En Passant #15: Something’s Come Up – Be Back Soon!


Another of life’s little divertessments has arisen to take me away from the keyboard and Smooth Draw 3.0.  Should be back on May 6.  Take care now!  And don’t let the NO Coalition take too much off you.

Somethings Up

But, just couldn’t help myself with just one departing thought post Tony Abbott’s Asian dalliance;

Oz Prime Embarrassment

Time will tell as to how much we’ve surrendered to assuage one man’s overweaning ambition!

Afterthought:  This NO Coalition Government is trashing the good standing of Australia.  It cares little about its people in its fanatical pursuit of ultra-conservative ideology.  It is using the weapons of minority xenophobia, the secret fears and uncertainty of the general public and blatant propaganda, aided by a complaisant media, to turn this country into something is has never been – bigoted, racist, xenophobic, selfish, self-indulgent, self-obsessed, uncaring and a disgrace to all those things that have made Australia a great country! Tolerance, mateship, community, fairness, honesty and a love of freedom in both speech and expression!

Postscript:  All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious.  Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics, al la NO Coalition!  We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

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Graphical Manipulations #81: Anachronisms, Titles, Budgets, Puppets, The Rat, And Politics!


The Western Australian voters have spoken (again) and the Senate re-election count drags its way slowly to a conclusion.  The NO Coalition is busy saying that they weren’t surprised at the swing against them and it won’t make any difference to their policy settings (Oh yeh?).  The Labor party, after putting a dope at the head of their Senate ticket, is busy telling everyone why they shouldn’t have done such a stupid thing and that they need to change (Oh Yeh?).  And the winners?  It looks like Palmer and his PUP’s as well as the Greens (OHHH YEH!) are celebrating the fact that the two major parties, blissfully uncaring about the views of the voter, shot themselves in the foot by showing their basic uncaringness and their massive monocular focus on themselves and their self-interest and ably assisted a couple more wild cards into the Senate from July 1.  Two observations:

The next couple of years should be very interesting as the Senate endeavours to demonstrate that they truly are ‘unrepresentative swill’, and
If there are people around looking to form a centralist political party which puts people and country above free-marketeering capitalistic profiteering, they should form up NOW! Crikey, I’d even vote for them, or actually stand for a seat, so thoroughly disgusted I am with the NO Coalition and Labor offerings.
Not being a rant I’ll not rage about how both parties have relegated Australia to the backwaters of the burgeoning Asia Pacific economy and just continued along the time worn path that we’ll always be a successful mine and agriculture supplier to all and sundry.  I’ll probably be a pile of ashes, somewhere, by the time we end up as the Poor White Trash of Asia thanks to our political morons, but I’m still angry that that’s where Australia will end up – unless we get some real politicians and some really innovative policies to Advance Australia Fair!!

And that made me think of anachronisms which immediately gave rise to;

Two Anachronisms

And royalty of the secular and spiritual kind led to thoughts about titles, and that naturally led to thinking about Titular Bits.  It was nice to see that Mathias Cormann had been caught out padding the sofa and a kniggethood was immediately applied;

Hyperbole Cormann

And poor Arfur Sinodinos was having a real problem with recollections.  However he was still compos mentus enough to collect his $200,000 per annum director fees and that led to;

Forgetful Sinodinos

Who could possibly neglect our Treasurer who’s been looking suitably serious about the suitably serious budget emergency as he seeks to ‘fix the books’.  A kniggethood is definitely de rigeur for Mr Eleventy under such seriously difficult circumstances;

Sur Reality Hockey

Fiscal emergencies and consideration of the budgetary preparations as our NO Coalition seeks to take from the poor to give to the richly entitled whilst demonstrating budgetary rectitude left a feeling that all that huffy puff seriousness might just be a tad piscine, so to speak;

Budget Fishiness

Thinking of our Tony Abbott and perusing an article about Peta Credlin in the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Good Weekend’ give rise to thoughts about just who is governing us?  That, along with the jerky . . . ahhh . . . presentation, . . .ahh . . . presentation style of our great leader convinced me that is wasn’t Tony and led to;

Puppetry Abbott

And then The Rat came back, with his usual light-hearted observations of the political hurly burly of the week.  He was pleased that Tony was fully cognisant of the ‘old bugger’s demographic and that it needed a bit of a grapple;

Final Solution Rat

Joe Hockey’s hard decisions, heavy lifting, and reality dealing (like Kakadu dreaming but different) impressed;

Hockey Reality Rat

Rat just couldn’t resist being impressed by Arthur Sinodinos’ ability to ‘not recollect’ much at all really, but was prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt about his apparent use of the Bond defence; “I can’t remember/recall/recollect that”, and put it all down to Conservative mantras rotting his brain;

Remembering Rat

He was even more impressed by Tony Abbott’s firm belief that the West Australian voters wouldn’t fall for Clive Palmer’s vote buying attempt.  Tony they don’t call us ‘Sand Groper’s for nothing;

Vote Buying Rat

And when you look at all the opinions proffered by the winners and losers, which all indicate that they were all winners, and that it was, obviously, someone else’s fault then you begin to realise that Australian politics is, well . . . ahh . . . ummm . . . .

Realisation Dawns

And that led to thinking about political conservatism and that gave rise to;

Calm Conservative Hypocrisy

Afterthought:  This NO Coalition Government is trashing the good standing of Australia.  It cares little about its people in its fanatical pursuit of ultra-conservative ideology.  It is using the weapons of minority xenophobia, the secret fears and uncertainty of the general public and blatant propaganda, aided by a complaisant media, to turn this country into something is has never been – bigoted, racist, xenophobic, selfish, self-indulgent, self-obsessed, uncaring and a disgrace to all those things that have made Australia a great country! Tolerance, mateship, community, fairness, honesty and a love of freedom in both speech and expression!

Postscript:  All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious.  Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics, al la NO Coalition!  We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Graphical Manipulations #80: Knights, Dames And Stupid Games!


 

“Oh Yez! Oh Yez! My Lords, Ladies, loyal Kniggets, Dames, vassals, serfs and slaves.  All hail the eightieth posting of the Right Royal Graphical Manipulations.  Place yourself on bended knee, and bow your bared heads to acknowledge the greatness of our esteemed leader, graced he be by our most Catholic God, the Right Regal Lordliness Sir Rabbit of Kirribilli!!  Tis he that hath returned the Great South Land back on to the path of righteousness and once more into the loving arms of our once lost Britannia.  The Empire of the Britons rules in the land once again!”

Jesus H Christ!!!  An anachronistic system of perpetuating the class system based on an anachronistic and defunct British Empire still holding onto its Royalty anachronism, now reintroduced into a country that had already removed said anachronism by an anachronism who seems to be increasingly out of touch with reality.  What will it be next?  Sailing ships and the press??  Or, perhaps tournaments and the joust? Hanging, drawings and quarterings? Burning at the stake?

Thoughts of burning aligned with thoughts of bigots, the narrow minded and the monocular in general gave rise to thoughts of those who can’t see the bleeding obvious and;

Climate Studies

And then we turned to considering titles for those amongst us who are truly deserving of such acknowledgement.  Andrew Bolt came to mind;

Title Bolt Bullshit

As, of course, did prime bigot George;

Title Brandis Bigot

And who could not present Bronwyn Bishop with an appropriate title most fitting to her parliamentary misdeeds;

Title Partisan Bronwyn

And that led to acknowledgement of the perpetrator of such anachronistic idiocy and;

Title Abbot Dames

To an appropriate title for our Tony;

Title Abbot Delusion

That led to consideration of the size of the joke being played on the Australian populace with;

Title Joker

Of who might dream of aspiring to greatness;

Title Ant Dreaming

And then to the Regal Apportionment of Four Awards;

Miss Out Monkey

And finally to the surrealism of it all and the firm belief that such behaviour has to be comedic and ephemeral with;

Tonys Royal Comedy Show

And there thou hast it my noble readers!

