Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Sickness endemic

A recent survey has apparently found that two-thirds of Australians are subject to sick, racist anti-US sentiment.

The first survey of attitudes by a centre set up by the Howard Government to improve relations between Australia and the US has found a significant deterioration in the way Australians feel towards the US.

That level of confidence has almost halved in just six years — from 66 per cent in 2001 to 37per cent today, coinciding with the Iraq war.

Sick, sick, sick.

Meanwhile, Australia’s normally eminently sensible Foreign Minister Alexander Downer seems to have succumbed to the sick leftist rhetoric of “it’s the administration we hate, not the US.

Mr Downer says regardless of who the President is, working with the US Government will always be in Australia’s interest.

Subtext: We love the US, pity about the administration.

Sick, sick, sick.

Of course, supremely sensible Australian Prime Minister John Howard has found the nub of it: It’s “weariness” about the war, dummy! The present US administration has nothing to do with anything.


Anonymous Bertie said...

Sick, sick. Very sick.

Perhaps even fully sick bro...

4/10/07 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Jarcob said...

And it would appear the sick, sick sickness may be spreading further throughout the higher echelons of the Australian Government itself.

It's reported here that "Communications Minister, Helen Coonan, has demanded that Telstra's board rein in its American executives..."

I've yet to see the actual quote, but what's with the specific reference to American executives?

But maybe Coonan will say it's just the Telstra administration she hates, not the US.

Yeah, right! She's a sick, sick, sick woman.

4/10/07 2:34 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

Telstra should do something with its executives, but "reigning them in" wasn't quite what I had in mind.

Sol is Mexican, isn't he?

4/10/07 6:04 PM  
Anonymous Jarcob said...

I think he might even be Texican, Caz. Wasn't Sol CEO of some telco in Austin or Dallas or somewhere. He was either phenomenally successful or somehow controversial, can't remember offhand.

4/10/07 8:22 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

Denver, is what you're probably thinking of Jacob.

He got around $70 M golden handshake, after combining a telco with a worthless company. Within a year or so of his leaving the shares had plummeted to under a dollar. There are thousands of angry and broke retirees who still follow Sol's "progress" in the business world.

That's not the only huge pay-out either, he gets them from every company he's ever worked at.

He leaves every company worse off.

He'll be gone within a year or two. Tax and contract reasons. He was never in it for the long haul.

Don't know why he does it, he doesn't need the money, that's for sure.

Yep, he is American, born in Wyoming.

6/10/07 12:48 PM  
Blogger Jacob A. Stam said...

Oh yeah, I knew there was some kind of story behind Sol. What a shining happy captain of industry the man truly is.

When I said "phenomenally successful", I must have been thinking subliminally "for himself". Or something.

6/10/07 12:57 PM  
Blogger Jacob A. Stam said...

Have I told you lately that you're integral, Caz?

6/10/07 12:58 PM  

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