Archive for February 6th, 2009

Reminder: Canberra Raiders Sports Club acquisition of West Belconnen Leagues Club voting closes today

Update: Acquisition approved in a landslide vote. Click here for details. End Update

Title says it all really. The voting on the proposed acquisition closes today and I strongly urge Raiders Sports Club members to vote against the acquisition. For my reasoning, take a look at the linked article.

The results of the ballot will be published in The Canberra Times next Friday (February 13) and on the notice boards of the four Raiders clubs.

I will be republishing the results here, along with my commentary if I deem a commentary to be necessary.


February 6th, 2009 at 09:34am

These people are in charge of the US economy?

US President Barack Obama writing an opinion piece for the Washington Post (registration required to read the linked article):

Because each day we wait to begin the work of turning our economy around, more people lose their jobs, their savings and their homes. And if nothing is done, this recession might linger for years. Our economy will lose 5 million more jobs. Unemployment will approach double digits. Our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse.

An irreversible recession? A recession that lasts forever? Is this really the same man who ushered in a new era of hope and not fear only a few short weeks ago? He’s been such a positive person, and now he’s trying to scare everyone with a recession which lasts forever…well I suppose it is a remote possibility, but he’d need lessons from Robert Mugabe first…and even then the recession will end eventually.

Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the house, on more than one occasion:

every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs

In fact, we have video of her saying it:

As far as I can tell she only used “500 million” as a monthly figure once, but it hardly matters because there is a fundamental flaw here, regardless of whether it’s a monthly or a static figure…have you spotted it yet?

The population of the US is just under 307 million people. That’s every man, woman and child…every retired person, every baby, every housewife, every invalid…everyone. There are not even 300 million people working in the US, but somehow they will shed half a billion jobs every month.

And then, well there are plenty of articles that I can’t be bothered digging up right now, but this sound bite from the Sean Hannity show neatly sums up the comical tax problems plaguing the Democrat officials:

At this rate, it would probably be more likely for the US to have a permanent recession if the Obama administration are allowed to touch the economy!


February 6th, 2009 at 05:52am


An email to KXNT’s Morning Source Alan Stock:

Hi Alan,

I went in to the whole facebook thing, and all of my friends are on there, but I’m like you, I don’t get it.

The damn thing drove me completely nuts with all of these people that I barely knew from school bothering me with all sorts of useless information and invitations. I hated the whole thing, and I deleted my facebook account as a new year’s resolution last year, and I’ve kept it…I ain’t going back.

I’m much happier with my small group of physical friends who I can keep in touch with by phone, email and in person.

And I’m a bit like you in so far as I am too busy with my life, my blog and following the news cycle and my personal interests to be bothered with facebook.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart
Canberra, Australia

“Samuel is waiting desperately for the morning flip so he can make an international phone call”.

Update: I did manage to get through to the morning flip, twice in fact. The first time Telstra managed to provide me with a bizarre scratchy connection which Alan described as sounding like an old 78 record. He couldn’t hear me, but I could almost hear him.

When I got through the second time it was actually physically possible (thank you Telstra, pity I don’t get a refund on the unintelligible connection) I was able to quickly flip off Barack Obama for his salary limiting legislation, and flip up Kevin Rudd for ruling out similar legislation here despite pressure from Bob Brown.

Hopefully KXNT podcast today’s “flip” segment because it was quite amusing. It’s really a bit of fun with a few people throwing serious stuff in. They seem to have some serial pests who must rack up some hefty phone bills dialling the KXNT phone number constantly for ten minutes every morning just to make a fool of themselves. End Update

February 6th, 2009 at 02:52am


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