Thursday, September 21, 2017

This Post Is Super-Islamophobic

Let the show trials begin!

After the first M-103 hearing on Monday, I wrote that we were perhaps facing a less adversarial process than expected. Liberal MP Iqra Khalid was conciliatory as the initial witness, emphasizing that her motion to tackle discrimination was equally about all religions and races. She hardly mentioned the ill-defined phrase Islamophobia. ...

(Sidebar: Iqra Khalid, while the president of the Muslim Student Association at York University, put out a book that advocated wife abuse, as is stated in the Koran, the unrevised text written by Mohammad, its prophet who believed that women were stupid, bound for hell and who married a child. Under M-103, this politically embarrassing truth can never be uttered under penalty of tribunal or possibly prison.)

From the book put out by the Muslim Student Association


Witness Michel Juneau-Katsuya was an officer in both the RCMP and CSIS. He’s been in private security for a number of years and a regular media voice offering commentary on national security and terror. ...

In the aftermath of the Quebec City mosque shootings, there were similar calls to deal with these stations. A CBC story featured much hand-wringing over the stations, but could only offer this evidence: “Radio poubelle (trash radio) stations often air segments voicing concerns about Muslim immigration and the threat of Islamic terrorism.”

Is that it? Maybe they’re rude and excessive. But how is that a crime that warrants the government shutting them down?

Juneau-Katsuya then lamented that there was “too much shyness and political correctness when it comes to the prosecuting process, letting it go under the blanket of free speech and letting things go too far.” We should be prosecuting people more, he said.

Indeed.

Two Islamic preachers accused of giving anti-Semitic sermons in 2014 won't face charges, a spokesman for Quebec's Crown prosecutor's office said Thursday.

Is Mr. Juneau-Katsuya ready to apply his heavy-handed fascism to everyone?


But I digress ...


He was then asked by Liberal MP Arif Virani if Rebel Media “amplifies the voices of the extreme right?” He answered yes.

Virani then read out a tweet that wrongly said the Quebec City shooter had an unspecified Muslim accomplice.


Juneau-Katsuya said it should be “denounced and if possible prosecuted, because here, this is defamation.”

The tweet, Virani then revealed, was in fact made by my colleague Tarek Fatah – who was also testifying that day.

What should we make of all this? No one disputes people should be charged for threats, harassment and, of course, assault. That wasn’t what was being discussed though.

No, this was a former federal police officer basically toying with the censoring of the media and the prosecuting of individuals when “things go too far.”

Rather bizarrely, Virani told Fatah that same day that he disagreed with his opening remarks but believed in his right to say them. So why then did he lay a trap that ended in a witness recommending Fatah be prosecuted for an erroneous tweet?

My colleagues in the media tried to say M-103 was a toothless motion. Yet here we are, having a committee hearing. Then they said it would never lead to suppression of speech. Yet look what just happened.

This is a dangerous game we’re playing. Everyone's free to disagree with Quebec talk radio, Ezra Levant and Tarek Fatah until the cows come home. But prosecution?!

Yes, because MPs voted for this bit of virtue-signalling Nazism, one that favours one religion (an oppressively anti-Semitic and anti-Christian one, to boot) over all others. Motion 103 not only adds a few votes their way but also paves the way for any comment, criticism or even mockery to be squelched before it reaches the masses. This isn't just censorship. It is the gradual progression of totalitarianism.

How many free states bar dissent?

Why aren't Iqra Khalid and Arif Virani made to define Islamophobia? if this is going to be the law of the land, shouldn't this be properly defined? Why hasn't Iqra Khalid explained her role in the Muslim Student Association's distribution of a book that approved of wife-beating (as it is approved of in the Koran and has not been challenged or reformed since Islam's inception) instead of scrubbing any mention of her involvement wherever she can? Why can't the average citizen decry the attempts at mass murder committed by Islamists on Canadian soil? Why should Islam be exempt from criticism but not Mormonism, Judaism, Catholicism or any other religion? Why can't anyone talk about any of this? Why are some otherwise unaccomplished MPs dictating what can and cannot be said in an ostensibly democratic country and who are they to overturn centuries of thought and progress?

Are these questions going to be asked and answered at these show trials or will they disappear down the memory hole (or else)?

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian accused and sentenced to death for blasphemy.



Also in totalitarian news:

North Korea told a U.N. rights panel that international sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs would endanger the survival of North Korean children. 

Han Tae Song, Pyongyang’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, was speaking at a hearing of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child late on Wednesday. 

The panel of independent experts challenged North Korean officials over allegations of forced child labor, sexual abuse and trafficking in North Korea, Pyongyang’s health and education budget, and Internet access for children. 

Han said North Korea, whose population is 26 million, is a “people-centered socialist country... where protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of the child are given top priority ... There is room for improvement.” 

"Room for improvement"? Is that how this dictatorship glosses over how it treats its children?

You b@$#@rd.





I am so glad that China's credit rating is going kaput. Maybe this dictatorship will run its course in five years.




Why is the judge desperate to make this nauseating little cow sound crazy? She knows damn well what she is doing and why:

The accused ISIS terrorist doesn’t recognize our legal system. She refuses to stand before the judge. She declines to engage in the proceedings against her.

In fact, Rehab Dughmosh, 32, doesn’t consider herself a Canadian at all. But she will face Canadian justice all the same.

Lucky her.

Dressed in a prison-issued green sweatsuit and all but her eyes covered by a black headscarf, Dughmosh was indicted Wednesday on 14 serious terrorism-related charges, including attempting to travel to Syria in 2016 to join ISIS and four counts of attempted murder with a golf club and knife inside a Scarborough Canadian Tire store this past June. None of the charges have been proven in court.

In a surprising move, Dughmosh announced that she wouldn’t be entering a guilty plea despite her many declarations in previous appearances that she wanted to do so.

“No,” she advised Justice Kim Crosbie. “I am not guilty.”

The judge told her she then had three choices: to be tried in provincial court by a different judge, in Superior Court by judge alone or by judge and jury. Dughmosh refused to choose.

“I do not believe what you believe,” she said through an Arabic interpreter. “Tell her I am still a supporter of the Islamic State and I am not guilty and I don’t want to go to bail court.”

The ever patient judge explained that they weren’t in bail court — she’s already waived her right to a bail hearing — but at the point in the proceedings where they must decide where the case goes next. Dughmosh was told she could select what kind of trial she’d like to have.

“I don’t want anyone,” she replied. “Stop the court. Stop the court.”

She’s been a handful over the last several months — eschewing any legal representation, refusing to leave her cell for video appearances and even having to be dragged against her will. Crosbie ordered a psychiatric assessment to ensure Dughmosh understands the court process. A psychiatrist concluded that she does indeed.

But while she may understand, she refuses to co-operate.

Under M-103, one is not allowed to point that Rehab Dughmosh is a perfect example of how Islamism is not compatible with normal society.

I'm told that such things hurt people's feelings.

Or something.




Climate Barbie doesn't like being called Climate Barbie:

Canada's environment minister says she's fed up with the sexist comments women in politics have to put up with, and she accuses conservatives of being the worst offenders in the misogyny department.

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Liberal MP Justin Trudeau said the government should not call honour killings "barbaric" in a study guide for would-be Canadian citizens. ...

Trudeau blasted the Conservatives for using the term "barbaric," even though it's been in the guide since 2009. Forced marriages are the only new item on the list. 

"There's nothing that the word 'barbaric' achieves that the words 'absolutely unacceptable' would not have achieved," Trudeau, the Liberal immigration critic, said. 

"We accept that these acts are absolutely unacceptable. That's not the debate. In casual conversation, I'd even use the word barbaric to describe female circumcision, for example, but in an official Government of Canada publication, there needs to be a little bit of an attempt at responsible neutrality." 

But Immigration Minister Jason Kenney fired back Monday, accusing the Liberals of choosing political correctness over women's rights. 

"Despite Trudeau's opposition, we make no apologies for letting immigrant women know their rights. 

We won't turn a blind eye to the abuse of immigrant women, even if the Ignatieff Liberals prefer we err on the side of political correctness," said Alykhan Velshi, a spokesman for Kenney. 

Did you welcome any raped Yazidi women into the country, Climate Barbie?

Climate Barbie's greatest foe - The Puffin!



Also - Scheer proves what an utter milquetoast he is:

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has personally apologized to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna for a Tory MP's remark referring to her as "climate Barbie."





Desperate to tax the elderly and working and middle-classes, Hair-Boy pitches his "tax you b@$#@rds back into the Stone Age" plan to the UN:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's speech to the United Nations General Assembly Thursday included a plug for domestic tax proposals that are angering many small business owners in Canada.

Yes, about that:

This week, both opposition parties put heated questions to the government, which had already begun to feel the growing anger among the ranks of “wealthy” Canadians (who aren’t that wealthy) they’d hoped to separate from their cash. Not only have they been challenged on the validity of their plan and the legitimacy of its claims, but they’ve been grilled on the fact that two very rich men, both of whom benefited greatly from inherited wealth, have crafted a plan that targets people who built their good fortune from a much less privileged base, while skipping past the sort of tax benefits that let the Trudeaus and Morneaus of the world shield their own fortunes.

You're still not getting that seat, Justin.




This is such bullcrap:

Conservative Sen. Lynn Beyak has been removed from all Senate committees, a week after a series of controversial remarks about First Nations people came to light.

Chairs of the Red Chamber's agriculture, transport and defence committees confirmed to CBC News Wednesday that Beyak was no longer a member of their respective bodies. The Senate confirmed her name would be officially struck from the rosters Thursday morning.

In the spring, then interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose kicked Beyak off the Aboriginal Peoples committee after the northwestern Ontario senator mounted a defence of the Indian residential school system.

Beyak will continue to sit as a member of the Conservative caucus.

Keeping aboriginal people in northern ghettos is not going to fix things, gated white Liberals.

Ban that thought-crime all you want. People will still think it.




It is true that no one wants to talk about EMPs but that is not the only thing they don't want to talk about:

The irony in all this is that a few hundred million dollars, a mere bagatelle in the scheme of things, in replacement and additional parts to our utilities system—notably metal Farraday cages that in a further irony bear a striking theoretical resemblance to conspiracy theorists’ tinfoil cone hats—could preclude most potential EMP damage. Amazingly, though, as Furey discovered in his research, in Canada there “has never been a single attempt to introduce legislation to protect the grid. The north is fully exposed.”

There are bigger ideological fish to fry than something that can reduce the country to the state of Pakistan overnight.

Just ask the ever-phobic Iqra Khalid.

When people can no longer tweet out any opinion, they will probably chuck their devices away and the EMP may have little effect on a largely scientific-illiterate population.




This is why people home-school:

A new fifth grade teacher at Canopy Oaks Elementary is asking students to use gender-neutral pronouns in the classroom. 

Math and science teacher Chloe Bressack sent the request home in a letter to parents headlined "About Mx. Bressack."

“... my pronouns are 'they, them, their' instead of 'he, his, she, hers.' I know it takes some practice for it to feel natural,” the letter reads, “but students catch on pretty quickly.”

The letter also asks that students use “Mx.," (pronounced 'Mix') when addressing the teacher rather than Mr. or Ms.




And now, some happy news:

In a truly amazing moment that captures the best of the human spirit, several men worked together to rescue a dog that was trapped under the rubble of what used to be a building. A crowd gathered, and the response when they see that the dog is safe is truly heartwarming!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mid-Week Post

A merry Rosh Hashana to all y'all.




Eleven shopping days until Chuseok ...




Don't forget that this Friday is Save the North Korean Refugees Day:



What sort of place could be so horrible that a family of five would choose to die together rather than be sent there? The answer, of course, is this place, or this one, or this one, or this. Here is the story of a family that made that choice.

A North Korean family of five, including a former senior official of the Workers Party, committed suicide last week after they were caught by Chinese police and faced deportation to the North. They were heading to South Korea. …

Now, imagine the cruelty of governments that inflict this on people for no greater crime than aspiring to eat, to survive, to live a life that is better than slavery. Imagine the cruelty of a government — of China’s government — which sends them back to a fate this family judged to be far worse than the death it chose instead.


(Sidebar: this China.)



Even in China, where the government has increased its repatriations of refugees to North Korea, and even pays bounties for their arrests — repatriations that a U.N. Commission of Inquiry has described as complicity with crimes against humanity — there are signs that public anger at North Korea’s belligerence is growing.

In South Korea, there are also growing doubts about the government’s commitment to the protection of North Korean refugees. The president himself is a former member of a hard-left lawyers’ group that is trying to violate refugees’ right to confidentiality.


 


In light of this, Trump's bluster at the UN doesn't seem so bombastic.

"From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems."

Martyrs of Korea
기도 합니다.


(Kamsahamnida)




Rescuers work to save children trapped under rubble in Mexico:

The wiggling fingers of a young girl trapped in the rubble of her collapsed school in Mexico City raised hopes among hundreds of rescuers working furiously Wednesday to try to free her — a drama that played out at dozens of buildings toppled by the powerful earthquake that killed at least 223 people.

But it was the ongoing rescue at the Enrique Rebsamen school, where 25 people including 21 children perished, that was seen as emblematic of Mexicans' rush to save survivors before time runs out.

Helmeted workers spotted the girl buried in the debris early Wednesday and shouted to her to move her hand if she could hear. She did, and a rescue dog was sent inside to confirm she was alive.

Hours later the crews were still labouring to free her, as images of the rescue effort were broadcast on TV screens nationwide. Workers in neon vests and helmets used ropes, pry-bars and other tools, frequently calling on the anxious parents and others gathered around to be silent while they listened for any other voices from beneath the school.

At one point, the workers lowered a sensitive microphone inside the rubble to scan for any noise or movement. A rescuer said they thought they had located someone, but it wasn't clear who.

"It would appear they are continuing to find children," said Carlos Licona, a burly sledge-hammer wielding volunteer who came to help in any way he could. Asked if that made him optimistic, he said, "I hope so."

It was part of similar efforts at the scenes of dozens of collapsed buildings, where firefighters, police, soldiers and civilians wore themselves out hammering, shovelling , pushing and pulling debris aside to try to reach the living and the dead.




Remember - Liberals don't have to pay their "fair share" the way "big fish" like waitresses and gas station attendants do:


"We are not just going to take, take, take," a senior government official, speaking on background, told CBC News. "We're going to give something as well."

The offering — the proverbial spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down — would be part of the final proposals presented after the consultation period ends Oct. 2.

The official would not speculate on what the government will offer as that sweetener.

Palatable?

These people could feritilise a field with their manure.


How palatable could this be?

On Tuesday, the finance department annual report presented adjusted figures and our expenses ran in less than predicted and revenues were slightly higher, giving us a deficit of only $17.8 billion. I say “only” because it was projected this spring to be $23 billion.

But the problem is the government wasn't elected on running a $23 billion deficit. They explicitly campaigned on a ceiling of $10 billion a year. Maximum.

“Amazing news everyone!” Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre tweeted. “The deficit is only 80% bigger than the Liberal platform projected! Things aren’t so bad after all!”

It's stunning to think that people actually voted for this.


(Merci beaucoup)




An advocate for wounded veterans loses a job because he was critical of how the Trudeau government has treated vets:

A veterans’ advocate courted for a job by the Canadian Forces had his offer of employment rescinded because he wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to complain that injured military personnel, including a soldier who died, weren’t being treated properly.

The Canadian Forces had offered the job in June to retired Master Warrant Officer Barry Westholm, acknowledging that his advocacy for injured soldiers was just what was needed to turn around the Joint Personnel Support Unit.

Westholm had been a JPSU sergeant major before quitting in 2013 to protest the poor state of affairs in the unit that is supposed to take care of injured troops.

Westholm replied to Lt.-Col. Chris Robidoux, JPSU deputy commander, that he was interested in becoming involved in the plan to set a new direction for the unit. But Westholm stipulated he would work for free since he felt an obligation to help the injured.

However the job offer was rescinded two months later because Westholm sent emails to Trudeau, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance outlining how the current system failed military personnel, including Pte. Leah Greene.

Surely vets didn't think that Hair-Boy cared about them?




Lawyers for two Liberals in a bribery case want the charges dropped:

Lawyers representing two Ontario Liberals charged with Election Act bribery offences will argue next month that the Crown hasn’t proven its case and the matter should be thrown out.

Oh, I'll bet they do.




The Liberals are conducting a witch-hunt at the urging of a pants-wetting fascist and all the minister who oversaw a failed inquiry can moan on about is Lynn Beyak?

If the Conservatives are committed to First Nations reconciliation, they need to show the door to a senator who's urging Indigenous Peoples to "trade your status card" and practice their culture on their own dime, says a prominent Liberal cabinet minister.

Carolyn Bennett, the government's Crown-Indigenous relations minister, made the comments about Conservative Sen. Lynn Beyak during the daily question period Tuesday in response to a question from a Liberal back bench.

"The senator's ongoing, offensive comments regarding Indigenous people are ill-informed, hurtful, and simply wrong," Bennett said.

"These disturbing views expressed by a sitting parliamentarian undermine progress toward reconciliation."

Beyak no longer has a role in the Conservative caucus, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said earlier this week, but he stopped short of forcing her out, urging her to do so herself if she doesn't endorse his policy of positivity and inclusiveness.

He said he didn't agree with her comments and that she didn't speak for the party or the caucus.

(Sidebar: thanks for having her back, Andy.)


What a silly b!#ch.


Bennett's intolerance is loony as Hillary Clinton's scapegoat # 320:

Clinton said Tuesday night that Putin interfered in the presidential election in part because of her work as secretary of state, which brought the two into conflict on various occasions. That, she said, evolved into a grudge on his part.

She said the fact she’s a woman “does seem to get him agitated.” And she mocked Putin for “manspreading” at one meeting. That’s an aggressive posture where a man sits with legs splayed.

Putin, my dear woman, does not get agitated. That is why he is a president and you are not.




But she is Climate Barbie!

A veteran Conservative MP has apologized for referring to the federal environment minister as "climate Barbie," a sexist insult apparently lifted from Rebel Media.

Gerry Ritz, the former agriculture minister who announced last month that he is leaving federal politics after two dedades, made the remark on Twitter Tuesday. Ritz was responding to a tweet quoting a U.S. professor saying no major industrialized country is on pace to meet Paris climate targets.

"Has anyone told our climate Barbie!" Ritz offered.

Has anyone explained it to Climate Barbie?




Equivalence is all very well and good for people who haven't read books but no literate person can honestly believe and defend something as incongruous as the idea that canon law, kosher dietary habits and killing Jews because an unrevised text tells them to do so are similar and should be uniformly enforced in a secular society:

Just as Roman Catholic canon law and Jewish Halacha are here, for those who choose to observe it.
"It's all around you," said Imam Mohamad Jebara, chief iman and resident scholar at the Cordova Spiritual Education Center in Ottawa.

"Every time a Muslim goes to pray, whenever I cook and take food to my neighbours, that's me exercising what Shariah teaches me," he said.

Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton said the impact of these practices are usually confined to their communities.
"The fact is there are all kinds of religious laws currently being practised in Canada that have no effect on folks who are not part of those religious traditions," said Bolton of Or Haneshamah, Ottawa's Reconstructionist Community.

Bolton told CBC News she's convinced objections over M-103 and the connection to Shariah law that people are making is bigotry, plain and simple.

If one has to play the bigotry card, one simply cannot defend the piece of fascism that is Motion 103 but needs strawman arguments and ad hominem attacks to deflect and ultimately silence.




Pulling down statues and eliminating references to the past will not erase it but only make it easier to forget it:

On Monday, the Town of Amherst voted in favour of a motion from Coun. Jason Blanch to have staff produce a report "looking at the movement to rename towns, streets and monuments that celebrate past war heroes whom, seen through today's ethical lens are not people who behaved in ways that we respect today."

"Being as this issue has been in the news, I just simply put forward a request that staff would bring council up to speed at a further meeting about what has happened with this movement of renaming things," Blanch said in an interview with CBC Radio's Mainstreet before the council meeting.

Amherst is named after Lord Jeffrey Amherst, a British general who served during the Seven Years' War in New France and modern-day Nova Scotia. But some historians say Amherst wanted to murder Indigenous people by giving them blankets infected with smallpox.

(Sidebar: yes, about that ...)

Although he's lived most of his life in Amherst, Blanch said he didn't know about the general's past until other areas named after Amherst began making headlines.

"[Edward] Cornwallis has gotten a lot of play in the media. I know that Amherst Street in Montreal will be renamed," said Blanch.

Cornwallis, a governor of Nova Scotia, was a British military officer who founded Halifax in 1749. The same year, he issued the so-called scalping proclamation, offering a cash bounty to anyone who killed a Mi'kmaq person.

In 2011, the Halifax Regional School Board voted to rename Cornwallis Junior High School. The Cornwallis Street Baptist Church is in the process of looking for a new name.

A debate has been ongoing for years about whether a statue of Cornwallis in downtown Halifax should be removed.

"We have a choice to hide from that history or to begin the conversation and if we begin the conversation then everybody in Amherst will know the story," said Blanch.


Year Zero, my dears.


Surely someone has the intestinal fortitude to reject this nonsense.





A school in Callander, ON., is reportedly looking to ban the popular sideways handspring on school property. In a recent draft handbook of playground rules for the 2017-2018 school year, officials at M.T. Davidson public school have apparently included cartwheels among its list of prohibited activities.

And according to school Principal Todd Gribbon, there were no reported injuries that caused the ban.





Today in regrettable animal deaths: 

A woman says her four-year-old therapy dog has been shot and killed by a hunter who mistook the animal for a wolf near Whistler, B.C.
He now chews on decorative cushions in Dog Heaven.
 
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Wiarton Willie, a famous contributor to Groundhog Day festivities, died on Friday, according to the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.

He was 13, more than three times the average age of his peers in the wild.

Rest in peace, you miniature meteorologist. 





If you happen to be a struggling writer or toiling away at some MFA, you may want to turn away from the following news: U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence’s pet rabbit officially has a book deal.

The handsome little guy, who goes by the name of Marlon Bundo, has his own, rather popular Instagram account. 

So, naturally, why not a book, you might ask. It will be titled Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, and is set for release on March 19. The tall tale will follow the life of the “BOTUS” (Bunny of the United States) as he hangs with best buddy and “Grampa” Mike Pence.

The book will be written by Pence’s 23-year-old daughter Charlotte, who also runs the Instagram account, and will include watercolour illustrations by second lady and artist Karen Pence, keeping the family sufficiently busy.

A portion of the proceeds will go to anti-human trafficking organization A21, and art therapy programs (a special focus of the second lady’s, as it happens).

In the book’s statement, the family refers to Marlon as “a national celebrity!” 

How perfectly adorable, but more importantly, what a time to be alive.