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LET THE TESTS BEGIN!

Our plot is exposed:

Harold Ford, a handsome 36-year-old from Tennessee, has become one of the sensations of the mid-term elections in the US and a reason why Democrats are a good chance of winning back control of the US Congress for the first time in 12 years.

But if Mr Ford, already a US congressman, wins his bid to become a more powerful senator, Australia had better watch out.

Because according to Mr Ford, Australia has an interest in nuclear weapons and is part of the broader nuclear threat to the US.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/28/2006 at 01:13 AM
  1. ‘“...the possibility of nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands has increased dramatically”.’

    Forget about that one.  The Democrats have had nuclear weapons in their hands since 1945.

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2006 10 28 at 01:34 AM • permalink

  2. Mr. Ford has stepped on his crank so much lately that his chances of winning are getting pretty slim.  He was beating Corker by 5 points at the beginning of the month, and is now down by 5 points - a ten point swing…for opening his mouth and talking.

    ...and we know that you know that we know that you know we know you have nukes stashed away somewhere.

    Posted by trainer on 2006 10 28 at 01:39 AM • permalink

  3. Wow, he figured out that the recent earth tremor in south-eastern Melbourne was really a nuclear test and that the HoWARd government is establishing a nuclear weapons capability because they know Howard Dean will become President in 2008,

    Posted by Oafish and Infantile on 2006 10 28 at 02:12 AM • permalink

  4. Oh, dear lord.  Sad to say that I’m not sure adding his ignorance to the others will make that much difference.  Politics these days don’t seem to be about much more than every one’s feelings—whatever the hell those may be at the moment.

    Posted by saltydog on 2006 10 28 at 02:12 AM • permalink

  5. Harold Ford is a bloody nong.

    Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 10 28 at 02:13 AM • permalink

  6. Hmmm…. John Howard must be ronry.

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 10 28 at 02:21 AM • permalink

  7. Hmmm. That could explain the recent import ban. He must have worked out what “Vegemite” (nudge nudge) really is.

    Posted by ErnestBludger on 2006 10 28 at 02:23 AM • permalink

  8. I knew it. The Crocodile Hunter (R.I.P), Paul Hogan, and Men at Work were all just spies sent to steal our nuclear secrets.

    For shame!

    Posted by chrisbg99 on 2006 10 28 at 02:26 AM • permalink

  9. It’s so good to see that at least some American Democrats realize who the real enemy is!

    Between Mr Ford and that Murtha fellow, US foreign policy under a Democrat administration is really something to look forward to…

    Posted by JPB on 2006 10 28 at 02:27 AM • permalink

  10. Australia has an interest in nuclear weapons

    You bet your bippy we got an interest in nuclear weapons. Like, North Korea’s, Pakistan’s, Iran’s. You know, people like that….

    Posted by Bonmot on 2006 10 28 at 02:33 AM • permalink

  11. Australia is where Hitler was born, right?

    Posted by anthony_r on 2006 10 28 at 02:33 AM • permalink

  12. JPB wrote:

    Between Mr Ford and that Murtha fellow, US foreign policy under a Democrat administration is really something to look forward to…

    One of those “watching a train wreck” sort of things?

    Posted by Patrick Chester on 2006 10 28 at 02:34 AM • permalink

  13. He heard from Sheik Bin El Hilaly that Australia is a Muslim country and, as all Democrats know, the practitioners of the Religion of Peace always tell the truth.

    Posted by amortiser on 2006 10 28 at 02:35 AM • permalink

  14. The optimist in me actually wants to believe Greenpeace’s claims that the SILEX prototypes in Lucas Heights are capable of producing enough HEU to build a bomb and that the new reactor itself could be used to breed a few kilos of plutonium every year.

    What’s wrong with having a contingency plan?

    Posted by AussieJim on 2006 10 28 at 02:48 AM • permalink

  15. Headline: Australia ‘a nuclear threat’

    *Flexes muscles, and looks at globe of world menacingly, before chugging on a XXXX*

    Posted by ekb87 on 2006 10 28 at 02:56 AM • permalink

  16. But seriously, what the hell is this guy smoking?

    Posted by ekb87 on 2006 10 28 at 02:57 AM • permalink

  17. Memo to the Lords of the VRWC

    Subject: Oh BUGGER!

    Oh mighty ones, I grovel before you.

    Bad news.

    Some pig-ignorant pretty boy knobhound from Tennessee has stumbled on to the fact that the Grand Plan of World Conquest by Australia and Lord Rove (no no NO, not THAT one, the one involving Vegemite and nukes, dammit!) has been discovered.

    Just when secret VRWC agent’Catmeat’ Hilaly was successfully starting to apply the islamocluebat o’doom to the leftardosphere. I mean, for 25 years ‘Catmeat’ has been banging on in his sermons and they FINALLY notice him and this backwoods rod-walloper steals the limelight.

    It’s enough to make The Peter of Costello, Dank Lord of the Dismal Science go out and thrash the street urchins with his riding crop.

    Oh, he IS out thrashing the street urchins with his riding crop. Guess he heard.

    Anyhoo, Wronwright has volunteered to take the Tardis, grab this damned hillbilly and deposit him in the queue for Mehmet IV’s latest eunuch selection round. He can sing his song in freaking soprano.

    MarkL
    Minionmeister to the VRWC

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 10 28 at 03:02 AM • permalink

  18. This bloke got the script really mucked up. Any Leftie down here would have been happy to tell him we are the 51st State of the USA anyway and he’s proposing to take action against his own country.

    Posted by the nailgun on 2006 10 28 at 03:08 AM • permalink

  19. That or of course the AWB got more than mere kickbacks for that wheat. Maybe all the Iraqi WMD got shipped out here and is sitting in a dis-used wheat silo somewhere in the wheatbelt.

    Posted by the nailgun on 2006 10 28 at 03:20 AM • permalink

  20. Nailgun, how did you find out about the ‘wheat’ silo?

    Don’t you know NEVER to mention the ‘wheat’ silo?

    Just stay where you are. The ‘boys’ are coming around to have a word with you.

    We HAVE to step up the floggings around this place!

    MarkL
    Minionmeister to the VRWC

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 10 28 at 03:33 AM • permalink

  21. Now I know it’s true.

    American’s are bad at geography.

    He thinks Australia is in the Middle East and is run by a theocracy.

    Posted by gubbaboy on 2006 10 28 at 03:40 AM • permalink

  22. #14

    Sad to say that, as we all know, Greenpeace are full of it. Amongst people who actually monitor nuclear safeguards, Australia vies with the Vatican as the world’s best anti-nuclear citizen.

    When new anti-nuke safeguard regimes are trialled, they are usually trialled in Australia first.

    ANSTO scientists, incidentally, perform a number of valuable tests for the IAEA, that help in the fight against proliferation.

    A few years ago, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation did a survey of the Australian public to ask what they knew of ANSTO’s activities. A significant percentage (and I can’t be arsed to look, but it should be on the ANSTO website somewhere) believed that ANSTO are in the business of making nuclear weapons and, presumably what’s more, are not overly concerned about it.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 10 28 at 03:56 AM • permalink

  23. Margos Maid - so what are you saying the Pope’s in on this little racket too?

    Posted by the nailgun on 2006 10 28 at 04:08 AM • permalink

  24. O/T PAUL KEATING AND LEO McLEAHY STOPPED THE MUFTI’S EXPULSION FROM AUSTRALIA TWENTY YEARS AGO..WHILE KEATING WAS HAWKE’S ACTING PRIME MINISTER..
    Sheik Hilaly overstayed his visiting visa in 1982..
    In 1986 after the “pig meat and women flesh being the cheapest things in Australia” Minister of Immigration Chris Hurford wanted to deport him..
    Because the Lebanese Community was influential in selecting LABOR candidates (state and federal) Keating and Mcleay put a stop to it.Labor premier Barrie Unsworth had pressure put on him by ALP federal advisers to DEPORT the SHEIK,they say Unsworth wanted to appease the Lebanese Muslim community.
    Chris Hurford was replaced by a “much more receptive MICK YOUNG”.
    Head of Immigration Dept McKINNON was sacked also because of his deport the Sheik stance.
    Lebanese Christian mp Eddie O’beid wanted the sheik deported because of his inflammatory sermon but his mewspaper printing press was burnt down not long after.
    It was stated in the article that the burning of the newspaper press was THE FIRST TERRORISM ACT IN AUSTRALIA…are we talking 1986…?

    Posted by crash on 2006 10 28 at 04:11 AM • permalink

  25. I knew it. We never have really trusted you guys ever since the Anschluss.  You Australians and your Schnitzel “Weiner Art”.  Why, when this news gets out, it’s Auf Wiedersehen to YOU mates!!!!

    .....psst, Texas Bob, that was Austria, NOT Australia…

    Oh. Sorry. What can I say? My high school geography teacher was from Tennessee.

    Well, what in the heck do you guys want with nuclear weapons anyhow? And you all seemed nice. Frankly, I’m shocked.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 10 28 at 04:14 AM • permalink

  26. #24 see “the Australian” site.

    Posted by crash on 2006 10 28 at 04:15 AM • permalink

  27. #24 er mewspaper?? sorry pimf.

    Posted by crash on 2006 10 28 at 04:16 AM • permalink

  28. o/t U.S. journalist (cameraman) Will Roland from Indymedia killed during riots in Mexico.

    Posted by crash on 2006 10 28 at 04:22 AM • permalink

  29. Not US, Texas Bob, it’s a VRWC/Vatican project.

    We just get to rule the world afterwards. Global Asutralian Rule will include compulsory Vegemite appreciation lessons, mandatory beer-drinking for all males above the age of 16, all nubile females on all beaches to be topless by law and the banning of wearing armour plate during football matches.

    Hey, if people’s heads get taken off as a result in that strange football game you Americans play, you are just gonna have to live with it, OK?

    MarkL
    Minionmeister to theVRWC

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 10 28 at 04:30 AM • permalink

  30. Isn’t Australia under the US nuclear umbrella?  So if we nuke them for having nukes would that mean we’d have to nuke ourselves too?

    Posted by Robin Goodfellow on 2006 10 28 at 04:48 AM • permalink

  31. Please.  If Australia truly wanted nuclear weapons, all John Howard need do is make a single phone call and we’d get some shipped to him on the next cargo plane. 

    The fact that Ford said something like this about America’s closest ally for the last hundred years is frightening.

    Posted by blogagog on 2006 10 28 at 05:09 AM • permalink

  32. Mr Ford should keep his friends close and his enemies even closer. That way at least he might know something about them and where they live.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2006 10 28 at 05:14 AM • permalink

  33. Ford is an empty suit.  I’ve listened through hours of interviews with him.  Imus has been promoting him for a long time and I can’t see what in the world he sees in him.

    But the Australia thing is sort of off the wall for even him.  Usually he promotes only safe Democratic cliches.

    I have to think it was a slip and he meant Austria.  The Wiener Bomb.

    Posted by rhhardin on 2006 10 28 at 05:33 AM • permalink

  34. #29 MarkL, Oh, I see.  Can I get a nifty position in the Project if I sign up early? I’m thinking of something along the lines of Ober-meister of Topless Beach Enforcement.  Either that or maybe Chief of Meat-eating Cat Control.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 10 28 at 05:47 AM • permalink

  35. Ford was obviously the guy who asked our tourist board about the Vienna Boys Choir (hat tip to Gary From Jersey).

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 28 at 06:00 AM • permalink

  36. What a fool.  Everyone knows its nucular not nuclear.

    Posted by bondo on 2006 10 28 at 06:11 AM • permalink

  37. #34

    Texas Bob Luckily for you, we JUST HAPPEN to have a regional topless beach controller minion’s position open. It’s the one in Hawaii. OK, OK, it’s not a big place, but you’re entry level minion management on this one.

    The work is gruelling, I tell you. Not only toplessness enforcement, but hours of random breast testing every single day.

    MarkL
    Minionmeister to teh VRWC

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 10 28 at 06:17 AM • permalink

  38. #37 Danke, Superior Sir!  I shall pack my orange flowered shirt (with autographed Don Ho bola tie), matching plaid Bermuda short, knee-high tubes socks (with orange stripes, of course), Birkenstocks and depart immediately.  And Sir, I assure you I will not let you down, wading tirelessly through endless throngs of naked breasts. I will work with the fervor of a cat working over a plate of neglected, uncovered meat.

    Saaaaaaaalute!

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 10 28 at 06:33 AM • permalink

  39. Everyone should know that anybody outside Tennessee is potentially suspect. By definition countries outside the US are incredibly dangerous and anti ‘Merican from a Tennessee perspective. All this talk is for domestic consumption and we shouldn’t take it too seriously. After his press conference, the foreign press were cut off and not allowed to ask questions “You guys don’t get us any votes”

    Posted by colin campbell on 2006 10 28 at 06:35 AM • permalink

  40. To late we already have them.

    Posted by sparrow on 2006 10 28 at 06:37 AM • permalink

  41. This is costing a fortune in italics.

    MarkL
    Canberra

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 10 28 at 06:42 AM • permalink

  42. Oh, Texas Bob?

    Do not forget that there are Arab lechery and Mai Tai-quality-testing secondary duties.

