Open Thread – Tues 28 March 2023


Autumn (The Spies with the Grapes of the Promised Land), Nicolas Poussin, 1660-64

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Frank
Frank
March 31, 2023 9:26 am

If people think what Latham said is disgusting wait until they get a load of the late great Divine’s act.

m0nty
m0nty
March 31, 2023 9:28 am

Framing the lieutenant is a classic Mafia move. Trump has learned from the best.

Hope we get to see the perp walk!

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 31, 2023 9:28 am

The violent rhetoric of trans activists has to stop

The shooting in Nashville is a wake-up call

It’s hard to make sense of this week’s mass shooting at a Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee, no matter what revelations may lurk in the shooter’s manifesto. But it is possible to understand the context for this outbreak of violence.

The truth is that the subculture that has grown up around trans identities too often excuses, legitimises, and even glorifies violence. That includes violence directed at the self — where self-harm and suicide demonstrate sincerity and commitment to trans identity in the face of adversity — and violence directed outward at perceived enemies. This goes hand-in-hand with a toxic dynamic called phobia indoctrination: the attempt to instil irrational fears in members of a high-control group in order to manipulate them.

There’s no clearer example of how phobia indoctrination operates within trans communities than the invention and propagation of ‘trans genocide’ narratives.

As red states across the US have restricted or banned pharmaceutical and surgical interventions for gender-questioning youth, the trans community has gone to some very dark places — even going so far as to claim that a ‘trans genocide’ is underway.

On Reddit, users panicked about the idea that future policy changes might force people to detransition and invoked threats of suicide and mass violence in response. But these conversations didn’t stay on Reddit. Instead, the rhetoric of trans genocide has spilled out into the real world, skewing public discourse and inspiring a planned Trans Day of Vengeance (originally scheduled for April 1).

Take trans activist and American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Chase Strangio. Two years ago, the ACLU lawyer argued that legislation that restricts access to hormones and surgeries for gender-questioning youth is “akin to killing us” and has since claimed that Republican legislators “want to control and eradicate us.”

To be clear: this is wild hyperbole, not reality.

Adults who care about the wellbeing of gender-questioning kids should offer reassurance when states restrict access to transition to over-18s. Those who didn’t transition until adulthood should talk about how they made it through adolescence without shutting down their pituitary glands or amputating their breasts.

Adults should promise children that it gets better. But instead of reassurance, too many adults are pushing an apocalyptic and militant rhetoric.

What we’re witnessing here is not trans genocide but trans radicalisation.

The warning signs are everywhere:

grimacing skulls that promise “DEATH BEFORE DETRANSITION”, knives, baseball bats wrapped in barbed wire, assault rifles painted in the pastel tones of the trans flag, torrents of rape and death threats, the grim vow that “EVERY DAY IS TRANS DAY OF VENGEANCE.”

calli
calli
March 31, 2023 9:28 am

The Spring Offensive has started with a Show Trial.

Comrades.

Crossie
Crossie
March 31, 2023 9:29 am

OldOzzie says:
March 31, 2023 at 9:14 am
Bearded man smashes women’s lifting record

A pro weightlifter entered a women’s competition in Canada and broke a record held by a transgender lifter, all while sporting a beard.

He feels so much like a woman that he can’t bear to shave off his beard. This is now laughing in our faces and daring us to take a swing.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 31, 2023 9:31 am

I think Pauline has come out against the crudity of Latham’s anger without considering the context of it. She is probably right to express from the point of view of her Party her concerns about public language used by a key member of it being crude. Pauline and Mark are two sides to the same non-urban and unsophisticated coin. In that sense they are both working class people. Amongst the people I grew up with, women put the kibosh on ‘bad language’ and ‘unmentionables’ in ‘mixed’ company (ie. in public) while at the segregated pub men could fire off at each other however they wished, often with an insult about ‘faggots’ and ‘pansies’. Latham misfired, Pauline disapproved, and I hope that may be the end of it. Latham can still retrieve his position and I hope he does.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 31, 2023 9:34 am

In other words, I don’t think Pauline was objecting to Latham’s perceived ‘homophobia’ but to his language. As this is probably the case with many outside the urban bubble I think Latham will survive this well.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 31, 2023 9:36 am

Latham can still retrieve his position and I hope he does.
It is Pauline who needs to retrieve her position. Remember her ads ” I say what you are thinking” or words to that effect.
She’s finished.

Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 9:36 am

Lock him up!

How? Cohen said it wasn’t Trump’s fault. They needed him to go along with the accusation.

The prosecution don’t have a case.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 31, 2023 9:37 am

The grave stupidity of abandoning Saudi Arabia to China

by Tom Rogan, National Security Writer & Online Editor – March 30, 2023

Saudi Arabia’s decision to join the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization underlines the short-sighted foolishness of President Joe Biden’s foreign policy toward Riyadh — namely, Biden’s prioritizing of the interests of one dead man and his concerns over the psychological dysfunction of one other man before the interests of U.S. national security.

The dead man being the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the psychologically dysfunctional man being Crown Prince and de facto Saudi ruler Mohammed bin Salman.

Virtually no one in the Mid-East expert areas of the U.S. intelligence or military community thinks Biden’s Saudi policy has been sensible. The generally collective view is that it neglects a historic alliance, presenting America as exactly that which Biden, often credibly, claims former President Donald Trump represented: an unreliable ally. Biden’s Saudi policy has weakened lucrative avenues for new trade and energy cooperation under the rule of law, instead transferring those interests in Beijing’s corrupted favor. It begets the unprecedented improvements to women’s rights and economic diversification (critical for long-term counterterrorism concerns) that have joined alongside the crown prince’s otherwise problematic autocracy. And it forgets the importance of Saudi Arabia’s interest in stabilizing Middle Eastern relations with Israel and allies such as Jordan. Nor does it support key U.S. counterterrorism concerns. Saudi Arabia’s GIP intelligence service has been instrumental, for example, in infiltrating terrorist groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda. I understand that the GIP has lost numerous officers and agents on operations specifically designed to serve U.S. interests. But now some of those best U.S. allies are caught between Biden and the crown prince’s anger.

That said, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization announcement on Wednesday is a striking indictment for U.S. interests. It underscores how, in the space of just two years, Riyadh has moved from the position of intimate U.S. ally to that of an increasingly complicated partner.

All this for what?

So the Biden administration can say it tried to satisfy the U.S. media desire for justice over Khashoggi’s brutal murder?

I’m sorry, as the Game of Thrones saying goes, the night is dark and full of terrors.

Biden should have prioritized U.S. interests alongside significant, if private, pressure on the crown prince to avoid such atrocities in the future.

Instead, Biden entered office and immediately suspended the Trump administration’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia. He then revoked the designation of the Houthi rebel formations in Yemen as a terrorist organization, even as it was lobbing ballistic missiles into Saudi cities. Oh, and at the same time, Riyadh sees Biden continually beg Iran for diplomacy even as it attempts to assassinate Americans on U.S. soil.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 31, 2023 9:39 am

Morn all from a glorious morning on Mission Beach.

Just in. Dems ensure Trump shoe in for 2024 nom & poss prez…

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11921989/Manhattan-grand-jury-votes-indict-Donald-Trump-hush-money-paid-pornstar-Stormy-Daniels.html

Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 9:39 am

The grave stupidity of abandoning Saudi Arabia to China

Selective paleo conservative non interventionism.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 31, 2023 9:40 am

Test

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 31, 2023 9:41 am

… that is, that rampant poofery should run unchecked through the remnants of this wide brown land.

Aaaand there’s your problem.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
March 31, 2023 9:43 am

Last night I mentioned an AFL Director who spoke about vax safety on Club Grubbery. I got his name wrong. By co-incidence he has just been interviewed by Cafe Locked Out who travels the country doing such interviews. Can be found via Twitter. From their blurb.

Footy is more than just a game, it was one of the rare glues that held us together, a collection of warring tribes whose epic battles had the power to heal our culture, week after week.
But can it do it again? Can it heal us now?
Dr Nick Takos is currently a lecturer and researcher within the (Sport) Business Division of the University of South Australia. Nick is a specialist in the areas of leadership, organisational culture, management, and commercial operations, particularly in the sport and recreation context.

Nick holds a BEc, a MBA in sport management, a Diploma in Marketing, and has completed his PhD in leadership and organisational culture. Nick’s research has been published in the leading international sport journal – Journal of Sport Management.

His backgound in the sport and recreation industry includes 14 years in various senior roles with AFL team the Adelaide Crows, and he has also held senior management positions within netball (Adelaide Thunderbirds) and cricket (Adelaide Strikers, South Australian Redbacks and Scorpians). In 2021 he was a board member of the Adelaide Football Club, where he was the Chair of its inaugural member Enagagement Committee.

He was forced to resign from his board position due to the mandatory vaccine mandates.

Joining Nick will be Dave Ryan

Dave worked as an analyst with Essendon Football Club for 13 years. When Covid came along, he did what he always did – he looked at the data. And the data suggested not getting the jab. But that meant he could no longer work in the AFL, and he was going to be sacked for serious misconduct. So he resigned.
In the weeks before he left, the vax rules meant he was able to buy merchandise in the Essendon shop (cha-ching) have a coffee in their cafe (cha-ching) and go to games with 100,000 others at the MCG (cha-ching). But he wasn’t allowed to sit at his desk to work. That’s just the way Covid rolls – it knows when you’re spending money or trying to earn it.

Cafe Locked Out is a part of the new independent media and currently relies solely on its donations. Our motive to create uncensored and unscripted discussion.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 31, 2023 9:43 am

What? Muellerween already.

This time…

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 31, 2023 9:46 am

Anybody noticing how many diplomatic victories China is racking up these days?

Somebody at China’s foreign ministry must be getting promotions.

It’s been one diplomatic victory after another for the Chinese, While most of the attention is focused on China’s growing military might and technological success, the diplomatic front is racking up successes, too.

David Goldman had an interesting tweet:

Whoops! There went Brazil. Whoops! There went Honduras. Whoops! Here goes Malaysia.

The article references Malaysia’s fairly new prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, reputedly a Western-friendly leader, calling for China to step up its One Belt, One Road development initiative, which is focused on high-value infrastructure investment in developing countries, in exhange for perfect payments on the loans.

(Does Dan The Dcitator of VictoriaStan Rate a mention here?)

The bad press for this Chinese behavior ought to have sounded the death knell for the Belt and Road initiative, but that hasn’t happened. Anwar is following the yellow brick road down in and calling for its expansion, almost as if he wanted China to take over more countries. That’s disturbing indeed, given that it suggests a China alignment, not a U.S. alignment for Malaysia, a longtime reliable quiet ally.

There’s more, though, for China to notch on its lipstick case — Iraq has created new ties with China over energy sales, and will in some transactions accept payment in Chinese yuan, not U.S. dollars.

In Afghanistan, Chinese ties in the wake of the disastrous U.S. pullout, couldn’t be warmer.

There’s also the Iran-Saudi Arabian peace deal, brokered by China, which makes China officially a peacemaker in the diplomatic community, the go-to nation for ending conflicts and giving each nation a piece of the spoils. That’s a tremendous loss of influence for the U.S.

And worse still, there’s the persistent coziness of China and Russia, which helps the former extend its war in Ukraine as Ukraine burns its army out and drains resources from the West. By coincidence, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has said that he will be willing to look into a China-brokered peace deal, even against U.S. recommendation.

Why would Zelensky be willing to annoy the U.S. with this move? Seems he recognizes a paper tiger.

Suddenly nations from all corners of the earth are moving towards China, despite its human rights record, and its record on bad debtors. Everyone likes a winner. One would think that the U.S. would notice this string of diplomatic succeesses, but this is the Biden administration. The Chinese reportedly meddled in U.S. elections to get Biden seated at the presidential chair. Might that mean that Biden was their biggest victory of them all?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 31, 2023 9:49 am

Indolentsays:

March 31, 2023 at 9:11 am

Yes, they did know. 

Only one day left to save the Daily Exposé.
Buy a coffee now!

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 31, 2023 9:52 am

SITREP 3/29/23: Bakhmut Pincer Tightens

Simplicius The Thinker

Let’s start with Bakhmut this time, and extrapolate out from there, since Bakhmut is the current central point of the war from which everything flowers outward.

Firstly, Zelensky has just given his most candid answer in an interview, about the true importance of keeping Bakhmut. It strikes a harsh contrast to all the previous propaganda, including from him, that Bakhmut was a city of ‘little strategic importance’:

He states, in short, that if Ukraine loses Bakhmut, immense international pressure will be put on Ukraine to make compromises and presumably sign ceasefires, etc.

“If Ukraine loses Bakhmut, pressure will begin on Kiev and we will no longer be respected all over the world” -Zelensky in an interview to the Associated Press

He also states that the Ukrainian society will grow ‘tired’ and push Zelensky to sign a deal, hinting at a catastrophic morale loss that could spell doom for the AFU. If one reads between the lines, it’s clear to see that Bakhmut is being treated as an existential ‘last stand’ by the AFU. And so it becomes clear as to why they’re withstanding abhorrent losses of now possibly tens of thousands in Bakhmut alone.

And that’s not an exaggeration. Bakhmut has been fought over since late last year, however the ‘intense phase’ began this January. We know from the AFU’s own words that they lose several hundred men there per day—between 200-500, give or take. By mid-March or so, it would have been 3 months, or 90 days, of intense fighting there at this scale. 90 x 200 per day = 18,000 dead. If you take the higher estimate of 500 per day, you get 45,000 dead. And this is not counting the lower scale fighting there in previous months. In short: Zelensky has sacrificed likely at least 10-20k troops in Bakhmut, if not much more.

I outlined in previous reports why Bakhmut is so important, besides the reasons Zelensky gave above. Which is that after Bakhmut falls, it opens up a clear path to the AFU’s final stronghold of the Kramatorsk/Slavyansk agglomerate. The AFU are obviously signaling that their defensive lines in the sparse/open regions between Bakhmut and Kramatorsk would not hold long to Wagner’s onslaught, so they are doing everything in their power to try to ‘contain the beast’ there at this final stand.

And now Zelensky may be prepared to sacrifice even tens of thousands more if the mega counter-offensive on Bakhmut materializes.

However one new rumor has stated that the ‘Western’ controllers have forbidden Ukraine from using their spiffy new tanks (Challengers, Leopards, etc.) in the Bakhmut theater. It appears the West wants those to be saved for the grand southern counter-offensive. This could also signal the confirmation that the West views the Bakhmut defense as futile, and wants Zelensky to give it up—which, if true, gives us a little insight into the current strategic thinking behind the scenes. This would suggest that it’s Zelensky’s personal insecurities driving this Bakhmut bloodbath—the very same insecurities on full display in the interview above where he fears that his people will lose hope. But by all indications, many of the top western military leaders have signaled that they prefer for Bakhmut to be abandoned and that Ukraine is paying ‘too high a price’ for its defense. These are interesting insights.

Here’s a few disparate updates regarding the upcoming counter-offensive:

Carpe Jugulum
Carpe Jugulum
March 31, 2023 9:56 am

Had a call from a friend of mine in Aust.

Lloyd Group builders has gone belly up, he is owed over 300K

Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 9:57 am

Hmmm

Salty Cracker reckons it’s “soy” for Mark Hamill to support Ukraine- so the Ukies being based nationalists and defeating the faggot Russian Army is “soy”.

Okay. Never mind how rusted and clapped out their paper tiger army is or how mismanaged or corrupt it is, if Putin says the right things about gays and trannies we should let him have whatever he wants.

Well then why don’t we just let Ugandans, Iran and Saudis run the whole world? They have the meanest tweets.

Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 10:00 am

Simplicius The Thinker

You realise this is probably a cipher for a staff adjutant of a Russian General – who is failing to defeat a smaller opponent and in so incompetently and recklessly doing so has greatly diminished their capacity to ever fight a conventional war again in the next few decades?

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 31, 2023 10:00 am

There must be a trail of evidence proving that Trump knew, otherwise the indictment wouldn’t have been an issue.

There must be a trail of evidence. There must be.

Rather like waste-pickers picking metal scraps and pieces of plastic bag out of a Mumbai rubbish heap, shirley the NY Grand Jury will have found some fragments of Michael Cohen goodness overlooked by Mueller, the FBI, and the IRS.

The integrity of the US system of government as a beacon to the Free World depends on it.

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 31, 2023 10:03 am

If Pauline Hansen apologised, it’s only because she’s got that mincing queen Ashby in her office, and couldn’t stand the hissy fit.

Pauline needs to get to work on another apology – to her base – quicksmart, or she has signed her party’s death warrant.

Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 10:03 am

There must be a trail of evidence. There must be.

Yes and the penny dreadful gold explorer/speculative, marginal lithium ore producer I own will very soon be a dividend paying powerhouse.

It’s the short seller’s fault this company has never made a profit.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 31, 2023 10:04 am

The Trump Indictment Is Far From an Open-and-Shut Case

But its main weaknesses are factual, not legal, and courts won’t object to it as selective prosecution.

By Ethan Greenberg and Sam Braverman

A Manhattan grand jury has reportedly voted to hand up an indictment of Donald Trump. The charge is expected to involve a “hush money” payment made to the pornographic film performer known as Stormy Daniels.

If Mr. Trump is charged, it seems likely to be for falsifying business records in violation of New York Penal Law 175.10, a Class E felony punishable by up to four years in state prison. The prosecution will probably claim that Mr. Trump falsified the records of the Trump Organization by falsely characterizing $130,000 paid to Ms. Daniels as a “legal fee” to attorney Michael Cohen. The prosecution will also contend that Mr. Trump’s crime was a felony because it was committed with the intent to conceal the federal election-law crime that Mr. Cohen committed by paying Ms. Daniels. Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty in August 2018 and was sentenced to prison by a federal court.

The prosecution faces several legal hurdles in pursuing such a case against the former president, but those hurdles aren’t the ones that Mr. Trump’s lawyers and supporters have thus far focused on in their public comments. Those “theories of defense” can be disposed of quickly:

• The hush money was a “legal fee.” A payment for another purpose doesn’t somehow become a “legal fee” because it was funneled through a lawyer.

• Selective prosecution for political reasons. This may or may not be a strong political argument, but it’s a weak legal one. Because of separation-of-power concerns, courts are reluctant to inquire into a prosecutor’s motives for bringing a criminal case, so long as there is probable cause to support a charge.

• The prosecutor can’t bump the charge up from misdemeanor to felony because Mr. Cohen, not Mr. Trump, committed the election-law felony. There is no requirement under New York law that the crime the defendant intends to conceal be committed by the defendant himself, or that the crime be a violation of state (as opposed to federal) law.

Media reports about the case do, however, suggest three more-viable defenses.

First,

the falsifying-records statute requires that the defendant make, or cause to be made, a false entry in an enterprise’s business records. Until an indictment is handed up and unsealed, we won’t know precisely which Trump Organization record is alleged to be false, or what part then-President Trump purportedly played in making that record.

Presumably Mr. Trump, as company CEO, had a limited role in the details of the Trump Organization’s record-keeping practices. That role surely became even more limited once he entered the White House. It is thus unclear how the prosecution would prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Trump knew how the payment to Ms. Daniels would be recorded in the Trump Organization’s books. Perhaps Mr. Cohen’s testimony, or the testimony of some currently unnamed Trump Organization employee, can show Mr. Trump’s personal knowledge of and involvement in the alleged false record-keeping. But, in the absence of such testimony, the prosecution’s case may founder on this elementary point.

Second,

there is a clear division in New York case law about the meaning of “intent to defraud” in the falsifying-business-records statute. One line of cases holds that “intent to defraud” in this context requires a showing that the defendant intended to deprive a victim of money, property or a pecuniary interest. But other courts have held that no such requirement exists; all that must be shown is that a deliberately false entry was made in a business’s records. The prosecution’s theory will likely be that Mr. Trump’s motive for falsifying business records was to deceive federal election-law authorities—and voters. But if the precedents that require an intent to cheat a victim out of money are held to govern, the prosecution will fail.

Mr. Trump’s most favored defense will likely be a factual one.

His lawyers will undoubtedly argue that no jury should believe anything Mr. Cohen or Ms. Daniels says. Any defense attorney would salivate at the chance to cross-examine these “star” witnesses. Mr. Cohen has been convicted not only of making false sworn statements to Congress, but also of lying on his federal tax forms. His many inconsistent statements about the Daniels matter make staking a conviction on Mr. Cohen’s claims a significant challenge for the prosecution.

Ms. Daniels will surely be portrayed by the defense as a witness unworthy of belief by virtue of both her profession and her prior statements. Mr. Trump’s lawyers will assert that she has at times been paid to tell different stories. Why should Ms. Daniels be believed now, in the circuslike atmosphere of a Trump trial?

In sum, Mr. Trump’s best defense may be the boring legal argument that even if all the facts alleged by the prosecution are accepted as true, he lacked the required intent to cheat a victim out of money or property. But when has Mr. Trump ever chosen the boring option?

Messrs. Greenberg and Braverman are shareholders in Anderson Kill’s New York office and co-chairmen of the firm’s white-collar defense group. Mr. Greenberg has served as a New York state judge.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 31, 2023 10:05 am

Carpe Jugulumsays:

March 31, 2023 at 9:56 am

Had a call from a friend of mine in Aust.

Lloyd Group builders has gone belly up, he is owed over 300K

Porter Davis goneski this morning.

Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 10:05 am

Pauline needs to get to work on another apology – to her base – quicksmart, or she has signed her party’s death warrant.

Really?

Other than us and the left wing Twitter sewer, who votes PHON who cares?

It’s state politics.

Who are they going to vote for otherwise?

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 31, 2023 10:06 am

Grand Jury Votes to Indict Donald Trump in New York: Live Updates

It used to be that the incoming party refrained from prosecuting outgoing presidents for fear of setting a precedent which might circle back at them after a future election loss. This is just more evidence (if any were needed) that the left now believe they have total control over the electoral system.

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 31, 2023 10:09 am

Official Government data confirms the COVID Vaccinated are suffering Antibody-Dependent Enhancement & the Pfizer Documents prove Pfizer & the FDA knew it would happen

Quick, cover your eyes Rosie…

cohenite
March 31, 2023 10:09 am

Some good comments about Latham’s truth-telling to that poofta fascist alex greenwich who has been attacking Latham for yonks, is responsible for the attack on the church by queers and trannies where Latham was speaking and the horrendous live abortion bill. Now the luvvies, beginning with the barely dicked blot, and the rest of the gutless sky shits, will try to cancel Latham.

The problem with pauline is, despite being courageous, she is dumb and under the sway of Ashby. But seriously there are worse things said and done in front of kiddies at the drag shows put on for kiddies at the local council libraries. As for Mardi Gras…..

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 31, 2023 10:09 am

How? Cohen said it wasn’t Trump’s fault. They needed him to go along with the accusation.

The prosecution don’t have a case.

Indeed.

All they can hope for is the graphics, although if they do they might find it works against them.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 31, 2023 10:10 am

Why Hasn’t the GOP Impeached Mayorkas?

James Varney, RealClearInvestigations

Why Hasn’t the GOP Yet Walked the Walk on Its Mayorkas Impeachment Talk?

It’s almost an understatement to say that Republican candidates campaigned hawkishly on border control in the runup to the 2022 midterms: As they decried the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs from Mexico, many vowed to impeach the man they largely blamed for the mess, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Republicans have continued hammering Mayorkas since taking control of the House. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, who called the flooding of more than 5 million illegal immigrants across the southern border since President Biden took office an “intentional” policy, has made several visits to the U.S.-Mexico border with other Republicans, and the House has held multiple hearings on immigration.

But as winter has turned to spring, the GOP has taken little action to remove Mayorkas. Republicans Andy Biggs of Arizona and Pat Fallon of Texas have each filed bills, but the House Judiciary Committee, from which any impeachment move must come, has not taken up either resolution.

Conservative groups focused on the southern border told RealClearInvestigations that impeachment did not come up during recent meetings in Washington.

“I just came from the Hill and a bunch of meetings with staffers and they’re reporting the same thing; one said the conference is split, with a lot of GOP ‘George W. Bush types’ who love the cheap labor for American industry and agriculture,” said Todd Bensman of the conservative Center for Immigration Studies and author of “Overrun: How Joe Biden Unleashed the Greatest Border Crisis in U.S. History.”

Bensman calls it an “old story,” but cheap labor is only part of it. Republicans aren’t united on this issue because some fear that following through on impeachment talk will alienate the moderate swing voters that the GOP needs to remain in control of the House.

Even Republicans who have publicly attacked Mayorkas are now reticent about discussing impeachment. RCI reached out to 16 GOP House members for comment. Neither Biggs nor Fallon responded. Virginia Rep. Bob Good, a member of the Freedom Caucus who is co-sponsor of both resolutions, declined to comment on the record. Other outspoken administration critics such as Dan Crenshaw of Texas, Tom McClintock of California, and Matt Gaetz of Florida did not respond.

Only two of the 16 Republican House members agreed to speak on the record.

“I have repeatedly called for his impeachment and am confident that Chairman Jordan will hold true to his word of impeaching Mayorkas for overseeing an unprecedented surge of illegal activity at our southern border,” Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona said.

“I think we have laid out in our paper what we think the basis is for impeachment,” von Spakovsky told RCI. They include the claims that Mayorkas:

“deliberately defied and contravened the laws he is charged with faithfully executing.”

“repeatedly abused the authority of his office, including by, among other conduct, enticing a flood of aliens to cross the U.S. southern border with his policies and Statements.”

“betrayed the trust of the people by lying to Congress and withholding information and misleading the public in an effort to hide and suppress the nature and consequence of his abominable policies.”

Von Spakovsky added that “the misguided priorities of Mayorkas have resulted in a huge backlog in the adjudication system that unfairly hurts the many thousands of U.S. citizens and lawful applicants whose immigration matters are delayed many months.”

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 31, 2023 10:10 am

Our Black Shirt Monts is the real disaster:

By the end of this little moral panic, the general reaction to similar comments directed against transsexuals will provoke as much revulsion as Latham did.

This is nonsense. There will always be an undercurrent of non-expressed disapproval of homosexual activities because they are not in any human population the natural norm of sexual activity. The same goes even more strongly regarding transexuals, where sexual boundaries are deliberately crossed. In the late twentieth century these issues were resolved by the terms ‘in private’ and ‘consenting adults’. That should have been the end of the story. Sadly, it wasn’t. More societal recognition, such as same-sex marriage, surrogacy and adoption, led to further anomalies and demands. Then the transexual contagion exploded, to further challenge not only normal heterosexuality but two-sex identity and the whole of Western culture. As behaviours in both groups became prozeletising and extreme, normal people reacted, especially when extreme indoctrination entered our schools. Calling this reaction a ‘moral panic’ is a lefty cop out. The desire to indoctrinate against nature to the point of terrorist violence, or to claim the existence of a transgender ‘genocide’, can also be called a moral panic by the other side. The issues run far deeper than bandying about that simplistic term.

