So in the end a drink driver gets off because he was taken to the police station. Whilst I understand that we have a legal system for a good reason, surely there is a point in any man’s life when he needs to stand up and say: “Yeah, I fucked up. Sorry about that. I’ll take my punishment” instead of trying to escape on a technicality when you know you’ve done wrong?
“The Review document clearly stated that “The Ministry of Justice will publicly release your submission, a summary of submissions and a list of names of submitters on this website after the consultation process has finished”. Yet here we are, nearly four months after submissions closed, and no submissions have been published. When asked last week when we could expect them to be published, the Attorney General’s office replied: “No decision has yet been made about when the submissions relating to the review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 will be made public. It will be some time after the new Bill has been introduced to the House of Representatives”. So here we have censorship of the worst kind: 1500 submissions, many of which will have raised serious concerns about the repeal of Crown ownership, being withheld from public view – no doubt to further stifle public debate.
Removing a major public property right over the 10 million hectares of the foreshore and seabed, through the repeal of Crown ownership, is a significant constitutional issue. There are massive strategic implications for New Zealand ’s Territorial Sea , yet there has been no public debate about how it will affect defence, trade, infrastructure and other crucial matters. And what about the country’s national wealth that is tied up in the foreshore and seabed – where is the debate about what should happen to that? Crown Minerals has estimated the iron sands alone to be worth $1 trillion – is that going to end up in the coffers of private Maori tribal corporations, instead of the consolidated fund for the benefit of all New Zealanders?” http://www.nzcpr.com/weekly244.htm
JULIA Gillard’s claim to government on the basis of winning the two-party-preferred vote in the election has collapsed, with the Coalition overtaking Labor last night by almost 2000 votes.
Tony Abbott has begun preparing to capitalise on his gains with plans to give a greater share of government spending to rural and regional Australia to appeal to the three rural-based independent MPs whose support he needs to form a government.
Since it looks like the mad monk Abbott will become the PM of Aus and with him being a good Catholic who is dead against abortion, will he go to have abortion banned in Aus completely including pregnancies resulting from incest and rape ?
Or, is he a typical xtian hypocrite who talks a good talk about banning abortion ?
@mavxp – That ‘independent investigation’ looks to be a bit of window dressing fluff, for the appeasement of the increasingly mistrustful public.
There are multiple, quite fundamental faults with the IPCC’s reports, most notably the latest AR4.
IPCC’s AR4 Subjected to mass review
– all 18,531 references cited in the 2007 IPCC report were examined
– 5,587 are not peer-reviewed
– IPCC chairman’s claim that the report relies solely on peer-reviewed sources is not supported
– each chapter was audited three times; the result most favorable to the IPCC was used
– 21 out of 44 chapters contain so few peer-reviewed references, they get an F
– 43 citizen auditors in 12 countries participated in this project
– full report card here
– detailed results here
So the Telegraph story, sadly, identifies that the IPCC’s failing are not being addresses properly.
The IPCC should be disbanded. It has nothing to do with science, and everything to do with advancing a global socialist agenda using eco-guilt as its primary lever.
GOH, normally what happens is that people go into parliament with good intentions and get corrupted. It’s hard for a good person to try and be an MP – there are very few “Mr Smith’s” going to Washington these days.
H. L. Mencken wrote acidly and with characteristic exaggeration: “No educated man, stating plainly the elementary notions that every educated man holds about the matters that principally concern government, could be elected to office in a democratic state, save perhaps by a miracle. … it has become a psychic impossibility for a gentleman to hold office under the Federal Union, save by a combination of miracles that must tax the resourcefulness even of God. … the man of native integrity is either barred from the public service altogether, or subjected to almost irresistible temptations after he gets in” (Mencken 1926, pp. 103, 106, 110)
Mencken said that in 1926, and if it was true then, it will be even truer now.
Youths rightly going to be jailed for aggravated robbery. Pineapple Lumps valued at under$3.00.
Not denying the sentence was deserved but let’s look at what the judge had to say in sentencing:
A tikanga Maori programme would have helped Te Kiri stay out of trouble on his earlier release from jail but prison was the only option available to the court, the judge said.
So if rehabilitation programs were properly funded so they were available to every offender considered suitable, there’d be less recidivism and thus less victims. Hello? Sensible Sentencing Trust? That’s what you’re meant to be about, isn’t it??
@CraigM – don’t start me on Pachauri. The man is a liar, charlatan and a fraud. His accumulation of wealth is directly linked to the eco-fear that his IPCC has promoted. Have a read of Dr Rajendra and the IPCC – No Fossil Fool.
As for our frikkin tax, it was never about climate or science. It’s about windfall profits for SOE electricity generators and a wealth backhanders to iwi (and other) forestry interests. That the ETS was forced on us is evidence that our democracy is quite sick.
“No decision has yet been made about when the submissions relating to the review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 will be made public. It will be some time after the new Bill has been introduced to the House of Representatives”.
No one concerned bout that… ?
@goh – there are nutters on all facets of the religious spectrum (including professing christians), as there are within the broad political spectrum (just read Kiwiblog..). The important thing is to ignore the outliers and focus on the big picture, eg overall, what has contributed more to humanity: communism or capitalism? christianity or other religions including atheism? democracy or dictatorship? etc etc. We all have opinions that are largely based on our own life experience, but honest investigation can sometimes shake up our prejudices.
DenseOldFuckwit can piss off to Istanbul so he can hang out with his favourite Jew-hating Turks. I don’t know if they tolerate baby beating though, or if they have KFC. Aww shit bro! That would not be choice, eh?
“Who would you say is more connected to the “real world”? The thousands of teachers at the coalface of our secondary schools? Or a former financial trader who works in the Beehive and spends his holidays at his condo in Hawaii?”
Teachers at the coalface? right. Hardest work they have done is protest for the UNION. Not all teachers are bad, but the ones that make the most noise are the ones who can not teach therefore need UNION protection. Try hard, get paid the top dollar, but the useless want the same money just because they belong to the UNION.
The Council also comprises Malaysia, Mauritania, Uganda, Angola, and Qatar. In Uganda, “wife-beating [is] a husband’s prerogative.” Monitoring of internet chat rooms and widespread rape of inmates occurs in Angola, while “in Malaysia, religious authorities arrest ‘deviants’ in order to return them to the ‘true path of Islam.’” In Qatar, “the law calls for 10 year sentences for individuals proselytizing anything but Islam, [and] conversion away from Islam is a capital offense.” Furthermore, “the legal system treats with leniency men who murder women where there has been ‘immodesty’ on the part of the victim.” Syria promotes the infamous blood libel against Israel, and Algeria describes Israelis as “butchers.”
Many of these Council members criticize free speech, constantly denounce Israel, exonerate Muslim extremists, and deny basic freedoms to their own people. In fact, Israel-bashing is a persistent theme of the Council. Furthermore, at no time have Iranian calls for genocide been criticized by this body.
Notwithstanding all this, joining the Council was one of Obama’s priorities, and this occurred in May of 2009. Thus, Obama was content with joining current Council members like Saudi Arabia, China, Cuba, Russia, Egypt, and Kyrgyzstan. Previously, “Bush had decided not to seek a seat on the Council on the grounds that the reform had been a sham.”
So against this backdrop, Barack Hussein Obama now has the United States positioned to come under international review by some of the most brutal and despotic nations in the world. The Obama administration has issued a 29-page report, the first ever “Universal Period Review (UPR) report” to the United Nations by the United States.
Reflecting upon the scene in Washington on Saturday, though, recalling the amazing ecumenical and — yes — diverse mosaic of America, the most striking thing about Glenn Beck in the context of his being painted a racist is the realization that he — and judging from the crowd’s reactions, his audience, too — really believes in the words of Martin Luther King’s speech on that very spot in 1963. This belief stems from how closely wedded King’s words were to the founding documents. Beck believes (actually, he knows) that this nation was founded on the principles of Judeo-Christian ethic and that all are equal under the law — though we have the scars to prove it has taken some longer than others to live up to these principles.
Beck’s argument and his plea to the citizens of the United States are simple: The founders knew that without God, without faith, there could have been no revolution and there could be no keeping our republic. Because the nation has largely abandoned these principles, and because we have abandoned even the ideas and spirit of the words Dr. King addressed to the entire nation, we are at risk. Our government has strayed far from its prescribed path. Our culture has strayed far from its prescribed path. As Glenn Beck and millions upon millions see it, we are at risk, and those are the reasons why.
The way to understand all this is to accept that the American experience is deeply interwoven with the Christian proposition. Open your arms to the stranger, for we are all brothers and sisters in Christ; trust in the providential God. Extend the boundaries beyond the safety of your ethnic group; trust in American exceptionalism. But everyone has to make the leap of faith for him- or herself.
Glenn Beck is cobbling together a new national myth out of all this to make the leap of faith a little easier. He’s scrambling together God, the founding fathers, Old Abe, the Great Awakening, the success ethic, the responsibility gospel, the civil rights movement, and faith hope, and charity. Meanwhile, he conducts weekly deconstructions on Democratic heroes like Woodrow Wilson and Andrew Jackson. If he manages to make it all come together, we could see the biggest change in national politics and culture since 1933.
This racism thing regarding the Tea Parties is just a typical left wing lie and smear coming from those scum Democrats/ Labourites who have taken over the news media. 95% of blacks voted for Barack Obama only a short time go. They’re hardly going to be found at protests against him and his big government European socialism country destroying plans today.
The racism charge is just another poisonous commie propaganda lie.
One of the problems with the Beck approach is that he is probably not representing the ideas of a majority – those who he represents are a sizable number, but far from the whole nation. So what is he proposing? That everyone complies with his ideals? Or that those that don’t agree should be over ridden or ignored?
Beck doesn’t seem to be trying to unite a nation, he seems to be trying to hijack a nation.
He may think he has reached a position of influence (he has) and power, but it’s quite possible what he stokes could ignite far beyond his control.
“One of the problems with the Beck approach is that he is probably not representing the ideas of a majority”
Fuck, do you ever assert anything else you fucking drone?? What the fuck would you know about a majority. Your fucken outfit (Sharpton) got about 3000 attendees and most of them were ordered to attend by a government crook. Fuck off with your brain dead assertions and your cowardly questions you troll.
RB, do you want to impose your ideas on everyone? Or allow for a variety of politics and opinions? I know you will most likely post a barking rant rather than answer simple questions, but the opportunity is here to clarify what you think.
I’ve seen no evidence that Beck represents anywhere near a majority – you could prove me wrong, you seem to think you know facts. Or not.
“I’ve seen no evidence that Beck represents anywhere near a majority”
Where is the evidence he doesn’t? Got another rally with that many people to reference have you? Ever heard of the silent fucking majority have you? (see- anyone can ask questions). They’re the plain and ordinary folk who have been taking it up the arse for too long from commies like you, and have had it up to here. We’re coming after you Pete, and we’ve got better ideas and we’re better people, and you and your commie ideas are going to be in the dustbin of history sooner than later.
You don’t even know what “Restoring Honour” means you’re so full of communist shit.
My Goodness Pete George are you really as stupid as you seem or are you just a troll.
Its called democracy and in a democracy a fundamental concept is the market place of ideas.
This means you present concept to the public and if they like it it can worked on discussed and eventually adopted. And because of frank open discussions this leads to good ideas being adopted and bad ones not.
Under your foolish schemes we are ruled by an elite who know what is best for us or think they do and they fuck it up every time as well as foisting utter evil upon us like mass murder of unborn children as well as the absurdities like men marrying other men.
And they are about to get democratically kicked out
Most likely some will in November, but there will still be a Dem POTUS for at least another two years. Then Beck can find out if the “silent majority” will back him. Right now his Palin is far from certain of even getting a GOP nomination.
All Mr. George wants to do is the same the left have been doing for decades. Try and paint anyone who disagrees with their dirty fucking system as some kind of radical. Fuck off with your cowardly propaganda George, its had its day and you’re beat.
You believe what you want to believe Mr. George. Live in your little fantasy world with your left wing media liars and propagandists. Enjoy yourself. Keep your head in the sand, and when the day comes, and you and your ilk are out on your commie arses, you won’t have a fucking clue what is going on. (even less than you do now)
“Independent estimates.” Yeah right, the same independents who said three million turned up to Barky’s coronation when it was closer to 800,000? Shouldn’t you be primping your beard, Petey? That might be closer to your intellectual inclinations.
In other news, remember when all the very clever lib boffins and experts said sacrificing missile defence in Poland and the Czech Republic was supposed to institute a glorious new era of harmonious Western-Russian relations? It was bollocks.
Mr Putin also poured cold water too on the idea that relations between Russia and the United States had undergone a dramatic improvement. Complaining that Washington was continuing to rearm neighbouring Georgia, he said US anti-missile plans for central Europe had not been watered down enough.
“And still we ask, why are Liberals in bed with Islamists?
We know that Muslims despise the lifestyle that is inherent to liberalism – homosexuality, pornography, promiscuity, hatred of religion, passion for booze and drugs, and provocatively dressed women, etc., etc. So why the enduring love affair?”
I put this in the other day but given the argument happening here it seems appropriate to repeat the link to the following article of interest: What Beck Does Right. I thought there were two points he made that were pertinent. The first was about Beck himself.
There are a lot of good people – people with whom I agree on most things – who are put off by Glenn Beck. Sometimes I’m put off by Glenn Beck. There are conclusions he makes about history that I find simplistic, off-center, or just plain wrong. His on-screen persona can be over the top.
No existing model of media success would have led him to do what he is doing today: to teach history on his program, to read passages from America’s early texts, to interview obscure academics and little-known clerics, to talk like a fire-and-brimstone preacher about character.
But here he is, and Fox lets him do it. He gets the ratings with what he offers. He reaches more people in one week, with the kind of truth about our history that will only strengthen the political appeal of modern conservatism, than some more-polished legacy conservatives have reached over their entire careers.
The second was about the reaction of the right to all this – and I think there’s a message for the right-wing in NZ as well:
When we see 500,000 or more people turn out on the Mall at the end of August – in the heat and humidity, in a painful recession, after school and sports have already started in many states – are we going to insist that that’s “not conservatism,” that it’s something we need to triangulate away from and reject, because people prayed to God, got emotional, and talked about character? And if so, what is it we’re waiting for that we think is better? From what standpoint is it better?
… I urge my fellow conservatives not to despise this phenomenon or be disparaging about it. All our futures depend on the character of the people around us. Fear, defensiveness, and moral weakness in the people are the best friends of the tyrant. None of us can resist the siren-call of statist collectivization single-handedly.