Friday, January 17, 2014

Summer political shorts

There are always things I run across that I’d like to comment on, but most of them aren’t big issues or, at least, not big enough for a whole blog post. So, why not a post combining some of those little topics? Here, then, are some short political items.

Smacking sense into Colin

While Colin Craig may not be crazy, he’s also not very astute, shall we say. No less than the conservative New Zealand Herald smacked him down, so to speak, over his obsession with the now-settled anti-smacking law. “He needs to do better than smacking to earn much respect,” the Herald said. Turns out, Colin’s, um, "facts" were stuff he made up, and making up stuff also won’t earn him any respect. Personally, I think that, “I was smacked as a child, and that's not OK” is one of the best responses to Colin’s latest er, um—what’s a nice way of putting this?—imbecility.

Chill in the air

Speaking of rightwing morons—who Colin agrees with, actually—some climate change deniers are costing New Zealand taxpayers at least $89,000 after losing their seemingly frivolous lawsuit (my honestly held opinion, btw) against the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). The deniers were ordered to pay NIWA’s court costs, they didn’t, and NIWA pursued liquidation. Surprise! There’s no money in the trust. But trust rightwingers to get on their high horse and leave the taxpayer to clean up the poo.

I couldn’t possibly comment

Speaking of poo, I already said everything I want to (http://amerinz.blogspot.com/2013/12/duck-smells.html) about the duck crap in the USA, so I present without further comment: “Duck down! 'Duck Dynasty' returns to lower ratings after controversy”. Okay, one thing I’ll add: Apparently the commitment of the bigoted Stupidity Brigade in the USA is miles wide but only a fraction of an inch deep.

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Those are just three things that I spotted recently, had a thought about, and decided to share this way. I should do that more often, really. Time was, I’d share these sorts of things on Facebook, but I stopped posting political things there, and even when I do (rarely) share something political, I won’t comment on it there. Good thing I have a blog—that’s it’s for, really.


rogerogreen said...

No comment on this, except that "freedom" is a funny word: too: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/16/1270176/-Arizona-Republicans-introduce-bill-protecting-freedom-to-discriminate-against-LGBT-Americans

rogerogreen said...

Or definitely NOT commenting on this: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/16/1269891/-Virginia-ultra-conservative-Dick-Black-running-for-Congress

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

Well, you're in luck, then, because I will be commenting.