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Bob's On The Job
August 3, 2010 9:01 PM   Subscribe

The eccentric independent Australian MP Bob Katter brings bush poetry to campaigning. SYLT.
posted by Fiasco da Gama (32 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Sorry Fiasco, for the sake of Australia's international reputation I have got to flag this. Please can we keep Bob Katter our dirty little secret?
posted by wilful at 9:59 PM on August 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Eccentric. Heh. You're so polite and understated.
posted by Jimbob at 10:28 PM on August 3, 2010


Bigot, sexist, douchebag.

Shit, the guy's almost qualified to be the head of a nationalist party of some kind.
posted by electronslave at 10:36 PM on August 3, 2010


I don't think this counts as "bush poetry." It's tiresome, unimaginatively rhymed, and shitty, yes, but it doesn't mention any eucalyptus trees or dogs named Bluey.

Also, you see when he puts his hat on at the end, even though he's sitting in a comfy chair in an air-conditioned office? That's how you know he's talking to a battler.
posted by No-sword at 11:15 PM on August 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Self link!

(sorry fiasco)
posted by the noob at 11:31 PM on August 3, 2010


Can you imagine 20-30 crocodiles up on a transparent roof?

Q.E.D.
posted by vidur at 11:44 PM on August 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's amusing that bush poetry sounds like something George W Bush would write.
posted by UbuRoivas at 11:57 PM on August 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
posted by harriet vane at 11:59 PM on August 3, 2010


unimaginatively rhymed

Isn't that a hallmark of bush poetry?
posted by pompomtom at 12:01 AM on August 4, 2010


Isn't that a hallmark of bush poetry?

It is, yes.
posted by Wolof at 12:06 AM on August 4, 2010


Aha... just saw that 'but'. Carry on.
posted by pompomtom at 12:09 AM on August 4, 2010


Bob Katter campaigned with his rhymes,
But pompom was confused:
"But bush poetry is hallmarked with word crimes!"
Our tom, he thought and mused.

Then from under the gum tree wolof called:
"It is, yes" he confirmed.
"Carry on" pompom then did drawl,
And Bluey just sat and squirmed.
posted by UbuRoivas at 12:23 AM on August 4, 2010 [4 favorites]


And yet, I must admit that if say, Bob Katter and Wilson Tuckey were both on fire, I'd probably piss on Katter.
posted by Jimbob at 1:23 AM on August 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


Noel Pearson seems to think reasonably well of Katter, for whatever that's worth.
posted by GeckoDundee at 1:41 AM on August 4, 2010


I'd happily piss on Katter, even if neither he nor Tuckey were on fire.
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:51 AM on August 4, 2010


Noel Pearson seems to think reasonably well of Katter, for whatever that's worth.

Yeah, I heard a story that after the cyclone up there a few years back, Katter was driving up and down the streets of Innisfail ferrying people to hospital. Definately the kind of guy who may deserve some respect in the local community, and whose ideology probably fits the majority of people he represents. Maybe we just need to slice off that piece of Queensland and set it afloat.
posted by Jimbob at 1:55 AM on August 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


it doesn't mention any eucalyptus trees or dogs named Bluey

No dogs, but a couple of dog whistles. Does that count?

I wonder if he's referencing these ads?
posted by PercyByssheShelley at 1:58 AM on August 4, 2010


You fucking fuckers have forced me to link to the poetry of John Laws by way of retaliation.
posted by Ritchie at 2:32 AM on August 4, 2010


Oh God that's even worse than I expected Ritchie. That's beyond counter-reprisal, that's the Big Red Button of poetry.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 2:45 AM on August 4, 2010


I get the impression he's going to stop cyclones and pick fruit down mines so he's got my vote.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:08 AM on August 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


John Laws got his poetry album sponsored by Bradford Insulation?

::boggles::
posted by harriet vane at 3:50 AM on August 4, 2010


"Bob Katter". Heh. Really, who comes up with this stuff? Frigging hilarious.
posted by mixing at 4:18 AM on August 4, 2010


Dear Australia,

Congratulations on your new George W. Bush. Hope you enjoy it.

Love,

Me

P.S. I do like that leather bag he has.
posted by Shike at 5:10 AM on August 4, 2010


The Gruen Transfer has already shown us the greatest political ad in history.
posted by Serial Killer Slumber Party at 5:33 AM on August 4, 2010


Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie?
posted by nathancaswell at 6:01 AM on August 4, 2010


And yet, I must admit that if say, Bob Katter and Wilson Tuckey were both on fire, I'd probably piss on Katter.

That's just poor bladder control in my book.
posted by bystander at 1:28 AM on August 5, 2010


You fucking fuckers have forced me to link to the poetry of John Laws by way of retaliation.

I have story about meeting Bob Katter in a servo, but I won't repeat it here in case I'm sued. The punchline is "John Laws in a bad hat?"

Noel Pearson seems to think reasonably well of Katter, for whatever that's worth.

Are we allowed to express a value in third world currencies?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 2:15 AM on August 5, 2010


Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie?

Not sure what you're getting at here, but I actually quite like his propaganda work on behalf of the New Deal. I mean, I grew up on it, and only later learned that songs like The Big Grand Coulee Dam were not just him exulting in the glories of engineering achievement, but were bankrolled by the US government.
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:26 AM on August 5, 2010


Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie.
posted by nfg at 5:12 AM on August 5, 2010


Yeah, the writing and meter reminded me of a very poor version of Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie, that's all.
posted by nathancaswell at 12:37 PM on August 5, 2010


Oh, Bob Dylan. Never got into him much. Reminded me of a very poor version of Woody Guthrie, that's all.
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:07 PM on August 5, 2010


I see what you did there.
posted by nathancaswell at 4:51 PM on August 5, 2010


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