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And They Adjourned   Nov 15 2018

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One day when Peter Allen, member for Wallaroo, in S.A. Assembly, was in one of his most eloquent flights, Archibald, of Port Adelaide, got up and asked leave to interrupt.

“Does the member for Wallaroo yield to the member for Port Adelaide?” asked Speaker Coles, gruffly.

“Nothing,” replied Allen, “affords, or can afford, the member for Wallaroo greater pleasure than to yield to the distinguished and able member for Port Adelaide, who never makes a speech or interrupts the speech of another member without adorning it with brilliant radiance.”

Archibald stood, blinking behind his spectacles, until Allen had finished his sentence, and then said, “Mr. Speaker. I move we adjourn.”
And they adjourned.


A vaudeville lady complained the other day of the gallery of Melbourne theatre throwing apple cores and the like on top of her while she was singing. She wouldn’t complain if she had appeared at some of the fourth rate halls in London. At one in particular of the writer’s acquaintance, right across the front of the stage there is a net to save the performers from being hit with whole apples and other bigger things. When the net first came into use the vegetables used to bounce off the net and hit the poor, innocent orchestra, so they had to be cased in with wire-netting too.


An Excited Voice – “ Hello, hello, is this the city editor? Well, one of your men down here at this fire has fallen down the elevator shaft and is very badly hurt.”
Busy City Editor – “ Never mind, I’ll send another reporter.”

From The Gadfly ~ 14 March 1906
Image courtesy State Library of South Australia

Down Under


Ink Irresistable

Not the NYT Montaigne's what would I know? Huxley's almost anything about almost everything. Or Bierce and nothing matters. Codifying life's inimitable impromptu inclines irrestistably to essay.

Civilization ..

   defiles itself

Times past when warlords, priests and royalty hoarded luxury, life was a short grim struggle. Today most want for little yet still deny dignified survival to working poor, and ravage entire countries as collateral to our laissez faire fiesta.
double arrowOn not shedding a tear ..

A Century of Imperialism

     ..hasn't dulled the urge

American foreign policy never a pretty sight, finesse of the mobile crane chase from Terminator 3. Export democracy? Cure worse than disease. double arrow Read more ..


~ its own reward

And what's going on in Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? As 40% of kids fail graduation the Iraqistan wars suck $2.4 trillion [CBO 2017 est]. Imagine this staggering sum applied to rebuilding The Great Society. Think of others.
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This lazy unemployed

..crack-smoking welfare queen ran up U$15 trillion debt

lazy homeless scum
Odd how the ultra-wealthy gull even working poor to blame unemployed, disabled, weak, and vulnerable while but for the grace of God go all.

If he's a welfare leech then your soul is with the sociopaths and predators who own Warshington and its minions, the Repugnicans and Dumfocrats, gutting a once noble nation that aspired to equality.

This elite will survive the US economic train wreck, land softly on 300 million plundered taxpayers, then from fortresses of luxury and privilege prey elsewhere for spoils.

The dawn of civilization was greatly exaggerated.

Munch Montage

Painters, such a sad old bunch
None it seems more so than Munch
Upon that bridge with skies afire
A meme took flight to never tire.
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~ Gore Vidal

"Rulers of state are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying" (Well, that explains the last 2500 years)
~ Plato

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