Our Guest Poster is none other than Kampong Palmer Trev, whose delightful remarks yesterday evening on his betters caught my eye. Trev (if he will forgive my informality) was kind enough to agree to the “appropriation” of his comment, and even more kindly supplied photographic evidence. Thank you, Trev, and may this be the first of many.
My neighbours are away for a long weekend of swimming competitions in Sydney – so I’m looking after their two cats and the two that own this place and consider me their maid. I really want my head read for feeding them ‘roo meat – all four now expect it.
Wally, aka Walter Furry-Griffen
“You can stick your Aldi canned muck … and we have had enough dry stuff, Trev”.
There are, of course, those who say that anthropomorphism is wrong (“No, darling, we are educated people who do not do that sort of thing. Animals are animals and we have no right to project human values. While we do believe in the brotherhood of man, it’s no reason, my dear, for you to associate with them – why else would we be sending you to that school? Now, eat your carob, sweetie, and before you go off for your music lesson, let me explain why when you are grown-up you should vote Green and have a Family Trust”).
Bugger ’em. Life is too short – and why have domestic animals if you can’t talk to them? Yes, lah, as in every other election I’ll be voting ALP.
Old Sporty (about 16 years old and built like Stalin crossed with a Yak fighter aircraft), from next door, is allegedly a Russian Blue cat. IMHO, the only Russian thing about him is his appetite – and it’s just as well I never have vodka in the house. I’d have visions of waking in the morning and finding Sporty reeling around the joint with a bottle in his paws, and meowing the “Volga Boat Song”. That black cat T-shirt on the linked post has some truth in it.
Sporty, the alleged Russian Blue
This is Canberra. Thick feathery winter doona onto bed today and a Chinese quilt on top – Ok, maybe should go under the doona (next time in China I’m going to buy one of those thick quilts from Shanghai filled with spun silk). If I find any trace of cat fur or a dug-out coriander seedling in the next 2 days, I’ll be invoking the ‘Kampong Palmer Internal Security Act’. Punishment without trial – do not pass go and do not collect $100. One swift swipe of the rotan (in this case, a whippy bamboo tomato stake). And to think I have a cat called Harry – named after Lee Kuan Yew (LKY). The uppitty little tabby bastard (“Singapore Tiger”) now wakes me up in the morning for the sake of it. It used to be in order to be fed. He must be about 5 or 6 years old now – in his prime. I’m still to discover if he has a law degree and a fondness for defamation litigation.
Cats – they probably taste good out of a very hot wok, with a bit of oyster sauce and a hint of ginger. You would be better off with a labrador as a pet. Then again, you could have an old black cat like the Tunku Jazz. A cat who thinks he is a labrador, or an old and rather benevolent Malaysian ex PM who lived long and had a fondness for slow racehorses, fast women and whisky. – Jazz even likes going for a walk and is always happy to see you when you arrive home. Jazz is my kind of moggie.
Tunku Jazz (left) and Harry (aka LKY – right) discussing armed neutrality
621 thoughts on “Felines Furever!”
Been away for most of the day but here’s some of my thoughts on what’s been happening.
Dodgy Dick’s undeclared farm and underpaid au pairs: people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones should they Dick? and all of the twitter Green hacks are trying to explain it away when if it was a Labor MP they would all be on the SS condemnation.
AFP raid: I have very little patience with conspiracy theories but there are things that don’t add up. Firstly, who tipped off sky news about the raids and, as this is related to an NBN leak that appeared in fairfax media, why haven’t fairfax’s offices been raided as well?
Good morning Dawn Patrollers.
Unfortunately our ADSL has been down since late last night and with this useless iPad and a mobile hotspot I will be unable to produce the curation this mornin.
An unfortunate loss, BK. You don’t suppose the AFP wallopers have got to your ADSL?
The incident of the night has actually raised that question in another sense. Was the aim of buggering up the NBN a cunning way of restricting the growth of social media, where the truth is mostly emerging these days?
Anyways, no apologies needed because you provide such a sterling service for the rest of us looking for nuggets of truth between all the froth of MSM.
Enjoy your small respite!
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m a bit over all the news at the moment. If there were at least some semblance of balance it maybe worth it, so enjoy your break. I’ll keep up with twitter and post anything I think may be relevant.
Hey folks! Our ADSL has just chooffed into action so I’ll get started on the Dawn Patrol
So now every parrot in the pet shop is squawking about their slow internet speeds.
Well done AFP!
Well done Malcolm!
And well done to Soapy Brandis and Crackers Keenan, who must have ordered last night’s schemozzle.
If Labor is not bringing forward the release of their communications policy then they should be.
Every other parrot is squawking about the blown-out cost of Malcolm’s NBN mess.
Is this what Malcolm hoped to achieve?
I think this “raid” is part of a wider strategy. Pyne says the AFP. acted without their (the govt’) instructions..that would make the AFP. a “rogue” agency…I would understand they have the power to act independently in the case of national security risk, but THIS..?
We saw how quickly and thoroughly Duncan Storrar was attacked and now we see ALP. staffers “attacked”…when there is just a sniff of opposition..so I would say we can expect more as this govt AND it’s “affiliated agencies” cannot really afford to lose this election.
Why would anyone believe anything Pyne said? In his case, you just believe the opposite of whatever comes out of his mouth.
One would have thought that Turnbull would have avoided the topic of the NBN during the election campaign at all cost. It can only damage him, it seems to me.
EgyptAir crash is lost in a sea of doubt and fear
You got a “fellow traveller” , ducky.
I’m sure the NBN has a few Frank Burns (MASH) around willing to patriotically step up and exercise a bit of payback
Apologies again for the absence of the Dawn Patrol today. Our internet comes on for one minute and then falls out for 30.
Wixxyleaks reminds us of an AFP raid during the 2013 election, neatly timed to coincide with Abbott’s appearance at the NPC.
Of course! The government may not be lying directly
It may even draw greater attention to this:
Jason Clare not happy either
AFP denies government knew of raids –
Mandy Rice Davies.
Oh Gawd – here we go again.
After much searching Bananas managed to find a sort-of Aussie on the lost Egypt Air plane.
It looks like the smarmy git is doing a Godwin Grech again, but this time to save having to face up to the mess he’s made of the NBN.
I’ll bet at least one of the AFP that raided the office probably “obtained” some campaigning documents as “evidence” to hand to his L/NP mates afterward.
Everyone involved in this raid is a deplorable authoritarian pig.
Had a lot of fun on the various twitter hashtags about the AFP raid. The most interesting theory is that Abbott, the AFP’s old barracks pal, might’ve handled the political bits. Certainly the attendance of SKY and the Murdoch troops encourages that theory. I didn’t think Abbott would be that clever, but maybe with a bit of help from Peta…
AFP’s Colvin has denied any political involvement but you can take that with a grain of salt. Ever since Howard sorted out Mick what’s-his-name they’ve been at the beck and call of the Libs. And the way they’ve stone-walled on taking any action on Ashbygate over several years, contrasted with them acting promptly against Slipper pretty well confirms it.
It is just possible that the ministry has distanced itself a little from the raid to insulate themselves from any backlash. But they’d have known for sure, if only to discuss how to handle the politics. And I’m pretty sure that either Soapy as A-G or Crackers as Minister for Justice would’ve had to authorise it.
Whatever documents were seized have been sealed. Mark Dreyfus claimed parliamentary privilege because Conroy was on the NBN committee, so they are of no use to the aFP now.
I wouldn’t be reading any plot to steal Labor campaign material into this. Whatever policies and plans Labor might have are hardly top secret.
The big issue, really, is who leaked to the media. Camera crews were with the AFP, or waiting for them to arrive. That’s the big blow-up from all this.
Either the AFP leaks like a sieve, or someone in government, despite all the ‘we knew nuffink about this raid’ rubbish, told the media. THAT is the issue.
Yes, this Keystone Cops raid and melodrama would be a perfect opportunity to highlight both the Trubull-Abbott savaging of a major infrastructure project, as well as relaunch their readjusted NBN program.
And oh what karma that the man responsible for our current appalling broadband mess is now PM and answerable to the voters.
That was a typo, but perhaps a good one. “Trubull” suits very nicely.
I’ve never bought into this ‘Abbott bunked with the AFP so he had influence’ business. It’s just nonsense.
The AFP academy, where Abbott stayed, has quarters that can be used by politicians or anyone else who needs them. Security is easier to arrange there than it would be at a hotel. It’s not a bunk with the cadets, it’s not a spartan room with just a bed and a chair, it’s a proper flat. Julia Gillard once used it while she was PM. No-one has ever accused her of colluding with the AFP because of that.
If Abbott had or still has any influence it’s got nothing to do with his sleeping arrangements and everything to do with Coalition governments politicising the AFP.
Leone…when you are barracking for your fav’ team..you never let “truth” get in the way of a good story.
Making up crap and passing on the nonsense that comes up all the time on Twitter will eventually come back and bite your team in the bum, no matter how much fun it might seem at the time.
Remember how cross we all were when the MSM made up baseless crap about Julia Gillard?
Hey! Someone’s got Shorten tying proper Windsor knots. A much better look.
I’m starting to think the only objective for the raids was to create bad press for the ALP. I don’t think they were after anything, or intend to prosecute anybody. They’re just attempting to create uncertainty and suspicion around the ALP and that’s all.
Of course it was ham-fisted, and of course the Liberals won’t be making any comments beyond the “Oh really? We knew nothing about it” variety. They just wanted the narrative switched and the momentum stalled. Pure kabuki. And they even planned to have a news team on hand so that there would be vision, otherwise it wouldn’t have nearly the same impact.
The whole things reeks of “Oh my gawd, have you seen the internal polling?? DO SOMETHING! NOW!” And it’s all so typically short-term-thinking that they haven’t apprehended that Liberal figures will be on the back foot over it for most the election campaign. Minister already regarded with suspicion are going to have to close down pressers and refuse to answer questions. That’ll be a good look for them.
Everything they do seems to be a reaction to dismal polling. Chhoks with heads cut off keeps coming to mind.
This time they really, really stuffed things up.
Everyone is now looking at the cost blowout in Turnbull’s NBN, and the utter balls-up Mr ‘I invented the internet’ has made of it.
I’m really hoping Labor leaps in with their communications policy ASAP now.
Part of an interview with Shorten –
There’s more –
Waffles and his crew can deny till they are blue in the face
Long piece on the raids from Josh Taylor, at Crikey.
What you need to know about NBN raids — and why they could be good for Labor
Why did the police suddenly raid a Senator’s office?
Richard Flannigan cuts loose!
Excellent! Mr Flanagan does not hold back.
Books are cultural externalities?!
They were trained in babble by Rudd.
For the government and its AFP Branch to do anything that draws attention to Fraudband is a really dumb idea.
“Oh please, Brer Fox, please don’t throw me in the briar patch!”
According to twitter, Telstra internet is down in five states. You are not alone.
Biggy’s complaining he has no Internet. I thought it was a gag, but he’s WA and I know they’ve been affected. I did say the upside was it was creating mountains of work for ASIO & AFP trawling through his metadata.
Go on, Mesma, make my day!
I personally think it is to try and make Labor look like baddies. Only time will tell whom it hurts the most.
In this case, the dead cat is the Immigration Minister
On the other hand, this afp raid couldn’t have been timed better, what with 5 states at the moment without internet, via telstra. Many people will be screaming today they can’t use their internet. 🙂
I certainly didn’t need an AFP raid and its consequent noisy outrage to tell me fraudband is as big a dud as the smarmy git himself. People around here have been complaining for months and I’m not the only one who has been expressing the desire to shove it down the git’s throat. Using the internet has become an exercise in frustration one only indulges in when it is absolutely necessary.
Every day, in every way …
Waffles must have overlooked this little bit of trivia when he decided to go for an early election.
Another day, another government stuff-up.
My internet has been playing up but it was not my providers fault. I missed commenting on the incredible events over the last 36 hours.
Who said pollyticks is boring?
Now we know why Sufi went
A right little charmer.
How to spin the no tax cuts …
Shorter Cormann: “Waffles stuffed up”.
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