We’re throwing a party: Whaleoil’s “Decade of Dirt”


(They say “Dirty Politics” like it’s a bad thing!)

As you may have gathered, Wednesday June 10th marks our tenth birthday.  Cameron Slater will have been blogging for ten years on that very day.

It’s a celebration.  Love him or hate him, you can’t ignore him.   John Key is the latest to give it go, and I can assure you it won’t help him at all.

So much has happened over the last ten years.   What on earth should we do to celebrate this millstone milestone?

So we sat down, and had a think.  And we thought:  politicians come and go, and we praise them and rip them apart.  But if there has been once constant pain in the butt through the last ten years who loathes Whaleoil as much as we loathe him, it has to be Winston Peters.

So we decided to ask him to MC our Decade of Dirt event for us.    And guess what he said?

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Drive to survive

The police is back with their pre-holiday road warnings, but the fire and brimstone and parental attitude appears to have changed for one of advice and resignation.

Police have made a plea to drivers to keep cold conditions and changing weather in mind and to ensure they aren’t tired during long drives.

They also issued standard reminders that the speed limit tolerance would be dropping to 4km over the limit, patrol car numbers would be up and breath-test stations would be running at all hours around the country.

“Please take plenty of rest breaks or look to share the driving so that you stay fresh,” national manager of road policing Steve Greally said.

The road toll for the year to date yesterday was 134, up from 123 at the same time in 2014 and 100 in 2013.

If I were to be unkind, I could suggest there is a link between the increased road toll and the police’s single minded attempts to blame speed.

But I appreciate the fact we’ve gone from hyperbole to sound advice. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Did Scott Simpson help with the Libs campaign?

There has been a bit of proper “dirty politics” going on in New South Wales.

It sounds like my longest standing friend in caucus, Scott Simpson may have been moonlighting over in New South Wales. I learned all my best dirty politics tricks from him campaigning in Eden Electorate in the 80s and 90s.

This is the sort of stuff we might have got up to.

Liberal East Hills MP Glenn Brookes has been accused in Parliament of bringing the electoral process into disrepute after his rival Labor candidate was branded a “paedophile lover” during the NSW election campaign.

The claim comes as a video emerged apparently showing the victim of the alleged slurs, Labor candidate Cameron Murphy, angrily confronting Liberal staffer Jim Daniel during the campaign over the alleged theft of his campaign posters.

Just days before the March election, 300 of Mr Murphy’s posters were defaced with stickers declaring him a “paedophile lover”, a person who believes in the rights of child rapists or simply saying “stranger danger” or “our children are not safe”.

Mr Murphy was awarded the Order of Australia in 2014 for his contribution to human rights and is the son of former Labor federal attorney general and former High Court judge Lionel Murphy.

He narrowly lost East Hills to Mr Brookes, the Liberal incumbent, following the smear campaign.

Labor MP Lynda Voltz this month named Mr Brookes’ staffer Jim Daniel as the man behind the campaign.    Read more »

Cops were right not to prosecute says IPCA

The Independent Police Complaints Authority has said the Police were right not to prosecute John Banks.

Of course the bankrupt, convicted blackmailer and tax cheat Graham McCready says otherwise.

The independent police watchdog has cleared the decision of police to not prosecute former Act MP John Banks over his 2010 mayoral donations return.

The findings of the Independent Police Conduct Authority have been released and say the original investigation was “thorough and robust and was not subject to political interference”.

The police received complaints in April 2012 alleging Mr Banks had failed to properly declare details of donations from Kim Dotcom and SkyCity as required and therefore committed a criminal offence.

Police conducted an investigation into the matter and eventually decided not to prosecute Mr Banks. Detectives said they found insufficient evidence that Banks knowingly submitted a false electoral return during his 2010 Auckland mayoralty bid.

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Explaining is losing (Whaleoil was beaten)

Last month I didn’t do the “review how we did” post.  In fact, I got to the 2nd of May and Cam scolded me for it.  I told him I’d intended to it later that day.  Somehow, I never did.  By the time I realised on the 4th, it didn’t really matter any more.

We had some trolls come in suggesting that we were too scared to put up May’s blog stats because Martyn Martin Bradbury’s blog had been running the Dirty Politics “ponytail” hit, and had remarkably overtaken the monthly total of Arts, Lifestyle and Fitness blogger, David P(inko) Farrar… and the suggestion was that I didn’t want to highlight this.

Ergo – no monthly post.

If only it was that simple.  I actually just didn’t have my head in the game.   And to prove it, I’ll celebrate Martin Martyn’s success last month right now.   Let’s see how he did.


I can see why he was happy.  On the “ponytail” hit day, his pageviews spiked to about 10 times the amount he normally gets.   The next day it was about 32k, and on day 3 it had settled back to 20k – the amount we do in about 2 or 3 hours on an average day.

