I say that out of respect for the Office. President Trump has still to earn my respect as a person ... but at least I'm prepared to give him the chance to prove himself.
We have been bombarded by a never ending procession of opinion-editorial pieces about how terrible his presidency is going to be. It is refreshing to read this piece in the Independent from Sean O'Grady which argues that perhaps, just perhaps, the end of the world is not nigh with his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. I commend it to you.
A question. Do protestors really need to riot to make their point?
Yes, it's election year, and yes we can expect politicians of all stripes to say silly things, but the hubris and cant being uttered by the Little man and the OAP from St Mary's Bay over entering the Pike River Mine sure takes the biscuit.
Lets start from the beginning. The Pike River Mine was located on crown land administered by DoC, In 2004 the then Labour Government gave approval for the mine which started coal production in October 2008. On 19 November 2010 an explosion in the mine left 29 dead. There was was a second explosion on 24 November and a third one three days after that. The formal advice tendered to Solid Energy (which purchased the mine from Pike River Coal after it went into receivership) is that the mine is too dangerous to enter and should be sealed. The families of the miners killed in the tragedy commissioned their own advice which suggested an operation to recover the remains of those trapped in the mine (assuming there are any to recover ... temperatures in the mine were assessed to have reached something in the order of 1200 degrees centigrade) was both feasible and practical. One might argue that the families are hardly a disinterested party. Enter Little and Peters to the fray ... they are siding with the families.
So what are they proposing ... introducing amending legislation into Parliament to absolve the Directors of Solid Energy from any liability under the Health & Safety Act should things go wrong in any recovery operation. Quite simply that beggars belief. What if something did go wrong?. Where does that leave the people involved? What recourse would those families have?
Little and Peters are playing politics pure and simple. It's not their lives they're putting at risk. Leading from the back ain't leading. For them, hubris and cant rules OK.
POTUS has the right to issue pardons and commute sentences. It is expected that the right is used sparingly and for good cause. Three days out from leaving office President has commuted back to seven years the 35 year sentence imposed on Chelsea Manning. 'She' will now be freed in less than four months.
On 30 July 2013 Manning was convicted by Courts Martial on 17 out of 22 charges including five charges of espionage and theft. Evidence was adduced that the information passed by Manning to Wikileaks caused considerable damage to the US intelligence community and contributed to the unmasking of vital intelligence assets.
Sorry President Obama ... you don't commute the sentences of traitors ... especially traitors in uniform no matter how mixed up they are.
Israel has accepted the creation of a Palestinian State seperate from The Kingdom of Jordan where many stateless Palestinians have chosen to live albeit as second class citizens.
Many of the luvvies who struggle with the concept of the only Democratic state involved in the frontline of Islams drive to expand it's area of domination concur but with the added requirement that Israel give up its infinitely more secure borders following the expulsion of Jordan from the West Bank including the serious Jewish historical linked structures that include the "wailing wall".
I think I have worked out what is preventing the "two state" solution from getting airborne.
While Israel's concept comes close to having some acceptance by all, except the Hamas controlled Gaza City Area and the slightly less murderous Fatah West Bank, who have a totally different conceptual aim.
The still stateless Palestinians understand that their "two states" will be Gaza and Palestine who will move into the defeated territory when they have destroyed modern Israel, slaughtering every last Jew.
There is the Arab understood two state "solution" McSully supports.
Tesla have an app that allows access and starting for their latest cars to be operated with a smart phone, sounds a great advance right. Well for one proud owner not so much.
The poor little dumbarse went out bush and became locked out of a securely locked car.
Only six miles from home and Mrs Dumbarse had to run two miles to solve the problem.
She eventually found a cell signal to get help.
You see the app needs a bloody signal to allow the phone to contact Tesla to bypass the locks and the dopey sharp point had left his keys at home as part of the trial run.
It is not conclusively decided if Einstein actually proposed the definition but it is a great fit.
Insanity; " doing the same thing over and over yet expecting a different result".
Our inept media joined with the red left to attempt to knock John Key off his perch for a decade with zero result from what many labeled "KDS" for Key Derangement Syndrome.
Now the U.S. Media along with the snowflakes are going after POTUS elect Donald Trump.
Now if "KDS" was pathetically failing for a decade, it will be interesting how "TDS" goes.
One of the saddest manifestations so far has to be the attempts to deny the college band from an Afro American college (university) from Alabama State participating in the Inauguration Parade for the swearing in of Mr Trump.
The inauguration of a president has a great history of non partisan behaviour and to deny those youth f something they will proudly carry as a special memory for the rest of their days, it is not just sad but tragic in the true sense.
Jeez Wayne , George W Bush invited all the living Presidents to a White House luncheon to make Barry feel welcome eight years ago, to the exclusive club. Compare that action in the wake of a campaign against War Hero John McCain, Senator from Arizona that was very bitter at times to the petulant spiteful behaviour of the current decisive sharp point as he frantically comes to the realisation his record will be dust in the sands of history as it is dismantled by the terrible Mr Trump.
Orator he has clearly been so long as the Telepromptor continued to function, but statesman and man of the people he ain't..
Black Lives Matter will be his enduring legacy and many more people of colour have died or are at risk of early death from his not very subtle efforts.
The kick in the conjoines for the students of the College established by freed slaves has so far failed due to the efforts of the college President who understands the insane stupid that is being attempted on his youth.
Well done that man, Billy Hawkens Phd, president of Talladega College that celebrates its 150th birthday this year, they get what democracy should be while the snowflakes melt in the mid winter temperatures.
Dr Hawkins is standing tall.
While running an item on the decision to end the fruitless search for Malasian Airlines Flight 370 Fox News ran a clip from film of the RNZAF contribution on the flight deck of an Orion as backing video for how the RAAF had led the international search effort.
Mind that Orion wing has a great history of success in exercises with the Aussie and Yank forces in searching for bad people under water so it was entirely appropriate I guess.
Humans have evolved from hunter gatherers who with the laws of Darwin led to the creation of a reasonably cunning animal, with a disposition to empathy and nurture who became very successful at creating society that could soar to great heights.
In that progression, many ways and survival needs from the past, evolved into games that honed skills and taught the very best of sportsmanship. How impressive, when the Bangladeshi Skipper ducked into a Tim Southee short ball, the caring and concern was palpable from all involved.
Many of those activities that have evolved are still evolving and when things continue to cause damage, administrators resort to rule changes and one of the clear examples comes with the crack down by Rugby powers on head high tackles as players and coaches develop new strategies to comply.
One of the saddest manifestations of what many call progress emanates from the ignorant sad little people, so aptly named snowflakes who from a position totally removed from any active connection with an activity that has emerged from history in sport that entertains many but the snowflakes find offends their twentyfirst century mores want to ban.
Such inane rubbish accompanies the various events that constitute modern Rodeo.
Bucking horse riding with and without a saddle,
Bull / Steer riding.
Roping young cattle and restraining them,
These events all evolved from livestock systems in days gone by when Horse was the preferred transport, and fences and yards were unavailable.
The exception is Bull and Steer riding which is pure agony inducing competitive "I am better" macho action.
Now to catch a horse and create a useful piece of equipment is a rare skill and Horse 'Breaking', has given way to "Horse Whispering", my nephew is a talented deliverer of the modern system.
Occasionally in days of yore some horses presented enormous challenges and the most intractable renegade steeds became a focus for competitive days of competition available for activity in free time, the alternative was alas, death for use as dog food.
Now following the undoubted success of the envy consumed opponents of fox and hare hunting, who have basically closed down an activity with the legislative powers of the UK parliament, a bunch of nutters here in NZ have left the very small minority who "Follow the Hounds" alone and seem to have selected Rodeo as a focus of their penchant to ban something.
Yes occasionally an animal breaks a leg and is euthanised, hell it happens in a paddock of green grass with zero human cause, blame or involvement apart from an inevitable monetary loss. The Cowboys and Girls are at a much higher risk of serious damage than the animals that enjoy weeks and weeks of eating and sleeping with an occasional day out and ten seconds of frenetic action. Do the nutters seriously believe that is worse than a few months of boring high value food and an encounter with a stungun at a meatworks.
The Rodeo organisers must have a vet to end the suffering of an animal with irreparable injury, Firstaiders and the local ED will be called on to repair the damaged riders and no humane bolt in sight.
People climb icy peaks and ridges, ride cycles, motorbikes and fast cars , even trucks and tractors, jump off bridges and platforms with only a rubber band between them and death. Others climb into an overloaded vehicle at holiday time to risk a duel with the grim reaper, sadly nineteen this latest holiday met their end.
Where there are live ones there will be dead ones, will always be with us.
Rodeo organisers go to extraordinary lengths to ensure the safest environment for the animals and the competitors, even spectators.
If the bullies succeed with Rodeo then it will be Cross Country and Show Jumping equestrian, Hurdles and Steeplechase for Jockey Clubs, then Flat Gallops, Harness Sports, where will it end.
Just have a gander at how the sport of Greyhound racing in New South Wales only survived a maniacal response from State Premier Mike Baird in an OTT kneejerk reaction to a widely flawed and panned report on off track training and the destruction of failed racing dogs, when electoral reality brought a change of mind.
Before the oh so smug snowflakes start celebrating it will eventually reach golf. Surely someone ruining a walk by smashing a very hard small sphere often with little idea where it will end up must be somewhere in a queue for extinction.
It appears British PM Theresa May is going for a hard landing. Cut the ties to the EU and go it alone, right from the word go.
What will this mean for UK fat lamb producers? What opportunities will this provide for NZ and Australian frozen lamb exporters?
It seems to me UK farmers will undergo the same shocks that beset NZ farmers when Roger Douglas delivered the much needed coup de grace to the now notorious Supplementary Minimum Prices.
UK cockies have been protected from real world reality by decades of EU subsidies which, overnight, will disappear. My greatest criticism of Douglas's moves were to do with the inhumane way in which they were implemented, leading to incredible hardship for and many suicides within NZ farming families. That was the short term downside. The long term benefits were a stronger and more resilient farming sector.
UK cockies and politicians should learn from NZ's experience under Douglas and should avoid the short term trauma..
If I were a UK lamb producer, here's what I would do.
1 I would form groups of twenty or so producers and have each group hire a consultant from NZ to introduce new farming practices resulting in a dramatic increase in efficiency of production. This may well involve changes to the breeding flock to bring about an increase in survival to sale lambing percentage, along with a significant reduction in the farm labour force. Such changes will require changing the breed of sheep, such as occurred in NZ, where a move away from traditional Romney ewes to breeds such as Perendale and Coopworth achieved huge increases in lambing percentage from large flocks which required little or no care at lambing time.
2 I would ask the UK government to continue an interim subsidy, to allow time for the changes to take place without undue hardship. It will take three to four years to breed up a new flock and accordingly I suggest the subsidy should start at the current UK level and phase out over five years.
( The current subsidised farm gate price for a 19 kg lamb in the UK is NZ$124 while the NZ equivalent is NZ$100. Retail UK price is NZ9/kg compared with NZ price of around $13/kg)
Is a $25 per carcase differential enough to get excited about? If it is, then what a marvelous opportunity there will be for NZ exporters if NZ pulls off a fast track free trade agreement. Meat companies would be able to sell into the UK initially at EU type prices while the local producers adjust.
Kiwis can expect to pay a more for their Sunday roast leg of lamb.
You may be aware that some of the NOK of servicemen killed in the Malaysian and Vietnam conflicts and buried in Malaysia/Singapore have requested their remains be repatriated back to New Zealand.
The long standing position of the Royal New Zealand Returned & Services Association was that there should be no repatriation however two years ago they changed their position and late last year Government referred the matter to the Veterans' Advisory Board (statutory body established to advise the Minister of Veterans' Affairs) for their investigation and recommendation.
Their graves are located in four locations: at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery at Kranji in Singapore; at the British Military Cemetery at Terendak Garrison, Melaka, Malaysia; at the Cheras War Cemetery (part of the Cheras Christian Cemetery) in Kuala Lumpur and in the Taiping (Kamunting Road) Christian Cemetery in Perak State. The Kranji Cemetery is an official CWGC cemetery while the latter three are maintained by the CWGC. Both the Kranji and Terendak sites are are immaculately maintained. In KL and Taiping the military portions of the cemetery are well maintained, the adjacent civilian graves less so.
There is free access to the Kranji, KL and Taiping cemeteries. The Terendak cemetery is located inside a Malaysian Army Garrison and you need permission to visit it. There has been comment by some NOK that they found obtaining permission difficult. That is not my experience. When I, along with Mrs Veteran and a close friend ex 5RAR and his wife, applied to visit we found the process simple and straight forward. On visit day we fronted up to the Main Gates along with our driver and handed over our passports. We were given unrestricted access to the Camp (no escort). We went everywhere, cemetery, beach club, old NAAFI area, our old battalion lines and the old Ladies Mess were our wives once lived. Access should not be an issue.
I am ambivalent on the repatriation issue. My gut feeling is that the bodies should remain where they have for the last half century. Having said that I can acknowledge the serenity and ambiance of the KL and Taiping cemeteries does not match that of Kranji and Terendak. It would however not be fair to restrict repatriation to those two cemeteries alone. One out ... all out.
Last year our Oz cousins completed a similar exercise with much pomp and ceremony. They would acknowledge there were difficulties. While there might have been neat markers above ground, below ground was a different story. They are not exactly sure who they dug up ... indeed, there is an unconfirmed story doing the rounds that among those repatriated to Oz was the remains of a New Zealander. If that is correct it is embarrassing. Some families have requested full DNA testing to confirm identities but that could be opening a pandoras box. Perfect reason to leave well alone.
I understand the TOR for the VAB includes reference to the possible repatriation of dependents. I am completely opposed to that. Serviceman only. Any number of civilian New Zealanders die while overseas. Many are buried overseas. It is not the Government's responsibility to bring them 'home'. I wish the VAB well in their deliberations. They will need to exercise the judgement of Solomon. Whatever they recommend; whatever the Government decides ... they're sure to upset someone.
For the avoidance of doubt I need to say that the repatriation of the remains of servicepeople buried in CWGC cemeteries prior to 1 January 1948 is prohibited according to the protocols of the Commission endorsed by the member countries which includes New Zealand.
Traveling home yesterday around noon came up behind a marked police ute to become number four in line doing sixty five on straights reducing to as slower on corners.
Oncoming made passing impossible so some six kms later with the convoy now in excess of ten the cop had had enough and lit up with siren.
The poor bugger at two must have needed a change of undies and I have no clue as to what the moron in the White sedan leading ended up with, if anything as a ticket but it was a very clear case of "driving without attention" even "inconsiderate road use".
The Veteran, much to Mrs Veteran's chagrin, is a cricket nut. Those of you who follow the Black Caps both in NZL and o'seas will be well aware there is an 'annoying' Kiwi fan who positions himself right in the eye of the camera immediately adjacent to the sight screen and normally to its left..
Doesn't matter if it's in Oz, RSA, India, Pakistan, Zimbabwe or Bangladesh or wherever, there he is in dark sunnies with a toy kiwi wrapped around his gut and waving his version of the NZL ensign with some writing on the bottom.
Clearly he has dosh because it must cost him heaps to follow the team everywhere. Clearly too he likes to be seen on TV although I am reliably informed that Sky Sports Camera Crews have instructions to try and avoid showing him ... but without too much success because of where he positions himself.
Has to be a story behind this, the supposed Black Caps number one fan... anyone know it?
Forget all those nice young men that successive judges have bent over backwards to be forgiving to.
All Blacks, Law students, some scion of a wine family, a list that seems to be well beyond the Blind Lady of Justice, here was a case where such impressive leniency could seem fair and good.
A woman married to a man for 25 years becomes aware that someone had been a very naughty boy.
Teenage son finds some images on bad dad's cell phone of the fellow player in some examples of friction while wearing what some prurient justice deemed insufficient attire.
How bloody dumb was that not the activity but keeping the images on a cell?
So Mrs Now Really Offended (not her real name), prints a few A4 posters of the naked woman and some inimate action pics of Bad Dad and his new paramour and places them strategically around their little village where Bad Dad was the fire chief
Any way humourless sharp point Clayton (the judge you have when you don't have a judge) convicts wronged woman for distributing offensive matter and fines her $250.
Should have nominated her for housewife of the year, hell no one died in the commission.
Last time I checked creating red faces was normal societal fun and games, way less damaging physically than a young rising star smashing two young ladies and someone else trying to help them.
Justice aint Blind it is crippled and needs intensive care.
Chief District Court Judge needs to call Mr Clayton in for a little chat that sometimes revenge is a dish best served cold, even for heat seeking Fire Chiefs. The perpetrator of the "offensive" was not Mrs N R Offended, it was the dumbarse who deserved all that embarrassment and more.
As I predicted, certain sections of the media have declared all out war on President Elect Trump and its ugly. Not a day goes past without reports of new allegations; not a day goes past without reports of divisions in the Trump ranks; never mind that much of accompanying commentary is puerile and never mind that in everything Trump is portrayed in terms of 'guilty until proven innocent'.
Take for example he reported division between the President-elect and his nominees for Defense Secretary and CIA Director over 'Russia'.. Trump sez he wants good relations with Russia while General Mattis (Defense) and Congressman Pompeo (CIA) both assess Russia to be the number one threat facing the country. Has it occurred to those alleging division that the two statements are not mutually exclusive?
I hold no great brief for Trump except to acknowledge that he about to become President of the worlds number one super power. But I think the media are playing a dangerous game. They have to respect the office even though clearly they don't respect the man .... and never will. Truth be known and the media needs Trump more the Trump needs the media. He holds the cards. He can pull their accreditation to the White House; he doesn't have to have news conferences; he can talk over their collective heads to the American people direct secure in the knowledge that only 40% of Americans consider the media to be somewhat trustworthy (down from 55% in 1999). Those are not numbers to be proud of. Walter Cronkite will be turning in his grave.
The fourth estate has an important role to play in the democratic process. It seems to me they are getting close to editing themselves out of the game.
So Kingi Taurua now sez the letter, sent over his signature, to the Prime Minister making it clear that he was to be denied speaking rights at the Powhiri welcoming him onto the Te Tii Marae at Waitangi didn't say what he thought it said and he's sorry about that ... ROFL.
Don't back down Prime Minister. Don't go. Never go. The Marae has no mana. The lunatics that run the place have seen to that. John Armstrong (bless his cotton pickin sox) has summed up the situation perfectly here
Updated further ... KT now claims the letter sent over his signature was authored by certain 'Young Turks' on the Marae committee. Ipso facto ... not his fault. Clearly if we were believe that (and I don't) Taurua doesn't subscribe to the HST dictum ... the buck stops here. I see that David Rankin, respected Ngapuhi elder, has disowned KT and his mob and endorsed the decision of the PM not to turn up. Hurrah for common sense.
My very good friend Whaleoil and some of my co-bloggers here have taken upon themselves to shill for Israel following the NZL led 14-0 zip vote in the Security Council condemning the creation of new Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank.
That initiative, that vote, has my support in trying to broker a solution to the Palestinian question. It's a problem that has to be solved because, until it is, both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples will never live in peace.
Too much of the debate is about slogans. Too much of the debate is argued in terms of black and white. You're either for Israel or against it. You're either for the Palestinians or against them. There is no middle ground. To that I say crap because the alternative is perpetual war or near war. Is that the way 'you' want it to be? I'm not interested in slogans. I'm only interested in solutions
Now, unless my right wing colleagues think I've gone soft in the head, can I state unequivocally my support for the Jewish State. Indeed, I have just finished reading David Cesarani's book 'The Final Solution ... The fate of the Jews 1933-1949'. No-one can read that book and not fail to understand the mantra that underpins Israel and Israeli politics ... 'Never Again'. But in saying that you cannot ignore the simple fact that 4.50 million Palestinians live in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
First, let's get the history right. In the 1993 Olso Accords Israel (yes Israel) acknowledged the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as representing the Palestinian people. In return, the PLO recognised the right of Israel to exist in 'peace'. The region has been short on peace ever since. In 1994 the Palestine National Authority was established. It exercises governance (of a sort) over Gaza and parts of the Occupied West Bank.
Subsequent to that Palestine has been accorded the status of a de jure sovereign state recognised by 136 countries.
Having said that we need to acknowledge there are elements in Israeli society that view the Palestinians as 'unterminch' (and I use that term deliberately) while in Palestinian society too there are elements, led by HAMAS and supported by Iran, dedicated to the destruction of the Israeli state. Both the Israeli and Palestinian governments include what might be termed 'extremist' elements who view concessions of any sort as selling out to the other side. Indeed, the Israeli PM, Netanyahu, is under particular pressure to hang tough given that he is the subject of a criminal investigation launched by his own Attorney-General into allegations of corruption.
Put all that to one side and it is accepted there are two and two only possible solutions to the problem ... the one state and two state solutions. I hold the view that the one state solution is a no-goer. The enmity alone between the Israelis and the Palestinians would tend to rule that out. It is predicated on (for the time being) a Jewish dominated state (8.5 million Israelis vs 4.5 million Palestinians ... 2.7m in the West Bank and 1.8m in the Gaza Strip). Even assuming the Palestinians were to be accorded full citizenship rights (and I doubt whether Israel is prepared to go that far) the reality is that the birth rate among Palestinians (26.5 births per 1,000 in the West Bank and 39.4 in the Gaza Strip) far outstrips that of Israel (21.3). In time Palestinians would outnumber Israelis. Israel would be mad to agree to a one state solution.
That leaves us with the two state solution endorsed by most countries in the world. The sticking point is boundaries particularly those in respect of the West Bank. And that leads us back to the UN resolution because the continued encroachment of new Israeli settlements on disputed West Bank land pushes back attempts to resolve the boundary dispute. Put simply, new settlements are adding to and perpetuating the problem and Trump and Julie Bishop (Oz Foreign Minister) in criticising the UN resolution are associating themselves and their respective administrations with the problem rather than the solution.
The one issue I have with the two state solution relates to the status of Jerusalem. Israel holds that Jerusalem is their capital city. That notwithstanding, many countries treat Tel Aviv as such and have their embassys there. Jerusalem has holy sites of significance to the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions. There is underlying tension between the faiths over the treatment of the holy places. It seems to me a possible way round that might be to designate Jerusalem as a city state in its own right under a UN mandate and protection with free access to all peoples.
Some will disagree with this post. That is your right and privilege. But if you're going to have a go at me don't resort to slogans. Spell out precisely your alternative to the two state solution and how it is to be achieved in a way that is fair to both the Jewish and Palestinian peoples.
And BTW. I don't appreciate some dipstick Oz senator from the One Nation Party calling for sanctions against NZL over its co-sponsoring of the resolution. Senator Roberts is hardly justified to in making such a call which is at odds with the ONP policy which calls for it to be easier for New Zealanders to gain Australian citizenship and access to social security benefits. He would be better explaining why he attempted to rort the Oz taxpayer of $30,000 wrongly claimed as a tax deduction and why he thinks that international bankers (the Rothchilds, Goldman Sachs, the Rockefellers and the Warburg family) supported by the US Federal Reserve, are part of a Jewish conspiracy to introduce global socialism. In short, he's a nutter in a Party that's had its fair share of nutters.
Does he seriously think that the criminals and others as yet not convicted who choose to hold weapons capable of killing without the necessary licence, for what ever reason while ignoring our already restrictive for honest citizens to a point of some inconvenience gun law categories.
Why talk such rubbish and remove any residual doubt as to his fitness to be the head honcho of the constabulary, his call for an amnesty to allow guns to be surrendered to police with no prosecution is just a charade and will have zero effect on criminals coming in to the nice local plod and smiling while they hand over sawn off shottys, AK 47s, and hand guns they have gone to so much trouble and expense to acquire.
There are already a goodly number of responsible gun owners who have complied with the very expensive conditions that allow them to buy any gun including military style automatics that get ignorant sharp points exercised, lawfully permitted under the onerous E endorsement category. They can also acquire hand guns and antique weapons no questions asked but they must keep an up to date inventory of all weapons they possess including full serial numbers make and model. Hells bells even I with my basic Firearms licence can buy or just accept a rifle or shotgun no longer wanted by an acquaintance.
THE AMNESTY IS NOT GOING TO MAKE A BLIND BIT OF DIFFERENCE.
So this latest effort has all the hallmarks of a Brain Fart.
It is well known that the police will trash to destruction almost every weapon surrendered under this cheap inane option that will inevitably include some rare and/or historic weapons that have ended up in the attic of Aunty Alice. That is the sum all that this massive PR drive will accomplish when her snowflake distant relative takes an opportunity to end what could be an embarrassing but somewhat explainable breach of the law.
What the big cheese plod should do is make voluntary surrender an amnesty procedure everytime a citizens wishes to surrender weapons without prosecution unless ballistics reveal a connection to a crime.
Am I being cynical and somewhat suspicious that this will be the prequel to a harsh rewrite of the current firearms laws that will have the same beneficial outcomes for dealing with the gun outlaws as the anti smacking law has had in preventing poor little socks being dropped on their vulnerable heads, that is absolutely none.
However any tightening of the current laws will only make lawful responsible gun owners a whole lot more suspicious and might even cause some of the more deeply committed to become outlaws all the while leaving the criminals who hold a significant number of weapons far more dangerous in setup and fire power than hunters and owners at present hold securely, laughing, as they continue to give the system the finger.
If Hollywood reckons Donald Trump was mocking a disabled person, which he wasn't, then what on earth did they think the movie "Forrest Gump" was doing but taking the piss out of the intellectually handicapped??
Actors and actresses should stick to acting. A few of them are good at it.
The way they are going, they will guarantee Trump is in the chair for eight years.
Today the out going President of the US is scheduled to make a farewell speech.
If as I expect he lists the achievements of his eight years it shouldn't take long but with his track record of obfuscation, misrepresentation and exaggeration so long as the teleprompter does not breakdown he will take a long time to say very little.
With the complete shambles he leaves in the Middle East, at least his predecessor had the motive of revenge for his disasters from the failed assassination attempt on his dad, but Barry has only ineptitude and stupidity to blame and there have been shiploads of both.
His legacy will be with us and in particular Europe for generation from the forced exodus of Muslim men from all corners into mainland Europe.
Hell even Ms Merkell's deputy has finally woken up to what has been wrought.
Black Lives Matter, well Barry here how it should be, "all freakin lives matter", even that challenged victim of the very drawn out beating and humiliation from a bunch of discoloured perps, two with male traits and two possibly female.
Oh and what has happened in your beloved Illinois.
From Chicago Police last Summer;
murder victims by race
murderers by Race
Then there is Medicare or as it is now, Obama care, what a bloody crying shame those horrendous unaffordable premium surges came when they were so damaging to the only hope you had that Billary could win and somehow stop the coming implosion.
Homeland security is only accomplishing massive inconvenience for many while enough mentally unstables still sadly get to carry out their damaging lone wolf attacks.
so Barry O'Bama put simply GBABY (good bye and bugger you)
For as long as I can remember mayhem on the TiTi (Lower) Marae at Waitangi has featured as the lead item on the TV news on Waitangi Day. The reality is that the disfunctional Marae leadership have abrogated their host responsibilities and Marae protocol to the point where the Prime Minister has said enough is enough ... you want me to respect the mana of the Marae but in turn you refuse to respect the dignity of my office by refusing me the right to speak at the powhiri welcoming me onto the Marae. That is a studied insult. Bill English has made the right decision.
Kingi Tauroa is the chief lunatic in charge of the asylum. He plays to the cameras. He enjoys his moment in the sun. But the reality is that the TiTi Marae has no special place in our history. The action was all on Treaty Grounds. TiTi Marae came later and if individual Maori wish to protest at the Marae then fine, but the Prime Minister is right to call time out on his attendance there. I would go one step further and pull any official recognition afforded the TiTi Marae. You earn respect; the Marae, by its own actions, has forfeited any respect due.
Talking to a Maori mate of mine over a beer at Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack in Paihia this afternoon after the story broke. He rolled his eyes ... "Kingi doing his thing ... doesn't speak for me, never has". The voice of embarrassed Maoridom. Take that over KT and his bunch of kaumatua misfits any day.
Andrew Beecroft enjoys a reputation as one who gives a dam where youth offending is concerned, imeho, well deserved, but whether from his doing or not, his shares took a hit on the gravedodger 'main board' during the Holiday Shutdown of NZ when he joined the hypocriticals.
Along with incumbents Garry Morgan et al who, having gained by whatever means more than comfortable security, he was reported in the lame stream media suggesting more money be removed by fiat from older people and donated to the young.
Sorry Andy but with zero appreciation from one of your target demographic as donor, that is in a word, moronic, retarded, idiotic and merely demonstrates again how totally removed from reality you have become.
Now I did not envy your previous job of sitting on the bench listening to endless diatribes from learned counsel as to why yet one more scrote was appearing before you for what society regards rightly as untenable activity.
Now you have reached a new zenith as Children's Commissioner that gives you a new 'Profile' from Chief Youth court Judge, you are clearly no better informed with what you were reported to be saying in the news vacuum that always comes with the one month shut down for NZ Inc.
As one who was born into actual 'poverty' during WW2 yet managed by some serious hard work, long hours, much involving extreme hard physical labour and denial of much of what generation Y Z or is it now AA see as their entitlement, I find your reported remarks flippant and offensive here and now some seven decades later.
Long drop/removable bucket,contents to be buried, sanitation, using cut up squares of news papers for wipes,
Untreated drinkingwater supplies from water races and contaminated roof gutters,
Hand me down clothes,
A two mile walk to reach a converted "K" Bedford truck as a school bus with unrestrained lengthwise bench seats to a country school,
That school staffed in the main with fresh out of training school teachers bent on getting the two years rural service out of their hair,
Very rare trips to the city some 100 kms distant on metal roads until Woodend where they "sold beer by the pound" and the concrete slab road gave a percussion like road noise as tires crossed the bitumen joiners. A journey probably necessitated by a lack of anyone to guard us at home. That two hours there and back under a frayed taupaulin sitting on a straw filled double striper sack on the tray of the 1930s V8 utility
a very simple food diet with plenty of sugar, salt and animal fats, with considerable if it could not be sold we ate it philosophy
Father who was gone working from dawn til dusk even at christmas,
Mother buried under the drudgery of no dish washer, vacuum cleaner, washing machine, a white spirit Iron.
House water heated by the wet back in the wood range that only produced during daylight hours or on 'Mondays' by lighting an old pumice copper, handling scalding wet sheets with bleached broom handles to a mangle then hanging the resulting laundry on a clothes line of Number eight wire strung between two trees, not placed for efficient use of space or convenience,
Domestic lighting from one "aladdin lamp" with a fabric mantle that allowed evening reading for adults in the kitchen,
no candles, ever, for fire risk reasons and no torches or lighting till dawn broke.
A solitary Dr some 30kms distant, no fire brigade or ambulance
party single line earth return telephone hours 0800 to 2000 hrs daily, shared with six other households, wire strung on dry Manuka poles sans insulators. A unreliable system that gave a working knowledge of Morse code with A D K M R S U and W as call signs, T was for exchange and E was ring off.
One valve radio, battery powered and not to be touched by any other than an adult
No ice creams, fizzy drinks, chewing gum, lollies,
A church service once a month in a bachelor neighbour's living room,
Social contact beyond immediate family zero,
An unstated expectation of a work effort as soon as physically able,
Christmas stocking stuffed with books signed with seasons greetings from elderly childless aunt.
And "HOLIDAYS", well there were the weeks away from school but as for going on holiday that was stuff of fairy tales read about in The Famous Five from Enid Blyton involving the exiting and Idyllic adventures of George(girl) how confronting was that for one with two decidedly non female Uncle Georges and a King of the same name, Julian Dick and Anne and a dog with no clear purpose called Timmy.
Here citizen Beecroft is my well considered sentence with more allowance for your previous lifes work that my charitable disposition should consider for your clearly ignorance based offensive remarks so well recorded and not refuted in organs of media that should have stood with you in the dock.
So my still regarded with diminishing respect learned ex judge, relinquish all your superannuation entitlements, donate all your accumulated wealth to charity beyond your reach and rent a disused farm house somewhere a need is apparent and work your remaining years to unpaid remedial work amongst the youth you see as so deserving of my meager hard won financial reserves, then approach the LSM with a wonderful tale how you find poverty, safe in the knowledge it was not forced on you by a government acting within the law enforcing your stupid ideas on a defenceless bunch who worked hard and went without to accumulate what would appear to you to be peanuts.
Or alternatively get down from your ivory tower and actually try to get an understanding as to just how generously we resource the so called deprived youth of 2016.
To me with my memories backed by recorded history your pontification is more offensive than a totally well intentioned warning to a clearly inebriated member of your newly discovered altruism entitled youth who demonstrated just how the current system can leave a young lady so bereft of language skills. In a tirade on social media where in excess of 25 words in a diatribe of some minutes it included such profanity and that lady in question has allegedly "won an English prize"at her state funded highschool.
Perhaps you should consider wisely using your remaining time in study and inquiry into the real world you so clearly left some time ago.
Who remembers that wonderful Peter Sellers comedy?
From Wiki, the plot:-
European duchy of Grand Fenwick is bankrupted when an American company
comes up with a cheaper imitation of Fenwick's sole export, its fabled Pinot
Grand Fenwick wine. Crafty prime minister Count Mountjoy (Peter
Sellers) devises a plan.Grand
Fenwick will declare war on the United
Fast forward from 1959 to 2016 and NZ’s very own pint sized comedian,
Murray McCully, declares war on the incoming US administration by sponsoring a
UN resolution to help the Islamic enemies
of Israel crush the only democracy in
the Middle East.
Perhaps I don’t read the right reports but I’m yet to see
any careful and dispassionate analysis of the potential short, medium and long
term effects of this extraordinary episode on the fortunes of New Zealand.I doubt they will be positive.
I have some questions.
1 Did the cabinet approve the sponsorship of the resolution? Was the PM kept informed the whole way through?
2 Was this resolution, and NZ’s pivotal part in it, a factor
influencing PM John Key to resign?
3 How is it in NZ’s interests to sponsor a resolution organized
by the lame duck Israel hating Obama administration in its dying days?
4 What effect will this episode have on NZ’s relationship with
the incoming Trump administration? (Cast your mind back to the time when a
surly and bitter NZ PM publicly opined that the loser would have been a better
president than Dubbya.Said loser went
on to become the world’s most infamous shyster and bullshit artist.)
5 What effect will it have on NZ's relationship with Israel.? Will Israel stop sharing intelligence with NZ?
6 Will there be adverse electoral consequences for National or
is this just another beltway issue?
(This morning, Whaleoil carries a piece by one MohamedHassan from Radio NZ in which one is informed trade with Israel is around $100m
while trade with major Arab states is 4.8b.)That’s not a bad starting point.
Surely there must be some retired diplomat/MFAT staffer who
has the intellectual grunt to produce a decent column on the subject.Clearly, there are no journalists who are
By the way, for what they are worth, my answers to the above questions are:-
1 I don't know.
2 I don't know but I wouldn't be surprised if it did.
3 It isn't.
5 Severely adverse.
6 I think National will suffer a significant loss of votes. Let's see what the next polls have to say.