Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday Post

Two quitters meet to talk about an environmental problem that just isn't and to pretend a real problem is not worth worrying about:

French President Francois Hollande appeared to give his blessing to Canada's proposed withdrawal of its fighter jets from the bombing campaign against Islamic militants after meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday at the Elysee Palace.

The fight against the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant, known variously as ISIL, ISIS and Daesh, has taken on new urgency in France after terrorists claiming to be inspired by the movement killed 130 people earlier this month in Paris in seven co-ordinated attacks.

Hollande has been travelling the world drumming up support for a massive military response, including more air strikes by more countries, at exactly the same time Trudeau's government says it will remove Canada's six CF18s from Iraq and Syria and step up military training instead.

The issue threatened to create some turbulence as Trudeau arrived in Paris for the start of UN-sponsored climate negotiations that formally get underway Monday.

"Canada must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with France," Conservative critic James Bezan said in a release Sunday.

"Prime Minister Trudeau has not yet explained how withdrawing Canada's CF18s from the air combat mission will help our coalition partners defeat ISIS. None of our coalition allies asked us to leave the air combat mission."
Can you believe that people actually voted for them?

Neither can I.

But what do you expect from vulgarians who have never had to work hard but do take all the perks of an opulent lifestyle, have no problem billing the taxpayer for everything and who lie through their teeth?

While it's true the economy and the 2015-16 fiscal situation eroded during the Conservatives' reign, the final few months of the fiscal year will fall under the Liberals' tenure.

What will the economic situation be in small towns who cannot afford the massive influx of Syrians?

It's time to bill Pierre's kid (one of the legitimate ones).

Maurice Strong is dead.

Pope Francis journeys into even more dangerous parts of Africa:

Pope Francis has issued an appeal from the altar of Bangui's cathedral for all the fighting factions in Central African Republic and elsewhere to lay down their weapons and instead "arm yourselves with justice, love, mercy and authentic peace."

Bangui is awash in weapons as a result of more than two years of sectarian violence between Christian and Muslim militants that has forced more than 1 million people to flee their homes.

In his first Mass on Sunday after his arrival, Francis said Christians had as their primary vocation love for their enemy "which protects against the temptation of revenge and against the spiral of unending retaliation."

Sorry, Holy Father, but that will not happen. 


Pope Francis is paying his respects to 19th century Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith, the latest group of martyrs from around the world honoured by Francis in hopes of giving today's faithful missionary role models.

Francis will pray Saturday at shrines dedicated to the 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic martyrs who were killed between 1885 and 1887 on the orders of a local king eager to thwart the influence of Christianity in his central Ugandan kingdom. At Namugongo, where most of the martyrs were burned alive, he will celebrate Mass in their honour to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholics' canonization.

Gunmen fired rockets in an attack on a UN base in Mali leaving two peacekeepers and a civilian contractor dead.

A further 20 people were injured - four seriously - in the armed dawn assault which took place in the northern town of Kidal.

Up to five rockets landed inside the base.

And now, lazy, lazy lions:

First Sunday of Advent

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mid-Week Post

A merry Thanksgiving to all y'all...

But they said that there would be peace in our time!

President Obama didn’t require Iranian leaders to sign the nuclear deal that his team negotiated with the regime, and the deal is not “legally binding,” his administration acknowledged in a letter to Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) obtained by National Review. 
“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,” wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the November 19 letter.

It gets better:




The insane plan to bring in 25,000 unvetted Syrians is just not workable?

You don't say!

The Liberal government revealed Tuesday that its promise to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees will take longer and cost more than originally planned.

Rather than bring that many people in by year's end, the resettlement process will now be split in two, with 10,000 to arrive by Dec. 31 and the remainder by the end of February.

But specific details of how that will be accomplished are unclear, with government officials unable to say when mass arrivals of refugees will begin, where they'll go after landing in Toronto or Montreal, whether the military will in fact be called upon to assist or the final cost.

The Liberals and their loudmouth lackeys banked on most voters being so utterly retarded that this stunt could go completely unnoticed until girls started getting raped at night, children were blown up at marathons and nights in gay Paris Montreal ended in bloodshed.

(Sidebar: what? Too soon?)

If it makes the corrupt Liberal masses feel any better, most voters now have long memories and won't forget this no matter how many unvetted voters blocks gradually trickle in.

Letting facts get in the way of total codswallop:

Statistics Canada published a report in 2011 titled Temperature Trends in Canada that gave an ominous warning. Over the period from 1948 to 2009 for Canada: “The linear trend indicates an increase in mean temperature of 1.4°C over the 62 years in the record.”

Since global temperature rise is not quite 1° C in 135 years, Canada’s warming rate is almost three times as great.

The report`s findings, surely, was enough to make Canadians shiver in their boots for fear, was it not? Well, if Canadians were shivering in their boots, it was more than likely from the winter temperatures because Canada remains a very cold country.

The major climate zones in Canada are polar, subpolar, humid continental and oceanic. Almost 90% of Canadians live within the humid continental zone since most Canadians live in the southern part of the nation no more than 200 miles from the American border. This climate zone is virtually the same as that experienced within the US north eastern states and northern midwest regions, plus northern and eastern Europe, and large areas of Russia.

Following the Koppen/Trewartha climate classification system, the humid continental climate has the following characteristics:

(1) distinct 4 seasons with a warm to hot summers, and a cold winters
(2) precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year
(3) mean temperature for the coldest month of the year is below freezing
(4) there should be from 4 to 7 months within the year that have a mean temperatures at or exceeding 10° C. ...

An obvious question arises. Given the accelerated warming that Canada seems to be experiencing and which is almost triple the global warming rate, how long would it take for real climate change to come to Toronto Canada?

The answer is simply a matter of basic arithmetic. If the overall temperature rise for Canada as a whole continues on its present rate of 1.4° C every 60 years, it will take about 218 years for Toronto to achieve the needed overall temperature rise of 5.1° C. Now supposing that the rate of temperature rise in Canada triples what it has been doing for the last 60 years and rises at a rate of 4.2° C every 60 years. Toronto will still have a long time to wait for its humid subtropical climate – at least another 73 years.

However, there is another factor to consider. For if you peruse the report mentioned above from Statistics Canada, Temperature Trends in Canada, there are some charts that the report links to. You will see that Toronto resides in the defined Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region, and that the temperature in this region has not been rising at the overall Canada rate of 1.4° C, but rather closer to 0.6 to 0.7° C within 60 years. Of course that puts a whole new perspective on things since such a rate is half of the national rate. See Chart 1 in the Report. So we have to “adjust” those time-frames wherein 218 years becomes now 436 years, and 73 years becomes 146 years, waiting for Toronto’s humid subtropical climate to finally come.

Canada's rate of warming is about twice the global rate, according to a climate change briefing presented to the country's premiers on Monday.

Read above, climate alarmist.

Some context:

"Canada isn't doing well right now because it's Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda. It doesn't work," Trudeau said in French to interviewer Patrick Lagace on the Tele-Quebec program Les francs-tireurs (The Straight Shooters).

The scandal-plagued Senate has a cheerleader in Justin Trudeau after the Liberal leader said he wouldn't abolish the chamber because it's to Quebec's gain over other provinces to keep the lights on.

"We have 24 senators from Quebec and there are just six from Alberta and British Columbia. It's to our advantage," he told a French newspaper.

Gerald Butts has been friends with Trudeau since their McGill University days, and is said to be so close to him that he had a hand writing the eulogy Trudeau famously delivered at the funeral of his father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

The son of a Glace Bay, Cape Breton, coal miner, Butts was principal secretary to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and is the former president and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund-Canada. ...

A scion of the Bronfman (Seagram's liquor) family and head of a private investment firm, Stephen Bronfman is credited with the Liberals' fundraising success. In 2013, the Liberal Party raised $11.6 million, up 42 per cent from the previous year. The Conservatives are still the leaders at $18.2 million, but increased their numbers by only five per cent.

The Bronfman and Trudeau families have been friends for years.

Now, Alexandre “Sacha” Trudeau, 38, is taking a break from globetrotting to act as a senior adviser in his brother Justin’s campaign for leader of the Liberal Party. It’s a move that may seem surprising coming from a man who, for years, insisted he was apolitical.

And now:

The government hasn’t yet decided whether it will rescind dozens of political appointments Stephen Harper made in advance of the federal election that some argue should now be cancelled.

“We are currently assessing the situation,” a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office told Yahoo Canada News on Tuesday.

“It is regrettable that, particularly over the last decade, government appointments have become synonymous with cynical backroom politics. This is not a reflection of individual appointees, but rather of the opaque nature of the process surrounding their selection,” Olivier Duchesneau said in an emailed statement.

Duchesneau said one thing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does plan to do is change the system.

Then PM Crappy Water can start by cleaning his own house, his own nepotistic, partisan, Islamist-supporting, well-funded, ROC-hating house.


Canada's post-secondary institutions are not producing enough graduates with the right skills to drive future economic growth, warns the head of one of the country's largest banks.

CIBC chief executive Victor Dodig told The Canadian Press in an interview Tuesday that much of the country's eventual economic success will be generated by entrepreneurs who commercialize new ideas and technologies.

And Dodig wasn't just talking about innovators focused on the high-tech sector. He pointed out that technological breakthroughs also key to the success of traditional industries like manufacturing and natural resources.

But while Dodig credits Canada with boasting a high overall participation rate in post-secondary education when compared to other industrialized countries, he says the system falls short in the disciplines that will really count down the road.

Canada, he added, lags its international peers in training graduates in areas geared for boosting innovation. Those fields include science, engineering and mathematics.

"We have gaps — we're not producing the types of skills that industries need," Dodig said Tuesday before raising the topic again in a speech to business leaders and policy-makers at the Canadian Club of Ottawa.

"A lot of people are overeducated and underqualified for the jobs that are needed."
Schools are puppy mills designed to make sure kids don't put forks into electrical sockets. They don't reward excellence and they certainly don't prepare students for university and the modern marketplace.

So Boko Haram's butchery is better than ISIS'?

Iraq is the world's most terrorised country followed by Afghanistan and Nigeria, according to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2015. The report said more than 32,000 people were killed by terrorism in 2014, with Boko Haram and the Islamic State (Isis) terror groups accounting for more than half of the deaths.

Oh, like Russia has never shot down planes!

The shooting down of a Russian jet by Turkey is a "stab in the back" committed by "accomplices of terrorists", Vladimir Putin has said.

The Sukhoi Su-24 was warned 10 times before being downed near the Syrian border by two Turkish F16 jets for violating the country's airspace, according to the Turkish military.

A Turkish official said two Russian planes approached the Turkish border and were warned before one of them was shot down, adding their information shows Turkish airspace was repeatedly violated.
NATO said the incursion into Turkish airspace lasted 17 seconds, but Moscow claims its plane was over Syria when it was shot down.

It has triggered a major diplomatic confrontation, with NATO calling an emergency meeting to discuss the incident.

Giving fair-trade chocolate a shot in the arm:

Swiss food giant Nestle vowed Tuesday to stamp out any forced labour used in its supply chain in Thailand, after a probe confirmed workers were toiling in slave-like conditions to catch and process fish for Nestle products.

And people say the Church is dwindling:

Pope Francis, beginning his first visit to Africa on Wednesday, is venturing into a minefield of dangerous issues, from sectarian violence and radical terrorism to anti-gay persecution and rising social inequality. But he knows Africa is crucial to the future of the Catholic Church.

Catholicism is growing faster in Africa than anywhere else on Earth. In 1980, only 7 per cent of the world’s Catholics were African. By 2012, the number had jumped to 16 per cent.

The number of Catholics on the continent is projected to double to 460 million over the next 25 years. Africa is also the fastest-growing source of Catholic priests and seminary students. If the Catholic Church hopes to continue growing, Africa must be at its heart.

A young man awakens after a nearly two hundred day long coma:

A student who spent 198 days in a coma has woken up after his mother refused to listen to medical advice and give up on him. 

Huo Ling sang and read to her 19-year-old son every day – despite doctors saying he would likely never wake up again. 

Yu Pinjia, a second-year university student, fell into a coma in March after suffering a sudden and severe cerebral haemorrhage.

After being rushed to hospital in Yichang, a city in China’s central Hubei Province, the student from the China Three Gorges University was declared comatose, with little chance of regaining consciousness. 
Yu’s mother, Huo Ling, refused to give up and had her son treated in three different hospitals with acupuncture and in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. 

Huo stayed by his bedside talking, reading, and singing to him every day. 

She would repeatedly say to him: “Dear son, you promised to take care of your father and me one day, and we are still waiting for that day." 

After almost 200 days, Yu, who had undergone a total of five surgeries, opened his eyes to the sight of his mother reading him a novel. 

Although he is yet to make a full recovery, doctors are delighted with his progress.

A pre-Christmas miracle:

Imagine the surprise of the custodian who happened to stumble upon the cries of a real life baby boy laying in the manger of the Holy Child Jesus Church’s nativity scene on Monday.

After returning from lunch, a custodian for the church found the newborn wrapped in towels laying in the manger, which prompted him to notify the police.

“A MIRACLE OF LIFE at Holy Child Jesus!” Bishop Octavio Cisneros posted on Facebook on Monday, “At noon time today our sacristan heard a baby crying in the empty manger that is being readied for Christmas, when he went to investigate he found a newborn baby, umbilical cord still attached.”

Cisneros posted that the baby is well and at a healthy 5.2 pounds, while extending his prayers for both the newborn and the mother who left the child.

The identity of the mother is still unknown by authorities, though detectives were in the process of speaking with who they believe may be the woman Tuesday afternoon, reports The New York Times.
The parish priest Rev. Christopher Ryan Heanue is calling this a Christmas miracle, and told The New York Times he thinks it’s beautiful the mother thought the church would be a safe place for her child to be taken care of.

(Merci beaucoup)

Monday, November 23, 2015

For A Monday

Some parts of New Brunswick could see 20 centimetres of snow on Monday.

Let the global warming begin!

Go to the Fur. You know you want to.

Desperately back-tracking over the whacky election promise to clown-car stuff 25,000 unvetted refugees with very questionable credentials into Canada, the Liberals promise that gay men will be joining the now-select group of women and children.

These gays:

The gays no one cared about when they were being publicly murdered because wedding cakes took precedence.

The gays whom the Liberals and now their voters suddenly remembered existed and should take precedence, even though PM Trulander swore that such prioritisation was "disgusting" and would never take place under his watch.

If the situation were not so dire, this whole thing would be comical. Like watching militant atheist sludge Bill Maher chew out rambling dilettante and political opportunist, Chrystia Freeland, for her appalling ignorance of widespread Islamist intolerance and violence, it's both terrible and fascinating to watch leftists trip over their own lunacy and puffed up sense of indignation.

You are helping ISIS and you don't even realise it. People who commit hate crimes against Muslim people are mirroring exactly what ISIS does ....

Oh, would this be the same ISIS that proudly represents Islam and does so with such virulence against Christians, Yazidis and the gays everyone now remembers to include in some hashed-up hijrah plan? That ISIS?

Leftist morons, do you really think that ISIS gives a sh-- about some slagged Muslimas? They kill people as a matter of course. That's what they do. Isn't that the reason why people flee the safety of Turkey for the welfare comfort of Germany? France, Britain and Sweden can't bend over anymore and they are still terrorised.

You won't be able to cocoon yourselves against this any longer. When the last vestiges of decadent Western living drift away, you will, no doubt, still be racking your brains wondering how you can get these imported thugs to like you.

They won't. Stop trying. Get a clue.

In other news, a helicopter crash in South Korea has claimed the life of its pilot and another passenger:

A U.S. Apache helicopter crashed in central South Korea on Monday, killing its pilot and another crew member, police and military officials said.

The attack helicopter went down in the county of Wonju in Gangwon province, the officials said. 

Who is he? Someone who was let in, no doubt:

French police have issued a photograph of the third man involved in the attacks at the Stade de France - admitting they do not know who he is.

The National Police published the image of the man, who blew himself up at France's national stadium along with two other attackers on 13 November, on Twitter.

A tweet from the Police Nationale account said: "The #PJ seeks to identify the 3rd author of one of the attacks of the 13/11 #StadeDeFrance #ParisAttacks"

Notley's carbon tax is a tax on everything. If it moves or grows, then you're paying. According to the Canadian Tax Payer's Federation, this new tax will cost the average Alberta household $320 per year in 2017. It jumps to a whopping  $470 per year in 2018. 

And now, the origins of festive foods. Enjoy:


It’s really not pudding, at least by American standards. The cake—which contains figs and is topped with brandy—has been an English Christmas dessert since the mid-1600s. Around that time, it was banned by English Puritans because of the large amount of alcohol content. Some believe that a Medieval custom dictated that pudding could only be made on the 25th Sunday after Trinity Sunday and that it was originally comprised of 13 ingredients to represent Christ and his 12 apostles. While interest has waned in Britain, it remains popular in film and carols like "We Wish You A Merry Christmas."

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday Post

Relaxing for the week-end...

Terrorists attack a hotel in Mali:

The Radisson Blu Hotel was stormed by special forces after gunmen entered it and seized 170 people, many of them foreign guests. 

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its offshoot al-Murabitoun said they carried out the attack, according to an agency used by jihadists in the region.

An unnamed UN official has said at least 27 people have been killed.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 12 bodies were found in the basement and 15 bodies were found on the second floor.

Nothing to do with Islam.

Belgium in a state of alert over people it let in:

Heavily armed police and soldiers patrolled key intersections, subways were closed and many stores shut their doors in Belgium's capital Saturday as the government warned of a threat of Paris-style attacks. At least one suspect from the deadly Paris attacks is at large and was last seen crossing into Belgium.

Prime Minister Charles Michel said the decision to raise the threat alert to the highest level was taken "based on quite precise information about the risk of an attack like the one that happened in Paris ... where several individuals with arms and explosives launch actions, perhaps even in several places at the same time."

The Belgian Federal Prosecutor's office said Saturday several weapons were discovered during the search of the home of one of three people arrested in connection with the Paris attacks, but said no explosives were found.

The death toll in Paris has risen to one hundred and thirty but at least some terrorists (like the mastermind) are dead:

Prime Minister Manuel Valls says one more person has died as the result of last week’s attacks in Paris, raising the total to 130.

Valls sais: “To those who ask, ‘what can I do?’ I say: to resist is to keep on living, to go out,”

The count does not include any of the attackers who died. ...

Belgium has filed terror charges against a third suspect relating to last week’s Paris attacks.

In a statement late Friday, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement that “the person that was arrested yesterday has been charged by the investigating judge with participation in terrorist attacks and participation in the activities of a terrorist organization, and placed into custody.”

Two other suspects are already behind bars facing similar charges. ...

The Paris prosecutor’s office says a woman killed during a police raid in a Paris suburb did not blow herself up as police had previously thought.

Wednesday’s raid on an apartment in Saint-Denis resulted in a seven-hour siege that ended with three people killed, including Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected architect of Friday’s devastating attacks in Paris, and Hasna Aitboulahcen, the 26-year-old daughter of a Moroccan immigrant.

The Paris prosecutor’s office said Wednesday that investigators believed a woman had blown herself up in the siege. Police officials later said the woman was Aitboulahcen and she was believed to have detonated a vest. On Friday, prosecutors confirmed Aitboulahcen was killed in the police raid but said she was not a suicide bomber.

A third person killed in the Saint-Denis raid remains unidentified.


The Islamic State group is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region, according to Iraqi and U.S. intelligence officials.

This makes not air-bombing ISIS right now stunningly immoral and suicidal:

Canada’s fight against ISIL may be small, but it is mighty. And it has saved lives: our Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) bombs ISIL military installations and artillery pieces, which, if not neutralized, will be used by this death cult to destroy villages and end the lives of thousands of civilians. By October of this year, the RCAF had conducted 172 airstrikes against ISIL, destroying terrorist fighting positions, equipment, vehicles, explosives factories and storage facilities. Our men and women in uniform risk their lives so we can enjoy the freedoms we do. The threat posed by ISIL is real and has touched us here in Canada. Let’s not belittle the contribution our armed forces have made by claiming it’s too small to be missed.

Beyond the simple math of Canada’s contribution is the symbolism of our presence, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies. If we abandon the fight just as they press in, how will they perceive us? Can we truly expect to continue to have “a seat at the table” if we abandon the fight now?

One already suspects Trudeau is a moron and that Obama- who doesn't read security reports he doesn't like- is rather similar to him. I bet even the plain truth that it was never Harper but Obama who soured Canada-US relations is stinging the electorate now.

If it isn't, it should.

But I thought all of these refugees were harmless women and children:

Private security contractors will join Canadian troops in providing protection for the government-wide operation that brings Syrian refugees to Canada, according to a draft of the plan.

Even though the government says it is mindful of what everyone already knows - that being that there is no way in the very short amount of time cited to bring in these prospective Liberal/NDP voters without properly determining their real identities, their medical status (what MERS looks like under a microscope), the fact that they could be impostors, that a good chunk believe in ISIS' people-killing, child-raping, artefact-destroying mission and that municipalities will be picking up the tab for these people - they are still gung-ho about bringing them in without pausing and against the wishes of the majority of Canadians.

Liberal voters wanted this to happen. I think it's only fair that they and they alone house these people on their own dime.

Oh, that's too bad:

There has been an uptick in reported hate crimes targeting Muslims and others in Ontario since ISIS took responsibility for the Paris attacks last week.



2015.11.20 (Bamako, Mali) - Gunmen yelling 'Allah Akbar' storm a hotel and kill or capture dozens of people who are unable to recite Quran verses.

2015.11.20 (Ittehad, Pakistan) - Hardline gunmen pick off four guards outside a rival mosque during Friday prayers.

2015.11.20 (Baghdad, Iraq) - Ten worshippers at a Shiite mosque are sent straight to Allah by a Sunni suicide bomber.

2015.11.19 (Gush Etzion, Israel) - An American teenager is among three people cut down by an Arab drive-by shooter.

2015.11.18 (Sarajevo, Bosnia) - An 'ultra-conservative' Salafi fires an automatic weapon into a gambling shop, killing two guards.

There's more where that came from!


North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold rare talks next week, aimed at setting up a high-level dialogue that might provide the foundation for a sustainable improvement in cross-border ties.

Improvement? Does this sound like improvement? 

You know what you're doing, South Korea.

Pope Francis knows that he will celebrate Christmas Masses in a world that is sadly at war:

Pope Francis has declared in a sermon that Christmas this year will be a “charade” because “the whole world is at war”.

The pontiff’s speech at the Vatican came after terrorist attacks in France claimed the lives of 129 people; a Russian plane was bombed and dozens of people were killed in a double suicide attack in Lebanon. 

Speaking during Mass at the Casa Santa Maria, he said: “We are close to Christmas. There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes - all decked out - while the world continues to wage war.

“It’s all a charade. The world has not understood the way of peace. The whole world is at war.
“A war can be justified, so to speak, with many, many reasons, but when all the world as it is today, at war, piecemeal though that war may be - a little here, a little there - there is no justification.”

Russia has offered to send an Alsatian puppy to France in a gesture of solidarity after a police dog was killed during a raid on jihadists linked to the Paris attacks.

Russia's interior minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said he had written to his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve offering to send a puppy named Dobrynya to replace Diesel, a Belgian Shepherd killed in a huge raid north of Paris last Wednesday.

Kolokoltsev said that as "a sign of solidarity with the people and police of France," he was offering the puppy, which "will be able to occupy the place in service of the police dog Diesel killed during a special operation to neutralise terrorists."

The dog is named after a hero of Russian folk legend, Dobrynya Nikitch, famed for his strength, goodness and courage, he added.