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Baptists and Bootleggers, Bishops and Biker Gangs

Baptists and Bootleggers is a well known phrase created by an economist some decades ago that describes how two groups of people seemingly opposed to each other can actually end up supporting common goals.

For much of the 20th century, Baptists and other evangelical Christians were prominent in political activism for Sunday closing laws restricting the sale of alcohol. Bootleggers sold alcohol illegally, and got more business if legal sales were restricted

I think we’ve reached this stage with the Auckland (and now Waikato) lockdowns, following recent events with mass attendances at two funerals for Maori gang members, plus “Bishop” Brian Tamaki’s little protest at The Domain.

In both cases the Police did not make any arrests. The Vet has already had a post on how one gang member was allowed to self-isolate at home. Cactus Kate draws a broader conclusion in Covid Zero is Dead:

The Cops did absolutely NOTHING today. NOTHING. What does that tell you? Who runs the country? 

We do. The people.  

I’m picking the cops don’t think they joined the force to enforce Covid regulations.

They chatted to Brian pre protest, they knew he was doing this =  no arrests. None. They never stopped him leaving his home to break the law.

It’s like they are afraid of anyone Maori or from the Pacific Islands. But I think it’s broader than that. They don’t agree that they actually have to enforce this Covid rubbish now vaccinations are available to all.

The weekend saw an internal revolt. The Cops went to that protest, stood there and did nothing.  White middle class Karen’s were horrified.  What does that tell you?

Like Cactus I am not at all horrified by what the gangs and Tamaki have pulled off. Shoving your fingers up the noses of our stuffed-shirt politicians and bureaucrats should actually be a time-honoured activity, given what arrogant, entitled, amoral, ignorant, dumb and sometimes outright evil bastards they are.

I also liked her suggestion, although I don’t think the gangs are short of a bob or two:

Our new mates in the gangs are holding tangi and holding their middle finger to Ardern and her mates. They are the pioneers of showing this situation to be a sick joke. 

You cannot suspend rights and freedoms in the New Zealand Bill of Rights for an indefinite period. That’s never reasonable. No plan.  When is this ending? Ardern has said “the start of 2022”. That’s not fooling anyone. 

At this point I am quite happy to contribute to a gofundme for gangs that break these utterly stupid rules. Every single day.

Reminds me of a post I wrote in 2019, looking back at the GFC, The Penny Begins To Drop:

Brian and Ilsa — the nice upper-middle-class retired couple, who always follow the rules, and never ever break the law — who don’t even cheat on their golf scores — even when they’re playing alone (“Because if you cheat at golf, you’re only cheating yourself”) — have decided to give their bank the middle finger. They have essentially said, Fuckit.

“We follow the rules, and look where that’s gotten us?” she says, furious and depressed. “Nowhere. They run us around, like lab rats in a cage.”

But Ilsa is quietly, constantly insisting that they stop paying the mortgage altogether: “Everybody else is doing it—so why shouldn’t we?”

A terrible sentence, when a law-abiding citizen speaks it: Everybody else is doing it — so why don’t we?

Of course the alternative path is one laid out by Chris Trotter in his latest outburst about how yet another Giant Central Control and Command experiment has fucked up and the search is about to start for the Wreckers and Traitors who will stand before the Peoples Revolutionary Court:

… those The Daily Blog Editor Martyn Bradbury colourfully calls “Death-Cult Capitalists”.

But for those who see human existence as a pitiless struggle to determine the survival of the fittest; for those who see human-beings as means to an end, never as ends in themselves; for those who would let thousands die rather than see the strong restrained in any way; for these people there is only one word: Evil.

Chris is never the most coherent or consistent of commentators. Just a few days earlier he was looking across the Tasman at Melbourne in horror and saying this:

Stamping out Covid-19 by stomping on the heads of our fellow citizens? Is that really what New Zealand wants?

I made the point to him that:

I’m sure it will be what quite a few New Zealanders will want if they see case numbers (and perhaps even deaths) rise, despite vaccinations, as the country opens up. An Untermenchen will be required for such a failure.

The joke is that just a week later, Chris has now arrived at this point with his two most recent articles (Introducing Mr Stick.and Why Is Labour So Frightened Of “Mr Stick”? (plus his commentators)

Luckily for him “stomping” with “Mr Stick” won’t be needed to destroy people.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 10, 2021 at 9:40 am

You have 24 hours to handover the Batman

This is what it’s beginning to feel like with news like this.

Were I an anarchist I’d be loving this. Online – not just via FaceTwit but the community groups like Neighbourly and others – Aucklanders are doing the whole passive aggressive thing, turning on each other and bullying each other to be vaccinated.

