Blimp deflator: Letting out the gas

Colonel Blimp (Ret) says . . .

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on September 10, 2012

Colonel Blimp

“You can’t expect blacks to run an effective government. Good Lord, you wouldn’t put chimpanzees in charge of a game park.”

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More about ‘irrational Maori ghastliness’

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on March 3, 2012

More about 'irrational Maori ghastliness'
Surely, when someone speaks of “irrational Maori ghastliness with spitting, smugness, self-righteousness and the usual neurotic Maori politics…” he’s launching a diatribe, rather than initiating a debate. I’m not sure how one engages with a person who makes that sort of statement, or even whether one should bother to do so. Perhaps the best thing to do with “broadcaster” Paul Holmes — who once described former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as a “cheeky darkie” — is ignore him*. Incidentally, why are New Zealand’s newspaper op-ed pages (totally?) dominated by right-wing columnists like Karl du Fresne — a man who apparently doesn’t realize that the answer to the plight of the Palestinian refugees is justice, not charity. But that point aside, why should the Arab states — or any states, for that matter — facilitate the Zionists’ ethnic cleansing of Palestine?

Du Fresne an idiot

Returning to the subject of Maori, I find the statement: “No-one in their right mind wants to see Maori fail; every New Zealander has a vital stake in Maori succeeding…” patronizing and condescending. I feel like responding: “But it’s easy to ensure Maori succeed. All you have to do is pat them on the head and give them sixpence. Then, if they don’t perform as expected, you give them a good boot up the backside.” As in much colonialist literature, the statement treats the “native” as a museum specimen, who really should do the “decent thing” and stay in his glass case.

* In September 2003, he [Holmes] repeatedly referred to then-United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as a “cheeky darkie” during a rant on his radio show, as well as using “darkie” to refer to black people generally. — Wikipedia.

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.”

Gays
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.
  • One democratic state in Israel/Palestine

    Posted in palestine by Blimp deflator on June 22, 2010

    Proposed flag of a single state in Israel/Palestine

    The time has come to get together behind the only just and feasible solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It has come to be known as “the one state solution.” As one observer wrote,

    “Through various ways and means, an ever-increasing number of people active in the Palestine/Israel conflict are reaching the conclusion that ethnic separatism — the two state solution — is no longer a viable possibility. If one rules out the ethnic separatist agenda, one is limited to two opposing visions: a racist one-state model based on ethnic cleansing; or a non-racist one-state model based on mutually acceptable coexistence within the same state.”

    To support this endeavor, go to One Democratic State.

    Australia/Israel Review, May 2009

    Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on May 11, 2009

    Australia/Israel Review
    This is the local Zionist propaganda magazine, which I have received, off and on, since about 1985. It’s pretty good. If you read this and nothing else, you would probably be an ardent Zionist. I may comment on some of the articles, after I have read them. At this juncture, I will say only that I believe in listening to what people have to say — whatever it is. Unlike the Israelis, I do believe in dialogue. We will never get anywhere if we don’t talk to each other.

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    From A Pilgrimage to Palestine, 1928

    Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on May 11, 2009

    A Pilgrimage to Palestine
    The above page is from A Pilgrimage to Palestine, by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D., which was published by the Student Christian Movement in 1928. (The actual pilgrimage was apparently undertaken in 1927.)

    The opening passage, which is surprisingly prophetic, begins on the preceding page with the words: “If the generous ideals of a moderate Zionism become dominant, coupling Arab and Jew alike in the plans for a rejuvenated Palestine,”. The sentence at the bottom of the page ends on the next page with the words: “Jews were actually to be found in the present Zionist settlements.”

    The crucial sentence, however, is: “Zionism is explicitly [emphasis added] not a religious but a racial movement.” What does this mean? It means that the Zionists — in the days before they became victims of Nazi racism — were apparently happy to call themselves “racialists” (the preferred term in those days, I believe). Does this reflect badly on them? Not really. Who wasn’t a racist in the 1920s and 1930s, during the heyday of the eugenics hysteria? It is, nonetheless, interesting in view of the Zionists’ strident assertion today that Zionism is not racist.