The 1st “It’s On” Friday Night Raffles

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Bob Eating August 6 2013







507 thoughts on “The 1st “It’s On” Friday Night Raffles

  1. Oh, it’s OK.

    Dennis Atkins (News Ltd senior political journalist) tells us the NBN isn’t any threat to tFoxtel.


    Col Allan just “happened to be” at the News Ltd editors’ meeting.

    That fixes that one up, too.

    When you join the dots, I guess Rupert isn’t running a campaign against Rudd, either.

    And I was worried…

  2. And – not ot be trivial or anything – The Insiders reckon the Daily Telegraph front pages were a hoot. “Quite brilliant” according to Mark Kenny, in fact.

    It’s all such a laugh, this election. The pollies are just little kids playing in the journos’ sandpit.

    Next we’ll be hearing how bored they all are.

    Today, we’ve heard three hundred reasons why Labor is going to lose the election, and no criticism of the Coalition at all.

    So I guess Abbott’s mob are pretty fine people.

  3. BB

    The Coalition are brilliant, we will all be living in nirvana don’t you know.

    So glad that Bob seems to back to his old self now. Thank you for keeping us all informed. Will miss your latest updates though.

  4. I haven’t watched Insiders this year, apart from the odd interview. I don’t think I’m missing out on anything. I have better things to do on Sunday mornings than waste time on Ruperts minions and other Coalition-supporting so-called journalists indulging in Abbott love-ins.

    As George Bludger just tweeted –
    George W. Bludger ‏@GeorgeBludger 20m
    Oh I get it now… #insiders means inside the Liberal Party camp… that explains a lot

  5. Cross post from TPS..
    To prove I am not ALL spite and spit!…I have mentioned, I believe, that I administer and moderate a community environmental / social blog and one of the recent posts I put up concerned community responsibility toward Local Govt’ policy, via each individual stepping up to the crease and evaluating such policy and making reasoned and rational judgement, for the good of themselves AND the community, as an adult living and enjoying the benefits of such a community…..I called it ; “The Principle of the Third day”….those three days in the community calendar being..a) The day of recreation. b) The day of rest or spiritual restoration. and c) The Third day being the day of social and community responsibility.
    The reality being that every adult, enjoying and partaking of individual rights and freedoms has to, in fair play, return the “favour” with responsible consideration for the entire community.
    There is nothing more that can be asked.

  6. I had an argument with two old retired businessmen ( only one I previously knew) at the races yesterday about the state of the nation and how Labor had ruined it after Howard left a $100 million surplus!
    Their arguments were so simplistic like we don’t manufacture anything anymore ,did I know where my nice suit was made, why should we compare our debt with other countries, rating agencies and our AAA rating were bulldust, wages are way too high, Gina R has got the right idea, people on the other hand can’t afford a house, there are no cranes on the horizon.
    I tried to throw a bit of economics into the argument like ‘law of comparative advantage’ etc which inflamed matters more.

    As I departed the guy that I had not previously met glared at me and said he had never met anyone like me before, like I was a moron from another planet. I also thought I had never met anyone like him. But no doubt there are plenty out there. At least 3 others ( 3 out of 3) yesterday confidently predicted Abbott would win in a landslide.
    I cannot speak for anywhere outside Victoria but Rudd is no golden haired boy

  7. Bob Watch

    Bob was up and participating in household activities this morning.

    I played a little game with him, “Don’t You Dare Touch My Foot”, where I touch first one of his front feet and then the other. The object of the game is to get my fingers out of the way before I get bitten. I won this morning, but it was a close run thing.

    When I pick him up now he does what we call a “bunny Hop”, a little twinkling of his toes to jump into my hands. Then he tries to bite me. All this is normal for Bob.

    Bob mugged Cozzie at breakfast this morning, and wanted to play. He fell over a few times (still slightly wobbly), and Cozzie – who adopts the persona of a “mature dog” when Bob wants to play – ignored him. But the instinct – frantic energy – was there.

    Incidentally, at any other time, Cozzie – with his squeaky chicken, a ball, a piece of rope, or a doggie chew (if nothing else is available) – is as scatty and hyper as a puppy. But with Bob he feels that a more sombre approach is warranted, if he’s ever going to be promoted to Alpha Dog. He’s 13, after all.

    Bob walks around in circles most of the day. He can’t rest. This is part of his doggie dementia: “Restless Legs Syndrome”. My own mother was the same before she passed away, God bless her. She had Dementia (whether Alzheimer’s or not we never found out). The only thing that slowed her up was her own death.

    I measured the diameter of Bob’s average walking circle at around half a metre. Walking one of these circles every 10 seconds, for 12 hours a day (until he falls asleep in exhaustion), that works out to 6.8 kilometres per day. It’s a lot of walking for a little dog.

    But in fact, he probably doesn’t walk for the whole 12 hours, but DOES complete a circle in under 10 seconds. Roughing all this out, I’d say he easily walks 5 kilometres a day just out on our deck.

    No wonder he’s always hungry.

    I’d say his recovery is at about the “85%” stage. All the instincts and old habits are back, but the execution is still slightly behind the intent.

    He’s back to the weight he was two weeks ago – only 5.2 kilos, down from his life-long 5.8 kilo average – but four days ago he’d sunk as low as 4.9 kios. So weight is being put back on as things get back to what is laughingly called around here as “normal”.

  8. Earlyopener
    There is no point giving such people facts. It just reinforces their bias. The best you can do is confuse them. A smidgeon of fear helps too. Say, “I see what you mean” (that way you are not agreeing but they think they have a convert) then ” things are terrible and now Tony Abbott is going to pile on austerity. Wow, a lot of business people are going bankrupt after the Coalition wins the election.” “How is your business going by the way?”.

  9. Early..this “surplus” of howard’s has grown in the last few years from c.22 million to now, you say; 100 million!….it can’t be from excessive interest rates, it must be from the imagination!
    And as for cranes on the skyline…they better come to Adelaide…I’ve never seen so many in such a small area!…the oval, the bridge, the conference centre and the new “Marg” hospital!…..they’re everywhere, they’re everywhere!

  10. You know, Earlyopener…with all that “seething concern” for the nation’s financial wellbeing from so many “concerned businessmen”, one wonders why there is a market for “offshore tax havens”!

  11. Did you read of that candidate dumped for an “altercation” 11yrs’ ago!!!….This is getting ridiculous!…he must have been a young kid then!…Christ!…there goes ANY chance for yours truly to go for the personal lounge in Kirribilli!

  12. Earlyopener

    Sounds like you met a couple of reasons why the manufacturing we have lost was lost.

  13. I suspect one could end up in jail, if that front page showing Rudd as a Nazi, was produced in Germany.

    They do not treat such exposures as a joke.

    Neither do I, when I come to think of it. In another way, it does not really worry me, as I believe Murdoch is over reaching, and will lead to many not giving the paper any credit.

  14. jaycee
    The ‘population’ of my little suburb would jump 5,000 in daylight hours/6 days a week with tradies employed on building apartments and $10 million homes and renovations. Also the new black appears to be every new domicile must have a lift. Also the wives cars are now trending to those terrible noisy Maseratis

  15. Abbott not only ran this morning, but found a blind runner to guide. Now that much mean he is truly a community saint.

    No one is safe to be used as a stunt by this man.

  16. I cannot speak for anywhere outside Victoria but Rudd is no golden haired boy

    EO, I think you’re right.

    People are already getting over Rudd.

    Some of things we thought might bite – Foxtel v. NBN, record low interest rates, the Murdoch front page outrages, lack of policy and costings from the Opposition, contradictions aplenty from them too, Abbott’s unpopularity – are being downplayed, or just simply dismissed as “extraordinary outbursts” or trivial curiosities by the journalists, who don’t seem to care about issues, only “The Politics” – how things “look”, how they “play”, gaffe matched against gaffe, and anything at all that goes bad for Labor.

    The Coalition are given a free run. They are simply not discussed. Even when Joe Hockey completely contradicted 10 years of his own statement on whether low interest rates were good or bad for the economy, the Insiders this monring went out of their way to tell us what he really meant, but just didn’t happen to say.

    Coupled with this is the “Pollies In The Sandpit” mentality – where the pundits depict everything as just a bit of fun – for them – editing the week to loud music (that we’re supposed to know all the words to, I guess, the better to understand the journos’ brilliant irony in juxtaposing those lyrics to the video antics of the politicians).

    Another favourite video gag is “Spot The Talking Point” were usually someone like Mark Simkin replays a dozen or so sets of matching words coming from different members of one or other of the parties, so that we can see how plastic and shallow they are (ha, ha).

