Open Forum – Saturday

15 July 2017

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34 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  July 15, 2017

    If I was an incoming Immigration Minister I would want to know who signed off on this case. Why they signed off on this case. And why they didn’t send this case to the previous minister with a plea he use his ministerial power of discretion so this family could have stayed. Then I would sack them.

    Pity this family weren’t black, child bashes, wife bashes, Muslim refugees without passports or gay state dependants. Doesn’t pay to be white and straight in our stuffed up world.

    https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2017/07/filthy-american-family-six-kicked-nz/#more-322418

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 15, 2017

      This is the stuff that happens when politicians and media play politics with immigration making rules demanded by fear-mongering that are then applied to everyone because targeting the real threats is too hard or too discriminatory.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  July 15, 2017

        They were only here on visas, not as residents.

        Plenty of people of all races have had to leave, including some whose children were born here.Their race is irrelevant.

        Gay state dependents ??? Like whom ???

        • Corky

           /  July 15, 2017

          Penca Rosado, a Argentinian national has cost the state over a million dollars after coming here under a false pretext to repair a botched sex change operation.

      • Corky

         /  July 15, 2017

        Agreed, Alan. Wet liberal drips need to understand this is the type of crap Winston is referring to when he talks of immigration issues..it’s not just about who comes into the country.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  July 15, 2017

          One person is too small a sample to prove anything. Labour let in wossname, the shady Chinese (?) man with several identities, but I don’t suppose that that is Labour immigration policy.

          Gay and transgender are not synonymous.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  July 15, 2017

    Id there addythig more demoralising thad beig stuck inside with a disgudding GODE on a lovely sunny day ? I thig nod. SNNNNFFFFFFF Bah, humbug !

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  July 15, 2017

    No, Ibe jud talking through by node and feeling both ill and self-piddying ad being stug inside whed id’s so lovely oudside. Id wasn’t so bad when the weather wasn’t the kide thad one doesn’t mde being inside and escaping from. I can’t even smell the daphne properly. Blah.

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  July 15, 2017

    I can’t remember if I shared the mouse deterrent properties of pepper-it seems to be working.No new mouse calling cards for ages. Just a few tiny ‘ahchoo ! ahchoo ! ahchoo !’ sounds from the airing cupboard. Fingers crossed that it will keep working.

    • Corky

       /  July 15, 2017

      My cousin, who is a prolific burglar, uses Cayenne pepper if he’s being pursued by a police dog. He drops it on the ground as he runs. The dogs take one wiff, lose all fight, and wants to go home. If you think I’m joking, try sniffing standardised 100,000 heat units of Natures-Way Cayenne Pepper. My cousin swears by it, both for health, and for saving his arse.

      • Conspiratoor

         /  July 15, 2017

        Ha de ha brother corks. Urban myth. Have you been hanging with zedd?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  July 15, 2017

          The black pepper sprinkled freely where the mice usually come in does seem to deter them. I don’t want to tempt fate by saying that it has got rid of them completely (touches wood)

          The fabric softener sheets-don’t try it. I did, and it stank the place out. It’s a horrible sickly smell, and I would rather risk the mice than have that stink in the house.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  July 15, 2017

            Cayenne does deter dogs, it seems, but ordinary pepper does too-I put some on the garden to stop Mother’s Angel Doggy digging a hole to China. He now comes in clean of paw and face.

            The burglar can’t be very successful if he’s always being chased.

            Wouldn’t police dogs be trained to resist such things ?

            • Corky

               /  July 15, 2017

              Yes , Police dogs are trained to resist pepper spray. From pups they have cayenne blown up their nose. Unfortunately it’s at a 40,000 heat unit rating, not 100,000HU.

              ”The burglar can’t be very successful if he’s always being chased.”

              Where did I say cuzzie was always being chased?

        • Corky

           /  July 15, 2017

          ”Ha de ha brother corks. Urban myth. Have you been hanging with zedd?”

          Its no myth, in fact I didn’t no there was a myth around Cayenne. My cousin informed me about it after my attempt to use Naphthalene moth balls ( now illegal in NZ) failed to deter cats. So I laid down cayenne and watched the cats scream while scratching their nostrils to obtain relief. Lasts for about 3 months, then the cats try their luck again, with the same result.

          My suggestion Conspirator is less P pipe, and more fresh air.

          http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/02/dog-owners-irate-after-finding-cayenne-pepper-dumped-on-neighbourhood-lawns/

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 15, 2017

      A good jumper, Lurch. Just back from throwing the ball down the hill for my kelpie, Gemma. Cold weather makes the plastic thrower stiffer so it’s easier to throw further. I can throw it right to the bottom through the trees so she has to find it. The little Sheltie just barks encouragingly When Gemma gets tired I hop back in the car to keep warm while stepdaughter feeds her horses.

    • lurcher1948

       /  July 15, 2017

      GREAT dog running track…
      Y8R

      • lurcher1948

         /  July 15, 2017

        Stuffed that up PG but i could run hard for this AGILITYtrack…

  5. patupaiarehe

     /  July 15, 2017

  6. Gezza

     /  July 15, 2017

    I spent the day in Levin today. Haven’t been up there for yonks & so it was the first time I drove the full length of the new 2-lane expressway section from Paekak to Te Horo. It’s a nice piece of civil egineering work, with its gentle curves & rises & falls, & the elevated route is actually very scenic, something I never really noticed before. And then I hit the rest of SH1😡

    And I thought, – thank goodness no one is filming me because, frankly, driving on this road, the way it still is, is a bloody embarrassment!

    • Corky

       /  July 15, 2017

      Did you pass through that ghastly intersection at Waikanae?

      • Gezza

         /  July 15, 2017

        Nope. Just flew past it.

        • Corky

           /  July 15, 2017

          Unfair, the express way was under construction the last time I went that way.

          • Gezza

             /  July 15, 2017

            It really smacks you in the eye when you get onto a decent stretch of four lane motorway just how 3rd world the rest of our main road artery North is.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 15, 2017

      Got to drive to Auckland tomorrow. Our bit of SH1 is surely worse, G. Aside from the final motorway into Auckland it is a single lane each way queue with a few passing lanes often closed for repair or simply because when the road is busy LTNZ don’t think we can merge at the end of them. LTNZ spend years and millions of dollars realigning bits without adding extra lanes and then add further injury by reducing the speed limit to 80 on the improved bit. Since the truck speed limit was cleverly set to 90 that becomes the de facto speed limit on the rest of the road anyway. Consequently on the say 240 km trip in a car engineered to do 220 km/h the avg speed achievable is less than 70. This is why overseas tourists inevitably arrive late and amazed at how long it took.

      • Gezza

         /  July 15, 2017

        You are sooo competitive, Alan. Yeah, I can identify with some of that. I noticed that even with a lengthy straight through motorway section it wasn’t any faster getting there, & there were quite a few 80 kmh zones. Luckily I was running early, 8 it was a beaut day, & I could be patient. I was up really early, it was a long day, & the eyelids were heavy on the way home a few times. I looked at the speedo at one point & it was reading 120. Decided it was probably best not to look at it again.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 15, 2017

          Sometimes I’m competitive, G. Especially if the alternative is boring.

          • Gezza

             /  July 15, 2017

            I wanted to get back home in good time Al. I usually stick to the 100 kmh limit around the Hutt & Porirua motorways because speedcams & they’re crowded. But the expressway had light traffic, I had no radio on, it was a nice day & I vould watch the road & enjoy the vista at the same time – & the shape of the expressway is visually interesting, so it was part of the vista. It was the first time I noticed that that engine was running sweet at 120. Plenty of extra energy available to take it up to 140 to overtake & drop back in. But when I finally did need to take it back down to 100 kmh, becoz traffic, at Pukerua Bay, I noticed the engine labours at 100.

  7. Corky

     /  July 15, 2017

    We all have bands and musicians whom we think are unrated or given a bum rap. Here’s one who in my opinion were erroneously classed as light rock much of the time. They were way more then that for anyone knowing music composition.

    • Gezza

       /  July 15, 2017

      Really enjoyed that. Listening on the iPad, so can’t really asses how much bottom end there is the distortion rhythm guitar, but I like the riffs it’s built around – & you’re right, I wouldn’t call that light rock. Liked the lead breaks. sound. Man I loved their iconic Taking Care Of Business. Ticked all the boxes for me. Played regularly on the radio for about two years. Haven’t heard much else of their stuff.