Bill Maher: “I see a lot of people talking about guns who don’t know sh*t about guns”

Breitbart reports:

HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher criticized liberals “who don’t know sh*t about guns” for speaking about gun control and criticized recent gun control pushes as “a little bit elitist and a little bit racist,” on Friday.

Maher said, “[D]oes it really matter if we are banning certain guns? Because, I see that the liberals, they talk about guns — now, I’m not a gun expert, but I see a lot of people talking about guns who don’t know sh*t about guns. I know a little about — it’s like when the pope talks about vaginas, you know. And that’s when the conservatives stop listening. Like, I know a lot of them think that AR-15. ‘AR’ stands for ‘assault rifle.’ It doesn’t. and it’s not an assault rifle. It’s not an automatic weapon. Those are illegal. There are a lot of weapons they’re not even talking about banning that basically do the same thing as an AR-15, because you have to squeeze each round.”

Maher added, “[T]he Washington Post says in 2015, 39 deaths from mass shootings. Now, of course, we should say, any death is too many, blah, blah, blah. But, let’s get real. A lot of this is a little bit elitist and a little bit racist, like you were starting to say. It’s like when shootings happen to white people in nice places.”

Maher later said that there is gun control legislation he supports, and that he stops listening, “When it starts with the democrats with, ‘Well, I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.’” And agreed the “glorification” of guns should be taken out of the American psyche.

The same applies to Greg O’Connor, he should be ignored, his submission on the gun inquiry was ridiculous, it was probably ghost written by Rob Ngamoki, the fool the Police use as their “expert” witness.

You can’t stop criminals obtaining guns through legislation. They are criminals because they ignore laws.

 

– Breitbart

A nation of bludgers, tax credits and subsidies

The opposition likes to hate on the rich, wanting to tax them even harder. Unfortunately there aren’t enough of them to do that, and furthermore 40% of this country don’t even pay any taxes once you include all their subsidies.

More than one in four households are contributing nothing to New Zealand’s tax take.

A table from Finance Minister Bill English’s office shows 663,000 households – or 40 per cent – receive more in tax credits and other benefits than they pay in tax. Thousands more are neutral contributors, or are close to it.

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[T]he top 3 per cent of individual income earners, earning more than $150,000 a year, pay 24 per cent of all tax received.

Mark Keating, a senior lecturer in tax at the University of Auckland Business School, said the idea of “net tax” – the amount paid after credits and benefits were deducted – was hard for some people to get their heads around.   Read more »

A stupid argument that fails the logic test

The Remainers who lost are wailing up a storm. Never since the end of World War 2 silenced the air raid sirens has there been so much noise.

One of the arguments being used to abuse those who voted to leave is that older people inflicted their grumpiness on the younger generation who are going to have to live with the consequences long after the old bastards have departed.

Of course, they forget that the oldies they deride were young in 1975 when they voted to join the EU. They, more than anyone else voting, know what an abject failure the EU has been for the United Kingdom. Many of them have probably fought in wars so the whinging young could whinge without living under the jackboot of Nazi Germany.

But the real problem for these whining young people is they simply don’t vote, and therefore have only their indolence to blame. But they are young, they’ve learned that nothing is their fault, and they can blame others…and whinge some more.

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Mental Health Break

Kerre “party girl” McIvor fears retirement and poverty

Occasionally, when I pick up the tab for younger colleagues or friends, they remonstrate with me. “No, no,” they say. “Let’s divide the bill equally.”

“Leave it,” I say. “It’s a form of compulsory saving. When I’m old and living in a council flat and sharing cat food with my moggy for dinner, pay me back then.”

I’m only half joking. The thought of being old and poor terrifies me – but only now that I’m getting older.

When I started work at 17, I didn’t give retirement a thought. I’d only just started my working life. I was more concerned about getting through my probationary period as a reporter and surviving on the pittance I was paid, than about planning for life in my 60s and 70s.

When I decided it was time to woman up to my responsibilities, I was lucky to land a great job. The Irishman and I gave up the drink and devoted ourselves to paying off the mortgage as quickly as possible.

As much as it pained me, the bulk of our combined salary went on eye-wateringly dull things like mortgage repayments and income protection and insurance.

When you have family to look after and you finally accept that one day you may indeed be old, you do what’s right and sensible.

But even now, I have no idea how to plan for the retirement I want. My dad died at 60. My maternal grandmother lived until 99 and my mother shows every sign of following suit. Read more »

Map of the Day

Hide mocks National for just one more little tax

The Government now wants to charge us to drive during peak times. Our fault, apparently.

We are not spreading our road use through the day and the new charge is designed to make us do that.

Minister of Transport Simon Bridges says building more roads won’t solve the problem. That’s because we would just fill them up.

It’s hard, though – they are such a good way to get about.

The new rationing policy is called Variable Network Pricing (VNP). Its purpose is to price some of us off the road. Those who use the roads must pay for each kilometre driven.

Those priced off will have to stay at home, drive off-peak or use some other form of transport.

The VNP will need to be high to make it work. Read more »

Listen up Lefties

Just days after voting to leave the European Union, more than 2 million Britons and UK residents have signed a petition calling for a second vote, forcing MPs to at least consider a debate on the issue.

Parliament has to consider a debate on any petition posted on its website that attracts more than 100,000 signatures.

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Moko’s manslaughterers face sentencing tomorrow

Moko Rangitoheriri

Moko Rangitoheriri

That face will haunt this country for generations to come.

It’s been more than 10 months since the death of three-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri — and now, the caregivers who killed him are about to be sentenced for manslaughter.

How dare they even describe those animals as “caregivers”?

On Monday morning, Tania Shailer and David Haerewa will find out their punishment for beating the toddler so badly that he eventually died on August 10, 2015.

The pair had been asked to look after Moko and his seven-year-old sister while their mother, Nicola Dally-Paki, was at Starship Hospital caring for one of her other children.

Instead, they tortured Moko so terribly that when it came time for Ms Dally-Paki to identify the toddler’s body in the morgue, she could not even recognise her son.

Coroner Wallace Bain is overseeing the inquest into Moko’s death, and has compared it to the tragic death of Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie eight years ago.

Ms Dally-Paki says her young daughter was the first person to tell her about the horrific abuse Moko had suffered.

“She told me that Moko was locked in the bathroom for two weeks. She’d tried to stay home from school to try and feed my son, ’cause they were starving him,” Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Scan-76-e1441226008163Busting Out of Mexico

It Couldn’t Happen This Way In A Million Years

But It Did!

When the American inmates at Piedras Negras talked to Blake Davis, they sometimes caught themselves staring at the jagged, reddened scar that under­lined the ridge of his jaw. Blake Davis was ebullient, powerfully built, well liked by the other Americans. Even in moments of discouragement he some­how managed a rueful smile. “Next week” was always the time of Blake’s anticipated departure from the Piedras Negras jail. He always had a scam.

Blake did not mind talking about his scar. He said he’d been arrested near Saltillo and charged with transporting 175 pounds of marijuana. For three weeks, Blake said, he was strapped naked to a bed while federales interro­gated him, until finally he signed a Spanish confession he could not read. While he was in prison at Saltillo, Blake claimed he bribed a warden for $2000, but when the tunneling started the war­den alerted the guards. Blake said he unwisely cried foul; the warden referred the matter to Mexican inmates who set upon Blake with crude knives and razor blades. Hence the scar. Blake’s tale of horror did not rate him special privileges in the Piedras Negras seniority system. When he was transferred there in Au­gust 1975, like all other new arrivals he took a seat on the floor.

When a Mexican attorney arranged his transfer from Saltillo, Blake thought he was destined for a federal prison in Piedras Negras called Penal. But Mexi­can officials claimed Penal was over­crowded, and they blamed Americans for a November 1974 breakout in which 24 prisoners tunnelled to freedom. Blake Davis was thus assigned to the Piedras Negras municipal jail. Inside the jail were five cells for men, one cell for women, and a drunk tank, each of which measured eight feet by nine. The win­dowless cells contained four bunks, a toilet, a water faucet, and from six to twelve sweating, panting, claustrophobic prisoners. Mexican national inmates were eventually transferred to Penal, but the Americans waited for enough seniority to occupy one of the bunks. When they moved around their cells they shuffled. They never breathed fresh air, never saw the sky.

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