The brilliant John Clarke in a previous character he developed when he still lived in NZ. I was hoping to find the one about Oil company profits being illusory but no such luck. Image result for fred dagg

My sister Barbara recently reminded me of one of the best comics of his day. Dave Allen.

Sadly this great showman passed away in 2005. The Dave Allen Show was one of those programs you would rush home for. Able to joke about religion in a disarming and relaxed manner.

Instead of running MASH for the 900th time on network telly, perhaps it’s time to bring back some of the older material that doesn’t age? It wouldn’t work for the sleazy Benny Hill material, but I think it would for Dave Allen.Image result for dave allen

I can’t resist posting the excellent tear down of Spicer by Melissa McCarthy. Humour has a way of cutting through the BS quicker than dragging out the fact checking software.
I thought the bit where he/she started reading out the email password was a send up but according to This Week in Tech it really happened.

The geriatrics are in charge.

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Our embattled PM seems to be bouncing around like a silver pin ball in a 70’s style arcade machine. Granted a lot of his trouble is coming from the hard right faction within his own party but it’s far worse than that.

I will give him credit for sticking it out presumably in the hope that a miracle will occur, that but doing nothing it may help calm down Cory and Co but it’s killing any impression that he is actually leading his party.

Case in point, his embarrassment with Donald Trump which he can’t blame on his party. That was all his own doing.

Any one with a couple of brain cells could predict dealing with the current US President is extremely tricky. The chap is clearly suffering some sort of mental issue or has a personality not suited to his current job, but one thing is for sure, expecting to be able to pretend you had a fruitful phone conversation, when in fact you got humiliated, is not going to make it past the first drunken twitter outburst.

I don’t blame MT for Trump’s insanity, but I do for faking it.

Malcolm’s first stint leading the Libs came to an abrupt halt when he defied sensible tactics over Ute-gate and ran the campaign himself only to discover Goodwin faked the emails. If he had followed good safety practices he would have handed the ball to someone like Chris Pyne or Barnaby and then just thrown them under the bus and kept his job.

However he didn’t see it coming and suffered a self inflicted wound that gave the unlikely Abbott a shot at the leadership.

That vision problem hits him time and time again. Get an idea to deal with Climate Change? Out he comes all excited then gets humiliated by his Party. A good idea comes up about the lowest cost for reliable power? Here he comes again and there he goes again.

With today’s departure of Bernadi it looks like more trouble ahead. The Liberal party has been quick to hide behind Cory to explain their lack of action on Climate Change, but there is no way MT is going to show leadership here and come up with sensible ideas now Cory has shot through. Wonderful words and imagea winning smile are all he has to offer.

Tonight I suggest they get their heads together to find a new bad guy to blame for doing nothing, otherwise folk will begin to realise MT isn’t really interested in the Environment.

With each day bringing new challenges, I think it’s time to give Malcolm some sage advice.

Eventually there will be another phone conversation with Trump so the least I can do is point out what should have been obvious from the very beginning. Forget any educated conversation and realise Donald’s all about Donald, and a fragile ego it is too.

Don’t talk about a tough Election this time around, don’t go anywhere near the numbers from when he was sworn in. Just pump up his tires about his businesses, or tell him about the Cayman Islands for avoiding tax. You know, something you both can relate to.

Oh. And don’t forget the I Love Donald badges and a fake Trump coiffure. Pauline or Cory can help with the badges.


Utegate https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utegate

That phone call http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11794202

Tony beats Malcolm http://www.smh.com.au/national/shock-result-as-abbott-wins-liberal-leadership-by-one-vote–ets-dead-20091130-k1uz.html

Emissions Intensity Scheme http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-07/energy-minister-backtracks-on-emissions-intensity-scheme/8098196

The Trump wannabe http://www.smh.com.au/comment/blunt-instrument/bernardi-watched-trump-thump-the-establishment-up-close-and-learnt-nothing-20170206-gu6um6.html

As a Dad (and a grand dad) I can seriously relate to the one.

The tragedy is I was like this while still at Marion College. Never had a ghost of a chance.

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Neil Rowe works for the Australian Financial Review and his distinct style is water colours. Not only do they look fabulous, he also has a keen eye for seeing the ridiculous.