    You shoot the former (taking careful aim) and drink the latter (taking careful notes).

    Do not confuse these (that would be ugly and would cause Wronwright hilarity), and do the former in the morning and the latter in the afternoon. Otherwise your accuracy might suffer.

    It’s hellish hard work being a minion in the VRWC, but someone has to do it.

    MarkL
    Minionmeister to the VRWC

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 10 28 at 06:51 AM • permalink

  43. Oh Crap! I seriously hope this doesn’t jeopardize new brand new appointment???

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 10 28 at 06:51 AM • permalink

  44. Hmm. Does this work?

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 10 28 at 06:52 AM • permalink

  45. Oh, no. No worries on that score.

    Of course, Gracious Mistress Andrea might be miffed, and Wron will bitch about the cost of italics these days.

    Just offer the former some interesting snacks for her pet giant sabretooth lynx (the next Jihadi will be fine), and the latter some Sumerian mead.

    MarkL
    Minionmeister to teh VRWC

    Hmm. Will this work?

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 10 28 at 06:57 AM • permalink

  46. Nope, that didn’t work.

    Any expert de-italic-ers out there?

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 10 28 at 06:58 AM • permalink

  47. I’m going to just lay low until this thing blows over. I remember how rampantly pissed off concerned Andrea gets about people trying to wrangle the free-range italics.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 10 28 at 07:05 AM • permalink

  48. Good point. And when she’s rampantly pissed off concerned and has been dealing with fucktards leftists all day she can get homicidally enraged and reach for the skinning knife somewhat peeved.

    Oh, looky. One of the deep sub-basements needs a stocktake. We haven’t counted those nuclear warheads in years.

    MarkL
    Minionmeister to teh VRWC

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 10 28 at 07:14 AM • permalink

  49. Hmm.

    Let’s see.

    Posted by Pixy Misa on 2006 10 28 at 07:15 AM • permalink

  50. Well, it worked last time!</i>

    Posted by Pixy Misa on 2006 10 28 at 07:15 AM • permalink

  51. Hah!

    Posted by Pixy Misa on 2006 10 28 at 07:16 AM • permalink

  52. I think this one is a covert Iranian plot to brad our italics budget.

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 10 28 at 07:17 AM • permalink

  53. EXCELLENT!

    Now we don’t face a homicidally enraged somewhat peeved Andrea.

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 10 28 at 07:18 AM • permalink

  54. Hmm. I’m still off to count all those 5MT, 10MT and 20MT warheads. Can’t be too careful Must work hard for the VRWC!

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 10 28 at 07:20 AM • permalink

  55. ANSTO

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 28 at 07:38 AM • permalink

  56. Someone obviously tipped ford about the evil plan to use Oz ex-pats to smuggle in nuclear materials via jars of vegemite, to assemble a dirty bomb and take out Topeka.

    Why Topeka? Haven’t figured that angle out yet, have to get back to ya.

    Posted by Wind Rider on 2006 10 28 at 07:41 AM • permalink

  57. Well given that the only news about Australia that has been doing the rounds globally at the moment is a few pronouncements from our mad-Mufti, Harold Ford probably thinks we’re a caliphate.

    If you leave a nuclear weapon out on the street and cats come and eat it…

    Posted by TOGITV on 2006 10 28 at 07:45 AM • permalink

  58. MarkL quoth:
    “EXCELLENT!

    Now we don’t face a homicidally enraged somewhat peeved Andrea.”

    Unless she is running a Mac and Safari as the browser, in which case the italics are still pouring out like anti Semitic statements from Al Hilbilly, and Texas Bob is doomed to the severe stabbing of the Zulu assegai, probably right up the assegai.

    Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 10 28 at 07:45 AM • permalink

  59. Screw the Manhattan Project, we’ve got the Mullagangabanga Project.

    Posted by Art Vandelay on 2006 10 28 at 07:45 AM • permalink

  60. I just checked out his pic, being a girl and all and he’s handsome

    African American?????  Hmmmm, ok.  Not what I expected, and I thought he was an average handsome sort of bloke.  But if it wins you votes, guess a guy has got to do what a guy’s gotta do.

    Posted by spyder on 2006 10 28 at 08:07 AM • permalink

  61. He’s African-American? Shit, John Howard is blacker than him.

    Posted by Oafish and Infantile on 2006 10 28 at 08:28 AM • permalink

  62. At least nobody has mentioned our ICBMs, we’d be in real strife if that got out…

    Posted by Harry Buttle on 2006 10 28 at 08:31 AM • permalink

  63. Harold Ford Jr. Is the tall fellow, with the shit eatin’ grin*. His opponent is the other fellow, Bob Corker.

    *shit eatin’ grin is what us illiterate Southerners call, ‘the grin’ that Harold Ford, is wearing.

    I early voted for Bob Corker, as did Tim Blair’s Blogging colleague Instapundit.

    That’s pretty much how it was in my mind, too. I liked Harold Ford, Jr. when we interviewed him, and I wouldn’t shed any tears if he were elected; he’d raise the caliber of the Democrats in the Senate. But when push came to shove, I voted for Corker. I liked him, too, and ultimately the combination of Ford’s “F” rating on gun rights and the sleazy “outing” behavior of the Democrats was such that I just felt I had to vote Republican in this race. (In our interview, Corker said he’d look favorably on federal legislation to require states to recognize each others’ gun-carry permits)

    As I mentioned before, the Republicans don’t really deserve my vote—though as Bob Corker hasn’t been in Washington that’s not really his fault—but nonetheless the Democrats have blown it again. Not long ago I was thinking that a Democratic majority in Congress wouldn’t be so bad; but the sexual McCarthyism from the pro-outing crowd, coupled with the Dems’ steadfast refusal to offer anything useful on national security, has convinced me that they just don’t deserve a victory with those tactics. That’s not Ford’s fault, either, really. But I just don’t think the Democrats are ready for a majority right now. We’ll see how many other voters agree.

    Harold Ford Jr. has lying eyes, he speaks of toughness and centrist policy, but in reality, Harold Ford Jr. is the kind of gentleman, that will say anything that the audience in front of him, wants to hear.

    Yes, tons of politicians say and do the same, but in his case, as odd as this sounds, it is his absolute truth.

    I could go on, but briefly, if the Democrats gain control of both Houses of Congress, in the U.S., the world will see American policy be the kind of A Jimmy Carter, Hans Blix and Kofi Annan, rolled into one.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 28 at 08:32 AM • permalink

  64. #58
    Ha, very clever, Pedro.

    #63. Good thing we’re told he’s African American - guess he’s from the ‘Mansell’* side of the family.

    *Fellow Aussies should get this.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 28 at 08:39 AM • permalink

  65. Harold Ford, that comment is soooooo 1971.

    And as the GreenLeft point out

    there is a down side to Howard’s approach:

    •Australia will be further contributing to nuclear proliferation, and the possibility of the end of humanity;
    •Australia will be contributing to the increase in radioactive exposure of the world’s population, which is already resulting in ongoing damage to the human genetic pool, and creating global health damage;
    •Australia will be assisting in the creation of nuclear waste which must then be contained for tens of thousands or millions of years (there is no way of “disposing” of it); and
    •The real and urgent problem of global warming will be left unaddressed.

    See…we mean business buddy, you are right to be concerned! :-)

    Posted by Tissa on 2006 10 28 at 08:41 AM • permalink

  66. Well put, kae.
    Has anyone asked Ford about his position on dead rats vs jam doughnuts yet, Cid? Betcha they haven’t. Fucking MSM, always dodging the hard questions.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 28 at 08:45 AM • permalink

  67. Good night, all. It’s time to download images of uncovered meat go to bed.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 28 at 08:47 AM • permalink

  68. Swinish, thanks.
    About that baking, the cherries are whole and the pineapple is chunks - not like the mix you get at the supermarket, with all the pieces the size of sultanas!
    Nite.

    Looked at the Green Left site linked above. Why do they have a murderer in their masthead?

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 28 at 09:00 AM • permalink

  69. Swinish, my virtual friend…

    Has anyone asked Ford about his position on dead rats vs jam doughnuts yet, Cid?

    To my knowledge the media, nor anyone else has. And, completely agree with your statement, below.

    Betcha they haven’t. Fucking MSM, always dodging the hard questions.

    I suspect that an overwhelming majority of the fucking MSM, has bits or residue of, the aforementioned jelly doughnuts, around their mouths, or on the shirts, ties and/or blouses, OR jammed between their teeth…:).


    Why it it that your posts pop up on the screen, just as I have taken a mouthful of liquid, be it coffee (as the case is this AM) or an extra dry martini, as is the case for evening wear?...lol.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 28 at 09:00 AM • permalink

  70. #17 MarkL -

    Anyhoo, Wronwright has volunteered to take the Tardis, grab this damned hillbilly and deposit him in the queue for Mehmet IV’s latest eunuch selection round. He can sing his song in freaking soprano.

    MarkL!  How many times do I have to tell you to stop volunteering “our team” for these tasks.  They’re all difficult and thankless.  I am much too busy tending the garden.

    I also may need to switch my attention to something else soon:

    Comedian Jon Stewart will make a special preview appearance Saturday as Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” gears up for a week of broadcasts from Ohio.

    (snip)

    “We wanted to go there because Ohio was so crucial last time. They were sort of the focal point, the swing state, if you will,” he said. “We want to know what happened to all that loving attention that they were given in 2004, and if they feel lonely.”

    Asked if he would be laughing at Ohio or with Ohio, Stewart equivocated.

    “First of all, I didn’t realize Ohio was laughing. I was not aware of that,” he said. “We will be laughing with parts of Ohio at other parts of Ohio. But I won’t say which ones.”

    You mean like laughing at the part of Ohio that re-elected President Bush?  How about trying that shit in Clark County.

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 10 28 at 09:05 AM • permalink

  71. Rest well, Swinish.

    Geez, I’m gonna miss you guys, when I go to the beach house next week.

    oh wait, I have a laptop and a big SUV, think I’ll take the laptop

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 28 at 09:09 AM • permalink

  72. Now we don’t face a homicidally enraged somewhat peeved Andrea.

    Too late! I saw it, and after breaking several valuable works of art in a maniacal fury I fixed the italics. (They were ugly works of art anyway, just a bunch of old scrawls by some dude named Peekaboo… Pisacc… Picasso, that’s it, that I found at a garage sale. Someone told me they’d be worth money but the guy at the pawn shop down the street just threw me out, the swine, so I was using them to cover up bloodstains on the wall from the last time I had wronwright in for “questioning” last time I tried to fix a turkey.)

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 10 28 at 09:24 AM • permalink

  73. #72 Phew! Me and my virginal assegai thank you!

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 10 28 at 09:47 AM • permalink

  74. Truth be known, any software that lets you post more than local format screwups is itself screwed up.

    Posted by rhhardin on 2006 10 28 at 10:11 AM • permalink

  75. Wronwright’s mention of Ohio brings up an interesting question. I assume that once the Digger Menace takes us unaware, Ford’s state will be called “Tennie” and mine will be “Massie”. What will Ohio be called?

    Posted by Paul Zrimsek on 2006 10 28 at 10:13 AM • permalink

  76. Because according to Mr Ford, Australia has an interest in nuclear weapons and is part of the broader nuclear threat to the US.

    Maybe he’s talking about after Democratic foreign policy sees the US’s allegiances switch over to Iran.

    Posted by PW on 2006 10 28 at 10:28 AM • permalink

  77. I have heard that John Howard has signed a bill outlawing the USA and our uptherehilaly first strike nuclear catmeat missiles will be launched before the weekend is out.

    Posted by surfmaster on 2006 10 28 at 10:32 AM • permalink

  78. All this talk of Australia’s nuclear menace and not a single mention of the work of Len Beadell.

    <snippet>:
    I was standing next to (Sir William Penny) him when the bomb was about to go off and I said “we’re only four miles away” and he said “it’ll probably be alright” and I said “I was planning on being 400 miles away” and he said “well, we’ll go together anyway.”

    Americans-think along the lines of an outback Jerry Clower.

    Posted by 68W40 on 2006 10 28 at 11:02 AM • permalink

  79. Oz nuke dreams?  Why didn’t you say so?  Look, we can work out a lease on easy terms, or maybe send over the GM nuke conversion kit for one of your Holden factory to turn ‘em out cheap, with one of the fins folded up for distinctive Aussie mil-stylin.  No problem. Horse bolted the no-pro barn a long time ago, and that was never meant for grownup countries anyway.

    Posted by crittenden on 2006 10 28 at 11:12 AM • permalink

  80. So the Aussies get nukes, and the Yanks are trying to palm North Korea off on us. Thanks guys!

    Cheers

    Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2006 10 28 at 11:28 AM • permalink

  81. #75, Paul Zrimsek:

    What will Ohio be called?

    Lemme see if I can do this like they do.

    Ohio = yoyo = string and disk = strisk?

    Posted by Grimmy on 2006 10 28 at 11:43 AM • permalink

  82. #60 nah, Spyder. I’d put him down as okay, but not ‘handsome’.

    He certainly doesn’t do it for me.

    Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 10 28 at 11:44 AM • permalink

  83. #64 kae, that is the funniest thing I’ve read all day!

    Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 10 28 at 11:45 AM • permalink

  84. #75 What will Ohio be called?

    The same thing we call it now:  Ah-hy-ya.  Anybody can say it.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 10 28 at 11:50 AM • permalink

  85. I see not a thing wrong with Australia, becoming a nuclear club member, should you choose, as I take it you have nuclear power facilities now (correct me, if wrong).

    As A.Q. Khan, proved, along with the ronery North Koreans and now the Persians (with the assistance and acquiescence of Kofi Annan and his right hand man Mohamed El Baradei, they ain’t that tough to do….getting to the stage of weaponry, is a bit tougher…but certainly NOT undo-able, as the cases above show.

    Another line of though IS, the U.S.A’s stated policy as of now, of ANY attack on our friends and allies, will be considered an attack on the U.S. (oh and OZ, please do not take this as big brother looking out for a younger, after all we did offer the Japanese the same and while they ‘officially’ declined, I’m sure they would heartily endorse a program OR accept the weapons and the means to deliver said weapons, should little Kim, (or his idiot Persian friend) do something REALLY stupid, if by some chance, little Kim (or his idiot Persian friend) is still around, should he/they do something REALLY stupid).

    However should the Democrats wrest control of all three branches of government between the ‘06 elections and the ‘08 elections, all bets are off. OZ just may need to ‘join the club’ so to speak.

    For not only would the Left, as would be the case if the above happened, be against your development of said weapons, I fear the termed “umbrella” policy, would be dithered to death by the then idiots in control, so would sending OZ, the weapons and delivery systems, it would be discussed and discussed and discussed, until it was nothing but a John Kerry view of, I was FOR protecting and arming our allies, before I was AGAINST protecting and arming our allies.

    We have plenty to share, just hope that the Left has it’s hands and mouth bound with Duct tape.

    If this does NOT come about and friggin’ nuts of the world are left to being talked to and be compromised with, in the “globalist” way of dong things could (and I stress could) lead to On The Beach, becoming a reality.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 28 at 11:58 AM • permalink

  86. dong, oh my…slip of the fingers, of course…lol. doing, is the word.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 28 at 12:01 PM • permalink

  87. During a lull between ritual throat-slittings, Al Qaeda Halal Butcher and Jihadi Operations Planning Center, North Waziristan.


    Ali, wiping blood-smeared hands on his white apron:  Did you hear, my brothers?  Al-Strayliyah will become the next Muslim nation to have the Islamic bomb!

    Achmed:  This is wonderful!  But is Al-Strayliyah not a Crusader nation?  With many haram animals that hop and carry their young in pouches, hairy egg-layers with the bills of ducks? For I have heard of these abominations. 

    Ali:  That is so last week, Achmed.  The Mufti of this place is the one who has declared that a woman without a burkha is like uncovered meat. 

    Farouk:  A woman without a burkha is like uncovered meat ... you mean she will become covered with flies?

    Ali:  No, she will be eaten by cats!  Also, you may rape her!

    Achmed:  Strange.  Who ever heard of covering meat with a burkha?

    Farouk:  The eating of meat by cats I have seen. But this raping of meat I am not familiar with.

    Achmed: Come, Farouk. You think we do not know what you do with that liver you take home each night?

    Ali: Be quiet, you donkeys. It is a metaphor. Must I explain everything? What the Mufti of Mullahgangabanga is trying to tell us is that a woman, uncovered by burkha, will soon rot in the sun and begin to smell bad.  Like meat. So you must rape her quickly, or she will be eaten by cats.  Maybe covered with flies also as Farouk suggests, for that is also logical. Now the women of Al-Strayliyah, in a state of alarm, are rushing to buy burkhas! I have read this. 

    Farouk: What are you suggesting, Achmed?  ... I am very fond of liver, it is true.

    Achmed: Overly fond, I would suggest.

    Farouk, brandishing a leg of lamb: I would suggest you are about to have an intimate experience with this mutton!

    Ali, sighing:  Listen, my brothers, these are serious theological matters.  Because of the awakening of Al-Strayliyah, this place is now under threat from the American state of Tennessee, which, if you did not have empty gourds for brains, you would know as the place of Oak Ridge of the development of the Christian Dog Bomb. The Ameriki, who prefer their women in a semi-clad state of fly-covered rotting, are preparing to martyr the newly Islamic Republic of Al-Strayliyah. It has been stated by the Harold Ford, a highly distinguished member of the infidel Loya Jirga who seeks advancement.

    Farouk: But Ali ... the Paris Hilton is frequently exposed and does not appear to be rotting. Also, the Brittany Spears and the Madonna.  ... Well, the Brittany and the Hilton, in any case, do not appear to be rotting.

    Ali: I have told you to stop looking at those infidel websites, Farouk!  But this is my point. Because of our great victory in Al-Strayliyah, we must go to there. They are greatly in need of our guidance. ...  Did you know the water goes down the drain in the wrong direction in this place?  Expressly forbidden!

    Farouk, lost in contemplation:  Hmmm ... you know, it is cooler in those western places.  Maybe this is why they do not rot.  But it is not cooler in Israel.  I once saw a Zionist woman with exposed flesh ... not at all rotten!

    Ali, scratching head and scribbling on a notepad: Must start planning ...  I expect the kangaroos will stop behaving in unIslamic fashion shortly, but we will have to look into this.  I don’t know about those hairy egg-layers, but this problem is not insurmountable ... Achmed, Farouk! Start packing!

    Posted by crittenden on 2006 10 28 at 12:03 PM • permalink

  88. I just love the Three Umma Stooges.

    Those guys crack me up.

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2006 10 28 at 12:23 PM • permalink

  89. God, what a dickhead.

    Posted by Latino on 2006 10 28 at 01:03 PM • permalink

  90. crittenden, i love those guys!

    Oh, great, Oz will soon be filled with nucular warheads (probably shaped like surfboards) and meat-eating cats.  And that’s in addition to those platypusi and salted crocs.  What a country.

    Posted by ushie on 2006 10 28 at 01:08 PM • permalink

  91. Let this be a lesson for you vegemite-eating, 4th-member-of-the-axis-of-evil bastards. You better play it straight ‘cause we have DEMOCRATS on the case.

    Posted by Shaky Barnes on 2006 10 28 at 02:39 PM • permalink

  92. “God, what a dickhead.”

    Harold Ford might be a dickhead, but he’s a HANDSOME dickhead.

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2006 10 28 at 02:42 PM • permalink

  93. Why would you Ozzies need nuclear weapons? I’m sure the Vegemite crisis can be solved diplomatically.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 28 at 03:05 PM • permalink

  94. I blame Mad Max.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 10 28 at 03:21 PM • permalink

  95. Ford had it right.  He correctly recognized Australia as a Muslim Country. ;-)http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=150671

    Posted by marcus on 2006 10 28 at 03:48 PM • permalink

  96. Has he discovered a broader part of my Presbyterian plot? Dang operational security needs improving. Otherwise it would be fair to say something I would not say of Abu Ben Chimplerheimer al-Graihb; that is .....

    IGNORANT YANK!

    Posted by Wolfbane on 2006 10 28 at 04:11 PM • permalink

  97. Maybe the Sydney Morning Herald can organize a letter-writing campaign to Ford’s state?  I hear that always helps…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 10 28 at 04:34 PM • permalink

  98. This is all because South Park dissed Steve Irwin, isn’t it?  The way France nuked Springfield over The Simpsons?

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 10 28 at 05:24 PM • permalink

  99. Sure the Australian bomb’s O.K.,  but delivering it via the Jumbuck Missile, a sheep made flatulent with vast amounts of beer,  then run down a lovely beach pursued by Men Of No Appearance until the JATO farts are ignited by eucalyptus wildfires while is, ...is,  ... well not the same spectacle as a space shuttle landing, really.
    Though the image scares the hell out of me, especially that koala riding the warhead down waving a teeny digger hat…

    Posted by kiwinews on 2006 10 28 at 05:28 PM • permalink

  100. koala waving tiny digger hat whilst riding a nuke…choking on beer…giggle.

    Posted by ushie on 2006 10 28 at 05:29 PM • permalink

  101. Harold Ford is a charming, amiable ass. Bright, capable, and probably would be an above-average Senator. But an ass, nonetheless.

    What’s that tell you about the Senate? Nothing good really, thanks for asking.

    Posted by Patton on 2006 10 28 at 05:31 PM • permalink

  102. #101 Looks like just another Tennessee Earnest Ford?
    Personally, Ii tihnk you need more Pattons in the Senate..

    Posted by Barrie on 2006 10 28 at 06:30 PM • permalink

  103. You’d be all for that no doubt bloghead. The more WMD we have the safer we are, that’s how it works, doesn’t it?

    Posted by Miranda Divide on 2006 10 28 at 06:49 PM • permalink

  104. There you are, Miranda. We’ve been worried about you.
    Well, I’ve been worried about you, anyway. Actually, I’ve been worried about me. Ever since we rubbed posts last week I’ve been covered in these ugly red spots. And today the police stopped me in the street and charged me with ‘loitering with intent to start an argument with a fire hydrant’. My lawyer convinced them it was just a passing phase, but Miranda darling, I am so concerned for your welfare.
    There’s a wonderful cure available for victims of your condition. Perhaps you’ve heard of it.
    It’s called REALITY.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 10 28 at 07:10 PM • permalink

  105. Ever since we rubbed posts last week I’ve been covered in these ugly red spots

    Good God my man, liberal doses of Tanqueray are in order. When finished, use the empty to smack whatever the hell a Miranda is, over it’s skull.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 10 28 at 07:27 PM • permalink


  106. #72

    OK, OK, the Minionettes will be up directly to clean up. Accidents happen.  I erm, can’t come up yet to supervise. That’s it, too busy. I’ve only just finished counting the 5 megaton warheads. Still have gigatonnes of bigger H-bombs to count.

    Bust, busy, busy.

    MarkL
    Minionmeister to teh VRWC

    <Howard, get your spiny butt over and check that the enormously thick steel vault door IS locked. Yes? Good. Yes, Gracious Mistress Andrea WILL take a bit longer to calm down! We have roast mammoth and plenty of mead right here! So stop eating the spare implosion explosives for the plutonium cores!>

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 10 28 at 07:52 PM • permalink

  107. #85 - Australia does not have any nuclear power reactors. 

    We have a 10 MWt HEU fuelled materials test reactor (opened 1958) called HIFAR.  We have a new 22MWt research reactor called OPAL (due to open April 2007).

    We have also developed a series of different uranium enrichment techniques - the two most significant being centrifuges (shutdown in 1983 by the Hawke Gov) and SILEX lasers (sold to the Americans in 2006).

    If we had ever wanted to be a nuclear weapon state we could have don so without external assistance in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.  If we had decided to do it before April 1967 we could have been officially recognised as an NPT weapon state. 

    Australia decided that nuclear weapons were too expensive (both in terms of their $ cost and their alliance costs).

    Posted by Russell on 2006 10 28 at 07:57 PM • permalink

  108. #7 but imagine a vegimite centrifuge !!

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 10 28 at 07:59 PM • permalink

  109. #14

    AAs an official representative of right wing Canadians, I makie the folowing statement on behalf of said Canadians:

      “My husband and I We the canadian people applaud Australia’s bomb and feel better for it.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 10 28 at 08:03 PM • permalink

  110. #78 - if you have a copy of “Blast the Bush” by Len Beadell turn to page 3 you can see a cartoon drawing of Bill Worth (my wife’s grandfather).  If you have read the book you would have a good understanding of Bill’s role in all of this.

    Posted by Russell on 2006 10 28 at 08:05 PM • permalink

  111. #33 rhhardin, our ozzie friends may not undeerstand the reference to Imus.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 10 28 at 08:13 PM • permalink

  112. That man Ford is as black as an albino cat on a January day in Ottawa, in a blizard, up-hill both ways in a white sheet.

    Definition of black: Not white A politically correct pose to bestow the martyrdom of victimhood upon wealthy priviledged kids running for office.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 10 28 at 08:23 PM • permalink

  113. #103, That’s the lamest, most despirited post yet.  Truly a poor show, even for you.  What happened, did we demolish all your arguments and you just can’t come up with the correct talking points anymore?  In that case, I’d give it up if I were you.  You’re embarrassing yourself.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 10 28 at 08:44 PM • permalink

  114. The more WMD we have the safer we are, that’s how it works, doesn’t it?

    You weren’t complaining when your beloved North Koreans employed the same logic just recently, Miranda.

    Posted by PW on 2006 10 28 at 10:37 PM • permalink

  115. RebeccaH wrote:

    #103, That’s the lamest, most despirited post yet.  Truly a poor show, even for you.  What happened, did we demolish all your arguments and you just can’t come up with the correct talking points anymore?  In that case, I’d give it up if I were you.  You’re embarrassing yourself.

    Perhaps people aren’t paying enough attention to Miranda so she starts getting so pathetic people are moved to respond out of pity? ;-)

    Posted by Patrick Chester on 2006 10 29 at 12:08 AM • permalink

  116. Hmm. I must say bloghead much better than blockhead.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 29 at 12:45 AM • permalink

  117. I think that Sen. Obama was referring to Antarctica.  See what happens when you graduate from a non-haole high school.

    Posted by Pat Patterson on 2006 10 29 at 12:46 AM • permalink

  118. #83
    I try hard…

    Maybe that’s my problem?

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 29 at 12:53 AM • permalink

  119. #113

    Yup, that pretty much describes the ‘Mansell’ branch.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 29 at 01:01 AM • permalink

  120. Now I suppose New Zealand will feel threatened and embark on their own program.  Vanuatu cannot be far behind.

    Posted by Mitch on 2006 10 29 at 01:07 AM • permalink

  121. I’m somewhat confused.  The article states that Ford got a standing ovation from Democrats and Republicans alike.  I know I’m somewhat picky but just how do they know the political affilation of the people in the audience?

    Did the Republicans have an elephant stenciled on their heads or something?

    Segregated in some sort of holding pen?

    All seated in a special place in the back of the room?

    All under police protection?

    Maybe just the ones not wearing the tinfoil hats?

    Just wondering.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2006 10 29 at 01:53 AM • permalink

  122. add

    The ones not foaming at the mouth or openly drooling or citing poetry?

    Posted by yojimbo on 2006 10 29 at 01:56 AM • permalink

  123. That is a somewhat serious question.  Just how in the bleep would the writer of that article know.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2006 10 29 at 01:58 AM • permalink

  124. Musta just missed the “Cut and run Republicans for Ford” buttons.

    Back to the home now.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2006 10 29 at 01:09 AM • permalink

  125. #113: You mean he reminds you of Bryant Gumbel?

    Posted by ErnestBludger on 2006 10 29 at 01:44 AM • permalink

  126. Looked at the Green Left site linked above. Why do they have a murderer in their masthead?

    I live in a place where you can have Green Left Weekly stuck under your nose while walking through a shopping mall.

    I find the best response (under the circumstances, since we have gun laws) is to growl “two things I don’t like: ‘Green’ and ‘Left’”.  They usually move on.

    Posted by Big Jim on 2006 10 29 at 02:16 AM • permalink

  127. Dear American Imperialist Bastards,

    Now that you plan to bomb us under the false pretext of having acquired nuclear weapons, may I remind you of the Ramadan precedent. Under the precedent set here, you are not able to bomb us on holy days.

    Please be advised that in Australia the weekend is sacred, so any bombing taking place between Friday 5pm and Monday 6am will be considered in violation of International Law.

    Feel free to bomb at any other time as we will all be too hungover.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 10 29 at 02:25 AM • permalink

  128. #127
    I can use that. Thanks.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 29 at 02:35 AM • permalink

  129. we set off all our nuclear bombs in the 50’s, we were the original axis of eevil.

    Posted by vinny on 2006 10 29 at 02:38 AM • permalink

  130. #11 -‘Australia is where Hitler was born, right?’
    Post of the year. Thank you.

    Posted by AlphaMikeFoxtrot on 2006 10 29 at 02:52 AM • permalink

  131. Ok, so, y’all Aussies have those things built yet? or are you still wasting time debating issues of size and megatonage?

    Posted by Grimmy on 2006 10 29 at 03:15 AM • permalink

  132. 132 Grimmy

    Size doesn’t matter.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 29 at 03:18 AM • permalink

  133. Check the liberal clue bat of the year comment
    The democrat fantasy movie has been released.

    “I didn’t know the president would get bumped off. I thought maybe he would get wounded,” said Cutter Cash, 44.

    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=156582

    Onan the barbarian made this movie

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 10 29 at 05:31 AM • permalink

  134. Ahh, the green left weekly.  A strange thing turned up in the mailbox along with this week’s woolies and coles catalogues this afternoon.  A rag called “the new Citizen”.  It’s the local LaRouche newsletter.  I haven’t seen one since about 1989 or so when I visited a producer out the back of Biloela who solemnly handed it over with the imperative that I was working for the devil’s agency (I was working for the feds at the time), this newspaper explains how!.
    Had a quick flick through today’s spiel before it was circular filed. The thing that struck me was that the views expressed by the New Citizen and the Green Left Weekly are almost indistinguishable.  Blair’s law in action.  Except when they talk about each other, of course.

    Posted by entropy on 2006 10 29 at 05:44 AM • permalink

  135. #23, “Are you saying the Pope’s in on this little racket too?

    He IS a German don’t ya know?

    Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2006 10 29 at 05:48 AM • permalink

  136. Miranda, getting smacked down for this piece of idiocy wasn’t enough? You had to come back for another dose?

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 10 29 at 06:06 AM • permalink

  137. #133, Kae, depending on how deep your target is buried, it matters quite a lot actually…

    #134, Anyone ever see that email about presidents elected in years ending with 0?

    Every one upto GB Snr has died in office or been assainated.  GB Snr was attempted.  GWB only has 2 years left (in office) right?

    Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2006 10 29 at 06:37 AM • permalink

  138. #63 Kimbo has made a fool of himself again over John HoWARd.
    “His LIPS say SOLAR but his EYES say NUCULAR” ..er nuclear…I got carried away sorry.

    Posted by crash on 2006 10 29 at 06:41 AM • permalink

  139. Ve are senting the DIRTY VEGEMITE bomb
    CAPITALIST AMERIKKANS..
    The ONE with INCREASED FOLATE!!!!!!

    Posted by crash on 2006 10 29 at 06:43 AM • permalink

  140. #138
    You’re a bloke, right? Grimmy’s a bloke, right?
    Blokes have been telling me for years that size doesn’t matter*.


    *With the possible exception pointed out by a female friend, “except when you have a fifteen inch computer monitor”.

    Night y’all.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 29 at 06:54 AM • permalink

  141. #141, Kae, Only little men say that.

    Either way I meant nuculer weapons…

    Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2006 10 29 at 07:01 AM • permalink

  142. Yup, I might have known.

    Now I really am going horizontal.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 29 at 07:18 AM • permalink

  143. Ah, the Aussies now head to to bed as the Amerikkkans rise to take over this blog.  To paraphrase a previous king of Great Britain *, the sun never sets on the realm of Tim Blair’s influence.

    * I’m going to say George III, maybe Charles II.  I fully expect you people to begin equating my intelligence with MentalFloss.  Never, not once, have I read “wronwright knows everything, I tremble at the thought of challenging him”.  For some reason, I haven’t seen one comment along those lines.

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 10 29 at 08:23 AM • permalink

  144. “wronwright knows everything, I tremble at the thought of challenging him”
    Never say we Strayans don’t care…

    Posted by crash on 2006 10 29 at 08:59 AM • permalink

  145. #56
    Why Topeka?

    Because its an easier target than Bottomeka.

    Posted by triticale on 2006 10 29 at 10:02 AM • permalink

  146. O.k wron,ready to take over the controls?...
    Let the Merrikun shift begin.
    Yawn…

    Posted by crash on 2006 10 29 at 10:08 AM • permalink

  147. Okay, who forgot to make the coffee this morning? 

    *looks suspiciously at wronwright*

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 10 29 at 10:58 AM • permalink

  148. Good morning all. What were we talking about? A vegemite bomb or something?

    Posted by Latino on 2006 10 29 at 11:52 AM • permalink

  149. Paco got an Instapudit link.  The launch is on!  His sheer comedic genius has been recognized:

    HEH: “Why would you Ozzies need nuclear weapons? I’m sure the Vegemite crisis can be solved diplomatically.”

    And “heh” again: “This is all because South Park dissed Steve Irwin, isn’t it?”

    On Paco’s genius

    Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 10 29 at 12:34 PM • permalink

  150. Paco’s bad, he’s nationwide…

    Posted by ushie on 2006 10 29 at 12:48 PM • permalink

  151. Richard McEnroe wrote the second commment.  He’s freaking good. 

    paco, McEnroe, crittenden, MentalFloss, many others.  Tim has a stable of talented writers.  I feel like I’m Sally Rogers on the Dick Van Dyke Show.

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 10 29 at 01:06 PM • permalink

  152. #150: What’s “Instapundit”? Is that like pizza?

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 29 at 01:09 PM • permalink

  153. What’s “Instapundit”? Is that like pizza?

    Yes.  And the reverberations are enormous!

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 10 29 at 01:25 PM • permalink

  154. #152 wronwright.  Yep, you’re right.  But I would include you in that auspicious group.

    Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 10 29 at 01:32 PM • permalink

  155. #56, Wind Rider’s comment: “Why Topeka? Haven’t figured that angle out yet, have to get back to ya.”

    Answer: the Reverend Fred Phelps. ‘Nuff said.

    Posted by Wes S. on 2006 10 29 at 01:52 PM • permalink

  156. #156:  what’s up with that weirdo?  I’m from Kansas and he embarasses the hell out of me.  He needs to go away.

    Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 10 29 at 02:23 PM • permalink

  157. Thanks Kathy.  But those guys put a lot of thought and talent into their stuff.  Mine is seat of the pants stuff.

    Tim’s fashioned a blog that is very unique.  He posts one very funny comment and then he steps aside and allows the regulars here add their insights.  And their funny commentary. This is a fun place, quite the opposite of Daily Kos, Tim Dunlap, or the other obituary pages. I don’t know of any other blog like it.

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 10 29 at 02:45 PM • permalink

  158. maybe his speech writer wanted to mess with him and is in the employ of Bob Corker…....yeah right, just another dimwit. Next it will be revealed he smoked crack once….....but didnt inhale.

    Posted by artful-dodger on 2006 10 29 at 03:10 PM • permalink

  159. #158:

    I think the biggest reason for success is that Tim doesn’t seem to feel like he’s in competition with us commenters for wittiest remark or whatever. I can think of more than a few lefties (and to be fair, also a bunch of righties) who’d probably feel upstaged by a comment section like the one here.

    Most lefties, of course, seem to prefer the collective experience of a one-note rantathon for their blog comments. Or alternatively, droning pontification and smug agreement with each other. Either way, no threat of being upstaged, since you can always feel as smart as the latest person you agreed with.

    Posted by PW on 2006 10 29 at 03:36 PM • permalink

  160. 141 - Blokes have been telling me for years that size doesn’t matter*.

    To clarify, what we mean is our size doesn’t matter to us, any more than, say conversation does afterwards.

    Posted by Shaky Barnes on 2006 10 29 at 03:38 PM • permalink

  161. Wronwright is our Rovian, time-travelling, mead-bootlegging, philosopher-guru Godfather. If it hadn’t been for his free-wheeling, hyper-imaginative, fun-loving inventiveness, I’d probably never have gotten hooked on commenting here. You’re the greatest, buddy; and I’m not just saying that because the cops put a boot on the Tardis when I parked in a handicapped spot at the Super Wal-Mart yesterday. Nor am I saying it to soften you up for the news that the ATF has impounded it because of the moonshine mead found in the trunk. No sir, I mean it from the bottom of my heart.

    Posted by paco on 2006 10 29 at 04:38 PM • permalink

  162. Yuck!

    That piece on Ford made him sound like the New JFK.  Are all your newswriters this fatuous? 

    About the nuke misunderstanding, Mr. Ford had received a report from one of his adviors, Joe Wilson, who covers international terrorist threats for him.

    Posted by oldfart on 2006 10 29 at 05:32 PM • permalink

  163. 162: yes, wronwright has come a long way and I think I speak for all here when I say we’re very proud of him.

    Why when he first arrived, breathless and with his entire worldly belongings in a zip-lock bag, he didn’t know his arse from an ass.

    Posted by Henry boy on 2006 10 29 at 05:36 PM • permalink

  164. #144

    “wronwright knows everything, I tremble at the thought of challenging him”.  For some reason, I haven’t seen one
    comment along those lines.

    That’s because (choose appropriate answer:)

    1.  Wronwright already knows that, so we don’t bother to say it.

    2.  Wronwright has access to certain tools and facilities and we don’t want to draw attention to ourselves and be the subject of an enquiry using those tools and facilities.

    Does that work for you Wron?

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 29 at 05:36 PM • permalink

  165. #161
    Well, I don’t mind short blokes or tall blokes, but I prefer taller than me and built like an RFL player.

    Unfortunately, those models sometimes don’t come with brains.

    Posted by kae on 2006 10 29 at 05:41 PM • permalink

  166. But the oft-ignored question is “When is Wronwright?”

    Cheers

    Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2006 10 29 at 05:58 PM • permalink

  167. Thank you paco.  Those are very kind words.

    Actually I recall making my first comment two or three years ago.  It was an earnest comment, one that I took some time to fashion.  Richard McEnroe make a funny come back and we started going back and forth since then.

    Mainly what we do here is parody, ridicule, and just crazy cut up.  Whether it’s gobular warmenizing, the tilted heads of the anti-war moonbats, or the crazy conspiracy theories making the rounds at looney lala land, we’ll use it and ratchet it up a few notches.  In the process, we see the liberals for what they are:  comic relief.

    And believe me, much good comes out of this.  I can’t help but believe blogs like this places a badly needed strict scrutiny on the lies and bias that’s regularly flows out of MSM and those forces that are opposed to fighting Islamist terrorism. 

    We make a difference.

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 10 29 at 06:12 PM • permalink

  168. We make a difference.

    And get to laugh a lot in the process. 

    This is a snark-fu dojo.

    Posted by Achillea on 2006 10 30 at 12:14 PM • permalink

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