Thursday, September 18, 2008

Winston Still Minister of Foreign Affairs....


...... according to both Helen & Peter's websites.  Helen suppose to be acting Foreign Affair's minister, a subject she 'loves', yet it's not listed as one of her responsibilities. 

The Labour website should be kept up-to-date because they're the governing party (for now) and the site is paid for by the taxpayer.




Wednesday, September 17, 2008



The Owen Glenn, Winston Peter, and Mike Williams saga is just one piece of a puzzle for which the picture has been quite clear for sometime now; Helen Clark owes her third term to acts of corruption. 

You don't have to be partial to conspiracy theories to realise this.  Lets see.....

- Labour stole $820,000 from the tax payer to fund a key component of their '05 election campaign.

- Labour broke the electoral spending cap - an act defined as a corrupt practice in the law.

- The Maori Party was offered $250,000 to side with Labour post '05 election.

- Labour's biggest donor gave $100,000  to Winston Peters early after the 2005 election to pay for his legal battles with National's Bob Clarkson and possibly even Rodney Hide.

- Labour and Winston Peters obtained copies of 100s of Don Brash's and National's email correspondence and released some of them at critical times during the '05 election campaign.  How they got them they won't say.

- Owen Glenn gave Labour a $100,000 interest free loan to help pay for Labour's '05 election overspend, a loan which Mike William initially denied.

- Labour arranged buses to take Mangere voters to the polls.  This in itself isn't corrupt (though taking advantage of the politically naive Pacific Islanders is hardly ethical), Labour's '05 Mangere candidate Philip Field is up for charges of corruption.  There has also been recent speculation that Labour bribed Mangere people KFC for votes!

- Well before the '05 election Helen Clark and Phil Goff broke an important convention and released MFAT notes take during a meeting between National and American senators.  They then used the 'gone by lunchtime' quote as an attack theme during the '05 election.

- Post '05 election Labour passed a law to make their illegal overspending legal. 

- Post '05 election Labour passed the radial Electoral Finance Act without even consulting opposition parties; a break in parliamentary convention of the worst kind.

- Post '05 election Labour has stacked the public service with their cronies; another serious break in parliamentary convention.

The above points are all fact and have been reported in the media.  They either show an abuse of power or outright corruption on Labour's part.   New Zealand is a small democracy with only one house of parliament and no constitution.  Conventions are what hold the place together, so to deliberately break them is very serious.

The facts are pretty damming, but I reckon there's more going on behind the scenes but can not be proven (yet).  For example. 

- Helen Clark won't fire Winston Peters because she not only knew about Glenn's donation to Winston Peters, but approved it.  In fact the donation may have been a condition of Winston's coalition deal with Helen.

It all adds up to the 2005 election being stolen from National and Don Brash.  And this is why I can't stand Helen Clark and why she has to lose the election on November 08/08.



Jim Hopkins: Hurrah for Fat Controllers and clever choo-choo plan - 09 May 2008 - Politics: New Zeal

Some of my favourite quotes:

"Paying the thick end of $700 mill for a grimy bunch of clapped-out trains is daft!! With a capital Duh!!!!!!"

"Perhaps it's because they're a nostalgic echo of the 19th century much like the Treaty, with which our leaders are also needlessly besotted.  Perhaps it's because trains are the limit of their technological imagination. Perhaps it's the irresistible thought of all the new stations they can open and ribbons they can snip."

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Misdirection: Environmental issues

Amazon idea

As I stood next to one huge forest fire, I thought of all the times I have been urged to unplug my phone charger, turn my TV off standby or turn the thermostat down by a couple of degrees.

Yet I cannot remember ever being told that the fires burning down the rainforest are responsible for 20% of worldwide carbon emissions, the same amount as all the transport in the world combined.

The leftist blog 'The Standard' bangs on about political misdirection so much that I decided to steal the term to highlight the substantial issue of environmental misdirection.

With attention focused on carbon emissions, other environmental issues like deforestation of the rain forest and reduced species biodiversity are left by the wayside. 

While celebrities lecture us about reducing our carbon footprint to achieve a non-specific goal, species are becoming extinct and forests are being destroyed.  

It's very easy to measure success with saving a species e.g. increase the kiwi population by 10,000 birds.  But you can never fail if you're advocating climate change because how do you know if you succeed?