Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mid-Week Post

Five more shopping days until Halloween...

More strong earthquakes in Italy:

Two strong earthquakes rocked a wide area of central Italy on Wednesday, striking fear among residents rattled by a deadly tremor in August, but there were no reports of casualties.

What is Obama's legacy on the Korean Peninsula? An escalating nuclear crisis that his predecessor has to deal with:

President Obama’s North Korea legacy will be to leave his successor and our allies with an escalating nuclear crisis, a deteriorating humanitarian situation, and possibly a nuclear arms race in Asia. History will eventually rank it alongside the failure of the Green Revolution in Iran, the near-collapse in Iraq, and the Syria fiasco as one of his greatest foreign policy failures. The question now is whether he will leave his successor with the makings of a strategy to stop Kim Jong-un while there’s still time … if there’s still time.


In true form, American intelligence chief James Clapper sounded the defeatist alarm and stated that he believes that denuclearising North Korea at this point isn't possible:

“I think the notion of getting the North Koreans to denuclearize is probably a lost cause,” Mr. Clapper said Tuesday in response to a question about whether negotiations with North Korea’s leaders could lead to a suspension of its nuclear and missile activities.

“They are not going to do that,” he said. “That is their ticket to survival.”

I'm sure he meant to say doom.

South Korea's default action is to reunify with the north, not reduce it to radioactive rubble so this paranoid raving about North Korea' s survival in the face of its southern neighbour is absurd.

A Trump administration has no real interest in the Korean Peninsula. It should and should seek to disarm North Korea or it will be the Fifties all over again.


Oh, this must be embarrassing:

Sweden and Morocco donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved policy very favourable to their governments, emails released by Wikileaks show.

Боже Мой!

Infighting among Putin’s inner circle has led to a series of disclosures over the past few months that have shined a harsh light on the private dealings of the Kremlin court — much as Hillary Clinton has endured the airing of thousands of e-mails as a result of what the U.S. calls Russian hacking of her campaign.

(Sidebar: what it calls. HA!)

As the Kremlin gears up for Putin’s last re-election bid in 18 months, anti-graft crusader Alexei Navalny has emerged as the conduit of choice for rival factions to scoop dirt on each other as they jostle to retain their fiefdoms.

While Putin has largely stayed above the fray, anonymous tips and research by Navalny’s staff of 30 have led to a string of revelations about the extravagance of some of the Russian leader’s closest allies, including a new luxury home for his premier, army contracts for his personal chef and private-jet travel for the show dogs of a top official.

I'm sure that the French are all over this:


Smoke and mirrors:

Ontario’s Liberal government has nixed the idea of using legislation to ban chiefs of staff and other behind-the-scenes political decision makers from attending fundraisers, as they prepare to prohibit politicians from doing the same.

The Liberals have released a list of amendments they are proposing to an election finance reform bill, which they introduced amid criticism over fundraising events that saw cabinet ministers attend private, high-priced functions with stakeholders.

Under the amendments, any members of provincial parliament, party leaders, nomination contestants, candidates and leadership contestants would not be able to attend fundraisers.

They still could attend events where the ticket price only recovers the cost of the hosting it, and could still solicit funds by mail, phone or email.

To offset the impact on constituency associations, the Liberals are proposing subsidies of $25,000 per year, divided among the parties in each riding.

Crooks to the very end.

It's all fun and games at the CBC:

A former human resources executive for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has filed a wrongful dismissal suit against the broadcaster, alleging that senior HR staff conspired to fire her while she was on medical leave and that CEO Hubert Lacroix breached his duties in refusing to review the matter, according to court documents.
The suit is one of at least four pending cases against the CBC alleging wrongful dismissal, and reveals allegations of infighting in the HR department in the months following the revelations that several women had publicly accused former CBC star Jian Ghomeshi of sexual abuse and inappropriate workplace behaviour.

Basic guaranteed income targets the usual spots on the victimhood totem pole:

Some experts say basic income can fix existing holes in the system and will most benefit women in their late 40s and early 50s without dependent children, as well as adults with disabilities. Others say it will have the most impact on youth, allowing them to stay in school longer and become social entrepreneurs.

Yes, about that:

But a basic income is too costly and inefficient to act as a wholesale replacement for welfare. It is feasible only if it is small, and complemented by more targeted anti-poverty measures.

One sees these arguments in Star Trek. With replicators (and who builds, maintains and stocks these replicators?), people are free to be creative, unless the Borg is assimilating them or some other such hindrance.

Therein lies the rub.

Who would work or do anything if he didn't have to? One sees people on welfare who don't move their @$$es unless they need more snacks. Are they bettering themselves somehow? What if the replicators were broken? What if some people would rather live without them?

And there will always be scarcity. There will always be a need to acquire or replace something.

In this universe, basic income costs everyone else.

Maryam Monsef is above answering the questions of mere proles:

Monsef’s staff were essentially pre-emptively answering a question that Malcolm had not asked but which others — Monsef’s detractors, presumably — surely would: Did she have an Iranian passport which listed her place of birth as Iran? Because, of course, if she did have an Iranian passport, a major hole opens in the narrative Monsef and her supporters have used  about her arrival and eventual success in Canada as an Afghan refugee fleeing the Taliban.


Stubblefield said she had sex with D.J. in 2011 on the floor of her office on the Rutgers campus in Newark. When they finished, she claimed D.J. told her: “I feel alive for the first time in my life.”

It was an incredible assertion.

D.J. likely could not have even have grasped what was happening, much less reciprocated Stubblefield’s feelings.

D.J., now 35, has cerebral palsy. Years before Stubblefield came into his life, a state doctor found that he had the mental capacity of a toddler, unable to carry out “preschool-level tasks,” according to the New York Times. He is five feet tall, non-verbal and can only walk if someone is there to balance him.

Stubblefield, 46, had convinced D.J.’s family that she could help him speak by using “facilitated communication,” a widely-discredited method of teaching people with mental disabilities how to type messages.

It took many months, but D.J.’s mother and brother eventually came to believe it was all a sham.

Because you can't disrespect a human body, let it rot or have one's waterways turn into the Ganges. That's why:

As the practice of cremation grew, so too did a few of the frowned-upon habits. Under the published guidelines, approved by Pope Francis in March, “the ashes of the faithful must be laid to rest in a sacred place.” Such places are mostly limited to cemeteries or certain church areas. “Only in grave and exceptional cases” can loved ones keep ashes in a domestic residence.

For your ghoulish delight, Camille Saint-Saen's, Danse Macabre:

The Remains of the Day

In the waning hours...

It is estimated that over five thousand Yazidis have been killed since PM Trudeau said that Yazidi children fleeing from rape and murder only to collapse from heat stroke and exhaustion needed parkas, that prioritising them for refugee status was "disgusting" and withdrawing from ISIS who regard the Yazidis as devil-worshippers:

With a freed Yazidi sex slave watching from the gallery, the House of Commons voted unanimously Tuesday to acknowledge a genocide against her people and to offer safe haven in Canada to vulnerable women and girls by the end of February.

Nadia Murad, described by the Conservatives as a victim of sex trafficking at the hands of members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has been lobbying MPs this week on behalf of her hard-hit fellow Yazidis.

She received an ovation from the House before MPs voted 313-0 to adopt a Conservative motion calling on the Liberal government to help her fellow Yazidis within the next 120 days.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his personal assurance that help is in the offing.
And who is left to be saved?

Trudeau is embarrassed, not morally motivated to do this.

He is a piece of sh--.  His party is a piece of sh--.  His voters are pieces of sh--.  They presided over a holocaust (yes, I'm using that word - deal with it) as they have done with any other issue: as fat white gated urbanites and trough-gatherers who care nothing about anyone else.

Watch the train wreck:

“Sir, if you won’t turn and face me when I answer, then I will not answer,” Trudeau said politely but firmly at one point.

 Trudeau then gave the floor to one man who had hollered particularly loudly at him.
But it seems Trudeau was not the object of everyone’s ire.

One particularly angry attendee, a man who said he was  from Chatham, Ont., demanded of Trudeau: “What are you going to do about Kathleen?” as in Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario premier and a Liberal like Trudeau. The Chatham man said high electricity prices in his province were hurting workers.

Trudeau said something about division of powers, which prompted more hollering, including one who yelled, “Sound bites won’t do it.”

Canada is one nation, not several reservations that depend on the rest of society for cash. Those aren't nations. Those are leeches:

It would be unwise for the court to get out ahead of a process which I truly hope will be a process of reconciliation, which will come from nation-to-nation dealings. In a sense, the court should stand a little apart from that, always bearing in mind if a First Nation or some group of indigenous persons wish to vindicate their rights before the court, they have a right to be heard and to receive a remedy where warranted.”

This guy:

The Newfoundland case involved an attack in 1998 in which Jack sexually assaulted the victim with a beer bottle. At the time he was on probation for a previous attack against her. Jack pleaded not guilty but was convicted in 2003. ...

But in spite of those concerns, Appeal Court Justice Malcolm Rowe refused to overturn the original sentence. He noted Jerome Jack had stopped drinking, he had not re-offended and he was now the principal caregiver to his children.

Fatties don't tell me what to eat:

To a leftist activist like Philpott, health is the doorway to everything — to nationalizing whole swaths of the economy. That’s what Obamacare did. But we already have a form of Obamacare in Canada, so this is the next step.

She’s already telegraphing that she intends to treat many food items like cigarettes: Warning labels on foods she doesn’t like. And more taxes, regulations, fines and red tape for farmers and food manufacturers.

Philpott knows nothing about how food is grown or processed or sold. She just knows that she’s a doctor, so she wants to treat the entire population like we’re her patients.

And she’s a liberal, so she wants to treat the entire country’s population like were idiots.

Walking fungus, Samantha Bee, makes some crucial errors, as Mr. Steven Crowder points out:

(Sidebar: not at all safe for work, as they say.)

And then there's this.

And this.

Perhaps Miss Bee can explain what Obama twice voted against.

I bet this kid chaps her @$$:

In a few years, when people ask LynLee Boemer, “what’s your birthday?” she can reply: “Do you mean the first one?”

The little Texas girl was removed from her mother’s womb to have a massive tumour on her tailbone removed in March. She was then returned to the uterus and born again — this time permanently — by caesarean section, on June 6.

Sarah Palin was super-right:

About one-year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state’s assisted-suicide bill into law. It fully went into effect this June, with the opening of the first clinic. While there is no data on the number of California assisted-suicides, Oregon recorded over 130 last year as part of their legalized physician-assisted death program.

Now, one young mother says her insurance company denied her coverage for chemotherapy treatment after originally agreeing to provide the fiscal support for it, but indicated it would be willing to pay for assisted suicide instead.

"Assisted suicide" is a euphemism for killing people off for their hospital beds and we all know it.

Now that Jack Chick is dead, we can all go to Mass before trick-or-treating.

A Roman Cat-holic who will enjoy Halloween festivities very soon.

(Merci beaucoup to all)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

In Other News....

When you promise a trough to the financially obese, you had better pony up:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was heckled and jeered as he took questions today at a youth labour forum in Ottawa.

Several dozen delegates at the young workers' summit turned their backs on Trudeau as he spoke while many others held signs reading "Keep the Promise."

As the prime minister took questions, he also criticized the back turners, saying he was disappointed that they appeared unwilling to listen. ...

(Sidebar: shut up, you big baby! Yes, people have the audacity to turn their backs on little, old you.) 

Trudeau was booed when he responded that precarious work — including jobs with no pensions — is now a fact of life.

(Sidebar: says the guy who has never had to work hard his entire life. Such is the existence of a trustifarian.)

Didn't Justin's handlers tell him? Surely they must know that breaking a sweat is bad for his hair?

Speaking of porkies...

A Rhode Island man is about to rue the day he decided to write into a local newspaper to express his disdain for adult women who wear yoga pants in public. Those very women he targeted are now organizing a peaceful protest — a Yoga Pants Parade scheduled to take place this Sunday, right on their grouchy neighbor’s block.
I don't think he will rue the day. In fact, I applaud him for finally calling out the vain, self-important chubbies who have no dress or common sense.

If you can't put on a decent pair of trousers as opposed to yoga or sweat pants or leggings, don't leave the house.

Now, more important things to worry about...

Users of Chinese mobile phones are expected to provide their real names during registration, and the new regulation could have an impact on how North Koreans communicate with their relatives in the South.

It's a noose being tightened.

A nurse is accused to killing eight people:

A nurse in southwestern Ontario killed eight nursing home residents in her care, police alleged Tuesday as they charged the woman with murder.

Investigators say 49-year-old Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer of Woodstock, Ont., faces eight counts of first-degree murder in the killings, which they say took place between 2007 and 2014.

"The victims were administered a drug. We're not in a position at this time to comment further on the specifics of the drug as it forms part of the evidence that is now before the courts," said Det. Supt. Dave Truax of the Ontario Provincial Police.

Because Mark Steyn:

When I made my point in the Munk Debate, our opponents, the telly historian Simon Schama and the former UN High Commissioner Louise Arbour, thought it was an opportunity for comedy. Simon reckoned me and Nigel Farage were just "a bit sad" - losers who couldn't get any action and so got turned on by obsessing about migrant rape. This insouciance did not work out well for him.

To accord their response more respect than it merits, Louise and Simon's point was that: sure, there's a bit of child rape here and there, but what's the big deal? It's a relatively small and manageable amount.
It's not, but let that pass. That was my point: "Migrant rights trump women's rights" and "migrant rights trump children's rights" and (in some of the most grisly cases) "migrant rights trump disabled rights".

It's not that there's only three or four - or seven or twelve, or 29 or 97 or 236 or 1,768 - rapes. It's not the "small" number of cases, but the fact that, in a fainthearted age prostrate before the multicultural pieties, these "few" cases are changing us. So that the most eminent jurists in Austria feel obliged to assimilate with their invaders: hey, how was poor old Amir supposed to know the cute l'il moppet wasn't consenting to anal rape?

What motivates the likes of Louise Arbour, Simon Schama or Austrian judges: the absence of a moral standard or  fear of offending a perverted and angry mass?


And now, baking tips everyone can use.

What Would Jesus Do?

Vote for Jesus: a man you can totally trust
If Jesus were running for political office today, would the popular press give the Savior of mankind a break?

These satirical tweets say not:

But Jesus had them pegged ages ago:

Two men went up into the temple to pray: the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
The Pharisee standing, prayed thus with himself: O God, I give thee thanks that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, as also is this publican.
I fast twice in a week: I give tithes of all that I possess.
And the publican, standing afar off, would not so much as lift up his eyes towards heaven; but struck his breast, saying: O God, be merciful to me a sinner.
I say to you, this man went down into his house justified rather than the other: because every one that exalteth himself, shall be humbled: and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted.

It's like JC could smell the stench of leftist virtue-signalling from the first century.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Post

Carbon taxes solve nothing but the government already knows that:

Figures will vary by household and province, but by 2022, when the tax will be a minimum of $50 a tonne, the average Canadian household could face $2,569 in new taxes. This, pro-carbon taxers insist, is necessary to reduce Canada’s carbon emissions. After all, climate change is a global issue. Surely Canadians must do their part to help solve the problem. ...

We can start with the Trudeau government’s carbon emissions target for 2030, which would bring Canada’s total annual emissions down from 748 megatonnes (Mt) this year, to 524 Mt by 2030. Assuming we can meet that target — and that’s a big assumption — Canada’s total annual emissions would drop by 224 Mt.

Now consider the biggest contributor to global carbon emissions: China. In 2014, China’s annual carbon emissions were estimated at 10,540 Mt. China is a very large and rapidly developing country. It understandably wants to focus on raising the living standards of its people. Yet, despite strong economic growth in recent decades, the country still has hundreds of millions of people living in relative poverty, especially when compared to more developed countries like Canada. Accordingly, its climate change commitments are less stringent than Canada’s: China’s existing policy will see annual carbon emissions rise to about 13,600 Mt in 2030.

Its annual emissions will thus increase about 3,060 Mt over this period, which means that by 2030, all Canada’s efforts will be cancelled out by just 27 days’ worth of China’s increased carbon emissions. Remember, this isn’t the worst-case scenario; this is if everything goes according to plan. Even if Canadians nobly “do our part” — at a cost of untold billions of dollars for millions of families and businesses — the sum of our efforts will be rendered pointless by the giant Chinese juggernaut in less than a month.

This is what happens when you don't do the math on stuff.

Not that carbon is a pollutant but I digress.

This must be embarrassing:

Chances are you have never heard of Sam Oosterhoff.

But the 19-year-old social conservative and Brock University political science student has become a key figure in Ontario provincial politics.

On Saturday, Oosterhoff won the race to become the Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate for Niagara West-Glanbrook, the territory of former PC party leader Tim Hudak.

Also - trust me- there is always someone stupid enough to vote Liberal no matter how Hillary Clinton-corrupt they are:

According to the Forum poll, only 27% of Ontarians believe Wynne will stick around to defend this record in the next election. The Liberals are badly trailing Patrick Brown’s PCs — 43% to 24% — even though most voters acknowledge they know next to nothing about the new Tory leader.

(Sidebar: he's a snake. There you go.)

The deal is over. Just burn it with fire and move on:

Veteran Liberal statesman Jean Charest, who as Quebec premier was intimately involved in the debut of Canada-EU free trade talks, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should pick up the phone and urge his French and German counterparts to push for a CETA resolution — because “the credibility of Europe is at stake.”

Charest, reached in London, cautioned Trudeau should wait until the time is right to “get them to step up,” however, urging a cool-down period as tempers flared in Europe Monday over a small Belgian region’s veto of the trade agreement.

“In the next few weeks, I think we’re just going to have to let things cool down. The harder we push now, it’ll just entrench the Walloons in their position. You get to the point in that dynamic where then it becomes a point of pride, their opposition becomes a point of pride,” he said.

After Canada walked out on negotiations Friday, the EU gave Belgium a Monday deadline to lend its support to CETA. But with the regional parliament of Wallonia blocking support, Belgium said Monday it wouldn’t be able to do that.

I'm sure online testing and voting will always go off smoothly:

The Ontario agency tasked with administering the first online literacy test to tens of thousands of high school students in the province last week says it was forced to pull the plug by an “intentional, malicious and sustained” cyberattack.

