Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Night

The first week-end of the summer ...

One should have seen this coming:

NDP leader Tom Mulcair is forgoing the celebration and raising red flags after reports a Canadian sniper in Iraq broke the world record for the longest confirmed kill. ...

(Sidebar: this kill.)

But while news of the shot is spreading around the world like wildfire, Mulcair has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raising concerns about what the shot means for Canada’s mission in Iraq.

In particular, Mulcair says the incident raises fresh questions about the Liberals’ promise that Canadian soldiers would not be involved in combat with ISIL.

I don't know why Mulcair is so distressed. Trudeau fled from ISIS at the first opportunity.

That's not fair to attack Trudeau. Kathleen Wynne is also a heartless b!#ch who hates autistic children. Indeed, it's like most of her party wants autistic children gone:

In a rare display of unity, three opposition party leaders rose in the House of Commons this week to ask the prime minister why he hasn’t funded an initiative that aims to improve autism services across Canada.

“Many Canadian families are forced to mortgage their homes to pay for early intervention programs and more than 80 per cent of adults with autism struggle to find meaningful work,” Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said during question period Wednesday, the last day of the spring sitting. 

“When will the prime minister finally listen to these Canadians and reverse his cold-hearted decision to reject the Canadian autism partnership?”

Scheer was followed by NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who asked similar questions.

Last fall, a working group asked the government for $19 million over five years to fund a Canadian autism partnership, an arm’s length body that would advise provinces and territories on programs and services for people with the disorder. 

But the partnership didn’t make it into the 2017 budget. And in May the Liberals voted down a private member’s motion, tabled by Conservative MP Mike Lake, that called on the government to fund the partnership.

In an interview with the National Post Thursday, Lake said the opposition has now asked about the partnership 17 times, and has yet to hear an explanation from the government.

“There are no answers. There’s no rationale yet given as to why it was rejected,” he said. “And it leaves me to wonder if it was simply political.”

A spokesperson for Health Minister Jane Philpott told the Post the partnership wasn’t funded in part because there wasn’t unanimous support for the project from the autism community.

Yes, about that:

Ontario has announced the launch of its new autism program, which is expected to go much more smoothly than the Liberal government’s last attempt that angered thousands of families and spawned large protests.

Children and Youth Services Minister Michael Coteau says children will begin moving into the new program on June 26.

Unlike the bungled rollout last year, intensive therapy will not be limited to children under five as the government works toward fully implementing the program by the spring of 2018. ...

The positive reception is in stark contrast to last year, when the government announced that a new autism program would do away with the distinctions between Intensive Behavioural Intervention and Applied Behaviour Analysis and blend them into a service that would tailor the intensity of therapy to a child’s individual needs.

That program was not due to roll out for two years and in the meantime the government said it would stop funding IBI for kids over four, giving families of kids removed from the IBI wait list $8,000 to pay for private therapy during the transition.

The backlash from parents was swift and sustained. Hundreds of children had spent two or three years on the IBI wait list, only to be abruptly removed and given an amount of money that would only pay for, at most, a few months of therapy.

The previous minister was canned and mere weeks after getting the job, Coteau announced those families would get successive payments of $10,000 for private therapy until the new program was up and running, and the start date for the program was moved up to 2017.

The newly designed $533-million Ontario Autism Program still does away with the distinctions between ABA and IBI, but it will be open to all children under 18 with a diagnosis anywhere on the autism spectrum. There are an estimated 40,000 children and youth in Ontario on the autism spectrum.

As one can see, these sorts of promises and delays are not new. An election is around the corner. Where it would be easier to simply let experts in the field (not government experts that served only to bolster the government's position) determine autistic children's needs and let the parents keep their money and use it as needed, the government still insists on being claws-in.

Wouldn't these priceless artefacts be better cared for at a major museum?

Nunavut’s premier complained directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last fall that federal scientists took artifacts of the doomed Franklin Expedition — enough for a major museum exhibit — without permission.

The artifacts recovered since HMS Erebus was found in 2014 cover a wide variety of well-preserved ship’s equipment and men’s personal belongings: part of the ship’s wheel, its bell, belaying pins, blue and white china plates, cups and saucers, a cannon, a sword hilt, a knife and a ceramic pot labelled “anchovy paste.”

The complaint is in a formal letter from Premier Peter Taptuna, obtained by the Ottawa Citizen through an access-to-information request.

His protest adds ownership disputes to an archeological search already plagued by bad blood. Last summer private searchers discovered the wreck of one Franklin ship, HMS Terror, and didn’t tell their government search partners for a week.

Nunavut considers the wreck site of HMS Erebus to be within its internal waters, giving ownership to the territory and to the Inuit Heritage Trust, the letter says.

“Nevertheless, Parks Canada removed artifacts from HMS Erebus.

This sounds like a pi$$ing match for a long-buried treasure.

If Nunavut has the resources to safeguard these items, fine. Otherwise, put them where they won't be lost again.

Why would he? North Korea is a vital buffer state for China, his most admired country?

The family of a Canadian pastor imprisoned in North Korea is urging the prime minister to pressure the hermit kingdom for his release following the death of a 22-year-old American.


“The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S. in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us, as well,” KCNA reported, citing a spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry. “To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident.”

... says the country firing missiles at Japan.

Culture matters:

A Belgian court has found a princess from Abu Dhabi and her seven daughters guilty of mistreating around 20 servants forced to work for them in a plush Brussels hotel.

The court found the eight princesses guilty of “human trafficking and degrading treatment,” handing down 15-month suspended prison sentences and fining them $245,000. Their butler was acquitted.


Hanzad Morat was only three when she was kidnapped by Islamic State. By the time she was released back to her family, two and half years later, she could not remember her own name or native language.

Speaking from a refugee camp in Duhok, the northern Kurdistan region of Iraq, the newly freed six-year-old Yazidi recalls the day Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants captured her family, separated them and sent them to their fates.

Her father and brothers were taken one way, while she, her sisters and mother were driven to Mosul, where she was sold at a slave market to an Iraqi ISIL leader she knew only as Abu Bakr, and his wife Umm Bakr.

Umm Bakr, who had four children of her own, took Hanzad home and told her that she was her aunt and that her mother had died.

The woman gave Hanzad a new name, Nada, and spoke to her only in Arabic. As a Yazidi, Hanzad spoke the local Kurdish dialect Kurmanji. “She treated me very badly,” Hanzad says, playing with the frills on her smart-looking dress. “She was nice to her own children, but not to me. She would hit me if I didn’t do what I was told.

(Sidebar: prioritising this child for refugee status would have been "disgusting".)

And now, hide-and-go-seek:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

For a Thursday

Lots going on ...

So that one does not forget:

A Canadian man from Tunisia shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck Wednesday at a Michigan airport, and referenced people being killed overseas during the attack that's now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal and court officials said.

Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Montreal, was immediately taken into custody. A criminal complaint charging him with committing violence at an airport says Ftouhi asked an officer who subdued him why the officer didn't kill him.

The attack at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, is being investigated as an act of terrorism, but authorities have no indication at this time that the suspect was involved in a "wider plot," said FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios.

"At this time we view him as a lone-wolf attacker," Gelios said. "We have no information to suggest any training."

The criminal complaint said Ftouhi stabbed airport police Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife after yelling "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great." According to the FBI, Ftouhi said something similar to "you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die."

Another Canadian integration success story!


We are now in an era where terrorists on Canadian soil, and queue-jumping refugees with no documentation, are given more privacy considerations and delicacy than ordinary Canadians.

If the legislation passes, for example, counter-terrorism operatives will actually have to seek special judicial permission to give direction to an undercover source who has infiltrated an extremist cell.
In fast-moving situations, this is insane.

While communications between the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the RCMP, and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) have been problematic in the past, the Trudeau Liberals believe the creation of a new bureaucracy to oversee them all will be the ticket to openness.

(Sidebar: because everyone knows how smoothly government agencies run.)

Hence the creation of a new super-watchdog -- the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency -- which will supposedly lead to the free exchange of information and a collaboration of reviews.

The problem, of course, is that it’s a watchdog with a louder bark but less teeth, as many of the Harper government’s hard-line approaches to deal with terrorists will be both softened and diluted. 

This softening and watering down was evidenced between the lines of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s explanation of the reasoning behind the proposed legislation.

It doesn't matter. Unions will always vote for her until the ground opens up and demons from hell drag her into a sea of molten lava:

Of all 10 premiers, the embattled Wynne has the lowest approval rating in her home province with only 19% of Ontarians expressing support for her, and a full 70% unhappy with the job she’s doing.

Across Canada, 38% approve of Wynne and 48% disapprove, the highest disapproval rating among all premiers, although Quebec’s Philippe Couillard follows closely behind with a 47% negative rating, Mainstreet Research president Quito Maggi said.

