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The Victimology Gambit

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A story out of the USA the other day struck me for its link with recent events in New Zealand.

It seems that poor old Dr Fauci ran into his usual buzzsaw of an an opponent, Senator, Dr, and nemesis Rand Paul, while testifying before Congress. He’s done several of these sessions now and they’ve have been rough for Fauci from the start but have only got rougher as more information about the Wuhan virus lab have leaked and shown Fauci’s past denials of involvement as the lies they always were.

Cornered by Paul’s latest follow-up questions, Fauci used a modern tactic of the Left. He painted himself as a victim:

Dr. Fauci then demands time to read from remarks attacking RandP aul for criticizing him w/o “a shred of evidence” and directly blames those who’ve disagreed w/him for the death threats he’s received & messages to family members.

He adds Paul is doing it “for political reasons.”

In other words: stop asking me these questions that I can’t answer because that makes me look like a bad guy in the eyes of the public and results in threats against me.

The tactic is designed to reverse the good guy / bad guy roles, stop the flow of questions about all this Covid stuff, and deflect to a new issue that the MSM can really get their teeth into, being threats to one of their Precious Supporters of the Narrative.

As this article points out, it’s a tactic that needs to be called out as the weasel bullshit that it is, and in this case it’s especially nasty given that Rand Paul is the one who has suffered actual physical attacks because of his politics:

Rand Paul’s been shot at and beaten up, as well as nearly mobbed by an angry crowd, and yet he’s still doing his job at great peril to himself. He chose this and he deals with the fallout.

Paul is actually missing part of his lung as a result of that beating, an event that caused much snickering across the Democrat TwitFace world and it was an Antifa crowd chasing he and his wife up a street, so given their standard tactic of “direct action” (e.g. violence) not to be dismissed lightly.

Fauci has a lot to answer for and he needs to answer for it. He can’t be allowed to weasel his way out of the hot seat by proclaiming he’s the victim of threats. Not only does this become an obstacle for answers and real justice, but it makes our society take these claims less and less seriously.

The bottom line: Fauci is a very public figure. He’s gonna get threats. People in the public sphere have been getting threats for ages and yet they still managed to do their job.

This isn’t to say death threats should suddenly be ignored, but they shouldn’t become the central focus. If you screwed up, then face the music. Painting oneself as a victim when they’re the offender doesn’t make the offenses go away, especially when the offense is being part of unleashing a virus that destroyed billions of lives around the world.

The link with New Zealand is that just the other day there were apparently reports about death threats being made against the Prime Minister. But every PM for years now has got death threats. These ones surfaced in the MSM just as Ardern finds herself on the hook for the corrupt, bullying behaviour of her dim-witted partner.

How very Faucian of her.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 15, 2022 at 9:58 am

“I’m gonna shutdown the virus”

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Of course you aren’t, you imbecilic, senile old fool, and now even you realise it with case numbers like those.

Also, as predicted, Biden’s C-19 death toll has exceeded that of Trump’s, despite having vaccines, and with seven days to go in the first year of this “Administration”.

There’s also these things happening on his watch. From the Marietta, Georgia area.

In Fredericksburg, VA (H/T Instapundit)

If you look closely at the petrol pump in the first photo, you’ll see the “I did that” Biden sticker pasted to it and pointing at the gasoline price.

Somebody should start producing the same things for Ardern here in New Zealand. They’re going to be useful in 2022.

The similarities grow

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Between the Biden Administration and the Ardern government that is.

Not that I’m suggesting the two leaders have anything much in common. Ardern has all her marbles and can pronounce the words correctly – although I do shudder when I hear on the car radio something like “expodentially” (that from Biden). They do both suffer from oral diarrhea of course but that’s politicians for you.

No, it was this comment quoted in a Powerline article the other day from, in turn, a Boston Herald writer, Howie Carr, about the responses of Biden to the Great Omicron Pandemic, that reminded me of the similarities:

Or it’s just another wag-the-dog operation, to change the subject from their own massive failures.

I vote for the latter.

Me too. Just the other day Dementia Joe could not pronounce the words, “fifty seven million” and had to have Dr Fauci yell it out. Then his VP said that “We didn’t see omicron coming”, which indicates that they are both stupid and not well organised; what Administration lets a VP say something like that in public?

In the same way I wonder how much longer these scare stories can be pulled off? Next Autumn in NZ will be the acid test, judging by what has happened, and is happening, everywhere else in the world:

I had Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins University on my radio show this week and he described omicron as “a pandemic of lunacy which is dominating the airwaves.”

In Florida and many other parts of the US, though, life is back to normal. The hysteria is being promoted, yet again, in the Blue states.

To be fair, in Britain as well with the Tory government led by Bonking Boris. A power-mad desire for control does not belong just to the Left.

The problem is, maybe they can terrify the feeble-minded again, but even the non-working classes are starting to figure it out. And historically, politicians who preside over disasters do not fare well with voters in the next election.

Ask Andrew Cuomo and Charlie Baker. They were both the toast of their respective towns, until they were just plain toast. The third governor with the highest death toll — Phil Murphy — was barely reelected in NJ. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is under water in Michigan, Gavin Newsom was almost recalled, Bill DeBlasio is a pariah…

Politicians rise and fall, and it’s surprising how often in history you find that the things they won on are the very things that kill their careers in the end.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 21, 2021 at 7:29 am

Too good not to share

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This very much reminds me of the days when the cartoonist Tom Scott applied acid to Muldoon, Lange and others.

Sadly, like most of the rest of the NZ MSM, they’re totally in thrall to the Queen – although no doubt as things worsen (housing, crime, child poverdy) they’ll tire and start turning on her in search of a new, shiny object, at which stage they’ll claim this shows they’re still balanced.

Fortunately they won’t try pulling this gaslighting stunt that the US MSM has recently tried – but only because Luxon and Seymour are not as terrifying to them as Trump.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 15, 2021 at 11:56 am

Two classes of New Zealanders

It’s been a staple of Leftist politics and language since the days of Marx at least, and of course it is a template that can be applied to events further back in history than his time, notably the French Revolution and the Glorious Revoluton of 1688.

Whatever names were given it in different time periods and situations – Feudal Lords vs Peasants, Business Owners vs Workers, Colonialists vs Colonised, Us vs The Other – it has always basically amounted to Oppressor and Oppressed.

I think two quotes are applicable here, the first being the complete one rather than the usual shortened version, since the second part is eerily close to where we are now and where we are going:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s 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.

They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.

In this situation we should also not look to George Orwell’s dark vision of Nineteen Eighty Four but a different future dystopia, one that has appealed to me more as the years have passed since the great Counter-Culture revolution of the 1960’s.

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”

I have of course made sure that the tags on this post are not just for the Labour Party, but also for National, ACT and the Greens.

We should get Biden and Adern together.

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

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

NKVD or Gestapo: which fits better?

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

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

JACINDA WITH BLOOD ON HER HANDS

So, now the news that New Zealand is no longer accepting resettlement applications from Afghani nationals. This needs to be seen against the poker-faced lie peddled by the Prime Minister when she authorised the dispatch of a C-130 to help with the evacuation of foreign nationals from Kabul and those Afghani citizens at risk of retaliation from the Taliban for having worked for NZL as LECs. She deliberately ignored the fact that there was no way those LEC’s could get from Banyam to Kabul and, even if they could, break through the Taliban cordon surrounding the airport.

And this against the backdrop of the Minister of Immigration’s refusal to grant entry to those very same people just a couple of months ago when they could have left the country safely. The NZDF could only respond thus … “Those NZDF personnel who served in Afghanistan and worked with locally employed Afghan people cared deeply about that country, and the people who at times undertook paid work for the NZDF, including interpreters… Notwithstanding the dedication of NZDF personnel who served in Afghanistan to help the Afghan people, issues related to residency or citizenship in New Zealand are matters for Immigration New Zealand.”

Ardern is guilty of virtue signalling at its sickening worst and her administration exits Afghanistan with blood on its hands.

Written by The Veteran

August 26, 2021 at 12:13 pm