Smiters of Iniquity New Year – 22 May 2009

There's still time to buy your charcoal pills to celebrate BS 4.1, the first day of the new year, falling on 22 May 2009 on the Gregorian Calendar. For that matter, I am revising the SOI calendar from BS 4, so keep watching.

For the SOI new year, I'm thinking a review of our NMC list as well, and perhaps some additions. I can add Dubya now, which is helpful.

Find the Smiters' website on and remember to visit the shop. Dancing pirates are optional.

Obama and tomato

Last year I said McCain would win, and if Obama won, I'd eat tomato. Well, I'm glad Obama won, and that the Electoral College made the right choice. In the meantime, I am pretty sure there was tomato in the bobotie my mother-in-law made on Sunday, so that's that, then.

By the way, Michael Moore's Sicko is a good watch. If nothing else, it makes you want to visit France and Canada.

Kgalema Motlanthe

I've just edited the article on Wikipedia for Kgalema Motlanthe, cleaning up the last paragraphs to do with Pikoli, and citing sources. It reads much easier now.

Sometimes, “D’oh!” just doesn’t cut it …

"In the course of this discussion [Nicholson] changed the rules of the game, took his eyes off the ball and red-carded not only players but also spectators". Nicholson then overstepped his judicial authority by failing "to confine the judgement to the issues before the court; by deciding matters that were not germane or relevant; by creating new factual issues; by making gratuitous findings against persons who were not called upon to defend themselves; by failing to distinguish between allegation, fact and suspicion; and by transgressing the proper boundaries between judicial, executive and legislative functions."

In a nutshell, the ANC fired the State President of the Republic of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, because of something Judge Nicholson wrote a few months ago about Jacob Zuma's corruption charges. Of course it's too late now to ask Kgalema Motlanthe to step down in favour of giving Mbeki his job back, and with elections so close, it would be pointless.

(Aside: Plus, Mbeki is a wimp, and doesn't believe that HIV causes AIDS, in a country where too many people are dying from this disease. Thanks for getting rid of him and the Manto. Poison Ivy next!)

The whole thing is ridiculous, especially when you consider that Judge Nicholson based his report on media speculation, that Mbeki was influencing the Zuma corruption charges politically. Media speculation. I support the Supreme Court of Appeals in this case (no pun intended). We're the laughing stock of the first world.

The bottom line, of course, is that Zuma may be re-charged with corruption, going back to the arms deal debacle from years ago. If the elections go ahead before then, and the ANC decide to put Zuma in as president, do you think he'll ever have his day in court?

So, instead of "d'oh!", perhaps "meh!" is more appropriate. Welcome to South Africa, where Mugabe our closest neighbour is a war criminal, etc., etc.


Last night Marinus took me to see Pythonesque at Montecasino in Fourways. He managed (with my help) to keep it a secret right to the point where we sat down, which is admirable considering that I paid for the tickets and signed for them at the box office 🙂

The show, if you didn't know, is based on the death of Graham Chapman, who has to prove to Heaven that he is worthy of entry, using a series of skits based on the original Monty Python sketches. Imagine the parrot sketch, the "Bruce" sketch, the Cheese shop sketch, and the Lumberjack song turned on their heads and inside out. Hilarity ensues.

If you're a long-standing fan of Monty Python (as am I), or a second-cousin once removed of their work (as is my better half), you'll enjoy it. Fans will spot the sketches that are being mercilessly molested, and I admit to laughing out before most everyone else in the audience on several occasions.

Go see it.

Petrol price dropping again

w00t! Petrol is coming down again on Wednesday 7 January 2009, to R6.01 per litre, or 64 US cents (43.8p) at today's prices. To my US readers, that's $2.42 per gallon. Is that good?

Happy new year!

The subject line says it all, but here's to 2009. In an interesting bit of news, the 30GB Microsoft Zune player is affected by a feature bug which stops it working past 2008/12/31. Har har. Then again, I'm the guy who purposefully crippled an older version of ShutOff 2000 to stop working past 2007/12/31 and had to issue an emergency update because of it. In my defence, I wasn't expecting people to still be using it, but they do, so there we are! Maybe Microsoft felt the same about the 30GB Zunes.