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I'm crossing to the dark side: I've decided to finally get my car licence
(which - being a motorcycle rider & buyer - I never bothered to do
before) and actually purchase a car, hopefully before Xmas this year.
of bikes never bothered me before, but I find myself getting into more
and more circumstances where I need to give someone a lift, go places
in appalling weather, or carry large quantities of "stuff".
And frankly, riding in traffic for a few years gives you a collective
attack of the heebie-jeebies.
will be strictly utilitarian. Compact and not expensive. Hey, I'd love
something fast and sporty, but I can't afford to do that and keep my sportsbike.
And it's a cold, hard fact that when it comes to bang-for-bucks, bikes
shit on cars from a great height.
keep my bike for performance thrills. For my car, I want something easy
to park, not expensive, and not completely ugly. Oh yeah, it's gotta be
an auto, coz I'm a lazy shit.
the field seems to be:
is for wussies
a complete fuckwit out of himself today.
John Howard has aligned himself with the Vatican and US President George
W Bush in ruling out gay marriages, saying they do nothing to support
"survival of the species".
to changing the law in Australia to give them the same status as marriage
that we all understand in our society," Mr Howard told a Darwin
radio station during a tour of the Northern Territory capital today.
not an expression of discrimination - it's just an expression that marriage
as we understand it is one of the bedrock institutions of our society.
much about the raising of children ... and the continuation of our species.
leave the response to James
John, the survival
of any species simply involves one set of male reproductive organs making
contact with one set of female reproductive organs. It does not require
marriageif it did, human beings would be the only living creatures
on Earth since none of the other animals engages in holy matrimony like
we dontand, lest we forget, even heterosexual marriage does not
inevitably lead to propagation. Would someone please like to remind
these bloody people what decade we're living in?
mention of Howard "following Dubya's lead" is a load of balls
though. Let's not confuse the issue with "we're becoming the 51st
state" rubbish. Howard's always been a pro-statist social conservative.
is just good old fear-of-fags bollocks. And all the carping in the world
about political correctness and disrupting sacred institutions
can't hide the simple, ugly stench of homophobia.
column the most tortured use of the Garden-of-Eden metaphor ever to
appear in print?
mean, just what the fuck is this wanker talking
The timing of
the exhibition is good, as it is in this season that we leave our homes
in search of paradise. In doing so, we immiserate other people. It is
not just the noise with which we fill their lives while pursuing our
own tranquillity. In order to create an Eden in which we may disport
ourselves in innocence and nakedness, we must first commission others
to clear its inhabitants out of the way. Like Constable, we are adept
at hiding this truth from ourselves.
Paradise is the
founding myth of the colonist. Unable to contemplate the truth of what
we do, we extract from our fathomless collective guilt a story of primordial
what I can decipher (in between migrane attacks) it seems to be a contorted
amalgam of his standard template essays The West Is Evil, Israelis
have Big Noses, Capitalism is Bad and Black People Are Never
To Blame For Anything.
mounts this supremely idiotic defence of the ABC:
I don't watch
Sixty Minutes because I consider it banal. I don't listen to the FM104.5
breakfast show because I can't stand Greg 'Fatcat' Ritchie. It's all
about choice. If you, for whatever reason don't like the ABC, and truely,
the reason is completely irrelevant, then don't watch/listen to it.
Don't waste yours and others time by doing a Blair/Bolt/Akerman/Whogivesafuckelse
in whinging about what a poor do the ABC is. If people stopped watching/listening
to it, then a message would get through, no? It's like changing a Government.
Don't like 'em, don't vote for 'em. Choice, people.......simple choice.
Whinging about organisations like the ABC is nothing more than whinging.
thinks all us ABC critics should shut up and just stop watching, coz -
you know - we have a "choice". Of course, we don't have the
choice to not pay
for the ABC. You can be sure Niall doesn't support that kind of
If people stopped
watching/listening to it, then a message would get through, no?
no it wouldn't. It's a taxpayer-funded network: it gets money whether
people are watching or not. It is immune to the pressures of ratings,
advertising revenue, audience interest and pretty much any of the mechanisms
which would send a "message".
organisations like the ABC is nothing more than whinging
I'll make you a deal: stop making me pay for it, and I'll stop whinging
about it. If the ABC is of such immense value to so many in this country,
then let them fund it by subscription.
expect Niall or other ABC-lovers to accept this deal, do you?
Green Psycho Bulletin, again....
the latest Green Left Weekly:
"Palestinian Education Department" has
released a report showing the destruction those evil jews have wrought
on Palestinian education.
would that be the same Palestinian Education Department that gave
fabulous educational materials?.....
teach a form of anti-Jewish hatred and intolerance not unlike what was
taught to German children during the Nazi era. For instance, ninth-grade
Palestinian students study from official textbooks that assert, "Treachery
and disloyalty are character traits of the Jews, and therefore one should
beware of them." These books depict Jews as satanic, violent, "thieving
conquerors" who have stolen Arab land and must be slaughtered.
textbooks glorify jihad and martyrdom as the only legitimate means to
liberating "Palestine." Even children's poems are laced with
calls to war. Fifth-graders memorize such lines as, "I shall take
my soul in my hand and hurl it into the abyss of death." Sixth-graders
read a story glorifying a young boy who is raised with "the love
of jihad flowing through his veins and filling every fiber of his being";
a boy who experiences his greatest "joy" when he sees "the
enemy lying dead" or "fleeing for their lives." An eighth-grade
literary text denies any Jewish connection to the Western Wall, and
teaches children to identify Muslim and Christian holy sites but completely
omits any reference to Jewish sites.
campaign is relentless. A fourth-grade religion book reads, "The
Jews are enemies to the prophets and believers." According to an
eighth-grade text, "Mankind has suffered from the yoke of racism
at all times, because Satan has made their evil deeds seem beautiful...Such
people are the Jews." In a book used by sixteen-year-olds, the
Nazi Holocaust is depicted as a response to the Jewish peoples
"greed and religious fanaticism." Still another volume suggests,
"Perhaps Allah brought the Jews to our land, so their death would
take place here, as it did in their wars with the Romans." These
can hardly be mistaken for the words of a "peace curriculum."
- The obligatory Castro-loving.
of other crap. Go read, it's free!
Fulgencio Batista and Roger Ebert
why he's the world's most consistently interesting
to Oxblog for pointing out this.
never thought much of Spanish GP rider Sete Gibernau. I regarded him as
an occasionally talented but ultimately inconsequential rider who was
in the series thanks to his oodles of Spanish sponsorship money. His previous
seasons riding factory bikes for Honda and Suzuki showed flashes of brilliance,
but was often a fella fighting for 6th & 7th place.
at him: the guy has won four GPs this year, one more than God-guy world
champ Valentino Rossi, who has proven remarkably vulnerable to Sete's
aggression in the closing stages of races. Rossi looked noticeably rattled
after last weeks GP in Germany.
Sete win the title this year? No. Valentino will hit back, and is vastly
more consistent than Sete. But the Spaniard's rise to A-level rider has
stunned everyone and added a real sparkle to this year's title race.
to reunite with fucking Johnny
Farnham as lead singer???????
Anal leakage? What anal leakage?
warning label requirement for Olestra.
Thanks to Darth Spacey
for the link & heading.
do you call a blonde behind the wheel?
had the feeling you're just not good enough? Like you never reached your
now you can change things. Undergo a full Cabbage
are you at Flinging The Cow?
Thanks to Zoop for the link.
something you don't see every day
blog. Steve Dawson mixes home
theatre with political
essays in one of the more interesting blogsites around. Check out
take on The Untouchables.
enters the 21st century. Well, kinda.....
to Yobbo for the heads-up
on this: the mind-numbingly awful website
of the North Korean government.
made out of meat!!!"
with aliens, from the aliens'
point of view. Very, very funny. Cheers to citizen Limbo for the link.
A very bad
day for Justin Timberlake
is either sad or very funny, depending on your point of view. Again, thanks
to Zoop for linkage.
blogger has copied
Fritz Pettyjohn's "Conservatives
And Liberals" essay from this site and pasted it as his own work.
Dog guy: give credit when you use other people's words.
And here I return
back this morning from a kick-ass holiday in South Australia and Melbourne,
showing off my home country to visiting blogger Sasha
Castel. Even the crap weather couldn't spoil it.
a few days in Adelaide, taking time out for a great day tour of the Barossa
Valley wineries with our excellent guide Werner
Gattermayr. Tasted some truly awesome grape product, consumed a fantastic
produce platter lunch, and enjoyed the glorious scenery.
in Adelaide, we spent a lot of time hanging out with the very entertaining
Buffy-hating scrote Scott
Wickstein, who got food poisoning after eating a dodgy falafel. Also
met up with reader Gazza Gravett, who purchased food and booze for us
all, which is a sure way to get in my good books.
onto Melbourne, where we basically walked around the city, ate, and drank
for a few days. Last night we had a booze-n-food blog meet at the Duke
of Kent pub, attended by yours truly, Sasha,
Tony The Teacher,
Tom Paine and Aggers
has posted a bunch of stuff about our Sydney, South Oz and Melbourne adventures.
Go read it.
Nude bikers rally in Tennessee
between liberty and stupidity has
been blurred once again. Thanks to Zoop for the link.
The EU loves their tyrants
the EuroWussies are handing over their milk money to the world's most
fashionable mass murderer:
Union has said it will continue to send economic aid to Cuba despite
an angry denunciation of Europe by President Fidel Castro.
The Cuban government,
out of a basic feeling of dignity, rejects any humanitarian aid, or
remaining aid, that may be offered by the governments of the European
Union," Castro said.
will only accept aid, however modest it may be, from local and regional
groups, non-governmental organizations and solidarity movements, which
don't impose any political conditions on Cuba," he said.
In a statement
issued Sunday, the European Commission, the E.U.'s executive arm, said
that although it regretted Castro's remarks, it would continue to send
aid to the island nation until receiving a formal request not to.
said it had a "commitment to continue supporting the Cuban people
and in particular those most in need."
Yeah, Fidel's boys
are running desperately low on supplies of Caviar and Scotch Whisky for
this year, however, after Castro jailed 75 dissidents and ordered the
executions of three men who attempted to hijack a ferry.
strongly. In June, E.U. officials said they were "deeply concerned
about the continuing flagrant violation of human rights and of fundamental
freedoms" in Cuba and ordered a review of relations.
All 15 E.U. countries
agreed to reduce high-level diplomatic visits and participation in Cuban
Wow. Castro must really
be quaking in his boots eh? Who needs American-style military action when
you can do this?
Union: the spiritual heir to Neville Chamberlain.
I will make my beloved readers suffer yet again: this will be my last
update until the 30th of July.
to Adelaide and Melbourne, doing lots of tourist things and getting drunk.
No way I'll have any time to update this page until I get back.
I'll be catching up with Scott
Wickstein, and hopefully Bruce
Hill and Angry Anderson
while in Melbourne
this, I won't be having any more holidays for a while, so Whacking Day
will return properly once and for all.
next week. Have fun out there kids.
Sydney was serious fun, aside from some crappy weather. Went and did the
tourist stuff with NYC blogger Sasha Castel who's out here doing the sightseeing
thing. She has a full
report on her site.
to note: I walked past Andrew Denton on the walk from Bondi Junction into
recommending Noam Chomsky now. Guess there's a lot of Pol Pot fans
in the two-wheeled community.
is amusing. Thanks to Nick for the link.
a lovely shredding of one of Labor's most wretched slimebuckets, who
is still writing crap about the war she still can't believe we won. Well,
at least she's writing crap articles nowdays instead of getting people
killed. That's ethical progress for you.
anyone else remember when this bimbo was being touted as our first female
I guess they're
tired of blowing Fidel
Green Left Weekly is praising the noble government of North
Korea. As expected, they're blaming that country's problems on the
The irony is
that since the collapse of the Eastern bloc and a series of crippling
natural disasters in the 1990s, North Korea has desperately worked towards
peaceful reunification with South Korea and to break out of its international
and cultural relations with the south have steadily increased since
the early 1990s, reaching a high-point at the June 2000 inter-Korean
summit. Families separated for 50 years by the Korean War have met regularly;
exchanges have occurred between young people, artists, journalists and
North Korea has
repeatedly made only two demands of the US (its adversary in the 1950-53
Korean War, which was suspended by an armistice): full normalisation
of political and economic relations, and a guarantee against military
Behold the psychopathology
of the left.
"Our blood-stained Governor-General"
them longer than expected, but Australia's
psycho-lefties are on to our new Head of State.
been absent this week due to intensive work and social commitments.
I have now just begun two weeks holiday.
to Sydney tomorrow for a blogger bash and general tourist activities.
