Face of the day

Churchill patting Rommel, a cocker spaniel owned by General Sir Bernard Montgomery (Monty) in Normandy in August 1944.

Churchill patting Rommel, a cocker spaniel owned by General Sir Bernard Montgomery (Monty) in Normandy in August 1944.

Yesterday was the anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death. He is a historical figure that I admire because he symbolises to me the determination and tenacity of the underdog. Britain was not winning the war when he became Prime Minister and he had to deal with defeat and failure but he never gave up. His speeches are still quoted today because of the way he used the spoken word to inspire and to energise the British people. One line from one of his speeches is as relevant today for the UK as it was back in 1940.

You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

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Once upon a time – the chick’s version

Following on from my General debate post…here is the chicks version, which one of my readers emailed to the tipline:



Whale Week What Was

682zoomWe started our Saturday by paying our respects to?Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the hard-charging US Army general whose forces smashed the Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War. ?He died aged 78. ?At The Standard 2012 Worst Political Blog Mike Smith is told some home truths about long term grass-roots Labour families heading for the Greens. ?A quick vid on how to put out a boat fire the Kiwi way is next, followed by a vote for Best Minister. ?The winner, at 52%, is Judith Collins. ?The Whale Week That Was summarised all the stories this blog covered in the previous seven days. ?A quite active Saturday Debate (for the time of year especially) led a post calling for nominations for Best Political Blog. ?Those who see WOBH as any sort of threat to them (and those that don’t too), should take heed of this Malcolm Tucker quote: “marshal all the media forces of Darkness to hound them to an assisted suicide”.? A CNN piece showing Teachers in Utah taking a class on gun use shows some common sense around the gun debate. ?A reader has taken yesterday’s US Fiscal Cliff graphic and created one for New Zealand – great work. ?As Cameron Slater predicted from the outset, the Aussie Hoax DJs will not face charges. ?The NZ Herald continues to amuse – this time a car crashed into a poll. ?The blog then introduces us to two sexy taxidermists showing you don’t have to look like a front row forward to deal with dead animals. ?And you’d think we’re picking on an incompetent NZ Herald, and you would be right. ?This time they have Jesse Ryder beating himself at Eden Park in Wellington. ?Then a hilarious story about a Queensland woman who fell into the longdrop and was there for two hours before being discovered by her husband. ? Turns out that during the Falklands War the French tried to send missiles to Argentinia behind Margaret Thatcher‘s back. ?Commerce first eh? ?The last post of the day highlights a report of a man holding up a Countdown Supermarket with a hammer. ?Our readers get fired up about the idea of hammer banning.

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Another Tui ad

This was up in Auckland where?the?current Len Brown one is, it was also up in Petone. I think Tui are on fairly safe ground with this one. I seriously doubt we will be seeing Terry Serepisos fronting The Apprentice ever again.

The Apprentice - Terry Serepisos

Smart move by Key, appoints Weldon to head summit

Once again Labour have been caught napping while John Key the man they keep under-estimating gets on with getting on.

He has appointed NZX boss Mark Weldon to head the jobs summit planned by the Government to limit lay-offs as the global economic downturn bites.

Mark Weldom is one of the few who put their hand up with solutions for the recession. Remember it was Labour that kept their plans secret and still haven’t offered anything up other than to continually lie about the great shape they left the economy in.

Surely if their December package had any merit in the best interests of New Zealand they should come forward with the ideas rather than sit in foreign lands, wagging their fingers and telling the Prime Minister how he should run the country.


Who needs a Boris-ing?

With the Executive being sworn in today I think it is time to compile a list of candidates for Boris-ing.

It is time for a clean out so I nominate the following for immediate Boris-ing. Feel free to add your suggestions and why in the comments.

  • Mike Williams, his multiple positions are untenable with the new government.
  • Howard Broad, Helen’s patsy in Police HQ.
  • Lyn Provost, Helen’s spy in Police HQ.
  • Barry Matthews, CEO of Corrections, couldn’t run a bath let alone a department.
  • The NZTA board comprising Mike Williams, Alick Shaw, Gary Moore and Christine Caughey. They are all Labour stooges.
  • Diane Yates, another Labour lickspittle appointed to boards with no skill set apparent.
  • Anyone David Cunliffe appointed
  • Any appointment made in breach of the cabinet manual in the three months prior to the election

Winston Peters and the ever-changing story

Winston Peters and the ever-changing storyWinston Peters has confirmed on Newstalk ZB my story in Friday’s Herald as to what the Serious Fraud Office told the privileges committee on. Peters confirmed that the Spencer Trust had reimbursed his lawyer Brian Henry the… [NZ Herald Politics]

A very nice blog post from Audrey Young outining the ehanging stories of Winston Raymond Peters, 63, List Mp of no fixed abode. The stories are so far out of whack that WRP, 63, LMPONFA has now resorted to the rambling excuses of a tired old drunk…..oh wait….errr.

His main line of defence, if you could call it that, is to say that he was under pressure. Yeah I bet he is, pressure of the bottle, pressure of the missus selling the abode, pressure from the Serious Fraud Office and the pressure in his withered brain cells of trying to remember just how much smoke he has blown up someone’s arse and whoo that someone was.

Peters' lawyer to explain discrepancies

Peters’ lawyer to explain discrepanciesWinston Peters’ lawyer Brian Henry will be under pressure today to explain glaring inconsistencies between the story he previously gave to Parliament’s privileges committee and evidence tabled last week by businessman Owen Glenn. For… [NZ Herald Politics]

Oh sure he will, his previous testimony is directly contradicted by documentary evidence and the evidence of his own client.

I wonder when the MSM will bother to realise that Winston Raymond peters, 63, list MP of no fixed abode seems to be going to extraordinary lengths to now prove that he was at Karaka in 2006 when he previously stated before the Privileges Committee that his diary could prove that he wasn’t there and that it was 2007.

Of course it was this blog that found the photos that disproved that lie.

Peters: Tomorrow's evidence will clear my name

Peters: Tomorrow’s evidence will clear my nameWinston Peters says his name will be cleared by evidence his lawyer Brian Henry will present to Parliament’s privileges committee tomorrow. [3 News Politics]

Heard it all before Winston, you are full of shit. You were supposed to clear all this up in about 3 minutes if I remember rightly and you haven’t and are not likely to either.

Sad, deluded, little man.

Observe, Orient, Decide, Act

Michael Barone at RealClearPolitics looks at the strategy John NcCain has used to blindside the Democrats.

John McCain was trained as a fighter pilot. In his selection of Sarah Palin, and in his convention and campaigning since, he has shown that he learned an important lesson from his fighter pilot days: He has gotten inside Barack Obama’s OODA loop.

That term was the invention of the great fighter pilot and military strategist John Boyd. It’s an acronym for Observe, Orient, Decide, Act.

“The key to victory is operating at a faster tempo than the enemy,” Boyd’s biographer Robert Coram writes. “The key thing to understand about Boyd’s version is not the mechanical cycle itself, but rather the need to execute the cycle in such a fashion as to get inside the mind and decision cycle of the adversary.”

Indeed, with the Palin selection McCain did precisely that. The Democrats and more importantly the media were rattled.

The McCain campaign shrewdly kept the information that she was on the short list and that she was the choice to a half-dozen people, who didn’t tell even their spouses. The Obama team failed to Observe.

The Obama team were genuinely surprised as were most of their media supporters.

Then they failed to Orient. Palin, as her convention and subsequent appearances have shown, powerfully reinforces two McCain themes: She is a maverick who has taken on the leaders of her own party (as Obama never has in Chicago), and she has a record on energy of favoring drilling and exploiting American resources. Instead of undermining these themes, they dismissed the choice as an attempt to appeal to female Hillary Clinton supporters or to religious conservatives.

A fatal error that most left-wingers fall into and one our own Helen Clark is falling into now. Instead of orienting their attacks on the real person they attack on their own “straw person” view of the opponent.

Then team Obama and its many backers in the media failed to Decide correctly, so when they Acted they got it wrong. Their attacks on Palin tended to ricochet and hit Obama. Is she inexperienced? Well, what has Obama ever run (besides his now floundering campaign)? Being a small-town mayor, as Palin said, is like being a community organizer, “except that you have actual responsibilities.”

Is she neglecting her family? Well, how often has Obama tucked his daughters in lately? For more than a week we’ve seen the No. 1 person on the Democratic ticket argue that he’s better prepared than the No. 2 person on the Republican ticket. That’s not a winning argument even if you win it. As veteran California Democrat Willie Brown says, “The Republicans are now on offense, and Democrats are on defense.”

Perhaps the Obama campaign strategists expected their many friends in the mainstream media to do their work for them. Certainly they tried. But their efforts have misfired, and the grenades they lobbed at Palin have ricocheted back and blown up in their faces. Voters are on to their game.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen finds that 68 percent believe “most reporters try to help the candidate they want to win” and that 51 percent — more than support McCain — believe the press is “trying to hurt” Sarah Palin. The press and the Democratic ticket are paying the price for decades of biased mainstream media coverage.

Thi is exactly the same for Helen Clark and Labour, they have decided that the election campaign is going to be nasty from National and so have preapred their own nasty campaign. They have acted upon it and boy didn’t Clark just look nasty on television last night? The problem is that National and John Key has got inside Labour’s OODA and aren’t playing that way. This will rattle Clark just as it has rattled Obama. Labour will be racting to National and the Democrats will be reacting to the Republicans.