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Land of the Wooden Ham   Feb 16 2018

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Americans, aka “The USofA,” apparently earned their deserved reputation well over a century ago.

The ‘rest of the world’ – themselves thieves extraordinaire – were already treating our American cousins with wary respect a petty thug regards his warlord.

No misconceptions existed in the ex-colony fledgling nation of Australia during those early days of the Commonwealth, a time of The Free Trade Party, The Protectionist (soon to be Commwealth Liberal) Party, and the Labour (yet to be Labor) Party.

From The Gadfly, 14 February 1906:

Comes, then, the question of illegitimate legislation, of ‘‘boodle” legislation and “graft.”

It is devoutly to be hoped that the “big interests” of Australia are too honest to resort to such means, despite the fact that a visiting American, who appears to know all about the game, opines that they are too mean.

This shrewd voyager from the land of the wooden ham, of the “rake off,” and the political “boss,” declares that until the importers are ready to hand out large sums to establish huge campaign funds and buy their politicians, they can never hope to “rule the roost” and gull the people of Australia.

To-day there is little fear that the scandalous system of bribery and corruption that the people of the United States seem to accept as inevitable will ever besmirch Australian politics. Australia has started straight in this matter, and there is every hope that it will continue to go straight: that it will be able to produce a crop of politicians whose “business instincts” will never oust their sense of honesty and decency.

Also, the Australian public is shrewd enough to know its politician moderately well; it takes sufficient interest in its politics for that, and should see that the policy of “graft” be comes unnecessary for the Protectionists and impossible for the Freetraders.

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.

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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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