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  • [20] April 18, 2015 at 12:08pm

    In case anybody is wondering about ANZAC day, it stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. We go to war together.

    It’s particularly poignant for us because our nations sent a colossal number of young men and women to Europe to fight in WW1. In New Zealand’s case we sent 100,000 warriors into that hideous conflict. That mightn’t sound like many by today’s standard, but one should remember that our population at that time was just over one million people. It’s as if America today sent 32 million of its finest into battle.

    On a per capita basis, Australia and New Zealand sent more young people in harm’s way than any other nation. On the same basis, we suffered higher casualties than any other nation. That, and subsequent conflicts, have welded an unshakeable bond between our two countries. And at dawn on every 25th of April we gather at cenotaphs and repeat this prayer which is part of the poem “For The Fallen”:

    They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
    Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
    They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
    They fell with their faces to the foe.

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.

    ANZAC Day should serve as a reminder to an aggressor that, should they attack one of our nations; they will face both.

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  • [1] April 18, 2015 at 12:06pm

    Damn it! That went on the wrong story. How did I manage to do that…

  • [4] April 16, 2015 at 9:58am

    I used to be skeptical about claims that Mr Obama is a Muslim, but, in recent times, I’ve come to believe that it’s a distinct possibility. I’m not fully convinced, but I won’t mock anybody who is.

    Here are some Obama quotes on both Islam and Christianity. I’ll stipulate immediately that there is no context supplied and may well have been cherry-picked. But they do seem to indicate his greater apparent regard for one over the other.

    The thing that sticks in my mind the most is his bowing before the late Saudi king. This is something that only a supplicant would do and I can think of no other sensible reason why he, a supposed Christian, would do it. If that’s the case, that would make him a Sunni and not a S hi-ite and wreck this current hypothesis.

    Or he could be a blundering political adventurer surrounded by inept advisers, or a dedicated Alinskyite determined to bring America to its knees.

    Any of those, or perhaps all three…

  • [1] April 16, 2015 at 9:34am

    The Blaze moderators have no control over the auto-censor, Vague.

    That said; I agree that someone there should reconsider a couple of banned words in the list…

  • April 16, 2015 at 9:23am

    The full length movie is here, if you don’t mind the Spanish subtitles.

    I don’t mind putting this copy forward because the movie was free on Vimeo for quite some time.

    Trevor Loudon (a Kiwi blogger) features in this movie and his site is well worth keeping an eye on – although he’s usually not a quick read, I must warn you.

    I beg you to watch the movie…

  • April 15, 2015 at 11:23pm

    I haven’t seen so many straw men in an article in a long time, Bub.

    I don’t know the writer’s credentials, but he is only defeating the arguments that he himself has created. Take a look at this unedited part of the penultimate paragraph:

    “Like paper gold they [critics] usually also want to end, you would quickly see gold would lose all value if there is no market to trade. Stocks are more LIQUID than real estate BECAUSE there is a central place to trade. Eliminate “paper gold” and you eliminate the ability to trade and then gold would lose its liquidity and thus its value.”

    Sentence 1, Our friend is suggesting that if one eliminated paper gold (certificates) then there would be no market for real gold. That doesn’t make sense. I have bought real gold without a certificate in sight. And no-one wants to end certificates; caution is merely advised.

    Sentence 2. Stocks are more liquid than real estate because the unit value is smaller. There is no other reason.

    Sentence 3. This sentence is just too stupid to comment on.

    I respectfully suggest that you look to other sources of information, Bub. This subject isn’t hard to grasp once one has the basics, and when you do, you’ll agree with me about this oddball…

  • [4] April 15, 2015 at 6:31am

    Sorry, Soy, my reply to you was meant to go here. I don’t suppose it matters…

    My advice to you and everybody is to look at your savings portfolios and consider buying precious metal as insurance.

    Metal. Not certificates…

  • April 15, 2015 at 6:28am

    Darn it! I was so busy checking my grammar that I didn’t realise I had hit the wrong reply button.

  • [4] April 15, 2015 at 6:23am

    That’s quite right, Soy. It’s a pity that many people in your nation don’t understand the scam that is fractional lending.

    The problem really took shape when President Nixon took American currency off the gold standard (although, to be fair, he didn’t have any choice in the matter). After that, each administration, both Republican and Democrat, has taken advantage of the fact that they can pluck cash from the money tree pretty much at will.

    Reagan began this in earnest with “Reaganomics”, but it’s become more prevalent with each successive presidency until the present incumbent’s wanton and irresponsible profligacy has alerted a significant measure of the western world’s population.

    This is why western leaders, as well as our enemies, are increasingly trying to get themselves separated from the US dollar. The risk of collapse has become high enough that each nation is now moving to protect themselves. This is why they are trying to repatriate their gold. And this is why they are trying to create an alternative reserve currency.

    The problem was fixable before Mr Obama got his hands on the cheque book. Now, who knows…

    The next President had better be tough because he (not she) is about to get what we in the rugby world know as a “hospital pass”.

    This is why I like Scott Walker for the job…

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  • [1] April 14, 2015 at 5:27pm

    She’s just a kid, Lothar. Relax a little…

  • [10] April 14, 2015 at 5:19pm

    I suspect that a woman who looked like Mrs Pelosi wouldn’t consider herself blessed, Ibbolton.

    People’s bodies change over time and I think she looks very attractive. The shot with her daughter (in her mother’s shoes) is charming.

    I wonder what her critics look like in front of the bathroom mirror…

  • [2] April 14, 2015 at 8:51am

    Lol. Mine too, while you’re at it…

  • [1] April 14, 2015 at 8:46am

    I understand your point, Makingout, and agree with it.

    But that still leaves the curious fact that this hotspot is “about half the size of the state of Connecticut”…

  • [19] April 14, 2015 at 8:42am

    I had a quick dig into this Magenta, and I found that the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (the NASA affiliated organisation behind this report) is very global-warming friendly – but in a restrained, polite sort of way. It’s as if they are on board with global warming, but wish to appear to be sensible and almost impartial.

    Well, it could just be that they know where the funding comes from and are paying lip-service to get their share, but there does seem to be an underlying commitment to the scam.

    An interesting but probably irrelevant point is that I can’t find a detailed biography for the Institute’s director, Waleed Abdalati, anywhere. This is unusual for an academic type. All that’s available is his work at NASA and his appointment as director to CIRES. Curious.

    Waleed Abdalati also supports global warming, so I guess that this current hypotheses shouldn’t be much of a surprise…

  • [121] April 14, 2015 at 1:25am

    Lol, Defcon.

    What it really reeks of is a disdain for science and a contempt for the intelligence of Americans.

    Methane is a common gas. It exists at no higher temperature than the immediately surrounding environment. It only gets hot when it’s ignited. D’uh…

    Someone’s using this bit of nonsense to help the global warming scare along and push us all into the anxious arms of the United Nations…

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  • [2] April 10, 2015 at 10:00pm

    I agree, Jim. I think this picture says it all…

  • [13] April 10, 2015 at 9:47pm

    Yeah, Nistron, and look at the poeople who are eating it.

    Perhaps it’s purely coincidence that all four winners look to be complete losers. Mr Cam’ron certainly seems to know his audience…

  • [21] April 10, 2015 at 7:34pm

    That’s the important point, Leviticus – she’s teaching children. She filling their impressionable young minds with racism and mistrust of your nation.

    If one wants to understand why, despite continual efforts, racism remains an ongoing part of the American narrative, one need look no further than the racist teachers that spill their bilious prejudices over the future of your nation.

    And this teacher is far from alone. Megyn Kelly discusses this incident with “history professor” Johanna Fernandez. Your jaw will probably drop open, as mine did…

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  • [1] March 31, 2015 at 5:03am

    Actually, both words are correct.

    A quote from the dictionary: “The tendency has been to restrict the strong past participle ( awoken) to the original intransitive sense of awake and the weak inflection ( awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete.”

    Both words come from the old English word “aweccan”. The above explanation notwithstanding, I think it just depends on the usage to which one is accustomed.

    I like words…

  • March 31, 2015 at 4:49am

    Hi Josh!

    I haven’t seen much of you here, but that’s most likely my fault as my time on the Blaze is somewhat limited these days due to other increasing commitments.

    I don’t normally like to treat the Blaze as a social medium but, on reading the comments about your book, I couldn’t resist jumping in to wish you the best with it.

    I’ll have some time over the Easter break and I’ll give you a call. Also, my invitation of a few years ago still stands.

    Best wishes, mate.


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