September 15, 2004


• The Sydney Morning Herald’s Alan Ramsey points out that Mark Latham was "easily the youngest" contender in Sunday’s election debate. It’s just a hunch, but I believe Latham will remain younger than Howard right throughout this entire campaign.

• It's fun being an inner-city Labor member:

Federal Labor MP Anthony Albanese was campaigning at Hurlstone Park railway station in Sydney's inner west one morning last week when he was tackled by a voter who demanded to know what he was going to do about globalisation. "What do you want us to do about it?" asked Albanese. "Stop it," said the voter.

• Mark Latham wins the coveted endorsement of crazy Abu Bakar Bashir (who at first mistook the Labor leader for John Kerry):

He should be able to fix John Howard. He [Howard] is on the slide because he has been cheated and lied to by George W. Bush. I hope this person [Latham] can fix him and he does not return again to fight "terrorism" as defined by Bush. I agree to fight against terrorism but it should be a true terrorism and not in accordance with Bush's definition. Bush is being used by the Jews. The Jews are the most evil men in the world.

• Speaking of our Shylock overlords, Margo Kingston is hosting a tipping competition:

Please advise which party will win and how many more seats the winning party (the Coalition includes Liberal, National and the NT CLP) will have than the loser - that way we avoid the complications of minor parties and independents. I'll close the competitition on Wednesday, October 6. Just put your pick in the comments box.

Will do, Margo, as soon as the Zionist lobby that controls politics in Australia informs me of the planned result.

• The Age has a large Spanish readership.

• Maybe Abu the Magnificent was a little hasty with that endorsement:

Labor's Michael Moore brigade will get the shock of their lives if Latham wins this election. It will get a hardline pro-military force Labor prime minister on national security. Latham will resurrect John Curtin's legacy to legitimise this position. His language reveals a leader getting used to the idea of using military force when and where necessary.

• Step forward, John Howard, to collect your prize for the most hilarious gaffe of the campaign thus far.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 15, 2004 04:22 PM

Could've been worse- he could've said "you're a bit of a porker, ain'tcha? Better give the chips a swerve, tubby, or you'll wind up looking like Kim Beasley".

Posted by: Habib at September 15, 2004 at 05:19 PM

There's a few more- "Phew! Don't get many of them to the pound!"

"Imagine that fartin' in your last bag of flour"

And on a milled grain theme- "Jeebus! You'd have to roll her in flour to find a wet spot."

"Any wrinkle above the knee, eh darlin"

Now you know why I'm not running for office.

Posted by: Habib at September 15, 2004 at 05:22 PM

I was vaguely bothered by the Kelly article in that I felt like I was reading a very masterful spin to correct Latham's incompetence in security. First we are reminded that Latham has values and philosophy and that this boy is going to stand up for us. We have got the minders Beazley and Rudd driving it. Then Kelly called it a convergence but noted that the Coalition had always been strong on the SE Asia region. So what is the coalition moving to. Looked more to me like a major flip for Latham and possibly laying the groundwork for a change on the Xmas thing.

Posted by: Ros at September 15, 2004 at 05:35 PM

Hey Habib, that humour will never get you elected in Fortitude Valley, but you'd be a shoo-in in Gympie.

Posted by: Freddyboy at September 15, 2004 at 06:17 PM

Ahhhh, the old fat/pregnant lady faux pas. I love the classics.

Posted by: Tony.T at September 15, 2004 at 06:48 PM

How about
* A punch in the guts and ride the waves in.
* Looks like a stomach with a lady growing off the back

*** Disclaimer ***
I'm allowed to say that on account of I'm a fat bastard. Same as how wogs are allowed to say wog.

Posted by: Gibbo at September 15, 2004 at 06:55 PM


It's like a moped: Fun to ride but you wouldn't want your mates to see you on one!

Re electability: I used to figure I'd blown it but between Bush's drinking and Clinton's lecher act, I might have half a chance!

Posted by: JDB at September 15, 2004 at 07:35 PM

It’s just a hunch, but I believe Latham will remain younger than Howard right throughout this entire campaign.

Well, if all of this time travel/Killian memo nonsense keeps up, we can't take anything for granted.

Just think, though: the highlight of the election run will be Mark Latham fading slowly out of the public view as he negates his own existence.

Posted by: david at September 15, 2004 at 07:39 PM

I used to have this dress called a "trapeze dress." (I have no idea why, it was entirely unsuited for activity on a trapeze, but mine is not to question the wisdom of fashion designers.) It was sort of triangle-shaped -- I can't really describe it, let's just say that it gave the illusion of me having more to my stomach and hips area than I had at the time. Well, I can't tell you the number of hapless people, men and women, who congratulated me on my impending due date.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at September 15, 2004 at 08:17 PM

As I recently had the opportunity to actually watch Margo speak on TV recently (here in WA), and apart from her inability to restrict her locution to her mouth (I have rarely come across any individual that spontaneously gives you a complimentary exhibition of sign language at the same time) I gained the impression she was typical for the media described in Bernard Goldberg's two books "Bias" and "Arrogance".

