Open Thread – Weekend 26 Feb 2022


Vicinity of Kiev. Over the Dnieper, Volodymyr Orlovsky, 1884

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MatrixTransform
February 28, 2022 11:15 pm

You by the way have no idea what moral considerations I pondered before I made any decisions about getting vaccinated or not.

Define Byzantine:
adjective. highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 28, 2022 11:15 pm

There’s no stoush like a Catholic stoush, I always say.

srr
srr
February 28, 2022 11:17 pm

Paul Joseph Watson @realpjw
· 14m
Despite international conflicts normally helping the popularity of American presidents, Joe Biden’s approval rating just hit another new low.

Biden Hits New Job Approval Low Despite War Footing

Strong majority believe he’s mentally unfit to serve as president.

https://summit.news/2022/02/28/biden-hits-new-job-approval-low-despite-war-footing/
summit.news

Zyconoclast
Zyconoclast
February 28, 2022 11:18 pm

Stan Grant gets it right this time.

Australia’s media elite anoint Albo: Lisa Wilkinson and Peter FitzSimons party with Labor leader and a Who’s Who of Sydney including The Project stars and Magda Szubanski

Labor leader Antony Albanese and his girlfriend Jodie Haydon were guests of honour at Lisa Wilkinson and Peter FitzSimons’ glitzy star-studded shindig at the weekend.

The celebrity couple previously threw a regular Australia Day party at their palatial North Shore mansion until the annual event was derailed by the pandemic.

But now it has returned, rebranded in 2020 as an Independence Day party in honour of FitzSimons’ Republican movement – and pushed back a month to February 26.

A Who’s Who of Sydney’s progressive media elite queued up to get in at the sprawling harbourside home, including comic actor Magda Szubanski, stars from Ten’s The Project and ABC journalists.

But one notable omission was ABC’s Q+A host Stan Grant after he mercilessly mocked the get-together in print last year.

Grant branded the parties ‘a woke lefty love-in’ of ‘journos, actors, writers, a couple of ex-Wallabies, a few washed-up politicians…and a former managing director of the ABC’.

Saturday’s party guest list list largely matched Grant’s predictions, according to The Australian’s Media Diary, and even included former ABC MD Mark Scott

Mr Albanese and Ms Haydon joined NSW Opposition leader Chris Minns at the resurrected event, in what was seen as a clear signal of support for Labor.

Both Wilkinson and FitzSimons have been strident critics – through their roles on The Project and in the Sun Herald – of PM Scott Morrison and the Coalition government

They were also joined by Ten talent including Wilkinson’s Sunday Project co-hosts Hamish Macdonald and pregnant panellist Jan Fran, as well as Chris Taylor and Osher Gunsberg.

The Australian reported other guests included ex-Sydney Morning Herald editor Lisa Davies, investigative reporter Kate McClymont, columnists Jacqueline Maley and Jane Caro, as well as outspoken former columnist, Mike ­Carlton.

ABC names were said to include The Drum host Julia Baird, One Plus One host Kurt Fearnley, and Four Corners reporter Louise Milligan.

Also among guests was the bandana-wearing former Wallaby’s daughter, Billi FitzSimons.

rosie
rosie
February 28, 2022 11:20 pm

“Why would you even care? You certainly had no hesitation taking the vaccines that are abortion-tainted”
Speaks for itself.
In addition you misrepresent the church’s position on vaccines as this predates covid by many years.
Like I said, I’ll take my moral theology from those I respect.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
February 28, 2022 11:21 pm

Ukraine and Russia commence peace talks at Belarusian border

It’s an ambush.
Milla Jovovich will shoot all the Russkies while doing front flips.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 28, 2022 11:23 pm

Billy Fitzsimons?

What?

srr
srr
February 28, 2022 11:25 pm

Catturd ™
@catturd2
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Putin is threatening nuclear war and Joe Biden took the weekend off.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 28, 2022 11:25 pm

Oh, shit.
The moral high ground is at Himalayan levels.
Away you go.
Cast the first stone …

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 28, 2022 11:26 pm

A Google search for this person reveals the name and descriptor:

Billi Fitzsimons
Lisa Wilkinson’s Daughter

Naturally, she is a writer. For Mamamia.

Gab
Gab
February 28, 2022 11:26 pm

Kharkiv.
Russian BM-21 Grad liberate Ukrainians from their lives and properties

https://twitter.com/IAPonomarenko/status/1498254388409810944

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 28, 2022 11:35 pm

I was just having a discussion at pub earlier about the third and final sitting of the Council of Trent (1545-63), and this in particular:

Prescriptions were given about pastoral care and the administration of the sacraments.

Obviously, this is why chemists these days are so uppity.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 28, 2022 11:38 pm

They were also joined by Ten talent including Wilkinson’s Sunday Project co-hosts Hamish Macdonald and pregnant panellist Jan Fran, as well as Chris Taylor and Osher Gunsberg.

The Australian reported other guests included ex-Sydney Morning Herald editor Lisa Davies, investigative reporter Kate McClymont, columnists Jacqueline Maley and Jane Caro, as well as outspoken former columnist, Mike ­Carlton.

ABC names were said to include The Drum host Julia Baird, One Plus One host Kurt Fearnley, and Four Corners reporter Louise Milligan.

All the chardonnay Socialists, who wouldn’t recognise a member of the working class if they fell over one in the street…Louise Milligan? Where do I know that name from?

Winston Smith
February 28, 2022 11:51 pm

Dot:

I am probably on balance, an isolationist and I don’t want the UN to exist…at all. We’re better off with nukes and no allies. Switzerland but gone full ham. We certainly shouldn’t go to Ukraine or get dragged into ancillary conflict. Plus I don’t want to get lit up by hard X rays of a thermonuclear warhead exploding near me.

Moving ever closer to that position myself. I no longer have trust in any of our institutions to even try to do the tasks they were formed to do.
It looks like we will have to do the “drunk and waking up in the gutter trick” before we accept the reality of our position. It’s going to be painful.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
February 28, 2022 11:51 pm

The Jan 6 casualties took time to accrue.

After learning that the FBI was looking for him, he immediately turned himself in. He entered the Capitol through a previously opened door (he did not break in as was reported) where he was ushered in by police. He didn’t break, touch, or steal anything. He did not harm anyone, as he stayed within the velvet ropes taking pictures. For this act he has been persecuted by many members of his community, friends, relatives, and people who had never met him. Many people were quietly supportive, and Matt was truly grateful for them. The constant delays in hearings, and postponements dragged out for over a year. Because of this, Matt’s heart broke and his spirit died, and many people are responsible for the pain he endured.

For the scapegoats, the process is the punishment. Because nothing may spoil the narrative.
Sure, he was blissfully naive about America, but is that really an excuse for those who pushed?

Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
February 28, 2022 11:54 pm

I like the cut of this bloke’s jib:

I will never be gaslighted into believing this biological impossibility that a man can magically transform into a woman simply by saying so. And any so-called news outlet that spreads such an outrageous lie, such outrageous propaganda, cannot be trusted on anything.

Again, you want to call yourself a girl? I don’t care. You want to refer to yourself as a she? I don’t care. But I will have no part of it, and anyone who does is either a liar, a coward, a propagandist, or all three.
John Nolte at Breitbart in criticising the woke Fox News for describing a wapist as “she”.

John H.
John H.
March 1, 2022 12:05 am

Labor leader Antony Albanese and his girlfriend Jodie Haydon

Albo has a girlfriend? Is that on contract, employee, and what are the Fringe Benefits?

Winston Smith
March 1, 2022 12:07 am

Custard:

Anyone care to speculate wether this is in play.
https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/amendment-22/

Not sure why it would be, Custard.
Is something happening?

slackster
slackster
March 1, 2022 12:20 am

List of anti-Russia propaganda we have seen thus far:
– Ukrainian father crying as he hugged his daughter was actually a pro-Russian rebel in Donbas preparing to fight Nazi Azov Battalion
– 13 Ukrainian soldiers “killed” on Snake Island actually surrendered and are alive and well
– Russian tank that ran over civilian car in Kiev was a Strela-10 Ukrainian air defense system
– Photos of Zelensky in military garb with a helmet on are from 2021 border inspection
– Video of Ukrainian MiG-29 shooting down a Russian Su-35 was a Digital Combat Simulator animation
– Russian cruise missile that blew up the side of a residential building was actually a Ukrainian air-defense missile fired by the Ukrainian military
– Viral video of Ukrainian pilot shooting down Russian jet was a screen recording from Arma 3 video game
– Russian supply convoy that Ukrainian military blew up was a Ukrainian convoy
– Ukrainian military lied about blowing up 56 tanks that included General Tushayev
– Russian jet bombing near residential homes appears to be a Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter targeting Russian troops

Anyone got a list for the Russian propaganda?

Winston Smith
March 1, 2022 12:29 am

Bruce O’Newk:

Lefties have now decided that radioactive fallout isn’t as bad as catching Covid.
FEMA: In Case Of Nuclear Explosion, Maintain Social Distancing And Wear A Mask (28 Feb)
It’s a weird syndrome where anything lefties don’t like is literally worse than being nuked.

FEMA has just announced it is ideologically unsound and not fit for purpose.
Gut it.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 1, 2022 12:33 am

Albo has a girlfriend? Is that on contract, employee, and what are the Fringe Benefits?

Happy to be corrected, but wasn’t the first Mrs Albanese Deputy Premier of New South Wales? Isn’t that ” the big end of town”? The “big end of town” that Bill Shorten spent his days honking on about?

Oh come on
Oh come on
March 1, 2022 12:40 am

New thread, dummies. I’ve already torn up the place.

Winston Smith
March 1, 2022 1:10 am

Is this a farmer towing away a Russian vehicle?

JC
JC
March 1, 2022 3:39 am

I have no idea what you’ve cleared up here

Maybe you ought think a little harder instead of knee jerking to Putin at any given opportunity. You have suggested those states were in invited to join. They weren’t . They applied to join NATO.

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 1, 2022 8:45 am

A good summation – at the link – of the sinking of HMAS Perth, lost in action 80 years ago today. Hec Waller should have been given the Victoria Cross for his brave last stand. His fellow commander, Captain Rooks of the USS Houston, was awarded the Medal of Honor – the USA’s highest bravery award – for his actions as his ship also went down fighting nearby. Why was our man overlooked? He did not even receive his Mention in Despatches until after the war – Rooks was given his award mere months later.

https://www.navy.gov.au/hmas-perth-i

johanna
johanna
March 1, 2022 9:54 am

New fred, TE.

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