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nzkiwi

Member Since: October 11, 2010

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  • [4] July 5, 2015 at 5:28am

    Speaking of mutants, Slayer, I’ve often wondered why Miss Universe is always won by somebody from Earth.

    There’s something fishy going on…

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  • [7] July 3, 2015 at 12:20pm

    Words can’t express the contempt I have for Mr Thompson…

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  • [10] July 3, 2015 at 12:18pm

    It’s already getting worse. Apparently Spain and Italy are making noises about their own debt levels becoming unsustainable. Their combined debt is so high that Europe and the IMF won’t be able to help them.

    Pick a good man whose strength is economic management in 2016, guys. The world is going to need him.

    And no, I don’t mean Mr Trump. He’s there for comic relief…

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  • [3] July 3, 2015 at 12:05pm

    OK, but the fact is, Soy, if a people won’t do it for themselves, it will be done for them – as Greece is in the process of discovering…

  • [66] July 3, 2015 at 11:57am

    So did I, Rob.

    I remember the opening lyrics which went something like:

    Just good ole boys
    Never doing no harm…

    Well, they were very wrong about that according to some people. People who are terrified of being labelled “racist” are being manipulated by someone who is looking at his TV and giggling to himself about how easy it all was…

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  • [5] July 3, 2015 at 11:49am

    I didn’t see the video you mention, but I guess it depends on the attitude a person is displaying at the time.

    Konundrum kindly supplied this link:
    http://nccriminallaw.sog.unc.edu/going-armed-to-the-terror-of-the-people/

  • [14] July 3, 2015 at 11:45am

    Thanks Konundrum. And I agree with you. The law seems to have been misapplied.

  • [9] July 3, 2015 at 11:26am

    I think Scott Walker should be carefully considered. He is tough-minded and pays attention to the economy.

    The problems in Europe, and particularly Greece, may well expand and detrimentally affect America because of the high debt level. There could easily be another depression coming and all nations will need to stop printing money and hammer a nail through the chequebook into the desk.

    If America doesn’t pick a guy who can get the debt under control, we little guys are in for a world of hurt no matter where we live…

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  • [27] July 3, 2015 at 11:14am

    I used to play in a WW2 armoured car when I was a boy. I don’t know what type it was, but it was a sort of small tank on wheels but the turret had been removed. Endless hours of make-believe with my cousin.

    I’d rather like to own a tank. I don’t know why…

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  • [85] July 3, 2015 at 10:59am

    I’ve checked and NC actually does have such a law, but it seems to be for “brandishing”, which is then considered on the basis of a reasonable person’s reaction (I can’t find the actual statute; this is based on a forum discussion about another OC topic). NC is an open-carry state, hence the distinction.

    This whole thing seems damned silly…

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  • [127] July 3, 2015 at 10:38am

    It’s certainly a weird law, Politicians, and a strange reaction.

    I remember when I lived in Switzerland in the early 80s. Soldiers often used public trains to get to where they were supposed to be and it wasn’t unusual to see a fully armed soldier on the train.

    Once a Swiss friend of mine was going overseas and needed somewhere to put his weapons temporarily as he was also relinquishing his apartment. I was in possession of several weapons for a couple of months – including a light machinegun. No-one thought this was particularly noteworthy.

    Perhaps some Americans are becoming over-sensitised because of recent shootings, and that’s understandable, but actually charging a soldier with “going armed to the terror of the public” seems downright silly.

    Also, I’ve seen numerous videos of individuals carrying ARs in public. Typically, the police talk to them and when they’re satisfied that all is well. everyone goes on their way.

    Perhaps someone was seeking a crisis to not waste…

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  • [2] July 3, 2015 at 5:28am

    That they did, Smokey. Over here the operators chum the water in order not to disappoint the punters. I imagine it’s the same in South Africa…

  • [7] July 3, 2015 at 5:21am

    Just one question, Mom (or anybody): Are these people elected or are they appointed?

    If they’re elected, they seem to be placing their positions in some jeopardy…

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  • [89] July 3, 2015 at 5:11am

    I absolutely agree. I stay with my daughters in the surgery when we go to the dentist. It’s not because I’m worried about the procedure, it’s so that I can give comfort to them in the event of a filling – which has proven unnecessary so far (touch wood).

    Also, I like to know about the state of their dental health. The dentists that we’ve been to so far have all welcomed my presence…

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  • July 3, 2015 at 4:59am

    I should add that, because of the licence, there is no waiting period here. If one buys a gun, one walks out of the shop with it. And there is no gun registry. The legal age is 16 years old.

    Villains do get shot from time to time, but it’s pretty rare.

    So, there are plusses and minuses…

  • July 3, 2015 at 4:48am

    Lol. The comments on this story were a lot of fun to read.

    Just to clear a couple of things up…

    Troonorth is right. “Butts” is slang for cigarettes. Another slang word for cigarettes which Americans find a bit disconcerting is “f ags”, as in “a packet of f ags”. Since American culture has drifted into our country via popular movies etc, this has become less common – especially among young people. I’ve no idea how we arrived at this slang word, but it’s been used for generations and has no relationship to gays. Perhaps it has something to do with lethargy as the slang for being tired is being a bit “f agged”.

    Also, guns are as freely available in NZ as they are in the US, and lots of Kiwis own guns. However, we don’t, as a general rule, shoot a hole in every face that appears in the window.

    On the other hand, handguns are rare in NZ. They aren’t illegal but the conditions placed on owners are quite onerous and few Kiwis see the need to own one.

    We have to have a gun licence here but that is just to show that one has passed a simple gun safety course and, frankly, I’m in favour of it – although I perfectly understand the philosophical objection that most Americans have about this.

    The odd thing is; I didn’t hear about this until I saw it on the Blaze. Funny old world, isn’t it…

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  • [9] July 1, 2015 at 5:48am

    It’s becoming a tangled web indeed, MK.

    And you’d think that the Secretary of State would at least get the name right. It’s not Sheikha Moser but Sheikha Mozah. Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned is the second wife of the immediately former Emir of Qatar.

    How hard would it be to get that right? Especially when the US went to war against Syria partly on Qatar’s behalf…

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  • [5] July 1, 2015 at 5:18am

    Excellent work, MK. I think you’ve laid the secret bare. Well done!

  • [7] July 1, 2015 at 5:08am

    That thought struck me as soon as I read it also, East.

    It makes one wonder who was really in charge and, particularly, it brings into question the effectiveness of the supposed leader. Since when does a subordinate issue an instruction to her boss like that, and since when does the boss demurely accept it?

    Will future subordinates continue to issue instructions to Mrs Clinton if she becomes the leader of the free world? It seems that some of her past subordinates have held the former Secretary of State ever so slightly in contempt…

  • [15] July 1, 2015 at 4:49am

    I couldn’t agree more, KMA.

    I don’t think that Mr Trump would make the best president, but what he said was 100% correct. And, as you say, it’s heartening to see someone who won’t sidle away tail-tucked and whimpering when someone flings the racist card at him.

    I expect that Mr Trump will prevail, and when he does my applause will be as loud as everybody else’s…

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