Going Under Another Authority

Jandals & mango leaves used in a spiritual lesson in Samoa

Jandals & mango leaves used in a spiritual lesson in Samoa

In this Sermon from Samoa I share the philosophical basis for my self-imposed Christian label, “non-denominational Christian” and the significance of what I call simply (here in third world Samoa), “going under another [authority]’. The spiritual significance to this belief system is huge & in time will become much more relevant as the Holy Spirit continues to draw people away from organised religion. It’s a massive subject but here’s a first-whack at it. Enjoy! [Read more…]

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Fighting the Right Battle

A thief, Poasa, son of AOG pastor Opetaia from Tanumapua, also cause of enormous pain and incalculable consequential loss to me

A thief I caught in the act, Poasa, son of local Assemblies of God pastor Opetaia from Tanumapua [who BTW told me to “Fuck off!” and go to the police], also the cause of enormous pain and incalculable consequential loss to me, terrorising me for more than three years with over 20x burglaries totalling over $20,000.00.

In this Sermon from Samoa, I share how the struggles to retain identity of adherents of Faa Samoa (the traditional Samoan ways) fit into the global political picture and I explain the deeper spiritual significance of the conflict, again written from a Christian perspective. It is deep, analytical and should be highly sobering for Samoan thinkers. The shallow and vested interests should probably just pass this post by. [Read more…]

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Samoa Supreme Court Happenings

samoa-supreme-courtToday I stood before a judge of the Supreme Court of Samoa taking a matter I first lodged in the District Court to the next level. Doing something in the Supreme Court was another first for yours truly – a little scary in some ways but I had done the preparation work and have got used to standing in a Samoan Court so I wasn’t overly worried. Nervous but not worried. Observers said to me, “You were ‘good’ [in court]!” and when asked to explain they said, “You got what you asked for!” [Read more…]

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Samoa’s ‘First’ Private Prosecution

samoa-private-prosecutionToday I lodged an “Information” with the Samoa Supreme Court, which I believe is Samoa’s first private prosecution*. The man I charged is a lawyer, Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo from Aniu’u Law Firm and I charged him under Section 141 of the Crimes Act for Conspiring to Defeat Justice. The guts of it is that he lied in court. I challenged him in court at the time and out of court after the hearing. He later confessed and promised to correct the record but he didn’t, and today he still hasn’t. As far as I’m concerned he’s committed a crime, lawyer or not. The case is scheduled for the first day the courts are open January next year, 2016. Golly, another first! [Read more…]

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The Futility of Politics

Tuila'epa - Samoa's Prime Minister

Tuila’epa – Samoa’s Prime Minister

In this Sermon from Samoa, I explain the futility of Politics as viewed from [what I believe is] a true Christian perspective. [Read more…]

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Get Ready For Crazy Alright

honduras-flag-in-jailI comment here on a recent communique from Jeff Thomas, “Get Ready For Crazy”, one that I consider very relevant to both Third World AND First World. I conclude with advice for Samoans (that’s where I reside). Enjoy! [Read more…]

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Lessons in Logic for Samoan Lawyer

liers-cheetsIn this post I hand Samoan lawyer Rosella V. Papalii a lesson in legal logic, effectively ‘roasting’ her for the illogical grounds of her opposition to my motion to separate their $2m defamation case from my $3,500.00 civil case against Samoa Observer. Following my claim that there was no causal factor between the two cases, she responded stating that the “primary causal factor [is my] disgruntled attitude” towards her client. It is illogical that a [supposed] attitude can be a legal cause in defamation because as far as I know and understand the law, defamation relates to ACTUAL WORDS, ACTUALLY SPOKEN, about ACTUAL PEOPLE at an ACTUAL TIME and PLACE! Incredible, and as they say, only in Samoa! [Read more…]

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Warning to lawyer Rosella V Papalii

lies-and-the-lawIn this post I issue a very serious warning to Samoan lawyer Rosella V. Papalii, counsel for Samoa Observer, a company that I am suing for $3,500.00. In this letter I call her to account for a few professional and personal ‘sins’ and give commentary [mostly all negative] on the validity and merits of her Counterclaim of $2m defamation against me. I give her some homely advice and then offer her a full digital copy of my latest book The Two Million Tala Palagi for a Right of Reply. She’s got a real problem on her hands as a result of presenting a document in court that she signed for it contains a proven lie that is the entire basis for her client’s defence. Continuing with the Defence and Counterclaim in the knowledge that it is all based on a lie destroys her professional credibility, but removing the lies destroys her client’s credibility AND defence. Oh what a tangled web we weave . . . but doing the right thing always costs us! [Read more…]

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The Two Million Tala Palagi

cover-600-ttmtpIn this post I announce the publication of my latest book (I think that makes it twelve in various stages of release). It’s a book that exposes misconduct from the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Samoa’s leading newspaper. The book contains a copy of all communications, blogs and legal documents including a $2m defamation case against me. This book is the journalistic equivalent to a single figure salute to a man whom I have shown to be not only fooled by gossip, but also his company to be a routine thief and recently proven a liar acting in malice, self-interest and total disregard for Christian ethics that his proud Samoan culture claims for itself. Enjoy now as I share the background to its publication and more . . .  [Read more…]

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MEDIA RELEASE: Samoa Observer Sues: $2m

MEDIA RELEASE: Samoa Observer sues Blogger for $2m

DATE ISSUED: 7 October 2015

PERMALINK: http://www.dennis.co.nz/2015/10/media-release-samoa-observer-sues-2m

MEDIA CONTACT: Dennis A. Smith
dennis@dennis.co.nz
+685 777-9999

Documents filed in the Supreme Court of Samoa, reveal that Samoa Observer, Samoa’s largest independent newspaper is suing Investigative Blogger, Dennis A. Smith for $2m (WST) and legal costs.

Claiming defamation, the Statement of Defence and Counterclaim states that the Blogger “has defamed [them] and Mr Malifa” and “has caused much embarrassment, distress and inconvenience”. As a result of the claimed defamation Samoa Observer is asking the court to award $1.5m (WST) in compensation and “exemplary and punitive damages in the sum of SAT$500,000”. [Read more…]

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