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Tea Party turns violent

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, January 9th, 2011 - 220 comments
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Only one US Congressperson has ever been assassinated – Leo Ryan during the Jonestown Massacre. Gabrielle Giffords may become the second after a gunman shot her and others, killing at least one, in Arizona. This appears to be part of a rising tide of violence from America’s far-right Tea Party movement, driven on by Glenn Beck and others.

Ever since Barack Obama became President, and even before, the rightwing media in the US has been fomenting paranoia among their target audience. You’ve seen the youtube clips of Beck crying about his ‘fear for my country’ and drawing elaborate conspiracy theories on his blackboard – and you’ve laughed (hopefully). But a lot of Americans take the message very seriously and I’ve been worried for a long time about how they will act.

With Beck, Sarah Palin, Rush Limburgh, Ann Coulter, and others spreading fear that Obama is planning a socialist military coup and calling for opposition in quasi-militaristic terms to ‘defend the constitution’, it was inevitable that some of their audience would react with violence towards Democrats.

Congresspeople are receiving an unprecedented number of threats, mostly from this Tea Party Right. Last year, a man ‘expressed his constitutional right’ by openly baring an automatic weapon at a rally attended by President Obama. A man recently plead guilty to calling former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and threatening to blow up her house. In July, a man got in a gunfight with police on his way to attack the leftwing American Civil Liberties Union. The architects of the Tea Party movement have encouraged their followers to want their opponents dead – it was only a matter of time until someone acted successfully.

Yesterday a gunman, identified as Jared Laughner (now in custody), a US, opened fire with an automatic weapon on Congresswoman Giffords, her aides, and constituents meeting her at a supermarket. At least one aide is dead and Giffords is in critical condition having been shot in the head.

In a sign of the times, Laughner left what he thought would be his last statement on Youtube. It’s a confused, ranting all-text message that calls the Obama and the Democrat’s laws are treasonous, talks about defending the Constitution, says the revolutionaries have taken control, and says that the currency should be backed by gold or silver. All these are regular themes of Beck and his peers.

The Tea party movement, a creation of extreme rightwing media outlets like Fox News and funded by rightwing billionaires the Koch Brothers, has brought a new level of hatred to the US political environment and incited violence. Perhaps this who movement is just an inevitable expression of the turmoil that always occurs when an empire collapses on itself but, as long as the rightwing elite continue to whip their followers into a frenzy, we will see more and more acts like this.

PS. the pic on the front page is of a Tea Party protester. His sign is a reference favoured by Tea Partiers to Thomas Jefferson’s quote: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

Update: illuminatedtiger has supplied links to two Sarah Palin messages that imply violence towards Giffords. A map with Giffords’ seat in the crosshairs and an event message saying “target victory … remove Gabrielle Giffords … shoot a fully automatic M16.”

220 comments on “Tea Party turns violent”

  1. The Voice of Reason 1

    US Democrat Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords assassinated:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12143774

    If only she’d been carrying a gun. Or a bigger gun. Or lots of guns. That woulda saved her.

    • ianmac 1.1

      VOR: Giffords is still alive- in surgery as at 9am.

      • Descendant Of Smith 1.1.1

        She was on Sarah Palin’s hit list.

        Whether related to this or not I hope our politics never ever get this low or offensive.

        Palin

        • The Voice of Reason 1.1.1.1

          Palin’s presidential campaign should be over now. This will stuff her the way the Anderton ‘earthquake’ story ended his mayoralty bid.

          Desperate Palin press release just out:

          My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today’s tragic shooting in Arizona.

          On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.

          Sarah Palin

          • QoT 1.1.1.1.1

            US bloggers I read aren’t so optimistic – already the Republican Speaker of the House is spinning this as “an attack on a person who serves is an attack on all of us”, the “crazed lone gunman” rhetoric is going strong and frankly I have no faith in the US media to turn around after years of reporting and ignoring the eliminationist rhetoric of the right and actually holding them to account.

            Because apparently the cognitive dissonance required to believe that (a) Sarah Palin saying “don’t retreat, reload” and talk of “Second Amendment remedies” has nothing to do with (b) people shooting Democrats isn’t sufficient to make one’s head explode.

            • Deadly_NZ 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Give them time and the *lone Gunman* will become a terrorist they will arrest all his friends and aquaintances and grill them too, there will be terrorist cells and bomb threats suddenly exposed (live and in colour on all major networks). You really would not want to be in this guys address book.

              • QoT

                I simply don’t accept that when at this stage it looks like Lone White US-Style Libertarian Gunman Takes Out “Liberal” Politician. If there were any suggestion of this being Middle East / War on Terror related, we’d already have calls for all dark-skinned people to be stuck in preventative custody. But Americans simply do not like to accept that people who are white and say they’re doing it for [the Christian] God and Country are “terrorists”.

                See the case of Scott Roeder. Because apparently years of Bill O’Reilly calling Dr Tiller a baby murderer, and huge nationwide networks of extreme prolifers, had nothing to do with … an extreme prolifer murdering Dr Tiller.

                • NickS

                  Yeah, you’d think with all the noise over militant Islamists online forums etc the US media might have twigged that echo rooms like the FreeRepublic and other sites combined with utterly insane moonbats such as Glen Beck on tv might actually provide a fertile environment for legitimising domestic terrorism. Then again, white, GOP voting males can’t possibly be terrorists…

                  • QoT

                    Thanks, Nick, I’d managed to block the existence of FreeRepublic from my brain for a few years there … :P

        • Deadly_NZ 1.1.1.2

          Read the comments at the bottom of this one the best is Sarah her self.

          http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/2010/06/jesse-kelly-event-is-this-wording-intentional.html

        • Deborah Kean 1.1.1.3

          Coincidentally, I am reading a thread on the ‘tin foil hat site’ about this
          http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread648434/pg3
          It’s about 50% paranoid victim-blaming, and quite terrifying really…
          I really thank God, can’t see anything like that happening here!
          Deb
          captcha bidding – as in the psycho-boy doing Palin’s bidding?

    • Bill 1.2

      Just in relation to the gun element. You are aware that she is pro-gun?

      More substantially, it’s been being said for some time now that the failure of the establishment’s liberals and their institutions to play the traditional role of allowing the populace to ‘let off steam’ and promote genuine reforms was going to lead to a backlash coming from the ‘hi-jacking’ and deliberate mis-targetting of legitimate popular anger.

      Maybe this is indicative of that prediction beginning to come to fruition?

      • mickysavage 1.2.1

        You are aware that she is pro-gun?

        If she is an elected representative in Arizona then the chances are pretty good that she would be pro gun …

      • Deborah Kean 1.2.2

        “Just in relation to the gun element. You are aware that she is pro-gun? ”
        This is one time where I can legitimately say “Oh the irony!”
        Deb

    • RedLogix 1.3

      In a civilised country Palin would be in custody and facing serious criminal charges right now.

      • Blair 1.3.1

        In a civilised country, people have free speech. It’s the uncivilised ones which lock people up for saying things you don’t like.

    • Deadly_NZ 1.4

      Hmmm I thought Assassinated meant Dead.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/4523295/Congresswoman-shot-in-US-gun-drama

      Doc’s are optomistic she will make a full recovery Hmmm shot point blank in the head. Thats gotta scramble your marbles.

      • QoT 1.4.1

        Initial reports said she, along with several others, was dead. Nevertheless it’s an assassination attempt and it will be fascinating if the US media deign to report it as such (instead of a “shooting”, for example).

      • NickS 1.4.2

        Hmmm shot point blank in the head. Thats gotta scramble your marbles.

        The fact that she’s still alive indicates that the bullet either didn’t penetrate the brain deeply, or grazed the side of her head. Provided they keep the swelling down, she’ll probably recover pretty closely to normal functions.

        • Deadly_NZ 1.4.2.1

          Yep and it really wont matter in the end cos she’s a politician and you just cant tell.

          Or as a line from the TV series Bones when she and Hodgkins are buried alive goes.

          Bones “if this goes wrong it’ll scramble our brains”
          Hodgkins ” then we can run for congress”

          True so true

          • Deborah Kean 1.4.2.1.1

            Neither funny nor true… Deadly NZ, the RW statement/belief that all politicians are stupid or liars, is getting pretty old.
            Deb

            • Deadly_NZ 1.4.2.1.1.1

              Ummmm I’d have a good look at the guy we have incharge if I was you. he may not be stupid. BUT in the terms of running a country he’s an idiot. and as for politicians being liars well just look back at the last political year, the NACTS have very good at lying, unfortunatly for them they also got caught.

              • Vicky32

                Some politicians are stupid. Some lie. They are (anti-gummint crazy rhetoric notwithstanding) human beings.
                Any time I hear a “joke” about stupid/lying/crazy evil politicos, I dismiss that person as not being a thinker.
                You should see the unspeakable hatred I am reading right now on the tin foil hat site – “the first shot in a war against the tyrannical regime”
                “The start of the necessary revolution” and in reply to someone who said pretty much “hey, include me out, I want no part of a revolution that starts by shooting an unarmed woman “Good thing the Founding Fathers didn’t think like you”.
                She’s a politician. They are stupid/evil. She deserved it.
                And someone greeted the news of the judge being killed with “He’s got to be a crook, after 40 years of feeding at the public trough”.
                Sounds just like Mark Bennett!
                Deb

                • Deadly_NZ

                  Yep matches the rhetoric i am reading on a radical right wing site. gotta read em to keep up with the lastest insanity that they propose. and some just have me shaking my head thinking, the link is posted in here somewhere

                  Only in America..

  2. jcuknz 2

    VOR … I hope you are being ironic.

    • The Voice of Reason 2.1

      Indeed I was being ironic, JC, though I was watching the coverage on Fox News at the time I wrote, and it hasn’t occurred to them that they might be part of the reason she was attacked, nor that the US’s insane attachment to guns encourages this sort of incident.

      • prism 2.1.1

        It’s not guns that shoot people, it’s rabid, hatefull ideologies that pull the trigger.

      • Deadly_NZ 2.1.2

        Well no wonder you were watching Fox thats pretty much a radical misreporting arm of the Republican party, stick to sky news lol

        • The Voice of Reason 2.1.2.1

          Yeah, Sky (owner: R Murdoch) is miles better than Fox (owner: R Murdoch). I’ve been watching Fox just to see if they make any mention of Palin, the Tea party or themselves as being implicated in the hate. Nothing yet, but I’ll let you know.

          The shooter seems to be a mixed up young man, convinced that the government was manipulating the peeps by misuse of grammar. If only it was that simple, eh?

  3. Girlfriday 3

    This entire post is a lie. The shooter is against the constitution,religion, and voted for Obama. This is a poison blog.

    • RedLogix 3.1

      mmm…. where did this come from?

      • Marty G 3.1.1

        Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

        I don’t know how she would know how Laughner voted. Probably got it off a Beck/Palin conspiracy site.

        • QoT 3.1.1.1

          The current RWNJ spin is that it could, like, totally have been a Democrat! Because, um, Giffords voted against Nancy Pelosi! And Democrats are also, y’know, totally the party of violent rhetoric!

        • IrishBill 3.1.1.2

          The tea party right has a very efficient and aggressive internet strategy. From what I can see across US and UK blogs there’s already a concerted disinformation campaign going on. Looks like we attracted our first tea party troll. cool.

          • RedLogix 3.1.1.2.1

            Yes that’s what I thought IB. I have have heard about this sort of thing but to see it first hand with our own eyes is fascinating and chilling all at once.

            When you think about how fast and efficient this response was you get some idea of just how well organsised and resourced these people are. This troll posted six minutes after Eddie’s OP!!

            Only short-coming was that in their haste the actual attempt was rather clumsy. Often in the first 24hrs after an event like this little clues and snippets slip out that are later on covered up … I’ve seen this happen over and over. This was no ordinary troll, nor any kind of accident. We were targeted fast, cleanly and efficiently.

            The next round of disinformation will be a lot more sophisticated.

            • Tigger 3.1.1.2.1.1

              “This is a poison blog” is one of the better crazy lines the trolls have come up with lately. So points for hilarity there girlfriday.

      • QoT 3.1.2

        Ain’t obvious trolls adorable?

        • logie97 3.1.2.1

          Commenting.
          From memory a commenter on this site needs to register first, is moderated and then accepted. Therefore that “Troll” has been here before.

          Whilst I value the opportunity to read opinions of the political spectrum, there are times when some visitors to this site can be quite offensive/abhorrent and lend nothing to the debate. I particularly like the opportunity to develop threads. Comments like Girl Friday’s interrupt this process…

          Presumably the Sysops can recognise a country code/ISP of a contributor and take some control over them.

          I believe we have had this discussion before. This Blog is an excellent forum – it would be a shame if The Standard was to be dragged to the level of the Penguin or Cetacean.

          • Marty G 3.1.2.1.1

            you don’t need to register but the first comment from a new email address goes to auto-moderation. I released this one because it was interesting to see how quickly they were on to us and it doesn’t violate the rules of posting.

    • Deadly_NZ 3.2

      Or as the Radical Right over there put it

      http://rightwingnews.com/#post24690

  4. RedLogix 4

    If the kind of language used by Palin, Beck and other sundry nutters in the Tea Party was direct at say, gays or black Americans… we would have little problem recognising that kind of language as a violence inciting hate-crime.

    But when the target is political things get blurry don’t they?

    PS The reports I’m reading suggest that so far Giffords has survived surgery. But at least one child has been killed. If anything this makes it worse.

  5. illuminatedtiger 5

    Fire up a group of people who by nature lack the ability to think things through in a rational manner and this was bound to happen. Sarah Palin literally put a crosshair on Giffords ( http://imgur.com/Uw4RS , http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/1294/aakelly048c.png ).

    • Bill 5.1

      It’s not helpful to dismiss tea partiers and such like as mere idiots who “by nature lack the ability to think things through in a rational manner”. I mean, did you form your political opinions free from external influence? Or have they been shaped and guided by received information or received ‘wisdoms’?

      Fact of the matter is that there is a lot of justifiable anger around, and not just in the USA. The liberal elites ( all over the show) have forsaken their natural constituencies in order to accomodate corporate agendas. As a consequence, there are no avenues to express anger in ways that might result in positive outcomes. Liberal institutions that used to faccilitate positive reform have been neutered or dismantled while the corporate media peddle lines that reinforce feelings of insignificance and hopelessness.

      No vision or articulaton for feelings of general disquiet or anger by the left…articulations or visions that could engender hope in the form of reforms to come or whatever, leaves a vaccuum. And that will be filled by articulations predicated on putting a focus anywhere but on the real culprits behind policies that result in anger and discontent.

      And that means that liberals ( and liberal institutions ) that stood between us and corporate or private power are going to ‘get it in the neck’. And it’s not undeserved. They abandoned us and their moral foundations to sup with the devil in a quest for power. But there wasn’t a spoon long enough to keep them safe from a certain come uppance.

      Liberals have been complicit in the disempowerment of the citizenry. Now they ( the liberals) are isolated. And conveniently expendable little whipping boys.

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    The poor old Tea Party. Started as an ostensibly independent political movement and was then very efficiently and thoroughly hijacked by cynical big money Right wingers and Republicans.

    • Marty G 6.1

      exiledonline has very good coverage of the tea party. it’s been astroturf from the start. The term Tea Party was coined by a Fox News Presenter on a floor of a stock exchange.

      • THE MOUCH 6.1.1

        Wrong Marty. The term was coined by Rick Santelli, a presenter with CNBC which is owned by General Electric. Nothing to do with Fox.

        • Marty G 6.1.1.1

          sorry, you’re right – it was a rightwing TV commentator on the floor of a stock exchange though.

          • IrishBill 6.1.1.1.1

            Indeed it was Santelli and exiledonline tracked his rant back to the Koch’s rightwing astroturf outfit Freedom works: http://exiledonline.com/exposing-the-familiar-rightwing-pr-machine-is-cnbcs-rick-santelli-sucking-koch/

            The teaparty movement is and always was an astroturf by far right billionaires which sucked in angry rednecks who have been disenfranchised by the same billionaires they now do the bidding of. Like they say, there’s two kinds of republican: millionaires and suckers.

            • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Like they say, there’s two kinds of NACT supporter: millionaires and suckers.

              Localised it for you

              • higherstandard

                Are these the same people who say “there’s two types of labour supporter: beneficiaries and morons” ?

                If so, I expect it’s the same lazy retards who can’t see beyond their own prejudices.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Are these the same people who say “there’s two types of labour supporter: beneficiaries and morons” ?

                  Yep, NACT supporters.

                  If so, I expect it’s the same lazy retards who can’t see beyond their own prejudices.

                  Yep, I’d agree with that to.

                  NACT supporters tend to be lazy, uneducated (not willing to actually read the actual research) and delusional (willing to believe in that which is contrary to reality).

                  • McFlock

                    And of course the stereotype of Labour/left supporters is easily disprovable, given the existence of lefties who are not beneficiaries (e.g. and electorate MP where the majority of voters aren’t beneficiaries), as opposed to the fact that National consistently, unfailingly, stuff things up (economy, society, budgets, departments) when in government but they still get votes.

    • adriank 6.2

      Here’s a good piece from Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi on the the Tea Party movement:

      http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/matt-taibbi-on-the-tea-party-20100928

      The stuff about to co-option of Rand Paul is incredible.

  7. Kaplan 7

    Christ. What is the point. These mad arseholes that would be in charge (Palin etc.) are 100% in control of their message.
    There is no question they are responsible for this. It’s sick. And I despair for us all.

  8. Pascal's bookie 9

    A vid released last year by country music C teamer and Tea party superstar Ray Stevens, of, Arizona:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWpOcZVnBrc

    But you know, this sort of thing is all just talk. Propaganda shouldn’t be taken seriously, no sir, lookitthatoverthere some lieberal is being shrill!!

  9. higherstandard 10

    I don’t know whether you can call the alleged shooter far right or far left…. certainly far nuts.

    search jared l lougher on google…….. whew what a looney pity these nuts don’t shoot themselves in the head first rather than turning their guns on others.

    http://themoderatevoice.com/97464/bio-favorite-books-of-man-in-custody-jared-lee-loughner-alleged-to-have-shot-and-killed-people-at-congresswoman-giffords-street-corner-congress-is-named/

    • Marty G 10.1

      He’s a tea partier, HS. Just accept it.

      see the list of books – the Tea Party loves Orwell because they see him as anti-communist – they don’t realise he was a communist, just as they don’t realise Rand was an atheist.

      I’ve just read Fahrenheit 451 – great book for anti-hedonism but the author has a libertarian rant at the end in the coda of my edition. Bradbury is a rightwinger.

      sure, Laughner’s got the communist manifesto in there but he’s also got Mein Kampf.

      Look at the man’s statement on youtube. Look at who he shot.

      • higherstandard 10.1.1

        Marty don’t you think you’re just a tad desperate to associate nuts with any group who you disagree with.

        The chap’s statement on youtube suggests he’s ingested one too many peyote cacti.

        Best you grow up and realise that the political spectrum ain’t a straight line it’s a circle with the extremists of all ilks meeting at the point flashing ”nut nut nut.”

        • Marty G 10.1.1.1

          he’s a tea partier.

          • higherstandard 10.1.1.1.1

            I’m still getting my head around the fact you’ve only just read Fahrenheit 451 – don’t they have it as part of required reading at high school anymore ?

            • illuminatedtiger 10.1.1.1.1.1

              He was a tea bagger. A lunatic from the far right. Accept it.

              • higherstandard

                Well in your little world I expect you’d call the congresswoman he shot a far right politician.

                Nuts are nuts are nuts, how you define them and how they define themselves doesn’t change their fringe nuttery any less or more, what’s fairly obvious to all but the rampantly partisan is that they inhabit most if not all political flavours

            • Deadly_NZ 10.1.1.1.1.2

              You are joking what with all the Cuts to the education, and preschool education by the NACTS you will be lucky if they can read and write teir own names and thats how the NACTS like it if they cant read then they cant complain and they will vote for who ever sounds the nicest..

        • the sprout 10.1.1.2

          looks like Palin is going to pay for this going by her facebook comments…

          http://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/dont-get-demoralized-get-organized-take-back-the-20/373854973434

          • Deadly_NZ 10.1.1.2.1

            Well here’s hoping that someone will have the balls to question her about her hit list and then arrest her for conspiricy to murder. She fanned the flames she should pay. but as usual she will wriggle out of it. My god she is as dumb as a doorknob. and thats what makes her dangerous. Even Mcain should be say what the Fark have i woken up? give her a little tase of power and she goes mad.

            • Tigger 10.1.1.2.1.1

              I cam imagine what’s next, crazy tea partied hates fact that Palin’s been blamed for shooting and shoots up another senator on the list as punishment. It’s that kind of crazy logic that keeps these people warm at night.

  10. Afewknowthetruth 11

    All of this is just a side show (just as NZ politiics is). The media focus on this trivia to keep the proles distracted from the real issues, which are:

    Collapse of fiat currencies -been underway for decades and now accelerating, especially with respect to food.

    The peaking of oil extraction. This occured over the period 2005 to 2008 and will lead to complete collapse of all current economic arrangements over the next few years, including elimination of most of the food supply.

    Collapse of the environment. This is ongoing and accelerating, and could easily lead to a largely unihabitable planet. Deforestation, acidification of the oceans, massive drop in plankton numbers, melting ice caps (December recorded the lowest ice cover since satallites began imaging, and now the jet streams look to be disrupted.)

    No wonder nobody wants to talk about the real isssues.

  11. deemac 12

    can any posts that refer to the “liberal elite(s)” just be deleted to stop us wasting time reading them? Thanks!

  12. Name 13

    No doubt this guy’s political leanings, or whatever idiosyncratic mish-mash of political views he has, will be much trawled over in the coming days.

    For the moment I’ve no idea what they were, but I am aware that a great many people who voted for Obama and invested a great deal of hope in him are feeling not only hugely betrayed by him and his unfulfilled promises of change and transparency, but are in a state of despair at the patent corruption of democracy in the US, the apparent unimpeachably of the rich elite, the joke that the “American Dream” has become, &tc.

    For that reason I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that this violence is an expression of the fury and frustration of those on the left who following Obama’s perceived betrayal have given up on the democratic process – and those who claim to represent them within it – and that is a deeply worrying thing.

  13. interesting 14

    I understand that the shooter is in fact a democrat. But I guess we will see in the days to come because I am sure that tea party people will want to prove that he is not associated with them.

    • QoT 14.1

      And of course the logical place to start is by trying to scrub the internet clean of all your “target” and gunsight-related rhetoric. “We must establish he was not one of us … by santizing our Twitter accounts!”

  14. Tanz 15

    Typical of the left to blame the Tea Party movement, anything to discredit a movement that has gained much momentum and power, and for much needed reasons. Get a life, has nothing to do with the Tea Party movers, and they are light relief indeed. A true right wing group, rather than one who pretends to be.

    • The Voice of Reason 15.1

      Have you met Girlfriday, Tanz? Up at comment 3. She’s desperate, too, but then her idol Sarah Moron has just seen her presidential aspirations go down the gurgler. What’s your motivation for ignoring reality?

    • Deadly_NZ 15.2

      hey maybe you should READ some of the attachments (you click on the pretty blue underlined writing.) Maybe then you will see that your idol has blood on her hands, there again judging by your comments you have blinkers on. maybe you could buy yourself a one way ticket to the land of the Paranoid and Insane if they will let you in.

  15. Irascible 16

    The Sheriff and Mayor of the city are registering anger about the attack at 10 on the richter scale. “Arizona” becoming the state of hatred, of prejudice and irrationality… This shooting is, unfortunately, a reflection of the dark under belly that comes from the constant appeals to bigotry that has become the modus operandi of right wing politics since the 1970s.
    We have seen how easily that bigotry can be tapped in NZ from Muldoon’s “Dancing Cossacks” in the 70s through to Pansy’s capitalising on the “Crime is aimed at Asians” campaign in Botany 2008, the ACT argument that “Opt out” Student Association membership is equivalent of gang rape and the NACT memes on light bulbs, shower heads and “nanny state.”
    We may not get the shooters but we will get the irrational violence against those who don’t buy into their belief system.

  16. RedLogix 17

    Of course not Tanz… the revolutionary and violent language of the Tea Party, it’s focus on discrediting the entire political process and the very purpose of government… of course these things have nothing to do with formenting an environment in which violent revolutionary acts designed to discredit and destabilise government occur.

    Nothing at all sir.

    • Tanz 17.1

      That’s because the American govt has been infiltrated by the Left, almost to a stanglehold, same as here. And it’s Madam, not Sir. Having a lovely holiday? Best wishes to you.

      • Colonial Viper 17.1.1

        That’s because the American govt has been infiltrated by the Left, almost to a stanglehold, same as here.

        What.

        • QoT 17.1.1.1

          I want to see Tanz go to some country that’s actually leftwing. She might explode.

        • McFlock 17.1.1.2

          POLS 100 class 1:

          When you have blatantly biased media propaganda media and outright lie to voters, that’s “democracy”.

          When more people vote for anyone even vaguely left-wing than vote for anyone else, that’s “leftist infiltration”.

      • Draco T Bastard 17.1.2

        No Tanz, it’s the right that has got a stranglehold on politics the world over. This is due to them owning the MSM and thus being able to control the message.

  17. Blair 18

    What a lot of bullcrap!

    Jared Loughlin had NOTHING to do with the Tea Party. He has a video of someone burning the American flag on his website FFS! People who knew him have described him as “left wing”. So cut out the crap about Sarah Palin.

    Gifford is a Blue Dog Democrat. DailyKos had her on a hitlist of their own, complete with a bullseye! In the last couple of days, Kos also posted that Gifford was “dead to me” because of her vote against Pelosi for Speaker. Maybe, just maybe, Loughlin read that and decided to act?!

    I’m sorry to shatter so many well-crafted and bigoted vents of hate against all things Tea Party and Palin, but the shooter is one of your guys (and he killed a Republican Judge too). Deal with it.

    • IrishBill 18.1

      Welcome to New Zealand’s blogosphere Blair. What brings you to our neck of the woods?

    • QoT 18.2

      It would probably help if you actually got the alleged shooter’s name right in your spin attempts, Blair. When trying to build some kind of credible opposition based on “facts”.

    • Deborah Kean 18.3

      Blair, I have no idea who your are, except that you’te almost certainly an American…
      “Gifford is a Blue Dog Democrat. DailyKos had her on a hitlist of their own, complete with a bullseye! In the last couple of days, Kos also posted that Gifford was “dead to me” because of her vote against Pelosi for Speaker. Maybe, just maybe, Loughlin read that and decided to act?!”
      The above is almost word for word what I have just read on an American nutjob site, posted early this morning NZ time.
      You assert that the shooter is “one of your guys” which shows staggering ignorance of the site you’re writing on. The Standard and people on it, bear no resemblance to what right wing Americans call “left wing”..
      Deb

      • IrishBill 18.3.1

        It’s posted from Arkansas and I suspect it’s cut and paste. Possibly from a distributed lines sheet. The freepers are working overtime today.

    • Does he mean Jared Lee Loughner? Did he get any of the other information right?

      I guess for those who believe that Obama was not born in the US anything is possible.

    • Kevin Campbell 18.5

      Blair, dont bother trying to reason logically with inbreds that have accidentally bumped into sophistication.

  18. NameRequired 19

    probably a tad early to say at this time if he was tea party or not

    • QoT 19.1

      But, as I am happy to keep repeating for as long as it takes, definitely not too early to consider that when an elected representative is literally “targeted” by an opponent using gunsight imagery and talking about “prescribing solutions” to an audience of known extreme fringers … then that opponent needs to own the fuck up about the inappropriateness of that imagery and how they have personally incited and contributed to a culture of violence.

    • Bright Red 19.2

      you can’t deny that Palin, Beck and co have brought a language of violence into the US discourse and hinted at ‘second amendment’ solutions to the Democrat ‘problem’.

      You can’t deny that Giffords is one of the people targeted by the leaders of the Tea Party Movement.

  19. Michael 20

    You guys apologising for John Hinckley Jr then? And Lee Harvey Oswald as well(you could hardly call him right wing).

    • Craig Glen Eden 20.1

      Palin, Beck, Tea Party all nut jobs “God bless America” where health care for all is viewed as Evil.

      Carrying a gun which is ultimately for killing is believed by many as a God given right. This would be the same God who commands that “though shalt not kill”

      This is the Nation that worships money and the love of it yet the Bible clearly teach’s the love of money is the root of all evil.
      The United States of America is seriously mixed up when a person like Sarah Palin is viewed as a Serious candidate to run the country.It seems just like Rome it is endanger of self destruction.

      • Deadly_NZ 20.1.1

        Well lets hope the right wing nut jobs don’t get into power or they could use the guns for medical reasons. You broke your leg and your poor BANG.

        • Colonial Viper 20.1.1.1

          Or, you broke your leg and you’re a Democrat. BANG.

          • McFlock 20.1.1.1.1

            Somebody paid us to break your legs, here’s the bill for our expenses, and a cash-in-advance invoice for the execution bullet, as per our normal terms and conditions.

            • Colonial Viper 20.1.1.1.1.1

              And if you could sign this for us, it’ll authorise us to sell both your kidneys on the open market since you will not be requiring their functionality any more.

    • Bright Red 20.2

      this post is about how the violent rhetoric of the Tea Party has encouraged violence, including, most likely, the attempted assissination of a US congresswoman.

      It does not say ‘only rightwingers are ever violent’.

  20. john 21

    This Sheriff says what is really going on there

    Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, speaking about Arizona:

    “When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And, unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/08/jared-lee-loughner-gabrielle-giffords-shooter_n_806243.html

    • higherstandard 21.1

      That’s probably the sanest comment on this whole thread, sounds like a good cop.

      • Zorr 21.1.1

        And you are the biggest cocksnot. You sound like a complete fucktard.

        [lprent: That was completely pointless abuse. You're lucky I was elsewhere yesterday and Marty saw it before I did. You'd have received a cooldown. ]

        • higherstandard 21.1.1.1

          Delightful – where’s a moderator when you need one.

        • Marty G 21.1.1.2

          unhelpful and uncalled for Zorr. Don’t do it again.

          • higherstandard 21.1.1.2.1

            Thanks Marty.

            • Zorr 21.1.1.2.1.1

              Sorry. Just… been expecting something like this for a long time and the obfuscation coming out of the US from the likes of FOX News, Palin, Glenn Beck, John McCain and their supporters is just infuriating.

              It is obvious from the initial research in to the guy that he is a genuine crazy. The important question to ask is “why did he choose to attack Giffords and who inspired him to do so?” Saying that the Democrats and their supporters espouse the same violent rhetoric as the Republicans/Tea Party types is a demonstrably false equivalency.

              • higherstandard

                Zorr

                Whomever is in opposition seems to be the most active in terms of violent rhetoric – certainly at the moment that is those towards the red side in the US political scheme but those on the blue side were just as vile when Bush and the republican were in power.

                It’s the same vitriol, but to a lesser extent, espoused by the activist and politically active groups in NZ depending who’s in power

                • Zorr

                  I have to disagree. Democrat representatives have never espoused “Second Amendment remedies”. Telling people that it is okay to use their guns is a form of domestic terrorism and is even more so after this incident.

    • Bright Red 21.2

      you encourage violence and eventually one of your unhinged followers acts – simple as that.

    • Inventory2 21.3

      Prejudice and bigotry are not the sole preserve of the right …

  21. Zorr 22

    For those who care, a list of the dead. This doesn’t include those in critical condition (that includes Gabrielle Giffords) but it does include a 9-year old child.

    http://www.kvoa.com/news/pcso-identifies-the-6-killed-in-shooting/

    Honestly, fuck you Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin and the stupid fucked up horse you rode in on (FOX News).

  22. Pascal's bookie 23

    Local cops are looking for a second suspect…

    8:13 P.M. Officials Looking for Second Suspect in Shooting
    Officials in Arizona are looking for a second suspect in the shooting just outside of Tucson but declined to elaborate other than to say they have a picture of the person and would like to find him

    Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik said there is “some reason to believe” that the 22-year-old suspect they have in custody did not act alone.

    “He has kind of a troubled past, I can tell you that,” Mr. Dupnik said of the person in custody. He would not reveal his name, though many reports have said he is Jared Lee Loughner.

    “We are not convinced that he acted alone. There is some reason to believe that he came to this location with another individual. That the other individual may in some way be involved.”

    But the sheriff said that he could not disclose more information. “As much as we would like to find this person, and we have pictures of him” he declined to provide information.

    The sheriff later said that the second suspect was a white man in his 50s.

    Cite

  23. Kevin Campbell 24

    EDDIE

    What brain cell sparked you into this inane link between patriots and the murdering nutcase that purpetrated this senseless violence?

    The fact that THE STANDARD allows this total gob shite proves pond scum are alive and well in the NZ political environment.

    • Marty G 24.1

      let us count the links between this action and the Tea Party.

      Palin identifies Giffords with a target
      Her Tea Party opponent at the recent election wrote “target victory … remove Gabrielle Giffords … shoot a fully automatic M16.”
      An angry Tea Party audience member at the Giffords event had a weapon drop form his trousers while speaking
      The Tea Party has been constantly hinting at violent action to counter supposed attacks on the Constitution by the Democrats led by Obama and warned that he is planning a socialist revolution
      Giffords supported Obama’s healthcare reforms
      Laughner’s youtube video references ‘treasonous’ laws made by the government – as have the Tea Party leaders (Coulter wrote a book called Treason)
      Laughner says the revolutionaries have taken control, referring to Obama and his supporters like Giffords
      Laughner talks about the need for a gold standard – a Beck favourite (Beck has interests in a company that sells monetary gold)

      Laughner certainly seems to be unhinged but the rhetoric of the Tea Party has formed a basis for his actions.

      • Kevin Campbell 24.1.1

        Marty,

        Shall we sit down and total up the number of murderers that have voted Labour against those that have voted National over the years?

        What a lame arse and disgracefully pathetic attempt to gain poltical advantage this post and your comments are. You should take several valium and lie down.

        • Marty G 24.1.1.1

          There is no claim in my comement or the post that only Rightwingers are violent. The argument is that the Tea Party’s rheotric has inspired violence from its unhinged followers. Try to get the difference.

          • mickysavage 24.1.1.1.1

            Where is Kevin from?

            • Marty G 24.1.1.1.1.1

              domestic. we don’t usually go into people’s locations. It was just interesting when the Tea Party targeted us so quickly.

              • RedLogix

                What is most telling is that the USA is a nation of huge political diversity. Every conceivable extreme of opinion. But when events like this occur, we have new and vociferous vsitors from just one narrow segment of that diversity.

                Besides, while Kevin Campbell appears domestic, there are aspects that around him that are interesting.

                • Kevin Campbell is an Actoid with a strong and public dislike of Rodney Hide. I doubt that this dislike is strong enough to turn him into a Laughner though.

                  [Thanks.. that does more or less make sense. Event's like this do tend to agitate my bs detector a little...RL]

          • Speaking Sense To Unions 24.1.1.1.2

            any evidence that Loughner is a Tea Party follower?

        • Zorr 24.1.1.2

          Or we could look at the driving motivators behind the crime instead of raising strawmen as you seem to want to do. You could actually engage with the issue at hand, admit that a tragedy like this was just a matter of law enforcement being unlucky once and a nutter (for that is what he is) getting lucky. This is not the first instance of violence being attempted due to the rhetoric employed by FOX News and their cronies, just the first example of a successful one.

    • RedLogix 24.2

      As predicted abover Marty, subsequent attempts have proven to be a lot more sophisticated. “Mr Kevin Campbell” has a most interesting provenance.

  24. logie97 25

    @marty 12:44

    There appears to be evidence from discussions above that this thread is truly global. I appreciate that that is the nature of the internet – comments can be read from anywhere.

    However, does that mean that commenters should have open entry?

    It would be nice to think that threads on most topics on this site are local. One assumes that the system could filter out non-residents and consign them to the bin.

    Captcha: proofs

  25. Vicky32 26

    Just before I go and get dinner – I want to report that the tin foil hat site were all over the shooter’s Facebook profile that showed him as a “liberal” – yelling with joyful relief that his FB profile showed he couldn’t possibly be a Tea Partier.
    Until someone showed that the FB page was a fake put up 45 minutes after Loughner was already in custody. But what’s the betting that RWNJs will be pointing to the fake FB page for some time to come, as “proof” of his being a “liberal”?
    Deb

  26. Danyl Mclauchlan 27

    I had a look at the youtube video – there’s some gold standard rhetoric, but also a lot of inductive logic (not a strong point of the tea party movement), post-modern ideas about government mind-control via ‘grammer’ and (I think) lucid dreaming. To me this doesn’t point towards the tea-party, it points towards an undiagnosed, un-medicated paranoid schizophrenic.

    • Zorr 27.1

      My thoughts as to the origins of this is that the shooter is truly disturbed but was taken advantage of by others. They are searching for accomplices.

    • QoT 27.2

      Oh, Danyl, must you too join the ranks of the unimaginative “only a Crazy Person would do this!!!” clairvoyant psychiatrists? Perfectly “sane” people belief bizarre shit all the time. Perfectly “sane” people commit violent crime. A perfectly “sane” person in the anti-intellect violence-inciting-propaganda-filled atmosphere of United States tea party politics is quite capable of recording videos about conspiracy theories and then shooting people.

    • Marty G 27.3

      The guy’s clearly nuts, the fact that he shot 17 people is evidence enough of that.

      But his writing also clearly illustrates the influence of the violent rhetoric of the Tea party movement.
      As does the fact that he acted out his violence in a manner prescribed by Tea Party rhetoric – ie. his violence was political and targeted at an enemy of the tea Party movement.

      Also, he had an accomplice, which doesn’t point to the lone crazy guy excuse you’re buying.

      • QoT 27.3.1

        the lone crazy guy excuse you’re buying.

        I beg your fucking pardon? Sorry, I’m just all over the place today trying to explain why making assumptions about people’s mental health based on prejudiced notions about “rationality” and “normalcy” is both presumptuous and offensive.

        What you are buying into is the notion that Normal People Don’t Do Things Like This, a wonderful excuse for all occasions when you want to marginalise and invalidate people’s thoughts, feelings and actions. Which may seem fine and fucking dandy when we’re talking about Obviously Nuts People, but could you think for one fucking moment about the people who live with actual, diagnosed by doctors rather than people on the Internet mental illness every fucking day who get pretty much the same assumptions made about their thoughts, feelings and actions?

        What am I saying, I’m on the blog where people like to pretend “schizophrenic” exists in a mental-illness-connotations-free vacuum and it’s somehow a clever argument to write off Cameron Slater because he has depression rather than take the minimal effort to refute his bullshit.

        • Marty G 27.3.1.1

          “What you are buying into is the notion that Normal People Don’t Do Things Like This, a wonderful excuse for all occasions when you want to marginalise and invalidate people’s thoughts, feelings and actions.”

          Shooting 17 people, killing six, even if your actual actions have been shaped by political rhetoric is an example of “invalid toughts, feelings and actions”. That doesn’t mean all mentally ill people engage in such actions.

          I’m saying that, by definition, taking the law into your own hands and killing six people including a little girl because of your screwed up political notions isn’t within the spectrum of normal human behaviour. And his writing – a mental health specialist has already said it shows signs of mental illness.

          Please don’t take that as ‘all mentally ill people are violent and dangerous’ because it clearly says no such thing. Just as it doesn’t say that all tea party followers are violent murderers.

          • QoT 27.3.1.1.1

            Gee, Marty, because basing notions of “normalcy” on “what most people do” isn’t seriously fucking problematic.

            It’s ironic, though, how in a post about tea partiers contributing to a culture of violence – not by saying “shoot all these people” but just, you know, implying they should all be dealt with in some way – you’re going to act like your own implications about what constitutes “obvious” mental illness doesn’t likewise contribute to a culture of ableism.

            • Marty G 27.3.1.1.1.1

              not all mentally ill people act violently. I am not, repeat not, saying that mentally ill people are all like Laughner. I am not stereotyping mentally ill people as being like Laughner – any more than someone seeing a person performing a kapa haka and says ‘that person is probably Maori’ is saying that all Maori perform kapa haka.

              A mental health expert has already said that Laughner’s writing points to mental illness.

              The whole problem with the Tea Party’s rhetoric of violence is not that it will provoke most people but that it will become a driver for people with violent fantasies to act on them.

              • QoT

                Marty, you don’t need to say “I’m not saying [thing you are clearly not saying].” The whole point of contributing to ableist discourse is exactly like what Sarah Palin did, i.e. making indirect statements that feed into a wider cultural set of assumptions.

                “Signs” of mental illness =/= mental illness.
                “Points to” mental illness =/= mental illness.

                Which of course is a distraction from the main point anyway: you are making assumptions about a person’s mental health based on bullshit notions of “normalcy” and because it’s an easy, lazy way to mark this person out as Not Worth Really Thinking About.

                “Normal” people believe propaganda and conspiracy theories and pick up guns and kill people all the time. For money, for land, for ideals. Writing off this guy as “obviously nuts” is about your intellectual snobbery and prejudice against mental illness.

                (I have no doubt that should this guy prove to actually have documented, properly-diagnosed mental illness you’ll feel very smug. You’ll still be judgemental and prejudiced.)

                • Marty G

                  I’m not prejudiced against people with mental illness, QoT and this misrepresentation of what i’m saying, clearly arising from your prejudices and over-sensitivities, is unjustified.

                  ““Normal” people believe propaganda and conspiracy theories and pick up guns and kill people all the time.”

                  there are some political environments where mass homicide is a ‘normal’ form of political action (Pakistan, Palestine, etc). US domestic politics has not been like that for generations. Witness the Tea Party trying to distance itself – even it does perceive the realisation of its rhetoric as legitimate.

                  • QoT

                    prejudices and over-sensitivities

                    Oh, Marty. How sweet of you to try to play turn-around and throw in a mildly-gendered insult into the bargain.

                    You’re making assumptions.
                    These assumptions fit in with a culture of prejudice against people with mental illness.
                    That’s shitty.

                    That’s all I’m saying. And it’s clearly borne out by everything you’ve said here (and previously, too!). But no, clearly I’m just an over-sensitive woman who hates you because … um … I’m sure you’ll come up with some reason in your own time.

                    • Marty G

                      it has nothing to do with your gender, which I don’t know or care about. you’re just attempting a misdirection.

                      I don’t think you hate me, I think you have strong reactions over anything to do with mental illness and I don’t know or care what the root cause of that is.

                      I’m not saying ‘all mentally ill people are violent and dangerous, therefore that mentally ill guy is going to shoot 17 people’ – because that would be prejudice against mentally ill people.

                      I’m making the assumption that to do these kinds of actions the person is probably ill, and the particular shape of his actions (and even their realisation at all) has been shaped by Tea Party rhetoric.

                    • McFlock

                      Marty.

                      I get that you’re not saying that every mentally ill person might kill.

                      I do have an issue with the concept that only mentally ill people might kill.

                      We work within our environment, our perceptual distortions (which might not be to the degree of a clinical mental disorder), and our ability to put two and two together.

                      If we live off Fox news, our environment is distorted, our perceptions are influenced by this experiential distortion and we could end up committing nutbar acts from a perfectly rational point of origin. Especially if we have someone encouraging us face to face, and are socially committed to the act by a nice little internet video. We’d be wrong, but we’d still be completely “sane”.

                    • QoT

                      Marty, you protest too much. You’re in fact confirming everything I’ve been saying, it’s just that you don’t see why it’s really douchey to assume to diagnose other people’s mental conditions.

                      Handily, you’re also factually wrong on those assumptions; but because I’m blowed if I’ll explain it just for the edification of someone making really swell insinuations about my own neurochemistry, you’ll just have to check out my post on the subject.

                    • Eddie

                      Marty hasn’t made any mention of your mental state or your sex. None of this is about you personally.

                    • felix

                      Marty, you’re missing this so widely it has to be wilful and I can’t believe I have to come out of hibernation to point out the obvious bullshit of the position you’ve taken.

                      When you say “The guy’s clearly nuts, the fact that he shot 17 people is evidence enough of that.” you’re very clearly saying that only a mentally ill person could possibly be capable of doing such a thing.

                      If you can think of any – and I mean any, no matter how ridiculous – other way to interpret that statement, I’d love to hear it.

                    • Armchair Critic

                      Marty
                      I’m firmly of the opinion that it is not right to link mental illness to the actions of the gunman, because:
                      (a) the gunman may not have been mentally ill, and
                      (b) even if he was, his mental illness may not have influenced his actions, and
                      (c) making this link perpetuates myths about mental illness, and
                      (d) bring the issue of mental illness distracts from the main issues, which are:
                      (1) the people he killed and wounded, and
                      (2) the role that the Tea Party had in encouraging this kind of action.
                      Your attempted defence of what may well have been an ill-considered phrase in a comment doesn’t wash – can I commend to you a small dose of humble pie? We all make mistakes at times, but perpetuating this one, IMO, does you no favours.

                    • QoT

                      Marty hasn’t made any mention of your mental state or your sex. None of this is about you personally.

                      Eddie … I really want you to just think, for a moment, about how amazingly cliched a response this is to a woman who is being told she has “obvious issues” and is probably quite justified in taking personal things personally. What groups in society are traditionally criticised for “taking things personally” and “being oversensitive”? This isn’t Radical Marxist Feminism 440 or anything.

      • Hollyfield 27.3.2

        Pascal’s bookie at 7.37 wrote:
        The sheriff later said that the second suspect was a white man in his 50s.

        Based on the age of Loughner, my suspicion is that the second suspect could be his father. (My apologies to Mr Loughner snr if I’m wrong!)

        “The authorities were seen entering the Loughner family house about five miles from the shooting scene. Investigators said they were looking for a possible accomplice, believed to be in his 50s.” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/us/politics/09giffords.html?_r=1&hp Sentences within a single paragraph should be related – so is it a coincidence that Loughner family house and accomplice are in the same paragraph?

        Here are some other father-son examples from the US:

        Father and son who bombed a bank in Oregan:
        SALEM, Ore. — A jury Wednesday recommended that a father and son be sentenced to death for planting a bomb that exploded inside an Oregon bank two years ago, killing two police officers and maiming a third. In a trial that spanned three months, prosecutors portrayed Bruce and Joshua Turnidge as bigoted men who hated authorities, were desperate for money and feared that newly elected President Barack Obama would take away their guns. http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_16923976#ixzz1AWXmL6J8

        Washington snipers John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo:
        Mr Malvo, meanwhile, had arrived in America from Kingston, Jamaica with his mother, Una James in 1998. In October 1991 they arrived in Bellingham, and fell in with Mr Muhammad, who started dating Mr Malvo’s mother and began to exert a warped influence over Mr Malvo, who became a surrogate son. In December last year Mrs James called the Bellingham police to complain about Mr Muhammad’s control over her son, and his demands that he eat only crackers and honey and diet supplements. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article817827.ece

    • Speaking Sense To Unions 27.4

      spooky how intensely our own local version of the Tea Party has to shovel this into their World View without knowing what actually went on.

  27. Anne 28

    RedLogix said”
    “Mr Kevin Campbell” has a most interesting provenance.”

    We can take it from that he is one of Girlfriday’s Tea Party superiors brought into the fray to defend the indefensible?

    My oh my… what a desperate, disparate bunch of w—–s.

    [I'm not certain at this point.. he does appear domestic. But appearances are not all....RL]

    • wasi 28.1

      the Kevin Campbell that i know was the Alliance candidate in the Taranaki-King Country by-election in 1998…he is a lawyer and a devout catholic…he was very socially conservative and leaned to the right on many policy issues.

      • lprent 28.1.1

        It is a common name in politics here apparently. All I did was google for people of that name in NZ and got a hit on a ex-MP’s wikipedia page and this linkedin page.

        http://nz.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Kevin/Campbell/

        Speculating on who it is tends to be faintly ridiculous when you’re just looking at a name (which may even be a pseudonym) and where we won’t give out information that is required to decide which one it is. You should read the policy privacy section.

        If I see more speculation on identity, then someone is likely to have a wee holiday from the site

  28. prism 29

    “It is time to water the Tree of Liberty.”
    This is not as rabble-rousing as Jefferson’s quote as described above but pissing on the Tree of Liberty doesn’t seem in keeping with the sentiment of devotion and ideals expressed by all sundry.

    The USA sounds a bit like an ‘undeveloped’ country with ill-informed, bigoted peasants on one side following their own arcane rituals and the wealthy living wealthy, fortunate lives on the other. The role of the shit stirrer who doesn’t do any violence him or herself but plays on the latent anger and unhappiness of vulnerable people to vitalise them against some people assigned to be scapegoats is one of the most despicable behaviours of humans.

  29. john 30

    there was a Kevin Campbell who was a Alliance MP

    [No I don't think this is the same person at all. Normally we don't allow speculation on exactly who people are, but in this case Kevin Campbell does appear to have posted openly under a name that is in the public domain ...RL]

  30. john 31

    heres a interesting story… Tea Party Activism Tied to Extremists and Turning Violent

    http://www.politicalaffairs.net/report-tea-party-activism-tied-to-extremists-and-turning-violent/

  31. Danyl Mclauchlan 32

    Oh, Danyl, must you too join the ranks of the unimaginative “only a Crazy Person would do this!!!” clairvoyant psychiatrists? Perfectly “sane” people belief bizarre shit all the time. Perfectly “sane” people commit violent crime.

    I think the number of ‘perfectly sane’ people who commit mass-murder on the ground that the government is using grammar to brainwash everyone is actually pretty low.
    But the point you’re trying to make is that sane people commit acts of political violence – this is true in a trivial sense. But my amateurs impression of the youtube video is that it has all the characteristics of a mentally ill individual.

    • NickS 32.1

      The problem with inductive logic is that when you’re missing major bits of evidence, it tends to suck unless you apply the usual critical thinking tools to it. And in this case, we only have a small slice of his online activities available on top of the shooting incident, which as others have stated otherwise sane individuals tend to go on as well, but also his material thus far shown looks just like a person trying to grapple with po-mo concepts, but with out the tool kit to sort out the stupid shit*, along with ye olde fringe American Right concepts and a ton of anger. Thus while it might look like there’s a firm case for calling him “nutso”, there are factors which underdetermine any attempt at an ad-hoc diagnosis**, such as the lack of info about his day to day interactions and other online activities over time.

      And the “over time” is a key bit, as schizophrenia suffers have characteristic changes over time from non sufferer to various forms, which from memory is one the diagnostic indicators.

      Anyhow, I’m running late for work.

      _____________
      * Also seen in academia.
      ** Which you should leave to the professionals, because most times people only see the symptoms they want to see, leading to scores of self-diagnosed aspies, who art merely socially inept. Or assuming that mass murder + angry, incoherent videos = mentally ill

      • higherstandard 32.1.1

        All that is known about this fellow at present is the following.

        - apparently acted alone.
        - former classmates have described him as disturbed, a loner and given too odd outbursts, others have said he just kept to himself and his only friends were other band members at school.
        - has posted some very odd clips on youtube.
        - has been reported as using illicit drugs.
        - was known to law enforcement.
        - refused enrollment in military service.

        Of these the most interesting and the one that makes me wonder about his mental state is the last, it will be interesting if they ever release his medical history which would perhaps be very informative. There is no doubt that he is certainly very disturbed.

        • NickS 32.1.1.1

          - refused enrollment in military service.

          That one is interesting, but because we don’t know why, it doesn’t help, as it could just as easily be physical health issue(s) or historical actions by him, rather than mental health issues, and even if we go with mental health issues there’s a whole range of factors that could get someone refused. And no, the US Army doesn’t just take anyone, even with the numbers issues there’s still a whole range of things that can get you excluded from enrolling.

        • QoT 32.1.1.2

          Why do you have to “wonder” about his “mental state” at all?

          People with mental illness are literally no more likely to commit acts of violence than neurotypical people (linked above, no time before dashing to work to retrieve it!)

          As for being refused entry into the military, I have multiple NZ acquaintances who didn’t get in, and it was because they were “disturbed” or “obviously nuts”, it was because their personalities were not a fit for military service.

  32. happynz 33

    TV3 of course led their 6 o’clock news broadcast with the Arizona shootings. They incorrectly stated that Jared Lee Loughner was an Afghanistan veteran. He was not a veteran. He did indeed try to enlist but he was turned down. This information was made public long before TV3 went to air at 6 o’clock.

    TV3 does a good job with sport and weather, but not much else.

    • Colonial Viper 33.1

      TV3 does a good job with sport and weather, but not much else.

      Their coverage of celebrity marriages is usually OK.

  33. erentz 34

    When are the saner parts of America finally going to say, screw this, time for secession. At some point surely the Pacific and North East states have to recognise that patriotic feelings and tradition are just not worth it anymore, that they are being held back, having their quality of life erroded by these nutjob bible thumping states that can’t think straight. (This would either be bad for jesusland, allowing it to spin off even further into insanity — or it might snap it into sensibility. Either way it would be completely marginalised on the worlds political stages.)

    • Gosman 34.1

      What a completely ignorant analysis of the US.

      The parts that you claim to be the saner parts of the US are among the worse in terms of their economic position. California for example has massive budgetary issues. Many of the states you decry and label as ‘Jesusland’ are economically dynamic.

      As far as I can tell there is little to distinguish intellectually between a religious fundamentalist in the deep south of the US versus some New Age following Greeny in Souther California. They both believe in some wacky ideas.

      Regardless of this the ideas individuals hold personally doesn’t necessarily make any difference to the well being of society as a whole. Certainly you can’t claim this for the Religousity of Americans.

      • Colonial Viper 34.1.1

        Many of the states you decry and label as ‘Jesusland’ are economically dynamic.

        Don’t think so. If you can, name 4 such states with U-6 underemployment under 15% please.

        By the way, Texas – a homestead of Republican conservatism and oil wealth – state budget is about to come unhinged

        http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/07/opinion/07krugman.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

        • Gosman 34.1.1.1

          http://www.bls.gov/opub/gp/pdf/gp09_chart1.pdf

          As of 2009 the states that erentz suggests should break away from the US on the whole have a higher unemployment rate than much of the rest of the country. Certainly States such as Texas, Arkansas, Virginia, and Kansas (Bible belt country) have lower rates.

          Even if we look at the U6 rates (http://www.bls.gov/lau/stalt.htm) you have decided to use as your yard stick, Bible Belt States such as Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia, and West Virginia as well as non Pacific and North Eastern States such North and South Dakota have lower rates than 15%. This is much better than most of the Pacific and North Eastern States.

        • Gosman 34.1.1.2

          Just looking at those figures the Pacific coast is one of the worst economically. California, Oregan, and Washington State have U6 Unemployment figures of 22.1, 20.2, and 18.1 % respectively. Perhaps they should break away from the Union so the rest of the country can do much better economically.

          • Colonial Viper 34.1.1.2.1

            Perhaps they should break away from the Union so the rest of the country can do much better economically.

            Only if the Union thinks it can do better economically by losing companies like Intel, Apple, Oracle and Boeing.

            Mind you what you are suggesting is the equivalent of a free market asset strip – dump operations viewed as unprofitable or undesirable and in doing so make the rest look better.

            • Gosman 34.1.1.2.1.1

              I notice you aren’t disputing that the Pacific coast is not doing as well economically, (as determined by your own choice of statistics), as a number of States in the so called “Jesusland” area of the the US.

              Also you have no idea about the concept of asset stripping. The key is to sell off the more valuable aspects of a business when the whole has less value than the individual components.

              • Blighty

                Gosman. The Coast states have been hard hit by recession but they’re still a hell of a lot wealthier per capita than flyover country http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_GDP_per_capita_%28nominal%29

                • Gosman

                  Historically they have been wealthier but they are no longer as dynamic economically as many of the other parts of the States. It is like Japan now. It is still wealthier on a per capita basis than China but China is more dynamic and is cathcing up fast.

              • Colonial Viper

                Also you have no idea about the concept of asset stripping. The key is to sell off the more valuable aspects of a business when the whole has less value than the individual components.

                Uh that’s pretty much what I said. Get rid of the undesirable parts of the business to make the remainder look better (for sale).

                • Gosman

                  That’s not Asset stripping. As stated, it is when you sell of the valuable, (i.e. the DESIRABLE), parts of a business because they are worth more than the company as a whole. After Asset stripping there is usually not much left of the original business.

          • Blighty 34.1.1.2.2

            yeah, let Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri etc strike out on their own – they’ll do great!

      • erentz 34.1.2

        Looks like some others have responded to you regarding your economic argument.

        So let’s forget economic arguments because it’s hard to dispute these states would survive and thrive perfectly well economically if they split off from the union (even if they do have some debt issues at this time) — what about the non-economic reasons for why secession might be good for these states? Are differing opinions on how people should be governed, healthcare, foreign policy, education, etc. not important? It seems there is a fairly distinct difference between the preferred policies of people in the Pacific/Northeast states and those in the Middle/South states (sorry if my use of ‘jesusland’ offended you). The people in the Pacific/Northeast states should have the right to assert themselves and get the kind of policies they want.

        Now I would probably agree with you if you were to make an argument that this might be bad for the well being of the people in the Middle/South states because their craziness would no longer be tempered by the Pacific/Northeast states, but like a women in an abusive relationship, I don’t think she should should stick around because her abuser’s wellbeing might suffer without her.

        As for asset stripping — again, forget the economics, this is about policy issues: if the majority in the Pacific states want better healthcare why shouldn’t they be able to bring this about for themselves? How can they create a better life in those regards if they don’t seceed? The only other answer would be a serious overhaul of the federal election system, which would be far more difficult to achieve than secession.

        • Gosman 34.1.2.1

          You really don’t understand the U.S system of government at all.

          The country is a federal republic where the individual States have an incredible amount of autonomy in setting their own fiscal policy priorities.

          If a State like California wishes to set up a publically funded health sector then there is very little stopping them doing so except a lack of cash and/or political will.

          States certainly don’t need to secceed fronm the Union to achieve what you think is a good thing.

          • erentz 34.1.2.1.1

            Gosman, I understand the US system perfectly well thank you. Let’s not ignore the fact that the federal government is now involved in just about everything, there’s no clear demarcation between state and federal responsibilities. States are paying huge federal taxes, but representation that decides how to spend that tax is not fair or proportional (e.g. stupid shit like not spending your tax dollars on stem cell research because some nutjob fundies can’t get a grip, or going to war, etc).

            Evolving the electoral system to allow wider and more proportional representation would be great* and go a long way to solving the problems. But I think doing that would be harder than seceding.

            * My thoughts on that: having the elections run by a federal agency rather than each state. It is ridiculous that the opinion of someone doesn’t count because they’re in a blue or red state or district. So 1) make the presidential election a popular STV style vote, 2) make senate elections an STV vote in each state, 3) make representative elections an STV vote with large districts that elect a minimum of 5 representatives so minority groups are no longer unreasonably marginalised without representation. (Alternatively consider a MMP style system for the house, but that’s probably even harder) Set a 12 year term limit for the senate and house. Increase the terms for the house from 2 years to 4 years, reduce the senate terms to 4 years, and synchronise these with the presidential elections. Reduce the powers of the senate with regards to legislative activities to make the house almost entirely responsible for this, thus laws and taxes and the like that affect all US residents equally are handled with fair representation, while the senate is responsible for the checks and balances of the administration and things like the supreme court and doing things like foreign policy, treaties, what have you.

            • Gosman 34.1.2.1.1.1

              There is no ground swell of opinion in the US to change the political system at the moment. There may well be at some stage in the future but until there is then they have to put up with what they have got. On the whole the US seems happy with the political system they have anyway.

              You ignore the point I made that if individual State’s want to adopt policies such as a universal health system then they are free to do so under the current arrangements. In fact I believe Massachusetts has something along these lines already.

              As for your position that the current arrangement leads to situations where Stem Cell research cannot progress, I could equally argue that NZ political arrangement has led to GM crops being stopped from being commercialised just because of the objections of some unscientific Greenies.

              Your views that the Pacific and North Eastern States should consider breaking away because somehow they are being held back therefire doesn’t really hold water.

              • Bright Red

                “On the whole the US seems happy with the political system they have anyway.”

                Actually, they seem incredibly disenchanted. They’re switching from democratic to republican and back every few years. They tried tearing up the rule book by electing an african-american whose promises bioeld down simply to ‘change’ – which shows how desperately they want change. Now, the Right has spawned a reactionary (and increasingly violent) movement, so familiar to students of history looking at how other powers in decline have torn themselves apart.

  34. Blighty 35

    The information coming out points to Laughner being a Randriod.

    Just a couple of weeks ago he asked Giffords in a public q+a session “What is government if words have no meaning?”

    That’s a very Objectivist thing to say – the idea that there is fundamental truth that is obsecured by the language and culture of socialisation spread by statists and swallowed by the ‘sheep’. Apparently, Laughner is obsessed by this concept of fundamental ‘Objective’ truth and how government stops people achieving it.

    Some people think that since he’s an atheist he can’t be rightwing but they forget that any true Objectivst is atheist, just like Rand.

    • Pascal's bookie 35.1

      Try this:

      http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47329.html

      David Wynn Miller.

      I’ve not heard of the guy, but he looks to be more akin to the ‘sovereign citizen’ crowd than the objectivists…

      • Blighty 35.1.1

        that sovereign citizen thing sounds a lot like Objectivism though – all far out rightwing stuff, that basically boils down to ‘i’m a super man, stopping holding me down, parasites’

        • higherstandard 35.1.1.1

          I was thinking the more information that comes out about him the more he sounds like a severely disturbed young man – the continued efforts by section of the right and left leaning political tragics trying to label him as a rightee or leftee is all a bit of a fucking sideshow.

          • Blighty 35.1.1.1.1

            more from Krugman’s column for you HS:

            “It’s true that the shooter in Arizona appears to have been mentally troubled. But that doesn’t mean that his act can or should be treated as an isolated event, having nothing to do with the national climate.

            Last spring Politico.com reported on a surge in threats against members of Congress, which were already up by 300 percent. A number of the people making those threats had a history of mental illness — but something about the current state of America has been causing far more disturbed people than before to act out their illness by threatening, or actually engaging in, political violence.

            And there’s not much question what has changed. As Clarence Dupnik, the sheriff responsible for dealing with the Arizona shootings, put it, it’s “the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business.” The vast majority of those who listen to that toxic rhetoric stop short of actual violence, but some, inevitably, cross that line.
            ..
            The point is that there’s room in a democracy for people who ridicule and denounce those who disagree with them; there isn’t any place for eliminationist rhetoric, for suggestions that those on the other side of a debate must be removed from that debate by whatever means necessary.

            And it’s the saturation of our political discourse — and especially our airwaves — with eliminationist rhetoric that lies behind the rising tide of violence.

            Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right. It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be “armed and dangerous” without being ostracized; but Representative Michele Bachmann, who did just that, is a rising star in the G.O.P.

            And there’s a huge contrast in the media. Listen to Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann, and you’ll hear a lot of caustic remarks and mockery aimed at Republicans. But you won’t hear jokes about shooting government officials or beheading a journalist at The Washington Post. Listen to Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly, and you will.

            Of course, the likes of Mr. Beck and Mr. O’Reilly are responding to popular demand. Citizens of other democracies may marvel at the American psyche, at the way efforts by mildly liberal presidents to expand health coverage are met with cries of tyranny and talk of armed resistance. Still, that’s what happens whenever a Democrat occupies the White House, and there’s a market for anyone willing to stoke that anger.

            But even if hate is what many want to hear, that doesn’t excuse those who pander to that desire. They should be shunned by all decent people.

            Unfortunately, that hasn’t been happening: the purveyors of hate have been treated with respect, even deference, by the G.O.P. establishment. As David Frum, the former Bush speechwriter, has put it, “Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us and now we’re discovering we work for Fox.”

            So will the Arizona massacre make our discourse less toxic? It’s really up to G.O.P. leaders. Will they accept the reality of what’s happening to America, and take a stand against eliminationist rhetoric? Or will they try to dismiss the massacre as the mere act of a deranged individual, and go on as before?

            If Arizona promotes some real soul-searching, it could prove a turning point. If it doesn’t, Saturday’s atrocity will be just the beginning. ”

            [lprent: How about linking to it? I tend to cut comments with massive quotes. It is safer for your comment to put in a link and quote smaller sections than it is to drop bloody great hunks of quoted material here. The site is for putting up your thoughts rather than someone elses.

            Check out how Draco did it here

            Consider yourself warned. ]

            • higherstandard 35.1.1.1.1.1

              Krugman’s a clever guy.

              There is no doubt most of the toxic rhetoric is from the GOP side at the moment, however there does seem to be a short memory in relation to the same toxic rhetoric from the other side when Bush was in charge.

              I’m still of the opinion that the efforts of each side in US political media to put this chap in each others camp is a sideshow and pretty sick.

              • Blighty

                Yeah, I’m struggling to remember leftwing political commentators joking about Bush bring shot and darkly hinting at the need for people to be prepared to prevent Bush leading a coup, which would be signalled by Bush trying to take their guns away

                Must be my short memory.

              • Pascal's bookie

                Ok hs.

                Here is speech given at rally in March 08. now senator Rand Paul shared the platform at this rally, (you can see his speech in the sidebar at the link)

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4G5185jpOo

                We are the original homeland security, not the paid agents that today masquerade as such in ninja outfits, dressed in black to intimidate the people with their faces covered to keep them from being held accountable for their actions. I have even been shown proof that they consider the founding fathers like George Washington, Sam Adams and Thomas Jefferson to be the terrorists of old.

                Unless you are a member of the active military, it is your historical, constitutional and moral duty to participate in a citizen’s militia. And I’ll say this, shame on those who are either too busy or too scared or too apathetic to step up.

                The British aren’t coming. It is the Soviet socialists that have occupied our Capitol. It might as well be Moscow on the Potomac.

                The question is: do we have the courage and the spirit of our forefathers? Our people do. Today we want to tell the Marxist control freaks out there, don’t dare cross that bridge. But we know they will. We the militia, and hopefully with your support, stand ready with no apologies, cause what we have forced upon us is not from a legitimate government, or the American values of self reliance and independence. If you want to be a European, move.

                The Declaration of Independence says that when a government is no longer beneficial or responsive to the people, it is our right and duty to change it. Now some citizens are holding out hope that the upcoming elections will better things, and you know we’ll wait and see. Lots of us believe that maybe that’s not reliable, considering the fact that the progressive socialists have been chipping away at our foundations. Regardless, the founders made sure we had plan B (holds up his gun). You know what that is.

                The treasonous left wing socialist politicians, and their lapdogs in the press, have gotten a wedgie here recently in their underpants over the tea parties. And a little broken glass (wink, wink). I sure hope they’re out there today. If they read history, they should know and fear what came after those events over 200 years ago. This latest forced health care bill, which is really about people control, the same thing as gun control, is the modern day equivalent of the 1765 standback, its only more disastrous to our freedom living way of life, etc…

                History it seems is ready to repeat itself. After a long and costly civil war that is eminent, and sure to be forced upon us, we are taking note of those who are responsible for the treason, and they will be held accountable. I advise the press to start getting it right from this moment on, and stop aiding and abetting un-American activities. Like the Tories of old, the worst shall be hung, most will be exiled, and I’m a contractor so I have a little bit of tar and feathers for those who are only partially guilty.

                In closing, let me implore you to keep the torch of freedom burning bright, god bless the republic, death to the New World Order. We shall prevail.

                You keep saying that there is stuff that is the ‘same’ from the left that we are forgetting, so remind us with some links please. From equivalent figures on the left, people that got to share platforms with Senatorial candidates.

                I remember calls for the impeachment of Bush, (but not from senior Democratic party figures, more’s the pity) and I remember those calls being derided as ‘shrill’ partisan nonsense.

                Impeachment is what the constitution says should happen if a President fails to uphold his oth. The calls from the right are not for impeachment however, they are threats about revolution.

                • higherstandard

                  As I have said below Ron paul could charitably be called quite odd.

                  There appears to be plenty of quotes from democratic figures that are also somewhat inflammatory.

                  Obama:
                  “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
                  “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
                  “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
                  Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose tail to kick.“
                  Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”

                  It’s a very odd country see some of the quotes below.

                  “Republicans don’t believe in the imagination, partly because so few of them have one, but mostly because it gets in the way of their chosen work, which is to destroy the human race and the planet. Human beings, who have imaginations, can see a recipe for disaster in the making; Republicans, whose goal in life is to profit from disaster and who don’t give a hoot about human beings, either can’t or won’t. Which is why I personally think they should be exterminated before they cause any more harm.” – The Village Voice’s Michael Feingold, in a theater review of all places

                  “I know how the ‘tea party’ people feel, the anger, venom and bile that many of them showed during the recent House vote on health-care reform. I know because I want to spit on them, take one of their ‘Obama Plan White Slavery’ signs and knock every racist and homophobic tooth out of their Cro-Magnon heads.” – The Washington Post’s Courtland Milloy

                  My Congressman Eric Cantor, and you and your cupcake evil wife…” “Remember Eric…our judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given. You are a liar, you’re a Lucifer, you’re a pig, a greedy f***ing pig, you’re an abomination, you receive my bullets in…your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer’s abominations.” – Obama campaign contributor Norman Laboom

                  I hope we never get to the same level of vitriol in NZ, perhaps they just take politics, politicians and themselves too seriously in the US.

                  • Pascal's bookie

                    I was looking for actual calls/threats of armed revolution from the left that you claim exist, and links to the original sources please, rather than cut and pastes from wherever…

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Perhaps Sarah Palin should have been the shooter. Despite all her gunning and hunting rhetoric on the road we know that she can’t shoot the broadside of a moose at twenty paces so the Congress woman would have been quite safe.

    • Vicky32 35.2

      Rand herself was a very dedicated atheist, and when she was alive, would have been very upset at the idea of a follower who also followed any religion! IMO, no objectivist ought to be religious – if they are, they severely misunderstand one of their belief systems, possibly both…
      Deb

  35. Draco T Bastard 36

    Climate of Hate
    It’s an opinion piece by Paul Krugman about the shootings.

    I’ve had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach ever since the final stages of the 2008campaign. I remembered the upsurge in political hatred after Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 — an upsurge that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing. And you could see, just by watching the crowds at McCain-Palin rallies, that it was ready to happen again. The Department of Homeland Security reached the same conclusion: in April 2009 an internal report warned that right-wing extremism was on the rise, with a growing potential for violence.

    So, even Homeland Security has been warning that right-wing extremism was on the rise and would lead to violence. The right, denying reality as per normal, denounced the report and now we have had some of that violence and the right are still denying that it’s due to the vitriol that they use.

  36. The Voice of Reason 37

    I put “loughner is a hero” in google and it didn’t take long to find a classic nutter. Reverend Fred Phelps, crawl on down:
    :

    http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/010911_westborobaptistchurch

  37. Irascible 38

    The logic of the Palin – Tea Party supporters can be seen in this circular sent to me by a GOP supporting Doctor from the States.
    Why a Doctor would take the position that this piece argues is beyond me but….. here’s the piece. It might also show the sort of thinking that inspired the shooting in Arizona.

    Need something to get your blood boiling???? Has anyone heard of this new word? Dhimmitude?

    Amish and other religious groups may be exempt from forced purchase of healthcare policies under Obama care. You know what other groups this could include ???Muslims and Christian Scientists may be exempt from having to have government healthcare.

    I had my doubts so I checked with Snopes. There is an exemption for “certain religious groups” in the Health Care Bill. Obama supporters check it out yourself.

    Had never heard the word until now—Type it into Google and start reading Pretty interesting. Note that Muslims and certain other religions are exempt from the Obamacare penalties and it is supported by law. We are surrendering from within! The prez is leading us right down the path to total Muslim control and you don’t care! Maybe you voted for him but now the truth comes out. Maybe you should rethink what you have done.

    Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling non-muslim populations conquered through jihad. Specifically, it is the TAXING of non-muslims in exchange for tolerating their presence AND as a coercive means of converting conquered remnants to islam.

    The ObamaCare bill is the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia muslim diktat in the United States . Muslims may be specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance, and also from the penalty tax for being uninsured. Islam considers insurance to be “gambling”, “risk-taking” and “usury” and is thus banned. Muslims may be specifically granted exemption based on this. How convenient. So I John Smith, as a Christian, will have crippling IRS liens placed against all of my assets, including real estate, cattle, cars and etc. and even accounts receivables, and will face hard prison time because I refuse to buy insurance or pay the penalty tax. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan will have no such penalty and will have 100% of his health needs paid for by the de facto government insurance at our expence. Non-muslims will be paying a tax to subsidize muslims. Period. This is Dhimmitude.

    Dhimmitude serves two purposes: it enriches the muslim masters AND serves to drive conversions to islam. In this case, the incentive to convert to islam will be taken up by those in the inner-cities as well as the godless Generation X, Y and Z types who have no moral anchor or belief in God! If you don’t believe in Christ to begin with, it is no problem whatsoever to sell Him for 30 pieces of silver. “Sure, I’ll be a muslim if it means free health insurance and no taxes. Where do I sign, brother?” Now all you Obama voters get in line for your free stuff!…However, I suggest you don’t hold your breath!…

    I recommend sending this email to all your contacts. This is desperately important and people need to know about it and what the past election has done to all of us!

    PS Have you heard about the summit Obama is holding this month in DC for the future Muslim business leaders in the US? He wants to increase their ability to begin business opportunities in the US for the Muslim community! Better start looking for a country that doesn’t cater to the Muslims ~ Austrailia doesn’t because this country will be overrun by Muslims like Europe is currently experiencing.

    [Bunji: put in quote for readability]

    • higherstandard 38.1

      I’ll think you’ll find that’s actually a Ron Paul diatribe.

      http://www.dailypaul.com/node/140282

      • NickS 38.1.1

        Words fail to describe the shear fractal stupidity of that fully.

        And what’s really ironic is the citing of a Snopes article, which clearly states that it’s unlikely that a super majority will use the religious exemption clause, and like certain Christian sects (and cults) only a few sects will likely seek to avoid the health insurance clause…

      • Gosman 38.1.2

        I think you will find it isn’t a Ron Paul diatribe at all but one from a regular contributor to his blog.

        Just as the people involved with The Standard take a very dim view indeed of individual views being attributed to the collective I would expect your, (and others) linkage to Ron Paul to be frowned upon and perhaps even edited for correction.

        [lprent: We moderate for our cooperative and not for others. For instance we don't try to tell the No Minister cooperative how they should run their site (pity you guys don't follow that precept when looking at this site). Of course as individuals we do occasionally spend some time writing about what dickheads (or even rarely otherwise) some of your authors are.

        The actual request that can be asked for in this site is that the author of a comment links to quotes so others can look at the veracity. Irascible obviously didn't because it came via e-mail (as he noted). If he'd had a link then he probably wouldn't have quoted to the same extent because he will be aware that we're not much into cut'n'paste. HS gave a link to it on the web. People like yourself pointed out an error in what HS said.

        That is exactly what is meant to happen - why would a moderator get involved in the normal practice of the comments section? Readers that are interested in the thread will read down and find the additional info generated in comments. ]

        • higherstandard 38.1.2.1

          If that’s the case I apologise – I do find Ron Paul a bit odd though.

        • Gosman 38.1.2.2

          I was expecting higherstandard to edit his own comments. He has essentially done so with his apology.

  38. Irascible 39

    The letter sent to me by the GOP supporting Doctor was unattributed by him. What is of concern to me is that an otherwise very bright and competent individual should accept the argument put forward in the circular letter and, based on that “information”, engage in a campaign to disassemble the Health Care programme Obama managed to get through the legislature.
    Given the acceptance of such a specious argument by my Doctor friend I then find it difficult to consider the actions of the individual in Arizona as those of a “mentally deranged” individual and conclude that the young man has been persuaded by the rhetoric of the Tea Party and its ilk to take the actions their logic takes them to.

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  • Barabbas – An Easter Story
    "All I know is that he died and I live. Maybe it’s what lies at the heart of that day."  “YOU’RE A HARD MAN TO FIND!”, exclaimed the sharp-featured young fellow, setting a jug of wine upon the table. “I’ve...
    Bowalley Road | 17-04
  • Low Traffic Forecast For Costly Warkworth Toll Road
    This is the fourth in a series of posts based on the Campaign for Better Transport’s submission to the Puhoi to Warkworth Board of Inquiry. The full presentation is over at bettertransport.org.nz Previously I pointed out that the NZTA produced...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Mitigation of Climate Change – Part 3 of the new IPCC report
          Guest post by Brigitte Knopf             Global emissions continue to rise further and this is in the first place due to economic growth and to a lesser extent to population growth. To...
    Real Climate | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Judith Collins explains
    Judith Collins explains what really happened at that dinner, and why it's no big deal....
    Imperator Fish | 17-04
  • Citibanker: the age of renewables is here
    Kathryn Ryan’s interview earlier this week with Michael Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at the giant investment bank Citigroup was arresting. He was in New Zealand as a keynote speaker at the Wind Energy...
    Hot Topic | 17-04
  • Media Links: Kiwi killed in drone strike.
    I did interviews on TV 3 and Radio NZ about the drone strike that killed a Kiwi dual citizen in Yemen last year. There are many questions raised by the incident, but time constraints precluded addressing all of them. The...
    Kiwipolitico | 17-04
  • Photo of the Day: Lorne St
    A quick shot of Lorne St in front of the library. It appears Brobdingnagian gardeners have dropped by with some seriously big pot plants. I love them! About the only criticism I every heard about the shared space in Lorne...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • National: American lickspittles
    Yesterday we learned that America had murdered a New Zealand citizen in a drone strike in Yemen. Today, the government was closely quizzed about its views on this in Parliament. Steven Joyce (standing in for the PM) was very clear:...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • A $130 million gift to the rich
    When the government announced that it was selling off Genesis Energy, it deliberately underpriced it, with a discounted price, generous bonus scheme, and huge dividend. And today that has had the expected result, with Genesis shares leaping almost 20% on...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Defamation via Facebook and ‘a private website’
    This defamation case should be a shot across the bows of various internet wide-boys who think ‘defence of truth’ or ‘opinion honestly held’ is some kind of magic elixir or Get Out of Jail Free card. It’s worth noting the...
    The Paepae | 17-04
  • Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
    It is three years and one day since Danyl wrote this blog post about South Canterbury Finance. I was re-reading it today, and something stuck out like a sore thumb: December 2008: SCF undertakes a high risk loan strategy, losing...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 17-04
  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should See Me
    Being lost for words when you’re a talkback host could hardly be considered ideal. But back in September of 1992, I was hosting an evening talkback show on a fledgling radio station in what was then a newly deregulated, highly...
    Public Address | 17-04
  • Judith Collins: guess who’s coming to dinner?
    Judith Collins, Justice Minister, is playing dumb in parliament at question time and avoiding media. Her patronising responses, or non-responses, to allegations of corrupt influence is not becoming of a Cabinet Minister.  Her abuse of the House by criticising questions...
    Tumeke | 17-04
  • Can fracking save the climate?
    Blogging is a great way MPs can communicate and engage with citizens about the issues facing us. I have joined The Daily Blog blogging team and have so far posted on Anadarko’s failure to find oil and a piece outlining...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • New Fisk
    A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Labour’s manufacturing plan
    David Cunliffe has launched Labour's policy to get more manufacturing jobs back in New Zealand: Labour leader David Cunliffe launched the policy to an Auckland business audience this morning, adding the depreciation and procurement policies to the known suite of...
    Polity | 17-04
  • Easter PT shutdown
    It’s Easter weekend and that invariably means the rail network is shut down for works. Auckland Transport advises the rail network will be closed for Easter and there are changes to timetables for buses and ferries during the holiday break....
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Another perspective on the postgraduate allowance cuts
    I have already shared two stories from psychology students about how the postgraduate allowance cuts have affected them. These stories demonstrate the widespread impact the changes are having. Here is yet another story I have received, this one giving the...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • Against secret "justice" in NZ
    Last year, in response to a series of court cases challenging its control orders or claiming compensation for human rights abuses by its intelligence services, the UK passed the Justice and Security Act 2013. The Act introduces a "Closed Material...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Massey chancellor sets up company in opposition to university
    Massey Chancellor Chris Kelly will chair the board of a company that intends to be New Zealand’s largest private training provider (PTE)...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Gibbs, Hayek, Canterbury and the free market for degrees
    The New Zealand Herald notes that philanthropist Alan Gibbs is about to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Canterbury today. One of the many institutions Alan Gibbs has donated his money to...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day
    As readers will know, I have long embraced the internet music revolution. The ability to discover and download new things pretty much as they're being made has reinvented and refreshed my lifelong relationship with popular music. But I still really...
    Public Address | 16-04
  • Great Sorkin Parody
    Aaron Sorkin (SportsNight, The West Wing, The Newsroom) makes a very particular style of TV. Some good parts to that, some really silly parts. Amy Schumer' Comedy Central parody of Sorkin is pitch-prefect and hilarious. Enjoy: Inside Amy SchumerGet More:...
    Polity | 16-04
  • Photographic proof
    Deborah asked for a picture of my bicycle, after I wrote about it, and there is now one in existence which even includes me riding it along Mt Albert Rd, thanks to a dear friend who drove past me and...
    The Hand Mirror | 16-04
  • Our future lies in science
    This is not a column on global warming, climate change or whether humans are or aren’t having an impact....
    Pundit | 16-04
  • Gordon Campbell on drone strikes and Judith Collins‘ last stand
    Reportedly, US drone operators refer to their kills as “bug splat” – mainly because when the carnage is viewed on their screens thousands of kilometres away at home, it looks like an insect strike on a windscreen. The name has...
    Gordon Campbell | 16-04
  • Revealed: Steven Joyce’s select committee submission
    Dear Education Select Committee, Well, there are less than two weeks for people to get their submissions in to you on my proposals to remove staff and students from university and wānanga councils. You...
    TEU | 16-04
  • World News Brief, Thursday April 17
    Top of the AgendaTensions Rise in Ukraine’s East Ahead of Talks...
    Pundit | 16-04
  • Northern Europe looks to end fixed-term agreements for academics
    Long strings of fixed term employment agreements are not just a problem here in New Zealand but Sweden too, according to Education International. But the Swedish Association of University Teachers (SULF) has a plan to solve this. It is turning...
    TEU | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Date of Release: Thursday, April 17, 2014Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today.The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company, Christchurch Yarns, go into...
    First Union Media | 16-04
  • Collins: More contemptible lying
    Yesterday, Judith Collins treated New Zealand's media and people as if we were all complete fools. Here is what she said (via this morning's Herald): Ms Collins said she was unaware Oravida was having any problems getting its products into...
    Polity | 16-04
  • The Downside of Park and Ride
    Flicking back through older Atlantic Cities posts led to one from last year about Park and Ride catching my eye. It’s a fairly well reasoned cautionary tale which highlights the pitfalls and potential perverse outcomes from something that would appear...
    Transport Blog | 16-04
  • Heartland logic: More people have heard of Fidel Castro than Michael Mann, ...
    This is a guest post from Narahani.   Or is happening and is good for you, or has stopped happening, or is caused by CO2 but only a little, or is about to reverse due to lots of yet-to-be-discovered negative...
    Skeptical Science | 16-04
  • Submission
    Below is my draft submission on the Environmental Reporting Bill. I'm primarily interested in the freedom of information issues; I expect other groups to be focused on the reporting itself. I support the aims of the Environmental Reporting Bill of...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • Government’s ‘rock star economy’ throws hospital staff ou...
    The Public Service Association says administrative staff at hospitals around the country are missing out on Bill English’s ‘rock star...
    PSA | 16-04
  • Storm fans fire service commitment
    Further damage from the huge storm that battered the West Coast was prevented by the great work of our volunteer Fire Service and locals will be extremely grateful, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “Our region has been...
    Labour | 19-04
  • Time for Ryall to fix mistakes and help families
    Families who won a long and lengthy Court battle for financial help to support their disabled daughters and sons are now facing a new battle with health system bureaucracy and need the Health Minister's help, Labour's Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Time for greater ministerial accountability
    The Green Party has today released a proposal to introduce a ministerial disclosure regime in New Zealand to improve the transparency and accountability of government.The proposal, based on the system used in the United Kingdom since 2010, would require all...
    Greens | 18-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
    On Radio NZ national’s morning report on 15 April 2014, ACC’s spokesperson Sid Miller denied the non-compliance was just a way for ACC to refuse people....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
    The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. “Any steps that can be taken to lower smoking rates will result in New Zealand workers and their families having healthier and better...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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