November 04, 2004

CALM, REASONED ANALYSIS

I'll be talking about the election on Steve Cannane's radio show at 5.30pm local time. (Streaming details here.) Also on the program: Julian Ninio, who fled Bush's AmeriKKKa only to find himself living in John Howard's dissent-crushing downunder gulag. Speaking of losers, hereís Maureen Dowd:

The president got re-elected by dividing the country along fault lines of fear, intolerance, ignorance and religious rule. He doesn't want to heal rifts; he wants to bring any riff-raff who disagree to heel.

W. ran a jihad in America so he can fight one in Iraq - drawing a devoted flock of evangelicals, or "values voters," as they call themselves, to the polls by opposing abortion, suffocating stem cell research and supporting a constitutional amendment against gay marriage.

Mr. Bush, whose administration drummed up fake evidence to trick us into war with Iraq, sticking our troops in an immoral position with no exit strategy, won on "moral issues."

The president says he's "humbled" and wants to reach out to the whole country. What humbug. The Bushes are always gracious until they don't get their way. If W. didn't reach out after the last election, which he barely grabbed, why would he reach out now that he has what Dick Cheney calls a "broad, nationwide victory"?

While Mr. Bush was making his little speech about reaching out, Republicans said they had "the green light" to pursue their conservative agenda, like drilling in Alaska's wilderness and rewriting the tax code.

Ah, the tax code. Like Alaska's wilderness, itís one of Americaís splendid natural wonders.

Posted by Tim Blair at November 4, 2004 03:14 PM
Comments

I assume that the anglisised version of Julians' name is ninny-oh, which sounds strangely apt.

Posted by: nic at November 4, 2004 at 03:22 PM

Ah, the tax code. Like Alaska's wilderness, it’s one of America’s splendid natural wonders.

and Pamela Anderson's breasts.

Posted by: Rex at November 4, 2004 at 03:26 PM

Sounds like Maureen didn't get her way.

Posted by: Donnah at November 4, 2004 at 03:30 PM

Hey Tim - a bit off-topic, but relevant.

How about you start a thread where we can all send messages of thanks to Osama Bin Laden for his help in the US election.

I'm sure OBL reads your blog with interest every day.

Posted by: Kaboom at November 4, 2004 at 03:31 PM

Good luck Tim....Hack isn't exactly fair and balanced ;)

Posted by: Art Vandelay at November 4, 2004 at 03:32 PM

Yes - drill Alaska. The part where the oil is is ugly wilderness - no scenic beauty at all. It's rather like the myth of Kakadu - a small bit is quite picturesque but most of it is so desolate it can be mined without compunction.

Posted by: walterplinge at November 4, 2004 at 03:34 PM

Pamela Anderson is from Canada, but I suspect her breasts are from L.A.

Posted by: Bruce at November 4, 2004 at 03:40 PM

"The Bushes are always gracious until they don't get their way."

MoDo projecting like there's no tomorrow. Well, from her vantage point, there probably isn't. I kinda doubt her column is gonna survive Dubya's second term. I have similar doubts about her remaining sanity.

Posted by: PW at November 4, 2004 at 03:40 PM

Y'know, these people are going to keep us in gloat material until at least 2007. I hope you can't OD on gloating...

Posted by: Pixy Misa at November 4, 2004 at 03:43 PM

Why do I get the feeling lefties think Bush is like the Nixon character in Futurama...

"And once I'm swept into office, I'll sell our children's organs to zoos for meat, and go into people's houses and wreck up the place!"

Posted by: Quentin George at November 4, 2004 at 03:46 PM

Now tell me slowly so I can understand ... Which side is the divider? MoDo is such a phony priss, even she can't really believe herself, can she? Oh, well, since I live in a RedState world, it's time to go back to my real job, and let her keep singing the Blues.

And, attractive though it may be, I'm glad I don't have to exercise the Australian option.

Posted by: Waffle King at November 4, 2004 at 04:01 PM

"W. ran a jihad in America so he can fight one in Iraq"

Hey Modo: If the next time I see you you're in an orange jumpsuit with your hands tied behind your back and Dick Cheney is reading his list of demands from behind a ski mask, I'll conceed your point. Until then, lay off your moonbat analogies.

Posted by: Sean at November 4, 2004 at 04:02 PM

Does Steve have any relationship to the band The Cannanes?

Posted by: Peter at November 4, 2004 at 04:06 PM

Speaking of Maureen-Dowd-like individuals, I'll bet (I hope) that somewhere today, Mikey Moore is weeping uncontrollably into a near-empty industrial-size sack of pork rinds.

Got to thinking about Mikey Boy when I saw this on Instapundit:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=1469&item=3850553305&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW

You've probably seen it already anyway, but it was sooooo delicious and satisfying that I had to post it anyway.

Posted by: Me at November 4, 2004 at 04:11 PM

Why, of all people to run on the day of a Bush victory, did the SMH choose....Arundhait Roy, the nuttiest moonbat from the Indian subcontinent?

That'd be like having a Noam Chomsky column on the 9/11 anniversary...oh, wait a minute...

Posted by: Quentin George at November 4, 2004 at 04:16 PM

What a joke! Maureen is a self-delusional loon. If half of what she said is true, she would have been whisked off to some secret interrogation center for "re-education" weeks ago.

But is this unexpected? The left going even more moonbat, I mean? No, and watching their heads explode is so satisfying. Four More Years, Maureen! Four More Years!

BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 4, 2004 at 04:20 PM

Is it just me, or does anybody else giggle uncontrollably upon reading one of these columns from a brain seizing lefty scum nutcase? On driving to work this morning I had the pleasure of seeing not one, not two, but three "Throw Howard Overboard" bumber stickers? I was still laughing at lunchtime.

And now I get 4 more years of teeth gnashing giggle fest to enjoy. Bring it on MoDo.

Posted by: Todd at November 4, 2004 at 04:27 PM

good luck on hack, tim.

Posted by: lb at November 4, 2004 at 04:31 PM

Steve Cannane: "So if, as you're saying, American society is broken, why didn't people vote out George Bush?"

Julian Ninio: "We don't know, we don't want to know..."

Yup, that pretty much summed it up, right there in the first couple of minutes of the interview. Unintentionally deep insight if there ever was one.

Good to have a chance to hear the voice behind the blog, Tim, thanks for the headsup about the audio stream.

Posted by: PW at November 4, 2004 at 04:45 PM

"Watch the crazy guys go NUTS" !!!! (Referring to Bush) You just did that to freak out Julian and totally mess up his head didn't you ?

It worked....great stuff and surprisingly Canane wasn't (for Triple JJJ anyway ) a pro-left biased raving fruitcake as I imagined.

Posted by: The other Rex at November 4, 2004 at 04:51 PM

i too was surprised that steve canane didnt start raving NO BLOOD FOR OIL.
nice touch answering your phone '4 more years!'.

Posted by: lb at November 4, 2004 at 04:57 PM

Although I get the impression that Steve is a lefty, he seems to do an adequate job of putting it to one side, or at least submerging it, for his professional duties. More power to him.

But Steve could scarcely have done more for the cause of Right Wing Death Beasts everywhere by choosing Tim and Julian to be his guests. Tim came across as a breezy, funny bloke who had a thorough grasp of the topic and a ton of knowledge behind him. Julian came across as a droning rambler who had trouble relating his answers to the questions being asked. At one point I could almost hear Steve thinking, "Okay, this is dying; no more questions for YOU."

Ha ha ha.

Posted by: Andrew D. at November 4, 2004 at 05:22 PM

have to love the gloat of the right. its all good as long as the war is on the tv and not outside your door and the people are scared and stupid.

money will always be the love of the right, winning over decency, intelligence and comapssion.
enjoy the moolah while you have it kids. theres 5.8 billion people left in the world who want that ca$h and you cant keep them outside for much longer...

Posted by: jay at November 4, 2004 at 05:26 PM

You're a funny guy, Jay!

Posted by: Quentin George at November 4, 2004 at 05:32 PM

Steve IS a lefty, but he's also v. smart and funny. And he was the only Australian DJ to play Frank J.'s "Democracy, Whisky, Sexy".

Posted by: tim at November 4, 2004 at 05:45 PM

I quit reading the NYTimes editorial page just to get away from MoDo. Now I find her being quoted extensively here.

Ah, well. I've been feeling guilty all day for not wanting to kiss and make up with Democrats. She's the worst kind, a raging mediazilla Democrat. I kind of imagine her head splitting in two, a la The Thing, and a snarling wolverine with snakes for hair emerging. Burn on, baby!

