We started our Saturday by paying our respects to Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the hard-charging US Army general whose forces smashed the Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War. He died aged 78. At
The Standard 2012 Worst Political Blog Mike Smith is told some home truths about long term grass-roots Labour families heading for the Greens. A quick vid on how to put out a boat fire the Kiwi way is next, followed by a vote for Best Minister. The winner, at 52%, is Judith Collins. The Whale Week That Was summarised all the stories this blog covered in the previous seven days. A quite active Saturday Debate (for the time of year especially) led a post calling for nominations for Best Political Blog. Those who see WOBH as any sort of threat to them (and those that don’t too), should take heed of this Malcolm Tucker quote: “marshal all the media forces of Darkness to hound them to an assisted suicide”. A CNN piece showing Teachers in Utah taking a class on gun use shows some common sense around the gun debate. A reader has taken yesterday’s US Fiscal Cliff graphic and created one for New Zealand – great work. As Cameron Slater predicted from the outset, the Aussie Hoax DJs will not face charges. The NZ Herald continues to amuse – this time a car crashed into a poll. The blog then introduces us to two sexy taxidermists showing you don’t have to look like a front row forward to deal with dead animals. And you’d think we’re picking on an incompetent NZ Herald, and you would be right. This time they have Jesse Ryder beating himself at Eden Park in Wellington. Then a hilarious story about a Queensland woman who fell into the longdrop and was there for two hours before being discovered by her husband. Turns out that during the Falklands War the French tried to send missiles to Argentinia behind Margaret Thatcher‘s back. Commerce first eh? The last post of the day highlights a report of a man holding up a Countdown Supermarket with a hammer. Our readers get fired up about the idea of hammer banning.
On Sunday we mourned the loss of another great man: Tony Greig. From cancer, at age 66. That’s just too young. Silvio Berlusconi is baulking at paying outrageous cock tax. His second ex-wife will get 3 million euros. The Daily Mail has an article about a family that didn’t enjoy their Cruise due to 2500 bikers having belly flop contests and hot tub sex. Next a post highlighting a Pete Cove piece. In it he provides the perfect description of the Labour Party. With WOBH not eligible, the Best Political Blog was won by Cactus Kate, with Kiwiblog a close 2nd. We return to Peter Cove for another real-world lesson: work uplifts the poor, while welfare drags them down. Then we move on to a radical solution for welfare reform. Todd McLay is spotted with a large blow-up Orca in our Snapped! holiday feature. A Louisa Wall PR mistake sees her in the press predicting her Gar Marriage Bill will split families apart. Next Whaleoil asks if Paula Bennett attended the 2500 biker cruise party? The Mail Online highlights a UK case of “Sexsomnia” where the accused claimed he raped a 15 year old while essentially sleep-raping. Perhaps our famous New Zealand comedian child molester should have used that defense? Expatriate visitors from the UK got the holiday experience of a life-time as a pod of Orca surrounded the boat in the Hauraki Gulf. Turns out you’re not allowed to touch, move or otherwise interfere with a beached whale without DOC permission. Even when it’s dead, stinks to high heaven, and DOC are away on holiday. Sunday also was the day when Kim Dotcom tweeted he was just like Jesus Christ. Is there no limit to this man’s narcissism? Cameron Slater announced he will be doing the 9pm-midnight slot at NewstalkZB, and challenged people to give him a call. Michael Laws calls for the Police to be issued weapons in his weekend column. And before we look at our last post of the day, Cam highlights another Piers Morgan interview in which Ted Nugent takes Piers to pieces. Finally, an “eating champion” polishes off Denny’s Hobbit menu in 20 minutes. I got sick just watching it.
The last day of the year fell on a Monday, and Travis’ Face of the Day started with a huge slab of Whale meat. How Cameron controlled himself, I’ll never know. It’ll be kittens next. We had a look at why Canada doesn’t have a Fiscal Cliff problem, before a bewildering post showing the art of protest songs isn’t a thing of the past. Even Matthew Hooton pitches in. A summary post on all the 2012 Winners (and losers) of the various polls WOBH ran over the last week or two. Judith Collins was joined by a motley crew including The Standard, Lynn Prentice, Michael Fay and Gareth Hughes. To her assistance came Sam Lotu liga, Chris Hipkins, Kevin Hague and Larry Williams. The front page of tomorrow’s Truth set of a debate storm over David Cullen Bain, Joe Karam, Justice Binnie and everyone else associated with the Bain Murder. Daniel Wilson sends a photo taken in the Russell museum of a little bottle of real Whale Oil. Another look at Canada‘s lack of Fiscal Cliff issues via a Huffington Post piece is followed by a look at the 2013 New Years Honours List. The blog recognises the work of John Slater JP, ONZM for his work in the community. Quick mentiones of Paul Holmes and Owen Glenn were made, and Mark Todd wasn’t mentioned for some reason. It is hard to feel sorry for an Aussie pedophile that was found dead inside his apartment after the court failed to lock him up. The NZ Herald is caught again, this time fluffing up a story about exploding fire extinguishers. The
Standard 2012 Worst Political Blog produces a lot of negativity, but this time they outdo themselves by writing off the whole 2013 New Years Honours list as a cynical and Politically Correct attempt by the National Party. That’s right, Paul Holmes is only there because he’s “White Guy Establishment“. A Stuff piece highlights the reasons Teachers have been de-registered, but we also remember those that have not been – the the teacher that ordered a gang hit on her principal. She’s still teaching because she’s really sorry now. Next, Cam sends some link love to Imperator Fish, and as a result Scott’s traffic for the day tripples. The man that keeps on being rude, Piers Morgan from CNN, tries to take out Jesse Ventura on a Gun Control debate, and finds a metaphorical clip of logical arguments emptied into him. At one point, Piers Morgan looks like a goldfish. WOBH reported Hillary Clinton was hospitalised after a stroke scare. After a number of music videos to fill the rest of the afternoon, Cam Slater posts his personal review of 2012: It was the Best of Years and the Worst of Years in which he reflects on the highs and lows. These include the loss of his mother, Margaret Slater, and the 2013 New Years Honours bestowed on his father, John Slater. He’s since taken on the job of being Editor at The Truth, and his blog has been the top blog in New Zealand every month of the year.
Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 started at midnight, and that’s when the Happy New Year post was released in which we thanked all our supporters, critics and even Martyn Bradbury! A couple of pocket-dialing lady robbers got arrested after they phoned the place they just held up. Hollywood stars have made an anti-gun video, but then they appear in lots of movies blowing people to bits. Question: will they instruct their body guards to get rid of their guns too? So the Catholic Church is encouraging believers to write to their MPs to stop Marriage Equality. Cam asks when we should start writing to the Pope to stop priests from sodomising little boys. Some Australian idiot went for a three day tramp with only naan bread and a kilo of potatoes for supplies. Lucky to be alive, although he was fined for being a nuisance to his rescuers. New Years Day General Debate had lots of songs, each matched to certain MPs. Readers suggested improvements. The Herald tried to steal Truth‘s thunder by publishing a piece on David Bain only to discover the Truth was already in the shops today, instead of Thursday. Nice to see them having a go, eh? Whaleoil then posts the performance statistics of the WOBH blog for 2012 vs 2011. Simply put – between 38.9% and 69%. worth of improvements across the board. Top article was Greg King found dead, with nearly 12,000 views all by itself. Top Commenter was super-mod Travis Poulson, with a staggering 2,836 comments. When does he sleep? In a WhaleTech article, the blog looks at the Top 10 Wikipedia searches, including Mommy Porn (50 Shades of Gray), Batman, Facebook and Google. New Zealand is increasingly favoured as a holiday destination, fueled by the Hobbit movie. And Labour tried to scuttle it to pander to the unions. Cam then catches Stuff re-using a story from a year earlier, and calls an end to “repeaters“, now calling them “regurgitators“. Due to it being a public holiday, the blogging was light, and a few videos were thrown in. The one about a sequence of 17 perfect darts being thrown in the 2012 Dart Championships semi-final by Michael van Gerwen got the admiration it deserved. Led Zeppelin got honoured at The Kennedy Center Honours. Heart played Stairway to Heaven. It was pretty good, and the Whale Army were fired up as well. Before we call an end to the day, Cam Slater posted the December 2012 New Zealand Blog Rankings. Whale Oil Beef Hooked goes out having taken the top spot 12 months in a row, beating Kiwiblog. Running at barely half steam is The Standard. The last post for New Years Day was some toilet graffiti. The Whale Army shared their favourite toilet graffiti works.
After a Face of the Day and a song claimed to be the “Best Bogan Song Ever”, Wednesday settled into a post about SFNS, Silly First Name Syndrome. Discussed before on WOBH, it’s when people, given silly names, end up in a desperate life. Cam Slater then has a great blog post where he explains it is important to be an accurate pundit. To remove emotion and work on the numbers instead. A school handed out 1200 free iPads and now can’t account for half of them. Anyone surprised? Police are taking credit for the reduction in the road toll as a trend, but The Whale points out that improved safety technology in cars plays a large part. Negative Cock Tax? We report on its existence in some parts of the world. Imagine having to pay your prospective father in law cock tax. Should be cheaper to use online dating, surely? Next we report on an all-in brawl over the Calabrua Community Club. Plagued by scandal, we find the ALP (Australian Labor Party) right in the middle of the stoush. We check in on Australia to see if they’re gay, and yes, yes they are. It seems nanny state is slowly killing off the Ozzie Spirit. A cool graph abusing the correlation doesn’t suggest causation debate “shows” that organic food causes autism. The Photo of the Day was of the USS Independence. A vessel similar to it appeared in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. Remember Paul Watson, the Greenpeace eco terrorist? He’s wanted by several governments, and will be arrested by Interpol if he comes ashore in the
wrong right country. Next, the thread that blew up: two men getting married in Maryland set off the Whale Army on a decent debate ranging from Marriage Equality, Catholic Priests and even Homosexual Rape. In another case of lack of personal responsibility, we have a French tourist blaming New Zealand for her own poor driving. Completely irrelevant was her 765mcg breath-alcohol level. Of course! Unions have never liked robotics, but if this post is anything to go by, the days of the humans are numbered. Robots are replacing humans everywhere. We have some fun at the expense of Russell Brown who seems to think it’s critical we all know how sexy the label on his bum ointment is via Twitter. Soft bums is Hard News now Russ? A post where we take a look at liveable cities being also denser, more productive, efficient and powerful, something Len Brown will be lying awake about. Or is he? A video showing how pickpockets manage to do what they do entertained us before watching another from the Warkworth Rodeo where National MP Mark Mitchell didn’t just ride the meanest bull (“Cosgrove“), he also won. There’s the difference between a National MP and a Green MP right there. We closed with a compilation video of all the best FAIL bloopers of 2012.
Thursday started with a photo of a man with a huge spider on his face. Relief followed as we looked at a 1995 Landcruiser that was kitted out with all the mod cons. A bit of a distraction video followed with tripple breasted woman in a Skylar Gray music video. The story of the day (based on comment count) was about Majory Evans who had her phone cut off resulting in a lonely Christmas. Readers were divided on sympathy and scorn for her not taking some action herself. Wall St is finally catching up with the fact that Green energy isn’t cost effective. A post looking how robots aren’t just replacing workers, they are also killing unions. Next we post how the Black Caps won the test against South Africa. (Tui Ad). All out for 45, 3rd worst result ever. A quick peek at the rage of ex-lover Nicole Dobol who set the bed on fire with the new lover in it. We have a look at India that refuses to learn from the failures of others by rolling out an extensive unaffordable welfare program. Instead of fixing their internal problems, Argentinia is still using the Falklands as a distraction. Cristina Kirchner, Argentina’s president, sent an emotional letter to David Cameron, asking for the Falklands to revert back to Argentine rule. A fire in in Invercargill is attended by an appliance from Whangarei – according to the NZ Herald. The stock photo is getting used every day, and it’s getting ridiculous. How’s that Global Warming going for ya Al Gore? A stormy, cold and even white Christmas holiday in the South Island isn’t looking like it will support your cause. We visit another ridiculous Guinness World Record with a video of the World’s Shortest Escalator. This was always going to get attention: A Muslim cleric advocates rape of the conquered women so their soldiers can fight satisfied. A video of the 2012 Movie Trailer Mashup was posted next. To close the day, an interesting post about Andrew Sullivan leaving the Daily Beast to set up his own site to be funded by readers. It will be fascinating to see how that turns out.
Friday was a doozy with 26 posts for the day. Starting at 6am and the last when in at 6:30 pm. The Face of the Day started with a photo of an old man with a child bride. A sister shot her brother in the head with a handgun. They were posing for pictures for his Facebook profile. Surely, Facebook is to blame? Tweets galore from David Fisher, Russell Brown and Barnsley Bill surrounding yesterdays story about Marjory Nolan and her phone dilemma. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a blog favourite for his plain speaking, and we admire and enjoy his speech where he shames the House Majority and John Boehner. An interesting post on the idea that even when a non-socialist Government is in charge, it has to work with an essentially socialist public service. An Irish newspaper has started charging for links that people may have to their web site, even just bare links. WOBH asks when the Herald and Fairfax will try to save themselves that way. A Sam Harris article presents a piece where we are asked to consider a world without guns, and how that really doesn’t deliver a better solution than a world with guns. Asenati Lole-Taylor turns up with food for a family who said they need help only to find Dad drunk and mum at Housie. Cam concludes that help is wasted on bludgers. The Lake Superior State University has completed their list of banned words for 2013 and WOBH would like to add “wraparound“. An Otara public health worker explains why South Auckland kids have no choice but to buy and drink more alcohol. And, they can afford it. Another piece by Sam Harris looks at why Liberals calling for gun controls are wrong: every mass shooting since 1950 has taken place where civilians are forbidden to carry firearms. A followup post about embedded socialists in the public service and how to combat their sabotage. Then it’s time again for our daily trip to
The Standard the 2012 Worst Political Blog, where today we highlight why socialist blame the Government for bad weather during the holiday season, and that Labour and Greens should campaign to legislate that companies close their factories during February instead. A hot Dutch police woman got some of the Whale Army hot and bothered before we moved to a post where they are auctioning off vintage mommy porn in the form of an 18th century book called Aristotle’s Complete Master-Piece. A quick video showing an American Football tackle, and we ask “Is this tougher than League?” (No). A bit of entertainment follows with a Penn & Teller video featuring the World Champion of card magic and a video of some Russians goofing around with jack-hammers. Prisoners in the US are suing beer and wine companies claiming that alcohol is responsible for their lives being so bad, and they didn’t know alcohol was addictive. Before we get to the day’s last post, we poke some fun at a Homeopathic Family Starter Kit, and suggest readers get in on the ground floor while they can. We visit that Pinko Farrar‘s blog where he’s railing against Iceland for trying to bring some sense into baby naming. Funny video too. We close the week by taking a look at Al Gore who sold his failing Cable TV Channel to Al Jazeera.
And that was the week that brought us New Year and the first days of 2013. Once again, thanks to all our readers, commenters, supporters, tipsters, critics and opponents for another blistering week at Whaleoil Beef Hooked.