Open Forum: February 20, 2021

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  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Oh look, the cops are finding more and more home made illegal firearms.

    “Extremely Dramatic Increase” – Ghost Gun Seizures Up 400% In Baltimore City (22 Feb)

    A homemade or improvised firearm that lacks commercial serial numbers is becoming a significant problem across Baltimore City. These weapons are commonly referred to as “Ghost Guns,” are untraceable and can either be made from 80 percent lower kits or 3D-printers.

    The Baltimore Sun reports Baltimore City Police said a sharp increase in ghost guns in the metro area had been seen.

    Baltimore Police Lt. Col. John Herzog told lawmakers this week that city police seized 126 ghost guns in 2020, up from 29 in 2019. The number of untraceable firearms seized in the city last year was more than all ghost guns seized statewide in 2019.

    “That’s an extremely dramatic increase,” Herzog said. “We know they are becoming more popular for criminals and gun traffickers.”

    Ah but surely when Biden bans guns these people will do their civic duty and hand them in.
    Numbers will comfort our concerns in this respect. Surely!

  2. Dave in Marybrook says:

    Men have dangles, but children should not be left with dangling participles, Lizzie.

  3. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    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.

    So true. I have written a review recently of ‘The Dig’, a film about the Sutton Hoo Barrows Fields, a vast and lonely expanse in East Anglia. I went there on an early Spring day when it was closed, the Interpretation Centre completely locked up. No-one around. The weather was unsettled and the ambience itself was spooky. I realised I was the only person in this lonely isolated place as I walked through the area alone. I did notice one other car parked in the car park and at first though that it was probably left there overnight. The further out I walked the more concerned I became that someone might be lurking around the barrows mounds, set to get me, and I made my car keys into a knuckle duster in my hand, just in case.

    A man would probably just have enjoyed the history and the walk, unconcerned by such thoughts.

  4. C.L. says:

    This is pretty funny…
    Doggos can be very jealous:

    https://twitter.com/RitaPanahi/status/1363809795820589057

  5. Tintarella di Luna says:

    Well page 9 already

  6. Leigh Lowe says:

    feelthebern

    #3764846, posted on February 23, 2021 at 3:05 pm

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

    No mention of FB paying for content.

  7. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Page nine is busted.

  8. Mother Lode says:

    We something quite nice on the bus just now.

    At one stop an older Chinese(?) woman gets on with who would be her granddaughter who would have been 8 or 9 or 10 years old. The granddaughter speaks to the bus driver asking if the bus stopped near some place I did not hear.

    Driver says yes.

    As they make their way down the aisle a young woman leans out to the granddaughter and tells her how she can recognise the stop.

    A school kid in the seat behind me leaps up so grandmother and granddaughter can sit together without going up the narrow stairs to the rear part of the bus.

    Bus trundles along for a bit.

    The young woman hits the ‘stop’ button and turns to see if the woman and child realises it is their stop coming up. Other people pass on the message.

    As they head off the bus the child thanks the young woman and the driver. Can’t tell about granny because of the mask, and she likely may not fully have registered what had happened as it was in English.

    Result: Granny and kid needed help. They received help from the driver and unsolicited held from a stranger taking them exactly where they wanted to go. And courteously offered a seat from a kid to travel easier. All of them would have felt a bit happier. No net zero. Helping others is rewarding as is being helped.

    Living in a civil society made this happen. No legislation, by law, or other government coercion could have brought it about.

  9. C.L. says:

    Morrison government obeys the left, begins break-up of SAS:

    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.

  10. Nick says:

    Weird, Safari won’t show any comments here

  11. Nick says:

    Weird, my iPad won’t show any comments in both Safari and Chrome

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Tradie wins $400,000 payout after he was wrongly locked up on a ‘Schoolies’ themed cruise ship for six days over threesome with two 18-year-old girls

    Daniel Rawlings sued Royal Caribbean after he was wrongly detained on ship
    Rawlings was holidaying with a mate on the Explorer of the Seas in late 2016
    18-year-old girl he had threesome with was found wandering corridor, dazed
    He was locked up by the ship for six days in ‘solitary confinement’ court hears
    Rawlings was awarded $100k in damages and now legal costs as well
    Royal Caribbean has filed a notice of its intention to appeal decision

    Daily Mail

  13. incoherent rambler says:

    read this:

    https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2021/02/the-learning-impaired-managers-of-bushfire-risk/

    I’m thinkin’ Dan of the Dead will be going to an election just after some horror bushfires.

  14. incoherent rambler says:

    I can post but nor read.

  15. incoherent rambler says:

    Invisible ink.

  16. lotocoti says:

    Was ist los?

  17. Old School Conservative says:

    Hellooo. Just testing.

  18. Well that’s buggered that up.

  19. Mother Lode says:

    Hello? Hello?

    Tap-Tap

    Is this thing on?

    Seems to be no new comments.

  20. steve trickler says:

    Reverting back to gulag to access the CAT.

    Test.

  21. Indolent says:

    Has there been some sort of bunfight with the comments turned off as a result? This morning I could read the comments and when I came back this afternoon I couldn’t. What happened?

  22. Leigh Lowe says:

    Air hellair!

  23. Steve trickler says:

    Looks like I’ve been given the boot. All comments are blocked at my end. Wonderful. Tried posting on another browser.

    Blocked.

  24. Carpe Jugulum says:

    Test

  25. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    Hello … Hello … is there anybody around?

    Have we been cast adrift from the Failed States of America? Have we been deregistered by the NRL? Are segs freak show types under represented at Catallaxy, forcing withdrawal of its social licence?

  26. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I wonder if she’ll be banned like Craig Kelly?

    Harvard prof: Study shows slavery reparations ‘could have been as effective’ as COVID-19 vaccine

    Harvard Medical School assistant professor Michelle E. Morse says a new study she participated in demonstrates how slavery reparations “could have been as effective as a vaccine” for COVID-19.

    Who am I kidding, she’s a Harvard Medical School professor. We must believe the Science!

  27. incoherent rambler says:

    I like this new format catallacksy.

    Quick, responsive. As a blog should be.

  28. hzhousewife says:

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

    She should go back to the teacher and ask for a lesson on history’s greatest orations, and see how many match.

  29. 132andBush says:

    HAL?

    HAL?

  30. kaysee says:

    In other news, the sun rises in the east, the Pope is a catholic …………

    This opinion piece has been written by Italian Catholic journalist Aldo Maria Valli.

    Rome Without A Pope: Jorge Mario Bergoglio is There, but not Peter.

    Rome is without a pope. The thesis that I intend to support can be summarized in these five words. When I say Rome, I am not referring only to the city of which the pope is the bishop. When I say Rome, I mean the world; I mean the present reality.

    The pope, although physically present, in reality is not there, because he does not do what the pope does. He is there, but he does not perform his duty as successor of Peter and vicar of Christ. Jorge Mario Bergoglio is there; Peter is not.

    Who is the pope? ……………………….

  31. calli says:

    Hamsters have finally given up the ghost, poor little buggers.

  32. Tailgunner1 says:

    JMS

    Disclosure

    Everyone knows diamonds are worthless
    Only revolutionary hands now, pedes
    Heje

  33. Tailgunner1 says:

    Claiming this page for Anons.
    *Lights up*

  34. Tailgunner1 says:

    Sinclair has been JasonBourned.
    #BrokenArrow

  35. stackja says:

    2041?

  36. stackja says:

    2042?

  37. stackja says:

    2043?

  38. stackja says:

    Tom toons not appear at 4am?

