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Broadcasters show some balls; Nats lick their own

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2007-07-06 06:30

At last, four New Zealand TV networks--TV3, Maori TV, Sky and TVNZ (where's Prime?)--show some backbone and refuse to abide by the new rules preventing the showing of unflattering behavior by MPs in parliament.

And coming across the finish line, better late than never... the National Party.

Looks like the severed horse's head I put in John Key's bed did the trick...

Recent Comments:
You guys are getting through! — by mvardoulis on Sat, 2007-07-07 00:55
Michael... — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2007-07-07 00:01
WONDERFUL NEWS, ROSS!!! — by mvardoulis on Fri, 2007-07-06 22:07

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Reprise: A warrant for revolt

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2007-07-05 01:42

What is the real meaning of the Declaration of Independence? Is it just an eloquent precis of rights, and of proper government; a setting out of abuses by the British king, and a sad breaking of bonds? Or is it about something more fundamental?

Recent Comments:
No, Ross — by 0 on Sun, 2009-09-27 00:27
Liberty and freedom... — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2009-09-27 00:18
Cutie pie analogies as argumentation — by 0 on Sat, 2009-09-26 23:58

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Gay Bomb may solve Iran problem

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2007-06-29 03:55

The Pentagon-designed gay bomb was a spoof but it gathered some traction on radio and on TV, and on You Tube.

Here's Leno's take on it [turn up your volume]:

Leno drops gay bomb

And here's an hilarious piece from Fox News:

Gay bomb effects

Recent Comments:
Jeff Wayne — by Luke Setzer on Fri, 2007-06-29 17:28

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It ain't pretty...

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2007-04-26 04:25

...and it's getting uglier.

The Centre for Independent Studies has published a disturbing report into the growth of New Zealand's public spending.

Government spending is up $19.5 billion--a staggering 32%--since 2000, the year after the current Labour government came to power.

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Perigo: Blast from the past #1

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2007-04-16 08:47

It was 1987. New Zealand was basking in the glow of a semi-freemarket revolution. Men's fashion, hairstyles and eyewear were being experimented with at an uncontrollable rate; nowhere more so than in TV journalism.

Recent Comments:
Oh dear! — by Kenny on Thu, 2007-04-19 22:46
Speaking of Perigo.... — by Hayden Wood on Thu, 2007-04-19 03:27
Joe — by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2007-04-18 04:26

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800 Pound Guerilla Part Deux

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2007-01-19 07:49

From SOLO's friends at Cox & Forkum:

C&F can speak for themselves, but let's never forget that you either get tough or you get going.

Recent Comments:
Good post Robert. — by Sandi on Fri, 2007-01-19 20:43
And let's also remember — by Robert on Fri, 2007-01-19 19:06

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Favorite Christmas Movies

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-12-22 07:47

Ok, I'm prepared to be educated: something I don't easily admit to.

I expect the usual including Miracle on 34th St. & It's a Wonderful Life. But, let's try for something a little different that uses the Christmas spirit as a back drop for an enthralling tale. Stuff like Love Actually, The Family Man or [God forbid!] Die Hard.

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Aw, c'mon! — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-12-30 01:21
Agreed! — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-12-28 17:14
NO! NOT JIM CARREY! — by Melissa Lepley on Thu, 2006-12-28 15:34

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Meet the new boss...

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-11-28 04:27

...same as the old boss. Well, actually, same as all the other bosses.

Today, John Key gave his first speech as National Party leader, and it was as bad as I thought it would be. Filled with nothing but bland, soporific pragmatism and third-way, warm 'n' fuzzy, political code-speak, Key's speech says nothing and adds up to nothing. It does, however, reveal everything.

Recent Comments:
Mmmmm ..... hangi.  Now I — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-11-29 22:39
one citizenship — by Scott Wilson on Wed, 2006-11-29 21:29
Hey, don't get me wrong... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-11-29 05:49

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Clintoniad: a little speculation

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-10-24 23:37

Section 1 of the twenty-second amendment to the United States constitution:

No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once... [emphasis mine]

Recent Comments:
ick god please no — by Marnee on Wed, 2006-10-25 04:50
I would love to see her go — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-10-25 04:49

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Competition? Only if you insist...

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-09-30 09:20

Recently, NZ's largest company, Telecom, released a press statement proclaiming that it welcomed competition from a new entrant in the domestic telephone market.

But, that's not quite truthful, is it?

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Craig copiously, commendably & conspicuously concurs... — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-10-01 02:37
Ross routs regulation rooters — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2006-09-30 20:24

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-09-19 04:51


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Huh? This was an accidental — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-09-29 05:42
uoeuoeuoeuoeu — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-09-19 21:36
Driven Snow? — by Melissa Lepley on Tue, 2006-09-19 18:16

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Cox & Forkum KASS

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-09-12 01:06

SOLO's friends over at Cox & Forkum never miss a beat.

Here are two recent 'toons that hit their targets straight & true.

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Cartoons! The Ones that Got Islamo-Fascists' Tea-Towels in a Twist

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-09-12 00:16

الحرية = Freedom!

Recent Comments:
That headiline — by Kenny on Fri, 2006-09-15 23:16
Um...Olivia?? not heard of — by Sandi on Wed, 2006-09-13 07:14
Q: What's green and smells of pork? — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-09-13 04:06

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Kiwi Kinks Fans: Heads up!

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-09-11 07:11

Tonight on TVNZ-1 at 11:30 is a doco about Ray Davies, feat. interviews with Bowie and Costello.

Should be worth a look.

Recent Comments:
*comprehension* — by Melissa Lepley on Tue, 2006-09-12 00:21
Melissa, Chi-Girl, this is — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-09-11 23:21
You know... — by Melissa Lepley on Mon, 2006-09-11 15:51

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Where Were You?

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-09-11 01:03

An ABC News poll reports that 95% of Americans recall exactly where they were during the 9/11 attacks. We can only assume the other 5% were comatose.

Recent Comments:
1st day of uni — by Kat on Tue, 2006-09-12 03:26
My car broke down — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-09-11 23:31
I was teaching at an — by User hidden on Mon, 2006-09-11 22:16

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Login problems

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-08-25 07:28

Looks like the irritating login problems won't go away for some SOLOists.

So, I'm after some feedback.

If you've been having problems logging in then I want to know the following:

  • when did it start?
Recent Comments:
Roger that, Sandi — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-09-09 01:55
A grope in the dark — by Sandi on Sat, 2006-09-09 00:30
Sat morning - log trouble — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-09-08 23:06

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Big Love, Polygamy & a Woman for all Seasons

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-08-24 13:19

I've become a big fan of the HBO show, Big Love.

From HBO: "Think having three wives is a dream come true? Meet Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), a modern-day Utah polygamist who lives in suburban Salt Lake City with his three wives, seven children, and a mounting avalanche of debt and demands. The owner of a growing chain of home improvement stores, Bill struggles to balance the financial and emotional needs of Barb, Nicki and Margene (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin), who live in separate, adjacent houses and take turns sharing their husband each night.

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Why was Polygamy promoted by the Mormon Church — by Orson on Mon, 2007-07-23 01:52
I saw this — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-09-16 22:26

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Trump's New Chicago Tower - Shiny

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-08-22 06:11

Currently under construction.

92 floors. Hotel and residential. Nice.

Click a thumbnail to have a full size image open in a new window.

Recent Comments:
It's designed to stop a — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-08-23 04:13
Bugger... — by Robert on Wed, 2006-08-23 02:15
The WTC towers were not — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-08-23 01:54

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Pump up the volume

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-08-17 01:17

A few articles from two of my favorite commentators, Thomas Sowell & Mark Steyn.

Will cease-fires never cease?

In which Sowell provides a concise, modern history of Israel and lays the blame for Arab refugees firmly at the feet of the Arabs themselves. Hot off the press.

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-08-15 08:06

So, Fidel's sick. Aw, too bad.

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-07-26 07:52

Seems like it's up to me to post some pics of the latest space shuttle mission.

Get a load of that Earth. We—you and me—live there. *That's* what it's all about. Believe it.

Recent Comments:
Safety Is the Top NASA Value — by Luke Setzer on Fri, 2006-07-28 09:52
Thanks, Luke. — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-07-28 00:17
CEV and CLV and LSAM and More — by Luke Setzer on Thu, 2006-07-27 23:30

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SOLO's New Look

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-07-21 06:47

Yes, the old tart has had a makeover. As we would say in NZ, a bit of a tickle-up.

Hope you like it.

SOLO is best viewed at a resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher. If you aren't sure about your resolution just search your computer for "display settings".

Recent Comments:
SOLO's New Look — by James Heaps-Nelson on Sun, 2006-08-06 00:25
Wow Linz! — by Olivia on Tue, 2006-08-01 10:03
Everyone back off! — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-07-31 06:57

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Take The Moral High Ground

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-07-15 05:32

[Reprised from the SOLO-HQ archive, in small part, to provide succor to those poor SOLs sorely tested by that prehistoric reptilian species, Ignoramus Rex]

Ever get into one of those situations where some statist sympathiser is pontificating about the failure of the market, slamming individual choice and demanding some "corrective" action from government? And, you sigh inwardly, your eyes (and your mind) glaze over, and you think: Oh, dear, here we go again.

How many times have you avoided conflict by making some harmless observation, by moving away to freshen your drink, by turning the conversation to a less contentious subject? By remaining silent?

We’ve all done it. Some of us have even turned it into an art-form. But, remember what Edmund Burke said: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

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Glad you enjoyed it. — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-08-29 04:01
Ross — by 0 on Fri, 2009-08-28 23:32
Hi Marnee, I see where you — by Jon Coster on Tue, 2006-07-25 22:15

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"I'm so ronery..."

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-07-05 23:29

North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Il, is at it again.

The vertically-challenged, voluminously-coiffured, Marxist funny-man, has launched a small phalanx of missiles into the Sea of Japan. Nothing important was hit but several bruised & pissed-off whales have been seen protesting on the surface. Someone call Greenpeace.

It's obvious that Kim Jong Il—or as some like to call him, Menta Lee Il—is feeling very left out of things. What with the Iranians & Al Qaeda stealing all the headlines recently, he must be feeling very... ronery.

Recent Comments:
Why Kim Jong Il is throwing missiles out of the cot — by Scott Wilson on Fri, 2006-07-07 08:25
Another Cox and Forkum fan! — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-07-07 05:20
Thoughtful Gift — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2006-07-07 00:53

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"...our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-07-04 01:28

So pledged the Founding Fathers.

And, they meant it.

The fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence had everything to lose. They were professional men. Wealthy men. Landowners. Many with close ties to Britain. Many with families dear to them. Young like Edward Rutledge, 26, or older like Ben Franklin, 70.

Recent Comments:
Ever upward — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2009-07-04 16:57
"...our sacred honor..." — by Ptgymatic on Sat, 2009-07-04 06:54
Correction! — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-07-04 06:32

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New York City - Big Aerials #1

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-06-30 05:38

Since Jennifer started her Freedom Tower thread, I've had a barely-contained desire to hi-jack it and turn it into a New York skyscraper expose.

So, I've begun my own Smiling

For a start, here's some high aerial shots of my love. They are severely scaled down. Please click on them to get the full impact. They'll open in a new window or tab.

Recent Comments:
click — by Brant Gaede on Mon, 2010-08-09 18:11
Permission — by kylejoconnor on Mon, 2010-08-09 17:37
Yes, Chi Town has it's own — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-07-01 00:22

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-06-26 00:02

[reprised from SOLOHQ]

"Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the Constitution of any State or Federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups."

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True, but for eloquence, the — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-06-29 06:33
This reminds me... — by Olivia on Thu, 2006-06-29 04:44
This is excellent... — by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-06-27 02:55

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We Went To The Moon

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-06-19 05:43

[reprised from the SOLOHQ archive in response to the current public fascination with 9/11 conspiracy theories]

There's a vicious little conspiracy theory about that maintains that Man never set foot on the moon. That it was a hoax. A lie.

It goes something like this:

The Cold War was in full swing. President Kennedy had committed the United States to a moon landing as a counter to the early Soviet space successes. However, NASA discovered that it was an impossible task. So they decided to fake it; to save face for America and to show superiority over the Soviets. And, with the full knowledge of thousands of officials, scientists, engineers and of course, the astronauts themselves, they filmed the moon landings on a massive lunar movie set. Then they kept it a secret for over 30 years.

Recent Comments:
Technology has certainly — by Erik Christensen on Sat, 2007-07-21 18:33
Good on you Lindsay — by Rex Wilkinson on Fri, 2006-06-23 10:20
Linz — by MJ on Wed, 2006-06-21 15:17

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New Poll: How did you find us?

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-06-18 05:42

Left sidebar and down. Please vote!

Note: If you vote Other, then please add a comment as to what that Other was Smiling

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Personal Liberty & National Well-being

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-05-23 04:48

Gareth Morgan is a NZ investment advisor, world traveller and father to NZ's richest internet entrepreneur, 29 year-old Sam Morgan, who just sold his online auction company, TradeMe, for $700 million. Although Sam took the lion's share of $220 million, his father as a minor investor reaped a cool $47 million.

Gareth has undertaken a motorcycle trip through the back-blocks of America. Typical of many New Zealanders, he is taken with many aspects of US society but doesn't quite get the whole picture. This leads to some quite superficial and cliched commentary as part of a diary he's publishing during his journey.

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