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* Time magazine, nine years ago: “Blowing the wheels off Bubba … NASCAR has joined the yuppie marketplace.” The Washington Times, today: “NASCAR isn’t all about Bubba, beer and barbecue anymore.”

* Way to go, Adele Horin. You’ve turned Andrea Harris into an anti-abortionist.

* Those warmongering Greens! Were it left to them, they’d send every single member of Australia’s defence forces to Iraq. (Via Bastards Inc.)

* Two fun columns from Miranda Devine.

* Howard Dean – the Linda McCartney of US politics!

* The left isn’t happy with Janet Albrectsen’s appointment to the ABC board. Caustic soda in a weasel pit wouldn’t generate a wilder reaction. Neil Brown has some advice for the newcomer.

UPDATE to the Greens poll item – Bastards Inc. reports:

As expected, when the adults started work this morning, the Australian Greens party pulled their poll on whether troops should or should not go into Iraq. Why? Because at the end of play, the polls had 79% of respondents in favour of sending the entire Australian Defence Force. I’m tipping there was more than one “WTF?” when they looked at THAT result.

The gap between their preferred answer and the ‘Dear God no, anything but that!’ was growing wider by the minute. And how do you counter such views? Remove them from sight, of course. Just a pity for them that I took screenshots.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/27/2005 at 07:38 AM
    1. Its strange. A professional woman is appointed to the board, you’d think the left would be happy, when in fact it seems that the sky is falling.

      If I was truly interested in the future of an organisation, I’d be happy having a critic on the board who would give insights into how that organisation could improve, on a far more honest level than the legion of Union appointees or other yes people with vested interests.

      Maybe this is what worries the left. All in all, its a brilliant move. My next choice would be Andrew Bolt.

      Posted by Nic on 2005 02 27 at 08:56 AM • permalink


    1. They’ll contrive some body of journalistic wise men and women, a college of cardinals, who will set standards and thresholds and regulations and such. (embedded quote in the Linda McCartney link)

      This is actually interesting PC, because it can be definitively traced.  English adjective order would require “wise journalistic men and women,’’ as denominal adjectives come after central adjectives, but this is in fact an add-on to an original “journalistic wise men,’’ and women being appended to make it right.

      It has the same literary effect as talking of the wise men and women who brought Jesus gifts, namely the ridiculous collapse of an attempt at tact

      Posted by rhhardin on 2005 02 27 at 09:19 AM • permalink


    1. An absolutely perfect example of why all genuine car people loathe NASCAR. Corporate suites? Golf outings? Swedish goddam massage? Give them enough time, I’m sure they’ll sanitize it completely by getting rid of the noisy cars and unsightly hillbillies.

      Fuck NASCAR and its “we’re the new NFL” sports marketing crap, its lust for the car-clueless upscale dork segment. If Bill France wants to reach me, I’ll be at Union Grove Dragway or the Sycamore Dirt Bowl, or on a pilgrimage to Bonneville—places that still understand what real racing is about.

      Posted by iowahawk on 2005 02 27 at 10:46 AM • permalink


    1. Congratulations to Janet Albrectsen on her appointment to the ABC Board. One more like her and the place could probably function in the manner intended.

      Posted by Hanyu on 2005 02 27 at 11:05 AM • permalink


    1. “One more like her and the place could probably function in the manner intended”
      Hence the uproar.  Their manner intended and your manner intended are 180 degrees apart.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2005 02 27 at 11:31 AM • permalink


    1. I would take exception to Iowahawk in some respects.  He is right about that aspect.  I worry about the yuppie tofu aspect also.  But there is another side that the Times missed. It’s about those other 200,000 plus fans sitting in the grandstands from nukular families.  It’s about those pit crews, standing at attention at the National Anthem,each holding an American Flag.  It’s about the advertising on the cars, upholding America and the U S Military-not degrading it.  This is also the heart of NASCAR, not just the pure racing aspect of the sport. When a pit crew member is not sure whether or not he should hold an American Flag at the National Anthem or when a car owner is not sure whether demographics will allow advertising on his car for the military-then I worry.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2005 02 27 at 12:14 PM • permalink


    1. Nic —

      Its strange. A professional woman is appointed to the board, you’d think the left would be happy, when in fact it seems that the sky is falling.

      If this was the States, by now the Democratosclerotic Party would have a spokesperson explaining that Janet “isn’t a real woman” just as Estrada and Gonzales weren’t “real” Hispanics and Condi wasn’t “really” black (Colin Powell was graciously “allowed” his race by the left when he was perceived as being a critic of the administration, but since the interview he gave where he accepted responsibility for his statements on WMD’s and supported the administration, he should have his oreo status affirmed shortly).

      Iowahawk — All NASCAR is proving is that even some yuppies still have souls.  It’s not like they’re racing hybrid Priuses (Prii?) now, is it?  That’s just more bad news for the blue states… exposure will bring conversion to red state values.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 02 27 at 01:35 PM • permalink


    1. Honestly I don’t get NASCAR.  The cars only vaguely resemble “stock” cars, and watching them spend hours making left-hand turns around an oval track is only slightly more entertaining than watching paint dry.  Even the crowd-pleasing accidents are tame, what with all the safety improvements.