  39. Reference to the refusal of the Acting Sec Gen. to allow Texas to use its own energy supplies to prevent the gas pipes freezing.

    Informed ahead of the weather system’s arrival, Governor Abbott and ERCOT applied for relaxation of environmental standards to access enough regional energy to keep homes and businesses warm enough to stave off frozen pipes and, in the end, fatalities due to the extreme cold. Acting Secretary of Energy David Huizenga denied the requests because firing up more natural gas and other fossil fuel generators would surpass the emission allowance regulations.

    From Gateway Pundit.
    The bastards did this on purpose.

  40. In addition to my post above…
    The US government via one of President Bidens executive orders, deliberately crashed the Texas power grid, causing the deaths of scores of Texans.
    Perhaps this will cause a few people to remember why they have a second amendment.
    (Yes, I’m joking.)

  41. Herodotus says:

    Catallaxy must have been hacked.
    Probably those Trumpophile Insurrectionists again. Capable of anything.

  42. Snoopy says:

    Fucking unreal. Victorians almost destroy the Queensland prawn industry. Fined just $80k.

  43. Black Ball says:

    Pertinent in today’s climate. One of Piers Akerman’s finest

  44. Rorschach says:

    No idea what anyone above said … but I’ve no idea what Biden said here…

    https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffer/status/1364008103834869762?s=20

  45. Rorschach says:

    This is an absolute crack up! More ! Encore! Bravo!

    https://twitter.com/ilDonaldoTrumpo/status/1363273831075430402?s=20

  46. Tom says:

    Sadly, until Jacques and the Cat”s hamster wranglers declare success, cartoons are just a figment of our imaginations and can’t be summonsed to the mind’s eye via the usual HTML code.

  47. Tom says:

    We now appear to be good to go and normal operation has resumed.

    Can the boffins please confirm that?

  48. H B Bear says:

    Comments, Tom’s ‘toons. Cat’s back Baby. Cat’s back.

  49. feelthebern says:

    The Dolphins are already looking at binning Tua as they negotiate to bring Deshaun Watson on board.

  50. feelthebern says:

    I wonder if Jonathan Swan’s piece from Axios overnight will get as much coverage now that Sleepy Joe is in the big chair.

  51. Ed Case says:

    Kelly resigning, plus some old news about his long time Office Manager deflect from Brittany going to see the cops today.
    He’s done Scotty a favor there, distraction squirrel perhaps?

  52. feelthebern says:

    Bezos trying to buy the Washington Football Team (the team formally known as the Redskins).
    If you thought there was pushback against Trump buying a franchise (related to the USFL deal), just wait until you see the owners push back against this this.

  53. Megan says:

    Thanks Tom! Glad to find you all here this morning!

  54. feelthebern says:

    FBI seized data.
    https://theintercept.com/2021/02/22/capitol-riot-fbi-cellphone-records/

    Watch them do 50 General Flynn style cases now.
    But only against those the FBI doesn’t like.
    It’s full Hoover.
    Next go full Hoover.

  55. Herodotus says:

    BBC talks about President Biden as if he’s a normal, competent person making way with sensible policies. The Branco cartoons today (and yesterday’s) tell the real story.

  56. Knuckle Dragger says:

    This blog wrecking thing actually works.

    A bit more Joe Burns commentary and it might explode.

  57. rickw says:

    Living in a civil society made this happen. No legislation, by law, or other government coercion could have brought it about.

    The only real arseholes in Australia are on The Left, In Politics or In Police Forces. Everyone else in Australia is pretty darn good.

  58. Knuckle Dragger says:

    Turned on the teev just now, to see pics of a busted up car on its side off a road, having gone off it and through some trees.

    The banner at the bottom of the screen said ‘Woods seriously injured in crash’.

    I was initially aghast, thinking that James Woods had done himself a mischief.

    Turned out it was Tiger Woods. All is well.

  59. rickw says:

    Ha ha ha! Zeducation on pissed off Biden voters…..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZZz_b9zBhM

  60. calli says:

    Slow news day, Knuckles. Oh, and a 🥕 for the hamsters.

  61. rickw says:

    Ha ha ha! Turley on Biden Voters buyers remorse! (How can you be surprised when a senile shit stain turns out to be a senile shit stain?!)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okL9hx2qyhc

  62. Herodotus says:

    The moves in the USA to ban all conservative channels like Fox News, Newsmax and OAN are getting serious. It’s Red Alert time, read more at American Thinker.

  63. rickw says:

    Such racism. “All the people who have rescued me were White Men.”

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

  64. bespoke says:

    notafan says:
    February 23, 2021 at 9:03 pm
    there’s your eye for an eye

    And some wont to follow there lead even after the massive over reach we have witnessed.

  65. will says:

    on Craig Kelly, The Oz has the following report:

    ‘NO ALTERNATIVE OTHER THAN TO RESIGN’
    I’m not gonna take it any more: cross Kelly quits Libs
    Craig Kelly tells Scott Morrison he will support supply and confidence bills but warns he is open to voting against other legislation and is expected to resist any move to legislate a target for net zero emissions by 2050.

    Yet he can do that anyway without resigning. No Liberal MP is compelled to support all government legislation.

  66. bespoke says:

    2nd 😐

  67. Gab says:

    Well that was fun!

  68. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Yet he can do that anyway without resigning. No Liberal MP is compelled to support all government legislation.”

    In the past…yes… the Liberals had a long and proud history of mavericks….think Wilson Tuckey and others. But Scummo didn’t stand by Kelly two weeks ago, in fact he fell for Labor and Plibbersuck’s stunt with the cameras….with the ensuing result of Kelly being silenced.

  69. Cassie of Sydney says:

    Oh and amen to the Cat being back….relief to see comments…apart from the usual trolls of course.

  70. Herodotus says:

    Naomi Wolf’s Ten Steps to Fascism seem to be mostly directed against Donald Trump.
    It must have been a shock to her to watch how things accelerated in 2020 to the point where Step 10 (dispensing with the rule of law) was reached under leftist control.
    Her appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show was unexpected, but I’ll wait and see how the conversion to sensible views progresses.
    I’d say it’s all over for the USA unless there’s a military counter-coup.

  71. H B Bear says:

    Anyone who follows the US PGA Instagram would understand the importance of Tiger Woods to (primarily US) golf. Might as well call it the Tiger Woods Golf Association.

  72. H B Bear says:

    Plibbers is a more dangerous idealogue than Albo. In the Gillard mould.

  73. calli says:

    If the Cat was a meme.

  74. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Herodotus says:
    February 24, 2021 at 7:16 am
    The moves in the USA to ban all conservative channels like Fox News, Newsmax and OAN are getting serious. It’s Red Alert time, read more at American Thinker.”

    Yep…..first they came for Alex Jones and everyone laughed and shrugged their shoulders.

    Nobody’s laughing now.

  75. Well, sorta back. About 2000 comments missing. Can everyone look under their seats?

  76. H B Bear says:

    Apparently a billion dollars and being able to play golf all day doesn’t make you happy. I wii have to sit down and completely re-evaluate my life.

  77. H B Bear says:

    Well, sorta back. About 2000 comments missing. Can everyone look under their seats?

    Aren’t they in the National Archives? You know, for posterity and shit.

  78. Herodotus says:

    The Club of Doom (aka the UN) has been trying very hard to rev up the Climate Doom main feature again, with entertainer Attenborough reading from the Book of Tipping Points that over-used chapter called Act Now or We are All Dead.
    As Jo Nova points out today, there has been some interesting research done as to what effect climate agitprop has on the great unwashed. Emotions can be roused, but commitment to change our basic ways is difficult to achieve!

