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Boko Bombs Bill   Mar 4 2018

Filed under Down Under by Throsby

A teenaged Throsby recalls listening to Parliament on the unidirectional non-buffering broadcast pre-Internet.

Ming’s Liberal pollies presented as a sharp well-spoken crew and Arfur Caldwell’s a mob of buffoons.

That same mind finds today’s political arena all topsy-turvy.

It’s so hard, when government is in turmoil, to know if their pandemonium is a cunning ploy or routine incompetence.

Was Senator Michaelia “Boko” Cash’s fiasco a poorly deployed tactic or a masterstroke wonderfully executed?

Throsby thinks both!

And when the seasoned commentariat delighted us with a diversity of indecision on the issue, all theories stood.

When Boko Cash assumed a line of questioning from Chill Pill Cameron would follow an insinuating path, she pre-emptively counter attacked. Of course that’s where Dougy’s enquiries were going; besides, that’s how she would’ve played it.

Replay upon rerun of his interrogation suggests it was the last thing on his subsequently bemused mind, and that someone else had a bad mind. So that someone took hostage Electricity Bill’s hapless female staffers [thus earning the Boko Haram soubriquet]:

Cameron: [asking about Senator Cash’s new chief of staff] “Who is it?”

Cash: “If you want to start discussing staff matters, be very, very careful, because I’m happy to sit here and name every young woman in Mr Shorten’s office over which rumours in this place abound. If you want to go down that path today, I will do it.”

Later, Ms Cash roused her last ounce of lawyerly courage for an emphatically sincere apology:

Rumours circulate in this building. It does not mean they are true. I merely referred to rumours.”

We took that as an apology to any rumours she might have offended.

Waffles startled the popcorn popping ringsiders by defending Cash in parliament, deploying yet again that ole chestnut: it’s Labor’s fault:

Senator Cash was being bullied and provoked by Senator (Doug) Cameron who was making insinuations about staff."

Then came #WhiteboardGate and the popcorn poppers choked in merriment.

And so the “cunning ploy” was set in motion – soon revealed as poorly conceived stratagem – when absurd innuendos from Boko’s fellow travellers Waffles Trumble and Benito Dutton told miniscule radio audiences it was all Bill’s fault for leading a scandalous and immoral life.

Throsby warms to the only comment in a sea of opinionatedness that felt like it had measure of the stramash.

Shit Happens Tony, master of brain fade, confirmed he hadn’t the foggiest what Boko was on about and could only assume she had a pretty bad lapse… a brain snap.

Ah yes, brain snaps. Delicious with honey and cream.

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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.
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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.

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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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~ Plato

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