Daily Review 04/12/2017

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This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

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43 comments on “Daily Review 04/12/2017”

  1. joe90 1

    Art Buchwald, July 1973.

    These are difficult times for people who are defending the Nixon administration. No matter where they go they are attacked by pseudo-liberals, McGovern lovers, heterosexual constitutionalists and paranoid John Dean believers.

    As a public service, I am printing instant responses for loyal Nixonites when they are attacked at a party. Please cut it out and carry it in your pocket.

    1. Everyone does it.

    2. What about Chappaquiddick?

    […]

    32. What about Chappaquiddick?

    33. I think the people who make all this fuss about Watergate should be shot.

    34. If the Democrats had the money they would have done the same thing.

    35. I never did trust Haldeman and Ehrlichman.

    36. If you say one more word about Watergate I’ll punch you in the nose.

    A. If the person is bigger than you: “If you say one more word about Watergate I’m leaving this house.”

    B. If it’s your own house and the person is bigger than you: “What about Chappaquiddick?”

    http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/syndicated-columnists/article187662578.html

    • greywarshark 1.1

      Art Buchwald – what a guy.

      “You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it.”
      — Art Buchwald

      “If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it.”
      — Art Buchwald

      “And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: “Look at this Godawful mess.”
      — Art Buchwald
      https://www.inspiringquotes.us/author/4976-art-buchwald

  2. halfcrown 2

    I see according to the news on Prime and now TV1 we are in a middle of a drought. Napier being the worse affected area. I take it then all the water bottling companies have shut down.

  3. halfcrown 3

    I also see today Trump has passed his new tax laws reducing the corporate tax to 20%.
    I find that ironic as a lot of the corporates like Apple Amazon don’t pay any tax.
    So I take it then they now have to pay only 20% of the tax they don’t pay.

    • BM 3.1

      https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/11/01/so-how-much-tax-did-apple-pay/#32fee3c715a2

      Expect to see money flood into America as everyone buys greenbacks.

      The outlook for the NZ Dollar not good which means disgruntled voters as costs go through the roof.

      • Graeme 3.1.1

        But since most of the money our country earns from the things we produce, and inbound tourism, is denominated in USD, we also get a very healthy rise in income.

        So while imported items may be more expensive, they may also be more affordable since there is more money being earned by producers.

      • Zorb6 3.1.2

        Why would money flood back into America.?America has had trillions of Q.E and dispersed it to the favoured few since 2008.What do you mean about the outlook for the NZ$?.Ex P.M and foreign exchange guru Key said around 65-66c U.S was the right rate for the NZ economy.As you know exchange rates are a double edged sword .

      • spikeyboy 3.1.3

        If that happens there will be some very digruntled corporates who make most of their money offshore. So probably not such a big rush of money back to the US…

      • Ed 3.1.4

        You are disgruntled most days…
        If wealthy NZers like you are disgruntled by this government that tells me they’re on the right track.

  4. Chris 4

    I have read with interest on here the comments re some saying there is some kind of media agenda against the current govt.

    From among others Garner, Soper and newshub in general.

    It seems to pop up after Jacinda’s Monday AM slot etc

    I have to say it amuses me slightly reading this after the onslaught of first Jacindamania, then days of articles on her dead cat, then articles about young women politicians around the world striving to be like Jacinda.

    And now a ring on a different finger

    Now I know Jacinda has no say in what is written about her and the media print what sells, but I am beginning to feel slightly bemused when this apparent bias against her comes up

    • Carolyn_Nth 4.1

      Yet we had years of John Key’s cat, planking, dirty politics, avoiding serious media interviews, etc…. and years of the mainstream media failing to criticise anything much that he did…. a long, long honeymoon – 2 months after an election is not much of an MSM honeymoon.

  5. Rosemary McDonald 5

    Oh, happy day!!!!

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/345396/director-general-of-health-quits

    Please let this just be the beginning of the Misery of Health purge….

  6. Macro 6

    Just what effect the new Tax “Reforms” will have :
    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/2/16720952/senate-tax-bill-inequality
    Increasing inequality in an already hugely dysfunctional society is going to have serious consequences in the years ahead. Trump thinks the Democrats will pay for their refusal to “get behind” the Republicans, because he especially is going to benefit Very Bigly on this (even though he tries to tell the public otherwise). My pick is that in the years ahead the public – especially the workers who were foolish enough to vote for him – will punish him severely when they eventually realise just how he has robbed them.

    • joe90 6.1

      The great giveaway.

      Each bubble above represents the size of an automatic budget cut that could take place next year.

      The Statutory Pay-as-You-Go Act of 2010, or Paygo, is an Obama-era update of a rule first enacted under President George H.W. Bush. It requires that legislation that adds to the federal deficit be paid for with spending cuts, increases in revenue or other offsets.

      With the exception of Social Security, the post office and many income-based programs like unemployment benefits and food stamps, most mandatory spending programs — those automatically funded on a continuing basis, rather than appropriated year by year — are subject to Paygo. In 2018, for example, the law would claim $14 billion in various farm aid programs; $1.7 billion for Social Services block grants, which states use to help fund foster care, Meals on Wheels and other programs; and $69 million for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund.

      https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/29/upshot/paygo-medicare-cuts-tax-bill.html

  7. joe90 7

    And we support the Afghan government.
    /

    JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Meena got chickenpox, measles and the mumps in prison. She was born there, nursed there and weaned there. Now 11 years old, she has spent her entire life in prison and will probably spend the rest of her childhood there as well.

    The girl has never committed a crime, but her mother, Shirin Gul, is a convicted serial killer serving a life sentence, and under Afghan prison policy she can keep her daughter with her until she turns 18.

    Meena was even conceived in prison, and has never been out, not even for a brief visit. She has never seen a television set, she said, and has no idea what the world outside the walls looks like.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/03/world/asia/afghanistan-children-prison.html

  8. Grey Area 8

    Simon No Bridges on The Project tonight continuing the spin about a split in the coalition government over working for the dole. “Dramatic”, blah, ” train wreck”, blah “we thought it might take a while but its only taken four weeks” (or words to that effect) blah…

    Apart from the spin I didn’t think a kiwi politician could mangle the English language more than Key, but I was wrong.

  9. Whispering Kate 9

    I quite agree Grey Area the man has appalling diction and looks like a bootlegger, nothing professional about him at all, it amazes me he had a former career as a Crown Prosecutor – it must have lowered the tone of the court rooms he attended no end.

    • In Vino 9.1

      The guy has to be masquerading as a semi-literate in order for many of our voters to identify with him.
      Otherwise, it is impossible to contemplate how he ever graduated from any respectable university. (One of which apparently needs to be taken to task.)

    • Grey Area 9.2

      I don’t get it either Whispering Kate. It is a simple matter for anyone involved in public life where they need to communicate, courtroom lawyers and politicians among them, to take some elocution lessons. It just takes a bit of effort.

      I suspect Key never bothered as he came across as lazy and maybe Bridges is the same. Bridges seems to my ear to have a speech issue but his mangling seems to go beyond that.

      I know they want to come across as a kiwi bloke especially Key but even average kiwi blokes are allowed to pronounce words clearly without sounding like they went to an English public school.

  10. joe90 10

    Ya gonna have to click the link.

    Patriarchy's ultimate self-own pic.twitter.com/Jeg4BKUx4b— Victoria Smith (@glosswitch) December 3, 2017

    https://twitter.com/glosswitch/status/937246067531354112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  11. Pat 11

    preparing for American civil war 2.0

    “High-ranking Republicans are hinting that, after their tax overhaul, the party intends to look at cutting spending on welfare, entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and other parts of the social safety net. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said recently that he wants Republicans to focus in 2018 on reducing spending on government programs. Last month, President Trump said welfare reform will “take place right after taxes, very soon, very shortly after taxes.”

    http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2017/12/04/gordon-campbell-on-the-right-wings-fetish-for-tax-cuts/#more-4976

  12. Ed 12

    Brilliant video.

    The story of a rodent’s unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment.

    Directed and animated by Steve Cutts.

  13. Ed 13

    Rachel Stewart.

    ‘At the interface between cricket and air pollution lies some people who will suddenly realise the planet’s not doing so well..’

    https://t.co/LKsulgT2SL?amp=1

  14. greywarshark 14

    Another great USA humourist whose name I must refresh today.

    It’s been my policy to view the Internet not as an ‘information highway’, but as an electronic asylum filled with babbling loonies. Mike Royko
    Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/mike_royko_102381

    It’s much harder to be a liberal than a conservative. Why? Because it is easier to give someone the finger than a helping hand.
    Mike Royko
    http://www.azquotes.com/author/12724-Mike_Royko

    And on a wayward election:
    Later, when they sat down and went over the figures closely, they found an interesting pattern. Adamowski had received fifty-one percent of the votes, cast by white persons. But the enormous black vote had given Daley his victory. The people who were trapped in the ghetto slums and the nightmarish public housing projects, the people who had the worst school system and were most often degraded by the Police Department, the people who received the fewest campaign promises and who were ignored as part of the campaign trail, had given him his third term. They had done it quietly, asking for nothing in return. Exactly what they got.”
    ― Mike Royko, Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/31199.Mike_Royko

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