We need term limits for everyone:

Canada's Liberal government avoided a battle over its budget bill on Thursday as the Senate backed down over proposed changes, but standoffs with the unelected upper house may become the new normal.

Senators agreed to pass the budget without amendments, despite disputes over several parts of the legislation, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his finance minister said the government would not accept changes.

While the Senate has had periods when it took a more activist approach, it has been decades since the body forced a showdown with the House of Commons, whose elected members include Trudeau, his cabinet ministers and opposition leaders.

The Senate became a major irritant to Trudeau in the past few weeks, offering amendments to high-profile bills on assisted dying, terrorism, the budget and other issues, at a time when he hoped to head into the parliament's summer recess on a high note to counter a refreshed Conservative opposition.

Start with PM Hair-Boy and work one's way around. Some senators may not feel encumbered by the majority party but it doesn't mean that they will always hinder the moron.

Also - the Liberals need to import voters blocks. They can't ever have a repeat of 2011:

Even as the United States under President Donald Trump becomes more closed off - with a pending ban on visitors from several Muslim-majority countries and a crackdown on immigration violations - Canada's arms remain open.

After Trump issued a travel ban order in January, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that his country welcomes all fleeing war and persecution.

(Sidebar: except for Yazidis.)

Horrified that his "legacy" is slipping from him, a has-been pens a desperate screed:

Former president Barack Obama posted a nearly 1,000-word critique of the Senate health-care bill Thursday on Facebook, warning, “This bill will do you harm.”

I'm sure it will.

Oh, this must burn:

A superior court in California has dismissed 14 of 15 felony charges against the video journalists who exposed alleged profiteering from the sale of body parts of aborted babies within Planned Parenthood and its partners in the biomedical procurement industry.

He might still have been wearing his KGB medals so that the Devil could recognise him:

At the helm of their organization, a secretive wing of the KGB known as Directorate S, was a balding man with the rank of major general and the name of Yuri Drozdov. A square-jawed World War II veteran who led assaults in Afghanistan and helped arrange a high-profile spy exchange in 1960s Berlin, he died June 21 at 91. ...

Yet despite spending much of his career behind the scenes, Drozdov was not afraid to involve himself in “wet affairs,” the euphemistic KGB term for assassinations, beatings, poison-tipped umbrella murders and similar acts of hand-dirtying.

3.5 kilometres away:

The Canadian Armed Forces once again hold the title of world’s longest sniper kill after a special forces soldier hit an ISIL fighter from more than three-and-a-half kilometres away.

“The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of the Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target from 3,540 metres,” said the Department of National Defence in a Thursday statement.

For context, the shot is akin to standing on the peak of Montreal’s Mont Royal and shooting a ISIL fighter in Longueil, across the St. Lawrence. In Calgary, it would be the same as shooting from Nose Hill Park and hitting an insurgent in the Calgary Stampede grounds. In Toronto, it would be like hitting someone in High Park from the top of the CN Tower.

And now, winners of the dog photographer of the year. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mid-Week Post

Aaaahhh, the first day of summer ...

A Canadian has been charged with attempted murder at a Michigan airport:

A police officer was stabbed in the neck at the Flint airport by a man with a knife Wednesday in what authorities are investigating as a possible act of terrorism.

The suspect was immediately taken into custody, and federal prosecutors hours later announced the Canadian man was charged with committing violence at an airport. They identified him as Amor Ftouhi of Quebec.

The criminal complaint says Ftouhi stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife and declared “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.” The FBI, which is leading the investigation, said Ftouhi said something similar to “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.”
Oh, this unmotivated man could have shouted anything. "Hello, snackbars!", "Yellow fast cars!", or even "Aloha, Admiral Ackbar!".

Now, let us move on and say nothing more about this bizarre cover-up or its implications for Canada and its pro-Islamist government.

Senators defied Trudeau.

Oh, the audacity!

The Senate voted Tuesday to delete a so-called escalator tax on booze from the federal government's budget, defying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's insistence that only the elected House of Commons has authority over budgetary matters.

Senators voted 46-32 late Tuesday to accept the report of the Senate's national finance committee, which earlier in the day passed a series of amendments aimed at removing the government's plan to increase the federal excise tax on beer, wine and spirits automatically by the rate of inflation each year.
That ham throws tantrums but he runs nothing.

And he knows it.


Canada will not publicly complain about agriculture trade irritants with the United States, ahead of North American trade negotiations, Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said on Wednesday.

"We have to wait to see how the table is set, and then we'll deal with the issues that are on the table," MacAulay said on a conference call from Georgia, where he was meeting with U.S. and Mexican officials. "...We're just waiting and seeing."

Read: having been whipped, Canada will play nicely.

And - scrap the damn thing! It won't be more palatable in the fall:

Conservative senators are pulling out all the stops to prevent the lyrics of the national anthem from being changed before Canada Day. ...
The latest procedural antics, through which some senators have made transparent their hopes to delay as much as possible a bill they don’t like, come as lawmakers were trying to wrap up business before heading home for the summer.

Ingrates still complain:

The federal government is renaming Ottawa’s Langevin Block building in response to calls from indigenous leaders, but one of the MPs who asked for the change says the new name isn’t good enough.

The building, which sits across from Parliament Hill and houses the Prime Minister’s Office, was originally named for Hector-Louis Langevin, one of the Fathers of Confederation and an architect of the residential school system.

On Wednesday, National Aboriginal Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the building will be renamed the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council.

Romeo Saganash, the NDP’s indigenous affairs critic, spoke in Cree to raise the issue with the prime minister in the House of Commons after his announcement.

“The prime minister wants to change the name of the building that houses his office. But did he consult with the Algonquin people? Or did he at least consult with the Penoshway family?” he said in a translation provided to the National Post by the NDP.

(Sidebar: as of 2011, there were only 83,475 Cree speakers in Canada spread over four provinces. Fifty-seven-point-eight percent of the total population of this country speaks English. Much of the globe uses English as the operational language. Why Mr. Saganash thinks this should or can change eludes me.)

Nepotism? In Canada? You don't say!

The CBC hired an external investigator to probe two top television executives after receiving complaints that at least 13 contracts were handed to production companies owned by their spouses. Although the investigator found no breaches of the public broadcaster’s conflict of interest policy, the legal counsel for one anonymous complainant said the findings are “inconsistent with the facts” and the contracts present the appearance of conflict of interest.

The province of Manitoba has decided to back doctors who opt out of killing people:

The Manitoba government says it will not force faith-based hospitals to provide medical assistance in dying.

The comment comes in response to a controversy over the reversal of a decision by the St. Boniface Hospital's board of directors on the issue.

As a faith-based institution, St. Boniface doesn't as a rule provide medical assistance in dying, but the board voted in late May to amend that policy to allow it to happen on site under "rare circumstances."

The Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba then ordered a review of the decision after adding 10 new directors to the board, and the amendment was overturned.

That means the hospital will provide assessments for patients seeking doctor-assisted deaths but will transfer patients to a different facility to go through with the procedure.

(Sidebar: I don't know why they didn't just wash their hands of this completely.) 

I find it passing strange that physicians bent on practicing only the primary tenets of their noble profession — whether it is facilitating healthy pregnancies and deliveries, or healing illnesses and mitigating suffering — should endure “shunning” within their professional organization merely for holding to the originalist criterion of their vocation. 

I find it passing strange that we eliminate the weaker members of society just because we can.

But ... but ... it's 2017 ... or something:

Want to raise your company’s profits? All you have to do is put a woman on your board of directors. Why? Data show that companies with women on their boards earn significantly higher rates of return in the stock market. ...

Looking at those numbers you might be tempted to hypothesize that female-influenced companies do better in down years, while in bull-market years the men run ahead of the bulls, reflecting the influence of their testosterone, their straight-aheadness, their urge to please their mothers, etc., etc. Please resist this temptation. If economics teaches anything, it is that there are myriad influences on how individual firms do. Teasing out systematically causal factors calls for the most sophisticated and skeptical econometric methods. 


It has, perhaps, never occurred to the Democrats that when one throws money about and hopes that unsuitable (read: dislikeable, inexperienced or just plain @$$holes) candidates will garner votes simply by breathing and throwing the name "Trump" around, one is setting up one's self for failure:

The buzz in Washington surrounding the race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District was all bad for the last couple of weeks. People had been bad-mouthing the Republican candidate, Karen Handel; insulting the Republican National Committee’s competence; and dismissing any notion that Republicans could pull through to defeat the energized “resistance.” But the ashen, sour and dejected faces on CNN Tuesday night, following Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff’s defeat, made the last 10 days of Republicans’ worry and anxiety worthwhile. By any measure, the victory proves the Republican political machine is alive and working well.

Heading into Tuesday, Democrats were prepared to bask in their self-righteous glory and proclaim an outright victory in the wake of President Trump’s political decline. They wanted to claim a successful referendum on the Trump administration and the president’s “America First” policies. But with Handel comfortably pulling through to claim her seat, Democrats are left with nothing to show for their tens of millions of dollars and full court press.

If anything, this race proves Republicans have no reason to be defensive as a result of Obamacare’s demise. It shows Republicans have nothing to hide from in the age of Trump. And it signifies that nothing about the current faux-scandal-ridden environment has produced a downdraft for Republicans.

Democrats thought they were going to walk away from Tuesday’s race victorious, but they have yet to produce a viable person-to-person message for their candidates to work with. They still don’t have an economic message for voters who want something more than the liberal call for more welfare. And they have no legitimate response to the national call for a shift away from the status quo.

Just because, Mr. Charlie Daniels.

And now, let one usher in summer with a bear playing a piano:

Is "Wonder Woman" Casting a "Slap in the Face" to Palestinian Women?


... and is that worse than a hockey stick to the body?

But I digress ...

When Israeli actress, Gal Gadot, was chosen for the role of DC Justice League member, Wonder Woman, many declared that they would not watch a movie starring someone who bravely and proudly served in the Israel Defense Forces (as is mandatory):

The comments come in response to Gadot’s military service, where she spent a mandatory two years in the Israeli Defense Force. Gadot has been vocally supportive of the Israeli military since her service and has been criticized frequently for it. 

It is lost on Miss Gadot why she should feel compelled to defend her country from people who have no idea what it is like to live in one of the most contested pieces of real estate on the globe.

She shouldn't have to.

But I digress once more ...

Since the half-literate tweets decrying what Miss Gadot correctly pointed out were "... horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children...", the film, "Wonder Woman", has been a tremendous success.

No matter how much the fat and hairy crowd complain, the box office has spoken.

But the not-so-silent minority won't shut up yet:

Wonder Woman, however, seems to have created controversy over and over completely by accident. The latest bit seems to be from a Pakistani writer who believes that the character being played by Gal Gadot is apparently a massive affront to all that is good and decent in the world.
As a person, Gadot  supported the acts of a military responsible for the  brutal murder of hundreds of innocent civilians. This lady is now being presented as the role model for female empowerment and liberation. That, in essence, is flawed. A person who has such utter disregard for the suffering of humans cannot possibly be the face of a superhero that fights for justice and equality. It is a slap on the face of  Palestinian girls in Gaza who are being told that those who support their oppression and murder can, in fact and virtue, be the harbinger for female liberty.
What is most ironic in this situation, I think, is that when the children in Gaza endured what they went through in 2014, they must have been hoping for a miracle. In the world of comic books and superhero movies, the miracle often arrives in the form of a superhero there to allay the fears of the many and give them hope for a better tomorrow. Well, it seems that there is hope for many and justice for a few, just not for the Palestinians, if you please.

Oh, this again ...

One could point out to the article-writer, Malik Ahmed Khan, that Gal Gadot did no such thing and that the real reason why this insufferable nagging hack is upset is that a Jew has the utmost gall to protect her country and never apologise for it.

One could even go further and point out how Palestinian and Pakistani men literally slap women in the face all the time. A depiction of a fantastically strong woman on screen must offend and frighten them. Imagine these slapped feminine faces fighting back.

But again, I digress ...

Never let a good crisis go to waste, as they say.

Perhaps one could re-phrase it thusly: "Never let an opportunity to display one's grotesque misogyny and anti-semitism go to waste."

Mr. Khan certainly didn't.

Western Communists Are Douchebags

One of these:

This reprehensible attempt at racism and justification of human rights abuses in a totalitarian regime was met with a snappy retort:

It reminds me of how the Communist Party of Canada sent a letter of condolence to North Korea after Kim Fatty II waddled off this mortal coil.

The left with all of its cult-like sects excels in being both self-loathing and self-absorbed at the same time. It is amazing how little critical thinking is done by people who prove their political worth by hating their dads, puffing up their egos and just being vile to people they've never met.  It's a marvel how leftists can project their virtue-signalling sanctimony with straight faces.


The family of a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea is concerned for his welfare after the death of an American student after imprisonment there, and wants Canada to work harder to secure his release, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Hyeon Soo Lim, who served at one of the largest churches in Canada, was sentenced to hard labor for life in December 2015 for what North Korea says was an attempt to overthrow the regime.

Family spokeswoman Lisa Pak said Lim's family wants to see a more aggressive approach from the Canadian government following the death of American university student Otto Warmbier earlier this week, days after he was released from captivity in North Korea in a coma.

"The family is very concerned at this point," said Pak. "They are hoping the Canadian government will turn (efforts) up a few notches in terms of active diplomacy and really start engaging."
Sorry, Reverend Lim, but PM Hair-Boy only takes his marching orders from Butts or the Chinese:

Set aside as well all the corporate Chinese involvement in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sketchy cash-for-access fundraisers and that squalid state dinner in honour of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that Trudeau invited 61 Liberal party donors to attend last September, along with all those corporations, law firms and lobbyists up to their necks in dirty Chinese money.

When it comes to the cause of browbeating reluctant Canadians into subscribing to the sleazy proposition that an ever-more intimate relationship with the thuggish police state in Beijing is in Canada’s national interest, you’ve got to hand it to them. These people just won’t quit.

The latest exertion in the strategic formulation and pretty packaging of pro-Beijing business propaganda — and can we please be at least honest about what this is? — will take place this week in Ottawa. It’s a no-reporters-allowed gathering of the Public Policy Forum, a weirdly hybrid government-corporate mind-meld of senior bureaucrats and Canadian business executives already so deeply entwined in lucrative associations with Beijing’s corrupt billionaire princelings that they simply can’t be taken seriously. ...


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Liberalism: a Political Strategy and a Mental Illness

In a sane world, one would consider certain things to be impediments to growth and being contrary for the sake of it as childish, if not outright insane.

Liberalism and the Liberal Party don't just embody regression and lunacy, they exhibit at every opportunity.

Case in point:

“Man who beat wife said he didn’t know it was against law,” read a recent headline in the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal.

The man – Mohamad Rafia, a Syrian refugee – didn’t just beat his wife, he beat her with a hockey stick. For half an hour.

Rafia told a Fredericton court that he didn’t know it was a crime in Canada to beat your wife with a hockey stick for half an hour.

Following the attack, Rafia’s wife was taken to a local hospital and initially lied to protect her husband. She later revealed that he beat her with a hockey stick – for half an hour – pulled her hair, hit her in the face and threatened to kill her.

Rafia was charged and pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats. He was sentenced to eight days in jail and one year of probation.

I will recap:

A Syrian refugee, no doubt vaguely vetted, hit his wife with a hockey stick for half an hour. Half an hour of being hit with a solid, blunt object. The man then claimed he had no idea that hitting one's wife was a crime because - apparently - Canada is not at all different from other countries where hitting one's wife is perfectly allowable. For his trouble, he was sentenced to eight days in jail for hitting his wife with a hockey stick. Sentences like these are not as rare as one may think and the problem is common enough that there are services for this.

Appalled that a brown woman was beaten with a hockey stick and very few commented on it, MP Kellie Leitch tweeted this:

Considering that Rafia admitted to hitting his wife and denied knowledge that doing so was illegal in Canada, Dr. Leitch's comments are not untoward.

Hitting one's wife is "barbaric".

I know that word really chaps some people but few words adequately describe hitting a woman with a big stick and then expecting to get away with it.

Well, that just rubbed Liberal men the wrong way.

From PM Gerald Butts:

From Kate Purchase's dad:

(Sidebar: please, Mr. Anderson, do use your influence to malign and fire people. There is nothing skeevy about that at all.)

From Scott Reid:

From Ahmed Hussen:

“It’s [domestic violence] clearly something that we abhor and we condemn. What Ms. Leitch is doing is equally reprehensible because she’s tying in a problem that exists everywhere – both in refugee communities and in … our society. This is a problem that many societies grapple with. She’s tying that in with our refugee policy,” Mr. Hussen said in an interview with The Globe and Mail on Monday.

I'm not sure how a tweet is the equivalent to beating someone with a blunt object for half an hour but I'm sure Mr. Hussen knows. 

As one would expect, closing the ranks and covering Butts butts is what the Liberal Party does.

But it is the mindset of the Liberal/liberal electorate that is most telling.

When a tweet saying nothing more than: culture matters, some cultures do not respect human rights as some do, that proper vetting may have avoided this mess and that a government that overlooks this will own it - is far more controversial than beating someone, then one wonders what motivates them to vote as they do, to pick a government that represents their values - in this case, violence towards women and covering it up - and denigrating anyone who points out a major socio-political flaw.

I maintain that egos are tied with political positions. As it would be unthinkable for a liberal to reflect on policies and beliefs that are antithetical to a functioning society, he or she would sooner eat a bowl of wax than ever admit that he or she could be wrong.

Hide behind your egos all one wishes but you can't get away from the fact that your mental gymnastics will ruin you.

Live with that.


No Man Is An Island

... or something ...

Just another day in Europe:

Belgian troops patrolling a major train station in Brussels have "neutralised" a person following an explosion.

Police said they are unable to comment on media reports that the suspect was wearing an explosive belt and had wires coming out of his clothes.

Belgium's federal prosecutor confirmed the incident at Brussels Central, one of the country's busiest stations, is being treated as a terrorist attack.

The Ramadan body count thus far:

The 2,781 total number of casualties (1,424 murders and 1,357 injuries) have more than doubled the estimated 1,150 (421 deaths and 729 injuries that took place in 2016.

There have been more than 135 incidents in more than 20 mainly Muslim nations during Ramadan this year, which began on May 27 and expected to end on June 24.

One can also see it here.

A coroner is performing an external examination of Otto Warmbier after his death:

A cause of death hasn't been determined for a 22-year-old college student who was detained for nearly a year and a half in North Korea before being sent home in a coma, an Ohio coroner's office said Tuesday.

Liberal government bloat now extends to its security policies:

A mammoth national security bill introduced by the Liberals on Tuesday greatly expands the powers of Canada’s electronic spy agency and creates a new “super agency” to conduct government-wide national security reviews.

Far from simply rolling back some aspects of the controversial Bill C-51 passed by Stephen Harper’s government, which the Liberals promised in their platform (and which critics say they haven’t gone far enough in doing), the new legislation is being described as the largest reform to national security law since the early 1980s, when the Canadian Secret Intelligence Service was created. 

Under the bill, the Communications Security Establishment would be allowed for the first time to conduct active cyber operations against terrorist groups and other governments, and to partner with the military on foreign operations. Currently, the CSE’s role is kept to collecting signals intelligence, defending against threats and assisting other agencies if requested to.

The legislation also sets out a new regime to authorize how CSIS can use and retain data.

(Sidebar: like ignoring a mosque's ties to al Qaeda, for example.)

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Look - if the Liberals were to allow free access to government documents, they couldn't hood-wink the public:

The Liberals pledged to restore trust in our democracy by being open with information as a default. 

The Access to Information Act would be updated to meet this standard, their election platform said, including an expansion of coverage to ministerial offices and the Prime Minister’s Office.

But the revised act revealed by Treasury Board president Scott Brison late Monday fell well short of those Olympian standards of transparency.

Instead of being open to ATI requests, in future those offices will proactively disclose travel and hospitality expenses, Question Period binders and ministerial briefing notes.

The press conference that followed was comedy gold.

“You broke your campaign promise right here. All you’ve done is codify proactive disclosure for a certain set of documents in ministers’ offices. Why did you break that campaign promise?” asked one disgruntled reporter.

Brison maintained the government is “fulfilling our commitment to our mandate commitments.”

“We are extending the Access to Information Act to ministers’ offices and the Prime Minister’s Office for the first time ever through proactive disclosure … (it) is absolutely consistent with open-by-default. Canadians should not have to go through a request-based system to get information that can be proactively disclosed,” he said.

In fact, the Liberals’ new legislation is consistent with nothing more than the realization by all parties in all ages that if they don’t know what you’re doing, they don’t know what you’re doing wrong.

As one reporter pointed out, under the new legislation citizens won’t even be able to request information on what went on behind the scenes to arrive at the decision not to include PMO or ministers’ offices from access requests.

Also - de-fund the CBC. It's a Liberal mouthpiece. Who even watches it anymore, anyway?

CBC’s television and online news departments are a haunted museum of bloat, larding tons of valuable content with tiresome victim-mongering; endless why-didn’t-the-government-prevent-this stories; Trudeau propaganda snaps beamed straight in from the Prime Minister’s Office; a dumb, tawdry nightly newscast; an opinion section that pays writers way over market (though, ahem, nothing more than what’s fair!); Canadian Press wire copy of which a lavishly resourced public broadcaster has no earthly need; and an entire clickbait department that’s stealing digital advertising revenue from private-sector outlets. It has no clear mandate to do much of this in the first place — indeed, the Heritage Committee recommended getting CBC out of digital revenue altogether — and unlike CBC Radio and SRC, I’m not aware of a single human being who supports the TV/online status quo.

Never under-estimate how the unions would feel about a Liberal loss:

The Ontario Liberals and Premier Kathleen Wynne find themselves as unpopular as ever despite a flurry of feel-good announcements, a Forum Research poll reveals.

Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research, said the Liberals experienced a surge in popularity in May after announcing a tax on foreign buyers to cool Toronto’s sizzling housing market, but that momentum has fizzled.

The Liberals are the choice of just 23% of decided and leaning voters — down from 28% provincewide — and would secure just nine seats if an election were held now, the pollster projects.

Announcements that the government intends to cut hydro bills by 25% and raise the minimum wage to $15-an-hour by 2019 have not won over voters, he said.

Comment of the day:

Other comment of the day:

Perhaps they are bothered by someone being killed for a hospital bed:

St. Boniface General Hospital's decision to forbid medical-assisted deaths is drawing condemnation from end-of-life care advocates and an expert on medical ethics.

Arthur Schafer, a founder of the University of Manitoba's Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, described the recent board decision to ban medical-assisted deaths as "fundamentally wrong."

The board of St. Boniface Hospital initially voted in favour May 29 of allowing doctors and other medical staff to assist some patients to die in special circumstances.

But on May 30, the hospital's owners — Catholic Health Corp. of Manitoba — held a special meeting and appointed 10 new members of the board who overturned the policy two weeks later.

Oh, does she mean that the Canadian government hasn't allowed illegal immigration?

Zain Alabdullah, who fled Syria and crossed into Quebec two months ago, is calling on the Canadian government to open its borders and give status to asylum seekers.

Speaking in Arabic, Alabdullah told CBC she left her home in Aleppo, where she'd been held as a political detainee, and went first to the United States.

While there, she continued to struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, terrified that she'd be deported and sent back to Syria.

"She lived in fear the whole time," said Jessica Attar, translating for Alabdullah at a rally in Montreal.

Soon after, she entered Quebec from an illegal border crossing point.

Speaking of which:

But secondly it's never a good idea to put reality up for grabs - because you're unlikely to be able to come up with a fantasy everyone can agree on. The "First Nations" dislike this "nation of immigrants" baloney because it excludes them, and they dislike it even more if you include them in it. Likewise, French-Canadians dislike it almost as much as being called "French-Canadians" because they regard it as a diminution of their own status as Canada's most important aggrieved minority. In time, Muslim Canadians will come to reject it too - but by then the Royal Ontario Museum will be mounting exhibits showing that the first Koran in Canada was found preserved in ice by the Franklin Expedition. The Twittering umbrage-takers have a point: Their argument - Johnston's predecessors as agents of a ruthless Crown stole this land from us! - isn't quite "The Maple Leaf Forever" but it has a closer relationship to reality than the fluffy-bunny Trudeaupian myths of a "nation of immigrants".

July 1st is in fact the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the transformation of the British Empire into dozens of sovereign states that now comprise nearly a third of the members of the United Nations. It would be a great day to celebrate the ingenious farsightedness of imperial civil servants.

Whoops, what the hell am I saying? I mean it's a great day for the Governor General to honour quote indigenous peoples unquote by taking part in the traditional ceremony of tiptoeing around on ever thinner eggshells...

Some people will never be happy.

The original Canadian anthem was written in French and was far too Catholic for today's sensibilities. Changing the lyrics “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command" is not only not at all exclusive but distorts the meaning of the lyric: "True patriot love in all thy sons command" as in "Canada commands its sons to love it". One could go through the grammar of pronouns like "us" (object first person plural) but grammar isn't taught anymore (it only serves to clarify language):

It is absurd that we would now tie ourselves in knots over whether to change two small words. Gender neutrality would simply be one further step in the song’s storied evolution, not to mention a worthy update to the song.

(Sidebar: no, it wouldn't, actually, because "sons" is not offensive.) 

And consider, for a moment, what O Canada could sound like if we didn’t update the words from time to time. The French lyrics have not changed in 137 years. As a result, it now reads like a bizarre, arch-Catholic screed, utterly inappropriate to today’s secular Canada (to say nothing of Quebec).

(Sidebar: wasn't I just saying?)