Posts Tagged ‘ Kevin Rudd ’

Historical figures who’ve been assassinated update

Via the emailtubes…

I got to thinking today,
Socrates was poisoned.
Julius Caesar was stabbed to death.
Napoleon died in exile.
Abraham Lincoln was shot.
Gandhi was shot.
Kevin Rudd was Gillardteened.


Anyone else watch 4Corners? [updated]

They aired a reasonably decent, if not prone to naval-gazing, feature on the current woes of the Australian Labor Party with considerable emphasis on former PM Kevin Rudd and his usurper, Julia Gillard.

A lot of history there we already knew. The ALP appears to be in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t position. The party likes Gillard. The public likes Rudd. And vice versa.

Former PM Rudd came out looking (at least some of) the people’s champion with perhaps – and I’m going easy here on the ABC – just enough emphasis placed on his domineering, micromanaging style of leadership.

The ALP as a whole, with emphasis on their power brokers, came out looking excessively poll-driven, sneaky, and lacking any real principles or conviction. Also dumb. Eleven years in the wilderness, years of an unsuccessful former leader in Kim Beazely, a miraculous turn around, and then *splat*  – Kevin’s corpse chucked out onto the street at the first sign of a cold.

PM Julia Gillard came out looking at best, evasive, and also unable to be believed. She repeatedly failed to answer questions directly. For instance, yes or no, did she know about internal party polling  – kept hidden from Rudd – that showed Rudd was losing numbers fast? Yes or no, did she know her first speech as PM may have been prepared by members of her office and/or the ALP a full two weeks before she seized power? Answers to these questions drive straight to the heart of her credibility and trustworthiness.

Evading these important questions was, to say the least, not a good look. Nor was her obvious tension during the interview, especially when juxtaposed to a laughing, smiling Rudd sharing photos, beers and embraces with an enthusiastic public at a pleasant establishment.

What did you guys take out of the report?





More. (lots of links)



That last link is the Bolta MTR podcast.

Julia Gillard: “My job is to answer questions… I’m not someone who runs away from questions.”

Oh, really? She runs away from the question asking if she actually did plot to bring down Rudd (she’s always claimed she never *cough bullshit* did; that it all happened on the last day), and despite being asked almost every week to appear on The Bolt Report, she has declined every time.


Steve Vizard talks to former Labor powerbroker Graham Richardson – someone who admitted last night having a hand in Rudd’s downfall – about the segment.



The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has all but accused the ABC’s Four Corners of deception after it aired damaging claims last night that her office was plotting the downfall of Kevin Rudd well before the June 24, 2010 coup.

BWAHAHAHAHA! How rich is that?!


When a government can’t communicate, isn’t allowed to communicate with its constituents, then how can democracy function in a healthy manner?

THE entire Labor cabinet has been banned from talking to editors of the nation’s major newspapers as Prime Minister Julia Gillard moves to stamp out leadership speculation.

Under the gagging order, ministers must seek permission from her office before any meeting or private talks…

“For someone who accused Rudd of ruling with an iron fist, it was quite a turnaround,” a senior minister said.”She has basically told everyone that they can’t talk to newspaper editors without her permission.”

Another minister, who claimed it simply revealed how fragile the Prime Minister’s leadership was, said it appeared to be a deliberate attempt to “set up Rudd” by creating an excuse to sack the former prime minster if he breached the cabinet directive.

So Australia is left with one person out of 72 ALP Lower House members and 31 ALP Upper House members – a total of 103  – who is allowed to speak to the citizenry without first having to obtain express permission.

One person out of a pool of 103.

That smacks not of democracy but rather of a dictatorship. Or at the very least, of desperation and paranoia.

One can’t help ponder the current mental health – the state of mind – of an obviously over-burdened, strung out Prime Minister.


It’s a democracy… so long as you shut up

On Monday, some of you may have been up early enough to read a column by Glenn Milne in the Australian detailing some shennanigans possibly involving PM Gillard and her then-boyfriend, Union official Bruce Wilson.

A few hours later it was pulled, as were posts on Andrew Bolt’s blog that covered the issue also.

Also on Monday, an interview on Sydney’s Fairfax-owned (i.e. NOT the evil Murdoch hate media) with ex Union official Bob Kernohan, was also pulled – at the behest of someone close to the PM if not the woman herself (more details here when today’s MTR podcast is up).

And from that last link, we also hear about Gillard having a whinge that people shouldn’t protest too much.

Of course, she’s likely referring to salt-of-the-earth types like those who participated in the Convoy of No Confidence.

One really doubts she’s referring to so-called “grassroots” professional protest mobs like GetUp!, which for the enlightenment of this blog’s American readers is something akin to ACORN.

Gillard says she doesn’t want protests in Australia becoming too “American”.

Would this be the same America our PM described just a few months ago – holding back tears and all – as “a beacon of Democracy”?

Meanwhile, a number of Labor federal MPs have stated they’re jumping ship come the next election, only one federal Labor MP in Queensland, Kevin Rudd (the one they DON’T want), would retain his seat, if an election were held today, and well, one wonders how embattled ex-Union secretary (accused of using his union credit card to buy prostitutes among other dubious, large expenses) Craig Thompson is feeling today.

Fun times…

Oh, and PS in case you missed it:

Jamie McIntyre:

On Friday our nation’s debt went over $200 billion for the first time ever. We borrowed $3.2 billion over the last week.

Our debt ceiling was $75 billion when the current party got into government. On 11 March 2009, “special circumstances” warranted an increase to a “temporary” level of $200 billion. The last budget saw the government increase it permanently to $250 billion.

So it takes about 220 years to reach $75 billion, but only four years to almost triple it.


(Thanks Sean for the Kernohan PDF)

What’s up with Kevin Rudd?

Or like Spot said in comments at Blair’s lair, has the Aussie PM’s Twitter account been hijacked?

If he weren’t such an obnoxious, foul-mouthed cretin behind closed doors or such a wannabe in public, I’d almost feel sorry for him.

He may well be a disaster of a PM, with everything he touches not exactly turning to gold, but at the end of the day, he holds an important office, and it’s pretty bad to say the least if that office has indeed been hijacked.

And it has been, right??? Surely the idiot wouldn’t actually say what he said on that tweet.

Where are the voters?

They’re off Rudd, but not really onto anyone else.


Cigarettes and nannies

It’s been a bad news day for the tobacco industry. First up you’ve the Magnificently Useless Labor Prime Nanny, Kevin Rudd, not only ordering that by June next year all cigarette packaging in Australia will be in Franklins No Frills style packaging, he then dropped the bomb today announcing that a 25% tax hike on smokes was being brought forward to midnight tonight. An obvious (and reasonably effective, if not short-lived) distraction to his failed ETS, but a bum rap for sure that’ll bring the average price of a pack of 25s up to around $14 or thereabouts (woah!). The only upside is that Kevin, whose own party is sharpening knives, might not get away with the packaging law.

Meanwhile, it’s not much better over in England, where probably the last major act of interference by England’s Nanny State Labour government will be Marlboro being investigated for subliminal advertising on the Ferrari Formula One cars and on the drivers’ racing suits.

Excuse me, but exactly how does that photo advertise Marlboro cigarettes? As they say in England, bollocks.

But going back to KRudd’s latest brainfart, the no frills packaging will still have the graphic photos and warning labels on them.

And you know, it’s times like these that makes me really appreciate living in South Korea despite its many faults. A pack of 20s costs around $2.40 Australian, an example of which is shown below.

Heh. And the relatively innocuous warning label is in Korean, a language of which I only have a functional ability of.

To round this up, a commenter at the Ferrari link summed it up best.

Chris of Zurich Posted at 4:08 PM Today

Take the fast from F1, Take the taste from food, the alcohol from beer, the nicotine from cigarettes, humour from funny, sharp from knives let’s just keep taking out the the of everything and further abstract ourselves into post-modern ultra-existential hellish tasteless colorless senseless manilla nothingness while we question and label each other by the pills that are guiltlessly prescribed to numb the stinging emptiness. Where do I sign up!? You’re going to die from something and I’m only certain boredom is the worst possible cause. The continued evolution of absolute stupidity.



Fellow Tizona editor, The Frollicking Mole, is on the same page (thanks to the wonders of modern technology, literally).

For sheer, blatant spin Mr Rudd is to be congratulated. Faced with a multitude of looming debacles what does he do?

Throws up a smokescreen, literally:Cigarette tax to increase 25pc from midnight

Hes announced out of the blue that smokers will face a 25% increase in the price of cigarettes from midnight tonight. Mouthing all the usual platitudes about saving chiiildren it allows him a free kick at a group hes already driven outside, and tried to ban from smoking in their own cars.

I hate ciggies, they make my nose run and sneeze, but I hate do gooder wankers even more. No-one in Australia should be under the impression smoking is good for you, it costs a lot and it stinks. Everyone has been informed about that for decades. Please piss off and moralize somewhere else.

My Grandfather died of asbestos, he was a builder/carpenter in the bad old days.His death was listed as “due to smoking”, despite his lungs asbestos related degeneration. Every smoker who goes to hospital now can expect their every aliment traced back to smoking, no matter how tenuous the link. tobacco is a killer, so why inflate the figures even more?

I dont believe the official statistics anymore. The semi-government cancer council and various lobby groups exist to let the government look as though its community pressure driving the bansturbation and tax raising. That same increase in tax revenue helps fund ever more generous grants to these same “charities” to start all over again.

Heres the group responsible for the report, and a few highlights of the members backgrounds.

Unbiased bloke N#1: He is currently President of the Public Health Association of Australia, the Australian Council on Smoking and Health and the WA Heart Foundation, and Chair of the WA Alcohol and Drug Authority. He has played a leading role in tobacco control, alcohol and other public health issues nationally and internationally for many years, and has advised governments and NGOs in some thirty countries.

Unbiased lady N#1: has developed national cardiovascular health programs within Australia, has been extensively involved with cancer prevention programs and is regarded as an expert on tobacco control matters.

Worrying lady N#1: She has been an active environmentalist since the early 1980s and is particularly passionate about climate change. She was recently trained as a climate change presenter by former US Vice President Al Gore, who is training climate change presenters around the world as part of the Climate Project.

All in all a roundup of people of similar opinions, very “Yes Minister” collection.

Still it achieves Turdfingers objectives nicely.

A: Moves the news stories away from his stuff ups.

B: May move debate back to health, where he has a temporary advantage (since it will take a couple of years for his new stuff ups to unravel there)

C: Raises more money for him to hose up the nearest wall.

In addition to the massive increase in tax, there is a move to “plain package” cigarettes to remove the distinctiveness of various brands.

Australia would be the first country in the world to force cigarette companies to use plain packaging.

“From 2012, companies will only be allowed to print their brand name in a standard style and graphic health warnings will remain on the packets.”

I suggest he goes one step further and does this instead.

He took a cigarette from a crumpled packet marked VICTORY CIGARETTES and incautiously held it upright, whereupon the tobacco fell out on to the floor." Orwell.

One little problem, this is almost certainly not legal in any way. I dont have a huge amount of sympathy for the tobacco companies, as for some weird reason, defying all logic, they seemed to feel their previous concessions to the anti smoking lobby would appease them. What a surprise it hasnt, again.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber barons cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. Their very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be cured against ones will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.

C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock”

More under the fold, including how its increasing profits for criminals.

Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: