Now that’s gullible

January 22nd, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Angela Buchanan made headlines in fall 2012 after admitting to concocting an elaborate scheme to coerce a female friend into having sex with and marrying her. Buchanan had recently discovered a pre-cancerous lump in her breast, and her close friend went online to figure out how to help her. In an online medical forum, the friend met a gynecologist named “Doc” who claimed to know Buchanan. “Doc” said that the best way to help Buchanan was for the victim to have sex with her, because “special hormones” produced during sexual activity could help treat breast cancer. The friend took Doc’s advice and slept with Buchanan.

Good God.

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A new depth for stupidity

July 13th, 2010 at 9:03 am by David Farrar

AP reports:

A 47-year-old American man’s friends set his prosthetic leg on fire after he lost a drinking bet, causing him to suffer severe burns to his buttocks and lower back.

New Mexico sheriff’s deputies found the man naked on the side of US Route 70 with his prosthetic leg in flames.

Deputies learned that the man and his friends were drinking and bet that whoever drank the least would be set on fire.

The man told investigators that at six beers, he drank the least, and agreed to let his friends set him on fire.

He said his friends ignited his prosthetic leg, and the flames spread to his body.

What is surprising is that after only six beers, he would agree to being set on fire. Normally you need at least a dozen beers before being set on fire seems like a good idea.

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I blame the mother

July 13th, 2010 at 6:19 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

A motorist involved in a “cycle rage” incident claims cyclists squirted water through her window and threatened to punch her after refusing to budge off the road.

Mosgiel police are trying to get to the bottom of an incident near Outram on Saturday in which the occupants of a car took a $12,000 road bike off a cyclist and dragged it several hundred metres down the road.

New Zealand cycling representative Logan Edgar, 19, and Otago teammate Shane Melrose, 30, had an row with two female motorists who ended up dragging Edgar’s $12,000 bike into their car and along the road.

However, the motorists, a 17-year-old passenger and her mother who was driving, contacted the Otago Daily Times yesterday with a different story.

The teenager, from Outram, said they came across the two cyclists riding on either side of the centre line.

“We tooted the horn … and called out some verbal abuse that was only out of frustration.” She said the cyclists responded by squirting water bottles in the window.

She said anger and frustration took over. She pulled the bike into the car and they drove off with the bike dragging alongside.

“I wanted to teach them a lesson.”

Even if the allegation over the water squirting is true, the appropriate response is not to grab the cycle and steal it.

Personally I doubt the squirting water allegation, unless they have some proof for it. But again, even if true, that does not excuse what was criminal behaviour.

What shocks me most is not that a 17 year old would act like a selfish moron. But that they would do so with their mother in the car, and the mother does nothing to stop her. Indeed, it sounds like she was encouraging her on.

UPDATE: The ODT has a story that confirms the girl is a liar, as she claimed to be with a friend in her 20s, and in fact it was her mother.

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Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club

June 16th, 2010 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Scrubone blogs:

I’m stunned at the Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club’s vote to ban all head coverings.

Before now, the policy could have been put down to a historical quirk, where all gentelmen were expected to doff their bowler hats at the door. Having it pointed out that this quirk discriminated against members of the Sikh religion, one expected to see it removed.

But the club has endorsed it. Having done so, they deliberately done something that will discriminate against a certain group of people. This effectively has moved the rule from the status of a quirk, to being full-on, all-out racism.

I agree. I would be ashamed to be a member of such a club. Of course they have the right to discriminate, but people have the right to criticise their discrimination.

What really surprises me is that this is a club in Manurewa – which has a significant Indian and hence Sikh population.What a great way to offend a significant proportion of your community.

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Stupidity

October 20th, 2009 at 7:52 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

A group of Auckland Grammar School students will apologise to staff at the Auckland War Memorial Museum today and explain why they were bowing and saluting before Nazi symbols.

The photos – uploaded to a social networking website – showed them kissing a swastika, bowing before a Nazi banner and making a Nazi salute at an exhibition.

I don’t know what is more stupid – the bowing and saluting to swastikas, or the uploading of photos showing such activities to the Internet.

The former is incredibly dumb and offensive, while the latter is quite simply moronic. What did they think would happen?

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A new low for stupidity

April 4th, 2009 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Police in Maine, USA, say seven teens and young adults have been arrested after a video was posted on YouTube that showed them setting off Molotov cocktails inside a vacated building and then rolled credits naming those involved. …

Police say the video, which has since been taken off the video-sharing website, showed the faces of the suspects as well as text naming those pictured. Each is charged with arson and burglary.

They should get extra jail time just for the stupidity.

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Very stupid

December 18th, 2008 at 5:13 pm by David Farrar

Stealing is stupid. Stealing from journalists is even more stupid. Stealing alcohol from journalists is terminally stupid.

NZPA report:

Wellington, Dec 18 NZPA – Up to four Labour Party staffers face the sack after they were allegedly caught stealing alcohol from a parliamentary Christmas function.

Police were called to Parliament in the early hours of today after the four people were seen loading surplus alcohol from the Press Gallery Christmas party into a car on the precinct.

One of the men was detained and arrested at the scene, allegedly with over $400 worth of wine in his car. He has been charged with theft.

The man’s accomplices escaped, but NZPA understands security footage shows four people were involved in the alleged theft — all of them junior Labour Party staffers.

$400 worth of wine is probably around three dozen bottles or so. Apart from the fact it is wrong, and also an abuse of the hospitality of the galley – it is also stupid considering the number of security cameras and guards around the place.

I left around 1 am and it was still going strong. I’m curious as to what time the alleged theft took occurred.

Goff will be ropeable. They will either be MPs secretaries or members of Goff’s personal office.

Labour leader Phil Goff said the staffers’ actions were “totally unacceptable”.

“I deeply regret that that action was taken. It is perhaps a message for young people at Christmas functions — watch how much you drink and remember you will be accountable for your actions afterwards.”

Mr Goff said he did not know the individuals personally.

In which case my assumption is they are secretaries/EAs – probably for new MPs. Their MPs will be very upset that their first staffing decision has blown up in their face.

UPDATE: Despite Goff saying he does not know any of them, they may actually be from his office, not MPs Secretaries. Not that I met everyone there last night, but there were not a lot of secretaries there.

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Own Goal

August 26th, 2008 at 8:00 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

Labour MP Russell Fairbrother has been left red-faced after attacking his National Party rivals for erecting electoral hoardings “weeks early” – only to discover it was him that was late.

Mr Fairbrother, a list MP based in Napier, issued a media release yesterday accusing Napier MP Chris Tremain of putting up his hoardings six weeks early.

“The National Party is quick to accuse others … when they suspect they may have been in breach of the rules,” Mr Fairbrother said.

“But when it comes to their own election campaign, it is clear they couldn’t care less what the bylaw says – they just go ahead and do whatever suits them.” Labour hoardings were ready but would not be going up ahead of time.

Later, he said his campaign manager had rung the city council to check and had been told hoardings were allowed six weeks before the election.

The period is actually three months.

It is nice of Russell to be trying so hard to give Chris Tremain such a large majority.

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Ouch

August 14th, 2008 at 7:00 pm by David Farrar

Watch this news clip from Hong Kong. If you can’t work out what happened, then read this story.

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Observations

August 8th, 2008 at 12:36 pm by David Farrar
  1. Slicing your finger with a sharp knife is relatively painful
  2. A surprisingly large amount of blood can flow from a very small cut. And keep flowing. And keep flowing.
  3. It is very difficult to put on a band aid one handed, as the other hand as it is covered in blood. Eventually teeth play a part!
  4. Typing without your left forefinger is challenging as it is a digit one uses a lot naturally.
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Arrest Rewards

July 26th, 2008 at 10:13 am by David Farrar

AUSA has retracted its $5,000 reward for anyone who makes a citizen’s arrest of Condoleezza Rice. I suspect someone pointed out to them their liability if a student trying to “win” the $5,000 got seriously injured doing so.

The AUSA President, David Do, who offered the reward is an active Labour Party member and a former Princes Street Branch Chair. Maybe a journalist can ask Helen her view of her party members trying to get the US Secretary of State arrested? [UPDATE: David Do tells me he resigned his Labour Party membership last year]

I’ve been told that the even bigger dicks in VUWSA has gone and offered a $10,000 reward – if true this would be from compulsory student fees.

The Canterbury student politicians seem more sensible, quoting the UCSA Blog:

As a student association, is this really their core business? Does arresting Condi help students in any way?

It’s crazy shit like this, which casts doubt on the credibility of Student representatives/politicians, and really hampers the effectiveness of our core responsibility, which is to represent students at our respective Universities.

Meanwhile Whale Oil offers his own $5,000 reward for a citizen’s arrest:

Popular and competent blogger Whaleoil has followed the lead of the Auckland University Students Association in offering a $5000 reward for the arrest of a well known criminal who has recently entered New Zealand: Winston Peters.

Cameron notes:

“And just before Peter Low gets on the phone, the competition is not open to triad gangs,” adds Slater.

Heh. For the avoidance of doubt I will point out the post is satire, not a literal accusation of criminal behaviour!

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Dicks

July 24th, 2008 at 4:49 pm by David Farrar

The Auckland University Students’ Association has offered $5,000 reward to anyone who arrests US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her visit to New Zealand this weekend.

What a bunch of halfwits.

The AUSA is in theory voluntary membership, but in reality Auckland University hands over a big dosh of money each year to fund them. That means either student money or government money is being used to find this reward.

All the more reason one should have true voluntary membership of student associations – no back door funding deals from universities as they have in Auckland and Canterbury. Let them be totally reliant on persuading students to hand over their money, and see how long such idiocy lasts?

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Meaningless gestures

May 30th, 2008 at 7:02 am by David Farrar

What is it with the Greens and meaningless gestures. They think banning smacking will solve child abuse, and photo ops of MPs in Hoodies will do something meaningful for youth:

Earlier, Opposition parties were not invited to a youth event hosted by Government ministers, and Ms Bennett said Youth Week was clearly not a “truly cross-party” initiative.

She said she was not acting under National Party orders, but had not seen the point of promoting a Labour Government thing.

“There are bigger issues for youth out there, and me fronting up and wearing a hoodie is not what I think will fix any of the biggest issues for youth.”

The no-show drew a retort from Green MP Metiria Turei, who said it showed “an inherent disrespect for young people”.

For fuck’s sake, I doubt a single young person in the country could be found who gives a flying fuck about whether an MP poses for a photo opportunity in a hoodie, and that doing so empowers them or whatever rationale there is.

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Very stupid

March 29th, 2008 at 6:14 pm by David Farrar

NZPA reports on the jailing of a 41 year old man for unlawful sexual connection with a 15 year old girl. While there is nothing funny about a young girl being exploited, I did have to laugh at this part of the story on how he got caught:

Defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger said: “It seems there was some affection between them. He was apprehended because he was taken home to meet her parents.”

Meeting the parents is not a recommended activity, if you are having sex with an under-age partner. And especially when you are probably older than the parents.

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Fighting the battles of 17 years ago

March 28th, 2008 at 7:28 am by David Farrar

No wonder church attendances keep dropping. The main NZ churches are campaigning for the 1991 benefit cuts to be reversed.

While it is true that Labour have never reversed them, it is idiotic to be so backward looking.

And they even rubbish their own arguments:

Mr Kendrew is now a volunteer budget adviser in Wellington and said even working families on low incomes were struggling with recent price increases for food, petrol and other essentials.

Okay so a non-benefit family in 2008 is finding life tough due to *recent* price increases, and the Rt Revs think the answer is linked to a change in benefit rates 17 years ago.

“I’m dealing with a family at the moment with an income of $680 a week, paying $300 a week in rent.

Well income related rents for state houses means they should pay no more than $170 a week. If they are not in a state house, then the solution seems obvious.

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