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We should get Biden and Adern together.

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At least judging from this latest colonic eruption from “President” Root Vegetable.

It is in this country. Just ask our Prime Minister; I’m sure she thinks “expodentially” is a word. It certainly is with Covid-19 Delta cases.

Meantime, in the same speech Biden also told a story he has repeated multiple times even while it’s been debunked multiple times. But he keeps on telling it, despite it being divorced from reality.

The story is that he was riding the Amtrak home to Delaware, from D.C. in the seventh year he was Vice President (2015) and that he often did that because his mother was sick and he wanted to visit her. During the trip he encountered his friend Angelo Negri, an Amtrak conductor, who told him he had just read about Biden flying over a million miles on “Air Force aircraft,” that Negri derided that saying Biden had done far more on Amtrak, doing two million miles on the line.

So what’s the debunking of this corny story? Biden’s mother died in 2010. Angelo Negri died in 2014 and had retired in 1993. Biden has told the story many times before, including in April during the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Amtrak in Philadelphia and in September, when he told it to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In light of the known and undisputed facts, even bloody CNN, who so rarely call Biden out on his many many false statements, had to take on this one, fact checking it as false in June.

Oh, and then there’s this, which went viral from a CNN Townhall thing that Biden did:

He held that pose for a long, long time while being asked a question. There’s a reason.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 24, 2021 at 6:00 am

At last, some serious commentary

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As a serious political commentator this is what I’ve been waiting for.

If you thought photoshopping Jacinda into Der Führer’s uniform was bad, well,,,,, it looks like somebody has finally taken the classic Downfall bunker scene – a clip that has been the source of so many parodies over the years that it has its own YouTube channel – and applied it to our beloved Prime Minister (and her little friends).

As Downfall parodies go this one’s pretty good although I hate the caption font. There’s one slip up on a caption vs audio bit but they actually manage to get the reference to Stalin placed correctly, which most don’t bother with.

As ever, fluent speakers of German will not be able to enjoy this (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)

Ganz gave what most people consider the most accurate and greatest portrayal of Adolf Hitler on screen, in the 2004 movie Downfall, which focuses on the final days of the Third Reich in the Berlin “Fuhrerbunker”.

The most famous scene in the movie – the one above – was where Hitler loses the plot completely. He finds out that one of his generals, Steiner, has not carried out the counter-attack Hitler ordered and accuses Steiner of simply refusing the order. He goes on to accuse all the Wehrmacht generals of being cowards and having constantly betrayed and lied to him, and so forth. It’s a terrifyingly awesome and yet pathetic meltdown.

And it was made for parody.

We’ll see how long this stays up before some member of the Branch Covidian cult demands it be taken down.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 23, 2021 at 1:55 pm


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October 23, 2021 at 10:52 am

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NKVD or Gestapo: which fits better?

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I’m going to add the following two photoshopped pictures to the media library of No Minister where they can be used by other authors here in their posts, since the rest of the NM collective focuses on New Zealand.

But I thought I’d give readers an opportunity to debate which one is the more suitable.

First up is the classic: Der Führer Jacinda.

We all know this one. That armband swastika really jumps out at you and the Nazis are the go-to boogeyman in every fictional TV show and movie that deals with the past century, or connects our present – and sometimes our future – with totalitarian regimes.

But I always feel that this comparison is too easy, even if in our present situation we have a government using the private sector to work its will.

So to our second choice. General Secretary Adern.

Personally this one is my preference simply to balance up the totalitarian comparison game. Admittedly we’re also more into the dreary world of the Stasi than the mass murdering NKVD, given how New Zealand is operating with the use of willing Informeller Mitarbeiters.

I suppose Jacinda in a Mao suit might be even more appropriate, given how we kowtow to the CCP nowadays. I’ll talk to the photoshop artist.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 23, 2021 at 6:38 am


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That I watch the increasingly bizarre performance of St Jacinda from the Podium of Truth. No matter that infection rates of Covid continue to rise (and of course no mention of inflation going thru the roof) … any questions (limited to Tova and Jessica) and they’re batted away with a smiley face and a focus on vaccination rates with an assurance that all will be well … better times are just around the corner.

One is reminded of the 5.00 pm media follies from the bunker at Tan Son Nhut airbase during the Vietnam war. All about the body count … the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong were out for the count … with St Westy in charge the war wuz won.

Only difference being that increasingly the media didn’t buy the narrative. They kept asking the difficult questions

Spot the diff ….

Written by The Veteran

October 18, 2021 at 7:36 pm


Let me make it very clear where I sit on Ardern’s announcement today that teachers will be required to be fully vaccinated on pain on loosing their jobs. I do this as a National Party activist and acknowledging that I don’t speak for the Party in the same way as my good friend Tom H is want to point point out that he doesn’t speak for ACT in his various posts.

Let’s put all that to one-side. I can understand the mandate as it applies to international travel. That decision is out of our hands. It’s made by other jurisdictions. I can understand the decision as it applies to front-line border workers. I can accept the mandate for certain medical professionals but there needs to be much further clarity as to whom that applies.

But I CANNOT accept the mandate for the teaching profession (and support staff). I was involved in that industry for nigh on 14 years and can say with some confidence it was like herding cats. There will be some in that profession who, for what ever reason, will decline vaccination. So are they to be cast out onto the streets and let go, thank you but no thanks? One suspects this will be a godsend for employment lawyers. But more importantly let’s take that one step further. Are students who decline to be vaccinated to be denied entry into the classroom?

Where does it stop … today the classroom … tomorrow where?

Written by The Veteran

October 11, 2021 at 7:20 pm

What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate

From the government that is, which is not surprising, even with a Prime Minister with a Bachelor’s degree in the subject who has been lauded as a great communicator from the start.

The real problem is sooner or later you get a reality so ugly that no amount of communication – otherwise known as spin and bullshit – can cover up for it.

So, having saved us from Covid for 18 months, our government has just surrendered to the virus, announcing a “transition plan” to loosen restrictions while Covid is still spreading in the community. This is exactly the sort of insanity which has led to outbreaks and mass death in the UK and NSW, and there’s no reason to think it will end any differently here.

I’m just glad I don’t live in Auckland (and glad that there will still be a hard border to slow the coming shitshow’s spread to the rest of Aotearoa). But I’m also sorry for everyone who lives there. You deserved better than this. And you deserve a government which will keep you safe, rather than sacrificing your lives for a pack of greedy whiners.

Meanwhile, I guess Aotearoa’s days of being a “model Covid response” are over. The government has just decided to surrender to the virus, because they were sick of the whining from the Auckland business class. They’ve basicly become quislings for the virus, just like Boris Johnson and Gladys Berejiklian. And we’ll be paying the price for their cowardice in deaths and long Covid.

That’s Hard Lefty, NoRightTurn, who at least has the reputation of brutal honesty when his own side lets him down – which is often – although you should note the deliberate exclusion of Victoria from his list, thanks to it’s Lefty, Lefty, Lefty reputation and government. I guess he’s a fan of Dan Andrews, in spite of “outbreaks” and “mass death”. I’ll be interested to see how Chris “Wonder Woman” Trotter copes, given his recent, tub-thumping demands for Virus Justice.

But this is so typical of the Left; the mentality of waging yet another Moral Equivalent of War: that’s Jimmy Carter on energy in 1979, to go with similar outstanding successes such as LBJ’s “War on Poverty”, Nixon’s “War on Drugs”, and GW’s “War on Terror”.

The trouble actually goes all the way back to the original phrase of early Yank philosopher and “progressive” William James, who pondered how to…

…”sustain political unity and civic virtue in the absence of war or a credible threat” and “sound a rallying cry for service in the interests of the individual and the nation.”

It’s a crap idea, but the Old Left just can’t let go of it (Trotter on The Coming War Against Climate Change), for the obvious reason that all other means of persuasion have failed them.

The basic problem is that nothing outside of war can actually be turned into one, in either strategy, tactics or final victory. This is why you had Trotter weeks ago thundering against The Business Class “selfishly” attacking the brave elimination strategy and why we now have NRT moaning about “surrendering to the virus” (I know, right? These viruses are fanatics. Fanatics I tell you).

Yes, after firebombing Tokyo and most other cities into rubble and dust we need something else. Unfortunately the mRNA vaccines have not turned out to be the Atomic Bomb for the virus. We’ve nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the little bastards still won’t surrender. Let’s look for other targets on which to unleash our rage.

Getting back to the specifics of what the government announced yesterday, let me return, once again, to what the Swedish epidemiologist said about lockdowns in April 2020:

Getting out of the lockdowns will be the big challenge since the question is around which restrictions can be lifted, followed by watching for upticks in cases and deaths at each stage, with increases met by what? Reinstating the restriction?

Like an alcoholic, Adern has now accepted the first truth that’s been obvious to most other non-warmongers for a long time now: opening up had to happen sooner or later and when it does there will be “the sad realities that come with it – cases, hospitalisations and deaths.”.

I’m not going to knock her for this, even if it comes awfully late into this brutal strategy. It’s a glimmer of light. What she’s actually doing is backing into the scenario explained in the Swedish quote; she’s making it clear by implication that although cases, hospitalisations and deaths are coming, that will NOT mean another lockdown. She appears to have finally reached a point where she’s not going to follow all the advice of her “experts”. Whether that’s because of political reality or not is not something I care about.

The fiddly, vague bullshit of “steps” is her technical “out” from the purity of “levels”, with L4 lockdowns and the crude rules of L3 and below. Hell, we might even be looking at L3 or such just on specific places like small towns or suburbs – which would actually be the track, trace and quarantine option that health authorities worldwide planned for epidemics before the insanity of lockdowns was embraced in 2020.

She’s not explicit about that. She can’t be at this stage, but she wants all her worshippers (especially the MSM) to get used to this idea and she’s hoping that the vax rate and reduced lethality of Delta will mean the numbers, especially the last two, don’t grow relentlessly.

I think we will see jumps in those numbers, but I don’t think it will be terrifying, let alone exponential growth leading to “mass death”, aside from the MSM’s “If It Bleeds, It Leads” hysteria. Personally I think that it’s a smart move (finally), even if the “steps” stuff is eye-rolling nonsense.

When it comes to communication this should not be forgotten either, because we shouldn’t rush to war.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 5, 2021 at 7:00 am

The economic effect of “caring” Jacinda’s lockdown

From Granny:

The economic effects of Covid-19 have created a perfect storm for Kiwi families, many of whom were already struggling to pay for essentials such as clothing and school supplies for their children, the head of a leading charity says.

“It is a situation which is increasingly desperate,” says Susan Glasgow, CEO of Variety, the Children’s Charity. “Many parents and caregivers are trying to cope with low wages, job insecurity and high rents. Families who have exhausted all other options are having to turn to Variety for help.

“Every day we have caregivers calling us, many in tears,” she says. “A lot were struggling before the pandemic, but the recent lockdowns have put even more strain on their finances pushing them to desperation.”

She says it is heartbreaking to know that caregivers have to make impossible decisions such as deciding between food or rent, clothes for the children or paying a bill.

Not once has this government given any modicum of thought to the economic effect of its lockdown decisions. It is becoming increasingly clear that Ardern is only interested in being paraded around the world at fancy talkfests as the female leader who “beat Covid”. She’ll leave this country in an absolute mess.

Richard Prebble wrote in one of his books that governments “don’t care”. I’m happy to be shown proof this statement is incorrect.

Written by Nick K

September 22, 2021 at 9:42 pm

Right on the money

Courtesy of the Bassett, Brash & Hide blog.

Were this to ever be published in the NZ Herald or Stuff, their businesses would likely be burned to the ground.

Fortunately that’s what’s going to happen when the government money spigot is eventually turned off.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 18, 2021 at 6:00 am


The Ardern government, having first neutered the media by making it dependent on taxpayer handouts to the point where it has virtually become the mouthpiece of government refusing to ask the hard questions, has now gone the whole hog. They have recently advertised for a ‘Senior Analyst – Disinformation’ to work out of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (and reporting to the Prime Minister) at a cool $110,000 salary.

Dr Goebbels would no doubt approve.

New Zealand the way you’ve got it.

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September 1, 2021 at 2:32 pm

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