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Weekend reflections

July 30th, 2010

It’s time again for weekend reflections, which makes space for longer than usual comments on any topic. Civilised discussion and no coarse language please.

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  1. Michael of Summer Hill
    August 5th, 2010 at 18:02 | #1

    Now that Rudd is back, the Australian Christian Lobby has turned their attention towards the Greens. Fortunately it has come unstuck before even getting off the ground. The Australian Christian Lobby has falsely claimed the Greens are anti-religion. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just a load of crap.

  2. TerjeP
    August 5th, 2010 at 18:15 | #2

    Fran – Tony Abbott is a bit of a dill. I’m surprised that you are using him to defend your own choice of words. If your use of the word thuggish was just hype then okay, but if so just concede the point and let’s move on.

  3. August 5th, 2010 at 18:21 | #3

    @TerjeP

    If your use of the word thuggish was just hype then okay, but if so just concede the point and let’s move on.

    I was/am using it in its metaphoric sense, which is now part of accepted usage. Andrew tried being cute and I called him on it.

  4. Alice
    August 5th, 2010 at 19:17 | #4

    @Fran Barlow
    Fran

    I couldnt agree more with your comment above

    “The consequence of this is that on August 21, whoever wins, the mass of the public will be subjected to the rule of a coalition between Big Filth and the Mining Thugs. On the upside, this will at least be more obvious than in previous elections.

    As for tax rises – Im all for it for the mining thugs and other rich corporate thugs that find every tax loophole they can to ship it to a no tax low tax zone and then run ad campaigns about a government who at least WAS trying to do the right thing (for a feisty red head she sure was quick to back down on that one – pathetic – scared of the miners TV ads).

    As for tax cuts – Im all for those as well – for the poor out there; those facing the full force of rising prices for almost all everyday items like food, power etc and gouging governments on the roads and streets where they park and shameless corporate gouging and price fixing.

    As for Tony Abbott -Two guesses which group he favours (like miners or Australian people?) and will workchoices come back? Without a doubt along with his ugly attack dog style. I dont know how he has managed to keep being so (sickly) sweet in this election campaign but if he wins watch the real Tony Abbott emerge.

  5. Alice
    August 5th, 2010 at 19:22 | #5

    Tax cuts hmm…now that sounds like a definite possiblity. We know trickle down didnt work.
    Any dedicated economist might try suggesting trickle up…. it might upset the banking overlords though…and that economist might find himself peer reviewed and destroyed by a bunch of hoods from Chicago.

  6. August 5th, 2010 at 23:13 | #6

    @TerjeP

    Hey Terje … I’ve just seen the ballot positions for Bennelong … One Nation First and you last. … You have to hope that there aren’t too many donkey votes …

  7. August 6th, 2010 at 00:09 | #7

    Fran,
    I say “bugger” on occasion as a swear word, but always mindful of its real meaning. Evidently when you read the wikipedia article you copied and pasted from either you neglected to read on or you chose to ignore it as unhelpful to your article.
    “Thug” has clearly and always meant one who uses physical violence. Let’s look at, for example, wiktionary “A criminal who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire; One of a band of assassins formerly active in northern India who worshipped Kali and offered their victims to her”
    This is a mining company?
    If you are going to “call” someone on something, please make sure you are at least close to correct. As it is, I called you on describing mining companies as “thugs” and it is you who are wrong. Move on would be my advice.
    .
    MoSH,
    You are right – congratulations. There are many “…different ways governments can finance a budget deficit”. [golf clap]
    Now – care to let us all know which one you prefer? Or will it be another attempt at a smart response before you reach for a high school textbook and try to read about it?

  8. Michael of Summer Hill
    August 6th, 2010 at 00:15 | #8

    Congratulations Andrew Reynolds, now tell me what you have learnt besides reading Obelix and Co and then I will not keep you in suspense.

  9. August 6th, 2010 at 01:54 | #9

    Well – I’ve learnt that you either can’t answer a question or are incapable of doing so. Now, prove me wrong.

  10. August 6th, 2010 at 04:54 | #10

    @Andrew Reynolds

    If you are going to “call” someone on something, please make sure you are at least close to correct. As it is, I called you on describing mining companies as “thugs” and it is you who are wrong. Move on would be my advice.

    As I documented above, I was actually far closer to being correct than you were, so your comment here is an excursion into misdirection. The original root referred to deception amd trickery. And as recently as yesterday, from the lips of one of your fellow travellers, it was used metaphorically to describe the application of unethical and implicitly coercive political power against holders of public office. It is you who are wrong, and embarrassingly so. It is easy to see then why you are advising me to move on.

    Like your more illustrious political mentor, you want to cover your own embarrassing overreach. You failed.

  11. Michael of Summer Hill
    August 6th, 2010 at 08:13 | #11

    You will never know untill you be a good boy.

  12. Michael of Summer Hill
    August 6th, 2010 at 08:50 | #12

    According to reports today, it is claimed that Howard reckons Gillard has failed to fix the boat people issue, the mining tax and respond to climate change. ‘She has been a total failure and in my view an even bigger failure than her predecessor’. Now given Labor is only a caretaker government and cannot get legislation through this is a whole load of crap. That is correct a whole load of crap.

  13. Michael of Summer Hill
    August 6th, 2010 at 09:25 | #13

    Ever now and then politicians come forward and speak their mind in what they believe is bad policy, and in this case Nationals MP Darren Chester and others are concerned that the Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme discrimates against stay-at-home mums. That is correct the Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme discrimates against stay-at-home mums.

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