Skip to content

Rostrum: Special “Where do you people come from?” Edition

June 8, 2012

Hello

And good afternoon.   And what a motley little rabble we’ve been this week.  Yes I’m pointing at you.  Each and everyone one of you (while peering over the top of my spectacles, all Helen Coonan like at some parliamentary inquisition), it was “you running in the corridor again wasn’t it Jaws….??”

You lot must think it’s easy running this joint. 

Well I’m as mad as all hell and I’m not going to take it any more!!

Day in, day out, day after day after day I toil away here (or should that be troll away here), bustin a gut for democracy, only to have my articulate and perceptive analysis of life-time important events sullied with the most inane commentary ever thought possible.

And do I get any thanks??  NO I DO NOT! 

It doesn’t all happen automagically you know…

And then we’re subjected to things like “I might be a WCP but just look at what I do for charity, not like you losers!”.

That’s charity innit.

Or “I didn’t die in five World Wars only to pay some thin air tax.”

Get a grip.

Australia is fkn great, despite what Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey might say, and quite frankly the more those two mouth off at this “great nation” the more I think those two motherfkers should just fk off to New Zealand or Johannesburg (where they’d probably feel more at home).

Or join the Golden Dawn party or something like that.

BTW, I’m off to see Prometheus tomorrow, and I’m going to come back here and litter the place with all the surprise little story lines just to spoil it for the rest of you.

Have a lovely weekend.

Advertisements
148 Comments leave one →
  1. Bacchus permalink
    June 8, 2012 4:01 pm

    In appreciation of all your hard work reb, 😛 a recipe from Greece – Tonia Buxton 🙂

  2. JAWS permalink
    June 8, 2012 4:06 pm

    In one week QAN Qantas has gone from $1.50 to just now 98c.

    F***ing Unions

  3. JAWS permalink
    June 8, 2012 4:07 pm

    “you running in the corridor again wasn’t it Jaws….??”

    And its not piss weak “Jaws”

    It’s f**king well JAWS !

  4. JAWS permalink
    June 8, 2012 4:09 pm

    Bacchus

    If you are after big cleavage Cypriot gals like Tonia here’s another

  5. TB Queensland permalink
    June 8, 2012 4:22 pm

    Don’t you dare fk, Prometheous, up, Jummy!

    Not till next Wednesday (and we’ll both do it! Just jokin’) …

    … I’ve promised, The Minister, I’d take her on, Tightarse Tuesday* … AND we will be going to the 2D version … I don’t know why they bother with 3D … anyone I know from kids to grandies just don’t like the format …

    *phrase compliments of my complimentary son!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Tonia Buxton 😯 more like Tanys Buxom! And what’s wrong with Nigella anyway!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    F***ing Unions You really are a fkn wally, Wally … try having a look at the DH running the show …

  6. Bacchus permalink
    June 8, 2012 4:23 pm

    Big cleavage 😯 I didn’t even notice :mrgreen: I just liked her BBQ’d tuna 😉

  7. Bacchus permalink
    June 8, 2012 4:24 pm

    what’s wrong with Nigella anyway!

    Tonia can cook! 😆

  8. el gordo permalink
    June 8, 2012 4:25 pm

    Looked at the Prometheus trailer…typical escapist science fiction nonsense in 3D…I’ll pass.

    Funny post reb, got me laughing.

  9. JAWS permalink
    June 8, 2012 4:25 pm

    This is exactly what to expect from the Lefties and their never ending quest to destroy the economy.

    Greenpeace and Getup have taken out full page adverts in Indian newspapers advising Indian investors not to put their money into the Queensland Galilee Basin Coal mines as they will be seeking to delay indefinitely the rail and port infrastructure.

    Greenpeace is still classified as a charitable institution. Its time that privilege was withdrawn.

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    June 8, 2012 4:49 pm

    Tonia can cook! Who gives a fook! (anyway Tonia wasn’t cooking it was the bloke with the hairy caterpillar under his bottom lip …

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    This is exactly what to expect from the Lefties and their never ending quest to destroy the economy.

    Get over it, Panic Princess, you sound like the “I dont know” CEO of The Business Council on Lateline last night … didn’t Emma A, rip her and her unprofessional report to ribbons! becoming a big fan of Alberici … comparing the Gulf figures of 2004 and Australia’s 2012 current number is not only unprofessional but childishly stupid … as any business owner would know … and this is the Business COUNCIL! FMD … and then to compare anecdotal figures of unemployment with actual statistics from the Treasury … astounding …

    Alan Joyce must take his business advice from the Business Council … both shonks …

  11. TB Queensland permalink
    June 8, 2012 4:52 pm

    Last night’s main Lateline interview … at least us Lefties provide links … that demsonstrate how far from the truth the right whingers posts’* really are …

    (* neatly placed apostrophe, eh, sreb … 😉 )

    http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3520778.htm

  12. Bacchus permalink
    June 8, 2012 5:02 pm

    Tonia wasn’t cooking

    She usually does though TB. Last show in this series is on tomorrow evening @ 6:30pm on SBS2.

    Tonia’s aesthetic qualities are FAR superior to Nigella’s, and she can cook. 😛

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    June 8, 2012 5:53 pm

    Baccy, you’d think after 46 years with one woman (44 of ’em married) that she wouldn’t get jealous (especially of Nigella – she’s not exactly living next door 😯 )… I’m afraid it’s all silly but true, she does!

  14. JAWS permalink
    June 8, 2012 6:11 pm

    TB

    Its got nothing to do with Alan Joyce.

    Minister Albasleazy it appears is not going to lift a finger if Etihad makes a takeover bid for Virgin Australia having just taken a rather significant stake in it.

    If it is taken over you will then be able to kiss Qantas goodbye forever as it wont be able to compete with Etihad cross subsidizing of fuel and maintenance with Virgin while Qantas with its domestic maintenance and fuel facilities anchored here will bleed cash very quickly thanks to your Union mates.

    That’s what Joyce has been banging on about for the last 2+ years. Add to that the Union vandalism last year.

    Well time is up and you lot can crack open the champagne and celebrate again whilst watching as another few thousand jobs go from Qantas and the airline itself disappears just so you criminal psycopathic socialist economic vandals can continue to worship your flawed ideologies.

    The leaders of the TWU must be so proud.

    Even though you learnt using a friggin abacus its still just simple mathematics TB

  15. JAWS permalink
    June 8, 2012 6:27 pm

    Emma Alberichi is far too attractive too have any credibility.

    Everytime I see her I dont hear a thing she says 🙂

  16. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 8, 2012 6:33 pm

    Qantas is a great Australian success story.

    It is probably the largest employer of apprentices, and engineering graduates. It would be one of the biggest private sector trainers. It is one of the highest employee payers.

    But at every turn, it is attacked by unions and the left.

    Honestly, when Qantas is acquired (and merged) by a bigger international airline, I do hope all the unions will be happy.

  17. June 8, 2012 6:43 pm

    Prometheus looks fkn awesome.

    As a long term Alien tragic, might have to scamper to Mount Fucktard on days off next week to have a look at it. I’m supposing that it’s too visually spectacular to ruin it by watching a copy from a handheld digicam.

  18. June 8, 2012 6:55 pm

    RE the Golden Dawn nutcase slapping (with open handed haymakers) that woman. Even Bolt was condemning the ‘far right’ on a thread today…unsurprisingly, several of his unhinged commenters were cheering the deranged ex special forces moron on…some excerpts…

    “Well to be fair I have often myself considered a slap in the face to be the only sensible response to the deranged rantings of nation-wrecking leftists, particularly those of the feminist variety.

    I suppose Andrew thinks he should have sat there impotently grumbling like John Hewson on Q&A;.
    Ronnie of Melbourne (Reply)
    Fri 08 Jun 12 (07:42am)

    “What would they do with real power? Give those pinkos a good slapping on a national scale perhaps?

    More power to em.
    Fred of oz (Reply)
    Fri 08 Jun 12 (07:48am)”

    WHAT IS IT WITH THE RIGHT & VIOLENCE? 😯

  19. June 8, 2012 6:56 pm

    You’re mistaken TB….

    Apparently Prometheus is meant to have some of the best 3d effects since Avatar. But of course I’ll be able to confirm tomorrow and reveal everything at the same time, especially how it all ends!

  20. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 8, 2012 6:59 pm

    “Australia is fkn great, despite what Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey might say

    Yes, but we have had only 5 years of Labor. Another 5 years and we will see a different set on numbers.

    How quickly people forget Victoria almost going bankrupt under Cain/Kirner. The 30 months of double digit unemployment under Keating. The deregulation of the banking industry by the ALP leading to several banks, building societies going under.

    Man, what is it about the ALP that creates such loyalty from some people???

  21. TB Queensland permalink
    June 8, 2012 7:05 pm

    You’re mistaken TB…. d’jawhat! Two Wally’s on one thread … 🙄

    I look forward to your report — Margaret!

    Man, what is it about the ALP that creates such loyalty from some people???

    living history of living under the LibNats and more particularly JBP!

  22. June 8, 2012 7:08 pm

    “Panic Princess”

    That’s fkn priceless!!!! LOL!

  23. el gordo permalink
    June 8, 2012 7:12 pm

    “But the largest increase of all was in the sector called ‘health care and social assistance’, in which employment rose by about the size of the combined fall in manufacturing and retailing employment over the same period.”

    Glenn Stevens

    This is what we expect under a socialist government and I congratulate Julia for getting something right. Although I hasten to add… it might just be a lucky coincidence and she won’t take any credit.

  24. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 8, 2012 7:17 pm

    “living history of living under the LibNats and more particularly JBP!

    You are still alive are you not??? I would think the current ALP govt is worse than Joh.

    I remember Keatings 30 months of unemployment above 10% because I was one of the unemployed. 1983-1996 was not as great as most ALP supporters like to think it was. Most ALP govts leave a huge stinking mess to clean up. This requires cutting back on things when the Coalition gets in so they look mean. The mess is cleaned up and then someone like Rudd gets in and cannot get his paws out of the cookie jar creating another fine mess to clean up.

    All socialists govts tend to become totalitarian. And the ALP is the same. Would not surprise me one of the main reason socialists want the NBN is because you can control people more easily.

  25. June 8, 2012 7:27 pm

    “I would think the current ALP govt is worse than Joh.”
    Neil, I’m generally nonplussed by a lot of your comments & can actually even see merit in some of them…but that above is the stupidest, most ignorant one you’ve ever made . UNFKNBLVBL…& a good indication that you know fuck all about JBP.

    Closely followed second by this pile of shit…”All socialists govts tend to become totalitarian. And the ALP is the same.”
    Obviously you don’t comprehend what a socialist government is, because the ALP is fkn leagues away from being socialist. That’s just ridiculous hyperbole most often recognisable in the pantomime that is US politics.

    Get a grip! 🙄

  26. el gordo permalink
    June 8, 2012 7:42 pm

    Yeah… I think Neil has it wrong when he says ‘all socialists govts tend to become totalitarian.’

    A grose generalisation.

  27. el gordo permalink
    June 8, 2012 8:22 pm

    ‘FAIRFAX Media is becoming a target for private equity after a leading investor in the under-siege company confirmed it would consider backing a break-up of the business.

    ‘The publisher of the Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review is now the cheapest media company on traditional valuation measures in the world (of those companies with a market capitalisation above $1 billion), according to data compiled by Bloomberg.’

    From the Oz

  28. el gordo permalink
    June 8, 2012 8:31 pm

    As governments of the left or right grow stronger they move away from anarchy towards totalitarianism…returning once again to anarchy.

    ‘Would not surprise me one of the main reason socialists want the NBN is because you can control people more easily.’

    This is palpable nonsense, the NBN is a positive social service and not a left wing conspiracy to gain control.

  29. TB Queensland permalink
    June 8, 2012 8:33 pm

    A grose generalisation.

    Or even a gross generalisation …

  30. June 8, 2012 8:57 pm

    Grouse!

  31. el gordo permalink
    June 8, 2012 9:07 pm

    Goose?

  32. el gordo permalink
    June 8, 2012 9:15 pm

    Noddy is a barracker of the right and sometimes makes outlandish comments.

  33. June 8, 2012 9:18 pm

    Yep, pretty much.

    A lot of the points he highlights about the hypocrisy of some ALP limpets are valid though.

    He just gets a bit premature ejaculative with his one eyed demonising at times is all. 😆

  34. Sean permalink
    June 8, 2012 10:56 pm

    3D is a tough medium when you are looking at it With any eye defects. I have an astigmatism in one eye and because that creates an imbalance I have to watch 3 d with 2 sets of glasses. One my regulars plus the 3d. If you have any problem with your eyes it can make you feel nauseous. If I don’t watch with 2 sets I don’t get the 3 d effect. Yet I can drive completely glasses free

  35. JAWS permalink
    June 8, 2012 11:29 pm

    Ooops , Sean is me. Friggin mobiles.

    Anyway Spain caved in to Angela and have asked for a govt bailout .

  36. JAWS permalink
    June 9, 2012 12:26 am

    Major Chinese data tonight as well.

    This might be a black Friday for Wall Street

    Get that cash ready

  37. JAWS permalink
    June 9, 2012 12:44 am

    Can one of the rusted on ALP crims just help me with one very small detail.

    How do you string the GDP numbers for march 2012 as evidence that swan will get a surplus in 2012/2013.

    We have yet to finish 2011/2012 .

    Oh that’s right I forgot you lot of unemployed or centrelink customers don’t need to care what day it is let alone year

  38. public toilet permalink
    June 9, 2012 3:41 am

    😆

  39. el gordo permalink
    June 9, 2012 8:08 am

    I’m more convinced than ever that Craig is a pathological liar.

    ‘Mr Thomson told FWA last year that Fairfax settled the case because its handwriting expert had concluded ”the signatures on the credit card forms [for brothel receipts] were forged”. He also claimed he had provided Fairfax with alibi evidence which proved he could not have used the prostitutes at the stated times.

    ‘Fairfax lawyers wrote to Mr Thomson twice last month saying those claims and others were false and deliberately misleading. He was informed in writing that unless he publicly corrected the record and informed FWA ”as to the false information supplied by you”, the company would do so.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/alp-paid-350000-for-thomson-legal-costs-20120608-201he.html#ixzz1xF4BD8Ub

  40. TB Queensland permalink
    June 9, 2012 8:25 am

    But the largest increase of all was in the sector called ‘health care and social assistance’ … This is what we expect under a socialist government and I congratulate Julia for getting something right

    er, egg, aging population, increasing population … could be many reasons … and I doubt its government intervention … wages have just increased for the sector … makes it a little difficult for some employers to employ …

    … most industries are in a constant flux depending on the “market” … undertakers have it dead easy though … 🙂

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Can one of the rusted on ALP crims just help me with one very small detail.

    I suspect you’re mind is wandering again (or you need to put your glasses on – or both), Sean … there’s no “rusted on ALP crims” on this blog … you’re mistaking it for somewhere else …

  41. TB Queensland permalink
    June 9, 2012 8:28 am

    Just arrived …

    http://www.rtbot.net/play.php?id=Xv1tMioGgXI

  42. TB Queensland permalink
    June 9, 2012 11:01 am

    You know you’ve got The Robber Barons by the short a curlies when they start to whinge and make things up … overseas …

    Reminds me of the whinging Poms who emigrated in the 60’s …

    If Glasenberg reckons we have “nationalised” 30% of our resources … he needs to go back to school and find out what that means … rich isn’t necessarily smart … these pricks only make money when the rules favour them …

    … a bit like NSW complaining about the referees in the State of Origin … get on with the ga me rather than blaming the refs (in this case the owners) … maybe we should really nationalise all our resources …

    http://www.news.com.au/business/australia-is-very-risky-business-says-our-second-wealthiest-person-ivan-glasenberg/story-e6frfm1i-1226389578298

  43. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 9, 2012 11:12 am

    I was just listening to ABC 24 and Craig Emerson said that Tony Abbot was responsible for all the people drowning at sea trying to get here to get asylum. In particular Abbott was responsible for all the children who died because he did not support the Malaysian solution.

    Is there anything more corrupt than an ALP politician??? It was the ALP who abolished the Pacific Solution which has now encouraged many thousands of boat people to come to Australia. It was the ALP who is building the detention centers. It is the ALP who is locking up children.

    It is the ALP who is denying people in camps overseas places in Australia because they accept queue jumpers who come by boats.

    It is the ALP who does not care about border control.

    It is the ALP who has handed out which asylum seekers we choose to come to Australia to people smugglers.

    It is the criminal organisation now running this country (Australian Labor Party) who has handed over which asylum seekers we take to another criminal organisation (people smugglers).

    All criminal organisations stick together. ALP, people smugglers , Mafia – they all stick together.

  44. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 9, 2012 11:40 am

    In their excitement to tear down Kathy Jackson, ALP barrackers are saying that Thomson can look forward to huge settlements with the media for defamation.

    I think Thomson is likely to balk at further defamation, given that the ALP won’t be around to bail him out.

    THE NSW Labor Party paid almost $350,000 in legal costs for Craig Thomson before the troubled MP was suspended from the party in May.
    More than two-thirds of the amount – $240,000 – was paid to Fairfax Media, the publisher of the Herald, under a settlement reached a year ago when Mr Thomson withdrew defamation action he instituted in 2009.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/alp-paid-350000-for-thomson-legal-costs-20120608-201he.html#ixzz1xFvC3ID3

    So Thomson’s history is to use the HSU as his personal bank, and run up bills of hundreds of thousands for his “personal expenses”. When this is reported (by Fairfax) he sues, but uses the ALP as his personal bank to bail him out, when his action all falls apart.

    Does Thomson ever take personal responsibility for his actions, and does he pay for anything himself?

  45. June 9, 2012 11:42 am

    I like you, I like you, I really do!
    But be prepared to be sullied, when you dig in political poo!

    Keep up the good work!

  46. el gordo permalink
    June 9, 2012 11:52 am

    ‘This is what we expect under a socialist government and I congratulate Julia for getting something right’

    TB it was meant tongue in cheek, in the dry way that ToM does it without smiley faces.

  47. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 9, 2012 12:44 pm

    Who knows Deknarf?

    Fairfax doesn’t seem too embarrassed about the original report. On the contrary, they continue to repeat it.

    Thomson has not told the truth about the outcome, he said it was “settled”. It wasn’t he sought permission of the court to discontinue the action, and had to carry the costs of both parties.

    There are a dozen news reports that ALP supporters have called “baseless media speculation” that have proven to be factual. They don’t seem to be particularly “sullied” about their inaccurate description of the reporting.

    …and… I like you, I like you, I really do!

  48. TB Queensland permalink
    June 9, 2012 5:50 pm

    … in the dry way that ToM does it without smiley faces. ToM, doesn’t have any smiley face skills, egg … but he makes stuff up a lot … 😛

    Noddy’s, a bit shrill … I bet the next set of “polls” might show those nasty ALP criminals doing a bit better … 😉

  49. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 9, 2012 9:23 pm

    “I bet the next set of “polls” might show those nasty ALP criminals doing a bit better …”

    I hope not. I was really incensed when Craig Emerson said that Abbott was responsible for all the asylum seekers drowning because he would not support the ALP’s Malaysian solution. Emerson should be condemning The Greens because it is his govt partners who will not agree with the malaysian legislation.

    And what really annoyed me is that Emerson said Abbott was responsible for all the children who drowned. Emerson mentioned that children have no choice in the matter and that made Abbott even more criminal.

    ALP politicians really are a bunch of mongrels.

  50. June 9, 2012 9:24 pm

    So we went to see Prometheus today.

    It was ok but didn’t really live up to all the hype.

    Without wishing to spoil the plot for everyone else, a couple of scientists find evidence that the source of mankind might exist on a distant planet, so they go there, meet some aliens and then everyone dies. The end.

    Despite one or two scary moments it certainly didn’t poessess the suspense or sense of impending fear and doom that the first Alien movie had..

    In that sense you kind of walk away feelng a bit short changed. Nevertheless it’s still worth seeing.

    Three stars.

  51. JAWS permalink
    June 9, 2012 10:34 pm

    Sounds like an hour with a Boardroom Escort with a silly blonde wig and dumb arse Clark kent glasses is better than the movies these days.

    Do they ” do it ” for $14 and a chic top and popcorn ?

    $770 is outrageous

    Do you lot realist how many drive – in movies at maroubra that used to get?

    Even more at bass hill or blacktown

  52. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 9, 2012 11:07 pm

    I went to see The Dictator this evening.

    Funny & poor taste. Ideal for me.

  53. el gordo permalink
    June 10, 2012 8:31 am

    Bass Hill was big.

  54. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 10, 2012 9:34 am

    Julia Gillard:

    “I don’t think you prove leadership by setting out each and every moment to kind of prove you are the smartest person in the room.”

    She would say that, wouldn’t she?

  55. Tony permalink
    June 10, 2012 10:11 am

    ‘The administration has made little secret of its near-total reliance on drone operations to fight the war on terror. The ironies abound. Candidate Obama campaigned on narrowing presidential wartime power, closing Guantanamo Bay, trying terrorists in civilian courts, ending enhanced interrogation, and moving away from a wartime approach to terrorism toward a criminal-justice approach. Mr. Obama has avoided these vexing detention issues simply by depriving terrorists of all of their rights—by killing them.’

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303665904577452271794312802.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

  56. TB Queensland permalink
    June 10, 2012 10:39 am

    Mr. Obama has avoided these vexing detention issues simply by depriving terrorists of all of their rights—by killing them.’

    Well fuck me! Did you know they kill us? (if we don’t kill them) … 😯

    Choice? And why do people have so much “issue” with drones not being “fair”, FFS!

  57. TB Queensland permalink
    June 10, 2012 10:47 am

    She would say that, wouldn’t she?

    Yep, and honestly so … unlike “Macho Man” … who, as we all know, IS the smartest person in the room (… or is that elephant?) 🙄

  58. June 10, 2012 11:04 am

    “I went to see The Dictator this evening”

    Julia Gillard….?

  59. TB Queensland permalink
    June 10, 2012 11:40 am

    How did I suddenly get directed to website called, The Star? (… and lose my last post …?)

  60. June 10, 2012 2:30 pm

    I think the issue with an escalating drone programe, TB, is that there is no oversight to keep the assassinations in check. It renders too much power unto one man & it is a broad brush way of detached killing from afar.

    Tony is right to point out the hypocrisy of Obama in this. I have no doubt that if it weren’t a Democrat in power that there would be outcry about it from many on the left. There should be outcry about it!

    I suspect that it is a convenient stick to bash Obama with, fuck knows the right loves to do that; and they have a point on this one. I don’t doubt that once they get back in they’ll probably accelerate the drone killings. They definitely won’t bring them to a halt.

    * Pretty sure ‘we’ve’ evened up the body count by now TB. Drone killings make it too easy for a superpower to eliminate anyone they consider to be a pest…without scrutiny.

  61. June 10, 2012 2:32 pm

    WHAT IS IT WITH QUEENSLANDERS & VIOLENCE?! 😯

  62. TB Queensland permalink
    June 10, 2012 2:59 pm

    It renders too much power unto one man & it is a broad brush way of detached killing from afar.

    You have to be joking … you prefer hand to hand combat with bayonet and sword …

    Drones are bit like the invention of field guns … or the machine gun … awful bloody things but it helps to kill the enemy and save our troops …

    War is stupid, unnecessary and a waste of people and resources …

    … given a choice of your child entering a battle zone with a rifle or sending a drone operated from afar … I know what I would choose … ask any ADF person’s family …

    Pretty sure ‘we’ve’ evened up the body count by now TB I think the “criteria” is a little more complex than simply to justify “evening up the score” … HD

    And while Obama is a Dem and Gillard is ALP … seems the terrorists are the same and they don’t give a FF!

    Personally I’d napalm the bloody poppy fields … but then napalm is banned …

    … who do you think is really complaining about drones and the “unlevel’ playing field … the Coalition Forces?

    Just for the record I oppose all wars … but I’ve known a few who have had to fight in them …

  63. TB Queensland permalink
    June 10, 2012 3:09 pm

    Here’s one possible answer … but paintball guns are banned as “weapons” in Australia … as are soft BB guns … talk about a nation of precious pansies!

    A BURGLAR was caught yellow-handed by police after a woman shot him several times with a paintball gun when he broke into her Texas home.

    http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/world/burglar-caught-yellow-handed-after-being-shot-with-paintball-gun-by-texas-homeowner/story-e6frfkui-1226390342560

  64. Tony permalink
    June 10, 2012 3:13 pm

    ‘Recent stories in major newspapers portray a White House war room where Mr. Obama studies the files of potential targets, compiles a “kill list,” and makes the final decision on strikes — at last count, 269 in Pakistan, 38 in Yemen.’

  65. TB Queensland permalink
    June 10, 2012 4:05 pm

    Recent stories in major newspapers …

    The essence of the quote, methinks … I am assuming it is from the link above @ 10:11

    …. I would suspect (I have no idea) that President Obama has a “number” of “experts” carrying out this role … do you really think that the US military and special forces, and CIA, sit around waiting for Presidential approval, for every strike … if you do, you watch to many movies and don’t understand policies, procedures, protocols, strategy, standing orders, chain of command and that the President of the USA probably has other things to deal with …

    Footnote: The article is written by John Yoo, who served under Bush … surprise, surprise … did someone mention bias … even indignant bias?

  66. TB Queensland permalink
    June 10, 2012 4:16 pm

    And at the end of the article, ToSY, links to … this bunch of gobbledegook!

    According to press reports, aides claim the president is a student of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas who brings their views to targeting choices. This is scarcely believable.

    But even taking the claim at face value, just-war theory should broaden, rather than limit, the use of force against terrorists. The work of the Catholic theologians drew upon traditions stretching back to the ancient world that would have considered terrorists to be hostis humani generis, the enemy of all mankind, who merited virtually no protections under the laws of war.

    Some church thinkers approved of wars for conversion (i.e., the Crusades), reprisal, conquest and punishment. While Mr. Obama surely does not seek a return to these earlier forms of conflict, a return to first principles such as hostis humani generis may prove a better guide for a nation at war than a president’s day-to-day instincts.

    Don’t kill people – so we can get information … these are the PLANNERS they are targetting … the INSTIGATORS .. the DEVELOPERS of the “information” …

    WTF, is “just-war theory” – since when as a war ever been just …

    I agree that the Catholic Church has been able to sanction many wars and even its own form of terrorism – The Inquisition … for the same reasons the radical Muslims do now …

    As for relying on “a president’s day-to-day instincts” … a pure fantasy built upon the fantasy of the concept of the article … if Obama is involved (and no doubt he is from time to time) then it won’t be decisions made on his instincts that determine a strike but on intelligence probably gathered over some time and … the opportunity of the moment …

  67. Tony permalink
    June 10, 2012 4:22 pm

    From the original NYT article. Read it.

    ‘Mr. Obama is the liberal law professor who campaigned against the Iraq war and torture, and then insisted on approving every new name on an expanding “kill list,” poring over terrorist suspects’ biographies on what one official calls the macabre “baseball cards” of an unconventional war. When a rare opportunity for a drone strike at a top terrorist arises — but his family is with him — it is the president who has reserved to himself the final moral calculation.’

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/world/obamas-leadership-in-war-on-al-qaeda.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

  68. Tony permalink
    June 10, 2012 4:48 pm

    ‘China will launch a spacecraft this month to conduct its first manned space docking, state media said Saturday, the latest step in a plan aimed at giving the country a permanent space station by 2020.’

    http://phys.org/news/2012-06-china-spacecraft-june.html

  69. el gordo permalink
    June 10, 2012 5:03 pm

    ‘A white paper released late December outlining China’s ambitious space programme said the country “will conduct studies on the preliminary plan for a human lunar landing”.

    If the lunar landing goes well, the Chinese have a good chance of getting to Mars ahead of the pack

  70. TB Queensland permalink
    June 10, 2012 5:51 pm

    When a rare opportunity for a drone strike at a top terrorist arises — but his family is with him — it is the president who has reserved to himself the final moral calculation.’

    And any President worth his salt would … (you may not understand that concept of leadership) … but look at the contradictions in the article … “a rare opportunity” (how many “hits” are quoted in the article?) … this is a war … like ’em or not … “poring over biographies” … is simply the Art Of War … understand your enemy … “what one official calls macabre baseball cards” … one official, so what? Who? what’s macabre about a photo with details written on it – that’s all they are … like any other intelligence data, just convenient to carry in the field and used by everyone … the pack of cards with official’s photos that were used in Iraq was hugely successul in capturing or killing the RIGHT enemy leaders …

    … and it IS an unconventional war … and we must adapt … just as WWI was “unconventional” at the time … just as the Third Reich’s Blitzkrieg was unconventional in WWII … the only real constant in war is that people die or are maimed and always it is the innocent who suffer most …

    Ask the poor sods in Syria if they would like some drones to operate against government troops … or do the government troops now represent terrorists???

    A nd again I abhor war, I was nearly in one … but if you are in a war, then you need to be ruthless or get out …

  71. Meta permalink
    June 10, 2012 5:52 pm

    (Perhaps, there is no liberal law professor President, Democrat President, Republican President, or any other kind of President, as much as that might chagrin respective opinionistas, having and holding the key to the top drawer of the big desk; only a dual-faced American President qua Commander-in-Chief:

    The panel features the presidential seal—one of only four in the White House that have the eagle’s head turned towards the 13 arrows in the eagle’s left talon, as opposed to the now-official arrangement with the eagle turned towards the olive branch in the right talon with the 13 leaves.”)

  72. June 10, 2012 7:21 pm

    meta has it pinned…

    as always

    *fuck all y’all, killin’ cunts….ther be enough of that goin’ around!

  73. el gordo permalink
    June 10, 2012 7:31 pm

    Drones aren’t so bad, in the right hands. In the wrong hands it could lead to WW3.

  74. el gordo permalink
    June 10, 2012 7:50 pm

    And of course collateral damage is to be avoided, with compensation paid in case of a mishap. Its modern day bounty hunting as run by the state.

  75. el gordo permalink
    June 10, 2012 8:08 pm

    If the state can avoid the collateral damage of a Dresden or Nagasaki, it can’t be a bad thing.

    Large standing mass armies are becoming a thing of the past.

  76. el gordo permalink
    June 10, 2012 8:59 pm

    NSW independent Richard Torbay to join Nats and take on Windsor for New England.

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/nats-mobilise-cannon-against-windsor-20120609-202nn.html#ixzz1xKb3ymZD

  77. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 10, 2012 10:33 pm

    I love a good red with a decent Italian meal.

    Australian full bodied reds are far more suited to the Italian flavour then the light raspberry taste of their own. It’s remarkable that they can produce such a great cuisine with such insipid wine.

    A national character flaw?

  78. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 10, 2012 11:49 pm

    It seems to be a new trend to post photo shopped images of Julia Gillard, even from the Women’s Weekly (aren’t they part of the dreaded News Ltd?)

    Airbrushing her image as well as her history is a common activity.

  79. el gordo permalink
    June 11, 2012 7:29 am

    ‘ONE of Australia’s biggest superannuation funds has agreed to consider redirecting some of the billions of dollars it has invested overseas into NSW projects such as ports and motorways.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-to-super-funds-bring-the-cash-home-20120610-204h4.html#ixzz1xQbefTj6

    And railways, presumably.

  80. el gordo permalink
    June 11, 2012 7:52 am

    Obama authorises each and every drone attack….the White House has a ‘kill list’.

    ‘Obama’s use of drones is only one element in his transformation from liberal to quasi-conservative. And there are commentators who believe he has always been a pragmatist and that his political record has shown him to be less idealistic than his rhetoric suggests. But even for the less cynically inclined, Obama’s continuation and extension of neo-conservative policy should be a numbing disappointment for liberals.’

    The Independent

  81. TB Queensland permalink
    June 11, 2012 12:13 pm

    GENERAL NODDY CAN-DO REALLY CAN’T!

    What a dickwit™ Premier of Queensland my arse, The Emperor’s Got No Clothes … JBP was his fkn hero alright … you, you, you, silly chooks!

    A WHO’S who of Australian business will gather in Brisbane on Tuesday for an economic forum hosted by Prime Minister Julia Gillard – but Queensland’s own Premier Campbell Newman is too busy to attend.

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/premier-too-busy-to-attend-talkfest/comments-e6freoof-1226390608480

  82. el gordo permalink
    June 11, 2012 4:06 pm

    Its just another ‘talkfest’ and Newman has better things to do.

  83. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 11, 2012 4:43 pm

    There seems to be a fair bit of “AbbottAbbottAbbott AbbottAbbottAbbott AbbottAbbottAbbott AbbottAbbottAbbott AbbottAbbottAbbott AbbottAbbottAbbott AbbottAbbottAbbott AbbottAbbottAbbott” around.

    Quite a lot too about his inclination to oppose the government. The audacity!

    But the fact is he’s a conservative politician, and conservatives are likely to support the status quo.

    If a government proposes a range of policies to disrupt the status quo, it really shouldn’t be terribly surprising that a conservative LOTO would find fault.

    Particularly when significant parts of the change program are diametrically opposed to the policies the government committed to in seeking election.

    I think people will have to get over the fact that Abbott is in opposition, and opposes the government.

  84. TB Queensland permalink
    June 11, 2012 7:39 pm

    There seems to be a fair bit of “Abbott”

    Only from you fanboi … only from you …

  85. Tony permalink
    June 12, 2012 9:25 am

    Tim Blair channels Tom of Melbourne. 😉

  86. Tony permalink
    June 12, 2012 9:58 am

    ‘ON a lighter note, fresh evidence has come to hand on traditional Labor folkways of the late 1980s from Bob Ellis in his book Suddenly, Last Winter: An Election Diary (Penguin Viking).

    ‘He recalls a dinner with, among others, Bob Carr and the actor Stephen Ramsey. They were discussing Julia Gillard’s accent and Ramsey, who went to the same high school, said: “I never heard a voice like hers in my six years there. We all sounded like Don Dunstan.”

    ‘Carr said: “Gillard’s accent, and I have some knowledge of voice-training, is acquired. It is learned. It is trained. It is the required house accent of Slater & Gordon, solicitors. They all talk like that.”‘

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/clutching-at-culture-in-world-without-pity/story-e6frg6zo-1226024270116

  87. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 12, 2012 10:03 am

    Well, he’s a little slow to catch up!

    Can you airbrush poor grammar? Everything else about her gets this treatment.

  88. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 12, 2012 10:07 am

    That’s interesting too Tony.

    I’ve heard Gillard’s sister, she doesn’t suffer the same affliction. Perhaps she didn’t work on it as diligently.

  89. JAWS permalink
    June 12, 2012 11:18 am

    Did the Dingo take Tin Tin too?

  90. June 12, 2012 11:58 am

    Evidently.

  91. el gordo permalink
    June 12, 2012 12:05 pm

    Good catch Tony.

  92. June 12, 2012 12:47 pm

    Bring back Tin Tin. I demand it.

  93. June 12, 2012 12:48 pm

    PS – reb it isn’t necessary to have an actual photo of your good self. :mrgreen:

  94. June 12, 2012 1:02 pm

    LOL! I know – the new one was taken on Saturday night… 🙂

  95. June 12, 2012 1:25 pm

    Here’s me Saturday night.

  96. June 12, 2012 1:25 pm

    Are you free next Saturday night?

  97. June 12, 2012 1:29 pm

    And on Sunday morning.

  98. June 12, 2012 1:30 pm

    Are you free next Saturday night?

    No, I have a date with Russell.

  99. June 12, 2012 1:35 pm

    Russell who?

    (Why do I get the feeling I really shouldn’t be asking…)

  100. June 12, 2012 1:37 pm

    Russell just broke up with Paul and he’s on the rebound.

  101. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 12, 2012 1:43 pm

    May I just say that the Queen’s birthday holiday is scheduled at an ideal time. Cold weather and winter surfing is an ideal combination for drinking lots of red, and the holiday supports additional consumption on a Sunday evening.

    Go the Queen!

  102. June 12, 2012 2:01 pm

    Goes without saying really…

  103. TB Queensland permalink
    June 12, 2012 3:08 pm

    The Dingo Did Do It….!

    ahhh … it’s a fkn pissed dingo …

    the Queen’s birthday holiday is scheduled at an ideal time

    Going to be moved to September in the Sunshine State … we get two Queen’s Birthdays … apparently … well probably way more than two really … 😉 nudge, nudge, wink, wink …

    That brings up a point … if queens can get a Birth Certificate … why can’t they get a Marriage Certificate too?

  104. TB Queensland permalink
    June 12, 2012 3:09 pm

    Queens’ Birthdays … 🙂

  105. TB Queensland permalink
    June 12, 2012 3:18 pm

    I wish the Queen would go … with the rest of The Wasteful Firm …

  106. TB Queensland permalink
    June 13, 2012 5:08 pm

    Movie: PROMETHEUS …

    PROS

    Ridly Scott quality (director)
    Spectacular graphics
    Seasoned actors – good performances (majority British born – yeah, even the Captain with his Southern Drawl – includes our very own, Guy Pearce)
    OK for a big screen visit

    CONS

    Ordinary script (film-makers should reduce the budget on graphics and engage a decent scriptwriter)
    Nothing really “original”, relying on past movies (even the final scene)
    Dialogue often drowned out with music and sound effects
    Shallow character development

    SCORE

    ★★★*

    Regards, David …

    (* same as, Margaret, if I recall 🙂 )

  107. June 13, 2012 6:57 pm

    “Dialogue often drowned out with music and sound effects”

    That’s what all the “old people” always say…. 😉

  108. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 13, 2012 7:44 pm

    PROMETHEUS …

    I preferred reb’s review-

    “Some people went to another planet, where they met dome aliens. They all died. The end.”

    No need to waste a couple of hours now!

  109. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 13, 2012 7:45 pm

    “met some aliens”

  110. June 13, 2012 7:47 pm

    I agree Tom, I stand by my informative and comprehensive review.

  111. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 13, 2012 7:57 pm

    Review of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

    Some men sit around in some drab rooms. One of them is a spy for the commies. They catch the bad guy, and he dies. The good guy finishers up as the chief spy. The end.

  112. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 13, 2012 7:58 pm

    …finishes…

    (the ghost of N5 lives on in grammar)

  113. Tony permalink
    June 13, 2012 8:01 pm

    There’s some kind of ‘game’ on Channel 9 as we speak. Blue team vs Maroon team. No-neck vs Redneck. Cauliflower-ear vs Putty-nose. It’s not pretty. 😯

  114. June 13, 2012 8:36 pm

    Margaret and david could learn a lot from the farnham report style of movie reviews..”

  115. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 13, 2012 9:26 pm

    “The Dictator”

    Review by Tom of Melbourne

    A ruthless, but typical Middle Eastern dictator stops being a dictator because he meets an American woman, who doesn’t shave her underarms. He makes jokes about this as well as homosexuals, races of all types, and religions. They live happily ever after. The end.

  116. June 13, 2012 9:33 pm

    “It’s not pretty.”

    fuck it’s boring…I dunno what the fuss is about…talentless meatheads. Ideally, both teams should lose.

    Did I mention how fucken boring it is…

  117. JAWS permalink
    June 13, 2012 10:51 pm

    I must admit the Farnham Report has never grabbed me as a name.

    Looking at the general temprement of most posts it should really be called ……
    •••••••••••••Cnuts “R” Us•••••••••••••••

  118. JAWS permalink
    June 13, 2012 11:08 pm

    Ford sacked a whole lot of workers today after the taxpayer gave them $40 or so million only a few months ago.

    When are we going to pull the plug on this stupid jobs program ?

    While we are at it can we also close that ridiculous submarine jobs program in South Australia

  119. el gordo permalink
    June 13, 2012 11:12 pm

    ‘Cnuts “R” Us’

    The irony may be lost on Kitty…

  120. JAWS permalink
    June 13, 2012 11:25 pm

    Ok

    •••••••Cockheads “R” Us••••••••••

  121. JAWS permalink
    June 14, 2012 8:43 am

    BLUES !

  122. June 14, 2012 9:46 am

    That’s what I was thinking when I read that article….

  123. JAWS permalink
    June 14, 2012 10:02 am

    Its over…………….until next time

  124. JAWS permalink
    June 14, 2012 10:34 am

    What a great euphemism !

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti last night urged MPs to speed the pace of reforms in a bid to persuade overseas speculators and investors – whom he referred to as “observers that don’t nurture an innate sympathy for our country” – that Italy is able to make the necessary economic sacrifices to escape the debt crisis.

    “Observers that don’t nurture an innate sympathy for our country”

    Luv it !

  125. June 14, 2012 10:38 am

    Did I hear correctly this morning that Spain (the whole country) has been relegated to one point above “junk status” by some ratings agency?

  126. TB Queensland permalink
    June 14, 2012 11:18 am

    Observers that don’t nurture an innate sympathy for our country

    Translation:

    DEUTSCHLAND … aka The Fourth Reich … (sarc alert!)

  127. JAWS permalink
    June 14, 2012 11:19 am

    Yep………………One notch above Junk

    AAP this morning

    Moody’s cuts Spain’s credit rating
    14/06/2012 07:41AM AEST

    Moody’s is downgrading the Spanish government’s credit rating, a direct result of the rescue package lined up by European leaders over the weekend.

    Moody’s lowered Spain’s rating from A3 to Baa3, in an announcement made late Wednesday.

    That’s still investment grade on Moody’s scale, but it’s just one notch above a junk rating.

    The downgrade comes after European leaders announced a 100 billion euro ($A128 billion) loan to Spain on Sunday.

    The loan is meant to help Spain shore up its hobbled banking system. But it will also increase the government’s debt burden, Moody’s said.

    That higher debt burden has pushed borrowing costs up to record highs this week.

    Moody’s said it put Spain on review for another possible downgrade in the coming months.

  128. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 14, 2012 11:26 am

    This morning, ABC Radio’s AM reported that a few weeks ago, the Prime Minister’s most senior strategist, Nick Reece, gave staffers in other ministers’ offices a to-do list for gathering information about Coalition frontbenchers, including their younger days, study trips, ministerial records, any companies they might be involved in, fundraising and pecuniary interests.
    This was accompanied by a sheet on where to get such information – from student media, company searches, opinion pieces and social media..
    Obviously the government is interested in promoting a higher standard of debate.

    Though, Craig Thomson “has no case to answer”, but “look over there at the odd woman who got caught shoplifting!”

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/its-fine-to-scrutinise-coalition-members-says-gillard-20120614-20bfs.html#ixzz1xj6ZOzDr

  129. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 14, 2012 11:27 am

    Missing the blockquotes, which end at “Obviously the government….”

  130. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 14, 2012 11:53 am

    FAIR Work Australia has made the ultimate employee fantasy come true: it has ordered a sacked employee be reinstated after telling his boss to “get f—–“.
    The workplace watchdog ordered Linfox Armaguard to reinstate security guard Craig Symes, who was sacked last year after he told his manager to get f—–, complained about the “f—— roster” and then aggressively poked a notice board – all while carrying a loaded gun.

    FWA ruled Mr Symes’ behaviour amounted to misconduct but found his dismissal was harsh and ordered his reinstatement after his lawyers argued he would find it difficult to find another job in the industry.

    Hmm… standards are sliping!

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/all-fairs-in-the-workplace-when-f-bomb-hits-the-fans/story-fn7x8me2-1226394951723

  131. JAWS permalink
    June 14, 2012 12:37 pm

    So all eyes will be on Greece this Sunday.

    My gut feeling is that the news of the Spanish bailout and its good terms for Spain (because Spain is actually doing something about its fiscal position) will mean that Greek voters might go for the anti bailout Socialists on the basis that they’ll also be able to get better terms for their own bailout package.

    Only problem being the Socialists don’t want to deal with Greece’s fiscal problems. They want the rest of Europe (read Germany) to continue funding their lifestyles.

    Which they wont as it would be domestic political suicide for Angela Merkel

    It might be a case of the Spanish bailout announcement being badly timed.

  132. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 14, 2012 1:06 pm

    Greeks seem to prefer anachy.

  133. el gordo permalink
    June 14, 2012 2:37 pm

    ‘More than 45 million Fairfax Media shares, or nearly 2 per cent of the company, changed hands by lunchtime today, raising speculation that the company’s major investor, Gina
    Rinehart, may be upping her stake.

    ‘Most of the shares were traded at lunchtime, at around 60.5-61 cents, by Southern Cross Equities. Shares are currently unchanged at 61 cents.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/rinehart-tipped-to-be-raising-fairfax-stake-20120614-20c2o.html#ixzz1xjse0BUn

    Go Gina…you little beauty!

  134. TB Queensland permalink
    June 14, 2012 4:16 pm

    The new Greek National Anthem

  135. TB Queensland permalink
    June 14, 2012 4:26 pm

    LOL! Toilette!

    However, Benioff and Weiss said the reason they included Bush’s head among the spiked traitors lining King’s Landing wasn’t political; his head was the only one they had to hand.

    Filmakers have been deliberately doing this since “Rosebud” in Citizen Kane … I like the GoT one though … and this quote is hilarious … as if …

    They should boycott watching this particular show

    … as if …

    I still look for the deleiberate cliché in films … Prometheus has a couple …

  136. June 14, 2012 4:49 pm

    I’m very tired.

  137. June 14, 2012 5:05 pm

    It appears that my plea for the return of Tin Tin has not been heeded. 😦

    I demand an explanation. :mrgreen:

  138. TB Queensland permalink
    June 14, 2012 5:48 pm

    I’m very tired.

    I can see that … although to be truthful you look well and truly pissed, Dingo, ol’ mate! 😛

  139. el gordo permalink
    June 14, 2012 6:36 pm

    Reb didn’t say tired and emotional.

  140. Crowey permalink
    June 15, 2012 12:23 pm

    Thought this might be of interest, News Ltd journo Lewis and LNP hopeful Mal Brough have been subpoenaed to appear in the federal court, regarding the Slipper/Ashby affair.

Go on say something...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: