Politics as Combat

Andrew C. McCarthy writes at National Review Online about politics as combat.

It has come to this after six years of Barack Obama’s Chicago-style community-organizer governance: The hard Left no longer believes it necessary to pretend that the rule of law matters. It is politics as combat. The devolution can be measured from the trumped-up indictment of Tom DeLay to the trumped-up indictment of Rick Perry.

Back in 2005, the idea of exploiting prosecutorial power to criminalize one’s political opposition was still sufficiently noxious that Democrat apparatchiks in Austin understood the need for camouflage. Tom DeLay of Texas was among the GOP’s most effective leaders and fundraisers, having risen to congressional leadership not long after he helped Newt Gingrich lead the 1994 GOP takeover of the House. Democrats decided he had to be sidelined. They also knew they had the raw power to make it happen: a political operative ensconced as the chief prosecutor in a reliably Democratic county. In politics as combat, raw power is all you need — just cause has nothing to do with it.

But nine years ago, it was still unacceptable for the rub-out to look too much like a rub-out. It was not possible to charge DeLay with the non-crime of raising money for Republican candidates — his real offense as far as his adversaries were concerned. So he was indicted for a convoluted money-laundering scheme.

You may have noticed that the political left is using similar tactics here…legal challenges by Graham McCready exclusively against right wing politicians…and now dirty, illegal hacking against the voices that speak against their politics.    Read more »

Attempts to undermine Whaleoil financial vialbility continue

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Hacked from Martyn’s Daily Love and Truth blog:   Read more »

Maritime Union continues to break the law. Time for deregistration?

When is the Societies Registrar going to act against the Maritime Union.

MUNZ  has once again failed to file annual accounts.

With Ports of Auckland filing their annual report MUNZ have still not filed their 2013  Financial reports.    Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images A Tucker Sno-Cat in the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition encounters a slight problem with a crevasse – 1957

Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images
A Tucker Sno-Cat in the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition encounters a slight problem with a crevasse – 1957

Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition

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Trougher trying to rewrite past

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For the past week every MSM has ‘invited’ me to comment on the stolen contents of Hagar’s book.

One I was tempted to do was TVNZ’s Marae this coming Sunday at 10am. The main reason was it involves a face-to-face with one of the original troughers I exposed back in 2009 – Shane Kawenata Frederick Bradbrook.

Some may recall the series I ran about Shane Kawenata Frederick Bradbrook.

Exclusive: Te Reo Marama and Maori Smoking – Troughing 101 showed how Te Reo Marama had a damning 88 page audit report against it by the Ministry of Health and how Shane Kawenata Frederick Bradbrook saw fit to expend some $77,000 on international travel in just 3 years,  visited Chicago, USA in June 2000, Helsinki, Finland in August 2003, Hawaii, USA in November 2005, New York in April 2006, Washington DC in July 2006, Cairns, Australia in November 2006, Bangkok, Thailand in July 2007, Hawaii again in Oct 2007, Broome, Australia in Nov 2007, Hawaii again!!! in May 2008, and Melbourne and Tuvalu in the same month, Durban South Africa in Nov 2008, Mumbai, India in March 2009, Perth, Australia in May 2009 and finally Darwin just recently in October 2009. Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Tell him he’s Dreaming

David Cunliffe reckons he is going to hang on to the leadership after losing the election.

David Cunliffe would like to remain Labour leader and take the party into 2017 election, even if the party loses at the September 20 election.

“In general and with any new leader you go through a learning curve,” he said.

“I think there is a very strong argument that it would be a waste of time, energy and resources to go through that process and start again.”

Asked if he planned to stay on, no matter what the result, he said he did, “unless I feel like I have done such a bad job that it would be in the interests of the party for me not to put myself forward – if that questions arises.”

Doesn’t he know Robbo is doing the work rounding up caucus and the unions?   Read more »

Bill English is a pious hypocrite

Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Some days ago Bill English was piously claiming that he would never do anything dirty like talk to a blogger.

This came as a huge surprise as anyone that has been around the National Party for as long as I have knows all sorts of exceptionally dodgy stuff Bill English has done in the past to get his own way. The stories are endless and probably should come out.   Read more »

Phil Goff is a liar, but then we already knew that

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I’ve stayed out of the drama yesterday.  It is clear that the media aren’t interested in the truth right now.  Much more fun joining the opposition MPs in the absolute barrage of lies masquerading as news.

In the end, Phil Goff’s day came to a bit of a nasty end as John Key told everyone why exactly Goff was off his rocker.

But it took a  lawyer to spot the true own goal made by Phil Goff last night:   Read more »

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Herald spins up latest poll, but Nats can still govern alone despite left wing smears

Last night Audrey Young spun up a dramatic fall in John Key’s popularity despite him still at an all time high.

Travel and Lifestyle blogger David Farrar in a rare political post explains just how silly the Herald were with their prognostications.

This morning they release the latest poll and National can still govern alone but that didn’t stop them talking about a big fall.

Never mind the previous poll was way too high.

National has taken a hit in the first poll since Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics was released but the Greens, not Labour, are the big winners so far.

Labour, in fact, has dropped a little – 1.3 points to 25.2 per cent – although leader David Cunliffe’s popularity has risen.

The Greens have jumped 3.8 points to 13.7 per cent which would give them 18 MPs, boosting their numbers by four. National has fallen by 4.9 points to 50 per cent.

There has been a marked fall in the numbers who think the country is heading in the right direction, down from 57 to 51.1 per cent. National would still be able to govern alone based on this poll, whether or not its current support partners, the Maori Party, Act and United Future, were returned.

New Zealand First polls just under the 5 per cent threshold at 4.7 per cent and would not be returned to Parliament on this poll result, although several recent polls have the party just over it.

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