in under six hours flat?

    Made worse of course because this security company wasn’t even on the government’s own list of preferred providers, there was no tender process, the security company’s owner didn’t give oral testimony at the Inquiry and the Minister, Martin Pakula, says he knew nothing about the company or the contract, until “July or August” in his sworn evidence to Coate.

    And don’t even get me started on Daniel Andrew’s chief of staff — that she’s never been called and never given a statement says everything.

    A “creeping assumption” they say to use private security over police and ADF? Give me a break! It’s like an episode of Fawlty Towers; except this Christmas, more than 800 Victorian families will have an empty chair at the table.

    Late on Friday, there was a brief announcement that the Coate Inquiry will hold an extraordinary sitting this Tuesday at 2pm. Whether it might be a sign that they’re finally getting serious about finding out the truth is yet to be seen.

    I will only start to believe it if witnesses are recalled and counsel-assisting does more than bowl up a full toss to political operators who bat it away like Bradman.

    As all Victorians know, even the good Labor people, this isn’t the usual story of internal political party intrigue. This is a state that’s now on its knees, businesses in ruin, and 25 per cent of the nation’s economic grunt gone; therefore, as much as it affects us, every taxpayer in Australia will pay.

    In personal terms, Melbourne has had 14 weeks of the most severe lockdowns in the world and the toll is real with mental health visits up 30 per cent in the past four weeks alone, the highest ever number of boys under 18 committing suicide, as released by the Coroner recently and never ever forget, the families who have lost someone they love, and the dead who died alone.

    The fact that today, Gladys Berejiklian is probably in at least as much danger from a mistake in her private life as Dan Andrews is from an epic failure of government says something about political culpability.

    I’m tempted to say that governments of the right are held to a different standard than those of the left, but it’s actually much more than that.

    To the electorate, personal errors are more easily understood than what’s really going on in Victoria, given how far and wide the Andrews-disease has infected Labor, the public service and other key institutions in that state.

    It would be a travesty if Australia were to lose its best performing premier and keep its worst.

  46. Er… The whole laptop & emails thing is a big load of Russian bullshit, a planted laptop, right?
    But…er… if Hunter Biden’s lawyers have asked for the return of Mr. Biden’s laptop, how do we reconcile this?

  47. It would be a travesty if Australia were to lose its best performing premier and keep its worst.

    How low have we sunk that Gladys is considered best performing?

  48. Arky

    I didn’t stab that bint 17 times.
    Also, can I have me knife back?

  49. vlad

    Sutton declared: “I wasn’t there on the Monday … as far as I know.”

    Did he really say that? That he wasn’t at the meeting as far as he knew?! If he doesn’t know, who would?

  50. feelthebern

    Watched The Highwaymen last nigh

    Kevin Costner has made some decent movies in recent times.

  51. Arky

    If he doesn’t know, who would?

    ..
    No one.
    It was just a creeping assumption that he wasn’t there. No one’s responsible.

  52. OldOzzie

    Ballarat mum Zoe Buhler calls for COVID rule equality after truck driver spreads virus to Shepparton

    Tess Ikonomou, The Ballarat News

    A pregnant Ballarat woman charged after allegedly planning an anti-lockdown rally has called out at policing double standards following a Melbourne’s truckie’s rule breaking led to virus spread in regional Victoria.

    Zoe Buhler, 28, was arrested in her Miners Rest home in September over a protest she allegedly organised on Facebook.

    Ms Buhler said she was surprised the truck driver, who failed to disclose his Shepparton stopover to authorities, was not immediately charged.

    She said the disparity in how people who breached COVID-19 restrictions were treated was unfair.

    “I think it’s wrong that some people are being charged and some people aren’t,” she said.

    “It’s something that everyone should be treated equally at least, if they are going to bring in these ridiculous rules then it should be for everyone.

    “If I did something like that I would literally go to jail for it.”

    Ms Buhler’s comments come after the truck driver, who had a permit to travel for work, visited Oddfellows Cafe in Kilmore.

    The father allegedly failed to inform contract tracers about his visit to Shepparton on September 30, which later came out when a woman tested positive for the potentially deadly virus on Tuesday.

    The man now responsible for the outbreaks in the two regional towns has been referred to police.

    Ms Buhler said she did not agree with the restrictions imposed on Victorians, but believed people who were unwell – and their close contacts – needed to isolate.

    “Obviously he’s broken the laws at the moment, different laws than I did, but it makes me wonder if he was aware of the rules he had to follow,” she said.

    “Because I wasn’t aware that I wasn’t allowed to protest.

    “I suppose if I could make up the rules, one of the rules would definitely be if you have been in contact with anyone or you’ve personally been sick, stay home.”

    Ms Buhler successfully applied to have her bail varied in Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on Friday, with the majority of the conditions removed.

    The two remaining conditions include not posting on social media or any other public platform to incite persons to breach the Chief Health Officer’s directions and notifying police within 24 hours of a proposed change of address.

    She is expected to face court again in January 2021.

  53. feelthebern

    I didn’t stab that bint 17 times.
    Also, can I have me knife back?

    Asking for the laptops back.
    D’oh.

  54. kaysee

    In three days she’s gone from aagh flee to ooh Coles mince is yummy. She accepted a couple of lumps of mince from my hand today for the fiirst time.

    Good training?
     
    Reinforcement Learning

  55. feelthebern

    Selective enforcement of the the law.
    The media only broadcasting that which fits their narrative.
    Big tech suppression.

    It’s a feature, not a bug.

  56. OldOzzie

    kaysee
    #3623498, posted on October 18, 2020 at 7:34 pm
    In three days she’s gone from aagh flee to ooh Coles mince is yummy. She accepted a couple of lumps of mince from my hand today for the fiirst time.

    Good training?

    Reinforcement Learning

    That;s a great experiment, I would have liked to have tried that in Psychology 1

  57. Arky

    I didn’t stab that bint 17 times.
    Also, can I have me knife back?

    Asking for the laptops back.
    D’oh.

    ..
    No, look, really. I need that knife.
    It’s me grinding up crack cocaine knife.
    Come on man.

  58. Delta A

    Kevin Costner has made some decent movies in recent times.

    He was certainly very good in The Highwaymen.

  59. feelthebern

    Channel surfing & see the Hateful 8 is on.
    I find this one to be mesmerising.

  60. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Who is going to win the Bec Judd medal at tonight’s AFL WAGfest?’

    Oooh. Sideboob night. Potentially underboob night.

    As Mardi Dangerfield said re WAGs, ‘it gives us agency’.

    The best bit about WAG Night is the additional employment opportunities it creates for the Gliks. A bit of extra work with the two-foot trowel and the wide screed for the ladeeeees*.

    Officeworks does quite well with the textas too, for eyebrow painting.

    *Cashies mate. Yeah nah nah yeah, just fuckin’ cashies and hi vis mate. Always work around if ya want it. Fucken skitz mate.
    /Nolesy

  61. OldOzzie

    Andrew Bolt: Premier’s new plan shows he doesn’t trust bungling bureaucrats

    Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
    October 18, 2020 5:28pm

    Uncle Dan keeps smashing Victoria with his hammer, freaking out about infection rates that NSW can handle without a sweat.

    Sure, it’s great that Daniel Andrews yesterday said he’d finally release Melburnians from 14 weeks of home imprisonment.

    They can go outside again, for as long as they like, but to do what?

    The bad news that retail shops and in-door restaurants will stay shut for yet two more weeks, with some chance of opening a few days earlier if infections stay this low.

    But see how low they are already! Why cause so much financial havoc when Victoria has had just five new infections – less than one per million people – in three days, and no deaths?

    NSW in that time has had 12 new community infections, yet its government has kept Sydney open. It’s trusted its contact tracers, who contained what seemed a mini-outbreak to just one new community infection on Sunday.

    But it seems Victoria’s Premier has zero trust in his own bureaucracy to do those basics.

    In fact, Andrews staged a tantrum on the weekend at hearing that 17 New Zealand tourists allowed to fly into NSW had then flown to Victoria, without the Premier – allegedly – knowing.

    I say “allegedly” because this very thing was discussed last Monday at a federal meeting that included Victoria’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, and his deputy.

    Sutton claims he was late to that meeting and missed any reference to flying Kiwis.

    But this same bloke said he never knew private security guards were guarding Victoria’s quarantine hotels, despite responding to an internal email on March 27 which said exactly that – one the Government conveniently failed to pass on to the inquiry into that hotel disaster.

    Such stuff may explain why Andrews still cannot trust his team to do the basics well: test, trace, quarantine the infectious, and protect the vulnerable.

    But his paranoia about tourists from a country that’s recorded just one new infection in three weeks suggests something else.

    Andrews said he’d said no to Kiwis coming, but why? What’s the danger?

    And what’s the danger, weighed against the positives, of letting shops open now, provided masks are worn, sanitiser used, temperatures checked and social distance kept – as in Taiwan?

    No, more than fear of the virus is driving Andrews. Fear of his government’s incompetence is the only explanation.

  62. calli

    feelthebern
    #3623486, posted on October 18, 2020 at 7:29 pm
    Gunner I don’t understand your Avi link.
    What’s it saying ?

    I’ll have a go, bern.

    The whole hairdresser thing was a setup to seduce punters away from their hard earned by way of a “let’s fund her defence” scam.

    I hope not.

  63. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Kevin Costner has made some decent movies in recent times.’

    Yes, well.

    I will note that Dances with Wolves was seven and a half hours of a plank of wood resembling Costner looking at the horizon.

  64. kaysee

    🐭
     
    A driver is pulled over by a policeman. The police man approaches the driver’s door.
    “Is there a problem Officer?”
    The policeman says, “Sir, you were speeding. Can I see your license please?”
    The driver responds, “I’d give it to you but I don’t have one.”
    “You don’t have one?”
    The man responds, “I lost it four times for drink driving.”
    The policeman is shocked. “I see. Can I see your vehicle registration papers please?”
    “I’m sorry, I can’t do that.”
    The policeman says, “Why not?”
    “I stole this car.”
    The officer says, “Stole it?”
    The man says, “Yes, and I killed the owner.”
    At this point the officer is getting irate. “You what!?”
    “She’s in the boot if you want to see.”
     
    The Officer looks at the man and slowly backs away to his car and calls for back up. Within minutes, five police cars show up, surrounding the car.
    A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.
     
    The senior officer says “Sir, could you step out of your vehicle please!”
    The man steps out of his vehicle. “Is there a problem sir?”
    “One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.”
    “Murdered the owner?”
    The officer responds, “Yes, could you please open the boot of your car please?”
    The man opens the boot, revealing nothing but an empty boot.
    The officer says, “Is this your car sir?”
    The man says “Yes,” and hands over the registration papers.
    The officer, understandably, is quite stunned. “One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license.”
    The man digs in his pocket revealing a wallet and hands it to the officer. The officer opens the wallet and examines the license. He looks quite puzzled. “Thank you sir, one of my officers told me you didn’t have a license, stole this car, and murdered the owner.”
    The man replies, “I bet you the lying bastard told you I was speeding, too!”

  65. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Great show from Sharri. On her interview with Bannon we have confirmation that all that’s so far come out about Hunter Biden and the contents of his erstwhile hard drive is bona fide; the forthcoming publication (I think he said) of the email from the Biden camp through their lawyers to the computer repairman requesting the return of the hard drive can be understood in no other way except as an acknowledgement of previous ownership and veracity of the hard drive’s contents.

    The noting also of the Murdoch owned New York Post as the main media outlet reporting on the revelations may well destroy much of the left wing based inside social media and silicon valley.

    Just, wow!

    On Gladys, I thought Jodie Mackay’s performance on the show was impressive. She wisely and clearly differentiated between Gladys’ private life and her responsibilities as the NSW Premier. That Gladys knew about Maguire’s activities and also had additional information beyond what ICAC knew and more than two years ago, back in 2018, is damning. (This revelation is not new; it was revealed last week),

    That Gladys seems to have thought and even now still seems to think that what she was doing was managing successfully and separately the two individual realms of her life when old Dazza was informing her of his business dealings is fanciful.

    She is neither a priest who is bound by the sanctity of the confessional not to disclose what the penitent reveals – it was both a legal and moral duty to advise ICAC in 2018 when she was provided with the information that ICAC had – and nor can she assert (and does she really believe?) that she could unlearn that which she already knew so as not to influence her in any part of her duties as Premier and in her responsibilities to the residents of NSW?

    This is fanciful stuff.

  66. Arky

    No, look, really. I need that knife.
    It’s me grinding up crack cocaine knife.
    Come on man.

    ..
    Oh shit.
    I’ve wrecked your chances of winning the presidency, haven’t I Dad?
    Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit.
    Why does this always happen to me?
    Why does everyone always blame me?
    Why don’t you love me?
    Stop judging me. I hate you.

  67. OldOzzie

    Steve Price laments what has happened to the world’s most liveable city

    Steve Price, Sunday Herald Sun
    October 18, 2020 9:31am
    Subscriber only

    Parking in Spring Street just outside the CBD outpost of Ronnie Di Stasio’s Citta restaurant on Monday as the temperature nudged 25 degrees it was impossible not to feel sad.

    Parking was free but everything else I was about to see on a 70-minute walk through Melbourne — the world’s most liveable city — revealed the brutal cost of this pandemic lockdown.

    Just across Spring St behind the old Treasury Building Premier Daniel Andrews was presumably in his office surrounded by advisers inhabiting the only office building in Melbourne still operating as normal.

    Further down the road you couldn’t escape the irony of a State Parliament building covered by scaffolding and hessian sacking, a symbol of a locked-up, shutdown Melbourne.

    At Di Stasio’s there were a few lights on. I stuck my head in the door and the first question I was asked was predictably around the lockdown.

    When do you reckon he’ll let us out, they asked, and I mumbled something about rolling averages, said good luck and left.

    The kitchen, like many across Melbourne, was ticking over turning out takeaway, but for anyone who has eaten in Di Sasio’s amazing dining room the overwhelming mood was gloom and doom.

    Empty tables and stacked chairs, it felt like a scene from one of those World War II movies when the US troops turn up in Paris after the German occupation.

    As my city walk progressed it started to feel more like the old days of the Berlin Wall when you crossed from west to east through Checkpoint Charlie going from vibrant to depressing — from colourful to grey from free to under occupation.

    Lockdown two is attempting to destroy a silent, invisible virus but just like invading armies it’s smashing the very thing it’s there to save.

    Still in Spring Street past the shuttered Windsor Hotel and the Cricketers Bar — the best place for a cold pot before or after the footy — one of the saddest sights in Covid Melbourne is the Marriner families Princess Theatre.

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a magical take on the Potter book series, was always going to be a financial risk — now it’s a financial disaster.

    It was dependent on not just Melbourne audiences but pulling ticket sales from around the rest of Australia and even Asia. Now no-one can come.

    Posters for the show are still up, going brown in the Spring sunshine while the theatre remains dark, another symbol of just how tough life is today in Melbourne.

    This of course is the theatre that was at the centre of rebooting Victoria’s reputation after the Joan Kirner rust bucket administration laid waste to the State.

    Jeff Kennett and Ron Walker grabbed the stage show Cats and filled the Princess in a theatre-led revival that started Melbourne’s love affair with major events.

    Turning left down Little Bourke Street at the top end of Chinatown you could have fired a cannon and hit nothing and this was peak hour at lunchtime.

    More memories of Jeff Kennett not far down on the left-hand side — Bamboo House one of Jeff’s favourites when he was Premier.

    He was such a frequent diner Jeff had his own spot in the back corner, a round table where before question time he was into the pan-fried dumplings and Szechuan beef.

    Back then as the 2pm deadline for question time approached, Jeff would use a rear exit through the kitchen and out through a door that opened onto Bourke St — a handy shortcut for a Premier in a hurry.

    Across the street every family’s favourite yum-cha joint the Shark Fin Inn is turning out takeaway delivered by the Uber Eats crowd on bikes — not quite as tasty as Sunday there with the family and a couple of Crown Lagers.

    Back-tracking down Crossley Street I wanted to make sure Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar was still there on the corner with Bourke Street.

    It is, but with the tragic death of co-owner Sisto Malaspina in 2018 and the retirement last year of his business partner of 45 years Nino Pangrazio, it will probably never be the same.

    Like the rest of our city it’s locked up, not even bothering with takeaway coffee and it wouldn’t work because at Pellegrini’s you needed to sit at the bar wondering whether you should have the rum baba.

    I couldn’t see the back kitchen where in the eighties we would grab a seat at the table next to the stoves and order the toasted cheese sandwich with Bolognese sauce on top.

    Further down Bourke Street over Exhibition and I wondered if the legendary Flower Drum was selling takeaway to be delivered by the menu log motor bikes and how awful that would be.

    Imagine, if you can, Gilbert Lau’s bow tied waiters carving Peking duck into a cardboard box.

    The Drum was shut along with all its famous stories including the time Derryn Hinch used it as a backdrop for his arrest by police for his first stint in jail.

    Back down Bourke and left into Russell Street past Taco Bell the Mexican joint where I had my first taco opposite what was the cinema complex now the QT Hotel with no guests.

    Turning right into Little Collins Street the old red and white sign of the Victoria Hotel is still there — the first city hotel I ever stayed in.

    One week’s accommodation on expenses before starting work at the old Herald and Weekly Times building in Flinders St. The Victoria was the hotel of choice for country Victorians on a trip to the city in walking distance to George’s department store.

    Country people of course these days avoid Melbourne like the plague.

    Melbourne Town Hall is shut — you can’t even pay your parking fines on the ground floor but they have left the underground toilets in Collins Street open and clean.

    Disgracefully councillors and candidates from all political backgrounds have plastered our deserted city with tacky posters asking for ratepayers to vote for them.

    Someone should tell them the joint is deserted and that they are wasting their money polluting every vacant wall with their begging messages.

    Back up Collins Street and past the deserted Regent Theatre where I bravely appeared in the stage show Priscilla Queen of the Desert dressed as a bottle brush wearing lipstick and high heels.

    Ah those were the days.

    Melbourne will recover, the MCG will again groan with footy fans, the pubs will be pumping and the laneway bars will be packed.

    Until then all we have is a walk down memory lane.

    This week as I wandered our deserted CBD, it was nudging 25C as Melbourne tasted its first real spurt of Spring weather.

    In normal times the Grand Final would have been played and won, someone would have a Brownlow Medal hanging around their neck and Mad Monday would have spilled into pubs around town with at least someone dressed as the Covid19 virus.

    These are not normal times though — haven’t been since that March Saturday morning of the cancelled Formula 1 Grand Prix.

  68. Roger

    Sutton declared: “I wasn’t there on the Monday … as far as I know.”

    Did he really say that? That he wasn’t at the meeting as far as he knew?!

    Ditto Eccles and a certain phone call he can’t recall.

    These highly paid public servants appear not to keep diaries or phone logs.

    Whethr it’s incompetence or stretching credulity, they should never be employed in positions of responsibility again.

    At the least.

  69. feelthebern

    One of the delightful aspects of the Hateful 8 is the casting of Zoe Bell in a speaking role.
    Zoe Bell was Uma Thurman’s stunt double in the Kill Bill movies & broke a record for some screen time.
    The Academy is a such a joke.
    They should have had an Oscar for stunts forever.

  70. Dr Faustus

    But…er… if Hunter Biden’s lawyers have asked for the return of Mr. Biden’s laptop, how do we reconcile this?

    Step 1: By agreeing to hand back, Mr Computershop acknowledges that the laptops are Mr Biden’s property – and not his courtesy of Delaware unclaimed goods legislation;

    Step 2: Mr Biden’s lawyers commence litigation in every court on the grounds that Mr Computershop has no right to the information on them, and nor does Guiliani/NYT etc.

    Step 3: All Hunter-related issues dropped by every MSM outlet in the US + social media – because ‘sub judice’;

    Step 4: Pick off the rightwing websites, one by one.

  71. feelthebern

    The whole hairdresser thing was a setup to seduce punters away from their hard earned by way of a “let’s fund her defence” scam.

    I am so innocent sometimes, I don’t pick up on the grift.

  72. feelthebern

    Dances With Wolves.
    Stole the Oscar from Goodfellas.

  73. P

    How low have we sunk that Gladys is considered best performing?

    IMO your comment above, Salvatore, is spot on.

  74. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Fury as New Statesman writer condemns ‘brutal police murder’ of Izlomist [email protected] who beheaded teacher outside French school

    Dana Nawzar Jaf questioned police’s decision to kill fanatic Aboulakh Anzorov
    Mr Jaf, who describes himself as a Kurdish activist, took to Twitter to condemn
    He did not condemn the beheading itself and described France as ‘in crisis’

    Daily Mail

  75. Bruce of Newcastle

    Reinforcement Learning

    Oh dear Kaysee you’ve caught me.
    Thursday I planted a lump of mince outside the bluetongue hole. It vanished not long after.
    Friday I attached a lump to the end of a twig and waved it at the entrance. She went chomp. Hooked!
    Today she came out of the hole and grabbed the lump from my fingers. Then a second time.
    That was enough, I don’t wish to overfeed a lizard.

  76. Roger

    How low have we sunk that Gladys is considered best performing?

    IMO your comment above, Salvatore, is spot on.

    Or that she should get a pass on Maguire because she’s not Dangerous Dan.

  77. stackja

    Daylight saving was supposed to give Victorians more time outdoors.

  78. feelthebern

    Love this line.
    Well you better shit another pistol out your ass.

  79. Sutton declared: “I wasn’t there on the Monday … as far as I know.”

    We can all translate that one into English.

  80. calli

    Dr Faustus
    #3623519, posted on October 18, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Didn’t Buy-Dem relinquish any claim to the item by signing the repair contract?

  81. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3623528, posted on October 18, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Dana Nawzar Jaf denies all.

  82. Arnost

    Step 4: Pick off the rightwing websites, one by one.

    That is why it’s critical to get the Hunter bad stuff out there FAST. The Repubs are again playing nice and they will lose and lose in the public opinion.

    If I’m guessing, then the reason why Hunter had all these photos on his laptop is prob because they were sent to him. I read that the “underage” photo was of him and a Chinese princess. So this may have been the Chinese “insurance”. 🙂 And whilst he may have deleted the email, well the photos stayed on the laptop.

    And with the timing … the computer guy went to the cops/FBI earlier than the Ukraine story blow up. So he went to the FBI with the kiddie fiddling pics (and why the case agent on the subpoena is from the CP division).

    https://nationandstate.com/2020/10/16/why-is-the-fbis-top-child-porn-lawyer-involved-in-hunter-biden-laptop-case/

    And if they get Hunter on CP charges … he will plea bargain EVERYTHING he knows.

  83. The whole hairdresser thing was a setup to seduce punters away from their hard earned by way of a “let’s fund her defence” scam.

    It’s not as if Avi & his tame lawyer are going to be spending it on dining out or anything.

    Donating $10 is a way of giving a middle finger to Dan Andrews & Suicide Sutton.
    Plus anyone who thinks a business that has been closed since March wouldn’t be in distress is having themselves on.

    I’m sick of reading stupid comments by the #IstandwithDan crowd about how no business could possibly be in trouble, blah blah blah.

  84. stackja

    Charles Marquis Warren (December 16, 1912 — August 11, 1990) was an American motion picture and television writer, producer, and director…

  85. Bruce of Newcastle

    Step 1: By agreeing to hand back, Mr Computershop acknowledges that the laptops are Mr Biden’s property – and not his courtesy of Delaware unclaimed goods legislation

    Hunter signed the service request personally. The service request specifically stated that if the item was not reclaimed 90 days after completion of the service in absence of payment it became the property of the serviceman. That is a commercial contract on paper. He’s screwed.

  86. jupes

    The winner of the 2020 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award is Richmond’s dual premiership star Bachar Houli.

    Hoorah!

    If only the AFL had more prayer rooms at their stadiums. Then they could attract even more M*sl*ms!

  87. rickw

    anybody remember what did these experts did in the last pandemic?

    They actually did airport departures and arrivals screening and that was pretty much it.

    When I think about it the pandemic grifters have been around for a fair while. Slowly ratcheting up the rhetoric over the potential for a global pandemic.

    The reality is that if there wasn’t so much money sloshing around in academia, most of the apparent problems would disappear overnight. The second rate wankers would be back to selling vacuum cleaners and washing products.

  88. Step 1: By agreeing to hand back, Mr Computershop acknowledges that the laptops are Mr Biden’s property – and not his courtesy of Delaware unclaimed goods legislation;

    Doesn’t the laptop reside with the FBI?
    Mr computershop has one of three backup copies of the hard drive – the other two having been sent a year ago to “safe places” in case Mr. Computershop runs into the pointy end of an umbrella with his fleshy calf or something.

  89. feelthebern

    I watched the first episode of Star Trek Discovery series 3 today on Netflix.
    Frickin’ awesome.
    One thing though.
    They don’t have the filming location credit up on imdb yet, but yet again, Iceland looks to be one of the filming locations.
    Filming scifi scenes must be Icelands biggest income producer.

  90. kaysee

    How low have we sunk that Gladys is considered best performing?

    IMO your comment above, Salvatore, is spot on.

    Or that she should get a pass on Maguire because she’s not Dangerous Dan.

    The theory of relatively speaking/compared to.
    Then, we should also factor in love and loneliness.
     
    If we don’t expect high standards from our leaders, we’ll get mediocre ones.

  91. feelthebern

    Fun fact.
    Rudy, Bannon & co have done more damage to DNC royalty in the last week than Hannity has done in the last 12 years.

  92. Rockdoctor

    Tarric Brooker should keep to his/her day job. China threatens a lot of stuff, then does the opposite quietly. They aren’t ditching Australian coal for good, not yet anyway as our stuff is the best known reserves quality wise. Yancoal and a few others buying up leases at a great rate of knots means political expediency can be maintained if they sell to a third party but they still are making a profit. Also if you reckon the most laughable assertion from the article of a carbon free China by 2060 I have a bridge for sale…

    https://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/chinas-ban-on-coal-could-cost-australia-15-billion-a-year/news-story/db72802fb09910274438beccb6e9c1d3

  93. Dr Faustus

    Didn’t Buy-Dem relinquish any claim to the item by signing the repair contract?

    Apparently so.
    I’m not a lawyer, but if Mr Computerman agreed to hand them back (irrespective of the fact that the FBI has physical possession), presumably they would once again become Mr Biden’s property – at least enough to allow a court process to stop the further use/reporting of the content.

    Hard to imagine any other reason for claiming ownership.

  94. Biden withholds 1B in aid until Ukraine gov fires prosecutor investigating Burisma, who he meet in the last 6 months, having been introduced by his son Hunter, who was being paid 50K MONTHLY to keep back channels open to US government, and Monty says this is a nothingburger. And now we are also learning that this same playbook was being used by the Biden crime family to sell influence to the ChiComs.

    Congrats db, you can regurgitate Russian propaganda.

    Funny how everyone in global politics except Putin thought that the Ukrainian prosecutor whom Joe helped get fired was the corrupt one.

  95. feelthebern

    Gladys has to go.
    The idea she doesn’t because of party affiliation or someone else is worse, is ridiculous.

  96. Roger

    If we don’t expect high standards from our leaders, we’ll get mediocre ones.

    Indeed.

    And that breeds contempt for our system of governance.

  97. max

    Bacher ‘giving back to the community’.
    Yeah, yeah mate … so was the head lopper in Paris. You just have to understand that word ‘community’.

  98. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Greens look north after ACT win
    ‘My aim is to turf out the Liberals and win the balance of power either solely or with other independents who care about climate action’: Australian Greens Leader Adam Bandt
    . Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage

    exclusive
    Richard Ferguson
    Reporter
    @RichAFerguson
    An hour ago October 18, 2020
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    Greens leader Adam Bandt says his party can hold the balance of power in both Queensland and federally after his party’s historic win in the Australian Capital Territory election.

    With the ACT Greens set to win five to six seats in the ACT and a nearly 4 per cent vote swing to them, Mr Bandt is now focusing on winning three inner-Brisbane seats in Queensland.

    The ACT Greens will likely return to a coalition government with Canberra’s Labor Party – which has controlled the national capital for nearly 20 years – and possibly gain more ministries with their increased representation.

    Mr Bandt has set the target of winning three seats at the October 31 Queensland state election, where Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk may be forced to deal with the Greens to form a majority if they beat her inner-city MPs and she loses electorates elsewhere.

    “We are hopeful of not just keeping the Queensland seat of Mawar, but gaining South Brisbane and McConnel,” he told The Australian on Sunday. “The Greens are winning votes off of both Labor and the Liberals, not just because of our focus on climate action but because we’re pushing more public investment in government schools and infrastructure.”

    Mr Bandt said he was not focused on getting Greens ministers in any future deal with Labor, but wanted to work with other independents across the country to recreate a 2010-style hung parliament.

    From the Oz.

  99. Knuckle Dragger

    Gladys: ‘I was in love’.

    Dan: ‘I don’t remember’.

    Every Sunday morning after every Saturday night at the pub in your 20s.

  100. feelthebern

    Dane Swan live tweeting the Brownlows on the Sportsbet twitter.
    Not great so far.

  101. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Delta A, Hairy and I would give The Highwayman 8 out of 10 not 4. It was a decent movie that rang true for us, especially in the Texas and Louisiana segments. Southerners were looking for heroes at that time but the movie showed that the law still mattered. A nice change from the romantic approach to the ‘story’ of Bonnie and Clyde full of 60’s leftist ideation.

  102. rickw

    Maybe 50BMG is a bit small?

  103. Bruce of Newcastle

    Filming scifi scenes must be Icelands biggest income producer.

    Soon to get even more scifi.

    Iceland’s Next Big Volcanic Eruption Might Be Coming (11 Oct)

    The ice-covered Grímsvötn volcano on Iceland produced an unusually large and powerful eruption in 2011, sending ash 20km into the atmosphere, causing the cancellation of about 900 passenger flights. In comparison, the much smaller 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull led to the cancellation of about 100,000 flights.

    Understandably, any mention of another explosive eruption from an Icelandic volcano will raise concerns in the air travel industry, which is currently reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are clear signs that the Grímsvötn volcano is getting ready to erupt again. As a result, the authorities have recently raised the threat level for this volcano.

    Admittedly “Grímsvötn” is more pronounceable than “Eyjafjallajökull”, which is a relief. Also since few planes are flying I wouldn’t be scared about the disruption of flights. But if the eruption is as bad as Laki in 1783 my prayers are with the Icelanders. A fifth of them died in that eruption.

  104. P

    Gladys has to go.

    Yes.

    The disturbing fact is that she appears to believe her claim:

    I know the people of this state know I have done nothing wrong. I never have and I never will.”

  105. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    A very good indicator that it was a worthwhile movie is that the left hated it.

    Full of guns and blokishness was their blinkered assessment. In fact, it was quite measured and even poignant at times.

  106. Dr Faustus has come up with the only reason for asking for the laptop (i.e. the data) that is logical, or has any logic to it.
    It may be a slender thread, but the Bidens aren’t in a very strong position at the moment.
    They’re saved only coz Dementia Joe is running for the Dems.

    If it was, say, the laptop of the son of Caterpillar Tractor’s CEO, they’d both be either in jail, or sitting at home awaiting federal agents to come a-callin’ with a warrant.

  107. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Gillard ‘did nothing wrong’ either and what she did do was much worse. She took benefits. Glad has just been left with a broken heart. She’s been dumb, and she’s a wet, but I wouldn’t hang her out to dry.

  108. Bruce of Newcastle

    Congrats db, you can regurgitate Russian propaganda.

    Haha, M0nty. Joe bragged about this on camera. So either he is a Russian stooge according to your inestimable analysis, or he was honest and admitted to being corrupt. Choose the red pill or the blue pill!

  109. Fleeced

    Wouldn’t it be hysterical if it was Joe and they pleaded he was too mentally infirm to face charges.

    This would be too perfect.

  110. calli

    Joe was under duress when he bragged. It’s obvious.

  111. jupes

    Delta A, Hairy and I would give The Highwayman 8 out of 10 not 4.

    Me too Lizzie.

    Easily Kevin Costner’s best film. I’ve watched it twice and will watch it again before Christmas.

  112. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Bruce of Newcastle at 6:37 pm:

    “Whoever has the Coles advertising contract deserves a Walkley. They’ve been running extended ads like mini cooking shows.

    This one was during Seven news a few minutes ago. Simple, elegant and very scrumptious looking.”

    Quite so – they are clearly and concisely presented, a real winner I reckon. Modern living has left a lot of young wymminses with no idea how to feed their families and, when they eventually get their minds right and decide being a bloke is not what they really want (for this week, until they change their minds again), they would welcome the inspiration and the simple practical demonstrations.

    The hired help here is an outstanding cook but even she stops to listen and pick up on new ideas.

  113. Tim Neilson

    And if they get Hunter on CP charges … he will plea bargain EVERYTHING he knows.

    …unless the prosecution is in the hands of a Dem appointee, then he’ll plea bargain his silence.

    Dr Faustus
    #3623519, posted on October 18, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Quite plausible.
    But in order to play that game they’ve had to implicitly admit that the computer is Hunter’s, which in itself is good material for Trump to exploit to boost the cred of the accusations.

  114. Geriatric Mayfly

    Feminism, ugly from every angle.

    “Fifty-percent of the babies aborted are women, 50 percent,” the pro-life activist said, to which the protester replied, “Who gives a shit?”

  115. Arnost

    “Whoever has the Coles advertising contract deserves a Walkley…”

    Saw a feel good tweet where a Mat the Coles delivery guy left a lovely message to one of his drop-offs. There of course was a Coles add in between the first couple of “AWWW That’s lovely” replies. HMMM I thought – advertising on a new level!

  116. Tim Neilson

    She’s been dumb, and she’s a wet, but I wouldn’t hang her out to dry.

    One can sympathise with her, but she has to go. It seems she has been less than candid about matters that ICAC was investigating. “Not as bad as Gillard” isn’t, or at least shouldn’t be, a good enough standard for public life.

  117. kaysee

    Points to Ponder 🐻
     
    One
     
    Two

  118. jupes

    Gillard ‘did nothing wrong’ either and what she did do was much worse. She took benefits. Glad has just been left with a broken heart.

    Here’s the thing with Aussie politicians. The best of them conduct their corruption legally.

    Julia Gillard gave $90 mil of taxpayers money to the Clinton Foundation, then got a well remunerated job as a director with them once she was given the arse by Labor.

    Glad’s beau was too dumb to get in on the legal action, so had to try the illegal road and got busted.

  119. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hunter can’t plea bargain. The stuff on the laptop is ‘way beyond the pale from what I’ve read.

  120. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    4h
    John, thank you. Such a great honor!
    Quote Tweet

    Jon Voight
    @jonvoight
    · Oct 17
    Evil

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1317692654809796608?s=20

  121. Arnost

    they’ve had to implicitly admit that the computer is Hunter’s, which in itself is good material for Trump to exploit

    Not at the next debate! The topics are locked and this is nowhere to be seen! [Fighting COVID-19, American Families, Race in America, Climate Change, National Security, Leadership]

    https://twitter.com/debates/status/1317170861598703616?s=20

  122. Arnost

    The stuff on the laptop is ‘way beyond the pale from what I’ve read.

