August 19, 2003


“Why blank screen? Why no posts?” ask several plaintive e-mails. (Several more say: “Yay! No posts!”) A quick explanation ... this site only ever displays the most recent two days’ posts. If I don’t post for a couple of days, it displays nothing, because there is nothing to display.

Got back to Sydney tonight. Regular wretched commentary will recommence shortly.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 19, 2003 12:12 AM

It is Zen.

Posted by: Evil Pundit at August 19, 2003 at 12:25 AM

Death Beast mandala? Anti-idiotarian om? If Tim grew a beard he could be a sort of Dalai Lama for ageing ex-hippies who've realised the peacenik stuff is bullshit. And religion is the last great tax loophole too. We may be onto something big here.

Posted by: Ken Parish at August 19, 2003 at 12:49 AM

I am hopefull that it was a weekend of wretched excess that kept him away from posting. Nothing exceeds like excess.

Posted by: Full Auto at August 19, 2003 at 12:52 AM

i had no idea what i was supposed to be raging against while you were gone, tim.

Posted by: adam at August 19, 2003 at 01:28 AM

I was afeared they done kilt you or washed your brain, Tim.

Posted by: Pedro the Ignorant at August 19, 2003 at 01:36 AM

I assumed the Death Beast had become the victim of the front wheel drive Death Machine. One good thing about being a pessimist, life is full of pleasant surprises.

Posted by: ZsaZsa at August 19, 2003 at 01:43 AM

The blankness is a symbol of the hatred anf fury of this filthy blog.

Posted by: Robert Fisk at August 19, 2003 at 02:23 AM

The mini must've been pretty good to keep you away for a couple of days.

Posted by: charles austin at August 19, 2003 at 02:32 AM

:) leaving us TB junkies without a fix! the Horrors!

Posted by: Bill at August 19, 2003 at 02:49 AM

The least you could have done was leave a big-ass link to my site in your absence. All those hits wasted! Tragic.

Posted by: Yobbo at August 19, 2003 at 03:05 AM

Oh, were you gone?

Posted by: Wallace at August 19, 2003 at 03:32 AM

So which is it going to be, the Mini or the Honda 2000? Or are you sticking with the tried and true Miata for the present?

Posted by: Bruce Rheinstein at August 19, 2003 at 04:48 AM

Regular wretched commentary will recommence shortly

Damn. I was hoping for more of the usual irregular wretched commentary.

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky at August 19, 2003 at 04:58 AM

Tim - did the hamsters in the Cooper get too tired and you had to hitchhike back from Melbourne?

Posted by: Roger Bournival at August 19, 2003 at 06:36 AM

he's editing JakeFest photos...

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at August 19, 2003 at 07:03 AM

Lazy %@#$%^ Australians - their stock market doesn't open 'til 10 am and their bloggers go AWOL.

Posted by: Bill at August 19, 2003 at 09:55 AM

I was so baffled by the blank screen that I stared at it for hours until I finally achieved a moment of clarity: I'm an idiot for staring at a blank screen.

Posted by: Randy R. at August 19, 2003 at 10:49 AM

If a blog has no posts, is it still a blog? Has anyone seen my pants?

Posted by: Two in the Hat at August 19, 2003 at 11:22 AM

Richard Butler: pratt?

Posted by: F1 at August 19, 2003 at 11:24 AM

Richard Butler is a committed republican up to the point when he is offered a bucket of tax-free money in which to roll around naked, and wipe his bottom on; much the same as he was a committed UN weapons inspector as long as he didn't have to find any, and upset his moustachioed mate.
Butler and Tasmania deserve each other.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 19, 2003 at 11:35 AM

According to todays Mercury, local Tas paper for all you ignorant mainlanders! :), all new Governor's in Australia will have to pay tax. So it's not tax free dollars. So poor old Butler will have to make do with $173,000 after tax....

Posted by: Sil at August 19, 2003 at 11:47 AM

As the Arabs truly say, a day without Tim is like a kiss without a moustache.

Posted by: Ferg at August 19, 2003 at 11:48 AM

Two days to wait for the post
Isn't a pleasure for most
While he's off in a Mini
Driving to Sy'ney
Detouring via the coast.

Posted by: pooh at August 19, 2003 at 11:54 AM

Butler is a Pratt. Exhibit A: an interview on Lateline.

TONY JONES: You said [in 2001], "He's got a stockpile of uranium and in three years without inspection, I've seen reports, he's recalled his nuclear weapons design teams and Lord knows what he's been able to acquire on the black market."

RICHARD BUTLER: Absolutely, absolutely…

TONY JONES: So there must have been significant concern in your mind, then, that Iraq was rebuilding its nuclear weapon program.

RICHARD BUTLER: I said that then and I stand by it now…..

TONY JONES: So the intelligence information that you were being given back in 2001 was specious? About them bringing together their nuclear weapons team?

RICHARD BUTLER: No, no, no, I have no doubt about that...

TONY JONES: But that was in 2001. I mean, that's not long before the war.

If they were bringing back nuclear weapons design teams at that time, weren't they in a position to present a clear and present danger of building a nuclear weapon?

RICHARD BUTLER: Well, up to a point, yes…

TONY JONES: But you said that they have a stockpile of uranium -- they already had uranium there, they didn't need to buy it from Africa?

RICHARD BUTLER: Yes, they did, but it was low quality, and what these present allegations said is that they were seeking to buy higher quality uranium and it turns out those allegations were wrong.

Posted by: Alex Hidell at August 19, 2003 at 12:13 PM

I'm not sure who is going to be worse served, however- Richard Butler is a facile old fart with a big mouth and no brains, but the Qld govt has just appointed Quentin Bryce, a leading feminazi as state governor- who will be unable to keep their voluminous yap shut the longest? I fear an onslaught of vice-regal braying that would put Willie Deane to shame.
I can't help but think we would be better off with Quentin the Mutant filling the role.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 19, 2003 at 12:35 PM

They lost the republican battle democratically so they've determined to win the war the old-fashioned communist way - by infiltration.

Afternoon tea with the Queen will never be the same.

Posted by: ilibcc at August 19, 2003 at 12:44 PM

the crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at August 19, 2003 at 01:08 PM

The last 'activist' I can think of that was put in a position of influence in Queensland, that being the chief magistrate Di FINGLETON, and told to "shake up the magistracy" ended up in gaol.

Where will their next 'activist' appointment end up? I can't wait for the feathers to fly. Beattie obviously does not have the ability to learn from his mistakes.

Posted by: Gilly at August 19, 2003 at 01:26 PM

... whew! I was getting Blair withdrawal symptoms...

Posted by: TimT at August 19, 2003 at 01:43 PM

Black outs in the USA and Canada, no Blaur Blogging and no terrorist activity either - is this kaos theory or wot?

Note: There has been no Official announcement that lack of Blair Blogs was NOT caused by Terrorist activity.

I am remaining alert and only slightly alarmed.

Posted by: Razor at August 19, 2003 at 02:01 PM

A place called Queensland.

A republican appointed by a government broadly opposed to the Monarchy to 'represent' the Queen to the population who broadly favour the monarchy.


Posted by: pooh at August 19, 2003 at 02:22 PM

I sure hope TB rips apart this piece of rubbish.

Posted by: CCD at August 19, 2003 at 03:49 PM

Is there any way of having access to your archives, as with your previous site?

There have been several times when I wanted to revisit articles/arguments.

Thanks for being only of the shining stars of sanity in a firmament of furphys and falsehoods.

Posted by: Helen at August 19, 2003 at 04:07 PM

Final paragraph from Philip Adams' item quoted by CCD:

"This gutlessness on behalf of the Labor Party has proved the last straw for one of Australia's most distinguished human rights workers. I'll leave him to make his own announcement, but he's phoned me to say that he's leaving. He's going to take up a new position in the Hague."


Human rights worker is so shocked at Australia refusing to call for the death penalty, he huffs off to ... the world capital of legalised killing.

Posted by: ilibcc at August 19, 2003 at 05:04 PM

Helen: Tim's archives are accessible via the monthly links ("August 2003" and so on) in the sidebar (which jumps to the bottom of the page when there are no posts to make a right column).

Re Richard Butler: sure, he may be a jerk, but the Psychedelic Furs were a great band.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at August 19, 2003 at 09:02 PM

"Love My Way" and "Pretty in Pink" were great tunes.
Richard Butler is still a hypocritical shithead, however.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 19, 2003 at 10:06 PM

And no-where near as big a spunk as Simon le Bon.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 19, 2003 at 10:10 PM