Open Forum – Sunday

4 February 2018


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  1. lurcher1948

     /  February 4, 2018

    A bad start to a day…

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 4, 2018

    Is anyone else tired of the Larry Nassar trial and case being on our news night after night, when I suspect that most of us had never heard of him or the accusers ? I have no time for dirty old men, but this dirty old man is hardly of such great interest to NZ that our news needs to cover the case in such detail and show the trial .

    • 2Tru

       /  February 4, 2018

      Yes I saw it again last night (again??? – I thought he had already been sentenced). But I did enjoy the shots of the guy who dived over to try and give him a clout.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  February 4, 2018

      Haven’t seen the news on TeeVee for such a long time … and now I know why.
      I have read a little on this creep and that was enuff for me.
      Just went to Al Jazeera to see the father try to give him a slap up,
      but it will not up-load, even my computer doesn’t want to know.

      But I have to say the more these creeps are reported the more they are brought before the courts, the more sports and children orientated organisations are accountable with transparency, will mean maybe that less children will be fooled/seduced by creeps.

      Maybe parents will ask a few more hard questions as to the suitability of people
      who pretend to care/tutor their children.
      I do notice tho that in photos I have seen, the creep looks like a sooky lala now,
      His is evil and there are many more just like him.
      May his loong stay in jail play some part in the healing, for all these children.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 4, 2018

        I really can’t see what all this is achieving except to make men even more afraid of being accused if they go anywhere near a child. It’s bad enough now.

        I can’t see the need to show it in such detail when most of us had no idea who he was.

        And I have huge reservations about trials being shown on television as if they were courtroom dramas.

  3. PartisanZ

     /  February 4, 2018

    Once upon a time, I suppose, earlier in his life, this ‘pensioner’ might have been provided with some help and rehabilitation …?

    ‘Transient Tauranga man jailed for the 129th time’ – NZHerald

    • 2Tru

       /  February 4, 2018

      He probably feels comfortable in prison. Warm bed, 3 meals plus a day and TV nights. He would also be going back to a community he knows. Better than being on the streets. Way past the time for rehabilitation. Notice that it is all small time repeat offending?

      • Blazer

         /  February 4, 2018

        inclined to agree with ..2tru.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  February 4, 2018

          There’s a story in one of Henry Cecil’s books about an old lag who’s up before a judge and is given let’s say, three months. ‘Three months ! I thought I’d get six !’ ‘Be quiet, or I won’t send you to prison at all.’

  4. lurcher1948

     /  February 4, 2018

    I ran my eyes over the posts on David Farrar’s MASON CLINIC GD today and wonder if anyone moderates what rubbish is posted there,YOU HAVE HATERS for everything with no moderation for swearing, racism and share bloody nastiness, If it isn’t our PMs shoes and teeth and her baby its Jews,Muslims or anything the poor sods in the clinic want to post abuse on
    DAVID FARRARs general debate?????WTF blog is turning to crap and PG your blog has dignity, ,a sample follows…
    “By bringing in more Muslim immigrants.

    Why again?.

    The answer is quite simple.
    Ardern desperately wants her ‘Dream Job’ at the United Nations.
    And she is prepared to sacrifice innocent New Zealand lives to get there.
    *Think about that next time you see this repugnant Woman and her sleazebucket partner smirking at you from the cover of a Woman’s magazine…

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    POST prior till he was given his medication

  5. lurcher1948

     /  February 4, 2018

    PREMEDICATION personal insults flow freely, could be describing the host??just thinking
    Gee i just got back from shopping.
    People do not need to go to Kaikoura any more.

    There are plenty of female whales walking round our shopping centres. It really is disgusting.

    And lots of middle aged white guys with bug tummy’s sticking out, and they seem proud of out.

    People need to eat less, and have some pride in their appearance.

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    • Corky

       /  February 4, 2018

      If you are working for Jenny Graig, Lurchy, please disclose that to this blog so we know you have a vested interest in mind los..sorry, weight loss.

  6. Corky

     /  February 4, 2018

    They say the calibre of police recruit has been poor over the last few years, supposedly to accommodate PC and women. Here’s the proof.

  7. Corky

     /  February 4, 2018

    Gezza has asked… who’s “they?” Talkback, ex police officers, retiring police officers, me and anyone with eyes who can see how physically unimpressive modern police are.

    ps – also John Banks.

  8. Gezza

     /  February 4, 2018

    Corky has said John Banks is as physically unimpressive as he thinks modern police police are.

    I certainly wasn’t expecting that.

    John’s getting on a bit now Corky.

    • Blazer

       /  February 4, 2018

      Banks could throw a good punch when he played…league.