The blog started Saturday by having a look at a number of Christchurch people taking pictures up women’s skirts at malls. And wouldn’t you know it? A teacher was arrested as well. Iain Lees-Galloway shows he is a slimy git by opening a Burger King and then refusing to take a bite, preferring to preach sensible food choices. Cam then called for nominations for Worst Political Journalist, and Barry Soper and John Campbell appeared hot favourites. Next we had a vote on Best Political Journalist, which Larry Williams took out with a massive 47% of the vote. Graham McCready withdrew litigation against John Banks because it made no sense to anyone – as in – they couldn’t understand what it said. Whale then claims a win on his Hekia Parata predictions and wonders why Key has let this train wreck happen. We raise our eyebrows about Nelson looking for a scooter riding bottom pincher and then watch a video of what happens to a pig at the bottom of the sea over 7 days. Next a post where Greens are fighting Greens over the Google solar plant. On the one side: solar energy. On the other? Turtles. Charles Krauthammer explains why gun control alone isn’t the solution to mass shootings. A MENSA spokesperson calls people with low IQs carrots and the BBC feels they have to apologise. There is a property for sale next to Kim Dotcom‘s place. Cam suggests the GCSB or the US should have bought it to set up spying operations. WOBH is calling for The Whale Army to send in their holiday snaps, in a new feature called Snapped! Cam takes a brief look at who will enter parliament if Tim Groser leaves for the WTO. To close the day, a WhaleTech post looks at a the cull-de-sac that’s the QII roll-up keyboard. Read more »
So effective is heli-hogging that Gov. Rick Perry signed the Texas Hog Depredation Act—the “Pork Chopper Bill”—into law last summer. The NRA-supported measure allows properly permitted landowners and helicopter owners to contract with third parties in controlling the feral hog population under authority of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In short, clients can pay for the opportunity to shoot hogs from the air in Texas, eliminating the method’s extensive costs to landowners and helping to combat the swine scourge.
Paula may have moral objections about not sticking pigs though.
Rick Perry attacks Rick Santorum with this great ad called “Unelectable”.
Newt Gingrich got a boost in the polls. So his opponents started telling the truth about him in ads. Ads described as negative, although they told the truth. Now his campaign is in trouble.
Newt Gingrich’s campaign is rapidly imploding, and Ron Paul has now taken the lead in Iowa. He’s at 23% to 20% for Mitt Romney, 14% for Gingrich, 10% each for Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry, 4% for Jon Huntsman, and 2% for Gary Johnson.
Gingrich has now seen a big drop in his Iowa standing two weeks in a row. His share of the vote has gone from 27% to 22% to 14%. And there’s been a large drop in his personal favorability numbers as well from +31 (62/31) to +12 (52/40) to now -1 (46/47). Negative ads over the last few weeks have really chipped away at Gingrich’s image as being a strong conservative- now only 36% of voters believe that he has ‘strong principles,’ while 43% think he does not.
Trevor Mallard is a social media genius…or so he would like us to think. I wonder though if, after his successful social media election, he is moonlighting advising Rick Perry?
The Perry campaign forgot to turn off YouTube “likes” and “dislikes” on its new ad condoning the persecution of gays abroad. The results: 4,061 likes; 190,000 dislikes. Heh. Oh and does that jacket in the ad look familiar? It’s identical to that worn by the closeted Ennis (Heath Ledger) in Brokeback Mountain. Just sayin’.
Just like Phil Goff it looks like Rick Perry has had his “moment”, the precise time at which his campaign ended..
Donald Trump continues to question the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry suggested in a recent interview that Trump still harbored doubts about Obama’s birth certificate.
Perry said he did not know whether Obama’s birth certificate was the real deal, but at a dinner with Trump the issue had come up.
“He doesn’t think it’s real,” said Perry.
Perry said he could not “definitively” say whether Obama’s birth certificate was authentic, but said it was a “distractive issue”.
“It doesn’t matter. He’s the President of the United States. He’s elected.”
Trump released his own statement about the birth certificate, saying, “Is it authentic? – I don’t know – but I am proud of the fact that I was able to get him to do something that nobody else was able to get him to do – release the ‘certificate.’”
The only thing nuttier than Birthers are Truthers.
via Andrew Sullivan
Earlier today I posted about how Mitt Romney is running against Rick Perry. In that post John Pagani showed exactly how National can run against the career politicians of Labour. Well here is how you run against John Key.
Lucky for National, Labour don’t have the plums to run ads like this against John Key.
John Pagani, it turns out, is an astute observer of politics worldwide. I have been watching some of his posts about the American run-offs and he pretty much nails it.
Yesterday he posted about how Romney deals to Perry. He uses this quote from Mitt Romney’s website:
“Rick Perry has spent his entire career in political office, and has no experience in the real world economy. America is facing a jobs crisis with unemployment above 9% and millions of Americans out of work. Our nation needs an economic turnaround led by Mitt Romney, who has spent his life in the private sector and knows how jobs are created, and why they are lost. Career politicians got us into this mess, and they won’t help us get out of it.”
Now of course the other thing John Pagani has done, is subtly stick the knife into Labour. I mean is there any other party with so many career politicians at the top of the team?
Phil Goff, Annette King, Trevor Mallard, Parekura Horomia, Ruth Dyson, Maryan Street, Grant Robertson etc, etc
Pagani is right, “Career politicians got us into this mess, and they won’t help us get out of it.” Not Phil Goff, not Annette King, not anyone from the current crop of Labour who are career politicians.
Innovative taxation policies from Rick Perry might not find favour with the Tea Party:
The $5-per-customer tax on strip clubs that Perry signed in 2007—which goes by a number of nicknames, the most clever of which is the “pole tax”—was to fund an array of programs relating to sexual assault prevention and counseling, as well as subsidies for a sliver of the six million Texans without insurance. In a state with no income tax, helping those without health coverage fell to, well, those looking for women who aren’t covered.