Norway makes one step forward and two steps back

Today I read about how the government of Norway( despite public opposition to their decision) deported 824 Muslims. According to many different reports on the internet this resulted in a 30-31% decrease in violent crime. Reading this made me think that if such an unpopular decision had such measurable and pleasing results that it would enable the Government to make more sensible non politically correct decisions to protect its country.

Unfortunately they are not consistent in their decisions as a man I would consider public enemy number one in Norway was not deported back to Iraq because he risks the death penalty there.

Mullah Krekar (original name: Najmeddine Faraj Ahmad) is a Kurd who moved from Iraq to Norway in 1991

Mullah Krekar (original name: Najmeddine Faraj Ahmad) is a Kurd who moved from Iraq to Norway in 1991

This is a man who has spoken at length about how he and Islam supports murdering anyone who burns a Koran or draws a cartoon of Muhammad. This is a man who in 2012 was sentenced to 5 years in prison for making repeated death threats against Norwegian politicians and kurds if they pursued certain civil actions against him. This is a man who ..

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One Labour MP got 1/6th of all the funds raised

… Labour MP Stuart Nash was the … biggest recipient of donations, declaring he received $99,000 last year.

He said that was the key to his success in winning the Napier electorate – and in being the only candidate to win a seat back from National.

“The majority of the money actually went on full page ads in our community weekly and Napier mail,” he said.

Mr Nash said money was not the only thing needed to run a successful campaign but it was incredibly important.

“Would I have won without that level of money and level of support? Possibly. But this certainly made it a lot easier because we were able to build a profile.”

In total, Labour’s 71 candidates raised just over $604,000 in donations – less than half that of National’s candidates.

71 candidates got $604,000 – about $8500 on average.  Or, if you take Nash’s lot out and divide by 70… $7214 per candidate.   That’s just really, really sad.   No wonder they’re all looking at Nash and going “what the hell?”.   Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union do what Labour can’t

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The Taxpayers’ Union have landed a beauty, with this morning’s Herald covering their exposure of a IT screw up that’s set to cost taxpayers four times Novopay.

How the hell Labour didn’t pick up on this first I’ve got no idea.

The TU press statement says:

“The latest tax bill introduced to Parliament last week proposes that a number of child support measures enacted in 2013 be repealed because of this cost blowout.  The original cost estimate to implement the 2013 reform was $30 million. That’s now $210 million. The cost of the U-turn is forecast to cost at least $163 million.”

“$163 million is an extraordinary cost, more than $100 for every New Zealand household. Not a single dollar of that amount goes to vulnerable kids or struggling families.”

“The officials say that the majority of the higher cost is the depreciation and capital charge associated with the capital expenditure. That’s bureaucratic code for an IT cost blow out.”

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Concrete Cancer Cover-up, Ctd – Did Nick Smith mislead parliament?

The concrete cancer cover-up fiasco affecting New Zealand’s $400 million concrete sector has taken another turn with the Minister for Building and Housing Nick Smith now looking like having misled Parliament.

Under questioning from Winston Peters, the Minister for Building  and Housing Nick Smith initially covered off his statements by saying that “I have been assured by officials”.

But Ministers have to satisfy themselves that the answers they’re getting from officials are right – otherwise they get caught out.

So when Nick Smith gets cocky and thinks he knows best, he gets held to account.

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Sources inside the industry have told Whaleoil of  a ‘WTF’ moment when they heard Nick Smith say this, and are now asking who is advising the Minister on this issue.

If he was getting good advice, he would not have told Parliament that “high alkali cement is allowed under New Zealand cement standard” – a statement that is likely to come back to haunt Nick Smith for the simple reason it is just wrong.   Read more »

Apparently all of you are “nutjobs and losers”

The Rural News column “The Hound” thinks all of the readers of this site are “nutjobs and losers”.

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Face of the day

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I follow local charity SmileDial on Facebook. What they do to help children and their families is inspiring. Today’s face of the day is one of two gutsy boys who did what I will never do. He jumped out of an airplane. I am way too scared to ever do anything like that but these two despite feeling scared did it. Well done boys you rock!

 

ASB Bank & SmileDial Breaking Boundaries Free Falling Event”
1st March 2015

Due to an amazing donation from ASB Bank we have been able to provide some awesome SmileDial kids with some amazing adventures. Yesterday two kids Broke the Boundaries and skydived from 12 000 feet above Canterbury.

One of the kids decided very soon after lift off in the plane that he was not keen and asked the plane to land. After speaking with his parents it was decided he would stay in the plane to the jump height and then he could decide if he would jump or come down in the plane(it was his decision to make and there was no pressure). We all watched anxiously from the ground as we saw the first kid exit the plane, about 10 seconds later we saw the next kid jump, a HUGE roar erupted from the crowd including his family and friends, he had done it.

This is what these Breaking Boundary events are for, we want to take kids to the edge of their comfort zones and support them as they break the boundaries. We want to show them that their special needs do not define who they are or what they can do, there are no limits except those they believe are there. Yesterday two kids broke the boundaries and today maybe they are a little more confident and without a doubt will be very proud of what they achieved.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

zebrinny (noun) – A cross between a male horse and a female zebra.

Source : The Fine Dictionary

Etymology : A name given by Professor E. C. Ewart to a hybrid between a stallion and a female zebra.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 2

15 Their actions are crooked, and their ways are wrong.

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