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Twitter diplomacy is the new black

If anyone can pull it off, it’d be this guy.

Donald Trump and rape

Whenever Trump is involved in anything, the media loses its fragile mind. Jacqueline Maley is a perfect example:

On Thursday Prime Minister Scott Morrison dined with Donald Trump in Osaka, joined by a small horde of interchangeable-looking men who were named as “advisers”. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann was in there somewhere, as was Trade Minister Simon Birmingham. I spotted one woman apart from the President’s daughter, Ivanka, who book-ended the group, smiling for the cameras and applying, as ever, a patina of couthness to the otherwise overt vulgarity that has characterised her father’s presidency.

Morrison and Trump talked trade, of course, China, and Iran. Trump lauded our Prime Minister for his recent electoral victory. Trump was alone in predicting it. We know because he told us so. Later the American President tweeted praise for Australia’s “strong” border protection measures, of which Morrison was chief architect when immigration minister. There was talk of Trump coming to Melbourne for a golf tournament. There was a photograph of the pair grinning, with their thumbs up.

They looked a bit like those footballers who model moderately priced chinos for the Lowes catalogue.

Important matters of state were at play, but I found myself marvelling at the ease with which Trump’s power is bolstered despite another credible allegation of sexual misconduct being made against him this week.

Credible.

Really?

This is the woman in question. Watch the last 45 seconds. Remember that word: credible.

What’s amazing is that this interview came out four days before Maley called her credible.

Maley goes on.

Meanwhile, Trump continued to cavort on the international stage, forcing his allies into vice-grip handshakes, and even tweeting “BORING!” at one point on Wednesday, apropos of who knows what.

Hmmmm … if only there were some way of knowing what Trump was tweeting about.

Maybe the Googleator or the GoDuckGo-atron could help?

He even put out this joke tweet which also gained a lot of play:

Antifa are the true fascists

The man they are attacking is Andrew Ngo, an editor at Quillette.

They aren’t throwing milkshakes, they are throwing a corrosive agent. Just as UK ‘comedian’ Jo Brand suggested. They are throwing quick dry cement, which is highly toxic.

Among his injuries is a brain bleed.

Tim Soutphommadane is one of the fascists

Tim decries culture wars, but is a culture warrior, as his third par attests:

Everyone stop, and repeat after me: There is no crisis of free speech. Freedom of religion has not been suppressed. Political correctness has not gone mad.

Here we are yet again with our tedious culture war. While many of us would prefer it to go away, it’s hard to ignore the frenzied noise of these past few weeks.

Many of us had hoped, of course, that the May federal election would have reset the political debate. That it would have helped put a close to the old, tired ideological contests that have marked the past six years.

Actually, Tim. It did reset the political debate. just not as you wished it would.

Too bad. Not so sad.

But the right is losing the culture war

Euthanasia is a culture issue: the right believes in the sanctity of life; the left, well, not so much.

We have been told for years that the euthanasia debate was about dignity in death. This looks a bit too proactive:

WA patients who want to access euthanasia would have to wait only nine days before being prescribed a deadly cocktail of drugs to end their lives in the comfort of their own home under legislation soon to come before State Parliament.

The laws would also give doctors the right to suggest to patients that they could consider euthanasia as an option if they had a terminal illness

The Government yesterday tabled its long-awaited expert panel report on euthanasia laws, outlining 31 recommendations to shape legislation likely to come before Parliament in coming months.

Most of the proposed laws mirror rules operating in Victoria. The main exception is that WA would have no system of government permits — with the expert panel suggesting the process should not be “burdened by bureaucratic oversight”.

The Dalai Lama isn’t meant to say this

This wasn’t in the program.