Who do people trust?

The Edelman report into where people place their trust doesn’t really provide any surprises. ?It simply confirms what we already know. ? Read more »

NZ Politicians on Facebook: Who is working and who is shirking?

I have undertaken a COMPLETELY unscientific and unfair investigation into who is working and who is shirking based entirely on politicians’ Facebook pages. My definition of working is actual political stuff like door knocking and political meetings and talking to the news media about current issues. My definition of shirking is no posts to the page since Christmas or self-promotion like makeovers with the Women’s Weekly.

Politicians are people too and deserve a relaxing holiday but some work harder than others and it is nice to know who those hard workers are.



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William Ewart Gladstone, at Hawarden with his grandchild Dorothy Drew, daughter of Mary Gladstone. William Gladstone, prime minister of England four times between 1868 and 1894, walked the streets of London at night hoping to rescue prostitutes from their lives of vice. In 1848 he cofounded the Church Penitentiary Society Association for the Reclamation of Fallen Women; he would, it is said, offer streetwalkers a place to sleep, protection from their procurers, and a chance to give up their way of life.

Sex Secrets of Old England

Victorian England is sometimes thought as a stuffy, sexually oppressive, puritanical world, where one did one?s duty, where children were seen and not heard, and table legs were covered to prevent any lustful thoughts. But in truth, Victorian England was a world full of hypocrisy, where sex, poverty, and crime were rampant.

The great parliamentarian and Liberal politician William Gladstone was notorious for his visits to brothels where he claimed he was attempting to ?rescue? fallen women. Gladstone had been an habitu? of London?s bordellos since he was in his twenties with his visits to prostitutes creating feelings of guilt and remorse which he expunged by flogging himself. When Gladstone became the British Prime Minister, he was known to have invited prostitutes back to number 10 Downing Street for a cup of tea and a reading of some uplifting passage from the Bible. Happily married and a father of eight children, Gladstone kept visiting brothels until he was 82 years of age, but by then he was just watching the young girls at work.

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Calvin Leon Graham (April 3, 1930?November 6, 1992)

Calvin Leon Graham (April 3, 1930 – ?November 6, 1992)

Medal of Honour

Calvin Leon Graham was the youngest U.S. serviceman, during World War II. Following the attack on Pearl Harbour, he enlisted in the Navy in May 1942, at the age of 12. He was wounded at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, while serving aboard USS South Dakota. During the battle, he helped in the fire control efforts aboard the South Dakota, but suffered fragmentation wounds in the process. For his actions he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

For Calvin Graham, the summer of ’42 marked a terrifying rite of passage. The young seaman first class was aboard the U.S.S. South Dakota when the battleship was attacked by the Japanese during the battle of Guadalcanal. In the bloody fight that followed, the muzzle blast from the ship’s own 16-inch guns set sailors afire and hurled them into the sea while the enemy riddled the South Dakota with shells. Graham was blown off an upper deck while trying to rescue a wounded shipmate and tumbled 30 feet, shattering his upper jawbone. Half the ship’s crew of 3,300 were killed or wounded, and Graham emerged with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was, at the time, 12 years old.

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Cynthia Ann Parker After Being Returned to the Parker Family. Portrait of Cynthia Ann Parker, 1861. Sixth plate tintype photograph, hand colored. Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library.

Cynthia Ann Parker After Being Returned to the Parker Family. Portrait of Cynthia Ann Parker, 1861. Sixth plate tintype photograph, hand colored. Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library.

Nocona?s Raid and Cynthia Ann Parker?s Recapture

Cynthia Ann Parker is the most famous Indian captive in American history. She was a member of one of Texas?s most prominent families, which included Texas Ranger captains, politicians, and Baptists who?d founded the state?s first Protestant church.

In August of 1833, Cynthia Ann Parker?s father, Silas M. Parker, took his family on a road trip.? He loaded his wife, five children and all their belongings into the wagons and headed south from Illinois to central Texas.

The wagon train consisted of 31 families including Parker?s grandparents, uncles and aunts. ?It was a long journey and not without incident.? Parker?s brother James was killed when one wagon lost a wheel, and he was hit in the chest by a piece of wood.

The purpose of the trip was the great American Dream: to apply for a land grant.? Each head of household was awarded a ?headright league? of over 4,000 acres, and the Parkers started calling Anderson County, Texas home.

The newly arrived settlers were well aware of the potential threat of the local Indians.? In 1834, Cynthia?s uncle, Daniel Parker, led the effort to build Fort Parker in Mexia, Texas, between Dallas and Houston.? Treaties were signed by the homesteaders and many neighboring chiefs leading to a peaceful coexistence, for a while.

In 1836, when Parker was nine years old, several hundred members of the Caddo, Comanche and Kiowa tribes attacked the fort.? One Indian approached with a white flag accompanied by enough others to indicate that this was a ruse.? Parker?s uncle, Benjamin, tried to negotiate with the attackers to buy time for the women and children to escape.? Those five minutes of diplomacy allowed most of them to flee into the wilderness.? But Uncle Benjamin, Parker?s father, grandfather and two other men were killed.? Parker, her younger brother, a baby and two women were captured by Comanche.

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Being a vocal critic of the ideology of Islam comes at a great personal cost


I admire commentators, cartoonists and politicians who are brave enough to tell the truth. No one wants to hear the truth as comforting lies are much nicer. People who tell the truth get ridiculed and called names, and if you are criticising Islam then death threats and assassination are a very real and constant danger.

Every single critic of Islam whom I follow (and there are dozens of them) has had actual attempts on their life and/or death threats. Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who collaborated on a short movie about the oppression of women under Islam, was assassinated after the documentary sparked controversy. He?was stabbed to death in the street in his own country?by a Muslim who was outraged by the film.

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Researcher confirms what we already know: politicians are good at nothing

Everyone knows that politicians are mostly tits.

Now there is some research to show they are good for nothing.

Our MPs are now less likely to come from traditional careers in business and unions and are more likely to be “generalists” who turn to politics as a career.

Political researcher Geoffrey Miller and public relations expert Mark Blackham researched the histories of all 121 members of the current Parliament.

They found that business owners, agriculturalists and unionists have a falling share of the voice within their parties.

They’ve been replaced by people with no specific career interests, or careers limited to government and politics.

“National is no longer dominated by business experience and Labour no longer by unions,” the researchers said.

“In fact, the whole of Parliament is now dominated by generalists, people of no specific experience, and government specialists – people whose only experience is working for government or in politics.”

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World leaders Take Heat for Paris Photo Op During March That Some Say Is Deceiving

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Photo: Philip Jones Griffiths GB. NORTHERN IRELAND. 1973. The incongruities of daily life in the urban war zone. For years, the people of Northern Ireland lived in a strange and strained symbiosis with the occupying British army.

Photo: Philip Jones Griffiths
GB. NORTHERN IRELAND. 1973. The incongruities of daily life in the urban war zone. For years, the people of Northern Ireland lived in a strange and strained symbiosis with the occupying British army.

Just mowing the Lawn…

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What’s worse than corruption or cheating for politicians?

For a politician it is pretty bad to be accused of corruption, worse of cheating like Len Brown.

But there is something that voters take more seriously than both of those…hypocrisy.

Quinnipiac University did a fascinating — and remarkably well-timed?– poll in which they created a fake Congressman (James Miller a 53 year old married man with 2 kids) and then asked voters how they would react to various piece of information about Miller. Those tidbits ranged from his carrying on an extramarital affair to his hiring of a family member unqualified for a job. ?And, by a somewhat wide margin, the hiring of the family member was seen a a far more egregious — and fireable — offense than cheating.

Just one in four (24 percent) of voters say they would “definitely” or “probably” vote for Miller if ?he “created a new, well-paid position on his staff in order to hire an unqualified family member as a favor.? ? ?Contrast that with the four in ten (39 percent) people who say the would “definitely” or “probably” votes for Miller if he was “unfaithful to his wife with another woman.”

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