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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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Winston Peters on how Key and Trump will be like oil and water

Winston Peters has an opinion piece at Fairfax and he explains why John Key, these days, is more often wrong than right.

A tidal wave of change is blowing through the West.

Never in recent history have we experienced such political upheaval as we have experienced this year.

First Brexit, when the British public voted to leave the European Union.

Now, this week, Donald Trump, the property magnate, reality TV host and political novice, came out of nowhere to snatch the United States presidency.

The people who claim to be experts – the pollsters, the chattering classes, the talk-show hosts who live their lives in a bubble not understanding what ordinary people think – they all predicted Hillary Clinton.

They got it wrong.

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Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses… but no Clinton voters

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Do we really want people who flee their country when a democratic vote doesn’t go their way?

We especially don’t want members of F.A.G. coming here.

More than 56,300 people visited the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) website in the 24 hour period that saw Donald Trump elected president of the US.

The number represents an increase of almost 2,500 per cent on the average daily amount.

The INZ website usually receives an average of 2,300 visits a day.

“In the same 24-hour period the New Zealand Now website – which contains information about living, working, studying and investing in New Zealand – received 70,500 visits from the United States compared to a usual daily average of 1500 visits,” a spokesperson said, quoted by Radio NZ.    Read more »

Cunning bastards. Key has left-wing fighting battles of the 1980s with ship visit

100731-N-6854D-111 PEARL HARBOR (July 31, 2010) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach/Released)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach/Released)

John Key is cunning. In announcing a US ship visit he has all the hard left now distracted fighting battles from the 1980s.

For decades we’ve had ship visits from plenty of other countries, like Vietnam and China, but never from the US. Every time it is brought up the old hippies get exercised, but they never say a word about China navy sending ships here.

That is all about to change.

The last remnant of the anti-nuclear standoff has been swept aside, with approval granted for a visit by a United States warship to a New Zealand port.

Prime Minister John Key announced the destroyer USS Sampson will take part in the navy’s 75th anniversary.celebrations in November.

It will be the first US warship to dock here since the ANZUS bust up over New Zealand’s anti-nuclear legislation in the mid-1980s.   Read more »

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