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The Sydney Morning Herald’s Alan Ramsey, who is almost always completely wrong, gets it wrong again:

Meanwhile, know that our Prime Minister has another birthday on Tuesday – his 66th. Expect he and Janette will likely spend it, in front of the television cameras, with Australian forces from Iraq flown to Oman for the occasion. You can bet they won’t go to Iraq itself.

Much too dangerous.

Good call, Al:

Prime Minister John Howard has made a top-secret visit to Iraq to meet with Australian troops and hold talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

Mr Howard landed in Baghdad where he met with Mr Jaafari for half an hour and then travelled to Iraq’s southern Al Muthanna province, where 450 Australian troops are helping train Iraqi security forces and protecting Japanese military engineers working on reconstruction efforts.

(Via Wheels128)

Posted by Tim B. on 07/25/2005 at 11:42 AM
    1. What Mr. Ramsey probably means is that Mr. Ramsey won’t go to Iraq.  Too dangerous.  There are headhunters there, you know.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 07 25 at 12:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. …Mr Howard landed in Baghdad where he met with Mr Jaafari for half an hour and then travelled to Iraq’s southern Al Muthanna province, where 450 Australian troops are helping train Iraqi security forces and protecting Japanese military engineers working on reconstruction efforts.

      And then Mr. Howard served the troops a plastic turkey, right, Al?

      You just can’t keep a shameless leftist down…

      Posted by Wes S. on 2005 07 25 at 01:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh, Howard went to Iraq?  No problem, they can shift gears in midstream and start criticizing for wasting taxppayer money on a self-indulgent vacation in Iraq.

      Posted by blerp on 2005 07 25 at 01:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, but she got his birthday info correct, didn’t she?  The people have a right to know!

      Posted by Tom on 2005 07 25 at 01:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. Geez, does Ramsey do stock picks by any chance? You could probably make a fortune shorting his “buy” recommendations.

      Posted by paco on 2005 07 25 at 01:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ramsey’s curent recommendations are as follows:

      1) Long the front month buggy whip futures.
      2) LEAP calls on prarie schooners.

      He has a fondness for high beta positions.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2005 07 25 at 03:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. I should hae said negative beta positions.  Sorry, just ever so sorry.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2005 07 25 at 03:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. I wouldnt put Ramsey in charge of the tea trolley let alone calling the odds .

      Posted by rog2 on 2005 07 25 at 05:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. At this rate Ramsey’s going to be a challenger for Chris Sheil and his record of getting it wrong.

      Posted by Michael42 on 2005 07 25 at 05:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m shocked I thought all newsmen were the forthright honest types, you, know like the square-jawed heroes of the revolution so loved in posters from socialist sinkholes.  Plus I’m always amazed at the cynicism of the unwashed users of news, don’t we know better to keep our places and remain contented that even now,  out there, is a newsman interviewing and fact checking to bring us the real news, the news that will help us understand how truly pathetic we are.  We just need to see the light.

      Posted by Pat Patterson on 2005 07 25 at 05:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. Foot, shot.

      Posted by cal on 2005 07 25 at 06:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. whats’s the odds that Al will claim Howard didn’t go to Iraq – the whole thing was staged, like the Apollo missions to the moon.

      Posted by larrikin on 2005 07 25 at 07:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. what, they actually landed on the moon??

      your winding me up.

      Posted by vinny on 2005 07 25 at 07:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Holy smokes! What PERFECT timing! Others like Ellis and Adams can get it SOOO wrong, but only Ramsey can time it to perfection!

      Can we perhaps get Ramsey to say that the Osama Bin Laden will never be caught and the War on Terror will never be won?

      Posted by Richard_of_Oz on 2005 07 25 at 07:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. Jeebus, this kind of “journalism” drives me nuts.

      I was driving home tonight listening to syphiletic old crank Daniel Schorr speaking on National Public Radio (the US’ taxpayer funded leftist sinkhole).

      His shtick? That IF Bush & Co wanted to deflect attention from Karl Rove by naming a Supreme Court nominee THEN they must be disappointed!

      How ‘bout “IF old Dan Shorr thought Nina Tottenburg would fellate him on air while he read his commentary THEN he must be disappointed!”

      People like Shorr and Ramsey cannot even record the past so why would they think they can judge their betters’ motives and prognosticate the future?

      That’s not journalism.

      Posted by JDB on 2005 07 25 at 07:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Wes S—Actually he threw a plastic shrimp on the barbie…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 07 25 at 07:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. N worries.Media Watch will be onto Al like a terrier on a fat rat.NOT

      Posted by Lew on 2005 07 25 at 07:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. Lefties often deal in untruths and fabricated versions of reality. Too much crystal meth and weed… IZZZZZZZZZZZZZZllllll ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

      Posted by scowler on 2005 07 25 at 08:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. Interesting that Howard got a barrage of criticism from the media for not visiting the injured Australian women’s cycling team members in Germany. He had said that he couldn’t stop off there for “logistical issues”.

      Now that it’s quite obvious what those issues are, I wonder if the media will apologise?

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2005 07 25 at 08:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. How can I get my bookmaker to hire Alan?

      Posted by jpaulg on 2005 07 25 at 08:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. I would choose injured Aussie hotties over krauts any day. What can John have been thinking of?

      My bet is that Herr Schroeder does dye his hair. It’s unnatural for an aged punter like that to have ebony locks.

      Posted by scowler on 2005 07 25 at 08:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. It took till the 16th post for a mention of plastic food.  Frankly, I’m surprised that it wasn’t mentioned in the Sydney Morning Herald’s original articale… 😉

      Posted by Siergen on 2005 07 25 at 08:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. Do you think the sub-editors at the SMH were having a quiet dig at Ramsey when they used the phrase “Rent-a-Quote” in the headline of this piece? Eight of the ten paragraphs are direct quotation.

      Posted by Imre on 2005 07 25 at 09:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. #21 – apparently that shade of brown is now known in German hairdressing salons as ‘Chancellor Chestnut’.  And it looks as though the Crusader forces have been denying Saddam his previous unlimited access to Grecian 2000 – surely a case for Amnesty International?

      Posted by cuckoo on 2005 07 25 at 09:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Interesting that Howard got a barrage of criticism from the media for not visiting the injured Australian women’s cycling team members in Germany. He had said that he couldn’t stop off there for “logistical issues”.

      Yes, WTF WAS that about?  How many Australians are involved in car accidents around the world, and some idiots expect JWH to travel 1000 km out of his way and return (plus probably meet and greet with the German High Command while he visits their country).  What an ill thought out and ludicrous idea.

      Posted by entropy on 2005 07 25 at 10:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. What an ill thought out and ludicrous idea.

      Pretty much encapsulates leftism right there.

      Posted by Achillea on 2005 07 25 at 10:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey Schroeder looks like a latter day Adonis compared to Saddam. The aged brigand is looking unkempt and cosmetically challenged in his recent photos. One from his recent court appearance shows someone who resembles a Romanian gypsy with advanced syphilis … a decrepit trailer dweller no less. His purplish/brownish hair looked like a botched attempt to use soot from the tinker’s fire as makeshift hair dye.

      The allies are obviously torturing the man by denying him access to Grecian Formulae and wrinkle reducing creams. BARBARIC!!

      Posted by scowler on 2005 07 25 at 10:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m in a state of shock! I just heard a tv jouralist admit that Howard risked his life by visiting Iraq.

      I think it was actually Paul Buongiorno).

      Posted by dee on 2005 07 25 at 11:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. Dee, I caught that too. Although I thought it was a snide attempt to paint Iraq as a dangerous quagmire where one could die any minute (maybe I’m getting to cynical in my old age?).

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2005 07 26 at 12:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. No I think Bongiorno is still pissed at being called out for the anti-war hack that he is after that conference with Blair.

      Howard gaving him a good dressing down after asking another stupid question about Australia’s involvement in the war and its effect on our terrorism status.

      How does this wanker keep his job?

      Posted by Jay Santos on 2005 07 26 at 12:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ever hear Bongiorno simpering away with Phatty? Tells you all you need to know about him: Brown-nosed lightweight. The Catholic Church got the best of the deal when he quit the seminary.

      Posted by Phranger on 2005 07 26 at 01:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hey Tim, I know what you were up to today…

      I hope you enjoyed the trip to the Gold Coast and the HPDC….

      (You’re famous)

      —Nora

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2005 07 26 at 02:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. Scowler — I understand the Iraqi tribunal is considering sentencing Saddam to try and catch a London train…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 07 26 at 02:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. OT, but it’s sort of relevant since we were speaking of people getting it wrong again:

      Fonda planning anti-war protest

      You don’t need to read it all, the quote below sums it up:

      Fonda said her anti-war tour in March will use a bus that runs on “vegetable oil.”

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2005 07 26 at 02:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. OT: And just to add to the irrelevance, this is follows on from Barry Jones’s cancelled address at the Press Club

      Out of steam on wrong track
      FEDERAL Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, couldn’t take a trick on his trip to Townsville.

      For his big media event at the railway workshops, fewer than 10 workers attended. It was probably just as well. His big pitch was that workers would be worse off under the Howard Government’s IR changes. Wrong. Union members will not be affected because they work under a state government award. To add insult, RSVPs for a $100-a-plate fundraiser failed to reach expectations so the lunch was scuppered. All Kim had to say about his visit north was that Prime Minister John Howard shouldn’t have gone to watch the cricket at Lord’s. Such a wowser.

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2005 07 26 at 02:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Regarding Alan ‘Rent-a-quote’ Ramsey, would anyone know how much per word Fairfax pays him..?

      Posted by JAFA on 2005 07 26 at 03:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. Whatever Ramsey’s getting per word, it cannot come close to Margo: she has posted fewer than 1000 words during the wholeof July. That is about as much as a hardworking journalist is expected to file every day.

      Posted by Imre on 2005 07 26 at 04:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. Imre,…or a successful blogger. Give Margo a break though, July was particularly embarrassing for lefties. What with London and all.

      I was wondering if Ramsey is paid per word for quotes…? If eight of the ten paragraphs of his 1568 word spray are direct quotation, the bloke’s cleaned up !

      Posted by JAFA on 2005 07 26 at 04:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. Do you want to talk about other journos who constantly get it wrong – look no further than The Age’s Michael Gawenda.

      HEADLINE:
      Bush’s ‘brain’ in danger of lobotomy: The President’s political adviser is snared in a spy scandal.

      CONTENT:
      Most experts agree neither Rove nor Libby broke the law when they talked to reporters about Plame — neither of them actually named her, nor did they reveal that she was a covert agent. And her covert work ended almost six years ago.
      So what’s the big fucking deal?

      Posted by Young and Free on 2005 07 26 at 04:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well, let’s try that headline with a few more of the Left’s favorite rhetorical device in print, the scare quote:

      The President’s political adviser is snared in a ‘spy’ ‘scandal’

      Yup, looks much better and more accurate that way.

      Posted by PW on 2005 07 26 at 05:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. Further evidence that the ALP is way behind:
      Anthony Albanese on tonight’s ABC news 702 6pm said it was a “disgrace” that the government remained an “isolated” case of failure to sign up for Kyoto.
      Hasn’t anyone pointed out to him that the wheels have fallen off that bandwagon. Get a new line, Anthony.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 07 26 at 05:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. Tim must be complimented on that rare feat: two hyperlinks in one word!!

      What’s up with the Australian cyclists?  Unless they were wounded in a terror attack that I’m unaware of, why should Howard pop over to Germany?  I don’t think even Dan Rather would pillory Bush if he didn’t rush to France to check up on Lance if he’d fallen off his bike!

      Posted by Tex Lovera on 2005 07 26 at 08:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. Liberals have lost the plot.

      Islamic fundamentalists threatening to destroy the Western world is nothing compared to how parents choose to dress their children.

      Posted by ilibcc on 2005 07 26 at 08:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. Several young women cycling down a hill at 70-80 ks were hit by a speeding car which swerved across the road and one girl was killed immediately.Two seriously injured.
      Terrible situation Tex however everything that could be done has been done by the Australian government and authorities in Germany.Driver is 18 years old and survived
      Sad story all round.

      Posted by crash on 2005 07 26 at 09:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. o/t Four Corners retrospective on web site.
      Subject terrorism.
      Six hours in four years.
      That’s ONE AND ONE QUARTER HOURS on terrorism in four years.
      Well no-one can say they haven’t done their bit to win the war can they?

      Posted by crash on 2005 07 26 at 09:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. er one and one quarter hours A YEAR,sorry.

      Posted by crash on 2005 07 26 at 09:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. “German High Command”…..Bundeswher…*snort*.

      Posted by David A on 2005 07 26 at 10:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. Discovery is back in space, with Aussie mission specialist Thomas aboard!  Good on yer!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 07 26 at 10:50 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ah Crash, I think that makes one and a half hours a year. You been to Margostan maths classes?
      Blogstrop check out the SMH today. Far from the wheels falling off the Kyoto bandwagon, according to them, and their swampy friends, Howard’s failure to join Kyoto will shortly see all us coastal dwellers swept away by cyclones.

      Posted by Harold on 2005 07 26 at 05:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. That may be, but to persist that it is humans that swing the balance is the real argument. Clive Hamilton and Fran Kelly banging on about the “science” without addressing this aspect is laughable. Those with a purely political agenda reveal themselves as surely as … well, as surely as Fran keeps commenting on when John Howard will go!

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 07 26 at 06:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. Fran’s grasp of science is as strong as my math.

      Posted by crash on 2005 07 27 at 09:24 AM • permalink

 

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