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2013 Not Out.

January 7, 2013

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Hello and good evening.

Welcome to our first post for 2013.

I’ll be the first to admit it’s been a long time between drinks.  In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve taken quite a long break from blogging, largely due to a combination of factors, not least of which was an unexpected change to my employment status last year which enabled me to take an extended break from practically everything.

As you may be aware, I’ve spent the the last two and a half months in the island of Penang in Malaysia.

I arrived back in Melbourne on Saturday.

My break from work has enabled me to focus on addressing some things in my personal life. Things that I will not dwell on here.

I have to say that it’s been very humbling to drop by here occasionally and see you guys all talking amongst yourselves.  It’s nice to see that the place kicks on nicely without me.

I’ve become fairly disillusioned with the sad state of Australian politics over the past few months..  The resentment towards, and demonisation of asylum seekers by both major parties has been nothing short of disgraceful, and the sanctimonious grandstanding of the fairy-team the Greens nothing more than fanciful moralising. Hence, I haven’t felt inclined to write very much of anything really, as it just seems that we’re revisiting the same territory over and over.

The Libs get caught out lying and their defence is “so what?”

Meanwhile Julia Gillard simply ends any form of enquiry by saying “I’ve given you the answer I’m going to give you,” or something about molecules.

The entire political circus has entered the realms of the absurd, with News Dailies now abandoning political reporting altogether in favour of hastily assembled snippets of reality TV gossip.

How did it all come to this…??

As we enter this election year, both sides of politics have failed to gain any new momentum outside their established strongholds.

Julia Gillard remains tarnished by her conduct as a lawyer at Slater and Gordon, while Tony Abbott remains universally loathed by female voters.

One thing that I have changed my mind about is the machinations of the mainstream media.

The way in which the James Ashby affair was swiftly removed from all mainstream media (including the ABC) within 24 hours of the Court judgement was simply extraordinary.   While the media, aided and abetted by the Coalition’s dirt unit no doubt, obsessed for months over Julia Gillard’s role at Slater and Gordon, the role of senior Liberals including Mal Brough and Christopher Pyne in the James Ashby affair simply vanished from sight.  It was simply extraordinary.

Anyway, enough from me.

Welcome to 2013 everyone.

Let the games begin…!

 

 

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. el gordo permalink
    January 7, 2013 7:24 pm

    ‘….while Tony Abbott remains universally loathed by female voters.’

    Link?

    And just for the record we struggled without you, the place lacked direction and numbers dwindled. Even the sock puppets cleared out.

    Welcome back.

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    January 7, 2013 7:35 pm

    Mate! Noice to have you back in the saddle (so to speak!) 😉

    It’s nice to see that the place kicks on nicely without me.

    Absolute BS!

    The Libs get caught out lying and their defence is “so what?”

    Seems the LibNits will finaly get the “result” they were fkn after anyway – from an ex-Liberal BTW!

    http://www.news.com.au/national/peter-slipper-summonsed-by-australian-federal-police/story-fndo4eg9-1226549056082

    Maybe the AFP should investigate all members of Parliament for travel, rorts – we might end up with a surplus!

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 7, 2013 11:01 pm

    Interesting that Slipper will be charged.

    And Thomson will probably be in court at some stage this year.

    It will all coincide with the lead up to the election – court cases to underline the duplicity of this government.
    ========
    I recommend surfing for wellbeing.

  4. el gordo permalink
    January 8, 2013 8:18 am

    ‘not least of which was an unexpected change to my employment status’

    A perfect time to reinvent yourself and there is no shame in being a house husband.

  5. January 8, 2013 8:45 am

    You should move to Queensland where politics makes sense!

    WE HAVE DINOSAURS!

    YOU CAN PLAY GOLF WITH THEM AND THEN GO EAT A PIE!

    That’s what I call a way of fucking life, mate.

  6. TB Queensland permalink
    January 8, 2013 1:09 pm

    You really should post here more often, RS … I had to read your first sentence three times … and then I recalled that you actually “get”, satire and cynicism, unlike a few regulars here …

    Has anyone told, Noddy Newman, that he won’t can’t be knighted after he’s kicked out?

  7. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 8, 2013 3:26 pm

    I certainly won’t be voting for the Liberals, I don’t think they have a coherent set of policies. It’s more of a grab bag of political responses to “the issue of today”.

    Unfortunately that is also what we get from the government. But the government overlays its political about faces (or faeces) with a layer of dishonesty.

    It’s poison…but at least it’s not Queensland.

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    January 8, 2013 7:32 pm

    And if you’re wondering what Ross and I are talking about …

    Welcome to our dikatorship … Liberal style … and they reckon Hitler was a Leftie hohohohohoh …

    http://www.news.com.au/national/deputy-premier-jeff-seeney-said-the-state-government-could-change-laws-to-force-reluctant-senior-police-from-their-jobs/story-fndo4ckr-1226549639419

    Back to the JBP … wonder who will end up as, The Minister for Everything? As history repeats itself …

    Who could figure that reducing police officers (at any rank) would improve the “service” …

    Noddy NewMan & Co. are like a bunch of kids in a lolly shop – without any pocket money!

  9. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 9, 2013 9:15 am

    Former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper used a government-issued Cabcharge card to pay for trips to leading wineries in the Canberra region, court documents allege.
    ”Mr Slipper knew that he was not entitled to use the Cabcharge card to pay for the hire car fare, but he did so,” the description of offences says. The former speaker – who resigned from the position last October – allegedly used the card by filling in and signing four Cabcharge dockets instead of one.
    ”He filled in the trip details on the dockets by showing false information,” including the pick up and put down locations and the amount of the fare. The documents further allege that Mr Slipper travelled to wineries again in April and June 2010.
    It alleges that Mr Slipper continued to use Cabcharge vouchers because he wanted to avoid investigation by Finance about his card use.

    Slipper is a sleazy rorter, but Gillard appointed him Speaker so that she wouldn’t have to face the consequences of her dishonesty over her lie to Wilkie.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/slipper-toured-wineries-at-taxpayers-expense-20130108-2cea4.html#ixzz2HQOjxEj6

  10. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    January 9, 2013 9:39 am

    Yes

    But do we know whether he likes Red or White ?

  11. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 9, 2013 9:45 am

    FORMER Australian Greens leader Bob Brown is to take over running the imminent Antarctic anti-whaling campaign by hardline conservationists Sea Shepherd.

    In a shift forced by a Japanese restraining order in a United States court, the group says its founder and president, Paul Watson, is stepping down from the leadership.

    Direction of the group’s campaign to halt the Japanese whaling fleet will shift to Dr Brown and Sea Shepherd’s Australian manager, Jeff Hansen.

    This is the type of activity that gives Greens a good name. They’re better off sticking to this type of activism, because they’re dunces when it comes to economics.

    Involving Greens in economic decisions is just a path to disaster. They’re wishful thinkers and dreamers, and that’s fine, but it isn’t the basis for running a country.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/environment/whale-watch/bob-brown-to-lead-antiwhaling-mission-20130108-2ce5e.html#ixzz2HQWG70yu

  12. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 9, 2013 9:47 am

    2DT, I become more sleazy after a bottle of red, so I think Slipper must drink plenty of it.

  13. el gordo permalink
    January 9, 2013 9:51 am

    ‘because they’re dunces when it comes to economics’ and climate science.

  14. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    January 9, 2013 9:54 am

    LOL @ ToM

    Question now answered anyway.

    It seems he might like Shiraz Viognier which I must admit having never tried as a blend only each on its own.

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/jail-a-risk-if-slipper-wined-dined-on-public-dime-20130108-2cetk.html

  15. January 9, 2013 10:15 am

    Shiraz Viognier is for people who like Shiraz but dont want to be pissed after drinking a bottle of the stuff. It goes well with spicey food like Thai or Vietnamese.

    Naturally you can drink it on its own.

  16. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    January 9, 2013 11:10 am

    “Shiraz Viognier is for people who like Shiraz but dont want to be pissed after drinking a bottle of the stuff.”

    So its a totally unsuitable dinner accompaniment for ToM then ?

    “Nil by Mouth”

  17. Meta permalink
    January 9, 2013 11:13 am

    Naturally, it’s an interesting case. What with someone finally managing to get out the unspoken idea that former Justice Einfeld might have been driving the PM’s private-plated vehicle rather than than First Bloke Tim.

    Do persons on very long lunches in the Canberra District normally bounce around multiple venues? Did the Department of Finance keep processing vouchers magically provided by who knows through 2012, despite sternly-worded requests?

    Next thing we know, Slipper will be chartering the Sloop John B to entertain himself on Sydney Harbour, while regaling the stars above with bawdy tales of Australia’s fine seafood exports.

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    January 9, 2013 12:19 pm

    BARACK Obama can alleviate some of America’s egregious debt by requesting a $1 trillion coin. A real-life, money-in-the-hand coin, worth $1 trillion.
    All the President needs to do is call the US Treasury and have them mint a piece of platinum with a whole bunch of zeroes on it.

    http://www.news.com.au/business/markets/mint-condition-the-coin-that-could-save-the-us-economy/story-e6frfm30-1226549986449

    Why stop at $1 trillion?

    Why bother working anymore? Just stamp a coin or two …

    Go to Mayfair, pick up $1 trillion, do not pass Go …

    Fkn stupidly amazing … can I now spend all my Monopoly money I have two games sitting in a cupboard … how much should I have?

  19. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 9, 2013 12:58 pm

    There are certain groups of employees whose employment should be protected by legislative standards and as a consequence there should be no right to strike.

    Defense forces certainly.

    I’d add the 000 operators. Reports today say that a strike ballot will be held. Even if a strike does not go ahead, this type of positioning undermines public confidence.

  20. TB Queensland permalink
    January 10, 2013 7:44 pm

    I was awakened on Saturday morning to very high pitched beep, beep, beep ————— The Minister walked into the bedroom and said … my computers beeping … many comments drifted through my sleepy tangled mind but eventually, I replied, wittily I thought, you’ve just got it in reverse … if only it were that simple …

    The new motherboard, CPU, wireless dongle, Corsair VENGEANCE ram sticks and twin fan, Master Coolers, CPU cooler arrived yesterday at mid-day … oh, what fun I’ve had for the last two days … with – I suspect – another day and a half of pleasure awaiting me, remapping the network for four computers … installing the software because – “I always use that” …

    I do confess to a perverse pleasure in finally sorting out the new version of our security software (Kaspersky) activation code … that we’ve had for two years since a serious confrontation with CA (the American owner of VET) … and swapping hardware in and out, making it fit in the Dell case and finding that the fkn cables are too short for some connections and modifying to suit …

    … as my son said, when he dropped in (he’s just built his own computer), “… computers really are a lot simpler to work with than cars …” (he and I began our careers as motor mechs) … and it was nice to be able to call my 21 yo g/son over from next door for some help … having shown him how to fly Spitfires when he was three yo by placing his hand on top of mine … he too has just built his own computer and operates his own business developing marketing programs for the internet …

    Best of all – The Minister, thinks I’m a genious … again … 😛

  21. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 10, 2013 8:11 pm

    ”Best of all – The Minister, thinks I’m a genious … again …”

    It seems that spelling is not a prerequesite in qualifying.

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    January 10, 2013 9:00 pm

    I nearly posted .. 🙂 a reply too … 🙂

  23. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 10, 2013 9:24 pm

    ”Best of all – The Minister, thinks I’m a genious … again …”

    ain’t love grand!

    Naturally, it’s an interesting case. What with someone finally managing to get out the unspoken idea that former Justice Einfeld might have been driving the PM’s private-plated vehicle rather than than First Bloke Tim.

    hahaha, I’ve missed your sly, cunning, brutal, witty and very very pointed humour meta!

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