Thursday, September 20, 2018

The New TV Mystery - Where is Andrew Saville?

A few of us were debating my fastest All Black ever question at Bowls in Waipawa on Tuesday and one of the others raised the question - what has happened to Andrew Saville we haven't seen him on TV for ages. Does anyone have the answer - perhaps even Andrew could come on to the thread and tell us what he is doing these days as it does not seem to include presenting on Sky or TVNZ.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Following the indefensible concerted attacks on Lauren Southern and Stephen Molyneux instigated by long time lefty Mayor  of Auckland with his "deplatforming" tactics, done as a personal assault on Freedom of Speach and movement came an even more disturbing incident at Massey Uni.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Jan Thomas, Queensland educated and intellectually suspect, took it on herself to deny a student political  club doing a series of addresses by some leaders in national politics both  current and former, to prevent ex National leader Don Brash from being involved.

This morning Mr Farrar's Blog has a very revealing summary, assisted by OIA, that leaves Ms Thomas only one way forward.
Those of us who watch with disgust at how socialism and lefty theory failures, dominate so much University current practice in advancing the cause of human progress, must see how this incident unfolded as now revealed by Farrar as a step far to far.
The language, tactical nous, and lying to her fellow senior staff, the media and the public leaves her with one option.
Just bugger off before you do any more damage.

There may have been racist undertones in that  unfortunate unfolding incident but they emanated from the gob and computer of Ms  Jan Thomas, not Donald Brash.

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Fastest All Black Ever

Late on Saturday afternoon I was catching up with some random sports coverage in The Herald when I found an article where someone suggested Reiko Ioane was the fastest All Black ever. They compared him with a few relatively recent All Blacks going back to about the turn of the century and over the last day and a half I have been thinking about a few further back than that who may well have been faster. For example Peter Henderson (1950) an absolute flyer, Bruce McPhail (1959) who at age 47 ran 11.7 for the hundred yards so he must have been quick as a young fellow, Rod Heeps (early 1960's) 3 national 100yards titles and clocked at 9.8 plus record try scorer for the All Blacks with 8 in one match in Australia in 1962 and Tony Steel (mid 1960's) selected as a Commonwealth Games (probably Jamaica 1966) sprinter but turned it down for the All Black jersey. I also thought of Terry Wright from the mid to late 80's but on a quick look could not find much info on his athletic abilities and Ron Jarden but his athletic prowess was mainly in the 400yards. Can anyone think of others?


Those with a few brain cells still functioning and an ability to see beyond the clear intoxicating effect that has the Socialists (albeit the ones further to the left anyway) in power, will recall the denigration piled onto John Key in a mindless epithet "Smile and Wave".

Watching the propaganda arm of the current occupiers of the Government benches attempting to move a wheel barrow of bovine excrement from the back of the cow bail onto the national stage in a pathetic attempt at " we are one" without the singing, thank all the deities, was I the only one who noticed all the CoL players were making forced efforts to continually smile and wave while the rest of the carefully managed side show presented, not surprisingly, absolutely nothing news worthy.

I suppose while they were doing that wasted effort they were not actually destroying any of the remaining productive sector who must be wondering what is coming down the line next.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

A Quiet Nap

On most days, Adolf indulges in a forty minute nap, after lunch.

Today he was awakened by a gentle rocking at about 1250.   Thinking The Cook might be getting frisky, Adolf sat up and looked around but the room was empty.

Aaah haaaa, I thought.  Must be an earthquake.

It went on for about thirty seconds and was indeed an earthquake of 5.6 Richter scale, centred at Walpole, about 130 miles away.

There must be some way I can pin it on Turnbull before the Julie Bishop announces it's Abbott's fault.

The last big one in Western Australia was centred at Meckering in 1968 and was 6.9 on the scale.

Daily Reading List

For what it's worth, here is the daily Adolfian reading list:-

The Australian
Andrew Bolt
Tim Blair
Wall Street Journal
South China Morning Post
Washington Examiner

And no, I don't look at Fox News, Sky News or Whaleoil every day.

