Some People Understand

Recently, as I was enjoying a coffee at my favourite cafe in Fremantle, I heard a great song called ‘The Love Me or Die’ by CW Stoneking.

On giving the song the Shazam treatment, I discovered that it was from Stoneking’s ‘Jungle Blues’ album which also contained the following fantastic song:

Here are the lyrics:

His name would always be, always be recorded in history
His name would always be, always be recorded in history
It gives me inspiration to sing, his heroic stand in the Philippines
No man can be braver than General MacArthur, the Son of America

With his traditional warriors at his side, he gave the Japanese the first surprise,
For when they called on him to surrender, “I am an American” was his answer,
“And in the name of democracy, I will die for freedom and liberty”,
They don’t come no braver than General MacArthur, the Son of America

Let us go back in past history, go think George Washington and General Lee,
Hmm even hailin’ Patrick Henry, Abe Lincholn – emancipator in slavery
But we’ll read of MacArthur when he’s gone, for he’s a genius if one was ever born
They don’t come no braver than General MacArthur, the Son of America.

When you hear me singing my characteristic song, from the book of editions that last so long,
This vocabulary that is list in me, it is owing to my high-class propensity,
I am not versed in psychology, I’m a man who can sing intelligently,
I say they come no braver than General MacArthur, the Son of America

With the stars and stripes laying at his side, for this flag he intend to die,
MacArthur, the man with the heart of steel, to the invading Japs he wouldn’t never yield,
He told the Japanese for a fact, “I’m leaving Corregidor, but I’m coming back”
They don’t come no braver than General MacArthur, the Son of America.

Like most music these days, the song is a cover:

Anyway, as it happens to be, Jungle Blues won an ARIA award for best blues and roots album in 2009. Given how Australia has progressed since then, would you like to give me the odds of it winning the same award today with the above song in there?

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How’s That Russia Collusion Thingy Going?

Remember how Trump apparently colluded with the ‘Russians’ to rig the 2016 US Presidential election – and how he is being ‘investigated’ for this apparent crime?

It’s ok, I almost forgot too.

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Glorious Renewables

Yet another ‘renewable’ energy project.

Yet again, it’s one of those laughable wave energy farms.

Yet again, we have a government itching to stuff the ”project’ full of subsidies.

Yet again, there’s a highly dubious tender process behind it.

And yet again, the whole thing is falling over in a pathetic heap:

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Who’s the Dummy?

Getting TMR out of his New Year’s slumber (of all things) was this fantastic example of idiocy found by reader PP:

A dog owner whose pooch has separation anxiety has introduced a dummy to keep the little canine happy.

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Guest Post – Viv Forbes – Breeding Green Elephants

Canberra breeds many white elephants, but now they are breeding a gigantic new breed of pachyderm in Australia’s Snowy Mountains – a Green Elephant. Grandly named “Snowy 2.0 Hydro-Electric”, it has the compulsory green skin, but it is just another big white elephant under a thick layer of green paint.

Snowy 2.0 plans a hugely expensive complex of dams, tunnels, pumps, pipes, generators, roads and powerlines. Water will be pumped up-hill using grid power in times of low demand, and then released when needed to recover some of that energy. To call it “hydro-electric” is a fraud – it will not store one extra litre of water and will be a net consumer of electric power. It is a giant electric storage battery to be recharged using grid power.

This is just the next episode in an expensive and impossible green dream to run Australian cities and industries, plus a growing electric vehicle fleet, on intermittent wind and solar energy and without coal, gas, oil or nuclear fuels.

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Whose Money is it?

Are you enjoying your hamster-wheel yet? Would you like another carrot cube?


If we didn’t allow our federal government, its agencies and quangos to become so big in the first place, we would not be debating the need for a federal ‘integrity’ commission. We also wouldn’t be funding a museum to house Julie Bishop’s stinky used shoes (yes, really).

Unfortunately, our federal government is the biggest game in town and it’s been acquiring extra influence and power for some time.

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Malcolm Turnbull’s Prime Ministerial Obituary

‘If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined’

(Pyrrhus of Epirus)

One of the first posts ever written on TMR was Tony Abbott’s Prime Ministerial Obituary.

Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t need a similarly written obituary: he’s done a perfectly good job of writing his own.

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Why Isn’t Perth a Ghost Town Yet?

As parts of Australia’s east coast experience record low temperatures and Perth continues to experience healthy amounts of rainfall, I can’t help but remember the time in 2004 when Tim Flannery said that there was a ‘fair chance’ that Perth would become the 21st century’s first ghost metropolis – based on what appeared to be a two month, self-selected crash course in reading some stuff he found… and the subsequent soiling of his pants:

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Swatting Leftists in 6 Easy Steps: Part 3 – Set the Table

TMR’s special on swatting leftists continues with Part Three: Set the Table.

(Go here for Part One: Read and Prepare and Part Two: Get Comfortable).

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