Archive for the ‘Ranting’ Category

Welcome to Australia, the land so magical that we can’t even be sure that we exist. There was even a claim in the USA that we don’t exist and that any ‘Australians’ were just actors being paid to pretend we come from that mythical land.

SloMo the MoFo, Mr Fuppet (pic credit Dominic Lorrimer)

What a wonderful setting this is to be the home of Morrison the Magnifique.

Who else but El Magnifico could make entire things disappear with a dash of the pen or a quick press announcement? (more…)

Introducing Mr Fuppet

Posted: August 21, 2019 in Ranting

Isn’t language a weird thing. I mean, look at muppets. First, they were the creation of puppeteer Jim Henson, getting his big break in supplying them to Sesame Street and bring joy to untold millions. Now the word ‘Muppet’ is associated with insults.

The words and associations with the Muppets have changed over time. Oscar the Grouch, living in his rubbish bin, is now supposedly called something Oscar the Mildly Upset. The Cookie Monster has not binged on biscuits for years now as that was apparently such an awful example to set young children. And yep, all the kids at my primary school started cramming food into their mouths, shouting ‘cookie’ with bits of food flying everywhere except down their throat. Not.

I don’t know exactly when ‘Muppet’ became an insult, but it has now really been hiked up in the insult stakes. (more…)

Law is a curious creature. It is impassive. It is neutral. And it is this impassive nature that allows it to apply equally to all those under it. Yet it is also this impassivity which can mean problems if the law is ignored, misapplied or corruptly used.

The eligibility crisis in Federal Parliament came about because all too many people decided to ignore the law. Specifically, when signing the relevant forms to stand for election, they happily signed the statement declaring they were eligible under section 44 of the Australian Constitution, without ensuring this was correct.

The likes of Barnaby Joyce simply ignored the requirements of the Constitution. What, Dad was a Kiwi? Nah, won’t apply to me. Malcolm Roberts pulled on his tinfoil hat, decided that he was an Australian and therefore nothing else would apply – presumably the hat was to shield him from dangerous citizenship rays from any other nation. They blatantly ignored the law. (more…)

Craig Kelly, Liberal MP (photo credit AAP)

As little as a year, ago hardly any of us had heard of Liberal MP, Craig Kelly. Yet now he keeps popping up in the news. So, who is he and just what changed?

Kelly was elected to the House of Representatives for the electorate of Hughes in Sydney, in 2010, being re-elected in 2013, 2016 and 2019.

The best part of a decade is long enough for a politician to make their mark. Yet Kelly’s parliamentary record is quite scant. One thing that never goes begging is the availability of parliamentary committee positions. Most MPs and Senators of the same duration as Kelly have a respectable list of committees they have served on. Kelly, however, has very little. And he has nothing even remotely approaching Ministerial or portfolio activity. (more…)

And we’re up and running again

Posted: August 7, 2019 in Ranting

Well it has been a long time since I was posting here. I have been doing other things and let this blog slide. But…I’m back!

Stay tuned for a string of posts I have been planning to write.

Is James Ashby thick or is he deliberately ducking the issue? I suspect the answer is little from column A and a bit from column B. However, one thing is quite clear – he still has the morals and ethics of a rabid sewer rat, together with a criminal mindset. (more…)

A LOT of Australians are fed up with the big banks. While constantly trying to convince us via television ads how lovely they really are, they are busy ripping billions in profits away from us via fees. That is in addition to many millions in government handouts and protections in the last decade alone. This latest Budget has attempted to get hold of some of those excessive profits for the national good – not by something like an excessive profits tax, but by instituting a new special levy. But will it mean anything in the long run? Nope. (more…)