But But What About Non-Radical Muslims?

A GREAT answer to “what about NON-radical Muslims“? and the impotence of “peaceful majorities” in the face of radicalized murderous ideologies (Japanese Emperor worship and Imperialism; Communism, Fascism, Islam, etc).

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Reflections on NZ General Election (2014) #1

I was a player in this election (my eleventh I think); so some thoughts and reflections on the election each day for the next seven days.

In a Word: “STABILITY.”  An unprecdented and historic win to the incumbent National Party (best result since 1899; Labour’s lowest since 1922) really an FPP result in an MMP context. Massive swing to the center-right as diverse voters went for stability and responded to the positive state of the Economy, reiterating the political adage “It’s the Economy Stupid!”

Labour Lost It?:  I disagree Labour lost this election (National also won it) but combined, those two extremes in different directions produced the huge gap between the two main parties.  Labour still don’t get it. They are dedicatedly disconnected from the aspirations of New Zealanders and, other than David Shearer, still don’t grasp what is wrong in their camp or with their brand.

Left Blame Game: An example of this disconnect is Laila Harre blaming National for their loss in Te Tai Tokerau and InternetMania’s political wipeout.  LABOUR stood Kelvin Davis in TTT and it was that talented Labour candidate who whipped Hone Harawira.  Stop blaming National for everything or making your startegy to attack John Key.  NZ LIKES John Key! Get over it. Take your own advice Left, and “Vote Positive.”

Smaller parties:  The Royal Commission recommended lowering the threshold to 4%.  5% is tough, I think only ACT has achieved that goal as a virgin party (NZF were already an FPP party). The most unlucky on Saturday were the Conservatives, who just missed (same result as 1996 when the Christian Coalition missed on 4.33%).  This is grossly unfair and this constituency continues to have no real representation of their views in parliament.  Consv.s got 4.5x the vote of Act and even more compared to United Future yet get no representation in parliament.  Dunne and Seymour are not parties at all, but assisted political glove puppets.  I see the commentators are now articulating that.

NZF did well, but again, the massive swing to National has shut the small parties out, denying Luigi his all-coveted kingmaker role and any real power. That is a good result.

One of the worst results after Labour, was the plateauing of The Greens.

United Future got less than Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party (how woeful is that?!) which is what happened to Act in the Chch East by-election.

Did Conservatives Waste Their Spend?  Hardly.  With the same spend as KimmyDotCrim they got almost 3x what InternetMania achieved. Colin Craig is in this for the long haul; Conservatives almost doubled their 2011 vote (one of only 3 parties, incl. the Nats, to lift their vote), and are beautifully positioned on 4.1% for 2017 (2.7% 2011). The Conservative Party is the obvious next stable ally for National after UF and ACT dissipate and NZF undergoes big change before 2017.

More tomorrow…

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Quote unQuote 22/9

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7Best (Isis Cartoons. 1/7)

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We’re Baack! (22 Sept. 2014).

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Hi, we’re back, after a hiatus of several months behind a fire wall (no, you weren’t personally blocked, EVERYONE was).  We’ve been really busy with other things (business, politics, family).  So, after lots of requests for us to return “I’M BACK” with:

Literary comment • 7Best • Politics • Current Events (especially the Middle East) • History • Dr Who • Lord of the Rings • Quotes and Face of the Day • Movie Reviews, • Faith & Belief stuff • Cartoons (mine and others, especially Michael P Ramirez) and lots more.

Hop onboard: a considered, direct yet respectful engagement of views and dialogue without nastiness.

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Thought for End of 2013. Quote of the Year.

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The late George Carlin, US writer, sage and comedian.

 

An observation by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things. We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.

A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete. Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent. Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

~ George Carlin

Other articles on Carlin from CoNZervative.

  1. Quote of the Day
  2. Quote of the Day (Tolerance)
  3. The Farce of Tolerance and P.Correctness
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Best Images of 2013? Seasons of LIfe

TIME has its best photos of 2013, as well as its Person of the Year (Francis I).  I think of all the images I’ve posted this year, these would be among my favourites. This moving wordless story was apparently photographed by Ken Griffiths and published in The Sunday Times in 1973. (Note who is holding the umbrella and over whom).

An Elderly Couple Took The Same Photo Every Season. But Nothing Could Prepare Me For The Last One. A Pic Can tell a Thousand Words Indeed.

“Explaining how we feel is one way of getting a message across. Another is simply showing each other how we feel. During each season, this couple took a photo together in front of their house. In the resulting series of images below, without saying anything at all, a love story is being told. It’s full of hope, joy, fear and loss, but it’s told in the most unique way. You’ll see what we mean – and then you’ll be moved by it.”

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7Best (Horrors Right Here. 2/2)

As a history buff, I like the overlay of these historical photographs at exactly the same location.  If only modern people knew what was right there, just 70 years ago. Hat tip Mike.

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40. Dr Who Monsters (Sea Devils)

Continuing our series on the BBC Monsters created for each of the Doctors from 1963.  The first Dr Who monsters were Neanderthals followed by Daleks in episode 2.

Monsters of Dr Who III (Jon Pertwee) #5  Sea Devils.

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The Sea Devils were an ancient earth race of amphibious reptiles similar to the earth-based Silurians of prehistoric times. Both had scientifically advanced civilisations. As their aquatic colonies awoke from deep hibernation, they attempted to reclaim their planet from humans who had taken over in the meantime. Squatters!

They looked like a cross between turtles (like ET) and the Monster from the Black Lagoon.  They communicated in a sonar language like whales but also had a rasping whisper. They worshipped the Great Old One known as Dagon as their god (borrowed from the Bible who was a Philistine-Assyrian Fish-man god to whom Jonah was sent at Nineveh).

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A bulby-nosed Sea Devil Cptn in Samurai-like armour with an earth-based genetic cousin Silurian.

More advanced than the humans of the 20th century, with thousands of underwater colonies dotted across the globe, they had gone into hibernation. Their elite soldiers wore thick samurai-like armour and their leaders had ridiculous looking bulbous noses.

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Dr Who 3 (Pertwee) confront a Sea Devil. “So, Kippers for tea, my Lovely?”

And How To Deal With Sea Devils, with some running screaming ladies in cool sixties pant-suits.

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(21) Peoples & Creatures of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth (Realms of Men)

In the Jackson version of Lord of the Rings, SaurMAN famously pontificates (Pope-like from his Orthanc balcony addressing his mutant army of Uruk-hai below in ‘St Peter’s Square’) “Leave none alive. To WAR! There will be no dawn for men!” He even tells them to eat the flesh of men, an allusion to the Eucharist? Little does he know that Elves, Orcs and Hobbits will fade from Middle-earth only to be replaced by the race of Men, who will inherit the earth to make the current reality. Middle-earth is a Tolkien fusion rather than an ‘other’ place of fairytale.

Strider, as a half-Elf/Man Ranger; the empire of Gondor; and the riddermarks of Rohan, were the few realms of Men. In The Hobbit there are only two places inhabited by the race of Men.

The first was Girion’s fabled city of Dale, destroyed by the dragon Smaug when he sacked dwarven Erebor in the year 2770 of the Third Age. By the time Thorin arrives (Hobbit 2) to reclaim his ancient heritage, Dale is a wreck of ruins (part of the Desolation of Smaug) around the Lonely Mountain.

Then there was Esgaroth, also known as Laketown. Built entirely of wood, Laketown stood upon wooden pillars sunk into the bed of the Long Lake and is beautifully depicted in Hobbit 2 by Jackson, governed by a lascivious Stephen Fry. Appropriately, it is about to be fried, as Hobbit 2 concludes with Smaug winging his way to its tinder dry cloisters for a roasting.

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Here is a painting by Tolkien of Dale at the foot of the Lonely Mountain with the door to Erebor of the Dwarves.

 

His holiness addresses the faithful…

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