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The catastrophe of ‘liberated’ Iraq

Posted in history, iraq by Blimp deflator on October 28, 2010

The catastrophe of 'liberated' Iraq
Cartoon from The Dominion Post of October 27, 2010.
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Don’t ask awkward questions, says God

Posted in religion by Blimp deflator on October 28, 2010

Don't ask awkward questions, says God
Cartoon from Challenge Weekly of October 25, 2010. (Doesn’t God wear cufflinks?)
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Who belongs in New Zealand?

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on October 17, 2010

Who belongs in New Zealand?NZ a racist country
The “Nazi” racist at the blackboard is former TVNZ Breakfast show co-host Paul Henry, whose comments on the show caused widespread outrage. The following list of the “controversies” he sparked is from Wikipedia:

Female facial hair
In March 2009, Henry caused offence by pointing out the facial hair of female guest anti-nuclear campaigner and Greenpeace worker Stephanie Mills. TVNZ stated that it had received a “handful” of complaints. Henry stated to the Sunday Star Times: “I certainly have no intention of apologising to people who have written in and complained. The key thing to me is what a fortunate life they must have that they can afford time and energy to complain about such an insignificant thing.”

In August 2009, Henry referred to homosexuals as “unnatural”, prompting a complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Authority, which regulates broadcast radio and television content within New Zealand. In February 2010, the Broadcasting Standards Authority declined to uphold the complaint.

Susan Boyle
In November 2009, Henry sparked controversy over comments he made about singer Susan Boyle and his on-air use of the term ‘retarded’ to describe her. His comments led to almost two hundred complaints to the Broadcasting Standards Authority and an apology from Television New Zealand.

Governor-General of New Zealand Sir Anand Satyanand
In October 2010, Henry was again the subject of complaints, after questioning whether the Governor-General, Sir Anand Satyanand, was “even a New Zealander”. He went on to ask “Are you going to choose a New Zealander who looks and sounds like a New Zealander this time … are we going to go for someone who is more like a New Zealander this time?” Sir Anand, who is of Indian descent, was born and raised in Auckland. Henry attracted criticism from public figures including Prime Minister John Key, whom Henry was interviewing when he made the remarks, Labour’s leader Phil Goff and New Zealand’s race relations commissioner Joris de Bres. Henry later issued a statement of apology for his comments. After initially expressing its support for Henry, TVNZ announced the following day that it had suspended the presenter for two weeks without pay.

Sheila Dikshit
Following the decision to suspend Henry, it also emerged that TVNZ had continued to promote a recent clip in which Henry referred to New Delhi’s chief minister Sheila Dikshit as “the dip shit woman” and “Dick Shit”, going on to state that “it’s so appropriate, because she’s Indian, so she’d be dick-in-shit wouldn’t she, do you know what I mean? Walking along the street… it’s just so funny.” New Zealand Indian Central Association president Paul Singh Bains said the fact that TVNZ was still promoting the clip on its website showed it had “totally lost the plot” and was insensitive to the offence Henry had caused. Following at least four complaints against this video, TVNZ channel removed it from the ‘Video extras” section of their website.

  • The cartoon is from The Dominion Post of October 6, 2010, and the letter is from The Dominion Post of October 12, 2010.
  • Clash of civilizations?

    Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on October 16, 2010

    Clash of civilizations?
    Thanks to Abdullah Drury for sending me this. It’s apparently from Des Jenson / Rex Features.

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    Wake up, war is coming, says Christian

    Posted in iran, islam, israel, palestine, religion by Blimp deflator on October 15, 2010

    Wake up, war is coming

    The above article is from Challenge Weekly of October 4, 2010. Of interest, in connection with it, is an Associated Press article headlined “Ahmadinejad boosts Hezbollah with Lebanon visit”, by Elizabeth A. Kennedy and Bassem Mroue, dated October 14, 2010 (New Zealand time). This includes the following passage:

      A group of 250 [Lebanese] politicians, lawyers and activists sent an open letter to [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad on Tuesday, criticizing Tehran’s backing of Hezbollah and expressing worry
      Iran was looking to drag Lebanon into a war with Israel.

      “One group in Lebanon draws power from you … and has wielded it over another group and the state,”
      the letter said, addressing Ahmadinejad.

      “Your talk of ‘changing the face of the region starting with Lebanon’ and ‘wiping Israel off the map through the force of the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon’ (emphasis added) … makes it seem
      like your visit is that of a high commander to his front line,” it said.

    Note the highlighted section, in which the much-trumpeted allegation that Ahmadinejad threatened to “wipe Israel off the map” (he didn’t) has the words “through the force of the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon” added to it. This extension of the allegation is new to me.
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    Crescent International, July-October, 2010

    Posted in islam, religion by Blimp deflator on October 12, 2010
    Crescent International, October 2010Crescent International, September 2010Crescent International, August 2010Crescent International, July 2010

    Great covers from the four most recent issues of Crescent International: Bottom left: Crescent International, July 2010. Bottom right: Crescent International, August 2010. Top left: Crescent International, September 2010. Top right: Crescent International, October 2010.
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    Wow! Another ‘historic handshake’?

    Posted in israel, palestine by Blimp deflator on October 1, 2010

    Handshake No 3

    Handshake No 2
    Handshake No 1
    Welcome to my collection of “historic handshakes” — those staged events, always with a benign Uncle Sam in the middle, that supposedly herald progress in the Middle East “peace process”. How many more will we be shown, as the Zionist media attempt to convince us that, with a willingness by both sides to make “concessions”, a century of enmity will be laid to rest. How many people, on seeing these pictures, realize that the two sides are not equal — that one is the conqueror and the other is the conquered, and that the former will never make any concession that threatens its total control over the whole of historic Palestine?