My American friends will have no trouble picking out Donald, Putin, the statue of Liberty sans her virginity, and a pig fresh from the trough which I would assume can be any Republican Senator (your choice), but I had better explain the Aussie bit.

In the top hat is Malcolm Turnbull, the prime Minister, who was recently abused by Donald. I’ll give Donald credit for one thing, he knows a lap dog when he sees one. Malcolm is a wealthy man who claims to represent the working class but comes from a privileged background and boy does it show. Tackling off shore tax avoidance has been beyond him and to his cost, having companies in the Cayman Islands is not helping the image. He cuts a tragic figure in Aussie Politics because he is continually having decisions reversed by the right wing faction of his Party. They bully MT too probably even more so than Donald.

The big mouth throwing peanuts at MT is Tony Abbott, the previous PM who is a poor loser who can’t be silenced. For some time Tony aspired to getting his old job back, but now that he sees he can’t he travels the world spruiking the sort of nonsense that Donald aspires to. In Tony’s view if he can’t have the job then he will trash his Party on the way out.

The chap sitting back comfortably with his feet on the seat is Bill Shorten the chap who leads the Opposition. I’m guessing it’s deliberate that he can see the stage while MT cannot. It also suggests that Bill can relax and watch the Liberal Tragedy unfold while he sits back and enjoys the show.

If you like the look of the cartoons, Google David Rowe cartoonist. He often has International characters in his efforts. But I should warn you, if you are a Trump fan (and if you are why are you visiting my blog) I’d probably give him a miss.


As a pen for hire for the cranky old Yank, poor Andrew has a job of growing complexity and possibly a moral dilemma when it comes to telling the truth.Image result for andrew bolt (Assuming he has morals).

Up till now Fake News was not often focused on, but now the cat is well and truly out of the bag and Bolt is left sitting in the spotlight trying to maintain the line under the old rules while society is moving beyond the point of uncritical news consumption.

The job was hard enough as it was when he went in to bat for Cardinal Pell who showed by his own evidence that he deliberately ignored his responsibility towards our kids by protecting serial sex offenders behind the skirts of mother church. That seemed to break through Image result for rupert murdochhis tough façade momentarily but after a call from Rupert, he was quickly back on message, albeit with severe damage to what little cred he still maintained.

But if he thought that was tough, he didn’t imagine the worst-case scenario of Donald Trump becoming POTUS. Suddenly he is faced with a flood of ill-conceived thought bubbles signed into Law without the usual thinking through of the consequences, and his job is to try and spin them.

He might also have to consider how search engines work on the Net. I was chasing details on Fake News and up popped an item from him claiming heImage result for cardinal george pell found a Fake News story. If that isn’t click bait then it will have to do until we get some.

Seems Andrew is trying to play the Trump line of screaming Fake News first, or he doesn’t quite understand the term yet, but either way, he should probably stop giving ammunition to his opponents.

Bolt had two issues for his claim based on the US ban to entry for some nations and the best that can be said about his upset is nit picking the words than any attempt to mislead the Public.

Point 1. The word Muslim did not appear in the document signed by Trump.
Point 2. It’s not a ban. It’s a suspension.

Let’s look at these 2 items in detail.

Point 1. All through the Republican selection process and during his battle with Hillary Clinton, Trump was at pains to play the anti-Muslim card. It was one of his most powerful planks. Even since his victory he has consistently promised to issue a ban. Despite the word Muslim not appearing in the document, the countries affected are majority Muslim religion communities. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out the intent of his document. If this is how gullible Bolt is, I’m surprised he gets paid for his commentary.

Point 2. If you originally come from one of the Muslim countries and just happen to be visiting family on your holidays from your normal place of employment, you are flat out of luck getting back to work. If you have won a job in a high-tech company but haven’t started work yet, you too are stranded by this ill-thought out rule. As for it being temporary, who knows what bizarre thing might pop into Donald’s brain before the time expires? My best guess is it will be extended because the chaos has melted down their system and I can’t see them getting it under control for months yet. This could be relieved by Trump recognising it was a poorly executed idea, but as we see daily, he doesn’t take criticism lightly and he is more likely to drum up the Trump Rent a crowd than admit to an error of judgement.

Going by the flood of Trump decisions and the unexpected consequences, Andrew is going to have his work cut out trying to spin the Fake News especially now folk are being taught how to recognise it.

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