Archive for July, 2012

Twitter Updates for 2012-07-31

  • Kookaburras defeat South Africa 6-0 in Olympic hockey. Great call by Gordon Bray on @2GB873's Olympic coverage. #
  • And Matthew Hill from Sky Racing doing a stellar job calling the tennis. Fantastic Olympic coverage on @2GB873. Well done! #
  • There's definitely a career in Boxing commentary for Ray Hadley if he wants it. Fox Main Event, are you listening? #

July 31st, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-07-30

  • It looks like Ten Breakfast might quietly disappear while everyone is focussed on the Olympics. "Urgent staff meeting" scheduled for 10am. #
  • @coffeyn I hope Ten Breakfast stays as well. I'll be disappointed if it's axed. in reply to coffeyn #
  • The good news is @tenbreakfast was not axed. It has been shortened though. The Circle was axed…no great loss there. #
  • Unfortunately my dream of having a PG rated Paul Henry commentary hour after 9am has not been realised. @tenbreakfast #
  • @tenbreakfast A thought to boost ratings. When Bolt is away, have Paul guest host Bolt Report. That's a new viewer base for you. #

July 30th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-07-27

  • Alas this afternoon is not turning out to be as favourable for the return of emails as one had hoped. Tomorrow should be better. #

July 27th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-07-26

  • 6am is a good time for a nap, especially when I can hear the rain on the tin roof. #

July 26th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-07-25

  • Does anybody know if Australia Post will accept a request that no Labor or Greens pamphlets, letters, etc are placed in my PO Box? #
  • @auspost Thanks for the reply. It's a shame because apart from anything else it's a waste of paper, but I understand your hands are tied. in reply to auspost #
  • @scottythorpe Sorry Scott, no I haven't heard from Mike. in reply to scottythorpe #

July 25th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-07-24

  • @TheIPA I received a "Dear Correspondent" reply to my submission to the Press Freedom campaign today. The government seem to not care. #
  • I've booked to see @TonyAbbottMHR address @TheIPA on Freedom Of Speech in Sydney on August 6. You can too at #
  • @AFL The broadcast guide for this week lists Southern Cross as the FTA TV broadcaster in Regional VIC on Sunday. Pretty sure that's wrong. #
  • @AFL No worries ๐Ÿ™‚ in reply to AFL #

July 24th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-07-23

  • Of course, as usual on a Sunday night, I'm catching up on The Bolt Report. Looking forward to see @TheIPA's John Roskam on there shortly. #
  • Wow! Interesting happenings. RT @nat_forrest: A man's been murdered in Red Hill. Detectives have a man in custody being questioned #canberra #
  • @coffeyn Yep I missed it. Busy week at this end. Saw a clip on Bolt Report and will track down the full speech. in reply to coffeyn #
  • @coffeyn I thought the ABC24 bit was odd, but one never can be sure with that mob. Thanks for the info about the speech. in reply to coffeyn #
  • @coffeyn The video is on @Heritage's website at in reply to coffeyn #
  • Based on the numbers, I think a Liberal Party candidate could have won the Melbourne by-election if one had run. This needs a blog post… #
  • @timwilsoncomau thankfully your team is not playing my Doggies, because the Dees would beat us and then I would have to hate you for a day in reply to timwilsoncomau #
  • @timwilsoncomau and I don't want to have to hate you ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • @jeffreys_mike Hi Mike. Thanks for sending out a message about your new Twitter handle. Does this mean you've officially left 2UE? Keep well #
  • Haven't the people of Aurora, Colorado suffered enough without having to endure a visit from Obama? POTUS visits are logistical nightmares. #
  • Congrats to @nat_forrest on being the first person to cover the news of the Red Hill murder. Nice job Nat! #
  • @joemasterson7 @nat_forrest No disrespect intended to the deceased, but this is big news for Canberra & Nat deserves credit for breaking it. in reply to joemasterson7 #

July 23rd, 2012 at 09:00pm

In case you missed it: Tony Abbott’s address to The Heritage Foundation

As you may have worked out from the lack of activity on this blog in recent weeks, things have been a tad busy at my end, and this last week was no exception. It has, unfortunately, not become uncommon of late for me to miss a story of great interest to me during the week and then find out about it on the weekend through a snippet of footage on The Bolt Report. This says something about how much news I am missing during the week due to my own busy schedule, and also says something about the types of stories which much of the media ignores (against my better judgement, I am sometimes forced to rely on the mainstream media for days on end for a glimpse of what is happening in the world…so I know what stories they think are important, but I miss the bigger picture).

The example this weekend is that during the week Tony Abbott was in Washington D.C. and met with the excellent people at The Heritage Foundation. He was their keynote speaker. The speech itself was quite exemplary in demonstrating Tony Abbott’s quite thorough understanding of the goings-ons in the relationship between Australia and the United States, and his vision for how we, as a nation, will interact with the world in the coming years. Yet this, as far as I can tell, was not what received media attention over here, but rather an observation which Tony made about Australia’s defence spending and the unfortunate cuts which the federal Labor government is making to the defence budget…an observation which Tony made in response to a media question, an observation which was entirely factual and in thorough support of our armed services, and yet an observation which was seemingly reported on through the prism of Julia Gillard’s spin about it being “negativity” or some such nonsense.

I can understand to an extent why most of what Tony Abbott had to say went unreported as it doesn’t play in to the mainstream media’s narrative about Tony Abbott being dumb. To the contrary, the entire speech and his answers to questions showed the truth of the matter…that Tony is in fact very intelligent and has a solid grasp on matters both domestically and internationally.

If you haven’t already seen it (and let’s face it, the vast majority of Australians have not seen it, which is a shame), then I would urge you to watch this video of Tony Abbott’s address to The Heritage Foundation on the relationship between Australia and the United States of America, as well as the following questions on matters such as impending elections in the Asia-Pacific region, the Arab Spring, and Australian matters including defence spending, the carbon dioxide tax and Tony Abbott’s alternative policy.

If you don’t have time for the full 43 minute video, then I would at least recommend watching the question and answer section of the video which runs for about 14 minutes, starting at the 29 minute mark of the video. The text of Tony’s speech (but not the question and answer section of the day) can be found on Tony’s website at

It goes without saying that it disturbs me greatly that many Australians are not often provided with the opportunity by much of the media to see that Tony Abbott is in fact a very intelligent man and has a great understanding of domestic and global affairs. This is one of the main reasons why I am taking the time tonight to post this video, as I hope that it will ensure that a few more people will see Tony Abbott for the man he really is, and will help to dispel the myth of Tony being an unacceptable proposition as Prime Minister. Whether people vote for him or not, it is important that they do at least understand and acknowledge that he is by far a more sensible person than most of the senior members of the federal Labor party, and any claims by the media to the contrary are pure fantasy.


July 22nd, 2012 at 11:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-07-22

  • How did I miss @TonyAbbottMHR's visit to The @Heritage Foundation last week? Good to see Tony meeting such a great group of people. #

July 22nd, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-07-20

July 20th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-07-19

  • Some of the neighbours are having a communal barbecue with a social worker who is lecturing them on their salt intake…sounds like fun, not #

July 19th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-07-18

  • Re the @actgovernment's "don't be a road stat" signs. Every road user is a road stat. Are they suggesting road safety means no road users? #

July 18th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-07-17

  • Not me… RT @7NewsSydney Australians are spending as much on alcohol as electricity and gas, new study finds #
  • In fact, today marks 23 months since I last consumed alcohol. #
  • Agreed! RT@JedediahBila Dear GOP: If you want to win, take a pass on D.C. consultants who play it safe. Get advice f/ real people with guts. #
  • Agreed! RT@DavidLimbaugh 2x times more people ID as conservative than lib. Time conservatives started acting like it instead of being timid. #
  • Not my favourite band, but I did like them. Sad to see Mr. Lord go RT@theheraldsun: Deep Purple's Jon Lord dies aged 71 #
  • @markparton I believe it's a combination of eating less, and your body working harder to fight the illness. in reply to markparton #
  • Obama's true colours: 'If youโ€™ve got a business — you didnโ€™t build that. Somebody else made that happen' #

July 17th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-07-16

July 16th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-07-15

  • It'd be worth the flight, but alas I have to work in Oz. RT @marklevinshow: Join me in NJ for Bark in the Park 11a-3p #
  • Weekend Sunrise, I do hope you're not going to try and blame "extreme weather" on the thoroughly debunked man-made global warming. #sun7 #
  • See this #sun7 RT@wattsupwiththat Newly found weather records show 1930s far worse than the present for extreme weather #
  • Weekend Sunrise, if you're interested in evidence, why did you not mention any if the evidence against man-made climate change? #sun7 #
  • @daniel_prime7 Indeed, go Dogs! I'll be at home listening to Rex Hunt and Peter Donegan calling the match. Have fun at Etihad ๐Ÿ™‚ in reply to daniel_prime7 #
  • I have the day off, but probably can't afford the fuel to see him. RT @trentg85 Hon @JoeHockey visiting Albury/Wodonga on Wednesday #
  • @JeremyHansonMLA Y'know what Jeremy? I think you're right…their headline did miss it. in reply to JeremyHansonMLA #
  • @marklevinshow Remember that rant you went on a few weeks ago about bringing back your word "insourcing"? The Annointed One stole it today. #
  • Brit Hume is hosting Fox News Sunday and Bill Kristol is on the panel this week. Good ๐Ÿ™‚ I'll make sure I listen on my way to work. #

July 15th, 2012 at 09:00pm

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