About McPherson's Rant


McPherson’s Rant is an old Scots Folk Song about a Robin Hood Type Character who was hanged.

There is no connection, unless you count the “rant” part.  The world’s a strange place and sometimes a “rant” at absurdity and unfairness is just what’s required.

Here you can expect to find examples of stupidity, irony and idiocy , especially relating to Hong Kong, and with particular attention to the SCMP, and its’ letters page. A common problem with many blogs is their failure to find something new to say, I find the SCMP, and it’s letters page, provides plenty of ammunition on a daily basis and will reference them frequently. If you have your own letter not getting published, put it on our comments section.





Monthly Archives: January 2010

Sunday Morning Post

Paul Kokoski wrote in the Sunday Morning Post this morning, “Same-Sex Marriage defies Bible and Science.” Quite why Mr Kokoski, ( yeah, I’m ignoring the obvious abbreviation), should want to write to a Hong Kong Newspaper when he appears to live in Canada, is beyond me, but lets allow that he has a Hong Kong connection.  As previously pointed out elsewhere in this rant, so what if it’s unnatural, it’s no business of anyone else’s, as long: “as they don’t do it in the street and frighten the horses.”  But Kok, goes on to spout his own ideas of science without offering any basis for his argument, I suppose as a christian, he expects us to have faith in his authority and word.

Why does the SCMP keep publishing these letters from reactionary idiots?

Leave a comment

A Dumb Post on Geo Expat

It was time for some brownie points today so off we toddled to the Stone Grill.

This is not a review, that’s not the function of my rants, unless there was something sufficiently wrong to raise my hackles, suffice to say everything was fine.  It was while trying to find the address on-line that I came across something worthy of my ire.  Stone Grill is pretty much what the name says, they bring your meat or fish to the table on a hot stone, you cook it yourself,  eponymously named you would think!  And yet I found this post from “angiebaby” on Geo Expat:

“Stone Grill Sucks!”

“I would like to express my displeasure with the business model of Stone Grill restaurant. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the restaurant, i will take a minute to explain. Food is cooked on a hot stone. They place raw meat on the stone and serve the customer. The customer then has to attend to the meat as it cooks on the stone. I wish i could say it is any easy task and it would have probably avoided this thread. However, it was not, especially since the raw meat is 4-5 inches thick with loads and loads of fat. Why would any go to this place, if not by error. I mean for christ sakes why go to a restaurant to cook your own food? Doesnt it defeat the purpose of going out to eat? I want to know who is the freakin genius that came up with this business model!!! To make matters worse they tack on 10% service charge??? For what? The customer is the one that has to deal with the cooking and serving! Oh, and of course, lets not forget about the freakin steam that blows in your face from off the stone grill! The restaurant isnt bad enough and now i have to deal with smelling like a sizziling fajita. I am very annoyed at this restaurant and wont recommend it to anyone!”

I really don’t know what to say, except, Angiebaby, perhaps being fertilized was a mistake, you don’t seem to have made much of the opportunity!

Leave a comment

Assaulting Coppers(2)

Yesterday’s post concerned the slapping of a policeman by Amina Mariam Bokhary, niece of Justice Kemal Bokhary, one of the three permanent judges on Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal.  Bokhary is the villain of the piece in that you cannot go around slapping coppers

But not every drama needs a good guy and a bad guy, here it seems we have two equally pathetic guys, one an annoying connected bitch; the other an embarrassment to his fellow Police officers, an individiual whose theatrics are worthy of Ronaldo, or perhaps a camp thespian analogy would be more apt!

Slapping copper

We all know the propensity for individuals to ‘act for the camera’ but does this guy have to be so bad at it.

We’d like to think a stern word was had in his ear, but he’s probably still in hospital filling in compensation forms.

Weak and pathetic, sad and contemptible.

Leave a comment

Assaulting Coppers

What’s in a name?

Reading SCMP today, you really have to wonder, how many of us more plebeian types, would get away with being a serial copper slapper.

Not once, not twice, but three time, most definitely not a lady.  Of course in the current climate where no one is responsible for their actions, she claims “bipolar depressive disorder”, this used to be known as being an arrogant cow, but now being an obnoxious bitch has it’s own medical term, which allows her a crutch to explain her pathetic behaviour.  If she can’t behave in a public place, not to mention safely drive a car, then she doesn’t deserve to be allowed out in public and most definitely needs a nice rest inside somewhere secure.

Try slapping a copper anywhere else in Asia and you won’t be on the streets long!

So what’s in a name? Everything’s in a name in Hong Kong.  Justice is never blind to the possible ramifications of upsetting someone with clout.  Call my Auntie. Do you  know who I am?

Leave a comment

Six Nations Rugby

The Northern Hemispheres premier Rugby Tournament starts on 6th February.

Click on the link below to download your Canny Man Schedule

Download Schedule Here

Leave a comment

One Country Two Systems One Boss

One country two systems was supposed to last 50 years, the jailing of dissident Zhou Yongjun, means we can finally lay the illusion to rest.  We are now one country, one system with a veneer of autonomy.


Leave a comment

Dick of the Day

Dick of the day today, goes to Mr. Robert Shen from Singapore, writing in todays SCMP.  Mr. Chen declares there’s “Far too much freedom in Hong Kong.”  Oh really!  He then reinforces our intitial impression by stating that: “After all, it [The Governement] has been elected to run Hong Kong.” Oh really!

Leaving aside why an individual from the one party state of Singapore should want to comment on Hong Kongs internal affairs, it would at least seem prudent that he should make an effort to find out just what sort of elections can take place here, but hey, don’t let inconvenient facts keep your feet off that soapbox Chen.

As a parting shot he wonders why: They [the protestors] have so much time on their hands.” Perhaps they have decided to fight against nepotism and collusion, to fight for a better future for the next generation and improve the life for everyone in Hong Kong; to take back some power from toadies and big business.  It used to be called ‘principles’ Chen, but I doubt you could spell it.

Leave a comment


Oh dear, it seems that Politboro speak has finally arrived in Hong Kong!

Today, Che Che Che Tsang Changes, declared that: Protest is not in Hong Kong’s interest and the protestors must reflect.”  Very Politboro! I wonder if he was wearing a red tie at the time.  No doubt he’ll be advocating sending them to a labour camp in the country for this period of reflection, reflection being a well known euphemism for hard labour up North.

On top of a mainland security officer breaking the law by crossing our border illegally and dragging protestors back over, and the deporting of a dissident to China instead of to his country of origin, you’d have to say that the bland bow tie man is acting in Beijing’s interests and most definitely not in ours.

In fact Tsang, protests are in Hong Kong’s interests and you sir are a dupe, a sophist and an arse!

Leave a comment

African Football

Um lets see.  Angola are leading 4 nil and there is eleven minutes to go.  I wonder what odds the bookmaker will give me on the final score being 4 each?  ”Yes sir,  Ladbrokes will be happy to give you odds of 4 billion to one.”

Final score 4 all.

cha chang

Leave a comment

Sunday Morning Post

There was a common, if discordant theme in three letters published on Sunday, Peter Sherwood warns of the very real dangers of criticising religion:  ”It can get you killed.” It has caused the deaths of untold innocent individuals and continues to kill today.  Stephen Anderson advocates a strange paradox: “It is wrong to brand organised religion as bigoted.  We must protect freedom of speech.” An illogical argument, especially so given organised religions historical and ongoing persecution of free speech over the last two thousand years. Whilst Gordon Truscott exercises his freedom of speech with another of his frequent and religiously motivated arguments against homosexuality.

I have no issue with Mr. Sherwood, who offers a logical and precise argument.  Mr. Anderson is obviously confused and seems to forget that indoctrination of children hardly inculcates the ability to think rationally, denying them the freedom to think that is so necessary for logical freedom of speech.    Belief, as we all know is a matter of faith, and faith must eliminate logic.

Truscott merely proves the point, a religiously indoctrinated individual with a self-motivated desire to cure homosexuals by denying them freedom of choice. This indoctrination is so very obvious from his many previously published letters branding homosexuality as unnatural.  On this point only, I can agree with him, homosexuality is not natural, but only because in nature, procreation is the norm; our bodies were designed for reproduction.  However, it is the beauty of our evolutionary free will that we can choose to confront and challenge the norms, exercise our human identity and choose to be what we want to be.

Religion is a tool used by men, and it is mostly men, to manipulate other men; it remains a tragedy that so many individuals today remain blinded from an early age by their manipulations at the hands of religious bodies and that we continue to allow prejudice to masquerade as principle.

Leave a comment