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CYFS responsible for more than the second tragedy

A few months ago we were treated to the story of Child Youth Family Services returning a baby to a depressed mother. Two days later, the baby drowned in the bathtub having been left unattended by the mother. CYFS apologised for returning the child, saying that they were over-worked and junior staff made a bad call. That explains part of the issue (and that in itself is not really a valid excuse, even if it is understandable). The chilling point in this whole affair is finding information we normally wouldn't be privy to, and this underscores the point I made on the previous post about the smacking laws. The chilling point I refer to is that the Mother had rightfully demanded return of her two children, even though she was unable to cope. Why was that? Because her 5 year old child had been sexually assaulted whilst in the care of CYFS .

Anti-smacking law review - still trying to convince us

I've been listening to the talking heads on NewsTalkZB telling us that the anti-smacking law is working, that the doom and gloom sayers were wrong, that parents aren't being rounded up and prosecuted en masse for smacking, that there has only been one prosecution (in the last six months, bringing the total to three to date), so it's all good. And that one prosecution was discharged without conviction. The police are saying the way the law is working is proof that they are able to exercise discretion. I would have thought that one prosecution for smacking was was one prosecution too much. Last year John Key said , "I've laid out the way I want to approach this, I think if the law doesn't work, in other words if the law starts taking criminal cases and criminalises parents for lightly smacking their children, I'll change the law." I do find it interesting that there is no detail given in the news item on the one smacking case that was prosecuted

Thank you Tonga

Tonga, one of the Pacific's poorest nations, has raised a massive T$833,867 (NZ$705,000) for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Fund. Raised in a single Saturday radio-thon, it is the equivalent of every Tongan giving T$8.33. If every New Zealander gave the same amount, the Earthquake Fund would get NZ$31 million. [ Reference ]

Ann Coulter at HomoCon

Ann Coulter was invited to speak at HomoCon, a conservative homosexual fund-raising event for GOProud. Many thought that accepting the invitation signalled that Coulter was capitulating to supporting gay marriage as a number of conservatives have already done. But no. Talking Points Memo reported that Coulter explained to the crowd that she supports marriage as the union of a man and a woman, because the institution is fundamentally about the procreation of children. Coulter then stated frankly that keeping marriage defined and restricted to heterosexual couples does not violate homosexuals’ civil rights. She also said that same-sex “marriage” was “foisted on Americans by the courts." Marriage, she said, “is not a civil right — you’re not black.” Coulter wryly commented that the well-moneyed homosexual community hardly looked like an oppressed group – especially when compared to other minorities that have had a long history of social oppression. "Blacks must be l

Another rebuttal defending the Pope from the latest attack by CNN

The CNN documentary hatchet job on Pope Benedict XVI screened recently in America has been responded to in a vigorous way by William Donohue in the linked article.  Every assertion made by the show has been countered and goes to show that truth,when it comes to the Holy Father is not the goal. Rather: From top to bottom, what CNN did was the televised version of what the New York Times did in print form earlier in the year. The goal was to tarnish the image of Pope Benedict XVI, making him out to be a co-conspirator in the scandal. Though it came up empty handed with proof of his culpability, there was enough innuendo to convict Snow White. As an example:

Goff on capital punishment

Goff's comprehensive tax policy is his first plank on building the bridge back to power. I'm writing of course about his suggestion to exempt fruit and vegetables from GST . He'd be better off exempting fruits and veges from his cabinet, but that is another story. He has quickly offered a variety of fresh reasons for this bold and unexpected turnabout (given the repeated calls for this in the nine years Labour ruled), and one of them is the inevitable "other countries do it". Well, ask MP Williamson if other countries stone adulterers to death. Ask America if they stone murderers to death (albeit, using drugs, but drug users can die stoned). There's a new law and order platform for Goff. Now that ACT MP Garrett has gone, I open the paper and an alleged murderer, with 175 previous convictions , many for violence, may be getting a stiff warning strike for this one. RIP Garrett. But that's another story. I have a better suggestion for Goff's G

