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Too few Gays in the Labour Party List

I must say I’m absolutely gutted at the infighting that has broken out in the Labour party.

When I looked at the list I was horrified at just how many of those evil “white males” managed to make it onto the list.

I say that the party should undergo a massive purge of all those types, in the most public way possible. Because, you know, that would tell the public that the party is serious about equality. And don’t try to shortcut the process – this can and should take several months.

After all, one straight white male on the list is one straight white male too many. A single one would be an unacceptable demonstration of  homophobia.

I’m sure the voters will agree with me on that.

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Labour to stick with Goff & Recruiting Charlie Sheen

There’s been a lot of talk lately that Labour is looking to replace Goff. Let’s face it, Goff has done so well that everyone’s talking about Labour and their chances. So the party would be fools to replace him.

But less well-known is the fact that they’re looking to tap Charlie Sheen for deputy leader. This fact was relayed to me by influential parliamentary sources just after midnight last night.

The advantages are obvious:

  1. He’s very popular. Were he to get just one vote for every one of his twitter followers, Labour would have close to 100% of the vote.
  2. He’s got lots of money, and Labour’s been struggling with finances in recent years. How do you think they sorted it out?
  3. And he’s an unemployed winner, which is a lot like the Labour party since they’re out of government.
  4. Also, being unemployed at the moment, it should help with the beneficiary vote
  5. Labour is pretty sure that his appointment will reinforce their social and family policies

My sources tell me that he’s simply going to pretend to be Tizard and see how it goes.

I called Goff’s office to confirm and was told that Brash talked to the Exclusive Brethren and National would take us back to the 1990s if they were elected.

I was thinking how strange that was, when someone on the other end started yelling in the background something about reading the old line, and “how could you miss the one about Brownlee when it’s on the wall in big letters”. Or something.

Attacking those saving Christchurch

Acording to a blog we all know well, this is attacking those who saved Christchuch. How evil of National do… wait, isn’t Cosgrove in the Labour party?

Labour’s earthquake recovery spokesman Clayton Cosgrove says he fears hundreds of Wellington bureaucrats with clipboards telling Cantabrians how to rebuild Christchurch.

The government will next week outline a new earthquake authority that will co-ordinate the Christchurch recovery after last month’s destructive 6.3 magnitude quake.

Yesterday word came that the  first leader of the Christchurch earthquake recovery authority is expected to be senior civil servant Martyn Dunne, chief executive of the Customs Service.

But Labour’s Christchurch MPs say the last thing residents need is more Wellington bureaucracy stifling the rebuild.

I’m guessing 3 responses are possible:

  1. It was bad when National did it but Labour is different for some reason so it’s ok.
  2. Cosgrove is confusing those working in Christchurch with those wonderful state sector bureaucrats that make all good things possible.
  3. Cosgrove is not representing the Labour party and never ever was a real member of the Labour party

It will be interesting to see which response comes out. Actually, I don’t give a toss.

Yawn

I’m not 100% sure why, but I really don’t care about the Darren Hughes affair.

I suspect it’s a mix of the following:

  1. He’s in opposition. As I said before the election, it’s the government we need to hold to account.
  2. I’m much more interested in the fact that this government is doing a bad job, even if it does come from the right
  3. I’m just not that interested in any scandals at the moment. I don’t recall getting very excited about the Worth affair, nor the Wong story.
  4. We don’t even know that much about it. The Field saga for example had some very important details that were public from the getgo.
  5. It is more than likely it won’t come to anything.

Fifty Six Deceits in Fahrenheit 911

Since it’s come into the news again via the leaked cable on the Labour party fundraiser, I thought I’d have a read through the essay “Fifty Six Deceits in Fahrenheit 911“. I have to confess, there are several that I didn’t know (at least, not fully).

Bush Vacations

Deceits 6-7

Fahrenheit 9/11 states, “In his first eight months in office before September 11th, George W. Bush was on vacation, according to the Washington Post, forty-two percent of the time.”

Shortly before 9/11, the Post calculated that Bush had spent 42 percent of his presidency at vacation spots or en route, including all or part of 54 days at his ranch. That calculation, however, includes weekends, which Moore failed to mention.

Tom McNamee, “Just the facts on ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ Chicago Sun-Times, June 28, 2004. See also: Mike Allen, “White House On the Range. Bush Retreats to Ranch for ‘Working Vacation’,” Washington Post, August 7, 2001 Many of those days are weekends, and the Camp David stays have included working visits with foreign leaders. Since the Eisenhower administration, Presidents have usually spent many weekends at Camp David, which is fully equipped for Presidential work. Once the Camp David time is excluded, Bush’s “vacation” time drops to 13 percent.

Much of that 13 percent was spent on Bush’s ranch in Texas. Reader Scott Marquardt looked into a random week of Bush’s August 2001 “vacation.” Using public documents from http://www.whitehouse.gov, here is what he found:

Monday, August 20
Spoke concerning the budget while visiting a high school in Independence, Missouri.
Spoke at the annual Veteran’s of Foreign Wars convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Signed six bills into law.

Announced his nominees for Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Agriculture, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management, member of the Federal Housing Finance Board, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disabled Employment Policy, U.S. Representative to the General Assembly of the U.N., and Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development for the Bureau of Humanitarian Response.

Spoke with workers at the Harley Davidson factory.
Dined with Kansas Governor Bill Graves, discussing politics.

This one I knew, but not the bit about Clinton.

By the way, the clip of Bush making a comment about terrorism, and then hitting a golf ball, is also taken out of context, at least partially:

Tuesday night on FNC’s Special Report with Brit Hume, Brian Wilson noted how “the viewer is left with the misleading impression Mr. Bush is talking about al-Qaeda terrorists.” But Wilson disclosed that “a check of the raw tape reveals the President is talking about an attack against Israel, carried out by a Palestinian suicide bomber.”

Cyberalert,” Media Research Center, July 1, 2004, item. 3.

Interestingly, as detailed in Bill Clinton’s autobiography My Life, in November 1995. when President Clinton learned that Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had been shot, Clinton went out to the White House lawn and hit golf balls while he waited to learn if Rabin would live. That Clinton played golf after learning of a terrible crime in Israel obviously does not mean that he did not care about the crime. If a television station had recorded some footage of Clinton hitting golf balls that awful night, it would have easy for a hyper-partisan film-maker to use the footage against Clinton unfairly.

Moore wraps up the vacation segment: “It was a summer to remember. And when it was over, he left Texas for his second favorite place.” The movie then shows Bush in Florida. Actually, he went back to Washington, where he gave a speech on August 31.

Then there’s the book Bush was reading when he was informed of the attacks. We all know – it was called “My Pet Goat”. Wrong.

Cheap Shot

Fahrenheit mocks President Bush for continuing to read the book My Pet Goat to a classroom of elementary school children after he was told about the September 11 attacks. Actually, as reported in The New Yorker, the book was Reading Mastery 2, which contains an exercise called “The Pet Goat.” The title of the book is not very important in itself, but the invented title of My Pet Goat makes it easier to ridicule Bush.

I guess the real title might have suggested that Bush was interested in education – which he was.

Anyway, have a read and remind yourself of how the left operates. Remember, even with essays like this out there clearly identifying the multitude of deceits in the movie, Labour MPs were still prepared to use it as a fundraiser. Worse, they defend that decision to this day.

Oh, *now* they want consultation

Labour rammed through several controversial changes to our constitutional arrangements in government against strenuous opposition from National, but now they’re not happy when the boot is on the other foot.

Labour expects the Government to consult with it over a constitutional review to consider such issues as Maori representation, leader Phil Goff says.

The review was part of the National-Maori Party supply and confidence agreement and a paper on it has been considered by Cabinet at least twice.

Mr Goff said constitutional issues should be decided on a non-partisan basis but the Government had made no effort to contact his party over the review.

It’s a bit late Mr Goff.

Our new Flag, to replace the Bananas

Labour think this should be our new flag.

Guess we’ll have to get rid of the old one then. Remember this one Trevor?

Personally, I’m a lot more comfortable removing an Orwellian law than using the power of parliament to shutdown a private lawsuit.

Who do you trust?

So Phil wants to ban poreigners from purchasing our pharm land. Phair enough.

But one thing concerns me – does this policy really go phar enough?

Let’s start with South Aucklanders. Lots of crime there. Do we really want them owning our precious pharm land? No.

While we’re at it, why should anyone from Auckland want to purchase countryside? I can’t think of a reason that doesn’t involve chardonay – put them on the list.

Then there’s Wellington. Lots of policians there, that probably rubs off on everyone else so add them to the list.

Hamilton? Palmerston North? Need we ask?

Christchurch. Hm, any city that can organise an earthquake to keep it’s existing mayor can’t be on the up-and-up.

Dunedin’s always voted Labour so don’t trust them.

Frankly, the way that the Southland rugby team suddenly started winning all those games really makes me suspicious. Put them on the list until we work that one out.

Well, that covers about 90% of the population so far. Throw in those dodgy small-town folk (probably most of them are inbread you know) and you’re up to 99%. I don’t think Human Rights legislation will let us discriminate against such a small group, so existing farmers can join the ban list too.

It’s been pointed out that we can’t stop Aussies purchasing our lands under CER or something. So I suggest we just give the lot to them.

Problem solved. Thanks Phil.

Chris Carter a victim of Homophobia… well, either that or his own pigheaded stupidity

Chris Carter recons he’s not had a fair go.

Chris Carter says his travel expenses were focused on because of his sexuality….”To have Phil Goff say it’s not homophobic – of course it’s homophobic. Why was I different to everybody else? Because I was the top spending MP? I wasn’t actually. Because I was the top spending minister? I was number four actually. And I was the Education Minister. Of course I had to be. International students are our fourth largest overseas earner.”

He’s right of course.

Labour MP Chris Carter has been cautioned by colleagues over recent years to cut down on his overseas travel, the Weekend Herald understands from several sources.

An unrepentant Mr Carter yesterday defended his ministerial travel bill from last year as Education Minister, which was $83,000 for the first six months, and his parliamentary spending bill so far for this year, which is $82,000, as Labour’s foreign affairs spokesman and MP for Te Atatu.

So far this year Mr Carter has spent $57,137 on airfares (this does not differentiate between domestic and international), $14,476 on surface travel and $10,667 on Wellington accommodation between January and June.

He is the second-highest spending non-minister behind Labour leader Phil Goff, and as minister had some of the biggest travel bills in Cabinet behind the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

The problem was not that Carter was at the top of the list of all cabinet ministers. His problem was that he kept turning up near the top of these lists (from as far back as 2006) without having a good  reason (like being Foreign Minister or PM). For example, why exactly did he think it important to travel to Samoa to let them know “that the Labour Party cared about the disaster”*?

That problem was only made worse when he refused to moderate his spending, even when cautioned to by colleagues. Clearly, he thought he was justified and stuff what anyone else thought.

*yes, I know he was shadow FM at the time.

Goff Reminds me…

Goff this morning protested that there is no way that you could compare the Act affair to Labour’s handling of the Field saga.

This seems like as good a time as any to point out that my “Offensive Content” pages now cover most of 2006, with the final chapter of that year well underway.

Go have a browse and see for yourself.

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