June 06, 2004


• O.J. Simpson is so poor these days he can’t even afford a mirror.

• Peter Garrett, Labor candidate? Pray that it happens, for the massive hilarity factor. Also, scroll down for a frightening portrait of retiring ALP fixer Laurie Brereton.

• There are too many great lines in this Mark Steyn column to extract any samples. Just read.

• Andrew Bolt salutes crusading Christine Nixon.

• Sophisticated Paris recently witnessed its second attack on a young Jewish man within a week. The latest victim was stabbed in the chest by someone screaming "God is great."

• Unpredictable Tasmanian governor Richard Butler is turning into Richard Nixon: "I have been told by several good, credible sources from Canberra that there was an interest in some circles in trying to get me brought down or removed from this job. I know it to be true."

• Ever noticed how no Kylie Minogue rumour ever turns out to be true?

• Bad news for Adelaide’s Gary Sauer-Thompson -- the state government has announced restrictions on backyard bores. Actually, this is bad news for most of Adelaide.

• Yesterday’s brilliant fight (or sequence of fights) at the Essendon-Hawthorn game will probably result in 10+ suspensions. And bigger crowds for both clubs next week. Said Hawthorn supporter Angela Hunter: "It was unbelievable. I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you can't win, send them home with a few bruises. I thought it was an absolutely magnificent game."

Posted by Tim Blair at June 6, 2004 03:44 AM

I believe he actually shouted "Allahu akhbar", so I think that lets out most of the Buddhists and Christians from this attack. I'm just sayin', ya know.


Posted by: Brass at June 6, 2004 at 03:53 AM

Ah, forget the little inflated piece of leather.

What we clearly need to be seeing, in terms of entertainment, are the games of old.

Only this time, we get to be the ones hurling Muslims to the lions.

Posted by: Mike Jericho at June 6, 2004 at 04:12 AM

About the rumor that Kylie Minogue and I have been psychically having a torrid sexual affair on the astral plane?...no comment!

Ms Minogue also will deny this.

Posted by: JDB at June 6, 2004 at 04:41 AM

No mention of OJ's new reality show "Who wants to be a PEZ Dispenser?"

Posted by: AuSkeptic at June 6, 2004 at 06:35 AM

Tim, your link to the Seattle PI has changed, it's now:

It's sad that this is happening. But not a surprise that France is having racial or religious conflicts. In spite of Chirac's words, that place seems to breed discord.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 6, 2004 at 07:02 AM

Ronald Reagan just died.

Posted by: richard mcenroe at June 6, 2004 at 07:59 AM

And the left responds with its usual humane, civilized grace...







Posted by: richard mcenroe at June 6, 2004 at 08:36 AM

Mike Jericho: I don't believe there were any Muslims in existence during the days of the pagan Roman Empire. They were the ones into feeding unapproved religionists to the lions. And they were peaceful martyrs. Do we really want to compare the current crop of murderous Muslims to non-violent Christian martyrs?

Richard: considering that he had Alzheimer's, death was probably a blessing. He was definitely a greater president than many people -- myself included -- gave him credit for being.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 6, 2004 at 08:37 AM

Richard, you must have been reading my mind; I put in, and then deleted, a sentence wondering about how soon it would be before the gloating began.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 6, 2004 at 08:38 AM

Andrea — And not to forget the Daily Kos ...



These are the last links I'm going to post to this slop.

Posted by: richard mcenroe at June 6, 2004 at 08:52 AM

Good -- I can avoid Kos and DU the way I always do.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 6, 2004 at 08:58 AM

O.J. Simpson is so poor these days he can’t even afford a mirror.

Hmmm, that must be why he's charging hal a mil for a photo of him at his wife's grave on the tenth anniversay of his killing h- oops, I mean her unsolved murder.

Posted by: RainDog at June 6, 2004 at 09:02 AM

I'm sorry to hear of Ronald Reagan's passing, but it was a blessing, given the ravages of Alzheimer's.

I admired him (hell, I voted for him both times), but he was all too human, and made his own share of mistakes. But I believe that, ovearll, things came out for the better because of his time in office.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 6, 2004 at 09:28 AM

He understood that communism was an evil, inhuman, and barbaric political system that robbed its subjects of their most precious gift, their dignity.
While other political leaders averted their eyes, President Reagan looked it full in the face, and he didn't blink. His courage finally ended the Cold War, and left the world a far better, and safer, place.

Rest in peace, President Reagan.

Posted by: George L. at June 6, 2004 at 09:54 AM

It's about time Brereton and Brereton got off the stage.

Past it, both of them.

Posted by: ilibcc at June 6, 2004 at 10:28 AM

As one of those (I was born in East Germany) whose country was freed from the grip of communism and who consequently gets to enjoy life in a liberal democracy, I would just like to say one thing: Thank you, President Reagan, for your efforts in bringing about the end of communistic regimes all over Europe - You made a difference in this world. Rest in peace.