The Education Quality and Accountability Office said Monday the network hosting the “voluntary” online test was targeted by an “extremely large volume of traffic from a vast set of IP addresses around the globe.”

It said the impact of the distributed denial of service attack carried out by “an unknown entity or entities” was to block legitimate users such as school boards and students from accessing the test.

Most of the province’s 900 secondary schools — representing a maximum of 147,000 students — had signed up to participate in the test, which was a technical trial run before the first official test scheduled next year.

Do you know who might like to have had children? Reena Virk:

Despite serving a life sentence in prison for killing 14-year-old Reena Virk, Ellard is now about eight months pregnant, the Vancouver Sun has learned.

The father is a man with gang links who was out on day parole when he was allowed the intimate visits with Ellard in the spring.

Darwin Dorozan, 41, was granted full parole in August, but it has since been revoked after an alleged breach.

The Parole Board of Canada said in its Aug. 3 ruling releasing Dorozan that “there are concerns about your relationship with your girlfriend, who is pregnant.”

Ellard, 33, is not identified as the girlfriend in the documents, but Postmedia News has confirmed with several sources that she is Dorozan’s pregnant girlfriend.

Dorozan was given credit by the two-person panel for being “open and accountable about the relationship,” the parole ruling says.

But the ruling also said Dorozan “will likely face significant stress relating to the birth of your child.”

Dorozan is serving a seven-year, two-month sentence after pleading guilty in 2012 to 11 counts of break and enter and break and enter with intent. Dorozan broke into several homes in 2010 and 2011 to steal things to finance a heroin addiction, the board noted.

“Some of the residences were occupied and during a confrontation with a male victim, you sprayed him in the face about five times with bear spray.”

Ellard had three trials before she was convicted in 2005. She was first found guilty in 2000, but the B.C. Court of Appeal ordered a new trial. The second time around, the jury couldn’t reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared. She was convicted of second-degree murder after her third trial.

Though she was 15 when she killed Virk, Ellard was raised to adult court and was sentenced to life with no hope of parole for seven years.

Last May, the Parole Board of Canada denied Ellard day parole, saying that while she was finally admitting some responsibility for Virk’s death, there was “ongoing minimization” of her crime.

And the two board members told Ellard that they were concerned about her admitted drug use inside prison, as well as “your lack of insight into why you committed the murder and your sense of entitlement with respect to parole.”

Future Liberal voter.

European countries are letting people like this in by the thousands:

A migrant who raped a 10-year-old boy in a swimming pool has had his conviction overturned because the court could not prove that the child said no.

The man, identified only as 20-year-old Iraqi Amir A, violently sexually assaulted the victim while he was undergoing an integration process at Theresienbad pool (above) in Vienna, Austria, last December.

After the assault, Amir - who had been working as a taxi driver - went back into the pool and was found on the diving board when police turned up.

He told them that he had a “sexual emergency” because he had not had sex for some time, but admitted that he knew he had been wrong to do it.

Amir was found guilty of serious sexual assault and rape of a minor and was sentenced to six years in jail - but the Supreme Court has now lifted the verdict and ordered a retrial as his defence team successfully argued that there was no proof that the boy did not consent.

And yet, people like "Jackie" get more attention:

By the time Jackie spoke with reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely, she was a U-Va. junior and had for two years told friends and members of the U-Va. community that she was sexually assaulted at a fraternity party. She had also gone to Eramo seeking help. Erdely testified last week that she believed Jackie’s detailed account of the ordeal.

Jackie said during the taped deposition that she stands by the account she gave Rolling Stone and The Post in 2014 and believed it was true at the time. But she also testified that she suffers from Post-traumatic stress disorder and has memory loss and can no longer recall specific details.

In the taped testimony, Jackie said she felt pressured to cooperate with the reporter on the article and told friends that she no longer wanted to be included in it after learning that her alleged gang-rape would be central to the narrative.


"Jackie" was caught lying and now she is attempting to deflect the blame.

Because Mark Steyn:

Sometimes a society becomes too stupid to survive. 

Not just stupid but incredibly dull, malevolent, mediocre and prone to fits of prejudice and rage.

That's why someone can get irrationally angry at this:

Blacks riot, Muslims set bombs, gays spread AIDS, Mexican cartels behead children, atheists tear down Christmas trees. Meanwhile, those liberal Lena Dunhams in their $5,000-a-month apartments sip wine and say, "But those white Christians are the real problem!" Terror victims scream in the street next to their own severed limbs, and the response from the elites is to cry about how men should be allowed to use women's restrooms and how it's cruel to keep chickens in cages.

Madness. Their heads are so far up their asses that they can't tell up from down. Basic, obvious truths that have gone unquestioned for thousands of years now get laughed at and shouted down -- the fact that hard work is better than dependence on government, that children do better with both parents in the picture, that peace is better than rioting, that a strict moral code is better than blithe hedonism, that humans tend to value things they've earned more than what they get for free, that not getting exploded by a bomb is better than getting exploded by a bomb.

But not this:

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has reportedly massacred hundreds of men and boys in Mosul as fears grow that families are being used as human shields against approaching Iraqi-led forces.

The jihadist group rounded up and shot 284 men and boys before dumping their bodies in a mass grave in northern Mosul, according to CNN.

They were reportedly lined up and shot on the grounds of a former agricultural college, where young Iraqis were once taught how to grow food in their country’s punishing climate, and then buried by a bulldozer.

It's sad watching morality dissolve and replaced with @$$holes who complain about the constant gore on TV shows that they have watched from the beginning only to be annoyed when something does go their way.

Trifles offend more than lies and actual genocide.

The Earth is a sad place.

In other news, fashionably treasonous leftist dies:

Throughout the Vietnam War era, Hayden was among the most visible and outspoken American mouthpieces of the pro-Communist camp. He organized -- along with Jane Fonda (whom he married in 1973 and divorced in 1980), John Kerry, and Ted Kennedy -- an “Indochina Peace Campaign” (IPC) to cut off American aid to the existing governments in Cambodia and South Vietnam. The IPC worked tirelessly to help the North Vietnamese Communists and the Khmer Rouge (led by Pol Pot) emerge victorious.

This Khmer Rouge:

According to his testimony, prison guards at the facility would use the pliers to lacerate the inmates before pouring acid into the wounds. If the detainees passed out due to the excessive pain, the overseers would then use water to revive them.

“About 10 prisoners who were ordered to sit and watch the torture,” said Keo Chandara, reports the Cambodia Daily.

During one particularly gruesome episode, Keo Chandara said the guards hanged one prisoner by a hook through her mouth and then cut out her heart, gall bladder and liver after she was unable to answer questions during an interrogation session.

Why the First World War is important:

It’s odd to look at Great War pictures, including Canadians at Hill 70, and see that under such awful conditions, the troops often appear resolute, even cheerful. It reminds us how surprisingly well humans can respond to adversity, while failing when not being tested. And it shows that in a very real sense, the passage of time changes nothing. Indeed, if worthy deeds a century ago mean nothing today, worthy deeds today will mean nothing tomorrow and hence are futile in our own time. But we know they are not.

So we care about the Great War because it shaped the modern world. But we also care because those who fought it on our behalf did deeds that set a timeless example for us and our posterity. That is why Australians still flock to Villers-Bretonneux, why the Last Post sounds every evening at the Menin Gate and why the monument to Hill 70 to be dedicated in France next spring will draw visitors 100 years hence.

Read the whole thing.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Alistair Urquhart:

Alistair Urquhart who has died aged 97, was a prisoner of the Japanese from 1942 to 1945, surviving both the infamous Death Railway and the atom bomb dropped on Nagasaki; his memoir, The Forgotten Highlander, became a bestseller in 2009.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

She Who Lives By the Sword...

...dies by it.

But not according to the publicly-funded CBC:

“Once she had been kidnapped by the Taliban in Pakistan, there were many comments in the media stating quite bluntly that she deserved what she got,” Dylyn said. “I realized the truth was much more complex, that her motivations for her actions were complicated, and I wanted to explore her physical and psychological journey.”

The Taliban, for fun, used to kill women in soccer stadiums.

I'm sure that there is a complex truth behind that.


Don't Make Fun of the Beardy-Weirdies

They don't like it.

While no one was looking, the Liberals' trans-gender bill survived a second reading.

A bill that says everyone must conform to the madness of denying the genetics of sexual identity so that one can play dress-up or else has passed the second reading. After the third reading and after royal assent, Bill C-16 will become law.

This means one cannot point out the utter cobblers of denying the hard science of chromosomes, that even those who undergo surgery to change their external sex characteristics will still be mentally ill and probably kill themselves and that newly-coined gender pronouns are just a way to control the language.

Nor can one point out that not only do adults have the right to life, to vote and to own property,  sexual fetishists in the West are not only allowed but celebrated so this talk of discrimination against the sexual alphabet minority doesn't carry any logical weight. I mean - are people chucked off of roofs in the West?

Like this guy?

And don't get one started on those attention-seeking virtue-signaling parents who create entire mythologies around their kids who play dress-up one day and then inject them with hormones so that they can be the boy/girl/whatever-the-hell they were allegedly meant to be before deliberately shuffling off this mortal coil.

So, whatever one does, don't pay attention to what is going on around one. It could cause one to question why one's elected government is pushing the country into insanity.

Friday, October 21, 2016

It's Friday

And you know what that means...

Moving on...

Visit the Fur. You know you want to.

On October 22nd, 2014, an Islamist convert shot and killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo before bursting into the House of Commons.

He was then taken out by Kevin Vickers.

And this man:

There are days when it’s hard to be a hero. Just ask Curtis Barrett. ...

An Ontario Provincial Police report into the terror attack on Parliament Hill on October 22, 2014, concluded that Zehaf-Bibeau “presented a serious and imminent threat to the lives of all persons inside Centre Block,” including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the entire Conservative caucus meeting in the Reading Room, just off the Hall of Honour.

The report concluded that the House of Commons’ former Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers, and Barrett “fired their weapons and neutralized the threat.”

But while Vickers was hailed as a hero by the nation and appointed Canada’s ambassador to Ireland, Barrett’s contribution was buried, redacted and generally forgotten, leading him into a downward spiral of post-traumatic stress.

After two years, the RCMP has finally recognized the valour of Barrett, and the three other officers who walked into gunfire that day — he will receive the Star of Courage from the Governor-General at a ceremony next Friday. But Barrett’s story is a cautionary tale about how this country treats those of its sons and daughters who put themselves at great peril to keep the rest of us safe.

(Sidebar: you, sir, are a hero.)

To date, there are no plans to commemorate either Patrice Vincent nor Nathan Cirillo, both victims of Islamist terror.

From heroism to the Ministry of Cowardice:

Canada and Russia traded barbs at the United Nations on Thursday as Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion led calls for an end to the bloody conflict in Syria.

Dion bravely stood by and did nothing while China's Wang Yi verbally attacked a journalist who asked China about its human rights record.

Trudeau said he would tell Putin off "to his face".

After watching Trudeau run away from reporters, does anyone actually believe that? He is a coward who refuses to protect women and children. Literally.

Watching Trudeau attempt to put on a "brave" face is like watching someone pepper PM Hair-Boy with pumpkin seeds. It's pathetic.

As pathetic as leaving EU trade talks crying or back-tracking on electoral reform after finding out that he couldn't get away with it.

Man up.

If there is anything else this country needs it's more activist judges:

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould appointed or promoted 24 judges Thursday as she unveiled sweeping changes to the way jurists in this country are appointed.

More costs on hydro bills:

A government board has told power companies across the province that by year-end they must send customers a hydro bill every month — a change that could cost up to $10-million, and will likely show up on the bills of consumers.

People voted for this, so...

Are mass graves of elderly women also war crimes?

The U.N. Human Rights Council said on Friday it would identify the perpetrators of war crimes in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo and launched a special inquiry into the use of starvation and air strikes there, as well as increased "terrorist" attacks.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, had earlier called for major powers to put aside their differences and refer the situation in eastern Aleppo to the International Criminal Court.

He said that the siege and bombing there constituted "crimes of historic proportions" that have caused heavy civilian casualties amounting to war crimes.

