posted on September 7, 2006 at 8:46 pm

another cold day in sydnee town
im up early
back in the saddle again
i just noticed last night
that about 50 per cent of shows on tv
are about murder
aint that strange?
that for entertainment
after a long day under the fluoros
or drivin a taxi (hi g + g)
or diggin’ ditches
people sit around n watch shows about
murder
eg
forensic investigation
crossing jordan
(nothing to do with holly)
but” its a race against time as the entire morgue
works to stop a series of bloody murders”
then theres
serious crash unit
infamous murders
ncis(a pentagon cryptographer is found dead)
cold case
law n order
etc etc etc
jus’ check yer local tv guide
youll be shocked by the blood n gore
thats dished up on yer screen
EVERY FUCKING NIGHT
can ya believe it
theyre dishing up murder
as entertainment
here mr smith
drink yer booze
smoke yer fags
n watch yer murder
n get back down that factory at 7 every morning
pay yer taxes
eat yer steak
and get yer 2 weeks holidays
out of 52
yeah theres a good deal for ya….
people i thought murder
was a crime most hideous
the worst n most unalterable crime
thou shalt not kill baybee
yet half or more tv shows are
dramatizations of this heinous act
sposed to “entertain” ya
whether its some english dopey detective
stumbling thru the clues in a little village
or some hard hitting yankee cop
trackin’ down the bad guys in brooklyn
or some coroner in nsw
HOW THE FUCK DID WE COME TO ACCEPT THIS TRIPE?
cmon cmon
aint this just a small example of how its all gone so wrong?
ya cannae watch people creating life on yer telly
but every nite ya can see em getting blown away
poisoned
strangled
beaten
and then the gruesome inquests n trials
why the hell do we need this?
its bullshit, my people
pure bullshit
n they tell ya pots bad for ya!

the opposition leader in australia
eg the labor party dude
is a great pudgy useless slimy imbecile
hes had a million makeovers n new suits
still hes what he is
a great pudgy useless wally
no ones ever voted for the turkey
n they aint gonna start anytime soon
why why why labor…?
here i am
the next pm of australia
im here
im a genius
im a socialist
ive got charisma oozing from every poor pore
(its pouring)
im an ex debating champ
i could look good in an expensive suit n floral shirt
already got a sun tan..no extra cost for tanning lounge
ok i dont know anything bout the “issues”
but neither does olde useless they got now
i could be briefed n de briefed
i look good in my briefs actually
i’d withdraw all our troops from anywhere
i’d go for the rich bastards not paying any taxes
(a cuppla years ago one of austs richest men
claimed taxable income of 160 grand n got away with it!)
i’d fuckin sort it out for single mums, students, pensioneers
disableds n ex rockstars
we’d all be on easy street
if we sold a few of our useless fuckin jets
cmon who are we gonna dogfight with…
the red baron?
buy the kids in school some rockn roll instruments
didja know the greedy greedy bastards in parliament
also just voted to give emselves more super n more pensions etc
a bipartisan movement in fact
tha only thing those crooked lying swine could agree on
pay ourselves more
more perks, more lurks
have ya ever watched the disgraceful behaviour
(they screen “live” parliament between murder shows)
talentless tepid vapid insipid nobodies feebly rowing w/ eachother
(except about getting more money natch)
jesus politics is screaming out for me
someone with a bit of pizazz
(but not pizzas)
christ, i’d look good addressing the nation
can you imagine
“my dear fellow australians,
ive cancelled the war,
ive made marijuana legal
ive lowered parliaments wages, super n perks
n im givin it back to the nurses n hospitals
n schools n orphans n sick people etc etc
WHERE ITS SPOSED TO BE

didja know if one of these pricks can stay in for 7 years
THEY GET PAID FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES INDEXED TO INFLATION???
thats bullshit
why should they?
i’ll fucking change all that
cmon peter garretts in there already
we need more olde rockers in there
we could fill parliament with em
WE COULDNT DO A WORSE JOB THAN KIM BEAZLEY
even his name…kim beazley
jesus
how can a man be called kim?

oh my fiendss
look around ya
this world is so mixed up
b bon sorry to hear bout yer kid
what the hells that about
we can invade irakistan
but we cant look after our own kids afterschool
but if ya vote for sk
im gonna put an end to it
im gonna ask them hard questions
im gonna get all that violence off the telly too
maybe people could watch some nice stuff for a change
stuff that dont de sensitize em to crime
get murder off tv
get morgues off tv
get the copsnrobbers off tv
get the guns n violence off tv
gee theres other stuff in this world too
like nature n art n music n
all kinds of lovely things
we should all be as happy as kings

listen if kim beazley ever wins an election
i’ll run around bondi stark naked
with good on ya kimbo
tattooed on my ass
but i dont think its gonna happen
he aint gonna..
he cant…
he wont…
labor needs me
this country needs me
the world needs me
my first act will be to halve my own wages
i’ll go on livin’ in bondi
i’ll go on space rockin’ n bloggin’ too
politics i’ll sort out between my laps n chi gong
how hard can it bee?
theres a million advisers…aint there?
i’d whip the shiny bums into shape too!
i’d sort out the lot of em….
what are ya waiting for mah people
are ya voting for me yet?
if ya from somewhere other than orstrayliah
send in an absentee vote
fuck em
we need to cheat to make this happen
they dont play by the rules…
why should we?
soon i will be your beloved leader
and everything will be spacey
i wanna be elected!!!
the right hon. s j kilbey esquire
member for bohemia

106 Responses to “mixed blessings in disguise”

  1. avatar
    jc | 7 September 2006 at 9:59 pm #

    It has occurred to me that one must tear down the fabric of our evolutionarily messed up society just so that i may enjoy a beautiful blue sky unsullied by the blemish of a jet liner.

    wish i could join you under such a sky, my bohemian friend.

  2. avatar
    veleska1970 | 7 September 2006 at 10:00 pm #

    murder murder murder…..**sigh**…we aren’t so far removed from the ancient romans with their spectacles of death in the colosseum, are we?? human nature is the same now as then, and unfortunately i don’t see it improving for the future….call me pessimistic, but that’s my view. if things haven’t changed in this amount of time, i don’t see it happening anytime soon (or later.)

    hell, yeah, steve~~i’ll vote for you!! i’ll expatriate from the united states, become an australian citizen, and vote for you!! you wanna be elected~~we want you to win. here’s my vote, what ballot box do i put it in??

  3. avatar
    steven koontz | 7 September 2006 at 10:08 pm #

    are you talking about politics down under or IN THE UNITED STATES OF FREAKIN’ AMERICA??

    oh, hell yes,,,,it’s the same bullshit here too.

    (and murder everynite on tv,too!
    where is the football game?)

    i’d vote for ya!! just move back to USA.

    steve koontz
    high point, nc

  4. avatar
    Dilip Doshi | 7 September 2006 at 10:14 pm #

    Ya got my vote.
    I’m all for getting rid of that crap they call entertainment on our tellies.

    All pollies are Slugs, Worms and just fucked up fat cats. Fuck em

    DD

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2006 at 10:18 pm #

    go on kilbs, I’d vote for you. Maybe in the meantime you can set up a cool cat rock god tent embassy somewhere.
    xL

  6. avatar
    mandn | 7 September 2006 at 10:18 pm #

    weeeeeeee! lookie here blogs all over the place Orpheus

    politics are politics all over the place.
    not worth anything because they don’t cost anything
    so we get what we pay for…

    xo
    Mary

  7. avatar
    the dean | 7 September 2006 at 10:26 pm #

    The 2 party system, which votes on party lines is totally wrong. When one of them votes on conscience there is a major uproar. They have turned the parliament into a football match, full of fat drunks.

    Beasley may get elected yet
    (implausible as that seems) remember little johnny was a 3 time loser before becoming an enmormous loser.

    Labour used to be for the ordinary person now I don’t know what they are.

    Bob Brown’s having a go but he’s a lone voice.

    We don’t hear much from Peter Garrett, asleep on the backbench.

  8. avatar
    mattdavison | 7 September 2006 at 10:31 pm #

    SK’s back!!!
    Thats the fire we all know about…(best way to climb back to #1 is with bloggies like that.
    Yeah!!!
    I would not only vote for ya Kilb.. I would take a few portfolios..recline back in my office crankin up the Choich and free’in all the creative thoughts from my head (drawing,writing) Oh 9.45..meeting with the Right Honorable Kilbey Eskquire and discuss…Agenda.1 as the minister for broardcasting

    The networks Ten, Seven, Nine.. Fox crap USA…(fuc et! anything from the states..can all fuc off…see ya Murdock..I hope ya REMEMBER PACKERS LEGACY…
    abc network canne stay but needs a little renovation however.

    “SK will ya sign off that one”…
    “Sure will my dear Matt”
    all you tv Exec Fuccers canne clean up the Yarra River with ya tounge..
    ya got two days to do it! also ya aint never aloud to go to NeeewZeeeland..Banned
    Yep DONE!
    Hey SK ya wanna go down to that little cafe, grab a soy and manuka smoothie play a couple of songies on ya basse and draw up
    a few piccies of our new parliment
    Sure Matt lets go..
    Lv

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2006 at 10:34 pm #

    Honourable SK,
    Big problem. To attract the popular masses you need to change your name. Something like Kyle Kilbey would fit.

  10. avatar
    Sparkli Sista | 7 September 2006 at 10:51 pm #

    I’ll vote for ya, baybee!!

    X

  11. avatar
    mrs. baal n zeus | 7 September 2006 at 11:03 pm #

    public television
    is very nice though

    Antiques Roadshow
    and British Comedy!

  12. avatar
    the carrier of fruit | 7 September 2006 at 11:05 pm #

    Don’t forget to make us a republic, el presidente.

  13. avatar
    CSTCoach | 7 September 2006 at 11:17 pm #

    Ya got my vote, SK. Being from a commonwealth country i must get some kinda easy entree should you win. in that case, i’m moving.

    and if the straights overthrow ya and force you into exile, i know just the place to go on the lam (on the lamb ๐Ÿ˜‰ Doh! I’ve said too much!

    ryan

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2006 at 11:17 pm #

    s j kilbey esquire
    member for bohemia
    has a nice ring to it

    i’ll have to vote
    by absentee ballot
    but you’ve got
    my vote sk

    your political
    platform is
    rock solid

    and
    you made me laugh
    out loud
    at least
    six times in
    this one bloggie
    for that alone
    i love you

    make love
    not war baybee

    xoxo
    diane

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2006 at 11:18 pm #

    sk

    i’m votin for the rock-god party. steve kilbo, yes indeed. we need a theme song though…what shall it be??? we’ll run on jazzy reptile and we’ll accept the nomination with unified field. next term we’ll try easy.

    yeah man count me in,
    one more richard

  16. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 7 September 2006 at 11:27 pm #

    I totally agree about the stuff they’re filling TV-land with. I don’t even watch TV any more other than little bits I see when other people are watching something.

    I also agree with you about the political situation, in that I don’t think the US is that different. Crooked politicians about, inflating their own egos and paychecks/pensions and little else.

    I’m glad Garrett is in office (though I haven’t heard anything about him lately?) and if you have the desire to serve then I hope you do make the effort. I have doubts about how much you can accomplish in office without playing their crooked games, but I guess there’s only one way to find out.

    Daniel W.

  17. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 7 September 2006 at 11:29 pm #

    tv in the house brings:

    cash cab
    jeopardy
    the office
    coupling
    my name is earl
    on the tip of my tongue
    the simpsons
    masterpiece theater
    battlestar galactica
    lost
    some food shows
    sponge bob
    no news (just the weather)
    no murder
    no unreality
    no doctor shows
    no mtv
    no vh1
    I’d like to kick the tv habit, yet I’m a recovering broadcasting major.
    PS: Who the fk keeps calling me and hanging up???????????

  18. avatar
    stealthblue | 7 September 2006 at 11:31 pm #

    Seriously…dude, I’d vote for you in a New York fuckin’ minute (sorry Joycie)…a leader to be proud of. I am so sick of hearing Georgie spit out his back-peddling lies, all those fat old chumpy good ole’boys hovering around him nodding their heads. Only thing I ask is for you to make it easier for wayward “Amerkans” to emmigrate to Oz. I do love America in many ways, but, well…you know. That is where I belong anyway I think, Oz’s calling man. As usual, I could not agree more. I love the RED BARON bit the most! That cracked me up, just picturing these F-whatevers skating around some floundering tri-plane(or bi-plane?) I almost spit my cokie cola all over my damned flouro-lit desk here at my werk place. Now, I have to go home and comfort my sweetie. She just lost her 36 year old cousin today that she grew up with in Poland, mother of two youngins, devoted wife. Sweet woman, nice spirit, I met her last year. Jesus Christ. So, Cheers! Here’s to her. Thanks for making me laugh even at a time like this. Love ya, mate.
    BV
    Oh yeah, if it’s not Murder on TV, than the other half involves swindling money, infidelity, gluttony, sloth, disaster, terror…all that good stuff. Sign of the times I suppose. Thankfully, there are still some quality shows fighing their way through the airwaves, like on Discovery and Public Television. ahh, well…

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2006 at 11:31 pm #

    listen if kim beazley ever wins an election
    i’ll run around bondi stark naked
    with good on ya kimbo
    tattooed on my ass

    VOTE BEAZLEY AUSTRALIA!!!!!

  20. avatar
    manfred | 7 September 2006 at 11:31 pm #

    sk
    you got my vote
    “those crooked lying swine”
    couldn’t say it better
    what i wrote 2 years ago was
    “your politics make me sullen”
    but i still wonder
    if there is a word like “politikverdrossenheit” in english?
    must be something like “sullenness of politics”
    how do you call it?
    (ok, i know, q&a time is over)
    but anyway
    perhaps you might like bits of the song
    we’ll rewrite it
    for your election campaign
    i could do the press and stuff
    my beloved leader
    m

  21. avatar
    stealthblue | 7 September 2006 at 11:35 pm #

    I almost forgot…WHO do we get for the USA??? any suggestions? The Boss perhaps??? hmmm…

  22. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 7 September 2006 at 11:43 pm #

    VOTE 1 STEVE KILBEY

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2006 at 11:44 pm #

    YOUVE GOT MY VOTE SK!
    -ALLEN
    GALVESTON TX

  24. avatar
    Richard | 8 September 2006 at 12:00 am #

    …and you could change the national anthem to something catchier, with lyrics that everyone can remember.

    ‘Travel by Thought’ springs to mind.

    Just imagine grand final day. The footballers lined up. 80,000 spectators with hands on hearts.
    And SKPM, along with his (ex)Shadow Cabinet members MWP, PK and NP in suits and floral shirts cranking up the feedback.

  25. avatar
    rubikon | 8 September 2006 at 12:09 am #

    Steve,

    I guess you already know – there aren’t any rules – except those of God and the Universe – everything else is a lie, an illusion.

    Keep telling it like it is.

    Ciao,

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 12:40 am #

    i’d vote for ya
    but i’d love to see you bare arsed parading around bondi

  27. avatar
    JJ | 8 September 2006 at 12:58 am #

    I’ll vote absentee then. The TV oozes shit over here every day; I can’t watch much anyway, channel surf, then turn it off and put in a movie. I hear people at work talk about Survivor this, Idol that, another pointless game or somesuch – I ask “whatyre you talking about?” and get stares.

    So, Peter Garrett’s in Parlaiment?!? Didn’t know that, but recall that he was an attorney before a bald rocker.

    Good blog, enjoyed it! Run for office!

    JJ

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 1:02 am #

    I’ve always wondered why we can’t have a happy news service at 6.00pm, I’m sure it would outrate the normal news big time.

    There is so much great stuff, so many miracles happening everyday – yet they gotta show us the bad stuff and too many bozo’s just watch it…..

    Get em Killer

    Pierre

    Rock me mister K

  29. avatar
    skunkscramblenoglet | 8 September 2006 at 2:21 am #

    dutcho, found any action yet?? heaps of chics lurck around Bondi Junction….

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 2:29 am #

    Where can an absinthetea ballot be found?

  31. avatar
    mike a | 8 September 2006 at 2:31 am #

    you got my vote!!

    and yes, tv is mostly blood, gore, crime scenes, investigations,police, criminals, etc… nature and art shows would be nice for a change..

  32. avatar
    davidcwelker | 8 September 2006 at 3:05 am #

    i tell my kids that if you want to hear good music, gotta turn off the radio (at least commercial), to be entertained gotta turn off the tube.

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 3:16 am #

    Indeed, more old rockers in govt. would be a great thing. Peter Garrett is actually my local member!! That man is all abot intelligence and integrity, something so sorely lacking in politics. He’s wisely keeping his head down until he has paid his dues and got the measure of the place. I have NO DOUBT that he will be a great force for change in parliament in the future. I have a picture of him on my fridge!

    And God bless Lindy Morrison who I voted for when she stood up for the Democrats a few years a go.

    B.Good

    B.Bon

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 3:22 am #

    You probably dont read the Daily Telegraph but u mustve read each others mind – theres an article on this very subject on today’s front page.

    I believe u dont have much time for sport either but can everyone in cyberspace throw some good energy to the St George Dragons in the play offs.
    How can u go past a team that has ” when the saints go marching in ” as their song.

    Dutch Pierre ( as opposed to Pierre)

  35. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 8 September 2006 at 3:23 am #

    >>labor needs me
    this country needs me
    the world needs me< < Couldn’t agree more. My favourite quote, which is on my refridgerator, is “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This from Gandhi, who certainly was for his country. You’re still a young man Steve. None of us will ever change everything we’d like to, but it’s my belief we can make significant changes, even if they’re not earth-shattering. Go on! You know we’re all rooting for you.
    love,
    denise
    xxoo

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 4:05 am #

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and words with the world. In exchange I would like to share some thoughts on Great Health

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 4:18 am #

    SK,

    One of your best posts,

    On fire

    U got my vote

    At least we will have something to look forward to if Kimbo does make it-however unlikely it is.

    DR

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 4:30 am #

    You are definitely the man for us.
    Your political platform is rock solid*
    Like helium gas
    Your education, poisoned-ivy league all the way
    Your reputation in tatters? Barely matters.

    Hit the campaign trail today
    While the children play Grand Theft Auto
    and blow eachother away!

    *with apologies to the delightful Diane

    c escherbach

  39. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 8 September 2006 at 4:44 am #

    “can ya believe it
    theyre dishing up murder
    as entertainment
    here mr smith
    drink yer booze
    smoke yer fags
    n watch yer murder”

    prime time murder

    you know
    it’s not unlike
    supermarket
    shelf stacking

    all the best spaces
    eye level
    hand level
    are filled with
    killers
    fat
    saturated preservatives
    chemicals
    salt sugar

    try finding something edible
    it’s either
    way up high
    or
    down below
    or stuck in a
    low frequency ailse
    corner

    prime time murder

    isn’t that the objective?

    desensitise ’em
    and
    maybe they’ll fight for ya
    when you need em

    or
    maybe they won’t complain too much
    ’bout the wars

    feed ’em crap
    makem fat and immovable
    plonk em in front of
    telly
    and drain their souls
    of
    sensitivity

    but they forget
    we’re not stupid…
    just
    powerless

    or so they think

    i’ll vote for ya SK

    stack our shelves with health
    fill our tellies with beauty

    and i’ll vote for ya

    every time

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 4:57 am #

    I’ll admit, I love most of those shows you hate. For me, it’s absolutely not about the blood and gore, it’s about solving the mystery and seeing the bad guys caught and punished. Maybe if that happened more in real life, I wouldn’t be so interested in watching fictional justice. But all I have to do is look at the asshats running the free world, and the crap they get away with on a daily basis, and I get so angry, I practically have an aneurysm. So, I watch stuff where people like them get their due.

  41. avatar
    Noel Christian | 8 September 2006 at 5:00 am #

    I was discussing the way overexposure to graphic violent images anaesthetized us just earlier today…

    The world is a funny place.

    ‘mixing pop and politics
    he asks me what the use is
    I offer him embarrassment
    and my usual excuses

    then looking down the corridor
    out to where the van is waiting
    I’m waiting for
    the great leap forward’

    _Billy Bragg

    Here’s to a new golden age.

  42. avatar
    bionaut | 8 September 2006 at 5:13 am #

    I guess by your yardstick Shakespeare was bullshit too. His plays were breeding grounds for murderous plots, stabbings and poisonings. What if Brutus surprised JC with some jazz instead of a blade. Not quite the same.

  43. avatar
    lily | 8 September 2006 at 5:32 am #

    I’d vote for ya, mate!

  44. avatar
    daydreamer | 8 September 2006 at 5:35 am #

    hmmm…. yeah. We tried to elect Ralph Nader once. Look where that got us.

  45. avatar
    damien | 8 September 2006 at 5:47 am #

    I’d vote for you, Steve.

    You should read the open letter that John Schumann of Redgum wrote to Peter Garrett about the reality of life in Parliament.

    Baldy might have had good intentions but he has been castrated by the demands and restrictions that party politics places upon any individual who gets into the game.

    One thing that would give you more credibility than our current crop of pollies is that at least you’re open about your drug use!

  46. avatar
    syrinx | 8 September 2006 at 6:16 am #

    Last time I cast my vote for a leader, good or ill, I enjoyed a brief hour or so of feeling triumphant and hopeful when when my guy won. Bright New Day and all that. Then of course, The Great Recount. I’m still kinda bitter on that score. I now refrain from sharing my thoughts on The Powers That Be and the whole matter.

    Regaining my momentum on that score.

    How’s health insurance down there?

  47. avatar
    syrinx | 8 September 2006 at 6:21 am #

    @anonymous 2:57 – was it the original CSI with Marg Helgenburger and that silver-haired hyper-genius? That one was good. Solve the heinous crime in the lab with brains, not brawn. I actually stuck with that for awhile. Now it’s the same as music – a good idea spawns three dozen copycats regurgitating a second-hand idea. It ain’t pretty.

  48. avatar
    sue cee | 8 September 2006 at 7:35 am #

    We were discussing this just last nite sk!! ..flicking thru’ the channels waiting for “Carthage: A Roman Holocaust” (what do the historians think of this one?!) to come on the ABC, and yes, yet another new forensic show on other stations.. and then we watched the dvd of Bowling for Columbine and talked about how society would be less violently inclined if it wasnt in your face all the time!

    Carthage: mass murder back in ancient history but no gore in this doco, unlike Hollywood tales.

    Peter Garrett I think is biding his time or like most new pollies, he’s been silenced by his party as happens??!! I dont agree with everything he says but he’s willing to listen and seems a really reasonable chap. If you’re reading this PG, I need to discuss something with you mate!

    I’ve had pollies from all sides visit my farm this year and I can say that if THEY can be successful in politics, then Steve, you’re a shoe-in but I’d hate to see you become downhearted and disillusioned or swallowed up in their games – the company car could be nice though! LOL

    Sue

    ps two aussie legends gone in one week – Brocky what a nice guy he always seemed.

  49. avatar
    Sweed | 8 September 2006 at 7:49 am #

    One Nation under God
    has turned into
    One Nation under
    the influence
    of one drug
    Television, the drug
    of the Nation
    Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation
    T.V., I.T. satellite links
    our United States of
    unconciousness
    Apathetic therapeutic and extremely
    addictive
    the methadone metronome pumping out
    150 channels 24 hours a day
    you can flip through all of them
    and still there’s nothing worth watching

    T.V.
    is the reason why less than ten percent of our Nation reads books daily
    Why most people think Central America means Kansas
    Socialism means unamerican and
    Apartheid is a new headache remedy
    absorbed in it’s world it’s so hard to find us
    It shapes our minds the most
    maybe the mother of our Nation
    should remind us that we’re sitting to close to. . .
    Television, the drug of the Nation
    Breeding ignorance and
    feeding radiation

    T.V. is the stomping ground
    for political candidates
    Where bears in the woods are
    chased by Grecian Formula’d bald eagles T.V. is mechanized politic’s remote control over the
    massesco-sponsered by environmentally safe gases watch for the PBS special
    It’s the perpetuation of the two party system where image takes
    precedence over wisdom
    Where sound bite politics are served to the fast food culture Where straight teeth in
    your mouth are more important than the words that come out of it
    Race baiting is the way to get selected Willie Horton or Will he not get elected on . . .
    Television, the drug of the Nation Breeding
    ignorance and feeding radiation
    T.V. is it the
    reflector or the director? Does it imitate us or do we imitate it
    Because a child watches 1500 murders before
    he’s twelve years old and we wonder how we’ve
    created a Jason generation that learns to laugh rather
    than abhor the horror
    T.V. is the place where armchair generals and quarterbacks can experience first
    hand the excitement of video warfare as the theme song
    is sung in the background
    Sugar sweet sitcoms that leave us with a bad actor taste while pop stars metamorphosize into soda pop stars
    You saw the video You heard the soundtrack Well now go buy the soft
    drink Well, the only cola that I support would be a
    union C.O.L.A. (Cost of Living Allownace)OnTelevision.
    Television, the drug of the Nation
    Breeding
    ignorance and feeding radiation Back again, “New and
    Improved”,we return to our irregularly programmed
    schedule hidden cleverly between heavy breasted beer
    and car commericals CNN ESPN ABC TNT but mostly
    B.S. Where oxymoronic language like “virtually spotless” “fresh frozen””light yet filling” and “military intelligence” have become standard
    T.V. is the
    place where phrases are redefined like “recession” to
    “necessary downturn” “crude oil” on a beach to “mousse” “Civilian death” to “collateral damages”and being killed by your own Army is now called “friendly fire”
    T.V. is the place where the pursuit of happiness has
    become the pursuit of trivia
    Where toothpaste and cars have
    become sex objects
    Where imagination is sucked out of
    children by a cathode ray nipple
    T.V. is the only wet
    nurse that would create a cripple Television,
    the drug of the Nation Breeding ignorance and feeding
    radiation
    On Television . . .

  50. avatar
    kat | 8 September 2006 at 8:02 am #

    does long distance voting count?

  51. avatar
    metal_petal | 8 September 2006 at 11:53 am #

    DON’T DO IT! IT WILL BREAK YOUR HEART!

  52. avatar
    Tokin' Jester | 8 September 2006 at 11:59 am #

    Hi ! I can only speak fer m’self– TV grizzlyness, Since; in real life, only an extremely small % of the bad guys get caught, (2%) in the land o’yanks. (somethin’ like that) It’s kinda nice to at least pretend our guys in blue can do better.(I witnessed a murder once, the gangbanger got away with it, In SPITE of my efforts) WHEN you become the GREAT LEADRE OF OZ; Can I defect? for political & (lacka) religious reasons? (resident pagan) The guy who does my taxes said I MUST make more donations to the Church. After addin’ up the pile of tickets & stuff- It come out to $2,228- on this tour . Can I get a reciept? I’d like ta write if off. The next time we meet (if) May I bounce a quater offa yer bum? I’m guessin’ it’d bounce a coupla inches AT LEAST..

  53. avatar
    restaurant mark | 8 September 2006 at 12:04 pm #

    that all sounds great steve, but do you think you could handle running australia and the united states? we need ya here too. don’t know about kim, but all too familiar with little bushy. i like it though…long live the bohemia party!!! take care.

  54. avatar
    craig | 8 September 2006 at 12:19 pm #

    pardon the cliches…..but….. it’s always darkest right before the dawn….breathe in, breathe out……the pendulum swings…..smile…..god loves you

  55. avatar
    Tokin' Jester | 8 September 2006 at 12:30 pm #

    Hey—Anon.2:57(pm)—Yer fom Helllay Huh? Me too

  56. avatar
    Tokin' Jester | 8 September 2006 at 12:30 pm #

    Hey—Anon.2:57(pm)—Yer fom Helllay Huh? Me too

  57. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 8 September 2006 at 12:42 pm #

    i put all the bones in a pot and started the boil…
    this is what ive come up with..
    with the music ,the poetry and artwork..years ,lives of effort ,..and now the blog(yes it is part of the sk legacy now)..
    you have made , on so many different levels , for so many different people,…you have made life easier …..

    when was the last time we had druid/bard,cold world painter,poet win the nobel prize?,…

    your a shoe in ,.. im serious….

    d.

    ( i am really serious)

  58. avatar
    sue cee | 8 September 2006 at 12:42 pm #

    I think the argument is that they just go way OTT (which i just discovered means ‘Over The Top’ in cyberspeak shorthand)… moderation, moderation! Instead the powers that be want to overdose us on this stuff. Some forensics and how the mind ticks is really fascinating but we dont need every tom, dick and henrietta’s version.

    And I must admit i am a little guilty of enjoying The Soprano’s!

    b.bon – didnt realise you were in oz! shame on those so-called childcarers – that could be your first port of call Mayor Kilbey (well, you gotta start somewhere ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 8 September 2006 at 12:49 pm #

    i am none of the things listed below but if any one here is …well lets get rollin …

    members of national assemblies and governments;

    members of international courts of law;

    university chancellors; university professors of social science, history, philosophy, law and theology;

    leaders of peace research institutes and institutes of foreign affairs;

    former Nobel Peace Prize laureates;

    board members of organisations that have received the Nobel Peace Prize;

    present and past members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; (committee members must present their nomination at the latest at the first committee meeting after February 1);

    former advisers at the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

    lets get that nomination in …

  60. avatar
    General Catz | 8 September 2006 at 12:52 pm #

    It is my belief that television is merely reflecting back to us who we are as a society. Until that changes, tv won’t change.

    It’s far too easy to blame something outside of us for society’s ills. If you took tv away, the things going on would still be going on.

    love,
    Miss Grove

  61. avatar
    supper's ready | 8 September 2006 at 1:01 pm #

    ha, the right hon. s j kilbey esquire, pm

    may i humbly suggest the following gentlemen as members of your cabinet:

    the hon. mwp, minister of fuzz and 12-string affairs

    the hon. pk, minister of e-bow and infinite sustain

    the hon. tp, minister of (pacific) rim shots

    raz

  62. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 1:53 pm #

    When you become supremw bohemian leader–Can/will ya DO SOMETHING about the $$$$$ of our beloved Kush? Leagal’rnot-450 an oz IS ABSURD!!! Co-Founder of the left side Wake&Bake(& ‘casionally shake) club

  63. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 2:09 pm #

    “SK for PM” has a ring to it!
    On the matter of parliamentary pensions, remember the Nationals Senator who lost his seat at age 33? He got his pension for life, AND, it was said at the time, if he got himself re-elected he would keep his pension as well as his parliamentary salary and get TWO pensions when he retired next! Makes murder quite appealing…

  64. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 2:12 pm #

    If Beazley wins, can I get my ticket for your Bondi show thru ticketek?

  65. avatar
    JJ | 8 September 2006 at 2:17 pm #

    Isaac Newton was in Parlaiment; his only recorded activity was to be always staring out the window.

    I enjoyed your John Howard imitation in San Francisco, the phone call & voice, turning aside while listening to “take another bong hit.” Funny stuff.

    JJ

  66. avatar
    robert madore | 8 September 2006 at 2:37 pm #

    Unbelievable…I just went on an hour long rant last night at a friends house. She’s got something like 500 TV channels and I went through with the remote looking at all the murder and war stuff…Almost every channel!!!
    Make’s me glad I have watched almost zero TV since I sold my last one in 1993. Mind control… for the masses. Yer right on Steve.

  67. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 3:17 pm #

    What about the meat industry?
    you could ban slaughterhouses
    legalise mj
    allocate funding for the education of ex-meat industry workers about the cultivation of hemp with the promise of better wages
    create a profitable hemp trade within the country
    ie. in two months, two acres of cannibus has the potential to make 2000 gallons of methanol…
    which is an organic substitute for gasoline
    and thereby setting an example for the world of an advanced society
    thus generating an interest in Australia as a nation
    and stimulating the tourist trade etc…

  68. avatar
    Red Prawn from Woop Woop | 8 September 2006 at 3:19 pm #

    I would not vote for you.

    The Western World doesnae need another ex-rocker, ex-movie star, ex-wrestling hero (i.e. Ronnie Raygun, Arnold Swastikanegger, Jello Bi-Afro). The problem? Where is representative government? Give us a 7-5 factory worker, a 24/7 single mom, a 365 problem solver. Western free society is based on representative government, yet we have little or none and now you just offered more of the same tripe – steal money from some and give it to others, censor what you (the state) see is unfit for consumption. Censor teevee violence? That will work just like censoring drugs and pornography and religions. If there’s not enough money for ex-rockers and single moms, let’s just take it (forcibly) from someone else. If there’s still not enough, raise taxes. At what point does everyone get free stuff? When there’s enough money taken to pay for it. Congrats, now everyone works for Big Brother. Go to work, pay Big Bro for all your socialist luxuries.

    How about another soul-u-tion?

    1.) End fiat currencies in UK, USA, EU, OZ. Governments power to create monies out of nothing is how wars are funded, how debt proliferates and ultimately strangles an ex-rocker’s or single mom’s or poor soul’s chance of earning anything in stagnant, inflated, depressed economies.

    2.) End Corporate Welfare (i.e. Corporatism). Even the richest guy in OZ or USA is a small cog in the wheel of the great machine. The great machine has their people in government assuring there is no representative government and that corporations get loophole laws in every country so they can pay third world labourers 13ยข a day, not pay taxes, etc.

    3.) End all censorship, namely the kind that comes from media conglomerates and their propaganda. USA admits to $4 Billion in fake news. UK, EU, OZ?

    If you want to do something good with your teevee after implementing 1-3 above, then let’s air the trial (treason, crimes against humanity) and execution of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney on world primetime. Then you can have murder and justice in one tidy 1/2 hour reality teevee show.

    Finally, this is where i bid SK adieu. I came here hoping to find SK the poet laureate, perhaps a thinker. Instead, after a few months, I find a charlatan, one who supplants into his lyrics a bit of archaelogy, a bit of history and science fiction, and perhaps one or two words from a dusty unabridged Old English dictionary. As for SK as a thinker, I find a surplus of absence.

  69. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 3:38 pm #

    he knows he’s a charlatan, just listen to “the disillusionist” from p=a, red prawn. but he’s not a bad guy. he’s well-intentioned, i guess, it’s just that his eyes figure out a different world. he’s naive concerning politics and that’s no wonder. the guy has been drowning in rock n’ roll and marijuana for his whole life, how could he understand the complicated engines of power? you missed the whole point here. it’s good the things that you preach, man (or woman), but sk would be corrupted by power just like all the others. and i say it for the desperate way he wants to be riding on #1 of the charts. even little mentions to eroticism appeared as a form of teaser here. this is corruption. how #1 would he get in politics? but this is all teenage delirium. sk is still a teenager, peeple. he’s writing in his ragged notebook while he’s bored with the maths class or when he wants to pick a chick, that’s it. why does he need be a hero in everything? we have the music after all. but, oh yes, don’t come here looking for greatness, take care wit what you wish for.

  70. avatar
    gavgams | 8 September 2006 at 3:38 pm #

    Here at Kilbey Commune (Snake Valley, Aust) just had a little sun to get lappy on line, mine first.
    We have no tele, not enough poewr, plenty poems.
    The multitudes wanna bad though, wanna it all in colour. Well all we got is kero lamps and heaters and candles, and dodgy solar / battery thing…run out of stuff, already. A couple of unChurchy dudes ripped off the petrol to get away to big smoke Ballarat so we kinda stuck.
    We all have a bit of jazz around smoky wet eucalypt fire and hit the sack so we ……………. fuckin power………canna …..,.,

  71. avatar
    ambnt1 | 8 September 2006 at 3:39 pm #

    Top 10 TV shows in Australia after SK assumes power:
    1) The Life of Marc Bolan
    2) The History Channel (of Hawkwind)
    3) “Get Stoned and Paint”
    4) Goldfish: Jokes Magic and Souvenirs
    5) “The Straight Hunter”
    6) “Gods, Goddesses, Myths, and Magic”
    7) “Fun with Mushrooms”
    8) “Law and Total Disorder”
    9) Live SK TV Blogge
    10) “Yoga and You”

  72. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 3:40 pm #

    p.s.: tv is a consequence, not a cause.

  73. avatar
    veleska1970 | 8 September 2006 at 3:45 pm #

    from #51 to #47…..the Right Honorable SK, Esq. slowly creeping his way back up the charts.

    oh, the fickle world of blog ranks!!

    jeez~~do ya think i’m utterly so bored here at work that i have nothing better to do than keep an eye on blog rankings?? nah.

    ๐Ÿ˜‰ **waiting on the 5:00 whistle**

    hey~~SK Esq….esskay esskew….i like the sound of that!!

  74. avatar
    Gareth,Notts | 8 September 2006 at 4:20 pm #

    I’ve said the same thing for years! It doesn’t take a genius to realise that saturating the population with tv shows ’bout murder for years on end,will sooner or later have a knock-on effect.Thanks to this kind of entertainment,a whole generation are becoming desensitized to images of murder,yet the government sits scratching it’s balls….yawn….lecture over! anyhoo steve,think you should become PM then you could waive immigration rules for me,and other church fans!Think you and Peter Garrett should join forces and take over,show the useless fuckin politicians how its really done!a revolution-hasta la victoria siempre!!!

  75. avatar
    nickfiction | 8 September 2006 at 4:23 pm #

    I hate to sound terribly uneducated, but I’m afraid that as long as we have humans in charge of this big blue beauty. It will always be the evil men in charge. sorry to be a downer ……..

  76. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 4:37 pm #

    Nice rant today SK. Justice comes from the ground up, not top down.

    On another note, I’m reading VanderMeer’s Shriek (picked up a copy at the movie screening in SF) and it is really a joy to read. It was very cool the soundtrack you guys did to the film.

  77. avatar
    matthew | 8 September 2006 at 4:40 pm #

    Go the member for bohemia! I laughed a lot at the murder on tv thing (ironically, mind!), I’ve always thought the same.

  78. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 4:40 pm #

    I really don’t like TV. I haven’t owned one for 15 years, instead I own an LCD projector. Yes, I know there are SOME worthy programs, but those I can just get on DVD or download from the internet. It blows my mind that people actually come home every day and watch that crap. I mean, do ANYTHING else, and you will be better off -strum your guitar, go for a run, pick up a book, chill out to a Church cd -one of my favorites ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. avatar
    leelinau | 8 September 2006 at 4:41 pm #

    lol get stoned and paint

  80. avatar
    ambnt1 | 8 September 2006 at 5:30 pm #

    More:

    Bohemian Rap-City
    Hippie News
    Cookin’ with Veggies
    Twillies Playtime (Sat. morning)
    Vishnu View
    The Beard Show

  81. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 6:27 pm #

    I’ve thought of going into politics several times, too. I mean, how much worse (or better) can I be than the jokers in place?

    It’s nice to dream.
    I may actually do it some day.
    When I have nothing better to do, like… pay the mortgage.

    V!

  82. avatar
    Moocow | 8 September 2006 at 6:48 pm #

    I’m Live in VA…Steve,if yoour PM in Aus , Then can the US have Marty as pres?

  83. avatar
    syrinx | 8 September 2006 at 7:49 pm #

    Some folks need to chill. This is a diary, diaries usually kept for fun, venting and dreaming outrageously with a pen in your hand. Most people keep theirs under a bed.

    As for blog status, I think it has been a marvelous game invented for the readers. If it got to #1, us thinking we’d helped and all. Even if it didn’t begin exactly that way.

    Chill. The name is The Time Being. Not “For All Time.” It’s a diary, not a ledger or a prospectus.

  84. avatar
    eek | 8 September 2006 at 8:10 pm #

    I’ll vote for you Steve — early and often!

    What I notice about so many of the programs on tv is that the victims are almost always incidental. You don’t know them and you never get to know them. Often you only see them dead. They are just a device used to feed yet another “The folks in charge have this all under control” message.

  85. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 9:01 pm #

    alright, Mr. K.!

    trivial or not – i don’t care – i was listening some gilt trip in the car the other day… celeste(3.5; one of my doodles) asked “is this steve kilbey?” guess she listened well while residing in the womb

    luv’ + jazz
    cracka

  86. avatar
    pharaoh | 8 September 2006 at 9:29 pm #

    You have my vote Steve.

    The thought of another term under the Howard government is enough to have me applying for citizenship in New Zealand. And if you could convince Robert Forster to be my local member in Brisbane that would be greatly appreciated. State elections today up here in Queensland and it’s a case of the evil of two lessers, unfortunately.

    You’re right about tv but i think you’ll find the few decent shows getting around aren’t on Australian commercial channels (thank Zeus for Bittorrent, and of course SBS and ABC). What offends me most though is not the preoccupation with murder but rather the complete lack of diversity or imagination in drama shows. Doctors, cops and lawyers may be modern heroes of a sort but they make for extremely monotonous viewing with such a vast wealth of human history and experience to draw from.

    Not available yet here in Oz, but if you get the chance watch the HBO/BBC production ‘Rome’… I doubt i’m as knowledgable about ancient history as you SK but i found it to be an excellent blend of drama and fact (almost as good as ‘I, Claudius’). Personally I think television has as much potential as music, film or any other modern media to make great art… unfortunately it so rarely does.

    Not all Kims are bad… Mr. Salmon can certainly play a mean riff or three.

    J.

  87. avatar
    finkwashboardscoobyhoblit | 8 September 2006 at 9:51 pm #

    “Sweed” love ya work mate……Oh so true and well written..need to hear more of ya here.
    PS. Dutche Preeeire ya didnt answer my question???Those dragos are going down ma man.

  88. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 9:53 pm #

    Steve, I just had a vision of watching
    Bill Mahar’s “Real Time” show on HBO with
    you in the room and laughing so hard I piss myself.

  89. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 8 September 2006 at 9:55 pm #

    “i wanna be elected!!!”

    didn’t alice cooper sing that?

    pass the eyeliner, and I’m there.

  90. avatar
    Letango | 8 September 2006 at 9:56 pm #

    Well, Kim(Chi) is pretty good for the eating, like many of the men I know. ๐Ÿ˜‰ meow. scratch.

    I like the kind made from beets and lots o garlic. Makes a good spread on toast with a little hummus and sprouts. Yum, Yummy.

    Men — sans the garlic — Yum, Yummy.

  91. avatar
    syrinx | 8 September 2006 at 10:19 pm #

    ambnt1 – can you pitch some of those ideas to American tv? The closest we had to “Get Stoned and Paint” was a guy named Bob Ross….and he’s not with us anymore. Really miss that guy.

    No one is making “happy little clouds” anymore.

  92. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 10:23 pm #

    Steve, couple of links for yah. This guy has a very intelligent show (aformentioned “Real Time” on HBO) that discusses actual things that matter (what a concept!!) among an eclectic group of guests (politicians, scientists, musicians, authors, etc). He’s of the Libertarian persuasian politically.

    http://www.hbo.com/billmaher/interviews/
    http://www.safesearching.com/billmaher/home.shtml

  93. avatar
    Trickster | 8 September 2006 at 10:27 pm #

    the humanities

    i agree- much better tv

    peace.

  94. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2006 at 11:15 pm #

    there are some things worth watching……like The Church “Live at the Basement” on Thurs 28Sep on the ABC ๐Ÿ™‚

  95. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 8 September 2006 at 11:18 pm #

    Bob Ross was sublime!

  96. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 8 September 2006 at 11:18 pm #

    Still is!!

  97. avatar
    Letango | 8 September 2006 at 11:35 pm #

    As far as selling murder as entertainment… I went on a rant about that long ago on this bloggy during one of the arguments regarding eating meat.

    I keep hearing the ghostly voice of Hamlet’s father saying, “murder”, with a raspy rattle that shakes and fills one with a sense of foreboding.

    Watch out folks, lest the dead come back to haunt us all and spur us on toward rebellion or, much worse, revenge.

    Suppose it would be better than all this blood the media has us drowning in.

    The just want to keep us Mindless, SK, not mindful.

  98. avatar
    Letango | 8 September 2006 at 11:37 pm #

    Oh, that is..

    They (not the) just want to keep us mindless…

    lol.

    Tired fingers. Tired back. Tired neurons.

  99. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 September 2006 at 12:06 am #

    Yawn… Steve boy get off your liberal soap box. Get a new story to tell. Don’t you realize it is the liberal media that plays all the murder shit you are crying about? Funny how all the artists and musicians has the answers and think they are gonna change the world because of who they are. Brilliant! Please… make music and that’s all. You are seriously damaging my interest in your band.

  100. avatar
    eek | 9 September 2006 at 12:43 am #

    Steve, GB3 Emptiness Is Our Business just arrived today. Just finished listening to “Famished.” Wow, it’s lovely! Now on to the rest….


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