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Hard News: The Bottom is a Magic Place

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  • insider outsider,

    Kyle

    The comparison is stronger I would have thought. C&P are not just lawyers they are lobbyists.

    Palmer has also been appointed by Labour to various influential public roles.

    Of course the other thing about Palmer is that he gave $10k to Labour.

    What is your definition of a flunky?

    nz • Since May 2007 • 142 posts Report Reply

  • insider outsider,

    Legbreak

    Most people would have blinked and missed GP's term as PM.

    nz • Since May 2007 • 142 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    Anyone who doesn’t realise that Geoffrey Palmer was a former Labour Prime Minister doesn’t deserve to be allowed to vote.

    There's a whole fascicle of 17-year-olds who will be voting next year that were barely born when Geoff had his 15 minutes of fame as PM.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • A S,

    Well, you've come to the right place then - here we have a veritable fascicle of geeks, a plethora of them even.

    Perhaps even a surfeit. :-D

    Wellington • Since Nov 2007 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • insider outsider,

    Dylan

    "This sentence to me smacks of a secondary preventative notion"

    "This sentence whilst probably ego-brusing to the parent"

    Brilliant!

    Couldn't understand the rest: "harmful effects of re-institutionalisation which the justice system is progressively mediating" Say wha?

    nz • Since May 2007 • 142 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    Perhaps even a surfeit. :-D

    Yup

    pleth·o·ra (plĕth'ər-ə)
    n.
    A superabundance; an excess.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    There's a whole fascicle of 17-year-olds who will be voting next year that were barely born when Geoff had his 15 minutes of fame as PM.

    Someone should write a book about the achievements during his term as PM. Or at least a small fascicle.

    Actually, that's the meaning that I'd come across before, specifically in relation to Emily Dickinson's poems. And I think the original "bundle" meaning has something to do with the Latin root from which the Fascists took their name.

    You know who else had fascicles?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • insider outsider,

    Hitler had two but they were small

    nz • Since May 2007 • 142 posts Report Reply

  • dave crampton,

    Russell, Ive just seen your post.

    My blog headline was written last night - I dont usually change headlines when I update posts ( as I have done twice today - so go back again) , however I did mention the DomPost sensationalist headlinewritten <i> after </i> the article was subbed.

    Anyway, I`m not after the court documents. Never said that. Suffice to say if there was no bruise on the boy - which was not caused by the smacking - there would have been no reporting, no pic taken and no conviction.Finally my point is this: had there been no amendment of S59, there would still have ben a conviction. Perhaps if the woman and her huysgand werent having a few difficulties there would not have been a pic taken and passed around.

    In other words, the bottom many be a Magic Place ( to you anyway Russell) but it wasnt the bottom contact that led to the conviction, therefore this conviction does not indicate that the law is working, meaning Sue Bradfords comments are ignorant.

    welli • Since Jan 2007 • 144 posts Report Reply

  • insider outsider,

    or was it Himmler?

    nz • Since May 2007 • 142 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    And I think the original "bundle" meaning has something to do with the Latin root from which the Fascists took their name.

    The fasces were bundles of sticks carried by lictors, the ceremonial guards that accompanied Roman officials (consuls and the like).

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Believe it or not I was invited this year to attend a seminar to learn how to squeeze people's problems out of their fascicles. The theory was that a lot of emotions manifest in tension there, and by manipulating them accompanied by some sort of guided tour of your emotions, you could get some huge physical and mental benefits. Which is strangely apt to the "accidental" usage 'above'.

    I didn't attend - my fascicles wouldn't let me. I've been talking to them about it ever since.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10629 posts Report Reply

  • Heather Gaye,

    fascicle

    Since the typo overlaid an incorrect spelling of "farcical", can I suggest the new word "fascical". It'd be the perfect adjective for describing a godwined thread.

    "I'm calling theatre on this fascical argument."

    Morningside • Since Nov 2006 • 532 posts Report Reply

  • Heather Gaye,

    "All this bollix about fascicles is making me teste."

    Morningside • Since Nov 2006 • 532 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Kennedy,

    Himmler had something "simler"

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 224 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    It certainly wasn't Goebbels.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    Goering, I think, had two but small.

    A favourite reference to that particular song was in an episode of Red Dwarf where they go back in time, Lister appears at a Nazi rally next to Hitler and yells to the crowd 'Don't listen to him! he's crackers!! And besides, he's only got one testicle!!"

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    "All this bollix about fascicles is making me teste."

    LOL, nice. That was my first image, straight from a Desmond Morris book, someone's drawing of a male face with a dick for the nose and balls for the double chin. I found it a far fetched theory that nature had deliberately made our faces resemble our private parts <he says rubbing his fascicles and blowing his nallus>


    I think fascical is pretty safe, every Google usage seems to be a typo.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10629 posts Report Reply

  • A S,

    fascical it is then. Nice work all.

    On a different note, isn't the title of this thread fantastic?

    I'm amazed at how so many posts have managed to stay in the region of it too...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2007 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • A S,

    the bottom that is.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2007 • 269 posts Report Reply

  • Shep Cheyenne,

    Fascists are Faggots - who would have guessed.

    It derives [1] through the Old French fagot and the Italian diminutive fagotto from the Latin Fasces ("bundle", also the origin of the word Fascism)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faggot_(wood)

    Since Oct 2007 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Kennedy,

    Since we are on the subject of typos, the small fascicle on achievements during Mr Palmer’s term as PM could be distributed by Fascimile.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 224 posts Report Reply

  • Margaret B,

    So Dave, your argument appears to be: Bruising bad, but in this case not caused by smacking - therefore s59 repeal not necessary.

    My recollection is that s59 was a defence not for smacking, or any form of assault light or otherwise on the posterior. s59 was a defence of the use of force by parents seeking to undertake corrective discipline. No reference of bottoms whatsoever, IIRC.

    It seems to me that this is exactly the kind of case where in the past a parent could have successfully used s59 as a defence but they can't now. You seem to be arguing that they couldn't have used s59 because the bruising wasn't a result of smacking?

    Also, not really appreciating the subtext of this comment from you:

    Perhaps if the woman and her huysgand werent having a few difficulties there would not have been a pic taken and passed around.

    The implication being that the person at fault here, the person who has created this conviction, is in fact the mother of the child.

    Since Oct 2007 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    It seems to me that this is exactly the kind of case where in the past a parent could have successfully used s59 as a defence but they can't now.

    You and that other minor player, the Judge.

    Of course, he's probably an anonymous Labour party donor flunky...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    But it is a word with such a boring meaning

    Until Mussolini co-opted it and used it as a way of shutting down internet discussions.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1645 posts Report Reply

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