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Death to Trump

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National Review reports:

...the political and media opponents of Donald Trump are seeking to subvert his presidency in a manner unprecedented in the recent history of American politics. The so-called resistance among EPA federal employees is trying to disrupt Trump administration reform; immigration activists promise to flood the judiciary to render executive orders inoperative. Intelligence agencies had earlier leaked fake news briefings about the purported escapades of President-elect Trump in Moscow — stories that were quickly exposed as politically driven concoctions.Nearly one-third of House Democrats boycotted the Inauguration. Celebrities such as Ashley Judd and Madonna shouted obscenities to crowds of protesters; Madonna voiced her dreams of Trump’s death by saying she’d been thinking a lot about blowing up the White House.

But all that pushback was merely the clownish preliminary to the full-fledged assault in mid-February. Career intelligence officers leaked their own transcripts of a phone call that National Security Advisor–designate Michael Flynn had made to a Russian official. The media charge against Flynn was that he had nefariously talked to higher-ups in Russia before he took office. Obama-administration officials did much the same, before Inauguration Day 2009, and spoke with Syrian, Iranian, and Russian counterparts. But they faced no interference from the outgoing Bush administration.

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Q&A's latest plant

fred thorpe tweetDid you catch Q&A on Monday night, especially its obligatory 'gotcha moment', which came at the very start of the show? This week it was a woman, a former teacher by who goes by the unlikely name of Fred, who lumbered to her feet and lambasted Attorney-General George Brandis for her sorry lot in life.

Greatly troubled by arthritis, Fred explained that she had been forced to leave the classroom after "an exemplary 28 years" and was scraping by on disability payments because, as she put it "I am unfit to work." Now Centrelink was giving her a hard time, she said, resulting in a weekend of nausea as she worried what her three children might find on their plates, if anything at all.

Unable to work? Not according to her Twitter feed, whose doses of pithy spleen against conservatives in general and Liberals in particular can be viewed via the link above. The Tweet atop this item -- click the image to enlarge it -- expresses how much she was "looking forward to working for James Mathison", who stood against Tony Abbott last year in the seat of Warringah.

One of Ms Thorpe's recent tweets announced an "impulse buy" of vegetables and other meagre fare to feed her three nippers. One wonders if they supped on that slim repast in the rooftop garden of her beachside apartment at Manly, which was designer renovated in the second season of Backyard Blitz.

Of course, if she is short of a feed, she could always ask failed candidate Mathison to sling a few peas on her plate. Her work on his behalf helped earn him $25,000 from the Australian Electoral Commission.

For the full Q&A transcript follow the link below.

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The Breakup of Australia

breakup ERAustralian voters are not being told the truth about the proposal for constitutional recognition of indigenous people. The goal of Aboriginal political activists today is to gain ‘sovereignty’ and create a black state, equivalent to the existing states. Its territory, com­prising all land defined as native title, will soon amount to more than 60% of the whole Australian continent.

As Keith Windschuttle observes in his new book -- available via the link below -- constitutional recognition would be its launching pad.

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The Howard Era

Edited by Keith Windschuttle, David Martin Jones and Ray Evans

Essays by Tony Abbott, James Allan, Chris Berg, Ian Callinan, Sinclair Davidson and more.

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