The Pickering Post
Sunday, 21st October 2018

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Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


Bill Shorten is still kicking old blokes when they’re down... some innocent poor bastards who like an occasional smoke, like myself, need to pay $55 for 50g of tobacco worth around 30 cents. (My damned tobacco plants got eaten by insects.)

After they ate the first one I thought ah ah, their little legs will fall off now, they will get lung cancer and will all go blind and die a horrible death, it says so on my tobacco packet, but bugger, they didn’t die! They just kept on eating my plants!

You see, the Labor Party can only think in simple economic terms; we want to stop everyone smoking but we still need the billions in revenue, so the money lost from those who give it up is compensated for by those smokers prepared to pay the ever increasing price. Simple eh?

But Bill’s tobacconomics gets even better. You see his tobacco tax is designed to raise $4 billion to be wasted on teachers’ unions and Gillard’s ridiculous Gonski. But hang on, I’m certain I heard Bill say he wanted to stop people smoking!

Well maybe Bill is some sort of magician, because if he is successful at stopping people smoking, how the hell is he going to raise the $4 billion he needs for his unions? No-one has asked him this and I’m damned if I will bother.

Let me have a look at my packet of Drum again... yes, yes, this one says “smoking causes lung cancer” with a graphic colour pic of a cow’s mangled lungs, replete with photo-shopped lesions and a dozen or so cancerous cysts. HTF that cow ever took a breath of air I don’t know.

Cancer has nothing to do with smoking. Never has had and never will have, simply because cancer has been around since Adam and tobacco (originally snuff) was only discovered 400 years ago in the Americas.

Anyone with an IQ above their boot size can figure that simple statistic out.

And surely those hideously dishonest and deceitful coloured pics indicate the preparedness of the well-funded, unscrupulous QUIT lobby to lie. Through sheer repetitive advertising bombardment a person, even a doctor, can be convinced the colour red is actually blue.

Since the QUIT lobby has reduced smoking down to a mere 20 per cent, people are still contracting heart disease, lung cancers and diabetes at the same or, in respect of some cancers, a higher rate! Although the marked increase in breast cancers is likely the result of misdiagnoses.

But surely now that we have largely stopped people smoking, the health budget will be reduced! Nope, that budget has been blown out of the water.

There is no doubt that smoking may aggravate certain existing conditions... well, so does peanut butter, strawberries and footy.

If you want to neck yourself with a toxic substance then join a hose from your car’s exhaust and sit  behind the wheel with the windows wound up for 20 minutes. Try doing that with a pack of cigarettes... you will die of old age first.

The truth is QUIT is a giant con. No-one believes their nonsense, but governments have found they can justify attacking the hip pocket nerve with cash windfalls gracing their bottomless coffers.

Check it out: The nations with the highest incidence of smoking, like Greece, Iceland and Japan, and others, can also boast the greatest longevity. Crumbs, now why the hell would that be?

So if, like the QUIT lobby, you still attribute all deaths to smoking, including those in plane crashes, then you will also believe those photo-shopped pics on my packet of Drum. 


I hate cigarettes with a passion, but I'll spare you my spleen. I will simply point out that studies done in Japan found that the reason why heavy smokers did not contract lung cancer was because of the high levels of green tea that they were drinking. Apparently it's a real cancer fighter. Personally, I don't care for the stuff, but then I'd drink 50 cups a day if I could stop my daughter from smoking.

Not yet - still "happily" married! I would have divorced!

Has he earned his AVO yet?

Mate of mine used to go hunting with his mates one weekend in two months. His wife didn't like him going off with his mates so she took out an AVO against him. The police then came around and confiscated his firearms due to the AVO. He is now prohibited from owning a firearm until she rescinds the AVO. Maybe some of the 70,000 are similarly vindictive non-events?

No such thing as a good muslim. Go on then, name me one good muslim. They all revere a paedophile, so if you think that makes a good muslim, well, I am at a loss for words.

And, if you can't give up the gurpers because you are as weak as piss, oh, but it's addictive, whine whine whine, suffer in your jocks. I'm betting if you were marooned on a deserted island for 10 years you'd soon learn to give it up. You'd be fucking whining every fucking day though, boring the shit out of the trees and rocks and birds and grass, that, if they could talk, would just tell you to stop your fucking whining and shut the fuck up. What a fucking pussy.

I just laugh at you stupid, whiny smoking idiots. All smokers are idiots, and I have two children who smoke, and I hope the government makes you idiots pay $200 a pack, so just stop your fucking whining. You are sounding like those victimised raghead whiny arseholes. I had to put up with you turds smoking onboard warships back in the 70s and 80s, breathing in your putrid filth, so suck it up you turds. I probably have some festering cancer thanks to ignorant arseholes like you Larry. Oh woe is us, it's not our fault, I had to smoke to be one of the boys, part of the gang, to be oh so cool, and all the other pathetic whines you idiots whine about. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

Sigreets,'n whusky. Look what its done!

I very much enjoy your articles, Larry, but trivialising the harmful effects of smoking is not the cleverest of your contributions to the sum total of human knowledge. It greatly diminishes the other, truly worthy aspects of this piece.

In a comment below, Gentleman said:

“Seriously now ...
Why would an all loving God create the moslem?”
Knowing, in His infinite wisdom, they will be wanting to kill us?”

