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Maneater: Theda Bara in a series of unconventional portraits. Her publicist claimed it was her lover and that not even the grave could separate them.

Theda Bara?

?The Vamp? of the Silent Screen

?A vampire is a good woman with a bad reputation, or rather a good woman who has had possibilities and wasted them?

?? Florenz Ziegfeld

The queen of the vamps was one of America?s most mysterious movie stars ? Theda Bara. The magnetic actress, with her steely gaze and jet-black hair, was the prototype for a movie bad girl. She shook convention so dramatically that a critic called her a ?flaming comet of the cinema firmament.?

Bara might be the most significant celebrity pioneer whose movies you?ve never seen. She was the movie industry?s first sex symbol; the first femme fatale; the first silent film actress to have a fictional identity invented for her by publicists and sold through a receptive media to a public who was happy to be conned; and she might have been America?s first homegrown goth.

According to the studio biography, Theda Bara (anagram of “Arab Death”) was born in the Sahara to a French artiste and his Egyptian concubine and possessed supernatural powers.

Progressive, liberated women were clearly so?frightening?one hundred years ago?that equating them to undead, bloodthirsty creatures borne of Satan didn?t seem so unusual.

In the late 1910s, women were on the verge of winning the right to equal representation in the voting booth. Women were asserting power in unions, and, in the wake of disasters like the?Triangle Factory Fire, those unions were influencing government policy. They were taking control of their destinies, their fortunes, even their sexuality (Margaret Sanger?s first birth control clinic opened in 1916).

This surging independence came just as the entertainment industry heralded the female form as one of its primary attractions. Ziegfeld?s sassy, flesh-filled?Follies?? and its many imitators ? defined the Broadway stage, mixing music, sex and glamour with a morality-shattering frankness.

But it was the birth of motion pictures that gave the allure of female bodies an unearthly, flickering glow, as nickelodeon shorts became feature-length films, and the first era of the movie siren was born.

Combine the power of liberation with the erotic potential of cinema, and in the late 1910s, you got the vampire (or as we would come to know, the ?vamp?).

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A clear case for preventative detention

I have a problem with letting recidivist child sex offenders out of jail just because their sentence has been served. ?Here is a perfect example of someone who had no self control

A convicted paedophile was sent to jail after accumulating thousands of photos and films of children being sexually abused, and distributing some to others.

Paul Bettridge, 43, pleaded guilty to 30 charges of possessing and two of distributing objectionable images. He was jailed for two years and nine months.

In the New Plymouth District Court on Tuesday it was revealed that Bettridge was first caught in mid-2012 by Department of Internal Affairs officers monitoring the internet.

They were aware that he constantly changed his electronic address.

On January 17 last year a search warrant was executed and his computer equipment seized and searched.

Bettridge said to the officers he was waiting for them to arrive.

Crown prosecutor Andrew Britton said of the 6000 sexually explicit images on Bettridge’s computer files much was found to be objectionable and involved the sexual abuse of children.

Bettridge was imprisoned in 1998 for sexually assaulting a boy and girl under 12.

Bettridge’s lawyer Turitea Bolstad said Bettridge took full responsibility from the outset and asked for full credit for his guilty plea and remorse.

Yeah. ?Minimise the risk. ?Do your time. ?Then do it all over again.

If he acts on his impulses with anything more than just photos next time, who is to blame? ? Read more »

Pure Evil

This cat, it’s pure evil.

No wonder Gareth Morgan wants them dead.? Read more »


Ginger bashing goes back to Greek Mythology

After readers expressed their discomfort with making fun of gingers, it required some more research:



1. Red hair is seen on the heads of only four percent of people. Most of these exist in the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, and Australia.

2. There is a belief that redheads are prone to industrial deafness. This actually could be true as the melanocytes are found in the middle ear.

3. A 2002 study found that redhead are harder to sedate than any other people requiring twenty percent more anesthesia. Inadequate doses cause people to wake up during surgery and have increased recall of procedures.

4. In the late 16th century, the fat of a redheaded man was an essential ingredient for poison.

5. The Egyptians regarded the color as so unlucky that they had a ceremony in which they burned red-headed maidens alive to wipe out the tint.

6.?An Irish judge in 2001 fined a man for disorderly conduct stating ?I am a firm believer that hair coloring has an effect on temper and your coloring suggests you have a temper.?

7. Redheads have always been thought untrustworthy. Judas is most always depicted as a redhead displaying the prejudice against red hair.

8. Adolph Hitler reportedly banned the marriages of two redheads as he feared their children would be ?deviant offspring?. ? Read more »

How to fix the lobbying bill

Scott Yorke has found a way to fix the lobbying bill…only make evil people register:

People on the left worry about the ability of big corporations to get their way with politicians, while those on the right probably stress over the malign?influence?of unions and teachers.

Do we then require every person or organisation that wants to lobby an MP to register as a lobbyist?

No, don’t be ridiculous!?We need only make the evil ones do it.

Yes, I can anticipate your objection. How do we decide who is evil, you ask?

He has worked out how to tell who the evil people are.

I’ve got that sorted too. In some cases it will be obvious. For example, if someone?wants to establish an adventure park on the outskirts of Hamilton where visitors can pay to squash puppies with large mallets, it’s pretty clear that their people will need to register as lobbyists if they want to go talking to ministers about changing animal welfare rules.

Similarly, the representatives of any large multinational whose goods?kill millions of people a year even when taken as recommended, are probably going to have to register as lobbyists if they want to engage with politicians about maintaining sales of their death-bringing products.

In situations where there is doubt about the evil of the lobbyists concerned, my plan would require them to register at a separate Register of Possibly Evil Lobbyists. Anyone who put their name on the?Register of Possibly Evil Lobbyists would then have 20 working days to submit an application for a hearing before a special board, which would consider whether or not the lobbyists concerned were genuinely evil, or just misunderstood nice folks.

This Evil Lobbyist Consideration Administration Board (ELCAB) would make its determination, and applicants would have the right to appeal adverse decisions to a higher body, the Evil Lobbyist Consideration Appeal Authority (ELCAA). An appeal to the High Court would be allowed from that body.

Following a determination that a lobbyist is evil, the lobbyist would then register on the Register of Lobbyists.

Don’t laugh, Holly Walker is probably amending her bill as we speak.


Giving students choice is evil?

Trevor Mallard thinks that giving students the same choices that everyone else in?the?country has, over whether or not to belong to a union, is evil.

Senior Labour MP Trevor Mallard says the only way the opposition has of stopping a bill it fundamentally disagrees with is to delay it for as long as possible.

“It’s a very serious filibuster, we think the bill is evil but not a cent extra is spent because Parliament hasn’t gone beyond 10pm on any day that bill has been considered,” he told Newstalk ZB.

Labour has deliberately delayed debate for about six months by debating minor points on other legislation, costing millions of dollars in wasted parliamentary time.

Labour really picks dumb fights to have a crack.

Labour has been trying to build the meme that John Key is evil for nearly 6 years and now this week their brilliant campaign manager has decided that instead of John Key it is freedom of association that is evil.

How truly sad and irrelevant have Labour become that they think giving students choice over belonging to a union is “evil”.

No wonder Labour are crippled in the polls, their campaign is being run by a political cripple.



Dear Leader in Beijing

Cactus Kate is currently in Beijing under the watch of dirty Commies. With blogspot.com and Facebook censored there’s been plenty of time for tourism. She also notes for those Kiwi’s in China that Gotcha.co.nz blogs aren’t censored.

At a visit to yet another forced selling shlock shop under the irritating guise of the one day Great Wall tour, she pictured a frightening sight which lead to gasps of horror from the New Zealanders in the audience.

“Helen” as the tour leader stated was wearing garb from the very silk factory CK was in.

No sale and CK bolted back out into the -3 degree temperatures to wait for the remaining victims.?


He lied again!

It seems that Winston Raymond Peters, 63, Member of Parliament of no fixed abode is a pthological and compulsive liar. When faced with a question it appears that his first response is to lie.

The dogged Phil Kitchin, following his usual method of destruction of liars has delivered yet another cut in his death of a 1000 cuts political assassination of WRP, 63, MOPONFA.

Mr Peters has told Parliament that he “had to carry the can” for legal expenses incurred – but The Dominion Post has obtained copies of bills that show taxpayers paid nearly $24,000. The bills show Mr Peters’ lawyer, Brian Henry, was paid the money by Parliamentary Service for Winebox legal advice.

The Winebox papers detailed a complex Cook Islands tax scheme used by prominent New Zealand businessmen to reduce tax liabilities.

The bills were paid by the taxpayer-funded agency, which administers parliamentary business, eight months after a commission of inquiry was set up to investigate Mr Peters’ allegations that the Serious Fraud Office and Inland Revenue acted unlawfully or incompetently.

They are for services that included “researching into the Winebox”, obtaining copies of transcripts of evidence, “consulting re media briefing of the legal position of Sir Ronald Davison [the counsel assisting the Winebox inquiry]”, “preparation of media package in respect of events in the House of Representatives”, and advice on a Winebox select committee.

Once again WRP, 63, MOPONFA has been caught out in a lie and once again it is before the parliament that he told the lie. hen again in the mind of a man who can’t lie straight in bed he probably thinks that parliamentary services money is his personal bank account to raid at will.

Remember the prick still hasn’t paid back the money he nicked at the last election. Brian Henry is also in a spot of bother as his testimony before the Privileges Committee is now suspect as it conflicts with the direct evidence that Phil Kitchin has uncovered.

No doubt more allegations will arise. Helen Clark will have to sack WRP, 63, MOPONFA as the damage is mounting against her and the Labour Party through her determined yet strange unflinching support of WRP, 63, MOPONFA.

HTFU Broad

Raids ‘hurt’ is regretted: Broad – 30 Mar 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news

Police Commissioner Howard Broad has acknowledged and expressed regret over the hurt caused to Maori by last year’s anti-terror raids.

The frank admission was made during a speech at a Wainuiomata Marae hui in which Broad also spoke of differing opinions with his advisers over the raids. He did not rule out a future apology to Maori.

Harden the fuck up Broad. The police action is currently under review and you have just undermined that review with a mewling, pathetic display of your wetness.