United States

This is what happens when you go dog on your mates

Like NZ did to Fiji when we turned or backs on our mates, the US has done the same to Israel.

When you are spurned you find better friends. Fiji tuned north, and now Israel has cut a deal with Russia and is improving relations with Sunni states in the region, while Obama looks on.

There is perhaps only one thing harder for the American mind to process than the fact that President Obama has been a terrible foreign policy president, and that is that Bibi Netanyahu is an extraordinarily successful Israeli Prime Minister. In Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, Israel’s diplomacy is moving from strength to strength. Virtually every Arab and Middle Eastern leader thinks that Bibi is smarter and stronger than President Obama, and as American prestige across the Middle East has waned under Obama, Israel’s prestige — even among people who hate it — has grown. Bibi’s reset with Russia, unlike Obama’s, actually worked. His pivot to Asia has been more successful than Obama’s. He has had far more success building bridges to Sunni Muslims than President Obama, and both Russia and Iran take Bibi and his red lines much more seriously than they take Obama’s expostulations and pious hopes.

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Stella Walsh was known throughout the world as the fastest woman alive during the 1930s. Here she attempts to outrun a javelin, no mean feat.

Stella Walsh was known throughout the world as the fastest woman alive during the 1930s. Here she attempts to outrun a javelin, no mean feat.

Olympic Sprinter Stella Walsh Nearly Lost Her Medals Because of Her Autopsy

Athletes can have more than physical hurdles to jump over when competing in the Olympics

Virtually forgotten now, Poland-born, Cleveland-bred Stella Walsh was the female athletic phenomenon of her day, competing in track, basketball, softball and ice skating. Walsh took a gold medal in the 100-meter dash during the 1932 Olympics, a silver four years later, and set 20 world records in track during a time when women were barely allowed out of the house. Walsh ultimately retired to a job tending bar in Cleveland where she was a beloved figure, but, during a holdup on December 4th, 1980, the 69-year-old, still-fit former athlete was killed by a gunman’s bullet. Tragic indeed, but the real shock was yet to come when an autopsy revealed Stella’s decades-old intimate secret.

Stella Walsh walked out of Uncle Bill’s Discount Department Store with a bag full of ribbons. It was the evening of Dec. 4, 1980. The sun was long gone and a chill was filling the air. Two weeks earlier, she had given the key to the city of Cleveland to the Polish men’s national basketball team. In a couple days, she planned to give these ribbons to her native country’s national women’s team before an exhibition game at Kent State University.

Walsh, or Stanislawa Walasiewczowna, her birth name, was Cleveland’s No. 1 Polish-American. Although born in Poland in 1911, she had lived 68 of her 69 years in the United States, the vast majority in Cleveland, in the neighbourhood that was now called Slavic Village.

In her adopted hometown, she was famous, and beloved, on par with other notable Cleveland sports legends like Lou Boudreau or Otto Graham. At the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, she won a gold medal in the 100-meter dash for Poland, and won silver in the same event four years later in Berlin. She also won another seven medals in varying distances during the off year, lesser-known Women’s Olympics, five of them gold.

Her Olympic performance alone, however, does not do justice to her athletic career. At a time when people still debated whether women should compete in sports at all, she was supreme. She reportedly won more than 5,000 races, earned hundreds of trophies, officially set 20 world records in track, was the first woman to run the 100-yard dash in less than 11 seconds and one of the first to run 100 meters in less than 12. Her world record in the 220-yard dash went unbroken for 15 years.

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Finally, some good news for Andrew Little as both Trump and Clinton will kill the TPP

Andrew Little will be happy to learn that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will kill the TPP if elected.

There is something very different happening in the US presidential election. Yes, I realise I have said that pretty much every day since it began. This time I am talking about the issue of free trade. It has tended to be an issue that Republicans support and the Democrats oppose.

This time both of the presumptive candidates say they are against the latest free trade agreement negotiated by the Obama administration, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Donald Trump, in his usual fiery rhetoric, compared it to the raping of America.   Read more »

Obama continues to be the world’s best gun salesman, but Hillary is likely to beat his records

Barack Obama has sold more guns than any other person in history. His continued attacks against the Second Amendment mean that people seek to get in before he tries to ban them.

The good news is that his time is almost at an end; the bad news for citizens is that Hillary Clinton will continue and escalate his attacks.

Gun sales are on a pace to break last year’s record of more than 23 million, a boon to the U.S. industry and gun stores thanks to election-year worries about gun control and recent terror attacks, according to government figures and experts.

Under Obama, background checks for guns reached 141.4 million through the end of May, amounting to sales of about 52,600 a day, according to the FBI. Last year, the FBI conducted more than 23 million background checks, which are generally used to figure sales of new and used weapons.

Domestically, manufacturers have reported producing about 21,000 guns a day, or more than 46 million in Obama’s first six years in office.

And should Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton continue to best Republican Donald Trump in the polls, sales could hit new highs, according to industry experts.    Read more »

Obama to UK: I was just lying when I said a Brexit would be a disaster

Barack Obama is being credited by Nigel Farage for giving them the boost to win the Brexit referendum:

UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage told Breitbart that the visit by President Obama, where he threatened to send Britain to the “back of the queue” if the public voted to leave the European Union (EU), backfired and caused a “Brexit Bounce”, swaying Britons to vote for Brexit.

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Asked of any lessons drawn from his own experiences that could be applied during the American presidential elections, Mr. Farage advised:

“Threatening people insults their  intelligence.

“Don’t threaten people repeatedly because if you do in the end they think you’re crying wolf and they won’t believe you.  It’s Project Fear, or in the end when Obama came it was Project Threat.

Citing Mr. Obama’s visit to the UK at the request of Prime Minister David Cameron:

The lessons learnt from the Obama visit are fascinating.  Here is the most powerful man in the world coming from a country that we have always had huge regard for. And people in Britain listening to Obama said: ‘how dare the American president come here and tell us what to do’ and it backfired.

And I think we got an Obama Brexit Bounce, because people do not want to be told how to think and how to vote.

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Fact checking media moron Heather du Plessis-Allan

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Heather du Plessis-Allan-Soper  has an opinion piece in today’s Herald on Sunday that I am surprised made it past the editor for all the unmitigated inaccuracies in her claims.

She has rather absurdly compared 1930s NAZI Germany and 2016 USA in her piece entitled “Heather du Plessis-Allan: Fascism is just a few votes away”.

HdPA’s shoddy comparisons reflect a new low for lazy, ignorant, and misleading opinion pieces making their way into the New Zealand Herald.

Let’s fact check the fool.

Implication that Hitler murdered six million people: This is false, or misleading at best. The total number of people murdered during the Holocaust (in death camps) was eleven million. Hitler murdered (or orchestrated the murder of) six million Jews as well as another five million people (Poles, Gypsies, GLBT, Jehovahs Witnesses, Disabled, plus other people from Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, Russia, Holland, France and even Germany). The above number does not include the rest of the WW2 casualties.   Read more »

McCully blunders into another made-for-movie moment

Sometimes you have to wonder about Murray McCully: he can’t say the word terrorism and now he won’t actually ask a simple question.

Surely, he could have seen this coming? It is the law after all.

New Zealand will not ask the United States to confirm or deny whether a visiting warship is nuclear armed if the invitation to send a vessel later this year is accepted.

Such a visit would end a 30-year standoff that started when New Zealand adopted an anti-nuclear policy in 1985, rejecting the proposed visit of the ageing destroyer USS Buchanan. The anti-nuclear legislation was passed by the Lange government in 1987.

The US has not sought a ship visit since that time, but is mulling whether to accept an invitation to join the New Zealand navy’s 75th anniversary celebrations in November.

New Zealand law, endorsed by National and Labour governments, requires the prime minister of the day to be satisfied any visiting ship does not carry nuclear weapons and is not nuclear powered.

However, Foreign Minister Murray McCully has verified that no foreign country is required “to make any declaration on nuclear armament or propulsion”.   Read more »

Another poll that shows the left-wing politicians are still out of touch with voters

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The left-wing have been banging on for decades against the US and ship visits.

Some are still against the visits, and are trying to organise protests.

There is a problem though…voters support a visit…and boy isn’t Newshub annoyed by the results of the poll.

The United States is on the brink of a deciding whether to send a Navy ship into New Zealand waters, ending the 33-year standoff over New Zealand’s anti-nuclear law.

The latest Newshub-Reid Research poll shows Kiwis are overwhelmingly in favour of a ship coming here.

When asked if a US Navy ship should come to New Zealand, 75 percent said “yes” and just 20 percent said “no”.   Read more »

Isn’t fracking great?

Fracking is proving a god-send to saving the planet…wait…what?

The U.S. Department of Energy published data last week with some amazing revelations — so amazing that most Americans will find them hard to believe. As a nation, the United States reduced its carbon emissions by 2 percent from last year.Over the past 14 years, our carbon emissions are down more than 10 percent. On a per-unit-of-GDP basis, U.S. carbon emissions are down by closer to 20 percent.

Even more stunning: We’ve reduced our carbon emissions more than virtually any other nation in the world, including most of Europe.

How can this be? We never ratified the Kyoto Treaty. We never adopted a national cap-and-trade system, or a carbon tax, as so many of the sanctimonious Europeans have done.

The answer isn’t that the EPA has regulated CO2 out of the economy. With strict emission standards, the EPA surely has started to strangle our domestic industries, such as coal, and our electric utilities. But that’s not the big story here.    Read more »

Will Zika kill the Olympics? Can it be moved?

Could the Olympics be in trouble because of the Zika virus?

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has told sports federations that athletes and staff concerned for their health over the Zika virus should consider not going to the Olympic Games in August in Rio de Janeiro.

The message was delivered in a conference call involving USOC officials and leaders of US sport federations in late January, according to two people who participated in the hook-up.

Federations were told no one should go to Brazil “if they don’t feel comfortable going — bottom line”, said Donald Anthony, president and board chairman of USA Fencing.

The USOC’s briefing to sport federations is the latest sign Olympics officials are taking the Zika threat to the Rio Games seriously, and acknowledges at least some athletes and support staff could face a tough decision over whether to attend.   Read more »