Overkill !

January 7, 2011

From the NZ Herald online….

Sheridyn Rawlins and Chris Graham with their daughter Brooklyn.

Armed police stopped a man, his pregnant wife and 3-year-old daughter after reports that he was waving a gun at passing cars.

Chris Graham, 28, has been charged with unlawfully carrying an imitation firearm and appeared in the Waitakere District Court yesterday. He pleaded not guilty.

He told the Herald that he had been playing a game with his 3-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, and police had made a mistake.

But police say they had a call from a neighbour saying a man was pointing a firearm at other people.

Graham said he was chasing his daughter with a broken paintball gun and she was chasing him with a water pistol on Tuesday evening.

About an hour later the family all got into the car to go out for dinner. His wife, Sheridyn Rawlins, was driving and he was in the back seat with his daughter, he said.

They pulled out of their Te Atatu South property and saw a police car in the middle of the road. Armed police officers were in the surrounding houses.

“The cops were screaming ‘stop the vehicle’ … there was another guy screaming ‘I’ve got a clear shot’,” Graham said.

Ms Rawlins said she was not sure if the police were talking to them but she stopped the car and got out.

She said one police officer told her: “I need to take you around the corner because they might shoot him.”

Graham said he unbuckled Brooklyn before he was told to put his hands out the window and then to get out. He said he was yelled at when he brought his hand back inside to open the car door.

He said the police found the paintball gun on the veranda where he had left it and he was handcuffed and taken to the police station.

Waitakere area commander Inspector Gary Davey said police got a call from a neighbour of Graham who saw a man waving a gun around, shooting at a passing car and pointing it at other people. Mr Davey said police stopped the car because they feared Graham could have had a gun.

He said if people carry toys that look like real guns then they run the risk of being at the centre of an armed police callout.

“This happens [a lot] – generally it is black or silver water pistols but no one knows if they are real or not. Police have to take all reported firearms incidents seriously.”

Mr Davey said Graham would be able to tell his side of the story in court.

Graham described the charges as an “inconvenience” but said his boss has been understanding.

Ms Rawlins said the police could have knocked on the door.

“It was very distressing for a pregnant lady and a 3-year-old child.”


Ninja Nazis?

This response by the Police has got me lost for words, mainly expletives.
Do we have to hear another load of hang wringing bullshit from these dimwit Rambo’s if a trigger happy c**t let loose and killed Chris Graham?
It is a pity Sheridyn didn’t fuck with their heads and stand in between the cops and her husband, saying ” If you are going to shoot me, aim for my unborn child”.
And what about the dick head who told Graham to get out of his car, then gets all trigger happy when he puts his hand down to the door handle!

What is with all this ‘member’ phraseology, ‘member of Police’, ‘member of public’, ‘gang member’? Sounds too penile for my liking, it is a Freudian slip.

Back on the subject, I have noticed a definite paramilitary culture shift by the morons in blue. Did this young family have to hear TV cop show drivel like “I’ve got a clear shot” and be told intimidating shit like “I need to take you around the corner because they might shoot him.” Obviously these wankers have learnt nothing from their terror raid fiasco in Ruatoki.

I think the Graham family has a bigger case against the Police for excessive response.

The NZ Police have an image problem. Haven’t you noticed their impeccable sense of timing when people bolt in cars and have fatal crashes? The Police always break of the chase 20-30 seconds before the crash. I don’t mind if they fatally run some arsehole in a stolen car into a power pole, that is the job and a fair punishment for an arsehole who just cause somebody a whole lot of grief over their car being stolen. But don’t lie and devolve yourselves from the crash.


Pigs in Space

December 26, 2010

“Police roading national manager Superintendent Paula Rose confirmed police were investigating setting up point-to-point cameras, which record the time a car takes to travel between two points on the open road.

The system calculates if their average speed is higher than the speed limit, and if so the driver is issued with a fine.”

So the Police have this new technology on their wish list at a time of budget restraints. If they get their way it will be simple proof that speed cameras are not a budget restraint item because they are a revenue stream. What these morons need to get into their heads is that if everyone stuck to the speed limits and didn’t drink/drug drive, there would still be a road toll because people are people, not machines, so they make mistakes and errors of judgement,some of which can be reduced with real driver training plus actual enforcement of some disturbing driving habits I see every day on the road. Some of these bad driving habits are: failing to keep left, failing to maintain speed close to the open road speed limit, fail to giveway on rural side roads, failing the following distance rules (tail gating) and failing to overtake with a 100 metres of clear road ahead at completion of the overtaking manoeuvrer. I would cheer to see road cops ticketing people for these kinds of offences rather ticketing someone 10-15 kms over the speed limit.

One idea could be a logical extension of the right hand rule when two highway over taking lanes merge, the left hand lane(so called slow lane) vehicle gives way to the right hand lane vehicle if the two vehicles are neck and neck trying to beat each other to get in front. This will preserve the status of the over taking lane (right hand lane) and make it an offense to under take. Naturally this rule is open to the rule of courtesy in urban 50 km areas where there are merging traffic flows at congestion time, the merge like a zip courtesy rule applies.

ACC Making Savings?

December 23, 2010

The latest outrage is ACC declining injury payouts using the flimsy excuse of degenerative causes, backed up by old retired quacks for hire, while Minister Smith claims his corporation is “making savings”.

The best medical opinion money can buy?

More a like a big rubber stamp labeled “Declined”.

American HMO’s have been declining claims according to performance figures as set by management, the injuries or illness don’t even figure in the consideration to decline.

No doubt NZ’s ACC has taken inspiration from this practice to make more money, or should I couch that in their terms ” reduce debt”.

I guarantee ACC is spending more on legal fees to defend law suits.

They are banking (pun) on people losing the will to fight them.

I hope the voters of Tasman decide to make savings next election and send this tosser the message that bullshit and lies don’t pay.

Problem is with true Blue National Electorates, you could put a pin stripe suit on a donkey and the morons would vote it in .. hee haw!

The Toad of Toad hall.

August 30, 2010

Let’s Bury the Hatchet!

Body Language from 2008 says a lot?

So it seems Heather Roy had enough of Rodney Hide’s Act?
Isn’t the Act party name so handy for derision.
e.g. The Actung Party.

Hide has shown his far right hand by creating Auckland Super city without any mandate from Auckland and surround cities rate payers.
First he crash changes this without the ‘clutch’, then we have to sit around hearing all the costs start leaking out of ‘the sump’, soon the ‘exhaust’ will fall off his ‘Super City vehicle’ creating a big noise with rate payers getting the tar and feathers ready for Rodney’s Hide.

I predict Hide will be falling on his sword in Epsom come next election.
Sorry Rodney, people do like the illusion of a consultative democracy at the very least!

Entering a Mine Field

March 24, 2010

PM Key’s alter ego? Mathesa the Gormless Alien from Galaxy Quest.

Yes PM Key!
Grin away NZ’s environment for 30 pieces of Siver, or gold and what ever else your puppet master’s in the Big Business lobby have plans to mine.

The Nasty nats are putting it to us that there will be surgical mining with a low foot print.
But beware of secondary infection to the environment from acid mine drainage.
How do you spin the public about tailings dams PM Key?
Call it a face lift?
Big problem also with using footprint analogies, they can backfire with a bad case of foot in mouth.

Not content with fucking NZ’s environment, the Nats have also hatched plans to whip the poor on the dole to get them back into work when unemployment is at a 10 year high thanks to the world wide recession.
But that is what happens when you believe your own bullshit about recovery.

Mining affectionado Gerry Brownlee and alter ego Jabba the Hutt.

System Overload

February 20, 2010

Can you hear me Snow White?

NZ Telecom’s XT network has been falling over regularly, with some customers in the South Island failing to get service for 5 days or more.
Richard Hammond, a Top Gear host, fronted the ad campaign to herald the new XT network as the best thing since sliced bread.
Fairgo gave the ad series worst ad award for 2009.

Unfortunately XT has not lived up to the 4 foot Pom’s hype.
I guess that is what you get when you use the X word, X being an unknown quantity.

This what you get when a communications company uses turn key installation contracts, lowest tender etc.
Telecom admitted that there is not enough switch capacity, resulting in overloaded equipment and crashes.
To me that sounds like Telecom tried to build XT on the cheap.

Taking the High Ground on Dope

February 18, 2010

When asked about the Law Commission’s recommendation that a review needs to be taken at the status of Cannabis in the drug law statutes, Simon Power showed us why he is a member of NZ’s conservative party by answering the reporters in a fashion reminiscent of a Rob Muldoon glaring retort.

Not on his watch, was the interpretation; no discussion will be entered into.

Exactly the same approach has been taken by National over the super city, no discussion.

So National is content with the current Cannabis laws that punish growers of more than 9 plants with a complete stripping of property, based on feeble excuses such as tainted property, in lieu of any real evidence of wealth accumulation, certainly a punishment that outweighs the crime.

National’s 1991 proceeds of crime law was set up as a precedent for legalised robbery by the first case, a Hawkes Bay farmer who bought the property with Lotto winnings, the Cannabis had been cultivated by another party before the unwitting new owner took possession of the property.

Instead of dreaming up dumb fuck ideas like bicycle tracks to employ 5000 people to build, why not legalise Cannabis and place it on a taxable footing like any other activity?

We have a major tourist industry, tourists come here for a holiday, and that means relaxing, and some of those tourists like to smoke weed, in fact a lot of tourists like to. A principle of business is that you have to play to the market, we are missing out.

It is no use gazing negatively at a crystal ball and predicting great calamity over softening/legalising Cannabis laws.

There are always going to be idiots that over indulge, no matter what substance we are talking about.

The current laws do not work to stop Cannabis use; people have little or no regard for the law as it stands.

Police have suffered a negative perception for 38 years or more from enforcing Cannabis laws.

The more popular Cannabis became the inverse of popularity happens to Police.

We have got to take the bull by the horns and work through the issues of age limits, education about sensible use in a healthy and productive lifestyle, how smoking Cannabis fits in with the increasing restrictions on smoking in public places etc.

To be realistic we have to raise the drinking age back to 20 in anticipation for legalisation of Cannabis.

If you want an example of absurdity, look at work place drug testing.

Cannabis metabolite produces a fail test for up to 3 months, yet the intoxication wore of 89 days ago.

A commentator remarked that drug testing for Cannabis is Art masquerading as Science.