Weak families essential for the growth of government

Governments are not self-limiting. By some law of nature they seem to exist mainly to grow, and when a government's natural enemy is weak, it grows faster. Strong families keep government power and growth in check, therefore in order to grow, governments will naturally seek to weaken the family. LifeSiteNews has recently interviewed Dr. Stephen Baskerville, author of Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family who argues this very case: ... that government "is engaged in a direct assault on the family" that is causing its breakdown - which in turn allows government to reach into yet more areas of civil society under the pretext of solving the problems that the breakdown of the family creates.. You'd think encouraging family breakdown would be counter-productive.  You'd think that because broken families cost the tax-payer an extraordinary amount of money (estimated at £40bn per year in Britain), that government would naturally do

Bloggers Spam Filter

We didn't know it but Blogger has introduced a spam filter for comments - which is all fine and dandy except that it is not very smart. Some of our favorite commenter's have had comments end up treated as spam including Lucia Maria an author of this blog. We don't delete comments as a rule and if we do we say why so if in recent times your comments have disappeared now you know why and so do we. Apologies for any confusion that may have arisen.

Attacks on the Holy Father still going

You'd think an old story that had been totally debunked would have been dead and buried. But no, it's been resurrected, probably as a means of ensuring negative press, even if that press is false, stays out there in the public mind against the Holy Father. I would add that the purpose of naming Benedict XVI as a defendant would also serve the same purpose. Related links: CNN's appalling attack on the Pope ~ Catholic Culture CNN Rehashes Old Charges in Attack on Pope Benedict ~ Christian News Wire Pope Named in Lawsuit by Clergy Sex Abuse Victim ~ Politics Daily

Garrett goes while Carter stays

David Garrett has quit Parliament - no real surprise there, and I assume Hilary Calvert who is next on the list will take up his seat. On the other hand: I'm still a Labour MP, says Carter. Which says something about the differing takes on personal responsibility for ones actions displayed amongst individuals from the left as opposed to those on the right perhaps.

Passing Thoughts

I think blog tradition heads these sorts of posts up as "random thoughts", but why would I ever follow tradition? Is it because I post at a blog called "NZ Conservative"? How easily you fall into the stereotypical traps. With the advent of GST upon us I realised that all the prices go up on 1 October but I don't get paid on the new tax rates until the end of the month. That puts me a month behind automatically. That's rank. I see also full page adverts by IRD explaining all of the anomalies that a rate change causes in the middle of a financial period, and in the middle of a GST return period for some businesses. The cost of change will of course be borne stoically by many businesses, but don't forget that there is a lot of extra cost going into compliance, with no productive benefit. My commiserations to NZ businesses as much as the consumers. I see Goff is launching the new Labour policy for GST - to keep it the same rate as National. Wow,

Mapping Internet Sensation - Stereotypes

This is my favourite - the one from Bulgaria's perspective Go have a look at the others, the USA and German perspectives are truly funny. Related links: Mapping Stereotypes - The geography of prejudice 'Smelly people, 'commies' and 'dirty porn': Europe mapped by national stereotypes ~

Holy Father's visit to Britain a massive success

And how did the British people, millions of whom followed the papal events on the BBC’s live feed on the internet and on television, react to the pope? “They listened,” said Fr. Hugh Allan, the superior of a community of priests, called Norbertine canons, in Chelmsford, Essex, who attended some of the events. “They really wanted to hear him, and that is going to make the difference. I’ve heard it from so many people.” On the phone today, Fr. Allan confirmed that the anti-pope crowd have badly lost the argument, and the sympathy of the British public with their months of shrill, fever-pitch attacks. The British people, he said, wanted to hear what the pope had to say. “One of the most beautiful things has been to see an eighty-three year old man completely taking the wind out of the sails of the Peter Tatchells and the rest of the crowd,” Fr. Allan said. The pope’s addresses, delivered barely above a whisper, made his detractors look “ridiculous, like children throwing their toy