Now Black Shirt M0nty approves the rise of fascist left-wing thugs thumping down women who simply want to keep the legal gains that women have made and the respect that womanhood has always had (especially under Christianity) without male intrusions trying to irrevocably change what it means to be a woman. Our physical weakness and sheer difference to males is exemplified in the tiny figure of Posie Parker. Shame, Black Shirt, shame.

Crossie
Crossie
March 31, 2023 10:11 am

OldOzzie says:
March 31, 2023 at 9:46 am
Anybody noticing how many diplomatic victories China is racking up these days?

Can you blame them? Who wants to be allied to a country run by a guy who jokes about ice cream when a tranny terrorist kills schoolchildren?

Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 10:11 am
Crossie
Crossie
March 31, 2023 10:14 am

flyingduk says:
March 31, 2023 at 10:06 am
Grand Jury Votes to Indict Donald Trump in New York: Live Updates
It used to be that the incoming party refrained from prosecuting outgoing presidents for fear of setting a precedent which might circle back at them after a future election loss. This is just more evidence (if any were needed) that the left now believe they have total control over the electoral system.

They know they will never lose another election.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 31, 2023 10:18 am

Australia’s gas policies threaten world peace, says Japanese giant

Australia’s “quiet quitting” of its LNG export juggernaut is making the world less safe both on climate and for the “rules-based” geopolitical order, said the head of Inpex, whose $60 billion-plus Ichthys project in Darwin is Japan’s biggest foreign investment.

Jacob Greber Senior correspondent

Challenging Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to turn his pro-gas rhetoric “into deeds”, chief executive Takayuki Ueda put the Labor government on notice that it is already lagging “far behind” offshore rivals in the race to become a “clean energy superpower”.

The speech to a private function in parliament on Thursday left many of the politicians and industry figures who attended stunned for its bluntness.

It came at the very moment the Senate was voting to pass Labor’s signature heavy emissions reduction scheme, which imposes additional costs on the gas sector and all but kills any prospect of another Ichthys-scale project.

Mr Ueda lambasted what he described as Australia’s deteriorating investment climate and Labor’s failure to back carbon capture and storage technology.

He urged Resources Minister Madeleine King, who hosted the event, to avoid triggering “at all costs” the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism, a revised version of which the minister released on Thursday giving the government greater power to commandeer for local consumers contracted gas destined for the export market.

In a statement, Ms King said Labor’s energy market reforms “balance the need to guarantee sufficient domestic gas supply while also safeguarding Australia’s global reputation as a stable and reliable supplier of energy to our export markets”.

“Australia will always remain a reliable supplier of energy to Japan and a safe destination for foreign investment,” she said.

Speaking a day after Greens leader Adam Bandt described gas giants as “greedy bastards”, Mr Ueda said the Australian energy policy environment “today appears to be driven almost by ideology and domestic concerns”.

“This gives us great cause for concern. The likely consequences of the new policies being rushed into legislation are considerable,” he said.

‘Very sinister consequences’

“On the geopolitical front, Australia’s ‘quiet quitting’ of the LNG business has potentially very sinister consequences,” he said.

“The question of who will replace Australian supply into the market is front and centre.

“Alarmingly, the inconvenient truth is most likely that Russia, China and Iran fill the void.

“I hope this point is obvious to all of you and that you appreciate that this outcome would represent a direct threat to the rules-based international order essential to the peace, stability and prosperity of the region, if not the world.”

Mr Ueda’s audience included the secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Jan Adams, Trade Minister Don Farrell and the heads of the Australian Industry Group, the Minerals Council of Australia and gas lobby APPEA.

His remarks carry particular weight as the Ichthys project is one of the largest in terms of capital and revenue for both Australia and Japan, where it accounts for 10 per cent of LNG imports.

Don’t let Tokyo’s neon lights go out

Mr Ueda’s speech came as the company celebrated its 500th LNG cargo from the firm’s Darwin port, which was the scene of a sod-turning ceremony led by former prime minister Julia Gillard in 2012.

It follows a growing chorus of criticism in recent months led by Japanese ambassador Shingo Yamagami, who told the gathering that Tokyo’s “neon lights” would go out if Australia ever stopped producing resources exports, which account for 70 per cent of coal, 60 per cent of iron ore and 40 per cent of Japan’s gas imports.

Said one Coalition figure who attended the event: “It’d be handy if Australian business leaders could speak that plainly.”

Opposition resources spokeswoman Susan McDonald described the event as an “extraordinary indictment of this government” and accused Mr Farrell for giving a flippant response to Mr Ueda’s comments.

Mr Farrell told the Senate that the Inpex chief’s words would have “zero” impact on Australia’s “international reputation or our stability as a supplier, among other things, of gas”.

‘Perverse’ policy will make emissions worse

Noting Labor’s shock gas market intervention late last year, as well as this week’s safeguard mechanism reforms, which have raised the bar for future gas exporters, Mr Ueda said “rushed” new policies were set to make climate change worse.

“In a perverse way, the new policies intended to reduce the impact of climate change will most likely have the opposite outcome,” he said.

He said global demand for LNG was growing fast, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region.

“Australia is competing for global investment and the changes we are seeing to Australian policy settings will choke investment and strangle the expansion of LNG projects in this country,” he said.

The consequence is that the region’s increasing energy demand will be “met by coal and not by natural gas”.

“The result will be much higher global greenhouse gas emissions and will make net zero by 2050 an impossible task.”

Mr Ueda said Inpex was determined to invest in both “green” and “blue” hydrogen, which Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio has refused to endorse in Victoria, where a $2.25 billion Japanese investment in the Latrobe Valley is threatened.

Mr Ueda said: “Some ideologues insist that only ‘green hydrogen’ is acceptable – that is, hydrogen produced from water using renewable energy – we take a more pragmatic view.

“Blue hydrogen is likely to be more economic to develop and thus more competitive in the marketplace.

“This is another example where we must not let perfect stand in the way of the good.”

The Japanese CEO chided federal Labor for its failure to embrace carbon capture and storage, without which, he said Australia would fall short of its net zero by 2050 ambition.

This week’s safeguard mechanism deal with the Greens included a pledge to almost double industry assistance to affected heavy emitters but none of the increase would be spent on CCS development.

“For whatever reason, the Australian government seems hesitant to ‘lean in’ on CCS projects,” Mr Ueda said. “This stands in stark contrast with most other nations.

“A failure to facilitate CCS also threatens this country’s aspiration to become a clean energy superpower and sacrifices the associated jobs, investment and revenue.”

CCS effectively becomes mandatory

Mr Ueda said the safeguard mechanism, which passed parliament on Thursday, would require all new gas fields tied to existing LNG facilities to be net zero on day one.

“CCS effectively becomes mandatory for all new oil and gas projects in Australia,” he said.

“This outcome clearly underlies the critical importance of carbon capture and storage.”

Although Mr Ueda welcomed Mr Albanese’s support for the gas export industry, he urged him to find the political courage to convert his rhetorical support for gas “into deeds”.

Mr Albanese was invited last week by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to attend this year’s Group of Seven summit in Tokyo in May, following a meeting between the pair last year in Perth at which the Australian leader told his counterpart that exports were assured.

In her statement, Ms King said she had been a long-time supporter of Inpex and the jobs it creates in WA and the NT.

“This government has extensively consulted the gas sector on its energy policies,” she said.

APPEA chief executive Samantha McCulloch said Mr Ueda’s remarks “highlight the investment risks from the accumulating interventions in the gas market by the federal government” and she urged Labor to “heed” the mounting concerns of a “valued friend” of the nation.

Tom
Tom
March 31, 2023 10:20 am

They know they will never lose another election.

The cynical old saying was always: if voting could change anything, it’d be illegal.

Like Orwell’s 1984, it’s all coming true.

Cassie of Sydney
March 31, 2023 10:24 am

“Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:
March 31, 2023 at 10:10 am”

Excellent comment Lizzie.

Roger
Roger
March 31, 2023 10:27 am

Mr Albanese was invited last week by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to attend this year’s Group of Seven summit in Tokyo in May, following a meeting between the pair last year in Perth at which the Australian leader told his counterpart that exports were assured.

Looks like the bromance between Elbow and Danno is heading for a bust up over gas.

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 31, 2023 10:29 am

The Biden regime has finally achieved Peoples’ Democratic Republic status.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 31, 2023 10:34 am

Official Government data confirms the COVID Vaccinated are suffering Antibody-Dependent Enhancement & the Pfizer Documents prove Pfizer & the FDA knew it would happen

Maybe some good news on the horizon:

Lab-made antibodies offer potential cure for yellow fever (30 Mar)

New research from Oregon Health & Science University and collaborators indicates that lab-made antibodies may be able to cure people infected with yellow fever, a virus for which there is no treatment.

If the pharma companies can manufacture the antibodies directly then that could make mRNA obsolete, and therefore give a politically acceptable alternative to it. I think part of the mRNA bandwagon is because they’re terrified to admit to the horrendous side effects – so they just keep on going in fear that if they ever stop they’ll get sued into oblivion. Which might be merited, but isn’t going to prevent them pushing mRNA until millions of people are injured and killed.

Roger
Roger
March 31, 2023 10:36 am

Lloyd Group builders has gone belly up, he is owed over 300K

Porter Davis goneski this morning.

Artificially low interest rates coming home to roost in the real economy.

Thanks, Phil. Enjoy your retirement, mate.

areff
areff
March 31, 2023 10:44 am

Trump may well have been indicted, but so far the only source is the NYT’s reporting based on ‘leaks’.

This may be a trial balloon — throw the red meat of hope to the Trump haters and see, more generally, how it plays out.

I’d be waiting for confirmation from Bragg’s office before heading to the barricades.

C.L.
C.L.
March 31, 2023 10:46 am

The gay/trans movement has but one ultimate goal – child molestation:

https://twitter.com/AuronMacintyre/status/1641418243989467137

Morsie
Morsie
March 31, 2023 10:52 am

American prosecutors love their process crimes.Load a lot of meaningless charges onto the docket and something will stick.
Look at Conrad Black convicted of providing a restraint of trade on a sale of business. Perfectly legal in Canada where the business was located but somehow a crime in the US

Morsie
Morsie
March 31, 2023 10:54 am

Regarding the bearded Canadian weightlifter I gather he was taking the piss under the Canadian legislation

Chris
Chris
March 31, 2023 10:54 am

So good for monts to see he is FINALLY going to get that Mueller perp walk gif. Well done monts!

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 31, 2023 10:54 am

I just had a heart starter while perusing Michael Smith’s blog.

You seriously need to see this.

Only 30 seconds.

Wow. Certainly a shocker, Pogria. 30 seconds to change a life. That unlucky man.

And Winston, re car crashes, poor ole Hairy said he did get his opthalmologist’s approval to drive home if he waited for another hour in a coffee shop, which he did. It was me who was worried about it. He says his vision was OK but he did seem rather shocked and needed to rest when he got home.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 31, 2023 10:59 am

m0ntysays:
March 31, 2023 at 5:58 am
Why am I surprised to find Monty thinks Latham’s crude response to being called disgusting has to be universally condemned?
He’s a working class man, not a saint on earth.

He has never been a working class man. He went straight out of uni into politics, starting in the offices of Bob Carr and Gough Whitlam.

Not many days ago, you defended this practice as a viable way ahead for the Liars, now you seem less happy that it has been used by a former member.

Hypocrite.

Bar Beach Swimmer
March 31, 2023 11:00 am

Footy is more than just a game, it was one of the rare glues that held us together, a collection of warring tribes whose epic battles had the power to heal our culture, week after week.
But can it do it again? Can it heal us now?

This season – and possibly for a very long time to come – I will not be watching any footy. Like Tim Blair, who went cold turkey last year on the ‘Pies – I am sick of the AFL’s, and the Clubs’, ongoing excursions into politics, which has grown to such a level that almost every week there’s another cause to stand up for.

I don’t want to lectured to, maligned for wrong-think, and made to stand in the corner by what has become big business more interested in the gaming gambling side of the ledger and the premiership cup.

I just did a search of all the social/political “partnerships” that the AFL is involved in. Though I know they’re there, as could be expected, page after page only showed up the results of the matches.

But one thing stood out in that quick search:

AFL announces highest-attended opening two rounds of all time
The AFL is pleased to announce Rounds One and Two of the 2023 Toyota Premiership Season represents the best-ever attendance after two rounds in AFL history. A huge 765,789 fans have attended matches across the opening two rounds, combined.

http://www.afl.com.au/news/891724/afl-announces-highest-attended-opening-two-rounds-of-all-time

Why did Andrews get re-elected? Part of the answer to that is the very low value of the Victorian Libs, and part of the reason is that the state is too interested in footy. It’s simply bread and circuses.

But while the fans are only interested in the footy, the AFL has been able to set up a system that pushes all these various causes, which gives kudos and contacts for the AFL Commission board members. Of course, the individual footy fan can differentiate between their love of their team and desire to win the next flag and this political “guff”, but in allowing that devotion to be used for a political end, and reflexively acquiescing to these pushy and politically motivated overlords the footy crowds have become the enablers.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 31, 2023 11:02 am

Well said.

DeSantis Responds to Indictment of President Trump (30 Mar)

Moments after former President Donald Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury, Gov. Ron DeSantis has denounced the prosecution and indictment, calling it “un-American.” “The weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda turns the rule of law on its head. It is un-American. The Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney has consistently bent the law to downgrade felonies and to excuse criminal misconduct. Yet, now he is stretching the law to target a political opponent. Florida will not assist in an extradition request given the questionable circumstances at issue with this Soros-backed Manhattan prosecutor and his political agenda,” stated Gov. Ron DeSantis.

See Ron it isn’t hard. Trump is your front row forward battering his way through the line so that he can pass you the ball and score a try. If he doesn’t do this you will get the treatment he’s currently getting, and that will take up all your energy away from doing real and immensely valuable stuff.

Bar Beach Swimmer
March 31, 2023 11:02 am

and the premiership cup

**than the**

Bar Beach Swimmer
March 31, 2023 11:06 am

The gay/trans movement has but one ultimate goal – child molestation:

That is disgusting.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 31, 2023 11:08 am

Morsiesays:

March 31, 2023 at 10:54 am

Regarding the bearded Canadian weightlifter I gather he was taking the piss under the Canadian legislation

That much was obvious after reading the first two paragraphs.

Davey Boy
Davey Boy
March 31, 2023 11:17 am

YouTube channel ReasonTV has a series of short videos (each 3 minutes or so) which use humour to point out many examples of “great moments in unintended consequences” typically which relate to attempts by governments to “improve” things:

Some examples
Luxury tax / Mao’s war on sparrows / New York’s COVID vaccination approach
road safety / plastic bottles / great new tax idea

I suggest such videos should be mandatory viewing by all our polliemuppets. Problem is, most of them would too stupid to understand the points being made.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 31, 2023 11:18 am

Not allowed to say pollies are rubbish.

Woman, 50, faces criminal trial in France after being arrested for ‘publicly insulting’ President Macron by referring to him as ‘garbage’ on Facebook following his controversial pension reforms (30 Mar)

A woman has been arrested in France and faces a criminal trial for posting a slogan referring to President Emmanuel Macron as ‘garbage’ on social media. The 50-year-old, who asked to be referred to by her first name of Valerie, was placed in police custody for the alleged offence.

Lefty politicians are turning into holier-than-thou precious snowflakes. Eat cake, proles.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 31, 2023 11:18 am

The gay/trans movement has but one ultimate goal – child molestation:

C.L. at 10.46.
This link is extremely hard to watch but you should do so just to see what the ‘sexual’ freedoms of the Netherlands allow public TV to do to young and innocent pre-pubertal children.

The irony is that the body shapes of the trans-gender people on naked display still have their original male and female gender physiques. Note the shoulders, arms, waist and hips of the females-to-males. Extremely marked on some of them. A deceptive lie is being sold to these children. Sickening.

Roger
Roger
March 31, 2023 11:19 am

He has never been a working class man. He went straight out of uni into politics, starting in the offices of Bob Carr and Gough Whitlam.

By that logic the Labor Party is no longer a working class party.

Monty stumbles into the truth.

Cassie of Sydney
March 31, 2023 11:21 am

Just remember this, the resident pervert apologist condemns Mark Latham for his words but refuses to condemn the violence in Auckland last week.

John H.
John H.
March 31, 2023 11:22 am

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:
March 31, 2023 at 10:10 am
Our Black Shirt Monts is the real disaster:
..

Outstanding Lizzie.

The homosexual Joel Creepy, promoted on The Project and purportedly a comedian, told this story at a comedy festival. He and his partner had moved into a new apartment and found that upstairs were some homosexuals. Straight away they were all in on a orgy. He talked about so freely, without a hint of self-consciousness, as if this is just what homosexuals do. I was surprised at how brazen he was in describing this encounter. I shouldn’t have been surprised. The movie “Cruising” paints a similar picture.

Creepy’s story brought to mind what I read in The Coming Plague(Laurie Garrett, 1990’s). She quoted researchers in San Francisco were amazed to find homosexuals reported having hundreds of partners in a year. What is never mentioned today is that the promiscuity of homosexuals was the primary vector for AIDS into the broader community. We can’t make that claim anymore despite that being a fact.

Last week channel surfing late night I came across that transvestite program on SBS and tried an ad hoc observation to see how long they would go without making some sexual reference. Stupid me, it was all about sex.

In Women, Bukowski wrote:

People with no morals often considered themselves more free, but mostly they lacked the ability to feel or to love. So they became swingers. The dead fxxking the dead. There was no gamble or humor in their game – it was corpse fxxking corpse.

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 31, 2023 11:24 am

https://wethepundit.com/its-time-to-start-questioning-everything-including-the-childhood-vaccinations/

Steve Kirsch and Ryan Cole MD discussing the health outcomes of vaxxed vs unvaxxed kids – in the setting of a rise in chronic childhood illness rates from 6% to 54% co-incident with the rise in the pediatric vax schedule.

Btw, autism rates have risen from less than 1/1000 to over 1/36 over the same period.

Are we swapping ‘protection’ against acute infectious disease for a lifetime of chronic inflammatory disease?

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 31, 2023 11:25 am

BREAKING: LEFTISTS STORM TENNESSEE CAPITOL

I see Trump put up ‘Insurrection’. Funny.

Obviously this is not an insurrection either, they have broken into the building and chamber and just been a nuisance. They are (typically) trying to disrupt proceedings though.

But once the left say this is not an insurrection, then they must concede (given the newly released footage) how much less an insurrection was 6 January.

Roger
Roger
March 31, 2023 11:26 am

A woman has been arrested in France and faces a criminal trial for posting a slogan referring to President Emmanuel Macron as ‘garbage’ on social media.

Lese-majesty still applies in the French Republic?

Pass the foie gras, will you.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 31, 2023 11:26 am

Yep. You will struggle to find many wukkas at Liars HQ. And “businessmen” at Lieboral HQ. Plenty of staffers on both sides.

m0nty
m0nty
March 31, 2023 11:26 am

By that logic the Labor Party is no longer a working class party.

I said that last week, Roger. Labor is not a party of the working class any more. It is a party of the political class.

It may not be of the working class, but its policies are still (nominally) for the working class. Or so they say on paper. Practice may be something different.

Even so, that flawed set up is better than the Liberals who are also a party of the political class, but they are of and for the elites.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 31, 2023 11:27 am

Their ABCcess..

“Pk” desperately tossing the salad of the Shitdick twitterstorm victim (the smelling salts were called for over the horrific tweet) with her blue waffle in hopes of attending an after mardi gras lemonparty.

ABC- The tubgirl of modern journalism.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 31, 2023 11:33 am

Perfectly legal in Canada where the business was located but somehow a crime in the US

Proving that a whole lot of laws are a matter of opinion.

m0nty
m0nty
March 31, 2023 11:33 am

There will always be an undercurrent of non-expressed disapproval of homosexual activities because they are not in any human population the natural norm of sexual activity. The same goes even more strongly regarding transexuals, where sexual boundaries are deliberately crossed. In the late twentieth century these issues were resolved by the terms ‘in private’ and ‘consenting adults’. That should have been the end of the story. Sadly, it wasn’t. More societal recognition, such as same-sex marriage, surrogacy and adoption, led to further anomalies and demands. Then the transexual contagion exploded, to further challenge not only normal heterosexuality but two-sex identity and the whole of Western culture. As behaviours in both groups became prozeletising and extreme, normal people reacted, especially when extreme indoctrination entered our schools. Calling this reaction a ‘moral panic’ is a lefty cop out. The desire to indoctrinate against nature to the point of terrorist violence, or to claim the existence of a transgender ‘genocide’, can also be called a moral panic by the other side. The issues run far deeper than bandying about that simplistic term.

All the polls show that normal people are not on your side, Lizzie. You are in a vanishing minority of bigots. Most of the heterosexual community live among LGBTIQ+ people and do not hate them.

Cats are just not representative of society. You lot are the weirdoes. I realise that is a tough pill to swallow for you, but it’s true.

Vicki
Vicki
March 31, 2023 11:35 am

Mum is 92 and a bit worried (and more than a bit miffed) that she has been told no more cheques after she finishes this chequebook.
How, exactly, do they expect her to pay her bills? Via an app on the phone she can just manage to make a call on, and read the odd text (sometimes)? On the computer or tablet she doesn’t own?

This is what makes my blood boil. And what do the social justice warriors do about it? F….all! Hypocrites, all of them!

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 31, 2023 11:35 am

Might be worth a watch.

Malkovich playing Seneca.
https://youtu.be/APZEhv-3xDw

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 31, 2023 11:40 am

The gay/trans movement has but one ultimate goal – child molestation:

The Cheeseheads aren’t far behind.

Roger
Roger
March 31, 2023 11:40 am

How, exactly, do they expect her to pay her bills? Via an app on the phone she can just manage to make a call on, and read the odd text (sometimes)? On the computer or tablet she doesn’t own?

Switch to a smaller bank that still offers a cheque facility.

Then advise the manger of the old bank that your mum has gone to a bank that still offers customer service. It may not matter to them, but you’ll still derive some pleasure from the act.

Roger
Roger
March 31, 2023 11:43 am

Even so, that flawed set up is better than the Liberals who are also a party of the political class, but they are of and for the elites.

Have you noticed the bills Albanese has run up already, monty?

Your kids will be the ones who have to deal with the economic fallout, meaning they’ll almost certainly be less well off than you.

Real Deal
Real Deal
March 31, 2023 11:43 am

Santorum'(proceed to urban dictionary if you must)

After my visit last night I feel I need therapy.

Having said that I’m thinking of changing my avatar/name. I had an idea for a funny one. But a visit to the urban dictionary showed my funny title was a hitherto to me unknown description of something undescribable.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 31, 2023 11:43 am

I’m amused that Monty has now admitted that the Labor Party is no longer representing the working class. The Greens don’t either, they’re a party of the elite hypocritical class. And the Liberals are a sort of “we want to be cool like the ALP and Greens” party. So they don’t represent the working class either.

So who now represents the poor downtrodden people that Lenin supposedly championed in the Bolshevik Revolution?

If I was a Green, Labor or Liberal Party pollie I’d read up on what happened to the parties of the elites during that particular revolution. Might save them some unpleasant experiences.

Cassie of Sydney
March 31, 2023 11:44 am

“All the polls show that normal people are not on your side, Lizzie. You are in a vanishing minority of bigots. Most of the heterosexual community live among LGBTIQ+ people and do not hate them.”

Firstly pervert apologist, I doubt anyone here “hates” gay men and lesbian women. There were numerous gay men and lesbian women, young and old, at the Let Women Speak rally here in Sydney…..oh, they must be Nazis too!

Secondly pervert apologist, Lizzie is NOT a bigot and accusing Lizzie of bigotry is chutzpah when you’ve made no secret here of your loathing of Jews and Israel.

Thirdly pervert apologist, any condemnation of the violence in Auckland last week? Oh that’s right, you don’t mind violence against Jews and women.

Finally pervert apologist, just who is the “bigot” here?

Vicki
Vicki
March 31, 2023 11:44 am

Global superpowers unite against US
Chaos as Brazil, China ditch US dollar

This is big news. The world is dividing into new camps as the Fed & Wall Street looking shakier. To what extent this will resound in political alliances – particularly amongst the BRICS – remains to be seen.

Anders
Anders
March 31, 2023 11:45 am

The ABC’s had article after article about the rental crisis for months, meanwhile Labor plans to bring in hundreds of thousands of new residents. Totally the party looking out for the Aussie working class and not the value of their investment properties!

Roger
Roger
March 31, 2023 12:02 pm

…meanwhile Labor plans to bring in hundreds of thousands of new residents.

900 000 in 18 months, reportedly.

Will they all have been instructed in the joys of sodomy and the proper use of pronouns?

Zipster
Zipster
March 31, 2023 12:03 pm
Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 12:03 pm

All the polls show that normal people are not on your side, Lizzie. You are in a vanishing minority of bigots.

If that was true monty, why does the “tolerant left” still shame straight white men as “gay”?

Answer the question as you like, just don’t lie.

Vicki
Vicki
March 31, 2023 12:04 pm

The ABC’s had article after article about the rental crisis for months, meanwhile Labor plans to bring in hundreds of thousands of new residents.

Absolutely. But it is just one of the problems that this insane policy will exacerbate.

The government’s advisers seem to have convinced them that the 2 million addition to the population will expand the economy. Well – I hope there are plenty of trained teachers, nurses, doctors and pharmacists & other professionals among the migrants. If not, life in Oz is not going to be pleasant.

Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 12:06 pm

Having said that I’m thinking of changing my avatar/name. I had an idea for a funny one. But a visit to the urban dictionary showed my funny title was a hitherto to me unknown description of something undescribable.

Mr GOATS, Edward Carl Xavier.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 31, 2023 12:07 pm

Medical expert, Real Teal and alleged office bully Monique Ryan up on her hind legs in Parliament yesterday pleading with Tennis Albo to “do more” about Covid because 400 people on ventilators.
Today a tiny correction.
Yes, there are 400 people on ventilators around the country.
Twenty have covid.
Three hundred and eighty (380) do not.

Roger
Roger
March 31, 2023 12:09 pm

To what extent this will resound in political alliances – particularly amongst the BRICS – remains to be seen.

