Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Post



The accused killer of five people was reported to be "zombie-like" upon his arrest:

The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing and appeared "zombie-like" when he was arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt, authorities said.

As the surrounding community absorbed the news, critical questions remained, including the shooter's motive.

(Sidebar: yes, no one ever seems to know the shooter's motive in these things. Ever.)
Island County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Hawley said he spotted Arcan Cetin from a patrol car Saturday evening in Oak Harbor, Washington, and immediately recognized him as the suspect who killed five people at the Cascade Mall in nearby Burlington.

Hawley said at a news conference they had received information that Cetin, of Oak Harbor, was in the area. Cetin, who immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey, is a legal permanent resident who has been living in Oak Harbor, authorities said. He had been arrested once before in the county for assault, Hawley said.

"I literally hit my brakes, did a quick turn, I jumped out," Hawley said. "We both jumped out with our guns, and he just froze."

Cetin was unarmed and was carrying a satchel with a computer in it.

"He was kind of zombie-like," Hawley said.




Canada's back!

Ottawa has confirmed that a Canadian is among three people taken hostage in Libya earlier this week.

Just get Justin to promise the Libyans what he promised the Chinese for Kevin Garratt.






Diplomat's son avoid consequences for the armed robbery that killed his brother:

A teenager caught up in a double shooting in Florida that left his older brother dead has been quietly deported to Canada following a remarkable standoff between U.S. federal authorities and the state judge who sentenced him, The Canadian Press has learned.

American immigration agents escorted Marc Wabafiyebazu from Miami to Montreal earlier this month where he was reunited with his mother, Roxanne Dube.

"It's done. It's done. It's done," Dube, a senior diplomat, said in an interview from Ottawa. "He has his life ahead of him."

Now 16, Wabafiyebazu is back home in Ottawa studying privately for his high school equivalency and reconnecting with family and friends as he relaunches his life shattered by the gunfire in March last year that killed Jean Wabafiyebazu, 18, and another teen.

Although authorities never accused the younger sibling of shooting anyone, he nevertheless found himself facing a minimum 40-year prison sentence on charges of felony first-degree murder. Instead, in a plea deal rarely seen before, Wabafiyebazu pleaded no contest in February to reduced charges of felony third-degree murder.

In exchange, Circuit Judge Teresa Pooler sentenced him to in-custody boot camp, house arrest, and a minimum five years probation to be served in the United States.

(Sidebar: "caught up" nothing. He was part of an armed robbery.)


Doesn't one wish that one's father was a diplomat or prime minister or some other member of the elite for whom laws never, ever apply?





The police are treating the death of a customs agent as a suicide which seems very odd:

A Canada Border Services Agency officer was found dead in Terminal 3 of Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Friday night, the agency confirmed on Saturday.

Peel Regional Police said they received a call for medical assistance at about 8:20 p.m.

Const. Mark Fischer, spokesperson for Peel Regional Police, said Friday night that a man shot himself inside the airport but not in a public area. He said police are treating the death as a suicide. 

Peel Regional Police said Saturday there is no ongoing investigation.

"There are no outstanding parties," Const. Harinder Sohi, spokesperson for Peel Regional Police, said. "There is no investigation continuing from our end."





A blast in Hungary is believed to have been aimed at officers:

Hungary's police were the target of a home-made shrapnel bomb that rocked central Budapest late on Saturday, injuring two officers, the national police chief said on Sunday.

Karoly Papp described the incident as a criminal case of attempted homicide, adding there was no sign that the attack had been carried out by a foreign militant organization, but without ruling it out explicitly.

"We consider this attack occurred against the entire Hungarian police. Someone tried to execute my officers," Papp told a news conference.

He said the attack was clearly directed at police, who were known to patrol the area, on one of the busiest thoroughfares in central Budapest, on a Saturday night. The device was detonated shortly after 10:30 p.m..

It was not immediately clear why police would be the target.

Both the officers needed surgery, with a female officer in a critical condition on Sunday and her male colleague stable.

Police have identified a suspect who was at the scene before the blast and asked for citizens' help to find him. Papp gave a description of the suspect, who he said was a 20-25 year-old male in blue jeans and a hat.

He gave no details on the suspect's nationality.
 




The UN is useless in stopping Syrian warplanes and even it knows it:

Warplanes bombed a strategic camp on the northern edge of Aleppo on Sunday as Syrian government forces, backed by Russia, battled rebels for control of the city as the U.N. Security Council met to discuss the escalating violence.

Russia's support of the latest offensive by Syrian forces since an international ceasefire collapsed last week appears to have buried any hope for diplomacy. The rebels said any peace process would be futile unless the "scorched earth bombing" stopped immediately.


Related:

When Russia launched a military intervention to support Syrian dictator Bashar Assad last year, U.S. President Barack Obama responded with wishful schadenfreude.

Russia, he predicted, would get “stuck in a quagmire.” He added: “It won’t work.”

Obama had good reason to resent Russia’s increasingly assertive foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere, and to imagine it might backfire on its architect, President Vladimir Putin. The U.S. president clearly hoped an overstretched Russia would get its fingers burned in Syria and emerge chastened from its adventure in Middle East counter-insurgency.

That’s not what happened. Russia didn’t get stuck in a Syrian quagmire. It applied a limited amount of military force to great effect, reversing the tide of the civil war and ensuring Assad will not go unless Putin agrees. From Moscow’s perspective, the Kremlin’s intervention worked out just fine.





Quelle surprise:

President Obama vetoed legislation on Friday that would allow families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for any role in the plot, setting up an extraordinary confrontation with a Congress that unanimously backed the bill and has vowed to uphold it.

People twice voted to put this lying sack of sh-- into office. They are as culpable as he.


Also:

President Barack Obama took direct aim at GOP nominee Donald Trump’s assertion that conditions for African-Americans now are worse than they have been at any time in U.S. history, saying in an interview aired Friday that even young children know better than that.

“You know, I think even most 8-year-olds will tell you that whole slavery thing wasn’t very good for black people,” Obama said in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News that was taped Thursday in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture ahead of its opening. “Jim Crow wasn’t very good for black people.”

Trump has suggested repeatedly that black Americans should vote for him because of the dire circumstances they now face, saying in August in Michigan, “What the hell do you have to lose?”

Even a third-grader knows that Islamic theocracies are bad for people, Barry.

And from a guy who has never even smelled a ghetto let alone lived in one, it's very rich to pretend to be fair to black Americans while fomenting racial discord in order to distract them from the real reasons why they are poor and ravaged by crime.





This guy must know where all the bodies are buried:

Former Ontario ombudsman André Marin wants to run for the opposition Progressive Conservatives in the upcoming Ottawa-Vanier byelection, driven into elected politics by anger over petty tweaks to electricity prices announced in the latest throne speech.

“You have an institution, which is parliament, and the speech from the throne is reserved for some pretty big stuff. Policy directions, big changes,” Marin said in an interview Friday. Instead, Premier Kathleen Wynne used the Sept. 12 speech to tout a hydro rebate equivalent to provincial sales tax and a plan for more daycare spaces.

“It’s a teeny weeny, itsy-bitsy hyperpartisan speech and I said to myself, enough is enough. Hydro rates are soaring through the roof, people are paying $1,000 a year more on hydro since the Liberals are in and now we get thrown this bone. Kathleen Wynne’s world is like Alice in Wonderland. It’s this blue-sky world and we’re worrying about our grandchildren when we can’t pay today’s bills,” Marin said.





Did Trump at any point apologise for his dirty tricks against Cruz? Because, failing that, endorsing him looks like a complete lack of self-respect:

When Cruz refused to endorse Trump at the RNC, and an angry Texas delegation (composed mostly of Cruz delegates) gave him an earful, Cruz pivoted to the personal, saying that Trump had insulted his family.

“That pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go slander and attack Heidi, then I’m going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father,” Cruz said.

Today, both explanations for his long hold-out came back to haunt Cruz. By buckling, Cruz was suggesting that Trump had failed ideological tests and it hadn’t mattered, and that it didn’t really matter that Trump had smeared his wife and father.





Kim Jong-Un might find himself disappointed in November:

After eight years of “strategic patience” under the Obama administration – waiting for North Korea to change its calculus – the next administration will certainly launch a review of U.S. policy toward North Korea.

Hillary's husband aided North Korea in its nuclear ambitions and Trump does not seem to have a handle (or care) on the situation in the Korean Peninsula.

This won't end well.





And now, cat on a Roomba:






Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Post

Aahh, glorious fall...


Former immigration minister Chris Alexander is throwing his hat into the ring:

Former immigration minister Chris Alexander is adding his name to those considering a run for leadership of the federal Conservative party.

"I'm actively considering a bid to lead the Conservative Party of Canada and excited by the exchanges I'm having about how to renew and reinvigorate our party," he told The Canadian Press late Thursday.

The 48-year-old former ambassador to Afghanistan was seen as a rising star when he ran for the Conservatives in the Toronto-area riding of Ajax-Pickering in 2011. Two years later, Stephen Harper brought him into the cabinet as immigration minister.

But Alexander became embroiled in controversy during last year's election campaign amid questions about the government's handling of the Syrian refugee crisis.

He was also criticized for promising, along with then-labour minister Kellie Leitch, to create a telephone tip line for "barbaric cultural practices."

Alexander ended up losing to Liberal Mark Holland in the newly created riding of Ajax. Leitch was re-elected, and is one of five registered leadership candidates.

Despite his election loss, Alexander had intended to run again for the Conservatives in 2019, believing the party could do far better than it did last October if it developed a bolder and more inclusive agenda.


Mr. Alexander was an ambassador to Afghanistan (something his dad never handed him) and though he suggested a hotline to report barbaric practices, at least he called them as such unlike some pansy China-appeasers one could mention.




John McCallum doesn't listen to Canadians:

The federal government’s own internal polling contradicts the Immigration Minister’s claim that Canadians are clamouring for increased immigration.

John McCallum told reporters last week that “almost all” of the Canadians he met with during consultations this summer told him to boost Canada’s immigration targets.

However internal polling conducted by Mr. McCallum’s department found Canadians are just fine with the current targets, even though most people had no idea how many immigrants currently come to Canada each year.

Actually, people found the target number of migrants flooding into Canada was too high.

That Canadians did not know how many immigrants come into the country each year shows how McCallum et al can pull the wool over their eyes with very little effort.


Related:

The Ontario Liberals might have a better shot at retaining their majority government if they get a new leader, a new poll suggests, even as Premier Kathleen Wynne plans to stay to fight the 2018 election.
 
