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McCully and Obama’s actions put thirty thousand Palestinian jobs at risk

I received this e-mail yesterday from Jay Sekulow the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) Chief Counsel.

Juana,

President Obama’s diplomatic war on Israel is expanding.

First, he betrayed our greatest ally in the Middle East at the United Nations (U.N.). Second, Secretary Kerry bullied and berated Israel on the public stage. Now, the U.N. has created a blacklist of anyone who does business in Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem.

This blacklist of Jews and people who support Israel will be used by the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement to further delegitimize Israel.

Now, President Obama may be planning a final betrayal ? unilaterally recognizing a Palestinian state led by a government that funds terrorism…

I did a little research and it turns out that like previous actions by the BDS the people most affected by the blacklist will be the very people that the activists claim to support, the Palestinians.

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There is Dirty Politics and then there is Despicable Politics

Green Party MP Jan Logie is still pushing for John Key to apologise over accusing Labour and Greens of putting the welfare of criminals ahead of those of everyday New Zealanders by playing the sexual victim card.

A petition carrying 13,000 signatures calling on Prime Minister John Key to apologise for his “you back the rapists” comment has been handed in to Parliament.

Mr Key shouted the words at opposition MPs during a heated about New Zealand criminals being deported from Australia.

It caused uproar, and several women MPs walked out after saying they were victims of sexual violence.

Mr Key said he was responding to opposition claims that the Government wasn’t doing anything to help the deportees, and explained he meant Labour and the Greens cared more about criminals than the people who needed protection from them.

It wasn’t taken that way, and several women MPs walked out after identifying themselves as victims of sexual violence.

Mr Key didn’t apologise and Speaker David Carter subsequently said he couldn’t order an apology because he hadn’t heard the remark at the time.

The people’s power organisation ActionStation organised the petition.

It calls on Mr Key to “stand up and apologise for the offence your comment has caused to survivors of sexual violence throughout New Zealand, and withdraw the statement”.

It was handed to Green Party MP Jan Logie and Labour MP Poto Williams on the steps of Parliament today.

They were among those who walked out in protest when Mr Key made the comment.

The petition also calls on the Government to fully fund specialist sexual violence agencies to provide core services for victims.

“Today is the international day for the elimination of violence against women – it is the perfect day for us to present this petition,” said ActionStation spokeswoman Marianne Elliott.

Ms Logie said there was an epidemic of violence against women and the silence around it had to be broken.

The whole walkout was a staged political show. ?It was staged using the victims of sexual violence and mocking them by trying to smear the Prime Minister as being non-supportive of sexual violence victims.

There’s just one problem: ?he wasn’t.

And as we’ve seen by the polls that came out since then, New Zealand clearly heard John Key stand up for New Zealanders and question why Labour and the Greens were dying in the ditch for a handful of hardened criminals.

Using violence and sexual violence against women is normally an iron-clad strategy to shut everyone down. ?There simply is no argument to “justify” it in any context.

But Logie and her poisonous friends have totally over-reached here. ? John Key was clearly against the criminals who were at the time thought to be convicted of things like murder, rape and paedophilia while Labour and the Greens were criticising John Key for not doing enough to bring these people “home”.

The fact they found 13,000 people to sign this petition shows they are even willing to trivialise sexual violence if it means getting a hit in on John Key.

To borrow some Internet language: ?EPIC FAIL

 

– NZN via 3 News

Petition to wipe gay sex convictions

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There is an increasing amount of support for historical convictions for gay sex between consenting adults to be removed from people’s police records.

Sex between men was illegal until 1986, punishable by up to seven years in prison, and many in the gay community say that stigma still hangs over them.

Wellington man Wiremu Demchick has started a petition to have the convictions deleted, with the Justice Minister indicating she’s at least willing to listen. Read more »

Is it time for recall legislation?

John Key thinks recall legislation is too hard. Frankly that is a cop out.

Recall legislation exists in many jurisdictions and it gives the people a decent chance to rid themselves of dud politicians.

