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Photo: Mark Andrew Boyer

Photo: Mark Andrew Boyer

A Homeless Boxers Mansion

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Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme sits in an interrogation room September 5, 1975, just after her assassination attempt on Gerald R. Ford.

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme sits in an interrogation room September 5, 1975, just after her assassination attempt on Gerald R. Ford.

Squeaky Fromme

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Weed, alcohol and tobacco – One of these things is not like the others

Here in New Zealand we have the health jihadists attempting get a plain packaging law on tobacco through parliament. Contemporaneously other health jihadists are trying to apply the same logic to products that contain sugar.

California is moving already to force warning labels on soft drinks…and has one of the most restrictive anti-smoking regimes in the world.

Australia has forced plain packaging of tobacco and is now being sued for the pleasure.

The UK is attempting to ram through plain packaging legislation at the same time.

We also have a ban on advertising, and have removed all displays from stores.

Which is all very incongruent when you look at two other products.

Alcohol and Cannabis.

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Warning labels coming for soft drinks in California

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Tobacco tactics are alive and well in California, where they have passed a state law requiring warning labels on sugary drinks.

They are coming for your products, wait until some health jihadist decides the ingredients of your product are bad.

First they came for tobacco now they are coming for sugar. Wait until they require plain packaging of soft drinks as well…don’t laugh it has already been proposed.

I wonder if the Coca-Cola Company now realises its  error in not supporting tobacco companies as their intellectual property rights were awarded by the health jihadists?

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Nat Farbman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Brownie gets the milk as Blackie waits his turn

Nat Farbman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Brownie gets the milk as Blackie waits his turn

Udder Bliss: One Cow, Three Cats and Some (Very) Fresh Milk

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West Coast feral nearly kills baby after smashing vehicle into house

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Not the West Coast of New Zealand, but the West Coast of the US, in Lakeside California.

A speeding motorist crashed a vehicle into the bedroom of a Lakeside house early Thursday, narrowly missing a baby who was sleeping in his crib on the other side of the wall.

The crash happened just after 2 a.m. in the 8800 block of Los Coches Road in Lakeside.  Read more »

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© Photo: Bettmann/CORBIS :  This may have been the last photo taken of James Dean with his silver Porsche 550 Spyder; it was taken at a petrol station a few hours before his fatal crash on 30 September 1955.

© Photo: Bettmann/CORBIS :
This may have been the last photo taken of James Dean with his silver Porsche 550 Spyder; it was taken at a petrol station a few hours before his fatal crash on 30 September 1955.

 The James Dean Death Car was just a stopping ground for Dean, he thought, waiting for his ultimate racing machine a superior Lotus MK X that was delayed. So it starts with the Spyder, it wasn’t even the car Dean was after. But being able to race again Dean wanted a car for the races at Salinas California. Read more »

And you thought that un-mown berms was a problem

Ok, who farted?

Ok, who farted?

With all the fuss over un-mown berms you’d think we had very few problems in Auckland, except for a dodgy rooting ratbag of a mayor.

But have a heart for the residents of La Jolla who are a wee bit upset about bird poo and seal shit.

A group called Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement is suing the city of San Diego and the state of California over the “foul odor” caused by bird and sea lion poop at La Jolla Cove.

The civil lawsuit was filed in San Diego Superior Court on Dec. 19 on behalf of the group. The city has 30 days to respond. The smell, attributed first to bird guano and then to sea-lion poop, has long plagued the wealthy La Jolla neighborhood.   Read more »

Makes Luigi’s $13,000 look insignificant

The media were all agog last week, because shock horror someone got paid to work on a campaign.

And the truly horrifying amounts…just $13,000. More fuss was made of that payment to Luigi Wewege than the hundreds of thousands shovelled through Len Brown’s secret trust.

Now look at the US and wonder at the stupidity of our media. A recently settled campaign finance case in California shows you just a snippet of the amount of cash trucking around for political campaigning.

The just-settled California case offers an example of both gambits, along with a textbook case of the new dark-money shuffle. The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission traced $29 million raised to run ads about state ballot measures through a daisy chain of 501(c)4 tax-exempt groups, which are not required to identify donors—hence the “dark money.” The lynchpin for this maneuver was the Center to Protect Patients Rights (CPPR), run by a former Capitol Hill staffer named Sean Noble. Operating out of a post-office box in Arizona, CPPR’s sole function is to accept grants, then turn around and make grants for a network of conservative nonprofits.   Read more »