BTW, I've never heard anyone describe him or herself as a "values voter." That's strictly a pollsterism like "soccer moms," isn't it?

It takes a special kind of person to heap abuse on those who have taken on the task of protecting you from more terrorist attacks and reanimating the economy that keeps your city afloat, but then the Times only hires the most brilliant narcissists.

Posted by: AST at November 4, 2004 at 05:46 PM

Sounds as if Jay buys his food and petrol with air coupons!

Posted by: hube at November 4, 2004 at 05:48 PM

News for Jay:

2 billion people in India, China, and elsewhere in Asia are riding globalisation to wealth and higher living standards. There are more millionaires there than there are in Western countries. I've been going to poor Indian villages for the past 25 years. I speak Chinese and have many friends from the Mainland.

Right Wing Policies are the ONLY thing which has ever helped the people of Asia! That's half the world's people right there. Prospects for those people have never, in the whole history of the world, been better!

All their problems, and this goes for Africa and South America too, have been caused by Leftists educated in Europe (eg PolPot!).

For what they have done to the world's poor, Leftists SHOULD be rounded up and shot.

Posted by: Bruce at November 4, 2004 at 05:56 PM

Ahh, and jay gives us another fine example of lefty projection, calling "the people" (yeah, everybody else, just not him) "scared and stupid". And why are we blessed with such a derogatory comment about the population at large? Because of his "decency, intelligence and comapssion", of course, that's why.

I never knew people so enjoyed being a self-parody of themselves, but guys like jay have shown me it's possible. Eight more years!

Posted by: PW at November 4, 2004 at 06:04 PM

I was listening to triple J this evening and was surprised to hear you introduced as a guest. The host introduced Tim as "Tim Blair, who is (strained)pro-Bush(/strained)".

That Julian guy was completely insane. He compared Bush's campaign with someone threatening to kill your neighbour's family. I'm serious. The fact that a majority of Americans voted for Bush was completely lost on him (as well as why so many people voted for Bush).

Tim ripped him to shreds, of course. Good job.

Posted by: random prose at November 4, 2004 at 07:15 PM

bring on the comapssions!!

Posted by: roscoe.p at November 4, 2004 at 07:43 PM

I read today that the mad republicans have told national parks like the one that contains the grand canyon to furnish literature that says that the canyon was created by god in six days.
What do bush fans like tim say about this nonsense?

Posted by: marklatham at November 4, 2004 at 08:07 PM

jay sounds like the self-affected john kerry of the early 70's.

http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/mod_windows/thu.asx

http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/mod_real/thu.ram

Posted by: zefal at November 4, 2004 at 08:32 PM

Bloody hell, Tim..........didnt you feel guilty beating up on a mental defective.

Same old song........felt so mellow after listening to Big Julie, i sang "Kumbaya" for the rest of the day.

Green bags, burning neighbours, roflmao!

Richard Neville revisited.

Posted by: Bailador at November 4, 2004 at 08:51 PM

Bloody hell, Tim..........didnt you feel guilty beating up on a mental defective.

Same old song........felt so mellow after listening to Big Julie, i sang "Kumbaya" for the rest of the day.

Green bags, burning neighbours, roflmao!

Richard Neville revisited.

Posted by: Bailador at November 4, 2004 at 08:53 PM

That's too bad about Maureen, I still think she looks semi-hot.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at November 4, 2004 at 09:10 PM

..enjoy the moolah while you have it kids. theres 5.8 billion people left in the world who want that ca$h and you cant keep them outside for much longer...

Catch up on your reading Jay. American and its allies have been advocating democracy and free markets around the world for decades so the 3rd world can step up to the 1st world.

Posted by: perfectsense at November 4, 2004 at 09:23 PM

Marklatham:

Your confused. The evil George Bush has sold the Grand Canyon to China and will ship it within six days to China for a boatload of wide screen TVs. Without all that tourist traffic to the canyon, pollution levels will significantly drop in America. Who says Bush isn't an environmentalist.

Posted by: perfectsense at November 4, 2004 at 09:29 PM

Jay,

At the end of the day mate you are just a thick nobwipe. The world has changed since your Enver Hodja and Che posters you had on your wall. We now drive Maserati MC12's (nice article Tim) and not Model T Fords you fossil. Get with program for your own mental health ok!

Posted by: Dog at November 4, 2004 at 10:00 PM

More on the uncanny parallels between the Aussie & US elections:

We had Peter Garrett - they had Bruce Springsteen.

We had the doctors' wives - they had the youth vote.

We had Phillip Adams - they had Michael Moore.

We had Margo Kingston - and in Maureen Dowd, they had the female equivalent.

Posted by: Clem Snide at November 4, 2004 at 10:10 PM

Christ, that reads like a vicious parody of a Maureen Dowd column written in her rubber room with a crayon between her toes.

The Bushes are always gracious until they don't get their way.

So, 50% more often than whiney bitches on the New York Times op-ed page?

Posted by: DrZin at November 4, 2004 at 11:29 PM

It wasn't Bill or Hillary who dragged the Democratic Party into its abyss of irrlevance, it was the legion of neurotic, petulant, bitchy, stupid, spoiled, secular curtain twitchers of The Left like Maureen Dowd. The Clintons were a consequence, like a secondary bacterial infection caused by a a virus (Dowd).

Dowd is a particularly awful example of the arid female husk of modern femminism. An evolutionary maladaptation who, in another age, would be home poisoning her children, husbands and housepets rather than writing a newspaper column. One wonders who is better off.

Posted by: Crazy Chester at November 4, 2004 at 11:56 PM

What I think is interesting is all the talk about the polarization of the results of the election I hear on the airwaves. To quote an old movie, "You keep using that word. I do not think that word means what you think it means."

Frankly, if the United States gets anymore "polarized" a Democrat won't be able to get elected dogcatcher outside of Berkley.

Posted by: Alex at November 5, 2004 at 12:13 AM

Has anyone else noticed the implied truth in the LLL whining? All you hear is how GW roused his conservative base, all the "moderates" went to Kerry. Well, if true, that seems to prove that the "conservative base" is more than 50% of the electorate.

The Dhimmies may want to see about moving over toward the right a trifle, no?


Personally, I think the problem is their definitions. To them "moderate" is that space between Chirac and Stalin.

Posted by: AlanC at November 5, 2004 at 12:45 AM

"That's too bad about Maureen, I still think she looks semi-hot."

I dunno Mumblix from what I have heard she's had more bones buried in her than in Forest Lawn.

Posted by: Harry in Atlanta at November 5, 2004 at 12:49 AM

"That's too bad about Maureen, I still think she looks semi-hot."

I'd hit it. With a 2" x 4".

Posted by: Roger Bournival at November 5, 2004 at 01:34 AM

Anyone who thinks that these posts about Dowd are over the top, should read her columns.

Posted by: Crazy Chester at November 5, 2004 at 01:53 AM

So Modo thinks fear and anger won? That's what BUSH ran on? On which planet? Which side was always going on about how Bush will bring back the draft, destroy Social Security, made us more vulnerable to nuclear attack, cares only about the rich, is destroying the environment, stole the last election and will suspend the next elections after pulling off another 9/11, is using the government to make his friends rich, is destroying the middle class, wants to abolish the public school system, abolish the Civil Rights Act so that blacks can't vote anymore, abolish all the programs of the New Deal, has created two Americas where little girls go hungry and shiver in the cold because their parents can't afford to feed them or buy them a winter coat, and is just like Hitler. Man, I hate to see what kind of rhetoric the left comes up with when they get angry.

Posted by: DanG at November 5, 2004 at 03:38 AM

Jay, here's an idea: why don't you sell that computer of yours, and/or all your other personal possessions and give the "moolah" to those starving people? That's what you're chastising conservatives for not doing, right? Come on, step up to the plate!

I've been searching fruitlessly for some liberal role-models, who would actually put their "moolah" where their mouth is, for years now... finally gave up.

Posted by: lexine at November 5, 2004 at 03:44 AM

"Y'know, these people are going to keep us in gloat material until at least 2007. I hope you can't OD on gloating..."

Isn't that the truth. I haven't gotten anything done at work between the kos website and the msm online. Last night I was glued to MSNBC, CNN and the others just to get more fun from watching the post traumatic expressions. Chris Mathers (or whatever his name is) was a real pleasure to watch...he and his crew announced Bush was toast on Monday night. Even picked up the Washington Post today....hadn't bought a post since the day after Bush was ultimately announced the winner last time.

Well, back to kos to see if anyone found the cyanide yet.

Posted by: tej at November 5, 2004 at 03:59 AM