Is fear he’ll never work again sufficient reason for name suppression in sexual assault case?

What a cry-baby.

A professional who has been convicted of indecent assault is seeking permanent name suppression.

For the moment, he has been allowed to keep both his name and occupation secret.

The man was sentenced in the Auckland District Court last year on two charges of indecent assault with intent to offend.   Read more »

Cartoon of the Day


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Two thirds of EQC “customers” unhappy, and that’s not high enough

Natural disasters are natural, and disasters.  The fact that some people find that they have taken a hit on their equity, or their bird bath is listing to one side isn’t a sufficient reason to get pissy.  

The EQC system isn’t a 100% fix-it-as-new insurance scheme.  As long as people are living in their home, are safe and dry, then the minor stuff is what they should take on the chin.  Welcome to living on the Ring of Fire.

Customer satisfaction with the way the Earthquake Commission (EQC) handles claims has dropped.

The commission set itself a target for this year’s annual report of getting a tick from at least 50 percent of its customers, but the result was well short of that.

Its report for the year to June (PDF, 2.8MB – part two of two) showed about 34 percent were happy with their experience – a fall from last year, when 44 percent said they were satisfied.

Jennifer Dalziel is among the two thirds of clients unhappy about their experiences, after she approached the agency about its failure to properly repair her home.

“What they do is just keep fobbing people off, that it’s gone to the engineers, that it’s gone for a review and now we have to send someone else out, and there’s a six-month time lag between each of those things happening.

“So after three years people are no further ahead.”

Ms Dalziel had now decided to take EQC to court.  Read more »

Educated Germans are leaving Germany

German Family

German Family

Over 1.5 million Native Germans (many of who are highly educated) have left Germany in the last ten years. If the quote from this refugee is an indication of how other refugees feel about this exodus then they will not be missed.

“We refugees… do not want to live in the same country with you. You can, and I think you should, leave Germany. And please take Saxony and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) with you…. Why do you not go to another country? We are sick of you!”

— Aras Bacho an 18-year-old Syrian migrant, in Der Freitag, October 2016.

Eighty percent of the Germans relocating to Hungary have said that the migration crisis was their main reason for their decision to leave Germany. 98% of Hungarians have voted to ignore the European Union’s  Muslim migrant quotas.

…A growing number of Germans are abandoning neighborhoods in which they have lived all their lives, and others are leaving Germany for good, as mass immigration transforms parts of the country beyond recognition.

Data from the German statistics agency, Destatis, shows that 138,000 Germans left Germany in 2015. More are expected to emigrate in 2016. In a story on brain drain titled, “German talent is leaving the country in droves,” Die Welt reported that more than 1.5 million Germans, many of them highly educated, left Germany during the past decade.

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BSA has balls: Hosking just fine calling out Judd over Maori pandering

It’s official, Mike Hosking isn’t a racist.

Three complaints that Seven Sharp breached broadcasting standards during a story on outgoing New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd have been rejected.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority chose not to uphold the complaints which came after Judd discussed why he was not seeking re-election, and that he had suffered abuse as a result of his campaign to increase Maori representation on the New Plymouth District Council.

A complaint against host Mike Hosking’s comments that “sad to say – I’d never personally attack [Judd], obviously – but he’s completely out of touch with middle New Zealand” was not upheld due to the right to freedom of expression.   Read more »

It’s not a good time to be a criminal

Judith Collins is increasing the number of prison beds while blaming hard-core recidivists for her missing a KPI.

I can only see pain in their future.

The Government appears certain to miss its target of cutting reoffending in New Zealand by next year.

The target of a 25 per cent reduction in recidivism by mid-2017 was set in 2012 and is one of the Government’s top priorities for the public sector.

The Corrections Department’s annual report, released on Friday, showed that reoffending had been cut by just 5.6 per cent from a 2011 baseline.

Corrections Minister Judith Collins said that while any reduction in reoffending was “good news”, it was disappointing that progress towards the key target had slowed.

She said the trend had been caused by a smaller, hard-core group of criminals.   Read more »

The sell out of the FBI

Yesterday we blogged about the concerning details about the FBI and donors associated with Hillary Clinton.

Now, news is breaking in the US about the activities of FBI Director James Comey’s actions in ceasing FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server.

As evidence mounts that the Director of the FBI subverted justice, damaged the reputation of the Bureau and squandered the support of his agents, calls for his resignation will surely escalate.

Can there be any confidence in his future judgments and decisions, as long as he continues to preside over the once-venerated Federal Bureau of Investigation?

That is the plight James Comey now faces in light of the exclusive story published by in which a person closely involved in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails revealed that career FBI agents and attorneys who dedicated themselves to the year-long probe unanimously believed she should have been criminally charged.

That’s not what Comey said at his press conference. He stated that ‘no reasonable prosecutor would bring this case,’.

More than 100 agents and analysts were assigned to the case.  They all thought Clinton committed crimes.  And maybe Comey believed it, too.  But he chose to ignore both the evidence and the law. It is sad and confounding and infuriating, all at the same time.

A second source, a high-ranking FBI official, confirmed the crux of his colleague’s stunning revelation.  He said that while it may not have been a unanimous belief, the vast majority felt Clinton should be prosecuted.  Stripping her of her security clearance was unanimous, he explained.

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A Tommy gun? Really?

Shot in the eye with a Tommy gun?

Does anyone actually believe a word that the Tribal Huks leaders says…other than the stupid mainstream media?

The leader of the Tribal Huk gang who claims to have cleared Ngaruawahia of 14 meth houses says “two little old ladies” blew his eye out with a tommy gun.

Gang leader Jamie Pink told RadioLive this afternoon two old woman shot at him as he sped away from them on Te Rapa Rd while travelling towards Ngaruawahia.

Pink had earlier told Fairfax he had lost his eye and received other injuries as a backlash to making P dealers leave the town more than a week ago.

On RadioLive today, he said the bullets were shot at his SUV and went through his window.

“They were just a couple of ladies who wanted a bit of road rage,” he said.

“It’s called granny road rage. It happens – well at least it does at the back of Ngaruawahia,” he told RadioLive.

He later changed his story and said one of the old ladies got in front of vehicle with a tommy gun.  Read more »

Comment of the Day: on regional newspapers failing their readers

In response to the Marlborough Express asking readers why it’s not doing well, cows4me writes

Our local rag is also struggling and they also wonder why.

I’ve had my issues with them over the years and more times than not the editor would not print letters I’ve submitted.  I guess I’m just not readership material.

I suspect more it is more likely because I’m not a slobbering dribbling lover of AGW or do not endorse the policies of socialism, hate political correctness and am generally just a cantankerous old fool.   They think it wiser not to poison others with my madness.

And here lies the real problem.

Most rags in NZ have chosen deliberately to follow a particular political leaning, they have been hijacked by the left and they can not see falling readership as a symptom of this direction. Read more »

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