Eternal Vigilance electorate candidate endorsement #1. Grant Keinzley for Taranaki-King Country.

Please read the DISCLAIMER first.

Okay, so that was full of nothing. 🙂

The reason I’m endorsing Grant Keinzley for Taranaki-King Country is because he co-authored (with Tim Kibblewhite) a Review of New Zealand’s Drug Policy. It’s an Internet Party draft policy document. And it’s good.

Here are the document’s seven policy proposals.

Oh, wait … looks like someone pressed the history eraser button. 🙁 Subsection 4.2 and all of section 5 (containing the policy proposals) seem to have mysteriously disappeared! What were they?

Lucky that I saved a previous edit of the document. 🙂

5.1 Implement a Rehabilitative Approach towards Drug Addiction
The Internet Party will focus on viewing drug addiction as a health issue and not a criminal issue. The Internet Party will support legislation that reflects this. Part of this approach will be the implementation of drug courts to deal with possession issues.

5.2 Decriminalise the Use of Cannabis for Medicinal Purposes
The Internet Party will propose legislation to decriminalise the possession, cultivation and personal use of prescribed small amounts of natural cannabis for medicinal uses. Large-scale (to be determined) cultivation, possession and sale of natural cannabis will remain illegal. Details of the new law will be drafted following research into global best practice and the study of successful models in Europe and the US.

5.3 Set up an Office for Medicinal Cannabis
Following decriminalisation, an office for medicinal cannabis will be set up along the lines of that operating in the Netherlands, with the objective of controlling and maintaining high standards for the supply and use of natural cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

5.4 Fund Research and Clinical Trials
New Zealand research into the efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis and cannabis-based therapeutic medicines will be funded with a view to speeding up the availability of proven remedies. Clinical trials to determine the benefits of medicinal cannabis and cannabis-based medicines will be funded, but only if the veracity of clinical trials undertaken overseas cannot be confirmed by New Zealand health authorities.

5.5 Legalise Cannabis for Personal Use
The Internet Party understands that policy and change has to be implemented slowly due to political realities. However, it will be the official opinion of the Internet Party that, due to the evidence and research supported by the scientific community, cannabis should be decriminalised for personal use.

5.6 Decriminalise Possession of Class A, B and C Drugs
The Internet Party will follow the compelling example set in Portugal and decriminalise the possession of other drugs to ensure that rehabilitation and treatment is offered to drug addicts as opposed to jail sentences.

5.7 Remove the Presumption of Supply
Following the recommendations of the Law Commission and the Supreme Court of New Zealand the Internet Party will introduce legislation that is consistent with the Bill of Rights Act 1990 which ensures that there will be no presumption of supply without proven intent.

These are all sensible and modest proposals. I’m particularly impressed that

The Internet Party understands that policy and change has to be implemented slowly due to political realities.

New Zealand already tried rapid implementation of unreal drug law reform, viz., the interim period provisions of the Psychoactive Substances Act. Predictably enough, the PSA’s interim period provisions proved to be a load of abject FAIL. There was a public outcry and the PSA’s evil mastermind, Peter Dunne, pulled the plug on the whole shenanigans. But not until eleven novel, untested research chemicals had been approved for sale to the general public. They were on the shelves for nine months. Just long enough for us to find out if any of these substances cause birth defects in the children of mothers legally addicted to them. The National government is criminally insane.

As per my personal policy statement, one day I hope to see all drugs fully legalised. The sad fact of the matter is that this may never happen. But, if it does, it will occur through a series of tiny steps in the right direction. It will begin with cannabis legalisation.

4.2 Colorado Legalisation of Cannabis

In 2012 there was a referendum in the state of Colorado. This measure would amend Colorado’s constitution and allow state-wide legalisation of cannabis. A similar measure was also passed in Washington State, however, their legalisation was set at a later date and as such less information is available on the success or failure of the plan so Colorado’s model is more applicable for research purposes. The first legal cannabis stores opened in Colorado on January 1st 2014.

The law change has meant that adults over 21 years of age can possess and use cannabis for personal recreational use.

There was a fear that this law would lead to a spike in usage of cannabis. However, in a recent report John Hickenlooper, the Governor of Colorado, reported that “we don’t see a spike in adult use…we don’t think we see a spike in youth consumption.” He also remarked, ‘let’s face it, the War on Drugs was a disaster…it sent millions of kids to prison, gave them felonies – often times when they had no violent crimes.’

In addition to avoiding charges on those who were simply using cannabis for personal use, Colorado has reported that there are significant tax incentives to legalisation of cannabis. The state, which is of roughly comparable population and GDP to New Zealand, has reported that they have collected $25,307,067 in cannabis taxes since January 2014.

Full Colorado-style legalisation of cannabis is the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party’s policy. 🙂

It’s been all year since Colorado’s bud shops opened their doors. Almost all indicators from Colorado so far are good. But even implementing something along the lines of Colorado’s tightly regulated commercial cannabis market may be too much too soon for the sheeple of New Zealand. Colorado-style legalisation of cannabis would be a tiny step towards a future libertopia. But (I’m guessing) it’s still too big a step, according to the Internet Party’s policy advisors, and that’s why they’ve redacted the subsection above.

So what is the Internet Party’s cannabis policy? They don’t have one. Yet. I’m told by a couple of party insiders that the Internet Party will release its cannabis policy this Sunday 24 August. I hope that policy proposal 5.5 will make the cut. And I’ll be interested to see if their upcoming policy will be to legalise cannabis for personal use (as per the section heading) or merely to decriminalise cannabis possession and cultivation (as per the section body). (It’s worth stating the not as obvious as it should be. Legalisation and decriminalisation are NOT the same thing. Decriminalisation just means less draconian penalties apply.)

Here‘s another reason to vote Keinzley.

His work in Asia included setting up a non-profit China Typhoon Rescue Organisation, helping communities clean up and rebuild after a disaster.

And another.

I never really liked politics.

Voters in the Taranaki-King Country electorate, please give your electorate vote to Grant Keinzley and your party vote to the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party!

Eternal Vigilance electorate candidate endorsements. DISCLAIMER.

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New Zealand’s next general election is on 20 September. Previously, libertarian blogger Liberty Scott has published handy guides to the electorate candidates on offer. For all electorates—so quite substantial pieces of work and a much appreciated public service. Thanks, Scott, and good on you!

Libertyscott’s Electorate voting guide (2008)

New Zealand election 2011 electorate voting guide

Over the next few weeks leading up to 20 September, I propose something far less ambitious. A handful of individual candidate endorsements for single electorates.

My endorsements for the Hamilton West and Mana electorates will be the same as last time and the same as Liberty Scott’s. As far as these two electorates are concerned, I expect no dissent from my co-bloggers.

But I am expecting fierce dissent if and when I publish my endorsement for the Upper Harbour electorate!

So here’s the DISCLAIMER.

Eternal Vigilance electorate candidate endorsements are the unmoderated views of the bloggers who express them.

They do not necessarily reflect the views of other Eternal Vigilance bloggers, or of Eternal Vigilance, and do not necessarily align with Truth, Freedom and Justice.

Let’s get the ball rolling.

Eternal Vigilance endorses Grant Keinzely for Taranaki-King Country. 🙂

Raining V2s. Proportionality of force in military law. British Army Col Richard Kemp on civilian casualties in Operation Protective Edge.

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^^^ A Must watch Video.
a few quotes…
“Hamas are fighting a propaganda war… sacrificing their own civilians… They are forcing Israel to attack…
…President Obama, David Cameron, Ban ki Moon have all said that Israel must do more to protect the Civilians of Gaza… what none of them have said *what* you do…*How* you can do that.
They dont have a clue.”
They are playing into Hamas’s hands…. They want them to pressure Israel.
They are validating Hamas’s use of Human shields, and they are encouraging them to use them and other extremists around the world…. because it works.
and these leaders know what they are doing… and it is a moral outrage..”

” The Israeli Defence Forces during this conflict have done more than any other army in the history of warfare to minimise the harm to innocent civilians on the battlefield”.

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That video is an essential addition to my previous posts on the moral questions surrounding this conflict in Gaza, in particular >>> Insidious Evil . When ethics are used as a weapon against you.

