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Meanwhile, in the provinces

Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, April 13th, 2010 - 46 comments
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The biggest story of the day according to Stuff comes from the Taranaki Daily News:

Cruel taggers deface old goat

I love that headline. I think it’s the fact that they’ve emphasised that the goat is old to make it a more pitiful character.

Or maybe it’s how the headline paints a picture of an almost elemental conflict between the forces of evil as represented by taggers and the forces of decency as represented by an old goat.

I’m not sure what’s ‘cruel’ about spray painting the goat though. I mean, it’s not cool but I doubt it notices some paint on its fur. It probably does notice being chained up all day long though.

Also, if they’re so worried about the goat’s feelings about its appearance maybe they shouldn’t be describing is as ‘defaced’ as if it’s some inanimate piece of property.

If only it could have put on a frowny face for the camera.

46 comments on “Meanwhile, in the provinces ”

  1. Lew 1

    Admit it, this was just a pretext to use Robinsod’s “goat issues” tag.

    L

  2. hmmmmmmm 2

    I thought someone had tagged Roger Douglas … oh well.

  3. That goat really does have a striking similarity to Garth George.

    Check out here if you do not believe me!

  4. PK 4

    ***Or maybe it’s how the headline paints a picture of an almost elemental conflict between the forces of evil as represented by taggers and the forces of decency as represented by an old goat.***

    Well, it does emphasise that taggers are basically bullies who know others can’t fight back.

    • Lew 4.1

      I take it from this remark that you’ve never had to deal with an old billy goat. They’re tough and mean and cantankerous. Like Garth George!

      L

    • Lanthanide 4.2

      “Well, it does emphasise that taggers are basically bullies who know others can’t fight back.”

      From the article:
      “Geordie, who lost one of his horns many years ago to a gate, did not like the media. He chased one reporter and lunged at two photographers.”

  5. rocky 5

    Very nice post 🙂 Especially:

    Also, if they’re so worried about the goat’s feelings about its appearance maybe they shouldn’t be describing is as ‘defaced’ as if it’s some inanimate piece of property.

  6. BLiP 6

    Given that its the “Naki, the goat got off lightly.

  7. peter 7

    At least the poor old goat didn’t suffer the same indignity as the Donkey in Christchurch.

  8. Bright Red 8

    is that a boom mike on the left of the image behind the goat?

    Exclusive interview on Campbell Live?

  9. tc 9

    Bugger I was hoping it would be one M Laws who behaves like an old goat and could probably be chained up for his own good…..that slow news week just keeps on rolling.

  10. ianmac 10

    Wasn’t there a reference to John Carter allegedly saying he should tip that old goat out of his wheel chair? Ref “John Carter Sleeper for the Left.”

  11. RedLogix 11

    I’m wanting know if “FTP” is something to do with File Transfer Protocol… or an anti-police statement?

  12. Julie 12

    “it paints a picture of an almost elemental conflict between the forces of evil as represented by taggers and the forces of decency as represented by an old goat.”

    Thanks for the afternoon LOL Eddie 🙂

  13. deemac 13

    good to see the goat attacked the media – obviously a good judge of character

  14. Ms X 14

    .. and gets the voters’ minds nicely off the worrying politics of the day?

    Maybe the goat genuinely doesn’t like pigs?

  15. Not such a lol / haha when you hear on NatRad this afternoon the reasons why Harambe Park in Marlborough have decided to sell some of their bison on Trademe: all to do do with people sobotaging gates and taking rifles and hunting bows with them as they do nighttime drive-bys with spotlights. What sort of demi-wits are we producing in this country?

  16. Draco T Bastard 17

    If only it could have put on a frowny face for the camera.

    Actually, from what I saw on the news just now, the goat seemed to be happy to be getting the extra attention.

  17. Fisiani 18

    FTP is a common sectarian chant by bigoted Orange Unionists in Northern Ireland and Glasgow. The last word is Pope.
    Hunt Taranaki for a sectarian Ulsterman who hates Catholics or a Weegie wearing a Glasgow Rangers top.

    • Draco T Bastard 18.1

      Or it could be that the last word is, as the TV news explained, “Police” which pretty much opens it up to anyone between the approximate ages of 15 and 25.

  18. B 19

    lmao what a classic post. I agree the goat seems to like the attention -check out his seductive pose for the camera. Very Garth esp the sultry stare…check it out http://hot-topic.co.nz/is-garth-george-capable-of-original-thought/

  19. Graffitti/Tagging crews are fond of TLA’s (three letter abbreviations) to promote their identity to the initiated….eg SUK (stick up kids) TMD (the most dedicated) DTR (destined to rule) so im pickin FTP is a local crew OFF (out for fame).

  20. bearhunternz@gmail.com 21

    Can’t believe there’s a post about an “old goat” and no one has mentioned Winston Peters yet.

    And Fisiani: The reason F*** the Pope is such a popular graffito in Ulster is because they can’t afford enough paint to spray “F*** the Moderator of the Assembly of Presbyterian Churches of Northern Ireland.”

  21. prism 22

    thanks pollywog – the acronyms flow and personally I need a hand to keep my chin up above the tide so I can dogpaddle to the side.

  22. uke 23

    Yeah, it’s heaps more cruel to tag a goat than, er, “dispatch” thousands of animals every single day at those humane “freezing works”. Way way more humiliating, shaming and just not very fair. Definitely if I was a goat, I’d rather have a steel bolt through my head or be safely tucked away in a sow crate or something.

  23. TightyRighty 24

    I’m sure that i am mistaking, but is someone deleting comments? seems awfully red alertish to me if you are, though i’ve said much worse and been allowed to play, so it must be the system.

    here it is again.

    one rule for whales, and another for goats. the inconsistincies of the left are…. i forgot… i’m going with……..affecting it’s credibility. to qoute Karl Du Fresne.

    • lprent 24.1

      Not as far as I’m aware. And I’d usually see them in the trash. There are an abnormal number of comments getting into spam, so it takes a while to get to them.

      The server is pretty overloaded at present so you might be getting comment save time outs or you’re refreshing before it finishes saving.

      Thankfully it is only a few more days…

      • TightyRighty 24.1.1

        I saw it here after i first posted it. i thought it strange though. i know there have been some issues so i’m not going down the conspiracy theory path. just thought i would mention it. i’m sure i didn’t spend so much of the weekend partying that it clouded my memory at the start of the week.

    • Bright Red 24.2

      no-one’s in the ‘pro-spraying goats’ category here, Tighty. Everyone’s just mocking the story.

      And why would they delete your comments? Don’t be paranoid.

      • TightyRighty 24.2.1

        really? from the comment in the post

        “Or maybe it’s how the headline paints a picture of an almost elemental conflict between the forces of evil as represented by taggers and the forces of decency as represented by an old goat”

        if you swapped taggers for japanese whalers, and old goat for whales, you would have a shriekfest of hypocritical proportions.

        there are better mocks at a rip off of madame tussauds

        • Pascal's bookie 24.2.1.1

          I think if the taggers were shooting exploding arrows in to the side of the goat, the tone of the post would be different.

          But that’s not how it was. Some kids tagged a goat, possibly the most hiphop of all the domesticated beasts. Now that goat is gangster and all the other goats are jealous. Though he lives on the wrong coast methinks. Goats, being for the most part ol’dirty bastards of the highest order, are most assuredly Wu Tang.

          • TightyRighty 24.2.1.1.1

            of course it would be PB. it would be different because somehow, in amongst the twisted set of values that is on offer here, it is ok to be inhuman to one animal, but not to another, based on what is inhumane in eddie’s eyes. nothing new there, just rank hypocrisy and a god complex.

    • Daveosaurus 24.3

      The comment you can’t find is here.

    • felix 24.4

      one rule for whales, and another for goats. the inconsistincies of the left are .

      Fuck you’re so right, tighty. And I bet some of those dumb lefties thought goats and whales were different. And that painting something is different to slaughtering it.

      Don’t they know everything is exactly like everything else? If they were smart they’d just have one idea and apply it consistently to everything. Silly gooses.

  24. ropata 25

    Perhaps it’s not a goat at all but a bearded unix guru (such as lprent) who prefers the command line and is advocating an ancient file transfer protocol in protest to bittorrent etc that are destroying the interwebs 😛

    • lprent 25.1

      😈 These days I’m mainly working (that is to say cursing) on mickeysoft WPF (good) and click many times (crap)….. The *nix is just what all of my non-work systems work on…. Have to say that generally the info available on the net is somewhat better for *nix than it is for windoze. The many hours of msdn usually just leave me reaching for experts-exchange to find out how mickeysoft screwed up this time.

      Anyway, generally I’ve found bittorrent to be more of a bit-dribble. But I do tend to use ftp or rdp for systems I access, so I guess you’re right about that.

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