Saturday, May 31, 2008
Want to get depressed regularly? Want to shout insults at a group of men? Want to hurl things at television sets? Just tell 'em you're a Warriors supporter .
My wife and I have been that way since 1995 and have ridden all the highs and lows, from Grand Finals to Wooden spoons, and this season's effort from the team was beginning to look pretty damn dire as well, but now there is a glimmer of hope. Finally a win in Australia, Warriors 18 - Newcastle 16.
It wasn't pretty and had all the drama you could hope for: dubious reffing decisions (in both directions), the not unusual sight of the Warriors defending their line again and again, far too many dropped balls at the most inopportune times, and some marvellous tries.
Grant's Player(s) of the match: The Warriors grafters, Micheal Luck and Simon Mannering. Special mention for Paddy Ah Van - who knew he could kick goals?
Tip for Ivan: For crying out loud, buy Brent Tate some boots with decent sprigs on them.
First, the long awaited TVNZ Colmar-Brunton poll.
And TV3 has a poll out too.
I wonder what might be in them.
I haven't heard any rumours though Fran Mold tonight said the Greens were up to 7% in the Tv1 poll.
The hairy smelly denizen of the Coromandel jungle wants the dairy farmers of NZ to supply the bludgers' of New Zealand with milk, cheese, butter and yogurt.
"....it would be a good thing for the New Zealand company to do to help kiwis struggling with high food prices."
It would be an even better thing for New Zealand voters to throw her and her Labour cronies out of office.
It is Genetix and her gangster friends in Labour (so well illustrated above) who have caused incomes to decline to their present third world standard where we can no longer afford to buy the very foodstuffs we produce.
This is the real 'defining election issue' of our time.
Speaking to Radio New Zealand, Foreman's counsel, Bruce Squire QC, lashed out at the police investigation, labelling it "shoddy" and "selective".
He said police had made the "fatal flaw" that characterised many investigations of picking a particular individual and trying to fit a case around them, instead of thoroughly investigating a crime and remaining open minded until all the evidence was clear.
"They simply picked the wrong man and they should have known it long before they charged him," Mr Squire said.
Then, from here:
Napier Crown prosecutor Russell Collins declined any comment on Wednesday night after a jury acquitted Haumoana man Murray Foreman.
But he said on Thursday he was happy to comment on allegations by defence counsel Bruce Squire QC that Operation Kaweka was "shoddy" and "selective", focusing on one individual and fitting a case around him.
Mr Collins said there were 400 suspects, and it was more than 18 months before police made an arrest.
"It is totally unfair to say that it was shoddy and selective," he said. "There was a number of suspects and they were investigated thoroughly before any decision was made to charge Mr Foreman. I was surprised the criticism was levelled at the police," he said.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
The strategies included ignoring Mr McKinnon ("Don Who?"), discrediting Miss Richardson ("inconsistent, expedient") and dismissing Mr Peters as "arrogant, flashy, superficial, lacking in substance".
The paper said Mr Peters had "third party appeal, now fading fast - shrill".
Mr Peters said the strategy failed because Labour had too many problems of its own. But he said parts of the report were "obviously insightful".
Sure were Winston!
I'm really struggling to think of anything to say.
Do I remark that is seems silly to go out and pay $1,000 for a bit of tough old brisket when you have an unlimited supply of rump steak at home? Naaah. Don't think that would go down with this particular audience.
Should I reflect on how lucky I was to have parents who were loyal and were never heard to utter a cross word to each other?
Will I allude to the potential difficulties faced by children raised in single parent families? Particularly single parent welfare dependent families? (yes) Even though that might have me accused of being 'political.'
Do I lament the modern day trend towards denigration of the traditional 'normal' family unit of mother (woman), father (man) and their natural or adopted offspring? (yes)
Do I lament the popularity of abortion as a de facto means of 'family planning' wherein little effort seems to be made to encourage the adoption of unwanted children. It's so much more convenient to kill them before birth. (yes)
Should I remark on the irony that those who shout loudest about civilian deaths in Iraq are nowhere to be seen when it comes to our own civilian deaths outrage in New Zealand? The twenty thousand or so live, kicking unborn babies put to death each year.
Why, that's nearly as many civilians as were murdered each year in Iraq before Saddam Hussein was brought to account.
While Mallard re-invents his tired 'policies written in Washington' story, re-branded as 'assets being sold to Ockers,' Cullen tells the Greens that he bought the train wreck for 'environmental reasons' and every man and his dog screams 'National will sell state assets.
At the same time as all this high pitched squawking is going on, Cullen is spending every last penny of nine years' surpluses to ensure there's no money for National in 2009.
John Key will be rubbing his hands with glee.
Because Cullen is setting the scene for public approval of the biggest asset sales programme since 1985.
By early 2009, the economy will be in much poorer shape than it is now, petrol prices will have risen to $2.50, interest rates will remain high, food prices will be up another ten percent, about 5,000 more jobs will have been lost and middle income Kiwis will be facing starvation or foreclosure. Most, if not all, of these problems are a direct result of Cullen's blinkered and ideological economic mismanagement - predominantly his failure to reign in massive growth in wasteful government expenditure.
Under those circumstances, John Key will announce an emergency mini-budget in which excise on petrol will be slashed, income tax further reduced, the RBNZ inflation criteria extended to 5.0% for two years, all pseudo government departments abolished immediately, government department staff numbers reduced by a huge 20% and selected state owned "assets" sold, with proceeds directed to funding the infrastructure necessary to pull us out of the mire.
But, but, but what about the milk solids bonanza? I hear you ask.
Well indeed, what about the milk solids bonanza?
You don't seriously think all those cockies are going to pay tax on it do you? No, cockies don't pay tax. They pay accountants instead. They'll go out and borrow to the hilt and buy more land - no matter what the interest rate - rather than pay tax.
That's the way it's always been.
Friday, May 30, 2008
It's called political prostitution. PSB should know all about that.
Labour MP David Benson-Pope says he would consider standing for another party if he was approached...
Asked in an interview on Radio Dunedin if he would consider standing for New Zealand First or the Greens, he said: "I would think about it, if it were to happen....
Let's look at the machinations: Labour gives Winston 2% in the latest poll via their Budget and $100 million bucks in return for him taking on PSB as Dunedin South candidate for NZ1st.
Who' screwing who here?
One day you are revered for going into bat for the downtrodden and victimised.
The very next day you are defending someone who, for all intents and purposes, caused similar misery.
Blog of the week, as PM noted last night is Big Girls Blouse!
Meanwhile, as the Hillary specials (see above) may not be the taste of US Dhimmicrats, here's a trailer for the Obama thriller 'Clear and Present Danger.'
"Labour will be a very careful custodian of taxpayers' money no more squandering of taxpayers' money on luxury resorts."
Labour even trumpeted that this was useful for her moving into the Housing portfolio when she got it last year."
As Liarbour sink further in the polls, the sleazy Trevor Mallard once more reprises the role of Muckraker General.
He accuses National of having talks with Australian businessmen about some sale and leaseback arrangement for state owned enterprises.
National is reportedly angry about this, though I might wonder if they might perhaps laugh off Duckman's allegations instead.
For we are still awaiting evidence of the infamous American bagmen that Mallard claimed were funding National, influencing policy or whatever, way back in Election 2005.
Still, Dear Leader needs her little lapdog to create the weapons of mass distraction from her government's own incompetence and growing failings.
Indeed, noting some of the syndicated blogs being published through the Thorndon Bubble, I noted more examples of Liarbour smears yesterday afternoon.
Following on from an Otago Daily Times column that referred to David Farrar's Curia Market Research company doing the recent Family First poll, a couple of commentators were alleging Curia operated from Willis Street and was essentially the marketing wing of the National Party.
Now, David says that he polls for Liarbour politicians too and I doubt there's a businessman in the capital that can afford to turn down such a dominant employer as the government and its party. Anyway, when David kindly showed me his offices the other week, I could have sworn they were in Thorndon Quay, a stones throw from where David lives!
Next up, I noted allegations made about Whale Oil and a former business of his. Whale Oil once assured me that any problems with the business were the fault of his business partner. I too am capable of using Google and have seen various articles online.
Either way, it all shows what dirty muckraking scum exists in the Liarbour Party and among its supporters. Not content with smearing National, they now go for the country's top two political bloggers for supporting it.
I'm not going to say whether the right should retaliate, but I guess if the left and their lapdog bloggers find themselves exposed for wrongdoing, they only have themselevs to blame.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Sir Roger was the guest speaker and this was the first time I had seen him speak, in the flesh. He was very good. Clear, simple, straight forward and logical yet with considerable emotive appeal. A consummate salesman with a good message.
He looked fit, energetic and keen.
Adolf was introduced to the assembly as the National Party's spy.
I was so pleased to hear The Great Man eschew that awful slogan ACT used last time round. Do you remember it? 'Let's Keep National Honest.' No wonder they got people's backs up. Implying your mates are dishonest is not the most intelligent way to court them as a coalition partner. The new slogan is much better - 'Lets be There to Make a Difference.' Much more friendly.
Adolf has said many times before that the best possible outcome for New Zealand would be a National, ACT, Maori Party coalition with over sixty percent of the party vote between them. Nothing he has seen or heard lately causes this view to change.
Then you'd get some policy. Then you'd get some real change for the better.
I'll happily wear out a bit of she leather to give them a hand.
On second thoughts, maybe I should have shut up - no doubt by tomorrow we'll be listed as "dog felchers" or something...
It's a good thing our resident Lefty, Psycho Milt, likes a debate.
Why else is he here at No Minister in a nest of right-wing vipers?
Pity the same cannot be said for the party he votes for.
Prime TV plans to show that British Channel 4 documentary 'The Great Global Warming Swindle' on Sunday night.
And the Greens are so outraged, reports Poneke, that they plan to complain to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.
How dare Prime TV so openly flout the religion of our times! The non-believers! Denialists! Heretics! Burn them at the stake, eh!
Now the Greenies claim 'inaccuracies in that film, but well look at the Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore. The Inconvnient Truth was, Gore's movie did not contain much truth and faced the inconvenience of being found in court to be riddled with lies. But the movie still had a showing on tv here and Gore still got his Nobel peace prize, just as Yaser Arafat got his!
It does seem the Greenies are losing the debate, or at least trying to block the debate, when increasing numbers of facts are not going to their belief. They must be afraid!
We are in a cooling spell, the US and China had severe winters, ice is thickening at the poles again, it even snowed in Baghdad and in New Zealand, the papers today reported early frosts, just as out power supplies are threatened.
There's more to climate than carbon emissions; there's solar sunspots, solar cycles and ocean currents.
Nonetheless, governments are pushing environmental legislation through to curb a problem that probably does not exist, and policies set to harm jobs and living standards everywhere.
Yet greenies and government are both engaged in censorship and intimidation.
Anyway, unlike FrogBlog, we are happy to host debate. Dennis Dutton of Arts & Letters Daily fame has launched a website for both the pros and antis to argue their case, featuring many news stories showing eiher viewpoint.
Always expect the unexpected, so the unexpected spectacle of Panty Slut Boy running as an Independent will certainly add some spice to the election campaign.
Bernard Hickey of Show Me the Money on Stuff should be declared St Bernard, patron Saint of the Taxpayer.
After noting Michael Cullen's 'desperate and dangerous' budget last week, St Bernard is now looking at government waste, pledging to seek it out everyday.
In two blog posts yesterday, he produced a chart showing how government spending is set to grow much faster than the rest of the economy over the next three years.
Liarbour says there is no waste and taxcuts will mean cuts in government spending and services.
But St Bernard believes strong government growth has created an atmosphere of bureaucrats employ extra people, pay for consultants, etc, without questioning whether it is needed, and whether the private sector might use such resources better.
St Bernard kicks off noting faults in the government's new Winterwatch power supplies website.
And this was before he became aware of the controversies surrounding Housing New Zealand and luxury conferences.
