Monday, February 08, 2016

For A Monday

A merry Seolnal to all y'all...

It's time to ask the tough questions of the day. Who is more stupid: Justin Trudeau or the people who voted for him, and who deserves to lose their jobs more?

You decide:

The Canadian military has been ordered by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to draft plans to house more than 6,000 Muslim migrants on a long-term basis at military bases ...
Included in the Department of National Defence budgets are hundreds of thousands of dollars set aside for “religious support," including the purchase of Muslim Korans, prayer mats and foot-washing towels.

The plans also call for the construction of mosques or “worship centres," using taxpayers dollars.

Canada's fighter jets will end their fight in Iraq and Syria within two weeks, and be replaced by what the Liberal government is calling an expanded mission focused on training local security forces and helping to rebuild the shattered region.

Canadian bombs will stop falling by Feb. 22, but the complement of military personnel in the region will climb to 830 — up from the current 650 — and will provide planning, targeting and intelligence expertise.

The size of Canada's "train, advise and assist" mission will also triple, including additional medical personnel and equipment including small arms, ammunition and optics to assist in training Iraqi security forces.

"We think we ought to avoid doing precisely what our enemies want us to do: they want us to elevate them, to give in to fear, to indulge in hatred," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference Monday.

"The lethal enemy of barbarism isn't hatred, it's reason. And the people terrorized by ISIL every day don't need our vengeance, they need our help."

(Sidebar: Like raped children need parkas? Is that reasonable? It's like Trudeau went bowling with this guy who can't bring himself to hate the rapists of children and destroyers of priceless artefacts and sites.)


According to the IMF (, Canada sold 1.3 tonnes of gold reserves (43.3% of its gold reserves) in January 2016.
Update: It seems the sale happened in December 2015.
As of January 2016 Canada had 3.0 tonnes of Gold reserves and as of February 2016 only 1.7 tonnes.
Canada sold most of its gold in the 1990s with UK at the lowest price possible. Canada had 1,023 tonnes of gold reserves in 1965 the highest level recorded in its history.

Canada sold off half of its central bank gold holdings by 1985 down to 500 tonnes and then was a major participant in the western central bank collusion scheme to suppress the price of gold and sold gold at fire sale prices all through the 1990s up to 2002.

I know, right?

Premier Wynne spent $600,000 of taxpayer money on ads defending her rotten pension plan:

Premier Kathleen Wynne is defending nearly $600,000 the government spent in advertising the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan during the federal election campaign.

The Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation asked for the figure through a Freedom of Information request and was told that $592,834 was spent between Aug. 2 and Oct. 14, five days before the federal election.

The response also shows that the government spent more than $1.6 million in total on all ORPP advertising.

Ontario Liberal voters wanted this.

But smallpox can't be spread by blankets:

A Mi’kmaq leader says it’s an insult that a national park in Prince Edward Island bears the name of a military general who wanted to kill aboriginal people with smallpox. ...

Lord Jeff – as he was known around campus – was widely seen an oppressive figure who supported using blankets infected with smallpox to kill aboriginal people.

Observe the physical and personal fortitude of people who survive earthquakes like the one in Taiwan and those who tirelessly work to save them.

Is there a special place in hell for people who lie about Benghazi?

While introducing Clinton at a rally in New Hampshire Saturday, Albright, 78, the first female secretary of state, talked about the importance of electing a woman to the country’s highest office. In a dig at the “revolution” that Sanders, 74, often speaks of, she said the first female commander in chief would be a true revolution. And she scolded any woman who felt otherwise.

“We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done. It’s not done,” Albright said of the broader fight for women’s equality. “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”

My God never told me to kill others because they are different from me:

Wheaton College political science professor Larycia Hawkins has decided to part ways with the college just five days before a faculty hearing was scheduled to help decide her fate at the school, according to an email from president Philip Ryken to the campus on Saturday. ...