  79. lotocoti says:

    Es gibt!

  80. Struth says:

    Yet he can do that anyway without resigning. No Liberal MP is compelled to support all government legislation.

    What a stupid comment.
    What about next election, if they don’t tow the global socialist agenda…then what?
    Who’s endorsing them?

  81. Struth says:

    there has been some interesting research done as to what effect climate agitprop has on the great unwashed. Emotions can be roused, but commitment to change our basic ways is difficult to achieve!

    Hence the tyranny of Covid.

  82. Leigh Lowe says:

    Tiger Woods has driven into the rough.

  83. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Who’s endorsing them?”

    Well here in NSW it’s the Photios scum. They’ve been out to get Kelly for years. I reckon Kelly’s preselection has been very doubtful because of Photios and his cronies. They tried to get rid of him a few years ago and replace him with a Photios man…..former ALP member Kent Johns….whose partner is the current Liberal state member for the seat of Holsworthy. The NSW Liberal party is a very very corrupt organisation. The seat of Hughes used to be quite a marginal seat…Robert Tichner held the seat for Labor for quite a few years. Kelly solidified the Liberal hold.

  84. Leigh Lowe says:

    Is this thing on?

  85. H B Bear says:

    Tiger Woods has driven into the rough.

    Lucky this is time stamped. I expect we’ll be hearing it a bit today.

  86. Dr Faustus says:

    In Scarlet Whore of Babylon news:

    Flesh-eating Buruli ulcer cases discovered in inner Melbourne suburbs

    Professor Tim Stinear from the Doherty Institute:

    “Yes it is a flesh-eating disease but it’s a very slowly moving one, one we can treat and if we detect it early then it’s not a serious infection.

    “I don’t think there’s a cause for huge alarm here.”

    Next up: The Yarra flows with blood.

  87. H B Bear says:

    Cassie – yes for a long time the NSW Lieborals were merely hopeless. Now they are malevolent.

  88. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “H B Bear says:
    February 24, 2021 at 8:11 am
    Cassie – yes for a long time the NSW Lieborals were merely hopeless. Now they are malevolent.”

    Yep…malevolent is the word. The NSW Lieborals, with a few exceptions, are now even worse than Labor lite….they’re mint green.

  89. Mother Lode says:

    The only real arseholes in Australia are on The Left, In Politics or In Police Forces.

    The people who want more government to take over people’s private lives.

  90. feelthebern says:

    How come the EU roll out of vaccines is so slow?

  91. Leigh Lowe says:

    Well, lads, it looks like blog-wrecking phase 4.2.3 went to plan.
    Well done all!

  92. Leigh Lowe says:

    feelthebern says:

    February 24, 2021 at 8:20 am

    How come the EU roll out of vaccines is so slow?

    They’re using the Catallaxy computer?

  93. Struth says:

    I was out and about yesterday, did the blog go down? Here this morning it is working fine here, although the font size is extremely large…I’m not that old.

  94. min says:

    Craig Kelly and preselection It’s the Photios mob running the Liberals who have been trying to get rid of him for years but he increased his winning margin last election . He was interviewed on radio this morning when he gave his reasons for resigning in Question Time as he wanted to be able to do it in front of all his colleagues which would not have been allowed if he had told PM first.
    He displayed the ability to think strategically and use tactics to outplay the wets that Scomo bows to and made it clear that it was in the best interests of Australia that we managed our energy issues for us and not close down Liddell and rely on batteries , as NSW is planning and not vote for a no emissions target . I have only seen observable evidence put out by him and believe he has a better understanding of scientific method than the average politician

  95. Struth says:

    I am going to make a prediction, just a guess, but the idea that Anzac day is going ahead here in Qld is being hopeful.
    The next terrible ultra, super, highly, extremely infectious Trump/white man/conservative strain of Covid death sniffles will attack just before hand and an emergency lock down will be required.

  96. Leigh Lowe says:

    This latest celebrity car “accident” with Tiger Woods.
    I see Prince Phillip has arranged an alibi this time.

  97. Gab says:

    Sinclair – no page numbers!!!! Help us, Doomlord.

  98. calli says:

    The page is without numbers?

    Impressive. 😀

  99. Leigh Lowe says:

    FMD!
    Bizarre.
    Just saw a clip of OJ Simpson sending best wishes to Tiger Woods.

  100. Struth says:

    yes for a long time the NSW Lieborals were merely hopeless. Now they are malevolent.

    You are too kind.
    All politicians not actively fighting against the unconstitutionality of their fellow criminal parliamentarians are criminals also, and any cop enforcing unconstitutional decrees is a criminal also.
    I’m getting real tired of people being excused by being called weak, or useless, after a year of criminal, unconstitutional tyranny.
    They are criminals , nothing less, traitors to our country and civilisation and must be brought to justice.
    Every member of the police force not actively fighting this as well, are criminals.

    Explain why they are not.

  101. calli says:

    Also we can’t embed videos, which probably a good thing.

    And I don’t seem to need my magnifying glass to read the teeny tiny print. A nice, cleanly swept look.

  102. Leigh Lowe says:

    I claim this page in the name of Her Majesty and it’s number shalt be XIV.

  103. Mother Lode says:

    Zeducation on pissed off Biden voters

    I note one of the comments shown in the video is someone saying that she is pissed off with Biden, but how we (people like her) cannot protest because that would make them like Trump’s people.

    I have seen many Trump rallies. The one time there was a rampage was what has been laughably called ‘insurrection’ where some people breached the Capitol but which even now is incredibly murky and suspicion of Democrat involvement- there is a surprising reluctance to release what is supposed to be condemning information.

    Over 99% of Trump supporters were there to cheer at a Trump rally, support lawmakers, stormed nothing and, predictably, cleaned up after themselves.

  104. Tom says:

    Jacques, could you pop in and let us know what you’ve done to the Cat? It looks like a very welcome tweak. Love the new Cat comments text size.

  105. Old School Conservative says:

    Another recent story about politicised teachers in NSW.
    Year 11 boy was the only one in his history class to rank “right wing” in an American designed questionnaire brought in by the teacher. All other students are ranked “left wing”.
    All results are shown to the class.
    Class ends, boy walks towards the door, only to be farewelled by the teacher with “See you, Hitler”

    The family is discussing their next step. I hope they take serious action but probably won’t.

    It seems only Mark Latham is taking on the leftist indoctrination in NSW schools.

  106. calli says:

    Also a snippet from the Zeducation vid – they’ve switched off the “Likes” on the WH Youtube channel.

    Apparently an overwhelming and embarrassing number of Thumbs Down eclipsed the Likes. Can’t have that.

    Most Popular President Evah!

  107. Old School Conservative says:

    It’s the Photios mob running the Liberals

    Great work by Latham on PML last night explaining the family/marriage/renewable investments Gordian Knot driving NSW energy policy.

  108. JMH says:

    I never thought I’d be giving a high-5 to Struth re. his opinion of Credlin, but here I am! This week’s Credlin has been simply awful to the point where I am muting most of her show. In fact, apart from a couple of pogrammes (Outsiders and Jones) I find myself moving away from Sky News more and more.

  109. custard says:

    Good morning to everyone except the Vietnam f-wit.

  110. Leigh Lowe says:

    Vaccination fuck-up in Queensland.
    Two people given an OD.

  111. 132andBush says:

    Great work by Latham on PML last night explaining the family/marriage/renewable investments Gordian Knot driving NSW energy policy.