My belief, backed with a bit of evidence, is that fast government spending growth is one of the reasons we have very high interest rates and rising inflation, as well as low productivity growth.
Indeed, with his second post, St Bernard refers to Housing New Zealand before moving on to the many well-paid jobs within government, wondering whether they are needed.
Many are communications staff, with the Ministry of Social Development employing 19, more journalists than the Dom-Post will have in its newsroom.
Central government currently has 11 positions open for communications professionals on jobs.govt.nz. There are currently 35 central government jobs on offer on TradeMe that are being paid more than $75,000 a year out of a total of 76 listings. The average annual salary is about $47,000.
Fifty-three of the 76 government jobs on offer are above the average salary.
Need I say more.
UPDATE 2: David Farrar reports a growth in ministerial staff numbers.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Kylie Minogue, singing budgie, turned superstar, turned 40 today.
And as the Aussie media states, she looks hotter than ever.
I turned 40 last year. If only I could say the same.
Let us hope you beat the cancer, find true love and keep churning out those wonderful hits.
I still remember you as Charlene in Neighbours though!
So let's have a few songs from You Tube then:
I Shouldbe So Lucky
In my arms
Can't get you out of my head
And finally, a banned Kylie lingerie commercial.
The point is to ram home the absurdity of Governments wedding themselves to a "don't sell" position out of sheer political blindness.
UPDATE: Blind ideology costs taxpayer another billion says Rodney Hide.
"A lot of people on sickness benefits say Work and Income staff have sent them and just expect you to sign the form."
He had seen one woman who had been on a sickness benefit for 19 years because of asthma but smoked a packet of cigarettes a day. Work and Income had offered her several quit programmes. "She admitted she was too lazy to go."
And there's more:
Another sickness beneficiary's documented reason for not working was they "could not be bothered".
He signed off both beneficiaries but wrote on their forms that they needed follow-up and reassessment.
"it becomes a culture of handouts."
The story continues:
The National Party has previously accused the Government of hiding unemployment by switching people to invalid or sickness benefits.
At the end of March, nearly 46,000 people were on a sickness benefit - up from 38,000 five years earlier, but a decline from March 2007.
In the 12 months to March 2008, a net 2760 people transferred from unemployment to a sickness benefit.
Well , I don't know about you but I'm getting sick of paying for bludgers like this.
And Liarbour thinks savings cannot be made in welfare!
UPDATE: Minister Darren Hughes calls on GPs to dob in beneficiery bullies.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
That said, environmentalists generally give my arse the ache. Not so much because of their concern for the environment, but because they're all hippies, and their party attracts food nutters like Sue Kedgeley and opportunist commos like Sue Bradford. OK, that's not really a sound basis for forming an opinion on a political movement, but nobody's perfect, least of all me.
What really gets on my wick is the environmentalist attitude to cars. Those who recall my posts at Sir Humphreys might have noted I rather like cars. We're hearing plenty at the moment about how we shouldn't use cars, it's bad for the environment and it's using up all the damn oil. Well, OK, the emissions are bad for the environment, I'll grant you that. Nothing like so bad as Third World subsistence agriculturalists turning out a kid a year and defoliating the surrounding landscape for firewood, mind you, but it remains a valid point.
But using up the oil? What the hell kind of an argument is that? Apparently, if we were all to start biking, taking the bus and walking more often, we wouldn't use up the planet's oil reserves so quickly. Er, and? What, exactly? We use our vehicles less and it takes a few decades longer for oil to become so scarce it prices the internal combustion engine out of existence? Surely I can't be the only one to find this argument less than compelling? You know, the question of whether driving a Daimler V12 becomes an unreasonable prospect 10 years from now or 50 isn't really one that is going to drive me to getting on my bike.
Face it folks, we're going to use that oil up. The only thing that's going to stop us using it is scarcity increasing the price to the point where plastic bottle caps become units of currency. Later generations may curse us for it, but the likelihood of them being in any sense our moral superiors is about equivalent to the likelihood of us giving up using oil because it would be nice to leave some for posterity, so fuck 'em. If they were here, they'd enjoy putting their foot down in a V8 too.
But , as David Farrar notes, it goes beyond that.
There was Dear Leader way back in 1999, attacking the former National government and WINZ chief Christine Rankin over the spending of $165,000 on chartering aircraft in order to transport 140 managers to a conference at the exclusive Wairakei Resort Hotel.
Liarbour attacked WINZ for having a culture of extravagance. Dear Leader promised to 'clean up' the public sector.
However, such extravagance continues in Housing New Zealand and with Minister Maryann Street with the allegations $65,000 was spent on a similar Housing NZ conferenace at Tongariro Lodge.
National's Housing spokesman Phil Heatley has revealed 94 Housing New Zealand managers spent two days at a conference at the luxury Tongariro Lodge.
Now, it maybe that vital work was achieved, but when a government attacks the so-called WINZ excesses of the past and indulges in such practices today, it is surely guilty of the most rank hypocracy, especially when times are hard and we see activities that are ripe for the chopping!
UPDATE: So $250 a night is cheap! Delicious comments from Housing Minister Maryann Street. The NZ Herald looks back to 1999 when Christine Ranking of Winz was in the frame..
UPDATE "2: More luxury weekend retreats for Housing NZ. Who isleaking this stuff and why?
Real private consumption was forecast to grow zero per cent in the March 2009 year, down from 3.7 per cent the previous year.
"Private consumption expenditure makes up approximately 6 per cent of GDP by value, so this component of GDP remaining static in the March 2009 year will contribute significantly to the low overall level of economic activity."
Bruce Sheppard of the NZ Shareholders Association laments the lack of vision among our political leaders.
Successive political leadership has done little to counter this ambivalence to the future of the nation. Worse, various political parties display no appearance of any vision for the future, and even less ability to communicate one if they indeed have one to the public. So the apparent lack of vision is doubled by a lack of leadership.
The New Zealand Herald's Audrey Young today publishes a full list of Liarbour's 'pork.'
The tax cuts, with other highlights announced on Budget day, have added $12.29 billion to Labour's brag-bag of policies.
When added to the previous $3.99 billion identified on Pork Watch, Labour's Porkometer has reached $16.28 billion.
I've yet to find actual department spending totals but it all seems to confirm reports that Liarbour has doubled government spending in its nine years of office.
Audrey also lists some individual projects adding:
The cost of promises included in the Porkometer do not include every Budget item. They are items that parties themselves have highlighted and bragged about. Totals have not been annualised. They may be spread over many years. That is because parties tend to announce funding over four, five or more years.
Last week's Budget allowed for a total of $4.75 billion extra in operational spending in 2008-09 and $23.37 billion extra over four years. It also allowed $1.16 billion in capital spending and $1.91 more over four years.
LABOUR'S SPENDING PROMISES
* $10.6 billion over four years on personal tax cuts.
* $553.8 million over five years on faster broadband and digital strategy initiatives.
* $326.3 million extra in education including $182 million for extra teachers.
* $220 million over 15 years for Wellington City Council housing upgrade.
* $180 million for extra police.
* $155.2 million over four years to improve student allowances and eligibility.
* $72 million over four years for free off-peak travel for Supergold card.
* $37.8 million over three years for first phase of Hobsonville development.
* $30 million over three years for transport initiatives in Northland and Tairawhiti.
* $25.1 million over four years for Maori and Treaty initiatives including $5.3 million extra for the Office of Treaty Settlements.
* $24.6 million boost to caregivers of children.
* $23.3 million over four years to establish animal ID and tracing system.
* $18 million over four years to boost subsidy for hearing aids.
* $9 million over four years to monitor financial service providers.
* $7 million over two years to restore 19th century Mataatua Whare in Whakatane.
* $7 million to develop a Maori cultural venue on Wellington waterfront.
Now, I'm not averse to a bit of capital expenditure and it may be a worthy project, but coming on top of the list above, this all seems a little excessive: A $70 million extension to the National Library, which the Dominion Post notes comes on top of other government building projects in central Wellington and has created a 'building boom' there.
It is heartening to see Cullen's goverment economising, making do and tightening its belt, just as we are, the poor buggers having to pay for Liarbour's largresse!
Many times I have blogged about the unfitness of Barry Hussein Obama for office.
Blogs like Little Green Footballs often run stories pointing out Obama's extreme leftism, his inexperience, his weaknesses on foreign policy, that he may be muslim, etc, etc.
Few Kiwis have followed up such allegations, particularly the MSM.
But Trevor Loudon of New Zeal has often posted on Obama's unfitness for office, and he has obviously done some research himself.
Nonetheless, after perusing LGF yesterday afternoon, I was somewhat surprised, while digging up some anti-Obama content, to come across a reference to Trevor Loudon , where he comments about the would-be president.
"He's a member of an organization (that is) openly a front for two socialist groups," reported another participant, Trevor Loudon.
No wonder Trevor hasn't commented on his blog for several weeks.
He must be in America and is obviously doing a bit of research to help save us from Obama, by associating with groups like America's Survival.
In the article, a Washington Post journalist reports the following:
Here are some things we can look forward to learning about Barack Obama:
That he was mentored in high school by a member of the Soviet-controlled Communist Party.
That he launched his Illinois state Senate campaign in the home of a terrorist and a killer.
That while serving as a state senator, he was a member of a socialist front group.
That his affiliations are so dodgy that he would have trouble getting a government security clearance.
That there is reason to doubt his "loyalty to the United States."
True, the article dismisses the allegations as 'implausable' , but there is a growing mountain of evidence on Obama's extremism, etc, etc.
Indeed, the liberal left media have often slavishly followed the Obama line even to the point of psychophancy.
This week, Hillary Clinton faced uproar over speculating about Obama getting shot JFK-syle. But amid the outrage, the media forgot Michelle Obama made such speculation herself months ago.
There was the well-worn outrage from the left at the right for referring to Obama's muslim middle name Hussein, but it was discovered Obama had referred to his middle name in speeches too.
There was also outrage from Obamaphiles at suggestions from the right that their savour may be muslim. Then, in a recent column, the New York Times called him an apostate (a former muslim) and wondered whether this might cause Obama trouble when visiting the Middle East as President.
What might be seen as smear or dirt could well be true, whether it is discovered by the right, or Hillary Clinton's campaign team.
The issue is for the media to do their duty and investigate such allegations, just as they do when Republicans have dodgy beliefs, pasts and connections.
Otherwise the media will continue to loose further credibility, as people then have to turn to articles like this concerning Obama's links to communism.
Indeed, the Republicans are starting to ask questions, with campaign ads like this and this, even if they remain restrained so far, compared to the VRWC.
Nontheless, the Republicans are already linking Obama to he soft, wimpish policies of former US President Jimmy Carter. His appeasement led to the appearance of the Mullahs in Iran and Carter is radical Islam's friend.
As for Obama, there is still much more to be discovered and reported by the MSM.
Pity I got sidetracked with making dinner and letting a mate use the laptop for several hours, as it might have been me, not David Farrar, breaking the Trevor Loudon story.
I only hope Trevor can deliver the goods to save the world from an Obama presidency.
And if you are reading this Trevor, there are still a few things we need to know about Dear Leader. Ian Wishart was unable to prove anything either way :)
Just one other thing, here's another LGF story. Obama has links to corruption by the Chicago Teamsters Union.
UPDATE: Not PC offers fine backgrounder on Trevor gaining global recognition and an invite to Washington for his work on Obama.
Monday, May 26, 2008
No one's scored more than 231 to win a match here and on that deck it's going to be a hell of a chase. If they get it, well done, but I personally think we came out all right.I repeat. I just can't bear it.
You know what's gonna happen don't you. You don't need me to predict it here.
The mother of murdered Dunedin woman Sophie Elliott has told of seeing her daughter stabbed repeatedly.Just in case you missed that - 216 times. Yes, two hundred and sixteen times.
The Dunedin District Court today heard Sophie Elliott died after being stabbed 216 times.
I am a big fan of degrees if murder and if this was law then this nutjob wouldn't be seeing the light of day again.
Here is the big circuit breaker: