Seriously folks I’m starting to think that time travel exists. It’s either that or she is a vampire.
“Mana Newsâ€ť (thatâ€™s the website with the political party name in itâ€™s name) is trying to claim the Taxpayersâ€™ Union isnâ€™t politically independent.
In a blog post presumably written by Wrongly-Wrongson Martin-Martyn, it has called on the NZ Taxpayers Unionâ€™s Chief Executive Jordan Williams to resign because he hasnâ€™t complained about National MPs which wasted money Â 4 years before the organisation existed! Â Read more »
DeludedÂ and political retards is the only description that suits the Mana party.
After losing an election, their only MP and everything else after their association with the Kaiser of Coatesville, they are now contemplating going again with the toxic German, though i’m not sure how in 2017 he will help them from a 6×9 cell in Leavenworth.
The Mana Movement is planning for the 2017 election and Kim Dotcom could be involved, leader Hone Harawira says.
Mr Harawira lost his Te Tai Tokerau seat to Labour’s Kelvin Davis and Mana’s alliance with the Dotcom backed Internet Party only gained 1.26 per cent of the party vote in September’s election.
Mr Harawira said people from across the country had attended a Mana planning meeting during the weekend.
“People are keen,” he told TVNZ’s Marae programme.
“They really want to go hard for 2017, but right now it’s about identifying key dates, key activities and being involved in things like community events wherever we are so that Mana maintains its relevance to the people.” Â Â Read more »
Some of what I told TV3 earlier today, for those who need to catch up
Prime Minister John Key has had further contact with Cameron Slater since Monday night’s text message chat about the Security Intelligence Service’s (SIS) release of documents to the blogger in 2011.
Slater has confirmed to 3 News he had to provide Mr Key with the text messages so his office could make them public.
“I provided them to him because he doesn’t keep his texts, and he requested that I provide the texts and I sent them through,” says Slater.
In the exchange, which Mr Key initially told Parliament didn’t take place but later backtracked to confirm it had, Slater claims Phil Goff leaked the report in full, that Labour chief of staff Matt McCarten was behind the hacking of his computer that led to Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, and that he has evidence his political opponents “tried to kill” him.
Rawshark isÂ a bastardisation of Rorscharch.
Rorscharch being one of the
MarvelÂ DC Comics maskedÂ villains of course. Â One of theÂ Watchmen.
So colour me surprised when Josh Forman picks “The Comedian” as his secret name. Â Read more »
National is entering a new phase with it no longer able to set the timetable when it comes to when information is released. Â Reacting to a secondÂ leak in less than a week, National’s released its draft policy over the weekend. Â And none of the framing they would normally be able to do in the run-up of such a release has been able to be used, so everyone’s looking at it kinda raw
The changes were a response to the growing risk of radicalised fighters returning to New Zealand to carry out domestic attacks.
Mr Key said in a statement: “As I said earlier this month, New Zealand’s risk and threat profile is changing and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been successful in recruiting New Zealanders to its cause.”
New Zealand’s domestic threat level was raised from very low to low last month, meaning a terrorist attack was possible but not likely.
Government has drawn up a watchlist of between 30 and 40 people “of concern in the foreign fighter context”.
The legislation’s key changes were:
â€˘ Extending the period the Minister of Internal Affairs can cancel a passport to up to three years from the existing law’s 12 months.
â€˘ Giving the Minister of Internal Affairs the power to temporarily suspend passports for up to 10 working days in urgent cases.
â€˘ Allowing the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) to carry out video surveillance on private properties for the purpose of observing activities of security concern, modelled on the Police’s powers in the Search and Surveillance Act
â€˘ Allowing the NZSIS to conduct emergency surveillance for up to 48 hours prior to the issue of a warrant, with the approval of its Director and subject to the oversight of the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security. Read more »
I see Laila Harre is going on The Nation this weekend.
This weekend on The Nationâ€¦ Laila Harre breaks her post-election silenceâ€¦ the veteran activist of the left fronts up on the future of the Internet Party, her own leadership, and whatâ€™s next for her.
Most likely it will be promoting the thing her and her sister are doing.
I also see that Matthew Hooton is adding commentary. I hope that both him and Laila have declared that they are about to jet off to Colorado on a skiing holiday together.
It really should be declared if you are going to provide commentary about her. Â Read more »
Wrongly Wrongson, the blogger formerly known as Martyn Martin Bradbury, got all his predictions dead wrong in the last NZ general election.
But it seems he has taken his own particular brand of wrong punditry and been moonlighting with the Democrats in the US.
The Washington Examiner looks at some of the left wing shibboleths and Democratic myths that they clung to, which resulted in their defeat in the mid-term elections.
As Democratic losses mounted in Senate races across the country on election night, some liberal commentators clung to the idea that dissatisfied voters were sending a generally anti-incumbent message, and not specifically repudiating Democratic officeholders. But the facts of the election just don’t support that story.
Voters replaced Democratic senators with Republicans in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia and likely in Alaska, and appear on track to do so in a runoff next month in Louisiana. At the same time, voters kept Republicans in GOP seats in heavily contested races in Georgia, Kansas and Kentucky. That is at least 10, and as many as a dozen, tough races, without a single Republican seat changing hands. Tuesday’s voting was a wave alright â€” a very anti-Democratic wave.
In addition to demolishing the claim of bipartisan anti-incumbent sentiment, voters also exposed as myths five other ideas dear to the hearts of Democrats in the last few months:
1) The election wouldn’t be a referendum on President Obama. “Barack Obama was on the ballot in 2012 and in 2008,” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in late October. “The candidates that are on the ballot are Democratic and Republican candidates for Congress.” Of course, that was true, but Republicans from New Hampshire to Alaska worked tirelessly to put the president figuratively on the ballot. And they succeeded.
Every day on the stump, Republican candidates pressed the point that their Democratic opponents voted for the Obama agenda nearly all the time. “Kay Hagan has voted for President Obama’s failed partisan agenda 95 percent of the time,” said Thom Tillis, who defeated the incumbent Democrat in North Carolina. Mark Pryor “votes with Barack Obama 93 percent of the time,” said Tom Cotton, who defeated the incumbent Democrat in Arkansas. “Mark Udall has voted with [Obama] 99 percent of the time,” said Cory Gardner, who defeated the incumbent Democrat in Colorado.
On Election Day, nearly 60 percent of voters told exit pollsters they were dissatisfied or angry with the Obama administration. In retrospect, there was no more effective campaign strategy for Republicans running in 2014 than to tie an opponent to the president.
Whoopsy…got that dead wrong.Â Read more »
The Cameron Slater that started blogging 9 years ago was sick, angry and lashing out. Â What he wrote was vile, upsetting and visceral. Â Yet there was a constant kernel of truth and a continuous provision of information and insights into the political process you could never get anywhere else. Â A small audience began to grow.
As was the thing, back in the day, allowing non-moderated comments to appear was part of the deal. Â It was a point of pride.
The theory was that smart readers would realise that the views of commenters were not those of the blog or its operator. Â And Cam personally felt (and still does, if we’re to be honest), that free speech is sacrosanct to the point where he would allow anything to be written.
The problem was that he assumed readers would not connect those comments to him, and instead judgeÂ only the writer of such comments.
It’s no secret that since I’ve gotten involved, I’ve been busy mainstreaming Cameron Slater. Â Knocking the rough edges off. Â Making him sleep on things for another day before putting ‘pen to paper’. Â That certainly improved the general acceptability of the blog, and the audience grew. Â But we seemed to be hitting another barrier.
Apparently the Electoral Commission has sent out some letters to people who voted but were not enrolled to do so. Â As a result, their vote didn’t count. Â As you know, Martyn Martin Bradbury was on the electoral roll twice, so he is well placed to comment on electoral voting irregularities.