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The cuteness factor trumps all else

I thought that it would be nice to share with the Sandpits readers  the good news that we we have a new resident here at Chez Hall, after much badgering from my daughter I have  got us a cute kitty cat which of course means that I am going to give our readers a long series of posts about this cute rascal as he bounces around our house and our hearts. I just hope that I can live up to the fine tradition of cat blogging as demonstrated by the likes of our learned friend.

meow Comrades

Isn't he a cute addition to Chez Hall?

Isn’t he a cute addition to Chez Hall?

PS did many eagle eyed readers notice that I got a tweet up onto the screen of QandA last night? its not easy to do so while maintaining your conservative street-cred. anyway this is the tweet:

Moggie on the menu, or what wine is right with cat?

Unrepentant carnivore, that’s me, I like a tasty meat dish, from a spicy curry to a bloody piece of steak  if its made of meat I will at least try it. In that vein I’ve eaten the flesh of many different species’ Not too keen on trying dog or cat but under the right circumstances those reservations could be put aside. With that in mind I find  this story in the Daily Mail darkly amusing   


What I want to know though is how a charge of animal maltreatment could be maintained if he had slaughtered the moggies in a humane manner? Because it surely could not rely at all just upon the fact that the man admits killing the cats to eat them any more than someone who kills a chicken to eat it could be charged with “cruelty to animals” if the killing was done as swiftly and painlessly as is humanly possible.

An ethical question for you all to consider…

Chaio Comrades


The million hit Blog


If you are reading this it means that the hit counter for the Sandpit has ticked over the one million hits milestone  which is worthy of note in anyone’s  language, more so in the case of this blog because for most of its existence there has been a sustained campaign to harass and denigrate yours truly and the other authors who post here.


I started blogging on a whim mainly because I needed to register with Blogger to comment on an Anti Andrew Bolt  blog, I have  changed the name and the platform on which this blog is published several times until I settled upon the current title and I am  very happy to n0w share this blog with three other regular contributors who ad greatly to the diversity of  the posts published here. The heart of blogging is not so much the posts themselves but rather it is the comment threads that those posts inspire and over the years we have had some very lively discussion threads that have given their participants lots of fun.


You see fun is what this blog is all about. Even when we have covered the most serious issues I like to think that we can do so with enough levity to keep it friendly.


So in the style of an awards night I have to offer a very sincere thank you, firstly to my fellow authors Ray Dixon (and his alter ego SockPuppet),  GD and to  Leon Bertrand, further I want to thank our readers for coming back on a regular basis to enjoy the musings on this page especially those of you who disagree with what I and the other authors write because without that disagreement we would not have the lively arguments in the comment threads. I also want to thank my wife and family for putting up with this sometimes grumpy blogger on a daily basis and last but not least I want to thank our family dog Bonnie for reminding me on a regular basis that I am only human and that nothing is more important than “walkies “

Cheers to all of our Comrades



How much is that doggie on the ballot paper?

CLIVE Palmer’s bid to create a new political party is today mired in confusion, amid the short-lived recruitment of former speaker Peter Slipper and a renewed push for registration under a new name.

The mining entrepreneur today announced his United Australia Party, formed just three weeks ago, will now be known as the Palmer United Party, to avoid a legal battle with the Australian Electoral Commission.

Mr Palmer and his political allies will now attempt to register the party by the deadline for federal registration tomorrow, with a requirement for 500 signatures.


Palmer United Party reduces to a rather amusing acronym of  “PUP” which is so cute and will doubtless provide the underpinning for so many possible puns and possible dog jokes about this  whole vanity project being pursued by Palmer. I can’t think straight for laughter here so instead I’m just going to post some funny dog gifs with an invitation to caption them as is appropriate to the Palmer United Party:




Cheers Comrades




"You will read The Sandpit everyday and you will enjoy it no matter what tosh I publish....."

“You will read The Sandpit everyday and you will enjoy it no matter what sort of  tosh I publish…..”

This is my 3000th post here at the Sandpit, isn’t it amazing just how quickly this milestone has come around?

I like to think that this  blog functions at many different levels and its contents is as varied as life itself .

Its primary purpose has always been to keep me entertained and to give purpose to my morning cruise through the daily news reports and blog updates , to that end I like to write about the issue de jour that has taken my fancy as I sip on my first brew for the day.  Of course I have also shared some of the events that happen in my own life when I have thought them notable enough  and I have tried to do that with a little bit of wit and my rather wry sense of humour.

So for the next three thousand  posts I hope to continue to provoke and stimulate thought and words from you,  my dear readers, even if those thoughts and words are entirely focused on telling me that I have got it wrong in the most fundamental ways! Sometimes I even get feedback affirming that what I have said is correct, frankly either response pleases me though naturally the later has a somewhat sweeter effect on the palette.

Cheers   Comrades



Why stalkers should be afraid of how they write

As blog master here it is my duty to approve new commentators here and mostly its something that I do with out much thought, If I don’t think that comment is generated by a spam bot it usually gets an easy pass and I welcome a new player into the Sandpit. It is after all more fun for all if I encourage lively debate and lively debate needs differing points of view so I don’t usually care at all what someone believes in as long as they can be civil to others in the comment threads.

In the many years that I have been playing the blogging game there has been a rather long “conga line of suckholes” who have tried to silence me  because they think that I am evil incarnate, or at least a” very naughty boy” that they wish to teach a lesson too. In the process I have had a number of individuals who have reinvented themselves many times under different pseudonyms. Usually I pick them rather quickly and  either give them enough rope to hang themselves or just put them on a watching brief if I am less certain.  It does not take most of them long to return to the tropes and memes that got them banned in the first place others who have been more devious have stayed under my radar for longer until their own arrogance and hubris gives them away.

Imagine my surprise when I saw this piece in the age a few days ago:

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You have to love the way that the Internet makes such tools available to everyone and just how useful those tools would be to someone who has been repeatedly stalked and harassed by individuals flying different flags of convenience.  Surely some of the worst offenders should be less than than sanguine about having to own the words and bile they have sprouted over the years. Now if only I could be bothered to use the software that I have  downloaded…
Welcome to a brave new world Comrades


Another small step towards civility on the electronic frontier


Like Ray I find the moves  announced recently by Gillard to hold some internet platforms accountable for their anonymous users activities a good if inadequate start to  making cyberspace somewhat more civil environment for those of us who use it, and lets face it that means just about everyone these days. While many long term users have long resigned themselves to the notion that civilising the online space is “impossible” I am rather more optimistic that civility will be enforced incrementally over time and I think that enforcement will come from the courts acting in both criminal and civil cases to demand that those running the blogging platforms provide the identifying  details of site-owners when those individuals have slandered or defamed real individuals.

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The old aphorism suggests that the longest journey begins with one small step, and I see quite a few small steps happening out there and it may take a while but I expect that like the old wild west civilisation and civility will come to the online frontier eventually.

Cheers Comrades


AH, that explains it

Maybe this is how the most extreme silvertail socialists get their crappiest ideas. For the cat loving Lefty the brew would have to be a wet dream come true (click for source)

Cheers Comrades

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