Open Thread – Tues 24 May 2022


Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, Thomas Cole, 1828

2,187 responses to “Open Thread – Tues 24 May 2022”

  1. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    Can we please define where the lines are between zygote, embyro, and baby, so that we don’t have to waste time on spurious claims of “baby killing” which actually nobody except the CCP wants to do.

  2. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    As I predicted this rancid piece of shit muntifa, dominates threads with the usual leftie combination of arrogance and fetid stupidity.

    Head prefect, how the fuck could you break bread with this turd?

  3. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    Son, anything that hides your face is a bonus.

    Stolen.

  4. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    Labor MP says:

    nobody is in any doubt about the new government’s view about a decent pay rise for low wage Australians to keep up with the skyrocketing cost of living.”

    So there you go. The only way to get a wage guaranteed to be constant purchasing power is to be on the minimum. Brilliant.

    Now, back to babytalk.

  5. Struth Avatar

    Just about every second comment for god knows how long has been from the obviously sad and lonely Sancho of the slip lane.
    Who hasn’t been able to stop talking about humble pie since he was put backn in his place.
    Gobsmacking fuckwit and Darwin award winner.

    Why?
    The fucktard, after all he’d read here, and all he was told, went out and got jabbed.
    Notafan level stupidy mixed with stubborness and ignorance.

    Anyhow dot has this to say, Sancho.

    Something is afoot:

    Even greater levels of incompetents.
    Even greater levels of incompetence.
    Even greater levels of cheating.
    Even greater levels of copium and narrative spinning.
    Even greater levels of post COVID public serpent laziness.
    Even greater levels of fear that postal and absentee ballots may wreck the red-green sunshine and lollypops – hence hesitant counting.
    Even greater levels of BS from shill scrutineers.

    Has he been standing too close to the 5G network.

    You’ve embarrassed yourself again Sancho, eith your desperate desire to deny the fucking obvious.

    You even quote as a victory the AEC completing counting an extra one percent of votes at a particular booth in 24 hours.
    When asked why they would be (suddenly) so slow…….YOU QUOTE A UNIONISED WORKFORCE!

    Seek help, you’re a sick little lavender sniffer..

  6. Timothy Neilson Avatar
    Timothy Neilson

    Colonel Crispin Berkasays:
    May 25, 2022 at 11:14 pm
    Can we please define where the lines are between zygote, embyro, and baby, so that we don’t have to waste time on spurious claims of “baby killing” which actually nobody except the CCP wants to do.

    I’m not so sure about that. At the very least, some “progressives” want babies to be abandoned to die.

    https://cnsnews.com/news/article/emily-ward/virginia-governor-describes-how-post-birth-abortion-would-proceed

  7. Timothy Neilson Avatar
    Timothy Neilson

    m0ntysays:
    May 25, 2022 at 11:10 pm
    You want to kill the baby.

    This is what I am talking about db, constant bad faith arguments. Please try to refrain.

    m0nty, you said at 10.37 pm:
    Apart from anything else, it adds a lot of red tape to a process that needs to be focused on the mother and baby, not the paperwork.

    If you don’t want to kill the baby, what are you advocating should happen to the baby?

  8. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Winston

    The Uighurs are a sect hated by the very people you blame for perpetuating those crimes. I’m against inherated guilt that’s infesting the world and for a change the bad guys are as clear as day.

  9. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    Women will die due to these laws, as they prevent doctors from providing the best care. This is the legacy of repealing Roe v Wade. Many “conservatives” will cheer, as they hate women

    mUnty, by god yr an idiot.
    you’re banging on about logical fallacies and then you produce this gibberish

    cheering conservatives hate women?

    you people are fucking broken in the head
    mUnty, Ed, sancho … all of you and your loopy projections

  10. Travelin' man Avatar
    Travelin’ man

    bespoke says:
    May 26, 2022 at 3:43 am

    Winston

    The Uighurs are a sect hated by the very people you blame for perpetuating those crimes. I’m against inherated guilt that’s infesting the world and for a change the bad guys are as clear as day.

    A sect?
    I’m afraid you are quite wrong there, they are a distinct nationality and they happen to live inside greater China, and Muslim to boot.

  11. DrBeauGan Avatar
    DrBeauGan

    Thanks, Tom.

  12. Travelin' Man Avatar
    Travelin’ Man

    test

  13. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    TheirABC’s daily sob stories about housing would be a lot more convincing if they (i) picked more deserving examples and (ii) learned how to use a calculator. Take the latest one:

    These people have known for six months that they had to find somewhere else to live:

    In the face of such an uncertain future, her optimism is fading.

    And there is another big complication on the horizon: she is 18 weeks pregnant.

    Man and woman with three children standing on a road.
    Tailah Dippel and partner Daniel gather the kids for lunch after setting up their tent at a caravan park.(ABC News: Curtis Rodda)

    “There’s definitely a real possibility that I could be having a newborn in a tent, which terrifies me,” she says.

    Well, der. Maybe having another child when you are facing homelessness is not a great idea?

    The hotshot reporter, Ella Archibald-Binge (yes, really!) informs us that:

    In Bundaberg, the average rent increased from $295 to $400 per week over the past year — an increase of 14.3 per cent.

    I didn’t need a calculator to see immediately that this was wrong, but Ella and whoever is supposed to be in charge of the 7.30 Report never noticed.

    Pathetic.

  14. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    A friend of the wife has several houses she rents out per room. Says she gets several hundred applications every time.

  15. Fair Shake Avatar
    Fair Shake

    I recall several disincentives put in by QLD Govmint to being a landlord. The result has been a tightening of supply of rental properties. Chickens cleared for landing and…..roosted!

  16. JC Avatar
    JC

    It’s just anecdotal but I doubt NYC is going to go the way of West Coast cities ruined by shop lifting/looting etc.

    There’s a very heavy duty presence of cops in shopping strips, subway stations and just walking around. I’ve seen cops standing around the main entrance to Bloomingdale’s and even a large food store in the Flat Iron district. The homeless is a problem though. I saw a professorial type, who actually looked like a homeless academic reciting Shakespeare while sitting down on the sidewalk. I think the spot is his permanent perch as I’ve seen him there a few times.

    As for street cleanliness. Upper and Lower East side look as clean as ever.
    The one thing I noticed in midtown, which is where the office buildings are, is that the number of people walking around is down by around at least half.
    There are also quite a few empty store fronts in the better areas but I’ve also seen a large number of new stores, which suggests there is renewal.

  17. Tintarella di Luna Avatar
    Tintarella di Luna

    In his autobiography, the German writer Heinrich Böll notes that in the high school he attended when growing up under Nazi rule, an anti-Nazi teacher paid special attention to Juvenal: “Mr. Bauer realized how topical Juvenal was, how he dealt at length with such phenomena as arbitrary government, tyranny, corruption, the degradation of public morals, the decline of the Republican ideal and the terrorizing acts of the Praetorian Guards. (…) In a second-hand bookshop I found an 1838 translation of Juvenal with an extensive commentary, twice the length of the translated text itself, written at the height of the Romantic period. Though its price was more than I could really afford, I bought it. I read all of it very intensely, as if it was a detective novel. It was one of the few books to which I persistently held on throughout the war (WWII) and beyond, even when most of my other books were lost or sold on the black market”.[15]

    .

    Nothing new under the sun, corruption is love of power and absolute power is absolute corruption. Gee I’d like to get a copy of that 1838 translation of Juvenal with commentary – wise man to keep it – wise men – how few there are/were. The mainstream media is the enemy of the people and corrupt to the core.

  18. Helen Avatar
    Helen

    Re baby killing, California has/is introducing a law that allows killing baby I think up to 7 days after birth.

  19. Helen Avatar
    Helen

    Re refrigerators in Indo, yes correct, not there, that is why the population buys its daily meat each day in the wet markets. The shop owner kills enough cattle 1-2? very early in the morning so the meat arrives at the wet market in time for shopping and is consumed that very day – thus no need for refrigeration.

