Monday’s Missing Link


Looks like Rowen favours the Dream Team

The Labor leadership spill result will be known by the time I post this (update – fairly predictably it’s Rudd), so there’s no point in posting links to the predictably huge volume of blogosphere comment on Bomber versus Rudd.   A couple of Photoshop efforts reposted here  summarise the contending views, and Andrew Bartlett has links to  much of the blogosphere discussion.I’ve reluctantly plumped for the Rudd/Gillard “Dream Team”, but my own views are best summed up by Helen ‘scepticlawyer’ Dale:

Kruddy used to be my local member, and was a hard-working MP. He struck me as having little real personality (possibly a prerequisite for political success these days), but also as being personally incorruptible. Despite what the polls say, I do not think he has it in him to knock John Howard off at the next election, but he is clearly a better option than Beazley. I actually suspect that Beazley is not well, and expect further revelations about his health to emerge after the ballot.

Darlene Taylor also sums it up succinctly:

If Beazer and Rudd are the best the ALP can literally and metaphorically throw up, it’s time to consider a third force that doesn’t involve tree huggers, Natasha Stott Despojas or Christians with a limited concept of what a family is.


Politics and stuff


Terry Sedgwick has a different view on Heavy Kevie …

Whimsical stuff


Wicking’s Christmas crocs
  • Where angels fear to tread – Football forums  – Daily Flute Guido goes on an anthropological excursion into the weird world of footie discussion forums.
  • “Troubles Come Not Single Spies But In Battalions” – not even slightly whimsical really, Don Quixote’s story of a friend’s serial tragedies reminds us  …
  • Tony the Teacher’s Friday morning post about the Second Ashes test turns out to be prescient – “1he toss has become TOO important. It’s not comfortable sitting here, fingers and toes crossed, hoping Ponting wins or Freddie loses. It shouldn’t be like that. Sure, luck is a large part of any sport, but cricket is too fantastic a game to be decided by pure tin-arse luck. Is there another way to decide who bats and bowls first? …”
  • Adrian the Cabbie blogs a commonsense review on the Borat movie: “Borat employs standard sexist and racist devices which, like it or not, appeal to degrees of prejudice in all viewers. Yet rather than openly acknowledge this, the filmmakers seek to rationalise Borat’s appeal by transferring these prejudices onto his targets. Shocked subjects whose awkwardness and civility in front of a camera is cynically interpreted as hypocrisy, or acceptance of Borat’s outrageous suggestions. …”
  • Adrian the Cabbie again with one of his frequent vignettes of life from the seat of a taxi:

‘How long have you been doing escort work ?’, I asked. ‘About a year’. ‘How old are you ?’. ‘Thirty six’. This surprised me as I’d assumed she was much younger. ‘How come you started escort work so late ?’. ‘Previously I was married for eight years’, she explained, ‘and only got into after that. Now I work hard through the week and on the weekends I work for pleasure’. It appeared she had it all worked out.

She freely revealed the sex was more than a job, it was a real desire for her. ‘If I couldn’t participate fully with a client I wouldn’t be doing it. I only have sex at work, never in my private life. It makes me a better worker’. Whilst this sounded truly professional, I was still puzzled. … has the “shock” news today that Australian women “are hairier than ever with 52 per cent admitting to shaving their legs only once a week.”

These findings come from some sort of dodgy marketing poll by shaving products manufacturer Schtick. No, they’re not just trying to get publicity and make a quick buck, no siree! The “National Hairy Legs Index” is important social research that we couldn’t live without. …

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About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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17 years ago

Sorry Ken, but Flutey did not post the ‘Where Angels fear to tread’ post. I did (at Rank and Vile) I got ‘dailyflute’ in my URL because Daily Flute very kindly set up my WordPress on his server.

Daily Flute would have had provided a killer cartoon which I am absolutely incapable to do.

Gummo Trotsky
Gummo Trotsky
17 years ago

Ken, your link to Cam’s post on citizenship doesn’t work.

Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson
17 years ago

That Avengers photoshop is very very disturbing…
on WAYYYYYYYYy too many levels…

17 years ago

Gummo, The server and UPS had an accident with a vacuum cleaner which pulled SSR down and then the DNS went walkabout. It is right now.

If I had someone from crikey nearby I would probably push them :)

david tiley
17 years ago

How great to have Ken back, though I guess it is a function of summer at Uni. Just sayin’.

I wonder if the new IP laws mean that our satirical flute has a defence against copyright violations?