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Hard News: Gaying Out

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  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Emma Hart,

    “Turns Thomas the Tank Engine into Porn”

    Really don't want to think about John Key and porn at the same time.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4445 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Or is the Thread of Doooooom[tm] sufficiently historic that we can talk about the "c" word again?

    With prompt enough bouncing of trolls, we can productively talk about anything. Probably even capital gains tax. Sigh.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19633 posts Report Reply

  • Jacqui Dunn, in reply to Sacha,

    Probably even capital gains tax. Sigh.

    Well, it does sort of start with a "c". But please, let's not eh?

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I’ll use my “Turns Thomas the Tank Engine into Porn” voice.

    It must be fun being a child in your house.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2925 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I’ll use my “Turns Thomas the Tank Engine into Porn” voice.

    Only for the bits with direct quotes of Murray McCully, I hope.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I'll use my "Turns Thomas the Tank Engine into Porn" voice

    Can hardly wait for "I think I can, I know I can"

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19633 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    It must be fun being a child in your house.

    Oddly, just on Saturday night, my son was sitting on the front porch with his head buried in his hands.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4648 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Sacha,

    Wasn't Thomas, was the Little Engine that Could and, fuck me, they're going to make a movie. In 3D, of course.

    I'm wondering if 3D isn't the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2925 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    For purposes of clarity, I have no objection to Key writing a book or having someone write one for him. Clark was only halfway through her term as PM when her hagiography was published, Muldoon churned out autobiographical tracts.

    It was using that fact as a cute excuse to refuse to answer a direct and material question from a member of the interest group he’d come to solicit votes from. It was insulting.

    A movie star can say “you’ll have to wait for my book for that”. A Prime Minister cannot.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22712 posts Report Reply

  • Danyl Mclauchlan,

    It was using that fact as a cute excuse to refuse to answer a direct and material question from a member of the interest group he’d come to solicit votes from. It was insulting.

    Cautious edging is Key's default position on almost every single subject of substance he's questioned on though, so I don't think it's a personal slight towards the LGBT community so much as he's just not a leader with strong convictions.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson,

    ...so much as he's just not a leader with strong convictions.

    Its a big part of his appeal.

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    If someone buys it, Megan and I will record it as an audiobook. She'll use her Radio Voice, and I'll use my "Turns Thomas the Tank Engine into Porn" voice.

    This would still be infringing activity, citizen. You are guilty of thoughtcrime. Remain where you are until our enforcers arrive

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • ScottY,

    ...so much as he's just not a leader with strong convictions.

    Its a big part of his appeal.

    Surely having a leader who actually believed something for more than five minutes before polls or focus groups changed his mind would be more appealing?

    West • Since Feb 2009 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to ScottY,

    Srsly. Also, marriage equality is a fucking no-brainer. I can't imagine pondering over that issue for longer than, oooh, 30 seconds.

    (But I am an unrealistic softie pinko, so there's that.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Danyl Mclauchlan,

    Also, marriage equality is a fucking no-brainer.

    I have elderly relatives from working class backgrounds, who were life-long Labour voters until civil unions. Now they will never, ever vote for the Labour Party again. I don't think they're unusual for their generation - so when you're as poll-driven as Key then you really don't want to take a strong stand on an issue like that unless you have to.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Danyl Mclauchlan,

    I don’t think they’re unusual for their generation

    I'm, like, related to people too, so I get that. I'd just love it if politicians were a little less focussed on those people's prejudices.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler, in reply to Emma Hart,

    my “Turns Thomas the Tank Engine into Porn” voice

    Trust me, there are things that never made it into the books...

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Eade, in reply to Danielle,

    Absolutely, we're horrified that gay couples will have the same certificates as the straighties. It's quite petty at its heart.

    auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 1112 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Danielle,

    I’d just love it if politicians were a little less focussed on those people’s prejudices.

    It's what being a conservative is all about. Especially when the population is aging (median age is nearly 37, up 2.2 years in the last decade, according to Granny), and that means more voters who want to jerk their knees and rail about the queers ruining marriage.

    To which my favourite response so far has been "Elizabeth Taylor has been married eight times, Britney was married for less than a week, Tiger Woods was fucking anything that moves without his wife knowing, and gays are a threat to the institution of marriage?!"

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Dismal Soyanz, in reply to Danielle,

    I’d just love it if politicians were a little less focussed on those people’s prejudices.

    Path of least resistance. Why bother expending energy to develop well-thought out policies with credible justifications when all you have to do is dog-whistle?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2010 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Amy Gale, in reply to Christopher Dempsey,

    Is someone willing to volunteer to read it and give us the summary in 30 words or less?

    "I'm comfortable with that."

    There. Didn't need 26 of the words, or the actual reading experience for that matter.

    tha Ith • Since May 2007 • 471 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    It's what being a conservative is all about.

    If he was a conservative he'd have opinions, he doesn't.

    He is aiming for the centrist niche. Some competence, affability and an aspiration to do nothing more than reflect projected attributes from the widest possible cross section.

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Semi-relatedly, if people would like a fun couple of minutes today, try filling out Family First's Family Issues survey. Yes, I know, some of the questions don't make a lot of sense.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4648 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler, in reply to Emma Hart,

    try filling out Family First’s Family Issues survey

    Done - although it felt uncomfortably like I was trolling, clicking "Strongly Disagree" so many times in succession...

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report Reply

  • Dismal Soyanz, in reply to Angus Robertson,

    conservative or Conservative?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2010 • 310 posts Report Reply

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