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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 23, 2021 7:24 pm

Opinion
Year in review: Mark McGowan and the upper house chamber of ‘total control’
Journalist
December 23, 2021 — 6.07am
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As an election year full of bushfires and COVID-19 lockdowns comes to an end we can look back and reflect on the state of West Australian politics at a time when a man previously known as ‘sneakers’ has become a rockstar often referred to as our ‘state daddy’.

Who could forget how former opposition leader Zak Kirkup, who was in charge for all of 109 days, endeared himself to the electorate by throwing in the towel before the final polling day on March 13.

If you do not remember, it was a bold strategy which very much did not work. Mr Kirkup, whose exit from politics has resulted in a positive with his co-founding of an electrical contractor business employing Aboriginal tradies, and his Liberal colleagues were swept out of parliament on a red Labor wave spurred by the public love for WA Premier Mark McGowan AKA Mr 91 per cent at his polling peak.

Labor won 53 out of 59 seats in the lower house and 22 out of 36 in the upper house giving it ‘total control’ of both chambers for the first time in 120 years.

Mr McGowan himself had an 87 per cent two-party preferred vote in his safe seat of Rockingham and still has an approval rating around 77 per cent to round out 2021 as he did what most of a scared populace in a global pandemic would want, which is keep COVID-19 out of the state.
The church of Mark

Mr McGowan has continued his transformation from a faction-less bespectacled opposition leader, who no one knew but just so happened not to be Colin Barnett, to a modern folk hero.

He has inspired tattoos, songs, artwork and even fake cereal boxes.

At the same time he has turned WA into the Hotel California sung about by the Eagles thanks to the brief period you could visit the lovely place and subsequent border changes that meant you could never leave.

For the most part, keeping other Australians out has played well for Mr McGowan, but he does have his detractors.

Human Rights advocates for one, anyone with extended family outside of WA and of course eastern media commentators and newly minted New South Wales premier Dominic Perrottet.

Mr Perrottet’s biggest zinger was when he described his WA counterpart as being like Gollum from the fantasy series Lord of the Rings because of his wish to hoard the state’s ‘precious’ GST.

The ‘fight’ to keep the GST will continue to play out at the upcoming federal election, despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison and federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese saying the carve-up would not change, as Mr McGowan looks sure to play a visible role in WA to win seats for Labor.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 23, 2021 7:30 pm

Nothing wrong with Billyboy drawing from history, Rabz.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 7:36 pm

Eddles and Chad Thunderbrain

Rex, this is not a time for cartoon villains. Heaven forfend, you might make calli shoutee (again) … 🙁

Anchor What
Anchor What
December 23, 2021 7:38 pm

WA panicked by an unvaccinated backpacker!
We are watching the death of Australian culture.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 23, 2021 7:40 pm

Rabz, it was before the battle of Idistaviso.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 7:40 pm

Well bern, at least he’s not your favourite would be politician.

The quality of mercy is not strained, I tells ya.

Cardi is an honourable man. Unlike the Beetrooter of the ample purple snoz. 😕

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 23, 2021 7:41 pm

US census: coronavirus restrictions spark move to lockdown-free states

Adam Creighton
Washington Correspondent
@Adam_Creighton
10:18AM December 23, 2021
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American mums frustrated with coronavirus restrictions have powered a million-strong exodus of Americans from Democrat to Republican states, as the country’s population growth plunges to the lowest level since the 18th century, new census data reveals.

Pandemic restrictions especially school closures have supercharged a great migration from New York, California and Illinois, three big states where schools were shut or only partly open for most of last year, toward Texas, Florida and Arizona, states that had relatively few restrictions.

A record 1,003,000 Americans moved states between April 2020 and July 2021, encompassing the first few waves of Covid-19 in the US, according to analysis by The Australian of the latest US Census data, released this week, including almost 595,000 to Florida (264,000), Texas (211,000) and Arizona (120,000).

Kelly Ruth, 44, a stay-at-home mum and part-time blogger, moved her family of four from Pennsylvania to Delray Beach Florida, to escape “the crazy” and ensure her teenage children, 14 and 15, could attend school in person without masks.

“We wanted our kids to live like it was 2019. Florida gave us the chance to do just that,” she told The Australian, adding that she knew other families who’d moved to Florida for similar reasons.

“In August 2020 we bought a second home here, and then about six months later decided we wanted to stay permanently,” she said.

Comment on that story – two Democrat politicians, prominent in the “Defund The Police” movement were carjacked – snork, snork..

Plasmamortar
Plasmamortar
December 23, 2021 7:41 pm

So it seems our country lasted less than a week before the lure of totalitarianism was just too strong for them…

It seems economic understanding and reality is completely foreign to them..

Welcome to the Australian Regulated Soviet Experience.

We all get the A.R.S.E.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 7:44 pm

Bern, do I strike you as someone who gives a rodent’s?

I’m far more interested in the battles we are yet to engage in here.

Mighty they will be. I just hope the historical record does us justice.

Actually, I won’t remotely care, if I’m in the ground, so to speak.

Sigh. No one cares about history any more. 🙁

Old Lefty
Old Lefty
December 23, 2021 7:46 pm

If Intel keep grovelling to the Chinese Communist Party to avoid a boycott there

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-23/intel-apologises-in-china-over-xinjiang-supplier-statement/100723468

… How about the Western world boycotting them in return?

JC
JC
December 23, 2021 7:46 pm

cohenite says:
December 23, 2021 at 7:20 pm

Newsom is too pretty; outside of the gaybars and turd media outlets he is reviled.

Yea Cronkite, because looking gay in the blue states is like a bad thing?

Winston Smith
December 23, 2021 7:48 pm

Calli:

Poor nannanna, slumming it in quarantine.

So who paid for this?

Rabz
December 23, 2021 7:48 pm

looking gay in the blue states is like a bad thing?

Bluddee hell JC, I thought it was compulsory.

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 23, 2021 7:51 pm

I am very interested in any advice Ed Case might have.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 23, 2021 7:56 pm

After all the back & forth, once the weasel words were retired & a clear commitment made – although begrudgingly – we move on.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 7:57 pm

What sort of monster would derive pleasure from inflicting pain on these poor li’l fellas?

Oh, that’s right – America’s favourite public health fascist.

“Wear twenty face nappees (at least), take ten clot shots or more a year and bow down before me because I am scientism, I tells ya! Look upon my mighty destruction ye proles and despair!”*

*Bluddee hell – with apologies to PBS.

MatrixTransform
December 23, 2021 7:59 pm

Mil in NSW took down all the Lock Down decorations and QR stuff.

lasted a day

LoL

Old bloke
Old bloke
December 23, 2021 8:05 pm

Rabz says:
December 23, 2021 at 6:07 pm

all of his recent public pronouncements

Reflect the fact that when he was PM he rolled over and wanted collectivists to give him a tummy tickle.

Instead, ol’ bloke, they administered the pineapple.

There will be no historical revisionism here, thanks.

Be that as it may, he was a better PM than the two who preceded him, and the two who followed.

He’s not in The Big Boy’s Club, whoever, whatever they are.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 23, 2021 8:06 pm

Rex, this is not a time for cartoon villains. Heaven forfend, you might make calli shoutee (again) … 🙁

It’s all a bit hard when this Anger lives in a State governed by one…

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 23, 2021 8:10 pm

Welcome to the Australian Regulated Soviet Experience.

We all get the A.R.S.E.

ARSE?

I thought that was the Australian Research and Space Exploration agency?

They got a cool logo, and a mug and everything.

They even got Radio Telescopes, man! Telescopes!

Winston Smith
December 23, 2021 8:15 pm

Mark from Melbourne:

I subscribe wholeheartedly to your doctrine. I am onside with your take on things, far more than less.
But your choice of “music” is irredeemably shit.

Thank God I’m not alone!

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 23, 2021 8:26 pm

Thank God I’m not alone!

Gentlemen, please!

This is supposed to be a time of Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards all Mankind (and the womenfolk too, otherwise there will be neither Peace nor Goodwill, but a long, dark teatime of the couch…).

As such, can we all please agree that Rabz is a most agreeable and perspicacious sort, but without saying that his taste in music is… Not similar to mine?

Rabz
December 23, 2021 8:26 pm

Thank God I’m not alone!

So stop tapping into it, you monstrous philistines (BIRM).

There is no pot o’ gold at the base of your mythical rainbow.

And you’re banned 4 evah from Rabz’ Radio Show when it finally gets of the ground.

Then you’ll be sorry. 🙂

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
December 23, 2021 8:28 pm

Serious question, anyone know why duty free grog would be getting confiscated in a transit of Singapore. Nil issues out of Europe. Apparently an issue in transit. I have seen it years ago when flying in & out of Oz with reaction to the shoe bomber, with all the technology available now this still really in effect?

If I were cynical I’d say the (non) Duty Free outlets you are channelled through before customs in BNE, SYD or MEL would be quite content with this arrangement.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 8:29 pm

anyone know why duty free grog would be getting confiscated in a transit of Singapore?

moozleys?

cohenite
December 23, 2021 8:31 pm

Yea Cronkite, because looking gay in the blue states is like a bad thing?

The blue states will not win the POTUS; increasingly so as anyone with half a brain is leaving for the Reds. And as I said general Milley will anoint the next POTUS. Pay attention head prefect.

Cardimona
Cardimona
December 23, 2021 8:38 pm

Well done.
It shouldn’t have been that hard.

Berntard, you claim I have problems reading…!
FMD, you project like a leftist….

I said as much in slightly different words here – https://newcatallaxy.blog/2021/12/20/open-thread-mon-20-dec-2021/comment-page-7/#comment-99984

Bern, if I can get solid evidence of elites being exempted, even from “mandates” that are unlawful under our Constitution, you can bet your house I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops.

Cardimona
Cardimona
December 23, 2021 8:38 pm

I’m very fond of you Cardi and I like Vikki’s columns….a lot. I think your daughter has her head screwed on the right way but any lingering respect I had for Barnaby evaporated when he capitulated to the net zero nonsense.

Me, too, Cassie – and he knows it.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 8:39 pm

Compulsory attire for those frequenting Rabz’ Radio Show …

As worn by noted Hollyweirdos …

Actually, I’m joking. Your feet need only be clad in a pair of these … 🙂

Cardimona
Cardimona
December 23, 2021 8:39 pm

A link for Cardi

Thank you, Roger – I’ve saved that as a pdf document so that if they delete the article I can still reference it.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 23, 2021 8:40 pm

anyone know why duty free grog would be getting confiscated in a transit of Singapore?

My sister once had a bottle of Kahlua she got duty-free at Nairobi confiscated in Johannesburg Airport. Just seems to be a thing about duty-free. You can’t transit multiple countries with it in carry-on, I suppose.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 8:46 pm

ol’ bloke – I appreciate your belief that Yabbott was some sort of ideological warrior.

When in reality he was a massive disappointment to all those who were naïve enough to place any faith in him.

Culminating in his being ignominiously ousted by waffles turnbuckle.

Ruddles
Juliar
Yabbott
Turnbuckle
Morristeen

We deserved this?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 23, 2021 8:48 pm

You can’t transit multiple countries with it in carry-on, I suppose.

I’ve always found it easier to buy duty free before you leave, and collect it on the way back into Oz.

Indolent
Indolent
December 23, 2021 8:51 pm
Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
December 23, 2021 8:53 pm

*sighs* I remember what flying around the world used to be like, too.
It even made me teary watching Love, Actually. All those pale stale males were just hopping on ‘planes at a whim…

jupes
jupes
December 23, 2021 8:58 pm

Cardi is an honourable man.

Indeed he is. Cardi has probably done more to enlighten the masses than anyone else on this blog.

Miss Anthropist
Miss Anthropist
December 23, 2021 9:10 pm

I would think customs in Singapore would be significantly less corrupt and thriving than their counterparts in Nairobi.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 23, 2021 9:13 pm

When in reality he was a massive disappointment to all those who were naïve enough to place any faith in him.

As have Liberal Prime Ministers since the days of, who, John Gorton?

rickw
rickw
December 23, 2021 9:15 pm

New version of Dannings Warehouse:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUDGbP_0jnY

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 23, 2021 9:25 pm

Dannings Warehouse.

In normal times that promise of 4000 ICU beds would have grabbed the MSM like an octopus.

