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Trump Headlines

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I get the Washington Post Opinions by email each day – not to read but simply to see the headlines. Todays lot.

1. Trump has absolutely no idea what Black America looks like.
2. Trump’s presidency is doomed.
3. Not even Trump can easily reverse our progress on climate change.
4. Trump gets no respect. That’s because he hasn’t earned it.
5. Just when you thought the Trump ethics disaster couldn’t get worse, it did.
6. Trump picks the perfect time to show off his ignorance about Black America.
7. Trump is a legitimate president but we need to know how he won.
8. The economy under Trump: Plan for the worst. Read more »

I’ve told you what Obama’s legacy was for years now

In April 2014, community-college student Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree throughout Isla Vista, a small college town bordering the University of California, Santa Barbara. Rodger stabbed, shot, and ran over his victims, taking the lives of six people and wounding 14 more. One of the victims, Christopher Michael-Martinez, was shot and killed. His father, Richard Martinez, has since become a gun-control advocate, blaming “craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA” for Rodger’s attack.

The Isla Vista massacre was horrific, just as all mass shootings are. But it’s clear that Americans are not in agreement with politicians who have responded to cries from advocates such as Richard Martinez by passing arbitrary gun-control legislation. Indeed, as state and federal politicians have proposed such legislation, an unintended consequence has reared its head: Americans have purchased more guns than ever before.

The more that Obama threatened to take them away, the more Americans got scared that he might manage to do so.  The only answer was to stock up, and fast. Read more »


Chicken Little

Little flags away Rongotai, New Plymouth to go list-only for 2017 election

Labour leader Andrew Little is to run as a list-only candidate in this year’s election, opening the way for councillor Paul Eagle to win the party’s nomination for the Rongotai seat.

His decision means the leaders of the two biggest parties – Little and Prime Minister Bill English – will not contest constituencies although the leaders of all the other parties in Parliament have signalled they will be standing in electorates.

Little has previously been defeated in the New Plymouth seat twice by National backbencher Jonathan Young but it was long rumoured he may seek to stand in Deputy Leader Annette King’s Rongotai seat, where he lives, if she stood down – a decision she made late last year.

It would appear even Labour won’t waste a safe seat on their leader.  How awkward.   Read more »

Trump knows a bad deal when he sees one

US President-elect Donald Trump said his prospects of negotiating an Israeli-Palestinian deal during his presidency have been hampered by the fact that the international community has been “giving so much” to the Palestinians.

… Trump further said the December UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements would only serve to harden Palestinians’ ideological positions in future peace talks.

“The problem I have is that [Resolution 2334] makes it a tougher deal for me to negotiate because the Palestinians are given so much — even though it’s not legally binding it’s psychologically binding and it makes it much tougher for me to negotiate,” he said. “You understand that? Because people are giving away chips, they’re giving away all these chips.”

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Dear Paula

From: T and S
Sent: Sunday, 1 January 2017 4:31 p.m.
To: P Bennett (MIN)
Subject: UN Resolution 2334

Dear MS Bennett

Firstly, happy new year and congratulations on your rise to Deputy Prime Minister.

Do you, like the Prime Minister, have your head buried in the sand, showing contempt for National Party supporters, and hoping that the uproar over the sponsoring of the above resolution by NZ will just go away.

Well we are here to tell you that it won’t. We are long standing supporters of the National Party, but the only response and comment we have had on this matter, has been from David Seymour. It was reassuring that the ACT member for Epsom was still working for this country, even if the National Caucus were all “missing in action”.

Because of this action at the UN by Murray McCully, and the non response from Bill English, who thinks a barbecue in Dipton is more important than running the country, we will be voting for ACT at the next election.

Stephen Chester and Tony Booth
Ex National voters Auckland Central

And the reply?   Read more »

Mental Health Break

Fake Friend of Israel Barack Obama blames Jews for lack of peace and security

…The increase of Israeli settlements has “gotten so substantial” that it is inhibiting the possibility for an “effective, contiguous Palestinian state,” President Barack Obama said Sunday, in his final interview as president.

Speaking to CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Obama dismissed the idea that there is a “major rupture” in the relationship between the United States and Israel after last month’s decision by the U.S. to abstain from a United Nations vote condemning Israeli settlements.

“Because of our investment in the region, and because we care so deeply about Israel, I think (the U.S.) has a legitimate interest in saying to a friend, ‘This is a problem,'” Obama said. “It would have long-term consequences for peace and security in the region, and the United States.”


Perhaps Obama could have spared some time to engineer a UN resolution that sends a message to his dictator mate Mahmoud Abbas of the PLO that Palestine’s ongoing Jihad against Israel is ” a problem ” and that it has ” long-term consequences for peace and security in the region.” Afterall Abbas’s PLO is the organisation that rewards Palestinian terrorist families with pensions for life. Where I come from that makes the terrorists who murder Israeli citizens mercenaries and the PLO their employer.

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a joint news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Muqata Presidential Compound in Ramallah, March 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed (WEST BANK – Tags: POLITICS) – RTR3F9WF

Mahmoud Abbas was elected on 9 January 2005 to serve as President of the Palestinian National Authority until 9 January 2009 but extended his term until the next election in 2010, citing PLO constitution, and on December 16, 2009 was voted into office indefinitely by the PLO Central Council. As a result, Fatah’s main rival, Hamas announced that it would not recognize the extension or view Abbas as rightful president.


Far from being a friend of Israel, Obama has been called out by incoming president Trump for treating Israel with ” total disdain.”

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