Were it any other city, I’d ridicule the coppers for being so toey

What’s the idea here?”

     – An Adelaide police officer demands an explanation of symbolic intent

 
Why two adults would decorate their yard at all for America’s stupidest cultural festival is beyond me. But hey, it’s a 55 percent free country. Daniel Abbie and his partner had the police called to their home by a “couple of people” in the neighborhood. In old Anglophone Australia, no species of miscreant was loathed more than the dobber. Today, informants are encouraged, rewarded and lionised. The result in this case: named and shamed, a police interrogation and the inevitable ABC consultation with an academic. University of Adelaide psychology professor Martha Augoustinos says the white scarecrows are “unacceptable.”

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40 Responses to Were it any other city, I’d ridicule the coppers for being so toey

  1. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    Inbred wankers – the dobbers and the worthless academic

  2. Lee

    The result in this case: named and shamed, a police interrogation and the inevitable ABC consultation with an academic. University of Adelaide psychology professor Martha Augoustinos says the white scarecrows are “unacceptable.”

    Woke wankers, the lot of them – the police, the ABC and the professor.
    I am no Halloween fan by any means, but what sort of a (moronic) person calls in the police for this?

  3. Professor Fred Lenin

    The Stasi informats network is now at work in Australia ,gone are days when no one would dob anyone else unless for very serious crimes are gone . The old Diggers would be disgusted with todays people tothink they laid down their lives to keep our freedoms which are diminishing daily due to career politicans and bureaucrats . I blame the marxist education system and communist media .

  4. yarpos

    The ABC does love a good academic comment, no matter how try hard and irrelevant.
    The key criteria for selection appears to be a very bad haircut and a crazed expression.

  5. billie

    dobbers are now whistleblowers

    the change of name makes them immune to consequences

    of course

  6. Lawrence Ayres

    My information is that Halloween is actually an Irish celebration that was taken to the US by Irish immigrants.

    Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2020 will occur on Saturday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.

  7. Bronson

    Obviously a slow day for serial killers and the plods had nothing better to do. Probably caused by a barrel shortage due to Wu flu.

  8. Dr Faustus

    Only in Adelaide.

    Wish I could be as confident, Roger.

  9. Jock

    Halloween or Samhain is a Scottish Irish tradition celebrating the end of autumn and the coming of winter, It was believed that the door between the supernatural and natural worlds was ajar. To protect from ghosts and demons ghost lanterns were lit and even the cattle were driven between them to gain protection. In other words Halloween is an old Scots Irish cultural tradition going back thousands of years. How dare these pansy dobbers insult our religious cellebrations!!

  10. HT

    Mrs HT is right in for Halloween. Boots and all. One of the Halloween hotspots for our regional city, in fact 🙄. I’m a “Bah Humbug” kinda guy and quite shy to boot, and I barely partake. I gotta admit though lots, and lots of kids leave our place happy, neigh delighted. Last year my two grandchildren had smiles you could wipe off for days, so now I’m in the camp that it’s a fun night out for kids, so what’s the problem?

    I been in USA a few times at Halloween BTW. Trust me, there is fun for adults as well. Some call it Slutoween. Me, I just wish Mrs HT was onto it when we were younger!

  11. gowest

    After years of “police not available!” now they respond…. What has changed in the police station – we need a study to understand how this has happened!

  12. Megan

    My dad celebrated Halloween in Scotland as a child. The Americans, like so many old traditions, have commodified it. It’s a bit of harmless fun fir kids, families and neighbourhoods.

    The dibber-dobbers are utterly despicable. The academic is what passes for intelligent in today’s world. That is, pretty much dumb and boringly predictable. And NO academic, ever, would be telling me what is acceptable in my house and garden.

    The combination of informants and busybodies is a match made by the devil.

  13. Fair Shake

    Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Halloween

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0McggLIYmnE

  14. Truth—in-Footnotes

    Originally, well, back in the 1600s – roughly – the cry was “Treat or Trick”. The “Dead” that roamed the streets looking for “Treats”were representations of the judgemental dead, returning to make sure their descendants were keeping up appearances.

    People used to make sure the house was clean, all jobs done, and a place laid for “the Dead” at the table. If householders turned the “Dead” who came knocking on the door away unsatisfied, then they would do something to “Trick” them. A common trick was to pull farm carts out of barns late at night and leave them miles away, or let loose cattle, and so on.

    Chocolate was a very late addition to this ancient practice; and the only reason it never took hold here is that it fell out of favour in the UK before we were settled.

  15. Shy Ted

    Gillard threw $100m at Adelaide Uni. Sorry, I’ll start again. After she threw 100m at Adelaide Uni, Professor Gillard swanned around the world, who knows where, but delivering some global education to impoverished kids but mostly living the life of luxury, leaving the hard academic stuff to others.

  16. Bazinga

    Snitches get stitches.

  17. Simple Simon

    University of Adelaide psychology professor Martha Augoustinos said she understood how some passers-by assumed the display showed an African American person being lynched, saying that was “definitely one possible interpretation”.

    Lynching was an American practice, without relevance to Australian culture.
    Now, people call the cops because they are so steeped in the American culture of the mass media that they interpret everything in those terms.

  18. Bruce of Newcastle

    Trump is orange.
    Pumpkins are orange.
    Racist triggering pumpkins!

  19. Squirrel

    “…. and the inevitable ABC consultation with an academic…”

    This is the real reason we need to get the foreign student trade revved up again – to fund all those squishy lefty academics who are the go to talking heads for the ABC……..

  20. Cyclist of Doom

    If I was a cop in Adelaide, I’d be worried; and checking around the place for barrels etc. October 31st? Beersheba day! Forward the Light Horse.

  21. Bruce Parr

    I am just amazed at the ignorance of people who think Halloween is an American thing. Have they never traveled or even worse, never read a history book. BTW it is also big in Mexico and has been for centuries.

  22. Roger W

    Lets be positive – at least the police response was sensible.
    Imagine the 20 odd thugs who would have arrived in Victoria, with stun guns and handcuffs, and a choke hold saved for the female.

  23. ar

    “Today, informants are encouraged”

    brave whistleblowers, please…

  24. bespoke

    Roger
    #3634678, posted on October 27, 2020 at 3:28 pm
    Only in Adelaide.

    err no unfortunately.

    And C.L a Grinch is only a step below a Karen. 😁

  25. Rex Anger

    October 31st? Beersheba day! Forward the Light Horse.

    The only public day that should be celebrated on October 31st…

  26. Jock

    What will the dobbers and Police do at Christmas. I can imagine a big sargent rugby tackling one of the elves or arresting Joseph and Mary for child endangerment.

    And I thought only Melbourne was full of narks.

  27. Professor Fred Lenin

    When I was young in Scotland the lanterns were hollowed out turnips we had never heard of pumpkins . The ulster Irish took Halloween to the USA as well as several early Presidents I believe .
    My memories of Halloween in Scotland are sketchy I was very young . Its probably an old Celtic thing .

  28. Tel

    Now, people call the cops because they are so steeped in the American culture of the mass media that they interpret everything in those terms.

    No, no, no … people call the cops in this type of situation because they feel the urge to be scumbags, then they go looking for a reason.

    I personally live in a slightly less wealthy neighbourhood, predominantly diverse immigrants … and you can say what you like about “multiculturalism” but no one around here ever calls the cops. During the height of “lockdown” I saw people playing basketball with their shirts off, people in the park riding bikes, people kicking a soccer ball around … but I didn’t see cops because they don’t hang around here. They do fly over in helicopters from time to time.

    I’m always polite to my neighbours, I share a portion of my olive harvest, and I don’t start any shit and I keep to myself … it’s a system that works, but there’s no such thing as a perfect world.

