Blog Bits

June 16th, 2008 at 5:41 pm by David Farrar

Barnsley Bill blogs on the 35 kg stone which was flown first class to China as it was culturally insensitive to have it in the hold.

Frog Blog has a look at parties on . Frog has even found a Winston for PM group – but with slightly less members than the Bring back the Good Night Kiwi group.

American Thinker mentions NZ’s , and his work on Obama’s past.

Dim-Post looks at the options for Labour with the :

  1. Rush the hastily amended, highly complex legislation into law by buying off the Greens and Winston Peters, paying a high political price now and ensuring at least six months of dire headlines as horrible mistakes and unintended consequences in the law are bought to light repeatedly embarrassing the government right in the middle of an election campaign they’re already losing.
  2. Admit the bill is dead and face a couple of days bad news focusing on the failure (which you can mostly blame on National).

And his prediction:

Scenarios like this are when Clark’s ultra-competitive personality undermine her own self-interest and that of her party – she’ll press for a parliamentary victory even if it is spectacularly pyrrhic one.

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13 Responses to “Blog Bits”

  1. PaulL (5,977 comments) says:

    Hmm. Did Helen learn from the EFA debacle? I’m guessing no.

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  2. francis (712 comments) says:

    I doubt that many, if any, of Facebook’s ‘Party’ pages are authentic.

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  3. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,830 comments) says:

    David, get off the grass. The bloody stone was stowed in a compartment in first class. Hardly the stuff of a queen sized drama, surely?

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  4. getstaffed (9,189 comments) says:

    Heaven help us (the airline and the taxpayer) when we gift a Waka

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  5. dad4justice (7,957 comments) says:

    “Ngai Tahu flew first class ‘

    Rick Tau does get around when not at the races. Where is the picnic fund? Who said crime doesn’t pay doesn’t know Rick.

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  6. big bruv (13,548 comments) says:

    I can just imagine the bone carving wearing sickly white liberal (Catherine Delehunty comes to mind for some reason)
    who approved this ridiculous jaunt.

    Meanwhile the people who took the trip were pissing themselves with laughter at how easy it is to con money out of another PC fuckwit.

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  7. vto (1,128 comments) says:

    Dim-post is right. Clark can be her own worse enemy at times and perhaps the ETS will be just like the EFA – except it will be much worse because it involves cash being pulled from punters pockets and that will generate better newspaper headlines.

    Sometimes those with extreme confidence and competitiveness can fool all around with both those characteristics, usually unwittingly of all parties. It’s like their brilliant headlights simply blind everyone including themselves. But despite the appearance to the contrary, those characteristics have zip to do with whether what is being attempted will work or is right.

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  8. JiveKitty (869 comments) says:

    “Maori protocol prescribes that a precious gift from an iwi becomes more than an inanimate object as it is imbued with the spiritual force of the tribe and so needs to be treated accordingly. Protocol also states the gift must be handed over by people who have mana in the iwi.”

    So much for secular government. *sigh* Yeah, I know it’s only local government, but it does seem to reflect the political climate.

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  9. peterquixote (231 comments) says:

    I went down to the Council meeting to hear the Mayor explain some things.
    He .. Bob Parker walked on near almost beside us ..
    and almost immediately ,after a time, with his palms pointing upwards.
    People stood.
    Then he put his hands downward..
    people sat.
    Soon he explained about the spiritual meaning of the Ngai Tahu blessing of our Community compost heap.
    Bob was ecstatic. It needed a prayer.
    After that I think some mention about stones going spiritual class to the cruelest regime in the world which he loves like all Councilors in Christchurch do.
    China.
    After that the puppets got up and said yes master.
    It was sad.
    peterquixote

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  10. Barnsley Bill (982 comments) says:

    It is just another example of otherwise normal people kowtowing to stone age superstition. I do not use the term stone age as any pun with regard to the lump of rock. But rather to describe this particular mentalism and the “age of man” that it belongs in.
    The same way I describe Christianity and Islam as superstitious bullshit from the middle ages.
    Putting aside our obsequious arse kissing of the totalitarian state that is china, do you really think sending green rocks imbued with superstitious mentalism will have any influence on a country that has a terrible record of crushing indigenous culture and ruthless suppression of religious freedom.

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  11. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Huluns “ultra-competitive streak’ – is that the same as being so far removed from humble that she cannot admit that she was wrong. Pride comes before a fall, in this case a massive 100ft cliff.

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  12. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Yes BB, in NZ’s case it is a belief system based in stone age superstition. In Europe they reached the bronze age at the time of their (modern) religious systems inceptions.

    And several hundred years later some quacks are still taking the piss using belief systems, and those unions arent the only ones, look at the bloody first class rock transport malarkey!

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  13. Bryan Spondre (554 comments) says:

    Reminds me of Aaron Bhatnagar’s story about City Vision giving $2,500 of Auckland Ratepayers money to a new age seance reading festival. If people what to delude themselves with this primitive nonsense that’s fine but taxpayers and ratepayers shouldn’t be picking up the tab or encouraging it.

    One of my pet peeves is NZQA approving courses in homeopathy, naturopathy and other new age bullshit. WTF ?

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