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McCully lied, the resolution is substantially different from New Zealand and the United State’s previous positions

I told leaders from AIPAC that Israel has unequivocal evidence that the Obama administration led the effort to pass the anti-Israel resolution in the UN Security Council. There is no question whatsoever about that. None whatsoever.

I also said that the text of the Security Council resolution was not a reformulation of things that all previous administrations said, but was in fact a major break with US policy. Listen to my explanation, and please share it with people who have their facts wrong.

-PM Benjamin Netanyahu FB

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Has Obama unwittingly sunk the UN?

Barack Obama’s last days in office have been a travesty. His plan to stab Israel by refusing the veto may have unwittingly opened the door for Donald Trump to have a crack at draining the UN swamp at Turtle Bay.

Roger L. Simon at PJ Media explains:

We live in a world of unintended consequences and Barack Obama, in his overwhelming zeal to exact last-minute personal vengeance on Bibi Netanyahu in particular and Israel in general with Friday’s Security Council vote, opened the door to the defunding and serious diminution of the United Nations itself.

Donald Trump — who is seeking to spend a ton of taxpayer money on rebuilding our military and infrastructure — is undoubtedly looking for places to save. Nowhere would be better to start than that moribund center of international corruption and megaphone for tin-pot dictators, the United Nations.

What started out after World War II as the idealistic coming together of nations to end war ended up being one of the giant ripoffs of all time.  The UN oil-for-food scandal during the Iraq War showed how extreme it had become.  The UN committee’s own report…

….accused nearly half of the 4,500 participating companies of paying kickbacks and illegal surcharges to win lucrative contracts, and allowing Saddam Hussein to pocket $1.8 billion at the expense of Iraqis suffering under UN economic sanctions. The commission’s lead investigator, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman  Paul Volcker, stated that it was UN mismanagement and failure of the world’s most powerful nations to end corruption in the program that allowed Saddam to fill his coffers.

“UN mismanagement” isn’t the half of it.  It was unbridled corruption on the part of UN leadership with some of the masterminds fleeing the country, checks in hand, to places like Beijing.

Meanwhile, this “peaceful” organization that has had no effect whatsoever on ending war spends most of its working hours bashing the state of Israel.  In 2015 alone the UN General Assembly adopted 20 resolutions singling out Israel for criticism — and only 3 resolutions on the rest of the world combined.

And what does the U.S. taxpayer fork over for participating in this global society for slanderous garbage?  $3.04 billion in 2015, to be exact.  Now admittedly that’s not as much as Barack Obama has been shoveling to Iran’s mullahs, but it’s still a lot.

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An American perspective on their betrayal of Israel

People are just now starting to wake up to what has gone on in the UN Security on our watch, and the machinations of Barack Obama and the other useful idiots who supported our resolution throwing Israel to the wolves.

Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi,” whom the Washington Post calls “the most famous Rabbi in America,” has written at Breitbart about the stabbing of Israel by the US:

All our Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is missing is a fiddle. For the duration of the seemingly endless Syrian civil war, she has figuratively fiddled while that country burns. Now, with one foot out the door from a tenure that has all but obliterated her once formidable reputation as an anti-genocide activist, she’s decided to kick Israel in the teeth.

What most amazes me about this past Friday’s anti-Israel resolution that was cooked up by Barack Obama, John Kerry, Susan Rice, and Power is not that it took place. We have long known that the quartet had this in the works, and my organization, The World Values Network, even took out a full page ad against the proposed UN resolution a few months back.

Rather, the truly shocking part is that the most senior members of the American foreign policy team were pushing this resolution through while Aleppo burned.

Just imagine — there is a genocide going on for years in the Middle East in general and Syria in particular. It involves ISIS targeting Yazidis and Christians for extermination, and, in Syria, Shia Muslims joining Alawites to exterminate Sunnis. This is the classic definition of genocide where an ethnic group is target for annihilation.

The genocide reaches fever pitch in December 2016, just as the Obama administration, which hasn’t lifted a finger to protect 500,000 Arabs from being slaughtered, is winding down. Aleppo is in the news daily, as the world watches the horrors of bombings of civilians amid incalculable loss of life.

And what was Samantha Power, the great anti-genocide campaigner, doing while Aleppo and its residents were being reduced to rubble? Why, scheming against Israel, of course!

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Planned Parenthood’s dirty little secret

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Planned Parenthood has been in the news this year for selling off the parts of aborted babies as well as aborting a certain way to best preserve the organs that they were harvesting to order. Like most businesses, Planned Parenthood is a supply and demand organisation so they set up their clinics  where there is the most demand for their abortion services.The organisation was created in 1916 and now 100 years later, the taxpayer-funded organisation performs over 300,000 abortions per year making it the United States largest abortion provider. New Zealand’s current population is four and a half million so at Planned Parenthood’s current rate they would wipe out the entire 2016 population of New Zealand in a little over 15 years.

Rapper and TV personality Nick Cannon is not backing away from his claim that Planned Parenthood is committing “genocide” against black people, insisting further that the abortion provider promotes “population control.”

According to the 2010 census, some 79 percent of Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities are located within walking distance of black or Latino neighborhoods.

…According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, some 30% of all abortions in the United States are performed on black women, and another 25% are performed on Hispanic women.

…approximately 13 million black children have been killed before birth since Roe v. Wade, representing a population decrease in the black community of nearly one quarter. Almost 40% of all black pregnancies currently end in abortion.

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Photo of the Day

Donald Stratton was stationed on the USS Arizona when a million pounds of explosives detonated beneath his battle station fifteen minutes into the attack on Pearl Harbour.

Donald Stratton was stationed on the USS Arizona when a million pounds of explosives detonated beneath his battle station fifteen minutes into the attack on Pearl Harbour.

“Remember Pearl Harbour”

“Arizona, I remember you”

Donald Stratton could never shake the memory of it all – the deafening explosions, searing heat, machine gun blasts and heart-wrenching screams of his friends – from his head.

“Never a day goes by for all these many years when I haven’t thought about it,” Stratton said. “I don’t talk about it too much, but when December rolls around I do. It’s important the American people don’t forget.”

Donald Stratton, 93, served four years in the United States Navy and was on board the USS Arizona December 7, 1941, the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. The adventure of being at sea had been a lifelong dream for Stratton, so when he turned 18, he enlisted in the Navy. One year later he was assigned for duty on the USS Arizona. The hulk of the ship still rests in Pearl Harbor as a memorial to the nearly 2,500 Americans killed that day.

That any sailors survived the attack on the Arizona is a miracle, Stratton says.

“A million pounds of ammunition exploded,” he said. “The fireball went 600 or 800 feet in the air and just engulfed us.”

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Bye bye US, Ni hao China for TPP

Looks like Donald Trump is going to abandon the TPP, fair enough, now we can go invite China in.

Donald Trump says he’ll begin to withdraw the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal on his first day in office.

Calling the 12-nation agreement “a potential disaster for our country,” the president-elect said he would file a notification of intent to withdraw from the deal pushed by President Barack Obama as soon as he takes office on January 20.

Instead, Trump, who had long flagged he would dump the TPP, said he would pursue “fair” bilateral trade agreements.   Read more »

Guest Post – Early jump for Trump

Will Artificial Intelligence predict a Trump win correctly?

A reader emails:

You could be forgiven for thinking the election of Donald Trump was going to end civilisation or at least the USA part of it.  Dire predictions fostered by a biased media continue days after the election result.  It is both tiresome and juvenile reflecting not just a biased media but one that is immature and inexperienced and has lost any ability to demonstrate professionalism, independence and sound judgement.

President –elect Donald Trump made some unusual election promises, many of which will cost a great deal.  His catch cry of making America “great again” lacks some detail to be blunt but could mean extra spending in some areas of the economy.  A literal, or even figurative fence on the Mexican border for example will demand a hefty budget even if the Mexicans pay some of it.

One of Trump’s other big undertakings was to reduce taxes, especially corporate taxes.  He proffered this as the main catalyst for creating new jobs and more GDP growth.

How will this work?   Read more »

Chris Trotter on the dopey protestors

Chris Trotter will probably be reefed from his bed in the dead of night, tarred and feathered and chained to a lamp post on Mt Eden road for his latest post, daring to queston the wisdom of protesting the Defence Industry when all those nasty pieces of war gear are currently rescuing people and assisting with relief efforts after the Kaikoura Earthquake.

[F]aced with poll results indicating that a very substantial majority of New Zealanders are positive about the rapprochement between their country and the United States, reasonable progressives would have been disinclined to organise a protest against the participation of a US destroyer in the New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary celebrations.

That disinclination would have been vindicated entirely by the events of the past few days. Far from being seen as a symbol of American imperialism, the USS Sampson – now on its way to assist earthquake victims stranded in Kaikoura – is being welcomed by the vast majority of New Zealanders as a symbol of American friendship and solidarity.   Read more »

Kaikoura Earthquake allows TPP to pass quietly

The TPP bill has been passed, quietly, hidden from view by the Kaikoura earthquake.

Parliament has passed the bill that allows the government to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement amid opposition complaints that it’s a waste of time.

The opposition would say that. But since when have they been right on anything. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, if only Labour had that much accuracy.

The bill lines up New Zealand laws with its obligations under the 12-nation agreement which covers 40 per cent of global trade and 800 million people.

Partner countries signed it in February but it still has to be ratified – and the United States is the big problem.

President-elect Donald Trump is a vehement opponent and Prime Minister John Key has said the chance of the US Congress ratifying it before the January 20 inauguration is “close to zero”.   Read more »

Choosing MMP was our Brexit, and a NZ Trump is not likely, says Brent Edwards

It is not often I agree with someone from Red Radio, but Brent Edwards has got this one right:

The unexpected victory of Donald Trump in last week’s United States presidential election has been compared to Brexit – the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

Some commentators are suggesting this political “revolution” in the US and the UK is a signal of change to come in other Western countries, including New Zealand.

Should this country worry about or look forward to a Trump-like figure emerging here to turn politics on its head? Probably not.

Aspects of Mr Trump’s approach have been and are already here, although not in the blatantly misogynist and racist guise that has so upset so many in the US and around the world. But elements of his approach are not unusual in this country.

New Zealand has had its Brexit moment as well. Mr Trump’s success and Brexit could both be said to represent segments of the UK and US electorates saying “a pox on both your houses” to the two major parties. That happened here in 1993 when a majority voted for MMP.

MMP has allowed the opportunity to give voice to the disenchanted – those who President-elect Trump referred to as the “forgotten men and women” of the US.

Many of those responded to Mr Trump’s railings against immigration and globalisation.

They responded to his message that most of their woes, including unemployment or stagnant incomes, were the result of rampant immigration and free trade exporting American jobs to overseas markets.

Sound familiar?

Last week on RNZ’s Morning Report, the New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, reminded listeners he and his party had been raising worries about immigration and free trade for the past 20 years.

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