Who’s clueless?

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, September 12th, 2008 - 47 comments
Categories: interweb - Tags: , ,

Visit google.co.nz search for the word “clueless” then hit “I’m feeling lucky”.

I wonder where you’ll end up…

Update: Make sure you select “pages from New Zealand”

47 comments on “Who’s clueless?”

  1. higherstandard 1

    AYB

    Nice to see John Key offering sincere condolences on the murder of a fine police officer ?

    Disappointing to see that you’d prefer to continue with cheap smears.

    [Tane: HS, lighten up. It’s just a bit of fun on a Friday.]

  2. Anon 2

    You need to select ‘pages from NZ’ to avoid feeling unlucky and ending up at the Clueless movie site. That means the screen shot on the blog is also incorrect.

  3. forgetaboutthelastone 3

    I think you need to select “pages from New Zealand”…

  4. randal 4

    JUST SELECT joHN kEYS AND IT WIL COME BACK CLUELESS!

  5. lprent 5

    Added a note to that effect. Looks like a google bomb.

    Kind of cool John Key = clueless

    Seems appropriate bearing in mind his way of mangling his own parties polices

  6. Tane 6

    I’ve fixed the image

  7. Dom 7

    higherstandard – sincere? The condolances are practically an afterthough. He actually stresses ‘yet another death’ more than the death of Wilkinson. Key actually goes for the political shot here – which isn’t sincere at all.

    Actually I was surprised to see how small and old Key is looking in this video. He looks terrible!

    And how is this a cheap smear? Key has put himself online – this is a comment – the fact that ‘cluelss’ brings this up isn’t a cheap shot – it just is what it is.

    Want to hear something else funny – the Captcha words to post this are ‘United annoying’…which sums up Dunne nicely in my opinion…

  8. Oh dear, I didn’t think anyone over the age of 18 would be bothered doing a Google bomb. I guess the same people who watch Bro town would that is the height of wit.

  9. higherstandard 9

    Tane

    If it’s just a bit of fun Tane perhaps the buffoon who posted it should take the time to look at the video and see it leads with condolences about the murder of a police officer.

    Perhaps next time they should be a bit more careful with their attempt at humour.

  10. Tane 10

    HS, it links to johnkey.co.nz. That Key’s PR people happen to have that particular video up right now is neither the point of the post nor is it relevant. I think you’re being a bit precious mate.

    Anyway, isn’t it the left who are supposed to be offended all the time?

  11. Felix 11

    hs it goes right to the front page of his blog. You do know what a blog is, don’t you?

    Anyway, don’t you have some pretend patients to attend to?

    edit: snap, kinda.

  12. Crank 12

    I wonder how funny you would find it if someone did the same thing with the words “ugly lesbian” linking to Helen Clarks site.

  13. Tane 13

    If you can’t tell the difference between calling someone “clueless” and calling them an “ugly lesbian” then I do worry about you Crank.

    It’s official, the right are utterly humourless. Except for Billy.

  14. weka 14

    Yeah but Helen Clark isn’t an ugly lesbian (although I’m not sure exactly what is meant to be wrong with being an ugly lesbian), whereas John Key is actually clueless ;-P

  15. Tim Ellis 15

    I thought it was quite funny, in the way that fart jokes are quite funny.

  16. randal 16

    tane…dont worry. being offended is a sign of immaturity and the last defence of idiots who cant logically defend their position or accept that what is is. i.e. it is just an excuse.

  17. ghostwhowalks 17

    Crank you should try putting Cruella de Clevedon into google.co.nz and see what comes up

  18. Phil 18

    Did anyone else get the video error on his page saying “this show is empty” ?

    Comic gold

  19. monkey-boy 19

    It wasn’t so long ago that it was considered acceptable for racists homophobes and sexists used to accuse people of ‘lacking a sense of humour’ when their jokey bigotry was dressed up as ‘just a bit of fun’.

    Just saying, that’s all.

    [Tane: Na, you’re not “just saying”, you’re implying that calling a politician ‘clueless’ is akin to racist bigotry. That’s a wee bit silly, MB.

    When did the right (with some notable exceptions) become so humourless and easily offended?]

  20. Tim Ellis 20

    And while this was clearly a google bomb, if you google the word “bluster” in New Zealand you get an interesting result, too.

  21. ghostwhowalks 21

    The irony is , comsidering the background to the video blog, this looks like a promo for The Office

  22. Tim Ellis 22

    How about if you google: labour blog ?

    [Tane: I get Salient:
    http://www.salient.org.nz/blog/the-labour-list-has-been-announced

    Labour party blog brings up:
    http://www.labour.org.nz/learning_centre/index.html

    National party blog is interesting though :)]

  23. higherstandard 23

    Tane

    I have no problem with the mickey being taken out of politicians – God knows most of them deserve it and set themselves up all the time.

    Perhaps I am being overly sensitive in relation to the officer who was murdered yesterday I just thought it was in this instance in bad taste – although I accept that may have been an accidental oversight in terms of the post on this site.

  24. Matthew Pilott 24

    This post remonded me of one of these “I’m feeling lucky” words a friend suggested I try.

    Please, everyone, for the love of god, try it with the word ‘specious‘, in New Zealand.

    Look it up in the dictionary first if you’re not entirly sure of the meaning. It’s a beaut.

  25. Tim Ellis 25

    [Tane: Now you’re just being a dork.]

  26. bill brown 26

    Nice power pylon though…

  27. Dom 27

    higherstandard – I think you are being a bit sensitive here. No one here is making fun of Wilkinson being killed. But I am more than happy to make fun of Key politicising it the way he does here. The first part is all about ‘another death to the scourge of P’ and it totally railroads the fact that a police officer died. If you want the draw the long bow here I think it’s Key who is being insensitive. I mean, Key DOESN’T EVEN MENTION WILKINSON’S NAME IN THE VIDEO. Sorry to shout but really, how sincere is Key here?

    Hey, the clueless thing doesn’t work for me now…which of your righties tipped off National… 🙂

  28. Tim Ellis 28

    [Tane: Read the About and Policy. Your comments here are welcome and usually very constructive, but we have a low tolerance for repetition of Kiwiblog/Whaleoil smears.]

    [lprent: Especially me. I have a habit of just permanently banning on the basis of it it being a personal attack on me and someones wants to enhance their martyrdom points . ]

  29. The only insult to Wilkinson’s memory here is those on the right trying to score political capital. The searchterm probably linked to JK’s site before the tragedy and it will likely continue linking there for the forseeable future.

  30. bill brown 30

    Dom, he’s still clueless here…

    Tim, maybe you should stick to the long earnest posts instead of trying to be funny.

  31. Dom 31

    LOL – thanks Bill, it went back to working for me…damn, I so had a conspiracy argument going on there…

  32. Tim Ellis 32

    Tane I wasn’t repeating smears and I object to you saying so. This post is about making a dig at John Key through what is clearly a deliberate google bomb. I thought the google bomb was funny. Slightly embarrassing if you’re a National supporter, but anybody with a light sense of humour would see it as funny. You then pointed out, quite rightly I thought, that people who were offended by it should lighten up and be less sensitive.

    I pointed out another phrase that was slightly embarrassing to you. It wasn’t a smear. Your reaction shows a level of sensitivity and heavy-handedness that was overkill, and then accuse me of smearing the Standard, which you know not to be true.

    Tane you have my email address. If you were overly sensitive about what I thought was a light-hearted dig at the standard, you could have emailed me and told me that you thought I’d crossed the line and that you were sensitive about it, and politely request that I desisted. Instead you are basically saying I am smearing the standard which is completely untrue.

    [lprent: Tim. I’m totally humourless about that topic. I’ve had it all year despite explicitly denying the accusations many times (where possible under our policy). Our About says who we are (everything except the actual names of contributors) and why we run the site the way we do.

    So I regard any comments on the topic as accusing me of being a liar, and whoever makes them as attacking the site. Therefore they’ve simply looking for fast martyrdom and I’m happy to oblige with a permanent ban and as much vitriol I can squeeze into a comment.

    Tane did you a favour, because I don’t override other moderators. ]

  33. bill brown 33

    Tim, see, that’s better….

  34. Thomas the Unbeliever 34

    I assume you chaps at the Standard also endorse the views (and humour) of your fellow traveller – Jim Anderton – on the Progressive blog. In a move from the Ron Mark school of political smears the Progs think it OK imply John Key is a paedophile.

