Racism

NZ First is a racist party. No it’s not. Yes it is. Eh?

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On page 3 of Bay of Plenty Times (28 August) the NZ First¬†candidate is quoted saying, “The only parties we won’t work with are¬†ones with race based policies …”

On the same page, in the article below, the NZ First leader repeated his criticism of foreigners buying NZ land and assets.

Isn’t a foreigner typically someone from a different race or ethnic¬†background? Wasn’t Winston’s recent outburst over the Lochinver sale¬†because the buyers were Chinese? ¬† Read more »

The Letter on Epsom and Media bias

The reason John Key said last week ‚ÄúI am encouraging Epsom voters to support he ACT candidate‚ÄĚ is because in the latest Roy Morgan poll ACT winning Epsom makes John Key PM.¬†¬†

It is the same reason Internet Party leader Laila Harre and John Minto have urged their supporters to vote National to defeat David Seymour. 

After wondering why John Key has not done a deal with the Conservatives, Colin Craig¬† then tries to help Labour in Epsom.¬† John Key did look hard at an accommodation with the Conservatives but decided the fruit loops are unelectable. If Colin Craig had door knocked on 10,000 doors in East Coast Bays, like David Seymour has done in Epsom, the answer might have been different.¬† If Colin had not told us all that it is a ‚Äúno brainer‚ÄĚ Christine Rankin would stand in Upper Harbour against Hon Paula Bennett, then we might not think it is brainless for her to stand in Epsom.¬†

By Writ Day she will be the candidate for Mangere.   

The whole show is run by an egocentric political amateur.  If he really wanted to make change, he should have realised by now that getting the right people in the job would have been much more effective than trying to be the Conservative Winston Peters.

Because Winston Peters he is not. ¬†He doesn’t have the wit, the street smarts, the aura and the most basic knowledge to survive in the political arena.

In fact, had Colin Craig put all that money into a trust and put someone in place to manage it for the benefit of children, or education, or specific research, he would have done much more for the community. ¬†As it is, he’s made ad agencies, pollsters and printers very very happy. ¬† Read more »

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Face of the day

Today’s face of the day is a face from the past.

The face of a woman who survived the Holocaust and is still alive today. Her story is so bizarre that it is hard to believe that it is fact not fiction as the irony of what happened is just incredible.

An 80-year-old Jewish woman has revealed the astonishing story of how she came to front a Nazi party propaganda campaign in the 1930s after her baby picture was selected by the party as the “ideal Aryan” child.

- http://www.itv.com/news

Aryan:¬† In colloquial English, the word has been adopted in accordance with Nazi racial theory’s appropriation of the term to describe persons corresponding to the “Nordic” physical ideal of Nazi Germany (the “master race” ideology).[n 1]

- Wiki

The Jewish Baby who won the most beautiful Aryan Baby Contest in

The Jewish Baby who was the poster child of the Nazis.

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Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Hessy Levinsons Taft
Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Justin Bieber in trouble for racist joke, perhaps he should just claim it was racist day

Justin Bieber is in trouble for using the “N-word” when telling a racist joke.

Perhaps he should just claim that it was “Racist Day” like Kim Dotcom did, the media will gloss over it and ignore it then. ¬†It certainly hasn’t hurt Dotcom to call African-American musicians niggers.

Then again there is a video of the whole episode for Justin Bieber…I wonder if there is one of Kim ranting with racist statements?

Pop singer Justin Bieber has come under fire after a video has emerged of him using the the N-word in a racist joke.

The footage, which was exclusively obtained by The Sun, shows the 20-year-old grinning while using the highly offensive term in an attempt to make his friends laugh.

Justin, who appears to be a number of years younger in the video, can be heard asking his friends ‚ÄėWhy are black people afraid of chainsaws?‚Äô

Justin, whose mentor Usher is African American, then started making the noise of the chainsaw¬† and concluded his ‚Äėjoke‚Äô with ‚Äė Run n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****.‚Äô

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Brits debate closing borders to immigrants that are a “burden”

Immigration is a hot topic all over the world.  The have-nots are coming to get the good life without having earned it.  Frequently they also then bring with them the problems that they supposedly tried to get away from.

Dr Liam Fox, Tory MP writes

In last week’s European elections, voters across Europe sent a signal to the bloated, hideously expensive and out-of-touch Brussels bureaucracy.

From Denmark to Greece and from Finland to France, the people of Europe made it clear that they increasingly reject the idea of open borders and mass migration.

Some see it as an economic threat, others as a challenge to their perception of national identity.

Whatever their reasons, political leaders in Europe must take note. I have lost count of the number of people who told me: ‚ÄėI wouldn‚Äôt dream of voting Ukip in a General Election¬† but I wanted to send a message.‚Äô Usually, this was about immigration.

It’s the “I’m not racist but…” problem.

Haven’t we already lost as a country when closing your borders to immigrants that aren’t really good picks is not possible for fear of being seen as racist?

Sure, let them all in. ¬†Let’s have the problems that this causes, and at least we won’t be called names. ¬†Or worse: get tut tutted by the United Nations. Read more »

Our casual acceptance of reverse racism

Rodney Hide says, yet again, that which others are afraid to intone.

That in New Zealand we abhor racism except when it benefits Maori, and then we have a casual acceptance of it.

[Shane] Jones had previously declared Prime Minister John Key a “mercenary of capitalism” and a “snake oil salesman”. He said he wanted to string him up with a bungy cord around a “sensitive spot”.

That was back when he was hotly contesting the Labour leadership. Six months on, he is happy to work for him. He says he has moved on. It’s understandable why his former Labour colleagues are a little miffed.

There is, though, one disturbing aspect to all this and that’s Sir Wira’s reason for supporting Jones’ campaign. It was because Jones is Maori. He says he donated to “encourage Maori leadership”. ¬†¬† Read more »

Hurricane is no more

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. Read more »

CNN decide a bit of racism is called for reporting on “The Royal Bummer”

Another perspective on Dotcom’s nazi fetish

Carrie Stoddart-Smith  at Ellipsister blogs on her thoughts about Kim Dotcom, the Interet party and his nazi fetish.

On its own, purchasing the copy of Mein Kampf and other WW2 memorabilia isn’t in my view sufficient evidence for claiming that KDC is a Nazi sympathiser. It might raise questions about his character, however, collectors do in fact purchase these kinds of items and we cannot ignore the news coverage of the raid on KDC’s mansion that referred to him as a collector of sorts.

But I think Giovanni Tiso is right about social norms in Germany and the improbability of German’s finding pleasure in collecting Nazi artefacts or posing for photo’s wearing Nazi memorabilia.  Tiso writes from his experience and understanding as an Italian, the difference between how neo-Nazism is approached in Italy versus Germany.

I blogged yesterday on Giovanni Tiso’s position.

I do have my reservations as to whether there would have been as much public interest or even outcry if only a single event tarnished KDC’s name. I’m sure there would still have been questions that lingered and general suspicions. Interestingly or even perhaps unsurprisingly, many bloggers who support KDC have limited their focus to a single factor attempting to minimise the weight attributed to the claims against KDC, including a post promoted by Vikram Kumar entitled The power of an open mind that hinges only on the fact that KDC owned Mein Kampf.

To my knowledge,¬†KDC has not even made a decent¬†attempt to¬†apologise for his offensive behaviour or comments. Instead he dismisses the claims or events as unremarkable, or offers up excuses and weak justifications for his actions.¬† Read more »

Compare and contrast – Kim Dotcom

In the interview with Kim Dotcom on Q+A he said this when asked about his political ideology:

I’m neither left or right, I’m commonsense. I would say I’m up…you know.

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We are new, you know, we are fresh. We are about common sense. You know some of the left have good ideas, some of the right have good ideas and you know we need to find the right mix.

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Well because I don’t sit anywhere politically and the Internet party doesn’t sit anywhere politically.

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It’s not about the left or the right, it is about what works.¬† Read more »