Only to the extent of pursuing national interest, as Putin made clear recently.

China will never be the colossus on the international scene that the US was post-WWII.

The future is multi-polar.

Our chief concern is how well manged US decline will be, such that it doesn’t endanger our security. So far it isn’t promising. We should be looking to relocate those oil reserves on-shore, just for starters.

calli
calli
March 31, 2023 12:14 pm

I have absolutely no problem that I might be the only person on the planet who thinks the way I do. None, zip, nada. I know I am not but I know also that I’m in a minority. But even in a minority of one, it just doesn’t matter to me.

Herd creatures like to run with the zeitgeist. It keeps them safe and their feelings warm and fuzzy and wanted. They are weak but the herd makes them strong. Until the herd unaccountably moves on and they are left behind and have to make up ground…fast.

As a minority, what happens to me in a culture ruled by so-called minorities who virtue signal on their tolerance? Crushed like a bug is the answer, but don’t dare say it. It might upset someone.

Kneel
Kneel
March 31, 2023 12:17 pm

“Trump indicted?”

They say “You could indict a ham sandwich” for good reason – there is no defense and DA is NOT required to present exculpatory evidence.

They just want the show, to convince low information voters that “orange man bad, hmmmkay?”
What’s the bet that the trial will not be scheduled to happen until AFTER the 2024 election – just so it’s hanging over Trump’s head for the entire campaign.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 31, 2023 12:18 pm

Trouble at mill!

Human rights commissioner’s view of Indigenous voice ‘likely to mislead voters’, five predecessors say

In an opinion piece published in the Australian on Thursday, Finlay wrote that as a former constitutional law academic, she did not consider the voice to be a “modest proposal”.

Finlay said the inclusion of “executive government” in the proposed wording of the amendment would increase the risks of “bureaucratic complexity, legal uncertainty and judicial activism”.

“The draft wording … inserts race into the Australian constitution in a way that undermines the foundational human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination and creates constitutional uncertainty in terms of its interpretation and operation,” she wrote.

In a joint statement, five former human rights commissioners – Edward Santow, Chris Sidoti, Cathy Branson, Brian Burdekin and Graham Innes – said they “unanimously disagree” with her view.
They said, in their opinion, Finlay’s view “is likely to mislead Australians” who will be required to vote on this proposal at a referendum.*
….
Following the publication of Finlay’s remarks, the Human Rights Commission president, Rosalind Croucher, said the proposal for an Indigenous voice was consistent with fundamental human rights principles, and with international human rights conventions that Australia has endorsed.

“There is clear international guidance that establishing representative structures to support self-determination and representation for Indigenous peoples is necessary to prevent and overcome discrimination,” Prof Croucher said.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have unique and inherent rights that arise from their distinct status as Australia’s First Peoples**. The proposal for a voice is consistent with the realisation of these rights, and with the rights of all Australians,” she said.
….
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in 2017 recommended that Australia “accelerate its efforts to implement the self-determination demands of Indigenous peoples***, as set out in the “Uluru statement from the heart”.

The UN said Australia should take steps towards “recognition of indigenous peoples, ‘establishing a meaningful mechanism that enables their effective political participation and entering into good faith treaty negotiation with them.”

* This wording is deliberate, to get all races of the current human rites commish anathematized into the outer darkness.
**Racism, you can have it black and sour, just like the ladies at the in-voice.
*** So 2 peoples in one country, one of those peoples being the Helots the other being a radially selected “elite”.
****Inflicting race based injustice on people today is as evil and stupid as inflicting race based injustice on people in the past- it doesnt cancel out injustice, it multiplies it.

Roger
Roger
March 31, 2023 12:18 pm

I have absolutely no problem that I might be the only person on the planet who thinks the way I do. None, zip, nada. I know I am not but I know also that I’m in a minority.

In world terms you’d be in the majority, calli.

As the Archbishop of Canterbury found out just recently.

😀

Alamak!
Alamak!
March 31, 2023 12:18 pm

So who now represents the poor downtrodden people that Lenin supposedly championed in the Bolshevik Revolution?

The “far” right parties, which are a mixed bag of solid policies such as controlling immigration & loony stuff from conspiracy nuts. Labor lost touch with the actual working class decades ago and really only represent the public servants, arts graduates and those clinging to the bottom of the middle class by virtue signalling and some menial role in a large bureaucracy.

Not a single one of the Labor front bench or various ministerial group could get a private sector job paying what they earn in politics. Hence the need for Labor, Greens to survive by sucking peoples money to their bank accounts and vast (defined) pension entitlements. An entire class of contemptible parasites drawn to Canbra.

Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 12:21 pm

WTF!?

https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/1641571371779239936

It was the middle of the day, he said “excuse me mam” from 30 ft away and there were other people around.

DO NOT APPROACH ME! DO NOT APPROACH ME!

Reminds me of Bobby Hill. THAT’S MY PURSE! I DON’T KNOW YOU!

Wait, Cernovich has a dumb take.

Better to “overreact” and live than he “polite” and end up dead. Predators rely on people being “nice.”

no man has business going up to a woman in a parking lot.

If she dropped something, he can yell to her GO TO LOST AND FOUND.

Read The Gift of Fear.

???

Sure, but let’s not pretend that is normal or ever was until the media became increasingly shrill and false accusers stopped being punished.

Wait, Cernovich has a good hot take:

Gen Z is going to usher in Sharia law rules of not talking to a woman directly but only approach her father, brother, or other male guardian.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 31, 2023 12:25 pm

You really would wonder what Ben Chifley would make of modern Labor.
The Light on the Hill is now just the reflection off a bejazzled dildo.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 31, 2023 12:25 pm

I have absolutely no problem that I might be the only person on the planet who thinks the way I do. None, zip, nada.

I have bad news for you Calli. I think a lot like you do.
At least I think so.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 31, 2023 12:26 pm

All the polls show that normal people are not on your side, Lizzie. You are in a vanishing minority of bigots. Most of the heterosexual community live among LGBTIQ+ people and do not hate them.

I’ve lived in various areas where homosexuals predominate (try Elizabeth Bay and Darlinghurst and Kings Cross) and have worked with homosexual men, lesbians and a few transexuals in universities. I don’t hate them at all, they are often very nice people. I had a bisexual lover once for more than a year and understand the issues very well. He later declared himself fully homosexual. I had refused to marry him. Lesbian women have fallen in love with me, unreciprocated genitally and emotionally from my point of view, but they do find me sympathetic; so do many male gays, including a couple I knew rearing a son together.

Polls simply express a zeitgeist, which is often flighty and changeable, subject to urban influence and fashion. My concerns are with the underlying nature of heterosexuality in social systems. It is normal. I don’t shy away from that word. Normal sexuality is a statistical and physiological concept. It is essentially reproductive but has considerable emotional plasticity. I am not a ‘bigot’ but a realist.

I also strongly believe that human children need a normal childhood as either boys or girls and should undergo their normal physiological puberty. Social forces can construct a lot that is contrapuntal to nature (Sparta institutionalised intensely emotional homosexual pairing for all its battle warriors), but there are limits to such manipulations. Cracks in the socio-emotional constructing start to appear. We are reaching these limits with the widespread encouragement of radical transgenderism and its resultant insecurities and unhappiness. Such encouragement elicits a normalising response from people who live within the normal hormonal fundamentals of sex differentiation. ie. they fall in love, stay together and produce children. They don’t want to live in a society dominated by fringe sexualities.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 31, 2023 12:32 pm

Watched everything all at once the other night.
Apart from the funny/ well done fight scenes it was thoroughly “meh”.
Ticked every diversity box over and over though.

The central conceit of how the multiverse was accessed was pretty lame as well sold as ‘high concept”, but really sub-pulp SF tier cleverness.

2/5 is best Ill give it.

Roger
Roger
March 31, 2023 12:35 pm

You really would wonder what Ben Chifley would make of modern Labor.

Who let the middle class perverts take over?

[h/t Kim Beazley Sr.]

johanna
johanna
March 31, 2023 12:38 pm

Well, what a surprise:

Over six in ten transgender prisoners in Scotland started to identify as the opposite gender after they were imprisoned, confirming the fears of some that dangerous criminals are using the country’s leftist gender policies to game the criminal justice system.

Freedom of information requests have revealed that as of last month, there were a total of 19 prisoners identifying as transgender in the Scottish Prison System (SPS). Out of these, 12 prisoners (63 per cent) began to claim to be transgender after they were locked up.

According to a report from the UK’s Telegraph newspaper, seven prisoners were classified as “transgender women”, meaning that they were born as biological males, and therefore were allowed to serve their sentences in a female-only prison.

Thanks, Nicola! And, I wonder how the new leader, who claims to be Muslim, is going to avoid a jihad if he is not very careful.

Kneel
Kneel
March 31, 2023 12:38 pm

“A reminder that Trump’s bagman Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in gaol for this crime.”

A reminder that Cohen’s lawyer told the FEC in writing that Cohen paid Daniels with his own funds and without any direction from Trump or his campaign, and that he did not directly or indirectly get reimbursement from Trump or his campaign for that payment. That letter is now in the public domain. That letter is part of the reason the FEC declined to press charges against Trump for campaign finance law violations.

And a reminder that in order for Trump to be found guilty of the current charges against him, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump paid “hush money” to Daniels. Seems to me this will be very hard to make stick, given the above letter certainly introduces, if not proof itself, then certainly significant doubt that Trump paid Daniels at all, let alone in order to gain political advantage. So even if they pull a rabbit out their hat and convince the court that Trump actually paid Daniels, they still need to tie it “beyond a reasonable doubt” to a political advantage – very hard to do for such a high profile person as Trump, who has many and varied business interests that could cogently be argued rely on his reputation.

As I said, you could indict a ham sandwich in the USA, but given the above, I would be more than a little surprised if Trump is convicted even before an appeal. But who knows – NYC is certainly a Democrat infested and infected shithole, so anything is possible.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 31, 2023 12:42 pm

He has never been a working class man. He went straight out of uni into politics, starting in the offices of Bob Carr and Gough Whitlam.

By that logic the Labor Party is no longer a working class party.

By the same token the Greens have nothing to do with the environment – they just cite bodgey reports about it in pursuit of their socialist agenda.

And, of course, it has been at least a generation since the Libs involved themselves with freedom.

Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 12:43 pm

A reminder that Cohen’s lawyer told the FEC in writing that Cohen paid Daniels with his own funds and without any direction from Trump or his campaign, and that he did not directly or indirectly get reimbursement from Trump or his campaign for that payment. That letter is now in the public domain. That letter is part of the reason the FEC declined to press charges against Trump for campaign finance law violations.

This exonerates Trump. They are accusing him of accounting fraud on an expense paid to Cohen. If this is provable then it means the prosecution is malicious.

m0nty
m0nty
March 31, 2023 12:43 pm

So who now represents the poor downtrodden people that Lenin supposedly championed in the Bolshevik Revolution?

Labor still represents them. The poor vote Labor in large numbers. Labor are just not of working class stock themselves any more.

Identity politics is a bit of a crock really. If a politician shows themselves to be genuine and steadfast in representing groups of which he is not a member, why wouldn’t you vote for them? It’s the policy, not the identity.

Of course there is always the pull of elitism that those in the leftist political class should fight against. Some succeed more than others.

Better than right-wingers in the political class, who by definition are dead set against the working class and if they tell you they aren’t, they are obviously lying.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 31, 2023 12:44 pm

Gen Z is going to usher in Sharia law rules of not talking to a woman directly but only approach her father, brother, or other male guardian.

LOL. Over a millennium of developing the manners and opportunities for frequent and often public male-female social intercourse (yes, there is another kind of intercourse) heads back to the arms of a seventh century religious cult.

Well done to the latest products of our educational indoctrination system.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 31, 2023 12:45 pm

You really would wonder what Ben Chifley would make of modern Labor.

Ben Chifely would never have been pre-selected in today’s Labor Party.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 31, 2023 12:46 pm

The whole trans obscenity is part of the Marxist shock troop strategy. Just like the niqab. It’s to intimidate and demoralise. We all know that the Marxist establishment got a fright in 2016. Time to double down. Time to stop pretending. Even Howard beared his teeth.

Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 12:46 pm

Identity politics is a bit of a crock really.

Better than right-wingers in the political class, who by definition are dead set against the working class and if they tell you they aren’t, they are obviously lying.

I think there’s something in that for all of us.

m0nty
m0nty
March 31, 2023 12:48 pm

The other thing is that lumpen proles are not really much of a thing any more. Dumb factory jobs for “brain dead slobs” barely exist these days. You just about need a degree to drive a forklift.

Education has gotten a lot better over the years. It’s not like the old days where an organiser could rabble-rouse at the local mine or sweatshop to recruit an instant angry mob for a wildcat strike. Workers are a bit more sophisticated, there are systems in place and institutions where disputes are resolved. For better or worse.

Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 12:48 pm

You just about need a degree to drive a forklift.

It’s a three day course.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 31, 2023 12:49 pm

Montypox knows nothing about the ‘working class’ or an honest day’s work. Just consider montypox’s contempt for the out suburbs.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 31, 2023 12:52 pm

In Two Bob Each Way Leadership news:

Federal government backs wage increase for lowest-paid workers in line with inflation

The government has not put a figure on the increase it is advocating, but Employment
Minister Tony Burke said low-paid workers should not be earning less in real terms.

“Every Australian deserves a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work,” he said.

“For too long, the former government asked Australians to work longer for less — we take a different approach.