Posted by: PW at June 6, 2004 at 11:09 AM

The younger people have simply no idea how hopeless things were coming to feel in the USA before Reagan became President. “This Captain America calling...catch me now, I’m falling!” sang the Kinks. Double-digit inflation, gas shortages. Iranian hostage crisis drawn out endlessly. Soviet proxies on the march in Africa. Much of Southeastern Asia fallen to communism, Cambodia to Chomsky’s beloved Khmer Rouge. The Administration floundering at home & retreating from abroad. That’s how I remember it, & I was a pro-Carter Dem at the time. Reagan changed all that. He believed in freedom & in the proven value of family & religious life such that government must be restrained from arrogantly & recklessly usurping them. He had a set of ideas which seemed almost perversely contrary to common “wisdom” at the time, & which he firmly & consistently advocated, so that the people working for him knew what he wanted, & which he & they translated into action & success. It’s hard to convey what a deep turnaround for the better he brought about in the USA & the world. (I’m still non-religious but have learned to respect religion & that there’s more to it than I understand).

From the Kinks, 1979

I remember, when you were down
And you needed a helping hand
I came to feed you
But now that I need you
You won’t give me a second glance
Now I’m calling all citizens from all over the world
This is captain america calling
I bailed you out when you were down on your knees
So will you catch me now I’m falling

Posted by: ForNow at June 6, 2004 at 11:21 AM

Yesterday's brilliant Hawthorn-Essendon fight ... the Hawk has blood on its talons again ... and the memories stirred:

"It's one thing to be the nicest, the politest, the most family-orientated club in the league, but if you want to get results on the ground, there has got to be a bit of mongrel in the organisation." -- Former Victorian Premier, Hawthorn Football Club member, Jeff Kennett

"I know when the Essendon guys looked the Hawthorn guys in the eye after the game and when they shook hands, they did not do it with contempt today. For the last seven years they believed they have a God-given right to fix up Hawthorn physically. It was fantastic today what Hawthorn did.” -- Hawthorn Football Club director of football, Dermott Brereton

"We showed good spirit all day and sent a message that we're not prepared to back down, We've got to get harder as a footy club, get some respect back. We made a bit of a statement today that we're going to be a hard, competitive side." -- Hawthorn Football Club coach, Peter Schwab

That was just a sign ... every week that's what's going to come. We are pretty much just going to be savage every week. -- Hawthorn Football Club forward, Ben Dixon

"It was probably like the Hawthorn of old, I hope they go that way every week now.” -- Essendon Football Club coach, Kevin Sheedy

Posted by: GeoffreyG at June 6, 2004 at 12:19 PM

How any Hawthorn supporter can put a positive spin on the fight is beyond me. The Bombers kicked seven unanswered goals in the ten minutes after the fight. That is pathetic.

Posted by: Dan at June 6, 2004 at 09:25 PM

In fact, the fight itself was rather pathetic. As is the way of AFL fights, there was alot of pushy-pushy happening. And when the Hawthorn players did throw some punches, the recipient Essendon players either didn't respond or they turned to the umpire as if it say "see what he did to me?"

If you want to see guys really throwing their hands, watch Rugby League.

Posted by: Dan at June 6, 2004 at 09:48 PM

Restrictions on backyard bores should make barbacues more entertaining...

Posted by: triticale at June 7, 2004 at 12:43 AM

I think this is the Madonna photograph Steyn was talking about. Whatever one thinks of her political views, I think we can all agree that her life's work as an entertainer was supercrap.

Posted by: Harry Hutton at June 7, 2004 at 01:48 AM

re Peter Garrett, it'd be good to see yet another multi-millionaire in the ranks of the ALP, one who owns a multi-million dollar estate in the NSW Southern Highlands (which he hasn't given back) and who sends his daughter to a very upmarket private girls' school.


Posted by: Paul Johnson at June 7, 2004 at 01:38 PM

Peter Garrett. Don't do it.

Please don't make me hate you.

Posted by: the Bad Templar at June 7, 2004 at 02:09 PM

Poor OJ. He's living on a pension. Apparently all the work has dried up and he is broke - can't afford to pay the $20M ordered to the families of his ex-wife and her friend. The pension is a measly $35,000 per month.
Poor bastard.

Posted by: kae at June 7, 2004 at 02:18 PM

Paul Johnson LOL.

It might interest you that the Australian Parliament Site has "previous occupations" list for parlimentarians.

Most common pre-parliament job for ALP members is

A) Union Official
B) Local/State MP

Most common for Liberal is Lawyer.

Strangely enough, the Liberal party now has more ex-farmers than the Nationals do...

Posted by: Quentin George at June 7, 2004 at 02:59 PM