Sunday, April 09, 2017

In which the pond goes the full dick with James Morrow ...


A little ironic? Coal is still king?

Well more here, with working video, but that takes care of the pond's irony quotient for the weekend. The red blood cells are full of the iron ...


That's a Queensland Labor government, by the way ... reminding the pond that between Dum and Dee, there's only dumber ...

Meanwhile, the pond has a little left-over business from yesterday, but before embarking on that tedious journey, the pond has another energy tale to tell. 

Yesterday a diligent comparison of energy bills over the past four years showed that while the pond had been diligently using less electricity, the bills have increased by well over one hundred per cent ...

So much for the savings from the carbon tax, so much for the rhetoric about the new efficiencies of the electricity market, so much for all the News Corp bullshit over the years, and their useless promotion of fake schemes to cut prices.

Politicians and their News Corp lackeys wonder why they're on the nose,  but each quarter or thereabouts, depending on the way they pay, your average punter fronts up to a bill. 

There's no high-falutin' jibber jabber about freedom of speech, 18C, liberties under threat and the rest of the horseshit.

There's bills to pay ... wheel out the church mouse, and the pond will win the tattered threads competition hands down...

And so to the usual shrill shill and horseshit distraction from real world issues by the masters at News Corp, and there's a special benefit in dipping back into yesterday's Terror, because it solves a deep mystery for the pond.

The pond often wondered who (and why) anybody would attempt to edit the fuckwits who offer up opinions to the Terror. What sort of fuckwit would it be?


Oh shit, not that again, but it offers a clue, a handy clue ...

What's the chance this Morrow chappie will be on about this, as featured in the Graudian?


Nope, though this Morrow chappie is at least notionally responsible for this in today's Terror ...


Oh fucketty fuck.

Well actually you would read an outcry about it ... because there's the fucking Devine outcrying in her usual way. And if she wanted to, she could hashtag it and see how many heard the call...apart from the usual horde of whining, moaning Xians, already hashtagging all over the place and always carrying on about how unfair it all is ...

Throw them to the lions in the colosseum, the pond says, as a way of getting them to heaven more quickly.

They do want to get to heaven, don't they? Oh wait, that reminds the pond of Louis C. K.'s routine about the man who dies earlier than his wife, goes to heaven, scores a new girlfriend, and then when his wife dies, is told he has to spend eternity with her ... now there's a new way to wrap Xian bashing and gentle misogyny in a joke.

Which reminds the pond it now lives in the year 65m17 AD, as calculated in actual After Dinosaur time ...

But speaking of Louis C. K. brings us back to that fuckwitted Morrow ...


What? The fuckwit's going to trade on Don Rickles?

Have the Terrorists no shame at all?

It reminded the pond that in recent days, the pond has seen Colbert crack a semen joke (on CBS), and also do a cuck joke ...


Then there was Bill Maher in uncharacteristically moderate terms labelling conservatives dicks for assorted crimes, most richly this one ...


Then there were a couple of new sets by Dave Chappelle, not entirely successful but intermittently engaging, and the aforesaid Louis C. K., who started his set with abortion and ended it with vigorous butt-fucking ...

Now where were we?

Oh yes, suffering from deprivation of liberty and a lack of freedom of speech ...but at least with better jokes than the crap that Morrow rolls out ...


Oh wash out your mouth with Rickles soap, you dickhead ...Mao's Red Brigades and East Germany's Stasi?

What fucking paranoid world do you live in, you useless clown ...

Now it might become apparent around this point that the pond feels no lack of liberty in its freedom of speech, or in a good-humoured way pointing out to Morrow that there's many a chance for a jolly jape amongst chums ...in much the same way that the reptiles are free to pursue a totally useless business plan while the price of electricity soars ...

Now there's a real conundrum. The pond would like to leave a better planet than the one than it landed in, but the price that has to be paid to the mates of the federal and state governments is soaring by the day.

As for the rest of Morrow's terror about a deep and abiding terror about an unapproved opinion, each day the reptiles leap into print with useless unapproved opinions ... apparently because they're incapable of making up their minds in a responsible way ...

Anybody who willingly facilitates the opinion pages of the Daily Terror while moaning about Mao and the Stasi is a fool of the fuckwitted first order ... and there was more to follow ...

Now the pond has its Godwin's Law swear jar money - a considerable sum - riding on a bet that the ABC and the Fairfax Press will cop a mention in the next gobbet... because that's what useless birdbrained parrots of the galah kind do after drinking too deeply of the intoxicating Murdochian kool aid...


Oh fuck, Germany in 1938.

What a pity the pond could only get short odds ... and if Saudi Arabia has been homophobic forever, what are we to make of Alan Turing topping himself after choosing chemical castration rather than jail time? Or the way that the United States and Britain have spent an inordinate amount of time sucking up to the Wahhabists ...

Well it wasn't just Ibn Abd al-Wahhab that produced homophobia, a good deal of it turned up in colonised Islamic (and other) countries thanks to the civilising mission of the British (cf the roots of homophobia and anti-gay sentiment in the Muslim world).

Never mind, it's not the pond's business to tell Morrow to shut up and go away. You can say that to the reptiles all you like and still they will squawk on and on about their endless suffering ...


So little the Morrow knows, so little the Morrow brings ... he'd be doing a joke about convicts and sheep?

That's the best Morrow can suggest for him?

Here's one point of difference, there will be others. If Morrow wants to make feeble jokes about Australians and sheep - at least it's not Kiwis - he's working in the dull ethnic territory of the Englishman, the Scotchman (no Scots please), the Irishman, the Jew, the Islamic, and the Tyke heading into a bar.

But if the pond were to suggest that Morrow made out with sheep in the manner of GeneWilder in a Woody Allen movie, that wouldn't be funny, it wouldn't be clever, it wouldn't be true, it would merely be insulting, and maybe there'd be lawyers of ten paces ... So it goes ...

An insult is mean or unkind. Milton Berle called me the Sultan of Insult, and I was called the King of Insult. But the guy that gave me the best title - and I use it to this day - was Johnny Carson. He called Mr. Warmth ...

They always use the word 'insult' with me, but I don't hurt anybody. I wouldn't be sitting here if I did. I make fun of everybody and exaggerate all our insecurities ...

Aw ...

Political correctness? In my humor, I never talk about politics. I was never much into all that ...

Aw, and what a relief it was that Louis C. K. didn't mention the Donald in his latest set ... there's a time and a place for momentarily forgetting ...

As for that sketchy, half-baked, half-arsed proposal for a first amendment referendum, it seems designed to prove that Morrow is as deep a thinker as a flash in the pan ... 

But it solves a mystery for the pond, which had always wondered if there was anyone in charge of the opinion pages at the Terror ... and there was ... and sure enough, he's an idiot ...

Worse, he only managed three comments - no better than an average day on the pond - which would in a rational world lead the Terrorists to wonder how their business plan was going with all this never-ending talk of 18C, the ABC, the Fairfaxians and the whole damn thing ...

One of those three comments?


Uh huh. But now as we've been talking of dicks, the pond may as well go the full dick ...






8 comments:

  1. James Morrow, another right-wing loon who scribbles for the Spectator.

    Once upon a time his scribbles were featured in the NZ Investigate Magazine - the home base for NZ loons - especially of the christian variety.
    Not so long ago he wrote an essay claiming that as fully paid up participants in the shock-and-awe invasion of Iraq by the coalition of the killing, we should be proud for having brought "democracy" to the people of Iraq.
    Nuf sed!

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  2. Morrow: "...perhaps in a straightforward yes/no referendum: "Parliament shall make no law abridging freedom of speech or of the press"."

    What, no libel/slander laws ? No laws against defamation ? What would Chris Kenny have done then ?

    And the repeal of the Public Order Act, 1986 while we're at it ?

    But I do love the complete trivialisation of Gillian Trigg's "sadly, you can say what you like around the kitchen table at home."

    Now that could be just the usual reptile pig-ignorance - and they have a lot of it - but I'm guessing that long-term denizens of The Catholic Boys' Daily are quite familiar with the Jesuit-attributed saying: "Give me the child until 7 and I will give you the man" and know perfectly well what Triggs was really saying.

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    1. Yes very true GB, the kitchen table is a prime source of the bigotry that is called freedom of speech by reptiles and their kind. Below are couple of comments in response to a blog in which the title "Sadly she can say what she likes in a public forum" reflects the authors inability to do irony or even hypocrisy.

      "This woman isn’t just a parasite, she’s pure evil. My grandfathers used a .303 to kill good men, just so we did not have to live under people like Triggs."

      "Whats wrong with those senators she blatanrly . lies to an inquiry ,then walks away un punished . I think the eelites are shit scared of the acid tongued harridan in the fiftenth centuy she would hve been burned as a witch ,and justafiably so . We should be more humane reduce her to be homeless on the aged pension . Socialist arrogance disapears withou other peoples money ."

      And, "Paul Syvret is an assistant editor at the Courier-Mail in Brisbane where he has a regular column as well as a long-term gig writing leaders" who supported Triggs and made the point about the way kitchen table talk can be used to indoctrinate children with parental prejudices.

      Syvret wrote: “Children, left to their own developmental devices, don’t tend to discriminate on the basis of gender, or which version of sky fairy their playmates’ families may subscribe to, or even judge according to skin colour or slightly different facial features. They are however exceptionally receptive to the views and prejudices aired in a classroom, playground or around the proverbial breakfast table.”

      "Both Tim Blair and Andrew Bolt ran a photo of Syvret and a piece mocking his column."

      "This unleashed the trolls, and abusive comments on Blair’s blog were approved by a moderator and published, including: “Hopefully his mother will be responsible and abort this very late term foetus. After all it is truly non-viable. There is no place in the world for subhumans as stupid as this.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/apr/07/trolls-tear-into-courier-mail-columnist-after-blasts-from-bolt-and-blair

      Obviously Triggs is right about how sad it is that people can say what they like in from of kids and that those sad 'adults' who make these comments must have listened to a lot of toxic kitchen table talk in their childhoods.

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    2. Thanks for that, Anony, it fills out the discussion nicely - and I wasn't aware that Syvret had already explicitly covered the ground - and thus copped Bolt and Bleah in full hagfish mode.

      I was just looking up the old Victorian England formula: "freedom should not degenerate into licence" (defined as 'freedom to behave as one wishes, especially in a way which results in excessive or unacceptable behaviour') and I came across an entertaining discussion of that topic in, of all places, the Christian Courier. Along with the usual "sky fairy" nonsense, of course, but the first half was good. :-)
      [ https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1337-when-freedom-becomes-a-license-for-evil if you're interested.]

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  3. Hi DP - just bringing your day's count up to average.

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    1. And now we are six ... :-)

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  4. What fucking paranoid world do you live in, you useless clown ...

    Cf. "In the experience of the AHRC, the sections 18C and D have worked well as they have been interpreted consistently by the Federal Courts over 21 years. I believe the proposed amendments to these sections should be rejected.

    As the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights has said, there has never been a more important time to protect against race hate speech. If our leaders fail to support the key values underpinning our democracy, such as a ban on abuse on the grounds of race, then we are likely to see greater licensing of racially motivated abuse in the future.

    The key point, often ignored in the current debate, is that to attract the civil prohibition under the RDA, the verbal abuse must be “because” of race in the public arena; that is on public transport, in shopping malls and in the street. Of course, you can say what you like around the kitchen table."

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