May 2007

Ok I'm outta here

That fooled ya didn't it Sonic? But then that isn't that hard to do given your preferred party of support.

I meant i'm off to Australia for 25 days doing my big drive right round the West Island.

Don't worry, my normal "wonderfully offensive" commentary will continue.

Oh BTW Auckland Airport, How about free ?, you useless fucks. I refuse to pay $9.95 and hour for your poxy service.

And while I am ranting why do we have to turn up two hours before only to wait while the staff have coffee and a chat behind big grills? Huh? Why? Arseholes. I am not best pleased at the best of times, at 0400 I am really, really cranky as the fucking Helen Clark fan club cheerleader taxi driver found out this morning, and I thought Corporate Cab drivers were thoroughly vetted. Any way he will spend the rest of the morning pondering his great success in life, that being he is a cab driver no matter which way you look at it.

Now, check, Laptop, Vodem, Satphone, cellphone, wallet, credit card, cash….yep, I'm off. 

Is this the next POTUS?

It is rumoured that Fred Thompson is thinking of seeking the Republican nomination for President.

Many seem to think this is a good idea.

Fred Thompson is a former senator as well as a well known actor, of course Republican's fondly remember their greatest president ever, Ronald Reagan , also a former actor. 

Fred Thompson currently stars in Law & Order and has played the POTUS in one movie called Last Best Chance.

It will certainly be interesting to see how this pans out. 

Pimp my Minister

The Government is road trialling new cars to replace Ministerial Fairlanes. Replacements are supposedly needed for the existing fleet of gas-guzzling Ford Fairlanes and LTDs, and two new hulking but cheaper-to-run diesel-powered Chrysler 300 CRDs and a Peugeot 607 are already on trial. They are also trialling Skoda Superbs, perhaps the most inappropriately named car in the world because superb they are not.

What an interesting selection.

One car is French, the French have never ever built a decent car, ever and never will, also two words for the government, Rainbow Warrior. I would never drive let alone buy anything the cheese eating surrender monkeys ever made.

A Skoda, built in Czech Republic. The Czech Republic could hardly be called a first world nation. The old joke about Skodas being The Star Car of the Fifties still stands. I spoke to a car dealer mate of mine and he said if you buy a Skoda you own it for life, ie the resale on them is crap, no one wants them as second hand runners, not even for their missus. So not a good choice there either.

That leaves the Chrysler 300CD. Now these cars do have street cool, that is if you are a drug dealer, pimp or prostitute. They are also American so quite why the government is looking at those beggars belief. I myself wouldn't have a problem with American products but the laugh would be to see Trevor Mallard driving one of these.

Given the current government penchant for scandal I think they should go with the Pimp Mobiles.

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Google launches Google Gears

Google is using its first worldwide Developer Day on Thursday to launch Google Gears , an open source technology for building Web applications that can work offline.

In addition the company will unveil plans to work with other vendors to mould standards that would provide developers with consistent APIs for building offline functionality into Web-based applications.

Google Gears is an open source browser extension that lets developers create web applications that can run offline. Gears provides three key features:

  • A local server, to cache and serve application resources (HTML, JavaScript, images, etc.) without needing to contact a server
  • A database, to store and access data from within the browser
  • A worker thread pool, to make web applications more responsive by performing expensive operations in the background

To highlight how the new Gears technology can work, Google is making its Google Reader feed reader available with offline capabilities that were created using the new technology.

Check out this T-Shirt

I was at the gym this morning doing my usual 2 hour workout and I saw a regular wearing a bloody funny t-shirt. I got Buck to take this photo of us.

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MPs asked if they want to keep Parliament's Christian prayer

MPs asked if they want to keep Parliament's Christian prayerMPs are considering the future of Parliament's prayer – and a change is backed by Catholic Archbishop John Dew.A spokeswoman for Speaker Margaret Wilson said she had sent a letter to all MPs asking if they wanted to keep the prayer… [NZ Politics]

Fucking oath they should keep the prayer, not only that but they should actually draw the attention of some of the members to the actual words, members like Philip Field, Margaret Wilson, Michael Cullen and Helen Clark. 

Thai ex-PM barred from politics for 5 years

Thai ex-PM barred from politics for 5 yearsBANGKOK – Exiled former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been banned from politics for five years and his party, the first to win an absolute majority in the country's history, disbanded.The Constitutional Tribunal,… [NZ Politics]

If only our government showed some similar steel…..oh wait Thailand is ruled by a military junta but most wouldn't know that because the left and a few others wail on constantly about Fiji and forget about Thailand and Pakistan. 

Incidentally we pursued and completed a Free Trade Agreement with Thailand AFTER the coup there…..ah the hypocrisy. 

Why men are happier

by email (for the pendantic amongst you) 

Men Are Just Happier People– What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental $100. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. Your belly usually hides your big hips. One wallet and one pair of shoes — one color for all
seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

A few thoughts on paying your bills

I tell you I am heartily sick of the ongoing wailing and gnashing against Mercury Energy. Now I could be partisan and blame it all on the government as mercury is a SOE and clearly they are being overly rapacious in collecting their due monies, however the talk back comment and opinion in the papers is such that the debate is quickly descending into farce.

To blame Mercury Energy for the death is akin to protesting that Foodtown, Coutdown, Woolworths and PaknSave are complicit in  our dreadful child poverty stats. After all they should know that kids are starving and therefore let their parents off paying for groceries.

See how farcical the argument becomes when individual responsibility for ones own life and decisions is somehow abrogated to some amorphous organisation, in this instance Mercury Energy, but often the Government.

I still fail to see how any organisation is somehow responsible for the health of someone who doesn't pay their bills. Clearly the family didn't value the life of their mother enough to pay the bills so why should the company out of the goodness of its heart care more than the family members.

I know, I'll get slammed for this thinking, more so for writing it, but it has to be said, else we descend our society to farcical depths in the pursuit of a no fault society and a government knows all and cares all and pays all society.

 Ultimately responsibility lies with the individual and sad though it is, it was the mother herself that decided that songs sung by her sons would be better than dialling 111 for some assistance. there were so many things not done by this family and only one thing done by Mercury Energy I fail to see how they can be held accountable.

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Leftists fighting each other in Auckland

There is a bitch fight going on in Auckland amongst the leftists. It is all over water and the ironic thing is that some including Deputy Mayor Hucker are supporting large price rises whilst the Right Councillors are voting against them.

Mike Lee the ARC Chairman has told Hucker to back off or join the right.

[quote]Speaking as a City Vision politician, Mr Lee said Dr Hucker should stop "thumbing his nose at a majority of his team members and trashing City Vision's election policies".[/quote]

heh, i just love watching leftist fight each other.