By Daniel Lang - Managing Director
It was a good week for...
If you only listened to president Donald Trump, you'd think he and the Republicans delivered crushing blows to the Democratic party at every point of the week's midterm elections, but that's far from the truth, especially now that the Democrats have claimed the House and with it, the ability to chair the oversight committee and use subpoena powers to investigate Trump and others.
Trump indicated he would adopt a 'war-like stature' if the Democrats did try to up the ante on investigations surrounding him and while it's safe to assume he didn't mean he'd be sitting at home faking bone spurs like the last time he adopted a war-like stature, it's hard to see many positives coming out of this for Trump.
The right-wing did manage to eek out a slightly bigger majority in the senate, but with the heat turned up on the president himself, firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be the first in a long line of desperation moves aimed at trying to stay out of jail, rather than just in power.
It was a bad week for...
Take your pick and pardon my french, but it was a bad fucking week for a lot of people.
Shootings in Pittsburgh and California over in the US claimed more innocent lives and gun control or any sensible legislative reform will likely be just as much of a pipe dream as it was off the back of the last tragedy, while we've got our own problems closer to home after a man was killed in Melbourne.
A man, who would later be shot and killed by police stabbed a person to death and injured two others after driving a truck loaded with gas bottles into the city centre and setting the vehicle on fire.
Witnesses heard a loud explosion before seeing a truck engulfed in flames.
Make no mistake about it, this attack, which is being treated as a terror attack by authorities could have been catastrophically worse had emergency services not intervened and brought down the man responsible.
Keep it in your damn pants...
Luke Foley may represent the most recent pollie to fall on his sword in the wake of revelations of his highly inappropriate and disgusting behaviour but unfortunately, he's not the first and he won't be the last.
Losing Foley from the fray so closer to a state election has certainly shaken up the NSW Labor party, but that pales in comparison to the pain and suffering of his victim, ABC reporter Ashleigh Raper. It should always be remembered in times like this, especially when teary-eyed politicians take to the podium, surrounded by family and doing their best to look visibly remorseful, that what they have been accused of is heinous in the extreme and, if they're guilty, they deserve no sympathy whatsoever.
It should be said that Foley has strenuously denied the allegations put forward, but flying in the face of the victim-shaming culture that somehow still exists in the wake of the #MeToo movement, I believe the victim.
Is Ahmed the man...
Even as Australia managed to end a prolonged slump with victory over South Africa in a One Day International at the Adelaide Oval last night, not everything was peachy.
The Aussies stumbled again with the bat and were only able to post a model total before their bowlers managed to drag them out of trouble and snatch a much-needed win but it was the performance of spinner Adam Zampa which raised more than a few eyebrows.
Zampa appeared to be hooked from the attack by skipper Aaron Finch after being smacked around for 24 runs in his first three overs, not coming back into the attack until late in the contest. Zampa finished with figures of 0/57 from nine overs and never really looked like taking a wicket even as bowlers around him stood tall.
Spin-king and questionable commentator Shane Warne was quick to call for change, suggesting 36-year-old Fawad Ahmed should be returned to the squad after five years in the international cricket wilderness and given the chance to lead Australia's bowling attack at next year's World Cup in the UK.