If we had recall legislation, at the very least at a local body level then the power hungry despots like Len Brown and the ratbags at the?Hawkes Bay Regional Council could be tipped out.

Recall has been successfully used in the US, especially by the NRA in order to remove ratbags who support impinging on constitutional second amendment rights.

Though John Key thinks it is all too hard perhaps he should have a chat to his besty in the UK, David Cameron, who is bringing in recall legislation as we speak.

Voters look set to get the right to sack ?bad apple? MPs after Labour and the Liberal Democrats and said they would seek to strengthen current plans before Parliament.

The news is a boost for campaigners who are concerned that the current proposed legislation puts the right to call a ?Recall by-election? in the hands of MPs, not voters. ?? Read more »

Face of the day

Today’s face of the day is Maria Sherwood

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Maria Sherwood

Maria has started a petition? about something that she feels strongly about. It is not the first petition she has signed. Her facebook page reveals that she has signed the Official Petition for Mike Hosking to “talk less” as well as one petitioning John Key to apologise to Tania Billingsley amongst others. Her latest petition however which she herself started is one that I could not let go unchallenged.

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Stand Down Len Brown

Someone has set up an online petition calling for Pants Down Len Brown to stand down.

This isn’t about his rooting, it is about judgment and his lack of judgment.

Len Brown does not learn from his mistakes and there are now many of them displaying his appalling lack of judgment.? Read more »

The case for recall

With all the shenanigans in Christchurch is it time that we considered recall legislation?

I think so, and I will explain why.

At the moment there are many commentators, myself included calling for some sort of action in Christchurch. You have rogue councillors, an inept Mayor, an out of control and indifferent Chief Executive and the reality that no one but the Minister of Local Government having any power to anything more than just moan about the issues.

If someone dares suggest that a Commissioner be appointed then they are called anti-democratic. Imagine the outcry if the Minister actually did do that. Sacking councils seems unreasonable except via the ballot box but all too often that is 3 long years away.

It seems then that instead of action we get inaction, ineptitude and costs all for the want of action against the fools and wastrels for three years.

Democracy needs to be more immediate than that. What better way to hand power back to the people than with recall elections. The Minister doesn’t have to?wield?draconian laws, the people actually get a say and the inept and the wasteful get tossed from office.

What is there not to like about recall elections? Except perhaps the cost of them…but it seems a small price to pay for ridding a city or electorate of a fool.

In Switzerland, the recall rules differ for each canton but the mechanism is similar. Cantons that allow recall must have a petition with valid signatures of between 2 and 13% of the roll in order to trigger a recall referendum. By and large the mechanism has n’t been used in Switzerland but the facility is on the law books should the need arise.

The United States is the most prolific for recall elections.Famously Arnold Swarzenegger won a recall election after Governor Gray Davis became just the second Governor in history to be recalled in 2003.

Under California law, any elected official may be the target of a recall campaign.?To trigger a recall election, proponents of the recall must gather a certain number of signatures from registered voters within a certain time period. The number of signatures statewide must equal 12% of the number of votes cast in the previous election for that office.?For the 2003 recall election, that meant a minimum of 897,156 signatures, based on the November 2002 statewide elections, but 1.2 million were needed to ensure that there were enough valid signatures.

It would seem fair to suggest that if we were to institute recall legislation that perhaps a threshold of 10% of electors be required to trigger a recall election. So for an electorate that would mean between 5-6000 valid signatures. With Auckland’s population due to pass 1.5 million then 150,000 signatures would be required. Christchurch would require around 38,000 signatures.

If democracy is the underpinning rationale to leaving the inept in charge then let’s free us from this tyranny by providing a mechanism for exactly that. It si simple, it has a necessary threshold to prevent?frivolous?attempts and importantly gives voters an additional recourse that if their MP, Mayor, Council or Councillor goes haywire they can?relieve?themselves of their?presence?with a simple recall election.

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