    It’s only a scam if you’re not in on it.

  112. Top Ender says:

    This morning in Tom’s ‘Toons I finally realised David Rowe is an Australian cartoonist.

    All this time I’ve been thinking he was American as he always seemed to draw Trump.

    The most serious case of TDS ever!

  113. Rossini says:

    Are we in business yet or are we just helping dan !

  114. Eyrie says:

    Disgusting piece of shit Matt Kean slagging off at Craig Kelly according to the disgusting news.com.au

  115. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    This morning in Tom’s ‘Toons I finally realised David Rowe is an Australian cartoonist. All this time I’ve been thinking he was American as he always seemed to draw Trump.The most serious case of TDS ever!

    This morning’s effort repeats another disorder stemming from the traumas he endured whilst being potty trained.

  116. Top Ender says:

    A good article putting the boot into virtue-signallers like Madonna

    Oppression brigade is not helping women
    JANET ALBRECHTSEN

    A few decades ago, when millions of young women like me listened to Madonna, we had an irresistible urge to get up and dance. More than dance, we wagged a finger and cast a wicked smile toward men nearby while singing the lyrics to Like a Virgin, Material Girl, Express Yourself and Justify My Love. Madonna wasn’t just a pop star. She was a feminist icon, of sorts.

    She was no Germaine Greer, to be sure. But for many girls who came of age in the early to mid-80s, Greer was too damn doctrinaire, telling women to live communally, discard the family unit, our sexy outfits and our heels. She equated make-up with oppression, but the hippie was happy for us to use a smidge of kohl eyeliner. As she grew older, Greer seemed to grow even more bitter about men.

    So, we lapped up the positive energy of Madonna. Her sass, her lyrics, her raw sex appeal were signs of our liberation. We knew we couldn’t have it all, but who could? Not any man I knew. Or woman. We were determined to get as much from life as possible, and it was far more fulfilling and fun than Greer’s commune.

    Listening to Madonna now, millions of women might have an overpowering urge to race to the bathroom and barf. The queen of reinvention has overplayed her hand badly.

    Last weekend, Madonna put out this statement on Twitter: “The Patriarchy continues to try to crush my neck with their heavy boots, cut off my life force and take away my voice — Even those who call themselves artists…..You know who you are!!! DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY! Now and Forever.”

    Madonna is no Greer, not nearly as witty or clever. Wacky communes aside, Greer challenged the status quo whereas Madonna has tweeted utter tosh to team up with the fashionable and faux oppression brigade.

    Who knows, maybe Madonna had a bad day at the studio. But the idea that “The Patriarchy” is destroying the 62-year-old Queen of Pop’s life is farcical. Forbes valued her wealth last year at $US550m. Others put it at $US855m. She’s the most successful solo artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 and the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time. If that’s the patriarchy at work, can I have some too?

    Maybe Madonna was pulling our leg. More likely, she has jumped aboard the express train of oppression that welcomes anyone, no matter how successful and free from patriarchal pressures their life has been.

    By making it a numbers game, regardless of merit, the oppression agenda loses legitimacy.

    Like Madonna, Serena Williams is a superstar. Millions of women admire her skill, her determination, her brassy success. A mother and a tennis champion, she became even more of a role model for young women. Until she lost the US Open in September 2018 and accused an umpire of being a “liar” and a “thief”. She sobbed at her post-match press conference that “I’m here fighting for women’s rights and women’s equality”. Nonsense. Things didn’t go Serena’s way on court that day and she chose the weapon du jour — the oppression agenda — to claim a headline and faux victimhood status.

    Julia Gillard could have been a terrific political role model for women as Australia’s first female prime minister. Refreshingly, she said she wouldn’t use her gender for political purposes. Until her leadership went to custard. Then she delivered an attention-seeking speech accusing Tony Abbott of being a misogynist. Except her woes had nothing to do with the patriarchy. Her trouble was a political rival named Kevin Rudd who was stalking her job.

    The same oppression gig was given an encore by former foreign minister Julie Bishop when, to her horror but not the surprise of many others, she didn’t land the Liberal leadership in 2018.

    Hours before I came across Madonna’s phoney claim about being oppressed by the patriarchy, I was on my usual morning run, listening to a random podcast from the archives of the BBC’s stellar Desert Islands Discs series. Journalist Kirsty Young was interviewing Jasvinder Sanghera, a British-born woman who ran away from her Sikh family in Derby in the north of England when she was 16.

    When she was 14 years old, Sanghera’s mum showed her a photo of the stranger she had been promised to in marriage at age 8. When Sanghera continued to object to the forced marriage, her parents locked her in her bedroom. After desperation, loneliness and a suicide attempt, she pretended to agree to the marriage. Released from her room, Sanghera fled the family home. Police found her and told her to phone her parents. When she rang them from a payphone, her mother gave her an ultimatum: “Come home and marry who we say, or from this day forward you are dead in our eyes.”

    Excommunicated from her family, Sanghera made a life for herself and her children. She earned a first-class degree from university. In the same year Madonna performed Bad Girl on Saturday Night Live, Sanghera set up a foundation called Karma Nirvana to support victims of honourbased abuse and forced marriage. The catalyst was not just her own life, but the death of her sister, Rabina, who committed suicide by setting herself on fire.

    Sanghera had every right to rail against the “patriarchy” and scream about “oppression”. Instead, in a quiet, determined voice, she spoke about the shame that girls are made to feel if they do not agree to cruel cultural practices that subjugate them.

    One day in the future, young women will look back at this past decade with fresh eyes and wonder what got into spoilt, attentionseeking women such as Madonna. It’s bad enough that they go from being a role model to a model whinger. When women of influence pretend to be oppressed, it sends a dreadful message to young women to use oppression as a cloak for their own failings or when things don’t go to plan. Worst of all, attempts by these women to wear victim status as one might wear a fashion accessory is a serious disservice to women who are oppressed and deserve our full attention.

    Oz print edition

  117. Struth says:

    I never thought I’d be giving a high-5 to Struth re. his opinion of Credlin, but here I am! This week’s Credlin has been simply awful to the point where I am muting most of her show. In fact, apart from a couple of pogrammes (Outsiders and Jones) I find myself moving away from Sky News more and more.

    She’s a party hack who believes in lock downs, which means she has the political and civil integrity of a Gnat.
    She’s not the only one on Sky.
    Alan got told royally by his viewers and he actually apoligised Monday night, for letting the propaganda start to sway him, Rowan Dean is on top of it, but even James and Rita think the virus is a thing to fear.
    Rita is not very bright, but she is a diversity pick as best I can tell.
    Basically it is only Rowan Dean now who you would hold any hope for, and remember, he too shit himself, and thought the lock downs were a good idea at the start.
    Bronwyn Bishop thinks the government was right in attempting to tax facebook for news the MSM voluntarily put on facebook, and hand the revenue to the MSM, …and if confusion made you money, Paul Murray would be a billionaire. The letters read out by Jones prove overwhelmingly that the audience is far more switched on than the presenters.

    But I wasn’t allowed to criticize Credlin here because she was a woman, or some such nonsense.
    I stand by the observance I made which has come true.
    She won’t and never will get Andrews on anything because she only criticises the methods of his criminality, not the criminality itself, because her party is also acting in the same criminal fashion. Sco Mo is the enabler and financer of it, FFS.
    Expecting her to attack Andrews and win was like expecting Scott Morrison to do it.

  118. Old School Conservative says:

    JMH, I watched the Sky programme Big Shots: Anti-Vaxxers Exposed.
    Man alive, what a training/instruction video for would-be dictators and tyrants.

    Extensive use of individual tragedies to crucify all anti-vaxers.
    Constant use of scary music when the baddies were on screen.
    Deliberate conflation of the decades old anti-vaxer movement with anti covid vax people.
    Sliming of Australians by portraying them all as Mullumbimby hippie weirdos.
    Total absence of factual analysis of covid vax.
    Pro-vax advocates were given respectful silence to explain their views: anti-vaxers were interrupted, talked over, and belittled.

    I was anticipating an even handed approach to the covid vaccination debate. Instead I got a hysterical attack against one side of the debate.
    It’s the sort of insidious propaganda that make you lean towards anti-covid vax movement irrespective of the facts.

  119. Struth says:

    I was anticipating an even handed approach to the covid vaccination debate. Instead I got a hysterical attack against one side of the debate.
    It’s the sort of insidious propaganda that make you lean towards anti-covid vax movement irrespective of the facts.

    Hysterical female journalist made it, whadda expect?

  120. custard says:

    What Struth said 👆

  121. Farmer Gez says:

    Says:
    Word.

  122. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Well, sorta back. About 2000 comments missing.

    There’s an “older comments” link at top and bottom that gets you there.

    Meanwhile there’s now a candidate for a worse book that Numbers’ tome:

    Hillary Clinton Penning Political Thriller Novel: ‘State of Terror’ (23 Feb)

    Axios first reported Clinton’s fiction book, which centers around a “novice Secretary of State” who “joins the administration of her rival, a president inaugurated after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage,” per the book’s synopsis:

    A series of terrorist attacks throws the global order into disarray, and the Secretary is tasked with assembling a team to unravel the deadly conspiracy, a scheme carefully designed to take advantage of an American government dangerously out of touch and out of power in the places where it counts the most.

    Sounds a bit like her time working for Obama, but I suspect she has another President in mind. Lefties love to project, they’re like Linda Blair in The Exorcist.

  123. H B Bear says:

    I was anticipating an even handed approach to the covid vaccination debate. Instead I got a hysterical attack against one side of the debate.

    Has she just woken up from a 30 year nap?

  124. Tom says:

    This week’s Credlin has been simply awful to the point where I am muting most of her show. In fact, apart from a couple of programmes (Outsiders and Jones) I find myself moving away from Sky News more and more.

    Because I am rarely home at tea-time, I hardly watch any Sky at night on Foxtel. But where I usually am, Seven News is on and I can’t watch that either because it’s official government fake news a la Soviet Union. (I usually end up watching a show about British country real estate on the secondary Seven Network channel, then American Pickers, a marvellous hustle through small town USA by antiques scroungers).

    I flipped on Sky (PM Live) on getting home after 9pm last night and soon switched it off after that potty-mouth Liars retard Nicholas Reece started spewing the line-and-length lefty hate on Craig Kelly (“unflushable turd”, etc etc).

    Sky puts Reece on for “balance” (same formula as Fox News), so he was on with Rita Panahi and Mark Latham. Reece was the unflushable turd: a typical lefty thug who won’t argue about ideas, but tries to slime and silence the opposition — exactly like the intolerant lefty trolls that the Cat tolerates.

  125. H B Bear says:

    Oops bit confused there. Always scroll up people.

    Expecting balanced argument from the media went out the window some time ago. That business model is dead.

  126. Struth says:

    The lock downs are still happening in Europe and England and in the more left wing states of the US.
    Yet there is a vaccine available now, so those scared of the virus can stay home until they get it if that is their wish, but there is now no excuse to not open everything up, including international travel immediately. There never be an excuse that warrants any of this anyway, but at this point we need to observe now, that the excuse of covid used by tyrants no longer exists.
    Somebody said here yesterday, “imagine the outrage if a plane load of un-vaccinated people flew in from China”

    If the population scared of covid is vaccinated against it, why would they give a shit?
    There is now no wordly excuse for not immediately opening up the entire world and that includes unvaccinated for covid international travel.
    You know that, so it’s now admitting to yourself this is not, and never has been about a virus, but the globalist elite commos taking over by force.
    A coup d’etat.

  127. Snoopy says:

    Tom says:
    February 24, 2021 at 8:37 am
    Jacques, could you pop in and let us know what you’ve done to the Cat? It looks like a very welcome tweak. Love the new Cat comments text size.

    Boomer coup?

  128. Eyrie says:

    When the Government pulls out all stops to get you to do something it may be a good idea to do the opposite. They do not care about YOU and I have no idea why some here think they do.

  129. JMH says:

    I was anticipating an even handed approach to the covid vaccination debate. Instead I got a hysterical attack against one side of the debate.
    It’s the sort of insidious propaganda that make you lean towards anti-covid vax movement irrespective of the facts.

    OSC – agreed. I watched it as an exercise to learn which way Sky would jump. An hysterical attack is what we got. I am deeply offended to be cast as an “anti-vaxxer” when I am simply being very cautious with regard to a rushed, poorly trialled
    Corona vaccine where side effects may not manifest for many years. Now I can add overdoses to that caution!

  130. H B Bear says:

    Tom, all that approach to “balance” (which is better than none) means you can choose sides without reaching for the remote. At the end of the day you still end up at the same point, US style silos. I suppose we all do it anyway as we skip Mavis, Prof van Wrongselen et al.

    It might be the best we are going to get.

  131. JMH says:

    Tom – jumping from Credlin to Antiques Roadshow repeats for me. On the subject of media, Nine’s 3AW is now seriously polluted. Mitchell was ‘silenced’ by me last year because of constant wailing and hand-wringing over the Wuflu. Now, I find Elliott, who used to be reliable has swallowed the poisoned cocktail of wokeness. Too bad both Mitchell, Elliott and staff have forgotten what the word “research” means!

  132. C.L. says:

    Defence Minister Linda Reynolds admitted to hospital.

  133. lotocoti says:

    Foxtrot.

  134. H B Bear says:

    On the day of the National Press Club – mere coincidence?

  135. JMH says:

    Defence Minister Linda Reynolds admitted to hospital.

    H B Bear – mere coincidence? But of course!

  136. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “JMH says:
    February 24, 2021 at 8:45 am”

    Agree….although I don’t mind Kenny….he’s pretty centrist.

  137. calli says:

    Boomer coup?

    That’s what I was alluding to with the magnifying glass comment.

    I refrained from using “lorgnette”. Or a reference to stays. 😀

  138. C.L. says:

    It seems Reynolds has a pre-existing cardio condition.
    Given that the press gallery was lining her up to be gang-assaulted today, her doctor must have advised her to avoid it.

  139. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    On the day of the National Press Club – mere coincidence?

    jjj news running that exact line – admitted to hospital on the day she was appearing at the NPC to face questions about the Higginzez imbroglio.

    GHunt has claimed she was desperate (desperate, I tells ya!) to appear and give her side of the story, but morbid obesity is a very tough taskmaster.

  140. Struth says:

    New strains will be found that this vaccine doesn’t work against.
    Gates has already told us a new one is coming.
    They’ll develop another injection after about six more months of lockdowns and then rinse and repeat.
    We are not going to be free without a fight.
    To allow them to get away with this at all has been a sickening cowardly and unprincipled response from an apathetic, dumbed down, soft, testosterone deficient west.

  141. Leigh Lowe says:

    JMH says:

    February 24, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Defence Minister Linda Reynolds admitted to hospital.

    H B Bear – mere coincidence? But of course!

