While McCain certainly wasn't, namesake, Palin certainly was.
Incidentally, I've been having a quiet chuckle at the election results- notably the fact that the Kiwi Party only polled one thousand or more votes more than the Bill and Ben Party, and that the Bill and Ben Party outpolled Taito Philip Field's Pacific Party and the ghastly Tamaki/Mortlock beast the (Franken) Family Party.
Incidentally, I'd like to draw attention to two new fundie Nat MPs- Peseta Sam Lotu'Liga (Maungakiekie, Nat) and Jonathon Young (New Plymouth, Nat)- although Mr Young (no relation whatsover!!!) took New Plymouth off Harry Duynhoven, previously Labour's only remaining sock con troglodyte. I fear these two characters will be this term's version of Banks and Lee...
And no, I haven't forgotten about Peseta Sam Lotu'Liga and Jonathan Young, either, although Harry Duynhoven (New Plymouth) was unusually socially conservative for the Labour caucus. I shall be keeping an eye on both these gentlemen. It's good to see that the voters of Wellington Central forced Stephen Nos Franks Tu back into his coffin, too.
Sorry, but isn't that an insult to Ferengi?
Oh well, at least there's no more Copeland, Dail Jones or Taito Philip Field to have to put up with, either. Incidentally, take a look at my blog for more on the aspects of the Obama victory. It may not have been a happy night for advocates of same-sex marriage, but it wasn't for the Christian Right, either.
(1) Pro-choice/pro gay President and Congress
(2) Federal Freedom of Choice Act- strikes down all incremental state anti-abortion laws
(3) Anti-abortion referenda failures- South Dakota, California, Colorado (!)
(4) Passage of physician assisted suicide referendum in Washington state.
(5) Defeat of Marilyn Musgrave, federal sponsor of anti-SSM Federal Marriage Amendment, in Congressional election.
(6) Probable passage of ENDA- US federal antidiscrimination law- for lesbian and gay Americans.
I'm sorry to lose Helen, but it looks like Obama's victory was even more significant than we dared hope...
It's not too late to hobble the Nats through strategic voting in Epsom. Could someone from there confirm that such a scenario might uphold? It would certainly hobble the Nats if they did...
Thanks for the hat tip, and to my
namesake, might I ask him to
consider that events across the
Tasman certainly do have relevance
in the current context, particularly as
the articles about the proposed writ
of mandamus refer to immigration
fraud in this country?
Surely a serious business, whoever
was involved in these alleged machinations.
We seem to be in agreement over this.
As a gay man, I find this fascinating. Many straight guys
endlessly pontificate about taking over women's bodies
in the context of abortion, yet seem to be mostly unwilling
to prevent fertilisation happening through exercising
responsible sexual behaviour (ie using a condom/having
In the context of HIV/AIDS, gay men don't have that luxury.
I've lost count of the number of female friends I've had to
hold hands with, while they cried about their absent male partner, or escort to a local abortion provider, because their partner couldn't be bothered to take responsibility and play safe.
Incidentally, here's the pro-choice side of the debate...
The current abortion legislation was written thirty years ago by a pack of geriatric religious males in an insufficiently representative parliament. Given the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1986 and sex work in 2003, it's long since past time that we followed the lead of the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria.
Decriminalise abortion in New Zealand, now.
Incidentally, has anyone noticed that Doctor Moo (aka Muriel Newman) is currently hosting a climate change sceptic on her website...?
Moreover, the information in question was taken from the newsletters for Doctors for Life and the Family Education Network which is available in the serials section of the National Library of New Zealand, and available on request.
For that matter, English's conservative voting record on bioethical and family policy issues is available if one merely consults Hansard- or contacts Dr Margaret Sparrow at the ALRANZ website.
Whoever's doing this is somewhat precious. The information is available freely elsewhere. As for my edit, surely it is a matter of public record that Dr English and her husband share particular views. Moreover, I expressed the information as neutrally as possible.
I would dissent from Danielle's assessment, though. While some conservative Catholics might feel bound not to practice artificial contraception, liberal Catholics certainly did disagree with the Vatican at the time of Humanae Vitae. My own working-class lapsed Catholic mother stopped going to church at that time, because she didn''t believe that the church should saddle its poorer members with a reproductive and sexual health policy that they would bear the brunt of.