    Been busy all day … heh. But wasn’t Chanel Rion touting that she was going to release some “bombshell” material today?

  123. So yes. I know many here are wondering how Victoria will rebound from Dan and Sutton’s diktats. Closing up shop tonight, I happened upon the Age front page. Chip Let Grand has the report which has these 2 opening paragraphs:

    ‘A plan to revive Melbourne’s moribund city centre through tax relief, deregulation, commuter incentives and repurposing of vacant commercial buildings is being considered by the Victorian government ahead of next month’s state budget.
    Free train travel and coffee, suspension of payroll and fringe benefits tax, waiving of fees for new liquor licences and the transformation of office space into affordable housing and shared working spaces for startups, students and artists are among the measures proposed by a high powered group of business and civic leaders.’

    I didn’t read on but FMD. There you have it. Free travel and coffee will get the city buzzing again. Did I say FMD?

  124. Frank

    And if they get Hunter on CP charges … he will plea bargain EVERYTHING he knows.

    I for one will be pleasantly surprised if anyone ever faces charges over what has been going on for the last few years. Not holding the breath though.

  125. dover_beach

    Congrats db, you can regurgitate Russian propaganda.

    Ahahahahahaahhhaaaa.
    Monty has released a statement from his basement: I’m terrified.

  126. Tim Neilson

    [Fighting COVID-19, American Families, Race in America, Climate Change, National Security, Leadership]

    Hey, the Orange God-Emperor may like to talk about a specific “American family”.

  127. notafan

    Highwayman was VG. I watched it a while back after someone here recommended it.

    What a fine man the original was. Refused to write an autobiography on the basis it would be profiting from public office.

  128. calli

    Hey, the Orange God-Emperor may like to talk about a specific “American family”.

    Chuckle.

  129. Tim Neilson

    the transformation of office space into affordable housing

    Yes, because the areas around housing commission towers are always vibrant hubs.

  130. feelthebern

    Tim Pool said two key things in that half another video.
    First, biggest one is “don’t mix your metrics”.
    Second, maybe the early election data is wrong.

  131. Arnost

    Monty has released a statement from his basement: I’m terrified.

    Has he been sending letters like this?

    https://twitter.com/TrustThePlan_/status/1317752941244223495?s=20

  132. rickw

    Abom79, Hall Industrial walk through, Part 1 of 2. 5 acres of machinery under one roof. Awesome!

  133. egg_

    Is Dan-of-the Dead still Premier of Victoria?

  134. vlad

    If this is the family you meant, Tim, he has. He called them an organised crime family.

  135. Dr Faustus

    But in order to play that game they’ve had to implicitly admit that the computer is Hunter’s…

    Indeed. And blown a gaping hole in the ‘it’s Russian disinformation’ defence.

    Big stake/risk: hence my (nil knowledge) supposition that there must be a bigger strategic payoff – ie ensure that vile/incriminating shit is locked up by lawfare until after the election when it no longer matters that much. (I’m assuming the lock is in with the FBI.)

    Given the high political price paid by admitting provenance, there must be puckering Democrat rings about what is, and what is yet to be.

  136. Bruce of Newcastle

    Has he been sending letters like this?

    Reply in 9 mm or 0.44 inch.

  137. rickw

    Hall Industrial, Part 2.

  138. stackja

    Lockdown a free pass for many convicted criminals as community service suspended
    Some offenders will never have to complete their community service sentences after the pandemic forced the program to be suspended.

    Janet Fife-Yeomans and James O’Doherty, The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only
    |
    October 18, 2020 8:39pm

    Instead of mowing hospital lawns and digging public gardens, hundreds of convicted criminals have been able to put their feet up with the community service work program put on hold because of COVID-19.

    The monumental stuff-up occurred even though lawyers reminded magistrates and judges that the scheme had been suspended during the pandemic.

    But the courts have continued to sentence defendants to community service work they could not immediately carry out.

    Corrective Services Minister Anthony Roberts said on Sunday it meant some offenders will never have to complete their sentences.

    Among those sentenced to CSOs during the shutdown is former Wallabies player Brett Sheehan, 40, who was ordered in April by Manly Local Court to complete 100 hours of community service as part of a one-year bond imposed after he choked his wife Laura Sheehan at their Sydney home.

    In March, businessman Simon Lee, 46, from Rose Bay, pleaded guilty to mid-range drink-driving at Waverley Local Court and was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service work as part of his sentence.

  139. dover_beach

    I see Palacechook is promising to allow the elderly and sick to be killed if she wins the state election. Is there nothing that liberals will not do for power?

  140. egg_

    What is with the TV commentator wankers strutting around in the full racing suits?

    One’s about to hop into a racecar, retard.

    /Echoes of “Safe Harbour” on SBS from the resident TV dinner glued-to-the-TV-cardigan

  141. Steve trickler

    Probably the best version that exists. I’ve looked.



  142. egg_

    Good moaning to all you incredibly educated elites out there, and the other dribblers of 24/7 shit.

    The irate cardigans will roll up their sleeves… and write a poisonous email to the Premier!
    So take that!

  143. Arnost

    Indeed. And blown a gaping hole in the ‘it’s Russian disinformation’ defence.

    Probably happened without co-ordination. Hunter may have told HIS lawyers to “get the effing thing back” and sabotaged the Russia Disinformation play that was being spun by DNC et al everywhere else:

    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1317307227963678721?s=20

  144. Been busy all day … heh. But wasn’t Chanel Rion touting that she was going to release some “bombshell” material today?

    Not meaning to get all sexist & objectifying of ladies or anything….

  145. egg_

    Yet you still have the front to show up here and continue on dribbling shit , with zero smartz, often just mouthing the words your boyfriend Frank uses, like some bubble gum chewing widgie standing behind her bodgie boy friend pulling faces.

    Is Lowe Browe ‘Frank Thring’?
    Methinks Thring was more butch.

  146. Boambee John

    Congrats db, you can regurgitate Russian propaganda.

    Funny how everyone in global politics except Putin thought that the Ukrainian prosecutor whom Joe helped get fired was the corrupt one.

    Poor old m0nty. Still re-living the glory days of Wussia, Wussia, Wussia. How did that work out m0nty?

    PS, worked out the difference between the KGB/FSB and GRU yet?

  147. feelthebern

    Anyone have any dealings with the Perth Mint?
    Article over at smh.com.au if you do.

  148. Indeed. And blown a gaping hole in the ‘it’s Russian disinformation’ defence.

    Probably happened without co-ordination. Hunter may have told HIS lawyers to “get the effing thing back” and sabotaged the Russia Disinformation play that was being spun by DNC et al everywhere else:

    I think you’ve managed to put your finger on Hunter’s problem.

  149. Dr Faustus

    “We are hopeful of not just keeping the Queensland seat of Mawar, but gaining South Brisbane and McConnel,” he told The Australian on Sunday.

    The ALP is having a baby about McConnel. Since 2017, the electorate has welcomed about 10,000 new dog box residents in Teneriffe and Bowen Hills – a large chunk in the Public Service/Green/fussy-boys-with-fur-baby demographic.

    Betting odds have the Greens edging Labor out.

  150. egg_

    KD shows us potential

    MaNuEl UtE on the job

  151. feelthebern

    Paul Murray needs to sack some of his production staff.
    If internet producers can line up the clips on their shoestring budgets, how come Skynews constantly fucks up PM’s flow with:
    1) running the wrong clip or
    2) not running a clip at all after he’s spent a minute building up to it.

  152. Arnost

    Methinks Thring was more butch.

    Loved Thring…

    The new version of “Dune” is soon to come out. [Not holding my breath as they effing made Liet female!!! GAH! ] But when they made the first movie … Thring should have been Baron Harkonen. [That flying idiot characterisation destroyed the movie!]

    No idea why they have to kill perfectly decent plots. Prediction: Going woke will cost them potentially $100’s millions!

  153. egg_

    Hate to break it to you, stix, but if you are more than eight-ten years out of a decent Uni with a Commerce degree and you are only pulling $115k, you are probably fetching coffees and dry-cleaning for the big boys.

    70% of Accountancy jobs are slated to be taken by AI.
    Next?

  154. feelthebern

    When anyone reads a Cameron Stewart column (I don’t, why would you bother), does anyone think he even knows who people like Tim Pool, Joe Rogan, Jimmy Dore are?
    Same with any of these writers (I refuse to call them journo’s) for the NY Times or Washington Post, or even the Wall Street Journal.
    They are out of touch.
    They live in a bubble.

  155. jupes

    Lachie Neale wins the Brownlow!

    What a shock!

