Archive for October, 2003

I really hate the hippies

October 29th, 2003 at 11:08 pm by David Farrar

Both TV3 and the NZ Herald reported how the hippies camped out on Parliament’s lawn chanted loser to Bill English as he left Parliament after Don Brash was elected National’s Leader.

Calling this behaviour boorish is an understatement. I have no time for Helen Clark and in fact devote considerable time to trying to get her out of office. However should she be rolled as Labour Leader, and I ran into her that day, I would be nothing except polite and respectful.

Anyway this has been good motivation for me to ring WINZ and get them to check how many of the protesters are receiving benefits, despite clearly not seeking or available for work.

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New National Leader

October 28th, 2003 at 11:39 am by David Farrar

For those who are looking for the news, Don Brash was elected National Party Leader this morning. An election for Deputy Leader will be held at 2.00 p.m.

UPDATE

And Nick Smith has been elected Deputy Leader this afternoon. That makes two PhDs as Leader and Deputy – one in Economics and one in Engineering!

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An official neoconservative

October 20th, 2003 at 5:12 pm by David Farrar

NZ Pundit gave me the link to a great quiz where you can find out if you are:

a) Isolationist
b) Liberal (not classical sort)
c) Realist
d) Neoconservative

And I am pleased to report I am now an official neoconservative.

For those interested my answers were: 1a, 2d, 3c, 4d, 5c, 6d, 7c, 8d, 9b, 10d

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“Kill Bill”

October 19th, 2003 at 1:55 pm by David Farrar

Saw “Kill Bill” on Saturday and loved the film. Uma Thurman rocks, and Taratino is a genious with his plot shifts, use of black and white and even cartoon segments.

Had it confirmed it was a great film, when I saw on TV that night that the SPCS has called for the chief and deputy chief censor to be sacked for allowing the film through.

The film to be fair is incredibly violent and bloody. Even I winced at a couple of scenes, but the film would have lost all meaning with those scenes edited out. It is no way glorifies rape (in fact said rapist meets very nasty end) and the revenge killing concept has been used in hundreds of films.

The real reason the SCPS wants the Censors to be sacked is actually revealed in Stuff – because shock horror they are gay.

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Peaceful academic or Terrorist

October 18th, 2003 at 9:41 am by David Farrar

The debate on whether Ahmed Zaoui should be allowed refugee status has been interesting for the sheer one sided nature of the debate which had even myself thinking that the Government was being too harsh.

However I have been finding out that the Government actually has good reason for caution – they have just been lousy at communicating it.

It took the efforts of National MP Wayne Mapp for me to realise that Mr Zaoui has been convicted of terrorism crimes not just in Algeria (which can be discounted) but also in Belgium and France.

These facts have been almost never reported in mainstream media.

I don’t know for sure whether Mr Zaoui is a terrorist but the more Keith Locke declares he is not, makes me more likely to think he is. I do not have universal admiration for the judgement of our SIS, but I do have considerable faith in the Inspector-General of Intelligence & Security to make a balanced decision without the bleatings of various Churches who to be frank don’t have any idea whether he is or is not a terrorist.

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GE Bill passed

October 15th, 2003 at 8:34 am by David Farrar

In a much more sensible vote the House passed the New Organisms and Other Matters Act by 92 votes to 24.

The only party (Progressives do not count) to vote against along with the Greens was NZ First, which is a useful reminder that pragmatism still wins over principle a lot in that party – having only swapped sides a few weeks ago.

Talking of GE I saw the Wellington march and the rent-a-mob protester Valerie Morse had her clothes on this time. There are some amusing photos from the Auckland march which show three pro-GE protesters who got beaten up a bit (lovely democratic people these hippies) but also another group taking the piss who somehow survived the march with “Paedophiles Against GE” and “Jesus hates Foreigners, Homosexuals and Genetic Engineers” signs.

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Supreme Court Bill passed

October 14th, 2003 at 5:10 pm by David Farrar

At 5.14 pm today Parliament (subject to Royal Assent) passed legislation by 63 votes to 53 setting replacing the Privy Council with a new Supreme Court to be appointed by the Attorney General.

This came on the very day that a NZ Herald poll revealed that not only did New Zealanders oppose the change by 48% to 36%, but more importantly a staggering 80% agree that a referendum should be held on the issue.

Labour has tried to portray this as merely the last stage of a twenty-year debate, but this is highly misleading. The issue of our final court is more than a bi polar decision between the status quo and a Margaret Wilson appointed Supreme Court. I personally do think we should end appeals to the Privy Council but I absolutely reject Labour’s Supreme Court as an improvement.

Helen Clark is trying to say this is not a major constitutional change, but it clearly is, and she has even said so in the past. It is not merely an issue of where our highest court is located but going to a system where one Minister (with an appalling track record in appointments) will appoint the entire highest Court for what may be 20 years or more.

Pushing a major constitutional change through Parliament on such a slender majority, just weeks after they did the same to retrospectively amend the Electoral Act to re-elect one or more Labour MPs without an election, speaks volumes about the arrogance of this Government.

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Speech by the US Ambassador

October 8th, 2003 at 2:34 pm by David Farrar

The US Ambassador was stopped from giving a speech at Victoria by a small mob of anti-democratic protesters who think that their disagreement with the message means others should not be allowed to hear it.

The speech is very focused and is carried in full below. The extract on the nuclear issue is “Yet New Zealand’s anti-nuclear legislation does place limits on our relationship. It impedes closer cooperation in some areas. Friends and allies are not the same thing. Like you, we would like to see the end of this bilateral disagreement. But contrary to the views of some, the United States is not going to just “get over it.”
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Governor Arnie?

October 8th, 2003 at 1:14 pm by David Farrar

The Drudge Report states that early exit polls has 57% of people voting yes to the recall and Schwarzenegger beating Bustamante by 47% to 34%.

Wonder if he will still do movies once he is Governor? Will help box office sales.

UPDATE: Exit Polls now have 59% for the recall and Arnie at 51% to 30% for Bustamante.

My personal pick was Brooke Adams and not just for the obvious reasons. Supports a flat tax!

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Go the world champions

October 2nd, 2003 at 6:33 am by David Farrar

New Zealand has won its first rugby world cup match.

Having won the last two rugby world cups, they are hoping to make it three in a row, and on current form may do so.

Confused? I am talking about the parliamentary rugby world cup! A great tradition of bipartisan co-operation.

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Movie Stars in Wellington

October 2nd, 2003 at 6:30 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports how some parliamentary staff lost their carparks yesterday due to a movie shoot in part of the car park.

As one who arrives in at work before 8.00 am I wasn’t affected but many were – presumably the bureaucrats who think that a prayer sessions from 8.30 am – 9.00 am isn’t during work time!

We actually sighted Seth Green at Reading Cinemas on Saturday evening so that makes a second “star” sighting after earlier encounter with Liv Tyler a couple of years ago.

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New Crime Laws in force

October 2nd, 2003 at 6:25 am by David Farrar

Yesterday the Crimes Amendment Act 2003 came into force. It was known as the Crimes Amendment Bill (no 6) for the four years it was before Parliament and introduces four new crimes relating to misuse of computers.

Pity the Police E-crime Unit is so under staffed they can only deal with a third of complaints. I can verify this as I still have an unactioned complaint from 2001 when a candidate for Wellington City Council took an e-mail I had circulated to some friends suggesting good people to vote for, and amended it to become an e-mail asking people not to vote for certain people and resent it out under my name, which was of course a forgery. I had half the City Council on the phone to me that day asking why I was e-mailing people telling them not to vote for said Crs!

In case anyone listens to Radio Pacific I was the person interviewed yesterday talking about the new laws, and the exemptions for the security services.

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I’m getting bored with this

October 1st, 2003 at 6:25 am by David Farrar

The ongoing “cheeky darkie” saga is starting to get boring. While I stand by my original comments that what Holmes did was wrong, the longer this goes on the more sympathy I am getting for him. His rivals have been having a field day with this.

The latest action is an open letter signed by 55 academics. Quite frankly the fact Jane Kelsey signed it, is reason enough for me to disregard it. I am un-nerved by the fact I agree with what the Listener Editor said though.

The NZ Herald in their editoral reaches the same conclusion as me that enough is enough and says it is time to move on.

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A reply from TVNZ

October 1st, 2003 at 6:18 am by David Farrar

TVNZ on Monday replied to my letter of complaint re Corkery. Rather usefully they replied by e-mail to a snail mail letter so I can quote the letter below.

Most of the reply is the standard response from the show’s producer. The covering note comments that Corkery has parted company with TVNZ, stating this is not directly connected to this matter. I may be reading too much into it, but that suggests an indirect connection.
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