Posts by Thomas Johnson

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  • Hard News: Celebrity Gibberish,

    To be fair, Timaru did actually remove all the parking meters from the main street.

    Did Luke come to visit?

    Wellington • Since Oct 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Driving around Mt Eden,…,

    new telecom ad with Lucy Lawless

    You mean Zoe Bell?

    Wellington • Since Oct 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: The resignation of Captain Worth,

    So did he (Worth) jump because he saw the push coming, do you think?

    Well, he couldn't have been pushed out of parliament altogether unless convicted of an offence punishable by two or more years' jail I understand.

    But otherwise, from National, maybe echoes of David's original theme post.

    Wellington • Since Oct 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Burn fat, not oil,

    Those photos warm the cockles of my little anarchistic heart. It's so good to see people not doing what they're told for once, and having fun while doing so.

    People should do that more often.

    I always smile when I'm passing a stopped school bus at 120kmh

    Wellington • Since Oct 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Let it die. Please.,

    If this

    But it’s impossible to look at this indecent assault on numeracy and not think that it’s a lightly paraphrased briefing paper written by a policy-cum-comms hack (Research Unit?) outlining the key messages that National wants to get out ahead of the Budget.

    is really a throwaway line, then why was it included in the post? It reads like something from Clinton Smith, not Keith Ng.

    Wellington • Since Oct 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When that awful thing happens,

    Which suggests that they're, y'know, professionals, and not action heroes somehow held back by PC lily-livered authorities a la Die Hard?

    Agreed.

    As for the 'drug laws caused it' approach, consider the likely reaction of Molenaar if a police officer turned up at his door asking him if he had any guns on the premises.

    I can't see that his reaction to a search warrent for firearms would be any 'better' than a search warrant for drugs

    Wellington • Since Oct 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When that awful thing happens,

    Well, despite the vitriol directed at Grant, it seems that the police did shoot at, and hit, the gunman on Thursday when they had an opportunity.

    A police officer fires the two shots at where he is believed to be standing and hits him. Molenaar retreats inside and there is a temporary lull in the shooting. Later in the day he tells police officers and family he was hit, but refuses to say where or the extent of the wound.

    It may be that they didn't get another chance for a clear targetting shot, which would preclude a 'ground assault' type of attack, but they were clearly interested in bringing a quick end to the siege.

    Wellington • Since Oct 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When that awful thing happens,

    There is no test, like driving a car. Hence the regular deaths at the start of Duck hunting season.

    Actually, there is a test on firearms safety as part of getting a licence. And of course we know that having to sit a driving test means that no-one ever dies at the hands of a licenced driver, right? Sheesh!

    IIRC, there used to be a gun registration system in NZ, prior to the current owner/user licencing system, but it was abandoned at the changeover point as unworkable.

    Wellington • Since Oct 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Romeo Smells of Roses,

    Instead of labelling, you could stitch yourself?

    Wellington • Since Oct 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Madness in Mt Albert,

    Graeme may be able to draw a valid distinction, but the way that Labour use "privatisation" reduce it to the status of an epithet, or a dog-whistle that attempts to call forth the usual class envy and tired "rick prick" meme.

    It is tiresome and does much to devalue informed discussion and debate.

    Wellington • Since Oct 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

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