      The “beer and barbecue” is the only part I find appealing.

      Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2005 02 27 at 02:19 PM • permalink


    1. Bruce. F1 is only 7 days away-or 6 if you are in OZ.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2005 02 27 at 02:30 PM • permalink


    1. Caustic soda in a weasel pit

      What? Who says you can’t learn anything reading blogs?

      Problem is, I don’t know what I just learned!! But, I’m thinking it will sure come in handy someday.

      Posted by rinardman on 2005 02 27 at 03:14 PM • permalink


    1. “These positions should be advertised and filled on merit,” [Mr. Thompson] said.
      That way, ministers would have to publicly justify why they made their decision.”

      “Labor’s Communications Spokesman, Stephen Conroy, says it undermines the public confidence in the independence of the national broadcaster.”

      Hm.  More talk like this and I’ll start to think the opposition is proposing the ABC become a commercial, publicly traded company so shareholders’ votes, not government appointments, determines board members.

      Posted by debo.v2 on 2005 02 27 at 03:53 PM • permalink


    1. Cars – the future tussle is between Prius and Priapus.
      The ABC – split it into two organisations: News/Current Affairs and Entertainment. At present the flavour of Film Actors Guild permeates the News & Current Affairs Stew.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 02 27 at 05:11 PM • permalink


    1. The two leftoids on yesterday’s ‘Insiders’ panel weren’t very happy about Albrechtsen’s appointment either. Piers Ackerman had some fun stirring the pot with comments about Ramona Koval.
      Koval is already bitching about Albrechtsen, which is pretty silly considering that her own reputation is already pretty dirty.

      Posted by Boss Hog on 2005 02 27 at 06:18 PM • permalink


    1. If it were left to the Greens, 450 troops would be every single member of Australia’s defence force….

      Posted by Steaming Plateful on 2005 02 27 at 06:39 PM • permalink


    1. Sooner or later the opponents of the war will have to admit they were wrong – again —writes Miranda Devine.

      That’s not enough.  In my judgment anti-war protestors need to come before a Truth and Reconciliation commission a la South Africa, admit their spectacular misjudgment on the issues and the fact that their vehement and vociferous opposition made doing what was right so much harder.

      My list would be a lengthy one starting with Noam Chomsky, Susan Sarandon, and Margo Kingston, preferably in a prostrate position.  If accepted for forgiveness, their foreheads would be branded with an L for loser.

      But I have many others in mind.

      I hope that doesn’t sound harsh.  I’m really a nice guy.

      Posted by wronwright on 2005 02 27 at 08:38 PM • permalink


    1. I believe that two more ABC Board vacancies are due to occur later this year.Imagine the waves of fear and loathing that would course through the corridors of the Sheltered Collective if Piers Ackerman and Andrew Bolt were appointed.

      Posted by Lew on 2005 02 27 at 10:22 PM • permalink


    1. Lew,
      Tim and Andrew, please.  Then we would have a collective brain explosion from the left, the like of which hadn’t been seen since “Scanners”.

      Posted by SezaGeoff on 2005 02 27 at 10:42 PM • permalink


    1. When Latham called Janet Albrectsen a skanky ho, not a single feminist bleated. Imagine the outrage if Peter Costello called David Marr a bitchy faggot! (he’d be right but he’d be wrong).

      Incidentally, in today’s AustralianJanet points out that she is not or ever has been an employee of News Ltd. So much for Koval.

      Posted by mr magoo on 2005 02 27 at 10:47 PM • permalink


    1. I guess Adele Horin must be unfamiliar with sacrificial love?


      Posted by CJosephson on 2005 02 27 at 10:51 PM • permalink


    1. I’m not opposed to first-trimester abortion. But girls who give up their babies for adoption should be recognized as heroes.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2005 02 27 at 11:56 PM • permalink


    1. Not everyone who’s pro-choice is an Adele Horin, of course.

      Miranda’s piece in Investigate is truly divine, by the way.

      It’s out now.

      Posted by Major Anya on 2005 02 28 at 07:47 AM • permalink


    1. “Congratulations to Janet Albrectsen on her appointment to the ABC Board. One more like her and the place could probably function in the manner intended.”

      Until Australians have an individual choice over whether to fund ABC or not, and thus ABC will have to respond to a market, ABC will tend to be anti-freedom as their continued existence depends on removing some of your freedoms.

      You are falling for the classic socialist fallacy “It would work if we had better people”

      Posted by Rob Read on 2005 02 28 at 08:02 AM • permalink


    1. Here’s an interesting what if: if Iraq works out, and the people are safer, happier and better off in their new democracy, will Kingston, Adams, Carlton, & Ramsay ever be able to say sorry?

      Posted by Smithovitch on 2005 02 28 at 05:01 PM • permalink


  1. underscore – not only will they not say sorry, they won’t ever know they’re wrong.  They’ll insist that their disproved fears only confirm what they’ve been saying all along, and vigilance is thus “even more necessary.”

    It must be nice for them in cloud cuckoo land.

    Posted by Nightfly on 2005 02 28 at 05:16 PM • permalink