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March in March, oh dear! or watching the lefty freakshow

In my younger days I  participated in various protests. It was political street theater then and its  the same thing now. The difference is that then it had a point then and now well its for such a grab bag of pointless posturing that all achieves is a jump in sales for inner city Latte purveyors.  One thing is clear though and that it proves what a disconnected bunch of posturing wankers our friends from the left have become. Courtesy of my twitter feed here  are a couple of the more amusing images :

as someone who is, well, challenged by orthographic perfection I find this very funny

As someone who is, well, challenged by orthographic perfection I find this very funny

Orthographic  revision needed here  too

Orthographic revision needed here too

Don't these volunteers realize that thereis nothing unusual about our recent bush fires?  that said young hottie in the foreground could start few fires all on her own

Don’t these volunteers realize that there is nothing unusual about our recent bush fires?
That said young hottie in the foreground could start few fires all on her own

I just love examples of lefty projection when its so telling.

I just love examples of lefty projection when its so telling.

Just look at all of that expensive clobber and note the Take away latte being carried by the woman on the left.

Just look at all of that expensive clobber and note the Take away latte being carried by the woman on the left.

Its all of the usual suspects, making the usual complaints in the very tedious old fashioned manner None of it will be remembered beyond Tuesday (that attractive volunteer may be remembered till Thursday! 😉 ) and nothing will change in the polity as a result of this piece of nonsense.

Rollin on Comrades

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38 Comments

  1. Ray Dixon says:

    That said, young hottie in the foreground could start (a) few fires all on her own

    The Fire authorities should grab that ‘young hottie’ and use her to promote fire awareness, recruit volunteers, etc. She’d even make me join the CFA.

    As for the protest, Iain, I tend to agree that it was rather pointless. I warned of this on my Facebook page last week where I commented as follows:

    I’m not sure about this anti-Coalition Government or anti-Tony Abbott (much the same thing) ‘March in March’ protest that’s been organised Australia-wide for this weekend. There’s now going to be one in nearby Wodonga too. Not that I support Abbott and his government, who are clearly gearing up to hurt a lot of people who shouldn’t be hurt while doing massive favours for the top end, which is typical Liberal/National Party style. It’s just that the stated purpose of ‘March in March’ all seems a bit of a general ‘motherhood’ stand that fails to nail the Government on any one specific issue:

    “A peaceful, non-partisan citizens’ march and rally at Federal Parliament to protest against the current government’s policy decisions that are against the common good of our nation. This signifies the people’s vote of no confidence in policies of the government that go against common principles of humanity, decency, fairness social justice and equity, democratic governance, responsible global citizenship and conserving our natural heritage.”

    Look, for protests to have any effect they need to be more targeted rather than just be a general swipe. This Government is only 6 months old and, so far, hasn’t actually done a lot apart from signal their intentions, albeit none to nicely. The march seems premature and the danger here is that (unless millions upon millions participate) the Govt and Abbott will just point to the relatively low turnout and say “So what? They’re just a minority of malcontents.”

  2. les says:

    That’s pretty much what Sophie Mirabella said about Cathy McGowan. Just a minority of malcontents and we know how that ended up don’t we Iain.

    This is community concern for a range of issues and the key word here is community. Might be somewhat of a strange concept for you and capital GD Iain. People coming together and caring for each other.

    Anyway, 6 months in from the election and people are starting to get a bit restless, not a good look really.

    What we need is a proper election Iain with a proper result!

  3. Ray Dixon says:

    Les, you seem to have mixed Iain’s comment with my comment that Abbott would call the protesters a “minority of malcontents”. My point is that the protest was too vague and general to have any real impact. I’m sure it won’t be long before Abbott and his bunch of mean-spirited retrogrades give us good cause to protest en masse but I think it’s better to wait until that actually happens. Protesting and marching BEFORE they actually introduce anything of significance dilutes the impact of protests and renders them into the category of just protesting for the hell of it. Keep your powder dry or, to use another cliche, don’t jump the gun, because there’s a long way to go.

    Btw, there’s no parallel with McGowan’s win over Mirabella on this. Sophie was there for 12 years and no one marched in the streets to oust her. Mc Gowan (who I met and voted for) went about it more subtley than that.

  4. Iain Hall says:

    No les SOME ” people are starting to get a bit restless,”But they are the same Butt hurt cohort who would always find something to complain about when the coalition beats the forces of darkness at a general election.

  5. Ray Dixon says:

    they are the same Butt hurt cohort who would always find something to complain about

    Some were pensioners, Iain. Are pensioners “butt hurt cohorts”? Look, I agree the protest was premature but there IS a ground swell of opinion out there and it’s not just coming from what you loosely categorise as “leftists”.

