Open Forum: February 20, 2021

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  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I am absolutely convinced that ACB would apply the law as she understood it, nothing more, nothing less.

    I would have thought so too, but Scotus allowed Al Gore to challenge the election, but not for Trump to challenge the election with even greater justification. Nor even Texas and a dozen or so other states.

    The hearsay report of Roberts’ outburst is very plausible. Very hard if you know there are going to be massive riots if you decide according to the Constitution and legal precedent. And to go down as the court who overturned a Presidential Election is a terrifying thing. Living with the deaths on your conscience vs kicking the can down the road – the latter looks very attractive in such circumstances. I’m sure the legal beagles in Germany thought the same after the Reichstag riot oops fire.

  2. notafan says:

    That was the implication, maj

  3. notafan says:

    The supreme court also ruled in favour of religious communities in California two weeks ago.

  4. notafan says:

    Hyperbole BoN.

    You talk as though none of these people have ever experienced threats before.

  5. Maj says:

    good news; the supreme court rules in favour of the ACNA in Episcopalian dispute, I didn’t realise this was still going.

    Hope this is a precedent for the Anglican Church of Australia if (or when) the Sydney Diocese decides it’s time to leave a national church body that is becoming more apostate with each passing year.

  6. Rorschach says:

    I am absolutely convinced that ACB would apply the law as she understood it, nothing more, nothing less.

    She took the third option – to not rule at all. On every single election related case. Note all the cases before the SCOTUS did not have fraud as a central argument… but constitutional violations.

    For example: In Pennsylvania (and other states) the Executive and Judicial branches, changed the rules, not the Legislature. A violation of the US Constitution. Several states clearly violated election laws with regard to the supervised counting of ballots. Another violation of the US Constitution. Failure to adequately verify the eligibility of those casting votes, at the polls. A violation of state laws and the US Constitution. And so on.

    Every justice would have to rule that these were unconstitutional. And – I’d bet even RBG would have! So it was critical for the leftards that these cases not make it in front of the court. So the claim that “even the SCOTUS ruled there was no fraud” could continue.

  7. Dr Faustus says:

    Mz Milligan opines on Toxic Canberra:

    These women have had enough. There are men in and around Parliament who are probably feeling very nervous right now. And well they might.

    The handful of Labor women who are also alleging privately to me that they have been victimised are also staying schtum. Their reasons include that they don’t want to damage their side’s chances at the next election.

    So, they haven’t had quite enough.
    Whatever it takes.

  8. Maj says:

    custard
    #3764341, posted on February 22, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    I wonder how many people across the world have downloaded Hunter’s laptop?

    I’ve got it. I know a few other Cats have it too.

    Jack Maxey shared it across several different platforms to ensure as many people as possible got the files.

    The awakening continues…..

    Leigh Lowe
    #3764347, posted on February 22, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Custard, as BoN says, treat with caution.

    Skepticism is healthy but I keep hearing March 4 is the date….so only 10 days to go till we know for sure.

  9. Dr Faustus says:

    She took the third option – to not rule at all. On every single election related case. Note all the cases before the SCOTUS did not have fraud as a central argument… but constitutional violations.

    All the better to spend the next 30 years as One of Nine, rather than a face in the mob.

  10. bespoke says:

    9. … do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink… Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they (6:25-26)?

  11. Snoopy says:

    If this item wasn’t on TheirABC’s news website it would be the perfect parody of the perfect ABC news item.

  12. Dr Faustus says:

    Something is broken
    Things have gone wrong. The webserver is working WordPress harder than it can bear and WordPress has decided to go into hiding for a little bit.

    I see this message daily.

  13. Struth says:

    How to know when you are dealing with the insane.
    They believe you having a vaccine saves others.

  14. notafan says:

    Dr St Ruth

    Bringing it on vaccinations, all sorts.

  15. Colonel Crispin Berka says:

    quirky news via Gab…

    German Special Forces soldiers training in Arizona mistaken for TERRORISTS after ‘bizarre’ visit to local hospital
    The hospital staff reportedly said the Germans were behaving strangely – for example, by appearing in plain clothes and refusing to show any form of identification aside from NATO marching orders – which apparently only increased their suspiciousness.

    Or to quote the confused hillbilly sheriff in Live and Let Die:

    SECRET AGENT!? On whose side??

  16. Maj says:

    All the better to spend the next 30 years as One of Nine, rather than a face in the mob.

    And unfortunately SCOTUS justices get more liberal over time. It’s never the other way around.

    I think there’s a bit of institutional capture going on with ACB & Kav, and maybe Gorsuch (John Roberts being the institutional embodiment of SCOTUS) and while McConnell’s SCOTUS picks all have impressive conservative legal resumes maybe they don’t have the courage to stand for their convictions when faced with peers telling them they are bad people if they do.

    It’s why I think Kav being a member of John Robert’s country club is a tell.

  17. Struth says:

    This coup has stuffed you Notafan. Your lack of courage, principles and integrity has led to the mental decline we are now witnessing.

  18. notafan says:

    Did you write that with the Roget’s Theosarus open Dr St Ruth?

    What mental decline?

    Because I dare disagree with your NWO coup d’etat nonsense?

    We’ve been waiting, not particularly patiently, and still it hadn’t happened.

  19. calli says:

    If the Supreme Court is not stacked in the next four years, we all have our answer.

  20. Struth says:

    No need to tell you that by being vaccinated you can still be a carrier, the global communists are now telling you that as well. As soon as the vaccine starts getting administered, just as us old conspiracy theorists who read what the enemy are saying, told us would be the case, and just as every sane person already knew.
    Now this coerced/mandatory vaccine that will always require a million more to step up before they release the hostages (which they never will) is being described as something that will relieve symptoms, you know, like panadol, and therefore lockdowns and masks and no travel , and state of emergency government control needs to continue indefinitely….surprise surprise.
    History will be written……..and they died in their millions refusing to believe they had even been attacked.

  21. Struth says:

    With all the evidence now about you, Notafan, the global socialists on video explaining what is happening, what they are doing, the fact that you say it hasn’t happened while you live in Victoria of all Places, well, ….I rest my case.

  22. notafan says:

    What the heck was that?

    There are some dates being tossed around, as always, and always, when they roll around, the spruikers are nowhere to be seen.

    As Sinc says, we already got them chemtrails.

  23. Maj says:

    Jordan’s Orthodox archbishop moves to deny evangelicals full legal recognition

    [Religion News Service — Amman, Jordan] Long-simmering suspicions between Orthodox and evangelical Christians have blown up recently over the refusal of the Jordanian government to allow evangelical churches full legal standing under the country’s religiously divided judicial system.

    In a Jan. 26 letter to the country’s Judicial Council, Greek Orthodox Archbishop Christophoros Atallah attacked members of local evangelical churches, calling them “a danger” to society.

    “There are great dangers from the teachings and ideas that are disseminated by these groups that are being spread within the Christian society,” the archbishop wrote. “These are strange ideas that depart from our Christian faith and the national identity of the local church.”

    In addition, Atallah said, “these groups are funded from abroad and have outside and unclear agendas and we have reservations about them.”

    What a good Dhimmi!

  24. notafan says:

    The global socialists on video…
    Oh my aching sides.

  25. Maj says:

    calli
    #3764552, posted on February 23, 2021 at 9:03 am
    If the Supreme Court is not stacked in the next four years, we all have our answer.

    Comment of the Day. Maybe the Year.

  26. notafan says:

    Well done Archbishop Atallah!

    All those heretics do is attempt to mislead Christians.

  27. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    The handful of Labor women who are also alleging privately to me that they have been victimised are also staying schtum. Their reasons include that they don’t want to damage their side’s chances at the next election.

    Indeed – heaven forbid that the labore pardee might be perceived as a welcoming environment for sex pests of various vile hues.

  28. Struth says:

    Oh, is today the final embarrassing melt down, Notafan?
    It’s coming. Every day in denialism makes that time when reality hits so much more overwhelming to experience.
    As for us nanna killers, watching you dribble, scream, and lash out at all and sundry, when it happens, will be a laugh.
    You deserve all the misery coming your way.
    You , unlike many, had the people on this blog letting you know exactly what was going on and you still decided to stick your fingers in your ears and scream at us.

    When you admit to yourself it’s happening you may start to come good.

  29. dover_beach says:

    The dissent by Thomas points out a couple of hard truths…. amongst these an important one being that the lower courts are now bound by precedent not to rule on election cases. Courts will rule no standing before an election as no damage has been done, moot after as it’s too late to do anything.

    No. Had the victim been an establishment figure you can bet these bullshit excuses wouldn’t fly. Watch as Newsom has no problems signature verifying the recall petition. The Supremes had no problem intervening in Florida to save Bush in 2000. They read the room in 2020.

    While in a couple of places Thomas suggests that (at least in Pennsylvania) the result may not have changed

    How would the court know without an audit and recanvassing?

  30. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    Why are the hamsters so bolshie of late – has the perfesser recently increased the gypsum ration?

  31. bespoke says:

    Their reasons include that they don’t want to damage their side’s chances at the next election.

    Then they are responsible for future incidents.

  32. notafan says:

    Sure sure St Ruth the hysterical.

  33. BrettW says:

    Sounds like a cover up.

    “The handful of Labor women who are also alleging privately to me that they have been victimised are also staying schtum. Their reasons include that they don’t want to damage their side’s chances at the next election”.

  34. Tailgunner1 says:

    The military is the only way.

  35. notafan says:

    I’m in moderation but apparently Canada’s parliament is going to call Chinese treatment of a certain minority genocide, Justin’s not happy and neither will be the CCP, perhaps they’ll all sell up and go home.

  36. notafan says:

    Are you joining the military gunner?

  37. egg_ says:

    Mz Milligan opines on Toxic Canberra:

    The hypocrisy of Aunty, keeping a Press gallery of young blondes in the home of “show business for fugly people” where power is an aphrodisiac – why else would they be there?

  38. min says:

    Labor has history, remember all those naughty boys who ended up guests of Her Majesty . Albo who used True Thai massage that also provided the extras . This makes the assumption that all the young girls who work there do so so willingly and are still in possession of their passports. And of course Kathy Sherriff .
    However it seems poor behaviour is happening at a much younger age ,like year 8 girls complaining .
    Probably from young males getting sex education off the internet , alcohol consumption, by both sexes and a lack of proper education covering sexuality , understanding of how pheromones , hormones work and of course the pill.
    However G’daughter doctor in STD clinic was dismayed at the number of young girls with STDs .
    And one for older ladies , a 90 year old woman with a younger boyfriend . Now she should have known better.

