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Alan Attwood is in love:

Thank you, Kevin Rudd, for being 50 and yet marvellously, miraculously, inspirationally representing all things fresh and vital and energetic …

Like what, for example? His fresh and vital and energetic duplication of the government’s tax policies? Alan doesn’t say. Maybe he’s referring to this.

UPDATE. Trouble for Kevni:

One of the Labor Party’s star candidates, former army lawyer Mike Kelly has endorsed capital punishment a week after Kevin Rudd publicly confirmed the ALP’s opposition to state-sanctioned executions.

Colonel Kelly, who Labor hopes will win the marginal bell-wether seat of Eden-Monaro from Special Minister of State Gary Nairn, has revealed his role in the execution of notorious Somalian warlord, Hussan Gutaale Abdul in April, 1993.

“I have absolutely no personal regrets about Gutaale’s execution,” Colonel Kelly told The Canberra Times.

“I’ll have to admit that even when I saw him wallowing in his own blood and excrement I felt no remorse or pity, only relief.

“There was no other way of stopping him.”

Colonel Kelly – why is he running with a girly crew like the ALP? – will require counselling. Meanwhile, Shane Guley has been counselled right out of the election:

A Labor candidate has been forced to resign on the eve of Kevin Rudd’s crucial televised election debate with Prime Minister John Howard.

Labor campaign headquarters forced the candidate for the Queensland seat of Maranoa, Shane Guley, to quit after allegations he acted as a union thug, assaulting one of his managers and routinely intimidating co-workers.

At least he didn’t execute anybody.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/20/2007 at 02:12 PM
    1. A temporary set back.  If Labor wins, Guley will get his pick of ministries.  Although his actions as a union thug appear to be illiberal, his heart and intentions were in the right place.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2007 10 20 at 03:07 PM • permalink


    1. “Thanks, for just being you”

      Get me a bucket, quick!!

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2007 10 20 at 03:22 PM • permalink


    1. How strange, that Alan Attwood should look at Kevin Rudd and see this. A uniquely personal vision, no doubt.

      Posted by paco on 2007 10 20 at 03:23 PM • permalink


    1. Do you think that if this election battle were being fought by a previously untested Latham, that he’d have had the same honeymoon period that Rudd did? Food for thought…

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2007 10 20 at 03:24 PM • permalink


    1. Yes, Kevin munching down on ear boogers must appeal to the infant in every leftard.

      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 10 20 at 04:31 PM • permalink


    1. #4 Well, the difference between Latham and Rudd, is of course, is that Latham actually had considered views on policy.  And the media didn’t like them.  I remember in the debate on dairy deregulation, he called the dairy farmers who had been accessing inflated price guarantees for decades “the landed capitalist class” which didn’t properly fit into the MSM meme of the nasty Howard making life hard for dairy farmers.

      Rudd, OTOH, doesn’t have policies, just caring-sounding, but ultimately empty slogans.  What policies he does have a largely copies of lib policies (at least he can recognise what works).

      Even though Rudd has conceded to the Lib’s tax policy, the token differences are instructive:
      * the tax scales will be flattened, but only after the election after this one, and only if they are able to (yeah, right, I have a bridge to sell you too);
      * class warfare is re-ignited by not keeping the higher tax bracket cuts (imagine the marginal tax rates around that threshold);
      * money ‘saved’ by not reducing the top threshold redirected towards a fashionable boondoggle (laptops), rather than in the pockets of families to use for their greatest needs.

      Needless to say, it does expose labor philosophy in several interesting ways:
      * tax money is the government’s, not your money they have removed from you.
      * not reducing taxes is saving money;
      * government spending is more worthy spending compared with taxpayer spending;
      * labor knows better what you need to spend money on than you do.

      Posted by entropy on 2007 10 20 at 04:44 PM • permalink


    1. labor knows better what you need to spend money on than you do.

      Ministerial jaunts to strip clubs with amnesia
      shots afterward, for example.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 10 20 at 05:19 PM • permalink


    1. Pity that Mr Guley was running against that rocket scientist Bruce Scott, and not in a marginal seat.
      Maranoa covers the bottom two thirds of Queensland west of the great divide (ie similar area to western Europe). National Party stronghold.  Given the council amalgamation shenanigans in Qld, the hon. Bruce Scott MP should walk it in.