  29. Old Lefty

    If the Adelaide police have nothing to do, they could reopen inquires into the glory days of the Athens of the South when it led the way in ‘progressive’ ‘enlightenment’ and p3d3rasty was an organised sport for the fashionable members of the political and legal elite.

  30. H B Bear

    Time to use you celebration barrels folks.

  31. Professor Fred Lenin

    Quaint old fashioned city Adelaide , do they still have electricity there , as well as double barreled names and poofter politicians ?

  32. a reader

    Not sure on the pooves but the electricity is iffy and the double barreled surnames are a given

  33. Chris M

    professor Martha Augoustinos says the white scarecrows are “unacceptable.”

    Well they are rather small, she should help to set up a bigger and better quality display then. I’m hoping Viks have set up large head-jar displays with a depiction of Dans wasted scone inside.

    If I was a cop in Adelaide, I’d be worried

    Clearly you’ve not spent time there cyclops, they have almost zero interest in actual crime. Most likely visited this guy because there was opportunity for intimidation and the potential to write a large fine.

  34. Scott Osmond

    I can’t remember which state in the US did this but all those who make complaints needed to be publicly named. Karens and Beckies hardist hit. Following the lockdowns they begged for their names to be withheld. The response was sorry but this is an act and our hands are tied. I laughed and laughed.

  35. Damon

    In Australia, hanging was an entirely legal method of disposing of criminals. It had nothing to do with race, and despite the good Professors strictures, would not be an obvious interpretation.

  36. Quibbler

    Hallowe’en is indeed Celtic/Irish.

    It is a massive night in Ireland, where it was traditionally believed the dead could walk the earth.

    As has been mentioned above, the tradition was brought to the USA and morphed into what it is now, but it is most definitely a celebration with ancient origins.

    When I was growing up, we would light a massive bonfire (which was mainly fueled by tires – it burned for around a month!), dress up and door knock, asking for “any apples or nuts”. If you received a lolly or a coin you felt very lucky. There was no “trick or treat”, though you might sometimes be asked to sing a song or recite a poem in return for your handful of monkey nuts or apple.

    We had games like bobbing for apples and fortune reading by placing ashes, water and a coin into separate saucers. You were blindfolded and if you chose ashes, you would die, water, you would travel and a coin meant you would become rich. My mother would bake a “barm brack” (traditional Irish fruit cake you needed a saw to slice) and we would be eating fruit and nuts for weeks after.

    Happy days.

  37. one old bruce

    My grandmother’s grandmother came out steerage class round the Cape from Ireland and I agree with CL. These Americanisms are becoming a problem.

    Weren’t all celebrations banned in Presbyterian Scotland untile recently, especially Christmas?

    Speaking of Americanisms: Polish feminists now dress up as ‘Handmaids’ and invade churches. All based on a TV series:
    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/protestors-storm-churches-in-poland-over-new-abortion-restrictions-2020-10
    https://twitter.com/Anna_unbound/status/1320541414665736193

  38. Noddy

    If I am going to celebrate anything then it will be Guy Fawkes Night on 5th November … just imagine 10 cent bungers blowing Milo tins 20 feet into the air … whoopee!
    The miserable sods banned fireworks to protect the innocent and Guy Fawkes failed to blow up Dan in Spring Street, … and just for writing this the ‘dobbers’ will have a field day exciting the cops who will likely charge ‘Noddy’ with promoting anarchy and revolution! As a kid I well remember the bonfires made of discarded car tires stacked up at Becket Park, Balwyn, then a spoilsport would light it the day before the 5th and there would be frantic rebuilding for the night fire. Just imagine that today … it would bring a large crowd of protesters and the environmental police to halt the enjoyment but rake in lots of revenue for the Government with the current revenue raising routine! Far more exciting than Halloween!

  39. Becket Park, Balwyn: my Dad has told me about those bonfires, Noddy. And the use of billy carts on the street towards Whitehorse Road.

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