It’s six in the morning and there are ants in the sink and an ominous leaden sky forecasting a nasty storm as polls start closing in America in a couple of hours. We went out for Chinese last night and the kids didn’t sleep due to an overdose of MSG, so everyone is dead beat and picking a fight.
I was working in Canberra over 40 years ago, when Watergate broke and we all marvelled at the two journos who relentlessly unearthed what President Tricky Dicky Nixon had been up to with the help of a certain “Deep Throat”. It was exceptional investigative reporting and they even made a movie about it called, “All the President’s Men”.
Recent Florida polls show Trump is losing the Hispanic vote by historic margins to Hillary Clinton. As I have often said, if Hillary gains Florida (39 EC votes) there is no credible path left for Trump. It’s a math thing. With a few exceptions the number of electors in each State is equal to the number of members of Congress to which a State is entitled to in electoral college votes; California (55), New York (29), Texas (38), Pennsylvania (20) etc.
I don’t believe women get less attractive with age, actually they get more yummy, but Gillian Triggs of the HRC is an exception. She has never been a nice person, she has never had an appealing personality but often the lines on one’s aging face indicate discontent and acidic disdain for others. And now when you see a pic of Triggs you see into her evil heart. She cannot hide it and nor does she bother trying to.
It’s time for religiously inclined PPers to get together for a concerted seven day prayer session to ensure a Hillary loss because the world is in need of a genuine miracle and it’s worth a try. If there is a god out there somewhere he wouldn’t want his world trashed by a sheila like Mrs Clinton and a bloke like Bill.
While Turnbull and Shorten are busy playing with each other’s dongers over who owns Abbott’s borders policy, a far more important political play is unfolding in Washington DC and it's likely to result in a Constitutional crisis that would leave the Western world in a state of flux for years.
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.