Two of the key MacKenzie ranters were both given rope by Cueball MacKenzie on Tuesday's show.
First up was a hillbilly import from the USA, James Jackson who lives up in Koah. Jackson was inserted in the show immediately following a "live read" commercial for Pacific Toyota. His first comments were to praise "the best advertisers" on "the best talk show" with "the best callers". He drooled over his apparent recent purchase of a used car at Pacific Toyota.
Jackson, an American Cueball bootlicker, failed to note for the audience that Pacific Toyota is also a wholly-owned American dealership. Is he being paid by the Yanks to spruik them? Cash for comment again?
Jackson then made a plea for assistance to Barrier Reef Aviation, which has been shuttered by CASA for safety violations. This followed an earlier rant by Minister for Blogs Warren Entsch who came dangerously close to defaming individuals in this CASA action. Suffice to say no one with any detailed knowledge of this situation has come forward to explain why Barrier has been shut down. We however prefer aviation safety issues to err on the side of caution. Cairns and the Cape have had more than their share of fatal aviation accidents.
Then came Raj Patel in Edmonton. He's frequently over the years been on a diatribe against the Cairns International Tennis Centre in the North Cairns recreational district. The Tennis Centre was a project instigated by the Kevin Byrne council, and completed under Mayor Val Schier. It has on several occasions hosted world-class tennis competitions, and is one part of the city's overall sports tourism strategy. As a community tennis centre it's considered first rate, however with tennis a "faddish" sport that rises or falls on Australian success in the sport, all the city's tennis courts have had better days.
Raj Patel is known for "picking and choosing" facts while ignoring the larger arguments. In this case he bludgeons the council for approving the centre and attacks Tennis Queensland for basically doing their job, promoting tennis.
In an unconfirmed charge Patel claims that the operator of the tennis centre is in liquidation.
Patel claims that no feasibility study was done, then quotes a feasibility study that says tennis would be available at the centre 330 days a year! He claims this is ludicrous, saying "anyone that lives in Cairns knows you can't play tennis half the year because of cyclones and the hot weather".
What bullshit Raj! People don't play tennis because of "hot weather"??? He then claims the location is the major problem, saying "if you live in Edmonton or Mt. Sheridan, why would you drive 45 minutes to North Cairns".
Then the real agenda of Raj Patel is revealed. Netball.
Netball. Basketball with all the fun removed. Basketball for babies. A game designed by women, for women who don't want to disturb their hairdoos or break a nail. The stupidest fuck-all game imaginable.
Raj Patel then demands that the Tennis Centre should be converted to netball play. Suddenly, the cyclones, hot weather, and 45 minute drive are moot if they could play netball there instead of tennis.
Raj, you're a joke.