Farcical Friday

Sir Duke Prince Phil the Greek.

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Career advice from an old seppo

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And – at long last – some of those overpaid journo-things are waking up . . .

. . . although

Today we learn that Our Dear and Fearless Leader . . .

. . .was asked why both his Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, and Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, ranked above him in polls on preferred prime minister.

“This is a very strong team,” he said. “And one of the reasons why so many members of the team are able to perform so well is because they’ve got a very good captain.

“It takes a good captain to help all the players of a team to excel.”

Following these comments, a Government source wanted it known that the Prime Minister had a large hand in the success of Ms Bishop in Foreign Affairs and Scott Morrison in Immigration, as these matters were decided in the National Security Committee of Cabinet, which Mr Abbott chairs.

A weird combination of hubris – writ large – and flipping the switch to vaudeville with a vengeance.

As First Dog on the Moon put it, Our Dear and Fearless Leader has transcended satire and become an Official Australian Embarrassment

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Popcorn time!

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178 thoughts on “Farcical Friday

  1. Section 2 . . .

    The 30 worst things the Liberals did yesterday (completed from yesterday’s link)
    http://www.ellistabletalk.com/2015/01/30/the-twenty-worst-things-the-liberals-did-yesterday-183/
    Michelle Grattan talks of how the Queensland election will be a test for Clive Palmer.
    https://theconversation.com/the-queensland-poll-will-test-clive-palmers-chutzpah-36993
    John Birmingham – Credlin in the gun and on the run.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/credlin-in-the-gun-and-on-the-run-and-other-adventures-20150130-1313wn.html
    Mike Seccombe goes inside the Sydney siege inquiry.
    http://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/law-crime/2015/01/31/inside-the-sydney-siege/14226228001435#.VMvoU2iUeSo
    Fanboy Hartcher looks at Abbott’s perilous position.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/vulnerable-abbott-still-standing-just-20150130-1328ux.html
    Greg Hunt’s $20b carbon tax fiction.
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/greg-hunt-triple-set-of-carbon-tax-lies,7317
    Richard Ackland sees this legal case as ICAC’s defining moment.
    http://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2015/01/31/icacs-defining-moment/14226228001439
    Ross Gitttins – How the ABS works out the CPI.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/cpi-how-the-abs-gets-the-measure-of-the-inflation-situation-20150130-131trv.html
    Will this embolden the ridiculous Sarah Palin?
    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jan/30/mitt-romney-declare-presidential-run-or-not-friday
    Abbott’s love affair with oppressive tyrants.
    https://newmatilda.com/2015/01/30/honouring-king-tony-abbott%E2%80%99s-love-affair-oppressive-tyrants

  2. Oops – wrong Section 4.

    A sinister view of Abbott from Simon Letch.

    Andrew Dyson with Abbott’s handicap of his own making.

    Alan Moir captures an intimate moment between Rupert and Tony.

    Cathy Wilcox takes us to the new Border Force boot camp.

    Ron Tandberg loves the concept of the captain’s pick.

    And Pat Campbell with final preparations in Queensland.

  3. This quote from the link posted by Lord of the Fridge (the whole thing was damned good) deserves a post all to itself.

    “There is something about the state putting the power to bully into the hands of subnormal, sadistic apes that makes my blood boil.” Gore Vidal

  4. Looks like a LNP win up north. Hung Parliament a real possibility.

    Hopefully some are hung higher than others. Desperation and dirty tricks at polling booths:

  5. I’m so sick of ‘journalists’ rewriting history to attempt to justify their actions in helping destroy the Gillard/Rudd government. It’s happening every day now and I’m fed up.

    Here are two examples today from BK’s links. I’m sure there are more but I tend to stop reading as soon as I find such garbage in an article. And that’s often, now, because the so-called journalists are desperate to make Abbott’s farcical stint as prime minister look better by comparing him to confected examples of past Labor problems.

    Daniel Flitton (Who?)

    Shorten likely won’t put out much policy detail in the next year, and he’ll cop predictable criticism for holding back, the same way Abbott did in opposition

    Really? I can’t remember much criticism of Abbott’s lack of policies. It usually went like this –
    Journo – But Mr Abbott, we haven’t seen any of your policies yet and the election is just one month away.
    Abbott – We have 500 policies costed and ready to go but we won’t release details until closer to the election because we don’t want Labor to steal them.
    Journalist – OK then. That’s excellent. Now, moving on…

    Jack Waterford –

    Gillardism usually involved reasonably sound processes of decision making, and a certain co-ordination of activity. Its abject failure was in execution, marketing and incapacity to understand and communicate with voters

    Not true and Jack knows it. What really happened went like this – every fracking time Labor announced something new the MSM would ignore it, preferring instead yet another front-page beat-up about leadershit or PMJG’s shoe mishaps, or something Tim said. There was a clear agenda – Labor policies were not to be publicised. What the plebs don’t know can’t influence votes but made-up garbage, repeated often enough, certainly can.

