Traveling home yesterday around noon came up behind a marked police ute to become number four in line doing sixty five on straights reducing to as slower on corners.
Oncoming made passing impossible so some six kms later with the convoy now in excess of ten the cop had had enough and lit up with siren.
The poor bugger at two must have needed a change of undies and I have no clue as to what the moron in the White sedan leading ended up with, if anything as a ticket but it was a very clear case of "driving without attention" even "inconsiderate road use".
The Veteran, much to Mrs Veteran's chagrin, is a cricket nut. Those of you who follow the Black Caps both in NZL and o'seas will be well aware there is an 'annoying' Kiwi fan who positions himself right in the eye of the camera immediately adjacent to the sight screen and normally to its left..
Doesn't matter if it's in Oz, RSA, India, Pakistan, Zimbabwe or Bangladesh or wherever, there he is in dark sunnies with a toy kiwi wrapped around his gut and waving his version of the NZL ensign with some writing on the bottom.
Clearly he has dosh because it must cost him heaps to follow the team everywhere. Clearly too he likes to be seen on TV although I am reliably informed that Sky Sports Camera Crews have instructions to try and avoid showing him ... but without too much success because of where he positions himself.
Has to be a story behind this, the supposed Black Caps number one fan... anyone know it?
Forget all those nice young men that successive judges have bent over backwards to be forgiving to.
All Blacks, Law students, some scion of a wine family, a list that seems to be well beyond the Blind Lady of Justice, here was a case where such impressive leniency could seem fair and good.
A woman married to a man for 25 years becomes aware that someone had been a very naughty boy.
Teenage son finds some images on bad dad's cell phone of the fellow player in some examples of friction while wearing what some prurient justice deemed insufficient attire.
How bloody dumb was that not the activity but keeping the images on a cell?
So Mrs Now Really Offended (not her real name), prints a few A4 posters of the naked woman and some inimate action pics of Bad Dad and his new paramour and places them strategically around their little village where Bad Dad was the fire chief
Any way humourless sharp point Clayton (the judge you have when you don't have a judge) convicts wronged woman for distributing offensive matter and fines her $250.
Should have nominated her for housewife of the year, hell no one died in the commission.
Last time I checked creating red faces was normal societal fun and games, way less damaging physically than a young rising star smashing two young ladies and someone else trying to help them.
Justice aint Blind it is crippled and needs intensive care.
Chief District Court Judge needs to call Mr Clayton in for a little chat that sometimes revenge is a dish best served cold, even for heat seeking Fire Chiefs. The perpetrator of the "offensive" was not Mrs N R Offended, it was the dumbarse who deserved all that embarrassment and more.
As I predicted, certain sections of the media have declared all out war on President Elect Trump and its ugly. Not a day goes past without reports of new allegations; not a day goes past without reports of divisions in the Trump ranks; never mind that much of accompanying commentary is puerile and never mind that in everything Trump is portrayed in terms of 'guilty until proven innocent'.
Take for example he reported division between the President-elect and his nominees for Defense Secretary and CIA Director over 'Russia'.. Trump sez he wants good relations with Russia while General Mattis (Defense) and Congressman Pompeo (CIA) both assess Russia to be the number one threat facing the country. Has it occurred to those alleging division that the two statements are not mutually exclusive?
I hold no great brief for Trump except to acknowledge that he about to become President of the worlds number one super power. But I think the media are playing a dangerous game. They have to respect the office even though clearly they don't respect the man .... and never will. Truth be known and the media needs Trump more the Trump needs the media. He holds the cards. He can pull their accreditation to the White House; he doesn't have to have news conferences; he can talk over their collective heads to the American people direct secure in the knowledge that only 40% of Americans consider the media to be somewhat trustworthy (down from 55% in 1999). Those are not numbers to be proud of. Walter Cronkite will be turning in his grave.
The fourth estate has an important role to play in the democratic process. It seems to me they are getting close to editing themselves out of the game.
So Kingi Taurua now sez the letter, sent over his signature, to the Prime Minister making it clear that he was to be denied speaking rights at the Powhiri welcoming him onto the Te Tii Marae at Waitangi didn't say what he thought it said and he's sorry about that ... ROFL.
Don't back down Prime Minister. Don't go. Never go. The Marae has no mana. The lunatics that run the place have seen to that. John Armstrong (bless his cotton pickin sox) has summed up the situation perfectly here
Updated further ... KT now claims the letter sent over his signature was authored by certain 'Young Turks' on the Marae committee. Ipso facto ... not his fault. Clearly if we were believe that (and I don't) Taurua doesn't subscribe to the HST dictum ... the buck stops here. I see that David Rankin, respected Ngapuhi elder, has disowned KT and his mob and endorsed the decision of the PM not to turn up. Hurrah for common sense.
My very good friend Whaleoil and some of my co-bloggers here have taken upon themselves to shill for Israel following the NZL led 14-0 zip vote in the Security Council condemning the creation of new Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank.
That initiative, that vote, has my support in trying to broker a solution to the Palestinian question. It's a problem that has to be solved because, until it is, both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples will never live in peace.
Too much of the debate is about slogans. Too much of the debate is argued in terms of black and white. You're either for Israel or against it. You're either for the Palestinians or against them. There is no middle ground. To that I say crap because the alternative is perpetual war or near war. Is that the way 'you' want it to be? I'm not interested in slogans. I'm only interested in solutions
Now, unless my right wing colleagues think I've gone soft in the head, can I state unequivocally my support for the Jewish State. Indeed, I have just finished reading David Cesarani's book 'The Final Solution ... The fate of the Jews 1933-1949'. No-one can read that book and not fail to understand the mantra that underpins Israel and Israeli politics ... 'Never Again'. But in saying that you cannot ignore the simple fact that 4.50 million Palestinians live in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
First, let's get the history right. In the 1993 Olso Accords Israel (yes Israel) acknowledged the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as representing the Palestinian people. In return, the PLO recognised the right of Israel to exist in 'peace'. The region has been short on peace ever since. In 1994 the Palestine National Authority was established. It exercises governance (of a sort) over Gaza and parts of the Occupied West Bank.
Subsequent to that Palestine has been accorded the status of a de jure sovereign state recognised by 136 countries.
Having said that we need to acknowledge there are elements in Israeli society that view the Palestinians as 'unterminch' (and I use that term deliberately) while in Palestinian society too there are elements, led by HAMAS and supported by Iran, dedicated to the destruction of the Israeli state. Both the Israeli and Palestinian governments include what might be termed 'extremist' elements who view concessions of any sort as selling out to the other side. Indeed, the Israeli PM, Netanyahu, is under particular pressure to hang tough given that he is the subject of a criminal investigation launched by his own Attorney-General into allegations of corruption.
Put all that to one side and it is accepted there are two and two only possible solutions to the problem ... the one state and two state solutions. I hold the view that the one state solution is a no-goer. The enmity alone between the Israelis and the Palestinians would tend to rule that out. It is predicated on (for the time being) a Jewish dominated state (8.5 million Israelis vs 4.5 million Palestinians ... 2.7m in the West Bank and 1.8m in the Gaza Strip). Even assuming the Palestinians were to be accorded full citizenship rights (and I doubt whether Israel is prepared to go that far) the reality is that the birth rate among Palestinians (26.5 births per 1,000 in the West Bank and 39.4 in the Gaza Strip) far outstrips that of Israel (21.3). In time Palestinians would outnumber Israelis. Israel would be mad to agree to a one state solution.
That leaves us with the two state solution endorsed by most countries in the world. The sticking point is boundaries particularly those in respect of the West Bank. And that leads us back to the UN resolution because the continued encroachment of new Israeli settlements on disputed West Bank land pushes back attempts to resolve the boundary dispute. Put simply, new settlements are adding to and perpetuating the problem and Trump and Julie Bishop (Oz Foreign Minister) in criticising the UN resolution are associating themselves and their respective administrations with the problem rather than the solution.
The one issue I have with the two state solution relates to the status of Jerusalem. Israel holds that Jerusalem is their capital city. That notwithstanding, many countries treat Tel Aviv as such and have their embassys there. Jerusalem has holy sites of significance to the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions. There is underlying tension between the faiths over the treatment of the holy places. It seems to me a possible way round that might be to designate Jerusalem as a city state in its own right under a UN mandate and protection with free access to all peoples.
Some will disagree with this post. That is your right and privilege. But if you're going to have a go at me don't resort to slogans. Spell out precisely your alternative to the two state solution and how it is to be achieved in a way that is fair to both the Jewish and Palestinian peoples.
And BTW. I don't appreciate some dipstick Oz senator from the One Nation Party calling for sanctions against NZL over its co-sponsoring of the resolution. Senator Roberts is hardly justified to in making such a call which is at odds with the ONP policy which calls for it to be easier for New Zealanders to gain Australian citizenship and access to social security benefits. He would be better explaining why he attempted to rort the Oz taxpayer of $30,000 wrongly claimed as a tax deduction and why he thinks that international bankers (the Rothchilds, Goldman Sachs, the Rockefellers and the Warburg family) supported by the US Federal Reserve, are part of a Jewish conspiracy to introduce global socialism. In short, he's a nutter in a Party that's had its fair share of nutters.
Does he seriously think that the criminals and others as yet not convicted who choose to hold weapons capable of killing without the necessary licence, for what ever reason while ignoring our already restrictive for honest citizens to a point of some inconvenience gun law categories.
Why talk such rubbish and remove any residual doubt as to his fitness to be the head honcho of the constabulary, his call for an amnesty to allow guns to be surrendered to police with no prosecution is just a charade and will have zero effect on criminals coming in to the nice local plod and smiling while they hand over sawn off shottys, AK 47s, and hand guns they have gone to so much trouble and expense to acquire.
There are already a goodly number of responsible gun owners who have complied with the very expensive conditions that allow them to buy any gun including military style automatics that get ignorant sharp points exercised, lawfully permitted under the onerous E endorsement category. They can also acquire hand guns and antique weapons no questions asked but they must keep an up to date inventory of all weapons they possess including full serial numbers make and model. Hells bells even I with my basic Firearms licence can buy or just accept a rifle or shotgun no longer wanted by an acquaintance.
THE AMNESTY IS NOT GOING TO MAKE A BLIND BIT OF DIFFERENCE.
So this latest effort has all the hallmarks of a Brain Fart.
It is well known that the police will trash to destruction almost every weapon surrendered under this cheap inane option that will inevitably include some rare and/or historic weapons that have ended up in the attic of Aunty Alice. That is the sum all that this massive PR drive will accomplish when her snowflake distant relative takes an opportunity to end what could be an embarrassing but somewhat explainable breach of the law.
What the big cheese plod should do is make voluntary surrender an amnesty procedure everytime a citizens wishes to surrender weapons without prosecution unless ballistics reveal a connection to a crime.
Am I being cynical and somewhat suspicious that this will be the prequel to a harsh rewrite of the current firearms laws that will have the same beneficial outcomes for dealing with the gun outlaws as the anti smacking law has had in preventing poor little socks being dropped on their vulnerable heads, that is absolutely none.
However any tightening of the current laws will only make lawful responsible gun owners a whole lot more suspicious and might even cause some of the more deeply committed to become outlaws all the while leaving the criminals who hold a significant number of weapons far more dangerous in setup and fire power than hunters and owners at present hold securely, laughing, as they continue to give the system the finger.
If Hollywood reckons Donald Trump was mocking a disabled person, which he wasn't, then what on earth did they think the movie "Forrest Gump" was doing but taking the piss out of the intellectually handicapped??
Actors and actresses should stick to acting. A few of them are good at it.
The way they are going, they will guarantee Trump is in the chair for eight years.
Today the out going President of the US is scheduled to make a farewell speech.
If as I expect he lists the achievements of his eight years it shouldn't take long but with his track record of obfuscation, misrepresentation and exaggeration so long as the teleprompter does not breakdown he will take a long time to say very little.
With the complete shambles he leaves in the Middle East, at least his predecessor had the motive of revenge for his disasters from the failed assassination attempt on his dad, but Barry has only ineptitude and stupidity to blame and there have been shiploads of both.
His legacy will be with us and in particular Europe for generation from the forced exodus of Muslim men from all corners into mainland Europe.
Hell even Ms Merkell's deputy has finally woken up to what has been wrought.
Black Lives Matter, well Barry here how it should be, "all freakin lives matter", even that challenged victim of the very drawn out beating and humiliation from a bunch of discoloured perps, two with male traits and two possibly female.
Oh and what has happened in your beloved Illinois.
From Chicago Police last Summer;
murder victims by race
murderers by Race
Then there is Medicare or as it is now, Obama care, what a bloody crying shame those horrendous unaffordable premium surges came when they were so damaging to the only hope you had that Billary could win and somehow stop the coming implosion.
