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Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Sunday Newspaper Brunch Club

On the Sunday Newspaper Brunch Club today at 11am, Sky Digital 65, Co-host Wallace Chapman from Kiwi FM Breakfast and Ben Thomas from the NBR

News that caught my eye –
1: An An Liu’s body was in the boot all that time – 45 hours?
2: Meteor crash in Peru
3: Greenwash from Labour
4: Greenspan admits Iraq was all about oil while a new tally of deaths in Iraq bring the numbers dead by results of the war to 1.2million and Ben Bernake’s warning that the sub prime mortgage problem was worse than the most pessimistic evaluations.
5: Monks in Burma
6: Shutting power off to Gaza – aren’t group punishment tactics illegal under the UN?

STORY 1 – Boy-racer mayhem – HOS/SST
A 19-year-old man is dead and another lucky to be alive after being stabbed during a weekend of boy-racer mayhem across the country. Police confiscated dozens of vehicles but could not stop the weekend's activities centred on Christchurch and New Plymouth from ending in tragedy. It’s chestnut news time my friends – the news media have already done P, dangerous Dogs, da gangs da gangs and poor kids beating up rich kids, so it’s back to ‘those bloody boy racers’ time.

STORY 2 – Rickards faces 10 misconduct charges while lodgiong complaints about Louise Nicholas and the Police who brought him down. – HOS /SST
It’s like watching a body twist and kick in the gallows isn’t it – anyone else see the irony in Rickards using the Police Complaints Authority to complain about Louise? National say dump him regardless, Helen says that’s irresponsible.

STORY 3 – Mandela still alive, despite embarrassing Bush remark - sst
Nelson Mandela is still very much alive despite an embarrassing gaffe by US President George W Bush, who alluded to the former South African leader's death in an attempt to explain sectarian violence in Iraq. In a speech defending his administration's Iraq policy, Bush said former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's brutality had made it impossible for a unifying leader to emerge and stop the sectarian violence that has engulfed the Middle Eastern nation. "I heard somebody say, Where's Mandela?' Well, Mandela's dead because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas," Bush, who has a reputation for verbal faux pas, said in a press conference in Washington.

(My top 3 favourite Bush quotes)
"The point now is how do we work together to achieve important goals. And one such goal is a democracy in Germany." (Bush in Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006)

"I'm not the expert on how the Iraqi people think, because I live in America, where it's nice and safe and secure." (Bush in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2004)

"I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein." (Bush in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2004)

485 days until Bush leaves office

STORY 4 – Iraq aims to end immunity of security firms – sst/hos
Iraq wants to tighten control over security contractors after a deadly shooting incident involving the US firm Blackwater, ending their long immunity from Iraqi prosecution, the Interior Ministry said. The problem here is that the mercenaries ARE immune from Iraqi law under Order 17, under international law they are culpable, but that needs the agreement of the American Authorities for any prosecution to go ahead. This case shows how weak the Iraq government is and the growing reliance on brutal mercenaries who are not legally responsible for their heavy handed tactics.

Final Word
– US military cemetery ran out of room to bury bodies in Kansa this week – to solve the issue they are looking to bury bodies on top of each other.
- If the answer is John Banks, the question must be stupid


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At 23/9/07 4:43 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obvious you live away from areas where boy racers congregate, visit Bealey Ave in chch where motels are going out of business and residents out of their minds with the f***in noise these retards inflict on them..lets not forget bottles, burger king & mcDonalds wrappers strewn along the roadside..these idiots remind me of nothing more than this centuries version of the Flat Earth Society ..exactly what part of global warming/fossil fuels/ pollution don't they get ?
Go spend a night in a house/business affected by these stone age retards and then tell us again that they're misunderstood

At 23/9/07 6:47 pm, Anonymous nznative said...

It always amuses me how quickly 'oldies' forget how they used to gather in groups as teenagers and drive around in our 'bombs' ( quite often with a dozen or two on the back seat .

But now when the young people do it we pass special car impounding laws just for them.

I was a teenager once and did the usual teenage things .............. nowdays with the 'fear your neighboor' message that politicians, police etc spread we seem to think that they are worse and need to be feared.

Leave the friggin kids alone ...........

At 24/9/07 8:50 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if not John Banks then who Bomber? Who would you endorse? Hubbard? Yourself?

At 24/9/07 9:40 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well i'm 18, and i think boy racers are dickheads.
Some of them are old enough to be my parents so they're not all "teenagers".
They're well hated in my city , why ? They're thick, they pollute, they think everyone should listen to their skylines or honda fuckin civics with big bore exhausts which they add to their shitty cars to make them feel more important.
The only people who like boy racers are the people who sell them their plastic car kits , their gas and their exhaust sytems

At 24/9/07 11:16 am, Anonymous protect our planet said...

yep, boyracers = green teethed hillbillies

At 24/9/07 4:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NZNutjob said "I was a teenager once and did the usual teenage things"

This is precisely why the police should come down hard on them. So they don't turn into someone like nutjob. I'd rather they be given a short sharp shock now than have my taxes go to keeping them in prison or living their lives on the dole. It's obviously too late for NZNutjob but not for these kids


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