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Month: February, 2012

Rudd’s rant – so f*cking what?

Iain Hall's SANDPIT

This video, that’s making all the headlines, was actually made some time ago, when Kevin Rudd was still PM. It’s a ‘blooper tape’ of Rudd attempting to record a message for the Chinese New Year, getting frustrated with it and letting fly with a few adjectives.

Obviously he knew the camera was still running so you’d reckon he felt pretty sure it’d be secure and not become public. It’s equally obvious that whoever posted it did so in an attempt to damage Rudd’s chances of retaking the leadership from Julia Gillard. At least that’s what’s implied in this Age article ‘Rudd row gets dirty’:

A Labor insider said the video could only have come from the Prime Minister’s office, which stores such clips. If true, that would suggest a bitter escalation of the leadership crisis between Ms Gillard and the Foreign Affairs Minister.

Gillard, of course, denies it came from her office. Then again…

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Psalm 41

Philip Barrington

This moring in church we read a passage from Psalm 41 than ran

My enemies wonder in malice
when I will die, and my name perish.
And when they come to see me, they utter empty words,
while their hearts gather mischief;
when they go out, they tell it abroad.
All who hate me whisper together about me;
they imagine the worst for me.

They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me,
that I will not rise again from where I lie.
Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted,
who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me.

I could not help but muse about how K Rudd would feel about the passage. When I got home I realized that he was off oversea again, so maybe did not have the opportunity to read it himself.

I also saw that a K Rudd potty mouth video had…

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It’s A Win for Doomocracy

Window Dresser's Arms, Pig & Whistle

Story by the PABC (Pig’s Arms Boozecasting Company) psephologist and race caller Antony Puce.

It was two in the afternoon when Antony Puce slouched into the Pig’s Arms and drew up a stool at the bar.  Merv could see that he had had a big night and it was no big deal guessing what was on his mind.

Merv tossed the ice into the shaker, added his magic pink liquors, capped the vessel and shook it like he meant it.  “Hold the little paper umbrella”  said Puce.  And Merv decanted the Pink into a cocktail glass fit for …. a bit of a cock.

“The main game?” said Merv, well-knowing that a leadership spill against a PM is likely to happen only once in a lifetime.  “Of course.” said Puce.

He adjusted his Anthony Squires bag of fruit pants to restore the blood flow to his wedding tackle, raised the…

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Kevin Rudd and George F. Kennan

If ever there was a time for Kevin Rudd to have a George F. Kennan moment it seems to be right about now and besides considerable differences of time and place perhaps a few similarities too are gleamed from Nicholas Thompson’s ‘Ideas Man: The legacy of George F. Kennan’. Kennan defined containment strategy in the ‘Long Telegram’ and article ‘X’ in 1947 and was Soviet analyst in the Foreign Service before becoming head of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in the Truman administration and central in the Marshall Plan. Rudd was both Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister and speaks Chinese. He is also from out of town from neither Victoria or New south Wales and is a Christian who swears. Kennan’s words seem to suit Rudd’s predicament “Men- or at least such men as I- are no good unless they are driven, hounded, haunted, forced to spend every day as though it were the last they were to spemd on earth”. If the comparison is right for no other reason than the possibility of a new cold war in the face of global instability doesn’t the soap opera seem more like a tragedy and something that never should be and must be overcome?

Reference: Foreign Affairs Vol.91 Iss 1 2012 (US). Nicholas Thompson, ‘Ideas Man’ p.148.

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