Afterthought:  This NO Coalition Government is trashing the good standing of Australia.  It cares little about its people in its fanatical pursuit of ultra-conservative ideology.  It is using the weapons of minority xenophobia, the secret fears and uncertainty of the general public and blatant propaganda, aided by a complaisant media, to turn this country into something is has never been – bigoted, racist, xenophobic, selfish, self-indulgent, self-obsessed, uncaring and a disgrace to all those things that have made Australia a great country! Tolerance, mateship, community, fairness, honesty and a love of freedom in both speech and expression!

Postscript:  All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious.  Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics, al la NO Coalition!  We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Graphical Manipulations #79: Tigers, Bigots, Memory, The Rat, Books, Malappropriates And Burnings!


Someone, somewhere, once said that we get the governments we deserve.  And this little graphic manipulator’s prompt response to such a question is; “what have we done to deserve this?”  Are we so xenophobic, so bigoted, so uncaring about other people that we are prepared to tolerate a government, lead by such as Tony Abbott, and permit it to trash just about every value that makes us human?  Well it seems that we are; well at least while it is not us.  It will be interesting to watch the response when the trashing is done to us and ours.  Somehow I suspect that that being done to “others” is the pre-show rehearsal of that which will be done to “us”!  So stay tuned, you may soon be part of the main event!!  Lucky you, eh?

In the search for the appropriate graphic you often come across photo’s which capture the very essence of some moment in time.  The tiger graphic is one of those, and being my favourite animal, one I found quite beautiful, of Siberian tigers coming to a meal.  That made me think that it soon might be that photo’s like this may be all that future generations may have of such majesty.  And that led to this;

Tiger All Gone

As with all things majestic there is always the counterpoint of things that creep about in dark places full of malice and deceit.  Why such thoughts should come to mind I have no idea, when I consider;

Bigot Brandis

And then we have such as Arthur Sinodinos who appears not only to have been unaware of who the shareholders in Australian Water Holdings were but also not quite sure of just how much he was paid in director fees.  That led to;

Sinodinos Forgets

And then The Rat came back with his jaundiced view of the political week.  He was impressed with the government’s firm rejection of further business handouts;

Business Trough Rat

Amused by the Indonesian fisherman who had the temerity to seek redress for the nasty Australian government burning his boat;

Fishing Boat Rat

Impressed with Arthur Sinodinos’ recompense for a couple of board meetings;

Sinodinos Rat

And apoplectic with laughter with Tony . . . ahhh . . . Abbott’s recognition of the ultimate conservationists, ultimate conservationists;

Logger Rats

We wondered whether someone with this level of visionary thought was the ideal leader for the country, and that led to;

PM Material

Which led to rumours of a new book, well more a short story about the placement of drones in a mysterious land know as South Australia;

Drone Abbott

And finally, creating red tape bonfires caught the eye and resulted in this little piece of incandescence;

Red Tape Bonfire

Afterthought:  This NO Coalition Government is trashing the good standing of Australia.  It cares little about its people in its fanatical pursuit of ultra-conservative ideology.  It is using the weapons of minority xenophobia, the secret fears and uncertainty of the general public and blatant propaganda, aided by a complaisant media, to turn this country into something is has never been – bigoted, racist, xenophobic, selfish, self-indulgent, self-obsessed, uncaring and a disgrace to all those things that have made Australia a great country! Tolerance, mateship, community, fairness, honesty and a love of freedom in both speech and expression!

Postscript:  All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious.  Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics, al la NO Coalition!  We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

 

 

 

 

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Graphical Manipulations #78: Class, Joblessness, Takeaways, A Rat Rampage, Pillockry, And Strategic Placements!


Thank whoever your chosen diety is!! At least the NO Coalition continues to enlighten and delight with faux pa’s, stupidity and general silliness.  As for Labor? About as exciting (faux pa’s, stupidity and general silliness –wise) as watching a worm turn.  In fact, you’d almost think that there wasn’t an alternative out there to the current bunch of clowns inhabiting the government benches.