Zeid did not name Russia or the Syrian air force, whose jets have attacked the rebel-held districts of Aleppo for weeks, but his reference was clear.

If the UN truly felt that Russia is participating in war crimes, why doesn't it eject Russia from the organisation?

Speaking of the useless UN:

China and other countries exporting these non-essential goods are vulnerable to a global ‘naming and shaming’ campaign as well as secondary sanctions. Seoul, meanwhile, is in a much better position to push other states to enforce firmer sanctions now that it has shut down the Kaesong Industrial Park, a North–South collaborative economic project within the DPRK where the North provided workers to South Korean manufacturers. Turning a blind eye to Kaesong’s ‘forced labor’ conditions, not to mention the transfer of about US$9 million annually to the Pyongyang regime, has for years compromised South Korea’s principles. At a minimum, sanctions are a normative declaration that we are not oblivious to the North’s atrocities and that countries and firms which do business with Pyongyang are trafficking with an international pariah.

Read the whole thing.

The problem is that no one cares about the North Korean Holocaust enough to do something solid about it. When was the last time China was punished for its support of the Kim dictatorships? And Russia? North Korean workers in Russia are defecting. Even minders - the ubiquitous shadows of North Koreans everywhere - are defecting. Meanwhile, North Korea's concentration camps continue growing.

Does everyone have to defect before the world notices and cares what is going on?


Also in "the UN is super-useless" news:

Though a founding member of the Justice League, Wonder Woman is receiving pushback inside the United Nations.

More than 600 UN staff members have signed an online petition calling on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a professed feminist, to reconsider the appointment of the fictitious superhero as its ambassador for women’s empowerment.

(Sidebar: the newest incarnation of Wonder Woman is portrayed by Gal Gadot, an Israeli actress who is proud of her service in the IDF and was roundly excoriated for it. She is also a citizen of a country the UN singles out for global punishment.)


The World Health Organisation will change the standard to suggest that a person who is unable to find a suitable sexual partner or is lacking a sexual relationship to have children - will now be equally classified as disabled

This is the same WHO that thought the North Korean healthcare system was praiseworthy.

First, he wanted to break up with the US and then he didn't:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he was not severing ties with his country's long-time ally the United States, but merely pursuing a more independent foreign policy by strengthening relations with China.

Is the Filipino electorate having second thoughts about this guy?

This must be embarrassing:

The emails show a transition plan being worked on before the 2008 election had taken place. According to an attached memo in one of the emails, Obama was already discussing his transition to office with members of the Bush Administration, including then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, prior to the election.
What an arrogant piece of crap.

I'm waiting for artistic impressions of Baby Mohammad's head:

The Ste. Anne des Pins parish in Sudbury, Ont., says the statue, which was beheaded by unknown vandals a year ago, was recently fitted with a temporary clay head crafted by a local artist.

The new head — a placeholder until the artist can sculpt a permanent replacement out of stone — has captured the attention of many in the parish and on social media.

Some online have compared the head, with its spiky clay crown, to a character on the popular cartoon "The Simpsons" or to the infamously botched restoration of a fresco of Jesus in Spain.

An escaped gorilla goes on a bender:

His shock escape from his enclosure at London Zoo grabbed headlines last week - and now we finally know what Kumbuka did during his brief spell of freedom.

Turns out the gorilla took full advantage of his escape - achieved by slipping through two unlocked doors - by knocking back five litres of undiluted squash.

And now, a real trooper:

It’s amazing he’s alive at all – because seven-year-old Bruno the chocolate Labrador retriever spent several weeks trapped at the bottom of a well near Estevan.

Bruno the dog
Hang in there, buddy.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mid-Week Post

There are twelve shopping days until Halloween....

Under the current Liberal scheme of things, elderly people and people who have no marketable skills and little to no English or French literacy can immigrate and stay in the airport known as Canada.

It gets worse:

Immigration Minister John McCallum is acknowledging the advice of a high-powered group of external advisers that recommends a dramatic increase in Canada's immigration levels to stimulate economic growth.

But McCallum suggests the recommendation — a 50 per cent increase in targets to 450,000 people a year, targeting skilled, entrepreneurial newcomers — might be too ambitious.

He says to meet the target suggested by the Advisory Council on Economic Growth would be a costly endeavour and might not find support across the country.

He says discussions are continuing and the government will announce immigration targets for 2017 next month.

The 14-member panel, chaired by Dominic Barton of the firm McKinsey and Co., is to deliver a set of recommendations to Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Thursday.

The managing director of McKinley and Company, a company that advises both business and non-for-profit groups, Dominic Barton was pegged to be Canada's ambassador to China.

Chinese SOEs are controlled and influenced by the Chinese government and are plainly agents of the Chinese state, the same state that has been caught red-handed engaging in espionage against Canadian state and corporate interests and in other unfriendly acts. Like their owners in Beijing, these companies have broader political objectives including corporate espionage, the acquisition of strategic resources, and geopolitical calculations.

As former senior CSIS official Ray Boisvert has said: “state-owned enterprises have the same marching orders or essentially the same mandate or mission” as the broader Chinese state. It’s notable for instance that SOEs (including the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corp.) have been key players in China’s illegal territorial expansionism in the South China Sea.


Why, if I didn't know any better, I would say Canada is run by chums from the Liberal country club.

In principle, the Liberals have handed over a huge swath of land to the Algonquins:

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and her Ontario counterpart have signed a historic agreement with the Algonquins of Ontario that will eventually see wide swaths of eastern Ontario signed over to the Indigenous people as part of a modern treaty.

The deal encompasses roughly 36,000 square kilometres, stretching from Ottawa to North Bay, including large parts of the Ottawa Valley. (Parliament Hill itself falls into the catchment area.)
The ministers and representatives signed an agreement in principle, meaning the final details have yet to be worked out or ratified. A final deal could take another five years of negotiations, although the ministers were reluctant to provide a timeline.
In principle.

In principle, the Liberals took away aboriginals' only recourse in financial accountability from their band chiefs:

As members of two First Nations near Edmonton fight to find out how their chief and council are spending federal money, critics say the Liberal government's decision to end penalties under the First Nations Financial Transparency Act leaves band members with few ways to hold leadership accountable.

Carry on.

In other instances of Liberal corruption and mismanagement:

Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault is defending the fact that nearly $12 million was spent on consultants and advertising for a plan that offers discounts to low-income electricity customers.

Ezra Levant in his own words:

What a perfect symbol of the UN and the global warming debate: intolerant of dissent, arrogant and undemocratic. And what sad proof that the journalists who will be attending the Marrakech conference are those that are “UN-approved”.

This is the same UN that refuses to recognise the Jewish links to important sites in Jerusalem, so...

Nothing to worry about? Really?

Welland’s mayor is telling his city not to fear anything “sinister” following the discovery of a number of bombs during a Park Street apartment fire Sunday.

Frank Campion said he met with fire Chief Brian Kennedy Tuesday morning for an update.

“I’ve been advised and reassured that it’s safe over there right now, it’s secure,” Campion said.

“The fire department went door-to-door in the immediate area and explained to people what they’ve done, essentially telling them the fire’s out, everything is under control and there’s nothing to worry about,” he said.

Firefighters responded to the house fire at 79 Park St. at about 1:38 p.m., Sunday, and quickly brought the fire under control. Inside the second -floor apartment they discovered what appeared to be several improvised explosive devices constructed using propane tanks.

The Niagara Regional Police explosive disposal unit was then called in to safely remove the devices.

It doesn't matter if one would rather watch Westworld:

The federal government has launched a massive review of Canadian-made content in the digital age that will include who should be footing the bill.

One option on the table: a mandatory contribution or so-called tax on internet service providers (ISPs) to help fund home-grown programming.

For decades, cable and satellite TV providers have had to contribute funds to create domestic programs. The idea is simple: if we support Canadian storytelling, we help preserve our culture and identity.

But critics claim an added internet levy is not a wise move for Canada. They believe the fee would be passed on to customers, making a vital service cost prohibitive for some.
Time and time again, it has been pointed that if the official guardian of national self-consciousness want Canadians to watch other Canadians, it should be worth their while.

Such pleas have fallen on decidedly deaf ears.

This is what happens when one would rather mental midgets micro-manage one's life at the governmental level.

Communism has the opposite effect as the Chinese communists now find:

But it would be wrong to misread the political disquiet as having invited the wrath of the Chinese Communist Party’s Hong Kong compradors or Beijing’s intensified bullying — kidnapping publishers, intimidating news outlets and generally throwing the state’s weight around. That would be to get things backwards, Yiu told me. “The more interference the Chinese government imposes on Hong Kong, it drives more young people to regard themselves as Hong Kongers rather than Chinese. It is the consequence, rather than the cause.”

Funny. They don't look like children to me:

The Home Office has no way of verifying the age of child refugees being brought to Britain, it has emerged, amid concerns that adults are posing as minors to gain access.

Fourteen “teenagers” arrived in the U.K. from Calais Monday as a fast-track system was launched to transfer youngsters from the “Jungle” camp before it is demolished.

The Home Office insisted it had “verified” the ages of all the refugees and that all of those who were brought to the U.K. were aged between 14 and 17.

However, Tory MPs warned that photographs of the refugees suggested many of the group were older than 17.

This must be embarrassing:

Donald Trump has invited two eyebrow-raising guests to Wednesday’s presidential debate against Hillary Clinton: President Barack Obama’s estranged half-brother and the mother of an American official who died in Benghazi, Libya.

As I said before, Russia wants that Syrian pipeline:

Russia ratified a treaty with Syria on Friday that gives Moscow its first permanent airbase in the Middle East, a symbol of the Kremlin’s desire to project strength overseas, as Russian officials considered renewing other Soviet-era bases in Cuba and Vietnam.

And people keep thinking that Putin is not a Soviet autocrat.

If Boko Haram can burn them out, they will breed them out:

A Nigerian community leader says the government is negotiating the release of another 83 of the Chibok schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction two-and-a-half years ago but more than 100 others appear unwilling to return home.

Pogu Bitrus, chairman of the Chibok Development Association, told The Associated Press that the unwilling girls may have been radicalized by Boko Haram or are ashamed to return because they have married extremists and have babies.

Surely there are feminist groups all over this. Surely.

Using absurd manufactured pronouns to indicate who is playing dress-up isn't only catering to mental illness, it's controlling the language, as well:

Perhaps the name Dr. Jordan Peterson is unfamiliar to you. It was to me until I happened upon his recent YouTube video, “Fear and the Law,” in which he calmly and methodically dissects political correctness, with particular reference to Bill C-16 (a Canadian bill which would add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination).

Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, so it’s a fair bet that he knows a good deal about the workings of the human mind. In “Fear and the Law” he imagines being told to refer to a student or colleague via “gender-neutral pronouns”: “I don’t recognize another person’s right to determine what pronouns I use to address them. I won’t do it.” Cue storms of fire from students and professional bodies alike. ...

It does not matter what you or I mean by the word “gender.” The only opinion that counts is that of the state, as the state alone has the power to impose its belief on us. In law, our gender identity is defined without reference to our body, meaning the shift from sex to gender is the shift from body to mind.

It is, then, also the shift from the given to the chosen, from the fixed to the fluid, and from a number (two, binary) to any number (non-binary). Unlike his sex, John’s gender identity is immaterial. This requires new ways in which to communicate our identity—hence the arrival on campuses across America of “preferred pronouns” lapel badges.

You don’t need to be a psychology professor to realize than an attempt to transplant pronouns from the body to the mind is an attempt to destroy our ability to communicate. Consider: John can choose from infinite gender identities, with no fixed link between any one gender identity and any one set of pronouns.

And now, kitten interrupting Turkish news program. Enjoy:

Ever the professional, Celebioglu managed to keep a straight face and continue with the broadcast.

Monday, October 17, 2016

On a Monday

A slow start to the work-week...

He must be doing something right:

Earlier this month, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat informed The Rebel, the right wing news and opinion platform published by political commentator Ezra Levant, it was rejecting the outlet’s application to send a producer and a reporter to COP22 on the grounds that “advocacy media outlets do not qualify for accreditation.”