    I don’t really care if it is a tactical retreat.
    It is disgusting how what should be a criminal investigation has turned into a media and political point-scoring shit show.

  142. calli says:

    Also, I noticed [commenter name] says.

    Who says we say?

    We announce, remark, trumpet, declare, opine, express, insinuate, denounce, hypothesise, pronounce, bark, allege, eviscerate and growl.

    Remove that milquetoast descriptor forthwith!

  143. H B Bear says:

    The safest way to deal with politics is, unless you are a political commentator, just avoid it altogether. A task that gets harder and harder with the march through the institutions.

  144. Top Ender says:

    French film icon Gerard Depardieu has been charged with rope and sexual assault, the latest in a string of such allegations against prominent figures in France.

    Depardieu, one of the most famous actors of his generation, is accused of assaulting and raping an actress in her 20s in 2018.

    An initial investigation into the rope accusations against the 72-year-old Depardieu was dropped in 2019 for lack of evidence.

    But it was reopened last summer, leading to criminal charges being filed in December, the judicial source said.

    The actress accuses Depardieu of having raped and assaulted her at his Parisian home on two separate occasions in August 2018.

    Depardieu’s lawyer Herve Temime told AFP that the actor, who is free but under judicial supervision, “completely rejects the accusations”.

    Oz

  145. dover_beach says:

    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.

    You’re arse-covering here. You didn’t respond to the paragraphs above because you weren’t even aware of the specific issues involved in the main cases so now you’re responding with generalities about legal professionals; as if the plaintiff’s counsel in the Kelly case haven’t been circumspect.

    And now you’re spouting rubbish about emotional investment even though you always spit the dummy when challenged.

  146. H B Bear says:

    I don’t really care if it is a tactical retreat.
    It is disgusting how what should be a criminal investigation has turned into a media and political point-scoring shit show.

    LL – probably unrealistic to expect anything else. Brittany was right in the first place.

  147. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    We announce, remark, trumpet, declare, opine, express, insinuate, denounce, hypothesise, pronounce, bark, allege, eviscerate and growl.

    calli – you forgot “tells ya”.

  148. Snoopy says:

    Alleged victim, “Good morning Plod, I have been raped and want to make a complaint.”
    Plod, “No worries. Can you pop around to the station? Does next Wednesday morning suit?

  149. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    Gerard Depardieu has been charged with rope and sexual assault

    Did he not flee France for a carefree 13 bottles of wine a day existence in Russia?

  150. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    The woman’s lawyer, Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, said she hoped her client’s “private sphere will be respected” as the case unfolds.

    From the Oz article – does Depardieu have any such right?

  151. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    New strains will be found that this vaccine doesn’t work against.

    It doesn’t “work against” the plain old run of the mill bat ‘flu strain, as we were all assured by that staggeringly stupid, stupid woman, Beryl Gladyschlocklian.

  152. H B Bear says:

    If they are going after Gerard Depardieu then Roman Polanski better start looking for his passport.

  153. calli says:

    Beryl said it though. I bet she regrets opening her trap to mouth an honest remark.

  154. Leigh Lowe says:

    Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    February 24, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Gerard Depardieu has been charged with rope and sexual assault

    Did he not flee France for a carefree 13 bottles of wine a day existence in Russia?

    I am a little surprised that a man with a box-a-day of Bordeaux habit would be capable of any such shenanigans.

  155. Snoopy says:

    The actress accuses Depardieu of having raped and assaulted her at his Parisian home on two separate occasions in August 2018.

    She wasn’t quite sure what happened the first time so went back to have her suspicions confirmed.

  156. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    It seems Reynolds has a pre-existing cardio condition.
    Given that the press gallery was lining her up to be gang-assaulted today, her doctor must have advised her to avoid it.

    And any place better than the Red Leather to avoid the Wong chap reeking of piety and faux outrage. Wong’s method school acting is only trotted out for the most serious matters affecting wimminzes, and this has been at near Oscar levels over recent days.

  157. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    “alleged shenanigans”, LL. Let’s not get all pre-judgey here like those beloved feminayzees.

  158. Top Ender says:

    Roman Polanski better start looking for his passport

    Have been given a copy of his latest movie An Officer and a Spy, about the Dreyfus affair.

    It had better be good, or will ring the FBI. He’s still wanted on warrant from 44 years ago.

    Movie apparently not on any of the major networks…

  159. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    I am a little surprised that a man with a box-a-day of Bordeaux habit would be capable of any such shenanigans.

    He’d have to be buried on his demise – his alcohol pickled carcass would cause the crematorium to explode, surely?

  160. Leigh Lowe says:

    Sorry … “alleged”.
    Is Gerard’s “alleged” 13 bottles a day for real?
    Or something rounded up by his GP?
    If I admit to having three glasses on Fridays and Saturdays, my GP immediately writes “four bottles a day” on my card.

  161. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Have been given a copy of his latest movie An Officer and a Spy, about the Dreyfus affair.

    Didn’t know that book had been filmed – thank you, Top Ender.

  162. Snoopy says:

    TheirABC’s anorexic health reporter excuses the overdosing of two elderly vaccine recipients on the basis that there is a massive vaccine roll out occuring.

    Which is absolute bullshit because every injection is a unique event.

  163. johanna says:

    Font size is unchanged, people, but the Great Reset defaults to 120%, which was an available option before.

    Put it back to 100% and it’s just like the old daze.

  164. H B Bear says:

    Wong’s method school acting is only trotted out for the most serious matters affecting wimminzes, and this has been at near Oscar levels over recent days.

    There is a bit of a hierarchy. KK gets rolled out for the day to day stuff others do not want to affect their career. If there is real political mileage in it Plibbers takes it. If they want to appear statesperson like the kd wrong chap gets wheeled out.

  165. johanna says:

    Snoopy, pretty sure this type of vaccine comes in a containner with six doses in it, so it is up to the jabber to make sure that they get the right amount in the syringe each time.

    Not excusing it, but OTOH with that type of dispensing there is always a risk of over or under dosing.

  166. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    his alcohol pickled carcass would cause the crematorium to explode, surely?

    Such a spectacle would be reminiscent of the dynamite laden whale explosion on the US pacific coast as essayed in that legendary news report.

  167. Steve trickler says:

    Question for Doomlord.

    Can we embed clips?

  168. Leigh Lowe says:

    Which is absolute bullshit because every injection is a unique event.

    Channel Nein reminding us that “aged care is a Federal responsibility”.
    No.
    Confusing 25ml for 5ml is the doctor’s responsibility.
    The other day I heard that there was a Big Problem because there was a shortage of specially calibrated single dose syringes.
    Me:- “Why is that a problem? Doctors and nurses measure out dosages into standard syringes every day”.
    Apparently not.

  169. incoherent rambler says:

    Is anyone else missing page numbers?

  170. H B Bear says:

    Not excusing it, but OTOH with that type of dispensing there is always a risk of over or under dosing.

    Like any field mistakes get made. Of course, with medicine the consequences are more serious and can be fatal. When I was hospitalised I found myself on a ward with another person with a very similar sounding surname. They were nervous days and more than one wrong visitor.

  171. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    From Rorschach at 10:28 pm:

    “No idea what anyone above said … but I’ve no idea what Biden said here…

    https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffer/status/1364008103834869762?s=20

    In your twit-for-brains link I found this thing lurking, enjoying being a successfully corrupt, deceitful, disloyal bitch, displaying her Edward Kennedy-Mike Pence brand of virtue and righteousness.

  172. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “It is disgusting how what should be a criminal investigation has turned into a media and political point-scoring shit show.”

