He’s not the messiah, he is a very naughty boy

Colin Craig has gone all Monty Python.

Colin Craig has sent a personal letter to Conservative Party members to apologise about his behaviour and gauge whether he has the support to return as leader.

In the leaked letter, signed by Mr Craig and his wife Helen, the former party leader said he was “not a perfect man” and asked members for forgiveness.

It was sent to most of the party’s 10,000 members two weeks ago and asked them to respond about whether Mr Craig should “continue” or “give it away”.

The letter began by dismissing allegations that Mr Craig had sexually harassed former press secretary Rachael MacGregor.

“We assure you that this is not the case and allegations of this nature are false and have been withdrawn.

“Colin regrets hugely any point at which he has been at fault and Helen continues to support him 100 per cent.”

After admitting that some of his conduct with Ms MacGregor was inappropriate, Mr Craig wrote: “I sincerely apologise for the mistakes I have made as leader of the party you have supported. I am well aware that I am not a perfect man and I ask that you forgive me.”

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People who are critical and afraid are the real threat apparently

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According to journalist Julian Burnside, Islamophobia is more dangerous than terrorism. Liberals call it a phobia because they believe that it is not a rational fear. Julian Burnside’s article tries to convince her audience that people’s fear of Islam is not rational and that it is the new ” antisemitism.” It makes me really angry that she dares to use the word antisemitism in her argument when the ideology of Islam itself is deeply rooted in antisemitism.

The Islamophobia stirred up by Abbott and Bolt is a bigger threat to us than terrorism

…I have been criticised by several people I respect (and a few I do not respect) for a tweet last week in which I said, “Sorry to see Andrew Bolt stirring up Islamophobia today on his blog. People like Bolt and Abbott are the real threat to our way of life.”

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WARNING: Offensive Content

Martin Martyn Bradbury aka Wrongly Wrongson has come up with a brilliant idea:

I am suggesting MediaWorks a saviour – why pretend to be anything other than what Mark Weldon and Julie Christie really wants TV3 to be – an unquestioning mouthpiece for the National Government.

Put hate speech merchant and part time fascist Cameron Slater on with pretend journalist Rachel Glucina to host the 7pm timeslot and call it ‘Open wide’. Each weeknight Cam and Rach spit on poor people and laugh at books. Pebbles Hooper can join in half way through with fashion advice for the homeless which always ends in her making jokes about dead babies.

For MediaWorks they can drop the pretence of being a reputable news organisation and for Rachel, Cam and Pebbles, they get to do what they love, voice ill informed right wing nonsense which is so hip with the kids these days.

Between climate change denial and kissing John Key’s arse, they can cut the crap and get to the big issues like ‘why are feminists hairy trolls’, ‘why are Unionists commie scum’ and ‘why are Maori’s so smelly’.

It’s brilliant…but his name for the show is a bit gay.

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Countdown’s revolving door leadership

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Steve Donohue, running back to Australia

In March we farewelled Dave Chambers from Countdown, now it appears his replacement is buggering off to Australia as well.

Countdown issued a press release via Supermarket News:

COUNTDOWN has announced that Steve Donohue will be stepping down as Managing Director to  take up a new role within Woolworths Food Group, following his appointment as Director of Buying and Merchandising for Woolworths Supermarkets, based in Sydney.   Read more »

Which Unions Give What to Labour?

Not enough union cash is coming in

Not enough union cash is coming in

Continuing on from our series on Union funding of Labour, or more correctly union non funding of Labour, it is worth looking at which unions give to Labour and when. Since the MMP era began Labour’s donations from unions have been less than $700,000.

Somewhat surprisingly there is only one donation from a union that does not have a vote in the Labour Party leadership election and that was a long, long time ago before Unions had a vote in the Labour leadership race.  Read more »

Kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out

Politico has an article about the perceived strategy that Israel and the US are letting their enemies kill each other before moving to do anything.

As some see it, what’s happening now in the Mideast provides the best excuse the Israelis have had in a long time to just sit back and let their worst enemies rub each other out. Senior Israeli officials now view Hamas, the terror group that lobbed thousands of rockets at Israel last summer, as a potential bulwark against supporters of the Islamic State (Daesh in Arabic) in the Gaza Strip. This was the gist of a June 19 opinion piece by Efraim Halevi, former director of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, in the popular daily Yediot Ahronot.  Reports suggest that Israel is now even mulling a truce with Hamas, with one intended consequence being that the group would devote its energies to defeating Daesh.

True, it is likely that both of Israel’s foes could be badly bloodied. And that’s probably a positive. This was the Western calculus during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88). As Henry Kissinger reportedly quipped, “It’s a pity they both can’t lose.” But when the guns fell silent, neither country was defeated. And both emerged committed and able to destabilize the Middle East and threaten American interests.

The strategy was risky then and it’s risky now. Even so, it’s making a comeback. A growing gaggle of Western governments now appear to be altering their threat assessments of violent groups in an apparent effort to enlist them in the fight against the Islamic State.      Read more »

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Face of the day

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Today’s face of the day is Nicky Hager.

Police broke their undertaking not to use information seized from the home of Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager, the investigative journalist’s lawyer claims.

Officers acting on a complaint from blogger Cameron Slater, whose hacked emails were the source of much of Dirty Politics, seized electronic and other material in the early October search of Hager’s Wellington home.

Hager wants the High Court to review the police decision to get a search warrant and conduct the search. He says his information should not have been seized because it was covered by journalistic privilege.

-Stuff

Cameron Slater is a journalist yet Hager ‘ seized ‘ his private information and published it for profit. Why is it okay for him to use stolen,  personal information taken from a journalist (recognised by a High Court judge no less ) but it is a crime when his information is taken legally? Must be that liberal cognitive dissidence that I have heard so much about.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

otiose (form) – 1. Lazy; indolent.
2. Of no use; pointless or superfluous.
3. Ineffective; futile.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1794, “unfruitful, futile,” from Latin otiosus “having leisure or ease,unoccupied, idle, not busy” (source of French oiseux, Spanish ocioso, Italian otioso), from otium “leisure, free time, freedom from business,” of unknown origin. Meaning “at leisure, idle” is recorded from 1850. Compare Latin phrase otium cum dignitate “leisure with dignity.”

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 8

18I have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice.