Archive for July, 2012

July 31, 2012

Michael O’Loughlin speaks out about Marriage Equality

On last nights Q and A (ABC), Michael O’Loughlin said “You are who you are, you love who you love – make it legal”

this post or blog is in no way endorsed by O’Loughlin or his team

July 30, 2012

When Will The Government Do Something About ABC? Never, they don’t think ABC is biased

As a frequent user of Twitter, I see a lot of tweets directed to Craig Emerson, (possibly the most prolific Federal Labor tweeeter) asking for all sorts of things. People think, if they tweet Emmo, he can solve all their problems. Unless he is your local member, there is very little he can do.

A frequent request of Craig Emerson is that he sort of the bias of the ABC. Because everyone knows, if you tweet random politicians, they will act on it.

On 5 June, I took the time to write letters to my senators and the Communications minister. So far, I have had 3 responses, one was to provide me the details of my local MP, a very far right Liberal, the other two were the same letter. Which is only fair, since I sent exactly the same letter to all senators.

This is the response – the Communications minister has no problems with the ABC, sees no bias, and will NOT do anything about it. So perhaps if we on the Left have a problem with the Right wing electioneering from the ABC, we need to get a bit more active than “tweeting Emmo”.

July 30, 2012

Cheerleaders Guide To Supporting Your Political Team

Train hard, play to win.

✽ 1. Even If You’re Not On The Team, You’re On The Same Field

Our politicians didn’t get their job on their own, they had a huge team behind them, professionally and personally. Sometimes supporters may feel they do all the work, while the politicians get all the glory. However, everyone is on the same field, some are playing the game, some are working the crowd. All are important.

✽ 2. Teamwork Is Essential
If I can see further than anyone else, it is only because I am standing on the shoulders of giants. Sir Isaac Newton

No one can do everything on their own. As supporters we learn to work together. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes we climb to the top, and sometimes we catch others when they fall.

✽ 3. Take Risks, and not be afraid to fall
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. Albert Einstein

The politicians and party leaders are the ones out there taking the risks, because they know we’re backing them up. If they don’t know they can rely on us, they might take less risks.

✽ 4. Cheer loudly, even when you’re losing
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford

You’re team might not be winning at the moment, but keep enthusiasm high, keep supporting your team. Sometimes, if you act as if you can, you can convince everyone else too. In politics perception can become reality, if you desert your party because of a few bad polls, that becomes reality.

✽ 5. Cheer loudly, when you’re winning
When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat. Nelson Mandela

Just because your team is winning, keep shouting, shout louder. People have short memories, and the accomplishments need to be kept fresh in people’s minds.

✽ 6. Train hard, but make life seem effortless
I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” Muhammad Ali

You have to put in the work if you want the rewards. To be good at something takes practice. But practice is where you can learn, make mistakes, fall down, and get up again until you get it right.
In the current climate where the media is anti-Left, don’t say “the media is against us, we can’t get our message out” keep trying new ways, and if you try enough ways eventually one of them might work.

✽ 7. Know your strengths; Know your weaknesses
I will force the enemy to take our strength for weakness, and our weakness for strength, and thus will turn his strength into weakness. Sun Tzu

If you attempt to do something you haven’t trained for, you could get hurt, and so could others. Know what you’re good at and what you’re not. This is where teamwork comes into play.

✽ 8. Develop your skills
I always had to keep improving my skills in order to remain competitive and keep winning. Edwin Moses

There is always another team training harder, and learning new things. The Right-wing are already campaigning for the 2013 election, so you must stay up-dated with your skills and everyone else.

✽ 9. The Game isn’t over til the final siren
The opera ain’t over till the fat lady sings. Dan Cook

A half-time lead doesn’t mean you can take it easy, someone else is training better, training harder, and they are catching up fast. Also, being down at half-time is no indication of the final score.
Polls 18 months before an election are irrelevant, it is only half-time. Keep cheering. Keep supporting.

✽ 10. Be Prepared and Look your best
You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

If you are going to do backflips in a miniskirt, make sure you’re wearing your best underwear.

Never argue with a moronic Right Wing troll, they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. And if an un-decided voter is watching, they will think both sides are as bad as each other.

Every conversation with someone who is un-decided or a swing voter, even if about something completely non-political is a chance to make an impression.

Gabrielle Union in Bring It On (2000), image used for illustrative purposes, and use does not signify that anyone connected with this movie would endorse this post or blog

July 29, 2012

OMG not only Whyalla, but all of Australia was wiped off the map (image)

Tony Abbott’s disasterous world tour, insulting China and the United States won’t reflect badly on Australia, they may just think he is Austrian.

Thanks to NBC of United States for this failed geography lesson. United States, that’s located somewhere to the North of Mexico I think…

Located in Central Europe?

July 28, 2012

UK Tory MP tweets about ‘Leftie multi-cultural crap’ at Olympics #London2012

Aidan Burley – Conservative Member of Parliament in UK had this to say about the Opening Ceremony.

text of tweet:
Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multi-cultural crap. Bring back red arrows, Shakespeare and the Stones!

What an UKTwit … Scott Morrison is probably thinking the same think

July 28, 2012

A Current Affair Reporter tweets about the Zambian Olympics Athletes

Chris Urquhart, whose twitter bio is almost entirely composed of “ACA Reporter” tweeted about the Zambian athletes during the Opening Ceremony:

text of tweet:
Hey Athletes, while you’re all inside the stadium the folks from Zambia are going through your stuff. #london2012

It was, he said, because they were ‘Z’ and one of the last to enter the stadium… apparently all the British athletes wouldn’t do such a thing.

July 26, 2012

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere: Voltaire (image)

text of image:
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere
~ Voltaire

July 26, 2012

Shortest Political Career In Australian History

In 2001, champion QLD football player Mal Meninga – decided to make a career in politics, 23 seconds later, decided he’d had enough. Tony Abbott has had pauses longer than Mal Meninga’s foray in politics. Christopher Pyne has had longer whines in Question Time that.

But, he was honest.

July 25, 2012

The Leveson Media Inquiry concludes – and what did it produce?

A breakdown from the Leveson Inquiry, (which has now concluded, and was a public inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press following the News International phone hacking scandal, particularly practices from Rupert Murdoch and his papers).

The BBC website, have an excellent wrap up Leveson Inquiry: Hearings to conclude after eight months

Some of the statistics they uncovered:

Cost: estimated £5.6m

Most common words: People Right Press Public Media

Who had the worst memory: (use of phrases “I don’t remember,” “I don’t recall,” “I can’t remember” or “I can’t recall.”)

1. David Cameron (current UK Prime Minister)
2. James Murdoch (son of Rupert Murdoch)
3. Rebekah Brooks (editor in charge of The Sun, during phone hacking)
4. Rupert Murdoch (evil overlord)

Professions of witnesses:
1. Media / PR
2. Police
3. Law
4. Politics
5. Academia

Now, when is it Australia’s turn for an in-depth media inquiry?

Tandberg cartoon from Fairfax’s The Age, image used without permission, and does not imply Tandberg would endorse contents of this post or blog

July 25, 2012

When Tony Abbott met John Howard (image)

This piece was digitally manipulated by @GeorgeBludger

image used with permission