This post is not safe for work and these videos are not for the faint hearted

My first and only experience of abortion was when I was on work experience in a veterinary clinic. A woman had brought in her female cat in to be spayed. I assisted the Vet who opened up the cat only to find unborn kittens inside her. He removed them ( still inside the amnio sac ) and threw them into the cold metal rubbish bin. I could see their hearts beating through their skin and I asked him if he was going to inject them to kill them quickly. He said that he wasn’t and that they would eventually die. It took a long time for their hearts to stop beating and I have never forgotten the experience.

I protested at an abortion clinic when I was a student at Training college. My pro-life views were very strong back then. Like many people I am isolated from the reality of abortion so it is easy to forget and to not care, as the reality is that it is legal and I personally cannot stop it. One thing though that can clearly stop it, is for people to be properly informed about their ‘ choice.’

In this video all it took was a factual video of a second trimester abortion being performed for people to change their minds. If abortion clinics were forced to tell the truth to their customers, to show them an accurate video of what is about to happen, our abortion rate would plummet.

If you want to see medically accurate videos of first, second and third trimester abortions click on the read more.

**WARNING it is not pleasant but they all use illustrations, not images of real babies. I was unable to watch the final one as I found the first two very upsetting.

Forget all the moral arguments, forget all the legal arguments. After watching these videos you will agree that if you are going to have an abortion or support a woman having an abortion, ignorance is definitely bliss.

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Map of the Day

Cats have killed more dolphins than McDonald’s ever has by buying hoki

This week we have seen a jihad opened up on the New Zealand fishing industry by a group of Kraut eco-terrorists.

They claim they are trying to save Maui dolphins and have fingered McDonalds as contributing to their deaths because they buy NZ Hoki. Nevermind that NZ Hoki is caught in regions far from the littoral environs that Maui dolphins inhabit, they are just attacking an industry and a multi-national company based on lies and mis-truths.

In their bid to save Maui dolphins they have attacked industries and companies that actually have nothing to do with the maui dolphins and attacking them and destroying their businesses won’t save a single Maui dolphin.

A better approach would have been for them to attack cat owners. Because one of the major killers of Hectors and Maui dolphins is cats…or rather a disease that is caused by cats.

A recent 2013 study found that toxoplasmosis is a rather large factor in the deaths of Maui and Hectors dolphins.

Hector’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori) are a small endangered coastal species that are endemic to New Zealand. Anthropogenic factors, particularly accidental capture in fishing nets, are believed to be the biggest threat to survival of this species. The role of infectious disease as a cause of mortality has not previously been well investigated. This study investigates Toxoplasma gondii infection in Hector’s dolphins, finding that 7 of 28 (25%) dolphins examined died due to disseminated toxoplasmosis, including 2 of 3 Maui’s dolphins, a critically endangered sub-species. A further 10 dolphins had one or more tissues that were positive for the presence of T. gondii DNA using PCR. Genotyping revealed that 7 of 8 successfully amplified isolates were an atypical Type II genotype. Fatal cases had necrotising and haemorrhagic lesions in the lung (n=7), lymph nodes (n=6), liver (n=4) and adrenals (n=3). Tachyzoites and tissue cysts were present in other organs including the brain (n=5), heart (n=1), stomach (n=1) and uterus (n=1) with minimal associated inflammatory response. One dolphin had a marked suppurative metritis in the presence of numerous intra-epithelial tachyzoites. No dolphins had underlying morbillivirus infection. This study provides the first evidence that infectious agents could be important in the population decline of this species, and highlights the need for further research into the route of entry of T. gondii organisms into the marine environment worldwide.

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Budget Debate [UPDATED]

Budget 2016

Budget 2016

Like a general debate post, but about the budget.   Readers are encouraged to add snippets they find of interest throughout the afternoon in the comments below.  Read more »

Winston on Helen

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Winston Peters says if Helen Clark wants to win the United Nations’ top job, she needs to be careful how she deploys her legendary ruthlessness.

Ms Clark’s campaign to be the first female Secretary-General has hit its first serious bump, with an article in Foreign Policy magazine claiming while heading the UN Development Programme, Ms Clark “left a trail of embittered peers and subordinates” and “ruthlessly ended the careers of underlings in her quest to advance her candidacy”.

Ms Clark herself has called the allegations “totally fabricated”.

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John Palino on Auckland’s housing issues

John Palino has an opinion piece in the NZ Herald this morning about the Auckland housing issues.

He is the first politician to actually lay the blame where it belongs, at the feet of Auckland Council.

Make no mistake, Auckland is in crisis and it is a crisis of the council’s making. Housing is unaffordable due to artificial restrictions on land supply. The existing council’s compact city growth vision has not worked and has led to a chronic undersupply of houses. Many people in Auckland cannot afford even our cheapest homes.

Restricting development through something as blunt as a metropolitan urban limit has prevented large scale construction and forced growth into suburban areas without the services to handle density.

The urban limit and its replacement, the rural urban boundary, must be removed so those who are prepared to develop new homes can do so. It’s about enabling an efficient market which reflects the value of land rather than speculative investment.

Removing the urban limit is not about encouraging unconstrained sprawl. Infrastructure will always place limitations on development.

The key is managing infrastructure investment to balance the need to support competition in the property market and keep overall costs down for current and future residents; there’s no point building cheap housing if there’s no access to jobs and recreation.

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Photo Of The Day

AP photo/Gary Dwight Miller, 1987. Pennsylvania State Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer raises his left hand to stop people approaching him as he holds a pistol in his right hand as he prepares to commit suicide.

AP photo/Gary Dwight Miller, 1987. Pennsylvania State Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer raises his left hand to stop people approaching him as he holds a pistol in his right hand as he prepares to commit suicide.

Honest Man

R. Budd Dwyer

Kenn Marshall recalls edging toward the door when he saw the enormous handgun being held aloft by State Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer.

Marshall’s movements on that snowy January day 29 years ago weren’t entirely motivated by fear. He was thinking about calling his editor, which is not to say he wasn’t scared.

“To be honest, after what he had just gone through, the thought crossed my mind that he could just turn that gun on the people in the room,” said Marshall, who was then a reporter for The Patriot-News. “I certainly felt threatened.”

Instead, he and a roomful of journalists watched in horror as Dwyer put the barrel of the .357 magnum into his mouth and pulled the trigger, a public suicide that set off a firestorm of coverage and controversy.

The reporters who gathered in Dwyer’s office on Jan. 23, 1987, thought they were there simply to hear Dwyer announce his resignation from office. “My mission was to stay there until he said those words, then call in a new top for our story,” Marshall recalled.

As a row of video cameras whirred, Dwyer delivered a rambling polemic about the criminal justice system. He then handed out a final type-written page, which contained several grammatical errors and this chilling line:

“I am going to die in office in an effort to see if the shameful facts, spread out in all their shame, will not burn through our civic shamelessness and set fire to American pride.”

As reporters were just starting to skim the final statement, a frantic-looking Dwyer picked up a large manila envelope and pulled out a .357 Magnum revolver.

“I remember the gun, because it was huge,” said Eric Conrad, then a reporter for The Patriot-News and now the director of communications for the Maine Municipal Association in Augusta. “I had one of those moments where I was up in the air, looking down at myself, almost an out-of-body experience.”

Up until the gun appeared, recalled free-lance photographer Gary D. Miller, “It was just kind of a long-winded, sad event.”

Miller captured one of the signature photos of the event, with Dwyer holding the gun in his right hand while his left arm is extended toward the camera, as if warning off bystanders.

“I didn’t consider running at all, because I didn’t consider that it was real,” Miller said. “I was stunned, but I kept taking pictures. It happened very fast.”

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The House Today #nzqt

Parliament is sitting today.

You can follow proceedings starting at 2 pm on TV (Freeview 22, Sky 86), streaming audio via Radio New Zealand and streaming Parliament TV via the internet. After the sitting day, on-demand replays can be found at In The House.

Today is “Budget 2016” day as Bill English presents his budget to the House at 2pm.

Due to many pre-budget announcements, a number of things are already known.  Thanks to Simon Wong, here is a useful summary:

Pharmac and health

The Government drug-buying agency gets a shot in the arm, with an extra $39 million over two years which could fund a new drug to help fight against melanoma. New Zealand has the worst rates of skin cancer in the world.

More funding for research will also be made available through the Health Research Council over four years, with the Government announcing an extra $97 million.

Provisional tax

The bane of many small to medium-sized businesses, provisional tax will get a makeover. Among the changes, small businesses with a turnover of less than $5 million will be able to choose a ‘pay-as-you-go’ model from April 2018. Currently, businesses can get stung with interest and other penalties if they underestimate projected earnings.

Emergency housing

The Government will make its first contribution to emergency housing, with $41.1 million over four years to fund 3000 places across the country and one-off grants. Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says the funding will continue into the future and gives homeless shelter operators more certainty in their planning. Read more »

Feminist Activist loses millions of dollars of funding because of a hateful tweet

Tahira Hosseini

Tahira Hosseini

“The Arab-American Association of New York is a nonprofit run by Muslim feminist Tahira Hosseini. It was selected by the Mayor’s Fund to receive $6 million over five years to integrate mental-health services into their community programs.

…Hosseini  is an energetic purveyor of the “Islamophobia” myth, and has hysterically claimed that “Muslim kids” are being “executed” in the United States. She was instrumental in prevailing upon de Blasio to end legal and necessary surveillance in Muslim communities in New York. She is also a frequent visitor to the Obama White House, and has claimed that the jihad underwear bomber was a CIA agent — part of what she claims is a U.S. war against Islam.

Hosseini is also a practiced exploiter of the “hate” smear against foes of jihad terror and Islamic supremacism, and has never apologized for using the Islamic honor murder of Shaima Alawadi to spread lies about the prevalence of hate crimes against Muslims in America. She is also an enthusiastic supporter of the “Palestinian” jihad against Israel. Given the general support for that jihad among Leftists, and the hard-Left tilt of the de Blasio regime in New York, it is not surprising that her hate-filled endeavors are taxpayer-funded.

Muslim feminist Tahira Hosseini revealed her true colours when she sent the following tweets.

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Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin