Wednesday, December 13, 2006
News a Committee of the Council is recommending the removal and banning of billboards in the CBD is ludicrous in the extreme. The committee claims the remioval of the banners and bill boards will make Auckland the International city it should be.
I guess London is not an international city and the billboards in Piccadilly Circus detract from the the city? See here
Similarly for Times Square in New York.
This Council really is composed of more than a few Dicks.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Seems my supposition was right. Confirmation here that Helen Clark turned down a request from the then Fijian PM Laisenia Qarase to provide military support to stave off the coup.
Rightly Qarase was refused by the NZ and Australian governments. Their refusals do not record that NZ is not actually able to meet its promises (or what is expected of a so called first world country) to the Pacific Islands Forum to assist member countries when requested. That is a scandal. Imagine if it was a Chinese backed militia that had taken over the RFMF....not a local boy.
Naked we is. (and so are the Fijians)
Monday, December 04, 2006
I wonder if this is what has happened and Clark has joined Qarase to try to bluff Bainimarama?
If this request was made - and it is more than possible as under the Pacific Forum protocols any member Government can respond to a request by another Pacific Forum member and send in the Army.
As Clark and her peacenik mates have spent the past 7 years dismembering the NZ armed forces, New Zealand could do nothing to help Fiji. Absolutely nothing. She is left with jaw-jaw.
New Zealand has limited blue water strike capacity and capability, no air strike capability and almost no heavy lift capability at all. Even assuming those things don't matter the NZ Army could not mount an operation to do anything safely. The rule of thumb is to mount a force that is 3:1 in your favour. With the RFMF having a standing army of 4,000+ NZ would need to oppose the Fijian forces with at least 12,000 men. That is more than our total men under arms.
This is an appalling state of affairs - not that we cannot oppose a force in Fiji - heaven forbid we ever wanted to. What is appalling is NZ as a senior partner in the South Pacific cannot fulfill any decent defense obligation at all in support of its nearest and dearest. Hence Bainimarama's confidence.
Why is Helen Clark taking sides with the undemocrat Qarase? Curious as it seems Bainimarama seems to me to be the democrat here - standing for all Fijians. Qarase has 2000 Coup members in his government in contrast with Bainimarama and the military who actually went after and court martialled the army perpetrators. Qarase wants to pardon George Speight - why? Bainimarama wants him to serve his sentence - seems fair.
Qarase wanted to enact a foreshore and seabed bill that would enfranchise some indigenous people but would disenfranchise many fijians, particularly indian fijians. What's fair about that?
Remember Helen - you said your own foreshore and seabed bill was to protect the coast for all New Zealanders...
As I said her support of Qarase is curious.
I would have thought Clark would have shown a dignified public silence and be working like crazy behind the scenes to stop a public coup, by among other things getting Qarase to resign. This may have given Bainimarama the outlet he needs to put his interim administration in place. And begun the steps to remove the coup plotters still in government.
Curioser still - Clark saying that if there is a coup the Fijians on active service with the UN will have no jobs and be sent home. Who the hell wants more pissed off soldiers wandering the streets of Fiji without jobs blaming Qarase. Seemed a dumb and ill thought threat to me.
The french government has announced it is launching a 24hour news channel as a foil to the cultural invasion of CNN and BBCWorld which in their eyes produces an Anglo-Saxon vision of events.
The Anglo-Saxon offer is derided by the French as Le Rosbif TV. In a curious irony the french channel will be in English!
The offering will apparently be a showcase for french values. The three principal "French values" that will be expressed by France 24 are an insistence that the world is culturally "diverse"; a love of argument and debate; and programmes reflecting the French art de vivre.
As a committed francophile I look forward to it. I guess we'll see it here on UK-TV!
Sunday, December 03, 2006
15 year old boy savaged by Great White Shark and life saved by quick thinking Kiwis - Amy and Peter Hickmott.
Chris Carter - exposed as attending Auckland BDSM clubs in the Investigate article on Benson-Pope - has recently said he will legislate to save the White Pointer in New Zealand.
Maybe he did not realise a White Pointer was a shark - thinking it was something he did or saw at one of those clubs? With Benson-Pope's departure is Carter standing in to rally the troops onto another liberal sex assault on our legislation. Recall 'hetero'-sexual and happily married Benson-Pope promoting the Civil Union Bill and guiding it into law. Hypocritical, mendacious prick.
This from the UK
In reviewing the leader of the Conservative Party's first year as leader:
Within his first two weeks, Mr Cameron announced that "social justice" and "quality of life" would be key goals; a group headed by the environmentalist Zac Goldsmith was tasked to look at climate change; and Central Office drew up plans to ensure that there would be more women parliamentary candidates.What has Key done so far?
Within week one
- acceptance of the importance family - however it is defined
- holding out the flax branch to Maori
"Acceptance" of the reality and importance dealing with Climate Change
Promoted women up the rankings and into his Shadow Cabinet
It is working for Cameron. Guess it'll run here.
Just read the Telegraph - there you'll find the blueprint. Just don't tell Clark and the rest of the carpet munchers, liars and cheats in Government.
New Zealand had its fair share of soviet surveillance during the cold war. There is nothing to suggest that with the flintier face of Putin New Zealand will now be ignored.
It seems the Russians have lost none of their interest in other's secrets and little of their ruthlessness. The Polonium-210 murders are wicked in the extreme. Incredibly also the radio-active trail leads straight to the Kremlin - the Russians have also lost little of their inability to be subtle - as always relying on brute force. Though this time in an atomically small package - trillionths of a gramme.
The alarming analysis today by MI5 out of Britain that there are 30 spies active in the UK (second only to the US in terms of numbers of spies on the ground) should be sobering for our own Minister in charge of the SIS. Not to mention the people.
One cannot help thinking she won't be at all concerned - given the incredibly benign strategic environment we live in....ROFL
One is reminded at this time with Orwell's thought:
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
In New Zealand I don't feel we have that comfort.
Clark has long spent the peace dividend. Naked we is.
Ian Wishart has provided the latest in the Be-Pop saga. See his questions below.
As Be-Pop has disappeared without trace we must rely on the likes of Wishart to keep on the case - the lame stream are not chasing these serious allegations. They are more interested in, literally, a National Party MP blowing smoke...
TXT messages sent to David Benson-Pope's mobile phone by Investigate over the past few days:
Message from Investigate to DBP: Yes or No: do you deny knowing Suzanne Bird (Mistress Glory
From Investigate: Do you deny ever engaging in BDSM?
PS David, unlike other media, I WILL be running your refusals to comment
Message from Investigate to DBP: Yes or No: do you deny knowing Suzanne Bird (Mistress Glory)?
Morning David. Do you deny ever engaging in BDSM? Yes, or No?
Do you deny that you have ever engaged in BDSM, yes or no?
THERE HAS BEEN NO RESPONSE. NOR HAS INVESTIGATE BEEN SUED.
In a stunning confirmation of bias the lead items in today's Sunday Star-Times and TV One News was the non -story about the National Party health spokesman getting punched on the nose by a obnoxious builder.
Where is similar breathless headline coverage of Panty-Slut Boy?
The only question of note is still - "have you paid it back yet?"
Thursday, November 23, 2006
National Party Leader Don Brash is reported to have resigned.
He will step down on Monday when a Special Caucus Meeting has been scheduled.
Find another target Labour. Labour will rue the day they hounded Brash out - his replacement (whoever it is) will be a much more politically savvy and feral beast.
And while you're about it "Have You Paid It Back Yet". National has.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Oh the delightful irony - a funny line from a sordid tale - Dave Gee at Right from Left Field has a none too subtle pun regarding David Benson-Pope's proclivities with the whip.
