Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Whole Town's Talking

Anybody remember this song ?

The whole town's talking about the Jones Boy
The Jones Boy
The Jones Boy
The whole town's talking about the Jones Boy
He acts mighty peculiar now

The whole town's saying he was a good boy
a nice boy
a swell boy
The whole town's saying he's not a well boy
He just isn't the same somehow

he hops
he jumps
so merrily over the water pumps
he stops and then
he comes to a pump and he'll jump again

the buzz is over the fences
that he's going out of his senses

The whole town's talking about the Jones boy
the poor boy
the Jones boy

But I just happen to be the Jones boy
and I happen to be in love 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fast Forward Three Weeks - Updated

I was on the right track but didn't quite pick precisely the result.  Labour is learning to its cost that it's not a good look to select a gaggle of poofter candidates when it is polling below 30%.

Bags of sport!!

So, what now, Damien O'Connor?

If a week is a long time in politics, three weeks is an aeon.

It is late March and three major opinion polls have been published since the day Big Julius got stabbed.  (How's your history?)  All these polls have Labour sharing less than 30% of the popular vote with Cunliffe in free fall as PPM.  The Greens are hovering around ten percent and NZ First is failing to make the cut.  Labour's rules prevent the Caucus from rolling Cunliffe so they are stuck with him until the dreadful slaughter of 2014 is over.

Just imagine how the only sane people in their caucus are feeling?  I refer to Damien O'Connor and Shane Jones, possibly the only two who aren't knee deep in the rainbow faction or the trade union movement.

I'm picking both of them will jump ship.  Their once proud party has deserted them.  I  has been said they might move to  NZ First but I don't believe that.  NZ First's rules are worse than Labour's rules.  Rules number one through to forty-nine are all the same - Kiss Winston's arse.

No my guess is they will set up a new centre left party, funded initially by the same businesses whose owners thought Cunliffe would be good for business.  Their policies will be aimed fair and square at Chris Trotter's 'Waitakere Man' - the straight tradie/small businessman who is a man's man and whose woman loves him for it.  There's will be a party whose every policy will be viewed through a lens focused on getting Kiwis into jobs and off welfare dependency.

A sample of some policies might be:-

Income tax cuts all round (with the usual rise in the amount of tax collected); an increase in defense spending with a commitment to negotiate with Australia for one or two RAAF combat squadrons to be based at Ohakea (known as the  Anzac squadrons.); support for charter schools and merit pay for teachers; legislation requiring local government to sell all social welfare functions to central gummint with a suitable reduction in rates; assistance for Ports of Auckland to relocate its container terminal to Marsden Point; upgrading the Auckland Marsden Point rail link; pay a first job subsidy to every employer who hires and keeps a person in his or her first job for six months.

These guys could almost be guaranteed to make the five percent cut and O'Connor would piss in the West Coast electorate seat.

They'd make a might fine coalition partner for National.

Monday, April 21, 2014

"There isn't a single cereal in the supermarket that's nutritious".

When I visited a sports nutritionist about a year ago, she asked me what I usually had for breakfast.  When I told her, the response is the header of this post.  She gave me a recipe for homemade Bircher Muesli which I have made ever since.  It comprises seeds, nuts, rolled oats, dried cranberries, sultanas, shaved coconut, LSA and Quinoa cereal, all of which is soaked in Almond Milk and/or Coconut Water.  You need to give it 12 hours to soak, but the result, if you get it right, is sensational.  And not a drop of sugar in sight.  I usually knock it down with two Omega-3 capsules.

I stated to said nutritionist that I wanted to lose about 3-5 kgs so I could be lighter which could help in my running.  She went through my diet, and said I was eating far too much sugar and storing too much glucose, and to lose weight I needed to cut carbohydrates and sugar from my diet.  When I asked her about energy levels, she said to eat more nuts and seeds and raw vegetables and  also more unsaturated fats.  She gave me some examples.

