March 09, 2004


• Tim Dunlop files an insider’s account of this year’s Gridiron Club roast. Robert Novak was an apparent flop.

• The Wogblogger, presently posting at a record rate, demands that her culture be recognised: “I am Italian. MY culture is different. I should not be punished for speeding.”

• Sheila O’Malley, whose fine writing deserves much wider notice, confesses her Little House on the Prairie addiction.

• New mother Gianna is considering her blogging future following a dispute with her ex. It isn’t a pretty story, and it’s now reached the point of legal threats.

• Charles Austin bids us goodbye. Only temporarily, I hope.

• A Sullivan reader reminds us to heed John Kerry, and “understand the higher modalities of the situation.” Jim Treacher seeks out other Kerry modalities.

• Dr Alice writes movingly of a close friend’s suicide.

• Imagine life as Phillip Adams. Professor Bunyip enters this unholy zone.

• And Vietnamese driver victim Niall Cook, who lately attempted to secure his site from any unwanted attention, has relented. Complete Niall posts are again available to the seven or eight people who want to read them.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 9, 2004 12:35 AM
Comments me and Harley take our new three-wheeler stroller up to the shops for a test drive.

Perhaps the new mother could take this down time from blogging to go back to school and complete her 4th grade English class.

Posted by: Merrian Webster at March 9, 2004 at 02:50 AM

Gumball Rally: "The first rule of Italian driving: What's behind me is NOT important..."

Posted by: mojo at March 9, 2004 at 03:02 AM

Tim -

One of the comments on Gianna's blog is from someone called Niall: "Gianna, move back to a moveable-type setup and I can arrange to have an invader-proof setup established for you. Check my blog out & you'll get some idea of what I mean." Could this be our Niall Cook?

Pro-Vietnamese driver invader scum, keep out!

Posted by: timks at March 9, 2004 at 05:45 AM

Gianna called her baby 'Harley'? Clearly a complete and utter whacko. You have to feel sorry for the kid - his life is going to be a misery the minute he hits kinder.

Posted by: walter plinge at March 9, 2004 at 07:45 AM

If I go back far enough, many in my family's culture thought it was neat to go to war with neigboring clans and steal their 'stuff'.
Could I use this as a defense if I become a thief?
What if I just want to experience some of the culture my ancestors had?

I'm tired of working for a living, paying taxes and obeying the laws. I wonder if some 'cultural DNA' is urging me to do what my ancestors did?

Could I bring a lawsuit (and get tons of money) if I can't practice the cultural norms of my ancestors?

Posted by: Chris Josephson at March 9, 2004 at 08:03 AM

My ancestors stole cattle. Fuck that, have you seen the horns on those things?

Posted by: Amos at March 9, 2004 at 08:11 AM

Niall offering help to someone who calls her son Harley? The world is a strange place. Talk about the blind leading the blind. And just for the record, Niall locking everyone out of his blog should be considered a community service to all.

Posted by: Jake D at March 9, 2004 at 08:52 AM


As always, thanks for the link. I sit here, wearing my Laura Ingalls bonnet, typing away...

Posted by: red at March 9, 2004 at 09:24 AM

As an Italian, I wave my hands a lot when I type. DON'T JUDGE ME!

Posted by: Sortelli at March 9, 2004 at 09:53 AM

Blogs in crisis everywhere you look. First Charles Austin, now the Sammy Sun Online under threat due to severe writer's block, calls on readers for help.

Posted by: ilibcc at March 9, 2004 at 12:23 PM

Tell a friend you have bean Bill Sardelled!

Posted by: Bill Sardell at March 9, 2004 at 12:52 PM

Go far enough back and my ancestors went a-viking. I want to, too. It's my heritage and my culture. Besides, I like the bearskins and the hat with horns.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at March 9, 2004 at 01:06 PM

And the spam.

Posted by: Sortelli at March 9, 2004 at 01:13 PM

Harley is a good name! My name was almost Harley, or so my parents say. I bet Harley will be as tough as month-old dog shit, positively cruel on the football (or whatever the whoopin' sport is in Australia) field, and might even vote Liberal. Let's all buy the sprog a pet Brahma bull, a dirtbike, and chompin' cigars.

Posted by: Screamapiller at March 9, 2004 at 06:05 PM

Not open at all, Timmy. You'll notice there's no comments available unless I decide you're adult enough. Sorry, but that let's you out, but I'll let you read from time to time just to watch you squirm :)

Posted by: Niall at March 9, 2004 at 07:40 PM

Aw.. What's wrong Niall? Gonna pick up your ball and go home?

Posted by: Observer at March 9, 2004 at 07:47 PM

(snip) ...Sorry, but that let's you out...


Posted by: Quentin George at March 9, 2004 at 08:13 PM

Niall, 'male 46-50'.

No kidding. From his blog.

Well how old are you, Niall, make up your fucking mind, you sound like a dreadful tart in a hairdressing salon deciding which fake colour would best dress up your fading do.

Posted by: ilibcc at March 9, 2004 at 08:50 PM

Niall wrote 'You'll notice there's no comments available unless I decide you're adult enough'

Ooooh, and I suppose no supper for us as well eh?
Censorship, censorship I say, come and see the violence inherent in the system,I'm being oppressed, let me go you pig.

Gee, that was weird, for a minute there Niall was the RWDB and I was the lefty.

Gee Niall, first racism and then oppression, nearly time to invoke Godwins law.

Posted by: nic at March 9, 2004 at 09:01 PM

Niall says we're the lowest forms of life. Tex told me. Ooo, can I be a paremecium? Or do I have to learn how to spell it first? Do pare - para - paremi - do those thingies spell, anyway? Screw it, I'll be an amoeba. Is there anything lower than an amoeba? How about an amoeba that hates Asians? Can I be one of those?

Posted by: Dave S. at March 10, 2004 at 03:48 AM

I followed Tex's link to this Niall fellow's blog. It's a restricted, approval-required blog that has only one post showing, which rags on this site and its readers and invites his readers to check this out. And Niall even comments here.

Does the fact that he restricts his blog except to link to and rag on open blogs strike anyone else as, well... chickenshit?

Posted by: Dave S. at March 10, 2004 at 03:57 AM

Dave, it's even funnier when you read what Niall likes to go on about in others' comments sections. For example, can you identify what these Niall comments all have in common [and this is after only hitting "search" in a few blogs]?

"wash your mouth out! Blair isn't a writers arsehole & you know it. Anyway, it's an election year and Bush needs as many distractions both for himself and the voters as he can get." []

"Young Timmy must have the worlds best libel detector. Of course, we all know he's NEVER wrong, don't we? []

'tis such a pity Mr Blair not only spreads his ignorance here, but in the popular printed media as well. If he could, even for a short while, let go of his anti-Adams prejudice, he might actually write something of substance. []

"Personally, I never haunt the dark alleys of Spleenville primarily because there's little if anything of real consequence written there. Timmy like to splash a broad brush, but like many an abstract artist, only very few ever pay attention to what's plastered on the canvas." []

"The argument is semantics in the extreme. Latham won the vote, end of story. He may not be the preferred candidate of many of us, but that aside, he's in the chair. Now we get to see what he's really made of. Y'know, if Blair could, just for once, get off his left-v-right hobby horse, and look around, he might be able to take in the bigger picture. I doubt it somehow." []

Posted by: jeremy at March 10, 2004 at 05:34 AM

There's a fine line between love and hate and poor old fossilised niall appears to be crossing the border.

Can anyone doubt his infatuation with Tim? The guy's like a love sick school girl not sure how to get up enough courage to ask the boy for a date. Instead he just hangs around like the annoying kid who always gets picked last in any team.

Posted by: JakeD at March 10, 2004 at 07:55 AM

I think Niall's in love!


Posted by: Quentin George at March 11, 2004 at 06:19 AM