So cool.

That’s 90% first jab, which, as we have been reliably informed, is not enough to count as “fully vaccinated”.

Mind you, at the rate we’re going, six months from now, you won’t be counted as fully vaccinated until you’ve had your second booster shot.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 4, 2021 at 6:00 am

Double Standards & Changing Narratives

Just another in an endless list of examples of how the narratives change depending on who is in power and what objectives they’re pursuing.

The focus here being on Australia, which continues its descent into Stasi-world.

Let’s start with stuff in New South Wales, whose State government I have been assured is a “Liberal” one with more of a “hands-off” policy than all those nasty socialists…

… followed by the real McCoy in Socialist Victoria.

Plus a bit of phone app tracking of you in South Australia where you get 15 minutes to prove to the government that you are where you say you are.

Culminating in scenes like this – because even after two burly cops have smashed a 70 year old woman to the ground and broken her hip you still need to pepper spray the fuck out of her. Just to be safe. She might have Covid-19.

It’s entirely predictable where the MSM will sit on this issue. As this compare and contrast does of the Guardian’s approach to two similar events with different bad guys.

Flashback: how “Public Health advocates” felt about protests during lockdowns in 2020 America (same here in NZ incidentally)

Thus, you can guarantee which photo the likes of The Guardian would support below.

It’s almost time to start playing that game Papers Please to get into shape for the questions.

Having had numerous people in the US talking about denying healthcare to unvaccinated folk, don’t be surprised if it also becomes more than talk.

Finally, a timetable for comparison. Readers can pick where New Zealand sits on this chart – and where we’re headed over time.

A second American Civil War

It’s been developing for a few years now.

Back in early 2017 there were developing conversations on the US Left about how the USA was slowly moving towards a second Civil War as a result of the horror that was Donald Trump.

There have been apocalyptic predictions before when American Presidents have been elected, so many that it has become a movie trope, some even with Presidential approval.

But I can’t help thinking that the USA is creeping closer and closer to this precipice, and today’s speech by President Biden may be that tipping point. Observe.

“This is not about freedom or personal choice.”

Words from an American President, the inheritor of 234 years of … ?

“Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated”

In movie terms this is called “The Setup” where you explain who the bad guys are and why they’re the bad guys.

“Our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us”.

Come on Vet, Wayne Mapp, David Farrar, and all the rest of the people who cursed Donald Trump as a potential dictator of the USA. What say you now?

“Biden says GOPers are murderers…” An exaggeration you say? Stretching his words? I don’t think so.

If these governors won’t help, I will use my powers as president and get them out of the way.”

The only saving grace here is that this is a threat as hollow as the pathetic, dim, senile old man who has uttered it. But given what can be done to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights by people with even some control over the Federal institutions of the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, NSA, DIA, ATF and a dozen other agencies, you have to wonder how far away we are from something far beyond January 6.

Here’s another optimistic take:

Biden campaigned relentlessly on the pandemic. He blamed Donald Trump for it, ridiculously, and pledged to end the pandemic. He expected the vaccines that were about to become available (thanks in part to Trump) to do the trick, and he expected the end of the pandemic and the resulting economic surge to ensure his popularity.

It hasn’t worked out that way, and voters are holding Biden responsible.

That’s why he has reversed course on vaccine mandates. It’s an act of desperation.

Want to know the really good news? China has been waiting for decades to be able to subvert the USA. Given the internal divisions already existing in the USA, how hard would it really be to just provide a push.

Or, over a decade, a lot of little pushes.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 10, 2021 at 10:28 pm

“I saved countless lives”

After months of rumours and – truth be told – any amount of accurate non-MSM reporting that identified the guy who shot Ashli Babbit during the Great January 6,2021 Insurrection…

Lt. Michael Byrd

… he finally appeared for an interview on Democrat worshipping US TV channel, NBC.

This is just one part:

In the chaotic minutes before he shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, Lt. Michael Byrd focused his attention on the glass doors leading into the lobby of the House of Representatives chamber.

About 60 to 80 House members and staffers were holed up inside, and it was Byrd’s job to protect them.

As rioters rampaged through the Capitol, Byrd and a few other officers of the U.S. Capitol Police set up a wall of furniture outside the doors.

“Once we barricaded the doors, we were essentially trapped where we were,” Byrd said in an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, speaking publicly for the first time since the riot. “There was no way to retreat. No other way to get out.

Uh huh.

You could have fired warning shots into the floor. Into the roof. You could have asked someone else to Taze her (surely the Capitol Police have tasers?). I’ve seen multiple videos of this shooting from various angles, including those taken by the BLM guy who was right in the middle of it beside the glass doors that Babbitt tried to climb through.

But what the hell, this is just a repeat of the shooting of Miriam Carey in 2013:

The FBI found two medications in her apartment, as well as a laptop, a flash drive and three nonfunctional cell phones. Federal officials said she may have suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.[14][15] Federal officials said no weapons were found in the car.[

She had attempted to drive through a White House security checkpoint in her black Infiniti G37 coupe, struck a U.S. Secret Service officer, and was chased by the Secret Service to the United States Capitol where she was shot five times in the back, including one shot which hit the left side of the back of her head. A young child, Carey’s daughter, was found unharmed in the car.

Miriam was fucked up and she panicked. The House and Senate gave the Capitol Police a standing ovation for their upstanding defense of all their precious political hides. I mean to say, when Senators and members and House members get killed, the Union is in serious danger.

Exactamundo, as Tarantino’s killers would say.

So why isn’t it?

In the last few years I have watched American friends of mine, friends of 30-40 years, fall apart over politics, to the extent of cutting all communications. I’m in the middle of one such deeply depressing fight among old American friends now.

In every case, it has been the “Liberals” who have cut all contact with their Republican “friends”.

Some years ago, around the time Trump became President, discussions started up on the Interwebby thing about a second American Civil War. It was all very intellectual, mainly focused around Trump. But the terrible truth is that it was about far more fundamental things than that.

I now think we are closer to that than we have ever been before.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 27, 2021 at 6:37 pm

Posted in Ideologues, USA

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What’s a lawful order?

A few days ago the spiralling rise of protests in California against the ongoing lockdown ordered by Democrat Governor Newsom, finally washed up against the State capitol building itself.

There was nothing violent about it at all. Hundreds of ordinary looking people, with their kids in many cases, dressed for a nice day.

And what was the government response?

Stay out of trouble

Sure, it’s all standard dress – following orders and protocol shit – but that’s stuff clearly designed for dealing with neo-Nazis and Antifa.

After a handful of arrests, also following protocol with bodies pushed to the ground for handcuffing and so forth, Marine Corps veteran Cordie Lee Williams decided that he’d seen enough and began talking to the cops via a bullhorn and with a message they’re not likely to hear from the usual suspects.

Two key quotes:

I’d rather lose my job than lose my soul. Cuz what are you going to tell your little boy or your little girl tonight? That you took your baton and you crushed somebody’s skull, who was a mom? Is that what a tough guy does? That’s not what honor, courage, and commitment means in the Marine Corps.”

In the military we are trained to ask, ‘What’s a lawful order?’ You’ve got to check your nutsack when you’re given an order and you’ve got to say, ‘Is this a lawful order or is this a bullshit order?’ And when something’s a bullshit order and it doesn’t pass the sniff test, that’s when you say, ‘Sergeant,’ that’s when you say, ‘Colonel,’ that’s when you say ‘General,’ that’s when you say, ‘Governor’, I’m not doing that. I didn’t sign up for that.

Now is the time for you to decide. What side of history do you want to be on?


Amazingly, the police begin to disperse, seemingly without being ordered to, so perhaps the shaming worked.

You can rest assured that nothing like this would ever happen in New Zealand. We don’t have a Bill of Rights worthy of the name, that has embedded itself into our psyche. Any law that Parliament passes is lawful, especially when there’s an emergency, so there’s no worries of our Police having to think about obeying an unlawful order. And there’s no tradition of the NZ Police having much care for civil liberties anyhow, so no shaming and dispersal would be possible.

But the key difference is that New Zealanders would never think of protesting the lockdown or appealing to the better angels of our government and its paramilitary wing anyway. This is one time that the Left are deeply grateful for “New Zealand’s deeply conformist society“, that they otherwise snark and sniff at.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 11, 2020 at 12:01 am

Another Chinese Virus invades the West

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under the omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber barons cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

California is a so-called “Deep Blue” state in US politics. That means more than voting Democrat for President, as it has done in every such election cycle since 1988. It means that both Federal Senators are Democrats and have been for decades, and of 53 members of Congress only six are Republican. It means that the Democrat Party controls both the State Senate and House, and with so-called super-majorities that can override a Governor’s veto. Not that that’s been an issue either since the last GOP Governor was the giant squish, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who left office in 2011 after eight years of having implemented no GOP policies at all while knuckling under to the Democrats on all manner of issues.

Sounds familiar. As a result the GOP is basically dead in the state, and deservedly so.

In mid-March, state and local officials produced the now familiar doomsday scenario, telling Californians to “shelter in place” or else 5 million of them would have to be hospitalised while only 90,000 hospital beds were available. You would therefore expect that a population that has voted for all this would be eager to obey the commands of their leaders during the great Chinese Lung Rot crisis.

And they have. Until now.

As of April 18 there were 30,333 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 4,731 hospitalised (1/3 of those in ICU), making those projections as absurdly inaccurate as they have been everywhere else.

At the same time, the number of Californians filing for unemployment is approaching 2 million.

There were small protests to reopen the economy in several parts of the State the other day, from which the photo here was taken. I’m amused at the woman holding the sign, which is certainly the old Patrick Henry classic from 1775:

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.

I think she’s a bit late for that in California, as shown by LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti’s bald statement that “in this case, snitches get rewards.”.

So naturally these protests attracted a bunch of online scolds mocking them, including labeling them as “white supremacists”. Fortunately at least one member of the CA medical community had a bit more compassion:  Dr. Eugene Gu, an MD and the CEO of a California-based telemedicine firm, reminded the mockers (many of whom probably have a stable paycheck) that economic suffering is a legitimate reason for people to lash out.

It’s easy to dismiss the Huntington Beach protestors as crazy white supremacists endangering themselves and others in the middle of a pandemic. But it aint that simple. More than 22 million Americans lost their jobs. Suffering people lash out and we must address their grievances.

Meanwhile on the other Left Coast the bumbling mayor of NYC also tried to bring a taste of the Cuban Police State to his city, and received much the same response from people that Californian leaders have.

However, there is a nasty, unfunny side to all this, and it was captured well by a recent National Review article that listed some of the recent Police State bullshit in certain states of the USA:

The criminalization of movement ends with ten Philly cops dragging a passenger off a bus for not wearing a face mask.

“Unlawful activity which places us all at risk during a global pandemic” 

It ends with local Brighton, Colorado, cops handcuffing a father in front of his family for playing T-ball with his daughter in an empty park.

“Unlawful activity which places us all at risk during a global pandemic”

It ends with three Massachusetts men being arrested, and facing the possibility of 90 days in jail, for crossing state lines and golfing — a sport built for social distancing — in Rhode Island.

“Unlawful activity which places us all at risk during a global pandemic”

It’s an especially sleazy and disgusting argument to equate such “unlawfulness” with that of traditional unlawful acts like theft, rape and murder. Taken to its logical conclusion it would mean bowing our heads to any law the government passed, and there’s no point saying that such is an argumentum ad absurdum when we’re living in a country where the Police will watch you to make sure you’re two metres away from other people, and possibly arrest and fine you for breaching that rule.

Then there’s the actions of private citizens, which in some ways is even scarier than having the organs of the State come after you, the California social media Stasi being the least of it, as with the example below of Snowflake neighbours.

“Unlawful activity which places us all at risk
during a global pandemic”

These are all State organs or citizens who together have apparently little understanding of Civil Liberties or care about them.

And of course they apparently have even less understanding of the shades of grey that exist around the connection between “unlawful activity” defined by moronic leaders and the question of whether these activities actually do anything to contribute to spreading the virus.

Much worse is to find ignorant and uncaring leaders like Mayor de Blasio and Mayor Garcetti.

But my favourite example is the Governor of New Jersey, who sent his cops after the mourners at a Jewish funeral, arresting some of them.

You may have read of something like this in history books.

When questioned, he said he never considered the Bill of Rights in giving his order.

Because Science – at least according to some epidemiologists.

What all these policies have in common is that they are calculated to impress upon you that your ability to move, to shop, to travel, to work, to wear what you wish, to engage in legal activities, to congregate, to worship or just to fuck off a bit, are all dependent upon some level of government deciding that no emergency exists.

We’ve eliminated a good chunk of our civil liberties with barely a whisper from the citizenry – in fact with the thrilled cooperation of thousands of informers – and with the total cooperation of the MSM, ostensibly to protect us all from this virus.

Right now we are in a perfect storm of fear, cowardice and stupidity. The modelers who drove this frenzy desperately need to not be exposed as having screwed up. Politicians and the media who have fanned the flames need a body count to justify their abuse of power and the great thing for them is that whether that body count is high or low it can be used to justify what they did.

The Spanish Flu was long regarded as literally a once-in-a-century event, but in our interconnected world of SARS and MERS and Swine Flu and so forth, there is going to be a COVID-25 or some such again.

Is this how we’re going to react the next time? Do we really think that our governments, having learned this lesson, are going to stop using this power again in the near future? It’ll be like a man-eating lion deciding to forgo the pleasures of human flesh.

And the Snowflakes will be ready to once again aid them in this by becoming the informers they’ve always wanted to be. If you know somebody like this, make sure that in future you maintain a social distance from them. Preferable a vast one.