Therein started my mini "revolution".  I lost 3-4 kgs in about 4 months,without doing anything except eliminating sugar and processed carbohydrates from my diet (as much as possible).  That meant no sugar in my black coffee in the morning; no muffins; no biscuits (and other sweet treats); gluten free bread; cutting down on pasta; and replacing all that with nuts, carrot sticks and hummus, lots of vegetables and more unsaturated fats (avocado, nuts, peanut butter, salmon skin etc).

When I realised I had more energy, and started feeling better, I took more interest in all of it, particularly what is now classified as the LCHF diet (Low Carb High Fat) diet.

The theory is this: You can store enough glucose for about two hours of exercise, or even to get you through the day with usual motions.  Your body is trained to "take" glucose first when needing energy, and leaving the fat stores alone until needed (i.e. until the glucose is used up).  You can actually store enough fat for about 8 hours of exercise, so it's a much better long-term source of energy.  But most people do not know how to utilise fat as a source of energy so it stays stored in the body.  The result?  You gain weight as the glucose is used as it is digested, but the fat just stays there because of the increased insulin that creates it from the glucose intake.  Result?  Increased incidences of diabetes (come in Psycho Milt).  

So the LCHF diet says, with a lot of common sense if I might add, that you eat no processed sugar, and very low carbohydrates, but a lot of unsaturated fat (both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated).  The body adapts to this starvation of glucose by utilising fat as a main energy source.  Your insulin levels reduce as well.

You could be excused for thinking "er, hang on.  If I eat fat won't I get fat, and won't I get heart disease"?

Well, it doesn't seem that will happen.  Eating fats and getting fat aren't necessarily related.  And heart disease isn't caused by eating fats, rather it is caused by being fat.  And being fat is caused by eating too much sugar and bread and the like.  There is more about all of this is, including the oft-quoted "Food Pyramid" in this YouTube clip - but be warned, it is 45 minutes.  But a very, very worthwhile 45 minutes (if you find the time).  A bonus in it is this blog (via Psycho Milt) gets a mention at 32 minutes - who would have thought - but that's the "Wisdom of the Crowd" as the YouTube author maintains.    

There is also more on all of this Wednesday on TV3 with Duncan Garner and "Third Degree".  Be sure to watch it, and whatever you do, don't buy cereal from the supermarket again because there isn't a single one of them that's nutritious.

I Didn't Know That

For some time now I've watched as the leftist media (ABC, SMH, Age, SBS) pursued a strident campaign of vilification against the Roman Catholic Church, starting about mid term through the disastrous Gillard term.  All focused on allegations of child abuse going back decades.  No mention  of the good things which the church has brought to mankind  - schools, hospitals, hospices, orphanages to name just a few.

Then I came across this snippet and the penny dropped.

The federal Coalition’s cabinet is the most powerful collection of Catholics ever assembled in Australia, with almost half its 19 minister being members of that faith, nearly double the proportion of Catholics in the general population. 

The left always has an agenda within its many agendas and raw hatred of Tony Abbott these days is top of the list.

With half the cabinet committed and practicing Catholics. I wonder how long it will be before we hear snide claims of child abuse from the news abusers of the left?

Where To Now...........

.......for the Waitangi Tribunal?

With the last major genuine claim (Nga Puhi)  about to be settled for somewhere less than $500m, the country will be faced with a Broracracy and pseudo judiciary with nothing to research,  argue about, or be paid out for.

The Brown gravy train will be over.

The country's labour market will be flooded with a great phalanx of unemployable lawyers with no real world experience, hordes of bullshit artists masquerading as specialist advisors, a whole gang of taniwha wranglers, tapu lifters, hapu shifters, koha enablers and diligent researchers who specialise in massaging two hundred year old hearsay and gossip into incontrovertible evidential fact.

The poor  bastards will all find themselves suddenly on the bones of their brown arses.

After all,  does anyone seriously think any of these people could rock up to BHP in Australia and seek employment assisting the company disperse its profits to a gang of whiteys masquerading as blackfellas because there might be a quid in it?  Nope.  Not a shit's show in hell.

So what to do?

Remember, you saw it here first.

The moment Nga Puhi gets its hands on half a billion dollars, you can guarantee a flood of new treaty claims against the tribe from those tribes vanquished by Nga Puhi during the musket wars from 1800 to 1835..  Ngati Whatua will be on the receiving end of these claims too - they helped Nga Puhi wipe out some 20,000 people from a total population of only 100,000.  Not only that, they killed and ate women and children, took men home as slaves and generally left behind a trail of mayhem and despair.

Far more stressful and traumatizing, methinks, than the arrival of a few pommy farmers and their families who have been blamed for everything that is wrong with today's Maori. 

The claims will be filed under the category PCTSD  -  Pre-Colonial Traumatic Stress Disorder. (In passing, it has been observed that many Maori leaders signed the Treaty of Waitangi in the hope that the British would put a stop to these inter tribal excesses.)

Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Mai Chen - I want ten percent commission please.

How Long Will It Take?........

.....for the media's 'skilled and trained' political journalists to put aide their own prejudices and realise that the Maori Party actually is a serious mainstream party?  With few exceptions they seem to attribute to the Maori Party all the ratbaggery that is Mana.

Yesterday,  Tariana Turia nailed them to the wall.

  • "I don't believe they (Labour) deserve our vote, I don't believe they deserve the vote of the Pasifika people, because if there's one thing I've noticed since coming through and being a minister, is the very very poor resourcing of all Pasifika health, social services, you name it.''
  • "I think that our people have to ask themselves that for all the years that Labour were in government, the nine years of plenty, what is it that changed in their lives? What is it that Labour did that made them feel that things had changed for them, and have made a difference? And I want to say that when I look at kohanga reo, kura kaupapa, all the health services, all the social services, did any one of these things come out of the Labour Party? And the answer's no.''
  • She did acknowledge the party's relationship with National might have hurt it "because other politicians portray it as such''.  "When we're out there in the community amongst our people, our people have been really pleased with the gains that we have made.''

    And lastly, the funniest bit of all:-

    And as for choosing Prime Minister John Key to speak at a fundraising dinner at the Northern Club: "Well what happened is, we've had two fundraisers. We've spoken to the people who have agreed to come along to dinner, and we've asked them who they would like to have at the dinner to be the speaking guest. Both times they chose John Key.''


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Goff should run for Epsom

If the Labour Party is not telling truckies to truck off out of the fast lanes, or holding hands with terrorists, then like five year old children, they're crying and bleating about electoral boundary changes:
Snobbery and a false rumour that a boundary change would take some homes out of the Auckland Grammar zone and affect property values are believed to be factors in the strong opposition by voters in the well-heeled Epsom electorate to being moved into the more working class Labour electorate of Mt Roskill.

I never saw Peseta Sam Lotu-IIga crying over spilt milk in Maungakiekie.  He'll probably just get on with the job of convincing people why they should vote for him ahead of some union lackey.  But Goff should know better:
Not being arrogant, but I would like to think that perhaps I could not simply match John Banks, Richard Worth and Rodney Hide, but I could perhaps do a better job.
Goff could match his "non-arrogance", and show the people of Epsom he could do a better job than David Seymour, (who will win the seat) by standing in Epsom as the Labour candidate.

But he won't do that, because people would vote for him.  And that wouldn't be the tactical thing to do for left voters who try to usurp electoral mandate by voting tactically for the National candidate.

Go on Phil, show us how good you really are or claim to be.  Wash your hands of Arafat and show New Zealand a millionaire Labour MP man living on 20 acres in Clevedon can win Epsom.  

Friday, April 18, 2014

Those Poor Bastards .......

..... at TV 3.

How it must have hurt them to write the headline and the subtitle.

National has jumped to 48.5 percent in the latest Roy Morgan poll, despite the Oravida saga.

Adolf has corrected the subtitle.

National has jumped to 48.5 percent in the latest Roy Morgan poll, despite all we did to create a scandal over the so-called Oravida saga.

They Don't Know What They're Missing ...

....the Aussies, that is.

Adolf just wandered around the back yard this morning and picked a whole big bunch of young puha.  That's Milky Sow Thistle for the pale faced lefties who like to call themselves Maori.

Now some salted pork to go with it.

Pretty good tucker, eh boy?

Profoundly Disturbing

I never thought I would live to see the day ........

.......... when Jews would be required to be registered or face deportation.

So it might be a false flag operation but the fact that it took place is chilling, to say the least.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

An Appalling Pile of Tripe......

,,,,from the usually reliable John Armstrong.

Is the Maori Party now in debt to National?

Well, in a word "NO."

Mr Armstrong builds a pseudo story on flimsy assumptions.

The first:-

It remains to be seen, however, whether voters get exercised by National's not infrequent selling to the wealthy of special access to the prime minister in return for donations - the ethics of which frankly stink.

Where was Mr Armstrong when Labour did precisely that which stinks at its last annual conference?

The second:-

The great bulk of Maori voters, however, will assume that Key's helping hand with the Maori Party's finances has left the party seriously in debt to National.

Utter nonsense,

The third:-

Given that most of its supporters likely struggle to get by financially from week to week and given the competition from Hone Harawira's Mana Party, fund-raising for the Maori Party must be a thankless task.

Really?  He doesn't know much about the Maori Party.  The Maori Party is the party of middle class intelligent and wealthy Maori.  It's Hone's mates who run around on the bones of their sorry dumbarses.

the fourth:-

The trouble is Flavell has accused Harawira of selling out Mana's soul to in return for cash from Kim Dotcom. It is difficult to spot the difference between that and the Maori Party's dinner.

Oh come on, Mr Armstrong.   The Maori Party has gained more tangible benefits for Maori from it's  thus far brief association with National than a gaggle of fat and useless Labour Maori MPS got for them from Labour in decades.   And you conveniently forget Schmitz is a convicted fraudster and cheat who pays his staff less than their legal entitlement.  To conflate him with John Key is reprehensible.

Monday, April 14, 2014

An Unfortunate Photo......

.........of an unfortunate criminal on the run.

I knew I'd seen  something like it somewhere before.

An Unfortunate Cliche ........

....... from an unfortunate leader.

Cunliffe has accused the National Party of 'dragging the chain' on bowel screening.

I mean, reeeally!!!

It's time the voters of NZ pulled the chain on the Labour Party.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Just wondering if Mana now stands for "Motherf.... And Nazi Alliance"

It never ceases to amaze me what money can buy.

If Hone thinks Dotcom is the answer it was a bloody stupid question.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

If A Week Is A Long Time........

.....then five months is an eternity.

I see Whaleoil this morning is suggesting National might win an outright majority in September, thanks to the antics of Harawira and Schmidz; the crass incompetence of Cunliffe; the decline of Peters and the job killing nutiness of the Greens.

This is quite a turnabout for Whale as not long ago he was berating National for having no coalition partners and therefore risking loss in September.  I always thought this was a bit over the top, given the existence of ACT, the CP and the Maori Party.

Here are a couple of suggestions.

What would happen to the electoral position if a national electorate MP with a large majority announced, say five weeks out from election date, he or she was leaving National to join the Conservtives or ACT? (A la Jim Anderton)  That might just upset a few people on the left.

I wonder who the possibles might be?

Those with eyes and ears might have noticed the Maori Party's devastating rejection of Herr Sdhmidz and all those cuddling up to him.  Remind yourselves how many Labour/Greens people made the trek to Berchtesgaden  and you'll see how foolish is the oft asserted manta 'off course the Maori Party would go with Labour if it held the balance of power.'

The toxic crook from Coatesville may well turn out to be the saviour of John Key's third term.

Friday, April 11, 2014


I'm taking a break from postings through until the end of the month.   Mrs Veteran and I are in Oz, starting off in Melbourne and ending up in Brisbane, in between fending off Australians, snakes, mossies, kangaroos and things.  

Will be attending both the ANZAC Dawn Service and the parade in Brisbane before ending up on the good ship Miramar on the Brisbane river which is the after-match watering hole for Kiwis in Brisbane.

Nice to see a narrowing of the exchange rate.    

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"That, to my mind, is a very unsatisfactory answer"

That's how the Speaker of the House described the Minister of Justice's refusal to answer questions about the dinner she attended with officials of Oravida and a Chinese border control official, in particular her refusal to identify the agency the Chinese official works for or whether it is an agency that "has influence over whether or not Oravida's products can enter China."

Having pronounced the Minister's refusal to answer unsatisfactory, the Speaker pointed out that "the public will judge that for themselves."  Thanks for that invitation, Mr Speaker. I judge there must be absolutely career-ending reasons why a person wouldn't want to answer those questions.

Kevin Or David - Take Your Pick

Here's a little quiz.   Of Rudd and Cunliffe, which did the following?

  • Invent a personal backround to enhance his political image
  • Invent policy on the run without consulting his own party
  • Earn the visceral hatred of his staff and colleagues
  • Preside over a massive decline in opinion poll ratings
  • Engage in incessent personal attacks on his political opponent
  • Tell lies on most if not all days
  • Pick his nose in parliament.
So far Cunliffe hasnt been caught on camera digitus proboscum.

The latest word on Rudd today is that he tried to persuade Israel to do a peace deal with the Ayrab terrorists in Gazza with Australian troops positioned on the border.  Luckily for the Australian troops, both Gillard and Netanyahu told him to fuck off.

Bendigo Bank Bombs

A mob of Mossies wants to build a mosque in Bendigo. 

Not surprisingly, a mob of locals opposes such a move and opened a bank account at the Bendigo Bank in which to deposit donations in support of its campaign to stop the mosque.

The other day the bank terminated their account giving as its reason for so doing that the account holders did not hold the values of the bank - or some such socialist doublespeak.

It turns out the tolerant representatives of the R of P leaned on the bank, threatening to take their mosque finance deal elsewhere.  The fools at the bank caved in to the religion which in Australia promotes murder of non believers, execution of homosexuals, subservience of women, paedophilia, forced marriage, honour killings, genital mutilation of children and death for cartoonists.

Don't believe me?

Go and have a beer with some of the coppers from Sydney's western suburbs.

Of course there's never a word of any of these appalling things from Fairfax or the ABC.


I'm not a League man but that doesn't mean I can't acknowledge the game at its best as an exciting spectacle producing both passion and commitment from its supporters and particularly the South Auckland community where it enjoys a substantial following.  

League's focus is on the Club compared with Rugby where the focus, at the top end of the sport, is at the international level.

That brings me to the Warriors which by all accounts is a tremendously well resourced Club.     The reality is that in its two decades existence it has (with a couple of notable exceptions) promised much and produced very little.    Part of the problem is, I think, the hype that surrounds the Club typified by the likes of TV commentator Stephen McIvor who prefers warm fuzzies over hard analysis and home truths.   A by product of the hype is players who seem to believe rhetoric over reality.

It's not helped by an out-of-form Captain who appears to be lacking in leaderships skills and diverted from his task by the continued speculation that he is angling for a switch to Rugby with the attraction of the international game.

But all that pails into insignificance measured against the debacle surrounding the sacking of Coach Elliott.    First the management lie that he resigned and now a very public spat between the Club Chair and Sir Owen Glen as to whom is telling the truth.    The likely fallout from that can only damage the Club further.

Something is going to have to change and change fast least the Club implodes on itself.   That would be a disaster for the NRL and the New Zealand League community.   

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Academic Hocus Pocus

Here's yet another head stuck in the sand ivory tower academic looking for a soapbox for his latest nutso theory.  And what better soapbox than an anti gummint daily newspaper?

According to this rooster, thousands of people are leaving NZ because of some nebulous leftie concept called 'inequality.' 

