Jaculate – to cast, hurl or throw, as a dart or spear; to throw out; to emit.
Comment of the week:
Is it too late to form the Anyone But Winston And His Bunch Of Freeloaders Party?
The ABWAHOFP – the name could serve as an eyesight test as well, or a new hip hop move..
AG Musgrove in response to an NBR story on poll results which suggest a Labour/Greens/Maori Party/United Future/Mana Party/NZ First coaltion could form the next government.
And this one comes a close second:
Aren’t they forgetting about the McGullicuddy Serious Party and the 0.025 seat they will bring into the equation? Should give Phil the majority he is looking for. will also raise the average IQ of the coalition.
By F’tang F’tang Ole Biscuit Barrell.
Quote of the week:
Because the Labour Party needs to be trampled into the dust. The buildings razed, the population sold into bondage and the land ploughed with salt. It is sweet and necessary for us to kill our enemies and to hear the lamentations of their women.
This does not apply to those who would champion the rights of the workers in our economy, nor to those who would have a more social democratic polity, those who desire more equality nor even those obsessed with the isms….feminism, anti-racisms, genderism and the rest.
It applies solely to the Labour Party. For deep within its primordial brain, in the recesses which produce the knee jerk reactions, the Labour Party is wrong.
They speak the speak of desiring those good things in the second para above. But all of their actual policy initiatives militate against those very things. . .
Tim Worstall was referring to the UK Labour Party. He admits it’s:
a tad over the top but there’s a truth or two in there……
It is a tad over the top but if it’s applied to the New Zealand Labour Party there is also a truth or two in there.
Whaleoil has come across Labour Party emails, financial details, party planning information and membership data among which is the minutes of a meeting of Labour North which say:
The meeting was reminded of the successes and achievements of the LN collective – in fundraising and public meetings. The role of the office and MP were clarified, noting these add value to the collective, and to use Parliamentary services for best outcome for the LP.
The Herald On Sunday asked MP Darien Fenton, who was at the meeting about this:
She said minutes of meetings were taken by volunteers and could contain errors.
However, she conceded that there had been pressure to use the Parliamentary staff member for party business.
“It has been an area of tension. It is an ongoing discussion with them about how we protect the role of the staff member and the MP. . .”
The trouble with volunteers is that they do sometimes get carried away with their enthusiasm and they might make errors.
However, MPs should be very well aware of the very clear division between what Parliamentary Services staff and funds do on behalf of constituents and what a party and its members do for political ends.
An MP who was taking part in campaign discussions should have left the meeting and the minute taker in no doubt at all that Parliamentary Services had absolutely no role in any outcomes for the Labour Party.
The Labour Party campaign against farmers continues:
Labour is interesting in receiving more examples of where unfair tax rules confer special privileges on the agricultural sector, says Labour’s Associate Finance spokesperson David Parker.
“Since Labour announced that it intends to make farmers pay 10 per cent of their agricultural greenhouse gas emissions there have been lots of indignant letters to the editor from the farming sector,” David Parker said.
“There has, in fact, been an orchestrated campaign from backers of the National Party and the rural lobby.
“Our MPs have been receiving some pretty unreasonable correspondence, including hate mail,” David Parker said.
There is no excuse for hate mail. But nor is there any reason for Labour to wage war against the productive sector for political ends.
Charges imposed under the ETS are supposed to encourage behavioural changes to reduce emissions, they’re not supposed to be taxes taken from one sector and applied to another. But that’s Labour’s aim – to tax farmers and use the money for research and development in general, not anything aimed at reducing emissions in particular.
Accountants admit that Labour’s last R&D tax exemptions provided them with work as businesses did their best to manipulate their figures so they’d qualify. Evidence that more research was undertaken is much harder to find.
Farmers already pay ETS levies on power and fuel, as everyone else in the country does. On top of that we’re contributing to research aimed at reducing agricultural emissions.
Forcing specific levies on farmers when every other country is exempting agriculture from their Kyoto commitments and the science has not yet come up with much to help reduce emissions is motivated by politics not environmental concerns.
“Labour believes the farming sector should pay its fair share,” David Parker said. “We are actively seeking as many examples as possible of where that’s not happening.”
“New Zealand needs to broaden our export base beyond farming. To do this we need a research and development tax credit. The farming sector must pay its fair share to help fund this.”
Everyone should pay their fair share, not just farmers.
There’s no argument that we should broaden our export base, but there’s no logical reason to single out farmers to pay for it.
Labour’s policy isn’t really for an ETS levy. It’s a tax and a tax by any other name stinks of political opportunism.
1381 Peasants’ Revolt: in England, rebels arrived at Blackheath.
1560 Battle of Okehazama: Oda Nobunaga defeated Imagawa Yoshimoto.
1653 First Anglo-Dutch War: the Battle of the Gabbard began.
1665 England installed a municipal government in New York City.
1775 American Revolution: British general Thomas Gage declared martial law in Massachusetts. The British offer a pardon to all colonists who lay down their arms with two exceptions: Samuel Adams and John Hancock, if captured, were to be hanged.
1776 The Virginia Declaration of Rights was adopted.
1798 Irish Rebellion of 1798: Battle of Ballynahinch.
1802 Harriet Martineau, controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and feminist, was born (d. 1876).
1806 John A. Roebling, German-America civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge), was born (d. 1869).
1819 Charles Kingsley, English writer, was born (d. 1875).
1830 Beginning of the French colonization of Algeria: 34,000 French soldiers landed at Sidi Ferruch.
1860 The State Bank of the Russian Empire was established.
1864 American Civil War, Overland Campaign: Battle of Cold Harbor – Ulysses S. Grant gave the Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee a victory when he pulled his Union troops from their positions at Cold Harbor, Virginia and moves south.
1889 78 people were killed in the Armagh rail disaster.
1897 Anthony Eden, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1977).
1899 New Richmond Tornado killed 117 people and injured around 200.
1935 Chaco War ended: a truce was called between Bolivia and Paraguay.
1938 Tom Oliver, Australian actor, was born.
1939 Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures’ Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.
1939 The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York.
1940 World War II: 13,000 British and French troops surrendered to Major General Erwin Rommel at Saint-Valery-en-Caux.
1942 The first troops from the USA landed in Auckland.
1942 Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth birthday.
1943 Reg Presley, English singer/songwriter (The Troggs), was born.
1952 Pete Farndon, English musician (The Pretenders), was born (d. 1983).
1964 Anti-apartheid activist and ANC leader Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage in South Africa.
1967 The United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declared all U.S. state laws which prohibited interracial marriage to be unconstitutional.
1967 Venera 4 was launched.
1987 Cold War: At the Brandenburg Gate U.S. President Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
1990 Russia Day – the parliament of the Russian Federation formally declared its sovereignty.
1991 Russians elected Boris Yeltsin as the president of the republic.
1991 – Kokkadichcholai massacre: the Sri Lankan Army massacred 152 minority Tamil civilians in the village Kokkadichcholai.
1996 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a panel of federal judges blocked a law against indecency on the internet.
1997 Queen Elizabeth II reopened the Globe Theatre in London.
1999 Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian began when a NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping force (KFor) entered the province of Kosovo.
2000 Sandro Rosa do Nascimento took hostages while robbing Bus #174 in Rio de Janeiro.
2004 A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite struck a house in Ellerslie causing serious damage but no injuries.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia