BOOT PEOPLE

“If a person was about to be killed,” writes Margonaut Marilyn Shepherd, “I would bring them out of the country in a boot.”

You know, it’s just as well Margo employs two full-time comment editors, otherwise blunders like that might actually be published. So also might these, from a single comments stream:

His appalling racist comments about Asian immigration in 1988, although I was only 11 years old at the time I still remember it very clearly because my best friend was a young man by the name John Huang a recently arrived immigrant from Taiwan.

Are we waiting for Australian’s to be killed?

What a loverly dreamery world Craig lives in.

In my eyes Margo has a huge and generous heart and her words and ideas are aimed designed to build a inclusive and magnificent cathedral.

Future must be entrusted to voices of Craig Wartons.

I find whats happening in politics very disturbing.

I find what’s happening in Margotopia very disturbing. How much is she paying these illiterate bolderers?

Posted by Tim B. on 09/26/2005 at 11:30 PM
    1. I am not looney. I have never been looney.

      Just because I disagree with this government, locking up innocent people, bashing kids and invading countries for no reason does not mean I am looney.

      Marilyn I don’t believe you!

      Posted by Hank Reardon on 2005 09 27 at 12:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. How is she paying them? Why it’s obvious – peanuts, and you know what you get when you peanuts……

      Posted by Louis on 2005 09 27 at 01:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. Maybe she means this boot?

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2005 09 27 at 01:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. Marilyn is full as a boot.

      Posted by Nic on 2005 09 27 at 01:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. Tim

      I think you’re unkind. Marilyn would bring them out in a boot just to prove she has sole.

      Posted by kywong73 on 2005 09 27 at 01:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. wuts all the fus aboot?

      Posted by aguycalledbrad on 2005 09 27 at 01:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. Margo had this to say:

      On the other matter you raise, comments editing is full on, Craig, and is absolutely punishing on anyone who does the job for more than a few weeks. Yes, mistakes are made, but we’re trying always to get consistency in editing

      Funny how she left a letter from Ben Oquist untouched regarding the Greens yet never mentioned exactly who he works for. I thought that Webdiary posters had to disclose their political affiliations? Those extra letters must really get the ‘hit counts’ up.

      Posted by Nic on 2005 09 27 at 01:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. It’s about time we all registered for comments at Margo’s suddenly unsheltered workshop.  Then we can make lefty-appealing, but completely dyslexic comments which the bold tag elves will end up topping themselves over.  i.e.:

      “Harword knos thaat his desttroing demoncracy going nad he wont’ carr.”

      Posted by Mr Hackenbacker on 2005 09 27 at 02:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. 99% of the Afghans who came on the boats live here as genuine refugees. That is because they came this way and the only nation that has signed the refugee convention is us.
      If they had other protection elsewhere we would not owe them protection under the convention – we did and they are here.
      Oh my god! Unilateral convention signing!  A blatant breach of the UN’s turf.  Shame, Australia, shame.

      Posted by noir on 2005 09 27 at 02:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. I think that as long as Marilyn finds a fetishistic Iranian, it could be a match made in heaven.

      Posted by captain on 2005 09 27 at 02:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. Those editors need to improve their poof-reading.

      Posted by slammer on 2005 09 27 at 02:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. I am not looney.

      Wha…? Marilyn Shepherd channels the Fish License sketch?

      Mr Praline Marilyn:
      I am not a looney! Why should I be tarred with the epithet looney, merely because I have a pet halibut? I’ve heard tell that Sir Gerald Nabardo has a pet prawn called Simon and you wouldn’t call him a looney; furthermore, Dawn Pailthorpe, the lady show-jumper, had a clam, called Stafford, after the late Chancellor, Allan Bullock has two pikes, both called Chris, and Marcel Proust had an haddock! So, if you’re calling the author of ‘A la recherche du temps perdu’ a looney, I shall have to ask you to step outside!

      Can we assume all her pets are named “Eric”?

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2005 09 27 at 02:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. In my eyes Margo has a huge and generous heart

      She certainly has a big heart if she pays them anything.

      Posted by jorgen on 2005 09 27 at 02:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. To recap, guess who the Sunday Age’s Letters editor selected to lead the page last Sunday 25/9? The same Marilyn Shepherd of Kensington SA:. To quote her, “John Howard said, ‘Turn them away’, ‘Lock up the children, they might be terrorists’…”
      rant rant hate hate. Curious, the taste of these Age letters editors.

      Posted by percypup on 2005 09 27 at 02:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. Marilyn is a bit of an old boot- I hope Customs apply the bullet-nosed torches to her next time she returns from overseas, she may have reffos secreted.

      How much is she paying these illiterate bolderers?

      All the crayons they can eat, I’d say.

      Posted by Habib on 2005 09 27 at 02:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Does it burn you up Timmy that Margo gets more readers and posters?

      By the way how should one pronounce your name? I’m thinking similar to the Southpark character of the same name, what do you think Timmmaaaaaaay?

      Always a good idea to align yourself with governments run by intelligent people.
      “CBS News correspondent Gloria Borger reports that Michael Brown, who recently resigned as the head of the FEMA, has been rehired by the agency as a consultant to evaluate its response following Hurricane Katrina.”
      http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/09/22/national/main878583.shtml

      It’s like bringing a dog back around to study the puddle it made on the carpet.

      Posted by tims a wingnut on 2005 09 27 at 03:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. This from a guy going under the name Graeme Finn was pretty funny too:

      I criticise US policy because Australia supports it and I am Australian and wish us to stop our lockstep march to privatised military madness. Critical comments towards the previous USSR would be a waste of time as I have no influence in those countries.

      Single man, 44, in share accom in inner west, no car, one bicycle, one indoor cat (with a taste for my blood) and I save spiders as well.

      Ladies? Graeme has influence in countries other than the “previous USSR” and is generally a dreamboot: “share accom, no car, cat, spider saver.” Hell, I’d do him and I’m a guy. And, uh, not gay.

      Posted by jgm on 2005 09 27 at 03:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. Re: #1

      It’s interesting that Marilyn uses the American spelling of ‘Looney’ (as in Looney Tunes) rather than the generally accepted Australian spelling ‘Loony’.

      FIGHT THE CULTURAL IMPERIALISTS, MARILYN! FIGHT THE CULTURAL IMPERIALISTS!

      Posted by blandwagon on 2005 09 27 at 03:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. Does it burn you up Timmy that Margo gets more readers and posters?

      But half of Margo’s posters are trolls or parodies from Tim Blair’s site. 🙂

      Also, Margo’s editors are definitely doing their job. My comment was removed during moderation. 🙁

      Posted by drscroogemcduck on 2005 09 27 at 03:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. I can’t help but wonder: Is the use of “bolderers” intended to be ironic?

      I trust so, because in a post of this nature it would be somewhat of a pity to bowdlerise that particular word. (That would be “bowdlerize” with a zee for our spelling-challenged Amreican allies).

      Is the pot calling the kettle black? Is this a case of bowdleriser, heal thyself? Is the boot (that’s trunk for our American allies, with a tee)on the other foot.

      Such are the imponderables of life. Laugh? I nearly cried.

      Posted by Nemesis on 2005 09 27 at 03:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. Maybe she’s Canadian???  get in the ‘boot’, lower the ‘boot’, row the ‘boot’

      Posted by Arnaudinoz on 2005 09 27 at 04:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. Amreican was dleiberate, u no. Rearly.

      Posted by Nemesis on 2005 09 27 at 04:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. ” I was only 11 years old at the time I still remember it very clearly because my best friend was a young man by the name John Huang”

      OK she was 11 years old and her best friend was a young man. Well that’s not creepy in any way is it?

      Posted by Ross on 2005 09 27 at 04:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. Nemesis seems to have lost the plot once again.

      Posted by Pixy Misa on 2005 09 27 at 04:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. #18 Blandwagon, Perhaps Mari”loon” Shepherd uses the incorrect spelling with the thinking that if she is pushed into a corner regarding proof of her lunacy that she may get off on a technicality.

      Posted by Hank Reardon on 2005 09 27 at 04:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. There was an old Margo who lived in a shoe
      (designed by Christopher Wren,not just any old boot). She had so many posters she didn’t know what to do….

      Posted by crash on 2005 09 27 at 05:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. Nemesis, wtf are you on about.

      Posted by James Waterton on 2005 09 27 at 05:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. Meanwhile, back in the real world . . . .

      Posted by Young and Free on 2005 09 27 at 05:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. #16 – tims a wingnut – aaannnd you get your robust and replicable comparative data and analysis from where, exactly, leetle timmikins?

      Posted by Ck on 2005 09 27 at 05:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. #16 “tims a wingnut”:

      Does it burn you up Timmy that Margo gets more readers and posters?

      Not really. It’s actually an interesting social phenomenon. Throughout the 80s there was a concerted movement that forced the hitherto incarcerated mentally unstable population to live at large in the community. A lot of people were thrown out of asylums. It seems they’ve regrouped in their own special online asylum.

      Posted by James Waterton on 2005 09 27 at 05:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. Here’s a picture and biography of Mari’loon’ Shepherd
      That photo looks like one of the pics that they put on charity literature to get you donate.

      Posted by Hank Reardon on 2005 09 27 at 05:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. Geez, what was that drivel from Nemesis about?

      Is that “intelligentsia” for “fuck off, running capitalist dogs”?

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2005 09 27 at 05:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. What worries me is that the Left in this country is still trying to fight the 2001 election, boat people as an issue ended in 2003 when they stopped coming. This is because the Liberal party not only stemmed the flow, they turned the tap off completely. It seems to me that Beazley, the ALP and the Left are still trying to claim the 2001 election was lost due to the Tampa arriving, not the fact that they had no policies or that the Australian people wanted to dump Beazley as leader, justified in recent news polls. This obsession with the past was again demonstrated in the 2004 election, Latham admitted as much on Lateline, when the ALP was again caught focusing solely on the issue of security and Iraq, Howard then raised the issue of economic management which completely blindsiding the ALP and hit them for six.

      Posted by cjblair on 2005 09 27 at 06:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. The Bold and the Bootiful.

      Posted by Tony.T.Teacher on 2005 09 27 at 06:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. Maybe Mazza is a closet neo-nazi white supremacist, and wants all the chockos let out so she and her mates can welcome them to their new land with their shiny Doc Marten boots.

      Posted by Habib on 2005 09 27 at 06:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. Holy crap hank (#31), that bio is really a satire of recent left history.  You couldn’t look at it and not start laughing.

      I smiled at the statement that kind of implied she had seven genetic parents.

      I snickered at the discovery that dear marilyn was an anti-vietnam and franklin dam protester ( pigeon hole anyone?).

      A started giggling a the revelation that she worked for ‘fairies in the garden’ John Coulter (an ex leader of the Australian Democrats whose campaign started in the back yard, with goodness and light surrounding).  It would not surprise me if it was all her idea.

      I ROTFL at the next paragraph, which revealed she worked with Tony Kevin on the consipracy thoery that the Government was somehow involved in the sinking of SIEVX (or was it the government knew SIEVX was sinking, but turned the navy away??). 

      Tears ran down my face when it transpired she was involved with the charletan Bakhtiaryi family (fake refugees who pretended they were Afghan to seek asylum, when they were in fact pakistani).

      I have not participated in the ridicule of marilyn before, as I thought she was a well meaning old bat, and thus it was somehow cruel.  Now I know better.  Calling her loony is an insult to loons.

      Posted by entropy on 2005 09 27 at 07:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. Nemesis,

      (That would be “bowdlerize” with a zee for our spelling-challenged Amreican allies).

      You racist fuck.

      —Nick

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2005 09 27 at 07:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. Marilyn would wait right up until the last second, when a person is “about to be killed” before she would bother to rally her incandescent spewing rage to move away from her keyboard and to get off her butt to help anyone.

      Given that this is her own criteria to engender action, it wouldn’t take much for the intended ‘rescuee’ to end up dead; when you are “about to be killed” a few seconds can make the difference, one way or another.

      Therefore, I conclude, that Marilyn intended to write “boot”.  It’s well known that the bodies go in the boot, not the boat.

      Posted by Ck on 2005 09 27 at 07:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. Just so long as she didn’y mean bot– if that’s what she’s really offering, I’d prefer to take my chances with the Hutus/Tutsis/militias/insurgents/secret police etc.

      shudder.

      Posted by Habib on 2005 09 27 at 07:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. #8

      After they churlishly rejected my very mild wise cracks last time, I thought about posting some parody comments for a laugh.

      And then I thought, ‘what’s the point – who could tell the difference?’ I wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference.

