Bye,Bye,Bye, dear Laila…

With Laila leaving the Leadership of the non -existent Internet Party ( she doesn’t want to work for love only cold hard cash ) I thought that I should put together for her some images created during the election, as a keepsake.

Although her strategies all back fired on her, in the long run she certainly gave it her all and left no stone un-turned in her quest to change the government.

Below are but a snap shot of that heady time when she wore her ‘ uniform ‘ and plotted for power and glory.

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Duncan Garner on Andrew Little

Duncan Garner doesn’t hold back in the Dompost:

A bunch of faceless union hacks chose Andrew Little to lead the Labour Party this week.

That’s the truth. It’s as simple and as brutal as that.

Six unions got to vote in the leadership race – but just one union, Service and Food Workers, actually gave all its members the right to exercise their vote.

The other five unions gave the power to about 100 senior delegates to cast the crucial votes on behalf of those on the factory floor.

Who are these delegates? Who knows. If it wasn’t for Little’s 100 union mates who wielded the power and the final say, Little would have come a distant second in this race.

In the end, he sneaked home by just 1 per cent ahead of Grant Robertson. Take the union influence out and Robertson would have romped home to win by 56 per cent to 44.

There is a reason why a lot of the Labour caucus are also members of the SFWU…they get extra votes.

Much and all as Labour and Andrew Little are now attacking the media and anyone who dares to speak the truth, Andrew Little is a union appointed leader of a a now union dominated political party.

Robertson made noises this week about the union vote being too influential and not transparent enough. It sounds a bit like sour grapes, but perhaps he has a point.

Robertson was the popular choice among the masses. He easily won the caucus vote and comfortably won over the wider party members.

In short, he thrashed the pants off Little, who finished last in the vote by his caucus colleagues.

This is unprecedented for Labour – 27 of its MPs don’t want Little to be their boss.

Yet leader he is. It’s a perverse outcome that looks farcical. But the process is the process – despite it looking like an ass. It certainly doesn’t seem fair to Robertson, and of course he’s gutted and licking his wounds.

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How the stupid make life more expensive for the rest of us

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Kids drown in pools.  Fences.

Kids are bitten by dogs.  Dog chipping.

Kids fall off bikes.  Helmets.

Kids get run over in driveways by their own family…     Read more »

Tax payer funded welfare for elite sports with intangible returns. What to do next?

It appears the business case for handing our taxes to the likes of two-timer Dalton still doesn’t stack up, but the politicians are still star struck.

Treasury has advised against taxpayer backing for Team New Zealand in the next America’s Cup, labelling it “poor value for money”.

The Government contributed $5 million to Team New Zealand to help retain key staff soon after its 8-9 loss in the 34th Cup in September last year – against Treasury advice – and is considering investing a similar amount to the $36 million contributed last time.

Treasury repeated its opposition in March, documents released to the Herald under the Official Information Act show

It told Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Finance Minister Bill English that Team NZ should get private backing and that “the extent of any positive economic impacts from a Government contribution [to the last challenge] have not been established” and could be gained without putting in public money.

“A number of benefits from Government support are often claimed, including increased economic activity, tax revenue, employment and an opportunity to promote New Zealand industry and tourism.

“However it is likely that many of these benefits would be achieved if TNZ were to enter without Government support.”

The whole area of government sponsored sport is rather murky to be honest.  For big events can’t be done without the financial support of the big wallet that has all our money in it.   Read more »

A besieged people

William Pollack discusses Israel in the wake of the killings by Palestinian terrorists in a synagogue in Jerusalem.

Just days ago, Barack Obama, the Commander in Chief and honorary Islamic Protectorate, stated the savage beheading of yet another American by ISIS, Peter Kassig, was not representative of “any faith, LEAST of all Muslim.” If Muslims are the “least” representatives of worldwide terrorism, whom might we expect to be more prominent, Lutherans?

Days ago and now vanished from the headlines, four Jewish worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue and a security guard were viciously attacked by Palestinian MUSLIM terrorists armed with meat cleavers, axes and guns. President Obama’s all-too-common response was to make a moral equivalence between Israel, a nation of laws, and a band of cold-blooded murderers. The Palestinian Authority’s leadership response was typically indifferent, coughing up a statement of regret that “any” citizens were harmed,  then blaming Israel for everything under the sun.

Reminiscent of the Palestinians celebrating dead Americans following the 9/11 attack on the United States, Palestinians handed out candy in honor of killing men dressed in prayer shawls. This horrific event followed weeks of savage Palestinian attacks on Israelis, including ramming cars into bystanders. One of the numerous casualties was a child.

The United Nations, a wasteful and irrelevant piece of real estate, paused momentarily from their relentless condemnation of everything Israel to offer stoic regret. With the notable exception of the sincere and meaningful comments by Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, worldwide statements of sympathy for the slain innocents were matched by the obligatory nod for more peace talks; as if Israel has a Palestinian peace partner; which they don’t.

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Mental Health Break

Rodney Hide thinks the leftwing live in ‘perpetual anger and utter miserableness’

Rodney Hide explains in the NBR about his belief that the left wing live in ‘perpetual anger and utter miserableness’.

One of the reasons I am not a Lefty is their perpetual anger and utter miserableness. It renders them utterly unattractive. Theirs is not a club I wish to join.

If you doubt my characterisation take a look at the left-wing blogs The Standard or The Daily Blog. Or a school staffroom. Or Question Time, Morning Report or any newspaper.

Or compare John Key to Helen Clark.

It’s extraordinary, is it not? I don’t know an exception. There’s next to no difference in Ms Clark’s and Mr Key’s policies. In fact, there’s no difference. But there’s a world of difference in outlook and temperament because of their politics.

It’s been a lifelong puzzle to me. Why are Left Wingers so miserable and angry about, well, everything?

Why indeed?

We saw one of the nastiest election campaigns ever, with grotesque sign vandalism, criminal acts of hacking and demonisation of anyone opposed to the leftwing parties.

They even had the temerity to suggest it was they who were pure and the right who are nasty.

Central to the Left’s ideology is the belief that politicians have the power to make the world a better place. That’s how they think.

Now consider how that plays out in their heads.

That their lives aren’t better must make them bitter and twisted.  Their life is a constant proof that politicians aren’t doing what they are meant to or what they promised. Their miserable lot, or that of the fellow down the road, or the world in general, is the fault of politicians who, accordingly, must be uncaring, idiotic or crooked and, perhaps, all three. If politicians were genuine, the world would be a better place.

It never occurs to me that a politician would or could fix a thing. I am just happy they leave me mostly alone. I wish they would do better at it but I know how to keep myself out of their way.

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The world’s biggest swimming pool.  Algarrobo, ValparaĂ­so, Chile

 


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Laila Harre quits after money runs out, Internet party pretty much dead

I can’t say I am sorry to see this news.

Of course Laila Harre was going to cut and run after the money ran out, that’s what all troughers do.

Reflecting on the internet Party’s failed election campaign, Ms Harre admitted “we completely mismanaged the last month of the campaign”.

“We had amazing momentum before then. The road trip, I think, worked extremely well.”

The downward spiral of the party’s campaign began when Mana’s Te Tai Tonga candidate Georgina Beyer criticised internet Party founder Kim Dotcom, Ms Harre said.

“Which fed into what became a narrative of a rift and division and it was one that we just couldn’t knock through the rest of the campaign. It became completely distracting from the release of policy.”

Ms Harre also blamed media coverage of the party for its poor election result.   Read more »

Maybe Roger Sutton could start this here

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Roger Sutton has gotten himself into all sorts of bother over some hugs and jokes.

But never fear there are actually people out there who want to paid for such attention.

This is a sitter for Sutton as a start up opportunity in New Zealand.

A new shop in the United States is doing a roaring trade – offering cuddles for US$1 (NZ$1.27) a minute.

Samantha Hess, 30, opened Cuddle Up To Me in Portland, Oregon last weekend after working as a professional cuddler since June 2013.

“I’ve done hundreds and hundreds of sessions [in my career],” she told ABC News.

“My clientele varies greatly. I have clients who are obese, who have [neurological disorder] ALS, or missing limbs. Some people just got out of relationships or are divorced. It’s sort of anybody and everybody.”

Hess cuddles with clients in one of four themed rooms. Typical sessions last an hour but appointments can be as short as 15 minutes. Read more »