The OECD has issued alarming advice for governments to take "urgent action to tackle rising inequality and social divisions". New Zealand has left these issues unaddressed for too long, and we need to acknowledge it is one of the reasons why our people keep leaving.

The only evidence offered for this wild assertion is an average net immigration figure going back to the arrival of the first Maori canoe.  Never mind the fact that these raw figures do not indicate people's reasons for leaving.  Funny that.

In the average week since 1979, about 880 New Zealand citizens have departed, but only about 450 have returned. This matters because it suggests we have trouble retaining people, and might be somehow letting them down.

What a load of bullshit. Of course anyone who is awake will realise in recent years more people have moved to NZ than have moved out.

Well that's sort of buggered the fine theory.  He'll have to look elsewhere for next year's grant.

A Few Questions.......

Is Cunliffe challenging Jones for leadership of NZ First?

If Schmitz's assets are frozen, where is all the money coming from?

In what way will civil action by movie moguls accelerate his extradition?

Does Cunliffe remember how many purchases of NZ land and buildings were approved by Labour when he was a minister?

How many votes did Labour lose to National when John Key saved the NZ film industry from extinction at the hands of the CTU and its rabid Australian mates?

Has Matt McCarten worked out yet how to get dead people to vote?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Cunliffe in his whinging whining best is not a pretty sight.     Bemoaning the fact the the Prime Minister is getting more exposure alongside the 'Royals' than he.     It may come as a bit of a shock to Cunliffe but that's what happens when you get to be Prime Minister and you are the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal and fragmented Opposition ..... but hold on, it transpires that John Key gets to interact with the couple on six occasions and David Cunliffe four.

So, hardly much about hardly very much at all unless one were to be crass enough to note that, in chasing the headline, Cunliffe was at pains to point out that he wasn't of a mind to make a political issue out of it ... really, what then was he doing and is the Pope a Protestant?

Many of us well recall that when Willie Apiata was invested with his VC at Government House the Labour Government of which Cunliffe was a member excluded from the invitation list the then Leader of the Opposition and any of his MPs.  

This Government is too forgiving.   I would have banned contact with anyone from the dark side of politics less Prince George catches something terrible like foot in mouth disease which clearly infects the (temporary) Leader of the Labour Party. 

Dangerous propaganda

No wonder the Minister of Tourism, one John Key, delegated a subordinate to deliver this piece of weaselry:

Associate Minister of Tourism Todd McClay said yesterday that New Zealand was still one of the safest countries to visit. These incidents were "abhorrent" but "fairly rare", he said.

God forbid we should warn tourists fondly imagining they'll be safe here that the country is in fact crawling with violent wasters who are a serious threat to their health.  Having some thought to their well-being might lose the country money, after all.

We've spent upwards of 30 years rapidly growing our waster population, and it's well reflected in the number of tourists getting dealt to.  If we don't start publicising that fact to tourists, their own countries will.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Absolutely Brilliant

So good, I had to steal it from Whaleoil.

Some wonderful subtleties:-

Metiria Turei - the unseen co-leader of the Green Taliban.

Hone Harawira - the fascist buffoon.

Another Fine Mess.

Title of a film made in 1930 starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
Many of their films included a line "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into."

It is not a very big leap to conflate Laurel and Hardy with the obese German and the Racist from the north a bit of whitewash wouldn't correct.

The first Labour Government had no problems with its image.
It represented hard working citizens and every one disadvantaged by a failure to access  sufficient income to make their way in life.
Most of its leadership came from the "working class"  almost without exception via the trade union movement. Many also were foreign born from the UK and Australia in the main.

Today that party has lost its way from being subsumed by an educated elite who have never in the estimation of those cloth capped old reprobates "had a real job".
Riven by factions, including gays, lesbians, stars of the tele, the odd unionist, a few remnant maori protesters and Damien 'Connor and if Kelly has her way in Whangarei another to represent the transgender mob.
Oh Cunliffe claims to have got dirt under his fingernails, and Goff worked in a Freezing Works, Mallard went on The Tele attempting to pick Asparagus, Annie King was a Dental Nurse etc but todays track to the NZLP MP status is via a political studies Qual, interning with MPs and or the modern Trade Union ranks ignoring that menial bit of actually working among the peasants.

The only real vehicle remaining for the hard left socialist is the Mana Party, hence Bradford, Minto,  Bradbury et al, hitching up their wagons.
Now in a desperate move to access funding they are flirting with the Internet Party Founder, one Kim Dot Com aka Kim Schmitz who is a resident but not a citizen so is precluded from standing for election but at the same time is desperate to find a path to political power giving the capacity to overturn his inevitable extradition to the US on serious charges.
A further Laurel and Hardy fact is the ragtag bunch of malcontents attached to Mana and the invaluable asset in the form of a sitting member, with the added security of an electorate seat when the whole personna as represented by Schmitz, the intended Bride is the antithesis of their far left mantra.
He doesnt pay workers,
Fires them when they question that status,
Pays wage rates well below minimum rates when viewed against time worked,
Has an apparent access to gazillions of dollars in defiance of attempts at sequestration,
Lives a lifestyle that would in normal times be seen as anti every socialist belief,
Is a convicted criminal although that has always been a badge of honor among Labour stalwarts,
And another that is possibly regarded as a positive, runs out on accommodation provider  leaving debts.

It has often been alleged that politicians need to swallow dead rats, how will they go with all those?

Laurel and Hardy yes but it is far too serious to laugh at to my way of thinking anyway.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


I am not one for conspiracy theories.    I'll take monumental 'cock-up' over conspiracy almost every time.    And so it was with a certain degree of amusement that I heard a retired USAF three star General expound his theory that MH390 was at a 'secret' airfield in Pakistan where it was being prepped for some dastardly mission against mankind (read the US).

It was with that attitude I have just finished reading 'JFK The Smoking Gun' by Colin McLaren, published last November ISBN 978-0-7336-3044-6.    McLaren is touted as one of Australia's finest detectives who travelled the world on high end investigations during the 1980s and 1990s.   He spent four and a half years on his cold case study and forensic analysis of all the testimonies and police reports to uncover the 'truth'.   It is powerful reading.

His thesis is fascinating.  No argument from him that Oswald fired two of the three shots that hit the President.   He concentrates on the third shot, the significance of which was first established by Howard Donohue, a ballistics expert and gunsmith,  and documented in the book 'Mortal Error' released by St Martin's Press in 1882,     Donohue worked for more than two decades in trying to solve the case but gave up after a threat of a lawsuit from the Secret Service.

McLaren takes the investigation to a new level.    He details the forensic analysis that shows that two of the three bullets that struck the President were full metal jacket rounds  while the third was a frangible round with a hollow pointed lead cap designed to explode on impact.     The two full metal jacket rounds were proved to have come from the Carcano rifle fired by Oswald.   McLaren focuses on the third round.  

The follow-up car to the President's vehicle was mainly populated by Secret Service agents.    Among the weapons in that car was a Colt AR15 (more popularly known to many of us who served in Vietnam as the M16 ... I carried one).   This weapon fires a 5.56 frangible round.   It was the first and last day this weapon was to be used by the Secret Service.   It was in the hands of a newbie Agent who had been assigned to the staff as a driver and not as a protection officer.   The reason advanced for this is that the majority of the team had been (and contrary to SOPs) out drinking until late that morning ... in short, many were suffering from hangovers.

McLaren describes in detail (supported by actual photographs) how, after the first shot, the Agent who was sitting on the headrest of the back seat bent down and picked up the AR15 and how, with the pursuit car starting to gather speed, he appeared to have lost balance and fired the rifle.    A telling comment is recorded from Senior Agent Emory Roberts who was riding in the right-hand front seat of the car.   Just after the shooting he turned round and said to the Agent holding the AR15 words to the effect 'be careful with that thing'.   

