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Saturday, 29 August 2009

We're havin' a heatwaaave...

..a tropical heatwaaaave.




Since the alleged winter in this town became a 35°C/96°F sweatbath, my alleged friend and colleague Nick has been singing that line at every opportunity. He even sent it in a text. Grotty little man. He's right though. It's been bloody hot.

The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy. Rehearsals for Amadeus continue apace, and during the week I went down to Warner Bros for a TV audition. I am not comfortable doing them. I feel boxed in. Despite the fact that the chap who read opposite me was really helpful and giving, as ever in front of a camera, I locked up. Everything's out of context, I'm conscious of the tiniest twitch or blemish or half-step forward...and all attempts to relax and just do 'what I do' go out the window. It's probably time to invest in a class for this kinda stuff, but the best one is down the Coast. Still, I'm lucky to have had these sorts of auditions, seeing as I have no agent. As a freelancer, it's gratifying to have various people call out of the blue and ask me to read for things. But I need a bloody agent.

They're shooting the latest Narnia picture down there and the place is packed with trucks and gear and a giant blue screen. I had vain hopes of bumping into my friend Steve who's working on the picture, but of course...it was a vain hope.

A wave of virulent nastiness has infected the Amadeus company over the past week or so. Worst affected have been our SM and the powerhouse that is Ms K. Atkinson. I've been spared so far. I just hope that, if it does hit, it hits before we go.

On my way to Warner's, I was offered a small gig playing the first mayor of Brisbane for the Q150 celebrations. My state turns 150 this year and there is a commemoration of the first ever council meeting. Sounds interesting.

So that's that for now. I hope to keep a tour diary of sorts, but will seek permission from my colleagues re: posting of photos etc. Unless of course it's Nick.





I had the choice between Ethel Merman & Marilyn. Who would you rather look at?

Friday, 21 August 2009

Life - Part 2.

Just a short note to thank everyone for their love and best wishes yesterday on the advent of my middle age. The first half of this little life has been a mess of wonder, wonders and wonderings. As for the second half...more of the same, but longer and happier...I'm looking forward to finding out.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

The Cult of Stupid and the Cult of Fucking Stupid.

There are two blog entries below, both covering the same topic, but with marked differences in tone. I began writing an out-and-out rant, a deliberate slab of invective aimed at those who have been annoying me in the last little while. After reading it aloud to a friend, he suggested that, due to the rather vitriolic nature of the piece, I should offer a second, rewritten in a more...couth form.

I do understand that perpetuating what one despises is not a particularly enlightened way to behave, so while I defend my right and desire to splat in an angry mess here, I accept that some of you may find the expurgated version a more cogent read. My own personal choice is the one full attack and swears, but feel free to choose your own adventure.

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Click here to read the sweet one.
Click here to read the rant.

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For those of you who are friends and/or regular readers, you'll know well my interest in America, its people and its politics. I'm besotted with it. Since the election of Barack Obama, however, it's become increasingly difficult to justify some of the behaviour I've witnessed while indulging my distant passion in all things American.

I don't wish to discuss the policies of Obama here. It's far too early to make an accurate, wide-ranging assessment of what the man is doing. In short, a return to multi-lateralism is good, but spending money you don't have might not work out so well.

What I do want to share is the 'cult of stupid' that exists in the United States. It existed before, but in the last few months it has gone stone cold crazy. I witness it every day online, in the rantings of ultra-right wing commentators, the almost unprocessed regurgitation of their online acolytes, the resurgent white supremacist movement and the doomsday bloggers.

It kinda started with infamous radio commentator Rush Limbaugh. Rush has been an outspoken apologist for the ultra-conservative movement for years. He's one of the standard-bearers of hatred. He's also a hypocrite. After years of telling people that drug users were the scum of the earth and should be sent to prison, he got busted doctor-shopping for scripts in an attempt to feed his oxycodone habit. And he bought his way out of jail time. Funnily enough, Rush doesn't talk about drugs nearly as much anymore. But I digress...

So, in the days before Obama was sworn in as 44, Limbaugh went on air and told his listeners that 'I hope (Obama) fails.' This is tantamount to saying he hopes his own country crashes and burns. What a patriot! This outburst marked the plummet into the arrant stupidity that has followed. It is now the prevailing mindset of any person that has a raging hatred for Obama. John McCain's failed campaign ran on a slogan of 'Country First'. These people don't care about America. They are only interested in the failed ideology of a failed party.

When a political party loses an election, the usual course of action is to assess the damage. Find out how it happened, why it happened and who was responsible. You do this by skulking off to a room, poring over data, looking at the successful strategies of the victor, comparing them to yours, going out into the electorate to listen to the people's voice...and then going back into the room and quietly culling the people who were responsible for the failure. Once you do that, you can start to rebuild, in the hopes that, at the very best, the new incumbent will shoot itself in the foot before the end of the term.

The appearance of a new ideology has to be forged, new faces exposed to the public, new dressings for the wounds. Most importantly, new figureheads have to emerge. It's all very well to lay the groundwork for a political comeback, but in America, if you can't pick a few people that can present the new and dynamic face of a wiser party, you are, quite simply, rudderless.

The Republicans are rudderless. For the first few months of the Obama admin, a talk radio shock jock was their most vociferous spokesperson. The official powerbrokers of the party, House Minority Leader Michael Steele and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were strangely silent. Whether they were trying to do the right thing and re-focus the party is unknown. Possibly they were. But part of that task is to keep the ranks in line, and Rush was not kept in line. He's been quieter since, but he's been joined by his fellow commentators over at Fox News. Sean Hannity went on air and said that waterboarding wasn't torture. He even said that he'd submit to waterboarding for charity. Opposite number, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann offered to kick in a wadge of cash. In the days after Hannity announced this, a Chicago-based talk radio host by the name of Erich Mancow Muller, who'd basically said the same thing as Hannity, actually had the balls to do it. He lasted less than ten seconds before proclaiming the 'procedure' to be torture. Suddenly Hannity was silent on the issue.

Taking up the cudgels was Fox's Glenn Beck. Among the outright lies this guy has told include:

* Obama was the first President sworn in without a Bible (Lie - John Quincy Adams used a law book. Franklin Pierce didn't even swear. He affirmed. Teddy Roosevelt used no Bible. Several Presidents kissed a Bible but did not swear on one.)

* $1.4 million of stimulus money was allocated to fix some doors at an air force base (Well, some of the money did go to fix doors...aircraft hangar doors, and it was $246000 out of $1.4 mill to cover the entire base)

* Claiming the director of White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, "has proposed forcing abortions and putting sterilants in the drinking water to control population." (Lie - Beck and others quoted a book written three decades ago totally out of context. The authors outlined various methods of population control but went on to say they did not favour the method that Beck used to smear.)

* Claiming that Obama is setting up internment camps to keep dissenters locked up (Lie - Truth here

* Saying Obama had a 'deep-seated hatred for white people', then within two minutes said 'I'm not saying (Obama) doesn't like white people.

Glenn Beck has a radio show as well. Recently he screamed at a woman about healthcare. He abhors the Obama healthcare plan (more on this to follow) but last year, when he had surgery, he whined on and on about how the current healthcare system failed him to the point where he felt 'suicidal'.

And the final in this series of lies for Beck, birthright citizenship or jus soli. He didn't say 'Jus Soli', that's a dirty foreigner language and would have made his fans cry. To paraphrase an old politician, if English was good enough for Jebus, it's good enough for you. Bemoaning the fact that America gives automatic citizenship to people born on American soil, beck said that he 'checked' and NO other country in the world has the law of Jus Soli. Untrue.

Ahhhh, citizenship. At long last we come to the jewel in the crown of the cult of stupid. The 'Birfers'. The greatest argument against Obama's presidency so far has been as follows: Barack Hussein Obama II was not born in the United States. He was born in Kenya. Therefore, under the rules laid out in the United States Constitution, he is ineligible to be the President.

What? But surely they check these things! That couldn't have slipped by could it? I mean, this is the most powerful and important job in the world, and they're going to give it to a racist, homosexual, crack-smoking, Manchurian candidate, Muslim, radical Christian, Zionist, atheist, Marxist fascist without checking his birth certificate???

I'm afraid, my dear and gentle readers, that there are currently thousands of Americans, including Congressional members and media heads, who believe that Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen. Why? Because he hasn't provided a 'long form' birth certificate. Does he have to? No. Has he provided any kind of birth certificate? Yes. Here. Is there any corroborating evidence of his birth in America? Yes. Here and here.

Well, in light of the overwhelming evidence that shows Obama was born in the U.S., one would think that the 'birfers' would just slink into the shadows, knowing that they have been thoroughly discredited, right? Nope. They are screaming louder than ever. He's a Kenyan on top of everything else and he's setting up a totalitarian state, based on his fascist, Marxist, Fabian Socialist principles (for any of you who aren't aware, the American right-wingers' definition of socialism is 'when the government uses a nickel of your taxes to provide a public service').

The Queen of the Birfers is Orly Taitz. Orly is a lawyer, dentist and realtor. She's the woman who, only days ago, claimed she had Obama's Kenyan birth certificate. Within hours of its release, it had been debunked as a fraud. To accept it's authenticity, you'd have to believe that Mombasa was part of Kenya in 1961 and not Zanzibar, that Obama's family would travel 1000 miles from home for his birth and that Kenya was a republic before the end of 1964. Oh, and top top it off, a man from Adelaide was been contacted by the ABC and he confirmed it was a doctoring of his Australian birth cert. Orly's all cred. Orly tried to file the cert with the judge in California, but it was immediately thrown out.

On a side-note, there is a definite similarity between Orly's voice and the shrill, frock-wearing scream of Glenn Beck.

So, it's pretty clear I am moving toward a place where my dislike of neocons and media personalities is becoming detestation. But I save the bulk of my opprobrium for those who believe or pretend to believe all of the lies they tell, and have become adept at spreading it.

The people calling Obama the enemy, despite not having any evidence to show that he's anything other than a guy who's working his butt off to fix the cesspool left by his illiterate predecessor...are more of an enemy to America. As a result, they are more of an enemy to all of us, for whatever affects America has an attendant effect on the world. It's not that I am a devoted follower of the man. I do not trust politicians at all, Obama included. I think it should be the default position of anyone who lives in society. But by the same token, the lies need to be exposed. If Obama's gonna fail, let him fail on his own terms. There's no need to poison the well. In fact, the smears and lies only serve to suggest the smearers have nothing else.

I struggled for a little while to wrap my head around how these people could be so atrophied and venal. It's a blind. They don't care about citizenship. If the stated reasons are so obviously idiotic, the truth must lie in what they are hiding: 1) they value partisanship and being on the winning side more than they value the success of their nation and 2) because he's black.

For those of you who think this is a typical liberal thing to say, I have to tell you that during the campaign I did not buy into any of allegations of racism online, except when it so overt that it could not be ignored.

One of the websites I spent a good deal of time at leading up to the election, the Politics section of Yahoo! Answers, was a feisty, but reasonably compos0D
So, in the days before Ob rules by asking loaded partisan questions and parroting the latest campaign slogans, but it was fairly tame. After the election I left for five months. On my return I found it to be one step away from stormfront.org. Here's a sample of the what goes on there:

Is it possible Michelle Obama likes to defecate in bed as some sort of aphrodisiac?
Is President Obama a fascist or a socialist?
Do you think a Muslim, madrassa-educated Obama would harm the country worse than Bush?
Would it be fair to say a terrorist attack is coming now that Obama won?
Is Obama touring concentration camps to get a blueprint for the FEMA camps he is going to open in the US?
Since Obama supports infanticide, does he also support euthanizing the elderly and redistributing their wealth?
Did Obama almost accidentally say the N word when he said his professor buddy JIGGERED the lock?
Obama should have said Jimmied or Jiggled the lock but since this was a race issue I think he almost said nigger the lock or nigger was on his mind when he said Jiggered the lock
Why do people Support Obama when his old Church was/is Racist and teach Nazi believes?
What happens when it is revealed that Obama used to be a muslim?
Will obama be assinated or is he a spy from a dif country?
If Barack Hussein 0bama is a natural born citizen, what is he hiding?
Would it be a federal hate crime to burn 0bama in effigy?
Will 0bama find a way to put most US soldiers who fought in Afghanistan in jail?


Getting a picture of what I mean? There are half a million Obama questions on Y!A, double the amount containing the word 'Bush'...and that includes George H. W. Bush and those questions pertaining to horticulture.

This is a cancer. The lies have gotten so bad that yesterday the White House called for people to write in if they heard any 'disinformation' about the proposed Healthcare reform currently being hashed out on Capitol Hill. Opponents of Obama used this as an excuse to say that Obama wants people to spy on their neighbours and report them if they say anything bad about the healthcare bill.

OBAMA wants us to report disenters to the white/mitch-mcconnell-09081.jpg"
Why is Obama trying to get people to report each other?


That's how low they've sunk and how obvious their desperation is. They have made up lies about a website dedicated to uncovering lies.

I receive quite a bit of hate mail from these guys, but that's okay, I just send them a standard 'We appreciate the time it must have taken you to write' response and call them things like 'sweetness'.

A good article or blog entry should have a nice, tidy closer. But a rant...well, as you can see, y'just keep going until you are exhausted, then you fall asleep and wake tomorrow to another day's lunacy.

G'night.



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People are stupid. We all are. I am. You are. But I love you, so I let a lot of it slide. I even try to let a lot of my own stupidity slide, but that's a little harder to do. Please bear this love in mind as you read on, because what follows is neither loving or lovely. It's a purging, a venting, borne of frustration and anger at the sheer intellectual retardation I've witnessed in the last little while. There is bad language. Quite possibly I'll even go back and add more when I'm done. Those disinclined to read what is effectively a crass rant, I'd recommend stopping here.

For those of you who are friends and/or regular readers, you'll know well my interest in America, its people and its politics. I'm besotted with it. Since the election of Barack Obama, however, it's become increasingly difficult to justify some of the behaviour I've witnessed while indulging my distant passion in all things American.

I don't wish to discuss the policies of Obama here. It's far too early to make an accurate, wide-ranging assessment of what the man is doing. In short, a return to multi-lateralism is good, but spending money you don't have might not work out so well.

What I do want to share is the 'cult of stupid' that exists in the United States. It existed before, but in the last few months it has gone stone cold fucking crazy. I witness it every day online, in the rantings of ultra-right wing commentators, the almost unprocessed regurgitation of their online acolytes (oh, let's not be nice, they're not acolytes, they're braindead shit-lickers), the resurgent white supremacist movement and the doomsday bloggers.

It kinda started with infamous self-confessed neo-con opioid addict and alleged pederast, the fat and fatuous Rush Limbaugh. Rush has been furiously and impotently masturbating to right wing bullshit for years. He's one of the standard-bearers of hatred. He's also a class-A hypocrite. After years of telling people that drug users were the scum of the earth and should be sent to prison, he got busted doctor-shopping for scripts in an attempt to feed his oxycodone habit. And he bought his way out of jail time. Funnily enough, Rush doesn't talk about drugs nearly as much anymore. But I digress...

So, in the days before Obama was sworn in as 44, Limbaugh went on air and told his listeners (oh, what a joyous bunch!) that 'I hope (Obama) fails.' This is tantamount to saying he hopes his own country crashes and burns. What a patriot! This outburst marked the plummet into the arrant stupidity that has followed. It is now the prevailing mindset of any drooling retard that has a raging hatred for Obama. John McCain's failed campaign ran on a slogan of 'Country First'. These people don't give a red fuck about America. They are only interested in the failed ideology of a failed party.

When a political party loses an election, the usual course of action is to assess the damage. Find out how it happened, why it happened and who was responsible. You do this by skulking off to a room, poring over data, looking at the successful strategies of the victor, comparing them to yours, going out into the electorate to listen to the people's voice...and then going back into the room and quietly culling the people who fucked you. Once you do that, you can start to rebuild, in the hopes that, at the very best, the new incumbent will shoot itself in the foot before the end of the term.

The appearance of a new ideology has to be forged, new faces exposed to the public, new dressings for the wounds. Most importantly, new figureheads have to emerge. It's all very well to lay the groundwork for a political comeback, but in America, if you can't pick a few people that can present the new and dynamic face of a wiser party, you are, quite simply, rudderless. Or, in keeping with the tone of this blog entry, you're fucked.

The Republicans are rudderless. For the first few months of the Obama admin, a smug, ugly-souled talk radio cockholster was their most vociferous spokesperson. The official powerbrokers of the party, House Minority Leader Michael Steele and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were strangely silent. Whether they were trying to do the right thing and re-focus the party is unknown. Possibly they were. But part of that task is to keep the shit-lickers in line, and Rush was not kept in line. He's been quieter since, but he's been joined by his fellow arse lozenges and dollar sluts over at Fox News. Sean Hannity (the Manatee) went on air and said that waterboarding wasn't torture. He even said that he'd submit to waterboarding for charity. Loudmouth opposite number, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann offered to kick in a wadge of cash. In the days after Manatee announced this, a Chicago-based talk radio penis by the name of Erich Mancow Muller, who'd basically said the same thing as Manatee, actually had the balls to do it (well, what's a penis without balls?). He lasted less than ten seconds before proclaiming the 'procedure' to be torture. Suddenly the fat Fox fuck was silent on the issue.

Taking up the cudgels was Fox's answer to the 'Stay Puft Marshmallow Man', Glenn Beck. Among the outright lies this guy has told include:

* Obama was the first President sworn in without a Bible (Lie - John Quincy Adams used a law book. Franklin Pierce didn't even swear. He affirmed. Teddy Roosevelt used no Bible. Several Presidents kissed a Bible but did not swear on one.)

* $1.4 million of stimulus money was allocated to fix some doors at an air force base (Well, some of the money did go to fix doors...fucking aircraft hangar doors, you scrote, and it was $246000 out of $1.4 mill to cover the entire base)

* Claiming the director of White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, "has proposed forcing abortions and putting sterilants in the drinking water to control population." (Lie - Beck and other neocon chewers quoted a book written three decades ago totally out of context. The authors outlined various methods of population control but went on to say they did not favour the method that Beck used to smear.)

* Claiming that Obama is setting up internment camps to keep dissenters locked up (Lie - would that it were true, I wouldn't mind a bit of a neocon 'time out room' in the desert for these fuck knuckles to think about their intellectual spasticity.)

* Saying Obama had a 'deep-seated hatred for white people', then within two minutes said 'I'm not saying (Obama) doesn't like white people...' (what the fuck?)

Glenn Beck has a radio show as well. Recently he screamed like a bedwetting Mary at a woman about healthcare. He abhors the Obama healthcare plan (more on this to follow) but last year, when he had surgery (it was either surgery to remove arse grapes, or the arse grapes had surgery to remove Beck, I'm not sure), he whined on and on about how the current healthcare system failed him to the point where he felt 'suicidal'. Not fucking suicidal enough.

And the final in this series of lies for StayPuft and his disappearing arse grapes, birthright citizenship or jus soli. He didn't say 'Jus Soli', that's a dirty foreigner language and would have made his fans cry. To paraphrase an old politician, if English was good enough for Jebus, it's good enough for you. Bemoaning the fact that America gives automatic citizenship to people born on American soil, beck said that he 'checked' and NO other country in the world has the law of Jus Soli. Bullshit.

Ahhhh, citizenship. At long last we come to the jewel in the crown of the cult of stupid. The 'Birfers'. The greatest argument against Obama's presidency so far has been as follows: Barack Hussein Obama II was not born in the United States. He was born in Kenya. Therefore, under the rules laid out in the United States Constitution, he is ineligible to be the President.

What? But surely they check these things! That couldn't have slipped by could it? I mean, this is the most powerful and important job in the world, and they're going to give it to a racist, homosexual, crack-smoking, Manchurian candidate, Muslim, radical Christian, Zionist, atheist, Marxist fascist without checking his birth certificate???

I'm afraid, my dear and gentle readers, that there are currently thousands of Americans, including Congressional members and media heads, who believe that Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen. Why? Because he hasn't provided a 'long form' birth certificate. Does he have to? No. Has he provided any kind of birth certificate? Yes. Here. Is there any corroborating evidence of his birth in America? Yes. Here and here.

Well, in light of the overwhelming evidence that shows Obama was born in the U.S., one would think that the 'birfers' would just slink into the shadows, knowing that they have been thoroughly discredited, right? Nope. They are screaming louder than ever. He's a Kenyan on top of all the other sewage they've shat into their fetid mix and he's setting up a totalitarian state, based on his fascist, Marxist, Fabian Socialist principles (for any of you who aren't aware, the American right-wingers' definition of socialism is 'when the government uses a nickel of your taxes to provide a public service...guhhh').

The Queen of the Birfers is Orly Taitz, or as I like to call her, Oily Tartz. This metaphasis was accepted by urban dictionary, by the way. I'm very proud. Oily is a lawsuit whore, dentist and realtor. She's the woman who, only days ago, claimed she had Obama's Kenyan birth certificate. Within hours of its release, it had been debunked as a fraud. To accept it's authenticity, you'd have to believe that Mombasa was part of Kenya in 1961 and not Zanzibar, that Obama's family would travel 1000 miles from home for his birth and that Kenya was a republic before the end of 1964. Oh, and top top it off, a man from Adelaide was been contacted by the ABC and he confirmed it was a doctoring of his Australian birth cert. Oily's all cred. Oily tried to file the cert with the judge in California, but it was immediately thrown out.

On a side-note, there is a definite similarity between Oily's voice and the shrill, frock-wearing scream of Glenn Beck.

So, it's pretty clear I am moving toward a place where my dislike of neocons and media whores is becoming detestation. But I save the bulk of my opprobrium for those who believe or pretend to believe all of the filth they spew, and have become adept at lapping it up and spitting back in our faces.

The people calling Obama the enemy, despite not having any evidence to show that he's anything other than a guy who's working his butt off to fix the cesspool left by his illiterate predecessor...are more of an enemy to America. As a result, they are more of an enemy to all of us, for whatever affects America has an attendant effect on the world. It's not that I am a devoted follower of the man. I do not trust politicians at all, Obama included. I think it should be the default position of anyone who lives in society. But by the same token, the lies need to be exposed. If Obama's gonna fuck up, let him fuck up on his own terms. There's no need to poison the well. In fact, the smears and lies only serve to suggest the smearers have nothing else.

I struggled for a little while to wrap my head around how these people could be so atrophied, so venal and so fucking stupid. It's a blind. They don't give a crap about citizenship. If the stated reasons are so obviously idiotic, the truth must lie in what they are hiding: 1) they value partisanship and being on the winning side more than they value the success of their nation and 2) because he's black.

For those of you who think this is a typical liberal thing to say, I have to tell you that during the campaign I did not buy into any of allegations of racism online, except when it so overt that it could not be ignored.

One of the websites I spent a good deal of time at leading up to the election, the Politics section of Yahoo! Answers, was a feisty, but reasonably composed place. People often broke the rules by asking loaded partisan questions and parroting the latest campaign slogans, but it was fairly tame. After the election I left for five months. On my return I found it to be one step away from stormfront.org. Here's a sample of the bullshit that goes on there:

Is it possible Michelle Obama likes to defecate in bed as some sort of aphrodisiac?
Is President Obama a fascist or a socialist?
Do you think a Muslim, madrassa-educated Obama would harm the country worse than Bush?
Would it be fair to say a terrorist attack is coming now that Obama won?
Is Obama touring concentration camps to get a blueprint for the FEMA camps he is going to open in the US?
Since Obama supports infanticide, does he also support euthanizing the elderly and redistributing their wealth?
Did Obama almost accidentally say the N word when he said his professor buddy JIGGERED the lock?
Obama should have said Jimmied or Jiggled the lock but since this was a race issue I think he almost said nigger the lock or nigger was on his mind when he said Jiggered the lock
Why do people Support Obama when his old Church was/is Racist and teach Nazi believes?
What happens when it is revealed that Obama used to be a muslim?
Will obama be assinated or is he a spy from a dif country?
If Barack Hussein 0bama is a natural born citizen, what is he hiding?
Would it be a federal hate crime to burn 0bama in effigy?
Will 0bama find a way to put most US soldiers who fought in Afghanistan in jail?


Getting a picture of what I mean? There are half a million Obama questions on Y!A, double the amount containing the word 'Bush'...and that includes Daddy Bush and those questions pertaining to horticulture.

This is a cancer. The lies have gotten so bad that yesterday the White House called for people to write in if they heard any 'disinformation' about the proposed Healthcare reform currently being hashed out on Capitol Hill. Opponents of Obama used this as an excuse to say that Obama wants people to spy on their neighbours and report them if they say anything bad about the healthcare bill. Total arse.

OBAMA wants us to report disenters to the whitehouse at flag@whitehouse.gov?
Why is Obama trying to get people to report each other?


That's how low they've sunk and how obvious their desperation is. They have made up lies about a website dedicated to uncovering lies.

I receive quite a bit of hate mail from these guys, but that's okay, I just send them a standard 'We appreciate the time it must have taken you to write' response and call them things like 'sweetness'.

A good article or blog entry should have a nice, tidy closer. But a rant...well, as you can see, y'just keep going until you are exhausted, then you fall asleep and wake tomorrow to another day's lunacy.

G'night.


Monday, 3 August 2009

Sack Sandilands - Petition.

Last Thursday on 2Day FM (and affiliated stations around Australia) Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O broadcast a segment involving a 14-year-old girl being asked questions about her sexual activity, while strapped to a polygraph. During the segment the girl revealed she'd been raped at 12. The mother of the girl was also involved in the segment.

As you'd expect, this broadcast has caused quite a furore, and has polarised opinion. The NSW Department of Community Services almost immediately launched an investigation into the matter and Sandilands was fired yesterday from his role as a judge on Australian Idol.

Many people believe that the mother is at fault for approaching the radio station in the first place. Others believe the fault lies solely with Austereo (owners of 2Day). And some blame Kyle Sandilands, because he was the one who showed the least professional behaviour in continuing the ask the girl about her sexual activity after she'd make the revelation about her rape.

I have started an online petition with a view to sending it, along with a letter of complaint, to Austereo. This is necessary in order to make an official complaint to the Australian Communications & Media Authority. In it I call for the immediate dismissal of Sandilands from the Austereo network.

I've also started a Facebook group, ostensibly to share the link to the petition, but also to hear people's opinions on the matter.

Some of the comments on the Facebook page mirror what I've read elsewhere since this incident took place, namely, that the mother should absorb the bulk of blame because she is responsible for the welfare of the child. While I agree with the suggestion that the mother has been negligent in her duty towards her daughter, there seems to be an implication that one person's culpability absolves any other party involved.

This is very much a cross between two fat fallacies, 'special pleading' and 'begging the question'.

In my opinion, everyone but the young girl in question is to blame. The mother was definitely wrong to do what she did, but how does that excuse the talent, producers and management of 2Day? Any claim that a call for Sandilands to be sacked is 'misdirected' is specious.

But why am I making him the target? Because DOCS can take care of the situation with the mother and daughter, and they appear to be doing that. ACMA will take care of Austereo if enough pressure is brought to bear. But Kyle & Jackie O? In the short term, that would be Austereo's call.

What's been their reaction to the mess? Dismissal? No. Suspension? No. The show has gone into http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/tv-radio/articles/2009/08/02/1249152508643.html.

Why am I calling for Sandilands to be fired but less severe punishment for Jackie O? Simply, because, while Jackie O laughed and joked about the situation as it was going to air, her immediate response to the girl's revelation of rape was to shut down the interview, but not before Sandilands had totally disgraced himself and professionalism when he asked, "Right . . . is that the only experience you've had?"

THIS is the reason he should be fired. If you could get to the nub of the reason he was fired by Ten, that's what you'd find. It wasn't the segment itself, these two have been feeding trite, banal, unfunny, tasteless hackery to their listening audiences for years and up till now only Media Watch has had the stones to call 'em on it.

Sandilands was so reprehensibly unprofessional that he blundered on like a borderline sociopath, when he should have done what any two-bit presenter would do if a situation went pear-shaped. Get the hell out of it and go to a commercial.


So, some people blame the mother and stupidly think the blame ends there. I don't. The guy is a cancer on broadcasting, and he needs to be excised.

On a final, hopefully more gentle note, my best wishes to the girl. I hope she is able to find the love, support and guidance she needs.

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Below is the text of the online petition to recommend the dismissal of Kyle Sandilands from his position at 2DAY FM. Sign the petition here. You need do no more. I have already drafted a letter to Austereo and prepared a complaint to ACMA pending the response from Austereo.


Recently media personality Kyle Sandilands co-hosted a segment on his Austereo nationally-syndicated radio programme 'The Kyle and Jackie O Show' in which a 14-year-old girl was attached to a polygraph (lie detector) machine and asked questions about her sexual activity, at the behest of her mother.

Questioning by the mother led to the girl revealing she had been raped as a 12-year-old. Instead of bringing the interrogation to an immediate end, Sandilands continued to question the girl about her sexual activity.

It is our view that this behaviour on Sandilands' part was not only reprehensible and unprofessional in the extreme, it is in contravention of the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice and Guidelines, Code 1.5 (a):

1.5 (a) All program content must meet contemporary standards of decency, having regard to the likely characteristics of the audience of the licensee's service.

Austereo's response to this was to place the programme in 'recess' ‘‘until we have completed an across-the-networks review of the principles and protocols of our interaction with our audience’’.

It is our view that Austereo's actions are insufficient. Further, we believe Mr Sandilands is unfit to broadcast in any capacity in the Australian media, as his actions have shown a complete and repeated disregard for the standards laid out in the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) codes.

We strongly recommend that Mr Sandilands' employment be terminated immediately, with a further recommendation that his co-host, Jackie O, also face stern disciplinary action.

A copy of this petition will be sent to ACMA, pending your response and further action in this matter.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/sacksandilands/