Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Orewa IV - The Purge

Don Brash's final Orewa speech as National leader is on tonight so that means another minority group to blame and another female MP to fire, this year's MP is Pansy Wong so that means this year's punching bag are IMMIGRANTS!

Well, not ALL immigrants - just those who don't share our 'Western values' i.e "them darkie ones that don't respect Jesus or the dollar".

I just don't see how this is a winning strategy for the main opposition party in New Zealand.
His stance is to the left of centre in Australia, but not here.

It's yet another divisive strategy that may garner a 'cheap pop' in the polls but will do more harm to the party in the long-term than good.

It's a big gamble that could see him removed as Oppostion leader far earlier than expected.
For a leader who has never managed to overcome the error of labelling those who vote for his opponent 'not mainstream New Zealanders' this could be the fatal blow.

Yes Mr Brash, tis better to burn out than fade away.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Farrar wins election for Canadian Conservatives

In Canada, the Conservative Party seems destined to win the upcoming Federal election, which so-called 'experts' have attributed to scandalous corruption and stupid anti-American campaigning on the part of the Canadian Liberals, but the answer is much closer to home than that.
Look at the date where the Conservative upswing began - the same time the New Zealand National Party's own 'Joey Lucas' - and Wellington Central legend David P Farrar abruptly quit the Conservative campaign.
Coincidence? I think not.

Michael Knight's TV Weak

When I was first co-opted into contributing to this site, it was hoped that I would deliver some insight into the NZ television industry, however the lives and loves and gossip of New Zealand's 'liberal media elite' is far more dull than you could imagine.

However what does excite me in 2006 is the emergence of the internet as the primary distribution method of television shows.
In fact, I'd go as far to say that when TVNZ finally gets around to screening the second series of 'Lost' - the most popular 'pirated' tv show on the net, ratings will be well below expectations (albeit still huge) mainly because of internet 'piracy'

But far better than being able to watch 'Lost' or 'Corrie' ten months in advance of NZ screenings is the ability to view the thousands of wonderful shows that will never see the light of day in this country.

Two of those shows 'Weeds" and the US version of 'The Office" were big winners at the Golden Globes on Tuesday.

'Weeds" is often portrayed as 'Desperate Housewives with drug dealing' but it's closer to the world of American Beauty/Six Feet Under than the soapy crap from Wisteria Lane. The Golden Globe win has secured a second series in the States and maybe even a late night run here at 11pm on TV One on a Sunday if we're lucky.

"The Office" was intially not well recieved by fans of the Ricky Gervais original, but now that the program has developed it's own characters and storylines instead of duplicating their British counterparts word for word, the show is quite fantastic and on occassion betters it's parent show. And of course Steve Carrell is a god.

Also this month, I enjoyed Bill O'Reilly getting his ass handed to him by Letterman recently
Letterman: "I think 60% of what you say is crap" although the next day on his own show O'Reilly proclaimed himself the winner of the interview.

Hopefully with Prime being purchased by Sky we will finally get a 24 hour feed of Fox News in this country because honestly we're missing out big time not being able to watch the comedic genius that is 'The O'Reilly Factor' - Yes, I know, 'The Factor' is not strictly satire, but really if you try to view it for what it is (the American equivalent of Leighton Smith on the highest rating cable news show in the US) it makes you feel kinda empty inside.

This week Bill is focusing all his energy on the U.S state of Vermont becuase the state will not sack a judge who made a decision O'Reilly didn't like, so O'Reilly is now calling on all Americans to boycott the state of Vermont. I'm not quite sure what you're meant to do if you actually live in Vemont but anyway, for those counting, O'Reilly boycotts now apply to Mexico, Canada, France and Vermont.

Still, it's not really bad news for Vermont - after the France boycott started imports of goods from France to the US rose - American goods exported to France fell. And of course Vermont can now advertise itself as a "100% Bill O'Reilly free zone".

On the satrical counterpoint to 'The Factor' - 'The Colbert Report' Stephen Colbert named the Associated Press the #1 threat facing America for not mentioning him in a story about 'truthiness' being named the word of 2005.
...it was similar to the much-criticized weapons of mass destruction reporting leading up to the Iraq War. Except, he said, people got hurt this time.
The NZ television porgrammer who has the balls to bring the one hour block of 'The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" to Late Night NZ television will be a very smart woman indeed.

Unusually O'Reilly wasn't even the most outrageous thing I've watched this week, that distinction goes to 'The Root of all evil' a two part polemic from Richard Dawkins about the supposed evils of Abrahamic religions in the world, at one point he compares Moses to Hitler and Saddam Hussein. Dawkins does make a strong if rather arrogant argument for reason over faith, however while he goes around the world on a crusade to disprove the monothestic faiths he never actually offers evidence and proof that a god doesn't exist.

Actually, I was wrong about the Dawkins show being the most outrageous show, a rebuttal to 'The Root of all Evil' 'Dark Enlightenment' fronted by the seemingly insane Michael Burleigh argues that the Enlightenment was in fact a bad thing for humanity and that amongest other things the Nazi genocide inflicted on the Jewish peoples was caused by an absence of faith. As opposed to say centuries of Vatican endorsed Christian persercution of the Jewish people based on warped interpretations of the Bible.

After watching the Dawkins rants I was a little skeptical of his overwhelming self-assuredness about his faith in 'reason' but after seeing a supposedly renowned historian claiming the past two centuries of human progress are bad for humanity - Dawkins' arguments seem entirely reasonable, even moderate.

Considering TV3's C4 is apprehensive about screening an episode of South Park featuring a statue of the Virgin Mary with an anal bleed for fear of offending the Cathoclic Church, I wonder how the Church would feel about "The Root of All Evil' being shown here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

2006 - Year of the Dog

Well, it's time to emerge from my summer coma, just three days away from my official end of the summer holidays - The Big Day Out - which from the lineup looks like the weakest Big Day Out ever, but I've got free tickets so I can't complain.

I've always maintained that an outright ban should be imposed on local news during the holiday season, and this summer has not changed my mind.

There's Auckland City soldifying it's position as NZ's well-off yet deeply stupid step-sister with the "Oh My God, they're gonna put NATIVE trees in our shitty main street (PC Gone Mad, ya know)" campaign, which has spawned an extraordinary council meeting resulting in 'saving' three gaunt trees from the chop.

Congratulations Auckland, now if you take that passion for protecting upstanding immigrant trees from the filthy Native (read Maori) trees and redirect it into trying to fix the city's problems with traffic, housing, town planning, infastructure and lack of community spirit then perhaps Auckland City would no longer be such a strong challenger to Wanaganui for 'most fucked up city in New Zealand'

Then there's Statistics NZ bucking the tradition of asking fact-based questions with the creation of "New Zealander/Kiwi" as an 'ethnic group' in the 2006 census, so that when I fill out the census form on behalf of my pet dog (a Cook Islander/Samoan/Irish/Australian/Maori/Pakeha who's a smoker and earns 50k a year) I will now have one more box to tick.

The thing that really annoys me is that this is the same Statistics NZ that refused to recognise 'jedi' as a actual religion in 2001 despite over 50,000 persons submitting it as their faith of choice. It was the third most popular faith after Christianity and 'No religion' in 2001 but it was not categorised as jedi was considered "response deemed outside the scope of recognised religions", yet Statistics NZ still recognises Scientology as an legitimate religion.

Still, long time talker, first time writer, Kerre Woodham sums up the feeling of Pakeha, erm... "Kiwi" New Zealanders,
The decision by people to call themselves "New Zealanders", and the decision to allow them to do so, may not be anthropologically accurate. But it's a step towards building a nation that's proud of its heritage and positive about its future.
Exactly! Who are anthropologists to say what is and isn't an ethnic group. I put my trust in callers to Newstalk ZB. It's not as if it's a ethnic group is something that can be defined.
As always with 'racial issues' it is those who do not feel a strong attachment to any particular ethnic group leading the charge to force everyone else to join them as 'one nation' (together under Dagg)

On the subject of mediocre Herald on Sunday columists Deborah Coddington has been on a tear lately, it seems she's trying to carve out a niche as the antipodean Ann Coulter, the bitterness and resentment in her Herald on Sunday rants are approaching legendary status, and yet another reason to fork out $3 a day to APN for it's premium content (or use the search function). This week Deb's ire was set upon the evil blog world, which is so irrelevant, powerless and spiteful that Coddington devoted an entire column of vitirol to it.
Still, thanks to Deborah, at least we now know the truth that Jordan Carter is indeed a souless robot. No wonder Farrar and Blumsky got such a drubbing in Wellington Central when they were up against a humanoid who needs not sleep.