In normal times.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
December 23, 2021 9:36 pm

rickwsays:
December 23, 2021 at 9:15 pm

LOL. The first minute and half had me in stiches as well as the cross bench.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 9:38 pm

Bluddee hell, just had a call from my accountant enquiring as to my mental ‘elf.

He’s a cat, but no names.

Friends have repeatedly delivered during this monstrous idiocy. Family, not so much.

Winston Smith
December 23, 2021 9:39 pm

Rabz:

Did we deserve this?
Ruddles
Juliar
Yabbott
Turnbuckle
Morristeen

They were the price of being asleep politically. So yes, Australia deserved this.
Mind you, there were many individuals who didn’t, but were crushed in the waves of apathy.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 9:41 pm

ZK2A – Ozzie politicians have always been a disappointment. Menzies, as much as I hate to admit it, was the best of a very bad bunch.

As for McMahon, he was my parents’ local member in the ’72 massacre. Lowe. A seat which no longer exists.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 9:43 pm

As the Bear might opine, “It’s for the best”.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 9:46 pm

Gee thanks, Winston. So I’m worthy of discussing political matters with, but not matters of the Yaartz.

Just swallow your pride, Squire. Every now and then, as you’ve admitted, there’s a diamond in the rough.

Old bloke
Old bloke
December 23, 2021 9:51 pm

Rabz says:
December 23, 2021 at 8:46 pm

ol’ bloke – I appreciate your belief that Yabbott was some sort of ideological warrior.

When in reality he was a massive disappointment to all those who were naïve enough to place any faith in him.

I don’t see him as a knight in shiny armour, and he disappointed me even before the election. He was asked, prior to the election, if he was going to cut the ABC budget (due to the “economic emergency” he was going to address), and he said that the ABC wouldn’t be touched. There was no need for him to make that announcement, he could have used standard poli-waffle speech and talked about government expenditure generally, but he didn’t, he said that the ABC wouldn’t be touched.

Nevertheless, he was better than his preceders and successors.

Baba
Baba
December 23, 2021 9:53 pm

anyone know why duty free grog would be getting confiscated in a transit of Singapore?

Johannesburg airport is notorious. I think it’s all about maximising sales of the airport’s duty free sbops which in turn finds its way back into site rentals.

When I got pinged I refused to dump the bottle in the wheely bin provided and insisted that I be allowed to pour the contents of the bottle down the toilet situated some 40m away.

Which to the ‘security’ guy’s credit he allowed under close personal supervision much to the amusement of the toilet wallah.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
December 23, 2021 9:57 pm

Dover beach says December 23, 2021 at 6:23 pm
Must read before that Christmas lunch:

Meet Ray Epps, Part 2: Damning New Details Emerge Exposing Massive Web Of Unindicted Operators At The Heart Of January 6

Good Lord.
I’m certainly not a QAnon aficionado and not a fan of Trusted Bloggers and partisan altnews. In my experience ‘Damning New Details’ usually means ‘dreadful made up bullshit’ – but the detail and objective evidence here appears fairly terrifying.

Looks like the US MSM is going to have to pay attention.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 23, 2021 9:57 pm

Every once in a while, an event occurs which restores your faith in human nature. The Tele:

A fight over unpaid rent, a playstation and who owns a cat has left one man dead and his son fighting for life after a wild brawl in Sydney’s western suburbs, police said.

The man, aged 40, died after being stabbed in the neck when more than a dozen people arranged to meet on Wednesday night in a park at Whalan — where two people were going to have a fight.

The traditional one on one, suitably attended, to determine honour and ownership of cats. We’ve all been there.

Instead of a one-on-one contest as was planned, the situation turned into an out of control melee where at least three people were injured after a knife was used.

The man’s 19-year-old son was stabbed in the chest and is in a critical condition while his 25-year-old uncle was also knifed and now in a serious condition.

Family. Extremely important at this time of year, as is motor sports:

A friend of the three stabbed men then jumped into a ute and tried to run over members of the opposing side but lost control of the vehicle which flipped onto its roof.

The driver and two females who were inside the ute at the time were able to get out of the upturned vehicle unharmed.

This is the Australia we know and love. A word from plod:

“It’s trivial and senseless act,” Detective Chief Inspector Paul Tickner said.

Now just hold it right there Detective Chespector. You take that back. Cat ownership is critical. In these trying times, you never know when you’ll need half a dozen dim sims.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
December 23, 2021 10:01 pm

Remember how we were told that substance addition is a disease and should be treated as such.
Let’s do that!

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
December 23, 2021 10:08 pm

Na Rex can’t see that behaviour in Singapore. Definitely at Phnom Penh, some Indo airports or even KL/BKK many years back. Reckon it is an Australian requirement.

I don’t bring much grog back anymore when I am infrequently overseas but do remember in the early 2000’s having no problems internally in Asia including the ME & Africa routes but as soon as an Australian destination was involved it had to be in checked luggage. Thought with all the new scanners airports everywhere are using this would have all gone by the wayside by now.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 10:09 pm
GreyRanga
GreyRanga
December 23, 2021 10:11 pm

Mate of mine was an anaesthetist onboard ship in the Falklands War. Went back to pommieland about 20 years ago. The hours he used to work, don’t know how he stayed awake, loved that redbull stuff.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
December 23, 2021 10:16 pm

China approves major rare-earth merger to stabilize supply chain

The forming of the rare-earth behemoth, said to be one of the world’s largest, means that China may enforce stricter quotas on the production and exports of these strategic resources after years of unregulated exploitation, which will help ensure the sustainable development of the industry, analysts said.

16th Century Analyst says: CPC threatening supply chains to let West know exactly how bad things could become when there are no new smart phones next Christmas.
Because Uyghurs and Winter Olympics.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
December 23, 2021 10:16 pm

KD, suburb of Blacktown bordering St Marys. I won’t mention any more except if you have ever ridden the Penrith line you see it for real.

Cheers though, I was wondering on the particulars of this one. Was very light on detail last night, especially the upturned Hilux.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 10:18 pm

Disco dead?

Fuggedaboodit … 🙂

Rabz
December 23, 2021 10:21 pm
MatrixTransform
December 23, 2021 10:30 pm

update on my Covid Close Call the other week

one un-vaxed person who needed a test to for the sake of her dying mother who lives with them (as in dead before the end of the year dying mother), registers a (+)ve
no symptoms.
kids. (-)ve
her mother, (-)ve
her husband has Crohns and a colostomy bag and is unvaxed. (+)ve, no symptoms
her father-in-law, 70yo bong smoker with chronic heart problems. unvaxed and (-)ve

20-odd people
a day in the park
all hugs and kisses.
germy little sprogs running everywhere
2 x (+)ve
0 x symptoms
0 x dead

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 23, 2021 10:31 pm

Johannesburg airport is notorious. I think it’s all about maximising sales of the airport’s duty free sbops which in turn finds its way back into site rentals.

I’ve always thought customs officials at Jo’burg saw anything they “confiscated” as one of the “perks” of the job.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 10:33 pm

“It’s trivial and senseless act” Detective Chief Inspector Wally Nobody opined

Posting obscure songs on a blogue late at night tends to be, you jackbooted fascist imbecile.

What ya going to do, throw me in gaol*?

*err, do not ask certain personages that hang around here – especially those calling themselves “Mark A”, “Winston Smith” and “Rex Angree” – they’ll wholeheartedly agree with you. 🙁

MatrixTransform
December 23, 2021 10:44 pm
Jorge
Jorge
December 23, 2021 10:55 pm

Guy Clark

Pack up all your dishes
Make note of all good wishes
And say goodbye to the landlord for me
That son of bitch has always bored me
Throw out them L.A. papers
That mouldy box of Vanilla Wafers
Adios, to all this concrete
Gonna get me some dirt road back streets
I can just get off of this L.A. freeway
Without gettin’ killed or caught
Down that road in a cloud of smoke
To some land I ain’t bought, bought, bought

Rabz
December 23, 2021 10:58 pm

OK – it’s a sensitive subject, but is anyone here aware of who the members of TISM may have alleged to have been? Here’s my two (of at least five) entirely uneducated guesses:

Brendan Cowan
Rob Sitch

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 23, 2021 11:02 pm

*err, do not ask certain personages that hang around here – especially those calling themselves “Mark A”, “Winston Smith” and “Rex Angree” – they’ll wholeheartedly agree with you

Crimes Against Good Taste, which I would remind Rabz are entirely subjective (Being an Anger prone to appreciating the aural assault that is Pipes and Drum music- The shoutier, the better!), are not crimes.

Because an opinion is never objective.

I just have a different taste in preetee blondes…

Rabz
December 23, 2021 11:04 pm

Now I’m bored and there’s no stoppin’ …
I need another celeb to fill a coffin …
Where will I get my next drug action? …
Odds on it’ll be Mikey Jackson … 😕

Pogria
Pogria
December 23, 2021 11:06 pm

Evening all.
Has anyone noticed that, when you right click your mouse, a new option has appeared. You now have the choice of “creating a QR Code for this page”. I only noticed it today. Am I late to the party, or has it been there for sometime?

I wonder if it is a direct line to the Pox Bus? 😉

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 23, 2021 11:08 pm

I just have a different taste in preetee blondes…

Errr… And other luverly ladeeees too

#Oops

#AlwaysCheckYourSources

Rabz
December 23, 2021 11:08 pm

Bluddee hell – “Saturday Night Palsy” with a brief introduction by Dazza and Ozzie … 🙂

Pogria
Pogria
December 23, 2021 11:10 pm

Hey Rabz,
some of your good fortune regarding Christmas Day has flown my way. I said earlier that I would be spending my first Christmas in 35 years alone. Great news, two extra peeps and two extra doggos to join me and my doggos. Thanks mate.

ps, glad I didn’t have to rub you for your luck. LOL!

Pogria
Pogria
December 23, 2021 11:13 pm

AM glad, duh.

Winston Smith
December 23, 2021 11:15 pm

Rabz:

Just swallow your pride, Squire. Every now and then, as you’ve admitted, there’s a diamond in the rough.

It’s not a matter of pride, you bloody peasant – it’s a matter of taste.
🙂

mc
mc
December 23, 2021 11:22 pm

OK – it’s a sensitive subject, but is anyone here aware of who the members of TISM may have alleged to have been?

I recall hearing a rumour that they were all high school teachers.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 11:26 pm

you peasant

I’m not having it, you uncivilised outback numptie.

FFS, I’ve never been so insulted in all my life – I am of the Nomenklatura, I tells ya!

You peasants till many figurative fields and bow down before me acknowledging that they will nevah be worthy of wearing the Erkos of Science.

Such unrepentant impudence. What an outrage.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 23, 2021 11:27 pm

Rabz, this is the Cat.

As Tailgunner used to put it, bare-knuckle blogging.

So I’ll suffer no Heart of Glass out of you, got it?

Merry Christmas, you gloriously mad bastards, One And All…

Baba
Baba
December 23, 2021 11:28 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:
December 23, 2021 at 10:31 pm
Johannesburg airport is notorious. I think it’s all about maximising sales of the airport’s duty free sbops which in turn finds its way back into site rentals.

I’ve always thought customs officials at Jo’burg saw anything they “confiscated” as one of the “perks” of the job.

This two checking carry-on baggage for contraband weren’t customs. Airport security.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 23, 2021 11:29 pm

@ Rabz-

Was the erkos the glasses or the brunette?

Either way, I need to find an extinguisher. Urgently

To quote Springsteen, Ooooooo I’m on fire…

MatrixTransform
December 23, 2021 11:30 pm

sensitive subject, but is anyone here aware of who the members of TISM may have alleged to have been?

I know somebody who could answer that question unequivocally.
dont ask how.

Will see him on Tuesday for xmas
I could arks him but, you know what the answer will be

Rabz
December 23, 2021 11:30 pm

Yeah OK, WS – I didn’t watch the clip before posting that previous comment.

Call me Alec Baldwin, if you must.

Here’s some slight acknowledgement that universal events beyond any person’s control may have prevented me posting my usual measured response.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 23, 2021 11:30 pm

I recall hearing a rumour that they were all high school teachers.

And the Jackson Jive fellows that so triggered Harry Connick Jr. in 2010 were all medicos.

When we first saw them some 20 years earlier, they were all med students.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 11:34 pm

Rex, FFS, “Erkos” is a term for hipster glasses, so named after the inner Sydney suburb* with the greatest preponderance of them on the planet.

*Affectionately known by collectivists as “Erko”.

mc
mc
December 23, 2021 11:34 pm

re TISM, I think I still have a copy of the “Defecate On My Face” single (in the LP sleeve) if anyone wants it. The kids musical tastes are a bit more refined.

Rabz
December 23, 2021 11:35 pm

Super secret squirrel stuff.

Gee, who’da thunk it. 😕

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 23, 2021 11:38 pm

Errr… And other luverly ladeeees too

Curse you, Rex – I heard that song done in a Highlands pub, by a howlingly lovely Scots girl, accompanied by the bagpipes – the barman was from South Africa, of Scots ancestry.

“Single malt, water, no ice? I thought all you Australians drank was beer?

Rabz
December 23, 2021 11:39 pm

It’s enough to make you wanna jump around … 🙂

MatrixTransform
December 23, 2021 11:42 pm

Super secret squirrel stuff

its up wiki.
speculative but up there
an extended family member had a lot to do with them back in the day

Rabz
December 23, 2021 11:45 pm

OK – imbibing like a fish is alleged to be one thing, trying to post comments after doing so is another …

Apparentlee … 😕

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 23, 2021 11:47 pm

Rex, FFS, “Erkos” is a term for hipster glasses, so named after the inner Sydney suburb* with the greatest preponderance of them on the planet.

My dear fellow, I grew up in a part of Northern NSW known for its black ice, love of banjos and famous Light Horsemen.

Sydney was a place I only visited when I had to, or as a jumping-off point towards the Riverina or (occasionally mis-)adventures interstate.

And I now live in an even bigger country town on the other side of the country with a better selection of Target and Kmart stores (I’m still not sure what to make of the sharks, but. They didn’t have those in the rivers at home…)

Suffice to say my knowledge and understanding of big metro culture is err…limited. The Perthite concepts of ‘North-‘ and ‘South of the River’ and the fact that ne’er the twain shall meet still confuses me.

srr
srr
December 23, 2021 11:50 pm

Him Bike
4 hours ago
That is comedy.
“Overwhelmed with A-systematic people”
Sounds like something on South Park.

Vermont Emergency Rooms Overwhelmed With Asymptomatic People
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcL3MZxxuFM
Dec 23, 2021
Tony Heller
112K subscribers
“COVID-positive Vermonters with no symptoms clog up ERs
The emergency department at the Rutland Regional Medical Center has been overwhelmed with asymptomatic folks.”

srr
srr
December 23, 2021 11:52 pm

Paul Weston – Boris Johnson: Incompetent Buffoon or Stalinist Tyrant?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOh20z5LQbQ
Dec 22, 2021
Paul Weston
54.7K subscribers
This video is archived at my Rumble Channel here: https://rumble.com/vr6rjh-paul-weston-is-boris-johnson-a-clown-or-a-murderous-tyrant.html

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 23, 2021 11:57 pm

A little something in defiant honour of all the merriment and dancing that our Beloved Leader has forbade in fair McGowantown over Christmas this 2021…

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hAx6mYeC6pY

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 23, 2021 11:59 pm

Errr… And other luverly ladeeees too

The first time we ever went to Scotland, on holiday, in an Edinburgh pub, teaching a seriously pretty Australian lass, who had landed her first job behind the bar, how to sell Scotch whisky to the Scots…….

MatrixTransform
December 24, 2021 12:04 am

I didn’t thing youse WA types were big dancers

Be over by Easter

Rabz
December 24, 2021 12:08 am

A fight over unpaid rent, a playstation and who owns a cat has left one man dead and his son fighting for life after a wild brawl in Sydney’s western suburbs, police have alleged

Bluddee hell …

KD breaking the big stories, again. Reporting on what it means to be human in these times of indescribable insanity. Unlike the braindead lamestream meeja, which would have us believing that extreme far right garage dwelling neo nayzees are the source of all evil on this planet …

When they aren’t unrepentantly posting (allegedly) ‘orrible songs on obscure political blogues late at night. 😕

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 24, 2021 12:11 am

I didn’t thing youse WA types were big dancers

Be over by Easter

I don’t think so. Pharaoh McGowan has no real opposition, the serfs will do as they are told, and there’s a Federal election coming up, in which he will prove how only the Labor Party can provide leadership, in a crisis.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 12:15 am

Pharaoh McGowan has no real opposition

Sounds like it’s time to resurrect Yak Cockup.

Poor li’l ol’ Jenna won’t be happy about it though (again) …

MatrixTransform
December 24, 2021 12:18 am

Zulu,
a few years ago at a catch-up Mater gave us all a memory stick with some audio books and doccos on it.

Gulag Archipelago was one of those books.

finally got to loading the files onto the phone so that I can stream it through the car audio while I drive to Babylon and back

that book is chilling.

MatrixTransform
December 24, 2021 12:22 am

Eat the bugs
has a whole another context after Solzhenitsyn

Rabz
December 24, 2021 12:24 am

OK, Peoples – I’m off to the Virtual Soho of my dreams.

2:00am on a Sunday morning, 2004, surrounded by nubiles in the Pillhead Room.

Won’t somebody get me a drink?” 😕

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 24, 2021 12:31 am

Worth repeating.

GET FUCKED BARNABY.

All UAP candidates need to put the boots into this fraud right away.
You too Cardi.
Principle before family.
Start kicking.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
December 24, 2021 12:45 am

At 19:45 local time I ubered to the duxton where I had booked for four days. At 20:45 I had ubered back home . They wouldn’t have me without a mask or documentary evidence that I have a rare medical condition which precludes my wearing one. (I do. It’s called ‘sanity’.) So I ubered straight back. They wanted me to pay for one night. I told them no. So I transferred most of the money on the card to another account before they just stole it.

I was asked by the receptionist for documentation on my claimed exemption, and asked her if she could first give me details of the HIV status of the entire staff.

So they fucked up my holiday but saved me a few thousand bucks, so it’s not so bad. Ruined my prospects of picking up omicron, but I’m probably immune to it anyway.

Baba
Baba
December 24, 2021 12:57 am

and asked her if she could first give me details of the HIV status of the entire staff.

No one cares about HIV. Demand genital worts status.

shatterzzz
December 24, 2021 1:01 am

Ain’t KARMA wonderful … LOL!
https://ibb.co/cXs5h5w

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
December 24, 2021 1:09 am

No one cares about HIV. Demand genital worts status.

Yes, but what if they insisted on showing me?

John H.
John H.
December 24, 2021 1:54 am
John H.
John H.
December 24, 2021 1:55 am

Doc,

Sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience. It raises the question of whether entities taking bookings should specify the conditions for the booking. Seems like common sense … oh wait.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
December 24, 2021 2:36 am

Doc,

Sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience. It raises the question of whether entities taking bookings should specify the conditions for the booking. Seems like common sense … oh wait.

To be fair to the Duxton, they had no way of knowing about this condition until yesterday, when the edict came down from Marx McClown. They could have told me about it yesterday and saved me a couple of uber fares.

It’s cost them a lot more than it cost me to implement this insane mandate. I doubt if they’ll have the sense to blame the government for losing my custom. But they should.

rickw
rickw
December 24, 2021 3:42 am

UK Omicron death gets fact checked with predictable results:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUOWI5FfWjI

Tom
Tom
December 24, 2021 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
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Tom
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Tom
December 24, 2021 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
December 24, 2021 4:11 am
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Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
December 24, 2021 4:15 am
Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
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Tom
December 24, 2021 4:21 am
feelthebern
feelthebern
December 24, 2021 6:05 am

So Biden tells everyone to wear a mask inside.
Then sits though the White House Christmas “concert” with no mask.
But all the help is wearing a mask.
The punters see this fraud for what it is.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 24, 2021 6:07 am

And great to see the chaps who car jacked the congresswoman in Philly (the one who was so pro defund the police) have been arrested.
Let’s see how their sentence stacks up against the girls who killed the uber driver in DC.

Aaron
Aaron
December 24, 2021 6:13 am

You better hope Omnicom is weak.

Cos the boosters are.

Ten weeks!

Mater
December 24, 2021 6:15 am

a few years ago at a catch-up Mater gave us all a memory stick with some audio books and doccos on it.

That was the original three volume, 2000 page version, not the abridged version currently available on audible.

Aaron
Aaron
December 24, 2021 6:18 am

Woman problems?

Anti Vax? Just this stuff.

will
will
December 24, 2021 6:30 am
rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 6:31 am
MatrixTransform
December 24, 2021 6:36 am

The punters see this fraud for what it is

they’ll see what they’re told to see

MatrixTransform
December 24, 2021 6:37 am

That was the original three volume, 2000 page version

something like 57 hours worth

rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 6:40 am

Masks but gatherings of over 30,000 still going ahead.
Seems like the reintroduction of a couple of tedious measures is a sop to the covidzerocrowd but at the same time powers that be are letting it rip (just not in WA)

necessary

sfw
sfw
December 24, 2021 6:44 am

Re duty free, just before wuflu appeared here, I took the family to Rarotonga for a week, first and last holiday involving plane travel for us. Anyway time came to leave and come home, got to the airport an hour before the flight. Shortly after we got there the duty free shop opened, I had a look they had a great range and very cheap prices. I took some whisky to the counter and got my card out to pay when the salesman said “I’m not supposed to tell you this but you can’t take this on the plane”, after a bit more discussion it turns out that on flights to Australia leaving the Cook Islands you aren’t allowed to carry on duty free. So the only place you can take duty free is to NZ. Now the only plane leaving that day was ours and we went to Sydney, so nobody could take the stuff with them. I asked the bloke why he was open and he said the boss still manages to sell some and gets it back after the flight leaves.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 24, 2021 6:51 am

Kim Potter found guilty of first degree manslaughter.
Good.
If a cop mistakes her taser for her pistol & kills a punter, they deserve a hefty penalty.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 24, 2021 6:53 am

but at the same time powers that be are letting it rip

There is no better time to do it.
This should be viewed as an opportunity.
Not a crisis.

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 6:54 am

Gray sounds “truthy” but not a single state premier or chief minister, nor the PM is a Boomer. They are all Gen X-ers.

Try again, Gray.

Vicki
Vicki
December 24, 2021 6:55 am

Gregory….NOT Paracetomol. Aspirin yes.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 24, 2021 6:59 am

the chaps who car jacked the congresswoman in Philly

Defunding the police is working just so well.

2 Democratic lawmakers carjacked carjacked within 24 hours (23 Dec)

Vicki
Vicki
December 24, 2021 7:01 am

Woke up to a treat. Seems the new Qld Health Minister said it can be a good thing to contract Omicron because it will give you natural immunity. Good grief! Some common sense at last.

But it threw the reporters & guests into a complete spin. What tha? One idiot blustered that her friend had got Covid 4 times – so where was her natural immunity? And she was double vaccinated ? well…yes…..

Oh please!

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 24, 2021 7:03 am

One idiot blustered that her friend had got Covid 4 times

The state should demand the lab who performed the test to refund the money charged.
And investigate who performed the test.

PS any idea who the journo was who made the comment ?

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 24, 2021 7:08 am

That came after a similar record just the day before with 186 cases, with state Chief Health Officer John Gerrard earlier in the week saying case numbers would grow exponentially.

He went even further on Thursday, pointing out that COVID-19 was going to go right through Queensland, almost certainly in the form of the Omicron variant, and that authorities were not only not trying to stop it, they were counting on it.

“Not only is the spread of this virus inevitable, it is necessary,” Dr Gerrard said.

“In order for us to go from the pandemic phase to an endemic phase, the virus has to be widespread. We all have to have immunity.”

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 7:08 am

That’s assuming the statement about the friend was the truth.

Mater
December 24, 2021 7:09 am

One idiot blustered that her friend had got Covid 4 eleventy million times – so where was her natural immunity?

Fixed it for her…while exaggeration is the order of the day.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 24, 2021 7:10 am

Of all the places for sanity to come from.
The CHO (in the voice of Hans Gruber).

It’s Christmas Theo, it’s the time of miracles.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 7:12 am

Gray sounds “truthy” but not a single state premier or chief minister, nor the PM is a Boomer. They are all Gen X-ers.

Gray is a Narrative Promoter, so not to be trusted.
A Generation is 30 years, as I’ve explained a few times.
So, if you’re calling the Generation born between 1941 and 1970 Boomers, then Scotty, Anna and the Tasmanian Gobbledok are Boomers.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 24, 2021 7:15 am

Streaming something from the US now.
They’re talking how the NY governor has just signed into law 6 month jail sentences if you are caught with a fake vaccination card.
Or a 5k fine.
Sounds like revenue raising.

rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 7:20 am

I think Gray is agreeing with someone here that the actions are being taken by politicians to protect boomers, not that politicians are boomers.
Though it would be far more correct to say protect the over 70s which includes boomers and the silent generation.

rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 7:21 am

Of course Gray would, if pressed, refer to politicians as ‘older gen x’ to distance himself, as you do.

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 7:21 am

And I must apologise to Roger. I haven’t had time to look up Gerrard’s previous statements. Many…many comments were made about him last week, iirc about his brother’s death in particular.

If he is indeed looking at the thing being allowed to burn itself out through the community, then all strength to his arm. My trust in these guys is at an all time low, particularly under political pressure.

In other news, the pork belly disappeared last night as if by magic. Nothing like having a house full of hungry males to make your cooking appreciated!

rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 7:22 am

Ed has made it official.
Gray is Okay.

rugbyskier
rugbyskier
December 24, 2021 7:23 am

Serious question, anyone know why duty free grog would be getting confiscated in a transit of Singapore.

Changi Airport Terminal 1 does not have a central security screening checkpoint. Every gate has a body scanner and bag x-ray machine. You can buy alcohol at any of the stores in the terminal and they will deliver it sealed to the gate and you pick it up after you go through security, however if you have duty free grog in your hand luggage and you get off the plane during the transit it will get confiscated when you go to reboard as you have to go back through the gate security checkpoint.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 24, 2021 7:23 am

Critical Race Theory video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX_Vzl-r8NY

Matt Taibbi included it on his third instalment of his investigation into the Virginia elections.
This was part of the curriculum.

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 7:25 am

Most Boomers and Silents are vaccinated to the eyeballs. How much more “protection” do they need…or want?

This strayed into the realms of farce long ago. As many here have opined, it has become about control and regulation, not health. In other words, a political response to a health issue.

rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 7:29 am

Sounds like 4 times friend is one of those people who insist that the bad cold they had in September 2019 and the one they had in March 2020 and then the one they had in November 2020 were all covid, even though she lives in Queensland, never travelled overseas, didn’t have a pcr test and even the antibodies test came back negative.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 24, 2021 7:31 am

A Virginia school administrator (uncovered by Matt Taibbi).

On November 6th, 2020, according to a later recall petition, former Board member Debbie Rose contacted the Superintendent and the Board to complain that Barts was using her private Facebook page to conduct school business. In response, Barts posted an update, saying that her page had been “archived and is not coming back,” a move made, she said, for anyone “who is trying to FOIA my old page.” Barts had another fascinating habit of publicly setting down in writing suggestions to constituents for how to work around FOIA. “Please continue to call me if you want to discuss items with discretion,” she’d write. “Emails are subject to FOIA.” All this was like wearing a “Honk if you like violating the Freedom of Information Act” bumper sticker on your forehead.

Sure CRT isn’t being taught in schools.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 24, 2021 7:35 am

One of the things the Virginia school administrators were trying to cover up was making children in grade 1 to 3 re-enacting slave auctions.
Needless to say, an African American parent was livid their child was made to wear chains made out of paper as part of the reenactment.
No wonder the strongest growth in home schooling in the US is from the black community, linked to their local church in a lot of cases.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 7:35 am

The Silent Generation was born between 1911 and 1940.
They’re responsible for the problems today because they put their own security above everything else.
The Selfish Generation is more apt.
And yes, Gray Connolly is a grifter.
The State wants Narrative Promoters, he’s stepped up to the plate.

rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 7:38 am

They are indeed double triple but some still slink around double masked and gloved, challenging those who they think have breached their social distancing space.
Don’t whinge at me, take a pace to the right if you are so concerned.
I do think the political winds are blowing in the other direction, the covidfussers in the Sophie Ellsworth thread seem to be the unpopular minority.
Someone I know did a ‘is everyone fully vaccinated’ about their Christmas gathering, got short thrift from one of my daughters, not to mention the babies aren’t vaxxed, what are you going to do?
Excluding unvaccinated from family Christmas functions, Scrooge on stilts.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 24, 2021 7:38 am

‘Kim Potter…. first degree manslaughter’

Good indeed. This was discussed at length at the time. Cross draw Tasers, normal draw shooters so muscle memory doesn’t get confused.

That said, you cannot train a snail to pole vault. Some people are not suited to certain roles, and tokenism is not only stupid – it’s fatal.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 7:38 am

No wonder the strongest growth in home schooling in the US is from the black community, linked to their local church in a lot of cases.

Provide a Link for that claim, it sounds totally unbelievable.

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 7:48 am

Excluding unvaccinated from family Christmas functions, Scrooge on stilts

It’s also dumb as a bag of hammers. The very same “excluders” are out in the community every day, interacting with randoms and fiddling with their filthy masks with grubby hands, indeed handling all sorts of items as if they had just been sprayed liberally with Glen20.

Then come home, fail to bother washing their hands and stuff their gobs with the food they just purchased. Apparently everything they touch is mysteriously encased in the vaxx force field.

Apparently to these smooth brained types, the clean and tidy unvaxxed present a threat. But it isn’t to their health. It’s a threat to their world view.

rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 7:59 am

Exact Calli.
They probably even had a chai latte at the notorious ‘Coffee Club’.

132andBush
132andBush
December 24, 2021 7:59 am

MatrixTransform says:
December 24, 2021 at 6:36 am

The punters see this fraud for what it is

they’ll see what they’re told to see

In light of what’s happened over the last two years it makes the “These are not the droids you are looking for” scene from Star Wars seem like a tutorial.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 24, 2021 8:00 am

Poor Grigs.

https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2021/03/homeschooling-on-the-rise-during-covid-19-pandemic.html

Just wait until you see what the M13 & a16z ecosystems have done over the past 18 months.
Do try keep up.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 24, 2021 8:01 am

‘But it isn’t a threat to their health. It’s a threat to their world view.’

Stop the thread. We have a winner.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 24, 2021 8:02 am

Apparently to these smooth brained types,

Even though I heard of chicken pox parties growing up, I didn’t know of any that actually happened.
You can make the case for young people having omicron parties this summer.
It is the perfect time.

P
P
December 24, 2021 8:05 am
Bons
December 24, 2021 8:05 am

Son’s SIL who is an immunologist married to a GP is hosting that side of the family’s Christmas lunch this year.
She passed the word that it would unacceptable for any to show up without a current test result.
Son and his five went off and got tested – I’m surprised.

win
win
December 24, 2021 8:06 am

Rosie 7.29: Bad flu in September 2019. A group of us had all the symptoms with an overweight man being the worst hit we also had the possibility that a contact had family in China and was free to fly there and back during 2019.
Conspiracy theory if you will.

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 8:08 am

This “Coffee Club” of which you speak…is there a secret handshake or a serious of Boomer codewords which grant entry?

Sounds like a groovy speakeasy. And special dress requirements?

😀

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 24, 2021 8:10 am

Boomer code word #1:

Compliant.

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 8:12 am

Boomer Codeword #2

Buggerorf

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 24, 2021 8:12 am

Bons post re the pre-Christmas test is on par with Shatterz pre-Christmas present screening.

That will do me.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 24, 2021 8:15 am

The Silent Generation was born between 1911 and 1940.
They’re responsible for the problems today because they put their own security above everything else.

Grigory, it’s Christmas.

Shut up, fuck off back into the corner and eat your Gypsum-bread house. We’ll talk to you again come May, if you’ve actually sobered up enough to.actually be intelligible…

rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 8:17 am

You know the dress requirements.
White capris.
Open toed tandals,
painted toe nails,
something bright and frothy on top,
stylish hair with a lick of deep purple

Carpe Jugulum
Carpe Jugulum
December 24, 2021 8:22 am

Boomer Codeword #3

Prestidigitation

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 24, 2021 8:23 am

You know the dress requirements.
White capris.
Open toed tandals,
painted toe nails,
something bright and frothy on top,
stylish hair with a lick of deep purple

I await Grigs’ infiltration attempts with great interest…

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 24, 2021 8:24 am

Your Emergency-Scatter code is:

Man Bun!

Carpe Jugulum
Carpe Jugulum
December 24, 2021 8:24 am

I await Grigs’ infiltration attempts with great interest…

I think it involves a hockey mask and a chainsaw

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 24, 2021 8:25 am

She passed the word that it would unacceptable for any to show up without a current test result.

What happens when a million Karens come into conflict with a big budget black hole?
This happens…

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet says ‘do not get a PCR test’ if you are not unwell in bid to alleviate pressure on health system (23 Dec)

Tens of thousands of New South Wales residents have been braving lengthy queues each day for a PCR test ahead of Christmas with the Premier now asking people to avoid going for unnecessary swabs declaring it is “putting enormous pressure on the system”.

The Premier said about 20 per cent of the PCR tests are for the requirement of interstate travel, which is also putting “substantial pressure” on NSW’s health system.

The other 80% being caused by various Karens.

Arky
December 24, 2021 8:29 am

MatrixTransform says:
December 24, 2021 at 6:37 am
That was the original three volume, 2000 page version
something like 57 hours worth

..
I’m waiting for the version with the suicide pill and do it yourself will kit.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 8:31 am

Speculation on the Ukrainian origins of Annastacia Palaczszuk has been recurrent on the blog, particularly by Roger.
My research may shed light.
While Palaszczuk decsribes herself as Ukrainian, dad Henry Palaszczuk listed himself when in Parliament as having been born in Greece in 1945 of Polish parents.
The most likely answer is that the Palaszczuk name originates from Ruthenia.
That Country was part of the Hungarian Empire until 1919 when it was annexed by Slovakia. There was a Polish Minority there historically.
Later the area was swallowed up by the Soviet Union and Ruthenia was renamed as an Oblast of Ukraine.
Problem solved.

Arky
December 24, 2021 8:35 am

Apparently to these smooth brained types, the clean and tidy unvaxxed present a threat. But it isn’t to their health. It’s a threat to their world view.

..
Calli comes good.
Keep that up and I don’t even care that we’re not on speaking terms any more.
Good to see you have those people nanna wrigglers finally tamed and doing good work.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 8:36 am

The other 80% being caused by various Karens.

“Karen” is a derogatory term used by some black people for white women in the United States.

miltonf
miltonf
December 24, 2021 8:36 am

White House staff bitter about Joe Biden’s crummy treatment of low-level staffers-dirty, evil old man- a pile of steaming trash

Arky
December 24, 2021 8:37 am

“people nanna wrigglers”?
Dunno wot happened there.

shatterzzz
December 24, 2021 8:39 am

Merry Christmas .. Ho Ho HOOOOOO!

https://ibb.co/f1kxHWV

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
December 24, 2021 8:43 am

“Karen” is a derogatory term used by some black people for white women in the United States.
Damn honkys, wreckin everthang we done built up

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
December 24, 2021 8:44 am

Explain how the the hell “-szczuk” gets pronounced -“shay” then, Ed.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 24, 2021 8:44 am

Ed – Can I speak to your manager please?

Arky
December 24, 2021 8:45 am

But it threw the reporters & guests into a complete spin. What tha?

..
One caller to 3AW mentioned the illogic of the vaxx boosters till forever and a day had the female host literally spluttering incoherently for a full minute. Like her brain just seized. She finally said something like “I’m not going to discuss this again”.
Weird and amazing.
Will these people ever come to their senses? How will they handle it? Apologise? Pretend the last two years never happened? Go off somewhere and quietly top themselves?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 24, 2021 8:46 am

Actually that was too polite. I DEMAND to speak to your manager, and YOU MUST show me your vax passport immediately!! How DARE you disagree with my awesomeness?

incoherent rambler
incoherent rambler
December 24, 2021 8:47 am

szczuk – last line of the eye chart

rickw
rickw
December 24, 2021 8:47 am

Pauline Hanson’s cartoons, Santa doing what most sane people feel like doing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcAArCvBF24

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 8:54 am

I don’t do the “no talkies” stuff, Arky. Except when ignoring determined trolls.

And I still maintain that Marxism is the perfect parasite. Up until the moment it consumes its host entirely and then eats itself.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 8:57 am

Anyone here ever read Waugh’s Sword Of Honour trilogy?
https://www.startpage.com/sp/se arch

Arky
December 24, 2021 8:57 am

Shush.

  1. Let them permanently close down Columbia since it no longer has anything to offer future students or society at large.…

  2. People who have been neighbours and friends for generations no longer talk to each other and the usual public events,…

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