Posting will be non-existent until Monday when I return.
is no more
there anybody left who cares? How long is it since Nutscrape actually
had a decent browser?
one of those appallingly addictive sites
you can waste hours on.....
to Carol B. for the link.
been posting as much in the last week thanks to work commitments, house
cleaning and unexpected social gatherings. Normal service should resume
tragedy vs. the real world
moving post by James Russell.
weenies are squealing again
a spectacular idiot on USENET called "Uncle Bully" (the genius
claimed that the French have a proud military history. Mwahahaha)
who posts constantly about how Americans are weak, stupid cowards. Here's
latest brilliant effort:
Note to Americans:
You also got beat by the Vietnamese.
You walked away from Korea with your tail between your legs.
You had a 'War on Drugs'* which failed miserably.
You also failed the 'War on Terrorism'. How is the search for Osama
mean its been two years already. How about Hussein? No luck there either
contribute to this discussion thread here.
ravings from our local insane hippy freak
of the great minds of modern left wing political thought
Richard Neville is back with
another essay. And as usual, he takes a billion words to say what
anyone else could cover in one paragraph.
this time I'm not even sure Richard knows what his point is. It's
a steaming sick-baggie of upchucked mutterings about ice cream, how modern
life sucks, John Howard and capitalism is evil, poverty is bad, censorship
is naughty, and Che Guevara is wonderful. Check out some of these wonderfully
As with many
of you who land here, my needs and desires are self serving and basic.
Cozy footwear, freedom of speech, a roof, fine shagging, ice cream,
thrills from the arts and a sense, now and then, of doing something
with a hint of worth. Punctuated by moodswings, crises and descents
into the bog of inertia. Compared to the struggles of faraway strangers
depicted in docos and newsflashes, the lot of a citizen in a 21st Century
western democracy is mostly a Godsend. Or is it?
Uh. What was the question
Could there be
soul-rat gnawing away at your equanimity? A toxic cloud at the edge
of awareness, a sensation that something is amiss?
have a question though: do you write this stuff with your colon or what?
Life and Debt, set on the island of Jamaica, is distillation of the
life going on behind our backs, right now, in most parts of the world.
Every minute, every day, every year. It wont change anything
at the once-a-day screening, the backstalls were empty.
Most people who
scan these words want me to switch to the subject of PornoPop®,
which I will in a minute.
I think somebody's up to his eyeballs in chemical refreshment.
Life & debt
contrasts the cocooned frolics of podgy, beer swilling tourists with
the financial asphyxiation of Jamaicas inhabitants.
bloody evil capitalist tourists, shoving employment and money down the
throats of the noble savages. Better they starve I guess.
as Im packing
my bags for a trip to AmeriKa, where Im merging with a global
cabal of world futurists, many of whom, alas, work for Defence
Contractors, thus helping to shape the kind of future we dont
notice that Neville isn't objecting to being paid for this experience.
other day I came across a person I never knew existed, Aleida Guevara,
the daughter of Che. [...] I wanted to ask about Castros rounding
up of his critics, but was out manoeuvred by another voice, who asked
about her politics. Aleida replied, I am proud to be a communist,
and the room became deliciously silent. In Sydney youre only supposed
to discuss investment properties and what the 5 star chef is planning
to cook for dinner. It was a nostalgic interlude, a flashback to a time
when seeking an authentic life was not a sign of dysfunction.
those brave, noble authentic Cubans: not afraid to meet the challenges
of life head-on. Repression, torture, totalitarianism, cultural stagnation,
censorship, extermination of homosexuals. Ahhh, as a good lefty, it just
makes you all misty for the good old days of Mao, Stalin and Pol Pot.
somebody please buy me this motorcycle.............
smooth handling and utterly delicious Italian v-twin superbike. It's a
Ducati 999 without the pricetag, ugly-as-fuck
styling or legions of irritating fans.
spend my own money on it (Italian bikes fall apart quicker than the French
infantry), but oh, to be rich!
Faith, the west, and Islam
post by Tom Paine. Featuring one of the best closing lines ever.
Here's to Peter Costello
like Labor party loudmouth wimp Mark Latham either.
AIDS, malaria & DDT
Du Toit is saying naughty, non-PC things again.
DEAR SIR, AN URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSAL.......
can't afford to miss this
to Steve in Cali for the link.)
whacks Coulter too
right-wing warrior David Horowitz thinks Ann Coulter is full
of shit. Hopefully the rightwing-o-sphere's infatuation with this
dingbat will be over soon.
Dogs in Elk
to DC Jensen for bringing my attention to this
lovely pet story.
a lovely takedown of airhead attack-dog bimbo Ann Coulter.
else to blog about tonight. Back tomorrow.
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