To carry the pun further - watch them flail about with this.
See here for the Investigate scoop on Benson-Pope. We were right all along, he is a pervert. How could Clark appoint a grade A pervert to be Minister of Social Development? Is that a greater perversion?
Fingers crossed the lamestream media covers this with the vigour they are pursuing the Brash emails (non)story.
The real concern is this - If these stories are true then we have a seriously oddly sexualised man holding Ministerial Warrants - may be that is OK? It is not OK when we see that the acts depicted in the magazine as recreational sexual behaviour are the same acts Benson-Pope ultimately agreed did take place at Bayfield High School.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Northcote MP Jonathan Coleman has his own theory on why Labour is so keen on the waterfront option.
He says it is more about the "Clarkoseum" than anything. Like that, Clarkoseum.
With McCully and Brash coming late to the debate National are finally finding their cojones
Labour will wilt and die if National are relentless in the attack and stick to a few points.
Clark is away so keep up the momentum and she will freak out. Cullen is already charting another course and the Auckland Left are mostly behind Eden Park (and in any event not for the Clarkoseum).
The Points for today:
Mallard has been shown to be lying tonight with his underhand and frankly distasteful misuse of information regarding Eden Park. Not only hoist on his own petard, hung out by his own advisors - Fletcher executives.
Aucklanders generally are now deeply suspicious of what Labour are trying to do. People of all political shades know a stinking lie when they see one. They also don't take it lightly when threatened by punks from Wellington.
First Mallard meets with advisors in secret for two months then he gives all Aucklanders no information on the options but bullies and cajoles the pollies into a two week go/no go with the threat a No will send the rugby to the enemy Canterbury. How to lose support in Auckland 101.
The Clarkoseum now has only one supporter in Auckland politics - Dick Hubbard. The man who stuffed the V8s', stuffed Western Springs Speedway etc.
Hubbard is yesterday's man - his exhortations make him look even more dorkish than before. His sincerity is in question (remember the leap under the posts at Eden Park?).
The ARC have been completely dicked. The Government has cut their funding - they are powerless to resist Clark's siren calls. They want to have their mega regional roles reinstated. Clark has said they will get their bigger jobs back if they force Ports of Auckland (which ARC owns through a subsidiary) to relinquish the land she needs for the Clarkoseum.
Why do you think she has forced the regional Governance discussions on the Auckland region with a final decision by Christmas - another impossibly short deadline. Coincidental? Don't think so.
However, when you have lost everything you have nothing to lose. Lee and the rest of the ARC should just tell Clark to get nicked.
Jock Hobbs. What has happened to him? Completely emasculated. I think Clark's shock troops have told Hobbs that the Accident Compensation Corporation will go hard on rugby injuries if he doesn't bring his boys into line. A nod by the ACC CEO to his risk management team could double the premium overnight. ACC are eternally grateful to Clark and Dyson. She gave them the breath of life. Nothing would link to Clark. Something has happened with Hobbs and this ACC angle rings true with other conversations I have pieced together.
Just another example of why Clark has carefully suborned all the agent's of state - create ACC as a single government provider of accident/liability insurance - manage the police by ensuring all commissioners have been her men. The G-G is her man. etc. He could not sack her in a tea fogged haze. Anymore than he might find Thaito should be removed from parliament. Helen gave him this wonderful job....
There you go National - several points of attack - relentless force. Go to it. The battle is yours to win.
Tonight on Checkpoint Mallard admitted he had misused/misquoted Fletcher's data regarding the buildability of Eden Park. Fletcher's affirmed they had not said there were problems with the new design and they have confirmed it is buildable. They also confirmed there was no problem with founding the buildings either.
Mallard is a sophistrist and not a very good one. He should be in gaol as a con-man.
Fucking liars the lot of them
This is the other reason for the Waterfront Stadium shambles. Labour get to dominate the agenda and headlines in a way impossible for the past few months as they have weathered scandal after scandal.
The scandals have not gone away - just the commentators are distracted.
Back to the case in hand boys and girls in the MSM
This got me thinking.
Having been to some of the great rugby grounds in the world I recalled that many are in suburbs. Indeed they have been upgraded while surrounded by suburbia. The recent All Black's match at Twickenham was to celebrate (and pay for) the opening of the new stand.
See here: Twickenham - Richmond SW London.
Spot the houses - see the construction area to the South? Looks similar to Eden Park to me.
When you walk to the ground it is through residential streets.
It is not unlike walking to Eden Park
Similarly Lansdowne Road Dublin:
Another hallowed ground with traditions as rich as Eden Park.
Again spot the extensive residential areas. Lansdowne Road is in the heart of Dublin, 1 mile from St Stephen's Green in the centre of Dublin
The Irish Rugby Football Union has started to develop Lansdowne to hold 50,000 seated fans - see details here
Who says you can't have rugby grounds in the middle of suburbia.
Say after me - THIS IS ALL ABOUT CLARK GETTING EDEN PARK SHUT DOWN FOR RUGBY AND CRICKET
Many of the opponents are saying the Waterfront Stadium is too risky. I don't know whether it is too risky and I don't care. I say simply it is just WRONG.
The Auckland transit systems are in disarray - all because of a lack of funding - no money for electrification, tolling new highways to get the priority of build advanced etc.
The health system seems grossly underfunded - old people with cataracts get only one eye done because it is a safety issue if they are blind...nine month wait for debilitating though not life threatening urological surgery, etc etc.
Clark (in)a cunning stunt and showing her at her most venal and self serving has found the wherewithall to fund the $700,000,000 difference between a decent and long needed upgrade to our national stadium Eden Park.
When are we going to get a commentator that tells it like it is - THIS IS ABOUT GETTING THE EDEN OUT OF THE PARK.
She has no concern about the cost. She wants it out of her electorate - no price is too high.
The Auckland pollies should just say Nuh!. We are going to build temporary seating at Eden Park to accommodate 60,000 for the RWC and we would be delighted to have the Government make a substantial contribution - in keeping with the national aspirations for the country to do well with the RWC tournament.
Since you Helen and your sycophant mate Duck have found a major pile of cash (for the Waterfront Stadium) we suggest you apply it to rail electrification, roading and health.
Seems that Clark and Mallard's plan to rid Clark's electorate of the Eden Park rugby and cricket crowd is going the way of HMS Orpheus.
Labour Luvvie Bruce Hucker (rhymes with f*****) has come in behind the Eden Park upgrade. This is a breathtaking volte-face. Or perhaps more simply - une claque dans le visage
The hilarious bit is Hucker has lost control of the lefties on his side of the Council - WTF were Caughey and Simpson doing floating Carlaw Park at this stage?
This tells me the lunatics are running the asylum at ACC - Hubbard, Hucker and Co are all over the place.
National's clever politics to support a fast consents track to Eden Park will play well in Auckland and nationally.
ACT and the Green's are one.
Cullen the acting PM is sounding sceptical.
The stadium is Mallard's Orpheus. She ran shore in fine clear weather - missing deep water by 50 feet. 189 lives were lost.
Clark is cleverly off visiting her socialist mates in Europe while the manure hits the fan.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Let's get some facts on the potential for Rail services to handle passengers going to Clark's Waterfront Stadium in downtown Auckland.
The railway into Britomart itself has only two tracks - one up and one down. There is a junction near the Vector Stadium to take railway traffic to Parnell/Newmarket or around the waterfront to Orakei and beyond. Two tracks go into the Britomart tunnel and split into Britomart's underground railway station which has three platforms and five rail lines.
Britomart stated capacity is up to 40 trains and as many as 17,000 passengers an hour - this is in and out - a tidal flow. One way traffic is roughly half - ie going to Stadium Clark or home after the match.
The reality is that the fire restrictions on Britomart are such that the current capacity is actually about 12,000 people per hour - 6,000 in and 6,000 out. It'll take 10 hours to get Stadium Clark filled by rail.
With upgraded trains (for which there is no live proposal at present) capacity could be 25,000 passengers per hour
With new tracks and signalling on the existing rail network the capacity of the station would be 34,000 passengers per hour. This is still half the crowd going to the game but twice the tidal flow.
If the station was converted to a through station and rail continued beyond Britomart and operated as a flow through station, the capacity of the station is 50,000 passengers per hour.
These are the facts.
In other words to have any hope of handling the crowds the rail capacity needs to be increased.
This is the deal the Auckland politicians must demand from Clark and Duck. Stadium Clark can only be supported if the Auckland rail network is electrified and the rail continues from Britomart up Albert Street to reconnect with the track at Mt Eden.
If that railway expansion happens Auckland may be on the way to becoming a world class city.
Plus - make sure the lights don't go out so you'll need to attend to power supply issues as well Helen (and Trev).
Monday, October 30, 2006
In a breathtaking volte-face the viciously agnostic Labour leadership is now emphasising the party's Christain heritage and foundations! Using declared christian David Cunliffe to front, Labour is now seeking to present a Christian face to the party....
The lengths they will go to...
Recall Clark and the other agnostic toadies in their the vilification of the Christain Heritage party and the Destiny Church as sects....
The ongoing absolute crucification by the Labour leadership regarding the Exclusive Brethren
and so on...
As I've said before
falsus in uno falsus in omnibus
False in one thing, false in everything
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
As the poor weather continues to batter the lower North Island a large slip has blocked the road to Eastbourne.
While I feel for the folks in the region it is also a reminder why I enjoy Auckland.
Jeffrey Skilling has been sentenced to 24 years in prison (well, home detention). He was also ordered to pay $45Million in restitution.
Pity we do not have the same outcome in New Zealand when powerful people misuse their position and steal.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Panamanians have voted 2/3 in a referendum to expand the Canal to take larger vessels - current maximum size container ships are around 4,000 TEU - the expanded canal will handle vessel sizes of <12,000 TEU.
This is a major re-build of the original canal which was operational in 1914, under US Government ownership who took it over once the original French backers went bust 10 years earlier.
It will be the end of an era - I can remember when vessels were described as Panamax (the 4,000TEU vessels mentioned above and post-Panamax...vessels too large to traverse the canal. The new Panamax will be a much larger beast.
It will be interesting to see how shipping companies react - just going to larger vessels is not a total solution because it means less frequency as a tradeoff to lower capital and operational costs per container.
If the final go-ahead is given construction will start in 2008 and be completed in 2014.
Unions have said their funds will not be used to get Labour off the hook with the unlawful spending.
Line of the day.....
"We also don't want to be seen as an ATM machine to remedy the mistakes of others" says Andrew Little of the Engineering, Print and Manufacturing Union (EMPU).
Ha ha - ATM machine...remedy mistakes of others...
Fecked Helen, fecked.
Clark's week finishes on a low note. No wonder she's buggered off to Fiji to sort out the Solomons. I guess with her expert knowledge on the intricasies of making 'good' use of government funds she is well placed to fix the corrupt regimes infesting the melanesian nations of the SW and Western Pacific
The gap between Labour and National has stretched to 13% with Labour on 39%. National is within sniffing distance of governing alone on 49%.
Clark's personal rating has dropped. The lies, dissembling and inability to manage a crumbling empire are taking their toll.
The electorate will sense a rout and reducing support will only get worse. Many of the lemmings out there in la la land prefer to back winners. The stench of decay is not a good look and Clark will be getting an ever wider berth.
Another great day ends for the VRWC
I have visited Samoa a lot over 25 years and I know that $1,000 is a King's ransom for many Samoans.
This looks worse for El Ladrón when you consider the thai tiler is an immigrant/worker sponsored by the Fields, under notice from the Samoan Government to shoot through by the end of the month, unable to return to New Zealand because Helen Clark has used her normal tactic of putting the word out to Government Agencies and Ministry's via a contrived media conference, and so on.
Labour and Field have stuffed the thai tiler.
This giant Swiss Army knife is said to have all the tools.
I could not see a painting forger, speed detector or gender bender on the list.
The laser pointer will come in useful for the VRWC to point out the liars, cheats, fraudsters, dissemblers, sophistrists and other ne'er do wells in Labour's ranks.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Readers of this blog will recall my admiration for the strong and principled positions Fran O'Sullivan has taken this year in her columns. The run continues today. See here
Almost alone in the MSM O'Sullivan has continued to address the unlawfulness of the Prime Minister and her department in several actions, her set up of the then Commissioner of Police on taking office, the gutlessness of the Police when it comes to Clark, her Ministers and Labour in general, and the other lying and cheating we of the VRWC have vainly tried to expose.
A weird issue has been Clark's latest ploy to demonise criticisers as 'right wing bloggers'
This epithet I proudly wear and the grins gets wider every time Clark utters it - all she is doing is legitimising the excoriation and normalising political blogs.
Even a casual observer will note the bloggers of the VRWC are a rainbow collection with a wide and eclectic range of views. The bloggers of the left are a narrow bunch who spend their days regurgitating ninth floor press releases and spouting Malardisms...sorry lot
In an extraordinary step it would appear Clark's Corrupt regime are going to emulate the very best of state run governments and completely takeover the manufacture and distribution of tobacco and tobacco products. Reported in today's NZ Herald. This looks like the worst of something Stalin or Kim Jong-Il would dream up.
What is the difference between a private sector company selling the products and the state; if the alleged problem is the potency and poison of the product why allow it to be sold by anyone? Do you really believe the packaging is the problem? the marketing? The problem is it is addictive. If you really want to prevent consumption ban it. This smacks of mummy knows best...
Personally I hate the products and the companies that market and sell them. The quicker they go out of business the better. They are however legitimate businesses working in a highly regulated environment.
The signal Clark sends to the business community is the real problem.
So far this election cycle she has removed long standing property rights from
After her first election she nationalised ACC and destroyed private insurers
Her xenophobia meant Air New Zealand was not able to take on additional capital from Singapore Airlines to buy Ansett - instead Air NZ tried to go it alone and needed a government bailout of $885 Million.
Now she and her mediocre ministers are trying to stiff the consumer with a cosy deal between Air New Zealand and Qantas.
The Clark regime is a meddling, mendacious mob.
International businesses should be afraid - very afraid.
34,000 and climbing. And that's on a holiday weekend when many are away from PC's and the internet. The people are speaking - Clark and Cullen's arrogance has touched a major hotpoint.
I guess online petitions are the next media to be banned.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Bylaws to prevent cars from using bus lanes has been found to be unlawful. However with breathtaking hypocrisy Labour Ministers will not backdate legislation that would enable motorists unlawfully fined to get their money back.
The Government has changed the law but has refused to backdate it because, according to parliamentary documents obtained by The Southland Times, Cabinet ministers said they were against retrospective laws and didn't think many people would ask for their money back.
So, Labour will backdate legislation to legalise their own corrupt, deceitful, conniving, thieving actions.
Labour will not backdate legislation to right the wrong of good people unlawfully fined under unlawful bylaws.
How out of touch is this mob?
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Blair Mulholland's online petition to the G-G seeking his refusal to sign into law Clark's Bill legalising her theft of public money to support her corrupt regime through last year's election campaign is going gang busters. Tonight the total is 16,664 signatures.
Sign up here
Miss Clark's misery continues - she thought she could square this little problem away by a simple law change and the issue would be gone by lunchtime. This time the problem is not going away - compounding six years of conceit, arrogance, dissembling, sophistry, and mendacious argument has meant her time is up. There is no way back
It will be hard for Clark to argue that there are 16,664 right wing bloggers plaguing her. This is the rank and file making their heart felt opinion heard.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Labour is reported in The Dom Post
It says more than $40 million a year spent by political parties across the board on travel, communications costs and staff for parliamentary business is at risk of being declared unlawful without the legislation.
What a load of garbage - see here with DPF and here for Sir Humphrey's as to why this is a load of tosh. Most parliamentary exoenditure is properly handled and authorised. There is nothing to clarify. Jim Anderton and Matt (whoever) managed to stay within the rules as well as did the Maori Party and National's leadership.
Clark is using the public misgivings about her theft of the money and appearances to fix it up to ram through wide ranging legiaslation to provide cover for a much wider transfer of wealth from the Treasury to Labour.
I am hoping Act and National strategists and legal beagles are up to spotting the fraud and and making a meal of Clark, Cullen and Peters when the draft legislation hits the floor of the House.
Note her mention of tagged accounts in the Dom Post - well the 2005/2006 accounts are not yet out and I doubt they are with the Auditor- General - in that circumstance there is nothing to fix. THEY ARE NOT TAGGED.
The Higher Salaries Commission is due to advise on salary increases for parliamentarians. If it is in line with Bollard's guidelines it will north of 4%, back dated to July. (like their legislation...).
So parliament, the gift that keeps in giving.
Monday, October 16, 2006
To stay true to herself and her party Clark should be pillorying this weird, self-centred, narrow minded group of activists and nutters. For the record, they are the Royal NZ Forest and Bird Society (www.forestandbird.org.nz) - well known for their extreme views and constant criticism of Government Ministers and Policy
Have a look at the lineup of media releases so far this year. Many are directed at hapless Government Ministers.
Better still look at the weirdo in the photo. Purple shirt, bearded, well befitting a virulent sect. (apologies to Pres Peter Maddison)
Heaven knows how much money they have scored from the Government - their Annual Report of four pages total is beyond paucity.
This weird sect looks like a Friendly Society to me - guess with their charitable status Clark will shut them down too.
The other aim of this legislation is to destroy the case of Darnton vs Clark which is seeking a High Court declaration the Pledge card spending was wrong. It is apparently an open and shut case. Hence Clark wants it shut, early.
The lengths this corrupt mob will go to to stay in power? This is Mugabesque.
As I blogged yesterday here, Labour has no intention of paying the money back. DPF has come to a similar conclusion.
The only thing that needs Validating legislation is the FY 2004/2005 money Labour filched from the Treasury. The FY2005/2006 funds can be paid back this year and no questions will be asked - it is not overdue - the accounts have not been signed off yet...think of it as short term loan Michael, Helen, Pete, whoever...
However what Cullen is planning is a montrous rort. Cullen is a cunning stunt. His planned legislation is wide ranging and far reaching. He is looking to solve more problems than just the FY2004/2005 theft. He is planning to use momentum to steamroll the thicker of the smaller parties; By panicking the Greens, NZ First and others into supporting his Validating legislation. Cullen actually plans to make legal all his illegal payments in the 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 years and also make legal his planned expenditure on Pledge cards and similar expenditure going forward.
This legislation is not aimed just at Validating the earlier rorts it is aimed squarely at allowing Labour to continue to raid the Treasury for its electoral purposes, without any accountability or come back.
Labour is planning to ram all this legislation through under urgency and therefore without the usual processes of parliamentary scrutiny like select committees. Without even those checks and balances Labour will run riot.
All parties have to demand that any validating legislation applies only to the FY2004/2005. They should also demand that it is properly scrutinised by parliament. However that is secondary if the legislation applies only to FY2004/2005.
In an almost Laurel and Hardyesque rage moslem clerics are outraged the London Olympics in 2012 will be held over Ramadan.
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, an imam on the Muslim Council of Great Britain, said: "I'm sure the athletes will seek advice from their scholars.
As followers of Ramadan must fast during the hours of daylight - the allegation is moslem athletes will be disadvantaged.
This shows to me how pernicious the moslem faith has become. For convenience Christians standardise their key festivals like Christmas on a certain date. The rest flows from there.
Ramadan follows a strict lunar calendar and gets 11 days earlier every year...
So why does the rest of the world have to kowtow to these lunatics.
When will they get a sense of proportion?
I think the key issue is the observance of the festival and ritual by the followers not the timing. Any cleric with half a brain would see it gthat way and make suitable accommodations...
Sunday, October 15, 2006
In a thoughtful and insightful piece Professor Niall Ferguson discusses the hopeless position taken by the UN Security Council in dealing with North Korea and openly states it is well past its use by date with no hope of resurrection.
Ferguson canvasses the faults and the obvious tension, with China and Russia against what might be termed the West. Ferguson surmises China and Russia with a hefty dose of what they would see as realpolitik are prepared to accept nuclear armed North Korea and Iran as pals in their own struggle against their perceived hegemony of the US.
We are at a sorry point. I am sure Ferguson has it on the button, if you'll pardon the pun.
He quotes the french philospher Alexis de Tocqueville (one of my favourites as readers of this blog will attest) in respect of the UN and its members looking to reform the institution....
"the most dangerous moment for a bad government is usually when it begins to reform itself".
de Tocqueville's wise words are apposite, appropriate and apt.
So what do we do? As I blogged earlier now is not the time for a forelock tugging race to the bottom.
I think the time is upon us when wise words need to transform into sober and cold judgement of the position the world is in a geo-political sense. From that sober analysis we can begin to see who are the goodies and the baddies (yep, it's got to that) and not follow some blind trail that simply states multi-lateralism through the UN is the way ahead.
New Zealand rather than simply falling into line with the Security Council resolution on NoKor might have been better placed to offer real leadership on what the real issues are: China not playing the game vis a vis NoKor, Russia snuggling up to Iran. The US losing its moral authority by not establishing real coalitions of like-minded countries before acting and so on.
However that said America is still a crucial player in the solution and we should be minded to get alongside them, and soon. It is still true that "America is great because America is good ..." (usually wrongly attributed to de Tocqueville).
There is precious little that the ruling elite in either China or Russia have in common with New Zealand, its values or its people. We stand apart from them and what they stand for and do. The sooner this is acknowleged and we stop the faux demagoguery of Republicans in the US the better. Pick a real target Helen, Phil, Trev and Winnie - not the easy ones you find convenient and popular. Value the democracy that is the US not belittle it.
Conference speeches today reveal that
Obviously feeling the heat sitting with the corrupt party...
...but savouring the baubles of office and relishing the opportunity to make a contribution to world affairs by saving us all from Kim Jong-Il.
On further reflection short men, platform shoes? I think there's a connection here...
As a poodle doing the bidding of a labrador Winston Peters has announced New Zealand's immediate action on implementing the UN Security Council resolution on NoKor.
This smells as one of the bigger "Yeah Rights" of the week.
From Radio NZ
NZ to move quickly on resolutionThe Foreign Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand will move quickly to implement the resolution. Mr Peters says it was adopted under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which all member states, including New Zealand, are obliged to follow
So what's our contribution Winnie? Nothing? Well we have nothing to help with.
Hmmm, thought so.
