Headless chooks rule the roost

This poor man isn’t the only headless person running around this morning.

The way the government’s behaving you’d think Ingham’s chicken factory had moved to Canberra.

Hockey on AM this morning was in a denialist Fantasyland. He is actually making out there’s little or no problem with the Budget, and is sticking to the mantra that they have kept all their promises. Michael Brissenden, his interviewer, laughed out loud. It was the laugh you hear that says, “You can’t be serious!”

Doesn’t Joe realize that, every time he says this, they lose a few more voters?

Not that I care.

I always said the man had failed in every portfolio he’d ever taken on, and he’s failing again. Unfortunately (for us) he’s now the Treasurer of the country, a portfolio in which failure is measured in the $billions and the lives affected score in the millions.

His combination of laziness and petulance – his “happy” or “grumpy” stage act – isn’t getting him anywhere. Nor has it ever.

Holding the Australian people and Australia’s economy to ransom so his mob of culture warriors can score points for “toughness” isn’t helping him, or them.


Abbott is flying all over the world, looking for someone he sees as a kindred spirit. He had to go to the UK to find a friendly government. Perhaps he still thinks James Bond and MI6 saved the world when Goldfinger tried to take over the gold market? Britain has its own problems. They’re not going to be able to solve ours. You’re on your own, 007.

Very few Prime Ministers get just the one Malaysian Airline Boeing 777 to strut their stuff. No Prime Minister has ever had TWO of them. Yet both of them have been fucked-up on the altar of Abbott, trying to look like a leader. How is that even possible?

Abbott Terrier

Rushing around being Tony The Terrier – at the front door to welcome his people home, then at the back door to say hello, rolling over wagging his tail to every AFP and military type he can spot,  labelling everything he can lays his hands on “Operation Something-Or-Other”,  using the grieving relatives of MH-17 as props in his “Statesman” act – is not a good look. You just can’t keep up this kind of vaudeville act forever while the nation languishes, ungoverned.

Buffoons like “Bookends” Brandis are too busy trying to please Andrew Bolt, the IPA and their gaggles of green biro crazies to notice that the caravan has moved on from Tea Party-like exhibitions of “freedom”.

Kevin Andrews (when he’s not on Polly Pedal, that is) and Eric Abetz are off on vanity tours of crackpot fringe groups still looking for reasons why the unemployed and women who have abortions are about to suffer for their “choices” .

And God only knows what Cory Bernardi is up to.

Cory Bernardi Crazy

(Credit: Fairfax)

The PUPs are causing mayhem in the Senate. The Motorists are busy sacking staff.  Blacksmiths are telling the Treasurer how to run the country.

Action on Climate Change has been shut down, along with the industries that depend on it. Motor industry workers are about to find that even if you applied for four hundred and 40 jobs a month, in Geelong there aren’t any.

It doesn’t matter how many severed heads The Australian publishes on its front page, or how many ex-General Blimps they put up, telling us we’re in another war against Islam (and this time it’s for a hundred years, no less!)  only upsets the Punters more.

The Photoshop artist at the Daily Telegraph isn’t about to change the fate of nations by stitching a Mike Carlton head onto a Boston Bombing body. Photoshop is easy.

Abbott - MH370 annotated

And what can have possessed Fairfax to constructively dismiss both of their most popular columnists?


Australians – in business, employees (and the unemployed), the sick and the simply troubled – don’t really give a damn about the coming Caliphate. They know it’s not real. They know their jobs and the livelihoods are. Today… not in a a hundred years’ time.

When are the headless Coalition chooks going to get serious?

They won government in a healthy landslide and they’ve squandered the gift of the Australian electors on fluffery: personal vendettas against Gillard and Rudd in the form of sham Royal Commissions, sackings, phoney imported “freedoms”, the born-again abortion debate, 100 years Wars.

Abbott Nosferatu

It’s Abbott’s demented brain expressing itself through his government. His disorganized brain-fart mentality, his need to shock and to intimidate, to belittle others to make himself look a little taller is now infecting an entire nation.

The more he combs-over his hair, the more stiltedly he speaks, the longer the miles he flies seeking credibility, the deeper the nation he’s supposed to be governing will sink into despair.


We have plenty of problems at home that need attention. Massaging Tony Abbott’s ego is not one of them. And slogans don’t help either.

I do wish he – and his so-called “government” – would just GROW UP (and the media would do well to give it a go too).

Abbott Fearless Leader 2


691 thoughts on “Headless chooks rule the roost

  1. Just been watching ABC-24 re. The Mountain in Iraq where all the people are supposed to be needing rescue.

    Not that I shout at the screen all that often, but I couldn’t help yelling, “There’s no-one f**king THERE!!!” at the telly.

    ABC-24 is still pursuing the outdated meme that thousands are in dire risk of being decapitated by the Islamic State, when the second item on the news tells us… they’re mostly all gone.


    Jesus wept.

    If ever there was an indictment against mainstream media, where stories take hours to put together earlier in the day, and are then replayed over and over again, without regard to the actual, y’know, FACTS ON THE GROUND, this is it.

    They are still playing interviews from ABC Breakfast, for God’s sake, saying that the prospect of genocide is real and imminent.

    Since then we’ve found out that the bombing worked, and ISIS has retreated.