  156. Boambee John

    Black Ball

    l and coffee, suspension of payroll and fringe benefits tax,

    FBT is a Commonwealth, not a state tax.

    Tell ím he’s dreaming!

  157. Knuckle Dragger

    Retracing old ground. Bumping into corners. Ignored by most. Low on charge. Low energy, in fact.

    egg_roomba returns.

    Tell us a Mini Moke story. A yellow one.

  158. egg_

    Does anyone actually remember anything “Huck” has ever posted in this place?

    The FHuckwit seems to do a lot of lurking or is appraised, going by his odious “little girls undies” remark.
    A class act.
    Is this the sort of grub that Political parties recruit?

  159. chrisl

    Covid has scared the shit out of people
    They have become irrational
    People are wearing masks in their own cars
    In country towns with no known cases
    Who are they going to catch it off or give it to in their own cars
    In the words of Blackball WTF?

  160. OldOzzie

    Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon says if Donald Trump were to lose the presidential race to Joe Biden next month, he would ­announce he was running again in 2024.

    Donald Trump will be back for more, says Steve Bannon

    Sharri Markson
    Investigations Editor

    Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon says if Donald Trump were to lose the presidential race to Joe Biden next month, he would ­announce he was running again in 2024.

    “You’re not going to see the end of Donald Trump,’’ Mr Bannon told The Australian.

    He said the November 3 election was “closer than is being ­reported” but “Mr Trump will win on election day”.

    “I’ll make this prediction right now: if for any reason the election is stolen from or in some sort of way Joe Biden is declared the winner, Trump will announce he’s going to run for re-election in 2024,” he said.

    Mr Bannon also predicted that the election result would go to the Supreme Court and may even be kicked into the House of Representatives in January, saying the result “won’t be settled anytime soon”.

    He also claimed that lawyers acting for Joe Biden’s son Hunter have made numerous attempts to retrieve his computer hard-drive, even sending legal letters to the owner of a repair shop where the Democratic presidential candidate’s son had reportedly dropped off his laptop for service.

    The New York Post has published emails and photographs it said were contained on a laptop owned by Hunter Biden, which he reportedly failed to collect from a repair shop in Delaware.

    The emails suggested that Hunter Biden arranged for a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm, of which Hunter was a director, to meet his father, when he was vice-president and in charge of US policy towards Ukraine.

    The emails published by the Post show Hunter Biden pursued a lucrative deal involving China’s largest private energy company that he said in one email would be “interesting for me and my family” and discussed remuneration packages.

    Mr Bannon, who alerted the Post to the existence of the laptop, claimed Mr Biden’s lawyers contacted Mr Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Wednesday, before publication, in an effort to retrieve the hard-drive.

    “His lawyer, Mesires (George Mesires) from Chicago, one of the top lawyers in the country, emailed us. He called the repair shop, he sent us an email, he sent the repair shop an email saying Hunter dropped these off, he forgot to pick them up. That’s an email,” Mr Bannon said.

    “In addition, we haven’t ­released this, Hunter Biden’s lawyer has come to us both with phone calls and with emails saying I’ve got to get the hard-drive back. This is not some Russian ­intelligence operation, they’ve ­admitted it’s their hard-drive.

    “It was the night before we came out with the first story, I think, because the NY Post went to them for comment … they panicked. One lawyer started calling around and sent the emails.”

    Mr Bannon said Mr Biden’s lawyers had sent legal letters via email to the owner of a repair shop seeking the return of the hard-drive.

    “We’re breaking news here. He actually in a panic called … ­because Hunter when he dropped it off, there was two or three of these shops in Wellington. They called around and he figured out it might be this guy. He called him and when the guy said I can’t ­remember, I’m going back to my shop, he sent a couple of emails in a panic saying ‘I’ve got to get my hands on this right away’,” Mr Bannon said.

    Mr Bannon, who said he was contacted by Mr Giuliani in late August to help with media strategy for the emails along with analysis of Hunter Biden’s Chinese dealings, said he has been holding on to the legal letters and waiting to use them if the Biden camp tried to deny the laptop ­belonged to Hunter Biden.

    “We haven’t released that yet. We’re holding that back to make sure if they walk into the trap, we’re just going to drop it on them,” he said.

    “My training under Andrew Breitbart was put it out, let them lie and then bang, drop them on the lie, let them lie some more, drop it again. We have the emails from the lawyer, if we need to ­release them, we’ll release them.”

  161. Mark A

    The Highwayman was crap

    (haven’t seen it, thought I sub for Arky)

  162. Knuckle Dragger

    Scroll up.

    Scroll back.

  163. egg_

    The ignominy of MarkL from Canberra lives on.

    MarkL
    Mk50*

    Marine terminology, eh?

    The would be “Henchman of the VWRC

    A major toecutter, eh?

    A “Knuckle Dragging” Henchman?

  164. Ed Case

    SportsBet has Pinky Singh as an Independent Candidate in McConnel.
    In fact, Pinky Singh is the LNP Candidate for McConnel.
    https://www.sportsbet.com.au/betting/politics/queensland-politics/queensland-election-2020-seat-betting-5406061
    So, SportsBet’s odds in McConnel are fake.
    What’s the odds that the rest of their Book is Fake?
    Pretty good, i’d say.

  165. Arky

    The Highwaymen was a great film Mark.

  166. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Not only Perth Mint, but Westpac Bank….

    Westpac, mint, hundreds of Australians ensnared in global tax evasion probe
    By Nick McKenzie, Charlotte Grieve and Joel Tozer
    October 18, 2020 — 8.30pm

    Westpac Banking Corporation, the Perth Mint and hundreds of Australian citizens have been caught up in a global tax evasion probe into a Puerto Rican bank co-owned by a flamboyant American millionaire.

    Euro Pacific Bank, fronted by US financier and celebrity business commentator Peter Schiff, has been proscribed as a “top tier” organised crime threat to Australia because of its suspected use by Australian and international organised crime syndicates.
    “That’s it, I’m done.”

    International enforcement sources have confirmed that Euro Pacific is the target of Operation Atlantis, a sweeping international tax probe by the “J5”, a taskforce made up of the tax chiefs of Australia, the US, UK, the Netherlands and Canada that was set up after the Panama Papers leak.

    Australia’s deputy tax commissioner, Will Day, said about 100 Australians were being investigated and could be jailed for evading tax after simultaneous raids around the world on January 24 in what he described as an “unprecedented” joint probe.

    Euro Pacific’s designation as an Australian Priority Organisation Target means police suspect Euro Pacific poses a grave organised crime threat to Australia. It is the most serious classification by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.

    Mr Schiff, who denies all wrongdoing, confirmed he had been visited by US tax authorities working in partnership with Australian authorities on January 24.

    “We’ve complied with all sorts of requests for information,” he said. “We somehow got caught up in whatever’s going on, but there are no valid allegations against the bank. I can tell you there is no tax evasion going on at the bank. The bank is not facilitating anything.”

    But the revelations, uncovered in an investigation by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, 60 Minutes and The New York Times, will send a shudder through the global banking world because Euro Pacific has relationships with major financial institutions who facilitate transactions for its 13,000 global customers.

    Euro Pacific marketing materials list the bank’s existing or previous financial partners as Westpac and the West Australian government-owned Perth Mint, raising the possibility that the Australian institutions have facilitated the activities of organised criminals or tax evaders.

    Euro Pacific’s international partners include the New York Federal Reserve, UK bank NatWest, Canada’s Bank of Montreal and Japan’s Mizuho Bank. Several of those banks have also been targeted by Operation Atlantis, sources confirmed. All declined to respond to questions.

    The investigation was prompted by a major leak of the bank’s financial data which was first obtained by Dutch authorities and, later, the J5. Documents suggest Euro Pacific’s Australian clients have included Simon Anquetil, the Australian businessman jailed for engineering Plutus Payroll, the country’s biggest tax scam.

  167. Bruce of Newcastle

    The new version of “Dune” is soon to come out. [Not holding my breath as they effing made Liet female!!! GAH! ]

    Coolest thing about the original movie were the personal shields.
    As I recall Liet is black as well as female in this one.
    Unsure if she’s qwerty yet.

  168. MatrixTransform

    Perth Mint?

    Peter Schiff, has been proscribed

    proscribed? … what the fuck are they talking about … fuckin’ millennials
    I do not think it means what they think it means.

    the rest of the article is well, pretty much gibberish.

    something may have happened, where somebody possibly did something … or not.

    give ’em another Walkley

  169. feelthebern

    Sinc, please check in with Arky.
    Someone has taken over his avatar & posting here.
    He’s probably tied up with his hands taped to the shower head.

  170. egg_

    Here ya go Grigory Lowe QC – break out the Kleenex

  171. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Someone up thread – Shy Ted(?) spoke about watching a wildlife show on the ABC – Australia Remastered: Wild Pacific Ocean with Aaron Pederson as the narrator. Poor choice; his diction is terrible.

  172. egg_

    Struth’s basically a mini Trump in this place at the minute. it’s hilarious how he enrages the usually invisible bank clerk level professional middle class midwits here, in the same way that Trump enrages, well, the very same, in society at large. Literally a blinding rage that he, a simpleton, a “bogan”, a nothing, has an opinion on things.

    Nailed it – and bookish would-be tough fuckwits.

  173. OldOzzie

    After the cuts, an ABC hiring spree

    Nick Tabakoff

    Was the ABC’s recent round of redundancies a program of genuine cuts, or did it have a deeper purpose: clearing the way to hire the people Aunty really wanted?

    That question could well come up at Wednesday’s Senate Estimates hearing — which will be attended by ABC managing director David Anderson.

    While Labor is likely to blame the 250 job cuts on the ABC’s funding freeze, the government may take a look at the generous number of jobs available at Aunty as of last week.

    Diary’s trawl through the ABC careers portal on Friday found no less than 24 jobs advertised — 18 of them in Sydney — despite the recent redundancies for the likes of Emma Alberici, Philippa McDonald, Karen Percy and Andrew Geoghegan. Not an obvious sign of an organisation in full cutting mode.

    The jobs available rose last week, and ranged from a chief of staff for the ABC’s Asia-Pacific newsroom, to a news and digital producer for 7.30, and several reporting roles.

    Many top-level ABC executives have been hired since the start of last month.

    In the past six weeks alone, the ABC has unveiled Jennifer Collins as head of factual and culture, Lee Glendinning, a former Guardian executive editor, to lead delivery of regional and local content, and former BBC Studios executive Roberta Allan as head of content distribution. None come cheap.

  174. MatrixTransform

    is today The Coddling?

    there can be only one?

  175. egg_

    Doesn’t he know who has an degree in Finance and makes $115,000 a year?!

    There’s probably a phone app for that.

  176. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘The ignominy of MarkL from Canberra lives on.’

    Hahahaaaaaaaaaa.

    Please. Continue.

    It’s very roomba-esque. And double spaced, because I heard you love it like that.

  177. feelthebern

    Miracle Chef air fryer.
    Anyone seen the ad?
    Anyone bought one?

  178. Delta A

    Delta A, Hairy and I would give The Highwayman 8 out of 10 not 4.

    Then we all agree.

    My 4 was four stars (usually out of five). That makes 8 out of 10.

    🙂

  179. egg_

    Huck
    #3622524, posted on October 17, 2020 at 11:25 pm
    Ok Struth, I’ve tried being nice, but here it is.
    You’re a loud mouthed know it all know nothing.
    A simpleton who can spout a word salad with some semblance of lucidity.
    When it comes down to it, you’re nothing more than any other dumb fuck bogan who believes that putting up a 3000+ amalgam of cliches and motherhood statements makes you some sort of folk hero.
    In reality, you’re just a low rent, low IQ piece of shit with a big mouth.
    Give it a rest and shut the fuck up for a little while.

    Our learned failed used car salesman come train “driver” has spoken!

    It takes a lot of skill to keep those things on the tracks, you know.

    Can you classify something sans a steering wheel as a “vehicle”?

  180. Gab

    What the heck are you on about now, egg?

  181. Arnost

    As I recall Liet is black as well as female in this one.

    Liet being black wouldn’t worry me so much. I think that Zendaya is a great choice for Chani … and that would explain why she isn’t full Fremen / Arab. [Am I allowed to say that?]

  182. egg_

    Pushing 60 with a 14 y.o. kid?

    What did you do with your life?

    A former “air hostess” pushing 60 with a 14 y.o. kid?

    Long-in-the-tooth.

  183. OldOzzie

    Hey, Joe Biden, what did you know about Hunter’s crook emails?: Goodwin

    Up to now, the Democrats’ presidential nominee has gotten away with the fiction that he never talked to his son Hunter about Hunter’s suspect business dealings in Ukraine, China and elsewhere. The repeated claim was never credible, especially when it was revealed that Hunter flew on Air Force Two with his father to Beijing and came home with a $1.5 billion commitment from a Chinese bank for a new investment firm.

    So they flew to China and back together and we’re supposed to believe the father never asked the son who he was seeing in China and why.

    C’mon, man.

    The Joe-knows-nothing defense has now been exposed as a lie by The Post’s publication of the e-mail from a Ukrainian adviser to Burisma, the energy firm that put Hunter on its board for up to $83,000 a month. In the e-mail, Vadym Pozharskyi thanked Hunter for setting up a meeting with then-Vice President Biden.

    “Thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together,” the April 17, 2015, message reads.

    Joe Biden aides do not dispute the e-mail, or deny the two men met. Their only defense is that there was no such meeting on the vice president’s official schedule. That’s a loophole big enough to drive a truck through.

    So Joe knew a lot and the public deserves the truth about what he did to help his son monetize the vice presidency. Still, my sense of where this story is going in the next few days is that the Ukraine angle will not be the main focus.

    China will be. If the emerging pieces of the puzzle fit together as has been suggested, Americans will learn that the entire family was making money off Joe Biden’s prominence, including Joe himself, by making deals with elements of the Chinese government.

    Once again, The Post was the first to open the door, this time by publishing the e-mail showing that Hunter and Jim Biden, Joe’s brother, were part of a group trying to set up a partnership with Chinese individuals, involving energy projects and perhaps American infrastructure. Millions of dollars were being discussed, making the deal a windfall for the Bidens and a propaganda coup for China.

  184. P

    My 4 was four stars (usually out of five). That makes 8 out of 10.

    🙂

    Delta A – always a winner IMHO.

  185. egg_

    Gab
    #3623666, posted on October 18, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    There’s always the scroll wheel.

  186. Knuckle Dragger

    Yes _roomba.

    Had a child at 46. Yep. For sure.

    This is great. Keep it up, tubby.

    You’ve got a memory like Biden. Either of them.

  187. egg_

    ‘The ignominy of MarkL from Canberra lives on.’

    WTF would SATP bother to differentiate anyone from MarkL?
    Who gives a shit?

  188. Knuckle Dragger

    Completely wrong ages. Of everyone.

    You’ll have to scroll back a bit more, porky.

    All the way back to the old Blair’s. I’m a 1000 poster there y’know.

  189. Gab

    You seem very angry, egg. Is it a life and death thing you’re cracking up about? Or are you just yolking?

  190. Knuckle Dragger

    91kg of lean muscle sounds great.

    Not so much when you’re five foot three, amiright _roomba?

  191. egg_

    Had a child at 46.

    Mk50’s kid’s age when he was in Townsville?
    The internet is forever as they say, tosser.

  192. MatrixTransform

    Miracle Chef air fryer

    Any device that removes the fats or oils from my food is going into one of these … shredder

  193. OldOzzie

    Joe Biden retreats to Delaware as Trump stumps through four states

    It was back to the basement for Joe Biden Saturday — as President Trump went into campaign overdrive.

    With only 16 days to go before Election Day, amid an uproar over The Post’s expose of son Hunter’s shady foreign business deals and with a second debate face-off this week, Biden retreated to his Delaware home with no public events on his schedule — and a substantial but slightly slipping national polling lead in his pocket.

    Meanwhile, the underdog president whipped up his troops Saturday at back-to-back rallies in two crucial battleground states, with two more of the raucous gatherings set for Sunday and a full slate of appearances this week that will have him hopscotching across the country.

    The candidates’ plans on the third-to-last weekend of the election season are polar opposites: while Trump plans four mega-rallies in four battleground states, Biden will hold a single small event, a car parade planned for Sunday afternoon in Durham, N.C.

    “We’ve done everything we said, and more,” Trump told cheering supporters at Muskegon County Airport in Muskegon, Mich. — one of the Democratic strongholds he won by a fraction of a percentage point in 2016.

    “But Sleepy Joe has made a corrupt bargain: he has handed his party over to the hardcore militant left,” he said. “They crave power, and God help us if they ever did get it.”

    Since August, Trump has made 37 appearances in 15 states — despite being forced off the stump for 10 days to recover from a case of COVID-19.

    Biden, who did not begin in-person campaigning until Labor Day, has made stops in only 20 cities, each appearance limited to a few dozen attendees.

    And with his polling lead in the top Electoral College battlegrounds hovering at just under 5 percent, few Democrats are complaining about his laid-back schedule.

    “Joe Biden is doing exactly what he needs to do to win,” Democratic strategist Eric Koch told The Post.

  194. dover_beach

    These TikTok tanties liberals keep posting are insane. Just wtf.

  195. Arnost

    I think that Zendaya is a great choice for Chani

    Chani was a young woman, dark skinned, very skinny with an elfin face with big eyes all blue like black pits with no white in them. She had long tawny-red hair.

    With Zendaya – there is even a hint of red in the dreadlocks!

    https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/dune/images/4/4c/Dune_2020_Chani.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/1000?cb=20200414181221

  196. feelthebern

    Annelise Neilson just said Trump having a rally in Wisconsin was counter productive.
    How can you be over there, travelling the country but still parrot the shit from the NY Times & Washington Post.

  197. Knuckle Dragger

    Remember, _roomba. I was the only analyst/digger/pusser ever to go to Townsville.

    You’ll have to *gasp* scroll back.

    Gab: Check your email.

  198. Gab

    Maybe it’s shell shock, NKP.

  199. Gab

    My email changed yonks ago, KD.

  200. Bruce of Newcastle

    Arnost – You know that Liet has to be qwerty. Who else? Chani can’t be. Ok old Vlad can swing both ways, and maybe whoever plays the Sting character. But Liet is the perfect choice for the necessary woke icon. I might even watch it when it comes out, although I may need a barf bag for the proggiest bits.

  201. egg_

    91kg of lean muscle sounds great.

    Not so much when you’re five foot three, amiright _roomba?

    “Anonymous internet identity” according to the FHuckwit.

    You’ve variously ascribed “pigeon chest” and “folds”, MaNuEl Ute.

    For a bookish shiny @rse, mastering a clutch is a major feat – am I right?

  202. Gab

    You’re so hard-boiled at times, egg. Keep that sunny side up.

  203. Knuckle Dragger

    You missed the joke I sent then Gab.

    It was about a boy and his Tonka truck.

  204. Knuckle Dragger

    _roomba.

    I am Huck.

    As well. Please continue.

  205. egg_

    Here ya go bookboy:

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3514404, posted on July 15, 2020 at 9:19 pm
    ‘Rarely move off the Open Thread, these days?’

    Rarely ever, Trevor.

    I’ve actually spent the day analysing digital body language. This is really a thing, and you can use it in court.

    Anyway, I have deduced, through the dark science of said digital body language that the resident haymaker-whenever-he’s-feeling-left-out has a 93.1% chance of being:

    1. Pigeon-chested; and
    2. A bit nervous and anxious, disguised as belligerence; and
    3. Can’t drive a manual ute; AND
    4. Has all the Big Bang series hidden on a terabyte thumb drive for special occasions. Like Thursdays.

    There are various versions all over the physique spectrum, depending on the weather.

  206. Cassie of Sydney

    “feelthebern
    #3623687, posted on October 18, 2020 at 9:54 pm
    Annelise Neilson just said Trump having a rally in Wisconsin was counter productive.
    How can you be over there, travelling the country but still parrot the shit from the NY Times & Washington Post.”

    I just switch off all Neilson’s commentary…it is bland, unoriginal and just tediously anti-Trump. She doesn’t say anything insightful or original.

    But the highlight tonight was the interview with Bannon…he was in top form and good on Markson for speaking to him. Bannon understand working class and middle class America.

  207. Dr Faustus

    So, SportsBet’s odds in McConnel are fake.
    What’s the odds that the rest of their Book is Fake?
    Pretty good, i’d say.

    Pretty good chance it’s a typo.
    The second Independent, John Dobinson, seems to be missing.

  208. Gab

    I think egg is eggnoring me 🙁

  209. lotocoti

    feelthebern
    #3623625, posted on October 18, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Technology killed off video tape operators.
    Software isn’t as flexible as wetware, but it’s cheaper.

  210. MatrixTransform

    MaNuEl Ute

    likes his huevos sunny side up?

    why are you cranky _eggy?

  211. OldOzzie

    Biden’s Tax Whopper

    He’d raise taxes far higher than they were under Bush or Obama.

    By The WSJ Editorial Board

    Joe Biden got a pass from the media for the myriad whoppers he told about his policies in Thursday night’s town hall. But one that we can’t let slide was his claim that he only intends to make people earning more than $400,000 “pay what they did in the Bush Administration—39.6%.”

    Where to begin? The Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 cut the top individual tax rate to 35% from 39.6%. A 2012 deal between the Obama Administration and House Republicans extended the Bush tax cuts for the middle class while returning the top rate to 39.6% for those earning more than $400,000, plus the 0.9% Medicare surtax imposed by ObamaCare.

    Republicans in 2017 lowered the top rate to 37%, and Mr. Biden says he would merely return the rate to where it was before the GOP tax cuts. But that’s before add-ons. He would also restore the Pease deduction limitation for high earners, which tacks on the equivalent of 1.2%.

    He also wants to extend the Social Security 12.4% payroll tax to income over $400,000. The current cap is $137,700. Half of the payroll tax is paid by the employer, but economists know it’s still a tax on labor income, which means workers. The top marginal rate would rise to 57% including 3.8% in Medicare taxes, and that’s before state taxes that run as high as 13.3% in California.

    Oh, and he’d also raise the tax on the capital gains of high earners to the same rate as wage income, increasing the rate to 43.4% (39.6% plus Medicare 3.8% investment tax) from 23.8%. Mr. Biden on Thursday estimated that these increases on high earners would raise $92 billion, but that’s before they put their tax lawyers to work. It’s also not even a modest down payment on his proposed new spending.

    Taxpayers are likely to get the truth about how much Mr. Biden will raise taxes at the same time he’s going to tell us whether he’ll sign legislation letting Democrats pack the Supreme Court—after the election.

  212. egg_

    A shiny @rse driving around the top end in a clapped out 90s Hilux with a “tool kit” consisting of gaffer tape, cable ties and a claw hammer?

    Sounds like one of those tales where you find them dead in the bush sans water.

  213. Gab

    You sound a tad fried, egg. Are you OK?

  214. Arnost

    I might even watch it when it comes out,

    I can’t NOT see it. Loved that book. Have to see it on the big screen. And I don’t mind reinterpretations of canon in movies – But I also deep down know that I will be disappointed and would with 5 minutes thought improve it beyond.

    Maybe I will live to see the day when AI and computing (think deep fake on CGI actors) will allow fans to actually make and re-make movies and series on not too prohibitive budgets… The cast (apart from Harkonen was brilliant in the first movie).

  215. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘1. Pigeon-chested; and
    2. A bit nervous and anxious, disguised as belligerence; and
    3. Can’t drive a manual ute; AND
    4. Has all the Big Bang series hidden on a terabyte thumb drive for special occasions. Like Thursdays.’

    I was laying some berley for YOU, _roomba. You.

    Chomp chomp chomp chompy chompitty chomp. Hahahahaa.

    I was right though. Whenever you’re a bit lonely you decide to wander in and pick fights. It’s pretty funny, considering you seem to think I’m about six people, and you continually mix up the details you think you have of alllll those people.

    Please, though. Not telling you what to do. Continue. If you’re not watching crime docos*, that is.

    *Oh yeah. ‘Counter-evidence.’ Baaaahahahaaa. Good one.

  216. MatrixTransform

    eggnoring me

    Om, let him be he’s set in his ways

  217. Ed Case

    I’m not seeing odds on 93 seats either.
    Do people only want to bet on 30 odd seats?
    Or does SportsBet want to make out that the ALP Marginals are safe?
    They did this stunt at the Federal Election, claimed PeanutHead was $1.05 and they were paying out millions early, Labor was such a certainty.

  218. Gab

    Egg must be pecking out his next response.

  219. Leigh Lowe

    Gab

    #3623666, posted on October 18, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    What the heck are you on about now, egg?

    Don’t interrupt the roomba when it is in full flight.
    Brrrrm.
    BrAdlEy MaNniG.
    Brrrrm. Bump.
    Red car with saggy man.
    Brrrrm. Bump.
    Big Yellow Twuck.
    Brrrrrrrrrrm.
    Low battery.
    😀😀😀😀😀😀

  220. MatrixTransform

    I’m not seeing odds on 93 a dozen seats either.
    Do people only want to bet on 30 two and a half dozen odd seats?

    FIFY

  221. MatrixTransform

    pecking out his next response.

    Lay it down any time soon , I reckon

  222. egg_

    Big Yellow Twuck

    That’s for MaNuEl UtE.

    How’s the blood pressure, old boy?

    Due out to pasture, I presume?

    Why the long absence?

  223. Gab

    You must have had the egg timer on, Matrix.

  224. egg_

    Huck
    #3622484, posted on October 17, 2020 at 10:32 pm
    I hope you’re being genuine Struth.
    I don’t come here often anymore, but it’s incredibly frustrating when I’m trying to catch up on OT’s and I keep encountering your half page screeds saying the same thing over and over and over again.
    The ABC of safety critical communication is this:
    A – accurate
    B – BRIEF
    C- CONCISE
    Please take note of B & C.
    I don’t think you’re a bad bloke, just please, give us all a rest.

    Is FHUCK OFF concise enough?

  225. feelthebern

    Is egg trolling?
    Or is this super serious ?

  226. egg_

    The ABC of safety critical communication is this:
    A – accurate
    B – BRIEF
    C- CONCISE

    Is that in case you have to swerve out of the way of something on the tracks?

  227. Gab

    No idea, ftb. It’s all scrambled to me.

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