Are turning into a nation of traffic vigilantes?

More Kiwi drivers are taking the law into their own hands, with yet another tourist driver having their car keys snatched off them over the weekend.

The incident happened on the Otago Peninsula when two tourists stopped on the side of a narrow road to take a photo, holding up eight cars behind them, the Otago Daily Timesreports.

Dunedin man Robert Penman, who was travelling with his son, told the paper he was moved to act because he had “been in a head-on crash before and I don’t want to be in another one”.

He said he did not believe it was safe to overtake the car, and tried tooting at the couple several times to get them to move on.
When they finally continued driving they were travelling around 20km/h, he said.

Mr Penman called the police and blocked the couple’s exit when they turned into a driveway, at which point an altercation occurred.

“When he started to push me, I went around to the driver’s side and grabbed the keys, and I said ‘you are not going anywhere’,” Mr Penman said.

Southern District acting road policing manager Senior Sergeant Steve Larking told theOtago Daily Times he spoke to both Mr Penman and the tourists, with the foreign drivers being given information about where to park safely and Mr Penman told to “calm down”. Read more »

Soothing lies to stop the population from worrying about Islam

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Dear citizen of a western democracy. There is no need to get nervous about the Muslim population rising in your country. Please remain complacent. We will tell you when it is time to panic and that time is definitely not now. Trust me citizen, ignorance is a blessing. There is no need for you to understand the full nature and magnitude of the Jihad threat as we your democratically elected representatives have it all under control. If we don’t have it under control don’t worry, as we will still tell you we have it under control even if we don’t because we do not want you to worry your pretty little head about it.

We highly recommend the following soothing lies to help you sleep at night. We have borrowed some of them from Obama and some from Mark Cunningham but I am sure they will not mind us sharing them with you today.

Lie one: The Islamic State is not Islamic.

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Mental Health Break

What sort of scumbag defaces a charity’s billboard to make a political point?

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Key Derangement Syndrome is strong in the scumbag who defaced a charity’s billboard in order to make some sort of spurious political point.

A Heart Foundation billboard in Hamilton has been defaced in political protest.

The billboard aimed at raising awareness of heart disease as ‘New Zealand’s biggest killer’ was erected on Commerce St, Frankton in early February.

Yesterday the foundation was informed by a member of the public the blackened out image of a man representing the disease as a ‘serial killer’ had been replaced with a sketch of the Prime Minister John Key’s face.

Heart Foundation head of marketing Vanessa Winning said foundation employees and volunteers are upset the billboard has been used for political protest.

“It’s really disappointing that a charity is being targeted to score political points. I find it unthinkable that someone would vandalise our billboard, and consequently mock a seriously crippling disease, just to make a political statement.”    Read more »

CWC: IRE v SA

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Seems a long time between drinks, but here we go.   Should be a foregone conclusion, but then again, Ireland may surprise – maybe even taken strength from their 6 Nations run of 6 unbeaten games.   Read more »

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A tattoo I would get

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This tattoo is awesome…it’s one that I would wear with pride.

A poignant tattoo honouring Kiwi war veterans has caught the world’s imagination, going viral on social media just days after being inked onto a Lower Hutt man.

A photo of Bruce Neal ‘s patriotic body art had gained 128,000 likes on Facebook by this afternoon, plus nearly 5000 comments and 40,000 shares.

The Wainuiomata ex-army man got inked last Thursday, and just hours later the tattoo was getting thousands of likes after Petone tattoo parlour Pieces of Eight uploaded a snapshot.

“It just went ballistic,” Neal, 59, said.   Read more »

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Internet Party spending causes further embarrassment

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Kim Dotcom’s failed Internet Party has been dealt another humiliating blow.

Final election returns reveal $3.5 million was given to the Internet Party by Dotcom. It ended up getting 34,094 votes – that means Dotcom spent $102 per vote.

The election returns reveal the party’s explosive press secretary Pam Corkery was paid $15,000 for her 15 weeks’ work – that’s $1000 a week.

Party Leader Laila Harre was paid $66,000 – more than $4000 a week.
The party spent more than $1 million on election related advertising, including $122,000 for a YouTube parody of Prime Minister John Key and US President Barack Obama. It also spent $21,000 on T-shirts. Read more »

Frank Underwood makes the speech that John Key should be making

This is the speech that John Key should be making…unfortunately it was made by Frank Underwood, a Democrat President in House of Cards.

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