  6. Iain Hall says:

    Ray

    “Some were pensioners, Iain. Are pensioners “butt hurt cohorts”? Look, I agree the protest was premature but there IS a ground swell of opinion out there and it’s not just coming from what you loosely categorise as “leftists”.

    The thing is as you note above I do loosely categorise them as lefties and you know hat were you to survey the protesters the majority would agree that they are of the left.

  7. Ray Dixon says:

    I would say the majority had no political ties or understanding at all.

  8. Iain Hall says:

    You are kidding Ray! I bet that more than 90% of these protesters vote Green

  9. Ray Dixon says:

    No Iain. You overestimate the Greens’ support base!

  10. Jeff G. says:

    There are mindless rat bags on both sides of the political fence. Plus ca change.

    Iain complains about “loony lefties”. Was he complaining about the mob chanting ‘ditch the witch’ and burning Gillard in effigy? Was he complaining about the Cronulla mobs massing to beat up Lebos?

    Or didn’t he mind those protests because he agreed with them?

    P.S. Can’t understand the “abolish the GST” sign. If you abolish that, that do you replace it with to fund the states??

  11. GD says:

    Was he complaining about the mob chanting ‘ditch the witch’ and burning Gillard in effigy?

    Actually it was one sign with ‘ditch the witch’ on it, not a chanting mob. As for burning Gillard in effigy, have you got a link for that? I don’t remember that.

    This current mob of morons has repeatedly called for Tony Abbott’s death, murder and many times depicted him as a Nazi.

  12. Iain Hall says:

    Jeff
    Firstly I don’t rate most street marches and protests very highly at all and I tend to think that almost every case they change no minds at all.
    If you want to know what I think about the previous demos you mention I suggest you check out my archive via the wordpress search function.

  13. GD says:

    Of course the ABC with its usual bias didn’t show any of these distasteful images. Their report attempted to make the march of morons look good.

    And morons they were..

    At least this one’s accurate..

  14. GD says:

    I like Tony Abbott’s droll reply when asked what he thought of the march of morons..

    “My understanding is that the only big rally in Sydney is the St Patrick’s Day parade,” Mr Abbott said.

    “That is the big event in Sydney today. I wish all of them well.

    “If their parade is rained on, there is always some Guinness available around the city.”

  15. GD says:

    It was good to see Collingwood supporters join the protest..

  16. Ray Dixon says:

    And morons they were..

    And this from a bloke who holds or puts up – in a public place (ie here) – Pickering cartoons of Gillard wearing a strap-on dildo. Repeatedly. And thinks nothing of it. I guess that makes you a “moron” too, GD (as well as a hypocrite).

  17. Jeff G. says:

    Firstly I don’t rate most street marches and protests very highly at all and I tend to think that almost every case they change no minds at all.

    Oh I agree with you there Iain. For the most part they are populated by rat bags and radicals. There have been some notable exceptions of course, like the anti-Vietnam War marches and civil rights, etc. which had a lot of mainstream support.

    The “Kill Abbott” signs are a disgrace and I am happy to condemn them. Just as I condemned the Gillard hating signs. Those sorts of symbols are more about the ability of the mob to hate than they are about civil political discourse.

  18. GD says:

    Ray, Pickering doesn’t draw cartoons that demand killing the prime minister or f*cking the prime minister.. slight difference, well, huge difference…

    As for ‘a strap-on dildo’ in a cartoon posted online only to subscribers of Pickering’s blog or the Sandpit as posted by me. Hypocritical that you find that offensive, yet when the ABC depicts Chris Kenny as a ‘dogf*cker’ with the accompanying photoshopped image, you go quiet, even though I raised this earlier on the Sandpit.

    By the way, Chris Kenny has won the first round in his defamation suit against the ABC.

    Given that the ABC is taxpayer funded, surely they could have apologised instead hiring four barristers to fight the case.

  19. Jeff G. says:

    The Kenny case is interesting. Sure the image was childish and in bad taste. But in the context of a comedy programme like the Chasers, I’m not sure what else you would expect. I guess the ABC is taking the same view that the Herald Sun took when Bolt got hauled off to court, i.e. just because something offends you doesn’t mean it we don’t have the right to say it. Ironically the same gob-ons who claim that freedom of speech is under attack (e.g. Bolt) are also complaining about the Kenny joke (and it was a joke).

    By the way, the “Kill Abbott” signs must surely contravene some kind of law. Isn’t it illegal to incite violence like that?

  20. GD says:

    The Bolt case didn’t have enough strength to be tried as a defamation case, so the 18C clause was used, ie ‘hurt feelings’. The Kenny case is clearly a defaming of Chris Kenny by our national broadcaster. Cut and dried. Also vile and degrading. Shame on the national broadcaster for allowing it and now defending it. That it was on a comedy show is no excuse. In 1992, Kerry Packer famously pulled the plug on the Doug Mulray show, demanding, ‘get this shit off the air’. Channel 9 immediately went to a station break and a re-run of ‘Cheers’.

    Of course Mark Scott hasn’t the guts to act like a leader, instead he cow-tows to the over-grown 40 year old ‘boys’ on the Chaser. Pathetic.

  21. GD says:

    By the way, the “Kill Abbott” signs must surely contravene some kind of law. Isn’t it illegal to incite violence like that?

    Yes it is, but will anybody pursue it? Tony Abbott will ignore it, as he did with his comment about the ‘only rally in Sydney was the St Pat’s Day rally’.

    Gillard and Co would have screamed like banshees, blaming sexism, Abbott, capitalism and everything else.

    Tony Abbott is made of sterner stuff.

  22. Jeff G. says:

    The Bolt case didn’t have enough strength to be tried as a defamation case, so the 18C clause was used, ie ‘hurt feelings’. The Kenny case is clearly a defaming of Chris Kenny by our national broadcaster. Cut and dried.

    No it’s not cut and dried. Claiming in a serious column that a group of individuals falsely claim to belong to a certain raise, to improve their career and financial prospects, is defamatory. They had the opportunity to sue for defamation but chose instead to seek a retraction and apology.

    Comparing this to something so ridiculous as “Chris Kenny f****s dogs” on a silly undergrad comedy show, it’s not in the same ball park. Unless of course you’ve got a bone to pick with the ABC, which you, Kenny and Bolt have.

    Tony Abbott is made of sterner stuff.

    Because he’s a man?

  23. GD says:

    They didn’t choose to seek an apology and a retraction, they went after Bolt like a rabid pack of over-privileged, white skinned, university educated pampered people who had chosen to use the odd ancestor of Aboriginal heritage as an excuse to claim full government benefits because of their mixed heritage.

  24. GD says:

    Tony Abbott is made of sterner stuff

    Because he’s a man?

    No, because he’s made of sterner stuff. Why shouldn’t a woman be made of ‘sterner stuff’?

    Julie Bishop is.

  25. Jeff G. says:

    What a load of bollocks.

    He went after them on the grounds of their racial background and got several points of fact wrong.

    They chose to prosecute under 18c rather than sue because they wanted him to retract his claims. And the court agreed and said that he must.

    They were right, he was wrong. Time Bolt and his slavering followers, including you, built a bridge and made some use of it.

  26. Ray Dixon says:

    As for ‘a strap-on dildo’ in a cartoon posted online only to subscribers of Pickering’s blog or the Sandpit as posted by me. Hypocritical that you find that offensive

    Posting it here – in full public view – is no different to a protester holding up a sign at a protest march. I didn’t say that I find it offensive. Well, I do find it offensive (as I do the anti-Abbott signs) but that is not the point. The point is that YOU are a hypocrite for slamming the anti-Abbott signs while doing much the same yourself. No, there’s not a huge difference between saying ‘Fuck Abbott’ and portraying Gillard (while she was also PM) as a dildo-wearing lesbian. It’s just poor form, bad taste and disrespectful. Especially as (but not just because) Gillard is a woman and you’re (supposedly) a man. It also seems you don’t respect women, GD.

  27. Simon says:

    Wow some people need some serious grief counselling or something. Yes, what you thought was unthinkable happened, and the world hasn’t imploded in on itself like you thought it would. Perhaps also a reflection the opposition base has yet to find their next somewhat charasmatic leader to support?

    A woman on the ABC radio today (or was it the TV?) summed it up. She said she “wanted to play the ball and not the man” and struggled to sound convincing about the issues on why she was protesting, but had to admit it was ’cause she really didn’t like the Prime Minister.

    Which is fair enough, we’re all welcome to our own opinions. And there’s been some uncouth doosies in anti-Gillard protests in the past, but signs calling for the death of a politician is always wrong and not a good look for your cause.

  28. Ray Dixon says:

    Simon, the sign or signs (I only saw one) calling for Abbott to be killed, or to that effect, is/are inexcusable and the exception to the others, which are no worse than what was done to Gillard by Coalition protesters. And by GD with his dildo cartoons.

  29. GD says:

    Keep going Ray. You’ve now labelled me ‘an Abo bashing, woman hating racist’. What else have you got?

    the sign or signs (I only saw one) calling for Abbott to be killed,

    The reason you saw only one was that that was all I posted. Watching your ABC you wouldn’t have seen any, because the ABC with its usual bias preferred not to report the predominantly ugly side of this moronic protest.

    Aren’t you glad that I have balanced the ABC reporting here on the Sandpit?

  30. Ray Dixon says:

    I haven’t “labelled” you anything, GD, but you certainly engage in ‘abo bashing’ (see the other thread). Whether that makes you a “racist” is not for me to judge. And I did not call you a “woman hater” either. I said that putting up cartoons of a woman wearing a strap on dildo “seems” to show a lack of respect for women. Once again, you answer criticism with diversion and fail to address the point, which was your hypocrisy in criticising people who hold up derogatory signs about Abbott when you engage in similar conduct yourself.

  31. Paul Murray says:

    The only purpose of street demonstrations is to catch a few seconds of TV airtime. That’s it. That’s why there are placards. It’s so last century: who watches TV anymore? Scratch a demonstration, and under the paint you’ll find a claque of baby-boomers who don’t understand that the world has moved on.

  32. Andy says:

    It was SO pointless the old men of the aging impotent right can’t stop talking about it!! HAHAHA 😀

    BTW if nobody will remember it, why did you post about it on your blog, and implicitly nobody is reading this??

  33. Iain Hall says:

    I maybe aging and conservative but I still get no complaints from my better half about my potency Andy.
    As it happens I was asked to write about this , ah hem, event. That said it has been most amusing to see so many minions of the left suffering great angst because this “event” has captured the public’s imagination for about half a second.
    Any way thanks for dropping by and feel free to comment further when you will hopefully give me something that is evidence of at least average intelligence.

  34. GD says:

    Yes, Iain, I asked you to write a post about this march of morons, none of whom really knew why they were marching. They were angry at the media, which gives them their ABC and their morning cartoons, you know, for them and the toddlers. They were angry at the government for winning an election in a landslide and seemed to want to kill, assassinate or brand Tony Abbott a nazi. Why? Well, I suppose it’s because he kept his word and stopped the boats. He’s also living up to his promise to get rid of the carbon tax, although the loony Greens and lying Labor party are stopping him.

    Labor hasn’t kept their word once in regard to the carbon tax. Gillard said she wouldn’t introduce a carbon tax then did, Rudd reckoned he’d ‘terminate’ the carbon tax and now Bill Shorten is blocking the removal of this pernicious tax that won’t help the climate one iota but has hurt industries such as Qantas enormously.

    Of course Sandpit leftist, Ray, challenged me a while back shouting, ‘show me one business that has failed because of the carbon tax’.

    There are plenty to choose from now, Ray.

  35. Peter Kelaher says:

    I was thinking of starting a march called ‘march of the silent majority’. But then I remembered: we had one last september. A march to the polls! And that was well covered and got the outcome that most wanted. This leftist crap just makes them sound more shrill….and I think they are starting to realise this now, poor buggers. Combining forces with everyone who has a gripe is a dangerous exercise, one never knows who their bedfellows might be. Now I didn’t think the ‘carbon tax rally’ had much effect either, as it was always going to paint them as ‘extremists’ when logically…they didn’t need to. But at least it was a one dimensional campaign and focused on a specific issue that we knew they were against. It was clear and it made the point.

    This stinks of the ‘occupy anything’ movement, which now surely fits into the “where are they now” category. So funny that after the gfc the greenies thought they’d be running the world. They are just so disappointed that their agenda is on such a slow burn, I think they actually thought they had majority support. That is probably the most amusing thing about them..

    As a social experiment you have to let them out of the cage every now and then just to see that they belong back in it. And before anyone goes off about that last comment being a metaphor for ‘asylum seekers’ or some right wing concentration cam, it wasn’t. It was a joke.

    Out.

  36. GD says:

    Good comment, Peter, well said. In fact you made a number of well-said points. Cheers.

  37. Ray Dixon says:

    Yes, he’s fairly spot on about the Greens.

  38. GD says:

    Tim Blair has written a great article about ‘Marchers in March‘,

    I was wrong to make fun of the kind-hearted and caring people at their little anti-Abbott hate rallies last week. I understand now, thanks to the ABC, that I “misrepresented the nature of the marches by focussing on offensive signs without placing these in the broader context of a peaceful rally with many inoffensive signs.”

    The ABC, by contrast, carefully and extremely fairly removed any offensive signs from its March in March coverage. The ABC even managed to avoid showing a sign bearing the words “F**K TONY F**K DEMOCRACY”, which was something of an effort, considering that the sign was so large it spanned a Melbourne street and needed a dozen or so people to carry it.

    Yay, Tim!

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