    That this is a nationwide campaign, where the same message needs to put out to various groups of voters gathered at places all over the country, mneeting local members and ministers at various political functions, escapes them. And that talking points have been around for years and years and years, is never noted. According to the journalists, all politicians are shallow mimes, reading their lines, cynically manipulating the punters, while they – the journalists – are noble, ethical, serious people who are the guardians of the National Polity, entrusted with the sacred task of turning everything into some kind of sick in-joke.

    As I’ve said may times before (and won’t labour at length again), Rudd brought this all on his own head, by leaking, lying and cosying up to journos and editors in his maniacal quest to get rid of Gillard at any cost. The media circus he thought he and his fellow conspirators thought they could control has turned into a whirlwind that’s about to bowl him and Labor – the innocent as well as the guilty – right over on their collective arses, back into Opposition. The cost of Rudd’s narcissism will be high. It’s not all going to plan at all.

    There is scant hope that this election will be any better, as far as media coverage is concerned, than the last. Reality TV mentality has taken over, just about completely. The whole issue of government and governance has been turned into a vain (and I think, self-defeating) quest for hits, bragging rights, schlock, crisis, phoney drama and even phonier concocted “tests”, and the delusion of relevance and importance that has long since left the arena, when it comes to journalism.

    I console myself with the thought that, without Rudd v. Gillard to promote as some kind of “gladitorial” contest, as well as the old standby – Labor v. Liberal – the newspapers will accelerate into further decline come the end of the election campaign. They too have sown the wind, and will soon reap the whirlwind of decay, financial ruin and ultimate extinction that comes from making the circle-jerk cycle of polls, polls and more polls, interspersed with shallow, facile commentary leading to more polls (and so the cycle continues), a bemusing memory of a proud tradition that stood on the gallows trapdoor, put the rope around its own neck, reached over and pulled the lever to despatch itself into the great nothingness.

    As for the voters that fell for the Reality TV model of national politics, where they vote based on gaffes, star appeal, glitz and snigger, when they lose their jobs, don’t get the NBN, but see other countries surge forward ahead of us in leaps and bounds because they did, and finally are faced with the fact that all a second rate Opposition full of has-been throwbacks to a bygone era offered us was a second rate future where we resume our place as a grateful client state, digging holes in the ground, always following, too scared to lead… they can stew in their own juices, for all I care.

  17. Earlyopener – The locals will start digging next.

    Swimming pools and car parks under the house are the go in London.

    Causing lots of grief for local councils.

  18. jaycee
    The ‘population’ of my little suburb would jump 5,000 in daylight hours/6 days a week with tradies employed on building apartments and $10 million homes and renovations. Also the new black appears to be every new domicile must have a lift. Also the wives cars are now trending to those terrible noisy Maseratis

    Yeah!….those damn Maserati’s…..give me a ‘Focus’ anyday!

  19. “The Coalition are given a free run. They are simply not discussed…”

    Not discussed??…do they even exist??

  20. jaycee
    “Yeah!….those damn Maserati’s…..give me a ‘Focus’ anyday! ”

    It’s an oldie but I couldn’t help myself. ‘Focus’ – allofus?

  21. So, if the NBN doesn’t go ahead Telstra share prices will plummet again!

    Ohno, you’re wrong there.

    The Telstra CFO said on Inside Business today that he was agnostic on the two competing broadband network pitches.

    Telstra will be happy to work with whomever wins the election, he made it sound like he didn’t give a hoot which option came about, andhe was sure that whichever system ended up being built, it would be good for Telstra as a responsible corporate citizen.

    We’d all be better off, no matter who won.

  22. BB. the stupidy of it is that the FTTH. is the bleedin’ obvious choice and EVERYBODY knows it, but the bluff is in “giving the voting public” a choice….do you remember that Hogan’s Heros episode where Col’ Klink is given the choice of the red or blue wire on the undetonated bomb..?…yes..: “I knew YOU’D pick the wrong one!”

  23. There is one thing I believe we need to take on board. We have now entered a new world order, and the Asian century. What is important, what worked in the past, is unlikely to work now.

    We need people who recognizes this, and is capable of looking to the future. Ms. Gillard, I believe was one of these. We can only hope that Rudd has learnt from her.

    What we do not need, is people who say we did it in the past, and we can do ti again. Worse when they say, they will do it as they did in the past. We have Turnbull once again, today, prously saying that they have 19 orf Howard’s men, or mpstly men, on their shadow froant bench. That does not present as stability, it it shows a lack of imagination, or even laziness on their behalf. Where are the people who have come into the Opposition in the last two elections.

