Sledge of the Day

John Key monsters David Cunliffe in the house…and boy did The Cunliffe not like it.

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Wasting the courts time and taking Maori Language week too far

There is something plain silly about this case where a ratbag idiot is insisting on having his case heard in maori.

A judge has set aside two days for a court hearing so it can be conducted in Maori.

Christchurch horseman Richard Hayden, 46, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of leaving his horse in a public place with reckless disregard for people’s safety, after it was involved in a car crash in April.

The case went to a case review hearing before Judge Emma Smith in the Christchurch District Court today. Hayden has already been given approval for the trial to take place in Maori.  Read more »

First it was for being a man, now it is for taking a holiday, Cunliffe apologises again

David Cunliffe is a pathetic half man and has now developed a habit of apologising.

A couple of weeks ago it was for being a man and now he is apologising for taking a holiday.

Labour leader David Cunliffe says he would not have gone on his skiing holiday had he known how bad the polls were for Labour at the time and has also decided only to focus on major policies – including appearing to distance himself from Labour’s new animal testing policy.

Mr Cunliffe has spent the day dealing with a new spat of leadership speculation following a string of bad polls and criticism of him.

He emerged from his first caucus meeting since those polls saying he took responsibility for his part in them, including an acknowledgement that his “I’m sorry I’m a man” statement on domestic violence had misfired, although he said he did not resile from his statement on domestic violence.

Mr Cunliffe also said caucus had not criticised him over his decision to take a holiday last week “but with the information I now have about movement in the polls, which I didn’t have when I made that decision, I would have made a different decision”.

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David Shearer dead wrong on Fiji…again

David Shearer has opened his mouth and spouted more nonsense about Fiji and human rights.

Radio New Zealand reported:

The New Zealand Labour Party says it will raise the Fiji police’s closure of an investigation into alleged beating and torture of prisoners by security personnel at the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on Thursday.

A nine-minute video released on the internet last year shows a handcuffed man being beaten with batons and metal bars by men in plain clothes with one man being set upon by a dog as its handler urges the animal on.

The Police Chief of Operations, Rusiate Tudravu, confirmed the case had been closed but declined to explain what prompted the police decision.

Labour’s spokesperson for foreign affairs, David Shearer, says the contents of the video and the closing of the case are travesties against basic human rights and action must be taken.

“It’s appalling that they’ve just closed the investigation. If the Fijians want to be seen as a democratic player in upholding human rights, these sorts of reviews need to be seen through to their conclusion, and we need to have recommendations and people brought to account.”

There is a massive problem with that story, from Shearer’s point of view and for Radio New Zealand in reporting it.

It is flat out wrong as you can see from reporting at Fiji Village.

The investigation into the alleged brutality video case has not been closed as Fiji’s Police Commissioner Major General Ben Groenewald confirmed to Fiji Village today.

The Police Commissioner has today revealed that the investigation regarding the alleged brutality video posted online remains under investigation.

Major General Ben Groenewald said earlier comments by Police that the matter was closed referred to advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions concerning possible charges against the person responsible for uploading the video.

He stresses that no final decision has yet been made relating to other allegations concerning the video.

Groenewald said once the investigation is complete the file will be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a decision.

Police Chief of Operations, ACP Rusiate Tudravu had earlier said that the case is closed and he will not make any further comments.

Also what Radio New Zealand and David Shearer forget is that these ratbags who the Police apprehended had previously escaped from Suva Prison and went on a rampage robbing, assaulting and destroying property fro over a week.

They were violent thugs who caused a great deal of fear and anguish in SUva while on the run.

If they got a bit of a tickle up in the back of a ute then very few Fijians especially those in Suva would have cared very much at all.

- Radio New Zealand, Fiji Village

The Middle East problem explained

This is probably the most important video about Israel ever made.

The Middle East conflict is framed as one of the most complex problems in the world. But, in reality, it’s very simple. Israelis want to live in peace and are willing to accept a neighboring Palestinian state.

And most Palestinians do not want Israel to exist.

As Dennis Prager explains, this is really all you need to know.

In 5 minutes, understand how Israel was founded, and how, since that auspicious day in 1948, its neighbors have tried to destroy it, again and again.

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Face of the day

RIP Edwin Linder

RIP Edwin Linder

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Daily Proverb

Proverbs 22

6Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

Tuesday nightCap

I’m an albino Cambodian

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Turns you, you can make an apology for other people.  If you do it right