    Understandable when a very good wage is a US dollar a day and a bag of rice a week.

  20. JC Avatar
    JC

    Trader blog

    It’s true about Europe.

    We have a 9 handle on natty now and we’re only getting started. These prices are BEFORE a Russian embargo. Once the EU is ordered by the US to stop buying Russian gas — then you’ll see the real spike and you will also see how it decimates your natural gas utility bill the coming winter, as America converts all of its gas into LNG to export to Europe for big fat profits.

    The continent of Europe, more or less, is a useless sack of shit that cannot sustain itself on energy, food, or defense. They instead depend on others to do it for them.

    I happen to be long several natty plays this morning, but will be selling all of my stocks at the open, since today is my birthday and all.

    Natural gas was about $1.70 about a year ago.

  21. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Fair Shake – State/Territory governments in recent years have progressively tightened the screws on landlords, with predictable results. Things like making it hard to ban pets and making eviction more difficult even at the end of a lease have taken their toll. In strata titled housing, tyrannical and largely unaccountable bodies corporate can make life a misery for landlords as well.

    That said, a change from rental to purchased housing has no effect on the total amount of stock available. But it is bound to affect incentives for new builds – why would you build housing destined for the rental market even as landlords’ property rights are steadily being whittled away?

  22. Tintarella di Luna Avatar
    Tintarella di Luna

    why would you build housing destined for the rental market even as landlords’ property rights are steadily being whittled away?

    Don’t worry that’ll all chance once Blackrock takes it all the government will bend over forwards to give renters no rights at all

  23. Tintarella di Luna Avatar
    Tintarella di Luna

    that’ll all change but you knew that

  24. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    An instructive crop today Tom. Appreciated.

    There’s a contrast between the Australian and ‘Merican ones on the Texas shooting. The Australian ones are very much ‘wish upon a star’ stuff, and appear to convey a sentiment that if only firearms didn’t exist the world would be a magical place of sunshine with English Staffy puppies, rivers of honey and low-hanging trees laden with winning Powerball tickets.

    The US toons (particularly Stiglich) are far more realistic.

    This is humanity, and it’s ugly. The massacres of children are not a new phenomenon – this is the Assyrian king Neo-Assyrian King Ashurnasirpal II 3000 years ago on what he did to the occupants of a captured city:

    I cut off their hands, I burned them with fire, a pile of the living men and of heads over against the city gate I set up, men I impaled on stakes, the city I destroyed and devastated, I turned it into mounds and ruin heaps, the young men and the maidens in the fire I burned.

    Also – ask the Carthaginians, the Inca and the Aztecs.

    The human being is a complex, highly intelligent apex predator with an astounding ability to develop and use tools to kill others of the species. Centuries of being masked by relative affluence has not, and will not change that. Monsters are real, monsters are here and they do walk among us.

    The only thing to do – the only thing one can do – is as soon as they are identified, to shoot them down in the street with neither sympathy nor sorrow. One of the few human instincts equal to killing is that of protecting your own.

  25. Gabor Avatar
    Gabor

    Tintarella di Luna says:
    May 26, 2022 at 6:56 am

    why would you build housing destined for the rental market even as landlords’ property rights are steadily being whittled away?

    Don’t worry that’ll all change once Blackrock takes it all the government will bend over forwards to give renters no rights at all

    What or who is Blackrock?
    I’m all for renter’s rights, within reason, not to the extent that renters treat the property as their own and can’t be evicted without going to the high court.

  26. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “The continent of Europe, more or less, is a useless sack of shit that cannot sustain itself on energy, food, or defense. They instead depend on others to do it for them.”

    Sadly, an accurate description, particularly of Western Europe. An inevitable end result when you trash your history, culture and religion. I should state that it isn’t ordinary Europeans who’ve done this to themselves, this damage has been done by European elites, such as those running NATO and the EU.

  27. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Battery powered buses are very environmentally friendly:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r-yN8SugWM

  28. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “The Uighurs are a sect “

    The Uyghurs are not a sect, they’re an ethnic Turkish people from the Xinjiang province who follow the religion of Sunni Islam.

  29. Gabor Avatar
    Gabor

    Cassie of Sydney says:
    May 26, 2022 at 7:09 am

    “The Uighurs are a sect “

    The Uyghurs are not a sect, they’re an ethnic Turkish people from the Xinjiang province who follow the religion of Sunni Islam.

    Quite right, sadly a lot of peeps like bespoke are not quite up with history and geography.

  30. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    That haggard mutton Plibersek has yet to apologise for publicly ragging on Dutton’s potato head.

    A ‘spokesman’ contacted Dutton’s office to do it. Weak as piss.

    Dutton should be dining out on this for months, if not years. He won’t, of course.

  31. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    All very well McKim but how many tens of thousands before even you say enough?
    I think Monty was pretty keen on a generous boat policy back in the day of the evil Abbott PM.
    What say you now?

  32. DrBeauGan Avatar
    DrBeauGan

    Sadly, an accurate description, particularly of Western Europe

    Australia fits the same description.

    a useless sack of shit that cannot sustain itself on energy, food, or defense.

  33. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Australia can sustain itself on food now and energy if it willed it.

  34. DrBeauGan Avatar
    DrBeauGan

    OK, maybe we can do the food.

  35. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    News Corp, via the NT News:

    Ramos “barricaded” himself inside the classroom before officers from the Border Patrol’s elite Bortac team responded.

    They were unable to immediately enter the classroom because of a steel door and the building’s concrete block construction, according to law enforcement officials quoted in The Wall Street Jouranl.

    The team took fire from the gunman who shot at them through the door and the classroom’s walls. Three were injured but survived.

    The team only entered the room after getting a master key from the school principal, and once inside took fire they were able to force their way into the classroom.

    One agent received shrapnel wounds, a second took fire to a shield, and a third agent shot and killed Mr Ramos.

    Once the shooting stopped, they found multiple groups of dead children piled up in throughout the classroom.

    The cowardice displayed in the Broward County, Florida school shooting a few years ago was the result of accepted doctrine at the time, which was to attempt to cordon and contain an active shooter.

    After Florida, it all changed. Now (allegedly) the jacks are taught to go in regardless of being outnumbered and/or outgunned. There are two principles, in order – stop the killing, and stop the dying.

    Thankfully, this has yet to be fully tested here – in a school environment, at least.

  36. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Oo-er.

    I double-quoted Ashurnasirpal II as Neo-Assyrian a bit earlier. The quote was straight outta wiki.

  37. Gabor Avatar
    Gabor

    DrBeauGan says:
    May 26, 2022 at 7:19 am

    OK, maybe we can do the food.

    In the grand scheme of things, we are not as important a food source to the world as our farmers would like us to believe. Important, yes, vital, hardly.

    We could be self-sufficient both in energy and food supply, when it comes to manufacturing, see Arky, he is not wrong by half.

  38. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Hoping to see Elbow ignoring the harpy cross bench
    do as I say not as I do

  39. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    Ol’ Br’er Musk.
    Please don’t make me sell more Telsa stock.

    NEWS ALERT
    Elon Musk Plans to Rely More Heavily on Equity to Finance Twitter Deal

    Elon Musk’s plan to finance his Twitter deal now includes $33.5 billion in equity, up from $27.25 billion, amid a sharp decline in Tesla stock.

  40. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Battery powered buses are very environmentally friendly

    Another five went up in a Pommy depot this week.

    Meanwhile on the “environmentally friendly” thing…

    Continued Use Of Combustion Vehicles Leads To ‘Much Lower’ Lifetime CO2 Emissions Than Driving EVs (23 May)

    But even an 8 percent CO2 emissions “savings” by switching to driving an EV may be an overly optimistic scenario. With the average annual driving distance in Europe about 7500 km/year per vehicle, it would take 12 years of driving the same EV to realize a net CO2 emissions reduction relative to just continuing to drive an ICE vehicle. (Nearly all EV owners purchase replacements well before 12 years have elapsed.)

    Worse, if an ICE vehicle is driven only 4000 km/year there is no scenario – no matter how many years an EV owner drives her car – when replacing an ICE vehicle with an EV will ever realize a CO2 emissions “savings” relative to continuing to drive the ICE vehicle.

    So on life cycle analysis with European driving conditions – of exactly the sort of driving people say EVs are supposed to be convenient for – they are worse for CO2 net emissions than a comparable ICE car. Plus on rare occasions they have a propensity to burn your house down…

  41. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    Apart from the AFR, I can’t see coverage of Labor getting rid of the temporary fuel tax holiday for the punters.
    Maybe the cost of fuel, cost of living isn’t newsworthy after the election.

  42. calli Avatar
    calli

    Not sure what Leak’s on about.

    Is he being ironic? Look where the semblance of “cute and cuddly” got the Libs.

    On the Cute and Cuddly index, who rates?

    Rudd
    Gillard
    Albanese
    Shorten
    Keating
    Hawke
    Beasley
    Whitlam

    Who were successful?

  43. JC Avatar
    JC

    Uncle fester

    You used to tell us they battery technology had hit a wall…. Until it hadn’t. You also appear to assume people want to switch to EVs just because of carbon emissions. But that’s just untrue.

    One reason supporting the switch is that it would reduce pollution in the cities. Not carbon emissions, but polluting gases.
    Another reason is that people may want to avoid being held hostage by these authoritarian states.

  44. calli Avatar
    calli

    On the latest US horror, the chooks are all fluttering around about da guns, da guns! but virtually no one is asking about the murderer himself, apart from a few superficial descriptors. His name.

    Family
    Associates
    Beliefs
    Motivations
    Addictions
    Criminal history

    All appear to be under wraps but are clearly the major factors as to why someone would go out and deliberately murder many little children.

    Why?

  45. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    This was to be a restful day for us but was still busy. Eyam museum first, before lunch, showed us some good interpetive boards about the Bubonic Pague bacillus and whether or not most historical plagues were really Bubonic bacterial plague or something else. Mostly the other stuff about Eyam itself in the 1665-6 plague I’d already read in a book left here in our Eyam cottage and a few artifacts simply added immediacy to the tale, nothing new though.

    Hairy had in mind to do a ‘short’ drive in the afternoon around some of the historic Peaks villages, but first we sought somewhere for lunch, drawn by accident and hunger to a sign leading to Stella’s African Kitchen, as nothing else was open, tourism being rather slow still. I’m so glad we went there and ate there. Stella is a larger-than-life very dark black African lady of girth and with loads of plaited black hair. Even her lips were black, not reddish. She cooks up a storm of Afro-Carribean food (mostly Cameroon, she tells us) and puts her heart and soul and accommodating energy into it. An unusual place to find such a lady living, to say the least. Best food we’ve had on this trip so far. I loved her decor, which included two 1950’s style down-Jamaica-way black female figurines colourfully albeit only partially dressed, exposing naked perky breasts, acceptably ‘exotic’ decorative pottery that once graced white middle-class sitting rooms as the tired husband’s delight. Great to see them at home at Stella’s place now.

    We drove around some high peaks and engaged in a terrifying (for me) descent through a pass from the Edale Valley through into the Hope Valley. Absolutely scenic even if worryingly narrow when larger vehicles were coming up and there was no outside safety fence on the drop. Hairy in his driving element of course, unfazed by and disinterested in my silent hand-wringing, my swift intakes of breath and intermittent little yelps of concern. At least he told me that the road out of this spectacular vista was named Arthur’s Way, and possibly once referred to the whole pass. Of course it did, I say. Stands to reason. Old labels often died hardest.

    Both of these valleys were Christianised early, and contain Saxon preaching crosses.

    To finish this nearly three-hour tour we detoured briefly to Bakewell to pick up one of their famous tarts for our apres dinner treat tonight, after we’d cooked the steaks we bought there for our evening meal at home. The pastries look like something my mother might have made, irregular grey lard pastry, with soaked treacle in the middle, but tasted better. Much better.

    The guide book also said that The Rutland Arms, a big very early C19th pile in the centre of the old town, was built to attract the gentry to tour the Peaks, and that Jane Austen wrote ‘Pride and Prejudice’ there; so obviously we had to have a drink there. This Georgian hostelry, with genuine Victorian taxidermy of three deer heads above the fireplace, was attractively styled inside to period, but I couldn’t see any Austen memorabilia until I went to the toilet – above the mirror there for the eager female populace seeking info was a framed letter ‘from Jane’clarifying certain matters, ie the hotel’s way of apologising for the fact that she had never been in this place, and that it was all a fantasy of the town clerk in 1937 to improve the ‘feel’ of the town. That’s what literary historians now say anyway, although the tradition about Jane is still strong there. The second prize however was that Dickens, Wordsworth, Byron and some other notables had certainly been guests in their time.

  46. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    My wife was called in to cover for a sick English teacher at a local school.
    She walks in and sees yesterdays efforts written on the white board.
    The spelling of the young sick teacher caught her eye.
    Heirarchy
    Simular
    Degredation

    She chatted to another female teacher who went to school with me and her opinion was fairly harsh.
    “They’re just rubbish”

  47. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Another five went up in a Pommy depot this week.

    Do they come in Teal?

  48. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    We must prepare ourselves for years beset by bad luck.

    I cannot discern what stirs the fickle whims of Lady Fortune, but I do know that whenever Labor is in power all of their brilliant schemes are tripped up and come crashing down through the spiteful intervention of capricious chance.

  49. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Fair Shakesays:
    May 26, 2022 at 5:39 am
    I recall several disincentives put in by QLD Govmint to being a landlord. The result has been a tightening of supply of rental properties. Chickens cleared for landing and…..roosted!

    Queensland’s Rental Reforms: What You Need to Know

    PROVISION 3: NEW GROUNDS FOR TERMINATION

    This provision exists to ensure that the property owner still preserves the right to end a tenancy after the culmination of a fixed term agreement. While the lessor no longer has the ability to end a tenancy without grounds, new grounds for termination have been established in this provision.

    “One of the new grounds is the fixed term tenancy is reaching the end of its agreed term, so that will now become an actual ground that an owner can rely on when they give a notice to leave,” says Mercorella.

    “Other new grounds include if the owner wants to sell the property or if the owner themselves want to move back in or a family member wants to move back in, or the property is to be developed, there’s a series of new grounds. Having said that, all of those do still require the fixed term tenancy to come to an end before they can be relied on.”

    CHANGES TO PERIODIC TENANCIES

    Mercorella says property owners have lost the right to end a periodic tenancy by providing notice.

    Tenants will however retain this right.

    “Unless owners can establish limited prescribed grounds (such as the sale of the property) they will never be able to terminate a periodic tenancy,” she says.

    “This is a retrograde step and will almost certainly result in the demise of periodic tenancies in Queensland. This reform will detrimentally impact tenants who are seeking maximum flexibility and would prefer not to commit to a fixed term tenancy.”

  50. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Mean girl doesn’t like Dutton.

    Plibersek likens Dutton with ‘Voldemort’ sledge

    Projection is so strong with these people.

  51. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    Trapped in a car service waiting room by having one of our cars recalled for a safety check. Morning TV on 7’s Sunrise. Observations:

    – News consists of about four “serious” items and a few fluff pieces. Of course, one of the serious items is a car pileup, because they have vision of it.
    – The weather has the capitals; the Gold Coast, and Broome. Why these last two are included no-one says.
    – “The panel” consists of three sheilas and Kochie.
    – It is apparently compulsory for the panel to laugh uproariously every two minutes.
    – Piece 1 is a tourism advertorial on Busselton. Young enthusiastic reporter on the spot waxes enthusiastic about the pier. If you think about it the piece had to be mostly shot and edited previously.
    – Cut to mindless adverts.
    – Piece 2 is Keith Urban, apparently a singer. No, it’s an extended advert for the piece. No, it’s back to Keith, a tattooed singer wearing makeup. Kochie does it, cackling inanely throughout. Keith joins in now and then, just two Aussie blokes being instant mates.
    – Keith is married to Nicole Kidman. He sings his songs to her once he’s composed them.
    – Turns out the piece is really a big advert for “The Voice”, some sort of competition for aspiring rappers, or maybe aspiring singers. The singers all have huge dresses. Also an ad for Keith’s next tour.
    – Piece 3 is Johnny Depp not pushing people down stairs.
    – By now I notice the waiting room is really part of the showroom. I am seated next to a display cabinet featuring keyrings, mugs, model cars, umbrellas etc – all with the brand logo. Five metres away are shiny new cars. I do not go and look at them – we do not need a new car.
    – Cut back to Depp and Co. Kochie and Sheila 1 are very serious about it all, interviewing some linkage person at The Trial in the USA. Lotsa clips of witnesses being serious. The Aussie team and the linkage person still cackle a bit now and then.
    – Piece 4 is Albo coming home. Oh no, they are going to interview him. Apparently he “hung out” with serious world leaders. Albo tells us it was cool – he had met Pres Biden once before. Albo gets in the word “geo-strategic”. Sheila 2 brushes it aside in favour of “was he awe-inspired?” Albo comes back to being serious and PM-like.
    – Ticker-tape underneath tells us “Primer Minister performs well on the world stage”. It’s a honeymoon for everyone.
    – But how, asks Kochie, is he going to “cut emissions by 43%?”
    – Cut to sunset of chimneys belching smoke, or could it be steam?
    – Albo tells us “we have A Plan”. Albo goes on a rant about how we have thousands of jobs coming. Panel cackles appreciatively.
    – Panel says “China”. Albo says we have to respond positively. We have A Plan.
    – By this time I notice there is no-one else in the waiting room. There is a remote on the table.
    – Panel asks Albo if Tanya saying Peter Dutton looks like Voldemort is a Bad Thing. Albo says Very Naughty. Jumps back to I Have A Plan.
    – Ad break. I get the remote and put the TV on silent. I have brought a book.
    – The End

  52. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    ps for the military Cats, forgot to mention that we also went by the Derwent Reservoir, a large area of created water where the Dambuster pilots did all of their practice runs before doing the real thing during World War 2.

  53. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    I see our local Nat member Anne Webster is going to stand for deputy leader.
    She’s up against “fruit loop” (bush) Sussan Ley.
    I’ve spoken to Anne a few times and she’s okay on most issues.
    Anne romped home in the Mallee despite the seat being extended into more Labor leaning areas further south.

  54. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Lol TE.
    I realised the other day as I left the never ending news at the cafe I thought was radio was actually on a large screen tv to which I mercifully had my back.

  55. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    when it comes to manufacturing …

    As if by magic, the algorithm thought smashing out stuff in countries where
    wearing socks with sandals is the height of foundry OH&S might be of interest.

  56. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Top Ender, you showed great forbearance. I refuse to be in the same same when that poisonous, squeaky voice is going. Must admit I don’t mind looking at new cars when I’m getting a service but then trains, planes and automobiles fascinate me.

  57. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Knight’s cartoon would have been insightful if people at Uvalde had been armed and there was still mountains of carnage. The point he seems to be making – that being armed does not help – is not made by events since it was a gun free zone.

    Oh, and the evil NRA *boo hiss* is there!

    He and Warren always strike me as unbearably parochial. The way they spend weeks lamenting the passing of sports stars – being welcomed at the Pearly Gates (‘cos footy is a Christian virtue like charity and love), or appearing in spirit form at various events – makes me retch.

    They pander to restricted knowledge of mainstream Australia – restricted by the MSM who would never dream of showing anything more than the cartoonish visions of j’ismists. If they wanted to do something useful they might sneak in another perspective that might make some people at least wonder.

    Perhaps a cartoon showing kids being ushered into school just stepping over a line on the footpath one side of which says ‘Gun Free Zone’, and the parent saying “Well, at least now they are safe.”

    At least Warren and Knight will have communicated just what fatuous asinine ideas ‘Gun Free Zones’ are: obeyed by the lawful, ignored by the criminals and loonies. Gun free zones just create small islands where a monster can slaughter the innocent without the least fear of danger to themselves.

  58. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    You of all people, Dot, should understand the chilling effect that government regulation can have.

    Take note. munty has criticised government regulation.

    Had he done this on Phat Pussy, Steve from Brissy and Homer would have come down on him like a ton of bricks, and he would have spent the next day apologising to them, and grovelling that his heresy was just an unfortunate error.

  59. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Mean girl doesn’t like Dutton.

    Plibersek likens Dutton with ‘Voldemort’ sledge

    Has Plibersek ever contributed anything weighty to public life?

    Her thoughts are about as interesting as a Sao biscuit without the cheese and tomato on top.

  60. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    A soggy Sao even

  61. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    corruption is love of power and absolute power is absolute corruption.

    You hear people say the Bible teaches that “Money is the root of all evil”. Yet we see a lot of bad stuff happening without money.

    The original quote was Radix malorum est cupiditas, “The root of evil is greed/desire”. People can desire a lot more than just money. Greed for power, for patronage, even individual people.

    People who object to opinions from the private sector (especially on topics like AGW) because they are receiving money never consider (or maybe they do – they use willful ignorance where they cannot rely upon accidental ignorance) the sort of cupidity that happens in universities, government departments, UN bodies etc. The places seethe with it.

  62. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    I see our local Nat member Anne Webster is going to stand for deputy leader.
    She’s up against “fruit loop” (bush) Sussan Ley.

    That would be deputy leader of the Nats, not the Libs.

  63. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Has Plibersek ever contributed anything weighty to public life?

    I think she once stood somewhere that (briefly) blocked our view of Gillard. Apart from that gift to us I am stumped.

  64. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    He and Warren always strike me as unbearably parochial.

    Likewise the Pommy cartoonists. The unending screeching about a somewhat boozy party in No. 10 would be meaningful if they also covered the other hypocrites:

    Corbyn demands Boris resign for Covid rule break… despite admitting breaking law himself (25 May)

    Sir Keir Starmer says he did nothing wrong after photo emerges of him drinking beer with staff during lockdown (17 Jan)

    JEREMY CORBYN has demanded Boris Johnson resign as Prime Minister for breaching Covid laws – despite having been found to have broke lockdown rules himself.

    Sir Keir Starmer has said he did not break any rules after being photographed drinking a beer with his staff during the spring lockdown.

    It’s a mystery why they don’t also do cartoons of Corbyn and Starmer, a mystery.

  65. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Mother Lode, Australian cartoonists including Mark Knight and Warren Brown are loony lefties when it comes to gun control. They think all guns should be confiscated by the government. They hate practical solutions to school shootings, such as armed marshals inside school precincts, which instantly removes the school as a target for armed psychopaths.

  66. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    That haggard mutton Plibersek has yet to apologise for publicly ragging on Dutton’s potato head.
    A ‘spokesman’ contacted Dutton’s office to do it. Weak as piss.
    Dutton should be dining out on this for months, if not years. He won’t, of course.

    Just a news filler story .. Tansy’s leadership star has waned star as being the “drug dealer’s moll” finally catches up .. She’ll, no doubt, get a ministry but on the outer same as the “turtle & “willy” .. yesterday’s Labor doesn’t fit in wiv AnAl’s new make-over .. LOL!
    Don’t know why “Dudzy Biloela” would complain tho .. suits him .. tho “voldomor ” might not be too happy .. imagine being classed charisma-wize to a “cardboard box” ..
    Mind, I think the Leake depiction a lot more life like appraisal .. LOL!
    https://ibb.co/zbWwjXW

  67. duncanm Avatar
    duncanm

    ‘cmon Calli – that leak is funny.

    its exactly the sort of bullshit naval gazing that will be going on in the party room at the moment.

  68. calli Avatar
    calli

    My homework at the Hall of Fame has been set. I am to look for a disembodied bronze head but not name the owner.

    I can do this!

    Our accomodation. While Lizzie basks in Georgian wonders, I am housed in something more modest. The motel (Staging Post) is styled mid-Victorian rustic. Before you shudder, I have to say it’s gorgeous and just my type of thing. They have used a lot of corrugated iron and old timber salvaged from who knows where. Exposed copper piping, polished concrete floors, ticking bedding and dark grey Wagga type blankets.

    The “sink” brings back memories of home ec at school – a big enamel bowl. There’s even a bar of Sunlight in a “swisher”. A dresser with a curtain, big teapot, enamel crockery. Lots of fun. Recommended. As is the Longreach Tav – good simple food cooked well. Doesn’t get better than that.

    I mentioned the collection of traps, gigs, dog boxes and drays out the front. All in good condition and more fuel for the imagination – I picture them in the dusty, wide streetscape of long ago. There are still many original or elderly buildings here – the Kinnon family appear to have both preservation an tourism sewn up here. I heard they have bought a Vic paddle wheeler and are bringing it up here for cruises on the Thomson. Good for them.

  69. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    Imagine being in the Prosecutions Department for this one:

    A transgender male had relationships with three women by using a specially made prosthetic penis in the dark to pretend to be born a man.

    Tarjit Singh, 32, who was born a biological female named Hannah Walters, assaulted the victims between June 2010 and March 2016.

    Singh would keep clothing on and have sex with the women with the strap-on phallus when the lights were turned off.

    Daily Mail

  70. chrisl Avatar
    chrisl

    My daughter’s teacher friend in the US talks about doing “active shooter drills” Quite traumatising for the kids .

  71. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    I don’t know much about the Harry Potter reference, but I believe a good comeback from Dutton would be “And I would never have thought that the former Opposition Education Spokesperson is good looking enough to be a drug dealer’s moll, but here we are.”

  72. Bluey Avatar
    Bluey

    After my little rant the other day about not compromising I stumbled across this on social media. Sums it up better that I did I reckon. The left do not want a moral and just society, they want power, dressed up in every kind of euphemism.

    Apolitical
    @Apolitical

    11h
    ·
    There is no live and let live. No moral compromising for coexistence.

    Decent, moral people have been shoved in the closet at the same time the freaks and degenerates have been let out.

    All of their symbols and religion have been removed from the public square and replaced by rainbow flags.

    Christianity has been removed from schools while LGBTQ educators teach children under 10 about being gay.

    Impose your morality on society or one will be imposed upon you and your children by someone else.

  73. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    ROFLMAO.

    Read the later part of munty’s “chilling effect” comment.

    He ends up (probably inadvertently) defending the right f doctors to decide on the best treatment for their patients, free of that “chilling effect”. I don’t recall him criticising that when doctors were restricted, under threat of de-registration, from deciding the best way to treat their patients for Kung Flu.

    Hypocrisy on stilts. Don’t you dare interfere with the killing of babies, and don’t you dare think independently about Kung Flu!

  74. calli Avatar
    calli

    It’s inevitable, chrisl.

    We are reverting in some ways to the war years, when children drilled for raids. This time the “raiders” live among us.

    I have taken part several times in evacuation and “protection” drills for children at a big Sydney church. Today, two of my grandchildren will go to school in an environment protected by armed guards.

    We know why.

  75. Real Deal Avatar
    Real Deal

    That haggard mutton Plibersek has yet to apologise for publicly ragging on Dutton’s potato head.

    A ‘spokesman’ contacted Dutton’s office to do it. Weak as piss.

    Dutton should be dining out on this for months, if not years. He won’t, of course.

    She should talk, KD.

    I tuned in for a little while on Saturday night’s ABC election coverage.

    I used to think that Plibbers was a well turned out piece of kit.
    But now:- Slabs of makeup, fake eyelashes that made her look like an ageing former movie star on the pages of Anger’s Hollywood Babylon. The years haven’t been a friend to her.

  76. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    A transgender male had relationships with three women …

    No need to strap on, help is on its way.
    Jolly generous for an institution forever on the verge of collapse.

  77. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    The original quote was Radix malorum est cupiditas.

    The original is ???? ??? ?????? ??? ????? ????? ? ??????????

    Not as punchy as the Latin but there it is.

    You hear people say the Bible teaches that “Money is the root of all evil”. Yet we see a lot of bad stuff happening without money.

    Indeed; taking the above out of the context of the argument in 1 Timothy and making it a general maxim doesn’t accurately portray the Bible’s teaching. In Romans 1, Paul ascribes human sinfulness to idolatry, which can take the coarse forms he lists there or more subtle forms, but always involves false worship.

  78. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Tinta

    Helensays:
    May 26, 2022 at 6:03 am
    Re baby killing, California has/is introducing a law that allows killing baby I think up to 7 days after birth.

    munty will be pleased. What a simple but effective way to relieve the mother’s post-partum depression. (Do I need to say “sarc”? I hope not.)

  79. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Top Endersays:
    May 26, 2022 at 8:05 am

    If you think that’s bad watch the rest of the morning TV. No wonder Australia is in a such dire state.

  80. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Sussan Ley.
    That would be deputy leader of the Nats, not the Libs.

    Yes Roger.
    Got my wires crossed.

  81. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Mmm…Greek text not recognised.

    Transliterated:

    Rhiza gar pant?n t?n kak?n estin h? philargyria

    [The] root for all (the) evil is the love of money/avarice/covetousness.

  82. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Yes Roger.
    Got my wires crossed.

    Happens as the noggin gets older, I find.

  83. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    I give up.

  84. calli Avatar
    calli

    Roger, disobey the first commandment and disobedience to all the rest follows.

  85. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    I cut off their hands, I burned them with fire, a pile of the living men and of heads over against the city gate I set up, men I impaled on stakes, the city I destroyed and devastated, I turned it into mounds and ruin heaps, the young men and the maidens in the fire I burned.

    This sounds like something The People would approve of.

  86. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Tarjit Singh, 32, who was born a biological female named Hannah Walters, assaulted the victims between June 2010 and March 2016.

    Singh would keep clothing on and have sex with the women with the strap-on phallus when the lights were turned off.

    These women – assuming, of course, that they are actual women rather than merely identifying as such – couldn’t tell the difference?

    Yeah nah nah nah nah nah yeah nah*.

    *Not a woman.

  87. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Rogersays:

    May 26, 2022 at 8:57 am

    I give up.

    I g?ve ?p too.

  88. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Singh would keep clothing on and have sex with the women with the strap-on phallus when the lights were turned off.

    This is more common than you think.

  89. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Daily Mail.

    BREAKING: ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ author convicted for murdering husband

    Nancy Brophy, 71, was convicted on Wednesday of second-degree murder for shooting dead her chef husband Daniel Brophy, 63, in June 2018
    Prosecutors have claimed she killed her husband in a scheme to collect his $1.4 million life insurance policy
    She has previously written a blog post entitled ‘How to Murder Your Husband’
    Sentencing is scheduled for June 13, and she faces life in prison

  90. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    callisays:
    May 26, 2022 at 7:51 am
    On the latest US horror, the chooks are all fluttering around about da guns, da guns! but virtually no one is asking about the murderer himself, apart from a few superficial descriptors. His name.

    Family
    Associates
    Beliefs
    Motivations
    Addictions
    Criminal history

    All appear to be under wraps but are clearly the major factors as to why someone would go out and deliberately murder many little children.

    Why?

    They don’t support the precious “narrative”.

    On that note, when munty had his ears well and truly pinned back on guns yesterday, he switched seamlessly to abortion, and continued to babble illogical nonsense.

  91. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Can we have a bit more bonhomie and good humour today please?
    The bonhomie was rather poor yesterday.

  92. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Imagine being in the Prosecutions Department for this one:

    Yeah it would spend a bit of time in the in tray. My brief (2 year) introductory law career was spent at a collapsing law firm where anyone who could get out did. You dreaded to see what they would hand over as they went out the door. I joined them the day after my post admission year ticked over.

  93. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Gaborsays:
    May 26, 2022 at 7:04 am
    Tintarella di Luna says:
    May 26, 2022 at 6:56 am

    why would you build housing destined for the rental market even as landlords’ property rights are steadily being whittled away?

    Don’t worry that’ll all change once Blackrock takes it all the government will bend over forwards to give renters no rights at all

    What or who is Blackrock?
    I’m all for renter’s rights, within reason, not to the extent that renters treat the property as their own and can’t be evicted without going to the high court.

    Give the Bikies or Pacific Islanders a grand and the address. Simples.

  94. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Sancho Panzersays:
    May 26, 2022 at 9:05 am
    Can we have a bit more bonhomie and good humour today please?
    The bonhomie was rather poor yesterday.

    More Homie than Bon.

  95. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Farmer Gezsays:
    May 26, 2022 at 7:55 am
    My wife was called in to cover for a sick English teacher at a local school.
    She walks in and sees yesterdays efforts written on the white board.
    The spelling of the young sick teacher caught her eye.
    Heirarchy
    Simular
    Degredation

    She chatted to another female teacher who went to school with me and her opinion was fairly harsh.
    “They’re just rubbish”

    Supports my argument a couple of days ago, when munty was claiming to be the “only conservative on the blog”. Many of the institutions that munty now wants to conserve are now totally useless. I mentioned a school system that produces a high proportion of illiterates (and innumerates) at the end of Year 12. This shows why the school system is not worth conserving, but must be changed radically. Starting by removing illiterate and innumerate teachers.

  96. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Roger, disobey the first commandment and disobedience to all the rest follows.

    Yes, calli.

    That is the root of all evil.

    When I was teaching my kids the commandments* I’d give them a hypothetical situation and ask “How many commandments were broken?” They didn’t get it at first – which is telling! – but then they realised, every sin begins with wanting to be your own god.

    * Things are no doubt different in Sydney Anglicanism, but up here you can’t trust Sunday schools to teach properly.

  97. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Give the Bikies or Pacific Islanders a grand and the address. Simples.

    A well known Perth (now) billionaire who still dabbled in slumlord property development was not adverse to using the motorcycle community to maintain the rent roll.

  98. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    UKRAINE USES PROHIBITED ANTI-PERSONNEL MINES IN THE DONBASS

    Ukraine signed up to the mine ban treaty.
    Which went out the window the day the tanks rolled over the border.
    Funny how that works. It’s almost like the treaty isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

    I suppose signing up was helpful for their international brownie point total, which is now paying off in the form of arms lend lease. Giving up their nukes wasn’t such a great idea though, since if they still had them they probably wouldn’t’ve needed the mines.

    Of course Russia never signed up, so Ukraine pretty much had to dump it. Survival has its own expediency in such things.

  99. Bourne1879 Avatar
    Bourne1879

    Over 600 comments on the Courier Mail article about Tanya’s comments about Dutton.

    If anything she has got people on his side.

  100. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Spud has got the Liars spooked if no one else.

  101. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    The cognac communist

    Oh, yes!

    Monty (and every other armchair commie) to a T.

  102. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    mOnster never had a problem killing his “Dearly Departed Doggy”

    Remind me again how munty killed his kids puppy?

    Montys house, after muttleys demise, colourised and animated..

    https://sonichits.com/video/the_goodies/Mummy_I_Don't_Like_My_Meat

  103. dover0beach Avatar

    This is what I am talking about db, constant bad faith arguments. Please try to refrain.

    How is that a bad faith response? I earlier stated that doctors should be perfectly entitled to undertake any medical procedure that had a reasonable likelihood of preserving the life of the mother even if a side-effect of this endangered the child in utero (principle of double effect). Rather than saying ‘fine as far as that goes’ you sought to criticise, not the above, but what was occurring in this or that US state as if I had defend that same position.

    But even if we put that aside, a doctor concerned with preserving the life of the mother and child could never consider deliberately killing the child (abortion) because the two are incongruous.

  104. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    BJ said: I mentioned a school system that produces a high proportion of illiterates (and innumerates) at the end of Year 12. This shows why the school system is not worth conserving, but must be changed radically. Starting by removing illiterate and innumerate teachers.

    I don’t disagree, but point out that “the system” never tests for literacy and numeracy with consequences.

    In other words, a kid can be diagnosed as illiterate and innumerate and apart from having “resources” hurled at it, they can continue to be until they leave. There is no certificate of literacy and numeracy in the Australian education system.

  105. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Rubicon crossed.

    Et Tu? Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Adds Trigger Warning to Julius Caesar (25 May)

    You just know that lefties in 50 BC would’ve regarded Mr Caesar as the earlier Donald Trump. And they’d hate a truth teller like Bill Shakespeare.

  106. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    The Babylon Bee:

    Nancy Pelosi draws up articles of impeachment against the pope.

  107. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    There is no certificate of literacy and numeracy in the Australian education system.

    That’d be a tough one to get past the teachers’ unions.

  108. P Avatar
    P

    Bible’s out, ‘affirmation’ is in for new PM

    Anthony Albanese has raised eyebrows across several religious groups just seconds into taking office, selecting to be sworn in as Prime Minister by way of making a secular affirmation without reference to God, rather than taking an oath on the Bible.

    Australia’s Prime Ministers have traditionally chosen to be sworn in using a bible.

    Over the past three months, Mr Albanese’s winning strategy to claim government has been to extol the virtues of his ‘three faiths’, the Labor party, South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Catholic Church.

  109. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Zipster says:
    May 26, 2022 at 9:21 am
    grandfathers vs Their Woke Offspring

    AwakenWithJP

    “How foetal racism can be solved by abortion”

    Too good.

  110. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    California has/is introducing a law that allows killing baby I think up to 7 days after birth.

    I thought it was all about ‘my body my choice’?

    Even someone as thick as Monty can see that murder of a baby up to a week old is infanticide.

  111. Bluey Avatar
    Bluey

    Psays:
    May 26, 2022 at 9:34 am
    Bible’s out, ‘affirmation’ is in for new PM

    Anthony Albanese has raised eyebrows across several religious groups just seconds into taking office, selecting to be sworn in as Prime Minister by way of making a secular affirmation without reference to God, rather than taking an oath on the Bible.

    Australia’s Prime Ministers have traditionally chosen to be sworn in using a bible.

    Over the past three months, Mr Albanese’s winning strategy to claim government has been to extol the virtues of his ‘three faiths’, the Labor party, South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Catholic Church.

    No doubt the primary faith is the Labor party, so long as he’s in charge.

  112. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Thanks, Bruce o’Newk at 9.35am. Laughed out loud at this.

  113. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    WA industries are big polluters, and Labor’s 2030 emissions target could hit them hard

    Oh dear! Who could have foreseen such an outcome? This is why I am generally happy with the election result. The WA voters who did so much to make it happen deserve what they clearly want good and hard.

    If the Libs had any brains, they’d stop bleating about winning back the rich, climate change-obsessed doctor’s wives, whose defection conventional wisdom attributes to their loss, and start planning their outreach to the FIFO/tradie classes.

  114. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Over the past three months, Mr Albanese’s winning strategy to claim government has been to extol the virtues of his ‘three faiths’, the Labor party, South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Catholic Church.

    I was under the distinct impression Albanese has long admitted he is a lapsed Catholic.

  115. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    Ay? Pretty sure Sussan Ley is a Lib. And a dopey as hell one at that that even by Lib standards. I know she has a rural electorate but still a Lib.

  116. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    -that

  117. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Lay has Tim Fischer’s old electorate. What a dud he turned out to be too.

  118. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Rogersays:
    May 26, 2022 at 9:33 am
    There is no certificate of literacy and numeracy in the Australian education system.

    That’d be a tough one to get past the teachers’ unions.

    Would they be able to read it? (The union officials, that is.)

  119. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Delta A

    Even someone as thick as Monty can see that murder of a baby up to a week old is infanticide.

    Well, we hope that he can.

  120. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    OCO

    If the Libs had any brains, they’d stop bleating about winning back the rich, climate change-obsessed doctor’s wives, whose defection conventional wisdom attributes to their loss, and start planning their outreach to the FIFO/tradie classes.

    Plus infinity!

  121. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Biden Admin: K-12 Schools Must Put Boys In Girls’ Bathrooms To Get Federal Lunch Money

    Reminds me of the scowling behemoth Michelle Obama. She had a weight problem so every schoolkid in America had to go on a diet.

    They had to keep the kitchen busy from 4 am to 10 pm maintaining dishes she could fall upon when she was peckish – lest she started gnawing in the dogs, Secret Service personnel, or that jug-eared flunky of hers that used to read the President of the United States at speeches.

    And even then they had to pretend Russian agents were sneaking into the White House and tipping over the garbage bins at night and rummaging through the refuse.

  122. dover0beach Avatar

    Re discussion of desire above initiated by ML, always good to keep Augustine in mind: You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you. Anything less will always keep us wanting more.

  123. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    He ends up (probably inadvertently) defending the right f doctors to decide on the best treatment for their patients, free of that “chilling effect”.

    It must have been a copy/paste.

    As far as Mongty is concerned a “chilling effect” is what we call “brain freeze” from drinking a slushy too fast.

    His favourite number is a google, which is a ‘1’ with a hundred donuts after it.

  124. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “If the Libs had any brains, they’d stop bleating about winning back the rich, climate change-obsessed doctor’s wives, whose defection conventional wisdom attributes to their loss, and start planning their outreach to the FIFO/tradie classes.”

    100% correct.

  125. P Avatar
    P

    The Prime Minister also selected his former school, St Mary’s Cathedral College to announce his education policy.

    Meanwhile, Tanya Plibersek also was keen to play up the Labor leader’s Catholic credentials.

    In March she gave a talk saying “Christ taught his disciples. It’s what Pope Francis teaches us today. It’s what motivates me. And I know it’s what motivates our leader, Anthony Albanese”.

    The Catholic Weekly – May 25, 2022

  126. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Rhiza gar pant?n t?n kak?n estin h? philargyria

    It’s all Greek to me.

  127. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    In March she gave a talk saying “Christ taught his disciples. It’s what Pope Francis teaches us today. It’s what motivates me. And I know it’s what motivates our leader, Anthony Albanese”.

    What teaching was she referring to?

    Let me guesss…she’s cherry-picked something about “social justice” from Catholic teaching while ignoring the rest.

  128. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    The fact that Savva has come out today and said Libs “need to find the sensible centre” tells the Libs everything that need not do.

  129. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Oh come on says:
    May 26, 2022 at 9:51 am
    Ay? Pretty sure Sussan Ley is a Lib. And a dopey as hell one at that that even by Lib standards. I know she has a rural electorate but still a Lib.
    M
    That’s me stuffing it up.
    OCO
    Follow my wife’s lead and ignore much of what I say.

  130. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    Follow my wife’s lead and ignore much of what I say.

    Listen to what I mean, not what I say.

  131. Old School Conservative Avatar
    Old School Conservative

    Keith Urban, apparently a singer

    A country and western singer, no less.
    Shirley it’s a dad joke.

  132. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    The fact that Savva has come out today and said Libs “need to find the sensible centre” tells the Libs everything that need not do.

    So you’re the one who reads her columns, Lysander?

  133. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Meanwhile, Tanya Plibersek also was keen to play up the Labor leader’s Catholic credentials.

    Apparently the sedate and measured theologian, Whoopi Goldberg, denounced the Archbishop who stated that Nancy Pelosi should not be able to receive communion. Whoopi explained that it is not the Archbishops job to decide that. Further, she explained that communion is precisely for sinners.

    It is almost funny (but for the consequences) when people who do not have faith, or are not members of the Catholic Church, condescendingly take the faithful to task for ‘doing it wrong’.

  134. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    ML

    Further, she explained that communion is precisely for sinners.

    Well, she got the first two and last three letters correct, pity about the centre group.

  135. Old School Conservative Avatar
    Old School Conservative

    Speaking of young teachers……….
    My no.1 grandson is at the ACU doing a primary school teaching degree.
    He went on a practicum two weeks ago.
    On day one he was called to the principal’s office at recess.
    Uh, oh, trouble he thought.
    No not trouble. They offered him a contract on the spot.
    Reasons – in the two periods he had taught, he proved to be
    a) literate and numerate
    b) neatly dressed
    c) male.

    Good for you I said, but deep down I know how all those attributes are sadly lacking amongst his uni colleagues.

  136. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Whoopi explained that it is not the Archbishops job to decide that. Further, she explained that communion is precisely for sinners.

    ‘Actors are generally stupid people.’

    Anthony Hopkins, when asked why he doesn’t comment on current affairs.

  137. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    ‘Actors are generally stupid people.’

    Anthony Hopkins, when asked why he doesn’t comment on current affairs.

    Funny thing is that Hopkins showed himself a perceptive actor by saying so, and did it while not talking down to people.

  138. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Funny thing is that Hopkins showed himself a perceptive actor by saying so, and did it while not talking down to people.

    Yes; it was also funny.

    But he certainly doesn’t have tickets on himself.

    Attends AA meetings wherever he happens to find himself, including when he’s down under.

  139. duncanm Avatar
    duncanm

    Meanwhile, in ‘nobody saw that coming’ and ‘this is a sound business strategy’ news.

    The NBN wants to raise its wholesale prices because 5G wireless and Musk’s satellites are eating into their market with cheaper prices.

  140. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Reasons – in the two periods he had taught, he proved to be
    a) literate and numerate
    b) neatly dressed
    c) male.

    Smart lad. Smart principal.

  141. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    On literacy and numeracy of a sort.
    A relative is a teacher and was assigned the task of exam supervision.
    The person with over-arching responsibility for running exams turns up and declares the room to be non-compliant. At least two clocks must be visible from every seat. My relative is confused, “What do you mean? There are clocks all over the place.”
    Nup. The clocks have to be digital. Not all children can read an analogue clock.

  142. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    These are great and very timely: Feminist Cringe Compilation. The one with Gavin McInnes (what a loss to the msm) is splendid as he gives it to some feminist kunt (on Hannity who tries to hide) but they’re all hilarious:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngeiKVA3w10&list=RD5cIvH-iZZfA&start_radio=1&rv=5cIvH-iZZfA

  143. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Not all children can read an analogue clock.

    Or write and read cursive script.

    OK, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s a sign of declining standards.

    In a generation or so they’ll need specialists to decipher cursive manuscripts in libraries and museums.

  144. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    The NBN wants to raise its wholesale prices because 5G wireless and Musk’s satellites are eating into their market with cheaper prices.

    Curious how they’re saying this now that Labor is in the big house.

  145. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Plibbers wants to be a Mean Girl too.

  146. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    In a generation or so they’ll need specialists to decipher cursive manuscripts in libraries and museums.

    They’re called chemists.

  147. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Bowen on news saying rising electricity prices are because LNP failed to invest in renewables. The punters including the inner city teal voting fucktards are soon going to learn the difference between dearer electricity and no electricity.

  148. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Not all children can read an analogue clock.

    Marks for knowing you’ve run out of time.

  149. will Avatar
    will

    Sancho Panzersays:
    May 26, 2022 at 9:01 am
    Singh would keep clothing on and have sex with the women with the strap-on phallus when the lights were turned off.

    This is more common than you think.

    and you know this how?

  150. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Old School Conservativesays:
    May 26, 2022 at 10:35 am
    Speaking of young teachers……….
    My no.1 grandson is at the ACU doing a primary school teaching degree.
    He went on a practicum two weeks ago.
    On day one he was called to the principal’s office at recess.
    Uh, oh, trouble he thought.
    No not trouble. They offered him a contract on the spot.
    Reasons – in the two periods he had taught, he proved to be
    a) literate and numerate
    b) neatly dressed
    c) male.

    Good for you I said, but deep down I know how all those attributes are sadly lacking amongst his uni colleagues.

    Same with my son except doing Secondary. My son is doing some bullshit unit to finish off but has recently been made a manager of an allied field that he got into, so no teaching.

  151. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    H B Bearsays:

    May 26, 2022 at 11:08 am

    Not all children can read an analogue clock.

    Marks for knowing you’ve run out of time.

    Not as silly as it sounds.
    Simple arithmetic.
    180 minutes total time.
    A 15% question gets 27 minutes.
    Now for some economics.
    Spending 40 minutes on that question is a practical demonstration of the Law of Diminishing Returns.

  152. Old bloke Avatar
    Old bloke

    Another five went up in a Pommy depot this week.

    McGowan is building 100+ of these electric buses for WA, how will people get out of them when they catch on fire? When they ignite, the fire spreads very quickly, I don’t know how a bus loaded with school children or pensioners loaded with shopping bags will survive one of these fires.

  153. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Bowen on news saying rising electricity prices are because LNP failed to invest in renewables.

    I take it Turtle Head is no longer a rising star. Wayne Goosesteen levels of idiocy on display here and it’s only Day 2.

  154. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Sandgropers are well versed in escaping self immolating buses. The LPG ones have provided plenty of practice.

  155. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    So you’re the one who reads her columns, Lysander?

    Haha no Roger… I only ever read about her in Nancy’s Friday column… 😛

  156. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Not all children can read an analogue clock.

    First noticed that phenomenon thirty years ago…

  157. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    Tucker: There is something really wrong
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson reacts to the politicization of the Texas school shooting in Ulvade, reflects on mental illness and stopping violence in America.

  158. Mak Siccar Avatar
    Mak Siccar

    Prof Jim does an acerbic but polite analysis of the snake that is Simon Birmingham.

    https://spectator.com.au/2022/05/karma-comes-calling/

    An extract.

    So when Simon says the Libs moved too far right just laugh. When Simon says the recipe is to become Labor (actually the Greens), just in a more tealishly toothsome outfit, tell him he’s joking. Down that road is political oblivion for the Liberal party, for a decade or more.

    The inner-city seats are gone for the foreseeable future just as they were some years ago lost in Canada (the Tories get obliterated in wealthy Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver), in the US (the hundred wealthiest counties opted for Hillary not Trump), and in Britain (Boris and the Tories do not win seats in wealthy parts of London). The winning coalition for any right-of-centre party in the Anglosphere today is the one Boris put together in 2019 and Trump did in 2016 (and in 2020 it delivered the second highest US vote count ever to him). It’s the suburbs. The regions. The middle and working classes. Those who detest woke orthodoxies and care more about actual energy prices (that have gone from lowest in the democratic world to just about the highest in my 17 years in this country) than about Australian emissions that matter not one whit in world terms. In short, focus on those who want a big dose of conservative policies that a government tries, actually tries, to enact.

    If Simon Birmingham can’t swallow that (or any of the other misnamed ‘moderates’ can’t) then he and they should leave. Teal will become them.

  159. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    When they ignite, the fire spreads very quickly, I don’t know how a bus loaded with school children or pensioners loaded with shopping bags will survive one of these fires.

    Electric vehicles, popularised by neo-religious idiots who know nothing about science or engineering to fix an imaginary problem, are a ticking time bomb.

    It’s only a matter of time before there is a deadly tragedy, not elsewhere in the world, but in Australia.

  160. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Pretty obvious that Ken was gay all along.

    Mattel Announces Barbie Doll to Celebrate Transgender Actor Laverne Cox (25 May)

    Mattel has announced the release of its newest Barbie doll to celebrate transgender actor Laverne Cox meant to “highlight the importance of inclusion and acceptance”

    “We are proud to highlight the importance of inclusion and acceptance at every age and to recognize Laverne’s significant impact on culture with a Tribute Collection Barbie,” said Lisa McKnight, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Barbie and Dolls at Mattel, according to People.

    Black tranny Barbie will be a great addition to your collection along with one legged Barbie. Weirdly there doesn’t seem to be a Christian Barbie or a Nun Barbie. Maybe Mattel needs to do more work on inclusion and acceptance.

    Mattel’s ‘Inclusive Dolls’ Include Wheel Chair and Prosthetic Leg Barbie, Vitiligo Ken (12 May)

  161. Bruce in WA Avatar
    Bruce in WA

    Many of the institutions that munty now wants to conserve are now totally useless. I mentioned a school system that produces a high proportion of illiterates (and innumerates) at the end of Year 12. This shows why the school system is not worth conserving, but must be changed radically. Starting by removing illiterate and innumerate teachers.

    In a previous life I edited/rewrote many MSS written by teachers for commercial publication.

    The misspellings were legion; I won’t even begin to mention those most common.

    There were some illiteracies, however:

    “wallah!” — took me a while — “voila!”
    “to all intensive purposes”
    “medium strip” (down the centre of the road)
    “curb” — “kerb” (had a stand-up argument over that one!)
    “coldslaw” (even supplied the recipe)
    “must of”, “could of”, “should of”, “would of”, “might of”
    “in one foul swoop”
    “a mute point”
    (something was) “funner than” (something else)
    absolutely NO idea of comparative and superlative or count and non-count nouns 🙁

    It was disheartening.

    I also enjoyed the proposition by one writer that steam trains in Australia were replaced by diesel/electric because in our summer “it was too hot for the fireman to shovel coal”.

  162. Diogenes Avatar
    Diogenes

    There is no certificate of literacy and numeracy in the Australian education system.

    That’d be a tough one to get past the teachers’ unions.

    Not entirely true. In NSW you don’t get your HSC unless you pass a separate literacy and numeracy exam. Teachers have to pass a literacy and numeracy exam as part of their degree.

  163. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Gotta love James Allan.

  164. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    It’s only a matter of time before there is a deadly tragedy, not elsewhere in the world, but in Australia.

    Ev’s are relatively new. An aged vehicle with hardened wiring, corroded connections and poor contact might prove a little problematic.
    “Stand clear, she’s about to blow”

  165. hzhousewife Avatar
    hzhousewife

    McGowan is building 100+ of these electric buses for WA,

    Kamala wants all of the US yellow school buses to be electric.
    Bloke on ? Neil Mitchell this morning purchased an EV, lives in Warnambool. Charges at home – 24 hrs from empty to full. Can recharge in Torquay not sure what percentage, but takes 40 minutes. Just wants to use it “around town”, so I assume elderly, no trips required.

  166. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    McGowan is building 100+ of these electric buses for WA, how will people get out of them when they catch on fire? When they ignite, the fire spreads very quickly, I don’t know how a bus loaded with school children or pensioners loaded with shopping bags will survive one of these fires.

    its a feature not a bug

  167. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    (something was) “funner than” (something else)

    My three year old used to say something was very fun. Grew out of it.

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