The problem is that someone would still vote Liberal.




But... but... they did it, too!

After days of dogging the Liberal government over $200,000 in moving expenses approved for two top staff members in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office, the Conservatives are being called onto the carpet for their own staff spending.

The Privy Council Office released figures Friday that show former prime minister Stephen Harper’s office spent almost $325,000 on moving expenses from 2006 to 2015, including $93,000 for one senior staff member. That figure was spread over three years.

It was a reprieve of sorts for the Liberals, who have been on the defensive over $207,000 in moving expenses approved for Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, and his principal secretary, Gerald Butts. Overall, the Trudeau government has spent $1.1 million on relocation expenses for political staff since taking office.

That's nice.

Let's break down the entitlements so far:

The two nannies who take care of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s three young children are on track to cost Canadian taxpayers nearly $100,000 a year.

**

The flight manifest for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Christmas vacation to the Caribbean, released to the Conservatives through an access to information request, was redacted to leave off the names of family members and a nanny who travelled on the government-owned Challenger jet. ...

Canadian prime ministers are not permitted to fly on commercial flights for security reasons. The round-trip to the Caribbean destination cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars because the Challenger jet's rate is roughly $12,500 for an hour in the air.

**

Justin Trudeau took a small army of 44 people with him for a three-day visit to Washington last March, at a cost of more than $25,000.

**

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau could get additional staff to help her deal with a flood of requests, the Prime Minister's Office confirmed Thursday.

Grégoire Trudeau has one staffer now, but told Quebec City's Le Soleil earlier this week that she needs a team to help her serve people.

"I want to be everywhere, but I can't," she told the newspaper, adding she has three children and a husband who is prime minister. "I need help. I need a team to help me serve people."

**

More than $17,000 has been spent photographing Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna and her staff since the Liberals took office less than 10 months ago.

McKenna’s office points out that Conservative environment ministers who preceded her hired photographers too. They spent at least $99,000, but it was spread over eight years.

Then there is that pesky $220,000 (possibly a larger amount) for PM Gerald Butts and Katie Telford  that the Liberals think is no big deal.

But when one considers who works for a party of liars (oh, hi, Maryam Monsef), this is strictly small potatoes.

Like Justin is:

It’s a pity that, even in that forlorn venue, Trudeau was unwilling to let go of that rhetorical Linus blanket and say a few things about what is really going on in the world. He could have offered some meaningful analysis on the situation in Syria. He could have uttered some truths to those who rarely hear them. Instead, it was the usual mush about “modest Canada” and how we’re back and ready to help.

It really is time to stop bragging about how modest we are, as one cannot honestly brag about being modest. And besides, it’s unseemly. Let other countries pay testimony to our worth if they are so moved to do so. And as for diversity, yes it is a fine virtue as far as virtues go, but so are unity, coherence, national identity, fiscal competence and the rule of law. Saying the word “diversity” is not like waving a magic wand that somehow rids us of all tribulation and want. Nor is it, by any test, the only metric for a healthy and admirable society.

But it was a UN session, and perhaps it is understood that to scatter anything but clichés and self-congratulations before that august convocation would be a breach of its worthless protocols.

I want Rex Murphy to run for prime minister. Now.




The government could make things a million times easier by scrapping the taxable CPP and lowering other taxes but oh no!

So what if a new report by Morneau Shepell, the human resources firm once chaired by our current federal finance minister, finds that the new enhanced CPP doesn’t significantly tackle all that much — and, in some ways, makes our retirement system even worse. Finance Minister Bill Morneau had come to champion the enhanced CPP, too, as one that would make a “real difference in future Canadians’ situations.” But few Canadians will see more secure retirements, as calculated by Morneau Shepell’s chief actuary Fred Vettese and co-author Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald. Wynne’s own finance minister, Charles Sousa, praised the federal Liberals for delivering pension reform that showed “great leadership and great desire to do something of great benefit for our young people.”

That’s a lot of “greats,” and all of them seemingly undeserved, given that the number of middle-income workers who will no longer have “inadequate” savings after this landmark CPP change, according to Vettese and MacDonald, amounts to a modest 8.7 per cent: Previously 36.4 per cent, we will now have 27.7 per cent of middle-class Canadians inadequately prepared. But that 8.7 per cent, notice, falls within a specific “middle-income” subcategory, which itself comprises only 60 per cent of Canadians. So, in total, we have five per cent of all Canadians who might see a more secure retirement from an enhanced CPP, even though the other 95 per cent of us will have no choice but to participate.

 

Thank you:

After almost 20 years as a lawyer, including eight as a Crown prosecutor, Johnson, a Cree from northern Saskatchewan, estimates a staggering 95 per cent of his criminal cases involve people who were intoxicated.

From his base in La Ronge, Johnson says he’s amazed how many people he’s met who have suffered a brain injury as a result of getting hit with a bat, board or rock during a drunken brawl. He’s grown tired of hearing domestic violence victims utter the phrase: “When he’s sober, he’s a good guy.”

And he’s become fed up standing next to graves of people who died from alcohol; he lost two brothers to drunk drivers.

It’s time, he says, for people to stop being afraid to talk about the issue.

