Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Call A Spade A Spade - It IS War!

Hi-ho, hi-ho. It's off to war we go!
Make no bones about it – however the politicos sugar-coat it (by saying NZ is NOT sending combat troops but rather weapons trainers), we ARE sending warriors into harm's way in Iraq.
But are we really needed there?
Honestly? No. We can't supply big bucks, or enormous equipment piles. But we're putting our limited resources where our mouths are. Why? Speaking bluntly, it really has NOTHING to do with standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight against ISIS. It's more like if we DON'T step up, then the crumbs we currently receive from the global intelligence community will dwindle to zip!
So what role will our troops play? Prime Munster John Key's gone to great pains to assure us this is DEFINITELY a non-combat mission. He naively states that if the shit goes down just a few blocks away, we'd actually stand back and let our "allies" sort it out themselves!!! REALLY??!! But you can bet your last brass that, if OUR team was hit, he'd be expecting allied help to extract our derrieres from the fire!!
What, getting HIT??? Ya mean, NZ troops will be at risk???
Of COURSE they will be. They're soldiers in a war zone with weapons at-hand. To think otherwise is extremely childish. But don't patronise these troops: they've volunteered for their jobs and they know the risks. You don't send soldiers into a war zone, and then tell them to run if something goes 'bang' nearby!!!
So, by sending troops, are we now more at risk back home? After all, ISIS has shown itself capable of and eager to extend its fight beyond its immediate battlefields. It's recently called for jihadists to attack shopping malls around the world.
The big question is: will its poison spread to New Zealand?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bad Parking (2): Mike McLeod of Kaiapoi

There's a certain street in Kaiapoi that's afflicted by zombies!
Virtually every time the local Woodford Glen Speedway has a big stockcar race meet, there'll be half a dozen or so stockcars on wide trailers jamming Whitefield St.
Dunno why these particular vehicles are attracted to this suburban spot: perhaps it's Kaiapoi's version of Boganville!
But you'll see zombie-like scruffs, scratching their stomachs, dirty dungarees dangling below their derrieres, swigging beer on the street while gazing belovedly into their stockies' engine bays...then it's off to Woodford Glen to slam steel into steel, before lurching back to this particular zombie zone, to sink piss and park their vehicle trailers any-damn-where they like!
This trailer, clearly along a footpath, carries the No.46C stockie which (after a quick bit of Googling) appears to be owned by one Mike McLeod...methinx some driver education for you, m'lad!
Oh, and by the way Mike, if you are NOT the current owner of 46C,
I'll happily remove your name from the 'Wall Of Shame' soon as you supply the name of the DICKHEAD DRIVER who IS!!!

See also: "Chch Drivers Can Be Dicks!"

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Flag It Away, John!

NZ's Prime Minister has been pushing his "new flag" hobbyhorse again, using the devisive Waitangi Day commemorations as a platform.
In a speech to business and maori leaders, John Key spoke of his vision for NZ in 25 years' time when, in 2040, we celebrate 200 years of nationhood: "(By then) I'd like to see a new New Zealand flag raised at the Waitangi Day dawn service. That's my personal preference...I think the (current) flag captures a colonial and post-colonial era whose time has passed."
And Johnno promised that maori would be fully consulted and have a say in the design choice. Like...hello!!! As maori make up only 10% of our population, they should only get 10% of the consultation. We ALL have a choice in this flag - IF it happens - not just one race. Cut out the political tokenism, PM!
"All my own work" - John Key
Johnno still wants the silver fern on the flag: "It's the symbol of NZ, it's internationally recognisable." But many point out that splashing said fern on a black background (a la the precious bloody All Blacks *yawn*) would create an image too similar to the ISIS terror group.
JK's always quick to add that, other than changing the flag, he remains a constitutional monarchist and does not want to see NZ become a republic.
PM's preference...and to hell with you!
John Key says he's softened on his preference for a silver fern on a black flag, instead liking this Kyle Lockwood design.
But do you agree that the colour scheme too closely resembles the maori protest flag, and thus reeks of the arse-licking tokenism that JK spewed forth at Waitangi this year?
A referendum on the flag will be held over this parliamentary term, in a two-step process. Voters will be able to choose between an alternative flag, and then whether that flag should replace the current one.