One criticism I must make is that Israel uses conscription, yet as to the execution of their actions
there can be no question as to which side is fighting the moral fight, and who is murderously wicked.
There can be no comparison between the actions of the IDF and Hamas.
The IDF are engaged in a defensive war in which they are doing everything possible to minimise harm to innocent civilians and property, while Hamas is hell bent on maximising such terror and misery.
Everything Hamas does is a War Crime.
Tim Wikiriwhi.

Update 24-8-14

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4-year-old Daniel Tragerman was killed yesterday while playing in his home in southern Israel. The cause: a mortar fired by Hamas terrorists stationed near a school in Gaza.
Hamas is guilty of a double crime by firing from amid Gazan children at Israeli children. Share Hamas’ true face.

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Read more…
IDF Code of Ethics. Fighting a just fight.

The Diabolical tactics of Hamas: What the IDF is up against.

How does the Israeli Defence Force minimize civilian casualties?

RIP Matt Judd. Tributes to a Veteran of the War to Liberate Iraq.

“One Day”. The Peace Song of Our Generation. Matisyahu.

Bankrupt Socialist State means urgent need to take care of your own safety and defence.

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Good…. Honest Cop Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

From Oath Keepers

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, of Wisconsin. Made national headlines with a public service ad in 2013 in which Townhall reported he stated, in part: “I’m Sheriff David Clarke and I want to talk to you about something personal: Your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport. I need you in the game. But are you ready? With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. Consider taking a certified safety course in handling of firearms, so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?”

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Darth Knows.

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Here is a great example of why Collectivist mentality is not only Lazy… but dishonest.
Some people love to say ‘All Muslims are Terrorists’…. “All Police are corrupt”, etc.
I write many stories about *Bad Cops*, and so in the interest of balance, it is always a pleasure to write about Good cops…. heroes…. The ones that are actually living up to the Ideal of what *the true/just* duty of what the police are employed by us… the people… to do.
Here we have a *good Cop* telling the truth…. The police *Cant* come to your rescue… and you need to be prepared to look after your own families security… by being armed… and competent.
It is also of note to commend him for admitting that because the socialists have bankrupted western civilisation with their wasteful totalitarianism that one of the few legitimate functions of government is failing…. Law and Order… and that this reality makes the dire need for citizens to arm themselves and be prepared to defend themselves *all the more acute* than if we had a just Libertarian society and government.
We have police busting peaceful pot smokers while Rapists and robbers are escaping into the darkness.

I salute him.
The truth is that western socialist Totalitarian Mobocracy is not only financially bankrupt, but hopelessly Morally bankrupt.

Tim Wikiriwhi.
Christian Libertarian.

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Read more …

The Government wants to kill you. They know the end is nigh.

Epitaph. The Death of America and Western Democracy. Ron Paul’s Farewell Speech.

Putin stashes tonnes of gold, while America burries itself in play money.

Shitstorm in Nevada! The Crisis Revisited. DC Clothesline.

Bundy Cowboys and Militia Stand on the highest legal ground… Why the 2nd Amendment was enshrined.

Riders on the Storm! Homeland Security already confiscating guns .

Christian Father defends 2nd Amendment and Liberty from Oppotunist Tyranny and Reactionary Socialism. Columbine Tragedy

Daddy… What part did you play in the Revolution?

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Legalised Force attracts Thugs and Bullies like flies to…

Time to Choose…. Storm Clouds Gathering. God given Rights vs Tyranny

The Coming American Civil War.

I’m Hunter S. Thompson’s Latest Fan. Kingdom of Fear.

I am not a number. I am a free man.

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If the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party vote reaches the 5% threshold in the general election on September 20, I shall be an MP.

Top-Ten List Ranking Released

1. Julian Crawford (Dunedin South)
2. Abe Gray (Dunedin North)
3. Emma-Jane Kingi (Te Tai Tonga)
4. Alistair Gregory (Wellington Central)
5. Jeffrey Lye (Kelston)
6. Richard Goode (Mana)
7. Paula Lambert (Christchurch East)
8. Romana Manning (Tukituki)
9. Rob Wilkinson (Christchurch Central)
10. Richard Neutgens (Auckland Central)

How does the Israeli Defence Force minimize civilian casualties?

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^^^ This video goes some way to answer many of the questions raised about concerns of how the Israeli Defence force is going about it’s retaliation to Hamas Terror in Gaza.

