Epic cartoon battles of history: Immigration

Today’s epic battle cartoon battle is about Immigration, both legal and illegal including “boat people.”

Let the battle begin…


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Compare and contrast Lisa Owen’s treatment of two individuals



I will declare my bias up front. Lisa Owen’s treatment of my husband when the Rawshark hacking story hit was appalling. He was the victim of a criminal act, a criminal hack and she constantly interrupted him and spoke to him as if he was a criminal rather than a victim. He was speaking from Israel and even though she knew it took a few seconds for her question to reach him she consistently would not give him time to reply and consistently cut him off. I don’t know how Cam remained calm under the circumstances but like David Seymour in this latest interview he did. Only a transcript of the interview is now showing on The Nation website. The video link has been removed.

Her latest investigation has her interviewing Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust chief executive John Tamihere and Education Under-Secretary David Seymour.  If you compare and contrast the two interviews it is incredibly obvious who she has cast as the victim and who she has cast as the criminal.  The way she speaks to Mr Seymour is disgusting. She lacks respect and keeps trying to frame the story the way she wants it to be, not the way it actually is. David even refers to her ” relentless negativity ” while being interviewed by her.

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Should the government interfere in lending conditions?

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The majority of our readers surveyed, believe that under certain circumstances the government should interfere in lending conditions. Only a small minority though, believe that lending conditions are the responsibility of the government.

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Another satirical magazine silenced by an extremist Islamist

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Cartoonist Renald Luzier is overcome with grief during a Press conference to launch the first issue of Charlie Hebdo after the terrorist attack that murdered all his fellow cartoonists

We all know how extremist Islamic terrorists  silenced the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by slaughtering  almost all of its cartoonists.  For a short period of time the remaining cartoonist continued to bravely mock Islam but eventually the strain was too much and they made a public declaration that Islam would be the only religion that the magazine would not satirise.

In an Islamic country that the media have repeatedly  held up as an example of moderate Islam, you would not expect a satirical magazine to be silenced.  In Turkey  however, in the wake of the failed coup by the army whose role is to keep  mosque and state separate, that is exactly what has happened.

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EXCLUSIVE: Why is Penny Webster claiming such high expenses?


One of the Auckland councillors who voted for the 9.9% rates rise, and is the target of the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance campaign against stupid council spending, Penny Webster, has some very, very interesting expense claims.

Somehow, Cr Webster managed to claim more than the Mayor, and about four-and-a-half times as much as other councillors. This is all according to Auckland Council’s own figures.

Under the requirements of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 details of elected member’s travel, accommodation, meals, mobile phone and other claimed expenses and allowances must be made available publicly. Auckland Council update this information every six months via their website.

Auckland Council have an expense policy describing the reimbursement of costs incurred by elected members carrying out legitimate council duties, including any travel and subsistence costs.   Read more »

They are asking the wrong question


As usual, media  in their article have missed the point. The question that they highlight is, does the Republican Party want gay members? The question that they and gay people should be asking is, which party will allow us to protect ourselves? Which party will allow us to arm ourselves? Which party will take decisive action to stand up for us against people who believe whom we love should be against the law or a death sentence?

Being a gay Republican: ‘Is this a party that even wants me?’

Gay, lesbian and transgender Republicans are grappling with their party’s many contradictions on gay rights, all of which have been on open display this week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Some days it’s hard for Christian Berle to reconcile being both a gay man and a Republican.

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Media focus on the unimportant, instead of the pressing issue of the day

In typical media fashion the focus was put on the unimportant instead of the pressing issue of the day in a recent article about British politician Boris Johnson. The purpose of the news conference was to discuss terrorism. During the discussions the US Secretary of State John Kerry asked a question about the things Boris has said in his past role as a journalist. The media of course made that small question and response the centerpiece of the article instead of focussing on the important stuff.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says it would take far too long for him to apologise for the “rich thesaurus” of rude comments and insults he has directed at world leaders and others over the years.

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Requirement for a 40% deposit will mean higher rents



From September 1st this year the Reserve Bank is going to put limits on how much investors can borrow. Their goal is to slow down the property market. They think that by preventing investors as well as owner occupiers from buying as many houses as they were able to before, they will achieve their goal. Loans to construct new buildings will be exempt.

* No more than 5 per cent of bank lending to residential property investors across New Zealand would be permitted with an LVR (loan-to-value ratio) of greater than 60 per cent (ie a deposit of less than 40 per cent).

* No more than 10 per cent of lending to owner-occupiers across New Zealand would be permitted with an LVR of greater than 80 per cent (ie a deposit of less than 20 per cent).


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French quote of the week

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Simon Bridges gets schooled in manners


Typical behaviour from a young third-term buffoon:

Transport Minister Simon Bridges ignored official advice to consult with councils before announcing he would allow electric cars to use bus lanes.

He now faces a backlash with one council indicating it won’t implement the policy and another considering whether to enforce it.

Documents from the Ministry show he was told it would be “important to discuss” the measure before making any form of announcement on the Government’s high-profile, multimillion-dollar bid to get more New Zealanders into electric cars. Read more »