    I’ve had enough. Can’t these gibbering fools – especially the ones who would have us believe they are Labor supporters – admit they were fooled or conned or were just too eager to become part of the mindless pack baying for Gillard’s blood? Can’t they just say ‘We are sorry we promoted this government and this PM. We were idiots.’ They could begin to make amends by giving us the truth. That would be a nice change. But this will happen first –

  6. Jack Waterford sees the schoolboy’s version of the Catholic sacrament of confession that runs through Abbott’s head…

    “The problem is compulsiveness, recklessness, and opportunism. In penance, one promises, sincerely enough, not to sin again, but the human knows one probably will. Abbott adds to that by thinking that even the expression of contrition means that he deserves complete forgiveness and a clean slate.”

    Every Catholic schoolkid first sees confession as a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card. Turn up, speak into the anonymous black curtain, confess your sins to the shapeless head on the other side, and score total forgiveness. You were going to hell when you walked in, and when you trundle out you’re striding side by side with the angels.

    It wasn’t until the second half of the lesson that we Catholic kids learned about contrition: felling genuinely sorry for what you’d done (not that you had been caught) and trying to improve on past performance. You had to mean it when you promised not to sin again, even as you knew you would. Abbott’s never understood this unfortunate aspect of confession. Seeking forgiveness is pointless if you fully intend to sin again. Simply saying you won’t doesn’t cut it with the Big Fella, who knows your every thought.

    From what I hear, right back from his school days, Abbott has not only continually gotten into trouble, but has gone out of his way to do so, so that he could derive an ego hit from talking his way out of it when the time came. “Better to seek forgiveness than seek permission” has been his lifelong motto. He lives by it. He’s the cheeky boy who can smarm his way out of any corner. When he exhausts the patience of one group of fans, like the Catholic seminary at Manly, neglecting to seek permission one too many times, he moves on to another before he’s kicked out.

    Giving Abbott a blank canvas is always dangerous. Now he thinks Australia is stretched out on a frame waiting for him to color it in. Now that he’s boss, he can do what he likes, in his own head at least. To everyone’s despair – his own office’s, his colleagues’, News Corp and Rupert Murdoch’s, and of course the Australian people – Abbott has gone off the reservation again. This time the potential for damage – to individuals, institutions, families, businesses and traditions – is enormous. Many here warned against giving him this level of responsibility, but the Punters thought otherwise (at least 53% of them did).

    One part of me says keep him in place and teach his erstwhile supporters a lesson they’ll never forget. But the other part says that too much damage is being done in the meantime and that anyone would be better.

    Waterford also thinks that Shorten is bland. Waterford wants fireworks. He’s spoiling to see Shorten start kicking heads. He sees Shorten’s lack of major policy announcements so far as evidence there will never be any in the future. I don’t think he’s right. Waterford reckons Shorten…

    “… would be, instead, from an all-too-familiar mould: timid, cautious, careful, afraid to stand for or against anything that might displease voters, full of synthetic and unauthentic passions, a creature of minders, focus groups and a tight group of insiders pretending they have the power, or the wisdom, to manipulate events.

    Shorten is not a bad man. Nor was he an incompetent minister. But one might have thought that if he stood for anything, it would have been evident by now. It’s not. His will for his own self-advancement and his ruthlessness with those who stand in his way might be obvious, but it is not clear that he has ever sacrificed anything for a principle, taken any short-term losses in pursuit of a long-term strategy, or done anything that would make others, apart from those in dread of his power, want to follow him.”

    “Shorten is not a bad man,” just not exciting enough for Jack Waterford. You’d think the Waterfords of this world would have learnt a lesson by now about excitement, wouldn’t you?

    Any new policy needs to be thought out and properly canvassed around. It needs to respond to real problems out there. While Abbott is self-destructing (and doing his best to damage the nation and its economy) any policy announcement by Shorten will be like chaff in the wind, blown away on the breeze, never to be heard of again, drowned out by the noise of a ravenous pack of media hyenas running a book on leadership shadow boxing bouts.