      Posted by entropy on 2007 10 20 at 05:27 PM • permalink


    1. FYI: Bolta’s requesting questions for the journos to present to the pollies at tonight’s debate.

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 20 at 05:37 PM • permalink


    1. Thank you, Kevin Rudd, for being 50 and yet marvellously, miraculously, inspirationally representing all things fresh and vital and energetic …

      This is kind of beside the point, but why is it that people assume turning 50 (or 40, or 60) is the same as stepping into the grave?  Old dogs can learn new tricks, you know.  It just shits me that people take this attitude.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 10 20 at 05:41 PM • permalink


    1. When the Union’s got you by the Guleys:

      • Assaulting a manager in a pub in front of several work colleagues;
      • Making a threatening phone call to the same manager, saying: “I will f****** get rid of you, you’re No 1 on my hit list …”
      • Threatening to call in his political connections in the Queensland Labor government to get rid of people on his “hit list”;
      • Threatening and intimidating a work colleague who had made allegations against him of bullying and harassment;
      • Intimidating investigators brought in to investigate employee complaints against him, and;
      • Allegedly making vexatious and vindictive allegations against other employees in response to their legitimate complaints.

      Good junior Labor member CV?
      Strike the first point & it sounds like behind-the-scenes with Kev.

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 20 at 05:46 PM • permalink


    1. #3 Here you go, Paco. Just for you.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 10 20 at 06:51 PM • permalink


    1. I respond to threats and thuggish behaviour by applying little-known defensive tactics passed to me by the peaceful monks of the Combat Arms monastery.

      Posted by CB on 2007 10 20 at 06:54 PM • permalink


    1. #12: GREAT, Skeeter! thanks.

      Posted by paco on 2007 10 20 at 06:56 PM • permalink


    1. Guley’s neck looks rather red in that photo 🙂

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 20 at 07:03 PM • permalink


    1. What Mike didn’t say was that he oversaw the workings of a sharia court in Baidoa. Gutale got the death sentence after appealing a lengthy incarceration sentence. That’ll teach him. BTW, Mike is a typical lawyer, all talk, and living vicariously through the exploits of others. He didn’t earn the medals he wears on his chest. Contrary to the ALP spin of a brave contrarian war hero. Standing for a seat after being passed over to run the ADF Mil Justice dept smacks of his typical shameless self-promotion and opportunistic approach to getting the best deal possible for Mike Kelly.

      Posted by CB on 2007 10 20 at 07:04 PM • permalink


    1. #12
      Skeeter, clever. But..Eeeeeuw

      Who stole Attwood’s guide dog.

      And his brain?

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 20 at 07:29 PM • permalink


    1. The Franbat currently on Insiders with Bolta …

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 20 at 07:29 PM • permalink


    1. On the topic of idiot Kevni supporters. Ever seen a sinking Swan? Laurie Oakes making the alternative treasurer sweat over tax and treasury. He’s down to making shit up answering questions drawn from ALP policies.

      Posted by CB on 2007 10 20 at 07:38 PM • permalink


    1. #8 Shane Guley is a serial ALP state & federal candidate.

      But only ever in seats similar to Maranoa, that is, extremely safe National Party seats.

      They know their candidate, and there is no way in the world the ALP actually wants him to WIN a seat.

      Posted by Steve at the pub on 2007 10 20 at 07:53 PM • permalink


    1. One day, in the not too distant future I expect, Attwood will be profoundly embarrassed by that article. It’s not that Rudd may disappoint him, because that goes without saying, but that any post-pubescent adult should write such fawning, love-struck tripe.

      I’m a baby boomer and I couldn’t vote for Rudd if he was conservative. The man’s defective, a shallow two-dimensional character who manages to combine the worst two features you would want in a national leader – smugness at his own cleverness and this strange, almost bowel-opening excitement when he meets famous people – such as when he met Murdoch in NY.

      This latter trait he shares with another national Labor leader from Queensland, Bill Hayden. In fact, Hayden also spruiked a “boy from the wrong side of the tracks made good” story. But hearing Hayden in retirement go on about all the famous people he met when he was G-G made me very glad Hawke stabbed him in the back back when he did. Imagine a PM overwhelmed in the presence of other world leaders?

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 10 20 at 08:05 PM • permalink


    1. Wake up.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 10 20 at 08:38 PM • permalink


    1. I’m here, wherefore art thou?

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 10 20 at 08:39 PM • permalink


    1. 12. Skeeter

      Thank you, Skeeter, for ruining a timeless masterpiece for me.  For. ever.


      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 10 20 at 09:00 PM • permalink


    1. #17 kae, yeah, I see what you mean.
      Maybe this one is more to your taste?
      The position of Julia’s right foot it a bit of a worry but you will have to blame Botticelli for that, not me.
      Sorry about the delay. I have been watching Insiders.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 10 20 at 09:03 PM • permalink


    1. OK.  We’re past 20 comments, so I’m going to vent about my week.  This is just self-help therapy for me, so you can skip this comment, and I’d actually advise you to.

      Someone, somewhere (I know where, but I don’t know how) managed to obtain the information of my bank debit card.  They managed to drain my checking account of over $600.00 US through a bogus shipping account (Even my bank’s fraud investigator said this was a new one on him).

      So, I spent ALL MORNING yesterday getting said shipping account deleted (Took three “service representatives” before I found one who knew what she was doing).  Then, I had my bank cancel my debit card and issue me a new one.  Five day wait for that.  No problemo, as most of my gigs pay cash and include tippage.

      They credited my account for the stolen cash, but I still have to fill out affidavits and stuff for them.

      Tonight?  Last minute gig cancellation, so I’ll be strapped for cash until the new card gets here.

      Oh, and I have to go to one of my banks to activate the card and set the pin.  Nearest branch?…

      … 135 miles away from my house.

      So, how were YOUR last two days?


      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 10 20 at 09:11 PM • permalink


    1. #24; Sorry Hucbald, but I think Alan Attwood and Paco should share some of the blame. It was their idea.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 10 20 at 09:11 PM • permalink


    1. Pain in the bum week for you, Huc. Better luck next week.

      You didn’t by any chance purchase by credit card anything from PACO Industries’ opposition?

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 20 at 09:16 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, and about ear boogers.
      My friend insists that he was probably having a quiet scratch of his ear and realised that he had a hangnail and was chewing the hangnail off.Yeah. Sure. Whatever.

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 20 at 09:17 PM • permalink


    1. 28.  Kae

      Why.  As a matter of fact… I did!



      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 10 20 at 09:23 PM • permalink


    1. #29, that’s as convincing of the Mary-ann Fahey character Jophesine (3yo): “I wasn’t.  I didn’t.  I, I, I… it wasn’t.”

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 10 20 at 09:29 PM • permalink


    1. #29 Kae, whatever indeed. I really don’t want to know what he was eating.
      The incident got a mention on Insiders but the clip was not aired.
      Probably thought it was too revolting for daytime TV.
      The main-streamers on Insiders sounded a bit threatened by the latest blog and YouTube effects on the political scene.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 10 20 at 09:31 PM • permalink


    1. O/T but this bloke isnt to bad. Achmed The Dead Terrorist
      Its a comedy bloke, takes a while to warm up.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 10 20 at 09:33 PM • permalink


    1. What is it with the left and the fuhrerprinzip?

      why this pathological need to worship their leaders ?

      Sorry to hear your story Hucbald, if it makes you feel better some bastard stole my five year old niece’s Dora the explorer wallet at a garage sale yesterday.

      The world is full of people who find it easier to take than to earn ( and here in Oz one of them will be debating our PM tonight)

      Posted by eeniemeenie on 2007 10 20 at 09:38 PM • permalink


    1. #30: Checks list of computerized purchase orders.

      Let’s see . . . Hucbald, Hucbald . . . Ah! Here we are. “Paco Enterprises, Purchase Order #224990876, Hucbald.”

      Five (5) Chia pets, $100.

      Three (3) toilet monsters, $53.67

      Five (5) Slingshot flying chickens, $25

      Five (5) Pooping Penguin chocolate dispensers, $25

      Four (4) conservative t-shirts, $100

      One (1) zoot suit, $250

      One (1) pith helmet

      Subtotal: $588.67
      S&H:  11.33
      Total $600.00

      Yep, looks legitimate to me. Are you going to claim that you really didn’t order these fine products, Hucbald?

      Posted by paco on 2007 10 20 at 09:51 PM • permalink


    1. Another International event pre-election that the (Left) MSM is unaware of:

      Aussie Will Power’s record breaking pole position for the Indy Gold Coast event today

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 20 at 09:55 PM • permalink


    1. An interesting experience last night at an art website I frequent. Word started going through the forums that pornographic images were being uploaded. They weren’t as explicit as they could have been, but in one pic the girl’s face was clearly – to most of us – expressing terror.
      Whatever her age, and freedom to consent in the situation, the charming gent putting the pics up added comments like ‘She’s young, you know you want to look’ etc. A hundred or more people complained, management started taking the images down within minutes. Shitbag just put them straight up again. One member emailed him telling him to quit, and his response was ‘Do they cancel memberships for this?’ Then all of a sudden, his name and profile pic changed. Management had his account deleted within an hour, and advised me that his details would be passed to his local police.
      There is some fairly erotic content on display at this site, but there was nothing of the erotic in the pics this person displayed. Don’t wish to blow my own trumpet, but it was good to be a part of the action against him, and to see the management step in without hesitation.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 10 20 at 10:10 PM • permalink


    1. For Huc, Ziyi Zhang:

      House of the Flying Daggers trailer

      and Beauty Song

      Curse of the Golden Flower – Trailer (Li Gong etc from ~Geisha)

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 20 at 10:14 PM • permalink


    1. #34 “The world is full of people who find it easier to take than to earn ( and here in Oz one of them will be debating our PM tonight)”

      That’s why I call JoHo “Man of Steal”.  Krudd = “Man of Mirrors”

      Posted by Hero Schema on 2007 10 20 at 10:17 PM • permalink


    1. #26, Sorry to hear of your troubles, Hucbald.  I can sympathize.  Years ago, someone opened a fraudulent credit card account in my name, even had some of my personal information, and charged thousands of dollars on it.  We were a year getting it straightened out, getting investigated by the credit company’s insurance investigators, etc.  Luckily, it didn’t cost me anything (but fear for my credit history, my sense of security, and a lot of sleepless nights).  Even today, these many years later, I can look my name up on the internet and the fraudulent place of residence is listed there among my residences.  If I could ever catch up to the bitch who did it, I’d choke her until her eyes popped out.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 10 20 at 10:20 PM • permalink


    1. zzzzz ZZZZZZZ zzzzzzzzzzzz

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 10 20 at 11:18 PM • permalink


    1. They’re lining up at the starting grid for the Indy on the Gold Coast now.

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 20 at 11:23 PM • permalink


    1. Alan may have left out part of his first draft due to space limitations; something along these lines, perhaps:
      On the day that you were born
      and the angels got together
      And decided to create a dream come true
      So they sprinkled moon dust
      in your hair of gold
      And starlight in your eyes of blue.
      Why do birds suddenly appear
      Every time you are near?
      Just like me, they long to be
      Close to you.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 10 20 at 11:37 PM • permalink


    1. Yes, there’s definitely something of the moon about him.
      It’s not the light.
      It’s not the moon-face (but you can see the resemblance…)I think it’s just a touch of lunacy.

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 20 at 11:44 PM • permalink


    1. #42
      Great close-up of the F-111 during the wheels-down fly by …

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 10 20 at 11:58 PM • permalink


    1. *sigh*
      I only saw the end of it, I was doing something else. Saw them talking about the F111 dump and burn, the noise and comparing it to the cars…~~~~chuckle~~~~

      Posted by kae on 2007 10 21 at 12:13 AM • permalink


    1. #37, Swinish,

      many, many thanks to you and the management of the website you mentioned.

      Hopefully your actions will signal the start of many more similar reactions to these foul people.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 10 21 at 12:59 AM • permalink


    1. Rudd’s such a lizard I’m surprised he didn’t lick out his ear with his tongue

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 10 21 at 02:10 AM • permalink


    1. Why does Rudd adjust his glasses all the time and especially between questions at press conferences?

      I think we should run a competition on how many times he’ll do it tonight during the debate.

      I start the bidding with 50.

      Posted by Jack Lacton on 2007 10 21 at 02:48 AM • permalink


    1. #12, Skeeter!

      That is a Rudd rising, indeed.  Great work (with deepest apologies to Botticelli!).

      Oh!  I just got to the second work.  Even better!

      #30, Paco, you are a gift.

      Huc, I’m sorry for your troubles and I hope that everything works out.

      As for the actual subject of this thread:  I haven’t seen anything come from the Left that was “fresh and vital and energetic” EVER.

      Is Attword gay?  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 10 21 at 02:53 AM • permalink


    1. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz

      Night night.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 10 21 at 03:28 AM • permalink


    1. #49 Jack; It’ll be like the Cheney/Pelosi blink counting game.

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 10 21 at 03:32 AM • permalink


    1. #50 Salty; re:EVER; The left once mustered the Abraham Lincoln Brigade to fight fascism, but since then, pfft.

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 10 21 at 03:46 AM • permalink


    1. Then again, I take the point you’re about to make, so nevermind.

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 10 21 at 03:48 AM • permalink


    1. 47 – Thanks Pog. It wasn’t quite as satisfying as lynching him would have been, but we got as close as we can on the internet, I suppose.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 10 21 at 04:01 AM • permalink


    1. Hey Andrea! I wanted to leave a meaningless comment at your site and got lost in all that sign up rigamarole. Your loss I guess.

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 10 21 at 04:03 AM • permalink


    1. Jim Beam was a great man.

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 10 21 at 04:11 AM • permalink


    1. Dean:  The Left hasn’t come up with anything new; it’s all in Plato.  Rousseau picked it up when he defined slavery as freedom.  Kant laid the modern political groundwork for his evil spawn, Hegal and Marx, when he defined freedom as altruistic duty to the collective.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 10 21 at 04:11 AM • permalink


    1. #55, Swinish,

      at the very least, it may have served as a warning to future slime should they try to post likewise.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 10 21 at 04:12 AM • permalink


    1. “Paco Enterprises: We Put the ‘Manure’ in Entrepreneur!”

      Thanks Rebecca.  I too would be sorely tempted to throttle this little crapweasle.

      Thing that really irritates me is that fraud attempts have been made against my CHARGE cards in the past, but my bank always caught them.  This time, with my DEBIT card – which requires more verification than the charge cards do – they totally missed it… on three seperate occasions.  I eventually got to a supervisor fraud investigator, and he was amazed that the charges were accepted since they were presented to the account without the required verifications.

      I think the appropriate question is, WTF?!

      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 10 21 at 10:21 AM • permalink


    1. #60: I have a friend who told me an even stranger story. He had a checking account, but never used checks, never even ordered any (he always used a debit card to take out cash, and paid bills via computer). Somebody actually showed up at his bank one day with a check, supposedly made out by him; weird thing was that the check looked absolutely genuine: had my friend’s pre-printed name, address, account number, etc., and was a real check actually printed for his bank. The only reason they caught the crook was because he had walked into the branch where my friend actually transacted most of his business, and the teller happened to know that he didn’t use checks. I never did learn how the crook managed to get the checks.

      Posted by paco on 2007 10 21 at 11:48 AM • permalink


  1. A work colleague of my mother had her wallet stolen from her classroom.

    Someone used her debit card to go to her bank and clean out her account using her debit card.

    They brazenly went to the bank and took out over $30k.

    You do ask yourself WTF, too, don’t you?

    The bank was arguing that it was her fault. She’d reported that card and others stolen. How does someone use your debit card to clean out your account? I know my bank asks for ID when I make a withdrawal from a branch that don’t know me, or even speak with a member of staff who doesn’t know me in my regular branch!

    Posted by kae on 2007 10 21 at 06:18 PM • permalink