His thesis is backed by testimony of a myriad of witnesses many of whom (including US Senator Ralph Yarborough who was riding in the third car with Vice-President Johnson) were not called to testify before the Warren commission.    They all spoke of  a third shot coming from ground level and from behind the President's car.   Many recall smoke and the smell of gunpowder.

McLaren goes on to describe at length how the Secret Service ran interference with the investigation designed to protect one of their own.

The two shots fired by Oswald at the President  may or may not have proved fatal.   The third one certainly was, it blew half his brain away.   Who fired it?    McLaren identifies the person as Special Agent George Hickey.   

A cock-up that morphed into a conspiracy?   Read the book and form your own judgement.


Friday, April 4, 2014


There she was, Sue Moroney, Labour List MP, climbing into Paula Bennett following her revelation that several thousand persons receiving the Job Seeker support payment had their benefit cancelled when they left the country without first advising WINZ of their intention to do so.     "More beneficiary bashing" she said, echoing the criticism of the Greens and various advocate groups.

Ms Moroney conveniently ignored the fact these rules were in place when she was part of the Government.    The only thing different is that data matching is catching out those skipping the country for whatever reason without telling WINZ.    You're not going to get any argument from me that those receiving the Job Seeker support payment should be able to travel overseas on compassionate grounds (and that is provided for in the legislation) but equally, it is non-negotiable that overseas holidays when you are supposed to be available and looking for work in NZL is a big fat no, no.

It is mystifying to me why Labour would choose to make this a cause célèbre.   This is not something likely to resonate out there in voter land.   To the contrary, taxpayers will applaud the fact that persons choosing to rort the system are being caught and held to account.

Perhaps the answer can be found in Ms Moroney herself.    Since she was first elected to Parliament in 2005 she has managed, by dint of her own 'hard' work, to increase her National Party opponent's majority each and every time. 


Comment of the Year

Self explanatory - from Whaleoil

Not to miss an opportunity, Cunnlife has apparently added to his SOE empire - Kiwirail, Kiwiinsure etc, we now have Kiwitravel. To help all the poor didums that need to book their human rights overseas travel at the best tax payer subsidised price. Cunnlife said, "Mate, this will help all our poverty stricken mates take a much needed break so they can see their mates in Australia or other countries. Its mate-ship at its best". "Labour will introduce Kiwitravelinsurance so that our mates won't suffer if they get sick or whatever while on their essential overseas travel." "We reject utterly the harsh unfeeling approach of Paula Bennett on behalf of this failing National Government. Its just not on mate!"

We have to do Better.

Flight MH 370 just disappears in one of the two most intensively monitored air spaces in the world.

I agree with the Herald lead article that it should never happen again.

When Aus PM Abbott announced the track into the Southern Indian Ocean was the most likely end of that flight my first thought was the Americans "know" and their close ally is releasing what they possibly knew as the real time scenario and the release was tempered with major security constraints

Nothing since has diminished that belief.

Military capability and the valid reasons to protect just where such ability currently rests, leave China, America, India all having to know where airborne objects that could be a threat are but not wanting others to know what they know prevented and will continue to prevent divulging of information that reveals such capability.

Some random thoughts;

Why does the Black (orange )box recording the telemetry have to be onboard the plane.
Likewise the CVR.
With modern digital transmission and recording systems have the capability onboard as a second system but transmit the two streams to recording capability in secure land based facilities.

Why has it never advanced to allow the onboard recorders to be ejected on impact deploying large easily trackable footprint for recovery.

I understand why the transponder may needs to be able to be "turned off when the plane is maneuvering in and around the airport for radar interference reasons but it is a mystery why it can be disabled while flying.

Not having any public available information on the fate of MH 370 is well beyond frustrating and an impediment for those directly mourning the 270 presumed dead but the very seriously expensive search mission must be coming to a level where continuing becomes problematical and that is a further potential for sadness and regret.

Not knowing is not prurient or seeking to revel in the misery of others, as a world that flies without feathers the dearth of information is debilitating.
First born has just flown to Europe and the relief when the email confirmed safe arrival was so much more than welcome, we really do need to do better.