Posts by Craig Ranapia

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The duck was in a jar.

    Delicious duck in a stylish French jar I now keep pencils in. Jesus, having a Faro Fresh almost literally around the corner is going to be the death of me. Especially if I manage to convince David that re-mortgaging the house for a turducken is a good idea.

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  • Speaker: Why churches should marry…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I suspect they were worried about defamation risk in re-publishing an allegation of child molestation. Not with any real grounds, of course, but that’s my guess.

    And honestly, I'd give The Herald the benefit of the doubt there though, of course, paraphrases should be clearly labelled as such. In the end, it clearly conveyed the tenor of that tosspot's vileness without going over the edge into stuff that could have been seriously triggering to any GLBT victim of abuse -- and anyone with even a micron of common decency.

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  • Speaker: Why churches should marry…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    [Removed because on a second look Ian's read of the story is spot on. Mine not so much.]

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  • Speaker: Why churches should marry…, in reply to Sue,

    My favourite was when it was ok to be gay as long as you never did anything, hate the sin love the sinner sort of rubbish

    What I find particularly adorable is the whole "equality of civil marriage, which we don't doctrinally recognize anyway, is a vicious attack on religious freedom" foofy-tosh. It's not only circle jerk non-reasoning, but it's an argument I doubt these folks would reciprocate if I decided to go full metal Wicker Man in the backyard and burn someone to death to appease the spirits and help the roses along...

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  • Speaker: Why churches should marry…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    A cruel idea framed as a kind one.

    It's also a horribly confused one, but I've kind of given up splattering my brains up against that particular brick wall.

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  • Hard News: Some reprehensible bullshit, in reply to Sam Bradford,

    I’d consider making a line of T-shirts bearing ‘the NZ Herald is a bucket of piss’ or similar.

    I'd buy one of those, except urine never did anything to deserve such a horrible diss. :)

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  • Hard News: Some reprehensible bullshit, in reply to Sam Bradford,

    The editorial team need to be embarrassed into upping their game.

    That would be nice, Sam. But remember when the British press were piously intoning they were going to clean up their act after Diana died? I sincerely take no pleasure in saying this, but I think the only things that will prompt The Herald to tune up is someone with very deep pockets and ironcast will taking them to the cleaners in a defamation suit with a substantial order for costs attached.

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  • Hard News: Some reprehensible bullshit, in reply to Sacha,

    in far too short a supply inside their newsrooms nowadays, perhaps.

    No, the problem is the Herald does far too much "moralising" without drawing that tiresome distinction between editorial opinion and hard news.

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  • Hard News: Some reprehensible bullshit, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And from her former colleague, Tony Wall, also to me:

    “oh for god’s sake enough of the moralising – it was just a good old fashioned yarn !”

    This really is some bullshit.

    Eleanor Catton told a good old fashioned yarn. Victoria University Press marketed it as fiction. Spot the difference, boys and girls.

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  • Hard News: Some reprehensible bullshit, in reply to Julie Fairey,

    There’s a scandal there alright, and it’s not about what type of door but about people who rarely seem to come through them to get the work done.

    I look forward to Jordan Williams' furious press release demanding an amendment to the Local Government Act mandating the removal of work-shy Councillors... But no breath will be held.

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