The Lockerbian Libyan Lives

The Lockerbie Bomber, since his return to Libya, can now apparently get out of bed and walk around. Doctors in the UK gave him three months to live, but that was a year ago. With diagnostic skills that good, I can see them working in a Euthanasia Clinic in the next few years. "You've got 3 months tops. Better take the Nembutal." Perhaps they will setup business in Australia? Euthanasia for non terminal situations is on the upsurge, with 27 suspected suicides using the drugs . Dr Nitschke said that while young people and those with mental illnesses could access Exit's instructions on the internet, the risks of this had to be weighed against the benefits for many others. ''There will be some casualties … but this has to be balanced with the growing pool of older people who feel immense wellbeing from having access to this information,'' he said. I wonder what Nitschke thought of the risks of advertising his suicide service where it might attr

The End of the British Empire - The Holy Father in Westminster Hall

Damian Thompson of Holy Smoke blogs, with commentary in red from Fr Z of WDTPRS: How odd that it should be the Guardian that grasped the magnitude of what happened yesterday. Andrew Brown, religion editor of Comment is Free, and the possessor of an intellect as mighty and muddled as that of Rowan Williams, writes : This was the end of the British Empire . [!] In all the four centuries from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II, England has been defined as a Protestant nation. The Catholics were the Other ; sometimes violent terrorists and rebels, sometimes merely dirty immigrants. The sense that this was a nation specially blessed by God arose from a deeply anti-Catholic reading of the Bible. Yet it was central to English self-understanding when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1952 [ sic ], and swore to uphold the Protestant religion by law established. For all of those 400 or so years it would have been unthinkable that a pope should stand in Westminster Hall and praise Sir Thomas More ,

Assassination plans against the Holy Father in Britain

It had to be in Britain. Pope Benedict XVI has travelled to a number of different countries and apart from a woman trying to tackle him on two separate occasions, this is the first assassination plot that I've heard of against him. Police earlier arrested five suspected Islamist terrorists, working as street cleaners in London, during raids at 5.45am at a rubbish depot in central London based on an intelligence tip-off received overnight. The suspects, aged 26, 27, 36, 40 and 50 were arrested by officers from Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. They are said to be from a variety of nationalities including a number of Algerian origin. The sixth man, aged 29, was arrested at 1.45pm at a house in north London. Police said they were searching eight homes in north and east London and two businesses in central London. Related link: Pope's visit: Six held by counter-terror police hours b

A Real Strike 1 offence

This is what David Garrett fought for. We aren't talking about a punch up in a nightclub where you defend yourself from a bully, and we aren't talking about forging a passport: Matthew John McLennan, 18, admitted in Masterton District Court yesterday that he abducted a 14-year-old Carterton schoolgirl with the intention of sexual connection and attempted to abduct an 11-year-old girl. He told police that when he saw the 14-year-old, he became aroused and wanted to take her to a quiet place for sex – so he grabbed her and forced her into his car. The girl screamed, repeatedly pleading with McLennan to let her go, but he refused to stop the car. In desperation, the kidnapped girl leapt from the moving vehicle, tumbling on to the road. She broke her wrist, was left covered in bruises and needed seven stitches in her head. McLennan also admitted that he attempted to abduct an 11-year-old girl in Carterton last April. This is clearly a first strike offence, and the strike is

Jewish Day of Atonement

Seems quite fitting, what with the physical storm swirling around NZ right now and the political storm swirling around one person. I came across the blog Shameless Popery a few days ago, and I like it so much, I've added it to our sidebar under International Catholic Blogs. Yom Kippur for Christians ~ Shameless Popery

Friday night free for all

What a storm today! Where I am, just north of Wellington, the day kept alternating between calm and sunny followed by the skies being covered over and hard pelting rain. Followed by hail and thunderstorms in the afternoon. It's calmed down to a light drizzle right now, but who knows when the wind will start up again. In the political area, I have to say that I am revolted at the vitriol hurled at ACT MP David Garret. I've been listening to talk back in the afternoon and noticed the frenzy was being whipped up by Danny Watson of NewsTalkZB who wouldn't hear a word in the man's defence, and set himself up to re-educate anyone that tried. Is there no such thing as forgiveness in NZ? Is there no such thing as a sense of proportion? After all, this was 26 years ago, he's not guilty of pressuring his girlfriend to have an abortion, he hasn't raped anyone, he just used the identity of a dead baby to forge a passport. And I say "just", because the

Holy Father's visit to Britain has started UPDATED

On the plane, Pope Benedict XVI was asked by journalists whether he hopes “to make the Church as an institution, more credible and attractive” in a country where secularism is becoming the standard. The Holy Father immediately made it clear that he does not set his course according to approval ratings: "A Church that sought above all to be attractive would already be on the wrong path." And he immediately explained why: "Because the Church does not work for itself, it does not work to increase its own numbers, its own power. The Church is at the service of an Other. It serves not for itself, to be a strong body, but to make accessible the proclamation of Jesus Christ, the great truths, the great powers of love and reconciliation that have appeared in him." It is on this basis, he continued, that real ecumenism is achieved: "If both Anglicans and Catholics see that they do not serve for themselves, but are instruments for Christ, they are no longer

Divided Christendom

Lucyna Emailed me last night about an address Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk gave to the Nicean Club in Lambeth Palace (the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Archbishop of Canterbury was there and the Metropolitan spoke bluntly. He talked of the contemporary rift within the Church between the conservatives and the liberals, the former being the Orthodox and Catholics, along with some protestants and the later being protestant. He spoke via examples of how liberal Christianity has adopted the ideals of secularism and how secularism threatens European culture and civilization. The rift to which the Metropolitan refers runs right through the Anglican communion of course and is tearing it apart and the bullet points that those who have reported on this have highlighted are those of women priests and gay clergy. But the Metropolitans concerns ranged beyond these to divorce, contraception and abortion the whole moral order - a moral order the Metropolitan believe

They work for us

Proposed Kapiti Olympic Aquatic Centre - Scaled back slightly Where do I start? Front page on my local rag - Kapiti News - states that the Olympic Sized swimming pool that has been years in the planning might actually start soon, BUT (you must have known there was a BUT coming), BUT the plans are being scaled down. It seems that the 50m Standard Sized Olympic Pool will be only 25m long, and 2 feet deep (see note). Now last time I checked, 25m is only about half way there, and 2 feet deep* is great for hilarious running races but not quite good enough for swimming. There are other cut backs too, such as only one water slide instead of two (the common sense approach of having one that can handle much smaller kids than the big scary one has gone down the drain) and no doubt, the showers will be cold to save the expense of buying taps with a red dot.

Give that man a Cuban Cigar

Radical changes are afoot in Cuba. It seems Communism is turning to private enterprise for a solution to their economic woes. Fidel's brother, President Raul Castro has said the state's role in the economy must shrink! In a country where to work for a living is to work for the government, all that is about to change. Give that man a Cuban Cigar. Viva la revolution .

When the guilty are called victims

Here's the situation: Forty-five people have been convicted of a serious violent offences since the "three strikes" legislation came into effect this year. Under the new law, which came into effect on June 1, 40 [types of] violent offences attract a strike upon conviction. After a third strike, a maximum sentence with no parole will be handed down. Police Minister Judith Collins said today that 45 people had been convicted of a first-strike offence, of whom five had been sentenced. There had been no convictions for second-or third-strike offences. So 45 people found guilty in a court of law of a violent offence, and this is the headline: 'Three strikes' law claims first victims Victims? I wonder if they can get compo for that? More to the point, what an abuse of the word victim. I'm traumatised following the vicious assault that the New Zealand Herald has inflicted upon me. If they continue to beat me over the head with mis-used words I will

Atheist Buffalo Hunter

A self proclaimed atheist from Australia has burned the bible and the Koran, and posted the event on you-tube. Mr Stewart is a commercial contracts lawyer at Queensland University of Technology. This morning he refused to answer phone calls. The assistant organiser of Brisbane Atheists wrote on the group's website last night "do you think I am in trouble????" He says people offended by the experiment are taking it "too seriously". "It's just a book, who cares," Mr Stewart says.

Koran Burning Off - Flag Burning On

The American Pastor who was planning to burn the Koran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks has been roundly condemned by assorted Americans from the President down, so he's called it off . Isn't it great that asking nicely still works on some people? Meanwhile, a UK Muslim is planning to burn the American Flag in protest, and is urging others to do the same. From Reuters : Choudary said the date of the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington had become symbolic of "the conflict between Islam and the enemy of Muslims, nowadays represented by the American regime, and manifest in their occupation of Muslim lands". Most of what I wanted to say on the matter is on a thread at No Minister, which I should transpose here just to serve as a record....maybe later. Freedom is not absolute .... and neither is the slippery slope we place it on. [A bit later] OK, here's some of it: So when do we arrest Trey Parker and co, and lock them up until after we move ou

Charging For Beach Access?

Yahoo!Xtra Poll, 11 September 2010 Well, we knew it was coming didn't we. The ACT party, despite protests from Attorney-General Chris Finlayson, is saying that Maori will be able to charge for access to beaches if they gain customary title. The ACT Party says Maori will be able to charge for access to beaches if they gain customary title under new legislation, despite Attorney-General Chris Finlayson telling Parliament yesterday that wouldn't be possible. Mr Finlayson has introduced the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill to Parliament, which will replace the existing Foreshore and Seabed Act. It will allow iwi to seek customary title to parts of the coastline, if they can prove continuous use and occupation since 1840. The money-quote is below - Mr Garrett today accused Mr Finlayson of misleading Parliament about whether iwi would be allowed to charge for access to beaches. "The current legislation specifically prohibits Maori rights holders from being ab

Ground Zero Mosque Trumped

Donald Trump has come in with an offer to buy the controversial Ground Zero Mosque from the so-called Islamic moderate who desires nothing more than to build a moderately gigantic mosque near you know where. Trump is offering 25% more than the purchase price, a tidy profit in exchange for the prophet centre. Only one small catch, any subsequent mosque building activity needs to be a further 5 blocks back from this site, so that it is out of sight from ground zero. I guess we'll see if the financier of the Mosque, Elzanaty is actually moderate, or if he turns out to be totally extreme. As in extremely keen to build the mosque regardless. The first comment off the block on the article was a bit of a hoot:

Friday Night Free For All

Many years ago I sold a house. It was during the time of high interest rates and low sales, so I didn't do great, but I did OK. But recently, I was checking out how other property sales went at that time, and I'm thinking maybe I could have done a bit better. I now need to track down the buyer, and redress the previous wrongs incurred when I accepted the offer on the table. I think that owner added a deck to the place, and that escalated the value considerably. I was going to add a deck - certainly the house design allowed for it. I reckon I deserve a share of that capital gain too. It's all about justice and fairness, isn't it? Do you reckon I'm leading too early with this satire? It was just a passing thought, and passing thoughts are de rigeur for Friday. That's de rigeur in the English usage, meaning according to fashion; the usual. The stricter French interpretation would be, err, stricter, if you get my drift. Another passing thought, but I


Suicide bombings are not unknown in this city, capital of North Ossetia-Alania - most famous for its football team which is very good and also for its resistance to the Germans in World War 2 who famously tried to take it but failed. It is primarily a Christian city with a majority Ossetian population but also a significant Russian minority. As well as the occasional suicide bombing the city has had two mayors assassinated in recent years. The most famous atrocity committed in North Ossetia-Alania in recent times is of course the Beslan school massacre of six years ago which we remembered last week. We barely notice here the suicide bombings that take place there - mostly involving the murder of border policemen at checkpoints - checkpoints made necessary for the pathology that enters North Ossetia-Alania from the neighboring republics of Ingushetia and Chechnya. An Islamic insurgency - which has once again cut short the lives of the innocent going about their daily busines

Smacking Law Change Shot Down

Well, we didn't hear anything about it in the mainstream media; it was swept under the rug. I'm sure the major parties wish it would go away. What happened Wednesday night?? John Boscawen put forward a bill, sponsored by David Garrett - both of them Act MPs, that would have allowed a light smack for purposes of correcting children. The bill was defeated 115 votes to five. Only the ACT MPs voted for it. The win was accompanied by the usual drivel spouted by no-nothing liberal MPs about "pro smackers" and "child beaters". Current Green co-leader Metiria Turei on Twitter wrote, "David Garrett's child beating bill (went down in flames)". ‘It is time the pro-hitting lobby accepts that their point of view is unacceptable today and will never again be enshrined in New Zealand legislation," wrote Deborah Morris-Travers of Every Child Counts. Where do they get these idiot women from? Don't they realize the harm they are doing to this country

Broken Windows

So why doesn't John Key ask the Mongrel Mob or perhaps vast quantities of drunken Uni students to trash 10% of the homes in every region of New Zealand to inject a much needed economic stimulus that will pull us out the recession? Whilst they are at it, perhaps they could beat a few people up in order to make them healthier?

Silly little man

Why is anybody paying this character any attention. He's a nobody but people are "reaching out to him" to ask him to desist from his plan to burn the Koran. The media shouldn't have given him any oxygen but now they have of course and he is basking in his notoriety - his fifteen minutes of fame. Fools like this should be ignored by everybody but the narrative is just too attractive to the banal mass media - a wacko Christian showing his intolerance and stirring up a segment of society with a grievance mentality. In a rational world he would have his little bonfire and everybody would ignore it realizing he is just a nutter. But the world is far from rational so he will have his moment of glory and help turn the solemn remembrance of the dead of 9/11 into a circus with the media as an accessory.

Earthquake Insurance

I'd be surprised if it hasn't been said yet, but it's obvious that Earthquake Insurance is a necessity for New Zealand. Currently, a levy is added to an insurance policy and that is a flawed approach. Already, the are people of Christchurch stepping forward hoping for a hand out because they haven't any insurance. I find it hard to believe that a homeowner wouldn't insure their home, and I'd expect it to be a condition of a mortgage, but there will always be a few that escape the net. It would be interesting to know the numbers. So if uninsured property owners receive compensation or assistance, it's not particularly fair on those that have paid the premium and the levy. On the other hand, it's going to be unduly hard on the uninsured. There lies an interesting debate on how much assistance will be provided, perhaps with a loan or a fee attached to the aid equivalent at the least to many years of Earthquake Levies. I also have a fairly simple s

Christchurch Still Shaking

That injuries were so light in the wake of such strong earthquakes is a miracle in itself. I've now managed to catch up with my relatives in Christchurch, or hear from third parties that they are all doing OK. However, the continual aftershocks and new quakes (new epicentres) are taking their toll, and on some more than others. My cousin runs a motel, and a house maid has fled Christchurch, not able to handle the aftershocks and lack of sleep. My cousin has had the majority of his bookings cancelled, but has filled them currently with out of town helpers and workers. Silver lining I guess. I haven't been reading the news in detail, nor watched the news due to my current schedule. So I was surprised when he mentioned sulfurous smells being reported, hinting of volcanic activity perhaps? Wild speculation of course, it could be sewerage leaks and time will tell. On the bright side, a new thermal area in the south island could be a good tourist attraction :-) Which

Smoking and Drinking is socially responsible

At least it is according to Russia's finance minister Alexei Kudrin . '“Smoke a packet of cigarettes, and you make more resources to tackle social problems: it supports the demographic situation, develops other social services,” said Kudrin at a plenary session of the Finance Ministry’s Tax Academy. The government’s economic chief was promoting amendments to the Russian tax code that would significantly increase “sin taxes” from 2011. The cost of sin If the proposal is accepted, cigarette manufacturers will have to pay 360 roubles ($12) per thousand cigarettes plus 7.5 percent of their production cost – approximately 280 roubles ($9). And from 2012 this sum will be increased a further 100 roubles ($3.30), according to the finance ministry’s website. “Kudrin is following international practice,” said Martin Gilman, a professor at the Higher School of Economics. “If you look at countries in Europe or North America, what you’ll find is that their taxation on alcohol and c

Conservatives who back same-sex marriage are confused and ignorant

Conservatives who back same-sex marriage are confused and ignorant. Confused about conservatism and ignorant about what is essential to keeping a civilisation going. Civilisations rise or fall depending upon the morality of their citizens. It's no accident that the West came to dominate the world. It wasn't our guns that lead us to do this, it was our religion which underpinned our morality. And now we are losing our religion. Our families are falling apart. And single parenting is fast becoming the norm. How much longer will the West last? From Open letter to conservatives who back same-sex marriage : When Judaism demanded that all sexual activity be channeled into marriage, it changed the world. (Prager is talking about men and women here.) It is not overstated to say that the Torah's prohibition of non-marital sex made the creation of Western civilization possible. Societies that did not place boundaries around sexuality were stymied in their development. T

Women's Sport

The Black Ferns won the Women's Rugby World Cup over England this morning for which congratulations are due. The thing is I'm not all that sure about women and rugby and I wonder why. What I do know is none of my daughters were ever inspired to play the game - never had any desire whatsoever but the great Alina Kabaeva was inspirational, to the eldest in particular. Indeed she pulled the performance below up on youtube just the other night to show me. The question I ask here is are we turning girls off sport and physical culture in general by emphasizing masculine sports and ignoring the more feminine pursuits? Alina Kabaeva , a great athlete who didn't have to surrender her femininity to reach the top.

Undeservedly, Wellington is protected from damaging earthquakes

"I am the Immaculate Conception." A couple of days ago, Christchurch, one of our larger cities was hit with a 7.1 magnitude earthquake.  There was widespread structural damage, but so far no loss of life.  As John Key says, a miracle. It got me thinking about why earthquake prone Wellington hasn't had a major earthquake for a very, long time.  I grew up in Wellington and I've experienced some pretty full on earthquakes, but they've never caused damage.  Then I remembered. On December 8, each year, the Bishop of Wellington consecrates the city to The Blessed Ever Virgin Mary under her title of Immaculate Conception , asking her to protect us from earthquakes which have devastated this region in the past.  Consequently we are still waiting for the "Big One"*. Of course, pointing this out to some of the denizens of Kiwiblog causes laughter and derison, which led me to think why Wellington even deserves this protection from Our Lady.  But then, wha

Happy Father's Day Michael Laws UPDATE

Why should a father, who didn't consent to a child being born, end up with the financial responsibility? That would have to be the silliest combination of a statement/question that Michael Laws has made to date. But then, can I blame him, as a great number of men in NZ think this way. Let me help you with this, Michael. The outcome of sex is babies. If you have sex with a woman, you are consenting to any babies that come of the union. Very, very simple. So if men don't want the financial responsibility of a child - don't have sex with women! Forget about contraception, it's not guaranteed to work. Don't want children, don't have sex. UPDATE 9:06pm : Link to article online has been added. Related link: Breaking up is hard to do ... but legislation is harder still , Sunday Star Times, page A20

First Quakes, Then Winds and Flooding, Then What?

As the people of Christchurch and surrounds pick up the pieces, warnings of strong winds coming in at the tail end of news reports. Strong winds are forecast to increase with gusts of up to 130kmh possible and rain on the way. Buildings, other structures and trees already weakened by the quake and flooding could be put at risk. My recommendation? Buy around 30 cans of Raid and Mortein for Monday.

The attacks on the Pope

The Catholic Church is at a massive cross roads right now. The Holy Father has been working very hard on reforming Her and it's been incredibly hard. I just pray for him every day, and I hope anyone reading this post will do so as well.

Canterbury collapse becomes physical

After South Canterbury Finance had its walls come tumbling down, the manifestation has become physical with a seriously strong earthquake causing massive damage to some buildings and infrastructure across Christchurch. The earthquake woke me at 4:35am in my home at Kapiti, north of Wellington and a long way from the epicentre. It was strong enough for me to get up to be ready to get the kids should a stronger shake occur. From a glance at the news item, it seems fortunate the quake happened at night, because if people had been at work and in the streets, I suspect there would have been deaths and injuries. So far, I haven't heard of any. Let's hope the mainlanders get through with their lives. South Island Rocked by 7.0 quake State of emergency - and quake revised to 7.1

Friday night free for all

Hi all, it's Friday again. Not a lot of posting from me this week, however I am involved in two conversations on Catholicism on other sites ( Being Frank , Liturgy ). I've had a busy week, what with home-schooling, house-work, after-school sports activities and meetings with my own personal groups. I'm trying to really focus on what is most important, without getting too side-tracked. Especially after watching Seasons 1 and 2 of the Rome tv programme which my brother kindly bought me for my birthday. But my eyes have been seared by various sex scenes I did not want to see! So apart from the sex scenes (which I tried not to watch as soon as they appeared), it was very good. Certainly helped bring that period of history to life. So, how is everyone else?

Charity Status now being used as a Weapon in NZ

The Charities Commission in NZ is now using charitable status as a weapon against those charities it doesn't agree with. First it was Greenpeace which was deemed to be too political, a decision I admit I wasn't too disturbed about at the time. Then it was the Sensible Sentencing Trust, a decision that did worry me. But now the commission has ruled against an international organisation that helps those who struggle with same-sex attraction leave the homosexual lifestyle. In defending its own charitable status, Exodus Ministries Trust Board told the Charities Commission that, as a Christian organization that offers "non-judgmental support and advice to anyone wishing to leave the homosexual lifestyle ... We believe the activities (and purposes) of Exodus are exclusively charitable." The organization pointed out that “no one receives any pecuniary benefit of any kind from its activities which are religious, educational and beneficial to the community." The C

Saving the planet, for whom pray

There's an ongoing hostage crisis at the headquarters of the Discovery Channel . According to the Washington Post A note posted online July 18 issues a list of demands to the Discovery Channel, saying the station "MUST broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet." It lists 11 demands about airing shows that would promote curbing the plant's population growth, finding solutions for global warming and dismantling "the dangerous US world economy." "All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions," it reads. "In those programs' places, programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility must be pushed. All former pro-birth programs must now push in the direction of stopping human birth, not encouraging it." In the Western world the birth rate has suffered a disastrous decline the consequences of which are only just

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Where's The Funny?

I like to think that I have a good sense of humour. I guess everyone likes to think they do. Mine can be a bit off-the-wall sometimes, I do admit, but I've wondered lately and have to ask: do people find the comedy shows on TV now actually, well ... funny? I've tried to watch a couple lately and have seen the ads on TV for Two And A Half Men, Gary Unmarried,  and their ilk. American comedy seems to be very unfunny these days and almost totally based on sexual innuendo. Why is that? As kids we used to laugh at things to do with bodily functions, but shouldn't we have grown out of that by now? It's just LAME to me watching Charlie Sheen trying to score with all the women he can and making sexual retorts about it to a young kid. So, I thought I'd try cartoons. The Simpsons always used to be good for a laugh, but what about Family Guy, American Dad, and the rest of C4's animated lineup? I tried to watch some Family Guy, but again, it seemed very unfunny. And as