Read my Blogpost …. Insidious Evil . When ethics are used as a weapon against you.

And…. The Diabolical tactics of Hamas: What the IDF is up against.

And … “One Day”. The Peace Song of Our Generation. Matisyahu.

“One Day”. The Peace Song of Our Generation. Matisyahu.

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“One Day”

Sometimes I lay
Under the moon
And thank God I’m breathing
Then I pray
Don’t take me soon
‘Cause I am here for a reason

Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know some day it’ll all turn around because…

All my life I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we don’t wanna fight no more
There will be no more wars
And our children will play
One day [x6]

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It’s not about
Win or lose
Because we all lose
When they feed on the souls of the innocent
Blood-drenched pavement
Keep on moving though the waters stay raging

In this maze you can lose your way (your way)
It might drive you crazy but don’t let it faze you no way (no way)

Sometimes in my tears I drown (I drown)
But I never let it get me down (get me down)
So when negativity surrounds (surrounds)
I know some day it’ll all turn around because…

All my life I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we don’t wanna fight no more
There will be no more wars
And our children will play
One day [x6]

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One day this all will change
Treat people the same
Stop with the violence
Down with the hate

One day we’ll all be free
And proud to be
Under the same sun
Singing songs of freedom like
One day [x2]

All my life I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we don’t wanna fight no more
There will be no more wars
And our children will play
One day [x6]

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An arab Israeli with a message for the world

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DIRECT FROM THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF MOHAMMAD ZOABI:
As an Israeli Muslim Arab, I was subjugated to brainwashing against the Jews while i was growing up. I was taught that we should hate them because they took our land, and that no Jewish person should be
living here. I was told by a few of my own family members that the Jews were planning to throw us into the sea and until that happened I would be suffering in Israel because I was an Arab.
I decided to explore the situation on my own, I went out and started meeting new people, I met a lot of Jews… What struck me at first is that they didn’t hate me like I was taught to hate them, but rather I felt care, respect, love, and a want to co-exist.
I began to realize how lucky I was to be born in Israel, to live in a free, democratic, and first world country with lots of opportunities.
Its not easy to be an Israeli Arab Zionist in an Arab Society. I was attacked physically several times, and insulted a lot.
But with the support of my amazing mother and my friends in the only country in the entire Middle East where freedom of speech is allowed, I will continue to speak out for what is right. I know that there are other many other Israeli Arabs that feel the same because almost 90% of us said that they would rather remain an Israeli than become a Palestinian citizen, but they are afraid of being hurt. That is why I am asking the world to please listen and protect the truth about Israel.
The world needs to wake up.
I see myself as a lucky Arab for being born in Israel.
I am lucky to be born in a democratic country like Israel.
I have an opportunity to live as an equal human being who lives in the 21st century.
Though, anti Israel still accuse Israel for being an aparthiehd state, ignoring the true apartheid of the Arab world’s views against the Jews and Zionists like myself of Israel. All these talks of peace will only come true when the Arabs will stop educating their children to dream about killing and eliminating the Jews.
Peace with will be achieved only when the arabs will start loving their children more than they hate us.
World wake up. Shame on you for being anti hope, democracy, and freedom in the middle east. Shame on you, to be anti Israel.
Am Yisrael chai

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^^^ an Awesome, brave testament from a voice for Peaceful co-existence.
It is esp pertinent for New Zealanders to understand how Race hatred is being propagated by the Radical separatists who claim exactly the same thing has happened to them re: the Land, and injustice.
The Maori separatist movement and the Political doctrines/ lies of ‘treaty partnership’ are toxic and evil, and it is up to brave New Zealanders and Maori who know the truth to speak out against it… just as MOHAMMAD ZOABI has done above for the Jews in Israel.
I pray for his, and his Families Safety.
May the Good Lord keep him safe, and lead him into the Light of Truth.
In Christs name I pray.
Amen.
Tim Wikiriwhi
Christian Libertarian

Read more…

Where Haters come from.

The Boston Bombing. Christian Grace and Freedom and the Higher Path.

The Diabolical tactics of Hamas: What the IDF is up against.

Insidious Evil . When ethics are used as a weapon against you.

IDF Code of Ethics. Fighting a just fight.