  39. stackja says:

    23 February 1990 The Victorian government announces a rescue package after the State Bank of Victoria records a $1.3bn loss.

  40. Struth says:

    Statement on the Continuing Political Persecution of President Donald J. Trump

    This investigation is a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country, whether it was the never ending $32 million Mueller hoax, which already investigated everything that could possibly be investigated, “Russia Russia Russia,” where there was a finding of “No Collusion,” or two ridiculous “Crazy Nancy” inspired impeachment attempts where I was found NOT GUILTY. It just never ends!

    So now, for more than two years, New York City has been looking at almost every transaction I’ve ever done, including seeking tax returns which were done by among the biggest and most prestigious law and accounting firms in the U.S. The Tea Party was treated far better by the IRS than Donald Trump. The Supreme Court never should have let this “fishing expedition” happen, but they did. This is something which has never happened to a President before, it is all Democrat-inspired in a totally Democrat location, New York City and State, completely controlled and dominated by a heavily reported enemy of mine, Governor Andrew Cuomo. These are attacks by Democrats willing to do anything to stop the almost 75 million people (the most votes, by far, ever gotten by a sitting president) who voted for me in the election—an election which many people, and experts, feel that I won. I agree!

    The new phenomenon of “headhunting” prosecutors and AGs—who try to take down their political opponents using the law as a weapon—is a threat to the very foundation of our liberty. That’s what is done in third world countries. Even worse are those who run for prosecutorial or attorney general offices in far-left states and jurisdictions pledging to take out a political opponent. That’s fascism, not justice—and that is exactly what they are trying to do with respect to me, except that the people of our Country won’t stand for it.

    In the meantime, murders and violent crime are up in New York City by record numbers, and nothing is done about it. Our elected officials don’t care. All they focus on is the persecution of President Donald J. Trump.

    I will fight on, just as I have, for the last five years (even before I was successfully elected), despite all of the election crimes that were committed against me. We will win!

  41. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    The hypocrisy of Aunty, keeping a Press gallery of young blondes in the home of “show business for fugly people” where power is an aphrodisiac – why else would they be there?

    Given how many of the press gallery are married to esteemed members I’d say the ABC is keen to encourage production of future ALPBC employees.

  42. m0nty says:

    ACB and Kavanaugh cuck and decide to pass on hearing the election cases.

    When’s the next deadline for TheStorm™ you guys? Can’t wait for that one to whoosh by as well.

  43. Arky says:

    Re: Kavanaugh.
    I foresaw on this very blog his cucking.
    I said how the Democrats had gone through that bastardization process in that hearing, not in any hope of knocking him off, but for the psychological effect.
    He is a weak man and they showed him the lengths they will go to, and now he is theirs.
    Barret is just a chick so will go along with the majority.
    Leaving, as I predicted, only Thomas holding the conservative line.
    That anyone put their faith in a man who reacted the way Kavanaugh did during that hearing…

  44. Rorschach says:

    While in a couple of places Thomas suggests that (at least in Pennsylvania) the result may not have changed

    How would the court know without an audit and recanvassing?

    Yes … But not quite the point I was making. Just like publications need to pay homage to climate change or – more directly – every mention of the election being stolen or fraudulent requiring a prefix of “false / debunked / lying claim of…” Thomas appeared to do the same in this case. Suggests that there is political pressure even on the dissent!

  45. Maj says:

    Probably from young males getting sex education off the internet

    This is why it is never too early to teach your children about the dangers of p0rn. Don’t leave it to teachers or youth leaders to do it for you.

    Unfortunately most parents have their heads in the sand.

  46. Goanna says:

    Tailgunner.
    Some Trump to cheer you up at smoko.

    “What truly matters is not which party controls our government but whether our government is controlled by the people.”

    Trump. 2.08 min. Hits a note.

    https://t.me/QFrogman5326/3508

  47. notafan says:

    No-one ever wants a moment of struth.

  48. Leigh Lowe says:

    23 February 1990 The Victorian government announces a rescue package after the State Bank of Victoria records a $1.3bn loss.

    $1.3bn.
    The same price as not building a road.
    The biggest plughole was the Tricontinental subsidiary which was packed with incompetent Labor maaaates.

  49. notafan says:

    Their children now work for industry super funds.

  50. mh:

    “White supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are more than domestic terror threats,” the veteran left-wing diplomat said. “They are becoming a transnational threat. Today, these extremist movements represent the number one internal security threat in several countries.”

    If you weren’t aware of it, the O’bama race war is going transnational. I think this is what his Presidency is/was all about – setting the conditions/parameters of the next world war.
    Just substitute “Whitie” with “Jooos” and voila! the next conflagration is being set up in front of you.
    A subtle clue is the video of black man who bashed an Indian American man to death is now being held up as an example of “White Nationalism”

  51. Knuckle Dragger says:

    ‘I keep hearing March 4 is the date’

    Are we doing dates again?

    Cool.

  52. Maj says:

    When’s the next deadline for TheStorm™ you guys?

    We will all know for certain what’s going on on March 4th:

    Important Public INTEL – Retired CIA Intelligence Global Network Operative

    A peaceful transition is coming. Trump will NOT be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 20. Trump WILL take office as the 19th president of the United States on March 4 under the RESTORED REPUBLIC. Let me explain. You believe you live in a nation called United States of America. This nation hasn’t existed since 1871, when this country ceased to be a nation and became a corporation belonging to the city of London. Every time you see an American flag with gold fringe and gold tilt attached to it, it represents the CORPORATION, NOT the country. This is the reason you can never make progress financially. This is why the law always seems to be against the average citizen, while the rich and the elite literally get away with murder (and worse things).

    If Biden, Harris, Pence, Pelosi, etc. are arrested for their crimes BEFORE January 20th, there will be no one to assume the presidency. Since Trump has not been certified as the Presidential winner by congress, he cannot remain president. If there is NO PRESIDENT on January 20th, the CORPORATION known as the United States of America will be DISSOLVED. The military will then become the guardians of the nation during the transition. People will then have irrefutable proof that the election was stolen by foreign entities and that Trump was chosen by a landslide. Trump then assumes the presidency as the 19th president of the United States (the last president elected before America became a corporation was Ulysses S. Grant). REPUBLIC RESTORED.

    Now, I really don’t know all the details involved in this. Just know the end goal has always been the DESTRUCTION of the 1871 CORPORATION, and the RETURN of America to the people of the CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC it was always intended to be. The next month and a half will be chaotic. Make sure you have plenty of food, your meds and water. You might be locked up for a while. Comply with the National Guard and United States Marine Corp. They took oath to the nation, NOT the corporation, the Act of 1871. BE VIGILANT. PRAY. Your nation has returned to you!”

  53. Struth says:

    The head global communist (self declared) UN Gen Sec Guterres, letting us all know those opposed to global communism are now to be violently dealt with.

  54. 1735099 says:

    All they focus on is the persecution of President Donald J. Trump.

    There is something beyond creepy about an individual who talks about himself in the third-person.
    Narcissicism3️⃣

  55. Arky says:

    There is something beyond creepy

    ..
    Define “creepy”.
    Is it like using prostitutes?

  56. BrettW says:

    From Courier Mail

    Anzac Day services will go ahead as normal, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Tuesday morning.
    There will be no caps on numbers at events, while services will be able to go ahead with out the normal COVID-safe plans or checklists.

    It is understood authorities are confident that people will come forward if there is an outbreak of COVID at an event.

    Ms Palaszczuk’s office confirmed that Brisbane’s dawn service would be part of the commemoration events, with the march to be held in the CBD.

    “In times of strife, Queenslanders do what it takes to protect each other,” the Premier said in a four line statement to her Facebook followers.

    “We’ve done it in wartime, and we’re doing it through the global pandemic.

    “Because we’ve worked together to keep safe, this year we can safely gather to mark the sacrifices of those who have served.”

  57. H B Bear says:

    Garage N a z i s are back. Is Covid over?

  58. Leigh Lowe says:

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3764599, posted on February 23, 2021 at 10:11 am

    ‘I keep hearing March 4 is the date’

    Are we doing dates again?

    Cool.

    It’s just not the same without The Great Predictonator.

  59. Snoopy says:

    There will be no caps on numbers at events, while services will be able to go ahead with out the normal COVID-safe plans or checklists.

    ‘The Science’ is capricious. Apparently.

  60. Struth says:

    Placing people that are doing their own research and more often than not just standing up for the difference between right and wrong, with “Australia is a corporation” weirdos, is teenage denialism and born of the inability to put forward a credible argument for your imprisonment.
    Left wing tactics.
    Very sad.

    It’s like calling those choosing not to have this untested Gates Concoction, anti vaxxers.
    Pathetic in the extreme.

    If you then go along with the coercion of others to have it, then you don’t know the difference between right and wrong and hysterics has prevented you from clearly thinking about what a vaccine does and does not do.

  61. notafan says:

    Beyond creepy is using poverty stricken prostitutes in a third world country during a war, and then complaining (in a book you wrote to make money) that they mislead you as to their level of attractiveness by covering their facial scars with make-up.

  62. min says:

    No Numbers it’s only president Donald Trump that was persecuted they loved him before he stood for election.

  63. Arky says:

    He makes a good point.
    If a business requires you to put a few cent’s worth of paper over your snout on their premises, why aren’t they handing them out at the door?
    ..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk2uuTPhEpA

  64. Eyrie says:

    “In times of strife, Queenslanders do what it takes to protect each other,” the Premier said in a four line statement to her Facebook followers.
    “We’ve done it in wartime, and we’re doing it through the global pandemic.
    “Because we’ve worked together to keep safe, this year we can safely gather to mark the sacrifices of those who have served.”

    Fantasia does go on, doesn’t she? Barf.
    Did anyone catch the Qld CHO on TV last night? Practically wetting herself about the wonderful “vaccine”.

  65. candy says:

    Blind Freddie could see the Supreme Court judges were never going to look at the evidence of voter fraud. The risk of riots and murders was too high and they individually would feel responsible for any deaths as I think all of them, leftish or rightish, would be of a sort of finer nature, and feel a heavy responsibility under those circumstances.

    All summer the BLM and Antifa were showing what they were capable of. The judges knew all too well what would happen, is my opinion.
    Of course Pelosi/Biden will try to stack the Supreme Court now but more with the rough dominant far left types and the conservatives voices won’t get a look in at all. A new era.

  66. Dot says:

    Gunner

    JMS

    Disclosure:

    Diamond hands, to the moon, hold you magnificent apes!

  67. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    If you weren’t aware of it, the O’bama race war is going transnational.

    Paging a Mr Emmanuel Goldstein.

  68. mh says:

    notafan
    #3764610, posted on February 23, 2021 at 10:29 am
    Beyond creepy is using poverty stricken prostitutes in a third world country during a war, and then complaining (in a book you wrote to make money) that they mislead you as to their level of attractiveness by covering their facial scars with make-up.

    Crikey, Bob’s a piece of work isn’t he.

  69. Maj says:

    Breaking

    “We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have no home with our conference or our organization,” CPAC said in a statement posted to Twitter.

    It’s pretty shabby when speakers get canceled from the “America Uncanceled” conference.

    I’m not endorsing his views AT ALL but CPAC should of done their research before inviting him, instead of cancelling him in response to a left wing style social media pile on.

  70. Terry Pedersen says:

    Important Public INTEL – Retired CIA Intelligence Global Network Operative

    Misspelled “Retard”.

    If Biden, Harris, Pence, Pelosi, etc. are arrested for their crimes BEFORE January 20th

    Phew. Almost had me there.

  71. 1735099 says:

    Good to see a little balance on the army mates FB page –

    The government and the royal family made this boy walk through the streets with his mother’s coffin to please the media.
    He then went on to serve in the military and on the front line in Afghanistan
    He created the Invictus games because governments and media ignored injured war heroes.
    He has raised millions for charities and highlighted the importance of mental health support.
    And now the powers that be want you to believe he is a traitor for protecting his wife and child from what he and his mother had to deal with.
    Give your head a wobble if you think this boy has grown into anything but a national hero.

  72. lotocoti says:

    Socialist Workers oppose socialists working.

  73. Dot says:

    More trolling than actual discussion.

    A good day to be having fun, making money and not reading the blog.

    GUNNER: Have a think about JMS.

    Gentleman, I suggest you do likewise.

  74. Terry Pedersen says:

    All Blonde Chicks

    egg_zactly.

  75. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “1735099
    #3764623, posted on February 23, 2021 at 10:52 am”

    The racist is now a monarchist!

  76. Bushkid says:

    candy
    #3764616, posted on February 23, 2021 at 10:41 am
    Blind Freddie could see the Supreme Court judges were never going to look at the evidence of voter fraud. The risk of riots and murders was too high and they individually would feel responsible for any deaths as I think all of them, leftish or rightish, would be of a sort of finer nature, and feel a heavy responsibility under those circumstances.

    All summer the BLM and Antifa were showing what they were capable of. The judges knew all too well what would happen, is my opinion.

    So, the intimidation worked then, eh?

  77. Dot says:

    Ah yes “you guys” says Senor Monty “Muellerween” Montgomery.

    Yes monty, I am fully in sympatico with Annie. Not only do I believe Art Bell is still alive, I know that Morrison will be arrested soon for imprisoning 10 million children in tunnels under Australia.

    The publicly broadcast show trials and summary executions will be televisual excellence and required viewing, loved by the elderly and little children alike & everyone else in between.

    Things will get better when Trump is King. It is just a matter of who he appoints as governor general here and in Canada.

  78. Dot says:

    Australia has already had four kings, one of who ruled us as an Empire.

    Philip Cunningham
    Peter Brock
    Wally Lewis
    Billy Cokebottle

  79. dover_beach says:

    the supreme court is asked to rule on thousands of cases every year they are considering the Mike Kelly petition

    Kelly petition was knocked back too. Alito signalled this earlier in the Texas petition, as Barnes noted. SCOTUS was never going to hear any post-election case. We know why following the TIME article; all the institutional players aligned against Trump.

  80. Maj says:

    In bid to ease restrictions, Johnson flags plan for ‘vaccine certificates’

    So the promise there will be no ‘vaccine passports’ isn’t broken when you call them ‘vaccine certificates’

  81. dover_beach says:

    Barnes, I fear, is also right about ACB. She will be good on 1A religious cases and 2A, but she will be very wobbly on other issues. Her recusing herself from the PA election case in late Oct was the tell. What made Barnes suspicious of ACB? Her FedSoc background and support.

  82. 1735099 says:

    With half a million lives lost to coronavirus, can America still call itself the shining city on a hill?
    Shocking and sad…

  83. Dot says:

    Yes numbers

    Cuba is simply better in every way.

    That’s why everyone tries to migrate there, amirite?

  84. Top Ender says:

    History rewriting itself…

    Prince Philip effectively washed his hands of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan after their decision to quit royal life, according to a new biography.

    The Duke of Edinburgh was initially fond of Meghan and supported her entry into the royal family, royal writer Ingrid Seward writes in ‘Prince Philip revealed.’ But after the couple’s decision to leave the Firm, as the family calls itself he compared Meghan with Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee who triggered the abdication crisis in 1936.

    The 99-year-old was particularly hurt when the couple ignored his advice on how Meghan could adjust to royal life and “deeply upset” at the way they treated Queen Elizabeth, making their announcement that they were quitting royal life before consulting with her.

    According to extracts published in Vanity Fair magazine, the Queen was told of the couple’s decision just 10 minutes before they published it on their website Sussex Royal.

    “She was not amused. As Philip was in residence, he was also aware of the announcement and its implications,” Seward writes in the first biography of Prince Philip in more than 30 years.

    Despite harbouring doubts about Harry’s marriage to the American divorcee, Prince Philip made an effort to attend their wedding in 2018 although he was recovering from a hip operation.

    But he now sees Harry’s wife as a polarising force and is furious with his grandson for effectively abdicating his royal duties, as Queen Elizabeth’s uncle did in 1936.

    “For Philip, whose entire existence has been based on a devotion to doing his duty, it appeared that his grandson had abdicated his for the sake of his marriage to an American divorcee in much the same way as Edward VIII gave up his crown to marry Wallis Simpson in 1936,” Seward writes.

    Oz

  85. mh says:

    Trump’s SCOTUS picks were duds.

  86. dover_beach says:

    Never should have let McConnell make the picks.

  87. Leigh Lowe says:

    And now the powers that be want you to believe he is a traitor for protecting his wife and child from what he and his mother had to deal with.

    More hyper-bowl and hypocrisy.
    Hyper-bowl because all that has happened is that they have been told they can no longer use the job titles attached to the jobs they resigned from a year ago.
    And hypocrisy because Little Harry claims to be defending himself and the Gold Digger from the “media spotlight”, but then promptly signs deals to do multiple interviews, fly on the wall “docos” and podcasts.

  88. Eyrie says:

    Trump’s SCOTUS picks were duds.
    True.

  89. Rorschach says:

    Her recusing herself from the PA election case in late Oct was the tell.

    Yes

    I gave her a pass – but in hindsight that set the tome for everything. An opportunity missed. I’m guessing that was Kennedy’s influence to get her to recuse. And it is Kennedy that is driving the moot position. [I think that the “overheard” meltdown is prob not far from the truth].

    Roe v Wade was taken up after the child was born … so whether the mum had the right to kill it in utero was very much moot! But it was taken up because it had future ramifications. So with respect to “mootness” in that the election is over / the results won’t be changed, Thomas’ clsoing paragraph is to the point.

    On wonders what this Court waits for. We failed to settle this dispute before the election, and thus provide clear rules. Now we again fail to provide clear rules for future elections. The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling. By doing nothing, we invite further confusion and erosion of voter confidence. Our fellow citizens deserve better and expect more from us. I respectfully dissent.

    He better watch out for wandering pillows in the middle of the night! 🙂

  90. dover_beach says:

    We are going to see if Trump has learned his lessons well in the next four year. If he primaries like a boss its on.

  91. Rorschach says:

    tone not tome!

  92. dover_beach says:

    There was no meltdown. They were zooming the conferences.

  93. Jo says:

    That’s King Billy Cokebottle.

  94. Cactus says:

    That Toddler – boiling water thing is harrowing. Naturally like any right thinking person I always abhorred vile acts like this and supported throwing the book at them. But since I have become a parent recently I now get affected so much more by news of these events. My son is so vulnerable and relies on us as parents for everything. How you could misplace that trust in you as a parent I just cant understand. I just cannot fathom how someone could do such a thing.

  95. dover_beach says:

    Re standing and mootness issues, outside of narrow circumstances, they are used by defendants to avoid hearings, and judges acquiesce if they agree.

  96. m0nty says:

    Craig Kelly resigns from the Liberal party to move to the cross bench

    By Rob Harris
    February 23, 2021 — 11.26am

    Liberal MP Craig Kelly has just told the Coalition party room he will quit the party and move to the cross bench.

    Mr Kelly told colleagues he would still support the government on matters of supply and confidence, sources in the room said.

  97. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    That’s King Billy Cokebottle.

    One Louis Beers, IIRC.

  98. Cactus says:

    That Romanian orphan story was also absolutely horrible

  99. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “And hypocrisy because Little Harry claims to be defending himself and the Gold Digger from the “media spotlight”, but then promptly signs deals to do multiple interviews, fly on the wall “docos” and podcasts.”

    Oh but don’t you see…that modern parlance for “avoiding the spotlight” and “wanting privacy”. Say one thing….do another.

  100. calli says:

    Little Harry claims to be defending himself and the Gold Digger from the “media spotlight”

    Fear not! Oprah will eclipse them.

  101. bespoke says:

    Trump’s SCOTUS picks were duds.

    Not wanting to make excuses for Trump at the same time as knowing the near impossible task of getting a none swamp is a conundrum.
    .
    I’m sure wang will use it in the next weeks/months to wedge thus making the decision easy.

  102. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Craig Kelly resigns from the Liberal party to move to the cross bench”

    Good news….and if true then Scummo has brought this on himself.

  103. Rorschach says:

    With half a million lives lost to coronavirus, can America still call itself the shining city on a hill?

    Well they eradicated the flu! There were only 300 odd deaths from so far this year’s season!!! A major turnaround from the 20K+ from previous year!

    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm

    A HUGE Achievement for Trump!

  104. The Beer whisperer says:

    There must be quite a few nervous male staffers in Canberra right now.

    Numbnuts is excited at the thought of more rapists. Get in the bin.

