FRIDAY NIGHT RAFFLES

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HELLO AND WELCOME TO ANOTHER INSTALLMENT OF FRIDAY NIGHT RAFFLES.

A BIG WELCOME TO ALL OUR NEW MEMBERS,I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOURSELVES.

PMJG AGAINST ALL THE COLLECTIVE WISDOM OF WHAT PASSES FOR AUSTRALIAS MSM JOURNOS. IS STILL THE PM. AND WILL LEAD LABOR AND AUSTRALIA TILL THE NEXT FED.ELECTION .

IF I HAD A DOLLAR FOR EVERY TIME THESE BOZOS GOT IT WRONG I WOULD BE WRITING THIS FROM ABOARD MY PRIVATE JET AS I WAS FLYING AROUND THE PLANET  ON MY QUEST TO TASTE EVERY BEER MADE IN THE WORLD AT THE MOMENT.

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502 thoughts on “FRIDAY NIGHT RAFFLES

  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.
    Again, I refuse to psot links to Ruddstorstion beat ups.

    So it’s costings at dawn. Bring it on!
    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/election-promises-will-be-audited–after-polling-day-20130221-2eumz.html
    PMJG lays down the battle arena.
    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/pm-foreshadows-ambitious-cuts-to-fund-gonski-reforms-20130222-2evxq.html
    And Faillieu responds with a “privatisation by stealth” proposal.
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/baillieus-school-plan-spoiler-20130222-2ex6n.html
    Now Milne has walked out on them Labor is able to put the boot in.
    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/greens-hypocrites-on-mining-tax-20130221-2eue6.html
    Mike Carlton predicts the havoc that an Abbott government would wreak.
    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/a-tax-too-lax-kills-off-the-paris-option-20130222-2ewov.html

  2. Good Morning My Fellow Pub Patrons,

    How is the hangover this morning? Confessions, congratulations again on winning the Raffle.

    Happy to report that it seems by going to bed early I have managed to dodge the kid’s kennel kough.

    Ridgiesrule, thanks you kindly for the recommendation. Much appreciated!

  3. Good set of links this morning BK. Thank you. The coalition won’t be happy with the compulsory costings audit post election. Swan has lobbed a well aimed grenade there.

  4. Section 2 . . .

    It’s alright – they can handle having all those fearsome weapons and ordnance in circulation over there!
    http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/ny-man-liberal-hit-list-tank-piercing
    Another mad Texan Repug lawmaker.
    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/gohmert-suggests-voters-need-least-50-rounds
    Here’s an interesting chart showning the disparity in the number of abortion restrictions state by state.
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017100574

  5. Cheub wakes up and says to me, “Mum you help people with businesses don’t you?”

    I told him I did and asked him why. He then proceeded to tell me that he, one of his school mates and his brother had all agreed that they would become games programmers so they could start their own business and live together in a share house until they made enough money to each buy their own house.

    He asked me what he had to do to learn how to program games and I told him. Good he says.

    We’ll do the course now and then practice until we can write our first game. Can you set the business up for us now?

    I have always taught them that it is better to make their own money in business than to work for someone else but at the grand old ages of 9 and 11 they’ve blown me away with their entrepreneurial spirit!

  6. The base problem we of the “left” have is that we are letting ourselves be beguiled by our rhetoric. Our very strength is our weakness…: Our outrage is justified, our reasoning is watertight, our time-line projections are spot on (mostly!)…..but our swords are blunt.
    When we rile at the injustice metred out to Pauline Hanson by Abbott…an injustice looking more and more like an illegal act…we are aiming our arrows and outrage at the wrong target. Abbott may have raised the capital for the deed, but it was a legal personage formatted the legalities..it was a police official who drew up the charges…it was a magistrate who passed judgement on and perhaps, KNOWING the tenuous standing of those charges……these “behind the scenes” people are the soldiers that do the leg-work for the conservative schemers…without them, there would be no threat to the Speakers Chair…Ashby and Brough AND a few others would be “cooling their heels” at the pleasure….Craig Thompson would not be dragged and strip-searched and humiliated to within an inch of something more violent if there was not the “troops” to reach for their swords every time “Caesar points a finger”.
    So..we rail, we accuse, we rant and feint….where our political arm should have acted a long time ago when many of us called to the appropriate minister to “do something about the ABC. or the only coverage the govt’ will end up getting is cameo spot on the ABC.’s “Alan Jones Show”…and after listening to the National Broadcaster the last couple of days…it is as about as close to that now!
    (Sorry about any typos…haven’t time to correct..:the horses…)

  7. Great article there on your own website Spacekidette . Well said ! And once again thanks for the laughs last night Ridgiesrule . Standing room only in the PUB last night .

  8. jaycee,

    I thinks more has to be done to more clearly differentiate that blurring between state/police and judiciary. And I think the penalties are too soft be any kind to deterrent.

    On the ALP front I have struggled with the ALP getting harder, harsher question etc but I believe that by doing that we lose the very reason we vote ALP.

    What I do believe, is that they need to act with more authority and they need to start making decisions and media be damned. It doesn’t matter what they do so they should go for broke with things like Finkelstein and the NBN.

    But the real key to winning is bypassing Outdated media and embracing the speed and velocity of Social Media.

    The party that does this first will be the winner of the next election.

  9. Good morning 🙂
    Just thought I’d pop in for a quick cuppa before the dog takes me for a walk 😉 I haven’t caught up on all last night antics yet but I will a bit later on. In the meantime don’t do anything I wouldn’t do :-)) Dam that’s left the gate wide open :-))

    Most of all “Don’t worry be happy” 🙂

    Oops Kira (dog) has got that “Please pull your finger out” look on her face so I had better go :-))

  10. This is a tad on the weird side:

    Peter Brent ‏@mumbletwits

    Today I uncritically report “leaked” focus group results. 2morrow I return favour by writing glowingly about the leaker. #winwin #foroneside

  11. morning all

    BK

    Appreciate the links today esecially the ones from the US.

    SK

    What is mumbles trying to imply? Tres weird indeed

  12. Jaycee,

    I know where you are coming from in your post above. IMO, our justice system is broken because it has been infiltrated by the demi-gods of the conservative extremes and their brainwashed puppets from the ground up.

    When a political party can destroy a person/s for no other reason than to grab power and get away with it, our nation is in big trouble. When there are accused people up before the courts on spurious charges and it is possible to drag out the investigations, let alone the court case itself, for years while the media and propagandists are allowed to publish damaging and malicious material to ensure public condemnation, the nation is in big trouble.

    When journalists are protected by pulling out the ‘freedom of speech’ card and are not held accountable for the mis-information or blatantly slanderous, unproven accusations they publish about a citizen, this nation is in bigger trouble. Those people they slander and destroy have no redress and the general public continue to be fed lies and distortions of the truth.

    I don’t know what the solution is to fixing our broken systems except that I do know the solution does not lie with Abbott and his Opus Dei mob he has collected around him. I have absolutely no argument with anyone’s religious beliefs provided they do not attempt to foist it upon others or use it to gain power and ram it down the throats of a whole nation. We should all rally and hang on strongly to the separation of powers that is written into our constitution to protect us from rule by religion.

  13. Good morning everyone. Well, no hangover here, thankfully, but can someone explain to me why my calves and feet are aching?? Did I do something last night, or have I slept wrong?

    Ridgiesrule
    Those videos of the cat and dog were just hilarious, what a wonderful way to start the day.

    ian
    Congrats, and like BB I do love your writing.

    j6p
    Thanks for the stats, and I bet last night added quite a few more numbers, couldn’t believe this thread was over 400 comments when I can in the door this morning.

    Spacekidette
    You have to be one very proud Mum, I hope your kids are very successful in their life choices. Like you, The Pub felt instantly like home when I first read it, I felt comfortable enough that I stopped being a lurker. When I saw your tweets about your distress the other day I asked for someone to let you know we are here, and was so pleased you decided to pop in.

    Janice
    It was a great night last night, might be a bit of a let down tonight at son’s birthday party, 120 +, will be too busy to dance and sing. I laughed when they said that only about half of the invited would turn up. Son and his wife are very popular likeable people and they draw people like flies, they can’t even go camping in the bush without half a dozen or so others following. I keep telling them not to tell anyone where they are going so they can get away from it all. 🙂

  14. Thanks for the refs, BK, especilly to JG’s statement.
    I liked this
    ”Since NDIS and Gonski are huge reforms, our savings will be correspondingly ambitious,” Ms Gillard said.

    ”They won’t be a nip and tuck. They will be a statement of where our priorities lie. That in times of financial stringency, when dollars are scarce, we save from where it is needed least and invest where it is needed most. Without fear, without favour.”

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/pm-foreshadows-ambitious-cuts-to-fund-gonski-reforms-20130222-2evxq.html#ixzz2LfT6TCP9

    That’s a definite warning that middle class pork will finally take a hit.

  15. Space Kidette….The “rot” set in a long time ago…after the dismantling of the politicalyl serious CPA. in the fifties..(how soon do people forget fascism!), the working-class left-wing, not being intellectually nor academically saavy, handed the “fine-print” side of social politics over to the those more “astute” in rhetoric and political argy-bargy.
    The result was the rise of the Labor Right…This group, through its’ cracked lens of confusing the “wants” of Labor with the “want of labour”, colluded in weakening, first, the hard-core union militancy to a fumbling legalistic argumentative arm and then colluded with capital to coerce the labour market to become a commodity to the economic rationalist market….(see the “Wakefield Letters” plans for more historical background).
    The result being a trade-off of all things comfortably “Satterdee in Aussie” to all things owing to the banks, and work seven days a week…casual of course!….without a blush of indecency.
    We made a grave error putting ALL our bargaining eggs in the ” rule and arbitrate with fairness” basket, when all the time, or at least since Lionel Murphy, that basket has been woven with Liberal Party cane.
    How else could Kerr wantionly dismiss a legally elected govt without Barwick and others backing him up (and then hanging the ex Labor man out to swing in the wind!….THEY”LL never really back an ex Labor man!)
    How could Fraser “park around the back” of Yarralumla without such infor mation leaking to the govt’…do I need to go on?
    The upshot is that now we have an entire opp’n…with an entire structured promo’, with no foundation of public policy realeases, with the most gormless shadow ministry being paraded as the next govt’ by.. no-one…BUT NO-ONE!..but the main stream media.
    This time, it is Gina and Rupert who are “parked around the back” and there is more than enough money pouring into the right pockets to “manage the scandal”.
    While I do not promote ANY act of aggression toward the opp’n by the govt’ ..I do believe that a more targetted affirmative action must replace the “Oh c’mon…can’t we play fair?” system now operating so futiley.
    To finish with a parable from history..(off the top of my head!) When Julius Caesar was being deliberately frustrated by the Roman Senate to allow him to execute another of his outrageous plans, He sent a trustred Centurion to address the Senate, saying wtte.: “If you will not grant Caesar his request , he will take it with this!” and he slapped his hand on his sword…..We have already seen the The Speaker of the House “executed” once…and the taste of tyranny to the victor is indelible!

  16. John Hewson stated in his interview last night that if Newspoll is bad for Labor, Gillard is in strife. No doubt he has been talking to his friend Graham Richardson…..

  17. In checking my Seutonius about Caesar I found this relevant piece..: “…Cicero seems to have come to a similar conclusion; in the third book of his “Essay on Duties”, he records that Caesar quoted the following lines from Euripide’s ; “Phoenician Women” on several occasions..:
    “Is crime consonant with nobility?
    Then noblest is the crime of tyranny-
    In all things else obey the laws of heaven.”

  18. Morning all.

    Very telling indeed:

    @GhostWhoVotes The number NO-ONE will talk about: More likely LIB 11% Less likely LIB 25% = -14% swing against LIB = Gillard victory #auspol

  19. confessions

    It is telling. But it wont stop the next newspoll due in the next few days being front and centre. If the Nielsen poll sent the political class into hysteria, I dread to think what Newspoll is going to spew forth.

  20. victoria:

    Newspoll has been erratic of late. Who knows what it will return this weekend. Not that it matters much at this stage, but I hope it shows an improvement on the previous results. That’ll put something of a cork in the mouths of some.

  21. Newspoll has been erratic of late. Who knows what it will return this weekend. Not that it matters much at this stage, but I hope it shows an improvement on the previous results. That’ll put something of a cork in the mouths of some.

    Exactly! The media never talk about good Newspolls for the government. 🙂

  22. confessions

    I am not overly confident. If the polls are crap, we will hear leadershit, leadershit, leadershit.
    What has really irked me about the leadershit crap is that some say that Rudd gets his message across. That is laughable. In any event, he does not need to be PM to communicate Labor’s policies nor attack the opposition. He is a Labor MP, and the fact that he was once PM can work in favour of being a messenger for the Party and its Leader.

  23. c@tmomma

    [Isn’t a seat in federal parliament the gift of the ALP to all former ACTU Presidents? Even the lacklustre Jenny George got that one.]

    Yes indeed

  24. Well it appears the narrative of the election already being lost by Labor is settling in. It is becoming a foregone conclusion in most quarters.
    Well I am still waiting for the game changer. 🙂

  25. In any event, he does not need to be PM to communicate Labor’s policies nor attack the opposition.

    When was the last time Rudd actually defended legislative achievements of Gillard’s govt as distinct from the Rudd govt? He was spruiking the govt’s response to the GFC the other day, but that was achieved under his leadership.

    You rarely, if ever hear him defend achievements under Gillard’s leadership.

  26. confessions

    That is the point. If Rudd is so popular and is the difference between victory and losing. All that is damn well required by him is to spruik for the govt and attack the Fibs. Simple as that really. Nothing else is required at this point in time. Anything else would ensure real chaos in the govt.

  27. confessions,
    🙂 Thank you. There will be moar corruption and dysfunction from the LNP in Queensland, I think you can count on it. David Donovan, who lives up there is beavering away at IA on digging up as much of it as he can.

    Did you see that reference of his to a Tony Abbott story he is onto?

    Frankly, I think Abbott’s foes are letting him puff himself up atm, like the Chicken Hawk he is, keeping in mind that wonderful saying,

    Pride goeth before a fall

    Keeping their powder dry for now.

    OK, here’s your Mug of Flat White, and a cruisey song by a band with its origins in WA. If you look at the band photo at the beginning, on the left of the front row you will see Stephen Koukoulas’ cousin, Phil Koukoulas. He plays the Bass. As you probably know, the Koukoulas’ are a Perth family, now since branched out, illustriously around Oz. Pretty much have always leaned Left. Professor Byron Koukoulas is Phil’s dad. My OH and I knew Phil from The Triffids days, and when my OH played with the Triffids original Bassist in a band called ‘The Self Righteous Brothers’.

    Enjoy! Especially if you like Leonard Cohen. 🙂

  28. c@tmomma

    Here are some cross posts

    I wonder who this alleged Coalition minister could be? Maybe the video will reveal…

    http://tinyurl.com/bhugtd7

    Replies from moi

    The blackmailer worked in Melbourne and Sydney. Nothing mentioned about Canberra or Adelaide.

    Btw there was a tweet by Donovan of IA, that Labor have a “video”

  29. Thanks C@t! Very much looking forward to whatever David Donovan might dig up about the LNP. What a shonky lot they are and totally unfit to govern.

  30. Mark Kenny tries to slip one through to the keeper:

    During the 2010 campaign, Labor and the Coalition delayed the release of their costings until days before the vote, denying Treasury the opportunity to check their calculations. Treasury later found errors in the Coalition costings it said amounted to $3.5 billion.

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/election-promises-will-be-audited–after-polling-day-20130221-2eumz.html#ixzz2LfjbFedm

    Er, no. It was $11 billion.

  31. Good morning. no hangover here.

    It was a wild night – no, not at the Pub, right here at home. Bleeding East Coast lows – pelting rain all day yesterday and all night. (Still raining now), huge, house-shaking gusts of wind. Very loud surf pounding -and I’m a few k’s from the beaches. Very scary. I thought there would be some major damage this morning, but nothing at all except the lawn and verandah is covered in leaves from the liquidambar and a neighbour has lost half their lovely bottlebrush. For a while there I thought the liquidambar might end up in the house with me so I abandoned my PC, the Pub and my comfy chair and moved to the other end of the house and theTV. There was no hope of sleep with all the ruckus going on so I caught up on some recorded viewing including the first half of House of Cards.

    House of Cards is still very, very topical and very current, especially the American media mogul’s deal with Francis Urquhart. I particularly enjoyed Greville’s comments when the Tories lost 70 of their 100 seat majority – ‘Never a word of it in the polls. Nobody forecast this one, nobody.’ I’m hoping OM types all over the country will be saying similar things when Labor slays the Coalition in September.

  32. Just re that Waleed Aly article. I read it yesterday. Waleed’s not an idiot, and he’s been known to be the voice of reason in various formats and panels for a while now. Yet the article did seem to be quite misconceived. Within the confines of its assumptions it did make some sense, but the assumptions are out of date, and some of them are wrong.

    The idea that a party requires a narrative to survive and that the ALP are failing due to the lack of narrative ignores two things:

    1. Narrative is often imposed retrospectively. The Howard government was just floundering about for its first five years. GST and the gun buyback didn’t really define it. In fact the GST was regarded as a mess and a liability until 2001. It was Sept 11 and the Iraq War that helped define the Howard ‘values’, and he only managed that by toadying to the US. And even after claiming some kind of narrative post 2001, the Coalition still struggled to stay in power, a surge in 2004 being the only bright spot for them. And the Beazley opposition, which had no narrative at all, was ahead in the polls a lot of the time.

    2. The Coalition have no narrative at all. Nobody knows what they stand for, they only know a couple of things they’re against. If the narrative is all, they’d have to fail, wouldn’t they?

    Journalists see themselves as storytellers. Of course they love a good narrative. But the story such as it is, has altered. Very few people these days see the ALP as a Union Party, and it’s actually been a remarkable transformation (mostly effected during the Hawke-Keating era) that has seen the ALP become more all-encompassing. They need to define themselves as one side of a divide, but the divide is no longer working class vs ruling class. It’s citizen vs bureaucrat. ‘Working families’ and ‘small businessmen’ have a common enemy in Big Business.

    Any attempt to portray the ALP as still primarily the defender of the blue collar worker is misconceived. People no longer just go to work, get a pay packet, spend/save it. That sector exists, but it’s shrinking. People are more involved, they invest, they start small businesses, they buy online, they shop around more. The Liberals have shifted a bit to accommodate big business in the new arrangement. The ALP have shifted too.

    The last point about Waleed Aly. Fairfax has lurched to the right, and Gina’s got her claws into Channel Ten. I’d imagine Aly has all sorts of ideas about the political landscape – he certainly has done in the past – but this is the only one his employers will let him write.

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