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MacDoctor satirises the inane Wellington Coroner.

The left wing has blamed everything on Sarah Palin, especially the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords, but even a quick search on Wikipedia finds some real Democrats committing violence on Republicans.

On May 22, 1856, Brooks beat Senator Charles Sumner with his Gutta-percha wood walking cane in the Senate chamber. The cause was a speech Sumner had made three days earlier, in which he had singled out a relative of Brooks, Senator Andrew Butler. Butler was not in attendance when the speech was read, but Sumner compared Butler with Don Quixote for embracing slavery, and mocked Butler for a physical handicap. Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois, who was also a subject of criticism during the speech, suggested to a colleague while Sumner was orating that “this damn fool [Sumner] is going to get himself shot by some other damn fool.” (Jordan et al., The Americans)

At first intending to challenge Sumner to a duel, Brooks consulted with fellow South Carolina Rep. Laurence M. Keitt on dueling etiquette. Keitt instructed him that dueling was for gentlemen of equal social standing, and suggested that Sumner occupied a lower social status comparable to a drunkard due to the supposedly coarse language he had used during his speech. Brooks thus decided to attack Sumner with a cane.
Two days after the speech, on the afternoon of May 22, Brooks confronted Sumner as he sat writing at his desk in the almost empty Senate chamber. Brooks was accompanied by Keitt and Henry A. Edmundson of Virginia. Brooks said, “Mr. Sumner, I have read your speech twice over carefully. It is a libel on South Carolina, and Mr. Butler, who is a relative of mine.” As Sumner began to stand up, Brooks began beating Sumner with his thick gutta-percha cane with a gold head. Sumner was trapped under the heavy desk (which was bolted to the floor), but Brooks continued to bash Sumner until he ripped the desk from the floor. By this time, Sumner was blinded by his own blood, and he staggered up the aisle and collapsed, lapsing into unconsciousness. Brooks continued to beat Sumner until he broke his cane, then quietly left the chamber. Several other senators attempted to help Sumner, but were blocked by Keitt who was brandishing a pistol and shouting “Let them be!” (Keitt would be censured for his actions and later died of wounds in 1864 fighting for the Confederacy during the US Civil War.)

Sumner was unable to return to his Senate duties for more than three years while he recovered. He later became one of the most influential Radical Republicans throughout the conduct of the American Civil War, and on through the early years of Reconstruction.

An interesting approach to politics I must say.

Speaking of Sarah Palin being to blame, there is a new twitter hashtag #BlamePalin.

The CTU is running a JobSurvivor, a parody of the The Survivor series. I think it backfires though. Try as I might to sack any of the employees as they invite me to they just keep on resisting the sack. It kind of proves that without the 90 day provision it is almost impossible to get rid of useless staff. Go and try it, see if you can sack even one of them.

Len Brown wants to spend up to $200 million of ratepayers cash on saving a stupid theatre, worse news though is there are a whole bunch of liberal elite wankers lining up with their hands out for their favourite theatre to be funded as well. Len Brown is whipping out the cheque book everywhere at the moment, which I guess is ok because the more he spends on the liberal elite the less he has for his Christmas wish of a new train set.

Speaking of Len Brown, is the war on graffiti number 8 or number 9 on the list of 100 things in 100 days that on day 74 is short about 67 things.

Lindsay Mitchell takes exception to me calling Maggie Barry a nana. Exhibit A: Beads, wrinkles, crows feet, that hair surely isn’t its real colour and  her being on the radio being one of your earliest broadcasting memories…I rest my case.

Maggie Barry, wrinkles and all


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.