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It’s as though Melbourne’s Comedy Festival never ended:

In an operation reminiscent of the Cold War era ‘Peace Conferences’ organised on behalf of the Soviet Union by local communists, Melbourne will next weekend have the dubious honour of hosting the ‘Unity for Peace national peace activists conference.’

Featuring an all-tard cast of Australian and international peace geeks, including Cindy Sheehan, Keysar Trad, Kerry Nettle, and Donna Mulhearn! Supported by:

… the Victorian division of the National Tertiary Education Union, the NSW Teachers Federation, the Ku-ring-gai and Marrickville Greens, and the Balmain and Rozelle branches of the ALP. Leichhardt Council is sending two delegates and peace coalitions in Hobart, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne will be represented.

I predict violence. Also, maximum appearance of the word “inspiring” in any media reports.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/20/2006 at 10:30 AM
    1. Will there be giant puppet heads?

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 05 20 at 10:42 AM • permalink


    1. Keysar Trad? Will he rail at Sheehan, Mulhearn and Nettle as being western strumpets I wonder?

      The organisers have missed a certain irony in the juxtapostion of these two events:

      10am: Plenary “The long war” – Iraq and the US imperial project
      noon: Panel discussions
      1) Defending civil liberties and the Muslim community

      One could argue that its the ‘US Imperialist project’ that enables the Muslim community in Traq to actually enjoy civil liberties.

      By the way, who is Professor Tilman Ruff? I wonder what it is he specializes in.

      Posted by Nic on 2006 05 20 at 10:50 AM • permalink


    1. Ooo, I just thought of a marketing idea – Peacenik Tilting Bobblehead Dolls. Imagine a Cindy Sheehan bobblehead with an off-set spring giving it a Compassionate Tilt. The Cindy Sheehan and the Donna Mulhearn could tilt in different directions so that when you put them together, their foreheads touch in the Commiserating Head-Touch of Emotional Burden.

      I think they would be empowering.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 05 20 at 10:50 AM • permalink


    1. I wish the US was imperial.  Then I couls swan about while ordering my Canadian/Mexican/Venezuelan/Iraqi/Iranian/Afghan slaves to fetch me a peeled grape.  Also, I’d be paying a nickel per gallon of gas.

      Posted by ushie on 2006 05 20 at 10:58 AM • permalink


    1. Hmm.  There all in the one place.  Now is our chance to strike.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2006 05 20 at 11:05 AM • permalink


    1. I predict violence.

      From your keyboard to God’s eyeballs.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 05 20 at 11:08 AM • permalink


    1. Hmm.  There all in the one place.  Now is our chance to strike.

      Damn.  “They’re”!  Half a bottle of shiraz and my grammar goes to Margo.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2006 05 20 at 11:18 AM • permalink


    1. The ABC shop could cash in on the Jane Hucheon Bobblie Doll -with a voucher for a bex and a good lie down..
      or the Looney Curlyhaired Muppet Bobblie…
      or the Angry Red Kezza O’Brien Bobblie.

      Posted by crash on 2006 05 20 at 11:23 AM • permalink


    1. Its wrong to hate. God tells us to love one another. I know its wrong.  But still, I hate them.  Should I feel bad for hating them? I don’t. I just don’t understand how they can be so screwed up and be proud of it. They give me a similar feeling to stepping in dog crap.
      One of the things that keeps me going is realizing that the overwhelming majority of Americans (and probably Australians) think these dorks are pus brains.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 05 20 at 11:42 AM • permalink


    1. Imagine a Cindy Sheehan bobblehead with an off-set spring giving it a Compassionate Tilt.

      Hell, they left one behind in that ditch in Crawford for six days before anyone noticed a difference…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 05 20 at 11:59 AM • permalink


    1. What a bunch of losers … Cindy Sheehan, Keysar Trad, Kerry Nettle, and Donna Mulhearn … what about WINNERS like John Howard, Peter Costello and Tony Abbott … does anyone here think that Abbott is a credible contender to be PM? …

      Posted by Stevo on 2006 05 20 at 01:23 PM • permalink


    1. Oooh!  Ku-ring-gai!

      Always wondered.

      A) do you mates serve that with some special sauce,or
      B) just stick with the vegemite

      Posted by yojimbo on 2006 05 20 at 05:11 PM • permalink


    1. #9 Texas Bob
      I don’t hate them at all.  Sure, sometimes they can leave a bad taste in the mouth, but most of the time,  I just feel pity.  And contempt.  Can’t forget the contempt.

      But hate? no.

      Posted by entropy on 2006 05 20 at 05:44 PM • permalink


    1. It is not wrong to hate certain practices and outcomes.  How do you not hate pure evil?

      Hitler-pure evil
      Stalin-pure evil
      Castro-pure evil
      SH-pure evil

      If you want to ban hate, then ban love also.  Are we supposed to love the purveyors of genocide?

      Millions loved Hitler
      Millions loved Stalin
      The Hollywood left loves Castro.

      Hate is an appropriate term and state of mind for certain practices and outcomes.

      Get your moral compass together.

      The concept that Christians cannot hate certain practices and outcomes is just absurd and I refuse to play along.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2006 05 20 at 07:15 PM • permalink


    1. Hate or pity. This is a tough one, Texas Bob, I been thinking about all morning, mate.

      Karl Popper was asked the question, “Do you believe in evil?” and he said, “No, but I believe in stupidity.”

      Those under discussion here, and whom we would hate and/or pity, are praticisng a perverse brand of methodological solipsism—perverse and worthy of hate and/or pity because the outcome they seek is the antithesis of that which they gather to glorify: that outcome is a closed society.

      Methodological solipsism is the epistemological thesis that the individual self and its states are the sole possible or proper starting point for philosophical construction.

      These people are self-inflicted victims of naïve falsification. They can move from ‘this is a white swan’, ‘that is a white swan’, and so on, to a universal statement such as ‘all swans are white’.

      We, on the other hand, are well armed with a healthy Cartesian skepticism —which advocates a persistent awareness of one’s own capability to be deceived.

      I have read the word “Memeoid” somwhere—a neologism for people who have been taken over by a meme (unit of cultural information) to the extent that that their own survival becomes inconsequential. Examples include kamikazes, suicide bombers and cult members who commit mass suicide.

      Hate or pity?

      I am afraid to say, for my part, a bit of both.

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 05 20 at 09:01 PM • permalink


    1. yojimbo, I lived in the Ku-ring-gai local council area for a couple of years (“upper north shore” of Sydney).  A suburb set in hills and large slabs of forest (big mobs of kookabuurras!).  Did you ever get the 1960s Oz TV program ‘Skippy’ over there (sort of like Flipper, but with a Kangaroo)?  It was filmed in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

      Very comfortable middle class residents in Ku-ring-gai and therefore prone to unrepresentative loopy local govenment.

      ps on your Aussie-speak.  The better word for ‘mates’ in your post would be ‘blokes’.  ‘Mates’ roughly translates to ‘buddies’ (depending on the context).  ‘Blokes’ roughly translates to (gender neutral) ‘guys’.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 05 20 at 09:39 PM • permalink


    1. Peace or the passivity of those who support the status quo in violence.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2006 05 21 at 05:10 AM • permalink


    1. Looks like a huge moonbat convergence that will be off the scale.

      I hope to go and put photos and a transcript of some of the madness, especially Mother Sheehan in action, on my blog this Friday.


      Posted by Jono on 2006 05 21 at 10:53 PM • permalink


    1. I hate to disagree with the author of The Open Society and Its Enemies, who did such a great job trashing Hegel, but after a study of the history of the 20th Century I believe in Evil.  It went far beyond the bounds of mere stupidity.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2006 05 21 at 11:49 PM • permalink


    1. #19 I really did try to make an effort not to magnify these gathering fools into incarnations of Evil, Michael Lonie, and in my own fumble-fingered way trotted out a bit of “ala carte” philosophy to that end.

      Popper was wrong, you are right. I belive in Evil—and Evil certainly believes in me.

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 05 22 at 01:36 AM • permalink


    1. #11 No.

      Posted by crash on 2006 05 22 at 08:25 AM • permalink


    1. Donna Mulhern – former human shield? I had hoped she had crawled off into some quiet orner and died. I recollect her hightailing out of Baghdad pronto when the US troops rolled in, giving as her excuse “I didn’t know how they would react to my presence there”. She lied – she knew that they would react in the right way, with a bullet between her eyes. Andy Warhol got it wrong -15 minutes of fame was never going to be enough for the ratbags like Mullhern. It only whets the appetite for more of the same. Remember that other pre-invasion hero, Andrew Wilkie?

      Posted by PLATO on 2006 05 22 at 07:43 PM • permalink


    1. She lied – she knew that they would react in the right way, with a bullet between her eyes.

      More like she knew that they would react in the right way.  No bullet.  For her this is worse: a televised rescue to kapooflerize her whole stupid victim trip.

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 05 22 at 09:38 PM • permalink


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