So what did our little political adventurers get up to over the past week.  There was our brilliant Barnaby Joyce who, anonymously as “Barnaby in New South Wales” endeavoured to clarify that boganism was a life style choice;

Barnaby Bogan

Another revelation on how effective the NO Coalition is in its task of trashing the Australian economy as rapidly as possible;

NC Job Losses

Along with their plans to lighten the monetary burden of the pensioner by lightening their wallets of the readies;

No Coalition takeway

Not to be outdone, and still miffed by his Murdochian ejection in the previous week, The Rat came rampaging back and refused to leave until he had vented his little sextet.  The Rat was impressed by Morrison having “enormous support” from his constituents;

Morrison support Rat

And even more so when it was revealed that Morrison was and “absolute star”;

Morrison star Rat

Of Tony Abbott droning on about the placement . . . ahh . . . the placement of drones, of drones in . . . . ahh  . . . South Australia, South Australia;

Political Drone Rat

He was particularly impressed with the advice given by the South Australian Liberal leader in the lead-up to their election;

SA Liberal Rat

And even more impressed with Andrew Laming’s suggestion that seniors look after themselves, and do a bit of lobbying, rather than relying on him to act on their behalf;

The Laming Rat

But he was overwhelmed with relief when Tony Abbott clarified that the Royal Commission for Union Bashing . . . ahh . . . wasn’t;

Abbott Union Rat

We wondered if building roads helped to improve rail networks.  Apparently so, according to Tony Abbott.  Get the people on the roads and off the trains helps, I guess;

Road Rail Pillock

And finally, it was felt that the placement of reconnaissance drones in South Australia was probably one of the most strategically stupid ideas ever, until we learnt that they will be able to refuel in Darwin before operational deployment (NB: No Operational Matter has been divulged in the provision of this information);

Spot the drones

And there we have it!

 

Afterthought:  This NO Coalition Government is trashing the good standing of Australia.  It cares little about its people in its fanatical pursuit of ultra-conservative ideology.  It is using the weapons of minority xenophobia, the secret fears and uncertainty of the general public and blatant propaganda, aided by a complaisant media, to turn this country into something is has never been – bigoted, racist, xenophobic, selfish, self-indulgent, self-obsessed, uncaring and a disgrace to all those things that have made Australia a great country! Tolerance, mateship, community, fairness, honesty and a love of freedom in both speech and expression!

 

Postscript:  All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious.  Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics, al la NO Coalition!  We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

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Graphical Manipulations #77: Frootloops, Opinionation, Ratty, Political Silliness And A Femme Foetal 50’s!


In the search to find the appropriate graphic for graphically manipulative purposes, we industriously scour the web for the appropriate shot to hang the manipulation upon.  This week didn’t disappoint.  Nor did our conservatives, both political and other.  And over-riding it all was a vague feeling of unease, that we were going backwards to earlier years.  Back to the bellicose threats made by the inconsequential (thank God!). Back to the days of Thatcherism and, ultimately, back to the 50’s.  I must admit that as a 6 to 16 year-old, the 50’s were great for growing up – but I wouldn’t want to go back there.

Sarah Palin leads the pack this week with her timely reinforcement of the reason why conservatives should NEVER be given the reins of power;

Nuke em Palin

And of course Gina Rhinehart (she of the kind-heart, especially to her kinder) reminded us that having lots of money doesn’t make you an intellectual giant, nor a humanitarian one for that matter;

You tell em Gina

The Rat popped in for a quick one, and was promptly kicked out again for pointing out the bleeding obvious (and upsetting Rupert);

Media Ownership Rat

Our Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash continued to pretend that there had been no wrongdoing and got a serving from Senator Wong;

Snack food Nash

Prime Minister Abbott continued to maintain a bilateral stance on handing out largesse to businesses, and was quite firm on the matter;

Handout Janus

And Eric Abetz clearly defined, well sort of, the terms of reference for the Workplace review, and as yet hasn’t provided a THREE WORD SLOGAN to simplify the complexity.  WORK CHOICES ASCENDANT might be appropriate;

Semantics Abetz

And Malcolm Fraudbull decided to commission another audit to justify Fraudband and ably assist all those unemployed auditors out there;

Prophet Fraudbull

And, finally, Tony Abbott admitted that, under all that wall-punching, hairy chested. Budgie smuggling machismo, he was, in reality – a feminist (and had been made so by his three daughters).  That revelation led to;

Feminist Abbott

One wonders what Tony would have become had he been the progenitor of three sons?  No! Let’s not go there!!

For some strange reason, known only to some weird neuronal wiring, thoughts of Tony being a feminist, Thatcherism, a country going backwards and paid parental leave led to;

Paid Parental Leave

And that, led to this;

Abbotts feminine side

And a severe headache!!  And there you have it!

 

Afterthought:  This NO Coalition Government is trashing the good standing of Australia.  It cares little about its people in its fanatical pursuit of ultra-conservative ideology.  It is using the weapons of minority xenophobia, the secret fears and uncertainty of the general public and blatant propaganda, aided by a complaisant media, to turn this country into something is has never been – bigoted, racist, xenophobic, selfish, self-indulgent, self-obsessed, uncaring and a disgrace to all those things that have made Australia a great country! Tolerance, mateship, community, fairness, honesty and a love of freedom in both speech and expression!

 

Postscript:  All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious.  Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics, al la NO Coalition!  We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

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Graphical Manipulations #76: Smog, Clarity, Walls, Futures, Zoos, Rats, And . . . . !


The least that can be said about our NO Coalition government is that they continue not to disappoint this little graphical manipulator with their forays into governing Australia into the annals of prehistory.  Ever eager to emulate the very best of the very worst of the economic free-marketeering American culture they continue to try to create “the good ole” days when the populace queued for a day’s work, handed to them by those who held the power to give you enough work to put food on the table – or not!  One can only look on with awe at the ability of the Australian voter to be conned by such as these.

It’s always exciting to know that we are a nation of forward looking travellers fully aware of the opportunities and threats awaiting us in the future.  Or are we?

Ignorance Smog

And to see that amongst the ultra-conservatives there still exists (much to my surprise) a moderate, prepared to put equity before dogma.  Admittedly poor Malcolm is still trying to justify his comments to his indignant fellow conservatives who (in the spirit of earlier, and better, days) would see him hung, drawn and quartered;

Malcolm clarifies

In regard to your views on Rupert, Malcolm. Whether it was a slip of the mind/tongue thingy, or not, I’d agree with you!

I think it was Anthony Albanese (Labor from somewhere) who said on Q&A something like; “the NO Coalition had a plan to get into government, but no plan to govern” – something like that.  I’d add “deceitful” before “plan” Anthony;

Wall of silence

It also gave me great pleasure to see that our government also has plans for our young people.  Well I guess it’s a tad better than putting them into the military and sending them off to fight some pointless war somewhere at the behest of someone else;

Brave new Oz

That piece of brilliance, resurrecting one of Howard’s silly ideas, and a brief vision of parliamentary Question Time antics by our illustrious leaders give rise to;

Zoo monkeys

And at that point The Rat came rampaging back with a view of the Hockey;

Grassy Hockey Rat

Some insight into how well George Brandis is handling his role as Attorney General;

Unaware Brandis Rat

The argument that if you put enough minds to work on a problem, you’ll eventually come up with SOMETHING REALLY BRILLIANT;

Spin Doctor Rat

And with the most peurilely stupid retort in the defence of the indefensible;

Abbott Nash Rat

Which led to thoughts about our great leader Tony, and what might be exercising that mind of his;

Great Leader Abbott

And that little venture into the frighteningly unfathomable led inevitably to;

Calm Overdog

And there you have it!!

 

Afterthought:  This NO Coalition Government is trashing the good standing of Australia.  It cares little about its people in its fanatical pursuit of ultra-conservative ideology.  It is using the weapons of minority xenophobia, the secret fears and uncertainty of the general public and blatant propaganda, aided by a complaisant media, to turn this country into something is has never been – bigoted, racist, xenophobic, selfish, self-indulgent, self-obsessed, uncaring and a disgrace to all those things that have made Australia a great country! Tolerance, mateship, community, fairness, honesty and a love of freedom in both speech and expression!

 

Postscript:  All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious.  Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics, al la NO Coalition!  We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!

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