Monday, October 31, 2011

Andrei I'm not a Labour voter but Phil Goff really impressed

Just watched the "debate", I'm a masochist I suppose.

Anyway at the end they read out some viewer texts including one that started out with the title of this post.

Does anyone really believe that an uncommitted voter sent that text in?

Sheesh we wern't born yesterday you know TV One but you would have us believe you were since you chose to treat that text at face value.

What a load of hooey!

Andrei Picture of the day

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say.

This little boy is nearly six, his name is Boaz and the picture was taken by his father Andy who put it on hsi Facebook page from whence it went viral.

Read more here.

Sunday, October 30, 2011



 Jim Rockford (James Garner) gives an Occupy Wall Street protester a telling off.
OK, the show (The Rockford Files) is too old for that, but he may as well be :)

h/t Big Hollywood

Andrei Communist car, Capitalist car

Which one would the Greens Loath most?



Inspired by this

Andrei Going off the deep end

Election silly season
sigh
So we can expect political posturing from our pollies.

Stuff like this from Gareth Hughes
Hughes last night called for an independent inquiry, saying many New Zealanders would be "shocked" at the magnitude of the shipments, some of which could eventually be used in weapons.

"We have to look at the history of these shipments. Why did the authority fail to approve it for so long, do we have adequate safeguards and response strategies, and what role is New Zealand playing in the international nuclear cycle?" he said.

"Radioactive yellowcake uranium is on between six and 30 containers on these fortnightly shipments and it is deeply concerning that the government has allowed these shipments to occur. I think many Kiwis will be shocked."
Are you shocked? Or even deeply concerned?

Not me - hell you go into many of our stone "heritage" buildings and they are more "toxic" and radioactive than a drum of yellowcake.

But can you imagine the fuss if we were to bowl them over in the name of public safety.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Andrei Transgendered children or child abuse?

Another story of a poor little boy whose life is being wrecked by gay activism.

No mention of a FATHER in any account of this perversity that I have read.

ZenTiger Abort, baby, abort

The hand mirror regularly post on the necessity and rights of abortion, and I try to stay away from them, being from Mars and all. However, every now and then I take my life into my hands and pop in with an opinion. It can be very wearisome to defend the opinion over there (for both sides), such is the divide, so I'll record my thoughts here for any others that wish to discuss those ideas on this blog rather than swarm the other. Maybe short exposure to challenging ideas from both sides is more productive for all?

Your morality is in the way of my rights [Link]

This argument is fairly common. Some-one has a right, and no-one else has a right to interfere with that. Even worse, no-one can use "morality" as an excuse to interfere with the exercise of rights. So the rights of the unborn don't exist or are trumped by the right to terminate, and no moral argument should prevail. Although on what basis is this "right" asserted? Is there any relationship between rights and morality? Some rights are grounded in the legal, and others in the moral. But even legal rights are themselves derived from a belief system. So the phrasing of "get your morality away from my rights" can also be expressed as "get your morality away from my morality" and equally, "get your rights away from my rights", and perhaps even "Your defence of others rights gets in the way of my rights". It's a big discussion. The Hand Mirror used some cartoons to support their argument, so read the link perhaps. I reduced my comment to this:
The cartoons seem to be suggesting that two wrongs make a right.

Which is exactly what you are suggesting too. On one hand you suggest you have rights, which are founded on some kind of moral position, and then getting annoyed if morality is considered in how far rights can go.

I think the pro-choice position is grounded in the supremacy of the individual, and I mean this in the sense that that belief system is so core to setting the world view, any perspective that moves away from this is hard to fathom.

It also requires that we do not consider that the unborn is in any way an individual with a right to life, no matter the feelings of others, because that would create a paradox over the supremacy of individual rights.

So to come at it from a rights perspective, as a mother, do they not have an obligation to make the best possible decisions for their child? Because don't rights come with obligations and duties? Certainly, if you wish to have certain rights, it will place duties on others to allow those rights. That could extend to the right to life of an unborn to place a duty on you to complete the pregnancy.

You do have a right to not get pregnant in the first place though, and complete autonomy over that decision - unless your rights are violated.
You care more for aliens than women - you must be have a fetus fetish

Meanwhile, Julie on the Hand Mirror thinks men empathise with an unthinking fetus and not with a thinking women. She describes this as a fetish. She fleshed out the argument a bit further than that perhaps, you can decide for yourself. Here was my response:
Some people also say "if I was a baby, I wouldn't ... "

and clearly, very very young babies probably are not quite up to the worldly awareness of older people.

I've seen several "Greens" empathising with trees too, for that matter.

I don't think this can be reduced to the "empathising with unthinking aliens vs empathising with real people" that seems to be the crux of your argument.

I also don't agree that the young man couldn't apparently put himself in the shoes of the potential mother. Perhaps that is more a product of your thinking that where supporting one thing means they are against another. I think most people realise every situation is complex and affects many people. People argue by jumping up into the clouds of principles and then down into the grounds of reality and complexity, and are just processing at different speeds.

Perhaps it is more like a communication style, like some people 'hear' what you say, whilst others will 'see' what you are getting at.

I think you are in danger of creating a strawman argument.

Andrei Gushing over mediocrity

The BBC approves, the New York Times does as well and so does Julia Gillard - An historic change, driven by David Cameron, to the institution of British Monarchy.

From now on primogeniture will not apply to the British Monarchy and a first born girl will take precedence over a younger first born son in keeping with 21st century sensibilities.

What does that mean to you and I as we go about our daily business?

Should we be excited that an as yet unborn girl may at some future date marry a Roman Catholic and succeed to the British Throne?

Yes this is an issue our betters feel the need to address - the rights of a hypothetical girl, who if and when born, will be born into privilege.

A significant nothing my friends, something that will not change a thing in your lives and most likely will not even come into play in your lifetime.

Still it does show how modern we now are.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Andrei Quote of the day

"If you had to readjust the constant in Newton's law of gravity every time you got out of bed in the morning in order for it to agree with your scale, it wouldn't be much of a law But in finance they just keep on recalibrating and pretending that the models work."
This comes from a Scientific American Article: Why Economic Models Are Always Wrong

No surprises here for the numerate and although the article picks out the models used in financial risk analysis the conclusions apply to any and all models of complex dynamic systems.

Including of course all those IPCC models used to justify making everything more expensive in the name of saving the planet ie Nick Smith's insane ETS.

Of course I can sum the conclusion everybody should draw from this.

It is impossible to predict the future with any degree of accuracy and nobody can do it.

Just ask Harold Camping who has now withdrawn from public life.

Lucia Labour's Policy on Religion and my thoughts

David Farrar has been very busy today on his blog, quite a few political posts. Probably something to do with the upcoming election here in New Zealand.  Here is the beginning of his post on the Labour Party's Interfaith Policy:
Labour’s interfaith policy is mainly harmless platitudes such as:
Labour will commit to building harmonious relationships between communities of different faiths as intrinsic to ensuring strong, healthy and safe communities of understanding and tolerance in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Hard to disagree with that!
I did appreciate the irony that the policy sites approvingly the ratification of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, considering Labour in Government refused to ratify it!
But one section grates with me:
Labour will work collaboratively across all government sectors to ensure that New Zealand’s diverse cultures and communities of faiths will be protected from racism, discrimination, prejudice and injustices.
First of all Labour conflates race with religion. You can not be racist against a religion. You do not choose your race but you do choose your religion. One can have a negative view of a particular religion, and this does not make you racist. Labour’s policy suggests that people who do not like certain religions are racists.

I've bolded the parts I want to come back to before I take a slight meander into a related topic - the increasing clash between religion and gay rights in the developed world.

I felt the need to point out that in the Western world there is now growing serious clash between religious discrimination and gay rights.  Because Labour have traditionally been the champions of gay rights here in New Zealand, it's a bit rich that they talk about protecting communities of faiths when they are behind setting up systems which will allow these rights to come into conflict. It's not bad here yet, but people of faith in other countries in the West, mostly Christians, are increasingly not able to practice their beliefs or even in some cases talk about them without fear of persecution, because of this clash with gay rights.

Here are some of the more recent cases of in one of the more extreme Western countries, Britain, that I could remember off the top of my head, that I searched on and listed as comments on Kiwiblog.

Gay couple wins discrimination case against Christian hoteliers, who refused to give the men a double room in their hotel because they weren’t married. Were ordered by the courts to pay the men compensation.
Last British Catholic adoption agency closes, because Catholic agencies were going to be forced to adopt children to same-sex couples.
Judges ruling against devout foster couple, banned from fostering any more children because of their views on sexual morality. The Equality and Human Rights Commission had argued during their trial, “that children risk being ‘infected’ by Christian moral views.”

And then there was the most recent thought crime in Britain, which was covered by ZenTiger in his recent post, Intolerance, I’ll give you Intolerance.  He wrote about a man who was demoted and given a 40% pay cut, because he dared to utter the following words, which could not be read by the general public, on his private FaceBook page, :
I don’t understand why people who have no faith and don’t believe in Christ would want to get hitched in church. The Bible is quite specific that marriage is for men and women. If the State wants to offer civil marriages to the same sex then that is up to the State; but the State shouldn’t impose its rules on places of faith and conscience.

And then the irony is that a commenter starts comparing sexuality with race, which was David's whole point on religion and race that I bolded above. The problem with that is (as I said on Kiwiblog), sexual orientation and religion is something that is learned, something that a person chooses to act upon. When a baby is born, they have no sexual orientation, nor do they have a religion, but every single person on this earth has a genetic structure which links them to particular racial groupings. Race is a physical characteristic and cannot be changed, your sexual preferences and your religion are not physical and [therefore] can be changed.

Could what is happening in Britain happen here in New Zealand as well? Can't see why not. The only way to stop it is for New Zealanders to be aware of what has been happening in the world, no matter how insane sounding and realise that we too are not immune from idiocy. Think of this issue as the canary in the coalmine for freedom of opinion and expression - if the Christians go down, how long until you are next?  And looking at the policy above, could Labour be thinking about ensuring only particular religions that are more tied to particular ethnicities have preference over other rights as well?

Related link: Labour's interfaith policy ~ KiwiBlog

Fletch Greens Concerned about Discrimination of Catholics?

I saw this statement released by the Green Party today, regarding the so-called 'discrimination of Catholics' not being able to be made Monarch in England.


Green MP Keith Locke says that any changes to the royal succession laws must end all discrimination against Catholics.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed to other nations with Queen Elizabeth as Head of State a change in royal succession law to remove the bias against female heirs and the disqualification on a heir who marries a Catholic. The move, which Mr Cameron is pushing at CHOGM, would require legislative changes in several Parliaments, including New Zealand’s.

“The Government should tell Mr Cameron that any reform bill going through our Parliament will also end the prohibition against a Catholic ascending to the throne,” said Mr Locke.

“To do otherwise makes a mockery of our Human Rights Act, which prevents discrimination on religious grounds.

“We should ask Mr Cameron to be a little bolder and remove all discrimination against Catholics.

“If that means the Monarch can no longer automatically be head of the British Anglican Church, so be it.

“Of course, all these changes leave more fundamental questions like why our Head of State lives in Britain and why the Head of State is determined by inheritance, rather than by a democratic process.

“We only need to look to Ireland for a good example. The Irish go to the polls today to elect a non-executive president who has limited powers, not dissimilar to those of the British monarch,” said Mr Locke.
I am wondering why the sudden interest by the Greens in anti-discrimination against Catholics?
 I find the Red Green brigade usually very anti-Catholic, and anti-Pope. I am supposing that if a Catholic were to be made Monarch then he/she would be an easier target for Liberals and thus more of an argument could be made for a republic in NZ?

Andrei A day to celebrate?

Good heavens they can't be serious, can they?
Auspicious 'Abortion Statistics Day'
I'm afraid they are - Ed

You know whenever those of atheist bent claim that you don't need God to have morality. I think if there is one thing that gives a lie to that statement it would have to be our appalling abortion statistics.

Bringing another human beings life to a premature end for the sake of personal convenience cannot be under any circumstances be considered moral.

My personal opinion is that the mass murder of infants underway in this country and paid for by you and I through taxation is a crime against humanity pure and simple. We all have blood on our hands - whether we like it or no.

And no amount fancy rhetoric is ever going to change that.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Andrei Virtuoso

Alexey Arkhipovsky plays "The Road Home".

Watch, listen and be amazed and then you maybe you'll have one answer for HomePaddock's Thursday's Quiz - or then again maybe not but you could give it a go anyway.

Lucia Amazing how much we rely on sugar

Shortages of sugar could create food production problems nationwide.
As well as being sold directly to consumers, sugar is a key ingredient in thousands of products.

The article mentions breakfast cereals and Weet-bix possibly running out in days, but any one who home bakes could be in trouble, as well. I hope all our readers are stocked up. Thankfully, I bought a whole lot of cereal yesterday, but then, it doesn't last that long.

All because of a gas leak!

Related link: Breakfast cereals, sugar could run out in days

Andrei Muslims discriminated against in Catholic University

Oh my - the Catholic University of America is in the firing line (again) -
it is alleged that CUA does not provide space -- as other universities do -- for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic symbols which are incongruous to their religion. Furthermore, it appears that Muslims on campus may even be forced to do their meditation in the school's chapels or in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – hardly places where students of a very different religion are likely to feel very comfortable.

Perhaps if Catholic symbols in an institution with an overt commitment to Church Teaching are a source of discomfort going to another University might be the solution?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Andrei Stinky

Get this - a politician who lost his seat in congress is suing a pro-life organization for contributing to his "loss of livelihood" for campaigning against him.

How far can this possibly get? How did it even get to court?

Even worse the judge who has allowed this to proceed is a former president and director of the Planned Parenthood Association, a target of the group being sued.

What a circus!.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Andrei An Election Ad with that little something extra

I'm fairly certain that this one would run afoul of the law in this country.

It definitely sends a message - sheer genius!

Lucia The Party System - two parties, one governing class


The object of this book is to support the tendency now everywhere apparent and finding expression, a tendency to expose and ridicule as it deserves, to destroy and to supplant the system under which Parliament, the governing institution of this country, has been rendered null.

We write to show why governments suddenly abandon causes which they have enthusiastically espoused, and why Oppositions tolerate such abandonment and lend themselves to such manoeuvres. The former are less obliged to consider the will of the people than to consult the sense of the Governing Group of which they are for the time the representatives, while the latter are less anxious to overthrow their rivals than to preserve the system which in due course, and by the connivance of those rivals, will bring to them also the opportunities and emoluments of office.

A sincere conviction common to a rapidly increasing number of men that, under the present international and domestic condition of England the game is not only farcical but perilous, has supplied our chief motive.

The book above, The Party System, was written by Hilaire Belloc and Cecil Chesterton in 1911 - that was exactly one hundred years ago. They wrote about the problems of democracy in England of their time, whereby their elected representatives who were elected through a First Past the Post system, ignored the wishes of the people who elected them. They could have just as easily be talking about our time and our MMP political environment. Belloc and Chesterton explain that politicians are more beholden to the party who pays for their election expenses, than the voters who get them elected. That if a politician doesn't do what the party wants, then the party will find a way to be rid of him.  That there are real personal advantages for a person to get along with their party, not only in staying elected, but in what happens after Parliament when these people move onto other lives.

This book is a warning to anyone who thinks that in going back to First Past the Post that we will get a more democratic government. We will not.  Real democracy is where the will of the people determines what happens in Parliament - has that occurred here in New Zealand in living memory, back even in the times of FPP?

Our last referendum showed that most NZ'ers considered that a smack should not be a criminal offence, yet that view was totally ignored by our current National Government who colluded with the previous Labour Government to get that revolting piece of anti-parent legislation passed.  The only reason the same sort of thing didn't happen twenty years ago is that social engineering of that sort was not yet that advanced here.

Anyway, the book has a fantastic forward by Ron Paul and is just over six dollars American if you have a Kindle.  I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to know why our democracy is broken.  Now, as to how to fix it, that's a whole different problem ...

I'm hoping the new Conservative Party here, even if they aren't perfect will give our governing class a real scare if (and hopefully when)  they get the numbers to make it into Parliament.  And a new party forming, and taking on the powers that be without their consent, that is only possible under MMP.  And most likely STV, but really, I'd prefer people get one vote when they vote for a person, not 20.

Lucia Let's keep MMP

Now that the Rugby World Cup is over (and we are rulers of the world!) it's time to think about the election. Very soon, New Zealand will be voting for a new Government, which will most likely be a National Government, because when it comes down to it, we are team players. Right now it's still National's turn, and it will cease to be National's turn only when National annoy everyone too much and we've forgotten just how bad Labour was the last time we let them be our Government.

Along side voting for our Government, we will be asked whether we want to keep MMP or not. Personally, I see no reason to dump it. Going back to First Past the Post will mean that NZ will never get out of the National/Labour with Maori seats tacked on cycle. Never. No alternative party will ever gain enough traction in order to seriously challenge the status quo.

I'm not keen on STV, either. STV gave Kapiti our mayor and the rest of the councillors, who are hell bent on introducing water meters despite huge opposition from the ratepayers. STV means that you are tempted to vote for people that are completely unknown to you in some sort of sub-conscious urge to complete the voting form. Every person does not need a number, yet the urge to give them one is irresistible. Hence unpredictable results.

No, MMP works. Over the long term it may allow an alternative political party to emerge from the background. And for that reason, I'm voting to keep it.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Andrei The latest styles in Government issue beach attire

Ah, a holiday weekend, an extra day of freedom and the weather is benign.

So why not spend a holiday Monday at the beach on white sands under azure skies.

And you never know who you might come across while you are there.

Andrei Monuments to the vanity of man

Movie 1: Site Clearance Movie 2:The site in use today

 

The image above is the "Palace of the Soviets" a planned monument to the new world order.

Work on its construction began 1n 1937 but never got very far - if built it would have been a monument to man's vanity but it wasn't built - things just kept on getting in the way and obstacles to its construction were never overcome

Zen's post below bought it to mind - those who would reshape humanity in their own image are with us still. Same old story really - in the old supposedly irrelevent book the Bible we can read the story of the Tower of Babel an attempt to build a tower to reach heaven by a people who had rebelled against God. And the failure of that enterprise as all enterprises will sooner or later once you loose sight of God.

Now here's a curious thing, the site upon which this magnificant structure was to rise once held a Cathedral, dedicated not to the magnificance of humanity but to Christ the Saviour. Indeed that was its name "Christ the Saviour Cathedral". And it was destroyed, razed to the ground to make way for this new ediface.

Now this is where it gets curious, in 1990 permission was given to the Church to rebuild the original Cathedral and while things did not always go smoothly or without controversy by 1996 parts of the Church were in regular use for worship and by 2000 the final structure was consecrated for use as a place of worship, as seen in movie 2 during Easter 2009.

There is a moral here but I suspect it will go right over the heads of the secular

ZenTiger IPCC - Lie pollution

Could the number of lies in the world be growing? Could this tip the political situation into an uncontrollable cycle of violent reaction? Do we need to start taxing lie emissions and lies by omission? Is it possible that if we don't apply a tax on lying that politicians will think they are simply inexhaustible, and continue to use up more lies than our political environment can handle? Have we reached "peak lies" on Climate Change and is it time to recognise that they are going to start running out, eventually becoming a weak parody of a lie, a mere hyperbole, until even high tide is seen as incontrovertible proof that the sea level rise over the last 12 hours proves our imminent destruction by man-made CO2 production?

I challenge all readers to take the Amazon free "read inside" this book to get a flavour for the magnitude of lies and distortions that surround the Climate Change Bible - the IPCC report that is touted as all the proof we need. If the world remains silent on the things raised in the book, then I submit we have not reached "peak lies" and that there is scope for a lot more untruths to be uttered before it simply becomes too much.

Hat Tip - Fletch pointed me to this book via a comment on another blog. Want to do a review Fletch?

Book: The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken For The word's Top Climate Expert by Donna Laframboise

Note: This book does not discuss the science of Climate Change, but the politicization of an idea. If we are to trust the science, we need to trust the publications that have implied the highest of standards are adhered to, and this book sheds much doubt on the credibility of the IPCC which has put forward their research as the gold standard of the Climate Change documentation.

ZenTiger Intolerance, I'll give you intolerance!

It's time these aggressive christian sectists stopped judging other people's lifestyles and recognised they are a tolerated minority in a secular world. The time they used force and violence to dictate has finished. Perhaps we need more of these cases to make them face reality and not rely on their outdated myths and untruths.

- Agent Smith, S.Yorks, 23/10/2011 10:35
The force and violence exhibited by a supposedly "aggressive Christian sect", was a comment by an individual about gay marriage made on a private Facebook page a work colleague ("friend") called intolerant :
I don’t understand why people who have no faith and don’t believe in Christ would want to get hitched in church. The Bible is quite specific that marriage is for men and women. If the State wants to offer civil marriages to the same sex then that is up to the State; but the State shouldn’t impose its rules on places of faith and conscience.
So that comment is judged as "aggressive" and what punishment for a tolerated minority?

It lead to a disciplinary hearing and the man was demoted and given a 40% pay cut. He took it to court, but they decided it was enough for some-one to interpret such comments as homophobic. Seems to be that the secularists are the aggressive ones, and they are particularly intolerant of different ideas.

And ponder for a moment that whilst secularists do not pay heed to these myths they are demanding access to a church to be married before God.

Regardless of ones position on gay marriage, this is another blow to free speech.

The intolerant

Thought Crimes of our time

Hattip: Fairfacts Media: Adrian Smith demoted for not backing Gay Marriage


Update: 2:16pm, minor edit for readability

Andrei Sacrilege

Police pepper spray Utah haka

Sunday, October 23, 2011

ZenTiger John Key happy with election campaign

With the score 8-7, John Key is reportedly very happy with the election campaign so far.

He was seen earlier in the evening pressing palms with the members of the *National* team.


Andrei An interesting picture

ZenTiger Cinq (huit-sept)

Not sure if anyone predicted this for the halfway mark, but cinq/zero in the AB's favour is better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick.

In terms of margins, I wouldn't be describing it as a winning one though. I'm thinking the French look dangerous, but the ABs will probably keep the amps up and wear down the French until the ABs can capitalize on the inevitable mistakes?

Update - Sacre Bleu. A real nail biter. Not the way I thought the second half would play out, but what a relief! The ABs held off the French and managed a one point win huit/sept.

The result NZ desperately wanted. But it could have gone either way. We shouldn't forget that. And the ABs were the premier team of the cup I think, so tonight, party on NZ.

ZenTiger Black gold discovered

Oil has been discovered off the coast of Tauranga near a reasonably accessible reef. So far, hundreds of tons of oil has been extracted and could be sold on the open market for a tidy sum. A new business venture is seeking investors in order to manufacture low lying reefs, and disperse them around busy harbours to capture more oil.

Gareth Hughes of the NZ Green Party has called for a moratorium on deep sea drilling until this alternate business opportunity can be fully investigated.

Related: Our Worst Disaster (Satire)

Andrei So how's that ecological catastrophe thing going then?

But Andrei I'm puzzled

Is your question about this one?


Or this one?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

ZenTiger Gimme More More More

The Occupy Wall Street movement seeks to call attention to what many perceive as excessively high remuneration packages. For example, Directors of large companies manage to skim large salaries for small amounts of work and justify it on their experience.

Here's an example, and it's rather random because I just picked it up as the first item from this article: Ransom demands from Board of Directors: Skellerup proposes a 48 per cent fee increase in the Directors pool for non-executive directors, from $320,000 to $475,000. They have their reasons of course.
  • Fees have not been raised since September 2006.
  • Skellerup wants to raise its fees to attract "the highest quality directors"
  • It's a "market rate"
So what that fees haven't been raised? What raises have their staff experienced? They recently announced a huge jump in profit, but in 2010 they announced a huge drop in profit, so what's the actual net effect from 2006? Then they go on to say they want to attract "the highest quality directors". Well, surely this means they currently have low quality directors. Is Chairman Sir Selwyn Cushing offering to resign once the better quality directors can be attracted? Is he promising to fire all of the poor performing ones? Give me a break. What the article I came across didn't mention was that Sir Cushing, aside from his $130,000 in fees (a $40,000 pay rise in 12 months) he also picked up over $730,000 in dividends alone in 2011. How much does the incentive have to be to do a good job? If you are going to award huge salaries, do you need to award even larger share issues?And can you explain that logic to the staff?

As for "market rate" - Have they tried offering the job at the current rates of around $100K plus? What about the issue of shares? The typical mansion is getting cheaper, what, with a world wide recession and all, and if you buy a Koru Club 5 year membership you can save quite a bit of dosh on the one year rate. Time to economize perhaps and start treating shareholders with a bit more respect.

If Directors fees are going to be increased, the "bite you in the ass" clauses need to get a lot more serious, so that Directors deliver value for that amount of money. And perhaps directors need to start arguing that share distributions could be included for staff. Given Sir Cushing spent a bit of time raising capital (and that means bonus shares) perhaps he could consider allocating some of those bonus shares into a staff pool?

Whilst I think that the OWS movement is full of communist leaning people, with diverse agendas, they still have a point. Reform will only start if these things become more widely discussed.

Andrei Questions on Iraq and Iran

OK so Obama has declared the Iraq war to be over.

Jolly good but what he really means is that US troops will be withdrawing - history for better or worse will continue to be written and it would be a foolish man who said that no more blood will ever be spilled on the Mesopotamian plain.

But how many people know that in World War 2 Great Britain subdued a rebellious Iraq in a mere 29 days.

Or that Great Britain and the Soviet Union gained control of Iran in just under three weeks in an exercise that cost Great Britain just 22 soldiers lives.

My question is if it was so easy back then why is it so hard for the great powers to accomplish now?

ZenTiger Atheists love the bible

I just have to laugh at how vapid and pathetic the fundamentalist atheists are whenever a debate on social and political issues arise. They never hesitate to *introduce* quotes from the bible to use as weapons against any person who is known or assumed to be Christian, and then immediately winge they are debating issues of the bible!

To see it in action, read this thread: The Redefinition of Marriage In particular, note how they initiate the religious strawmen arguments, complain about it, and then ignore Reid and others say "stick to the addressing points I am making, which are political" which they continue to ignore, so by the time MNIJ turns up, a fundy atheist in the tradition of a Pavlovian dog, all he can open with is yet another selective quote from the bible, doing his best to take the conversation of course to an area he can froth.

On the other hand, the tactic sometimes works, as there are the occasional fundy Christian that will come along and play the "saw" to the fundy atheists "see". And others that try to patiently address the ignorance evident in only reading the bible with grey-tinted lenses.

Never-the-less, an interesting debate if one can filter out the distraction of atheists trying to make things about religion with the assumption religion is evil.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Lucia Yet another same-sex marriage debate on Kiwiblog

Here we go again.

David Farrar quotes Deborah Russell who says:

The state has no business in the marriage game. It does have a legitimate interest in noting who is in a committed relationship. As a society, we want to be able to tell which people happen to be sharing accommodation as mere flatmates, and which have amalgamated their interests for the foreseeable future. …

It is unfair the state gives a certain status (marriage) to some households but not others. Either the recognition ought to apply to all, or none. Anything else represents the state picking and choosing among citizens, saying some are more worthy than others. That ought to be anathema in an egalitarian society.

People who cry that the State has no business in the marriage game are Satan's useful idiots. Societies with weak families do not survive, they self-destruct. As I said in the comments on Kiwiblog:

States that introduce “same-sex marriage” will self-destruct in the long term.

This is because if the definition of marriage is changed from a life-long, sacrificial commitment between a man and a woman whose love creates children, and thus a mini-society, to a romantic partnership - then the strength of those mini-societies will fail over time. We can see it happening now – no fault divorce created the first major rupture and redefinition of marriage. Soon after, it became socially acceptable for children to be born to single-mothers. The only end will be an implosion of the State itself. The centre will not hold.

What's worse, in the short-term, same-sex marriage will create a more authoritarian, more intrusive state, in it's attempt to equalise same-sex marriage with traditional marriage. Woe to anyone who does not toe the line!

As an old post of mine on Same-sex marriage creates a more powerful State says:

In her essay in The Meaning of Marriage, Seana Sugrue argues that the state must coddle and protect same-sex "marriage" in ways that opposite-sex marriage does not require.

Precisely because same-sex unions are not the same as opposite-sex marriage, the state must intervene to make people believe (or at least make them act as if they believe) that the two types of unions are equivalent.

Public schools in California are soon going to be required to be "gay friendly." A doctor has been sued because she didn't want to perform an artificial insemination on a lesbian couple. A private school is in trouble for disciplining two female students for kissing. All in the name of supporting the rights of same-sex couples to "equality" with straight couples.

The fact that opposite- and same-sex couples are different in significant ways means that there will always be scope for the state to expand its reach into more and more private areas of more and more people's lives.

In that post, I finished off with the statement, "No wonder the left has a rainbow faction." But now, three years later, there seems to be a push for the right in the same direction. The other major right-wing blogger in NZ politics, WhaleOil, is now also heavily pushing same-sex marriage, with the justification, "anyone silly enough to want a mother in law deserves one".  Doesn't seem like there's a whole lot of respect for the institution (or his mother-in-law) there. (See also, Because gays deserve mothers in law too).


The question has to be, why? Why would bloggers aligned with National be behind same-sex marriage?  Is in in some way indicative of what is going on behind the scenes?  It's most odd.

Related links: Deborah Russell on same sex marriage ~ Kiwiblog

Andrei Arresting Demographic decline

The powers that be in Russia are only all to aware the threat that demographic decline poses to their country and are taking many steps to address it, including large cash grants to new mothers and cheaper mortgages for those raising families.

Now here's an excellent initiative that brings a smile to my face.
Russians have queued to see one of the most treasured Orthodox relics, believed to have miraculous powers to boost fertility, as the country struggles to reverse a population decline.

The relic on loan from Greece, that believers venerate as the belt of the Virgin Mary, arrived on Thursday afternoon in Russia's northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, where hundreds, mostly women, stood in line to pay their respects.

Arriving in Russia for the first time in its history, the relic will remain in the Russian imperial capital until Monday, after being flown from its home on Mount Athos in Greece

It will then be taken on a month-long tour across the country, with stops including the northern city of Norilsk, the Pacific port of Vladivostok, the western exclave city of Kaliningrad and Moscow.

Clerics said they hoped the relic would help more Russian women become mothers as the influential Russian Orthodox Church is actively promoting motherhood to help the government curtail a population decline.

Church officials in several cities plan to take the relic, whose full name is the Belt of the Mother of God, to pregnancy centres that counsel women contemplating an abortion, the church said.

And look who was there when the relic arrived in St. Petersburg - would that John Key would get behind such an initiative, if only.

Andrei Give me a break - the Racist Right of New Zealand?

Rena: NZ 'racist right' condemned

Because a Filipino second mate drove a ship onto a reef New Zealand Filipinos are being harrassed by "right wing" elements of New Zealand Society?

If it is true that Filipinos are getting some stick over the Rena stranding it is not coming from the "racist right" I'd posit, it is coming from the mindless moronics who protest outside the court where the Master and Second Mate appeared on charges related to the stranding and call for their hanging.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Andrei Something for all the hippies occupying Aotea Square

The Nineteen Sixties came to an end forty one years ago now and here is a reminder of why, perhaps, that is a mercy.

Fletch Homosexuality Debate

I read this post written by Trevor Wax over at his blog 'Kingdom People', and thought it was worth sharing.
It's entitled, 'How I Wish The Homosexual Debate Would Go'.


Just once, I’d like to see a TV interview go more like this:
Host: You are a Christian pastor, and you say you believe the Bible, which means you are supposed to love all people.
Pastor: That’s right.
Host: But it appears to me that you and your church take a rather unloving position when it comes to gay people. Are homosexuals welcome to come to your church?
Pastor: Of course. We believe that the gospel is a message relevant for every person on the planet, and we want everyone to hear the gospel and find salvation in Jesus Christ. So at our church, our arms are outstretched to people from every background, every race, every ethnicity and culture. We’re a place for all kinds of sinners and people with all kinds of problems.
Host: But you said there, “We’re a place for sinners.” So you do believe that homosexuality is sinful, right?
Pastor: Yes, I do.
Host: So how do you reconcile the command to love all people with a position on homosexuality that some would say is radically intolerant?
Pastor: (smiling) If you think my position on homosexuality is radical, just wait until you hear what else I believe! I believe that a teenage guy and girl who have sex in the backseat of a pick-up are sinning. The unmarried heterosexual couple living down the street from me is sinning. In fact, any sexual activity that takes place outside of the marriage covenant between a husband and wife is sinful. What’s more, Jesus takes this sexual ethic a step further and goes to the heart of the matter. That means that any time I even lust after someone else, I am sinning. Jesus’ radical view of sexuality shows all of us up as sexual sinners, and that’s why He came to die. Jesus died to save lustful, homo-and heterosexual sinners and transform our hearts and minds and behavior. Because He died for me, I owe Him my all. And as a follower of Jesus, I’m bound to what He says about sex and morality.
Host: But Jesus didn’t condemn homosexuality outright, did He?
Pastor: He didn’t have to. He went to the heart issue and intensified the commands against immoral behavior in the Old Testament. So Jesus doesn’t just condemn adultery, for example, as does one of the Ten Commandments. Jesus condemns even the lust that leads to adultery, all with the purpose of offering us transformed hearts that begin beating in step with His radical demands.
Read the whole thing HERE

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Andrei The 2011 General Election circus (continued)

A feature it seems in the run up to November is the falling by the wayside of candidates for public peccadilloes.

The reason for dumping of New Zealand First's candidate for Rimutaka by the party mandarins though would be hard too top.

He drank a glass of his own urine on TV.

I missed that show, how sad.

Andrei A 21st century Madonna?

ZenTiger Occupy Wall Street declared successful (satire)

New York Times: The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protest reached unexpected early success today when the banking industry indicated they had taken on board the widespread criticism and offered to reform the financial system by next Tuesday.

The reforms were seen as modest by some but were described as "a good step forwards".  Chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank offered a 10 point plan in response to the OWS protests sweeping the globe:

  1. Government bonds would be scrapped.  Investing in government was an oxymoron, as was government investing
  2. Fiat currency would be abolished and there would be a return to the gold standard
  3. The gold standard would then be abolished, and return to coins minted in the realm of USA, bearing the noble head of Caesar Obama
  4. Caesar Obama would appoint local Lords to ensure the rights of citizens were upheld. A small tithe would fund this activity
  5. The noble head of Caesar Obama would be phased out for glossy beads
  6. Glossy beads would be exchanged for direct barter on the standard of 13 goats to 1 iPhone
  7. The barter system would be supplemented by a simple hunter/gatherer existence
  8. Hunter/Gatherer commerce would be supplemented by marriage between wandering tribes
  9. Inter-tribal marriages would be supplemented by a dowry
  10. In the event the dowry was too small, an iou note would be issued.  Bankers would hold these notes and issue further notes up to 12 times the value of the notes held to the bride and groom in order for them to buy a house or perhaps a share in a commune in the event the hunting and gathering got too onerous.  The bride and groom would repay this loan over time with a small bonus based on a percentage of the value of the loan, allowing bankers to loan this capital to others who wished to improve the land.

News of fiat currency being scrapped in favour of the gold standard as one of the items on the 10 point plan was greeted with wild enthusiasm.  What was better though, was the admission by the banking industry that the gold standard could only be an interim step to a better system.

"The side effect of moving back to the gold system is that the Jews, the Catholic Church, the Masons, and a shadowy global cabal who has Obama in its thrall would all move back into a position of lesser supremacy beyond the complete control they have today.  We realised immediately that this could only be a temporary step on the road to progress, so we instituted an entire 10 point plan, "confessed CEO of Goldman Sachs at the press conference.

OWS protesters were cautiously optimistic, agreeing that a transitional approach as outlined would break the shadowy cabal once and for all, and prevent the other organisations from the close cooperation in planning world dominion they had previously enjoyed.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Andrei Wow

Oklahoma cancer patient trades her life so her baby could survive

Andrei Another Polish Movie

So Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have made a Tintin movie. I dunno I've watched the trailer and it don't seem very Tintinish to me. A rip roaring yarn maybe but does it capture the essence and magic of Tintin? We will see

Yesterday Lucia posted a trailer for Bitwa Warszawska or Warsaw Battle 1920 by Polish filmaker Jerzy Hoffman and that looks far more to my taste rather than Spielbergian eyecandy, which maybe dazzling perhaps in execution but of little substance.

In any case the post from yesterday reminded me of this Jerzy Hoffman film I saw some years ago (and no Lucia it did not as far as I know see a New Zealand release). A scene from the film With Fire and Sword (Ogniem i Mieczem - a famous work of Polish literature which you can get in English translation) This scene recreates the battle of Battle of Zhovti Vody fought between the Poles and Cossacks who were allied with the Crimean Tarters long long long ago.

This is a great scene.

Ukrainians do not like this book because of the way it portrays them and even the movie caused some anguish when it was released but literature is what it is a product of the times in which it was written.

Andrei Richard Dawkins latest project

The evangelist of Atheism has a new initiative, a support group for priests and pastors who no longer believe.

Complete with testimonies, a protestant idea I believe - this one from "Lynn" a Methodist minister
“I resisted my doubts at first, but the nagging in my brain wouldn’t stop. So I embarked on a journey of researching and discovering that what I had believed for so long wasn’t true.
I’m still in the pulpit, as I stated above. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, I made a commitment to my church and my denomination to serve this appointment. Second, the financial issue. If I walk away now, my family will suffer greatly…Every week I struggle with the fact that I’m lying when I stand before my congregation. I’m leading a double life.”
Sigh

All of the above would be answered by this

Monday, October 17, 2011

Lucia The anti-God hordes were swept back like chaff



In 1920 there was a little known war between the brand new Soviet Union and Poland, whereby Poland stood in the way of the imposing Communism by force over Europe.

Over a million Soviet soldiers attacked Warsaw, certain defeat loomed - yet, despite all odds, the Poles turned them back. This victory is known as the Miracle on the Visula, as the invading Soviets were said to have seen Our Lady on a cloud over the city, thus causing confusion in their ranks and leading to their defeat.

A Polish chaplain told me of the Miracle of the Vistula while kilted Scottish pipers played the Polish national anthem. He told me of that eve of the Feast of the Assumption twenty years ago when Our Lady's Poland fell back in demoralised retreat before the anti-God hordes of Soviet Russia.

THE MIRACLE OF THE VISTULA

" We were beaten," he said. " Bitterly and terribly beaten, demoralised, crushed.

It was at that moment that the hearts of our men went out to her whom we had crowned true Queen of Poland, and who that next day would seat herself at the side of her Beloved Son in heaven. We prayed to her, sang that song to Our Lady without which no Polish soldier would do battle.

"Our good General Sikorski, whom you see here to-day, was in command of the North Front. He and his men, with the cry of love to Our Lady on their lips, had the courage and the audacity to launch a counter-attack. The anti-God hordes were swept back like chaff. Our Lady was with us. A miracle was happening before our eyes. The men whose faces had been lined with tragedy had taken on a new spirit, a new determination,"
My Grandfather fought in this war. For this reason, he and his family were deported to Siberia in WWII - Stalin's revenge for his humiliating defeat in 1920.

A movie on the war by Polish film maker, Jerzy Hoffman, has just been released in Poland.  The trailer for 1920: The Battle of Warsaw is above and it looks incredibly dramatic.  It's awesome that movie has been made to show the history of that time, so few people know much about this.  I hope it comes out here to New Zealand.

Related links: POLISH TROOPS CELEBRATE Miracle of Vistula
Recalled in Scottish Village
~ Catholic Herald UK

Andrei Why Fairfacts and David Cameron are completely wrong

Fairfacts Media has a post in which he proposes that opposing Gay Marriage is a distraction from advancing the conservative agenda.

Hmmmm

The question should be why should the State have any interest in whatever personal relationships you have?

And the answer to that my friends is It Shouldn't. It is none of the State's business who you decide to shack up with - none.

So why marriage then? There is one type of human reltionship that does benefit from public acknowledgment and that is the HUSBAND/WIFE relationship which produces children and that benefits because the MAN acknowledges and takes responsibility for any children born of the woman, they by presumption being his offspring.

Furthermore for any society to persist into the future it is necessary for that society to produce children because, like it or not, we are all mortal. So if a society does not produce enough children to replenish itself it dies. No way around this my friends - none.

Because of this need to produce generations to replace the ones approaching senescence western societies, in the past produced policies to encourage those of reproductive age to reproduce, conferring some benefits usually in the form of tax breaks to those who who undertook this most vital and important task.

But the least great generation - those born of the generation who grew up in struggle and fought the second world war were a self centered and self absorbed bunch who preferred to squander the wealth built up by their parents in hedonism and not put their personal wealth and energies into raising their successors but into the ephemeral pleasures of this world - the fools not realizing that they were useful idiots in the march towards the Marxist vision of utopia where children would be the property of the state and would be socialized not into the values of their parents but those of the all powerful state.

And in the name of progress policies undermining the integrity of the family were introduced while the link between marriage, sex and reproduction weakened sometimes by rewriting the language to rewrite people in the image of the Marxist ideal.

And that is what gay "marriage" really is - it is a trojan horse, sold as a human rights issue but really another progressive rewrite of the language to break the link between marriage, family and children all the better to gain control of the children that are born.

As with all these revolutionary attempts to rewrite human beings into a vision that will lead to utopia the law of unintended consequences follow. In this case one of these is becoming evident with the debate over the retirement age. See the least great generation in their never ending pursuit of personal pleasure and self gratification failed to actually have enough children to support them in their dotage - result the population ages and the costs of supporting the aged and infirm rise while the numbers capable of producing the wealth to support those costs decline.

The solution thus far to avoid the crunch has been immigration of peoples into the west from areas of the world where people are more fecund.

And the long term consequences of this will be???????

Andrei Coping with life in the midst of an ecological disaster

Trying times for the nation, trying times indeed.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

ZenTiger Australia Sux

And we got twunty. No hard feelings, cobbers.

ZenTiger What Redbaiter Said

I agree with what Redbaiter said, and given I’m far more mild than he, I suspect he held back, because I know I still am.

He said:
"The social liberals are really authoritarians in disguise. Nasty and vicious intolerant totalitarian scum."
And we were talking about these particular totalitarians way over in the Undemocratic People's Republic of Victoria, Australia, via a link from Crusader Rabbit

Andrei When our values are in the toilet

We slaughter 17,000+ of these every year in New Zealand and nobody bats an eyelid.
And yet if one of these gets accidently covered in oil it is a sure sign of how wicked mankind really is

It's a mystery to me.

Andrei What the media doesn't tell you

in the latest report from the unfolding drama on Astrolabe Reef a single terse sentence.
This morning, operations around the ship were disrupted by four boats inside the exclusion zone.
In the latest update for the media on the Maritime New Zealand website
URGENT:
There are currently four vessels with media on board breaching the maritime exclusion zone. They are close to the Rena and they are disrupting salvage operations.

Air operations cannot be undertaken while these vessels are in the area and have ceased while this is resolved. This is because we cannot risk lifting or dropping off heavy equipment while these vessels are nearby.

We are at a critical stage of the salvage operation and these vessels need to leave the area immediately.
They are pretty good at reporting other peoples failings it would seem but not their own.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Andrei Phrase of the day

Monday morning quarterback: a person who, after the event, offers advice or criticism concerning decisions made by others; one who second-guesses

ZenTiger Suit Up

Volunteers have been asked to "suit up" when helping rid the beaches of toxic sludge. Nice one Goff.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Andrei Foolish Phil believes in magical money trees

The Rena’s oil is polluting plans for New Zealand’s deep sea oil drilling.
The Government wants it to go ahead, but Labour has now decided that what has happened here proves the risk is too big.
So Phil Goff has promised Labour will put a moratorium on any deep sea drilling.
An oil spill was always going to have political fallout. That means photo opportunities and politicians fighting each other on the beaches.

Rena Disaster sees Labour rush out policy to stop deep sea drilling
Jolly good.

But if we don't dig stuff up out of the ground, to sell to people who want to buy it where does the money come from to pay for all the early childhood educators, the doctors and nurses to run our hospitals, the plastic wakas and Maori films that nobody watches, the gender and queer studies lecturers, the plane fares to and accommodation at climate change conferences and so forth.

And when our children grow to adulthood and seek gainful employment to provide their means of support in this wicked world of tears what will they do?

And whatever it may be they end up doing where will they go to do it?

Do you know the answer that one Mr Goff? I do.

Australia

ZenTiger Our worst disaster

The spells of protection woven by Druid Rod Donald and High Priestess Jeanette Fitzsimmons have crumbled following a year of inadequate sacrifice to Gaea, explained Metiria to a New Zealand public awash in a sea of black crude.

"Mother Earth calls for a higher ETS" confirmed the Ginger Druid, Russel Norman. "This is what you get when you don't vote Green". Ironically, the point that the Greens wanted to dramatically expand coastal shipping and expose NZ to further accidents such as this only underscored the Greens effort to appear ecologically business friendly coming up to the election. "Nothing stronger regulations and taxes couldn't prevent" thundered a Green supporter.

"And more money spent on the bureaucracy of Maritime affairs", piped in Goff from the sidelines.

Local iwi were also apparently helpless to stop thousands of litres bubbling out into the foreshore and seabed. "We are natural guardians and custodians of the land, but we haven't received enough koha from the government to cast powerful enough protections" said a nameless iwi representative from Rifle Range Road, near Whakatane. Councils have been frustrated that the tens of thousands of dollars invested with iwi precisely for this purpose appear to be for naught. Said a Council worker: "I just don't understand it - on one hand we removed the crosses from the wall in the name of secularism, and on the other hand we funded Maori paganism and yet - this!"

Even science was left helpless in this assault on nature. "We have the technology to clean up this mess, but the oil seems to not be subject to the laws of science, instead conforming to the laws of Murphy as things go from incredibly bad to worse.

The Dominion Post has run headlines that dare speak the truth: "Our Worst Disaster" proclaimed yesterday's news, surprising few people who had lived through the recent Christchurch quakes, who nodded their heads wisely. As did the relations of those lost at Erebus, the Wahine, the mining disasters and many people who had attempted to purchase 1kg of cheese for under $10. Even our appalling record on child abuse seemed trivial as NZ contemplated having to divert their holiday from Mt Maunganui to the Bay of Islands, or hope that Gisborne District Council could rope off a small section of the beach around the corner by January.

Maori Party Leader, Turia said even the Maori holocaust paled into insignificance.

"Those white mo-fo's" said Hone, but he says that every-day.

Today's headlines heightened the fears that this event will convince the entire world that NZ is no longer clean and green. "Blackened Brand" the Dom Post again roared on the front page, reporting in a clinically factual and understated way that is the hallmark of good reporting we have come to recognize in the last bastion of truth speakers for the public good. A completely accurate and factual full colour, completely black crude oil map of NZ surrounded in a sea of white sand took up most of the front page, as if to underscore the irrefutable hopelessness of the situation.

Whilst 99% of the thousands of tourists in the country have not yet noticed the oil lapping at their feet at Mount Eden park, they too have seen the wide angle lens photographs of a sea scape under threat, and horrifying TV news close ups of normal citizens being exposed to carcinogens more toxic than anything the Japanese have experienced in the somewhat trivial nuclear core meltdown.

Andrei An excellent maritime investment ever so useful in times of maritime trial

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lucia The miracle of the sun in 1917

Today in history, 94 years ago on October 13, 1917 a miracle occurred in Fatima, Portugal. Three shepherd children had said that the Lady from Heaven, who had been appearing to them that year, would perform a miracle on that day. So a huge multitude of people gathered in the rain waiting for the miracle to occur. They got more than they bargained for, as you can see in the dramatised clip below when the sun appears to fall on them.



The Lady from Heaven was Our Lady of the Rosary and her message was that the war would end soon (WW1 ended a year later) and that the people had to stop offending God, who was already much offended. The rain stopped, the sun danced around, a number of people were healed from various ailments.

Lucia Gay adoption - why not?

David Farrar asks the following question in his blog post Labour's Rainbow Policy :

My God, why can’t they just say they will allow gay couples to adopt? Are they so scared of having the words gay and adoption in the same sentence? There are thousands of children being raised by gay parents and gay couples already. The law should focus on what is best for the child, and if that is a gay couple, then they should be allowed to adopt. What is so hard about saying that explicitly?
Here is my response in the comments:

What’s best for a child is having a mother and a father, not two people of the same sex who are involved in an unnatural sexual relationship. That is not healthy modelling for a child. But then, neither is it healthy modelling for children who live with single mothers and their never-ending stream of live-in boyfriends, either. Nor is it healthy for children when their parents divorce. All these situations do not give a child an optimal chance of growing up to be a person who can live a normal, productive life.

Here is a story of a girl who grew up with her homosexual father (link):
The many personal, professional and social experiences with my father did not teach me respect for morality, authority, marriage, and paternal love. I felt fearfully silenced as I was not allowed to talk about my dad, his male housemates, his lifestyle and encounters within the subcultures without being browbeaten and threatened by my father. While I lived at home, I had to live by his rules. Yes, I loved my dad. However, I felt abandoned and neglected as my needs were not met since my father would often leave suddenly to be with his partners for days. His partners were not really interested in me. I was outraged at the incidences of same-sex domestic abuse, sexual advances toward minors, and loss of sexual partners as if people were only commodities. I sought comfort looking for my father’s love from boyfriends starting at 12 years old.
From a young age, I was exposed to explicit sexual speech, self-indulgent lifestyles, varied GLBT subcultures and gay vacation spots. Sex looked gratuitous to me as a child. I was exposed to all-inclusive manifestations of sexuality including bathhouse sex, cross-dressing, sodomy, pornography, gay nudity, lesbianism, bisexuality, minor recruitment, voyeurism and exhibitionism. Sado-masochism was alluded to and aspects demonstrated. Alcohol and drugs were often contributing factors to lower inhibitions in my father’s relationships.
My father prized unisex dressing, gender-neutral aspects and a famous cross-dressing icon when I was eight years old. I did not see the value of biological complementing differences of male and female or think about marriage. I made vows to never have children since I had not grown up in a safe, sacrificial, child-centered home environment. Due to my life experience, I ask, “Can children really perform their best academically, financially, psychologically, socially and behaviorally in experimental situations?” I can tell you that I suffered long term in this situation, and this has been professionally documented.
Over two decades of direct exposure to these stressful experiences caused me insecurity, depression, suicidal thoughts, dread, anxiousness, low self-esteem, sleeplessness and sexuality confusion. My conscience and innocence were seriously damaged. I witnessed that every other family member suffered severely as well.
She didn’t come out with her story until her Dad was dead, because she didn’t want to hurt him.

Additional Thoughts

There is a world-wide push for gay adoption right now.  Catholic adoption agencies in Britain and the United States have been forced to close down because they will not put a child into a harmful situation.

There is also a fundamental disconnect in the West about what is good for children.  Many believe that if the parents are happy and the child is loved, the child will be alright.  However love needs to be love in action, not in emotion.  If a person lives in such a way that exposes a child to all sorts of physical and emotional dangers, they are not living the love they profess.

Happiness of the parents also allows many to think it is better for them to divorce than to allow children to grow up with unhappy parents.  But guess what, children don't care if their parents are happy!  It's far more devastating to children to have their family split apart than to live with parents that are unhappy.  In fact, that sacrifice of the parents is a good role model for children, to show them that life is about more than personal gratification, that there are bigger things at stake.

So, in relation to gay adoption and some people thinking that two parents of the same sex can't be any worse that two of the opposite, it is that same disconnect at work here.  It's that same thought that if the parents are happy, then the children will be alright.  They forget that much of what we learn in life is not taught at school, it is modelled, it is learned at home from family life.  How is a child raised with two men going to learn how to get on with a pre-menstral wife when that child grows up?  From TV?

Related links: Labour's Rainbow Policy ~ Kiwiblog
First-Person: Same-Sex 'Marriage' — Have the Best Interests of Children Been Considered? ~ CERC, Dawn Stefanowicz

Books:

Andrei Goofball at it again

It is the nature of the beast that things go wrong from time to time, nature throws a curveball or somebody messes up big time.

We all try to find ways of mitigating these things but the world will never be perfect.

Silly Philly thinks the answer to this is giving more money to bureaucrats. Some of us might wonder why the Labour Government of Helen Clark appointed a female accountant to head Maritime New Zealand instead of recruiting a Master Mariner or Marine Engineer, someone who might actually give the impression of knowing what they are talking about, but there you go. I guess bureaucracies need bureaucrats.
Labour is laying in to the Government over a "funding freeze" at Maritime New Zealand (MNZ), which it says may have contributed to the Rena disaster.

The party has, until today, been cautious about attacking the response to the ship's grounding.

But leader Phil Goff this morning said a funding freeze at MNZ had "starved the organisation" of the money it needed to operate effectively.
Of course when the rubber meets the road as it has here then they have to turn to the people with the skills, well actually that is who the ships owners have turned to for obvious reasons.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lucia The seekers of pleasure - the Hedonists

... pleasure is no surprise. It is hunted down. The hedonist, then, is always working against the clock, and against the deterioration of his own body. He must find pleasure while he still can. And when he is dying, the hedonists about him wish he would get on with it quietly, so as not to trouble himself or them with complaints. "Get your sobs out of here, scoundrel, and quit your whining!"...

This explains a lot. I would say that a number of commenters that frequent this site are trapped in the Hedonist lifestyle, where only what is pleasurable is important. The hard, the uncomfortable, the painful are to be avoided at all costs. And those who say they are necessary for growth, that dying painfully can fulfil a greater purpose, that human life is more than what makes us feel good while we are alive; they are uncomfortable reminders that life in this world ends, and it ends very quickly.

Related link: The Cruelty of Hedonism ~ Catholic Education Resource Centre

Lucia Grey's Anatomy Finale last night was disturbing

Last night's Grey's Anatomy Season Seven finale has disturbed me.

One of the main characters, Christina Yang found out she was pregnant. She did not want the baby, did not want to be a mother and said to her husband when he was trying to convince her to stop and think about it all, said she wasn't a monster and of course she would love the baby if she had it. But she doesn't want it. I really wish that they had developed the idea that she already had a baby and she was deciding to kill it and not just wanting to end a pregnancy.

I know this is all made up and these people aren't real, however, many people watch this programme and it would be nice if these shows inspired people to do better in their lives rather than just retreating into absolute selfishness.

It looks like I'm not the only one that wanted Christina to keep her baby, check out this blog post by the writer and all the comments: Debora Cahn on "Unaccompanied Minor"...

I had to check if Christina did go ahead and keep the appointment for the abortion, so now I know. I won't spoil it for any Grey's Anatomy fans if you'd rather find out when the episode screens here. But if you do want to know, read this link: Season 8: She's gone.

Andrei How about issuing puke bags?

Maritime New Zealand is considering issuing face masks to people living near beaches affected by oil from crippled cargo ship Rena.

NZ Herald: It's even worse than we thought
The USS Arizona is a war memorial. It has been leaking oil for darn near seventy years now. Millions of people have visited to pay their respects over the years and not one of them has needed a "face mask".

Why can't bunker oil be discussed without being prefixed the adjective "toxic"?

And why are officials and Government ministers running around like headless chooks?

I assume the adults, in the form of marine salvors, have arrived and hopefully they will be able to get on with it - it's a big job way way above the pay grade of any Kiwi Civil servant or Government Minister.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Andrei It don't pay to mess with Hank Jr, y'all


He lost his gig with ESPN for what he said about Obama.

Now he has struck back with "Keep the change".

Lyrics below the fold.

Lucia Archbishop Fulton Sheen on Education - Part I



The above clip is from Archbishop Fulton Sheen's TV programme Life is Worth Living, and first screened in 1955. He was America's first TV evangelist and had a huge following of devoted viewers at the time. Here, he talks about education and it's purpose.

My partial transcript starts mostly after the 3:40 mark. There are a number of jokes as part of the lead in - I won't spoil them by transcribing them.

He starts with a general philosophy of eduction in college (university)...

Aim of eduction is to train the whole man, intellect and will, not just the mind. If we went into a store to buy a suit of clothes, we would not take a suit that had only one sleeve, and if you bought shoes, you'd want toes - unless you wanted to be in style. And so with education.

Tonight we'll only talk about the intellect. Now the intellect, if it is to be properly trained, should be developed along these three lines.

Andrei A tale of two election campaigns

A good way to go about it via Homepaddock

and a terrible way to go about it via DPF.

Andrei Banned

Remember these from when you were little, they didn't last long before they sprang a leak but they were good for an hour or two of fun.

But for modern European children, no more, they are no longer deemed safe for children under 14 under new rules promulgated by the EU.
Whistle blowers, that scroll out into a a long coloured paper tongue when sounded – a party favourite at family Christmas meals – are now classed as unsafe for all children under 14.

The new rules are designed to protect children from the chance that a piece of the whistle could be swallowed and cause choking.
You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Andrei Maybe Young Labour could learn from this

Have you seen that video of Young Labour doing the "stop asset sales dance"?

If you haven't DPF has it, I don't want to embed anything as dire as that here phht.

Instead here is a charming film from May Day 1951 in Staliniri (which long since reverted to its historical name of Tskhinvali).

These dancers some wearing their war medals dance Simd under the watchful gaze of a huge statue of Joseph Stalin. A different world but the dancing is awesome unlike Young Labour's.

If you want to torture yourself here is DPF's post

ZenTiger What children deserve

Sean Plunket has written an opinion piece on the fact that it seems a bit rich for parents to split up and organise things to maximize living off tax payer benefits. It can be financially more lucrative than working apparently. But to give you an indication of just how far we let our standards slip, one comment jumped out at me:
children...deserve the love and support of at least one of their parents
No Sean, children deserve the love and support of both parents. And they deserve parents that stay together and raise children as a family. That's what they deserve. Life doesn't always give them that, but the danger of lowering the bar again and again is that we get to the point where we think children only deserve to be fed, clothed and educated. Anything else is overly idealistic tosh unbecoming of a modern society where broken families are not just a norm, but an expectation.

Sean suggests in his piece that raising your children is a fundamental duty, and I agree. Do you?
Link: State obligations to fund parental abdication

Andrei Oh no! It's an ecological catastrophe

Shocking image of an ecological disaster area.

A place of horror where thousands of animals of have become trapped in the sticky petroleum and lost their lives.

A truly horrendous disaster.

No it is not the "toxic waste" polluting the beaches of Tauranga, it is this place and it has been doing this all by itself for tens of thousands of years and guess what - despite this "pollution" which has nothing whatsoever to do with human activities the world has continued to turn.

It's not good that there is oil on the beaches, but it will clear itself up in the fullness of time all by itself and the world wont end even if all the oil on the Rena ends up spilled into the sea.