It is moi’s pleasure and privilege to present The Pub’s patrons with the latest …

The Boss is – in his words – “unavoidably and unexpectedly stuck …” so he asked me to be

(Image Credit: CBS Corporation)

(Image Credit: Warner Brothers)

*mrowww – THAT’s better …*

So, meine Damen und Herren, on – or off (depending on the temperature in your neck of the woods) with the motley, and let our fantastic Fryday festivities flourish.

CK Watt is our Rafflemeister extraordinaire, though he too will be a little late this afternoon.

And remember how lucky we are to live in such a wonderful country (despite the present Government) in such a wonderful world …

(Special hat-tip to my dear friend Mari from over the road, who sent me the link just as I was about to start the presses.)

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391 thoughts on “It is moi’s pleasure and privilege to present The Pub’s patrons with the latest …

  1. Djokovic looked awesome this arvo. I’m looking forward to a match involving two of him, Raffa and the Fed.

    The womens is now QI.

  2. Funny things happening on Nauru.

    Nauru sacks, deports its only magistrate before asylum seeker trial
    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-19/an-nauru-sacking/5207296?section=australianetworknews

    Clint Deidenang, on Nauru, has been tweeting details.Here’s a summary.
    Breaking News: #Nauru District Magistrate Peter Law has been sacked by the Govt. At the airport with police. Force deportation.
    Magistrate Peter Law was given 3hrs to pack his goods and escort by the police to the airport.
    Magistrate Peter Law is sacked by the Govt of #Nauru due to his ruling which is not in favour with with the Govt. Rod Henshaw Reef Bar
    The govt accuse Rod Henshaw of acting as the owner of the Reef Bar but evidence says its the oppositions who are the real owners. Rod problem is standing in the govts firing line sight. The oppositions are the ones who employed Rod many years ago as a media Director.
    A lady close friend of Magistrate Peter Law has been jailed due to her scuffle with the police during Magistrate force deportation.
    Last year an Australian Police Commissioner working for Nauru Police was sacked now an Australian Magistrate sacked both by the same Govt.
    A police officer was assign to escort Mr Law from #Nauru to #Brisbane like a criminal. #Shame

  3. The big obvious differences between the Poms and the Aussies are the running and the fielding. Marvelous, that!

  4. I have a lot of time for Tim Bresnan. He has not been a first choice on this tour but he always works his heart out when called on. Looks like one out coal mines.f the

  5. The government not be sacked. Period. 1975 is still in the mind of those who might do it.

  6. I wish the batsmen would restrict their calling to “yes”, “no” and “wait”.

  7. There just to be a call in the field: “Captain to the crease!”

    Must be many, many years ago.

  8. Bob Ellis thinks there are now grounds for lawyers and the senate to look into into sacking the government. I know, Bob’s a bit of a nutter, but when a government deliberately endangers the Australian people you have to wonder….

    Ellis is more than a bit of a nutter, he’s completely insane. The Senate has no power to sack a government, the government governs for as long as it has the confidence of the house of representatives. It is completely lost on me as to why Independent Australia keeps this nutcase as a columnist, although they appear to at least have stopped publishing his commentaries on opinion polls.

  9. Ugh! Twitter rumours. It’s amazing how easily people will believe garbage. The other day someone said they had been informed by ‘a follower’ that Leigh Sales was married to the son of Hillsong’s founder (she isn’t) and people believed it. Now someone says they ‘read’ we don’t have a GG. Read where? In their tea leaves? Again, people have fallen for it. Not right-wing nutters either. This garbage comes from lefties and they never, ever give a source for their claims.

    People sit online all day, they tweet and retweet crap incessantly. but when a new rumour pops up it never occurs to them to spend a few seconds Googling for the truth. I doubt most of them even know how to search for information. Too lazy to bother? Too stupid? I dunno, probably both.

  10. I understand why the government cannot be sacked just because Ellis says so. He’s been banging on about the Senate acting since well before the election. It’s not just Bob. This is a discussion that comes up all the time, I’m trying to get through to someone on Twitter right now. She can’t understand why Quentin Bryce won’t ‘help Australia’ by kicking out the government. I’ve referred her to Section 57 of the Constitution but I don’t think she’ll bother wading through it.

    Most Aussies have no idea what the rules are, I doubt most of them even know we have a constitution. I’ve had Australians quote bits of the US constitution at me because they’ve heard it on tV and think it applies to us.

  11. I’m trying to get through to someone on Twitter right now. She can’t understand why Quentin Bryce won’t ‘help Australia’ by kicking out the government.

    I’ve heard this line from one of my relatives. Unfortunately there are a lot of people out there who don’t realise that when you elect a government, you’re stuck with them for the term and you can’t just get rid of them arbitrarily when you’ve decided you don’t like them anymore.

  12. GL
    That thought was doing the rounds before the election – people saying they would vote for Abbott and if they didn’t like him they’d just get rid of him. They could never eplain how they would do that. Too much listening to Alan Jones and his ilk ranting about getting rid of the government must have rotted what little brains they had. Ignorant fools. I hope they are enjoying what they inflicted on us all.

  13. leonetwo
    That was the trouble with the 2GB protests at parliament house! Most (if not all) of the protesters and the “shock jocks” had no idea about the constitution the system of government or even a basic understanding of how it worked, they thought you turn up demand the GG sack the government he/she will call a new election and the senate will just do as they are told! And the right call us crazy!

  14. Jason
    Exactly. Our media didn’t bother presenting the facts, they ran with the garbage too.

    Apparently ‘grounds’ for the GG to sack the government include “Human rights, lack of any direction, inflaming Indonesia, Debt Ceiling”, to quote my tweeter. All of it is bad news, none of it is grounds for dismissing the government, especially not when half the voters think it’s all OK. That’s where all this demanding the GG ‘do something’ comes unstuck. This is a democracy. The government we have now, like the one before it, was legitimately elected.

  15. Technically there is nothing stopping the GG from sacking Abbott, commissioning Shorten as PM and dissolving the Reps for an early election.
    Of course this won’t happen, and would be completely idiotic. As much as I despise Abbott and his lunatics, I do not want to see this happen either.

  16. The cricket tonight has been a doddle for the Australian team.

    Assorted reports is about denigrating assorted cricketers and the various managements.

    Can’t we just enjoy watching experts?

  17. We are dirty on Channel Nine is this househould. The Tour Down Under started today and my Mum, who watches EVERY tour, could not find the coverage on TV,
    A quick google found Ch9 highlights at 11[m each night of the Tour, and that is for all the states, not just Adelaide.

    The TDU site sys we can watch it lived streamed to the Ch9 WWS website, but as for TV> Nada, nix, verboten.

    Ferk Ch9 and all who sail in it, twice over with a barbed wire dildo.
    bahstards!

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