All very commendable.   Over the same period, we didn’t see any such surge.  Nobody came to look at Whaleoil as to what we had to say about it.  It’s completely invisible in our stats.


But then again, it wasn’t much of a story on our side of politics, other than to laugh at another Bradbury / Campbell / Herald hit on John Key and the National Party  being so poorly timed and executed.

And why should be be worried?   We saw the Roy Morgan poll some days ago, and it’s pushed National to 54%, and Labour down to 25.5% – the same as the election low.

I decided to overlay both graphs and have a look to see what sort of impact Martyn Martin’s blog really had over that period, compared to Whaleoil.


From that you can see why Martin Martyn was justifiably proud.  Since taking the lead, no NZ blog has ever had a higher traffic on any given day than Whaleoil.   He did indeed “beat” Whaleoil that day.

Brutal stuff.

But the picture above is also brutal in another way.  It shows that Martyn Martin’s blog has not had any retention from having run the ponytail hit.   After a week, traffic had settled back to pre-ponytail times.   Whatever people found on that blog has not made them want to come back once the story was over.

Worse, the story bubbled along for 3 weeks.  And none of that was reflected in the traffic.

Finally, the graph above shows just how dominant Whaleoil is in its reach and consistency.  Just shows you what cute cat videos and fake robot visitors can do /sarc.


– Pete


Bludging Greek Ratbags Tell Creditors to “Get their Act Together”

Apparently it is all the creditors fault that the Greeks have a tax system that doesn’t work, have been on the bludge for years and cannot afford to pay it back.

Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister, said on Tuesday that the country’s creditors must “get their act together” as loan deadlines approach for the embattled country.

The government has until Friday to pay public sector salaries, a week before the first of a string of repayments to the International Monetary Fund, totalling around €1.6bn (£1.1bn) in June alone, must be paid.

Nikos Voutsis, the Greek minister of the interior, said on Sunday that “this money will not be given and is not there to be given”. But on Tuesday Mr Varoufakis insisted that “we will make the payment because I have no doubt that we will have an agreement”.

The euro slipped by more than 0.7pc against the dollar, as traders digested these conflicting messages from the country’s left-wing Syriza officials.

Kit Juckes, of Societe Generale, said: “The Greek government will need some form of deal in order to release further funds if it is to avoid missing payments to the IMF in June.”

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You think I’m joking? I’m not bloody joking

In 2013 the following article was written to explain that Muslims in the UK were defending Mufa’khathat – the legalized incest of infants.

Am I Islamophobic for bringing this to your attention or am I simply drawing your attention to a fact about Islam, a fact that I find abhorrent and a fact that is in direct opposition to our laws against pedophilia and child abuse?

aishyaToo sexy to ride her little bike without a burka.

When baby Aiysha was around this age the 53-year old prophet Mohammed got sexually aroused by seeing her playing with her dolls and friends, and sitting on her swing. He decided then and there that she was “chosen” for him and he must marry her. Aishya’s father did not approve of Mohammed’s attention and Mohammed then persuaded him and forced him to marry her off, demonstrating that Mohammed did not abide by the laws he demanded others to abide by.

Mohammed and Aishya got married when Aiysha was six years of age. According to various sources Mohammed started ‘thighing’ Aiysha (molesting her without penetration) because she was too young and too small to be penetrated. Penetrating a small child by force can lead to serious injuries leading to death.

Muslims claim “prophet” Mohammed married her when she was six but “only” had sex with her when she was nine years of age. This is more likely an abrogation from original texts. In Islam a marriage is only legal after it has been consumated, meaning Mohammed had to consumate the marriage to Aishya when she was six – not when she was nine years of age. Aishya was already married off to someone else and Mohammed was eager to annul the marriage and take her as his own bride, and therefore would need to legalize the marriage – meaning it had to be consumated. No wonder the Koran comments on Aishya’s state of mind, saying “she could not stand the sight of him [Mohammed]”.

Due to rampant pedophilia in Muslim dominated countries small toddlers wear the burka to minimize their arousal of an adult male. This to avoid the baby or toddler to commit the “crime” of tempting the Muslim male to commit adultery by sexual desires which would entitle him to punish or kill the child, i.e. Saudi Arabia.

According to Islamic law, this little newborn is old enough to be molested and sexually abused by an adult Muslim male. This ruling is still legalized by senior Imams through most of the Islamic world. Over 80 Sharia courts have been approved in the UK where hidden legal decisions on honor killing, incest and forced marriages are made.

Mufa’khathat – literally translated, it means “placing [penis] between the thighs” which means placing the male member between the thighs of a child.

The minimum recommend age for this noble Mohammedan practice is 3 months old although it is not strictly applied and can even be done on a newborn.

Mufa’khathat is connected to the practice of Mut’ah  [sham sex marriages to conform with the Quran], discussed amongst others in Surat 65:4. Whether or not these practices have existed prior or only been added to the Quran in later years is irrelevant. What is relevant is to put a stop to it here and now. Clerics endorse them and they are therefore widely practiced today and sexually victimizes millions of small children in Muslim societies the world over.

And let us not forget: the West is officially endorsing it too and is equally responsible for child abuse in Muslim communities by allowing Islam to be freely practiced in the West. Islam needs to be banned so that honor murders, persecution of gays and minorities, incest and abuse can stop. Our appeasement which is our  contribution to this evil has to end.






The following are excerpts from an interview with Bahraini women’s rights activist Ghada Jamshir, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV on December 21, 2005.

Bahraini Women’s Rights Activist Ghada Jamshir Attacks Islamic Clerics for Fatwas Authorizing Sexual Abuse of Children

Interviewer: “What do you have against the Shari’a courts?”

Ghada Jamshir: “I have a lot against them. What they have done to Bahraini women is not a trivial matter. For years women have been going into these courts, only to be oppressed and treated unjustly. We have reached the point that we say: Enough. We have reached the breaking point.”


Interviewer (Turki Al-Dakhil): “Some people say that Ghada Jamshir is a Sunni, and that this is why she is leading the battle against [mut’ah] marriages, which are authorized by religious law among the Shi’ites.”

Ghada Jamshir: “Authorized by religious law?!”

Interviewer: “Among the Shiites, yes.”

Ghada Jamshir: “Does the Islamic Shari’a authorize mut’ah marriages? Does the Islamic Shari’a authorize mut’ah according to the following classification: ‘Pleasure from sexual contact with her thighs.’ They have: ‘Pleasure from sexual touching,’ ‘pleasure from sexual contact with her breasts.’ ‘Pleasure from a little girl.’ Do you know what ‘pleasure from a little girl’ means? It means that they derive sexual pleasure from a girl aged two, three, or four.”

Interviewer: “Let’s not go into details…”

Ghada Jamshir: “Let me tell you what ‘pleasure from sexual contact with her thighs’ means…”

Interviewer: “Don’t give me the details…”

Ghada Jamshir: “This is a violation of children’s rights! This constitutes sexual assault of the girl. What does ‘pleasure from sexual contact with her thighs’ mean? It means deriving sexual pleasure from an infant. How old is an infant? One year, a year and a half, a few months?

“Is it conceivable for a grown man to have sex with an infant girl? And you people tell me that the Islamic Shari’a authorizes this? Forget about the mut’ah. Let’s talk about misyar. What do misyar marriages mean? You said that I’m a Sunni and that’s why I’m attacking the Shiites. No!”

Interviewer: “Some people claim that.”

Ghada Jamshir: “No, no. What does the misyar marriage mean? A man marries a woman from another town, and goes to her once a month. He ‘visits’ her. He calls her his ‘wife.’”

Interviewer: “Not necessarily once a month. He might go there every day.”

Ghada Jamshir: “Brother Turki, this kind of marriage, this kind of behavior, diminishes the woman’s honor as a human being.”


Bahraini women’s rights activist Ghada Jamshir exposes Islamic law to Al-Arabiya TV host Turki Al-Dakhil while describing mut’ah (sham marriages Muslim adult males commit to justify incest of children and prostitution of women to fall within Islamic law) and the meaning of infant Mufa’khathat.

Bahraini Women's Rights Activist Ghada Jamshir Mufakhathat - 1 Bahraini Women's Rights Activist Ghada Jamshir Mufakhathat - 3 Bahraini Women's Rights Activist Ghada Jamshir Mufakhathat - 5

Bahraini Women's Rights Activist Ghada Jamshir Mufakhathat - 12 Bahraini Women's Rights Activist Ghada Jamshir Mufakhathat - 10 Bahraini Women's Rights Activist Ghada Jamshir Mufakhathat - 13 Bahraini Women's Rights Activist Ghada Jamshir Mufakhathat - 14 Bahraini Women's Rights Activist Ghada Jamshir Mufakhathat - 15 Bahraini Women's Rights Activist Ghada Jamshir Mufakhathat - 16


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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images. A guard of honor passes out at a crucial moment as Queen Elizabeth II rides past during the Trooping the Colour parade, to mark Queen Elizabeth’s birthday June, 1970.

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A guard of honor passes out at a crucial moment as Queen Elizabeth II rides past during the Trooping the Colour parade, to mark Queen Elizabeth’s birthday June, 1970.

You Have To Faint To Attention

… sometimes, someone falls down on the job

It may involve a broken nose and a whole lot of missing teeth.

 A drawback to standing to attention for long periods while wearing a bearskin is that when the weather actually is glorious, guardsmen have sometimes been known to faint.

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