Monday, July 06, 2015

Monday Post

A lot in the news...

Thousands are evacuated from wildfires in Saskatchewan:

The Western Canadian province of Saskatchewan said on Sunday it was evacuating an additional 8,000 people from the far north of the province, as wildfires continue to spread and threaten homes.

The provincial government said that as of Saturday there were 114 active fires in the province. More than 5,000 residents have already been moved out of the area in the past week. 

The latest evacuations are around the town of La Ronge, roughly 600 km (370 miles) north of the provincial capital, Regina.

Rich people who live in big houses and dirty hippies complain about something at Queen's Park.


Ontario’s long-term credit rating has been downgraded by Standard and Poor’s after years of warnings the province needed to control its spending.

The long-term rating was lowered from AA- to A+, but Ontario’s short-term A-1+ rating was affirmed and its outlook remains stable. That means there will be few short-term costs to the provincial treasury but in the long-run the downgrade could drive up Ontario’s borrowing rate when interest payments already eat up the third largest chunk of its $132-billion budget.

This is the second time S&P has downgraded Ontario since it started running deficits after the recession. Though the agency notes Ontario is set to balance its books by 2018 — as promised by Finance Minister Charles Sousa — it worries about how much capital spending the Liberal government has committed.

Hey! We're not controlled by a Zionist cabal!

You probably didn't realize the reason Canadians are oblivious to the international Zionist conspiracy that has taken over their country is because they're hedonists perpetually drunk and stoned on pot.
Neither did I, and I've lived in Canada virtually all my life.

That bizarre tidbit of supposed information didn't come from one of the weirdo characters on the comedy show, The Trailer Park Boys, nor was it a clever satirist doing a Wayne's World style parody of our beer-and-hockey culture.

It was said in deadly seriousness by the Canadian contributor to Iran's state-owned propaganda network Press TV, Joshua Blakeney.

Having voted 'no' in a referendum held over the week-end, Germany believes that Greece may be beyond financial redemption:

Germany's deputy chancellor has said new negotiations with Greece are "difficult to imagine" after the No vote in the referendum.

Sigmar Gabriel told the Tagesspiegel newspaper: "With the rejection of the rules of the eurozone... negotiations about a programme worth billions are barely conceivable."

He said Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza government were "leading the Greek people on a path of bitter abandonment and hopelessness".

Mr Gabriel, who is also Germany's economics minister, said Mr Tsipras had "torn down the last bridges on which Greece and Europe could have moved towards a compromise".

His Social Democratic Party shares power with German chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.

Several senior EU figures had suggested a No vote could lead to Greece leaving the 19-member eurozone, or even leaving the European Union.

Mr Tsipras, however, has insisted that the No vote would strengthen his hand in fresh negotiations.
Kick Greece to the curb.

Obama: moron or evil? You decide.

President Obama declared “Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they’re defeated by better ideas” and that investing in education is one of many things that can be a “powerful” counter to “extremist ideologies” in a speech at the Pentagon on Monday.
Care Bear best movie cartoon
Only this guy could defeat Hitler.

Not worth a Slut Walk:

At least 150 Yazidi women and girls killed themselves after they were forced to become Islamic State sex slaves, according to a woman working with some of the survivors who managed to escape.

In one of the most comprehensive accounts of the effects of Islamic State brutality, details emerged of the ordeals faced by hundreds of Yazidi women, very often after their male relatives were butchered by Islamic State members.

Irifan Mahdi, who is trying to help the women rehabilitate into some semblance of normative society spoke of the horrors in an interview with the Sputnik news organization’s Arabic website.
She told the story of Jilan Barjess-Naif, 17, “a beautiful green-eyed girl, with rare blonde hair, who slashed her own wrists in a public bathhouse near Mosul, northern Iraq, which is under Islamic State control.”

She was separated from the less attractive girls and singled out for special rape treatment before being put up for sale in a sex market.

After she committed suicide, Islamic State members threw her body from the bathhouse into the nearest garbage dumpster.

Jilan’s sister, Jihan, committed suicide a few days after being captured and transferred, along with other girls, to A-Raqqa, the Islamic State’s capital, in order to be sold at a slave market.
Silence. That's fat Western feminists for you.

And now, fear the night. Fear Batman.... Turkey.

The city of Batman is situated in, and is also the capital of, the province of Batman in the Anatolia region of southeastern Turkey. The city lies in a plateau near the confluence of the Batman River and the River Tigris.

Only he can bring order to chaos... and also baklava.


Friday, July 03, 2015

Friday Post

Lots to talk about...

An explosion at a Winnipeg law office injures one woman:

Lawyer Maria Mitousis was taken to hospital Friday morning following an explosion at the Petersen King law office on River Avenue where she works.

More to come.

I'm sure his lawyer can pony up the cash:

 A U.S. judge has granted $134.2 million in damages to the widow of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan and another soldier partially blinded by a hand grenade in their lawsuit against former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr.

And why can Paul Bernardo apply for day parole?

As Minister of Justice Trudeau proposed that life imprisonment be the penalty for murder (unless the victim is a police officer on duty or a prison guard, then the death penalty would be allowed). On July 14, 1976, Bill C-84 was passed by the House of Commons by a vote of 130 to 124 abolishing the death penalty completely and instituting a life sentence without parole for 25 years for first degree murder. Two days later Bill C-84 was approved by the Senate and received royal assent.

The UN sounds pretty confident that Iran, which is still enriching nuclear material, is abiding by a key agreement:

Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear deal setting up the current talks on a final agreement, leaving it with several tons less of the material it could use to make weapons, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday.

Obtained by The Associated Press, the confidential International Atomic Energy Agency report said more than four tons of the enriched uranium had been fed into a pipeline that ends with conversion of it into oxide, which is much less likely to be used to make nuclear arms.
This is not going to end well.


One can conceive of an arc that starts in the Ukraine, descends through the Black Sea to Turkey and Iran then follows the coast of the Mediterranean around through Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt. That whole arc is now trembling on its foundations, while president Obama celebrates the supposed best week of his two terms. ...

Obama is paying for bottle service with a bearded ayatollah. All the same, the area from the Ukraine, Turkey and Tehran has the solidity of crumbling limestone. If the Russians advance, even with slow motion hybrid warfare, what will stop them? ...

The map currently shows “Syria” but it shouldn’t.  A senior Israeli defense official says that the Syrian Arab Republic “is gone”. All that is left now is a shattered collection of pieces.
“Syria is dying. The funeral will be declared in due time. This Bashar Assad, he will be remembered in history textbooks as the one who lost Syria.
“Until now he has lost 75% of Syria … He is, practically, governor of 20% of Syria,” Gilad added. “And his future, if I may predict it, is shrinking all of the time. And maybe we will have him as the president of ‘Alawistan.’”
Jordan is thinking about grabbing some of the loose pieces. “The Jordanian military is actively implementing plans to create a humanitarian buffer zone in the south of the country, Sam Jones, Roula Khalaf and Erika Solomon report for the Financial Times.” Israel has gotten into the act, moving to take some of militias under its wing. ...

Obama, on the other hand, is having trouble getting anyone in Syria to trust him. Stripes reported that “the U.S. military’s program to train and equip thousands of moderate Syrian rebels is faltering, with fewer than 100 volunteers, raising questions about whether the effort can produce enough capable fighters quickly enough to make a difference in the war against the Islamic State.”

But it’s not just the Levant any more. ISIS is now engaged in driving Hamas from Gaza, intent on replacing it right on the border of Israel. “Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement.” ...

What is worse, ISIS has now struck multiple times across wide geographical distances.  It is hitting police stations, intelligence agencies and military targets in a calculated campaign to blind and humiliate the West. Once they take out law enforcement and inteligence they take out the state.  Intel hasn’t seemed to pick it up in time to warn the targets, which is worrying since they have every incentive to defend themselves.

The depth of the crisis is reflected in the fact that British parliament is considering air strikes in Syria in response to the massacre of British tourists in Tunisia. Downing Street has called up a “Dad’s Army”, consisting of retired police snipers and operatives, to meet the threat of an ISIS attack on Britain.

In the face of these physical threats all the administration appears able to do is respond with symbolic triumphs. Obama has reopened the Cuban embassy in America. “President Barack Obama said Wednesday that it was past time for the U.S. to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba as he announced that the two countries were reopening their embassies after more than 50 years”.  It’s “historic” but it also opens a base for Cuban espionage right in Washington DC.

When president Obama began his term he promised to end wars.  He was going to “reset” with Russia.  There was — and he gave this assurance in Cairo — going to be a new period of love and understanding with the Muslim world.  He was going to eliminate chemical weapons from Syria.  There would be racial healing throughout the land.  We could look forward to a world free of nukes.  Now the only uncertainty in the public’s mind is whether the Washington Redskins will get a new stadium.

Read the whole thing.

The world is obsessed with obsolete flags, sham marriages and appeasing an ever-aggravated mass' self-imposed fast rather than worrying about conflict, economic crises and demographic implosion.

Tell me the world hasn't taken crazy pills.

A North Korean refugee talks about life in the Stalinist state:

As a schoolgirl in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was forced to watch executions, denounce her friends for fabricated transgressions and dig tunnels in case of a nuclear attack.
But Lee and her classmates grew up convinced they lived in the "greatest nation on earth" run by a benevolent god-like leader whom they loved in the way many children love Santa Claus.

It wasn't until she left North Korea at the age of 17 that she began to discover the full horror of the government that had fed her propaganda since birth. ...

Lee witnessed her first execution at seven. After Kim Il-sung's death in 1994 she recalls a spate of executions of people who had not mourned sufficiently.


Canadian and Ukrainian researchers are working together to build a portable device that soldiers, police and border agents could use to covertly detect concealed weapons and deter security threats.

The NATO-funded research project is headed up on the Canadian side by McMaster University electrical and computer engineering professor Natalia Nikolova.

“Part of this project is building collaboration with Ukraine and helping them acquire adequate instruments and equipment,” Nikolova told Yahoo Canada News.

“So, the goals of this project are not purely technical; they have significant social and political impact as well.”

The idea is to equip soldiers and law-enforcement officials with portable devices that could detect concealed guns and explosives up to 15 metres away.

These devices could be used at airports, borders or crowded events — anywhere a security threat may be looming — to stop disasters before they start.

The only good Indian is one who looks and acts like one:

Jindal vowed he’s “not running for president to be somebody,” but “running for president to do something.”

“Today’s Republican Party in Washington, D.C., has been beaten into submission. It is increasingly afraid to speak the truth. It’s time to say what everybody’s already thinking,” he said. “The emperors in Washington, they’re not wearing any clothes. In case it’s not clear right now, I am running for president without permission from headquarters in Washington, D.C.”

The Democratic National Committee responded to the announcement with a notably mocking fundraising email, subject line “Bobby Jindal wants to be president (seriously!).”

But opponents hit Twitter this evening with hashtags aimed at Jindal’s ethnicity, including #Jindian and #BobbyJindalIsSoWhite.
It must be made plain that the only people who have race an issue are usually white and most definitely leftist/liberal. For some reason, it bothers the nominally multicultural left  that an individual does not officially and outwardly subscribe to his or her racial or ethnic background or lifestyle choice. Leftists cannot wrap their heads around the fact that being Indian is something Bobby Jindal's parents were, not who he is, and because he is not this guy:'s going to be very hard to play the identity game, the game where details, valid or superficial, are more important than concrete facts and efforts of lasting importance, not manufactured crusades that amount to nothing.

Take another example, George Takei's shameful attack on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and ultimately shameless attempt at an apology.

Thomas described the human being as having an inherent dignity that no government or group can give or take away. Whether one is a slave, interned or denied benefits, one's dignity cannot be added or detracted as it is an internal quality, not a legal one.

This apparently is a problem for people who see that dignity is given by others and that one cannot rise above any dehumanising hardship, including Mr. Takei:

A few fans have written wondering whether I intended to utter a racist remark by referring to Justice Thomas as a “clown in blackface.”

“Blackface” is a lesser known theatrical term for a white actor who blackens his face to play a black buffoon. In traditional theater lingo, and in my view and intent, that is not racist. It is instead part of a racist history in this country.

I feel Justice Thomas has abdicated and abandoned his African American heritage by claiming slavery did not strip dignity from human beings. He made a similar remark about the Japanese American internment, of which I am a survivor. A sitting Justice of the Supreme Court ought to know better.

While I'm sure Mr. Thomas' dignity remains intact because who cares what an actor who got tremendously famous by being an outed gay thinks but a good deal of people were appalled by this slur and the idea that George Takei might skirt around this by playing X identity card.

Now comes the attempt at an apology:

Perhaps Mr. Takei would be man enough to say it to Clarence Thomas' face, the one rich in melanin not cake make-up, the one that bears more dignity and integrity than low blows and spite?

Also: why Celebrity Apartheid matters more than ever:

However, not all celebrity philanthropists are created equal. According to the tell-all, actor Sean Penn and singer Christina Aguilera turned 2010’s earthquake disaster in Haiti into a calamity of egotism, and one celebrity who was not named likes his booze while on location in Sudan.

While assisting at a camp in Haiti for his Haitian Relief Organization, Sean Penn was allegedly a “camp manager [who] was initially known for turning up at UN meetings and yelling at those present that if they didn’t do what he said he’d name them personally on CNN as holding up the relief effort,” an aid worker said.

And now, cats in kimonos because cats in kimonos.

(Merci beaucoup)

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Mid-Week Post

A merry Canada Day to all y'all...

News from home:

Gee, I wonder who can be blamed for this:

Ontario’s manufacturing-led economy has slipped into a productivity funk, caused by slumping exports and lost market share in the United States, concludes a new study being released Monday by the Ottawa-based Centre for the Study of Living Standards.

Are you sure it's not Ontario's ridiculous energy policies? Really? No one needs cars or anything?

Screw you, Liberals.

That's nice. I wonder when he is going to raise money for the hundreds of churches destroyed in the Middle East:

After a Catholic church was vandalized last month, a nearby mosque donated thousands of dollars to help because it was “the least that they could do.” ...

Police later arrested Iqbal Hessan, 22, and charged him with break and enter, committing an indictable offence and five counts of mischief over $5,000 dollars.

At the bail hearing, Hessan said that he was “upset with the Christian religion.”

His father told the court that his son had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and after reviewing his mental health history, police decided that they were “not proceeding with a hate crime [prosecution]” since there was “no evidence of mal-intent.”

But despite all that has happened, Lando urges the congregation to “forgive and forget.”

“Our attitude is to pray for the one who did it,” he said.

When Slimi presented the church board with the cheque, he told them that his congregation was happy to lend a helping hand.

“I told them, this is what any Muslim would do.”

Let's stop feeling sorry for every fracking Muslim who seems to be mentally ill and desecrates a church. That's not a bug. It's a feature.

Oh dear:

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province's firefighting budget has been depleted, but crews will keep working in the north, where flames and smoke have forced at least 3,000 people from their homes.

Evacuations started late last week in about a dozen communities around La Loche and La Ronge, which Wall tried to fly into Tuesday. A heavy haze blanketing the sky kept him in Prince Albert.

Um, well, if it's true...

The publisher of a Winnipeg-based newspaper has apologized for his handling of a recent column that criticized First Nations chiefs for not addressing social issues on reserves.
Theresa Spence is what I have to say.

But she's right:

Anastasia Lin won the Miss World Canada pageant in May. Lin, 25, is a theatre major at the University of Toronto, and spoke out frequently against China’s persecution of religious minorities during the competition...

I guess we should have expected nothing different:

 As the relationship between Russia and the West has deteriorated, some have hastened to blame the United States and NATO for starting a new Cold War, while others entirely blame Putin himself. There is, however, another way to think, both more plausible and more troubling: the question is not “Has a new Cold War started?” but rather “Did the old Cold War ever end?”

Shades of the Daegu subway disaster:

A man set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train in Japan on Tuesday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said.

At least 26 other people were injured, three seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation, Odawara Fire Department official Ikutaro Torii said.

And now, Canada because CANADA:

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Post

Quickly now...

Attempting to humanise the man who killed thirty-nine people:

On Wednesday, Saif Rezgui sat down with friends in his Tunisian hometown to chat about his favorite soccer team, girls and his break-dance skills over coffee and cigarettes.

On Thursday, he met up with his uncle in Gaafour, catching up on family matters, on a break from his master’s studies in the nearby historic town of Kairouan.

A day later, Resgui walked calmly though the Imperial Marhaba beach hotel on Tunisia’s Mediterranean coast opening fire with a Kalashnikov, and in more than five minutes slaughtered 39 foreign tourists in the name of Islamic State. 

Once again, Tunisia is in shock over how one of its young men with little warning turned from what appeared to be a normal life to hardline violent ideology of Islamic jihad.

Again, a well-educated Tunisian from a middle class family appears in a short time to have fallen prey to radical recruiters who turned him away from a life of soccer and music to become a militant Islamist.

Yes, about that:

Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

...Mohamed Atta was the mastermind behind the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001. He was the youngest son of a lawyer. Raised in a suburb of Cairo, Atta has been described as a shy and polite child. His father felt like Atta was spoiled by his mother, according to an interview with The New York Times. "I used to tell her that she is raising him as a girl," Mohamed al-Amir Atta Sr. said.

Atta came from a modern Muslim family. His older sisters went on to careers in medicine and academia. Atta pursued an engineering degree at Cairo University and graduated in 1990. Under pressure from his father, he continued his studies overseas at the Hamburg Technical University in Germany.
So there's that.

People take crazy pills (ultra-redux):

A video of the Saturday performance drew some angry comments on YouTube. In the highly charged political atmosphere ahead of a fall federal election, it was Prime Minister Stephen Harper who took the brunt of blame for the militaristic display.

“Thanks Harper, this is super easy and fun to explain to children,” ElectricPhase wrote.

“This is a disgusting display to have in front of children. Militarized police performing for entertainment is what happens in North Korea… not Canada,” wrote a user identified as Israfil Smith.
About 20 children, appearing to be kindergarten age, were given front row seating at Toronto’s “Gay Pride” flag raising ceremony this week at city hall. During one city councilor’s speech, she spoke directly to them and told them to “make sure the work is carried forward” of promoting the acceptance of homosexuality in society.  ...

The children, who were led to the event by two activists dressed as fruits — a kiwi and a blueberry — were handed mini gay pride flags and were used by the mayor and other homosexual activists for a photo op.

We need a new war.

Greek banks were shut down after austerity talks failed:

Tens of thousands of Greeks rallied on Monday to back their leftwing government's rejection of a tough international bailout after a clash with foreign lenders pushed Greece close to financial chaos and forced a shutdown of its banking system.

Israeli navy stopped a Swedish vessel in its yearly attempt at pretending that Gaza is a prison-state:

Israel's navy intercepted a Swedish vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip early Monday and brought it to an Israeli port, where it said the foreign activists would be questioned before they are sent back to their home countries.

The military said that after exhausting all diplomatic efforts, the government ordered it to block the vessel. Israeli naval forces boarded the Marianne and searched it in international waters without needing to use any force, the military said.


And now, there was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Post

Why Justin Trudeau's proposal regarding ISIS is just wrong:

The EU needs to kick Greece out:

Greece will introduce capital controls and keep its banks closed on Monday after international creditors refused to extend the country's bailout and savers queued to withdraw cash, taking Athens' standoff to a dangerous new level.

The Athens stock exchange will also be closed as the government tries to manage the financial fallout of the disagreement with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

Greece's banks, kept afloat by emergency funding from the European Central Bank, are on the front line as Athens moves towards defaulting on a 1.6 billion euros (£1.13 billion) payment due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday.

Greece blamed the ECB, which had made it difficult for the banks to open because it froze the level of funding support rather than increasing it to cover a rise in withdrawals from worried depositors, for the moves.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the decision to reject Greece's request for a short extension of the bailout programme was "an unprecedented act" that called into question the ability of a country to decide an issue affecting its sovereign rights. "This decision led the ECB today to limit the liquidity of Greek banks and forced the central bank of Greece to propose a bank holiday and a restriction on bank withdrawals," he said in a televised address.

Amid drama in Greece, where a clear majority of people want to remain inside the euro, the next few days present a major challenge to the integrity of the 16-year-old euro zone currency bloc. The consequences for markets and the wider financial system are unclear.

Scratch that. The EU needs to dissolve. It's looking more and more like Germany and Some Hangers-On.

The top suspect in the beheading of a businessman that French authorities are calling a terrorist attack took a "selfie" photo with the slain victim and sent the image via WhatsApp to a Canadian mobile phone number, officials said Saturday.

French investigators were working to determine the recipient's identity, but weren't able to immediately confirm media reports that it was an unspecified person now in Syria, where the radical Islamic State group has seized territory, the security officials said.

The revelation added a macabre twist to an investigation that has not turned up a solid link to radical or foreign groups, but has revived concerns about terrorism in France less than six months after deadly attacks in the Paris area.

Top suspect Yassine Salhi, a truck driver with a history of radical Islamic ties, as well as his sister and wife remained in police custody in the city of Lyon, a day after he allegedly crashed a truck into a U.S.-owned chemical warehouse and hung his employer's severed head on a factory gate, officials said.

Protests in Armenia over electricity:

Police in Armenia's capital on Sunday ordered thousands of demonstrators to disperse, moving to end a protest against higher electricity rates that has blocked a main avenue in Yerevan for nearly a week.

Some protesters obeyed and left for a nearby square, but thousands remained on the street after dark in defiance of both the police and the main protest organizers.

Riot police lined up across the road banged their truncheons against their shields in warning, but made no immediate move. Behind them stood water cannons and armoured vehicles.

Protest organizer Vaghinak Shushanian appealed to the demonstrators on Sunday to end their standoff with police in response to a promise by the Armenian president to suspend the 17-per cent rate hike pending an audit of the Russian-owned power company.

The unrest is the most serious that the impoverished former Soviet nation has seen in years, posing a challenge to President Serzh Sargsyan and causing great concern in Moscow. Russia maintains a military base in Armenia and Russian companies control most of its major industries.

After a week in which the number of protesters grew steadily to reach about 15,000, Sargsyan announced late Saturday that the government would bear the burden of the higher electricity costs until an international audit of the power company could be done. The protesters claim the Russian-owned utility is riddled with corruption.

(Sidebar: is that so?)

Maybe the people should blame the Electric Company.

Ukraine seeks to fill the media void with Canadian programming after removing biased Russian programming:

"The Littlest Hobo," "Anne of Green Gables," maybe even "Flashpoint" could find a new lease on life in Ukraine as the country's broadcasting council scrambles to fill TV screens with something other than Russian programming, says a senior Ukrainian official.

To counter — both real and perceived — propaganda throughout the war-torn country, President Petro Poroshenko's government pulled the plug on the Russian signals, leaving a dramatic hole in entertainment and information schedules, said Iurii Artemenko.

The country needs both hardware to improve its own radio and television signals and replacement programming.

"We try to find something," Artemenko said in an interview with The Canadian Press. He recently returned from a trip to South Korea, where he was pleading for content.

"We need high-quality content, shows, dramas, movies, cultural programs," he said at the same time as expressing his fondness for Quebec cinema.

Artemenko says Canadian programs — dramas and comedies — would welcome and an important uplift for an anxious population. ....

(Sidebar: "The Littlest Hobo" was our Lassie and he was awesome!)

Just in time for Canada Day Week, a Canadian geography quiz:


The Times We Live In

Let us go back in time for a moment:


Let's jump to today:

Scratch a leftist, as they say.

I suppose in the rush to pretend that one is just like everyone else, they forgot how to be civil, and by civil, I mean non-racist. Just as the post-modern decadent West conveniently forgot about the tumult in the Middle East, France and in northern Africa for a handful of a handful.

No wedding cakes for this guy.

I guess it's fitting that someone is raining on one's sparsely attended hate parade.

(Paws up)

(Hat tip: Mauser)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Freakout

On the week-end before Canada Day...

Have you been around?

How well do you know Canada?

Once liberal Americans realise that there is no welcome mat when they arrive at the longest undefended border in the world, they tend to not want to immigrate to Canada after all:

Do any Americans actually try to emigrate after elections?

A small number do. However, "threats to move northward end up falling flat as Americans confront the hoops they need to jump through to get in," says Emily Sohn at Discovery News. "Statistically, numbers of immigrants don't actually peak every four years." The last time there was a significant immigration wave from America to Canada was during the Vietnam War, when many fled to escape the draft.

Friday Post

Lots in the news....

A man is beheaded in France:

A terror suspect has been arrested for beheading his boss and setting off an explosion at a chemical factory in France, prosecutors say.

The victim's severed head had Arabic writing scrawled across it and was found on a fence next to two jihadi banners at the premises in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier in southeastern France.

Yassin Salhi, 35, drove a delivery van into gas canisters at the factory, triggering the explosion, prosecutors said.

He was apprehended at the scene by a firefighter.

His sister, wife and one other individual have since been arrested.

Salhi, a father-of-three, worked for the 55-year-old victim, who was in charge of a local transportation company.

The attack happened shortly before a gunman killed tourists, including Britons, at a Tunisian resort popular and a mosque was blown up in Kuwait .

(Sidebar: link separately provided.)

As usual, this has nothing to do with Islam.

If joining unions is mandatory and if unions take union dues and use them for political purposes then yes, they should disclose their records:

Bill C-377 has been stalled for days as Liberal senators conduct a filibuster they're prepared to continue, if necessary, until Parliament is dissolved for this fall's election, thereby killing the legislation.

But on Thursday, the government's deputy leader in the Senate, Yonah Martin, gave notice of a motion aimed at cutting off debate and forcing a final vote on the bill, likely early next week.

However, Senate rules allow the government to limit debate only on government business, not on private member's bills such as the union disclosure bill. ...
Hassan Yussuf, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, blasted the Conservatives for throwing the rules out the window in their zeal to pursue what he deemed an ideological vendetta against labour unions.

"They have no intention of abiding by any rules. They make the rules up as they go along," Yussuf said in an interview, adding that the latest turn of events "speaks volumes (about) the hatred and venom which this government spews every day" against labour unions.

The bill would require unions to publicly disclose any spending of $5,000 or more and any salary of more than $100,000. It's been widely denounced as undemocratic and an invasion of privacy.

I would regard any attempt to support unions' mafia-like control a "vendetta" against the Canadian people who must bear the consequences of the labour unions' political actions.

Case in point:

Who put Kathleen Wynne into office?

Who has offered no support for mentally disabled children?

In Ontario, parents of children with autism face long waiting lists for special education programs and extraordinary bills, all while navigating a system that, to this day, remains remarkably deficient in light of the demands placed upon it.

It’s a reality that Serena Thompson knows all too well through her experiences with her son, Daniel, who has autism. “When your child is diagnosed with autism (in Ontario), you’re given a diagnosis and then just sort of sent on your way,” she says. “That diagnosis changed everything for us.”

She describes having to push hard to get her son seen by a developmental pediatrician. “(The doctor) spent about 40 minutes with my son and I, and on a piece of paper wrote, ‘ABA Therapy, the Hanen Program, Early Intervention,’” she recalls. “He said, ‘Look into those things and I will forward a report off to your doctor.’ ...

It was through their own research that Thompson and her husband found a therapist to work with Daniel at home, then placed him into a therapy centre. The cost to put him there was $7,000/month, which was paid for entirely out-of-pocket. Government assistance is available for families with autistic children; however, it is severely limited, with waiting lists as long as three years or more . And while Queen’s Park has pledged $800 million to address the backlog, there’s still a long way to go.

And if this slight and waiting times for treatment seem too long, wait until one sees how Premier Kathleen Wynne feels about this:

Premier Kathleen Wynne says the lengthy wait times transgender people in Ontario face for gender reassignment surgeries are "of concern."

That's right. If your kid has autism or you require treatment to prolong your life, you can go fornicate yourself with an iron stick as far as the Ontario government and their supporters are concerned. Kathleen Wynne and everyone who voted for her don't care. Non-essential services for people who are clearly mentally ill take precedence over people who genuinely need help.

This is why things like union transparency laws matter. Any union who would support a person like Kathleen Wynne is part of the problem and it's time that they stop.

If one is stupid enough to stay in an area without clean water for seventeen years when one lives in a First World country and could have left at any time, sympathy is not what you need:

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, which provides Winnipeg with water through an aqueduct, has been under a boil-water advisory for 17 years. Chuck Wright said it’s time Winnipeg residents learned more about the cost of their drinking water.

Is it right to have filthy water in a First World country? No. Is right to whine until someone you hate fixes your problem? Also no.

On the sixty-fifth anniversary of the Korean War- started when Soviet and Chinese-backed North Korea invaded South Korea- Kim Jong-Un calls on brainwashed loyal North Koreans to rally against the "fatty" Americans:

North Korea marked the 65th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War on Thursday with a 100,000-strong rally in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Stadium, and a statement condemning the "fatty monster US imperialists". 
The "Pyongyang Mass Rally on the Day of the Struggle Against the US," was a carefully orchestrated display of angry speeches, fist-pumping and calls for blood revenge. 

Anything to distract the starving masses from the troubles at home, I suppose.

Eric Cartman
Not fatty, just big-boned.

(Paws up)

The word is きんたま :

A Japanese military patrol plane circled over disputed parts of the South China Sea on Tuesday at the start of an exercise with the Philippine military that has irked China.

According to Japanese and Philippine officials, the Japanese P3-C Orion surveillance plane, with three Filipino guest crew members, flew at 5,000 feet (1,524 m) above the edge of Reed Bank, an energy-rich area that is claimed by both China and the Philippines. It was accompanied by a smaller Philippine patrol aircraft.

The disputed waters are close to the Spratly Islands, which the Philippines also claims, where China is building a series of man-made islands. 

"We practiced search and rescue patterns, which are essential in any humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations," Marine Colonel Jonas Lumawag said at Puerta Princesa International Airport on Palawan island, the operations base for the drill 50 miles (80 km) to the west. 

"This is our first time here and also with this kind of activity with the Philippines," Maritime Self Defense Force Commander Hiromi Hamano, head of the Japanese navy contingent, said after the P3-C returned to Palawan.

Japan's presence in what it considers international waters may be seen by Beijing as tacit support for ownership claims made by the Philippines.

Who would have thought that Japan and the Philippines could ever co-operate?

It must have been something the Chinese said and did.

Right on!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mid-Week Post

The nexus of the work-week...

On June 23rd, 1985, Sikh extremists put a bomb in a suitcase and checked it onto an Air India flight after an unidentified man badgered a flight agent. The bomb later went off killing three hundred and twenty-nine people, two hundred and sixty-eight of them Canadians and eighty-three of them children. After much dithering and incompetence and only one of the eight suspects in this terrorist attack ever convicted, the families of the victims are still haunted by the celebration of these terrorists thirty years later:

"Does anyone — does Canada herself — remember the faces of the murdered?" asks Shipra Rana, writing from Toronto to mark the day when she lost her sister in the bombing.

Do people realize even now, she wonders, that the 329 victims were mostly Canadian citizens? And yet, Rana writes, there are people in Canada who still openly revere the men who placed the bomb.

"Today, we see such propaganda being passed around."

Then, she resorts to all-caps to convey her feelings: "NO ONE HAS THE GUTS TO STOP THEM." ...

Here's part of what she's talking about: the large poster placed outside a temple in Surrey, B.C., in honour of — yes, in honour of — Talwinder Singh Parmar.

The poster is a permanent fixture on the exterior of the Dasmesh Darbar Temple. The photograph of it was taken last Friday, June 19. To passers-by, it's just another portrait of some saintly stalwart of the Sikh religion.

Actually, about the only thing the defence, the prosecution and the judge all agreed on at the Air India trial in Vancouver was that Parmar was the mastermind of the Air India bombing.

That makes him the worst mass murderer in Canadian history, by far. And he is publicly celebrated to this day as a shaheed — a martyr — by his devotees.

Parmar was never put on trial for the massacre he designed with great care and determination. Although India had previously tried to extradite him for the murder of two policemen, Canada had refused. He settled in Burnaby, B.C., where he assembled a team to place bombs on two planes connecting with Air India flights.

The families of the victims live out the rest of their lives knowing that there will be no legal retribution for this crime. Every other Canadian must prepare themselves for the leaden reality that such a terrorist act could not only happen again but will never be avenged.

That's Canadian justice for you.

I think Justin Trudeau wants to fail:

If the Liberal Party claims victory in the next federal election, Justin Trudeau says, his government would end Canada's bombing mission against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and restore diplomatic relations with Iran, in a dramatic departure from the path taken by the Harper government on foreign policy.


Just like his "admiration for the basic dictatorship" of China, Trudeau would attempt to restore relations with the mad theocratic state responsible for the death of Zahra Kazemi and halt the liquidation of bloodthirsty child-rapists. As if he has the ability to do anything he says. As if Iran or ISIS can be reasoned with or that American-backed Iraqi troops can be trusted to stand their ground.

One must wonder if Justin Trudeau is morally corrupt or just a moron.

Related: embattled Kurds close in the ISIS "capital":

Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes and buoyed by battlefield successes, Kurdish fighters kept up an offensive through northern Syria on Tuesday, driving Islamic State militants out of a town near the extremists' de facto capital of Raqqa.

The capture of Ein Issa came just hours after the Kurdish forces had overrun a nearby military base, increasing the pressure on the Islamic State group less than two weeks after it lost the strategically located town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border, severing a vital supply line.

The advances by the Kurdish fighters in Syria as well as in northern Iraq has been credited largely to a high level of co-ordination between the ground forces and the nearly year-old air campaign being led by Washington against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL in English and by its Arabic acronym, Daesh.

Like Obama, Trudeau must expect the more-tanned residents of the Middle East to do all the heavy lifting he won't.

Never let a good crisis or disintegrating socialist quagmire go to waste:

Five years after Chinese home appliance maker Haier agreed to build a $912 million factory in Venezuela, its washing machines and refrigerators are almost the only ones available in the country's department stores. 

Those appliances, however, are not made in Venezuela. 

They are instead imported from Haier factories in China and paid for through an oil-for-loans deal dating from 2007 under which China lends cash and is repaid in crude and fuel. 

The cost of leaving Haier's facility idle is primarily borne by Venezuela's socialist government, because its construction was bankrolled with $800 million borrowed from China.

While most foreign firms are being battered by Venezuela's currency controls and product shortages, Chinese companies like Haier are doing brisk business thanks to cooperation deals that give them privileged access to the OPEC nation's economy but leave business risks in the government's hands. 

The Chinese loans - some $50 billion since 2007 - have shored up Venezuelan finances at a time when low oil prices have prompted default concerns and effectively shut the country out of global capital markets.

But Venezuela is struggling to make good on promises that Chinese financing would spur new industries and reduce its century-old dependence on the oil industry. 

China, on the other hand, has won a steady supply of oil for its economy and lucrative contracts for its companies to export goods to Venezuela, sometimes in the shadow of China-backed factories meant to produce those very goods locally...

Going through the faulty science of "Laudato Si":

There are many major errors in the document, but one is sufficient as it is so wrong it negates all other claims. It is in the section labeled “Pollution and Climate Change”. The title is a variation on the incorrect link made in comments by President Obama about “carbon pollution.” Carbon is a solid and CO2 is a gas. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) identifies CO2 as the major cause of climate change, not carbon. CO2 is essential to plant life directly and animal life indirectly through the production of oxygen – it is not a pollutant. The misuse of these terms indicates a lack of understanding of the science but creates confusion for political gain.

But in all this hoopla, the wags forgot this little item:

The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home, whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation. Learning to accept our body, to care for it and to respect its fullest meaning, is an essential element of any genuine human ecology. Also, valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment. It is not a healthy attitude which would seek “to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it”.

Oh, heavens to Betsy! What will the fluid-brains think?!

And now, nature at its cloudiest. Enjoy.