Hypocrisy

Australia debates same-sex marriage, but was NZ given a say?

This time Australia is being pressured to change the marriage law.  They’ll be told that New Zealand did it, so why shouldn’t they?  The media are making it sound like there was a public mandate for same-sex marriage in 2013, but that’s simply not true.  New Zealanders weren’t asked.  We weren’t given a referendum.  We were silenced. 

The one and only time we got a voice was in a TV3 news poll.  This was the response.  There were nearly 17,000 respondents with 78% against.  The media were shocked at the strength of public opinion against and there was a media blackout over our opinion.

NZ support for gay marriage 2013

NZ TV3 news poll from 2013, nearly 17,000 respondents, 78% against.

SHOCK – TV3 Campbell Live ‘Marriage-Equality bill’ poll

Here’s a cartoon from 2013 showing who had the say in NZ – politicians.

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At least Australians are being asked.  Why weren’t New Zealanders given the right to vote on this?

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And before you label me a “hater” for pointing out the facts – I don’t hate homosexuals.  What I do hate is living in a society where people are shouted down and silenced, slurred for having a different opinion and not given a say in what their government does!  It’s called injustice.

These are the questions I hope Australians will ask themselves;  Who is driving this agenda?  Should government legislate morality?  What societal benefits are there in same-sex marriage?  Why are people who disagree being labelled “homophobes” and “bigots?”


Australians are voting on same-sex marriage — and it’s starting to get ugly


 

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Withdrawing from Paris Agreement helps the poor

Whatever we feel about Trump, I heartily agree with him keeping his election promise in pulling the US out of that Paris Climate rort, and wish my country would do the same.  Why?  This rotten deal is nothing but U.N. wealth redistribution. 

NZ is a small nation of 4 million people, yet we are going to spend 1.4 billion dollars  per year on this rort  Enron type agreement.  It’s money we don’t have!  I know because last year the government talked about borrowing a billion to build badly needed housing.

People in NZ ask, to who our wealth would be going?  It seems the United Nations Green Climate Fund.  Who is in that?

Do you think the third world governments, dictators and crony capitalists like Al Gore really give a stuff about the environment?

One of the projects was a dam in Nepal, where they want to generate electricity for export to energy-hungry India.  Nepal and China-based Zhejiang Hydropower Construction and Installation Co will get the money, and India will get the power – at the cost of the environment and other nations.

Ironically, green groups are against the dams.  Well, they shouldn’t have supported the climate hysteria which is enabling this wealth heist.
Green groups condemn UN plan to use $136m from climate fund for large dams
Here’s why we should demand that our governments get out of this deal,

  1. The Paris agreement raises energy prices
  2. Regulations promulgated under the aegis of the Paris Agreement increase prices and harm the economy.
  3. The Paris Agreement redistributes wealth from taxpayers to international corporations and less developed nations.

This blog article puts the case very concisely.
Care About The Poor? Why Withdrawing From Paris Agreement Helps Those Most Vulnerable
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, for and against.

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Elderly man who can only afford to heat himself with one bar of the heater, UK. Will the leaders who went to Paris be living like that?

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New Zealand to spend $14 billion to meet Paris Agreement targets


 

Speaker’s talk denied at Berkley, home of Free speech

free-speech-quoteImagine this, “free speech for me – but not for thee!”  Is this what it is when a man goes to speak on a university campus on a fairly innocuous topic, but he can’t because of liberal riots?  This university campus is Berkley, the home of free speech!   The movement started there in the 1960’s.

The man’s name is Milo Yiannopoulos, public speaker, provocateur, and journalist at Breitbart News. Being gay, he is in a required minority – but he’s conservative, seen as “Alt-Right.” He doesn’t fit the liberal narrative, so he’s seen as a threat.

In his own words, Milo wasn’t going to talk about anything that you’d imagine would prompt violent riots …”

The liberals promoted the protest the day before the event when the “Berkeley Against Trump coalition” posted the invite to the protest in the student newspaper.  The Cal Berkeley Student Newspaper PROMOTED Protest-Turned-Riot The Day Before Milo Event

Like him or hate him, Milo Yiannopoulos should have been given the right to speak.

Here’s a student from Iran who wanted to hear Milo, wanted that freedom of speech at the Berkley Campus.  He said, “I invite everyone that was here to see the difference between intimidating people by street thuggery and an intellectual discourse that is based on meritorious learning.”

Why do liberals believe they have the right to speak, and no-one else?

It just goes to show,

The heart of a fool inclines to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2.

Backlash

As a result of the Free Speech Movement started by liberals at Berkley University in the 1960s, there was a substantial voter backlash against the individuals involved – and Ronald Reagen won an unexpected victory in the fall of 1966 when he was elected Governor of California.  I predict another backlash, with liberal behaviour putting off the Gen Y and Millennials who believe in free speech.  Will there be a swing to conservatism as the new counter-culture?

dilbert17Berkley has already lost the support of the creator of the Dilbert cartoons.

On his blog, Adams announced last week that he, too, doesn’t feel “safe or welcome on campus” because of his political views, so he said he would no longer support the public institution where he earned his MBA.


 

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Links

Free Speech Movement

Like or loathe him, the Berkeley riots prove Milo Yiannopoulos is right on free speech

MILO Addresses The UC Berkeley Riots

‘Dilbert’ creator Scott Adams ends UC Berkeley support over Milo Yiannopoulos protests

Free speech under fire: | Nihilism has invaded college campuses and politics


What Egypt thought of Obama

Here’s a bit of (black) humour. It’s Obama prattling on about “climate change being their biggest national security threat.”  Seriously?  The weather?  It’s just as well he’s going.  I hope the US can bounce back from him.

Here’s what the media in Egypt thought.  It’s refreshing after the sanitised, air-brushed version of president Obama that we’re presented with in the news.

Here are some of the comments:

“Is he insane?”

“He’s on drugs?”

“What do you expect from an affirmative action president?  He never served in the military, nor worked a day in his life.”

“Did you see that video of him working out?  My daughter has bigger biceps than him!”

“America is getting weaker by the day under this president.”

“Look what he did in Libya.  It’s all part of his plan.

“Your enemies no longer fear you. And your allies no longer trust you!”

The Boxer

Muhammad AliTens of thousands are gathering in Louisville, Kentucky for the funeral of Muhammad Ali. The funeral events began on Thursday with a Muslim prayer service attended by 14,000 people. 

Ali wanted the service, known as a Jenazah, to be “a teaching moment.” American Muslims attending the service and watching on TV said they hoped that the public prayers would help Americans to become more familiar with Islam and its practices. Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36496473

In 1964, Ali famously converted to Islam, changing his name from Cassius Clay, which he called his “slave name” – even though he never grew up in slavery, thanks to the efforts of abolitionists.

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Cassius Marcellus Clay, abolitionist

But far from being a “slave name,” Ali was named after Cassius Marcellus Clay, a Kentucky planter, politician and friend of Abraham Lincoln, who worked for the abolition of slavery.

The grandfather of Ali, Herman Heaton Clay, a descendant of African-American slaves, named his son Cassius Marcellus Clay in tribute to the abolitionist, and Cassius Clay senior gave his own son the same name, which the  heavyweight champion boxer rejected.

Muhammad Ali’s mother, Odessa Lee Clay (nee O’Grady) was a strong Christian.  Ali later said, “My mother is a Baptist, and when I was growing up, she taught me all she knew about God. Every Sunday, she dressed me up, took me and my brother to church, and taught us the way she thought was right. She taught us to love people and treat everybody with kindness. She taught us it was wrong to be prejudiced or hate. 

Despite his mother’s faith, he linked Christians with plunder and enslavement. “How could they say that my religion, Islam was a ‘race hate’ religion after all the plunder and enslavement and domination of my people by white Christians in the name of white supremacy?” he was quoted as saying, never seeing his own prejudice.

My question is this; which religion is into plunder and enslavement – Christianity, or Islam?  What did he squander with his anti-white sentiment?

It reminds me of the song “The Boxer.”

I am just a poor boy
Though my story's seldom told
I have squandered my resistance
For a pocketful of mumbles
Such are promises
All lies and jest
Still, a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest  - Paul Simon, "The Boxer"

In abandoning the name of his father, and the faith of his mother, did he back the wrong horse?

Ban Sharia

Muhammad Ali wasn’t the only thing to come out of Louisville, Kentucky.  It’s also home to the Kentucky Derby, a famous horse race.

“Ban Sharia, a horse born in 1972 in Kentucky, ended up running in 18 races in the 1970’s.

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Charles Engelhard

Ban Sharia came from a line of Middle Eastern-sounding names.  The breeder was Cragwood Estates, a stable owned by the family of Charles and Jane Engelhard, who lived in New Jersey.

Charles Engelhard was a very rich man, who made his fortune dealing in platinum, gold and silver.  Engelhard was rumored to be the man who inspired Ian Fleming’s 1959 book “Goldfinger” and the Sean Connery movie that followed in 1964.  The film’s plot has Bond investigating gold smuggling by gold magnate Auric Goldfinger and eventually uncovering Goldfinger’s plans to contaminate the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox.

What is not known is why a stable owned by the Engelhard family named a horse “Ban Sharia” in the 1970’s.  Was it a warning, a sign of things to come by a family in the know?

Truth is stranger than fiction.

More hypocrisy

bruce-springsteen-Header_tvywthI heard on the news this month (April 2016) that Bruce Springsteen canceled a concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, because that state enacted a law to keep girls safe in restrooms.

North Carolina GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse released the following statement about the cancellation:

“This is bizarre. The Greensboro Coliseum has men’s restrooms, women’s restrooms and presumably family restrooms. The policy passed by the General Assembly, rolled back the radical change in bathroom policy, by the Charlotte City Council and maintained the status quo. For years young girls have safely used the restrooms at ACC Tournament games and other events at the Greensboro Coliseum separated from grown men. The legislature and Governor simply secured the long standing common policy of safety and security and privacy.”

Source: http://myfox8.com/2016/04/08/bruce-springsteen-cancels-greensboro-concert-on-sunday-because-of-house-bill-2/

The newly enacted law (which would seem logical to most of us) requires individuals to use bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate.  It drew the ire of the gay and transgender people who believe their legal protections should trump those of the majority.

Agreeing with them, Springsteen canceled his concert to show his solidarity “in the fight against prejudice and bigotry.”

Nothing happened to him even though Greensboro Coliseum officials have estimated a loss of $100,000 in net revenue.

In a free country, he should have the right to withhold his services if they violate his deeply held beliefs.

Bake the cakeAs should the Kleins, the Christian bakers who in July 2015 were sued and gagged for refusing to make a same-sex wedding cake.  They were ordered to pay $135,000 in “emotional damages” to the couple they denied service – and ordered to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.

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Here’s a clip of what happens when Moslem bakers are asked to bake a gay wedding cake in Deerborn, Michigan.  Is the gay lobby going to persecute prosecute them?  Just asking.

NZ in Panama paper leak 60,000 times

key-panama-lieHere’s a story of greed and hypocrisy.  This is what happens when a country elects a banker as prime minister. 

New Zealand is one of the highest taxed nations when it comes to income tax, and we also pay 15% GST on everything we buy.  Even children have to pay tax after the government cut children’s tax credits in 2012.

There’s no privacy protection for us when it comes to the government or IRD.

Also, under the US FACTA law (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), any NZ citizen unlucky enough to be born in the US will be reported on by the NZ government to the IRS if they try to open a bank account, or file a company return.

So that’s what happens to individuals.

But if foreign investors park their money here, no questions are asked and no tax is paid.

Our prime minister John Key got the law changed for this in 2011 when he wanted to turn NZ into a “financial hub” – like Ireland.  When he was head of Merrill Lynch’s derivatives and global foreign exchange business in London, he shifted a lot of the bank’s business to Dublin.

The result was Ireland’s financial crisis, where the clever use of tax-haven rules and a huge credit boom permitted real estate prices and construction to grow quickly before declining ever more rapidly.

Even though John Key was fully cognisant of Ireland’s collapsed banking system and financial hub collapse, he was cock-a-hoop about doing the same thing to New Zealand.

Glib, smooth and dismissive, in December 2010 Key rubbished objections to his plans and directly specified a 0% tax rate, telling the Minister of Economic Development Gerry Brownlee to deliver him a paper that had zero rating of funds.

In February 2011 Gerry Brownlee (Minister for Economic Development) delivered what he wanted, and in May 2011 the international financial “advisors” started drooling.

The law change in September 2011 to 0% tax  for foreign investors made NZ a tax haven.


When a 60 minutes report came out in 2012 about wealthy foreigners dodging tax, Peter Dunne (government lapdog minister) and John Key described it as “legitimate tax avoidance.”  Under the law John Key said that tax evasion is illegal, but tax avoidance is not.

But this is what the IRD department says to the NZ tax payer about tax avoidance:  What’s wrong with tax avoidance

Nothing got done about this issue.

Now in 2016 the birds are coming home to roost.  We have NZ trusts at the centre of Malta money scandal, and NZ is mentioned in the Panama paper leak 60,000 times.

What else are we going to find?

Prime Minister John Key’s register of interests has revealed he has a short-term deposit in a company specialising in New Zealand foreign trusts.  Source: Edwin Mitson, Business Desk, Yahoo! Finance.

He has refused to disclose his tax details.

When Key was asked if it was right that trustees did not have to tell the IRD who was behind the trust, what assets it had, its income, its beneficiaries, the residence of its settlor nor the nature of its assets, Key deflected reporters by saying they should “ask the IRD.”  Even though he was the one who demanded the tax shelter for foreign investors in 2011.

Iceland’s prime minister resigned last week after being the first major casualty of the Panama Papers leaks which revealed how the super-rich manage their money.

Will there be calls for John Key to resign if we find his hand in the cookie jar?  Unlikely.  He previously promised to resign if it was proven that the GCSB carries out mass surveillance of New Zealanders. When the Snowden revelations did indeed show that in 2015, nothing happened.


Links:

2010 Key itching for quick action on financial hub

2011 Key changed the law to extend NZ as a tax haven

New Zealand now an attractive tax location for offshore managed funds

2016 Panama papers: NZ trusts at the centre of Malta money scandal, Mossack Fonseca papers show

Panama papers: Mossack Fonseca ‘bragged about lax New Zealand tax rules’

Calls mount for tighter rules on foreign trusts as Key denies NZ a ‘tax haven’

Quote: “Whilst the PM has been shaking hands with devious financial operators around the world and promoting our tax system, and doing little to ensure its integrity, we are now known as one of the world’s ‘quiet tax havens’ as the leaked documents reveal.”

He said Key and his colleagues were doing nothing for NZ’s international reputation, with more than 12,000 trusts set up here that pay no tax on their overseas’ earnings.

Tax toll on NZ