The FBI is not by statute allowed to disclose anything about a contender immediately prior to an election. So it’s incredible that yet another bomb has been thrown into this US election. But it is so critical to the outcome... and counting has already been underway for some time, so FBI Director James Comey, cannot now allow whatever is suspected to remain unknown for the final 10 days.
I have a better chance of picking the entire Melbourne Cup placings in order, than Donald Trump has of winning the White House and that means the world is going to suffer a Gillard type of incompetent stupidity for four long, probably irreversible, years.
A meeting between Tony Abbott as Prime Minister and leaders of the Islamic community (some of whom had refused to attend) involved discussions around how the repealing of 18C would cause Muslims to be racially vilified. Another discussion on a phone link between Abbott and security Agencies and police demanded that 18C be retained so that these agencies could acquire information about so-called “radicalised” Islamic youth. The Greens and two Senate cross-benchers also put their case for retention of 18C on similar grounds that included Aborigines and the gay community.
The Libs believe their current crew is electorally acceptable... well not all the Libs believe that and many in the Labor Party don’t believe it either. But like it or not the Conservative crew is too few in number to challenge Turnbull just yet, and Turnbull knows it.
But we aren't forced to pay for Fox’s Sky. In an unusual democratic arrangement we have a choice. And considering that Fox is now wall-to-wall ads, many have given up on the bloody thing and are returning to the struggling free-to-air channels. Fox has even set up a special phone line to talk you out of cancelling your subscription.
The US is about to lose us the free world, and we all had plenty of warning. The tragedy is that Donald Trump could never have won as he was not part of the beltway Establishment in a watershed election for both Parties. So the well-oiled Democrats prevailed for the third time and it is effectively “four more years" for Obama and the destructive Left.
When I first started cartooning for Fairfax I often wondered why cartoons were always vetted. If I wrote a story or completed my column there was no argument about the substance, after all it carried my byline. Funny thing was that my cartoons also carried my byline (I signed the damned things). Yet a cartoon was seen as something dangerously persuasive that needed editorial attention.
When 70,000 soldiers descend on 5,000 it’s a good bet that the more numerous army will prevail, but at what cost? Mosul is a city of 2 million. That figure has shrunk by half as civilians heeded the many warnings of an imminent Iraqi invasion and flood through Turkey to Germany and relative safety.
Yoko Ono, when asked, said of Hillary, “We met many times during the New York Vietnam War protests in the 1970s, and became very intimate. We shared many of the same values about sexual equality, fighting against the authoritarian, patriarchal, male-dominated society we were raised in”. “We had a brief romantic fling when I was with John in Manhattan and Hillary was studying at Yale”, she told reporters at a press conference.
The more than 30 year old allegation by a now 74 year old woman who says, “I was not that upset if he had stayed above my waist”, sounds a little accommodating of the Don's advances. And the differing story about her disappearing first-class armrest and that, “when he put his hand up my dress I was out of there”. It all appears a little too much fabricated indignation.
Again the police publicly maintain that young Muslims are being radicalised and deradicalised. This contention is about as naive and inept as their handling of the Lindt Cafe siege. Deputy Police Commissioner, and the very average Cath Burn, again tried to suggest yesterday that the Muslim community is needed to “dob in” its radicalised youth. And that shows Commissioner Burn’s basic misunderstanding of Muslims and what Islam means.
So here we go again in the doldrums that follow the footy finals. Fourth grade ethnic soccer scores spilling over from SBS, our Test batsmen couldn’t hit the water if they fell out of a boat, politics confined to gays and dishlickers... all that’s left of any interest is the US elections.
I first met Derryn Hinch at the SMH and I took an immediate dislike to his small man’s arrogance. It’s fair that I say that because this piece is about the ugly side of Hinch and his willingness to go anywhere or do anything to get his face noticed and his predatory nature (he will call it skills) with women... and I have no time for Kiwis anyway.