Round the blogs

No pulling punches on Prog Blog when Idiot/Savant weighs in on a post about whether there is anything much about “the Winston/donations thing” to get excited about. The original post, “Discursive thoughts prompted by hypocritical plonkers” is a response to Farrar’s criticisms of certain left-wing blogs for ignoring the matter.

Idiot, whose take on things I generally agree with even though the admiration doesn’t seem to be mutual, responds that “the scandal is they didn’t declare it in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 1993.” Fair ’nuff. But then in high dudgeon, Idiot finishes, “…unless of course, you’re fine with corruption in politics, in which case you should really be calling yourself an ACT supporter, not a progressive.” Cue response from Prog Blog.

Meanwhile, at home Idiot posts on the report back of the Immigration Bill. Improved, he says, but far from acceptable. He lists the main defects. More detail at Scoop. Sign the petition and knobble your MP.

Over at The Inquiring Mind, Adam posts on the opportunities and threats presented by our apparently over-valued dollar. I’m not sure about basing one’s analysis on the Economist’s Big Mac Index, but it’s great that someone’s trying to raise a debate about these important issues.

And Scrubone at Something should go here, maybe later, finally stumbles across The Hairy Armpit (thanks to Russell Brown, one suspects). He compares Faye Frankenfurter to whale oil:

“Frankly, if you turned Cam into a woman, feminist, cut off a leg or something to make him really mad then removed his remaining inhibitions and decency via a combination of “P” (Ice for you foreign looking types P ) and acid then you’d get the Hairy Armpit.”

I won’t hat-tip DPF for this, because I’d seen it before he posted on it, but I agree that it is a great image. Oddly comforting. Not sure that the “left” needs its own genetically modified whale oil though.

Oh, and frogblog spells out Green Party policy on sandal wearing.



5 Responses to “Round the blogs”

  1. adamsmith1922 Says:

    Thanks for the reference.

    I used the Big Mac index because it is relatively well known and is an item familiar to many; plus the PPP relationship is helpful.

    The key though is to get people thinking about some of these issues.
    Adam, It wasn’t really a criticism. Wish I’d thought of it myself.

  2. Idiot/Savant Says:

    But then in high dudgeon, Idiot finishes, “…of course, you’re fine with corruption in politics[…]

    You forgot the “unless” there, which is quite an important word.

    It’s one thing to ignore an issue because you really can’t be bothered with it, or don’t want to touch it with a barge poll, it’s quite another to deliberately downplay it by avoiding the point. Prog’s post smacks of the latter, hence my rather severe response.

    Hi Idiot, Thanks, fixed.

  3. adamsmith1922 Says:


    I didn’t see it as a criticism, just thought I would add a slight bit of explanation, there was no offence to take on my part and none was taken

  4. Julie Says:

    Did you note ZenTiger comparing The Hairy Armpit troll to Osama Bin Laden and concluding that if bin Laden had a blog it would be less offensive that the troll’s? Talk about ridiculousness.

  5. jafapete Says:

    Julie, Have now. Thanks. I see that you are not certain about Faye’s gender but give her the benefit of doubt, which is fair enough, and that you point out the The handmirror also lists Cactus Kate, amongst other bloggers with whom you disagree more often than not.

    On Zentiger — not the best advertisement for the male species, of course — I’d have to say that Hairy Armpit would be infinitely funnier than any blog of bin Laden’s.

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