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Rules for some, rules for Labour party members

It is illegal to broadcast your voting intention, but that matters not to Clare Curran.

Labour MP Clare Curran has posted a picture of her invalid flag referendum vote online.

The MP for Dunedin South wrote “terrible process” on her vote, with each flag choice marked with a zero.

A picture of that vote was uploaded to her Facebook page on Tuesday night.

Curran was unrepentant about the move and expected her vote to be marked as invalid.

Voting was an important democratic right and she was not trying to influence how people voted, she said.

“I don’t like any of the flag options and I hate the process.”    Read more »

Karl du Fresne on the Auckland media ‘Priesthood’

I like Kark du Fresne’s writing, even though he has had a few cracks at me. That’s fine everyone is entitled to their opinions and he, at least, has some rationale behind his opinions.

An so it was with some interest that I read his thoughts on the ‘Auckland Media Priesthood’ as he calls it.

So while I take no credit for Braunias turning out the way he did (if my tutoring had been inspirational, others on the course would presumably have shone too), at least my judgment was vindicated.

I mention this episode because Braunias himself recalled it in a recent interview with an admiring Duncan Greive on the online news and commentary site The Spinoff.  But it’s what Braunias went on to say that interested me. Here’s the relevant passage, from the section of the interview in which Braunias talked about that journalism course:

“I couldn’t tell a news story. I had no nose in news. I didn’t have the hunger for it, or the gall. I just didn’t have what it takes whatsoever. I was just kind of a dimwit.

“The feature writing course, that was appealing and I kind of got saved there in a way. I got first place in the feature writing thing, and it was marked by a guy from theListenermagazine, Karl du Fresne. He became a bit of a shocking, right wing, redneck, reactionary goose. It was a bit of a shame that my saviour was writing opinions so inimical to me, and so awful to read.”

Braunias seems a bit conflicted here. He calls me his saviour, but in the same breath denounces me because of my supposedly loony right-wing views. The way he tells it, I was sagacious enough to recognise his talent, but then something mysterious happened that apparently fried my brain and turned me into a drooling right-wing imbecile. A goose, to be precise. Pardon me, but how does that work?

Let me attempt an explanation. In the circles Braunias moves in, namely the Auckland media priesthood, the only legitimate journalism is that which conforms to a left-wing template. Deviation is heresy and must be countered with scorn and ridicule.

The rationale is that if someone is right wing, it can only be because they’re stupid or nasty or both. (The term redneck, which Braunias used to describe me, unmistakeably implies rank ignorance as well as conservatism.) This is the smug, Pharisaical way in which members of the Auckland media elite dismiss any opinions that don’t concur with their own.

Braunias is not the only offender and certainly not the worst. Others include Russell Brown – Auckland’s leading prig – and former Listener editor Finlay Macdonald.

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Why won’t the Media party mention the war against Jews

There are hashtags for Charlie Hebdo, hashtags for Paris, candle lit vigils for victims of Islamic terrorism in western cities, but complete and utter silence, or at the least misleading stories, about the current war on Jews.

Gilead Ini writes at NY Post:

This week began as the last one ended — with more Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israeli Jews, and more dead. And yet, this information might surprise readers of The New York Times.

On Sunday, a 20-year-old Israeli woman was stabbed to death, another Israeli was rammed by a car and attacked with a knife and a third was assaulted by a knife-wielding teen affiliated with the Islamic Jihad terror group.

All three assailants were killed in the course of their attacks.

But the headline to the Times’ story about Sunday’s attacks did away with cause and effect, muddled victim and aggressor: “1 Israeli, 3 Palestinians Killed in Attacks in West Bank.” The online headline was later changed, but the print headline Monday morning was equally obtuse: “West Bank Faces Spate of Assaults That Kill 4.” The “West Bank” faced nothing. It was Israelis who faced assaults.

This was par for the course — and in some ways, even mild — for how the Times has covered the so-called “stabbing intifada,” the recent spate of Arab-on-Jewish murder.    Read more »

Rodney Hide boots Charles

Rodney Hide is done with Prince Charles, and  not without reason either.

That’s it: I am no longer faithful and true to the Queen’s heirs and successors. The Queen is an amazing woman, a living and breathing piece of history. I greatly admire her. She gives us no pain and a local president would likely prove problematic.

But Prince Charles is a royal trainwreck. He has torn it for me. He is too stupid and too whacky to be a king commanding respect.

It was his claim that the terror of Isis is the world’s fault for not dealing to climate change that did it.

He says if only we had listened to him – some 20 years ago – and de-industrialised – then gays would not be thrown off buildings, innocents would not be beheaded and the major cities of Europe not terrorised.

That’s a special sort of stupid.

The Prince was asked whether he saw a link between climate change, conflict and terrorism, to which he answered, “absolutely”.

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Australia v New Zealand / 3rd Test / Day 3


Muslim blood letting


Sonny Bill Williams tweeted the photo above to his followers.  It is him in the process of having blood sucked out of his body using a number of suction cups, as recommended by Muhammad no less.

Sunday Star Times reporter Adam Dudding decides to go try it out for himself…   Read more »

Mental Health Break

Flag change: Former PM backs current PM

Former Prime Minister Jenny Shipley, who led the National government between 1997 and 1999, has revealed she supported changing the flag to a silver fern during her time in office. …

“Do they need someone else to speak for them or can we, as New Zealanders, speak for ourselves? I expect to speak for myself,” Shipley said. “I am proud of where we’ve come from but I want my children certainly my two grandchildren who live here and one in Aussie, to speak from themselves. They don’t need Britain to speak for them.”

“I’ll be very disappointed if a young spirited, fleet-footed nation like this still has to clutch on to something that’s got a dubious past in its origin and speaks to a time where, frankly, it is completely irrelevant today. While our history is colonisation, I’m horrified to think that people would allow a colonial symbol to be part of the shadow that flies over us.”

Shipley said her support was nothing to do with backing her successor as National Party leader and prime minister, John Key.

It is interesting how different people see the current and various flags as meaning something quite different.  Shipley is clearly uncomfortable with the notion that New Zealand is a young, colonised, mostly British originated nation and wants to have that removed from the flag.   No matter that it is actually true, and history is what it is.   Read more »

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