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    • hammy says:

      06:53am | 06/12/12

      Why do retired sports players become such jerk commentators?

    • KH says:

      07:58am | 06/12/12

      They were already jerks.  They just happened to be good at sports.

    • Mahhrat says:

      06:55am | 06/12/12

      Tony Abbot has checked himself into the burns unit of the Royal Canberra Hospital:

      (BTW, those who reckon to be offended on his behalf:  This is why he’s at 27%.  It’s a good get, take it on the chin, have a laugh and move on.  Better yet, have a good comeback to use at a later date.

      Instead, we’re treated to him rocking back and forth and I don’t even know about the eyes, but my psychologist friend tells me that’s classic psychopathic behaviour.

    • Criminologist says:

      07:15am | 06/12/12

      I seriously question the diagnostic ability of your ‘psychologist friend’ who’s prepared to make such a dangerously unsupported assessment.  I certainly hope they aren’t practising anywhere.

    • ZSRenn says:

      09:28am | 06/12/12

      Just watched your link Mahhrat and it leaves me with only one question.

      Are you only 12 years old? What an infantile attempt!

      No seriously. we are talking the fate of a nation here. We have a Prime minister that has lied about major policy that has implemented failed scheme after failed scheme, wasting billions of dollars and some of which have caused death.

      We are facing one of the toughest times in human history as we journey into the next 20 years with an increasing aged population. Increased taxes which reduce our ability to support said aged population and your evidence that Julia is better suited to lead us into this time is this video.

      They say nations get the leaders they deserve and I guess any nation that would vote for Julia because of rubbish like this deserves to fail.

    • vox says:

      10:20am | 06/12/12

      ZSRenn, who thinks that sending kids to their death in the Middle East on the basis of a lie-induced “favor to a mate”, is okay, but implementing a scheme that was rorted by those entrusted to carry it out is not, tells us, with all of his accumulated political and economic wisdom that we are facing, “One of the toughest times in human history” in the next twenty years.
      Blimey! Does he mean ‘tougher than the great plague’? ‘Tougher than WW1, WW2, the influenza epidemec of the early 20th century that resulted in more deaths than both of those wars’? ‘Tougher than The Great Depression’? ’ The Holocaust’? ’ The onset of AIDS’?
      And he has the temerity to suggest that Mahhrat has the brains of a twelve-year-old?
      Perhaps he’s envious?

    • Sith Bible says:

      10:30am | 06/12/12

      What a gem Mahrat
      Unfortunately conservatives aren’t known for a sense of humour.

    • Tim says:

      11:10am | 06/12/12

      “Increased taxes which reduce our ability to support said aged population”

      Pray tell, how does that work?

    • Tim says:

      11:18am | 06/12/12

      And Yep Mahhrat,
      the look on Abbott’s face was priceless.

      Although he can’t be admitted to the Royal Canberra Hospital because we blew it up ten years ago….....only one casualty.

    • ZSRenn says:

      11:31am | 06/12/12

      Sorry you feel that way folks but I would rather we had politicians in power that got on with the job not one’s that thought they were stand up comedians.

      As for unemployment I am amazed how the underemployment rate of 7% is always ignored despite the Bureau of Statistics highlighting it should be taken into account when looking at our figures.

      With Jobs going overseas because of higher operating costs ie Taxes we are left with an employment problem we soon will not have the working numbers to support our aging population.

      Don’t get me started of the burgeoning debt that the Gillard government is driving us into.

    • Tim says:

      01:32pm | 06/12/12

      “Sorry you feel that way folks but I would rather we had politicians in power that got on with the job “

      LOL, do we have any of those? I thought we just spent the last few months with politicians throwing dung at each other.

      The unemployment rate dropped this month and still isn’t very high. And as for underemployment, we use the same statistics everyone else does and have done for years.
      Why do you think the underemployment figure is a big deal now?

      “With Jobs going overseas because of higher operating costs “

      Yes like a high Aussie dollar and high labour costs. What would you like to do about them?
      Reduce the pressure on the dollar by curtailing mining investment or have people work for the same wages that they do in third world countries?

    • PJ says:

      02:07pm | 06/12/12

      While we’re talking about Leaders in Australia;

      - where did I get the idea from that Gillard and Wilson were only in love for 6 months? It’s 4 long years apparently.

      - and where did I get the impression from that Gillard and Blewett did not really know each other that well, except in Official capacities. Looks like they used to socialise regularly at the Kerr St house in Fitzroy.

      “The dashing union firebrand (Wilson) had embarked on a romance with Julia Gillard, then a salaried partner with Slater & Gordon, that lasted nearly four years.

      Blewitt recalls the good times as the three of them would walk the short distance across the road to The Fitz cafe, which still plies a healthy trade.

      And the living was good, with Wilson enjoying a lavish lifestyle.

      “It was full on. Nothing was too good for (Wilson), no expense spared,” Blewitt recalls.”

    • Tim says:

      03:05pm | 06/12/12

      I don’t think anyone can explain where you get your ideas and impressions from.

      I’d take a guess at copius amounts of LSD and then fishing through Alan Jones garbage bin?

    • bailey says:

      05:15pm | 06/12/12

      PJ - babble-on has 16,000 spin merchants at a cost of 1.5 billion a year who make this stuff up.

    • Rowdy says:

      08:50am | 06/12/12


      Unsquare Dance is a great one, Camptown Races, Blue Rondo a la Turk (9/8 time)...the list goes on!!

    • Philosopher says:

      09:38am | 06/12/12

      you two are very cute… why do I picture you both wearing little porkpie hats and tweed jackets with elbow patches, and affecting a nonchalant stance whilst tapping your feet?

    • iansand says:

      10:06am | 06/12/12

      Dunno, Philospher.  Probably for the same reason I picture you dressed like a hipster.  After all, aren’t hipsters the wankers who disdain anyone who does not live up to their own bizarre standard of coolth?

    • Rowdy says:

      10:07am | 06/12/12

      @philosopher…..sorry….I wear cardigans….

    • Philosopher says:

      10:53am | 06/12/12

      Rowdy: a likeable fellow with a sense of humour, who doesn’t take himself too seriously.
      iansand: smart and considered thinker, but a lawyer, ergo has a dubious sense of humour and takes himself very seriously indeed. Possibly has a temper? Not good considering one’s profession.

    • patsy says:

      11:18am | 06/12/12

      My dad played me his Dave Brubeck record when I was young and having piano lessons. I still love him and just put his CD on. I have fond memories of driving along the very flat and very straght road to Broken Hill listening to Take Five. It was magical. He will always live in my heart.

    • Ben C says:

      11:24am | 06/12/12

      @ Philosopher

      iansand will now try to turn it back on you and say that his sense of humour is well above you.

    • iansand says:

      12:31pm | 06/12/12

      No, BenC.  I will probably point out that some whiny little shit (probably with a capital letter at the end of their nick, like B or C) will join the thread to try to make some stupid point.

      But I might also point out that people like Philosopher don’t handle it very well when someone makes a smartarse comment in response to theirs.  Nor do whiny little shits (probably with a capital letter at the end of their nick, like B or C).

    • TimB says:

      12:40pm | 06/12/12

      ‘After all, aren’t hipsters the wankers who disdain anyone who does not live up to their own bizarre standard of coolth? ‘

      You’re a hipster now iansand? A little old for that aren’t you?

    • Baloo says:

      01:19pm | 06/12/12

      Calm down iansand..

    • iansand says:

      01:58pm | 06/12/12

      And Little Cat B turns up.

    • Ben C says:

      02:58pm | 06/12/12

      “But I might also point out that people like Philosopher don’t handle it very well when someone makes a smartarse comment in response to theirs.”

      Yeah, smartarse doesn’t exactly work with you, iansand. Especially with your superiority complex and liberal use of ad hominems.

    • Philosopher says:

      03:20pm | 06/12/12

      iansand’s comment wasn’t smartarse, it was just angry and abusive. Apology accepted smile

    • iansand says:

      03:30pm | 06/12/12

      Of course, when BenC chooses to launch an ad hominem on me it is obviously something different.  Ad deus perhaps?  My very own Vespasian deathbed moment.

    • iansand says:

      04:04pm | 06/12/12

      Oddly enough, Philosopher, I thought your comment was possibly abusive.  But there you go.

      I would be more convinced if you took your hypocritical supporters to task for their abuse of me, but that won’t happen will it?.

    • Ben C says:

      05:00pm | 06/12/12

      No difference iansand, however when I launch an ad hominem and get called out on it, I don’t try to backpedal and claim it to be a “smartarse comment”.

    • TimB says:

      05:24pm | 06/12/12

      This may be the best thread ever.

      Quack quack iansand.

    • DJ says:

      09:15am | 06/12/12

      So Abbott is driving up the Pacific Hwy in a truck empty except for rhetoric - is this him tipping his hat to his approach to government, spin spin spin and empty on content?

    • Tell It Like It Is says:

      09:47am | 06/12/12

      Not even remotely clever or original, @DJ

    • ibast says:

      09:59am | 06/12/12

      News just in.  Alan Jones is adamant he was held up at the border by police.

    • DJ says:

      10:12am | 06/12/12

      I stand corrected @TILII - Sarah Palin has already down the cross country bus tour hasn’t she

    • hammy says:

      11:11am | 06/12/12

      Strangely, the Punch won’t let me provide a non-Labor party supporting response to this…who would of thought?

    • fml says:

      12:14pm | 06/12/12


      You probably were swearing too much, tone it down then try again.

    • hammy says:

      03:29pm | 06/12/12

      Nope fml, I don’t swear in my posts.  If I mention the opposite party it gets censored…super sensitive today’s moderator.

    • subotic says:

      09:17am | 06/12/12

      Marge Simpson: “Eepa.” What does that mean?

      Comic Book Guy: I believe it was the sound Green Lantern made when Sinestro dropped him in a vat of acid. “Eee-pa!”

    • vox says:

      09:35am | 06/12/12

      I reckon the laundry bloke was taking a leaf out of Howard’s unforgettable lie-book about parents throwing their kids into the Surf!
      No wonder everybody got agitated.

    • jimbo says:

      09:36am | 06/12/12

      So Abbott driving a truck up the Pacific Goat Track to bring it’s poor condition to the publics attention somehow spin of some sort?
      Explain your reasoning, if there is any.

    • DJ says:

      11:54am | 06/12/12

      it is the off season jimbo just having some fun, but if you want to be serious for a moment surely Abbott as aspiring PM has better things to do than sit in a empty truck for a few days, as well as learn how to drive the thing in the first place. Fair enough on the announcement but why always accompanied by a stunt?

    • Ben C says:

      09:39am | 06/12/12

      RIP Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. May your hard work and generosity live on.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      03:46pm | 06/12/12

      Too bad about her son.

    • hammy says:

      04:55pm | 06/12/12

      He’s been more successful than you ever will be.

    • Ben C says:

      05:04pm | 06/12/12

      Hahaha, ouch!

    • Philosopher says:

      09:42am | 06/12/12

      Kevin Andrews is possibly some sort of malevolent doppelganger of the Liberal MP who posts saccharine, wowserish articles here from time to time. Nice to know he co-exists as some benighted, Hyde-like creature in Mildura, expressing his id at last. Makes him appear more human, somehow, if not more likeable.

    • Tim says:

      11:15am | 06/12/12

      I didn’t know Ray Warren had changed his name to Kevin and moved to Mildura?

    • Daniel Piotrowski

      Daniel Piotrowski says:

      05:28pm | 06/12/12


    • PJ says:

      12:42pm | 06/12/12

      Wish I had $10,000 to spend on a trip.

      It seems Sri Lankan People Smugglers are more generous than our own Travel Agents, because they are currently offering an all expenses trip to Australia for $500, to flood the Gillard Governments Border Control.

      If the Government losses the case to deport the 56 Sri Lankans, we will have lost control of our Borders.

    • AdamC says:

      01:20pm | 06/12/12

      It is hardly surprising that people smugglers would try this. After all, when the government is relying on a single deterrent measure that is vulnerable to being overwhelmed, why wouldn’t you try to swamp the system and break the government’s resolve?

      BTW, I guess we can assume the people smugglers’ business model is very much unbroken?

    • fml says:

      01:55pm | 06/12/12

      SO which is it? $500 or $10,000?

    • Knemon says:

      03:30pm | 06/12/12

      “If the Government losses the case to deport the 56 Sri Lankans, we will have lost control of our Borders”

      What do you suggest we do PJ…close down our airports?

    • DJ says:

      03:00pm | 06/12/12

      figures yesterday showed productivity on the increase despite the ALP

    • Zac says:

      01:32pm | 06/12/12

      Well, you can be shot at if you have a different view and don’t toe the ideological line:

      “WASHINGTON - A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard in the lobby of a Christian lobbying group had been volunteering at a community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
      A law enforcement official has identified the suspect arrested in Wednesday’s shooting as Floyd Corkins II of Herndon, Va. Investigators were interviewing his neighbors.
      Another official says the shooter made a negative reference about the work of the Family Research Council before opening fire. The officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.
      David Mariner is executive director of The DC Center for the LGBT Community. He says Corkins had been volunteering at the center for about the past 6 months. Mariner describes Corkins as “kind, gentle and unassuming.”

      Cops: LGBT volunteer shoots conservative group’s guard

    • Ben C says:

      03:06pm | 06/12/12

      Just shows that there are nuts from all walks of life.

    • TRBNGR says:

      03:19pm | 06/12/12

      Have you been in suspended animation? That article is 5 months old.

    • hammy says:

      03:34pm | 06/12/12

      Yes, also interesting because he’s from the political group in favour of reducing gun ownership, whilst shooting people.  Usual hypocrisy from the left.

    • Zac says:

      04:17pm | 06/12/12


      “That article is 5 months old.”

      Would you offer the same defence if he was a Christian, conservative or a righty? How old is the accusations against Julia, Slipper and Thomson? Mind this LGBT volunteer SHOT a guy because he has a different world view. If the media is honest and not inflitrated by the homosexual lobby, many such stories will come out.

      Mostly importanly this story tells us how intolerant the homosexual lobby and left is. They will stop at nothing when it comes to enforcing their view on the world, especially on us the silent majority.


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