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Guest Post: Lushington D. Brady

Punk rock philosopher. Liberalist contrarian. Grumpy old bastard. After working as a freelance music journalist, auto worker, railway worker, taxi driver, small business owner, volunteer firefighter and graphic designer, Lushington Dalrymple Brady decided he finally had an interesting enough resume to be a writer. Miraculously, he survived university Humanities departments with both his critical faculties intact and a healthy disdain for Marxism. He blogs at A Devil’s Curmudgeon. Lushington D. Brady is a pseudonym, obviously.

The Public Sphere and the Private Domain in the Free Speech Wars

“If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch” – Pope Francis

When Pope Francis argued that the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists had invited violence on themselves because they had insulted Islam, just as if someone had insulted his own mother, he didn’t just contradict basic Christian teaching . His threat also betrayed a fundamental misunderstanding of an important tenet of free speech, namely the distinction between the public sphere and the private, and the norms appropriate to each.

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Guest Post: Feminism is the new misogyny – The Feminist betrayal of women

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Anne Marie Waters is an English political activist and director of Sharia Watch UK, an organisation launched by UK lawyers in 2014 which has the support of the Baroness Caroline Cox. She launched Pegida UK in conjunction with activist Tommy Robinson and politician Paul Weston. She blogs at

A lot has been written about the absurd “Women’s March” that took place in Washington recently. Feminists from across the world bravely came together to protest against a man who has done nothing at all to women’s rights. They did so in “solidarity” with a religion that openly practices female slavery and gets away with it. The organiser of the “Women’s March” is a Saudi apologist who praises the very sharia law that ensures women in countries like Saudi Arabia are kept as property. Even so, Islamist Linda Sarsour led a group of gullible, privileged, clueless feminists though the US capital. Every bearded jihadi on the planet must have been laughing at that one, while the woman who suffers his oppression was told that Western feminists not only don’t care about her, but are actually marching in his favour.

The stupid women’s march aside, something else that caught my eye in the weeks since it took place has confirmed to me that modern feminism has nothing whatsoever to do with women’s rights. In fact, it threatens them. Feminism is now the enemy of women.

Feminists have decided not only to support the world’s most misogynistic religion, they also offer unwavering support to male-female transsexuals, once again at the expense of actual women (no, not “cis” women).

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Guest Post – Nonsense passed off as news

A guest post by Michael Edgar

What on earth can be going on at the New Zealand Herald? The genuine news is accompanied by some of the most mindless drivel this side of the black stump. Take these three headlines, all from the same issue: “The most common weight loss mistakes”; “How I found out dad was a killer”; “Grammy’s red carpet shockers”.  This is the sort of claptrap that now runs in what is still New Zealand’s leading newspaper.
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Guest Post – There once were men of science who visited these shores

Two-hundred and forty years ago today they anchored in Ship Cove, for some on board it was their third visit here. After securing the ships in the stream they cleaned and fumigated the vessels and made preparations to set ashore, loading up the landing boats with tents, all the paraphernalia of their scientific mission and the implements, equipment and utensils required for their observations. Landing the following day they would strike up a veritable tent village in an area surrounded by rich grass and wild celery. It was a pleasant day in the Marlborough Sounds; the Noon temperature was measured at 65.5(18.6c) on the ship’s thermometers, the air pressure 30.0inHg(1015mb), there was a fresh West-North-west wind and no rain. The seawater temperature, measured outside of the straits approaching the Sounds had been 60.0f(15.5c), a bit chilly for swimming, but consistent with the other readings they had taken while crossing the Tasman Sea since leaving Van Diemens land; their last landfall before leaving for New Zealand.   Read more »

Guest Post: The stories behind the numbers

Guest post: Nick Hyde CEO of Vanguard Military School

Releasing Vanguard Military School’s academic results to the public is a very rewarding part of my job.  For the third year in a row, Vanguard has produced outstanding NCEA results for its recruits and it is proving the value of having a partnership school as an option for parents and children in our education system.

However, numbers are not people, numbers are not names of family or loved ones so let me make this a little more personal.  This is the story behind many of those numbers.  The following are a few contributions from parents and recruits about the difference this school has made for them.

PHOTO provided – Whaleoil

After both her sons struggled to achieve NCEA, Shannyn Labuschagne enrolled them at Vanguard.  This has been their experience.

“Both of our sons attended Vanguard Military School after failing to achieve NCEA at mainstream public schools.  Neither of them had any real motivation about their futures, other than “getting a job”.  Needless to say, they both finished Vanguard Military School having achieved NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Our eldest son has now been in the NZ Army for 2.5 years, and our younger son begins his BASIC Training for the NZ Army in February.

Vanguard is an amazing school that creates a structured environment for the children to learn in.  The camaraderie among students and teachers alike is fantastic.  The children feel like they are part of something and have a second family outside of their homes.

They encourage their students to be the best that they can be and to never give up.  They not only teach according to the NZQA standards, but the students also learn vital life skills…..important skills that are not taught enough to students these days.

I believe that all schools should follow the example that Vanguard has set with their students.  They are producing qualities in students that we need to see in adults in the future.

We are huge advocates for Vanguard Military School, and because of Vanguard, their dedicated and committed staff and their belief in their students, our boys have a great future ahead of them.”

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A miracle medicinal breakthrough

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In breaking news, professor Far-age (PHD, MEP School them in Brussels) and professor Trumpter (PHD, Towers University built in NY) have announced a major breakthrough in the fight against the virus progressivess liberaltitist. (PL Disease)

As most of you are aware, the single most dangerous virus of the 20th and 21st Centuries, PL disease, has had far-reaching consequences for western society, producing instability and the spread of associated diseases globalitis and entitlilisteletism.

As professor Far-age explains – “Part of our breakthrough has been identifying the root cause of PL disease. Through a forensic examination of thousands of suffers, we have established that the virus enters the spinal cord of the victim and shuts down the rational and logic portion of the brain. Of course, that makes it easy for us to establish whether a patient has PL disease – all we need do is ask the patient some logical questions – eg. “Why do you call white males racist?” The usual response will be to call you, the questioner, a misogynist racist with fascist tendencies – just for questioning their definition – unfortunately, the victim may also try to spit on you or even physically assault you – so be very wary of those you think may be infected!”

Professor Trumpter also pointed out: “ After establishing what the virus was doing to victims, it was a relatively easy task to find the origin or loci of the infection – many will be unsurprised that the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford in the 1950’s are the first known sites of the infection – though there is some evidence to suggest that a gentlemen born in the late 19th century – a Mr Lean-on, may in fact, be the starting point.” Read more »


Guest Post – A guide to the indefinite article

It is Waitangi Day and I am not going to the celebration in Waitangi. There are several reasons, one being that, according to early morning radio, the Deputy Prime Minister has already made her speech.  She must have got her dates mixed up because I have it on the authority of the NZ Herald that today,  Monday, is Waitangi Day.   Another reason for me not going is that I did not receive an invitation from the Treaty partners who control things up there. Another reason is that today is my hair washing day.

So, instead of going to Waitangi I am reading the NZ Herald. Not the print version of course, which you have to pay for, but the free online version, which I find is good value for money. It has a couple of articles on Waitangi, headlined as follows: “The day to forget the day” and “A day for us all to come together”.  These seem to be contradictory but unfortunately, the subject matter is not quite interesting enough for me to bother finding out what the Herald is on about.   Read more »


The journalistic sin that festers in open sight

Guest Post: Lushington D. Brady
Punk rock philosopher. Liberalist contrarian. Grumpy old bastard. After working as a freelance music journalist, auto worker, railway worker, taxi driver, small business owner, volunteer firefighter and graphic designer, Lushington Dalrymple Brady decided he finally had an interesting enough resume to be a writer. Miraculously, he survived university Humanities departments with both his critical faculties intact and a healthy disdain for Marxism. He blogs at A Devil’s Curmudgeon. Lushington D. Brady is a pseudonym, obviously.

When I was studying journalism, it was drummed into us that mixing opinion and reporting was a cardinal sin. Journalism academic Stephen Lamble ruled that, “journalists should clearly distinguish between news, comment and opinion”.

Yet one flagrant example of this journalistic sin occurs almost daily in media right across the ideological spectrum. That this particular and glaring breach of journalistic good practice is allowed to fester in open sight is, I suspect, because almost everyone – journalists and audiences alike – has been conditioned to simply accept it as a received truth.

News is what journalists commonly call “hard news” – the “just the facts” of who, what, when, where, why and how. In print, hard news is usually the front pages of the paper. News reporting is supposed to strictly report the facts without inserting the reporter’s opinions. “There should be no clues in a journalist’s work,” says Lamble, “about her or his political leaning”

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Muslim country issues a Trump ” Muslim ban”, waiting for howls of outrage

There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the so-called racist ” Muslim ban.” Despite this outrage the MSM have been quiet about the “Muslim ban” from an Arab Muslim country that has banned visas from five Muslim majority countries.

Is it racist for Arabs to ban other Arabs? Is it a ” Muslim ban” if the Muslims are being banned by other Muslims? Perhaps just like America, Kuwait is protecting its citizens due to the instability in the banned countries?

Meanwhile, the Jew ban enforced by 16 Muslim countries continues to escape international condemnation despite there being no security reasons for the ban which is solely based on the nationality of the individuals.


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Reflections on the Holocaust

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The blog at Shalom Kiwi has been asking Jews to share some of their memories and thoughts.  That’s because today:

…has been set aside by the United Nations as an annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The New Zealand Jewish Council has invited these statements in the belief that as the number of survivors dwindles, the need for attention to be focused on the Holocaust and its lessons has become ever more critical and the plea, ‘nie wieder’ (‘never again’) must continue to reverberate in the world’s conscience.

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