    Waterford is complaining about Shorten, when it should be himself and his colleagues that are up for criticism. While the MSM is obsessed only with the appearances of politics, the ins and outs, the wedges and the savvies, they must be seen to be functionally incapable of policy analysis. Why waste policy on these cretins? Until THEY get their act together, and stop obsessing about the political meta story, wisdom is wasted on them.

  7. Leone

    You said it all. I get to a certain few words and click out of the article. If I’m not sure about an article I open it in a private window so it doesn’t get on their counter.

  8. Click on the images to see larger

    And see

    http://www.news.com.au/news/queensland-state-election-2015/ashgrove-set-to-dump-campbell-newman-despite-preferring-him-as-premier/story-fnr8vuu5-1227202795359

    http://www.news.com.au/news/queensland-state-election-2015/lnp-to-limp-over-line-in-queensland-election-with-loss-of-more-than-20-seats/story-fnr8vuu5-1227202841058

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-31/polling-booths-open-for-davenport-by-election/6054476

    http://theconversation.com/people-will-accept-unpopular-decisions-if-they-understand-the-need-turnbull-36994

    https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-wahhabism-in-saudi-arabia-36693

    http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/2852340/coalmine-approval-furious-farmers-say-mps-out/?cs=159

  9. What needs to be done.
    As I see it, the majority of problems have two origins..Problems Created (in the original design) and ; Problems Arising (from result of application)…The first can be excuse as unforeseen , the second can be deduced from incremental measures while in use. The logic is in how to deal with the problem once it is obvious.

    We have a problem in governance in Aust’. The two major parties are now polarized between Capital Economics and Social Economics..The problem has arisen that the application of one is seen to compete to destroy the other…this is a foolish beat-up used to belittle Labor’s capability to successfully meld the two to bring about great social and financial security for the nation. The triple A credit rating, the saving from the GFC. Fiasco and the implementation of fantastic social necessities like Carbon Trading, NDIS., the NBN. and Gonski proof positive that social economics can be done with negotiation and respect. It is the MSM. That has done the damage to this nation’s aspirations…through it’s various gormless dupes that have swung behind the money-men and have used their positions and (former)credibility to persuade a trusting public to make the most grievous voting mistake in the history of Australian politics.

    It is these MSM. Commentators who, in making such a fool of themselves in not being saavy to the public perception of what constitutes a good leader, have sold their names and fidelity to their nation , like the commonest of prostitutes for the measliest of coinage to get their names in a By-line print on the mastheads of the most reviled humanoid since Sweeny Todd or Myra Hindley (to be gender neutral!). The fact that these journo’s chop and change their perspective on the whim of the foreign national who employs them , demonstrates their capacity and loyalty to the mogul and shows in no uncertain terms their willingness to betray the interests of their country…they have embraced treason as a vehicle to pursue their objective and have used political dissent as their excuse to commit such…whatever their lame excuses, they have taken the shekels from their masters, they have “fingered” the victims for their masters and then proceeded to demonise, demoralize and dissect those victime of their twisted delusions..and so stand guilty of the charge…they have nothing left to offer us as either legitimate opinion , nor excuses of propriety…the best they can do to save their miserable hides is to retire behind their gated communities in a fool’s disgrace or go find some dark, dank corner somewhere far away from us and there die in wretched dishonour…just try to make sure the ongoing stench from your rotting carcass, like your dirty writing, no longer befouls our nostrils!

    Get thee behind us ; Charlatans!

  10. http://sociallitigator.com/2015/01/31/8-reasons-why-james-hird-lost-his-federal-court-appeal/

    http://www.pipingshrike.com/2015/01/decay.html

  11. Well put Leone and BB.

    The re-writing of history continues apace. In fact, what’s happening is that the journalists were wrong at the time, and they’re looking to edit the story to make it look as if they were right, applying the same old misguided assumptions they did back them. They’re faced with two incontrovertible facts:

    1. The Coalition easily accounted for Gillard’s government last election
    2. The Coalition have been a miserably ineffective government since

    This is what they have available to construct their narrative from. None of them had the guts to admit the truth, which would go something like this:

    “The Coalition under Abbott bluffed and lied their way into power, they played us for suckers, and we in the press gallery went along with it. Having achieved that, they tried to bluff their way through government, and are finding it impossible to do so.”

    But that would of course implicate the press gallery, either of collusion or gullibility. Their pride forbids them from allowing that. So instead, those of us following the story in the press have to put up with what’s basically a schism, with things that were ‘unarguably true’ prior to the election at conflict with things that are ‘unarguably true’ afterwards.

    Pre-election, the mindset – propagated by Abbott, accepted by the press gallery – was that only sitting governments need be scrutinised. and they must be judged against some abstract ‘ideal’ rather than what the opposition is offering. That Gillard’s government weren’t perfect was deemed to be unacceptable – and if they did create excellent policy, then the means of communicating it needs to be criticised. There must be something wrong, and Abbott was on hand to let the press gallery know what that something was. The opposition, not being in a position to cause any real damage, can be trusted and their scant policy offerings – even the nasty ones they had teased out of them now and then – require no scrutiny. They’ve got a big picture to sell, and it looks all right from a distance. The one other thing that was taken as a truism was that the appraisal of the PM must also apply to the party – if Gillard is unpopular, then the whole of the ALP shares the blame and the condemnation. If there’s instability within the party room, it reflects on the policies themselves, no matter how effective or even popular they are.

    When discussing the Gillard government nowadays, journalists still use that mindset.

    Post-election, that all flipped over. Now the sitting government needs to be allowed to do its thing, free of scrutiny and commentary. When they say, “the previous government left us a debt and deficit disaster”, that has to be taken at face value. Even economic indicators need to be subservient to statements from government MPs. Any statements not originating from the sitting government are not to be trusted, whether from economists, experts in various fields or (especially) ALP MPs. You hear a lot now of this or that hampering the government from getting on with its job of fixing the economy. Now the government has the big picture, and the opposition only has opinions on things. Scrutiny needs to be directed at any alternative to what the government is doing. It needs to be flushed out and exposed to criticism. Post haste, no time to lose. And finally, if there is a serious issue with the leader of the government now, it is confined to him and him alone, and does not reflect on the party, who are still a ‘strong team’.

    When discussing the Abbott government, that’s the mindset journalists use.

    You can watch them flipping from one mindset to another, sometimes within the same article, depending on which era they’re discussing. There they go, blandly repeating Abbott’s nitpicky assessments of Gillard’s government as if they were gospel truth and blaming it on ‘communication deficiencies’ when butted up against the policy achievements, all the while tiptoeing around assessments of what this government is doing and desperately trying to shift focus back to the ‘big picture’. And off they go, demanding Shorten come clean with a policy suite a year and a half out from an election, while simultaneously praising Abbott’s ‘small-target approach’ in the 2013 election campaign.

    I’m sure most of them don’t even know they’re doing it. They’re unconsciously thinking the way the Liberal PR team want them to think. They’re all still dupes.

  12. I think that prostitutes have more merit than some of the present journos and commentators. They take precautions and expect men to do same. So diseases are not spread to the public. The journos, on the other hand, have contributed in wrecking the country.

  13. I was lucky enough to see Julia Gillard last night at a fund raising dinner for Kate Ellis’s 10 years in parliament. Julia looked and sounded great. The real political focus from Kate & Julia was education, about what a great base Julia had put into education while in government and that Kate wants to continue that work when Labor is next in govt ( which I hope is sooner rather than later – I don’t know if I can bear much more of the Abbott and his govt) there was a great video played of Julia while in govt. Tony Burke was a great M.C and there was great mirth in the room everytime Abbott’s Sir Phil moments were mentioned. There was a lot of love for Julia from Tony & Kate as well as the room itself . A great evening but like many I regret that we have lost Julia Gillard to our political class but live in hope that we have not seen the last of her in that sphere.
    Kind regards to the Pubsters,

  14. Richard Denniss has perfectly refuted the liberals’ “debt and deficit disaster” bullshit.

    From his brilliant article (thanks BK for the link this morning), here is the crux of his refutation:

    Companies don’t grow by reducing debt; they grow by borrowing to make the right investments. BHP Billiton has been around for 130 years and is currently carrying $66 billion in debt with no plans to repay it. Indeed, since the mining boom their net debt increased by a massive 315 per cent from $16 billion in 2004 to $66 billion now.

    Exactly! It’s why we have a house mortgage, or borrow for business purposes. It’s what makes the world go round.

    Everyone should read Denniss’s article. It’s so compelling, its logic so self-evident, that one should memorise it.

    Debit (judicious debt) is necessary.

  15. dedaly
    Which is why the government should be borrowing and getting some major infrastructure and nation-building projects under way, not hacking away at the NBN.

    This explains it all, but don’t expect our financially illiterate government to understand, agovernment with no vision, no plans and a ‘flog it all off to anyone who will buy’ mentality is not going to take advantage of such a bargain of an opportunity.

    Low 10-year bond rates are the deal of the century but Abbott’s not at the table
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/low-10year-bond-rates-are-the-deal-of-the-century-but-abbotts-not-at-the-table-20150120-12tq4j.html

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