Monday, July 20, 2015

In which the man on probation puts others on probation ...

Deeper and deeper swirls the fog ... and the Daily Terrorists took a view of all the blather today about "probation" ...

Yes, yes, but you mentioned a bizarre defence ...

Indeed, indeed. Moral equivalence at its finest.

Don't look over there, look over here squirrels, and the more he defends her, the funnier he sounds. The pond prays it can continue for weeks, months, but fears for the worst.

And thanks to the correspondent for another shot of Bronnie with planes:

And now for a very quick, short and sharp pivot because there's a handy story in L'Age today about the hart of homophobia in Melbourne:

Here it is: Catholic archbishop warned against 'tolerating' gay students.

As the story notes, it's a follow-up to another story that went to the hart of the matter:

Golly, and the shifty, furtive-looking photo is just the same.

Hart was involved in the disgraceful carry-on about a priest who dared to show support for women priests and gays - that was in L'Age back in 2013 under the header Church dumps rebel priest:

Fairfax Media understands that the only other Melbourne priests laicised against their will have been notorious paedophiles. 
Archbishop Hart was widely criticised after his appearance at the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled child sexual abuse when he replied to a question about why it took the church 18 years to ask the Vatican to defrock paedophile Desmond Gannon: ''Better late than never.'' 
As with the removal of Bishop Bill Morris from Toowoomba, the Vatican moved much more swiftly on Father Reynolds over women priests.

Indeed. And if you're wondering why gay kids in Catholic schools might still experience discrimination, homophobia, prejudice and bigotry, why not just look into the hart of darkness?

Of course there was an irony in that last L'Age story by Barney 'lo dead people are risen' Zwartz:

Father Reynolds is not the first Australian Catholic to be excommunicated. The best-known was Sister Mary MacKillop, who was excommunicated by her local bishop but was reinstated. In 2010 she became Australia's first saint.

Whenever the pond is told by a believer that the Catholic church isn't a cult like Scientology, the pond is reminded that the only discernible difference is that the excommunicating and persecuting church has been around for a lot longer, and so its execrable behaviour sometimes seems familiar and to be expected ...

But for the pond it's just a reminder of Conradian darkness and a journey into the hart of darkness better never started ...

Ah Bronnie, in those days they used ships of steam ...


  1. In one of those quirks of geographical naming, a group of asylum have apparently been spotted of the coast of WA near West Intercourse Island.

    1. There's a long and proud tradition of compiling lists of silly and unfortunate names. Apparently the good burghers of Fucking, Austria and Anus, France have to replace their town signs several times every year.

  2. I can't see this gormless govt' lasting much longer without covertly promoting some sort of extreme action to shore up public support.....I think you all know the sort of "extreme action" I mean.

    1. Oh No, not another Sydney Hilton!

    2. Is he any relation to Paris Hilton?

    3. I think a cross between Syd James and Paris Hilton would be perfect.

  3. To give homage to Bob Ellis - lines for George Christensen.

    "Don't be stupid, be a smarty,
    Come and join the Nazi party!"

  4. After BB passes her 'probation' with flying colours, and Sophie is elected, and Abbott secures a second term, I can see the 3 amigos standing under a brace of colourful banners. The wording on one of them is "F*CK THE LOTTAYERS".

  5. This is just one splendid - magnificent really - example of what BBishop has said that’s come back to bit her on the bum. I'm certain we only have to skim the surface to find many other cloddish contradictions that fit any occasion.

  6. I fully understand where the ears with space is coming from regards this moral equivalence issue and Chopper.
    He means Chopper is just a mildly expensive spoon drain in the greater infrastructure freeway to the trough.
    Thanks for that perspective TA.

  7. Worth being reminded of the origins of democracy

    In the year 507 B.C., the Athenian leader Cleisthenes introduced a system of political reforms that he called demokratia, or “rule by the people.” This system was comprised of three separate institutions: the ekklesia, a sovereign governing body that wrote laws and dictated foreign policy; the boule, a council of representatives from the ten Athenian tribes; and the dikasteria, the popular courts in which citizens argued cases before a group of lottery-selected jurors. Although this Athenian democracy would survive for only two centuries, Cleisthenes’ invention was one of ancient Greece’s most enduring contributions to the modern world.


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