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A little bit of Toned Abs in Every Fuckface von Clownstick

Posted December 12, 2015 into Politics by John Birmingham

Of course the Herald wouldn't let me call Trump that, but it would have improved the column.

Old Joe Stalin used to have a name for the woodenheaded leftists who refused to see his true nature even as he piled the corpses up in front of them. Useful idiots. Interestingly, if you ask Google Translate to render the phrase in Arabic, you get a picture of Tony Abbott in Donald Trump's fright wig. There's no hiding from el Goog's all-knowing algorithm.

The joke candidate for the US Republican Party's presidential nomination is looking less of a joke with every new outrage, unless your taste in jokes runs to a quiet Beavis-n-Butthead style hurr-hurr-hurr while watching a horribly failed vat-grown clone of Hermann Goerring pull the wings off butterflies and fart out the Horst Wessel song.

Read it all here.

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insomniac reckons...

Posted December 12, 2015
I think Tony is suffering from the lack of the guiding hand of Prime Minister Credlin. He always went a little off reservation whenever she took a personal day. Now he has no leash whatsoever; roaming free.

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Blarkon puts forth...

Posted December 12, 2015
Rise of *successful* crazy politicians can probably be mapped against the decline of main stream media.
Journalism is being replaced by activism - because activists will write articles for free (or close to it) and journalists want to be both independent and paid, something that no longer works in this new silicon valleyist "content should be free" economy.

GhostSwirv reckons...

Posted December 12, 2015
Sadly I believe Blarkon is most spot on here - we already witnessed the failure of the MSM in Oz to firstly hold the Coalition to account during the 2013 election campaign ... then to take almost two years to realise the crazy that is Tones.

Now we're returning to Malcolm's Coalition is just as good as Tone's pre-election, no scrutiny, no calls for accountability nor detailed analysis of policy, despite the NBN and the GST ... but wait Bill Shorten is texting while driving ... surely front page NewsCorpse news, much more important than two three sitting ministers involved in a conspiracy to bring down a federal government via nefarious attacks on the Speaker of the House.

But I digress, the Donald is indeed the product of decades of Republican bile and negative waves directed at anything that engenders fear in the general, ill-informed USApopulace ... no wonder edumacation is seriously underfunded there.

It won't be long before Donald and Tones share the same podium ... a PM deposed by weak minded forces and a wannabe Prez the shining example of how to fix the problems of the world ... as long as the MSM doesn't mention the politics of the right basically inflamed the current situations we find ourselves in the Donald and Tones will continue to flourish and gain support.







Halwes asserts...

Posted December 12, 2015
I thought that the press must have been letting the will of the people be heard by not launching into them immediately after the election. I didn't detect incompetence but I did detect reticence which I put down to a fear of what the coalition had planned with regard to gutting the ABC. The first stage of that was the scrapping of the localised 730 report which cut our information flow in the bush markedly

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JBtoo swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 12, 2015
Thank goodness for Canada, a shining beacon of hope that sanity can prevail in some electorates

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Murphy_of_Missouri swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 12, 2015
He'll flame out like Ross Perot did.

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Dave W mutters...

Posted December 12, 2015
The story I heard (maybe it was here) was that Reagan wouldn't get nominated by the current GOP, as he'd be too left wing for them. This scares me when it comes to this hairdo/parasite combo called Trump.

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NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted December 12, 2015
"The race to the bottom" has been won.

damian has opinions thus...

Posted December 12, 2015
I think you mean the race of the bottoms.

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TeamAmerica swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 12, 2015
@Murphy_of_Missouri- "He'll flame out like Ross Perot did."
Eh, maybe; I hope so. But he may be assembling a new coalition. Disaffected blue collar whites, blacks who don't like competing with
illegals, and people who don't trust either party, as well as people
unhappy with Obama' clueless response to domestic terror attacks (which
offered Trump another opening). IOW, only 52% of eligible voters normally vote, and he may be assembling a coalition of non-voters and unhappy Dems and Repubs. Trump's politics are variable; he seems to follow polls pretty carefully and is very good at self-promotion. Like Obama in 2008, he offers hope, which has a strong appeal, and has a similar cult of personality. The first primary is in New Hampshire in January, and I'm hoping his campaign starts to collapse there.

Murphy_of_Missouri has opinions thus...

Posted December 13, 2015
Nobody competes with illegals. The illegals do the work no one else will do no matter how desperate they get.

Lulu has opinions thus...

Posted December 14, 2015
the fact that 2 out of Trump's 3 wives have been foreign-born proves that there are some jobs Americans are not desperate enough to do.

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Halwes would have you know...

Posted December 12, 2015
I've been struggling with the fact that Aussies think its OK, or maybe don't think about it at all, to bomb Syria. I'm not sure that we understand the collateral damage involved and it isn't something the nightly news dwells on too much. I'd rather have the SAS on the ground than bomb them. At least the killing is less indiscriminate.

damian has opinions thus...

Posted December 12, 2015
Oh no we do not think it's okay, not most of us anyway. And yes, ground forces might be better. But the politics around this are all basically insane at the moment, there's nothing with power to influence events that's amenable to rational thought.

Halwes would have you know...

Posted December 12, 2015
You reckon most of us don't think its OK.? You seem to have more faith in the intelligence and compassion of our fellow Australians than I do.

Des mumbles...

Posted December 16, 2015
maybe this thread isn't representative of Australia at large, but if it were left to the most bellicose warmongers who inhabit this site, we (meaning the White western powers) would have already bombed Syria into the stone age a couple of years ago, when the bogus 'red line' was drawn, on spurious intelligence about chemical weapons..... it may be that in the ensuing time, the macho neo-con posture has become less acceptable or funny, and therefore those most vociferous armchair generals around here have pulled their heads in. it is a bit hard to get too puffed up when its becoming common knowledge that ISIL is a paid up mercenary army, being let loose to knock off Assad, which is of course, the main game..see Ghaddafi, Saddam, et al.

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Halwes puts forth...

Posted December 13, 2015
Reading Steinbeck's East of Eden. It's tearing my guts out. I think this man is one of the greats. So much to reflect on and some paragraphs are so deep that you can reflect on them for hours. Today's SMH listed Ascendance as Bill Shortens holiday read. Ascendance isn't something Bill will be doing in the new year. He probably needs to be rolled but I can't think of a viable contender

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spiral swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 15, 2015

i'm french, i live in Toulon, i have familly in Paris, had a scare during the 11/13 attacks, no familly members involved, but what we did have last week end was election for regional leaders, first round was a HUGE Far Right (what we call Front National) and gigantic scare to have them to over a few of them in the second Tour, luckily, we had a massive flow of people coming to vote, and we dodged it, can't say what's going to be on the Presidential elections, but we dodged it nonetheless... for now...understand; I believe we should do more in regards to Terrorism, but these hateful and racist assholes are a blight in every country. Useful idiots indeed, the fact that they had such high numbers in the first tour, revigorated the people of France and allowed us to have much more people coming to vote on the second tour, anyway... just to say that every country has it's share of Von FuckFaces :D


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TeamAmerica puts forth...

Posted December 15, 2015
@spiral- "first round was a HUGE Far Right (what we call Front National)"When I heard that Marie LePen had forced her father out of the NF party, I was hoping it meant she wanted to move the party away from its fascist past. I gather that did not happen. If she did not want to moderate the party,do you know why they had this conflict?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted December 15, 2015
He advised her to "unbutton that top button" if she wanted to curry favor with the average French voter. For Marie, that was the last straw. Exit dad.

w from brisbane mutters...

Posted December 15, 2015
Perhaps a more key moment in the family split was when one of Mr Le Pen's dobermans ate Ms Le Pen's cat. (true story)

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted December 16, 2015
That cat probably had it coming.

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The new defence minister

Posted September 21, 2015 into Politics by John Birmingham

First of some occasional pieces for SBS. I'll probably go thinky, for the most part.

The Australian military has been in the field for a long time now, the quiet decline of the post-Vietnam years nearly two generations removed from the RAAFs interdiction in Iraq and Syria, highly politicised naval contributions to border control, more conventional maritime operations in the Middle East and intense and continual special forces deployments across the globe.

Nonetheless, descriptions of new minister Marise Payne taking control of the Defence while the country is at war are breathy and overblown. Australia is not at war and has not mobilised its enormous national resources to make war on any foreign state. But tens of thousands of its war fighters and their machines have been routinely engaged in combat operations since the 9/11 attacks. Thousands more were deployed to East Timor a couple of years before that. Supporting them will indeed constitute a significant part of the responsibility Marise Payne now takes up, but it is by no means the greatest challenge awaiting her.

It's all here.

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Murphy_of_Missouri swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 21, 2015
It seems to me that if Vietnam and the Philippines can agree that they need to stand together against China's push into their maritime territories, then Australia should surely join in with that coalition. If I were going to increase training quantity and quality with anyone it would be with those two nations, going so far as to establish basing rights in both.

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NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted September 21, 2015
A guest on RN Breakfast made positive comments about Minister Payne's experience in the dept. delivering pensions & benefits, one of the largest & most complex administrative departments.


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Therbs mutters...

Posted September 22, 2015
I just hope that Payne has the depth of character and strength of spirit to accomplish what all of her predecessors have failed to achieve - the annexation of New Zealand.

Lulu mutters...

Posted September 22, 2015
Therbs, I assume you're hoping that happens before the end of the rugby world cup, so that we can claim the near-inevitable All Blacks win as our own.

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Quokka ducks in to say...

Posted September 22, 2015
Surely it's all about the sheep.

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Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 22, 2015
I await havoc's learned, balanced nuanced discourse on this issue

Murphy_of_Missouri would have you know...

Posted September 22, 2015
FUCKIN' CAP DA MUTHAFUCKAHS!!!!

You know, I just can't sustain it.

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The Member for Phwoarr

Posted September 17, 2015 into Politics by John Birmingham

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dweeze is gonna tell you...

Posted September 17, 2015
Malcolm in the Middle's answer to 2/3 Tony's Underpants.
I'm scared.

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Halwes mumbles...

Posted September 18, 2015
The other grub that I hope sinks without trace is Ian McDonald. Surely an industry minister that presides over the amount of jobs and industries lost to this country during his tenure can't possibly survive

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Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted September 18, 2015

That's not helping.

I was started by the amount of vitriol that Malcom Turnbull's coup generated from some LNP members in the comments sections on news items. Some seemed quite miffed.

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Stuart would have you know...

Posted September 18, 2015
Wally Aly has an interesting take on this: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/malcolm-turnbull-needs-to-ditch-the-neocons-and-connect-to-middle-australia-20150916-gjojxk.html

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Rob mumbles...

Posted September 20, 2015
If everyone could pop over to my blog and click the Viagra ads and the game of heroes link. That would be great. So far I've earned $1.18 from google.

Rob would have you know...

Posted September 20, 2015
well that comment should be in the story above this one. But for some reason also kinda fits the man and his couch.

Quokka asserts...

Posted September 21, 2015
It would make more sense if you changed your handle so it reads 'Malcolm reminds us'.

Rob reckons...

Posted September 21, 2015
The problem with 'Malcolm reminds us' as a handle of any sort, it may be out of date by the time internet popularity beckons.( I give him 22 months until another spill) I have totally stuffed my YouTube channel by using my current choice of rubbish name. Doh.

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AKM. is gonna tell you...

Posted October 10, 2015
I was reading with glee that Brian Griffin (sorry....Loughnane....) was resigning.... I read the article while watching Serenity for the millionth time.....and it struck me that the resignation was identical to the scene in which The Operative assists the Alliance doctor to fall on a sword.
Especially the dialogue by the Alliance doctor about River Tam......could imagine the good Brian uttering similar words about how much Credlin knows..........
Well worth watching that section again....easily found on the YouTube....

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AuntyLou asserts...

Posted October 10, 2015
Yeah... AKM, I apologise but I got sidetracked by the blooper reels. I am sure you were making a very salient point - but I just can't pass up Mal saying "kid taking a dirt nap with the baby Jesus" or doing a little dance. Maybe when the LNP puts out a blooper reel. Sorry...

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"In Iraq, I raided insurgents. In Virginia, the police raided me."

Posted July 28, 2015 into Politics by John Birmingham

Great essay by a former serviceman, Alex Hortonis, who knows a little bit about kicking down doors and sticking guns into people's faces. Enough that when it happened to him he knew what to do when it happened to him. And after.

I got home from the bar and fell into bed soon after Saturday night bled into Sunday morning. I didn’t wake up until three police officers barged into my apartment, barking their presence at my door. They sped down the hallway to my bedroom, their service pistols drawn and leveled at me.

It was just past 9 a.m., and I was still under the covers. The only visible target was my head.

In the shouting and commotion, I felt an instant familiarity. I’d been here before. This was a raid.

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Hortonis argues that militirising police work creates a militarised, high threat environment that is more dangerous to operate in:

...law enforcement officers need the cooperation of the communities they patrol in order to do their jobs effectively. In the early stages of the war, the U.S. military overlooked that reality as well. Leaders defined success as increasing military hold on geographic terrain, while the human terrain was the real battle. For example, when our platoon entered Iraq’s volatile Diyala province in early 2007, children at a school plugged their ears just before an IED exploded beneath one of our vehicles. The kids knew what was coming, but they saw no reason to warn us. Instead, they watched us drive right into the ambush. One of our men died, and in the subsequent crossfire, several insurgents and children were killed. We saw Iraqis cheering and dancing at the blast crater as we left the area hours later.

The way he went about piecing together the circumstances and context of his own raid experience is very impressive citizen journalism. Better than a lot of pro journalists could manage, actually.

It's all here.

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Murphy_of_Missouri would have you know...

Posted July 28, 2015
Always better to try and use reason before force, even in a defensive situation.
A fair number of folks, and not just cops, don't get that.

dweeze mutters...

Posted July 28, 2015
SOP - shoot first, ask questions later. For some folks, it's easier to squeeze a trigger than talk nicely.

damian reckons...

Posted July 28, 2015
It shouldn't be possible for such people to become cops. It says that it must be really, really hard to recruit good cops. Or there's no interest in paying for them.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon ducks in to say...

Posted July 28, 2015
I passed this one on to a mate - response was "To Protect and Serve" . . . . . . ourselves.I'd seen something similar to this a few months back but it was about Aussies in Afghanistan (and the red rat). Also an interesting read but can't for the life of me find it anywhere

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NBlob asserts...

Posted July 28, 2015
I daily intercept & inspect people who'd rather I didn't. I wonder how my approach would differ in different contexts. In Noosa I risk upsetting a clients Labradoodle or spilling their Pinot Grigio. I don't routinely risk being shot in the fkn head.

damian puts forth...

Posted July 28, 2015
It's a different world, isn't it. If it's hard to recruit good cops in some places, it'd be even harder to stop them turning into manic cagerats with itchy teeth. I guess the way to do that is actually to change the conditions in which they operate, but that's a next level up challenge and many large interest groups like it the way it is.

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GhostSwirv reckons...

Posted July 28, 2015

Seems to me a key element in how this scenario played out is race ... if Alex Horton was black and found sleeping in an apartment the police believed was illegally occupied he most likely would not have survived the encounter.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted July 28, 2015
Yep.

Murphy_of_Missouri mutters...

Posted July 29, 2015
Ghost, the key element in this scenario is that he knew what was going on and stayed calm. He didn't spaz out, or panic, nor did he try to go after one of them.

I have found, even with the first rate dickheads that are in law enforcement, that the best thing to do is just stay calm and be very, very, painfully polite to them.

Umm, the other side of that is that I NEVER go to them with a problem. If I have a problem, I handle it myself.

NBlob mumbles...

Posted July 29, 2015
One of those situations where Right & Fair don't matter. It should be the professional's responsibility to manage the situation, Not the punter. But that isn't the reality. If Right & Fair were the dominant forces I wouldn't be up @ 0500, instead I'd be snuggled up between 2 bikini models sleeping off a coke binge. Instead I'm off to work.

GhostSwirv ducks in to say...

Posted July 29, 2015

I haven't had any personal dealings with police of late, (if I don't count family functions as my youngest sister is now a zealous Police Prosecutor), but by all accounts the Thin Blue/Black Line has solidified into a very scared, very aggressive and very well-armed agency of govt.

A model of behaviour our current Federal govt. wants to ape for our Border Farce of a Customs and Immigration system.

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HAVOCK21 has opinions thus...

Posted July 28, 2015
Just saying is all.
https://www.odmp.org/search/year?year=2014
10 x vehicles and 47 by gun fire.
Imagine the fkn uproar here!..worksafe would go fkn EPIC on their arses.Just remember...the line of work AINT THE FKN SAFEST!......

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w from brisbane mutters...

Posted July 29, 2015
The most concerning thing was the seeming lack of any minimal enquiry before bursting into a person's bedroom in full swat team mode.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon would have you know...

Posted July 29, 2015
Exactly, a swat team for a break in was the thing that made me say WTF? Maybe they've had past history of squatters taking residence and defending their newly found home with a full arsenal of grenade launchers and really bad language.

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Halwes puts forth...

Posted July 29, 2015
This reminds me of the circumstances here since the intervention. A big bunch of bored coppers will always find something to do except bust the child sex offenders which seems to be all too hard for them. Instead they sit on the track and empty peoples possessions onto the road searching for that single gramme of pot that might justify their cushy existence.
If you do run into an NT copper I would suggest, from painful experience, that you be very polite and agree with everything he says. You might as well because you are going to be verballed no matter what you do. If you run into a man hating female NT cop then you have got no hope.

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Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 29, 2015
Given the militarization of Police is it possible the old adage applies "if all you have is an hammer, every problem looks like a nail"?

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Trevor Pyle asserts...

Posted August 25, 2015
When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
This is a real and growing problem here in the states, but it won't (safe to assume) be really addressed until a bunch of white folks continue to have bad, highly visible experiences like this one.

Remember how people said that there wouldn't be an Ebola treatment "breakthrough" until whites became infected...

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Get to da choppaaa

Posted July 25, 2015 into Politics by John Birmingham

When I realised it was my turn to write the Saturday News Review column for SMH and Bronnie was still Speaker of Parilament, I was so excited I could hardly finish my foie gras. There were two challenges for this column.

First was coming up with something, anything, that hadn't already been written, blogged, tweeted or meme generated about her grotesque appetite for living large on the public tit. Second, was cramming it all into one column. Once you look into her expense claim history it's hard to know where to start. The helicopter rides are a crowd fave, but far from the most most lucrative the many operators of Australia's booming luxury transport business.

Booming because of the efforts of one, very naughty Madame Speaker.

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insomniac would have you know...

Posted July 25, 2015
The quote. How hard did you look? First page of Google.

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Rhino ducks in to say...

Posted July 26, 2015
Good god, Man, did you actually attribute the quote "Get to the choppa" to Commando?
For shame. For shame. Dutch will not save you now.

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Lulu puts forth...

Posted July 27, 2015
I think that's the most frightening piece of photoshop ever.

Ever.

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Patriotic Texans Resist Teaser Pony Grab

Posted July 16, 2015 into Politics by John Birmingham

Dateline: Beaver's Lick. TX.

Fearful of a Federal Gubbermint intent on grabbing their teaser ponies and precious freedoms, residents of the Lonestar State are burying their ponies before Ayatollah Obama's forces can sweep in under the cover of the Jade Helm 15 military exercise and take them all.

State Governator McKinney McKinney has ordered the National Guard to monitor the exercise and check all US Army horse floats entering and leaving the Lone Star state.

Local man Randall Biceps declared that all three residents of Beaver's Lick are ready to resist any move on their teaser ponies, but resistence forces appeared to split this morning when neighouring Beaver's Licker, Miss Missy Flagstaff claimed Mr Biceps would likely be too drunk to wake up during the two week duration of the exercise.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted July 16, 2015
How the fuck did those yobbos figure out that the exercise is a cover for a federal military take over of Texas?

GhostSwirv puts forth...

Posted July 16, 2015

Wait a minute - I thought the U.S. of A's finest were doin' War Games in the Deep North of Oz at the moment?

Is this Lone Star Lickin' just some kind of diversionary mission?

dweeze ducks in to say...

Posted July 16, 2015
PNB - I reckon that their tin foil hats homed in on the secret signals from Barry's bunker in Washington. Time for you to lock and load and prepare for martial law.

Bunyip swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 17, 2015
PNB, it is obviously Greybeard's fault.

NBlob reckons...

Posted July 18, 2015
+1

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Barnesm reckons...

Posted July 16, 2015
Personally I thought this conspiracy had all the hall marks of a Prof Boylan exercise in winding up the locals. <h3 style="-webkit-transition: all 0.1s ease; transition: all 0.1s ease; font-size: 18px; margin: -4px 0px 0px 40px; font-weight: 400; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">
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Murphy_of_Missouri would have you know...

Posted July 17, 2015
On a serious note, I can't even wrap my head around the notion that Jade Helm could be considered a covert, take over Texas, exercise.
Of course, it is the same state which claims that Moses is a Founding Father.

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Rhino swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 17, 2015
Seems reasonable to me.
Was at a cigar shop the other night, not my normal cigar digs, minding my own business when some guys around me pulled me into a discussion, as happens in cigar shops, about the situation in Greece.
That turned to a discussion of the eventual breakdown of American society and what would happen. I advised them that I was already eyeballing Warlord status and that they would do well by swearing fealty now before the rush.
One guy asked me why I thought that I would survive.
My reply, "Already having a plan, my sociopathic ruthlessness coupled with a sense of fairness, charisma and a bunker stocked with weapons, ammo and food/water.
Reasonable on all levels.

insomniac reckons...

Posted July 17, 2015
and a spectacular hat ... don't forget the hat.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted July 17, 2015
After informing your conversation partner about your plan, did he try to buy in? I most certainly would have. I have an agreement in my pocket at all times should I ever need to buy into an End of The World survival plan.

And please, from the rest of you: no lawyer jokes. You would do this, too, if you had the sense, the education, and the cash.

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Cintamani puts forth...

Posted July 17, 2015
What i dont understand is why they would invade their own country in the first place.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted July 19, 2015
Because they hate freedom.

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Halwes would have you know...

Posted July 17, 2015

Is there really a place called Beaver Lick.? I want to live there.

Dave W asserts...

Posted July 17, 2015
And wtf is a teaser pony?

insomniac reckons...

Posted July 17, 2015
Dave W
It's the little horse who gets the mare all excited and then gets lead away with a superboner while the stallion strolls in and does his bit.

yankeedog mumbles...

Posted July 17, 2015
Halwes-there is indeed a place called Beaver Lick. Actually, two-one in Missouri, one in Kentucky. There's also a Big Bone Lick (also in Kentucky) for those so inclined.

Wisconsin boasts Bong State Recreational Area (named for famous WWII ace and pioneer jet pilot Richard Bong and resident of Wisconsin-not named after the smoking device). If there'd been a just God in the universe, Bong would have been a resident of Weed, California.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted July 18, 2015
I think Bong is a western suburb of Weed, California. I distinctly remember seeing a big sign reading "Welcome to Bong" and under that in smaller letters "The Gateway to Weed.)

damian asserts...

Posted July 18, 2015
There's a town called Woodenbong in northern NSW, near the Queensland border. It's more or less between Mount Warning and Mount Mistake.

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Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted July 17, 2015
This is very Boylan.

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Governor McKinney McKinney ducks in to say...

Posted July 18, 2015
The situation is in hand and for a bit of real world fun with words, there IS a liquor store in Beaver Colorado named Beaver Liquors. Not kidding.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted July 18, 2015
How far is that from Houston?

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Posted July 18, 2015
Ive done a little reading about Jade Helm after hearing about it on the rather excellent 'Stuff they don't want you to know podcast.' I'm astounded, completely amazed that anyone could buy into this. Ok, so you are sure you got some extra- terrestrial Hopoate action, convinced 911 was an inside job & believe there is a cartel of bankers who control the world, but really? Seriously, I'm intrigued. Has it reached a point where if the federal government says X, then axiomatically Y is true? Someone cleverer than I (shut up Wrinkly) once said 'when the governed lose faith in the governing, revolution is imminent.' What happens when a (small & vocal) % of the population becomes convinced that Everything the Government spokes-suits say is a lie?

damian asserts...

Posted July 18, 2015
By way of trying to find some sort of meta-index of scholarly articles and research in the growing field of "liberals and conservatives are different in surprising ways", I recently came across and read a book called "The Republican Brain" (which provided such an index). It may be an interesting read in the context of the question you just asked. It's far from solid, sometimes degenerates into schoolboyish sniggering, but it does pull together a number of real current streams of activity based around trying to understand what and why these things happen.

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damian ducks in to say...

Posted July 18, 2015
Okay I'm having trouble not reading that as "taser pony".

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Rhino reckons...

Posted July 19, 2015
I grew up in Beaver County.
The county seat is the town of Beaver. Famous for appearing in the 1986 Michael Keaton movie Gung Ho.
The Japanese in the movie swam in the Beaver River (empties into the mighty Ohio). My favorite bar, The Riverside Saloon, also sits on the Beaver River. I have drunkenly skinny dipped in that river on several occasions. Because, hot chicks. Beaver in the Beaver we used to call it.


John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted July 19, 2015
Livin' the dream.

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