I’m gonna go with the Microblog approach today
Topic 1: Basketball
I don’t really care too much about the NBA, but I do care about the Tall Blacks (the name of NZ’s men’s basketball team). The have levelled the series against the Australian Boomers two games apiece and have just pulled off their first win on Australian soil and won the series. The games they lost were pretty close, but the games they have won have been blow outs; this means that the Tall Blacks win on points aggregate. The last win was 79-71 (ok, not so much of a “blow out”) and the kiwis did well to keep Andrew Bogut (the only NBA player on either squad) out of the game. In fact out of the whole series. Kia kaha!
Topic 2: Charlie and the weirdos
A relatively short while after the death of the Kahui twins that shocked and angered the nation (well maybe not Michael Laws) comes a Christian group advocating beating your children for up to 15mins to “purge the demons”. They also have other nuggets of wisdom in their pamphlet including this one: If the child is angry after the smack, you have not smacked hard enough”.
It’s nice to see that everyone on earth seems to know that these people are idiots. Even people who write into Stuff know it. All we’re missing is a missive from Muriel Newman
At the same time as these idiots (who are fighting the repeal of Section 59) are putting out their pamphlet (was it written in shit?), President of Federated Farmers, Charlie Pederson, is making war with the environmentalists. Again no one is having a bar of it. Well done New Zealand; that is New Zealand minus Charlie and the weirdos who hit their kids for 15 mins at a time.
Topic 3: An iPod Shuffle (i.e. “filler”)
Song – Band - Album
- Lucky – Fly My Pretties – Live at Bats
- Boll Weevil – The Presidents of the USA – The Presidents of the USA
- We don’t know where we’re going – Gomez – Split the Difference
- Step Aside – Sleater Kinney – One Beat
- Breathe in the Summertime – The Kleptones – Yoshimi Battles the Hip Hop Robots
- Carmella – Beth Orton – Daybreaker
- Nato’s Theme – Fly My Pretties – The Return of…
- Guided by Wire – Neko Case – Furnace Room Lullaby
- You – REM – Monster (hey, that almost makes a sentence)
- Reverse Resistance – King Kapisi – Savage Thoughts
- Where do we go? – Talib Kweli – Quality
- The Lesson - The Roots - Home Grown!
- Buy Her Candy - Sleater Kinney - Dig Me Out
Topic 4: Mistakes
I’m surprised nobody picked up on my deliberate grammatical error in the title of yesterday’s post.
Topic 5: George Bush
Well the other day he was having a public/private conversation with Tony Blair. “Yo Blair, where you going?” we heard him say. We watched him eat with his mouth open. Then there was this other incident at the G8 (from Public Address):
Bush walked into the room for an important summit and gave the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, an uninvited neck massage, by which she was surprised and apparently not pleased. I'm sorry, but that's just weird. Photos and video via AmericaBlog.Yesterday he continued his slurred attempt at diplomacy by saying Syria should back off. I’m sure the bombed Lebanese were grateful.
Now he’s vetoed stem cell research. "It crosses a moral boundary," Bush said. I let you wonder about what shape George’s boundary line is in. But either way, does anyone else think that ‘W’ Bush is back drinking? He seemed pretty soused at the G8. He’s under a lot of pressure at the moment, and what ex-alcoholic wouldn’t reach for the bottle when his approval ratings are going through the floor?