The fight for hearts and minds

Refugees or economic illegal immigrants?




Slovenian police have used tear gas to disperse a group of migrants on its border as the country’s government says it is considering opening safe corridors for refugees to pass through the tiny Alpine country.

The incident happened at the Harmica border crossing as several hundred migrants demanded to be allowed to enter Slovenia.

After more than an hour of tension, riot police used tear gas to stop migrants, some with children, that were pushing against a police cordon at a bridge on the border.

The clash happened just hours after Prime Minister Miro Cerar announced Slovenia might consider the creation of safe corridors for refugees wanting to reach northern Europe if they continue arriving in large numbers.

“If the pressure of refugees (on the borders) becomes too strong, Slovenia will certainly discuss… possible so-called corridors with all the countries that might be concerned,” Cerar said in a statement after a meeting of the country’s National Security Council.

The Slovenian authorities on Friday registered more than 1000 refugees that had entered the country while more than 700 were still at the Obrezje border crossing, 20 kilometres east of the Croatian capital Zagreb, waiting to be allowed in.

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How the PPTA should have spun it *UPDATED

Living with a Master of the so called ‘ Dark Arts ‘ or ‘Spin Doctor,’ I have learned a lot about how to frame a situation. This skill is in great demand in advertising and in politics because it is the difference between a product or situation looking positive or negative. In its dishonest form it is called Propaganda because the spin contains lies, cherry picked statistics and?omissions?of pertinent facts. At its best it simply highlights the truthful?positives of the product or situation.

The PPTA in their stance on Charter schools have gone for a very negative and?adversarial?approach. They have deliberately used statistics that don’t compare apples with apples when talking about funding of Charter Schools for example.They have told all sorts of lies, spun all sorts of stories and tried to destroy the people involved in the new schools. However the worm is starting to turn and the public are starting to see through the negative spin. Labour Party MPs are even defying Andrew Little on the issue by giving their personal support to Maori Education regardless of who provides it.

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Why Lefties should learn to love Charter Schools

LAWRENCE SMITH/Fairfax NZ OUT OF THE DARKNESS: Tamati Falwasser, with classmate Austin Graham, at the South Auckland Middle School

?Tamati Falwasser, with classmate Austin Graham, at the South Auckland Middle School

Lefties should learn to love Charter schools for the same reasons Liberals in America should because…

  • President Obama is a strong supporter of charter schools, and many prominent progressives are now associated with Democrats for Education Reform, a left-leaning group that supports charters.
  • Our Lefties like the Liberals have been fed cherry-picked statistics which misrepresent the significant advances taking place.
  • Charter Schools are public/state schools despite propaganda from unions and their supporters suggesting otherwise.
  • Charter Schools that are run by experienced and widely-respected charter operators?not only beat traditional public schools serving students in the same demographic, they often outperform them by 20, 30, or even 50 points on many metrics.( The three Auckland Charters I visited for my series on Charter schools are all run by operators with many, many years of experience in education as well as a strong track record of success. )
  • The biggest beneficiaries have been African-American children.( The high school graduation rate nationally for black students is 59 percent. In New Orleans, it?s 65 percent, which is also much higher than the state average.)


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# I am Charlie

# I am Charlie

Truth can hurt but Truth must not be silenced.

My ongoing collections of images under the # I am Charlie headline will upset some people. They will include graphic photos of actual events, political cartoons and Internet memes / posters. They all have one thing in common. They are an attempt to influence your thinking about Islam. Yes you can call them propaganda or offensive. Propaganda can be about telling lies or putting a slant on the truth or just be provocative in order to get you to think about an issue. You decide what these are, individual image by individual image. That is what is wonderful about living in a free, democratic society here in New Zealand. We can do that without fear of violent reprisals ( at least for now )


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Woe betide the Uber City for Wellington, promoted by proven liars

Anyone who thinks the so-called “Uber City” for the Wellington region is going to deliver anything like that which it is hyped to needs a good crack across the bonce with a length of 4×2.

Same goes got he Hawkes Bay.

The name Uber City is a joke too…even if you combined them all they still won’t have the population of South Auckland.

Stephen Franks highlights a problem with the promotors of the Uber City…they are proven liars?.

According to Ms Wilde her Council not being allowed to lie in official advertising ?could drastically restrict how local bodies operate?. She believes it ?poses a real risk to robust political debate?. Putting aside the inconvenient fact that?Council?advertising should be informative, not political propaganda, it is incredible that there is no media furore over her further defence that seeking the Advertising Standards Authority ruling was ?legal nitpicking?.

The DomPost has reported the matter under the heading ?Advertising Standards Authority calls GWRC super-city ad ?misleading??. Note the implied warnings to ignore ? ?calls? instead of ?finds? and the word ?misleading? in quotes to distance the DomPost from the dreadfully unwelcome judgmentalism implicit in ?misleading?.

Take a look at the ASA report, ( 15/004) which attaches my firm?s letter setting out the facts. Someone in the GWRC was either too stupid or too reckless to merit staying employed, or set out to deceive. See also the submission on behalf of the GWRC which says essentially that councils should be free from ASA supervision of their advertising, because being constrained to the truth would be problematic.

How do the honest members of the Council feel about this? Will they seek an inquiry into it. Will anyone be held accountable?

Businesses, remember that indifference to honesty, when you next want to shade the truth to GWRC. Its leader thinks that ?misleading advertising? which was ?not prepared with a due sense of social responsibility? is just robust debate.

In 2008 I blogged on journalistic blind eyes to lies by politicians, compared to their frothing pursuit of easily made mistaken business claims.

?As a commercial lawyer I?m sickened by the left?s sanctimony toward business. Labour love passing laws they could never satisfy in their own conduct. They lie happily, yet business people (properly) face prison or huge fines for faulty prospectus statements.?

I?ve had some journalists and politicians claim that it is because business can lose people so much money. We saw that?claim in full lynch mob glory in the media?s repeated whipping of two former Ministers of Justice. They were found by a court to have been honest though mistaken. They?d failed to add enough emphasis to their written warnings of the risks facing Lombard Finance.

The company?s failure (like most mezzanine development finance lenders) had nothing to do with the misleadingly mild warnings. Many commentators wanted them in jail for years, nonetheless.

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Face of the day

Cartoonist Garrick Tremain flicks through his latest book, comprising his best cartoons from the past 20 years, before its 2008 book launch at Cromwell. Photo by Rosie Manins.

Cartoonist Garrick Tremain flicks through his book, comprising his best cartoons from the past 20 years, just before its book launch in 2008 at Cromwell. Photo by Rosie Manins.

Garrick Tremain is not a fan of Cameron Slater and had a lot to draw about Dirty Politics.When I came across this comment below, about his ad nauseum style I could not resist the opportunity to let you form your own conclusions about whether his treatment of Cameron through Political Cartoons was labouring the same point in a tedious manner? Do you see any theme repeating itself in this selection?

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Would you like some Propaganda with your education?

The Land of the Free is already having its educational institutions infiltrated. A few lone voices are ringing the alarm bells but is anyone listening? This is how it starts, small changes that are hard to fight, creeping Islam is what I call it.


Parents in Farmville, North Carolina want to know why their children were given a Common Core vocabulary assignment in an English class that promoted the Prophet Muhammad and the Islamic faith.

?It really caught me off guard,? a Farmville Central High School student who was in the class told me. ?If we are not allowed to talk about any other religions in school ? how is this appropriate??

The Islamic vocabulary worksheet was assigned to seniors.

Muslim Worksheet

Muslim Worksheet

?I was reading it and it caught me off guard,? the student told me. ?I just looked at it and knew something was not right ? so I emailed the pages to my mom.?

I asked the school district to provide me with a copy of vocabulary worksheets that promoted the Jewish, Hindu and Christian faiths. The school district did not reply.

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Terrorism Recruitment and Propaganda Posters

After reading an article talking about how foreign recruits to ISIS get higher pay and more women and girls to rape than their native Islamic counterparts I decided to create a fake Recruitment poster. My idea was something along the lines of, Join ISIS now and for a limited time get all the girls to rape that you want. As I searched Google for a template I discovered something shocking. I didn’t need to make a fake recruitment poster because plenty of genuine ones already exist. I have assembled a collection below. As far as I can tell by checking back to the source of each image these are not satire, they are real.


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What we can learn from J.K Rowling

I have read the entire Harry Potter series of books written by J.K.Rowling. They may have been written for children but some of the content is very adult.

I particularly enjoyed the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as it showed an acute understanding of politics.


The Ministry of Magic is typical of bureaucratic government departments in the real world. In this novel the magical world is under threat. The threat is very real and very powerful but there is one small problem. The Ministry of Magic refuse to believe that the threat is there!


The Ministry of Magic

The Ministry of Magic

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Hamas using controlled demolitions to level neighborhoods: Media swallows hook, line and sinker


Several days ago we saw footage of an apparent Israeli airstrike bombardment leveling an entire neighborhood. Wails of “genocide” and “extermination” and “war crimes” rocked the media as everyone assumed that what they were seeing was correct, and that the commentary and reporting surrounding this event was indeed factual.

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