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Taliban step over the line and Pakistan fights back

In places like Pakistan they don’t do slacktivisim, when they get mad at people, like the Taliban cowards who killed innocent kids and teachers in a school, they get even.

And the Taliban, who once enjoyed safe havens in Pakistan are now being slaughtered…and run out of the country.

Pakistan has finally taken a stand against the terrorists.

The grief has given way to rage. Three days after Pakistan suffered its worst ever terrorist attack, with the massacre of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar, the country has hit back.

In the tribal areas of North Waziristan and Khyber along the Afghan border, Pakistani jets strafed militant targets as troops combated militants on the ground. The military says that it has killed 77 as the assault presses on. For days, Pakistanis in major cities held candlelit vigils, placing flowers under portraits of the pupils who were killed in their school on Tuesday. Yesterday, they took to the streets to protest against pro-Taliban preachers and declare their resolve to end the threat that the militants pose.

Schools and colleges across the country have been closed until the new year. Major cities were on high alert yesterday amid fears that the Taliban will try and make good on its intention to slaughter more innocents. “We are bracing for another attack,” Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Pakistan’s Defence Minister, told The Independent.

“There are reports that Punjab and other provinces are also threatened by terrorists – particularly soft targets like schools, public places where there is low security.”    Read more »

So-called OECD report into inequality slammed by Rodney Hide

In the NBR Rodney Hide does what no mainstream journalist apparently bothered to do, actually read the co-called report by the OECD into the economy.

Andrew Little and Russel Norman were involved donkey deep in slamming the government over the “report”, but it appears they didn’t read it either.

Rodney Hide did however.

[W]hat a proposition! That inequality hampers growth.

It sounds nonsense, but is it? I thought on your behalf, dear readers, I should wrap a wet towel around my head and find out.

The first thing I noted was that it’s not an official OECD report. It’s a working paper. “The opinions expressed and arguments employed are those of the author.” “OECD Working Papers should not be reported as representing the official views of the OECD.”

Ok so not a report at all, just a working paper from some womble.

The study itself starts badly saying it’s not known whether inequality has a positive or negative effect or whether it has any effect at all. The author has no theory. There is no testable hypothesis.

Undaunted, he dives into 40 years of data across 31 countries. His trusty computer and statistical package grinds away.

Aha, out spits a result. It’s significant! But it makes no sense. Especially the bits that didn’t make news.

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So, now the politicians wake up to our security issues

Martin Place gunman Sheik Man Haron Monis

Martin Place gunman Sheik Man Haron Monis

The politicians seem to have woken up to the problems facing New Zealand in the face of Islamic terrorism.

As the Police wrap up the scene in Martin Place Sydney after a nutter Muslim cleric from Iran who was on bail as accessory to murder held hostages at gunpoint they are now coming forward show their support behind recent legislation.

The MP who chaired the anti-terrorist legislation rushed through Parliament last week, Mike Mitchell, says the bill was “100 per cent” justified.

And he said he had had messages yesterday thanking him for the bill in light of the Sydney hostage crisis.

“It becomes a lot more real for people when it’s three hours across the ditch.”

Labour leader Andrew Little, who also supported the new powers, said the sorts of risks the law dealt with “are real”.

Mr Mitchell, a former security specialist who ran a company in the Middle East for 10 years, said New Zealand was not immune.

“We don’t have some sort of magic inoculation that means we couldn’t be exposed to some sort of extremist actions here.”

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Just waiting for the howls of outrage over rape culture…waiting…waiting

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I am waiting to hear the howls of outrage from the left wing over lefty arts luvvie and crap music maker Tom Scott’s mad rant about John Key and discussing raping his daughter and son, on Red Radio.

Still waiting…waiting…sigh

But dare to mention a feral…cue nationwide outrage.

Rape culture from the left is but a trifling issue it hardly warrants a squeak.

The singer behind the controversial Kill the PM song swore and joked about raping John Key’s son before walking out of a live radio interview.

Former Home Brew singer Tom Scott was yesterday on Kim Hill’s Playing Favouritessegment of her Radio NZ show, where guests choose some of their favourite songs.

But things soured when Hill asked about the song Scott released with his band @peace during the election campaign, in which he sang about killing PM Key and having sex with his daughter, Stephanie.

Asked about the the lyrics, Scott said: “I mean obviously I regret what I said. I probably should have said I was going to rape his son.”   Read more »

Hide on texting tantrums

Rodney’s onto it.

Perhaps it would help us all if Labour and the Greens drew up a list of whom the Prime Minister can and can’t text?

Key likes to text. I have kept a very touching one he sent on the birth of our daughter.

But although Labour and the Greens are apoplectic about the Government peeking at the emails and texts of suspected terrorists, paradoxically they want to monitor and censor what we say and do.

The right not to be offended now trumps free speech. We must tiptoe around the delicate sensibilities of the thought police.

It’s now not enough just to avoid saying anything remotely politically incorrect, you must sever all contacts with those who do.

Labour and the Greens have spent a great deal of time in Parliament pestering Key about his text contact with Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater.

They are in a frenzy that Key has texted him.

They are shocked and appalled that he won’t rule out texting him in the future.

One thing you’ve missed Rodney – none of this would be able to be sustained if it wasn’t for a media that’s flipped behind this issue.  Your column stands as a lonely beacon against a flood of deluded commentary.   Read more »

Do the left wing actually believe their own spin?

Do the left wing actually believe their own spin.

I say this because if you believe every utterance before or since Nicky Hager colluded with a criminal to hack and publish a journalist’s emails the following list of claims have been made.

In no particular order;

  • I am irrelevant
  • I am mentally unstable
  • I am a criminal
  • I control the Prime Minister, either through blackmail or some other artifice
  • The cabinet is under my control too…for the same reasons
  • The SIS is effectively my stooges and I use them to spy on political opponents
  • Same with the GCSB
  • But, it is actually the Prime Ministers Office that controls me despite all of the above
  • No its Carrick Graham
  • I am beholden to big business (They say that like it is a bad thing)
  • Andrew Little says I am a sociopath
  • I consort with gangs
  • I control one gang in particular
  • I can and have arranged hit-men (this was even attempted to be raised in court by one particular vexatious litigant)
  • Did I mention I am a sociopath according to Andrew Little

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Shows how seriously the Greens take Education

The lowest ranking given to any MPs who did not quit at the election was the 2 out of 10 to Green MP Catherine Delahunty, despite her being said to have had a “brighter year”,

The lowest ranking given to any MPs who did not quit at the election was the 2 out of 10 to Green MP Catherine Delahunty, despite her being said to have had a “brighter year”, and NZ First’s Richard Prosser, though it was noted he had “kept his head down” since his “Wogistan” comments.

She still has not fronted to her outrageous lie about visiting charter schools when she hasn’t done any such thing.

If Hekia Parata claimed to have visited a school but hadn’t what would the Greens be demanding?    Read more »

Opposition: Slater holds something over Key

Paddy Gower helps the hate-train along for another day

Mr Key claims he does not have “a proactive relationship” with Slater.

He was questioned on why he has stayed in text contact with Slater following the Dirty Politics scandal.

“For the most part I haven’t,” says Mr Key. “I haven’t had a proactive relationship with him.”

Today’s questioning was about Mr Key giving Slater his new number when he changed it after it was made public by the Rawshark hacker during the election, Mr Key saying he gave it to “all journalists”.

“I gave it to people I had text conversations [with] in the past.”

The Opposition says Slater has something over Mr Key.

OK, let’s get it out in the open, but only if you agree to quote all of it.  That you lot in parliament, and you lot in the media.  Here it is:   “I do have something on Key.  But what I have on Matt McCarten is one thousand times more damaging.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Cameron Slater has information that could hold the Prime Minister over a barrel,” says Labour Party leader Andrew Little. “That could be very embarrassing for him.”

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