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“Norton I, Emperor of the United States.” In 1863, when Napoleon III invaded Mexico, he added the title “Protector of Mexico.” Emperor Norton Muybridge 1869. The collection of the Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley (part of the Lone Mountain College Collection of Stereographs by Eadweard Muybridge, 1867-1880).

“Norton I Emperor of the United States”

It’s the little Bit of Madness that keeps us Sane

Officially, the United States has had forty-five different Presidents. But at one time the country also had another head of state as well as a President it actually had an Emperor.

Although few history books mention his name, in the mid-1800’s Joshua Abraham Norton proclaimed himself Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. And for almost a quarter of a century, he ruled his vast domain with exemplary benevolence and kindly common sense.

Joshua Abraham Norton (c.1818 – January 8, 1880), is also known as Norton I or Emperor Norton, was a celebrated citizen of San Francisco who in 1859 proclaimed himself “Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico.” Though he was generally considered insane, or at least highly eccentric, the citizens of San Francisco in the mid to late nineteenth century celebrated Norton’s regal presence and his deeds. He continues to be a patron saint of the unusual and of eccentrics, and he is recognised as a Saint in the Principia Discordia (1970), the main text of the Discordian religion.

Emperor Norton is both a legend and a historical figure. It’s not always easy to tell where one begins and the other one ends.

This much we know about his birth: Joshua Abraham Norton was born to Jewish parents, John and Sarah Norton, in the  Kentish town of Deptford, England, which now is part of London. The precise date has been trickier to pin down. Most likely, though, he was born on 4 February 1818.

Two years later, in February 1820, young Joshua and his family — parents, older brother Louis and younger brother Philip (who was born en voyage) — set sail from London to South Africa, where his father established a successful ship’s chandlery. His father headed a small Jewish community. As a young man, he initially attempted to run his own business in Cape Town but quickly went bankrupt and started working at his father’s ship chandlery instead.

A half-dozen more siblings were born over the next decade. But, while John Norton’s family had grown by leaps and bounds, his business fortunes started heading south around 1840. By the time he died in 1848 — preceded by his wife, Sarah, and his two sons, Louis and Philip — Joshua’s father was insolvent, if not bankrupt.

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UK muscles up against UN over Israel as well

The UK has muscled up against the UN over Israel as well now.

The push back is harsh, Breitbart reports:

As long as Israel remains a standing agenda item at the United Nations and “Syria’s regime butchers and murders its people on a daily basis” the UK will vote down any attempt to debate the future of the Jewish State.

This warning was made on Friday at the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) by the UK mission in Geneva. It came as the UNHCR debated Israel’s conduct in the occupied Syrian and Palestinian territories.

In its history, the UNHCR has condemned Israel more often than any other of the 192 UN states. Comparative totals after Friday’s session in Geneva tell the story: Israel – 78 resolutions and decisions, Syria – 29, North Korea – 9, and Iran – 6. As for Saudi Arabia, Russia, and China, there’s nothing at all.

While it made clear its “serious concerns about the growth in illegal demolitions and settlement activity” and said the UK stood “shoulder to shoulder with the international community” in support of a two-state solution, the UK mission added the council’s “unacceptable pattern of bias” as evidenced by the sheer number of motions condemning the Jewish state would only make the goal harder to achieve.

The statement continued:

“The trend of Israeli conduct in the occupied Palestinian territories over the past year has been negative.

“But we must also recognise the continuing terrorism, incitement and violence that Israel faces. Renewed Hamas efforts to rebuild their tunnels are a grave concern. The scourge of anti-Semitic incitement and glorification of terrorism continue.

“And yet neither ‘terrorism’ nor ‘incitement’ were a focus of this week’s council discussions and resolutions. This is not acceptable.”

The mission also questioned why Israel was still a standing agenda item while “Syria’s regime butchers and murders its people on a daily basis”.

Friday’s vote marked a reversal of previous UK efforts to isolate Israel from the international community.

Good to see that the UK and the USA are using veto powers now for what they were intended…to stop bullying against small nations by vested interests.

 

– Breitbart

US tells UN Human Rights Council to reform or they are gone

Another of Trump’s promises is coming to fruition.

The US has told the UN Human Rights Council to reform or they are gone…and presumably their funding goes too.

Foreign Policy reports:

Trump administration is threatening a withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council if it does not undertake “considerable reform,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned a group of nine non-profit organizations in a letter this week.   Read more »

Prime Minister, there’s a call for you, it’s a guy called Darryl Kerrigan

Bill English thinks he can talk Donald Trump back into the TPP:

Engaging help from larger economies in Asia to try and change the trade direction and policy of the United States is a focus for the Government, the Prime Minister says.

Speaking at a New Zealand Trade and Enterprise breakfast ahead of the final day’s play at the New Zealand Open, Prime Minister Bill English told about 80 mostly Asian business delegates the Government was “aiming to have discussions” with larger economies countries like China, about how best to “change their [US] mind on the direction” of their trade policy.   Read more »

Nikki Haley’s first press conference reveals the deceit of the UN

Watch this video to gain an understand how dysfunctional the UN Security Council and the General Assembly have become. Her press conference reveals just exactly the sort of subterfuge and ratbag behaviour that Murray McCully has been up to.

I doubt if our media would show this clip of the US Ambassador’s first press conference after her first UN Security Council meeting.

It gives you some idea of what Murray’s been up to at these meetings.

The first thing I want to do is talk about what we just saw in there. The Security Council just finished its regular monthly meeting on Middle East issues. It’s the first meeting like that that I’ve attended, and I have to say it was a bit strange. The Security Council is supposed to discuss how to maintain international peace and security. But at our meeting on the Middle East, the discussion was not about Hizballah’s illegal build-up of rockets in Lebanon. It was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists. It was not about how we defeat ISIS. It was not about how we hold Bashar al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of hundreds and thousands of civilians. No, instead, the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the Council has operated, month after month, for decades.   Read more »

Weapons grade wailing over US Ambassador to NZ

The left-wing, including an editorial from Jonathan Milne, are wailing at weapons grade levels over the Trump appointee as US Ambassador to NZ.

The man being tipped to be the United States ambassador to New Zealand under Donald Trump supports waterboarding and once won the title of “America’s Sexiest Man”.

Former US senator Scott Brown, 57, also doesn’t appear to have any ties to New Zealand, but he did tell GQ Magazine in 2015 he “always wanted to go”.

Brown has led a varied life, and was a promising basketball star as a youngster before embarking on a military career where he rose to the rank of colonel. He also spent years as a male model in the 1980s.

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Thanks Murray. We’re on the US’s cold shoulder again

This is the official White House release on Bill English’s chat with President Trump

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release February 05, 2017
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Trump proposes “Bad Hombres” policy

Trump has gone all Clint Eastwood on Mexico.

President Donald Trump threatened his Mexican counterpart to send US troops across the border to stop “bad hombres down there”, according to The Associated Press.

AP reported Trump will issue US soldiers to enter Mexico unless the Mexican military does not do more to control them.

An excerpt of a transcript of the alleged conversation between the leaders was obtained by AP, who say the call took place Friday morning.

The phone call between the leaders was intended to patch things up between the new president and his ally.

The two have had a series of public spats over Trump’s determination to have Mexico pay for the planned border wall, something Mexico steadfastly refuses to agree to.

“You have a bunch of bad hombres down there,” Trump told Pena Nieto, according to the excerpt given to AP. “You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”

I would absolutely love to see the Mexican drug cartels take on the US military.  It would be like Rambo meets Desert Storm meets Survivor. Read more »

Out in the cold, thanks Murray

This is a telling statement from Patrick Gower:

The Government still has no idea if New Zealand’s dual citizens will get an exemption from the ban.

New Zealand, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom are all part of an intelligence alliance with the US known as Five Eyes.

So far New Zealand is the only one of the Five Eyes nations whose dual citizens are waiting for confirmation of an exemption from Trump’s travel ban.

Unusually, Prime Minister Bill English did not front for his usual press conference after Cabinet today.

In the five days since the order was issued, the Government has only issued a statement saying that the embassy in Washington is continuing to “work urgently to gain further information”.

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Uh oh. TPP gone, but bipartisan deal with USA to replace it

US President Donald Trump has indicated that the 11 other countries of the TPP – including New Zealand – will be approached to negotiate a one on one deal with the United States.

Earlier today President Donald Trump signed an executive order to the Trade Representative (trade minister) to give notice to the other 11 countries, and the depositary of the agreement – New Zealand – that the US withdraws as a signatory and from the negotiating process.

The order instructs officials “to begin pursuing, wherever possible, bilateral trade negotiations to promote American industry, protect American workers, and raise American wages.” Read more »