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Hating your president more than loving your country

When Sarah Sanders sat down with news host Chris Cuomo, his theme was “the relationship between the press and the Whitehouse sucks.” 

He said that inviting Sanders on for an interview might go some ways toward “getting past this moment.” He asked Sanders what she thought President Trump had achieved in his first 500 days.  After laying out why the booming economy was a signature moment for the president, Sanders said . . .

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Free Speech and the Human Rights Commission

This week on Tuesday 5th May, Chris Lynch of Newstalk ZB took on the topic of free speech, and specifically the Human Rights Commission’s stance on it.  Chris had as his guests two Kiwis who write regularly and penetratingly on the topic: Lindsay Perigo and Professor Paul Moon.

It was most heartening to hear this issue dissected so directly by a host who has the rare ability to listen attentively and ask intelligent questions.  No issue is more important in this country, or indeed in any Western country, than this one.  It simply cannot be discussed enough at this . . .

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Swamps & vipers

Remember when President Trump tweeted to the world in March of 2017 that the Obama administration had spied on his campaign during the 2016 election?

The whole world media exploded into fits of mockery over the accusation.  Cam and I were on a show discussing this on Face TV and we both concluded at the time that it was most likely true, given how corrupt Obama’s people appeared, how deep their hatred for Trump ran and how unexpected Trump’s triumph was.

Now we know for a fact that it was a profoundly correct accusation, moreover, the situation that . . .

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The pathetic Palestinians

If ever there were a people who could be described as truly pathetic, it is the Palestinian people. 

From go to utter woe, these people have developed no cause, no sense, no decent reason for living - and the victimhood they cling to should make any person with an iota of self-esteem wince.

Too many times have they been offered a nation to call their own, but their leaders have always declined the offer, insisting instead on abject poverty and violence from dogmatic superstitious zeal.  Generation after generation has grown up without education and work, without hope, without the will . . .

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The bad deal Iran never honoured

How refreshing to see a President keep his word - again!

Trump always hated the Iran Deal, a.k.a the JCPOA, and for good reason.  It was nothing more than the vanity project of Obama and Kerry, who both cared more about their own historical legacies than they cared about Iran developing nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic capability . . .

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New Zealand racism and unearned guilt

I’ve lived in this country for over 40 odd years, mostly in areas that would be called white middle-class suburbs.  I went to a very middle-class girls high-school and have held down jobs in a wide variety of fields of employment.  I have a circle of friends from many different backgrounds, but never once have I met someone who could truly be called a flat-out racist, i.e, someone who really hates people of a different ethnicity.

And yet, if Susan Devoy - and now Kate Hawkesby - are to be believed, NZ hides a horribly racist . . .

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The lost generation (born 1883-1900)

Looking back from an epoch that is sure to be noted in history as an unprecedented time of luxurious peace and prosperity, it is difficult to imagine what it must have been like for a generation which entered its adulthood during the era of WWI. 

Those of this generation who survived the ‘Great War to End all Wars’ would also experience the indiscriminate culling of populations by the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which took more lives than had been lost in the war itself.  The Lost generation would go on to see the stock-market crash of ’29 and . . .

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The red line of chemical weapons

After the United States, France and Britain intervened in Syria’s civil war this past weekend over Bashar al Assad’s use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians, the question which is repetitively raised is why draw the ‘red line’ over these weapons and not over civilians dying by other horrible means such as bombings, shootings or beheadings?  Aside from being against international law as agreed by Geneva Protocol (which Syria signed in 1968), what about the use of chemical weapons makes everyone erupt into loud, moral convulsions of horror?

It’s an understandable question and one worthy of some . . .

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Syria: the makings of a sustained ‘foreign entanglement’

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The atavistic impulse to tear down history

The quest to remove American monuments and memorials is a curious assault on America’s complex history.

A whole slew of monuments have already been removed, some have been relocated to less prominent places where fewer people will see them.  Christopher Columbus, General Robert E Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson, Supreme Court Justice Roger Tayney and monuments to various confederate soldiers have already been dismantled and hauled away. After yesterday, the list now includes President William McKinley, who fought against slavery and the confederacy, but has nonetheless been condemned because he enacted territorial expansion resulting in . . .

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