Mass medication of our Bread – the facts don't warrant it

So let me get this straight. Annette King when she agreed to force bakers to add folate to bread thinks that it is ok to mass medicate the enttre population with folate even when more than 50% of the population has no need for said mass medication. Further the costs simply don’t stack up.

The cost isn’t justified. The rate of spina bifida in New Zealand is 0.94/1000 total births. There were 64,000 live births in New Zealand in 2008. So we are going to medicate the entire population to save 60 babies from Spina Bifida and 50 babies from anencephalus.

That is just fucking ridiculous. We are forcing the enitre population to eat bread that has been mass medicated with folate in order to save 60 babies from spina bifida.

We murder more than that each year in our abortion clinics. We kill 32 babies a day with abortion! Let’s get our priorities right FFS.

Are they quite mad?

Unlike the pinko DPF I think the Auckland Transitional Authority are stark, raving bonkers having Laila Harre as the cat in charge of the canaries. It isn’t a smart move it is in fact dumb.

Perhaps Rodney Hide might like to consider his speech in 2000 when Labour and the Alliance were foisted the Employment Relations Act upon us all.

Taken from Hansard

RODNEY HIDE (ACT NZ): I do have some questions and the Chairman knows that I have been seeking the call every time with Mr Willie Jackson.

I have been a bit disappointed that the Labour Government members have not been prepared to take the call and speak, particularly the members, and we have had only Willie Jackson. I hope that Willie Jackson will take a call. He made the point that when he was a union leader, so-called, when workers went out on strike he would take no pay.

My question to Willie Jackson is when workers go out on strike now because of this legislation, will he, as an MP, take no pay? Would he be prepared to live his principles while he is a parliamentarian? What we are seeing with Part 8 is the return of the strike as a lethal weapon into industrial relations in New Zealand. I think it is fitting that the Associate Minister of Labour, Laila Harré, should be in the chair because we well know her views. This is the woman who said to the Labour Party in 1987 that Joseph Stalin achieved more in 20 years than the West achieved in 200 years. This woman has never recanted from that view — not once. She has never said that what she thought of Stalin achieving in 20 years what the West achieved in 200 years was wrong. She still believes it to this day, and here she is seeing this legislation, inspired by Karl Marx, as I said in my earlier speech, being inflicted —

(The Chairman follows)

RODNEY HIDE: I am sure, and I certainly did not. I was just reporting that Laila Harré said that Stalin achieved in 20 years what it took the West 200 years to achieve. It is in the Evening Post. I can bring down her quotation, she has never denied it, and I have brought it up in question time before. I was also pointing out, and I said it in my speech, that this whole idea of bargaining and inequality comes from Karl Marx. The Chairman can read the books and he will understand. There is nothing unparliamentary about being a wee bit historical about where these crazy, mad ideas are coming from that this Government is inflicting on New Zealanders.


They would have learnt because that was 150 years ago. What we are having here is the return of the lethal strike to the New Zealand workplace. The ACT party is again having a mini-caucus and I am very interested in the comments made by Sue Kedgley on her amendment. I am hoping that Sue Kedgley will take a call to help us and explain the full ramification of her amendment that she has proposed here today because she read out that it covers a mammal, a bird, and essential services. I think that Ms Kedgley said that 3 days’ notice has to be given if it will affect essential services. What we are concerned with here is a mammal; a bird; a reptile; an amphibian; for those on the Government side, that means frogs; a fish, bony or cartilaginous; any octopus, squid, crab, lobster, or crayfish. The member asked what about cockroaches.

Hon. Maurice Williamson: What about Labour Party members?

RODNEY HIDE: I do not know about the Labour Party members. It means any other member of the animal kingdom that is declared from time to time by the Governor-General by Order in Council to be an animal for the purposes of this Act. So I guess that it would be up to the Governor-General to pick up cockroaches.

That’s right….Laila Harre thinks that Stalin achieved more in 20 years than the West took 200 years to achieve. She said that in 1987 in the Evening Post. And to my knowledge she has never resiled from that position.

This is going to end in tears, and Mark Ford will be the one we can blame for this silliness.

Tonga Good, Fiji Bad

Key announces aid boost, police funding for TongaNew Zealand will contribute a further $2.5 million to Tonga’s police force and further boost the annual aid programme. Prime Minister John Key made the announcement after meeting with King George Tupou V and Tonga Prime Minister… [NZ Herald Politics]

I find it bizarre that we continue to chuck millions of dollars at Tonga, arguably one of the more corrupt and anti-democratic countries in the South Pacific and have in fact boosted aid to them so that they can “move” towards democracy and at the same time have “smart sanctions” in place on Fiji and zero funding and aid in assisting them move towards democracy.

If you look at both countries it is Fiji that has a better record of democratic reforms and yet we have frozen them out and are as a result pushing them ever closer into the welcoming arms and coffers of China and India.

Someone with some balls should tell those twats at MFaT to pull their heads in. Tonga as far as a strategic location doesn’t rate a mention, Fiji on the other hand is very important.

Clearly someone in the Australian and New Zealand governments seems to think that an unsinkable Chinese aircraft carrier in the Pacific is a good idea. I don’t.

Most companies use a customer service department, Jetstar uses the police

Jetstar just can’t get its act together. Their communications staff are simply idiots.

Turbulence continues to dog Jetstar’s fledgling New Zealand operation, with police called to check-ins as passengers become aggressive about delays.

The Qantas subsidiary is also understood to be regularly dishing out $25 meal vouchers for delayed passengers and last weekend paid for hotels for passengers in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington as bad weather halted flights.

But Jetstar spokesman Simon Westaway insisted the airline cared about its passengers.

The Sunday Star-Times understands police were called to Jetstar’s counters at Christchurch Airport last weekend after passengers became aggressive over delays.

Police and airline staff diffused the situation and no arrests were made. A similar situation also occurred at the airline’s Auckland Airport check-in.

Right so where other airlines use custoer service personnel to sort out issues, Jetstar uses the Police. Even better their communication fool says that this is “caring about its passengers”.

Holy shit, if that is caring about their passengers I’d hate to see what happens when they don’t care. Riot Police? Special Branch? Water Boarding?



Hooton on Evil

Matthew Hooton writes in the NBR about the evil of Helen Clark. Why his clumns aren’t online is beyond me and the weekly traipse up to the Howick Stationers is a bore. However todays column made the fee for the whole NBR worth it.

Everyone should read at least the summary of this week’s Foreshore and Seabed report, for a timely reminder of the true nature of the regime defeated last November.

From 1999, Helen Clark set about controlling all sources of public discourse in New Zealand.

Clark ultras were progressively appointed throughout the public service, including even the upper echelons of the police, or moved into influential roles in state broadcasting.

Actors, artists and screenwriters, who normally play an important subversive role in society, were purchased with taxpayer indulgences and prime ministerial patronage.

This march through the institutions created a left-wing fog so thick that, even today, the public still perceives a mostly positive picture of Ms Clark’s nine grisly years in power.

That fog is lifting and historians will eventually assess Ms Clark to have been a political monster in the mould of Nixon or Muldoon.

Perhaps Matthew is prone to some hysterics but in the cold light of the truth that has emerged from the dark days of Helengrad we can see that there is some accuracy in his opening gambit.

From the outset, Clark’s regime had a bloodlust for the politics of personal destruction. Whether Peter Doone, Roger Kerr, Kit Richards or “hater and wreckers” Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia, anyone who opposed its agenda was viciously smeared.

Her government stole money, passed retrospective legislation to cover up its crimes, defended criminal wrongdoing by its ministers, outlawed effective criticism of the regime in election year, lied shamelessly even on trivial matters and brazenly removed basic legal rights even from its allies.

Thus, while most intelligent people didn’t care whether there was GE corn in New Zealand, the Clark Government said it did care, and insisted there wasn’t when it knew there was.

Government PR budgets were brought under the control of party activists like Clare Curran, and taxpayers’ money used for pledge cards and other propaganda as if it were party funds.

Whenever caught, Ms Clark would smear anyone from the auditor-general to the charity to which she sent a fake painting. Where necessary, she’d change the law to declare what she had done to be legal.

Again a little theatrical, yet somehow very accurate. We can see a picture of true evil starting to appear.

Against such competition, it’s difficult to identify the most evil act of the Clark years, but the Foreshore & Seabed Act probably takes the title.

This was legislation introduced to Parliament by attorney-general and Clark puppet Margaret Wilson to overturn a unanimous Court of Appeal decision in which she herself was the losing party.

The decision did not award ownership of anything to anyone, being merely jurisdictional.

Nor did it invoke potentially-contentious Treaty law, instead resting entirely on the ancient common-law doctrine of aboriginal title.

If Ms Clark and Ms Wilson disagreed with the decision, they could have appealed to the Privy Council, but they decided not to because they were then trying to abolish that right for everyone else.

Instead, immediately – just four days after the Court of Appeal decision – they announced legislation to blatantly deny a group of New Zealanders the right to explore their common-law property rights in court.

It was a despicable attack on the rule of law and due process, strongly opposed on principle by the business community and a wide cross section of the community, including me.

Inded it was a despicable act, robbing a whole section of our population from recourse before the courts purely on the basis of race. A more racist act in the history of New Zealand would be hard to find. What can Goff do to undo the damage.? All indications thus far on Goff though are that he is contuniing at least with the politics of persaonal destruction, not the least for himself by running dirty little sting and pimping operations. However Matthew Hooton disagrees.

Today, Labour still struggles with these truths, absurdly claiming its hand was forced by Bill English and Don Brash.

In fact, when Ms Clark and Ms Wilson decided to legislate, Bill English’s National Party was dying in the polls and Dr Brash was merely his disloyal finance spokesman.

The Orewa speech was more than six months away; the Iwi/Kiwi billboards two years.

Before it can be redeemed, Labour needs first to be honest about its past. It must admit that it alone was responsible for the outrage, and that it knew what it was doing was wrong, but that it did it anyway.

After the excesses of Muldoon, Jim McClay became National’s leader. Mr McClay proved to have no hope of ever becoming prime minister but he valiantly began the process of eliminating the Muldoon legacy from his party. History judges him kindly.

Like Mr McClay, Phil Goff will never be prime minister but history too will judge him kindly if he uses his time as leader to distance his party from the disgrace of the Clark years.

If Goff is Labour’s McClay then that makes it highly likely that David Shearer is Labour’s John Key.

Manbearpig sighted again

The dreaded manbearpig has struck again in New Zealand in June.

Of course the trend is upward they’ll all tell us, even when it has been downward since 1998.


Frog PM apologises

The Prime Minister of the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys has apologised for the actions of lying Frog Rugby player Mathieu “In Seine” Bastareaud.

John Key has accepted the apology from Francois Fillon.

Still waiting to hear an apology from the Frog Rugby Union.


“Dear Prime Minister Key

The French rugby team’s recent tour to New Zealand was unfortunately marred by poor behaviour by one of the players.

His false allegations, which prompted a response from your own office, impacted negatively on the fine international image of New Zealand.

I cannot express strongly enough how much I deplore this incident. Pierre Camou, President of the French Rugby Federation, immediately offered his sincere apologies to the New Zealand people and initiated disciplinary procedures against the player involved.

Our two countries share the culture of rugby. We have always fought valiantly on the rugby field and acted like gentlemen when off it. I sincerely hope this despicable incident won’t have lasting ramifications on the mutual respect our countries enjoy.

As a fan of the sport, I join with many others in looking forward with keen anticipation to New Zealand’s hosting of the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

All the very best,

Francois Fillon
Prime Minister, Republic of France”


Smacking poll in hands of mother

Smacking poll in hands of motherThe dark-haired, bespectacled woman talking forcefully across an outdoor table laden with scones, cake and drinks on Family First’s pro-smacking website does not have a bionic arm and cannot run faster than a speeding car. But Sheryl Savill is New Zealand’s $6 million woman. [Stuff Politics]

Enough already about moaning about the $9 million cost of the referendum. The referendum is mandated by law. Enough signatures were collected in the time prescribed by the law. The signatures were checked and verified as prescribed by the law and now the referendum must be held as prescribed by the law.

The cost can fairly and squarely be sheeted home to the mendacity of Helen Clark who was far too scared to hold a referendum at the time of the election. But since we are talking about cost and the supposed waste associated with it let’s look at some previous waste that the left-wing justified as entirely appropriate.

  • More than $4 million of government money has been allocated to fund “mind-boggling” doctorate research topics such as the value of children’s drawings.
  • $15.8 million per annum spent over 5 years aimed to increase energy efficiency by 20 per cent by 2012, and to increase the use of renewable energy by between 19% and 42%. But a review of the Government’s energy-efficiency strategy, released yesterday, found that the percentage of energy use coming from renewable resources was actually falling and so was cancelled.
  • In a breathtaking display of wanton spending on something just not wanted or needed by a population the government has announced it will spend $450 million on Aucklands rail network.

    As David Farrar points out that only 9000 per day use the trains and the and that amounts to $67000 per passenger.

  • Government house gets a $50 million makeoverOfficials are describing the 50 million dollar renovation of government house in Wellington as money well spent.

I am sure there are more examples. If you know of any, let me know.


Herald Editorial: Everyone wins from sale of state houses

Editorial: Everyone wins from sale of state housesTenants of state houses will shortly be given an opportunity to buy them. Housing Minister Phil Heatley has announced that houses will be offered to tenants at market valuations from September and Housing New Zealand will use the… [NZ Herald Politics]

Of course it is a win/win scenario, except for the plonkers in Labour and the Greens.

This news has been greeted with predictable disapproval from Labour, the Green Party and various advocacy groups who claim to be concerned for people in urgent need of a state house. Their preferred solution seems to be to spend whatever it takes to house everyone who cannot afford to buy a home.

On Friday I posted the video of Phil Heatley ripping Goff a new one over his hypocrisy on state houses. DPF has finally caught up on that.

The policy looks to be good for the tenants, good for their neighbourhood, good for those waiting for a state house, good for the taxpayer, the building industry and the economy. Good for everyone, in fact, except those who live on constituencies of state dependence.

Ouch, that i a stab at the socialists, the last sentence. New Zealand surely needs to wake up to exact problem that for more than 50 years successive governments have bred and indeed encouraged state dependence at the expense of individual self reliance.


More lives taken by Silly First Name Syndrome

There seems to have been a mass outbreak of Silly First Name Syndrome related deaths. So far this week more people in new Zealand have died from related occurences than those from Swine Flu worldwide.

Two toddlers who were in the Porirua house when their mother and a teenage woman were murdered yesterday are being cared for by family.

Distraught family members sat quietly in the public gallery of Porirua District Court this morning for the brief appearance of a 28-year-old man accused of murdering Joeline Rangimaria Edmonds, 21, and Jashana Maree Robinson, 16, and breaching a protection order by physically abusing Ms Edmonds.

The unemployed Porirua man, who had his head bowed as he stood in the dock, was given interim name suppression.

There is a better than even chance that the alleged killer may also have Silly First Name Syndrome. Certainly the victims had at least one occurence, their chances were always poor of having a trouble free life. If their alleged killer also has a Silly First Name then they really had no chance of at all.