Archive for July, 2010


This was shown this week on the UK edition of Top Gear. Apparently Bernie Ecclestone has decreed that the F1 footage shown in here is never to be broadcast again.

Just watching the Senna footage just reminds me of how great F1 was when I was a kid and how crap things are today in comparison, especially when you watch last week’s German GP. The tifosi may think that Schumacher is the greatest or that Alonso is the best driver today, but they just don’t compare at all, especially when you note that Schumacher and Alonso have made sure that their team mates are not challengers to them, while Senna went out of his way to be the team-mate of Alain Prost who at the time was considered to be the best driver of that generation, just so he could prove that he was better. Senna didn’t need his team mates (or anyone else) to be told to get out of the way so he could pass, he would just pull out some amazing overtaking manoeuvres.

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Wow, there really was a lot of crap around in the 70s. Who’d a thunk that kids would want to listen to a record of Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra and Howard Cosell talking about dental hygiene?


Going through my Twitter feed tonight I noticed that @JuliaGillard posts stuff that is almost as empty as any politician’s promise and rhetoric. For example I came across this post…

@JuliaGillard If we give support to Australians to make the changes that are necessary, then I am confident that we can move forward together. #ausvotes
about 13 hours ago via web

Maybe it’s just me but this tweet reminds me of Kang (or was it Kodos) from The Simpsons, who when disguised as Bill Clin-ton promised…

My fellow Americans. As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball, but
tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward, upward not forward,
and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.

Maybe I’ve just got too much time on my hands.


I have been trawling thought the 3AW website and some of the opinions of their listeners and some of their presenters, is even worse than the Herald Sun’s. Of course when you think of hard-hitting political and current affairs you think of this guy…
Apparently John Michael (oooohhhhh aaaaaahhhhh) Howson is upset about Muslim women having their faces covered by burqas because… I don’t know. It can be found here. (Is John Michael Howson gay? I never knew.) I do find it weird when flamboyantly gay men are extreme right wingers and show the amount of intolerance and hatred that Howson does. I guess it’s OK for him to be different but nobody else is allowed to be.

Of course radio (and TV) presenters are supposed to show leadership and reasoning on issues (hahahahaha) rather than just leading the sheep in a bigoted chorus of rubbish. I always thought that to be in the media and to present opinions on matters like this you need some degree of intelligence and not just be some flamboyant guy who was a Hollywood gossip reporter twenty years ago.
As for Darren James… someone should just tell Hinch that all James does is agree with the bigoted opinions of Howson and not try to regulate the debate. From what I know the guy has no backbone to express his own opinion but just says “I agree John Michael” before mentioning some brand name that he may or may not be endorsing.

Anyway here are some of the people who commented on the burqa issue on the 3AW website. Be aware that these comments are the most nonsensical that I could find…

After reading some of the comments here I am alarmed at the level of ignorance by some who consider themselves so “tolerant” of Islam.
Take a look at some of the countries where Islam has managed to take hold and see just how much that country has changed. When they are in small numbers, they are meek and don’t demand too much. As soon as their numbers grow sufficiently they start to demand and change. They demand that we respect them even though they don’t respect us. They demand that we change our way of life to suit them. If they don’t like this country or any other country then they should not migrate there. Stick with what you love I say. If they want to mimic an Islamic country, then they should’ve stayed in an Islamic country. They only reason they come here is to conquer one way or another. Just take time to look at the countries where they have grown in sufficient numbers and all will be revealed.
Peggy Wednesday 23 June, 2010 – 7:09 PM

Yes Peggy, they are coming to get us. The real issue here is not us wanting to ban the freedom of choice that Muslim women have to wear a face covering, but the fact that they are going to force every woman in Australia to wear one. Bwahaha. I can just imagine Osama Bin Laden hatching his worldwide burkha plot now…

Well said John-Michael Howson!!!! It IS UnAustralian!!!
‘In my 40 years as a Muslim woman I have never felt so oppressed.’ Yeah well go live in Saudi Arania then you’ll really have something to whinge about and take that dill Hinch with you since he loves burqas so much!!!!
clown fan club Friday 21 May, 2010 – 10:00 AM

Sigh! I thought it was un-Australian to dictate to people what they can and cannot wear. I hear people say that Muslims want to come here because Australia is a free country, which in their opinion is good BUT… we should take away part of that freedom and tell them that they cannot cover their face if they want?
By the way, why all the fuss about Muslim women wearing burqas but no fuss over young men wearing hoodies.

i believe that if people choose to come to live in australia they also choose to fit in to our way of life.i visited malaysia an the people there were mainly muslem but they didnt get round in berqhs.so why is it such an issue here.if i as a woman was to travel to dubbi i would have to wear a head covering to be allowed in to there country to fit in to thier city so why carnt they show us the same respect.?
vanessa Tuesday 18 May, 2010 – 6:49 PM

Yeah if people live in Australia they should fit into our way of life… which includes being able to spell correctly too.

Neil Mitchell also had something to say on this issue more recently and again the uneducated and ill-informed were out in force…

Jake you are half right,ban the burqa only when need to,like when you come to AUSTRALIA!And we have every right to create this law if we want to.Dont like it? Stiff, move to where it is accepted because we dont want it now or EVER!!!!
Darrell Tuesday 20 July, 2010 – 10:03 AM

This = robust debate

I have the solution to all these problems with Muslims.Send them all back to wherever they came from and we would not be having all of these issues and debates.They can do whatever they like in their countries,but do not come to ours and expect us to change to suit them.Everything we do “offends” them.Why?.They freely chose to live in another country so respect their customs etc as you demand us to accept yours in our countries.They can’t accept that other cultures have different ideas and traditions and want to destroy them and inflict and force their ideas on us and get rid of the very way of life that allowed them to come here and live freely and practice their ideas.Imagine us going to one of their countries and trying to do what they do in western countries.How long until we were dead.I can see no reason why they are allowed to live here.
steve Thursday 15 July, 2010 – 4:35 PM

More robust debate. People who oppose common sense (ie-me) on this issue aren’t racist or rednecked… as Steve above proves.

Kazz you are living in the wrong country till you have the decency to pack up shaking off the sacred Australian soil off your boots as you get on the next return boat to Bulkastan.
MaryAnne Thursday 15 July, 2010 – 11:45 AM

Even more robust debate…

Prime Minister, this is a FREE democratic country and it will remain that way, regardless of any attempt of branch stacking in the NSW Labor movement, to elect selective Muslim candidates~! Your leftist Immigration Department & cretins like Pamela CURR can encourage Tamil Tigers to ‘lose’ their identity papers, but Christian Democracy will STILL prevail~! Sharia Law is NOT welcome in this country~! Unless you want a bloody civil war on our streets, don’t go there~! You were elected by a Christian Majority, not a Muslim minority~! Get with the program~!
Lenny Thursday 15 July, 2010 – 11:13 AM

This is a free and democratic country… unless you are a Muslim woman who wishes to wear a burqa…

ts a simple maths solution ban the burka+the hijib+the religion=PEACE
garry Wednesday 14 July, 2010 – 4:24 PM

Yes by banning Islam in Australia we will remain a peaceful country… just like Northern Ireland…

Australia has rules like any other country. People should abide by them and join in our Culture when they come here the same as we would have to do if we went to their counry. — It possibly could be one way of creating PEACE in the world

judiann
judiann Wednesday 14 July, 2010 – 1:36 PM

Where is the law against covering your face in public? I always thought part of the Aussie larrikin culture was that rules were only there to be broken. Guess this is something else that has disappeared from the Australian psyche recently, just like ‘no dobbing’.

Ban it.
If we approve the Burka we approve slavery and repression of women.
Try and wear what you want in a middle eastern country – good luck !!
Paul Wednesday 14 July, 2010 – 1:18 PM

But if we ban it we are telling women what they can and can’t wear, which means that we are repressing them even further…

Neil,
In espousing that Banning the Burka is a racist issue you are showing your mental deficiancy.
France is a true secular society whereas we are not, if we were, no taxpayer funding would be spent on the tax free church industry. In a secular society all people are treated equally, whereas there is no such equality in Australia
Rene Wednesday 14 July, 2010 – 1:03 PM

Huh!!! Australia is an independent country who should make up her own mind and not takes cues from others… especially France…

Ban the people and then there will be no more disgussions on the burqa, they are not to be trusted.
janet page Wednesday 14 July, 2010 – 11:36 AM

I can’t trust people who can’t spell discussion either.

When Neil was little bet his mother used to play the hide and seek scare game with him and used to wear that stuff, that’s why he is so fond of it. Struth!
Now he is even not much for school uniforms because the bulkas will not be allowed there. Further he will have difficulty sitting at the table with his Arab and Turkish friend at their restaurants. I am safe because I don’t even eat that stuff of theirs let alone having anything to do with them.
Ben Wednesday 14 July, 2010 – 11:19 AM

What’s a bulka? By the way, if you have nothing to do with Muslims then how the hell do you know what the hell you are talking about? This is what I mean about stupid people voicing their ignorant and stupid opinions. It’s amazing how ignorant the people who post at the new sights are and how the let their true feelings run free. I guess they do so because the are allowed to do it anonymously and that people won’t know in real life just what dumbarses they really are. The sad thing is that these people who can barely write will be voting on August 21st. Be afraid… very afraid.

OMG

Posted: July 20, 2010 in Australian Politics, Internet, Misc Thoughts

I just received an email to say that Julia Gillard was following my Twitter feed. I think it’s just a courtesy thing because I have started following her page though. I am also following Tony Abbott’s twitter feed but he obviously cannot be bothered returning the favour, so naturally enough I did the only sensible thing… I spammed him. Yep I guess it is childish.
It;s weird having the Prime Minister pretending that she’s interested in what I have to say. As I just said Tony Abbott isn’t bothering to follow me while neither Kevin Rudd or Malcolm Turnbull did either. The only other famous person following my rubbish tweets is Yoko Ono.

So if Julia is really following my tweets and taking notice what can I offer her. Well I think that she should perhaps put a little more passion into her verbal stouches with Tony Abbott. Perhaps something a little like this…
I wish politics was more like wrestling. Julie and Tony in a steel cage with Laurie Oakes as a special referee sounds a lot more interesting than a debate in which both leaders are going to tell us lies and whatever we want to hear (regardless of whether they really think that way) because as Tony Abbott would say… they’ve got an election to win.


The other day Julia Gillard said that she welcomed the asylum seeker debate and that people who were against asylum seekers weren’t necessarily rednecks. I beg to differ as I have read some of the comments posted on the Herald Sun website about this issue. The most surprising thing (well maybe not) is that the HS isn’t even bothering to moderate the comments now and that a lot of the most vile comments are not getting wiped off the site. Sadly these people get to vote too.

On the topic of West Wimmera Council proposing to process asylum seekers

John of Glen Waverley Posted at 5:26 AM Today
They have their own country and they should stay there. What happened to Australia? I am tired of being part of the only 10% caucasians on the train.

So John you’d vote for whoever proposes to bring back the White Australia Policy in order to fight back the yellow peril invading Australia?!

les.smith of melbourne Posted at 12:08 AM Today
Miss guided fools,you think this will help your communities think again. The Tamils want to set up a new base after being defeated so they can continue on with the war of terror and guess who they picked good old stupid Australia with all its stupid citizens looking on. The same goes for the Muslim’s do you think they will be any different think again,just look at Europe and the U.K to see the results there and these fools in Victoria want to help them achieve there long term plan. One other point look closely at just how well the Muslim Lebanese have integrated and they have had since the 70s to achieve integration and it has not happened yet and never will.

Nope… not racist at all…

A couple of days ago the mayor of King Island also said he’d like to process some asylum seekers there… here’s what people think of that…

Zella of Adelaide Posted at 7:26 AM July 18, 2010
King Island, Mayor if you need more population then take some of out of work Australians not the Back door invaders, there are plenty of our own people who would jump at the chance to live on King Island just try, CHARITY begins at home If King Island takes the illegal people, it will be the last I buy anything branded King Island and I hope other people do the same

Zella have you heard of full stops and question marksm by using them it makes your sentences easier to read and makes you look a lot less stupid, commas don’t really work the same way as those other punctuation forms that I mentioned

rachel Posted at 8:08 AM July 18, 2010
That’s it – I won’t be visiting beautiful KI ever again if we allow this to happen. These people are illegal boat people and are not wanted here at all. All they’ve done is start dividing people on what should happen to them. NOT IN MY COUNTRY, PLEASE. Complete lack of foresight on behalf of the KI mayor and council.

So rachel owns Australia now?

John of Kewarra beach/Cairns Posted at 8:32 AM July 18, 2010
Why not sending these parasites to Antarctica instead and let them freeze for a year.

This is the problem when you have people from other states commenting on Victorian issues… John it is colder in King Island than Antarctica.

Pat Rooney of Eire Posted at 8:47 AM July 18, 2010
They should push people into asylurms. I spent 2 years in one and it was unpleasent.

No comment!

Michael of Rosebud Posted at 9:28 AM July 18, 2010
OMG have that lot gone brain dead down there are is it the result of in breeding. What a bunch of idiots.

Is this the type of robust debate that Gillard wants us to have? One in which we resort to petty insults and offensiveness?

Kelly of Hoppers Crossing Posted at 10:40 AM July 18, 2010
Yeah, and watch all the people smugglers target that island to the point of overflow, this is not a solution but another target for asylum seeker boats to pinpoint on their maps!!! STOP BOATS BEFORE THEY REACH OUR SHORES, now there’s a sensible solution!

Does Kelly know where King Island is? Or where the asylum seekers are coming from? To put it in perspective she thinks that they will sail from Indonesia, down the Western Australian coastline, around the South Australian Basin and then into Bass Strait. This is three times the distance from Christmas Island to Australia.

John of Montrose Posted at 12:17 PM July 18, 2010
These people are not asylum seekers, they are plain and simple queue jumpers with a few terrorists thrown in for good measure. Rudd was a first class dud and Gillard won’t do much better because the same motley crew of advisers are around her and kissing babies won’t cut it either. I can’t see her winning this election unless she starts sending these people back now.

Sigh1

Ernie of Geelong Posted at 3:27 PM July 18, 2010
If that happens I will boycott anything that is produced from Islamic state of Hal Al island

Some more obust debate with some name calling thrown in.

This is why there can be no debate on this issue in Australia. Every time you talk about the refugee issue people start throwing around insults and hysterical comments like the one above. It is also difficult to argue with someone about an issue when the other person has no idea of what they are talking about either.


The election was called just three days ago and already I’m bored. Neither Gillard or Abbott has shown any real leadership and I doubt that by the time the election is over either will. Both are just going to tell voters what they want to hear regardless of whether it’s the truth or not because as Abbott said “I’ve got an election to win”. So far all I have heard is a lot of empty rhetoric and policies that have no substance. Both Gillard and Abbott are just trying to seduce us with meaningless slogans and soundbites and try to convince us that their simplistic policies can solve complex issues.

Personally I think that we should get rid of the compulsory system of voting which would mean that if either party wants my vote they would then have to earn it. It would mean that we would no longer have apathetic people turning up to the polling booth on election day casting a vote. Sigh.

A few other things I have learnt so far are…

  • Tony Abbott cannot say the word something correctly. It is not pronounced ‘somethink’. I know this is just a minor thing but it is pacifically somethink that annoys me. I arks Tony to please learn how to speak proply.
  • Tony Abbott sounds like a robot, especially when he is trying to be spontaneous. He laughed at some joke that Neil Mitchell made and it looked as though it was all pre-programmed.
  • I had the Australian Government ring me yesterday to get my thoughts on certain issues. I declined the offer as I find it offensive that they wait until the election is called before asking my opinion on things. Surely they should have been asking me ages ago.
  • I also discovered that like charities, political parties are exempt from the ‘do not call register’.
  • Most people don’t know that there is no ‘u’ in Labor in Australia. It is not that hard to remember. It’s the British Labour Party which has the ‘u’.
  • Apparently Julia is going to get us moving forward if she wins. Does this mean we have been going backward for the last two and a half years?
  • Tony is going to stop the boats coming. How? I know that Andrew Bolt thinks that the people in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will be shaking in their boots if Abbott wins, as the Liberals are tough on boats and Labor is soft, although I feel that they must have things other than sitting around trying to decipher Australian political policies.
  • I was reading that China has a problem with illegal immigrants (from Africa) too. Is this because President Hu is too soft on illegals?
  • Was watching 60 Minutes last night and saw the Arizona sheriff who locks arrests illegal Mexican immigrants and puts them to work on a chain gang, yet despite this they still come in their thousands across the border. Is this because Arizona is soft on illegal immigrants? Is Tony Abbott thinking of adopting this tactic too?
  • Could Julia and Tony just settle their differences in a steel cage? It would be a lot less excruciating than having to put up with another three weeks of this!