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Hard News: Smack to the Future

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  • stephen walker,

    nice comment, James.
    maybe the best yet, not taking anything away from Mr. Parks, et al.
    but, i do not see why Occam's razor would suggest the loaded question is not a deliberate ploy. also, you say "PR masterstroke", i say "Propaganda wins hand down, assisted by tabloidised media".

    why wasn't it called the "on a hiding to nothing referendum"?

    ;-)

    nagano • Since Nov 2006 • 645 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    Hugs for Sue Bradfrod.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    Edit button coming soon?

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    And more amusingly still, our old friend Redbaiter thinks the death threats against Sue Bradford are a false flag plot by the Far Left.

    Use your imagination to complete the following sentence: Old --------s never die, they just deny.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    And more amusingly still, our old friend Redbaiter thinks the death threats against Sue Bradford are a false flag plot by the Far Left.

    *sigh* Lay out the troll bait, and they will come. With all due disrespect to both The Standard and DPF, perhaps they both need to put down the stones and start cleaning the shit-smeared windows in their own glasshouses.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    perhaps they both need to put down the stones and start cleaning the shit-smeared windows in their own glasshouses.

    Aw, fuck it -- remove the "perhaps", please.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Think I'm going to regret posting this...

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    Think I'm going to regret posting this...

    Heh, your wonderful KB reputation will be ruined! :>

    You're totally right of course - the term "Kiwiblog Right" quite rightly applies to the community that has congealed over there. It might not apply to the owner of the website, but it's fair to attribute a certain flavour of discourse to the hivemind that has sprung up around it. Of course the same applies to the "Standard Left" who attributed unspoken thoughts as well. I can't think of the PA term that should apply here but that would make for a fun competition methinks.

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

  • Lyndon Hood,

    Re the motivations for the wording of the question there are a coupla things to bear in mind

    - they started the petition before the law was finalised

    - the number of signatures you need to collect to trigger a referendum which is preposterously large. It's likely a sensible, unloaded question will never achieve this.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Heh, your wonderful KB reputation will be ruined!

    Like my virginity, that was put out of my misery a looong time ago. :) But seriously, the shit Sue Bradford has been subjected to is (to state the bleeding obvious) totally out of line and sickening enough without being jacked into the latest round of the never-ending KB-Standard pissing match.

    To be honest, I think every MP (or more precisely their long-suffering staff) just accept wingnuts as part of the job -- most of their correspondence goes straight in the bin, and only the worse get passed on to Parliamentary Services and/or The Police (who quite sensibly take a default 'first rule of Fight Club' position on this.) Can't say disposing of a faeces-smeared tampon was the highlight of my brief civil service career. :)

    At the risk of sounding like a total arse-kisser, I think PAS is a pretty safe and civil corner of teh interwebz because Russell made his expectations crystal clear from the start and enforced them. (That doesn't have to be heavy-handed to be effective.) Don't want to presume to speak for RB here, but I think he's also very sensitive to the fact that it's his name over the door, and if PA degenerates into a free-range troll farm its his reputation -- and ability to earn a living -- that suffers.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I can't think of the PA term that should apply here but that would make for a fun competition methinks.

    Bryan Spondre seems to have us nailed in his latest new blog (this one is run by Cameron Slater):

    Thanks for your comments gentlemen. I view blogging as a conversation not the 'word of god' style used by blogs like Public Address.

    I really don't know what his beef is, but it isn't the first time he's said this sort of thing. It seems a bit rich for a guy yet to break single figures for comments ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    Really dumb question coming up:

    Who’s Bryan Spondre?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    [T]he 'word of god' style used by blogs like Public Address

    ¿Que?
    Much like this my first first response came easily to mind.

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I can't think of the PA term that should apply here but that would make for a fun competition methinks.

    Trollbadism?

    Bryan Spondre seems to have us nailed in his latest new blog (this one is run by Cameron Slater)

    I see that being a brief and unhappy marriage, because I see Spondre getting a whale oily facial the instant he posts something remotely reasonable. Cameron can make the Randi Krishnas at their most sectarian look downright comatose.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Trollbadism?

    With a soundtrack by the fabulous Scissor Sisters, naturally...

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    I first encountered Spondre via comments on Lance Wiggs' blog and I can't say I was impressed then, or now.

    I think he has a stick up his arse about something, but it's hard to tell exactly what.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    Bryan Spondre seems to have us nailed in his latest new blog

    Did he just call God a pinko? Fundy's ain't going to like thaaaaat...

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

  • Sam F,

    I think he has a stick up his arse about something, but it's hard to tell exactly what.

    The same sort of stick that's been irritating Whale for the last few years, I expect. (Obviously not two ends of the same stick though, normal right-wing people don't do that sort of crap.)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1611 posts Report Reply

  • ScottY,

    Spondre is something of a serial blogger/poster in the blogosphere. He pops up everywhere.

    He's also been banned from a number of blogs, and was recently booted off as a poster on right wing blogsite No Minister

    He seems to be adept at making enemies. Although he did recently "out" Redbaiter on Kiwiblog (I can't for some reason find the link - will try later), so give the man some credit.

    West • Since Feb 2009 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Russell made his expectations crystal clear from the start

    Can anyone please link to those. Curious.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    If you go back into the dim dark days of November 2006, you will find the launch of PAS.

    Announcing: Public Address System

    Check the paragraph under this heading: The Public Address Café and Forum

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    Also, che was "first!" (click on the discussion button to see the evidence)

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    And on the first page, someone asks for... an edit button! Heh.

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

  • Hadyn Green,

    And on the first page, someone asks for... an edit button! Heh.

    And the reply is that it's "in the works" :)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

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