Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A nattering "Ned" montage ...








Wilfred Owen was killed in action at the age of 25 one week before the Armistice.
More Wilfred Owen poems here ...


In which the pond does its best to avoid nattering "Ned" ...


Naturally the pond was alert to the reptiles' coverage of the onion muncher this day … and there were plenty of photo opportunities …


The pond is a keen, devoted follower of the onion muncher, and a claim "Western front our win" and "Western front our victory" seemed entirely typical of his grasp of history … but when it got into it, the pond suspected that he might have been fitted up by click-bait trolling Oz reptiles ...


Well Australian forces did play a significant role in the western front, but that's hardly claiming the the western front as "our victory", which would be particularly foolish and egregious, given the number of other armies involved in the fighting …

The pond ploughed on ...


Well yes Amiens was a significant victory, and Monash played a significant role in the planning, even if, at the end …

The Canadians gained 13 km (8.1 mi), Australians 11 km (6.8 mi), the French 8 km (5.0 mi), and the British 3.2 km (2.0 mi). (Greg Hunt the full battle here).

Of course the Canadians tend to get more agitated about Vimy Ridge but Amiens was something of a joint venture.

That said, at the end of the day, the onion muncher might only be accused of aggrandising attention-seeking in his usual way.

His talk of Australia playing a disproportionate one, of punching above its weight, is canny, and it seems it was the reptiles who decided to turn that canny talk into the pure, undiluted, mindless blather and nonsense of "Western front our win" and "Western front our victory" …

And so to other matters troubling the reptiles this day.

The pond wonders whether it will ever pluck up the courage to endure nattering "Ned" rabbiting on about the first world war and "cultural appropriation of the past" …there are many sacrifices to be made, but is this the right one?

Dame Slap had joined the reptile horde, and turned on the corporates ...



But the pond reeled away wondering if the reptiles had joined a post-modernist, anarchist world where anything was permitted, including an uncapitalised letter after a question mark.

The pond is aware that this was a stylistic thing that was allowed way back when, but since when have the reptiles gone the full Queen Victoria and adopted this? apparently when preparing headers. 

The pond is aware that there are some exceptions to the rule, as when the following sentence lacks a verb, but isn't 'first earn our trust' a sentence with a verb? who knows …

Meanwhile, there was considerable agitation about the dandruff gathering ways of the Donald …


On this day of days, suddenly he was elevated to the top of the digital page ...



It was simply too much for the reptiles to bear ...



And to think that the pond only a short time ago was feasting on WSJ yarns about how it was the dangerous elites that were the problem, and not the Donald ...




Chaotic, dysfunctional … 

Some days the lizard Oz is beginning to sound like Fairfax, and all that redemptive talk of the Donald once again hits a rocky shore …

And speaking of Fairfax, head here for more papal reflections like this …and he has a twitter feed here.




In which the pond thanks the reptiles for offering up the WSJ as a distraction ...


There's nothing more piquant than the sight of a hack working for a billionaire, offering up a convoluted defence of an alleged billionaire, who freely lied to wangle his way on to the Forbes' list, and was given a spanking on the bottom with the rolled-up magazine as a reward for his efforts …

Come on down, don't lurk McGurn, the pond would like a spurn and burn whimsy - in the spirit of the Donald - as a distraction from the goings on down under …


Yes, that sounds like a thoroughly silly and pointless thesis, a way to waste a few minutes …tedious arguments of insidious intent, measured out in coffee spoons, and subject to revision before the taking of a toast and tea ... though of course the pond was only interested because it offered the chance to run a few cartoons …


The pond generally leaves the United States alone, accepting the bounty of late night comedians offered up on YouTube, and leaving it at that … but every so often, for reasons the pond can't understand, the local reptiles let a thoroughly stupid WSJ piece out from behind the paywall …perhaps as a reminder that life could be worse, and the pond could be paying for the nonsense ...


Actually, before we consider McGurn's pathetic, half-baked set of convoluted excuses, please allow another cartoon …


Now the pond is ready to consider:



Confronted by this sort of bizarro logic, what else is there to do than call McGurn a thoroughly stupid man - as a Donald would do - and move on to a cartoon …


Of course everybody was trying to deal with the Donald's latest twittering feast of fury on the weekend, but wait, the reptiles decided they'd let loose another tool from the WSJ kit …


This sounded like a "wringing hands syndrome" outing, but it did create room for another cartoon …


It turned out that it was just a promotional piece, disguised as an issues-driven discussion.

Here the pond must humbly note that loon pond.blogspot.com.au is an internationally recognised brand that has received lots of positive and constructive feedback from liberals because of its lovingly constructed zoo of conservative thinking … though it has to be said that the pond has of late ignored responses to its correspondents while still deeply appreciating the input and the links …

There you go, that's how to be self-serving

Now watch as Wahed diligently goes about the business of slipping in a few plugs and building the brand, while purporting to be deeply concerned, though the spoilsports didn't give him a hot link ...


When the pond launched Loon Pond, it had no idea it would provide a home for silly people of the Wahed kind, jerking their own chain and no doubt provoking strong reactions from anyone irritated by this sort of bleeding heart nonsense about the need to get along …

But instead of running a meme from Jack and Mars Attacks!, the pond was grateful for the chance to run a few more cartoons …


Yep, it seems even Stiglitch is for turning …


As for the WSJ whining, who said life was fair?




Tuesday, April 24, 2018

In which the reptile crusade continues ...


When it looks and it smells like a reptile crusade, the pond's experience suggests it is a reptile crusade …

The pond had thought it was a joke and the reptiles would get over their desire for comic book iconography, skulls and pirate flags …but nope, they've been enormously busy ferreting out role models …


It's kill or be killed in the reptile world …


And so to the crusaders keep doing their thing …


Yes, even Brendan, ally of the Punisher is heading to the barricades, preferring death to dishonour. Who knew the lamington had it in him? Talk about role models …

One of the features of a crusade is the way some casual sightings can be turned into a cause, and a recitation of all that's gone before …


Poor old Gen Campbell, he really doesn't know what he's started. Here we are April 24, the minute was written April 17, and the game is afoot, and the reptiles are loose and on the prowl, urging on nihilism, anarchism and vigilantism, because that's what every civilised country needs ...

The pond suggests the Gen realise he's on the losing side. He should seize the initiative, and design a new uniform, preferably in black (everyone in Melbourne and the SS knows black is best), and with plenty of blood-spattered logos …and perhaps devise a few new war cries, like death to the infidels, or if that's taken, death to the enemies of the Anglo-Celtic reptile crusaders …

Then it could be farmed out to other government activities, like prison work. Everybody knows where the Punisher ended up …


Fear the reptile storm, embrace the other, adopt the black, accept the skull ...

Think how that could help the Pope when cartooning about your average gulag …Instead of this ...


… he could be showing the hurricane waiting to erupt …


And as always, there's more punishing Pope thoughts here ...


In which Dame Groan shows how its done ...


The pond is always delighted when others share in its assorted fetishes - rubber, leather and Lloydie - and by golly Lloydie was a star last night on Media Watch here.  

He really is the Crown of Thorns starfish of climate science.

And then there was a parade of assorted rogues and ratbags in the matter of the banks

 

 

The AFR, which frequently outflanks the lizard Oz in its desire to suck up to the big end of town, scored very well up against the reptiles …


… though they really should have blamed fake news for the conspiracy theories.

The pond was however bitterly disappointed that the Caterists didn't make the cut.

Media Watch usually has a lot of time for the Caterists - remember the joy of Nick Cater's hypocrisy - and surely this effort on 14th August 2017 would have made a nice clipping ...

The game is up. Labor's call for a banking royal commission is a campaign of convenience that serves the interests of its chums in the industry superannuation funds. Forget the tosh about standing up for the workers. The party of John Curtin and Ben Chifley is currying favour from the big end of town …

In its perp walk, its hall of shame, Media Watch spared a few kind words for acts of contrition, by the Bolter and others …

 

Well there was no way that the Caterists were going to walk back their shame - the Caterists and shame are like kero and water - and this day the Caterits were out and about, as saucy as you please, maintaining the rage about Bill Shorten as if nothing had happened …

But what of others?


By golly, Dame Groan is a humble sort of person, she'd be sure to walk things back, and what's this? 

This very day she's scribbling about bankers?


The pond knew that Dame Groan would begin with a sizzling "In my view, there is every reason for a royal commission into banking, at least now that the Buddha has given me enlightenment" …

How deluded is the pond?


Well it probably passes as bank bashing of a kind … especially because the wicked banks apparently accept climate science (oh Lloydie, Lloydie, much more dissembling to do) and manage to sound like the ABC and pretend an interest in women … when we all know, thanks to Dame Groan, that "in my view, there is every reason for a royal commission into banking" …with their wretched diversions and subterfuges and puerile blather not fooling the Dame, not for a groaning second ...


Yes, the banks should follow Dame Groan and regain trust by admitting the errors of their ways …

The pond thinks we all get the drift in that lot of groaning… though it took a Rowe cartoon to discern the exact nature of the drifting and the listing … with more Rowe here ...