Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Lies They Tell

I thought John Key had more sense than to get suckered on this 'fuel subsidy' nonsense.

As far as I know there are no fuel subsidies in operation in Australia.  But don't tel the Australian Conservation Foundation.

"Australian taxpayers subsidise fossil fuel-friendly tax breaks for big polluters. There are better ways to spend our taxes than handouts to the companies with devastating environmental records who actively lobby our leaders to stifle action on climate change."

Of course this is a bare faced lie.   What these economic saboteurs refer to as a 'subsidy' is the fact that users of diesel fuel who do not use publicly funded roads are not required to pay road user tax.

Simple really.

The far left denizens of the ACF would have wheat farmers, forestry  operators and minng companies paying vast mounts of road user tax for roads they never use. But hey, that's great because their real goal is to send all those businesses broke so that we can all emulate their role model of economic bliss, Bhutan

For Chris Cairns that was the only result.

A free man yes, Not Guilty again yes but Innocent well only CC will know that and those  who benefitted, if he did dodgy stuff, are not likely to come forward but Mr Modi wont be about to forgive and forget.

Had CC been convicted on the published evidence including that from an admitted liar, cheat and crook, his missus at the time who it was established might have been a little inebriated, and current NZ hero and skipper  whose testimony was a little changed as time went by I for one would have been saddened.

Some of Brendon McCallum's batting gives rise to whether he is always in the clear from such innuendo.

Whatever happened to good old "pitch reports" that tripped up Warnie, Hansie Cronje and co or was that just a euphemism for fixing used by scribes aware of defamation and libel

Chris Cairns life is in tatters and as someone suggested recently he was never going to "win" whatever the verdict.
With no recordings however dodgy, no money trail and no  corroborated evidence of the variably described "meetings" they had nothing. Hell they didn't even have a shot of a massive over stepping no-ball

I am surprised no-one thought to include footage of his rebellion when his dreads became a main focus as that was probably his one effort where my support for the magnificent talent he clearly was, was challenged.

Other losers clearly NZC, Cricket across the world and Louie The Fly, if depression haunts him he has done little to climb over that log. Geez Justice Sweeney had to warn him his "evidence" was treading on  dangerous territory.

Monday, November 30, 2015

A Freudian Slip?

From Cameron Slater's commentary on the the big Little reshuffle.

"Little has effectively told Cunliffe that he has no political future. 

The question now is how Cunliffe takes being belittled and humiliated like this. He has two options – suck it up or quit."

A Plilanderer And A Drunk

There's been a reshuffle over at  the Labour front bench.

If New Zealanders are stupid enough to vote Labour into power, here's what they'll get.

"Mr Little said Labour intended to put up Trevor Mallard as speaker and Ruth Dyson as deputy speaker if it was in government after 2017, so both were outside the shadow Cabinet."

As well as Phil Goff to continue the crucifixion of Auckland's rate payers.


Headline in the Herald on-line ... 'Diplomat Admits Indecent Assault'.     This referring to Warrant Officer Muhummad Rizalman bin Asmail and his now admitted indecent assault on a young female in Wellington last year.

The incident created much controversy with MFAT apologizing for their handling of the case including allowing Rizalman to skip the country.

But the dear old Herald runs with the Headline 'Diplomat .....'    Rizalman was never a diplomat.   He was the administration assistant to the Malaysian Defence Attache ... in other words, typist, file manager, coffee maker, gofer ... but I guess that doesn't sound nearly so impressive as 'diplomat' ... sigh.

p.s.   Stuff describes Rizalman as a 'military attache' .... not right either.


scottish flag photo: Scottish flag q-icon-scottish-flag-31.jpg

Our NZ flag incorporates The Union Jack along with the Southern Cross.

The Union Jack is made up with the red cross of St George and the two Saltires of red St Patrick and white of St Andrew.

That white saltire on blue has much for me as all my anticedents came to this nation from Scotland, some as a direct result of the Highland Clearances where in an almost genocidal move the renters were foreclosed and ended up in abject poverty, in the case of some of my ancestors on the seashore at Thurso.

Then my high school was St Andrews College where things scottish loomed large with Presbyterian religious influences, pipes and drums of a remarkably successful band on the international stage, and austerity from presbyterian scottish traditions loomed large.

Today is St Andrews Day so oat porridge, haggis, Burns poetry and malt whiskey all become likely plus a team of tennis players from Great Britain with two Scots in the Van have overnight won the Davis Cup. The great irony has the brothers Murray as winners being British on this momentous occasion and the cynical knowing that had Belgium prevailed they would have been tagged as Scots.

So a toast;
Her's ta us, thems like us, damn few an the're all deed.
Slange Var.

Sunday, November 29, 2015


I can understand why the Democrats will nominate Clinton as their Presidential candidate ... they don't have any options; Senator Sanders, the self declared socialist, is about as electable as George McGovern was back in 1972 when he won just two States and 17 Electoral College votes.

Not so with the Republicans.   They have choices and just why they would turn to Donald Trunp as their nominee sure beats the hell outa me.   Trump isn't a Republican just as he was never a real Democrat ... he's Trump, pure and simple, first and foremost and, while the US Constitution provides for an executive presidency, the reality is that the President has to work with the Congress (House and Senate) so as to avoid a total stand-off where there are no winners.    Trump clearly doesn't 'do' consensus in any way, shape or form and I guess that's one of his attributes that endears him to many Americans.   But my real worry is that his simple solutions to complex problems approach may see the law of unintended consequences come into play and that could present a real danger to world peace.   To some extent Trump reminds me of Corbyn ... my way or the highway.

Not sure about Carson nice fellow as he is .... clearly both he and Trump have benefited from their positioning as 'non' politicians and establishment outsiders but there is a limit to how far you can push that barrow in appealing to the entire electorate as opposed to Party activists.

So, as it stands right now, I am leaning towards either Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio as my preferred Republican nominee (with Cruz having the edge).   Both are young and represent the future; Cruz 45, Rubio 44 compared to Clinton, two+ decades older at 68.   Both are smart and articulate; they are Senators and know how the system works.  Both are Hispanic which is an increasingly important voting demographic although they have differing positions on illegal immigrants with Cruz taking a tougher line.    Above all, both have the political nous to be able reach out into middle America where the election is to be won or lost.

At least the Republicans have choices ... the Democrats don't.   For them it's the unelectable vs damaged goods.

Updated #1   In the latest poll conducted over the period 16-22 November among Republicans eligible to vote in the Iowa Caucus Primary (the first in the nation) Trump comes in ahead of Cruz 25% vs 23% followed by Carson at 18% and Rubio at 13%.

Updated #2   Clinton has more staffers on the ground in every State than all the Republican candidates combined.    She will run a very formidable campaign.


Anyone want to bet a chocolate fish that the Adelaide test will go into a forth day?    

Lotsa of hype sure but when 25 wickets fall in just two days somethings not quite kosher ... pitch, ball, night, good bowling, bad batting or perhaps a confluence of all five.

Not gonna talk about the third umpire.   Nuff said even by the hard bitten Oz commentators.

Saturday, November 28, 2015


Stuart Nash, MP for Napier and grandson of the late Sir Walter Nash who was a member of the first Labour government that swept to power in 1935 and Prime minister of the Second in 1956, has organised a dinner to celebrate the eighty years since Savage became the first NZLP Prime Minister.

This will be an interesting event as there will undoubtedly be a bunch of the survivors of the Lange outfit who had the cojones to set about remedying the disaster Muldoon created with his centrally controlled policies, who will join the leaderless rabble that remain after the Clark mob were dispatched, and possibly the more interesting moments will be; where do King, Mallard, Dunne and Goff stand as the remnants still in the parliament while Prebble, Douglas, Bassett, Palmer Moore and the others who have managed to move on, all of whom were  'me to' supporters of what are now widely referred to as the Douglas reforms.
Except of course for  old style  socialists led by the troughmaster general James Patrick Anderton who splintered Labour, who have never grasped just how forward thinking and economically successful  those necessary and correct moves  actually were.
Poor old Jim, he never really recovered from some simple stringer journo who in a feature for Time Magazine gave him a poisoned chalice and he could not resist having just one more sip from it regularly for the next four decades.

Next year is the one hundredth birthday since the formation of the NZLP with the coming together of  socialists of all hues under Harry Holland but sadly after four disasters as leader in the last five years and the next lurch only a few poll points away from a fifth, with only greater possible calamitous candidates waiting in the wings for their "turn", it has, in all probability a very low key look about it, one year out.

In 1916 when Labour united under Holland, along with Paddy Webb, Peter Frazer (who succeeded Savage on his death in 1941) and Robert Semple, all who opposed WW1 conscription, getting  expelled from parliament and imprisoned for sedition for their efforts.
 However in an example of true Labour policy flexibility, in WW2 as leading members of the government at war, they had no such scruples and introduced conscription.

In eighty years having produced Savage, Frazer, Kirk, Lange and Clark as leaders, with Goff, Shearer, Cunliffe and now possibly the worst in Angry Andy as abject failures, a complicit media is already bypassing Robbo and adopting My little Pony, another who cannot even win a seat as the next great thing.
It is not that hopeful for  another Hundy, in fact it  is looking a distant  impossible dream, maybe a mirage even.

Will It Be Their Ass or Their Albo? (Updated)

The Australian Labor Party, that is.

Anthony Albanese has been doing a stirling job of late.

He has come out with statements on terrorism that one would have expected to  hear from Tony Abbott.  It just so happens that Abanese's views resonate with middle Australia, unlike the views of the increasingly incompetent Liberal leader who seems to be a master of mushy nothingness.

One thing is for sure, Labor has no show, come the nest election with Shorten as leader.

Albanese has none of the baggage which beset Gillard and besets Shorten.  He also has the advantage that he comes across as a 'good Aussie bloke' with lots of common sense.

The Libs will NOT want to go into an election campaigning against his guy.

The only bright spot is that the ALP has painted itself into a corner in which it is nigh on impossible to get rid of its incumbent idiot.


It seems I'm not alone.

"Many underestimate this risk, assuming that by taking the Coalition to the centre Turnbull has crowded out the competition. They were saying the same about Rudd in mid-2009 — when Turnbull was opposition leader — and he was gone less than a year later.
Anthony Albanese offered a salient lesson when he targeted Turnbull’s imprecise language over Islamic State."


Newstalk ZB reports the first NZ arrest of a deportee from Australia under their policy of sending bad buggers back to their land of domicile at the end of their sentence.

The crim cuddling NZ socialists were adamant they had a perfect right to tell the Federal government of our closest ally how to run their country.

Lead crim cuddler Kelvin Davis fresh from selectively kicking Serco for bad things happening on their watch while totally ignoring exactly the same behaviours at state run prisons staffed by Bevan Hanlon's thugs was first cab off the rank, skulking around the facility at Christmas Island doing a great impression of fomenting trouble that ended with a riot and several NZ citizens, awaiting deportation, being returned to the mainland and a high security gaol.
Then Super City Mayoral hopeful and the now very temporary NZLP leader cavorted off to Canberra in an equally fruitless publicity stunt that was almost totally ignored by the Federal Ministry, unless a rather throwaway line from a veteran Liberal politician, that maybe NZ should take up federal status along with two senate representation options.

This morning the first of what I suspect will be many happens, with a recent deportee being arrested for Burglary, and remember he is only the first arrested.
I think most know that arrest is no measure of offending. Particularly around property offending where  getting caught is unlikely.

Friday, November 27, 2015


Look, war is shitty and nasty and bad things do happen but it would be far too easy to blame the bombing of the charity hospital in Afghanistan run by doctors and nurses from Medecins San Frontiers on the so called 'fog of war'.

The attack lasted 29 minutes, killing 30 and injuring dozens of others.   The incident was properly described by US General John Campbell, Commander of US forces in Afghanistan, as a 'tragic but avoidable accident caused primarily by human error'.    The reality is that it was a chapter of errors including the fact that the crew of the C130 gunship left earlier than planned, without a proper mission brief and without the vital information identifying the location of the 'Doctors without Boarders' hospital.   Further, there was an equipment malfunction which eliminated the ability of the aircraft to transmit electronic or video information and further still, that the gunship's targeting systems had been degraded caused by the aircraft deviating from its planned route due to a suspected missile threat.

Nothing the Americans can do will bring the dead back to life.    Sure, compensation will be paid to the families of the dead and to the injured but that is nothing more than 'blood money'.     But it's right that the US takes responsibility for the tragedy and it's equally important that those directly responsible be held to account.    Were this not to happen would leave the US military in the same moral space as the insurgents 'we' are fighting.

There is a real difference between incidents caused by the fog of war and this.


See it here    Clearly made for 'home' consumption and based on the premise that ridicule can be a very effective weapon.  



Media are suggesting upwards of 50 000, yes fifty freakin thousand will attend  the UN sponsored talks on reducing the amounts of CO2 that every growing thing in the worlds eco system needs to flourish, in the atmosphere.
The UNFCCC, as if the acronym isn't gross enough, here is the full title, United nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are sponsoring a talkfest to run from November 30th until December 11th 2015.
The last major international circle jerk in Copenhagen achieved a big fat ZERO and that gave around 26 thousand souls an opportunity to mix and mingle at a never disclosed  cost paid for by captive wealth creators under duress.
So will twice the deluded shouting the odds create a twofold result, well yes as two times zero is still ZERO but at many times greater cost.
Does the suggested figure of 50k attendees include the transport, accommodation and security services as I am certain the normal staffing levels at  the Le Bourget  convention site and surrounding support entities will be massively extended.

Will the Wallies responsible for the whole stinking pile of rotting refuse that will emit eye watering  amounts of carbon, deal to India who have just given the modified 'Churchill'  salute to any consideration of moderating their carbon consumption.
Will China also, who have recently begun to give waffling verbal obfuscation and meaningless vague promises to reduce their emissions, while continuing to build a new coal fired power station  every week be named.
Will those countries, with Merkel's Germany in the Van, returning to a dependence on coal as a knee jerk response to the Fukishima disaster, revisit the stupid decision to reduce Nuclear generation as the one true renewable energy generation option on offer.
Will the Sun be represented at Le Bourget, as that folks is the one and only massive influence as to what happens to the long term temperature gradients manifesting on this The Third Rock from The Sun.
Will any single one of those indulging in the unseemly gaggle fighting with the 49 999 others to get a snifter of the rewards from the trough, think for a single moment what of the whole charade could be equally achieved with a smart phone, 'skype', 'facetime', video links or just writing a letter and using a bloody postage stamp.

Well nothing as what would that generate as personal exposure on a world stage, the glorious opportunity to be able to say "I Was There" and it was a "swell experience", photo opps for the self aggrandised, well just another big fat ZERO that's what.
Otoh  I guess Le Bourget, if The Daesh don't elevate it to a prominence worthy of the expense, I guess Paris 2015, will create thee reference for the next wankfest wherever and when ever that will follow and rest assured it bloody well will.
What else have the army of the deluded got to look forward to.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

No Closer, Please

Yesterday a bush fire burned for about twelve hours along a front of some some forty five kilometres, right into the Barossa Valley, driven by 35 degree temperatures and thirty knot winds gusting to fifty knots.  To make matters worse wind direction kept changing through the day.

Twenty single engine water bombers operated off the local strip, about one km from our place and a C130 and DC10 from Richmond air base in NSW were deployed.  Strangely they had to return to base to refuel.  You'd think the RAAF would have fuel tanks at Edinborough air base just down the road, wouldn't you?

Fortunately for us, the fire passed us by but only by four km or so.

Two people were killed and thirteen are seriously burned.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


When it couldn't get any worse for Corbyn it does.    First we have Len McCluskey, boss of the Unite Union that heavily backed Corbyn's leadership bid, issue him a very public warning that now he is leader he can no longer 'say the first thing that comes into his head'.   That's a given.   The fact the McCluskey felt the need to say it publicly means that Corbyn isn't listening.

Then yesterday the HoC voted down a Scottish National Party motion to scrap Trident 330 votes to 64.   Corbyn had directed Labour MPs to abstain on the vote as the Labour Party conducts a internal review of its own position but 20 of them defied the instruction with 14 crossing the floor to vote with the Conservatives and six voting with the SNP.

That review is developing into another omnishambles.   Maria Eagle, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary charged with undertaking the defense review reacted furiously when she heard, via twitter, that 'Red' Ken Livingston (ex Mayor of London and former MP), an avowed opponent of Trident, had been appointed to co-chair the review.   She said she was not consulted at all regarding the appointment.     The appointment was also criticized by  Kevan Jones, a junior Shadow Defence Minister who queried whether Livingstone knew anything about defence.   Livingstone responded by suggesting that Jones was 'obviously very depressed and disturbed' and in need of psychiatric help.   Livingstone later apologized for the comment after being directed by Corbyn to do so and then, 24 hours later, backed away from the apology.

And to cap it all off and in a 'rambling' speech to the HoC on Monday when, commenting on the governments Strategic Defence and Security Review, Corbyn excelled himself by demanding that the government commit to the placement of a human rights adviser in 'every' embassy to monitor and advise on that country's human rights record leading to one Labour MP panning him for refusing to engage with the strategic questions and many others wondering what the reaction of the host countries might be.     Clearly another off the top of the head comment.

Later this week the HoC will vote on whether the UK should join the US, Russia and France in delivering airstrikes against IS targets in Syria.   Going to be an 'interesting' vote.   My pick is that Labour will vote against the motion in a three line whip which will see a number of their MPs cross the floor to vote with the Conservatives.

The ominshambles that is Corbyn continues while some in NZ Labour think he's the best thing since sliced bread.   Funny that.


President Assad (who is bad) is a nasty guy who got so nasty his people rebelled and the rebels (who are good) started winning (Hurrah!).

But then some of the rebels turned a bit nasty and are now called Islamic State (who are definitely bad!) and some continued to support democracy (they're still good.)

So the Americans (who are good) started bombing Islamic State (who are bad) and giving arms to the Syrian rebels (who are good) so they could fight Assad (who is still bad ) which was good.

By the way, there is a breakaway state in the north run by the Kurds who want to fight IS (which is a good thing) but the Turkish authorities think they are bad, so we have to say they are bad whilst secretly thinking they're good and giving them guns to fight IS (which is good) but that is another matter.

Getting back to Syria.

So President Putin (who is bad, cos he invaded Crimea and the Ukraine and killed lots of folks including that nice Russian man in London with polonium poisoned sushi) has decided to back Assad (who is still bad) by attacking IS (who are bad ) which is sort of a good thing?

But Putin (still bad) thinks the Syrian rebels (who are good) are also bad, and so he bombs them too, much to the annoyance of the Americans (who are good) who are busy backing and arming the rebels (who are also good).

Now Iran (who used to be bad, but now they've agreed not to build any nuclear weapons and bomb Israel, are now good) are going to provide ground troops to support Assad (still bad) as are the Russians  (bad) who now have ground troops and aircraft in Syria.

So a coalition of Assad (still bad) Putin (extra bad) and the Iranians (good, but in a bad sort of way) are going to attack IS (who are bad) which is a good thing, but also the Syrian rebels (who are good) which is bad.

Now the British (obviously good, except that nice Mr Corbyn in the corduroy jacket, who is probably bad) and the Americans (also good) cannot attack Assad (still bad) for fear of upsetting Putin (bad) and Iran (good/bad) and now they have to accept that Assad might not be that bad after all compared to IS (who are super bad).

So Assad (bad) is now probably good, being better than IS but, let’s face it, drinking your own wee is better than IS so no real choice there) and since Putin and Iran are also fighting IS that may now make them good. America (still good) will find it hard to arm a group of rebels being attacked by the Russians for fear of upsetting Mr Putin (now good) and that nice mad Ayatollah in Iran (also good) and so they may be forced to say that the rebels are now bad, or at the very least abandon them to their fate. This will lead most of them to flee to Turkey and on to Europe or join IS (still the only constantly bad group).

To Sunni Muslims, an attack by Shia Muslims (Assad and Iran) backed by Russians will be seen as something of a Holy War, and the ranks of IS will now be seen by the Sunnis as the only Jihadis fighting in the Holy War and hence many Muslims will now see IS as good (Doh!)

Sunni Muslims will also see the lack of action by Britain and America in support of their Sunni rebel brothers as something of a betrayal (mmm ... might have a point) and hence we will be seen as bad.

So now we have America  (now bad) and Britain (also bad ) providing limited support to Sunni rebels (bad) many of whom are looking to IS (good/bad) for support against Assad (now good) who, along with Iran (also good) and Putin (also, now, unbelievably, good ) are attempting to retake the country Assad used to run before all this started.

So, now you fully understand everything, all your questions are answered!!!!

Hat Tip to UK MOD briefing document circulated.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Up until now I have always believed that the Labour Party (the Party my Dad tramped the streets for at some personal cost) was prepared to put the security of the country and its citizens above narrow Party political interests.   Clearly I was mistaken and I am angry and all decent New Zealanders should be concerned, very concerned.

Cut to the TV1 news tonight and the sight of Little panning the PM for his comment that our security agencies have a number of persons deemed as high risk under 24 hour surveillance.  The response of Little and his Greens lapdog Shaw was to suggest that Key was deliberately scaremongering on the back of the Paris terror attacks.  This is KDS at its naked worst.

Turn it around.   Don't the New Zealand public have a right to know that those people in our country assessed as posing a danger to our security are being actively monitored.    Is the Little man actually suggesting that individuals assessed as posing a security threat be allowed to roam free unhindered?  I can understand the Greens think that.   They have constantly advocated the dismantling of our security services.    Labour, up until now, took a more responsible line.

Little stands condemned as playing Party politics with our nations security at a time of peril in an attempt to put a hit on John Key.   He's playing a dangerous game.   His over the top rhetoric will be taken to mean that he, and by extension Labour, is soft on how to combat terrorism.    I suspect there will be harsh words exchanged tonight between him and more moderate and responsible Labour MPs. It needs to happen.   Little, you disgust me.    You are not fit to be an MP let alone the PM.

Monday, November 23, 2015


Two days into a campaign and all  we have is a Tui Advert.

After  forty six years as a member of the NZ Labour party a weedy little lying hypocrite who first came to national prominence as a long haired hippy protesting the efforts of the free nations trying to thwart world domination by Marxist one party states in the continuation of the movement that over threw the Tsar and proceeded to slaughter their opponents real and perceived in a  consolidation of power by any  ruthless means available.

That callow youth then spent those forty six years in total support of the left and far left of NZ politics. Even giving total support to the Douglas reforms that ended state control of the economy to the dismay of communists and fellow travellers who fractured the grand old socialist fortress by departing.

Goff's total subservience to any current program that the socialist left, in a personal pursuit of becoming comfortably wealthy, is littered with obfuscations, alleged lies, somersaults in personal philosophy and even reaching a pinnacle very early by spitting on young men returning from a war many wished to erase from our history when the reality was they were doing their duty under the high command at the behest of an elected democratic government in service totally lawful and honourable.
 Disrupting memorials to servicemen and women in annual ANZAC services, defacing and disrespecting cenotaphs under cover of darkness, and anti social behaviour, no protest was too disgraceful or disgusting for Goff and his mob.

Then came opportunities for real power and opportunity to make a difference, first under the Lange/ Palmer/ Moore governments when without any recorded real difference of opinion just acquiescence, then under The She Beast who it is alleged  placed all the testicles of males in her outfit in a jar on her desk and the good little follower took every opportunity to gain sustenance from the ever expanding food hall with its ceremonial "Trough" always well stocked with the servile air of a eunuch.

With the departure of the aitches to the UN an opening came along that was grasped with unseemly alacrity without any understanding of just how badly damaged Labour really was and after a three year armchair ride where the fool acted as if it was a foregone conclusion that he would reach the ninth floor by just staying alive it all ended with a "gee what happened there. Must have been someone elses fault. Absolutely no recognition of the fact Key was a formidable opponent with a wide understanding of how to make the highest office his, that the NZLP was broken financially, politically and in available  personel.
Three years of lethargy and confusion and a thumping at the ballot box, he was replaced with a succession of inept equally deluded leaders and it still never dawned he and his vehicle had no policy, appeal or drive to become the government. Just another four years slurping the magnificent rewards at the trough and finally when a morally and politically corrupt Mayor with only massive rates increases, growing overheads and increasing traffic chaos to show for six years of Super City mismanagement plus an apparent successful transition from national to local political sinecure by an equally inept old socialist in The Village of the Damned, Mr Goff has decided perhaps he does not have a future in the parliament and what better way to wind down a gluttering career than a term as the next biggest office after Prime Minister, Mayor of Auckland.

As if the prospect of a man with absolutely no experience or concept of how any business works in a real world, the poor deluded Muppet, thinks he is the man for the job.
How do you know a politician is lying, watch their lips and when they move it is certain. Just as his old colleague Ms Dalziel stood in the Grand Hotel bar a couple of weeks before she defeated Paul Lonsdale in a one on one discussion of her candidacy  and stated she was no longer a NZLP person and was seeking election as mayor for all the people of the City when it is never going to happen and subsequent events have born out her perfidy.
Hell within days Lianne was openly campaigning for Potato Williams in her old seat, sorry muppets that was not working for all the Citizens of Christchurch.
Just as Goff's equally corrupt claim he was running for the Super City Mayoralty as an "INDEPENDENT",  that dear boy is just the first of many falsehoods you expect the voters to believe.
That said there was not a skerrik of incredulity in the straight faced acceptance without question of every single media hack involved in and around his announcement
Active membership since the tender age of sixteen, unquestioned adoption of Labour policy, and totally supportive actions will not be erased that easily, so how about a new beginning and proving by actions rather than spurious claims eh.
Not a great start with a promise not to sell assets you shallow bloody idiot, it will not be yours to deliver, a majority of the councillors can easily put that empty bit of rhetoric in file thirteen within weeks of the election.
So how about a relaunch next Sunday where you end the troughing as MP for Roskill, collect your nads from wherever Helen left them and maybe announce what you will really attempt to achieve as leader of the City of Sails.

I wont be waiting, as after 46 long years the only way a leopard will change it spots is by rotting as a corpse and even then the hair colour can endure for many months.



A move to change the Australian Army Chaplaincy Corps hat badge is under consideration.  The  
Army is looking at removing the motto “In this sign conquer” from the 102-year-old hat badges of army chaplains on the basis that it is offensive to Muslims.
The move comes after an Imam approved by the Grand Mufti (of Australia) was appointed to join the ­services Religious Advisory Committee earlier this year.
I guess the sad thing about this is that some weak kneed clerics on the committee will see it as their god given duty to turn the other cheek and support the call in the spirit of love and reconciliation.
Not sure how they're going to get round 'Sundayising' Friday though.

Hat-tip ... 'Jungle' Jim Parkins, SA, Class of Jun 65

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Goff deserts a sinking ship: Key throws him a life raft

I've been in hibernation from here - you may have noticed.

But two things have caught my attention today: The first was this post at The Standard.
The Andersons Bay Peninsula Branch of the Labour Party has been one of the most active, progressive and politically innovative branches of the Labour Party over the last 18 months...

However, at a Special Formal Meeting of the Andersons Bay Peninsula Branch this afternoon, branch members and officers/delegates voted to put the branch into recess. All officers and LEC delegates of the branch have publicly indicated that they will be resigning from their positions.
The second was John Key's implied endorsement of Phil Goff for Auckland Mayor.  That must hurt Mark Thomas.  He was shafted by Bolger in 1996, and now another National Party leader has given him an effective "don't come Monday".
Prime Minister John Key said Mr Goff's chances "would have to be pretty reasonable", depending on what other candidates came forward.

He said he could work comfortably with Mr Goff if he was successful, as he would with any other mayor...

Mr Key did not believe the big commitment needed for the upcoming campaign meant Mr Goff should resign as an MP.
What next?  A cup of tea with Goff in a Parnell cafe?


Amidst all the hints that too many choose to ignore or as a minimum claim are no threat to our way of life, there is a chipping away at many of the hard won freedoms and marker posts of life, many of which have origins in the Christian faith and Judeo Christian history.

Most New Zealand citizens accept that 'live and let live' is sufficient to morally and socially rule everyday life within the constraints of civil law from  elected, albeit temporary rulers and correctly object strenuously when self appointed arbiters make rules outside the democratic process
The Ten Commandments from the old Testament still have a resonance and reason for living in peaceful coexistence where offence at any or all the "ten" can be avoided by removing ones self from them and their accompanying restraint.

However the one and a half millennia of Islam has evolved no such self management system and if they are offensive to them or a threat,  real or imagined, they must be removed with  violence if necessary.

So a woman who has a wish to dress in a way that offends a sicko adherent to the unchanged religious mores of the 6th century,  she  must cover herself to ridiculous levels so other sickos will not be inflamed by the sight of a naked ankle, ear or mouth and should a bit of cleavage be exposed then a good summary pelting with rocks will solve the problem.

Should a person have a wish to drink some fermented grape juice or a solution of fermented grain water. that too is an abomination and must be punished. Of course  such sinning can be indulged in so long as it is a sheik in a Nevada house of gambling and not some poor bastard in his homeland. 

It is ok for a soldier of Islam to place a pork sword in a goat, a slave, a conquered female or a child bride but then fervently and hypocritically see bacon and ham as unclean !

That mess of pottage has lily livered polies, national and local plus an army of enablers competing to  win the world cup for appeasing.

A "prayer room" in case an employee wants to bash their head on the floor five times a day.
Remove the Red Cross from services provided by that august body to all in need.
All food for sale must be "Halal" so a poor sad thick Muzzie wont ever be induced to sin in  error.
Of course annual renewal of said Halal certification with accompanying fees never accounted for or taxed by Kaffir polies will be required.
Separate exclusive times in public swimming pools for the followers of the one religion of "peace", provided from the rates of all the captive funders without a shekel from Islam.
No taking the urine around the paedophile prophet, his image or his teachings on pain of death.
It is laudible for a kaffir to convert to Islam but the other way round and lots of shrieking, slashing and death will ensue should any Moslem decide to leave the incestuous snake pit where centuries of offensive disregard of Christian based separation for breeding has avoided increasing levels of congenital deterioration.
A cross on a Christian church hall is offensive yet tossing a homosexual,  whether a follower of Islam or a Kaffir, from a third story window and stoning the poor bastard if he moves after impact is somehow OK and not offensive.
Total subjugation of women treated as chattels and denied any desire to learn or become independent, yet socialist luvvies who wail about fairness,  equal pay, equal opportunity continue to give unqualified support and succor to Islam.
Using women and children, their places of sanctuary and healing, as shields for the soldiers (advisedly)  of Islam as they continue a crusade against Judaism in general and Israel in particular.
Accepting the basic tenet of Islam that lying, cheating, fraud and deception is OK when employed in the pursuit of the advancement of the one true religion.

