Thursday, April 23, 2015

For A Thursday

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This glowing report on Ontario's budget forgets not only that Wynne has not been ousted but that she has already wasted taxpayer dollars and is instituting cap-and-trade taxes as well as taxes on beer:

Ontario's path back into the black won't include slashing and burning as the Liberal government believes it can eliminate its $10.9-billion deficit with a scalpel rather than a hatchet — a penny a beer bottle the only new tax to be introduced.

The $131.9-billion budget introduced Thursday by Finance Minister Charles Sousa pledges to balance the books through a combination of targeted savings and a dependence on a steady economic growth.

It contains no major spending cuts and no new personal or corporate tax increases, which is what many experts had predicted.

According to Global News, almost four times as many U.S. citizens as normal dumped their citizenship in March. The reason is an obscure regulation that forces Americans to fill out a Foreign Bank Account Report if they have an account abroad that totals over $10,000 in a year, according to the Wall Street Journal. While income earned abroad is mostly exempt from U.S. taxes, the penalty for not filling out the necessary paperwork can equal up to 50 per cent of the value of the account. In 2010, the U.S. passed FATCA, a law forcing Americans abroad to turn over banking information, and started going after people who weren’t reporting their money.

Rest assured Obama doesn't care:

President Barack Obama revealed Thursday that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and an Italian, two hostages held by al-Qaida, as well as two other Americans who had leadership roles with the terror network.

(SEE: Stevens, J. Christopher; survivors, Fort Hood; Foley, James; folks, random; Armenians)

Well, this must be embarrassing:

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

It's a good thing people are getting so worked up about cakes:

The shocking images were taken in ISIS-held territory in the province of Homs and show the two accused men being savagely executed by up to four jihadis.

Huge, bloodthirsty crowds are seen in the desert clearing where the group of executioners made a display of hugging the blindfolded couple and telling them they were forgiven of their 'sins', before pummeling them to death with hundreds of fist-sized rocks. 


He killed them. And then he took their photos and sent them to their father.

A relative of a woman and three children murdered this week in Saskatchewan said their killer took pictures of the bodies and sent copies to the children's biological father before taking his own life.
Tim Funk, a cousin of Latasha Gosling, said Steve O'Shaughnessy was the woman's boyfriend and that he was emotionally abusive, controlling and jealous.

Gosling, 27, was separated from her husband, but not officially divorced, and had been with O'Shaughnessy, 23, for the last couple of years, Funk said.

The husband often went to visit his three kids: Jenika 8, Landen, 7, and Janayah, 4. They had been living most recently with Gosling and O'Shaughnessy in a rented mobile home in Tisdale, a town of 3,200 northeast of Saskatoon.

The boyfriend "didn't like it at all" when the husband came around, Funk said.

On Tuesday, the husband received the gruesome photos in a text sent to his cellphone, said Funk. It was the day before the husband's birthday.

O'Shaughnessy "sent them to him as a birthday gift."

Funk said the husband called Mounties, who found the bodies early Wednesday in the mobile home.

China warns that its vassal state (TM- OFK) of North Korea could double its nuclear arsenal by next year:

The Chinese estimates of Pyongyang's nuclear production, relayed to U.S. nuclear specialists, exceed most previous U.S. forecasts, which range from 10 to 16 bombs currently, said the report, which cited people briefed on the matter. (...)
Early this month, U.S. Admiral William Gortney, commander of the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, said the U.S. military believes North Korea has the ability to miniaturize a warhead and mount it on a ballistic missile, although there had been no tests.

I'm not sure why China would warn anyone because altruism is not in its nature. Its valuable buffer state might rock the proverbial boat for any nation-states that might give a damn about a loose North Korean cannon, though.

Watch as nature explodes:

Chile's Calbuco volcano has erupted for the first time in 43 years, prompting an evacuation of 1,500 people from the nearby town of Ensenada.

The volcano, which has been inactive since 1972, spilled a huge ash cloud into the skies above southern Chile before a second eruption hours later.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mid-Week Post

A pleasant Earf Day to all y'all...

Never forget its origins.

Aaahhh... the misty green memories of they way they were and did not transpire:

“We have about five more years at the outside to do something.” • Kenneth Watt, ecologist

“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” • George Wald, Harvard Biologist

“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” • Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” • Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” • Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day

“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” • Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University

“Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….” • Life Magazine, January 1970

According to the 1948 Convention of the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, genocide is the intentional act of planning to and destroying a national, ethnic, racial or religious group by means of direct harm, preventing births or creating circumstances of the said groups' demise.

Scholars who have studied the Armenian genocide- the upheaval, murder and systematic abuse of Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923 - have agreed that it fits the definition of genocide.

And yet Obama does not agree:

White House officials have decided that President Obama will not use the word “genocide” to describe the killings of more than 1 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks when he commemorates the deaths Friday, the 100th anniversary of the massacres.
That's not what he said before:

The decision, revealed Tuesday in a meeting with Armenian American groups, backs down from a previous Obama pledge.

“As president I will recognize the Armenian Genocide,” Obama said while running for president in 2008.

In 2006, then-Senator Barack Obama wrote a letter to Secretary of State Condi Rice urging her to acknowledge historical facts and use the word “genocide” to describe the massacre of 1.5 million Armenian Christians. As President, Obama has never used the word, despite a written promise to do so.

How embarrassing. 

As there can be no moral or legal defense of this refusal, the US under Obama adhere to a hollow premise that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a stalwart friend to the West when in fact he is a flimsy ally with dictatorial and delusional machinations.

The decision is, therefore, an ideological one as is evidenced by several statements made by Obama. He is not obliged to be a referee between Armenia and Turkey. He is obliged to objectively call the past genocide of Armenians and the ongoing genocide of Christians and other minorities for what they are.

This has nothing to do with Islam:

An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was prevented from opening fire on churchgoers only because he accidentally shot himself in the leg, French officials said Wednesday.

The 24-year-old computer science student, who was also suspected in the death of a young woman whose body was found on Sunday shortly before his arrest, had been flagged as a risk for intent to travel to Syria but there had been no specific reason to open a judicial investigation, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Wednesday.

Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said the suspect — an Algerian who had lived in France for several years — was arrested in Paris Sunday after he apparently shot himself by accident and called for an ambulance.

He was waiting outside his apartment building for first aid when police arrived. They followed a trail of blood to his car, which contained loaded guns, and notes about potential targets.

But no one will miss this failed murderer.


It’s time for the United States to withdraw its soldiers from Korea. This has nothing to do with “liberating South Korea from U.S. imperialism,” and nothing to do with American retrenchment and isolationism. ...

The reason that U.S. troops should leave is that the presence of American soldiers encourages South Korean irresponsibility. South Korea has to grow up and take charge of its situation. How it got there doesn’t matter.

It's true. South Korea had better step it up because the US is not going to save it from Chinese-backed North Korea forever.


And now, a story of love between a very special little girl and her very special little puppy:

Lt. Dan might have met a different fate in other circumstances.

But his owner, Karen Riddle, knew the white German shepherd puppy born with just one front paw was meant for something special.

And on Monday, the nine-week-old found a new home with Sapphyre Johnson, a toddler who lost both feet.
Sapphyre Johnson, 3, who has two prosthetic feet, meets
(photo source)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

For A Tuesday

Whither spring?

A balanced budget just in time for the election:

Finance Minister Joe Oliver guided his maiden budget voyage into port Tuesday with a precious cargo of targeted pre-election measures on board — and just enough leeway to keep the federal books above water.

The razor-thin $1.4-billion surplus projected this year — the first Conservative surplus in eight years and just the third since Prime Minister Stephen Harper took office riding a $13-billion surplus in 2006 — is entirely dependent on a lengthy series of bookkeeping measures, including asset sales, reduced reserve funds and unrealized collective bargaining gains.

"A promise made, a promise kept, Mr. Speaker, this budget is written in black ink," Oliver told the House of Commons in a budget speech remarkable for its sharp partisan rhetoric.

The election subtext was also written all over the 518-page budget document. ...

Starting in 2017, there's money for major public transit systems that eventually will hit $1 billion annually. Those funds are expected to target Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.

There are significant increases in the military budget, again starting in 2017, and a slew of security-related spending including more than $290 million over five years for the RCMP and Canada's spy services to enforce the government's new anti-terror law.

Seniors will see a package of benefits that include a relaxation of the rules on registered retirement savings redemptions, a near-doubling of the annual Tax Free Savings Account limit to $10,000, and new writeoffs for home retrofits to accommodate disabilities.

The tax rate for small businesses will gradually drop to nine per cent from 11 per cent over the next four years, there's a 10-year accelerated capital cost allowance for manufacturers and new lifetime capital gains exemptions for fishermen and farmers.

Don't accuse the Tories of not pandering to the masses who want their money back in their wallets.

Quite unlike carbon taxes which are just a war on the poor, but I digress.

This must be embarrassing:

And this:

In today's Globe and Mail, Lawrence Martin writes about a conversation he had with "a top strategist" for the Liberal Party:
"In the Greater Toronto Area, where the election may well be decided, a top strategist told me that the biggest drag on their numbers is not their own doing. It’s the Ontario Liberal government’s early age sexual education policy. “I’m not kidding. It’s hurting the brand badly in certain ethnic communities, especially in the west 905.”

See what happens when you garner the multicultural vote without factoring in that immigrants aren't gated white liberals?

In 2008, Obama promised to meet Iran without pre-conditions. Now, he is promising to give Iran fifty billion dollars:

Yet a new wrinkle has surfaced in the controversial nuclear deal being formulated by the US and world powers with Iran, as State Department representatives on Monday would not rule out handing the Islamic regime up to $50 billion in a "signing bonus" for agreeing to a deal.

Reports have indicated that the US would authorize a release of $30-$50 billion in cash to Iran with the signing of a final deal ahead of a June 30 deadline, which comes in addition to over $11 billion in assets that were unfrozen in the interim agreement signed November 2013.

But the purge of Christians is not a new phenomenon. Whether it is Egypt, Iraq and Syria or on boats to Italy, the genocide of Christians is something that the world just doesn't care about.

The most notable symbol of that transformation is the Hagia Sophia.
Once a Christian church, it was sacked by Muslim invaders and turned into a mosque. Under reformer Ataturk, it was a transformed into a museum over 80 years ago.

But this week, the Hagia Sophia was effectively turned back into a mosque with the approval of Turkey's Islamist leader.

As the Gatestone Institute reports:

"Turkey is not converting churches into mosques because there is a need for more mosques... The message conveyed ... is that Turkey is an Islamic state and no other religion is tolerated."
The ethnic cleansing of Christians from "modern" Turkey proves that jihad is hardwired into the Koran. We see that all over the world.

Good luck dealing with the Islamists, post-modern West. I know you'll do fine.

Oh, wait:

Imagine being a member of the Christian minority having fled the massacres of Syria, made it to Sweden, and then seeing your brother’s killer not only being let back into the country, but getting rewarded for services rendered. This has been real in Sweden since 2013.

And there's more:

It's an accusation Muslim leaders flatly deny.

"Islam is a religion of tolerance and peace," Boubacar Seydou, of the Islamic Association of Niger, said. "In Islam, we are not familiar with such acts of violence!"

Seydou is also key leader at Niger's largest mosque. He allowed CBN News to attend and document Friday prayers.In his first television interview since the attacks, Seydou denied that Muslims were involved in the attacks.

"Muslims did not take part in these attacks. Sure, there were many Muslims protesting the cartoons, but no one pushed them to attack churches. I'm sure if we arrested some of those involved in the church burnings you'd discover that in fact Christians were among those taking part in the violence!" Seydou said.

(Paws up)

Liberalism is a mental illness that coddles the weak of mind and spirit.

But don't take my word for it:

Last week, feminists at Georgetown melted down over a visit by AEI resident scholar Christina H. Sommers claiming she makes them feel “unsafe” and demanded the talk carry a “trigger warning.”
But don’t think for a second that it’s just Georgetown that’s a problem.

Yesterday Ms. Sommers appeared at the very liberal Oberlin college in Ohio and was met by some of the same nonsense.

Yeah. "Trigger warnings".

And now, it is fairly easy being green:

The Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center recently unveiled a newly discovered and described frog—and he might look a little familiar. Found in the Caribbean slopes of Costa Rica, the little green amphibian bears a striking resemblance to Kermit the Frog.