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Friday, August 26, 2005

Oh the Humanity

HindenburgOh, the humanity! Ever wonder where that phrase came from? Well, when the giant airship, the Hindenburg crashed to the ground in a ball of fire (6 May 1937), some 200 people under the airship and the 97 people on board looked doomed. "Oh, the humanity!" was a plaintive cry from reporter Herbert Morrison. His words were broadcast the next day with footage, and became famous.

36 people died in the crash, and it put the world off using these magnificent Zeppelin Dirigibles. They are three times longer than a 747 Jumbo Jet, and capable of carrying tonnes of freight more than a hundred passengers.

Just imagine these things replacing freight trucks, or even ships, offering point to point delivery and less diesel consumption.

The Hindenburg is an interesting story. One I think of whenever I hear that catch cry, "Oh, the Humanity!"

Earlier this week, Sir Humphreys covered a poorly written Labour advertisement. It was picked up in the left blogs and touted as a "brilliant" article. So it seems to be worth another mention:
"About 36,000 children who would have been lifted out of hardship under Labour's Working for Families package will stay officially in poverty if the National Party wins next month's election."

"National's tax package, unveiled on Monday, would cancel the final instalment of the Working for Families package - a $10-a-week increase in family support which Labour proposes for April 2007."
Here is the logic: If you vote National, Labour will not be in power to help poor families. This means that the $10 per week they promise to pay in 2 years time will not be received by those most in need. A vote for National today starves our children tomorrow. This, all before National have released their policy on low income families.

This shows how desperate Labour thinkers are when they push $10 a week rebate in two years time as proof that they are the only party interested in "saving our children". They rely on people not thinking through the proposition. So don't think. Vote Labour. Do it for the children.

Oh, the humanity!

Posted by ZenTiger | 8/26/2005 08:26:00 AM


Blogger Chris said...

My favorite useage of "The Humanity!!!" is when the mail truck that Newman was driving caught on fire on Seinfeld. Classic.

8/26/2005 08:45:00 AM  
Blogger Jordan said...

We all know what National's policy is for low income families.

It is to make their incomes lower!

Market rents for state houses; benefit cuts; weaker unions and frozen minimum wages; more expensive health care....

8/26/2005 09:40:00 AM  
Blogger tincanman said...

Yes Jordan, when your own policies have been shown as markedly deficient attack the opposition's policies. That is sure to show how much better yours are. (Not).

8/26/2005 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

We all know what Labours policy is for middle New Zealand: Petrol at $2.00 per litre (half of it TAX) tax rates at 50% on incomes over 38K (with childless couples being discriminated against), countless more government employees, tougher business compliance costs and supporting the CYFS in removing children from homes if accused of smacking. Like Sweden, this will fuel the foster home industry, as couples help out these "smack-abused" children by taking them in and then qualifying for child rebates.

8/26/2005 10:46:00 AM  
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8/26/2005 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

AL: Can we delete the above tasteless comment?

8/26/2005 11:08:00 AM  
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