“If a white person uses ‘Indian’ and ‘alcohol’ in the same sentence, they’re afraid of being called racist. If an Indian says ‘Indian’ and ‘alcohol’ in the same sentence, they’re afraid people are going to point at them and say, ‘Look it’s true, they are lazy, drunken Indians,’” he told the National Post.

“I’m taking a subject and opening it up and saying we have to talk about this.”
In Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours), set for release this week by University of Regina Press, Johnson writes that while colonization and trauma from residential schools may help to explain the reasons for alcohol abuse, they don’t offer any solutions.

“If we allow ourselves to believe the victim story and we live by it, we become victims, and victims can never fix their own situations,” writes Johnson, who once worked as a logger and miner.




Perhaps it would be better to ignore wags who pose as ethicists because their expectations are not only savagely immoral but impractical and unrealistic, as well:

Authorities should bar doctors from refusing to provide such services as abortion and assisted death on moral grounds, and screen out potential medical students who might impose their values on patients, leading Canadian and British bioethicists argue in a provocative new commentary.

Mengele also operated without a moral compass ... on children.




The people of London got the mayor they voted for:

At an event in New York City called “Building Progressive, Inclusive Cities,” Sadiq Khan, London’s London mayor, met with his counterpart in the Big Apple, far-left Mayor Bill de Blasio, and explained that urban dwellers should simply get used to jihadist rampages.

Terror attacks are “part and parcel of life in a big city,” Khan told the Evening Standard just hours after police foiled multiple terror attacks in New Jersey and New York.

Imagine the mayor of London saying that when the IRA was blowing stuff up.




And now, catch the bears before they hibernate:

Momma Bear With Her Cub



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mid-Week Post

On this fall's eve....


Despite planting several bombs throughout New York City and in New Jersey, injuring twenty-nine people, and fooling an incredibly gullible public that dismissed similar-looking bombs as kids' toys, federal prosecutors are charging Ahmad Khan Rahami with weapons offenses, not terrorism:

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged the Afghan-born man arrested after weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey with four counts including use of weapons of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use.

The charges were laid out in a federal complaint that said a handwritten journal was found on the suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, that praised Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and accused the U.S. government of slaughtering Islamist fighters in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Palestine.

The federal charges come after the father of Rahami, the naturalized American citizen captured on Monday in New Jersey after a shootout with police, said he had reported concerns about his son being involved with militants to the Federal Bureau of Investigations two years ago.

The FBI acknowledged it had investigated Rahami in 2014, but found no "ties to terrorism" and dropped its inquiry.

The White House said on Tuesday it appeared that the bombings were "an act of terrorism" as an investigation continued in to whether Rahami had accomplices, or if he picked up militant Islamic views during trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"The investigation is active and ongoing, and it is being investigated as an act of terror," U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in Lexington, Kentucky.



Typically late to get in front of yet another terrorist act, New Jersey Muslim groups finally condemn bombings. Just the bombings:

Nawaz Sheikh, president of the Muslim Community Center of Union County, says he never knew bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, though his father, Mohammad, has been a regular at the Elizabeth mosque for years. 

“His father was our member, he attended the mosque on a normal basis,” Sheikh told reporters at a press conference outside Elizabeth City Hall on Tuesday.

Sheikh and several other Muslim leaders from Elizabeth and other parts of New Jersey gathered here to condemn the bombings that took place in New York City and Seaside Park, N.J., over the weekend, and to emphasize that violence is not condoned by the Muslim faith.

“In Elizabeth, which is our city, we don’t have a radical Islamic problem,” said Hassem Abdellah, president of the Darul Islam mosque in Elizabeth.And we don’t have imams who teach radical Islam. So it was important to us that the country understand that in our city, we have law-abiding Muslims who love America, who serve in the military, who go to schools, who are police officers and law enforcement.”



Traffic slowed to a crawl and offices emptied across Prince Edward Island Wednesday as parents raced to collect their kids in the wake of province-wide school evacuations triggered by a bomb threat.

"It was kind of nerve-wracking," Morgan McNeill, a student at Holland College, said after being evacuated from the Charlottetown school.

RCMP spokesman Sgt. Kevin Baillie said a fax was sent to Ottawa RCMP Wednesday morning from someone threatening to detonate bombs at several schools. Schools were notified within 10 minutes, he said.

"There's been no threat found. Everybody is safe," said Baillie at a midday news conference.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Mounties said a "comprehensive threat assessment" was undertaken and police are confident the threat was not credible. A statement said physical checks were conducted at every school and the facilities were safe for reopening.



Forever Wars are the ultimate liberal foreign policy luxury. In an age when Western technology is so dominant that it can support intervention without victory, conflict without imperialistic aims and "absorb" terror, the status quo doesn't have to win, just indulge its moral vanity.

This is why we should grow numb to the ever-growing number of terrorist attacks. Not that terrorism is not an affront to humanity and Western civilisation and not because terrorism costs the lives, freedoms and economies of good people everywhere but because people just don't care themselves, certainly not enough to face the nature of this evil and confront it with the force necessary to stop it in its tracks. It is better, in the post-modern West's view, to refrain from calling out a foe, dismantling an evil ideology and feel secure in its ruination so that the world can live in relative peace and security. Note how the defeat of imperial Japan is still celebrated even though half-witted ideologues decry the use of a massive weapon that brought about the end of the Second World War. Why didn't that fortitude exist when combatting the Chinese-backed North Koreans or the Viet Cong? Weren't their belligerent efforts just as evil? How can a backward and violent ideology like Islamism elicit so much sympathy? How many attacks on Western soil have to happen before people have finally had it?