“We believe the best way to ensure workers can deal with cost-of-living pressures is to ensure they earn enough to provide for their loved ones and to get ahead.”

But he made clear the government was not arguing for widespread pay increases along the same lines.

Unlike Morrison’s winged monkeys, Mr Burke is arguing that only most Australians need to work longer for less.

Government by slogans: a painting by numbers approach for near morons.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 31, 2023 12:53 pm

Remember the bliar apparatchik who spoke of ‘rubbing the right’s nose in diversity’

m0nty
m0nty
March 31, 2023 12:55 pm

Wow Lizzie, all the gays, lesbians and bisexuals fall in love with you. Cool story.

We have gone well past the world where men stand around in segregated bars hurling homophobic insults all the time. That is a cliche that has long since been outdated. You are carbon-dating yourself by thinking the world still works like that.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 31, 2023 12:59 pm

Labor still represents them.

LOL, Monty. Do please try to be consistent. You said they did so no longer. Here’s what you said:

I said that last week, Roger. Labor is not a party of the working class any more. It is a party of the political class.

In this you are accurate. Just about all office bearers in unions are now university graduates who were recruited straight after completing uni. No one from the rank and file. Ditto Labor.

Revolutions always come from the left and the unhappy working class, not the right which is obedient to scripture. Labor, the Greens and the Libs are setting themselves up for the next revolution.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 31, 2023 1:00 pm

Montypox knows nothing about the ‘working class’ or an honest day’s work. Just consider montypox’s contempt for the out suburbs.

One struggles to find much noblesse oblige in Hawthorn really.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 31, 2023 1:00 pm

Monty’s treatise on modern labour relations.
Thanks for a good laugh after lunch twinkle toes.

Morsie
Morsie
March 31, 2023 1:01 pm

Again on the US , there is a book of a few years ago that points out that every citizen commits at least 3 felonies every day under their ( and no doubt our ) ludicrous list of crimes .

Roger
Roger
March 31, 2023 1:05 pm

You just about need a degree to drive a forklift.

It’s a three day course.

Chuckle.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 31, 2023 1:07 pm

People whom Black Shirt M0nty declares to be ‘right-wingers’ in politics are often those who are strongly in favour of policies that will help and protect the working classes against the plutocrats of the left, who have sadly also invaded the political parties of alternatives to the left.

Who speaks up more these days for the family, for women’s real rights to care for their own children at home, for a rounded education that is free and well-funded, for purchasing power and for a job that comes from a well-functioning and modern economy, not some ponzi scheme of growth for its own sake rather than for improved productivity? Why, goodness me, is terrible right wingers like plenty of Cats here and the politicians we admire most.

It certainly isn’t climate stumblers like Bowen, Voice race-baiters like Albanese, and economic illiterates like Chalmers.

calli
calli
March 31, 2023 1:07 pm

It’s a three day course.

I degree without the padding?

Johnny Rotten
March 31, 2023 1:08 pm

Trump is Indicted – This May Backfire in Spades

“Donald Trump is now the first former US president to face criminal charges after a grand jury in New York has voted to indict him on charges related to hush money payments to an adult film star. President Warren G. Harding (1865-1923), 29th President of the United States (1921-1923), has gone down as perhaps the worst president in America’s history. Harding’s legacy was overshadowed by corruption. He was surrounded by cronies which took his administration down the rabbit hole of amazing corruption.

Harding preferred to play poker and be a womanizer rather than tackle the serious questions of his time. Herbert Hoover, who succeeded Harding, said: “He was not a man with either the experience or the intellectual quality that the position needed.”

Nevertheless, despite Harding’s Administration having been one of the most corrupt in modern history, he was still honored on stamps when he died. Yet they still gave him a presidential funeral. It is hard to imagine that either the press or Washington would do the same for Trump. We have crossed the Rubicon with this indictment of Trump. This desperate attempt to try to damage his credibility to prevent him from running for president is now degraded American justice to the lowest possible level of the corrupt Ukrainian government which routinely imprisons political adversaries as well as a South American banana republic.

In all honesty, NEVER in all my career have I ever seen so many crazy fundamentals all culminate at the same time with the turning point in the Economic Confidence Model as we head into the next turning point of April 10th from cycles in Russia, Ukraine, banking crisis, and throw in this indictment of Trump that is just insane. If they really think this would reduce Trump’s chances of running, they are seriously wrong. There is a growing number of people now who see the government as corrupt. This will only be seen as a desperate measure to protect Washington and the real swamp that always acts against the interests of the people. Next week was a Directional Change in many markets and we have panic cycles in May. It looks like this is s Smörgåsbord of political chaos and uncertainty.

Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, said they contacted Trump’s attorney to “coordinate his surrender” on an indictment that “remains under seal.” Trump will self-surrender and Bragg will probably seek pre-trial confinement without bail claiming a flight risk. Zelensky tried that with his former President. This is going to be a major game-changer in politics. Bragg has crossed the Rubicon, and that means Biden and his entire family could be indicted even when sitting as president. The laptop of Hunter and the bank records are grounds for impeachment and even removal from office in the case of Biden. Bragg has crossed the Rubicon and this indeed can be a political civil war.”

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/politics/trump-is-indicted-this-may-backfire-in-spades/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

Plasmamortar
Plasmamortar
March 31, 2023 1:08 pm

Again on the US , there is a book of a few years ago that points out that every citizen commits at least 3 felonies every day under their ( and no doubt our ) ludicrous list of crimes .

Yep, I’m sure everyone here commits the victimless crime of exceeding the speed limit multiple times a day…
I know I do…

We really need to reconsider a proper system of punishment for crimes involving an actual victim.

Also to allow people a level of personal responsibility; that being the right to defend themselves.

Unfortunately, Australia sacrificed freedom for ‘safety culture’ a long time ago.

Cassie of Sydney
March 31, 2023 1:10 pm

“We have gone well past the world where men stand around in segregated bars hurling homophobic insults all the time. “

And now, pervert apologist, we have a world where men in dresses scream and screech insults and abuse at women, as well as physically threaten and attack women, and you not only approve, you find such insults and abuse funny.

Piss off with your smug, hypocritical self-righteousness.

Kneel
Kneel
March 31, 2023 1:14 pm

We haven’t seen the charges yet, so it’s a bit early… oh wait, it’s SCOTUS, the law doesn’t actually matter.”

Dishonest (or whatever the term is) business bookkeeping – normally a misdemeanor charge, not a felony. Raised to a felony because was performed in the furtherance of another crime.
That is the publicly stated intent of the NY DA, at least, and what has been reported as argued to the grand jury to obtain the indictment.

Might be appealed on several grounds, including Cohen’s letter to the FEC as evidence Trump did NOT make a payment in any case, the NY statute that says the statute to limitations only applies while the accused is living in the state of NY (ie, such timer “stops” if they move out of state – as Trump did during his tenure as President – which in such a case is ridiculous on it’s face, you don’t need more time to question the accused when your entire case rests on paperwork that you have full access to with or without the accused being “accessible” to you), or the increase in the statute of limitations by one year due to the COVID “emergency” as implemented by the Governor (not the legislature) for a start.

Plus, of course, any legal or procedural mistakes, such as exculpatory evidence disallowed at the trial, incorrect jury direction, failure of the prosecution to disclose exculpatory evidence to the defense, and so on. There could be any number of such errors, should the case go to trial.

Perhaps you see such grounds as “a technicality”, and so they may indeed be. But it makes no difference – many people have been convicted of a misdemeanor and/or a felony on the basis of “technically” breaking the law, even where they have not broken the intent of the law. So “getting off” on a technicality should be easier than “getting done” on one, as the government writes the law and has almost unlimited resources compared to the vast majority of defendants. If the prosecution doesn’t have the resources to cross every t and dot every i, then they should lose.

John H.
John H.
March 31, 2023 1:19 pm

m0ntysays:
March 31, 2023 at 12:48 pm
The other thing is that lumpen proles are not really much of a thing any more. Dumb factory jobs for “brain dead slobs” barely exist these days. You just about need a degree to drive a forklift.

Education has gotten a lot better over the years. It’s not like the old days where an organiser could rabble-rouse at the local mine or sweatshop to recruit an instant angry mob for a wildcat strike. Workers are a bit more sophisticated, there are systems in place and institutions where disputes are resolved. For better or worse.

Brain dead jobs have been replaced by brain dead degrees.
Workers did well to rebel against the excesses of unions. I am pleased that the younger generations are rebelling against exploitative employers. My generation was too stupid, or too scared, or too compliant, to do that.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 31, 2023 1:23 pm

Cool story

True story. Sorry to offend your prejudices.

We have gone well past the world where men stand around in segregated bars hurling homophobic insults all the time. That is a cliche that has long since been outdated.

You’re out-of-context there, Black Shirt. My comment was an historical backgrounder. But you are too dumb to catch that bit. It still has cultural salience though. Subtle whisperings and eye-rolling or facial expressions blanking take place now rather than anything overt or said loudly today. Unlike you, people aren’t stupid and they tend to go with the flow if it will have repercussions if they don’t.

You are carbon-dating yourself by thinking the world still works like that.

lol, go iron your black shirt, M0nty, get those creases into that flag too like the soy boys at the demo.
I carbon date beautifully. I am still Hairy’s babygirl, and long may it be so.

Robert Sewell
March 31, 2023 1:26 pm

Monty:

Why am I unsurprised that there has not been a single voice on the Cat saying a word against Mark Latham today.

Because what Mark has said is true, and the act – like many others in the Gay Community – is disgusting?
And you support this behaviour?
Like them, you’re sick.

Diogenes
Diogenes
March 31, 2023 1:27 pm

You just about need a degree to drive a forklift.

It’s a three day course.

My younger brother is getting bored in retirement ( turned 60 this year, been retired 5 years has an MBA and worked as a security consultant for a biiiiig US bank), so he decided to become a hospital orderly.

It’s a full cert 3course filled with much bullshit, so he is forking out $20 for a subscription to Chatgpt and he is getting it to do his assignments for him.

will
will
March 31, 2023 1:28 pm

Watched everything all at once the other night.
2/5 is best Ill give it.

I gave up after 15 minutes. There was nothing coherent about it. It was the product of a fractured and deranged mind, like Monty’s. A pointless and meaningless reflection of social media.

Real Deal
Real Deal
March 31, 2023 1:29 pm

You just about need a degree to drive a forklift.

It’s a three day course.

Can we categorise all of Monty’s opinions as lame hyperbole?

Frank
Frank
March 31, 2023 1:31 pm

You are carbon-dating yourself by thinking the world still works like that.

Monty, your central conceit appears to be that you have your finger on some sort of pulse.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 31, 2023 1:32 pm

m0ntysays:
March 31, 2023 at 9:03 am
Somewhere, Hillary Clinton is laughing her arse off.

And she has a lot of arse to laugh off.

Rabz
March 31, 2023 1:35 pm

Mr. Bragg is the first prosecutor to lead an indictment of Mr. Trump. He is now likely to become a national figure enduring a harsh political spotlight.

Gaolbird Avenatti, come on down!

Rabz
March 31, 2023 1:38 pm

Education has gotten a lot better over the years

Indeed, just as war is peace, black is white, up is down, freedom is slavery and in your case, invincible ignorance is strength.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 31, 2023 1:39 pm

m0ntysays:
March 31, 2023 at 9:14 am
If Trump is convicted, this novel legal theory will get appealed all the way to the supreme court, where it will get overturned.

Corruption at its highest level.

Corruption, definitely, but a New York DA is not the “highest level”.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 31, 2023 1:40 pm

Montypox’s leftism is really thinly disguised hatred of productive people. The new found love of big business and war mongering is extraordinary though.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 31, 2023 1:42 pm

Allied with hatred of productive people of course is the cargo cult love of china. Reminds me of Lionel Bowen in early 80s suggesting we import all our food.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 31, 2023 1:44 pm

m0nty=fa

There must be a trail of evidence proving that Trump knew, otherwise the indictment wouldn’t have been an issue.

You said that there was a “trail of evidence” on Wussia, Wusia, Wussia. How did that go?

Kneel
Kneel
March 31, 2023 1:44 pm

“… otherwise the indictment wouldn’t have been an issue.”

Careful M0nty, your ignorance is showing.

1) The Public Prosecutor (the “DA”) is an elected position the USA. As such, incumbents run a campaign to be elected to this specific position. This particular DA’s campaign included a “get Trump” platform.
This is more a soviet-style “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime” than the normal republic or English common law style “Investigate a crime to find the offender”.

2) At an indictment, there is no defense. The prosecutor merely has to present such evidence as (s)he believes is sufficient to warrant a trial. The prosecutor is NOT required to present any exculpatory evidence they may possess, nor the entirety of their evidence, just what they think is sufficient to justify the accused being called to trial.

3) In the district of NY, a grand jury (who decide if an indictment is warranted or not) consists of up to 36 jurors. You do NOT need unanimity, you do NOT even need a majority, you need only get 12 “indict” votes to obtain an indictment. I would suggest that given NYC’s propensity to be a Democrat stronghold, finding less than 12 out of 36 prepared to indict a Republican, especially one as controversial as DJT, would be difficult – the indictment was almost assured to happen.