Being an all loving God does not mean that He is not allowed to get angry, and of course He knows they want to kill us; that’s the whole point.

There are many things going on in Western society that warrants God’s wrath e.g. ignoring Christ, the Son of God, in favor of all kinds of idolatry (the main cause of God’s wrath), and murdering thousands of unborn children in their mother’s womb (it’s not the kids’ fault that they were conceived, so why are they being murdered?).

God’s wrath was the cause of the destruction of whole societies (i.e. Sodom and Gomorrah, the Canaanites etc.) and even the whole earth in Noah’s Flood.

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 5:6

As far as the Islamic scourge goes, well there is nothing new there either. This has been going on for thousands of years. The overall plan of Islam equates to that of the Assyrians in the Old Testament, who God used as an instrument of his wrath (and who were also subsequently punished).

“Woe to Assyria, the rod [big stick] of my anger and the staff in whose hand is my indignation. I will send him against an ungodly nation, and against the people of my wrath I will give him charge, to seize the prey and to tread them down like mire in the streets. However, this is not his intention (nor is the Assyrian aware that he is doing this at my bidding), neither does his mind so think and plan; but it is in his mind to destroy and cut off many nations.” Isaiah 10:5-7

The Assyrian himself says:
“By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I am prudent; also I have removed the boundaries of the people, and have robbed their treasuries; so I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man. My hand has found like a nest the riches of the people, and as one gathers eggs that are left, I have gathered all the earth; and there was no one who moved his wing, nor opened his mouth with even a peep.” Isaiah 10:13, 14 (does the scenario in this verse sound familiar?)

But God says:
“Shall the axe boast itself against him who chops with it? Or shall the saw magnify itself against him who saws with it? As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up, or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!” Isaiah 10:15

“For yet a little while and my indignation against you (Israel) shall be accomplished, and my anger shall be directed to destruction (of the Assyrian).” Isaiah 10:25

We’ve seen this happen regularly throughout history, e.g., 70 years ago in Europe when the Nazis (who were the ‘Assyrians’ of Europe at that time) went on the rampage.

So it is God of the Bible himself (not the god of the Koran, the book of today’s ‘Assyrians’/Islamists) who is bringing this scourge down on the world, and it is God of the Bible alone that can stop it.

And it’s not like the West hasn’t had it coming with its great disrespect towards Christ and His commands. It’s time to wake up and show Christ and His word some respect.

As the king of Babylon realized, God controls the politics of men:
“…till he knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever he chooses.” Daniel 4:32

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; he turns it wherever he wishes. Proverbs 21:1.

My son, fear the Lord and the king. Proverbs 24:21.

He (God) removes kings and raises up kings. Daniel 2:21.

And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first born from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. Revelation 1:5.

He does according to his will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. Daniel 4:35

All these verses also point out that the leaders we get are dependent on our attitude and character to begin with. Any improvements and change in leadership actually begins with the people themselves. The God of the Bible removes and installs leaders at will, without effort, as he sees fit, and has far more influence in our lives than most people realize.

The increase in breast cancers can in part be attributed to tight bras stopping lymph nodes from clearing toxic waste as they should.

My advice, take nothing personally, let it be water off a ducks back. Building up a list of enemies is like putting notches in ones belt. If i want a friend i'll go buy a dog.

Yes dis' pure domestic violence under Islam, not a word from Emily.

Labor Grub Bob Ellis has proclaimed that he will be assisting their candidate in Wentworth. If they had half a brain cell, the ALP could have run a celebrity candidate that would have a chance to knock off Turnbull like Maxine McKew did to John Howard in 2007. Instead they run some non-entity Evan Hughes. Hilarity as usual from Ellis:

It's all too hard keeping track for this brown dog, i'll just treat each comment on its merits. The crazies out themselves without too much provocation.

The ol' KKK & Westboro Baptist Church 'chestnut' again...tsk tsk! No comment.

Greece 79yrs, ranking #16, Smokers 63%

Japan 80yrs, ranking #5, Smokers 44%

Iceland 81yrs, ranking #2 Smokers 26%

Here we go Tobacco and soon coming our way is jacking up the price of Grog, if not trying to ban them both. And we'll see plain packaged beer wine spirits with curtains around the booze retailers. I would prefer to be represented rather than dictated too.

From the Hadith:

Bukhari (72:715) - A woman came to Muhammad and begged her to stop her husband from beating her. Her skin was bruised so badly that it is described as being "greener" than the green veil she was wearing. Muhammad did not admonish her husband, but instead ordered her to return to him and submit to his sexual desires.

Bukhari (72:715) - "Aisha said, 'I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women'" Muhammad's own wife complained of the abuse that the women of her religion suffered relative to other women.

Muslim (4:2127) - Muhammad struck his favorite wife, Aisha, in the chest one evening when she left the house without his permission. Aisha narrates, "He struck me on the chest which caused me pain."

Muslim (9:3506) - Muhammad's fathers-in-law (Abu Bakr and Umar) amused him by slapping his wives (Aisha and Hafsa) for annoying him. According to the Hadith, the prophet of Islam laughed upon hearing this.

Abu Dawud (2141) - "Iyas bin ‘Abd Allah bin Abi Dhubab reported the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) as saying: Do not beat Allah’s handmaidens, but when ‘Umar came to the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) and said: Women have become emboldened towards their husbands, he (the Prophet) gave permission to beat them."