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David Seymour hoists himself with his own petard, providing small moment of levity
Henry Cooke 17:25 April 2nd, 2019

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ACT leader David Seymour should be thanked for providing Parliament with a small moment of levity.

ANALYSIS: David Seymour seemed to realise something was wrong just when he was too late to do anything about it.

The sole ACT Party Member of Parliament was standing just outside of the House on Tuesday taking oodles of questions from media about why exactly he was going to stand athwart history and yell "stop".

His stand was against the Government passing its gun control laws in just two weeks, a move supported by everyone in Parliament except Seymour.

While Seymour couldn't stop the Government doing this, he could stop it getting the bill rushed through with the support of all of Parliament, instead forcing them into the messy business of urgency. All he had to do was yell that he objected when Chris Hipkins stood up and sought the leave to abridge the normal process, and he'd get his nice little rhetorical win, perhaps winning the votes of some frustrated gun owners in the process.

But alas, as Seymour stood taking a good five minutes of questions from the humble press gallery, the clock ticked past 2pm and the House got going in earnest. Hipkins, clearly not believing his luck, started to reel off the long point of order to an incredulous House, while MPs across the spectrum craned their necks to check whether Seymour had arrived.

He had not. Despite rushing off from the media when he realised just how late he was - there's a handy clock and bell system to stop MPs being tardy - Seymour did not make it, and the point of order was carried with no objection. Seymour had missed his chance to stop the law being passed quickly because he was too busy talking about stopping the law being passed quickly.

This David had met his Goliath in the form of the boyish Chris Hipkins. And this time Goliath had won.

The Government MPs maintained big smiles throughout Question Time, handing a bucket of lollies passed down the front bench, National MPs - including the man obliged to lose to Seymour every election, Paul Goldsmith - could be seen openly laughing, with Maggie Barry wiping what looked to be tears from her eyes.

The end result, as Seymour noted with a big smile on his face after Question Time, was the same: the bill was always going to pass within two weeks. This position is entirely true, but also happens to invalidate Seymour's original plan.

This is a clear victory for Hipkins' reputation as a manager of the House, which was left somewhat damaged after a mixup voting for the Speaker just as this Government began its term.

It's also provided a tiny sliver of levity to what will be a grim session of Parliament begins to fully reckon with the horror of the Christchurch attacks.

Parliament's proxy system means MPs very rarely actually have to be in the House for important things.


The last time something like this happened was in 2007, when United Future MP Gordan Copeland quit his party thanks to his opposition to the anti-smacking bill. He then missed the third reading debate - and the vote, although he managed to have this corrected later.

Copeland was soon booted from Parliament, winning just 515 electorate votes. A similar future seems unlikely for Seymour, although Epsom voters are not known for their love of guns.

At least Seymour doesn't have to face his caucus and explain himself any time soon - unless he catches himself in the mirror, of course.


Stuff

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politi ... -of-levity

ghost note: What a shame the politicians of the United Kingdom can't find a way to work together for the common good.


This is the story of the week :smoke:


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:52 pm 
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David Seymour hoists himself with his own petard, providing small moment of levity
Henry Cooke 17:25 April 2nd, 2019

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ACT leader David Seymour should be thanked for providing Parliament with a small moment of levity.

ANALYSIS: David Seymour seemed to realise something was wrong just when he was too late to do anything about it.

The sole ACT Party Member of Parliament was standing just outside of the House on Tuesday taking oodles of questions from media about why exactly he was going to stand athwart history and yell "stop".

His stand was against the Government passing its gun control laws in just two weeks, a move supported by everyone in Parliament except Seymour.

While Seymour couldn't stop the Government doing this, he could stop it getting the bill rushed through with the support of all of Parliament, instead forcing them into the messy business of urgency. All he had to do was yell that he objected when Chris Hipkins stood up and sought the leave to abridge the normal process, and he'd get his nice little rhetorical win, perhaps winning the votes of some frustrated gun owners in the process.

But alas, as Seymour stood taking a good five minutes of questions from the humble press gallery, the clock ticked past 2pm and the House got going in earnest. Hipkins, clearly not believing his luck, started to reel off the long point of order to an incredulous House, while MPs across the spectrum craned their necks to check whether Seymour had arrived.

He had not. Despite rushing off from the media when he realised just how late he was - there's a handy clock and bell system to stop MPs being tardy - Seymour did not make it, and the point of order was carried with no objection. Seymour had missed his chance to stop the law being passed quickly because he was too busy talking about stopping the law being passed quickly.

This David had met his Goliath in the form of the boyish Chris Hipkins. And this time Goliath had won.

The Government MPs maintained big smiles throughout Question Time, handing a bucket of lollies passed down the front bench, National MPs - including the man obliged to lose to Seymour every election, Paul Goldsmith - could be seen openly laughing, with Maggie Barry wiping what looked to be tears from her eyes.

The end result, as Seymour noted with a big smile on his face after Question Time, was the same: the bill was always going to pass within two weeks. This position is entirely true, but also happens to invalidate Seymour's original plan.

This is a clear victory for Hipkins' reputation as a manager of the House, which was left somewhat damaged after a mixup voting for the Speaker just as this Government began its term.

It's also provided a tiny sliver of levity to what will be a grim session of Parliament begins to fully reckon with the horror of the Christchurch attacks.

Parliament's proxy system means MPs very rarely actually have to be in the House for important things.


The last time something like this happened was in 2007, when United Future MP Gordan Copeland quit his party thanks to his opposition to the anti-smacking bill. He then missed the third reading debate - and the vote, although he managed to have this corrected later.

Copeland was soon booted from Parliament, winning just 515 electorate votes. A similar future seems unlikely for Seymour, although Epsom voters are not known for their love of guns.

At least Seymour doesn't have to face his caucus and explain himself any time soon - unless he catches himself in the mirror, of course.


Stuff

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politi ... -of-levity

ghost note: What a shame the politicians of the United Kingdom can't find a way to work together for the common good.


This is the story of the week :smoke:


Seymour is a prize muppet

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:28 pm 
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Fact of the day...

Hippos can run faster than humans on land.

They can swim faster than humans in water.

Which means the bicycle is your only chance of beating a hippo in a triathlon.


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A couple on their honeymoon are just preparing to get into bed together when the wife says to the hubby, "darling I have a confession to make to you, I used to be a hooker."The husband thought for a moment and said, "actually, I find that a bit of a turn on, tell me about it."She replied, "well, my name was Graham and I played for Wigan."


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For all you Audi owners having a bad day.

A German guy approaches a prostitute.

"I vish to buy sex viz you."

"OK," says the girl, "I'll charge £80 an hour."

"..ist goot, but I must varn you, I am a little kinky."

"No problem," she replies cautiously, "I can do a little kinky."

So off they go to the girl's flat, where the German produces four large bedsprings and a duck caller.

"I vant you to tie ze springs to each of your hans und knees."

The girl finds this most odd, but complies, fastening the springs as he had said, to her hands and knees.

"Now you vill get on your hans und knees."

She duly does this, balancing precariously on the springs.

"You vill please blow zis kwacker as I make love to you."

She finds it odd, but figures it's harmless (and the guy is paying.) She finds the sex is fantastic, as she
is bounced all over the room by the energetic German, all the time honking on the duck caller.


The climax is the most sensational that she has ever experienced and it is several minutes before she has
enough breath to say:

"That was totally amazing, what do you call that position ?"

"Ach," says the German .. . . "zat is ze"............." Four-sprung Duck Technique."


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Police arrest Julian Assange at Ecuadorian embassy in London.


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https://www.click2houston.com/news/naked-teens-lead-police-on-high-speed-chase
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Naked teens lead police on high-speed chase

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. - Three women spotted naked at a Florida interstate rest area Wednesday are now wearing jail uniforms.

A custodian at the I-75 rest stop in Wesley Chapel called 911 after finding the women, all naked and applying sunscreen just after 11 a.m. Wednesday.

A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper pulled up to see the three young women **** and standing in the grass. They said they were "air drying" after showering.

They then ran to their car and left. The trooper followed but broke off the chase.

The pursuit resumed when the group were later spotted at a gas station.

Florida Highway Patrol says when they arrived the driver tried to run down a trooper, a passenger came at a trooper with a metal bat, another trooper rammed their car and they sped off again.

Just when you want Cops to use there Body cams :mrgreen:


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Israel's Beresheet, the first privately-funded mission to the moon, has crashed.


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Police shoot vehicle after it crashes into Ukrainian Ambassador's car outside London embassy
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Armed police opened fire on a car that drove into the Ukrainian ambassador's official vehicle in London this morning.

The incident occurred outside the Ukrainian embassy in Holland Park, Kensington.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian embassy, said an unknown vehicle had crashed into the car used for official duties by Natalia Galibarenko, the Ukrainian Ambassador, this morning and the man inside posed a threat that required British police to fire an unknown number of shots at the car.

The spokesman said that contrary to some reports in the media no shots were fired from the car.

It is not known if the man in the car was wounded, but he was eventually removed from the vehicle and detained by police.

The spokesman knew of no motive and did not know the nationality or any biographical details of the arrested man.

He said the embassy had not been threatened in recent weeks. All members of the embassy were reported as safe.

Reports on social media suggested up to ten shots were fired.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman told the Evening Standard that "police firearms were discharged" during the incident.

The spokesman said there had been no injuries and that the incident was declared over at 2.40pm.

Police cordons remain in place.

http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/pol ... ocid=ientp

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MAJOR fire in the Notre Dame de Paris... :cry:

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Notre Dame...800 years of not paying taxes and no water sprinklers or smoke alarms are installed? Say what?!

:idea: Hmmmm....Thinking some high level church official floated the idea of modernizing the structure years ago but it was voted down because "the people just wouldn't go for it". This stuck in his craw and eventually he made a deal & paid a lone worker to 'mistakenly flick a cigarette onto some oily rags' rendering enough damage to tug at heartstrings and loosen up donations (700 million so far). Multi-billion dollar corporations aren't about fund the re-construction themselves, the everyday masses would love to pick up the tab, gives them a feeling of hands-across-the-water...solidarity earning them all an indulgence into heaven. Gets people talking about new things other than children being raped by priests.

Daniel Day-Lewis to come out of retirement to play lead role in Hollywood film (quick rush, in theaters soon) :wink:

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Milton Bradley this years winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Most Cynical, he just be out Downer & Rope by a hair... :mrgreen:


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notre dame burning... horrible. so sad.

I was outside it once (the only time I've been in paris). we couldn't go inside. it was closed for some kind of renovation.

but, it was amazing to see. incredible building with so much history.

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'Freak waves' up to 10 metres high to hit surfing competition
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"Freak waves" of more than 10 metres are expected on the west coast of the Australian state of Victoria, as the world's best surfers take to Bells Beach for the Rip Curl Pro.

World Surfing League boss Kieran Perrow said riders were preparing for waves up to four times as big as normal, saying they would need to use bigger and more durable boards.

"We haven't seen this size of swell for a long time – people are talking about 81' and how big it was that year with the incredible waves," he said.

"It's got this hype about it, this excitement build-up to a swell we haven't seen in a long time."

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Towns across Australia are gearing up for huge swells that are set attract flocks of surfers and gawkers.

The Rip Curl Pro has experienced "lay days" over the past few weeks, with waves deemed too small to ride and surfers shacked up in their beachside hotels.

New Zealand Surfer Ricardo Christie is competing in the Rip Curl Pro as part of the Men's Championship Tour.

Fellow Kiwi Paige Hareb was knocked out during the elimination round of the Women's Championship Tour earlier this week.

Friday's forecast had led Australia's Bureau of Meteorology to issue surfers a warning: beware.

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Fifty-year storm? Australia's Bells Beach is likely to see waves of 6 metres (and possibly higher) for the Rip Curl Pro on Friday

Senior forecaster, Chris Godfred, says waves of up to 14 metres could occur out at sea with vicious south-westerly winds expected.

"People should always be aware that there is the risk of 'freak waves', where you get the odd wave that is significantly higher, sometimes by about 50 per cent," said Mr Godfred.

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology is urging small boats to refrain from heading out to sea until Saturday, when waves are set to subside.

The bumper swells are music to the ears of surf shops.

Kate Trevena, a Rip Curl store manager, says sales have tripled expectations this week.

"There's a massive buzz around it – you just overhear everyone saying things like 'have you heard about the swell?'," she said.

"It's absolutely flat out for us."


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No mention of the horror in Sri Lanka then?

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Speaking of Christ on a cross at Easter...

Saudi Arabia executes 37 people, crucifying one, for terror-related crimes

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/23/middleeast/saudi-executions-terror-intl/index.html

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