No endorsements for Trump from Bush 41 and 43

Donald Trump won’t be getting any endorsements from George H W Bush nor George W Bush.

I suspect he won’t care.

For the first time since his own presidency, George H.W. Bush is planning to stay silent in the race for the Oval Office — and the younger former president Bush plans to stay silent as well.

Bush 41, who enthusiastically endorsed every Republican nominee for the last five election cycles, will stay out of the campaign process this time. He does not have plans to endorse presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, spokesman Jim McGrath told The Texas Tribune.

“At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics,” McGrath wrote in an email Wednesday. “He came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb, but those were the exceptions that proved the rule.” His son Jeb Bush dropped out of the GOP presidential race in February.

Bush 43, meanwhile, “does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign,” according to his personal aide, Freddy Ford.   Read more »

Cartoon of the Week

Credit:  Roger Price

Credit: Roger Price

Dickhead Mayor still thinking he will be re-elected

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Oh look, something happened at a SERCO PRISON, Media Party are on it like white on rice

The Media party never miss an opportunity to put the boot into private companies, especially when they shill stories for the unions.

A wing of a Serco-run prison in Auckland has been on lockdown since drunk prisoners allegedly attacked guards over the weekend.

The incident comes after it was announced in April Serco would have to pay the government $8 million to cover the cost of Corrections stepping in to take over the management of the Mt Eden Corrections Facility in July last year.

A Serco spokeswoman on Thursday confirmed 42 of the 68 inmates in one wing at the Auckland South Corrections Facility, in Wiri, had been subject to a “controlled regime” since Monday.

“The regime was applied after two prisoners allegedly assaulted members of staff, and contraband homebrew was discovered in the wing on Saturday,” she said.

Under the lockdown, prisoners are unlocked for less time than normal with only 10 cells being opened at any one time.   Read more »

This is why we desperately need a New Media organisation

Cartoon-TICP - The Israeli Cartoon Project

Cartoon-TICP – The Israeli Cartoon Project

When we were challenged by a reader to provide a balanced view when writing about Israel, Cameron responded that Whaleoil is the balance.This is a reasonable statement considering that a bias against Israel can be found at every MSM organisation and also on Left wing blogs.Have a look at the screenshot below. Do you think the panel for a discussion about Palestine is balanced? Do you think that the topic for discussion is balanced or indeed accurate? Since when was Israel a part of Palestine? The entire premise of the discussion is that Israel does not exist despite the reality that it is a distinct and separate country.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a new media organisation that provides firstly just the facts and secondly opinion pieces from both sides of an issue?

More victims of paedophile ex-teacher come forward; scumbag gets more jail time

The teaching profession is starting to get a worse reputation than the Catholic Church for harbouring paedophiles.

A paedophile ex-teacher has had a year tacked on to his current jail term after four new victims came forward with stories of degrading abuse.

In November 2014, 80-year-old Stephen Gough was jailed for three and a half years after admitting nine sex charges against three girls and a boy between 1976 and 1987.

During the sentencing at Waitakere District Court, it was revealed the former west Auckland woodwork teacher would at times molest the victims as he read them bible passages.   Read more »

Bugger me with a wire brush: TPP doesn’t breach Treaty – Waitangi Tribunal

Well lookee here, that’s another TPPA myth busted:

The Waitangi Tribunal have ruled the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has not breached Treaty obligations.

However, the report raised a number of concerns, such as misjudging Maori interests and a lack of transparency on Maori advice.

New Zealand is one of 12 countries party to the free trade deal, which the Government claims will benefit the country by $2.7 billion a year by 2030.

The Treaty of Waitangi clause in the agreement should “provide a reasonable degree of protection to Maori interests”, the Tribunal said.    Read more »

Scumbag window washer intimidating drivers

The NZ Herald is reporting more troubles with window washer scumbags:

Police are now warning motorists not to pay window washers and to stay in their vehicles if approached.

Why aren’t the police warning windscreen washers they’ll be systematically rounded up and run out of town?

Why isn’t the council dealing with it as well. They are unlicensed hawkers.   Read more »

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As predicted the Dodgy Socialist Dam is going to turn into a bun fight at the ballot box

When Councils ride rough shod over ratepayers and the politicians vote with their wallets and not with the interests of those paying the bills there will be electoral consequences.

Hawkes Bay Regional Council has poured millions into a dodgy socialist dam proposal that simply doesn’t stack up economically or environmentally.

Now the push back is starting.

The battle over the Ruataniwha Dam project is moving to the ballot box.

Newly reelected Ngati Kahungunu chair Ngahiwi Tomoana says the iwi’s opposition to the $333 million scheme to irrigate part of central Hawke’s Bay has got wide support.

He says Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and its regional investment company aren’t listening to the wider community, which opposes the project of economic, cultural and environmental grounds.

The council is up for election in October.   Read more »

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