The ultimate insult to the increasingly secular 'west',  now Christmas is cancelled.
What started out as a pagan mid winter festival that was usurped as a mechanism for converting the heathens by making that great opportunity for feasting, drinking and merriment a celebration of Christendoms son of God's birth is offensive to the Johnnie come lately Muzzies who have placed their bloodthirsty, sexual deviant who made a name for himself some six centuries after the birth of Jesus, in a place of ascendancy.

So Mr Mufti and all you other dictatorial megalomaniacs, how about a 'Give a Little Page', as it seems to me you have not moved at all in 1500 years and those of us who you seek to defeat and subjugate, have advanced socially to a position where you bastards are easily able to take advantage of our kind and generous forgiving nature. You can bomb, shoot, maim ,stone and denigrate to your hearts desire with what seems apparent ease.

I am no longer a Christian in my heart but I am very accepting of much that the Judeo Christian heritage and mores I still live by have imbued me with but they are increasingly being tested and taking Santa away  is a step too far.
I have no interest in how you feel about our annual festival and holiday break so I don't care if you continue to bash your head on the concrete and claim your mob to be the one and only, coz I have a sneaky feeling that the Hindus, the Buddhists, the Shinto, the Jeddi and all the other true religions don't give a tinkers cuss about your mob but nearly all of us Kaffirs  have some residual concerns for the goats and are mightily appalled at the recent manifestations of your fifteen hundred years of uninterrupted  mayhem.

Here is a suggested compromise to the so called leaders of Islam, hows about a rethink before a twenty first century megalomaniac puts your homelands into a glass house.
I don't suggest you cannot win but present thinking has the odds no better than when the crusades challenged your self belief at the gates of Vienna over four hundred years ago and the roll back began.
Whatever happens and who wins will be of little matter in the end games because eventually the basic human spirit will desire freedom and although you have a reasonable following from the  masses you control currently, eventually the truth will out.
Education and free thinking tend to achieve that outcome.
Hell I didn't think for a moment, until it happened that the Wall would come down as it surely did.


It would be easy to say no-one but that would be wrong.    Each Party has its share of stand-out members although you might be pushing the envelope with United Future and Peter Dunne who is perhaps better described as an accident of history .... whooops, just remembered the Greens!!!!

So, who in Labour impresses me as doing their fair share and more of holding the government to account.   A good measuring stick is to look at how they perform during Question Time.   Those assessed as lightweight by the government are brushed away with ease but there are some (not many) where you sense they have the ability and knowledge to score real hits.

My list in no great order of ranking ....

  • Chris Hipkins, Shadow Leader of the House, Senior Whip, Education ... good performer on his feet, knowledgeable and passionate about education.
  • Phil Twford, Housing, Transport ... like a dog with a bone on housing issues.   Pity his overstepping the mark with his attacks on the Chinese community.
  • David Shearer, Foreign Affairs, Consumer Affairs ... an inherently decent person with hands-on experience in his main portfolio.
  • Phil Goff, Defence and Veteran's Affairs ... on his way out but clearly knows his stuff.
I was going to include Annette King in the list but, on reflection, the 'old boiler' has done her dash.   Right now she's literally a seat warmer for her Boss.

For me, the jury's still out on Andrew Little.    Clearly he has demonstrated the ability to knock heads together and bring his caucus into line.   He's smart enough to dump policies (even iconic policies) that are assessed to be an electoral liability.   He can talk to business and do deals.   Those are positives offset by a dour image (of the Heinrich Arnold Nordmeyer variety) and completely lacking in the ability to inspire.   Does John Key worry about him?  ... clearly not in the way that his predecessors used to worry about Norman Kirk or Helen1 at the top of their games.

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Last night the Veteran and Mrs Veteran attended a function in Keri2.   Met up with an old acquaintance of mine, Wallace Te Ahuru, who is the Corporate Services Manager at the Waitangi National Trust.

Got to taking about the new $9.5m museum and resource centre being developed adjacent to the entrance building leading onto the Treaty House grounds and was gratified to hear the construction was on time and on budget.  

Some of you may be aware it is the wish of the Waitangi National Trust Board that the original Treaty document is bought back to Waitangi and displayed in the new facility which has been designed to provide for such an eventuality.

The proposal is being opposed by fuddy-duddy bureaucrats from Archives New Zealand who believe they have a god given right to have and to hold the Treaty document in perpetuity.    It is currently 'housed' in the Constitution Room at Archives House and of course, everyone knows exactly where that is and how to get there.  

I disagree.  The Treaty document belongs at Waitangi.    It should be displayed at Waitangi.   It's time to bring the 'Treaty' home.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Trash Tabloid Jumps The Shark

At last The Herald has come out and admitted what has been obvious for a couple of years at least.

The Herald is a shill for the Labour Party

Today's editorial suggests  all NZers should donate to Labour because the party is broke.   The socialist's answer to everything is 'other people's money.'

"The Labour Party's financial deficit problems should be of concern to all New Zealanders.".......

But the Trash Tabloid saves its biggest lie for last = another mark of the true socialist.

Labour may have to hang in for a longer haul and it needs help. It deserves a fair deal from those doing well in an economy that took two parties to put right.

Funny thing is, it was the Labour Party under Clark which wrecked the economy.  The two parties which put it right were National and ACT.

And that, folks, is why Labour is broke.

Make no mistake, what the mendacious Marxists at the Herald want is state funding for political parties. Better still, state funding for Labour and let the others fight for donations.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015


'IS' (the entity) and its constituent parts (ISIL, ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Jemaah Islamiyah et al) has three main stated aims ...  (1) To rid Muslim countries of any and all infidels and (2) The establishment of a world wide Caliphate and (3) The destruction of the State of Israel.

To expand on (2).   In the book 'Islamic Imperialism - A History' (Efriam Karsh, Professor of Mediterranean Studies, King's College, London) it is explained thus .... "As a universal religion Islam envisages a global political order in which all humankind will live under Muslim rule as either believers or subject communities.   In order to achieve this goal it is incumbent on all free, male, adult Muslims to carry out an uncompromising struggle in the path of Allah or jihad.   This in turn makes those parts of the world that have not yet been conquered by the House of Islam an abode of permanent conflict (Dar al-Harb, the house of War) which will only end with Islam's eventual triumph". 

There it is in black and white ... radical Islam's end game.   

I'm not sure you can argue this is the end game of the Muslim community per se which, like Christianity, has many streams and, be very clear, I'm focusing on the terrorist stream.    But what I accept and understand is that this line of reasoning will and does resonate with those Muslims who see themselves marginalized and angry (for whatever reason) and presenting a way for them to hit back at a society whose values are not their values.

So, where to from here?   Not sure I have the answers and I don't think that, right now, the 'West' (wrong word) has them either. There are the short term expedients ranging from the provision of training support to national armies which, at best, has only been marginally effective but really falls into the 'seen to be doing something' category through to the unleashing of air-power designed (I guess) to bomb 'them' into submission. Problem is 'submission' is a word not readily understood by radical Islam ... all it does is beget martyrs who, in turn, beget more martyrs.

But, if you accept that radical Islam is a cancer then what you need to do is to isolate and destroy the cancer.   For those countries that are seen to harbour and nurture terrorism perhaps the answer is to isolate them in a cordon sanitaire much like that used to contain the Ebola virus.    Let nothing but nothing in, except under strict international control, and the same going out (especially oil) until you can be sure the people themselves have dealt to the extremists in their society.    It would of course require an unprecedented amount of international cooperation and considerable resources to achieve this acknowledging there will always be elements (countries/people) looking to break the embargo to suit their own purposes.    Has the international community the will/stomach to attempt this?    It would be breaking new ground and this in itself creates new problems.   Unfortunately I suspect there will have to be more 'Paris' type massacres before the world community would consider such a paradigm shift.

What I do know is that within individual countries there is a need for enhanced and greater surveillance to order to anticipate terrorist threats.   Dr Shearer made the point that agencies need to work alongside the Muslim community.   Fine as far as it goes but that's not the complete answer because for some in these communities it will be a case of 'Omerta' maybe coupled with a (misguided) sense of loyalty to fellow Muslims.   Increased surveillance will attract opposition.   It may infringe on civil liberties as we know them.  Tough .... it's war. Persons deemed a threat should be incarcerated in the same way as foreign aliens were during the wars and, if we need our own version of Regulation 18b (the Regulation used to intern members of the BUF during WW2), then that's OK with me too.   Where those assessed to be a threat are non-citizens they should be deported quick smart from whence they came under the provisions of s163 of the Immigration Act 2009.

But overlaying all that there MUST be a concerted effort to convince our own Muslim community this is NOT directed against them as Muslims.   It is directed against those who choose to be terrorists.   Further, that it is in their interest we work together to defeat terrorism acknowledging they need to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

I can hear the naysayers from where I sit.   Stiff s**t, if you're going to pan this post then at least have the courtesy to put forward your own solutions in order for them to be critically debated because solutions are needed and needed now and not later when it may be too late.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

They Printed The Police Association Press Release

Today there was a march by South Australian police officers and their supporters, protesting Labor inspired adverse changes to compensation for officers injured in the line of duty.

Here's he first para in the Adelaide Advertiser:-

SEVERAL thousand police officers, their families and supporters have taken to the streets in a protest march at the provisions affecting them under the State Government’s new workers compensation legislation.

Only one problem.

Adolf and The Cook were enjoying a superb lunch in the Argentinian restaurant (La Boca) across the road from Parliament house.

I did a paddock tally of the crowd - guaranteed to  be 95% accurate.

There were between 400 and 450 protesters, nowhere near one thousand, let alone several thousand.

Still, 400 is an impressive turnout.