    Hey, but it’s all in good fun!!! Let’s all laugh along.

    http://prog-blog.blogspot.com/2008/09/young-people-are-group-im-passionate.html

    (thanks for the alert on Keeping Stock)

    [lprent: probably depends on the sense of humour of the writer or commentator. ]

  35. Tim Ellis 35

    Thomas I don’t know what relationship that blog has with the progressive party, because it’s quite ambiguous. It says it’s the unofficial blog by the progressive party. I’m assuming it’s just a blog by a supporter of the progressives.

    It isn’t my job to defend the standard but I don’t see why they should take responsibility for something written on another blog. There are extreme things said on all sorts of blogs. Just because somebody is your friend doesn’t mean you endorse everything they say.

    That was a horrible thing for prog-blog to say. It looks like he’s getting his just desserts in the comments section though.

  36. Thomas the Unbeliever 36

    It is possible to laugh at humour that crosses the line (which I did) – but also think less of the person who told the joke.

    That mix is dangerous if you are advocating a political view – and then your joke ends up backfiring. But hey – if you guys want to continue a joke which is only slightly funny, but also diminishes you and the people you represent – good luck to you.

    DPF learned to his cost a few years ago that a good joke can impact on your political credibility.

    I suspect that the guys who run the Prog Blog will learn that today. Their paedophile smear on John Key is slightly amusing – but I suspect that Jim Anderton will not be smiling at the backlash that he is deservedly getting.

  37. Tane 37

    Thanks Tim.

    Thomas, I don’t think anyone on this blog has ever even mentioned Prog Blog, let alone endorsed it. That’s a pretty cheap shot on your part.

  38. Dom 38

    But Key is passionate about young people. He wants to send them all to boot camp! And Iraq.

  39. Pascal's bookie 39

    Good for you Tim, while we’re doing the etiquette tango, perhaps you might like to apologise for rather directly implying I was making shit up over at Hootens blog.

    http://www.policy.net.nz/blog/?p=314#comment-891

  40. Billy 40

    Matthew Pilott,

    That’s the funniest thing I have seen for weeks.

  41. Thomas the Unbeliever 41

    Tim, I agree it is hard to believe that Prog Blog has any official sanction or oversight – but as a recent entrant into the blogosphere I have discovered it is a blurred line between offical blog – and the loosely endorsed supporter.

    The “unofficial blog” is all too often just a tool to give some political deniability for content that goes too far.

    If politicians want to enjoy the fruits of having champions in the blogs (sanctioned or otherwise) – they also need to accept the risks.

    If the Progs are not endorsing that site then at the very least they will know it exists (it has been there a while). That means that they have some responsibility for its content – but no control.

    The Progs needs to come out today to strongly reject its content and to apologise – even if they claim no control over what their supporters are saying.

  42. monkey-boy 42

    [Tane: Na, you’re not “just saying”, you’re implying that calling a politician ‘clueless’ is akin to racist bigotry. That’s a wee bit silly, MB.

    When did the right (with some notable exceptions) become so humourless and easily offended?]

    What is interesting about that, Tane is that I deleted the latter part of the post and replaed it with the term [deleted for being ‘too precious’] but what has been shown is the first thought I had, but not the edited vsn.

    [lprent: depends how fast the moderation is.
    If a moderator starts editing before you finish your edit, then they will get an ‘old’ copy to edit. If they save after you, then their copy with their updates is the one that goes to the database
    .]

  43. Matthew Pilott 43

    Billy, it was a screen-wiping moment for me. I mean I know all the tricks about houses, cozy=16sq/m, ‘character’ means ‘no roof’, and so on, but what was meant by that? Who knows… “This house looks nice but will kick you in the nuts and run away laughing”?

    Jeepers, prog-blog? Was that posted at 3am?

  44. monkey-boy 44

    But anyway, Tane, I’m sure you would allow me the right to reply to the charge that I’m being ‘silly’, Tane, as you are a fair-minded kind of chap. I’m not likening ‘racist bigotry’ with your views, just pointing out that when rebutting someone with ‘lighten-up’, or having ‘no sense of humour’ if they are offended by a particular form of humour has historically been the recourse of cowards. Amongst such types, racists, homophobes and sexists have been prominent. I know tht you are none of the above, but the tactic reeks of the same attempt to employ a similar power-differential, to quell objections.

  45. randal 45

    the last post just reeks period. no humour, no levity,no point, no nothing.
    just wasting ink and trying to bore us all to death!

  46. monkey-boy 46

    Bully…

  47. Uroskin 47

    The Real Estate site has changed its booboo to spacious now/.

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  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
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  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
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  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
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  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

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