It's a shame Bob didn't give the free publicity to a TV show more deserving of a ratings bump - like Rescue Me.
Californication commits the unforgivable sin of making the main character a writer- cue lots of self-indulgent/smug/self-loathing wish fulfillment. I mean c'mon, how many writers in LA actually get to screw the sort of hotties David Duchovny does on that show? From what I've heard about the place, writers are somewhere above the homeless but below janitors on the Hollywood social ladder.
Brilliant post. We've logged two weeks with our new little boy and gotta say, so far it's been sweet. Any illusions of being the stoic, gruff dad teaching my boy to be a manly man who hides girly emotion like, you know, loving your son heaps, disappeared the minute he popped out of his mum (screaming and covered in green shit, no less. He was the spitting image of Yoda).
But we've had a number of friends with reflux babies and it's made me totally paranoid - when do you know if it's going to kick in? Is it like a ticking time bomb where, for the first two weeks everything is fine then on day 15 - BOOM - the acid shoots up and your first born shrieks in agony for the next three months?
If the movie Pay it Forward is a cornerstone of their branding strategy, maybe Noel Leeming should have got the annoying kid who starred in that. He was in The Sixth Sense as well so he could do his famous line from that movie with the cold breath/ghost thing, only instead saying "I see... great deals on a fridge/freezer".
He said wearing masks was part of the "theatre of education" but it didn't always work.
Was it a protest or Kabuki?
The fact that gang leaders seldom get busted suggests that there might well be some sort of accomodation between them and the cops.
Oh c'mon. I'd wager that most gang members, including the leaders, spend a good portion of their lives behind bars for one thing or another.
There are plenty of cases of Police misconduct to show the organisation has its problems, but the level of corruption required to make this conspiracy theory float? Send in Serpico.
You could just announce that there was a planning meeting for a new Wellington bypass, and rounded them all up when they came to protest.
Or invite them to form a committee of some description...
if you wanted to talk to Tame Iti all you would have to do is either a) invite hime to the cop shop with his lawyer or B) wait until he was travelling and stop the car.
Fair enough, but I'm sure not everyone named on the arrest warrants would have been so accommodating.
I thought long and hard before I used the verb "terrorise". But what else would you call a pre-dawn raid by fully armed, armoured and masked people?
Terrifying for those caught up in the raids, yes, and I have no doubt some Police love nothing better than dressing up in their cool combat outfits, strapping on the heavy artillery and charging around on a power trip.
But if there is a chance of an armed confrontation, even a minute one, arming the officers involved would be standard practice anywhere in the world (for good reason - nut cases with guns have been known to resist arrest, and at least one or two of the people under surveillance in this case could reasonably fit into this category).
As would carrying out the operation at a time most likely to catch the suspects by surprise, thus lessening the chances of an armed confrontation in the first place.
I can understand why many in Ruatoki were so upset (and taking photos of everyone trying to enter and leave town was very dodgy to say the least), but what was the alternative? Not trying to arrest people when there is evidence they are breaking the law?
are they really any different from what would be heard if the Police bugged any one of the numerous gangs in NZ?
I'm sure the Police routinely bug some of the numerous gangs in NZ. And I bet that if they think they have enough evidence of criminal activities - such as planning a murder or firebombing - to press charges they break out the assault rifles and suit up in their ninja outfits to raid gang HQs too.
Check out Stephanie Zacharek over at Salon.com, or their tv critc Heather Havrilesky - she's laugh out loud funny and usually on the money. You could say the same about PA's own Fiona Rae for that matter, who's gone missing in action for far too long.