Archive for August, 2004

The Judge’s husband and the killer

August 31st, 2004 at 7:01 pm by David Farrar

I had been thinking about blogging about the strange circumstances surrounding Philip Edwards (killer of David McNee) not being prosecuted for an incident at a Judge’s home a year ago, despite a DNA match. McNee may be alive if there had been a prosecution

I wasn’t sure how to blog my thoughts, without risking defamation. And when a Judge and her husband are involed, one wants to be very careful.

But Winston Peters has said in Parliament, what many people have been asking privately. He has suggested that the police didn’t lay charges because Edwards, who was a known male sex worker, had been invited to the house.

I feel rather sorry for Judge Coral and Peter Shaw at this scrutiny, but McNee is dead, arguably because Shaw asked for charges against Edwards to be dropped.

TVNZ: More questions over McNee killing.

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Why I am glad blogging did not exist when I was at school!

August 31st, 2004 at 4:32 pm by David Farrar

The Friendswood School Blog. If athe author is ever found out, they will be killed, but no conviction will be possible due to the high number of suspects.

I’m almost glad I went to a single sex school.

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Not fit to fight

August 31st, 2004 at 4:05 pm by David Farrar

The Government should be ashamed that five years into its term, the Defence Force annual report reveals the Armed Forces are “not fit to fight”.

Apart from effectively abolishing the air force, the long litany of shortages in almost every area is something they must take accountability for.

As a percentage of GDP New Zealand now spends less than 1%, only 0.8%.

And yes National did cut defence spending also, but that was well over a decade ago, and because NZ was faced with a huge $5 billion deficit. Now that we have a $6 billion surplus there is simply no excuse. From 1995 to 2000 expenditure stayed stable at 1.1%, and has reduced to 0.8% since.

To give some idea of how low 0.8% is, here’s a list of the entire OECD:

Turkey 5.3%
Greece 4.3%
United States 3.9%
Australia 2.8%
South Korea 2.7%
France 2.6%
United Kingdom 2.4%
Portugal 2.3%
Czech Republic 2.1%
Sweden 2.1%
Finland 2.0%
Italy 1.9%
Norway 1.9%
Slovakia 1.9%
Hungary 1.8%
Poland 1.7%
Denmark 1.6%
Netherlands 1.6%
Germany 1.5%
Belgium 1.3%
Spain 1.2%
Canada 1.1%
Japan 1.0%
Switzerland 1.0%
Ireland 0.9%
Luxembourg 0.9%
Mexico 0.9%
Austria 0.8%
New Zealand 0.8%
Iceland 0.0%

Yep the only country that spends less than New Zealand is Iceland. They don’t have armed forces – they just pay the US to protect them (seriously). Maybe we should just do the same.

Most infromed commentary I have seen is that we should be at around the 1.5% of GDP level. Now the difference between 0.8% and even 1.1% (where we were in 2000) may not seem much but it is a whopping $420 million a year which would make a huge difference to the safety and ability of our defence force personnel.

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Reforming Islam

August 31st, 2004 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Jordan Carter suggested in the enemies of freedom thread that Islam needs a reformation, as Christianity did in the 16th century.

Well a Ayaan Hirsi Ali seeks nothing less than the reformation of Islam.

Hirsi Ali is young female African pro free market Dutch MP. Just 12 years ago
“she arrived in Holland as a penniless refugee in 1992 after sneaking across the German border to escape a forced marriage to a Somali kinsman. She did not speak a word of Dutch. Finding jobs as a cleaner, she went on to study political science at Leiden University.”

She already has multiple fatwas against her, for her attacks on Islam as a “as a medieval, misogynist cult incapable of self-criticism and blind to modern science.”

If people think this is insensitive, we should reflect that the Catholic Church has been accused of all this (and some has been true) and worse, but it has been a long time since criticising the Catholic Church was punishable by death.

A incredibly brave and talented woman. To go from broke refugee to a tertiary educated MP in just 12 years is an extraordinary achievement. Wonder if she wants to visit New Zealand?

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Republican National Convention Schedule

August 31st, 2004 at 3:22 am by David Farrar

The schedule for the opening day of the Republican National Convention in New York.

6:00 PM Opening Prayer, led by the Rev. Jerry Falwell
6:30 PM Pledge of Allegiance
6:35 PM Burning of Bill of Rights (excluding 2nd amendment)
6:45 PM Salute to the Coalition of the Willing
6:46 PM Seminar #1: Getting your kid a military deferment
7:30 PM First Presidential Beer Bong
7:35 PM Serve Freedom Fries
7:40 PM EPA Address #1: Mercury, it’s what’s for dinner
8:00 PM Vote on which country to invade next
8:10 PM Call EMTs to revive Rush Limbaugh
8:15 PM John Ashcroft Lecture: The Homos are after your children
8:30 PM Roundtable discussion on reproductive rights (MEN only)
8:50 PM Seminar #2: Corporations: the government of the future
9:00 PM Condi Rice sings “I Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”
9:05 PM Second Presidential Beer Bong
9:10 PM EPA Address #2 Trees: the real cause of forest fires
9:30 PM Break for secret meetings
10:00 PM Second prayer, led by Cal Thomas
10:15 PM Lecture by Karl Rove: Doublespeak made easy
10:30 PM Rumsfeld demonstration: How to squint and talk macho
10:35 PM Bush demonstration of trademark deer-in-headlights stare
10:40 PM John Ashcroft demonstrates new mandatory Kevlar chastity belt
10:45 PM Clarence Thomas reads list of black Republicans
10:46 PM Third Presidential Beer Bong
10:50 PM Seminar #3: Education: a drain on our nation’s economy
11:10 PM Hilary Clinton Pinata
11:20 PM Second John Ashcroft Lecture: Evolutionists: the dangerous new cult
11:30 PM Call EMTs to revive Rush Limbaugh again
11:35 PM Blame Clinton
11:40 PM Laura serves milk and cookies
11:50 PM Closing Prayer, led by Jesus Himself
12:00 AM Nomination of George W. Bush as Holy Supreme Planetary Overlord

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MS XP Service Pack 2 Upgrade

August 31st, 2004 at 3:17 am by David Farrar

Ouch 100 MB of upgrade. Hope it is worth it.

Rather glad I am not on a 56K connection as it would have taken over four hours at maximum speed to download. Even 256K so called Jetstream would take around an hour. Nice thing about full Jetstream (2 Mb/sec) is even 100 MB took under 10 minutes.

Of course the bad thing is that it cost me $20 in traffic volume!

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The enemies of freedom

August 30th, 2004 at 8:46 pm by David Farrar

The threat to murder the kidnapped French journalists, unless France repeals its new law banning Muslim girls from wearing headscarves, is a sad but useful lesson to us that the extreme fundamentalist Islamic terrorists are basically enemies of freedom.

I am sure some people think that Islamic terrorist attacks only happen because Bush is President (never mind Sept 11 planning started before he was elected). Or that they are just a reaction to American imperialism or Israel’s occupation of disputed territories.

But the reality is that some (no not all) extreme fundamentalist Muslims want to destroy the secular (and unholy) West.

France oppossed the war in Iraq at every turn. They are known to be heavily pro-Arab in their foreign policy. They have no troops in Iraq. They have a large Muslim population who are full French citizens.

All they did is democratically decide to pass a law, reflecting that France is a secular country. Now I think the law is a bit daft, but it is France’s right as a democracy to pass it.

However these killers do not respect democracy. They do not respect separation of church and state. They believe they have the right to murder innocent civilians, just because they disapprove of a law. They think God says it is okay to murder people to blackmail a democratic country to change its laws.

I passionately hope that Iraq stabilises soon. I also hope we get a Palestinian State at peace with Israel. But I do not delude myself that either of these two things will stop the extreme fundamentalist killers, and their supporters. I wish I knew what would.

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More money and less accountability

August 30th, 2004 at 9:09 am by David Farrar

The Government has had so much flak over the dubious nature of the grants from its various slush funds, it has come up with a novel new approach.

Instead of doshing out the money itself, it will hand it all over in one lump to outside organisations, and let them hand it out.

Because that way, you can not find out under the Official Information Act, who the end recepients are.

Only problem is these outsiude fund managers have taken the money, had it for over a year, and have yet to actually distribute a single dollar. They’va had lots of expenses though.

Personally the whole idea of a whanau development fund sounds exactly like what Brash targetted at Orewa – programmes based on race not need.

Dom Post: Public money for a year but still no grants

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Humour

August 29th, 2004 at 9:30 pm by David Farrar

The Whig has an amusing twelve reasons to vote for George W Bush.

Reasons 12 and 4 do it for me.

Kiwi Jew Pundit has a link to a very funny video of Sacha Barron Cohen (Ali G) getting a bar of people to sing along with a song whose chorus is “Throw the Jew down the well”.

Humour is the best weapon!

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Australian Election

August 29th, 2004 at 9:06 pm by David Farrar

The Australian Federal Election will be on Saturday 9 October. The latest polls suggest the Coalition and Labour are neck and neck.

Cuurently the Coalition has 83 out of 150 seats. If more than eight seats swap to Labour or other parties, then Labour will be in Government federally and in every state and territory – something that has nenver happened before.

Marginal seats by State are:

NSW – 9 marginal coalition and 3 marginal Labour
Victoria – 5 marginal coalition and 9 marginal Labour
Queensland – 6 marginal coalition and 4 marginal Labour
WA – 2 marginal coalition and 4 marginal Labour
SA – 3 marginal coalition and 1 marginal Labour
Tasmania – 2 marginal Labour
ACT – no marginals
NT – 1 marginal Labour

It will be an interesting campaign.

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Verisign loses lawsuit

August 29th, 2004 at 8:08 pm by David Farrar

Verisign has lost another round of its lawsuit against ICANN.

This is good news as far as I am concerned. There are a lot of bad things ICANN has done, but getting Verisign to stop Sitefinder was not one of them.

Bret Fausett has a short summary, which I agree with.

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And Mallard should go also

August 29th, 2004 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

If Maharey should be sacked for wasting $250 million on useless community education courses, Mallard should join him for not stopping NCEA descending into a laughing stock.

The SST (they have had a good week) again has the goods.

You can get NCEA credits for:

* knowing about PMS
* responding to grief in others
* managing personal wellness
* participating in an “informal meeting” with the discussion topic: “Uncle Bob’s 50th party”

Now I could understand giving credits for being able to accurately judge when someone is suffering from PMS, and thus avoiding them for a few days (a useful life survival skill), but merely for knowing about PMS is like giving credit for merely knowing about war!

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Maharey must go

August 29th, 2004 at 11:49 am by David Farrar

The scandals over community education just do not stop, and Maharey seems unable or unwilling to stop them. We have seen not a few hundred thousand dollars, or even a few million, but tens or hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money spent on near worthless programmes which have only one thing in common – they have been designed to juice the taxpayer for as much money as possible. And this isn’t the greedy private sector ripping off the taxpayer – it is the Government’s own institutions.

The SST reveals that the Open Polytechnic is trying to sting the taxpayer for $86 million so that it can give free cellphones away. No this is not a joke – this is happening and people are not getting sacked for it. They get $3,000 per student in exchange for “provides students with a cellphone and six resource kits so they can learn how to write a CV, be punctual and assertive, and write letters.”

There shouldn’t be a 15% growth cap on this course – it should be abolished entirely. It involvves no teaching – merely sending out some printouts that they could probably get from the Internet for $10.

This has gone on too long for Maharey to avoid responsibility. If Christine Rankin loses her job for $250,000 extravagence, Maharey should be exiled to the Chatham Islands for $250 million down the gurgler.

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Isn’t adultery a sin also?

August 29th, 2004 at 11:15 am by David Farrar

So civil unions will undermine marriage according to Destiny, but adultery is no barrier to holding a senior role within Destiny?

The SST has provided some details. A rival church group commented some time ago that Ian Bilby had affairs with some 10 – 20 women! Well, if you’re going to sin, you might as well enjoy it I suppose.

And posters to the Destiny thread here, last week, asked “While at Elim Ian Bibly was sprung for having several extra-marital affairs. He then went onto get divorced. He then remarried, something that is clearly mentioned in the new testament as a big no-no (adultery). OK, he can be forgiven for the affairs and divorce, but why is Brian ignoring the clear biblical instructions to shun the adulterer, yet is so hot on the gay issue?”

A good question.

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We got the Bronze for Golds

August 28th, 2004 at 6:20 pm by David Farrar

NZ is in third place for the number of gold medals per capita. I’ve just done an Excel on all countries than won more than one gold medal and the ranks are:

1 Norway 0.89 gold medals per million population
2 Australia 0.85
3 New Zealand 0.75
4 Jamacia 0.67
5 Hungary0.60
6 Greece 0.55

Also we have

17 France 0.16
23 Great Britain 0.12
24 USA 0.10
32 China 0.02

So I’m think it is a great result for us to get three golds and two silvers – especially as they were all in real olympic sports, not beach vollyeball or tennis.

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Enough was Enough

August 28th, 2004 at 5:44 pm by David Farrar

The number of comments on my article on Destiny Church reached 260 today, which must be a record, so I figured it was time to call it to a halt and have closed that post so further comments can not be made.

If one has the time to read all the comments it is quite amusing as the factions bait each other. And besides they still have the preview of the Enough is Enough march, the post-view with 20 comments and also Nazi Comparisons with 45 comments to occupy them.

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Steyn on Kerry’s Quagmire

August 28th, 2004 at 5:10 pm by David Farrar

A note at NZ Pundit alerted me to a Mark Steyn article on Kerry’s quagmire which is a good read.

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Aaarrggh

August 28th, 2004 at 11:09 am by David Farrar

Good God. 352 e-mails between 11 p.m. last night and 10 a.m. this morning. Some are the catch ups from the outage but lots are bounce messages because some spammer has been using my e-mail address in their from lines.

I’ve been getting hundreds of bounce messages a day for the last week or so and these don’t get caught by Ihug’s spam filter (as technically not spam). However in the last week Ihug have stopped 4,126 spams without as far as I can tell a single false positive.

However I still have 1,000 or so messages in my own junk e-mail filters (combination of Outlook, Nortons and SpamBayes) to look through as they do get some false positives.

You know if a spammer lived nearby me, I think I would be tempted to go postal on him or her. Apart from my e-mail almost becoming unmanageable, I am looking to blow my monthly 1GB Jetsream limit by a massive amount and that is all just by e-mail and a bit of web browsing.

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Now lets interview Saddam Hussein on George Bush

August 28th, 2004 at 10:17 am by David Farrar

I am amazed that NZPA regards as news worthy the opinions of Winston Peters on Don Brash.

Are they now going to publish the views of Rodney Hide on how Helen Clark is going to be rolled by Phil Goff? Or the views of Saddam Hussein on how he wants Colin Powell instead of Geroge Bush to be nominated by the Republicans?

I mean hello they are political enemies. Brash has been so sucessful he has doubled National’s poll ratings, at the expense of NZ First which has halved. National now gets eight times as much support in polls as NZ First, and at the last election they only got twice as much.

In fact you know when a leader really is in trouble – when his opponents stop attacking him or her, as they no longer see you as a threat.

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E-mail not working

August 27th, 2004 at 3:09 pm by David Farrar

Netidentity have had an email outage for the last 18 hours and as they forward my david at farrar dot com e-mail to me, no inbound email has got through today so anyone commenting on the blog is probably getting a bounce message.

If people need to contact me, before Netidentity actually restore service, my other e-mail address is dpf at ihug dot co dot nz.

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Whoops

August 27th, 2004 at 9:12 am by David Farrar

Oh dear, this is a bit distasteful.

Stuff has an article about a three-year old from Dunedin who got their hand stuck in an industrial mincer. The poor kid is now in a serious condition in hospital.

Underneath the story though there is an online advertisement, proudly offering ‘meat mincers’ for sale.

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A local John Kerry scandal

August 26th, 2004 at 10:45 am by David Farrar

Some sound investigative work by prominent Vietnam veteran Ross Miller, has exposed that Far North mayoralty candidate Des Mahoney never served in Vietnam, despite claimaing to have done so. He has pulled out of the mayoralty race.

What an idiot!

Talking of idiots I am hugely enjoying the controversy over John Kerry’s Vietnam record.

You see normally what he did or did not do in Vietnam should be of absolutely no relevance at all to his Presidential campaign. Who cares if he bled or not for his purple hearts. But the delicious karma is that Kerry has done this to himself. I had got sick of the fact that for month after month his campaign deflected almost every question about his flip flopping on issues of national security with statements that as he served in Vietnam and got medals, he can not be questioned on national security. In fact his campaign got quite thuggish and would suggest any attack on Kerry’s voting record on national security was an attack on his war record, and unpatriotic.

So having made his war record almost the centre-piece of his election campaign (remember Candidate Kerry reporting for duty), it is no surprise that his record will come in for scrutiny. And as Kerry’s campaign made such a big fuss over whether Bush turned up for all his national guard duty, then they can’t complain when their own tactics are turned back on them.

It is interesting that the issue of Kerry’s fake claim to have been in Cambodia at Christmas (now sort of retracted) and the claims from his fellow veterans that he lied or exaggerated his service, have all been around the blogosphere for weeks, and the mainstream media didn’t cover them at all.

It was only when the Kerry campaign did polling and discovered that despite the lack of media stories, around 45% of Americans had heard about the claims, that they decided to respond. Then suddenly it has all hit the media big-time.

As I said I don’t think the issue is relevant, but I think it is deeply ironic that Kerry may go on to lose the election on this issue, and if he does will have no-one to blame but his campaign team.

If he had fronted up on the issues and defended his voting record rather than relying on his Vietnam service as a universal answer to all criticism, then no-one would take any notice of the current claims.

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Yawn – another civil war threat

August 26th, 2004 at 10:19 am by David Farrar

Is there some prize for the idiot who can make the most outraegous claim to a select committee?

Margaret Mutu is trying to win, claiming the foreshore legislation “could unleash civil war on the scale of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict“.

It is rather sad that a so called academic has so little substance in their submission, they have to rely on threats instead of rational persuasion.

Mutu can believe that the “Gods” gifted her the foreshore, but they failed to tell me about it, so until she can get proof she can go jump. Perhaps the “Gods” can fund her state salary also.

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Interesting Links

August 26th, 2004 at 9:15 am by David Farrar

Good God. Checking the links log I find that I have been linked to both by an American militia and also by the Progressive Party.

I am not sure which one disturbs me more!

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Dropping the 5% threshold

August 25th, 2004 at 3:15 pm by David Farrar

NRT proposes dropping the 5% threshold for parties to gain representation in Parliament.

I think this would be a very bad thing to do, for two reasons.

The first is that it will greatly encourage extremism in politics. The large parties will generally avoid extremist policies as they can not afford to alienate too large a segment of the population. A small party doesn’t mind if the percentage of the population who detests them goes from 30% to 90%, if it puts their support up from say 1% to 3%. They have absolutely nothing to lose from going as extreme as possible, if it means they get a seat in Parliament they would otherwise not get. The 5% threshold acts as a counter to encouraging extremism.

The second reason is that the lack of a threshold would not only encourage extremism, but greatly reward it. It will become less and less likely that two or even three parties can form a Government, and the small 1% parties will hold the balance of power. They will gain influence well beyond their share of the vote and even get to decide who will be in Government.

So getting rid of the threshold will both encourage and reward extremism on both the right and left. And this has real effects. Certain middle east peace initiatives never happened because the extreme religious parties in the Knesset held the balance of power.

Israel, is a country around our size, with also 120 MPs. 24 of the 120 seats are held by parties that get under 5% of the vote.

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