Hawkins was placed on administrative leave on Dec. 15 after she published a Facebook post suggesting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. The statement set off a wave of controversy across the country amid larger debates about the role of Muslims in America. “I stand by my concerns that Dr. Hawkins’ theological statements raised important questions,” Jones wrote.

Good riddance.

And she's not a victim.

This kind of wishy-washy theology is the reason why we have migrant rapists roaming about today. It's the sort intellectual laziness and Kumbaya soft-headedness that have become beyond tiresome.

Also: how curious that those who don't believe in God spend a lot of time talking about how much they hate Him:

I'm sure there are rants against the Tooth Fairy he would like to get off of his chest.

It wouldn't be Seolnal without yet another North Korean incursion into South Korean waters:

South Korea’s Defence Ministry said a South Korean naval vessel fired five shots into the water as a warning Monday when a North Korean patrol boat briefly moved south of the countries’ disputed boundary line in the Yellow Sea.

The incident came amid heighten hostilities between the rival Koreas, after North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology and another “intolerable provocation.” The U.N.’s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with “significant” new sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un went ahead with the launch just two hours after an eight-day window opened early Sunday, and a month after the country’s fourth nuclear test. He ignored an appeal from China, its neighbour and important ally, not to proceed, and, in another slap to Beijing, he chose the eve of the Chinese New Year, the country’s most important holiday.

In case one forgot about another incursion:

President Vladimir Putin has scrambled troops across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops’ readiness amid continuing tensions with the West.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the Southern Military District.

The district includes troops stationed in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as well as forces in the North Caucasus and southwestern regions near the border with Ukraine.

To wit:

“The states where criticism of totalitarian ideology was prohibited were the ones that internationalized hate-speech laws,” writes Jacob Mchangama in a fascinating overview called “The Sordid Origin of Hate-Speech Laws”:
The [UN] voting record reveals the startling fact that the internationalization of hate-speech prohibitions in human rights law owes its existence to a number of states where both criticisms of the prevalent totalitarian ideology as well as advocacy for democracy were strictly prohibited.
The essay tracks the Soviet Union’s repeated attempts to attach hate-speech exceptions to the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how the historical push has expanded slowly from banning speech that directly incites violence…to speech that somehow only incites “hatred”…to speech that authorities merely tag as hateful. And the Soviet Union’s definition of “hate speech” was so broad that it deemed any speech that spoke favorably of capitalism as “fascist” and therefore ban-worthy.
The Soviets’ proposal included this clause:
Any advocacy of national, racial, or religious hostility or of national exclusiveness or hatred and contempt, as well as any action establishing a privilege or a discrimination based on distinctions of race, nationality, or religion constitute a crime and shall be punishable under the law of the state.
In other words, while the Soviets were working thought criminals to death in labor camps and pulverizing the minds of political dissenters in psychiatric hospitals, at least they were protecting their citizens from “hatred and contempt.”

There is a reason why the former Soviet Union liked the UN and why leftists adored that failed communist state.

A Vancouver family's pet dog is expected to survive after being rescued from a burning home.
Crews were called to a house in East Vancouver around midnight Sunday when the homeowners returned to find smoke coming out of a second floor window.

Firefighters found a dog inside the building suffering from smoke inhalation, and modified an oxygen mask to fit the animal's face.

Batt. Chief Peter Bridge says firefighters originally thought the dog was dead, but spent more than 20 minutes trying to revive the animal.

Eventually the dog came around, which Bridge says was "quite surprising."

The dog is being cared for by a local vet and is expected to be okay.

And now, to ring in the lunar new year- the year of the monkey- a musical that has everything:

(Merci beaucoup to all)

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Mid-Week Post

Where's my shadow?
Your middle-of-the-week joy...

Waiting for the spring to come...

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Or the House of Commons.

You wussied out of killing ISIS, is my point:

Kenney, a former minister of defence, directed the heckle Monday at Sajjan as he was answering a question about the government’s plan to deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

Conservative defence critic James Bezan and associate defence critic Pierre Paul-Hus both asked questions on the Liberals’ election promise to withdraw Canada’s fighter jets from the U.S.-led mission in Iraq and Syria. 

​ Bezan accused Sajjan of suggesting that Canada’s allies were to blame for the spread of ISIS, referring to Sajjan’s speech at an event organized by Canada 2020 on Friday. 

“Why are the Liberals lecturing our allies on how to fight terrorism while at the same time befriending [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and Iran?” asked Bezan. 

“It’s about consulting our allies and having a dialogue,” replied Sajjan. “These lessons, as I stated, were learned while working with our coalition partners, and that’s the plan that we’ll be putting forward and making sure that we get this right so we don’t make the mistakes of the previous 10 years.“ 

After question period, government House leader Kevin Lamoureux rose in the House of Commons and called for Kenney to apologize for his "inappropriate comment." 

"I’m wondering if the member would do the proper thing and apologize or at the very least explain his comments,” Lamoureux said. 

Kenney refused to apologize for his remarks, saying Sajjan's answer was “totally incoherent," prompting shouts of "shame” from Liberal MPs.

Playing the (insert own identifiable group here) card is a weaselly way of backing out of explaining one's self, Sajjan.

Yes, he is one of the good guys, Australia:

A Canadian who said he fought alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State in Syria has been detained while trying to enter Australia and told he will be deported, his father said on Wednesday.

Another reason to love Rachel Notley:

Alberta’s finance minister quickly moved to quell any suggestion that the province’s New Democrat government will implement a provincial sales tax after a group of academics wrote an open letter to the premier calling for one.

Well, duh:

What, then, explains the premier’s obsession? A line buried in a recent budget perhaps holds a clue. By “encouraging more Ontarians to save through a proposed new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan,” it reads, “new pools of capital would be available for Ontario-based projects such as building roads, bridges and new transit.” It’s not about “helping” retirees: it’s about financing the premier’s infrastructure ambitions. How strange they do not make this point clearer.

A Chinese defector blows the lid off of Beijing's real intentions:

Ling Wancheng, the defector, has been undergoing a debrief by FBI, CIA, and other intelligence officials since last fall at a secret location in the United States, said officials familiar with details of the defection who spoke on condition of anonymity. The defector is said to be a target of covert Chinese agents seeking to capture or kill him.

Among the information disclosed by Ling are details about the procedures used by Chinese leaders on the use of nuclear weapons, such as the steps taken in preparing nuclear forces for attack and release codes for nuclear arms.

Other secrets revealed included details about the Chinese leadership and its facilities, including the compound in Beijing known as Zhongnanhai. That information is said to be valuable for U.S. electronic spies, specifically for cyber intelligence operations targeting the secretive Chinese leadership.

But... but... the videos were doctored!

On the day before David Daleiden turns himself in for allegedly trying to purchase human organs, the investigator has released a new video compilation showing Planned Parenthood officials agreeing to sell fetal organs.

The Center for Medical Progress had released the full video featuring Melissa Farrell, director of research at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC), discussing how PPGC could word its billing to make it appear its activities were within the law.

In a new extract, CMP features Farrell discussing payment terms that may violate laws against trafficking in human organs or tissue.

The undercover investigators catch Farrell describing the terms of a previous contract to provide "specimens" for medical research in exchange for money.

"Based on what I'm reading here, it looks like [the client is] paying for the specimen itself," she said. At the time of the budget she looked at, the consent fee was $25, she said smiling as she mentioned the dollar amount.

"There's margin," she said, adding that her department “contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here.”


Rev. Brent Hawkes, 65, of the Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto, has been charged with indecent assault on a male and gross indecency. He was summoned to court in Kentville, Nova Scotia yesterday to face the charges. Local police have refused to provide further details.  

A box of Kleenex could beat  the eternally lacklustre Trudeau in a debate. I'm surprised that Ted Cruz didn't cause the Hair Apparent to literally disintegrate:

While the details are a bit hazy, Trudeau recalls an opponent who came prepared to dominate — and, apparently, Cruz did.

“If I recall correctly it was about an obscure monetary policy element that he had done an awful lot of research on,” Trudeau said in that pre-election interview.

“His poor opposition had no real capacity to rebut. It was a focus very much on winning the debate, rather than on any sort of fair chance to have a good and robust debate. But that’s the way university debating was played at that particular moment.”

(Sidebar: the mating call of a loser, Justin.)

Powered by the yellow sun, y'all...

Also: it's not Trudeau's cash so why should he care? Nothing seems to stop him.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged from a meeting Wednesday with a formal commitment to fast-track $700 million in previously committed federal infrastructure money to the struggling province.

Notley ruined that province overnight. Why encourage her to ruin it some more?

Personally, I think only God should play God. He's awfully good at it:

Scientists in Britain have been give the go-ahead to edit the genes of human embryos for research purposes, using a technique that some say could eventually be used to create "designer babies". 

When secular commentators have a problem with this, then one should not claim that this is strictly a religious issue.

And now, a cop saves a puppy:

This is Florida Police Officer Marcus Montgomery and his new BFF, Kylo. HOW EFFING CUTE ARE THEY.

And the history of Japan in nine minutes:

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Post

...  atque escas habeamus mentionem .....


A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in the latest attack by Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremists.

Scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday night's attack on Dalori village and two nearby camps housing 25,000 refugees, according to survivors and soldiers at the scene just 5 kilometres (3 miles) from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in Nigeria's northeast.

The shooting, burning and explosions from three suicide bombers continued for nearly four hours in the unprotected area, survivor Alamin Bakura said, weeping on a telephone call to The Associated Press. He said several of his family members were killed or wounded.

The violence continued as three female suicide bombers blew up among people who managed to flee to neighbouring Gamori village, killing many people, according to a soldier at the scene who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists.

(Sidebar: um, was that hashtag for nothing?)

Thirty-one years ago, in revenge for the Indian government's storming the Golden Temple, Sikh extremists planted a bomb on Air India flight 182, killing three hundred and twenty-nine people.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was given a ceremonial robe of honour during her visit to the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar Sunday, amid controversy in the Indian press that suggested she would be denied the honour because of her views on same-sex marriage.

The only person convicted in the 1985 Air India bombings has been granted statutory release from prison to a halfway house.

Inderjit Singh Reyat was charged with perjury in 2006 for repeatedly lying during his testimony at the trial into the bombing deaths of 331 people, mostly Canadians.

Reyat was found guilty in 2010 and sentenced to a record nine years in prison, or seven years and seven months after accounting for time served.

Under the law, offenders must be granted statutory release after they have served two-thirds of their sentence.

If true, this guy has only days to live:

An EgyptAir mechanic whose cousin joined Islamic State in Syria is suspected of planting a bomb on a Russian passenger plane that was blown out of Egypt's skies in late October, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Speaking of airplanes and terrorism, Canadian companies can now exploit labourers in a mad theocratic state:

Iran is the second-largest economy in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region after Saudi Arabia, according to the World Bank.

As western nations imposed sanctions, Iran turned to China and India for many goods including gold, wheat, aluminum and steel.

However, Canada has lagged in joining other countries that have already lifted sanctions — including Britain and other European nations.

In fact, Italy’s Saipem, an oil-engineering firm, already has tens of billions in Iranian contracts.

Certain Canadian industries could still benefit from this. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has pinpointed some sectors that have good possibilities of doing work in Iran...

When Iran tightens its grip on the region, can Bombardier pat itself on the back for making that happen? 

I wonder when Kim Jong-Un will finally lay waste to Japan:

Speculation mounted Friday that North Korea is preparing a rocket or long-range missile launch to follow its recent nuclear test, with Japan reportedly ordering its military to shoot down any projectile that threatened its territory.

The three-ring circus of disgraced CBC "celebrity" Jian Ghomeshi begins:

Ghomeshi — the former host of CBC radio's popular culture show "Q" — has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

The judge-alone trial, which is expected to last several weeks, involves three complainants and will be closely watched by many across the country.

And what a merry party it will be if he is acquitted. 

Also: of course Trudeau won't stop funding the CBC. It helped get him elected:

Thomas Mulcair and an NDP critic are expressing concern over a published interview where Canada's heritage minister appeared to leave open the possibility that the Liberals may back down from their campaign promise to raise the CBC's budget by $150 million.

We are being watched:

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service repeatedly obtained taxpayer information from the Canada Revenue Agency without presenting a court-approved warrant for the data.
The government has eyes on you...

Estate of Lucy Maude Montgomery, just sue these wastrels:

P.E.I.'s most celebrated red-head has been dragged into an ongoing dispute over access to abortion in the small province.

Abortion rights activists have enlisted Anne of Green Gables — the freckle-faced fictional character known for her bright red braids — in their campaign to pressure the provincial government to allow abortions to be performed on the Island.

And now, realistic-looking LEGO bites. Enjoy.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

But Wait! There's More!

There usually is...

Challenger crew
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod   The high untrespassed sanctity of space,   Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

To thank the unions that worked so hard to malign the previous government, the Liberals have promised to repeal two bills that required the unions to disclose how much of their members' dues they've spent and how unions are certified:

The Liberal government is repealing two contentious union-related bills, a move it says heralds a new relationship with organized labour after 10 acrimonious years under the Conservatives.

Labour unions have wanted the government to overturn a law that changed how unions can certify and decertify, known as Bill C-525, and another that required unions to publicly disclose their spending to the Canada Revenue Agency.

The Liberals neutralized the latter bill, C-377, in late December when the government waived requirements for unions to track all transactions over $5,000.

Paul Bronfman, who backed Justin Trudeau's campaign for head puppet of Canada and whose party openly opposes Israel and refuses to liquidate ISIS, withdrew his support from York University until a pro-Palestinian mural was removed:

For over a decade, Paul Bronfman, president and CEO of Comweb Group Inc., has provided “goods and services in kind,” through its subsidiary William F. White International Inc., as well as financial support to York’s film program in the form of film production equipment, technical services, teaching and learning centres. (He wouldn’t reveal exactly how much he’s donated.)

After learning about a mural titled Palestinian Roots, which hangs above an entrance in the student centre, he decided to withdraw his support unless the painting came down.  

It features a man wearing a scarf that shows the Palestinian flag and a borderless Israel. He’s holding two rocks behind his back. In front of him are a bulldozer and a building. The words “Peace” and “Justice” are written in several different languages.

Bronfman says anyone who thinks he’s holding students’ hostage as a result of withdrawing his support should “get over it.”

“I’m not getting a lot of blowback from students; I’m getting a lot of support from them,” he tells Yahoo Canada News.

He says that the only way the university would resolve the issue would be to take the mural down. He learned about it after reading a column written by Avi Benlolo, president of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.

A statement from Joanne Rider, York University’s spokeswoman, explains that since the mural is located in the student centre, it’s the centre’s decision, as it’s a separate and distinct legal entity.

“We have consulted widely with experts who have concluded that the University cannot compel its removal,” she wrote. “We know the subject of the artwork is offensive to some individuals and groups. We understand and respect their concerns. As a result, York’s administration continues to explore all available options to address the concerns in ways that will ensure we continue to foster an environment reflective of our core values of diversity, respect and inclusivity.”

And I say: go to hell, Paul Bronfman. You backed an Israel-hater. You can't complain about the hatred of Israel in a hotbed is Israel-hatred now.

Yes, but the current prime minister called prioritising persecuted Christians "disgusting" and shook hands with any number of potential rapists:

Newly released government documents paint the clearest picture to date of how the Conservative government's controversial approach to Syrian refugee resettlement played out last year.

Before last winter, the previous government had only committed to take in 1,300 Syrian refugees from the millions fleeing the civil war there and spilling into surrounding countries.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper had been under intense pressure — including from inside his own cabinet — to increase that total, but only agreed to accept a further 10,000 provided that religious and ethnic minorities were prioritized.

The policy, unveiled last January, was contentious. The vast majority of the Syrian refugee population is Muslim. The decision to hone in on "religious minorities" prompted allegations the government was biased against Muslims and was also violating United Nations principles governing refugee resettlement.

(Sidebar: is raping and murdering Christians and Yazidis a violation of human rights?) 

Manitoba MP Brian Pallister believes that notorious disabled person-hater Nellie McClung belongs on our money:

Manitoba's Progressive Conservative leader wants suffragette Nellie McClung to be given a prominent spot on a Canadian banknote.

The Queen is the only woman currently featured on a bill.

Brian Pallister says in a letter to the Bank of Canada governor that McClung should be recognized for her role in the enfranchisement of women.

The reason why Iran and other mad theocrats can make such inroads in the post-modern West is because of crap like this:

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has praised Italy as a "very hospitable" country after a controversy over the prudish cover up of naked statues at a Rome museum ahead of his official visit. Rouhani maintained he didn't ask for revealing sculptures at the Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museums) to be concealed, saying there had been "no contacts" on the issue between his delegation and the Italian government.

He nevertheless implied the gesture was appreciated. "I know that Italians are a very hospitable people, a people who try to do the most to put their guests at ease and I thank you for this," he told a press conference in the Italian capital.

And there one has it. It has gotten to the point where, like good little sheep, the weak men of Europe do the bidding of an emotionally retarded culture.

Of course the mad men who run Iran can't appreciate art when it's not rubble. Why cover it up? Is Italy ashamed of its Classical past?


What does wearing pajamas in public say? It says that one is not only of an ovine personal nature but that one is so g-d- lazy and without any self-respect that one would rather look like one has just rolled out of bed and not showered than at least put on a decent (and might I say clean?) pair of jeans before traversing out. Just like those fat chicks who wear messy ponytails with headbands, puffy ski jackets, sweatpants and UGG boots (like a uniform, as El Barto might say), SLOB is now haute couture:

After noticing a growing number of adults wearing pyjamas – not just to the school gates in the morning, but also at meetings, assemblies and even the Christmas show and parents' evenings – primary school head Kate Chisholm wrote to parents asking them to wash and get dressed before the school drop-off.

"It just got to the point when I thought, 'enough's enough,'" she told the BBC. "I'm not trying to tell people what to do with their lives, but I just think being a good role model first thing in the morning – getting yourself up, getting yourself dressed, ready for business, out to school – is a really good example to set."

Chanel help us all.

Holy Father, please make your criticisms more Biblical. If you are going to rub elbows with wealthy eco-liar, Leonardo DiCaprio, then it helps to make it clear about whom you are really speaking:

In the light of this love, which is strong as death (cf. Song 8:6), the real poor are revealed as those who refuse to see themselves as such. They consider themselves rich, but they are actually the poorest of the poor. This is because they are slaves to sin, which leads them to use wealth and power not for the service of God and others, but to stifle within their hearts the profound sense that they too are only poor beggars. The greater their power and wealth, the more this blindness and deception can grow. It can even reach the point of being blind to Lazarus begging at their doorstep (cf. Lk 16:20-21). Lazarus, the poor man, is a figure of Christ, who through the poor pleads for our conversion. As such, he represents the possibility of conversion which God offers us and which we may well fail to see. Such blindness is often accompanied by the proud illusion of our own omnipotence, which reflects in a sinister way the diabolical “you will be like God” (Gen 3:5) which is the root of all sin. This illusion can likewise take social and political forms, as shown by the totalitarian systems of the twentieth century, and, in our own day, by the ideologies of monopolizing thought and technoscience, which would make God irrelevant and reduce man to raw material to be exploited. This illusion can also be seen in the sinful structures linked to a model of false development based on the idolatry of money, which leads to lack of concern for the fate of the poor on the part of wealthier individuals and societies; they close their doors, refusing even to see the poor.  

I don't expect most people to think deeper than that.

And, yes, I will be giving up sweets for Lent.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Mid-Week Post

So much to talk about...

Wow. I didn't see the "bullied" defense coming:

A 17-year-old boy accused of shooting four people to death in a remote Saskatchewan community described himself as an “outcast” at home and victim of bullying at school, say his friends.

The teen, who made his first court appearance Monday, was known to hold his emotions inside and rarely spoke, even when hanging out with his high school buddies in La Loche.

“He was the black sheep of the family,” said Noel Desjarlais-Thomas, who described the accused as one of several friends who always hung out together.

The 16-year-old said the teen suspect would message the others in his circle of friends about not being treated equally or fairly by his family.

“He just said he was going to do something. He never really said much after that,” Desjarlais-Thomas said Monday.

“We’d ask ‘Why?’ He never really told much. After that, it would just go blank. The conversation would just stop and something else would happen, the subject would (change.) No one ever thought this was going to happen.”

Perry Herman, who also knows the accused, said the teen was teased about his large ears.

“So many of those times that those boys joked around with him about his ears and whatnot, he didn’t get up and say, `You boys stop talking to me like this, it’s hurting my feelings.’ He just bottled it up.”
Herman said the bullying must have been going on for a long time.

The suspect, who can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder.

If PM Trulander had the wontons or the scruples (neither of which is credible) he would scrap the Indian Act and let the parents take charge of their own damn kids:

It will take a lot more than just lip service to put right the years of systemic discrimination and underfunding endured by First Nations children, an emotional group of indigenous advocates said Tuesday as their nine-year battle with Ottawa culminated in a landmark human rights decision.

Money — specifically, at least $200 million more a year in child welfare funding in order to close the fiscal gap — would be a good first start, said Cindy Blackstock, the social worker whose tireless crusade is at the heart of the ruling.
Or one could put them in institutions where they would be looked after and educated.

Heaven forbid.

No wonder someone hung up on this douchebag:

Ottawa's role is not to force cities such as Montreal to accept energy projects, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday, a day after his opponents demanded he tell the city's mayor to "smarten up" and accept the Energy East pipeline.

But putting raw sewage into the river is a good idea?

But who allowed it, Premier Wynne?

Ontario's Liberal government said Monday it had allowed two colleges to create male-only campuses in Saudi Arabia, but added that a gap found in the approval process will be closed.

Reza Moridi, minister of colleges and universities, said Niagara and Algonquin Colleges applied to his ministry to establish the two Saudi campuses, and were given the green light by a previous minister in 2008 and 2012.

However, Moridi said the province's responsibility was to approve financial plans for the two Saudi expansions and it was up to the colleges to determine who was admitted.

"We see there is a gap in the process between the parts that are left for the boards of governors at the colleges to approve and the other parts that are on the government's side to approve," he said.

"We want to talk with the sector to make sure that gap is eliminated."

Like fun it will be.

A two-year battle with York University led to a precedent-setting outcome for student Navi Dhanota after she fought a school policy that required students seeking academic accommodations to reveal their illness or disability to staff.

Dhanota first tried to get accommodations during her undergraduate studies. She needed to write her exams in a smaller room but was told she needed a psychiatric diagnosis to do so.

The process was overwhelming. One psychiatrist told her she could have six different mental illnesses, and after facing the same problem while trying to get academic accommodations during post-graduate studies at York, she decided to fight for change.

After filing a human rights complaint against the Toronto university, Dhanota’s efforts have forced the school to rewrite its guidelines for accessing accommodation, which could influence other universities across Canada.

“I think it will certainly change how universities determine accommodations for students,” said Cathy Rose, accessibility services co-ordinator at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Pampering our snowflakes one at a time. 

Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy is leading the call for a new law that would lay out how Canadian politicians and bureaucrats should proceed when citizens are detained overseas.

Just in time to remember the Holocaust:

Canada confirmed for the first time on Tuesday that it plans to lift its sanctions on Tehran and said that if Airbus is allowed to sell to Iran, then its aircraft maker Bombardier Inc should be allowed to export there as well.

This is the same Iran that has since 1979 been arresting dissidents, persecuting religious minorities, killed Zahra Kazemi and enriched uranium.

Canada used to be friends with Israel.

Thank you:

Maajid Nawaz, who was formally a member of radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, is now seeking to challenge the narrative of Islamic extremists and form a more moderate Islam.

Currently in Australia for a series of talks, Nawaz told Yahoo7 that everyone has a role to play in how Islam can be reformed.

“We need a rational conversation about reforming Islam,” Nawaz told Yahoo7.

“That begins by everyone – in the Left, Right and Centre of politics – feeling like it is our conversation to have.

“Just like with Christianity or Judaism, which we feel we can discuss as they are our religions in our society.”

Nawaz said even non-Muslims have a role to play in this reform.

“You don’t need to be black to challenge racism, you don’t need to be gay to challenge homophobia, and you don’t need to be a Muslim to challenge Islam.

“You don’t even need to know anything about Islam to know that it is wrong to enslave and rape women like ISIS are doing with the Yazidi women.

“Where there is a specific duty is with the theologians, because the lay Muslim and obviously the non-Muslim cannot do the actual reform work in the theology.

“So there is a role for Muslim theologians in firstly being honest and candid about some of the challenging parts of the scripture and accepting that there are challenging parts,” Nawaz said.

An alleged asylum-seeker is accused of allegedly stabbing to death a female refugee centre worker:

A young asylum seeker has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a female employee at a refugee centre in Sweden.

The 22-year-old victim was stabbed to death at a centre for youngsters aged between 14 and 17 in Molndal, near Gothenburg, on Monday.

She was taken to Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, but died of her wounds.

Swedish newspaper Expressen named her as Alexandra Mezher, whose family was originally from Lebanon.

She had reportedly only been working at the centre for a few months.

"It is so terrible. She was a person who wanted to do good," a cousin told the paper.

"We have cried a lot. She was such a nice person, warm and happy."

Her parents described her as "an angel".

Police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg said there were signs of a violent fight at the home.

Two people were holding down the male suspect when police arrived at the scene.

He did not give any details about the suspect's age or nationality.

(Sidebar: spoiler: he was a "migrant".)

Oh, it gets better, and by better, I mean shockingly worse:

The head of the Swedish police has sparked outrage by expressing sympathy with the teenage asylum seeker accused of murdering social worker Alexander Mezher.

National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson, who has already admitted police cannot cope with the wave of migrant crime, said he has concerns about the ‘horrors’ and trauma the accused murderer may have witnessed.

He said he was ‘distraught’ on behalf of Miss Mezher’s family but also for the killer, saying: ‘What has that person been through? Under what circumstances has he grown up? What is the trauma he carries?’

It came as court documents showed the boy suspected of the killing is being held in a secure psychiatric that specialises in patients with psychotic illness, drug and alcohol addiction.

Now there's a country that knows how to separate the wheat from the chaff.


Denmark's parliament passed measures on Tuesday aimed at deterring refugees from seeking asylum, including confiscating valuables to pay for their stay, despite protests from international human rights organizations.

The measures, which also include extending family reunification among refugees from one year to three years, are the latest sign that the Nordic welcome for refugees is waning as large numbers flee war in Africa and Middle East for a better life in Europe.
I'll believe it when I see it.

And now, could these be the best superhero performances in movies? Discuss:

Hugh Jackman is Hugh Jackman. Need I really say more? As Wolverine, Jackman has found the role of his lifetime, as he has made the grouchy, rugged, and hard-nosed X-Men character into arguably the most popular superhero in movies today. It all comes down to the intensity that Jackman injects into each action he takes or line of dialouge he speaks as Wolverine. You can tell how seriously he takes the character, and thus, we as audiences, take him seriously as well and end up connecting with Wolverine just as much (if not more) than any other superhero that has come across the silver screen.