The truth is that people just don't give a damn and until (or if ever) they do, one had better get used to bombs - real or fake - planted throughout a city or stabbings or shootings and various concessions of the freedoms the West once enjoyed.






Multaka, Arabic for “meeting place,” is a cultural program designed for and led by refugees. More than 20 trained tour guides from Syria and Iraq conduct tours twice a week in four museums around Berlin. The institutions they visit might showcase Islamic art or artifacts from German history. According to Stefan Weber, director of the Museum of Islamic Art and one of the initiators of the project, guides are usually attracted to pieces they find meaning in.





When mothers, and women in general, assume that all boys are budding little rapists, then what if, for some, the soft bigotry of deplorable expectations then leads them to own the slander? If we only see them through men's base desires, if being a "good boy" will not absolve them of culpability, then why fight those base desires? Be the monster they expect you to be because the physical satisfaction and the bit of revenge you get out of it is all this crap world has to offer you anyway. It’s a horrid position, but one that has logic to it. Beat a boy down enough, make his life miserable and hopeless, and that just might make some sense to him.

I'm sure the mother thinks she is doing some public good, berating her sons for all men — in public, note, writing under her own name — but really, she is publicly exposing them so she can advertise what a good woman for women she is. She sees her boys as a means to her ends, not full humans with aspirations or autonomy. Hopefully these boys have a grandfather who can intervene on their behalf.
  
Berating a child enough will mould him into the anti-social criminal horrible hags like this woman wish men to be so that their warped word-view may be validated.






The Conservatives are accusing the Liberals of “entitlement” and "lining their pockets" after it was revealed they approved more than $1.1 million in relocation costs for staffers.

The figure includes more than $200,000 for two members of the Prime Minister’s Office and Justin Trudeau has so far refused to say who.

MPs Blaine Calkins, Karen Vecchio and Jacques Gourde raised some of the expenses in daily question period Tuesday, stating that:
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “gave a whopping $220,000 to five political staff,” including $125,000 to one and $80,000 to another for relocation expenses.
  • Foreign Minister Stephane Dion approved $146,000 to relocate nine political staff.
  • Environment Minister Catherine McKenna gave “over $20,000 to one of her Liberal staffers for their move,” despite “no costs associated with the actual move.”
Also revealed in the documents, which were released after a request from Conservative MP Larry Miller:
  • An employee of Global Affairs expensed nearly $120,000 in costs.
  • An employee of Environment and Climate Change expensed nearly $76,000.
  • A staffer of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains expensed nearly $114,000.
  • A staffer of Government House Leader Bardish Chagger expensed more than $70,000.
  • Some ministers, including Kirsty Duncan (science), John McCallum (immigration) and Harjit Sajjan (national defence), reported no staff relocation costs.
CTV’s Joyce Napier asked Trudeau after his speech at the United Nations to name the staffers in his office who charged more than $200,000. He would not.

“The fact is when we came into office we followed all the rules set up by the previous government in 2008 for relocation expenses for senior public service and ministers’ staff,” Trudeau said.

“We are following the policy as it was laid out by the previous government,” he added.

WRONG!

**

The bill, sponsored by Conservative MP Russ Hiebert and backed strongly by the Prime Minister's Office, gained Senate approval Tuesday and requires unions to publicly disclose any spending of $5,000 or more and any salary of more than $100,000.

Unions will have to provide that information to the Canada Revenue Agency, which would publicly post the information to its website.

**

The First Nations Financial Transparency Act requires that 581 First Nations, defined as an Indian band under the Indian Act, make their audited consolidated financial statements and a Schedule of Remuneration and Expenses of chief and council available to their members as well as publish it on a website.
**

A “very upset” Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants any federal Conservative who is in politics to seek personal gain from public office to get out of his caucus.

Trudeau, on the other hand, is not just a trustifarian big-spender, he promised to over-tax anyone earning over $200,000 (that includes himself) and to scrap the only things that held band chiefs accountable. Think of the loads of cash spent on communications spent already. Isn't it a waste of money to persuade those who didn't vote for the lisping hand-puppet that he is all that?

Cowardly stooge Stephane Dion may sing his praises but there is a reason why the global big-wigs at the UN would rather watch paint dry than hear Trudeau stutter some more stupid platitudes no one cares about. He is pegged as a doofus by China and Russia.

Not even Wynne can catch a break these days as seen in rural Ontario. I guess no one likes high hydro bills yet they seem to vote for the governments that drive them up.

But the Canadian electorate is a glutton for punishment. It will vote in a way that costs it the most money and dignity.





Thank God that he wasn't shot because only guns maim or kill:

A man in his 20s has been rushed to hospital in life-threatening condition after being stabbed multiple times inside the Eaton Centre.

Toronto police say they were called to the shopping mall at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday about reports of someone stabbed inside. 

A source close to the investigation tells CBC News the victim was stabbed six times with a large steak knife and that police have obtained cell phone videos of the incident, recorded by witnesses. The victim was also known to police and had been shot previously, the source said. 

Police say a man suffered multiple stab wounds on the lower level of the mall and began walking. He collapsed shortly afterward and was found near to the spot where he was stabbed.

He has since been transported to St. Michael's Hospital.

Shortly after, officers located a male suspect who was walking north on Yonge Street. He is now in custody and a weapon has been found.




Because Ted Cruz:

At the United Nations today, President Obama took to the podium to once again blame the United States for the woes of the world. He suggested our country is just one of many that need to get beyond the old divisions of nationality. He chided those who would limit the inflow of refugees from nations infiltrated by Islamic terrorists as ignorant bigots, predicted climate change would destroy countries and cause mass conflicts, and referred to Israel as an occupying power.

“Mr. Obama would have done much better to use this opportunity to advance an American agenda, not a global one, and praise our nation as a model of liberty and tolerance. He should have called out oppressive regimes from the Russian Federation to the People’s Republic of China for denying their citizens basic political freedoms. He should have named the 2010 Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, jailed by China for peacefully advocating for reforms, and asked why he has not been freed. He should have challenged our Arab allies to join us in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism, a terrible scourge that threatens our very way of life. And he should have forcefully advocated for our great ally Israel, putting the United Nations on notice that the United States will do everything in our power to stop its serial persecution of Israel in that body, and forcefully prevent any unilateral attempts at statehood by the Palestinians.

“Unfortunately, President Obama chose to deliver a lecture on the need to abdicate our sovereignty in the interests of abstract international norms. Ironically, that is the worst thing America could do for the world, which needs strong leadership to promote peace, not capitulation to an unelected, authoritarian collective.”



 
Did someone say puppy-cam?





And now, the saga of the HMS Terror:

What then was the most likely fate of the crews, and particularly the officers who had a disproportionately higher death rate? Based on the evidence from the search ships, we proposed that the deaths of Franklin’s officers were probably due to non-medical factors such as accidents and injuries sustained when officers took on the dangerous task of hunting for wild game to supplement provisions, and continued the attempt, on foot over difficult terrain in a harsh climate, to discover the route of a north-west passage. Ironically, the expedition’s success in reaching a remote part of the Arctic resulted in entrapment that precluded escape or rescue.




(Merci to all)


Monday, September 19, 2016

For a Monday

And now for the rest of the news....



Today in yet another lone wolf news:

A New Jersey police officer responding to a call about a hoodied vagrant curled up asleep in a bar doorway roused him and quickly recognized the bearded face of perhaps the most wanted man in America.

Ahmad Khan Rahami — identified in an FBI bulletin just hours earlier as a man wanted in the weekend bombings in New York City and New Jersey — pulled a gun, shot the officer and triggered a running gun battle in the street that ended with Rahami wounded and in custody Monday, authorities said.

A bloodied Rahami was loaded into the back of an ambulance, just 50 hours after the first blast that started it all.

Rahami, 28, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan who lived with his family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the leg as authorities began drawing up charges in a case that spread fear across the New York area and revived anxiety about homegrown terrorism.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said officials have every reason to believe the series of bombings "was an act of terror," though investigators said Rahami's exact motive isn't yet clear.

(Sidebar: screw you, Kaiser Bill!)

The unknown motives of yet another mentally ill lone wolf is becoming as tiresome as absurd and indefensible claims from attention-seeking hacks.




A Calgary police officer is lucky to be alive:

A police officer was recovering from surgery and doing well Sunday, just a day after being attacked by a machete-wielding man in a Calgary shopping mall.

It was one of two incidents that occurred in the space of an hour Saturday afternoon, in which Calgary police officers made the choice to open fire on suspects in the unrelated incidents.

An officer was injured in the incident at Marlborough Mall, but the severely wounded officer was able to stop the allegedly armed and violent suspect with a bullet.


Also:

Former Albany Police Chief Jason Falconer is being hailed as a hero after he shot and killed a knife-wielding man Saturday night at Crossroads Center.


Related:

The CNN report itself — the written report, not the clip above — is another marvel, making the story about everything else but the terrorist attack. Paragraph after paragraph of quotes appear in the article about religion of peace, worries about backlash, members of the Somali community worried that their families may have been victimized, before it actually gets to the attacks. It barely mentions that Adan demanded to know the religion of his victims, noting only that he “made a reference to Allah” and “asked at least one person if they were Muslim.” 

Ah, yes - the backlash that never comes.

Anything to deflect attention from the nature of Islamism or individual responsibility.




There is simply no love for the provincial wind farm:

Wind farm opponents are telling companies jockeying for new Ontario green energy contracts to enjoy the moment — it’ll likely be their last chance.

After a decade-long losing streak before environmental review tribunals and courts, activists trying to halt industrial wind farms say they sense the political ground is finally shifting in their favour now that power rates have become a hot urban issue and the Liberal government is taking notice.

“It looks like this will be the last. I don’t know how the government could possibly justify more (such contracts),” said Jane Wilson, president of Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of groups opposed to industrial wind farm development in the province.

Last week, in a move many critics linked to a stunning byeection loss in the Toronto area, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government said it will scrap the Ontario portion of the HST on electricity bills, giving customers an eight-per-cent rebate and rural areas an even larger break.

The move comes less than a year after the government yanked a 10-per-cent subsidy it had paid on power bills to offset the costs of green energy.




Okay - again - why haven't Filipino jungles been burned down?

A Norwegian man freed by militants after a year of jungle captivity in the southern Philippines described the ordeal Sunday as “devastating,” carrying a backpack with a bullet hole as a reminder of a near-death experience that included the beheadings of the two Canadians kidnapped with him.

Kjartan Sekkingstad was freed by his Abu Sayyaf captors on Saturday to rebels from the larger Moro National Liberation Front, which has signed a peace deal with the Philippine government and helped negotiate his release. On Sunday, he was handed over to Philippine authorities, along with three Indonesian fishermen freed separately by the Abu Sayyaf.

Aside from the horror of constantly being warned that he would be the next to be beheaded by the brutal extremists, Sekkingstad said he survived more than a dozen clashes between Philippine forces and his captors in the lush jungles of Sulu province.




How funny would it be if these little punks were left in Syria?

The Paris prosecutor’s office is investigating a hoax hostage alert that prompted a major police intervention at a church in the centre of the French capital.

Police dispatched a helicopter and barricaded the area around the Saint-Leu church in the Les Halles neighbourhood Saturday, and activated a special app-based public alert system created after deadly attacks in Paris last year. The Interior Ministry later said it was a false alarm.

Obs magazine reported that it had reached two people who boasted online of staging the hoax in a case of so-called “swatting,” when hoaxers make anonymous threats to trigger a response from police and SWAT teams.

The two teenagers, a 16 and 17 year-old, apparently boasted of doing it “for the thrill” according to The Independent in the U.K.

One of the hoaxers posted on Facebook that “I carried out the worst ‘SWATT,’ (sic) I deployed helicopters, the government, 50 police vehicles into action. I’ve broadcasted it on Periscope, I told BFMTV and 10 newspapers.”

The alleged assailants told the French paper l’Observateur that “The original plan was to ‘swatter’ a mosque but after Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray we thought it would work better with a church.

“We did it for the thrill. If people were afraid, that’s their problem.”

(Sidebar: no, you little merde, if a panicked mob finds out where you live, that will be your problem.)





Oh, burn:

Following a devastating defeat in Berlin state elections today, Mrs Merkel said she accepted her share of responsibility for voters punishing her ruling Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) party for her refugee-friendly migrant policy.




Oh, burn - redux:

Here is the guy who wiped Hillary's server asking about how to do it on Reddit. Yes. Seriously. He also asks how to replace real emails with fake ones.

His post happens right about the same time congress was requesting Clinton's emails. He specifically said it was for a big name client who everybody would recognize.

A Reddit post has been found from Paul Combetta (the IT guy who got FBI immunity and deleted Hillary's emails) proving they were covering up for Hillary.




One can guess unions. One can guess cheap labour. It's all good:

We know why Ford is moving out of the USA, they can't make a buck. The autoworker's union has managed to make a five-year-old, half billion dollar Focus plant in Michigan a loser. Ford is planing on spending over a billion and a half dollars on a new factory for the Ford Focus.

In Mexico.

That would be the same Mexico that has drug gangs controlling whole swaths of territory. The Mexico that Mexicans are fleeing to become illegals with no rights in the USA. The Mexico where they're hanging rows of people off of road bridges, shooting them, knifing them, chopping off heads, burning them alive, and so forth. The Mexico where the cops are the Army, and the Army is more crooked than the damn drug lords.

That Mexico.

But that's not what I want to say either.

Here's my question: Why isn't Ford building its new Focus plant in Canada?



And now, take your taste buds back to a time they would rather never re-live:

 




(Merci to all)



A Word About the CPP



The Canadian Pension Plan, or CPP, was introduced in 1965 and came into effect in 1966. It is a government-run pension.

It is taxable:

CPP payments are considered to be taxable income.

So, when the government tells you that it is going to "increase workers' retirement benefits will raise the limit on eligible wages by 14 percent" and that Canadians will have to wait until 2025 in order to experience the full effect of these roll-outs, one should be asking why he or she let the government screw him or her over.



Also:


Keen to boost returns, Canada's second-biggest pension fund is financing and overseeing the construction of a new 67 kilometer (41.6 miles) public transit system in Montreal, the third largest automated transportation system in the world behind those in Dubai and Vancouver.

It will own and operate the track once it has been built.

The venture is a bold move by the Caisse - more familiar with bond prices and rental yields than ticket fares and commuter habits - and one fraught with risks.
  
You know what you're doing, Quebec.


Screening

It's not just for entry-level positions any more:

Leitch’s proposal has proved popular with actual people, who understand, as historian Daniel Boorstin once said, that, “Planning for the future without a sense of history is like planting cut flowers.” They want immigrants to share genuine Canadian roots. But the elite is busy hacking through those very roots because, to borrow a phrase from theologian N.T. Wright, they think “trees should be entirely visible and obviously fruitful, no part of them buried in dirty soil.

The fact is that culture matters. While no country or culture is perfect, there are cultures and countries that work better than others. Cultures and countries that value human life, industriousness and cohesion tend to work better than cultures and countries that don't.

Political multiculturalism might sound good on a piece of paper but ask the cultural dilettantes how many languages they are willing to learn and how many lambs they want slaughtered on their streets before they cry: "Not in my backyard!"

After all, many other cultures and countries have already decided the latter. There is no infinite diversity in infinite combinations with them.


Trigger Warnings Are For Sad, Little Babies Who Can't Handle Life


That's pretty much it.

I don't know why it would be seeming to be a screeching little thin-skinned non-contributor who hates dad more than his or herself but in this day and age when being is better than doing, it is.

