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PC triumphs

April 5, 2015

Adam is disconsolate. Why? Well the BBC has now introduced a cumbersome ‘joke approval’ process. It seems unbelievable, but is apparently true. Indeed, some jokes have to be signed off by the Director-General. Mary Whitehouse would it appears be cock-a-hoop. In reality though this marks the nadir of free speech in many ways, as the current climate of people taking offence at the slightest imagining of a slur has clearly reached epidemic proportions in the UK. However, we see signs of it here as well. Not for nothing has Rowan Atkinson campaigned against proposed ‘hate’ speech laws as providing the framework for limiting freedom of speech and the ability to crack jokes.

The world is becoming a very sad and humourless place indeed.

Easter Hymn (Regina Coeli) – Cavelleria Rusticana

April 5, 2015

The beautiful Easter Hymn from Cavelleria Rusticana

The Saturday Rant – April 4, 2015

April 4, 2015

Media hypocrisy

This is not a new topic, but Adam is incensed by the way that the media have behaved over Labour’s endorsement of Winston Peters in the Northland by-election. After all the past whining about National doing deals with Peter Dunne and with ACT, nary a word of criticism if any over Andrew Little doing the same thing in Northland.

Furthermore, the over the top exultation by some reporters on the night of 28 March was sickening. This was not reporting, it was an out and out demonstration of how many support the opposition.

Vehicle headlights

Why is it that so many vehicle headlights today, even when supposedly dipped are blinding to oncoming traffic? Are they wrongly adjusted? Do drivers not know to dip their lights, especially in urban environments? Why are the prime offenders drivers in 4WDs?

Is sub-editing a lost skill?

This headline from today’s Dominion Post:

 

Does nobody actually read copy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Want to see the Bright Lights Tonight

March 14, 2015

The great Richard Thompson sings

New York Girls performed by Bellowhead

March 14, 2015

The infectiously exuberant Bellowhead with their rendition of New York Girls

 

The Saturday Rant – 14 March 2015

March 14, 2015

On a grey Wellington day Adam writes these few lines.

1 The Media

As usual the media gives more time to the oleaginous, septuagenarian than other candidates. The excuse is that Lazarus is a national name. Yet there is little, if any mention, of the fact that the pin-striped one will not be able to deliver on any of his promises. In fact it is this constant lack of any real analysis of issues, and dissection of candidate rhetoric apart from National Bad, anyone else Good that renders the media, with a few exceptions irrelevant.

2 The Greens

The emergence of 2 rational aspirants for the co-leader role in the Green Party regrettably makes it more likely that either Hague or Hughes will get to partner Turei. This means that the Greens are prepared to ditch rationality regarding environmentalism in favour of eco-lunacy. Not unexpected, but good to see it confirmed. Yet again there is little sensible media analysis in this area. Let alone any sensible statements from Turei.

3 Batshit crazy civil liberty groups echo Hager and the Greens

According to UK reports:-

Transcripts have been disclosed of the moment civil liberty campaigners told a Parliamentary committee that terror attacks on the UK are a “price worth paying” to ensure the secret service does not conduct mass surveillance.

Representatives from the groups – including Liberty, Justice and Big Brother Watch – told members that privacy was more important than forms of bulk surveillance.

This is so reminiscent of the nonsense we have been seeing here whre the media foam at the mouth in indignation everytime Saint Nicky writes yet another ‘expose’. Yet the self same media would be equally happy to  attack any government that through meeting all the demands made by people over intelligence enabled a terrorist act. The hypocrisy is sickening

 

Labour ‘leader’ white ants own candidate

March 9, 2015

As usual the Labour Party says one thing and does another. Andrew Little, the current Labour Messiah and beloved, this month, of our so-called media, yesterday endorsed (damned with faint praise) his party’s candidate for Northland Willow Jean Prime; yet at the same time intimated he would not be unhappy if Labour supporters voted for Lazarus, the septuagenarian leader of the NZ First cargo cult. This is of course after Labour and their media acolytes and fellow travellers have spent much of the last decade railing against National over tactical voting and so called shonky deals. It seems that hypocrisy and double standards are never far from the surface in the Labour Party. Yet we will have to search very hard to find any of the condemnation and vitriol hurled at John Key, by the media and the Greens,  for doing the same in the past as of course when principled leftists do it the issues is quite different and becomes a moral imperative. Bah humbug!!

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