Monday, July 6, 2015

Two Poodles and a Dachshund?

Swmbo has such a bunch and they are regularly given butchers bones for entertainment, teeth health and natural foods.

Hours later the bones are bleached, bare and of no value other than as possessions and when one is brought inside there is an immediate fight over it
 So who is a poodle and who is the dachshund.
Colin Craig,  John  Stringer, Nat Heslop,  It is just a dry bone and even crushed fine will not have much value, but heaps of potential for costs.

Promised Much Delivered Bugger All

Got sucked into the hype and recorded 'Sunday' to be informed of the stuff I hadn't been told, and wanted to know.

And that was it, another grown man with some creds as a sporting hero crying on national TV.

Gee Dave it was just embarrassing.

If my memory is correct two of your forebears were real men and thankfully didn't have to watch your teary apology for screwing up bigtime in a totally wrong on so many counts petulant embarrassing attempt at justifying yourself.

In the 1950s the North Canterbury Electric Power Board extended their network to the more remote areas of their district and that included extending  a line from the Stanton on the Leader Road to Woodchester  Station and another from Waiau Village towards the Amuri range.
Two legends took the contracts, brothers who had achieved some renown as a two man rowing crew in Canterbury history, George was one  and Bob, Dave memory fade? Lindstrom. They dug holes two meters deep  carried  and stood  up poles that would have been too heavy on H & S grounds today, strung wires sans machinery and choppers, in short built a network with  pure guts, strength and application.
One of them at that time, for a wager of ten pounds carried a chapman sack of potatoes from the Culverden hotel to the Rotherham Hotel, some ten Kms, without putting the  sack down. The only relief and rest was by backing up to a pole  at the roadside. The sack was in the vicinity of 170 Lbs.
He won his bet. Remember that tenner was a weeks wages for many but the two brothers possibly earned that in a day each.

Yes Jordan Kennedy has an arm-span greater than his height and clearly well in advance of his IQ in inches as presented by his arrogant shallow revelations as to how he managed to consign the hopes of his fellow St Bedes crew members to the "B" finals at the 2015 Maadi Cup eights.

Youthful misbehaviour and hijinks will always accompany testosterone laden athletes but to succeed in any sport in these times it is the top two centimetres of cerebral output that will bring rewards.
Saturday night, a hungrier, better motivated and ferocious Highlanders proved that so convincingly.

So Jordan apologised to his coach,  who,  in his first reaction saw just what the dopy prick had done to destroy what many in the school community saw as a greatest opportunity in years.
He claims he also apologised to his fellow crew members after their dreams sank on Lake Karapiro.
No mention of any apology to the Parents and supporters of the other seven members of the eight he and Jack Bell had wrecked any hopes of a long awaited success who had invested considerably in creating that once in a lifetime opportunity for the eight young men and their cox.
No mention of an apology to his school staff and community that had provided such a glorious opportunity.
No apology to his Rector, Justin Boyle who had in the light of previous incidents called the rowing squad and their parents to a special meeting prior to departure for Cambridge, where it was laid out, all students involved would be asked to sign a bond for good behaviour and any breach would result in dismissal from the team.

It was also glaringly obvious that Bell, the second miscreant had made the decision to pull his head in.

"oh there was a sign warning not to go beyond this point" for gods sake you Muppet work it out No means No, not freakin maybe.
Oh and what was plan "B" Dave, had one or both the idiots having a brain fart, become damaged in their stupid action and ended up too injured to row, what then, get daddy Kennedy to sue the freakin Airport.
All too easy to blame the school for not providing a staff person to baby sit the almost old enough to vote young men, and as I must regard your sanitised version of your conversation with Rector Justin Boyle when he arrived at Karapiro with much cynicism do you really believe that rowing and your dreams for one Pillock amongst, was it forty other competitors, was in truth that important in the grand scheme of The College.

Jordan your stupid old man could have made things so much better if he had had the balls to say "you have stuffed up son, now what can we all do to get things back on track". Lets sit down and write some remorseful letters of apology and take our self inflicted repercussions on the chin.
No he was 'bigger than that' so he calls a lawyer and before you can say "prohibited security area" he has Ms Rachel Duddingham issue an injunction to prevent the school from doing what it had given fair warning about and removing Kennedy and Bell from the team.
With all one hears about how long justice can take to  come for some people who have even died wondering, that Judge managed to get the school injuncted by Monday morning after working on Saturday.
Now call me cynical but how exactly did the parents achieve that I wonder,  perhaps  some form of "Koha", now that is worth investigating

Well Dave, you cry baby you have let your old school, the other parents and yourself down, did you seriously think Rowing NZ would not see your actions as stupid and cut you loose. Yes all you and Meates gave to your old school so generously,  just went down the dunny. Maybe thieving that flag from the Munich Olympic Rowing venue was OK then, it was over forty years ago but I might have thought that what happened to those very unfortunate souls from the Israel wrestling team in 1972 might have alerted you to just how serious the stupid, irresponsible actions of your protégée and his mate actually were, in the real world we inhabit in 2015.

Sorry "Sunday", so much more an investigative Journalist might have dug up. That was close to a case of false advertising , however Dave's bawling and Jordan's unrepentant arrogance saved it for you,  almost.


The Greeks have, by an emphatic margin, just voted 'No' to reject proposals by the European Commission, European Central Bank and the IMF for further loans to keep their economy afloat in return for further reforms designed to return their economy to an even keel.

The referendum was a crock.   Putting aside the fact the proposals had been withdrawn once Greece defaulted on its loan payment obligations I am surprised that only 60% voted 'Oxi'.    Put it another way.    Self interest was guaranteed to ensure the 'sheeple' would shy away from voting 'Ne' to pension reform; taking a scythe to a bloated civil service and revamping of the taxation system to ensure everyone paid their fair share of tax.

The result ... nothing much changes.   Tsipras can claim he has a mandate to reject the proposals.   Problem is ... there are no proposals and it is difficult to see financial institutions lining up throw good money after bad when genuine reform is off the table.

And hanging over all of that is the 3.5b euro debt owed to the ECB due for repayment in just 14 days time. Greece defaulted on the 1.6b euro owed to the IMF 5 days ago.   What chance over zip, zero, payment of the 3.5b now?

Of course some well meaning 'idiots' who believe the crisis is all a big con might argue that this country should be doing its bit to help banish the money lenders from the temple by stumping up with dosh from the 'Cullen' fund to help the Greek people through the crisis of their own making ... but not too many methinks.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Its A Franchise and A Bloody Good One As Of Last Night.

As the lazyboy heroes cry into their cups because their team failed again, they could  think about what exactly a franchise sports team consists of.

It is a "team" assembled by management and coaches to enable them to field that team to win.

The Highlanders is an example of what good selection, good coaching, good motivation and a bit of luck can create.

While some of the Lazyboy specialists bemoan what might have been,  a bit of background could be useful.
 To make for a  fairer and equal competition there is a salary cap and a squad formation protocol that  limits the number of "protected players"  in place to prevent a franchise such as Crusaders with possibly the best development systems and The Blues who have far and away the most abundant talent pool of players,  from dominating.  

Lets take a look at the 23 Highlanders finals team and reserves; Brendon Edmonds Hawkes Bay, Liam Coltman Taranaki, Josh Hohneck Waikato, Alex Ainley Auckland, Mark Reddish Wellington, Elliot Dixon Canterbury, James Lentjes Canterbury, Nasi Manu Canterbury, Aaron Smith Manawatu, Lima Sopoaga Wellington, Malachai Feketoa Auckland, Richard Buckman  Manawatu, Patrick Osborne Fiji, Waisake Naholo Fiji (eligible for NZ and now an AB)  and the lone  Otago native Ben Smith.
The Bench: Ash Dixon Canterbury, Ross Geldenhuys Eastern Province South Africa, Danial Lienart Brown Canterbury, Joe Wheeler Canterbury, Gareth Evans Hawkes Bay, Shane Christie Manawatu, Fumiaki Tanaka Japan and Marty Banks West Coast.
That is by birthplace.

Now for where they Play ITM footy:
Brendon Edmonds HB  I game for Hurricanes in 2014,   Liam Coltman   Otago,
Josh Hohneck Bay of Plenty, 18 super caps with Chiefs. Alex Ainley Tasman
Mark Reddish Wellington  30 Hurricanes caps 2011/14. James Lentjes Otago
Elliot Dixon Southland. Nasi Manu Canterbury, Aaron Smith Manawatu
Lima Sopoaga Southland, Malachai Feketoa Otago,  Richard Buckman HB,
Patrick Osborne Canterbury,  Waisake Naholo Taranaki two super caps for Blues,
Ben Smith Otago  Apparently the only home born, home grown trueblue Lander.
Ash Dixon back in HB after time in Auckland Blues squad, no cap, two years in Hurricanes  15 caps.
Ross Geldenhuys Tasman. Daniel Lienart Brown Canterbury
Joe Wheeler Tasman, 4 caps Crusaders until 2012, Gareth Evans  Otago
Shane Christie Otago  1 crusaders cap 2013, Fumi Tanaka Otago and Japan international.
Marty Banks Tasman 5 Hurricanes Caps 2014.

Seven Otago, two Southland within the franchise area
Five from the Hurricane catchment.
Two Chiefs catchment
Seven Crusaders catchment
Three of them from the Hurricanes discard pile.

Plus the other 17 roster players who got the team to Wellington

Take a bow;
 Jamie Joseph, Marlborough born, Otago, All Black and Japan player, as Head Coach
Tony Brown, Otago all the way, All Black, as  Attack Coach
Scot McLeod, Brisbane born,  All Black, Waikato,  Assistant coach at Chiefs, as Defence Coach,
Clark Dermody Southland ITM, Highlander Three tests All Black, as Scrum Coach.
Jon Preston, Canterbury/Wellington  ITM, Hurricanes Halfback/1st five as HP Development coach.

For two hours last night they were  all 100% Otago Highlanders,  they were one team, one franchise and they wanted to win more than the Home Team.
A classic success story for franchise sport.

Pebbles Who?

Well Pebbles Hooper in fact.

So I look up who that is and it appears she is the spawn of Denise le Strange Corbett and Francis Hooper, still not anything significant except the arents have some form as clothes designers

I if I knew anything I would know she is a "socialite",  well light is close but it seems she has an opinion on the unsolved tragic deaths in a Tinwald house and via Twitter has caused some controversy with those views.

It is alleged she suggested that Darwin might have had some connection with the deaths and who amongst us has never allowed such a basic truth to cross our consciousness in cases of untimely death.

As more is revealed it seems that it is a glimpse as to how dysfunction, relationship breakup and a serious lack of understanding of risk assessment amidst the spiral of abandonment of responsibility to ensure the safety of children in the very heart of the social chaos that is emerging as a central aspect of life in the 21st century.

There is so much still to be understood and it is almost certain,  that with the time lapse, so far a dearth of conclusive evidence as to what happened to leave a solo mum and three children dead for up to a week in a house with an internal access garage where a car was apparently out of fuel with the key turned on in the ignition, much that will give a rational explanation.

The deceased as published in the Ashburton Guardian are; Pio Scarlet Jetejura Raukete, 5, Teuruaa Junior George, 3, and Telyzshaun Gordon Ricardo Nelder Kruz George, 2, and their mother  Cindy Tangipurunga George, 31.
It is suggested that around the time of the youngest victims birth,  the Dad Mr John Raukete headed on out and is said to now be living with a new model in the Cook Islands where he has sired another little one.
Cindy arrived in Ashburton some five years ago with John and worked at a local meatworks until becoming a solo mum two years ago.

Now it was extremely harsh, judgemental, unfeeling, ignorant, and totally lacking in empathy for Ms Pebbles to tweet her opinion but in spite of the recent digital communications Act she,  imho has an inalienable right to state her opinion, but equally all who discover her opinion that has been indelibly placed on a digital record have an equal right to make a judgement on the quality or otherwise of the statement of opinion.
That said there appear to be  some basic inescapable underlying truths and the question then is, was Pebbles so wrong to publish her opinion.

There will be little opportunity for rational discussion while the mass grieving is in the headlines but some day people will have to address all the unfortunate factors that contributed to the Four deaths.
That just might give some credence to Ms Pebbles opinion.

From The Horse's Mouth

This morning's news was polluted by the image of the forgotten but not yet gone Helen Clark, pontificating on the matter of so-called refugees.

She and her socialist friends actually belive the many lies they have spun.

She talks of refugees when in fact the people to whom she refers are illegal immigrants.  She actually admits as much but for sociaists, the world of euphemism is their reality.

"A lot of people are not crossing the Mediterranean because they are fleeing conflict...they are coming from countries which are just plain poor........"

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Highlanders Land The One That Counts.

A champion team beats a team of Champions.

When the Brumbies began what has been the most successful Australian franchise they picked up those who Queensland and New South Wales passed over and now they have first pick of many of the best players on the West Island.
The Highlanders with the weakest numbers from the club base of any franchise have a team with only a handful of home grown players and Joseph and his team have covered their bases admirably.
Will this make the Blue and Gold franchise a more attractive team to advance a career.

A pack with no Internationals against a pack with several.
Two Backlines with attacking talents from 9 to 15.

A final worthy of the occasion.

The whiskey tastes sooo good.

Blood Thicker Than Whiskey

Ron might be quick off the Mark as deputy leader but he's better watch his back.

When Shane Jones turns up to take over, Mark will be a little Maori boy from Wairarapa (where's that?) up against two big boys from Nga Puhi.  My bet is that whatever promises Peters made to Mark won't be worth the whiskey they floated on.  Of course it was all oral, that's the Maori way.  Then you can change it later.

I can just about hear Shane Jones address to the caucus during the battle for party leader.

"Friends, unlike my rival I am unable to lay claim to having not quite made it into the SAS.  Neither am I able bask in the glory of having served gallantly among the mechanical workshops of a Sultan's palace.  No, I have nothing to match the illustrious combat history of my rival.  All I managed to do was lead the Waitangi Fisheries Commission and chair the Parliamentary Finance and Expenditure committee.  Oh, I nearly forgot about that time I was a cabinet minister.

One thing I can tell you though.  When it comes to negotiating the best coalition deal for our party, I'll leave Ron Mark for dead any day of the week."


It's clear that the opposition parties are s**t scared of Judith Collins and will do anything to try and dent her credibility in order to diminish her chances of a return to the cabinet table.

And so it was that this week and under the protection of parliamentary privilege both Kelvin Davis and Winston Peters lined up to take potshots at David Wong Tung, Judith Collins' husband, alleging his involvement as a director of a company operating a Northland sawmill providing work for 250 staff and engaged in the illegal export of swamp kauri logs overseas.      

I am advised that David Wong Tung has issued defamation proceedings against two media outlets.

It will be fascinating to see whether Davis or Peters have the 'balls' to repeat their allegations outside the House. I suspect not.   Like all cowards they are happy to throw mud in the hope some of it will stick.   Pity because I really thought Davis was better than that ... clearly he's not.

p.s.   and it was Labour with Winston First support that in 2004 amended the Act to provide for the export of swamp kauri overseas under certain circumstances.

Too Good To Miss

You won't see this reprinted in the halls of academe or NIWA.

From Steven Hayward, repeated in full.

From volume 4 of Churchill’s Marlborough: His Life and Times, about the winter of 1708-9, near the culmination of the long war against Louis XIV:
But there now fell upon France a new and frightful misfortune. Since the beginning of December there had been a hard and almost unbroken frost. On January 6, after a brief thaw, it set in again with a bitterness so intense that two days later the rivers of France, even the Rhone, one of the most rapid rivers in Europe, were almost completely covered with ice. All the canals of Venice were frozen, and the mouth of the Tagus at Lisbon. Masses of ice appeared in the Channel and the North Sea. Communications between England and Holland were suspended; Harwich and the Dutch ports were ice-bound. Olives and vines split asunder. Cattle and sheep perished in great numbers. The game died in the forests, the rabbits in their burrows. From January 25 to February 6 there was an interval of snow followed by a few days’ thaw, and then another month, until March 6, of extraordinary cold. Thereafter gradually the weather became less severe. Thus this almost glacial period lasted into the fourth month. On February 4 it was known at Versailles that the seed corn was dead in the ground. . .
Their sufferings were extreme. In Paris the death-rate doubled. . .  In the countryside the peasantry subsisted on herbs or roots or flocked in despair into the famishing towns. Brigandage was widespread. Bands of starving men, women, and children roamed about in desperation.
But never forget that the industrial revolution and a warming world is a disaster for humanity.

The Time Has Come?

The lunatics have taken over the asylum or are we watching a very convoluted "end game".

As the main treaty settlements approach what we the peasants thought was the  shenanigans ending  with Nga Puhi the last major group to go to the trough, one of their lead negotiators, Sonny Tau  has been forced to stand down for smuggling wood pigeons.
The utter stupidity and naivety exposed in his detainment and his alleged crime remains a mystery.

 Facts as I have gleaned them and some issues to be resolved:
The poultry was deceased and "dressed".
They were "under his coat".
It is alleged today the poultry was cooked, would it not have been prudent with food hygiene practice to have had the cooked poultry chilled and some steps taken to keep that temperature lowered.
The five Kereru were taken from Stewart Island.
Originally it was a Department of Conservation bust.
The Police have laid two charges under the endangered species protection laws.
Is Mr Tau to be assessed by a psychiatrist as part of the court process dealing with his case?
Is insanity a defence option?
Does the removal of a negotiator from Nga Puhi by his standing down, compromise or otherwise  change  what has been dealt with so far and cause a restart of proceedings?
Oh and is or was Sonny a carpenter?
Is Wood Pigeon worth all that drama as many  articles of maori food are vastly over rated in my culinary opinion. I have tried and rejected as unpleasant, Weka, Shearwater, and Hangi food.
Refused to even try Kina.
Have often considered Kereru as the destructive birds do incredible damage to my garden here in Akaroa but so far resisted.

Why would a leader of his tribe carry concealed on his person on a domestic flight when cabin baggage or better still checked luggage from provincial to provincial would never be inspected and would be cooler.

Perhaps we need to ask the bloody walrus nothing else makes much sense.

Lewis Carroll

(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)
The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright--
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.
The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done--
"It's very rude of him," she said,
"To come and spoil the fun!"
The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead--
There were no birds to fly.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
"If this were only cleared away,"
They said, "it would be grand!"
"If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year.
Do you suppose," the Walrus said,
"That they could get it clear?"
"I doubt it," said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.
"O Oysters, come and walk with us!"
The Walrus did beseech.
"A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each."
The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head--
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.
But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat--
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn't any feet.
Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more--
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.
"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
"But wait a bit," the Oysters cried,
"Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!"
"No hurry!" said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.
"A loaf of bread," the Walrus said,
"Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed--
Now if you're ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed."
"But not on us!" the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
"After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!"
"The night is fine," the Walrus said.
"Do you admire the view?
"It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf--
I've had to ask you twice!"
"It seems a shame," the Walrus said,
"To play them such a trick,
After we've brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"The butter's spread too thick!"
"I weep for you," the Walrus said:
"I deeply sympathize."
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.
"O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.

Now if it had been Bluff Oysters it could make sense.

Friday, July 3, 2015


I see that there is/was an anonymous article in the Royal New Zealand Herald opining that the IMF and the EU should go easy on Greece and extend them new lines of credit so as to allow the government further time to implement much needed financial reforms.

The problem with that is time has run out.   The socialist Tsipras government was elected on a promise of no more pain and an end to austerity and thought it could stare down demands for further reform.   It was never their intention to roll back pensions; implement genuine taxation reform or to take an axe to a bloated civil service.   For its part and following the Greek default on Tuesday (the first 'developed' country to default and now they join the likes of Zimbabwe and the Sudan) the financial community has said enough is enough and no more good money after bad.

Consider this.   Civil servants were being paid bonuses just for turning up to work.   At Christmas time they received, as of right, two months additional pay.   Up until recently you could retire at age 53 on 80% of your wage/salary inflation adjusted and governments of the left, centre and right were happy to go along with the charade that there was an unlimited amount of foreign money available to help them not balance the books.

And now it's all turned to custard.   Perhaps Tsipras' friends in Russia will come galloping to the rescue but I think not.   Meaningful reform has to happen and, just like when Roger Douglas led the way and rescued the NZ economy from the worst excesses of Muldoonism, there will be pain and hardship.   But would anyone today seriously argue that we should go back to 1984 ... well, I guess Winston might.

You Can Count On The Herald

.... to keep serving up this crap.

"...........He joined the army at 16 and went on to serve with the NZSAS and........."

I wonder how long it will be before The Herald discovers this amazing chap was awarded a Victoria Cross about which nobody knew anything?

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Classic Media Spin!!

The intelligent and practical amongst us know which of the two versions of the very successful live animal export story will get the coverage.
Ministry of Primary Industries or SAFE (save animals from exploitation)?

Hans Kriek the serial complainant of any activity where someone makes money or even just enjoys being involved with animals has a very different take on what was proved to be a very successful export of live sheep and cattle to Mexico from the Port of Timaru last month.

Ele Luddeman at Homepaddock guts the sad little Dutchman seeking relevance  but there is no doubt he will survive and a worshipful media will again seek his witless mutterings.

Ele points out the death rates were below the 40 such efforts from Australia last year for percentage deaths of live animals being exported and many of the Australian shipments only go from Darwin to Indonesia.

Of much greater significance, the live animal export from Timaru to Mexico death rate, was less than one fifth of the average death rate for people on cruise liners.
Also when People 'cruise', it is well accepted an increase in average weight will occur from all the eating, drinking and reduced exercise, but nothing to compare with the 10 to 12 percent weight gain of the animals that the great whinger will ignore on that two week cruise to Mexico
It is an established fact that animals under "stress" will only lose weight  but Mr Kriek's enablers will not mention such unfortunate facts.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Another Lefty Loudmouth Eats Crow

Hot on the heels of Australian federal treasurer Joe Hockey' defamation victory over Fairfax comes the humiliating apology from ex an Labor MP who falsely accused Crosby Textor of introducing push polling into Australia.

In both cases 'tweets' were the cause of the problem.

“In October 2011, I suggested in a message to my followers on Twitter that Crosby Textor had introduced push polling to Australia. I acknowledge that this claim is untrue. Crosby Textor’s business has not commenced at the time of the events I had in mind........"

No Value There People.

After weeks of  resignations, sackings, admissions of no content,  assertions of possible inappropriate whatever, confidentiality clauses, abusing the little woman, total silence from the other woman, a board member being sanctioned by a board he is the only member of still standing, it was with some relief we are now being titivated by a tale of a maybe coup for Deputy leader in another nonentity party.

Of course who is deputy 'leader' in the personality cult that has had voters fooled for over two  decades, a party that exists on a diet of xenophobia and anything else that appears on the radar of the silver set who largely vote in a fog of declining mental acuity.
So long as there is a photo or statuette of the "doyen" of NZ's shallow political puddle NZ First will endure as the mirage it has always been. His inevitable passing will go largely un-noticed by a chunk of his adoring public.
If you need evidence of that possibility, consider the fact that  Helen Clarke is still a candidate  in preferred PM polls and she has been gone for seven years.

Meanwhile on the planet that sustains us all,  cabinet ministers are all standing by their statements, The leader of the opposition is a complete mystery to most, a bill passes that has potential for limiting freedom of expression, a massive free trade treaty is moving to reality, the widening gap between haves and have nots is debunked, poverty and housing crisis seem to be losing lustre, a national roadshow to discus changing the flag struggles to get double figure attendance at consultation meetings,  ex NZLP leader who was smacked down with two dead snapper has made a complete dope of himself again over the price of milk, cocoa cola and water and through it all, the banality of what passes for political discourse oozes along being largely ignored by all.

If Ron 'who' challenged Tracy 'someone' for a job that is of no moment to 99% of the electorate, how is that news. For a comment from NZ First the best anyone could come up with was two addresses, two mail boxes, corner section, Dennis the dissembler O'Rourke, who has a "lodger".

Ah well maybe something will turn up tomorrow, how about the country that discovered democracy is bankrupt, hang on, WHAT!!!!.

Still no value though, just layabouts, liars, losses, liabilities, leftys, _______?

I am feeling a little similar to what I imagine Oliver Twist felt,  please can I have some more "Warming", Sir.

Only A Pawn, Lucky Until Now.

Mr de Malmanche  should immediately fire his legal team and just do the time.

It will not be his brief who will choose between a blindfold or not, sitting or standing, a padre or not if their rather fraught attempt to appeal his sentence for carrying 1.7 kg of Meth into Bali goes ahead and turns sour.

15 years with a possibility of remission for keeping his head down and his arse clean and then there could be a real possibility he could end his custodial in a NZ gaol.

An appeal, as I understand things, opens up a possibility that should the 'Indos' become a bit upset then the whole sentence is up for reconsideration and the fate of Chan and Sukomaran is an option.

Is there any truth in a suggestion that Mr Ultimate Naïve who used the little brain in accepting a free holiday in Asia is not exactly an innocent, never done nuthin, dopy, or someone versed in fringe activity who may have fried his brain with product, who confused love, lust, luck and loser.

He is 53 so it is not beyond possible he could be here in NZ in a medium security pokey well before he gets the super.

He needs better advice than any suggestion to appeal, just get down on his knees and give thanks.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Joe Hockey 200 000 Fairfax 0

In the run up to Hockey's first budget The Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Age  and The Canberra Times published under a headline "Treasurer For Sale" an assertion that The Federal Treasurer could be bought.

Politicians who resort to suing take massive risks, if the law had found that claim was indeed true and the story suggested that expensive entertainment offered to business leaders was the basis of their claims, then Joe Hockey would have seen his career go down the gurgler.

 However he won and Fairfax have hit a road bump in their obsessive opposition generated daily against the Libs who dared to end their hot favourite's chaotic time in government.

The State Broadcaster ABC is on a similar crusade and their very tawdry effort a week ago on the flagship Q & A when soaking wet lefty host Tony Jones handed Zaky Mallah a platform for his Daesh support antics, and then one week later made very ill advised defense of what most considered indefensible.  Mallah is a convicted criminal after he threatened the lives of ASIO Officers and he recently 'tweeted'  respected journalists Miranda Devine  and Rita Panaho should be gang banged, a really nice young man, not!

With Mr Shorten watching his polls sink into the mire, the Abbott government enters the weeks of their winter recess looking considerably more competent and electable than six months ago when their leader had a very close brush with political death.

Pope Junk Science The First

Churches are full of well meaning fellows who, having failed in their prime tasks of saving souls and managing their denominations, turn to other fields in which they have no expertise to bestow upon people who do have expertise the munificence of their wisdom.

Such a person is the current Pope.  I never thought I would see the day when such rank stupidity as the latest encyclical was inflicted on a Church which has many more important things about which to concern itself.

I wonder what the better than fifty percent of Catholics who recognize 'global warming/climate change' for the fraud it is will think about the latest encyclical from Rome?

Do the Left Footers have recall elections for Pope?

No Surprise There.

but possibly a hint to the traffic police how they could divert some resources to a serious frustration for drivers that can lead to subsequent rash decisions.

Who has never been annoyed when after following a vehicle at say 85 kph on an open road only to enter a dual lane set up for overtaking and find they are required to exceed the open road limit to complete an overtaking manoeuvre.
Of course that annoyance is really ramped up when a ticket arrives by mail from a speed detection camera set up at the end of that opportunity to pass  bit of road design.

Now research is being published that finds an increase of road layout width  by two meters will reduce a drivers perception of speed  on the narrow winding road leading to the Dual lane as they enter the open straighter road,  by more than 10%.  Hell isn't that recently published fact around what so many knew already with the construction of "squeeze layouts" placed at the entrance to urban areas consisting of a narrowing laneway with a centre median often planted out.
Ever driver alive knew that, even the daft bugger who was staying safe at 85kph, however it is great to have it proved and laid out by science.
Now how good would it be to have some official recognition by plod and an ending of the revenue gathering set ups at the bottom of hills on straight roads, at the end of passing lanes and on rare overtaking opportunities where a safe driver in a safe vehicle can effect an overtaking manoeuvre albeit by exceeding the posted limit for a brief time.

I guess I am suggesting some proactive monitoring by mufti car and or motor cycle officers at least bringing the frustrating actions of overcautious drivers that can  be so aggravating to otherwise  law abiding drivers to notice. It would be just a little satisfying to see a dawdling sightseer having a chat with plod as a minimum.

Monday, June 29, 2015

How To Be Successful In Business

And live longer.

Don't employ Muslims

The Islamist arrested for Friday’s terror attack on a factory in France has told police that he beheaded his boss in a car park after the victim had reprimanded him for dropping a box of valuable electronic equipment two days earlier.

Not Quite Kosher TVNZ

TVNZ is reporting on the seizure by Israel of a rickety old boat and two stupid Maoris off the coast of Gaza.

This paragraph fell out and clattered onto the floor:-

Participants in previous flotillas trying to get to the Gaza Strip have been arrested, detained, deported and even killed by Israeli forces.
No explanation as to why they might have been killed?  I remember this incident and sure enough, the so called activists were killed because they attacked the Israeli boarding party with knives.   They were dumber even than our two Maoris.  Took bloody knives to a gunfight.

But TVNZ would never tell you that.  Rather smear Israel by way of innuendo.  That's their style.

What Bit About A Security Breach Doesn't Matter.

Four males breached the security of our Parliament carrying solar panels,  climbing gear, communication equipment a banner and the luvvies are either cheering or making supportive noises.

A nice young man enters a mosque in Kuwait and no one notices he is in possession of anything  of concern,  another young man in beach clothes carrying a beach umbrella  walks onto a Tunisian Beach resort, an employee travels with his boss to a gas facility in France as he has done on previous occasions and all is well.

Not exactly because the three incidents in the second paragraph result in over 50 innocents dead and hundreds more injured and mutilated.
The four perps in the first para could have in some jurisdictions been shot dead as an unknown threat to our National Security.

When will our leaders wake up, we are being incredibly naïve in thinking it could not happen here, how difficult for the four to have had concealed weapons and opened fire on the gathering crowd.
What better opportunity for four "Lone Wolves" to have enjoyed a remarkable ability to do what is becoming so common in places previously thought secure and enjoyed their place in history with a slaughter of innocents.

Islamist nutters do not think as we do, do not have any sense of the law or its consequences and their lives and the lives of their victims have nothing near the sanctity and value we ascribe to all humans friend and foe.

A drunk rolls up to a security gate and claims to have a bomb and disorder and chaos erupt. two stupid schoolboys breach security at a luggage carousel and apologist appear to protect their stupid act.

Our naivety and complacency will bite us badly and apparently it is nothing to worry about.

We are at war and like it or not it will arrive here on our peaceful shores,  only thing still unknown is when.

 Man Monis killed his two victims in the middle of downtown Sydney in broad daylight.


others won't, some may think it kitsch.    Whatever, I find this Ballard written by a Canadian ex-serviceman very powerful indeed. 

Those who serve deserve our support.

How Much Was Mr Stupidistupidwas Required To Contribute By Worksafe.

Yes the idiot who misused equipment lost a leg and was awarded $35 000 in compensation for the loss of a limb.
An employee of Tree Scape Ltd,  an Auckland arborist contractor used his foot to push remnant branches into a roadside chipper slipped with the other foot on loose gravel and had the hopelessly  inappropriate leg being used as a "pusher" drawn into the chipper leading to a later  amputation.

Was the insane act by the worker that was the primary cause of the "accident",  that was in no way a bleeding (pun intended)  accident,  only an act of gross negligence,  calculated as to his contribution to the rather messy outcome  in arriving at the penalties and recompense decided.

The judgement ruled the company failed to take all steps to prevent the act of gross stupidity and has been fined under worksafe law,  for failing to prevent a worker using his foot to push branches into a chipper, the sum of  $24 750 in the Manakau Court.

I will assume the retard was wearing a Hi Viz Jerkin, Ear Muffs, gloves, goggles and a hard hat all supplied by the company.
The pity is they didn't check if he had a functioning brain under the hard hat.

We will never know if the company had fully briefed the somewhat deficient in brain cells  idiot on what exactly a chipper does to bits of tree limbs that it devours and blows into a waiting truck and it is rather difficult to believe  the worker could not work out that tree limbs and human limbs are rather similar in shape and structure and the machine would be intent on treating his foot and leg as just more to be chipped.

Never mind the $59 750  will just be included in future budgeting as  a contribution to the cost of doing business and future users of Tree Scape's  services will just pay more.
The chute that was blocked will be lengthened to beyond what one leg might require to be trapped in the feed rollers and the next stupid fool will lose both feet, probably his life and the company will be fined an even greater sum possibly enough to bankrupt it when he uses both feet to push the remaining branches into the machine.

Not Cats, Not Kids and Not the Budgie

However,  dogs, well that incurs an annual fee, that brings no benefit to a responsible owner, no costs to  a  bludging council and has no controlling effect on the supposed menace to society.

Two little retards enter a dairy armed with a knife and kill the proprietor, no murder, merely one guilty of manslaughter.
In round figures what did all that cost society?

We have three  dogs and evidently society demands an annual fee to keep tabs on them.
They are neutered, peaceful, cause no problems for  anyone else and the council needs to know by affirmation they are alive, micro chipped, and housed in approved accommodation still at the same address.

Those two murderous little scrotes will never be neutered, will never be micro chipped, the council wont give a rats rear where they are housed and what quality that housing might be and it is an absolute certainty that the killing of Mr Kumar was not the first time they caused mayhem and it is even more certain it will not be their last effort.

The origins of dog registration lay with a need to control and eliminate Hydatids, a parasite that lives in the gut of dogs that became infected from eating cysts in raw offal and when eggs were excreted by infected dogs they could be ingested by humans and cause health issues in the human host.
Following a long and intensive program the disease is eliminated from NZ canines and as we do not have foxes or wolves that is the end of the matter.
However, then bright educated things in local government were not about to end their little gravy train so they moved to an Identification and Tracking model as a control measure for animals that can attack humans. Forget that cats can cause damage and death for babies, forget that budgies can carry and spread poultry disease and it must be possible they could attack.
Then there are pet rabbits, goats, stoats,  weasels, rats, mice, guinea pigs, sheep, cattle, horses and even bloody magpies, almost all of which could cause damage and nuisance, no need for registration for them either  lifetime or annual.

To close  when did paying an annual fee stop dog attacks and how many dogs out there are not, never have been and never will be registered.
It is a given that those non fee paying mongrels will more than likely be the ones that attack to disfigure or kill, will be crapping anywhere they fancy, will bark when alone, and when loose cause a never ending stream of damage, mischief and nuisance.
 What triggered this, well after tomorrow the fees will double and then some as they become a late payment and last night as swmbo was running the state TV infotainment hour an item caught my notice on drones and they have a certain fascination for me.
Some are raising a problem of privacy, never heard of balloonists , helicopter pilots,  ramblers, mountain bikers, hang gliders, and meter readers, a drone capable of carrying a camera device and suddenly we have a problem.
The ANSWER, well REGISTRATION of course, funny that such bureaucratic nonsense has never been attempted for cyclists, and since I will never now be in that bunch, that is  an idea with merit.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

It's Huricanes Vs Highlanders.

After two really good games of modern rugby, class defeated arse and the very best bit for me was the whining and squealing from Kearns and Kafer as another of Cheika's thugs got their beans from Craig Joubert.

That swinging arm from ex Transvaal bovver boy was his only way to stop Osborne from scoring beside the posts and that it was revealed in the slowmo to check if the ball had reached the line was the icing.

It is clear to anyone with more than a passing understanding and passion for the modern game that the man who is moving to head coach of the Wallabies had as a central driver to ramp up "physicality" and it is also well understood that that is the new term to allude to "smash em bro",  "don't take a step back", " big hit", "push and shove' or any of the other euphemisms used to describe old fashioned thuggery.

After a rather serious effort by Cheika's monster Skelton and his 'tonto' Lotu, I posted on May 26th  on that example of the  Waratah  mindset,  what made that worse IMHO was it occurred well after the whistle, at least last night,  Potgieter's rather desperate effort  was in the heat of play.

I do not favour a red or yellow unless the offence is very serious, League "putting such incidents on report" so they must be reviewed by the judiciary is a better system, and when sports betting and last ditch results such as finals are involved, much fairer.
That said Joubert last night was very clear, deliberate and he involved lazyboy bound George Ayub throughout coming to his decision.

Go the Canes and the Skirts next week.

Oh and the Warriors had a good day out at Mt Smart as a curtain raiser.

With no Saffa teams in semis and now only the two NZ teams in the finals it is now a serious problem of complacency for Hansen to overcome, but for Jamie Joseph and Chris Boyd and their two teams it is just a marvellous opportunity to be enjoyed, and for the rest of the rugby public a wonderful   opportunity for a great game at The Cake Tin.


Ok, I'll readily admit that I enjoy being ever so slightly provocative in my posts designed to take the piss out of those inhabiting the dark side of the political divide and watching, with a degree of amusement, their reactions as a superb example of Pavlov's study of 'classical conditioning' ..... but this is a really serious question .....

Why the deafening silence from the Greens on the matter of Sonny Tau and his blatant disregard of the Wildlife Act 1953 in the taking of taking of five kereru from Stewart Island as kai for his mates up here in the North?

I mean this from a Party that actively encouraged challenges in the Environment Court to the proposal to open up the Denniston Plateau to mining on the basis of the need to protect the native carnivorous snail even though it's habitat was some distance from the proposed mining operation.

Can it possibly be that the Greens are trapped in the web of inverse racism so much so that their Maori co-leader (or any other Green MP) finds it impossible to criticize Maori when they seek to break the laws affording protection to endangered species.    Imagine if you can the howls of outrage from the Greens if it were a Pakeha (or any) National Party parliamentarian who did this.

Have to say the only person who comes out of this with his 'mana' intact is Mita Harris who resigned as a member of the Ngapuhi negotiating team with the Crown over their Treaty settlement claim in disgust of Tau's actions.   Mita is Chair of the Northland Conservation Board and has stood for National in previous elections.

Come on Metiria ... 'man' up or is it a case of selective hypocrisy rules Ok in the Greens?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

They Are Linked And The Media Should Say So.

Muslims are in the Holy Month Of Ramadan.

Yesterday Was Friday.

Friday is the best day for the Mad Mullahs to incite the more insane at "Friday Prayers"

There are rewards to those who die in the pursuit of the aims of Allah as cited by Crazy Clerics.

It was no bloody coincidence that yesterday was a rather sad day for the world.
It was the most likely day of the freakin week for it to happen with the month another clue.

Gunmen opened fire on sunbathing tourists on a beach in Tunisia 28 dead.

A nutter with explosives entered a mosque in Kuwait and minced himself taking another 25 praying members of the religion of peace to eternal life while modifying  another 200 to live on in this world with bodies damaged in various ways.

A disgruntled employee in France has removed the head of his boss where it had been for many years  and put it on the gates of his factory, decorated with Arabic scrawl in an act that could be described as taking that boss head on/off.

In other 'News' the savages in ISIL have publicised more gruesome media catching means to demonstrate their mastery of mindless violence.
Not content with just hacking heads off with knives, mass shootings and throwing blindfolded unfortunates off high buildings, putting people they don't like in a car then lining the vehicle up with a rocket grenade and launching the inmates on a final car journey,  things have reached new heights.
Two youths accused of snacking during daylight hours in a serious offense against Allah during Ramadan were tied to a beam by their hands/wrists and hoisted to expire in the hot sun.
Five others, accused of espionage were locked into a steel cage then lowered into a swimming pool and drowned, That whole event was filmed in high quality using sophisticated underwater cameras.
Then another inspired method of dispatch for another group kneeling in orange jump suits being linked with loops around their necks by a length of 'cordtex', an instantaneous explosive in the form of  cable used for co-ordinated linked explosive charges only in this case when the detonator did its work it would have been labour efficient and very quick. Not recommended for inside a building if a clean up was to be done but out in the desert,  well sunshine is a good cleaner.

So two die from dehydration, 5 from over hydration and another bunch had their ability to take on water removed in a sort of  flash of inspiration.

They were all Islamist inspired and enabled,  people,  so why wont the Media say so.
Why don't the millions of other members of Islam who it is suggested are peaceful and peace loving take to the streets and protest the senseless killings perpetrated by "a small minority" or Lone Wolves".

By their actions,  make that inactions,  they are judged and found complicit.