    We need people with visions, people who are capable of identifying today’s problems. We have a good economy, but we also live in times of the global economy being unstable, and not reacting as in the past.

    We need today’s people, not those of yesterday.

    I am in my seventies, and believe we have been through massive change during the last decade, in every area, Especially when it comes to economics, trade and technology. It is a new age, that needs new age answers.

    It needs builders. not demolishers.

  24. Housing SA, who provides public housing has, in their latest tenant magazine, said that they requested all public housing premises to be connected to FTTH by 2015.

    I do notice though, that they are going to transfer properties to non-profit Community Housing and have put out a nationwide tender to manage them. I am assuming the big non-profits will be in the running for that. I have a problem with that because I have an ideological belief that state housing should be available for people who need it. Community Housing Associations have a strong place in the provision of affordable rental properties but in addition to, not in replacement of, state housing.

    Private rental only wants the cream of renters, and people who do not meet their very strict criteria will not get housing. Real estate agents keep a centralised blacklist and if a person gets on that list they will never get another property. While people who rent out their properties obviously want to avoid people who will not treat their properties with respect, this list can be a lifelong sentence for someone who causes a minor infraction of their lease.

    In state housing people who need supports to maintain their tenancy can get it, and people who are happy to rent public housing long term at market rents and look after the properties as if they were their own homes add to the well-being of the community. Housing is seen mostly through the economic prism now, not as a community issue. I think that is wrong.

    The sooner that negative gearing is eradicated for the blight that it is, the better.

  25. Scott Morriscum is holding a presser in Western Sydney on Indian Independence Day (I think it is) and he is whinging about the gov’t funding of asylum seeker adverts. He is spitting chips. These adverts must be biting. Now he is holding up a copy of the Daily Smelly.

    He is holding up letters from the Minister to the dept telling them to run the adverts or something (it is a bit hard to work out with all the spitting and flying chips). What does he expect, the dept to go off and run the adverts off their own bat? It is the minister’s responsibility to tell them what to do.

    Those adverts must be having a powerful effect by the look of it,

  26. Change Government and you change the nation. It will happen and we will all pay the price. In the past Australians generally got it right on Election Day. Not this time.BB says it best.

  27. Motor mouth is not only spitting chips but spitting out lies as well. All this nonsense about the AS ads is because they are working and, of course, msm let him rant on and on and on ……

  28. Fed up,
    As a fellow traveller though one’s seventies (at least for a few months more) I must say that I agree completely with your summary of where this country stands and what it needs.

    Like you, I suspect, I fear for the way we may well go (regardless of who wins the election).

  29. I notice one woman reporter, sounded young, asked him exactly how many boats Howard turned around. He spluttered about it being on the record for some time and finally forced out the work ‘four’…but that the threat of turning around stopped the boats, not mention of sabotage, fires, drowned AS, traumatised naval personnel, drop in navy recruitment due to the miserable way they were used by Howard.

  30. Anecdotes of public housing are often incredible. I hear of 15 year waiting lists but at the same time I know of many people ( all of which I would consider ineligible with very minor health problems) with public houses for life and in nice streets in nice suburbs.
    I know of 4 members of one family all with their own apartments. Previously the patriarch was a stockbroker and the estranged wife had at one stage been married to an Italian count.

  31. Something else to worry about – I just got an email from Therese Rein (anyone on Labor’s email list will have one too). It ended with this cheerful thought –
    “Mike (Kelly) tells me many locals are deeply concerned that a Coalition government would sell off the iconic Snowy Mountain Scheme – just like they are selling off school ovals in Queensland to developers. Just one more reason your support matters.”

  32. Re. Therese Rein’s letter…

    While we’re concentrating on cuts to budgets and services, she’s right, we haven’t heard one word about sell-offs.

    Medicare Private is one that Sloppy has slotted to go. What else? The Snowy (as Rein suggests)? The ABC? Prisons (although not strictly a Federal responsibility, they could fund private jails)? The entire Immigration system (don’t laugh, they privatized the Commonwealth Employment Service)?

    Think about it. We’ve heard NOT ONE WORD about sell-offs.

    How are they going to balance their budget?

  33. Small people imminent and I’ve sat up all night drinking red wine …

    Sunday is on. Local market.

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