  105. notafan says:

    *walking the streets*

    What’s with the prostitute narrative?

    It was a family decision which Prince Harry says himself he was very glad to do, to publically honour his mother.

  106. The Beer whisperer says:

    Good news….and if true then Scummo has brought this on himself.

    The moron is always listening to his enemies, Cassie.

  107. Eyrie says:

    Mr Kelly told colleagues he would still support the government on matters of supply and confidence, sources in the room said.

    For suitable quid pro quo, I hope.

  108. notafan says:

    Yes it was Cactus.

    Irreversible damage.

  109. Cassie of Sydney says:

    From the Daily Tel…Alan Jones hinted at this last night on Sky

    Craig Kelly resigns from Liberal party after COVID conspiracy drama

    Controversial MP Craig Kelly sensationally resigned from the Liberal Party, handing the prime minister a letter stating his intention to quit the party effective immediately.

    James Morrow

    The PM said he listens to only one person when it comes to COVID-19, and that is Brendan Murphy.

    Controversial Hughes MP Craig Kelly has sensationally resigned from the Liberal Party, handing the prime minister a letter stating his intention to quit the party effective immediately.

    Kelly, who was recently called on the carpet by the prime minister for his spruiking of alternative coronavirus therapies and what many called conspiracy theories, made the move in a Liberal Party caucus meeting Tuesday.

    Kelly apparently intends to support the government in the House, but wishes to be free to discuss coronavirus treatments and other matters without interference.

  110. Dot says:

    Black actor to play Dr Hibbert.

    Will Darth Vader’s voice be redone by a huwite dude?

    Darth Cletus.

    Uh huh huh, you got your spaceship plans for me Mr Blue Chicken man, uh huh huh…

    I only expect same race voice actors to play the worst stereotypes.

    Dr Hibbert ought to sound like Ugandan Knuckles.

    At least there will be no more racism.

    For example, I have never bought fuel at a servo where an ethnically Indian person has been the console operator.

    White gals never go to “college” to get worthless degrees either. It never happens!

  111. Rorschach says:

    There was no meltdown. They were zooming the conferences.

    Would they zoom the call – given that security / confidentiality over the arguments is critical?

    https://twitter.com/HowardMortman/status/1338607068165656578?s=20

  112. Maj says:

    Good news….and if true then Scummo has brought this on himself.

    This now makes Barnaby Joyce the most powerful man in Canberra

    Let’s hope he uses his power to advance a pro-coal and pro-nuclear agenda

  113. Rorschach says:

    ould they zoom the call – given that security / confidentiality over the arguments is critical?

    Ok – not zoom but apparently they discuss over telephone.

    https://www.supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/press/pressreleases/ma_10-22-20

    However – were they in their offices in the Supreme Court when they do this or remote? Who knows – but the base argument still stands. The Court is driven by political considerations – no longer by rule of law. [Otherwise why refuse to hear cases that have nearly every state wanting a resolution one way or another. [In the Texas case – even the states that did not take a stand one way or another submitted a request that SCOTUS take it up to provide guidance and clarity]

  114. Maj says:

    Craig Fitzgibbon for Speaker? LOL

  115. Mitch M. says:

    bespoke
    #3764658, posted on February 23, 2021 at 11:38 am
    Trump’s SCOTUS picks were duds.

    Not wanting to make excuses for Trump at the same time as knowing the near impossible task of getting a none swamp is a conundrum.
    .
    I’m sure wang will use it in the next weeks/months to wedge thus making the decision easy.

    There might be a very practical reason the SCOTUS didn’t want to get involved. How long does it take for a decision? Typically months if not years. They couldn’t have the nation at standstill waiting for them. What should have been the strategty is an investigation after the inauguration but the SCOTUS decisions now make that very unlikely. Trump’s efforts were misguided because the timing was wrong.

  116. John of Mel says:

    Trump has been doing business in NY and Atlanta for a long long time. He’s not a fool. His finances will be as squeaky clean as accountancy can make them, because he knew a long time ago that he had to be Caesar’s wife.

    I think they need it to go after his business partners. Nobody would be willing to do anything with Trump after these evil creatures are done.

  117. Barry says:

    Are all these “former Liberal adviser” chicks the legacy of a certain potentially great PM? Did he appoint them.

    Morro hasn’t worked out its all a Turncoat stitch-up.

    He needs to get back on the front foot, and call it what it is – a conspiracy. Craig Kelly should be pleased to assist.

  118. Arky says:

    We have our answer.
    The revolution rolls on.
    They weren’t just jacking up to help elect Biden. The USA is really in the shit.
    ..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnAUT5wUtmM

  119. Mitch M. says:

    Eyrie
    #3764664, posted on February 23, 2021 at 11:44 am
    Mr Kelly told colleagues he would still support the government on matters of supply and confidence, sources in the room said.

    For suitable quid pro quo, I hope.

    He broke party loyalty so he was doomed at the next pre-selection. Good on him for the decision because he now has enough time to run as an independent.

  120. Mother Lode says:

    Never one to shy away from a photo opportunity, Mr Rudd reportedly “threw a wobbly” in Afghanistan in 2009 when a hairdryer could not be located before a photo opportunity.

    The PM rejected the claims as “laughable” at the time.”

    I laughed.

  121. Maj says:

    Poll: 46% Trump Voters Would Ditch Republican Party to Join the ‘Trump Party’

    Forty-six percent of Trump voters said they would ditch the Republican Party to join the “Trump party” if the former president opted to create one, a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll released this week found.

    The survey, taken February 15-19 among 1,000 Trump voters, found the former president continues to enjoy strong support among the GOP base following the conclusion of the Democrats’ second, failed impeachment trial.

    Forty-six percent of those surveyed indicated that they would “abandon the GOP and join the Trump party if the former president decided to create one.” Twenty-seven percent said no, and the remainder indicated that they remain unsure.

    According to USA Today, “half of those polled” said the GOP should “become ‘more loyal to Trump,’ even at the cost of losing support among establishment Republicans.”

    “We feel like Republicans don’t fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day,” Brandon Keidl, one of the respondents, said, taking issue with establishment Republicans who “don’t ever push back.”

  122. bespoke says:

    notafan
    #3764665, posted on February 23, 2021 at 11:44 am
    Yes it was Cactus.

    Irreversible damage.

    Yep but at some point when the damage spreads to others hard choices have to be made.
    Like the foster mum of the Romanian orphan.
    Was it to late for her kids? We will never know.

  123. Lysander says:

    Are all these “former Liberal adviser” chicks the legacy of a certain potentially great PM? Did he appoint them.

    That’s an interesting perspective Barry!

  124. dover_beach says:

    There might be a very practical reason the SCOTUS didn’t want to get involved. How long does it take for a decision? Typically months if not years. They couldn’t have the nation at standstill waiting for them. What should have been the strategty is an investigation after the inauguration but the SCOTUS decisions now make that very unlikely. Trump’s efforts were misguided because the timing was wrong.

    Did it take months for SCOTUS to decide Bush v Gore? The system is supposed to allow for cases to be heard before inaugeration. If the time constraints are onerous extend the period out. But you cannot attend to the decision post-inaugeration in the hope that a remedy is removing Biden and replacing him with Trump. All that these cases could have done is clarify the law in future elections.

    The problem here is a corrupt system.

  125. I get to go on a cruise shortly..
    Sort of.

    Medical emergency on a ship means I’m about to be whisked off to treat the captain then bring him back to be RFDSed off to the big smoke.
    Scramble up the rope ladder in full condom suit / mask etc and hopefully we can bosons chair him off.

    Then I have to self quarantine at home with wife and little bloke for 2 weeks.

    Whole thing is being done so we expose as few a people as possible. All precautionary as it’s not a COVID case but the boat crew are from a country with a fair bit of it.

    FMD there’s some complications because of the rona.

  126. Figures says:

    That anyone put their faith in a man who reacted the way Kavanaugh did during that hearing

    You’re right as usual Arky. The stupid thing about the Right when they get into power they put their faith in competency over ideology when it comes to judiciary and the bureaucracy.

    The fact is the one and only skill necessary to be a judge is to not give a shit what the mob thinks.

    Literally everything else is just being able to see the bleeding obvious.

    The second trait is held by practically everybody, it is the first trait that is a rare commodity.

    ACB showed with her rulings on the lockdowns that she cared what the mob thinks. So appointing her was a disaster.

    For the bureaucracy it’s much the same. It doesn’t matter how many briefs you can write in a day, if you’re a Keynesian then under no circumstances should you be anywhere near a bureaucracy (let alone Treasury/Finance department). But no Liberal/Republican politician would ever dream of sacking bureaucrats because they’re Keynesians.

    Not even Trump.

  127. Lysander says:

    I’m sure theirABC will be rolling out some poor welfare recipients* who are “happy” with $50 increase in dole but that they are still forced to eat dog food.

    A real chance gone begging here… Scomo should’ve given them an extra $100 per week, yes week. But it drops at a rate of 10% per every handout with a floor of $300p/fn. for those who don’t get a job in 3-6 months time. Surely the ALPfilth couldn’t disagree – a sizeable increase with the incentive of getting a job sooner rather than later? Long-term unemployed can go on the DoleKeeper program…

    *(I have poor welfare recipients in my family)

  128. bespoke says:

    That to Mitch, mine was more a statement on how 1735099 exploits divisions.

  129. Jo says:

    I used to know Louis Beers many years ago.

  130. Dr Faustus says:

    What should have been the strategty is an investigation after the inauguration but the SCOTUS decisions now make that very unlikely. Trump’s efforts were misguided because the timing was wrong.

    Exactly.

  131. incoherent rambler says:

    Medicos are not allowed to speak about HCQ, unless it is a politburo approved line.

    I would shout “Give me liberty or give me death!”, except Dan’s Goons™ would be only too happy to help out with the former.

  132. incoherent rambler says:

    latter – fsck me

  133. It looks like Dell is deliberately trying to price itself out the laptop market.
    I’d have bought about 15 laptop/desktop over the last twenty years and the last three have had CD breakdowns, keyboard issues and the latest is a ‘broken’ keyboard that will cost >$500 to fix.
    I think not.
    Are there any other brands that allow the build your own system that Dell does?

  134. Rorschach says:

    There might be a very practical reason the SCOTUS didn’t want to get involved. How long does it take for a decision? Typically months if not years.

    It may take months or years to try a fraud case … and here you have multiple frauds alleged. So yes.

    But it would have taken an afternoon to rule on the constitutionality aspects. And recounts [which are a normal part of the process] ordered ensuring that signatures, postmarks, electoral rolls [dead / out of state voters] are audited. And if that didn’t provide clarity one way or the other – they still had the option to kick the decision to the state legislatures and so ensure the integrity of the SCOTUS.

    The judges and their clerks and other advisors are not stupid. By doing what they did and in the way they did it is – in my opinion – an intentional effort to prevent examination of the election.

    One may guess as to what motivations drove each judge – but prevention of some greater harm [whether it is potential rioting / loss of trust in the electoral process / criminal charges to unimpeachable people of power / personal safety] … who knows.

  135. Dot says:

    Well.

    When I get called a mysoginist, I go with the flow.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/womenpostingls

  136. Mother Lode says:

    The handful of Labor women who are also alleging privately to me that they have been victimised are also staying schtum.

    Why would someone tell that to Liz 7-Nilligan unless they wanted it published – if not naming specifics then perhaps pegging out a bargaining position.

    But honestly, a deep injury that is humiliating enough to even whisper about, and telling a loudmouth like Liz?

  137. Dover Beach:

    The problem here is a corrupt system.

    Eggzakkerly.
    (+ corrupt players…)

  138. Mother Lode says:

    A progressive judge rules in support of progressive politicians and causes.

    A conservative judge rules on the basis of law.

    I have not read ACB’s or Kavanaugh’s rationale but consider it reasonably likely they would be respecting points of the constitution and limits on Federal interference in States that progressive judges would gleefully skate over.

    It looks like they are siding with the progressives because they are not giving conservatives the same accommodations as progressives often receive.

  139. Rorschach says:

    What should have been the strategy is an investigation after the inauguration but the SCOTUS decisions now make that very unlikely.

    Not sure I agree… After the inauguration – even with the clear cut constitutional arguments – is too late. Loss of faith / trust in the electoral system guaranteed. And removing an inaugurated president is insurgency / civil war material!

    However – and interestingly – the left is guaranteed to overreach. There are cases in train for example where Dominion is suing Mike Lindell, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Fox News. And it is inevitable that someone will bring a lawsuit against Trump his family and associates for instigating insurrection or such crap. Trump and Lindell have the advantage in that the Dominion and co have to show that fraud did not happen. And – bring on discovery.

    Entertainment for a while to come.

  140. Arky says:

    Chicks have to decide for once and for all if:
    A. They are EQUAL to men, and therefore able to hold their own, including to the everyday, ordinary circumstances of unwanted advances that EVERYONE on the planet deals with at one time or another.
    Or:
    B. They are weaker and requiring of special protections.
    If it is B, then fuck off back into the kitchen and let men appear to run things again.
    This having it both ways shit won’t stand much longer.

  141. incoherent rambler says:

    One may guess as to what motivations drove each judge – but prevention of some greater harm [whether it is potential rioting / loss of trust in the electoral process / criminal charges to unimpeachable people of power / personal safety] … who knows.

    I’ll put $100 on Personal Safety (by at least 5 lengths) and $1 on Who Knows.

    Forget about the others.
    Research the friends/relatives of judges who were involved in “accidents” in the lead up to the election.

  142. dover_beach says:

    What should have been the strategty is an investigation after the inauguration but the SCOTUS decisions now make that very unlikely. Trump’s efforts were misguided because the timing was wrong.

    Exactly.

    Who do people think was going to conduct a post-inauguration investigation? How did that Durham investigation go? Come on, man.

  143. dover_beach says:

    I have not read ACB’s or Kavanaugh’s rationale but consider it reasonably likely they would be respecting points of the constitution and limits on Federal interference in States that progressive judges would gleefully skate over.

    Then why do they disagree with Alito, Gorsuch, and Thomas?

  144. bespoke says:

    Interesting use of the word “appear”.

    😎

  145. Rorschach says:

    I have not read ACB’s or Kavanaugh’s rationale but consider it reasonably likely they would be respecting points of the constitution and limits on Federal interference in States that progressive judges would gleefully skate over.

    The problem is that they [and Roberts] have not put out a single sentence of rationale as to why they consider the arguments to have no standing or are moot.

  146. Arky says:

    Maybe each and every chick needs to be asked at the age of 18 whether or not they want emancipation.
    If they do, we could hold some Kane from Kunk Fu type rite of passage where they lift the burning hot cauldron with their wrists to get branded, and vow to never use their gender as an excuse.
    And the others can get married and live happily ever after.

  147. Maj says:

    And the others can get married and live happily ever after.

    ‘Sexual consent’ apps are just a feminist version of asking a father for his daughter’s hand in marriage.

  148. What is the “ L “ they talk about in that site

  149. bespoke says:

    ‘Sexual consent’ apps are just a feminist version of asking a father for his daughter’s hand in marriage.

    No it isn’t.

  150. Mitch M. says:

    Did it take months for SCOTUS to decide Bush v Gore?

    Bush vs Gore was about one state and did not include a mountain of noise about corrupt officials, the dead voting, mail in voting. Bad comparison.

    Trump put SCOTUS in an impossible position. To conduct a full investigation would have left the country in limbo for months.

    The other issue is while the Trump legal team many plenty of public announcements when it came to court they sang a different song. That would not have impressed SCOTUS at all because it looks like they were engaging in a political campaign on the street and trying to bring that into court. Bad strategy.

    The judges and their clerks and other advisors are not stupid. By doing what they did and in the way they did it is – in my opinion – an intentional effort to prevent examination of the election.

    Constitutional matters aren’t always quickly decided.

    Because they realised the potential unrest that could follow they chose not to act. So many people whipped up on both sides, so much shouting and threatening everywhere. Every week the election result was delayed increased the risk of social disorder. What SCOTUS could have done is requested a examination after the inauguration but they might have feared even that announcement would leave revolution in the air.

    State legislators of the GOP kind can still conduct investigations.

  151. Speedbox says:

    Winston Smith
    #3764716, posted on February 23, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    We use HP in our house and at work. My daughters both have Spectre models and I use a (older) Satellite Pro and a (new) Elitebook. My son has an Envy. We always buy the more powerful/upgrade versions. Have never had a problem with any of them. All are super fast and can handle any program/application. We generally change over laptops about every 24-30 months so are ‘good customers’ of HP in that respect. (even our home printer is an HP).

    I was coerced to buy a Dell Inspiron about 3 years ago. Paid about $2,000 so it was not one of the cheaper versions. Worked well for 17 months then shat itself. Terminal, unrepairable. As I had not taken out the extended warranty, Dell effectively said ‘too bad, so sad’. Didn’t even have the good manners to offer a discount on a replacement. I was livid. So, no Dell will ever darken my workplace or home again.

  152. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Jae Robinson: Defence names new top special forces soldier

    EXCLUSIVE
    Ben Packham
    FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND DEFENCE CORRESPONDENT
    @bennpackham
    7 minutes ago February 23, 2021

    Defence has appointed an outsider to become the nation’s most senior special forces soldier, naming a former armoured unit commander to the post of Command Sergeant Major, Special Operations Command.

    Warrant Officer Class One Jae Robinson has been installed in the role, amid growing fallout from the Brereton war crimes report.

    His predecessor, Warrant Officer Class One John Letch, stood aside in December after a photo emerged of him drinking from a souvenired prosthetic leg in Afghanistan.

    It is the first time the high-profile position has been held by a soldier from outside the nation’s special forces units, in a dramatic attempt by Defence to address festering cultural problems.

    A senior special forces source said as a “non-beret qualified” soldier, WO1 Robinson’s appointment would cause consternation among Special Air Service and Commando Regiment operators.

    Another said: “It is a very significant position symbolically, and the humiliation will be felt.”

    In his new post, WO1 Robinson will work closely with the Special Operations Commander of Australia, Major General Paul Kenny, to implement Defence’s yet-to-be-announced response to the Brereton report.

    WO1 Letch was identified on social media late last year as the man drinking from the artificial limb in a pixelated photo published by The Guardian.

    The leg was taken from a Taliban insurgent, despite rules forbidding the taking of war trophies, and was used as a drinking vessel by SAS soldiers at the unofficial Tarin Kowt bar, known as the Fat Lady’s Arms.

    WO1 Robinson, OAM was born in New Zealand and enlisted in the Australian Army in 1991.

    He was assigned to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps, serving as a driver, signaller, crew commander and section commander in armoured personnel carriers.

    He served as regimental sergeant major in the 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers, Task Group Afghanistan, Task Group Taji (Rotation IV), 1st Armoured Regiment and Headquarters 8th Brigade (Training).

    In 2008, he was posted to the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion with the United States Marine Corps as the Battalion Gunnery Officer and the Jump Platoon Commander.

  153. Woolfe says:

    What is the “ L “ they talk about in that site

    Got no idea but its really funny! Have a look at the instagram it is easier to read.

  154. Mother Lode says:

    Then why do they disagree with Alito, Gorsuch, and Thomas?

    As I say, I have not read their rationale for their decisions, and state that I thought it reasonably likely they were reading the law as it is. Not certain. Also, there may well be room for dissent even among conservative judges. They did decide to appoint a plurality of judges in the SCOTUS in the first place.

    They may have squibbed out of fear or left-wing sympathies, although agreeing with Alito, Gorsuch and Thomas would have served themselves well – when Joe expands to the SCOTUS until it is a partisan organisation that ensconces the Democrats until perdition (which they will hurry as much as they can) – they will all become irrelevant.

    More the point I wished to make was that it is easy to look for culpability in conservative justices not being as partisan as progressive ones.

  155. Mother Lode says:

    And it may be the case here.

  156. zyconoclast says:

    Why I’m no longer changing my Indian phrases around my white friends

    I’m making an active effort to use Indian phrases around my white friends. Sounds simple when I put it like that but trust me, it isn’t.

    I’ve been altering the way I speak since before I can remember. I’ve made conscious decisions to change my vocabulary when I speak to someone outside of my Indian community. I’ve even changed the way I’d speak around my friends, people I’ve known for years while growing up in Leeds. When typing out a message or chatting over FaceTime, I’ve opted for the English equivalents.

    This seemed easier than having to explain everything I meant, and I felt embarrassed. Saying these terms around people who don’t know them felt nerve wrecking. I didn’t want to be judged and I was worried others wouldn’t understand me. I was changing my words to avoid an inconvenience for others.

    Words like thada (cold), which I would use to describe how winter weather makes me feel. Achar (pickle) is my favourite side to pair with every curry and sabji (vegetable-based curry). However, the words that bothered me the most were mamma (uncle) and massi (auntie). These terms we use to refer to our aunts and uncles hold a great meaning and prestige in our community. These terms are a sign of respect, so I felt increasingly guilty for changing them. I did not know these people, they weren’t the names I grew up with.

    In fact it was when I stumbled over my words speaking to my massi a couple of months ago that I realised how code-switching between my community and white friends was becoming unmanageable. I was overwhelmed and stressed out by everyday conversations and I felt like I was losing my identity. So recently I decided to introduce Indian phrases back into my conversations.

    I started with messages and texts; I thought this way I could edit my words and change it back to my familiar Indian phrases. The reactions I was met with were little to nothing at all. I realised that my friends aren’t fazed by this vocabulary and it’s probably because they’re aware of my Indian background. They’d ask what words mean but it didn’t cause any discomfort or awkwardness. If anything, it was nice explaining parts of my culture.

    After texts, the inevitable next step was actively saying these words out loud to my friends. This was difficult for me because the way to pronounce these phrases is to have a slight accent. Doing this made me feel vulnerable. Accents can be stereotyped and made fun of and I didn’t want this for my own community.

    Having spent the time writing out words in texts made it slightly easier to start saying them out loud. My friends had already been aware of these phrases. Sometimes I’d have to repeat words because of the pronunciation, and it may seem different to how it’s written out. Nevertheless, I didn’t mind because I only had to do it a couple times.

    Making this change has enabled me to speak more freely about my culture and feel like myself. The level of embarrassment has diminished because I’m embracing parts of myself instead of hiding from them. I’m realising that I love speaking about my culture and I shouldn’t feel ashamed by it because there are so many amazing aspects to be shared.

    We need to normalise the use of phrases that come from our backgrounds because they’re a part of us.

    I hope that making this active effort to use my Indian phrases will encourage others to do the same. Not only members of the Indian community. There are so many languages and cultures which shouldn’t be altered to appease others.

    And to those who are also white friends, I know it’s hard to ask questions when I comes to culture, but asking is better than forming judgement when you’re unsure. Lines of communication need to be open and the way of achieving that is asking those questions and respecting answers.

    We need to normalise the use of phrases that come from our backgrounds because they’re a part of us. We should be proud of our identities, not hide away from being ourselves. There are so many communities that exist around us, instead of changing to fit into one, we need to acknowledge that there’s so much more out there.

  157. Dot says:

    Loss, taking losses, losing, etc.

  158. dover_beach says:

    Bush vs Gore was about one state and did not include a mountain of noise about corrupt officials, the dead voting, mail in voting. Bad comparison.

    No, no, no. The PA case didn’t involve multiple issues but a simple constitutional issue. The WI case is the same involving a single issue relating to election officials giving an unlawful directive re IC.

    Trump put SCOTUS in an impossible position. To conduct a full investigation would have left the country in limbo for months.

    Full investigation of what? None of the SCOTUS cases involved a wide ranging investigation. They were focussed on specific legal issues.

    The other issue is while the Trump legal team many plenty of public announcements when it came to court they sang a different song. That would not have impressed SCOTUS at all because it looks like they were engaging in a political campaign on the street and trying to bring that into court. Bad strategy.

    They weren’t doing that at all. They were presenting the issues in the manner appropriate to each forum, just as the Dems do.

    The excuses people are presenting in defence of SCOTUS are incredible.

  159. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Arky, in my view women are both of your a and b above: capable of telling off an over-enthusiastic appreciator of our charms and yet still in need of protection. And some of us like me are useless in the kitchen and have already happily ceded there in favour of a room of our own elsewhere in the house. Hence, the battle between the sexes is constantly being re-negotiated at the level of individual desires and choices: most women don’t want to be superheroes, but just to have an opportunity to shine where they can contribute best, to do so safely, and to have some say in the matter.

    It should not be too hard to require a woman to accept some personal responsibility and be alert to real dangers (i.e. use common sense about dress and behaviour, don’t go off with strange men and don’t get drunk if you do). Till recently most women were very aware of their physical and emotional limitations and also had a ready scornful response to men who got too handy with their hands and demands. The culture backed us up on that. If a ‘culture of equality’ means we’ve lost that capacity then we should teach our daughters to recover it pronto and not think they are Wonder Woman, for she is a feminist myth. It should also not be too hard for strong and decent men and a sane legal system to recognise that women do need physical protection in ways that men do not.

  160. zyconoclast says:

    Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s 25×25 initiative seeks to boost diversity in leadership by 25% by 2025

    The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which unveiled the 25×25 initiative last month, announced the list of 20 companies, institutions and organizations Friday at its Diversity Forward Summit. The list includes social media giants Facebook Inc. FB, -0.47% and Twitter Inc. TWTR, -2.48%, plus United Airlines UAL, +3.48%, Alaska Airlines ALK, +2.14% and the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers

    Companies that take the pledge commit that at least 25% of their leadership will be individuals from underrepresented groups (people of color and women) by 2025, or that by 2025 they will see at least a 25% boost in underrepresented executives in leadership roles. The companies are expected to publicize their diversity data and annual progress toward the goal, although those goals will look different depending on the levels of leadership companies decide will be covered by the initiative.

  161. zyconoclast says:

    McDonald’s Corp. said it is tying 15% of executives’ bonuses to meeting targets including diversity and inclusion and began disclosing data on the racial makeup of its workforce, major steps by one of the largest U.S. companies to better reflect the population.

    Among the information McDonald’s is releasing for the first time is a full breakdown of U.S. employees by race, ethnicity and gender, a victory for transparency advocates and investors increasingly pressing companies to do more to address the country’s deeply rooted social inequality.

    In addition to publicly releasing its worker demographics — contained on a form known as EEO-1 that corporations are required to give to the U.S. government — the fast-food giant laid out a plan to increase the number of people of color in its U.S. management ranks and to achieve gender parity worldwide, according to a filing Thursday.

  162. Farmer Gez says:

    The travelogue of the Australian doctor on the Wuhan carnival cruise.

    Extremely unlikely the virus escaped from a lab

    The most politically sensitive option we looked at was the virus escaping from a laboratory. We concluded this was extremely unlikely.

    We visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is an impressive research facility, and looks to be run well, with due regard to staff health.

    We spoke to the scientists there. We heard that scientists’ blood samples, which are routinely taken and stored, were tested for signs they had been infected. No evidence of antibodies to the coronavirus was found. We looked at their biosecurity audits. No evidence.

    We looked at the closest virus to SARS-CoV-2 they were working on — the virus RaTG13 — which had been detected in caves in southern China where some miners had died seven years previously.

    But all the scientists had was a genetic sequence for this virus. They hadn’t managed to grow it in culture. While viruses certainly do escape from laboratories, this is rare. So, we concluded it was extremely unlikely this had happened in Wuhan.

    Gee, I’m convinced now.

  163. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    Video shows Perseverance rover’s dramatic Mars landing At bbc.com

    I guess it’s now almost passé, but this event and the technology behind it is truly gobsmacking.

  164. Maj says:

    ‘Sexual consent’ apps are just a feminist version of asking a father for his daughter’s hand in marriage.

    No it isn’t.

    Sure it is, it’s just a different person giving “Consent”

    Trad Consent vs Modern Consent

  165. Arky says:

    Arky, in my view women are both of your a and b above:

    ..
    You can’t be both capable of dealing with it AND requiring protection.
    Pick one, and stick to it.
    I don’t care if you all do it individually or en masse.
    Just stop pissing about and decide if you are equal or not.

  166. Atoms for Peace says:

    Were the Wuhan lab animals cremated on site or was the disposal contracted out?

  167. H B Bear says:

    Speedbox
    We use HP in our house and at work.

    We used Toshibas when I was consulting. Thrown in overhead lockers, taxis … pretty much bulletproof. I think we had one hard disk die on us. If you use a proper computer retailer you can spec them as you choose. Unlike Speedbox I tend to hold on to personal laptops long after they should be in the bin.

  168. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    I’ve made conscious decisions to change my vocabulary when I speak to someone outside of my Indian community.

    This person is should recognise they are living in England where the English language is spoken.

    That said, all languages change when they come into contact with other languages. English has taken in many words from elsewhere. But forcing the change won’t work. It will simply cause linguistic confusion.

    English in England will slowly become even more polyglot as it incorporates words, expressions and even syntaxes from communities who are new to the English language. It won’t stop being English though, especially now that spellings and usages are incorporated into a printed form and while no incoming language predominates in competition with English.

  169. Dot says:

    The FUD on JMS at HotCopper is a salt mine of hilarity.

    Glad I bought in today. Another tranche of CAD tomorrow!

  170. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Perth nude yoga pioneer Rosie Rees helps women shed insecurities with Naked Awakening
    Jessie Stoelwinder
    The West Australian
    Tue, 23 February 2021 10:12AM

    Does the idea of taking your clothes off in front of a group of strangers seem terrifying?

    It was for Rosie Rees, too, once upon a time.

    Just a few years ago, the woman often referred to as Australia’s first nude yoga teacher had a very different relationship with her body.

    She had moved from Brisbane to Perth and wound up living with a naturist, who encouraged her to develop a sense of self love by truly getting comfortable in her own skin.

    Already a seasoned yogi, Rees would roll out her mat in her backyard, sans clothes, and do her practice.

    “At first, I would look down at my body and think it was disgusting,” she says.

    “I was critiquing scars, fat, hair, everything. I thought, I am going to keep doing this because there is something to be learnt here.

    “One day, a clear message came through during meditation saying, ‘you need to teach this for women’, so I went to a local yoga studio and the owner was all for it. The first workshop sold out and they have ever since.

    “I was fearful the idea would be torn to pieces and people wouldn’t show up, but I really believed it could help women with their body-image issues. I wasn’t even aware I had body-image issues until I got naked, but when I started doing nude yoga, I began to release them.”

    The concept became so popular that Rees was invited to lead her Naked Awakening workshops around the country and has now launched a facilitator program to train other teachers.

  171. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    The French have been battling English since William the Conqueror in 1066.
    He won the Battle of Hastings but he lost the battle of language.
    We didn’t end up speaking French, simply took what was useful from them.
    As with other inputs, English just adds new words with more shades of meaning.
    English wins. It is still making great inroads against French. C’est la vie!
    Enjoy le weekend.

  172. Farmer Gez says:

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3764790, posted on February 23, 2021 at 1:45 pm
    Perth nude yoga pioneer Rosie Rees helps women shed insecurities with Naked Awakening
    Jessie Stoelwinder
    The West Australian
    Tue, 23 February 2021 10:12AM

    You’ve posted this without photos.
    Explain yourself.

  173. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    Guterres warned … that white supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are becoming a “transnational threat” and have exploited the coronavirus pandemic to boost their support*

    As opposed to “the grate reset” which is an actual transnational threat and the WEF is exploiting the moronovirus to boost support for it. Guterres is a filthy lying z-grade sack of shit. As for poor ol’ Klaus, he’s never gotten over being born 25 years too late.

    *While doing so from the comfort of their parents’ basements/garages.

  174. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Does the idea of taking your clothes off in front of a group of strangers seem terrifying?

    If so, hope into a Japanese public bathhouse. You’ll soon get over it.
    No-one gives a fig leaf.

  175. H B Bear says:

    Women out on the piss are likely the same ones who think they can play AFL football. In both cases they are kidding themselves and are generally just an embarrassment. I’ve got mates that I wouldn’t go out with when you know it’s going to be a big night.

  176. Mitch M. says:

    They weren’t doing that at all. They were presenting the issues in the manner appropriate to each forum, just as the Dems do.

    Legal professionals intent on presenting a case to court are much more circumspect in what they say about a possible case. It was their goal from the outset to take it to the courts and any legal professional worth a dime knows when that is the goal you keep your mouth shut.

    The excuses people go to to defend Trump and Co are understandable considering how emotionally invested so many are about politics. I don’t care that much about politics but I care about the hatred and ridicule it creates in so many people like you.

    The excuses people are presenting in defence of SCOTUS are incredible.

    If you want to play shoot the messenger then fuck you.

  177. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    It is still making great inroads against French. C’est la vie! Enjoy le weekend.

    “Sacré bleu!”

  178. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    oops. That’s hop. With a little bit of hope I guess as you pull of your panties and put ’em in the locker.

  179. Arky says:

    I didn’t fully understand this scene from Idiocracy when I first saw it.
    When they raise the minimum wage to $15 and all the burger flippers and cashiers get replaced by mechanisation, this will prove to have been prescient:
    ..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW-4LU79qbU

  180. Delta A says:

    When I get called a mysoginist, I go with the flow.

    I scrolled through quite a few of those posts – the further down, the more disgusting they are, involving sex acts with animals.

    It’s no wonder men don’t want to get married anymore.

  181. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    Not sure how to make these links living, breathing organisms. The one below shows a detailed insight into Perseverance, its assembly, some of its main components, what it is programmed to do and with what instruments and lessons learnt from Curiosity. A reassurance that there must be pockets of US education still remaining, where matters other than race and gender are pursued with rigour.

    https://youtu.be/yqqaW8DCc-I

  182. Rex Mango says:

    From the link below, an article titled Joe Biden Held Hostage — Day 34:

    While we expected that a Biden presidency would have nothing to do with Joe Biden, I certainly didn’t expect it to look like this. Is it just me, or do his executive order signing ceremonies look like creepy hostage situation videos?
    •Prisoner sitting at a desk — check
    •Prisoner appears disoriented and confused — check
    •Prisoner reading a statement clearly written by someone else — check
    •Masked captors flanking the prisoner to keep him on script — check

    It’s important to note that in these situations the power doesn’t reside in the guy seated behind the desk — regardless of his title or any trappings of importance. The power is held by the masked captors lurking the background. The power brokers in the Harris/Biden administration are San Fran Nan and Not-Mrs. Brown Harris.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/02/2_21_2021_20_3.html

  183. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    this will prove to have been prescient

    Idiocracy is now effectively a documentary.

  184. Mother Lode says:

    Why I’m no longer changing my Indian phrases around my white friends

    I would like to think the natural reaction of these friends will be to rib him about it a bit and maybe make jokes.

    But if he pushes this thing in earnest they might just decide he is not worth having as a friend.

    Not everything has to be politics.

    Quite frankly, the idea that the host community must memorise the quirks and niceties of minority communities is absurd. Mainstream Australians would have to learn the idiosyncrasies of Indians, Chinese, Vietnamese, Sudanese, Shites, Sunnies etc etc etc.

    And in return they might have to learn one – mainstream Australia. (Might have to. No one seems to have nads to actually insist.)

    And all we really need is to have a common one within which to interact in public. I would suggest the main one.

    But there is a persistent sense that being native to the country and culture that people found desirable when deciding where to migrate to is a sin that will never be fully expunged.

  185. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    Enjoy le weekend.

    As the Dowager Duchess of Downton would enquire, “What is a weekend?” But would she stoop to asking in French?

  186. notafan says:

    That Indian bloke.

    Sure sure, try that in France.

    What’s wrong with speaking English in England , there is no disrespect in using Uncle and Aunt. I’m sure slipping in a few words of a foreign language to confuse people is de rigeur everywhere.

    Also naan bread.

  187. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    Bowen is out of his tree in The House.

  188. notafan says:

    I’m deep in *enemy* country, huge male pretending to be female at the next table. Nail polish, blonde curls, chest buds and manly voice.

    Not a bit confused.

  189. I’m making an active effort to use Indian phrases around my white friends. Sounds simple when I put it like that but trust me, it isn’t.

    Wish I knew this rooster, it’d be a quite fun knowing he’s keen for everybody to jabber in their local cultural patois & everybody else has to like it or lump it.
    Especially as he’s from the culture that for it’s biggest contribution to the English language provided the word “thug”.

  190. Speedbox says:

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #3764774, posted on February 23, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    …… that women do need physical protection in ways that men do not.

    Many years ago on one dark night after work, I walked from the office to the carpark. I was accompanied by one of the women from the office. I didn’t realise it then, but she had timed her departure with mine.

    The carpark was near deserted of cars and as we walked to our respective vehicles she asked me whether I thought the carpark was “creepy”. “No” I said “I hadn’t given it any thought”. She then said “That’s the difference between men and women. This place gives me the absolute creeps but men go about their business without fear of being harassed or attacked”.

    That incident was a long time ago but I still remember it and to a relatively young man, it was instructive. She was right. Men will walk through deserted carparks late at night, or down alleyways or any other type of place and will rarely consider the potential threat. Sometimes we exercise some caution but women, on the other hand, must be constantly alert.

    we should teach our daughters to recover it pronto and not think they are Wonder Woman, for she is a feminist myth.

    Check. Done.

  191. Arky says:

    It should also not be too hard for strong and decent men and a sane legal system to recognise that women do need physical protection in ways that men do not.

    ..
    If that is the case, then they aren’t really ‘equal’ are they?
    They are a step above children, but below men.

  192. Lysander says:

    Daughter came home and said her history class watched videos of history’s greater orators.

    “Obama was in it” she said. “Did you like him Dad?”

    I told her to tell her teacher (in the following fashion) that watching a.a.a.a.a.a.a.a.a, a man stutter through the r.r.r.r.r.r.r, r reading of a t.t.t.t.t.t.t.t, t teleprompter hardly constituted a “great speaker” let alone “one of history’s g.g.g.g.g.g.g.g, greats.” May have also mentioned his name was Barry, he was a Muesli, anti-Christian bigot, a murderer, a ped0 protector, an extortionist and married to a man.

    I think she got the message.

  193. Speedbox says:

    H B Bear
    #3764786, posted on February 23, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    …. I tend to hold on to personal laptops long after they should be in the bin.

    My Satellite Pro is a few years old and should have been retired some time ago, but its been a really good computer. I’m using it now and dumping it will seem like killing off an old friend.

    The kids get upgrades as they transition through schooling and into Uni and thus their requirements increase/change. Plus, selling the old ones on Ebay when they are less than 3 years old seems to get a ‘fair’ price (particularly as they are up-spec).

  194. johanna says:

    With all the issues facing this nation, the meeja, especially TheirABC, have decided that the most important thing is to try to gotcha the PMO because of something that allegedly happened in another office two years ago. Emboldened by this, as usual a bunch of grievance mongers have come out and fed the panting pack a string of unsubstantiated tales of woe, none of which were reported to police at the time.

    I thought the meetoo hashtag was so two years ago, but here we go again.

    Today I was astonished to read that one of the Empowered Generation thinks that some goon putting his hand on her leg in a bar is worthy of police and national media attention. What kind of self-absorbed airhead imagines this to be true, and by that I include the morons in the media who reported it.

    Then I read that another snowflake who worked in a NSW Minister’s office demanded that the PMO intervene when she claimed to have been sexually assaulted. The obvious question is, what on earth does the behaviour of a State Minister have to do with the PM? What is he supposed to do, convene a kangaroo court? When the PMO person asked her why she hadn’t reported it to the police, she went all coy and said it would be too embarrassing, or something. No, what she wanted was the undivided attention of the PM, because, like, she deserved it.

    FMD.

    It does highlight, as I mentioned the other day, the laziness and incompetence of the MSM. It is much easier to churn out opinion pieces and fake sympathy for ‘victims’ based on … why, not a scrap of evidence, than to actually do the graft of researching and reporting the real issues.

    No wonder our politicians are so crappy. Nobody in the self-regarding cabal described as journalists ever does a stroke of work. Having spent the last twelve months on disaster pron (bushfires) and parroting press releases about Covid, any vestigial skills they may have had have well and truly withered away.

  195. Rorschach says:

    It was their goal from the outset to take it to the courts and any legal professional worth a dime knows when that is the goal you keep your mouth shut.

    Think about it … If Trump was to succeed in essentially turning over an electoral result, he had to win in BOTH the public and the justice court. And with the media and the big techs TDS, the only way to get the information was to be a bit controversial [and hope people follow up and refer to primary sources that typically the media will not publish].

    Whether Trump and his team achieved this or to what degree … is a different story. [Obviously not enough .. but he started getting a lot of traction at the end and why everyone on the right was censored and banned]. Case in point – the work of Giuliani, Powell, Wood etc has taken on a life of its own. More and more states are taking a closer look at the election results:

    https://patch.com/new-hampshire/windham/sununu-state-wont-let-windham-voting-irregularity-slip

    https://www.chathamstartribune.com/state_and_national/article_70bc60dc-6fc0-11eb-b994-9f3212984e5a.html

    https://newstalkkgvo.com/montana-secretary-of-state-reviews-2020-general-election/

  196. Eyrie says:

    It should also not be too hard for strong and decent men and a sane legal system to recognise that women do need physical protection in ways that men do not.
    ..
    If that is the case, then they aren’t really ‘equal’ are they?
    They are a step above children, but below men.

    God made men and women. Sam Colt made them equal.

  197. John of Mel says:

    I used DELLs for work and at home. Bought one in 2010 (XPS 15Z). One of my daughters is using it now. Still running. There is a small black spot in the top left corner of the screen, but otherwise it never missed a bit. Even the battery holds for about an hour of Internet browsing.
    Another one (Inspiron) is more than three years old – used by another daughter now.
    I bought an Asus this time. TUF Gaming A15 with AMD Ryzen CPU. I was thinking to go with DELL again, but JB HiFi had too good a deal on this Asus. I like it so far. Good for work and occasional gaming.
    Never had a HP laptop, but my expensive HP desktop at the office just died on me last month being only two months old.

  198. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Daughter came home and said her history class watched videos of history’s greater orators.

    Out of curiosity, who were classed as “history’s greatest orators?”

  199. Top Ender says:

    to recognise that women do need physical protection in ways that men do not.

    I particularly like those who argue that:

    a) we should let women into the infantry, and

    b) we should have separate sporting codes in sport.

    They want women to participate in the ultimate physical challenge of all time, yet want separate groupings for lesser physical challenges.

    Go figure.

  200. Steve trickler says:

    Looking into the eyes of some of these officers….they will be reflecting into that mirror in the morning and asking themselves. WTF am I doing?

    Name and numbers on record.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir7xC1Uf9DE

  201. Lysander says:

    ZKTA – don’t know who else was shown as she lost me at Obummer.

    IMHO, I’d put a JPII up there, Jesus, possibly a Churchill, that German guy, Marty Luthes King, maybe some space for a Reagan, Lincoln?

  202. Mother Lode says:

    We visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is an impressive research facility, and looks to be run well, with due regard to staff health.

    How long have they had to sort it out – especially when they hear that team of blights errant happy to be ushered through the Glorious People Revolutionary Laboratory.

    I remember those photos that came out last year showing dilapidated fridges with the seals unstuck and hanging sadly below the doors.

  203. Rorschach says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9275449/Mom-Capitol-police-officer-Brian-Sicknick-believes-died-stroke.html

    EXCLUSIVE: He was the martyred face of the Capitol riot but now mother of hero cop Brian Sicknick says she believes her son died of a fatal stroke – not a fire extinguisher to the head – while authorities won’t say a word…

    Yet more than one month after Officer Sicknick’s death on January 7, his mother says that they are still in the dark as to what exactly caused that catastrophic episode

    Ah! [Dogs and Cats sleeping together;] Cuomo being impeached, Newsom recalled and media starting to stray into the truth zone.

  204. Mother Lode says:

    From the link below, an article titled Joe Biden Held Hostage — Day 34:

    Someone should check how he blinks his eyes while speaking.

    Is it morse code? Or just a stroke?

  205. feelthebern says:

    Josh announces that FB will restore oz news sites.
    Wonder what happened?

  206. Dr Faustus says:

    Who do people think was going to conduct a post-inauguration investigation? How did that Durham investigation go? Come on, man.

    The problem from the get go was the distribution, scale and complexity of the electoral irregularities.

    There was never going to be time or resources for a proper, systematic forensic examination prior to the EC/Senate processes. So the alternative was a few bits of ‘so what’, the ‘vibe’, and fanning popular outrage – which was easily dismissed by the legal system and effectively turned any further discussion on the electoral process into political/career cancer.

  207. Dot says:

    JMS you ape, Bern.

    Disclosure: To the moon!

  208. bespoke says:

    Maj
    #3764782, posted on February 23, 2021 at 1:32 pm
    ‘Sexual consent’ apps are just a feminist version of asking a father for his daughter’s hand in marriage.

    No it isn’t.

    Sure it is, it’s just a different person giving “Consent

    The app does not give consent only mutually agreed rules of engagement. Bloke’s may see it some kind of protection. I don’t, whatever legal standing the agreement (if at all) will not be use consistently.

  209. incoherent rambler says:

    Hmm.
    Seksual consent is needed, but my consent to having my skin punctured and injected with an untested substance is not required.

    It there are summary of what requires my consent on the Chief Idiocrat’s web site?

  210. bespoke says:

    Condemnation of mental and physical abuse should be condemned on both sides. I don’t see the need for special protection that only leads to people abusing the privileged.

  211. Harlequin Decline says:

    Dot,

    What do you particularly like about JMS? Looks like they are divesting their iron ore assets and becoming a pure manganese company dependent mainly on the South African mine.

  212. incoherent rambler says:

    Error 522 2021-02-23 05:06:57 UTC
    Connection timed out

    Error 521 2021-02-23 05:08:34 UTC
    Web server is down

  213. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    If that is the case, then they aren’t really ‘equal’ are they?
    They are a step above children, but below men.

    Naughty Arky. This is not a hierarky, i.e. something determined by you.

    This is a collateralizzie. Equally valuable containing different forms of merit and niceness.
    Men are hairy and fun with dangles, women are curvy and soft and clever, and little kids are cute as.

  214. Dot says:

    Mainly that they are starting to pay dividends.

  215. incoherent rambler says:

    Reposting from another cat.

    The CIA had an opening for an assassin.
    After all the background checks, interviews and testing were done, there were three finalists: two men and a woman.
    For the final test, the CIA agents took one of the men to a large metal door and handed him a gun.
    “We must know that you will follow your instructions no matter what the circumstances.
    Inside the room you will find your wife sitting in a chair. Kill her.”
    The man said “You can’t be serious. I could never shoot my wife”.
    The agent said, “Then you are not the right man for this job. Take your wife and go home”.
    The second man was given the same instructions.
    He took the gun and went into the room.
    All was quiet for about five minutes.
    The man came out with tears in his eyes, “I tried, but I can’t kill my wife.”
    The agent said, “You don’t have what it takes, so take your wife and go home ”
    Finally, it was the woman’s turn.
    She was given the same instructions to kill her husband.
    She took the gun and went into the room.
    Shots were heard one after another.
    They heard screaming, crashing, and banging on the walls.
    After a few minutes, all was quiet.
    The door opened slowly and there stood the woman, wiping sweat from her brow.
    “The gun was loaded with blanks” she said.
    “I had to kill him with the chair.”

  216. DrBeauGan says:

    “The gun was loaded with blanks” she said.
    “I had to kill him with the chair.”

    I sent spiky that one. She liked it, it spoke to her. I am drawing her response to the attention of the CIA if they need an Australian assassin.

  217. 1735099 says:

    I think she got the message.

    Being “My father is actually a dickhead”.

  218. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Whoever is writing Joe’s ‘Father of the Nation’ stuff at the moment should realise that it doesn’t come over well as he stumbles over the teleprompter.

    Aaaand … he made it through, just, says Hairy as we watch Joe stumble with his words in the latest little comfort-the-bereaved fireside chat from the man who is clearly not in charge of his own mouth.

  219. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Bloke’s may see it some kind of protection.

    I suspect any woman who puts such a thing before a man during a prospective romantic evening would find him having an urgent appointment somewhere else immediately after the dinner. If she is so fearful and uncertain of his attentions and intentions now, what would she be like at any later date? She’d be waving around that piece of paper saying he went ten minutes overtime, and compensation please.

    Warning guys: this one is not a keeper, not even a starter.

  220. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    IMHO, I’d put a JPII up there, Jesus, possibly a Churchill, that German guy, Marty Luthes King, maybe some space for a Reagan, Lincoln?

    Excuse me. Haven’t you forgotten the Magnificent Margaret T?
    The ‘rising all boats’ speech, perhaps?

  221. Old Lefty says:

    ABC headline in on-line news proclaims that former priest pleads guilty to child s3x offences. Buried inconspicuously in the article is the fact that he is also a former Labor official.

  222. incoherent rambler says:

    Magnificent Margaret T

    You can’t negotiate away an invasion.

  223. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    we should let women into the infantry

    I would like to see a separate women’s infantry with separate roles and functions regarding physical things. And no females in combat. Except in extreme situations of need.

  224. Rorschach says:

    The problem from the get go was the distribution, scale and complexity of the electoral irregularities.

    I would suggest that SCOTUS did not want to open that box without knowing what’s in it. Humphrey:

    “A basic rule of government, minister, is never set up an inquiry unless you know in advance what its findings will be,”

    If the Court heard the case thy would have had to decide whether the PA (and other states) changes to legislated laws were constitutional or not. If ruled to be unconstitutional [blindingly obvious!], then the court would have been forced to determine what redress was necessary.

    If the redress was to eliminate the unconstitutional ballots [blindingly obvious] then if the removal of these voted would not change the election outcome, then no issue. Certainty would be provided for next election and the Executive and State Supreme Court would get a small slap on wrist.

    If however the removal of the votes would change the election outcome … then MAJOR drama [removal of inaugurated president?].

    While Thomas [and Alito and Gorsuch] indicated they would review the Pennsylvania [and other states] cases, I think that Amy Phoney Barrett and Crying Kev got sucked into the Roberts political vacuum. And why every decision [i.e. Texas etc by SCOTUS and every state Supreme Court] was intentionally “we will not go there and will not open that box” [No standing / moot / latches etc].

    Heh – It is almost an admission that the unconstitutional votes [fraud aside] were enough to change the election outcome!

  225. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    We looked at the closest virus to SARS-CoV-2 they were working on …

    … since the fridges were repaired and the other program was stopped.

  226. incoherent rambler says:

    no females in combat

    Legend has it about a great grandmother of mine who lost sons in ww1.
    Consensus was that ww2 would have finished a year or two earlier if she was enlisted.

  227. Dave in Marybrook says:

    active effort to use Indian phrases around my white friends
    First thought, yet he managed to write a reasonably persuasive piece without resorting to jive talk, so how essential to his thought processes are a few floating Hindi nouns, really?
    First and a half thought… He surely must realise how useful patois is within a sub-group, both to communicate surreptitiously and signal a bit of exclusivity.
    Second thought… He needs a more diverse group of friends. C’mon man

  228. 1735099 says:

    I think she got the message.

    Being “My father is a dickhead”.

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