      I would suggest maybe it’s all  parody, but that’s the exact remark they wouldn’t print…

      Posted by kipwatson on 2005 09 27 at 08:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. And then I thought, ‘what’s the point – who could tell the difference?’ I wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference.

      That’s why my blog is called what it is.  Some days it’s like the entire world has fallen into Swiftian satire – only with more spelling mistakes.

      Posted by Pixy Misa on 2005 09 27 at 08:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. You would want the dettol & wire brush first Habib. Or maybe even the steam cleaner!

      Posted by Gibbo on 2005 09 27 at 08:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ah, poor Marilyn. I am reminded of the hapless, but conceited, coyote from the old Warner Bros. cartoon, whose business card read: “Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius”. This was displayed, of course, only moments before he managed to fall off the cliff and disappear into a tiny cloud of dust at the bottom of the canyon.

      Posted by paco on 2005 09 27 at 09:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. Pixy,

      OK, ‘Ambient Irony’ I get it now (been there before but didn’t get it).

      Yeah, Swift had that feeling real bad – but you wouldn’t want to end up like him!

      Posted by kipwatson on 2005 09 27 at 09:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. Here’s a picture and biography of Mari’loon’ Shepherd
      That photo looks like one of the pics that they put on charity literature to get you donate.

      Yeah, Moe wants his haircut bowl back.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2005 09 27 at 10:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. #18 & #21
      No, she can’t be a Canuck hoser, or she’d have used the spelling “loonie”.And did anyone stop to think that maybe Margo’s workers are getting paid in extraneous apostrophes? They’re just trying to send their kid’s to good journalism school’s!

      Posted by andycanuck on 2005 09 27 at 10:35 AM • permalink

 

    1. Future must be entrusted to voices of Craig Wartons.

      I dunno who Craig Wartons is, but if he’s hearing multiple voices, I’m pretty sure I don’t want to entrust the future to him.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 09 27 at 11:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. Kath and Kim, Roy and HG, Mazza and Margo. Comedy gold.

      Posted by JAFA on 2005 09 27 at 01:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. Re Margo’s

      Yes, mistakes are made, but we’re trying always to get consistency in editing

      quoted in #7: I suppose “all crap” is a state of consistency.

      Alas, I suspect drscroogemyduck in #19 hit upon the truth…their “editing” is really just “moderating”. How pathetic, they can’t even admit to their own actions.

      Posted by PW on 2005 09 27 at 03:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. another well educated satisfied customer from the state school system…..well done you retard leftie teacher/preachers.

      Posted by vinny on 2005 09 27 at 05:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. Her brilliance nows kno bounds, it is a finely nuanced comment that only such as Margo can truly comprehend!  It is not a real boot; either of a car or a Muther Hubbard, it is an allusion to that fine movie about selfless love for a united Europe called “Das Boot”. 
      Such fine misdirection will enable her get “Boot” loads here to their caring embrace.

      Posted by missinglink on 2005 09 27 at 06:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. Bugger missed #3.

      Posted by missinglink on 2005 09 27 at 06:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. Nemesis is back?  What’s he doing, giving his little brother a lesson in bad trolling, or trying to look good in comparison by standing next to a drool shovel like timsawingnut?

      Posted by Sortelli on 2005 09 27 at 06:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well, of course! You can’t bring them out in a slipper.  Everyone knows Aussies sink the slipper…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 09 27 at 07:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. Come on, people. Disparaging the boot is a bootable offence!

      Posted by TimT on 2005 09 27 at 07:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. Can someone explain to me what criteria one needs to be part of the intelligensia?  Is it above average IQ, a couple of degrees or a pedigree left wing ideology?

      Posted by Chris Abood on 2005 09 27 at 08:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. “His appalling racist comments about Asian immigration in 1988, although I was only 11 years old at the time I still remember it very clearly…”

      Is this person talking about John Howard’s comments or Charles Perkin’s comments??

      Posted by Consuela Potez on 2005 09 27 at 10:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. [ADMIN OT] Nemesis, could you fix your email? I’m getting all your bounced comment replies with a “mailbox not available” message.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 09 27 at 10:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. #56: One must be educated beyond one’s intelligence.

      Posted by paco on 2005 09 27 at 10:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. #36 when I commented on the Bakhtiaryi family.
      Revelations today that the Bakhtiaryi’s were ACTUALLY AFGHAN will have the left in hysterics over the actions of the fascist Howard dictatorship.
      Until you read in the fine print that it is only Mrs Bakhtiaryi that is Afghan (not Mr Bakhtiaryi), and that in any case, they actually had pakistani passports, and last I checked, there is not a swarm of refugees seeking asylum from Pakistan.  But that is inconsequential nitpicking to the left – They be afghans!!!

      Posted by entropy on 2005 09 27 at 11:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. [REALLY IRRITABLE ADMIN OT] NEMESIS, CHANGE YOUR FUCKING EMAIL SETTINGS OR FIX YOUR HOTMAIL ACCOUNT NOW. OR I WILL DELETE YOUR MEMBERSHIP.

      Christ, people, you know how thinskinned I am. Is it so hard to empty that little checkbox in your profile? I have the directions RIGHT HERE under the goddam comment entry box and everything. I don’t have magical powers—I can’t make a hand come out of your monitor and smack you to get your attention, though I wish I could.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 09 27 at 11:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. Webdiary latest—Harry Heidelberg has found a blogger who thinks Margo has sold out to the Right!

      Posted by Evil Pundit on 2005 09 27 at 11:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. #60 – entropy – actually more important is the fact that the entire family was safely deposited in Pakistan, a country in which they are entitled to live, but they promptly moved to Afganistan, where I believe they continue to live, despite their pleas to remain in Australia because of their fears of persecution in Afganistan – the very basis of their refugee claim.  Go figure.

      I did feel sorry for the family. I don’t now.

      Posted by Ck on 2005 09 27 at 11:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. Mate, I feel very sorry for the Bakhtiaryi family.

      An ignorant and not very intelligent man, used as a pawn by the cynical Left for years without any possibility that they would eventually be given residency. Humiliated, kids traumatised, years of their life wasted. For what?

      It would have been much better to whisk them off home as quick as possible and let them get on with their lives.

      The moral of the story: Only conservatism is compassionate.

      Posted by kipwatson on 2005 09 28 at 12:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hmm lawyer wants an apology form Govt.
      Can anyone say lawsuit???
      These people are so dumb it hurts. You only have to look at what isnt being said as per entropy #60 and the “story” becomes much clearer.
      When i worked in Immigration detention we had 2 seperate groups of Afghanis. The real ones and the packistanis who claimed to be Afghani. And they didnt like each other either.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2005 09 28 at 03:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. #62. EP- what a loon; why are they all from bloody South Australia? If they’re not partaking in bizarre sex murders, they’re plotting the overthrow of Western Civilisation and the installation of a marxist utopia, you know, like the one established by the progressive Mr Pot in khymer country.

      I can’t think of a better place for a nuclear waste dump- a good dose of gamma cured the Nips of any naughty authoritarian ideas.

      Posted by Habib on 2005 09 28 at 04:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. Afghan is as afghan does.

      Posted by crash on 2005 09 28 at 08:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. I love Andrea’s style. I’d love to see her do a week’s guest stint as Web Diary administrator.

      Posted by Harold on 2005 09 28 at 09:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. What a glorious day. I finally rated a mention on Timblair.net. Thank you Tim for pointing out my minor spelling mistake and punctuation error, your constructive criticism is much appreciated. My only criticism of you is that you didn’t attribute my name to my comments. This has lead to a few of your contributors confusing my words with Marilyn’s (is that the correct use of an apostrophe?).

      I was the person who was 11 years old when John Howard was suggesting a reduction in the level of Asian immigration. For those of you who may not recall the context and substance of those comments, in July 1988, following earlier comments by Geoffrey Blainey that the level of Asian immigration posed a threat to Australia’s future, Howard began to speak in media interviews of a possible reduction in Asian migration. If you recall, these comments did not go down too well and helped hasten his political demise as leader of the Opposition.

      Tim and friends by all means question my views and opinions. The reason I contribute to such a public forum is to have my beliefs challenged. But to engage in such a childish display of nitpicking, over a spelling mistake and a few punctuation errors, diminishes you more than it diminishes me.

      BTW, the boot Marilyn was referring too is a car boot or trunk. According to The Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary a boot is the “luggage-compartment of a motor-car.” I hope that clears things up.

      Posted by cbaker on 2005 09 29 at 09:53 PM • permalink

 

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