Homeland security is only accomplishing massive inconvenience for many while enough mentally unstables still sadly get to carry out their damaging lone wolf attacks.
so Barry O'Bama put simply GBABY (good bye and bugger you)
For as long as I can remember mayhem on the TiTi (Lower) Marae at Waitangi has featured as the lead item on the TV news on Waitangi Day. The reality is that the disfunctional Marae leadership have abrogated their host responsibilities and Marae protocol to the point where the Prime Minister has said enough is enough ... you want me to respect the mana of the Marae but in turn you refuse to respect the dignity of my office by refusing me the right to speak at the powhiri welcoming me onto the Marae. That is a studied insult. Bill English has made the right decision.
Kingi Tauroa is the chief lunatic in charge of the asylum. He plays to the cameras. He enjoys his moment in the sun. But the reality is that the TiTi Marae has no special place in our history. The action was all on Treaty Grounds. TiTi Marae came later and if individual Maori wish to protest at the Marae then fine, but the Prime Minister is right to call time out on his attendance there. I would go one step further and pull any official recognition afforded the TiTi Marae. You earn respect; the Marae, by its own actions, has forfeited any respect due.
Talking to a Maori mate of mine over a beer at Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack in Paihia this afternoon after the story broke. He rolled his eyes ... "Kingi doing his thing ... doesn't speak for me, never has". The voice of embarrassed Maoridom. Take that over KT and his bunch of kaumatua misfits any day.
Andrew Beecroft enjoys a reputation as one who gives a dam where youth offending is concerned, imeho, well deserved, but whether from his doing or not, his shares took a hit on the gravedodger 'main board' during the Holiday Shutdown of NZ when he joined the hypocriticals.
Along with incumbents Garry Morgan et al who, having gained by whatever means more than comfortable security, he was reported in the lame stream media suggesting more money be removed by fiat from older people and donated to the young.
Sorry Andy but with zero appreciation from one of your target demographic as donor, that is in a word, moronic, retarded, idiotic and merely demonstrates again how totally removed from reality you have become.
Now I did not envy your previous job of sitting on the bench listening to endless diatribes from learned counsel as to why yet one more scrote was appearing before you for what society regards rightly as untenable activity.
Now you have reached a new zenith as Children's Commissioner that gives you a new 'Profile' from Chief Youth court Judge, you are clearly no better informed with what you were reported to be saying in the news vacuum that always comes with the one month shut down for NZ Inc.
As one who was born into actual 'poverty' during WW2 yet managed by some serious hard work, long hours, much involving extreme hard physical labour and denial of much of what generation Y Z or is it now AA see as their entitlement, I find your reported remarks flippant and offensive here and now some seven decades later.
Long drop/removable bucket,contents to be buried, sanitation, using cut up squares of news papers for wipes,
Untreated drinkingwater supplies from water races and contaminated roof gutters,
Hand me down clothes,
A two mile walk to reach a converted "K" Bedford truck as a school bus with unrestrained lengthwise bench seats to a country school,
That school staffed in the main with fresh out of training school teachers bent on getting the two years rural service out of their hair,
Very rare trips to the city some 100 kms distant on metal roads until Woodend where they "sold beer by the pound" and the concrete slab road gave a percussion like road noise as tires crossed the bitumen joiners. A journey probably necessitated by a lack of anyone to guard us at home. That two hours there and back under a frayed taupaulin sitting on a straw filled double striper sack on the tray of the 1930s V8 utility
a very simple food diet with plenty of sugar, salt and animal fats, with considerable if it could not be sold we ate it philosophy
Father who was gone working from dawn til dusk even at christmas,
Mother buried under the drudgery of no dish washer, vacuum cleaner, washing machine, a white spirit Iron.
House water heated by the wet back in the wood range that only produced during daylight hours or on 'Mondays' by lighting an old pumice copper, handling scalding wet sheets with bleached broom handles to a mangle then hanging the resulting laundry on a clothes line of Number eight wire strung between two trees, not placed for efficient use of space or convenience,
Domestic lighting from one "aladdin lamp" with a fabric mantle that allowed evening reading for adults in the kitchen,
no candles, ever, for fire risk reasons and no torches or lighting till dawn broke.
A solitary Dr some 30kms distant, no fire brigade or ambulance
party single line earth return telephone hours 0800 to 2000 hrs daily, shared with six other households, wire strung on dry Manuka poles sans insulators. A unreliable system that gave a working knowledge of Morse code with A D K M R S U and W as call signs, T was for exchange and E was ring off.
One valve radio, battery powered and not to be touched by any other than an adult
No ice creams, fizzy drinks, chewing gum, lollies,
A church service once a month in a bachelor neighbour's living room,
Social contact beyond immediate family zero,
An unstated expectation of a work effort as soon as physically able,
Christmas stocking stuffed with books signed with seasons greetings from elderly childless aunt.
And "HOLIDAYS", well there were the weeks away from school but as for going on holiday that was stuff of fairy tales read about in The Famous Five from Enid Blyton involving the exiting and Idyllic adventures of George(girl) how confronting was that for one with two decidedly non female Uncle Georges and a King of the same name, Julian Dick and Anne and a dog with no clear purpose called Timmy.
Here citizen Beecroft is my well considered sentence with more allowance for your previous lifes work that my charitable disposition should consider for your clearly ignorance based offensive remarks so well recorded and not refuted in organs of media that should have stood with you in the dock.
So my still regarded with diminishing respect learned ex judge, relinquish all your superannuation entitlements, donate all your accumulated wealth to charity beyond your reach and rent a disused farm house somewhere a need is apparent and work your remaining years to unpaid remedial work amongst the youth you see as so deserving of my meager hard won financial reserves, then approach the LSM with a wonderful tale how you find poverty, safe in the knowledge it was not forced on you by a government acting within the law enforcing your stupid ideas on a defenceless bunch who worked hard and went without to accumulate what would appear to you to be peanuts.
Or alternatively get down from your ivory tower and actually try to get an understanding as to just how generously we resource the so called deprived youth of 2016.
To me with my memories backed by recorded history your pontification is more offensive than a totally well intentioned warning to a clearly inebriated member of your newly discovered altruism entitled youth who demonstrated just how the current system can leave a young lady so bereft of language skills. In a tirade on social media where in excess of 25 words in a diatribe of some minutes it included such profanity and that lady in question has allegedly "won an English prize"at her state funded highschool.
Perhaps you should consider wisely using your remaining time in study and inquiry into the real world you so clearly left some time ago.
Who remembers that wonderful Peter Sellers comedy?
From Wiki, the plot:-
European duchy of Grand Fenwick is bankrupted when an American company
comes up with a cheaper imitation of Fenwick's sole export, its fabled Pinot
Grand Fenwick wine. Crafty prime minister Count Mountjoy (Peter
Sellers) devises a plan.Grand
Fenwick will declare war on the United
Fast forward from 1959 to 2016 and NZ’s very own pint sized comedian,
Murray McCully, declares war on the incoming US administration by sponsoring a
UN resolution to help the Islamic enemies
of Israel crush the only democracy in
the Middle East.
Perhaps I don’t read the right reports but I’m yet to see
any careful and dispassionate analysis of the potential short, medium and long
term effects of this extraordinary episode on the fortunes of New Zealand.I doubt they will be positive.
I have some questions.
1 Did the cabinet approve the sponsorship of the resolution? Was the PM kept informed the whole way through?
2 Was this resolution, and NZ’s pivotal part in it, a factor
influencing PM John Key to resign?
3 How is it in NZ’s interests to sponsor a resolution organized
by the lame duck Israel hating Obama administration in its dying days?
4 What effect will this episode have on NZ’s relationship with
the incoming Trump administration? (Cast your mind back to the time when a
surly and bitter NZ PM publicly opined that the loser would have been a better
president than Dubbya.Said loser went
on to become the world’s most infamous shyster and bullshit artist.)
5 What effect will it have on NZ's relationship with Israel.? Will Israel stop sharing intelligence with NZ?
6 Will there be adverse electoral consequences for National or
is this just another beltway issue?
(This morning, Whaleoil carries a piece by one MohamedHassan from Radio NZ in which one is informed trade with Israel is around $100m
while trade with major Arab states is 4.8b.)That’s not a bad starting point.
Surely there must be some retired diplomat/MFAT staffer who
has the intellectual grunt to produce a decent column on the subject.Clearly, there are no journalists who are
By the way, for what they are worth, my answers to the above questions are:-
1 I don't know.
2 I don't know but I wouldn't be surprised if it did.
3 It isn't.
5 Severely adverse.
6 I think National will suffer a significant loss of votes. Let's see what the next polls have to say.
It is now completed, the truth is it is now constitutionally fact, President Elect Donald Trump.
The two legislative chambers of the US Legislature have received the decision from the 'Electoral College" confirming what all sane people had accepted since the US Federal elections in November.
However that did not stop some "Losers" from the bunch who under possibly the most fraudulent use of the word 'Democrat', since the Communist states thought it would give a degree of legitimacy to their totalitarian dictatorships, to wit The Workers Party Of Korea who run the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, and another Howler GDR the name of the repressive Stalinist outfit that murderously ran "The German Democratic Republic until Gorby made them stand up and run things without Soviet finance and military support.
At least in The US ,Joe Biden kept his head and his dignity by saying to those people who would deny democratic freedoms with a last ditch "we was robbed" stand, with his gavel and proclaiming "IT'S OVER".
Is it part of the 'convict culture' or Oz larrikinism at its best/worst or just a refusal to acknowledge the character flaws in some of their sporting icons that has the powers that be falling over themselves in honoring former greats who would struggle, even with the best will in the world, to be seen as role models for their respective codes.
'Warnie' in cricket and Andrew Johns in League spring readily to mind. Talented ... without doubt. Deeply flawed too.
I mean, could anyone really see Lou Vincent receiving contemporary honors for his service to cricket?
I am being too prissy ... perhaps we don't need to look at the package deal? Naaah, I'll stick with the package deal.
So Simon 'man of the people' Bridges with his clearly inflated opinion of how Waitakere Man should act, along with his recently augmented already inflated salary package thinks we should all help save the planet and buy an electric vehicle.
Bah Humbug you supercilious sharp point, with a range of 50Kms and a top speed of 170 clicks max permitted speed 104kph), your Mitzi Outlander at$20k extra would be as useful as a garbage bag with no bottom. Hang on that is an exaggeration at least the bag is a much lower cost and two carefully used could contain the real garbage of one. Your poncy pretend off-roader would barely get you out of Tauranga let alone do a trip through the Mamakus.
Of course you probably scored a great deal as a promo along with the flash toy you so obviously bought for your missus as a patronising domestic abuse manoeuvre and it will all be written off as a promotion of yourself tax writeoff eh.
A couple of points from someone who lives in the real world.
We the people cannot call up a 'crown car' complete with chauffeur at no personal cost when your little act of stupidity runs out of power and no charging station near. Of course you will get the AA to come and tow you to one and we the people will pay for all that including your AA roadside assist.
Not very many of us, the people who pay for your self-indulgent act of "look at me" have the idle $20k sitting there, how does this act of inanity remind me of Federal Australian Cabinet Minister of Health Susan Ley, who on a taxpayer trip to the gold coast accompanied by her hubby suddenly decided to buy an investment property there "on a Whim" at the chump change cost of almost $A800K.
And Mr Bridges has delusions of grandeur as a future Prime Minister.
This AM on Newstalk ZB's "summer breakfast" Tim Dower interviewed Australian Federal Senator Malcolm Roberts from The One Nation Party, ostensibly over their condemnation of McCully's awesome effort in support of Hamas that has so many exercised around the world.
However in what I could only conclude was a pathetic attempt to put the Senator off his stride, Dower began with an ambush attack on Roberts' well known total opposition to the fraud that surrounds man's causing accelerated global warming now oddly renamed climate change.
As that rude and clearly unannounced ploy failed in spite of Dower's best efforts they moved on to One Nations suggestion that New Zealand's advantageous immigration status could be altered as a result of the unprecedented attack on The State Of Israel.
Again Dower behaved like a Banshee as Senator Roberts consistently resisted the moronic attempts to cudgel him and that very biased position was only brought into stark relief when as a follow up, Dower had "crim cuddler" Kelvin (I am a rock star) Davis on in rebuttal and gave him a clear virtually uninterrupted three minutes, where he delivered a diatribe of cliche ridden rubbish that contributed zilch to the debate.
Maybe Dower could advance the sum of knowledge had he made an attempt to interview Our Prime Minister to bring some understanding to what may well be the next step in the downfall of Simon English.
Cricky even Mal 'Turncoat' Turnbull is somewhat puzzled and clearly not in support of Mad Monk McCully
that Somali Refugee, Asha Abilla, sentenced to nine years imprisonment for trying to hijack an Air NZ aircraft during which she stabbed both pilots and a passenger, due to complete her sentence on 7 February, and assessed by the Parole Board as likely to (1) attempt another hijacking or (2) to set herself on fire should not be deported quick smart back to Somalia the minute she is released.
OK, I know it is planned that she will be transferred to a mental health unit under a compulsory treatment order (CTO) on her release but perhaps someone could tell me the justification for this in my/our dime.
Being granted refugee status is a privilege not to be abused. What God givith, God can taketh away.
Is it 'Simon Says'? if so the silence is deafening, for all saints man, say something
Mr English has been eerily quiet since McCully made many of the natural supporters of National endure a deep feeling a good friend has been dumped on with O'Bama's stitch up over UNSC resolution 2334 by the US declining to veto a clearly biased condemnation of Israel over integration through Jewish "settlements". Clearly a swift kick in the goolies aimed at Trump along with Netanyahu by a bitter and twisted Lame Duck POTUS
By joining such international heavyweights as Malaysia, Senegal and in particular, the seriously failed socialist state of Venezuela in sponsoring this one sided official chiding of the only functioning democracy in the middle East where Arab citizens enjoy full rights while all the Arab states support Hamas, a terrorist entity whose founding charter has the total destruction of the state of Israel as policy'
NZ is now identified as a supporter of mindless terrorism. All the while Christians and Jews are in serious endangerment throughout the world of Islam.
Now many center right supporters of what John Key and Bill English have delivered over the last eight years, while McCully has been a wart needing liquid nitrogen particularly over his bizarre machinations over funding a "sheep Farm in the Saudi Desert", are in a state of wonderment. For me why that was ever going to be a good idea while sheep do so well here in godzone with finding "markets" as the biggest obstacle, was puzzling to say the least.
So for those of us with lingering doubts over the National leader who took his party to an electoral result that left Goff then Cunliffe and possibly Little all sustaining an aura of success by keeping Mr 20.9% in the same place of odium as the 1955 NZ cricket team who hold the record lowest innings score of 26 all out in a five day test.
Some are saying that Simon needs to be cut some slack as his woeful 20.9% was nearly 15 years ago, however I am somewhat less charitable. I recall one inclement evening when we were dining at "Robbies" in Wilsons Rd prior to a Crusaders home game (it earned us a handy carpark for our 80km drive home) and guess who swept in resplendent in a brand new "Driz-bone" and "Akuba" hat. None other than a very tiny man trying to be noticed, it was election year after all!
That contrived but inept attempt at being a "man of the People" left me totally unsurprised when a few weeks later he was buried alive by the Labour Party, I sometimes wonder what became of the oilskin coat or the hat, not much use in the House of the People, methinks.
So Bill maybe cease with the Simple Simon modus and perhaps make at a minimum, some convincing argument as to how exactly the serious departure from what so many of your natural support base see as changing to a cowardly belly crawling obsequious departure from the decent moral position that McCully has delivered.
Sorry but a pic on Facebook buying Kumara chips from Wendys at Havelock is not nearly enough and it is now weeks since your confirmed choice as the International Face of NZ was confirmed as safely in situ until later this year.
NZ needs to know if you and your Cabinet colleagues are all in total support of this act of embarrassment that so many see it as.
Yet the Traffic Police continue with their moronic obsession with speed and drink driving while fatal accident stats mirror movement numbers. Hello, there are so many more vehicles on the move in 2016
Fatalities on NZ roads peaked pre oil shocks in the early seventies with similar horror levels in both population and per Vehicles references.
Better engineered vehicles, improving road design and much faster and comprehensive first response attention when excrement hits rotary have led to a pleasing remarkable reduction in road deaths to around half the 1970 levels.
However with relatively amateur abilities often replacing many of the more professional drivers at holiday times coupled with serious extra loading of people and goods for the trip, reducing accident rates at holiday times needs far greater enforcement planning than the mindless strategically placed speed cameras and drink drive smash and grab mentality.
Education, driver training and mufti car/motor cycle policing without an overweening revenue driver are badly needed to discover and attempt to improve driver behaviours.
The tragic bus incident at Wharerata and the three fatals at Southbridge were never going to be prevented by a camera situated at the end of a passing lane or concealed at the bottom of a downhill on a strait bit of 'holiday highway, neither were they within the other revenue gathering, driver threatening policy of booze check points.
We joined the SH 1 at McLeans Island Rd on Johns Rd last Thursday heading to Parnassus for New Year and from that point until the Waipara Junction it was nose to tail at between 45 kph and 80 kph, punctuated by the odd moron who gained a few places often with a less than defensive driving manoeuvre.
After the Big W (pub now long gone) traffic volumes diminished by over 90 % But no reduction in morons heading to, I assume, Kaikoura.
Big ups to the ignoramus who gave us such a fulsome greeting just past the Glenmark Church, I assume he considered our contributions to the roading fund as insufficient to permit us to share his roads.
I used to pull over as soon as a faster vehicle caught up but now unless there is a widened road such as in a township or a designated slow lane or passing lane, I don't risk accident or damage just because the verge might appear OK, a mirage that can suddenly end with a culvert or other obstacle. That practice ended one day around ten years ago in the Lewis Pass when a maintenance shingle area seemed to offer such an opportunity only to do some serious damage to my trailer from a crater that some might describe as a pothole.
Should anyone wish to get to their destination earlier, either get started earlier or be prepared to be tolerant. Ignorant attitudes can be quick to condemn a nervous nellie towing a well loaded trailer or mobile home but accept a heavy truck and trailer crawling uphill as no problem
Stupid can lead to tragic outcomes all too quickly, and afaik there is no quick fix for stupid. A salient fact that the unlicensed 14 yo at Southbridge will spend the rest of his days dealing with.
That said my sympathies go to the families of those three dead and all those who will now find Christmas holidays an annual bitter memory for all time, whatever the probable cause of avoidable death is decided by a coronial inquiry.
As for Cliff and his bereft of answers police planners cease with the now revealed as a naked Emperor 'jihad' against having a quiet one or allowing road speed to go to 105 kph on a straight road with no other traffic around. That white noise is clearly running out of steam as stats around increasing traffic densities reveal.
Continued adherence to the now exhausted meme is tiresome and in fact probably adding to the problem as the carping continues its irrelevance while stupid and ignorant coupled with poor judgement continue to increase with the growth in movement numbers.
Very quiet Xmas/New Year. Mrs Veteran was released from hospital on Xmas eve after undergoing major back surgery. The operation looks to have been a success although she can't drive, fly or lift anything heavier than 2 kg for another four weeks. That's going to cramp her lifestyle (and mine) a tad. The professionalism of the staff and the care she received at the Whangarei Hospital was magnificent ... food another story ... could have graced the table of any half decent refugee camp in the the middle of Ethiopia.
On Monday attended a soiree at the Copthorne in the Hokianga hosted by Peter and Sally MacCauley. Hot sun (my burned snozz testimony to that), delicious food, cold wine, eclectic conversation. Among those present were Mr & Mrs South Hokianga (Peter and Thelma Oldham). Peter 90 years young and is living history. He is an accomplished yachtsman who counts among his forebears a Governor-General, Mr Speaker and two other MPs while Nancy Wake (the White Mouse) was his niece. Also there was Matt King, National's candidate for Northland and Pastor Mike Shaw who does incredible work among the disadvantaged in Kaikohe along with his wife Alison. Sally M (nee Catchpole) can, as a very young girl. remember the bodies being brought back to Waiouru where her father was a senior serving officere following the Tangiwai disaster while Peter M's Auntie Vi was Vivienne Bullwinkel, AO, MBE, ARRC, ED, the sole survivor of the Banjka Island Massacre which saw 21 of her fellow Australian nurses machine gunned and killed by the Japanese on Radji Beach in the Rio Archipelago on 16 February 1942. As I said, the conversation was eclectic.
Back in Paihia yesterday and it was the hottest day of the year. The town is packed with holiday makers ... traffic jams !!!!!!!! At 4.00 pm took Memsahib down to 'Alongside' on the waterfront for a latte and a beer (me). Not a breath of wind. Temperature was 32c. Today looks to be just as hot. Might have to have another one or two (beers that is).
Go the summer although the farmers up here are crying for rain.
p.s. Special congrats to Sally M on her just announced appointment as Chair of the Northland DHB.
See Mrs V's comments about hospital tucker ... expect caviar and chips from hereon-in. 😋