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OK to be #LNP on Oct 22 2018

by Throsby | ˜

Age brings despair – with both politics and the greedy imbeciles running this stunted civilisation. Lately, though, a faint joy gladdens Throsby’s heart, softening the grim chicanery passing for governance in this land of sweeping plains, a nation of weeping pains. Drollery, like our Prime ...

Who Doesn’t Relish a Constitutional Crisis on Nov 24 2017

by Throsby | ˜

“I’m a good man in a crisis” declared the leader of Australia’s most crisis-ridden government in decades. A wag tweeted: “I blend in.” Throsby is tickled pink to be covering Australian Politics at such an intricate juncture in the timeline of this great democracy, a nation founded ...

Australia’s Parliament: UN in Miniature on Nov 23 2017

by Throsby | ˜

Throsby, you won’t be surprised to learn, is captivated by the mediocrity of antipodean politics. Such ordinariness, born of a national trait, honed to patriotic specialty, assumes to punch above its international weight, making merriment among our Asian neighbours – that abiding yellow peril to our foreboding north, the ...

Tweets from the Camel Toe on Sep 30 2017

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Not since Clampett’s tribe pitched camp by an up-market cement pond has this great nation of exceptionalism so derisively mocked, to mask a swelling pride. As strongmen go, the vulgarian whose Olds 37 so rarely oilstains the Pennsylvania Avenue driveway is “par for the course.” As ...

Roadkill on Pennsylvania Avenue on Mar 3 2012

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

I have a question Do presidents, on the first day of office, alight the yellow bus at 1600 Pennsylvania, down socks, defiantly swagger up the driveway, plastic lunchbox replete with jelly sandwich and apple, sidle to the Resolute desk, penknife poised to carve initials in that ...

Eroding Society ~ Let Me Count the Ways on Apr 2 2010

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

There are two sayings amonst engineers and technologists that summarize pragmatism gained at great pain from inventive trial and error. The first most people have heard:"Don't reinvent the wheel" - which needs no explanation, but also  translates:  "Do not waste your time making something that you can buy for ...

A Statesmanlike Negro on Jan 21 2009

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Hand resting on the gilt-edged burgundy Bible used by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861, Barack Hussein Obama became the 44th president of the United States. He was the first African-American, and first Hawaiian-born, to hold this highest office in the land of the once-free. … our power alone ...

President Hands it to Marine One on Mar 7 2004

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

He loves a joke”, confides the First Lady –  “.. but one day it went horribly wrong!” WASHINGTON – The sound is still reverberating through White House grounds, the Rose Garden, the West Wing, down Pennsylvania Avenue, the kitchen (definitely the kitchen) – and even, ...

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.
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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.

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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Quote Me

"I am an obsessive rewriter, doing one draft and then another and another. In a way I have nothing to say but a great deal to add
~ Gore Vidal

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

"By 'known unknowns' I was referring to the universe's dark matter.."
~ Donald Rumsfeld

"I have neither time nor inclination to communicate the fullness of my heart in speech, I am resolved to do it in writing, and to print myself out.."
~ Joseph Addison