I guess your colleague the Minister of Disarment has failed this month, but I digress. Good thing you get a chance to have a go. Another meeting with Condy coming up? Too bad you thought her reference to five plus five was a drinking game - but then the spider intervened didn't it.
Back to the UN Resolution; This is a toothless resolution from a toothless, grungy rug that was once the skin of a sloth.
The UN is useless and its uselessness makes the world a more dangerous place if people still think it can make a positive contribution.
Unless and until there is a complete blockade of all shipping in and out of North Korea (by land, sea and air) - with all shipments (in and out) checked for any arms/weapons/systems/parts of systems etc at all, the Resolution and the "unity of the world community" is pointless, worryingly naive and downright dangerous.
Bloody interesting and a little ironic the first act of the new(Korean) UN S-G is to declare a tough resolution against NorKor and his second action might be to declare military action against NorKor under UN auspices (as last time in 1951) when Kim Jong-Il lets off another fire cracker in a week or two and the world's patience runs out....
1. Clark's absolutely wretched analysis and cover-up of el-Jefe Field should be a major point of attack.
Today's SST has more on the dodgy Labour Minister. This dude was selling work permits...how corrupt is that? She knew he was a crook, she knew he was crooked and she knew he was up to crooked practices - I'd call her Lady Macbeth (one of Shakespeare’s most famous and frightening female characters) but I always thought Lady Macbeth was a hottie.
The analogy fits all the same - in the final scene of Hamlet, Lady Macbeth has been reduced to sleepwalking through the castle, desperately trying to wash away an invisible bloodstain
2. Dr Brash should keep the pressure up on Labour (and NZ First, the Greens and United Future) to immediately pay up the money they stole.
Don't let them keep up the charade of the whip-a-round.
The tactic would be to apply maximum pressure to NZ First whose votes are needed - saying you said you have the money - make sure everyone else has paid up before you agree to passing the legislation - simple commercial pressure. Don't let up. If you give in the bastards will drop you and not pay up. As a minor party you'll have to front with the money to have any credibility with your voters - Clark has greater resources and will tough it out - you'll die helping her...
A rough timeline
Pre A-G final report
1. Clark's puppy Hodgson said they were not going to pay it back - no matter what the Auditor-General said.
2. Labour will pass legislation making legal what was illegal.
Post A-G report
3. A-G final report says Labour stole $824,000
4. Labour spins it as merely a legal interpretation that their hired guns disagree with (and in the enfilade shoot their own man, who they recently appointed to the Appeal Court, former S-G Terence Arnold).
5. Labour president Williams on the charm offensive with a quick whip around to give the notion Labour are moving quickly to give back the stolen goods found in their possession. This is all baloney - it is aimed to fail and known to fail. Initial public action the torpor is the plan.
6. Dr Cullen spins that Treasury urge immediate enabling legislation and say it is a confidence issue which requires NZ First support and Green's obeisance.
7. I think that once the legislation is passed Labour will have no incentive (or legal need) to pay the money back and they'll hope no-one is looking further - more of their normal arrogance.
Dr Brash should now demand immediate payment like many of the other parties have done. Maori, ACT, National have all paid. There is no argument for Labour and co to delay. Peters First have said they have the money - well pay up then.
Brash should use the late taxpayer penalty argument outlined on this blog and elsewhere as his fulcrum to bend Labour over.
Go for it mate.
DPF has raised a couple of points I have been thinking about.
1. As the Auditor-General has determined, Labour's theft of the Leaders fund and other funds was electioneering and was therefore illegal; this quantum should be added to the amount Labour declared as election expenditure to the Electoral Commission under the Electoral Act. The sum comes to an additional $824,000 over what Labour declared - or a total of $3,175,000 - an overspend of $796,000 or 35%.
Contrast that with National who (including the GST error which should not actually be included) is 0.6% over the limit.
Given where the result ended up would National have done better with an additional $700,000 on billboards and election material?
See how valuable (to Labour) the gutless Police response was to not act on the complaint under the Electoral ACT regarding Labour's overspending?
2. Treating Labour's theft as unpaid taxes and due now would see IRD levy additional fees of:
Debt of $824,524.
Penalty 1% and a further penalty of 4% seven days after it is due.
Total $41,200 is added to the bill since September 2005
Additional 1% penalty each and every month until paid (say June 2007)
The total penalties come to $214,000
What about 'Use of Money' interest the rest of us mortals front with?:
At the current rate of 13.08%, applied to both the principal and any penalties this tracks out at around $9,500-$10,000 per month on the total owing.
30 June 2007 Clark's Corrupt Circus will owe the sum of $1,200,000 give or take an election or so.
DPF has deeper analysis and included the notion that IRD charge an additional scale depending on whether the avoidance is accidental, deliberate, (un)conscionable etc (all of which Clark is guilty of except accidental)
Saturday, October 14, 2006
The rest of the world should be confident that measures throughout Asia to handle poultry in a hygienic fashion will prevent the spread of Avian Influenza.
This picture gives me a lot of confidence the authorities are on to it!
The Herald's columnist Fran O'Sullivan, today, has the bongoes beating that Clark has lost her hold on power and (to paraphrase) the Ides of March are within sight. Accurately O'Sullivan states that the damaged goods inhabiting a leadership spot is Clark not Brash
The column continues the excellent series Fran has had on the illegalities and dissembling of the Clark Regime and the gutlessness of the NZ Police when it come to the Clark Regime. See here.
She predicts an orderly process to transition Clark out if Labour is to have any hope of winning another term. Strong stuff. The imperious one is stuffed. Readers of this blog will recall my musings earlier on this subject - here, here and here
The Dom Post has a hilarious editorial, offering fund rising options for the party of Ali Clark and her Forty plus thieves.
See here for the mirth maker
Entitled Bob-A-Job with the Brady Bunch, the options include:
Item 1: An autographed copy of the hitherto unpublished but legendary Why Prime Ministers Paint featuring original works by various artists, all signed by Miss Clark.
Item 2: A guaranteed no-fines high-speed trip, complete with police escort, to the footy with the prime minister. Not for the faint-hearted, but guaranteed to get you to the game on time.
Item 3: Cut-price home renovation with a Thai curry meal thrown in. Contact Phillip Field.
Item 4: Making your anger work for you. How mild-mannered Peter Dunne transforms himself into a vengeful man of steel whenever his common sense is questioned by television personalities or auditors-general.
Item 5: Wives, Mistresses and Interesting Things to do with Heineken bottles – a free subscription to Trevor Mallard's gossip service. Seldom accurate, but guaranteed salacious.
Item 6: A day with Winston. Have Parliament's most fastidious dresser be your personal shopper and, if you opt for the deluxe package, Mr Peters will take you for a late-night dinner at the Green Parrot and a trawl of Courtenay Place drinking spots before getting his favourite Somali taxi driver to drop you home. Storming off when the driver demands the fare optional.
Item 7: Sure to be hotly sought-after by the ladies. Dancing lessons with Rodney Hide – crash helmet included.
Item 8: Corned beef and peas by candlelight. Another likely to be popular with the ladies. Tips on the art of romantic dining from Parliament's resident Don Juan, Don Brash.
Item 8: A bag of "Fitzsimons' finest" or, for those who prefer a hint of smoke in their compost, "Nandor's nasties".
Don't forget. It's for a good cause. Be generous. They are – with your money.As I blogged here, Clark is proven beyond doubt to be a mendacious, dissembling sophistrist.
falsus in uno falsus in omnibus
"false in one thing, false in everything"
Friday, October 13, 2006
By her own admission she knows nothing.
No - I did not fraudulently sign a painting with my signature
No - I did not speak with the SST about Commissioner Doone and destroyed him
No - I did not ask the police to speed to the airport to make my flight
No - I had no idea how fast we were going - it was a Police decision.
No - I did not know the A-G warned me and my department and closest adviser H2, before the election that the pledge card was electioneering and not elgible for PS funding.
No - I did not know.....
All she knows is how to use the taxpayers of New Zealand to keep her in power.
In the face of unbelievable pressure and malevolent, vindictive and vituperative language from the Prime Minister Auditor-General and Controller Brady ploughed on and did his job. What a guy!
Great to see an officer of the government stand up to the vituperative bitch. His integrity and professionalism should be an example to the legions of senior officials who Clark has subborned .
Air Marshall Fergusson and Police Commissioner Robinson start a sorry list
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Dunne also said:
"Independent of the A-G's enquiry UF had checked expenditure put forward to Parlimentary Services for payment and discovered $5,000 that should not be paid by the PS." Yeah Right Pete...
Anyway at least he has beaten the release of the A-G's report. Now all that is left is for Ali Clark and her 40+ thieves to fess up and pay back the money they ripped off.
Clark is all alone - reminds me of Kim Jong Il - plus each is as ugly as the other.
Dunne tonight was extraordinary - he has apologised for besmirching the Auditor-General saying he (Dunne) wildly and widely overstepped the mark in criticising a key figure in the Governmental process of institutional checks and balances. However Dunne was at pains to say his apology was only as a politican leading a political party BUT and it was a huge BUT, he still, as a private person, stood by his (excoriating) criticism of A-G Brady!!!
Mary Wilson was incredulous on Check Point - as was I.
HTF does that work? Dunne you dick you cannot separate the two - particularly when your apology and the repeat of your criticism are in the same press release.
Any wonder you are below the margin of error - you are an error.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Even the Chinese have condemned the NoKor regime for its nuclear test, Monday. See here for a ready roundup of the major spokes-people around the world.
Very little analysis yet on what next.
In the US
I guess it will assist the GOP in the mid terms in the US. Easy now to link Madeline not very Bright and Slick Willy to the appeasers everywhere who have caved in to islamofascism and the NoKor one finger. That will not run well for the Democrats. At the silly level the mid terms have sunk to with the Democrats reciting instant messaging scripts, this incident will ensure masturgate is now on the back page (if you'll pardon the pun).
Japan will now have to move from a self defence force to a more overt posture and capability. Always thought to have nuclear technology capability they'll now be tempted to get their own deterrent.
China needs to step very carefully as NoKor's greatest (and only) friend their condemnation prior and post the test will need to be followed up with full and genuine international cooperation.
Well Johnnie gets to say he was right in further increasing military spending as planned and announced; in the face of craven opposition from Labour.
Well. We're still sucking our thumbs - hoping someone does something. Winnie's doing nothing - last time he went to Asia something bit him on the arse. "Not going back there".
Defence Minister Goff (as in cough, cough) is busy promising sort of posthumous VC's - doesn't that sicken you to see Goff the Princes Street peacenik try the halo of a genuine good guy like Haane Manahi by association. Where were you when we were looking for more Manahi's for Vietnam Phil? Smoking dope and chanting anti-US slogans. What's changed? You and your lot are still chanting anti-US slogans. Need to wake up boy.
The PM, she is busy with the Speaker plotting how to keep the money she stole to get back into power and give Meg the job she was promised seeing as she made such a pig's ear of the Attorney-Generalship
Yep, Helen - we are indeed living in a benign strategic environment.
Aren't we lucky we live in Helen Clark's benign strategic environment. Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs
However where we are lucky is that her chosen candidate for President (Al I invented the internet) Gore did not make it to the big job. Wouldn't you be feeling so secure with him asking for a cuddle all round for the poor ronery, Kim Jong Il
Helen's other preferred option the UN Security Council failed as well; in urging North Korea to not let off a nuclear bomb. Shot Helen. 2-0 I think.
At least 18 churches have been destroyed in the city of Dutse.
Another muslim group 'celebrating' ramadan . Hat tip Atlas Shrugs
Again, no connection with Bush.
Just islamofascists behaving badly.
Seems a Christian woman turned down the 'advances of a man; (reasonable I think) apparently not, he was a muslim. Took it as an insult to the Prophet. See here
So how come the mainstream media has steadfastly ignored widespread rioting in Sweden. Eastern Gothenberg was plunged into darkness Sunday October 8th when muslim youths rampaged for ramadan through out the city.
See the Swedish media reports here.
Hat tip Little Green Footballs.
Helen Clark has stated that despite her husband being on the grant committee for the Marsden Fund, he was not present when his own applications were assessed and approved for a $600,000 project to analyse Census data.
My experience of Chinese Walls is they are made of paper and don't go right to the top.
The very fact the applications are from (co) panellists is why they will be approved. Who wants to sit in judgement of their peers and find the peer unworthy of your grace and favour.
The potential for conflict is here - when a recipient is later a judge for the grantor at some later time. The conflict won't be declared because under Clark's rules there is no conflict if the grantee is from some "unrelated" department.
This is exactly the sort of grace and favour accusation socialists have railed about for a century.
Pot Kettle Black.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Good to see the MSM has taken up my challenge - well one National daily anyway.
Today's NZ Herald has covered, well, the hypocrisy of Winston Peters who associated blood-lines with Maoriness in a previous prepared speech.
Mr Peters made repeated references to blood quantum to defend his argument it was time for the Maori seats to go.
Spot the Hypocrite
*Winston Peters in 2006
He compared Dr Brash to other unnamed figures in history "who have similarly used blood purity as a political argument only to lead their people into an abyss of violence and destruction".
* Don Brash
Last month, on Judge Baragwanath: "He also continues to talk as if the Maori remain a distinct indigenous people ... it is also clear there are few, if any fully Maori people left in New Zealand."
* Winston Peters in 2000
"We must end a dual electoral system in which the only qualification to vote is based on race - in some cases as diluted as one part in 512."
Monday, October 02, 2006
Yep - Winnie again. Recalling Sep 13, 2000 has been a good day for the VRWC.
Try these for size Winston - straight from YOUR NZ First speech website.
"The fact of the matter is that there WAS a Holocaust in New Zealand in European times and it was visited on the Chatham Islands Moriori by Taranaki Maori.
The peaceful people of this remote part of New Zealand were invaded, enslaved and annihilated. An entire society was wiped out.
The last fullblooded Chatham Islander, Tommy Solomon, died in 1936."
Or more on dilution Winston - remember the speech?
"We must end a dual electoral system in which the only qualification to vote is based on RACE - in some cases as diluted as one part in five hundred and twelve."
Or perhaps you prefer this cut from the speech:
"It has been estimated that over the next forty years or so, up to thirty per cent of the population will have some Maori blood - in many cases only a few drops."
The pain continues Winston...
"Ask yourself, if a claimant is one eighth Maori, does he or she get one eighth of the amount they would have received from the claim if they had been of full Maori blood."
"Or does the seven eighths European part of that person pay?"
Winston is a hypocritical, duplicitous, mendacious bounder.
I challenge the MSM to pick this story of abject hypocrisy up.
Astute observers of the body politic (hat tips to NewstalkZB and David Farrar) went on a Winnie Hunt today. It did not take long for the master poodle to be revealed in all his hypocritical glory.
In an extraordinary and gleeful find, Peters is revealed in a major speech promulgating the very same policies of One Law for All he so vehemently attacked Dr Brash about last night.
(You will note dear reader Peters uses considerably more vehemence than Don Brash - who has actually been taken out of context)
The key date: 13 Sep 2000
Rt Hon Winston Peters
THE WAY AHEAD - ONE COUNTRY, ONE ELECTORAL FRANCHISE
Winston in a major speech attacked National and Labour on its Treaty of Waitangi approaches the separatist way they were dealing with Maori.
Among the gems:
"Since returning to Government Labour has promoted:
1. Separate Maori representation on the new Health Boards being set up.
2. Legislation before Parliament to set up separate Maori seats on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
3. A separate Treaty of Waitangi reference under the new Employment Relations Bill.
The list goes on."
"One billion dollars of taxpayers' money is being set aside over the next four years for this programme which is based on race - and not the universal needs of all citizens as it should be.
While the rest of the world fights to get rid of racist policies we are taking a giant leap backwards by sneaking them into our laws to the extent they creep into international trade agreements."
"We have ministers like Tariana Turia likening the circumstances of the Taranaki conflict to a Holocaust - and we have former National cabinet ministers trying to make political capital out of her speech."
This is the same Winston who last night tried to connect Dr Brash with Hitler.
"That is why we called the party New Zealand First - because it was for all New Zealanders."
Ho, ho, ho....
The agony for Winston goes on - read it all here or here (if it stays up on the NZ First website)
This just goes to show that Peters is a completely opportunist politician who stands only for himself. Peters, who I am sure has a backbone of candy floss has shown his policy framework is entirely malleable. What a jelly fish.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
The rout is well underway. Clark and her cronies are in a blind panic and acting ever more in the Stalinist fashion.
State funding only for political parties - legislation has been prepared by the Justice Department and is going to Cabinet.
Criminalisation of political commentary from any person but a political party - The facts are Labour is introducing legislation to do just this
(next step will be to outlaw any party except the Labour Party)
Attack any officials who step away from the Labour Party line - Auditor-General Brady is as good an example as any.
Conduct star trials of political opponents - firstly through the controlled media - Brash being attacked in the House by Mallard and BePope. Clark's craven criticism of Brady.
The outcome will be the same - Clark finished.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Clark is doomed because whether she was actually behind the leaking of Brash's marital problems or the theft of parliamentary money to fund her election campaign the electorate now believes she would have done those things if able. She has lost any trust she had with the electorate.
There are many famous sayings that perhaps cannot be actually attributed to the utterer. What is important is these misquotations live on for a reason - Burke may never have said: "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
Likewise Voltaire may never have said: "I disagree with what you say, but I defend to the death your right to say it". But they could easily have done.
The same is especially true of politicians' misquotations:
I raise this in the context of Cherie Blair's recent brush with the truth over whether she did or did not say Gordon Brown was a liar. Whether or not she said "That's a lie" about Gordon Brown, the words will be remembered because, deep down, we know them to be true.
We see the same here with Helen Clark - the speeding motorcade, the fraudulent picture signing, The Doone Affair, the benighted relationship she and Labour MP's have with the Police (who only prosecute National MP's), the theft of public money for electoral purposes, her unsubstantiated accusations of corruption and 'cash for policy', the shambolic and protracted Philip Field Affair, etc etc.
We know she is adept at hiding the truth - therefore she is hiding the truth.
With thanks to the Daily Telegraph
Frank Johnson has a very funny, if apposite, column on President Clinton, following his address to the Labour Party Conference in Britain.
With a delightful touch of irony, more than a hint of sarcasm and a pinch of cynicism Johnson has Clinton and all the rest of the third way left wing democrats on the spit. Clark and the Clinton disciples in this part of the world will read and should cringe - yep, guilty too. You all close your eyes to the inconvenient.
Some of the memorable lines?
"Mr President, looking back – and we won't mention all those poor blacks whom you subjected to capital punishment when you were governor of Arkansas, because our party's rank-and-file is so easily taken in by any Democrat that they've forgotten about them – what was, for you, the biggest question that you had to confront in your political career?"
"Well, for me, the question was always: 'What's your phone number, honey?'
"...that's why I've always believed in the special relationship, especially with women. Except wives of course, though other men's are worth chasing. Wives are for apologising to. I was more like a bridge over troubled daughters. I hope I will continue to behave like your Deputy Leader, my friend John Fleshpot."
The signs are there in the Caucasus that Russia is contriving an incident reminiscent of the German invasion of Poland that ultimately led to WWII or Germany's Treachery of the Molotov Agreement.
The wicked wolf (or rather a Bear) not happy with just stiffing Georgian energy supply is now busily fomenting problems elsewhere in the democracy. Georgia joining NATO and having a closer association with the West are behind the latest, xenophobic Russian actions.
This continues a century of intrigue and tension
• Georgia, weakened by centuries of war with Persians, Ottomans and Mongols, was granted Russian protection in the late 18th century.
• In 1918 Georgia declared itself independent. Three years later the Red Army invaded and in 1922 it was declared a founding member of the Soviet Union.
• Georgia provided the USSR with its figurehead, Stalin.
• Georgia was the first Soviet state to demand separation in 1989 and two years later declared independence.
• More than 250,000 Georgians were ethnically cleansed from neighbouring Abkhazia in 1992-1993.
• President Eduard Shevardnadze (a soviet stooge) was deposed by the Rose Revolution and replaced by Mikhail Saakashvili in 2004
- 2006 Georgia proposes joining Nato
News out of the Middle East that Syria emboldened by what it interprets as a weak Israeli Tour of Lebanon will shortly move to (re)take the Golan Heights has put Israeli intelligence on a higher state of alert and is a worrying sign for world peace. I guess we should all be comfortable that the great middle eastern democrat, President Assad, has said he wants peace...
See here for an erudite description of why Clark's Government is so deep in the poo. And, by extension why her government can easily and comfortably wear the cap of the 'the most corrupt in history'.
O'Sullivan has called for no less than a Royal Commission of Enquiry with three judges in the Chair to get to the bottom of what has become very dirty politics. But it is not just dirty politics - the allegations are of corruption at the highest levels of Government and Opposition. Clark cannot be allowed to make these allegations without offering subtstantive proof - we have moved beyond her making off the cuff statements. So appalling is the State of Denmark we need independent and incontrovertible proof of absence or presence.
I'll paraphrase much of Fran's discourse:
The gutless police force that refused to take legal action over Labour's breach of electoral spending limits because it was concerned at the constitutional effects of a prima facie case.
The delays which ensured that police decision not to take court action against Labour or Beehive officials, because they were concerned about the integrity of last year's election and cynically preventing private citizens taking action before the six-month expiry period under the Electoral Act. Note; if able to take action and if proven could have resulted in jail sentences.
The prolonged Bullying of Auditor-General Kevin Brady over his audit into the misappropriation of parliamentary funds by party leaders, by Labour's Helen Clark, accusing him of smear tactics - an attempt to cower Brady into changing his draft findings.
Unfounded Allegations that National made corrupt cash-for-policy deals with the anonymous donors that stumped up 92 per cent of the party's election funds.
Helen Clark has alleged insurance companies were promised policy deals around changes to ACC. Who were these companies - if any? - that tried to bribe National.
Allegations that the Exclusive Brethren religious sect ran a parallel advertising campaign with the connivance of National Leader Don Brash to dish the dirt on National's opponents and thus given his party a $1.2 million hidden campaign spending boost.
Allegations that the Exclusive Brethren, not content with the election result, tried to get NZ First MPs to break away from their party and force a change of government. And, when spurned, turned their attention to Labour by hiring private investigators to dig dirt on Cabinet ministers from the Prime Minister down.
Clark has ordered the diplomatic squad (whose allegiance is to her - a private police force in the circumstances) to investigate the Exclusive Brethren's P.I.s.
A Royal Commission needs to inquire into whether interests associated with Labour put P.I.s on to Brash and investigate whether those same interests stole personal emails from his parliamentary computer.
Allegations by the Prime Minister of conspiratorial behaviour by everyone who belongs to "golf clubs, accountancy firms, law firms or business circles" in spreading libellous rumours to bring her husband down and vilify their marriage.
Allegations by NZ First Leader Winston Peters that merchant bankers Fay Richwhite, the subject of an insider trading action over dealings in Tranz Rail shares, have contributed campaign funds with strings.
Peters wants the Ministry of Justice to look into the "$1 million paid by Fay Richwhite to the National Party in order to buy it absolute protection against proper investigation", which he clarified related to the Bank of New Zealand bail-out and the Winebox inquiry into tax dodging.
Turia's refusal to disclose which Labour supporter tried to bribe her party.
Friday, September 29, 2006
New evidence in the UK reveals that breaking the speed limit has contributed to only 5% of road crashes. See here.
The real contributers to crashes are that drivers need to concentrate more on the road rather than on their phones, passengers, music, food, drinks, navigation systems and the clutter of signs - according to the RAC.
I am sure the same results would apply in New Zealand. A crazy driver at 90km/hour on the open road will not trigger a speed camera. I suspect the UK research is proof positive the cameras are revenue raising devices.
All the more interesting is the fact these results are in light of the Motorway limit in the UK being 70mph - a speed that by definition is dangerous in New Zealand. Simplistic answers from simpletons.
"Proof" of the effectiveness of the speed camera policy, from the usual line up of fools; LTSA, Traffic Branch of the Police etc is not fully tested - improved road tolls (or indeed lower average open road speeds) will not be differentiated from the effects of congested roads, improved vehicles (our fleet is getting younger and younger cars have more safety features etc) etc.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Clark's increasingly losing touch - this year has been a nightmare for the one with the self declared sure footed and winning touch. Everything she touches is turning to stone.
I think she is losing control - Cullen and Mallard are leaving her hanging out there. Their schadenfreude is poorly disguised. Clark is hanging herself and the cheers from the white light (ie before the prism turns it all rainbow) of her party are stilted for now. At long last the rainbow fruitcakes are getting it where it hurts. Right in the mouche. Look for a broken prism someone.
The turnaround has been quick and for Clark bewildering.
The faux anger and exclusionist langauge of Ms Clark has spectacularly backfired on her and her party. The electorate as a whole have condemned her recent set of lies, obsfuscation and dissembling - witness two recent polls.
Labour and Nats alike have condemned the arrogance and conceit of her and her senior Cabinet members. The reaction is so marked against her that it's difficult to understand what she'll do next. More of the same won't work and and contrition over the stolen money and the Field cover-up are not in her vernacular.
Personally I think they're stuffed. It's a great day for the VRWC. Yay!
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
falsus in uno falsus in omnibus
"false in one thing, false in everything"
A Roman legal principle indicating that a witness who wilfully falsifies one matter is not credible on any matter.
The witness who is wilfully false in one thing (Doonegate, Paintergate, Speedgate, El Jefe Field, Pledge cardgate,...) need I go on?
You can't tell me the killing of this rather innocent little side bet did not have its genesis on the 9th Floor....
See David Farrar's blog where he advises he has been warned by the DIA for offering illegal betting (gambling over the internet is the stitch up) when he gave odds of 9:1 that Labour would be successful with a High Court petition that the Pledge Card spending was legal.
Interestingly there we few takers that Labour would win.
Clark in her rage to cover up her theft of public money for her election campaign is apparently looking to use retrospective legislation to legalise the theft. See here.
Not content with just stealing tax payers money she has also decided to prevent private persons from making anonymous donations to election campaigns - citizens use anonymity for many reasons - a powerful one being not wanting piss off control freaks and venal types like Miss Clark. And another thing - by making the donor anonymous it prevents installing the patronage of which Clark complains so lately and loudly. If you don't know who you owe you cannot be accused of giving them special treatment - contrast that with the open and abject posturing and law making Labour does for the Union movement and the Ratana Church.
Clark is going to try to prevent funding through Trusts - how I might ask? As a Trust is in law a corporate person; the Trust as much as anyone else has rights - including donating money to persons/parties etc. I guess we'll have to go back to giving cash. Cash works for Labour: WFF, a larger Army, easier benefit access etc etc
I can see a lot of cheques being written by M Mouse or money being routed through Pay-pal.
Give up Helen - admit you nicked the money.
Two Points and another thing
1. Pete Hodgson on Nine to Noon today stated that if the Auditor-General finds Labour stole the Parliamentary Service funds for the pledge cards Labour will not pay it back. Why? Because we did the same in 2002 and didn't have to pay it back then- isn't that unbelievable?
So, if you get away with it once you are able to keep stealing. The challenge is not to get caught first time?
2. Clark and Labour are using PUBLIC funds to defend themselves against the Molloy action. How venal, crass and self serving is that?
3. Final point - somewhat oblique. Mallard's attack with innuendo in the House on Dr Nick Smith and co was sanctioned by the PM - so the scuttlebut goes. Given it was effectively an attempt to point an adulterous barb at Smith, which is as near to the 'Go Nuclear' buuton it apparently gets in the House; that action might have brought a vile(olent) repost about the PM's own marital arrangements and those meanderings of her 'husband', inter alia. What is Investigate sitting on, I muse? But I digress; my point is this "Is Mallard taking his orders from Cullen", and not the PM. Perhaps it was a macchiavellian attempt to get the Boss - using another force's enfilade?
Monday, September 04, 2006
Typical Helen Clark. She who has been caught dead stealing from the public purse tried today to level corruption charges on Brash and National - alleging National are the corrupt ones. She claimed they received funding from the Exclusive Bretheren, trying to buy the election...she gave absolutely no evidence. There is none.
Contrast this with Clark and her theft of public money - on the record and confirmed by the Auditor-General and the Union movements' direct funding of Labour - for which they receive direct policy support - funding of the ITO's, anti- employer legislation and so on.
Clark is a cheating, conniving, corrupt bitch.
Brash labelling her Government the most corrupt on record is striking a nerve because it is true.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Conclusions Iranian special forces are hard at war in Lebanon are inescapable. Who else could have the level of sophistication to fire the ship to shore missile that disabled the Israeli warship.
What is more worrying is the Iranian hand dealt in Lebanon has ensured the UN has lost the initiative in taking action to stop the Iranian nuclear bomb programme. Clever, devious and ruthless pricks these mullahs. Every step of the way the Iranians have obsfuscated, lied and cheated their way in the international debate while they continued uranium enrichment. The Telegraph has a good analysis. On the eve of the G8 members demanding Iran stop its nuclear enrichment, Hezbollah (the Iranian proxy in Lebanon) kidnaps two Israeli soldiers with a predictable response from Israel. Quick as flash the world takes its focus from Iran to Lebanon. Mullahs 1 - RoW 0.
It may not all be bad for the West. The ferocity of the Israeli attack against Hezbollah AND Lebanese targets (destroying recent infrastrucuture) has meant that the Lebanese themselves (including the Lebanese PM et al) are demanding Hizbollah is kicked out. In that the Lebanese are now at one with the Israelis. That is not an outcome Tehran would have wanted.
News out today that Iranian officials are donkey deep with the North Korean missile programme just add to a general level of paranoia in the West.
These are of course Helen Clark's "benign strategic environment"