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In Radical Affront to Civil Liberties, the Government Is Branding Non-violent Jan. 6 Defendants ‘Terrorists’

This week, the first felony sentence was handed down in relation to what’s popularly called the “insurrection” of January 6, 2021. Though he only pleaded guilty to a single count of “obstruction of an official proceeding,” defendant Paul Hodgkins — whose criminal act entailed milling around the Senate chamber for approximately 15 minutes — nonetheless found himself branded a “terrorist” in open court by the US Government.

In Radical Affront to Civil Liberties, the Government Is Branding Non-violent Jan. 6 Defendants ‘Terrorists’
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Silly Speech

Of all the silly speech affectations of the past few decades (it’s an inexplicable modern phenomenon) probably nothing is as bad as “window of opportunity”. In recent years this frequently has been shortened to just “window”.

Silly Speech

Language Abuse

For those for whom reading is a key activity, language abuse smacks them in the nose when it’s encountered.

Language Abuse

World Bank – Myanmar’s Economy Hits the Buffers

In an interesting move, China has supplied doses of the Covid vaccine to the KIA to use in the areas of its control. Whether the intent is to administer these to civilians or if it is for the use of the KIA soldiers is a moot point. If it is for the rebel soldiers, it sends a message even though it is a modest quantity.

World Bank – Myanmar’s Economy Hits the Buffers

Parliament Is in Recess but Kris Faafoi Is Too Busy to Discuss Proposals for Hate-Speech Laws

It fell to RNZ to break the news to the nation late last week that the Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, had “gone to ground”. Despite making repeated requests to interview him about proposals to expand hate-speech laws, the public broadcaster has been told the minister in charge of managing their introduction is too busy — even during a three-week parliamentary recess — to discuss them.

Parliament Is in Recess but Kris Faafoi Is Too Busy to Discuss Proposals for Hate-Speech Laws
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Labour Fudging State House Numbers

The Labour Government’s claim to have delivered 8000 new state houses has been revealed as a pumped-up figure that vastly exaggerates the number of houses it has actually built

Labour Fudging State House Numbers
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BFD Daily Opinion Poll

Take our Daily Opinion Poll and see how your views compare to other readers and then share the poll on social media.

BFD Daily Opinion Poll

A Cunning Plan

I have a cunning plan. A plan so cunning…well you know how it goes with tails and weasels and so on. I am as guilty as many in being downbeat as to where we find ourselves at present; only yesterday I commented on this forum how depressing I found it all. Well, enough of this Negative Nellie stuff, I have a way forward. I first offer it to our administration but if they want to pass it on to other governments I would be only too pleased – the more the merrier. After all, our lot are always keen to show how a small nation in the South Pacific can punch above its weight and lead the way – here’s a gold plated opportunity coming up.

A Cunning Plan
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Free Press

MIQ is now the bottleneck making New Zealand a hermit kingdom. Families are divided. People can’t visit dying relatives. Businesses are stalling and even closing due to a lack of workers.

Free Press

The Madcap Laughs

Andrea Vance’s disgraceful article implied that the floods were Mother Nature’s response to the Groundswell protest and that farmers will soon find themselves on the wrong side of history.

The Madcap Laughs

The Prime Minister Won’t Answer Because She Can’t

In recent years, the Ardern Government has gone heavily over-board with the notion that the Treaty of Waitangi created a partnership between Maori New Zealanders and the rest of us. It now appears to be an absolute requirement of those who would make progress under this Government to sign up to this view of our constitution.

The Prime Minister Won’t Answer Because She Can’t
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The BFD General Debate

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The BFD General Debate

Dear Commenters

This is a general warning to everyone that the Moderation team will be a lot tougher than usual. Please read on…

Dear Commenters

Covered Face of the Day

Why on earth has Jacinda Ardern let today’s covered face of the day and her children into New Zealand? She won’t even name the terrorist who committed the Christchurch massacre yet she is welcoming with open arms a woman who was married to an ISIS terrorist who committed countless atrocities. Even if this woman did […]

Covered Face of the Day

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