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Christians – can we vote on YOUR marriage now?

22 January 2013 13 comments

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Lobby group presents petition against same sex marriage

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72,000 signatories to Family First’s petition want the right to vote on other people’s right to be married?

That would be fair – if the rest of us had a chance to vote on whether or not those 72,000 Christians (?) should be married or not.

We could make it totally democratic and run on-going Referenda on  couples, through Facebook. Each couple could state their case to voters and the public could vote “Yay” or  “Nay”.

Is it too late to have a belated vote on whether Mr MCoskrie (and Garth McVicar!?) should be allowed to be married? (Not to each other, I mean. Although… )

This is how ridiculous it gets, that so-called “Christians”  think it appropriate to vote on other peoples’ private lives.

Little wonder that so many view religious fundamentalism as intrusive in our lives.

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(Note: with apologies to Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Pantheists, etc, who are more tolerant. )

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Ideologically Impure: Marriage equality and polygamy

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Phil Heatley

22 January 2013 5 comments

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Whangarei MP Phil Heatley demoted in reshuffle

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Was Heatley pushed because he wasn’t rebuilding State housing fast enough – or because he wasn’t selling off state housing stock fast enough?

National’s track record and a good dollop of cyncism suggests the latter.

Either way, it doesn’t matter. The whole lot has done inculable damage to our economy and should resign.

We need a fresh election. This year. Stat!

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Garrick Tremain sums it all up in one cartoon!

22 January 2013 4 comments

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All my blogposts summed up in one, concise cartoon…

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I want a job_we want a house_I want a safer community_I want us to catch up with Ozzie_they tell me they want our assets sold

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Acknowledgement

Peter Martin

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Thieving Tories chomping at the bit to sell our state assets

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Thieving Tories chomping at the bit to sell our state assets

22 January 2013 31 comments

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'Early' SOE partial sale if court rules in favour

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Even through the printed word on an internet news-site, it’s pretty obvious that Key can barely contain his zealous obsession to partially-privatise Genesis, Meridian, Mighty River Power, Solid Energy, and further down-sell Air Zealand.

There is a reason for this.

National is nearing it’s Use-By date and is only one by-election away from losing the government benches. The Nats are living on “borrowed time” and need to get at least one asset sale completed to balance their books.

In case anyone was still deluded in thinking that Key wanted to give “mums and dads” the chance to “invest” in our own power companies – think again.

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National is desperate to balance the books and return to a slim surplus by 2014/15. (See related blogpost:  “It’s fundamentally a fairness issue”- Peter Dunne)

This is by no means a “done deal” and the public can still make life uncomfortable for this shonkey “government”. Large numbers of New Zealanders voicing their opposition to what amounts to the theft of our state assets will keep pressure on Key and his cronies.

One such opportunity will be a mass public rally on Wednesday, 13 February, at Frank Kitts Park on the Wellington waterfront. This blogger will be there to cover the event, and encourages everyone to turn up.

And bring a person with you. That will effectively double the numbers!

This will be our opportunity to send a strong message to National.

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Frank Kitts Park

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Addendum 1

Feel free to pass the link to this blogpost on to others via email, Facebook, etc. Full permission is given to re-post; re-publish; print, and distribute.

Frank Kitts Park – see you there!

Addendum 2

Can’t attend but still want to make your voice heard?

Email Key at:  John Key <john.key@parliament.govt.nz>

Send letters to the editor at: Dominion Post <editor@dompost.co.nz>

NZ Herald <editor@herald.co.nz>

The Press <letters@press.co.nz>

Otago Daily Times <odt.editor@alliedpress.co.nz>

Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>

Make your voice heard loud and clear!

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Nick Smith

22 January 2013 10 comments

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Parties say Smith doesn't deserve to be minister

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Whether or not Nick Smith “returns” to a Ministerial post is, in my mind, a distraction.

1. With ministers like corrupt liar, John Banks, in cabinet, Nick Smith could be viewed as a “breath of fresh air”.

2. This entire government is rotten to the core and is driving this country backward with short-term, ineffectual, rightwing policies. “Boot camps”, anyone?

3. After four years, are we any better off?

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Previous related blogpost

Regret at dumping compulsory super – only 37 years too late

Johnny’s Report Card – National Standards Assessment y/e 2012 – environment

As predicted: National abandons climate-change responsibilities

National ditches environmental policies

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