    Well said LL.

  173. Dr Faustus says:

    Disgraceful bagging out Gerard Depardieu as some limp, sipping, 12-bottle nancy: he was a full-bore, 14-bottle guy – who never tasted a thing.

    But I’m never totally drunk, just a little pissed. All you need is a 10-minute nap and voilà, a slurp of rosé wine and I feel as fresh as a daisy!

    Incorrigible.
    But le vin rosé will do that for you.

  174. Colonel Crispin Berka says:

    When I was hospitalised I found myself on a ward with another person with a very similar sounding surname.

    Hunter B. Bear?
    It was for bee stings, wasn’t it.

  175. Shy Ted says:

    You’d think these healthcare workers would at least don some PPE to protect themselves from anything they might catch from our brave leaders. Perhaps even draw back the plunger to make sure you haven’t hit a vein…. Still, at least it’s the mRNA vaccine so Albo & bandit will be sterile shortly and unable to pass on their genes.

  176. Arky says:

    Vid links don’t go up as screenshots?
    How am I to bore enough people with Model A vids to get the Youtube algorithm to pick the vid up?
    You really are a miserable selfish bastard. Smiley face.
    Taking the rare axle out of the model A:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq7ERizFCZ0

  177. Des Deskperson says:

    For a jurisdiction that bangs on a lot about human rights, has a huge bureaucracy to back them up and a ‘model’ incarceration ‘centre’, the ACT has an appalling prison system, incompetent, corrupt, violent and with a level of Indigenous incarceration that is worse, in terms of representation in the overall population, than redneck Queensland.

    But not to worry. Former VICPOL Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon is being brought in to head a committee that will oversee proposed reforms.

    There is neither a decent eatery nor a competent hairdresser anywhere within cooee of the the prison complex. I wonder if Nixon has been appraised of this?

  178. H B Bear says:

    Vid links don’t go up as screenshots?
    How am I to bore enough people with Model A vids to get the Youtube algorithm to pick the vid up?

    You could try paying us to view them for a start.

  179. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    The woman’s lawyer, Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, said she hoped her client’s “private sphere will be respected” as the case unfolds.

    Hmmm. When I see statements like that my antenna twitch.

  180. egg_ says:

    Former VICPOL Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon is being brought in to head a committee that will oversee proposed reforms.

    There is neither a decent eatery nor a competent hairdresser anywhere within cooee of the the prison complex. I wonder if Nixon has been appraised of this?

    Will the prison get a McCafe and a hairdresser’s as a result?

  181. incoherent rambler says:

    Medico relative went in for surgery.

    in texta colour on 3 limbs, in large block letters
    ‘DO NOT TOUCH, WRONG LEG/ARM’
    On one of the legs with arrows pointing to ankle ligament YES, CORRECT, YOU HAVE FOUND THE RIGHT SPOT

  182. Dr Faustus says:

    There is neither a decent eatery nor a competent hairdresser anywhere within cooee of the the prison complex. I wonder if Nixon has been appraised of this?

    Unlikely to be a very huge problem.
    Just MIA for a bit longer.

  183. Leigh Lowe says:

    There is neither a decent eatery nor a competent hairdresser anywhere within cooee of the the prison complex. I wonder if Nixon has been appraised of this?

    And the Chief Engineer on the gravy train gets to blow the whistle one more time.

  184. Mother Lode says:

    All this time I’ve been thinking he was American as he always seemed to draw Trump.

    All the nonsense coming out of the Capitol and Rowe has nothing to say.

    Joe is shambling caricature ready-made. His blind meandering unfocussed speech, his thing for little girls’ hair, and his hurried issue of executive orders is stuff even his supporters cannot deny – and there is a lot of disastrous stuff that I acknowledge their loyalty will continue to blind them to.

    But, nope. Nothing about Joe. That is how bad he is. Even Rowe, that inverted ouroboros with his head up his fundament where he feeds on his own excrement only for it to pass gut and intestines only for him to eat again, can find nothing good to say – so he says nothing.

    I note that his depiction of Scomo has accreted a new motif that will last until Rowe does not draw him again. The female Venus symbol. Apparently the Brittany affair is about Scomo. Never happened anywhere else, nobody was in a better position to know, no one else would be better able to disentangle and lay out the facts, nope. Only Scomo (a hopeless enough facsimile of a man at the best of times) is the one who must, literally, wear this.

    I really wonder if anyone who buys the AFR agrees with Rowe. They may dislike the Libs, but surely they would be uneasy that the cartoonist does not treat those most hostile to business with the same caustic energy.

  185. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Higgins wishes ailing Reynolds well

    Brittany Higgins, the former Liberal staffer alleged to have been roped by a colleague in Linda Reynolds’ office, has wished the Defence Minister well after she was admitted to hospital amid increasing pressure over her handling of the matter.

    From the Oz

  186. Colonel Crispin Berka says:

    @Nigel_Farage · 5h

    Coca-Cola have been forced to backtrack after they told staff to “be less white”.

    Vanilla Coke is back?

  187. H B Bear says:

    Aren’t they dropping Christine Nixon into a safe seat? Or is that a bridge too far even for Chairman Dan?

  188. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Higgins wishes ailing Reynolds well”

    Well she would say that, wouldn’t she?

  189. incoherent rambler says:

    Aren’t they dropping Christine Nixon into a safe seat? Or is that a bridge too far even for Chairman Dan?

    Works are underway to increase the load bearing capacity of the bridge.

  190. H B Bear says:

    Not sure you want Christine Nixon on the gravy train. She is more a chips and gravy train gal.

  191. dover_beach says:

    Excellent run-down of Thomas’s dissent in the PA case. Keep in the back of your mind that the Republicans, who held the majority in House and Senate in PA, supported Act 77 in 2019 on the quid pro quo of allowing down ballot voting as they were worried about any stink that might flow from the impending impeachment (h/t: today’s WarRoom):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC_vaEci0Ks

  192. incoherent rambler says:

    Aren’t they dropping Christine Nixon into a safe seat?

    Seat widening and reinforcement is on the way.

  193. dover_beach says:

    No more embedded vids, I guess.

  194. Eyrie says:

    Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon

    Tim Blair should pick that up as an Adelaide name.

  195. Terry Pedersen says:

    “says” law is now de rigeur at the Cat. Seems the birth was somewhat difficult.

  196. rickw says:

    Basic question:

    Is there any evidence that The Hunchback Bat Eared Mong of Spring St did 14 days quarantine after returning from Hawaii?

  197. Leigh Lowe says:

    dover_beach says:

    February 24, 2021 at 11:13 am

    No more embedded vids, I guess.

    Every cloud …

  198. incoherent rambler says:

    No more embedded vids, I guess.

    Good.
    If that is the price of a responsive cat .

  199. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    A couple of pithy articles which are entertaining and firey reads.

    Global Warming Experts Were Too Busy Predicting Warmer Winters for Texas to See the Snow (Daniel Greenfield, 23 Feb)

    The weather is apolitical. Rain and snow, sunshine and droughts don’t have a manifesto.

    The Left politicised weather. Now our weather forecasting models have been rebuilt to follow their political predictions. And they’re becoming as worthless as Soviet agricultural forecasts.

    The lesson of Texas is that when you politicise the weather, you won’t see the snow coming.

    Global Warming and China’s Coming War with Australia (David Archibald, 22 Feb)

    The world’s China delusion is over. For decades our degenerate elite sold us out to Chinese interests.

    That included Colin Barnett giving a Chinese company preferential treatment in handing out land in the Ord Scheme, Andrew Robb taking $880,000 per year to promote Chinese interests, our Federal Government for allowing the sale of the Port of Darwin to Chinese interests, and the Federal Government again for so far neglecting to take it back, and our degenerate universities for prostituting themselves to have Chinese students. The list goes on.

    Just how loony are our leaders? Well, when China banned Australian coal, the first utterance of our then trade minister, one Simon Birmingham, was but, but, but …. it would increase China’s carbon dioxide emissions if China used lower quality coal from other countries. Hasn’t China considered the consequences? The grave consequences of increasing carbon dioxide emissions? Our Simon is the sort of idiot child that you have to explain things to, things that are obvious to everyone else.

    Dr Archibald is a bit down on F-35s, since they’re probably as good as anything we can purchase (supplicants don’t get the good stuff), but the rest is a fine and very pertinent rant.

  200. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    I’ll drink to that! The ‘holy grail’ of whisky fetches £1m at auction… for just ONE bottle

    The Macallan 1926 Fine And Rare 60-year-old Scotch whisky sold for £1million
    Bottle was one of only 14 of its kind from the Moray distillery’s legendary cask
    It was the leading lot in a 1,958-bottle collection sale by late-American businessman Richard Gooding

    Daily Mail

  201. H B Bear says:

    I really wonder if anyone who buys the AFR agrees with Rowe.

    Does any natural person actually buy the Fin? I know one person but see most lying unread in foyers etc. I used to go and read the copy in our waiting room but people started looking at me funny.

  202. incoherent rambler says:

    Just how loony are our leaders? Well, when China banned Australian coal, the first utterance of our then trade minister, one Simon Birmingham, was but, but, but …. it would increase China’s carbon dioxide emissions if China used lower quality coal from other countries. Hasn’t China considered the consequences? The grave consequences of increasing carbon dioxide emissions? Our Simon is the sort of idiot child that you have to explain things to, things that are obvious to everyone else.

    BoN, that is priceless.

  203. H B Bear says:

    No more embedded vids, I guess.

    Where will I go for my Supertramp hit?

  204. struth says:

    testing

  205. Arky says:

    I’ll admit it.
    I did it.
    I embedded a video yesterday and the second I hit post button the whole cat went down.
    Sorry.

  206. incoherent rambler says:

    Just how loony are our leaders?

    As loony as the voting machines that elected them. I guess.

  207. Arky says:

    Trying to find that vid again…
    Wait Out.

  208. incoherent rambler says:

    how loony are our leaders?

    Do we have any experts on loony ratings?
    Is Dr. Stimpy available?

  209. areff says:

    Never forget that Birmingham was visiting James Cook Uni to praise its leadership at the same time Peter Ridd was being persecuted out of a job. Never forget that the current minister could have told James Cook that, were they to continue the ongoing legal tussle with Ridd, their federal grants would be cut by a similar amount.

    Craig Kelly has the right idea.

  210. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Does any natural person actually buy the Fin?

    Umm, a confession – I used to buy the “Weekend Fin”, but not since I retired – just over five years ago.

  211. Top Ender says:

    It’s OK! Chrissie is not leaving her locale of chipperies!

    Strange. No mention of her stunning performance on the bushfire night she was needed the most. What was it: “biographer”, hairdresser, and a “pub dinner” that’s right…

    Christine Nixon to lead oversight committee into staffing problems at ACT prison

    Christine Nixon, who was the Victoria police chief commissioner from 2001 to 2009, will head the committee to develop a “blueprint for change” at the Alexander Maconochie Centre and the court transport unit.

    The committee was developed after a scathing review into Canberra’s corrective services that found staff who transported prisoners were not adequately trained.

    The review, by the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services Neil McAllister, also found that a vehicle used to transport prisoners had serious design flaws that could trap prisoners in the event of a crash or fire.

    The committee will seek to address issues of staffing levels, training and rostering practices as a first priority.

    Representatives from the prison, the Human Rights Commission, the public sector union and the official visitors program are among committee members. There will also be a delegate from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

    ACT Corrections Minister Mick Gentleman said the move to appoint Ms Nixon was an important step towards improving outcomes for staff and prisoners.

    “Ms Nixon’s substantial experience in reform over her decorated career means she is well positioned to lead discussions around culture to drive solutions that support staff,” he said.

    “This appointment means the oversight committee will have their first meeting in the coming weeks to address urgent changes and improvements.”

    Ms Nixon, who also led the Victorian recovery effort after the Black Saturday bushfires, said she was approached by the territory government and asked if she would like to be considered for the role. She expressed her interest after she read the review.

    “As chair of this oversight committee, I will take the lead role to ensure the representatives voices are heard and that support is available as we work towards building a culture of trust,” Ms Nixon said.

    Ms Nixon said she would start the review by tackling the workplace culture.

    “I think you have to have an understanding of the culture of the organisation then look to see what are the demands on officers and what kind of skillset is needed to meet these demands,” she said.

    “They are the places you start – the culture itself, what’s the work and what’s the training.”

    The committee will meet virtually in the coming weeks, Ms Nixon is based in Victoria.

    The committee is set to run for 12 months and will report to the minister on a quarterly basis.

    Canberra Times – no comments allowed of course.

  212. Old School Conservative says:

    There is neither a decent eatery nor a competent hairdresser anywhere within cooee of the the prison complex. I wonder if Nixon has been appraised of this?

    Des, you are making the assumption that she will actually go to the incarceration centre as part of her investigation.

  213. mh says:

    This is shit.
    I want the old Cat.

  214. incoherent rambler says:

    The committee will meet virtually in the coming weeks, Ms Nixon is based in Victoria.

    Wide angle lenses rule.

  215. Dr Faustus says:

    The High Court reasons on the Constitutional legality of border closures released:

    The Court accepted that s 67 did impose a burden on interstate intercourse. However, by reference to the purpose of the provisions and the statutory constraints on the declaration of a state of emergency and the making of directions, the Court found that the burden was justified and the provisions, at least in their application to an emergency constituted by a hazard in the nature of a plague or epidemic, did not infringe the constitutional limitation in s 92.

    Next up: when does the Rona cease to have “the nature of a plague or epidemic”?

  216. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    Wong’s method school acting is only trotted out for the most serious matters affecting wimminzes, and this has been at near Oscar levels over recent days.
    There is a bit of a hierarchy. KK gets rolled out for the day to day stuff others do not want to affect their career. If there is real political mileage in it Plibbers takes it. If they want to appear statesperson like the kd wrong chap gets wheeled out.

    Of course Bear, I forgot that so many leading wimmin could be cast in the one performance. The mournful ululations on the sound track could only come from the Greens, with due disregard for any biological markers.

  217. Filbert says:

    God Lord, since the Cat has been reformatted there’s been no sign of the world’s worst coward and most prolific liar, Numbers.
    Please Sinc, say that you’ve banned him… pretty please?

  218. Top Ender says:

    And in news from the alternate universe:

    Singing and dancing is back in NSW, with up to 30 people allowed on the dance floor at weddings.

    Oz

  219. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    She [Nixon] expressed her interest after she read the review.

    Ha. Ha. She mused, here’s something else I can turn into a hotchpotch of diversity with particular emphasis on wimmin wranglers.

  220. Forester says:

    Bruce of Newcastle at 11:18 am

    It will also make it harder to fight the Chicoms in their war of choice. More Australians will die in that war because we won’t have the money to buy the missiles we will need, because that money was wasted on solar panels bought from China.

    $13 billion year solar and wind, and I think that’s just the subsidies.

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