Friday, December 26, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The second and final test has ended in a draw, there is a reason why the Windies are seventh and we are eighth, both teams gave up and just wanted a draw, with New Zealand needing 92 runs from the last nine overs and the Windies needed five wickets, both teams just looked at each other and decided to end the match early.
Can you imagine this happening in the Australia versus South African series, not a chance.
Monday, December 22, 2008
1: Billy Joel to Return to New Zealand next year.
2: Garth Brooks to come out of retirement.
3: Seinfeld to do a reunion show.
4: Andy Kaufman to announce he is alive.
5: New Zealand entertainment web pages to go one year without doing any stories on Z grade singers such as Britney, JLo, Spice Girls, Robbie Williams, Kate Perry or any other manufactured artists.
6: All boy racers to take a vow of suicide.
7: The warriors to win the NRL.
8: The Cardinals to win the NFL.
9: George Strait to come to New Zealand
10: Peace on earth.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Wow. I said to my mate, I felt privileged to be at the show. To see such an amazing talent singer songwriter, on stage for two hours singing songs that you identify with for the last 30 years of your life was special.This had to be one of the greatest concert experiences of my life time.
I was so thrilled that he sang "The Entertainer" I have come to love that song over the past seven years.
It was hit after hit after hit, My Life, Just the way you are, moving out, only the good die young, and of course piano man, for two solid hours he showed what a real artist is, a singer song writer who can moved a sell out crowd of 12 thousand of all ages.
He was very funny in between songs, joking with the crowd, and telling us how songs become about.
All in all , this had to be one of the best nights of music you could hope to experience.
Well done to the Piano man.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Believe it or not, acclaimed Producer/Director has remade the original Friday the 13th movie. It's not a direct remake as such, but in terms of the story, its set after Camp Crystal Lake reopens.
The movie is due to hit the cinemas on February 13th.
Why would Michael Bay take on this franchise?, that has since become a bit of a joke, well perhaps the success of Freddy Versus Jason spurred him on? Will he take this series and try to give it credibility?
The two trailers will leave viewers confused, one trailer seems like the movie is going to be your typical B grade Jason Horror movie, a bunch of actresses in their late twenties playing teenagers, get drunk , strip off and get killed by Jason.
The another trailer though, gives this movie hope, he seems to want to give it a darker, more grown up edge, with plenty of genuine frights! So who knows?
It's a huge risk for Bay, if this thing flops, which the critics will hope it well, then Bay will lose a lot of his standing, but if he turn this into something special, then his stock will soar.
Time will tell.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
This is Jesse Ryder, he is a man in his early twenties, in his late teens he had a problem with Booze, he made the NewZealand cricket team this year, when they beat England, a senior member of the team decided it would be a good idea to take him out for a beer, and well as you know the rest is history.
He is back in the team, Mills isn't, but wants to be, I beg of anyone in Dunedin to keep Mills away from this man, the New Zealand team needs Ryder to bolster the middle order, but Mills needs his drinking buddy and cannot be trusted.
So Mill's please stay away from Dunedin and the younger players in the Blackcaps, we really need a victory here, and if Ryder can stay of the booze we just might get one.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Murder has been committed on music row. There are many indictments, the trial should last at least six months. This blogger will personally blog the latest updates, every now and then. A bunch of country artists and radio guys have been charged with killing country music, are they guilty or innocent?
Who knows, first up on the witness stand is George Strait, the questions are going to be tough.
A big thanks to newsmax from country weekly for coming up with this idea.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Chris Schulz is the entertainment editor for New Zealand's leading webpage, stuff.co.nz.
The entertainment section is usually taken up by stories from the wire, involving such class acts as Britney Spears, Robbie Williams, the Pussycats dolls or the catch phrase comedy, Kath and Kim.
So basically they try to appeal to the demographic that gave Andy Millian nightmares.
They sometimes have exclusive video clips of trailers for movies, unfortunately these video clips have been on sites like youtube for months.
For the past three days they have been running a massive ad campaign, telling New Zealand that at 5am on Monday a major announcement will appear exclusive to stuff that will blow people away.
Clicking on the link takes to the Frontier touring webpage, so the announcement is of course of a concert.
Now major acts have come to New Zealand in the past year, I myself will be heading up to Auckland to see the great Billy Joel in three weeks time.
So who could it be?
I thought of the Simpson's episode, "GABBO" where the whole of Springfield was swamped with ads that Gabbo is coming. Gabbo turned out to be a puppet.
The act that is coming is of course NIN, a huge rock act, but with all the hype around who it could of been, there are going to be a lot of disappointed music fans.
Stuff.co.nz has a choice, they can either go the way of E online or they can become legitimate journalists.
I'm not holding my breath.
Friday, November 28, 2008
There is a ad on TV in New Zealand for the Media Design School of New Zealand.
Its shows a an alien, breaking a wall, then stepping into darkness, then stones appear for him to walk on.
I cannot believe for the life of me, that they didn't do any research into this clear cut form of plagiarism.
The video game called "The Neverhood" was created by Speilberg for dreamworks in 1996 and involved a claymation character trying to make his way through a scary universal it was ahead of its time, and took thinking and brains and wasn't the usual shoot them up type game.
One would hope that the school spots this error and withdraws the ad.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
There is a reason why Australia doesn't want to play us in test cricket. It's quite simple, we are not up to test standard, its no use beating around the bush, we are not up to test cricket.
The second test against Australia will be the last time Australia will ever play us at test level. The ICC is dropping their four year cycle and Australia has better teams to play than us.
So make the most of the second test, because that is the last time you WILL EVER SEE, a cricket test between the two nations.
What's to blame? well IMHO it was the attitude adopted in the mid 90's and has lasted ever since in this New Zealand side.
Its the drinking culture in the team, its the pure laziness, its the, "We don't have to train hard or watch game video, cricket doesnt work like that" attitude that Fleming lived by.
The players dont care, as long as the pay cheque comes in.
Its been a long slow death for test cricket in New Zealand, but its finally happened, and on the third day of the second test against Australia, when our last batsmen falls, thats it, no more tests against Australia, I hope the players of the last 15 years take a good hard look at themselves, for committing murder.
RIP New Zealand Versus Australia Test matches. December 30th 2008.
NEW ZEALAND HAS WON THE RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP!!!!!!!
THE KIWIS BEAT AUSTRALIA 34-20.
ITS THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THAT NEW ZEALAND HAS WON THE WORLD CUP!
FOUR MILLION PEOPLE ARE GOING CRAZY RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
WELL DONE THE KIWIS!!!!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
The under 17 Girls world cup has finished. It was hold in New Zealand and was an amazing show piece of football.
You would have to give this cup 10/10, over 200 thousand people showed up to the matches, record attendances for a female sporting event in New Zealand, big tv audience, the skill level, the support of this cup has blown Fifa away and what a great advertisement it was for young girls to get into sport.
I was shocked by the standard of football, shock that my fellow kiwis turned up, and the players themselves were great with the fans and the media, there is actually not enough words in the dictionary to sum up what a great event it was.
Their were plenty of goals, a penalty shootout, you couldn't ask for more drama.
Superstars were made.
Thanks once again to Fifa for giving the cup to New Zealand, lets hope more cups will come our way in the years to come.
North Korea or the People's democratic republic of Korea has beaten the USA 2-1 in the final of the girls under 17 world cup.
But I am calling shenanigans. At first I thought heck those girls are taking steroids, and then I thought it looked more like Hormones. Then I thought, have they got some guys in their team?
Then it finally clicked, I'm coming from the wrong angle, these aren't girls taking drugs, these are boys on female hormones, and no I'm not joking.
Why would it surprise anyone that a country like North Korea would do this? Take a look at the Olympics with their comrade in arms, China, take a look at their human rights record, take a look at number 19's upper lip.
I think they cheated out the USA and the football world is too scared to say anything, for being called everything under the sun.
Still, it was a great final!
That is all I'm going to say on the manner.
Friday, November 14, 2008
The USA beat Germany 2-1 in the semi final of the womans under 17 world cup in Christchurch. New Zealand.
The USA team like a lot of their sport stars are a cut above the rest and that is hard at this level where all the teams have some gifted players.
The skill level of these young woman have blown me away, so has the success of the cup itself.
Fifa must be so impressed, this is the first under 17 woman's world cup and for Fifa to give it to NewZealand was a risk.
But kiwis have come out in the thousands and supported it, because the football has been exciting, there have been goals galore, the emotion has been high, I don't think I have ever enjoyed a sports comp more in decades.
Fingers are crossed that Fifa will give New Zealand more cups in the future.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Congrats to John Key and the National Party for winning the 2008 NewZealand General election.
They talked policies during the last few weeks, while Labour played on Fear.
Helen Clark is Gone.
That is great news for the country.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Hate has lost the election, what a massive blow for the most hateful group of jounralists on the face of the planet, this was the election that Fox News went overboard.
Fox news has always been extreme right wing, pushing the agenda of the GOP, recieving memos from them on what stories to report. This election cycle they moved to a whloe new level, they preyed on a new kind of fear, and it was heartbreaking to seek.
For myself they kicked this cycle of fear off , when Doocey screamed "This is huge" after Fox News falsly played a story of Obama attending a terrorist school. They screamED that Obama's friends want to blow up America and turn the USA into a radical Muslim nation.
The vile Sean Hannity even ran a show called "Obama and Friends, a history of radicalism"
For the next 12 months they bombarded their viewers with all hate only a skinhead could muster.
Well it didn't work and Hate and Fear lost this election, their will be urgent meetings at this cable station now, they tried so hard so spread their vomit , but they failed and Obama won, a great day for humanity that Love and Hope won out, over the tactics of fox news.
Congrats to Obama for becoming the first African Amercian president of the USA, and what a victory it was, millions of people who have never voted for a candidate before came out and voted for Obama. Not since the great Nelson Mandela has one man caputured the worlds love and attention, there will be celebrations across the USA and world tonight, and many tried people as they stay up to all hours watching Obama's winning speech.
This election showed the hope and courage of people in America who wanted to see change in their country and in the world, against all odds this fine gentleman has triumphed over all adversity to become the most important man on the planet.
May the next four years, be the best ever for the USA because they deserve it.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Well done Girls!!!
You haven't gone thru to the quarter finals, but in your last group game, you got a well deserved win.
A big congrats to Miss White, for being the first kiwi player EVER to get a hat trick at the world cup, and bigger things are on the cards for these young players, eight of them have been selected for the New Zealand team in the under 20 woman's world cup.
You girls have done our country proud in this under 17 world cup, one of the most exciting sport events this country has ever seen, and the crowd figures have top the 100 thousand mark and we are only in the first round.
Roll on the Playoffs.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
How sad, How sad.
Never in the history of NewZealand sport, has one felt more sorry for a New Zealand team that has lost. These courageous young woman, who had no right to be anywhere near Denmark one of then top teams from Europe, played their hearts out for 90 minutes, only to be left heartbroken by losing 2-1.
Having shocked the soccer world by going up 1-0 early, and then just missing an opportunity to take a 2-0 lead, Denmark came back and equalized, and then in the second half, Denmark took the final lead.
New Zealand came so close to scoring the tying goal, but it just wasn't meant to be.
Who would of thought, that this Under 17 woman's world cup will produce players with so much skill at such a young age, and more importantly who would of thought that our own girls would be up with the best, they have been amazing over the two games, its too bad once again our media is downplaying this team because of the sport that they play.
This has been an amazing event and we are not even at the second stage, the crowds have been huge, the skill levels of all teams have shocked me.
But I think what I would take from this world cup is, how for 90 minutes our kiwis girls nearly shocked the world , only to be left heart broken.
Lets hope that these young ladies go on to get scholarships to the USA and further their careers as professional woman players, they deserve so much credit for yesterday's match against Denmark, not just a minute or two on TVNZ or a line in the paper.
Most heart breaking lost in the history of NewZealand sport, but also one of the best efforts ever seen by any New Zealand sporting side.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This piece of shit killed someone, and got Home detention, he had bought a new car and decided to be a big man, by smashing the speed limit and driving like a jackass at 120khm in a 50 zone, and he hit and killed someone. The victims family pleaded with the Judge to set an example to all young drivers, but the Judge was a gutless donkey and game him Home detention.
So for the next ten months this loser is going to stay at home and play on his xbox, download music to his ipod, go online, have his friends over for one big booze party, and Elizabeth Hart is still dead.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Eight years ago these men became famous for the catch cry, "Wassup" in a beer commercial. Eight years later they are back which has to be not only the best political ad this year, but one of the best ads ever. It has gone viral on the internet, but to my knowledge has yet to air on TV.
I believe the authorities need to arrest Sean Hannity for Mind Rape. His show that he presents on the GOP ran Fox news. Obama and friends, not only trys to Link Obama to terrorists, fraudsters, communists and murderers but basically suggests that Obama is all of the above.
This is surly a case of Mind Rape. He is violating his viewers mind's, with this trash, night after night and its getting uglier as the election draws in.
This hate that he spews is repulsive, and worst off he trys to comes off as being a Christian to hide his hate, no Christian would ever stoop to this level though.
So it may sound extreme but I think this is Mind Rape, he is deliberately trying to Rape your Mind with his lies and should be arrested for it.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
How sick in the head do you have to be to make up something like Ashley Todd did? For those that don't know, Ashley Todd, went to the police and told them she was mugged by a Black man, and then the man noticed she had a John McCain bumper sticker, so the man attacked her, and got a knife and carved B in her face, telling her he is a Barack supporter and she is now a Barack supporter.
The police become wary, because she wouldn't go the hospital and the her injuries looked like makeup, when they questioned her, she changed her story and said he also fondled her and kicked her in the head when she layed unconscious, the police also thought the letter B was carved too neatly.
This didn't stop Fox News reporters from telling the story, and having looks on their faces of disgust and wanting this Black man to be bought to justice. It didn't stop the Republican party from releasing statement after statement for attacking Obama, McCain even called her up.
Well, she is now admitted it was a lie,despite showing no remorse at all for her lie, she doesnt think she should go to jail.
I think, she must go to jail, what say the police believed her? What say a innocent man got arrested? This is repulsive what she did, and a disgrace, its just a pity this is the way this election has been going, with Fox News feeding the hate.
One can hope, with two weeks left, the election will become cleaner, but I doubt it.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Daniel Vettori is surly our greatest cricketer since the greatest cricketer ever, Sir Richard Hadlee.
In Vettori we have a player who always plays a captain's innings, he always fields like a captain should, and he also bowls like one of the best spinners in the world should, he has always done this, even when he wasn't captain and even when all others around him with would fall flat on their face, shrug their shoulders and say their catch phrase "We have to be more consistent"
Last night, the Blackcaps playing away from home, was facing defeat against a very poor Bangladesh side, our best bowler decided to become our best batsmen, he grafted away, he play for hour after after hour while all around him fell, he was a true test player.
What makes him so good? His attitude, their is no fake smile after the match saying he will do better next time, there is no blaming the other players, and more specifically not only does he set himself the highest standards, he lives up to them, and thats the key.
The other Blackcaps need to learn from this great man, they need to be with him early in the morning, warming up, or late at night watching match video, cricket tour these days aren't suppose to be a booze up, these players are professional and get paid a lot of money, they need to earn their keep.
So once again thanks to Daniel Vettori, for being our best player since Hadlee, thanks for showing us what a captain is all about.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The crowd you see is not for a Garth Brooks concert, its not to welcome the superbowl champs, it's a crowd to see, Obama give a speech, this is historical, folks are excited about this man, it's history changing, as someone from the forum DU said, "Imagine being able to tell your kids/grandkids that you voted for the first African American President.
What is more amazing to me, is that Fox News attacks haven't worked, they have tried every angle to discredit this man, that he use to smoke, that he sat on a board with a terrorist, that he went to a school in Kenya, that he is not for the common folk and the most strangest tactic of all, Joe the Plumber doesn't like him.
Well I'm sorry Fox News, it hasn't worked and be prepared to watch your ratings plummet if Obama ends up winning, you wont be hand in hand with this administration like you were with the last one.
I for one am looking forward to watching election day, to see History get created and to see a bunch of propagandists have to read out the winner, knowing that their whoring didn't work this time, it will be a site to see.
But back to Obama, if he indeed does end up winning it will be amazing to see the leader of the free world being an honest and intelligent man, it will be amazing to see a whole sector of society having someone they can look up to and respect, in just over two weeks, the world might change and it will be for the better and those hundreds of thousands of people that turned up for the rally, will have something to tell their kids about, life is good.
Friday, October 17, 2008
UPDATE2: FROM THE DU
Category-------Talking Points-----Fact Check
Name----------Joe The Plumber---Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher
Occupation------Plumber---------Contractor, Not Licensed Plumber
Politics---------Undecided------- Right wing radio regular
Income---------$250,000-------- "No, not even close." ($40k)
Boss's Business---$250,000 income--Closer to $100,000
Plans ----------Buy boss's business-No plans, not really
Obama---------Increases Joe's taxes -Would reduce tax >$500
Obama---------Mandates health care--No Mandate
Obama---------Imposes penalty----No Penalty
McCain ---------Really? ----------Really.
UPDATE1: THIS JUST IN:
JOE'S FIRST NAME IS SAMUEL
JOE IS NOT A PLUMBER
JOE IS A REPUBLICAN
JOE OWES BACK TAXES
JOE LIED ABOUT BELONGING TO A UNION.
Nice try Fox News.
Out of all the bizarre election stunts Fox news has pulled, Joe the Plumber has to be the most funniest.
Here was this working man, one of us, just trying to get ahead by buying his own plumbing business, he went up to Obama and told him, that his tax policy will mean he wont be able to afford it.
Well que Fox News to jump in and start a spinning, more so than O'Rielly when he is home along with a certain type of sandwich.
According to our fair and balanced friends at Fox News, this is a game changer, this will turn the election on its head, this will turn the average voter away from Obama and to McCain, thus McCain will win the election.
You see, Joe the public, is the ordinary working man, who justs wants a break and all of the USA can relate to him, if Joe the plumber says he voting for someone, then that who America is voting for, hes a hero, just trying to get ahead, no thanks to those tax and spend Democrats.
Despite giving this guy ample air time, Fox news has lined up more interviews with him, praising him, well I'm afraid Fox and the GOP, this is the worst October surprise ever, it ain't working at all.
You see Joe the plumber is not a Plumber, of course the GOP won't admit that.
Joe actually has family ties to high ranking members of the GOP, he is also originally from Alaska, are you getting my drift yet???
Basically, Joe is a plant, that the GOP and Fox are going to use, there is no way Karl Rove is behind this , he wouldn't come up with anything so stupid. They are going blast the media with him, telling us he speaks the truth and somewhere along the line, he will say with a tear in his eye, that he is voting for McCain.
If the GOP and Fox News think this is going to work, then I'm ashamed of them as human beings, for thinking so low of the American public, surly people aren't that stupid?, or having just watched Neil Cavuto, maybe they are?
Sunday, October 12, 2008
If it's all possible that a sector of New Zealand's journalists are more incompetent than our sports Journalists then it has to be our music Journos.
Lets take the 90's for example.
Thru their reporting on the international music scene, we heard about the rise of Grunge, we heard how hiphop and Rap artists were taking the world by storm, we heard about Robbie Williams and how cool he was.
Yet the rise of one Genre never made the media here. If I was to say, this style of music was the most popular form of music in the USA in the 90's, and it's top artist was the fastest selling artist in History and played to more people to any other artist, and he has now become the top selling solo artist of all time, if your from New Zealand, thanks to our media you wouldn't know who I was talking about.
If I was to say to New Zealanders , that a poll of Seattle High School students, on who they would love to see in concert the most, featured this guy at the top, If I was also to say that the demographic for this music form is 17-35 Urban college educated females, if I was to say that this Genre got respect for it's artists songs about Gay Rights, Racial Equality, Woman rights and the environment, New Zealanders still wouldn't know what genre I was talking about.
Why, because its so easy for them to just play on the stereotype and make jokes about people with no teeth or brains and pickup trucks. In 1993 a group of Polytech students from Christchurch training to be disjockeys, had access to a radio frequency and picked this Genre, for two months they did no research and ended up playing music from around 60 years ago and played satirical songs instead, when told about what artists they should play, they just brushed it off and had no idea what they should play.
Unfortunately this is still going on in the 21st century, the genre is treated as a joke, CD stores are in a time warp, having the same artists they would of had 40 years ago, not one NZ Journo could name the top artists today in this genre, instead they make lame jokes.
The sad thing is, the most popular New Zealand artist ever with sales of 8 million in the USA alone, gets no credit for his achievements, the kiwi who hosts a cable music show with 30 million subscribers also gets no air time, the New Zealand manager of one of the most successful artists ever has never got credit.
So to Answer my questions to the kiwi readers of this blog.
The most popular Genre in the states in the 90's was Country Music.
The most popular artist was Garth Brooks a country singer.
More people attended country music concerts in the states than any other form of music.
Seattle High School students voted Garth Brooks ahead of Nirvana and Pearl Jam as who they would love to see the most.
Garth, The Dixie Chicks and Martina McBride wrote songs about Gay Rights, racial equality, Woman Rights and the Environment.
Keith Urban is our most successful artist ever, not Scribe.
Kelly Wells is the Kiwi who hosts a show on CMT.
It was a Kiwi who managed Alan Jackson's first three albums.
The average country fan in the states is aged between 17-35, female, from the city and is college educated.
So Please New Zealand Journos, if sometime in the future you are going to report on Country Music, how about doing some research and getting some facts right, now excuse me I'm off to pluck the chickens and marry my cousin.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Well done John Key. NewZealand's next prime minister has announced a major tax policy four weeks before the election.
With all the damage Helen Clark has done to our economy, he did the right thing, and cut back on the tax cut for the rich, but still gave the working class man and woman their tax break.
Hats off to this man, if only more politicians were like him.
Monday, October 6, 2008
You have spent us into recession and you have totally spent the country's purse on all the wrong things, Welfare and lame tv progammes, how can you justify giving tens of millions to a children's cartoon and a show watched by Bogans.
How dare you criticize National for spending. You have been in Government for nine years and have totally screwed New Zealanders over, National wants to spend money on whats important, money in Kiwi's pockets, infrastructure , health and Education.
The conspiracy side of me says you knew you were going to lose, so you have emptied the country coffers just to make Key look bad, you know you can't win so you have decided to screw the public by making us broke, you belong in a jail cell not in parliament.
Thankfully we should only have four weeks of your destructive policies, the public wont be fooled this time Mr Cullen.
I only hope you have the integrity to say sorry to the Nation when you are voted out.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
And its thirsty work for the Blackcaps, first up in a long long season is the power house of Bangladesh, noone is really taking notice of the one dayers, but the two tests are of vital importance, we have to win and win them handsdown.
The batsman have to get some form, Ryder has to show he can go a day without drinking, and the great Tim Southee and Daniel Vettori well they just have to be themselves and everything will be okay.
But lets me honest this series is a warm up for the blackcaps, we have to travel to Australia for two tests against the best team in the world and we finally have a chance of beating them, with a new captain who takes a positive approach and a couple of real weapons in Taylor and Southee, we could do the impossible.
Fingers and toes are crossed.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
But what a great season, to win nine out of your last twelve, to become the only team in eighth spot to beat the top ranked team in the playoffs, that hasnt happen in any sport on the face of the planet.
To then go one better and win in the next round, shows what a amazing team the Warriors are. They have only finished one game short of a Grand Final, they have made the playoffs more often than not in the 21st century, they have taken their fans on a wild ride this season, ROLL ON 2009!!!!
How could you call the first debate for McCain? Not only did you call it for McCain, you said he dominated, you said he was like a headmaster and Obama was a school boy? Did Karl Rove come into the news room and put a gun to ya head?
That debate was either a tie or a close victory to Obama? McCain got several facts wrong about Obama and was called on it, and Obama didn't attack at all, it was a debate with no WOW moment, I don't think any independent voters would change their vote and no Democrat or Republican change their vote either.
Both made good points, Obama stuttered a bit, but we were clear where he stand, and McCain made his points, but maybe played on emotion to much and didn't look Obama in the eye.
So it's on to debate number two, I hope TVNZ actually watches this one.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
This book is a sad indictment of New Zealand sporting journalism, it shows the complete ignorance of Joesph Romanos one of our leading sport writers to the point of embrassement, it is so bad, that one may have to come up with a bizarre conspiracy theory to explain the total lack of knowledge not only in this book but by our leading sporting Journalists.
But first, this book is suppose to list the 100 greatest sporting achievers this country has ever had and it starts out well listing the best of the best, Peter Snell, Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Richard Hadlee and John Walker, but then the stupidity kicks in. You see this so called Journalist has put many local sports people ahead of our international superstars and I cannot see why?
According to Joesph, achievements by Lawn Bowlers, Archers, Sheep Sharers, Netballers, Walkers, and downhill mountain bike racers are higher than that of our top Footballers (Soccer) Wynton Ruther Oceania player of the century, Ryan Nelson (Captain of Blackburn and New Zealand first Premier league player, Sean Marks (new Zealand's first NBA Player and only kiwi with an NBA Ring and Kirk Penny New Zealand's second NBA player, not to mention our two NFL players Ricki Ellison and Dave Dixon, our woman's Basketballers who have made the WNBA, our international sprinters who are now coaching at the top colleges in the USA, the list goes on and on, we have so many sports people who are achieving at global sport who don't get the recognition.
Unfortunately this is the case across the board for all our leading sport Journalists, Brendon Telfer, Chris Miriams, Murray Decker, Andrew Saville, Spiro Angew, Keith Quinn and most of our leading print Journos. They totally ignore huge achievements by Kiwis overseas, to focus on these minor little sports, why?
One word, Rugby.
This obsession with Rugby that our journalists have is disgusting and its to the detriment of leading global sports, they are fearful that another sport may take over, so instead of reporting on sports that they deemed to be in competition with Rugby, (Basketball, track and field, Soccer, League, American Football, BaseBall,boxing ) , they focused a lot of attention on minor wee sports that no one globally cares about, EG: lawn Bowls, sheep sharing and Netball.
You have to ask serious questions of Joesph who would ranked a Lawn Bowlers achievement ahead of Sean Marks our first NBA player, now he didn't write this because he thought it was correct, no one would be that stupid, so there must be another motive.
How can Journalists not report on the daily happenings on what our top sport stars are doing on the global scene and focus on lawn bowls and netball instead? They must know this is wrong, something very suspicious is going on.
Lets look at Brendon Telfer for instance , probably the most insincere Jounros in our history, he has covered many Olympics so he knows about track and field, and most other sports, yet he twists and turns his comments, to make certain global sports to be insignificant and very minor ones to be global.
When you listen to him on radio sport talking about a major sport that isn't Rugby, he will sound like he is disinterested, he may start to eat something on air so the public gets the impression that what he is talking about cant be important, what is worse though is his total disregard for the facts and his hypocritical nature that borders on being O'Reilly like.
Here are some examples:
When talking of the League world cup he said "The Rugby League World Cup is Worthless"
Yet when talking of a much lesser sport Netball he said "This has to be the sporting achievement of the year"
He also said of the 1999 Netball world champs "This is the biggest woman's sporting event this year"
Unfortunately he said this one month after one Billion people watched the USA beat China in front of 90 thousand people to win the womans soccer world cup, somehow I don't think they had that many people watching the Cook Islands versus Tonga netball match.
His hatred of League is known, when a League Player got drunk and urinated in a public bar he said "It's animal behavior, what parent would want their kid to play that game"
Yet a few months later when a Rugby player got caught doing the same thing, he giggled like a little school girl and said "Boys will be boys"
When reporting on one of New Zealand's wins at the basketball world champs he was eating a sandwich and being patronizing , getting facts wrong and acting confuse like it wasn't a big story.
When Russia beat Afghanistan in League in front of 30 thousand people he said "Well they probably have never heard of Rugby Union, that is why they play league" All these comments were made in the past ten years, his comments thru the 70's and 80s were worst, the ones I have listed are the tip of the iceberg.
But probably the one that stuck in my mind was when Beckham left united for Real Madrid, the one football journalist at radio sport was talking about what a huge global story this is and how it was shown on Sky news, CNN and Fox news all day, when Brendon walked into the studio and was asked by his colleague.. "This is huge, have you been watching it on tv, Brendon?"
Brendon replied "It's like if Johan went to japan"
No Brendon, this was nothing like if Johan went to Japan, this is a story the sport world cares about.
I'm afraid this is what its been like with the NewZealand sporting media, they must know what they are spouting is lies, every time you turn on the news there is a lack of major sports stories involving kiwis or they try to connect rugby Union into any story.
They try to connect non sporting stories to rugby.
Some more Examples
When the New Zealand soccer team played the USA in front of 60 thousand people in Mexico the NZ Journo said
" You would think it was the All Blacks playing there are so many people"
When the soccer world cup started the NZ Journo said "Normally the world would be focused on the All Blacks"
A Father of a New Zealand Basketballer was asked "Your son is big, why doesn't he play rugby"
When the great Hamish Carter came back to NZ after winning the world triathlon champs the first thing he was asked was "Which rugby team do you support?"
Ryan Nelson once wrote in an email to Billy Harris, "What is wrong with New Zealand sporting Journalists, don't they know its 50 times harder to make the Premier League than the All Blacks" He wrote this because the NZ media made fun of a kiwi player making the Premier league suggesting that his former USA club will be happy to see him go.
In a item about the the great kiwi actress Anna Paquin the public was told she loves rugby and watches when ever she can, even though she cannot stand the game.
One of the most bizarre incidents was when a print Journo wrote that Bob Dylan's song The Hurricane was about the NZ rugby team the Hurricanes.
Our media reports that Johan Lomu has the speed of a world class sprinter, now his best time is supposedly hand time at 10.8, now that is very very slow time for a WOMAN sprinter.
We have been told by our media that rugby players could make the NZ four by 400 metre relay track team, which is absurd and a insult to anyone who has every represented their country in track and field.
When actor Lawerence Fishbourne came here to film a movie, the media said he loved rugby, when asked about this, he had no idea what the reporter was going on about.
The same thing happen to actor Chris O'Donnell.
When NFL films were set to film a rugby game, TVNZ told us :They might have problems filming the all blacks because they are so fast"
Every day of every week, we are fed another lie, another inaccurate report all in the aid to boost rugby.
We hardly hear about Ryan Nelson or Sean Marks, but so the media doesn't get accused of bias, they report on sports that aren't deemed to be in competition with rugby, minor sports like Netball, lawn bowls, down hill mountain racing, walking, boat racing.
Worst of all is the lies that the non sporting media allows to past, telling us that the all blacks are a global brand and repeating this lie, even though 95% of all all black merchandise is sold in this country. They are nowhere are global brand, but yet we hear this day after day.
When a government sponsored ad, to make sure parents pay child support was filmed showing a kid not allowed to play rugby because his parents didn't pay his fees, the ad never aired because the NZRFU complained, so they refilmed it using a kids soccer game instead, the NZ soccer federation complained but the ad still aired.
When the government aired a ad to tell speeding drivers to slow down they used a soccer dad showing him speeding instead of a rugby dad. Yet all positive government ads where they show good behavior from sporting parents are rugby parents.
Now These Jounros and government departments are either doing one of two things, one just being bias towards a sport they love, promoting it by lying about its world wide popularity and more sickly trying to get the achievements of our real global sport stars down, by ramming rugby down our throats and only reporting on minor sports.
The second reason is a wild conspiracy theory, that has no actual evidence whatsoever, but was put to me by someone, like other conspiracy theory's like man landing on the moon, Elvis is alive, Garth Brooks is a figment of Chris Gaines imagination and aliens in Roswell, it has to have a hearing, bit its probably false.
I don't believe Brendon Telfer and other Journalists can be that incompetent in their jobs as journalists, so is some money changing hands? Is the NZRFU paying jounros or government departments under the table to push their own barrel? Are they paying money to the media not to report on sports that they are in competition with?? Are their gifts changing hands? Is their a Salt Lake City thing going on? What is happening? because surly our jounros can't be that stupid?
Or can they?
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The funniest man in the world today has done it again it would seem. Ricky Gervais the creator of The Office and Extras has now moved on the big screen with his Comedy-Drama, Ghost Town.
As of writing, Ghost Town has an astounding 100% on film review site Rotten Tomatoes, which is unheard of except if your The Godfather.
I have yet to see this movie, and have only browsed clips on youtube, what I have seen is a gentler comedy than those of the past few years and a throwback to the movies of yesteryear, with a slight edge. Ricky plays a cynical dentist who dies for seven minutes while having a colonopsy, he is bought back to life and is unable to see and hear dead people, but unlike the sixth sense, he just finds the dead people annoying because they all want favours from him.
This movie would seem to have all the trademarks of Gervais's brilliance, and I for one cannot wait for it to open.
Judging by the early reviews, an Oscar for Ricky could be coming up, I'm sure he will be having a laugh right now.
Friday, September 19, 2008
He really needs to come out of retirement, here is the opening two songs of his concert in Kansas in 2007 to raise money for charity. This video was originally posted on youtube please go there and thank "9arth" for posting it. The poster at youtube has added another video.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
According to the Mayan's, the world is going to end on December 21st 11.11am GMT.
Millions of people around the world believe in this theory also, scientists believe the world will end in 2012 because of the Earth's axis, Christians believe that is the date of the Apocalypse, some of the peak oil people also believe the Earth will lose all of its resources on that date also.
There are literally hundreds of groups that have picked this date as the end of the Earth, you just need to go to Wiki and they have them all listed.
Several Physic authors have also said a major event will happen in 2012 that will change the Universal forever.
Nostrdomus also picked 2012 as the end of the earth, well he actually said "The bird flies south while the wind blows", but according to the Nostrdomus people that means the world will end in 2012.
Here is my problem with all the doomsayers for 2012. Mel Gibson, the most mentally unstable Australian in History believes it.
If that wasn't enough to get fair minded people to think this theory is nuts, then what about the thousands of groups thru out history that has already picked the date of the end of the world, and it didn't happen??
This is Y2k all over again.
Anyway here are my Predictions for 2012
Obama will get a second term
Garth Brooks will come out of retirement two years early.
GNR will release Chinese Democracy.
An Earthquake in Asia
A Flood in Europe
A Hurricane in the USA
The warriors will win the NRL.
Who do you think is going to be closer with their predictions?
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Dr Michael Cullen has done a Fonz.
No, He's not making out with every hot chick at Arnold's or Big Al's, he's not telling Ralph to sit on it, he's not even saying Hey! to everybody he meets. He has though jumped the animal in the above picture with his comments on John Key.
Cullen for some reason is tying Merrill Lynch being bought out to prevent a collapse, on Key's credibility as a Prime Minister because Key worked their eight years ago.
I'm not sure what point Dr Cullen is trying to make? Is he actually blaming Mr Key for the wall street crisis, by trying a six degrees of separation scenario? That is best left for the Kevin Bacon fans. This is a crude attempt by Labour to appeal to their base, by trying to make out that Key is just a fat Cat who has no idea whats going on in the real world.
Dr Cullen has to look at himself, as the Government's biggest fat cat. His statement that he said after his attack on John Key sums up the Labour party and their mindset.
Dr Cullen said "National's planned $50 a week tax cuts would put the Government's books in a poor state"
So Dr Cullen would rather the Government have more money than you. This is Labour Politics 101, and its disgusting, how can people not be outraged, it borders on socialism.
This Labour party is telling the people of New Zealand that they would like "The Government to have more money than the people."
Dr Cullen I think Henry can lend you his skis for the weekend.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Keith Urban is the only New Zealand born artist to have an album go to number one in the USA. He is our biggest selling artist in our history having sold millions of albums in the states alone, yet not one word from our music media who are suppose to care about the future of New Zealand music in this country.
Just last week he was nominated for two CMA's, including the prestigious Entertainer of the year award, he has worked with country Legend Garth Brooks and is on many artists albums thru all genres.
He plays to 3o thousand people in concert, and has fans on every corner of the globe, he is also NewZealand's most underrated artist in the country of his birth. He hasn't received a cent from NZ on Air, despite this Government department being formed to promote New Zealand artists overseas.
Scribe, a New Zealand rapper, has received nearly one million dollars to help with promotion and production of his videos and albums , because according to New Zealand on air he is a worldwide sensation that young kiwis can look up too. Well the reality is his last album didn't go Gold in Australia, or even wood.
Now of course artists shouldn't get a cent of public money they should stand on their own two feet, but that isn't the point. I would like NZ on air to be fair to all genres and the NZ media in general.
Keith Urban should be celebrated here, we should be told that our most successful artist is a country singer, promoters should be begging him to play Vector Arena, we have a great talent here folks, its a shame not a lot of kiwis know this.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Guess who won? The more observant of you, would probably guess the Warriors won, and you are right.
That must be the greatest game of league I have seen in decades, Manu did himself proud and his team proud, if he ran for Prime Minister he would win in a landslide after that performance.
Ya got to love playoff football, the Warriors, one of the most consistent teams in making the playoffs, and the most exciting teams to watch in the NRL, waited till the last two minutes to score the winning try!!!
It was a match for the ages, led by wise old heads, in Price, Wiki and Tait taking control of the match, I haven't seen this much determination by any NRL team this season, time and time again we just failed to score, it looked liked we had our last chance, until some Manu magic, he made a break and then passed to Witt, who raised the ball above his head in triumph before dotting down for the winner.
Roll On The Roosters!!!
Friday, September 12, 2008
How can one not like Anna Paquin? This Canadian born, New Zealand raised (she will always be NewZealand's little girl) has been living and working in America for over 15 years. She hasn't sold out, she hasn't done the party circuit, there has never been a drug scandal, she has never gone on a talk show and said something to make herself silly. Throughout her career she has just done some amazing movies, from her Oscar performance in the piano, to her role in Almost famous, from giving the SiFi genre credibility in Xmen, to art movies like Finding Forrester and Hurlyburly, she has always done herself proud.
Now comes what may be her best work, she plays Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO series True Blood. The show is based on the novels by Charline Harris. With Alan Ball taking charge of this series, Anna is on to a winner. Her performance through the first two episodes is stunning, she has a radiant beauty that others lack, her southern accent is perfect, she brings life to the series, you might not be into the vampire genre, but the presence of Anna makes this worth watching.
The show itself is violent and being about vampires there is a sexual tone to it, hopefully it will make it on to our screens here, uncut as it should.
A must watch, and Im guessing come award show time this show will clean up next year, well done to Anna Paquin!!
For the first time in ages, I agree with Prime Minister Clark, this election is about trust.
This election is also about honesty and fairness, this election is about the public wanting to make decisions for themselves without having the hand of the Government in every decision we make. This election is about personal responsibility and standing on your own two feet. This election is about the public as individuals and their own personal beliefs, this election is about democracy and capitalism. This election is about doing what's right.
Unfortunately for one of our most corrupt, cynical and self serving Prime Ministers in our history, she doesn't understand this, her speeches that prey on fear, will not work anymore, not even with her committed base, sure she might get a mountain of support from extreme socialist sites like the standard or people who believe one sector of society is to blame for the other's poor standing.
But the average member of the public is tried of her lies and they want to go about their business without some Government official telling them, what is best. This government that we have, is to be no more in seven weeks time, I only hope the new one can totally reverse the damage that Helen Clark, Marion Hobbs and Michael Cullen has done to our proud Nation.
We deserve better as a people.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The big story to come out today in the Peter's saga has to be this statement from Owen Glenn, "Ms Clark was clearly aware of my donation to New Zealand First."
Helen Clark has lied to the media, has lied to the serious fraud office and worst of all has lied to the people of New Zealand.
You have to do the honorable thing now, Helen, for the first time in your nine years in power, you have to do what's right, and forget about yourself, forget your followers like Marion Hobbs trying to turn us into a socialist nation. You must resign, you must say your sorry to the public.
You have destroyed a once great party for your own selfish views, please resign now and leave with what ever dignity you have left.
Now that rant is out of the way, below is the other highlights from Owen Glenn's comments to the media, courtesy of stuff's webpage.
On Ms Clark: "She's very self-serving... I am expendable. I wouldn't want them in the trenches next to me. It's not the money, it's the way you are treated, then you turn the dogs on me... toothless dogs."
On Mr Peters: "People in those elected positions and privileged position need to act ethically and be trusted and I doubt he can be... I don't think people with forgetful memories should be Minister of Foreign Affairs."
On Mr Williams: "Mr Williams is wrestling with the truth. He is an unmitigated falsifier of veracity."
He said Mr Williams was really a "bag man for the Labour Party" who wouldn't take "a second breath unless the prime minister tells him too".
Mr Williams though was a "great bloke to have a beer with" but it was shame on him that he lied: "You don't treat mates like that."
On Finance Minister Michael Cullen: "He's a bully... He's not the sort of guy I would want to spend a weekend with on an island with. But he is just following orders."
Congrats to Scott Dixon for rewriting New Zealand sporting History and winning the Indycar series for the second time. A great boost for motorsport in New Zealand, and surly this will earn him a Nod at the Halberg sport awards, I can not see him beating Valerie Vili though.
An Olympic gold medal should just rank ahead of this achievement by Scott. Where to now for this young man?, Nascar or F1? Or maybe he wants his third title, which would make him a legend of the sport.
The Republicans love her, The Dems hate her, and the folks over at Fox News is treating her like she is some sort of God, but what to make of this person who is running for VP. The Republican party showed they are very very smart in making her their VP pick, but they are also showed they are very cynical, they didn't pick the best person, they didn't pick the person they knew who could make the USA better, they picked the person who they could sell to their base, the person who would most represent what their base stands for.
Like most Politicians though, the image they portray to the public is far different from real life, lets be honest here, she is not ready to become leader of the free world, despite Fox News saying giver her a chance, this isn't a job at McDonald's.
She is selling herself to the public brilliantly and the GOP would give anything for her to actually become President, because if something was to happen to McCain, The public would believe her, when she says she is an outsider ready to clean up Washington.
Well I'm afraid, she wont be cleaning up Washington, that is what happens in Hollywood movies, she would be doing exactly what she is told by the people who control things behind the scenes, it is naive to think anything different.
She is a strong woman, any parent who raises a Down Syndrome child, needs to be congratulated, I wont go as far as Fox News and say "My heart melts with respect for her", but what she promotes, is not what she is about, she will turn Woman rights back 30 or 40 years, and she has the Oil companies best interests at heart, that is why this is a very manipulative choice.
In the next few weeks, expect her to give the same old speech, expect Fox News to do their bit also, but this election wont come down to Sarah Palin, it will come down to the voter turnout of the African American population.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Just saw this video on youtube, it's pretty cool, its of Obama and the Democratic convention set to the tune of the classic Garth Brooks song, "We Shall be Free" I didnt make it, but thought it deserved to go viral.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Well done to Garth Brooks.
He wanted to raise money for the victims of the California fires in January 2008, by doing a run of five shows in LA, (which sold out in record time) and by donating money from his CD sales, a nice gesture for the retired Brooks.
Not only did he put on a great run of five concerts, but he also raised, a staggering $6 Million dollars for the Southern California Intervention Relief Effort (FIRE) campaign.
It's great to see an artist who has decided to do good in his retirement and not just go out on a self promotion kick. His teammates for kids charity has also raised millions and millions since it's start up 1999.
I guess there are some good guys left in the world.
Well done to the Warriors, for making the playoffs, they outplayed and out thought Parramatta to win easily 28-6, they played with brains and played gusty throughout the game. They are now in post season football, where in a sudden death match they will either meet, Manly or Melbourne, welcome to finals football!!!
Friday, September 5, 2008
There is battle going on in the NBA and the battleground involves the new NBA team, the Oklahoma Thunder.
The battle doesn't involve, sponsors or a rival club after the same player, the battle is for the heart and soul of any team, THE TEAM SONG.
On one side, you have a bunch of Aussies, who have never been to Oklahoma and their fist pumping song , ThunderStruck, a rock anthem, which can be used to get a crowd pumped up.
On the other, you have local boy and the biggest selling solo album artist in USA history, Garth Brooks, who cut the ribbon to the new stadium.
His song, The Thunder Rolls is always one of the highlights of his concerts.
Both songs are worthy, but the upper hand must be with Garth, hes Oklahoma born and bred, and with a few lyric changes, the song The Thunder Rolls, which is set in a thunderstorm, will have country fans and non country fans abuzz. I mean thats what the team was named after, a thunder storm.
So hopefully as the new season starts, the thunder will roll, the lightening will struck, the team will win and deep in the heart of the fans, the thunder rolls.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The best player in the NRL today is innocent, the best player wont be avaiable for the Warriors against the eels, the best player got found guilty of a crime, when another player got off without a ban.
The best player cannot spit at someone from six feet away and have it land 3cm, near a touch judge. The best player will appeal, the best player though IMHO will still have to serve out a ban, the best player is gutted, the best player is a victim of a corrupt system, its just sad that the best player in the NRL plays for a team from New Zealand.
Its like in the mid 90's all over again and the NRL have bought back, Jagwat the elephant jockey. One can only hope the warriors can do the business in the last round without their best player.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
It is time for long serving Journalist Brendon Telfer to retire. For the last few years, he has spent his time misleading the public. On Tuesday's morning show, he said "Rugby is too complex for America" and suggested that maybe Rugby Sevens will be best suited for the American audience.
He was suggesting that the American sporting public might not be bright enough to follow the game, well he is either sadly mistaken, or he is trying to appeal to the anti Americans in New Zealand society by lying.
You see Americans follow a game that makes Rugby union looks like snake and ladders by comparison, I talk of American Football.
This sport has more rules than cricket, and the people who follow the game are students of it, debates rage all over the country, over the credibility of each teams playbook, The defensive alone might have to memorize 200 different plays for each game, and the sporting public of the USA would be able to tell you, what plays work better.
For Telfer to suggest that Americans wouldn't understand a complex game, borders on being bigoted. He really has to go for misinforming the public once again.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Prison Break is back. My predictions for the upcoming season.
Tbag will get his just desserts and I don't mean an ice cream, he will meet an untimely death in a horrible way.
Sarah will find her head, she lost it in season three.
Sarah will marry Michael.
Lincoln will be murdered, but his son will survive, as well as Lincoln's girlfriend.
Scure will save the day somehow.
Bellick will end up getting some, and turn good.
Mahone will just turn good.
The company will be bought down in a very bloody way.
The basketball kid will make the NBA!!!!