How far we've fallen.

These poseurs aren't even being original. It's been done before.

It makes one wonder what academics view as the reason for education. How does a person develop a rounded understanding of the world as it exists if he or she is to be sheltered from awareness of any views that person doesn’t already hold? How do you learn the world’s 7.4 billion people embody many differences if you’re too afraid to confront anything different?

It is the educational equivalent of parents who so obsessively shield their children from germs that they fail to develop the ability to resist disease. Academics who isolate students from learning are the equal of anti-vaxxers who refuse to inoculate a child against measles, leaving the child more vulnerable to the actual disease.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday Post

Yon wine-making for the autumn...

The story so far...


What is clearly a terrorist attack in the heart of swanky Manhattan has injured twenty-nine people:

Investigators scrambled to find out who planted a bomb that rocked a bustling New York City neighbourhood and why Sunday, scouring shrapnel, forensic traces and surveillance video for any link to an unexploded pressure-cooker device found a few blocks away.

There seemed to be more questions than answers hours after the Saturday night blast that injured 29 people in Manhattan. All of them have since been released from the hospital.
 
Let the denials commence.

It's not like platitude-spewing hash-taggers care about confronting the problem of terrorism head-on or anything.





Of course he does:

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking days after a Canadian man was released from prison in China, said on Saturday there was "tremendous potential" for stronger and more stable ties with the Asian country.

China has a permanent seat on the UN Security Council (a seat Trudeau desperately wants) which it has used to shield North Korea from the consequences of its actions.

Aside from its own abuses of human rights, China is also complicit in violations of human rights against North Korean defectors.

A ruling in favour of the Philippines has not stopped China's aggression in the South China Seas.

China's currency-fixing has cost millions of jobs and devalued the dollar.

China's newer venture of industrial and economic espionage is a threat as injurious as sending jobs overseas.

Even the deal with Alibaba is so one-sided that it will dwarf and then crush Canadian small businesses while allowing China to increase its hold of the Canadian market.

Trudeau wants stronger ties with that China.





Carbon nor its by-product, carbon dioxide, is not a pollutant.

Australia got rid of its carbon taxes because they were ineffective, expensive and unfair.

Carbon taxes increase the cost of living which will make things harder for lower-income individuals and families.

And yet, the Liberal government will foist a carbon tax on the public:

Canada will impose a carbon price on provinces that do not adequately regulate emissions by themselves, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said on Sunday without giving details on how the Liberal government will do so. 

Because they voted for it.


Also:

When pushed on the fact that bills are going up faster and higher than this 8 per cent, Wynne defended not only the price increases but her justification for those increases which is of course the need to “invest” in more green energy infrastructure.

She even hinted that more increases would come.

Bottom line?

This is only a temporary measure that will reduce bills in the short term.




But... but... gun laws!

A manhunt was underway late Thursday after two people were injured during a shooting inside a busy shopping mall in Grande Prairie, Alta.


At least the Americans don't thumb their noses at others regarding their gun-related civilian-on-cop crime.










US strikes on Syrian soldiers threaten an American-Russian brokered ceasefire:

Moscow stepped up its war of words with Washington on Sunday, saying air strikes by a U.S.-led coalition on the Syrian army threatened the implementation of a U.S.-Russian ceasefire plan for Syria and bordered on connivance with Islamic State.

The diplomatic row heated up on the last day of a seven-day ceasefire marred by a surge of violence as warplanes hit the strategic northern city of Aleppo for the first time since the truce came into effect.

On Saturday, the Russian defense ministry said U.S. jets had killed more than 60 Syrian soldiers in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor in four air strikes by two F-16 and two A-10 fighter jets coming from the direction of Iraq.

Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari charged that U.S.-led strikes were aimed at torpedoing the ceasefire, but France's foreign minister, speaking in New York, placed the main blame for truce violations on the government of President Bashar al Assad.
 

I'm sure Obama didn't mean to do that.

Can't he just transmit his apologies?


And:

Syria shot two surface-to-air missiles at Israeli jets—and they shot at the Israeli jets not even over their own air space.

These were not errant missiles or spillover shots which is military parlance for mistakes. These missiles were calculated and intentionally targeted shots from an S-200 Russian missile system aimed at Israeli jets that were, quite frankly, targeting Syrian rocket launchers.

This is a major change in Syrian engagement. It could signal an escalation of tensions between Israel and Syria, especially because three mortars were shot from Syria into Israel later that day.

The reason Syria feels it can engage Israel is very clear. One word—Russia. Syrian leadership believes that Russia will protect them from Israel.
 
I'm sure Israel is re-thinking its relationship with Russia now.



Also:

Russia's ruling party on Sunday looked set to dominate a new parliament made up of Kremlin loyalists after a state exit poll gave it almost 45 percent in nationwide elections.

Russian state pollster VTsIOM put President Vladimir Putin's United Russia on 44.5 percent, ahead of the ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party on 15.3 percent, the Communists on 14.9 and A Just Russia on 8.1.

Putin captured over sixty-three percent of the vote in the 2012 elections.

Term limits aren't things that Putin takes seriously.

It's like stacking a committee with people who agree with you and then denying the average voter the right to vote in a referendum.





And now, photos taken by twenty-two finalists for the 2016's Weather Photographer of the Year Contest. Enjoy: