EPISODE #274 – Flying the Unfriendly Skies

From balloons to SU-37s, to Silas Taylor from Get Up, to pole smoking – it was all there! Let’s sit back and relive those happy memories… or conversely I could just make some stupid comments about happenings and then post some really killer pics of Sukhoi aircraft.

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Oh alright – stuff you then!!

If you didn’t know, Pete has a thing for balloons. So when you mix ALP candidates and balloons together you get, well you get, well… this: Balloon Love. I mean look we’re happy for Pete! He loves the feel of rubber in the morning, the organic roundness of the surface, the way the end is tied SO seductively. So when Pete heard Maxine was using balloons for her campaign – he had to follow. Puffin’ Pete loves Maxine. It’s official! Now in a week where Little Johnny’s good pal Uncle Rupe Rupe gave him glowing poll results, we were watching Costello walk the walk.

You see, Peter Costello is a smug man now isn’t he? He jeered K-Rudd during the first election debate, he smirks and giggles at inappropriate moments. So when it came time to have a debate involving him we thought “Boo-yah! It’s on for young and old…”. Unfortunately for us, it was vs Wayne Swan. Not Swan fans it has to be said. Sure he’s a nice guy, he probably likes TV, playing with the kids, and mowing the lawn – but in truth he looks like Dracula. And not in a sexy way! But The Swan did us proud. He battled Puppet Pete, won some rounds, took some hits, generally looked a bit scary – but overall he did us proud. So WBF now has to say “Sorry Wayne”. Wayne… sorry!
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An issue of importance to us here at WBF in this next election is Community Radio. The government has been pretty quiet, in fact telling us that the government hasn’t cut funding (unlike disability services, medicare, education etc) – which is actually true! They haven’t. What they haven’t told you is that the number if stations has increased, so there’s the same amount to go around, to more and more people. Ah smoke and mirrors. Now young Helen Coonan, who’s portfolio it is in the current ministry has said it’s not an issue to be raised now. Well Helen – you’re wrong! Sooooo, as a special favour just to you, we’re going to continue to – loudly. Thanks for your time!

When Brendon Nelson was the Education Minister he had his own agenda – in fact vetoing grants the government doesn’t like on moral, ethical or colour palette grounds. Good to see he’s in charge of Defence! So when the government decides to buy the JSF (over budget, not the specs we ordered, and 15 years out of date by the time we get it) or the M1-A1 (2nd hand, over heats in tropical environments, bit of a white elephant) and tries to get away with it – i’m happy to oblige by hammering their heads in! So the Joint Strike Fighter is late and sucks – so young Brendon Nelson (earring… hello boys!!) decides to purchase and interim fighter bomber to assist with the “aging” F111s. He doesn’t seek advice, he just takes the word of McDonnell Douglass and buys it. Hmmmmmm. Well Brendon, let’s have a chat – just sit over there on the crate of FN P90s. The F111 is the premier strike bomber in the world today – yes even all these years on. NOTHING does what it does. It can flying full speed 9 metres off the ground. It’s supersonic! So to replace it with a) the JSF and in the interim b) the FA-18E (a good aircraft, but not a strike bomber is absurd!!). So lets look at our neighbours. What are they using? Oh they’re using these, these, and these. Personally i like the later… AND SO DOES EVERY EXPERT IN THE WORLD!!!

Lets move on…
Malcolm Turdbill isn’t interested in the rapidly increasing interest rates. He’s interested in the environment. So much so that he’s running a campaign in his local electorate that goes against 11 years of Howard Government policy. I mean it’s not like he’s… the Environment Minister or anything. Oh he is? Well bugger me!! Yes Turdbill loves Kyoto, his electorate loves Kyoto, but as we all know “global warming is a popular myth”. Thanks Little Johnny. What a pity the guy in your government with all the facts seems to disagree. Time for a policy about-face!!! Surprise surprise! Let’s see what happens when Tony Abbott and Turdbill duel it out for the leadership – you don’t think Costello’s going to get a chance do you?

Okay, time to wrap with Richard’s “Poll Smoking 101”. The polls agree that K-Rudd is in the lead, the polls agree it’s going to be tight. But some polls see a Howard Government comeback. The Senate must be taken – but will it be so. It’s just a matter of weeks – but as Richard smokes the Poll Pipe we will see if the worm really turns, or if Andrew Quah from Family First has just left his fly open… again!!

Fuck O Meter this week:
P: 3
R: 4
A: 0
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