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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Bring it on!

The State of the Union speech, delivered by a real President.

UPDATE: George W. Bush's main message:

"War will always be with us. I define this country in terms of war. I can do unusual, even illegal things, because we are at war. You cannot criticise me because we are at war. I have no intention of ending this war, only of promising that it will continue for a long, long time."


Blogger James Waterton said...

That is so lame. The left is so good at marginalising itself.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 5:07:00 pm  
Blogger rejitex said...

wow, what a surprise AL will stand on a platform with the Israel-hating socialists at an upcoming events.

No doubt at the function they can compete to see who can heap the most hatred on israel jews.

and by the way AL, stop calling yourself a 'journalist' you are nothing of the kind. You are a self-hating jew, and a useful idiot for Hamas.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 5:24:00 pm  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

Same old from George. And from James and the other bloke too.

The real story is that Cindy Sheehan was arrested for the crime of wearing a T shirt with the '2245 dead - how many more' on it.

What a country.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 6:08:00 pm  
Blogger smiths said...

blah blah blah, self hating jew, the left is so dumb, blah blah blah, everyone hates israel, poor defenceless israel, blah blah, giving support to terrorists,

what shit you tossers talk,
most of the time i take a deep breath when you morons write this stuff and just move onto the comments of someone with some brain cells,
but today i admit i'd like to shove a pile of horse manure in your mouths for being the hate mongering fascist apologists you are

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:30:00 pm  
Blogger James Waterton said...

Smiths: awww, I feel your pain, honey. You being such a level headed and incisive commentator and all - those that can't manage the rhetorical flourishes evident in your last sentence must be so frustrating.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 11:16:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...


You're a smart chap, but you really are a bore sometimes you know. The left stating the obvious is them marginalising themselves.

So what's your take on the SOTU speech? Reassuring and inspiratinoal? C'mon mate.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 11:34:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

For a bit of comic relief (all be it accurate), here is an alternate version of the SOTU speech.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 3:10:00 am  
Blogger orang said...

I think I speak for many when I say there now is a lack of ....something with your site. With this moderation of posts stuff the delay between post and "post" is akin to drinking a double espresso with no caffeine in it. We want our head rush back man.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 9:33:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

I hear you but for now, it ain't gonna change. Too much abuse and bile and that's simply not on.
BUT, there are some changes in the pipe-line, so hold tight.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 9:47:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

I hear you too Orang. Personally, I'm liking the current set-up for a numebr of reasons.

1. I spend less time posting due to the delay (and time zone) which is a good thing.
2. No posts from Ibrahamav since the new policy began.
3. The posts have actulally been more interesting and better thought out.
4. No posts from Ibrahamav since the new policy began.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 9:49:00 am  
Blogger Progressive Atheist said...

Neoleftychick and Violet have disappeared too.

Speaking of Nazis...

Was Hitler a British agent?

Thursday, February 02, 2006 11:01:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Rejitex, be careful with those regurgitated cliches. You might marginalise yourself.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 11:15:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Touche leftvegdrunk.

Rejitex, are you sure you want to be here? Aren't you homesick for Tim Blair's blog where you and your fellow travellers fine tune your skills in how to shut down opposing opinions and productive debate?

Thursday, February 02, 2006 1:48:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Here's somethign pretty rich.

24 hours after the SOTU, the Bushies are backing away from the vow to reduce Mideast oil imports.

"One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn't mean it literally."

Thursday, February 02, 2006 3:07:00 pm  
Blogger James Waterton said...

I said this before but the comment was cut, so here it is again.

I think smiths got a bee in his bonnet because he posted the link to that speech in an earlier thread, and Ant picked it up and used it unattributed. Bad show!

Incidentally, that SOU spoof is old as the hills. I think it was created to take the piss (badly) out of the 2002 SOU speech - although it could have been 2003. I seem to remember thinking how juvenile it was back them. Whoever made it just can't do subtlety, eh?

DBO: tres witty.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 6:56:00 pm  
Blogger James Waterton said...

Antony, why don't you spend a bit of cash and get yourself fixed up with a typepad blog or something? Then you can IP ban people.

Or, for even less money, a lot of those webtracker services offer the same service for next to nothing. Orang is right - moderation is crap. I'm sure someone in the commentariat who knows more about computers than myself would be happy to help you out. It would also be easy to simply delete the comments of people you've decided are banned. If you're worried about comments threads getting too long to police, you could ask a trusted member of your commentariat - DBO, Addamo etc - to become a member of the blog. That will give them policing powers, and they could delete comments from those that are banned. I think Addamo would be suited to the job - he's fair minded, scrupulous and follows the threads religiously. He'd be a perfect candidate to weed out the anti-semites, racists etc.

By the way, I noticed that you've censored several rather tame posts of mine (certainly nothing anti-semitic, racist, etc) of late. Why have you done this? From what I can see, I haven't broken any of your comment rules - although I was quite scathing of you in one where I criticised you for posting old material like that geriatric SOU address from at least 3 years ago.

Anyway, I wonder if this post will get past your censorious fingers. Never mind if it doesn't; as long as you've read it.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 7:07:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

You're kidding! Already?

Not surprised, it's sort of a signature thing with George. You know whenever he proposes something, there's an angle, some entroponouer buddy of his is gonna make money and that's why he proposes it.

When George is out of office he'll make a fortune going on the standup comedy circuit just reading his old speeches out.
Can you imagine? He'll be a cult figure.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 7:35:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Re this site.
Changes will be coming soon re comments etc etc. Very busy at the mo', so hang tight people.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 10:38:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...


I was refererring to the oil exces appearing before the Senate Commitee investigating price fixing of oil. Ted (bridge to nowhere) Stevens of Alaska, who was heading the Committee, shouted down any suggestion of making the execs testify under oath.

Anyway, they all denied having had anyting to do with Cheney's Energy task force and as it turned out , it was not entirely true.

As for the Exxon Valdez payout, according to Greag Palats's book

Exxon were most certainly fined, but have yet to pay out more than a fractino of the costs for the clean up and fines. I lent the book to a friend so I'll have to chase up the details.

Friday, February 03, 2006 12:41:00 am  
Blogger James Waterton said...

Well, whilst you're busy why not put up with the aberrations in the commentariat for the hear and now and just deregulate comments? Then - when you're willing to get serious with this whole blogging caper - start to administer comments in a way that allows the rapid flow of ideas as well as barring the abusive.

Just a thought.

Friday, February 03, 2006 3:33:00 am  
Blogger James Waterton said...

"Hear" and now? Illiterate fool I am.

Friday, February 03, 2006 11:25:00 pm  

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