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Black Stalin declares war with evil Whitey

Robert Mugabe is still at it;

HARARE, Zimbabwe — President Robert Mugabe threatened retribution against the country's white population yesterday, suggesting they are working with Britain, the former colonial power, to sabotage his government.

No need to worry about him though. Malcolm Fraser said he's a stand-up bloke.


Rohan Thavanathan is here, and he's cranky.

The sick mind of Robert Fisk

Middle East "expert" Bobby Fisk - currently in between Osama ejaculations - is doing his standard riff from the anti-american songbook: ie. when asked to discuss the war on terror, talk about something else.

In his opening, Bobby asks

Why didn't Tony Blair and George Bush mention Saddam Hussein's most terrible war crime? Why, in all their "dossiers", did they not refer to the 5,000 young men and women who were held at detention centres when their families – of Iranian origin – were hurled over the border to Iran just before President Saddam invaded Iran in 1980?

Could it be because these 5,000 young men and women were used for experiments in gas and biological warfare agents whose ingredients were originally supplied by the United States?

and he closes

This could, of course, reflect the West's embarrassment at its support for Iraq during that war. Or it could be an attempt to avoid any inquiry into how President Saddam obtained the means to wage chemical warfare against his opponents.

In the meat of the article, Fisk outlines allegations that the west - back in 1980 - provided Saddam with the ingredients for poison gas to use against 5,000 civilians. These allegations are probably credible given Hussein's past activities and raise yet again the relevant topic of the consequences of supporting tinpot dictators who wear a correct ideological stripe.

But as usual with Fisk, there are motives at play, and they have nothing whatever to do with concern for Saddam's victims. Fisk's concern for human rights abuses stretch only as far as they used as examples of American or Israeli tyranny. It's the same here, as he produces his favourite terminally illogical loop: because the West did the wrong thing back then, they shouldn't be allowed to do the right thing now.

As usual, Fisk provides no solutions to the Iraq issue (has he ever suggested any solution in the middle east other than the total surrender of Israel?). No ideas, no suggestions, only the endless psychojabbering loop of americans are evil, we should hate them instead!

You will find no analysis of the considerations of realpolitik that lead to the west supporting Saddam in the first place. To Fisk, the USA's realpolitik is the equivalent of Saddam's genocide. There is also no acceptance whatsoever in his mind that even if the USA had done a great, deliberate evil in supporting this madman, that this gives them a greater responsibility to remove him. Fisk wants it all ways at once - moral indignation at one-time american support of Saddam, but a refusal to allow them to make amends.

In the Fiskworld, the only proper approach to foreign policy is to show America, Israel and their allies as the bad guys in Fisk's own infantile geopolitical fantasyland soap-opera. The suffering of those under Saddam's barbaric rule, the sponsorship of terrorism, the potential for weapons of mass distruction - these are all acceptable problems for Fisk, serving as they do as endless "see? look what this one-time American stooge has done!" examples. There is no Middle East problem Fisk is not willing to tolerate, provided it meets this criteria.

Insofar as his voice is listened to as one of expertise and reason in Middle East issues, Fisk is not just an idiot, but a psychopath.


Tex's weekend

saturday: get up at 8.30am (ack!!). Ride to meet a bunch of other riders. We then ride to Parliament House, where hundreds of riders are gathered to participate in this year's Xmas Toy Run. Essentially, a lot of motorcycle riders to a parade run through the city, and dump a huge load of toys, food and money in the middle of the mall in town. It all benefits the Smith Family and the Salvation Army. All good fun, well it would have been if our stupid police escort hadn't decided to lead the pack at thirty kilometeres per hour. We were going so slowly we were literally at walking pace for some of it. Idiots

After the festivites I go with a group of 4 other bikes for a ride thru the Cotter Nature reserve, stopping for a quick snack and drink at the Cotter Pub, where we met the world's rudest publican.

Spent the rest of the lazy day on the PC and watching a bunch of my new DVDs

sunday: Got up 8.30 again (ack!!), meet my brother and we do the 140km ride to Nimmitabel, where my bro' picks up some new boots, and then we go back home. Nice day for a ride, and we had a great feed there & back at the East End Cafe in Cooma. The best place to stop for some grub if you're a motorcyclist.

Tonight, the whole family went to the Hellenic Club for dinner. Had fried calamari, a delicious Steak Diane + chips, oh, and lots of beer.

As for blogging, there's nothing. No dumb articles to whack, or anything. Jeez, isn't the internet is supposed to give me the goods?


Quote of the day

I'd care a lot more if I gave a shit
- Tex, 13 dec 2002

Stirring the shitstorm... just for fun

I don't subscribe to Usenet newsgroups, though I do peek into them occassionally through Google. Aus.politics - for example - offers an entertaining window into the minds of barking mad loonies from all sides of the political spectrum.

But this week, some unexpected political entertainment from the aus.motorcycles newsgroup. Click the link and look for the "Saddam about to be Saddamised" thread: a treasure-chest of sub-juvenile America-bashing. I posted under the name "Mr. Elephant", though I pretty much gave up following/posting-to this thread early on.

Still, it's a great illustration of the hypocrisy and insecurity of the hate-America brigade. And how USA-bashing is the most fashionable way for lefty delusions and cultural insecurities to pose as indepedent thought.

Not to mention how much fun it is to give them a poke ;)

Go ahead, it's your reading assignment for the day......

What a scumbag

Check out Tim Blair's post on Phillip Noyce: artist, windbag, hypocrite.


Quote of the day

okay, you're a guy - what's with the naked chicks on rollerskates thing?
- Victoria P.

Idiot of the day (yes, even by Guardian standards)

It's nice to know Australia isn't the only country in the world with utterly clueless writers incapable of even rudimentary research.

Tim Blair dissects this gem of an article in The Guardian by Rod Liddle, which carries the predictable holier-than-thou pommie leftie wank - you know evil australian racists supporting evil american warmongers get what they deserve at the hands of brave third-worlders.

Liddle's moronic screed of bald-faced lies, distortions, non-research and terrorist-appeasment advocacy is so full of howlers it's amazing he even got the name of the country right.

More fun Ann Coulter bashing

Thanks to Jason Soon for pointing out this piece by Brian Carnell on our favourite intellectual furball, Ann Coulter;

Okay, admittedly Ted Rall and Michael Moore give her a run, but for my money there is no bigger idiot in the punditocracy these days than Ann Coulter. Coulter's column on the Central Park jogger case is simply reprehensible. It's right up there with Ted Rall's neverending screed about how the war in Afghanistan is about oil -- except that Coulter is a better writer and makes her insanity seem halfway reasonable, whereas Rall writes like the crank that he is.

Brian closes with this;

Why this idiot is so popular with some conservatives and right wingers continues to amaze me.

Not just you Brian. Not just you.

Biblical Curse Generator

This is fun.

O that thou wouldest be pursued into the mountains by sex-mad baboons, O ye sulphurous nonentity!

Link via Moon.

Clubbeaux's bug in the rectum

Dave Sims seems pretty agitated recently about the Australian High Court's internet defamation decision. Probably for good reasons. The sillyness, however, runneth over big time here;

Just got an e-mail from a most intelligent young Aussie, Joel, whom I knew in Istanbul. He offered a few additions to my list of everything I love about Australia, that absolutely smashing place where folks can evidently hale anyone from the U.S. they so please to stand trial on defamation charges in Victoria.

Riiiiiight. Who knows, if we continue down this litigious path we might end up like.... Americans.

Glass houses, stones and the rest.......


Why Mick Jagger is better than Kurt Cobain

The Sydney Morning Herald's Heckler section - the place where readers can get their own exciting column published - today published this hysterical rant against the Rolling Stones' upcoming tour.

The author - some knob by the name of Henry Everingham - does a depressingly familiar Rock Writer riff - raging against people choosing for themselves what they want to listen to rather than adopting the correct cultural pose. In other words, complain about everything other than the reason people would attend a Stones show: the music.....

For the time being though, ask yourself this important rock 'n' roll question: why bother? Seriously, do you really want to go and see some very old men play very old songs? When you were young, did you harbour a secret desire to hang out at a Perry Como concert?

No, but what the fuck is it to you, dickface? My money, my choice. And you seem terribly worried about how old and popular they are, rather than focusing on the only question that matters - are they any good?

And go and read Henry's next two endless, raving paragraphs. I think they had something to do with media hype, and lots of angry bluster about old geezers. Again, not a heck of a lot about whether or not the music is worthwhile.

But don't for one single, deluded second believe that your attendance at a Stones gig will make you any cooler in the eyes of those sworn boomer enemies, Gen X, or worse, your kids. So do something truly subversive and head down to the Annandale Hotel tonight, where for $22 you can see a trio of kids from Billburg, New York, called The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Sure, you'll stick out like sore thumbs, but that's what it's supposed to be about. Remember?

And here I was thinking this was about people going to watch a rock-n-roll show. But no - this is about image. The trap of the sanctimonious rock writer - the real talent and musicians of integrity vs. the terror of people using their own money to watch an old, bloated corporate rock band.

"Oh cruel world, the pain of wealth!!"

Henry is probably the kind of guy who reads lots of books & Masters dissertations about Kurt Cobain, the iconic real rock n' roll rebel who wrote maybe six good songs, made millions of dollars, then basically whinged non-stop about the horrors of popularity and large bank accounts before doing us all a favour and blowing his own head off.

Nirvana may have been the most overrated band in rock history. One promising initial release, then the good-but-not-that-great nevermind, then the utterly godawful In Utero. Then Cobain gives himself the finger. So, one album worth of good material and a lot of tedious hypocritical pronouncements about rebellious rock-n-roll romanticism before committing suicide is enough to ensure years of dewy-eyed worship from overgrown teenagers who seriously need to get themselves a life.

Being a Cobain worshipper though - either then or now - was your ticket to oh-so-righteous street-cred and hipsterism. In other words, the listening to shit music made by sanctimonious dickheads for the sake of pose value. Makes you wonder which crowd is truly the mindless sheep, eh Henry?

Pakistan province becomes Talibanised

Oh, this is good news......

Bunyip on the government's atrocity that wasn't

The Good Professor has a bunch of fine posts about the SIEV-X affair (you know, the foreign unseaworthy people-smugglers' boat that sank in foreign waters and yet was somehow the fault of the Australian government)

Battle of wits with an unarmed opponent

Andrea Harris has written a very entertaining kick in the gonads to raving socialist headcase Jonathan Neale and his howler of an article What would a socialist society be like? It's simply frightening a grown man is capable of such uttery infantile ideas. Thankfully, Andrea saves me the effort of ripping this loony a new one.

Bargarz asks me a question

My answer is no.

Though it'd be funny to stick them on the helmet of some tough-guy Harley wankers.

More on the wrap-em-in-pork issue

Stephen Dawson (fellow Canberra libertarian and my designated driver last friday) offers some comments.............

My view is that at best it would give brief pause.


1. virtually all religions, if practised in accordance with their clear foundations, lead directly to death (eg. consistent practice of 'turn the other cheek', 'if he takes your shirt, give him your cloak as well' etc will ultimately kill you)

2. as a result, all religions have either compromised on their core beliefs or died out (eg. the 19th century Shakers, which believed in total sexual abstinence)

3. Islam hasn't died out and, where convenient, adherents have compromised on its core beliefs in order to achieve their aims.

An example? Suicide is a mortal sin for Muslims as it is for Christians (presumably on a similar theological basis). So how come all these youngsters blow themselves up, convinced that it will take them to paradise? Because some Islamic scholars have interpreted their actions not to be suicide at all, but martyrdom. Of course, for the 1,300 years up until 1983 martyrdom was considered to be getting killed by the enemy, not by your own hand.

I have little doubt that some convenient Islamic theology would soon be forthcoming if the West adopted pork waistcoats for terrorists.

I agree with this. I still think it worth a try if it gives pause to some islamoloony intent on harm. Let's make the bastards sweat a little at least.....

Pretty picture

Dunno why, but I've always been a sucker for snow pictures. Diane at Letter From Gotham has a beauty.

The Cow That Roars

If you aren't reading Bovination regularly, there's something wrong with you. Australian political incorrectness rarely gets better than this.

The Queen of Oz journalism

If you haven't seen it already, check out the "best of" Margot Kingston's nonsensical babblings, as provided by Tim Blair. The fact that this dingbat can keep paid employment at The Sydney Morning Herald pretty much tells you everything you need to know about that newspaper.

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