Violence

About political songs

Some wise advice from a music blogger at Fairfax…see MSM have blogs too.

Funny works, nasty backfires.

The band @Peace really screwed up. You only have to click on that Wiki link to see how they’re going to be remembered. They released a song threatening to kill John Key - and then went into a swift panic, explaining that it was really all about mobilising young voters. The rallying cry included reference to sleeping with Key’s daughter. It wasn’t (quite) a statement of rape – but it’s a blunt and nasty use of the term, it’s a leading statement – “one of these days I’m going to f*** your daughter”. It could be very easily construed as a threat, an act of violence.

Musicians and writers love to claim that freedom of speech is so important – the band’s frontman Tom Scott has asked us to respect his right to express his disappointment in the leader of the country.

But he’s only killed one thing here – the credibility of the left; this just makes it far too easy for the right and any right supporters to (further) paint the left as a bunch of crackpots – conspiracy theorists, loons.

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A dud judge

Time and again we are seeing dud judges going soft on criminals.

We have highlighted Justice Helen Winkelmann before and her inconsistencies.

But yesterday she had an absolute shocker.

Burying your son after a brutal beating is every parent’s worst nightmare.

Seeing the attackers walk free, despite an admission of guilt, is Mona and Brent Dudleys’ reality.

The West Auckland family, who lost their “kind-hearted” 15-year-old boy Stephen in June last year, are reeling from a judge’s decision not to convict the teen who assaulted him before his death.

The 18-year-old, whose name is permanently suppressed, attacked Stephen after a rugby practice – punching him in the neck and continuing the attack while Stephen was on the ground.

Justice Helen Winkelmann’s decision to grant the teen a discharge without conviction prompted an angry outburst from the Dudleys in court yesterday.   Read more »

Deja Vu…all over again

That tweet reminded me of this:

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Face of the day

I am a strong woman and I believe in freedom of speech. Freedom of speech means that both sides of every issue get to be discussed. It does not mean that discussion is shut down because one side labels the others speech as ‘ Rape culture ‘ or dismisses it because it was written by a man and the issue is only relevant in their opinion to women.

Jan Logie

Jan Logie

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Pull your head in Paula

Paula Bennett has seriously dropped in my estimation with her latest prognostication about the so-called “rape culture” in New Zealand.

New Zealanders need to change the way they respect each other, in order to abolish our rape culture.

That’s the message from the Minister for Sexual Violence Services, Paula Bennett.

It comes after Tania Billingsley appeared on 3rd Degree last night, opening up about her alleged assault by Muhammad Ismail in her Wellington home.

The Minister agrees with Ms Billingsley’s belief that New Zealand has a rape culture.

“You can certainly see it in pretty much a pub or a nightclub in New Zealand on most weekends to be quite frank.”

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Labour’s war on cops continues

According to Labour, the cops are liars.

Police were under government orders to “minimise” the number of domestic violence charges they lay to make crime statistics look good, Labour MP Andrew Little claimed yesterday.

But the claim has been strongly denied by both police bosses and the Government.

Family violence figures released yesterday by the University of Auckland’s Family Violence Clearinghouse show police charges for domestic violence offences dropped by up to 29 per cent from 2009/10 to last year.

And for the same period, the number of offences recorded by police fell by nearly 10,000.

But the number of investigations into family violence grew from 86,800 in 2010 to 95,100 incidents last year.

Little, a list MP and New Plymouth’s Labour Party candidate, said he believed the drop in family violence charges was due to the Government putting direct pressure on police to lower the crime statistics.

“What I have been told authoritatively is that front line police have been told to minimise the number of charges they lay.

“That is not just family violence but across the board. I’m told it’s not just domestic violence, it’s all forms of offending.

“I think that a combination of that and using police safety orders is what is showing up in the reduced number of charges in relation to domestic violence,” Little said.

Just when you think they can’t get any more desperate, Labour resurrect their hate campaign against frontline police.  Read more »

One job a senior Nat official need not apply for

Judith Collins and Anne Tolley have announced the position of Chief Victims Advisor to advise on the needs and views of victims of crime, including domestic violence victims.

A cross-government approach to prevent family violence proposes new Justice sector initiatives to keep women and children safe, Justice Minister Judith Collins and Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley announced today.

“The high rate of family violence in New Zealand is unacceptable – too many domestic violence victims continue to be re-victimised even when a protection order is in place,” Ms Collins says.

“This Government is committed to do more to end family violence. That’s why we’re proposing a suite of initiatives to increase the safety of family violence victims, reduce the risk that they will be re-victimised and make services more responsive to victims’ individual needs.”

The Justice sector’s stronger response to family violence links with Associate Minister for Social Development Tariana Turia’s work to promote community wide rejection of family violence. Together with the Government’s focus on vulnerable children, it will help future generations of children to grow up without family violence.    Read more »

Labour party justifying feral knife culture at schools

The Labour party via Su’a William Sio seems to be justifying knife culture in South Auckland by explaining away the violent stabbing at a South Auckland primary school as “boys will be boys”.

Luckily none of those “boys being boys” produced a machete….or one of the kids died. One may still, being in critical care at the moment. I wonder if he does die if Su’a William Sio will state that it was just a case of boys being boys. I wonder if the judge will accept that as a defence?

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A solution to feralism?

A commenters suggests a possible solution for the increasing incidence of feralism:

Billions of dollars have been spent on all types of programmes targeting Maori poverty, child abuse, crime, domestic violence, unemployment etc, nothing changes. Successive Governments claim to have the answers and new funding, new incentives, and new promises fail to stem the flow of depravity. Let’s just stop. No more special treatment, no more special funding, no more excuses. Hold parents responsible for the actions of the child. Hold Maori accountable for their over representation in these statistics. Demand they do something about it, because until such time as their own families judge them, it won’t change. STOP throwing money at them … it doesn’t work.

Quite simply welfare doesn’t work.

I have told loads of politicians that welfare doesn’t work, invited them to come visit in South Auckland. One, a Labour MP promised to do so but never has…despite now working near where I was talking about.

If welfare was the answer then it was a bloody stupid question in the first place.

We have poured literally billions of dollars into welfare for various reasons…to protect the kids, to improve health, to make houses warm…the excuses are endless.

All that is generated is increased, weapons grade whinging about needing more….billions more.

If welfare was the answer then poverty, crime, child abuse and many other societal ills would have been solved a long, long time ago.

It is time to do something different.

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When the system fails people get hurt

Summary from Internal Police memo

Summary from Internal Police memo

Last night TVNZ lead with a story about a Tauranga case where the Crown Solicitor opted for cost saving over public safety and basically let a rapist walk who (quite predictably) has now raped again.

The organisation charged with prosecuting criminals has been accused of allowing a violent offender to attack again.

Neihana Rangitonga has admitted kidnapping a woman for sex and threatening to kill her.

Now another woman who alleges she was an earlier victim says the handling of her case by Crown prosecutors meant another woman was attacked.

For nearly four years, the woman who claims she was an earlier victim has been monitoring news reports about sex attacks, wondering if the man she says attacked her had struck again.

“Anytime something happens in the news, I think about it, that memory,” she told ONE News.

Then last month, Rangitonga was arrested for abducting a 21-year-old student for sex and threatening to kill her.

He has pleaded guilty to picking her up from a Mount Maunganui Burger King drive through in the early hours of May 10 and trying to force her into sex.

The terrified woman managed to jump from his car and raise the alarm.

“If anyone didn’t believe me at the police station, I thought if they don’t believe me now they’ll know,” says the woman who alleges she was an earlier victim.

Four years earlier, Rangitonga was arrested and charged with raping and wounding this woman, who can’t be identified for legal reasons.

The pair met on a bus and she agreed to go to a park with him to take drugs.   Read more »