A relative told me that she reads the Guardian and thinks it is unbiassed, as are the Los Angeles Times and the NY Times, and knowning for whom she works, (Margo works for the same organisation), finally proved to me that Goldberg was correct. The leftwing media have an extremely narrow, restricted view of reality that the rest of us don't inhabit.

So Margo's inability to actually work out that impugning the Zionists as the puppet masters behind the US and Oz media is, apart from being wrong, is also anti-semitic only proves she only thinks with a few ideas.

She would be best described as a typical Goldbergian Media Type - left-wing, naive, generally stupid, but very glib and a case study in secular fundamentalism.

Posted by: Louis at September 15, 2004 at 09:12 PM

I learned the *very hard* way never to assume someone is pregnant just because they appear to be large in a certain area. There is no graceful way to recover when you make such a mistake.

The only way I'd assume someone were pregnant is if the woman went into labor in front of me. ONLY THEN would I feel safe assuming a pregnancy I had no prior knowledge of. (I upset a woman by assuming a pregnancy and she let me know how insulted she was.) I bet Howard will never make that mistake again either.

" The leftwing media have an extremely narrow, restricted view of reality that the rest of us don't inhabit."

It's amazing how narrow the leftwing media, and people, are and also how closed minded. Yet they can't see it. Far rightwing (I don't mean Conservatives or the 'religious right' ) people can also be just like the leftwing in terms of being narrow and closed minded.

I happen to be a combination of Liberal and Conservative on many issues. I have talked to people on both sides about issues. There are very reasonable people on both ends. It's the lunatic fringe on both ends who live in a different world from the rest of us. Unfortunately for the Liberals, the lunatic fringe of Lefties seems to have hijacked even the term Liberal.

It's the Lefties, not the true classic Liberals, and who dominate our media. They don't understand any worldview but their own and they want to force their views on the rest of us.

(Also by Liberal I mean the classic definition of Liberal. Not any political party.)

Posted by: Chris Josephson at September 15, 2004 at 10:03 PM


russia, a fortnight ago, scores of children dead


indonesia, five year old australian girl in intensive care, may not survive


madam, you're pregnant, congratulations!


Posted by: ilibcc at September 15, 2004 at 10:23 PM

That Margo quote is suspect - its too lucid.

One is tempted to check the kerning and superscripts, as it appears to have been generated at a homos sapiens level of evolution, rather than homo margo.

Or perhaps she finally succeeded in freeing the brains?

Posted by: R C Dean at September 15, 2004 at 10:26 PM

First rule in life is to never, ever, ever tell a woman you think she's pregnant unless a baby is coming out of her at that moment.
I learned that when I was 10. It's kept my foot out of my mouth on many occasions. Even if she is pregnant she won't like to hear that you can tell from her big belly.

Posted by: Veeshir at September 15, 2004 at 10:37 PM

The correct answer to the question ``Are you pregnant?'' when you're not, is a polite smile and a ``No, I'm just fat.'' Guaranteed to embarrass the asker far more than the askee.

Andrea, I remember trapeze dresses from the first time around (mid Sixties) - triangular, no waist, usually no sleeves, about as flattering as a circus tent no matter what your shape. Don't tell me someone's bring them back?

Posted by: Annalucia at September 15, 2004 at 10:42 PM

They were back briefly in the late eighties, or at least that's when I bought mine. I don't know what I was thinking.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at September 15, 2004 at 11:36 PM

I might be getting awful hopeful here but given the recent class warfare policies on schools and his announcement that he would be apologising to the "stolen generation" is it just possible that Mark Latham knows that he is unlikely to win and is appealing to the left base to make sure that at least the heartland/senate seats do not go Green?

Posted by: Just Another Bloody Lawyer at September 15, 2004 at 11:53 PM

> Bush is being used by the Jews. The Jews are the
> most evil men in the world.

I could not disagree with this quote more strongly!

After all, some of the evil Jews are women...

I'm a Zionist, and I'm out to getcha.
Out to getcha, out to getcha...

(If there isn't a song like that, there should be!!)

Posted by: Daniel in Brookline at September 16, 2004 at 12:55 AM

Nick Leys would have liked Howard to respond:
"Falling down on the job, are we, darlin? So, when are ya gunna pump out another Liberal voter? Listen, hon, do you your duty for the Party: just lie back and think of Oz".

Posted by: Don at September 16, 2004 at 11:43 AM