Notably absent and unlamented:-

ABC (Both of them)
NZ Herald
Morning Star

Ardern and her poodles give major speech on absolutely nothing

From Granny:

In a show of unity, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been joined by Government coalition partners New Zealand First and the Green Party for a major speech in Auckland in which she has outlined the next steps in the Government's plans for the country.
I read about this on Friday.  I really sat up and thought, "whoa, this could be big".  Even the introductory paragraph to the Herald article says it's a "major speech in which [she] has outlined the next steps in the Government's plans for the country".  I couldn't wait to see the major policy announcements - the socialist path they were taking us down. 

Instead we get a bunch of bullet points that a twelve year old could put together for a school assignment on "What does it mean for you to be  New Zealander".  Here are some examples:

Build a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy
• Grow & share New Zealand's prosperity
• Deliver responsible governance with a broader measure of success
• Support thriving & sustainable regions
• Transition to a clean, green and carbon-neutral New Zealand

Improving the wellbeing of New Zealanders and their families

• Ensure everyone is earning, learning, caring or volunteering
• Support healthier, safer, & more connected communities
• Ensure everyone has a warm, dry home
• Make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child

Providing new leadership by Government

• Deliver transparent, transformative and compassionate Government
• Build closer partnerships with Māori
• Value who we are as a country
• Create an international reputation we can be proud of

My favourites are, "Ensure everyone is earning, learning, caring or volunteering", and "Value who we are as a country".  Followed closely by "Deliver responsible governnace with a broader measure of success".

I've never read such drivel from a government.  It's unmitigated trash, and is fit only for a year 9 social studies school assignment.

I'm embarrassed for the government, and I don't even support it.

Ho Ho Ho

According to the Democrat media, Donald Trump caused Florence - now just a storm.


A confused Barnaby Joyce looks on as Malcolm Turnbull's brain tries to escape.

A concerned Barnaby Joyce looks on as Malcolm Turnbull’s brain tries to escape

Saturday, September 15, 2018

More Fake news?

I'm not sure but the source is suspect.   CNN.

"Real life ironman - Elon Musk, has just announced that he is about to quit his position in Tesla in order to make room for a new business venture which he believes will change the world more than Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City ever could. His new venture is a Bitcoin Trading System and, although he didn't come up with the idea, he invested $770 Million in it which allowed him to control all of the Bitcoin News Trader decisions."

No other mainstream media have run with this story so far but it would not surprise me.

I'm waiting for the fifty million dollars worth of batteries he fitted up South Australia's hapless Jay Weatherill with to catch fire.    On a day when temperatures are hovering around 45 and winds are gusting to 90 kph.

It has been obvious for some time that the Tesla, as well as a monument to bullshit,  is a dog and without continuing massive subsidies will wither and die, as it should.

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Friday, September 14, 2018


Ang on, maybe that person is standing up, maybe the media missed it!

The Right Honourable Ms Ardern seems to have some serious "diary issues" to the subsequent frustration of Newshub and TVNZ Q & A this approaching weekend. Both events to be for this weekend and hours apart.

Could Clarke have a  "nappy rash" or is it merely a strep throat.

I understand school visits on  a weekend are harder to arrange but with the marvels of pre recording and canning, there seems very little wriggle room to  avoid an easily formed conclusion someone is trying to hide from scrutiny.
I am guessing taking Trev the Mus along to run interference or having the master ventroliquist sit in is not a feasible option at short notice.

The Prime Minister who, before she found to her eternal surprise she had the job she had only dreamed about, proclaimed there was never any reason for a government to tell lies and she would lead the most "transparent administration" New Zealand has ever had. LoL
Now it might just be a little overwhelmed and the current week might just have some indications things are unravelling faster than the word smiths can spin them.

Also  there are some very conflicting and concerning signals emanating from the spin doctors surgery that the infection ravaging the body politic is failing to respond to treatment and there is widespread confusion as to the prognosis for the patient.

How many memory lapses can one produce before more serious options present.

Is Winston First threatening to create a new record for brevity of an administration he is involved in?

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wow Simon Bridges.

What a transformation at Question Time. Today Bridges finally had Prime Minister Ardern squirming as he probed her about her handling of both the Curran and Whaitiri issues. The new approach he adopted was refreshing as well as encouraging and I for one hope that he can maintain the momentum through the rest of this parliamentary term.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Three Too Many

An hour ago came the horrific news from Perth.  The bodies of five people were discovered in a house in the suburb of Bedford.  Not much information is available but is appears some of the victims are children and the alleged perpetrator is 'assisting police with their inquiries.'
The bodies of up to five people, including women and children, have been discovered at a home in Perth.
Police raided the house on Coode St in the Perth suburb of Bedford after a man gave information at a police station in regional Western Australia this morning. The man, aged in his 20s, is in custody and is assisting police with their investigation.

This is the third such 'mass killing' in Western Australia in just the last five months.

The first involved a severely mentally ill man who legally owned a bloody arsenal of weapons.   Seven people - his family- were murdered.

The second also involved a mentally ill man who had access to firearms - I'm not sure whether legally.

Not much background yet is available on today's disaster.   No, I won't use the 'tragedy' euphemism.  In the first two cases, if the authorities had been doing their jobs, neither person would have had access to firearms.  This is not a tragedy.  It was avoidable.

Ho Ho Ho

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Always Look On The Bright Side

Just imagine how much worse would be the government of New Zealand without the old dog Peters in command?


Sixth post on Whaleoil General debate this morning features a 12 minute video of Ben Sasse,  R Nevada making his opening statement to the Senate hearing on Kavenaugh's appointment to the vacancy on  the USSupreme Court occasioned by the retirement of Justice Kennedy that the Democrats and their illogical supporters have tried to trivialise.

Listen and weep then perhaps hope that more Ben Sasse types will emerge to fill the void left by recent POTUS circus events.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Less than a year

One year of Peter's running the joint ......

Curran gone
Tyford clueless about housing
Ardern cemented as having zero leadership skills

The chickens are coming home to roost

Ardern continues her long march through our democracy and our balance sheet


Clare Curran resigns and, in doing so, shafts Jacinda.    Today 'she' was reported to having advised the Prime Minister last night that she was relinquishing her ministerial warrant.

Yet just this morning Ardern told Newstalk ZB's Chris Lynch that Curran's job was safe and that she had not considered firing her.

This was a horror week for St Jacinda with the Nauru trip debacle and the Curran omni-shambles unfolding around her.   By her own admission she doesn't handle stress well so much so that she took yesterday off but is she really asking us to believe she clean forgot that Curran had already resigned when she talked to Chris Lynch.

It really does raise questions about her competence.

Updated ... I see it's now suggested that Curran is about to be exposed as the 'leaker' of Simon Bridges travel expense details.   If true, that would explain much.



President Trump is certainly seized with the story in the New York Times, attributed to a White House insider, detailing ongoing  attempts to moderate some of his (Trumps) impulsive behaviour.

Trump has labeled the so called whistle-blower a traitor and demanded the NYT identify the person as he/she poses a danger to national security.    The chances of the NYT doing that are sub-terranial.  

It is interesting that the leaker used the word 'lodestar' in the article.    That word is not in common usage although it is fascinating that Vice-President Pence is on the record as having used it several times.    Pence has denied he is the leaker.   If you accept that then it appears the real leaker has used that word in a not too subtle attempt to divert attention from him/herself.    The sole remaining scenario is that the story in the NYT is a complete fabrication ... I think not.

Whatever, the Trump White House is clearly not a happy place right now.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018


A few days ago I noted the hysterical tone of over the top reporting adopted by the once was reliable Australian newspaper.  A increase to Westpac's variable home loan rate of just 0.14% was described as a 'hike' and portrayed as though it was the harbinger of mass foreclosures in Australia's mortgage belts.  Yes, you read that right.  It's not 1.4% which would indeed be a sharp increase.

Today, they have excelled themselves.  The juvenile reporters without editors, that is.

"ANZ (ANZ) today said borrowers with variable home loans would face a 16 basis point rate hike from September 27. CBA (CBA), just moments after ANZ’s announcement, said it would be stinging borrowers with a 15 basis point hike by October 4."

Too much more of this rubbish and I'll be cancelling my subscription.

And to make matters worse, it took two of the idiots to write this junk.  One of them carries the fraudulent title of 'editor.'


New Zealanders are an incredibly generous people.   That has been demonstrated on numerous occasions.    The latest example of that was people ponying up the funds needed to fly a lady back from Bali where she collapsed the second day into her holiday needing hospitalisation, extensive surgery and ongoing care.    

But you do have to query her original decision to go to Bali knowing she had a pre-existing medical condition which she did not disclose to her medical insurers.    Self and Mrs Veteran travel o'seas three/four times each year.   We would not consider going if we did not have comprehensive medical cover.

Certainly no blame can be directed at her insurers for their decision to reject her claim.   Certainly too the NZL government were right in declining to help facilitate her return.     It is not the taxpayers responsibility to pick up the pieces when everything turns to custard.   

So, kudos to the generosity of the New Zealanders who pitched into help in this instance although some might argue they were, to a degree, taken for a ride.  

Spontaneous Protest

Readers by now will be aware the Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh have been riotously disrupted.

Several doctors from Texas attended the hearing today and told interviewer Adam Schindler that they witnessed organized activists with a literal bag of cash paying the rent-a-mob protesters.

That's how the Democrats do it.   Too dumb even to hide around the corner.


There has been considerable comment in the media about the total evisceration of Clare Curran in the House yesterday by Melissa Lee.    Her answers were so totally incoherent that at one point the sign language translator had to give up.  

So I commend to you Q12 in the House today when Melissa Lee will ask Curran whether 'she' stands by all her answers to written and oral questions.

 Expect fireworks ... expect the Minister to be rescued yet again by the always 'neutral' Speaker.

Jacinda Ardern's refusal to sack Curran poses real questions over her leadership abilities.    Does Ardern have the bottle to make tough decisions?... the continuing Curran saga and way Peters has walked over her in recent days suggests not.

Updated ... at 2.00 pm this afternoon Curran was put into the witless protection programme  and hidden away in a safe space until after question time concluded.  

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


Readers will well recall that when the National government gave support to the Rio Tinto owned Bluff Aluminum Smelter it was harshly criticised by both Labour and NZ First for indulging in  corporate welfare of the worse kind.   Let it 'go to the wall' they said.    No matter that its the regions largest employer.   No matter that it is a major earner of o'seas funds with 90% of its production exported to Japan.   And just a few months ago the news that it is reopening its previously mothballed 4th pot-line with the creation of 37 new jobs. 

But no such outrage when Peters seeks to restructure the NZ racing industry to include significant tax breaks for horse breeding and the funding of multiple all-weather racing tracks to be paid for out of Shane Jones' Provincial Growth Fund and no matter that the IRD had advised against the tax breaks arguing that it could cost up to ten times the $4.6m touted by Peters.   And all this against the backdrop of an industry beset by corruption with the arrest of a number of 'players' on charges ranging from race fixing to horse doping.     The silence is deafening.

But there is a difference between corporate welfare as practised by National and corporate cronyism favoured by NZ First.    I can't find any record of Rio Tinto having donated to the National Party whereas it's on the public record that a certain racing industry leader donated heavily to NZ First (and breaking the rules by doing so) and then there was the little matter of the $600 a head dinner hosted by Peters in the Tauranga Club last week for racing industry figures where he gave them a preview of the propsed changes to the industry with all the profits going to NZ First ... and we won't even talk about the fishing industry funding NZ First's election campaign in return for the removal of camera monitoring equipment on NZ registered boats.

So, lets hear it for corporate welfare ooooops cronyism NZ First style ... hip, hip, hypocrisy.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

She's At It Again

I knew who it would be as soon as I saw the headline.

New Zealand journalist detained by Nauru police

Barbara Dreaver.

New Zealand journalist Barbara Dreaver. Picture: Twitter/Barbara Dreaver

Remember her?   Ten years ago she got kicked out of Fiji by Frank Bainimarama after it was found she had bribed a ten year old village boy to pose for her while eating grass so that she could manufacture a damaging story about poverty in Fiji.  That's as I remember it.  If I'm wrong, I'll gladly retract.

This time she's been caught illegally interviewing illegal immigrants on Nauru, contrary to the terms of her visa which restrict her to reporting on a certain conference being held there.

"A New Zealand journalist was detained by police during the Pacific Island Forum in Nauru after she was seen talking to refugees.  Nauru officials confirmed TV NZ journalist Barbara Dreaver was taken for questioning earlier today."

And who is her employer?  None other than that bastion of virtue, Television New Zealand.


Of course the Prime Minister is justified in having the RNZAF fly her to Nauru on a one day in/out trip estimated to cost $80,000 so she can attend the Pacific Forum Leader's Retreat.   She is the PM.  It is the Leader's Retreat.

At the same time she can discuss with her Foreign Minister his cutting of the ground under her over her government's offer to take 150 refugees from the pacific island and resettle them in NZL.    The two really need to get their act together on this one.

Throws the faux outrage expressed by some over the Leader of the Opposition travel expenses for the Apr-Jun period when he was up and down the country on his meet and greet tour into some sort of context.   Further, is it too much of an inconvenient truth to ask why the government has still to release the travel expense details for the Executive over the same period.

And we won't even talk about the Speaker shutting down the inquiry into the leaking of Bridge's travel expense details 48 hours before they were due to be released ... just 15 minutes after he discussed the matter with the PM.     If the leaker was a National Party MP he/he should be named and shamed and consider their future; were it to be a National Party staffer he/she should be fired but if it were someone else in parliament then that raises some interesting questions. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Classless Crass Mansion Dwellers

A political observer much more seasoned and closer to the action than is Adolf, remarked a couple of weeks ago:-

"Wot I saw today from Turnbull was ugly and sad.   He leaves no legacy other than a severely damaged Party.

I wonder what he would have made of subsequent events in which the son of the deposed PM is openly campaigning for Labor in his father's seat of Wentworth while his father has scurried off to New York to hide away the voters.  He's not even campaigning in his own seat.

The son of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for voters to donate to Labor’s candidate for Wentworth ahead of the by-election. Alex Turnbull retweeted Tim Murray with a link to donate, saying it’s the ‘best bang for the buck you'll get in political donations in your life.’ The Sydney seat vacated by Mr Turnbull could see the government lose its slim majority in parliament. Image: Kym Smith / News Corp Australia

Can anyone imagine Norman Kirk's son campaigning for the National Party?   Or Keith Holyoake's son campaigning for Labour?

The once proud Liberal Party truly lost its way when it accepted into its bosom a man who had been rejected by the Labor Party for preselection.  Mind you, this is the same inept Liberal Party which in South Australia elected as it's leader a man who would defect to Labour in the even of a hung parliament, thereby handing power to his own party's enemy in returns for a seat at the cabinet table.

No wonder many former Liberal voters are turning away.

The Saddest Anniversary In History

Today marks the seventy ninth anniversary of the start of WW2, September the 3rd, 1939, in which it is estimated that over sixty million people, mostly civilians were killed.  Two days earlier, on September the 1st, Hitler's Germany sent its tanks and troops into Poland and on September the 3rd, 1939, Britain, France, New Zealand and Australia declared war on Germany.

Five years later, the collapse of Germany and the end of the war in Europe gave rise to an even greater evil - The United Soviet Socialist Republic of Russia which saw the demise of even more tens of millions of people.  Of course the USSR had existed from 1922 but WW2 gave the socialists control over vast territory and millions of people they otherwise never would have gained.

Finally, the USSR collapsed in 1991 with the fall of the Berlin Wall being the most demonstrative event of that collapse.

It's no wonder the denizens of the political left so hate Reagan and Thatcher.