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Swings and Roundabout

Typing, typing, typing – all I end up with are these three words …

Labor deserves this.

146 Responses to “Swings and Roundabout”

  1. 101
    paddy says:

    Altogether now ticsters.
    Join in the chorus. What a friend we have in SERCO. 🙁

  2. 102
    paddy says:

    As Tony & Christopher trash the joint, Firstdog isn’t going down without a fight.
    Gold! :mrgreen:

  3. 103
    Chris B says:

    Politico Stonewalls Mike Allen Payola Scandal.

    In the fifties, a bunch of rock stations got caught taking money from music producers to give their artists airtime. The “Payola” scam, as it was called, was sufficiently outrageous to become a major national scandal. Last month, Washington Post reporter Erik Wemple reported that Politico’s Mike Allen is running a similar scam — accepting lucrative payments from advertisers and lending his editorial voice to hyping, and sometimes parroting, their agenda. Given the relative importance of national politics vis-à-vis rock music, this struck me as a potentially career-ending revelation. Instead, Politico has ignored the report and carried on as if nothing at all were amiss.

    But Politico couldn’t avoid all interviews forever, and in the course of appearing on “The Brian Lehrer Show” to hype Politico’s new Capital New York venture, CEO, former editor, and Allen co-author Jim VandeHei was asked about the payola allegations. His reply is a comical stream of evasive tripe:

    More here….

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  6. 106
    paddy says:

    Barack Obama pays tribute to Nelson Mandela: ‘He belongs to the ages’ – video

  7. 107
    Jen says:

    Cant stand the thought that the same leaders that abuse the rights of asylum seekers here will put on their best frocks and pretend to mourn the passing of the great human rights warrior of our time. Hope they get chucked out of Mandela’s funeral and are shown up for the utter hypocrites that they all are. The only leaders with the moral integrity to go are Bob Brown and – bugger me – Malcolm Fraser.

  8. 108
    Chris B says:

    Obama’s speech at Mandela’s Memorial service was awesome! The crowd paid attention to Barack unlike the other people.

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    Gaffhook says:

    Righto hands up those who would not have thought that these LNP economic vandals would have borrowed and spent about $20bil in the last 100 days and then blame ALP for the high deficit.

  11. 111
    Gaffhook says:

    Happy holiday season all you ticsters.

  12. 112
    Jen says:

    You too Gaffers 🙂 and all who sail here

  13. 113
    Gaffhook says:

    Happy Noo Year to all u ticsters

  14. 114
    Jen says:

    J xx

  15. 115
    Flaneur says:

    Dudes, respect the timezones. Also, a “Spoiler Alert” would be apropos. 😉

  16. 116
    paddy says:

    Fascinating stuff from Rachael Maddow on what the *real* reason for Chris Christie to kick the Dems via the bridge shutdown.

  17. 117
    Chris B says:

    Steve Kornacki Floats New Theory About Chris Christie’s Bridge Scandal.

    MSNBC host Steve Kornacki floated a new theory as to why New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s staff and appointees engineered the closure of two lanes leading into the George Washington Bridge last year.

    “It wasn’t just the everyday lives of commuters and residents that were altered or in some cases jeopardized by what happened in Fort Lee,” Kornacki explained. “Something else was affected and possibly jeopardized, something of enormous economic and political significance.”

    Kornacki explained that there is currently a billion dollar development project in Fort Lee, right next to where the lane closures occurred. The project is a keystone of Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich’s tenure.

    A great video on the subject.

  18. 118
    Chris B says:

    A belated Happy New Year to everyone. I’m working on a huge project which is keeping me out of mischief. Although I am keeping an eye on politics. I caught a poll in WA before Xmas that saw the Liberal vote drop 11%. 🙂 I am looking forward to some major polls this year. If that one is right backbencher panic will start to set in.

  19. 119
    Chris B says:

    Warning ——- Conspiracy theory ahead ——- Warning.
    How Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Tried To Win Republicans The White House.

    Around 5 p.m. on Election Day 2012, Fox News chief Roger Ailes realized that Mitt Romney would not make it to the White House. “Thank you, Chris Christie,” Ailes groused.

