The good, the bad, and the ugly

The good: Craig Thomson has finally been arrested.

The bad: Australia will have to suffer the longest election campaign in the nation’s history, set for September 14th.

The ugly: Attorney general Nicola Roxon has scrapped those disastrous free speech laws whereby merely being offended would have been enough to get the speaker in trouble.

Oh, and one more good thing… Anthony Mundine. ๐Ÿ˜†

    • Sean of Deer Park
    • February 1st, 2013

    G’day BB,

    It is surely a wonderful development that things you have posted in the past (before the mainstream media, Pickering and Michael Smith) are today the very hot topics that will see the downfall of the ALP government (Thomson and Gillard). You can take credit for being on the ball, the crystal ball no less.

    For a long time, politics in Australia have been a complete mess, as we all know. Gillard’s announcement of a Sept14 election is a joke. Until a Writ is presented (August), there is no legal requirement to make this date set in stone.

    I believe Gillard’s tactic is simply to address Abbott’s own early campaign. To try and get the coalition to divulge the details of what they will do. If you read the Liberal policy announcements and then read what Labor now plan, the wording is the same. The Labor Party can only copy the other side because they are collectively incapable of managing government. I suppose this is to be expected when the ALP is made up of Union hacks and professional “politicians” that have never worked a day in the private sector.

    Gillard’s announcement is yet another major fuck-up on her part, designed only to keep her personal position as PM until election day. The ALP are hopeless when it comes to policy. They like to copy what the other side says because quite frankly, they personally have no idea of what they are doing. Seeming trumps Doing, in there small minds. Remember, even Rudd’s campaign in 2007 was based on a “Me too” platform to oust Howard.

    Roxon is an idiot. I love the fact her plans to stifle freedom of speech have been shelved . The ALP couldn’t possibly take that to an election. So this is good news.

    I’m not into boxing. It feels barbaric to me. When I was little, boxing was on tv late at night and my Dad used to say to me I would have to box when I got older. He loved it. I was scared to be honest and Mum would assure me I wouldn’t have to partake. This was a time when boxing was something you had to do as part of school sports.

    Strangely, movies like “Rocky” and more recently “Here comes the Boom” have great appeal to me. The Mundine fight; I eagerly watched in the hope Geale would wipe the floor with Mundine’s loud mouth. I’m glad Geale won, but was sad Mundine’s didn’t bleed. I was hoping for a KO. ๐Ÿ˜†
    Maybe boxing ain’t so bad after-all.

    I must be a bad person these day’s, because I yearn to see Abbott V’s Gillard on Ringside.

      • Sean of Deer Park
      • February 1st, 2013

      This is a better example of TV Ringside.

    • Cheers about the crystal ball stuff. Ha! Only a few months ago, the PM labelled people like me “internet nutjobs”, and now Thomson has been strip searched.

      Funny, reading Bolta, Jon Caine merely calls the arrest a procedural matter yet Tommo’s lawyer is up in arms about “goons” strip searching Craig, itself a procedural matter.

      As for Roxon, may have jumped the gun. There’s still lots in her toxic bill that puts the burden of proof on the accused. Sigh, at best it’s very stupid politics with Labor so finished and especially now that Julia has called that election (although, yes, not properly).

      Anyway, can’t wait to see a sullen Gillard sitting on the other side of Parliament with barely a handful of colleagues.

      I sincerely hope the next 200 days go quickly. Politics can change on a dime, and as history has shown us time and time again, the thing I’m most worried about is not the EU-linked carbon price, or the mining tax, nor the freebies, the boats, or even the massive defense cuts… I’m most concerned about this push to block freedom of speech. Tell me a time in history when this has worked out well.

      • “Faine”… bloody autocorrect.

      • Oh, and chuck in freedom of the press with those freedom of speech laws (so intricately tied).

        I hate to invoke Godwin’s, but I’m watching a doco on History channel on the rise of the third Reich. Within one day of the Reichstag burning down, freedom of expression and freedom of the press were revoked. It can happen that quickly.

        No, not suggesting anything would come to that, the point is shit CAN change quickly, and for the worse.

        There are, unfortunately, countless other examples. e.g. USSR, China, Venezuela, Pol Pot, North Korea, Iran, Saddam’s Iraq etc etc

        • PS They actually used the word “suspended”, not “revoked”.

          Beware anyone who suggests “suspending” anything (Clive Hamilton comes to mind with his call to suspend democracy to stop global warming).

    • Sean of Deer Park
    • February 1st, 2013

    *their “small minds…”

    • Sean of Deer Park
    • February 1st, 2013

    Okay Binger’s. I’m putting the pressure on. Twas my birthday on Tuesday. I’m forty fucking six! Off to my daughter’s tonight for movies and pizza. About to bath the dog, cause JB is coming too.

    When I get home, I am looking forward to one of your Friday Night music selections to listen to whilst I catch up with what’s happening in the world. I will consider your contribution as my birthday gift.

    As you know, I like lots of stuff, so your task should be easy. I’m looking to something easy listening. No hard core electro. Something 70’s 80’s 90’s with a house feel. Put your thinking cap on, but only if you have time.

    Off to put JB in the shower now. ๐Ÿ˜†

    • A fellow Aquarius. Hmm. All right. But it’ll be around 10pm your time (pesky work thingy). ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Carpe Jugulum
      • February 1st, 2013

      Only 46 – you young people.

      always complaining. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • bathe

    • Carpe Jugulum
    • February 1st, 2013

    In new news, via the AFR;

    “The Gillard governmentโ€™s rocky start to the 2013 election year has gotten worse with the resignation of cabinet minister Chris Evans.

    Senator Evans, who is a strong supporter of Ms Gillard, resigned his ministry on Friday night and it will be announced on Saturday.”

    The rats are leaving the sinking ship en mass.

      • Sean of Deer Park
      • February 1st, 2013

      Another Green bottle falls from the wall. Fantastic news, indeed.

      • Swan has a good chance of going, and a few others.

        Won’t quite happen, but imagine if it were just Kevni and Julia sitting there in Parliament on the right side of the screen after the election. I’d seriously consider giving up a nut and a kidney to see that.

    • Free speech Roxon is also quitting!

        • Carpe Jugulum
        • February 2nd, 2013

        The alp are having a disaster a day.

        wooo hooo ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Merilyn
          • February 3rd, 2013

          Good isn’t it!

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