Senate

Apparently clod hoppers can’t communicate

The perils of having a ham-fisted idiot minister…lots of extra costs for communications for the new ministry of clod hoppers.

The Ministry for Primary Industries has spent more than $220,000 on communications consultants since its creation last year.

Figures provided under the Official Information Act show Senate Communications has received $175,579, Catchphrase Communications $30,791 and Network Communication Group $13,794.

While the ministry, which was formed in April last year, has a communications team of at least 18, the consultants have been paid to write speeches, to write and edit website text and articles, and to field media queries.

PR company staff have also been seconded to government departments for as much as $175 an hour.

On one occasion, a Senate staff member was seconded to the ministry for 57 hours at a cost of $11,370 to the taxpayer.

Consultants were also paid to work on communications strategies for “major issues”, to liaise with staff about Facebook user restrictions, to help with document security and to proof-read emails.  Read more »

Susan Boyle more popular than Obama

Simon Cowell must be laughing all the way to the bank after overnight sensation ugly-duckling Susan Boyle has blown away all-comers on Youtube including Barack Obama, Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and George W. Bush vs the Shoes

Sure it is a great video but Cowell must have known all about her ability before she even got onto the stage. Nothing happens on that show without his stage managing it to the nth degree. This is Paul Potts all over again, a stitch up and this time using social media.

Still, Susan Coyle can sing, you don’t expect it and that makes a great story but I still think we are being had here. I say all power to Susan Coyle but lets have some honesty around the show.

Bush and Condi throw Israel to the wolves

George W. Bush and Condoleeza Rice have betrayed Israel at the last minute and essentially thrown them to the wolves of the jihad enablers and the UN. When the US failed to veto a Security Council resolution that called for a ceasefire in Gaza Bush and Condi were complicit in abandonment of Israel to the wolves of the jihadists.

The Security Council resolution makes a mockery of Israel’s right of self-defense. In fact, it makes no mention of a right of self-defense at all. Eight thousand mortars have rained down on Israel from the Gaza Strip over a period of eight years. Israel withdrew every Israeli man, woman and child from Gaza three and a half years ago. Yet the United Nations draws an equivalence between a terrorist organization whose very modus operandi is to target civilians and a state whose aim is to protect civilians, Israeli and Palestinian. Arab states could scarcely contain their glee. The U.K. went out in front and accepted the idea of a much stronger resolution instead of a Security Council presidential statement, and Secretary of State Rice rolled over and played dead within minutes.

Every state has a right to self defense and Israel perhaps more so than any other. Formed because no-one else in the world would protect jews and formed by UN resolution it has been at war with its Muslim neighbours from the first minute of its conception. A war that Israel doesn’t want mind you, but a war they must fight lest the ravages of Nazism return through Arab hegemony and an Islamic Caliphate.

‘Yes we can'? Make that: ‘Oops, we may not'

Has the Barack Hussein Obama bubble burst? It may well have. There is a great article at the Times Online by Gerard Baker about what may happening to the great Obama-messiah.

There’s trouble in paradise. Cancel the coronation. Send back the commemorative medals. Put those “Yes We Can” T-shirts up on eBay. Keep the Change.

Barack Obama’s historic procession to the American presidency has been rudely interrupted. The global healing he promised is in jeopardy. If you’re prone to emotional breakdown, you might want to take a seat before I say this. He might not win.

How can it be, you ask? Didn’t we see him just last month speaking to 200,000 adoring Germans in Berlin? Didn’t he get the red carpet treatment in France – France of all places? Doesn’t every British politician want to be seen clutching the hem of his garment?

All true. But as cruel geography and the selfish designs of the American Founding Fathers would have it, Europeans don’t get to choose the US president. Somewhere along the way to the Obama presidency, somebody forgot to ask the American people.

All too true, plus of course there were barely 20,000 watching Obama try to be John F. Kennedy not the 200,000 purported by the leftist MSM. Hell even here in little ole New Zealand we got 100,000 to watch a bunch of fake titties prance down Queen Street, arguably more people to watch more boobs.

The fact is that the 47-year-old Democrat, less than four years in the Senate, is still largely a blank page for American voters: a great orator and an attractive figure, but unknown and untested. The Republicans have been filling in some of the gaps and pointing out how thin his real biography is.

The second problem is that Senator Obama is having difficulty – curiously enough – with Democratic voters. Polls indicate that while Senator McCain has just about locked up the votes of those who supported other Republicans in the primary election, Senator Obama is still regarded with mistrust and dislike by large numbers of Hillary Clinton’s former supporters.

Indeed, he still is largely a blank page. Right now the Democratic plan that “He isn’t George W. Bush” has failed because the Democrats forgot that GWB isn’t standing. Now they have changed only their title and substituted GWB for John McCain. The problem they have is that John McCain has been around for a hell of a lot longer than Obama has pretended to be, he is deeper and more convincing. He still has to contend with Shrillary.

The last paragraph succinctly explains why Obama hasn’t kicked on in the polls.

But the uncomfortable truth for the many devoted fans of Senator Obama is that the more the race is about him, the less likely he is to win it.

As the pressure mounts it will be interesting to see how Obama reacts. My prediction is that he will falter.

Bush Derangement Syndrome

Two more examples of Bush Derangement Syndrome have shown up in the NZ MSM in less than two days.

Firstly ScrubOne highlights the evidence of BDS at the Herald where they blame "W" for a shark found 200 miles from the coast. To be fair the report is from al-Reuters but they still printed it.

Then on TVNZ we see more Bush Derangement Syndrome in the placards of the protestors/terrorist supporters. 

George W. Bush has got a great deal to answer for. Hell for the dumbest President of the United States ever he has managed to accomplish quite a list of achievements including beating Al Gore, the "inventor" of the Internet and proven liar, and beating smarter, cleverer John Kerry. Boy he must be real dumb. 

Bush treads where Clark fears to go


Dalai Lama honor stokes U.S.-Chinese tensions – CNN.com

George W. Bush has today awarded the Dalai Lama with a Congressional Gold Medal. The CGM is the America’s highest civilian honor and now by giving it to the Dalai Lama, George Bush has seriously pissed off the Chinese.

Good Job.

Remember this is the person Helen Clark “couldn’t” meet officially in case the poor widdle Chinese got upset. She should take a leaf our of W’s book.
[quote] “Americans cannot look to the plight of the religiously oppressed and close our eyes or turn away,” Bush said.

Calling the Dalai Lama a “universal symbol of peace and tolerance, a shepherd to the faithful and a keeper of the flame for his people,”[/quote]

Peace and tolerance except from China and Clark.

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Is President Bush dumb?

Well is he?

If you read the leftist MSM and the lickspittle socialist blogs and the recent caption contest by the Herald you could be confused into thinking George W. Bush is the biggest moron to grace this planet. But what are the facts.

  1. He was a pilot of F-102 Delta Daggers . Now I don't know about you, but any pilot I have ever met is kinda smart, I mean they need to now about physics, aerodynamics, weather, mechanics and a whole host of other useful things. I bet when youfly overseas on holiday you don't think the Pilot of the 747 carrying 500 passengers is some dipshit from Texas, no i bet you think this guy must be real smart to fly a plane like this.
  2. He attended and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. So given that he holds a B.A. and a large proportion of our teachers also hold the same degree as well a large number of the exact same socilaists who call the president dumb, is the President really dumb? As dumb as a school teacher perhaps, or as dumb as Helen Clark who has a M.A. which probably means she also obtained a B.A first….so if you are comparing qualifications you really can't say he is dumb. In fact lets check some of his "smart" oppponents. Al Gore , oh lookee there a B.A. and from Harvard, but more on Harvard later….so is Al Gore smarter than George Bush? I mean George did beat him in an election. What about John Kerry , another of Bush's "smart" opponents, oh dear John got a B.A too!!! and he got himself beat by Goerge as well….is George Bush dumber than "smart" John Kerry? Perhaps, but not academically.
  3. He obtained a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University, remeber that, the same University that "smart" Al Gore attended. Incidentally George W Bush is only U.S. President to serve holding a Master of Business Administration degree. Now i don't know about you, but i don't know too many MBA graduates but they are unlikely to be dumb.
  4. In 1989 Bush purchased a share in the Texas Ranger baseball team for $800,000. He served as managing general partner of the Rangers for five years. The sale of Bush's share in the Texas Rangers brought him over $15 million from his initial $800,000 investment. That doesn't sound too dumb to me. That is a massive return on investment and her was the Managing General Partner….a fluke? perhaps not.

Admittedly my evidence is short and quickly compiled but on the face of it it seems unlikely that a jet fighter pilot, with a B.A. and a MBA who made $15 million on a $800,000 investment could possibly be dumb, but hey then you read the papers and the blogs and whaddya know he is dumb….go figure.

If Gerogre W. Bush is dumb then so is every pilot in the world, every school teacher with a B.A. and every business man with an MBA. By those measures "smart" opponents like Al "Truth, what truth!" Gore and John "shot myself in the butt" Kerry are dead set dumber than President George W. Bush.

This is Beauuuuutiful

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From Mark Steyn in the Daily Telegraph. To good to comment I will simply post snippets. Go read the full article.

Of all the total non-stories reported by the British media since 9/11 – the brutal Afghan winter, the non-existent Jenin massacre – has there ever been a bigger waste of space than the column inches devoted to “Bush: God Told Me to Invade Iraq”? That was the Independent’s headline. The Guardian, like the Indy, led with a front-page picture of the President aglow in his own personal halo, but preferred the caption: “George Bush believes he is on a mission from God.” And my old comrade Mark Lawson piled on with a full columnar sneer at the President’s “Manichean convictions”.

The source for this story was essentially a BBC press release for a forthcoming documentary. Nabil Shaath, the so-called Palestinian “foreign minister”, told them (the BBC) that Bush told him (Shaath) that God told him (Bush) to invade Iraq and Afghanistan. The White House said this was “absurd” and the only other Palestinian present at that meeting, Mahmoud Abbas, has denied Shaath’s account of the conversation. As evidence of Bush’s “Manichean convictions”, the whole thing’s a lot of Manichean piss, as the Belgians would say.

One suspects a few of those excitable British editors realised that, even as they stampeded to the picture desk to work up some shots of the President looking insanely beatific under the “It’s Official: Bush ‘Religious Nut’ Says Respected Palestinian Intifada Apologist” headlines. One day, when they’re sifting through the ruins of post-Christian Europe, archaeologists will marvel at the energy expended on the gleeful mockery of open religiosity.

Well, not all religiosity, of course. If there’s anything worth jeering at or condescending to about a certain other big-time religion much in the news these days, the lads at the Guardian and Independent seem far less eager to lead the charge.

We hear endlessly about “systemic racism” in British institutions, but the really rampant contagion seems to be systemic auto-racism, a psychologically unhealthy predisposition to believe the worst only about one’s own culture. And the trouble with the Anne Owers school of pre-emptive misinterpretation is that the perpetually aggrieved interpret it all too accurately.

Thus, Chris Doyle, director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding, already feels Ms Owers’s ban is insufficient. The cross of St George, he explains, is offensive to Muslims because it was carried by English crusaders in the 11th century.

Hmm. Would that be the 11th century that ended nine and a bit centuries ago? When a fellow’s got hang-ups about things that happened a millennium ago, there’s no point trying to assuage them; he’ll only unearth some earlier grievance, demanding the Natural History Museum be dismantled because some stegosaurus was disrespectful to Muslims back in the Jurassic era.

So Mr Doyle wants England to find a new flag which “is not associated with our bloody past and one we can all identify with”. How about we simply swap with the Yanks? Give Crusader Bush the cross of St George and England can have the Stars and Stripes? The stars would be the 50 shards of a pork scratching crushed underfoot by a Dudley council official, with 13 horizontal yellow streaks representing the prostrate backbones of the nation.

Why is George W. Bush’s utterly unremarkable evangelical Christianity so self-evidently risible but complaints from British Muslims hung up over the 11th century are perfectly reasonable and something we should seek to accommodate? Where is the secular Left’s “insensitivity” when you need it? No doubt the bien pensants will still be hooting at born-again Texans on the day the House of Lords gives a second reading to the Sharia Bill.

It may be time to open a book on when precisely that will be. Any guesses? Whoever is closest wins a one-way, first-class air ticket out, with complimentary in-flight bacon butty and Zionist banana.

Leftism and Hysteria

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If you want to understand the Left, the best place to start is with an understanding of hysteria. Leading leftists either use hysteria as a political tactic or are actually hysterics.

Take almost any subject the Left discusses and you will find hysteria.

So says Dennis Prager at RealClearPolitics.

He goes on to say the following about;

The war in Iraq: It is not enough for leftist opponents of the war to argue that the war is a mistake, was initiated due to faulty intelligence, or is being poorly prosecuted. Rather they charge that President Bush lied, that the war was waged for Halliburton, and that America is engaged in a criminal and imperialist enterprise. Each charge is a form of hysteria.

Risks to health: Not everyone who believes the hysterical claims of danger made about secondhand smoke, baby formula, dodgeball or Bextra is on the Left. But the Left leads the country in hysteria over dangers to health. That is why leftist organizations are generally incapable of merely saying that something is unhealthy. The danger must be described as the killer of hundreds of thousands and often be ascribed to some murderous corporate conspiracy.

Environment: More people may be attacked by aardvarks in any given year than visit the remote and frozen region of Alaska known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). It is the home, however, of vast oil reserves and many caribou. Good people can differ on whether or not to drill for oil there. But the rhetoric of the Left is hysterical. Listening to leftist organizations one would think that drilling would bring no benefit to America and would render the caribou virtually extinct. None of this is true. It is all drama.

Likewise there is largely hysteria over global warming and the charge that man — especially Homo Americanus — is the cause of it. The great number of scientists who claim that we are in a normal warming period or in no major weather change at all are ignored. Only the most hysterical scenarios are offered by the Left. Witness the reasons given for Hurricane Katrina. Yet even The New York Times reported that scientists are virtually unanimous in denying that the hurricane has anything to do with global warming.

Racism: There is no worse charge than racism. Acting hatefully toward people because of their skin color is among the most vile acts a person can engage in. Yet the Left throws that charge around as if it were the essence of the American people (which, come to think of it, is what many on the Left believe). Most of the time, however, the charge of racism — such as when it is directed at opponents of race-based affirmative action — is just another example of hysteria.

Christianity: Most on the Left really believe that this country is on the verge of a theocracy because George W. Bush is an evangelical Christian, because the words “under God” are still in the Pledge of Allegiance, and because most Americans don’t think marriage ought to be redefined.

There are more examples, but these are the ones most readily identifiable to New Zealanders.

Finally he concludes with

No event is free of leftist hysteria. On the third day after Katrina, civil rights activist Randall Robinson reported that blacks in New Orleans were resorting to cannibalism. Indeed, most of the news media coverage bordered on the hysterical. Not to mention the hysterical predictions of 10,000-plus dead in New Orleans. [Real death toll is 1086, updated by Whaleoil]

None of this is to deny that the Right also gets hysterical. Some right-wing reactions to immigration and Terry Schiavo provide such examples.

Genuine Mistake!! my arse!!

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TV3 has apologised after a graphic labelling US President George W. Bush a “professional fascist” flashed up during its primetime news.

They said it was a genuine mistake….what a load of cobblers. Tell me how you can make a genuine mistake typing P R O F E S S I O N A L F A C I S T……Was it supposed to say racist? You can’t make a mistake that is 18 Characters long.

Genuine mistake!!! More like left wing antagonist being overtly activist.

Or was it a mistake that TV3 have let the public know their true editorial stance.