The leftward and other blatherings of Span (now with Snaps!)

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

someone missed a great opportunity to use the phrase "mickey mouse" in a media statement

pity the showings at both the Auckland and Wellington film festivals are sold out, will just have to wait until the end of the month, sigh.

even if Moore's journalism is sometimes sloppy, it won't undermine the fact that some pretty weird stuff happened around September 11th - behaviour that you wouldn't expect from a Government under seige (eg picking up Osama Bin Laden's family by plane when all other air travel was grounded).

while I'm no big fan of the Democrats, and would prefer the Greens, it is just so important, not just for the USA, but for the world, that Bush goes.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

where are all the women?

theme music: it's raining men

wombling around the nz political blogs it has really struck me, the strong lack of women on here. there's stef, but she's in korea atm, and i've not really found anyone else who isn't a journalist or politician, in other words no other amateurs.

if anyone knows of a site i've missed please tell me.

Friday, June 25, 2004

irrelevant knee-jerk reaction from jerk-offs

theme music: you can't always get what you want

apparently the CUB is the same as the Prostitution Reform Bill (forgive me if i have the title wrong) because a prostitute on television used the sentence "love doesn't discriminate and neither should the law", which happens to be used in media statements by many of the supporters of the CUB.

first prize for totally tenuous link of the month definitely goes to SPCS.

and they seem really really upset about it - so many exclamation marks !!

surely one of the main "Community Standards" that the Society would want to uphold is monogamy, which the CUB promotes. Plus they should be grateful that the Govt isn't just changing the Marriage Act and including same-sex relationships in that - then their marriages would be exactly the same as all the people they loathe, heh heh.

seems to me that the world hasn't ended since the Law Reform in the 80s, and it won't end now if the CUB passes. Unless of course it DID end, but none of them were part of the Chosen and are in fact part of the Remnant like the rest of us. That would really get their goats.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

phew, first hurdle jumped with a bit of room to spare

theme music: i will survive

unfortunately i missed listening to the actual vote because somebody (yes you!) talked over the radio, so it was a somewhat nervous 30 minutes of waiting until National Radio told me. Sixty six votes to fifty is good, but it will be hard to retain that majority as the campaign heats up and the pressure goes on.

As Just Left has pointed out, those Labour MPs who voted against it should be ashamed, they are voting against clear party policy. While I do realise that caucus policy and party policy are different things in Labour, policy that is campaigned on at the election is both, and should be upheld by both. Let's hope they come to their senses, as they have a chance to redeem themselves down the track.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

something fishy

theme music: that ditty from Jaws

Well Mr Peters may or may not be in trouble now. Either way there will be lawsuits flying and interesting times ahead.

I wonder if this will distract the media from more worthwhile political stories for a while - they get into such a feeding frenzy over this kind of thing that other stuff, eg Brash's forthcoming Orewa II, the by-election, etc, may not get the look-in it deserves.

In other political matters, you know something is objectively wrong with legislation when my father and I are both opposed. I'm talking about the new Charities Bill. For possibly the first time since I worked out that the Tour was a pretty bad thing (about age 8) I agree with my Dad on a matter of politics - it's going to be hell on wheels for charities, especially the small ones, to conform with the new legislation, even without bringing any ideological opposition in to the argument. Pity it's getting zilch attention.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Not the greatest song in the world

Well, it's so nice to know that. Maybe if someone else (ie you) suggested some other songs it would be nicer though, grrrr.

Current status: light simmer

Anyway, on to more interesting things, ie politics:

Some doofus put a nasty sig post on the CUB petition today, and my heart sank. Mind you it has taken well over 1300 sigs to get to this point, but it's annoying.

If you don't agree with a petition you should just not sign it, not sign it and insist on asking at the same time that your signature not be counted. how juvenile.

Monday, June 21, 2004

A new internet addiction.

This can't be good for my work ethic. Or rather my television watching ethic.