The latter two, by the way, is why they say you can indict a ham sandwich – it’s such a low bar as to almost be laughable, especially where the case is politically charged, and even more so when one side has already tried (and failed) several times to “find a crime” to pin on this particular accused.

johanna
johanna
March 31, 2023 1:44 pm

OTOH, Canada (which is rapidly becoming the poster child for Western civilisation circling the drain) now wants potential police officers to do a three year course first:

In response, the commissioners call for a future RCMP where the current 26-week model of training is scrapped, as it’s no longer sufficient for the complex demands of policing.

The academy would be replaced with a three-year, degree-based model of education, as exists in Finland.

It’s pretty clear that the objective is to gut the RCMP, which has been a holdout against Trudeau including in terms of ‘proactively’ hunting down people who say things he doesn’t agree with.

Oh, and Justin also wants to increase immigration yet again. Canada already has massive immigration rates, but he wants even more.

O Canada!

johanna
johanna
March 31, 2023 1:46 pm

PS – why are so many posts above talking about Monty?

Why do people keep falling for it?

Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 1:47 pm

There must be a trail of evidence proving that Trump knew, otherwise the indictment wouldn’t have been an issue.

Which would mean Cohen was falsely convicted and his attorneys conspired to have him give false evidence with the prosecution in that case.

Cohen’s confession also ruin’s Clifford’s sensationalist nonsense.

shatterzzz
March 31, 2023 1:49 pm

You just about need a degree to drive a forklift.

Mine took 2 minutes (1993) .. handed over $20 to the “instructor” and got the “pass” certificate …..
Mind, I had been driving forks for years before they brought in the, must have, “licence” system .. for “safety” of course not money making for unions & state gummint .. back then it was a “lifetime” licence tho I believe they’ve made it 3 yearly, nowadayz .. LOL!

Frank
Frank
March 31, 2023 1:50 pm

Why do people keep falling for it?

It is not a case of falling for it, psychologically he chooses to perform the role of a latrine.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 31, 2023 1:51 pm

It’s a full cert 3course filled with much bullshit, so he is forking out $20 for a subscription to Chatgpt and he is getting it to do his assignments for him.

We paid a couple of thousand dollars to a private college for my mildly autistic disorganised son, who has never held a job, to do an online aged-care course. This was after several failed educational attempts for him higher up the scale, at university, then TAFE, and then a private IT college. He’s an affable and caring chap and a good dad to his two children, and can be quite literate and (on a good day) attentive and even motivated.

Anyway, it all started off well, and together he and I made videos online of his assignments, such as calling a gathering to lunch, washing an older person’s feet (mine), and properly making a bed (phew, that one was hard work). Then came the questions to be answered. They were simple to the point of being difficult. He nit-picked at their obvious logical inconsistencies in multiple choices and got on his high horse about some of their interpretive judgements (why would an old lady saying that be a sign of resistance, he’d offer, saying he’d seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest). Stick with it, just do what they want, I advised. But he just couldn’t do it. He got more and more frustrated with what they wanted him to write, for the answers to their questions were all ready-made ones that he simply was supposed to elaborate upon with another sentence or two. He tossed it, in complete frustration, as he had done with everything else. In his own mind, dissembling is immoral, and much of what he saw he had to disagree with.

If only we’d been able to feed those things into an AI machine, he’d be doing a good job helping some poor old person in daily living, learning a lot himself in the doing of it, and bringing in an income.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 31, 2023 1:52 pm

PS – why are so many posts above talking about Monty?

We’re hungry. It’s lunchtime. Trolls taste like chicken.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 31, 2023 1:56 pm

We’re hungry. It’s lunchtime. Trolls taste like chicken.

Wot e said!

shatterzzz
March 31, 2023 1:56 pm

Employment Minister Tony Burke said low-paid workers should not be earning less in real terms.
“Every Australian deserves a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work,” he said.
“For too long, the former government asked Australians to work longer for less — we take a different approach.

Straight-faced and from the mouth of the bloke who took his office squeeze on a tax payer funded around the world luv-fest .. Labor pollies .. ya gotta luv ’em! .. LOL!

Lysander
Lysander
March 31, 2023 2:02 pm

Cohen is less consistent* than Melbourne weather.

*pathological liar who, upon being suicidal about going to gaol, said “he’d make up anything to stay out of gaol”

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 31, 2023 2:03 pm

C.L.says:
March 31, 2023 at 10:46 am
The gay/trans movement has but one ultimate goal – child molestation:

https://twitter.com/AuronMacintyre/status/1641418243989467137

m0nty=fa supports this goal.

johanna
johanna
March 31, 2023 2:06 pm

I see that another couple of construction companies have collapsed:

Victorian-based home builder Porter Davis is going into liquidation, while a second construction firm has entered voluntary administration.

Construction has been suspended on all Porter Davis’ projects, with 1,700 homes affected across Victoria and Queensland.

The construction company has about 470 employees and was forecasting revenue of $555 million in the 2023 financial year.

snip

The collapse of the Victorian-based builder comes as another Victorian construction firm, Lloyd Group, called in voluntary administrators amid financial woes.

The Port Melbourne-based builder specialises in infrastructure projects for state and local governments, primarily in Victoria and New South Wales.

The appointment will affect more than 200 employees and 59 projects under construction, including 29 in Victoria and 30 in New South Wales.

“Despite significant effort, Lloyd Group has been unable to overcome increasingly challenging circumstances over recent months that have eroded project margins, Deloitte voluntary administrator Sam Marsden said.

Overheard some tradies chatting over a beer a few days ago, not close enough to hear every word, but I got the drift. They mentioned at least two companies who were on the edge of insolvency (although they didn’t use those words).

It seems that there is a lot more bad news to come.

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 31, 2023 2:07 pm

The government’s advisers seem to have convinced them that the 2 million addition to the population will expand the economy. Well – I hope there are plenty of trained teachers, nurses, doctors and pharmacists & other professionals among the migrants. If not, life in Oz is not going to be pleasant.

Interesting question – if all these ‘new citizens’ are a net benefit to our country – is it not immoral to take them from theirs? – if they are not, is it not immoral to add them to ours?

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 31, 2023 2:07 pm

dover0beachsays:
March 31, 2023 at 11:06 am
Jack Posobiec ??
@JackPosobiec
·
6h
BREAKING: LEFTISTS STORM TENNESSEE CAPITOL

Three days earlier, a confused female larping as a man killedmurdered three children and three adults at a Christian school, today, her fellow-travelers have stormed the State Capitol and the White House has declared her and them the soul of the nation.

Sounds like it is violentn insurrection, incited and approved by the incumbent President.

areff
areff
March 31, 2023 2:08 pm

NYC’s propensity to be a Democrat stronghold

Hillary carried the borough of Manhattan in 2016 by 92%

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 31, 2023 2:09 pm

I see the fat lesbian has an erection today. FMD

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 31, 2023 2:11 pm

I see the fat lesbian has an erection today. FMD

You paint a gruesome picture.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 31, 2023 2:12 pm

m0ntysays:
March 31, 2023 at 11:26 am
By that logic the Labor Party is no longer a working class party.

I said that last week, Roger. Labor is not a party of the working class any more. It is a party of the political class.

It may not be of the working class, but its policies are still (nominally) for the working class. Or so they say on paper. Practice may be something different.

Even so, that flawed set up is better than the Liberals who are also a party of the political class, but they are of and for the elites.

m0nty=fa still too stupid or blinded by ideology to comprehend that the “elites” are the “political class”.

But he at least recognises that there may be a difference between the claims of the Liars to be a party of the “working class” and the reality. Small steps, small steps.

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 31, 2023 2:13 pm

Read The Gift of Fear.

Ah yes, Gavin de Becker, he wrote a chapter for Ed Dowds book ‘Cause Unknown’.

Millers ‘Training for sudden violence’ and Van Horne’s ‘Left of Bang’ are good reads too.

Cassie of Sydney
March 31, 2023 2:14 pm

“It seems that there is a lot more bad news to come.”

Get a grip!

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 31, 2023 2:14 pm

m0nty=fa

Most of the heterosexual community live among LGBTIQ+ people and do not hate them.

Disapproval is not the same as hatred, much as the fascist left might claim it to be.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 31, 2023 2:14 pm

ALBO’S NOT-SO-HUMBLE BRAGG

Did Anthony Albanese commandeer the prime ministerial jet to catch his mate, working class troubadour Billy Bragg in Brisbane on Thursday night

The British singer-songwriter was playing at the Tivoli, in inner Brisbane, for the second of three concerts in the River City.

The gig was a Who’s Who of Queensland Labor, with deputy premier Steven Miles, Transport minister Mark Bailey, Federal MP Graham Perrett and a bunch of union officials among the throng.

But it was the arrival of the Prime Minister, just before Bragg took the stage at 8pm, that had the true believers buzzing.

Now, even with the advantage of daylight saving in the ACT, it was quite a feat for the PM to make “The Tiv” before Bragg began his concert covering “albums 1,2,3’’.

His office has yet to respond to questions about how Albanese got there in time.

Perrett, who will be going along again tonight, said he managed to make the concert thanks to Qantas but he didn’t know how the PM flew.

Spies says a Commonwealth plane touched down at Brisbane airport around 5pm on Thursday afternoon and left at 9am this morning.

Albanese did a press conference in Brisbane on Friday morning at Trevor St Baker’s Tritium, one of the world’s largest electric ­vehicle fast-charging companies. It was a return visit for Albanese who has been there at least twice before, in 2021 and 2022.

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 31, 2023 2:16 pm

Yep, I’m sure everyone here commits the victimless crime of exceeding the speed limit multiple times a day… I know I do…

There is, of course, no such thing as a victimless crime …. you are being punished for a possible future crime (causing a crash by driving fast).

shatterzzz
March 31, 2023 2:18 pm

I see that another couple of construction companies have collapsed:

You have to wonder with the numbers of building companies becoming available at rock-bottom prices why the Luigi Immigrants-are-Us operation aren’t buying them up to ensure their million + “skilled” wukkas will have roofs over their heads on arrival …….

Dot
Dot
March 31, 2023 2:19 pm

Bragg began his concert covering “albums 1,2,3’’

Artists “cover” their own work now???

Zatara
Zatara
March 31, 2023 2:21 pm

Obviously this is not an insurrection either, they have broken into the building and chamber and just been a nuisance. They are (typically) trying to disrupt proceedings though.

Mother Lode
Interestingly, there are a few hundred Americans who have been in pre-trial confinement, some in solitary, for over two years now on charges of “Obstruction of an official proceeding” for 6 Jan.

Here’s what obstructing an official proceeding looks and sounds like in Nashville.

The difference? The 6 Jan folks are political prisoners of the Democrats and not a single leftist rioter in Nashville was even arrested.

Lysander
Lysander
March 31, 2023 2:22 pm

Can’t remember which comedian it was who said, due to his loss of income and fame, Bragg’s next album would be titled:

Please please come back Margaret Thatcher.

shatterzzz
March 31, 2023 2:27 pm

Yep, I’m sure everyone here commits the victimless crime of exceeding the speed limit multiple times a day… I know I do…

Yesterday afternoon, the Viet Cong mob two doors from me had a tow truck pull up and dump one of their 3 cars on the grass adjacent to the driveway .. total right-off .. front& engine mashed into the front seating/ both air bags out .. no idea the whys/wherefores as they don’t speak English but a definite head-on with something or other at speed ..
and I’m guessing whoever was in the front seats didn’t climb out unaided ….

Robert Sewell
March 31, 2023 2:28 pm

Old Ozzie:

If you thought incendiary political turmoil threatened to combust only in the United States these days, then you have missed the growing protest movements throughout the collective West.

Governments haven’t represented anyone’s interests but their own since the Second World war and the speed at which they are ramming those interests down our throats is increasing.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 31, 2023 2:29 pm

So is government in Tennessee another piss weak RINO outfit?

Bar Beach Swimmer
March 31, 2023 2:30 pm

Monty @ 11:33am
All the polls show that normal people are not on your side, Lizzie. You are in a vanishing minority of bigots. Most of the heterosexual community live among LGBTIQ+ people and do not hate them.

(Lizzie, great argument up thread).

Being in a vanishing minority may not be as true as you suggest. Yes, the alphabet crowd do live amongst everyone else, to put the percentages around the right way but the problem is in the concept of excess. Living among others suggests cultural standards and mores – the “getting along” required for a civil society to function. Unfortunately, the “getting along” is being deliberately ground down by a very vocal, intolerant and aggressive subgroup, who are seeking, not the get along, but to enforce acceptance.

When society moved away from the descriptor – homosexual – and instead began using the benign term “gay” it had the direct and designed result of camouflaging what are the sexual activities of homosexuals.

Yes, there are homosexual couples – and lesbian couples,as well – who are monogamous. But the great majority of homosexuals are interested in fleeting and multiple hook-ups, to put it nicely. Add to that their disjointed messaging that, on the one hand, “we’re just like heterosexuals”, and on the other, we’re a highly sexualised sub-group of males who, as that bloke on the ABC website I referred to last night said: “it’s not about rights; I like sex with men”.

When that homosexual lifestyle was grounded in the private life of individuals to do what they want in their own bedrooms, as it was sold at the time, or even stayed in the bathhouses away from everyone else in the community, society could accept the “diversity”.

Now, through a determined visibility – that “in your face stuff” -we have the forcing of this behaviour onto everyone else and frighteningly onto children, who are being coaxed into decisions and behaviours that basically are exercises in grooming.

As to Latham and his tweet. There are six universal emotions, one of which is disgust. Describing unambiguously what the homosexual community engages in – because it is not natural – elicits a general feeling of disgust from heterosexuals – that’s normal. To use their terminology: we can’t help it; we can’t help feeling disgusted about what they do, just as they tell us that this is who they are.

Those who came out against Latham, did so because they don’t want to be reminded of what is being engaged in and what they are reflexively supportive of, because on reflection it is disgusting. So to come to terms with it, because it’s now legal, the only acceptable language is to use euphemisms.

All Latham did was put up a reality check about what is truly disgusting.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
March 31, 2023 2:31 pm

re:comment image

Surely our Foreign Affairs Dept is overdue to recognise that Assange has in fact been held in indefinite detention by people who threaten his life for political purposes, a situation recognised as a terrorist abduction when it happens in any other country, and thus a jailbreak rescue by our SASR is a fair use of national resources. The fact the terrorists in question are senior military allies of ours will make explaining it later a bit diplomatically tricky but is surely no practical impediment to the best of the best.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 31, 2023 2:32 pm

I think Gorton was the last pm who represented our interests. The Lima declaration and Grassby sum up Whitlam.

Chris
Chris
March 31, 2023 2:33 pm

the Viet Cong mob two doors from me
and I’m guessing whoever was in the front seats didn’t climb out unaided

A good time to take the poor bastards a casserole.

Zatara
Zatara
March 31, 2023 2:33 pm

So is government in Tennessee another piss weak RINO outfit?

Well, their cops certainly aren’t.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 31, 2023 2:33 pm

Interestingly, there are a few hundred Americans who have been in pre-trial confinement, some in solitary, for over two years now on charges of “Obstruction of an official proceeding” for 6 Jan.

Yep. I don’t think the Soviets were ever as brutal.

Grim Milestone: Jan. 6 Political Prisoner Jake Lang Has Now Been Held in Prison for 800 Days Without a Trial (30 Mar)

People like Monty should realize that if the Left is willing to do this to a guy because he is inconvenient to their narrative they can do it to Montys if they ever become inconvenient too.
Which is manifestly enhanced by subjecting oneself to wrongthink from blogs like the Cat.

Kneel
Kneel
March 31, 2023 2:40 pm

“Hope we get to see the perp walk!”

That’s all Bragg and the Dems want, so I’m sure they’ll do their best to let you see it.

The Secret Service, in the execution of their duties, may rain on that particular parade – given the well known rage against Orange Man, they may decide to make the entire thing happen remotely, or make the entire process happen inside a “federally protected area”, thereby excluding everyone except those directly involved. One thing is certain – you will NOT see Trump sharing a jail cell with anyone, that is just to much danger to their protectee for the SS to allow to happen.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 31, 2023 2:43 pm

Japan Inc gives Team Albanese a huuuge (astronomical in Japanese cultural terms) public serve over its well-considered gas/climate/CO2/whatever policies:

The head of Japan’s biggest oil and gas producer has warned that Australia risks undermining global security through a decision to “quietly quit” the international gas trade.

Along with Japanese ambassador Shingo Yamagami, [Inpex CEO] Mr Ueda pointed out Japan’s heavy reliance on Australia for resources.

He said Ichthys provided about 10 per cent of Japan’s LNG imports, while it was also the country’s single biggest investment in Australia.

Amid warnings of a “deteriorating” investment climate in Australia, Mr Ueda said Canberra risked causing unintended consequences in its efforts to control the gas industry.

“The consequence of these well-intentioned policies will be that the increasing energy demand in our region will be met by coal and not by natural gas,” Mr Ueda told MPs at private parliamentary function.

“The result will be much higher global greenhouse gas emissions and will make net zero by 2050 an impossible task.

Technical Note 1: Inpex is not a household name in Australia. It is, however, Japan’s largest petroleum operator and at the absolute core of the Japanese economy. All of the Japanese trading houses have stakes in Inpex and its views on petroleum and energy as well as international trade matters inform what other actors in the Japanese economy actually do.

Luckily, Australia has Don Farrell on hand to explain Stupid Little Brown Men Being Wrong:

Speaking in the Senate, Trade Minister Don Farrell brushed-off the warnings raised by Mr Ueda and said the government’s policies would have “zero impact on our relations” with Japan.

“It won’t have any impact on our international reputation or our reliability or stability as a supplier of among other things gas,” Senator Farrell said. “We’re a democracy, just like Japan. And companies in Japan can express points of view that don’t always agree with the government of the day.”

Zero impact. That’s what we need to hear. Nicely nuanced.

Technical Note 2: Don Farrell’s credentials as Minister for Trade are he was an organiser for the Shoppies union before entering Parliament.
Top Man.

Technical Note 3: Ichthys; a pissy US$40 billion investment in one of the World’s largest LNG projects. Undoubtedly Bank of Japan and the Japanese ECA’s will be relaxed and comfortable and see “zero impact” with Australia changing the fiscal rules 4 years into a 40-year project.

johanna
johanna
March 31, 2023 2:46 pm

Cassie of Sydney says:
March 31, 2023 at 2:14 pm

“It seems that there is a lot more bad news to come.”

Get a grip!

Seriously? Mentioning that some building firms are about to go down the gurgler is equivalent to your apocalyptic, totally pessimistic and frankly neurotic worldview is the same thing?

BTW, the reference to you likely being exterminated was apparently meant to be a killer blow. What codswallop, not to mention cheap emotional blackmail.

My point was, and remains, that if this is how you react to living in a wealthy country where you can walk the streets at night, have reliable sources of power, food, water etc, and this makes you all angsty and tortured – you are no better than the people you claim to oppose.

This is exactly the profile of neurotic Leftist wimmenses. We don’t need them on our side.

m0nty
m0nty
March 31, 2023 2:52 pm

One thing is certain – you will NOT see Trump sharing a jail cell with anyone, that is just to much danger to their protectee for the SS to allow to happen.

Not even Morgan Freeman?

Robert Sewell
March 31, 2023 2:55 pm

Lizzie:

And Winston, re car crashes, poor ole Hairy said he did get his opthalmologist’s approval to drive home if he waited for another hour in a coffee shop, which he did. It was me who was worried about it. He says his vision was OK but he did seem rather shocked and needed to rest when he got home.

Lizzie, I’m staggered that the Ophthalmologist gave approval to drive. It took me about four hours for the eye drops to work out in the unlasered eye, and about 10 hours for the lasered one to come good.
I hope you gave him a kick up the arse anyway just for other dodgy stuff he’s gotten away with. 🙂

Cassie of Sydney
March 31, 2023 2:55 pm

“BTW, the reference to you likely being exterminated was apparently meant to be a killer blow. What codswallop, not to mention cheap emotional blackmail.”

It wasn’t meant as a “killer blow”, I was just stating a fact.

You like to dish it out, but you don’t like it when it’s thrown back at you.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 31, 2023 2:55 pm

In Silence of the Broccoli news:

Plants can ‘talk’ and scientists have recorded the sound they make as they die of thirst

Frankenresearch:

…the team placed microphones 10cm from plant stems that were either exposed to drought (less than 5 per cent soil moisture) or had been severed near the soil. They then compared the recorded sounds to those of unstressed plants, as well as empty pots, and found stressed plants emitted significantly more sounds than unstressed plants.

And all they can do is exploit this hideous suffering:

Tailoring water use to target individual plants or sections of field making the most “noise” could help us more sustainably intensify production and minimise waste.

If Vegans had any shreds of integrity about them, they’d stop eating innocent plant life until a humane plant slaughter protocol is devised and implemented.

Zatara
Zatara
March 31, 2023 2:56 pm

The media are turning a child murderer into a sympathetic celebrity because they agree with the horrific violence and want to encourage more

Yep

Top executives at CBS News have banned staffers from using the word “transgender” when reporting on Nashville shooter — despite the fact police have said Audrey Hale was transgender and cited it as a key point in the case.

m0nty
m0nty
March 31, 2023 2:56 pm

Being in a vanishing minority may not be as true as you suggest. Yes, the alphabet crowd do live amongst everyone else, to put the percentages around the right way but the problem is in the concept of excess. Living among others suggests cultural standards and mores – the “getting along” required for a civil society to function. Unfortunately, the “getting along” is being deliberately ground down by a very vocal, intolerant and aggressive subgroup, who are seeking, not the get along, but to enforce acceptance.

Yeah yeah yeah, the dominant culture is not about excess by a subgroup of extremely loose freaks.

Oh wait, did you see MAFS last night? Jombuya totally sucked face with Adelino in the jacuzzi and then did the dirty on him with Ramborenga!! ZOMG she is such a slag!!! And then on Mankini Island, Tay-Belay showed Pingalonk her butt!!!!

johanna
johanna
March 31, 2023 3:02 pm

Cassie of Sydney says:
March 31, 2023 at 2:55 pm

“BTW, the reference to you likely being exterminated was apparently meant to be a killer blow. What codswallop, not to mention cheap emotional blackmail.”

It wasn’t meant as a “killer blow”, I was just stating a fact.

You like to dish it out, but you don’t like it when it’s thrown back at you.

Fact free rhetoric. Are you sure you’re on the right side?

Ask Lizzie. Unsubstantiated claims don’t wash with me.

m0nty
m0nty
March 31, 2023 3:03 pm

People whom Black Shirt M0nty declares to be ‘right-wingers’ in politics are often those who are strongly in favour of policies that will help and protect the working classes against the plutocrats of the left, who have sadly also invaded the political parties of alternatives to the left.

Who speaks up more these days for the family, for women’s real rights to care for their own children at home, for a rounded education that is free and well-funded, for purchasing power and for a job that comes from a well-functioning and modern economy, not some ponzi scheme of growth for its own sake rather than for improved productivity? Why, goodness me, is terrible right wingers like plenty of Cats here and the politicians we admire most.

Everything you said there, Lizzie, is the exact opposite of the truth.

Robert Sewell
March 31, 2023 3:06 pm

Bruce O’Nuke:

If I was a Green, Labor or Liberal Party pollie I’d read up on what happened to the parties of the elites during that particular revolution. Might save them some unpleasant experiences.

You mean, like a PURGE?!
I didn’t see that coming!

will
will
March 31, 2023 3:09 pm

Everything you said there, Lizzie, is the exact opposite of the truth.

Monty’s bizarrio world.
Where the troll gets his rocks off by constantly being fed.

johanna
johanna
March 31, 2023 3:09 pm

Re the plant thing, calli probably knows more.

It is no secret that plants and even microbes communicate. These researchers have evidently spun their work to get more funding.

Their biggest problem is fitting it in to ‘equity’ guidelines. Nature is not very helpful in that regard. 🙂

Lysander
Lysander
March 31, 2023 3:10 pm

The New York Young Republican Club has issued a statement responding to the indictment of President Donald Trump, saying, “This is Total War.”

The club warned that the indictment has sent our nation “careening toward tyranny at an unprecedented pace.”

“Today, our nation careens toward tyranny at an unprecedented pace,” the statement began. “An impudent cabal of radical figures abandons all propriety in their dogged attacks on President Donald J. Trump. We have taken a decisive step away from the values that define our national character.”

“Every utterance that has escaped these monsters’ lips since President Trump first came down the escalator has built toward this moment; each falsehood, each misdirection, each deliberate misportrayal found its culmination in Alvin Bragg’s desperate action today,” the club’s statement said. “Radical leftist interests, beholden to an elite, internationalist cabal have taken the unprecedented step of indicting President Donald J. Trump, the leading candidate for the 2024 presidential election.”

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 31, 2023 3:11 pm

A vision of the benefits The Voice will bring to Australian government:

Indigenous Australians use their deep spiritual connection to the land to track the seasons, but elders are warning of a “massive shift” in climate.

Uncle Noel is a Whadjuk Noongar elder, from one of the largest Aboriginal cultural blocks in Australia, made up of 14 different language groups.

His culture is rooted in a deep spiritual connection to the land he lives on which informs his vast knowledge of the local Indigenous seasons.

But a major government report has warned these seasons are being disrupted by climate change, putting Indigenous people’s knowledge and culture at risk.

Wardandi Noongar man and biologist Stephen van Leeuwen was one of the co-authors of the SoE report.

He said impacts to Indigenous values were being experienced across the nation.

One of the difficulties was the ability to measure those impacts.

“Some of them are tangible, so we can measure the number of threatened species in a hectare for instance,” he said.

“But how do you measure someone’s emotional sense of place to a particular species or location? It’s extremely difficult.”

Dr van Leeuwen said spiritual connection needed to be a part of the conversation around climate change.

He said sharing, recording and listening to Aboriginal knowledge was also crucial.

“Science is about getting knowledge, and I would argue 65,000 years is a lot of adaptive management and knowledge about how to sustainably live on country and how to use the resources there,” he said.

65,000 years of adaptive management and knowledge, you say?

That covers the last part of the Pleistocene, and the whole of the Holocene and the Recent Era. Several hundred major climate shifts tucked away in there.
Release the Knowledge.

Cassie of Sydney
March 31, 2023 3:13 pm

“Ask Lizzie. Unsubstantiated claims don’t wash with me.”

Why bring Lizzie into it? I know you’re obsessed with her but get a grip!

Zatara
Zatara
March 31, 2023 3:14 pm

Transgender terrorist Audrey Hale murdered 6 Christians, including 3 children, at a private Christian school in Nashville earlier this week.

The White House Speaks:

“Our Hearts Go Out to the Trans Community as They Are Under Attack Right Now”

It would be so much nicer to think they are just clueless rather than so deeply evil.

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