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Of cabbages, kings and a meeting of Blog war protagonists

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Leon Bertrand and I have   a face to face meet up with Scott Bridges planned for today which should be quite interesting to say the least, because how often do you get a chance to meet up with your online “enemy ” after a decade long blog war?

Hold on comrades this could be an interesting ride

 

 

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Terry Pratchett dies and so does Clive Palmer’s time in the political sun

This is a post about loss, on one had we have the very sad news that Terry Pratchett has died after a very public fight with a form of dementia :

The British fantasy author (left; and with wife Lyn, top right) sold more than 85million books worldwide in 37 languages, but also waged a very public struggle with Alzheimer's disease in recent years - and was a vocal campaigner of the right to die. The writer is best known for his satirical fantasy novels set in Discworld, a flat planet resting on the back of four elephants, themselves perched on the back of a vast turtle moving through space. Sir Terry's thousands of fans on Twitter were alerted to the news of his death by a series of messages (bottom right) shortly after 3pm today, finishing with: 'The End.' Prime Minister David Cameron said today he was 'sad to hear' of the death, adding: 'His books fired the imagination of millions and he fearlessly campaigned for dementia awareness.'

The British fantasy author (left; and with wife Lyn, top right) sold more than 85million books worldwide in 37 languages, but also waged a very public struggle with Alzheimer’s disease in recent years – and was a vocal campaigner of the right to die. The writer is best known for his satirical fantasy novels set in Discworld, a flat planet resting on the back of four elephants, themselves perched on the back of a vast turtle moving through space. Sir Terry’s thousands of fans on Twitter were alerted to the news of his death by a series of messages (bottom right) shortly after 3pm today, finishing with: ‘The End.’ Prime Minister David Cameron said today he was ‘sad to hear’ of the death, adding: ‘His books fired the imagination of millions and he fearlessly campaigned for dementia awareness.’

‘The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds’: Tributes pour in to fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett who has died at 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s

And then there is the news that , the brick with eyes and senator for my home state of Queensland has pulled the pin on Clive Palmer deciding that he will no longer sit as a PUP member in our upper house. Now I draw theses two seemingly disparate events together because Clive Palmer is just the sort of crazy bizarre political animals that Pratchett was so frond of creating in his disc world novels but sadly for Queensland he is real.

On the upside though I am really enjoying the  political emasculation of Clive Palmer far more than I really should be. As a conservative I find this a big improvement for the prospects of government being able to get legislation through the senate.

Thus we can all see that every day can show is both sadness at the passing of one of the best fantasists of our age and joy of something he could have created passing into the political irrelevance it so richly deserves. In some ways the departure of the brick from the PUP may make it harder to pass particular bills  but not having Palmer’s expansive ego and endless vendetta against the coalition in play will more than compensate in the humble opinion of this scribe.

Definitely a day of light and shade Comrades

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Palmer is dead buried and cremated as a political force you could say that he is like this pillow…

National Security Statement 2015

 

Very good speech form Tony Abbott

recommended viewing Comrades

“I am Charlie Hebdo”

Two gunmen in balaclavas and bullet-proof vests, armed with a pump-action shotgun and an automatic rifle, stormed into the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo at about 11.30am as about 15 journalists had gathered for the weekly editorial conference. They called for the editor by name and then murdered him before spraying the room with gunfire, killing nine more and wounding others. Laurent Léger, a Charlie Hebdo writer, managed to sound the alarm, calling a friend and telling him: “Call the police. It’s carnage, a bloodbath. Everyone is dead.”

As they made their getaway, the gunmen shot dead two policemen, including one who they shot in the head at close range as he lay injured on the pavement.

The two attackers then jumped into a small black Citroën that they had apparently arrived in and drove off. Police said there was a third man involved in the attack, who had driven the car to the magazine offices, on rue Nicolas Appert in the 11th arrondissement in eastern Paris, and it is not clear whether he fled the scene during the attack.

The gunmen abandoned the Citroën in the 19th arrondissement, in the north-east of the capital before hijacking another car. Police said the attackers had then had gone to ground, leaving a nation in shock.

The attack was the bloody culmination of a long-simmering struggle between France’s libertarian traditions of free speech and an increasingly extreme strand of Islamism. Witnesses described hearing the attackers shout “Allahu Akbar” as well as “We have avenged the Prophet.” Two eyewitnesses said they claimed to be from al-Qaida. One of them specified al-Qaida in Yemen, a group also known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

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The French are often despised by the English for being “cheese eating surrender monkeys” as a consequence of their capitulation to the invading Nazis during the second world war so It is heartening to see that they are on this occasion not being at all meek in their response to this outrage. To be frank there is no reason to make excuses for Islam after this assault upon every writer’s freedom of speech. Yet I am certain that there will be elements of the left who will do just that. Without the right to treat the totalitarian religion of our age with the utter contempt that it so clearly deserves we are all slaves to its propagators and as someone observed on twitter “It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees” (who said that before?) maybe its time for all of the fourth estate to stop pussy footing around with the followers of Islam, to tell them that they are not going to win and that theirs is a religion that is totally unacceptable in a modern world. maybe its time for all of us who have a presence in the public media discourse to stand up and say “I am Charlie Hebdo” just as the slaves in revolt against Rome all stood up and said “I am Spartacus”*

Angry again Comrades

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*well according to the film anyway

Sydney Siege, why was there no use of a sniper?

If a scumbag claims to be actiung in the Name of Allah then why does the Australian media keep insisting on pretending otherwise?

If a scumbag claims to be acting in the Name of Allah then why does the Australian media keep insisting on pretending otherwise?

I don’t sleep very well at the bets of times but I have spent most of last night listening to the rolling coverage of the siege in Sydney and I am both desperately saddened by the death of two hostages and annoyed that a sniper did not take the scumbag out before any hostages could be killed. Further I can not comprehend why he was out on bail after being changed with murdering his wife and how he was able to get hold of a hand gun.

Finally I have been utterly sickened by all of the obsequious excuse making for Islam We, as a society well understand that the the majority of this in this country who follow that religion are decent people who mean their fellow Australians no harm so we do not need the sort of endless excuse making for the religion that has been so evident in the Media coverage for this atrocity done in the name of Allah. Simply put, if this was not an act based upon an “Islamic” motivation then why was it clothed in Islamist vestments?

Sadly nothing  to cheer about on this one Comrades

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If channel 7 could get this image then why did the police not have a sniper to “take the shot”?

The implosion that we just had to have or will the rise of Lambie be worth the fall of Palmer

I don’t know if readers have noticed but I have not been feeling the blogging muse much lately. Its probably a combination of my health issues, a couple of domestic issues and just feeling rather uninspired by current events. That said though the news reports suggesting that Clive Palmer’s eponymous party is getting close to imploding has brightened me up no end. You really know that its over when Palmer starts sprouting conspiracy theories

Palmer told ABC radio Lambie was sent to “infiltrate” the PUP, a claim Lambie has shrugged off.

“When you start a new party like our party, the established parties and others try to wreck it,” Palmer said. “She’s been sent in there by someone to cause trouble and I think that’s the reality of it.

“You’ve only got to look at what happened to all the other parties, the tactics that were used to discredit them … and there’s no reason to think that wouldn’t happen to our party,” he said.

Palmer went on to reiterate his concerns on Channel Seven on Monday morning, accusing the senator of being “controlled by lobbyists” and seeking to “blackmail the government”.

But it gets better (well in soap opera terms it does) with the scuttle butt being pushed by the Guardian now claiming that Lambieis not only about to leave Palmer but will be forming her own party as well:

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Just back to Jacqui Lambie briefly to outline the events of the weekend, just in case you were having a life. Lambie was in Tassie consulting with her voters, supporters and mentors, including an unnamed large poppy grower on what to do about her predicament.

Clive Palmer was getting more and more frustrated that he could not control Lambie. By last night, as Lambie was flying in, Palmer put out a statement raising allegations that Lambie had accepted disability payments at the same time she was on a fulltime salary for Palmer United.

Furthermore, Palmer alleges that in January 2014, before she started in the senate but while she was a paid member of PUP, Lambie supported the establishment of an Australian Defence Veterans Party (Lambie Party). He accused Lambie of acting dishonestly, lying about him and using veterans to increase her public standing without acting on their behalf.

Having a person of questionable honesty who had previously been charged and convicted by the Australian Army has been a disappointment for the Palmer United Party. Senator Lambie never declared her convictions prior to her endorsement for the Palmer United Party.

Lambie’s chief of staff Rob Messenger said Camp Jacqui will be putting out an “in-depth” statement later today.

Schadenfreude does not quite do it as a descriptor but further to that I can’t I can’t help but thinking that this whole kit and caboodle is a wake up call to our polity that should be reminding us that the way that our Senate is elected needs reform.

Stay tuned  because the road is getting bumpy and the seat-belts have been removed…

The only question that we have to consider is will the rise of Lambie be worth the fall of Palmer

Cheers Comrade

Chariots of the Dogs

Chariots of the Dogs

Vale Edward Gough Whitlam, Its time! for the big election in the sky

nla.pic-vn3512828-vI met Gough once, shook his hand even, when I was a callow youth an in awe of those playing the game of politics, heck I even voted for the ALP in 1972 and in 1975 and during those years I loved listening to parliament on the radio where his dulcet tones and oratory cemented my love of our democracy. My politics have changed somewhat since then but you never lose the affection you feel for your first political love even when it has become clear that their feet were very much made of clay.

Gough certainly deserves respect for leading Labor out of the political wilderness in 1972 but he also deserves the critiques of his administrative failings and economic mismanagement he will undoubtedly be greatly deified in the next few days which is fine for a long life spendt serving the nation but lets just never forget that a good emperor knows to listen when the dedicated slave reminds him “that you are only a man, not a god” those who admired him need to remember that as well.

With respect comrades

 

 

 

 

Racism off the rails in Queensland

Now I abhor racism in any form but I also find the spin on this incident  sadly disappointing on several fronts,

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Around 8pm Saturday, the offender(Identified as Kader Boumzar) posted a status update to his Facebook page.

“I was just drunk couldn’t remember s–t so stop over reacting, but I am proud to be white!” it read.

Around 11pm a second status update appeared on the page, expressing remorse.

“I’m really sorry to everyone that was affected by the video I really can not remember anything out of all honesty the post made before was someone else I know this is no excuse,” it read.

“But can you all see from my point of view that I was a f—-ing idiot and I’m really sorry.”

The offender is believed to be 17 years old.

Queensland Police said on Saturday night they were aware of the video, and would investigate further with Queensland Rail officials on Sunday.

Firstly the loutish behavior  of Kader Boumzar that is of course utterly unacceptable.
Secondly the the media have been presenting this incident as if the miscreant is a White Anglo Bogan, yet when his name was revealed as Kader Boumzar its very clear that he can not be an Anglo at all. I’m no expert of the etymology of all names but it sounds to me that the name is more likely to be from Afghanistan Iran of somewhere in the middle east.
Thirdly I get the very strong impression that this might very well be juvenile  a set up in pursuit of internet fame/infamy or some wider anti mainstream Australia agenda. I cite as evidence the very audible laughing of the person who was recording the incident on their phone. Secondly despite later claiming to be too drunk to remember the incident Kader Boumzar’s diatribe does not sound spontaneous, it is stilted and wooden like some low rent amateur theatrics.
Thirdly the vid shows that despite being employed as “security” Neither the abused man no the other security person who appears later in the were prepared to man handle Kader Boumzar   and physically throw him off the train. As an extremely occasional user of Queensland trains (once in the last five years) I find it rather disturbing that security guards are actually impotent to act against thuggery on our trains.
Cheers Comrades
a train from the time when rail travel was a much nicer experience

a train from the time when rail travel was a much nicer experience

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