Map of the Day

NZ Politician builds awesome entertainment unit for young child

While waiting for Winston’s New Zealand First board to make their decision a New Zealand politician spent their weekend building something special for a young child. Can you guess who built this?

A) James Shaw
B) Bill English
C) Chris Hipkins
D) Jacinda Ardern
E) Paula Bennett
F) Kelvin Davis
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Fairfax has more Fake Winston News

Fairfax ran an editorial this morning saying Winston Peters was negotiating to reduce the MMP threshold from 5% and trying to cut a deal with an electorate seat.

Winston Peters wants to reduce the 5 per cent parliamentary threshold for political parties, the barrier that kept his party out in 2008. Peters’ own interests are obvious, but his unique position as kingmaker means he might now get his way on this. Labour or National might decide to give him a lower threshold as part of the coalition horse-trading.

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S**t Towns of NZ’ creator goes into hiding

When I saw that the satirist who created the Facebook page S**t Towns of NZ’ had gone into hiding because of death threats my first thought was that the story was a clever piece of self-promotion. I say that because the creator of the page is anonymous. I know this because I contacted the page September this year to invite the satirist to republish some of his Facebook articles as guest posts on Whaleoil.

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Photo of the Day

“The Night Witches” of the 588th taking a break. Standing looking at the camera is Nadezhda Popova, one of the most highly-decorated and highly publicized of the 588th aviators.

The Wickedest Night Flying Witches

Members of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment decorated their planes with flowers … and dropped 23,000 tons of bombs

The flying “Night Witches” of World War II gained the nickname from an adversary, out of respect for their bravery and lethal sneak attacks. Moral of the story: never sell a female pilot short.

The Nazis called them “Night Witches” because the whooshing noise their plywood and canvas airplanes made reminded the Germans of the sound of a witch’s broomstick.

The Russian women who piloted those planes, onetime crop dusters, took it as a compliment. In 30,000 missions over four years, they dumped 23,000 tons of bombs on the German invaders, ultimately helping to chase them back to Berlin. Any German pilot who downed a “witch” was awarded an Iron Cross.

These young heroines, all volunteers and most in their teens and early 20s, became legends of World War II but are now largely forgotten. Flying only in the dark, they had no parachutes, guns, radios or radar, only maps and compasses. If hit by tracer bullets, their planes would burn like sheets of paper.

Their uniforms were hand-me-downs from male pilots. Their faces froze in the open cockpits. Each night, the 40 or so two-woman crews flew eight or more missions — sometimes many more.

At the time Russian men and women were fighting and dying for their country that had been treacherously attacked by Hitler’s Germany. Russia at that period possessed the most powerful and ruthless army the world had ever seen.

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A hand up or a home for life ?

TORIKA TOKALAU/STUFF
Several demonstrations have been staged at the Taniwha St house, in a bid to keep from it from being redeveloped.

A letter from the bailiff has Auckland beneficiary Niki Rauti fearing her year-long battle to remain in social housing has come to an end.

The 62-year-old has lived in a weatherboard house in Glen Innes for 32 years. […]

Did I just read that right, 32 years in a state house?  State houses are meant to be a hand up, a temporary solution for people in times of need.  Not a home for life.

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Cartoon of the Day

Another one of Labour’s natural constituents heads home

Photo / News Corp via NZ Herald

It’s hard to forget Kelvin Davis and Andrew Little’s ridiculous investment in going to Australia to advocate for these New Zealanders.  When it comes to fewer prison, fewer prison sentences and more crims in the community, Labour are your choice.

A Kiwi bikie gang boss, notorious in Australia, who has been deported to New Zealand, is the latest high profile criminal to be kicked out of the country.

Rebels gang boss Aaron “AJ” Graham landed in Auckland this afternoon, and appeared to have left the airport through a side door.

He joins Brownlow medallist Dustin Martin’s father Shane as one of the many bikie bosses kicked out of Australia.

Graham was deported to his native New Zealand today – despite last month winning a High Court appeal against his second visa cancellation.

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton cancelled Graham’s visa for a third time within hours of the September 6 High Court decision that his earlier visa cancellation decision was invalid.

Graham is the latest bikie gang member to be kicked out of Australia by Dutton.

He did so under his wide-ranging powers to cancel the visas of foreign-born criminals on character grounds, which include if they have a substantial criminal record or they are suspected of being a member of a group involved in criminal conduct.

The Herald Sun has been told law enforcement and other agencies have provided Dutton with ample evidence – including telephone tap material – that bikie gangs are heavily involved in violence and other crimes ranging from drug dealing to murder.

Graham, 50, the founding member of the Rebels bikie gang’s Tasmanian chapter, was escorted on to an Air New Zealand flight in Sydney today and flown to Auckland.

I’m sure Graham will want Winston to partner up with Labour and the Greens.    Or he can go see Labour’s Deputy Leader – also known as Labour’s top crim hugger.

How do you meet a target to fix a problem that doesn’t exist?

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue, when interviewed on The Nation, said that she thinks that “we can and we should” fix the [mythical] gender pay gap within 10 years rather than the earlier prediction of thirty years.

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Radio NZ wins stupid Winston headline of the day award

The children and I really do mean children, at Radio NZ win the stupid Winston headline of the day award for this tragic effort:

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