Not so fast Santa

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Seems the Police aren’t letting Santa off with a bit of speeding.

Santa Claus has admitted being in a bit too much of a rush after being caught speeding on his way to an old folks’ home.

“I’ve been a bit naughty – I ended up in too much of a hurry to deliver everything,” said the rogue Santa who talked on condition of anonymity. He had a lot to fit in before Christmas Day, he said. Read more »

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“Doing a Sutton”

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A city chief executive is being accused of kissing female staff at a company Christmas party – and joking he was acting “a bit like Roger Sutton”.

The apparently amorous boss kissed some women on their cheeks and others on their foreheads, says an Auckland employment lawyer acting for the man’s company.

He had given one senior manager a kiss on the lips, which had led to a complaint of sexual harassment.

The incident is one of at least three Christmas party-related complaints under investigation, and employment lawyers and advocates told the Herald on Sunday business would increase in the New Year.

Sutton, the former Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority boss, fell from grace after a senior manager accused him of repeated acts of sexual harassment. At the organisation’s Christmas party last year he allegedly suggested every Friday be “visible G-string Friday”. Sutton resigned and State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie said the behaviour was “serious misconduct”. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Close encounter of the Orca kind

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The humanisation of Andrew Little, and why they are tits at it

Get ready for a regular diet of Andrew Little through all the women’s mags. ¬†As well as through soft journos looking for easy copy. ¬†We had one of these yesterday, in the lifestyle section no less

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Love & Sex, Well & Good, Food & Wine, Life, and Andrew Little.

For three days Labour leader Andrew Little shut himself in a room and set about writing a personal message in 450 different Christmas cards.

While countless business and politicians have sent out screeds of computer printed festive cards, the New Plymouth-born political heavyweight took it upon himself to give each of his cards a unique message.

“I had a couple of days off and I was supposed to spend them with my son. But he got a bit sick so I sat down and got stuck into my Christmas cards. It took a significant part of each day for three days,” Little said.

The effort burned through two pens, came close to causing him a repetitive strain injury in his hand and taxed his memory for messages particular to each person. Despite that, he said he was likely to do it again next year.

“You try and do something personal for each. I think the personal touch is important.”

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Jon Stewart mocks Sony for their cowardice, and they reckon they didn’t cave

Truth Revolt reports:

Thursday night, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show¬†mocked Sony pictures for canceling the release of their new movie The Interview¬†after North Korea hacked their emails and threatened movie theaters with “9/11 style” attacks.

Stewart gave Sony zero mercy, painting their decision as both cowardly and childish.

“That’s it?,” Stewart asked begrudgingly. “So Kim Jong-Un gets to decide what movies we make?”

Taking that scenario to its logical conclusion, Stewart then suggested that every movie should be titled “World’s Biggest Penis: The Motion Picture” starring Kim Jong-Un.

Stewart then highlighted the absurdity of even taking threats from North Korea seriously.

“For God’s sake, North Korea, that’s what they do,” Stewart said. “They threaten people with hyperbolic language. Why do we fall for that? That’s their hook.”

To underline his point, Stewart rolled a news clip from 2013 announcing Kim Jong-Un’s threat to turn Washington D.C. into a “sea of fire.”

The segment finished with Stewart lamenting why the North Korean dictator would even dislike Hollywood in the first place, because “Hollywood is just like North Korea: everyone is always telling you how great you are, there are billboards everywhere with your face on them, and no one eats.”

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The coming by-election in Northland

The National Party have been slow on the uptake, with the stories about Northland MP Mike Sabin’s repeated offending being known for about a month.

Police have been investigating an assault complaint against government MP Mike Sabin.

The investigation is related to events in Northland, but detectives working on the case are based in Waitemata, north Auckland.

The investigation was moved south from Whangarei because Sabin was a police officer based there until 2006.

The officer in charge, Detective Inspector Kevin Hooper, refused to confirm Sabin was the subject of an investigation.

The story itself, which National have sat on for weeks, is almost too horrible for words, and there is little doubt that there will be a by-election in Northland.

This is the problem you get when you have an ethically challenged party hierarchy.

Northland was a strong National seat under John Carter, but it has lost a lot of its members and organisational knowledge since he has left.

Even so the by election will be won by National, as it the majority is currently 9300, and Labour‚Äôs well regarded Willow-Jean Prime is pregnant so it is unlikely she will be able to contest the by election. ¬†¬† Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Rolf Maeder. Lightning seen from Moran Point, Grand Canyon, Ariz August, 2013.

Photo: Rolf Maeder.
Lightning seen from Moran Point, Grand Canyon, Ariz August, 2013.

Lightning Storm in The Grand Canyon

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Don’t take a machete to a gunfight

Some people are destined to be come organ donors.

Eventually Darwin claims his marks, like this guy who took a machete to a gunfight with a cop.

Authorities say a California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a 17-year-old who attacked him with a machete.

CHP Capt. Adam Jager said Friday that the officer stopped to help the boy, who had hit a telephone pole in Humboldt County, when the teen attacked him. The officer sustained major injuries and is being treated in a Northern California hospital.

Jager says that the officer put up his left arm to block the machete; his hand and face were injured.

Jager says the officer shot the teen, locked himself in his patrol car and called for backup.

Another officer arrived later, finding the teen lying naked next to his car and acting erratically.

The Eureka Times-Standard (http://bit.ly/1DVeozS ) reports that the teen died at the scene. ¬† ¬† Read more »