    Ailes was frustrated that the New Jersey governor appeared alongside President Barack Obama days earlier to survey the damage of Hurricane Sandy. When Ailes was told polling data suggested the incident hadn’t hurt the Republican Party’s chances, he responded: “Well, hugging the guy couldn’t help people feel good about Romney, either.”

    This wasn’t how the race was supposed to end. During an afternoon meeting before the 2010 midterm elections, Ailes told executives he wanted “to elect the next president.”

    Fox News already ruled the ratings and boasts annual earnings of around $1 billion. Most network chiefs would be ecstatic. But Ailes isn’t like most –- or really, any -– other top cable news executives. A visionary in the world of political messaging on television, Ailes had advised three past Republican presidents on how to use the medium to their advantage. And now he planned to use his talents for the party once more.

    With the exception of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Ailes had privately knocked the 2008 Republican field as the “seven dwarves” and wasn’t impressed with the crop of 2012 contenders. He unsuccessfully tried twice to convince Christie to run in 2012 and sent an emissary to Afghanistan with hopes that Gen. David Petraeus would enter the race.

    More here…

  20. 120
    paddy says:

    Well the firstbastardonthemoon is back and swinging his dick around like it was actually called Godwin. :mrgreen:

  21. 121
    Jen says:

    Nails it once again Paddy
    Happy new year everyone – hope its one that sees the end of that complete dick Abbott

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    paddy says:

    Dear me. Our Tone is a right proper Rhodes Scholar, when it comes to international diplomacy & complex situations.

    Calling him a cringeworthy, infantile arsehole, doesn’t even begin to do him justice.
    He makes Sarah Palin & GWB look like Nobel Laureates. 🙁

  24. 124
    paddy says:

    Where would we be on Straya day without Andy Blot & Firstdog? :mrgreen:

  25. 125
    HarryH says:

    I thought of EC today.

    May he enjoy front row seats at Pete Seeger’s inaugural concert.

    Happy 2014 to the Regs

  26. 126
    Jen says:

    Hi HarryH
    I think of Eccie too- hope he sets his sights on Abbott 🙂
    Hi to all when you drop in- and twitter is pretty good for a catch up with old friends
    Jen x

  27. 127
    Chris B says:

    Republicans face 2016 turmoil 🙂
    The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll shows presumed contender Hillary Rodham Clinton holding the support of 73 percent of those likely to vote Democratic. In the poll’s 30-year history, no one has ever had such a strong grip on the party at this early point.

  28. 128
    Chris B says:

    Can Abbott keep the swing against the Liberals in Rudds seat next weekend to under 20%?????

  29. 129
    Chris B says:

    Jen HarryH I too have had EC cross my mind. Especially since the Mad Monk has taken power.

  30. 130
    Chris B says:

    One thing for sure. One Term Tony is well on his way to setting up Labor biggest electoral win ever. The only thing stopping it. Another 9/11. Tony Abbott will be looking for a war and will leave no stone unturned to find one.

  31. 131
    Chris B says:

    Democrats Sweep Virginia Statewide Offices. A blue state in the making. Who would have thought? The Democrats are now establishing a beachhead below the Mason-Dixon line. The next target will be North Carolina. With the computer industry moving into NC in a big way. It is only a matter of time. The other state that may be able to be changed to a swing state is Texas. If the Democrats can get the Latino and females to turn out in big numbers. It is on the cards. The Democrats are already aware of this and are putting big teams in an attempt to get things moving. You can also do your bit by opening a Google Plus blog or blogs and following as many Latinos in Texas as possible.

  32. 132
    Chris B says:

    I do see similarities between Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) and one term Tony. Very similar policies. Let’s hope result ends up the same.

  33. 133
    Chris B says:

    Virginia was one of the leading states in the Confederacy. Reminants of the old Confederacy still cling to the old mentalities. That’s what the Joan Baez song The Night the Rode Dixie Down is all about. With the continuing big influx of Northeners/liberals into the North of Virginia will only strengthen Virginia as a blue state amd make it very difficult for the Republicans to win the Presidency and in the process elect a number of very progessive candiates. Virginia in 2016 should be very interesting to watch.

  34. 134
    Chris B says:

    A crowded sprint to the left looms in race for Jim Moran’s North Virginia congressional seat.

    The Arlington Young Democrats meet regularly in Ballston for beer and nachos, but last week the buzz at Bailey’s Pub and Grill was a little different: For the first time in more than two decades, one of the most solidly blue congressional seats in the country is open.

    The field of Democrats who want to replace retiring Rep. James P. Moran Jr. in Virginia’s 8th District is nothing if not eclectic: a half-dozen elected officials, three African Americans, two Latinos, a talk-show host, an openly gay state senator and a car dealer who last was on a ballot 17 years ago.

    Perfect timing. The article is dated 2 Feb.


  35. 135
    Chris B says:

    Frank Wolf to retire after 17 terms in Congress; N.Va. seat will be a prime battleground in 2014.

    U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf announced Tuesday that he will not run for reelection in 2014, ending a distinctive three-decade career in Congress and instantly making his bellwether Northern Virginia seat a prime battleground in next year’s midterm elections.

    Although the 74-year-old Republican has been a perennial subject of retirement rumors, his decision came as a surprise: As recently as last week, leaders in both parties fully expected him to run for an 18th term. But in a statement issued by his office, Wolf said he plans to turn instead to his longtime work on humanitarian issues.
    “As a follower of Jesus, I am called to work for justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves,” Wolf said. “I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom — both domestic and international — as well as matters of the culture and the American family.”

    This would be a very good one to turn blue.


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    paddy says:

    When all seems lost and the darkness draws closer……
    There’s always our faithful hound to raise a smile. 🙂

  38. 138
    paddy says:

    Excellent stuff. Hurricanes named after your favourite climate change deniers.

  39. 139
    Gaffhook says:

    Howdy Tictsters. Have been busy on Twitter and had puter probs.
    Been away for a while and had to log in again
    Almost forgot how.

    Doesn’t look like much of the furniture will be left after these economic vandal bastards are finished.

    Just waiting now for Abbott to rubbish John Kerry over his statements about Global Warming.

  40. 140
    Chris B says:

    Lots of pretty charts and graphs an excellent resource.
    I particualrly like the graph that shows the growth rate in the southern states at over 90% 🙂 🙂 🙂 Of those Virgina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, West Virginia and a non southern state South Dakota play a part in elections.
    Important facts about Latinos in North Carolina.
    1: Hispanics/Latinos accounted for 25%
    of North Carolina’s population increase
    over the past 20 years.
    2: North Carolina Hispanics/Latinos will
    have a projected purchasing power of
    $346 million by 2014.
    3: Over 21,000 NC Hispanic/Latino firms
    employ 34,000 individuals and have
    $4.2 billion in business receipts.
    4: Native births have overtaken
    immigration as the sustainer of growth
    for North Carolina’s Hispanic/Latino
    5: The median age of North Carolina’s
    Hispanics/Latinos is 23. The median
    age of Hispanics/Latinos born in North
    Carolina is 9.

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    Chris B says:

    I have been pretty busy lately building an art website. I’ve just realised I’ve spent two years on it. Longer if you include the accicdental prototype that got me started on it. Doesn’t time fly when your having fun?

  43. 143
    Chris B says:

    Lt. Gov. John Walsh Appointed to Replace Baucus in the Senate

    On Thursday, the Senate confirmed now-former senator Max Baucus to be the new American ambassador to China by a vote of 96 to 0. Baucus immediately resigned from the Senate, leaving it up to Montana governor Steve Bullock (D) to appoint an interim replacement. He lost no time in doing that, appointing his own lieutenant governor, John Walsh to the seat. Baucus would have been up for reelection in November, but had already announced he was going to retire. This means that Walsh can run for a full 6-year term in November.

    That’s the way to get rid of a pain in the arse.


  44. 144
    Chris B says:

    A very interesting update on the key 2014 Senate Races. I hadn’t included Georgia in any fight. Not realisng Saxby Chambliss had quit. 🙂
    Below are brief summaries of the most competitive Senate races in 2014. The full list can be found by clicking on the “Senate candidates” link in the blue bar at the top of this page. We will first examine the Democratic-controlled seats that are in danger of flipping, then the Republican-controlled seats the Democats are seriously contesting. The Republicans need to win a net of six seats to take control of the Senate and make President Obama’s life miserable. At this point it is probably 50-50 that they can do this, but November is a long way away.


  45. 145
    paddy says:

    A special treat for all us tree huggers today.
    Cometh the hour, cometh the bucket head. 😆

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