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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 »

Hang on, I thought we just ‘celebrated’ the warmest year on record?

Apparently global warming isn’t that bad. After all, if it was really real and as catastrophic as has been suggested, we wouldn’t be getting headlines about the pending snow-pocalypse about to descend on the US.

One in seven Americans will get at least half a foot of snow outside their homes when this weekend’s big storm has finished delivering blizzards, gale-force winds, whiteout conditions and flooding to much of the eastern United States.

The first flakes of what could become two feet or more of wet, driving snow began falling in Washington Friday afternoon, sloshing in from the Ohio River Valley looking just like the forecasts promised.   Read more »

Why do I call Obama the world’s greatest gun salesman?

I, and many others, call Barack Obama the world’s greatest gun salesman.

Why?

Well look at this:

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That is the share price of Sturm Ruger & Co Inc since 2008 when Obama was first elected.  Read more »

Guest Post: The Donald Trump Phenomenon

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young - RTX1KTWT

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American politics has always been a bit of a sideshow. Presidential elections usually throw up something slightly bizarre that the rest of the world can poke fun at. This year is no different. Donald Trump is proving to be much more than a short term headline grabber.

The western media have generally seen Trump as a temporary aberration.   They expected him to make a splash and then “wiser heads” in the Republican Party would oversee his shuffle off stage right. The Washington establishment would get it sorted.

However Trump has proved the pundits wrong.   He is holding his own. In most polls he has at least double the support of his nearest opponent. All this has raised the question “why”?

The MSM in the USA, especially the left leaning Washington Post and NY Times have run disparaging lines – earlier as throw away comments but as their casual approach didn’t work now the criticisms have become more strident and personal.

“What we have witnessed so far is a demonstration of how a billionaire megalomaniac and narcissist has fun: having secured a national stage, he runs around and says whatever he pleases, even if it is blatantly obnoxious. If he gets positive feedback, he does it all the louder. If he gets negative feedback, he turns into a bully, whom he also sees as fun”.

What the MSM haven’t quite figured is that the more they vilify Trump the stronger his support grows because of the resentment of the media and their arrogant, manipulative style.

The media are trying to find other reasons for Trump’s popularity. They claim he has support because he is a successful business man and Americans admire business success. Wrong!

They claim Trump has a rugged independence and swashbuckling image that appeals to voters. Wrong!   Read more »

The real Islamic states get together to combat Islamic terrorism

Window dressing or a genuine attempt at solving the problem?

Given Muslim nations tend to march backwards almost as fast as the French, especially when confronted with the IDF I don’t hold much promise in this.

Saudi Arabia has announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA.

“The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations centre based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations,” the statement said on Tuesday.

A long list of Arab countries such as Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, together with Islamic countries Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and Gulf Arab and African states were mentioned.   Read more »

Obama says Daesh is contained, ineffective…nek minit

You simply can’t believe a word Barack Hussein Obama says these days.

He recently declared that through his hands-off approach to Daesh they were contained and ineffective.

Meanwhile they have expanded their activities in Afghanistan.

Islamic State fighters have captured swathes of eastern Afghanistan in a drive to establish a new province of the group’s self-styled caliphate on territory straddling the border with Pakistan.

Up to 1600 fighters pledging allegiance to Isis are ruling much of four districts south of Jalalabad with the same ruthlessness that characterises the group’s regime in Syria and Iraq: public beheadings, strict adherence to Koranic teachings foreign to Afghanistan, and extortion. Some of the worst atrocities have been filmed and posted online.

Tens of thousands of villagers have fled the jihadists and the Afghan army is engaged in a daily battle to prevent the group spreading further. The already stretched security forces are losing 500 men across the country every month.   Read more »

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