The Rebel had made arrangements for its Alberta bureau chief Sheila Gunn Reid and producer Meaghan MacSween to be in Marrakesh when the conference takes place November 7 to 18. Their applications for media accreditation to UNFCCC were denied and an application for a cameraman is yet to receive a response. ...

The UNFCCC requires online media that apply for accreditation to have a street address and phone number, publish least 60 per cent original news content or commentary and analysis, operate a website that is updated at least three times a week, and provide two sample articles from the month prior to application.  The Rebel meets all those qualifications, and there is no mention of “advocacy journalism” on the UNFCCC’s website.

The UNFCCC did not reply to a request for comment.

But I bet these guys had an approved application:

A glimpse of the mentally unhinged who would gladly vote for a woman whose contempt of people and the law is well-known:

A graffiti message reading "Nazi Republicans leave town or else" was left on the building, and a fire inflicted extensive damage to the office, according to a statement from police officials in Hillsborough. No one was hurt in the incident, which the police are investigating.

Of course, this wouldn't happen if provinces started privatising healthcare:

Health Minister Jane Philpott drew a proverbial line in the sand Monday as she warned her restive provincial and territorial counterparts agitating for more federal money that all such funding must be earmarked for health care.

But federal money is needed for pointless international excursions, so, there's that.

No, the love affair is not over.  The extortion has only begun. It's the dance they do:

Justin Trudeau’s honeymoon with Canada’s public servants is over.

The largest federal union is threatening to pull out of deadlocked contract talks, is upset about the botched Phoenix pay system, and is kicking off an ad campaign calling on the prime minister “to make good on his word.”

It’s a far cry from a year ago when the Liberals came to power predicting a new “golden age” for public servants and restoration of the dignity and respect many bureaucrats felt had been trampled by a decade of Conservative cuts and legislation.

PM Hair-Boy cannot survive without mob union votes.

He'll cave.

Trudeau's first Supreme Court justice pick is not non-partisan:

Rowe said Monday he was "very honoured" to be chosen to fill the vacancy, and said he was looking forward to a planned question and answer session at a special meeting with members of the House of Commons Justice and Human Rights Committee on Oct. 25.

The St. John's-born jurist was first appointed to Newfoundland's Supreme Court in 1999, and was elevated to the Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2001. As an appellate judge, Rowe has dealt mostly with criminal cases, and has written extensively about the complexity of sentencing. He also helped draft the rules in his province around the use of sentencing circles for some Indigenous offenders.

The Newfoundland Court of Appeal has upheld a controversial sentence handed down by an aboriginal sentencing circle in Labrador. 

In 2003, Jerome Jack, 43, was sentenced to two years' house arrest by an Innu community sentencing circle for a brutal sexual assault. 

Lawyers for the Crown had asked the province's Court of Appeal to give Jack a six-year jail term, citing his lengthy record of violent offences, which included 16 assaults against the female victim.
But the court rejected the appeal. ...

Supreme Court Justice Robert Fowler allowed Jack to be sentenced under special provisions for aboriginal offenders. The sentencing circle included Jack, his victim and other Innu community members. 

The Court of Appeal did find Jack's offence was serious enough to warrant a prison term, and it also found problems with how the sentencing circle was conducted. The victim agreed to participate, but only because she was facing a lot of pressure from her family. 

But in spite of those concerns, Appeal Court Justice Malcolm Rowe refused to overturn the original sentence. He noted Jerome Jack had stopped drinking, he had not re-offended and he was now the principal caregiver to his children.

It should also be noted that sentencing circles are an invention of liberal white judges, not a legal mainstay of Stone Age cultures.

And let's not forget this:

“The Supreme Court is not, primarily, a court of correction,” Rowe wrote.

“Rather, the role of the Court is to make definitive statements of the law which are then applied by trial judges and courts of appeal. Through the leave to appeal process, the Court chooses areas of the law in which it wishes to make a definitive statement. Thus, the Supreme Court judges ordinarily make law, rather than simply applying it.”

(SEE: judges, activist)

I see no problem with eliminating abortifacients that cause severe bleeding and sepsis:

To ensure equal, safe access to abortion for women across Canada, the federal government should lift its requirement for physician-only dispensing of the gold standard drug for medical abortion, a doctor and pharmacist argue.

(Sidebar: see the above article that states that sepsis, hemorrhage, ectopic pregnancy and fetal deformation are caused by mifepristone, O Biased Article.)

Apparently, this is a thing:

In the video below, filmed at the University of Cape Town, members of the science faculty meet with student protestors who wish to “decolonise” the university and not pay their bills. During the meeting, one of the staff, one of the “science people,” points out that, contrary to claims being made by a student protestor, witchcraft doesn’t in fact allow Africans to throw lightning at their enemies. He is promptly scolded for “disrespecting the sacredness of the space,” which is a “progressive space,” and is told either to apologise or leave. The offended speaker, the one claiming that Africans can in fact throw lightning at each other - and who disdains “Western knowledge” as “very pathetic” - then uses the apparently scandalous reference to reality as the sole explanation for why she is “not in the science faculty.”

Now one knows why people drink.

A Ukrainian warlord has been killed in a bombing:

The separatist Donetsk News Agency said that Arsen Pavlov, also known as Motorola, was killed on Sunday in Donetsk when a bomb exploded in an elevator in an apartment building where he was staying. He is one of several prominent warlords who have been killed in bombings in the past year which Ukraine watchers attribute to infighting among the separatists. Pavlov once admitted killing 15 prisoners of war.

Hashtags do work ... eventually:

Twenty-one Chibok schoolgirls, who were freed after being kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko Haram for two-and-a-half years, reunited with their families on Sunday (16 October). The girls were hugged by their parents in an emotional reunion.

Seeing as a good deal of girls were used as suicide bombs or incubators for future stabby masses, this isn't much a victory.

Wow. Really?

Police are looking for a violent thief with a taste for trousers.

They say two men approached two other men at the corner of Argyle and Prince streets in the entertainment district of downtown Halifax just after midnight and began punching them.

Investigators say one of the assailants demanded that one of the victims hand over his jeans; however, the two fled the scene without the trousers.

“I think the pants were the focus of the robbery,” said Const. Dianne Woodworth of Halifax police.

(Merci to all)