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Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: #dirtypolitics

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  • Sacha, in reply to Phil Wallington,

    Turkeys like these fear ridicule more than Christmas

    Funny you should say that (warning: contains Pete George at sewerblog).

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I wouldn't make you go there, but here's Pete George in Kiwiblog comments this morning:

    Brown et al have tried to depict ‘Dirty Politics’ as John Key bad, the left clean ... a number of core commenters on Hard News showed how soft they are, they didn’t like their ‘Nicky is God’ meme being challenged and Russell ensured an alternative view was shut out. The Public Address vote on Word of the year reflects a message controlled community view.

    Bless.

    Truth is, I finally had to ban Pete on account of him being a tendentious windbag apparently immune to reason.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22227 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Truth is, I finally had to ban Pete on account of him being a tendentious windbag apparently immune to reason.

    Asking sponsors if they intend to continue supporting a radio show is like sexual assault. #neverforget

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Russell Brown,

    While a turducken is delightful in theory, I suspect it would just be my grandfather's insistence on buying a Christmas ham the size of a small dog all over again.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12363 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    While a turducken is delightful in theory, I suspect it would just be my grandfather’s insistence on buying a Christmas ham the size of a small dog all over again.

    Lol. My sons were obsessed with turducken for years: one that works down in size from a swan, goose, turkey to a seagull or somesuch. Eight or ten birds inside each other. A Very Creosote Christmas.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2880 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Russell Brown,

    PAS' loss is Kiwiblog's gain.* Couldn't happen to nicer folk.
    * The average rationality of both blogs rises so perhaps it's a win-win.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2063 posts Report Reply

  • Kim Wilson, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    We attempted "gookenail" once - somehow managed to get the chicken inside the goose but could not squish the quail into the chicken (so it was served on the side). Delicious but will stick to the birds individually in future...

    Nth Canty • Since Dec 2006 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    This year I couldn't think of a lovelier person to win that hamper than Gio. Sir you've had a bit of a year for the family, and i know those tasty treats will be loved by your fantastic partner and 3 amazing small people.

    This makes me VERY HAPPY!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Sue,

    This makes me VERY HAPPY!

    You're lovely, you are.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Sue,

    +1

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3110 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    Not entirely sure how the turducken came into it. But, say you like did one, would you bone, fillet and stuff it yourself, or get the butcher to do it?

    Boning a raw turkey? Surely, a job for a professional.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 400 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    Not entirely sure how the turducken came into it. But, say you like did one, would you bone, fillet and stuff it yourself, or get the butcher to do it?

    Craig and I were talking about the turduckens that Farro sells ready-made.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22227 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Russell Brown,

    For a mere $200 (eep).

    Well done to the Marxist Intellectual!

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

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    * The average rationality of both blogs rises so perhaps it’s a win-win.

    Too right. For all his windbaggery, Pete George is on the moderate end of the KB spectrum.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5328 posts Report Reply

  • B Jones, in reply to Sue,

    you’ve had a bit of a year for the family, and i know those tasty treats will be loved by your fantastic partner and 3 amazing small people.

    I can vouch for the power of a hamper to improve even the worst Christmas. Last year I had agonising back pain, couldn't drink, kids were sick, weather was crap and there were other complicated family things. The food hamper for last year's prize was a shining highlight, as was the whisky when I was finally off the painkillers.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Petyt, in reply to Kim Wilson,

    Ha ha. I thought your were going to say getting the snail into the chicken was easy but not so the chicken into the the goose.

    Japan • Since Apr 2014 • 44 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    Turducken for geeks:

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 293 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    I’ll admit I had a moment a few day back, on seeing that #dirtypolitics had gained so much traction in its WOTY bid. This thought was comparable to say the 32/33 Australian Ashes squad selecting #bodyline – the means of the their defeat – as their WOTY. It occurred to me that looking back on 2014 #dirtypolitic’s legacy wouldn’t be so much a change of Government or a bringing to justice of those involved, the legacy is Nicky Hagar’s house being raided and #dirtypolitics winning PAS WOTY.

    Having had time to reflect in the interim, I think there is a positive to be taken from this. That being as we move forward, and look back on those most notable of outcomes, we’ll also be able to reflect on exactly how – despite being armed with the hefty Dirty Politics arsenal – flimsy our opposition was.

    I’m reminded of hobo freelance journalist Keith Ng lamenting all the other journalists for not doing enough to follow up stories raised by Dirty Politics. I’m reminded of journalist Gordon Campbell rebuking hobo freelance journalist Keith Ng for his lament of all the other journalists. And not to single any individuals out, because we’re all culpable in our own ways, that was just a moment that twanged.

    This is most assuredly about #us, for that is the very nature of democracy. It is our privilege and obligation to push back, as hard as is applicable – be it at the ballot box, on the net, on the street or over a swish merlot in Newmarket, through words, through actions and even through inaction, far beyond preaching to the converted, it is our responsibility to facilate the dissemination of the facts and the underlying morality to the greatest possible audience in the most effective manner.

    At the end of the day, this victory leaves us with a scar that we can never cover, a constant reminder of our failure, we are forced to take stock, learn, develop and make more tengible progress.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2122 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to mark taslov,

    a swish merlot in Newmarket

    for some reason that's not the place I think of :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Sacha,

    Like I’d know, :)

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2122 posts Report Reply

  • Ken Sparks, in reply to Sacha,

    A swish merlot sounds good anywhere and I'd like to think that investigations into the revelations of dirty politics are far from resolved. There are many unanswered questions.

    Pt Chevalier • Since Apr 2011 • 57 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Ken Sparks,

    the revelations of dirty politics are far from resolved

    amen

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Sacha,

    the revelations of dirty politics are far from resolved

    Undeniably true, but it's the use of passive voice that may warrant closest inspection.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2122 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to mark taslov,

    the shortage of repsonsibility from media and pollies is deafening, yes.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    Not entirely sure how the turducken came into it. But, say you like did one, would you bone, fillet and stuff it yourself, or get the butcher to do it?

    Leave it to the professionals, say I. I wouldn’t fancy my chances of successfully deboning several birds without contributing a finger or two and a lot of human blood to the stuffing.

    But the Faro turducken has nothing on on this culinary middle-finger of mouth-wateringly nauseating excess:

    The true king of culinary absurdity comes from L’almanach des gourmands, an 1807 cookbook written by Alexandre Balthazar Laurent Grimond de la Reyniere, a man so outlandish he faked his own death to see who would attend his funeral. His creation was called the rôti sans pareil —the roast without equal— and it is everything that has made the half-dead art of engastration increasingly popular today: ambitious, ostentatious, and alluringly, inevitably delicious.

    His recipe calls for a bustard stuffed with a turkey stuffed with a goose stuffed with a pheasant stuffed with a chicken stuffed with a duck stuffed with a guinea fowl stuffed with a teal stuffed with a woodcock stuffed with a partridge stuffed with a plover stuffed with a lapwing stuffed with a quail stuffed with a thrush stuffed with a lark stuffed with an ortolan bunting stuffed with a garden warbler stuffed with an olive stuffed with an anchovy stuffed with a single caper, with layers of Lucca chestnuts, force meat and bread stuffing between each bird, stewed in a hermetically sealed pot in a bath of onion, clove, carrots, chopped ham, celery, thyme, parsley, mignonette, salted pork fat, salt, pepper, coriander, garlic, and “other spices,” and slowly cooked over a fire for at least 24 hours.

    For those not keeping track, that’s 20 layers, 17 of them birds, and a grand total of 18 creatures that had to die (assuming only one pig would be used to make the force meat, chopped ham, and salted pork fat) for the amusement of some turn-of-the-19th century dandies. And if that seems impossible, that’s because it is—today at least. Not because it’s scientifically impossible or there’s a lack of eager chefs in this world, but because many of the birds are now hard to find and kill.

    History doesn’t record anyone cooking the damn thing, let alone eating it and living to tell, but it would make a great Christmas dinner from Hell… “I don’t care if you’re all vegans. Nobody is leaving the table until someone’s had a heat attack or passed on in their own vomit.”

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12363 posts Report Reply

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