    There’s no-one to rescue.


  2. fiona

    Yes, I supppose her desired objective has been achieved but the entire outfit looks quite drab. I wonder if she’s going through a bout of depression.

  3. CTar,

    I posted that to illustrate how reliably she (and all of them) lives down to our expectations.

  4. [‘leaned’ = learned. (A dose of the Victoria’s / guytaur’s is on).]

    3rd try – ‘learned from ‘not leaned for’.

    Not taking a trick this evening.

  5. Black may be slimming, but when it is black that is too tight and stretched too far it is not at all flattering. Mesma seems to go for the ‘too short too tight’ look far too often. At her age it is not a good look.

    The full horror of her black outfit, topped with a green coat for a chilly trip on the harbour and worn with inappropriate stiletto-heeled boots.

  6. Leone,

    To augment the full horror, those boots look as though they might be capable of having the “leggings” (or should that be “gaiters”?) removed so the shoes can be worn simply as shoes.

    So versatile …

  7. Further to Operation “There’s no-one f**king THERE!!!” aka Operation Turd Polish that BB referred to. Notice the day mentioned !!

    Kurdish fighters create safe passage for Iraqi Yazidis.

    The U.N. estimated around 50,000 Yazidis fled to the mountain. But by Sunday, Kurdish officials said at least 45,000 had crossed through the safe passage,

    MALIKIYA, Syria — In a dusty camp here, Iraqi refugees have new heroes: Syrian Kurdish fighters who battled militants to carve out an escape route for tens of thousands trapped on a mountaintop.

    Kurdish fighters create safe passage for Iraqi Yazidis stranded for days on mountain .. had secured a safe valley passage, cramming Yazidis into jeeps, trucks … The U.S. has since assisted the peshmerga fighters with airstrikes


  8. Fiona,

    I thought she might have been pretty in those days. She was hard-faced before she became a pollie.

  9. Sinjar Mountain goats will eat well tonight.

    The cargo included 150 boxes of high energy biscuits

  10. Gillian Does Morriscum

    The immigration minister, Scott Morrison, will give evidence at the national inquiry into children in immigration detention on Friday 22 August at a public hearing in Canberra, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has confirmed to Guardian Australia.

    Morrison will likely give evidence under oath and is expected to be questioned by counsel assisting the inquiry and the AHRC president, professor Gillian Triggs.


    Live coverage?

  11. A quick 2 minutes off…

    Just watching my birthday box set of “Shintaro” TV programs.

    EIGHT DVD boxes, FOUR disks to a box, EIGHT programs to a disk. That’s TWO-HUNDRED AND FIFTY-SIX Shintao shows for me to watch.

    Good news and bad news…

    GOOD NEWS: There is a truncated set of 16 original Shintaro cards, with instructions as to how to play flick-up-against-the-wall.

    BAD NEWS: The original set was 72 cards (and yes, I collected them all).

    FURTHER BAD NEWS: No bubble gum to go with the cards.

    First episode starts out with Shintaro toting a Smith & Wesson SIX-SHOOTER. No ninjas, just bad guys (highway robbers and so on).

    However, by episode 4 Shusaku has been introduced.

    The acting, as always, is atrocious. Even over fifty years ago when I first saw a Shintaro show, I knew that, so I was prepared.

    The shows are actually quite good, in their shabby, poor;y-edited, el cheapo way. Self-contained…. and each with a new moral to learn.


  12. Damn – I’m teaching that day. Please Pubsters, anyone who has the time please do a live coverage!

  13. Fiona

    This is allegedly from 1982

    ‘Still scary after all these years
    Still scary after all these years’

    (S&G would string me up for just this)

  14. BB. I always liked that singularly haunting music…I do like Chinese and Japanese music….and that hypnotic stare of Shintaro…you know, he’d come running onto the scene in that big, blowsey kimono (or whatever!), suddenly surrounded by a dozen ninjas and he’d say eloquently..; “o”…and he’d stare them down before dispatching them, the last with that “blind stab” to the one just behind him!….

  15. With all these LNP pollies getting caught, all because the ALP Govt made it illegal to accept donations, from developers.In my mind, even if it was not illegal, it would still be corruption, as Developers are buying Politicians, why they bought them from the Central Coast to Newcastle. What a debt the LNP would have owed the Developers. Unbelievable.

  16. This headline at the BBC had the wrong picture accompanying it. I have corrected their error.

    Iraq mission creep: blockquote>

  17. This little black duck

    NSW Liberals have an excellent selection of Brown Paper Bags he could use

  18. kaffeeklatscher,

    The esteemed Lord Mayor told us they were envelopes, not paper bags.

  19. Leone,

    Rupe’s gunning for him? Seeing it’s that Leftist Farr, perhaps not.

  20. BB
    Sometime in the 60’s my then boyfriend took me to the Stadium in Sydney to see Shintaro.

  21. Why did poor Mrs Abbott have to wear upholstery fabric?

    *conveniently forgets moi’s own upholstery faux pas in 1987 … but that was THEN*

  22. Fiona,

    We had a two-seater like that, in the early seventies.

    I plead poverty and it was at a really good price from a friend.

  23. A lot of people in Oz have that Sinjar Syndrome.

    It seems to be catching.

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